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Politics / How Bauchi Wedding Fatiha Became Bride’s Funeral Prayer by agwom(m): 8:12am On Jan 05
It was a tragic day in Bauchi on Friday, 28 December 2018, when a bride-to-be suddenly died a few hours to her wedding fatiha scheduled to hold on Saturday, 29th December 2018 by 11am at Gwallaga mosque. The families of Engineer Salisu Alhaji Boyi and Alhaji Abdulkadir Tataru had completed all arrangements for the wedding in Bauchi, but her funeral prayer was conducted in the same mosque, same time, because she died on the eve of her wedding.

Late Fauziyya was buried on Saturday, after the funeral prayer conducted at the Gwallaga Jumma’at Mosque that would have been the venue for her wedding fatiha.

Daily Trust Saturday traced the families of the deceased and the groom, who narrated what actually happened to late Fauziyya Abdulkadir Tataru, who was a Quantity Survey graduate of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State.

In his account, father of the deceased, Alhaji Abdulkadir Tataru said: “Fauziyya died after a protracted illness. She was ill for some time, soon after her wedding invitation cards had been distributed and all arrangements had been concluded for their wedding fatiha. Before Thursday, she stopped eating anything, and as a result, medical doctors put her on drip that Thursday and through Friday. When she asked for it to be removed, one of her sisters, who is a nurse, said they will do so only on condition that she agrees to take pap. She agreed and it was removed. She drank the pap, talked to everyone around in the house, but after Magrib prayer I was told that she passed away. From Allah we come and to him we shall all return.”

Alhaji Tataru said: “Late Fauziyya memorized the Holy Qur’an, and that she lived in peace with everybody. She also lived an exemplary life, was religious and attended both western and Islamic schools and had started her second degree in Quantity Survey.”

Fauziyya’s husband-to-be, AbdulJalil, said he met late Fauziyya as far back as 2008 when she was in Junior Secondary School at Ulul Albab School in Katsina State and he was in Senior Secondary School with her elder brother, Abdulmalik.

AbdulJalil said while in school, whenever her brother did something that upset her, he was the one who calmed her down and made sure that she was happy. “That is how we started before Fauziyya was transferred to Bauchi where she completed her secondary school at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University International Secondary School, Bauchi. She then went on to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and graduated as a Quantity Surveyor. She served in Maiduguri and later enrolled for her master’s degree.”

AbdulJali was shocked when he was told that Fauziyya died, but he did not dispute the information. “Because I know nothing is beyond Allah’s will. I went and saw her corpse. As Muslims, we believe in destiny, both good or bad. I believe what had happened to Fauziyya is our destiny and that is how Allah wants it. We can’t do anything except pray for her,” he said adding that the demise of Fauziyya became a milestone in his life.

“I will do my best to console myself and the people around me,” he said. “I will submit everything to the almighty Allah, because everyone has what God has decreed for him. I will never forget her and will continue to pray for her. I will continue to live and try to make progress in my life. I will not say I will not marry again, I have submitted everything to Allah. I will do my best to live a normal life by the grace of Allah.”

According to AbdulJalil, “The way she died and the circumstances is a lesson to all humanity. It is not a small thing, it’s a very big event that has happened. We have no choice but to believe and be patient with the will of God. May Allah forgive her and have mercy on her, and may her soul rest in perfect peace.”

Elder brother of Fauziyya, Abdul Malik Abdulkadir Tataru, who was a close friend and classmate to Fauziyya’s husband-to-be said they are seven in their family, and he is the first born, while Fauziyya was the second. He said since they grew up, he had not seen anyone quarrel with his late sister. “She is kind-hearted, and tries her best to put smiles on people’s faces. You never see her angry, and she works hard not to offend. We lost a rare gem but take it as being from God.”

Abdul also added that her husband-to-be is his friend and if Allah wills, he will marry from their house because he is now a relative.

Immediate younger brother of late Fauziyya, Sabi’u Abdulkadir Tataru, described her as the centre of unity in their family. “She was sick for about two weeks and I saw people posting on social media. She didn’t have the opportunity to participate in her wedding preparations, but watched people doing so,” he said.

Sabi’u said she was always the first person he contacted if anything happened to him and she always gave him sound advice. “We are all very close to her and she advises all members of our family,” he said.


Politics / Retirement: Buhari Meets IGP 10 Days To Clocking 60 by agwom(m): 7:52am On Jan 05
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, 10 days to when the police boss would attain the 60 years mandatory retirement age.

The meeting held at the President’s office at the State House Villa, lasted for about 20 minutes after yesterday’s Friday Jumma’at prayers.

No statement was issued at the end of the meeting. However, sources said it was on the forthcoming retirement of Idris.

Daily Trust Saturday reports that there have been intense lobbying in the presidency for the extension of the service of Idris.

Born on January 15, 1959 in Niger State, Idris was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, where he studied Agriculture.

Politics / 2019: Fertiliser Producers Donate N570m For Buhari’s Campaign by agwom(m): 5:38am On Dec 20, 2018
The Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has donated N570million for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.

This is the first public donation to President Buhari’s campaign. Buhari is yet to formally launch his second term campaign.

The President of FEPSAN, Mr Thomas Etuh, announced on Wednesday night during a Gala night organised by the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

At the event attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and a national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, among others, Etuh said the money was contributions for the re-election of President Buhari.

Commending the President for turning around the fortunes of farmers in the country, FEPSAN president said from four before 2015, the country now has 30 fertiliser blending plants working at full capacity.

Narrating how he mistook call from the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, for fraudster when he was first invited for a meeting at the Villa, he said President Buhari has turned around the fortunes of farmers in the country positively.


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Politics / Atiku/obi Presidency Will End Poverty, Create Jobs – Igbo Assembly by agwom(m): 5:50am On Dec 18, 2018
The presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi have the capacity to end mass poverty, grow well-paying jobs, diversify the Nigerian economy and, restructure the nation, Igbo Political Stakeholders Assembly said.

The stakeholder’s assembly comprises of a former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Senator Ben Obi, Dr ABC Nwosu, S.N Okeke, Dr Mrs Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, the wife of the PDP Presidential candidate, and Mrs Margaret Obi, the wife of PDP vice presidential candidate.

Chief Okeke, a one-time chairman of the Police Service Commission, who is chairs the assembly said in a statement at the weekend that, “We find the Atiku policy document progressive in conception, compelling in vision and actionable given its specific details, timelines and implementation schedule.”

The assembly said it will deploy its considerable human and material resources, leverage on its extensive network of support across Igboland and the whole nation, and partner with like-minded patriotic women and community-based organizations to ensure the victory of the Atiku-Obi ticket in the 2019 presidential election.

Other leading members of the group are AVM C E Umenwaliri, Chief Sam Nkire, Chief Rex Onyeabor, General C R U Ihekire, Chief Coleman Uba, Prof Uka Ezenwe, among others.


Politics / Boko Haram Kills 4 Farmers, Burns Corpses by agwom(m): 3:50pm On Dec 17, 2018
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents pounced on rice plantations around Zabarmari and Koshebe communities, last Saturday evening, killing four farmers and burned their corpses.

The communities are about 10 kilometers at the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.

The suspected insurgents had, on December 1, invaded some of the plantations, razing down hundreds of hectares of rice farms, including hundreds of tonnes of the harvested farm produce.

“They [suspected insurgents] invaded our plantations again at about 6pm last Saturday, and again, set ablaze hundreds of hectares of our rice farms, brutally gunned down four of our fellow farmers, heaped grasses on the corpses and burned them,” Alhaji Hassan Mohammed, Chairman of Zabarmari Rice Farmers Association, told Daily Trust on Monday.

“We grow rice, guinea corn, millet and various fruits in the expansive plantations,” the leading rice farmer said, adding that, “we had been planning for the dry season farming which has set in; the bulk of the quantity of the food produced in Borno comes from here; but we are scared now.”

He pleaded: “Government should please come to our rescue by providing more security to enable us practice dry season farming.”

There is a rising spate of attacks by the suspected insurgents on military formations and communities, killing tens of troops and civilians in Borno State over the last one week, according to Daily Trust investigations.

Jobs/Vacancies / Police Receive 104,289 Applications For 10,000 Jobs by agwom(m): 5:09am On Dec 12, 2018
The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday said it has received 104,289 applications from Nigerians who want employment into the Nigeria Police Force as Constables.

The spokesman of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, in a statement said, “this is just twelve days after the Commission’s Recruitment Portal was opened on November 30th, 2018.”

He said: “The applications hit this figure as at 11.30am today, Tuesday, December 11th, 2018. The portal will officially close on the 11th of January, 2019 in compliance with the six weeks requirement by Federal Character Commission.

“Niger State has the highest number of applicants at 7,985 while Bayelsa State has the least applications of 347. Kano State is second with 7,513, Katsina came third with 6,820; Bauchi fourth with 6,204 and Kaduna State fifth with 5,729 applicants.

“Following Bayelsa from the rear, is Lagos State with only 516 applicants, Ebonyi State is next with 600, Anambra State, 605, Abia State, 733 and Imo State with 870 applicants.

“Out of the 104,289 applications received so far by the Commission, 93,871 were males while 10,418 were females.

“The Commission restates its commitment to ensure a merit-driven and transparent recruitment exercise that will follow due process and abide with the relevant rules and regulations in the Public Service.

“Applicants are warned not to give money to anybody for assistance as the giver and receiver, if caught, will face the full weight of the law.

“Applicants are required to apply on-line to the Commission’s portal www.nigeriapolicecareers.net and applications are free. This is for the benefit of other interested applicants. They are only required to fill the form online and also submit it online,” the PSC statement said.


Politics / Re: Vote Buying A Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy- Saraki, Dogara by agwom(m): 9:34am On Dec 11, 2018
Politics / INEC Adopts Card Readers, Rules Out Electronic Results Transmission by agwom(m): 6:27am On Dec 11, 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will use card readers during the 2019 general elections but ruled out the electronic transmission of results.

This is coming days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the Electoral Act amendment bill sent to him by the National Assembly.

However, INEC chairman Prof ‎Mahmud Yakubu said the commission would deploy card readers in every polling unit in the country just as it did in 2015.

Yakubu, who spoke during the public hearing on the menace of vote buying and improving the country’s electoral processes, said the commission had finished all preparations towards the use of the card reader.

The public hearing was organised by the joint National Assembly committee on electoral matters and political parties’ affairs jointly chaired by Sen Suleiman Nazif Gamawa (PDP, Bauchi) and Rep Aishatu Jibril Dukku (APC, Gombe) respectively. However, the INEC chairman said the commission was yet to configure the card readers to match specific polling units, noting that INEC will do that in the coming weeks.

Responding to questions from some senators and stakeholders, Prof Yakubu said: “For those talking about whether INEC would use card reader during the 2019 elections or not, I want to assure that INEC will deploy card reader in every polling unit in the country.

“This is an assurance from the commission, and we are ever ready to do that, although we are yet to configure the card readers to match every polling unit.”

‎Senate President Bukola Saraki, had while declaring the hearing open, urged INEC, security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure free, fair and credible polls in 2019.

He said INEC should improve on the unprecedented record it set during the 2015 elections, pointing out vote buying is currently one of the most disturbing challenges of Nigeria’s political process.

The joint committee chairmen, Gamawa and Dukku said the public hearing was organised to give Nigerians an opportunity to suggest possible ways of tackling vote buying.

Disquiet over electronic transmission of results

But Daily Trust reports that beyond the issue of card reader, the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly, led by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, with acting support of the leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) want the amended Electoral Act assented to so that other issues including electronic transmission of results would be backed by law and therefore mandatory.

It was gathered that the PDP leaders had at a recent meeting with other stakeholders in the electoral process expressed fears that besides the reasons given by President Muhammadu Buhari for not assenting to the Electoral Act amendment, the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) do not want the new electoral act for now simply because they have perfected plans to rig the 2019 elections.


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Politics / 2019: Atiku, Saraki, Secondus, Others Listed For Arrest — PDP by agwom(m): 4:27am On Dec 11, 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has listed key members of the party for arrest ahead of the 2019 general elections.

A statement last night by the Special Adviser on Media to the PDP National Chairman, Mr. IKe Abonyi said the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi have been marked for arrest including their associates.

Others according to the statement are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Prince Uche Secondus who are to be arrested on “frame up” charges.

Secondus who said in the statement that Nigeria was on the keg of gunpowder, cautioned the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu against what he described as impunity, saying the country could explode any moment if there was no caution.

“The country is in a keg of a gunpowder at the moment as a result of your (Magu) hatchet job for the ruling government and I warn you to get away from this illegitimate job of using instruments of state to harass and intimidate opponents,” he said.

Secondus said the target of the ruling party was to bring the PDP to its knees so that by January, the party would be finally grounded with its leaders framed up and put behind bars.

“The PDP national chairman chides Magu and other characters of his type who are willing to assist the APC in undermining democracy, to look back at history and know that the consequences are always not palatable,” he said.



Politics / Re: Northern Elders Dump Buhari by agwom(m): 5:35am On Dec 10, 2018
Politics / ‘controversy Over Electoral Act, Plot To Blackmail Buhari’ by agwom(m): 5:30am On Dec 10, 2018
A supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Electoral Act controversy as unnecessary distraction to blackmail the President into signing the law with his eyes wide closed.

According to him, the Electoral Act is like a landmine laid in the path of the President by the PDP-led National Assembly, determined to force his hands, despite the fact that the President has unambiguously explained his reasons for not assenting to the Electoral Act.

He said the Act is fraught with dangers, which if ignored, could only create chaos and confusion during the 2019 elections.

The supporter said as a law-abiding leader, Buhari would not do anything that might portray him as someone who is indifferent to disregarding due process.

He explained that Nigeria is a signatory to the ECOWAS protocol that says you can’t pass a legislation within 90 days before election, and wondered why the President should ignore this issue.

Beside the fact of the ECOWAS protocol, the sources also expressed concern about the ongoing process leading to the elections, the registration, the primaries and the nomination of candidates all which have been completed on the basis of the 2010 electoral act. “Nobody wants to leave the elections open to contests in courts.”

He also alleged that the Electoral Act was full of booby traps that could undermine free and fair elections in 2019.

Politics / FG To Commence Sack Of Unqualified Teachers January 2020 by agwom(m): 3:45am On Dec 09, 2018
The federal government will commence the sack of unqualified teachers in the country by January 2020, following expiration of deadline given to them to upgrade before the end of December, 2019.

The Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye disclosed this in Abuja, while speaking to journalists.

Prof Ajiboye said: “The government took a position long time ago that anyone who is not qualified or registered and licensed by TRCN by December 2019, will no longer be allowed to stand in front of our children in classrooms.”

While noting that so far TRCN has registered up to two million qualified teachers across the country, he said any teacher who is not registered by January 2020, will be removed from the classroom.

He said over the years, they have sensitised the people on the need to find a way of getting themselves qualified before the deadline.

The TRCN boss noted that they have carried out census in six states, saying, “we are going to start with those states because we now have the data base of those who are qualified and those who are not registered.”

According to him, the six states include Nasarawa, Ogun, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Cross River and Bauchi.

“We are going to start our implementation from those states and it is going to be a continuous process because after those states we will continue with other states, until we root out unqualified teachers in the country,” he said.

The Registrar maintained that the minimum qualification required for anyone to practice teaching in the country remains Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and that as a qualified teacher, it is required that one registers with the council.


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Politics / How We Will Stop Foreigners From Voting In 2019 Election – Immigration Boss by agwom(m): 4:02pm On Dec 08, 2018
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede has said the service is working on a strategy to stop foreigners from participating in next year’s general election.

Babandede disclosed this while speaking to the press at the NIS’s end of year award night at the service headquarters in Abuja.

He assured that the service will be fully involved in the election process to ensure that no foreigner is allowed to vote.

“What I will do if I see them during election is that we will arrest them if we see them trying to participate by voting”, he said.

“This year, we have retrieved over 700 voter cards from non-Nigerians. We will be there during elections to ensure that non-Nigerians don’t participate.

“We will make sure that they don’t vote and they are not voted for. During the election, we will ensure the borders are secured so that nobody can enter the country during the days of election.

“Immigration service has changed for the better. We have built the capacity of personnel and improved on structures and contributed to Nigeria’s security and prosperity in many ways.” Babandede said.

26 personnel of the NIS were given awards during the dinner.

Politics / NOUN Law Graduates Praise Buhari For Assenting To Amendment Act‎ by agwom(m): 12:05pm On Dec 08, 2018
The Law Graduates Forum of the ‎National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on Saturday praised President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the NOUN Amendment Act. ‎

A statement by Mr Carl Umegboro, ‎Chairman, NOUN Law Graduates Forum released in Abuja, said that the amendment would resolve the protracted crisis that had lingered over half a decade, a development that had particularly affected law students of the university.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Sen. Ita Enang, ‎the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, had on Friday in Abuja, disclosed to State House correspondents, the President’s assent to the bill.

Enang had said, “President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures.”‎

‎The group expressed joy that the protracted crisis had been resolved by the President and that by so doing, the law school admission crisis as well as NYSC issues had now been laid to rest.‎

“By the Presidential assent, which has replaced the hitherto ‘correspondence’ in the Act to now ‘Full-Time programme’, which was the basis on which the Council of Legal Education refused to admit law graduates of the university to the Nigerian Law School, it is apparent the quagmires have been finally laid to rest and admission quota imminent‎. ”

According to Umegboro, although the crisis began during the reign of previous administrations, nothing was done to assuage the situation until the advent of the Buhari administration in 2015.
“In the light of this, we hail Mr. President for his understanding, trustworthiness and commitment to education and masses’ welfare in general,” he said.

‎NAN reports that prior to the Presidential assent, NOUN law graduates had been refused admission into the Nigerian Law School and excepted from NYSC, a situation the law graduates had described as unjust and discriminatory.

They had taken to the courts in search of justice‎.

This led to a situation where Justice Hilary Oshomah of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt, Rivers on Oct. 4 , 2017, decided to “hands-off” the matter to allow the academia to resolve the matter. (NAN)


Politics / 2019: No Credible Presidential Candidate Yet For Nigerians – Onaiyekan by agwom(m): 5:56am On Dec 04, 2018
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said Nigerians are in a difficult situation over the choice of presidential candidates for the forthcoming 2019 election.

He spoke weekend in Abuja on the topic: “The Church in Politics: Towards the election year 2019” at an event organized by Catholic Action -Nigeria.”

According to him, it would not be in the interest of the church to support one political party against the other; but to identify and stand behind those who can offer good governance for the people.

He said the new political parties that would have joined forces to produce a credible alternative presidential candidate failed to do so due to selfishness and ego.

“We see this clearly in our country Nigeria. We hear politicians often speaking about serving the nation. It has now become a huge joke. Even the simplest village man knows that the people in authority are not serving us. This is the major cause of our problems. Rulers become dictators instead of servants of God and for the people.

“The prevalent idea that politics is a rotten game for only dishonest people is a tragic error, no matter how prevalent it may be in our society. We know that it is extremely difficult to go against this trend in our public life. The fear in fact is that the nation has been captured by corrupt people who have acquired massive power through the wealth they have stolen from us. They thus monopolize all channels of decision making,” he said.

Onaiyekan said that the country is in a great dilemma as ahead of the 2019 General Elections, as it appears that the people are faced with “horrible tragedy of a choice between two well-known undesirable candidates.”

“It is a pity that whereas there are over 90 political parties, there seems to be no viable alternative to the two mega parties that have failed us. Where is the alternative? It is a pity that they cannot come together to form a viable alternative,” he said.



Politics / Re: Zamfara Workers Paid N6000 As Minimum Wage - Ibrahim Khaleel, NULGE President by agwom(m): 11:04am On Dec 03, 2018
Politics / Atiku To Suffer Bloody Nose In 2019 – Ex-rep Gebi by agwom(m): 9:12am On Dec 03, 2018
Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Interior and National Coordinator Security Governance Initiative, Hon Aliyu Ibrahim Gebi, says the 2019 presidential election will be the last outing for PDP presidential candidate and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Gebi, who fielded questions from journalists, yesterday, in Abuja said the election would not be the toughest in the history of the country as President Muhammadu Buhari remained the only gladiator in the 2019 presidential poll.

He was responding to a question on whether the Wazirin Adamawa was a threat to the re-election bid of President Buhari.

The APC chieftain from Bauchi State and former chairman House of Representatives Committee on Security said Atiku would suffer a bloody nose during the 2019 election, stressing that the presidential election will be a walkover for Buhari and the ruling party.

Gebi said, “In this race, there’s only one gladiator and that gladiator is the current president, Muhammadu Buhari. So, there is no point saying this is the toughest election in the history of Nigeria.

“Toughest for him (Atiku), certainly, but not for President Buhari. I am from the North East and we are from the same region. As a contender what has he done for our region? What has he done for us as a people? What has he done for IDPs, widows? What has he done for the orphans? What has he done for people outside his own immediate circle?

“So, it is easy for people to come and talk… Where was he when the bombs were going off?… Atiku will not even win Adamawa not to talk of Taraba, Gombe and then come to Bauchi. If Atiku had done what he should have done, I can assure that President Buhari would not have even bothered contesting, if the system was working. He had all the opportunities in the world.

“So, it is not about taking power or looking for power because of you, your grand children and your in-laws. we are not subjects; we are only subjects of God. Certainly, we are not Atiku’s subjects, we are citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and we will ensure we do whatever we can. This will be the last Atiku outing and he will suffer a bloody nose by the grace of God.”


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Politics / Bauchi Deputy Speaker, Others Dump APC For PRP by agwom(m): 6:25am On Dec 03, 2018
The deputy speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abdulmumini Bala Fanti, three other state lawmakers and two senatorial aspirants have dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP).

The state lawmakers that defected to the PRP were Ibrahim Bello Katagum, and Auwal Hassan Shira.

Two ex-lawmakers, Abdulmumini Ningi and Dayyabu Chiroma, had also defected.

Their defection followed the fallout ‎of the party’s primaries which saw over 20 members losing their tickets to re-contest.

Two senatorial aspirants who contested for Bauchi ‎South and Bauchi Central senatorial tickets on the APC platform, Barrister Lawan Ibrahim and Bappah Aliyu Misau had also joined the PRP to contest for the ticket.

Bauchi State PRP chairman, Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi, confirmed that the APC defectors joined the party after they were denied tickets in their former party.

One of the defectors, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, also confirmed his defection and that of others to the PRP on telephone.

Politics / Kaduna APC Appoints 1342 Into Campaign Council For El-rufai’s Re-election by agwom(m): 4:32am On Dec 03, 2018
The Kaduna State All Progressives Congress, APC, has named Mr. Ben Kure as the director general of the 1,342 -member campaign directorate for the re-election of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The 14 directorates are to work under a Campaign Council, headed by the governor and includes all the campaign directors and several special members.

A statement from the commission also named Dr. Muhammad Sani Bello as director of organization while Alhaji Umar Gana is in charge of Contact and Mobilisation and will be assisted by Sadiq Mamman Lagos and Comrade Cecilia Musa.

Shuaibu Lili is to serve as Director of Strategic Communications, while General Mohammed Sani Saleh leads the Security Directorate.

Samuel Aruwan, who was campaign spokesman in 2015, retains the role as Director, Media and Publicity while the Youth Directorate will be led by Aminu Anti, with Sabo Douglas and Joy Akut as Secretary and Assistant Secretary, respectively.

Hajiya Zainab Shehu leads the Women’s Directorate. The Support Groups for the Campaign will be coordinated by Ali Batureand Lawal Samaila Abdullahi (Yakawada). Mohammed Jamal is head of the Social Media Directorate. Alhaji Idris Othman is in charge of Fund Raising. Suleiman GarbaGora is the Director of Stakeholders while Prof. Kabir Mato leads Election Planning and Monitoring.

The statement indicated that the Campaign Council would be chaired by by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the party’s candidate for the governorship election, with his running mate Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe as deputy chairman.

The vice-chairmen are the party’s three senatorial candidates: Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala(South), Uba Sani (Central) and Suleiman Abdu Kwari (North).

The Campaign Council and Directorates will be inaugurated on Tuesday.

Politics / Re: Yakubu Gowon, Osinbajo, Others Attend Thanksgiving Sunday Service At Aso Chapel by agwom(m): 3:35am On Dec 03, 2018
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Politics / 2019: It’s Wrong For Any Church To Endorse A Politician -bishop Abiodun by agwom(m): 3:38pm On Dec 02, 2018
The Diocese of Zaria Anglican Church Bishop, Reverend Abiodun Ogunyemi said it is wrong for any church to endorse a politician for any political office.

He said churches must be fair to every body and must not vote base on religious or tribal line but based on good policies and programmes of a candidate that will promote the well being of the citizens.

The Bishop made the comment at an Convention 2018 organized by the Ecclesiastical Province of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) tagged the ‘The battle is of the Lord’ held in Kaduna.

“All whether Christian or Muslim need light, water, good education, as such you don’t need to enɗose a particular candidate as a church, it is wrong” he said.

He called on Nigeria politicians to stop deceiving the masses and that whenever they get to power they should do what is right and be God fearing and not to steal or kill their citizens.

On issue of hate speech, the clergy said that Nigerian politicians always called the truth hate speech because they don’t want to hear the truth.

“You do not provide electricity, water, among other social amenities and you want us to keep quiet? We must talk “, he said.

Also speaking, Reverend Zakkah Nyam, Bishop of Kano Diocese anɗ Rev. Iɗris Aɗo Zubairu in their separate speeches called on Nigeria to imbibe the spirit of peace, brotherliness in the cause of living together as one nation.


Politics / Re: Police Speak On Strange Armed Group Sighted In Sokoto by agwom(m): 6:19am On Dec 02, 2018
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Politics / Sokoto Group Not Violent – Police by agwom(m): 5:42am On Dec 02, 2018
Against the backdrop of alleged activities of new armed group in Tangaza and Gudu local government areas of Sokoto State, the police have confirmed they are herders, not known to be violent but strongly suspected to be armed.

Also, local authorities and residents have spoken on the prevailing situation in their areas.

Briefing journalists on the situation, Commissioner for Police, Murtala Mani said the initial apprehension had been diffused as the inhabitants of the areas were going about their lawful routines without any molestation.

According to him, the police received news of the presence of herdsmen suspected to be Malians and armed known as “Lakurawa” sighted around Marake Forest in Gudu Local Government Area and Wassaniya, Tunigara, Moliava, Jina-Jincti villages in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The commissioner added that from intelligence, the herdsmen were annual visitors to the nearby forests bordering the two local government area with their cattle, but that the number of the cattle increased exponentially this year, to about 3000 from the usual figures of about 500 to 700.

He explained that the herdsmen usually stay in the forest in Niger Republic whenever they embark on such annual migration but occasionally enter the villages of Gudu and Tangaza local governments to procure food and other essentials and retire back to the forest in Niger Republic.

The apprehension of the villagers, Mani said, stemmed largely from the activities of armed bandits in Zamfara, and that they needed to be proactive.

The Sole Administrator of Tangaza Local Government Area, Alhaji Muhammadu Yari Tangaza, disclosed that all that the media was dishing out to people are nothing but tissue of lies.

A resident in Tangaza confirmed to Daily Trust on Sunday that some members of the group were initially invited to rescue a kidnap victim who was originally from Niger Republic.

He added: “The locals were initially happy with their coming because of the way they sacked bandits in their communities but their refusal to consult their leaders and hand over recovered cattle as well as the way they were forcing people to give out animals as Zakkat which they used to take to their countries made us suspicious and decided to report the matter to constituted authorities.”

Politics / Yari, Associates Still In APC Despite Closure Of Inec’s Substitution Window by agwom(m): 5:21am On Dec 02, 2018
As the Independent National Electoral Commission’s window for the substitution of candidates closed yesterday, Governor Abdulazeez Yari and his political associates chose to remain in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Daily Trust on Sunday gathered.

Sources said the governor would remain in the party while vigorously pursuing his case in the court.

The All Progressive Congress in the state had earlier filed a suit at the state High Court, urging it to compel APC and INEC to accept the results of the parties primaries conducted on 7th of October, 2018.

However, last Wednesday, the presiding judge, Justice Muktar Yusha’u, declined jurisdiction to continue with the case.

Justice Yusha’u said the circumstances surrounding the case would not allow the court to deliver “apparent justice”, therefore he returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the state, to reassign.

In the suit, with number ZMS/GS/52/2018, Sanusi Liman Dan Alhaji and 37 others vs APC and 143, the plaintiffs asked the court to compel the All Progressive Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission accept the results of the party’s primaries conducted on the 7th of October 2018.

The APC primary elections in the state were mired in controversy, a situation which caused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to state that the party in the state cannot field candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.


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Politics / How Metele Attack Re-ignited War On Boko Haram by agwom(m): 7:58am On Dec 01, 2018
Nigerians, and the rest of the world, were outraged following the siege by Boko Haram on a military formation in Metele, in the Northern part of Borno State. But has the tragic aftermath in a way triggered a change in the narrative, perhaps signalling a positive turn in the tide of the battle?

On Nov. 18, Boko Haram terrorists attacked the 157 Task Force Battalion in Borno State where they killed many soldiers. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, who spoke through Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said 23 personnel were killed in action and 31 others wounded. “During the attack, the troops were forced to withdraw and several casualties were recorded,” he said.

But other accounts put the casualty figure at more than 100, including the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Sakaba, as well as his second-in-command, and three other officers, and many soldiers.

“The attack in Metele, and many others before it, are enough for the Nigerian military authorities to change the terminologies they use in describing Boko Haram,” said a retired army Major, Salihu Bakari. He added that Nigeria must consolidate the gains recorded between 2015 and late 2017, by not allowing a resurgence to persist.

Bakari said: “We are in a war situation, and Nigeria must confront the terrorists full-on. It is no longer an internal insurrection; we have been in this mess for nearly ten years, almost three times the period we took fighting the Civil War.” He noted that Buratai’s statement which acknowledged the terrorists deployment of drones in their operations calls for a completely new approach to the fight against Boko Haram.

Responding to the Metele attack, President Muhammadu Buhari said no responsible Commander-in-Chief would fold his hands and allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its citizens. “Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat. In the coming days, I am engaging the military and intelligence chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking,” he said.

Rights bodies, NGOs, and even international monitors have condemned the Metele attacks, and are pushing for a renewed effort in defeating Boko Haram.

Boko Haram’s new M.O

Many experts, officers, and soldiers told Daily Trust Saturday that there is no doubt Nigeria had achieved a lot between 2015, and late 2017 in the fight against Boko Haram. But some of them also believe that military authorities were slow in realising the terrorists have actually changed their modus operandi, which has seen their fighters become fiercer, and more bloodthirsty.

While Nigerian troops, with initial support from Chad, Cameroon and Niger through the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and other underground arrangements succeeded in chasing the terrorists from towns and cities, the insurgents switched to new tactics.

The Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi faction now concentrates operations along Lake Chad in Northern Borno by establishing many cells on islands from where they organize, strategize and launch attacks. On the other hand, the Abubakar Shekau faction is now concentrating on parts of central and northern Borno.

There were expectations that Boko Haram, as a group, would implode after Mus’ab Albarnawi, the son of late Mohammed Yusuf, broke away from Shekau with active support of late Mamman Nur, who has strong connections with ISIS. But instead, it seems after few months of rivalry, the two factions have gone separate ways, and adopted potent methods of survival, membership recruitment, and attack.

According to a military source, for Nigeria to succeed in the war with Boko Haram, it must be far ahead in terms of changing tactics. “There is no doubt the insurgents are using asymmetrical tactics, which is extremely difficult to contain. Secondly, the two factions now understand that it is needless to think of conquering large territories that you cannot permanently control; the administrative stress of controlling such places is not worth it; so they concentrate their strength in fewer places,” he said. He said Nigeria must deploy all resources to achieve this, including renewing ties with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

“I like the courage shown by President Muhammadu Buhari; the Ndjamena meeting of African leaders which held on Thursday was timely. It is good that Buhari went back for the roundtable because the setback we noticed recently was because the three other countries had backed out and left us with our problem. Let’s face it, Boko Haram is mostly our problem,” the source said.

Leaders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon had during their meeting Thursday called for increased international backing in the face of the recent escalation of attacks by Boko Haram.

A serving soldier in the North East who does not want his name mentioned, said President Buhari should also adopt the strategy used by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan shortly after the extension of the 2015 general election by six weeks. “There is nothing wrong in bringing back the mercenaries who came with their men and fighting equipment. They substantially neutralized the Boko Haram within six weeks,” he said.

“I know we, the Army and Air Force, can win the fight because we have the manpower, but the truth is that we don’t have the equipment,” he said.


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Politics / PDP Won’t Accept ‘fake Results’ In 2019 – Secondus by agwom(m): 9:15am On Nov 30, 2018
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has said the party will not accept any result of the 2019 general elections that is “fake.”

Prince Secondus also, for the third time, demanded the resignation of the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, saying they had demonstrated that they could not be neutral in the electioneering process.

Speaking at the opening session of the 83rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP yesterday in Abuja, Secondus said there would be crisis in the land if the elections were rigged by the ruling APC in connivance with INEC officials.

Secondus said the PDP had the best presidential candidate for the elections and would resist any attempt to be rigged out.

“We want to give this warning because we want peace in our nation. We are not going to make noise; but if anyone or the APC rigs the elections, there will be crisis in the country and we will not accept the result of the rigged elections.

“The APC has the federal might, but we have God and the people on our side. We have the best candidate in the country and he is ready to debate with Buhari.

“The consequences of rigging the 2019 general elections will be terrible; so well-meaning Nigerians and the international community should prevail on INEC to conduct free, fair and transparent elections,” Secondus said.

He advised all party leaders to return to their various constituencies and campaign vigorously for the PDP to win, saying the party had a campaign structure to ensure that power was devolved to the grassroots where the voters would cast their votes.

Secondus said the President Buhari-led administration lacked the wherewithal to manage the affairs of the nation, adding that the PDP was upping its game to reclaim power through democratic means.

The presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi, Governors Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) Ahmed Abdulfattah (Kwara), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former governors of Benue and Niger, Gabriel Suswam and Babangida Aliyu respectively, were among many party leaders at the meeting.


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Politics / ACPN Promises To Lift 80m Nigerians Out Of Poverty If Elected by agwom(m): 5:43am On Nov 29, 2018
The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has promised to lift eighty million Nigerians out of extreme poverty if voted into power in next year’s general elections.

Ezekwesili said this in Ilorin yesterday, the Kwara State capital at the launching of the ACPN manifesto and unveiling of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Party, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Galadima.

She noted that eighty seven million Nigerians are considered to be extremely poor, blaming bad governance for the rapid increase in poverty level.

According to her, if given the mandate, her government will create businesses conducive environment for private sector to thrive and ensure that every Nigerian have equality of opportunity to create different businesses of their choice to create wealth.

The Former Nigerian Minister also promised to give hope to the hopeless and downtrodden people in the country, by improving the standard of living of every Nigerian and increase the country’s knowledge capital.

Ezekwesili maintained that with the current deplorable situation in the country, Nigerians need competent, capacity and character in anybody that will lead the country next year.

The Presidential candidate of ACPN also assured to grow and increase the country’s knowledge capital, literacy rate of Nigerians and focus attention on human security, lamenting the high rate of killings in the country especially by the bokk haram terrorist group.

While speaking on corruption, Ezekwesili vowed to genuinely fight corruption to its lowest ebb without using anybody as sacred cow.

She explained that her love for Kwara state made her to pick her running mate from the state, describing the vice Presidential candidate of the party as a grassroots politician who will teach her how to consummate politics.

She added that the party will also ensure longevity of Nigerians by prolonging the life expectancy from 52years through improved standard of living and also focus more on human security.

After his unveiling, the vice Presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Galadima, said the party is committed to the onerous task of the nation building, promising to work with her to traverse length and breadth of the country towards ensuring that the party emerged victorious in the polls.


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Politics / Why Nigerian Products Are Rejected Abroad – FG by agwom(m): 6:11am On Nov 28, 2018
The Federal Government yesterday said the failure of manufacturers to conform to global standards in production and packaging explained why some Nigerian products were rejected in the international market.

This emerged yesterday during a non-oil export dialogue convened by the Policy Development Facility Phase 2 funded by UK Aids.

Agencies of the Federal Government including the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), stressed the need for potential manufacturers to seek adequate knowledge on the standard and specifications required at the international market.

The session brought together manufacturers, entrepreneurs, farmers and representatives of Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture across the country to explore ways of improving market access to Nigerian products being exported abroad.

The Coordinating Director of NAQS, Dr. Vincent Iseghe, noted that most countries spend more time inspecting Nigerian products imported because of the belief that the manufacturers didn’t conform to specifications.

Noting that Nigeria is on the high priority area of countries not conforming, he charged manufacturers to self-regulate and do the right thing.

“You should do what is right. It is good for you to have better access to the market. All we will do as regulatory agencies is to complement,” he said.

The representative of SON, Mrs. Mosun Salman, said product manufacturers would have easy access to the market if they comply with international standards.

“There is no way you will have problem in selling your products abroad if you conform to international standard,” she said, adding that SON had strengthened its facilities to provide qualitative services to Nigerians exporting products abroad.

Mrs. Mide Onabanjo, Technical Assistant to the DG of NAFDAC, tasked manufacturers to comply with global standards right from production level to ensure that products meet the specifications required in the global market.

A policy and development analyst, Dr. Olu Alaba, in his keynote address explained that conforming to standard is key to market access, adding that the World Trade Organization (WTO) encourages the harmonization of standards worldwide.

“Therefore, the standard in Nigeria must be comparable to the standard anywhere in the world. The principles must be the same. Conformity is key, you can’t compromise that.

“Our level of conformity in Nigeria has improved greatly but there is so much to be done and this requires collaboration between the public and reputable private institutions,” he said.

Politics / Abaji Vice Chair Killed After N3m Ransom by agwom(m): 4:43am On Nov 26, 2018
Gunmen who kidnapped the Vice Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Mohammed Rizoma, have killed him after they collected N3 million ransom.

A close relative of the vice chairman confirmed the death to our reporter on telephone on Saturday.

He said the vice chairman died from beating in the hands of the kidnapers when he attempted to escape from a forest last Tuesday night.

The relative said the vice chairman and his driver, Hussaini Peter, and his son, Mohammed Yakubu, had been held captive since Monday until when the N3 million they demanded was paid to them on Thursday.

He said the kidnapers threatened to kill the driver and the son if they revealed the death of the vice chairman.

He added that it was when the kidnapers released the driver and the son that the family members got to know of the death.

The source said the remains of the vice chairman were yet to be seen, but that a combined team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and members of the vigilante from Izom in Niger State had been combing a forest between Numbwa and Izom villages since Thursday to recover the corpse.

“In fact, I was among the team that volunteered to join the SARS team and some vigilante members to search for the body of the vice chairman, but up till now, his corpse is yet to be found,” he said.

The Niger State police spokesperson, DSP Mohammed Abubakar Dan-Inna, could not be reached on his mobile phone.

The vice chairman, his son Mohammed Yakubu, and his driver, Hussaini Peter, were abducted by gunmen on Monday night on the Lambata-Izom Road near Suleja in Niger State.

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