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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

I wish Buhari Had Congratulated Me on My Birthday - Ayodele Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti State and chairman of the Governorship Forum of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, has said one of his greatest wishes on his 57th birthday was to have woken up, in the morning, to receive congratulatory message from President Mohammadu Buhari or read such message in the media.

Governor Fayose spoke to journalists in Ado-Ekiti at his office, saying:”My wishes on my 57th birthday are many but one of them which will interest me is that I wish ‎President Buhari’s congratulatory call would have woken me up today as one of the governor in the country, as a father of the nation and as a leading ‎opposition figures in the country. 

A fearless youngman who believes that things should be done rightly, to show himself as a father of all, preaching that we must extend love to everybody not only. Those in his political party.

“The president would have made a difference if he had extended such gesture to others beyond his political party. Such a congratulatory message should have been conveyed through his minister of information. I would have loved to either wake up receiving a congratulatory call from him or read it in the papers. 

But since it is not coming, it is not a big deal to me and I take no offence on it.

“I am not Buhari’s enemy. Opposition is the strength of democracy, it ensures that the electorates get value for their votes. Those who criticise your government are not. Your enemies, they are catalysts to your growth as a government.”

Fayose who said he was celebrating his birthday with artisans, Okada riders, market women and men. And other masses on the streets, said: “For somebody like me, loved by Nigerians, especially the ordinary man on the streets who cheer me anytime they see me on the streets.

“My birthday will be celebrated with the common man on the streets. All the gifts I have received from family, friends and associates will be shared to men and women on the streets of my state. This was what I did last year.
“I remain a factor no one can ignore in this country. Apart from the fact that I am a leading opposition, Nigerians respect my voice, they believe that I don’t compromise the truth no matter whose ox is gored.”

He also responded to questions why there is no consensus candidate in South West for the chairmanship post of his party and insinuation that the South South may hijack the position, he said: “Nobody can say some zone would hijack it because there is no election yet. You don’t know where the election would go. 24 hours is a long time in election. What is important is that a credible candidate emerges as PDP chairman and the fact that we must as members conclude this convention as one party.
“You also remember that all our candidates have signed and agreed to remain one regardless of the outcome of the convention, that show unity among us. The chairmanship is zoned to the south.”
Responding also, to the views that his presidential ambition may rob the zone of the party’s chairmanship slot, Fayose said:” How can only one man’s ambition rob others their own chance? That is just cheap blackmail. You see when I wanted to be governor, there was nothing that could stop me because I was determined. The aspirants for PDP chairmanship who have come from the South-West were determined, if not, they wouldn’t have come out. Let us say that expressly that we don’t know tommorow, 24 hours is a long time in politics.

Culled from The Sun News

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Pandemonium At Ekiti NUJ Election

Pandemonium occurred on Wednesday, during the election that would have produced new elected executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti State chapter, as some enraged members suspected to be of the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) and rhe State Information Chapel disrupted the poll, smashing ballot boxes.

Trouble broke out few hours into the election when security operatives drafted to the venue suddenly withdrew.

The national body of the union through its Senior Assistant National Secretary, Gbenga Bamidele, announced the constitution of five-member caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the union.

Members of the committee, set up in line with Article 5 of NUJ
constitution, included: Amos Ogunrinde (chairman), Yaqoub Popoola (Secretary), while Tunji Saliu, Rotimi Funke and Samson Falowo are members.

A statement issued by the body said: “members of the committee were
selected based on individual merit and more importantly, in the
interest of the union.

“The credential committee for the aborted election is hereby
dissolved. The property of the state council should be handed over to
the committee with immediate effect”, it stated.

Former NUJ Chairman, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, described the step taken as a welcome development, saying :”it will help in averting chaos in
Ekiti NUJ.

The aggrieved members, who booed the National Vice President, Zone B,
Mr Cosmas Oni, who came to conduct the election, nearly lynched the NUJ representative, the Chairman of NUJ in Oyo State, Mr. Wumi Faniran, his Secretary, Mr. Bola Ogunlayi and others from Ogun and Osun councils.
The election, which started around 11.17am was disrupted when the members of the BSES , who had commenced voting heard that 19 out of 73 names presented by the chapel were qualified to vote.
Sign that the election may be tension-soaked had been manifesting in the last couple of weeks, as BSES and State Information members had
allegedly occupied the NUJ online platform, where they cast aspersions
on candidates not from their chapels.
Meanwhile, to prevent the election from being disrupted, the
Commissioner of police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe, had deployed men of the operation Flush in the NUJ Secretariat located at Oke Ayoba Way, Ado Ekiti capital city.
Daily Sun leanrt that argument ensured between members of the NUJ electoral body and the
agent from BSES, Mr Kelechi David over the latter’s insistence that the
73 members from the chapel must vote against the national body’s
position that only 19 of them paid the required check off dues.
“As the argument rages , some senior members from the two chapels
manhandled the policemen at the door and moved into the hall where
the ballot boxes were stationed containing few ballot papers of those
that had voted.
One of the NUJECO members, who craved anonymity said: “The aggrieved BSES and information chapels started by dismantling the canopy erected in front of the secretariat to provide cover for members before surging forward towards the electoral body.
“At this point, the police were called by some powerful people
suspected to be working for one of the candidates and they immediately
left the scene ..
“This gave the aggrieved members the opportunity to enter the hall and
destroyed the ballot boxes as they chanted no election.
“At this point, members from other chapels fled in different
directions and the NUJ representatives and NUJECO members hurriedly
left the venue”.
The Vanguard Correspondent in Ekiti State and immediate Chairman of
the Correspondents’ Chapel, Com. Rotimi Ojomoyela and a member of the Information Chapel, were the candidates for the Chairmanship position.
The immediate past Secretary, Mrs Roke Samo and Yemi Omotola are
vying for the position of Vice Chairman, Mr. Kayode Babatuyi of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Aknwale Olaoye of the BSES for the Secretaryship position.
Others, who were to be returned unopposed include: Tolulope Ayo-Ajayi as Auditor and Michael Olaleye of the Nigerian Television
Authority(NTA) as Treasurer.

Culled from The Sun News

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Buhari Dares IPOB, Shutdown Anambra

Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Wednesday stood still for President Muhammadu Buhari as he attended the grand finale of the campaign of the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the November 18 poll in the state.


From 9 am, APC faithful and non-party members had converged on the Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka to welcome the President.

The situation caused gridlock for over five hours from Government House axis to the temporary site of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, a distance of about three kilometres.

Security personnel had a tough time trying to control the large crowd and traffic.

The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra had on Monday warned President Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from the South-East, especially Anambra State.

IPOB, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said there would be bloodshed if the President failed to heed the warning by going ahead with the trip.

The group said, “We will die with him (Buhari) should he set his foot on the sacred land of Biafra.”

Buhari in the visit assured the Igbo of patronages in his government, especially in infrastructure.

No fewer than 12 governors, 18 ministers and senators attended the rally.

Buhari said “I’m impressed with the organization of this rally and the turnout and we are hopeful that APC will elect our governor on Saturday.

“Ndigbo will benefit immensely on our plans on infrastructure and I know that my government and our party have not lost sight of the promises we made during our campaigns.”

He asked the people of the state to come out in masse on Saturday to elect Nwoye as their governor.

Emeka Ojukwu( Jnr), the son of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, on the occasion dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the APC.

The National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, received the son of the late Igbo leader.

Speaking, Ojukwu’s son said, “It is time for Ndigbo to move from the periphery to the centre, it is time to move from the shadows to the mainstream.

“I’m here to support Mr president and Tony Nwoye as the next governor of Anambra state.”

In his speech, Oyegun said the large crowd that came out to welcome the President was a testimony that the people of Anambra had promised to vote for the APC on Saturday as a gift to the President

Describing Anambra as a gateway to the southeast, Oyegun said Anambra must be re-connected to the centre.

He said, “This has been sealed, signed and will be delivered on Saturday, November 18.”

Oyegun noted that the President was in Anambra to make another history by defeating an incumbent the way he did at the national level in 2015.

The chairman of Tony Nwoye campaigns committee and governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, said the Igbo were important in the life of Nigeria, describing APC as Igbo party.

For Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the only way to re-reconnect Ndigbo to the national grid was to elect Nwoye as the governor of Anambra on Saturday.

Senator Andy Uba, for his part, hugged Nwoye and raised his hand, describing him as “my son” and the best candidate for the office of governorship seat of the state.

Reacting to the defection of Ojukwu’s son, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Oye, said the party would not miss him.

“He is a prodigal son. We won’t miss him. He has the right to go anywhere he likes but at the appropriate time, he will come back to his father’s house ( APGA)”.

Oye said anybody or group of persons planning any mischief in the election should have a rethink because APGA would resist such plot.

While describing the withdrawal of Governor Willie Obiano’s security details on Tuesday as ominous, Oye announced that the governor’s security had been restored.

Culled from Punch

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PDP Chairmanship: Why Fayose is against me ―Adeniran


The People Democratic Party (PDP) national chairmanship aspirant, Prof Tunde Adeniran, has noticed that he has not been able to secure the support of his state governor, Ayo Fayose because of his presidential ambition.

Speaking to reporters after submitting his nomination form for the post at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday, he said the governor does not believe that the PDP could have both its national chairman and presidential candidate for 2019 election from the same state.

He was however confident that with the grace of God and support of party members, he would be able to at least win 80 percent of the vote at the election in the December 9 – 10 national convention.

Adeniran was also optimistic that the Ekiti state governor would come round to support his chairmanship ambition at some point before the national convention.

He said: “I am enjoying by the grace of God the support of the masses of the PDP and of course I believe that people have various interest.

“My governor that you referred to was interested in contesting the presidency of this country and I believe that he thought that well, it will be impossible for us to have the president and national chairman from the same place.

“Now, the more he realizes that the party has taken a decision that our president by the grace of God as for 2019 will come from the North, the more he realises that the more he realizes the reason to stand by the method decided by the party, the more he will realize the position taken by the party at the convention is a reality and that he will support his brother Adeniran for the chairman.

“In fact, I expect that he will lead the Ekiti state delegation to support me at the convention.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has admonished chairmanship candidates to rein in their supporters who he said are wrongly accusing the national leadership of bias.

Speaking while receiving Prof Adeniran on a courtesy call on Wednesday, the party boss noted that despite the peace accord reached by the aspirants, some of their supporters are still questioning the sincerity of the Caretaker Committee.

He assured that the committee is committed to conducting a transparent, free and fair national convention.

Makarfi stated: “I will assure you that as a caretaker committee we will do our best no matter what a few might say. We are determined to be transparent and to conduct a free and very fair convention where the views of PDP members will prevail.

“One of the key elements of the peace accord we discussed yesterday was the acknowledgment that the only thing the party has zoned in respect of national issues is the presidency for North and chairmanship for South.

“And in the peace accord which we have signed, you categorically stated that by the south, you meant all the states in the South and by the North all the states in the North.

“If aspirants themselves come to a conclusion, develop a document and sign, it is very unfair to hear accusations that the caretaker committee has refused to do some things that we have no powers to do.

“We also did say that wherever there is a political arrangement whether in the North or South to push for consensus, we will acknowledge it.

“But we also said that we have no power to force delegates but it can form a basis for campaign.

“Some statements have come from an individual who claims to support or promote your course. To continue to issue press releases condemning the caretaker committee which is completely contrary to the document you signed, you people should be able to call such a person to order if you mean well for this party.

“Such individual has done everything possible to make us compromise by going to the media to say that we have compromised with somebody else.

“Left for such individuals the caretaker committee should not be in place.”

Culled from Tribune

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FG Claims Ajaokuta Assets

The Federal government, through the ministry of Mines and Steel Development has declared it owns the assets despite concessioning.


In a statement to LEADERSHIP titled ‘Our Stand on Ajaokuta Steel Complex’ signed by the Permanent secretary of the Ministry, Mohammed Abbas, it stated that concessioning of an asset does not make one lose the ownership of the asset.

It said “In the case of Ajaokuta Steel Complex, the Federal Government remained the actual owner of the asset, while the concessioning arrangement was in place. This situation has not changed after the entire concessioning arrangement crumbled.

The statement added that “The attention of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has been drawn to recent media reports, where Dr S.O. Nwanbuokei, a director of Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL), was quoted as saying that the protracted litigation surrounding the ownership of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex had not been resolved.

“His claims contradict the position of the Minister, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who reaffirmed the Federal Government’s ownership of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, during the just concluded Nigerian Mining Week, as he has done in similar fora” the statement read

It said “The Ministry’s position, as stated by the Minister, is that Ajaokuta Steel Complex belongs to the Federal Government of Nigeria, and there is no contention about this fact.

It added that the Federal Government does not need any mediation to determine its ownership of Ajaokuta Steel Complex as the integrated steel complex has always been the property of FGN.

“The position of government is that having ceded the National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe to GSHL, for the remaining concession period, as part of the agreement reached during the mediation, government would at the appropriate time take a decision on how best to put Ajaokuta Steel Complex to profitable use. This include engaging a new core investor with proven financial and technical capacity to turn around, complete and run the steel complex profitably” it read

Culled from Leadership

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Mendes Wins Best Artist at MTV Europe Music Awards

Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran.


The awards ceremony at Wembley Arena, the first to be staged in the British capital in 20 years, were hosted by Rita Ora and featured performances by U2 and David Guetta.

In a first for the EMAs, which were created in 1994, MTV announced categories stripped of gender in a bid to “break barriers”.

Mendes, 19, who launched his career by posting song covers to the internet before getting signed to a record label, also scooped the “biggest fans” award.

He performed the track that won him best song — “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” — in front of an electrified crowd in London.

Eminem, who opened the show by unveiling his new single “Walk on Water” — ahead of the release on Friday of his latest album “Revival” — won for best hip hop artist.

Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was honoured with the best pop prize, while Coldplay snatched the best rock award.

French DJ David Guetta, who performed in front of the youthful crowd, won for best electronic act.

Taylor Swift, who was expected to be one of the big winners of the night with six nominations, failed to win any awards.

The majority of the winners were picked by music fans in an online vote, from 12 categories listed and a further 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions.

Louis Tomlinson, from the boy band One Direction, landed the best UK and Ireland act.

The best video, claimed by US rapper Kendrick Lamar, was one of the few awards to be chosen by the MTV team.

Other big-name winners included Ed Sheeran, for best live act, and Dua Lipa, for best new performer.

Thirty Seconds to Mars were named best alternative.

Irish band U2 collected MTV’s “Global Icon” gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem.

“U2’s impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous,” said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony.

“For over four decades and counting, they’ve entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe,” he added.

U2 performed in London’s Trafalgar Square the night before the MTVawards, along with DJ Guetta, to a crowd of 7,000 who won free tickets in a ballot.

This year saw the MTV Europe Music Awards return to London for the first time since 1996.

British singer and actress Rita Ora took charge of the ceremony and also turned in a popular stage performance.

The cable channel also runs the Video Music Awards which are renowned for top performances and the occasional controversy, including pop diva Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of meat to the ceremony in 2010.

The previous Video Music Awards saw hip hop artist Kanye West leap on stage to interrupt an acceptance speech by Swift and argue that Beyonce was better.

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2019: Nigeria Needs Muhammadu Buhari To Seek Second Term – Ikonne

The Governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Prince Paul Ikonne Wednesday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has to seek a second term in the interest of Nigeria.


Ikonne, who served as Commissioner in Abia State Founder of Ndigbo for PMB 2019, also said he would lead a five million man march to plead with Buhari to seek reelection in 2019.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, in Abuja, the ex-governorship candidate appealed to power brokers in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to field Buhari ‎for a another term of office.

He said ‎”The APC will win the presidential election in 2019 as long as Buhari remain’s the party’s flag-bearer. His support base is intact. Any Nigerian that wants to tell the truth will agree that he has laid a solid foundation.

“‎Based on what I call the last mistake of 2015, where some Igbos didn’t vote President Buhari, I have formed a group called Ndigbo for PMB 2019, to avoid that mistake. The Igbos are part of Nigeria and we must remain part of Nigeria.

“We must be part of the national politics and be seen to be active in the Nigerian politics. So I am calling on all the Igbos to support Buhari this time; it is in their interest to support Mr. President.

“So part of our programme as Ndigbo for PMB 2019, is to appeal to Mr. President to run for a second term and we will continue to appeal untill he accepts to run.

‎”God has given him good health and the purpose of that good health is not to abandon the country halfway, it’s to consolidate on the foundation he has laid so far,” he said.

Culled from Leadership

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

PDP Govrnors in a Crucial Close-Door Meeting

The 11 Governors of Peoples Democratic (PDP) are in a close door meeting in Enugu with the eight national chairmanship aspirants of the party ahead of the Dec. 9 national convention of the party.


The governors are Ishaku Darius, Taraba; Dankwambo Ibrahim, Gombe; and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum.

Others are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta, Nyesom Wike, Rivers, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom; and Ben Ayade of Cross River.

The others are Ebonyi Governor, represented by his deputy, and Serike Dickson of Bayelsa.

The eight national chairmen aspirants in attendance are, Raymond Dokpesi, Bode George, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeiran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja

Also in the meeting were former governors Gabriel Suswam, Godswill Akpabio and Sule Lamido.

The others were Kema Chikwe, former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, Tom Ikimi, and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. (NAN)

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Aspirants to Sign Peace Accord by Tuesday – Dokpesi

Chief Raymond Dokpesi, one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairmanship aspirants, has said that all the eight chairmanship aspirants would sign a peace accord as part of their commitment toward successful convention.



Tunde Adeniran, Gbenga Daniel and Bode George
Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communications, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen after the PDP Governors Forum met with all aspirants in Enugu, which ended at early hour of Monday.

Dokpesi disclosed that all the aspirants had agreed to sign the peace accord at the party’s national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, by 4 p.m.

He described the move as part of efforts by the aspirants to ensure that the party comes out of the convention stronger and united.

“With that accord being signed we are going to look forward to a very peaceful and harmonious convention.”

Asked if the issue of zoning came up at the meeting of the forum with the aspirants, Dokpesi said the party was explicit enough on the issue of zoning.

He said that while the party’s presidential ticket was zoned to the North, the position of chairman’s was zone to the South, without specific reference to states or geopolitical region.

He said that the candidates had agreed to work together

“After the zoning principle, all the aspirants have agreed to work together to come up with a common position. Anybody can contest.

“If the party in its wisdom and the aspirants agreed within themselves and notify the party early enough that would be fine.”

Also asked if the issue of a consensus candidate was deliberated at the meeting Dokpesi said “no, but that did not mean there were no discussion among the aspirants.

“Today on the way forward, a few of the aspirants met in the morning and in the afternoon and discussed which solution can be adopted.”

Dokpesi added that following the meeting he would go ahead with his campaign and consultation to fulfill his ambition.

The Governor of Ekiti and Chairman of the Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, said that the party national convention, schedule for Dec. 9, would be a world class that other political parties would emulate.

Fayose said that the party had work hard and it has all it takes to win the Saturday Anambra Governorship election.

“We are using this opportunity to demand that the election should be credible. It should not only be credible but seen to be credible.

“We want to believe that Nigeria is of age to organise election that is acceptable at home and internationally, on Nov. 18 in Anambra,” Fayose added

In attendance were the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, all the PDP governors, except Ebonyi represented by his deputy.

Other aspirants at the meeting were Chief Bode George, Gbenga Daniel, Prince Uche Secondus, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja and Rashid Ladoja.

Also in attendance were Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate; Gabriel Susuwan, former Benue Governor, Adolphus Nwabara and Sule Lamido(NAD)

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Two Arrested For Beheading a 17-For money rituals: 2 men behead 17-yr-old girl For Rituals

Two suspected ritualists have been arrested by men of Ogun State Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old girl, Taye Gusau, in Idosemo, Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.


After killing her, they decapitated the body, cut off the hands and intestines.

It was gathered that the suspects, Yewanu Tailoju and Asamo Soji, lured the girl, who was hawking puff-puff (doughnut) after school, into the bush and murdered her.

The state Public Relations Officer of VGN, Adebodun Omotolani, who disclosed this, said that the suspected criminals reportedly dumped the body in a well at an abandoned plot of land at Igude, after decapitating it.

Adebodun Omotolani explained that “four days ago, the parents of the girl, when they did not see their child, reported to the VGN, who swung into action, leading to the arrest of 35-year-old, Yewenu Tailoju.

“It was Tailoju that named his partner, Asamo Soji, who is now in Police net and confessed to killing the young girl for money rituals.

“He later took officers of the VGN to where her corpse was dumped after severing her head and hands, while her intestines were also removed.”

The Commandant of the VGN, Olanrewaju Adedoyin, who advised members of the public to always avail the group with information, said VGN was poised to taking community policing to a level that will reduce crime in the society.

He said the case will be properly handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigations and prosecution.

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Please Do Not Release Paris Loan Refund to Aregbesola - Pensioners

Pensioners in Osun State under the aegis of the Forum of 2011/2012 Retired Public Servants of Osun State have written to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him not to release the new tranche of Paris Club loan refund  meant for the payment of retirees and workers to Governor Rauf Aregbesola.


The pensioners made this appeal in an open letter written to Buhari and signed by the Chairman, Omoniyi Ilesanmi; Secretary, Sola Olojede and one of the leaders, Yemi Lawal. A copy of the letter was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday.

They accused Aregbesola of frustrating the good intention of Buhari on the payment of backlog of pensions and salaries while claiming that the governor had diverted N83bn purposely meant for the payment of pension and salary arrears including gratuities.

The pensioners alleged that the governor would divert the new tranche of the Paris Club loan refund if it was released to him just like he allegedly diverted the previous ones.

Ilesanmi appealed to the President not to release any fund meant for the state to anybody, claiming that plans had been perfected to use one Mr. Mordi, based in Lagos and one Mr. Makanjuola in Osun State to divert the money meant to make life comfortable for thousands of workers and pensioners.

The letter read in part, “ As of the time of writing this letter to your Excellency, the Osun State governor owes pensioners and workers 13 and a half months of pensions and salaries while he has put a total stoppage to payment of gratuities since September 2013.

“It is only your intervention, Mr. President, that can bail us out from the present economic predicament our governor’s inhuman policies have pushed us into.

“We, therefore, appeal to you in the name of Allah, not to release any fund meant for pensioners and workers to Governor Rauf Aregbesola again, otherwise, he will divert it as usual. Let there be audit of pensioners and workers to be supervised by an independent external body otherwise the amount will be inflated by Ogbeni Aregbesola.

“The disbursement or payment should be done and supervised by the Federal Government’s agents through selected commercial banks in the state which will pay directly into the beneficiaries’ accounts.”

The pensioners described the Osun State House of Assembly, which is saddled with the responsibilities of holding erring governors responsible for financial recklessness, as a lapdog of Aregbesola.

They said the President would have saved thousands of pensioners and workers from hunger, sickness and avoidable deaths if he could ensure that pensions and salaries were paid directly to beneficiaries’ accounts.

Efforts to speak with the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, were unsuccessful as calls placed across to his telephone line were not answered  and text sent to him also had yet to be replied as of the time of filing this report .

However, the governor had described similar allegations of the same group of pensioners as falsehood, saying they were being used by the opposition party to tackle the state government.

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I’m Thankful And Happy Jonathan Kicked Me Out Of Office - Farida Waziri

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, says she is happy and grateful that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan kicked her out of office.


She said had she not been sacked, she would have been traumatised by now, given the ongoing revelation of alleged grand corruption that took place under Jonathan’s administration.

Waziri said the EFCC under Jonathan was not given a free hand to operate, adding that she got the first indication of it during the probe of the fuel subsidy scam.

She said it was her refusal to back down from the probe of one of the masterminds of the fuel subsidy scam that earned her a dismissal by Jonathan.

A statement signed by Mr. Femi Babafemi on her behalf on Sunday quoted the ex-EFCC helmsman as saying this during an interaction with journalists in Lagos.

She was said to have been asked to react to the revelation about the alleged grand sleaze that took place under Jonathan’s watch.

Waziri stated, “I’m only glad that those things didn’t happen under my watch as the EFCC chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me. And that is why if I see President Jonathan today, I will kneel down to thank him for the honour done me by removing me as the EFCC chairman at the time he did.

“My first strong premonition of what was ahead was when I began the probe of the monumental oil subsidy fraud going on then.

“I came to Lagos on a vital intelligence on the subsidy scam and as soon as I arrested a key culprit, I got a call from the Presidential Villa asking me to release the suspect, because, in their words, ‘he is our person,’ but I refused to let him off and days after, I was removed from office.”

She said the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was lucky to have the personal support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She noted that though Magu was doing his best, the anti-graft war would only be successful when the citizens buy into it.

Waziri also described the creation of special courts for corruption cases by the National Judicial Council as a vindication for her, hailing the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is the NJC chairman, for the initiative.

She added, “The CJN is a man after my heart because great minds think alike. Finally, a Daniel has come to judgment. I remember when I began the call for special courts, I went round the leadership of the judiciary and the NBA then; I took advantage of every opportunity I had to justify the need for it but many of my adversaries kicked against it because they were desperate to see my downfall, but I’m glad some of them have joined the crusade today.”

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Why Ndume Remain Suspended - Senate

The Senate has stated reasons why it will not lift the six months suspension handed to Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South Senatorial District.

The upper legislative chamber, through its lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, said it disagreed with the verdict of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which not only voided Ndume’s suspension from the Senate since March 30, but also directed that he should be paid all his outstanding salaries and allowances.


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Consequently, it has asked the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal to set-aside the judgment, which was delivered last Friday by Justice Babatunde Quadri.

According to the Senate, the high court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit Ndume filed to challenge his suspension.

However, in its appeal, the Senate maintained that the plaintiff wrongly joined several causes of action in his originating summons.

It argued that an action for the enforcement of fundamental rights to fair hearing could only be brought against a court or a tribunal, established by law as held by the Supreme Court in several current cases, and not against committee of a legislative body.

Besides, the appellants contended that by the provisions of sections 3 and 30 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, the high court lacked requisite jurisdiction to hear the suit of the Plaintiff.

It has, therefore, urged the appellate court to stay execution of the judgment pending hearing and determination of the appeal.

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I Was Overpowered As I Was Almost Killed -Highway Bandit

A 30-year-old robbery suspect and father of five, Terngu Nave, was disarmed and beaten by his victims during a robbery operation at Abua Mbagwen in Buruku Local Government area of Benue State over the weekend.


The suspect, who was reportedly dressed in military camouflage, was paraded by the Benue State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, said his gang members abandoned him to his fate when he was overpowered by the courageous occupants of the vehicle the gang members were robbing.

He confessed: “Our three-man gang had stormed the Gboko/Katsina-Ala major highway at about 2a.m., dressed in military camouflage and mounted road block to rob commuters.

“It is my first time; I was invited by my brother to join in the robbery. That fateful day, two of us were holding guns.

“As we stopped the vehicle and started robbing the passengers, one after the other, I dipped my hand into the pocket of one of them and he held me and shouted to the other passengers to hold me. He probably discovered that the riffle I was holding had no bullets in it.

“When the other passengers saw how courageous the man was, they all joined him to apprehend me, while the two other members of my gang took to their heels. The passengers gave me the beating of my life before handing me over to the Police.”

Meanwhile, ASP Yamu appealed to members of the public to always give useful information to the Police.

Yamu disclosed that the Police recently recovered about 1,427 live ammunition being conveyed into Makurdi town in Daudu area of Guma Local Government Area of the state through such information.

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DSS, Customs Accused Politicians Of Stockpiling Weapons



The Directorate of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have recently accused some states of stockpiling arms ahead of the general elections in 2019. 

The arms, classified as small and light weapon, are already being used by some individuals to perpetrate violence in parts of the country DSS Eteng said. 

At the investigation of the “frightening influx of small arms and light weapons into the country” by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Customs and Excise and National Intelligence, DSS Director of Operations, Godwin Eteng, said as the elections drew nearer, the influx of the arms in some states is becoming fearful. 

He said security report revealed that the arms are mostly in Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba and Plateau states. Following this discovery, Eteng said the recently conducted 27 operations across the states and arrested 30 suspects, with some of them in the arms business.

He listed communal clashes, terrorism, kidnapping, herdsmen-farmers clashes, political thuggery, militancy and cultism as creating constant demand for arms in the country.

Eteng said the listed states were acting as gateways for small arms and light weapons being used to fuel various crises in some parts of the country to be smuggled in by herdsmen from Senegal, The Gambia and especially Central Africa.

He told the lawmakers: “When we did our studies, we discovered that three-quarter of the arms used to cause the crises in Southern Kaduna, Zamfara and Plateau states are coming from Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba and Plateau.

“In the last one and a half months, we have conducted more than 27 operations and arrested more than 30 persons involved in the supply of arms and ammunition. Some of them are serving security officers.

“Some agencies have over a period of time recruited people who are cultists and armed robbers and are now wearing uniforms. The question is: are we doing enough checks on our people who are being recruited into security services?

“We had a situation where in one of the armories belonging to one of the armed forces, many pistols just got missing with quantities of ammunition and all the pistols are new. In the armoury, no place was broken into, but the weapons were missing, and we’re interested in knowing what happened.”

On his part, the Comptroller- General of Customs, Hameed Ali at the hearing, disclosed that while there were 1,100 illegal borders into the country, only 97 were approved entry posts.  

Ali, who was represented by Dangaladima Aminu Abubakar, a Deputy Comptroller, lamented the dearth of necessary equipment to stem the flow of weapons into the country.

According to Ali, the Customs personnel that were found culpable in the import of 661 pump action rifles have been dismissed from service and handed over to the DSS for prosecution.

The Customs boss said lack of operational vehicles, fast- moving boats, cutting-edge technology and advanced scanning machines at airports, seaports and border points are limiting the effectiveness of the service. He listed other factors hindering effective operations of the service as inadequate welfare for personnel, as some of them, according to him, live in deplorable conditions at the border communities. He sought more budgetary allocations to the operational activities of the NCS. 

The Chairman of the House Committee, Biodun Faleke (APC Lagos) urged the DSS to be more proactive in safeguarding citizens from the abuse of arms by state governors and ensure that whatever arms procured are properly acquired to avoid abuse.

The House had on Wednesday 27th September, 2017 mandated its Committees on Customs and Excise to invite the NCS and the DSS boss to brief the lawmakers on plans to rid the country of the menace of small arms and light weapons proliferation.

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