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[ @Steppex: ] Kenyan music star, Victoria Kimani has stated that she cannot date a man who is broke and at the same time unambitious in life.

Speaking on Upclose with Betty, the singer spoke about some of the qualities she requires in a man.

“First of all you can’t be broke,” Victoria Kimani said.

“He needs to have swag and be successful”, she continued.

Creebhills reports that a shock written on Victoria Kimani’s face was so evident when Betty asked if she would be with a man because of true love and not money.

She laughed uncontrollably and said she wouldn’t date someone who is lazy and unambitious.

Kenyan music star, Victoria Kimani has stated that she cannot date a man who is broke and at the same time unambitious in life. Victoria Kimani is at it again with this latest.

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[ @lisamelz: ] Reality Tv star, Bam Bam turns 30 today and her lover, Teddy A took to his social media to pen the sweetest words to celebrate her.

The lovebirds who became an item during the 2018 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality show have since kept their love going and in Teddy A’s words, ‘no matter how tough i act you always have my mumu button’.

Read below ;

Happy birthday to my queen, bestfriend, gossip partner, ride or die, business partner, personal adviser and cheerleader. We’ve been through a lot together, lord knows we have. In this world of fame and wanting to build an empire you’ve always got my back just like I’ve got yours. You’re the definition of beauty, substance, class, subtlety, eloquence, intelligence, intellect and maturity.

You saw right through me when no one else did and till this day you still do. No matter how tough i act you always have my mumu button lol. You were termed “fake” and i remember telling you the world would eventually adjust, they would realise you were raised differently. I could go on and on but i’ma whisper the rest in your cute lil ears!

Today you turn 30, a significant number. May you continue to grow in wisdom, great health, prosperity and abundant blessings. Happy birthday Queen B!

Mumu button. Thinking about the meaning.

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[ @mrpvpj: ] Troops avert bloody communal clash
Exterminate 5 mercenaries, recover arms & ammunition in Benue State Some troops of 72 Special Forces (SF) Battalion Makurdi, deployed for internal security operation in Katsina – Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, have averted what could have been a terrible clash between two Tiv clans – Shitile and Ikyora in the early hours of today Monday the 22nd of April 2019. The efforts of the troops was sequel to information received about the planned attack on Katsina – Ala town by Shitile armed bandits. Hence, the 72 SF Battalion troops laid an ambush along the suspected route where they intercepted the armed fighters/attackers. Breaking: Bandits, kidnappers are thugs armed by politicians – Falana Consequently, there was an exchange of fire between the armed fighters and the soldiers. Five armed militia met their waterloo during the encounter. The following items were recovered: 1 x General Purpose Machine Gun, b. 2 x AK 47 Rifles, c. 198 x 7.62 mm rounds of NATO Ammunition, d. 16 x 7.63 mm rounds of Special Ammunition, e. 2 x Vehicles, f 7 x Motorcycles The Nigerian Army hereby applaud those who provided the information that led to the success of this operation. Nigerian Army also use this opportunity to remind the public on the need to be brothers’ keepers and continue to provide useful and timely information to the nearest security agencies for decisive action.

Read more at: www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/troops-avert-bloody-communal-clash/

Communal clash everything scatter scatter.

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[ @mrpvpj: ] Man allegedly sets self ablaze in Ebonyi
The Police in Ebonyi on Monday rushed a 37-year-old man to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for treatment after he allegedly set himself ablaze.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the man, identified as Chinedu Nweze, allegedly set himself ablaze beside a classroom block at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki.

He was said to have tied his own legs and doused himself with petrol before setting himself ablaze.

NAN learnt that Nweze, who hails from Umuogharu, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state, had complained to his neighbours of frustration and inability to feed himself a day before the incident.

Ebonyi Police Command Spokesperson, Mrs. Lovett Odah, told NAN that the Command was investigating the incident to ascertain whether it was a suicide attempt or not.

“The Command dispatched an ambulance to the scene of the incident and took the man to hospital after it received a distress call from a member of the public.

“Police are currently carrying out investigation into the incident; but for now, we have very sketchy information about the incident and cannot confirm if the act was a suicide attempt or not,” Odah said.

According to her, the man is now recuperating at the hospital.


Set self ablaze again. Terrible.

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[ @mrpvpj: ] Man allegedly sets self ablaze in Ebonyi
The Police in Ebonyi on Monday rushed a 37-year-old man to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for treatment after he allegedly set himself ablaze.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the man, identified as Chinedu Nweze, allegedly set himself ablaze beside a classroom block at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki.

He was said to have tied his own legs and doused himself with petrol before setting himself ablaze.

NAN learnt that Nweze, who hails from Umuogharu, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state, had complained to his neighbours of frustration and inability to feed himself a day before the incident.

Ebonyi Police Command Spokesperson, Mrs. Lovett Odah, told NAN that the Command was investigating the incident to ascertain whether it was a suicide attempt or not.

“The Command dispatched an ambulance to the scene of the incident and took the man to hospital after it received a distress call from a member of the public.

“Police are currently carrying out investigation into the incident; but for now, we have very sketchy information about the incident and cannot confirm if the act was a suicide attempt or not,” Odah said.

According to her, the man is now recuperating at the hospital.


This administration don't have plans for the youth, so those who cannot stand it are just committing suicide.

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The second judge has withdrawn from a suit filed by the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, seeking an order compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue him a certificate of return as the senator-elect for Imo West.

The development came barely a week after the first judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, of the Federal High Court in Abuja, withdrew from the case.

The PUNCH gathered on Monday that after Justice Taiwo withdrew from the case on April 10, it was reassigned to Justice Okon Abang also of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Abang was said to have on April 11 fixed April 18 for hearing in the suit.

But on the date fixed for the hearing, Justice Abang announced his decision to withdraw from the suit.

His decision was anchored on Okorocha’s letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, asking for the transfer of the case to another judge.

The governor, in the letter, was said to have sought the transfer of the case to another judge because opponents in the case were jubiliating that Justice Abang would dismiss the case.

The judge, upon seeing the letter in the file, immediately informed parties of his withdrawal from the suit.

Justice Taiwo had earlier withdrawn from the suit following allegations of bias levelled against him by two parties to the suit.

INEC had refused to certificate of return to Okorocha on the basis that the Returning Officer for the February 23 election, Prof Francis Ibeawuchi, said he declared the outgoing governor winner of the senatorial election under duress.

Okorocha had subsequently filed the suit, challenging INEC’s decision to withhold the certificate of return due to him as the winner of the election.

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But Justice Taiwo, who had been presiding over the matter, announced his decision to withdraw from the case and ordered that the case file be returned to Justice Abdul-Kafarati, for reassignment to another judge.

The judge said he took the decision following allegations of bias levelled against him by Okorocha’s opponents in the February 23, 2019 election, Jones Onyeriri of the Peoples Democratic Party and Senator Osita Izunaso of the All Progressive Grand Alliance.

Onyeriri sent a petition dated April 8, 2019, to the chief judge, demanding that the case file be retrieved from Justice Taiwo and re-assigned to another judge of the court.

In an affidavit deposed to on his behalf by a lawyer, Chijioke Nzekwe, Onyeriri stated that Justice Taiwo on April 5, 2019, had made a bias comment in favour of the plaintiff, Okorocha, when the judge allegedly told INEC’s lawyer, Wendy Kuku, that the commission was responsible for the problems arising from the election.

The affidavit added that the judge had pre-judged the notices of preliminary objection filed by the second and third defendants (INEC and Onyeriri) when he allegedly said he had read through the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and found nothing therein that robbed him of the jurisdiction to hear his suit.

Izunaso also filed an application dated April 8, 2019 before the same judge, asking Justice Taiwo to disqualify himself from further handling the matter and return it to the Chief Judge for re-assignment to another judge.

What is the position of the law regarding this occurrence.

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[ @usmanaminubagudo: ] Presidency on Monday described as unfair the comment by the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephen Mamza describing President Muhammadu Buhari as ”sleeping on duty as Commander-in-Chief.” President Muhammadu Buhari Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

The presidential aide observed that it was unbecoming of a religious leader, like Mamza, to engage ”in an action that broke the old tradition of staying above in politics He said:

”In an action that broke the old tradition of staying above politics, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephen Mamza delivered a homily in which he spoke angrily against President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he described as ‘sleeping on duty as Commander-in-Chief.’

”This is not a fair comment. ”There is so much that has changed in the past three to four years in and around Yola, and the Catholic Church in particular that a true assessment would show that but for the Change Administration of President Buhari, things would have continued the way they were, or even get worse.

These could not have happened if a Commander-in- Chief was asleep.” Shehu, however, noted that Mamza was part of the success story recorded by the Buhari administration in Northeast, especially in Adamawa. ”Bishop Mamza was, and is still a strong member of the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), composed of religious and community leaders which did the lovely work housing and feeding 400,000 displaced people from Northern Adamawa and Borno States in 2015.

”The API also did the extraordinary work of easing tensions between Muslims and Christians during that period and ensured that both groups did not turn on one another based on suspicion. ”As widely reported by the local and international press, in the premises of St.

Theresa’s Cathedral where Rev. Mamza ministered, there were more than 1,500 IDPs, mostly women and children on whom the church administered food rations and issued bags of maize, cooking oil and seasoning.

”We are truly touched and very grateful for the work that the Bishop and the others had done in that difficult period,” he said. The presidential spokesman maintained that as ”the Boko Haram has been degraded, the more than 400,000 displaced people absorbed by the Adamawa community have all gone back to Borno State and to those council areas in northern Adamawa. ”In addition to the capital,Yola, the towns of Michika, Madagali and Mubi which had been occupied by Boko Haram during their military advances have since been retaken by the Nigerian military”.

According to him, the military personnel are also clearing litters of Boko Haram’s carnage and are, through the support of the administration as well as local and international partners, rebuilding roads and bridges, power lines, burnt schools, markets, destroyed churches and mosques. ”Without an iota of doubt, the Northeast is better off with President Buhari than it was under the previous administration.

”That should explain the massive turnout of voters in the region, in spite of threats to life and property, to vote for the return of the President for a Second Term of four years. ”Sadly, one of the realities of today’s Nigeria is that it easy to blame President Buhari for the violence all around us,” he added Shehu condemned situations were community leaders were ”too scared to blame the warlords and the sponsors of killings” because they fear for their own lives.

He said: ”What is happening in several communities racked by inter-ethnic and religious violence is arising from the refusal of community leaders to point at known criminals in their midst for the law enforcement agencies to act against them. ”They rather blame President Buhari for their woes. ”It is indeed an irony that in the week that Bishop Mamza was speaking, another Bishop with a known commitment to peace, and results to show for his work in neighbouring Plateau State, is being dispatched to go to Taraba, Adamawa and Benue to work in collaboration with security agencies in mending broken inter-communal relationships.”

While sympathising with families of those who lost loved ones as well as those injured, Shehu said this senseless violence could never be condoned by the Buhari administration. He added that the administration’s intense security efforts and peace building would not only continue, ”but will expand in response to such explosions of violence in the country.”

Read more at: www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/buhari-not-sleeping-on-duty-presidency-replies-rev-mamza/

The president is actually sleeping because so many herdsmen killing and yet no positive response from the presidency.

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[ @Abdukmalik607: ] While some students were busy enjoying the Easter period, news filled the air about an OAU Student pulling the plug over poor academic performance.

The deceased, Kolapo Olowoporoku was a student of Computer Science and also the former financial secretary of the students’ association.

It was gathered that he should have graduated in the 2016/2017 academic session but he remained on campus due to some outstanding courses (CVE & CSC 517) he had to pass before he graduated.

Kolapo Olowoporoku with Facebook username "Olowoporoku kay-pee Kolapo" was the class rep of his class and ought to have undergone the compulsory NYSC service currently with his course mates who had their convocation last year.

The deceased took his outstanding courses in the last academic session 2017/2018 but it was gathered that he didn’t get up to the required pass mark to bid the said courses farewell.

It was gathered that people who saw him confirmed he looked depressed but no one knew exactly what went wrong with the him.

He was said to have resorted to taking poison on Monday, but the poison didn’t kill him until 3 to 4 days after.

Kolapo Olowoporoku thereafter died on Friday, 19th of April.

May his gentle soul Rest in peace and God grant his family and loved one’s strength to bear the loss.

The lecturer should go and eat his cops, wicked lectures frustrating student.

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[ @Abdukmalik607: ] Thirty-two of the 37 lawmakers who ditched the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the eve of the party’s primaries on July 24, 2018, for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) will not return to the 9th House of Representatives in June. Daily Trust on Sunday looks at how the lawmakers lost their re-election bids.

Some lawmakers, spread across 10 states – Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Ondo and Oyo – who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to other parties shortly before the 2019 general elections, failed to secure the tickets of their receiving parties. And majority of those who secured their parties’ tickets failed to get re-elected, and thus, cannot return to the House of Representatives.

However, the exceptions are Emmanuel Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue) and Barry Mpigi (PDP, Rivers), who both left the APC and got elevated to the Senate. While Oker-Jev defeated incumbent Senator George Akume of the APC to win the Benue North-West senatorial election, Mpigi overwhelmed other candidates to claim the Rivers South-East Senate seat under the PDP.

Also, despite leaving the APC, Mark Gbillah (PDP, Benue) was able to retain his Gwer East/Gwer West federal constituency for the PDP.

Unlike the above trio, however, Aliyu Madaki (PDP, Kano), lost the Kano Central district to former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, who defected from the PDP to the APC.

Meanwhile, in the case of Benjamin Okolo (PDP, Kogi) and Lawal Rabiu (PDP, Kaduna), who left the APC for the PDP before the primaries, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared elections in their constituencies inconclusive.

Aside Orker-Jev and Gbillah, the three other defectors from Benue State, namely Hassan Saleh, Dickson Takghir, and Emmanuel Udende, all lost their seats, having failed to secure PDP’s tickets after defection from the APC.

In Kogi, Hassan Omale, an incumbent who secured PDP ticket after defecting from the APC, however, lost at the election to Ali Ibrahim of the APC.

Except Funke Adedoyin who died shortly after the defection episode, the remaining five defectors from Kwara State, who ran on PDP platforms, bowed to the “Otoge” mantra that swept away the Saraki political dynasty.

While Razak Atunwa lost the Kwara governorship election, Zakari Mohammed failed in his senatorial bid, both to the APC candidates.

Aliyu Pategi, Tope Olayonu and Abubakar Amuda-Kanike, who staged return bids to the House, equally lost to their APC opponents.

Unlike Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who also defected from the APC to the PDP, Salisu Ningi, his compatriot from Bauchi State, lost his Ningi/Warji federal constituency to Abdulkadir Abdullahi of the APC.

While Sani Zoro, another defector, failed to get PDP’s ticket in Jigawa, Ahmed Bichi, Garba Mohammed, Shehu Aliyu, Danburam Nuhu, Suleiman Romo, Sule Garo and Musa Tsamiya, all lost their seats in Kano State to APC candidates.

Like Kano, Ahmed Chanchangi, who dumped the APC for PDP in Kaduna, subsequently failed to get PDP’s ticket, and thus lost his Kaduna South federal constituency to Ahmed Muktar of the APC.

In Sokoto State, Aminu Shagari, Kabiru Marafa, Bashir Salihu and Abdussamad Dasuki, who defected to the PDP in solidarity with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the state, all lost their seats. The four lawmakers lost to newcomers who will be taking their first oath of office at the Lower Chamber in June.

In Kebbe/Tambuwal federal constituency, Abdulasamad Dasuki lost his seat to Kokani Bala, just like Aminu Shehu Shagari lost his Yabo/Shagari federal constituency to Umaru Yabo, both of the APC.

For Tangaza/Gudu and Wurno/Rabah federal constituencies, Bashir Salihu and Kabiru Marafa lost their seats to Yusuf Kurdula and Aliyu Al-Mustapha, both of the APC.

Bode Ayorinde, the scholarly lawmaker from Ondo State, who also defected from the APC to the PDP during the mass defection at the House, lost his Owo/Ose federal constituency seat to the APC candidate.

In Oyo State, all the five lawmakers that left the APC to PDP and ADC, lost at the general polls last February. They include Ogunwuyi Segun, Olasupo Adeola, Samson Olugbemi, Sunday Adepoju, and Akintola Michael of the ADC.

Divergence of opinions trailed the defection of the group of 37 lawmakers from the APC to the PDP and ADC in July 2018.

While Razak Atunwa (PDP, Kwara), spokesman of the defected lawmakers had claimed that they left the APC because of injustice visited on them by the party’s leadership, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila had countered that the lawmakers were in desperate search for return tickets for the 2019 general elections.

Speaking on the challenges of defection to Nigeria’s democracy, Dr. David Ajayi, a lecturer in the Department of History, University of Ibadan, suggested a constitutional amendment to expunge the clause from the 1999 Constitution. According to him, such amendments should strictly enforce the caveat on defection from one party to another so as not to make mockery of Nigeria’s democracy.

“I suggest a constitutional amendment to expunge every leeway on defection from the 1999 Constitution. The amendment will be very strict, such that whoever defects from his or her original party to another automatically loses his or her seat, either in the legislature or executive,” Ajayi said.

Also speaking, Dr. Chris Ezeibe, who teaches Political Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, attributed defection among politicians to lack of political ideologies.

“If you look at all the political parties, you will discover that there is basically no difference among them. They are all the same, whether APC or PDP. This is quite unlike what obtains in developed countries, where politicians’ conducts are regulated, to a large extent, by parties’ ideologies,” Ezeibe said.

Defection, loosely known as cross-carpeting, entails a situation where a lawmaker dumps the original political party that sponsored him or her to parliament for another party. The practice, regulated in Section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution, has been abused by Nigerian politicians for self-aggrandizement.

APC vs PDP deflection brutality.

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World Bank loan portfolio in Nigeria now stands at $8.67bn, an investigation has shown.

Loans from the International Development Association, one of the three arms of the World Bank, make up $8.55bn of the portfolio.

Loans from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, another arm of the Breton Woods institution, make up $124.18m of the portfolio.

IDA is the concessional arm of the bank through which it grants low interest loans to developing countries while the IBRD is the commercial arm that lends at commercial interest rates.

Statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office showed that the bank’s portfolio in Nigeria rose from $6.67bn as of December 31, 2016, to $8.67bn as of December 31, 2018.

This means that the World Bank portfolio in the country rose by $2bn within a period of two years. This shows an increase of 29.98 per cent within the two-year period under review.

Nigeria’s external debt as of December 31, 2018, stood at $25.27bn. With a portfolio of $8.67bn, the World Bank is the country’s single largest creditor as the bank holds 34.32 per cent of the nation’s external debt commitment.

Although some experts may see the 29.98 per cent growth in bank’s portfolio in Nigeria within a period of two years as high, there was actually more growth in the country’s commitment to Eurobonds within the same period.

In 2016, the nation’s Eurobonds loans stood at $1.5bn. However, by December 2018, the Eurobonds portfolio had reached $10.87bn. This shows that within the period, the country’s Eurobonds debt rose by $9.37bn or 624.67 per cent.

Drying concessional sources of external borrowing had driven the nation to commercial loans which included Eurobonds and Diaspora Bonds issued to Nigerians abroad.

The country also had to take commercial loans from abroad in a bid to retire some domestic debts that were considered to come with very high interest.

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Speaking at a recent press briefing, the Director-General of DMO, Patience Oniha, said the government had borrowed to fund projects, to finance the budget deficit and to refinance maturing obligations.

Particularly, she said, some foreign debts were used to refinance treasury bills because of the short tenor of the bills, adding that borrowing from abroad had also helped to stabilise the local currency in the last two years.

Oniha said that borrowing for 2019 would be 50-50 split between domestic and external in striving to be consistent with the Debt Management Strategy 2013-2019 aimed at achieving a 60:40 ratio between domestic debt and external debt.

She said, “Relatively low interest rates mean the government can issue longer-dated bonds to continue to fund infrastructure projects.

“Revenue generating initiatives are expected to improve revenues and reduce the debt service to revenue ratio.”



World Bank loan portfolio in Nigeria now stands at $8.67bn, an investigation has shown.
good to know. They should borrow more.

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[ @lisamelz: ] Two ethnic groups in Benue state have escalated their conflict with the killing of 11 people.The victims were reportedly on their way from church when they were gunned down.

Security has been beefed up in the community to restore peace Communal clashes in Benue have reportedly escalated as 11 persons were killed after gunmen opened fire on Christian worshippers at Tse-Aye and Tse-Ngibo, Ikurav Tiev in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area. Vanguard reports that the attack was as a result of the rivalry between the people of Shitile and neighbouring communities in Sankera area of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina/Ala local government areas.

A highly placed government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said attemot to resolve the conflict has proved futile. He said: “Only early this year, Shitile hoodlums attacked Ikurav people and killed 10 persons at Tse-Ujoh and elders of the community, including the local government council Chairman, pleaded for calm and cautioned against reprisal.

“This time, people went for Good Friday Service and were on their way backhome when many of them were ambushed at Tse-Ngibo and Tse-Toraye where the hoodlums mounted a road block and killed 11 of them and several others are still missing. “The death toll may be higher because nobody knows the whereabouts of those missing but the fear is that they might have been killed as well because close to 40 persons are said to be missing. “After killing the innocent victims, the attackers seized a vehicle from one of those killed and rustled several cows from the same village and went away with their loot. “Incidentally, these attacks have been recurrent of late.

For some time now, Ikurav has come under repeated attacks. Sometimes young men in that community would be abducted at the border area for no reasons whatsoever and nobody will see or hear from them again. “From available records, this crisis can be tied to a battle for supremacy in Sankera and several innocent lives are being lost to a needless crisis and conflict.” Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, who is the commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, confirmed the communal attack and killing. He said he had already deployed troops to the area to beef up security and restore calm.

Insecurity in this country is so disappointing.

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[ @lisamelz: ] Fight against corruption: Buhari has achieved what Obasanjo, Jonathan could not achieved in 16 years - FG.Federal government has said that President Buhari's administration has achieved what his predecessors could not achieved in 16 years in the fight against corruption.Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known on Monday, April 22.

The minister alleged that Obasanjo, Jonathan’s administrations have over 2000 accounts in various banks The federal government on Monday, April 22, said it would be unfair for Nigerians to measure its achievements in the fight against corruption by the number of convictions it has secured. Legit.ng reports that the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he featured on a live TVC news programme, “This Morning” monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Mohammed said that the administration has succeeded in laying enduring foundation for the fight against corruption through sustainable policies including the Single Treasury Account (TSA) and whistle blower policy. He said with the solid foundation, the fight against corruption would remain the bedrock of the administration in the next four years. “Under this administration, we insisted and have succeeded in ensuring that all payments and revenues are paid into the TSA “Before we came in, the federal government had over 2000 different accounts in various banks which resulted in paying several billions on naira in charges. “The government then also never had an idea of how much it had as revenue.

Today, over N9.3 trillion has gone into the TSA and that is why it is possible for us to invest especially in the area of infrastructure and social investment programmes,” he said. The minister said with the TSA savings, the government spent unprecedented N2.7 trillion on development of infrastructure in 2017 and 2018 and also introduced accountability in spending of government resources. He said the whistle blower policy has helped in blocking corruption and recovery of looted funds. Mohammed disclosed that the government has, so far, recovered several billions of naira and about 53 million USD through the policy alone.

He said the administration’s fight against corruption has been recognised abroad with the AU recognition of President Muhammadu Buhari as the champion of anti corruption. The minister said that the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) also recognised the efforts of the administration in fighting corruption. “When we say the fight against corruption is successful is because we have laid the foundation that would make it difficult for people to engage in the evil act. “For us success of the fight against corruption is the fact that we have driven corruption under the table and make it unattractive as it was before. Those who are corrupt are doing so with the fear of the law.

It will be progressively become more and more difficult in Nigeria for corruption to be attractive,” he said On the allegation that the government’s anti corruption fight was against perceived enemies and opposition, the minister said it was a misconception. “We had 16 years of unbroken rule by the PDP, so the likely people who will be accused of misuse of resources should be the people who were in charge . “We also have some former governors who defected to APC who have also been convicted,” he said. The minister reiterated that the anti corruption fight would be frontal in the next four years of the administration of President Buhari.

This is selective fight against corruption.

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[ @usmanaminubagudo: ] Conveners of Bring back our girls has lamented over the spate of insecurity and killings that has ravaged lives and properties across Nigeria.

Speaking during the 3rd annual Chibok girls lecture, one of the convener of the group and gender activist, Aisha Abu said “The situation of missing Chibok girls is a reflection of all that’s wrong with Nigeria”.

“In a country where the stories of the law enforcement officers are constantly making headlines for killing innocent people when they should be protecting us, and our government turning a blind eye.

You’d be shocked that both of their mandates entails protecting Nigerians, regardless of class, tribe or gender.

The Killings of northerns in Zamfara, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno is so disheartening , not to talk of the kidnappings in Kaduna and Rivers. I cannot begin to emphasis on the importance of unity as citizens of our failing nation.

WOMEN AFFAIRS MINISTER, PARENTS AND FREED CHIBOK SCH GIRLS MEETS AGAIN 00A&B. Minister mof Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan dance with Cross Section of the girls and praising God during the second meeting of Parents and Freed 106 Chiboks Girls as they prepare to enter high school for their remedial studies in September 2017.

The Meeting took place at the A Class Garden in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. July 22, 2017 Aisha maintained that a nation with half of its population being deprived of basic human rights said:

“We can’t have democracy without women, so why don’t we pay attention to the girls in Captivity? The importance of the girl-child’s contribution to the society cannot be over emphasized. “On assuming power in 2015, President Mohammed Buhari’s administration prioritised the safe return of the girls. We were very excited about the 21 girls released in 2016. In 2017, 82 girls returned home from captivity.

In return, the government freed five Boko Haram commanders. Aside from this, nothing more has come out of the government’s efforts to reunite the remaining 113 chibok girls with their loved ones. “We experienced a similar incident when the Dapchi girls were abducted. Thankfully, all of them except one has been returned. What about Leah Sharibu? What is the government doing about her? “The parents of these girls are going through what words can’t even express. Do you know that about 20 chibok parents have died mostly due to trauma related causes? “As we remember with so much pain in our hearts , the Chibok girls that have been denied their right to live and grow and learn, let us learn from the likes of Alaa Sallah, a 22yr Old Sudanese woman fighting for the freedom of her nation, flight against a failed nation.

“We are very grateful to the government however we still plead, make more effort, to not tire until we have freed our girls and tackled this insecurity that has ruined our nation. We cannot accept the failure of Nigeria as this country is all we have. Leah will come back one day – Presidency In a related development, Presidential spokesman,Femi Adesina, stated that the federal government believes Leah Sharibu will be released “one day”.

Adesina who spoke the Easter concert of the Apostolic Faith, West Africa, in Lagos. Urged Nigerians to keep faith, saying: “We believe that Leah will come back one day, a lot is being done, and you know you cannot begin to proclaim sensitive things like that on the pages of the newspaper, “The message of Easter is the message of victory over darkness, victory over death and the lesson we can learn is that whatever the problems that besiege this country.

“Whether killings, economic, political or social problems can be overcome; just as Jesus overcame death, we shall also overcome our troubles; Nigeria will resurrect just as Jesus resurrected. “We will overcome all the problems facing the country; it’s a time for us to be encouraged, resonate and determined that God still rules in the affairs of men, and Nigeria.

Read more at: www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/chibok-girls-reflection-of-all-thats-wrong-with-nigeria-aisha-abu/

Bring back our girls vs federal government.

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[ @lisamelz: ] Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks, a spokesman has confirmed to the BBC.

The family were visiting the country over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been made public.

Mr Holch Povlsen owns the international clothing chain Bestseller.

“Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports,” a Bestseller spokesman said in an email. “We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we therefore have no further comments.”

The death toll in the Sri Lanka attacks is now at 290, following a series of blasts at churches and luxury hotels on Sunday. Police have arrested 24 people, but no-one has claimed responsibility.

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Ooooh what a Loss? Take heart Sir.

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[ @lisamelz: ] A Nigerian lady has been given 10 foreign admissions letters to study for M.Sc in ten different foreign universities.

The universities and courses Franka Anyama Undie got are:

1) Griffith College Dublin: MSc in International Business and Law.
2) University of Essex: MSc Actuarial Science.
3) University of Sussex: Master of Science Information Technology with Business and Management.
4) Cranfield University: MSc Management and Information Systems.
5) University of Dundee: MSc International Oil and Gas Management.
6) University of Manchester: MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development.
7) Loughborough University: MSc Information Management and Business Technology.
8) University of Strathclyde: MSc International Management.
9) University of Nottingham: Master of Science Information Systems and Operations Management.
10) London School of Economics: Masters of Science in Management of Information systems and Digital Innovation.

The Elated Young Woman said ;

Relevance has always been a measure of one’s value and to add value to ones life, one must pursue interest and goals with vigour.

My name is Franka Anyama Undie a Cross River State indigene.

I grew up in a family where we have to compete for everything, — _compete for who was the best in academics, House chores and board games_ .

I developed a passion for technology, business, management, arithmetic and record computation which led me to studying Accountancy as my first degree.

During my degree program, I was very active in many facets of University life. I completed a number of voluntary internship on holidays, working for small business owners.

This gave me an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.

I also conducted a number of personal community development projects like organizing free ICT training, giving motivational talks in colleges, organizing health campaigns and bringing together a team to ensure environmental sanitation is properly carried out in my community.

Interestingly, none of these community development services hindered my educational pursuit as I bagged a second class upper upon graduation.

I believe that anything one dreams of, there is just a helper away, we just need the right scenario and connection, and anything can be achieved.

With determination and the right people to encourage you and guide you, one can achieve a great amount of success that will bring a positive change to the society.

I continually aspire growth and development which is why I applied and got admissions into eleven different schools for the 2019/2020 academic session.

I wanted to make sure I am the best. I wanted to prove to myself that I was worthy enough and anyone who wants to help me actualize my life’s goal will also see in me the same potentials I see in myself – _Determination and excellence_ .

Out of all the courses I feel so passionate about _the Masters of Science Information Technology with Business and Management_ offered at University of Sussex, maybe because of what it encompasses and how it accurately fits into my career goals and ambitions.

My desire to study abroad stems from a dearth of equivalent professional programs offered in Nigeria. The future of technology, business, appropriate data management and financial reports in Nigeria will demand a workforce with a specialized skill set.

With the sponsorship which I seek, I will be able to actualize my academic/career goal and dream of acquiring the requisite academic training which would position me to meet this emerging career/workplace demand and also pioneer the architecture, management and protection of business and companies in Nigeria.

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Brilliant girl and foreign admission.

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[ @lisamelz: ] Augustine Wallies, a Nigerian student has been murdered by his compatriots after he was accused of ‘stealing’ his roommate’s money in Cyprus.

According to the police, Augustine, a student of the Near East University, was hit on the head till he passed out and his body was dumped in a forest area in Haspolat on Friday, April, 19, 2019.

However, with the help of surveillance cameras, 12 people, including 9 Nigerians, have been arrested in connection with the murder and 3 of them have admitted their roles.

The suspects appeared in court in Lefkosa, today. One of the suspects told the police that the murder took place in the living room of an apartment. He added that the deceased was severely beaten and strangled.

Those arrested include: Eze Christopher, Ambrose Kelechi ONYEUKWU, Afamaefune Hanry UWADIBIE, Clement Ozuman MANUFUR, Christian Chukwuka ALZANI.

Others are: Gabriel Kelechi MUUKWE, Chinonso Chiemelie ONUE, Prince OGUNMANAM, Ifeany?chukwav Valentine EZE, Nana Fosu Awoture NKANSAH (Ghanaian), Wayne Ayanda MOYO (Zimbabwean), Amanda NYAMBAWE (Zimbabwean).

Shameful country with distorted citizens.

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[quote][ @lisamelz: ] A student of Benue State University (BSU) Makurdi, has passed away after marathon s*x with girlfriend, according to reports.

The deceased student identified as Jeff, who is a student of Library and Information Science in the institution – was reported to have died after having s*x with girlfriend.

It was gathered that Jeff complained of abdominal pain after the s*x session with the girlfriend and died later in a hospital.

Many internet users are of the opinion that the deceased may have taken drugs to boost his performance which later led to his death.

According to reports, the girlfriend reported the case to the police and was arrested in the process as investigations into the matter are underway. [/quote

Sex to death.

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[ @lisamelz: ] Super Eagles captain and former Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi’s Russian partner Olga Diyachenko has taken to Instagram to celebrate him on his 32nd birthday which is today, April 22, 2019.

Sharing this loved-up photo of them posing together, she wrote: ‘Happy Birthday baby daddy ? love you more than fat kid loves cake ?’

The Nigerian Football Federation and his Super Eagles Teammates also wished the footballer a happy birthday.

Happy birthday to @NGSuperEagles captain, @mikel_john_obi. We wish you the best today and always. Enjoy your day! ???????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/51wSGbxS9g

— The NFF ???????? (@thenff) April 22, 2019.

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Happy birthday Obi wife.

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[ @Abdukmalik607: ] A new report by the Economic Confidential has disclosed that the federal government, 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N8 trillion from the Federation Account in 2018 in spite of the shut-ins in several oil installations during the period.
The allocations were made after the monthly meetings of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in 2018.
The current sources of revenue flow into the Federation Account are revenue collected by agencies of the federal government with little or no contributions from states and local government councils.
While the federal government and its agencies under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari received a total sum of N3.48 trillion, the other tiers, states and local government councils, shared a total sum of N4.5 trillion in 2018. Meanwhile, in 2017 the federal government and its agencies had received N2.5 trillion while the other tiers of government shared N3.3 trillion.
In its annual detailed investigative report with a table of figures, the Economic Confidential disclosed that among the state recipients, Delta is ranked first as the highest recipient of gross allocation with a total sum of N285 billion in the twelve months of 2018.

It is followed by Akwa State N272bn, Lagos N260bn, Rivers N237bn and Bayelsa N192bn. The five states cornered over a quarter (25 per cent) of the total allocation for the states and local government councils in Nigeria in 2018.
Among the 10 highest recipients from the Federation Account in 2018 included Kano State which got N183bn, Katsina N138bn, Oyo N131bn And Kaduna N131bn

The report further disclosed that Edo and Ondo, which are oil-producing states, got N112bn and N108bn respectively while another state in the South-South, Cross River State, merely received N91bn

The Economic Confidential, Nigeria’s intelligence economic magazine, gathered that factors that influence allocations to states and local government councils from the Federation Account include: Population, Derivation, Landmass, Terrain, Revenue Effort, School Enrolments, Health Facilities, Water Supply and Equality of the beneficiaries.
The revenue generating agencies to the Federation Account are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
The revenues come from Export Crude Sales, Domestic Crude Sales, LPG, NLNG, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Company Income Tax (CIT), Withholding Tax (WHT), Import Duty, Excise Duty, Royalties, Gas Flared and miscellaneous oil revenue such as Oil Prospecting License and oil Mining Licence.
The Economic Confidential which is circulated at the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has been publishing the monthly FAAC figures since January 2007.
It also publishes the Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) which measures the likely survival of states on their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without relying on federally collected revenues, especially from the Federation Account.

Federal vs state allocation

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[ @janga12: ] Chima Azubuike, Gombe

Ten persons reportedly died and 30 others injured in Gombe in an incident involving the Boys’ Brigade drawn from St Peter’s Anglican Church, Madaki; two parishes of ECWA Church in Bamusa and Barunde; and an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The NSCDC official was identified through his ID card as ASC II Adamu Abubakar, and he was reportedly driving a Honda car with registration No. AS 385 GME.

He was allegedly with an unidentified male companion. Both of them died in the incident, Police and eyewitnesses said.

The incident reportedly happened during a night procession to Sabon-Layi Area of Gombe Metropolis, where the church members were expected to celebrate Easter Monday.

The Gombe Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, confirmed this to our correspondent; noting, “There are 10 death cases and 30 injured victims receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital and other private health institutions.

“Eight out of the 10 dead persons were members of the Gombe State Boys’ Brigade, while the other two were the driver of the car and his friend.”

However, while the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Gombe State, Dr. Godwin Omiko, described the incident as an accident, eyewitness said it was rather a direct confrontation between the Anglican and ECWA churches’ Boys’ Brigades and the NSCDC official.

An eyewitness, Michael Adeniran, a member of ECWA Boys’ Brigade narrated: “The incident happened around 1.00am when a salon car belonging to the Civil Defence was prevented from passing through the road.

“However, when our pastor prevailed on us, we allowed the driver to pass, but after dropping off his female passenger, he moved stealthily with his car from behind and cleared our members.”

Another eyewitness at the scene of the incident, Michack Michael, confirmed that some ECWA Boys’ Brigade who survived the incident immediately fell on the salon car’s driver and killed him.

Michack said, “Immediately we noticed the vehicle knocking people down, we immediately held the driver and his passenger and killed them.

“We wanted to burn the car, but we were stopped.”

Survivors at the male surgical ward confirmed the attack. One of them, identified simply as Godwin, noted that the NSCDC official returned after he had been allowed to pass and “leveled” members of his group.

Another survivor, David, said, “This is not the first time we are embarking on such procession in the wee hours of the night, as we had done it in previous festive seasons.

Another eyewitness, Zakaria Ibrahim, blamed the Civil Defence officer for taking the law into his hands, saying, “the man deliberately came to kill us.”

The victims were said to have been rushed to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital as soon as the incident happened.

Gombe State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, condemned the incident.

“It is rather unfortunate that this type of attack was recorded. There are various degrees of injuries, as there are those with head injuries and lacerations,” Ishaya added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Gombe State and the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, North East chapter, on Monday appealed to the Christian Community to remain calm.

The State Deputy Governor, Mr. Charles Iliya, appealed for calm, adding that the government would take all necessary measures to ensure justice is done.

Iliya noted that it was a painful experience, but appealed for calm to allow the relevant authorities carry out their duties.

Rev. Abare Kala, the North East CAN chairman, said the association would follow due process to seek redress on the situation.

Kala said that the Christian body was putting in efforts that would ensure that the situation is properly managed.

“We call on the Christian Community in Gombe to take the situation in good faith, be calm and also follow the right channel in seeking redress on the issue on ground.

“Two wrongs cannot make a right. So, I appeal for caution in the process of addressing the issue. If we apply the wrong approach, it will lead to another issue.

“For now, we are trying to calm the situation by appealing to Christians to see reasons for calm and allow the authorities concerned to take necessary measures.

“We have informed the security agencies concerned about the situation on ground.

“We are aware of the pain this sad event had caused, but let’s be calm and allow the leadership to handle the matter,” he said.

Michael Achika, the captain of the ECWA Church’s Boys’ Brigade from Bogo (Gombe State), appealed to the government to offset the bills that would be incurred by those undergoing treatment.

Achika also urged the the government to compensate the families of the deceased.

He commended the staff of the Gombe State Specialist Hospital for quickly attending to the injured when they were taken there.

He said that the victims were responding to treatment.


The wickedness of man and its consequences.

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[ @DaSylva: ] Two armed robbery suspects were on Monday killed by angry residents of Biogbolo community in Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

Two other suspects were said to have escaped from the mob while one of them was severely injured in the area.

The incident caused heavy vehicular traffic along the popular Mbiama Yenagoa road until policemen stormed the scene to stop the action.

The five-man gang was said to be notorious armed robbers in the habit of terrorising the area and robbing unsuspecting business people around the Otiotio/ Erepa district, majorly populated by Hausa traders.

It was gathered that luck ran out of the gang when they tried to rob a passerby who had only N1000 naira in his pocket.

The victim reportedly raised the alarm to alert traders and residents, who immediately identified the suspects.

An eyewitness, who spoke in confidence, said the suspects were known to be tormenting people the area.

He said: “We suffer a lot from them on daily basic. They rob us and go free. The police are not doing anything about it.

‘’They move freely with firearms in the state and nobody catches them. Even if they are caught they’ll be release in no time”.

He added: “At least we will be free for sometimes. This is the first and we will continue.

‘’Jungle justice will persist so that they will reduce this every day crime. They rob people and cross to the other side of the community every day. We are on red alert now”.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Asimin Butswat, confirmed the incident and said locally made pistols were also recovered from the suspects.

He said: “We suffer a lot from them on daily basic. They rob us and go free. The police are not doing anything about it.
The police are only strong when it comes to harmless innocent citizens.

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[ @janga12: ] The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday accused the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, of allegedly hijacking and padding national budgets for the four years that the party had been in power.

He claimed that the two presiding officers of the National Assembly always padded the budgets with pet projects that profited them while they cut funds appropriated to projects that would have benefited Nigerians.

Tinubu made the allegations in a statement made available to journalists by his media aide, Tunde Rahman.

He was reacting to reports that he was backing some persons as leaders of the Ninth National Assembly because of his alleged interest in the 2023 presidential race.

The former Lagos State governor said rather than a future political ambition, his desire to prevent a repeat of Saraki and Dogara’s era was responsible for his support for the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC for the National Assembly leadership.

He said, “With the Senate leadership usurped by regressive elitists, that chamber constituted a brake on progress and good governance.

“The Senate leadership, and to a lesser degree, the House leadership, stymied the APC legislative initiatives while attempting to hoist noxious, reactionary and self-interested legislation on the nation.

“Just look at the way Saraki, Dogara and their ilk hijacked the budget process these past four years. National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them.

“Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefited the average person. After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly.

“If we are truly committed to optimal governance, then we also must be equally committed to ensuring that the National Assembly leadership be competent and experienced as well as imbued with a progressive mindset and a desire to work in close cooperation with executive.

“This is all Asiwaju has hoped to achieve. There are no ulterior motives. Everything he has done is in concert with and in furtherance of the wishes of President Buhari and the party.

“Thus, those who cast aspersions at Asiwaju, in reality are bucking against the stated position of the President. This is a democracy and people have the right to oppose whomever they wish to oppose.

“However, if these mongers oppose the President, let them be of sufficient courage to plainly say so. They should not disparage Asiwaju as an indirect way to contend against the President.”

Tinubu said what all those who cared about Nigeria should do was to support the President in driving to reality his economic policies and objectives.

He said it was spurious to believe that having one’s allies in the National Assembly would enhance one’s presidential ambition.

The party leader added, “In the end, the rumour-mongers should court greater discipline and wisdom. As Asiwaju recently said, there is no action a person can take that constitutes a political guarantee as to what may come four years from now.

“Moreover, that having allies in the National Assembly leadership positions will greatly enhance someone’s presidential ambitions is a spurious claim.

“In 2015, Senator Saraki finagled his way into the senate presidency. He planted himself at the apex of legislative power. But his actions as Senate President showed a man devoid of compassion for the average Nigerian. All he cared for was power and position. Soon he will be deprived of both.

“House Speaker Dogara has fared only slightly better. Occupying these positions is not a guarantee of future success. It is only a guarantee of present duty.

“Politics requires jockeying and maneuvering for influence to get the right people in the right positions. To be beneficial, politics must be tied to the greater purpose of governance such as with President Buhari’s goal to reform the national economy for the good of all Nigerians.

“In supporting the party and the President, Asiwaju has shown his commitment to achieving the President’s goals. Nothing more should be read into it.

“Elections are over. Now is the time for governance to take primacy. Those who have taken to intrigue about 2023 reveal themselves to be lacking in essential concern for the people and the substantive issues that confront us.

“Our challenges are steep and multiple. Resolving them will occupy all of our time and energy. We do not have the luxury to embark on fantasies about the future. Let the future stay where it is for now. In due time, it shall come and shall decide the shape it is to take regardless of the plans we mortals hold for it.

“As for Asiwaju, he lives in the here and now. His words and deeds are geared toward perfecting progressive governance and resolving the substantive issues of today. Nothing more, nothing less. Those so enamoured with gossiping about him, would do themselves and the nation well if they would follow his more productive example.”

Tinubu said reports that he had eyes on 2023 presidential race were “utterly false, based as they are in the febrile imaginations of those persons by whom they are being peddled, they are injurious to President Buhari’s historic quest to reform Nigeria.”

He said the peddlers of the rumours arrogated to themselves the ability to read his mind more than he himself can know it.

He said it appeared they have also acquired the gift of bending time so that 2023 appears before 2019 enters its second half.

He said the country would be better if the people behind the rumours would enlist their “uncanny talents” in the service of the nation instead of in the service of “political intrigue and gossip mongering.”

When contacted on the telephone, the Special Adviser to the President of the Senate, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, said his principal was not ready to speak on the issue at the moment.

“The Senate President does not want to make any comment on the statement at the moment,” Olaniyonu simply told one of our correspondents.

Dogara also could not be reached on Sunday night for his reaction to the budget-padding allegation.

His telephone line indicated that it had been switched off.

His Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, also could not be reached on the telephone.

Calls made by one of our correspondents to his telephone line did not connect while he had yet to respond to a text message sent to him on the matter, as of press time.


Tinubu made the allegations in a statement made available to journalists by his media aide, Tunde Rahman. When he was in your party, you didn't say this, now that he left your party, you are now telling us. W why?

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[ @DaSylva: ] Senate President Bukola Saraki has charged the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to dwell on facts in his criticism of the leadership of the Senate.

Tinubu had, in a statement on Monday, defended his role in aligning with the APC in the choice of preferred candidates for the leadership of the two chambers of the federal legislature in the emerging Ninth Assembly.

The APC chieftain also knocked the leadership of the Senate for working at cross purposes with President Muhammadu Buhari on key government policies, particularly, the processing of the annual budget.

But Saraki, in a statement Abuja by his media adviser, Yusuph Oloniyonu, decried what he described as Tinubu’s “quarterly attacks” on the President the Senate.

Saraki said the APC leader’s statement contained untruth, fallacies and misrepresentations, adding that it was another effort to sell a concocted narrative about the Eighth National Assembly and its leadership.

The statement said: “First, he alleged that national budgets were delayed, distorted, padded, new projects introduced, funds for projects reduced, “to halt progress of government”.

“It is unfortunate that a man like Tinubu who had been in the Senate (though for 22 months and under a military regime) should not have a better understanding of how the legislature works.

“The passage of budgets is definitely not the exclusive responsibility of the leadership of the Senate.

“Most of the work is done by the various committees. These committees are headed by Senators representing different parties.

“It is the level of co-operation between the committees and the MDAs in the timely defence of the budget proposals and the ability of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconcile their figures that usually determine how soon the budget is passed.

“To put the blame of budget delay on the Senate President or Speaker can only be mischief, or at best, playing to the gallery.

“It is also a known fact that any so-called delay in the passage of budgets under the Eighth National Assembly is traceable to the refusal of heads of MDAs to defend the budget proposals for their agencies on time.

“Last year, the President himself had to direct the Secretary to Federal Government to compel heads of MDAs to appear before the National Assembly committees following the report made to him by Dr. Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

So, if a man like Tinubu is spreading this falsehood about budget passage and delay being deliberately orchestrated by the National Assembly leadership, one wonders whether he tries to even understand what happens in the federal legislature at all or is that the only thing that is of interest to him is ‘jockeying and maneuvering for influence’, as he puts it.

“To further make the points here clear, we invite Tinubu to look at the records of the time of submission of budgets and their passage since 2010 and he will see that with the exception of the 2013 budget which was passed on December 20, 2012, all the budgets have been passed between March and May of the same fiscal year.

“This should give him a better understanding of the fact that the date the Appropriations Bill is submitted to parliament and the readiness of the MDAs to defend the proposals submitted, as well as timely agreement on the figures by both chambers of the National Assembly, are the main determining factors in when the budget is eventually passed. So, Tinubu should see that the facts cannot support his spins and fake narrative”.

Saraki challenged Tinubu to cite specific instances where the Senate President and the leadership of the legislature sought to pad the budget with pet projects, as alleged.

Taking the APC leader to task about the allegation, Saraki charged Tinubu to be graceful enough to substantiate this allegation, insisting it was careless, irresponsible and callous.

Demanding that Tinubu withdraw the said statement, Saraki said it’s the constitutional responsibility of the National Assembly to review the proposals sent by the executive and where it deems necessary, it is within the power of the legislature to make changes.

Allow the national assembly to do their job.

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[ @DaSylva: ] Kaduna State Police Command on Monday revealed the Identity of another victim killed.

This is as kidnappers who killed a Briton lady; Faye Mooney demanded N60 million ransoms on the three Kajuru Castle staff they abducted.

He was identified as ‎Mathew Danjuma Oguche who worked with an international Non-Governmental Organisation.

Mathew was killed alongside Miss Mooney on Friday night when the kidnappers attacked the castle.

The Kajuru Castle Holiday Resort workers were abducted after the killing of the Mathew and the Briton expatriate.

The Nation gathered that, the kidnappers called a staffer of the castle to make the demand on Sunday night.

Police Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo who revealed the name of the second victim however did not disclose the full detail of the International NGO.

According the PPRO, “the second victim killed at Kajuru Castle was Mathew Danjuma Oguche. Until his death he works with an International Non-Governmental Organisation,” he said.

The killings in kajuru is getting too much. The Governor should do something or resign.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The Emir of Anka Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad Muhammad has reaffirmed the Zamfara council of Chiefs allegation that innocent villagers were killed during various air raids by the Air Force across different communities in the state.

He denied the monarchs made a U-turn on the allegation as widely reported in the media.

Speaking with reporters in his palace in Anka local government area of Zamfara state on Monday, Muhammad also debunked claims the monarchs have apologized to the Air Force over the allegation.

He said the council maintained those killed were mostly innocent villagers, saying a list of casualties has been sent to the Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Sadiq Baba Abubakar through a delegation led by AVM Lubo, which was in Zamfara state for facts finding mission.

Instead he claimed the Air Force chief, through the delegation, submitted an apology letter to the traditional rulers, arguing such collateral damages were not uncommon during military operations.

He lamented rather than taking the war to the bandits, most people have started blaming the traditional rulers for the menace.

According to him: “What we are saying is that we are not in confrontation with anybody, be it the Nigerian Air Force or any government at any level.

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“But innocent people are being killed in the cause of raiding bandits. It is our duty to draw the attention of the authorities concerned so that they check on where they went wrong.”

He added: “We are custodians of respected traditional institutions. We are custodians of the people’s trust.

“We are expected to protect the positive interest of our people, we are law abiding citizens. How can any one of us engage negatively in the activities of outlaws?”

He lamented Air Force personnel do not also bother to carry out mop actions after the raids, making the bandits to return with more vicious attacks.

While advising the Air Force and the ground troops to emphasise on mop up on any area they attack, Muhammad advised the people of the state to be vigilant.

He urged the indigenes to assist security operatives with information to emerge from the shackles and buckles of banditry in the state.

Dey are casualties of war.

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[ @DaSylva: ] Women leaders in Edo State have pledged support for the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s drive to enhace access to education for women, especially through Adult Education and Non-Formal Learning Centers, which seeks to bridge the gender gap in the state.

Speaking during the campaign to drive enrollment of females in the education centres in Ovia North East and Egor Local Government Areas, the women leaders commended Governor Obaseki for implementing the initiative to redefine the role of women in the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender Issues, Ms. Efosa Uyigue, said the Governor Obaseki-led administration will continue to support the education of the girl-child, noting, “Education is fundamental in building the character of an individual and social relationship skills that elevates society. That is what we aim to achieve.”

Uyigue said, “I encourage women to get young females under their care, who dropped out of school, to enroll in the adult education programme, which is free. This is an opportunity for them to get educated, which will enable them seek better job opportunities or become better employers of labour.”

At the awareness campaign in Egor LGA, the chairman of the council, Hon. Eghe Ogbemudia said efforts will be made to support the effort of the state government in re-opening adult education centres for more females to get the opportunity to be educated.

“We will provide conducive learning environment in these centres to encourage more females to enroll for the programme in line with the objectives of the state government. We will also support facilitators at the centers and provide learning materials,” she said.

All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Leader in Ovia North East, Princess Faith Omoregie said, “I am excited that this is happening. I will support the chairperson to go around the area to encourage more women to be part of this laudable programme.”

A participant, Helen Omofo, noted: “The chance for teenage females who are out of school to be educated will discourage them from social vices and falling preys to human traffickers.”

Female need education to discourage them from bad group.

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[ @DaSylva: ] Youths of Anambra West local government area, Anambra State on Monday, staged a peaceful protest over alleged continued killings of farmers and raping of women in the community.

They accused the state government of paying lip service to their plight, threatening to embark on a reprisal attack if noting urgent was done.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the protest, Secretary of the youths, Ikechukwu Onuorah, wondered why they would be asked to be patient while they continued to be humiliated by visitors in their communities.

He said, “We are disappointed that the government is paying lip service to addressing the problem.

“How can people be sleeping in their farm settlements and homes while visitors will attack, kill and cut off their neck? It makes us look as if we are weak.

“We are just respecting Governor Obiano that is why we have not confronted the killer herdsmen. We don’t want to create an embarrassing situation for him, but we expect him to act now.

“If they continue what they are doing, we will confront them and it will be bloody and I’m sure at the end of the clash no herdsman will ever come into Anambra West.”

On his part, the Coordinator, Mr. Odikpo Madubueze said, “We don’t want to take laws into our hands, but Federal and State governments shouldn’t allow us to match them violence for violence, they have killed many of our people and farmers have deserted their farms.

“It’s only few courageous farmers that go to farm in groups now, unlike before they go alone and even at that, they have always run out of the farms claiming to be pursued by herdsmen.

“We cannot run away from our farms and villages because of people we decided to accommodate to do their cattle rearing business.”

The protesters, carrying placards, chanted songs, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Willie Obiano to intervene by stopping further killings in the area.

Some of the placards read, “Silent killings of our people by Fulani herdsmen our farms and villages still going on”, “We are running out of patience with the violent activities of Fulani herdsmen in Anambra West”, “Pushing us to the walls will bring mayhem, enough of the killings of our people.”

All this herdsmen brutality should stop immediately.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The Cross River Private Hospital Regulatory Board has shut down 14 health facilities in the state for medical quackery and substandard operations.
The Chairman of the Board, Dr Norbert Mogar, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Calabar, said the facilities were shut down between 2017 and 2019.

Mogar listed some of the facilities shut down to include, Destiny Medical Consult in Calabar, Holy Trinity Clinic and Maternity in Bekwarra Local Government and Divine Favour Clinic and Maternity in Ugaga in Yala.

According to him, the intensified surveillance was carried out with a view to curbing the rate of medical quackery in the state, especially in the remote areas.

He said action had prevented the reckless and unwarranted loss of lives and morbidities at varying degree through anti-quackery crusade.

The private hospital regulatory board was inaugurated in 2007.

It has shut down not less than 14 health facilities for medical quackery and substandard operations from 2017 to date.

While highlighting the achievements of the board in three years, Mogar said it carried out a mapping of all private facilities across the state for easy evaluation.

He said that the board also developed a regulatory framework for the monitoring and regulating of private facilities in the state.

The Board also recovered some facilities that were operating illegally without government licence while such facilities are now registered and paying taxes and other levies to the government.

According to him, the board also established a strong bond with stakeholders in the state health sector and security agencies for effective and efficient enforcement of the regulations.

“Through the closure of some of these quack facilities, the Board was able to guarantee the utilisation of government facilities by residents.

“Also, we have returned a degree of sanity to the private health sector, as those offering the services have been kept on their toes through routine inspection activities,’’ he said.

Mogar thanked Gov. Ben Ayade of the state for appointing him and other members of the board to serve in his administration within the period under review.

He appealed as the governor planned to dissolve his government for a transition, the board should be re-constituted to continue its fight against quackery in the state and save lives.

He commended the Ministry of Health and The Nigerian Medical Association for their robust support in the fight against quackery in the state, adding their collaboration and commitment had helped the board immensely. (NAN)

Closing hospitals

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[ @DaSylva: ] Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr says two months to the Nations Cup in Egypt is too short a time to experiment with new players.

Rohr who has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that he is under pressure to win a laurel with the team he inherited from former international Sunday Oliseh in 2016, maintained that the devil you know is better than the Angel you know nothing about.

Some analysts had opined that though the Eagles did well in qualifying for the Nations cup without the usual migraine before qualification, the team needs to be given a close look with a view to effecting some changes especially in the goalkeeping area considered a bit shaky.

But in a swift reaction Rohr told whoever cares to listen that he has decided on the trio of Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

“We have a little challenge because our young goalkeeper Uzoho has not really played at his club this season,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

“Uzoho made one mistake in the last qualifier [against Seychelles] but we gave him a chance with the youth under-23 and it was good for his confidence.

“Daniel Akpeyi is playing now for a big team in South Africa and doing very well. Our third goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa too is good so we can work harder with them.

“We have a good spirit as a team since the World Cup, so there’s no time to bring in new players,” he submitted

Luckily Eagles who got what has been described as soft draw will face two debutants of the Nations cup Burundi and Madagascar with only Guinea expected to pose a bit of a challenge having been to the Nations cup 11 times and posting their best performance in 1976 in Ethiopia where they ended up as runners up to eventual winners Morocco.

The Syli Nationale, have also made it to the quarterfinals four times, the latest being at the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea.

Incidentally Eagles were absent in the last two editions and will need to show on the pitch that indeed they are back. All the 24 teams that will battle for honours in Egypt have till June 10th to submit their final 23-man squad.

Super eagles will win the nations cup.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The Aare Onakakanfo (generalisimo) of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Director General, Ekiti State Council of Arts and Culture, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre are among the dignitaries who called for an all-encompassing approach to solving the socioeconomic challenges facing the people.

The dignitaries made the calls in their separate remarks at a lecture and award ceremony, organised by a non-governmental organisation, Ceebee Gold Foundation International, which held at Mataan Hotel and Suites, Olorunda-Aba, Ibadan, on Sunday.

Leading the call, the Aare Onakakanfo said spirited individuals must collaborate with government at all levels by providing help and support to the less privilege around them or support Non-Governmental Organisations established for the same purpose, if poverty must be tackled at the grassroots.

He however challenged the government at both the federal and state levels to come up with and operate economic policies that would make it easier for the mass majority to be able to afford three square meals with better living condition.

He described the current economic situations in the country as harsh as a result of high unemployment rate, noting that the government at all levels must do something about it urgently for the situation to abate.

He said, “Many Nigerians live below one dollar per day. They cannot afford three square meals each day. The Federal Government and state government must rise to the situation.

“We realised that government cannot do everything and this is why non-governmental organisations, like Ceebee Gold Foundation, Gani Adams Foundation and others have been complementing the efforts of government by helping the underprivileged in the society.

“But government at all levels must fulfill their own parts. Jobs should be created. Infrastructural decadence should be fixed. Roads should be fixed.”

Speaking on his passion and love for the Yoruba culture and the way to continually promote it, Adams, cautioned Yorubas within and outside the country against relegating or down playing their cultural identities wherever they are in the globe for a secured future for the Yoruba race.

“The Yoruba sons and daughters should be proud of their culture. Your culture is your identity. They should not relegate their identity into the background. If you relegate your identity, your own children will feel inferior to identify with Yoruba identity.

“So, let us promote our culture. I have been putting all into the promotion of Yoruba culture, and I will continue to do so. If you lose your culture, you have lost your identity.

“It is a commendable thing to help the underprivileged. I have a foundation, Gani Adams Foundation that has been helping the underprivileged. Now, another non-governmental organisation, Ceebee Gold Foundation International, has come and has joined in helping to reduce poverty in Yorubaland and entire Nigeria.

“I want to urge all and sundry that has been helping the underprivileged not to be discouraged. Please, continue in the good work. For those that have not been helping the underprivileged, kindly join in helping people, there are great rewards in it.”

The Olubadan, Oba Adetunji commended Ceebee Gold Foundation for deeming it fit to locate its proposed vocational training centre in Ibadan despite the founder not been an indigene of the state.

He prayed good success on the initiative while appealing to well-meaning individuals to give the NGO the needed support in the interest of the less privileged in the society.

While speaking, the DG Ekiti State Council of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, said, “It is important to know that everybody can help, irrespective of financial status. Some people want to help, but they don’t know how to start. Some may be thinking that they do not have enough to help the underprivileged in the society.

“But the truth is that you can start from your immediate community. You can adopt a neighbour of yours and empower him or her. We have varying capacities in rendering assistance.

“If you have power to help one person do it. If your own capacity is big enough to assist 100, 200, 300, 500, 1000 and so on, please do it. By doing so, you are helping to wipe out poverty in the society.”

The Osi Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Balogun, also said people should realise that they “don’t have to be a very rich person before you help. It is not compulsory that you should give money. You can give what you have such as the clothes, shoes, wristwatches, and so on, that you don’t need again.

“Some people have 1,000 wristwatches and hundreds of shoes. You can give some of them to non-governmental organisations such as Ceebee Gold Foundation International for distribution to the underprivileged in the society.”

Delivering the public lecture entitled “Using Non-Governmental Organisation as an Instrument for Community Development: A Ceebee Gold Foundation Approach”, the guest lecturer, Mr. Wahab Yusuf, of the Department of Public Administration, The Polytechnic Ibadan, gave statistical analysis of poverty rate in Nigeria.

He urged ‘the haves’ in the country to help the ‘have-nots’, noting that “everyone can render assistance to the underprivileged in the society.

High point of the event was the presentation of awards and titles to the Olubadan and the Aare Onakakanfo amongst other deserving individuals who have contributed to the support of the less privileged in the society.

Individuals fighting poverty.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The Police Command in Rivers State has arrested four cult kingpins suspected to have masterminded incessant cult wars in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Command’s Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday.

He said the cultists were arrested during a sting operation by operatives of the Rumuolumeni Divisional Police Station on April 18, at about 2100 hours.

According to him, the arrest was made in a bid to stem the rising cult activities in the state.

“They were arrested with one English made revolver pistol and three live ammunition and have made useful confessions.

“Meanwhile efforts are on to arrest other members of the gang, and they will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

“The war against armed banditry in the state is on and we can only do better with the support of the public,’’ he added.

He, however, urged residents to always report suspicious characters and movements to the police via 08033312261, 08033396638 and 08098880134.


Rivers state with armed robbery.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The House of Representatives member representing, Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigateri, Sule Tankarkar Federal Constituency in Jigawa state, Sani Zorro has called for the resignation of Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, accusing him of incompetency and highhandedness.

Zorro, a former President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) said the best thing that will happen to Jigawa state is the immediate resignation of Badaru who he said can no longer defend his position as the Chief Security Officer of the state, following pockets of security problems disturbing the state in recent times.

But Jigawa state Government has dismissed Sani Zorro’s call, describing it as the aftermath of one who is still suffering from election defeat.

Jigawa state Government also described the lawmaker as, “a frustrated mind that have suffered defeat and total rejection from his constituency due to lack of performance at the House of Representatives.”

The Special Adviser to Governor Badaru on Political Matters, Alhaji Yahya Muhammad, insisted that, “Zorro should not be taken seriously because he has lost touch with the realities of recent political events in Jigawa state.”

Zorro who cited prevailing invasion of bandits and killing of innocent villagers in Jigawa state insisted that Governor Badaru lacked the competence to protect the lives and property of citizens in the state. Even though Yahaya Muhammad claimed that Jigawa in the last four years has been peaceful.

Yahya Muhammad noted that, “in the last four years of Governor Badaru, Jigawa has never faced any form of attacks; even the ones that happened are the normal attacks by armed robbers, not bandits or Insurgents as claimed by Zorro.”

Zorro berated Badaru for engaging in, “endless and fruitless foreign trips,” while bandits are gradually taken over Jigawa state, adding that, “just recently, Badaru traveled to China for 14 times in three years on personal businesses instead of focusing on the social economic development and governance in Jigawa state.”

The lawmaker alleged that Badaru had invited Chinese companies who are his business partners to forceful take over farm lands in the name of industrialization.

According to him, “Badaru gave out over 20,000 hectares of lands to the Chinese company without compensation commiserates to the value of the lands. And when people complain or reject the stipend call compensation, they jail them.”

Zorro regretted that the worsening security situation in Zamfara started as a result of negligence and called for urgent action from Jigawa state government before the bandits take over the state.

“This was how Zamfara governor neglected his primary responsibility for Governor Forum in Abuja. He spent more time in Abuja more than he did in Zamfara while bandits take over the state.

“Now it has gone out of control and we don’t want Jigawa to get to that level. Governor Badaru spends more time out side Jigawa now and ignoring bandits attack in some villages. We want him to resign now before it is too late,” Zorro added.

However, Yahya Muhammad disclosed that, “the Farms said to be allocated to Chinese was nothing but a baseless lies. Jigawa state government only engages one Mr. Lee who has been in Nigeria almost all his life. He is a renowned farmer in partnership with the government as people of Jigawa state.”

He said in the partnership, “a farmer would release half of his farm to Mr. Lee while he would be operating half, and in this context instead of the previous one season farming now a local farmer would be doing three times farming with the help of the partnership.”

According to him, “most part of Jigawa suffered lack of adequate rainy season to enable them have complete farming activities of thrice season and because of this problem, the government entered into partnership with Mr Lee who would be supplying Water for the farmlands while a farmer would be getting free water, seedlings and other farming implements. Mr. Lee would be farming on half of the farm land, all on leasing arrangement.”

Yahya Muhammad refuted the allegation that Jigawa is facing security challenges, saying that, ” in the whole of Nigeria, no State do enjoy peaceful coexistence like Jigawa and Sani Zorro claims are nothing but mischievous and false.”

Resignation from public office in Nigeria is not possible.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The World Bank has offered support for Ekiti State’s agriculture and rural development programme.
Governor Kayode Fayemi disclosed this on Sunday at his Isan Ekiti country home.

According to Dr Fayemi, the initiative called Rural Access and Marketing Programme (RAMP) will connect Ekiti rural communities to the urban centres and market places.

He said it will also help in the reconstruction of farm settlements many of which were built in the fifties by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo but were not put to good use.

The governor explained the initiative would help provide basic amenities at the farm settlements so as to encourage farmers in the areas to focus on their agricultural activities.

“One of my assistants is going to be focusing on agric and farmsteads because in the course of my campaigns, I went round those farmsteads.

“My wife also toured the farmsteads extensively. There are things that are required by the people in those farms that will make their work a lot better in terms of social amenities, social investment, in terms of ensuring that we connect the farms to the market.

“So we have another initiative that is being supported by the World Bank which is known as Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Programme (RAMP).

“This is meant to assist us to connect our rural communities to the urban centres and the market places in the hope that we can also reconstruct our farm settlements, provide the necessary amenities there and ensure that our people stay back in those places without missing the amenities they ought to have if they were to be in the cities,” he said.

While speaking on the College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture scrapped by his predecessor, Fayemi said a bill for the re-enactment of the College establishment law will soon be sent back to the House of Assembly to enable the school begin operation legally.

The governor, who disclosed that the ongoing construction works in the school, would be completed before September when the school opens for academic activities, said the College was designed to train and equip young people who are interested in agriculture agric value chain.

Ekiti is at it again. Good news.

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[ @DaSylva: ] The Court of Appeal in Abuja has scheduled hearing for April 24 in the appeals filed by the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the March 22, 2019 by the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal.

Information about the hearing date is contained in notices sent to parties by the court’s Registry, a copy of which The Nation sighted on Monday in Abuja.

The tribunal, in a split decision of two-to-one, voided the victory of Oyetola and the APC in the election held on September 22, 2018, but concluded with a rerun on September 27, 2018.

Two members of the tribunal’s three-member panel upheld the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Senator Ademola Adeleke against the outcome of election, while its chairman dismissed it for being unmeritorious.

Justices Peter Obiorah and Adegboye Gbolagunte gave the majority decision, which replaced Oyetola and APC with Adeleke and PDP as winners of the election.

The tribunal Chairman, Justice Muhammad Sirajo, in his dissenting judgment/minority decision, held otherwise.

He dismissed the petition by Adeleke and PDP on the grounds that the petitioners failed to prove their claims.

In the separate notices of appeal they filed against the tribunal’s majority judgment, Oyetola and the APC ripped the judgment apart, arguing that “it is perverse, replete with contradictions and against the weight of evidence.”

The want the Court of Appeal to uphold their appeals, set aside the majority judgment and dismiss the October 16, 2018 petition by Adeleke and the PDP.

Oyetola and the APC said they were contesting the entire majority judgment, except where it held that it lacked jurisdiction to set aside the INEC Guidelines used for the election; that the allegation of over voting was not proved; that the petitioners did not prove voided votes, and other parts of the judgment where it agreed with their arguments.

They queried the validity of the judgment, which was authored and delivered by Justice Obiorah, who they noted, did not participate in all the sittings of the tribunal during trial.

The appellants are of the view that the entire of the majority judgment is a nullity, because it was written and delivered by Justice Obiorah “who did not participate in all the proceedings of the tribunal and who was not present when all the witnesses gave evidence.”

They noted that Justice Obiorah was absent on February 6, 2019 when the respondents witnesses (RWs) 12 and 13 – Ayoola Soji and Oladejo Kazeem – testified and tendered exhibits, which the tribunal admitted in evidence.

The appellants are contending that, having not attended the tribunal’s siting on February 6, 2019, Justice Obiorah did not see the two witnesses and was unable to examine their demeanour, as required, and therefore, it was unlawful for the judge to have authored a judgment in which he reviewed the evidence given by the witnesses.

In the notice of appeal filed for Oyetola by his lawyer, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), it was argued that: “The writing of and or the participation of the Honourable Justice P. C. Obiorah in the writing of the judgment of the lower tribunal of 22nd March 2019 and delivery of same, vitiates the entire judgment.”

Oyetola and the APC faulted the decision of the tribunal, in the majority judgment, to declare the rerun election unlawful and proceeded to set it aside.

They also faulted the tribunal’s finding that the respondents did not deny the claim by the petitions, through PW74, that the Returning Officer cancelled election in the seven polling units and ordered a rerun.

The appellants said: “The first and third respondents (INEC and APC), in their pleadings, did not admit that it was the Returning Officer that cancelled the result of the election in the seven polling units, but rather, that it was the 1st respondent that cancelled the election in the seven units as distinct from the units’ results.

“Indeed, as pleaded at paragraphs 24, 25, 27 and 29 of the petition, it was the 1st respondent that cancelled the election in the seven units for the reasons alleged by the petitioners.

“The tribunal ought to have held the petitioners bound by their pleadings that it was the 1st respondent that cancelled the election in the units and the fact that the 3rd respondent also pleaded that it was the 1sy respondent that cancelled the election in the units.”

They argued that even if it was any of the electoral officials that announced the cancellation and rerun election, in law, they acted as INEC’s agents of the first respondent (INEC).

The appellants noted that the petitioners did not only fail to tender results from the seven polling units to support their claim that election actually held in the polling units and the results were cancelled; they also failed to exhibit the votes scored by the parties that participated in the election, if actually their was an election.

Oyetayo and APC argued that, rather than holding against the petitioners, for not supplying the necessary evidence, the tribunal wrongly relied on the evidence of PW74, which it had earlier expunged from the record for being hearsay.

They argued that, in the absence of vital evidence, “the tribunal ought to have held that the petitioners did not make out the case that there was any election in the seven polling units and that the Returning Officer cancelled the results of the election in the seven units.”

Justice must prevail against injustice.

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[ @DaSylva: ] Members of Living Faith Church in Gwagwalada Abuja are protesting what they termed as unlawful demolition of their church by officials of the Department of Development Control of the Federal Capital Development Authority (DDC-FCDA).

The members said, beside the demolition of the church, located along the Specialist Hospital Road in Gwagwalada, the Resident Senior Pastor, Caleb Olubiyi was also assaulted by some policemen attached to the officials of the DDC-FCDA.

The Chairman of the church’ board, Elder Samuel Olaleye, who was flanked by various placard- bearing members, told journalists although the structure had, for two years now, been marked for demolition, the officials gave no prior notice before the exercise was effected last Wednesday.

Olaleye described the demolition and assault on the pastor as “barbaric, horrific, illegal and disheartening,” adding the DDC-FCDA’s bulldozers were brought down on the church building without notice.

He said the property title and other verifiable documents, showing that the land belongs to Living Faith, are in the custody of the church.

Olaleye wondered why the DDA-FCDA decided to embark on “a wicked and malicious act without recourse to due process”.

He said Pastor Olubiyi has been on admission, in an undisclosed hospital, since Wednesday due to the injuries he sustained as a result of the police brutality.

The church’s Legal Adviser, Olurumotito George, gave details of what led to the assault on Pastor Olubiyi.

He argued the beating of the man of God was uncalled for and highly condemnable.

George said eyewitness accounts and information from the injured pastor showed he was seriously beaten by the policemen, because he attempted to take shots of the bulldozers during the demolition.

He added: “The pastor on hearing the news of the demolition quickly rushed to the scene. He was even on the other side of the road.

“So, when he brought out his phone to take photographs of the demolition, the policemen sighted him and rushed towards him.

“The policemen enquired why he was taking pictures and he told them he wanted to send it to our General Overseer, Bishop David Oyedepo.

“My brother, that was all. The next thing, according to Pastor Olubiyi, was beating,” George said.

He wondered why the officials of the DDC-FCDA chose to demolish the church when some buildings, erected on the same line with the church, were left untouched by the officials of the DDC-FCDA/Fed Ministry of Works, Power and Housing.

On what the church intends to do next, George said it has lodged a complaint with the Police Service Commission (PSC), alleging criminal victimisation of its pastor by the policemen attached to the demolition team.

The protesting church members identified the three police officers, who they claimed assaulted Pastor Olubiyi, as J. C Audu, ASP Mathias Agbo and Urento Monday.

What are you protesting? They gave you notice since, you did not take action. Then when they demolish it you started protesting.

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