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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ekiti Assembly Suspends Honourable

The State House of Assembly in Ekiti State has suspended a member who is representing the Ikere Constituency, Mr Sunday Akinniyi, for alleged threat and sleeping on duty in the last three years.

The lawmakers also restrain him from the complex environs and mandated the clerk to lodge a formal complaint of threat to lives of members against him to security agencies.

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotoso, said that the suspension followed series of allegations which is levelled against him by the Leader of Business, Tunji Akinleye.

The decision was reached based on a report submitted after series of investigation was carried out by the Ayodele Fajemilehin-led committee of the assembly.

“Hon Akinniyi Sunday was alleged few weeks ago of breeding terrorism within the institution of the House,  violence towards the mace in a properly constituted plenary session, belligerent attitude and acts of bellicosity against his colleagues and pugnacious behaviour in his constituency against his own people, all amounting to gross misconduct unbecoming of any honourable member of this House.

“The suspended member was also regularly absenting himself, especially when issues relating to his constituency are slated for discussion.

“Despite complaints of negligence from his people, he remained adamant.”

Omotoso recalled that Akinniyi was initially removed as the Chief Whip of the House on May 24, 2018 when his alleged misconduct became unbearable, towards making him more responsible.

“Rather than achieve this, the few occasions he presented himself for official duties in the House, Hon Akinniyi was in the habit of sleeping from the beginning of any programme to the end to the extent that he was nicknamed ‘the sleeping honourable’.

“Several attempts by the Speaker (Kola Oluwawole) advising him to pay attention to his people and his health has been rebuffed with insults.

“It is in reference to all these that this House viewed the failure of Akinniyi as incompatible with the spirit of good governance and quality representation of the present House of Assembly and he is hereby suspended indefinitely.”



Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Woman Kidnapped And Gang-raped At A Graveyard

The graveyard where the rape allegedly took place. Yahoo photo

Police are in need for information after a woman in her 30s was kidnapped and driven to a cemetery before being gang raped in broad daylight.

The victim reported the case to the police that she was approached by a man in Jackson Road, Clacton, Essex, before she was hauled into his car with two other men on Sunday afternoon.

The three men then drove her to the St osyth Cemetery in Clay Lane, Essex, some four miles away from where she was kidnapped.

She was then raped by the three men, sometime between 3pm and 4pm.

Police are scouring the ground for forensic evidence, while the victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Essex Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the horrific crime.

Detective Inspector, Greg Wood, of Essex Police’s Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: “We are continuing to make extensive enquiries into this serious offence, including house to house enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage.

“We are currently treating this as an isolated incident, but we understand the community will be concerned and we have increased our patrols in Jackson Road and the Clay Lane areas as a result.”

The Police has asked for public information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects.
(Yahoo News UK)


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

NANS Leader Arrested In Bayelsa

Perewari Benjamin, the Bayelsa NANS leader who is a 400-level student of the state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, was paraded on Monday at the state command’s headquarters in Yenagoa with the other suspects.

The Police arrested the leader of the National Association of Nigerian Students, and seven other undergraduates in connection with the alleged killing of a student.

They are Asari Enagob, 400 level; Suoguai Bina, 500 level; Ibe Ogbonna, 300 level; Igbanibo Tari, 400 level; Ekperi Kenneth, 400 level; Kemefie Ebimene, 200 level, all of the Niger Delta University.

The eighth suspect, Chukwuma Lawrence, is an HND 2 student at the Imo State Polytechnic.

The state Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, lamented the involvement of the students in the alleged murder, adding that they were arrested for armed robbery and suspected cult activities.

The commissioner said on November 26, three drivers – Ayo Kehinde, Jamiu Salahudeen and Nwanya Chinonso – reported to the police that the suspects (students) hijacked their vehicles and robbed them at gunpoint.

He claimed that the suspects robbed Kehinde of one Techno phone, valued at N10,000 and the sum of N50,000 cash, while they dispossessed Chinonso of N1,600 cash.

Amba said the police recovered arms and ammunition from the suspects, including two locally-made single-barrelled pistol; two live ammunition; five 9mm live ammunition and some charms.

On the incident that led to the death of the unnamed student of Federal University, Otuoke, Amba said, “The incident occurred at the Zone B Election for Coordinators of NANS at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, between November 25 and November 26.

“Students representing universities and higher institutions in the South-South Zone resorted to the use of firearms, which led to the death of the student. The students also involved themselves in robbery against innocent citizens.

“This leaves one to wonder about the future of our great nation. The development calls for a drastic action to curb this menace and a complete reorientation of our youths.”

One of the drivers, Kehinde, an indigene of Modakeke in Osun State, said around 10am on Saturday, the day of the election, four of the students hired buses from him at Amassoma Motor Park.

He said, “Four of the students came to Amassoma Park on Saturday, around 10am and said they needed three buses.  We agreed for N8,000 per bus. When they boarded the buses, they said they wanted to pick some persons from Biogbolo.

“When we got there (Biogbolo), they said there were some persons at Ebis they wanted to pick. By the time we got to Ebis, we picked some persons. After that, I asked them to pay my money. They said their boss was on Isaac Boro Expressway and that when we got there, they would pay. By the time we got there, we did not see anybody. They said their boss was in the Aritalin area. It was then I told them I was not going to Aritalin.

“One of them said I was talking rubbish and he slapped me. As he slapped me, others joined him and they started beating me and my brothers. One of them dipped his hand into my pocket and took the N50,000 I wanted to send to my wife in Lagos to pay my children’s school fees. He took the money and my ATM card, phone and seized my vehicle key. One of them brought out a gun and used the butt to hit my head.”

He said as blood gushed out of his head, the students left with his brother, whom they forced to drive them.

He said he was in that condition when he sighted a patrol van of operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad approaching.

He said he flagged down the van and narrated what happened to him to the SARS men, who gave the buses conveying the students a chase and caught up with them, leading to their arrest.


Monday, 27 November 2017

Pupils Report Selves To Police

Three pupils of Wisdom Child International School, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who had took to there heels have reported themselves to the police.

Naomi, Faith and Sarah who had allegedly told the police that they ran away as a result of maltreatment they went through in from their stepmother.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the pupils, aged between 13 and 16, are siblings and lived with their stepmother in the Borokiri area.

They had left home for school on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, but fled to a former neighbour’s house in Mile 3.

A head teacher at the school, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, explained that the pupils had been living with the unnamed stepmother since their parents divorced.

He said they had earlier complained at the school about how the woman maltreated them, adding that the management intervened.

The teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The problem was from the home. The children were staying with their stepmother. It was actually as a result of maltreatment that they ran from home.

“They always complained about the stepmother, who came to tell us that one of them was stubborn and wayward. We tried to advise them to manage the situation but unfortunately it degenerated to this point, which is embarrassing to the school.

“They ran away from home under the guise that they were coming to school and diverted to Mile 3 to stay with their former neighbour. The matter had already been reported to the police and some people must have told them that the police were looking for them. So, they went to report themselves to the police. We initially thought it was a case of kidnapping.”

The head teacher said the police thereafter arrested the stepmother for child abuse, adding that the children were with the police.

“Their father is not always at home. He is two weeks away at work and some days at home,” he added.

The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident and the arrest of the stepmother.

He said, “The children were being maltreated by their stepmother and they decided to leave her custody. They went to a church, where they were for some time. The stepmother is helping us with investigations and we are doing our best to give the children justice.”



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


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


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


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


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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