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Politics / Foreign Investors’ Interest In Nigeria Plunges By 80% by ijustdey: 8:57am On Jul 24
Investment announcements in Nigeria fell to $1.69bn in the second quarter of this year from $8.41bn in Q1, indicating a decline of about 80 per cent, a new report by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission has said.

The report said the total value of investments interests in the first half of this year fell by $1.57bn to $10.11bn, compared to the second half of last year. The figure is, however, $5.05bn higher than that of the same period of last year.

An analysis of investment announcements by sectors revealed that the manufacturing sector attracted the highest investments with $5.9bn or 58 per cent.

It was followed by construction, $2.9bn (29 per cent); electricity (including gas, steam and air conditioning supply), $680m (seven per cent); information and communication, $410m (four per cent); while others recorded $210m or two per cent.

By destination, Bayelsa and Delta states attracted the most investments out of the 14 states that were listed, with $3.60bn (36 per cent) and $2.94bn (29 per cent), respectively.

They were followed by Akwa Ibom with $1.40bn (14 per cent); Lagos received $0.70bn (seven per cent) while a total of $1.45bn (15 per cent) went to the other 10 states.

The report also showed that domestic investors made the highest contribution of $3.29bn or 33 per cent of the total investment announcements; $1.40bn (14 per cent) emanated from Morocco; $950m (nine per cent) from China; $640m (six per cent) from UK; and other sources accounting for $3.82bn or 38 per cent.

Further analysis of the report showed that in the past five years, investment announcements recorded in H1 2021 decreased by $9.23bn from the $19.34bn recorded in H1 2017.

The Executive Secretary, NIPC, Yewande Sadiku, had recently said that the commission had entered into series of collaboration with the private sector to unlock potential investments in the country.

According to her, there are huge investment opportunities in agriculture, transportation, solid minerals and manufacturing sectors of the economy and the government is working to improving the country’s rating in the area of ease of doing business.

https://punchng.com/foreign-investors-interest-in-nigeria-plunges-by-80/

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Politics / FG Replaces Controversial RUGA With New Scheme, Begins Camps In Six States by ijustdey: 8:35am On Jul 24
Okechukwu Nnodim and Jesusegun Alagbe
Two years after the suspension of the controversial Rural Grazing Area scheme in July 2019, the Federal Government has introduced a replacement scheme called the Livestock Intervention Programme to address the lingering farmer-herder crisis across the country.

This comes amid the Federal Government’s intensified efforts to revive colonial-era grazing routes in many states across the country as per the directive by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

According to documents from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sighted by one of our correspondents, the LIP scheme will see the Federal Government establishing eight large herders’ settlements in each of the six pilot states, namely Adamawa, Kwara, Niger, Bauchi, Kaduna and Gombe.

The scheme is expected to be extended to other states, following a successful outing in the pilot states.

The documents as well as interviews with some officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that the LIP is already being implemented in the six pilot states.

The officials confirmed that the six states accepted the establishment of the large herders’ settlements and had already provided land for the purpose.

Unlike the controversial RUGA settlements, which started with 12 pilot states, the ministry officials said the government chose to start the LIP settlements with six pilot states, pending the extension to other states.

They said eight large LIP settlements would be built for herders in each of the states.

Asked if the Federal Government would reactivate the suspended RUGA programme since the clashes between herders and farmers had yet to abate, the acting Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Winnie Lai-Solarin, replied, “What we have now is the Livestock Intervention Project. And this intervention will take place in the settlements. It might also interest you to know that right now, the intervention has been reduced to six states.”

According to the director, the six pilot states for the LIP are in the North because the region has large settlements and land to grow pasture.

“The states are Adamawa, Kwara, Niger, Bauchi, Kaduna and Gombe,” she noted.

Lai-Solarin confirmed that the Federal Government was establishing the livestock settlement in eight locations in each of the six states.

On why the government reduced the intervention to six pilot states, unlike the RUGA settlements that started with 12 states, the FMARD official explained that the outcry against plans to establish RUGA settlements led to the cutdown.

She, however, noted that some states were still showing interest, despite the initial widespread outcry in many parts of Nigeria.

Lai-Solarin said, “When we started, the states were 12 in number. They included Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Niger, Nasarawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Kogi. They were 12 originally.

“And all the states are in the North. The speculation and media reports made people start saying the government wanted to take people’s lands in the South-West, South-East and others.”

She added, “There was never a time that we included states in the South. Rather, speculation and miscommunication gave rise to the concerns by the people that the government was coming to take their land.

“The wrong information went out. Once they heard RUGA, they kicked against it. However, the concept of RUGA was to meet pastoralists where they are in their settlements and provide infrastructure for them there.

“But when that information went out, and because you have settlements in the South and other regions too, it was easy for people to turn it around and say, ‘They (herders) are coming to our states to take our land.’

“But this was when there was no such plan ab initio. Never was such a plan made by the Federal Government.”

Lai-Solarin added that the ministry had been carrying out diverse other interventions to mitigate the clashes between herders and farmers nationwide.

The immediate past Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, had in May 2019 announced that Buhari approved the RUGA initiative to address the farmer-herder crisis.

A month later, a former Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Umar, announced that the Federal Government was to commence the pilot phase of the RUGA project in 11 states for a start, including Sokoto, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kogi, Taraba, Katsina, Plateau, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger.

“The RUGA settlement will attract a lot of investments to Nigeria and it is our belief that in the next five years, each RUGA settlement will provide nothing less than 2,000 employment opportunities. We are collaborating with the cattle breeders associations in Nigeria,” Umar said at the time.

The Benue State House of Assembly, for instance, called for the removal of the signboards erected in the communities earmarked for RUGA settlements.

Many southern states called for ranching, saying since cattle rearing was a private business, herders ought to buy land and graze their cattle on it, adding that the measure would stop the frequent clashes between herders and farmers.

Also, many lawyers, including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, kicked against the plan to establish RUGA settlements in parts of the country, describing it as “illegal.”


Falana argued that the Supreme Court had held that the entire land in each state was vested in the governor.

Amid the outcry that trailed the RUGA scheme, the Federal Government suspended the initiative in July 2019.

The government said the reason RUGA was suspended was because it was inconsistent with the National Livestock Transformation Plan, an initiative to establish ranches across the states.

The NLTP was approved by the National Council of Agriculture in conjunction with the National Economic Council.

States that keyed into the NLTP are to receive 49 per cent funding from the Federal Government, while the remaining 51 per cent funding is to be sourced by the state, private sector and development partners.

In February 2021, the Federal Government said it had mapped out 30 grazing reserves across the country for the NLTP implementation.

Meanwhile, as of June 2021, of the over 20 states said to have assented to the NLTP, only four states – Nasarawa, Plateau, Adamawa, and Kaduna – were said to be ready for the scheme’s take-off, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari.

While the scheme is awaiting full take-off, in a new twist recently, Buhari, in a move believed to challenge the ban on open grazing by southern governors, said in an interview with Arise News that the grazing routes across the country would be revived.

Buhari said he had directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to produce a gazette which delineated grazing routes in all parts of the country in the First Republic.

The President stated, “What I did was to ask him (Malami) to go and dig out the gazette of the First Republic when people were obeying laws.

“There were cattle routes and grazing areas. Cattle routes were for when they (herdsmen) were moving up-country, north to south or east to west. They had to go through there.”

The President’s statement followed Malami’s criticism of southern governors for banning open grazing, saying their action was like banning the sale of spare parts in the North.

However, several southern states and institutions like the Nigerian Bar Association and the Pan-Niger Delta Forum faulted the President for the revival of old grazing routes.

Southern states, including Ondo, Delta, Cross River, Enugu, Benue, Akwa Ibom, and Oyo, said there was no existence of a gazette that marked out grazing routes for cattle across the country.

The state governments also insisted on the ban on open grazing, despite the President’s opposition to it.

Also, many lawyers, including the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, insisted that there was no law on grazing routes in any part of Nigeria.
https://punchng.com/fg-replaces-controversial-ruga-with-new-scheme-begins-camps-in-six-states/

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Politics / Constituents Write Senator Ekwunife, Demand Explanation For Absence At Plenary by ijustdey: 12:48pm On Jul 22
Constituents Write Nigerian Senator, Demand Explanation For Her Absence During Plenary Session

Members of the Obosi Development Union (ODU), Abuja branch, have addressed a letter to the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Uche Ekwunife (Iyom), demanding an explanation for her absence during a plenary session last Thursday.

The letter which was signed by Engineer Goddy Ikebuaku and Chimezie Obi, the group's President and Secretary respectively demanded to know why she was not present at the red chambers when others cast their votes on the issue of electronic transmission of results.

The group pointed out that Ekwunife was elected to represent a people who expect that her presence at the National Assembly will favour their cause, especially during important discussions such as the E-transmission of results.

They warned that failure to offer a satisfactory explanation is a proof that she is one of such politicians who profit from manipulation of election results.

The letter read, “Request for an explanation of your absence at plenary on Thursday 15th July 2021:

”We are members of the Obosi Development Union (ODU), Abuja branch, your constituents whom you represent at the Red Chambers of the National Assembly.

“We have observed with dismay from the compilation of votes of Senators for the Bill on electronic transmission of election results, that you were absent on Thursday, 15th July 2021 when the Draft bill was put to vote on the floor of the Senate Chambers, a day that presented an opportunity for history to be made in the electoral process of the Federal Republic of Nigeria - a country bedevilled with various forms of electoral riggings and manipulations.

”We have no doubt that you are aware that the disaffection with the electoral system in Nigeria is intrinsically connected to the lack of integrity and confidence in the electoral result delivery process. The acrimony and violence in our electoral process have led to fatalities, too numerous to mention; Obosi as a town has experienced quite a number of fracases that culminated in deaths during the election result collation process, hence our feeling of disappointment that our voice did not count owing to your absence on the day of the vote.

“As our representative in the Senate, we expect that when very sensitive and important decisions or voting is taking place in the Senate, you will not only make yourself available but also use every means possible to lobby your colleagues (especially those from the North because of their numerical strength) to support initiatives that will advance the cause of your constituents.

“Iyom, bear in mind that if this issue is not well handled, it has the capacity to overshadow your performance and define your legacy as our representative, as it portrays a clear and unambiguous disconnect with the desires of your constituents.

“Please, also note that unless a satisfactory explanation is offered, our members and your constituents at large are inclined to view your action as typical of politicians who profit or hope to profit from election result manipulation that has bedevilled our electoral system and frustrated the desires of the people to elect representatives of their choice as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution. We look forward to receiving your prompt response on this matter.”


http://saharareporters.com/2021/07/22/constituents-write-nigerian-senator-demand-explanation-her-absence-during-plenary-session

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Politics / Bandits Don’t Shoot Down Airplanes: By Abimbola Adelakun by ijustdey: 11:59am On Jul 22
After reading the narration of the experience of Nigeria Air Force officer, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, who survived an air attack in Zamfara State, do apologists like Sheik Ahmad Gumi, Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and their southern minion, Joe Igbokwe, still believe that the bandits are merely doing business? For a while now, they have desperately tried to ameliorate the gravity of their incessant attacks by claiming those people were just “bandits.” But bandits do not shoot down airplanes. It is no small effort to direct “intense enemy fire” at a jet in the sky. If they have heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles to do that, it is a game-changer.

When supposed bandits get to the point where they have enough clout to acquire the weapons that can down a fighter jet and even the gumption to draw government ire by doing it, they can no longer be called bandits.

Either the people they call bandits have morphed into something more monstrous, or Nigeria is not just winning its long-drawn battle against terrorism. Whichever one, this enemy needs a new name.

For Nigeria to still be referring to those who shot down a plane as bandits, they should also tell us how state officials arrived at a calculation that makes the activities of IPOB and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to be called “terrorism.” How did Garba Shehu, for instance, conclude that separationists like Sunday Igboho is a terrorist, but an official document still characterises those capable of downing a fighter jet as mere “bandits”? By what parameters does Nigeria define banditry and terrorism? Is there an official standard for qualifying these activities? Defining and designating an organisation as “terrorist” is typically at the discretion of state agents.

In Nigeria’s case, that value judgement has been so subjected to the nepotism of the government that the label does not do much more than categorise insurgent activities and agitation from a certain part of the country.

Compared to terrorists, “bandit” is a tame language because it suggests those perpetrating the crimes are a gang of outlaws operating outside the precincts of the state. Bandits do not typically attach any political aims to their activities since their exploiting the vulnerabilities of people who venture outside governed spaces is mostly about money.

The language of banditry also suggests they are not as much of a threat to national stability. Yes, in military lingo, “bandit” also means an enemy plane, but that rather remote definition has not been consistent with official and popular usage of the word in the Nigerian parlance.

Terrorism, on the other hand, means using violence to achieve political ends. Such violence must intentionally generate psychological ramifications, and it must set a chain of other political and social activities into motion. Thus, when Nigerian officials said that the likes of IPOB members and Sunday Igboho are terrorists, they insinuate there is substantial proof of political malice in their activities. It means anyone that associates with them or provides them any kind of support could be placed under surveillance and even punished. But what legal and moral mechanisms has accounted for their actions to be labelled as terrorism but which does not feature—and even more evidently—in the deeds of the ones who shot down a plane?

We cannot afford to prevaricate on the appropriate characterisation of those who could attack a jet. We have to speak unequivocally to determine who they are, what they want, and how we should approach them. Words matter, and language is everything. The ability to make sense of the world through words is one of the distinct reasons humans are categorised as higher animals. Words can heal or harm, and that is why sensible people choose them carefully. Our ways of speaking to and about people are often an indicator of our evaluation of their worth. The same applies to our understanding of situations. Ill-defining an issue is tantamount to misdiagnosis because things have to be called by their right names for them to yield their significance.

The Air Force press release specifically noted that their pilot faced “intense enemy fire” from his attackers. To retain the label of bandits for people who can rain an intense fire means these officers are either biased in their judgement of what qualifies as security threats against Nigeria or have not yet given critical thought to the nature of the enemy they are fighting. It could be that “bandits” is a terminology they frequently throw around and they have not yet reflected deeply on how the threat they confront is changing enough for them to update their vocabulary. The designation of banditry lessens the gravity of the crimes of these people. That selectiveness in the professional judgment of those tasked with providing national security is one of the many ways Nigerian officials make it hard for them to find patriotic support. Such ethical inconsistency is why many Nigerians remain unimpressed when they do their best to hunt down fugitives from Kenya and Benin Republic.

General killed by bandits for burial today
That brings me to another point: the official statement by the Nigerian Air Force was probably more revealing than they intended. According to them, the said Alpha Jet aircraft was returning from a “successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna states.” Does that mean that despite a supposedly “successful” air raid, there were still armed groups audacious enough to try to take down their fighter jet within the same Zamfara State where they just rained fire on them from the sky? That shows that whatever the success of that mission was, it did not affect this group that attacked him (and probably also spared several other groups of enemy forces). So, by what metric do they measure air mission “success” when it is self-evident that air bombardments do not do enough to cripple the activities of these people?

The press statement failed to mention if there were supporting ground troops. Airstrikes are not usually conducted without concomitant ground attacks. After the enemy has been destabilised from the sky, ground troops are unleashed on them while they are yet scrambling to find their bearing. In this case, and given the paucity of details from the official release, it did not seem so.

Again, according to the same statement, the pilot successfully ejected from the crippled jet. He got on the ground, and his attackers still pursued him. Thankfully, and according to the statement, he was able to “elude several bandits’ strongholds and manoeuvred his way to a Nigerian Army unit, where he was finally rescued.” Does the use of plural terms in that extract officially confirm that these so-called bandits still maintain multiple “strongholds” across the same state where they just carried out a successful air mission? Does that mean that despite almost a decade of constant war against terror in Nigeria, they are not receding but still maintaining “strongholds” in defiance of what the government is doing from high above? Reading that part of their press statement was, to be honest, frightening. From officers to supposedly advanced military equipment, military effort does not seem capable of razing down the camps of these marauders. If even an air raid does not show the potential of wiping them off, we have to come to terms with the fact that we have been condemned to permanent warfare with them. I hate to say it, but Nigeria will be at this war for a long time to come from the look of things.

Finally, I am happy for the pilot that survived what must have been a harrowing incident. If I were his relative, God knows we would spend this whole week on a thanksgiving service. For even his military superiors to be so excited over his experience and triumph, it must mean he passed through a force so terrifyingly macabre, but the scale of which they cannot fully admit because they cannot afford the truth. Was it not just some months ago they vehemently denied that Boko Haram members downed one of their fighter jets? On some days, the truth manages to out itself.


https://punchng.com/bandits-dont-shoot-down-airplanes/


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Politics / FDI: FG’s Move Against Multichoice May Discourage Investors by ijustdey: 11:45am On Jul 22
The recent announcement by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) that it is set to recover N1.8trillion in outstanding taxes from South African pay- TV company, Multichoice, owners of DSTV, may deter foreign companies from setting up shop in Nigeria, according to a report by Reuters.

Citing how Nigeria failed to get anything from a $2 billion tax bill it leveled against another South African company, mobile phone giant, MTN, in 2019, the report said that Nigeria’s reputation as an investment destination would be adversely affected when companies and individuals assume that the country’s tax bills are either negotiable or avoidable.

In fact, according to the report, Multichoice shareholders believe that only a fraction of the FIRS’ initial demand will probably have to be paid. The report said: “Judging from the company’s seven per cent share price drop(after the FIRS announcement), investors are braced for a penalty in the region of $260 million, 94 per cent less than Nigeria is demanding. Even that might be an overestimate.


“A $2 billion tax bill levelled against South African mobile phone giant MTN in 2019 came to literally nothing a year later. And the $8 billion that the central bank demanded from the same telecommunications company for supposedly illegally repatriated dividends became a $53 million wrist slap. “Such missteps hurt the credibility of the Nigerian authorities. Companies and individuals will naturally assume tax bills are either negotiable or avoidable. Nor does it enhance the credentials of Africa’s most populous nation as an investment destination. At the height of its dispute, MTN even threatened to pack up and go home. Fear of being randomly targeted may deter foreign companies from setting up shop there in the first place.” The report noted that a lack of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) would undermine President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to end Nigeria’s dependence on oil exports.

“With global oil demand set to plummet by 2050, Nigeria will have a big gap in its coffers to plug. But randomly targeting companies is short-sighted. Boosting VAT receipts or adding consumer levies on things like mobile phone airtime may be politically unpopular but will both raise more revenue and be less damaging to Nigeria’s economy,” the report stated.

New Telegraph reports that in a statement issued by the Director, Communications and Liaison Department at the FIRS, Abdullahi Ahmad, on July 9, the Service announced that it had engaged some commercial banks as agents to freeze and recover N1.8 trillion from accounts of MultiChoice Nigeria Limited and MultiChoice Africa. The FIRS explained that the decision to appoint the banks as agents and to freeze the accounts was as a result of the groups’ continued refusal to grant FIRS access to their servers for audit. The Executive Chairman FIRS, Muhammad Nami, was quoted as saying, that: “The companies would not promptly respond to correspondences, they lacked data integrity and are not transparent as they continually deny FIRS access to their records. “Particularly, MCN has avoided giving the FIRS accurate information on the number of its subscribers and income. “The companies are involved in the under-remittance of taxes which necessitated a critical review of the tax-compliance level of the company,” Nami stated.


https://www.newtelegraphng.com/fdi-fgs-move-against-multichoice-may-discourage-investors/

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Politics / PDP Appoints Senator Danbaba As Deputy Minority Whip by ijustdey: 2:35pm On Jul 15
By Sanni Onogu,
Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Danbaba on Thursday emerged the new Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read a letter appointing Danbaba to the position on the floor of the Senate.

The letter was signed by the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ibrahim Tsuari.

Danbaba represents Sokoto South Senatorial District.

The position became vacant following the defection of the former Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Sahabi Ya’u (Zamfara North) from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
https://thenationonlineng.net/breaking-pdp-appoints-senator-danbaba-as-deputy-minority-whip/

Politics / Navy Recruitment: Reps Allege Non-compliance With Federal Character by ijustdey: 3:14pm On Jul 14
......... demand details of recruitments from 2014 till date



…direct institution to suspend the pre-screening exercise of shortlisted candidates

By Levinus Nwabughiogu


House of Representatives, Wednesday, fingered lopsidedness in the Nigerian Navy recruitment and directed the institution to suspend forthwith the forthcoming pre-screening exercise for the shortlisted candidates.

The House also asked the Navy to provide details of all recruitment from 2014 to date showing the geographical spread.

The parliament said the essence was to help strengthen the federal character law as well as to ensure better and more vigorous enforcement and implementation.

It added that every Nigerian deserved to be treated with dignity and rights irrespective of where they may be located physically in the country.

The resolutions followed the consideration of a motion to “investigate the process of the Nigerian Navy supplementary recruitment of 44 candidates for being against the principle character and in gross violation of section 14 of the 1999 constitution”, moved under matters of urgent public importance at the plenary by Hon. Ben Rollands Igbakpa representing Ethiope federal constituency of Delta State.

Moving the motion, Igbakpa noted that the Nigerian Navy Shortlisted 44 Candidates for the 2021/2022 recruitment exercise and have scheduled a pre-screening exercise for the candidates before their full induction into the Nigeria Naval Service.

He said that all the successful candidates that were to report for training in 2 batches at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School Onne, Port Harcourt, Rivers State hailed from a particular part of the country which, he said negated the Federal Character principle of all-inclusiveness, equity and fair play.

He said: “Section 14(3) of the 1999 Constitution provides that all appointments must reflect Federal Character.

“The Section provides thus: “4(3) The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to promote national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few states or a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or any of its agencies”.

The lawmaker argued that the underlying purpose of the principle in a multi-ethnic society like Nigeria was to ensure equal participation of the various ethnic extractions in the governance of the country.

“The Principle is also aimed at preventing the domination by one or some ethnic groups in the affairs of the country and the exclusion of other ethnic groups.

“In practice, the principle appears to have been observed more in breach. Appointments and recruitments into the various ministries, departments and agencies both at the federal and state levels by successive administrations seems to be treated as a matter of political discretion, and those with the appointment and recruitment powers do not feel a legal duty to ensure an equitable spread of appointments and recruitments into the various government bodies.

“This recruitment Supplementary list of 44 candidates since it became public knowledge has created a lot of tension, apprehension and discourse within the young and old from the deprived section.

“Adequate observance and implementation of the federal character principle will in no small measure allay fears of domination and denial by the ethnic minorities, and invariably foster national unity”, Igbakpa said.

Adopting the motion after securing favourable support of the majority of the members, the House mandated its committee on Navy to investigate the exercise and recommend appropriate measures to avoid similar constitutional violations in all future government recruitment.

The committee was given 12 weeks within which to conclude the assignment and report back to the House for further legislative action.


https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/07/navy-recruitment-reps-allege-non-compliance-with-federal-character-demand-details-of-recruitments-from-2014-till-date/


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Crime / Usifo Ataga: More Suspects Arrested In Super TV Boss' Murder by ijustdey: 2:03pm On Jul 14
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested more suspects in connection with the murder of late Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga.

The Lagos Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, made this known during a parade of some suspects at the command headquarters in Ikeja on Wednesday, without giving details.

“We have established a case of conspiracy in the murder and we have arrested more suspects,” he said.

Odumosu also assured the public that police would not compromise in the case, dismissing claims that one of the arrested suspected, Chidinma Ojukwu, was given a soft-landing.

The police boss had described the new claims made by Chidinma Ojukwu, the suspected killer of Super TV boss as an “afterthought”.

In a video that went viral on Monday, the undergraduate denied killing the Super TV CEO – a claim that is contrary to her initial confession.

When she was paraded at the police command headquarters on June 24, the suspect had admitted to stabbing the 50-year-old in the neck with a knife after a disagreement.

She also corroborated the claim in an exclusive video interview with The PUNCH.

Odumosu, however, insisted that the police have the suspect on tape during her confession.

He said, “That is the trait of an active criminal; she was here, we recorded her. The night she was arrested, we recorded her at the state CIID, even the lady that rented the place to her, we recorded her and we have all that. If she now has an afterthought, investigation will prove that.”

https://punchng.com/breaking-more-suspects-arrested-in-supertv-boss-atagas-murder-police/

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Politics / Governors Laud Tinubu For Refurbishing Arewa House Library by ijustdey: 7:50am On Jul 14
By Augustine Okezie, Katsina
Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai have hailed ex-Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for refurbishing the Arewa House Library.

The governors spoke at the inauguration of the upgraded Arewa House Library.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, said the Arewa House Library has served and fulfilled the purpose of its establishment by sustaining its enviable status as a reliable centre for research and documentation.



The governor added that it was heart-warming that the centre has not only provided documentation of the history and culture of the people, it has also provided abundant materials and resources on contemporary studies on policy, peace and leadership. This, he said, has served as a rich reference point and source for scholars.

“I am glad that a centre as this exists in Northern Nigeria and in Nigeria at large to document historical occurrences that both we in this present time and even the future generations can learn from to either avoid repeating certain mistakes or to provide us with the knowledge to act better in future,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu said with the upgrade, the centre was now well placed to meet the need of 21st-century researchers.

He commended the centre’s Director-General, Dr. Shuaibu Shehu Aliyu, management and staff of the Arewa House Library for preserving the history and culture of the country through the preservation of research and historical documentation.



Masari lauded the APC national leader for coming to the aid of the centre, a role which, according to him, should have been played by the governors in the North.

He said: “It is an obligation for the governors in the North to give minimum support to the Arewa House as they all have the means and capacity to do so. The citizens of the North must also collectively work together in addressing security challenges rather than allowing government alone to do so.’’

El-Rufai, who was represented by his Commissioner of Education, Dr. Shehu Mohammed Makarfi, praised Tinubu for upgrading the centre and called on other philanthropists in the country to contribute to the growth of the research centre.

The Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Kabiru Bala, also commended Tinubu for not reneging on his pledge to renovate and upgrade the library.

During the eleventh annual memorial lecture of the centre in March, Tinubu pledged to renovate the library to an international standard.

Tetfund Chairman Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam also praised Tinubu for the project.

He said: “ Arewa House is very important to every northerner. The man of the moment Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who took it upon himself to renovate the library, I know him as a friend, brother, comrade in the progressive struggles to ensure democracy in this country. I am happy he found it worthy to identify with us by contributing to the renovation of the library of the Area House.”


https://thenationonlineng.net/governors-laud-tinubu-for-refurbishing-arewa-house-library/

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Crime / Re: Solider Rapes, Kills Girlfriend & Cut Off Her Finger Over Cheating (Photos) by ijustdey: 4:41pm On Jul 13
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Politics / South-West Governors Demand State-Controlled Minimum Wage, Stamp Duty, Prisons by ijustdey: 3:44pm On Jul 13
The South-West Governors’ Forum is pushing for the removal of the Federal Government’s exclusive control of the national minimum wage and stamp duty collection as well as decentralisation of the prisons and police structures.

The governors are also calling for the removal of gender in the Constitution.

These are part of their proposals presented to the South-West Caucus in the National Assembly as part of the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution.

The forum had last week met with members of the caucus in Abuja behind closed doors.

At the meeting were governors Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

In the cover letter on the proposed constitution amendment signed by Akeredolu, a copy of which our correspondent obtained, the governors urged the lawmakers to push for the amendments “without prejudice to the submissions from the South-West states that are presently before the National Assembly.”

The letter, which was presented to the caucus, was dated July 5, 2021, and titled, ‘Presentation by South-West Governors’ Forum on the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) ’.

It read in part, “We specifically invite the National Assembly to note the following areas of special interest to the South-West Governors’ Forum:

“The federal structure in governance and fiscal decentralisation: Resource allocation and management as well as fiscal federalism/decentralisation have remained contentious issues in previous constitution review exercises. The constitution review process places the National Assembly in a position to respond to the needs of states with a view to enabling them to discharge their constitutional responsibilities, including adequate provision of social and economic infrastructure for the citizenry.

“To achieve this in concrete terms, the principle of appropriateness, that is, which tier of government is more appropriate to deal with and effectively supervise a particular subject, should guide the sharing of powers between the federal and state governments.

“The items on the Exclusive (legislative) list should be substantially reduced to reflect the principles of appropriateness and state autonomy. In this regard, Section 4(4), Second Schedule of the 1999 Constitution is proposed for amendment.”

On state police, the governors said, “We propose that there should be a section of the Constitution that provides for the creation of the State Police Service. (A) State Houses of Assembly should have powers to enact laws for the establishment, recruitment, structure, operational control, finance and discipline of members of a state police.

“State police laws should include sufficient provisions for checks and balances as well as stipulate the respective jurisdictions of the federal and state police services to ensure a harmonious relationship between the two. Therefore, Section 153(1) dealing with the establishment of the Police Service Commission should be amended to introduce the States Police Service Commission.

“Recruitment into Nigeria Police should be done by the State Police Service Commission and in accordance with the laws made by state Houses of Assembly. Discipline of police officers above the rank of sergeant should be referred to the Federal Police Service Commission in order to check abuse of power at the state level.

“Appointment of state Commissioners of Police and officers below the rank of state commissioners should be made by the governors of the state on the recommendation of the State Police Service Commission.

“Appointment of officers above the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police to that of Inspector-General of Police should be made by the President, upon the recommendation of the Federal Police Service Commission.”

The governors further proposed that all state police commands should be licensed to procure arms on the approval of their request by the President, while the Office of the National Security Adviser should monitor the use of the arms procured by the state commands.

https://punchng.com/south-west-govs-demand-state-controlled-minimum-wage-stamp-duty-prisons/

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Education / Senate Proposes 18 As Age For UTME Candidates by ijustdey: 1:41pm On Jul 13
The Senate has commenced process of amending the establishment Act of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), with particular interest on age of candidates participating in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The lawmakers suggested in the new amendment that 18 years should be set as age for any candidate that will like to participate in UTME henceforth, as against the practice of candidates participating in the exercise as early as 14 years.

Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic Education, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, disclosed the information on Monday when she led other Committee members on oversight visit to JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

She explained that the Committee had identified two major areas to be addressed in the proposed amendment for the examination body to function better.

Senator Eyakenyi said: “We have the responsibilities of making laws and legislate. We have identified two major areas that we need to go into the process of amending the act establishing JAMB. That’s the area of support we will give.”

The Committee insisted that candidates should neither sit nor be admitted into the university below the age of 18, as age has a lot to do with learning ability.


The Senator stressed the importance of education to the development and future of Nigeria, and added that the sector deserves maximum attention as good quality education can only be achieved through funding and commitment of teachers and students.

While describing JAMB as a bridge between the secondary and the university, she said the agency is a necessary vehicle for the delivery of quality and standard education in Nigeria.

Senator Eyakenyi commended the board for the smooth conduct of the 2021 UTME, stating that the exercise was free from malpractice as each candidate had different questions to answer, while describing JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, as a round peg in a round hole, who knows his job.

Responding, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Oloyede, told the Committee that the Board does not have powers to disqualify any candidate on the basis of age shifting the responsibility to individual institutions.

“Individual institutions can decide on who to admit or not based on age or any other criteria. It is the case with University of Ibadan which does not admit candidates below 16 years,”
he said.

On the general performance for UTME in 2021, Prof. Oloyede, said the Board has been able to use the profile code and National Identification Number (NIN) to arrest the issue of multiple registration, adding that in 2021, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) supplied pictures of candidates in addition to the one captured by JAMB at the point of registration.

He disclosed that some security agents were caught in the act of aiding examination malpractices by swapping candidates after they have been cleared through the biometrics process.

He threatened that some candidates results may be withdrawn if after reviewing the exercise on CCTV they are found to be culpable of malpractice.

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/senate-proposes-18-as-age-for-utme-candidates/

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Politics / DSS Opts For Propaganda Against Igboho, Kanu - The Nation by ijustdey: 9:31am On Jul 10
Unsatisfied with invading the home of Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, and finding little of substance to substantiate their apocalyptic theory of his secessionist plot, and unfulfilled at ‘intercepting’ Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB fame and running into a needless diplomatic storm that is still brewing, the Department of State Service (DSS) has begun a welter of propaganda to damage the reputation and standing of both ethnic champions.

Mr Igboho is famously hyperbolic about the Yoruba freedom cause, particularly as it relates to the rampage of herdsmen in the Southwest, but there is no record of violent enforcement of his self-appointed cause, nor evidence that he had inspired or directed the killing of any herdsman, the object of the Buhari administration’s umbrage.

The coarser Mr Kanu has spoken violence but, despite the rampage of the so-called unknown gunmen in parts of the Southeast, has been largely theatrical, propagandistic, and unwisely eager to claim credit for violence of unknown origin, without understanding the legal pitfalls.

Neither Mr Igboho nor Mazi Kanu had undertaken the genocidal assault Fulani herdsmen and Northwest bandits subscribe to, but the Buhari administration and the DSS have expended huge resources to interdict their fairly popular causes.

The administration is unfazed by public allegations, particularly from the south, that its methods and objectives betray an ethnic agenda, considering how it obsesses over Messrs Igboho and Kanu without a corresponding high-tech effort to ‘intercept’ and destroy the bases and funding of bandits and herdsmen. But no matter what anyone says, the administration will persist in its goals and obsessions. This obsession may reflect the limitation of their understanding of how a pluralistic society should be governed, but they really don’t care. Not only has the administration needlessly turned fringe ethnic players in the south to mainstream players, they have also incredibly drawn an opaque and unfair definitional line in the sand between secessionists in the south on the one hand and bandits and herdsmen in the north on the other hand. The latter may be infinitely more violent, but the administration and the DSS have decided to assign more definitional and criminal weight to the former. This skewed propaganda will continue apace.

Hundreds of schoolboys and girls are being kidnapped regularly, especially in the north, and brutalized or murdered, but the DSS has declared its intention to seek out backers and funders of Mr Igboho and Mr Kanu’s IPOB. The backers have already being criminalized. The administration’s selectiveness is so acute now that no one in the south and perhaps the Middle Belt believes their impartiality anymore. Bandits have extorted hundreds of millions from their victims, and asked for motorcycles and food items, but, as if they are spirits, they have not being located, exposed and humiliated. The bandits have sometimes come out into the open to half-heartedly accept amnesty, and their identities are well known, but still nothing has happened to them.

Perhaps the administration is passing on the message that self-determination is evil but killing and maiming and kidnapping are nothing but inconsequential misdemeanour. Had medieval kingdoms been governed like this, historians would have no example of past developments and greatness to write about.

https://thenationonlineng.net/dss-opts-for-propaganda-against-igboho-kanu/

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Politics / NBET To Expunge N7.2 Billion Budget For ‘Senate’ — After The Cable’s Exposé by ijustdey: 7:50am On Jul 09
The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc is making moves to expunge the N7,620,840,000 allocated for the “senate” in its 2021 budget, TheCable understands.

A review of the 2021 approved budget of NBET, an agency under the ministry of finance, shows an item without a code number tagged “Senate 5%”.

It is still unclear what NBET plans to do with the staggering sum for the senate as Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, NBET’s chief executive officer, did not respond to calls and messages from TheCable to clarify the curious item found in the budget.

It was also discovered that NBET — the body that buys power from the generating companies (GenCos) and sells to the distribution companies (DisCos) — also allocated N630 million to buy transformers and electrify rural communities. This is clearly not part of the agency’s mandate.

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is saddled with the responsibility of providing energy access to rural and underserved communities across the country.

TheCable understands that NBET has asked the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to approve the award of the contracts.

The development is coming at a time the agency is struggling to fulfil its financial obligations to GenCos for energy wheeled to the grid.

After the publication of the exposé, insiders told TheCable that the budget has been corrected and the controversial N7.6bn billion for senate merged into the fund for GenCos under the power sector reform programme.

By implication, the corrected version of the approved budget will no longer contain the “5% senate” item.

TheCable also learnt that the publication of the report has raised a dust of controversy at the agency.

The board of NBET is expected to meet on Friday to deliberate over the questionable items in the approved budget.

https://www.thecable.ng/nbet-moves-to-expunge-n7-2bn-budget-for-senate-after-thecables-expose

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Politics / Insecurity: Nigeria’s Democracy May Collapse Before 2023, UK Govt Warns by ijustdey: 7:30am On Jul 09
The British government has warned that Nigeria’s democracy is at the risk of destabilisation before the 2023 general elections. Though it noted that the police and army are in urgent need of reform, the United Kingdom said the solution to Nigeria’s instability does not lie in simply strengthening the police and army, but rather in building an effective social contract system.

Development Director, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Chris Beecroft, in a goodwill message at the launch of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Peace and Inclusive Security Initiative (PISI) in Abuja on Thursday, said conflict represents an existential threat to Nigeria’s unity and its development. Beecroft, who stated that Nigeria is facing peace and security challenges, added that: “The rise in conflict risks destabilising Nigeria’s democracy in the run-up to the 2023 elections.

“There is an active insurgency in the North East; farmer-herder conflicts are extending across the country; resource conflicts in the Delta; tension in the South-East; and banditry in the North West. “Conflict destroys lives, destroys livelihoods, destroys hope and ambition for the future. Conflict represents an existential threat to Nigeria’s unity and its development,” Beecroft stated.

He blamed this on the injustice and impunity, as well as weak justice institutions in the country, and expressed the view that peace and stability could be achieved when the causes of conflict in society are managed through strong, fair, and responsive governance mechanisms at community, state, or federal level. Beecroft added that the use of the police and army would only be part of the solution, and called for greater emphasis: “On reconciliation, mediation, arbitration, and access to justice – all vital components of a vibrant, resilient, and effective social contract.” According to him, proliferation of small arms and weapons and the weaponisation of social media, are drivers of conflict and instability.

He called for job creation for young Nigerians “so they have a stake in a prosperous and peaceful Nigeria,” adding, however, that “with the right commitment, dedications and support, there are solutions.” Beecroft stated that the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office recognised the important role the NGF plays in setting the peace and security agenda, and in building state and community level structures and institutions to reduce violence and respond to conflict and insecurity across Nigeria.

Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), in his remarks, decried what he described as “the instrumentalisation of violence,” noting that violence has become a commodity in Nigeria. Abubakar, Chairman of the National Peace Committee, who was repre-sented by Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, said Nigerians are averse to diagnosis. He disagreed that poverty is the cause of violence in Nigeria, arguing that China has about 300 million unemployed persons.

The former Head of State also condemned the spate of defections by politicians from one party to another, noting that “when a governor or senator defects, it has a destabilising effect. The problem of this decision spurs violence.” Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi said Nigeria, is still at the crossroads, adding that the level of insecurity across parts of the country is not only eroding citizens’ safety and peoples’ means of livelihood, but also threatening the expression of the rights of all Nigerians.

Fayemi, who is governor of Ekiti State, noted that the spate of violence and coordinated criminal activities have undermined government’s authority and waned public trust in recent times. He attributed the current security crisis in the country to several factors, “including an oversized population that the government is unable to cope with, a large number of poor people estimated at over 40 percent of the population who are living below $1 per day, and indeed, desertification which has affected over 60 percent of Nigeria’s land, as drought and climate change has continued to aggravate land deterioration in the country.”

Fayemi equally blamed the situation on proliferation of small arms and light weapons, which he said worsened and exacerbated the level of violence and fatalities. According to him: “Between May 2011 and February 2021, over 76,000 deaths were reported. “Mass displacement of persons from their areas of residence remains a challenge. At the end of 2019, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reported a total number of 2,583,000 internally displaced persons who have been affected by conflict and violence in the country.”


https://www.newtelegraphng.com/insecurity-nigerias-democracy-may-collapse-before-2023-uk-govt-warns-2/


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Politics / Jangali: N500 Per Cow Yearly — Katsina To Introduce Levy For Cattle Owners by ijustdey: 8:30pm On Jul 08
The Katsina government has introduced community development levy and cattle tax, referred to as ‘jangali’, in the state.

Faruk Jobe, commissioner for budget and economic planning, disclosed this on Wednesday, while briefing journalists after the state executive council meeting presided over by Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina.

According to NAN, Jobe said a committee set up to fine-tune modalities for payment of taxes has submitted its report to the council.

“After receiving the report, we resolved that each adult in the state — including non-indigenes — as well as male and female civil servants are to pay N2,000 each as development levy annually,” the commissioner said.

“For the cattle levy, ‘jangali’, every cow owner will pay N500 per cow yearly. We are going to push the matter to the state house of assembly for legislative process.”


When asked if it would not amount to double taxation for civil servants since tax is being deducted from their salaries, the commissioner said the civil servant tax is different.

According to him, the one introduced by the state government is “development levy”, which is for all residents in Katsina.

He added that married women who are not working would be excluded, while those who are employed would pay the levy.

The commissioner explained that the development is not new in the state, as it had been in existence but was abolished in 1979.

“Now, we have brought it back. Before we commence, government will take a biometric data of all adults in the state to know those who will pay and those that will not,” he said.

“The data will provide us with necessary information, address, business, and other relevant information about the tax payers.”

Jobe noted that the same thing would be applicable to cattle owners, as the data will provide information on the number of cows and where the owners reside.

The commissioner, however, said the state government took the decision as part of efforts to check banditry, cattle rustling, stealing, kidnapping and other criminalities across the state.

https://www.thecable.ng/extra-n500-per-cow-yearly-katsina-to-introduce-levy-for-cattle-owners

Crime / Kingsley Onuorah Arrested For Raping Job Seekers In Lagos & Taking Their Nudes by ijustdey: 9:21pm On Jul 07
Police Detain Young Man Who Lures Women With Fake Job Vacancies, Rapes and Tortures Them In Lagos

A young man identified as Kingsley Onuorah has been arrested and detained by police officers at the Ojo Police Station in Lagos State for luring unsuspecting women with fake job vacancies.

It was gathered that Onuorah who works at Alaba International Market as a manager with one of the mobile phones outfits, ITEL, advertised vacant positions and consequently lured applicants to his apartment to submit their Curriculum Vitae.

One of the Operating Officers of the Advocates for Children and Vulnerable Peoples Network noted that Onuorah had deployed a tactic to deceive applicants that a Human Resources representative would come to his house for the CV.

In the process, however, Onuorah will allegedly lock up his victim, preventing them from going home and subjecting them to rape and torture for days to his satisfaction.

His cover was blown after he met his last victim, a 23-year-old lady, whose sister was resilient in ensuring her return.

Onuorah is now in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba.

The ACVPN officer said, “Kingsley Onuorah is a manager with ITEL, one of the mobile phone outfits in Alaba International Market Branch.

“Kingsley is a sociopath who specialises in luring vulnerable women and young girls. He advertises vacant positions and applicants are asked to come with their CV which happens to be his apartment.

“Whenever the applicants query why the location for submission is his house, he would quickly tell them the HR representative would come to his house and pick up the CV.

“He takes advantage of them by sexually molesting the women and young girls.

“The last survivor he did the same to is a 23-year-old woman whom he lured to his apartment. He made her cook noodles, he then raped her and kept her for five days.


“Thank God for the survivor's sister who was very resilient and determined to get back her missing sister and it paid off.

“He was arrested by the officers from Ojo Police Station. Kingsley initially denied setting his eyes on the survivor, but when his phone was properly checked, the missing lady's nude picture was found in the phone.

“Other women's nude pictures were also there. This was how Kingsley broke down and he admitted the survivor was in his custody.

”She was found inside Kingsley's apartment. He's presently with the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti.

“Kingsley's relatives have offered the survivor's guardian N150,000 to withdraw the matter but the no-nonsense OC Gender Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, SCID, Panti has insisted that justice must prevail.”

https://saharareporters.com/2021/07/07/police-detain-young-man-who-lures-women-fake-job-vacancies-rapes-and-tortures-them-lagos

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Education / Kano Student Sets Himself On Fire Over Inability To Pay NECO Fees by ijustdey: 6:04pm On Jul 07
A 20-year-old man in Kano State has set himself ablaze after all his efforts to raise the money to pay for his Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO), failed.

The incident happened last week Tuesday in Garo town of Kabo Local Government Area of the State.

Reports said the youth, who was identified as Danladi Shu’aib, had written the exams three times but failed all but he could not raise the money to register for the exam this year.

A resident of the area, Ya’u Ahmad Garo, confirmed to Daily Trust that late Danladi had on various occasions threatened to commit suicide if he failed to write the exam because of his ambition to further his studies, but that nobody took the threat seriously.

He also explained that Shu’aib was later taken to the hospital after setting himself ablaze, but died two days later.

Similarly, another resident of the area and a neighbour of the deceased, who pleaded anonymity, said: “Danladi used to go and work in one mechanic garage, so after getting his pay for the day, he used them to buy fuel, and later entered one room in their house, poured it on his body and set himself ablaze.

“However, when the fire heat penetrated his body, he started crying for help. People were able to put it off and rushed him to the hospital.

“But, two days after, he died as a result of the injuries he sustained from the inferno,” the source added.

Reports also said late Shu’aib was able to raise half of the amount earlier but gave up when he couldn’t get the remaining half to complete it.

https://dailytrust.com/kano-youth-sets-self-ablaze-over-inability-to-pay-neco-fees


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Politics / Governor Masari: Fight Bandits With Your Teeth, Don’t Wait For Police, Soldiers by ijustdey: 2:06pm On Jul 05
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina has advised Nigerians to fight bandits with their teeth and not wait for President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to protect them.

Mr Masari stated this in a video seen by Peoples Gazette on social media.

“It is important for you to fight your enemy, even with your teeth bite him. Where are the warriors? I don’t understand our people these days. What they should be doing is not what they are doing,” Mr Masari said in the Hausa language.

He added, “You are waiting for brigadier somewhere to come, or soldiers and policemen or even fighting (sic) jet, is it not possible, they will do their work, but we need to join hands together.”

Governor of Katsina State, Masari is Challenging residents to defend themselves from RPG and Ak47 wielding Bandits by atleast bitting them or using bow & arrows and not waiting for the police or military. pic.twitter.com/jVI6WFd8ZH

— Yusuf Anka (@ankaboy) July 4, 2021
Last June, Mr Masari asserted that it was irresponsible of Nigerians to expect the police or military to protect them against bandits, charging Nigerians to protect themselves.

Though he admitted that the bandits were armed, Mr Masari chastised victims of bandits’ violence for running away when attacked.

“The only difference is that they have taken arms against us; does it mean we have nothing to take against them?” Do we mean we should vacate all our villages, all our farms, all our houses, and surrender them to bandits, and wait for police officer Emeka all the way from Enugu to come to Katsina and rescue me? This is ridiculous,” Mr Masari complained.

In February, defence minister Bashir Magshi berated Nigerians for running away from their communities due to “minor shootings” by bandits.

“I don’t know why people are running from minor things like that. They should stand and let these people know that even the villagers have the competency and capability to defend themselves,” said Mr Magashi.

https://gazettengr.com/fight-bandits-with-your-teeth-dont-wait-for-buhari-regime-gov-masari/

Politics / Re: Yoruba Nation Lagos Rally: Woman Fumes As Tear Gas Canister Hits Residence (vid by ijustdey: 10:08pm On Jul 04
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Politics / Court Allows Impoundment Of Taraba Government Vehicles Over Debts by ijustdey: 9:33pm On Jul 04


The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital has ordered the impoundment of all vehicles belonging to the Taraba State government over the failure of Governor Darius Ishaku and the state government to obey the order of the court to pay a company the sum of N550 million

Tribune Online reports that 16 vehicles have been impounded so far including an ambulance.

The judgement of the court in the suit marked FHC/JAL/CS/3/2020 between Motherwell N.A. International Ltd for itself and on behalf of Closed Joint Stock Institute of Aerospace Instrumentation of the Russian Federation verses the Attorney General of Taraba State and the Government of Taraba State pasted on the impounded vehicles reads; “upon the judgement of this honourable court delivered on June 10, 2020, it is hereby ordered that the plaintiff is entitled to the payment of N550,000.000.00 being the amount due but unpaid to the plaintiff by the defendants.


“The N550 million is the amount due to the plaintiff by the defendants from the contract for the Satellite Survey and Analysis of Hydrocarbon Feed Stock Deposit of River Benue Valley territory of Taraba State.”

This is even as the court awarded N200,000 as a cost against the defendants in favour of the plaintiff.

But following the failure of the State government to honour the judgement of the court, the company again approached the court which also issued a writ of attachment and sale of goods ordered against the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Taraba State and the state government.

A staff of the company told our correspondent that the court granted that in the event of the government defaulting to pay the debt, the court allowed the company “to take control by the sale of goods and chattels of the defendants, wheresoever they may be found within the federal high court’s jurisdiction.”

In compliance with the judgment, some vehicles belonging to the state government have been seized and kept in the custody of the court.


Efforts to get the reaction of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Taraba State, Barr Sam Adda, failed as his phone lines were switched off as at the time of compiling this report.
https://tribuneonlineng.com/court-begins-impoundment-of-taraba-govt-vehicles-over-debts/

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Politics / Re: How Yoruba Nation Protesters ‘tricked’ Security Operatives At Lagos Rally by ijustdey: 9:10pm On Jul 04
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Politics / British Govt Evades THISDAY Enquiry On Fresh Passport Issued To Kanu by ijustdey: 9:46am On Jul 03
Charles Ajunwa in Lagos and Michael Olugbode in Abuja

The British Government yesterday refused to categorically accept or deny allegations that it assisted the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, with another passport after he escaped from Nigeria.

Kanu was first arrested in Nigeria on October 14, 2015, following campaigns for the Sovereign State of Biafra and arraigned for treason. He was granted bail in April 2017 but fled the country. The IPOB leader was rearrested last Sunday in an unnamed country and returned to court to continue his trial.

THISDAY, in a series of email exchanges with the British High Commission in Abuja, had requested clarifications on how the IPOB leader obtained fresh British passport.

In the most recent email, THISDAY enquired: “We need some further clarification, please. Are you saying the British government did not assist Mr. Nnamdi Kanu in procuring a new British passport? The information we have is that after escaping from Nigeria through the land borders, the British government assisted him in procuring another passport in the High Commission of one of our neighbouring countries, knowing at the time he was a fugitive running away from justice in Nigeria. Do you categorically deny the British government involvement in this? In relation to (b), are you implying that since Mr. Kanu’s trial was not in a British court, you do not reckon with the Nigerian court which impounded his passports?”

In reaction, the High Commission said in order to respond to the question, it would need to send the email to “London” because “it does not specially relate to the British High Commission in Nigeria unlike the question you clarified yesterday and which we have answered.”

Dean Hurlock of the British High Commission, after referring the enquiry to “London”, sent the reply yesterday and it read: “We are seeking clarification about the circumstances of the arrest from the Nigerian government. Our policy on issuing passports to those who are entitled to them is clear and publicly available; we are not going to discuss any individual case.”

Of course, the reply did not address the issues raised by THISDAY. Kanu could not have obtained a new British passport without the approval of the British Government.

In the earlier email, THISDAY enquired from the British High Commission: “The specific allegation we want addressed is whether the British High Commission assisted Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, whose Nigerian and British passports had been impounded by an Abuja court, in jumping bail by issuing him another British passport which he used to travel out of Nigeria and had been using to travel until his re-arrest. How could Kanu have acquired another British travel document in Nigeria without processing it at your High Commission?”

Jonathan Bacon of the British High Commission replied saying the question refers explicitly to British High Commission and that his response earlier directly addressed this allegation: “We can confirm that the British High Commission in Nigeria did not issue any travel documents for Mr Kanu. We therefore reaffirm the categorical denial sent to you yesterday. Your question (b) referred to London, hence my reply yesterday at 17:23 to say that I needed to ask London for a view on the question, and that given the time the email was sent, I might not receive a reply until the morning.”

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/07/03/british-govt-evades-thisday-enquiry-on-fresh-passport-issued-to-kanu/

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Politics / How El-rufai ‘secretly’ Withdrew Son From Public School by ijustdey: 8:58am On Jul 03
There was no immediate response from the Kaduna state government....




By Mohammed I. Yaba And Abbas Jimoh


Governor Nasir El-Rufai has secretly withdrawn his son, Abubakar Al-Sadiq from Kaduna Capital School after what many observers described as “political and media stunt” to give the impression that he is like any commoner.

While the enrolment of Al-Sadiq in the public school was greeted by massive commendation from all walks of life, the removal of the son was not made public, a development seen by many as “betrayal of public trust and confidence.”

It is not clear why the governor made a U-turn as some commentators said it could be due to the widespread abduction by kidnappers in public schools especially in Kaduna and neighbouring states, or pressure from family, or lack or doubts on the capacity of the government school to groom his son as what obtains in private schools.

People living around the school said they were disappointed that the governor had withdrawn his son few months after the child joined the children of poor and middle class citizens in the state to learn under one roof.

Many thought that the enrolment of his son would be a turning point for the public schools in Kaduna State.


Abubakar Al-Sadiq El-Rufai was seen seven months later mingling with friends in Kaduna Capital School

“I am grossly disappointed because the whole enrolment episode looked deceptive,” said Ibrahim Yaro, a resident of Kaduna.

“Leaders should keep respect their words and the promises they take. After the governor has removed his son from the public school, he is now busy increasing fees and sacking teachers…I really don’t understand where he is heading to. Someone should talk to him, please,” he said.

There was no immediate response from the Kaduna state government.


The enrollment day

When Malam El-Rufai strode like a colossus in the company of his wife, Ummi, into Kaduna Capital School in 2019 and enrolled their six-year-old son, Al-Sadiq El-Rufai, in fulfilment of his campaign promise to send his son to a public school, many Nigerians had perceived his action as bold and exemplary and a people-oriented governor that was on track to revolutionize public education in the state.

They viewed it as a validation that he was not only a man of his words, but the messiah that would return the lost glory of public schools in Kaduna State and give them an edge over private schools.

The Kaduna Capital School is reputed as one of northern Nigeria’s oldest government schools.

Seven months later when Daily Trust Saturday visited the school, it gathered that the young El-Rufai, then a student of Primary 2B, had made new friends and adapted to the environment and his teachers. A security guard had been attached to him, while other security guards were strategically positioned around the school premises to provide security.

At that time, the presence of Al-Sadiq El-Rufai in the school gave many parents whose children attend public schools hope that public schools are also good for their children. They had also thought that there were better days ahead for public schools in the state.

However, Daily Trust gathered that the governor has ‘secretly’ withdrawn his son from the school and enrolled him in an undisclosed school, leaving residents’ tongues wagging over his action.

Our correspondent also learnt that the boy was withdrawn shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown which eventuated in closure of schools. But when the lockdown was lifted and students returned to school, Al-Sadiq did not return.

Some residents who expressed disgust at the abrupt withdrawal of the boy from the school, with diverse figments of imagination which border on insecurity and poor facilities, told Daily Trust that his action was not only a propaganda to score a political point and betrayal of people’s trust but also a breach of accountability on his part and administration.

A human rights activist and Executive Director, Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), Dr Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, described the governor’s action as a betrayal of public trust and failure of his government.

“The governor must also not forget that as the leader of the state, he is a father figure to all the other children in the public school system especially those that don’t have alternative.

“To simply take his own child out of the school system for whatever reasons, while the children of the poor and vulnerable ordinary citizen are left to face those same challenges, does not show transparency and accountability,” Zikirullahi said.

He said while he could not speculate on the reason for the withdrawal, the action in itself was a serious indication of lack of confidence in the public education system.

He added that like every other good parent, the governor was apparently trying to shield his son from being affected by challenges about which he has privileged information as the helmsman of the state.

He added that if the governor had derived political capital and received adulation for publicly enrolling his son in the school system, the people of Kaduna State deserve an explanation which would enable them make decisions concerning their own children too.

“If the challenge which informed the withdrawal of the governor’s son has to do with security, the question is that, are the children of other citizens less deserving of protection? Are their parents not entitled to information to help decide the fate of their own kids?”

The CHRICED boss said that if the challenge had to do with the standard of education, one would expect that the right step would be to find ways to fix the problem and that it is defeatist to simply take the child out of the system.

“The appropriate thing to do is to judiciously use public resources to address the issues of standard and quality, which have made public education unattractive for many citizens,” he said.

He added that Governor El-Rufai’s action amounted to questioning his own legacy on education for him to surreptitiously withdraw his son.

In 2019, the governor assured that the enrolment of his son in a public school would encourage other members of his cabinet as well as privileged individuals to toe his path as further example to make public schools more attractive and competitive than private schools.

The governor also assured of his readiness to fix public schools and raise their standards which would render private schools a mere luxury.


‘The boy is no longer with us’

During our correspondent’s visit to the school when the boy’s withdrawal was confirmed, one of the teachers said: “We used to see him when he was newly enrolled in the school last year, but we no longer saw him after the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted late last year and we don’t know why.”

The acting Vice Principal of the school, Jafaru Abdu, however, said that he was not authorized to speak with journalists on any issue.

Conceived a little over 60 years ago by the first and only Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Kaduna Capital School was established to provide top quality primary education for the children of top-ranking government officials from northern Nigeria while their parents attended to matters of governance in Lagos.

However, the fortunes of the school dwindled and El-Rufai’s controversial reform in the education sector backed by his decision to enrol his own child in a public school was seen as the turning point for public education in the state.

Insinuations of insecurity as reason for the withdrawal of the boy can be confirmed by the school’s poor infrastructure. Our correspondent observed that though there are new blocks of classrooms and other structures in the school, the perimeter fence has since been pulled down to make way for a standard double lane in the Malali area which is waiting to be tarred. With the parameter fence from behind the school also down, residents say it could be the reason the governor moved his son to another for fear of insecurity.

Our correspondent observed pupils playing football while strangers freely took advantage of the lack of fence to gain access to the school.

The state government has kept mum over the governor’s decision to renege on his promise by withdrawing his son from the school.

Several calls to the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, to confirm the withdraw the child from the school were to no avail as he neither pick his calls nor reply the several text messages sent to him.

Kaduna State had witnessed school invasions by kidnappers who abducted students and demanded huge sums of money as ransom.

El-Rufai had earlier made a controversial statements that he would never pay ransom even if any of his children got abducted by kidnappers.

“Perhaps, that is the reason he withdrew his son from the school,” said a parent who expressed disappointment that the governor had failed in his promise.

“Our own children go to public schools and we expect that the government uses the power vested in them by the Nigerian constitution to protect them. But our leaders are selfish and would not put their own children in harm’s way,” she said.

Comrade Murtala Abubakar, a Kaduna resident, said that he was not surprised that the governor withdrew his son from the school saying the enrolment in the first place was purely political.

“The governor had to be pressured to even fulfil the promise he made during his political campaign. If you remember, the school had to undergo a renovation just for it to meet a particular standard before the boy was enrolled. But later on, we discovered that the boy was no longer going to the school,” he said.

Abubakar said that now that El-Rufai had made his point and won the hearts of the people, it was disappointing that he had secretly turned around to withdraw his son without any logical explanation to residents.

Another resident, Comrade Rilwan Abdullahi described the enrolment of the governor’s son as deceitful. He added that his decision to enrol the boy in public school was a propaganda to enjoy political support.

“It is high time the masses came to their senses. They shouldn’t allow politicians take them for granted by using such a strategy to get their support and in the end, dump them. It’s also high time political elites stopped playing with the masses’ emotions,” Abdullahi said.



https://dailytrust.com/how-el-rufai-secretly-withdrew-son-from-public-school

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Politics / Utomi, Na’aba, Others Vow To Take PMB To International Court Of Justice by ijustdey: 6:54pm On Jul 02
........ Over Igboho’s Home Invasion




Former Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ghali Na'aba and former Presidential Candidate, Prof Pat Utomi have condemned the Department of State Services’ invasion of the home of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho on Thursday morning.

They described the invasion as "capable of foisting unwanted civilian guerilla actions against the Nigerian state.”

The two personalities revealed this through their group, Nigeria Consultative Front (NCFront) as they berated President Muhammadu Buhari for running the country recklessly

According to them, the move is capable of bringing “total collapse and civil war.”

In a statement by the group made available to SaharaReporters by the National Secretary, Olawale Okunniyi, NCFront vows to take this abuse of power to the International Court of Justice at the appropriate time.

The statement reads, “Leaders of Conscience under the auspices of Nigeria Consultative Front, (NCFront) jointly led by former Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt Hon Ghali Na'aba and Former Presidential Candidate, Prof Pat Utomi wish to condemn in the strongest terms the midnight invasion, attack, murder, maiming and abduction carried out today by the Nigerian military and Operatives of the Department of Secret Services, DSS, against defenceless and innocent citizens at the Ibadan home of a frontline Yoruba self-determination activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho over his rally for self-determination for the Yorubas in Nigeria.

“We wish to state unequivocally that the current military attack against Sunday Adeyemo and other self-determination activists, at this delicate period of Nigeria, is wrong-headed, reckless and uncalled for as experiences around the world have shown it's capable of foisting unwanted civilian guerilla actions against the Nigerian State given the unprovoked ruthless use of naked force and bestiality to drive unarmed citizens underground.

“The NCFront again perceives the midnight gun attack of Sunday Igboho's residence and dastardly murder of his family members as nothing but reckless abuse of power and violation of Sunday Igboho's privacy and fundamental human rights, which should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians and citizens of conscience. So, this abuse of state power shall be taken up by NCFront's National Secretariat before the International Court of Justice, ICJ, in due course.

“Similarly, we wish to warn General Muhammadu Buhari-led regime to immediately desist from running Nigeria as a police state having allowed the country to slip into a Criminal Enterprise at the brink of total collapse and civil war. Therefore, we demand the fair and careful handling of the matter and trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB Leader, especially the respect of his fundamental human rights while in the custody of the Nigerian Government.”

The group went further to advise President Buhari to institute a platform to embrace dialogues that would restore peace and unity among the Nigerian people. It also revealed that a referendum should be called for to decide whether Nigerians will co-exist as one or go separate ways.

“Finally, we wish to task the Nigerian Federal Government to immediately put machinery in place to restore national understanding, cohesion, harmony, stability, peace and prosperity by urgently convening a national justice and reconciliation meeting of key stakeholders of the diverse strata and facets of the country.

“The Buhari Government should however note that nothing could restore peace and stability to the country as much as the official embrace of a people's constituents' assembly and referendum to decide how Nigerians want to democratically coexist and run their political affairs constitutionally as the ongoing constitution amendments by the National Assembly can barely save the country from pervasive insecurity and anarchy rocking its foundation," the statement said.

https://saharareporters.com/2021/07/02/utomi-na%E2%80%99aba-others-vow-take-buharis-government-international-court-justice-over-igboho%E2%80%99s


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Business / Dangote Wants Navy’s Protection For New Refinery, Pipelines In Lagos by ijustdey: 6:13pm On Jul 02
The Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on Friday, appealed to the Nigerian Navy to mobilise its personnel for the security of his newly established refinery located at Lekki, Lagos State.

Dangote, who made this appeal when he met with the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, at Naval headquarters in Abuja, said the appeal became important sequel to growing insecurity in the maritime sector of the country.

According to him, the refinery, being the largest single line in the world, would attract a lot of operations and activities, the development he said would drive away pirates from Apapa to Lekki.

He said: “I am here to look for a partnership between Dangote Group and the Nigerian Navy.

“There are a lot of things we can do between the Navy and the Dangote Group. I think we can be two hands while we can clap together.

“It means that you, do your own beat, we will also do our own beat to support you and make sure you do your job.

“It doesn’t really mean only what affects us, No! But also what affects the Navy in terms of your own operation. Maybe your facilities.

“My main other point is the setting up of the permanent Naval protection base at our refinery.

“As you are aware, we are building the largest single refinery with 650,000 barrels/day which means we can actually process one-third of Nigeria’s production, and that is quite a lot of activities.

“When you look at the services of the refinery, we are going to be the largest single line of refinery in the world.

“That’s a very huge operation. There will be a lot of movement of ships in and out and there is no way we can succeed on what we want to do without the help of the Nigerian Navy.

“Definitely, we have to partner, you will be our major partner because there must be peace, there must be security and protection before we can even operate.”

Reacting to the request, Vice Admiral Gambo took the business tycoon through the operations of the Force, while lamenting the continued activities of Sea pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.


Gambo said: “One of the most teething challenges we have is the issue of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

“Sometimes, the issue of maritime security, in particular, the issue of piracy is hefty for the international community.”

Daily Trust reports that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had, on Tuesday, said it is planning to borrow $3.8 billion to actualise its agenda of acquiring a 20 per cent stake in Dangote Refinery.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, who disclosed this, said the money would be borrowed from financial institutions.

He said some financial institutions had already agreed to fund the acquisition, while the debts would be paid back from the NNPC’s earnings from dividends and profits accruing from its investment in the fuel plant.


https://dailytrust.com/dangote-wants-navys-protection-for-new-refinery-pipelines-in-lagos

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Politics / Nnamdi Kanu Now Dot In A Circle, Arrested In Addis Ababa, Remanded by ijustdey: 12:10pm On Jun 30
About three years after jumping bail, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, was yesterday re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, for the continuation of his trial for treasonable felony.

Reliable security sources told THISDAY yesterday that Kanu was rearrested in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by Interpol following an intensive search for him by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in collaboration with its foreign counterparts.

According to the sources, when, following the storming of his parent’s compound in Afaraukwu, Abia State, by a detachment of soldiers on 14th September 2017, Kanu ‘disappeared’ virtually into thin air, the federal government felt concerned. Since both, his Nigerian and British passports were still in the custody of the Federal High Court in Abuja, there were strong suspicions that Kanu got the support of the United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria for his escape. That was later proved to be the case.

A security source, who spoke to THISDAY last night, said the federal government was further incensed when a global human rights agency sent a letter to the Permanent Mission in New York, asking Nigeria to either produce Kanu or explain his whereabouts.

“Only a few days later, Kanu surfaced in Jerusalem, Israel, with a photograph taken at the ‘Wailing Wall’ where he granted one of those his stupid interviews,” said the source.

The security source explained that whereas Kanu breached all the conditions for which he was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on 29th April 2017, he orchestrated a campaign of calumny against the country.

“First, he went into hiding, creating the impression that he was killed by soldiers and when he eventually appeared, he became more emboldened in his criminal activities,” she said.

Kanu, according to the security source, was able to travel to many countries around the world because he holds a British passport.

“With that, he thought he was invincible. From wherever location, he was operating from (and I can tell you that he has not been to the UK in the past two years), he used the power of social media to cause havoc by making incendiary broadcasts,”
she said.

With the money Kanu reportedly garnered through fundraising to “establish his phantom Biafran Republic”, according to the source, Kanu lived large, and that eventually proved to be his undoing.

“What he did not know was that the security agencies were on his trail. His lifestyles consisted mostly of going out with different women, buying expensive pieces of jewelry, chartering aircraft, and drinks. And because he got many gullible people who were donating to his so-called IPOB, he had so much money to play with such that he even hired lobby groups for his propaganda activities,” the security source told THISDAY.

She explained that the security agencies have intercepts of how Kanu formed the Eastern Security Networks (ESN) and how the members became a terror group as well as his directives to IPOB operatives that bordered on incitement to violence. “We know those he collaborated with to instigate the killings against the police in the South-east,” said the source who added that it was on Kanu’s instruction that certain prominent politicians from the Southeast should be visited with violence whenever they are sighted abroad.

The source cited the specific example of former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

After trailing Kanu for several months and infiltrating his ranks, the security agencies finally pinned him into Addis Ababa where he was arrested by Interpol and then extradited to Abuja last Sunday.

Kanu returned yesterday to the court of Justice Nyako that had in late 2017 granted him bail.

The self-acclaimed leader of IPOB and four others were arraigned before the Federal High Court on a six-count criminal charge bordering on a treasonable felony in June 2016.

Though they pleaded not guilty to the charge, different judges, including Justice Nyako, who heard the case denied their bail.

However, Justice Nyako soft-pedaled following Kanu’s deteriorating health and admitted him to bail to enable him to access quality medical care.

The court, on April 25, 2017, had admitted him to bail in the sum of N100 million and three sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a serving senator. This made Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe stand in for him.

However, Kanu’s bail was revoked in March 2019 and a bench warrant for his arrest issued in November 2019, following his long absence in court for his trial.

The court also separated the trial of Kanu from five others earlier arraigned with him to pave the way for the continuation of their trial.

But with his arrest and extradition, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, earlier announced yesterday, Kanu was brought before Justice Nyako by personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), to continue his trial.

The Federal High Court complex in Abuja was completely taken over by a contingent of policemen to prevent a possible security breach by Kanu’s supporters.

Few minutes to his entering the dock, Malami, at an emergency press briefing, told judicial correspondents that Kanu was intercepted by security agents and was being taken to court for continuation of his trial.

Malami, who was flanked by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Alkali Usman; police spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, and his DSS counterpart, Dr. Peter Afunanya, was silent on where Kanu was arrested.

He said: “Self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been arrested through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.

“He has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding 11- count charge against him.

“Recent steps taken by the federal government saw to the interception of the fugitive Kanu on Sunday, the 27th day of June 2021.

“Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born 25th day of September 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia State, is a holder of Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 first issued on 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos.”

Malami added that Kanu was arrested on October 14, 2015, on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.

Malami added that Kanu, upon jumping bail, engaged in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio, and online broadcasts against Nigeria and its institutions.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence, especially in the South-eastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

However, following his appearance in court, Justice Nyako ordered Kanu to be remanded in the custody of the DSS.

The remand order was sequel to an application by the federal government’s lawyer, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran.

Ruling on the remand application, Justice Nyako held that the prosecution should inform Kanu’s lawyer of his re-arrest and remand in the custody of the DSS, as well as the next, adjourned date.

The judge subsequently adjourned till July 26 for the continuation of the trial.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/06/30/nnamdi-kanu-now-dot-in-a-circle-arrested-in-addis-ababa-remanded/

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Politics / Abaribe, Others Lose N300m Bail Bond As FG Rearrests Kanu by ijustdey: 11:59am On Jun 30
Lawyers yesterday said the bail bond entered by Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and two others who stood as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu cannot be recovered under the law even as the fleeing Biafra agitator showed up in an Abuja High Court after being arrested and brought back into the country on Sunday by the Federal Government.

The lawyers, who spoke with New Telegraph, premised their submission on the arrest of Kanu by the FG and subsequent presentation to court after the six months the court gave had expired. The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had in November 2018 ordered Senator Abaribe and two others who stood as sureties for Kanu, to temporarily forfeit the N100 million they each put down as bail bond. Justice Binta Nyako also ordered that the N100 million bail bond should be converted into cash and deposited with the registrar of the court. The court ordered that the money should be paid within two months of the order and would be permanently forfeited if after six months they are unable to produce the IPOB leader to face his trial. In his reaction, a Public Interest Lawyer, Dr. Abdul Mahmud said in as much as there is a pending court judgment which Abaribe and others have not challenged.

“The order of court directing that the bail bond should be forfeited after six months is still pending and it cannot be reversed outside another order of court of competent jurisdiction. “The court has a final say on this. But I think Abaribe can’t still go back to court to file for an extension of time to challenge the order of permanent forfeiture,” he said.

A law lecturer, Abiodun Adeleye in his own reaction submitted that in as much the time given to Abaribe has elapsed and yet he did not produce Kanu then, he (Abaribe) stands to forfeit his N100 million. “A court order stands until it is set aside by a superior court. In this matter, to the best of my knowledge, no superior court has set aside the judgement of his Lordship, Binta Nyako. “The judgement was delivered in 2018 and this 2021.

It has been almost three years after. Abaribe and two others cannot go back to the court to challenge the order. “What stops them is the time as contained in the judgment. “Also, the return of Kanu with the information available in the public domain is not linked to them. “In my own opinion, the N100 million bail bond which must have been converted to cash is permanently forfeited,” he explained. Kanu was arrested in 2015 on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony. Six of the charges, including that of terrorism, were struck out early in 2017.

Senator Abaribe, a Jewish priest, Emmanuel Shallon-Ben and Tochukwu Uchendu had stood as sureties for Kanu on April 24, 2017, after the court granted him bail on health grounds. This was after spending 11 months in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). In granting Kanu bail, Justice Nyako asked him to produce three sureties with N100 million each. Nyako said one of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a Senator. She held that the other surety must be a highly respected Jewish leader since Kanu said his religion was Judaism, while the third person must be a highly respected person who owns landed property and is resident in Abuja.

Abaribe, mute over Kanu’s arrest

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, yesterday kept mute over reports that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had been arrested and repatriated to Nigeria. As the news of Kanu’s repatriation took over the airwaves, New Telegraph sought reaction from Abaribe but met a brick wall. Special Assistant to Abaribe on Media Affairs, Uche Awom, told New Telegraph that his principal will not make any comments on the issue. According to him, the matter was before a court of competent jurisdiction and there was no need for the lawmaker to comment on it. According to Awom, the court had already freed Abaribe of the surety burden when it struck out the case of the bail bond. It could be recalled that Abaribe and two others stood as sureties for Kanu before he was granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 25, 2017. Later, Kanu fled Nigeria after soldiers deployed under the Operation ‘Python Dance II’ invaded his home in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia in September 2017.

How DSS, NIA, INTERPOL, MET Police rearrested IPOB leader, Kanu – Sources

There are strong indications that the rearrest of fugitive leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was a product of discreet collaboration among local and international security and intelligence agencies. New Telegraph gathered from highly-placed sources, that the Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), International Police Organisation (INTERPOL), as well as Metropolitan (Met) Police, ensured the arrest and subsequent extradition of Kanu to the country.

A Federal High Court in Abuja is expected to resume the trial of the IPOB’s leader on charges of treasonable felony. Though sources said Kanu was apprehended in London, the United Kingdom (UK), unconfirmed reports claimed the development happened in a South American country. It was, however, learnt that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), coordinated the extradition process.

“I’m pleased to inform you that the return of that fugitive (Kanu) was made possible through the DSS,NIA, INTERPOL and the MET Police. “They were coordinated on the diplomatic score by the Hon. AGF, who is the face of the government, in matters of this nature”, one of the sources said in confidence. In the face of this, however, a constitutional lawyer of no mean repute and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has provided insight into the processes leading to the extradition of a fugitive to their mother-country. This was even as the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) confirmed the possible involvement of the aforementioned security and intelligence agencies.

The PACAC chairman, who was reluctant to speak on Kanu’s re-arrest, said: “In a sense, it’s a straightforward thing. “When someone is in another jurisdiction, and your own government in another jurisdiction thinks he has done something, committed an offence in your jurisdiction, and you want him back, you apply to the foreign office of the other government, and then let them get their Attorney General to look at your letter, and then review the offence that he was alleged to have committed. “Because, the details will be in the letter of the requesting country.

“And if they feel there is substance in it, they will then apply to the court, to have him extradited to the complaining country. “When they (complaining country) make that application, of course, he, the person whose extradition is being applied for, will now be given an opportunity to hire his own lawyer, and then make a case to show that he is not extraditable, or that he has not committed an offence for which he should be extradited. “So, there will be a case in court between the two sides”. He continued: “And at the conclusion of that case, the judge will then rule whether a case has been made for the extradition, or not.

“If he rules that a case has been made, then the person will be extradited.” When asked to state the involvement of the Department of State Services (DSS, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), International Police Organisation (INTERPOL), as well as the Metropolitan Police, in the arrest and subsequent extradition of the fugitive, Sagay said: “Oh yes, the complaining country now has to provide the evidence, including witnesses, in order to convince the requested country to which the request is made, that there is a good ground for the extradition.”

When New Telegraph further asked the professor of law to be categorical on the role of the earlier- mentioned security and intelligence agencies, he had this to say: “Well, I can’t say that they were involved, hut I’m saying theoretically, in a situation like that, one or all of them could be involved.

“Because, the court needs information; even the Ministry of Justice of the requesting country, will be involved, to coordinate that application. “In fact, the letter would have been written by the Attorney General of the requesting country. “So, yes, all of those people (DSS, NIA, INTERPOL, MET Police), could be involved, but I do not know who was involved in this particular case.”

https://www.newtelegraphng.com/abaribe-others-lose-n300m-bail-bond-as-fg-rearrests-kanu/

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Politics / Nine Things To Know About Nnamdi Kanu’s Rearrest by ijustdey: 7:21pm On Jun 29
By Samuel Oamen

The Federal Government on Tuesday presented the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu before Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said: “Self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services.”

Here are nine things to know about Nnamdi kanu’s rearrest


1. Kanu went into hiding in 2017 following alleged invasion of his home by the military, months after he was granted bail while being tried for treasonable felony. He was thereafter declared wanted by the federal government.

2. Although there are no details on where he was re-arrested, Malami said he was re-arrested on Sunday July 27.

3. Kanu was brought before Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday who ordered his remand in the custody of the Department of State services (DSS) following an application by federal government’s lawyer, Shuaibu labaran.

4. Kanu blamed his absence in court on the invasion of his house by security operatives for which he said he had to go underground to avoid being killed.

5. July 26 has been fixed for his trial continuation.

6. He was re-arrested and bought back to Nigeria to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding 11 count charge against him.

7. He was advised to get in touch with his lawyers on what happened in the case since he has been away.

8. He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions.

9. Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the South east that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.

https://thenationonlineng.net/nine-things-to-know-about-nnamdi-kanus-rearrest/

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Crime / How Usifo Ataga Was Killed - Family Suspects Conspiracy In His Murder by ijustdey: 8:54am On Jun 28
•Says deceased’s neck was broken with bruises on his body

•UNILAG Senate to decide Chidinma’s fate

THE family of late Michael Usifo Ataga, who was allegedly stabbed to death by Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300 level student of the University of Lagos, last week, in the Lekki area of Lagos, has urged the Police to carry out an in-depth investigation into the matter, to unravel identities of others involved.

The family’s position is based on the suspicion that some yet-to-be-identified persons were involved in their son’s death.

This came on a day that management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, said it will this week suspend Miss Chidinma Ojukwu, who is a part-time student.


Usifo’s neck was broken —Family

But a member of the family, who spoke with Vanguard in confidence, yesterday, disclosed that there were minor bruises on late Usifo’s body during its inspection in the morgue.

It was further revealed that late Usifo’s neck was broken when inspected. Sources also disclosed that there were marks on his wrists, suggesting that he could have been bound.

A rope suspected to have been used to tie his hands was reportedly found inside the short-let apartment on 19 Adewale Oshin Street in Lekki phase 1.

Elder brother to the deceased, Dr. Isi Ataga, in a statement entitled: Who will speak for Usifo Ataga?’, also confirmed these findings.

He said: “Usifo died a horrific death. He was not stabbed two or even five times; he was stabbed multiple times. His hands were bound tightly and the marks were still all over his wrists, accompanied with evidence of torture and assault even as his corpse lay in the morgue.

“And no one in the entire building heard his screams because he was gagged. Let that sink in, he was bound, gagged and tortured!


“The now-viral video of the room with the deceased lying on the floor shows a room with blood-stained walls and floor, evidence of a ferocious struggle. One person could never have carried these out.”


Go beyond Chidimma’s arrest

Similarly, the Ataga family has urged the Police to go beyond the arrest of the suspect.

The family, in another statement entitled: Libelous Publications In Respect of Murder Of Michael Usifo Ataga: Demand For Restraint By Social Media Practitioners/Persons,’ by Rickey Tarfa & Co, solicitor to the family, warned those behind the social media publications to refrain from publishing falsehood that impinges negatively on the integrity of the deceased, wife and children or face lawsuits.

The statement signed by Olusegun Jolaawo, SAN, on behalf of the law firm, urged Nigerians to allow the police to conduct their investigations without any distraction or interference.

The statement reads: “We, hereby, admonish the publishers of these stories to employ whatever shreds of decency and decorum they can find in themselves to desist from their false and misleading stories and let the investigating authorities carry out an effective investigation in the hope of apprehending the perpetrators of this heinous crime and their accomplices.

“Yes we know that Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu has been arrested and yes we know that investigation is continuing. Our client is however convinced that there is much more to this than is already apparent from the police investigation,” Jolaawo said in the statement.

”It has become apparent even to the most undiscerning reader that from the variety and inherent malice in most of the said publications that they are planted to embarrass and malign Usifo Ataga, Brenda Ataga and the family, and to serve as a smokescreen to enable the perpetrators of the heinous crime to cover their tracks”.

”Our client appreciates the efforts of the law enforcement agencies in their investigations thus far, and will not descend into particulars concerning any of the said false narratives so as not to inadvertently aid the perpetrators of the murder in covering their tracks.”

The lawyer lamented that the tragic incident of the cold-blooded murder of late Michael Ataga has inundated all strata of the media with inconceivable stories being peddled on all sorts of platforms about the incident and therefore called for restraints from the publishers of the unfounded stories.

Jolaawo said: “Our client at this juncture requests that the well-meaning public allow the family to mourn their departed son, father and husband with some privacy and decency.

“Our client also feels very strongly about the unbridled activities of bloggers on the social media space concerning this incident and firmly demands that the said bloggers cease from peddling falsehood aimed at maligning the deceased, wife and children.

“The family will not be intimidated by these bloggers’ activities and insist that the police be allowed to do their work.

”Our client hereby demands that the false publications and the several ordinarily unrelated stories and pictures of late Michael Usifo Ataga and Brenda Ataga be pulled down with immediate effect failing which our client shall take prompt and appropriate action to seek redress for the apparent instances of libel and slander as appropriate.


UNILAG Senate to decide on Chidinma’s fate

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that the Senate of the institution is set to meet on the matter and decide her fate before the commencement of activities to mark the 51st Convocation Ceremony of the university.

The activities lined up for the convocation ceremony will kick off on Wednesday with a press briefing by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

Sources at the university said: “There are reasons the university has not officially spoken on the matter. But the Senate of the university will meet and decide her case before we start activities for our convocation ceremony. The convocation ceremony would have held early last year but for what happened then.

“The ceremony is going to start on Wednesday and we don’t want that ugly incident to take the shine off the event and when official action is taken about the matter, it won’t be what people will focus on when we are holding the convocation ceremony.

“What she reportedly told the police while being paraded, and other materials about her case would be used to decide her fate and she is going to be suspended until her fate is decided by the court.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/06/super-tv-ceos-murder-we-suspect-conspiracy-atagas-family/

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Politics / Fuel Scarcity Looms As IPMAN Threatens To Cease Operations Over ‘police Harassme by ijustdey: 9:26pm On Jun 27
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has threatened to shut down fuel stations across the country.

Speaking with reporters on Sunday in Jos, Plateau state capital, Yakubu Suleiman, IPMAN spokesperson, said the association has instructed its members to shut down operations over alleged harassment by the police.

He noted that the some police officers had invaded the association’s national secretariat on Friday over leadership issues among members.

“Whereas there is subsisting Supreme Court judgement of December 2018, that have since disposed off a suit No. SC15/2015, and ordered that Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo, is our President and Alhaji Danladi Garba Pasali, as National secretary,” he said.

“The continued violation of this judgement, even by the police is causing more harm to the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, which if such is not halted will lead to impunity and anarchy.

“It is true that members of IPMAN in many States across sections of Nigeria, have met and others are meeting and communicating to us that they will shut down, from Tuesday.

“The implications would be there will be a shortage or fuel scarcity in the country.


“We are calling on all arms of government including the security agencies to take the necessary action, towards halting impunity in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.”

Suleiman said the shutdown will be enforced if the inspector-general of police (IGP) fails to address the invasion, which he described as illegal.

https://www.thecable.ng/fuel-scarcity-looms-as-ipman-threatens-to-cease-operations-over-police-harassment

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