I Have A Different Method To Address Anambra’s Security Situation, Says Ubah

 

The lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, says he will deploy a different method to address the security situation if elected as the governor of the state.

He stated this on Wednesday when he featured as a guest on Politics Today, barely two weeks to the November 6 governorship election.

“The security situation in my state has a different method (that) I am going to apply,” the Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate said during an interview on the Channels Television political show.

“I am going to apply information technology, gathering. My constituency asked me to go and see how I can proffer political solution to issues that surround Nnamdi Kanu.”

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As parties continue the bid to sell their candidates to the people of Anambra to succeed incumbent Governor Willie Obiano, the security situation in the state and parts of the South-East appears not to be improving.

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

Amid fears resulting from purported threats by armed groups to disrupt the election, the police authorities said they have put adequate security measures in place to ensure voters cast their ballots without any problem.

 

A Political Solution

Outlawed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), alongside the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been blamed for most of the attacks.

The groups have continued to demand the release of IPOB leader, Kanu who is being held in detention by the Federal Government over allegations bordering on treason and other crimes.

On the way forward, Senator Ubah is proposing a political solution in dealing with the agitation by the secession agitators.

He recalled how he visited the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) to facilitate Kanu’s release, but was denied access to him.

“Do we love ourselves in this country? If we love ourselves, let us proffer political solutions to so many things, not only Nnamdi Kanu,” the lawmaker said.

“For God’s sake, I have no apologies; that is what I am doing. I went to the DSS and met the DG. He told me to go to court. I did this thing without letting anyone know. I went to the court and I have filed to the court to give me access to him.”

Kanu, 53, who wants a separate state for the ethnic Igbo people in the southeast, was arrested abroad in June and brought back to Nigeria to face trial.

He was first arrested in October 2015 but was released on bail and fled the country in 2017.

IPOB has called for a “sit-at-home” on Thursday across the south-east region to protest the arrest of its leader.

Teenager Jailed For Stealing Plastic Chairs Worth N91,200 In Ogun

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

An Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a teenager, Lekan Alaka, to three months imprisonment for theft.

The 19-year-old, arraigned by the police, was jailed for stealing plastic chairs worth N91,200 from the Mount Zion Anglican Church in the Ogun State capital.

Magistrate Olajumoke Somefun held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and jailed the young man for three months.

Alaka was, however, given an option of a N100,000 fine.

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Before the sentencing, the prosecution counsel, Olakunle Shonibare, told the court that the accused committed the offence on October 23 at about 4:30am at the church in the Leme area of Abeokuta.

Shonibare said Alaka scaled the church fence and stole 24 pieces of plastic chairs worth N91,200 – property of Mount Zion Anglican Church.

According to the prosecution, the accused was arrested by some policemen in the community while he was trying to escape with the stolen items.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 415 of the Criminal Laws of Ogun, 2006.

Suspected Bandits Attack Zamfara Village, Kill Seven Persons

A file photo of three armed men.

 

Suspected armed bandits have reportedly killed seven persons during an attack on Yanbuki village in Zamfara State.

The incident is said to have occurred on Tuesday evening in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

While police authorities in Zamfara have yet to confirm the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muhammed Shehu, did not respond to several calls put across to him.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Wednesday that immediately the bandits arrived in the village, they fired sporadic gunshots.

As a result of the large number of the assailants, residents were said to have become skeptical and ran to safety.

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“We have conducted the burial of seven (7) people who lost their lives to the attack in Yanbuki,” said the witness who does not want his name mentioned.

“They have been ransacking houses – room by room – throughout the night, burgled shops, and carted away goods and foodstuffs belonging to the residents of the area.”

According to the source, the bandits rustled about 500 cows, as well as hundreds of sheep and goats during the attack.

He stated that this was the second attack by the bandits since the shutdown of the telecommunications network in the Yanbuki area.

Within the last one week, gunmen invaded and ransacked nine other villages in Zurmi LGA.

They include Bindin, Kadamutsa, Gidan Zago, Marmaro, Dada, Maduba, Kacha, Dangasamu, Hushin Dusti.

Residents of the communities are said to have fled their homes to take refuge in safer areas within and outside Zurmi.

During the invasion, over 40 people are reported to have been abducted by bandits who threatened to either kill or kidnap anyone found in the affected villages.

“The bandits move around freely within these villages and threatened people and with their brutality, people decided to flee because there are no security operatives to defend them,” a villager said.

EFCC’s New Secretary Ekpungu Assumes Office

EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa welcomes the new Secretary, Dr. George Ekpungu at the agency’s headquarters Abuja on October 27, 2021.

 

The new Secretary to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Dr. George Ekpungu has formally resumed office at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this via a statement issued on Wednesday, noting that he was welcomed by the agency’s Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Bawa said he was delighted that Ekpungu is coming on board at a time of fundamental reforms at the EFCC, noting that the Commission, over the last few months, has reviewed and adopted a number of policy documents geared towards improving its efficiency and effectiveness.

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The new secretary is among the board members whose appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 21 was recently confirmed by the Senate.

The others are Luqman Muhammad (South-South), Anumba Adaeze (South East), Alhaji Kola Adesina (North Central) and Alhaji Yahya Muhammad (North East).

Ekpungu is a law graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University and served as a Commissioner for New Cities Development in Cross River State under Governor Ben Ayade, from 2015 to 2018.

He is expected to serve for five years if he is confirmed by the Senate.

Prior to his new appointment, he was a former EFCC employee and contested for the Ikom/Boki Federal Constituency election in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019.

He, however, lost the contest.

Ekpungu brings to his job vast experience in capital market operations and regulation, anti-money laundering and fraud risk assessment.

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2023: Nigeria Needs Credible Leader Irrespective Of Tribe, Religion – Governor Fintiri

 

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri has said that Nigeria needs a credible leader irrespective of tribe and religion to pilot the affairs of the country.

Fintiri, who is also the Chairman of the PDP National Convention Organising Committee, stated this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to him, the nation is plagued with a series of challenges and zoning could not solve the issues.

He said the main opposition has learned its lessons and is repositioning itself to take over power at the federal level to meet the aspirations of Nigerians.

While noting that Nigerian youths need a leader who will build a future for them, the governor said his party is committed to the cause.

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“The problem of Nigeria is not about zoning, it is for us to look for a credible candidate. Anywhere that person comes from, irrespective of his religion or tribe,” he said.

“What you and I are after today is to have a good leader that will be able to deliver on our economy, security that will impact on human development, deploy the kind of infrastructure that we need.”

The governor also reacted to the relationship between him and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

When asked whether he is a supporter of Abubakar, he replied saying: “I am the supporter of everybody.”

To Governor Fintiri, the former Vice President is a “leader to everybody in the PDP, he is our last presidential candidate and if given the opportunity again, I will support him.”

On whether Abubakar would join the 2023 presidential race, the governor neither confirmed nor denied it.

He simply said the former vice president has all the qualities to vie for the highest office in the country.

Politicians Fuelling Crisis In Plateau, Says Governor Lalong

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.
A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

 

The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has accused politicians of fuelling crisis in his state.

He disclosed this on Tuesday during Day Two of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja where participants had gathered to deliberate on the nation’s security, education and politics.

According to Lalong, the governors of the 19 northern states are in full support of the creation of state police to tackle the numerous security challenges facing their domain.

He noted that Plateau has long been known as a state of peace and tourism before some political actors started creating problems in the state.

“Plateau is codenamed the home of peace and tourism. Then all of a sudden, what happened? I will say also that part of it is the role of political actors,” he said.

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“You see people bringing issues like ethnicity, religion-dominated issues, and so we were now beginning to see ourselves as enemies.

“If I am a Christian, I don’t want a Moslem to come near me or I belong to this tribe, I don’t want that tribe to come in.”

The governor also faulted successive administrations in the state for capitalising on the situation, rather than finding means to bridge the gap.

Lalong believes the issue resulted in the killings of several people in the state, noting that the situation made the state government make some recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He lamented that as part of some measures in tackling religious and ethnic violence, some state governors would use resources at their disposal to acquire some technological equipment, which may end up not being used.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who also spoke at the event said Federal Government cannot commence its plans to make deductions from the federation account for payment of consultants for the Paris Club Refund.

According to him, a situation where the Federal Government makes arbitrary deductions without the input of state governors is wrong.

He said state governors have agreed not to collect any allocation from the Federation Allocation Account (FAAC) until the issues are resolved.

“We are dealing with the issue. we would find a resolution to it. As far as states are concerned, they do not accept that funds belonging to federation account could just be arbitrarily deducted without the input of the states, and that’s why we are insisting that until this is clarified, we would rather leave the money in the pool until we have all agreed on the direction,” Governor Fayemi said.

Farmer Hacked To Death In Ondo Forest

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The corpse of a farmer has been discovered in the forest near a farm settlement in Ajowa Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that there were machete cuts on the body of the deceased when it was discovered on Monday, while a wounded cow was also seen at the scene of the incident.

The Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation.

Odunlami explained that the residents of the community heard sporadic gunshots in the forest and after combing the forest, the remains of the farmer were discovered.

She disclosed that the corpse has since been deposited at the morgue in a hospital in nearby Ikare-Akoko.

Odunlami noted that the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) in Akure for further investigations.

Our Government Took Painful Decisions To Invest For Prosperous Future – Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained how his administration took painful decisions to invest for a prosperous future of all Nigerians.

Speaking on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia at an investment conference organised by the Future Investment Initiative Institute, the Nigerian leader said upon assuming office in 2015, his government understood the importance on inclusive policies for sustainable peace.

“In the past six years, our government took very painful but necessary decisions to invest for a long-term prosperous future knowing very well that this will come with short term pains,” the President was quoted as saying via a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu.

“Nigeria’s population today exceeds 200 million people. Some 70 percent are under 35 years old. When we came into government in 2015, we were quick to realise that long-term peace and stability of our country is dependent on having inclusive and humane policies.”

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He said the Federal Government will keep encouraging public and private initiatives that increase investments in health, education, capacity building, youth empowerment, gender equality, poverty eradication, climate change and food security.

This, according to him, will go a long way in reenergizing the global economy in a post COVID-19 era.

Buhari attributed the growing social unrest to inequalities and unfair policies that exclude majority from opportunities for participation, admonishing world leaders and global investors to prioritize on inclusive and humane policies.

Reacting to the theme of the summit, ‘Investing in Humanity’, President Buhari said the Nigerian perspective remains a focus on people oriented development policies, with diversification from oil to more inclusive sectors such as agriculture, ICT and mining;  tackling corruption, insecurity and climate change and introducing Social Investment Programmes.

Buhari commended the organizers of this year’s summit for the foresight to look at “investment”, not only from a profitability and wealth accumulation point of view, but also bringing prosperity to humanity in general.

The humane approach to investment, he said, is the only way to address the global challenges we face, especially in the Covid-19 era.

The President noted that investment in humanity must also take into consideration the effects of debt burden on nations, which had been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added, “We cannot invest in humanity without relieving our countries from the crushing effects of the debt burden especially when the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of deepening the debt portfolio of poor countries.

“These nations increasingly allocate more and more resources towards external debt servicing and repayment at the expense of the health, education and other services that contribute to the overall wellbeing of their population.”

Describing the summit as a credible forum for interaction between the public and private sectors, to explore ways of advancing economic growth, development and global prosperity, the President said Nigeria’s diversification efforts continue to yield results, particularly in agriculture.

President Buhari told the gathering of world leaders, global investors and asset managers that the oil sector was already undergoing a reform that would make it more attractive and inclusive.

“Two months ago, I signed the Petroleum Industry Act. The Act will serve as a catalyst to liberalize our petroleum sector. It has introduced a number of incentives such as tax holidays, 100 percent ownership, zero interest loans and easy transfer of funds. In addition, we have highly skilled in-country workforce and a large domestic market.

“In mining, we have also made several opportunities available for investors.  Nigeria is a country rich in minerals from gold, iron ore, tin, zinc, cobalt, lithium, limestone, phosphate, bitumen and many others. We have made the licensing process easier and also made extensive investments in rail and transportation.

“Infrastructure investments represent significant potential for investors in Nigeria.  We have opportunities in seaports, rail, toll roads, real estate, renewable energy and many others. We have created several institutions that are available to co-invest with you in Nigeria.

“We have the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and more recently, I approved the creation of Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria.  These institutions are run as independent world class institutions to make investments in the country and are available to co-invest with you,” he further explained.

The Nigerian leader urged more interest in infrastructure such as healthcare and education, which “present enormous opportunities for investors in a country our size.”

[Video]: The Next World War Will Be Caused By Fake News – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed appears before the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned against what he believes to be the growing trend of fake news, saying it can result in the next World War.

Lai Mohammed said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to defend his ministry’s 2022 budget on Monday.

“Information is not what it used to be 20, 30 years ago,” he told the committee.

“People of today, they don’t read newspapers, they don’t watch television — it’s social media. And it is the most expensive. It’s an unseen enemy, they are there every moment.

“I have always said it here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.

“You can see even the US that used to pride itself on the freedom of the press is now questioning the role of the social media,” he added.

 

 

This is not the first time the minister will be making such assertions, as he has always been at the forefront of conversations around fake news.

In February, the minister had said the use of social media in amplifying fake news had become a form of cancer.

He, therefore, called for collaboration among stakeholders to tackle the menace.

“If we do not take the issue of fake news, social media seriously, it will be at our own peril,” Mr Mohammed said at the time.

His comments also come at a time when there have been conversations around the Federal Government’s perceived plans to stifle the media via the regulation of social media.

In June, the Federal Government banned Twitter, days after the social media platform deleted a remark from President Muhammadu Buhari.

But the government maintained that the suspension was needed because the platform had been used for activities that could destabilise the country.

With the suspension still in place despite public outcry, Nigeria joins countries like China, Turkey and Myanmar that have all moved to restrict access at some time to Twitter and other social media platforms.

Defending the ban, the Information Minister at the time, said Twitter must be registered and licenced locally for the suspension to end.

Judges Under Political Pressure To Please Vested Interests, Says Wike

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that judges are under political pressure to please some vested interests in the country.

Wike stated this on Monday at the 61st Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Conference in Port Harcourt, adding that no excellence can be achieved in the nation’s judicial system.

He asked Nigerian lawyers to engage in judicial activism, noting that it is a deliberate measure to address the slow dispensation of justice, and attempts to stifle the rights of the citizenry.

The governor also berated the Nigeria Bar Association for focusing less on promoting and fighting for the values of good governance, democracy, judicial independence, human rights and the rule of law when there is urgent need for them to do so.

According to Wike, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and security apparatus have violated the rights of the citizens.

“The invasion on personal liberty has been brazen and indiscriminate, such that even judges of the superior courts, including Supreme Court justices, have in the recent past been victims of midnight assaults on their premises and subjection to unlawful arrests and imprisonments,” Wike said.

“Never in our political history has Nigeria been so badly governed and denied of good governance with the federal government woefully failing in its basic duties to provide for the wellbeing and security of its own citizens as we have experienced in the last six years.

“On a daily basis the economic, social and political rights, including the rights to personal security, freedom of speech, association, dissent and peaceful protests, as well as the right to personal liberty are being violated with impunity by the present central administration and its security apparatus.

“Lately, the new devious trend is to tag security risks to innocent Nigerians and opposition elements and use the Immigration Authority to seize their international passports without a prior court order.”

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Speaking further, Wike said it was time for everybody to work collectively towards building a strong legal system that is well-resourced, independent and effective in the administration of justice.

The governor added that his administration has built, rebuilt, furnished and equipped old and new courthouses, including the Rivers State High Court, the Federal High Court, the National Industrial Court and the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt.

He noted that the Rivers State Government is also spending N16 billion to build the Nabo Graham-Douglas Nigerian Law School campus in Port Harcourt.

In his remarks, the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad charged the NBA to lead the crusade to address the poor condition of service of national judicial officers.

He observed that administration of justice is being hampered by assault that litigants, especially politicians and some lawyers, launch on the judiciary when their ends are not met.

Justice Muhammad was represented at the event by Justice Mary Odili.

While urging the NBA to also take measures to discipline its erring members who do not only ridicule the judiciary but also abuse its processes, Justice Muhammad noted that as Nigeria faces the challenges of kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, agitations for secession and resource control.

He believes the peace of the country now rests on the balance of the scale of justice.

Also speaking, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukuh, said it has been difficult to review the nation’s constitution in a manner that meets the current aspirations of Nigerians because of the poor quality of those saddled with such responsibility.

According to him, any tenable constitution should be one that provides a mirror for each Nigerians to recognise him or herself as a citizen and not as an instrument that distributes favours to vested interests, sections or tribes.

“Our politicians must become very careful and more circumspect. If we are going to take a lesson away from Boko Haram, from banditry, from where we find ourselves now, is that there is an urgent need for politicians to become more restraint in their involvement with religion. Because their religious identity remains a very troubling identity,” he said.

Bishop Kukah wondered about the usefulness of having 120,000 membership on NBA list that cannot be harnessed to provide the leadership that is required to save the country from the quagmire of having a workable constitution for Nigeria.

He said Nigerians suffer identity crisis because politics have been immersed in religion and making it difficult to have legal system that can address all issues and promote freedom and justice without any form of discrimination.

NLC Asks Workers To Take COVID-19 Vaccine For ‘A Chance To Stay Alive’

 

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba on Monday asked workers across the country to take the COVID-19 vaccine for a chance to stay alive.

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Wabba appealed to workers to take advantage of vaccination provisions made by the Federal Government, in order to reduce hospitalisations and fatalities among workers.

According to him, while health issues need to be approached with great caution, it would be foolhardy to undermine the protective powers of vaccines against the virus.

“The truth is that despite being imperfect, the COVID-19 vaccine has given all of us a better chance of fighting the virus and staying alive,” he said.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought some of the biggest strains, stress and squeeze to the workplace. Thousands of workers have already died. In fact, just last week, the World Health Organisation posited that as of the third week of October, we have lost about 180,000 frontline health workers.

NLC President, Auyuba Wabba speaks during a press conference in Abuja on October 25, 2-21.

 

“I understand some people prefer to view COVID-19 vaccination with caution. Yes, it is important to proceed on issues of public health with great caution. Yet, it would be foolhardy to elevate caution above scientific evidence and facts from public health records.

“I urge workers all over the world to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccines and keep themselves, their families and their colleagues at work safe and free from the morbid threats of the corona pandemic.”

The NLC President’s appeal follows the recent directive of the Federal Government that civil servants who refuse to be vaccinated will need to show test results, confirming that they are negative before they can access public offices, beginning from December 1.

 

Those Claiming Anambra Election Won’t Hold Are Lying, Says Ezeife

Former Anambra State Governor, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, speaks during an interview which aired on Channels Television’s Newsnight on October 25, 2021.

 

Former Anambra State Governor, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that those claiming the governorship election in Anambra won’t hold are lying.

There has been palpable fear in the south-east region following the deteriorating state of insecurity with many scared that the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State will not hold.

But Ezeife who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight faulted those working against the scheduled poll in the state, saying their intention is to mislead the people.

He equally alleged that some people within the system were colluding with outsiders to unleash mayhem in the South-East.

“The issue of those people saying there will be no election in Anambra State is a lie intended to mislead (the people),” he said.

The ex-governor noted that the phrase ‘unknown gunmen’ started after the April 5 attack on the Nigerian Correctional Services and the Police Headquarters in Imo State, where gunmen freed several prison inmates.

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Following the attack that left at least a policeman dead, Ezeife recalled how the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma said more than 70 per cent of the attackers were not easterners.

Speaking further, he regretted that five months after the attack, the gunmen again struck in Anambra by killing Chike Akunyili, husband of the late boss of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili.

He added, “Remember when the incident in Owerri Prison happened when the unknown gunmen started, those people who were the unknown gunmen, Governor Hope Uzodinma said more than 70 per cent of them were not from the east,” he said.

“That happened months before Nnamdi Kanu came back, now the Akunyuli case. My own people saw it happen.

“My PA, driver and the other people who saw this thing happen never saw any group of people claiming responsibility or saying there will be no election. I cannot clearly say that nobody from IPOB is responsible. There are bad people everywhere, there may have been people especially at the beginning who acted violently and those people may be from Anambra.”