Over 300 Participants For 2016 Korean Ambassador Cup

TaekwondoThe organising committee has confirmed that the 2016 edition of the Korean Ambassador Cup will commence from Friday, December 8 to 10. 

The organisers also announced that over 300 participants from the 36 states of the federation and friendly West African coast will be available to compete for honours in different weight categories, for the sparring (kyorugi and the forms (poomsaes).

The Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, who also doubles as the President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Grandmaster George Ashiru, said the annual event sponsored by the Korean Cultural centre ‘with their other chosen partners’ is geared towards enhancing sports development and bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Korea.

He believes that in the absence of the National Sports Festival, the 2016 edition will provide an opportunity for the federation to raise a new national team for 2017 which is a world championship year.

According to information made available from the Secretariat of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, about 300 athletes made up of 50 teams have already arrived in Lagos for the competition set to kick off on Friday.

He said: “300 athletes with about 150 accompanying officials have already landed in Lagos and ready for the 2016 edition of the Korean Ambassador Cup.

“Ghana have already sent in three separate teams from three different provinces, Niger have sent in another set of athletes while Togo are reported to have their athletes on the road.

“But, we won’t count them as part of the competition until they arrive in Lagos.

“We do know that many states, the Armed forces and other para-military units as well as elite clubs are seriously gearing up to be for this event to ensure that their athletes are nationally ranked in preparation for a busy season in 2017”.

Apart from individual awards for participating athletes at the end of the competition, there will be a presentation of awards from the Korean Ambassador to former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, former Chief of Army staff, Lt. General Inuwa Wushishi (rtd) and other Nigerians for their immense contributions to Taekwondo development.

National Security Policy Should Address Structural Ambiguity – Agwai

General AgwaiFormer Chief Of Army Staff, General Martin Luther Agwai (Rtd), says the most important solution to the collective security machinery in the country, is for the national security policy to address the structural ambiguity.

General Agwai said that the structural ambiguity is seen the chain of command, the line of communication and the relationship between each of the security agencies.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, General Agwai insisted that ambiguity had always been in the system and the challenge was allowing  rumors to rule.

While acknowledging that rivalry like conflict is good sometimes, he said “it sometimes gingers people to work and perform better whereas it is better to make a wrong decision than to make no decision at all”.

“Not A One Man thing”

The General, who confirmed that there was a security policy in Nigeria and a drafted policy decision currently going on, said the policy would be backed with the constitution which had made it easier to control and run.

He admitted that the responsibility for Nigeria’s security was on the President, stressing that the citizens were justified demanding same of him, but explained that “security is not a one man thing” and advised  citizens to cooperate with the government.

On the killing of suspected Boko Haram members by the military, General Agwai said, although he was not justifying the killings, there were definitely two sides to the story and that the military had already started investigating the report.

He also warned that the country should learn better from the current insurgency situation, saying that it is a battle of mind that requires the collective gathering in order to recognise and know that “it is a fight against the survival of Nigeria”.

He said: “It is an issue of hearts and mind and the insurgents want to instill fear in the minds of Nigerians which could lead to them taking over the entire country”.

Several critics have said that the the Nigerian Armed Forces were not equipped to handle the current war, but General Agwai dismissed the claims, explaining that the military had tools to fight the war on terror. He, however, stressed  that the fight was more of intelligence, psychology and information gathering.

He further advised that the military should be more equipped to tackle the challenges.

Ajudua Trial Resumes, Faces Fresh Arraignment On February 5

Alleged serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua, is to face a fresh arraignment on February 5, 2014, more than ten years after he was first arraigned in 2003 for fraud charges totalling about $1.69m. 

He will be arraigned before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja who has been assigned the case following the withdrawal of the former trial judge, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole.

Justice Oyewole’s withdrawal may not be unconnected with a petition written to the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi (Rtd).

In the petition, Lt.-Gen. Bamaiyi alleged that Ajudua and some others, swindled him of $8.395m on the pretext of helping him to secure his release from the Kirikiri Maximum Prison where he was remanded between November 2004 and June 2005.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that Ajudua and the others, who are said to be at large, had fraudulently claimed that $1m out of the total money collected from Bamaiyi was for financial assistance for the treatment of Justice Oyewole’s father.

Back in 2003, the EFCC had arraigned Ajudua and one other person before Justice Oyewole for allegedly defrauding two Dutch business men of about $1.69m between July 1999 and September 2000.

The prosecution had already called six witnesses in proof of the case against him before Ajudua absconded from trial in 2005. After a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, he voluntarily reappeared in 2013 and this time Justice Oyewole denied him bail.

He was eventually granted bail by the vacation judge, Justice Ganiyu Safari, and had not attended his trial before Justice Oyewole withdrew from the case.

The matter, which was then reassigned to Justice Jose, was fixed for re-arraignment today (January 28) but the proceedings were stalled owing to the absence of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wemimo Ogunde, and the second accused person in court. Ajudua and his counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, were however present.

Channels Television’s Judiciary Correspondent, Shola Soyele, reports that another Lagos High Court judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye has also fixed February 12 for the arraignment of Ajudua based on Bamaiyi’s petition to the EFCC.

A 13 count charge of fraud and conspiracy has already been made against Ajudua.