Government is treating insecurity with kid’s gloves – Bimbo Daramola

A member of the House of Representatives, Bimbo Daramola on Tuesday said that the Federal Government is treating the present insecurity in the country with kid gloves.

Mr Daramola, who spoke as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, also comment on the recent violence in Jos and the controversies surrounding the invitation of President Goodluck Jonathan by the House of Representatives.

Congo warlord jailed for 14 years in landmark case

Delivering its first sentence, the International Criminal Court jailed Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo for 14 years on Tuesday for recruiting child soldiers.

The Hague-based court was set up a decade ago to punish and discourage the world’s worst crimes through a system of international justice, but its critics say it has moved too slowly and failed to put its most important suspects on trial.

Lubanga was found guilty in March of abducting boys and girls under the age of 15 and forcing them to fight in a war in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. At least 60,000 people are thought to have been killed.

“The trial and sentence handed down today sends a strong message to those who recruit and use children during times of war,” said Anneke van Woudenberg of Human Rights Watch.

But taking into account the six years Lubanga spent in detention during the trial, Lubanga’s sentence has only eight years to run. He could get parole earlier.

Critics of the International Criminal Court questioned how big an achievement it could claim from sentencing Lubanga.

“If you’d said at the beginning, this court would finish one trial in 10 years, and that would be for a secondary offence like using child soldiers, people would have said they won’t waste their money on it,” said William Schabas, a law professor at Middlesex University.

Some Congolese were also disappointed in Lubanga’s sentence, which compares to the 50 years handed down in May by another court in The Hague to former Liberian president Charles Taylor for war crimes in Sierra Leone.

“We had hoped he would stay in prison for life in order to ease the minds of the victims,” said Emmanuel Folo, a human rights lawyer in Ituri.

Presiding judge Adrian Fulford criticised the ICC’s founding prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, for his conduct of Lubanga’s case. Ocampo recently completed his term.

Lubanga’s sentence was shortened because of his good behaviour in the face of the prosecutor’s failure to disclose some evidence and giving misleading statements to the media, Fulford said.

Boko Haram claims Plateau attacks

The dreaded Islamist sect Boko Haram said on Tuesday that it was behind the graveyard attacks in Plateau state last Sunday that killed at least 22 people including a Senator and a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, but security forces blamed the violence on localised ethnic clashes.

“We praise God in this war for Prophet Mohammed, we (Boko Haram) thank Allah for the successful attack in … Plateau state on Christians and security men,” an email from the group’s spokesman Abul Qaqa said.

“We will continue to hunt for government officials wherever they are; they will have no peace again,” said the statement from the Islamist group that has carried out waves of assaults in the North.

The email was sent to reporters in Maiduguri from an address previously used by Qaqa.

Don’t expect solution soon, official tells Okun Alfa community

The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, MacJohn Nwaobiala has said that residents of the Okun Alfa Community should not expect an immediate solution to the flooding problems threatening to sack them from their homes.

Speaking to Channels Television’s reporter, Mr Nwaobiala acknowledged that the problem at the community and the Alfa Beach area is ‘huge’.
He however said “You don’t expect solutions immediately.”

The Permanent Secretary said that there studies are being carried out and that the government is conducting negotiations and technical evaluations in order to proffer lasting solution to the problem.

The environmental degradation going on at Alpha Beach and Okun-Alfa is increasing rapidly and yet nothing has been done. The increasing rainfalls in Lagos has led to increasing flooding which have displaced many families from their homes.

Flooding resulting from the increasing rainfall in Lagos couple with the Ocean surge has partially sacked residents from the Okun Alfa community. The community health centre has been completely destroyed and the electric lines are broken.

Environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi said that the ocean surge is a result of the shipwreck that has not been cleared from the shorelines.

“Unfortunately, because of the shipwrecks that have been abandoned just downstream from Alfa Beach, all the beach shores protecting Alfa from the sea has been totally eroded,” he said.

Subsidy probe: Activist says bribery scandal is a distraction ploy

A renowned Niger Delta activist and founder of Agape Birthright, Annkio Briggs on Monday said that the current bribery allegations against the suspended Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee that probed the management of the fuel subsidy fund, Farouk Lawan is a ploy by those indicted by the committee to distract Nigerians from the corruption in the oil sector.

The Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola blew the whistle that Mr Lawan had demanded $3 million from him in order to remove his company from the list of companies indicted by his committee to have received foreign exchange without using the money for fuel importation. Mr Lawan was alleged to have received $500, 000 part payment while the former Secretary of the committee, Boniface Emenalo allegedly received $120, 000 from the oil merchant.

Mrs Briggs, while responding to questions from the hosts of Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily said the bribery scandal is a set up to make Nigerian look the other way of the subsidy probe report.

Audio conversation is enough evidence to prosecute Farouk Lawan – Lawyer

A legal practitioner, Idris Faro on Monday said that the argument put forward by the counsel to Farouk Lawan that his client’s voice was doctored in the audio conversation between him and Femi Otedola was doctored.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, Mr Faro said that he believes that the audio clip is enough evidence to prosecute Mr Lawan.

“It is left for the prosecution to prove that the voice on the audio conversation is Farouk’s by calling voice experts. I don’t agree that there isn’t enough evidence to charge Honourable Farouk Lawan to court,” he said.

Farouk Lawan’s bribery allegation is not a sting operation – Former Minister

Former Minister of Work, Adeseye Ogunlewe on Monday said that the $3 million bribe allegations involving the suspended Chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee that probed the management of the subsidy fund, Farouk Lawan and the Chairman of Zenon oil and Gas, Femi otedola is not a sting operation.

Mr Ogunlewe was speaking while responding to questions from Channels Television Sunrise Daily’s presenters.

We are busy organising competitions, not developing sports – Analysts

The guests on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, blame the decline in sports in Nigeria on the neglect of school sports.

“There is a disconnect between the foundries and national sport,” Duro Ikhazuage, the group Sports Editor, Thisday newspaper said.

Alfa Beach surge: Environmentalists say agency flout Jonathan’s order

An Environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi and a Journalist, Tunde Akingbade speak on the environmental impact of the absence of beach fronts in Lagos.

Mr Majekodunmi said that 10 months ago, President Goodluck Jonathan, who had visited Lagos and inspected a shipwreak gave an instruction that the wreaked ship be removed from the shoreline.

However, despite the fact there is an agency of government responsible for removing shipwreaks from the shoreline, nothing has been done about the president’s order.

Fish out killers of Senator Dantong, Jonathan orders Police

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday ordered security agencies to fish out the killers of a federal Senator, Gyang Dantong.

Mr Dantong, who represented Plateau North constituency and the Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani were on Sunday killed along with over 20 people during an attack by some gunmen.

The incident followed the earlier gruesome discovery of 50 corpses in a church in the area. They were the corpses of members of a church said to have fled an onslaught by Fulani herdsmen.

President Jonathan, speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, described the killing as cruel and regrettable.

Mr Abati said that the President had directed security agencies to carry out a thorough investigation to ensure that the culprits are apprehended and brought to justice in due course.

He further said “President Jonathan commiserates with the government and people of Plateau State and members and the leadership of the Senate on the incident.”

“The Federal Government is working hard to ensure that there is a check on impunity.

“That much was demonstrated with the recent changes made in the top echelon of our security architecture, especially with the appointment of the new National Security Adviser.

“We shall continue to re- invigorate our fight against terrorism and impunity and we are already taking concrete steps. The President further assured citizens of their safety wherever they live,” Mr Abati said.

Jang imposes 24-hour curfew in parts of Jos

The Plateau State Government on Sunday imposed a 24-hour curfew in some parts of the state and also deployed soldiers to the affected areas, following the violent clash between Fulani herdsmen and community dwellers which led to the death of a federal Senator and a state lawmaker.
The late Senators, Gyang Dantong, who represented Plateau North, and Majority Leader of Plateau House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani were killed on Sunday while attending the mass burial of villagers murdered on Saturday by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Pam Ayuba, spokesman for the Plateau state’s governor who confirmed the incident, said Misters Dantong and Fulani among several others were gunned down by fulani herdsmen shortly after attending the mass burial for the victims of  Saturday’s raid.

After the burial, the officials went to a reception at the home of another local leader in the state’s Gashis district, roughly 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the capital Jos, Mr Ayuba said.

“The Fulani herdsmen raided the house…they shot (the politicians) and some others but the key people who lost their lives are the senator and the majority leader,” he said.

Mr Ayuba said that he did not know the total number of casualties.

Another federal lawmaker “escaped death by a whisker,” he added.

The local government affected by the curfew are Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Jos North and Jos South.

The death of the politicians is reported to have led to reprisal killings along Barkin Lardi Riyom expressway, where motorists were caught unawares. Several commuters were reportedly killed by mobs.

In Jos, the state capital, at least four people were killed in reprisal attacks in front of Senator Dantong’s home on St-Finbarrs road.

BBA: Davido to perform at Eviction Show

The prolific Nigerian singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has been confirmed for an appearance on the Eviction stage of the Big Brother Africa Stargame.   

Davido a recording artist and music producer from Nigeria started his music profession a year ago.

The star has been performing since age 11, in a short space of time Davido has developed a huge fan base in Nigeria, US, UK as well as throughout Africa.

This young fresh talent’s hit single “Dami Duro is a guaranteed club banger and enjoys massive airplay throughout the continent.

Davido has shared the stage with incredible artistes including Fabulous, Keith Sweat, Cabo Snoop, D’banj, Naeto C amongst others.