President Muhammadu Buhari’s agriculture sector initiatives may yield no success if the insecurity devastating Nigeria’s northwest persists, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Usman, suggested on Monday. According to Daily Trust,
Mohammed Adamu, acting inspector-general of police (IGP), has appeared before the senate to brief lawmakers on insecurity in the country. The upper legislative chamber of the national assembly summoned him
An Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), professor, Olayinka Adegbehingbe, who was abducted on Sunday, said N5.045m was paid to secure his release. Adegbehingbe disclosed this in while responding to question from
The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, was absent as the corporation officially declared the Nigerian Pavilion at the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
A woman who has come to symbolise protests in Sudan after being photographed chanting atop a car during protests against President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday she has gotten death threats since her image went viral.
Clad in white, Alaa Salah can be seen poised above the crowds in Khartoum, where demonstrators gathered to demand the military hand over power to civilians.
The ouster on Thursday of Bashir, 75, followed months of protests against his rule.
“I wanted to get on the car and speak to the people,” Salah, 22, an engineering and architecture student at Sudan International University, said on Twitter.
“We need international support, for people to be aware of what’s happening and to understand our demands.”
She praised the role of Sudanese women, many of whom have taken to the streets in protest.
“You cannot have a revolution without women. You cannot have democracy without women,” she tweeted. “We believed we could, so we did.”
Calling herself “very proud to take part in this revolution,” she said her life has been threatened since her picture and video went viral on social media.
“I will not bow down. My voice can not be suppressed,” she tweeted, adding that she would hold Bashir responsible “if anything happens to me.”
Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague and faces an arrest warrant over allegations of genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region during an insurgency that began in 2003 and led to the death of an estimated 300 000 people.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC)recently gave a go ahead for a N2.8 billion contract to instal digital integrated system to reduce prison congestion across the country.
Responding to reporters at the end of the meeting, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) said the web-based system will improve the justice system in the country.
According to him, the system will assist stakeholders in the office of the AGF, Nigeria Prisons Service, Nigeria Police, including selected courts to monitor real-time progress of pending cases and movement of suspects between the courts and prisons.
He added that it will also track those who have overstayed their prison terms as well as those wrongly imprisoned.
Malami said the new system will replace the practice of setting up government committees that usually visit prisons to attend to individual cases and identify inmates that deserve pardon or prerogative of mercy as part of efforts to decongest the prisons.
“The system would be operated by retrained staff of the Nigeria Prisons Service, while there would be systemic checks to substantiate the input or data of suspects put into the system to avoid compromise and other forms of corruption,” Malami said.
Udoma Udoma, minister of budget and national planning, said FEC approved two contracts for the N-Power Build programme of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
He said this is to impart skills in young non-graduates.
Udoma explained that the N-Power Build programme is a non-graduate programme that seeks to deliver accelerated training and certificated skills to 75,000 Nigerians between ages of 18 years and 35 years.
“It aims to build a high crop of highly competent and skilled workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals, who will be trained and tooled and transitioned annually to take up jobs as electrical installation technicians, plumbing and pipe fitting installers, masons, carpentry and gentry experts, welders, fabricators, professional painters, building technicians and so on,” he said.
“The focus has so far been zone by zone. Today, the contract for the Southeast zone of Nigeria was awarded to Hitech Investment Ltd at the sum of N122.8 million. It covers all the states in the south-east.
“The one for the north-west zone was awarded to Noble Ventures Limited in the sum of N145.1 million and it covers all the states in the north-west.”
Kaduna stategovernor, Nasir el-Rufai, has cautioned all communities in the state to desist from the practice of reprisal attacks in resolving their differences.
This statement was made while the governor toured internally displaced persons (IDPs)’s camp in Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru local government area of the state on Wednesday.
He advised communities with grievances over killings or attacks to work with security agencies and allow the government to take up the administration of justice.
“I am saddened by the situation,” said el-Rufai in a statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, his spokesman.
“What we saw is unfortunate, but we must speak out and tell our people the right thing to be done. An eye for an eye is not a solution to the vicious cycles of killings and will complicate and undermine collective efforts.
“Our admonition is simple. If Fulani or Adara communities have complaints of killings or attacks, they should report and allow security agencies and government to take up the administration of justice. If these communities resort to taking the laws into their own hands, it will not work. That is not the solution.
“As a government, we will continue to collaborate with security agencies, traditional and religious institutions in peace building, but we will be frank to our communities. They have lived peacefully before this mistrust and they can rekindle the glorious past by simply not taking the laws into their own hands and doing away with jungle justice.
“On our own part, we will do our very best in protecting lives and property. We will also not shy away from applying the law to anyone found complicit in the violent communal conflicts, irrespective of their status, religion, ethnicity or political persuasions. Let us cherish all lives. No life is more precious than another life.”
Twenty-one persons were recently reported by the state police command to have been killedby gunmen in Banono and Anguwan Aku communities in Kufana district of Kajuru LGA.
The Anambra house of assembly has passed a bill, seeking to reduce burial expenses in the state.
In a move to curb what has become a culture of excessive spending on burials in Anambra state and other parts of Nigeria, the Anambra State House of Assembly prescribes far-reaching regulations on the way and manner burial ceremonies are to be undertaken in Anambra state henceforth.
The sponsor of the bill, Charles Ezeani, member representing Aniocha 11 constituency and sponsor of the bill, pointed out that the legislation provides that burial ceremonies will be held in one day, amongst others.
He went further to add that a provision in the bill is to the effect that no individual would be able to deposit a corpse in any mortuary in the state beyond two months.
He said if the legislation is assented to by the Governor, nobody will be subjected to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of the burial ceremony.
Specifically, he added that those in the habit of blocking roads and streets during burial ceremonies would be sanctioned.
An implementation committee that would monitor the implementation of the provisions of the legislation when signed into law, has been provided for in the bill, he said.
The bill scalled through after Rita Maduagwu, the speaker, put to a voice vote.
Maduagwu commended Ezeani for sponsoring the bill which she said “will moderate burial expenses” in Anambra.
The passage of the bill followed the outcry of Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic bishop of Awka diocese.
Ezeokafor had lamented that burial expenses have been on the rise in the state.
“All of us should strive to do good and be prepared for death as it comes like a thief.There is no repentance in the grave so everybody should work had to achieve heaven. We spend a lot in burial, we should bury the dead but not to the extent of spending that much”, the bishop had said during a sermon.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has adjudged Nigeria among one of the worst countries in the world in the use of sovereign wealth funds(SWF).
Information from the Fiscal Monitor report released on Wednesday and seen by TheColumn, among resource-rich countries, Qatar was the only country worse than Nigeria on the index.
IMF said the index was based on the corporate governance and transparency scores of the sovereign wealth funds and the size of assets as a percentage of 2016 GDP of the countries considered.
On the institutional management of the SWF, IMF had used data compiled by the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Worldwide Governance Indicators.
“It is critical to developing a strong institutional framework to manage these resources—including good management of the financial assets kept in sovereign wealth funds—and to ensure that proceeds are appropriately spent,” the report read.
“This remains a significant challenge in many resource-rich countries that, on average, have weaker institutions and higher corruption
“The governance challenges of commodity-rich countries— that is, the management of public assets— call for ensuring a high degree of transparency and accountability in the exploration of such resources.
“Countries should develop frameworks that limit discretion, given the high risk of abuse, and allow for heavy scrutiny.”
IMF emphasized the need for transparency in the management of SWFs and urged countries to ensure that the natural resources of countries should be channelled properly to the people that need them.
Of the 10 African countries considered, Ghana was ranked the highest.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says the self-determination is not a crime but a right.
The bench awrrant was premmised on his absence from hearings on the ongoing case involving him and other IPOB members charged along with him.
Recall that Binta Nyako, the judge who granted him bail, revoked it and issued a bench warrant against him.
Kanu had gone into hiding months after his bail only to reappear in Israel after one year.
As usual, Kanu had made public, via a broadcast on Radio Biafra, a recording of which was obtained by TheColumn, Kanu said the warrant cannot stand outside the shores of Nigeria.
“In March last year, a continental human rights court restrained the Nigerian government from further persecution of members of IPOB, including my humble self. Till date, Nigerian government is yet to obey that Order,” he said.
“The bench warrant against me is merely academic. It will surely be ignored by an international legal and diplomatic order that has voiced its disapproval of what is happening to IPOB in Nigeria.
“Self determination is not a crime but a right guaranteed under chapter A9, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004. So, what is Justice Binta Nyako seeking my arrest and trial for unless she has no intention of obeying the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which gives me the right to openly agitate for Biafra?
“I remain eternally grateful to my Sureties for standing by me all through my travails, trials and tribulations. It therefore smacks of judicial persecution for the judge to claim that my Sureties have withdrawn their suretyship.”
Kanu also claims he still has a huge following in Nigeria and his those who belive in the IPOB cause are still dedicated to the cause of a sovereign state of Biafra.
He said: “Create as many fake Facebook accounts as possible, issue misleading press statements as much as you like, one thing is guaranteed, unless you mention Nnamdi Kanu and/or IPOB nobody will read your junk.
“That is the level of stranglehold we have over you. Unless you mention my name, you are nobody. If you like try, let’s see.”
Excerpts from the report indicates that the firm is expected to “encourage Congress and the executive to forbear from a final declaration and recognition of Nigeria’s February 23, 209 presidential election until outstanding legal challenges to the initial government of Nigeria assertion that incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari was the victor are impartially and independently resolved by the supreme court of Nigeria without political or military influence, intimidation or manipulation.”
In a swift response by Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, the report was described as a “total fabrication” by the APC, adding that it “didn’t come as a surprise to us because lying has become their only bragging rights of competence.”
He continued by adding that “since Atiku resisted pressure not to go to court, the APC has been behaving like a cat on hot bricks because the outcome of the 2019 elections has exposed and shattered the facade of their dubious integrity.”
“The APC are behaving nervously like a thief living under the fear of being exposed and shamed; they are now using fake news against Atiku instead of focusing on defending themselves in the court,” the statement read.
“For a party that has broken the worst record in election rigging, the APC doesn’t have any iota of integrity to be taken seriously by anybody.
“Atiku’s court case has become their biggest burden because it exposes their integrity as a sham, and instead of defending their stolen mandate in court, they are now using fake news to divert public attention from the historic electoral heist they have committed against Nigerians.
“No amount of diversionary propaganda and fake news campaign by APC will stop Atiku Abubakar from continuing the court action he started to reclaim the stolen mandate.”
Organising Secretary of APC in Adamawa State, Ahmed Lawal, on Sunday pointed that power must shift to the south in 2023 for fairness and stability.
He made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.
He insisted on the imperative of demonstrating fairness in the polity, since the southern part of Nigeria supported the Northern part to hold power for eight years.
He advised the APC to ensure power rotation in 2023 to enhance national cohesion.
He rejected comments from those he called “some selfish northern politicians” intent on shortchanging the south in the scheme of power play.
The organising secretary said that the proponents of power retention in the north are selfish as they cannot claim to be speaking for the entire north.
“We must rotate power to Southern Nigeria for the spirit of equity, fairness and harmony.
” As far as Nigerian unity is concerned, power shift must become a stabilising principle so that no region will feel relegated and oppressed politically.
“It was instructive that our political leaders sought support from southerners while APC was mobilising during 2015 election.
” It is glaring that they cooperated well as no southern APC politician contested the primary election during 2015 and even in 2019.
” If we want to be fair to them, let’s allow them to have a feel of power come 2023.
“It is also instructive that those singing northern power retention cannot speak for the north because they are not authorized.
“As you can see some of them who claim to be members of the APC, worked against the party in the just concluded governorship election to build up PDP to be able to achieve their sinister agenda,” Mr Lawal said.
He advised APC members at all levels to ensure they addressed internal squabbles emanating from the just concluded elections with the view to repositioning the party for future elections.
He also advised the party to reorganise itself to be able to manage its victory well, saying that victory can be more difficult to manage than failure.
NAN recalls that Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Junaid Mohammed, another politician from Kano, at different interviews said that rotation of presidency in 2023 to Southern Nigeria is not automatic.
Mining activities have been banned in Zamfara state, and all foreigners within mining have been ordered out of the sites immediately by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
A new military operation has also been launched to stop bandits in the state.
This was disclosed by Mohammed Adamu, acting inspector-general of police, while speaking to state house correspondents after a security meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Sunday.
Adamu added that the licences of individuals and companies that disobey the directive to stop the activities would be revoked with immediacy.
“Consequently, any mining operator who engages in mining activities in the affected locations henceforth will have his licence revoke,” he said.
“All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours.”
He assured those living in the affected areas that the security services were doing their best to address the situation.
On the sustained efforts to flush out, and permanently put an end to banditry and criminality in Zamfara, he said the police in collaboration with the military and other security services had commenced “Operation PUFF- ADDER”, a full scale security offensive against the bandits.
“The operation is aimed at reclaiming every public space under the control of the bandits, arrest and bring to book all perpetrators of violence in the area and their collaborators, achieve a total destruction of all criminal camps and hideouts, mop up all illicit weapons fueling the violence and attain a full restoration of law and order in the affected communities,” he said.
“Our commitment at protecting the sanctity of life and property is irrevocable, and we will not scale-down the pressure on the armed bandits until they are totally flushed-out.”
The development comes 24 hours after some protesters marched to Aso Rock to draw attention to the security situation in Zamfara.
Many have been killed while property worth millions of naira destroyed in attacks by armed men.
Sanusi Rikiji, speaker of the state house assembly, said at least 50 persons, including members of the civilian joint task force (CJTF) were killed on Tuesday.
After weeks of silence the, President Muhammadu Buhari finally spoke on Saturday expressing his sadness at the killings going on in Zamfara State.
This was contained in a statement made public by his New Media aide, Bashir Ahmad, Buhari expressed surprise at people thought he was unconcerned about the killings and the pain of the families of those who had lost their lives to bandits.
He said, “How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits? I am human and I understand the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatized and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits”.
Bandits have been terrorising Zamfara State in recent times, leaving an unconfirmed number of persons dead.
Similarly, a protest held on Saturday in Abuja demanding for the intervention of the president in the security of lives and property in Zamfara State.
The house of representatives ad hoc committee investigating alleged irregularities in National Pension Commission (PenCom) has commenced work on the
The committee investigating alleged irregularities in National Pension Commission (PenCom) has summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and accountant general of the Federation (AGF) over the whereabouts of N33 billion pension fund.
The money, which was released by the CBN, is reportedly not listed in the schedule of funds due for release to the pension fund administrators by PenCom.
“This ad hoc Committee invites the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) to appear before it next week Tuesday to clarify issues surrounding the money claimed to have been remitted by PenCom,” said Ehiozuwa Agbonnayinma, chairman of the committee, on Thursday.
Agbonayinma said the invitation of the three agencies had become necessary in order for them to sit together with the panel members and do detailed due diligence on the said amounts whereabouts.
“From January to April 2017, we want to know what happened between CBN, AGF’s office and PENCOM,” he added.
The committee chairman also noted that the panel was not out to witchhunt anybody but is carrying out its duties with due diligence.
The committee, set up by the house in December 2018, is investigating the “unwholesome practices” by pension administrators in the country.
At the hearing, which held in Abuja, some of the unions and retirees accused PenCom of defaulting in their operations.
The Nigeria Union of Contributory Pensioners (NUCP) fingered the regulatory agency as their “major obstacle” in the smooth running of their operations.
Aigbokhaleode Asimiafele, one of the union officials, also accused PenCom of “violating the provisions of the law instead of regulating its activities for optimum benefits of retirees.”
President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration is looking at establishing 10,000 functional primary healthcare facilities across the country.
While speaking on Thursday at the inauguration of senior executive course (SEC) 41 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau state, the president said the country loses about N400 billion to medical tourism annually.
The theme of the event is: ‘Funding Universal Health Care Delivery in Nigeria.’
The president also added that Nigeria was losing so much to medical tourism because of the country’s health sector’s “inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.”
“Government has shown strong commitment in the revitalisation of the health sector,” he said.
“These efforts notwithstanding, our health sector is still characterised by low response to the public health emergencies, inability to combat outbreak of deadly diseases and mass migration of medical personnel out of the country.
“This has resulted in increasing medical tourism by Nigerians in which Nigeria loses N400 billion on annual basis.”
Reacall that in 2017, Buhari spent over 150 days in the UK treating an undisclosed ailment.
The National Judicial Commission (NJC) has refused to fault the swearing-in of the Justice Muhammad by the president as the acting Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN)
In a related development, the National Judicial Commission recommended the retirement of the suspended chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to President Muhammadu Buhari.
These decisions were reached after a meeting on Wednesday, April 3, which led to a unanimous agreement that Onnoghen be retired over petitions filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The President will, however, have to consider whether it would be in his best interest to accept the council’s recommendation on Justice Walter Onnoghen, the suspended CJN.
Legit.ng reports that Justice Muhammad was absolved by the NJC of any blame in deferring to the president to be sworn in as the acting CJN The coast seems clear for Justice Tanko Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria, to become substantive CJN following the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
The Nation reports that President Muhammadu Buhari may accept the recommendation from the NJC that Justice Muhammad be formerly appointed as CJN.
Walter Onnoghen has resigned as the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) with immediate effect, TheCable reports.
TheCable reports that the resignation letter was transmitted to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening, lee that two days after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended that he be compulsorily retired for misconduct.
The implications of his resignation are contained in section 306 of the 1999 constitution, as follows:
“(1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, any person who is appointed, elected or otherwise selected to any office established by this Constitution may resign from that office by writing under his hand addressed to the authority or person by whom he was appointed, elected or selected. (2) The resignation of any person from any office established by this Constitution shall take effect when the writing signifying the resignation is received by the authority or person to whom it is addressed or by any person authorised by that authority or person to receive it.”
The resignation, TheCable points, was the “best possible option” for Onnoghen under the current circumstance.
It will also save Buhari from having to get two-thirds majority of the senate to confirm Onnoghen’s retirement as stipulated in Section 292 (1) of the 1999 constitution which says a “judicial officer shall not be removed from his office or appointment before his age of retirement except in the following circumstances – (a) in the case of – (i) Chief Justice of Nigeria… by the President acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate.”
Buhari may not be able to muster the needed majority.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate in the March 9 Governorship election in Rivers,Gov. Nyesom Wike, has been declared the winner of the election.
His declaration followed the resumption of result collation on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
Following widespread violence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on March 10, suspended the collation of the results of the election in the state.
INEC also announced a schedule of activities for the resumption of the exercise, where collation and announcement of results were slated for between April 2 and April 5 2019.
The PDP candidate won in Port Harcourt, Ikwerre, Andoni, Eleme, Opobo-Nkoro, Bonny, Okrika, Omuma, Tai, Ahoada East, Emohua, Etche, and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local governments.
The party also won in Ogu/Bolo, Obio-Akpor, Asari-Toru, and Degema, scoring a total of 586,721 votes.
The main opposition candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, of the African Alliance Congress (AAC), clinched victory in Akuku-Toru and Oyigbo local governments, polling a total of 139,211 votes.
Prof. Teddy Adias, INEC State Returning Officer, who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Otueke, adjourned the collation at noon on Wednesday, and said that it would resume by 3:00pm.
While still serving as minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, had repeatedly argued that the review will increase government revenue and discourage the consumption of the items because of the associated health risks.
TheCable reports that Adeosun had said the proposed review will be implemented over a three- year period from 2018 to 2020 to moderate the impact on prices.
Bloomberg reports that the main alcoholic beverage makers in the country — Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, Heineken BV and Diageo Plc — have struggled to increase sales making the government to rethink the taxes.
“Following continued consultation by the government, it has been decided and approved that the excise duties on wines and spirit should be reviewed,” Paul Abechi, a spokesman for Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, said.
“The process has been set in motion through the relevant departments and inter-ministerial committees and it will soon resolve the matter in a mutually benefiting way.”
Nigerian Breweries Plc, Heineken’s local unit, recently reported that its net income dropped by 41% in 2018 due to “increased excise duty rates and a challenging operating environment”.
Killers of Kolade Johnson, a football fan, who was a victim of the March 31 fatal shooting in Lagos will be punished, President Muhammadu Buhari promises.
President Buhari expressed regret at the action of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) operatives from the state police command describing it as unfortunate and avoidable.
It was reported that Johnson was a victim of a stray bullet from SARS officers who were trying to disperse a crowd during an operation to arrest another man they suspected was a criminal because of his dreadlocks.
Recall that the deceased was watching a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Lagos on Sunday when he met his untimely death.
The incident had sparked nationwide outrage with several celebrities urging that justice be done on the matter and the police authorities promising Nigerians that the killers would be brought to book.
TheCable reports that in a statement issued on Wednesday by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari reassured the public that any law enforcement agency caught violating the law will be made to “face the full weight of the law.”
“President Muhammadu Buhari regrets the recent unfortunate action of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives from the Lagos State Police Command, which led to the avoidable death of Mr. Kolade Johnson, and commiserates deeply with the family of the deceased,” the statement read.
“The President acknowledges the genuine outrage regarding the activities of SARS and reassures the public that swift actions have already been taken. Suspects are in custody and an orderly room trial is set to commence immediately, following which indicted officers will be prosecuted in court.
“Any officer of the law enforcement agencies or any other government functionary caught in this act will certainly be visited with the full weight of the law.”
“Recall that following directives from the Presidency in 2018 to overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, steps were taken by the Police leadership to restructure and reform SARS.
“The President recognizes that a lot more remains to be done and this effort must be sustained.”
“He reassures that this administration will continue to ensure that all officers in the police and other law enforcement agencies conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presneted a certificate of return to Kano state Governor-elect Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the second term in office.
The Governor-elect received the certificate along with his deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawna and members of the state house of assembly under the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Lawmakers’- elect shun the INEC ceremony.
Recall that PDP won 13 assembly seats while the ruling APC claimed 27 seats.
The Guardian Nigeria reports that the INEC national commissioner in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Engr. Abubakar Nahuche urged the political class in the country to always imbibe spirit of sportsmanship and eschew a do or die politics.
– The results of the Saturday, March 9, governorship election in Rivers seem to be in favour of Governor Nyesom Wike
– As at Wednesday, April 3, Wike won more local government areas, Ogu/Bolo, Obio Akpor, Asari-Toru and Degema
– The governor is leading with cumulative 763,603 votes ahead of his closest rival, Biopkpomabo Awara of the African Action Congress (AAC) who has 162,180 votes Going by the results so far in the collation of results for the Rivers state, on Wednesday, April 3, Governor Nyesom Wike has the edge over his closest rival from the African Action Congress (AAC) Biopkpomabo Awara.
Having claimed local government areas such Ogu/Bolo, Obio Akpor, Asari-Toru and Degema as collated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Wike has more 324 more votes.
This invariably means that Wike’s votes, as opposed to what stood on Tuesday, April 2, increased with 337, 324 more.
Wike is leading with cumulative 763,603 votes, bringing his cumulative gap ahead of Awara with 601,423 votes as his rival has 162,180 total votes.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had successfully cruised to a comfortable victory in Rivers as the INEC declared candidates of the party winners of the three Senate seats in the state.
PDP’s Senator George Sekibo won Rivers East senatorial seat, Betty Apiafi comfortably won the Rivers west Senate seat, while Barry Mpigi won Rivers Southeast district.
Legit.ng gathered that INEC had resumed for the collation of governorship results with emerging report indicating that Governor Wike is leading in 13 out of 15 local government areas announced by INEC so far.
A group known as the North Central APC Ambassadors has staged a protest to the party’s national secretariat seeking the zoning of the position of Speaker, House of Representatives, to the North Central region.
The group argued that the North Central was responsible for about 2.4 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari during the general elections in which he emerged victorious.
Their position was contained in a letter dated April 1, 2019 and addressed to National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole. The group insisted that the zone should be rewarded with the position in view of the number of votes it delivered to the President during the poll.
According to The Guardian Nigeria, the letter, signed by five state coordinators of the zone and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), comprised Muyideen Yusuf (Kwara), Rita Longjap (Plateau), Muhammad Ibn Muhammad (Niger), Lucas Cassius (Nasarawa), Yahaya Dauda (FCT) and Shehu Araga (Kogi).
It argued that since the North West has the President, South West has the Vice President, while the Senate President has been zoned to the North East, the House Speakership should naturally be zoned to North Central.
Defying the earlier endorsement of Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North) for the position of Senate President in the nineth National Assembly by All Progressives Congress (APC)’s, former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, insists contesting for the position.
Ndume (Borno South), while making public his nine-point agenda yesterday in Abuja promised to improve upon the performance of the eighth Senate, adding that he would make the position less attractive by reducing what he described as ‘unnecessary privileges’ attached to the office
Pledging to uphold the independence of the legislature, he, however, expressed willingness to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of powers.”
According to The Guardian Nigeria, Ndume said he would prioritise and ensure the passing of the Constituency Development Bill to make constituency projects more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective in the country.
“In synergy with fellow senators, I will ensure that the Senate will agree on timelines for confirmation, approval of bills, especially the annual budgets, which will not exceed 90 days from the date of submission.
“We will make laws that will block leakages and devise improved means of generating revenue, especially through amendment and review of the nation’s tax laws, which will help to reduce reliance on local and foreign loans to finance budget,” he stated.
Ndume also pledged to uphold the party’s principles and policies, adding that the Senate under his watch will make laws and review existing ones to be in tandem with APC’s next level agenda for the country.
The Japanese Government yesterday released $1.5 million (about N540 million) to fund community stabilisation projects and iniotiatives in the Northeast.
The fund will be channelled via an ongoing United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) programme in Nigeria launched in 2016, aimed at supporting victims of Boko Haram terrorism in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
A similar support provided by the Japanese government was important in rehabilitating 20 public infrastructures and in providing emergency employment to more than 2,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and returnees.
Similarly, more than 4,000 farmers and over 1,000 small businesses were supported with inputs and capital that helped improve and expand their sources of livelihood.
Recall that the same government had invested $6.5 million in the Northeast stabilisation activities, to be utilised based on the framework of Integrated Community Stabilisation Programme, which UNDP has been implementing in the region for the direct benefit of about 125,000 people.
Making the donation public, Acting UNDP Resident Representative, Khardiata Lo Ndiaye, said: “Stabilisation efforts in the Northeast are helping families and communities begin to rely less on humanitarian aid and more on themselves. This support from the government of Japan will go a long way in laying a foundation for development to take place again in the region.”
She added that meeting needs of the crisis-affected communities remained a huge challenge requiring more partners and investment.
Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim of Japan, Mr. Shigeru Umetsu, reassured that Japan would continue to support Nigeria’s efforts stabilise livelihoods in the Northeast, The Guardian Nigeria reports.
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the Ajaokuta Steel Company Completion Fund Bill, which proposed the withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account for the completion of the project.
This is recent move is expected to spark off a whole new conversation on project, which despite its importance to the industrial advbancement of the country has been widely seen as a cesspool of curroption.
This rejection was contained in a letter read to senators by Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday where Buhari noted that amid competing priorities, the country could not afford such a huge amount at once.
Instead, he complained that relevant stakeholders including the Ministries of Mines and Steel Development and Industry, Trade and Investment were not fully consulted, The Guardian Nigeria reports.
Such appropriations, he said, should have been made through the “traditional” budgetary process with approval from the National Economic Council (NEC).
“I am declining assent because the bill, which seeks to make appropriation of revenues to fund public expenditure, should be consolidated in the annual Appropriation Act such that these proposals pass through the traditional scrutiny that budget proposals are subjected to by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the National Assembly.
“Furthermore, as the Excess Crude Account funds belong to the Federation, it would be proper to consult with the National Economic Council and the States,” the president said.
Recall that the Senate had in a bill in December 2018 approved $1 billion for the completion of the company. Their claim hinged on the notion that all money that may be appropriated and authorised by any tier of government should be part of funding for the objective due to its importance to the country.
The Senate also said all loans or grants made to the country for the purpose of completing the company should be accommodated.
According to the Guardian Nigeria “the legislation stated that the money in the fund shall be applied for by the minister subject to appropriation by the National Assembly only for the construction, improvement, extension, enlargement and replacement of infrastructure and works, including the provision, acquisition, improvement and replacement of other capital assets required in respect of or in connection with the completion of the project.
“It added that the cash shall be used for the acquisition of land and of any right or interest in or over land and in respect of the use of any invention; the carrying on of any survey, research or investigation preparatory to the undertaking of any such purpose as is referred to in Paragraph A and B or the formation of any plan or scheme for the development, improvement of Ajaokuta Steel Company project”.
A military court martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, has convicted Martins Owerem of the Nigerian air force (NAF), of raping a 14-year old internally displaced person (IDP).
The said officer was said to have defiled the girl when he was officer in charge of the special force battalion, near Bakassi IDP camp, in 2018.
Following the incidence, the convict was charged with defilement, assault and disobedient to standing order.
In an earlier development, Aminu Mairuwa, prosecution counsel, told the court that the convict on September 29, 2018, while on patrol duty at Kawon Jiya community in the outskirts of Maiduguri, arrested some girls who were collecting firewood, on the pretext that they crossed into a restricted area.
Mairuwa said the convict took one of the girls into the bush and raped her.
However, Abbas Abba, defense counsel, sought for leniency for the convict “in view of his selfless service and contributions in the counter insurgency campaign.”
In his ruling, Yakubu Auta, president of the court, held that the court found Owerem guilty on the two count charges of rape and assault.
He added that the court also found the officer guilty on the first and second-count charge, while it discharged and acquitted him on the third-count charge.
Auta held that the prosecution, through five witnesses and four exhibits, have proved their case beyond reasonable doubts. The judge, therefore, ordered dismissal of the convict from service on the first count charge.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state,Nyesom Wike, is leading significantly in the results of 15 local government areas so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Recall that INEC had resumed collation of election results of 15 LGAs on Tuesday and Wike polled PDP: 426, 279 votes ahead of Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of the African Alliance Congress (AAC), who garnered 129,855 vote, leaving a margin of 296,424.
Obo Effanga, resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, said collation will continue by 10am on Wednesday.
There are two more local government areas INEC is yet to announce while supplementary election will hold across six LGAs on April 13.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, is supporting the AAC in the election since internal crisis prevented the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers from fielding candidates in the 2019 elections.
Following the observation by KPMG, FIRS was reported to have written to to banks, directing them to lift the lien on alleged tax defaulters’ bank accounts for 30 days.
Responding to recent development occasioned by the move by the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, executive chairman of the service on Tuesday in Abuja revealed that the policy has been extended to increase FIRS tax recovery.
He said the tax administration agency recorded an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) collection between 2015 and 2018, with 85 percent of that amount going to state governments, TheCable reports.
“Out of about N5.3 trillion, a large percentage is shared between states and local governments. In VAT, there has been a growth of over 44% between 2015 and 2018. And that is at the current rate of 5%.
“85 percent of VAT goes to the state governments who are supposed to be closer to the people. So they can use that money as approved by their state houses of assembly…they can use that money on education, infrastructure, etc.”
He said the service is broadening its VAT collection scope using modern technology with the adoption of States Accountants Generals (SAG) collection platform, VAT Auto-Collect, integration of the GIFMIS (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) platform with Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) and through e-Service payment options.
Fowler said the FIRS also initiated income tax on property owners in Abuja and Lagos, clarifying that it is not a property tax.
He said this was part of efforts to deepen tax revenue collection and expand the nation’s tax net as well as increase the revenue base with plans to extend the exercise to other locations beginning with Oyo and Kaduna states.
On tax audit exercise of the service, Fowler said the National Tax Audit (NTA) contributed the sum of N212. 79 billion to tax collection in 2018 and is expected to “produce increased audit yield in 2019”.
Executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler,says the service plans to recover N750 billion from 55,000 defaulting taxpayers by extending its account substitution policy.
He made this statement in Abuja on Tuesday during a meeting with the joint house committees on finance; appropriations; and aids, loans and debt on the 2019/2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).
Fowler added that a bank account substitution exercise has already pulled 500 defaulters into the tax net, leading to a recovery of N23.25 billion.
He hinted that the same exercise will be extended till June to get 55,000 tax defaulters with a turnover of N100 million and above into the tax net, TheCable reports.
“From the Bank accounts substitution exercise, we used banking information to bring non-compliant taxpayers with N1 billion and above turnover to comply. It has so far resulted in the recovery of N23.35 billion,” Fowler said.
“The exercise has been extended to cover those with a turnover of N100 million and above. To date, about 500 of them have come forward and they have paid and we have collected in the region of about N24 billion.
“We believe we should be able to go through the 55,000 before the middle of this year which will be the middle of this year, June 30th. In terms of estimates, which we should be able to generate from this exercise alone, that will be about N750 billion.”
The “substitution” empowers FIRS to appoint the banks as collection agents for tax, and all tax defaulters will have their accounts frozen or put under substitution pending when they come forward.
Senior special assistant to the president on diasporaAbike Dabiri-Erewa, says Saudi Arabia has executed eight Nigerians for drug-related offences in the last three years.
Just this Monday another of such executions involving a Nigerian woman took place.
She disclosed this tragic news during an interaction with state house correspondents on Tuesday.
She added that 20 other Nigerians were on death row while some have been sentenced to various jail terms in the country, Thecablereports.
She also broke the news of disappointing practice of some airlines that work with drug syndicates to put drugs in the bags of unsuspecting passengers.
She appealed to Nigerians to abide by the laws of Saudi Arabia when travelling there.
“So we have had cases where truly they didn’t commit the offence. We have appealed to the Saudi authorities to make the trials fair, open and ensure that justice is done,” she said.
“Even if you are going to die, you will know that you die for an offence you committed. So, while we appeal to Nigerians going to Saudi Arabia, we know it is tough, obey the laws of the land. Even Kolanut is treated as a drug.
“So we will continue to appeal to the Saudi authorities to treat some of the cases with some form of leniency.
“Like I said, we have 20 of them in Saudi, this is the eighth to be executed and we are hopeful that maybe we will be able to save the others.
“It is pathetic, it is tragic but we will continue to appeal to Nigerians to obey the laws of the land where you are.
“However, we expect the trial to be fair, open and ensure that justice truly is done because somebody is sentenced to death.”
She also described as disgraceful the involvement of five Nigerians in the robbing of a bureau de change of different currency worth Dh2.3 million (N226,182,000) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
She listed their names as Chimuanya Ozo, Benjamin Ajah, Kingsley Nwonka, Toochukwu Arise and Chile Ndumodu.
“These five boys are a disgrace to this country and an embarrassment. So if UAE decide to be hard on Nigerians then we will complain that they are hard on us,” she said.
“But we will continue to say that one bad apple should not spoil the whole bunch. Nigerians are hardworking, intelligent so these few should not spoil the whole bunch because this has made news all over the UAE now.
“We are going to continue to name those who disgrace the country anywhere in the world and we will continue to appeal to Nigerians to be good ambassadors wherever they find themselves.”
A Federal High court sitting in Abuja has declared that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Ademola Adeleke who contested the 2018 governorship election in Osun state was never qualified to contest.
The ruling was based on a suit filed by Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The suit sort to disqualify Adeleke over allegations that he was not in possession of secondary school certificate (SSCE).
The certificate is required for an elective position, according to section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had confirmed that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981.
The council confirmed Adeleke’s participation in an affidavit provided at the request of the court. However, in his ruling Othman Musa, the presiding judge, added that while the court found that Adeleke entered secondary school in 1976, it was not able to prove that he actually graduated as his name was no longer seen in the school’s register from 1980.
Based on that, the judge further said the result Adeleke attached to his form CF001 which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was fake.
He added that it was found to be different from the one presented to the court by the principal of Ede Muslim High School, Ede, Osun, where Adeleke supposedly graduated from, TheCable reports.
In a swift response, Nathaniel Oke, Adeleke’s lawyer, decried the judgment of the court and vowed to appeal the ruling in a higher court.
Oke argued that judge erred in law by going out of his way to source evidence to arrive at his “unjust conclusion”, while “ignoring” WAEC evidence that Adeleke possessed the certificate.
Recall that the state governorship election petition tribunal last two weeks had declared Adeleke as winner of the September 2018 election in the state.
In its ruling, tribunal the held that the rerun election conducted in the state which saw the emergence of Gboyega Oyetola as governor, after the initial poll, was illegal.
INEC had announced Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election.
But the PDP and Adeleke filed a petition at the tribunal, challenging Oyetola’s victory.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will rely on the ruling of the Supreme Court before taking any decision on the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Zamfara State.
Recall that INEC had withheld certificates of return of the state Governor-elect, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu, following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto.
However, the APC and her governor-elect,have repeatedly insisted that the Court of Appeal did not nullify their primary elections.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Monday in Abuja, said the commission would remain law-abiding.
He said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution. It is the policy of the commission to obey court orders and court decisions.
“The commission took the decision to exclude the candidates of the All Progressives Congress from the list of nominated candidates on the grounds that the party did not conduct primary elections.
“The party has taken the matter to the Supreme Court and it is only rational and prudent to wait for the decision of the Supreme Court before proceeding. The commission took a cautionary approach in suspending further issuance of certificates of return to the members-elect of the state assembly, the deputy governor-elect and the governor-elect. The commission will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter.”
He added, “The commission does not have any interest in who becomes the governor of Zamfara State but is only interested in the processes and procedures leading to the declaration of results and issuance of certificates of return.
“We are confident that the Supreme Court will conclude the hearing of the matter and deliver its judgment before the inuguration of elected members of the national and state assemblies.
“We believe that the people of Zamfara State deserve to know who their governor and representatives are before the terminal date of this regime.
The commission receives dozens of letters daily. The commission replies letters it receives but takes decisions based on the orders and judgments of courts.
“The commission studies the judgments and takes its decisions based on the judgements and orders and not based on the opinions and decisions of lawyers.”
Following the commencement of collation in Rivers state, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced results from three local government areas at the collation centre in Port Harcourt.
The minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi who allegedly supports the candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, lost his local government, Ikwerre, to the incumbent governor and gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Nyesom Wike.
Thecable has it that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 14, 938 while the African Action Congress (AAC) polled 5, 660. PDP also won Port Harcourt local government area with 40, 197 votes, and AAC polled 11, 866.
The contest is mainly between Nyesom Wike, incumbent governor and candidate of the PDP and Awara Biokpomabo, candidate of the AAC, reports Vangaurd Newspapers online.
The AAC candidate is being backed by Amaechi. On the eve of the March 9 gubernatorial election, Amaechi had directed his supporters to vote for Biokpomabo. More details later…
The Nigerian Police, Tuesday published the names and photos of those who murdered Mr Kolade Johnson, a football fan who was watching football match on Sunday.
This latest development followed the massive public outburst especially on social media and amongs celebrities took to their various social media handles, to criticize his death.
Others went as far as writing personal letters to President Muhammadu Buhari to end SARS, insisting that the force has always trampled on the constitutional right of many Nigerians.
The men suspected to have carried out the shooting of Kolade Johnson have been apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary procedures.
The CP has revealed their names as (1) Insp Ogunyemi Olalekan and (2) Sgt Godwin Orji attached to Anti Cultism Squad. CP Lagos paid condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson…We have full assurances that Justice will prevail – Family The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni today paid a condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson.
He stated that the men suspected to have carried out the shooting have been apprehended and subjected to internal disciplinary procedures. He revealed their names as (1) Insp Ogunyemi Olalekan and (2) Sgt Godwin Orji attached to Anti Cultism Squad
Meanwhile, the Lagos state Police command, visited the home of the deceased to see and condole the family for their loss. Police Team led by Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, mni, today, paid condolence visit to the family of Kolade Johnson, reassures family that justice must prevail, Vanguard Reports.
The Concerned Edo Youths for Good Governance (CEYGG), has said that the Gov. of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has not fulfiled his promise of creating 200,000 jobs.
The group in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Dr Calistus Osamoyi, admonished people to quit endorsing the governor for a second tenure since he’s yet to fulfil his first tenure promises.
According to the statement, ” it is nauseating to read people saying there is no vacancy in Osadebey Avenue because they want to make Obaseki happy. We are calling on these party leaders to allow Edo people pick their governor come 2020 and not leaders who have already compromised and trying to justify their pay.
“We have said it on several occassions that people should stop distracting Obaseki with a second term when he is yet to commence job at the Gelegele Sea Port, Benin industrial park projects and the 200,000 jobs he promised Edo people.
“Besides, APC is known for conducting primaries even in states where they have sitting governors and that is why we see those shouting that there is no vacancy in Osadebey Avenue as jokers. Obaseki must merit a second term and it will not come through these sychophants who are professionals in creating crisis so they can feast on the governor” it stated,Vanguard Reports.
The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that about 6 out of every 1000 women in Nigeria die during childbearing.
The Acting Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Hassan Bashir, stated this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development.
Bashir said the situation had put women, especially young girls, at risk of maternal death which stands at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births.
He added that 61 per cent of women of reproductive age who had live births within this period received antenatal care from skilled providers.
However, only 36 per cent of them had their deliveries in health facilities and 38 percent of the deliveries were attended to by skilled birth assistants, he said. He explained that the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) had been conducted regularly with plans to conduct a census during the 2020 round of census.
The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that only less than 5% of the population are aged 60 years and above.
The Acting Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Hassan Bashir, stated this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development.
The population chief said Nigerians “60 years and over currently represents less than five per cent of the entire population, while overall life expectancy is 52.2 years”.
Bashir added: “As you may be aware, Nigeria estimated population is currently at over 198 million with an annual growth rate of 3.2 per cent. “The total Fertility Rate remains at 5.5 per woman; 63 per cent of the entire population is under the age of 25; 42 per cent is under the age of 15 years.
“Fifty per cent of the female population is in the reproductive years, while 54.8 per cent of the population constitutes the working age,” the Nigerian population chief said.
According to him, Nigeria recently concluded the field work of its national demography and health survey in 2018 and while it awaits the outcome of that survey, early and child marriage still persists.
Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo says over 2000 MW of power is lost due to poor tarrif revenue collection occasioned by the lack of investment in metering.
He explained that even when power is produced it is not taken up by the DISCOS for distribution to consumers mainly because of problems they experience in collection of tariff, but one of the reasons for this is the fact that the DISCOS have not invested significantly in metering.
He made the statement while delivering a lecture titled: Nigeria Rising: The Path to Prosperity, during the University of Lagos, UNILAG, 50th Convocation Lecture said: “On power, we have moved generation from 4000MW to 8100 MW. But the effect of this increase in generation has not translated significantly to better service to the consumer.
“We have now embarked on a major metering initiative known as the Metering Assets Programme which involves private metering assets providers. “In addition, the Federal Government has, in the past 18 months, taken on the deficiencies in transmission head on through the TCN and the NDPHC we are completing transmission projects all around the country.
“But the more important strategy is to decentralize power production. So, we have adopted an off grid programme; which means that we are encouraging private investors to collaborate with government to build IPPs and supply power to willing buyers. This was made possible by what is called an eligible customer declaration by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. By this collaboration, we have been providing power, especially Solar Power to economic clusters such as markets across the country, including Ariaria market in Aba, 31993 shops, Sabongari market in Kano 13,598 shops, Sura market in Lagos 1047. Isikan 493, NEPA 256, Gbagi 8778, UMBC 2178, a total of 81691shops servicing 320000 SMEs. In Lagos we recently commissioned the Sura market solar project; the businesses there now have 24 hour power. From printers, commercial tailors to small chop businesses, everyone is employing more and making more profit.”
He also spoke on plans for the next four years, he said: “The topic was informed by the curiosity of the university about what you expect from the Buhari administration in the next four years or what is the meaning of that expression The Next Level, Vanguard Newspaper reports.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha has said that the ruling APC had a bad show in the southeast due to the bad leadership of the party at the national level.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State while briefing journalists on the future of APC after 2023 in Abuja said it did not say well of a ruling party that has been in power for about four years not to have a presence in an entire region.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, on Friday rejected the judgment of the Court of Appeal in a suit he instituted to challenge the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said he was prepared to challenge Thursday’s Court of Appeal judgment affirming Mr Fayemi as the duly elected governor of Ekiti State, Premium Times reports.
He expressed regrets at the manner in which the Appeal Court dismissed his appeal, saying it suggested that “our democracy is endangered.’’
“The judiciary is being gagged and justices are constantly being molested and persecuted,” he said.
He told his followers, party and the people of Ekiti that his legal team would study the Appeal Court judgment and take necessary actions.
Mr Olusola-Eleka expressed optimism that justice would be served in the end.
“Let us remain prayerful, it is not over, until it’s over. I have hope in the judiciary and I strongly believe that in the end, justice will be served, ” he said.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on Thursday upheld the victory of Mr Fayemi as governor of the state.
In its judgment, the court also upheld the ruling of the Ekiti Election Tribunal of Jan. 28 which affirmed Fayemi’s victory.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says South West leaders must rethink their agitation for the restructuring of the country if it is to be realised.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor, who spoke in Ado Ekiti at a national retreat of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) which he hosted, said the current tactics being used in agitating for restructuring was defective.
According to him, the Yoruba race needs to be more tactical if it is indeed desirous of actualising its desired restructuring .
He urged the proponents of restructuring in the region to liaise with other zones on how to actualise the plan, Premium Times reports.
“We don’t need to be shouting on the roof tops before we get it, but if we want to do it alone, the agitation will fall,’’ he said.
The governor also expressed dismay at the voter apathy in the South West region in the last election, saying a total of 16.2 million were initially registered in the region while the number of those who voted was not impressive.
He said: “In the last presidential poll, Ekiti registered 909,000 voters, only 381,000 voted.
“In Osun 1.67million registered, only 737,000 voted; Ondo, 1.8 million registered, 586,00 voted; Oyo, 2.7 million registered, 891,000 voted; 2.36million registered in Ogun, 605,000 voted and Lagos with 6.3million, only 1.56 million voted.
“This might be caused by deficit of trust or fraudulent multiple registration, but whatever the case was, as long as we remain a constituent part of this country, ARG should reflect on this and act appropriately
“If it was as a result of deficit of voter education, then the ARG and governments need a lot to do.
“Religion also affected us because some people were brainwashed to vote based on religious consideration.’’
Mr Fayemi also expressed the readiness of the APC governors in the region to work with the governor-elect of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, in the overall interest of the region.
Furthermore, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, called for a return to the values of the old western region which once made the region an enviable one.
The National Chairman of the group, Wale Oshun, reiterated the need for restructuring and advised that it should be taken to the front burner to benefit the Yoruba race.
He also preached for true federalism, urging political leaders in the region to take a firm stand to protect the rights of the Yoruba race.
“Our leaders who know that restructuring is an issue that is germane must speak up the way the ACF used to speak on some national issues,’’ he said.
More than a month after the presidential election, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the candidacy of one of the candidates, former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke.
The ruling was given that Mr Duke was the authentic candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the February 23 election.
The Supreme Court ruling was an affirmation of the ruling earlier granted by the Court of appeal, Abuja division, which nullified a ruling against Mr Duke’s candidacy at the Federal High Court, Premuim Times Nigeria reports.
It would be recalled that Mr Duke had emerged “winner” of the party’s primaries conducted in October, after polling 812 votes to defeat a former minister, Jerry Ghana, who closely followed with 611 votes.
However, a judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Abuja, Hussein Baba-Yusuf, on December 14 sacked Mr Duke as the SDP flagbearer and declared a former minister, Jerry Gana, as the candidate of the party in the election.
Mr Duke and his faction challenged the ruling in court and was reinstated in January.
Following that reinstatement, Mr Gana approached the Supreme Court to contest the ruling
In a ruling on Friday, the Supreme Court awarded a fine of N3 million in favour of Mr Duke, against Mr Gana.
“The judgment was delivered by the Supreme Court presided over by Justices Ejembi Eko, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi, Paul Galumje and Uwani Aji,” the Punch newspaper reported.
Although the SDP participated in the February 23 elections, the party was not among the first five candidates with the highest scores.
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was biased against the ruling party in the 2019 general election.
Results after the elections show that APC won the presidential election, secured about 25 seats more than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the senate, won over 100 seats than PDP in the house of reps and emerged victorious in governorship and state assembly elections in more states than the PDP.
However, Oshiomhole claimed that INEC conducted the elections in a manner that put the ruling party at a disadvantage.
He spoke in an interview with Maupe Ogun-Yusuf on Channels Television’s Hard Copy.
“I have huge reservations about the way INEC conducted this election. INEC bias against APC is so clear,” he said.
“INEC was biased even in the way it dealt with our primaries, INEC was biased in the way in which it selectively used the card readers or the non-use of card readers in some states where it suits them.”
He also added that there were several instances on paper where INEC contradicted itself as to the way the elections were conducted.
Laying emphasis on the non-use of card readers in some areas, Oshiomhole claimed that in some states were the APC clearly won, the electoral umpire used the non-use of card readers to rig the party out.
President Muhammadu Buhari says the current administration will pay attention to merit and national spread in the allocation of political offices in his second term.
This assurance was made Friday when the leadership of the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) paid a visit to the President to congratulate him on his victory at the polls.
Samson Ayokunle, CAN president who led the delegation, had urged the president to see himself as the father of all.
“Having been re-elected President, you have become the President of all. In view of this, we urge you to see yourself as the father to all by embracing all,” he said.
“We solicit for inclusiveness and fairness as you constitute your cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards, and parastatals.
“This is the true and objective way in which you can give all in the country, a sense of belonging.”
Responding, Buhari said: “We will continue to strive for peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs.
“In the area of allocation of political offices, our focus will be on merit and national spread such that every part of Nigeria will have a sense of belonging.”
He also assured that his administration would continue its fight against insurgency and rescue all those held in captivity.
He commended the association for the roles they have been playing since he assumed office and promised to continue supporting several programmes anchored by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says he the group will continue to agitate regardless of the revocation of bail issued by an Abuja based Federal High Court recently.
Speaking during his usual broadcast on Radio Biafra, a recording of which was obtained by TheColumn on Saturday, Kanu said he has instructed his lawyers to challenge the arrest warrant in a United Kingdom(UK) court.
“They have not even defined the crime they said I have committed. There is no crime in Nigeria called secession; secession is not a crime in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. Only armed rebellion is a crime, not self determination,” said Kanu.
“If you are out to demoralise us, you will never ever succeed. We will continue to agitate; we continue to move forward because we are IPOB; we don’t relent and can never ever relent. Which crime did Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants commit? Somebody should name it. Secession is not a crime.”
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says the revocation of bail recently announced by Justice Binta Nyako will not stand.
The IPOB leader also interrogated the federal government over his continued prosecution, insisting he is innocent of the accusations against him.
Recall that an Abuja based Federal High court had revoked the bail granted Kanu in 2017, after his continued absence in court.
Giving the ruling, Binta Nyako, justice of the court, also issued an arrest warrant against the IPOB leader, citing the continued absence of the IPOB leader in court.
Kanu, who is facing trial alongside other Biafran activists for alleged treason, had gone into hiding months after his bail only to reappear in Israel after one year. He then moved to the UK.
Speaking during a broadcast on Radio Biafra, a recording of which was obtained byTheCable on Saturday, Kanu said he has instructed his lawyers to challenge the arrest warrant in a United Kingdom(UK) court.
“The revocation of my bail will never ever hold; they can never convict us because we have done nothing wrong,” he said.
“Every move they make, every decision they take, I will challenge. I have instructed my lawyers, we will challenge in a competent court of law here in Britain where law actually works. I am waiting for them.
“Any day you instruct INTERPOL, that day I will take it up in court and they must answer because here is a civilised country.
“First, I am not a Nigerian citizen. Your bail revocation will never ever work. Anybody interested in revoking my bail would have asked the army what they were doing in my place.”
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says the party’s decision will reign supreme regarding the leadership tussle of the 9th national assembly.
he made this statement while addressing journalists in Lagos on Friday. Tinubu said the party’s choice must be respected and whoever is against such should kindly leave the party.
According to NAN, the APC leader cautioned lawmakers againt a repeat of what the APC suffered in 2015 when some of its lawmakers connived with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was the minority, and elected those against the party’s choice as principal officers.
The ruling APC expects to produce the next principal officers after an emerging majority in both chambers of the national assembly. It has 25 seats more than the PDP in the Senate and is clearly ahead of PDP by 100 seats in the house of representatives.
While this does not necessarily stand in line with the dictates of the constitution or House Rules, the APC believes this is important to guarantee the smooth running of the government.
The party already endorsed Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as their preferred candidates for senate president and speaker respectively.
He also recalled his journey as a politician, saying there were lots of struggles “but my concern is about people and the future of my country”.
According to him, “my mother stood by me when I told her then that I was joining politics. She told me to be ready to take all sorts of insults whenever they cross my way. May her soul rest in peace.
“The struggle was tough. It created a justice on June 12 election of MKO and some people deserted the camp, the struggle, the spirit. We have stayed with this struggle. We know democracy is not easy but it is the only system of government that we chose.
“Ever since, it has been a very fulfilling journey. There is always the twist and turns in politics. Today, we endure, we persevere, we think, adjust, collaborate, merged and became single party just like yesterday.”
Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has confessed that the Party was a bit careless in the handling of the National Assembly leadership issue.
He said this while addressing journalists in Lagos on Friday, Tinubu said the party’s choice will be respected.
According to NAN, the APC leader warned against what the APC suffered in 2015 when some of its lawmakers connived with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which was the minority, and elected those against the party’s choice as principal officers.
Tinubu said the party will not tolerate what happened in 2015, while adding that party discipline is key
He said: “We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to make the desired progress.
“You have seen the result of it and we are not going to allow that to happen again. We are going to respect our party and we are going to apply the whip.
“It is either you stay with us or you follow us or you leave. You have the freedom to choose but the freedom does not give you as a minority to go and collaborate and protrude our mandate given to you to another party who was our opposition and who is still our opposition.
“We would not take that this time, no matter who you think you are. That is how it is built. Why do you want to deviate from what has been structured? We look at our reward system equally, zone by zone.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the “unnecessary killings” in Kaduna.
The body was on a congratulatory visit to Aso Rock where they also urged the President to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu from Boko Haram captivity.
CAN president, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, was the leader of the delegation which comprised the executive council of the association, in a closed-door meeting with the president at the council chamber of the statehouse on Friday, Thecablereports.
“This delegation has come on behalf of the Christian Association of Nigeria (the largest Christian Association in Africa) to congratulate you for victory and for being declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the just concluded 2019 Presidential Election in our nation,” said the CAN president.
“Our prayer for you is that God shall grant you everything it takes to perform hundred times better than your first term. We pray that your administration would lead Nigeria to become the glory and pride of the nations in Africa and a country many people would desire to be, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
“Please count on this organization as one that has the success of your administration at heart. In that respect, we would not cease in praying for you and speaking out about what is expected to be done from time to time in keeping with the Bible, the word of God.”
CAN seized the opportunity to highlight the issue of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.
“We solicit passionately for deliberate and relentless effort to free Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls from captivity,” Ayokunle said.
“Each passing day inflicts anguish in the hearts of the parents of this young girl, the rest of us who are parents, all Nigerians and others all over the world who love freedom and regret that Leah’s life is being wasted in captivity for no sin of hers other than for her religion. Doing all within you to free Leah Sharibu and according it top priority shall confer greater credibility on your government and on you as a person.
“Please and please, Mr. President, let Leah Sharibu and those in captivity of insurgents be freed to enjoy their lives.”
Ayokunle, commenting on the recent bloodshed in parts of the country especially the north-east, said: “While we are thanking you for all your efforts at putting an end to bloodshed in the nation, we urge you to task the security agents to be more alive to their responsibilities by putting an end to insurgency, ethnic violence, kidnapping and herdsmen’s atrocities prevalent in our nation. Today, the north-west of Nigeria which used to be peaceful is also witnessing violent activities.
“The unnecessary killings in Kaduna and the detention of some leaders of Ajara chiefdom in Kaduna state since January should be addressed without delay to douse tension. All efforts today by all of us should be geared towards forgiving one another and reconciling with one another.”
Ayokunle also pleaded with the president to constitute a cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.
“We were so happy listening to your speech after your re-election that you were going to run an all inclusive government. Having been re-elected President, you have become the President of all. In view of this, we urge you to see yourself as father to all by embracing all,” he said.
“We solicit for inclusiveness and fairness as you constitute your cabinet and appoint worthy Nigerians to the headship and membership of critical agencies, boards and parastatals.
“Your Excellency, there is no ethnic or religious group in Nigeria where you cannot find highly qualified men and women that you can engage to add value to your administration and help in moving the nation forward. This is the true and objective way in which you can give all in the country, a sense of belonging.”
Tonye Cole, Guber candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the March 9th elections in Rivers state as null and void.
In the weeks leading to the general election, the Supreme Court had affirmed the verdict of an appellate court which upheld the decision of a lower court that nullified the primary polls of APC in Rivers, TheCable reports.
The court rulling had meant that the APC could not field candidates during the election that was held on March 9.
The election was reportedly marred by violence among other irregularities was declared inconclusive.
The electoral commission has fixed between April 2 and 5 to resume collation and April 13 for supplementary polls “where necessary”.
Mr. Cole, in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, said Rivers is the only state “the courts silenced almost all political opposition to an incumbent, nearly making way for a walkover election”.
Cole, who is of the faction of Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, said it would be “grossly irresponsible to proceed with concluding an electoral process that hardly anyone believes in.”
“We are the only state that is yet to conclude an election three weeks after voters went to the polls. We are the only State that armed militants and the military faced off violently. We are the only State that continues to be a cause of deep concern to the international community,” he said.
“We are the only state that the electoral body is being brazenly accused of unparalleled bias. We are the only State that is openly labeled as electorally violent. We are sick and tired of these negative headlines.
“In this atmosphere, it would be grossly irresponsible to proceed with concluding an electoral process that hardly anyone believes in.
“One side accused the security agencies of conspiring to steal the elections while the other side was accused of using the independent electoral institution to hijack the electoral process and steal the mandate. In the wake of the accusations, all driven by what politicians fear the most, which is FEAR itself, we saw death visit us as a people and destruction lay siege on our communities.
“Like politicians are want to do, each side was quick to blame the other where the one with more money and influence with the media ends up shaping the narrative that the world sees, hears and ultimately believes.
“INEC must therefore declare the entire elections of March 9th null and void and set out a new date for fresh elections.”
A high court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos state has dismissed a suit seeking to remove Rilwan Akiolu, as the oba of Lagos.
As reported by TheNation, A. Candide-Johnson, the trial judge, in a ruling, held that Adedoyin Adebiyi and Rasheed Modile, the claimants, who are two members of the Lagos royal family, failed to prove their case.
It would be recalled that on May 2017, Akiolu had appeared before the court in a suit challenging his emergence as the oba of Lagos, saying he is the bona fide monarch.
“I am here to justify my appointment, you cannot build something on nothing, it will be broken,” he had said.
“By native law and customs and by law, I am the bona fide Oba of Lagos,” said Akiolu, who was accompanied to the court by 10 white cap chiefs.”
Recall that Debiyi and Modile had claimed that Akiolu is not entitled to the throne alleging tha he is not a member of a ruling royal family by not being a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first oba of Lagos.
The duo further alleged that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when he was appointed as Oba in May 2003.
The outgoing governor of Adamawa state, Gov. Jibrilla Bindow, has recently congratulated Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, the winner of the state governorship election, held on Thursday.
In his congratulatory message Bindow congratulated the governor-elect and further wished him a successful term of office in a state broadcast on Friday, TheCablereports.
“In view of the outcome and declaration of the results by INEC, I wish to congratulate the Governor-Elect Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri over his election as the incoming Governor of Adamawa State and wish him successful tenure,” he said.
“As a democrat, I cherish democratic norms and values, as it is practised in the civilised world.”
Finitri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of the state election by Andrew Haruna, the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after he secured 376,552 votes to defeat Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 336,386 votes.
“Ahmadu Fintiri of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned as elected governor of Adamawa State,” said Haruna.
Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) came third with 113,237 votes, while Chief Emmanuel Bello of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came fourth with 29, 792 votes.
Former minister Femi Fani-Kayode’s wife, Precious Chikwendu, has slammed those judging former beauty queen, Onwuzuligbo Nneka, for having a butt enlargement and dying in the process.
According to reports, Nneka had the procedure done by an unlicensed plastic surgeon in Lagos, and it cost her life.
Nneka according to reports, approached a plastic surgeon, Anu for a BLL, liposuction and fat transfer but died due to complications from the procedure.
Precious, Miss United Nations (World) 2014, who was a friend to Nneka has now reacted, saying she was only a victim of a fake doctor and that’s where people should lay emphasis on.
“I’m not a responder to peoples opinion and tags but I’m doing this for my girl Barbara. I knew her very well back in the years of active modeling, we both took part in most pageants up to 2010 when this picture was taken (Barbara in red). We spoke twice after and life as usual we lost contact. I woke up this morning to tags about surgeries blablabla and most sadly to the knowledge that a dear friend is gone . Before i say how awesome Barbie was I will say this . People are quick to judge another on their actions without pondering on why they take risks that are live threatening.Before we all go holy on the part of she wanting to change her factory setting,its same God that made us the way we are that gave us science and let it be accurate in most theories,so why is it a sin to apply science to save a life in a 50/50 scenario and a crime to apply science for one’s inner joy . Her choice to have her butt enlarged isn’t the issue here but the fake doctors we allow run free. Her choice to have her butt done isn’t different from my choice to willingly have a Caesarean section knowing well it comes with complications too but for me its stress free than screeming in the push room, just as for her it would make her feel better and pleased with herself. I’m up for anything that makes one happy in a world full of sadness and people waiting to celebrate your pain or mistakes , so if a new body figure brings you smiles as never before go get it but throw no caution to the wind . She died because she was a victim of a fake doctor and that’s where we should lay emphasis on. BARBARA NNEKA ONWUZULIGBO was a gentle,soft spoken and lively lady with so much love and kindness in her, Above all she was my friend and will be greatly missed . Rest in peace Barbie.❤❤❤❤❤❤“
Umar Fintiri, candidate of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has won the Adamawa State governorship election.
To emerge victor, FIntiri polled a total of 376,552 votes to beat Jibrilla Bindow, incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who secured 336,386 votes, amounting to a margin of 40,166.
Before Thursday’s supplementary election, Fintiri had polled 367,471 votes while Bindow had 334,995, leaving a margin of 32,476 votes and placing him in a quite comfortable situation, as only 40,988 votes were cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Bindow might have harboured faint hopes of catching up with his adversary, but it was Fintiri who went even better, further widening the gap after polling 9,081 votes at the supplementary exercise to Bidow’s 1,391.
Governor-elect Fintiri is a former Adamawa State Governor whose reign remains one of the most short-lived ever in Nigeria’s history.
He was Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly in July 2014 when Murtala Nyako was impeached as Governor. With his deputy, Bala Ngilari, having supposedly resigned just before the impeachment, Fintiri became Acting Governor for the three months within which the law mandated the conduct of a by-election.
He was the favourite to win the resultant by-election. However, three days before the election, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja invalidated Ngilari’s supposed resignation, saying it didn’t follow the appropriate channel as it wasn’t Nyako who accepted it.
Consequently, it forbade the conduct of the election and ordered the swearing in of Ngilari as Governor. In a twist of fate, when Fintiri secured the PDP ticket in last year’s primary, he polled 1,656 votes to beat Abubakar Waziri, former Chief Protocol Officer to former president Goodluck Jonathan, who polled 465 votes, as well as Ngilari, who could only muster 76 votes.
Facebook has said it will block “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism” on Facebook and Instagram from next week.
The social media giant also pledged to improve its ability to identify and block material from terrorist groups.
Facebook users searching for offending terms will be directed to a charity which combats far-right extremism.
The social network has come under pressure after a man livestreamed an attack on two mosques in New Zealand.
Facebook had previously allowed some white nationalist content it did not view as racist – including permission for users to call for the creation of white ethno-states.
The company said it had deemed white nationalism an acceptable form of expression on a par with “things like American pride and Basque separatism, which are an important part of people’s identity”.
But in a blog post on Wednesday it said that after three months of consultation with “members of civil society and academics” it found that white nationalism could not be “meaningfully separated” from white supremacy and organised hate groups.
‘Not just the postman’
In the wake of shootings earlier this month in New Zealand, several world leaders called on social media companies to take more responsibility for the extremist material posted on their platforms.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said social networks were “the publisher not just the postman”, in reference to their potential liability for the material shared on them.
Facebook has previously acknowledged that a video of the attack, which left 50 people dead, was viewed more than 4,000 times before being taken down.
The company said that, within 24 hours, it had blocked 1.2 million copies at the point of upload and deleted another 300,000.
A group representing French Muslims is suing Facebook and YouTube for allowing the footage to be posted on their platforms.
Other tech groups also took steps to clamp down on sharing of the video. Reddit banned an existing discussion forum on its site called “watchpeopledie” after clips of the attack were shared on the forum.
Valve, which runs the Steam gaming network, said it had removed more than 100 “tributes” by users that sought to memorialise the alleged shooter.
The ruling APC said it does not deserve any blame for not zoning the position of Senate President or Deputy Senate President to the South-East.
Rather it said the South-East should blame itself for queuing behind Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP in the just concluded general elections.
The party was reacting to the outburst of Orji Uzor Kalu, who said that unless the APC makes him the Deputy Senate President of the 9th Senate, he will fight to become the Senate President.
Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, in a chat with Daily Independent said while nobody is stopping Kalu from contesting for the position of Senate President, the reality is that he cannot win since the zoning arrangement didn’t favour him.
According to him, rather than getting angry with APC leadership, Kalu should blame his people in the South-East for putting all their eggs in one basket by rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari and casting over 90 percent of their votes for Atiku.
“That shouldn’t be a problem. He can contest for the position of Senate President. But the issue is, can he win? Nobody is stopping him from contesting. Igbo people always play themselves out. So, Kalu cannot blame APC.
“He should blame his own people from the South-East. He should blame them because they don’t know how to play politics. They play politics like a one-way thing. They all voted for Atiku in the presidential election. So, now that Atiku lost, who will help people like Orji Kalu? 99.9 percent of them followed Atiku.
“So, what is Kalu crying for? He should go back to his people and educate them on how politics is played especially at the national level. They should play 50-50. If this one didn’t work, the other can work.
“So, Orji Uzor Kalu must go back to his people and educate them because he himself is not worthy to be Senate President or Deputy Senate President. So, if he wants to contest, he can do so. Nobody is stopping him. But I know that he cannot win”, he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari is absent at the ongoing Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium (BATC) which is taking place at the International Conference Center in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.
Buhari takes to the stage at the 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium (Presidency)
The Colloquium—now in its 11th year—brings together experts in the private and public sectors to discuss creative solutions to some of Nigeria’s nagging problems.
Organised annually to coincide with the birthday of APC godfather, Bola Tinubu (who turned 67 this year), BATC also brings party and government chieftains under one roof and is one of the most eagerly anticipated political events on the calendar.
President Buhari is named as Chairman of the occasion, but he is nowhere near the venue of the event. The president is being represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Buhari flew all the way to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, last year to attend the 10th BATC which held at the Eko Convention Center, as he set out his stall for an energy sapping re-election campaign.
Buhari was also Chairman of the 10th BATC which held on March 29, 2018.
At the time, the event provided the president and APC chieftains the opportunity to reel out achievements of the APC administration and make cases for why they deserved another term in office.
Tinubu and Buhari had just mended fences when the 10th BATC came around, and it was speculated at the time that the Nigerian president honoured the Southwest godfather’s invitation because he badly needed votes from the region to win a second term in office.
Buhari defeated opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar to win the February 23, 2019 presidential election.
The presidency is yet to say why Buhari is missing at the 11th BATC.
This year’s Colloquium is themed: ‘Next Level—Work for People’, a nod to the APC’s 2019 campaign slogan.
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has alleged that some influential people working closely with the Federal Government are mounting serious pressure on its leadership to pay a congratulatory visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, following the outcome of the last month’s presidential election.
A source in CAN’s national executive body, who confided in Vanguard, said the pressure had now assumed the form of subtle blackmail against its leaders. He said: “We have seen how they are polarising the church so that it cannot act as a body. The Bible says the house divided against itself cannot stand. This is where we find ourselves today. If there’s no unity among us, who says the enemy cannot attack and go away? It’s very unfortunate. “If you know the pressure mounted on CAN leadership that we, as a body, have to go and congratulate the president. However, the church is saying this election is controversial and we see what is happening. But, they are still mounting pressure seriously. “They are telling us if we don’t congratulate him, it means we are against him and that we are partisan. However, we are saying let them resolve the issues (in court) before we go and congratulate whoever wins. That’s the situation we find ourselves as the Church of God.”
In another development, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, has condemned the recent abduction of a Catholic Priest, Fr. John Shekwolo, in Kaduna State. He said it was shameful that “gunmen,” have continued to kidnap and sometimes murder innocent citizens in cold blood without being apprehended and prosecuted.” He reiterated the need to restructure Nigeria’s security architecture and rejig the service chiefs to ameliorate the country’s deplorable situation.
Rapper 50 Cent has mocked professional boxer Floyd Mayweather who has been accused of taking his ex-girlfriend’s jewelry.
Floyd Mayweather allegedly took the $3million worth of jewelry back from his ex Shantel Jackson after their separation.
According to Shantel Jackson, Mayweather took back a diamond ring worth $2.5 million, a set of ten carat diamond earrings worth a quarter million dollars, a $100,000 diamond bracelet, a $32,000 Chanel watch, a $21,000 Louis Vuitton lock necklace and a $20,000 diamond heart necklace.
This latest accusation is coming five years after she sued him for assault and battery.
Reacting to the news, Mayweather’s former friend 50 Cent, who is known to troll the boxer, took to social media to make a mockery of the situation.
Chief Raymond Dopkesi, Chairman of Daar Communications, owners of the Raypower FM and African Independent Television, called President Buhari a ‘parasite of Nigeria’ as he spoke to journalists in Abuja.
The media mogul who narrated his ordeal after being released by the Nigeria Immigration Service, also alleged that the Federal Government has been intimidating Peoples Democratic Party members. Dokpesi who called President Buhari a parasite, was detained by the Department of State Services upon his return from Dubai on Friday.
Speaking to newsmen he said; “I do not suspect foul play. I can state categorically that this is the handiwork of the Buhari-led Federal Government. There is nothing I can do. I am in court already. I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is on my sweat that I go for treatment.
“Buhari, who says he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, unfortunately in the history of Nigeria, has been a parasite of Nigeria. He has never created any employment (opportunities). I have contributed to the growth and development of this country.
“The Federal Government is on an intimidation ploy and they are after everybody in the PDP. I’m undaunted. In fact, the more they do this, they more I’m defiant and the more I’m resolute to stand for the good of the ordinary people of Nigeria.”
The Lagos based businessman who accused the NIS of planning to impound his passport, further disclosed that after he returned from medical treatment abroad, he returned his passport to the Federal High Court, Abuja, which released it and authorized his foreign trip.
Less than 24 hours after a suspected cult leader, Chima Ibe was shot, killed and burnt on Tuesday by gunmen who trailed him to a pub in Alakahia, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, three others have been brutally murdered.
The three men were killed in an uncompleted building at Choba extension, a neighbouring community to Alakahia.
The incidents have been confirmed by the Rivers state Police Command, which said the killings are cult-related.
It was gathered that members of a cult group invaded Alakahia community on Tuesday in search of their rivals group.
Man Utd hand Solskjaer three-year contract. The Norwegian was initially appointed on an interim basis to replace Jose Mourinho but has now been given a permanent deal at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their next permanent manager on a three-year contract.
A Treble-winning hero of the club’s past returned to Old Trafford in December on an initial interim agreement.
With Jose Mourinho having been ushered through the exit door, the Red Devils turned to a familiar face for inspiration.
Solskjaer delivered an immediate reversal in fortune, overseeing 14 wins from his 19 games at the helm.
That run has included notable victories over Arsenal and Tottenham, along with a stunning Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.
A 3-1 win at Parc des Princes saw United overturn a first-leg deficit in a heavyweight Champions League contest to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona are next up for Solskjaer and his side, but that challenge should hold no fear for a rejuvenated Red Devils.
A feel-good factor has been returned to the Theatre of Dreams, with a top-four finish also on the cards this season.
United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, believes Solskjaer is the man to help the club deliver on expectation in the present and future.
“Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,” he told United’s official website.
“More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.
“I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment.
“The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”
Solskjaer has admitted that being in charge of United is a job he has “always dreamed of doing”.
He now has three years in which to help bring the good times back to Old Trafford.
His appointment on a full-time deal had been mooted for some time, so impressive has he been since taking the reins, and brings an end to the uncertainty surrounding his future, with Mauricio Pochettino having also been linked to the role.
Man “Cured” Of HIV By Pastor Alph Lakau, Dies After Failing To Take His Drugs!
According to reports, the family of a deceased man has come forward, claiming that he died because he believed that controversial South African based prophet, Pastor Alph Lukau had healed him of HIV.
Nomthandazo Ndaba said her brother, Zakhele, stopped taking his HIV medication after Pastor Alph Lukau laid his hands on him. Lukau made headlines last month after he claimed that he had raised a Zimbabwean man from the dead although he later retracted the claim and accused the family of the “dead man” of staging the miracle.
According to Ndaba, her late brother was a ‘staunch follower’ of Lukau’s Alleluia Ministries Church which he joined in 2016. She added that even when Zakhele was sick, he would attend every service, not skipping one.
She went on to say that two months before his death, the family got a visit from home-based care workers who wanted to know why Zakhele was no longer showing up at the clinic to collect his medicine. Despite being counselled and advised to take his medication, Zakhele refused to listen to the care-workers insisting that he had been cured. He died in December at the age of 34.
A video from the church supports the narrative as it shows Zakhele lying on a hospital bed with Pastor Lukau praying for him. After the prayers, he starts walking around and a message appears which reads: “He’s healed of TB, diabetes and HIV.”
However, Alleluia Ministries International church’s spokesperson, Busi Gaca, denied that Zakhele had been healed saying,
At no stage does Pastor Lukau tell the man he’s healed. It’s rather his own testimony that he has received a miracle from God.
Boeing has issued changes to controversial control systems linked to two fatal crashes of its 737 Max planes in the last five months.
But it’s still not certain when the planes, that were grounded worldwide this month, will be allowed to fly.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accidents.
As part of the upgrade, Boeing will install as a standard a warning system, which was previously an optional safety feature.
Neither of the planes, operated by Lion Air in Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines, that were involved in the fatal crashes, carried the alert systems, designed to warn pilots when sensors produce contradictory readings.
Boeing said in future airlines would no longer be charged extra for that safety system to be installed.
The plane-maker has also issued an upgrade to the software that has been linked to the crashes.
The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), designed to keep the plane from stalling, reacts to sensors which detect whether the jet is climbing at too steep an angle.
But an investigation of the Lion Air flight last year suggested the system malfunctioned, and forced the plane’s nose down more than 20 times before it crashed into the sea killing all 189 passengers and crew.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there are similarities between that crash and the Ethiopian accident on 10 March.
Boeing has redesigned the software so that it will disable MCAS if it receives conflicting data from its sensors.
In a briefing to reporters Boeing said that the upgrades were not an admission that the system had caused the crashes.
The FAA itself also came under scrutiny on Wednesday.
At a Senate hearing to discuss airline safety, senators questioned the FAA’s acting head Daniel Elwell about the regulator’s practice that involves employees of a plane manufacturer in the process of inspecting, testing and certifying the company’s own aircraft.
The practice was described by one senator, Richard Blumenthal, as leaving “the fox guarding the henhouse”.
Mr Elwell denied that it was “self-certification” arguing that the FAA “retains strict oversight authority” of the process. He said that the practice was used “globally” including by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Mr Elwell added that if the FAA were unable to delegate these tasks to planemakers, it would have to recruit 10,000 more employees, costing the regulator an additional $1.8bn.
The FAA was also criticised for being the last safety regulator to ground the Boeing aircraft following the Ethiopian Airline crash on 10 March.
Calvin Scovel, inspector general of the Department of Transportation, who also appeared before Congress, said: “Other safety regulators around the world decided in their role as safety regulators, they needed to drive risk to zero and they did that by grounding the aircraft.”
However, Mr Elwell said the FAA wanted to wait until they received relevant information before they made a decision.
“We may have been the last country to ground the aircraft, but the United States and Canada were the first countries to ground the aircraft with data for cause and purpose,” he said.
Mr Elwell said that he was “confident” in the MCAS system and that pilots were trained in how to deal with a situation where a plane drops suddenly.
However, when asked about how he would have handled a plane that dropped 21 times in a matter minutes as the Lion Air flight in Indonesia did before it crashed last October, Mr Elwell, a trained pilot, said: “I’d have to get back to you on the specific.”
Earlier, announcing the package of cockpit upgrades, Boeing said a final version of the software would be submitted to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) by the end of the week.
But it added that airlines would have to install the new software, give feedback on its performance, and train pilots before the changes could be certified and the planes passed safe to fly again.
A joint investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board, France’s aviation investigative authority BEA and Ethiopia’s Transport Ministry is expected to release a preliminary report into the Ethiopian crash this week.
A Boeing official said: “Following the first incident in Indonesia we followed the results of the independent authorities looking at the data, and, as we are always looking to ways to improve, where we find ways to improve, we make those changes to make those improvements.”
The founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, has been released after he was questioned for about two hours on Wednesday at the Abuja Office of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
The politician, who was invited by the service on Tuesday, is said to be kept at the Controller General’s Investigation Department.
Speaking in a question-and-answer session published by AIT on Wednesday, Dokpesi confirmed that he was arrested for about an hour on Friday, March 22.
Dokpesi is standing trial over allegations bordering on benefitting illegally from the N2.1billion from the office of Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser (NSA) during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
SEE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: Dokpesi on his invitation by Nigeria Immigration Service
I just returned from a medical trip overseas last Friday, March 22, 2019, when I was arrested for 50 -55 minutes at the airport. I was told that they have instructions from above to arrest me on my return but after a few phone calls and contacts, the immigration officer at the airport told me that he has instructions from above that I can leave and he gave me back my passport and told me that I should go and that they will reach me subsequently.
On Monday, I received new information and in line with the normal process, I returned my passport to the Federal High Court since I travelled under judicial approval or permission. So I returned my passport and came back and gave notice that I might have to go for a medical check-up so that they will ensure that the operation was successful and that all the organs and everything is properly healed.
So when I got the letter yesterday the 26th, I replied that same yesterday the 26th notifying them that I have returned the passport to the Federal High Court and that it has been duly acknowledged and added all the necessary information and so on. But the officers who interrogated me said that they had expected me to go back to the Federal High Court and obtain the passport with their letter of invitation. I told them that I totally defer from that line of thought.
I have returned. I got the passport from the Federal High Court. I returned the passport to the Federal High Court. If you the immigration service with the instruction from above require my passport, then write directly to the Federal High Court and request for the passport. If you like, you can copy me for me to be able to go there and say, look I am supposed to be a courier, has the Court approved it and I will return it clearly, but that did not happen and that made us have altercations and tempers went very high.
But I stood my ground and said, ‘well I am a Nigerian citizen. I have travelled out for my medical treatment. I am back to the country and I voluntarily came back and have handed over my passport to the appropriate authority.’ They were telling me that the passport was a property of the Federal Government and the Federal Government has a right to withdraw it at any time.
Granted the passport is a property of the Federal Government and Federal Government has a right to withdraw it but I am also a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is a judicial process. There is a rule of law, why should we not go through the judicial process and be able to define what is required?
What is the situation of things now?
The resolution now is that of course, they said I should go home, but he left with an annotation that should they have any reason to invite me after they had reviewed my statement that I wrote and the letter I sent to them yesterday, that I should honour the invitation when I do receive it.
Is there any indication that they want to impound your passport?
Definitely, if I had brought my passport today, they would have impounded it; that is what it is. There are no two ways about it, but the passport is with the Court. But even if they decide to do so, like I said, the passport is a property of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, so they can request for it.
Do you suspect any foul play?
I do not suspect any foul play. I can only say what I know but honestly, this is the handiwork of the Buhari Federal Government.
What actions are you going to take now?
Honestly, there is nothing I can do, I am already in court, we have challenged Order 6 and all the Orders that are there. I am a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and it is through my own sweat that I went for treatment.
Korede Bello in a new video he shared, advised people to stop begging God for money because he is not Central Bank.
The Mavin act further told people to stop asking others for money, but instead ask them what can be done for them in exchange for money. He further added that one can make money if he or she maximizes his or her talent, skill or gift to the fullest.
Korede Bello said in the video “ Maybe we should stop begging God for money… Is HE Central bank ? maybe we should stop asking God for money. God doesn’t give money, God gives you abilities, he gives you talents, he gives you values that you can exchange for money.”
Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), on Wednesday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja that officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) allegedly electrocuted him while was in their custody.
Onwudiwe was testifying as a witness in the trial-within-trial ordered by the court to ascertain the veracity of his claim that DSS officials coerced him to give them a statement. The witness who was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor also told the court that he was locked up in an underground cell in blindfold. “I was brought from Port Harcourt to Abuja in July 2016, blindfolded, chained and kept in a room. ” After some days, they took me to another facility within the DSS premises called New Echo.
It was there I met Mr CB who told me to make a statement but I asked him what my offence was. “Then one man that looked like the boss slapped me from the back and asked me: ‘Do you want to die here, there is nothing like a lawyer here, you will write what we tell you to write” and he assigned me to Mr CB. ” I was then sent to a smaller room in the basement, with an air-conditioning system of about two horsepower where I slept on tiles with only my boxers on. ‘I spent about a month there, blindfolded and drinking water from the tap,” the witness told the court.
He further told the court that apart from the data page of his statement, every other thing on the statement was written by the DSS officials for him to rewrite. Under cross examination by the prosecutor, Mr Shuaibu Labaran, the witness said that the only thing that was recognisable to him on the statements he was compelled to recopy was IPOB. The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako directed counsel to file, serve and exchange written addresses. She adjourned the matter until May 28, for counsel to address the court.
The court ordered the trial-within-trial on Tuesday after Ejiofor told the court that his client alleged that all the statements he gave to the DSS were obtained under duress. Onwudiwe is standing trial alongside Bright Chimezie, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, on an amended three-count charge bordering on conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and improper importation of goods. (NAN)
Passengers on a British Airways flight from London’s City Airport to Dusseldorf in Germany were left stunned when their plane landed and captain welcomed them all to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
According to CNN, the travel error occurred as a result of an incorrectly filed flight plan, leading both the pilot and cabin crew to believe the flight was bound for Edinburgh.
The incorrect flight plan was said to have been filed at WDL Aviation’s offices in Germany. But after landing in Edinburgh, the captain subsequently apologized to the passengers, telling them the plane would refuel before heading to Germany.
In a statement, a spokesperson for British Airways said the airline was working with WDL Aviation “to establish why the incorrect flight plan was filed.”
“We have apologized to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually,” the spokesperson said.
WDL Aviation said in a statement: “We are working closely with the authorities to investigate how the obviously unfortunate mix-up of flight schedules could occur. At no time has the safety of passengers been compromised. We flew the passengers on the flight with number BA3271 to Dusseldorf after the involuntary stopover in Edinburgh.”
Passengers complained about the error on Twitter, with one person called Son Tran saying it felt “like an honest mistake”
A High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo state capital Wednesday sentenced Saidu-Shakiru Adeyemi, the boyfriend of the daughter of the former state deputy governor Miss Khadijat Oluboyo to death by hanging.
Delivering judgement the trial Judge, Justice Samuel Bola said the prosecutor had proved the case of murder against the accused person beyond reasonable doubt.
Justice Bola said circumstantial evidence connected the accused to the gruesome murder of the deceased. ” The death of the deceased emanated from the injuries he sustained from the hands of the accused persons. ” It was the defendant that killed the deceased person and not any two mrn as he claimed. It was an attempt to cover up that he claimed that two men he invited to his room strangulated the deceased.
“That he was threatened by the two men cannot exonerate the defendant because he had the opportunity to raise an alarm when he said the two men asked him to bring a shovel and digger from the house. ”
This court find it difficult to believe that the two men invited by the deceased murdered her in his room and he dug a shallow grave where she was buried and he fetched the cement which was used to plaster the grave and he covered it with rug”
“The act of killing the deceased was intentional. Evidences showed that the deceased was last seen with the defendant and she never came out of his room alive but her decomposing corpse recovered after five days. The accused person who completed his National Youth Service in 2017 reportedly joined the Yahoo plus guys in his desperate bid to make money.
Recall that the daughter of the former deputy governor Alhaji Lasisi OlOlubo was murdered by her boyfriend of over four years. The late Khadijat, 25-year was a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko,in the state Khadijat was found dead in Alao’s residence with her head and pubic hair shaved for money rituals by the boyfriend The accused person in his evidence explained that he had dated Oluboyo for four years before they parted ways in 2015 and that they only reconciled in 2018. Eight witnesses were called by the prosecutor while the accused defended himself.
Minister of Power, Housing and Works, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has described the situation of power supply in the country as an improvement to what the present administration met on ground.
Fashola expressed this view while speaking on Sunrise Daily on Channels TV on Wednesday.
Fashola asserted that in some parts of the country like Kebbi and Yobe, the power supply is constant.
Fashola, however, revealed that the power distribution companies in those areas reported their consumers as saying that they do not need 24/7 power supply due to the high billing.
Fashola assured Nigerians that the current situation of power supply in the country would improve significantly before President Buhari leaves office in 2023. Although, he pointed out that Nigeria has a long way to go before it achieves a constant power supply.
Also, he revealed that the Federal Government is already issuing licenses to companies to produce, and supply meters to electricity consumers in the country.
Also speaking on the ongoing dispute between the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Distribution Companies (DISCOS) on whose responsibility it is to provide meters, Fashola pointed out that the sparring bodies know what to do.