NDLEA arrest “Policeman” caught smuggling weed in Edo State

The NDLEA has arrested a fake policeman caught smuggling cannabis in Edo State.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested two persons suspected to be drug smugglers in the Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that the suspects, who were disguised as policemen, were intercepted while conveying 50 bags of dried weeds, suspected to be cannabis sativa and weighing 685 kilogrammes, along Okpella-Okene road.

They were said to have operated with a black Toyota Hiace bus, marked Ondo AKR 392 LZ and labelled with stickers of the emblem of the Nigeria Police.

The Edo State Commander of the agency, Mr. Buba Wakawa, while confirming the arrest on Friday, identified the fake policemen as one Matthew Onumba and Ojukwwu Henry.

Wakawa described them as members of a drug syndicate specialised in smuggling cannabis from the South to North-West region of the country.

He explained that the bus had reportedly taken off from Uzebba, in the Owan West Local Government Area of the state, en route to Kaduna State, when it was intercepted during a search operation by officers of the agency.

He said that the suspected smugglers had also attached a siren to the vehicle in a bid to evade security checks by the police. The commander also disclosed that 2,412kg of cannabis was seized when operatives of the command raided a forest in Okpuje, in a separate operation.

He said, “The black bus (Toyota), with tainted glass, had a siren and police stickers both at the front and rear to deceive unsuspecting members of the public as well as security personnel. It has all the paraphenalia of an official police vehicle but all is a ruse.

 

“So much has been invested into this operation and I am glad that our efforts have been rewarded.”

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SAD!! Sorrow, tears as fire kills family of four in Northern Nigeria State

It was a sad day for friends and loved ones of a family of four who perished in a fire incident in the Northern Nigerian state of Kebbi.

Three children of same parents, their mother and another child have been burnt to death in an early morning inferno on Friday in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident, which has thrown residents of the area into mourning, also partially razed the victims’ bungalow. The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Sani Dododo, who was at the scene, told NAN that the man of the family was not at home when the incident happened.

“The incident happened around 1a.m on Friday, in the house of a West African Cotton Company Limited employee, Malam Umar Argungu, who was on duty on that day. His wife was in the house with their three children: two daughters and a boy, as well as a neighbour’s daughter who was keeping them company because the husband was away,” he said.

Dododo said the incident was caused by an electric heater which was unattended to in the house.

“The woman had forgotten the heater and it kept on heating till all the water had evaporated. The house caught fire, which resulted in the death of the woman, her three children and the neighbour’s daughter,” he said.

He warned residents of the state to always switch off electricity in their home before sleeping at night, especially during this harmattan season.

This is a sad incident but how best can the incident of fire be controlled and better managed?

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Confusion hit PDP, Atiku camp- Party unsure of campaign strategy in South West

The PDP is currently pondering on how to approach the people of South West for votes after the region appears to have been ignored again in the scheme of things in the party.

Similarly, some analysts have argued that restructuring of the country, which the PDP has projected as one of its key campaign points, is an elitist concept that does not strike any chord with the voting masses in the zone.

“For instance, what is the Yoruba word for restructuring and how do you pass the message across to the market women, artisans and the masses that form the bulk of the voting population”, a PDP chieftain who spoke on the condition of anonymity said at the weekend.

The source also described the positions of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG) and that of the Speaker of House of Representatives that the PDP promised the Southwest as uncertain, stressing that it’s only if the PDP wins the Presidency that that can be fulfilled.

In a swift reaction however, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, disagreed with the postulations, saying that prevailing circumstances have changed voting dynamics in the country

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone on Friday, Ologbondiyan said, “Nigerians are not talking about who occupies certain positions. They are interested in who can give them power and make ease of doing business available.

“Nigerians are interested in who can save them from hunger, starvation, killings, bloodletting and all the pain that the Buhari government has imposed on them.

“The issue is not about who occupies what positions. It is about that candidate that understands the nuances of our nation. That candidate that can turn our economy around and make life better for Nigerians.

“Having said that, it’s important to state that the PDP is interested in the value of life. The PDP is interested in the equitable distribution of wealth in the nation. The PDP is interested in making life better for the average Nigerian.

“As such, every group and every geopolitical zone will be well captured and well represented when we form government. This is the type of division that the Buhari administration has continued to set Nigerians against one another with all manner of ethnic crises. But Nigerians have come to resent this approach.

“It is unfortunate that even the President is so insensitive to the plight of Nigerians that he does not realise that this is not the time Nigerians will be thinking about who comes from where. For now, Nigerian are only keen on good governance”.

Can the PDP mount a strong challenge in the South West?

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Finally!! Police nap killer of 16-year-old Bayelsa female student

The police have arrested members of the gang of cultist that murdered a female student after they tried to rob her of her phone.

Bayelsa State Vigilante Service has arrested two suspects in connection with the killing of Miss Seiyefa Fred, a student in Bayelsa State. Fred was shot dead over the weekend at Amarata, a suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, after her mobile phone was snatched.

‘Cultists’ Gun Down 16-Year-Old Student For Refusing Attempt To Snatch Her Smartphone. While parading the suspects — Junior Danumunabo and Ayibakepreye Idionyo — Parkins Ogede, Chairman of the Vigilante Service, in Yenagoa, said the duo were nabbed in the same vicinity where the crime was committed.

“At about 5am, the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service apprehended two suspects connected to the killing of Miss Seiyefa Fred at Amarata. The names of the suspects are Junior Danumunabo, aged 20 from Nembe, Ogbolomabiri, and resident at Gwegwe street Ovom in Yenagoa, while Ayibakepreye Idionyo, aged 30 years, allegedly supplied the locally-made pistol,” he said.

He added the suspects had been handed over to the Police for further interrogation and prosecution. He urged members of the public to support the Police and the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service with useful information to reduce crime in the state.

Confirming the arrest, Butswat Asinim, the Police spokesman in Bayelsa State, said: “Upon interrogation, Junior Daumunabo confessed to being a member of the Greenland cult group. He also confessed that he was a member of the gang that shot and killed Seiyefa Fred.”

Good job by the police, but what can be done to curb the menace of cultism in the country?

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Atiku Blows Hot!! Former Vice President vows to sell major national asset if elected

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has stated that he will put over 90 percent of the NNPC up for sale if elected.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, says he will sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and retain just 10 per cent of the company for the Federal Government.

Atiku said this in an interview with The African Report, a monthly publication. Atiku, who presided over the National Council on Privatisation during his tenure as vice-president, said the NNPC was supposed to have become more profitable by now.

On whether he would sell NNPC and keep 10 per cent shares for the government, he said, “Yes, I would want to go ahead. There is no doubt about that. The government should have a very minor shareholding. Nigeria is in dire need of funds to develop its infrastructure and other sectors of the economy.”

The PDP presidential candidate said Nigeria ought to have been producing far more than two million barrels of oil per day. Speaking further on the privatisation of the nation’s oil company, he said, “Without a stable regulatory framework, the oil and gas companies will find it difficult to invest more in Nigeria.

“At the time, we pushed for the passage of the new law. We expected that Nigeria would be able to export up to four million barrels per day, but here we are, still at less than two million barrels per day.”

Should the NNPC be sold?

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I have no confidence in INEC- River State Governor insist Commission not ready for polls

The Rivers State governor has insist that INEC is not ready for the 2019 elections therefore he has no confidence in the commission.

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has cast doubts over the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

While speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Wike said the commission’s mandate has been compromised by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He accused the commission of being partisan towards the ruling party.

He said, “Let’s not deceive ourselves; INEC is not prepared for credible elections. If there is an agency that is not prepared for 2019, it is INEC. I have no confidence in INEC. There is no amount of INEC’s preparations that will convince me.

“INEC chooses how it interprets laws to suit those they support. They choose the court orders to obey and the ones to disregard. In one state where it favours a particular party, they obey. In another state, INEC will claim they are yet to see judgments not in favour of the party they support.”

The governor also warned that the people of Rivers will not condone any attempts to rig elections in the state in 2019.

“In 2019, whoever wants to manipulate the process to destroy the outcome, the people will come after that person and the family. We will not agree that for anybody to rig elections here in Rivers State.  Nobody will do anything contrary to the will of the people,” he said.

He further alleged that the Federal Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has pushed back on efforts to amend the Electoral Act because of its plans to manipulate the elections in 2019.

The governor had previously alleged in September that the current government had hatched a plot to postpone elections in Rivers State by using security agencies to cause crisis. He also claimed the government was ready to kill him and several other Nigerians to cheat in the 2019 general elections.

Should a sitting governor be casting doubt on the electoral process?

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DISGRACE!! Pastor Osinbajo is not welcome on our campus- OAU issues warning to Vice President

The student of OAU have asked the Vice President not to come to this weekend as he is not a friend of educational development.

The Students’ Union Action Committee of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has said Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo should not bother to honour the invitation to attend a programme at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, scheduled for Saturday.

A statement issued by Gbenga Von, Pro tem Chairman of the Students’ Union Action Committee on Friday, noted that the invitation by the department was “condemnable” as Osinbajo is a “prime figure behind the underfunding of education”.

According to Von, the presence of an “anti-student” figure like Osinbajo in an academic arena is a “rape of our collective intelligence in a university where students activities are currently battered by the nationwide industrial action of ASUU”.

The statement read: “The attention of the student populace has been drawn to the invitation of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to a public programme by the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, at Oduduwa Hall of the university on Saturday, 17th November by 12pm.

“Firstly, it is condemnable that the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the university itself is a victim of the negligence of government on education by the virtue of the fact that the department, just like the faculty of Law, FNC, Nursing, Dentistry etc., lost accreditation to National University Commission (NUC) in the last conducted accreditation exercise in the university. To invite such a prime figure behind the underfunding of education to be honoured among students is a mockery of students and education itself.

“Apart from the fact that Nigeria is at a period of economic and political bondage as a result of the anti-masses policies of the Federal Government on the people as piloted by the Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo-led Presidency, it is also alarming the ridiculous manner in which education has been drastically neglected leading to incessant hike in fees across several institutions that has made it difficult for average children to access qualitative education, and the struggle against these by students has led to grievous victimization of students and repressions on students’ unionism even on Obafemi Awolowo University.

“It is therefore surprising how Professor Yemi Osinbajo would be able to speak about ‘Freedom On Leash’ as the theme of the programme, when the Federal Government is at the height of the leash on mass of people.

“At this period where the Academic staff union of universities (ASUU) has been on strike across universities including OAU over the rotten state of university education, it is still a shock to us that the only solution provided by the government is for tertiary students to begin to pay N700,000 as tuition fee per session.

“We, therefore, see the presence of such anti-student figure of the government in an academic arena to be a guest speaker, as a rape of our collective intelligence in a university where students’ academic activities are currently battered by the nationwide industrial action of ASUU.”

 

Citing the conditions on which the vice-president would be welcome in the institution, the organisation said Osinbajo should firstly: “Initiate the adequate funding of education by committing at least 26% of the country’s budget as against the paltry 7% to the education sector; immediately yield to the demands of ASUU on university education and earned workers allowance; and immediately effect the lift of the workers wage beyond N30,000minimum wage to alleviate the striking poverty level in the country”.

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Christian group visits Buhari, demands release of Islamic Movement of Nigeria leader

Member of the CAN have demanded that President Buhari order the release of Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from detention.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and others who have been granted bail by competent courts.

CAN Visits Buhari, Demands El-Zakzaky’s Release

CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, made the request among others on Friday when he led a delegation of the Christian body to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure, “Total adherence to the rule of law as it’s required by our Constitution and full-blown democracy by making sure that those whose bails have been granted by competent courts like Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and Leader of the Shiites, Malam Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, are released from detention to enjoy the bail granted them by the courts of law.”

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“This would ease tension in the land and give credit to your administration together with respect from the international community,” Reverend Ayokunle added.

He thereafter commended the anti-corruption fight of the Federal Government which he said deserved some accolades. According to the CAN President, this has led to the recovery of huge sums of money from those who have looted the nation’s resources.

On the other hand, he asked the President to ensure that his government was unbiased in the fight against corruption, saying it should be extended to serving public holders within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It is reprehensible that elected officials have seized opportunities of being in public office to loot the treasury,” the religious leader decried.

He added, ”Like we categorically noted here during our last visit, the wish of the people is for the war against corruption to be total and without discrimination.

“Not a few believe that the ruling party is becoming a safe haven to some corrupt politicians in their bid to escape the trap of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

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Reverend Ayokunle commended the President’s courage in implementing the Bank Verification Number (BVN) and Treasury Single Account (TSA) policies.

He noted that the two policies have greatly helped in sanitising the system and thanked President Buhari for continuing with projects inherited from the previous government.

Should the government release the Shiite leader despite it insisting the man is a security risk?

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TROUBLE LOOMS!!! NLC in discussion over fresh strike action

Following the pronouncement by the governors regarding a new minimum wage, the organised labour is said to be considering a new wave of industrial action unless their demands are met.

The labour movement is worried that Nigerians may turn a cold shoulder to a fresh call for an industrial action demanding the speedy passage of a new minimum wage law. The Guardian learnt in Abuja yesterday that employers had hinged their support for N30,000 as the new minimum wage on an assurance that there would be no strike.

The labour movement had threatened to strike penultimate week over the refusal of the Federal Government to receive the report of the tripartite committee and transmit the same to the National Assembly.

It was learnt that there were shouting marches between labour leaders and employers’ body when labour mulled a strike. It was said that labour had to reconsider its position so as not to lose the support of the employers.

According to the employers’ representatives, it would be double jeopardy for them to support the new figure and at the same time have labour go on strike. They argued that the businesses of their members would suffer as a result.

As it stands, the organised labour is in dilemma whether to go all-out for a strike to force government to accede to the N30,000 demand and risk losing the support of the organised private sector or keep employing strategies to ensure government supports the figure.

Meanwhile, opposition to the new wage remains unchanged among state governors. The governors at a meeting on Wednesday night warned that many workers might be laid off if the new pay is implemented.

But in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said such a threat was not new. He insisted that the process of negotiation by the tripartite social partners for a new wage had ended and a new national minimum wage of N30,000 had been agreed upon by government, labour and employers in the private sector.

“Therefore, the current one (threat) cannot be used to intimidate labour. The consequences of retrenching workers are too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people. Few political office holders are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts mislabeled as salaries. We urge such elected public officials to subject their humongous salaries and allowances, reputed to be among the highest in the world, to public perusal.”

Wabba urged the governors to go to their respective states and inform workers on their individual position on the new national minimum wage of N30, 000. He also asked workers to remain steadfast on their right to decent wages and improved living conditions.

“To the oppressors, we have only one answer for you: we will never sleep on our rights. We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30,000. We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election,” Wabba said.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily present the wage bill to the National Assembly for appropriate amendment and implementation.

He explained: “It would interest Nigerians to know that the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year. At the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee, state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geo-political zones.”

The government should do all it can to avoid another round of strike regarding the minimum wage, but are the governors being unreasonable to workers plight?

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Boko Haram faction linked with ISIS claim responsibility for latest attacks

A faction of Boko Haram linked with ISIS is claiming responsibility for recent attacks on army bases in the north east.

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram on Friday claimed an attack on a military base in Nigeria’s northeast that killed three, the SITE Intelligence Group said.

“The Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed killing three Nigerian soldiers in a raid on their base in Kareto” in Borno state, said the group, which monitors jihadist activity.

ISWAP claimed in the communique that three soldiers were killed in the clashes and that they captured an “array of weapons and ammunitions as spoils”, according to the statement.

The attack on Kareto, a base some 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the Borno state capital Maiduguri, started late Wednesday.

“We lost three soldiers in the fight and several others are still missing,” a military officer in Maiduguri told AFP on Thursday.

At the same time, Boko Haram fighters attacked Mammanti village, just outside Maiduguri, killing one person and burning the entire village.

They then stole hundreds of cattle, the local chief of the village and residents said. In mid-2016, ideological differences caused Boko Haram to split into two factions, one led by Abubakar Shekau, the other recognised by the IS group.

Despite the Nigerian government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, it still carries out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing scores. On November 9, Shekau claimed several attacks in northeast Nigeria in a video message obtained by AFP.

More than 27,000 people have died since the start of the insurgency in the remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless.

Now that ISIS is actively involved in helping Boko Haram carry out attacks in Nigeria it is time for the politicians to stop playing politics with the issue and focus on ending the menace.

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