BOKO HARAM ATTACKS! Do not let the insurgent attack spread to other parts of the region, it will be very bad, Religious leaders plead with government, security operatives

The Co-Chairman of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has spread the allarm that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East may spread to Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states in no time.

He added that the spread could lead to the displacement of thousands of people in the states.

 

 

Onuoha made the call at the 2nd IDFP General Assembly in Abuja yesterday, stating that the security challenges facing the country, including kidnapping in the South-West, armed robbery and militancy in the South-East, and South-South needed to be urgently addressed.

The cleric said the perceived lopsidedness in the leadership of the security forces should be addressed, pointing out that the security situation during the 2015 elections was not as bad as it is today.

He said, “In Borno and Yobe states, the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a dangerous dimension, leading to increasing loss of soldiers and policemen. This sad situation could spread to states like Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba leading to the displacement thousands of people who will seek refuge in the overcrowded Internally Displaced Persons camps.”

 

 

The Bishop urged the faith community to pray for the success of the forthcoming elections and peace in the country.

Onuoha said, “We have built more powerful individuals while our institutions remain weak. Those who have presented themselves for elective positions should be willing to accept the outcomes of the elections.”

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END OF THE ROAD! Ondo security operatives apprehends six kidnapp suspects in possession of varieties of deadly weapons

The joint task force of security agencies in Ondo State, has arrested six suspected kidnappers at Emure Ile in the Owo Local Government Area of the state.

The task force, which is made up of the police, the army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

 

 

The suspects were said to be arrested around 3am on Tuesday, while coming from the northern part of the country.

Parading the suspects at the headquarters of the Ondo State Police Command, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said they were arrested following a tip-off, adding that they were suspected kidnappers.

According to him, some dangerous weapons found in the suspects’ possession, include 16 locally-made guns, 17 cutlasses, 13 knives and charms.

He added that seven mobile telephone handsets and the sum of N27,820 were also found on the suspects.

 

 

Joseph said, “The joint task force code named: ‘Operation Crime Free’, acting on a tip-off, arrested six suspected kidnappers at Emure junction via Owo, where they had gathered together in a suspicious manner. They also had some food items, pieces of clothing and items suspected to be charms. They could not give satisfactory accounts of their mission even though they claimed to be coming from Kebbi State.”

The PPRO said the command had commenced investigation into the matter.

He appealed to the residents of the state to always supply security agents with useful information on the activities of hoodlums in their environment, adding that the issue of security should not be left in the hands of the security agents alone.

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BIG TRAGEDY! Family of three perish in Ondo road accident, yet to be identified by the authorities

Three persons lost their lives yesterday in a fatal auto accident that occurred in the Olokuta area on the Ondo-Akure Expressway in the Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The victims were suspected to be a couple and their son but their identities had yet to be determined as of the time of filing this report.

 

 

It was gathered that the driver of the truck involved in the accident took to his heels immediately after the crash.

According to an eyewitness, the accident occurred around 8am and involved a black Toyota Corolla car with number plate FGB 940 AA, and a blue truck with number plate LND 274 XP.

The eyewitness explained that the two vehicles had a head-on collision as they were going in opposite directions when the accident occurred.

“We heard a loud sound and when we got to the scene, we saw the car under the truck; it took the efforts of the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps to remove the trapped victims under the truck, “ the eyewitness said.

 

 

When contacted, the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, confirmed the accident, saying the driver of one of the vehicles lost control and collided with the other coming in the opposite direction.

“Three people died in the accident – a man, a woman and a boy – while the driver of the truck could not be found. It was the car that swerved off its lane to collide with the truck that was coming from the other direction.” Adeleye said.

The FRSC boss also stated that the remains of the victims had been deposited in the mortuary of the Ondo State Specialists Hospital, Akure.

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Army commander orders fumigation of barracks over fear of spread of Lassa Fever, following the death of a soldier from symptom of the virus

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Nigerian Army Rukuba, Maj. Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, has directed that Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos, Plateau, be fumigated.

The directive was given following the death of a non-commissioned senior officer in the cantonment from Lassa fever.

 

 

The Division made the disclosure on today in a statement by Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Maj. Ikechukwu Eze.

Eze said that while the Division commenced investigations to unravel all circumstances that led to the soldier’s death, it also took other measures to forestall the spread of the disease in the cantonment.

“Contact tracing and monitoring for both primary and secondary contacts has commenced. This is being done in collaboration with representatives of World Health Organization (WHO) medical personnel of Bingham University Teaching Hospital and 3 Division Medical Services and Hospital. Sensitization for residents of Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, the host community and the general public has also commenced,” he added.

 

 

The acting deputy director explained that the deceased was admitted and being managed for resistant malaria at the 3 Div Hospital after returning from Kogi State where he went for his father’s burial, but with no significant improvement.

This, he said, resulted in the patient being referred to Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos for further management.

He said that the soldier died on Jan. 15, 2019, four days after his case was reported.

“Available medical information confirmed that the soldier may have died of Lassa Fever,” he said.

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SHOCKING! Court continues to protect CJN Walter Onnoghen, see the shocking move made by another court to frustrate Onnoghen’s trial

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has extended the restraining order against the continuation of the trial of Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, to January 28.

The court, presided over by Justice N. E. Maha, gave the order after a counsel representing the respondents told the court today that his client had not been served.

 

 

The court ordered a fresh service of the court summons to the respondents and asked that the date of service be included in the proof of service before the next hearing.

Before adjourning the matter, Maha ruled that the order for parties to maintain status quo, still stands.

The implications of this order includes among other things that the trial of Onnoghen, scheduled to continue on January 22 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), may have to be suspended, pending further directives.

The CJN is facing trial at the tribunal for alleged false asset declaration.

 

 

He was arraigned by the anti-graft agency, the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The CJN was charged, following a petition filed by a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

But several applications have been filed, resulting to court decisions suspending the trial.

After the FHC gave its interim order for the suspension of the matter till January 17 following two applications by civil groups, the Industrial court gave a similar order suspending the trial till January 21.

 

 

The applications in the instant case were brought by the incorporated trustees of two groups: the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative, and the International Association of Students Economists and Management.

Parties expected to appear in court regarding the matter include the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar; the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the National Judicial Council, headed by Onnoghen and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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SUCH HEARTLESSNESS! Woman who sold her baby to child traffickers to be remanded in prison

A Minna Magistrate’s Court, has ordered that one, Blessing Aluma, be remanded in prison for allegedly selling her one-week-old baby for N200,000.

The 23-year-old was also arraigned for allegedly selling her friend’s 15 month-old daughter for N250,000.

 

 

The defendant was docked alongside Oludare Prince, both of Passali Giri, Abuja, on a three-count charge, bordering on criminal conspiracy, attempted kidnapping and child trafficking.

The prosecutor, ASP Gunduma Ibrahim, told the court that Aluma conspired with Prince to sell her own baby to one Mrs Nkechi Udo of Tunga Maje, Abuja, for N200, 000.

 

When the charges were read, the first accused pleaded guilty, while the second pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, however, prayed the court to reserve sentencing to allow the accused persons lead police to the alleged buyer, so as to secure the release of the babies. Magistrate Fati Wushishi ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter until Feb. 11, for further mention.

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The new $350 million World Bank loan we just secured will go a long way for Ogun’s 50-year master plan, Governor Amosun inform Ogun indigenes

The Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun has confirmed that the next administration in the state will access the $350 million World Bank loan for the development of the state.

Amosun added that the loan will go a long to impact positively on the 50 year master plan developed by his administration for the state.

 

 

The governor gave this disclosure during his ward-to-ward tour of Obafemi-Owode local government as part of his Ogun Central senatorial campaign.

He explained that the loan is like a grant from the World Bank because of its 1% interest rate and five year moratorium, noting his administration had finished the paper work and met all requirements for the release of the fund.

Amosun added that beyond the infrastructural development, his government has developed a 50 year sustainable development plan for the state, which according to him, covered education, infrastructure and other sectors.

 

 

He further disclosed that the master plan catered for the construction of a major ring road that will cut across Kobape, Idi-Aba, Odeda, amongst others, all in Ogun Central, maintaining “there can’t be any development without infrastructure”.

“Before we came in, there was Ogun state master plan but that one which covered about 30 years ended and what we did was to invite some development partners including World Bank, GIZ and we did what we called sustainable development plan. First for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, 40 years and stopped at 50 years. We have envisioned where we want Ogun State to be in the immediate, short term, medium term and long term, and that is why the World Bank is collaborating with us. It was one of the things World Bank requested we have and that is what we did. That is why they approved the grant they want to give to us, I won’t call it loan because if you imagine 1% for 25 years with five years moratorium, that can’t be loan, that will only qualify for a grant.

 

 

“And to the glory of God, they are giving us $350 million, I have done the work and the next government will begin to reap. In education, we know where we want to be, in health and other facets including infrastructure and that is why we are running around to ensure our airport is in place. If we are the industrial hub of Nigeria, that comes with a lot of challenges. Our manufacturers, they want to stay in Abeokuta, Sagamu, Ota, etc, they don’t want to be running to Lagos to do their businesses. We know what to do, but there can’t be development without infrastructure,” The governor stated.

 

 

While calling on Ogun indigenes to embrace continuity of his administration in the forthcoming elections, Amosun said, “it is clear that no governor can finish everything and that is why we should not allow anybody to come and dictate for us in Ogun”.

He further enjoined the people to take their destinies in their hands and vote for the candidate that understands the blue print and will continue from where he will stop.

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TWO FACED LIARS! Nigeria would have been restructured since 1999, if not for the selfish interest of the PDP, VP Osinbajo exposes Atiku, Obasanjo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Nigerians calling for restructuring to take their grievances to court.

Osinbajo gave the charge yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State, at the 80th birthday celebration of a former governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande.

 

 

Speaking on the theme: ‘Nigeria: Achieving National Unity through Peaceful Restructuring’, Osinbajo faulted the comments of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on his promise to restructure Nigeria, if elected.

Osinbajo claimed that Bola Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State, introduced it in 1999, but Atiku and the then government of PDP vehemently opposed the policy of restructuring.

In his comments, Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, who was the keynote speaker, said the recommendation of the APC committee on restructuring was the best for the country.

His words: “APC Committee on True Federalism submitted its report last year. Before I conclude this address, it is important to remind us of the major recommendations.

 

 

“The committee recommended that the federation be re-balanced, with more powers and responsibilities devolved to the states. The committee also clarified that the federation is a relationship solely between the states and the Federal Government and that each state should be allowed to operate the system of local government that best suits it.

“In our diverse nation, it is only prudent to concede that one size or structure of local governance does not fit all. Successful restructuring depends also on our national resolve to protect the idea of common citizenship. The rights guaranteed under the Constitution should be enjoyed by every citizen, no matter where they reside, and no matter which part of the country they hail from. A restructuring of mentality and values is a key factor in the success of a restructuring of the governance and political structure.”

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Nigerians should be reassured that we will never disappoint them in 2019, just like we didn’t disappoint in 2015, INEC assures Nigerians, international community

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that the commission is fully prepared and ready for the 2019 elections.

Yakubu made the declaration yesterday when he received a delegation from the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) at the INEC  headquarters in Abuja.

 

 

He reassured the international community and Nigerians that the elections would be credible, free, fair and transparent.

The INEC boss also stressed that he will ensure that the processes lead to the outcome that all Nigerians expect and the election will be error-free, as the commission will jealously guard the processes.

His words: “We are good to go for the 2019 general election. We are aware that the election is going to be an intense media event, but only that international community will also intensely watch the processes as they have always done and I want to assure you that we will not fail the international community and will not fail the nation.

 

 

“We are aware that the long term EU observation mission is on ground, and also the ECOWAS observation mission, so the international community is already in Nigeria for the elections. The 2019 elections will be credible. We will jealously guard the processes; we will ensure that the processes lead to the outcome that all Nigerians expect. Nothing but free, fair, credible elections will be good enough for the commission.”

He reiterated that “votes will count in the 2019 general election. We are ready for a free, fair and transparent process, such that will confirm the position of Nigeria in the international community as a nation that conducts credible elections. 2015 was not a fluke; it was a product of deliberate planning and 2019 is going to be the same.”

Briefing his guests on the preparations made so far by the commission ahead of the elections, he said: “We are at the moment putting finishing touches to our preparation for the elections. The first election will hold on 16th February with the presidential and National Assembly, and the second election will hold on the 2nd of March, which are the state elections (the governorship, State Assembly elections, and the election into area councils in the Federal Capital Territory.

 

 

“All the heavy items for the elections are being procured in addition to ballot boxes, voting cubicles, replacement smart card readers. The Permanent Voter Cards have also been delivered to the states for collection by citizens.”

According to Yakubu, the commission has been recruiting and will soon commence training for the ad hoc staff for the elections.

In his comments, David Young, Charge D’Affairs of the US Embassy in Abuja, spoke on the expected neutrality of the security agencies during the elections.

 

 

He stressed the need for INEC to stick to their role of protecting the electorate and ballot materials and avoid any form of interference with the voting process.

“I would want to express the concern that we have and that is the neutrality of the security services. For us, it is very important in the ongoing season that the security services are very smart, provide security for the elections and security in the safety of the process.

“It should be done in such a way that it does not interfere with people getting to the polls, and poll watchers, civil society organisations and others should have access to ensure the voting goes freely both on February 16th and March 2nd. This is something we have been deliberating strongly about. The neutrality of the security services is one of the very important issues for credible elections.”

 

 

Young also spoke on the need for better synergy among the three arms of government, saying that the executive, legislature and judiciary are crucial to democracy.

“I also want to say that we appreciate very much the important the role judiciary plays in Nigeria,” he added.

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INTERESTING! CJN Walter Onnoghen can never be tried by the NJC, read your constitution well, Prof. Itse Sagay hits hard at critics

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof Itsey Sagay, has disclosed that the National Judicial Council (NJC) does not have the power to preside over cases of wrong asset declaration of any judge.

Sagay, who made the disclosure while speaking yesterday in Abuja, stated that the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) precludes NJC from deciding on the case of any judge that is accused of not declaring his assets.

 

 

He argued that: “If he is removed from office by the NJC and he ceases to be a judicial officer as well as a public officer, can he, therefore, be tried as a public officer before the Code of Conduct Tribunal? The answer is no, because he is no longer a public officer. The extant provisions of the Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act would be rendered nugatory, by a prior NJC involvement.”

The senior lawyer disagreed with the argument that the CCB cannot try the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, who was accused of fraudulent asset declaration.

He reasoned that the Code of Conduct Tribunal has the mandate to prosecute any officer found wanting on the code of conduct ethics.

 

 

He continued: “After a perusal of the application and evidence in support, and if satisfied with such evidence, the tribunal shall cause the defendant to be brought before it on such a date and such a time as it may direct. When the tribunal is ready to commence trial, the defendant shall be brought before it and the tribunal shall read or cause to be read to the defendant the substance of the complaint against him and he shall be asked whether he is guilty of the offence or offences as charged.”

According to Sagay, the lawyers opposing the CCT trial of the Chief Justice “must obviously be speaking tongue in cheek”.

He added: “Even a baby must realise that no one can get justice against the Chief Justice of Nigeria at the NJC. The CJN is not only the Chairman of the NJC, he is also the one that appoints 20 out of the NJC’s 23 members. The CJN is the NJC. Only a grossly ignorant man or an extremely mischievous one could seriously suggest that a matter involving the CJN should be brought before the NJC for adjudication. Therefore, the whole idea of taking the present case to the NJC is a non-starter. For that would make the CJN the chief judge of his own case, a clear violation, not only of the Constitution but also of a long standing common law principle coming all the way from MAGNA CARTER in the year 121.”

 

 

It would be recalled that Onnoghen was absent at his arraignment on Monday, claiming he was not personally served the charge sheet.

However, the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, has ordered a fresh service of the summons on the CJN personally and consequently adjourned till January 22 for arraignment.

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