NOT WORTH TALKING ABOUT!! APC decides to ignore rogue Buhari minister

The APC has decided the party will not join issues the Minister of Information following his public declaration not to support the party’s candidate in the Oyo State Guber election.

The threat of Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu not to support Oyo State All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship candidate in 2019 is empty, the party stated on Friday. The APC said it has decided to only watch the various utterances of the Minister instead of joining issues with him. The Minister told reporters recently he was shortchanged by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and denied the governorship ticket despite paying huge amount to purchase the expression of interest form.

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He threatened not to campaign for the party’s flag bearer or work for its success in the election. But the APC, in a statement by its Director of Media, Research and Strategies and Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, described the minister for making ‘an empty threat.’ Titled, “Rejoinder to Barr. Adebayo Shittu’s gaffe”, the statement challenged the minister to release the results of his polling unit, ward and local government in 2007 and 2011 for the public to know whether he is an asset or liability to the party.

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The APC said: “The Party believed that, Barr Shittu’s contribution to the electoral victory of APC and the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 is not traceable beyond 30 minutes cameo appearance in the the public rally in ancient Mapo Hall, yet he is the greatest beneficiary by becoming a Minister.

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“It is common knowledge that his two elections are colossal failures so this threat not to support Adelabu lacks condiments of substance and its infact an empty threat.

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“A translated Yoruba adage has it that, A tree which one rest upon but could not support one, if such a tree decides otherwise, it’s impact would obviously be minimally felt.

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“However, Barr Adebayo Shittu is expected to know that, Oyo state chapter of APC did not screen him as such we are aghast at his transferred aggression. “Honestly, as a self acclaimed Islamic cleric, we thought he would live an exemplary live and be a role model, going by Quran 3:26 where it was explicitly stated that “Allah giveth Power to whom thou pleaseth…. “

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BUHARI MUST GO!! Former minister joins call for President expulsion in 2019

Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana has join the chorus of those that want to see the end of the current administration come 2019.

The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Professor Jerry Gana, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari must be defeated in the 2019 presidential election. Gana, who spoke in Abuja on Friday shortly after an Abuja High Court affirmed him the authentic candidate of the SDP, said with him as the presidential candidate of the party, Buhari’s days as President are numbered. Joining calls by other opposition candidates for Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Bill, Prof Gana said every Nigerian, particularly the President, should be interested in processes that will guarantee free, fair and credible elections.

Hinting that his campaign would be issue based, Gana said his party would unveil a five-point agenda next week, adding that he would initiate moves to reconcile with the Donald Duke camp.

A court in Abuja had on Friday, voided the candidature Duke and declared Gana the presidential candidate of the SDP, declaring his victory at court as victory for the party and for democracy. “We are not going to victimise anybody because this victory is not for Jerry Gana but victory for everybody”, he said. The candidate expressed his readiness to abide by the Peace Pack already signed by other presidential candidate, saying that he was ready to go along with processes that will guarantee peaceful elections.

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Prof Gana restated his commitment to the decision by the SDP to pull out of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

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GOD SAVE US ALL!! Massive fake drug factory discover in Lagos

The Police in Lagos may have just saved millions of lives after they discovered a huge fake drug factory in the state.

The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) has arrested four persons operating an illegal fake drug production factory in Lagos. The Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, told newsmen on Friday in Lagos that the suspects operated the factory from a four-bedroom building located at No. 2 Okunnenye Street, Ikotun Egbe area of the state. Parading the suspects at the factory premises, Moshood said the IRT operatives raided the secret factory on Thursday, following a tip off.

According to him, large quantities of suspected fake drugs were seized during the raid. “Recovered from the scene were cartons of different fake drugs, large quantities of unprocessed chemical substances used in manufacturing drugs, several machines fabricated for processing, manufacturing and packaging of the fake drugs. “Also recovered are forged pharmaceutical papers, plastic buckets of different types suspected to be fake.

The premises has also been sealed and remains sealed till the determination of the matter by a court. “The I-GP has advised members of the public to be weary of where they procure food, drugs and drinks as many of them are fake and may cause outright death or physical and mental disability,” Moshood said. The Force spokesman said I-G Ibrahim Idris commended the IRT and the Lagos State Police Command for bursting illegal manufacturing factories, especially where food, drugs and drinks were produced.

The principal suspect later told journalists that he owned the factory, stressing that he learnt the trade from a friend who died four years ago.

“ Although I am not a pharmacist or a chemist, but the medications are not totally fake as I use quality chemicals to produce them. “ My market is at Onitsha Anambra State, I don’t supply in Lagos. I distribute only in Onitsha and they in turn know where they distribute to. I have not really made too much money but at least, I have made little money.

“I am the owner of the place. I do take the drug and give to my wife and children because it is not totally fake to treat malaria. I try to be genuine. “Instead of 250mg, I make it 180mg. That is the only offence I have committed but really the medicine works,” the suspect said. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria at the scene reports that the uncompleted building served as factory and residence for the suspects.

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AGAIN PDP RAISES ALARM OVER 2019 ELECTIONS!! Opposition party insist Buhari plans to rig election

The PDP has ones again stated that the ruling APC is looking to rig the 2019 general elections, stressing that the party putting plans in place to succeed at all cost.

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plots to rig the 2019 elections. At a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged frenzied desperation to foist President Buhari back on Nigerians against the wish of the majority.

Ologbondiyan said, “Having realized that there is no way they can win in a credible, free and fair presidential election, the Buhari Presidency and the APC, in cahoots with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been engaged in series of provocative machinations aimed to corrupt the electoral process, trigger violent dissentions and ultimately derail our democratic process. “You will recall that on Thursday, the PDP vehemently rejected the plots by INEC and the Presidency to rig the election by creating illegal polling centres in Chad and Niger Republic, under the guise of ‘special arrangement’ for displaced Nigerians in those countries to participate in the presidential election.

“The PDP had exposed the plot to use such illegal centres for allocation of fictitious votes, massive ballot stuffing, voting by aliens, underage and unregistered persons to pull millions of fictitious votes in favour of President Buhari.

“Having been busted, INEC beat a retreat only to invent a fresh ruse by announcing that the ‘special arrangement’ would only be for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within the shores of Nigeria, while secretly retaining the illegal offshore voting plot”. The party spokesman said intelligence available to the PDP indicated that instead of the open offshore voting centres, the Presidency had directed INEC to circumvent the checks by secretly opening illegal voting centres at the desert fringes and remote border lines with Chad and Niger, and use them to achieve its original plans to rig the presidential election.

According to the main opposition party, part of the plot is to use the illegal remote centres, which will not have functional Smart Card Readers, to allow unchecked voting by aliens, and underage persons as well as provide the unlimited latitude for criminal allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and the APC. The PDP also alleged plots to compromise security personnel operating in the affected areas to provide official cover for the rigging plot.

Continuing, the PDP said, “Furthermore, it is instructive to inform Nigerians that, as part of the Buhari Presidency’s rigging plot, INEC has been instructed to deploy defective Smart Card Readers to IDP camps, particularly in some strategic northern states, to pave way for direct manipulations, including alteration of voter register and voting by unregistered persons, particularly, with the foreclosure of incident forms for manual accreditation.

“This grand plot to rig is the essential reason President Muhammadu Buhari has deliberately refused to sign the amendments to the Electoral Act, which among other things checked manual manipulation by insisting on the use of card readers for biometric accreditation of voters and elimination of over-voting.

“It is clear that the Buhari Presidency is desperate to re-enact the same rigging scenario, which, in 2015, allowed 13.5 million unauthorized persons to participate in the presidential election, paving the way for the illegal allocation of millions of fictitious votes to President Buhari and we urge Nigerians to unite in condemnation of this ignoble scheme.

“The PDP therefore rejects, as completely deceptive, the untenable assurances and lip service by this overtly compromised INEC that it can deliver a credible election without an across-the-board biometric accreditation of voters and the use incidence form. “Our party completely rejects the plan by INEC to substitute biometric accreditation with manual verification on self-recognition and thumbprint on the voters register.

“Such primitive method of accreditation only opens the way for unlimited rigging, multiple, underage and alien voting, as well as ballot stuffing which will afford President Buhari and the APC to manipulate themselves back to power against the wish of majority of Nigerians.

“The PDP, therefore in very unambiguous term, cautions INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu not to be used to set our nation on fire but to immediately retrace its steps and untangle itself from the wicked scheme of the APC as Nigerians will never allow them to have their way.

“For the purposes of emphasis, the PDP rejects all forms of fraudulent “special arrangements” tailored to rig this election. Our party insists that elections must only hold in statutorily designated polling centers across our country. “The PDP and indeed, Nigerians are not ready to accept any fabricated result from any illegal polling center created to assist President Buhari to rig the election.

“This is essentially because all IDP camps in our country fall within the catchment area of an already delineated polling unit. Therefore any individual who is displaced from his original area of registration is at liberty to have his registration transferred to an exiting statutory polling center near his or her IDP camp of residence. This is a provision that is clear to all, including the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. “The whole world has now seen that the only reason President Buhari has refused to sign the Electoral Act is because he knows that there is no way he can win in a peaceful, credible, free and fair election. President Buhari is not ready for elections. His only hope in contesting the election is getting INEC and security forces to assist him and the APC to rig.

“For PDP, our party and Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are ready for the election but we caution INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to note that by playing the Buhari/APC rigging script, it is running on collusion course with the people. “This anti-democratic tendency may attract dire consequences as Nigerians are now, more than ever before, ready, willing and resolute to take back their country from the incompetent, divisive and arrogantly corrupt Buhari administration, come 2019.  Enough is Enough”.

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THE CONFESSION OF BUHARI!! Nigeria’s Economy is in a terrible shape

Nigeria President, Mohammadu Buhari on Friday admits that the country’s economy is in a bad shape and all hands must be on deck to revive it.

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged state governors to redouble efforts in addressing infrastructure deficiencies in their respective states to revamp the nation’s economy. The Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, said the president stated this at a closed-door meeting with the 36 State Governors of the federation in Abuja.

He said: “Mr President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on way forward.

“So, Mr President talked to us in the manner that we have a task ahead of us. So, we should tighten our belts and see how we can put Nigerian economy in the right direction and how we can address the nation’s infrastructural decay.

“So, all of us as leaders, especially those that are coming to the National Assembly and those coming back as governors and the president who will be re-elected by God grace, we should not think that things are going to be easy. ”They are going to be harder than before, this was the message of Mr President,’’ he said.

On the meeting of the National Economic Council, the governor disclosed that the Council deliberated extensively on new ways state governments could generate additional revenues for speedy economic growth and development. However, Yari declined to confirm on whether the meeting discussed the issue of the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

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PREPARE FOR HARD TIMES!! Buhari blows hot, tell governors things will only get worst

President Buhari has told governor that things will only get harder for Nigerians if the various organs of government don’t come together to fix the economy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has, Friday, warned governors and other leaders in the country to brace up for tougher times ahead, especially as regards the economy and infrastructural development of the country, saying things will be harder than before.

President Buhari gave the statement in a message to the 36 state governors during a closed-door meeting with them in Abuja. The president’s message was made known to newsmen by the Governors’ Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara shortly after the meeting. According  to the governor,  president Buhari also told them that the country’s economy is in bad shape, challenging them to brace up on way forward to salvaging the dwindling economy.

According to him, “Mr President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on way forward. “So, Mr President talked to us in the manner that we have a task ahead of us. So, we should tighten our belts and see how we can put Nigerian economy in the right direction and how we can address the nation’s infrastructural decay.

“So, all of us as leaders, especially those that are coming to the National Assembly and those coming back as governors and the president who will be re-elected by God grace, we should not think that things are going to be easy.

“They are going to be harder than before, this was the message of Mr President.’’ On the meeting of the National Economic Council, the governor disclosed that the Council deliberated extensively on new ways state governments could generate additional revenues for speedy economic growth and development.

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GIVES US MORE POWER!! Governor wants power to help track your social media posts

The Governor of Kaduna State has called for broader laws which will allow states to deal with peddlers of fake news.

Gov.  Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has advocated broader jurisdiction for States’ legislatures and judiciary to legislate and adjudicate on strict laws to tackle the menace of fake news and hate speech. The governor made the call when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit on the sideline of the 47th Meeting of the National Council on Information, holding in the state capital.

The minister, states Commissioners of Information, Heads of federal information agencies and other stakeholder attended the meeting. The theme of the meeting is : “Fighting Fake News and Hate Speech to Enhance National Unity.”

The governor who said the theme for the Council meeting was apt added that Kaduna had bore the brunt of hate speech and fake news more than any other state in the federation. He noted that fake news and hate speech could tear the nation apart and therefore required strict and vigorous law enforcement actions. el-Rufai, however said that Kaduna, like other states, was constrained to using the outdated penal code in fighting hate speech and fake news.

Specifically, the governor said the jurisdiction of state high courts should be widened to enable them have Cyber Crime Act that provides framework to pursuing people that use social media to proliferate fake news. He noted that the states could not effectively prosecute those that are involved in the crime because they are relying on the penal code.

The governor gave the instance of a fake report circulated in the social media by one Aminu Maikori which claimed that five students of the College of Education, Gidan Waya, were ambushed and killed by Fulani herdsmen in southern Kaduna. He said the report which turned out to be false almost triggered reprisal killings, “yet the mastermind of the fake news was still walking the street freely because of absence of firm law. “Audu Maikori who sat in the comfort of his home in Lagos and posted a story that 5 students of Journalism of College of Education, Gidan Waya, had been killed which was totally false.

“We are prosecuting Audu Maikori and when he realised that he was misled, he posted a retraction and thought that was all. “We said No, we are going to have him convicted first. But this was since 2016, we are in 2018 he is still on bail. “We have fundamental problems. We need to give state governments and state High Courts jurisdiction to try these people because the federal government cannot do it alone.

“What we are thinking of doing in Kaduna state is to enact our own legislation to tackle the menace. “We need a stronger framework that will compel the technologies and processes that are used now more than ever,” he said.

The governor also explained that the recent crisis in Kaduna metropolis and Kasuwan Magani was largely as a result of hate speech. “Rumours started circulating that the abducted Chief of Agara had been killed and within an hour, 22 people were killed in reprisal attacks.

“The story circulated was that I invited the chief to a meeting and told him that his chiefdom will become an emirate and when he disagreed with me, I said I would deal with him. “So, when he was abducted on his way back from Kachia, it was implied that I had arranged the abduction. This was what started the crises and it is totally false. “I have never invited any chief to the government house except when they write to me and say they want to meet me for one reason or the other.” The governor queried: “Why should I have argument with a Chief or abduct him, when in fact, if he flouts the law, I have legitimate and constitutional power to abolish his chiefdom or emirate?

 

“Unfortunately, that was the fake story that was circulated. It raised tension and till today, parts of that chiefdom are still under partial curfew.” In addition, the governor said the fake news about the cloning of the President was not peculiar to him. He said someone also went to his Wikipedia page and changed his birthplace to Bamako, Mali. el-Rufai commended the Council for bringing the meeting to Kaduna and charged participants to come up with strong recommendations to tackle the menace.

Earlier, the minister had called on the states to compliment the efforts of the federal government in fighting fake news and hate speech. He said the fake news phenomenon was increasing because the opposition were using it as campaign tool to discredit the Buhari administration ahead of the 2019 elections.

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WAR ON CULTISM SRPEADS TO EPE!! Vigilante group arrest over 100 cultist in Lagos town

The role of community policing was properly on display in Epe recently after over 100 cultists were arrested by local vigilante groups in Epe.

The Ibile Vigilante Group in Epe has arrested 120 suspected cultists and hoodlums between January and November in Epe, Lagos State. Mr Olajide Monday, the Team Head of the group made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Epe on Friday. He said that the suspected cultists were arrested in some areas of Epe, including Oke-Balogun, T-Junction, Lagos Road, Okemagba, Aiyetoro, Poka, Temu, Noforija, and Papa.

“These arrests were made during the initiation of new members into secret cult groups. “Some of the suspects were also nabbed during their usual gyration in some crime-prone areas in the town and in the suburb of the community. “After the arrest, we hand them over to the police for further investigations,” he said.

Monday said that since the last few years, Epe had always been a hideout for cultists, hoodlums, and kidnappers. But after establishing this vigilance group in 2009, we have been able to reduce the activities of the cultists in the community through the arrests.

“The reduction of cult activities in the town was achieved with the support of police and other security agencies. “The vigilante group works closely with government security agencies to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in Epe,” he said. He, however, lamented poor funding of the group.

“The Epe Local Government pays our salary but the group has not been enjoying good welfare since the past one and a half years. “The previous council chairman, Mr Segun Agbaje, was the one, who inaugurated our group and we enjoyed working with him as a vigilante group then. “The group enjoyed good welfare package during his tenure but we are not getting similar treatments again,” he alleged.

He urged the current council administration to gear support for the welfare of his members in order to discharge their responsibility effectively. Monday said that the group lacked basic ammunition to tackle cultists, hoodlums, and kidnappers. “We have been working with the little ammunition at our disposals, such as machetes, knives and other local weapons, ” he said.

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Woman Drags fraudulent Spiritualist to court for scamming her of thousands

A woman in Ibadan has appeared in court with a spiritualist who allegedly duped her of over N800,000 in the guise of spiritual cleansing.

The Police in Ibadan on Friday arraigned a 33-year-old man, Yomi Adebayo, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N830,000 in the guise of giving her spiritual cleansing. Adebayo, who resides at No.1, Esifo St., Adegbola, Akure, is facing three counts of conspiracy, fraud and stealing before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court.

He, however, pleaded not guilty. According to the Prosecutor, ASP Samad Aliu, the accused committed the offences with some other persons still at large on November 19, at Eleta area of Ibadan. Aliu said that the accused collected the sum from the complainant, one Mrs. Abiodun Akande, with a promise to carry out a spiritual cleansing for her. ”The accused converted the N830,000 to his own use; all efforts by the complainant to get her money back proved abortive,” he said.

Aliu said that the offences contravened sections 390 (9), 419 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Oyo State, 2000. The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Muideen Salami, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case until January 29, 2019, for trial.

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SARS AGAIN!! Protest as F-SARS operatives kills a Lagos truck driver

The members of F-SARS are known for their high handedness when it comes to civil matters and it has led to calls for the scrapping of the police group.

There was confusion in the Apapa area of Lagos State on Thursday as an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad allegedly shot dead a yet-to-be-identified truck driver. Our correspondent learnt that the incident occurred around 3pm. A source said a police team had raided a black spot in the area, which resulted in a clash between some hoodlums and the policemen.

In the ensuing confusion, a policeman was alleged to have fired a shot, which hit the truck driver, killing him on the spot. The source added, “The F-SARS officers came to raid the hoodlums smoking hemp in the Coconut-Trinity area. It (shooting) happened around the loading bay. There was a problem between them and the police opened fire, which hit a truck driver. “The drivers in the place went on the rampage as the policemen took to their heels. The policemen around the Trinity area later came to restore sanity and calm the protesters.” A clip of the incident, which was posted by a witness on the social media, showed the corpse of the deceased, who wore a Nigerian football team jersey, being carried on a plywood by some friends.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Chike Oti, said the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had ordered an investigation into the incident. He noted that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Trinity Police Division had finalised a report on the matter.

Oti said, “There was a crisis in that area, which led to somebody dying. However, the circumstances that led to his death are still sketchy. “But the CP has directed the DPO Trinity, who has concluded preliminary findings, to hand over all materials relating to the incident to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation. The outcome will be made public.”

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