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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Updated: My Lord am guilty, says Kidnapper Evans

The dread Kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike AKA Evans.who was arraigned before an Ikeja High Court  Wednesday over alleged conspiracy and kidnapping has pleaded guilty to the alleged crime of kidnapping.

Evans was arraigned along side five others Uche Amadi, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Okwuchukwu Nwachuckwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi and Victor Chukwunonso Aduba.
They were docked on a two count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping, preferred against them by Lagos State

Evans, the second and fourth defendants pleaded guilty, while  the third, fifth and sixth defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

The Lagos State prosecution led by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Adeniji Kazeem, in the charge stated that the defendants committed the alleged offence between February 14 and and April 12, 2017.

He said that the incident took place at about 7:45pm, along Obokun Street, Ilupeju, Lagos.
The AG, also stated that on April 12, Evans alongside the other five defendants while armed with guns and other weapons captured, detained and collected a ransom of 223,000 Euros from one Duru Donatus for his release.

According to the prosecutor the offences committed is punishable under Sections 411 and 271 (3) o‎f the Criminal law cap C17 laws of Lagos State 2015.

However when the charge was read to the defendants Evans and the second and fourth defendants pleaded not guilty to the two count charges‎ against them.

While the third defendant a female alongside the fifth and sixth defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Evans  Said “My Lord am guilty”.

After the arraignment the AG, asked Justice Hakeem Oshodi to remand the defendants in prison custody.

He said ” We would be asking for remand in custody and also for an adjournment  to take trial for those that pleaded not guilty, so that we can come back for facts and sentence of the ones that pleaded guilty”.

The counsel to the first, second, third and fifth defendants Olukoya Ogunbeje said ‎we would not be opposing the adjournment.

The defence team has just had the opportunity of meeting our clients this morning in court.we were just served the document in the open court this morning thirdly all the defendants have since been in the custody of the Police and we have not had the opportunity of conferring with them regarding the offences which are capital in nature we would like to ask for an adjournment to confer with our clients.

“Before the next adjourned date we would have confirmed with our client as this is a capital offence.

Before the adjournment Justice Oshodi asked the AG, which choice of the prisons he wanted and the AG said kirikiri Maximum Prison.

However Justice Oshodi remanded the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth defendants in Kirikir Maximum prison, while the third defendant was remanded in the female wing of Kirikiri Prisons custody.

He adjourned the case to October 19, for trial.

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Re-arresting Nnamdi Kanu dangerous and politically unwise – Col. Umar

Former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), has urged the federal government not to revoke the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

According to him, effecting Kanu’s re-arrest is both “dangerous and politically unwise.”

Umar, who is also chairman of Movement for Unity and Progress, said that the IPOB leader is not a common criminal as the government appears to think but a bitter young man fighting for a fairer deal for his Igbo kinsmen.

He added that Kanu’s seeming militant approach was the result of the strong arm tactics with which the Federal Government deals with him.

In a statement on Wednesday, Umar described President Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a settled issue as a nationalistic wish that was not a surprise having come from a veteran of civil war fought to keep the country one.

He said: “President Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a settled issue is a nationalistic wish and is no surprise coming from a veteran of civil war who fought to keep the country one.

“However, this does not take into account the mood of the nation as indicated by the growing agitations for self-determination, restructuring and many other similar demands.

“Nigeria’s unity can only be guaranteed when all its citizens feel they are getting a fair deal; when all its component parts are treated justly and equitably. When none feels oppressed.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Adeyanju and other similar agitators might seem like felons or even anarchists. But as often happens over humanity’s turbulent history, appearances can be deceitful. One man’s terrorist could well be another man’s freedom fighter.

“In any event, despite what the security agencies might feel, there is nothing to fear from Mazi Kanu. He and his compatriots are people who love their country dearly and are willing to take a risk with their lives while blowing a whistle on some of our bad habits.

“It will be a tragic mistake to treat them as common criminals. It is evident that they are fighting a cause millions consider entirely legitimate.

“Until our democracy learns to accommodate dissent, vigorous, robust, even if inconvenient, it will be incapable of serving our common good.”

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UNIPORT confirms identity of suspect who killed niece for ritual

The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Wednesday identified a 200-level student (names withheld), of the Department of Physics, as the suspect who dismembered his 8-year old niece, for ritual purposes.

The university confirmed the identity, via a statement issued on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, by Dr Williams Wodi, UNIPORT’s spokesman.

The suspect was accused of abducting, raping, killing and dismembering the body of his 8-year-old niece, Chikamso Nmezuwuba, on Aug. 19 for ritual purposes.

The suspect was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, while he was on the way to dispose the body of Chikamso, after using other parts of her body for ritual.

The suspect was handed over to the Rivers Police Command but escaped while in police detention.

Wodi said the management of the university was worried with the development particularly the disappearance of the suspect from detention.

“Any university administration and indeed all Nigerians should be very concerned about having students in any of our universities who turn out to be suspected ritual murderers.

“The university is working tirelessly with law enforcement to fish out and bring to speedy justice such dubiously motivated characters who masquerade as student.

“UNIPORT is working in concert with security agencies with focus to re-arrest and bring the suspect to book to serve as deterrent to any other student with similar intent.

“We condole with the traumatised family of Chikamso and pray for eternal repose of her soul while hoping for speedy justice to punish the offender,” he said.

Wodi said the university cannot be adjudged guilty by mere fact that the suspected ritual killer is a student of the university.

He said the university should be exonerated from blame as the crime was committed outside the university campus and host communities.

According to him, the Senate of the university would take appropriate steps to deal with the student as prescribed by its statutes.

“We advise the public to direct further inquiries on this highly emotive and sensitive issue to the police that is already investigating the matter and the suspect’s unacceptable escape from custody.

“We wish to state that branding UNIPORT through distasteful media campaigns, especially by social media warriors, will be disrespectful of the memory of the murdered child,” he said.

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Breaking: Osinbajo takes over FG’s negotiation with ASUU- Ngige

THE Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has taken over the headship of the Federal Government negotiation team with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, also blamed the private sector of being responsible for the delay in announcing the Chairman of the Minimum Wage Review Committee.

Ngige said that the Federal Government was ready and will announce Chairman of the Committee when all the names of representatives of the private sector is received.

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Talking’ not the answer with North Korea – Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed any diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, saying “talking is not the answer.”

“The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years.

“Talking is not the answer!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Newsmen report that Trump on Tuesday all options to respond to North Korea were on the table after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

“The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the UN, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour,” Trump said in the statement released by the White House.

“Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.

“All options are on the table,” Trump said.

Earlier, North Korea accused the United States of driving the Korean peninsula towards “an extreme level of explosion” and declared that it was justified in responding with “tough counter-measures”.

The combative statement came hours North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea, drawing a sharp reaction from Japan, the United States, South Korea and other states.

Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, did not explicitly refer to his country’s latest test.

He said U.S. “pressure and provocative acts” would only give his country grounds to take unspecified measures.

“It is an undeniable fact that the U.S. is driving the situation of the Korean peninsula towards an extreme level of explosion by deploying huge strategic assets around the peninsula and blackmail for over half a century,” Han told the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

Fears have grown over North Korea’s development of missiles and nuclear weapons since Pyongyang test-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Those fears worsened after Trump warned that North Korea would face “fire and fury” if it threatened the United States.

Joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, currently taking place on the peninsula, are part of “long-standing U.S. hostile policy” towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Han said.

“Now that the U.S. has openly declared its hostile intention towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, by waging aggressive joint military exercises in spite of repeated warnings…

“My country has every reason to respond with tough counter-measures as an exercise of its right to self defense,” Han said.

“And the U.S. should be wholly responsible for the catastrophic consequences it will entail.”

U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood, speaking to reporters, said that North Korea’s test was “another provocation” and “big concern” to be discussed by the UN Security Council later in the day.

“My country and I know a number of other countries are going to continue to demand that North Korea ends these provocative acts and take a different path,” Wood told the forum.

The United States has “an iron-clad commitment to its allies”, he added.

Both Wood and South Korea’s envoy Kim Inchul called for Pyongyang to resume talks on giving up its nuclear arsenal.

“Denuclearisation is the only way forward to guarantee security and economic viability instead of continuing with provocations which are unacceptable,” Kim said.

Japan’s envoy Nobushige Takamizawa condemned the missile test noting it also posed a danger to aviation and navigation.

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Breaking: Nnamdi Kanu holds close door meeting with South-east govs

The leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, Wednesday had a close door meeting with the south-east governors at the Enugu government house.

This was made known to newsmen through the facebook handle of Emmanuel Uzor, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Umahi of Ebonyi state.

According to him as contained in his facebook handle, “Happening Now: Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in a crucial meeting with the South East Governors Forum under the leadership of Gov David Umahi in Government House, Enugu….stay tuned as I update you on the outcome of the meeting which agitation and call for boycott of Anambra election may top list…. Ndigbo must have a direction…”

More Details soon:

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Okupe to Buhari: Biafra struggle, restructuring, resource control offshoots of genuine fears

Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has advised the federal government against the use of force in resolving the various agitations in some parts of the country but rather that the President should initiate a process of addressing those grievances in a peaceful manner.

Okupe stated this via an open letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The former Presidential aide said history has shown that when agitations are genuine, same could be resolved amicably if the right model is adopted.

According to him, the Biafra struggle, restructuring and resource control are offshoots of genuine fears made more so by clinically evident actions and inactions of government that need to be addressed.

While picking holes in the recent broadcast of the President upon his return from medical vacation, the former Presidential spokesperson said if President Buhari must leave an enduring legacy for himself and his administration, he must widen the net of consultations, while urging him to adopt globally acceptable mode of running government business.

On the fight against insurgency in the North East, Okupe called for a deployment of additional 20,000 troops within the next 90 days as well as leasing of fighter jets from friendly nations as a way of boosting the fighting power of the military and ensuring that the war does not last beyond the tenure of the Buhari administration.

“This administration has a maximum of 16-18 months of rain free period for active construction. Government must carefully select 1 or 2 major road projects that can be completed within the next 18 months in each zone.

“In the South West, Lagos-Ibadan expressway is the star project and it can be completed within 18 months. In terms of funding, government may either borrow or revert urgently to the financial model of Public Private Partnerships that existed prior to your administration’s takeover. Similar projects in the 3 zones in the North can also be identified and executed within this same period,” he advised.

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Obasanjo rejects call for restructuring again

Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo speaking in South Africa has said again that he is not for restructuring of Nigeria as called by some Nigerians.

Obasanjo in an interview with ChannelsTv said: “My own restructuring is what I have said, we have to restructure our mentality, we have to restructure our mind, we have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria. ”

He also said that he asked people about restructuring and that he got different answers on restructuring.

“I have asked six different people who talk about restructuring and the six of them gave me different points of view and the other day some people came to me and what they were talking about doesn’t make sense.

“So now what are we talking about? We have a country that God has endowed, now the management of that endowment is what now what we have put our hands on, all hands on deck and put out, how do we deal with it?

“Some of them are nostalgic about immediate the independence, that’s their restructuring and some of them are nostalgic about immediate post-independence, that is their restructuring, some of them are nostalgic about their tribe, that’s their restructuring, I cannot be part of it.

“My own restructuring is what I have said, we have to restructure our mentality, we have to restructure our mind, we have to restructure our understanding of Nigeria.

What country do we want? And if we decide on what kind of country we want, how do we get that country?

All hands on deck, how do we get inclusive, how do we get every Nigerian feeling a sense of… having a stake in the country.”

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Buhari’s meeting with PDP opens a new vista in Nigeria’s democracy – APC

The last week’s meeting of President Muhammadu Buhari with the leadership of opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has opened a new vista in Nigeria’s democracy, Deputy national chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, (North) Senator Lawal Shuaibu has said.

Senator Shuaibu, who made this observation with newsmen in Abuja over the weekend, said such meeting demonstrated that political parties irrespective of their ideology and status could give
necessary support to government.

According to him: “The meeting couldn’t have come at a better time in the development of democracy in our country. Such interaction helped todeepen our sense of togetherness and understanding; and I think that
it helped to open a new era in our search for democratic experience.

“I also see the new leadership of the PDP as showing patriotism by admitting that the President as the leader of the country deserves the respect and well-meaning prayers for him, both of which are critical
to party harmony we desperately need in this country. This is clearly as against the impression we deduced from what we see and read about comments made by some of their members in the media.”

Shuaibu stressed further that the meeting also gave the president an opportunity to renew his call for national unity as well as
charge the parties on the need to help build a peaceful and
economically viable Nigeria.

He noted that though the opposition has great role to play in any democracy, it is important that it engages maturely with the government rather than “creating an atmosphere of hostility and hatred.”

Insisting that the ruling party is giving a new approach to governance in the country, Shuaibu said the Nigerian people would always form the focus of its policies.

The Senator. however, called on Nigerians to show better understanding with APC as no
“party can offer as much as we have in the face of the challenges heaped upon us by the previous government.”

The APC chieftain added that the party was determined not squander the goodwill shown to it by Nigerians, and to prove that there is no alternative to its government.

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Igbo never mandated anybody to talk about secession – Iwuanyanwu

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has said that Igbo never mandated anybody to talk about breaking away from the country.

Iwuanyanwu said this in Abuja on Saturday in an interview with newsmen.

He expressed worry over agitations by some groups calling for the nation’s balkanization.

Iwuanyanwu, however, said that the call for restructuring was appropriate to address the numerous challenges confronting the country.

According to him, restructuring doesn’t mean division of the nation, adding ‘‘let us forget about the talk of secession by some young people.

‘‘I am an Igbo man and a leader.

‘‘I was the Chairman of Planning and Strategy of Ohaneze Ndigbo, so when you talk of any decision on the Igbo, it must have my consent.

‘‘Igbo have never mandated anybody to go and talk about secession.

‘‘We have heard that some youths reversed the call for the exit of the Igbo form the north.

‘‘l am happy that Nigerian leaders as well as the governors are coming up to say that Igbo are safe in their places.

‘‘Iwuanyanwu assured Igbo of their safety in every part of the country.

‘‘Many Igbo in the north have been coming to me asking me of what to do; I want to assure them that nobody is going to hurt them.

‘‘We all stand for one Nigeria and in future if anybody makes a statement, nobody should generalise and say it is Igbo,’’ he added.

According to him, there are good and terrible people amongst the Igbo as it is in other tribes.

‘‘People should stop generalising individual’s comment as if it were the general Igbo who made the comment.

‘‘I am happy that the President (Muhammadu Buhari) has said that anyone who made threatening comments would be disciplined and he has said he would put security measures to protect them.

‘‘Therefore, Igbo shouldn’t go anywhere.

‘‘I just want everyone to accept this restructuring and by the way, this restructuring issue is not a complicated one.

‘‘We have had two constitutional conferences during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan civilian governments. We don’t even need to have a sovereign national conference.

‘‘If the National Assembly members can be honest with themselves, they should form a committee of the whole which include both chambers and call it a restructuring committee.

‘‘Call for submission by people then include it with the submissions from the conference by Obasanjo and Jonathan, then they will know that we want to restructure to give more autonomy, money and development to the region and avoid people running to Abuja for everything.

‘‘We need a system where people can stay in their states, create industries and get jobs,’’ he said.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

North Korea shrugs off UN sanctions, fires 3 new missiles

The crisis in the Korean Peninsula is far from being resolved as North Korea on Friday fired “several projectiles” into sea off its eastern coast.

According to the South Korean military, the missiles were launched from a site in the North Korean province of Gangwon and flew for about 250km (150 miles).
Since firing an intercontinental ballistic weapon last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

But this latest test did not threaten the U.S. or Guam, the U.S. military said.

The projectiles were first launched at 06:49 on Saturday (21:49 GMT Friday), South Korea’s Defence Ministry said.

The U.S. military said three missiles were fired.

“The first and third missiles failed in flight. The second missile launch appears to have blown up almost immediately,” said Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command.

The launches were spread over a period of 30 minutes, he added.

“The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations,” the South Korean defence ministry said.

Thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops are currently taking part in joint military drills, which are mainly largely computer-simulated exercises.

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Biafra: FG say Kanu is threat to national security

The Federal Government, on Friday, filed fresh application before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking immediate revocation of the bail granted to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

FG, predicated the application on section 169 and 173(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
Describing Kanu as a threat to national security, FG insisted that he has mortgaged his personal liberty, haven engaged in several acts it said were capable of sparking civil unrest and anarchy in the country.

Aside asking the court to void the bail it gave the IPOB leader on April 25, FG, further applied for an order “directing the arrest and committing of the 1st defendant to custody pending trial”.

Kanu is facing treasonable felony charge alongside four other pro-Biafra agitators-Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie.

The defendants are expected to enter fresh plea to the amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, before trial Justice Binta Nyako, on October 17.

Whereas the original charge had only four defendants, with Kanu as the 1st accused person, FG, through the Department of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice, amended the case to include Chimezie who was alleged to have between the months of March and April, 2015, imported into Nigeria, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L.

FG alleged that the transmitter was concealed in a container that was declared as used household items, contrary to section 47(2) (a) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Meantime, FG, in the application it filed on Friday, a copy of which was made available to Vanguard by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, adduced reasons why Kanu should be arrested before his next trial date.

According to FG, “The 1st Defendant is standing trial for alleged offences of conspiracy to commit acts of treasonable felony, treasonable felony and other related offences before this Honourable Court.

“That the offence for which he is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable.

“That due to the magnanimity of this Honourable court and its quest for justice and fairness he was granted bail on health grounds on 25th April, 2017.

That among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people.

“And that he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies.

“And that he should file in court medical updates of his health status every month.

“That rather than observing all of the conditions listed above, the 1st defendant in flagrant disobedience to the court order flouted all conditions of the bail.

“The first defendant has in furtherance to the offence he was charged, inaugurated Biafra Security Service.

“That such an act is a grave threat to national security and unity of the country.

“That the grounds mentioned above constitute special circumstances hence this application.

“That this court has the power to grant this application”, it added.

More so, in a 12 paragraphed affidavit that was deposed to by one Loveme Odubo, a litigation clerk in the Office of the DPP, FG maintained that Kanu had “in flagrant disobedience to the court order flouted all conditions given by the court”.

It told the court that Kanu held a rally at his residence in his hometown Afara-UkwuIbeku in Umuahia, Abia State.

“That the said rally with a crowd exceeding 10 persons was captured in a video published on the 1st June 2017 and circulated throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria and beyond through the internet platform of YouTube;

“That the YouTube video was download and is attached to this affidavit and marked NK1. That a certificate; Identifying the CD ROM containing the video and describing the manner in which it was produced; Giving such particular of any device involved in the production of that CD ROM as may be appropriate for the purpose of showing that the CD ROM was produced by a computer;

“It was signed by a person occupying a responsible position in relation to the operation of the relevant device.

“That the said rally was not held in a synagogue but at the residence of the 1st defendant on Friday evening May 26th, 2017 and ended on Saturday May 27th, 2017;

“That the rally was tagged “the holy day of Shabbat” to pray for the restoration of “Biafra state”;

“That the 1st defendant equally incited his members to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in south East Sates, starting with Anambra State Gubernatorial Election schedule for November 18, 2017, if the Federal Government failed to hold referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra;

“That the 1st defendant’s address published by vanguard online news, dated June 23, 2017is also attached to this affidavit and marked exhibit NK2;

“That the bail granted the defendant/applicant was to enable him go and take care of his health and not for any other purpose;

“That instead of the 1st Defendant to use the opportunity to attend to his health need, he has in furtherance of the offence charged, inaugurated a security outfit known as Biafra Security Service(BSS);

“That his action is a serious threat to security of this country as well as a threat to national unity.

“That from the deposition in the affidavit in support of this application, it is clear that the essence of the bail granted the 1st defendant/applicant is defeated.

“That it will serve the best interest of justice to grant this application as the 1st Defendant/Respondent will not be prejudiced”.

FG’s application came barely 24 hours after a coalition of Arewa Youths called for Kanu’s arrest, after they withdrew the controversial notice for Igbo to quit the northern region before October 1.

Culled: Vanguard Newspaper

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I ignored governors’ meeting with Buhari because of my chieftaincy title – Fayose

The Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has given reasons why he ignored the meeting of state governors with the President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa earlier today.

President Buhari had met with state governors after meeting with the leadership of both the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

At the meeting with governors, Governor Fayose was visibly absent.

However, giving reasons for his absence at the meeting, Fayose said he could not abandon his planned event just to attend an impromptu meeting with Buhari.

Governor Fayose who took to his twitter handle to state his reasons for being absent at the meeting said although he received the invitation for the meeting, he had however already scheduled meetings with some respected citizens in preparations for his chieftaincy title installation as the Apesin of Ado Ekiti.

He also said that “he could not have abandoned his guests for an impromptu meeting with the president.”

According to him,  “For those insinuating that I shunned the president’s meeting with governors, I didn’t. I had my installation as Apesin of Ado Ekiti slated for today.

“Guests were already in Ekiti since yesterday for the chieftaincy title installation before I received notice of the meeting with the President.

“There was no how I could have abandoned the people here in Ado Ekiti for the impromptu meeting with the President.”

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FG seeks arrest, revocation of Kanu’s bail

The Federal Government has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the revocation of the bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The application was attached as a press release and made available to on Friday in Abuja by Mr. Salihu Isah, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Minister of Justice.

In the application, the Federal Government is seeking an order of court revoking the bail granted Kanu on April 25.

The government is also seeking an order of court directing the arrest and committing Kanu to custody pending trial as well as any such order the court may deem fit in the circumstance.

The application which has the name of the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, explained that the call for revocation of Kanu’s bail was on the grounds that Kanu had breached his bail conditions.

“The 1st defendant (Kanu) is standing trial for alleged offences of conspiracy to commit acts of treasonable felony and other related offences before this court.

“The offence for which he is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable but due to the magnanimity of the court and its quest for justice and fairness, he was granted bail on health grounds.

“Among the other conditions for his bail is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people and he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies.

“And that he should file in court, medical updates of his health status every month. But rather than observing all of the conditions listed above, Kanu, in flagrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions of the bail.”

According to the government, Kanu has in furtherance to the offence he was charged, inaugurated Biafra Security Service adding that such an act was a grave threat to national security and unity of the country.

An affidavit deposed to by Loveme Odubo, a litigation clerk in the Ministry of Justice, claimed that Kanu held a rally at his residence in his hometown, Afara-UkwuIbeku in Umuahia, Abia.

And that the rally, with a crowd exceeding 10 persons, was captured in a video published on June 1 and circulated around the country through the internet platform of YouTube.

He further deposed that the bail granted Kanu was to enable him take care of his health and not for any other purpose.

In a written address attached to the application, the government wants the court to determine whether the defendant violated the bail conditions set by the court to warrant the revocation of same.

Kanu is standing trial along with Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie on allegations of treasonable felony.

Justice Binta Nyako had on April 25, admitted Kanu to bail on stringent conditions, but had denied bail to the other defendants standing trial with him.

The matter was adjourned until July 11 for trial but could not go on because the court commenced its annual vacation on July 10 and a new date of Oct. 17 was fixed for commencement of trial.

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Just in: Buhari approves rail lines from Kano to Daura his hometown, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura.

The rail will run from Kano to Jibia local government areas of Katsina state, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi disclosed.

Amaechi disclosed the news in Abuja on Friday at The Osasu Show Symposium — which bothers on the economy and its effects on the less privileged.

The Cable reported that Amaechi said the approved rail lines would run from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic.

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US invests $50m in Nigeria’s clean energy projects

The United States  said it has invested over $50 million in clean energy projects across 18 states in Nigeria.

Head of U.S Commercial Service Unit, United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Mr. Brent E. Omdahl, stated this in Lagos, yesterday, at the second Interactive Forum organised by Power Sector Group of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), with the theme: ‘Investment Opportunities in the Power Sector’.

He said: “The Agency’s program in Nigeria includes a portfolio of over 60 projects and over $50 million in investments that could result in leveraging over $3 billion in public and private financing. In Kaduna state, USTDA is supporting Quaint Global Energy Solutions for a feasibility study undertaken by Tetra Tech ES (Pasadena, CA) for the Abiba 50 MW Solar IPP Plant.”

Omdahl also noted that the agency is supporting a grid connection feasibility study in Kano State for the off-take of up to 100 MW of solar photovoltaic power, enough to supply 400,000 households with electricity.

“We support priority infrastructure activities across 18 states in Nigeria in the sectors of clean energy, oil and gas, telecommunications and transportation. USTDA funds project preparation activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions. USTDA supported a feasibility study carried out by NOVI Energy LLC (Novi, MI), which assessed the viability and scale of a proposed gas-fired power generation project in Ogun State. The project will supply electricity to several food manufacturing and food processing plants in Nigeria. Recent gas discoveries and growing electricity demands have created opportunities for U.S. companies to provide billions of dollars in technologies and services to projects across Africa. USTDA is currently preparing nine projects for development that could generate more than $5 billion in U.S. sales,” Omdahl added.

In her remark, LCCI President, Mrs. Nike Akande, said: “The current high cost of generating power for business activities especially for SMEs and big industries, which in some cases can be as high as over 40 percent of industrial production cost is not desirable. However, there is need to view the challenges of power delivery in Nigeria as opportunities for investment. Stakeholders in the sector have the opportunity of collaborating with players outside the country in order to deliver value that can transform our current grid power generation of less than 4,000 mega watts by improving services along value chain.

“The experience of the US in the power sector and the country’s commitment to developing power generation in Africa through the ‘Power Africa’ project will no doubt positively impact on the Nigerian Power Industry. Also, apart from generating economic activities to improve Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, collaboration between companies in Nigeria and those in the US will promote bilateral relationship between the two countries.”

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Plot to undermine APC primaries exposed

A plot to cause confusion among delegates and botch the weekend primaries of the APC through sabotaging the verification procedure has been exposed. Central to the latest plan by some with vested interests against a free and fair poll is the instruction by a senior party official in the state to local government and ward chairmen instructing them to bring along photocopies of their photo IDs such as Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, Driving Licence, National Identity Cards and International Passports.

The message, a source in the party said, was deliberately being relayed to some delegates as a way of making them ineligible for the polls.

While inaugurating the Governor Kassim Shettima led panel to conduct the election, the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso had tasked the panel to verify the identity of all delegates through the use of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, Drivers Licence, National Identity Card and International Passport.

It was learnt that despite that instruction that a senior party official had been giving a contrary instruction as a way of luring delegates supportive of some aspirants not favoured to be locked out.

He (name withheld) has given instructions to ward chairmen and local government chairmen that photocopies of IDs will be accepted. We know this is a ruse and it is aimed at ensuring that delegates who are not going to vote for their man are locked out.”

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Drop election boycott threat, Leaders of Thought ask Kanu, IPOB

Leaders of Thought in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, under the aegis of Idemili North Leaders of Thought, have appealed to the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to rescind his call for the boycott of the November 18 governorship election in the state.

They said it would be unpatriotic, unscrupulous and smacks of  somebody suffering from cognitive dissonance.

In a communique issued at the end of their crucial meeting in Onitsha, yesterday, signed by their Chairman, Dr. Boniface Agbala, the leaders of thought said by boycotting the election, Ndigbo would have become enemies to themselves.

They also reminded Kanu that nobody has any right to stop any national election, except the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC or a court of competent jurisdiction.

They also called for restructuring of the country into a true federalism which included economic, political and human resources development, adding that it is high time the federal government brought out a blue print and policy on how the country should be restructured.

They also called on the federal government to use the independence federal constitution of 1963 which had the regions as the federating units and with their own constitution, managing their resources and developing at their own pace, using 2014 National Conference report, as well as other materials as templates or raw materials for the restructuring exercise.

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Sen Uba is best for Anambra — Group

A group under the auspices of Leadership Support Initiative has thrown its weight and support behind Senator Andy Uba as the best candidate for the Anambra Government House.

Coordinator of the organization, Mrs. Tina Okoi said while briefing newsmen in Lafia, that at the moment, Senator Uba  remains the only visionary and energetic leader with the track record needed to run the state.

According to Mrs. Okoi, Uba who made a remarkable impact within the short period he served as Governor of the state has the needed wealth of experience in both the public and the private sectors to again lead the state.

She said as a senator, he has the required exposure and linkages to manage the current economic situation and take the state to the next level. adding that the former governor, having the concern and interest to contribute again to the betterment of the state was the greatest and the most pragmatic decision all the people of the state should  appreciate.

The coordinator maintained that  Andy Uba’s choice will add value to the effort by other well-meaning  people of the state  aimed at transforming the area stressing further that  the lawmaker’s political landmark will no doubt place the state once more in another political road map.

“We are endeared to support senator Uba because we became so much interested in his person when we took a critical appraisal of his activities as the Governor and senator. We decided to support his ideas, we find pleasure in joining well wishers in the state to make the project a reality and realistic” the group said.

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Drop election boycott threat, Leaders of Thought ask Kanu, IPOB

Leaders of Thought in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, under the aegis of Idemili North Leaders of Thought, have appealed to the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to rescind his call for the boycott of the November 18 governorship election in the state.

They said it would be unpatriotic, unscrupulous and smacks of  somebody suffering from cognitive dissonance.

In a communique issued at the end of their crucial meeting in Onitsha, yesterday, signed by their Chairman, Dr. Boniface Agbala, the leaders of thought said by boycotting the election, Ndigbo would have become enemies to themselves.

They also reminded Kanu that nobody has any right to stop any national election, except the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC or a court of competent jurisdiction.

They also called for restructuring of the country into a true federalism which included economic, political and human resources development, adding that it is high time the federal government brought out a blue print and policy on how the country should be restructured.

They also called on the federal government to use the independence federal constitution of 1963 which had the regions as the federating units and with their own constitution, managing their resources and developing at their own pace, using 2014 National Conference report, as well as other materials as templates or raw materials for the restructuring exercise.

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Breaking: Arewa Youths withdraw quit notice, accuse Igbos of amassing weapons

A coalition of northern group, Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, has withdrawn the earlier quit notice it issued Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the north to vacate the region before October 1 or face physical attacks.

The group also accused the Igbos of amassing weapons in the north.

The Coalition of Northern Youth Groups (CNYG) made the withdrawal on Thursday at a World Press Conference held at Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Among those present at the conference include the Governor of Borno state and Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, ex- Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Kabiru Gaya, ex-Minister, Alhaji Sani Daura and Alhaji Shetima Yerima of Arewa Youths Council.

Recall that northern group had given reasons for issuing the eviction order as being a response action to the sit-at-home call the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kaku had made which saw massive compliance in the south-east.

Although much condemnations had trailed the eviction notice the northern group had issued Ndigbo, the group had maintained their stand.

Consequently, several regions had equally responded with similar orders to those they perceived unwanted. The South-South region had also declared Niger Delta state after equally giving its quit notice to all northerners living in the South-South region. Following was the South-West that declared Oduduwa republic and then the Middle Belt which also declared the region a republic.

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Ronaldo named UEFA player of season for 2016-2017

Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw.

His great rival Lionel Messi has won the prize on two occasions and could pave the way for him to capture a fifth Ballon d’Or title.

“There are the same goals every year, to meet the same challenges, win everything if possible, qualify for the World Cup with my national team,” said Ronaldo.

“This trophy will give me the motivation to keep working hard, never to give up. I am blessed and delighted to be with Real Madrid.”

Ronaldo won the UEFA award in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 and in the Champions League last season, where Real defeated Juventus 4-1 in the final, he finished as top scorer with 12 goals.

Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was second in the voting ahead of Messi.

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Why Nigerians must seek peace, not war — Ex-Biafrian soldier

NIGERIA civil war veteran, who fought on the side of the defunct Republic of Biafra, Prof. Okoro Akpa, has added his voice to the growing call for peace and increased national cohesion in the face of growing agitations and hate speech in the country.

Prof. Akpa, in a chat with newsmen, recently, pointed out that Nigeria is better united and urged both the Indigeneous People of Biafra, IPOB, leadership; Arewa youths and other parts of Nigeria that have been issuing quit notices and ultimatums to withdraw them and move for a more united and prosperous country.

He said: “The Federal Government should sensitize Nigerians to love each other and to love the country because we have no other country than Nigeria. We must realise, understand and accept that the instrument that brought all of us together was an act of  God and all those who did it only came to fulfill their mission.

“The North should be told that murder is sinful and that murderers will go to hell and there is no reason why any Nigerian should kill a fellow Nigerian. They  should also know the legal consequences of murder.

“The North should be made to know that no particular region or group is born to rule Nigeria ;that Nigeria is equally owned by all and that a leader can emerge from any place no matter how remote.”

He expressed the view that if industries are established, and the teeming youths gainfully employed, the country would be a better place to live in and even suggested that youths should be sent abroad to learn how to build ships, cars and other things that made the Western nations tick.

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We must not give room to Nnamdi, his IPOB group to course panic,destruction – CNND

The Concerned Nigerian Network in Diaspora (CNND) has called on Niger Delta youths not to allow themselves to be used as instruments of destruction by greedy and selfish politicians.

Mr James Erebuoye, President of the group, made the call in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja while reacting to recent wave of hate speeches in the country.

According to him, some politicians are in the habit of using unsuspecting masses to instigate crisis in the country while their children are overseas studying and enjoying.

He added that rather than engaging in ventures that would heat up the polity, youths in the region should focus more on monitoring constituency projects and fund disbursement to and in the region.

He said they should also strive to work towards ensuring the country´s unity while supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to enable it deliver true democracy dividends to the people.
Erebuoye particularly called on youths in the region to shun the call being made by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB), for the disintegration of the country.

He maintained that the unity and development of the country should be the interest of all well meaning Nigerians, adding that youths in the region should stay clear from IPOB activities and embrace peace.

“We must not give room to Nnamdi and his IPOB group to course panic and destruction to this great region and the country generally.

“The Niger Delta region has suffered several crises in the past and it is time for us to give peace a chance to enable us benefits from the Buhari administration.

“I am very sure that we all know that nothing good comes out of crisis; it is high time we stop participating in illegal rallies out of personal interest,´´ Erebuoye stressed.

He maintained that Niger Delta youths should join hands with the Federal Government and its anti- graft agencies in fighting corruption which he noted had left the country and he region in a very bad shape.

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Sanchez set to return for Liverpool clash Sanchez set to return for Liverpool clash

Arsene Wenger has revealed unsettled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez could return to action in this weekend’s Premier League clash at Liverpool.

Sanchez has just one year remaining on his current Arsenal contract and is keen to leave the Emirates Stadium. He could walk away for free at the end of this season if no new deal is agreed but, amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea, Gunners boss Wenger has insisted Sanchez will not be sold.

Sanchez has missed Arsenal’s opening three games of the new campaign with an abdominal strain, but Wenger says the Chile forward is now ready to feature at Anfield on Sunday. “Alexis has worked very hard to be back again and he is available,” Wenger said on Thursday.
“He works very hard, is focused and gives absolutely everything. He loves to play so much that it is sometimes difficult to stop him but he looks absolutely ready. “He has not played for a long time so I will have to decide what I do with him but he looks ready to play.”

While other high-profile Premier League transfer targets have been left out of their respective sides at the start of the term, ahead of the August 31 deadline, Wenger is unconcerned about Sanchez having his head turned by a move.

“He has always been focused on his job, he loves to play football and I don’t think he is too disturbed by all the noises that happen,” he said. “Players at that level are used to it now, some deal better with it than others but I don’t think he is too bothered by that.”

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar during the window, potentially as a replacement for Sanchez if he were to depart. But Wenger conceded on Thursday that the France international will not be making the move across the Channel as the Ligue 1 champions face losing some of their other title-winning stars. “It’s dead because Monaco have closed the door,” he said. “They are still on cases like
(Kylian) Mbappe and Fabinho.

They’ve already lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko, so Monaco are at a stage where they have closed the door.”

Wenger, who signed his own two-year renewal with Arsenal in May, has several players who, like Sanchez, have contracts that expire in 2018. One of those is England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, also linked to Chelsea, but Wenger is adamant the 24-year-old remains a key member of his squad moving forward. “We all have our agendas that are quite busy but we do not publish them. Some people look better informed than I am!” he said.

“I want him to stay and be one of the big players of the future of this club. He is one of the players this team has to be built around in the future.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Uwazuruike counters Buhari, says Biafra, not restructuring or Igbo presidency is our ultimate target

Leader of Biafra Independence Movement,
BIM, and founder of Movement for
Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra,
MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has
dismissed President Buhari’s stand on
Nigeria’s unity.

Buhari had in his broadcast, shortly on his
return from a medical trip in London, said
Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable, adding that
every Nigerian is free to reside in any part of
the country of his or her choice.

But in a reaction to the broadcast, Uwazuruike,
who spoke through Biafra Director of
Information, Mazi Chris Mocha, yesterday, at
BIM’s Regional office, Umueri in Anambra East
Local Government Area said nobody can stop
God’s plan for granting Biafra an independence
from Nigeria.

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Wike, Fayose talk tough on primaries

GOVERNORS Nyesom Wike of Rivers State
and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State who are in
Anambra State to supervise the ward
congress of the PDP, yesterday, threatened to
disqualify any aspirant found to be fomenting
trouble in any part of the state.
The two governors, who are leading the five
member panel appointed by the national
headquarters of PDP to supervise the
congress, said the ability of the party to win
the November 18 poll would depend on the
unity shown by the aspirants.

The various aspirants and their supporters had
besieged the state headquarters of the party
to find out how the committee would go about
the exercise, but members of the panel
suspended their meeting with the aspirants
temporarily to address them.

Announcement of correct results
Wike said that PDP has the capacity to win
the November election, if members of the
party worked together, warning that anyone
who thought he could cut corners must be
deceiving himself because the committee
would not condone that.

He assured them that the congress must take
place in the field and the correct result
announced, noting that the problem of PDP in
the state was mistrust among members.

According to him, only one person will be the
governor and they should also realise that it is
God that gives power.

Fayose, on his part, said that any ward that
engaged in irregularity would be disqualified
and advised them to go to their various wards
where they had been assigned to work.

Chairman of the caretaker committee,
Professor ABC Nwosu, had earlier explained
that those to conduct the exercise would be
people from outside their senatorial zones.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Why Buhari ‘ll work from home- Presidency

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari who
yesterday notified the leadership of the
National Assembly that he has resumed to
work after his medical vacation in London,
United Kingdom, may work from his house, the
presidency said.

President Buhari left the shores of Nigeria ion
7th May for a medical treatment in London
after formally informing the National Assembly
of his vacation and that the Vice President,
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would function as the
Acting President pending when he will return
to the country.

The President came back to the country on
Saturday evening after spending about 104
days in London and addressed the nation on
Monday morning where he spoke on many
issues including the unity of the country,
security challenges as a result of Boko Haram
insurgents and economic security of the
country.

Buhari, according to his media aide has
written the leadership of the National
Assembly that he was back to office.

The letter stated in part: “In compliance with
Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as
amended), I write to intimate that I have
resumed my functions as the President of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from
Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical
follow-up in the United Kingdom.”

However, the Personal Assistant to the
President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad
explained through his twitter handle said that
the President will temporarily operate from his
official residence also located in the villa.

He said, “Some renovations are ongoing at the
office, his fully equipped office in his
residence. He will be back to the main office
after the works,” he twitted.

It was gathered that the renovation work was
being carried out by the construction giant,
Julius Berger and it was uncertain when or
how long the renovation would last.

Confirming Buhari’s resumption, his Special
Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina
who disclosed this to State House
correspondents on Monday said, “Yes, some
few minutes past 11 am, the President signed
the letter notifying the National Assembly of
his resumption.

A copy has been sent to the
Senate President and a cope has been sent to
the Speaker, House of Representatives, so the
President has resumed.”

On what his resumption will do to Nigerians,
the presidential spokesman said, it meant the
president they voted into office, who he said
had been serving them and was indisposed for
some time was ready to continue with the
work he had been doing.

Commenting on Nigerians reaction to the
President’s broadcast that his message was
not explicit enough, Adesina said, “that
broadcast was just one step of many steps
that are going to be taken in the days and
weeks and months ahead so you can’t expect
that everything will be said in one day.”

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Photos: Osinbajo briefs Buhari

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met President
Muhammadu Buhari today to give him full
briefing on his stewardship since the President
handed over the reins of office to him on 7
May.

Photos:
President Muhammadu Buhari receives in
Audience Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the
State House in Abuja.

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One Shot As Gunmen Invade Eatery, Estate

THERE was confusion when four
gunmen, operating on two motorcycles,
stormed, Chunkies, an eatery located within
the premises of a filling station at On-George
Bus Stop, Ikotun-Egbeda Road, Egbe-Idimu
Local Council Development Area, where a
customer was shot.

The gunmen, thereafter, invaded an estate
located along LASU-Iba Expressway in Isheri,
on same axis, robbing residents before fleeing
with their loots.

In a related development, a masquerade,
called Jegun Jeran (eater of bone and meat)
and his followers went on rampage yesterday
morning, looting foodstuff at various markets
around Isheri and Idimu area of Lagos.

Eyewitness

On the robbery, an eyewitness said: “Two
armed men, operating on commercial
motorcycles, popularly called Okada, arrived at
about 1.pm at the eatery, Chunkies, which was
filled with customers, who come around to buy
bread.

“The men alighted from the Okada , went inside
while the riders waited outside. After
dispossessing customers and staff of their
cash and valuables, they took off.

“Unfortunately, an unsuspecting middle-aged
man, a customer, who was coming towards
the eatery, was shot by one of the fleeing
armed men, who apparently thought he was
coming to confront them.”

The incident resulted in chaos as everyone ran
helter-skelter, as the robbers kept shooting as
they fled in their motorcycles.

Police

The Police from Area “M” Command and Idimu
Division, who later arrived at the scene, took
the gunshot victim to a nearby hospital for
treatment.

A manager at the eatery (names withheld),
who confirmed the incident, said the victim
only sustained injury on his left arm and is
already receiving medical attention.
He said armed men in the area always take
advantage of Sunday afternoon, when the area
is less busy, to carry out their activities.

Meanwhile, the robbers stormed nearby
Diamond Housing Estate, and went on robbing
spree, dispossessing occupants of their
valuables.

Masquerade steals foodstuffs

Earlier in the day, during an annual
masquerade festival procession around Idimu
area, the masquerade, noted for its interest in
foodstuff, went to some markets and took
away chickens, yams, plantains, cassava flour,
gari, groundnut and red oil, seasoning, among
others.

It was gathered that the masquerade cannot
be challenged as anyone who does is either
beaten or attacked by its followers.
Some of the traders, who displayed their
wares hurriedly locked up their shops or
packed the stuff to a safe place, while those
who were not quick enough had their goods
taken away by the masquerade and its
followers.

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US Secret Service Crunched By Trump And Family's Travel

The US Secret Service is facing a cash crunch
because of the high cost of protecting
President Donald Trump, his many homes and
large family, its director said in an interview
published Monday.

Randolph “Tex” Ailes, the service’s chief, told
USA Today more than 1,000 agents have
already hit caps for the year on salary and
overtime pay because of the crushing
workload.

With 150 foreign heads of state due to
converge on New York next month for the UN
General Assembly, demands on the service are
only intensifying.

Trump has traveled nearly every weekend to
his properties in Florida, New Jersey and
Virginia.

And the Secret Service also provides
protection for his adult children on their
business trips and vacations.

In all 42 people in his administration have
Secret Service protection, including 18
members of his family.

“The president has a large family, and our
responsibility is required by law,” Ailes said. “I
can’t change that, I have no flexibility.”

Ailes, who is seeking more funding from
Congress, says he is in negotiations with key
members to raise caps on pay and overtime
from $160,000 a year to $187,000 for at least
the remainder of Trump’s term.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Security ramped up for Barca’s emotive La Liga opener

A huge security presence on Sunday will oversee Barcelona’s first match since two terror attacks in Catalonia killed 14 people and left 120 more injured.

Barca host Real Betis (1815GMT kick-off) at the club’s 99,000 capacity Camp Nou to open their La Liga campaign with the country still reeling from the most deadly attack on Spanish soil in 13 years.

A manhunt continues for a Moroccan national suspected to have been the driver of a van that ploughed into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, killing 13, on Thursday.

Hours later attackers struck again in Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, where a car rammed into pedestrians, killing one person.

Catalonia’s regional police force confirmed there would be additional officers on duty outside the Camp Nou, but encouraged supporters to attend ‘calmly’.

“The recommendation is to go calmly, to be able to enjoy a game of football and that people can go reassured because the security presence is adequate for the number of people attending,” said Albert Oliva, a spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra.

Just over 50 miles northeast of Barcelona, concrete road blocks were mounted outside Girona’s Estadi Montilivi as their first ever La Liga match against Atletico Madrid passed off safely in front of a near capacity 13,500 crowd.

“They are extraordinary and lamentable circumstances,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde on Saturday.

However, Valverde hoped fans wouldn’t be dissuaded by security fears and show the same spirit as huge crowds that gathered in the city’s central Plaza de Catalunya on Friday to chants of “not afraid”.

“We are calm. Moreover, we support the reaction of the people yesterday in Plaza Catalunya that ‘we are not afraid’,” added Valverde.
“We have to stand up to these circumstances and the best way is by moving forward.

“We know the way the world is, we are all potentially victims at any given moment, be it going to the metro station or going to a football ground.

“But it is something you can’t control and we can’t hide.”

– Maximum security –
With the peak summer tourism season still in full swing and thousands of tourists expected to attend for the chance to see five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Barca said the “maximum possible” security measures would be put in place to reassure fans.
“Given the increase in situations of danger, terrorism, the club have already taken measures to reinforce security,” said a Barcelona club spokesperson.

“The rule is to apply the maximum possible measures, and in extraordinary situations like this, apply them much more strictly.”

A minute’s silence will be held before all games in Spain’s first and second divisions this weekend.
Barcelona players will also wear black armbands and shirts with ‘Barcelona’ replacing individual names on the back.

Former Barca defender Marc Bartra, himself the victim of a terrorist attack when a bomb hit the Borussia Dortmund team bus in April, paid his respects by kissing his black armband after scoring in Dortmund’s 3-0 win at Wolfsburg in the German league on Saturday.

On the field, Barca have had a dreadful start to the season as shorn of Neymar following his world record 222 million euro ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Catalans were swept aside 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Yet, Valverde conceded events over the past few days had put his professional problems into perspective.

“It is our job and we know tomorrow we have an important game, but it is a different day for everyone.
“It makes you reflect at times when you have problems that everything is relative. It puts things in their place and that there are far more important things than small problems.”

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IPOB sets up Biafra Security Service

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist movement organisation, has confirmed setting up vigilance group, Biafra Security Service, BSS,
It debunked insinuations that BSS is a standing army, but stressed that what it established is a vigilance group.

The group would only gather intelligence and ensure that criminal elements do not compromise the safety and welfare of people residing in Biafra land.

The Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful, told the Sunday Sun, that the group would not be militarised as erroneously construed in certain quarters and in various online media reports.
Powerful said that members of the group were naturally peace loving people.

He also dismissed as untrue the story that made the rounds that the leader of the group, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, made uniforms for members of the vigilance group.

He noted that IPOB was interested in the well-being of the people and ready to ensure the safety of its people returning from the North over the October 1 quit notice served on Igbo people in the North by a coalition of Arewa youths.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, did not sew any uniform for these volunteers erroneously called Biafra soldiers. There is no standing Biafra Army and we emphasize the word NO. We have security volunteers just like you have vigilance groups. IPOB is legitimately concerned about the well being and safety of Biafrans all over the world.

“With October 1, 2017 looming, it has fallen on IPOB to ensure the welfare, safety and well being of Biafrans returning home to prevent what happened in 1966 from happening again. IPOB will not fold its arms and watch Hausa Fulani Janjaweed embark on another orgy of bloodbath directed at southerners living in the North. That’s why BSS was inaugurated to gather intelligence and to safeguard those returning home to Biafraland from the North.

“IPOB is against all forms of lawlessness, from the menace of Fulani herdsmen to kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling. All these vices will be stamped out in the coming months without recourse to armed confrontation.”

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Abia State Commissioner of Police says Nnamdi Kanu's Biafra Security Service (BSS) is illegal

Adeleye Oyebade, the Commissioner of Police Abia, State Command has declared the recently formed Biafra Security Service of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB ) as illegal.

He warned those behind the formation of the security network he described as “unlawful and illegal” to retrace their steps. He also says the Nigerian constitution recognizes only the
Nigerian Police, Nigerians Army and the Department of States service , adding that any other group claiming to be providing security without an approval from constitution was illegal.

Oyebade further stated that the full weight of the law would be brought upon the organizers of the said BSS who he noted were displaying videos of the “outlawed” security service on their social media network.

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Anambra guber: Chidoka wins UPP primary as one dead in Police clash with thugs

Former aviation minister and frontline contender in the November 18, 2017 Anambra state governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka has won the primaries conducted by the United Progressive Party (UPP) in Awka, Anambra on Saturday.

Chief Chidoka who became the lone contender in the party’s governorship primary following the withdrawal of Hon. Chudi Offodile, left him with a total of 1,222 votes.

However, one person has been confirmed dead as thugs, suspected to be loyal to one of the aspirants clashed with the police at the accreditation center for the United Progressive Party (UPP) governorship election primary.
The deceased, Mr. Abuchi Uwakwe, a father of a two-months old baby was chairman of the UPP Owere Ezikela ward in Orumba South Local Government area of the state.

An accreditation official who pleaded anonymity said trouble started when one of the aspirants in the race, Hon. Chudi Offodile, came to the accreditation venue to express his resentment over certain issues, after which he left in anger.

The official hinted that following the development, some aggrieved youths became unruly and demanded that the exercise be halted but were challenged by the police, leading to the clash and eventual death of the ward chairman.

He said the disruptive youths who broke through the security barriers, attacked some delegates and attempted to gain access to the accreditation stands before they were dispersed by the police, who later brought the situation under control.

He said however, Offodile later withdraw from the race through a letter forwarded to the national leadership of the party, leaving Chief Osita Chidoka as the lone contender in the party’s governorship primary.

While the spokesperson Mr. Ogbuehi Dike could not be reached as at press time, a delegate from Orumba South, who also sustained injuries in the stampede, Mr. Chuma Ugwu described the incident as unfortunate. He said the UPP is known for the unity in its fold, demanding that those behind the incident be brought to book.

When contacted, the Director Media of the Osita Chidoka Campaign, Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie expressed shock over the attack, adding that Chidoka was deeply saddened by the incident.

Stating that she learnt that the police is already investigating the issue, Okolie urged that the matter should not be dismissed as political and urged security agencies to thoroughly investigate it and ensure that justice is done.

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UPDATED: Buhari lands in Abuja, ignores guard of honour

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally arrived Abuja after over 100 days ’ stay in London, United Kingdom , where he had been receiving medical attention since May 7 .

The presidential aircraft that conveyed the President landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport , Abuja , at about 4 . 35pm .

The President disembarked from the aircraft , NAF 001 , at about 4 . 48 pm .

He was received by top government officials led by the Vice President , Yemi Osinbajo .

The President, decked in a brown kaftan, mounted the rostrum and took the national salute before the men of the Brigades of Guard .

He did not inspect the Guard of Honour mounted for him before proceeding to the presidential lodge with dignitaries who were on hand to receive him .

The airport was at a standstill as workers made frantic efforts to get a glimpse of him .

Details later …

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Photos: Ozubulu villagers praying for those massacred

Worshipers and lay people of St. Philips Catholic Church Ozubulu, Saturday, allegedly prayed for the repose of souls who met their early death in the church on the 6 of August, 2017.

The killings of those innocent citizens in Ozubulu still shock many. It’s like an event that occurred yesterday.

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We won’t leave Nigeria for anybody —Niger Delta youths

A group of Niger Delta youths has disagreed with those calling for the declaration of Niger Delta Republic, saying that the Niger Delta has invested much in the Nigeria project and cannot back out from the country.

The group has also pleaded with the Federal Government to prevail on the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to settle whatever differences with the Global Gas Refining limited an indigenous oil and gas company with an investment of $400 million which has been in comatose as a result of the government draconian policy.

The Niger Delta group under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress comprised of over 200 organizations within the Niger Delta who paid a courtesy visit on the Chairman of Global Gas Refining limited, Kenneth Yellow in Abuja said living together as a single entity would benefit the country instead of going separate ways.

Speaking on behalf of the group, the Senior Special Assistant to Bayelsa State Governor on Niger Delta Youth Affairs Kenndey Tonjo West, condemned hate speeches across the country, saying that what the country needed was a united country that would protect the interest of everybody with equal opportunities.

sHe said, “We condemn hate speeches from across the country, every section of the country, we believe in a united Nigeria, we believe in a Nigeria that can protect us and give us equal level playing ground. We have invested in this estate called Nigeria and we don’t think it is proper for us to begin to back out having journeyed with Nigeria so far.

“We think that we can still go on the table and dialogue and put the right pegs in right holes and ensuring that we can come up with policies. All we need for now is re-orientation of our mindsets. The issue of Nigeria should come first and every other thing is secondary and God Himself will intervene in the situation and give us succor and peace and prosperity.

“Today we talk about ex-militant, Niger Delta crusaders giving an ultimatum. We want to say that in as much as we are not comfortable with the way the Federal Government is foot dragging concerning the promises that were made in the Niger Delta more especially as it reflects the recent concluded tour of the Acting President to the Niger Delta and the various promises made, we also appeal to our brothers to sheath their swords and let us engage in jaw-jaw, let us dialogue, let us look at more proactive avenues.”

He said that one of the issues that had triggered crisis and agitations in the Niger Delta region was unemployment, political emasculations and other obnoxious policies that had taken the region aback, stressing that some of the problems were caused by the federal government, while the people of the region also contributed in some of the problems.

Calling on the Federal Government to intervene in the alleged injustice meted out to the global gas industry, he said, “Global Gas when in existence employed over 700 youths within Rivers State in the gas matter. It is worthy to note that Global Gas Refining limited is the first indigenous gas refining company in the Niger Delta and our brother invested over $400 million in this project. The company is also been obsolete because of obnoxious policies that contravened the agreement between Shell and the Global Gas.

“However, we thank God for a proactive and responsible Chairman of Global Gas who decided to go through litigation and follow the ambit of the law in ensuring that those issues are addressed. We want to use this medium to commend the Federal Government for their timely intervention in ensuring that these issues are addressed headlong. And we want to plead with them to do more by ensuring that it is an accelerated problem.

“If the Federal Government actually wants to curb militancy, pipeline vandalism, it will ensure that they immediately implement those policies that will generate employment opportunities, empowerment opportunities, industrial revolution within that region. And that falls within the Global Gas purview.

“Today, we are talking about not having power, is it that we don’t have the resources to produce the power? We have, but how is the government policy towards encouraging the people who are in that industry, those are the things that we need to question.

“Indigenous and illustrious sons of the region have gone far and brought in companies, expertise to ensure that we also thrive in the gas industry. Today what people talk about is more petroleum product, nobody is talking about gas, yet Nigeria still remains the giant in gas in Africa, that means that we have not been adequately tapped that resources.

“If we have, how many are the players there?, the players who are there, how are being treated in terms of policy formulation, in terms of subsidy to ensure that area receives the needed attention for the boost that works.

“Global Gas coming back to business again has the capacity to employ three thousand youths immediately for first of building of the Global Gas Terminal and then employing over 1,500 creating commerce and industry within that area.

“We want to use this opportunity to say that at the purview of GMD of the NNPC, there are several projects that ought to benefit the Niger Delta.
Take for instance, the military in the Niger Delta, the JTF are pressured because they work round the clock in ensuring that there is protection of lives and property, there is protection of oil and gas facilities, but then, NNPC before now had given surveillance contracts to the indigenes because security is a collective, holistic thing and nobody will feel happy that some of the jobs that they are supposed to do are being done by the military. “

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