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Banky W Attacks Buhari's Government For Arresting Sowore

dim, 2019-09-15 19:58


Musician, Bankole Wellington better known as Banky W, has condemned the Nigerian Government for its gross human rights violation against citizens.

He also accused Nigerians of being too complacent in moments when they should act.

Banky W made his position known in a music video posted on his Instagram page with hashtag #BetterChallenge.

He said, “You see the story is the same old one, you want change but you won't vote? Then complaining is a not the thing.

“Who go represent you? When they enter office, they will get what they paid for. Na double wahala for everybody.”

The video went on to show CCTV footage of Sowore's arrest by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos on August 3.

He added, “They arrest protestor and protect dishonourable senators. Who be the meat, who be the hunter? Too many days for the thief, one day for the owner.”

"They arrest the Protestor, and protect dishonourable Senators".. time to dust off the mic. Here's my #Betterchallenge - pls watch and share if you feel compelled 🙏🏽❤ pic.twitter.com/IbJDChjHta

— Banky Wellington (@BankyW) September 14, 2019

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Rejig Nigeria’s Security, NBA Tells Buhari

dim, 2019-09-15 19:47


The Nigerian Bar Association, Asaba, Delta State branch, has lamented the kidnap of one of its members, Chike Onyemenam (SAN), who was abducted on Saturday evening.

In a statement, the organisation condemned the wanton kidnap and inability of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee the safety of citizens.

The lawyers tasked the security agencies to immediately swing into action to ensure Onyemenam’s safe and early rescue or release from the hands of his abductors.

The NBA said, “We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to rejig and restructure the nation’s security architecture and infrastructure to ensure its effectiveness in addressing the activities of criminals in our society.

“This ugly trend of incessant abduction of persons, especially legal practitioners, must stop and these heartless criminals brought to justice.

“And if they cannot be brought to justice, justice should be brought to them.

“We cannot continue this way or allow this ugly state of affairs to continue unabated.”

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Man Experiences Weak Penis After Handshake With Stranger In Enugu

dim, 2019-09-15 18:58


A man in Enugu, Sunday Ebubechukwu, has suddenly lost the complete functions of his penis after having a handshake with a physically challenged person identified only as Anayo.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the police in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, it was disclosed that after Ebubechukwu noticed weakness in his penis on September 13 and raised the alarm, a mob pounced on Anayo in anger and delivered deadly blows before he was rescued by the police.

Amaraizu said, “The command, through operatives of Ogui Division, is unravelling the mystery surrounding an alleged complaint of feeling of weakness of a male genital organ shortly after his handshake with another man in Enugu.

“Sunday Ebubechukwu on that fateful day raised the alarm which attracted sympathisers to the scene at Obiagu who then descended on Anayo."

Amaraizu added that investigation was ongoing on the incident to unravel the mystery surrounding the event.

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Xenophobia: South Africa’s President Sends Special Delegation To Nigeria, Seven Other Countries

dim, 2019-09-15 18:39


President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has sent special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several Heads of State and Governments across Africa, according to a report by Channels Television.

The team comprising a former minister in the presidency, Mr Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

The special envoys will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence, which resulted in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property in the former apartheid nation.

They are also expected to reassure fellow African countries that South Africa was committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and to the rule of law.

Beyond that, they will also brief governments in the identified countries about steps taken by the South African Government to end xenophobic attacks and punish perpetrators.

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Notorious Cult Leader, Rapist Arrested In Lagos

dim, 2019-09-15 18:37


A notorious cult leader, Emmanuel Olatunde (aka “Pastor”), has been arrested by detectives from the Bariga Police Station in Lagos.

According to a statement by spokesperson for the police in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, on Sunday, the suspect was arrested in connection with some robbery and murder cases within Bariga Local Government Area.

Elkana disclosed that 31-year-old Olatunde is an ex-convict and a member of the ‘Eiye Confraternity’, a notorious cult gang responsible for terrorising residents of Bariga.

He said, “He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an ‘Aiye Confraternity’ kingpin on September 11, 2019.

“Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged to court.”

Elkana also said that one Innocent Ifunayachi, 34, has been arrested for defiling a 14-year-old-girl in her family house after he laced her food with Indian hemp.

He added, “The suspect, being a friend to the family, visited and found the girl eating noodles.

“While she left to get him some drinks, he quickly put some dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp in her food.

“She lost consciousness after eating the food and he took advantage of that to rape her.

“The victim has been taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination.

“The suspect will be charged to court soon.”

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What Citizen Agba Jalingo Would Have Said (Part 1) By Jonathan Ugbal

dim, 2019-09-15 16:55


Travelling is part of man’s daily activities. We all embark on different journeys whether from the bedroom to the bathroom or from Calabar to Italy – these are all journeys.

It was the founder of philosophical Taoism, Lao Tzu, that once averred in his book, the ‘Tao Te Ching’, that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.

Ben Ayade’s first step in office as governor of Cross River State was taken after his swearing in at the Calabar International Convention Center on May 29, 2015, which is some 1,570 days ago. Since then, he has taken so many steps across the world and each time he returns, he most times tell us why he travelled and not before he does.

There is nothing wrong with a leader embarking on a journey. But in a democratic setting such as ours where the leaders are elected by the people; where the monies expended are taxes, levies and royalties paid by the people, then it behoves on such leaders to duly inform the people where the money is going.

Sir, we have no doubt about your wealth, which you have always told us about. We are aware that N1.4bn was budgeted to cater for your local and overseas travels. But you have to tell us where you are going to, what you are going to do there, how long you will stay there and when you will return.

We saw you eating chocolate in Italy. We don’t know if you had a whip of gelato, too. It could not have taken a whole week to eat chocolate. Sir, these things are basic and the people of Cross River want to know.

In your remaining 1,352 days in office, kindly inform us where you are going. This way, we can network and share some ideas about how the trip can be even more successful. After all, democracy is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and your aides have always said you are a “people’s governor”.

For those, who may have been advising the governor against announcing his travel plans, know that those are signs of dictatorship, despotic leadership and an attempt to cover up what may be acts inimical to the common good of the people of Cross River.

The governor has said that he has nothing to hide as he fears God. Therefore, it will be noble and knightly for Ayade to do the right thing and inform Cross River people of his trips. After all, he is an employee of the people of the state.

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Nigerian Government: Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa And The Victims By Evans Ufeli Esq

dim, 2019-09-15 15:56


In light of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, the Nigerian Government must first deploy adequate logistic facilities to rescue Nigerians left in South Africa and insist that those killed and the properties destroyed, must be replaced and the South African Government must pay adequate compensation in this regard.

If the above mentioned is not given, then the Nigerian Government must initiate an action in court to have the grievances addressed.

It should then be our prayers in court that all international treaties and international organisations wherein both countries are members, must invoke the requisite laws as it relates to human rights, diplomatic and bilateral ties against South Africa for gross misconduct resulting to genocide of foreigners in their country.

The government must also caution that the South African Government should be honest enough to let her citizens know that the remote and immediate causes of their economic misfortune has little or nothing to do with Nigerians, who are largely businessmen not engaged in jobs that South African citizens consider as their exclusive preserve rather than misinforming her youths, thereby causing a deflection, inculpating foreigners and making them vulnerable to attacks by the natives.

It cannot be right that Nigerians, who are largely petty traders, are responsible for the unemployment, economic injustice and social ruins that has befallen the youth population of South Africa.

Rather, theses vices are solely caused by the successive incompetent government in South Africa with no visible strategy to create jobs for the teaming unemployed youth population. Contrary to the concerns of South Africans, there’s a great deal of evidence that migration boosts the economies of receiving countries.

Free movement in Africa can be expected to enhance business and investment as the European Union example has shown.

According to an African Development Bank report, tourism in the Seychelles increased by seven per cent annually between 2009 and 2014 when the country abolished visas for African nationals.

By 2015, thanks to increased revenues, it had become a high income country with thriving real estate, aviation and service industries.

The same report also states that African travels to Rwanda has increased by 22 per cent since it eased its visa requirements in 2013.

Since then, Rwanda’s cross-border trade with Kenya and Uganda has increased by 50 per cent. This is evidence that free movement of labour and capital boosts economic activities.

South Africans are better off with the influx of foreigners to boost trade and grow their economy.

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Where Are Sowore, Ohimai, Dadiyata? By Fredrick Nwabufo

dim, 2019-09-15 15:31


https://twitter.com/MrFixNigeria/status/1171482688760377345

Democracy is freedom; freedom to exist and to exercise the full catalogue of natural rights.

The quality of democracy in an ordered system is assessed by the quantity and level of freedom the citizens enjoy.

Any type of government – military, fascist or totalitarian – can deliver services of material nature to its citizens; building hospitals, schools, roads and providing other social amenities. But not all types of government can allow citizens be citizens -- not subjects or minions.

This is where democracy stands out. The office of the citizen is a critical one in a real democracy as legitimacy resides with the people, and they accord it to whichever government that deserves it.

Also, the government exists because of the people. When citizens live in fear and are wary of raising their voices against the establishment, democracy is in manacles.

Joseph Stalin was a brutal Soviet dictator. Though he transformed the defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from an agrarian state to an industrial hub and even strengthened the military might of the country, making it a rival superpower to the United States; he is most remembered for being an executioner and violator.

People will remember more how you treated them than what you did for them. It is true that the late Sani Abacha, through the Petroleum Trust Fund, invested in building roads and other infrastructure across the country, but today, the memory of him is that of sorrow, tears and blood. When citizens in their homes are abducted in the dead of the night and thrown into the pits of silence by security agencies for raising their voices and for doing their bounden duty of holding the government to account, totalitarianism reigns.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said last Thursday that “there cannot be real democracy without the freedom of the press”. But I doubt if he understood the weight of his statement, considering how the actions of the administration he serves run antithetical to this aphorism.

No one is spared. Journalists are hounded and intimidated. Activists are pursued and imprisoned. Citizens are threatened and attacked.

Omoyele Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters, was abducted by the Department of State Services and sectioned in a hovel. Locked up and shut out without justification.

The secret police say he “planned to violently overthrow the government through a protest; he planned to join forces with the Shiite group to bring down the government; he planned to mislead the public to overthrow the government, and that he formed an alliance with Nnamdi Kanu to launch attacks on Nigeria and topple the government”. It is enervating that we are at this curve.

It is now the norm for security agencies to arrest citizens and rustle-up farcical charges to keep them silenced. “Threat to national security” is the defence, however vacuous, for this violation.

No matter how long it takes, some Nigerians will not glide by until Sowore is released unconditionally.

Ohimai Amaize (Mr Fix Nigeria), anchor and creator of Kakaaki Social; a popular novel programme on Africa Independent Television now suspended, had to flee the country after potent threats to his life by agents of the state for only doing his job. He now lives in exile.

Abubakar Idris, better known as Dadiyata, was abducted in his home by men suspected to be security agents, and since this incident, there had been no word of his whereabouts. But why is the Buhari administration dutiful in making political prisoners and exiles?

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, with all his flaws, did not keep a single political prisoner.

This was despite the insults and defamation he suffered from even the likes of Nasir el-Rufai, who today is highly sensitive to criticism and brooks no opposition.

Why is the government resolute in creating fear and breaking citizens to become mutes – if they cannot be its mouthpiece? Why does the government harass and arrest journalists, activists, citizens but pardon and beg bandits with monetary inducements?

Is violence the only pidgin the government understands? History is unkind to “strong men”.

If the strong man in Aso Villa cares; he should glean some lessons from the ashes of other strong men long gone.

 

@FredrickNwabufo

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Police To Keep Agba Jalingo In Detention Despite Worsening Health Condition

dim, 2019-09-15 14:43


The Cross River State Police Command has refused to heed to medical advice on detained journalist, Agba Jalingo, insisting that he would remain in custody.

This is contrary to warnings by doctors that Jalingo needs to be fully admitted to a hospital for general medical observation and treatment.

Jalingo, who is the Publisher of Cross River Watch, has been in police detention after publishing an article revealing how Governor Ben Ayade approved and diverted N500m meant for Cross River Microfinance Bank.

Jalingo was arrested in Lagos and transported to Calabar, capital of Cross River, where he is being detained. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Anxiety As Police Rush Agba Jalingo To Hospital 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

SaharaReporters had reported how the journalist and rights activist was rushed to the hospital on Friday after struggling to breathe.

He was taken to Police Clinic along IBB Road, Calabar, where he is undergoing medical treatment.

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Buhari, Other West African Presidents Agree Billion-dollar Anti-Terrorism Plan

dim, 2019-09-15 10:33


West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

The plan, to be funded from 2020 to 2024, was announced at end of the Economic Community Summit of West African States in Ouagadougou, where the ECOWAS nations were joined by Mauritania and Chad.

ECOWAS had decided to mobilise "the financial resources of up to a billion dollars for the fight against terrorism", said Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The money, paid into a common fund, would help reinforce the military operations of the nations involved -- and those of the joint military operations in the region.

Full details of the plan would be presented to the next ECOWAS summit in December.

The fight against the rising tide of jihadist violence in the region has so far been hampered by a lack of funds.

The G5 Sahel, a joint task force, was created in 2014 to try to tackle the problem, backed by former colonial power France.

From July 2017, it pooled troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in a bid to drive back the jihadist groups.

But a lack of finance, training and equipment, limited their effectiveness and their numbers. For the moment, the force numbers 4,000 troops, when 5,000 were originally planned.

ECOWAS -- the Economic Community of West African States -- brings together 15 countries whose economies range from regional heavyweights Nigeria and Ivory Coast to impoverished Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Landlocked Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are non-coastal states, Agence France Presse reports.

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Nigeria Has Become Fulani Estate -Alaigbo President, Prof. Nwala

dim, 2019-09-15 10:29


Prof. Uzodinma Nwala, President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (a body of the Igbo intelligentsia) says the Fulani tribe in Nigeria are running the country as a personal estate bequeathed to them by their father (Usman dan Fodio).

"And Nigeria has truly become the estate of the children of Usmanu dan Fodio. Nigeria has fully and truly become colonised. But can we blame the children of Usman dan Fodio alone? I doubt if we can. When in 2016, (Asiwaju) Bola Ahmed Tinubu declared that zoning and rotation were the affair of the PDP and had nothing to do with the All Progressives Congress, I knew we were in for a very cold winter," he told Punch in an interview.

Speaking further he said, "When people say that basic principles that should keep a multi-national state together no longer matter and should no longer be operational, then it means that you have dissolved the federation. Thus, those that have seized the federation are telling us how they want to run the state.

"That is what Governor el-Rufai is telling us. What else do you want me to say? The Fulani have permanently taken over power. Fulani settlements have been established all over the place. (There are plans to have) RUGA, cattle grazing colonies and (there are) moves to take over all waterways, etc. They have taken over the executive, legislature, judiciary, security agencies and armed forces, bureaucracy, economy, foreign affairs, etc. El-Rufai is daring you to do your worst."

According to Nwala, although the northern 'political hawks' used Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar to "torpedo the patriotic decisions of the 1994-95 Constitutional Conference, when we formed the Peoples Democratic Party, many of us who were leaders of the G-34 and who had worked hard to see if there could be a genuine post-military political dispensation, were still determined to uphold those key elements we had agreed on, and in fact, voted for". 

One of such decisions, he disclosed, was the implementation of the principle of rotation, zoning and Federal Character. 

He, however, noted: "You can see what is happening today; the principle of quota is gone, the principle of rotation is gone, the principle of zoning is gone and the principle of Federal Character has been thrown into the dustbin. Thus, all the basic democratic ingredients that could hold the polity together have been completely eroded." 

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Shocking Photos Of Nigeria's Brutal Boxing Where Fighters Wrap Hands In Rope To ‘Kill’ Each Other

dim, 2019-09-15 10:28


Dambe boxing

Dambe boxing

Shocking pictures have revealed a glimpse into the mostly hidden world of a brutal Nigerian sport known as Dambe.

The sport is like boxing but without protection. Opponents choose their strongest hand and wrap it in hard rope. 

Their other hand is meant to act as a shield. Until recently, competitors were allowed to dip the hard rope in resin and even coat it in shards of glass. 

That practice is now illegal but the sport is still deadly. And knocking your opponent out is even known as 'killing' them. 

The ancient tradition is usually practised by Hausas in the north of Nigeria but it has spread to southern areas as well.  

Dambe fighters in Lagos battle on the beach under floodlights while jumbo screens replay them for audience members who are far away.

The way to win the fight, which is centuries old, is by punching and kicking your opponent until they fall down.

The tradition is entrenched among butcher caste groups and is very heavily focused on communities. The sport started from clans of butchers travelling to different villages at harvest and fighting those from the area as part of the festival entertainment.

Butchers come from a lower caste of Hausa society - they are the only ones who could ritually slaughter animals and handle meat. They would form teams from the village - known as armies - and challenge men from other butchers guilds, as well as locals from the audience. 

Nowadays, that sense of team is still very strong, and the sport is still dominated by the butchers' caste, but competitors will often be very young - teenagers who train in gyms and yards - and will fight all year round, MailOnline reports.

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Osinbajo Praises Mugabe Who Tore Zimbabwe Apart, Urges Black People To Be Proud Of Their Achievements

dim, 2019-09-15 10:26


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the legacy of determined, proud and assertive black emancipation left by the late Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will live long in the hearts of Africans.

He also stated that Africans should be proud of their achievements as black people.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday, said the vice president conveyed the message on the condolence register for Mugabe at Harare International Airport.

Osinbajo was in Zimbabwe to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral of the late former president of Zimbabwe.

“Nigeria most respectfully condoles with the Republic of Zimbabwe on the passing of her President, Robert Mugabe – who led the republic and her people to freedom and majority rule – alongside so many other patriots.

“His legacy of determined, proud and assertive black emancipation will live long in the hearts of Africans.

”We wish the people of Zimbabwe great peace and prosperity.”

Osinbajo, later while speaking with Zimbabwean journalists at the Harare International Airport, said that Mugabe was a great encouragement to the independent movements everywhere.

He said that Mugabe was also a great motivation to self-realization for black people practically everywhere.

According to Osinbajo, the passing on of Mugabe is indeed sad, especially for those who are leaders today.

“First let me say that for all of us, the whole of Africa, the memories of the years of decolonization, the years of the struggle for black majority rule in various places are years that bring joy and confidence to most of us, especially leaders today.

“This is one of the reasons why President Mugabe stood out as one of those leaders whose zeal, passion and selfless commitment to the emancipation of the people of Zimbabwe was not only a great encouragement to the independent movement everywhere but more to the self-realization for black people practically everywhere.

“So, his passing is indeed sad. I think that for most of us, especially those who are leaders today, there’s a lot to learn from such an incredibly illustrious career, especially the role that he played in decolonization.

“And, of course, alongside the work that was done, not just by the frontline states, but by the likes of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and so many other African patriots; their lives and times, especially during the period of the struggle for black majority rule in Southern Africa and the support that other African countries gave, especially sub-Saharan African countries; Nigeria being, as you have noted, a frontline state.

“There are times when I think we should be extremely proud of what we achieved as black people,” he said.

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Kaduna: Bandits Kill Six In Renewed Attack

dim, 2019-09-15 09:41


Bandits have killed six persons in Fadaman Rimi community in Chikun Local Government Area of  Kaduna State.

Punch reports that the hoodlums invaded the village in the early hours of Saturday, shooting indiscriminately and that the gunmen abducted two people in Kgosi Gadani village in the LGA on Thursday.

A resident of Fadaman village,  Rimi, said the bandits stormed the community at about 6 am Saturday.

An eyewitness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they shot dead six people, with scores sustaining gunshot injuries.

The source said, “I can’t say how many they (bandits) were,  but they came in large numbers with sophisticated weapons.

“When we heard gunshots,  we ran for dear life. Most of our people ran into the bush while the gunmen shot at them.

“The gunmen took away cows and other valuables.”

The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the killing of the six persons in Fadaman Rimi, near Udawa in Chikun Local Government Area of the state by the bandits.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, identified the victims as Saminu, Wosha, Isiya, Titus, Madami, and Tanko.

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Certificate Fraud: Osun Government To Sack 422 Workers

dim, 2019-09-15 09:40


 

Osun State government has directed its ministries, departments, and agencies to immediately implement the report of the panel that recommended sacking of the workers who secured employment with forged certificates.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state,  Jacob Adekomi,  confirmed that 422 workers would be affected.

He said the NLC’s intervention helped to reduce the number of those listed for the exit door from 5,000 recommended to 422.

A statement by the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Oyebade, dated September 13 said the immediate past  Rauf Aregbesola government engaged the services of a firm, Captain Consulting,  to undertake to verify the certificates of all civil servants in the state in 2015.

The statement said, “The panel submitted its report and it was adopted for implementation by the immediate past administration.

“However, when the new administration came on board in November 2018, the leadership of  Organised Labour Movement in the state appealed passionately to the state government to have a rethink on the implementation of the report.

“After much pressure from  labour, the government set up  a five-man  panel to further examine the report and make necessary recommendations in line with extant public service rules and regulations.”

Adekomi said labour was involved in the verification from the beginning.

According to him, the  NLC insisted that the report and recommendations be reviewed because it was convinced that the recommendations of the firm were not a true reflection of the audit, Punch reports.

“When the report was reviewed, only 422 civil servants, whose cases were beyond us due to the rules of the service, will be affected.

“But we interceded for the affected officers to ensure that they were not prosecuted or even made to refund the money they earned during their stay in service,” he said.

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Nigerian Musician Dammy Krane To Be Arraigned Monday, Risks 3 Years' Imprisonment

dim, 2019-09-15 09:39


 

Nigerian musician, Johnson Oyindamola, aka Dammy Krane, risks three years in jail as the Zone 2 Police Command is set to arraign him on Monday, Punch reports.

According to the newspaper, Dammy Krane will be arraigned on three counts before an Igbosere magistrate's court in Lagos bordering on a threat to life, defamation, and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.

The musician was accused of threat to the life of Merrybet Gold Limited employees on July 25, 2019, and also released a song in which he also made an allegation of the firm of breach of contract.

The act is said to be in contravention of sections 301, 412 and 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

The musician was also accused of conspiring with others at large of conducting himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace and threat to life in contravention of Section 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.

Dammy Krane was also said to have threatened public peace when he posted an audio and video message on Cool FM 96.9 in contravention of Section 168(d) of the state’s criminal law.

The charges read in part, “That you, Johnson Hunga Oyindamola and others at large on the 29th day of July 2019, at Cool FM in the Lagos magisterial district did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Conduct likely to cause breach of peace and threat to life and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

Another charge read, “That you, Johnson Hunga Oyindamola and others at large on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did threaten the life of the staff of Merrybet Gold Limited and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 301 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

Section 301 of the state’s criminal law states that any person who, with intent to extort or gain anything from any person; accuses or threatens to accuse any person of committing any felony or misdemeanour, or of offering or making any solicitation or threat to any person as an inducement to commit or permit the commission of any felony or misdemeanour… is guilty of a felony, and liable to imprisonment for three years.

The musician got into trouble after Merrybet Gold Limited wrote a petition to the police accusing the musician of threats and cyberbullying.

In a petition titled, ‘Petition against Mr Oyindamola Johnson Emmanuel aka Dammy Krane for false and libellous statement against Merrybet Gold Limited and signed by its lawyer, Nwabueze Anachebe, the betting firm said the musician perpetrated cyberbullying and criminal defamation.

The musician was said to have attended a game show sponsored by the betting company but lost.

However, Dammy Krane was said to have demanded some money for appearing on the show but the firm disagreed, insisting that the sum was only given to winners.

 

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Electricity Tariff Increase: Nigerians To Pay Over N1 Trillion In 2020

dim, 2019-09-15 09:30


 

Consumers will pay about N1.52 trillion for power next year, going by the recent tariff increase approved by the Federal Government, investigations have shown.

This is about N600 billion higher than the estimated N900 billion which the electricity distribution companies are expected to make this year.

The PUNCH had exclusively reported that the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, had approved an increase in the tariff payable by power consumers across the country.

Findings by one of our correspondents from various documents obtained from the NERC showed that from next year, consumers would have to pay an additional sum of between N8 and N14 for every kilowatt-hour of energy.

More figures obtained from the commission’s headquarters in Abuja during the week showed that the 11 power distribution companies in Nigeria would receive increased quantum of energy in 2020.

Since not all power delivered to the Discos is distributed to end users, by adding the lowest tariff increase of N8/kWh to the current 2019 tariff of each Disco and multiplying same with the quantum of energy to be delivered to the Disco in 2020, it was established that power users would pay more next year.

For Abuja Disco, the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh, as approved by the NERC, was N32.66 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.46 and N44.21.

Abuja Disco has been allocated 4,489GWh of power in 2020. Payments for tariffs are made in Naira per kilowatt-hour.

When converted to kWh, 4,489GWh will be 4,489,000,000kWh.

Since the Disco will likely not distribute all the power it gets, a summation of the lowest tariff increase of N8 with the Disco’s 2019 tariff of N32.66 gives N42.46.

When this is multiplied by the quantum of power which the Disco has been allocated in 2020, it indicates that customers of the AEDC will pay about N182.5bn for electricity by next year.

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

NERC has allocated 3,513GWh to Benin Disco in 2020 and when the lowest tariff increase of N8 is added to the current tariff, N32.5, of this power firm, it gives N40.5.

Going by the earlier method of calculation applied for Abuja Disco, consumers of power under the franchise areas of Benin Disco are expected to pay about N142.28bn by next year.

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

Eko Disco will get 4,294GWh of power next year and consumers of power being served by the firm will pay about N155.87bn in 2020, going by the earlier method used for the Abuja Disco.

Our correspondent observed that for Enugu Disco, the allowed end-user tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh are N35.3, N45.9 and N41.6, respectively.

Enugu Disco has been allocated 3,513GWh. Still based on the established method of calculation, consumers of the power firm will pay about N152.1bn in 2020.

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

Ibadan Disco is to get 5,075GWh of power next year and going by the earlier established methods of calculation, customers of the Disco will pay about N195.89bn.

In Ikeja Disco’s franchise areas, the end-user allowed tariffs in the order from NERC for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were put at N27.3, N35.5 and N37.1 respectively.

Ikeja Disco’s allocation of energy for 2020 is 5,855GWh and the projected amount which its customers will pay next year for electricity supplied by the Disco, based on calculations applied earlier, is about N206.68bn.

For Jos Disco, consumers under this power firm will have to pay N43.9/kWh, as against N33.8/kWh which they currently pay.

Jos Disco got an allocation of 2,147GWh for 2020 and its customers will pay about N89.7bn as power tariff next year, based on our established methods of calculation.

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

This power firm will get 3,123GWh of energy next year and its customers will pay about N119.6bn in 2020, based on the established findings and calculations.

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

Kano Disco has been allocated 3,123GWh of energy next year and customers here will pay about N118.98bn for electricity in 2020, based on the established methods of calculation.

The tariff for Port Harcourt Disco increased from N33.8 in 2019 to N44.0 in 2020 and the power firm has been allocated 2,573GWh of energy by next year.

Its customers will pay about N106.04bn for electricity supplied to them by next year, based on findings.

Finally, Yola Disco also saw an increase in tariff from N26.8 in 2019 to N34.9 in 2020.

The energy allocation for Yola Disco in 2020 is 1,366GWh and customers served by the power firm will pay about N47.54bn, going by our established method of calculation.

The summation of what consumers of power of the 11 Discos will pay next year gives a total of about N1.52tn.

Energy increase for Discos

It was observed that there was an increase in the quantum of energy to be delivered to each Disco in 2020, when compared to what has been allocated to them in 2019.

Further findings from the NERC on the individual quantum of energy to be delivered to each particular Disco in 2020 showed that Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan and Ikeja Discos would receive 4,489GWh, 3,513GWh, 4,294GWh, 3,513GWh, 5,075GWh and 5,855GWh respectively.

These were in contrast to the 3,398GWh, 2,659GWh, 3,250GWh, 2,659GWh, 3,841GWh and 4,432GWh captured as power being delivered to the six Discos in their respective order in 2019.

In 2019, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and Yola Discos got 1,625GWh, 2,364GWh, 2,364GWh, 1,920GWh and 1,034GWh as the energy being delivered to them respectively.

The quantum of energy allocated to each of the five Discos in 2020 increased to 2,147GWh, 3,123GWh, 3,123GWh, 2,537GWh and 1,366GWh respectively.

The 39,035GWh that is allocated to the Discos in 2020 is 9,489GWh higher than the 29,546GWh which the firms are getting in 2019.

Discos react

When contacted to state the quantum of power distributed by their respective Discos, the spokespersons for each of the 11 distribution companies gave different explanations.

John Onyi of Port Harcourt Disco said, “We have an installed capacity of 1,393.7MW and the average allocation that we get on a daily basis is between 250MW and 330MW. So when you calculate that in weeks, months and year, then you may know the annual figure.”

For Yola Disco, the spokesperson, Kingsley Nkemneme, said, “In most cases, we get between 140MW and 150MW daily. And that is what we distribute on the average every day.”

The Head of Communications, Enugu Disco, Emeka Ezeh, said nine per cent of whatever was generated across the country was what Enugu Disco normally got and distributed to its customers.

He said, “The generation as at 00:24 hours of 31/08/2019 was 4,593.1MW and EEDC’s (Enugu Electricity Distribution Company’s) allocation was 438.38MW. We get nine per cent of total energy generated and that is what we distribute across the five states we cover.”

The spokesperson, Eko Disco, Godwin Idemudia, said the allocation for the Lagos-based power distribution firm was between 550MW and 590MW daily and the firm distributed around the figure.

For Abuja Disco, the spokesperson, Oyebode Fadipe, said in a text message, “This is a 2020 issue. Being so, it certainly will be a projection and that will be based on data from the past intake. I will need to consult extant records to see the data and also confer with the relevant desks on it.”

Benin Disco’s spokesperson, Adekunke Tayo, requested that a message on the enquiry be sent to him in order to get a more accurate response. This was done, but he had yet to respond as of the time of publishing this report.

Also, the spokesperson for Ibadan Disco, Busolami Tunwase, requested that a text message be sent to her and that she would get back to one of our correspondents on Monday.

A similar request was made by the spokesperson for Kano Disco, Ibrahim Sani, and a message on the required information was also sent to him.

For Ikeja Disco, the spokesperson, Felix Ofulue, said he was out of his station and would not be able to provide the required data when contacted. He promised to do so but did not do so as of the time of filing this report.

Jos Disco also promised to revert after demanding that a message be sent on what the enquiry was about.

Kaduna Disco could not be reached, as the mobile telephone of its spokesperson, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, was switched off.

Power consumers kick

Power consumers, however, are not pleased with the increase in tariffs, as they told our correspondents that the regulator failed to consult widely before approving the new rates.

Different groups that represent power consumers across the country declared that tariff increase would not stand until there was a considerable improvement in power supply.

The Nigeria Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network and the Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria questioned why the power sector regulator would increase tariff at a time when power delivery was still poor.

In separate interviews with one of our correspondents, the Chairman, NECAN, Tomi Akingbogun, and the President, ECAN, Chijioke James, stated that it would be unfair for consumers to pay higher tariffs when service delivery by power distributors had yet to improve.

James said, “The commission did not consult with us. There is a framework for price review and it entails the process of consultations with those you intend to serve and your potential clients.

“The Nigerian consumers are not very difficult people and so we need to know why you (NERC) will want to increase tariff when the services are not really there. That cannot be tolerated.”

The ECAN president noted that the commission would be increasing the financial burden of the poor masses, as the incomes of most of them would not sustain such tariffs.

James said, “You don’t increase the tariffs of people whose incomes cannot sustain the payment of your new tariffs. So, there must be some mechanism to accommodate low-income earners. However, the fact is that as far as there is no reliable power, there will be no tariff increase.”

On his part, Akingbogun stated that consumers were not carried along by the regulator, as required in the standard practice before the announcement of new tariffs.

He said, “The first thing I’ll say is that consultation was not properly done before the announcement and for us, the details are just rolling out bit by bit.

“We first got to know about it by reading it in the paper and one thing for sure is that consultation with the private sector was not properly done.”

We’ll mobilise Nigerians against tariff increase – NLC, TUC

Reacting to the tariff increase, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Emma Ugboaja, said the union would mobilise Nigerians against the proposed increase in tariff.

He said, “The NLC will mobilise Nigerians against the increase in electricity tariff because that is not the way to go. There are still issues that need to be resolved; hiking the cost of electricity is not the best because electricity is still one of the products that have yet to get to the ordinary people.

“We cannot be talking about the challenges of rural-urban migration when we are hiking tariffs and we want people to remain to have more cottage industries and more entrepreneurial capacities. You can’t want that to thrive and at the same time be making electricity not to be accessible.

“You can’t be struggling to pay N30, 000 minimum wage per worker and yet expect the workers to spend the whole money on electricity.”

Similarly, the Secretary-General of the Trade Union Congress, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, said NERC should not encourage inefficiency in the Discos.

He said, “The NERC should not encourage inefficiency by approving higher tariff because the Discos do not collect the billed revenue for the current tariff. That is, they have very low collection efficiency.

“Increase in tariff means passing the low-efficiency loss to the customers. If collection efficiency is high enough, it will help reduce the gap in the cost of delivering electricity and reduce the need for higher tariff or make the increase minimal.”

Tariff increment not solution to electricity problem –MAN

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has kicked against the planned increment of electricity tariff.

The President of MAN, Mansur Ahmed, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH in Lagos on Saturday, said increasing electricity tariff without any improvement in supply would have negative effects on the manufacturing sector.

He said manufacturers were already subsidising.

Ahmed also stated that the Discos needed to build capacity to deliver and operators at that level should also have enough resources to be more effective.

He said, “We are still waiting for clarifications from the NERC on the tariff increment. The manufacturing sector is unhappy with the power situation in the country both in terms of availability and quantum and the price.

“The industrial consumers are already the ones paying the highest rate and subsidising other consumers. So, to continue to increase the tariff when neither the quantum nor the quality of electricity supply has improved is not fair to the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

“We do understand that the power sector is in a very difficult situation and a lot needs to be done to firm things up. It goes beyond just increasing tariff. The sector needs to be completely restructured and overhauled. They should ensure that proper capacity is built and the private operators, especially at the distribution level, must have the capacity and resources to run this sector properly.

“That really goes beyond just throwing money into the sector. Already, the government has invested hugely in terms of capital and interventions. Over a trillion naira has been thrown into this sector with very little improvement to show for it.

“Increasing tariff and injecting funds into the system is not the solution that will get us out of this situation. In the manufacturing sector, electricity is one of the most critical inputs.

“There is no way our products can be competitive if we have to cope with this kind of energy supply and the cost of it. Clearly, we cannot continue to do what we have been doing all over again. Something drastic must be done to change the situation.

“It should not be business as usual again. A very radical solution must be found to get us out of here. But we are still discussing with the regulatory body about this tariff increment.”

FG should ask power firms to recapitalise –Expert

Meanwhile, the Registrar, Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Eohoi, has called on the Federal Government to recapitalise power firms to enable them to deliver on their mandate.

He said almost five years after the privatisation of the power sector, consumers had yet to feel the positive impact of the exercise as many of them were still being subjected to arbitrary charges.

He said, “After the privatisation of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, the government retained control of the transmission aspect through the Transmission Company of Nigeria, while generation and distribution aspects were privatised, with the private sector having controlling shares.

“At present, the weakest link in the value chain is distribution, which is evidently bedevilled by inefficiency, poor revenue collection and weak capital.

“Most of the distribution companies have yet to invest in metering that will help them improve on the revenue collection capacity.

“If the Discos do not presently have capital to invest in transformers, meters, government, which is the 40 per cent owner of the Discos should simply call for recapitalisation and dilute the private sector interest in the first instance as a stop-gap while subsequently privatising its majority interest to investors with proven financial capacity to invest long term.” Culled from Punch.

 

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Ekiti Students Threaten Mass Protest If Demands Are Not Met

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Federation of Ekiti State Students' Union, an umbrella organisation of undergraduates of Ekiti origin, has called on the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, and the Nigeria Police to release all students arrested during a protest leading to the killing of two students of the Federal University Oye Ekiti, by policemen attached to First Lady of Ekiti, Bisi.

In an interview with SaharaReporters, President of the union, Jide Akomolafe, said that they would embark on another protest if their colleagues were not released from police custody.

He said, “Our union rejects a mere visit without compensation for families of the deceased as we have earlier demanded from the state government.

“We expressly charge the Ekiti State Government to as a matter of importance announce compensation for families of the deceased, take responsibility of the hospital bills of the two students in critical conditions in hospital while the Nigeria Police Force should ensure the unconditional release of students in detention.

“They must investigate and prosecute officers involved in the attack and killing of our students who were only exercising their fundamental human rights.

“We are determined to hold a mass protest next week since our demands have not been granted by the state government and police authorities.”

 

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Revisiting “Zoning And Rotation” By Edwin Madunagu

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Edwin Madunagu

Edwin Madunagu

 

At the end of the Nigerian Civil War (July 1967 – January 1970), and in preparation for a possible return to civilian rule, the ruling class established – or rather, creatively adapted – the dual principle of “zoning” and “rotation” of key political party offices and government positions among geopolitical segments of their class.

Some leading ideologues of the newly re-united class claimed that the principle emerged from one of the lessons of that bitter conflict: the need to protect and promote “national unity” at all time. The theory was that with this principle and complementary ones, the Nigerian ruling class, following the United Nations at the end of the Second World War, could vow, “Never Again!”. These ideologues were young, brilliant and idealistic. But since their horizon did not go beyond capitalism and the capitalist ruling class, their brilliant idea could not even survive the first substantive test.

It should be conceded, however, that it was not all the main factions and tendencies in this re-united but nonetheless non-homogeneous class that adopted the principle of “zoning and rotation” – or, more correctly, promoted it to a lead ideological principle. It was the dominant ruling class coalition which later appeared as Second Republic National Party of Nigeria that was in the forefront of the campaign, which it saw as furthering and strengthening the aims of “federal character” principle enshrined in the new (1979) constitution. The latter was a document whose final shape the party, at its formative stages, had dominantly influenced.

A number of the other ruling class parties of the Second Republic (1979-1983) acknowledged the principle of “zoning and rotation” in their basic documents. Those that did not explicitly endorse or acknowledge the principle, underlined the need for the protection and promotion of “national unity” which they all understood as the unity of Nigeria’s ruling class. But the Nigerian Left simply allowed its revolutionary programme of Workers’ Power, Popular Democracy and Socialism to subsume and transcend the principle of “zoning and rotation”. We may as well remark here that in those days, the Nigerian Left had the habit of summarily rejecting any idea that came from the ruling class. Though this was a legitimate protective mechanism, it was undialectical as a political tactic.

From records of what the NPN fed to the nation at the beginning of the Second Republic, the principle of “zoning and rotation,” as it applied to their party at the federal level, can be sketched like this: First, party offices and government positions are aggregated into a single list of positions. Then the states of the federation and the federal capital are grouped into a number of zones set up for the purpose of “sharing” the aggregated positions. The aggregated positions are then grouped into the number of zones. Finally, the groups of positions are shared between the zones in a “fair and balanced” manner – previously agreed upon. At the end of a four-year presidential tenure, the groups of positions rotate among the zones – again, in a previously agreed order.

This agreement was scheduled to be first tested in late 1981 or early 1982 (that is, half way into President Shehu Shagari’s first tenure) when party congresses and the process of nominating candidates for the 1983 general elections were scheduled to begin. The test collapsed disastrously. The national caucus of NPN was not able to confirm in practice what had been agreed on paper. Neither the grouping of offices nor the rotation of the groups of offices could be confirmed. A “genius” even suggested that the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should be above rotation!

The principle of “zoning and rotation” of positions was replaced by “allocations” dictated by the dominant coalition of factions and tendencies in the party. Since then, although neither the ruling class nor any of its leading political formations has disavowed the principle, no attempt to revive and put it into effect has proceeded beyond the stage it reached in 1982 or risen to the 1982 brilliance.

Why did the test of “zoning and rotation” so beautifully set down on paper by the NPN collapse so disastrously? The late Professor Claude Ake appeared to answer this question in a lecture he delivered a decade later at a Guardian event in Lagos. Speaking in 1992 on the prospects of Nigeria returning to civilian democratic rule, the globally-respected social scientist sounded pessimistic. He said something which may be paraphrased like this: “Members of Nigeria’s ruling class, the capitalist class, cannot practise democracy, stand as equals or operate in partnership. If any two of them are together one must be on top of the other, never side by side. That is the logic of their political economy, their history and their culture”.

The immediate inspiration for this particular article came from a media statement made recently by Senator Shehu Sani on the movement of Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Shehu Sani is recognised as a consistent human rights activist and a progressive Nigerian politician. In 2015, he contested and won the Kaduna Central Senatorial seat on the platform of the rising All Progressives Congress. For the four years he was in the Nigerian Senate (2015-2019), Sani laboured to remain true to his credentials of Leftist populism. Failing, predictably, to get his party’s re-nomination for the 2019 general elections, he sought and obtained a nomination from the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), a radical social-democratic party led by the veteran Leftist politician, Balarabe Musa. He lost the senatorial contest, again predictably.

The experience narrated above merely re-confirms the historically-tested thesis that a true Leftist who strays into a bourgeois formation as a “revolutionary-at-large”, that is, without the background support of a revolutionary movement to which she or he is loyal, will either be completely absorbed and neutralised, turned into a traitor or be lucky to crash out alive.

Senator Sani was reported by the Sunday PUNCH of August 25, 2019 to have told journalists at a press conference in Abuja the previous day that the 2023 presidency “may elude the South if the South-East and South-West clamouring for it are not united”. For the avoidance of doubt, Sani said that “rotation of power is what I prescribe and stand for. Whether that power goes to the South-East or South-West is dependent on the people of the South”. He, however, warned that if any of the dominant political parties refuses to accept “power shift”, presidency may still elude the South. The major parties should therefore be persuaded to accept the principle.

My limited comment on Sani’s proposal will be the conclusion to this article. It is clear that the proposal is addressed neither to the Nigerian Left nor to Nigeria’s popular masses. It is addressed to Nigeria’s capitalist ruling class. It is the ruling class that talks of “North”, “South”, “South-East”, “South-West”, etc. as if these entities are classless or class-homogenous. While some fractions of the ruling class actually do not believe in the existence of classes, others assume that every reasonable person should know that when rulership is discussed, the reference is always to the ruling class. They are “Nigeria”; and the various geopolitical zones are the recognised segments of the ruling class!

Against Sani’s proposal, let there be a more democratic proposal which, in addition to being a real ideological challenge to the ruling class, will also be seen as issuing logically from this apparent difficulty in locating the presidency!

In place of the present office of the President, let there be a Collective Presidency or Presidential Council of six equal members, each member representing a geopolitical zone. The tenure of the Council should be four years and the headship within that tenure should rotate between the members every eight months.

Madunagu, mathematician and journalist, writes from Calabar, Cross River State.

 

 

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Alaibe Challenges Douye Diri's Emergence As Bayelsa PDP Candidate In Court

sam, 2019-09-14 21:18


 

Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, has challenged the emergence of Senator Douye Diri as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the November 16 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State.

Alaibe, who said that the PDP primary in the state was manipulated and held through a flawed process, has approached the Federal High Court in Yenagoa Judicial Division with an application for the cancellation of the result of the election.

Alaibe is asking the court to examine the entire process that resulted in the primary and rule in his favour in the light of violations committed.

He is also seeking an order setting aside the purported submission of Diri’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission by the PDP as its candidate in the November 16, 2019 election in view of the several legal and procedural infractions cited.

Additionally, Alaibe is asking the court to order the conduct of a fresh primary election for the party in the state.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

 

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