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19 Jan 2018

EFCC Launches Probe as $500m Abacha Loot Goes Missing

Where is $500 million recovered from the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s family? This is the question the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to answer.
Late General Sani Abacha
The cash was recovered from the family of the late Head of State during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

It was repatriated from slush accounts in foreign jurisdictions.

The foreign governments,  which released the loot to the Federal Government after hard negotiations,  demanded that the cash be used for concrete developments, including infrastructure, such as roads, water, healthcare and education.

EFCC detectives tracking the $500million have discovered that it was diverted.

Of the $500million, about $250million was released to the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA)during the tenure of Col. Sambo Dasuki without appropriation. The balance of $250million cannot be traced yet.

The Nation learnt that detectives discovered that the $250million was illegally withdrawn barely two months to the end of Jonathan’s administration.

Investigators are said to be working on clues that part of the cash was spent on “extraneous matters, including media services, opinion polls and personal matters”.

According to a fact-sheet on the investigation, the $250million was withdrawn between March 2, 2015 and April 21, 2015.

About $36,155,000 (N13,015,800billion) of the $250million was also withdrawn in cash “without any purpose” on March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 18th of 2015.

Detectives have retrieved documents relating to the alleged “re-looting” of the Abacha loot.

In the fact-sheet, the ONSA in a memo of January 12, 2015, asked the former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to transfer $300million .

The memo said: “Please refer to our meeting on recovered funds.  You are pleased requested to remit the sum of $300m and £5.5m to the following account being ONSA share as agreed. Account name: CBN (NSA Foreign Operation; Account number: -100367-USD-CABANK30

Bank;  Address: 28, Finsbury Circus, London. Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, in a memo to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, requested for $300m from the Abacha loot.

Only $250million was released to the ex-NSA.

The January 20, 2015 memo said: “Attached,  please find a request by the NSA for the transfer of $300m and British pounds (£5.5m) of the recovered Abacha funds to ONSA operations account. The NSA has explained that this is to enable purchase of ammunition, security and other intelligence equipment for the security agencies in order to enable them confront the ongoing Boko Haram threat.

“His request is sequel to the meeting you chaired with the committee on use of recovered funds where decision was made that recovered Abacha funds would be split 50-50 between urgent security needs to confront Boko Haram and development needs (including a portion for the Future Generations window of Sovereign Wealth Fund).

“This letter is to seek your approval to borrow these funds, for now, to disburse to the NSA. These funds form part of projected FG Independent Revenue to be appropriated.

“In light of this and for accountability, given the peculiar nature of security and intelligence transactions, we would expect the NSA to account to your Excellency for the utilisation of the funds.”

On January 29, 2015, the ex-President responded to the ex-Minister as follows: “CME/HMF, approved.”

To back his approval, Dr. Jonathan through his Senior Special Assistant  (Admin) Matt Aikhionbare,  in a memo of January 30, 2015 said: “RE: Request by NSA for transfer of funds.” I am directed to forward Ref A to you and convey to you Mr. President’s approval. Humbly submitted for your further action, Ma’am.”

Detectives have discovered that only $250million out of the $300million requested was paid to ONSA.

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In a letter of February 16, 2015, the then Director of Funds of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. M.K. Dikwa, in a memo to the CBN Governor, conveyed the mandate to transfer the $250million.

The memo said: “. You are hereby requested to immediately effect fund transfer as below($250m) being amount disbursed to enable for the purchase of ammunition, security and other intelligence equipment for the security agencies in order to enable them fully confront the ongoing Boko Haram threat.

“As per Mr. President’s approval  on CME-HMF/FMF/2015/18 dated 20th January 2015 conveyed via State Houses letter No PRES/87/MF /-2/520 dated 30th January 2015. NSA’s letter Ref. No. NSA/362/5 dated 5th March 2015 also refers.”

A source said: “The $250million was duly approved by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; the ex-NSA did not commit any infractions. He acted in the interest of the country.

It is incorrect for EFCC to assume that the $250million was diverted because it was used to purchase vital equipment.”

A table of how the $250million was spent was obtained by our correspondent last night.

An EFCC source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We will need to interact with the former Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala, to guide us on the contents of her letter,  especially on the legality of the withdrawal of the $250million.

“We will find out  what she meant by to ‘borrow these funds’ and these ‘funds form part of projected FG Independent Revenue to be appropriated.’ She should assist investigators on whether or not the ex-NSA accounted to Jonathan for the ‘utilization of the funds.’

A former Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, had claimed that Abacha “took over $6 billion from Nigeria”. He also said $2 billion was recovered when he was in charge of the anti-graft agency.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project(SERAP) had through its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, on 21 September 2015 sent an access to information request to the President, World Bank Group, asking him to “exercise the bank’s prerogative to release documents relating to spending of recovered assets stolen by late Gen. Sani Abacha”.

SERAP asked the World Bank President to “disclose information about the Bank’s role in the implementation of any projects funded by the recovered assets and any other on-going repatriation initiatives on Nigeria with which the bank is engaged.”

It said: “The request is pursuant to the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy (The Policy), approved by the Board on June 30 2015. SERAP notes that one of the policy’s guiding principles is to maximise access to information. There is also clear public interest in Nigerians knowing about the Bank’s supervisory role and specifically its involvement in the implementation of projects on which repatriated funds were spent.”

But Okonjo-Iweala in 2015 insisted that she had no case to answer.

She said: “Former President Jonathan set up a Committee comprising the former Minister of Justice, former NSA and the former Minister of Finance to determine how best to use both the returned  and expected funds for development.

“The NSA made a case for using the returned funds for urgent security operations since, he noted, there cannot be any development without peace and security. Based on this, a decision was taken to deploy about $322m for the military operations, while the expected $700m would be applied for development programmes as originally conceived.

“Following the discussions and based on the urgency of the NSA’s memo, Dr Okonjo-Iweala requested the President to approve the transfer of the requested amount to the NSA’s Office for the specified purposes.

“But, as captured in the memo, she insisted on three conditions: a. only a part, not the entire Abacha funds would be spent on the arms; the rest would be invested in developmental projects as originally conceived b. the money was to be treated as borrowed funds which would be paid back as soon as possible c. the NSA’s office was to account for the spending to the President who was the Commander in Chief, given the fact that the Minister of Finance is not part of the security architecture and does not participate in the Security Council.

“The attempt to link the former Minister’s name to any misuse of these funds for any purpose other than security as far as she understood it is totally false and cannot stand.”

Buhari Treated Late Yar'Adua With So Much Hatred - Sule Lamido Reveals

President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of being intolerant and vengeful in the manner he treated late Musa Yar'Adua.

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido has described President Muhammadu Buhari as “intolerant and vengeful” person. He made the remark while alleging that Buhari never forgave the late Musa Yar’Adua for defeating him during the 2007 presidential election.

Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, Lamido claimed that despite not attending Council of State meeting while Yar’Adua was alive, upon the death of the late president, Buhari attended the next meeting.

Lamido accused the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of lying itself to power. Speaking directly to the president, Lamido said, “If you destroy too much, one day you will also lead.”

He spoke further, “Typical of you APC, you have not been able to metamorphose from an opposition party to a party in government. Same old rhetorics. More blame games, more problems. Telling lies. That is what you are. Your party, not you as a person.

“The election in 2007 was among three northerners who are Fulani. Gen. Buhari, Atiku Abubakar and Umaru Musa Yar’adua. We are talking about tolerance and making sacrifices which you (Buhari) tried to allude to.

“After the elections, PDP with about 27 governors and a number of local governments in Nigeria won the elections. The two other northerners went to the tribunal and lost; went up to the Supreme Court and lost. If you go by their pedigree, and again I mean no offence, Yar’Adua was the most qualified democrat among them.

“He was a northerner, a Fulani like them. He was not Ijaw. He was not Jonathan, but even at that, they never forgave Yar’Adua up till when he died. For the over two years that Yar’Adua was president, Gen. Buhari never attended the Council of State meeting. He never did.

“When Yar’Adua became sick, the pressure and harassment he went through in the National Assembly, some of us stood by him but we were not being seen as northerners or PDP. When God took him, the first (Council of State) meeting that the then President Jonathan called, the first to be there was Gen. Buhari. It says so much about tolerance. It says so much about vendetta. It says so much about hate.

“Thereafter in the PDP, somehow, Jonathan ran in 2011 and those who are now preaching tolerance were not tolerant. He (Buhari) refused to concede and in the north, people like us were villified and blackmailed.

“I was called a ‘pastor’, a preacher because I had a contrary opinion. At that time, you were either for them or you were not a northerner and a lot of people were killed in the north because of the hate speeches. APC won in 2015 by creating disaffection among families. In Gusau, they went from house to house flogging PDP members.

“APC is telling us what government should do after three years in power. APC should tell us what they have failed to do.”

Yemi Osinbajo, Nine Governors on Panel To End Killings By Herdsmen

The Federal Government has set up a panel to look into the wanton killings resulting from clashes between Fulani hersdsmen and local farmers.
Yemi Osinbajo
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is chairing a committee comprising nine state governors to end the killings by herdsmen in parts of the country.

This was one of the decisions reached at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, stated this at the end of the meeting presided over by Osinbajo.

Ganduje named members of the committee to include governors of Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Edo, Plateau, Oyo, and Ebonyi states.

The governor said, “The committee will work with the Federal Government to address the violence.

“Also, the committee will work to ensure that all the perpetrators of the violence are brought to book.”

APC govs, ministers are hypocrites – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has criticized the All Progressives Congress governors and some serving federal ministers following their silence on the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Benue State over the killings of scores of citizens in the state by herdsmen.

The party said it was a tragic failure of character and an act of hypocrisy that the same APC governors, who in 2013 “unleashed insults on the PDP and its Federal Government for delaying in visiting the fronts of Borno at the heat of insurgency attacks, had lost their voices now that Buhari had refused to visit Benue, Taraba or Kadnuna states” to condole with the people.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, asked Nigerians to note that neither the APC governors nor any federal delegation had visited Benue, Taraba or Kaduna state since the killings and the traumatising mass burial of victims.

He said, “Today, Nigerians are heartbroken to realise that those they thought were patriots and messiahs never had any iota of goodwill towards them.

“The questions are: Why have the APC governors and ministers suddenly lost their voices now that President Buhari has refused to visit Benue or show any form of empathy to the plight of Nigerians? Have Benue and Taraba now become ‘no-go areas’ for President Buhari? Indeed, this indifference calls for deeper reflection by Nigerians.”

Senate postpones summit till February

The Senate on Thursday postponed its planned national security summit on the spate of killings in Nigeria by two weeks.

The summit, which was scheduled to hold on Wednesday and Thursday next week, was shifted till February.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly had on Tuesday and Wednesday debated killings by herdsmen and other armed groups across Nigeria.

The lawmakers had resolve that plenary be suspended for two days to allow for a conference of stakeholders on insecurity in the country.

But at the plenary on Thursday, the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, who is the Chairman of the Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of Security Infrastructure of Nigeria, moved a motion to seek the postponement of the event.

Lawan said, “Our committee met and considered that the time between now and then (next week) is too short for this Senate to organise a very good national summit. The committee needs more time to organise a summit that is worth its name and get a proper outcome.

“Our committee is therefore asking that we rescind our earlier resolution of holding the summit on Wednesday and Thursday next week and postpone it by two weeks, while the exact time will be announced later after we would have arrived at the final arrangement for the time.”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, put the request to voice vote and it was unanimously approved by the lawmakers.

Saraki asked Lawan to communicate the new date for the summit to the chamber as soon as possible.

Ishaku hails N’Assembly’s intervention

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Thursday hailed members of the National Assembly for their collective resolve to address killings by Fulani herdsmen across the country.

This is contained in a statement by Ishaku’s Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello.

The governor in the statement noted that the herdsmen crisis was as serious as the Boko Haram challenge in the North-East, commending the timely intervention of the legislators.

“This is very appropriate and timely because it is probably one of the biggest crises in Nigeria today.

“It is no longer a problem restricted to just one part of the country, it could consume the entire country if not checked,” the statement read in part.

While pledging his support to the lawmakers in finding a lasting solution to the problem, Ishaku urged the lawmakers to hasten up in addressing the issue from the legislative point of view to prevent further bloodshed.

“Nigeria is not the country with the highest number of cattle in the world; not even in Africa, but we don’t hear of killings by herdsmen in other countries like Nigeria.

“We must find out how others have coped with this problem and adopt their approach. I believe an effective legislation can bring about a lasting solution.

“As we speak, farming activities have stopped in many of our communities and this portends danger as famine looms in the horizon,” he added.

Herdsmen, farmers clash hijacked by politicians, says Miyetti Allah

The National President, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Bello Badejo, on Thursday raised the alarm that politicians had hijacked the Fulani herdsmen/farmers’ crisis.

He added that the politicians wanted to use it as the 2019 campaign agenda.

At a news conference in Kano, Badejo said he was disturbed that politicians were using the face-off to create a division in the minds of the people by labelling Fulani herdsmen as killers.

He said, ‘’Politicians are interfering in the Fulani herdsmen/farmers crisis. They are trying to create a division. Politicians are punishing farmers and Fulani cattle herdsmen because they want to use the face-off as a basis for 2019 politics.’’

He said the Fulani were peace-loving people, adding that to label them as terrorists carrying AK-47 rifles to kill was unfair.

He said the Fulani worldwide were engaged only in cattle rearing and nothing else.

‘‘They plan to create 5,000 hectares of land to be used as cattle colonies in some states. It is a welcome idea, but if the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had agreed to create the proposed cattle colonies, rather than the grazing law he enacted, it would have not degenerated into the current controversy.

“Ortom’s law is not favourable to the Fulani; that is why we are vehemently opposed to it. So, the proposed colony will serve as an enduring solution to the lingering Fulani herdsmen/farmers crisis. We are in support of the Federal Government’s agenda to create the colonies.’’

The Mayetti boss called on the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to establish the truth as to who was attacking who and prosecute whoever was found guilty.

He said, ‘‘Only desperate politicians are opposed to the creation of cattle colonies for Fulani herdsmen. These issues have been politicised. Anyone armed with AK-47 rifle cannot be rearing cows; such a person must be an armed robber disguising as a Fulani herdsman.

He added that if any Fulani man invaded any farm; he should be arrested and cautioned “rather than blowing it out of proportion.”

‘Poor handling of killings ’ll trigger war’

A group of indigenes, under the aegis of All Cross River Nationalities Front, has cautioned the Federal Government on the poor handling of the killings by Fulani herdsmen.

The group, in a statement on Thursday by its Chairman, Mr. Edet Asim, warned that such could trigger a war in the country.

ACRNF said, “We are unable to understand how a band of herders can invade one community after another for years and a responsible government cannot bring anybody to book.

“We are not convinced that the invaders are ghosts. So, the Federal Government must be held to account for not performing its duty of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.”

Defend yourselves from herdsmen – Bishops

The Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, and the head of the Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministries, Nnewi, Bishop Abraham Udeh, say it is time for Nigerians to defend themselves from killer herdsmen.

Speaking at different forums in Onitsha and Nnewi, the bishops likened what was happening in the country to a jihad.

Chukwuma urged Nigerians to defend themselves, describing the killings in Benue, Taraba and other parts of the country as ungodly.

In his comment, Ude described the killings as a declaration of war.

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians for not checking the activities of the herders.”

‘Avoid inviting herdsmen into Kwara’

The Kwara State Security Council has directed community leaders in the state to avoid inviting herdsmen or other individuals into their communities without the knowledge of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, who is also the Chairman, Kwara State Traditional Council of Chiefs.

A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan (retd), had raised the alarm on Wednesday that herdsmen had destroyed 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr Muyideen Akorede, on Thursday said the directive was issued by the Security Council at its meeting in Ilorin.

Besides  Ahmed, the council meeting also had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Mr. Peter Kisira; Emir of Ilorin,  Sulu-Gambari; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold; the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kamaldeen Ajibade, (SAN); and heads of security agencies in the state.

Akorede said the council, which was chaired by Ahmed, “urged the Kwara State residents to be security conscious and report any suspicious activities or movement to the appropriate authorities.”

Dangote donates N50m to victims of attacks

The Dangote Group of Companies on Thursday donated N50m to the Nasarawa State Government to provide relief materials to victims of attacks on border communities of Benue and Nasarawa states.

The Chairman of the group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, announced the donation when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura at the Government House, Lafia, over the incident.

He said, “We shall continue to identify with the leadership style of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in terms of peace maintenance and development of the state.”

The chairman, who was represented by Abdullahi Sule, the Group Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, said the donation was in line with the company’s corporate social responsibility.

Tanko Al-Makura commended Dangote for the gesture, assuring him that he would continue to be committed to the peace in the state.

Source: Punch

Heartbreaking: Abandoned Baby Dies Inside Port Harcourt Dumping Site

A baby who was apparently abandoned by its mother, has reportedly died inside a dumpsite in a community in Port Harcourt.
File Illustration of Dumping Site
Obviously outraged, many people were seen cursing and swearing on whoever would have abandoned a baby on a dumpsite at Ikoku Junction, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday, a report by Vanguard had shown.

Residents of the area said they woke up yesterday morning to see the baby, wrapped in a white cloth, abandoned in the middle of a refuse dump in front of St. Thomas Anglican Church, Mile 2, Diobu.

Some of the onlookers, who spoke to Vanguard, expressed sadness with the attitude of the person that abandoned the baby. One of them, a lady, who identified herself simply as Charity, noted that the baby was dropped by the unknown person at midnight.

She added that the baby was showing signs of life in the early hours of the day, but regretted that it died when no help came.

The remains of the baby were still at the wastes site at press time, even as the Rivers State Police Command said it is not aware of the development.

Meanwhile, in Nasarawa State, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Keffi, Joshua Ndom, has said the hospital is handling three cases suspected to be Lassa Fever.

He said in Keffi, yesterday, that the hospital had taken the patients’ blood samples for test to ascertain whether or not they had the disease.

According to Ndom, “the patients have been separated from other patients. There are three suspected cases and we have taken adequate measures to tackle the situation, because the health of the people is our concern.
“I want to use this medium to appeal to patients and members of the public not to panic, but to remain calm. Necessary steps have been taken to avert the spread of the virus in case there is any.”

He also restated the Centre’s commitment to good policies and projects that have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians.

Lassa Fever is transmitted through broken skin via direct or indirect contact with the feaces or urine of infected rat.

It can also be contracted through the consumption of contaminated rat.

News In Pictures: Strange Man Spotted Hawking Huge Python On The Roadside

A man has been spotted on the roadside hawking a huge python as road users capture him on camera bargaining to sell the massive reptile.
The man hawking python on the roadside
A social media user identified simply as Rollsnjaguar, has taken to a popular online platform to share photos of a man captured on camera hawking a very huge Python on the roadside.

The poster shared the pictured and wrote; "This man was seen hawking this giant snake yesterday evening around Ajah in Lagos, Nigeria. I have to stop by to take pictures."

See another photo below:

News In Picture: Pastor Who Allegedly Charmed and Abducted A 21-Year-Old Girl Captured By Security Operatives

A man of God has found himself in serious trouble after he reportedly charmed a young church member and took her home claiming God revealed her to be his wife.
The young girl abducted by the pastor in Delta state
 A purported Nigerian pastor has been arrested in Asaba, Delta State after he allegedly charmed and adopted a girl known as Faith last week Friday.

The man of God said to be a prayer warrior confessed after his arrest that God revealed to him that the girl was his wife and nothing can separate both of them.

He allegedly abducted her and was already sleeping with her.

Narrating the sad story on Facebook, Prince Gwamnishu Harrison said:

"PASTOR CHARM 21 YEARS OLD CHURCH MEMBER OF NEW GENERATION CHURCH IN ASABA, DELTA STATE

We received SOS call from a young boy who was referred by a Mandela Washington fellow base in Onitsha Anambra State to help rescue 21 years old Faith missing since Friday 12th January, 2018.

A pastor who have a church in Asaba, Delta State is also a member and notable prayer warrior in a Church in Asaba (NAME WITHHELD) charmed and adopted Faith last week Friday.

Through intelligence report, we arrived the church at about 3pm along Ibusa road Asaba where the Pastor has a shop and saw the girl inside the shop. Surprisedly, she was behaving funny as someone mentally unstable.

Looking at the girl, you would noticed she has been charmed as she couldn’t leave the presence of the pastor. (She follows the pastor anywhere he enters. TOUCH AND FOLLOW)

Trouble broke out when the Civil Defense Security Guard attach to the church refused to hand him (Pastor) to us for questioning and handover to the Police.

The Civil Defense on duty threatened to shoot me Prince Gwamnishu Harrison if I step my foot into the church premises. He and other pastors and Security guards told us that the case would be handled by the church council and no police has right to arrest someone inside the Church.
I left immediately to A Division when the case has been reported before of a missing girl. The Police followed me back to the church and got the Pastor arrested.

We took the Pastor to his hideout behind Ministry of Justice office along Ibusa road and discovered different women wears inside old travelling bag.

The Pastor kept saying that God revealed to him that the girl is her wife and nothing can separate both of them and that he asked God for a young girl for marriage.

It surprised me to see that a church decided to handle a criminal matter without informing the police and with the help of Civil Defense attached to them they harassed us.

The Pastor is currently in custody in A Division Police Station Asaba.

Be watchful. Not everyone with Bible are truly called as we have fake people preaching the word of God. Keep watching and report all suspicious activities to security Agencies.

Civil Defense Personnel attach to the church will have questions to answer when we visit the State commandant tomorrow morning."

Heartless 60-Year-Old Herbalist Rapes Woman With Down’s Syndrome

An herbalist, Tajudeen Akintoye, is cooling his heels in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for taking advantage of a woman with Down’s syndrome, Rachael, in Itele, in the Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The suspect
According to Punch Metro, it was learnt that Akintoye, a popular herbalist in the community, sneaked into the victim’s parents’ house while her parents had gone to the farm.

He was said to have undressed Rachael and was sleeping with her when her parents arrived and caught him in the act.

The matter was reported at the Itele Police Station as the 23-year-old Anambra State indigene was taken to a hospital for tests.

Rachael’s father, Leonard Onuzulike, said the incident happened around 11am on Monday.

He said, “She developed the problem about 22 years ago when she was an infant. She had gone into convulsion and we took her to a hospital where the doctors said she had the problem. She cannot walk on her own and her speech drawls. But when we talk to her, she understands and responds, though not coherently.

“So, on Monday, my wife and I left her at home to go to the farm. The farm is just a stone’s throw to the house. And within 30 minutes, we were done.

“But on getting home, I was shocked to see him on top of my daughter. He was stark naked and he had removed her dress as well. We apprehended and handed him over to the police, who detained him.”

Onuzulike said his daughter was taken to a medical centre where she was examined before a doctor confirmed that there was penetration.

He, however, lamented that on Wednesday, the police gave him a form to take to the Ota General Hospital for another round of tests.

“When we got to the hospital, the doctor did not conduct any examination. He just asked her some questions and filled in her responses. He didn’t perform any test like the first hospital and I hope it is not a ploy to destroy the case,” he added.

While wondering the reason for the delay in the prosecution of the suspect, Racheal’s father alleged that the police at the Itele division asked him to provide a vehicle to convey the suspect from the station to the command headquarters at Abeokuta.

Onuzulike alleged that the officers threatened to release the suspect if he didn’t make the arrangement on time, saying they feared he could die in custody.


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A police source at the Itele division said 60-year-old Akintoye, during interrogation, confessed to the crime, blaming his uncontrollable libido.

“He said he didn’t know what came over him and that he just couldn’t control his sexual urge which pushed him to enter the house and sleep with the girl. I wondered why he couldn’t go to a brothel and why it had to be such a helpless girl. He is a wretched man and the police have been feeding him for the three days he had spent in the cell,” the source said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police had received the result of the test, adding that the matter had been transferred to the SCIID.

He said, “A case of rape was reported and the suspect was arrested by our men at the Itele division. The victim was taken to a hospital for medical test because we need a doctor’s report to prosecute the suspect. The case is not what can be handled at the divisional level. They had to transfer it to the SCIID and they cannot do that without getting the medical report. That was what the DPO was waiting for yesterday (Wednesday). They got it this morning and the matter has been transferred to the SCIID.

“The incident happened in the interior of Ota. They could have a challenge of getting vehicles to transport them to Abeokuta. But that does not mean they will kill the case over issues of transportation. The police cannot prosecute the case without the complainant being present when it is being transferred because he needs to know where the matter is being transferred to.”

The state Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, did not pick his calls.

 He had also yet to respond to a text message on the allegation of medical tests not being carried out on the victim at the Ota General Hospital.

Photos: After 47 Years, Nigerian Man Uncovers Gun His Father Fought With During Biafra War

After 47 years has passed since the Biafra war, a Nigeria man has discovered the gun his father used during the war.
Dike BarukShalom Chukwudi shared the photo of the gun and his father
A Nigerian man, Dike BarukShalom Chukwudi has shared a photo of his dad who was a Biafra warlord and the gun he used in fighting the war 47 years ago.

Revealing more details, Chukwudi said: "This gun was excavated from my yard. It was used by my dad during the Biafra war. Before the fall of Mbaise in 1971, he trekked from delta state to his home town. In fear of Nigerian soldiers who move from house to house in search of Biafra materials and weapons and to kill or amputate any Biafra soldier found.

He buried his gun, and other materials in the middle of the night. After the fall of Mbaise he fled. When he came back he was unable to know were he buried his materials because of environmental change. But during building excavation, today being 14/1/2018, after 47years of burial, the gun of a Biafran gorilla warrior resurfaced and he felt once more like a gallant soldier. After awhile, he shedded tears and told the old stories which we will tell our children.

The Biafran War took place between (July 6, 1967 – January 15, 1970). It began when on May 30, 1967, late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a military officer and politician announced a breakaway of the Eastern Region under the new name Republic of Biafra. Nigerian forces refused the seccession and the country went into war.

Benue crisis may get out of control, Sultan warns

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atul Nasir Islam, Sa’ad Abubakar lll
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has queried the competence of the security agencies and their inability to stop the attacks and killings by herdsmen in Benue State.

He stated that everything must be done to stop the ongoing loss of lives, warning religious and political leaders to avoid inflammatory utterances that could further worsen the situation.

The Sultan, who is also the President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 1st General Assembly of Inter-faith Dialogue forum with the theme, ‘Living together, achieving together.’

The monarch observed that Nigerians should be more concerned about the daily loss of lives instead of the religion or ethnicity of the victims, stressing that God is angry with the killers.

“The killings must be stopped, they have gone too far. This is not the time to apportion blames, but to seek solutions. What are the security agencies doing and when will these killings stop? We must challenge the leaders with one voice, the issues must not be looked at with the prisms of religion or ethnicity,” Abubakar cautioned.

The Sultan admitted that he is a patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria, but explained that the group had no control over the Fulani herdsmen, whom he said were preoccupied with their animals in the bush.

Explaining his involvement with the group, he stated that it was established about 32 years ago to assist the members, adding that it was wrong for Nigerians to criminalise the Fulani over the crime of a few criminals among them.

Abubakar, who said he had no apologies for being a Fulani, decried the statement attributed to the Secretary-General of the Christian Association of Nigeria, in which he called for the proscription of Miyetti Allah and its declaration as a terrorist organisation.

He said, “We pray not to get to the level of Afghanistan where everybody is bearing arms, but you can’t label Miyetti Allah as a terrorist organisation. It has never sat down to discuss how to kill innocent people and take over their land. The Fulani (herdsmen) don’t care about electricity, roads or the government because they live in the bush.

“We refuse to accept that all Fulani are bad. The crisis in Benue is not a religious or ethnic problem but an economic one. It is a fight between herdsmen and farmers and unless the government takes it seriously, it may get out of hand,” the monarch submitted.

The Sultan also dismissed fears about Islamisation of Nigeria, noting that this cannot happen, warning religious leaders against heating up the polity with baseless rumours.

The monarch explained that he visited Benue State thrice in 2017 to discuss solutions to the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes with the state government, but added that none of the recommendations was implemented by the government.

He disclosed that the comatose Nigeria Inter-Religious Council would be revived, adding that a meeting of the members would hold next month.

The Return of Badoo ritual killings in Lagos

There is no let up in the barbaric killings linked to the Badoo cult group in Lagos State. After a short-lived reprieve, the killings, which occur mainly in the Ikorodu area of the state, apparently for rituals, resurfaced towards the end of 2017.
Badoo Suspects
On December 30, the group attacked a family of four in Ibeshe. Unfortunately, the father died in the attack, while the others were injured. Although the Lagos State Police Command has stepped up security and made some arrests, the state should not relent until the evil phenomenon is eradicated.

The modus operandi of the cult has become familiarly eerie. Their major paraphernalia are odd: grinding stone and pestle. The group attack victims in their sleep with these objects, and use handkerchiefs to mop up the blood. Ikorodu residents believe that each blood-soaked handkerchief sells for N500,000. Some of those arrested by the police confess that they have been paid various sums of money by their patrons for bringing them such handkerchiefs.

In some cases, the cult members go around with welding machines. They use this to cut the burglar proof devices on windows and gain access to the rooms of their victims. By now, the police should have put measures in place to detect those going around with welding instruments in the dead of the night, an odd time for such a business.

To be fair, Edgal Imohimi, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, mobilised his officers into action shortly after the December 30 incident. This led to the arrest of five suspects. The confessions of one of them, Chibuzor Igwe, 18, helped in the arrest of a couple, Gift and Samuel Akaeze; the latter is said to be a welder. Information secured from him enabled the police to raid the cult’s shrine in Imosan-Ijebu, Ogun State. There, the police discovered human skulls and fetish objects and arrested the in-house herbalist, Fatai Adebayo.

In the same vein, the police declared Abayomi Alaka, a businessman and alleged kingpin of the cult, wanted. Alaka had been arrested last year, but he was granted bail after the Badoo onslaught subsided. He has denied the police claim. Thereafter, the state government sealed Alaka’s hotel, petrol station and event centre, saying his business outfits violated the state’s environmental laws.

Imohimi’s assignment is complicated by the judicial system. The Lagos CP says, “The bad news is that out of the seven principal suspects charged to court in connection with the ritual killings, five of them have been released from prison. They were granted bail by the court and they have gone underground.” This legal rigmarole is irreconcilable with the obvious evil activities of the ritual killers.

The gangsters had murdered a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victor Kanayo, in November, in Igbogbo (Ikorodu). His wife and 10-month-old baby escaped with injuries. With a frightening success rate, the gang has found it easy to attack soft targets. At the height of its terror, it reportedly murdered 26 residents in 15 attacks in the state in the 12 months to June 2017. Fourteen others were injured. The headline cases occurred in April 2017 when a family of three was slaughtered at Ibeshe-Tuntun; and the murder of a couple in Ogijo last June.

In some other incidents, almost all the family members were wiped out. This was the case with the Agbaje family. The attackers succeeded in killing the father, mother and two children, with two other children escaping. For Badoo, the church is a good hunting ground. Vigils expose churchgoers to Badoo attacks. As a result, the police advised churches holding vigils to request police presence or stop the vigils altogether. Members of the public should also be watchful of the operations of the group, deepen their vigilante operations and utilise the state’s hotlines to alert the security agencies.

On his assumption of office in 2006, the then Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, increased the number of security operatives fighting the country’s drugs cartels from 20,000 to 50,000. In Colombia, a South American country threatened by the influential Medellin and Cali drugs cartels, the government reversed its long-standing policy of not extraditing the drugs lords to face trial in the United States. That U-turn succeeded in decimating the ranks of the cartels after many of them were jailed in the US. The policy weakened the cartels as it forced them to rebuild.

This is where our judiciary, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Imohimi and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode should prove their mettle. Idris should deploy an increased number of special intelligence squads, with officers well attuned to local nuances in the lead, to infiltrate the Badoo ranks. Something drastic needs to be done.

Granting bail to these notorious cultists enables them to entrench their bestiality. The judiciary should therefore rethink its strict legalism in granting bail to Badoosuspects. When they get such reprieve, they disappear or jump bail. All those brought to court should, however, be properly and speedily prosecuted.

With aid and funding from the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Ambode should equip officers of the state police command with hi-tech gadgets to perform their duties in Ikorodu. By now, Lagos ought to be operating a 24-hour economy, but the high rate of crime prevents it from coming to fruition. No part of Lagos should be ceded to criminal gangs and ritual killers. The governor and the security agencies should tap into the welter of information that can be provided by traditional and local authorities to flush out the ritual killers.

Should Farmers Be Killed For Fulani Herdsmen To Stay Alive? - Bishop David Oyedepo Sounds Warning

Irked by the spate of incessant killings across the nation by Fulani Herdsmen and the prolonged silence of federal government to curb the situation, Bishop David Oyedepo has sounded a note of warning.
Bishop David Oyedepo
While speaking on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Faith Tabernacle, Ota in Ogun State, the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church worldwide, David Oyedepo, sounded a note of warning to Nigerians and asked should farmers be killed for Fulani herdsmen to live?

According to Vanguard, the visibly angry cleric who was reading from a written speech, raised many pertinent questions including the rights of farmers and native land owners; the value for human life in Nigeria; sponsors of the killers who are disguised as herdsmen; whether cattle rearing business is private or government’s, among many other questions.

The Bishop who has repeatedly talked about a 1992 revelation where God unveiled to him the current state of the nation, ended with several prophetic verdicts: “He that killeth by the sword shall fall by the sword; Nigeria will not be destroyed for the sake of the elect,” etc.

Here are excerpts from his speech:

“Prophets have the responsibility to engage fervently on the prayer altar for the salvation of the soul of a nation. Prophets have a duty to warn people, warn nations against impending danger. I’m sent as a prophet to the nations and He grants me access to divine confidentialities about nations. So, I have this wake-up call to a nation in its state of slumber.”

Boko Haram in Disguise

“Insurgency is spreading across the nation under the guise of Fulani Herdsmen, danger is looming. For example, how many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, dearth and destruction began, one may ask. They must have the backing of some invisible powers. A nation-wide crisis or unrest is in the offing and may be worse than anyone known around the world.

Now, tell me what is the morality behind some strangers, who are doing their business as cattle-rearers to overrun your farm with your labour of planting, cultivating and nurturing your plant, and graze their cattle over your crops, and when you challenge them, they kill you on top of it? Where are the leaders of thought in Nigeria? Where is the government? And that continues unabated.

We are sitting on the keg of gunpowder. God spoke to me about it as far back as 1992, that a time like this was coming; it’s plainly written in my diary. Nigeria shall not be destroyed. God shall trouble all the troublers of the progress and peace of this nation.

A Nation At War With Herself

“The destiny of our nation has never been under any threat of survival as it is today. People may soon be forced to take laws into their hands. The security apparatus of the nation has obviously failed to defend the lives and properties of these poor farmers across the nation. Where we are claiming to curtail the Boko Haram onslaught, we are on the other hand sponsoring or abetting Fulani Herdsmen and their murderous acts.
Nigeria is a nation at war with herself.

No external aggressions or aggressors, not ethnic crisis, no natural disaster, yet we are doing mass-burials. What a nation in a state of slumber? Hear the voice of the Lord through this prophet. The soul of Nigeria is near the point of death. Citizens of this nation are fast becoming endangered species. God have mercy!

Should Farmers Be Killed For Fulani Herdsmen To Live?

“Let me ask these pertinent questions that bother on conscience of a nation and her leaders. Is cattle business government business? Should farmers be killed for Fulani Herdsmen to live? Should all the farmers leave their farms today in the fear of Fulani Herdsmen? As at the last time I knew, Nigeria still produces less than 20% of what she eats. What is the contribution of the Herdsmen and their cattle business to the GDP of Nigeria? There is more to this slow response of government to addressing this sensitive issue which is obviously a time bomb.

Are Fulani Herdsmen the Owners of Nigeria?

“Question number 2: Does Nigerian land belong to the Fulani Herdsmen? There has never been this kind of assault on the intelligence of the people like we have it now. Should you allocate my father’s land to Fulani Herdsmen? Never! There will be brutal response. No, No. Are they now the customary land owners of every state, city, town, village and hamlet in Nigeria? There is danger in the offing. Every community may soon set up their own security system to defend the insurgency of the Fulani Herdsmen.

Do You Still Trust the Security Agencies?

“Question number 3: Can the citizens still trust the security agencies of this nation for their protection? You will be vulnerable for life! Where citizens cannot trust government for security, a state of anarchy is in view. Insurrection may as well be on the way. This largely unchecked aggression of Fulani Herdsmen may eventually choke the soul of Nigeria to death. God forbid!

Is the Nigerian Project Still On Course?

“Question number 4: Is the Nigerian project still working? Without justice there cannot be peace. You don’t step on my toes and say let’s have peace. I say ‘remove your leg, you are on my toes,’ and you say ‘no.’ You can’t have peace but exchange of blows! Caution! Let politicians be warned! Don’t sell off the destinies of men for your ambitions.

Because I Have a Stake in This…

“I have been praying and I have changed my prayer level in praying for the generations of this church. That Lord, let this church continue to grow both in my life time and the generations after me. True leaders mind the coming generations. Nigeria is rescued! Let no religious bigot say to me, “But what is your concern? Wait! By the grace of God, one out of every 150 Nigerians is under my apostolic coverage. So you are not a leader by elective office, you are a leader by the amount of people you have responsibility over. I am answerable to God on what happens to them. You can’t kill their fathers and mothers in the name of being in power. Enough is enough.”

God Still Confirms the Words of His Prophets

“When prophets speak, God confirms it. You have seen God confirm the things I say time and again. These wicked forces will be visited by vengeance!”

No Value for Human Life in Nigeria

Is our sense for human value as a nation still alive today? I don’t know. What I know is that it’s not alive. Today human lives are now being slaughtered for cattle without any drastic intervention from relevant security agents. Should men and women and children continue to lay down their lives for cattle? There is no nation on the earth where the defence of cattle is above the defence of human lives. How are these killers making away with their murderous acts? They must have the backings of the powers that be.

Any right thinking Nigerian will speculate same. Is Boko Haram not spreading strategically across the nation? How many cows will a Fulani Herdsman sell to buy an AK47 Riffle which now stands at about N3 million per piece. A cow, the fattest is N180,000 – N200,000. To buy five rifles equals N15million; all the cattle they have is not up to that! You don’t hire security guard in a room-and-parlour apartment. Some fellows supply these arms and you cannot tell how much stockpile of arms they have.

A Word is Enough!

Nigeria is becoming an endangered nation where any group of people may attempt to overrun the nation overnight. Caution! Caution!! Caution!!! To everyone responsible for the affairs of this nation, Caution! The reason why prophets speak is so that He does not require the blood of the people from them. God has sent me to warn this nation; a flood of evil is at the door. But for the sake of the elect, God will spare this nation. The wickedness of the wicked will fall on their head! Thank you Jesus!

Wake Up Nigeria, Wake Up!

“Nigeria should wake up out of slumber and defend the unity of our great nation, or “To your tent O Israel” will be the last resort. God prophetically has unmasked this masquerade so that the fear of WHO and WHAT may be behind the mask does not exist. These are not Fulani Herdsmen; there are fingers behind the scene, abetting, promoting, empowering them and supplying the arms.

I saw it coming in 1992; am not talking about the government, I’m talking about what God showed me about the nation. I saw it coming, I wrote it down. Fearful, but God said, “If I can find 50 people in that city, I will save it. For the sake of the elect, Nigeria will not be destroyed. God will destroy everyone is out to destroy this nation. Thank you Father.

Endorsement of Partisan Politics for Members…

“Therefore beware, every aspersions cast on a prophetic word usually boomerangs. I will never be partisan till I die. I don’t belong to any party. This church has members who belong to every political party; I’m a father to all of them. But everybody must belong to any party of their choice, hold a party card and be part of choosing who looks after your affairs. Compulsorily, in this church, everybody must belong to, and must be a card-carrying member of a party of their choice and be a part of the process. Without light, darkness will keep harassing. Let these sons and daughter of light invade every party of their choice and let’s make our rightful input. That’s what we are talking about. Thanks you Jesus. Enough is enough!”

Time to Reap What They Have Sown

“He that killeth by the sword shall fall by the sword. Enough is enough! Everyone who has become part of making other children fatherless and motherless, theirs would soon become fatherless and motherless. Thank you Jesus!…

The judgment of God will visit these killers. Their source of supplies shall dry up. The generation of the perpetrators of this evil against innocent Nigerians shall rot away. Those who won’t let Nigeria have peace, God will remove them. The church of Christ in Nigeria shall keep going forward. Peace shall be restored to our streets. In the Name of Jesus! Thank you Father!”

Boxing Turned My Life Around, says Anthony Joshua

Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua is counting his blessings as he cements his stand as one of the most dreaded boxers in the world.

Anthony Joshua believes boxing helped turn his life around as he prepares for his crunch clash with Joseph Parker, according to The Mirror.

The 28-year-old got in with a bad crowd as a youngster but knuckled down to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

Joshua hasn’t looked back and the WBA Super and IBF heavyweight champion will be looking to add the WBO belt to his haul when he takes on Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31.

He admits things could have been different if he hung up his gloves, but insists the stardom has not gone to his head.

He said,  “Boxing helped me reach my potential as a person, not just from a sports perspective, but to become a disciplined and more mature man that takes care of my household. That’s what sport has given me.

“I haven’t lost touch with anything that used to go on — I’m still in touch with reality — and I think people respect that.

“The slogan ‘stay humble’ doesn’t mean taking a lot of nonsense and sit back and hide in your corner.

“It just means treat the person on the street who doesn’t have a home to live in with the same respect of a person who lives in a palace.

“It’s an equal playing field — you treat everyone with the same respect.”

Joshua joined the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Roger Federer by plying his trade on the renowned helipad roof of Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab in Dubai before the fight was announced.

He added,  “It was an experience. The opportunity came about and you grab it with both hands. It’s an iconic spot, and some of the high end athletes have performed their tricks and skills on there.

“The view was great — it was a special moment.”

Admissions Must End Next Week - JAMB Issues New Directive To All Tertiary Institutions

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has directed all Nigerian institutions to end their admission processes as soon as next week.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Thursday directed all tertiary institutions to end their 2017 admission by January 25.

The Board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin said the board’s decision came at a meeting where all issues and ones bordering on the admission process were taken into consideration.

He said it was resolved that the academic calendar must be adhered to.

According to him, the directive becomes necessary as the board intends to meet up with the academic calendar as earlier agreed.

“By implication, candidates who have gained admissions into various institutions and are yet to register or do not have admissions by January 25 should begin to make preparations for the 2018 UTME.

“The public must also note that the UTME results are valid for only one year and not three years as widely speculated.

“If changes are made to the validity, I assure you the board would communicate appropriately to the public.”

The board had recently said that the UTME examinations would take place between March 9 and 17, while the mock exams would take place in the first week of February.

Benjamin also noted that the sale of Direct Entry forms are ongoing, while urging candidates who intend to apply to do so immediately as the sale of the DE forms ends on the same date with the UTME’s.

“It has come to our knowledge that a lot of candidates are not aware of the sale of the Direct Entry forms, which we have advertised.

“We are calling on desirous candidates to please register their profile and obtain the pins from the vending platforms.

“Candidates who want to apply to institutions through DE must note that the sale of the forms started same date as the UTME’s and would end on the same date which is on February 6.

“This form can be obtained through the same process as the UTME forms.

“It could be purchased through vending commercial banks, Mobile Money Operators (MMO’s), Interswitch, NIPOST and Remita,” he said.

Benjamin, however, noted that candidates should ensure that they disclose at the point of obtaining e-pins the exact pins they are paying for, that is, Direct Entry or UTME as some unknowingly purchase Direct Entry instead of UTME and vice-versa.

Tension in Jos Over Missing 200 Cows

Fresh crisis might spring up in Jos, Plateau State following the theft of numerous cows by suspected cattle rustlers.

There was confusion on Thursday at the Headquarters of the Special Military Taskforce, codenamed ‘Operation Safe Haven’ in Jos, Plateau State over alleged theft of 209 cows by suspected rustlers.

The Commander of OPSH, Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, had stated that 200 cows were missing, out of which 100 had been recovered and 20 found dead.

He added that some of the suspects had been arrested. But the spokesman for the agency, Maj. Umar Adams, said no arrest had been made.

Adams said, “Up till now, there is no arrest; the security operatives are still on their trail and so far, they are still recovering more of the cows. They recovered about five cows and one sheep yesterday (Wednesday) while on the trail of the rustlers.”

When reminded of the statement from the OPSH Commander, he said, “I am not aware of any statement. The only statement I am aware of is the one I am telling you now and no arrest has been made.

“However, our personnel have been deployed and they are carrying out raids to ensure that they arrest the perpetrators. And in the course of the operation, they have been able to recover about five cows and one sheep. For now, there has been no arrest.”

Unofficial sources said 20 persons had been arrested for cow rustling in the state. Although information about the suspects was still sketchy, it was learnt that they cut across Hausa, Fulani and some other ethnic groups in Plateau State.

A source said, “Over 20 suspects have been arrested by security operatives in connection with the stealing of cows and they are currently being detained at the headquarters of OPSH in Jos. As soon as investigations are concluded, they will be handed over to the appropriate agencies for prosecution.”

A statement issued in Jos by the Chief of Staff to the OPSH, Brig. Gen. A.M. Bello, also said some suspects were arrested and investigations were ongoing.

According to him, contrary to reports, there had been no tension in Plateau State, following alleged threats by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the state over an alleged attack on their kinsmen and the rustling of 350 cows belonging to their people.

Bello described the rumour as “unfounded, misplaced and out of reality and should therefore be disregarded.”

He said, “Please note that only 200 cattle were missing, out of which 100 were recovered while 20 were found dead. Efforts are ongoing to find the remaining ones with the assistance of the locals in the area. However, some suspects were arrested and investigations are ongoing.

“Furthermore, the command has made efforts at meeting with all the parties involved and strongly advised them to remain peaceful and work closely with security agencies to unravel these criminals once and for all, rather than taking the law into their own hands. We, therefore, advise members of the public to go about their normal business as the situation is under control.”

Source: Punch

All is not well with the APC in Oyo State, as the Minister of Communications, came under heavy attack

All is not well with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, as the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, came under heavy attack thursday.

His sin? The effrontery to write a petition to the presidency, party organs and its national leader, Bola Tinubu, that APC under Governor Abiola Ajimobi was primed for failure in 2019 because of the governor’s perceived highhandedness; demolition of an ICT project being financed by him in his hometown of Saki; and the governor’s alleged lack of purposeful leadership to unite all members of the party.

But the APC, in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Strategy, Abdul-Azeez Olatunde, described, such vituperations by the Minister as deliberate falsehood because “his desperation for the governorship of Oyo State is driving him to work at cross – purpose with the overall well-being of APC in Oyo State.”

The party’s statement made available to THISDAY read in part, “contrary to the reckless insinuations made by the minister, the Oyo State APC is doing extremely well. Rather than loose any member to the opposition, the Oyo State APC under the leadership of Governor Abiola Ajimobi has been moving from strength to strength. Barely one month ago, the rank and file of the party membership experienced unprecedented growth and development because of a bumper harvest when notable political stakeholders from major opposition parties in the state declared in an open rally where they submitted themselves to the leadership of the governor.

“We must state very clearly that the decampees include a former governor, former deputy governor, former Senate Leader, serving and former members of the House of Representatives, former Senators, former Secretary to the State Government, former senatorial candidate, former State Chairman of the PDP, former state Secretary of the PDP, former Speaker of the House of Assembly, present and past state House of Assembly members, former commissioners and former local government chairmen and several others.

“It is quite saddening, highly disheartening and a monumental disservice to our party that a serving minister of Oyo State origin will as a matter of habit stand the truth on its head and close his eyes to the reality of the rising political profile of not only our party but also of our leader. The fact is that his petition is rooted in falsehood and premised on cheap blackmail.

“It must be stated that while Ajimobi and other leaders of our party have been working assiduously to develop our great party, Bayo Shittu in his characteristic manner has been moving from one local government to another sowing seeds of discord all in the name of his desperate and inordinate ambition to govern the state. Shittu was never part of the developmental process of our party. Having lost the governorship primary election in 2015, Shittu abandoned every activity geared towards victory for the party including the presidential campaign.

“He further took the party to court on the eve of the 2015 governorship election and was working for the opposition Accord Party where his former boss and benefactor contested the governorship election. Today he is reaping from where he did not sow.”

Tension As Man beats to death in baale’s palace over motorcycle

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Ikechukwu Ewuji in connection with the killing of a 41-year-old man in the Oshun Egbado, Age-Mowo, Morogbo area of the state.

The police said the victim, Rotimi Thompson, was beaten to death in the palace of the community’s traditional ruler.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Ewuji had accused his housekeeper, Michael Bulete, of stealing his missing motorcycle.

After pestering Bulete, the housekeeper was said to have confessed to the theft and mentioned Thompson as the receiver of the alleged stolen motorcycle.

It was gathered that Ewuji and some of his friends went with Bulete in a car to Thompson’s wife’s shop in the Adadagun area of Mowo on Wednesday.

Our correspondent learnt that Ewuji told the woman to call her husband on the telephone on the pretext that he had a job for him.

Thompson’s line reportedly rang out.

A police source told PUNCH Metro that the men asked the woman to join them in the car and drove her to the baale’s palace.

 “When they got to the palace, they reached the man on the phone and asked him to come to the palace. On getting there, they asked him where the motorcycle was, but he said he did not know anything about it. They tied him and the housekeeper and beat them up.

“At a point, he became weak and slumped. Instead of attending to him, they said he was pretending.  After a while, he opened his eyes and requested water. They gave him the water, but he could not take it,” the source added.

Another source disclosed to our correspondent that Thompson was rushed to two different hospitals, where he was rejected, adding that he was confirmed dead at the third hospital around 1am on Thursday.

“The man was beaten up in the presence of the baale. They also assaulted his wife. The baale is on the run. The housekeeper, the owner of the motorcycle, and two others have been arrested. The motorcycle has yet to be recovered,” the source said.

However, a resident of the area, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Thursday, said Thompson and Bulete had been beaten up before they were taken to the palace.

He said the baale was making enquiries from the suspects over the allegation when the mob gave Thompson another round of beating.

“They rushed him to a hospital where he died. Baale is not running away from the police, but he is not around as I speak to you and I don’t have his phone number,” the resident, who identified himself simply as Daniel, said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said the police had launched a manhunt for the baale.

He said, “One Rotimi Thompson aged 41, of Mosafejo Aradagun area, was reportedly beaten to death in the compound of the baale of Oshun Egbado, Age-Mowo in Morogbo, by some youths over an allegation of receiving a stolen motorcycle.

“The scene of the incident was visited and photographed by detectives while the corpse was deposited in the Badagry General Hospital morgue for autopsy. One Ikechukwu Iwuji, who owns the motorcycle, his friend and the housekeeper have been arrested, while effort is being made to track down other fleeing suspects, including the baale.

“The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered that the baale and the other fleeing suspects be arrested. The command will not tolerate jungle justice in any way.”

Tinubu Breaks Silence On Herdsmen Killings

All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday said herdsmen attacks on farmers festered because past administrations did not deal decisively with the problem.

He said the crisis had assumed dimensions that troubled the body politic because it had not been addressed.

“Now, the current administration is moving to arrest the lethal situation,” Tinubu said.

The former Lagos State governor, who spoke at the 15th Annual Daily Trust dialogue, believes that the nomadic way of life is fast becoming obsolete.

According to him, large scale nomadic practice does not belong in this day and age.

“Thus, herders have no right to cling to this way of life by killing others. Government must stop their violence but also offer them a viable new way of life by moving them toward more modern, non-nomadic cattle rearing,” he said.

Tinubu, who spoke on the theme:  Nigeria and the Challenges of 2019: This is not a game, was represented by one-time Lagos State Commissioner for Finance Mr Wale Edun.

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha. There were key speakers, such as former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and the representative of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Soyebi, among other eminent Nigerians.

The APC chieftain described the crisis as “evil”, which did not suddenly appear as Nigerians have been “living and dying with this lethal situation for many years”.

“We should have been agitating in this manner five, 10, 15 years ago. Lives would have been saved. For reasons I cannot completely fathom, we have come late to the point of strong, collective outrage at this bloodletting.

“Yet, all in all, late is better than never in this regard. This spirit of compassion and care must be enshrined in our political culture because it is integral to national greatness and democratic progress.

“True patriotism requires that you love more than the concept of Nigeria. You must love the people who comprise this nation, whether they worship in a church, mosque, and shrine or not at all.”

Tinubu believes too much political and economic power resides in the hands of too few, resulting in unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, too little food and too much poverty.

“For the debate needed on how best to tackle these structural problems, 2019 must not be a game between players similar in every way save the political party costume they wear.

“The election to come must be a contest of different visions for the nation’s present and future.

“As a progressive, I believe we must transform the nation by embarking on deep and impactful reforms, by creating more jobs, providing social policy initiatives and building an infrastructure befitting a leading nation.

“Social services must become a reality close at hand and not a vague dream lying in the distance,” he said.

Tinubu called for a reform of the fuel subsidy regime, saying it causes more problems than it cures.

“It sweetly profits the elite who manipulate the programme to their own advantage. We need to allow market forces to more directly determine price.

“We need to open the now closed market to more suppliers. In this way, we may better harmonise supply and demand, where they do the most sustainable economic good,” he said.

Tinubu advocated a repair of the social safety net in the interest of old people, whom he believes are shortchanged and forced to live in penury despite their past labours.

He noted that longstanding arrears of pension payments and retirement benefits to public sector workers remain outstanding.

“I maintain the unshakeable belief that smart, progressive governance can bring prosperity, tranquility and justice,” he said.

The frontline politician and strategist praised the Federal Government for successfully beating Boko Haram into a retreat, and for progress made in the fight against corruption.

“As progress is being made on these fronts, Nigeria also must face its biggest structural problem: our imbalanced economy and the poverty and misery it has caused,” Tinubu said.

Ahead of next year’s election, Tinubu said the battle waged during one election cycle was not enough.

“Curing the ills that plague our house will require many years of outstanding governance,” he said.

According to him, it is imperative for Nigerians not to allow “politics as usual” to claim the 2019 election season.

“We must insist on the principle that elections do not return to being games played by well-heeled elite while the rest of the nation is left to struggle and starve.

“The people must resist all appeals to unthinking passions and old prejudices. We must adhere to what our conscience reveals as the best path to good governance for all.

“For me, that path has always been a progressive one that harks to the need to materially transform the power relationships upon which this political economy is based,” he said.

Tinubu would like to see a national industrial policy that will create jobs, a national infrastructure plan, economic stimulants, accessibility of credit, government-backed home mortgage system, and a return to commodity exchange boards so farmers can secure good prices and hedge against loss.

“To achieve better levels of overall governance, we need to re-balance the duties between federal and state governments by giving states more power, authority and resources.

“The challenge we face leading into 2019 is not to fall backward in governance and development as we move forward in time. Reform and change are difficult because they are always and everywhere resisted by those who benefit from the old order.

“But we must insist on a better life for our people. As such, the electoral politics of 2019 cannot be played as if a game that has no end other than itself.

“Here again, we must insist on politics having a nobler and larger goal than just registering certain people into the fraternity of officeholders. People must not only aspire and hold office; they must seek to govern prudently from that office,” Tinubu said

Popular Actor Recounts How Ladies Reject Him Because of His Manhood Size

Ghanaian actor, Don Little, who is often referred to as ‘Ghanaian Aki’ by Nigerians, has said that women reject him because of the size of his manhood.

The actor revealed this in an interview with Adom TV, a Ghanaian Television station.

He said, “Women reject me because of my manhood size. They claim it is too short and does not give them the satisfaction they want.”

The actor, however, claimed he has slept with about five ladies who are taller than him but the complaints had always been the same.
This notwithstanding, Don Little is optimistic that he will someday get a woman of his dream who will love him and accept him for who he is.

Nasarawa school principal, teachers suspended for beating students

The Principal of Government Science Secondary School, Nassarawa-Eggon, and three other officials have been suspended for one month for meting out corporal punishment to some students.
The state Commissioner of Education, Mr. Tijjani Ahmed, who confirmed this to Northern City News on Thursday in Lafia, said the state government had banned corporal punishments in public schools across the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.

Ahmed explained that the decision followed the beating of some students of GSS, Nassarawa-Eggon, the video of which had gone viral in the social media.

He said, “We have constituted a committee to investigate the matter and report to the ministry in the next one week to enable the ministry to take appropriate action.

“Already, three staff members of the school including the Principal have been given a one-month suspension over their involvement in the corporal punishment pending the report of the committee set up by the ministry.”

He explained that the ministry had also written to all public schools informing their managements of the ban on corporal punishment.

He further warned teachers meting out corporal punishment to students to desist “as anyone caught would face disciplinary action.”

The education commissioner stated that “even if teachers would want to punish students for any offence, it should be minor punishment.”

He added that the government would continue to respond to the challenges facing the education sector in the state.

When our correspondent visited the school, the suspended school officials were not on duty, but it was gathered that the management had decided to stop punishing students who resumed late to avoid sanctions.

18 Jan 2018

Unbelievable: 13 Children Chained For Months For Shocking This Reason

California prosecutors have detailed allegations of horrific abuse by parents of 13 children held in shackles at their home.
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 David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, face charges of torture, abuse and false imprisonment, Riverside County district attorney Mike Hestrin told journalists on Thursday.

The BBC reports they are due to appear in court to be formally charged.

Mr. Hestrin said all 13 of the couple’s children were severely malnourished.

He said the teenager who fled from the house earlier this week to raise the alarm had planned the escape with her siblings for two years.

She escaped through a window with a sibling, who then became afraid and returned to the house, he added.

The couple’s children, who are aged between two and 29, have been treated in hospital since being freed.

Basketball: First Bank Basketball Club picks 13 New Players

First Bank Basketball Club have picked 13 new players to join up with 11 old players for the second phase of screening, which will hold from Monday to Wednesday at the sports hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. 

The new players are Grace John,  Kelani  Olasumbo,  Bethel Ekperigha,  Okoro Ifunaya, Ogedegbe  Tobiloba,  Bukky Daniel,  Ogharanduku  Sharon, Oguego  Chisom,  Ogoigbe Merilyn,  Ikidi  Tena and Rita Enoiyi . Vanessa Oduah Isioma and Esther Okoli Chinasa missed the first phase and have been handed another chance to prove themselves.

Coach Peter Ahmedu said that six players have been dropped from last season’s squad and all the players (including the old ones) would have to prove themselves in the second phase screening if they hope to make the 17-team man team for the 2018 season. 

He stated that he was looking for players who would fit into his playing philosophy and warned that no one is guaranteed a place in the team until the screening exercise ends. He said all the players who received an invite for the screening exercise are expected to report at the national before 10.30am on Monday.

He also stated that the team would be unveiled on Thursday while preparation for the new season would commence immediately. “The 11 players who made the cut in the first phase of screening are currently going through fitness test and should be ready for the rigours of the second phase screening.”

“What we hope to achieve from all this is to have a team that can vie for honours but at home and abroad. We also hope to tie the players down to long term contacts that will see them become integral part of the team,” Ahmedu added.

D'Banj Ft. Slimcase and Mr Real - Issa Banger

D’banj is out with a brand new hit song and he calls his latest piece of work,”Issa Banger”.
This is his first offering for the year after ending a very successful 2017, business wise with the hit song “As I Dey Go”.

On “Issa Banger”, he is not alone as he features Slimcase and Mr Real.

As the title suggests, this one is a banger with a very nice, mid-tempo groovy beat that will get you to move your body.

This is going to be a very busy year for the kokomaster as he is also rumored to be working on another hit song with Skales.

Check the joint out below, enjoy and let us know what your thoughts on it are in the comment section.
 

House of Representatives Give Committee 8 Weeks to Investigate Sharp Practices in Housing Sector

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Housing to conduct an investigative public hearing on alleged fraudulent practices and activities in the housing sector.

The committee is expected to report back within eight weeks to enable the House take further legislative action.

The House urged the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to put in place appropriate mechanism to ensure registration of all estate developers.

This, it said, was to ensure strict monitoring and regulation of the sector.

TheBay House’s decision  was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Joseph Edionwele (Edo- APC) at plenary.

Moving the motion earlier, Edionwele said shelter remained a basic necessity of life and that it topped the list of a man’s needs.

He said in a bid to address the housing need, the Federal Government set up a Public-Private Partnership arrangement where government provided land for private firms to develop affordable real estate for public.

The lawmaker said in spite of the attractive and motivational incentives by successive governments, there was still a huge housing deficit for low income earners.

He said the public-private partnership had become a veritable tool in the hands of people who masquerade as estate developers to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians.

Edionwele said fraudulent activities in the sector had resulted to loss of billions of naira by innocent Nigerians and had hampered the housing development policy of the government.

He stressed the need to put a stop to the practice by putting in place strict measures in the sector for effective monitoring and regulation.

Also speaking, Rep. Sergious Ogun (Edo-PDP) said if food, shelter and clothes were taken care of, corruption would be reduced to the minimum in the country.

While supporting the motion, Ogun charged security agencies to monitor and make examples of those perpetrating fraud in the sector.

Contributing, Rep. Mohammed Abdu (APC-Bauchi) said the committee was already working on the issues.

He said the committee was already addressing the issue of sharp practices in the sector.

- NAN
 
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