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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Obasanjo reveals why God made Donald Trump US president

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that Donald Trump became US President through God’s intervention.

Reports have it that Obasanjo said Trump became US President so that America can be humbled.

The former president who was said to have mocked the US election that took place in November 2016, made this known at an event held at the French Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. gathered that he said Africa can take charge of its own future if it needs foreign direct investment.

The two-time Nigerian Head of state, who said he was happy about the turnout of events in America, added: ‘‘The fact that America can produce a Trump in this day and age, it means Americans are as human as we are.

”I am not justifying what African leaders are doing. If our leaders are doing wrong, we should say that they are doing wrong.

“Trump has come by Divine Will so that America can be humbled, and we can also learn a lesson. Nobody can do it for us, and it is all of us, and if we do it, we will get it right.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's government on Wednesday, July 12, inaugurated a web-based platform to support President Muhammadu Buhari's fight against corruption.

The platform was founded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and was developed by BudgIT.

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Nigerian army chief gives ultimatum for Shekau’s capture

Nigeria's army chief has ordered troops fighting insurgents in the country's northeast to capture the elusive leader of the Boko Haram terror group dead or alive within 40 days.

Boko Haram has been waging a war against the Nigerian state since 2009, using its violent campaign to pursue the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria's northeast.

The group held over 14 local governments at a time. But General Tukur Buratai, Nigeria's chief of army staff, who oversaw the rein in of the terror group's activities, wants its leader Abubakar Shekau captured dead or alive.

"The Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorist group, dead or alive," army spokesperson Sani Usman said in a statement late on Friday.

"The theatre commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days. He is to employ all arsenals at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria," Usman added.

Last August, the Nigerian military claimed that the Boko Haram leader was seriously wounded in an airstrike which killed many of the group’s commanders. The Nigerian authorities had at different times previously claimed to have killed the terror group’s leader only for those assertions to be debunked by Shekau.

“You have been spreading in the social media that you injured or killed me,” Shekau said in a 40-minute video released on Youtube and dated September 25.
“Oh tyrants, I’m in a happy state, in good health and in safety.”

Apart from having to fight off the onslaughts from the Nigerian and multinational troops, Shekau has had to contend with an internal strife which has left the group factionalised.

In August 2016, the Islamic State group said the son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf, Abu Mus'ab Al-Barnawi, was the new leader of its "West Africa province". Shekau, who pledged allegiance to IS in March 2015, has maintained he was still in charge.

According to the United Nations, nearly two million people in the northeast region are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition and 5.5 million are in need of food aid.

Released students to resume school in September

Sen. Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, on Saturday said the Chibok girls were ready for academic session in September and pleaded with abductors to release the remaining girls.

Alhassan disclosed this during a lunch with the released Chibok girls and their parents in Abuja.

“They will be examined academically and placed appropriately, the ones that are qualified to enter into the university will be allowed to.

“The American University, Yola had indicated interest in supporting 21 of the Chibok girls.

“We are also meeting with the university to support the remaining girls so that they all can be in one place,” she said.

Alhassan said that the escaped 14 Chibok girls, who were released three years ago were given scholarships by the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

She said that the girls were properly examined academically, adding that they started a foundation courses for them.

The minister, however, pleaded for the release of the remaining Chibok girls and others in captivity, adding that the abductors should dialogue with government.

Mr Reginald Briggs, the Assistant Vice President of America University, Yola, said the girls were initially traumatised but had made significant progress.

“We have 24 of the Chibok girls with us, we try to keep their academic levels up by assessing them emotionally, psychologically, academically and we found out that they are at different academic levels.

“They have foundation in English, Mathematics and General Knowledge and gradually we moved them to advanced stage.

“They are studying difference courses such as journalism, computer science, accounting and law,” he said.

Briggs said that the university was working toward supporting the 82 Chibok girls to be enrolled into the university.

The Chairman of the Chibok Girls’ Parents, Mr Yakubu Nkeki said that parents of the girls were happy meeting their children and appreciated the efforts of the government.

Mrs Catherine Udida, the Head of the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, Office of the National Security Adviser, said that the Chibok girls were fit psychological as they had gone through various tests.

She said that the girls were fully integrated, adding that initially they were shy but they now have confidence and ready to face the world.

One of the Chibok girls, Miss Rhoda Peter appreciated the efforts of government and well-meaning Nigerians who had supported them.

Another Chibok girl, Miss Hauwa Ntakai, who said she wants to be a medical doctor, also appreciated the government for helping her to achieve her dream.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Acting President requests NASS approval for N135.6 billion

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has asked the National Assembly to approve a transfer proposal of N135.6bn from the 2017 budget.

Osinbajo asked for the total sum of N135,643,018,749 to implement "some critical priority items for which adequate provisions had not been made in the 2017 Appropriation Act."

The Acting President sent a 4-page letter, dated July 18, 2017, addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Dogara read the letter to his colleagues at plenary on Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Abuja.

In the letter, he said the proposal was in line with an agreement made between the presidency and the National Assembly before the signing of the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

He said, "Prior to the signing (of the 2017 budget) discussions and consultations were held between the Executive and the leadership of the National Assembly on some critical priority items for which adequate provisions had not been made in the 2017 Appropriation Act.

"You would also recall that it was agreed that the Executive should submit a virement proposal to the National Assembly for your consideration. The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to forward the virement proposal."

Ministries that are most affected by the request includes the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, Federal Capital Territory Administration and Ministry of Health.

According to the details of the proposal, N46,004,049,292 is to be vired within projects of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing while N66 billion is to be vired within projects of the Ministry of Transportation.

Sources of the virements include: N33.247 billion from Ministry of Transportation; N3,181,973,545 from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing; N14,130,719,780 from Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation; N5 billion from Office of the National Security Adviser; N5,009,244,926 from the Ministry of Science and Technology and N5,494,065,749 from the Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The sum of N1 billion is also to be vired within projects of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; N7,698,811,674 from the Ministry of Interior and N80,500,000 from the Ministry of Trade and Investment; N3.150 billion from the Ministry of Defense; N770 million from the Ministry of Education; N1.7 billion from Federal Capital Territory Administration and N1.3 billion from the Ministry of Trade and Investment.

Others include: N1 billion from the Ministry of Health; N735,035,00 from office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; N1,093,579,983 from the Ministry of Labour and Employment; N729 million from the Ministry of Information and Culture; N734 million from the Ministry of Communication and Technology; N2,387,541,000 from the Ministry of Eater Resources; N1 billion from the Ministry of Mines and Steels Development; and N241,001,800 from the Ministry of Environment.

The Speaker of the House referred the letter to the Committee on Appropriation to process the request for necessary action.

Protest rocks Abuja as calls for removal of JAMB registrar grows louder (photos)

A group, African Community Impact and Development Network (Afri-CID) has called for the suspension of Computer Based Test (CBT) in JAMB examinations till further notice, citing some anomalies, which undermines the plus of the exercise.

The group which staged a protest in Abuja on Thursday, July 20 claimed that an investigation it carried out on the 2017 exercise showed that the CBT was a complete failure given several complains and difficulties faced by candidates.

The protesters demanded for the resignation of the JAMB registrar.

Speaking to journalists during the protest, the group's executive director, Lawrence Audu alleged there was variance in the PINs generated from banks and those sent to candidates via emails.

He bemoaned the failure of some banks to generate PINs for candidates while advising them to wait for an email which they alleged was never received.

He added that in some cases, some students were completely disenfranchised from the exercise, while some candidates did not even receive their result confirmation at the end of the exercise.

He also said that the inadequacy of CBT centers in most states, slow speed of internet services at the centers coupled with the level of computer literacy in the country were issues that needed to be addressed before embarking on such transition.

Audu speaking to journalists during the protest.

“We pass a vote of no confidence in Professor Oloyede for this demonstration of gross incompetence which has led to this abysmal failure of his organisation to conduct a credible exercise and call for his resignation with immediate effect.

“We call on the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to as a matter of urgency suspend the Computer Based Test and sustain his efforts at improving the educational system and promote further the appreciation of computers in our schools,” he said.

In the meantime, JAMB said it has remitted over N5 billion to President Muhammdu Buhari’s government, claiming it is the highest ever,

JAMB’s head of public relations, Fabian Benjamin on Sunday, July 15, said the money was saved through the transparent and judicious use of resources.

Benjamin also said JAMB has designed a software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility.

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Another suit declares Buhari unfit

Another suit has been filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja asking for an order compelling the Federal Executive Council to declare ailing President Muhammadu Buhari unfit to continue to hold office and another mandating the National Assembly to constitute a medical panel to verify his fitness .

The suit marked FHC/ ABJ/ CS / 671 / 2017 , was filed on Thursday by the incorporated trustees of a civil society group, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International .

Joined as respondents to the suit are the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the Executive Council of the Federation ( otherwise known as the Federal Executive Council) , the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN ) , and the National Assembly .

Barely three weeks ago, a Nigerian based in the United States of America, Mr. Toyin Dawodu , filed a suit, marked FHC / ABJ /CS / 508 / 2017 , on June 28 , asking the court to compel Saraki to constitute a medical panel on Buhari ’s health status.

Senator Andy Uba reacts to rumours that he is returning to the PDP due to Supreme Court verdict

A front-line aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district (APC), Senator Andy Uba on Tuesday, July 18 dismissed as untrue the speculation that he is leaving his party for the PDP.

Senator Uba was reacting to certain media reports which stated that some former chieftains of the PDP will return to the PDP following the recent Supreme Court ruling which settled the protracted dispute in the former ruling party.

In a statement signed by his media office, Senator Uba insisted that the change agenda of the APC promises a better deal to transform Nigeria.

Senator Andy Uba dismissed reports that he is leaving the APC for the PDP.

He said his rumoured defection to the PDP were the antics of his detractors and those afraid of his looming popularity and growing chances of picking the APC ticket.

“The fact that Senator Ahmed Makarfi is Andy Uba's good friend and ally doesn't translate to leaving the APC for PDP.

“Senator Uba is not a come and go politician, his ideology is constant, good governance is of the essence and that is what he has found in the APC.

“The speculation about Sen Uba moving back to the PDP simply because the Markafi faction won its case at the Supreme Court as being speculated is false and should be disregarded.

“Let us add the fact that the APC remains the only political party that is positioned to salvage Anambra state from the misery, mismanagement and under-development situations in which she has unfortunately found herself, why then should a star studded aspirant like Senator Uba leave such a platform?” the statement said.

Last week, Senator Uba decried the lack of development in Anambra state while speaking with ward chairmen and other APC stakeholders in the state.

He faulted the government of incumbent, Chief Willie Obiano, stating that it lacked direction, while assuring his audience that he was in the governorship race to bring about tangible developments to the state.

Senator Uba has since kick-started his sensitization tour to various local government areas in Anambra state.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tension rises in Kaduna again as Fulani herdsmen allegedly begin new attack, kill 37 villlagers and farmers

A clash between farmers in the Kajuru, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state and Fulani herdsmen has led to the killing of at least 37 indigenes and farmers.

The village was reportedly attacked by the herders in a renewed clash between Sunday, July 16 and Monday, July 17.

The report said while many died, scores villagers were also injured in the clash.

Nigeria decides blog learnt that the violence started when Kadara youths in the in the village attacked and reportedly killed a herdsman, who had been identified as one of those that had terrorized the communities for some time.

The killing of the herdsman reportedly prompted a reprisal attack from his colleagues, who allegedly stormed Ungwan Uka.

According to a resident of the affected village, the killed herdsman was caught harassing people and then lynched.

He said even though the Fulani herdsmen in the area knew about the activities of the alleged bandit killed, they vowed to avenge his death.

The source reportedly said: “The Chief of Kajuru even called them and spoke with them, but we were surprised that in the early hours of Sunday, they came and carried out the attack.”

The reprisal initially led to the death of five youths said to be involved in the killing of the alleged bandit and this led to further clash between the Kadara youths and the Fulani settlers in the area.

The report quoted Salisu Mohammed, one of those who witnessed the attack as saying some security agents were drafted to the area for peace.

However, once the security agents left, the violence resurfaced with at least 10 people killed and properties destroyed.

“These are the bodies that have been recovered. We do not know the actual number of casualties as our people are scattered all over running for dear life,” he said.

According to him, those killed were buried in a mass grave.

The acting police public relations officer of the command, ASP Yakubu Sabo, said the force knows about a misunderstanding among some individuals in the community, which later led to a clash.

He also said the clash was stopped by a combination of the police and army.

According to him, the police is not able to confirm the number of casualties.

Vanguard had also reported that Fulani herdsmen allegedly besieged farmlands in the Igbo-Etche local government area of Rivers state, destroying crops and pointing gun and arrows, threatening anyone who dares to sound the alarm.

In reaction to this, angry women of the community led by Nkechinyere Nwosu, wife of the paramount ruler, Ekwu I of Umuekwune-Ohoro, Igbo-Etche kingdom, Eze Innocent Nwosu marched to the palace of the monarch, to urge him to take action.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

President Buhari sends message to Nigeria, mourns deceased Sokoto lawmaker

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Sokoto state over the passing away of a member of the House of Representatives, representing Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency, Honourable Abdullahi Muhammad Wamakko.

In a statement sent to journalists by his media aide, Shehu Garba, the President extended his condolences to the leadership of the National Assembly, colleagues and the immediate family of the deceased, who he noted had contributed immensely to the development of democracy.

President Buhari believes that Wamakko left at a time that his services were most desired by the country, describing him as a "gentle and uncontroversial politician."

President Buhari described the departed lawmaker as a gentle and uncontroversial politician.

The president extoled the humility of the departed lawmaker, which he said "was one of his salient virtues" that would be really missed by the country, noting that Wamakko "gave encouragement to the younger generation to join politics and contribute their own quota to the country's development."

President Buhari prayed Allah to bless the soul of the deceased, comfort his family and reward his good deeds. had earlier reported that so some prominent Nigerians were at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja when the body of the late lawmaker was being conveyed to Sokoto.

They include the Speaker House of Representatives; Yakubu Dogara; Sokoto state governor; Aminu Tambuwal, and former governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako among others.

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We never said Nnamdi Kanu is seeking self-recognition – Ohaneze Youths

President, Ohaneze Youth Council, Okey Isigusoro has refuted a statement ascribed to him that the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu was seeking self-recognition with the agitation for secession.

Overall Leader of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Isiguzoro had been quoted by the President of Arewa Youth Forum, Yerima Shettima as saying that Kanu was seeking recognition at a parley between the two youth groups in Abuja Saturday night which was called to fathom ways of resolving the face-off arising from the quit notice imposed on Ndigbo from the south east resident in the north by a coalition of northern groups.

Reacting to the statement, Isiguzoro said he was quoted out of context.

He said that at no time did he raise any issues on Kanu, IPOB or the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB at the meeting.

According to him, his take at the meeting was the positions taken to resolve the issue of quit notice.

He said: “I spoke on the quit notice and how to resolve it for everybody to live in peace. That was all. And a committee was set up. There was never a time I mentioned IPOB or MASSOB in my speech.”

Similarly, the Ohaneze Youths in a statement last night added that they would never condemn any moves of self-determination by either IPOB or MASSOB.

It text read thus: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council ratifies The Misquote “that The President Of Ohanaeze Youths Said That Nnamdi Kanu Is Seeking Self Recognition.

“The issue of Nnamdi Kanu never came up. We will never condemn the self determination clamourd by IPOB and MASSOB, rather our meeting with Northern Youths under auspices of Arewa Youths was to find a middle ground on how to ratify the Quit Notice Ultimatum.

“we had a fruitful discussion, and we urge our people and the Press not to derail this peace process between Ohanaeze Youths and Arewa Youths.

N-Power releases new date for Assessment Test Schedule (Photo)

The scheme was initiated by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to reduce the number of unemployed Nigerians in the country. gathered that the candidates are divided into four categories; N-Power Tax, N-Power Health, N-Power Agro and N-Power Teach.

Below is the new scheduled for the test:

 1) Those who applied for the N-Power Tax programme will start their test on July 15th and end on July on July 19th

2) Those who applied for N-Power Health programme will start on July 20th and end on July 24th

3) Those who applied for N-Power Agro will start their programme on July 25 and end on August 1st

4) The candidates for N-Power Teach will start on August 2nd and end on August 16

Below is the a picture of the schedule: The assessment test is divided into four categories.

Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the acting President Yemi Osinbajo was at the federal government’s N-Power scheme call centre in Abuja on Thursday, July 14.

Osinbajo also extended the registration for the scheme by two extra weeks to allow more Nigerians come in. With this, the application portal will now close on July 27.

At the centre, Osinbajo monitored activities and operations as well as the scheme’s impact on beneficiaries.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

biafra-Uwazurike tackles Kanu

Chief Ralph Uwazurike, the founder of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB is unhappy and that may not be unconnected with the fact that he, of recent, is being relegated to the background on the issue of Biafra agitation. The man of the moment, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who Uwazurike said he employed and handed over the Radio Biafra he set up as part of the agitation process, has been getting all the attention of late.

Uwazurike is also worried that many people, including the media, had not appreciated his sacrifices towards the actualization of Biafra. But he insists that only his style of approach can lead to the actualization of Biafra, describing as an act of wickedness, the insinuation that he was a sell-out on the issue of the struggle.

Since the launching in Aba, Abia State in 1999, MASSOB under Uwazurike continually alleged mass arrests and killings of its members by government forces. He had also consistently embarked on programmes aimed at actualizing Biafra and was indeed the arrow head of the agitation. For the first 10 years of the formation of MASSOB by Uwazurike, the body and its members/supporters were very active but non-violent.

For instance, in May 2008, MASSOB released a list of 2,020 members alleged to have been killed by security agents since 1999. Uwazuruike was arrested on several occasions and charged with treason. In 2011, he and 280 MASSOB members were arrested in Enugu while attending a function in honour of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Few days later, however, former President Goodluck Jonathan ordered Uwazuruike’s release, as well as all other MASSOB members in detention.

MASSOB thereafter launched the Biafran passport in 2009 as part of the program to celebrate its 10th anniversary and Uwazuruike, said the introduction of the Biafran passport was in response to persistent demands from Biafrans in Diaspora.

In 2005, MASSOB re-introduced the old Biafran currency into circulation. This sparked a lot of excitement at the time especially as one Biafran pound was said to exchange for two hundred and seventy naira at the border communities of Togo and the Republic of Benin.

In February 2013, MASSOB claimed that several corpses found floating in the Ezu River on the boundary of Enugu and Anambra States were those of its members previously arrested by the police. The group claimed that the police routinely executed MASSOB members without proper trial.

On September 13, 2015 police in Anambra state arrested about 25 MASSOB members who were marking their 16th anniversary and one of them was shot. At St Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Okpoko,18 members were arrested and one shot and at Iba Pope Catholic Church, while at Awada, 11 members of MASSOB were arrested. At Awka, two MASSOB members were arrested by the police.

On May 31, 2013, Uwazurike’s MASSOB was branded as one of three extremist groups threatening the security of Nigeria. In fact former President Goodluck Jonathan declared that the Nigerian state faced three fundamental security challenges posed by extremist groups which he listed as Boko Haram in the North; the MASSOB in the South-East; and the Oodua People’s Congress OPC, in the South-West.

But following his disagreement with a section of MASSOB members, the bubble burst and the man, who was almost invincible in the Biafra agitation, started receiving knocks from people who hitherto, were adoring him. One of the allegations was that he abandoned some MASSOB members who were incarcerated in various Nigerian prisons. He however defended himself, saying such a thing never happened.

Accorfing to.Vanguard he said: “The impression being created was that someone paid me to stop the struggle. This is unfair. Or do people expect me to start fighting Nnamdi Kanu? Or do people think you are fighting for Biafra when you kneel down in public places to make show? How can anybody hold the view that I am a sell-out?

“I set up Radio Biafra in 1999 and handed it over to Nnamdi Kanu for the good of the struggle, but what did I get in return?

Someone I employed used the radio station I set up to blackmail me. Where did I go wrong? And if you were to be Uwazurike, what will you do under such a situation? If I didn’t set up MASSOB, how could Nnamdi Kanu have had a platform to start what he is doing?”

Stressing that his approach to the struggle is what would ultimately lead to the actualization of Biafra, Uwazurike added: “On May 22nd, we organized a ceremony in which over one million people participated in Onitsha and other cities and this was reported by the media. It was the same in Aba, Enugu, Owerri and other cities, yet people are saying that I am backsliding or that I am a sell-out.

“Do you also know that I built 20 houses at Okwe, Imo State, for the wounded Biafra soldiers who were begging for alms at Oji River and I pay them salary every month? Today, there are no more Biafra soldiers begging for alms at that spot.

“Only last month, I risked my life to travel to the North for the sake of Biafra and I was at Arewa House in Kaduna where I met people, yet the media and Igbo people do not appreciate my sacrifices. How would
you feel if you were to be in my position?”

Uwazurike, who led a delegation of Igbo leaders from the South East, told some youth groups at the Arewa House in Kaduna that MASSOB had pursued the path of peace since its creation in 1999 and would continue to do so.

He continued: “Self-determination without violence is a fundamental right, we must strive against sowing the seed of discord but do all that will promote peace and justice in Nigeria. There is a gap in communication from our leaders which needs to be bridged, hence we are meeting with notable leaders in the north to persuade them that there is no cause for alarm,
“We have overgrown the era of marching the streets with Biafran flags. MASSOB is now consolidating on building structures and diplomatic negotiations with other countries, recalling that there was a re-declaration of Biafra on May 22nd, 2000, submission of Biafra Bill of rights to United Nations and his attendance of OAU Summit in Lome, Togo in 2000, among other achievements.

“MASSOB existed for 18 years without violence and in 2009, I went to London and opened Radio Biafra and handed it over to Nnamdi Kanu as the director. Soon afterwards, politicians hijacked him, and he started working for them.

“The radio that was meant to educate our people and advise our people was turned into a source of hate messages, blackmail, intimidation and others. The resultant effect was that the northern youths came up to challenge us, to say that they are not happy with the hate messages and the insults they receive from the same radio.

“The main purpose of floating the organization called MASSOB was not to cause crisis in Nigeria. I assured the late Odumegu Ojukwu when he was alive that there would be no other civil war in Nigeria. Because he, Ojukwu, was so concerned and wanted some measure of assurance from me that MASSOB would not cause problems in Nigeria, I gave him that assurance.”

Police arrest three with two human skulls in Ogun

Men of Ogun State Police Command on Thursday arrested three suspected money ritualists, Saibu Popoola, Aliu Ajiroba and Jimoh Ijiola for being in possession of two human skulls.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement disclosed that the suspects were arrested when Policemen attached to Ayetoro Division were on routine patrol and accosted the duo of Saibu Popoola and Aliu Ajiroba on a Bajaj motorcycle along Idagba Olodo road with a suspicious bag.

He said: “Search was quickly conducted on them and the two human skulls were discovered in the said bag. The duo were promptly arrested and taken to Ayetoro Police Station where they told the Police that the skulls were given to them by Jimoh Ijiola who lives in Erinpa area of the town.

“Upon the information, the DPO Ayetoro Division CSP Makinde Kayode led detectives to the residence of the suspect where he was also arrested.

In his own statement, he denied being the person that gave them the skulls, but they all got it from neighbouring Benin Republic and their intention was to use it for money rituals.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu has ordered that the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and possible prosecution of the suspects.”

Friday, 14 July 2017

Judge’s withdrawal stalls Patience Jonathan’s appeal hearing

The appeal filed by former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan was yesterday stalled, following the withdrawal of one of the judges.

The presiding judge, Justice John Ikyeh, informed the court that the withdrawal was based on personal reasons.

Ikyeh said the three-man panel would not form a quorum if the judge, whom he declined to name, withdraws.

Other members of the panel are Justices Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo and Abrahim Georgewill.

He said: “One of us is going to recuse himself from this case for personal reasons, so we are not complete. Two of us cannot make a quorum.”

Patience Jonathan is seeking to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from confiscating her $5.7million and over N2.4 million to the Federal Government.

But the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the court to consider hearing the appeal, as early as possible, preferably during its vacation.

We pray that “we can be accommodated during the vacation, since our challenge is that the trial court has stayed proceedings over the subject matter of this suit,” he said.

The court declined granting the prayer since it did not form the required quorum.

The former first lady appeal was prompted by an order by a Federal High Court in Lagos, granting the EFCC a temporary forfeiture of the cash to the government.

EFCC had told Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, who made the order, that the funds were suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

Mrs. Jonathan, in the notice of appeal, is praying the court to hold that the law cited by the EFCC in its ex-parte application for the temporary forfeiture was inapplicable.

Justice Ikyeh adjourned the suit till September 18, 2017, which would be one week after the annual vacation.

Prospective journalist loses life to dreaded cult group in Ikorodu

A recent attack by the dreaded Badoo cult group in Ikorodu area of Lagos state has left a family in sheer pains and untold sorrow.

The menace of the group which has been difficult to overpower has become somewhat of a threat to the lives of the people living in the region.

Mr. Ademola Oriade and his wife had no premonition they would become victims of the attack, even though they had heard about one of their neighbours who was murdered in cold blood.

On December 24, 2016, the messengers of death visited the family and their four children (2 boys and 2 girls) were immediately pounced upon by the killers, sadly, only two of them survived the ordeal.

The lady killed had dreams of studying mass communication and being a journalist in the nearest future. All that changed for the family as soon as they were attacked by the cult group.

Following this, tension enveloped the family and they could no longer sleep for fear of being revisited by the assailants.

"My wife cries everyday since the incident occurred and even though I try to pacify her, it has not been easy for us," Mr. Oriade started, looking really sober.

"My eldest daughter and a 14-year-old boy were killed by these men and I have been heartbroken ever since.

"Even as a man, I find it difficult to handle the pain and sorrow associated to the death of those children.

"We had been hearing lots of tales about these killers, but never for once thought it could happen to us," he explained further.

The wife, looking rather distraught, was all shades of tears when she spoke with

"It was more painful when, during the annual EID festival, there was nobody to take pictures for us at the praying ground.

The area showing where the Badoo cult members struck. Photo credit: Emmanuel Osodi.

"The boy that died was the fairest of all my children and I loved him specially. Everyday, I keep asking myself... have they gone just like that?"

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APGA threatens guber aspirants over Governor Obiano as Anambra election approaches

The party took to its Twitter page today, Friday, July 14 to chide other aspirants in the party for attacking the governor and playing down on his achievements.

The party urged other aspirants to observe restraint and criticize with all civility, decency and proof.

“We have observed the desperation of some guber aspirants to make wild claims and cast aspersion on the enviable record of Governor Willie Obiano.

“As a party, we wish every aspirant good luck as they carry out their constitutionally guaranteed right to seek election into office.

“However, we urge all aspirants to observe restraint and criticize with all civility, decency and proof.

“The wild claims a number of aspirants have made against Governor Obiano's clear achievements will unnecessarily heat up the polity,” the party tweeted.

The party warned that such wide claims against Governor Obiano will hamper such aspirants the chances of advancing beyond the party's primary election, stressing that people won't take them seriously.

The party further warned that any attempt to disparage Governor Obiano 's achievements will portray the accuser as a desperate politician eager to deceive voters.

The party went on to list the achievements of the governor so far in office.

Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress aspirant, Senator Andy Uba has kick-started his sensitization tour to various local government areas in the state.

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