2face insists Protests will hold in Lagos, Abuja





2—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 3





4 — SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Drama as Reps grill former SGF

*You’re acting childishly, ex-Minister tells C’ttee Chairman

*C’ttee Chair alleges Centenary is owned by 2 Nigerians

*You’re not qualified to chair this hearing, Anyim tells chairman

By Emman

Ovuakporie and

Johnbosco Agbakwuru

THERE was a mild drama

yesterday as Members

of the House of Representatives

Committee on Federal

Capital Territory, FCT

were grilling former Secretary

to the Government of

the Federation, SGF, Senator

Anyim Pius Anyim over

alleged irregularities in the

agreement on Centenary


The drama started immediately

the Deputy Minority

Leader of the House,

Hon Chukwuka Onyeama,

PDP, Anambra representing

the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara

finished reading his

welcome address at about

10.45am at the investigative

hearing on the Centenary

City Project.

The former Senate President

then requested the

Speaker’s representative to

wait because he wanted to

make an observation before

the investigative hearings

could proceed.

At this point, chairman of

the House Committee on

FCT, Herman Hembe yielded

the floor to the former

SGF to make his presentation.

He started reading his

presentation and towards

the end of his three page

presentation said: “When

the former Managing Director

of Security and Exchange

Commission accused

you of demanding

bribe from her, you pushed

for her sack and I refused

to sack her while I was Secretary

to Government of the

Federation. I will not allow

you to use the platform of

this committee to victimize


Immediately he read that

portion, the air was rented

by ‘Point of Order, point of

Order, point of Order. No,

no, no, no, no. Hold on.

The following dialogue

then ensue:

Hembe:”The former Senate

President cannot assume

the chairman of the

committee, it’s not fair.

Anyim:Please sir, I have

the privilege to be heard.

Okay, let us not get overheated.

Mr Chairman, distinguished

Hon. members,

let me just say briefly.

Hembe:Hold on, I am

going to allow him to finish

but hold on.

Let me just say that we are

a house of free lawmakers,

we are a house of order. We

are a house of due process.

Let me just say to the former

President of the Senate and

the former SGF that in my

opening remarks, I tried to

show you courtesy. Please,

don’t interrupt, as far as this

hearing is concerned, I’m

the chairman here and I

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would not allow you to

usurp that position. I am

here on no account of yours.

I have shown you respect.

I even made a comment in

the beginning that you

ought not to appear by saying

clearly that it was

brought to my attention by

certain quarters that we

shouldn’t have invited the

former Senate President to

a hearing like this out of

respect. It’s just respect for

the fact that he’s been Senate

President and I took note

of that and spoke to my colleague

chairman in the Senate,

Senator Dino Melaye

last night.

“I asked him to communicate

with the former Senate

President and ask if we

could excuse him today. It

doesn’t mean that if we excuse

him we won’t write to

request for such information

later. What we are doing

here bothers on his activities

as Secretary to Government

of the Federation.

“For the former Senate

President to impute bias

when he does not even

know what we are doing

here, we have not even said

a word and he’s already

inputting bias, I will like to

ask you.....

At this point, Anyim interrupted

Hembe:Do not interrupt

me, do not interrupt me, I

reject that. Let me finish. Sit

down, you cannot, let me


Hon. Members, let me

say this to the former Senate

President. Former Senate

President and SGF, hold

on. Like I said earlier, we

will allow everybody the opportunity

to speak here but

I’m a little dismayed that for

someone who was invited

for this programme and felt

he ought not to be invited,

has already delved into the

subject matter, I would allow

Senator Pius Anyim an

opportunity to go ahead

and finish his statement.

When he finishes, we will

rule and there’s no way he

or anybody can attempt to

disrupt this proceeding,

this proceeding will be concluded

today. Nothing will

change and so you can go

ahead and make your statement

and make any imputation

you want to make,

when you are done, we will

continue, I so rule.

2 dismissed soldiers, nine others nabbed

over theft of N7.2bn gas turbine, other items

*Police recover nine stolen vehicles

By Samuel

Oyadongha, Yenagoa

NO fewer than thirteen

persons including two

dismissed soldiers, attached

to Operation Doyle

battling the Boko Haram

insurgents in Borno State

were yesterday paraded

for alleged involvement in

crimes including the theft

of a gas turbine valued at

N7.2 billion owned by the

Bayelsa State Government

along the Etelebou community

of Gbarain in Yenagoa

Local Government

Area of the State

Also arrested by men of

the State Police Command

were nine persons over

their alleged involvement

in cases of kidnapping

and car theft.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner

of Police, Asuquo

Amba, who disclosed

this yesterday in Yenagoa

while parading the suspects

before newsmen,

said police operatives intercepted

a Russian Gas

Turbine Etelebu,Gbarain

area of the state.

According to him, “Seven

suspects were arrested

and five trucks recovered

with vandalised turbine.”

He said, Governor Seriake

Dickson has been informed

and has given the

go ahead for proper investigation

of those involved.

Amba Asuquo also confirmed

that the two deserters

of the Nigerian Army

who were of the rank of

Corporal, were arrested

alongside other suspects

along the Agudama Ekpetiama

area of the Bayelsa

state capital over their alleged

involvement in theft

of vehicles.

According to him, “On

the 29th of January, 2017,

the command control room

received a distress call

from one Toju Adama from

Ogborikoko in Warri Delta

State that his Hilux Van

was stolen and was tracked

to Agudama-Epie.

“Operatives from the

State Command swung

into action and arrested

the occupants of the Hilux,

one John Linus Ogah, a

dismissed soldier from 3

Division of the Nigerian

Army in Cross River State

and his cohort, one Shedrack

at the scene. A

bunch of master keys were

recovered from the suspect.”


We’re under siege of

disinformation, FG cries out

By Emmanuel Elebeke

Apparently reacting to the rumoured death of President

Muhammadu Buhari across the social media, the Federal

Government has cried out that the country was under the

siege of disinformation and fake news.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, made the observation in Abuja on Friday

when he paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of Daar

Communications Plc. owners of the African Independent

Television (AIT) and Raypower radio station.

The Minister said it was worrisome that the media had

failed to check the dangerous which is capable of eroding

the integrity of the media and bring the country to its knees.

He then called on the media not to engage in dissemination

of false information.

Mohammed then urged the media, particularly the traditional

media to eschew disinformation of fake news and

save the country from the negative consequences.

13,000 suffer from Malnutrition

one Bauchi LGA

By Suzan Edeh, Bauchi

No fewer than 13, 000 children were said to be malnourished

in Dambam local government area of Bauchi


The Nutrition officer of the local government Ahmed

idi who stated this during the weeked when he received

a delegation led by the Chairman, State Primary

Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA said

that they were admitted for treatment at Dambam community

management for acute malnutrition programme

in 2016.

‘Only 3,755 were successfully treated after receiving

supplementary feeding for a period of eight weeks.

The local government has five outpatient therapeutic

sites, but most parents are found of defaulting, that

was why the number of treated children are low”

“ Enlightenment is still ongoing to encourage care

givers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding,

complementary feeding and personal hygiene,” he


Osinbajo to chair forum on

Economic Recovery Plan

By Emmanuel Elebeke

sThe Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to chair an

Economic Recovery Plan forum on Monday, 6 February

in Abuja.

The Plan is expected to be formally launched by President

Mohammadu Buhari within the month.

A release signed by the Media Adviser to the Minister

of Budget and National Planning, Akpandem James, explained

that the forum is part of efforts towards carrying

the critical sectors along and ensuring successful development

of the Economic Recovery Plan.

According to the Minister, Udoma Udo Udoma, the

event is being organized for representatives of the Private

Sector to actively engage their public sector counterparts

on the proposals.

He noted that the Ministry of Budget and National

Planning was in the process of finalizing Nigeria’s Economic

Recovery and Growth Plan (NERGP) 2017 – 2020

development process, stating that the forum is expected

to enrich the Plan development process.

There’s no travel ban on

Nigerians—US envoy

By Victoria Ojeme

UNITED States has said Nigerians will not be

banned from entering the country contrary to

speculations of many. Trump had signed an executive

order barring citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran,

Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the

country for 90 days and also suspended the admission

of all refugees for 120 days. The US Ambassador

to Nigeria , Ambassador W. Stuart Symington who said

this yesterday during a press briefing in Abuja, stated

that the US holds Nigeria in high esteem and would

not ban its citizens from coming to US. He said the

connection between our two countries has been strong

and will continue to be strong tomorrow. He refuted

the claim that Nigeria visa status has been reduce to

one year. He said that nothing has really changed in

the Visa policy for Nigeria, stressing that the two years

multiple entry status is still valid for Nigerians. He

said U.S will not discriminate against any Nigeria based

on religion or tribe. He however stressed that should

there be any visa denial for any individual it should

not be constricted to discrimination.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 5

STATE OF THE NATION: Tuface insists protests’ll

go on in Lagos, Abuja

*No ban on peaceful protests — Presidency

*What the law says about public protest

By Charles Kumolu

BARLEY 24 hours af

ter the Lagos State

Police Command vowed

to stop the planned protests

against bad governance

being convened

by Tuface Idibia, the famous

Afro-Pop artiste

has vowed to go on with

the exercise.

The event which was

earlier scheduled to

hold in Lagos only would

also hold in Abuja on

February 6, 2017. Tuface,

who made his insistence

known on his Instagram

account, said the events

being organised on the

platform of the 2Face

Foundation, would commence

at 8: am in Lagos

and 9: am in Abuja.

In a move indicative

that the protests tagged:

One Voice, One Nigeria

were explicitly about Nigeria,

interested participants

were asked to put

on green attires. Yesterday’s

post to the effect

that the protests would

go on, was on the heels

of a similar notice by a

civil society organisation,

Enough Is Enough, EiE.

Tuface said the protests

were meant to sensitize

the Nigerian authorities

over the increasing hardship

in the country.

The insistence by Tuface

generated so many

comments on his Instagram

account from

would-be protesters, who

maintained that the

grinding hardship in

Nigeria made the protests


As of the time of filing

this report, the social

media was abuzz with

comments against the

plan to stop the protest.

Instructively, those,

who questioned the reasons

adduced by the Police,

insisted that it was

the responsibility of the

law enforcement agency

to maintain law and order

during the exercise.

Even a few, who were

less sympathetic to the

protests, reminded the

Police that the right to

protest was inalienable.

While dismissing the

reasons given by the Police,

others pointed at

past protests which held

in the country without

being stopped by the

law. The State Police

Commissioner, Mr. Fatai

Owoseni had said that

Tuface lacked the capacity

to contain the kind of

crowd the protests would

attract. “We know that

Tuface does not have the

capacity to contain such

a crowd and we will not

fold our hands and watch

while things go out of

hand,” he said last


Instructively, Section

39 of the 1999 Constitution

granted the freedom

of expression, including

the right to be heard and

to disseminate information.

By Ifeyinwa Obi

THE recent arrest of a

container carrying

high calibre arms by the

Nigeria Customs Service,

NCS, in Lagos, has raised

questions about the role

of security agencies and

other agencies in the

ports, who were saddled

with the responsibility of

inspecting imported

goods. It was learnt that

apart from the seven authorised

inspecting agencies

at the ports, no fewer

than 15 operate at the various

ports-a situation industry

operators said had

been instrumental to the

indiscriminate clearing of

harmful goods.

Saturday Vanguard

learnt that the authorized

agencies include Nigerian

Ports Authority, NPA,

Section 40 provides the

freedom of association

while Section 38 gave

Nigerians the right to

freedom of movement

and peaceful assembly.

Meanwhile, the Presidency,

yesterday, said it

was not against the right

of Nigerians to stage

peaceful protests. This

was made known by the

Senior Special Assistant

on Media and Publicity

to the Acting President,

Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Mr.

Laolu Akande.

Disclosing this on his

Twitter handle, he said:

“This administration will

not prevent Nigerians

from expressing themselves

in peaceful protests,

it is a fundamental

right of the people. No

government has ever

laid out the kind of Social

Investment Programme

the Buhari government

is now running

across the nation that

will touch millions.”

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Nigeria Customs Service,

National Drug Law Enforcement


NDLEA, Nigeria Maritime

Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA,

Nigeria Police, Nigeria

Immigration Service and

Port Health.

The duties of these

agencies in the process of

examining and giving

clearance to imported

goods were supposed to

complement the efforts of

the NCS, but findings

showed that most of the

agencies often compromise


Of these agencies, it was

gathered that it was impossible

for some to be

ignorant of the content of

the 40-foot container

which was ferrying 661

Pump-Action rifles to an

unknown destination.

A source revealed that

the exit of the truck carrying

the weapons may

have been facilitated by

the agencies saddled with

the examination of the

goods in connivance with

the releasing officers.

The faulty state of the

scanners at the Port suggested

that the officer in

charge of examination

alongside other agencies

may have carried out the

inspection after which a

report which facilitated

the release by the Releasing

Officer was written.

Saturday Vanguard further

learnt that the container

could not have exited

from the port without

being opened at the gate

*Ganawuri Cultural Group from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau

performing a dance at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC ) Orientation

Camp in Mangu on Friday. NAN

Vampire was not treated like king

— Prisons Spokesperson

By Charles Kumolu

THE Public Relations

Officer of Nigeria

Prisons Service, NPS,

Mr. Francis Enabore has

said that the kidnap

ARMS SEIZURE IN LAGOS: Why security agents

have questions to answer

for sighting.

With these suggesting

the likelihood of a coordinated

deal among the various

officials saddled with

the responsibility of ascertaining

the content of the

container, some stakeholders

noted that unraveling

those behind the

importation and release of

the goods would not be


The Secretary General,

Association of Nigerian

Licensed Customs

Agents, ANLCA, urged

the Federal Government

to hold the Command

where the container was

released responsible.

He said: “This is not the

first time arms and ammunitions

have been passing

through the ports.

They should not fool us.

It was only when negotiation

broke down that the

FOU was alerted.

‘’These security agents

including the Customs all

saw these arms. It was a

syndicate. All the agents

have compromised. The

wanted officers could not

be the releasing officers.

The releasing officer is

always between the rank

of Deputy Comptroller or

Assistant Comptroller.

‘’There is no way these

releasing officers and the

officer in charge of the

gate could claim ignorance

of the sordid incident

because, at the gate,

containers are always reopened

after examination.

All the security

agents, including the

kingpin, Mr. Chibuzor

Henry, alias Vampire,

who escaped at the High

Court premises in Owerri,

was never given special

treatment while in


Customs are culpable.”

His views were corroborated

by the National

Coordinator, Save Nigeria

Importers and Freight

Forwarders Coalition, Mr.

Osita Okechukwu, who

described the incident as

a national embarrassment.

He said: ‘”These two officers

declared wanted

could not have ordered

the release of the container.

The releasing officers

should have been arrested.

The Officer in charge

of inspection, Officer in

charge of releasing and

Officer in charge of the

gate, who are of the rank

of Deputy Comptroller

and Assistant Comptroller,

have questions to answer.

The junior officers, who

are being hooded by the

Customs authority, are

not those to be held responsible.”

It was however gathered

that a female officer,

who authorized the release

of the container,

Rose Abetiambe, an Assistant

Comptroller of Customs,

had been in detention

at the FOU cell in Ikeja

since Monday.

Saturday Vanguard was

told that the Releasing

Officer did not deny authorizing

the release of

the container after physical


However, industry commentators

have dismissed

as untenable the excuse

being bandied by the

NCS that the Customs

examiners failed to detect

the arms in the container

due to faulty scanners.

Enabore, who said this

in an exclusive chat with

Vanguard against the

backdrop of reports to

the effect that the escaped

prisoner lived

large in detention, specifically

denied that

Vampire had no access

to mobile phones.

His words: “It is wrong

for anyone to allege that

people live like kings in

the prison. The manner

we keep prisoners is

spelled out in our rules

of engagement. To allege

that some prisoners

live like kings is wrong.

It is misinformation.

All I know is that the

issue of phones being

smuggled into the prisons

has been a challenge

to us. We have

been battling it and it is

not just a challenge in

Nigeria, it happens all

over the world. Our responsibility

is to ensure

that it does not happen.

We don’t allow it. What

is important is to ensure

that people don’t smuggle

phones into the prisons.

Whenever we find

out that it happened, we

have a structure and our

ways of handling it.

‘’Vampire is one out of

the 3000 persons in that

prison. So, it is sheer

exaggeration for someone

to say that the service

allowed him to live

like a king. Anyone, who

knows the prison, knows

that it was not built like

a palace. All the prisons

were built in the same


What people don’t understand

is that we have

the mandate to keep people

alive. And we have

always been doing that.

For instance, an ex-governor,

who is detained,

cannot be kept in the

same cell with kidnappers

or hardened criminals.

We use our discretion

to ensure that prisoners

are separated.”





6 — SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017





Police arrest, parade killers of

Assistant Superintendent of Customs

*We were told he was carrying N4m, dollars but saw N600,000 in his bag


*Added that Chelsea T-Shirt gave him out

By Kingsley

Omonobi, Abuja

THE Police at Force

Headquarters yesterday

paraded five suspected

armed robbers who shot and

killed Assistant Superintendent

of Customs (ASC)

Aliyu Dayyab, on the 22nd

of December 2016 at Tin

Can Island, Apapa.

Chief organizer of the

gang, Lanre Humphreh

Aimudo told reporters that

the informant that gave them

the job, told him that the

Customs officer was carrying

a cash amount of N4

million and undisclosed

amount of dollars and that

was why the gang went after


He said that they were

able to distinguish the officer

from others after the close of

work on the day of the attack

because he was wearing

a Chelsea T-shirt.

Asked How much they

retrieved from the officer and

why they killed him, Lanre

said that contrary to the information

given them, the

bag that was taken from the

officer only contained N600,

000 which 10 of them who

were involved in the crime

shared at N50, 000 each.

He said after they robbed

the officer, they were about

leaving when they heard

gunshot and it turned out

that one of them shot the


Giving details of the arrest

of the gang, Force Public

Relations Officer, CSP

Jimoh Moshood said, “We

are parading before you, a

five member gang of vicious

armed robbers and killers of

ASC Aliyu Dayyab on 22/12/

2016 at Tin Can Area of


“Sequel to the report of the

incident and a coordinated

operation carried out by the

IGP’s Intelligence Response

Team (IRT) and the Technical

Intelligence Unit (TIU),

on the directive of the IGP

to fish out the killers of the

Customs Officer, the following

suspects were trailed

and arrested between December

2016, and 18th

January 2017.

“They are Lucky Williams-

Gang Leader; Akinloye

Samuel, Abraham Lot,

Bolaji Taiwo and Lanre

Humphreh Aimudo. One

GSM Infinite phone belonging

to the late Customs Officer

was recovered from

Lucky Williams.

The FPRO noted that

Humphreh organized the

gang that robbed and killed

the Customs Officer on the

said day when he closed

from duty on his way home.

“The suspects confessed to

have information that the

officer had in his possession,

four million cash and some

dollars and this prompted

the attack and killing of the

officer after they snatched

the bag containing some


He said “All the suspects

volunteered confessional

statements admitting the

various criminal roles they

played in the commission of

the heinous crime.

“They will be arraigned in

court on completion of investigation

for murder, armed

robbery and conspiracy,” the

FPRO added.

Task Force on food security identifies

poor roads, multiple taxes as reasons

for high cost of staple food

By Levinus



identified the poor

state of rural roads and

multiple revenue collecting

points on the highways

from traders and

transporters as major reasons

prices of goods are

sky-rocking in the markets.

Committee on Food Security

set up by the Acting

President, Yemi Osinbajo

to mitigate on the

matter came up with the

factors at its first meeting

since their inauguration

on Wednesday.

Presided over by Osinbajo,

the meeting which

held at Aguda House,

the official residence of

the Acting President added

that inadequacy of

distribution networks

and high cost of transportation

also counted.

Against this background,

the Task Force

set up technical subgroup

to draw up a draft

plan of action for further


The Task Force would

also be coordinating various

“MDAs and working

closely with the private

sector to explore

ways and means of overcoming

some of the supply

bottlenecks in the

short term, while also reinforcing

on-going medium

and long-term solutions

including improving

supplies and providing

better storage.”

A statement from the

Office of the Acting President

however clarified

that its assignment “is

not about government

intervening directly in

the market for staple

foods either though purchases

or price fixing.”

Those wishing PMB dead,

wicked, callous—Obasanjo

Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

FORMER President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has

described those peddling the rumuored death of

President Muhammadu Buhari as wicked, callous and


Obasanjo stated this in a release issued by his Media

Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, in Abeokuta on Friday,adding

that instead of embarking on such “worrisome” wishes,

they should rather engage in marathon prayers from


He said, what the President needs “are our prayers

and best wishes, which will ginger his morale to come

back more stronger and better.”

Obasanjo who cautioned against politicization of every

situation in the country, recalled that he has also

been a victim of such rumoured death while in office as

the President, declaring, “no normal human being will

wish an elderly person dead irrespective of their differences.

“If you don’t like him, wait for another election, not

going about to say he is dead. No matter his health situation,

we should pray for him to recover quick and

come back more stronger and better. For anyone wishing

him dead, such person or group of persons are callous,

wicked and treacherous.

“I was also rumoured to have died almost 12 times. I

don’t know what they derive from doing so, but, they

should seek forgiveness.”

Maj. Gen. Atewe, Akpobolokemi

re-arraigned by EFCC over N8.5b fraud

By Innocent Anaba

ECONOMIC and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday,

re-arraigned Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe and three

others, over N8.5 billion fraud before a Federal High

Court sitting in Lagos.

Atewe was charged alongside Patrick Akpobolokemi,

former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and two

other members of staff, Kime Engonzu and Josephine


They are facing an amended 22 count charge of fraud.

Their re-arraignment followed the transfer of the former

trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu from Lagos to the Port

harcourt division of the court.

The accused were re-arraigned before a new judge,

Justice A.O Faji, and their pleas taken afresh.

After their re-arraignment, defence counsel asked

the court to allow the accused to continue on the earlier

bail granted by the previous judge.

Consequently, the judge allowed them to continue

on the earlier bail granted and adjourned till February

13 and 17 for commencement of trial.

At the last adjourned date, the EFCC had examined

a prosecution witness, Mr Adamu Yusuf, who told the

court how the accused converted about N4.9 billion

into dollars.

FG to cut fuel imports, grow Forex

reserves with biofuels policy

By Michael Eboh

THE Federal Govern

ment, yesterday, said it

is set to introduce a

Biofuels Policy that would

cut Nigeria’s fuel import by

five per cent in the short

term and up to 20 per cent

in the medium, and which

would also help grow the

country’s foreign exchange


This was disclosed by the

Acting Executive Secretary

of the Petroleum Products

Pricing Regulatory

Agency, PPPRA, Mr. Victor

Shidok, at a press conference

in Abuja to announce

the forthcoming

workshop on biofuels development

in Nigeria.

Shidok said work on the

National Biofuels Policy

and Incentive Document

was at the final stages and

the document is currently

awaiting ratification by the

Federal Executive Council,

adding that once the

approval of the council is

gotten, the policy would

become operational.

He stated that once the

policy is in place, there are

a number of individuals

who are already engaged

in the farming and production

of biofuel products,

while the policy would

help coordinate and promote

integration of their

various activities.

He maintained that the

production of biofuels and

biodiesels do not require

complex technologies, but

only require little equipment

and off-takers.

He said, “Biofuel as a

source of energy when

fully adopted would create

employment opportunities,

By Dayo


THE 61-year-old chair

man of Ilaje local government

area of Ondo

state Agunola Omomowo

support agricultural development

and can as well be

used to generate electricity.

Other benefits of biofuels are

environmentally friendly,

less pollution, cheaper as

well as become source of foreign

exchange earner.”

He explained that biofuels

comprise bioethanol and

biodiesel, which are blends

of petroleum products and

agricultural products.

According to him,

Ondo council chairman slump, dies

after attending political meeting

yesterday slumped and

died after attending a political

meeting in Akure,

the state capital.

Party sources hinted that

after the meeting, the deceased

who walked to his

10,000 students matriculate in UNIBEN out

of 100,000 applicants—VC

By Simon Ebegbulem

THE University of Benin

(UNIBEN) yesterday

matriculated 10,000 students

out of the 100,000

Representative of the Governor and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr.

Tunji Bello (middle), performing the foundation laying while the Acting Head of Service,

Mrs. Folasade Adesoye (2nd left); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education,

Mr. Adesina Odeyemi (left) and Sole Administrator of Bariga LCDA, Mr. Sanya Osijo

(right), watch during the foundation laying ceremony of the new model school building

at Angus Memorial High School, Somolu yesterday.

applicants that applied for

the 2016/2017 admission

into the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of

the university, Prof. Faraday

Orumwense, who disclosed

this at matriculation

ceremony of the university,

said the institution has

given the matriculating students

the opportunity to

officially pledge their allegiance

to the university

authority through the matriculation


According to him, the institution,

as results of its

academic strides, has continued

to receive large

numbers of applications for

admissions on a yearly basis.

While congratulating the

new intakes for being

among the few lucky students

who have been offered

admission, he urged

them to be law abiding students

of the university.

In his words, “I am urging

you all to obey the university

rules and regulations

as the authority has

zero tolerance for any nefarious

act and will apply

sanctions against defaulter.

I encourage you all to be

decent and shun evil vices

like exam malpractices,

drug abuse, cultism, prostitution

and immoral activities

that may mar your academic

activities in this institution,”

he said.

bioethanol E-10, for instance

is a blend of 90 per cent gasoline

and 10 per cent ethanol,

while biodiesel B-20 is

a blend of 80 per cent diesel

and 20 per cent oil jathropha,

used palm oil among others.

car reportedly slumped

when he was about unlocking

his vehicle.

He reportedly gave up

the ghost before he got to

the State specialist hospital

where he was rushed

to by sympathizers and

party members.

His Special Adviser on

Media Bode Omoyoloye

who confirmed the unfortunate

incident said that

his principal did not show

any sign of illness before

the commencement of the

meeting yesterday.

Omoyoloye described

the sudden death of his

boss as a rude shock and

that the entire oil rich community

has been thrown

into mourning.

According to him “He

was not showing any sign

of sickness before his

death because he left

Igbokoda to Akure for a

political meeting with his

vice and the Secretary.

“After the meeting, he

slept in an hotel, but he

slumped before he got to

his car and died before

getting to the hospital.

Omoyoloye said “He

was a fine gentleman,

easy going and generous

to all as he was been enjoyed

by all Ilaje indigenes

since he was sworn

in as the LGA boss.”

The deceased council

boss was elected as the executive

council. Chairman

of the oil rich areas

on April. 23 this year.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 7


45 African countries to

participate in Festac 77 @ 40

By Ebun Sessou

DIRECTOR, Centre for Black Arts and African

Civilization, CBAAC, Mr. Ferdinand Anikwe has

said that, no less than 45 African countries have indicated

interest to participate in the forthcoming celebration of

the 40 th anniversary of Festac77 that would start on

April 1 across the country.

He also noted that, the forthcoming Festac 77

anniversary would be celebrated alongside the 80th

birthday anniversary.of the former President of Nigeria,

Olusegun Obasanjo

According to him, Japan, Canada, the United States of

America, China and other developed countries outside

Africa have also shown interests in participating.

The Festac 77, also known as the Second World Black

and African Festival of Arts and Culture, was held in

Lagos from January l5, 1977 to February 12, 1977 and 59

countries participated.

“The month-long event celebrated African culture and

showcased to the world African music, fine Art,

Literature, drama, dance and religion."

Shun negative values, vices,

Ambode charges students

LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on

Friday advised students in the State to fully embrace

the opportunities being provided by his administration

in the education sector and shun all negative values and

vices that could hinder them from realising their dreams

The Governor said his vision remained the building of

great future full of opportunities, possibilities and prosperity

for the youths through the provision of qualitative

education that is consistent with the demands of the 21st

century, and as such it was important for students to

reciprocate by showing commitment to excellence.

The Governor, who spoke at the foundation laying ceremony

of two additional Model Colleges in Yaba and

Shomolu, recalled that since his assumption of office on

May 29, 2015, conscious efforts have been made through

policies and programmes that placed high premium on

education as a vehicle for continued and future prosperity

of the State.

Governor Ambode, who had earlier on Thursday performed

the foundation laying ceremony of the New Model

School in Awori College, Ojo, said he remained committed

to the reformation and strengthening of public schools

in the State with the view to ensure that they are given

the best in terms of quality teaching and learning environment.

YOHESOR seeks improved

anti-corruption content in


By Dayo Adesulu

ANon-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Youth

Health and Social Reforms (YOHESOR), has called

for the introduction of improved anti-corruption content

and life building skills in the nation’s school’s curriculum.

The group’s National Coordinator, Dr. Ijeoma

Arodiogbu in a statement in Abuja said that YOHESOR

was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Education

and other stakeholders on anti-corruption campaign

in schools through The Value Project.

He said the programme would be hinged on Picture

Code, Curriculum Enrichment and Peer Education to

drive home the anti-corruption message among students.

According to Arodiogbu “though the picture code may

not cover all facets of corrupt practices and habits but it

would try to capture the very relevant ones that are quite

common among students and adults in the school environment

and public office respectively were captured.”

He noted that the advocacy on curriculum enrichment

was concerned with enhancing the basic and secondary

education sectors to impact highest level of morals and

ethics in students to bring the desired social and economic


Reps Spokesman loses mother

•Dogara condoles with family

By Emman Ovuakporie and Johnbosco

THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu

Dogara, yesterday commiserated with Chairman,

House Committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrazak

Saad Namdas over the death of his mother Hajiya


Hajiya Aishatu who died in Yola in the early hours of

Friday, at the age of 90, left behind six children and 18

grandchildren and has since been buried in Yola,

Adamawa State, according to Islamic rites.

In his condolence message to the family, signed by his

Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Turaki

Hassan, the Speaker said he was shocked to receive the

news of the demise of Hajiya Aishatu.





8 — SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

National Assembly invites Fashola

over change in leadership of TCN

By Henry Umoru

THE National Assem

bly yesterday invited

the Minister of Power,

Works and Housing, Babatunde

Fashola over the sudden

change of leadership

of Transmission Company

of Nigeria, TCN, just as it

asked the company’s

leadership to remain in office

for now.

In a statement jointly

signed yesterday by the

Chairman, Senate Committee

on Power, Steel Development

and Metallurgy,

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

and the Chairman, House

Committee on Power,

Daniel Asuquo, the National

Assembly said that the

minister and his team

shunned the meeting fixed

for yesterday.

Against this backdrop,

the joint committee has

summoned Fashola and all

other relevant officials to appear

before it next week

Monday to answer questions

relating to the change

of leadership of TCN, even

as the Committee urged all

TCN staff and relevant

stakeholders to maintain

the peace in the overall interest

of the nation.

A statement titled: “ The

TCN leadership crisis and

its effect on the power

sector,” read in full, “ The

Joint Committee on Power

of the National Assembly

acting on its oversight received

disturbing correspondences

and information

regarding the sudden

change in the leadership of

TCN, and its attendant crisis.

“Considering the urgency

of the matter, especially

due to the present economic

recession, the Joint Committee

resolved to invite the

Hon. Minister of Power,

Works and Housing to explain

the decision of the

Ministry to “ import” from

the ADB( one of the leaders

to TCN) yet another

duplication of the Manitoba

experience which had

left a negative impression

on the fortunes of TCN and

indeed, the Power Sector.

“The Joint Committee invited

the Hon. minister of

Power, Works and Housing

to appear before the Committee

with relevant officials

on the 3rd of February

which he could not appear.”

“Consequently, the Joint

Committee met and re-

*Says status-quo ante must be maintained

*Fashola out of Abuja on assignment —Aide

TCN: Our position — AfDB

...Explains $155m deal

..As FG confirms Mohammed as Atiku’s replacment

By Chris Ochayi

THE African Develop

ment Bank, AFDB,

yesterday, said it acted in

line with a request from the

Federal Government to release

its staff, Mr. Usman

Gur Mohammed to head

the Transmission Company

of Nigeria, TCN, for a

period of one year.

The AFDB in a statement

issued by its Senior Communications

Officer, Nigeria

Country Office, Fatimah

Abubakar Alkali, in

Abuja, explained the bank

approved the request to

support the government

in its power sector reforms.

According to the statement,

“the African Development

Bank, AfDB, approved

a $155 million loan

for the Economic and Power

Sector Reform Programme,

EPSERP, which

became effective on 19th

October 2012.

“The support was aimed

at improving power systems

and the business environment

and also sustaining

growth through

sound macroeconomic policies

and budget priorities.

The amount was fully disbursed

in 2 tranches on 1st

March 2013 and 21st December

2015 respectively.

“The programme will

benefit the entire population

of Nigeria in terms of

extended access to a more

reliable supply of electricity

at improved quality and

reduced cost.”

The bank further remarked

that, “The EPS-

ERP will have a major

positive impact on the private

sector through the

substantial reduction in

the cost of doing business

for all economic sectors,

particularly in the formal

and informal manufacturing

and service activities

which are seriously constrained

by the power supply


solved as follows: that the

status quo ante in respect

of the management must

be maintained; that the

Minister should endeavour

to appear before the Committee

on Monday, 6th February,

2017 by 10am and

that all TCN staff and relevant

stakeholders should

maintain the peace in the

overall interest of the nation.”

Fashola out of town—


Reacting to the invitation,

the media aide to the Minister,

Hakeem Bello said the

Permanent Secretary in the

Ministry wrote to the Senate

informing them that the

Hon Minister who was out

of Abuja on assignment

could not honour the invitation,

adding that he would

be at the National Assembly

to meet with them.

According to him: “We

are currently on tour of the

highway projects in the

South East zone of the

country. We have been to

Imo and Abia, and now we

are heading to Eboyin,” he


•Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (middle) flanked by

the Executive Chairman of Daar Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Paul Dokpesi

and the Special Assistant to the Minister, Mr. Segun Adeyemi when the minister paid

a courtesy visit to the Media Group in Abuja yesterday.

“On 19th September

2016, the AfDB received a

request from the Federal

Government of Nigeria for

the release of one of its

staffers to serve as interim

Chief Executive for 12

months.” The bank approved

this request to support

the government in its

power sector reforms.

“The staff member has

been granted a special

leave without pay for 12

months. The African Development

Bank is committed

to assisting Nigeria

achieve the objectives of its

reforms in the power sector

in accordance with the

priorities already approved

by the authorities. It is to

be noted here, that the appointment

of the TCN

management is a prerogative

of the national authorities.”

Meanwhile, Federal

Government has confirmed

its approval of the secondment

of Usman Gur Mohammed

as the interim

Managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer of Transmission

Company of Nigeria,


The Permanent Secretary

in the Ministry of Power,

Mr. Louis Edozien said in

a statement yesterday that

Mr. Mohammed has resumed

duty with a 12-

month non-extendable

deadline to complete his

transformational mandate.


Police confirm herdsmen

attack on Enugu farmer

By Dennis Agbo

THE Enugu State police have confirmed an al

leged herdsmen attack on a farmer at Awha

Ndiagu in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu

state, which led to the hospitalization of the farmer.

Though the farmer’s name could not be ascertained

as at press time, the state Police Public Relations

Officer, PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu, told Saturday

Vanguard that the incident occurred. “The suspects

had issues with the farmer, which led to his being

assaulted,” said Amaraizu.

Suspected herdsmen on Thursday reportedly attacked

a farmland and inflicted machete cuts on the

victims who managed to survive the incident.

An eyewitness said, the victim was rushed to a

hospital where he is presently receiving treatment.

“The victim who was in state of coma was assaulted

with matchete at his back and one of the fingers

was cut off.

APGA warns Okorocha, asks him

to join hands with Obiano to unite

S/East By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka

WORRIED by the verbal war between Governors

Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Rochas Okorocha

of Imo State, the All Progressives Grand Alliance,

APGA, yesterday called on the two governors to join hands

to unite the South East, instead of pouring venoms on

each other.

National chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Oye said in an

interview in Awka that the zone could not afford distractions

from their two leaders, who were expected to show

good examples for others to follow.

Oye said: “Fighting each other in the media is something

that is not acceptable to APGA. Okorocha should

know that he would not have become governor if not for

APGA and I want him to be conscious of that anytime he

opens his mouth to pour out venom on the other governors

in the zone.

“APGA, as a political party, views Governor Okorocha’s

comments on the party with every seriousness because

describing APGA in such derogatory manner is not tolerable

to us as leaders of the party.

As an Igbo man, we expect Okorocha to cooperate with

his brother governors in the South East to build a homogenous

region withstand incursions from outside the zone.

“In fact, for saying that three governors in the South

East were planning to join APC showed that he intentionally

wanted to ignite the ember of hate that is capable of

setting up a conflagration that is capable of consuming

the entire South East and generating needless bad blood.

“In particular, he needs to cooperate with Obiano to

write a good history of the South East on the map of

Nigeria. We therefore call for unity between the two governors

because if they are not united, it will be a minus

for them.

“They should work together to promote cohesion, unity

and brotherhood so that they can speak with one voice

and tackle their common problems together. Division and

unnecessary suspicion among governors in the zone

should be done away with, so that the benefits of democracy

can trickle down to the grass root in the zone.”


records 14,000 cervical cancer

cases annually

IN a bid to ensure that Africans are properly ed

ucated on the dreaded cancer scourge, Partnership

for Eradication of Cancer in Africa (PECA), has

adopted a partnership based approach to improve

the life of people living with cancer and to reduce

the rate of cancer-related deaths.

The Chief Operations Officer for PECA, Dr. Gregoire

Williams,who spoke yesterday in Abuja ahead

of today’s World Cancer Day explained that about

14,089 new cervical cancer cases were diagnosed

annually in Nigeria.

His words: ‘’Available information confirms that

about 14,089 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed

annually in Nigeria. On Cervical cancer the

WHO estimates ranked it as the second leading cause

of female cancer in Nigeria and most common in

women aged 15 to 44 years in Nigeria.

“HPV infections are so common that nearly all men

and women will get at least one type of HPV at some

point in their lives. Most people never know that

they have been infected and may give HPV to a sex

partner without knowing it.”

However, Williams is collaborating Cedarcrest

Hospitals in Gudu, Abuja to improve health care

service delivery in Nigeria by offering free and subsidised

screening services targeting the four major

types of cancer accounting for the highest mortality

rates in Nigeria.

Lawyers task Buhari over Onnoghen’s

confirmation as CJN

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri &




retirement of

immediate past Chief Justice

of Nigeria, Justice

Mahmud Mohammed,

who clocked 70 on

November 10, 2016, some

lawyers have expressed

diverse opinions over the

refusal of President

Muhammadu Buhari to

forward the name of

Justice Nkanu Onnoghen

to the Senate as the

substantive Chief Justice

of Nigeria (CJN).

President Muhammadu

Buhari had on November

10, 2016, okayed

Onnoghen who is

presently the most senior

Justice of the Supreme

Court, to head the Nigeria

judiciary in acting

capacity. The appointment

was based on a

recommendation letter

from the National Judicial

Council, NJC.

Eminent legal practitioners

who spoke on the

matter included Mr. J. B.

Daudu SAN—former

President of the Nigerian

Bar Association,

NBA, Professor Itse



—Chairman, Presidential

Advisory Committee

Against Corruption,

Chief Mike Ozekhome,

SAN;Human rights advocate,

Mr. Femi

Aborisade, trade unionist

and socialist; and

Chief Morah Ekwunohhuman

rights lawyer.

Daudu said: “It ought to

be known that the

appointment of a CJN is

not the exclusive preserve

of the Executive arm of

government. It is a

tripartite arrangement,

which involves the

judiciary acting through

the NJC by way of

recommendation, the

executive through the

President by way of

appointment and the

legislature by way of

confirmation of the said


“The question that now

arises is why the President

will refuse or omit to act

on the recommendation of

the NJC and instead

chose to appoint the NJC

nominee in an acting capacity.

“If he is not good for the

substantive office why is

he then good to act for

three months in the same

capacity? After all, it is the

same security report on

the suitability of the

candidate that is relied

upon by the NJC that the

Presidency relies on too.”

Prof. Sagay, on his part,

pointed out that the

number of Justices who

have brought ruin to the

Judiciary made it

necessary for close vetting

of candidates for Chief

Justice of Nigeria at the

Presidential level.

He said the president is

not a rubber stamp of the

National Judicial

Commission (NJC),

noting that the body has

failed to exercise due

diligence in the past when

making recommendations

to the President.

According to him, “the

lack of due diligence on

the part of the NJC allowed

at least two Justices of the

Supreme Court to slip

through the net of judicial

vetting to become the

Chief Justices of Nigeria.

And that became a permanent

embarrassment to the

Judiciary and Nigeria as

a whole.

Sagay, who is a Professor

of Law and human rights

activist, explained that the

Supreme Court was

almost abased by the stink

of corruption after the 2007

elections that brought Yar

A’dua to power, and Justice

Onnoghen was among the

three Justices at the apex


Ozekhome observed that

in the last 30 years when

Justice Mohammed Bello

became the CJN, till 11th

of November, 2016, when

Justice Mahmud retired,

all the Chief Justices of

Nigeria hailed from the

northern part of beleaguered


He stated: “The last

time a South-South person

smelt the exalted

seat was between 1985

–1987, over 30 years

ago, through Justice

Ayo Gabriel Irikefe. The

last time I checked, this

country belongs to us

all. It was therefore with

bated animation and

curious anxiety, that the

country waited for the

appointment of


“It is crystal clear from

the provisions of section

231 (1) and section 21

(1) to the third schedule

(part 1) of the 1999

Constitution, that once

the NJC has

recommended a name to

Mr. President for

appointment, the

President’s function at

that stage is simply

ceremonial to forward

same to the Senate for

confirmation. It is the

Senate, not the

President, that does the

screening, to determine

whether or not the



recommended by the

NJC meets the criteria

set out in section 231

(2)s which states:

“A person shall not be

qualified to hold the

office of CJN or a Justice

of the Supreme Court,

unless he is qualified to

practice as a legal

practitioner in Nigeria

and has been so

qualified for a period of

not less than 15 years.”

According to him, if

Onnoghen was found

worthy to be sworn in as

acting CJN under section

231 (4), why not simply

forward his name to the

Senate for outright

confirmation as CJN

under section 231 (2)?

Ozekhome averred that

the President lacks

absolute power to

determine who becomes

CJN, or to side-track or

circumscribe NJC’s “recommendation,”

or Senate’s

subsequent “confirmation”.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 9

Give Obaseki a chance to

succeed, Obahiagbon tells

Edo APC leaders, lawmakers


IMMEDIATE Pastor, Chief of Staff to the state

Government, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon

(Igodomigodo), yesterday appealed to leaders of the

All Progressives Congress and members of the Edo

State House of Assembly to give Governor Godwin

Obaseki the desired cooperation to succeed.

He said the recent comment made by the governor

that Government House was not a place where

money is shared should not be misconstrued as the

governor was only trying to explain that the scarce

resources in his possession would be managed for

the betterment of the generality of the people of the


Delta CP blames

unemployment rate on

infiltration by non indigenes

By Festus Ahon, ASABA

DELTA State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibra

him Zanna has blamed the high rate of youths

unemployment in the state on purported infiltration

of the state by non indigenes.

Zanna who spoke when he played host to the newly

sworn-in executive of the State chapter of the

National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, led by

it’s chairman, Comrade Kenneth Okorie at the Police

Headquarters in Asaba, lamented that people

from other states claim Delta State during recruitment

exercises thereby usurping the few slots allocated

to the state.

Enugu Magistrates get

Laptops, others

By Dennis Agbo

MAGISTRATES in Enugu State judiciary,

yesterday received 76 laptops and 25 desktop

computers and 20 printers from the state government

to enhance service delivery and productivity

towards the dispensation of justice.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who made the

donations noted that the items were also procured

to replace the obsolete manual typewriters that had

been in use in the state’s magistrates' court prior to

the magnanimity of the governor.

Receiving the items at the Enugu High Court,

the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Ngozi

Emehelu, who was represented by the Chief

Registrar, Mrs. Ebele Egumgbe applauded

Governor Ugwuanyi for his vision and kind gesture

to the judiciary.

She expressed delight at the commitment of the

governor towards the welfare of the magistrates,

and other public servants in the state despite the

prevailing economic challenges in the country,

adding that the modern technological devices will

improve their productivity and service delivery.

Glo-sponsored CNN African

Voices commemorates Fregz,

Nigeria’s celebrity chef

GBUBEMI Fregene, a celebrity cook of Nige

rian descent widely known as “Chef Fregz,”

will be celebrated this week on CNN African Voices,

a programme sponsored by Globacom.

Globacom said in Lagos that the chef will be featured

on the show this weekend with two others,

South Africa’s Puppeteer,Janni Younge; and

Ugandan actress, Flavia Tusimme.

Chef Fregz is an ardent believer in the dictum

that says to create great tasty meals, one needs a

lot of love and passion. His passion for cooking has

culminated in his rise to the pinnacle of his chosen

profession within a very short time.

The chef, according to a statement by Globacom,

will excite viewers with the story of his rise to stardom

as well as how his passion for marrying “creativity

that is fresh and unbridled with elements of

the budding youth culture and the world-class training

he received at Le Cordon Bleu” helps him to

prepare meals that are described as truly unique

culinary experiences.

Chef Fregz was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

10—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

•Mike Adeniy

•Gogo Bright

•Joseph Edionwele





By Emman Ovuakporie

and Johnbosco Agbakwuru

Given the high sensitivity the

All Progressives Congress,

APC-led administration

brought to bear in its war against

graft; it is not surprising that

Nigerians of all shadows would

scrutinise the actions and inactions of

the administration where issues of

corruption are alleged.

The champion of the war is

President Muhammadu Buhari, a

man who has so far endeared himself

to many across national and

international boundaries for living

above graft even when exposed to the

kind of lucre that have entrapped

fellow Nigerians.

President Buhari’s distaste for graft

is well summarised in the popular

saying that the easiest way to get him

to shut out anybody is to say that the

person is corrupt.

It is against this background that

Nigerians have now taken the

presidency to task over the president’s

dithering procrastination in dealing

with matters of alleged corruption

concerning closest members of his


While some allegations have been

allowed to pass, critical members of

the public have, however, continued to

question the presidency’s decision to

prevaricate on the report of the Senate

Ad-Hoc Committee on Humanitarian

Crisis in the Northeast which indicted the

administration’s top bureaucrat, Mr.

Babachir Lawal.

The Secretary to the Government of the

Federation, SGF was indicted by the

Senator Shehu Sani led panel in its report

presented to the Senate and adopted by

the legislative body last December.

The president in his response to the

indictment, however, chose the path of

procedure in faulting the Senate’s

adoption of a report which he claimed

was signed by only three of the eight


However, investigations by Vanguard,

published last Thursday, showed that

contrary to the president’s assertion that

only three members signed the document,

the chairman of the committee and six

members signed the report. Critics were

quick to latch on to the presidency’s

attachment to procedure which they

claimed was a deviation from the

president’s well-known aversion to such

issues. The real issue of whether the man

was found wanting appeared not to

matter to the President.

Nigerians have also taken the president

Buhari’s anticorruption


at crossroads:

Reps speak

Is it that there is no

other person that is

qualified to do exactly

that job? He should

have been removed

to task for his decision to, on his own,

resubmit Mr. Ibrahim Magu as

chairman of the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC

despite the allegations raised against

him by the Department of State

Services, DSS which affirmed in a

report that he would be a distraction

to the president’s war against

corruption. Though the allegations

raised against Magu were alleged to

in some quarters to have been cooked,

the president’s seeming cavalier

dismissal of the allegations,

however, unsettled many.

It is against the background of

the seeming contradictions in the

fight against corruption that

members of the House of

Representatives expressed mixed

reactions to the issue.

We are not fighting

corruption — Rep Gogo

Bright (Okrika: Rivers)

This is the worst thing that has

happened to the fight against

corruption because if the entire Senate

sat on the issue after a committee of

the Senate turned in its report after

doing a thorough investigation which

indicated that the SGF who awarded

contract to his company; only for at

the end of the day somebody will sit in

the convenience of his office to clear

the person, it means then we are not

fighting corruption. On the issue of

Magu, the DSS indicted him; and it is

the same DSS on the basis of whose

report judges were harassed in this

country, and now you are saying the

DSS this time around did not do a good

work. So, my dear, there is problem

in the land.

President is encouraging


—Rep Joseph Eghoghon

Edionwele; Edo State

If the president whose major

slogan is anti -corruption would

react in this way, as Senator

Shehu Sani rightly said, that

is the end of the fight against

corruption. If not for anything the

indictment is enough to remove

the SGF and in good conscience,

even the SGF should have on his

own resigned. That his company

was mentioned is enough for him

to have resigned or enough for

the president to have removed

him. Is it that there is no other

person that is qualified to do

exactly that job? He should

have been removed. To insist that

he is cleared, cleared of what?

That his company is not the one

that was involved? Is it that he

is no longer the owner of the

company? The fact that his

company was given that contract

alone means he must have

influenced the job to himself.

For the president to say they have

cleared him is not encouraging.

What the president has done is to

encourage corruption.

SGF is morally guilty

—Mike Adeniyi Omogbehin,

Ondo State

It simply means that the anticorruption

war has been finally declared

over. I agree with Senator Sani intoto

when he says that corruption is fought

within the opposition and other arms of

government with insecticides and within

the presidency, it is fought with

deodorants. For the singular fact that the

Senate Committee was able to establish

beyond reasonable doubt that the

Secretary to the Federal Government has

interest in a particular company, that he

never resigned his directorship until after

that contract ultra vires of the

Memoranda of the Article of that

Company; he stands guilty in court of

moral justice, he stands guilty in court of

common sense and he should have

excused himself even before the hue and

cry got to this level. I am surprised that

President Buhari is taking this action.

Some of us in opposition never knew that

President Buhari was going to so soon

discard his anti-corruption war.

Only the courts can find him

guilty – Rep. Babatunde Gabriel

Kolawole; Ondo State

The issue of governance is a very

complex issue, and most of the time,

you don’t do governance with

sentiment. It is very important we look

at issues holistically and get to the

bottom of issues we are trying to push

Continues on page 11

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—11

•Prof Biodun Ogunyemi

•Samson Ugwoke

•Yusuf Dutse

Labour leaders blast

FG over Magu, Lawal

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

& Johnbosco Agbakwuru

Reacting, President of United

Labour Congress of Nigeria,

ULC, Mr. Joe Ajaero, said: “If

the President has re-forwarded the

name of the EFCC acting chairman

for confirmation after he was rejected

by the Senate, and he has allegedly

cleared the Secretary to the

Government of the Federal, SGF, Mr.

Babachir Lawal, of corruption, he

may have his reasons.

“For the EFFC chairman, the

President is not forcing the senate

to confirm him. He probably reforwaded

his name to the senate

based on information at his disposal.

The senate has a duty to equally look

into it and take a position. If it

maintains its earlier position, the

senate should say so and make its

finding public. Members should do

their jobs with utmost patriotism,

putting the interest of the nation

above personal interest.”

Buhari should not use

double standard—ASUU

On his part, President of the

Academic Staff Union of Universities,

ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi,

told the Federal Government not to

use double standard in the fight

against corruption in the country.

According to him: “Obviously,

anybody that hears this kind of

reaction from the president will think

he is shielding public officers. We

think there should not be double

standard. Where prima facie case

has been established, it is expected

that the person should step aside.

“He said the senate didn’t give him

fair hearing but Senator Shehu Sani

said he was given opportunity to

come and defend himself. My candid

advise is that government should act

in a way that will not water down

public perception of its seriousness

on anti corruption war. Government

should not give impression that it

has double standard; one for

perceived enemies, the other one

for those in government.”

It’s wrong for Buhari to


Similarly, President of the Senior

Staff Association of Nigeria

Universities, SSANU, Samson

Chijioke Ugwoke, faulted President

Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged

clearance of the Secretary to the

Government of the Federal, SGF,

over corruption allegations.

Ugwoke contended that it was

not the responsibility of the

presidency to investigate the SGF

who is directly under him, rather

the duty of the anti-corruption

agencies like the EFCC, the

Independent Corrupt Practices and

other related offence Commission,

ICPC, and other bodies to probe

the allegations.

He said: “It is wrong for Buhari

to come and say that the SGF has

been cleared. There is no smoke

without fire. He should tell us how

he was cleared. People have been

complaining that those working

with the president are spared of

the anti-corruption fight. There

have been cases of corruption

against some ministers around

him, he says nothing and went

ahead to send their names to the

senate. To me, it is improper and

it goes to show that the President

is not serious with the fight against


“Look at what is happening in a

university where a Vice Chancellor

was accused of corruption with

evidence and he was investigated,

yet he is still in office. The

President should come out clear

and start with his own people and

not his perceived enemies or those

he feels are in the opposition

party. This is an assumption

people are having and the way he

is handling the corruption fight

shows he is not serious.

“See the case of Magu, see a very

strong DSS report which

investigated his past, life style as

Buhari’s anti-corruption war at crossroads: Reps speak

Continues from page 10

across. The president is sitting at a strategic seat, and

there are some actions he cannot take in a hurry, he

needs to consult widely, he needs to look at the legal

implications so that he doesn’t make mistakes. So for

the fact that there are allegations against the SGF, it

has to be proven beyond reasonable doubts and not

until these allegations are proven, and the SGF is

found guilty, not by the President but by a competent

court of law, the President cannot take any action. It

suggests very strongly that we don’t apply sentiments

in coming to a conclusion on issues that have a

national coverage and that has the interest of people.

Anti-Corruption war is a ruse - Rep. T.J Yusuf;

a police officer. A person living

above his earning and living a

flamboyant life, see the report of

the senate which many feel was

correct and see the position of the

President on the matter.”

Buhari should restore

confidence in his anticorruption



Also reacting, the President of

Academic Staff a Union of

Polytechnics, ASUP, Yusuf Dutse,

said President Buhari before his

election in 2015, had promised not

to spare anybody in his fight against

corruption but the reverse appeared

to be the case.

Dutse said the President should

provide a level play ground where

reports and issues are fairly treated,

adding, “But when people are

covered, the intention will be eroded.”

He claimed the senate committee

had come up with its report that

indicted the SGF and the president

had also said that a committee was

set up to look into the allegations

and that it was proper to put the two

reports side by side to know the

veracity of the allegations.

According to him: “When President

Buhari assumed office, he said he was

not going to spare anybody. But

today, it appears the corruption fight

has been eroded. He should do

more to restore the confidence that

he is really fighting corruption.”

Kogi State

This has just exposed the fact that ab initio, the anti-corruption

crusade was a white-wash. What has happened to Gen. Tukur

Burutai, what has happened to Gen. Abdulrahman

Dambazzau’s case? What about the dollar swapping? Nobody

in his right senses will say Nigeria does not need to tackle the

issue of corruption. It must be holistic it must not be seen as

being partisan

Re-presenting Magu is an indictment on Buhari

—Rep Samson Okwu, PDP, Benue

Is he trying to say that Magu is the most genuine Nigerian

that can occupy that office? Are there no other corrupt free

Nigerians that can conveniently occupy the position?

12—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

•Professor Femi


Sir, you have been a member of the

presidential advisory committee on

corruption, what has been your experience so


Before we talk about success it is good to

inform you about things we have done; we have

engaged virtually all those agencies involved It may not have been a

in corruption prevention and control. We

have managed to engage them in an interactive wrong doing under

session. We go to an agency and we ask, this

is the situation on ground, why have you not

Jonathan but for an

done this or why is this like this or like that? administration that

We try to assess their problems and we put in an

advisory to them because when we give an claims anti corruption

advice it is like an advisory from the Presidency,

whether it is ICPC or EFCC, whether they are

as its major mantra, the

judges, police or customs.

man should resign and

Take the EFCC for example. we have been

able to advise them on how to upgrade the state if he refuses, the

prosecution for example in liaising with the

federal ministry of justice. They now have

President should have

prosecution teams which involve federal asked him to step aside

government ministry of justice lawyers and

private sector lawyers whereby for every case

there will be a team of four.

that could be raised against plea bargaining. I

The problem it solves is that two heads are have told you that as a criminologist I am

better than one. If a member of the team travels against plea bargaining because where it

or is sick, there would be no need of originated like in the US it was met to take case

postponing the case because the prosecutor is of minor cases like traffic offences, two fighting

not available.

that used to clog the system, not for cases in

We have had workshops with judges in the

which the society has been massively defrauded.

FCT, federal high courts all over the country;

But considering the problems we are having

we did in Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Owerri, Port in processing the cases, plea bargaining can be

Harcourt, Ibadan and Lagos. we had a full day an element of processing the case. All we have

workshop with the judges to let them know the to do is now try to reduce the disadvantages

powers they have because part of the problems that can come on board and that is why we say

of dealing with corruption cases has to do with substantial amount of money must be forfeited,

senior lawyers who use their clout to delay and

the person must be punished with

frustrate cases.

imprisonment, that is the interest of the state, of

Do you think that at this point in time of our the society, of the people who have lost either

democracy it is right for people to steal money her by suffering a bad road, by not getting the

and then return few amount and then they are hospital they desire, by having collapsed school

let off the hook in the name of plea bargain? building, their interest must be taken into

Plea bargain is a legal position which is to consideration whenever you are using this

avoid the labour and the loss of a case you are bargaining system.

not able to handle. We are in a colonially

In your interaction and consultations with

inherited judicial system that is in favour of the all these agencies did you come across

bourgeois who have the money and the situations whereby agencies that are

resources and the knowledge to turn an supposed to be fighting corruption being neck

allegedly impartial system to a partial one deep in corrupt practices?

because they have the resources to do so.

Nigeria is a society and like any society it is

Now going into our history in the fight against run on a system. We know the kind of

corruption, you will realise that a lot of cases corruption that goes on in the university; there

are either dead or virtually dead because they is monetary corruption, sexual corruption,

have been there for 8-10years.Basically as a academic corruption which students are given

person, despite the argument I have just given, grades they don’t deserve because of sex or

I am against plea bargain because it is an money, people are promoted with fake

admission that the state is incapable of doing certificates, there are cases of plagiarism, there

its job. But in a committee system, you listen to are admission rackets. So similarly whether in

the arguments of your colleagues and that is EFCC or ICPC, there would be such cases.

the argument I have given which is also

As a criminologist, there is nothing wrong


with deviance. that is part of life. But when it

But now what this plea bargain manual has becomes serious, when it is endemic,

done is to take care of objections of people like pervasive particularly in certain organisations

me and like you to say that if there is going to be that are crucial to the survival of the society as

plea bargaining, first the interest of the state an organism, then there is problem. For

must be taken into consideration, the interest of example it is not good, even if there is corruption,

the society as a victim must be taken into corruption should not be in the judiciary, and if

consideration, the money must be forfeited or it is there at all it should be minimal because of

most of it, and most importantly, there must the importance of that organ of society in the

be a term of imprisonment.

matter. If there is corruption, it should not be

In other words, there are legitimate questions among police men because they are people who




I disagree with

Buhari on SGF

—Femi Odekunly, member Presidential

Advisory Committee on Corruption

Professor Femi Odekunle is a member of the presidential Advisory

committee on Corruption headed by Professor Itse Sagay. In this interview

with Ben Agande, he speaks on the anti corruption problem in the country

and other topical national issues.

are supposed to be the enforcers of the

law and it is said that when law enforcers

become law breakers the society is


So when you ask whether or not there is

corruption in the anti corruption agency,

of course there must be.

But remember that our committee is

not an investigative one, we just go there

and say we heard this, are you doing this?

The fact that we even show up and even

mentioned it at all is enough to put some

fear into the minds of the agencies in

charge of fighting corruption.

One of the trending things in

recent times is between the President

and the National Assembly on the

suitability or otherwise of Ibrahim

Magu as the chairman of EFCC.

It is in the interest of Nigerians to give

back confidence. On the day that the

Senate said they are returning his name

back to the President, our committee

considered the case and on the basis of

our knowledge we wrote a letter to the

President that Magu has been doing a

good job, he has shown commitment and

he has also shown diligence and we

strongly advised that the name of Magu

should be re-submitted for confirmation.

In addition we said that if the Senate does

not, he should continue to appoint him as

acting chairman ad infinitum.

On a personal note, the two cases that

had to do with the Secretary to the

Government of the Federation and Magu,

I take the position that it is good for

the Senate to do its job, even if

occasionally. Secondly I am not against

thieves pointing out another thief because

it is in that situation that we the Nigerians

will get to know the truth.

In the case of the SGF, it is clear even

from the conflict of interest positions that

he has engaged in wrong doing. It may

not have been a wrong doing under

Jonathan but for an administration that

claims anti corruption as its major

mantra, the man should resign and if he

refuses, the President should have asked

him to step aside. And it is not actually

appropriate for the President to ask the

Attorney General to look at it.

But let’s give it to the President that he

must have his reasons for going that way

but the man should have been told to step

aside. You may call it step aside, you may

call it suspension but the President should

have done that. That is my position.

In fact, what is being done is denting

the work of our committee; it is denting

the image of the administration by that

man retaining his seat.

And I find the letter allegedly sent by

the President thoroughly inappropriate

to say that well your report is interim, only

three of you signed it; it appears

therefore to the population that the

President himself is appearing guilty of

what we are accusing the judiciary by

using technicalities to cover up wrong

doing because to say that only three

people signed and that is an excuse for

you to turn down the findings is wrong.

On the issue of Magu, I have pointed

out that looking at the nature of

corruption in Nigeria, the extent of

corruption in Nigeria, what they accused

Magu of does not have facts. They didn’t

say that they found money under his bed

like we did with judges; they didn’t say

that he has these other properties; they

didn’t say he has money in foreign

countries. They said at one point in

time they found files in his house.

Most chief executives must take files

home to be able to complete their work.

A good executive actually in Nigeria or

in any good organisation will only sleep

for 3 or 4hours a night because during

the office hours, you are doing meetings,

you are receiving visitors, you are

signing things and may not have the time

to study documents. Most people who

know their onions as chief executives

must take papers home. As ordinary

head of department, I used to take papers

home otherwise the work would not be

done. So that is neither here nor there.

Secondly, they said he rented a house,

they didn’t say he rented the house and

paid with his own money. it came out

that it is an FCDA property. The summary

of my position is that what they have

hung on Magu in order not to confirm

him is simply a case of calling a dog a

bad name so that you can hang it.

The problems that fuel the crisis in

the country, how do you think they can

be resolved in a situation where we

have a high rate of unemployment and

job loss?

I am not an economist but I have had

this idea commonsensical for about two

years and I have put it forward to the

highest appropriate authority that

paying N5,000 to unemployed youths

as a palliative amounts to bribery and

that even the amnesty for the south south

militants amounts to a kind of ransom

for blackmail or kidnapping because

you did it many years back and the

money has dried up, a new government

has come in, militancy has started and

then you want to continue the amnesty,

that is like blackmail. When another

government comes in the same thing is


The best way to solve our youth

unemployment problem is through

infrastructure development.

As a teacher what do you think is the

panacea for the continuous fall in the

standard of education in the country?

So far, I have listed about five or six

types of corruption but the emphasis in

Nigeria is the financial, the economic.

Going back to the university system, I

pointed out to you that the thing has

gone down out of different kinds of

corruption that I have pointed out. How

come somebody will score 260 but they

cannot enter the university but the one

who scores 180 can enter the university.

How come people who are brought in

to the lecturers, some people who have

first class or second class upper will not

be admitted in the same federal

university system but somebody with a

second class lower would be admitted

to be a graduate assistant.

How come that at the end of the day

even some professors in one university

will not be qualified to be a professor in

another university?. How come the best

man is never the Vice Chancellor (VC)?

It depends on election and other outside

manipulations before somebody

becomes a VC. And yet a VC is supposed

to be an intellectual academic and

administrative manager than just a

manager sponsored by some people

inside and outside the university.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—13


Shaking her legs vigor

ously as she sat on a

plastic chair at the middle

of their one room apartment

at 19 Taiwo Ibrahim

street, Igando, Mrs Adeleke

gave a blank stare to everyone

around her.

Tried as she could to betray

her emotion by shedding

some tears, her tear

bags failed to drop any.

Rather, she poured out her

fury and agony by intensifying

the velocity while her

shaking legs.

Indeed , fate has played

an unkind role to Mrs

Adeleke. First, was the

death of her husband, a

death that saddled her with

the responsibility of taking

care of her children, alone.

This she struggled to

achieve by toiling day and

night selling whatever she

could lay her hands on.

Just when she was preparing to

heave a sigh of relief, news reached

her at the bus-stop where she sold food

, Monday night, that tragedy had

struck again! This time around, it involved

her only son, Olalekan


Journey to death

37-year-old Adeleke, popularly

known as star boy, was allegedly

killed by a Hausa food vendor in

Igando area, during an argument

over N30 owed him. Adeleke, a commercial

bus driver visited a canteen

owned by his assailant identified as

Adamu, at college bus-stop at about


As he requested for a pack of noodles

and two eggs to be prepared for

him, little did he envisage that would

be his last meal on earth. After eating,

he was given a bill of N230. But

he was said to have paid Adamu's son

N200. When Adamu was informed

about the payment, he reportedly engaged

the commercial bus driver in a

verbal confrontation, insisting that

the exact amount must be paid.

Explaining what transpired inside

the kiosk used as canteen, another

customer, Kehinde Ayanduro, who

was also at the canteen, said he intervened

by appealing to Adamu to allow

Adeleke go home and bring the

balance of N30.

Speaking with Crime Guard during

a visit to the scene, a visibly shocked

Ayanduro, who claimed to have also

been attacked by Adamu while trying

to intervene said : “ At about 11.05

pm that fateful night, I went to Aboki's

(Adamu) place to eat Indomie . By the

time I got there, star boy (deceased )

had finished eating and offered

aboki's son N200 but the boy said the

total money was N230. When he took

the money to his father, he (Adamu )

started shouting and brought out a

stick which had a nail on it. He chased

star boy(Adeleke) across the road but

people stopped him.

“Few minutes later, Star boy (deceased)

brought the N30 and gave it

to Aboki's son. As he handed him the

money , he asked if it was because of

just N30 that his father was embarrassing

him. Aboki heard his voice

from inside and rushed out with the

wood again. He hit Lekan on his ribs

with it. At this point, Lekan tried to

dispossess Adamu of the wood.

“When I saw that Adamu was having

an upper hand over star boy

(Adeleke), I stood up and attempted

to collect the wood from aboki, only

for him to land it on my hands and

one of my legs. I then fell down writhing

in pains.

By then, Lekan had left the shop,

placing one of his hands on the in-


Noddles seller

kills man over N30

•Where is my daddy’,

asks 8yr old daughter

•Please bring back my son;

bereaved mother wails

But aboki ran after him

and landed the wood on

his head. The nail on the

wood sank into Lekan’s

skull. Aboki tried to

forcefully remove it but

could not. Star boy

groaned and fell right in

the middle of the



and child

jured rib. But aboki ran after him

and landed the wood on his head.

The nail on the wood sank into

Lekan's skull. Aboki tried to

forcefully remove it but could not.

Star boy groaned and fell right

in the middle of the expressway.

I and some customers rushed to

where Lekan was and discovered

he was motionless. We called

aboki to come and take him to

the hospital but he brought a

bowl of water and poured on

Lekan's head, yet, he remained


When he discovered that

Lekan was not breathing

again, he took to his heels. As

we were chasing him, he

brought out a charm from his

pocket and started dangling it,

daring anyone to come close

to him.

In the process, some charms

dropped from his pockets (displaying

them). Aboki then

ran to a school in Igando and

jumped inside a drainage

where he remained until the

arrival of the Police”.

Residents said that the suspect

had always threatened

to kill anyone who crossed

his path, boasting that

nothing would happen to

him thereafter.

Youths protest

The death of the father of one

sparked off protest the following day

as some youths demanded that justice

be done. The angry youths burnt down

the suspect's kiosk. Some police vehicles

were sighted at a petrol station

close to the scene, apparently to checkmate


likely uproar by the angry youths.

Colleagues of late Adeleke were also

seen around. They stayed off work on

Monday to mourn the demise of one of

their own whom they described as an

easy going person.

Agony of a bereaved mother

Meanwhile, the bereaved aged

mother who was yet to come to terms

with the rude shock of the demise of

her only son, was sighted at her apartment

mourning the loss. She described

her son's death as the worst

tragedy that had befallen her in life

.The first word she muttered was “

my dependant , my hope and joy is

gone. The only son who made me to

forget the pain of being a widow is

gone”... at this point, sympathizers

who thronged her house began to

console her .

Narrating how the news reached

them, younger sister to late Lakan,

Taiwo Adeleke said “We were still at

the junction where we sold food when

someone called me on the phone , to

come to college bus-stop that something

had happened to my brother.

Immediately mama heard, she

sprang up from her seat and started

rolling on the floor crying. When I

tried to calm her down, she said she

knew all was not well with Lekan. We

all rushed to the scene, where we saw

Lekan's motionless body on the

ground . Mama wanted to go and

touch it but some people held her back

because it is a taboo in Yoruba land for

a mother to touch the corpse of her

child. She has not been herself since

then”, Taiwo said.


It was obvious that late Adeleke

could have had premonition of

tragedy ahead, as

Crime Guard gathered

that he had

informed his






mother two

weeks ago, of his

intention to go

to Ilorin for

Teblic ( Islamic

study )

for six


He was

said to

have asked

his mother

how she

would be

able to cope

for that

long without


This was because,

he always


her money


Along the

line, he

broke down in tears, saying

he would miss his mother.

She was said to have also

shed some tears, as she patted

her son at the back, unknown

to her that she was

only rehearsing his death.

Police release corpse

Adeleke's corpse was released

to his family

Wednesday for

burial, although

the family complained

that it

was not released

on time in order

to have him buried

according to

Islamic rites.

Adeleke as gathered,

was buried

in the property

he bought in Sango Otta,

Ogun state.

Where is my daddy

As preparation for his burial was on, late

Adeleke's eight -year-old daughter, Rokibat,

innocently demanded to see her daddy. This

was followed by a prolonged session of wailing

by family members. Her grandmother

snuggled her close and whispered into her

ears, that her daddy was fine.

Mother of late Adeleke's child, Fatimo

Olufemi stated that the last conversation she

had with him was a promise he made to

rally round for their daughter's school


She said : “I was at my mother's place

at Isheri Idimu when my brother called

me on phone, to inform me that the father

of my child was dead. I saw him last

on Friday, two days before he left this

wicked world. He promised he was going

to intensify effort at raising our daughter’s

school fees and instructed me to appeal to

the school authority to give him till the end

of this week to pay because the school threatened

to send away those who did not pay

their fees.

He was not a rich man but he ensured that

our daughter got the best he could afford

. His death is a big blow to me because I

do not know how to cope, particularly

regarding our child's education”, she


14—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017


Traders lament attacks from

armed robbers, hoodlums

•Cry out police, Lagos State Govt


The expression on the faces of anxious

traders at the popular Alaba

International market located in Ojo

area of Lagos, depicted that of despondency

and fear, as they went about their daily


The reason for the forlorn and gloomy

visage was attributed to the recent upsurge

in crimes ranging from looting of shops,

broad day robbery , intimidation and

harassment of traders and customers by

miscreants and cultists.

The traders traced the genesis of their

present predicament to an alleged attempt

by an erstwhile President of Fancy and

Furniture Dealers Association(names

withheld) to forcefully continue with

running the affairs of the market by


his loyalists on traders as executive


Saturday Vanguard was reliably informed

that the incumbent chairman of the

association was nominated by a former

chairman. But things fell apart when the

incumbent was said to have refused to

dance to the tune of his godfather .

In a peaceful march to protest hoodlums’

excesses Wednesday, the traders lamented

their woes in the hands of these oppressors

who they alleged were hired by the former

chairman to cause unrest in the market.

The traders said that the action of the

miscreants was scaring customers away

from the acclaimed largest electronics

market in Nigeria.

Speaking with Saturday Vanguard, the

incumbent Chairman of Fancy and

Furniture Dealers Association and

President, Alaba Amalgamated Association

of Nigeria, Mr Emeka Mozoba, lamented

that “We are having security challenges in

Alaba market . Lives of people are in danger

as well as our goods because everyday we

have cases of robbery, snatching of phones.

A lot of atrocities are happening at he

market. People doing business are afraid,

nobody wants to talk because they don’t

want to fall victims to these hoodlums hired

by one man. The market is in disarray and

our lives are in danger”.

Petitions the Police

Mozoba stated that the association had

written several petitions to the Police but

he expressed regrets that there had been no

favourable response from the Police.

A copy of a recent letter of appeal for

police intervention made available to

•Protesting traders

People doing business

are afraid, nobody wants

to talk because they don’t

want to fall victims to

these hoodlums hired by

one man

Saturday Vanguard, was addressed to

the Deputy Commissioner of Police incharge

of the the State Criminal

Investigation and Intelligence Squad,

SCIID, dated January 20, 2017.

In the petition signed by the solicitor

to the association, Chinedu Nwosu,

members of executives of the association

recalled how miscreants allegedly

sponsored by the erstwhile chairman

threw caution to the wind two years ago,

invaded the market with dangerous

weapons and inflicted injuries on several

traders. It also stated that there were

plans by the miscreants to force the

incumbent executives out of office and

bring in loyalists to their sponsor to fill

the positions.

The statement read in part “our clients

have gathered that Azubuike Ekwerekwu

and his cohorts are bent on foisting on

the association his stooges through

which he intend to control the purse of

the association and they have resolved

among themselves to bring in touts to

the market to harass, intimidate

subjugate and quell any dissident voices

against their resolve to carry on with the

imposition of their loyalists on the


“Our clients informed us that these

people have threatened to snuff life out

of them if they make good their resolve

to resist them in the market but our

clients and genuine traders at the Fancy

and Furniture section of the market are

more than ever, resolved to put this

abrasion of one man to an end once and

for all time. And that is the very reason

for this petition”.

Chairman of the association, Mozoba

said “This man (alleged sponsor) in

question is not a real trader, he only owns

a property in Alaba . He is not the only

property owner in Alaba but he is

interested in the politics of the market.

He has sworn that if his candidate was

not the one managing the market, he

would remove the person.

His thugs intimidate and harass traders

in broad day light, wielding guns,

everybody is just afraid These thugs who

are also cultists will storm a trader’s shop,

brandishing their guns and collect

whatever they wanted.

The recent incident happened Thursday

last week, after two of the cultists invaded

my office, unknown to them that there

were policemen on surveillance from the

State Criminal Investigation and

Intelligence Department, who

subsequently arrested them. But they were

released next day by their sponsor’s

lawyer. Their sponsor had boasted that

he was untouchable and that he was

capable of killing somebody and would

get away with it”.

We have written several petitions to the

police but no action has been taken. We

sent copies of the petition to the DPO Ojo,

the Area Commander E, Festac, the Lagos

State Commissioner of Police and the

Inspector-General of Police”


One of the traders, Samuel Echendo,

disclosed that he was attacked by

hoodlums right in his office last week.

According to him “I am one of those

attacked by these paid hoodlums who are

well known cultists. They stormed my

shop and ordered me to lie down, pointing

guns at me. After terrorising me, I went to

report at the union’s office. Since then,

they have been threatening me on the

phone for reporting them”.

Another victim of the hoodlums

molestation, Uchechukwu Chukwuma,

who is also a trader, said he was attacked

on December 24, 2016 and his phone

forcefully collected at gun point.

Chukwuma said “ As I was coming out

of the office at about 4pm, the hoodlums

led by Oyibo surrounded me and

collected my phone . Later, one Chidi

called me on the phone requesting for

N40,000 before the phone would be

released. I reported the matter at Ojo


One of the executive members,

Comrade Jude Osita, said that he was one

of those slammed with the sledge

hammer of the opposition camp,

following an allegation of robbery

levelled against him and eleven others.

He said “Twelve of us were wrongly

accused of being armed robbers in 2008

. But for the intervention of Justice Dada

of an Ikeja high court, who gave us

unconditional release through the DPP,

we would still be in prison for an offence

we knew nothing about. They almost

manipulated DPP into believing we were

armed robbers, all in a bid to take over

the affairs of the market.

Appeal for Police, government


Continuing, Chukwuma said : “As I

speak, we don’t have security in the

market. Last week this place was

surrounded by hoodlums. Their sponsor

paid them to come and sack the

incumbent chairman. We want

government to intervene because the

intimidation is much . Nobody is safe

any more. We generate revenue for the

state government. Billions of naira is

paid into government coffers from here.

Therefore, we deserve government’s

protection when the need arises. As an

international market , we deserve the

best security to checkmate excesses of

these paid hoodlums and cultists”.

On his part, Sir Cosmus Obi, who

claimed to be one of the founders of

Alaba International market

also called on the Police to rise up to

the present security challenge in the

market before it gets out of hand.

One of the former chairmen of the

association, Chief Ausgustine Okafor,

who frowned at the present situation in

the market, stated that if drastic

measures were not taken by security

agencies to address the present

situation, it could lead to a state of


He recalled that “When I was

chairman, it was peaceful. Everyone

desired to have an office in Fancy and

Furniture but at a point things changed,

as touts and hoodlums filled everywhere

in the market .

Today, I am appealing for the

intervention of security agencies to

come to our rescue by assisting us to

send these hoodlums who have their

abode inside this market packing. They

are terrorising my people and nobody

is happy any more. Sometimes, they

terrorise people with guns, machetes

and all sorts of weapons. If the Lagos

state government can’t address it, then

the federal government should rise up

to the occasion , after all the duty of

government is to defend its people”.


Investigation by Saturday Vanguard

revealed that the alleged sponsor of the

thugs, left the market last year, when

the accusation became over bearing.

Since then, he has reportedly not been

seen around Alaba.

In a swift reaction, the man at the

centre of controversy, Ekwerekwu

described the claim by the traders as


He explained rather that “there was

no election that brought in the man who

claims to be the incumbent chairman.

The former chairman was accused of

misappropriation of funds and the

stakeholders led by me, appointed the

present man.

He further explained that in less than

one month in office, some startling

discoveries were made on Mazoba

which prompted him (Ekwerekwu) to

advice his anointed candidate to step


Continuing , he said “Eight members

of his executives who challenged him

on the matter were chased out and he

appointed other people to take their

positions. The issue is that he feels

threatened that we will move him out . I

am the biggest stakeholder in that

market and I own most of the shops there.

Tell me, how do I throw stones where I

have property? Besides, I am no longer

there with them, I have moved to the

Island. The police are there to investigate,

let him go to them. If I am invited, I will

make myself available”, he said.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—15


In 2012, the Lagos State

Government passed the

traffic law banning

motorcyclists (Okada) and tricycle

(Keke Marwa) operators from

major roads in the state. This was

as a result of the alarming rate of

accidents on the roads as well as

increase in crimes as many

robbers were operating on


Major highways where these

motorcyclists and tricyclists have

been banned include Lagos-

Ibadan Expressway, Apapa-

Oshodi Expressway,


Expressway, Lagos-Ikorodu

Expressway, Lagos-Abeokuta

Expressway and Third Mainland

Bridge. Other routes are Eti-Osa/

Lekki –Epe Expressway, Lagos –

Badagry Express-way, Funsho

Williams Avenue, Agege Motor

Road and Eti-Osa/Lekki Coastal

Road. The law therefore became

necessary in order to ensure sanity

in the state. The law enforcement

agents seized the initiative and on

the date of the deadline given the

commercial motorcycles to vacate

the roads, the police commenced

full enforcement of the law as they

started seizing the motor cycles

that flouted the law. The police

however left the tricycles alone.

Unfortunately, the same ‘Okada’

and ‘Keke Marwa’ riders who

were banned some years ago have

returned to those highways in full

force and operate with impunity.

They now operate in Lekki, Ibeju

Lekki, Oshodi/Apapa

Expressway, Badagry Expressway

and several other places

They drive against the traffic,

they do not regard the traffic law

and above all, they do not observe

the traffic light rules and


A resident, Mr Johnson in

Ibeju-Lekki who spoke with

Saturday Vanguard argued that

most of these Okada riders were

Okada, Tricycle back on

the highways with a bang!

not educated about traffic rules as they

ventured into it without having any

knowledge of what they were going

into doing. He said, “I spoke with some

of the Okada riders and I find out that

many of them are not educated. They

do not even know what traffic law or

traffic light rules and regulations are.

It will interest you to know that some

of these people have abandoned their

jobs for Okada riding”.

A business man who resides in

Second Rainbow area of Lagos, Mr

Lucas explained that, “the restrictions

of Okada on the major routes was a

good initiative but I have noted that the Okada

riders returned to the roads immediately after the

ban. Every attempt to sanitise and restore order to

the chaotic Lagos traffic should be made. That is

what any responsible government should do”.

According to Mr John, a journalist in Victoria

Island, “most of these Okada and Marwa riders

are reckless. According to the traffic law, the

commercial motorcyclists and their passengers are

mandated to wear standard crash helmet for full

protection, they should carry only one passenger,

but should not carry children and pregnant women,

and should not operate beyond 8.00pm in Victoria

Island, IKoyi and Ikeja and 10.00pm in other areas

of the State.

“They should be aware of what is

behind and to the sides before

manoeuvring. They should look behind,

and use mirrors if they are fitted. When

in traffic queues, they should look out for

pedestrians crossing between vehicles

and vehicles emerging from junctions, or

changing lanes.

They should also position themselves

so that drivers can see them in their

mirrors and in slow-moving traffic they

should take care and keep their speed

low. Unfortunately, these people do not

know all these or better put fail to observe

these rules and regulations.

Waste management undergoes reforms


Waste management in

Lagos State is

currently facing a

tougher time following the

planned introduction of

major reform into the sector

by Governor Akinwunmi


Lagos state government is

making moves to rescue the

state from the inefficiency of

the Private Sector

Participation, PSP, operators

through the launch of

‘Cleaner Lagos Initiative’.

Lagos waste generation

which was between 9,000 to

10,000 metric tons of waste

per day has recently, risen to

between 13,000 to 14,000 per


Commissioner for the

Environment in the state, Dr.

Samuel Adejare, while



development, said besides

creating the enabling

environment for the private

sector to harness

international best practices,

the Cleaner Lagos Initiative

is likewise concerned with

addressing the existing

challenges in solid waste

management in the state.

Under the proposed

reform, government will

carry out a re-certification of

all the 350 PSP operators, relicense

them and audit the

state of their compactors.

Government will also

transform the existing

LAWMA confirms reform processes

Meantime, the Lagos

State Waste


Authority, LAWMA, has said

that waste generation within

the state has increased to

over 420, 000 monthly,

representing 14, 000 metric

tons daily.

Meanwhile, the

operators of domestic

and commercial

wastes in Lagos State are already

in court to stop the government

from displacing them or replacing

them with new operators through

the guise of reform.

In a suit filed on their behalf at

a Lagos High Court by Ebun-Olu

Adegboruwa, the PSP operators,

urged the court to urgently uphold

and protect their existing rights

and benefits so that the

government will not appoint new

operators to replace them.

Listed as defendants in the suit

are the Lagos State Government,

Transfer Loading Station

(TLS) and introduce about

25 Material Revolving

Facility (MRF) where wastes

will be sorted, 600 new

compactor vehicles will be

Chairman of LAWMA,

Olumuyiwa Adejokun and

General Manager, Mr.

Segun Adeniji, disclosed this

recently, at the opening

session of a 3-day training

workshop for officials of the

agency, themed: “Reformed

Waste Management in Lagos

the Attorney-General of Lagos

State, Commissioner for the

Environment, the proposed

foreign operators and their local

agents–namely Visionscape

Group, Visionscape Santiation

Solutions Limited, and ABC

Sanitation Solutions Limited.

“If the government’s resolutions

are implemented to the letter, the

regime of refuse heaps may soon

return to the state,” Adegboruwa,

a human rights lawyer said.

In their 77 paragraph affidavit

deposed to by Olabode Coker, the

acquired, and waste

dumpsites will be closed and

replaced with engineered

sanitary landfill sites.

The reform will include;

Establishment of five new

State: The role of LAWMA,”

held at Lekki, Eti-Osa Local

Government Area of the


The governor’s directive,

Adejokun, stressed was part

of the planned reform to

make the agency more

efficient and effective saying,

PSP drags govt to court

Chairman of the Association of

Waste Managers, the operators

stated that they had helped Lagos

State to rid the state of refuse

spanning several years of

investments in human and

material resources, which had

also involved professional

trainings and education.

The association, comprising

over 350 PSP operators, asked the

court to restrain any foreign

operator, and their local agents,

from taking over the collection,

disposal and management of

power stations – one in

each division in the state,

which will be built to

generate power from

wastes, and closure of the

Olusosun at Ojota, Kosofe

Local Government area,

and Solus, Igando, old

Alimosho LGA, dumpsites

next year.

“Government does not have

the huge funds required to

manage waste in the state,

this is why the governor has

decided to embark on waste

management reform.”

He explained that the

reform would see LAWMA

being excluded from waste

collection and concentrate

on regulatory role of waste

collection in the state.

domestic solid waste in all areas

of Lagos State.

“The operators claimed that

Lagos State had encouraged them

in the past to improve their

operations through acquisition of

modern trucks, for which many of

them obtained loans from banks

with huge interest rates and the

consideration was to be using the

resources generated from the

waste operations to service the

said loans, and they have built

offices in various parts of Lagos

State for the smooth

administration of their

operations,” Adegboruwa






16—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Nigeria’ ll split if we

don’t restructure

– Ohaneze Chieftain

•Why Igbo Governors

cannot lead Ndigbo

•Prof Elochukwu


What have you been doing after


After MAMMSER, I became the Director

General, National Orientation Agency, NOA,

from 1993 to 2011. Since then I have been

involved in one thing or the other. In fact I just

ended as the pro-Chancellor, Anambra State

University; before then I was the Chairman

Anambra Broadcasting Service before I

became the pro-chancellor of the university The common

now called Chukwuemeka Odumegwu

Ojukwu University. So I am still in the arena, saying is Igbo

so to say.

What about politics?

don’t have kings

Well, everybody is a politician but I am not

vying for political power.

What is the major difference between the

but I think it is

Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo Leaders of


probably taking it

Ohanaeze is the apex socio-cultural

organization of Ndigbo whereas Igbo leaders literally not that we

of Thought is a collection of, call it,

intellectuals who are concerned about the don’t have leaders

welfare of Ndigbo. It is a think tank,

generating ideas, interacting with all other

Igbo organizations; selling those ideas; in

other words mobilizing our people for the

welfare of Ndigbo.

But the Aka Ikenga claims to be the

intellectual arm of Ohanaeze?

I am not aware of that kind of claim; I am

not sure any organization can claim that. I

am in Ohanaeze and the current constitution

of Ohanaeze was drawn up by my committee,

I was the chairman. So I am not aware. Is

Aka Ikenga not located in Lagos? But I think

it is just one of the organizations. You have to

appreciate the political culture of Ndigbo;

we are an egalitarian society and individuals

are bubbling with enthusiasm to contribute

and so they can come round, form

organizations and explore how they can make

their own contributions. So we have Aka

Ikenga, we have Nkpoko Igbo, we have Ala-

Igbo Development Foundation, we have the

World Igbo Summit Group and so many other

organizations and no one can claim any

particular/ special relationship with

Ohanaeze. Ohanaeze is just the umbrella

organization of Ndigbo. We call it sociocultural,

not necessarily political.

Does it have anything to do with the saying

that Igbo have no leaders?

Who said Igbo have no leaders? No, no, no!




By Emeka Mamah and Dennis Agbo, Enugu

Prof Elochukwu Amucheazi is both a member of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, and

Ohanaeze Ndigbo. In this interview, Amuceazi who is the National Secretary of ILT

spoke about Igbo leadership, lip service to fight against corruption: true federalism

and restructuring as well as the problems within the South East Governors’ Forum,

SEGF, and efforts to reconcile them. He also, said that Ndigbo would never regret

rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 election, and would vote for

Jonathan again en-masse if he stands for another election tomorrow.

The common saying is Igbo don’t have

kings but I think it is probably taking it

literally not that we don’t have leaders.

There is no community that doesn’t have a

leader or leaders, starting from your

primary community.

The former Vice President, Dr Alex

Ekwueme is a foremost Igbo leader who is

now over 84 years. The problem is that we

don’t have those who will take over from

people like him or Prof Ben Nwabueze

among others

Ekwueme is an Igbo leader, very

prominent, an intellectual and everything

that you need in defining Igbo leader you

have in Ekwueme and therefore he is a

foremost Igbo leader, at least till today but

we have others coming up as well. We have

Nwabueze, Ebitu Ukaiwe, Ndubuisi Kanu

and a good number of others. I think that

what confuses people is the dominance,

politically, of young traders in government;

compradors in government; people reared

by erstwhile military dictators, who

managed to have cornered a lot of money

and they are everywhere in Igbo land. At

the moment they seem to be at the helm of

affairs because they are governors, they are

these, they are that. But they are not

necessarily the Igbo leaders. In every

community there are leaders, at the

moment the impression is about these

people who are in government, who

control tools of government but it is not

always the case. They throw their weight

about because of the way things are in

this country but it is not that Igbo do not

have leaders. You see, at critical moments,

Igbo leaders emerge. In the 1950s you

saw how Dr Michael Okpara emerged.

During the civil war you saw how Emeka

Ojukwu emerged. They were in the

forefront, but not that Ojukwu or Okpara

were the only leaders. There is this

collective leadership that is associated

with Ndigbo. Why some of these governors

are failing is that sometimes they fail to

consult the real leaders; people who

matter. Because of the way things stand

in this country they think about their

patrons, so to say, from up there, but how

long will that last? I believe tomorrow

will be bright for Ndigbo. A crop of leaders

are coming up, not just this present day

party leaders. As a matter of fact, look at

this small boy, Nnamdi Kanu who is being

detained, how do you evaluate him? An

Igbo leader must be selfless, must be well

focused; must be dynamic and prepared

to move the people forward. Many of

these governors don’t have these qualities,

so you have these chaps coming up and I

can assure you many more will surface

even before you know it.

Don’t you believe that some of these

groups like IPOB and MASSOB are

there because Nigeria has refused to

be restructured?

It is obvious; there is consensus all over

the country that we must go back to

genuine federation. Everybody agrees

that a few individuals are dragging their

feet. It is not as if they don’t know that

there must be restructuring. If you do not

restructure, the country will disintegrate

and it is as simple as that. Sooner or later,

we will have what happened in other parts

of the world- Central Africa, Europe and

Asia and so on. Even the other day Britain

was pulling Europe in a way, Scotland is

even thinking about that and even the

other day, California started saying its

own. If you don’t restructure you cannot

hold people down. I said it the other day

that coercion or force has never held

people together forever. Dictators have

come and gone and there is a consensus

that Nigeria has to be restructured.

How do you want the country to be


Ekwueme talked about six constituent

federal units, that is, the present six

geopolitical zones. They can become the

federating units of the federation. You

see there are criteria for balanced

federation. The constituent units must

be reasonably sizable; they have to be

reasonably viable in a way; they can

stand on their own. That is why Ekwueme

came up with six geopolitical zones. At

the moment you have all these tiny units

called states, they cannot become units

of a federation and that is why we are

running a unitary system of government

which is not good enough for Nigeria.

Right from the word go, even the British

that created Nigeria realized that

Nigeria must be a federation which was

why they came up with three federal

units and later the civilians added one

and we had four. It is only these military

dictators who are not qualified, who

didn’t understand anything about how

to govern human society that

treacherously brought about this so

called 36 states so that they can run the

country as a unitary system of


Do you think restructuring would

quell issues like agitation for selfdetermination

like in the case of Biafra?

It is possible but many have been

pushed to the wall. It depends on the

powers given to the constituent units. You

can have a federation, you can have a

confederation, so it depends on what will

be agreed upon.

How do you react to Obasanjo’s

recent call for Igbo Presidency in 2019?

I do not think it is a subject for

discussion. I do not have answer to this.

I don’t think I will waste my time

addressing that question. Why do you

think one should listen to that kind of

advice? Is it an advice or whatever you

call it? I think it is just a distraction.

Do you think Biafra can stand on its


I guess you are talking about selfdetermination

which is a guaranteed

human right. The issue is not viability or

no viability. When it comes to that really;

Continues on pg 37


TURDAY Vanguard

anguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—17

BBC confirms DfID

targeted Ibori;

Spent millions

to nail him


Barely three days after my story entitled

“Exposed: How the UK Conspired to

convict Ibori, Gohil, others - Govt’s Role,

“appeared in the Weekend Vanguard of 28

January 2017, the BBC on 1st February

2017 confirmed one of the most damning

disclosures there.

My expose showed how the British

Government, acting through the DfID, had

been in contention with Chief James

Onanefe Ibori over the control of V-Mobile

shares. I gave this back grounding: “At the

centre of this conspiracy is the British

government’s aid agency – the

Department for International

Development (DfID). To the world, it

provides British monetary support for

humanitarian aid and projects in

impoverished counties. Yet, as its role

in the Ibori case shows, its agenda is

however political. In the Ibori case/

s, the British government used these

aid funds as a political tool against

Ibori and to support its political

agenda and undermine Nigerian


Then I dropped the bombshell: “To

begin at the beginning; It will be

recalled that since 2005, DFID funded

the entirety of the Ibori, Gohil and

linked prosecutions; with £16 million

going to “The Proceeds of Corruption


This week Wednesday, Mr. Mark Easton,

BBC’s Home editor, published “James

Ibori: Nigerian ex-governor challenges UK

conviction” He wrote: “In 2005 the

Department for International Development

funded a special police unit inside Scotland

Yard to go after corrupt African politicians.

Its prime target was Ibori. Its aim: to get

him into a British court and convict him

for corruption. The UK government spent

years and millions getting Ibori out of

Nigeria and into a British court in one of

the most expensive and complex police

investigations undertaken”.

And showing that the hunters have

become the hunted as the Ibori case has

turned against the Police, the BBC report

added: “Last year, after repeatedly telling

judges there was no evidence of police

corruption, the Crown Prosecution Service

(CPS) admitted they had found substantial

material that supported the allegations.

“There exists intelligence that supports

the assertion that [a police officer] received

payment in return for information in respect

of the Ibori case,” the CPS admitted.

The officer in question has always denied

taking bribes and internal police

investigations have previously exonerated

him. Details of how Scotland Yard tapped

phones and conducted covert surveillance

on a number of officers in the unit

investigating Ibori emerged for the first


Unfortunately for DfID, it did little to

cover its tracks. Once Ibori was arraigned,

it never bothered to arraign any other

politically exposed person. Also, the claim

that the special Police Unit it funded

lavishly with £16 million was for Africanwide

operation was a ruse; it has not cast

an eye at any other country apart from

Nigeria or at any other person.

Yet, the BBC report repeated the lies the

media had heaped on Ibori owing to media


Unfortunately for DfID, it

did little to cover its

tracks. Once Ibori was

arraigned, it never bothered

to arraign any other

politically exposed person

manipulation, calculated disinformation

and misinformation. Mr. Easton’s report

claimed: “Ibori was believed to have

laundered large sums in the UK, just part of

hundreds of millions of dollars it was

claimed he had embezzled from the

Nigerian people.

On a state salary of just £4,000 a year he

had bought a fleet of luxury cars and

expensive properties. He was also looking

to buy a private jet”.

This nonsense that a governor’s salary was

Ibori’s only source of income from 1999 to

2007 has been at the heart of the Ibori

London and Asaba trials. And that has been

the most crucial media manipulation and

court-misleading both the Economic and

Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and

the British Police and Prosecution did against


The British Police and Prosecution both

knew that Ibori had other sources of income,

such as an oil service company called MER

Engineering but chose to mislead both the

court and the public. Page 14 of the 44-page

charges filed by the London Metropolitan

Police, against Ibori in court, item 81, on MER

Engineering states: “MER built houseboats,

which were rented out to oil workers in the

Delta. It was Ibori who was able to

influence the contracts with Chevron

and Shell and the NNPC”, Item 83: “It

was MER money that paid for the Ibori

property in Hampstead, Westover Hill:

Count 5. Item 84, “It was MER money

that paid for the house Ibori bought in

Houston Texas. Item 85, “it was MER

money that paid for the deposit for the

$20 million Challenger Jet airplane that

Mr. Ibori was in the process of buying

when his monies were restrained by the

UK courts”.

Yet, weeks before Ibori was sentenced,

EFCC arrested and questioned one Dr.

Babalakin on the charge that he helped

Ibori launder money, using the account

of Babalakin’s company. EFCC said

Ibori never tried to buy a Challenger jet

but was only helped to launder money

by pretending he was buying a jet. I

replied that the EFCC was lying because

it had known for years that Ibori

actually invested some money in a

registered air-charter company for a jet

that would be used commercially, but

the world has been deceived that Ibori

had bought, or was in the process of

buying, a private jet. And didn’t

Prosecution state in court that Ibori

had invested only $4million on that

aircraft – money from MER


I wrote then: “Adding the $4

million for the jet to the $6

million for the properties, sums

that came from MER

Engineering, brings the entire

sum in contention in the UK to $10

million. If you make allowance for

police exaggeration of property costs,

you would have a sum that is below $8

million. It is a huge amount but it is

nowhere near 50 or 250 million Pounds

that were bandied about. And the monies

came from MER Engineering accounts.

Also, I don’t want to go into the amount

of the travel and overnight allowances

that Ibori was paid during his eightyear

tenure as Governor”.

Now, see court-misleading at

work as I had pointed out

before!. On item 175 of the

same court charges against

Ibori: “By the time he was

into his second term of

office as Governor of Delta

State, James Ibori had

defrauded Delta State of

such large sums of money that he was

planning to buy himself a private jet

aeroplane costing $20 million.” Is this

not the same plane for which Mr.

Babalakin was arrested, and EFCC said

he was laundering money for Ibori in

the guise of buying a plane? Item 183:

“MER had an account at Barclays bank

in Knightsbridge. The Money went from

the oil companies straight out of Nigeria

and into MER account in Barclays”.

And that too is a crime? Item 29: “Mr.

Ibori used money defrauded from the

people of Nigeria to buy a property in

Houston in Texas … “only to see in Item

84, “It was MER money that paid for the

house Ibori bought in Houston Texas’.

Ibori’s many sins for which he was

convicted included this terribly grave

crime: Item 34: “In addition to his

millionaire life style, Ibori called himself

“HIS EXCELLENCY”, a title not

recognized by the constitution”.

For the source of this commotion,

remember that former EFCC chairman,

Nuhu Ribadu accused some oil majors

of helping Ibori launder money over the

same MER Engineering contracts,

claiming that MER Engineering had no

contracts at all with those oil companies.

He was simply preparing the grounds to

make this deliberate falsehood stick. And

such nonsense even found its way into

the Financial Times of London of

November 16, 2007 story, “Probe into

Chevron and Shell payments” written by

Michael Peel and Dino Mahtani. It stated

that “Anti-corruption investigators are

probing payments by ChevronTexaco

and Royal Dutch Shell to a company

owned by a powerful Nigerian politician

they suspect has laundered tens of

millions of dollars in British banks,

property and cars.

James Ibori, who was governor of

Delta State until last May, is being

investigated by British and Nigerian

authorities over sums he is alleged to

have accumulated during his years in


A UK court affidavit seen by the

Financial Times says there is

reasonable cause to believe Mr Ibori

bled money from his oil-rich state and

bought assets including a $20m jet,

houses in London and Dorset, and a

•406,000 ($595,460) armour-plated

Mercedes-Benz from a Mayfair


The document says police are

examining £2.3m ($4.7m) of payments

made over the past three years by

ChevronTexaco and the state-owned

Nigerian National Petroleum

Corporation into a dollar-denominated

Barclays account in London held on

behalf of MER Engineering, a company

owned by Mr Ibori.

The affidavit says the “purportedly

legitimate” payments were for the

rental of two houseboats for oil workers,

although it suspects the transfers were

“corrupt payments rather than in

exchange for legitimate services”. So

the Police knew as far back as 2007 that

Ibori earned money legitimately apart

from his salary as Governor. Yet, even

the BBC towed reported their lies ten

whole years later.

That is the source of the commotion.

Ribadu and the British Police never

wanted anybody to know that Ibori had

other sources of legitimate income. And

this nonsense continued even after the

FT wrote this “Chevron confirmed it had

hired two houseboats from MER, but

declined to give more details. It said it

believed it had complied with anticorruption

laws. Shell said MER was

on its register of approved contractors.

It declined to elaborate on the amount

and type of work done by MER.NNPC

said it never paid bribes”. That was

written in 2007.

So what was the conclusion of Nuhu

Ribadu’s investigation? On October 19,

2007, Sahara Reporters wrote:

“Documents available to

Saharareporters paint a picture of how

former Governor James Ibori of Delta

State used international collaborators,

offshore shell companies and local

assistants to BUY a Bombardier

Challenger jet from Bombardier

Aerospace Incorporated, Canada’s

leading private jet manufacturing

company”. Total hogwash! So, where

is the jet parked today?

No wonder Ibori’s understatement :

“I have been unfairly treated, that’s all I

can say,” Mr Ibori told the BBC,

confirming that he plans to appeal

against his conviction for money


“Yes, I am, of course. I have made that

decision personally and I have

instructed my solicitors.”

What lawyers had thought impossible

became possible in the Ibori case.

Tuesday, 02 February 2010 Daniel

Elombah of elombah.com, a lawyer,

analyzed the Ibori London case and

concluded: “Without original evidence,

without the predicate crime, and relying

on inference alone, the battle to secure

the conviction of Ibori at all cost seems

a lost cause”. Well, he spoke too soon;

without adducing any evidence

whatsoever of any monies lost by Delta

state, and proving same beyond every

reasonable doubt, the London

prosecutors got judgment against Ibori

when a Judge agreed the case should be

decided on inference and inference

alone and so no burden of proof

weighed down on the prosecution at all,

no matter how wild their claims could

be. But Justice Marcel Awokulehin of

the Federal High Court Asaba, rested

his judgment on the prosecution’s

failure to establish of prima facie

evidence of guilt against Ibori. And

Ignorant Nigerians have been

condemning that judgment without

knowing the planks on which it rested;

proof beyond all reasonable doubt as

against inference alone – relied on by

the London court.

•Tony Eluemunor is Ibori’s Media






TURDAY Vanguard

anguard, FEBRUARY 4 , 2017

Spice and drama at Edo Governor

ernorship Tribunal


The campaign ahead of the Edo

State governorship election

in 2015 was laced with much

drama and intrigues climaxing with the

last minute postponement of the election

from the earlier scheduled date of

September 10.

Given the spectacle that shadowed the

election campaign, only few would have

expected the post-election struggle to be

less dramatic. Indeed, actions and

inactions of the contenders have been no

less dramatic as reflected in recent

tribunal outings where the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Pastor

Osagie Ize-Iyamu is seeking to reverse the

declaration of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as

governor of Edo State.

The sitting of the Justice Ahmed

Badamasi led Governorship Election

Tribunal sitting in Benin last Wednesday

was, however, laced with comedy and


Osaro Osuwne, from Ikpoba Okhai Ward

1, called to testify for the PDP candidate

was put under pressure when the APC

counsel alleged that he made depositions

describing himself as a business man and

also as a public servant in another


Faced with the seeming contradictions,

Osuwne who had earlier described himself

as a “Man of God,” threw the court into

laughter when he added “I am also a


However, the high point of the drama acts

on Wednesday was when two senior

members of the bar, Chief Wole

Olanipekun (SAN) and Mr. Kemi

Pinheiro ( SAN) engaged themselves in a

shouting match following the order on a

witness, Mr. Frank Pax Osifo to shut up

by Chief Olanipekun during a cross


Trouble started when Mr. Osifo who is a

witness for the PDP tried to explain the

literary meaning of a question put to him

by Chief Olanipekun.

Olanipekun who was visibly angered by

the audacity of the witness ordered him

to shut up saying, “this is insulting, you

are insulting me.”

He was to add that he had expected

counsel to the petitioners to caution their

witness when he made the statement.

It was at this juncture that lead counsel

for the petitioners during the session, Mr.

Kemi Pinheiro replied in anger.

“I have been very patient with counsel

shouting down and intimidating my

witnesses. He has no right to abuse a

witness. He is not your house boy that

you can abuse and order to shut up.”

Also, speaking in the same vein, Mr.

Emmanuel Ukala (SAN) another counsel

for the petitioners, said that certain

standard must be maintained in the

tribunal, adding, “a witness is not a house

boy, we must resist the temptation to see

a witness as a lesser person.”

However, counsel to INEC, Mr.

Adegboyega Aromolowo when called

upon by the tribunal chairman, Justice

Ahmed Badamasi to comment on the

quarrel between the two senior counsel,

thanked the tribunal for its patience.

He said, “Chief Olanipekun and Mr.

•Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu

Pinheiro need to accommodate each

other. There are many cases they would

do together or against each other. I

appeal to Chief Olanipekun who is a

SAN, former President of the NBA, etc.

to see Pinheiro as a junior brother. I

thank the tribunal for it’s patience.”

The intrigues continued to the

following day when the petitioners

brought some witnesses including a

professor of Constitutional Law to

support their case.

The professor was, however, not let off

lightly as he was subjected to serious

questioning by the legal team of the


Prof. Edoba Omoregie was among the

eight witnesses who appeared for the

petitioners from Egor and Orhionwon

local government areas of the state.

Prof. Omoregie who under cross

examination from counsel to the

respondents told the tribunal that he

could not say if he were accredited to vote

in the election unless he sees the INEC

voters register , saying that his complaints

as contained in his deposition were

inappropriate accreditation and overvoting.

Asked then what was the basis of his

claim of over voting he said that the

number of used and unused ballot papers

in Unit 010 where he voted did not tally.

According to him whereas 335 was

recorded for accredited voters but that

the result sheet showed that 340 voted.

“My unit is clustered with other units, so

this afforded me the opportunity to move

around and as a ward collation officer

polling agents in other units submitted

their various results to me.”

Hon Tony Osazuwa who was collation

agent of the PDP for Evbueghae Ward in

Orhionwon local government area

admitted that he did not vote in the

elections though he is a registered voter

in Unit 4.

( He told the tribunal that there were no

elections in 4 out of the 21 polling units

and blamed this on the malpractices that

he claimed characterised the process in

the listed polling units in the ward.

Asked how he came to the conclusion,

he said based on complaints he received

from the polling agents scattered all over

the ward, he undertook the task of going

round and confirmed their assertions to

be true.

Other witnesses like Messrs Osamede

Edebiri in his deposition before the

tribunal said, “ I observed that there was

total absence of accreditation”, in the 28

polling units in his Ward in Egor local

government of the state.

The tribunal sitting meanwhile







Nigeria took a major step in its commitment

to improve ease of doing business through

trade facilitation on January 20 2017, when it

submitted the instrument of acceptance of World

Trade Organisation’s Protocol on Trade

Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on the sideline of

World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and

Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah

submitted Nigeria’s instrument to the Director

General of WTO, Roberto Azevêdo at an event

to mark the deposit. With this, Nigeria became

the 107thWTO member state to ratify the

agreement, while Nepal submitted its own

instrument on January 26, 2017, thus needing

just two more ratifications to reach the two-third

threshold required for the TFA to come into force.

Other African countries that have ratified include

Botswana, Niger, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya,

Zambia, Lesotho, Mali, Senegal, Swaziland,

Gabon, Ghana and Mozambique.

According to Dr Enemalah, “Nigeria’s

ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

is a reflection of our commitment to the WTO

and a rules-based economy. It is evidence of

President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment

to rapidly implement his presidential initiative

on the creation of an enabling environment for

business. Nigeria would like to see a strengthened

WTO that reflects the development principles of

developing countries like Nigeria.”

We believe that the minister and the Nigerian

team worked tirelessly to push through the

process, which I believe is another milestone for

the country. This therefore positions the country

on the right pedestal to harness expected gains

of the TFA when it fully comes into force. TFA

aligns with Nigeria’s objective of deepening the

ease of doing business in the country through

enabling policy environment.

Reactions continue to pour in since Nigeria

submitted the Instrument to the WTO indicating

that we are fully on board to harness immense

opportunities offered by the protocol to global

economy. Trade experts around the world see

the ratification by Nigeria as an impressive step

given her position in Africa as the continent’s

largest economy.

Ease of Doing Business

President Muhammadu Buhari in October

last year approved the establishment of the

Presidential Council on Ease of -Doing Business

to further strengthen the administration’s resolve

to enhance ease of doing business. And in addition

Leveraging on Trade

Facilitation to Grow

Nigeria’s Economy

to correct the perception that Nigeria is a

tough environment to do business. This will

attract the much-needed foreign direct

investment and local direct investment in

Nigeria. Trade facilitation is a tool for

economic development, inclusive growth

and job creation. It is also in tandem with

the policy of diversifying the economy from


Ṫhe WTO’s General Council adopted the

resolution on protocol on Trade

Facilitation Agreement at its summit in

November 2014 to address challenges

posed by barriers and constrains to trade

across the member-states by the customs

services. WTO during its 20th anniversary

noted thus; “Under current border

procedures, the average transaction can

involve numerous steps. The Trade

Facilitation Agreement (TFA) sets forth a

series of measures for expeditiously

moving goods across borders inspired by

the best practices from around the world.

The Agreement is ground-breaking in that,

for the first time in WTO history, the

commitments of developing and leastdeveloped

countries are linked to their

capacity to implement the TFA. In addition,

the Agreement states that assistance and

support should be provided to help

countries achieve that capacity.”

“An amendment protocol for the Trade

Facilitation Agreement was adopted by the

General Council in November 2014 to

bring the TFA into the WTO’s legal

framework. The Agreement will enter into

force when two-thirds of WTO members

ratify the TFA and deposit their instruments

of acceptance with the WTO Secretariat.

Hong Kong, China, became the first

member to do so in December 2014.”

•Dr Okechukwu Enelamah


The protocol on TFA was ratified by

Nigeria’s National Assembly and

subsequently assented to by President

Buhari. The process for its domestication

by Nigeria began in 2014, when the country

submitted its Category A notification to

the WTO outlining substantive provisions

of the TFA it intends to implement upon

entry into force of the Agreement. Observers

see this as a good sign that the country is

ready to align her economic strategic

objectives and goals with results.

The protocol on Trade Facilitation

Agreement aims to ease the flow of goods

across the borders through removing

several barriers that inhibits movement of

goods across borders. Developing and least

developed countries are beneficiaries of the

TFA as it supports them to overcome

seamlessly, several barriers and constraints

that affect import and export across their

borders. The immediate impact is that ease

of doing business will improve by a wide

margin resulting in improved revenue,

reduction in customs processes as well as

income for producers and traders. The TFA

protocol is expected to usher in an era of

ease of doing business by shortening

requirements for documentations and

number of days required to process them.

A WTO publication, Easing Flow of Goods

Across Border: Trade Facilitation Agreement

published to mark its 20thanniversary, notes

that as at 2014, customs transactions from

country to country records the following

requirements for export and import

respectively. For export, there are between

two to eleven documentations, which span

from six days to eight-six days to be

concluded. While for import transactions,

two to 17 documentations are required which

span from four days to 130 days before

finalization. The protocol on Trade

Facilitation Agreement aims to ease the flow

of goods across the borders through

removing several barriers that inhibits

movement of goods across borders.

Nigeria will benefit immensely from TFA

in terms of inflow of foreign direct

investment, job creation, capacity utilization

in view of emerging investment friendly policy

framework it will usher in. The evolving

opportunities through FDIs, technology

transfer it creates in return would boost the

economy. There is consensus among experts that

the size of Nigeria’s market makes it the most

lucrative investment destinations in sub-Sahara

Africa with a high return on investment. Nigeria is

an emerging market, which makes it one of the

new frontiers for investment considerations.

The key thing Nigeria must do now is how to

leverage on the TFA to grow her economy. There is

no better time than now to explore the opportunities

inherent in the WTO to grow our economy by

positioning the country to reap benefits from other

global pool of investments. Additionally, Nigerians

still stands to gain from the export of its products to

other countries within the WTO framework, which

aims to increase opportunities for businesses in

Nigeria. The recognition this brings to Nigeria to

the world stage is immense. It could not have come

at better time than now that every effort is geared

towards increasing Nigeria’s share of non-oil

revenue sectors of the economy.

Hakeem Adebayo, a trade expert, writes from


SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—19



It is becoming obvious that the

two major leaders in Edo state

today, Omo N’Oba N’Edo

Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11

and Governor Godwin Obaseki,

share the same vision and mission

and have the will to take drastic

decisions in areas that have been

very problematic to the people of

the state over the years.

Immediately Oba Ewuare 11

became the Oba of Benin, his first

assignment was to ban Community

Development Associations (CDAs)

in the seven Local Government

Areas in Edo South. This singular

decision endeared him to the

people of the Kingdom because

these CDAs had become killer

groups in various communities. In

fact there are communities today

whose elders have fled as they

have become the targets of killing

by the youths who occupied these

positions and saw the elders as

threats to their interests

On his part, Governor Obaseki

on the 31st of December, 2016

banned collection of taxes, levies

and all dues in the state by private

indigenes who used to do that on

behalf of the state government in

previous administrations. These

collectors had become a threat to

the state as they harassed innocent

citizens and visitors over one levy

or the other and painting the state

in bad light. And knowing that this

was a major problem in the state,

Obaseki banned it and sent a bill

to the state House of Assembly

which will ensure that all levies

and taxes that are collected by

government agents are paid

directly to the coffers of the

government. This decision was

again received with a loud


Also, as Obaseki has been

strategizing on how to fulfil the

200,000 jobs he promised to Edo

people, Oba Ewuare is working

hard to ensure the establishment

of an Export Free Zone in

Gelegele which will also create

employment for the people of the

state. And working towards the

same direction, Obaseki returned

from China two weeks ago where

he met with investors who are

willing to come and develop the

Export Free zone.

In appreciation of what the

governor had done so far, Oba

Ewuare 11, paid a royal visit to

Governor Obaseki two weeks ago

with his senior chiefs and held

discussions for several hours where

issues that border on security,

economy, and employment were


Ewuare II commends Gov


Emerging from the private

meeting, Oba Ewuare said that he

was impressed with the activities

of the governor particularly his

efforts in ensuring the realization

of his dream, which was the

establishment of an Export Free

Zone in Gelegele.

His words: “I have been

passionate about the export free

processing zone. When President

Buhari came to visit me at Uselu

when I was Ediaken N’Uselu, I

mentioned it to him. I repeated it

in the coronation speech and then

That Oba of

Benin’s visit to


Emerging from the private

meeting, Oba Ewuare said that he

was impressed with the activities

of the governor particularly his

efforts in ensuring the realization

of his dream, which was the

establishment of an Export Free

Zone in Gelegele

Oba Ewuare 11 and Governor Godwin


reiterated it when the

governor visited me as the

Oba of Benin. This is to show

how passionate I am about

the Export free zone.

“When I was in Rome I tried

to bring some investors to

Benin, to develop the

Gelegele sea port

specifically. But I was advised

by some professionals that if I focused

on the development of Gelegele sea

port, the Federal Government would not

support it but if I looked towards the

development of Export free zone tied

to agro allied industries, the

government would like it. So I looked

at it and I started working on that ever

since and when I came to Nigeria I

focused on it”.

Palace forges partnership with state


Giving his royal blessings to Obaseki’s

administration, Oba Ewuare 11

declared: “I want to appeal to other

members of the government to please

support the governor. I want to assure

you of the support of the palace. We want

to assure you that you have the full

support of our ancestors to be where

you are. You should feel comfortable in

your office. If you have any issue don’t

hesitate to come to me personally as you

are already doing and we will always

assist your government to succeed. By

the grace of God and our ancestors you

will succeed in your tenure. We have

discussed areas of mutual cooperation

where the palace and the state

government will cooperate as I

mentioned in my speech during


Edo will become Nigeria’s economic


An elated Obaseki then responded:

“No honour can be greater than this

when your father decides to greet and

honour you and pray for you, you cannot

ask for more. We realized that Edo state

more than any other state in the country,

has tremendous advantages that will

make it a major economic center in this

country. We also have a very high

agricultural potentials unlike Lagos and

many other states And one other asset

which we have like Lagos which we

never really thought about is access to

international trade through the

Gelegele axis. And if we are going to

re-enact our glory days, it is an asset

we cannot continue to ignore and that

is why we took steps to make sure that

we fast track the process of making

Gelegele an industrial and agricultural

hub. We were in China to meet some

potential investors and the interest was

very encouraging.

“The issue of CDAs is an issue that

we must stem because it will be very

difficult and challenging to create

200,000 jobs if we don’t put order in our

land administration system in Edo state.

We have finalized a draft bill which we

are sending to the state House of

Assembly. This will criminalize any act

by any CDA because the status today

does not criminalize the activities of

these people.

“We have also looked very closely at

the issue of governance particularly at

the local government level. The

constitution permits only state actors to

collect government revenue because we

began to see a very dangerous trend

where private people and groups have

become a lot more efficient in collecting

revenues in the name of the state for

themselves and they were becoming a

threat to the state itself. We could not

sit back and allow such situation to

continue, we had to allow stop it. We

also sent our first bill to the state House

of Assembly harmonizing all taxes and

levies in the state. I want to assure you

that we are very clear, we are very

determined in ensuring that Edo state

is restored to its pride of place in this

country and we become the economic

hub which we are naturally destined to

be in this country” he stated.

20—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

The Vampire is on the loose. And jitters

have spread. He can’t remember just

how many he has killed and how many

millions ,in ransom, he has collected. They are

too many to be remembered. But he remembers

coming to Lagos and storming the house of

one of his girl friends and killing the girl and

everyone in the house. Everything he does, he

does savagely. The girl, he alleged, stole his

45 million naira. And he executed her family.

Not that he has earned any money in his entire

life - his criminal career started precociously

at age 11. When the DSS snared and caged

him a year ago, his criminal career seemed all

but ended. And the region heaved a sigh of

relief. That was before he bought over the

whole prison. Many accounts suggest

imprisonment didn’t dampen his criminal

propensity. With a prison system that has too

many officials available , ready to be bought

and hired, Chibueze Henry’s wings didn’t

remain clipped for long.

But the only difference between Vampire and

many other lords that litter our rickety prison

system is his extreme ruthlessness which

attracts notoriety. Others otherwise as

imperious are scattered all over the nation,

quietly, dominating the prisons and running

rings around the law. Corruption doesn’t just

birth impunity it fattens it to dangerous sizes.

Vampire’s gang strolled into the Owerri high

court last week , shot at hapless warders, took

away Vampire and set 48 others criminals

fluttering away. Judges hiding under tables

isn’t a good sight . But corruption ultimately

leads to the desecration of the sacred. The

judges that day squirreled into holes. The

amoured police vehicle kept at the Judiciary

gates stood like a statue while policemen

dropped their guns and fled. Evidently ,

corruption, in the end, endangers everyone.

A free ravenous vampire is an apocalyptic

nightmare. Witnesses, security officials, real

and imagined enemies are all vulnerable. It

is reported that in the melee that gang foisted

on the Owerri high court that evil day, he found

the composure to personally shoot a particular

prison warder. That in itself tells the danger.

The very notion that a serial murderer in prison

can break loose so easily, in the vicinity of the

seat of government in Owerri, is as sickening

as it is frightening. Every criminal justice

system relies on witnesses , police and judicial

officers who must trust the system for their

safety. This case is a national security priority.

The state government scrambled a security

The Vampire and the torn nests of

Nigeria’s prisons

meeting and placed a paltry 5m naira on such

an enormous head. The prison Comptroller

General rose from his slumber in Abuja to

carry out pretentious raids at the Owerri

prisons. He found hundreds of mobile phones

and laptops, concrete evidences of the

entrenched laxity that enabled Vampire.

Without strict supervision, the prisons can

become criminal heavens. And thoroughly,

Kirikiri maximum prison has become such a

center. But rather than institute proper inquiries

into the Vampire escape and improve the

system through scientific findings, shallow

makeshift measures , by people worried only

about their jobs will prevail. And the prisons

will continue their decay.

The decay in the prisons is systemic and

pervasive. That Owerri prison , like the Kirikiri

, is so overcrowded that no meaningful

rehabilitation can commence there. The

overcrowding exists because too many people

who have no business being in prison are in

prison. Our slovenly criminal justice process

has only one conveyor belt. People are

remanded in prison for minor infractions, for

meager unsettled fines. Only an insignificant

minority of inmates are convicts. But many

handed custodial sentences could have been

processed differently. Our probation service is

almost non existent, so community service as

a retributive option is hardly explored. Without

efficient state counsels for indigent accused

persons many are left to rot in prison because

they have no legal representation. Some on

remand now live perpetually in the prisons,

their case files have gone missing for years.

Those in prison therefore feel no need for

repentance. They only feel unlucky. The

A ‘good’ bed space will cost you

250,000 naira at the KiriKiri

maximum prison. This was the

price before the fall of the naira.

Your options are few. You could

be kept in the condemned

prisoners cell. There, you will

meet a leaking bucket of urine

and faeces in a room meant for

one occupied by eight.

overcrowding of the prison may not be directly

responsible for Vampire’s escape but it helps

create and diffuses cynicism which affects even

the warders and corrodes integrity.

Our prisons are old and poorly maintained.

The inmates are shabbily treated. No ethical

codes can thrive where chaos , physical and

psychological , has taken root. Basic rights are

sold and bought as privileges. Human dignity

is made utterly negotiable, dispensable. If the

prisons had good livable accommodation,

inmates won’t live like animals in pens and

warders won’t metamorphose into

extortionists. If the warders were properly

trained and adequately motivated they won’t

let their wives become petty contractors and

food hawkers in prisons. And how can the

quality of food served prisoners ever improve

when warders supplement their income selling

food to inmates.

Corruption thrives so brazenly in our prisons

it squelches all seeds of correction sown in

those prisons. The corruption in the prisons is

a shade more sinful than that at police

roadblocks. The victimization of incarcerated

poor people under all circumstances is

extraordinarily heinous. The inmates are not

just more vulnerable than motorists, they are

perpetually vulnerable behind high walls and

iron bars. You go to visit an inmate in any

Nigerian prison you are compelled to pass

through two toll gates. So you must shed at

least 200 naira per visit per person. And it

happens in the open and in every prison.

Institutionalized corruption doesn’t fret. A

‘good’ bed space will cost you 250,000 naira at

the KiriKiri maximum prison. This was the

price before the fall of the naira. Your options

are few. You could be kept in the condemned

prisoners cell. There, you will meet a leaking

bucket of urine and faeces in a room meant for

one occupied by eight. The condemned

prisoners cell? Don’t go there! Its very existence

is a crime against humanity. What the general

prison environment does is to foster a confused

moral climate that cannot help a convict find


Prisons all over the world are called colleges

of crime for a reason. But our prisons that do

not even pretend to be rehabilitative must be

flourishing crime colleges. We must hesitate

therefore to send youngsters guilty of

misdemeanors to our poorly supervised, soulseering

prisons. A free intercourse between a

criminal like Vampire and our merely rascally

but incarcerated youths in Owerri prison must

be forbidden. The society must then rethink

how it processes youth crimes even before it

begins to rebuild the prisons.

Vampire’s reign in Owerri prison is tragically

familiar. It is hoped his escape doesn’t herald a

new trend. The society celebrates money. The

warders who granted him special privileges

aren’t a few bad apples. The tree is rotten, root

and branch. Petty thieves must have watched

in envy as he dominated the prison. The idea

that crime pays and pays even in prison is

unfortunately in our country. His escape is a

lesson for the criminal justice system and the

society. The worship of money is the root of all


My condolences to all the victims of that


OPEC and America tangle in web of output

Recently oil prices found a bracer

from production cuts by the

Organization of the Petroleum

Exporting Countries, OPEC and other

producers. The OPEC and non-OPEC

producers agreed to output reduction

in November 2016, to shore up prices

that plummeted in July 2014. The

OPEC attempt to reclaim price seemed

to have fired another salvo that has

pitted its wit against American shale. A

price war seems to be brewing over the

production cuts that took effect last


Two years on negotiations by OPEC

Ministers culminated in last November’s

Vienna meeting deal in hand for

production cuts to shore up prices. The

successful dousing of production output

and market share tensions from OPEC

producers reverberated in the United

States which brought a renewal of

interest in shale production hitherto in

limbo. Projections are that prices in the

high 50s or low 60s would attract more

American investors deploying

technology to bring more rigs to

production. Many are however

watching their flanks because the second

half of the preceding year showed

perceived signs of good tidings which

became turbulent.

OPEC’s production cut may be

heading for the rocks with the American

shale producers benefiting from the

higher prices of oil freeze. The US shale

output is increasing just as the oil cartel

commenced output cut from the 1.8

million barrels per day, MMbpd agreed

to by OPEC and non-OPEC. Again the

new administration of President Donald

Trump is bent on increasing output of

petroleum with his ‘America First

Energy Plan.’ This may again trigger

another round of animosities

reminiscent of the last six years price

war between OPEC led by Saudi Arabia

and the United States.

The United States drillers tested their

might in output control from their ‘fracking’

shale oil technology that outpaced global

oil supply from January 2011 to June 2014,

to make America the number one oil

producer. The retaliation by Middle East

producers’ led by Saudi Arabia between

June 2014 and September 2015, led to

increased production to dwarf the

America’s dream. The richer ones from the

Gulf States went along with the Saudis in

the market share battle, while the poorer

members of OPEC reluctantly accepted; a

decision that became an evil with many oil

dependent nations experiencing economic


But who wins the price-giver battle is

again the controversy in the offing with

International oil price rally

this year will depend on

oil-producing nations

upholding their side of

the bargain to cut

1.8MMbpd from supplies


global expectations that American shale

output would increase this year. The battle

appears to have been drawn on the board

game over which capture may checkmate

the opponent’s king. Many OPEC members

including Saudi Arabia had bitter

experiences when oil prices crashed.

Commentators believe that the marketshare

war involve too many unknowns.

Based on the economics of petroleum

production, it was thought that the price

range of $50 to $60 meant that American

shale producers and investors would be out

of business. The Saudis according to expert

report made sure that the low oil price drop

lasts enough to exhaust oil pricing hedges,

enough to cause banks to tighten credit, and

cause investors to withdraw.

The cost of Saudi production is between

$10 and $15 a barrel. The Saudis, the key

player in OPEC did not reduce production

in the face of global glut to get Americans

out of production. To produce Bakken shale

at the wellhead in 2014 was US$59.03 the

breakeven cost per barrel, on average, which

fell to $29.44 in 2016, according to

consultancy Rystad Energy. Bakken is the

most competitive of major U.S. shale though

they pay more to transport crude to market

than producers in most other U.S. regions.

In spite of the 2014 uncontrolled output

that drove some producers out of the market

the two-year price war made shale producers

more resilient and a stronger rival. Improved

technology and drilling techniques have

boosted efficiency for the North Dakota

Bakken shale and the entire U.S. oil industry.

A price of $45 a barrel is enough for Bakken

producers to profit and $55 would

encourage production growth, said Ness.

Petroleum Economist surveyed six banks

and consultancies with Energy Aspects

having the most bullish; forecasting an

international benchmark for Brent will

average almost US$66 per barrel in 2017

while BNP Paribas is the most bearish, with

an average of US$50 per barrel across the

year. Last year’s average was $43.55bpd. Oil

prices had marginal falls this week with WTI

closing at US$53.57 on Thursday fueling

speculations that the US recovery mode may

out way that of OPEC and non-OPEC supply

cut deals.

Is global crude oil price likely to

experience another bearish spiral? From

experts that track OPEC supply, compliance

in OPEC target of 1.2 MMbpd cut by the

first half of 2017 is believed to have recorded

82 percent supply cut at 984,000 bpd by the

end of January 2017. The Americans have

increased rig deployments far and above

their 2016 levels with the number of oil rigs

deployed by last week put at 566 as against

498 for the same period last year.

It is however not certain whether there

would be significant difference in the

projected global oil consumption estimated

for about 95.41 million barrels per day in

2017 up from the 2016 demand of 94.26

MMbpd, a projection in the OPEC Monthly

Oil Market Report published in August 2016.

The OPEC deal is to cut 1.8 MMbpd from

global output from January to end a twoyear

excess that brought down prices.

A successful implementation of this target

would replace more than half the barrels

OPEC promised to eliminate from the

market. International oil price rally this year

will depend on oil-producing nations

upholding their side of the bargain to cut

1.8MMbpd from supplies globally.

Iran was mandated to maintain

production below a threshold of 3.8 MMbpd

just below the 2012 sanctions output of

4MMbpd. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan

Zanganeh said that crude production had

reached 3.9 MMbpd to restore market links

with Europe and Asia. When OPEC met in

Vienna, Nigeria was given exempt

status after suffering a year of violence and

outages from the activities of Niger Delta

militants. President Muhammadu Buhari

believes output can reach 2.2MMbpd.

Evan Kelly of Oilprice.com reports that

veteran energy trader Martin Tillier admits

that while fundamental analysis usually

outweighs technical analysis, there is a very

strong case for a correction in crude. Tillier

sees increased global demand figures along

with OPEC cuts as bullish long term

fundamentals, but finds short term technical

more decisive in the near term.

Who wins this war between the shalemen

and the sheikhs in OPEC? It appears the

American deployment of technology may be

a problem for OPEC. President Trump is

bent on reducing oil imports; so relying less

on OPEC to meet domestic needs. Although

the Saudis have enough fiscal sovereign

reserves to gamble, the oilmen of Dakota

since 2010, have new wells more than ten

times Arabian score.

Ireally don’t understand the noise

about our President taking a

medical time out. We knew, or should

know, what we signed in for when we

elected a septuagenarian as our

President. He may have looked lean

and trim during the campaign. He may

even have been fit for his age. But 70

is not 50, and it would be an unusual

70 year old who would not have health

issues. In any case, any responsible

person who is fifty plus should have a

regular medical check–up. And

anybody, 50 or less who wants to pace

himself for optimum performance

should take his leave seriously. I

therefore consider all the hullabaloo

surrounding the medical leave an

unnecessary distraction. The presidency

should be commended if anything, on

the orderly way it transferred power. It

was a gesture of seamlessness, trust and

continuity. The only reason highbrows

should be raised is if it was more than

a routine medical check-up as

announced. Or if, come Monday, he is

not at his desk. In order words, we need

to know if the President is facing a lifethreatening

illness or one that could

incapacitate him in any way.

The President being human, should

be expected to be sick at some point.

He also has every reason to take care

of his health. But then so do the rest of

us because our lives are as important

to us and our close families as his life

is to him and his close family.

Unfortunately, the President and

members of the political elite have

medical options that are denied the rest

of us. They can go to the best hospitals

anywhere in the world. We can’t. And

our hospitals at home are in such a state

that they are no longer consulting

clinics—because many of the good

consultants are no longer there—but

half way mortuaries. I wonder, I really

wonder, what it would take to have

seven new, or upgraded professionally

managed medical centres of excellence

in the country. Apart from what we

would save in FX, we would save lives,

generate employment and also bring

national pride to the country. I am sure

a lot of our medical professionals in the

Diaspora would gladly participate

if there was a seriousness of

purpose on the part of government.

I feel ashamed for the country and

the leaders themselves who are in

a position to make a difference when

they rush abroad for routine medical

check-up and treatment for illnesses

like ear infection, leg infection and

so on. Apart from the obvious

security implication of our President

being treated abroad, what respect

does that fact accord him or the

country? He is not alone. In fact,

almost all our political leaders and

top civil servants have personal

doctors abroad. It is therefore

routine—to our shame and

embarrassment—to hear foreign

medical treatments being used as

reasons for bail applications in our

courts. People who steal money that

could have been used to build good

hospitals don’t deserve to be

granted bail so they can go abroad

for treatment. I honestly look

forward to the day when we would

have a courageous, committed and

visionary leader who would ban

foreign treatment for certain classes

of ailments for all Nigerians,

especially government officials. Let

us all learn to treat ourselves or die

in the process. It is also a cause for

concern that our President chooses

to recuperate in the UK according

to the photographs that went viral.

Couldn’t he have found a place

anywhere in the country,

particularly in the south for political

reasons, where he could recuperate?



All lives matter

Couldn’t he have used that as a little

tourist message?

That said, I believe those who

concocted and pushed the false news

of his death belong to the lows of the

low. The publishers who helped to

disseminate this wicked news without

fact checking are reckless and

irresponsible. The urchins in the social

media who glee at the death of a

President and a father figure need help.

I mean that seriously. The amount of

venom and hatred that oozes out in the

social media under the guise of

anonymity is frightening. If it is a

barometer to gauge the thinking of our

The President

must address

firmly, the various

killings around the


youths then its readings are alarming

and worrisome. It is understandable

that the President would have many

enemies. After all, millions did not vote

for him. And many of those millions took

his victory personal. His actions, if not

his policies since he took over have not

exactly endeared him to them. Added

to that, is the fact that many Christians,

north or south of the country, who voted

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for him before might not do so if

elections were to be held today. But to

wish him dead? He is someone’s

father and husband for goodness sake!

A Yoruba proverb translates roughly

‘that we quarrel should not be unto

death.’ Death is so disruptive; so final

that nobody should wish it on his worst

enemy. The only plausible reason I

can adduce for our cavalier attitude to

death is that death has become too

common in this part of the world. Just

look around you. There is death,

preventable death everywhere. While

we were contending with the carnage

of the Boko Haram adherents who

slaughter human beings like rams, the

Fulani herdsmen came on the scene

to unleash what can only be described

as mindless violence. These agents of

destruction have moved from village

to village, maiming and killing. Yet the

State seems powerless. These

criminals in the name of Fulani

herdsmen have become ghosts that

cannot be apprehended and brought

to justice. On top of this came the

eruption in Kaduna where wanton

destruction and hundreds of

preventable deaths took place. Again,

the perpetuators have become ghosts

that cannot be apprehended. These

deaths and the failure of government

to contain them, are threatening the

unity of the country and exacerbating

religious and ethnic fault lines in the

country. It is worth repeating that

poverty, religion, ethnicity and

injustice are fuels for chaos and


The President must address firmly,

the various killings around the

country. Every death is a painful loss

to someone because everybody has a

root. The President must move the

earth if necessary to safeguard the

lives of its citizens. All lives matter.

These killings must stop.

I hope he has had a good rest

because he has a lot of work to do; not

only on the economy, but also on the

religious and social fabric of the

country. May God grant him the

health and the will to set the country

on the path of justice, equity and

religious harmony.

Political Editor



What is the difference between PDP and APC?

The controversy surrounding the

Rivers State Government-owned

helicopters best exemplifies the saying

that in politics there are no permanent

positions, but permanent interests.

Politicians will switch sides whenever

their interests are best protected. In the

course of political adaptability,

politicians have been found to destroy

national institutions as the helicopter

incident is now seen to be doing to the

image of the Customs.

The story of the two armoured Bell

helicopters flows back to the beginning

of the decade when the relationship

between Governor Chibuike Amaechi of

Rivers State and President Goodluck

Jonathan was rock solid.

Apparently determined to check the

spate of criminality in Rivers State,

Governor Amaechi with the support of

the Jonathan administration ordered

the two Bell helicopters and as we now

know, with $15 million support from the

Federal Government.

The helicopters were to form

part of the security architecture

that Amaechi was building to

check crime. As part of that set

up, scores of policemen were

trained in Israel by the Amaechi

administration, while a number

of Israeli security advisers were

ferried into the state. Security

cameras and dogs were also

deployed around the state that

at that time had become a haven

for criminals and bandits. The

helicopters were to be at the

peak of the security architecture

that Governor Amaechi boasted

would leave criminals totally

exposed. From the air the armed

helicopters equipped with night

vision equipment would beam

their searchlight on the bandits.

However, at about the time,

the deal to import the helicopters

was agreed, Mrs. Patience

Jonathan and Governor

Amaechi had their famous falling out

at the Okirika Water Front when the

First Lady publicly scolded Amaechi.

That became the turning point in the

relationship between the Jonathans

and Amaechi, and led to the

politicisation of governance and the

relationship between the two men.

The specially trained policemen who

had received training in Israel to

operate in the state were not long

after reportedly transferred out of

Rivers State making a waste of the

millions of naira invested into their


Even more, the Federal

Government subsequently dithered

on the earlier gentleman agreement

to support the importation of the

armoured helicopters.

That was how the helicopters were

stranded while crime made a

resurgence in the state.

However, with the switch in

administrations in Rivers and at Abuja

in 2015, the drama and intrigues it

seemed did not go away.

Months after the Nyesom Wike

administration came on board it

claimed to have discovered that the

state had helicopters wasting away at

the ports. The PDP administration

asked the APC Federal Government

for a waiver to the custom duties

including demurrage which

reportedly ran into billions of naira.

The state government buttressed the

need for the waiver on the fact that

the helicopters were not for

commercial use but for security


The APC Federal Government

according to documents presented

by the Wike administration turned

down the application for the waiver.

In frustration, Governor Wike

wrote the National Security Adviser

to hand over the helicopters to the

Nigerian Air Force on the ground

that the state cannot afford the

money to clear the helicopter.

It was thus a shock when officials

of the Customs at a ceremony last

week handed over the two

helicopters to the Nigerian Air

Force, claiming that they were

confiscated from unknown

importers. That was despite the fact

that the state government had been

in correspondence with federal


How Customs officials would allow

their institution to be used for such

murky political passions, show how

politicians damage national

institutions. It is a shame that the

two aircraft that would have

curtailed the reign of insecurity in

Rivers State became pawns for

political manipulation.

The shame goes to both the PDP

and APC which at several times had

control of the Federal Government

but allowed partisan politics to

becloud good judgment! It is a







TURDAY Vanguard,

FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Today’s topic was prompted by two

experiences. Twice last year, I gave

a talk to the same gathering of married

people on marriage and family. On both

occasions, one gentleman expressed his

reservations about an aspect of my

presentation. He felt I did not put

enough emphasis on the headship of

the husband and the submissiveness of

the wife, as stated in Ephesians 5: 22-

24: “Wives, submit to your husbands as

to the Lord. For the

husband is head of

the wife, just as Christ is the

head of the church, His body, of

which He is the Saviour. Now as the

church submits to Christ, so also wives

should submit to their husbands in


The second was my parish seminar

where the speaker felt husbands have

thoroughly misunderstood their role as

the head of the family. She drew the

attention of the husbands present to the

portion of the Bible where Jesus Christ

showed how to be the head when he awareness,

washed the feet of his disciples to conceptualization,

demonstrate humility in leadership

(John 13: 12-17). Jesus explained this

paradigm of leadership further when

the mother of James and John sought

prime positions for her two sons in

Jesus’ kingdom. Jesus then called all

the disciples together and explained to

them: “You know that those regarded

as rulers of the Gentiles exercise

lordship over them, and their superiors

exercise authority over them. But it

shall not be this way among you.

Instead, whoever wants to become

great among you must

be your servant, and whoever wants

to be first must be the slave of all.…”

Matt. 20:20-23/Mark 10: 42-44

The kind of leadership for which Jesus

canvassed in the above passages is

what is today commonly referred to as

servant leadership. Servant leadership

has been around for thousands of years,

in the midst of authoritarianism,

monarchy, etc., but it was in 1970 that

Robert Greenleaf labeled it servant

leadership. At the heart of servant

leaders is a desire to serve the people,

ensure their wellbeing, make them

better human beings, ensure they

participate in decision making on issues

concerning them, not leaders taking

decisions and informing them. That you

Husband as servant leader

are first of all a servant does not

diminish your role as a leader. You

must still be equipped with necessary

leadership skills and traits: vision,

good communication skills, empathy,


Breaking down servant leadership

further, Larry Spears, former President

of Robert Greenleaf’s Centre, listed

10 attributes of a servant leader. They

are: listening, empathy, healing,



stewardship, commitment to the

growth of people and building

community. There is no space for

further explanation of each attribute,

but they are self-evident. These are

attributes any man who wants to build

Servant leadership has

been around for

thousands of years, in the

midst of authoritarianism,


a successful home should cultivate.

Wives must, however, note that

servant leadership is not about

spousal equality; God has already

allocated different roles to the

husband and wife. It is also not foolish

liberalism, where the children are

concerned. Servant leadership means

the husband has to be guided by what

is in the best interest of the family,

individually and collectively, at all


As a servant leader in your home,

you have a lot of balancing act to do.

I advise young men going into

marriage not to be enamoured by this

head of the family business, lest they

get their fingers burnt. Even though

the Bible pronounced you the head,

learn to build consensus in the family.

And make no mistake about it, you

should be head when it comes to

making money and providing for the

family, but when it comes to spending

it, you are joint-head, very answerable

to the de facto head, your wife.

If your wife is the breadwinner, it

should be temporary until you find

your feet again, unless you are

incapacitated and emasculated. I have

not seen any wife who really loves

being the breadwinner of the house

and I cannot understand why any

normal, able man should be contented

with the wife being the breadwinner.

I am not saying husbands should be

in competition with their wives in

income generation. When God saw

that Adam needed a companion, He

said He would create a suitable

helpmate. Your wife is a helpmate, she

is meant to complement you, not

takeover your role as a breadwinner.

Servant leadership is participatory.

You are joint head with your wife when

it comes to decision making in the

house. In fact, as the children come

of age, you become more like senate

president in the house: first among

equals. You become more democratic,

which means the majority most times

will carry the day and you can easily

be overridden. A servant leader

husband listens to members of his

household. Sometimes family

members bless him with superior

arguments, which he flows with

because of his humility. But I do not

support young families practicing full

blown democracy. The children are

minors and minors in real

democracies do not participate in

voting until they are 18 years. The

problem some adults have today were

created earlier in their lives when they

were allowed to have their way as little

children and take fundamental

decisions, some of which are now

affecting them adversely. Children

should be supported and encouraged

to live their lives and achieve their

potentials under parental guidance.

When they derail, parents must put

their foot down. That is why diligent

parents will continue to “fight” with

their adolescent children.

Liberalism with minors creates a

mess and we are seeing some of it in

advanced countries. Toddlers and

other children under 10 tell their

parents they are girls trapped in boys’

bodies and vice versa and the parents

acquiesce. The next thing, the parents

spend hard earned money to do a sex

change for a child who is yet to

understand his/her sexually. An under

10, whose sex hormones are still

dormant and undeveloped, tells the

parents he/she is gay and the parents

support the child in the “discovery”

that is not more than a misguided

choice, fuelled by herd mentality. How

can you allow minors take such

weighty decisions? On one of my trips

home recently, I queried my mother

(and my late father) for allowing me

to have my way in respect of my

academics at age 13. That foolish

decision I took haunted me for the rest

of my formal academic pursuit.

Children can have their way on

ephemeral and minor issues, but

parents should be ready to “fight to

finish” on fundamental issue, if

persuasion does not work. No retreat,

no surrender. That is one of the

attributes of a servant leader:

commitment to the growth and

wellbeing of the people. Didn’t Jesus

use a whip to chase out bureau de

change operators and others selling

in the temple? (Matt 21:12-17/John

2:13-22). The child will be grateful to

you later in life.

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Toughen the thighs, improve the heart ...

The Reed

Technique: Stand straight with the feet together and

hands by your sides. Inhale deeply while raising the

hands slowly up till they’re


Exhaling slowly, drip the

trunk to the left side without

heading the knees. After a slow

count to ten, inhale deeply and

straighten up to the trunk.

Exhaling slowly again, dip the

trunk to the right for another

count to ten.Bring back the

trunk upright and drop the

hands to the sides. Rest a bit

and repeat.

•The Reed

Benefits: The Reed gives an

excellent lateral stretch to the

hips, sides and arms. It tones the

spinal nerves and organs of the

abdomen improving bowel

action. It reduces or eradicates

lower back pains.

locking the knee and drawing

the trunk and head towards the

raised leg.

Breathing normally, holds the

position for some 10 seconds

and repeat with the other leg.

•The Deep knee Bend

The Bow

Technique: Lie flat face

downwards on the floor. Keep

the hands at your side. Breathe

out and bend the legs at the

knees, drawing the feet above

the thighs. Stretch the arms

back and catch hold of the right

ankle with the right hand and

the left ankle with the left hand.

Secure the position of the

•The Bow by a female

hands, with normal breathing.

Raising the head, body and knees

by tugging the hands and legs, so

that the whole weight of the body

rests on the abdomen. Retain the

posture for a few seconds. Gradually

increase the duration.

While remaining in the posture,

concentrate on the abdomen,

thighs and back muscles. Release

the ankles, stretch out the legs

and bring the legs, chest and head

to rest in a straight line on the


Relax with the head on folded

arms for a few seconds. Repeat this

Asana twice with normal breathing.

Benefits: The bow expands the

thoraxic region. Of great benefit

to those with respiratory problems,

it renders the spine elastic

and the muscles of the back get a

good massage and there’s a general

strenghtening of the entire


The Deep Knee Bend

Technique: Get on

your knees with the feet

quite wide behind you.

Firstly, lower your body

down till your buttocks

rest on the floor. Then

bending slightly to the

left, place down your

left elbow then right

elbow and gently ease

your back flat down on

the floor. Spread out

your hands by your

sides. Breathe deeply

and slowly as you retain

the posture for 5 to 15


Benefits: The Deep

Knee Bend tones the

quadriceps (the front

thigh muscles) and

burns fat in the thighs.

It lubricates the ankle

and knee joints.


Yoga Classes

@ 32 Adetokumbo Ademola,

Victoria Island Lagos.

10.00am — 11.00am on

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—23



What is the unpardonable

thing a spouse or lover

can do to you?

Have you been wronged by a lover or spouse?

Is it unforgivable? Some people who have

been wronged find it hard to forgive and let

go of the feelings of anger, pain and betrayal. But in

marriages and relationships, forgiveness is key as

mistakes and offenses are inevitable. However, most

marriages and relationships have crashed due to

irreconcilable differences as people involved find it

difficult to forgive. In this edition, Saturday Vanguard

got the responses of Nigerian celebrities on some acts

that are downright 'Beyond Pardon'. Read on...


Cheat on me

with a relative

— Dimplez, Singer,

T he


thing that can be

done to me is if I

catch my spouse

making out with

a family member.

I will be

disappointed and

hurt. So I will

just stay away

from them – my

spouse and the

family member

involved. I am

definitely going

to quit the




Stare at another

woman in my


—Sandra Ifudu, Singer

Iknow this might sound

petty but when I'm with

my lover, it's downright

offensive for him to stare at

another woman or

even give another

woman a second

look. It is

disrespectful because

it means that he

thinks that she is

more attractive or

she has something

that appeals to

him that I don't. It

happened to me

once and I stood

up, walked away

and called it quits!

That was the end

of the relationship.

It's petty I know,

but to me, it's

beyond pardon!

Nothing is

beyond pardon

— Jennifer Enujiugha, Model

Personally, the

way I see life I

don't think

anything is beyond

pardon. It might

take a while, but at

some point I will

forgive and let it go.

There is nothing that

can't be forgiven.




Sleep with anyone

related to me

— Cynthia Agholor, Actress

Where there

is love,

nothing is


but if he sleeps

with anyone

related to me -

my sister,

cousin, niece or

any other

relative, I will

hardly forgive

him. For me,

that is the

height of

betrayal and

disrespect and I

will be very

hurt. In that

case, divorce is

a sure thing.

•Cynthia Agholor

Keep past marriage and kids a secret

— Nev Harrison, Comedian/Ventriloquist

If I find out my spouse was

once married and kept the news

from me, I'm going to have great

difficulty forgiving her. I say this

because I don't understand why

people do it. A lot of people with

children from previous relationships



and failed marriages start new

marriages and relationships

without informing their new spouse

of what has occurred in the past.

It's best to tell your present partner

that you were once married or that

you already have kids. Let them

decide whether to stay or leave. I

won't leave if I love you that much

because I appreciate honesty. But if

you keep it a secret, I will show you

the way out through the back door.

Keep it a secret, get kicked out!

Hate my kids

— Iyabo Ojo, Actress

The only thing I can

never forgive a

spouse or lover is if he

hates my kids. That is

totally unpardonable.





24—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Juliet Ebirim



Ita Giwa makes

case for Buhari

Former Presidential

Adviser on National

Assembly Matters, Senator

Florence Ita Giwa has asked

Nigerians to stop rumour

mongering on the health

condition of President

Muhammadu Buhari but

rather pray for him to return

hale and hearty.

The leader of the Bakassi

people of Cross Rivers also

encouraged Nigerians to

pray for peace in the country

so that the ethnic and

religious killings would stop

forthwith, adding, that

nobody should take delight

in rejoicing over the

misfortunes of others or

creating unrest in order to

claim innocent peoples lives.

In a statement signed on

Saturday in Lagos, Senator

Ita Giwa said that what

should matter most to all

Nigerians is praying for an

improved health for the

THE owner of Quilox Nightclub,

Shina Peller, has explained why

he has added a restaurant service to

the list of his companies. The new

venture, 6ix Restaurant, shares the

same location with the popular Quilox,

which is situated at Victoria Island,


The grand opening last Sunday

attracted the likes of 2Face and his

wife, comedian Bovi, Olisa Adibua,

Adunni Ade and a host of others.

Speaking at the unveiling, Shina

Peller said providing a hangout spot

for people during the day brought

about 6ix. “I am happy that we are

finally unveiling 6ix Restaurant. This

is a dream come true for me. I built

president, improved

economy and peace for

us all especially those

in Southern part of

Kaduna State.

The statement

reads in parts:”I

am under

obligation as a

mother and as an

elderly person to

advise Nigerians

on the impropriety

of wishing any of

our leaders dead.

It is very immoral for anyone

to conceive or spread fake

rumours about death. God is

the creator of us all and in his

due time, we all shall transit

gloriously. So when anyone

especially our President is

indisposed, the best thing we

can do is to pray for a speedy

recovery and not otherwise.”

“The challenges of our dear

nation is enormous. We should

Why I ventured into restaurant

business — Shina Peller

•Florence Ita Giwa

Quilox from scratch. But after a while,

I thought there was need to utilise

the building during the day and

create a nice hangout spot. That was

how the idea of a restaurant came

about,” he said.

According to him, the restaurant is

named 6ix because it is the sixth

company in the Aquila Group.

“We have Aquila Oil and Gas,

Aquila Building and Projects, Aquila

Global Resources Limited, Quillox,

Aquilla Records and then 6ix. Our

plan for 6ix is to make it a pan African

brand. We intend to conquer Nigeria

with branches in major cities. From

there, we plan to spread to other

African countries,” he added.

always pray that God should

give our leaders wisdom to be

able to lead us out of recession

and this economic woes so we

can have a stable economy

and enjoy prosperity as a

people. Let us also pray so that

the many killings ,

kidnappings and other social

vices should stop so we can

live in harmony and in unity”.



celebrates at 40





actress Bisi Ibidapo-

Obe is not new on our screen,

most especially to those

conversant with the Yoruba

speaking genre of Nollywood.

Bisi’s exemplary talent and

impeccable delivery of roles

has been her selling point, this

has made her every director’s

choice. Highly talented and

blessed with a good heart,

people who have come in

contact with her will attest to

the fact that outside the

screen, she is an angel in

human form.

Unknown to many, the tall

light skinned actress just

started life, as, it is widely said

that ‘Life begins at 40’. Her

40 th birthday kick started with

a two-day event which debut

on Friday 27 th of January, Bisi

was accompanied by her

colleagues and

few friends to

visit ‘Heart of



Linda Ikeji begins #SelfMade secondary school tour



blogger and initiator

of the #iratherbeselfmade

project, Linda Ikeji has begun her

statewide secondary school tour

aimed at sensitizing young

females on the core values

bothering on self esteem,

integrity and self dependence.

The tour which will reach over

25 schools in its first phase will

see Linda Ikeji share her story

with over 500,000 secondary

school students across Lagos

state; the many obstacles and

challenges faced on her journey

to becoming #SelfMade.

Speaking on the timing and

relevance of the project, Linda

Ikeji reiterated, “Catching our

girls young is key to me! I want

to tell them to start young,

believe in themselves, work hard

and surround themselves with

like minds, people who are

ambitious and believe in their


Beginning with Yinkem Schools

and Bosworth College both in

Mafoloku and also Fountain

Heights in Surulere as first leg

of the tour on Thursday 25th and

Friday 26th January, Linda Ikeji

will spend the first quarter of

2017 inspiring and challenging

young people to be the best they

can be without resting on their

oars to get to the next phase in

their life but rather to channel

their inner strength and positive

mind to achieve success.

•Bisi Ibidapo-Obe

Gold’ children hospice

Surulere, Lagos. Out of her

large heart of philanthropy,

she donated food items and

cash to celebrate her birthday.

On Sunday 29 th of January,

the actress gathered top

socialites, actors, friends and

several others to her church

for a thanksgiving service,

afterwards, everybody moved

to her residence in Magodo

GRA, Lagos for a private party.

According to sources close

to the actress, she spent

millions of naira on the

birthday celebration,

everybody who attended the

high octane birthday soiree,

was treated like a king and

queen with assorted meals of

all kinds and lots of drink.

At 60, I feel younger

— Paul Adams

Having spent thirty years on screen and stage,

Edo State-born actor Paul Adams has continued

to remain relevant in the acting industry. The actor

clocked 60 on Saturday, January 28, and to mark his

birthday, friends, family members and colleagues in

the entertainment industry converged on the National

Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, to celebrate with him on stage

as he performed in Ayo Jayesimi’s ‘Itan – The Story’,

where he featured as a lead actor.

Children from Little Saints Orphanage were also

present to celebrate with the producer, presenter and

graphic artist, who is a former Cartoon Editor with

Vanguard Newspapers. The stage play was presented

by the Thespian Family Theatre and Productions and

features Yinka Davis, Hafis Oyetoro aka Saka, Lara

Akinsola, Kryptic Kids, Dance Machine Empire, Zorah

Julius and Henry Arnold.

“Clocking 60 is actually more of a delightful

attainment for me more than anything else. It is an

age I believe everybody in life hopes to attain and

surpass. It gives me some feeling of achievement, so

to say, especially against the backdrop of people one

knows would have given anything to attain this age,

but didn’t make it. That gives room for plenty of

thanksgiving and gratitude to God for His mercy and

faithfulness. Crossing over from one decade to another

for me feels like I am being given

a fresh lease of life. But as they

say, age is just a matter of

figures. How one feels

even at 70 or 80 is what

counts. For me really, I feel

younger than 60 and that

gives me a bit of thrill”

he enthused.

A thanksgiving service

was also held at the

Guiding Light Assembly in

Parkview Estate, Ikoyi on

Sunday, January 29,


SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—25

Edited by Ayo Onikoyi



Entertainment Editor

Up and doing Yoruba actress,

Seyi Edun has been in the

eye of the storm since a story

went viral that she was engaged to a

colleague, Niyi Johnson, who was

married to another actress Toyin

Aimakhu. When Toyin Aimakhu and

Niyi Johnson separated after a marriage

that didn’t last two years, tongues began

to wag just months after that he had

found solace in the arms of another

actress, Seyi Edun.

And their several Instagram pictures

didn’t help matters as cosy pictures of

them together littered the internet. It

would be recalled that Toyin walked out

of her marriage when she caught her

estranged husband, pants down, with

another woman.

In what was a public display of emotion

and love, Niyi wrote a public romantic

prose to his wife, Toyin, begging for

forgiveness, but the popular actress of

the ‘Alacada’ fame turned deaf ears and

refused to go back to her husband. The

marriage crashed.

Now, Seyi Edun, who hit limelight

with her hugely successful Yoruba film

‘Eja Nla’ is in the picture and many are

saying the estranged wife of Niyi is not

all too happy about his closeness to a

colleague and thus has been promoting

some hate social media campaign

against her.

With the news of the engagement and

pregnancy still raging like wildfire, Seyi

puts us in the clear what is really going

on between her and the handsome actor.

Congratulations on your nuptial

engagement to Niyi Johnson. Hope

you are having fun?

Which engagement? I didn’t do any

engagement with Niyi. Everything you

have heard about any engagement

between me and Niyi are all lies. I don’t

know where they got the news from.

But the news is everywhere that you

are engaged, soon to marry. There is

even a gist that you are already

pregnant for him?

You can’t believe that unless you have

joined the ‘copy and paste’ people.

Nothing of such has happened between

me and Niyi. If you want the truth from

me I will tell you. I have read many

stories concerning this and I can

tell you that there is nothing

of such. There is no iota

of truth in the news.

But you can’t tell us you

are not dating him

because the rumour is


Okay, I will tell you how

the rumour started. One

Prophetess Olubori is Niyi

spiritual mother and she’s

been my spiritual mother

too since I was in United

States. Though I never

met her until I returned to

Nigeria. She calls me her

daughter because people

say we look alike and she

calls Niyi her son too. She

always shows me love on

Instagram and I do same

to her. She’s got many of

I’m not dating Niyi

Johnson for now

— Seyi Edun

•Says, “ If my man cheats I

will only get him condoms”

us she prays for. One day she invited Niyi and I to the

mountain for crossover night for three days vigil. Niyi

didn’t even come immediately because he was busy

but he later joined us. We worshipped there and had

the first Sunday of the year service on the mountain.

Niyi had a testimony and was doing thanksgiving

on his car gift he got from Mr Kehinde Oloyede

and I celebrated with him. I guess that’s how

the rumour started that we were engaged

because we spent three days together on the

Holy mountain. Someone said Mummy

(Prophetess Olubori) pronounced us her

“favourite couple’ but I can tell you Mummy

never said that. She never ever said such

anywhere. Someone just went to her page to

crop out pictures and started writing stupid

captions. Niyi is my best friend forever and

will remain for life.

So, what is your opinion of Niyi as a man?

He’s a good man with a good heart. He’s

God-fearing and hardworking. His wife to be

will surely enjoy him.

But you know sometimes even friends end

up as lovers. And I believe it is even better

to marry one’s friend. Do you see that


between you


For now,

no. I can’t

say for

n o w

•Seyi Edun

m a y

be in the


future, I’m

not God.

Many people

tell us they

don’t why we

clicked as best


Are you

saying this

because of fear

of aggression

from his estranged

wife, Toyin Aimakhu?

Nothing of such. I don’t

fear anyone

Have you had any confrontation from

her over being too close to Niyi?


But are you in a relationship?

Of course, yes.

And how has this rumour affected

you and your man?

It didn’t affect anything. I guess it’s

the price one has to pay for being a

public figure. I enjoy the attention when

the media speaks the truth and not this

‘copy and paste’ that is the order of the

day. I appreciate when they get their

facts right, like you are doing now. You

haven’t published anything on the

matter until after you have confirmed

from the sources.

So, what kind of woman are you

when in love?

When I’m in love I give out my all .

I’m weak and emotional.

So, what will you do if you catch your

man with another woman?

Men are bound to cheat. Women

should always have that in mind. It’s

their nature. If I catch my man cheating

I will feel bad but I won’t let it take over

me because I’m not expecting a perfect

man, all I will do is advise him to use


So, how is your career going; What’s

new on your plate?

My career is fine. I had the premiere

of my latest movie ‘Four Couples’ in

USA recently. I’m working on four

projects this month and I will be having

the premiere in Nigeria and USA


When are you getting married?

Maybe tomorrow. God’s right time.

26 — SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Compliments I get from

men make me


– Sandra Anthony

Beautiful and curvy Imo State-born Sandra Anthony has

a good claim to fame. She's the reigning Miss Curvy

Nigeria, a beauty cum modeling pageant for the plus-sized

women. In this interview with Star Tracker, the graduate of

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who grew up in Edo State

tells us why plus-sized models may be taking over from the

traditional skinny models in the modelling business.

visit their site.

What do you think is the

future of plus-sized


We don’t have only the slim

people in the world. When

having a fashion show and you

only showcase slim girls, a

plus-sized lady will not know

what she will look like in such

outfits. When you do an online

shopping and you just advertise

only slim girls, it means you are

leaving out the big ones.

Do you see plus-sized models

taking over from the slim ones

in the nearest future?

I am not asking everybody to be

slim but for every 10 women, you

will get one plus-sized lady. I am

not saying plus-sized models will

take over the industry, I only

want to see where plus-sized

models would also be taken



Entertainment editor

You are the winner of Miss

Curvy 2015, what is it all about?

It has to do with discovering

women who are plus- sized

models. You don’t have to be

very fat anyways, more of being

curvy and be in shape and how you

can actually rock your body. This is

because most of these modeling

agencies look out for people who

are slim and skinny but we want to

prove them wrong that we can do

what the slim people can do with

their body.

What does being curvy means?

It is the look of an African

woman. An African woman is not

slim or skinny, she has a

pronounced butt and hips. She is a

complete woman. Gone are the

days where we talk about slim

women, we want to celebrate

women with the African looks.

What qualities gave you the

crown in 2015?

I wasn’t the curviest but we were

in the camp for two weeks. There

were other qualities they were

looking out for at the camp;

intellect, attitude towards others,

among other things that make a

queen. We were also given some

tasks and were graded accordingly

at the camp.

After winning the crown, what

has changed about you?

A lot has changed about me. My

perception about certain things has

changed. I have met many people

since then and the way I relate

with people has also changed. I

am now mindful of places I go to

thereby reducing my outings. I

don’t want to be seen just

anywhere. The way people relate

with me has also changed; people

try to get closer to me now.

Were you given a prize?

Yes, I was given a landed

property in Ajah. Miss Curvy is also

like Miss Nigeria where the tenure

of a queen last for two years.

Can you take us through your

acting journey?

I’ve done a couple of acting. The

industry is a bit challenging. I

might be on a location for weeks

which means I have to suspend every

other thing.

You seem to love flaunting your

body, what do you think is special

about your body?

I like my eyes, lips, curves , height

and everything about my looks.

Has this brought you any trouble?

I don’t think so.

Are you in a relationship?

I don’t discuss my personal life on

the pages of the newspaper.

What is the naughtiest thing a

man has ever done to you?

I get so many compliments from

men that make me uncomfortable.

An African woman is

not slim or skinny, she

has a pronounced butt

and hips. She is a

complete woman. Gone

are the days where we

talk about slim women,

we want to celebrate

women with the African




What can make you fall in love

with a man?

I don’t talk about things like


What’s your connection with

“Lady’s hub”?

I have a year contract to be

their ambassador. As their

ambassador, I have to advertise

their product, talk about it to

people and encourage people to

Can you ever consider going

on a dieting programme to get

very slim?

No, I don’t like being slim. You

don’t have to be big but having

flesh where necessary.

Many people believe that slim

ladies are sexier than the plussized

ones, how true?

That’s not true. I’m sure you

have heard about thick ladies.

People get more attracted to

plus sized ladies. The slim ones

are undergoing surgery to add

butts, they want to look like

Nikky Minaj, Beyonce and the


Some men believe slim ladies

are more active in bed than plussized,

your take?

I don’t know.

Modeling comes with doing

the out of the ordinary things,

can you go into nude modeling?

I can’t do that unless I want to

use it for my personal use. I mean

I can’t do nude modeling for a


Who is your role model in the

modeling industry?

I love Kim Dashy, Naomi

What can a man do to win your


He needs to be himself and be a


Do you believe in love or


They both go hand in hand.

If a man credits your account

with a million naira, will you go

on a date with him?

(Laughs) That means the man is

buying my love and attention.

What was your growing up


My growing was okay, I got

everything I wanted. I was the

second to the last girl in the


SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 27

One of the film’s stars,

Mahershala Ali, won

the award for best supporting

actor for his role in Moonlight,

while Claire Foy and John

Lithgow both won dramatic

television awards for roles in

the Netflix hit The Crown and

the cast of Stranger Things

won for best ensemble in a

drama series.

David Harbour, who plays

Jim Hopper in the 80s-set

adventure, gave a rousing

speech on the importance of

inclusion. A visibly upset Ali,

who remains the firm favorite

to win an Oscar next month,

delivered an emotional and

topical speech about

acceptance. He talked about

converting to Islam yet

maintaining a close

relationship with his mother,

an ordained minister, and

begged people to also put

aside their religious


Emma Stone won the award

for best female actor in a lead

role for La La Land and after

discussing her insecurity in her

profession, she spoke about

the importance of bringing joy

to people given that “we’re in

a really tricky time at the

moment in our country”.

Denzel Washington received

the award for best male actor

in a leading role for his role in

Fences after many predicted

Manchester by the Sea star,

Casey Affleck would win.

Washington’s co-star, Viola

Davis, was the night’s other big

screen winner, named best

female actor in a supporting

role and she dedicated her

award to playwright August

Wilson for honoring the

average man.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the

award for best female actor in

a comedy series for Veep and

made jabs at the vote being

hacked by the Russians as well

as the crowd size at the event

itself. She also made a

passionate reference to Donald

Trump’s controversial

executive order on


The 37-strong cast of Orange

Is the New Black won the prize

for ensemble in a comedy

series for the third time. Sarah

Paulson picked up the award

for best female actor in a

television movie or limited

series for The People vs OJ

Simpson. John Lithgow’s role

as Winston Churchill in

breakout Netflix drama The

Crown won him the award for


The thrills and frills of the 2017 SAG Awards


he 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at

the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The stars of ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Stranger

Things’ were the big winners at the event while political speeches dominated the

evening. Accepting the award, star Taraji P Henson said: “This story is of unity and this

story is about what happens when we put our differences aside ... Love wins.”

best actor in a drama series.

The awards act as a strong

indicator of success at the

Academy awards, taking place

on 26 February.

Red carpet moments

Nicole Kidman in Gucci:

This emerald green, sequin

Gucci number with feathered

parrots as sleeves may or may

not have been used to deflect

from the humanitarian chaos.

The gown turned up on a

mixture of best and worst

dressed lists. But the Lion

star certainly knows how to

stand out from her peers, with

too many wearing the colour

of this awards season - neutral


Emily Blunt and Natalie

Portman showed that neutrals

don’t have to be boring in

embellished Roberto Cavalli

and a bell-sleeve Dior,


Emma Stone in Alexander

McQueen: This is an

unexpectedly revealing dress,

but the combination of lily pads

and lingerie somehow works

in favor of provocation.

Emily Blunt in Roberto

Cavalli: The embroidery

imparts a quasi-Indian effect,

and the fit is as precise as a


Gwendoline Christie in

Vivienne Westwood Couture: It

takes a lot of courage and

stamina to wear a jumpsuit to

an awards ceremony, and

more so when you add glitter.

Evan Rachel Wood in

Altuzarra: You have to be

impressed by her commitment

to making a fashion statement

with substance by wearing

pants throughout the awards

season, but she also makes it

look so good that it’s also just

downright fun.

Millie Bobby Brown in

Giorgio Armani: Twelve years

old, and so much talent, it’s no

wonder that designers are

knocking down her door. She

has already landed a Calvin

Klein campaign, and now this

Emma Stone won the

award for best female

actor in a lead role for

La La Land and after

discussing her

insecurity in her


ruby red dress has

eclipsed the

competition, yet

Brown shrugs it off

like an old pro:

“Giorgio Armani

sketched it for me,”

she said on the red

carpet. “And I’m like,

that’s totally fine.”

•Emma Stone





•Emily Blunt

•Nicole Kidman

•Evan Rachel

•Taraji P


•Viola Davis

•Millie Bobby


28 — SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

By AYO ONIKOYI 08052201215




In less than twelve hours after

the Lagos Police

C o m m a n d

pronounced they would

not be allowing the

protest to take place,

2Face again posted on

his Instagram the action

plan for the protest,

adding Abuja to the list. In

the same vein, the Enough is Enough

Coalition Nigeria’s answer to the CP

Lagos pronouncement is a tweet “the

protest will go on”

According to the action plans, the Lagos

protest starts from National Stadium by

8am, with the procession expected to move

on to the National Theatre in Iganmu,

Lagos. The Abuja end will hold at the Unity

Fountain by 9am.

It should be noted that the protest was

formerly slated for Sunday, February 5 th ,

but 2Face moved it to Monday 6 th when

he issued the official statement on the

action plan on Tuesday.

In his official statement released on

Tuesday in Lagos at Eko Hotel, 2Face

clearly made his position known and

succinctly asked politicians of any

leaning to back off.

“It is not a platform for politicians of

any party to manipulate. I know you

will still spin it but for one second

leave your battles aside and just listen

to people without trying to score

cheap political points against one

another. It is not a point scoring exercise.

It is certainly not personal. It is not an

organized labour platform. With all due

respect to our comrades who have done

much for Nigeria, this march is for the

unrepresented,” he said.

Artistes in support of the protest

Veteran entertainer, Charly Boy, Galala

master, Daddy Showkey, Skelewu crooner,

Davido and Yawa Dey star, Burna Boy

have taken side with hiphop ace.

Ruggedman showed his won support by

taken on Blackface Naija who attacked

2Baba for undertaking the protest. Here are

others who have penned their support as


I stand with 2face - Wizkid

“It is in Nigeria that you fight for the poor

and the poor fights you for fighting for

them. Such mental degeneration, I stand

with 2face”, Wizkid wrote on twitter.

I applaud 2baba’s voice - Tee Billz

“Our lives begin to end the day we become

silent about things that matter. Martin

Luther King, Jr. I applaud your voice


I will march with 2baba- Annie Idibia

“I connect to the love in your conscience,

the power in your words are so

inspirational; our lifestyle na spirituality.

One way or the other you have influenced

my life and others, you are a special

blessing, God sees your heart and we do

too. God bless you always, God bless

Nigeria One voice Nigeria. I stand with

2baba, Feb 6, we will march peacefully”.

Yes, I will be part of it- Singer, Niyola

“I don’t know if it has a political undertone

but what I can rightly say is the truth is I

did a song called The Word, and I did a

text in the beginning of the song that it is

the duty of an artiste to inform its society of

the ills, benefits and the great deed that are

meant to be performed. So it is only right

because we are people that people look up

to, it is our place; the way that music started,

the way that drama started was to satirize

the government and to correct social ills,

so I don’t think anything has to have a

political undertone, even if it does have a

political undertone is it effective for a

positive change? Yes, so I will be a part of it

and I don’t have a problem with that if that

was even the case”, Niyola retorted.

I’m going to march with 2face

- Actor, Adeniyi Johnson

“I’m aware of it, I’ve heard and

read about it, I’m in full support and


2Face, EiE


say protest

will go on





I’m going to march with him. I’m not in Lagos right now

but I’m going to do everything possible to make myself

available in person that day”, Adeniyi Johnson stated.

I’m with 2face- Comedian, Seyi Law

“I have seen you come under serious criticism and read

from some people who think your mistakes should be held

on you forever, but I am here to tell you that I am with


You didn’t start the movement; you only lend

your support to the voice of the people. You

have only proven that at a time such as this,

Nigeria and Nigerians deserve to truly be


I can boldly say we are not lazy people;

we just don’t enjoy the right environment

to excel. Good governance has been the

bane of our development and

institutions. Together with you, we will

rise and match against those that oppress


Today, I stand with you and as long as

your stand is for the good of this nation, I


keep standing. Please don’t let us

politicize the protest as some fools made

us do with the fuel subsidy. God bless you



made it


Nigeria is a hard place to live in- ID

Nigeria is a harsh place to live in, who

harsh? Nigerians! Who will fix it,

Nigerians, so I stand with

Artistes on the fence or



On the

contrary, Nollywood


Stella Damasus,


and Alibaba have

bluntly declared their

resolve not

to get involved in

t h e p l a n n e d

•Charlyboy nationwide


I can’t protest against

something I don’t have facts about -

S t e l l a


“That time

wey I go take dey talk dey

protest, I go take am dey do

something, I

will use it to do something

good for the

community, I will use it to

do something for the

people I can help. Before

protesting anything we

have to have a clear focus,

we will hear this and hear

that, we will not hear the

exact story or know the

exact m3information,

we’ll just start protesting.

People who know what is

going on in Nigeria they

can talk about it but I’m

not in Nigeria right now

so I can’t protest against

something that I don’t

have the facts for. So

like I was saying, I’m

praying for all of you,

for those of you who

have children”


It doesn’t concern

me -Timaya

I don’t comment on

things like that, I don’t

have anything to talk

about the protest. How

doesn’t it concern me?

I am not in Lagos now.

I have not been briefed

about that -Alibaba

I have not been briefed

about the whole thing so I don’t

really have anything to say

about that.

I’m not going to be

there- Comedian, Bovi


I don’t even in

support; I was never

against and will not be

against it. That I’m not

going to be there doesn’t

not mean I’m not in

support of it. It is a

peaceful protest.





SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 —29

By Rotimi Agbana 08137741609


Toke Makinwa in trouble

as ex hubby threatens

to sue over her book ‘On


Adrastic turn of the tide is

imminent, following the

emergence of

incontrovertible evidence

strongly indicating that Toke

Makinwa’s account in her book

“On Becoming” is not all there

is to know about events leading

up to her separation from her

erstwhile husband Maje Ayida

and that her book is nothing but

an exaggerated fabrication.

This most recent development

has come to the fore on account

of damning revelations

discovered proving that Maje

Ayida and Toke Makinwa were

legally separated 6 months into

the marriage.

The leading defamation law

firm in the UK, Carter Ruck,

lawyers to top figures like Elton

John, Simon Cowell, Chelsea

Football Club and The State of

Qatar have recently taken up

Maje Ayida as one of their

clients and in a warning letter

addressed to Toke Makinwa on

the 23 rd of December 2016

•Harrysong, Daddy

Showkey, Kcee


Acclaimed King of galala

dance and fire fire crooner,

Daddy Showkey, has confirmed

that he interceded in settling the

ongoing brouhaha between

reggae blues singer, Harrysong,

and his label, Five Star Music.

In an exclusive chat with

Showtime, the diana hit-maker

explained why he got himself

involved in the altercation which

resulted in a police case which

seems to have been resolved

after both parties have given it

serious thoughts and

considerations. According to

Daddy Showkey, both

Harrysong and officials of Five

Star Music are his children in

the music industry, therefore

the onus lies on him to mediate

when there is a rift between


“Yes, they are no longer

fighting, no mind anybody we

don settle them” he confirmed.

Showtime queried further to

highlighted a number of

excerpts from the book that

were untrue, specifically

quoting as follows:

“… We highlight the fact that

our client requested a legal

separation from you within 6

months of your wedding to him

in January 2014, when it

became clear that the marriage

was breaking down. A

separation agreement was

formally signed by you in July


“It is therefore well

documented that our client and

you had agreed to separate by

July 2014 (a matter which the

book signally fails to record),

and that this was, self-evidently

far more than ‘’teething”

difficulties as the book

misleadingly describes the

circumstances at the time”

Also, heading the legal front

in Nigeria is Kemi Pinhero

SAN, whose firm has also

served Toke Makinwa a letter,

corroborating the issues raised

know why he

decided to

wade into the

matter and he


Why I no go

reconcile them?

My younger

brothers get


wetin be my

duty, na make I side one

person? My duty is to make

peace between them, and dem

be boys wey get a lot of respect

for me and dem be boys wey



by Carter Ruck letter

and specifically demanding

among other things that she:

“Withdraw from circulation all

copies of the book and take immediate

steps to call in all copies of the book

already distributed and deliver up same

at the place to be agreed upon by our

client for destruction”

“Retract or cause to be retracted the

said published words and tender an

unreserved apology to our client by

publishing the said apology in one full

page insertion in three national dailies

to with.

Why I reconciled Harry

Song and Five Star Music

— Daddy Showkey

be like say anytime me and dem dey

very close, so I nor go dey make them

get misunderstanding make I nor

intervene na, and I don dey intervene for

the matter a long time ago, say make we

make peace between them. But we thank

God sha say everything went well”. He

went on to stress that he is not sure if

both parties have resolved not to further

press court charges against each other.

“That one I don’t know, that one is

between them, I cannot say anything

more than this, for the rest ask Five Star

Music, Kcee or Harry Song. They are my

children, we thank God everything is back

to normal, we’ll leave the remaining to

God”, he said.

Afro-beat singer, Dede

Mabiaku, angrily storm

out of radio interview




During an interview session

which held on radio 91.3FM

on Thursday in Lagos, veteran Afrobeat

singer, Dede Mabiaku, angrily

walked out in the middle of interview

claiming he was insulted and

disrespected by Special Adviser to

the President on Media and

Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina,

who was also a guest on the

same radio show with him.

During the discussions,

Mabiaku interjected while

Adesina was responding

to a question asked

by the anchor on

t h e



6 t h



led by

2 f a c e


over the nation’s current economic

situation, distracting Adesina who requested

that Mabiaku allow him finish with his

response then he could air his own opinion.

The anchor, Faith, also asked Mabiaku to

exercise patience, to which Mabiaku obliged.

Displeased with the manner in which

Adesina and the anchor had shut him up

earlier, Mabiaku angrily refused to go on

with the interview. He demanded an apology

from Femi Adesina who bluntly refused,

stressing that he had politely requested

Mabiaku to be patient since the question was

directed at him and not Mabiaku. This got

Mabiaku angrier; threatening to walk out of

the show if Adesina refused to apologize to

him. “Why do you want to hear me? When

he had the audacity to tell me to shut up and

you told me to stop! I will not use the word

‘Shut up’ that is what he said, play your tape

back and I’ll walk out now on this.” Adesina

tried to set the records straight with Mabiaku

but he was too angry to listen, “No, that’s

the end of it, you don’t have the

right to tell me to shut up

because you work with the

government, hell no, I’m

here to tell you things about

truth not to be insulted by

somebody who works in

government, who wants to

defend the government,

no, I’m out of here,”

he thundered and

walked out.


Olamide, Juliet Ibrahim join Glo as brand ambassadors




One of Nigeria’s most celebrated

musicians, Olamide Adedeji

a.k.a. Olamide Badoo; the Egberi

Papa 1 of Bayelsa and philosophical

Dance Hall artiste, Inetimi Alfred

Odon popularly known as Timaya

and foremost Ghanaian actress

Juliet Ibrahim, have all joined the

prestigious group of brand

ambassadors of telecommunications

giant, Globacom.

Globacom disclosed in a press

statement that Olamide was made

a Glo ambassador because of his

success in the music industry and

for being an inspiration to millions

of Nigerian youths, just like

Timaya who is equally a model

to youths, especially in the South-

South part of Nigeria.

The three ambassadors have

been inducted into the exclusive

Hall of Fame for Globacom’s

brand icons. Prominent among

those in the elite group are standup

comedians Basketmouth and

Bovi Ugboma; Reekado Banks,

Korede Bello, Hadizah Blell

(Di’ja), Patience Ozokwor

popularly called Mama G,

Omawumi, Ego, Yvonne Nelson,

MI. among other mega stars.

30—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017




Eargasm concert will

surpass other events in


— 2Baba Boasts





Kunle Afolayan drags Omotola,

Kate Henshaw to set to fulfil

Multichoice promise

Ace film-maker and actor,

Kunle Afolayan, after the

huge success of his ‘The

CEO’ is dragging the likes of

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde,

Kate Henshaw, Nobert

Young, Toyin Oshinaike,

Fathia Balogun, Dari

Afolayan, Funsho Adeolu,

Ade Laoye, Omowunmi

Dada, Damilola Ogunsi, Ayo

Adesanya, Yaw and Gloria

Anozie Young among others

to set for three films

sponsored by Multichoice


The three films; ‘Roti’,

‘Umogwo’ and ‘Tribunal’ will

enjoy back-to-back filming

that will fast-track their

releases, beginning from the

first quarter of the year. The

films will make debut with an

April 2017 cinema release,

enjoy some festival routing

before berthing on Africa

Magic channels.

In ‘Roti’ which stars Kunle

Afolayan himself playing

alongside Kate Henshaw,

By Rotimi Agbana

In an evening of what seemed

to be endless moments of

sharing, connecting, catching

up and socializing, music

artistes, Wizboyy, Myro, Issi,

Sound City Fm On-Air-

Personality, Moet Abebe and

others, shared a beautiful time

with men of the press at the

monthly Meets Media event, a

platform where entertainers

and industry personalities

interact with the media,

socialize and get up-close and

Toyin Oshinaike, Fathia

Balogun and Dari Afolayan,

the story is told of how,

years after a couple loses

their son called Roti to a

brief illness, the wife sees a

boy called Juwon who is an

exact replica of her dead

son. After discovering that

Juwon is not a reincarnation

of Roti, she is washed anew

by grief and soon descends

into depression and

consequent hysteria.

In ‘Tribunal’, “Jimi Disu, a

man in his fifties, is one of

the bright- minded lawyers

who co-establish a leading

law firm in Lagos many

years ago. However, he lost

his sense of direction and

strength after being hit by a

series of personal

challenges that question his

resolve as a man. He

becomes a ‘charge and bail’

lawyer with no further

ambition. Approached by a

young, enthusiastic, fresh

law school graduate,

By Rotimi Agbana

As the prime headliner for the

upcoming Eargasm concert

billed to hold at Eko

Convention Centre, Victoria Island,

Lagos on Saturday, February 11, 2017

International superstar, Innocent

2Baba Idibia has boasted that the

concert will surpass other events

happening in February of this year.

During a quick chat with the press at

a conference at same Eko Hotel and

Suites, 2face further described

expectations of the concert; asserting

an exciting lineup of events; stressing

that lovers of good music will enjoy


“Every other event that will take place

that period will be like normal events,

Tanimowo (who adores him for the stature

of his legendary pedigree as a lawyer), to

defend her friend, an albino, who has

been unfairly relieved of his duties at

work, Jimi Disu is presented a chance to

battle his old law firm. ‘Tribunal’ stars

Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Funsho

Adeolu, Nobert Young, Ade Laoye, and

Damilola Ogunsi.

Wizboyy, Moet Abebe, others shine at Meets Media event

personal. Sound City Fm OAP,

Moet Abebe, was celebrated as

Personality of the Month, for her

giant strides in her chosen field

of endeavour. Moet Abebe who is

a Barrister at Law but chose to

pursue her love for the media

was presented with an award for

Personality of the month.

Erstwhile highlife singer,

producer and instrumentalist,

Wizboyy, who has just returned

from an intentional hiatus from

the music scene, opened up to

the media on his absence. He

revealed his reasons for being

away, what he has been up to and

what he has in store for his fans

and lovers of good music. Chop

Plantain singer, Myro, and Issi, a

budding afro-pop singer, also had

moments of interaction with the

media as they opened up on their

plans to besiege the music industry

with their creative abilities and

talents. The event was attended by

media personalities such as Ariyike

Akinbobola, and many others, to

mention a few.

no extra activity. This is going to be

classy and like the name suggests,

Eargasm is going to be ‘ear-blowing’.

The kind of music that you will listen

to on that day is not going to be your

everyday kind of music,” he remarked.

2Baba will be performing at Eargasm

alongside Niyola, Tekno, Adekunle Gold,

Sir Shina Peters, Yinka Davies, Kelly

Hansome, Acetune, Bovi, DJ Neptune

and other A-list Nigerian artistes.

Eargasm concert is aimed at presenting

music lovers with a unique and exciting

blend of classic, as well as creating a

convergence of fans from diverse

generations. The concert is put together

by Nigeria’s leading hospitality brand,

Eko Hotel and Suites in partnership with

Buckwyld Media Network.

Sunny Neji, Tade Ogidan,

Sani Danja endorse

Lodios.com launch

By Aderonke Adeyeri

Celebrities, including award-winning

singers Sunny Neji, Obiwon, Sani Danja

and producers Tade Ogidan and Zeb Ejiro

have shown delight at the launch of

Lodios.com a digital entertainment content


Mrs Teniola Stuffman, VAS2NETS Business

Development Director, said the platform

“provides solutions to enrich leisure time at

an affordable price. We discovered that

having a one-stop shop for various genres of

entertainment content will make life better”.

Other guest celebrities in attendance that

endored the new platform include Olasco

Films Producer, Olatunji Balogun, Nigerian

actor Lanre Balogun among others.

Currently running on the platform are

popular songs of Seyi Shay, Jaywon, Sunny

Neji and Illrymz (Contagious TV) among

others. Also, movies, such as Benevolence,

Sisi Karo and Pure Honey are available

for free, while offer lasts a month. The

movie, Benevolence was nominated for

‘Most Inspirational Feature Film’ at the

International Christian Film Festival in

Orlando, in April 2016. Also, subscribers

have a potpourri of Nollywood movies

(English and Yoruba genres), as well various

comedy skits, like the Ushbebe collections, to

choose from.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—31

Butts don’t come much

bigger than this.

This is Courtney Barnes.

She’s 32 years old, and her

most recognizable feature

is her enormous, 59-inch


She’s the definition of

thick — but to get such a

huge butt, Courtney, from

Miami, Florida, almost paid

the ultimate price.

She opted to get illegal,

highly dangerous silicone

injections to make it bigger

— but even so, she didn’t

expect it to get so big.

Now, the former economics

student is a cam girl and

model, and has hundreds

of thousands of

followers awaiting

her next booty pic on


I want to show

men, women and

children that it is

possible to be

beautiful, smart and

have a big ass.

Six years ago,

Courtney was working as

a dancer when she decided

she wanted to transform

her body, admitting it

was a risk she was

“willing to take at the


It happened at an

illegal “pumping

party” — where the

injections often

contain unknown

substances, as

well as silicone,

and can be


Woman Ends Up With 59-Inch

Butt After Risking Life...

administered by people with

no medical experience — and,

luckily, there were no


Courtney admitted she was

“naïve,” but said many other

women were getting it done —

with the shots causing one of

her friends to need blood

transfusions and spend

months in a hospital.

They can even be deadly if

injected accidentally into a


After the procedure, videos

of Courtney and her 59-inch

booty began to go viral online.

So, using some of the

knowledge gained during her

economics studies, she

decided to make money off it.

But it hasn’t all been easy

sailing. She said,

My career is fun but at the

same time it is really

difficult for people to

take you seriously

when it comes to

certain businesses.

People stare at me

everywhere I go and

not every reaction is

positive. I feel like



intimidated by me and

men view me as a

piece of meat.

It’s difficult for her

because, believe it

or not, she’s

“actually quite a

shy person.”

If any of

Courtney’s fans

want her behind

to become even

more gigantic, they

shouldn’t keep

their hopes up.


that her butt is

not as perky as

it once was,

she said she




getting it


in the


World's oldest

surgeon is still

scrubbing in at the

grand age of 89

Man says his 18.9-inch phallus...

Man with colossal half-ametre

penis that reaches

his knee insists he won’t have a


The man with the world’s

largest penis insists he won’t

have it reduced – even though he

won’t ever be able to have sex.

Roberto Esquivel Cabrera, 54,

from Saltillo, has a penis which

measures a staggering 18.9

inches when flaccid.

He hit headlines when he

smashed the unofficial world

record held by US actor Jonah

Falcon, whose penis was 9.5

inches flaccid and 13.5 inches

when erect.

Yet despite being superendowed,

the 54-year-old’s penis

has caused him a number of

health problems, including

frequent urinary tract infections

because not all his urine escapes

his foreskin.

He’s also unable to sleep on his

front and has to put his penis,

which has to be wrapped in

bandages, on its own pillow so

he’s not in discomfort at night.

But probably the worst problem

he faces is not having a sex life

because his penis has too much

girth to have intercourse.

Roberto said: ‘Some people ask

me if I put some condoms on it

and the answer is: I cannot. I can

never penetrate anyone because

it is too thick.’

Yet despite all these issues, the

54-year-old refuses to have a

penile reduction, as per his

doctor’s recommendation, as he

wants his ‘gift’ to be recognised

by the Guinness Book of World


He said: ‘I would like to be in the

Guinness Book of Records but

they don’t recognise this record.

‘I am famous because I have the

biggest penis in the world. I am

happy with my penis, I know

nobody has the size I have.’

His doctor, Dr Jesus David

Salazar Gonzalez, said: ‘We have

advised him “Roberto, the best

thing for you is that the doctors

give a normal shape to your penis

so that it doesn’t hurt you, in order

to have sexual relationships, in

order to have children”.

‘But he doesn’t accept it, he’d

rather have a penis bigger than

the rest of the people.’

‘In Latin culture whoever has

the bigger penis is more macho.

It’s something that makes him

different to the rest of the people

and makes him feels special.’

Doctors recently did a thorough

examination of Mr Cabrera’s

penis, confirming suspicions that

the bulk of his nearly 20-inch

penis is foreskin.

His penile glands stretch only

seven inches, meaning the rest of

his member is completely foreskin

and blood vessels.

They have also been able to

offer some insight in just how his

penis became quite so large –

they say he has been stretching

his penis with weights since his


Dr Gonzalez added: ‘He was

obsessed with the penis length.

He began with this enlargement

since he was a teenager,

wrapping some bands around his

penis with some weights and

trying to stretch it.’

Though Roberto loves his penis,

he says it is a ‘disability’ and

stops him from working, forcing

him to rely on food banks to


He said: ‘I cannot wear a

uniform like anybody in the

companies and also I cannot get

on my knees.

‘I cannot run fast and so the

companies think badly of me.

They say that they will call me,

but they never do.’

According to the Mexican,

after initially dismissing his

claim, the government has now

recognised him as disabled.

Every four months he receives

some economic assistance, but

‘it’s not enough’, he says.

Another downside to having

such a gigantic penis is that

many people believe it is a hoax.

He said: ‘Sometimes when the

people ask me if it’s real or not, I

ask them “Do you want to see


Alla Ilyinichna Levushkina

has completed 10,000 ops

in 67 years with no fatalities and

says she has no plans to retire

The world’s oldest surgeon

scrubs up well at the age of 89

and still cheerily carries out four

operations a week.

Alla Ilyinichna Levushkina

never married or had children

and dedicated her life to saving

patients in Russia.

At home, Alla cares for her

disabled nephew and eight cats .

There’s no secret to her long life,

she says, adding: “I eat

everything, laugh and cry a lot.”

After 10,000 ops in 67 years

and no fatalities, she has no

plans to retire.

“It’s not a profession, it’s a way

of life,” she said. “Why else

would the surgeon live, if not to


Speaking about her

unwavering dedication to the

profession, Alla said: “I have

nothing to do in retirement.

“It’s not just a profession, it’s a

way of life. Why else would the

surgeon live, if not to work?”

Each day, the inspiring

pensioner begins work at 8am,

holding a clinic for patients,

before heading to the operating

room at 11am to start the day’s


In honour of her incredible

commitment, Alla was recently

awarded the prize for the best

doctor in Russia.


TURDAY Vanguard,


Late Olasimbo Matesun buries amid pomp

It was celebration galore at the BisRod Mega Event Hall, GRA, Igbeba, Ijebu-Ode on the 14th

January 2017 when the children and families of Late Alhaja Adijat Olasimbo Matesun rolled drums

for the 40th day Fidau prayers and final burial ceremony in honour of the late great woman. Family

members and many dignitaries graced the occasion. Late Alhaja Adijat Olasimbo Matesun (new

Odunsi) died 4th December 2016 and was buried same day according to Islamic injunction. Photos by

Wumi Akinola

Zuliat Lawal weds

Muritala Ahmed

Solemnization of Holy matrimony (Islamic way

Nikkah) between Zuliat Abiola Lawal

daughter of Alhaji Fatai Lawal and Muritala

Olarewaju Ahmed, son of Alhaji Kola Ahmed

took place at Event Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos,

late last year. Guests had delightful time-out.

Photos by Diran Oshe

L-R:Chief (Mrs) Bola Obasanjo, wife of former

President Obasanjo, Dr Lateef Bello, son in-law,

Dr (Mrs) Faozeeat Aderonke Bello, daughter of

the deceased.

L-R: Hon. Engr. Olaribigbe Matesun, the

patriarch of the Matesun dynasty, Dr (Mrs)

Faozeeah Aderonke Bello, daughter of the

deceased, Pastor Engr. Oladimeji Matesun (son).

L- R: Alh. Fatai Lawal, bride's father, Alhaja

Kuburat Lawal, bride's mother,the couple, Mr &

Mrs Muritala Olarewaju Ahmed,Alhaja Modupe

Ahmed, mother of groom,and Alhaji Kola

Ahmed, father of groom

The Fregenes at the event: From L-R; Toyosi

Fregene, Pastor Joseph Fregene, Bolaji Fregene,

Gbemisola Fregene, Daniel Fregene, Temitayo

Fregene, Alero Fregene and Oyemi Fregene.

R-L: (sitting position): Dr Mrs Faozeeah

Aderonke Bello, Alhaja Kudirat Oluwatoyin

Ashogbon,. Standing: L-R: Mrs Gbemisola

Fregene, Alhaji Abdul Rasheed Titilayo

Matesun, Alhaja Dhikrat Abiodun Oshodi(

Children of the deceased).

L- R: Alh. Jamiu Abdul Wahab, Sheikh Abdu

Rahman Ahmad and Sheikh Najmudeen Yusuf

R-L: Dr Chief Fassy Yusuf(former Ogun state

Commissioner for information, Dr Abdul Lateef

Bello (son in law), Alhaji Sulaiman Ashogbon

(son in law) Dr Wahab Adesanya.

R-L: Mr George Emefiele and Dr Okanta mefiele

and a guest.


enny Tolly Hotel Chairman celebrates es 50 in style

Chief Oriyomi Ogungbesan, Chairman/CEO Tenny Tolly Hotels &Suites recently marked his 50th

birthday with lots of fanfare . To make the occasion an auspicious one Chief Oriyomi Ogungbesan

shared the day with the SOS children in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State

L-R: Mrs Folashade Olumide, Chief Dr. John

Odeyemi with his wife Ezinne Chief (Mrs)

Victoia Odeyemi.

Mr Peter Ogungbesan and friends at the SOS

village Owu-Ikija,Ijebu-Ife presenting gift

items .

Representatives of HRM Oba Akeem Adesanya,

Alara of Ilara-Epe, Mr Oriyomi Ogungbesan

and wife, Mrs Tolani Ogungbesan.

Mr Oriyomi Ogungbesan & wife cutting his

50th birthday cake.




33—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

By Sola Ogundipe / 0805618112 / solazed@live.com

Just female

When a woman with endometriosis has her

monthly period, the blood and tissue shed

from the endometrial growth has no way of leaving

the body, hence resulting in internal bleeding,

inflammation that result in pain, adhesions and

bowel problems.

Endometriosis is an incurable medical condition

in which the lining of the uterus transplants itself

outside of the uterus to the lining of the abdominal

cavity and other organs-causing bloating, bleeding

and pain. Doctors say the disorder causes damage

and blockage to the Fallopian tube by impeding the

journey of the eggs down the Fallopian tube to the

uterus, hence causing fertility challenges. They add

that the commonest symptom of endometriosis is


intercourse, painful

menstruation, abdominal

pain, back pain and

emotional pain.

One in every 10

women is affected and

about 176 million women

worldwide have the

disorder. It is often

extremely painful and

can make having sex and

going to the toilet

agonizing. It causes

painful periods and may

lead to infertility


In recent times, series

of prominent, glamorous

and some of the most

beautiful women around

have spoken publicly

about their personal

battles with the disorder.

They include Hillary

Clinton, Nike Oshinowo-

Soleye, Padma Lakshmi

, Whoopi Goldberg and

dozens others.

They use their voices to

speak bravely about their

battles living with the

condition. Their voices

are important so that others can be aware

and learn about it. To de-stigmatize and

raise awareness about endometriosis,

women affected keep talking about it.

It was quite a shock to several people

when socialite, entrepreneur, role-model

and former Miss Nigeria, Chief Adenike

Oshinowo, first opened up to the public

a decade ago about her struggle with

endometriosis .

Nike had just turned 40 when she

granted the interview and disclosed her

big secret. Over the years she has

granted many more interviews and is

now officially recognised as the face of

Endometriosis and Global Ambassador

of the Endometriosis Support Group of

Nigeria, ESGN. Her story was an eye

opener, particularly in Nigeria.

She readily admitted she has lived with

the condition since the age of 11. She

lost count of how many surgeries she

has had and is now looking forward to

menopause. At 47 she became a mother

to twins via an American surrogate.

“No doctor told me why I suffered so

much because of endometriosis. I turned

50 recently and I’m looking forward to

menopause. However, in spite of

endometriosis, I have had an amazing

life,” she asserted. She is not alone.

Former US presidential candidate, and

one-time US First Lady Hillary Clinton,

who also served as the 67th Secretary

of State, Senator for New York, had

trouble conceiving her only child,


ersonal battles of

prominent women

with Endometriosis

•Hillary Clinton(L) and Nike Oshinowo-Soleye

Chelsea, born in 1980, due to


So did Padma Lakshmi, an Indian

American author, actress, model and

television presenter that was diagnosed

at age 36. Padma suffered with pain

for more than 20 years and was told it

was ‘all in her head’ before she was

diagnosed with endometriosis. She had

surgery when it was revealed she had

two cysts on each of her ovaries and

One in every 10 women

is affected and about 176

million women worldwide

have the disorder

was also put on to birth control. She

gave birth to her daughter, Krishna,

in 2010.

Padma who is co-founder of

the Endometriosis Foundation of

America remarked: ”I think, yes,

endometriosis was definitely a major

reason that my marriage failed, not

intentionally, but, it’s weird to talk

about your period all the time. It’s the

least sexy thing in the world to do,”

she said.

American comedian, actress, singersongwriter,

political activist, author

and talk show host, Whoopi Goldberg,

knew about her endometriosis for a

long time, and was surprised to learn

that so many women lacked

knowledge about the condition. She

found out she had endometriosis in the

70’s and was given medication for the

disease which worked. She has one

daughter, Alexandria, born in 1973.

“You have to take whatever stigma

people think that is there. You have to

take it. It’s not male or female. It has

nothing to do with that. It has to do

with, here’s a disease you don’t know

about and you need to know about it.

It’s that simple. It’s not rocket


Lena Dunham the “Girls” star

announced she had endometriosis on

Instagram. Soon after the post,

Dunham was hospitalised to ruptured

ovarian cyst. She wrote of her

condition earlier in her 2014

memoir Not That Kind Of

Girl, describing the pain as feeling

like “someone had poured a drop of

vinegar inside of me, followed by a

sprinkle of baking soda. It bubbled and

fizzed and went where it would.”

Because of her endometriosis, Tia

Mowry-Hardict underwent two

surgeries and changed her lifestyle in

order to conceive. ”Despite my

diagnosis I still wanted to try and

have a baby, but not being able to have

kids was an immediate fear. It made

me feel out of control.” The famous

twin now has a, Cree.

”When all you know is pain you

don’t know that it is not normal, said

Sarandon, who became aware of her

condition in 1983 and has given

advice for men on how they can


In 1982, Country star Dolly Parton

was taken to the hospital to have a

partial hysterectomy related to her

endometriosis. She says she

suffered from depression after

learning she would not be able to

have children. Ït was an awful time

for me. Every day I thought, ‘I wish

I had the nerve to kill myself.’”

Anna Friel, a British actress, was



endometriosis when she was 28,

after being rushed to hospital with

a ruptured ovarian cyst. She says,

“one doctor told me it would be very

hard if I left trying for a baby

beyond the age of 30, which at the

time was far from an ideal

situation.” She gave birth to

daughter, Gracie, in 2005.

Known best for her role in Save

The Last Dance, Elizabeth Oas

spent many years in pain due to

Endometriosis. She says: ”I found

myself working as a patient

advocate, and thus created 5 years

ago the internationally known blog

talk radio show,”The Pelvic


34—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

In Badia,


are taboo


IN the red light district of Badia, in

downtown Lagos, sex workers as

young as 14, trying to eke a living, by

making money to survive, entertain

around five clients a day. Series of

photographs taken in the slums of

Lagos and published by the Daily Mail

shows the faces of sex workers living

in squalid conditions. But they are

unwittingly selling something else to

unwary clients - HIV.

Nigeria has the 2 nd higest HIV

prevalence in Africa after South

Africa. Currently, the HIV

prevalence rate in adults in the

country is 4.1 per cent according to

the Iranian Journal of Public Health.

and nearly a quarter of Nigerian sex

workers are living with HIV,

according to a 2013 survey.

There are currently an estimated

1.2 million people living with HIV

in the city. A survey conducted last

year has also highlighted that

attitudes towards condom use is

helping the spread of the condition,

The problem is that

you cannot even

suggest the use of

that thing to your


and research suggests that nearly

a quarter of Nigerian sex workers

have HIV.

Thanks to investment and

education, the study found, the rate

had fallen from five per cent in the

early 2000s, but it said there is still

some way to go. They charge each

client between N1,000 and N2,500

for services rendered.

Another research by the Journal

of the International AIDS Society

found the prevalence among sex

workers in Nigeria was 24.3 per


From the study, it was observed

that women often could not

negotiate sex because they had no

control over making sex partners

wear condoms, and were not even

expected to carry them.

According to one of the clients, a

28-year-old marketing executive:

“The problem is that you cannot

even suggest the use of that thing

to your boyfriend. It’s like if you

say it you are accusing him of

sleeping around or that you are not

sure of yourself. No matter which

one, it can end the relationship and

give you a bad name.”

It was gathered that talk and use

of condoms was taboo. ‘To confirm

this cultural barrier to access to

prevention tools, only one female

respondent... has ever gone to buy

a condom for her boyfriend, while

all the other female respondents

were of the view that they would

not like their parents and spouses

to see them with condoms.”

A 42-year-old father of three told

researchers in the study: “Any

woman, including my wife who tells

her husband about it or gets it for

them to use needs to be questioned.

In short, she should be seriously


Scientists in California have discov

ered that the naturally occurring

steroid lanosterol is able to melt away

cataracts and prevent them from returning

when administered to patients via

eye drops. If approved for human use,

the compound would be available as a

non-invasive treatment for individuals

with moderate forms of cataracts.

Scientists first became aware of lanosterol

cataract-blocking abilities by observing

two children in China who had

a hereditary form of the condition.

Upon closer examination, it became

clear that the children shared a mutation

that blocked the production of the

steroid lanosterol.

Their parents lacked this mutation and

as a result never went on to develop

cataracts. From this observation, the

team proposed that the steroid must

play a role in the formation of cataracts.

In a series of experiments outlined in

a study now published in Nature, the

team tested lanosterol on donated human

lenses and live rabbits and dogs.

Results repeatedly showed that lanosterol

was able to significantly shrink

cataract size.

Cataracts develop when protein in the

lens builds up and prevents light from

getting through. Although the condition

can be hereditary, such as in the

case of the Chinese siblings, it is more

often likely to develop at an older age.

According to the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention, cataracts are

the leading cause of blindness world-

New eye drops melt cataracts

wide. Currently, the only treatment

available for cataracts is surgically

removing the clouded lens from the

eye and replacing it with an artificial


Although it’s not entirely clear

f the drops prove to

also work on humans,

they could offer a noninvasive

treatment for

individuals with mild to

moderate cataracts and

serve as a way to

prevent the condition

from ever returning

how lanosterol is working, the researchers

believe that the steroid

prevents the proteins from building


If the drops prove to also work on

humans, they could offer a non-invasive

treatment for individuals

with mild to moderate cataracts and

serve as a way to prevent the condition

from ever returning. While

cataract surgery is relatively easy

and safe, the drops would serve as

an easier alternative. Despite not

yet being tested on humans, the

study is already causing excitement.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—35


My friends are bent

on giving me a

bad name. Just

because I’ve written this

column for decades, they

believe anyone who is barmy

enough to tell me a ‘secret’

hoping I could keep it is

madder than a hatter! Only a

couple of months back, I had a

visitor in my office.

“My goodness, did I have a

rough night?” he moaned. You

would notice I didn’t ask him

anything. And who wouldn’t

ask the question I asked next.

What happened?

“It is Frank, that crazy

friend of mine,” he

volunteered. “I hadn’t seen

him in the last nine months

but he wanted me to go with

him to his girlfriend’s house.

You know, the one I told you

had his baby some three

years ago. Apparently, she’s

had a second child but Frank

hadn’t even set eyes on the

new baby and she was almost

three months old. He knew

he would be thrown out of

her flat if he as

much as showed his face

alone. That was where I came

in handy. I was to go and see

her whilst he lurked around

somewhere and butter her up

a bit. As soon as she softpedalled,

I was to call him.

“At first, I didn’t want

anything to do with it. Frank

is not the stablest of friends.

It is only when he wants any

dirty linen laundered that he

shows up. This time around,

he stayed for hours sending

for food and boozed to wear

down any resolve that in the

end. I went with him to his

girlfriend’s house.

“The girl was like a raving

lunatic when she saw me. You

would think I was the one

who hurt her. She cursed,

howled and sobbed her heart

out. I pacified her the best I

could, then went for Frank.

He came so subdued you

would have thought he was

being arraigned before a

heartless judge on a trumped

up charge of murder. He

calmly stood through the poor

girl’s tirade until she ran out

of things to say before he

launched into a cock-and-bull

self-defence story. In the end,

we saw the baby, made the

right noises and promises,

then went home. I didn’t get

home until around three 0'

clock this morning ...” My

friend broke his story as his

hand flew to cover his mouth,

alarm plainly written on his


“What have I done telling

you all this?” He chided

himself. “I know a friend of

yours is Frank’s wife’s good

friend. Please, don’t let any

of this get out. Frank will kill

me if his wife finds out.”

“Who do you think I am,” I

was really indignant, “It is

really none of my business if

Frank has hundreds of

Friends who refuse to trust

you with their secrets!

illegitimate kids scattered

all over the place. That’s

his own business, not mine.

The country is

full of men who have no

control over their pants!”

Two weeks later, my friend

was back in my office. “You

gave me your word that

story wouldn’t get to

Frank’s wife,” he accused

as soon as he sat down.

I couldn’t quite look him

in the eyes as I stammered,

“Err ... I didn’t really go out

of my way to talk to her.

One of our friends called

me on the phone about

Frank being involved with

yet another woman. She

then talked about this

mother-of- two as if she

knew all about her. I told

her that I not only knew the

girl, I knew for a fact that

she had a boy and a girl for

Frank. She couldn’t say a

word for

some seconds. She asked

if I was sure and I said I

was willing to be a huge

sum of money on it. She too

gave me her word that

Frank’s wife wouldn’t get to

hear about it....”

My friend roared with

laughter. “You’re really

predictable, aren’t you?” He

told me: “That night when

Frank called at M house,

he was worried that he had

these children out of

wedlock and his wife was

none the wiser. He said he

would love for his wife to

know in case anything

happened to him. It was

then I told him not to worry.

That I knew someone who

knew Frank’s wife’s friend.

That someone was you.

That if you were told the

story, it was almost

guaranteed that Frank’s

wife would be put in the


country is

full of men

who have

no control

over their


picture. You didn’t

disappoint me, thank

goodness. Of course, I had

to tell you that touching story

about Frank not going to see

the baby, but it was to put in

more spice—for your benefit.

Asking you not to tell a juicy

story is like waving a red

flag at a bull, hoping he

won’t charge!”

Talk about giving a dog a

bad name! I was still smiling

from this incurable gossip

tag my friend pinned on

me when another one

phoned recently. After

catching up on current hot

gossips, she told me her

younger sister just left her

husband, I told her I’d

heard. She then launched

into the version of the split

that I heard.

“That’s why I’m

phoning,” she cut in

frostily.” “My sister told me

she was sure you must

have heard about her right

from the grape-vine and

she would appreciate your

keeping the lurid details

out of the pages of the

newspapers ... “

In case you discover that

Weekend Blues ceases to

exist, God forbid bad thing,

you readers will know that

the concerted efforts of

friends to misunderstand

my good intentions and

term them to be nosepoking

have finally taken

their toll .... “

So you think resolutions are a waste of time?

Every year, majority of us break the promises

we made on January 1. Whether you vowed

to turn-around your career for the better, quit

smoking or even learn to make your own dress,

a group of experts have got this fast plan for

getting you back on track when your resolves


Forgive your inner slacker: You’ve probably

had lapses in behaviour since making your list.

Don’t fret: “Backsliding is not a failure,” says

Leslie Groene, author of Picture Yourself and

the Life You Want. “It’s easy to see what we

haven’t accomplished—and to forget the steps

we’ve already taken. But, any effort or energy

we spend focusing on the negative will only

slow us down. Don’t be too fixated on dates

either. There’s no difference between starting

something on January 1 or March

21. Here are more helpful hints from the


Make it easier to succeed: Ask yourself why

you broke your resolutions in the first place.

Relapses tell you what you failed to account for.

Did you fold in the presence of stress or

temptations? What could you do differently?

When you feel yourself sliding back into old

behaviour, try distracting yourself with another

healthier activity. Step outside for fresh air or

call a friend to talk. Take a walk, spend time

with your pets. Watch some comedy on

television. Just do something, anything else.

Draw a road map: Break lofty goals into

manageable steps and your likelihood of success

increases—tenfold. If you want to learn to do

salsa, for example, you would write down: “Buy

salsa shoes. Sign up for salsa class. Take 10


“Once you’ve spelled out the details for

yourself, you’ll be better able to visualize

achieving your goal.

Be your own cheer-leader: Buy a calendar

and check off the days you work out, sew, take

photos, and have lunch with a mentor or

anything that gets you closer to your goal. Hold

yourself accountable for further change. Set

aside some time, daily or weekly, to review

your progress and plan what you will do to

move forward.

Leave some wiggle room: Find solutions,

not excuses. Can’t afford a vacation in a

faraway locale? Shop, dine and dance like a

tourist in your hometown. Is work interfering

with your vow to increase family time? See if

the kids can visit you at the office. Too busy

to see friends you’ve sworn to catch up with?

Ask them to run errands with you. It’s the

end result that matters so don’t sweat the


Use daily reminder: If you’d like to get into

shape, paste full-length pictures of yourself

on the fridge and bathroom mirror. For other

resolutions, post phrases or affirmations all

over the house. Seeing them every day will

strengthen your resolve. Right before going

to bed, repeat a mantra to yourself, for

example: “I am a non-smoker now and

forever” or” I am becoming thinner and

thinner,” it’s like putting files into your

subconscious. After 30 days, you’ll see

yourself this way without even trying.

Get pals involved: Enrol others in your

success. Tell them what you’re doing and ask

for their assistance. Your friends may be

willing to go walking or take dance classes

with you. They may also be a great source of

moral support. If your resolution is to leave

office earlier, for example, your friends could

e-mail you something like “if it’s after 6p.m.,

it’s time to go home.”

Trick yourself: Small changes can reap big

rewards. Resolved to walk more? Put sneakers

next to the door. Want to save some money?

Have it automatically deposited into a savings

account every month. Vow to spend more time


Turn off the phone and TV. Build slowly on

your successes by adding a new goal every

month. You’ll be amazed at how much you

accomplish. If you’re trying to eat healthier,

start by increasing your water in-take.

36—Vanguard, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Twitter: @yetundearebi



Yetunde Arebi

Little children acting the role of the

father and mother is a very

common game, especially where

you have a couple of them growing up

together in same vicinity. The older kids

play the role of parents while the younger

ones play the role of the children. They

all try to re-enact as much as possible,

what they observe in their different family

settings. While the ‘father’ goes to work,

the ‘mother’ often stays back at home to

take care of the house chores as well as

prepare meals for the ‘family’. The meal,

mainly made of sand is served on pieces

of paper for plates and everyone touches

the sand to their chins to eat. What

happens after this depends on what time

of day is being acted out and what kind of

environment the play is being staged,

secluded or open. Usually, the house

consists of two main rooms. They may be

virtual or real, again, depending on the

environment. The real rooms are usually

divided with the wrappers of someone’s

mother as curtains. The ‘children’ sleep

on one side of the divide while the

‘parents’ sleep on the other. Now, what

takes place in ‘father’ and ‘mother’s room

depend largely on the intelligence,

exposure or awareness and smartness of

the two actors. Many young people

experienced their first kisses and more

behind these curtains.

While visiting a dear close friend at her

home, a couple of years ago, we were

forced to sit on the terrace to gist and play

catch up, because the PHCN had decided

to do what it knows best to do. Her last

child, a four year old boy also had a visitor,

a little girl from their compound who had

come over to play. As we discussed, we

could hear their voices and laughter from

where we were until everything became

quiet suddenly. Perhaps acting on instinct

or just motherly intuition, my friend

asked for permission to go and check on

them. Then, I heard her calling out to me

frantically to come and see something. I

rushed in to find the two children

standing just feet apart from each other,

both with funny looks on their faces.

“What happened”, I asked my friend.

“Can’t you see what is happening here”

she said, pointing to the children and

winking downwards to the direction she

wanted me to look at. I quickly scrutinized

the scene and concluded that something

bad had been interrupted here. My friend

began laughing very hard, pointing to her

son’s now extremely shrunken penis and

the little girl who clutched on to her

knickers in her hand as if her life

depended on it. As my friend kept asking

her son what happened and who took off

his shorts, he just kept looking straight

while pointing his forefinger at the girl.

Initially, I did not quite understand what

was happening but when it finally clicked,

I did not understand why my friend was

laughing and praising her four year old

son for being such a fast Houdini. I found

nothing funny about it.

One major mistake parents of the boy

child make is to erroneously believe in

the alpha male syndrome. Such parents

believe that they have no problems since

their boys can never get pregnant from

their sexual escapades, neither will they

be frowned at or socially stigmatized as

loose and bad boys. So when incidents

such as this happens, they take a standoffish

posture, leaving the girl and her

parents to take the fall, just as my friend

was doing. My Miss-do-good attitude

took over and I just had to let my friend

see things from another perspective. A

little girl already engaging in the

“Cowgirl position” with her male friend

could not have conjured this all by herself.

She must have either seen her parents

having sex or someone else had been

teaching her these moves secretly. This

meant that she was either being abused

or exposed to such by an adult. My second

position was that, should an adult be

involved in this unfortunate incident, then

the poor girl might have been exposed to

STDs, including HIV/AIDS. In that case

too, her son was also in serious danger, I

told my friend. “God forbid”, she cried,

“it is not my portion”. But it can be, I

Catching them


The role of many

parents and caregivers

as sex educators

changes as young

people get older and are

provided with more

opportunities to receive

formal sex education

through schools and

community settings

insisted, so it was important that the little

girl’s parents be informed so that they

could conduct a thorough investigation.

If this problem was not seriously

addressed, there is no telling what could

become of the girl as she grows older. By

the time I was done, we were heading

to the little girl’s flat. What we

uncovered at the end of the day, is a

story for another day.

While the girl child may remain the

endangered specie all of her lifetime,

the boy child will remain the sound

board for whatever falls out of any

unwholesome alliance between the

sexes. And then, the beat goes on. That

is why sex education for young people

is compulsory, rather than necessary.

Both sexes must be well grounded if

we intend to do a good job for both

society and humanity.

When Lizzy returned from a business

trip to Abuja and was informed that her

seven year old niece who was spending

the holidays with them had been

caught under the sheets with her five

year old son, she almost whipped him

into a pulp. She said, “I can’t

remember for how long or how many

times I whipped him with the belt as I

had lost control of myself. My

house help and younger

sister had to hold me and

retrieved the belt. As I was

whipping him, I was crying

at the same time. I was afraid

that a little mistake could

ruin his life and ultimately

ours too. I did not touch my

niece at all. I simply called

her mother, who is my sister

to come and remove her from

my house before I killed her.

I was alarmed when our

mother tried to play the

matter off lightly, insisting it

was just a game and that most

children engage in it. She

insisted it was nothing to be

scared about and that I was

taking things too seriously”.

On investigation, they

discovered that a teenage

boy in their compound had

been abusing her and giving

her money, biscuits and

sweets for her cooperation.

My sister wanted to call in

the Police but my mother

again prevailed on her,

arguing that she will only

bring herself to ridicule in the

neighbourhood. That was

how the matter died, but it

was how the issue of anyone

spending their holidays in my

house also died”, she told me

during a conversation.

Sex education that works

starts early, before young

people reach puberty, and

before they have developed

established patterns of

behaviour. The precise age at

which information should be

provided depends on the

physical, emotional and

intellectual development of

the young people as well as

their level of understanding.

What is covered and also

how, depends on who is

providing the sex education,

when they are providing it,

and in what context, as well

as what the individual young

person wants to know or needs to know


It is important for sex education to

begin at a young age and also that it is

sustained. Despite recent increased

awareness, many parents still find it

difficult or think it is inappropriate to

discuss sex with their children. I have

seen parents who prevent their children

from watching even kissing scenes on

the Television rather than take time to

explain what it means to them and why

they are not to engage in any forms of

sexual intimacy with the opposite sex.

We often forget that these children have

access to the television and many other

media channels when our backs are

turned. Giving young people basic

information from an early age provides

the foundation on which more complex

knowledge is built up over time. For

example, when they are very young, such

as in the case above, children can be

informed about how people grow and

change over time, and how babies

become children and then adults, and

this provides the basis on which they

understand more detailed information

about puberty provided in the preteenage

years. They can also when they

are young, be provided with information

about viruses and germs that attack the

body. This provides the basis for talking

to them later about infections that can

be caught through sexual contact.

Indeed, many are against the teaching

of sex education to young people. They

are concerned that providing information

about sex and sexuality arouses curiosity

and can lead to sexual experimentation.

However, in a review of 48 studies of

comprehensive sex and STD/HIV

education programmes in some selected

US schools, there was found to be strong

evidence that such programmes really

did not increase sexual activity. Rather,

some of them reduced sexual activity, or

increased rates of condom use or other

contraceptives, or both. It is important

to remember that young people can store

up information provided at any time, for

a time when they need it later on.

So, when must we start? This is a

question often asked by many parents I

interact with. Sometimes it can be

difficult for adults to know when to raise

issues, but the important thing is to

maintain an open relationship with

children which provides them with

opportunities to ask questions when they

have them. Parents and caregivers can

also be proactive and engage young

people in discussions about sex,

sexuality and relationships. Naturally,

many parents and their children feel

embarrassed to talk about some aspects

of sex and sexuality. Viewing sex

education as an on-going conversation

about values, attitudes and issues as

well as providing facts can be helpful.

The best basis to proceed is a sound

relationship in which a young person

feels able to ask a question or raise

an issue if they feel they need to.

Research has shown that in counties

like The Netherlands, where families

regard it as an important

responsibility to talk openly with

children about sex and sexuality, this

contributes to greater cultural

openness about sex, sexuality and

improved sexual health among young


The role of many parents and

caregivers as sex educators changes

as young people get older and are

provided with more opportunities to

receive formal sex education through

schools and community settings.

However, it does not get any less

important. Because sex education in

school tends to take place in small

time-blocks and can’t always address

issues relevant to young people at a

particular time, parents can therefore

fulfill a particularly important role in

providing information and opportunities

to discuss things as they arise.

Do have a wonderful weekend!!

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—37





Continues from pg 16

you look at all these tiny countries in West

Africa, are they even bigger than Anambra

State, how much more the five eastern states

assuming it comes to that? Senegal, the

Gambia, Benin Republic, Ghana and the rest

of them put together! What is our population?

What is even the land space as it is? If our

people determine today, that this area at the

border between Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo

and Enugu, where you have this cattle market

(Lokpanta) and the rest of them, create that

area and call it a community of its own; give

it a charter for 50 years and you will see

another Dubai there. It is possible to transform

this place called South East within five years.

Even Israel, what is their population; what is

their land mass? The issue really is the

principle of self- determination. That has to

be accepted. This idea that some chaps are

asking for this and you start shooting them

down, that is unlawful, that is not helpful; you

are alienating people more and more and

therefore creating tension. That is not a way

to build a nation, common nationality and

identity; that is not the way! I have said it before

that coercion; that is force, has never held any

country together. Look at the old British

Empire, look at all empires all over the world,

they have come and gone. Even the so called

modern empires, those who disintegrated a

few years ago… Sometimes I get worried that

people are not coming up constructively with

suggestions on how to make this country one

country. With common identity you can

transform this country but not with a unitary

system of government.

What do you think should be done with the

resolutions of the National Conference under

former President Goodluck Jonathan?

Government succeeds government and that

is part of the problem we are talking about.

The main problem this country is facing now

is restructuring the country. Whatever you are

coming up with, whatever policies and

programs you are coming with, unless you

restructure this country, you are going

nowhere. So let us face the issue facing us.

Whether it is parliamentary, presidential,

whether this section will produce the president

or not, the point we have on the floor here is

look, let’s restructure Nigeria!

What are the benefits of this restructuring?

You want to survive as a country, sense of

belonging; every person will now have a sense

of belonging and brings out his best. The

constituent units will now come out with

programmes, transform their areas just as we

did in the 50s and there will be development

really in all ramifications. When you talk

about development, it includes human

development, economic development,

infrastructure and all that. You cannot do it

under this unitary system. What is the essence

of government, is it not about human

development? You cannot do it unless you

have appropriate structure and that is what

we are saying that the structure is not there,

therefore you are just dancing in a circle.

Is it correct to say that the north is shying

away from restructuring because it involves

resource control which may put them at a


Yes it involves resource control but they won’t

be disadvantaged. The latent energy is there,

you will be surprised! Even this cattle thing

we are talking about, they will establish

ranches there and we will go there and buy.

They will produce more milk from the cows

which is what Argentina is doing. There are

minerals that are not tapped and so many

things. The point is that each unit will now be

challenged to mobilize its resources and so

on and you will see rapid development in all

dimensions. I have no doubt about that.

Do you know why the South East

Governors have not been having their

meetings for almost two years now?

We have mediated on that. The Igbo leaders

of Thought have gone to see three governors

so far and we made suggestions. This is part

of the disturbing development we are having

and it tells a lot about the qualities and

characters of the present leadership, but we’ve

been appealing to them that it is in their interest

that they meet. Like I said we have gone to

three governors, we have sent letters for

appointment and we are waiting for the other

two. We have gone to three states. We are

waiting for appointments from two.

Did they tell you why they are not meeting?

•Prof Elochukwu


If you ask Ndigbo to

vote again today and

Jonathan is in the race,

they will vote for him.

Never mind all these

shenanigans. You are

talking about APC and

these, they don’t even


How do you think they will tell me?

What did you deduce from that?

What do you think yourself? I said it shows

the quality of leadership. There maybe one or

two of them that may not cooperate with others,

it is possible. It is unfortunate. If they see

themselves truly as leaders of Ndigbo, they

should know what Ndigbo stand for and want.

People have said some of them are so selfcentred,

they are not really bothered. It’s a pity.

What will you suggest as a way out for them?

We are praying they overcome whatever the

obstacles are and see the wisdom in coming


Based on the alleged marginalization of the

South East by the present administration, do

you think Igbo should regret voting for

Jonathan in 2015?

How can a President have that kind of opinion

if truly he is a president of Nigeria? Did he ever

say that (he will carter for the 95 percent that

voted for him more than the five percent that

didn’t vote for him?) Do you expect every person

to support one particular person? Till tomorrow,

if you ask Ndigbo to vote again today and

Jonathan is in the race, they will vote for him.

Never mind all these shenanigans. You are

talking about APC and these, they don’t even


Why do you think some people are joining

the APC?

It is understandable. You have to analyse the

characters that are joining APC; they want to

join the government in power. Are they joining

“ Why Igbo


cannot lead


because of Ndigbo, are they there to

defend the interest of IPOB, MASSOB,

the generality of Ndigbo or are they going

because of their personal interest? These

are the issues. It is in their own perception

about themselves in the context of Igbo

interest. All in their personal interests!

These are some of the issues we must think

of. It is freedom of association. If you think

you have electoral value but when the time

comes, some of them may even lose their

wards. If the APC gives the impression

that it is anti-Igbo as symbolized by the

President who described five percent and

95 percent of supporters as the way he is

going to distribute resources, do you think

the people will be quick in supporting

these fellows in spite of all their sermons

and untenable arguments that you just

belong to get your entitlements? Even

some of them who are there what

portfolios were they given, are they really

recognized? Are they really taken

seriously? I was told of one of them who

has been struggling to see the president

and they wouldn’t even allow him and he

is preaching to people that you have to

get there; join for you to belong. You think

these people you are seeking their

friendship don’t know who you are?

What kind of social mobilization do

people need in this political confusion?

What political confusion? It’s all over

the world. You have a foreign system of

government foisted on you; you are being

told you have to learn how to operate the

constitution. That’s why we are confused

between presidential and parliamentary

systems, the electoral system and all kinds

of problem but if we get the structure right,

I can tell you that proper leadership will

emerge and we move forward, there won’t

be that kind of confusion you fear.

Some critics have accused President

Buhari of allegedly fighting corruption

in both the Legislature and the Judiciary

with insecticides but using deodorant to

fight same malaise in the Executive, with

the kid gloves on the Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, SGF, and

the EFCC Acting Chairman as

examples. What is your opinion on this?

What is still surprising me is that Magu

is still parading himself as the acting

chairman of EFCC. I am surprised

because if you are not confirmed after six

months in an office, you automatically

cease to retain your position and almost

one year and his papers were thrown out

and so he ought to go. We understand they

have re-submitted the papers but why he

is still there is what I don’t understand.

My own way of looking at it is to ask

whether the government is really fighting

corruption. As I said before, political

corruption is even worse than the so called

economic corruption.

If you look at the appointments Buhari

has made, you will find out that they are

tilted to one side.

In the first 41 appointments made, the

armed forces, security agencies and the

rest of them, do you have any Igbo man

there? So what is corruption then?

Economic corruption is all over the world

particularly in a capitalist system.

Every government fights corruption

and I expected Buhari to evolve a system

of convincing every person that he is really

fighting corruption. Some of his close

aides have been mentioned . We are

watching; Nigeria is watching and the

whole world is watching and that is why

people are not convinced that there is

serious commitment to this fight against

corruption. Look at the problems that we

are now having about the Chief Justice

of the Federation. Few days to the

expiration of his service, people are saying

why should it take this time for his papers

to be forwarded to the Senate?

What message do you think the

President is conveying when he has

travelled severally over medical issues

yet his government discourages

patronage of foreign goods?

Objectively, the President should have

the best treatment. To be honest, the

standard of medicare here is not the same

as that of the countries overseas. I don’t

approve that he should not travel on

medical grounds

But the President pledged to end

medical tourism

Who said he has not shown

commitment? Is it because he went for

treatment overseas? There are still others

going outside to receive treatment even

when they are not presidents. I think we

should be more open-minded in this kind

of a thing.

Do you believe in the think home

imitative for the Igbo?

But it has been there; remember that

the former governor of Anambra State,

Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has a think

home philosophy estate. Go to the

villages, everybody has a house there;

even those who before did not think about

coming back to the East.

Igbo are cosmopolitan in nature; we

are everywhere in the world but that

doesn’t mean they forget their homes. So

when people talk about think home, they

are saying come and build your factories

here. We accept the country as a nation

and everywhere we are we feel at home

but that doesn’t mean we must all come

home. I wish others will appreciate and

behave like Ndigbo.

You don’t see an Hausa or Yoruba man

owning a house in Enugu but our people

are everywhere. What about all these

multi-nationals that are owned by the

British and the rest, they are also


What about the factories, Dunlop and

the rest, they are owned by foreigners, so

it doesn’t mean you cannot invest

elsewhere but what people are saying is

because of the non- acceptance of Ndigbo,

hostility to Ndigbo, bitterness against

Ndigbo, that in spite of whatever we do,

you discriminate against us, you don’t

give us equal rights and citizenship. Look

at what they did in the census, they

scrapped ethnic identity.

How do you do that kind of a thing? So

you do everything possible to humiliate

and destroy our psyche. That is why we

say, look, stop investing elsewhere come

home and invest.


Stories by Moses Nosike

Quality specie of plantain and

banana can make emerging

farmers successful, and they also

have a large local and foreign

market. The plantain thrives under

harsh farming conditions in en

vironment where the quality of soil

is poor. The specie develops bigger

fruits at very low cost, enabling

plantain farmers in these areas to

farm commercially.

Managing Director, Jovana

Farm, Prince Arinze Onnebuna,

said, “In 2010, demand for plantain

increased by 280% and since then

till now the demand has steadily

increased. The increase in demand

has affected the price in Nigeria, and

there is shortage in supply because

farmers are only few growing it.

According to him, plantain

farming is money spinning and at

the same time, can create jobs for

our teaming unemployed youths. We

must look in the direction of

agriculture to solve the challenges

of unemployment in the country,

reduce crime and promote

economic growth.

However, “our concern and efforts

this season is to meet the ever

increasing demand for quality

plantain suckers to enable farmers

produce more. Not only is the

production capacity low, most

plantain farmers are not producing

up to standard. They’re still farming

Group Managing Director/

CEO, Eliel Group of

Companies, Mrs Damilola Adefemi

has urged the Federal Government

to initiate schemes that will provide

shelter for the citizens considering

the country’s growing population.

Speaking with Saturday

Vanguard, Mrs Adefemi said a

subsidiary of the company, Shadop

International Properties Limited

has been encouraging Nigerians in

abroad to invest at home by

acquiring and developing landed


The company which operates in

Nigeria, Ghana, Dubai and US

provides services and consultation


ranging from planning, design,

approvals, construction, renovation,

sales, letting and property facility

management. Its years of integrity

and trust in providing building

services has attracted Nigerians in

diaspora to invest in the country and

many Nigerians abroad are now

owning properties at home while in

the US, Canada, France, UK, etc.

through Shadop International

Properties Limited.

Plantain ain sucker

ers, most t lucrative

aspect of farming


with poor quality specie of plantain

that is not sustainable”.

“As at the moment, we have huge

orders to supply plantain suckers,

fruits, flour, etc to many farmers and

food processors. This is a huge

supply that has kept us working

harder on ways to meet the demand

because there are not enough


When I looked at the capacity of

my farm and the farms we have setup

and the ones we are currently

managing, I see the huge gap

between the quantity buyers need

and what I have. Also not all farms

have what the market needs.

Currently, we have thousands of

Cameroon hybrid plantain and

banana suckers available for sale

to farmers. This is to encourage

more people to venture into

plantain business.

Plantain occupies a strategic

Shadop building dream homes for

Nigerians in diaspora

According to Damilola Adefemi,

“we also help clients determine fair

values for property to be sold or

purchased to ensure proper values

for money spent”.

In addition, Adefemi said, “since

we realised the importance of

investing at home from any part of

the world especially acquisition of

landed properties and development,

Shadop International Properties, a

specialist in building houses for

Nigerians in Diaspora has helped

many of them to think home and

their families with the country

benefiting from such investment”.

So, “we take up the full

responsibility from land acquisition

in viable areas or specific locations

required by our clients and we

provide the necessary designs and

government building approvals and

subsequently develop the properties

according to cash flow pattern and

financial ability of the clients. And

we ensure that our services are

absolutely affordable and cheaper

than other options.

Discussing further on the

position for rapid food production

in Nigeria; it is ranked third among

starchy staple foods. Production still

remains largely in the hands of

small scale producers who, over the

years, have ingeniously integrated

into various cropping systems.

Plantain farming has

tremendously increased the income

of farmers in the last few years,

unlike some other starchy food that

demand tends to fall with rising


In addition, there exists suitable

plantain farming sites in different

parts of the country. As little as one

plot of land or more could be

engaged under small or large scale

farming, while several hectares

have the potential of producing

many tonnes per hectares a year with

the right species of plantain. Our

high-yielding plantain suckers is

creating millionaires.

Plantain suckers are one of the

m o s t


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economic value of the company’s service in Nigeria,

Adefemi, said, “we are adding substantial economic

value to Nigeria in terms of shelter by successfully

building houses in various parts of Nigeria for all

Nigerians in diaspora who at one point or the other

had been frustrated and defrauded by friends and

relatives in the course of trying to build houses on

their behalf. These funds are coming from overseas

into the Nigerian real estate sector of the economy

and providing employment for Nigerians and

generating sales to improve the country’s GDP”.

However, because we deliver first class quality

services and we don’t compromise our integrity

because we want to remain on top of real estate

market and competition in Nigeria and beyond, we

work in collaboration with other global property

companies like Damac Properties in Dubai and

Christie’s International. We also work in tandem

with our affiliated companies like Eliel Jerahmeal

Nigeria Limited which handles our construction

works and provide elevators and escalators to

achieve desired results and that empowers us to

deliver as at and when due with same standard as

obtained in other countries we operate”.

Shadop International Properties Limited is a

subsidiary of Eliel Group of Companies and we

solicit that the Federal Government should come

up with schemes that would provide shelter for its

citizens considering the growing population”,

Adefemi said.

Nobel Carpe

pets and Floors partner VConnect on SME

Nigeria’s leading carpets and

floor solutions manufacturer,

Nobel Carpets and floors has once

again shown its commitment to the

development of small and medium

scale enterprises in Nigeria, as it

recently partnered VConnect

Global Services to host the first of

its kind SME conference 1.0 held

recently in Lagos.

The event which brought

together diverse budding

entrepreneurs from different

parts of the country, had

facilitators from Paga,

Businessday, Seedvest, and other

small and medium scale

entrepreneurs in attendance, and

they spoke on topics ranging from

essentials of starting a business to

growing your business, accessing

funds, business partnerships etc.

The General Manager, Nobel

Carpets and Floors, Mr. Jitesh

•Plantain farming is part of agriculture that can benefit investors

Pamnani who spoke at the event, said

that the SME conference 1.0 is a

platform through which the firm

seeks to support and grow small

scale businesses within the country

through knowledge acquisition and

mentoring from established


“As an organization, we desire

to eradicate the challenge of

unemployment and business

failure ravaging our society and

this we plan to achieve through

training and information

gathering platforms such as this

where young minds and start-ups

can have the opportunity to

interact with business leaders,

thereby gain knowledge and

strength needed to keep pursuing

their ideas and growing their

businesses no matter the

challenges that may erupt over

time,” Pamnani said.

Pamnani added that, “with as little

as Thirty thousand naira, individuals

can also become partners with Nobel

Carpets and Floors; and this is no

doubt a viable business opportunity,

as the brand is known, trusted and

accepted across West Africa.”

Pamnani therefore urged the

budding entrepreneurs to remain

focused and open-minded to ideas,

information and opportunities which

are essential for growth and success in

the competitive world of


Also speaking at the event, The

Founder, VConnect Global Services,

Mr. Deepankar Rustagi, stated that the

conference was organized to teach

small and medium scale enterprise

owners on how to have an effective

online presence and how to grow their

businesses online to yield great returns

on investment.

can produce seven suckers or more.

Plantain is a major source of

carbohydrate for many people in

Nigeria. In fact, all stages of the fruits

from immature to overripe are used

as a source of food. The immature

fruits are peeled, sliced, dried and

made into powder and consumed.

The mature fruits are consumed

boiled, steamed, baked, pounded,

roasted, or sliced and fried into

chips. A bunch of plantain cost


N1, 000 to N1, 300 depending on

the size and specie.

However, being a perishable food

item, substantial quantities rot away

in a short period after harvest

because farmers plant, harvest and

at the same time flood the markets

with the produce.

Investors can make huge profit by

setting-up a suitable processing

technology to convert plantain into

powder form; as there is a ready

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help build libraries, educational infrastructure for underprivileged

students in the country. Global Shapers seeks to improve infrastructure

in schools, quality training and provide learning tools for education.

Mmanti Umoh of the Uyo Global Shapers Hub, said, “Our hunger for

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those barriers facing them and ensuring that activities and programmes

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President, Coca-Cola West Africa, Peter Njonjo, said, “It is exciting to

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SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—39

Elixir Global acquires 100% P&G’s

Ibadan healthcare plant


Elixir Global Manufacturing

Food Limited, a Nigerian

entity operating under the Chanrai

Summit Group, and a sister company

of Fareast Mercantile Co Ltd, has

made a 100 percent acquisition of the

Procter & Gamble’s Ibadan

Healthcare Plant.

The plant covered by this

transaction produces medicated

throat drops well known and

accepted in the Nigerian market

under the brands Vicks Blue and

Vicks Lemon Plus.

Sivaswami Raghavan, a Director at

Elixir, said that with the acquisition

his company has also obtained the

right to manufacture and sell these

brands within Nigeria and the Sub-

Sahara African markets, in exception

of South Africa, through a Brand

Licensing Agreement, BLA, valid up

to 20 years.

Additionally, the agreement also

confers on the company “the rights

to have these products and its

variants manufactured in other third

party manufacturing locations both

within and outside Africa to meet with

the specific requirements of the large

market that it intends covering over

the brand licensing period,”

Raghavan said.

The purchase of the Ibadan plant

combined with the BLA, gives Elixir

Global a ready made market to

begin with and also provides the

ability to launch both Vicks brands and

other completely new brands in the

large Sub-Saharan African marketplace

including Nigeria.

Khululiwe Mabaso, Head Corporate

Communications/Associate Director,

Procter & Gamble, Sub-Saharan Africa

had this to say on this agreement:

“P&G is delighted to partner with a

local Nigerian party to continue

building the Vicks brand not only in

Nigeria but across many other parts

of Africa.”

Diamond Bank, Jumia Food set to delight customers

Diamond Bank Plc has entered

into partnership with Jumia

Food to delight its customers with

the food they love. The partnership

kicked off with a customer loyalty

campaign to ‘Diamond’s Xclusive’

customers in Lagos and Abuja from

the 19th of January, 2017 for a twomonth


Commenting on the bank’s

decision to embark on the

partnership, Mrs Aishah Ahmad,

Head, Consumer Banking, said, “At

Diamond, we are committed to our

beyond banking ethos which seeks

to integrate banking with our

customers’ lifestyles.

“With this partnership, our

‘Xclusive’ customers will enjoy 30

per cent off their first order on Jumia

Food, giving them access to the

finest cuisines from Nigeria and

across the world via over 200 select

restaurants, delivered to their door”

she said.

Reiterating Aishah, Olamide

Bada, Managing Director of Jumia

Food said: “We recognize Diamond

Bank as a premier financial

institution, often at the forefront of

innovation in order to benefit its

customers. Our common goal is

great customer experience, which

makes this partnership mutually


‘Unilever committed to Nigeria’s economic growth’


Unilever Africa President, Mr.

Bruno Witvoet, has said that

the company is committed to actively

contribute to the economy and

growth of the manufacturing sector

in Nigeria.

He said this when the

management of the company visited

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam

Nasir El-Rufai, where he told the

governor that the company was

ready to enhance the growth of the

manufacturing sector to help grow

the country’s economy.

Witvoet commended the

development strategy of the

Governor of Kaduna State in

ensuring the state is inclusive in

economic growth and socio-economic

transformation which translates into

substantial improvements in the

quality of lives of Kaduna citizens.

He signed a Memorandum Of

Understanding with the governor on

the Kaduna Emergency Nutrition

Action Plan (KADENAP) which is an

initiative championed by the Wife of

L-R: Frank Le Bris, Managing Director, Nigerite Limited; Arc. Adebayo Dipe,

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Lagos State; Dirk Modderman,

Managing Director, Emenite Limited and Banjo Abimbola, Sales Manager,

Nigerite Limited, during the launch of KalsiClad by Nigerite at the company’s

head office in Ikeja, Lagos

the Governor, Hajia Aisha (Ummi)

Garba El-Rufai aimed at tackling

Anaemia/Malnutrition in the


This is in furtherance to the

company’s Sustainability Strategy-

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan


In his response, Governor El-

Rufai commended the company for

their efforts in the sustainable

development of Kaduna State. He

reassured the team of the

government’s assistance whenever

there is an expansion plan within

and outside the state.

Dana bags air crew of the year award

ADana Air crew member, Mrs Joy Odimgba, recently bagged the

Air Crew of the Year award at the Nigeria Aviation Awards held

at Welcome Centre, Airport road Lagos.

Odimgba, while speaking to newsmen after the award said, “I am

delighted to have won the award for Air Crew of the Year and this

underscores the effort we put in daily to ensure that all our guests

enjoy our award-winning hospitality on-board our flights. For us at

Dana Air, our customers come first and we will continue to keep them

smiling at every opportunity.”

She dedicated the award to the entire Dana Air Crew and the

Management for the constant training and retraining while urging

passengers to take advantage of the airline’s customer-centric offers

and rewards.

Already in its 7th year, the Nigerian Aviation Awards is an annual

award put together to recognize excellence in all spheres of the aviation


FirstBank gets global

brands awards

First Bank of Nigeria limited has

won the “Best Banking Brand,

Nigeria 2016” and “Best Banking

Performer, Nigeria 2016” in the Global

Brands Awards.

The awards are instituted to identify

and recognise the significance of

exceptional service delivery and reward


According to Global Brands Magazine,

the organizers of the award, the awards

reflect the countless hours of time and

efforts spent by FirstBank employees in

achieving the vision of the company and

making its customers happy.

Group Head, Marketing and Corporate

Communications, First Bank of Nigeria

Limited, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, in

a statement said: “The awards are a

testament to FirstBank’s unwavering

commitment to put customers first and at

the heart of our business in line with our

‘You First’ mantra. We will always deliver

the ultimate ‘gold standard’ of value and


“Our financial services knowledge and

practices lead the market in ensuring that

we understand our customers and surpass

their expectations as we strive for a better

way of delivering first-class service and


NETSHOP rakes in

N3m from half year



NETSHOP, an e-commerce and event

ticketing platform, says it earned

N3million ($6,000) in revenue by selling over

350 items, reached about a million people

and listed over 20 products on its website.

NETSHOP Founder, Ayeni Adekunle,

during the review of the activities of the e-

shop in Lagos, said the platform made

N3million, ($6,000) from its six months of

operation, sold over 350 items, reached about

a million people and listed over 20 products

on its website.

“We are creating opportunities for those

who love entertainment to be able to

conveniently access the products they want;

be it tickets to events, merchandise, books,

and everything else. We wanted to place

entertainment products right where there’s

demand for them - on entertainment platforms

where their consumers come to regularly,” he


The netng has over 20 million users across

our different platforms, so we thought there’s

no better place to discuss, say, a new 2face

Idibia perfume line, a Mercy Johnson hair

product, a Wizkid concert, or a Julius Agwu

book”, he noted.

Usually, most event planners complain of

poor corporate sponsorship with many

artistes unable to go on tours or host their

own shows, while those who do are unable to

sell to their real fans until event day. Events in

Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt are

dominated by “VVIP” tables mostly sold to

corporates and money-bags.

In 2016, that trend changed a bit, with the

coming of platforms like NETSHOP. From

awards, shows to music concerts, over 45

percent of attendees bought their tickets

online, with most of the NETSHOP events

being sold out weeks before D-Day.

As the trend continues, it is evident that

growth opportunities still abound in Nigeria’s

e-commerce sector for content publishers,

particularly platforms that understand

Nigerian entertainment consumers, and that

have direct access to both fans and stars like

NET does.

NET is one of the few media companies

placing a foot in e-commerce, testing the

waters and hoping to develop new business

areas to ensure survival at a time when

advertising revenues continue to dwindle as

seen in Google’s recent decision to pull 1.7

billion ads off its network, he stated.

40—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017





How Vampire

turned prison

officials into

errand boys

•Shocking details of the escape of

notorious kidnap kingpin, serial killer

By Emma Nnadozie,

Crime Editor

The invasion of an Owerri

High Court by a dare-devil

gang of criminals, last

week, and the subsequent rescue

and release of suspected hardened

criminals on trial could aptly be

tagged ‘ The Day of the Jackal’

from the epic thriller novel by

celebrated English writer Frederick

Forsyth. The auguries are hideous

but intriguing.

That penultimate Friday, the

sanctity of the court was wantonly

desecrated by a gang of gun-toting

young men who stormed the

premises in a commando-like

manner, shooting from all fronts.

At the end of the barely 30

minutes operation, two persons lay

dead. Many people, including

prison officials were seriously

injured. The invading criminals

succeeded in escaping with their

booty which turned out to be the

dreaded and highly prized kidnap

kingpin and acclaimed serial killer,

Henry Chibueze alias Vampire.

The notorious criminal, Henry, 30,

from Nwangele LGA in Imo state,

for long, bestrode the criminal

scene in Nigeria like a colossus.

In fact, his exploits and successes

have continued to baffle and taunt

security officials even after he was

caged and kept in the cooler

awaiting trial in Owerri prison.

Before his arrest early 2016 by

operatives of the Department of

Security Services, DSS, Vampire

was terrorizing both the Eastern,

Southern and Western parts of the

country unhindered. He was

notorious for killing his victims after

collecting ransom.

The chilling bloody account of his

operation in Lagos on February 16,

2013, still remains a red dot in

security circles. It was a day he

stormed the home of his girlfriend,

Sandra Ijedinma at Igando area of

Lagos with an AK47 assault rifle

and opened fire on everyone

present in the apartment, killing

his girlfriend, her elder sister,

Praise Ozor and her two children.

Not satisfied, Vampire proceeded

to a nearby street where one of the

elder sisters to Sandra resided and

killed the woman and three of her

children before fleeing from the

He capitalized on the

porosity of security in

the prisons and

turned himself into the

‘Lord of the Manor’ –

no thanks to gullible

officials of the prisons


Days after perpetrating the evil,

filled with vulgar obscenities and

crude hoopla of the wantonly selfobsessed

ragamuffin, Vampire still

continued threatening to eliminate

other remaining members of the

family who had no option than to

re-locate to an unknown place. His

grouse was simply that the

girlfriend and members of her family

vehemently rejected his continued

relationship with Sandra after

discovering his deep involvement in

crime. The whereabouts of the

fleeing members of Sandra’s family

still remain unknown till date as

efforts they made to be protected by

security agencies failed.

However, while security agents

spread their dragnets in search of the

fleeing butcher in Lagos and

environs, Vampire regrouped with

his gang in Imo state and they

coordinated several kidnappings in

the South East and South- South

areas of the country. At the last

count, he was reputed to have

kidnapped no fewer than 200

persons, killing most of his victims

including the wife of a royal father

in Imo state and an official of the

state Environmental Transformation

Commission which yielded him

about N5million in ransom. It was

gathered that anti-kidnapping team

from police headquarters in Abuja

had cause to place a huge ransom

on his head after combing virtually

all the nooks and crannies of the

criminal hideouts in the country

searching for the highly prized

criminal kingpin without success.

Luck, however ran against him

when he attempted to kidnap the

tribunal Judges handling Election

Petition in Imo state, at their lodge

in Disney Hotels, along Onitsha-

Owerri Road when operatives of the

DSS, acting on a tip-off swooped on

him. He managed to escape with

bullet wounds and relocated to the

house of his elder brother in Ohafia,

Abia State to treat himself when men

of the secret police eventually

apprehended him. He was

subsequently taken to court and

remanded in Owerri Central Prison.

While in the prison, Vampire,

Continues on page 41

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—41

Kidnapping is no longer a lucrative

business in Abia State— CP Leye

In the past, Abia state was well known for

kidnapping that ravaged the area. It was

notorious with big names in the kidnapping

world like late Osisikankwu, who held sway in

the entire length and breadth of the state and

beyond until the long arms of the law caught up

with him. However, after his demise, there were

pockets of kidnappings. But the police helmsman

in the state, Leye Oyebade has vowed that it is no

longer going to be business as usual. He spoke

with our Crime Editor, Emma Nnadozie recently,

in Umuahia.


How we are fighting crime in Abia

When I came on board as the commissioner

of Police, Abia State, I rolled out a mission

statement and a strategy to follow it with a view

to ensuring that we bring crime and criminality

to a tolerable level. And it is that agenda that

I’m still following. I said then that we needed to

combat headlong, heinous crimes such as

kidnapping, child trafficking, armed robbery,

cultism and the rest. So, we have been able to

get the crime pattern and the trend of crime for

each area of the state. After we have segmented

it, we now devised a strategy to deal with these

diverse crimes that are prevalent in the areas. To

carry out his task, the government set up

Conflicts Resolution Committee which I headed

and the committee will be replicated in all the

areas. If you go to Bende, Arochukwu and

Uzuakoli local government area councils where

clash between farmers and herdsmen is

prevalent, we put mobile men on red alert and

position them where the two sides are aware

that mobile men are there. These are the

preventive measures we have been able to adopt

before we now engaged them on dialogue. You

know the youths can be restive, but anytime they

want to agitate, we use the Eminent Persons

Forum, EPF, which the Inspector -General of

Police has put in place to interface with them.

Before they set out to fight, we would call the

community leader and invite the youths and

everything would be resolved. That’s why by the

grace of God, we have not had anything like

herdsmen over running the state. When it comes

to kidnapping, we know the areas where this is

prevalent. When you go to Aba, we set up our

own intelligent network to know their modus

operandi, their timing and escape route. They

monitor us but we go ahead of them before they

strike. So, we have been able to arrest them

before they struck on three or four occasions.

And when I paraded them, this is a signal to

others that kidnapping is no longer a

lucrative business in Abia State. They now

know that the probability of the police

arresting them is very high and no criminal

wants to be arrested. That has really helped



Coming to cultism, we found out that so

many of our graduates are really into

cultism and drug abuse. Let me be specific,

we monitored a syndicate that would come

from Akwa Ibom to steal vehicles in

Umuahia especially on weekends and had

their receivers in Akwa Ibom. When they

came, we already knew their route. We

arrested some of them and kept on picking

other members of the syndicate who were

at large. Our investigation showed that 80%

of them are graduating students of Michael

Okpara University. That was a worrisome

trend and our strategy is to reach out.

Among the EPF, we have religious bodies.

So, we now started sensitizing and

counselling them. We call it campus

outreach. On such occasions at Abia

Polytechnic, about 35 students renounced

cultism. When we went there, we partnered

with religious bodies and we were following

them up. When they were having their

students summit at the university, I went

there and used the opportunity to talk to

them. The Bible says the people perish for

lack of knowledge. Some of them do not

know why they are joining these cult groups.

It gives us the opportunity to bring cultism

to a manageable level.

Armed robbery

When you talk of armed robbery, the

strategic location of our Safer High Way

Vehicles gives us the opportunity to manage

crimes on our highways. When I came on

board, we had challenges at Ogonabo, but

strategically, I had to change some officers

there, the DPO and the management of that

axis and we have been able to fortify that.

We also relocated the positioning of the

vehicle because we now noticed that in

places where we have bad roads, especially

when you are getting to our boundary with

River State, that is where these boys will go

and hide in the night when vehicles are

coming early in the night or morning and

come out to rob them. We now noticed

that and stationed our Safer High

Way vehicles there and

stopped their excesses. We

also stationed our vehicles

in our exit route with

Enugu State where there

are bad roads because

that is where they do come

out. So, it’s just to study the

pattern and trend of crime

and manage it because

criminals don’t want to be

caught. .

Synergy at work

Last Christmas and

during the New Year

celebration, we had many

Abians who came home and our intelligence

network was very helpful. We also synergized

with other security agencies as no man is an

island and nobody has monopoly of

knowledge. We share information vertically

and horizontally with our sister security

agencies and this has been working for us.

This was what happened during the last

election. We have involved members of

the public in combating crimes in Abia

State. We have been able to do what we

call “Assurance Policing”. I went round

all the media station to assure members

of the public that we are here to serve

them and to protect their interest. On

each of these occasions when I go for

these programmes, they do have phone –

in-programme. We have contributions

from members of the public and our phone

numbers have been circulated. I also have

dedicated numbers I give out to Abians

anywhere I attend a public function. That

one is to enable them send text messages

directly to me. The way we manage

information has really been very helpful.

Building confidence in the police

I must also say that building confidence in

our police officers has also helped us. We have

been giving encouragement to them, building

capacity for them, tutoring them on arms

handling and repositioning of men on

assignment especially when we asked them

CP, Leye Oyebade

to do “Operational Stop and Search” since

we know that we don’t have road blocks

Government assistance

I must also say that during election,

government assisted by giving us some

equipment since communication is the key.

So, the communication gadgets that were

given including 198 walking talkies have

really boosted our communication skills

and I can communicate with my men more

effectively from my office.

Policing black spots

We have areas we call flash points or

black spots; these are areas where

notorious gangs want to dominate. The

flash points that we know, we burst

them. There is a place called dustbin.

Members of a robbery syndicatewould

enter vehicle to Aba unknown to

unsuspecting drivers, motor boys and

passengers and somewhere along the

way they pull out their guns and rob

the passengers. In that instance, what

we did was to change our modus

operandi and we were able to

apprehend membersof that syndicate.

We also arrested those who specialized

in “one chance”,as well as those who

were stealing vehicles. . Their receiver

was also arrested in Akwa Ibom. This

was made possible because of long

term intelligence gathering on them.

Shocking details of the escape of notorious kidnap kingpin, serial killer

Continues from page 40

unfortunately, continued with his

criminal exploits unhindered. He

capitalized on the porosity of security

in the prisons and turned himself into

the ‘Lord of the Manor’ – no thanks to

gullible officials of the prisons. He

reportedly converted some serving

officials of the prison and formed a new

gang inside while awaiting trial. One

of the officials identified as Chukwuma

Agim allegedly assembled a six-man

gang headed by one Chiboy also known

as Ezekudele and they carried out

several operations in Imo state aimed

at raising funds for Vampire’s freedom.

In one of the operations, they abducted

a middle-aged woman and got a ransom

of N5m but after the operation,

operatives of the Inspector-General of

Police Special Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, headed by indefatigable

Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP,

Abba Kyari, succeeded in rounding up

five members of the gang , including

the prison official various parts of Imo


Surprisingly, that did not deter the rot

and connivance of other prison officials

in Owerri as they continued to aid and

abet not only Vampire but other dreaded

criminals inside the prisons. Crime

Guard learned that the invasion of the

The CG of Prisons, Ahmed Ja'afaru (in mufti) being welcomed at Owerri


court was planned and executed inside

the prisons by new members of the gang

in connivance with some officials of

Owerri Central Prison. Feelers

revealed that both Vampire and other

hardened criminals awaiting trial in the

prison had virtually turned officials of

the prison into errand boys. The

prisoners are known to have free

access to all communication gadgets

including laptops, assorted highwired

telephones etc. In fact, it was

revealed that robbery and kidnapping

operations are freely planned and

perfected inside the prison after which

members of the gang outside would

execute the operations and deliver

proceeds to their gang leaders

awaiting trial. Most of the time,

they have evening rendezvous inside

the prison where they review their

exploits in the full glare of officials

of the prison officials said to be ready

to do their bidding for a fee.

On the day of the attack inside

Owerri High Court, sources said only

five officials of the prison

accompanied about 50 awaiting trial

inmates to the court without

handcuffs. The suspects were left

under one shade inside the court

instead of being locked up in the cells

provided inside there. People were

freely allowed to mingle with them

and that was why the gangsters that

earlier arrived the court in an SUV

capitalized on the security lapses and


Eyewitnesses said as soon as they

swung into action by releasing volley

of bullets in a staccato manner, one

of them quickly handed over an AK47

assault rifle to their mentor, Vampire

who tuned into Rambo and perfected

what he knows how to do better.

They all shot their way to freedom and

even forced other awaiting trial inmates

to join them in escaping from the

scene. While the shooting raged,

sources said the Commissioner of

Police, Imo state; Taiwo Lakano was

forced to rush to the scene with his

personal aids and engaged the

rampaging criminals in a fierce battle.

Unfortunately, they disappeared from

the scene without trace. Their escape

has placed all the security agencies in

the country on red alert and feelers from

Force headquarters, Abuja indicated

that all units involved in chasing

criminals have been mobilized and

directed to swing into action with a view

to arresting the fleeing Vampire and

members of his gang.

42—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017


How we killed Custom

officer in Lagos—Suspects


When the lifeless body of an

Assistant Superintendent of

Custom, ASC, Aliyu Adamu,

was found with bullet wounds at a spot

close to the Tin-Can Island Port, Second

Gate, on Thursday December 22, 2016,

many thought that the middle-aged

officer may have been assassinated,

given the sensitive nature of his position

at the Nigeria Customs Service.

But investigations, launched by

operatives of the Inspector General of

Police Special Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, has revealed that, ASC

Adamu, was murdered by a gang of

armed robbers after snatching from him

a bag he was carrying which was

believed to have contained a huge

amount of money.

The Public Relations Officer at the Tin-

Can Island Command of the NCS, Mr.

Uche Ejieseme, had disclosed in

December, 2016, that the officer, who

until his death, was attached to the

‘Ashaye‘ exit gate of the port, was killed

at about 10pm on his way home after

work. The Command spokesman also

said that it was not clear whether the

killing was an act of armed robbery or


According to him; “the officer was

blocked while he was on a motorcycle

around National Filling station close to

Tin-Can. The late officer had a little

scuffle with the assailants as they

attempted to snatch his bag”.

Vanguard gathered that the Inspector

General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, swiftly

deployed his operatives at the IRT to trail

and apprehend all the suspects involved

in the killing when he received reports

on the death of the custom officer.

Sources disclosed that a mobile phone

belonging to the deceased officer was

trailed to Tolu area of Ajegunle and

found on one Lucky Williams who

eventually confessed during

interrogation to have taken part in the


His arrest also led to the arrest of a

clearing and forwarding agent,

Humphrey Aimodu, operating mainly

at Tin-Can Island Port and who was

said to have been the mastermind of

the robbery as he worked closely with

the the custom officer. Four others

arrested with him were identified as

Fayero Egbato, Bolaji Taiwo, Samuel

Akinjoye and Abraham Lots.

I told the boy to rob, not to kill him

—clearing agent

When Vanguard interviewed one of

the suspects, Aimodu, the clearing and

forwarding agent, he confessed that he

only contracted the robbers to rob the

custom officer and not to kill him,

adding that he told the boys not to use

guns while robbing the officer. The 33-

year-old suspect, who is a native of Edo

State explained that he was only trying

to raise some money to celebrate the

While we waited, Humphrey

informed us that the man

was coming, so I alerted

Lucky, Bolaji, Ibro and

Ochuko, who attacked the

man. But before I got to

where they were, I heard a

gun shot. I didn’t know that

the man was killed

last Christmas season. According

to him “It all started on December

20, 2016, five days to Christmas

and I was having a conversation

with one of my colleagues, Edet

Bassy, a clearing agent and I told

him how broke I was since we

weren’t working the way we used

to as the price of dollar has

affected the volume of

importation. I told him I had no

money to celebrate the Christmas

with my family and he suggested

we could rob ASC Aliyu working

at the second gate, where he

checked and signed clearing

documents. He told me that the

man normally took N8million

home everyday as he had been

monitoring the officer for a long

time. He also said that sometimes,

he observed that the man would

changes the money to dollar so

that it would be easy for him to

carry. He told me that he could

not do the job because the man

knew him while I also told him

that the man knew me as well.

We then agreed that I should

arrange some boys from the

outside who would do the job. I

later called one of my friends

known as Samson, an Ilaje boy

who was living in Tolu area of

Agegunle and was familiar with

bad boys operating around Tolu.

He then linked me with one

Abraham Lots, who he said could

do the job. By the evening of the

following day, Lots sent two of his

boys to me and asked me to take

them to the gate where the officer

was working. I took them there

and showed them the man. After

some hours they told us that they

could not carry out the operation

as they weren’t fully

prepared. Then I told

them not to use guns

whenever they wanted to

rob the man. On 22

December, around 9pm

they called me saying

they had robbed the man

and I should meet them

in Adidas field Tolu.

When I got there I saw

more than eight persons

and I learnt that there was

a gun shot. When I asked

why they shot the man

they told me that the man

tried to struggle with

them when they wanted to

snatch the bag and they

shot him on the leg. When

they opened the bag I saw

N500,000 and I took

N50,000. The next day I

heard that the custom

officer was dead and he

was killed by armed

robbers. I sensed trouble

and I stopped going to

work. Then on December

28, 2016, Samson called

me and said some of the

boys who carried out the

robbery have been

arrested by the police and

he said I should not go to

Tin-Can that the police

would be looking for me.

I went back home and

moved my wife and

children to Mowe Ibafo

where I was eventually

arrested on January 2017.

It was devil that led me

into this”, he lamented.

How we carried out the


Narrating how they

carried out the robbery

and the eventual killing of

ASC Aliyu, Samuel

Akinjoye, a 36-year-old

native of Ilaje Local Government Area

of Ondo State, said “I am a local

fisherman and I am also into oil

bunkering and that was where I met

Lucky. I stayed in Mogaji area of

Ajegunle with my wife and children.

Abraham Lots, who we normally call

Ibro, called me and told me about the

job, then I called my friend Lucky and

we all met Samson who gave us three

days to do the job and I told them that

I do not have a gun. When they took

us to the man, I discovered that we

could not rob the man without a gun.

The following day, Lucky brought one

Bolaji who had a gun and I took them

to Samson and Lots but they told us

not to kill the man, that we should just

collect the money from him. I was

asked to get a motorcycle while Lucky

and Bolaji should get a speed boat

which we would use to escape. I took

the bike to second gate and Humphrey

asked us to wait for the man. While we

waited, Humphrey informed us that the

man was coming, so I alerted Lucky,

Bolaji, Ibro and Ochuko, who attacked

the man. But before I got to where they

were, I heard a gun shot. I didn’t know

that the man was killed.”

Why the deceased was shot


In his own account, Lucky William,

29-year-old native of Cross River state

who snatched the bag containing the

money from the custom officer said,

“when we held the man he was

struggling with us and wanted to fight

everyone. Bolaji was the one holding

the gun and I didn’t know what came

over him before he shot the man who

then released the bag immediately. I

ran with the bag and we all escaped

through the waters to Tolu where we

shared the money in the bag. I also

got N50,000 as my share” he stated.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017—43

Bishop Chioma

Grace Dauji

By Ebun Sessou &

Jumoke Kolawole

Bishop Chioma Grace Dauji, is the

founder of Amazing Grace

Pentecostal Church Worldwide and the

CEO of Great Life Changer Foundation

International. She is an influential woman

of God and an excellent proof of the

unlimited capability and potentials of a

woman. She celebrated her birthday

recently. In this interview, the Bishop speaks

on how she started her ministry with “Area


How did you start your ministry?

It started at Ojuelegba roundabout as an

NGO with some “Area boys” (miscreants).

I also worked with some less privileged

persons, the bus drivers, the drug addicts,

smokers and I later went to Ayilara to

preach to the prostitutes. That was how the

ministry started.

How will you explain the mission and

vision of the church?

Our main vision is to bring together the

How I started my

ministry with ex-convicts,

‘area boys’ – Bishop Dauji

Women know how to

handle things better

than men when it

comes to dealing with


less privileged, to evangelize and present a

visible demonstration of the love and power of

God in line with God’s plan for mankind with

the message of salvation, hope and revival.

The mission of the church is to teach the

undiluted life-changing and profitable word

of God to the people, to bring people to the

knowledge of God in order for them to

realize their divinely ordained destiny. To

establish and run rehabilitation centers,

orphanages, schools and such other

educational, social and spirit filled centers.

To educate and empower members to improve

their general well-being, to raise

missionaries who will take the message of

salvation to all corners of the world

according to the biblical great

commission as well as strengthen

Christian marriages and families.

What are the challenges of being

a female Bishop?

There are lots of challenges I had

faced in the past. As an African, it is a

taboo for a female to be a Bishop but

I am not discouraged. I stay focused.

As a Christian, I have a convincing

call from God. If you know what God

has called you for, it is important to

work towards it without any


Unfortunately, people believe that

women should be seen but not heard

but by the grace of God I have passed

that level.

Any regret so far?

I don’t have any regret. But I have

been highly challenged in this

ministry in so many ways. There were

times where evangelism turned to

abuses, however, it is part of the


...And your moments of joy?

The moment I appreciated most in

the ministry was when a sick person

was brought to the church. He was

brought without any help not even a

member of his family was around to

take care of him. They thought he would

die but with prayer and fasting he was

brought to life. Another moment was

when an ex-convict, a notorious armed

robber was brought to the Church. It

was a difficult decision to take care

of him but I thank God that I did what

was right by admitting him with all

his many challenges. Today, he is

doing well and I am happy.

How do you cope with your male


Although, it has been challenging

with the men in the ministry but they

understand the vision and mission of

the church and they know that I am

not doing anything without God’s

guidance. As Africans, men would

want to take you for granted but my

male pastors have been encouraging.

I stand as a mother, I don’t look down

on them, I respect them a lot and we

work as a team.

What are the achievements of the


There have been tremendous

achievements. The ministry started 20

years ago. Those who were

worshiping at Ikoyi, Badagry, Kirikiri

Female prison can testify to the

achievements. Whenever, a prisoner

was released, he or she was integrated

into the ministry. Some years ago,

Lagos State Government gave me 90

armed robbers to mentor them.

Today, these armed robbers are


We are also identifying with the

grassroots by way of sport (football).

The ministry also sponsors youths

education. We have sponsored seven

youths to higher institutions, and

twenty-seven into secondary schools.

God has been helping us. Presently,

the ministry empowers about one

thousand widows every month and we

take care of them.

44—SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Immediately Stephen Keshi got

the Eagles coaching job in

November 2011 there were two

people he searched for. They were

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Noel


I joined in the search and led him

to Okorougo's house in Asokoro,

Abuja. Noel lives in Geneva,

Switzerland but had a house in

Abuja. He held useful talks with

Chief Okorougo. Abdulrahman was

not in the country at that time, and

Keshi had to schedule a meeting for

another time.

Why was he looking for these


Keshi had been around long

enough in Nigerian football to

know who could help him

succeed. There are

people who always do

a lot behind the scene.

They are not loud.

They work silently and

achieve results that

many would attribute

to some “noise


Noel was the sports

financier who also

marketed Nigeria

to earn a fat Nike

contract shortly after

the USA '94 World

Cup. But he did a lot

more for Nigerian

football behind the

scene. Many players at

that time would easily

attribute their success to

the leads Noel exposed

them to.

Abdulrahman was

another silent worker. He is

a Nigerian whose

knowledge of the game is

tremendous, and whose passion

and support for football know no







•With Late Uche Okafor

•Abdulrahman with Jay Jay Okocha

•With Onochie Anibeze

How many people know that he

set up Abuja FC sponsored by


Imet Abdulrahman in January

1998 in Burkina Faso while

covering the Nations Cup. He wore

a Nigerian track suit at the VIP Box

in one of the matches. His attire

attracted me. Who could this be, I

asked? Nigeria was serving the ban

for refusing to play in the 1996

edition in South Africa. World hero

Nelson Mandela had condemned

Nigeria's General Sani Abacha for

executing Ken Saro-Wiwa and the

diplomatic impasse that followed

led Abacha to pull Nigeria out of

the competition that the country was

the defending champion, having

won the last tournament in Tunisia

in 1994.

So I was surprised to see a

Nigerian who came to watch the

Nations Cup that Nigeria was not

part of. He must love the game. I

approached him, and we discussed.

It did not take a long time for me to

note the passion in him.

He was also at France '98 World

Cup, but my trips to different cities

of France in pursuit of stories did

not make it possible for us to meet.

But in the next Nations Cup

competition, he served as a pundit

for Vanguard and his points made

interesting reading. From Nations

Cup to European Championships

and to the World Cups and Olympic

Games Abdulrahman moves

around with a bubbling enthusiasm

for sports. And he supports sports

men and women in various ways.

Little wonder Keshi searched for him

as when it is about sports he gives it

his all.

Tomorrow is February 5,

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq's

birthday that usually falls in the thick

of the Africa Nations Cup. And the

Eagles usually celebrate with him

as some pf the pictures here show.

•Abdulrahman ( right ) watches as

Late Stephen Keshi, Amodu Shaibu,

Uche Okafor and another friend

mark his birthday in Mali

Rather than discuss his life on his

birthday, this son of the famous

Abdulrazaq, a first republic minister

from Kwara, was as usual, talking

sports yesterday, espousing his longheld

view that “Sports can be better

in Nigeria if the government decides

to prepare the grounds for its

development. The private sector

would be attracted later, but the

enabling environment must first be

there.” More excerpts:


We have villages, towns, Local

Government Areas, etc. How many

play grounds do we have in these

areas? If every Local Government

tries to develop one playground (not

necessarily stadium) you can't

believe what can come up from that

level. Just a play ground with a

soccer pitch and one track field.

When we have that, we will be

developing the culture of sports.

Those who can can afford it may

include multipurpose court. You

can't have such infrastructure and

talents don't spring up from such



The Ministry of Education should

ensure that schools develop sports

facilities. These were in our schools

before. How can we have schools

without sports grounds? The schools

remain the best grounds to discover

and begin to nurture sports

potentials. Sports may not develop

if the Ministry of Sports does not

have some synergy with the Ministry

of Education. They must see the

reason to work together for sports

development. The sports ministry

should know the programmes in

schools so that they can send coaches

to scout for talents. Our tertiary

institutions must begin to do sports

again and award sports

scholarships to deserving students.


Competitions are important from

the local government areas to

schools and zones. Ministry of

Education must organise

competitions among schools in the

zones and the state. The Ministry of

He is a Nigerian

whose knowledge

of the game is

tremendous, and

whose passion and

support for football

know no bounds

•Amodu Shaibu and other friends

marking Abdulrahman’s birthday

Sports can support with technical

hands and send coaches to scout for

talents. The schools will remain the

base for any sports revolution we

intend to carry out if the government

decides to develop sports and make

it an industry. Some residential

estates should be encouraged to

develop playgrounds too. They can

afford them. It is just that we have

not started developing such a sports

culture. With infrastructure comes

talent hunting and nurturing.

School competitions will be there,

but there should be a big National

School Sports Festival like they

have in Jamaica. Whoever wins any

event in such a competition is likely

to be a national and international

star. Many of the top athletes from

Jamaica were champions of the

school sports competitions. Usain

Bolt is a product of the school

competition. Same with Powell and

many others. In America, it is the

Collegiate system. The universities

are the grounds where stars are

made. We can develop a good

structure that makes competitions

classy from the zones to the school

games and at the universities. That

way, we can have local champions

and elite athletes who can be world



At the professional level (if there's

anything like that in Nigeria) our

pro league clubs are still running

without feeder teams, teams that

should be playing their own league.

It can be worked out. Players and

coaches need to be on contracts, and

such contracts must be respected.

Our clubs can be better run. Club

base is important. We have the

population for the homes of our

clubs to support them massively like

they do in Europe and other places.

There should be ways of enriching

the clubs and making them more

viable. Something must be done to

officiating. Recently, things

appeared to have improved, but we

can still do better. We still need

facilities and good pitches in our


When we have top athletes that

companies would want to identify

with, then sponsorship will impact

positively. When we have athletes the

corporate bodies can sponsor and

benefit from the visibility such

would expose them to; I bet you

many companies would want to

come into sports. Some may even

want to invest in the development

and not just promotion of sports if

the bright prospects are there.

The government must think of

ways to fund sports. The National

Lottery is one, but they are not taking

it seriously. It generates so much

money in Britain and other places. I

think that we have the potential to

be a big sports country, but the

government must lead the way for

the private sector to follow. This is

my position for our sports.”

Well said Abdulrahman. I wish you

many happy returns. Happy

Birthday, sir!

In Libreville, Gabon, where

I am writing this piece

from, we are just a day

from knowing who will be the

champion of the 31st edition of

the Africa Cup of Nations.

It has been an educative three

weeks in this central African

country, which has more


than it does

citizens, who

have been

less than

interested in

t h e


And not just

for the

reason that

the national team, ‘Les

Panthers’ (The Panthers), did

not reach its knockout stages.

As I do not need to remind

any Nigerian, the Super Eagles

are the most notable absentees

from this tournament, as they

were from the one before it, in

Equatorial Guinea.

It is a fact that colleagues

from every part of the continent

have never failed to remind me

of, since I got here. Their

painful jibes, about

Nigeria’sfour-year absence

(which will, hopefully, end in

2019) from the Africa Cup of

Nations, do not fail to grate.

But the ones that were the

hardest to swallow were from a

person very familiar to

Nigerians – Cameroon’s

Joseph-Antoine Bell, the

former Marseille and Saint

Etienne goalkeeper, who won

the Cup of Nations with the

Indomitable Lions in 1984, in

Cote D’Ivoire and four years

later in Morocco – both at

Nigeria’s expense.

Bell is working as a

tournament match analyst for

A Nations Cup encounter

with ‘Jojo' Bell

Radio France International


“Jojo,” as he is fondly known,

was with me in in Franceville,

where we both watched the very

terse quarter-finalbetween his

country and Senegal's Lions of

Teranga, which took a penalty

shootout to resolve, in his

country’s favour.

After the match ended, we sat

together in the shuttle bus that

took us back to Franceville


airport, in order to catch my 1am

flight back to Libreville.

"Jojo” began to boast that

Cameroon, with just two points

in the final round of 2018 World

Cup qualifiers, while Nigeria's

Super Eagles have SIX - will

still snatch the ticket.

He began to remind me of

how many times Nigeria has

been bested by Cameroon. The

great Roger Milla, who was also

in the bus, smiled as Bell talked.

This bus was full of


including former Real

Madrid player


excitedly listening to

all Bell said, in English

and French. (He speaks

both languages


Senegal's El

HadjiDiouf, who was

still feeling the pain of

the defeat to Cameroon,

was in the bus too, poor

chap. The embrace that

Milla gave him was

little consolation.

SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 45

Besides myself, Colin Udoh–

who needs no introduction - was

the only other Nigerian in the

bus. But Colin decided to keep

quiet, while Nigeria's football

honour was under attack and

being rubbished by Jojo.

But I could not be quiet and I

had to answer back. The

disrespect to Nigeria was too

much to swallow.

"Yes, you have beaten us in

three AFCON final games," I

told Jojo.

"But you know, very well, that

only your victory in 1984 was


“The second, at Morocco

1988, we were cheated. Roger

[Milla] tricked the referee

(Idrissa Saar of Mauritania) into

giving him a fake penalty. And

the clean goal of Henry Nwosu

was disallowed as being

offside," I told him.

"As for the 2000 Nations Cup,

the Tunisian referee

(MouradDaami) denied us a

penalty goal that Victor Ikpeba

scored. We have been cheated

many times in the AFCON

final,” I reminded Bell.

"We are in the World Cup

qualifying driving seat now and

you will never take over. We beat

Zambia away and Zambia

disgraced you at home. And we

will do the same to you," I said

to him.

But Jojo did not let up, telling

me that Nigerian players

always tremble when they face

the Indomitable Lions and they

will never get over this mental


“Any time Nigeria face

Cameroon, they are scared.

They have an inferiority

complex that they cannot

overcome and we are going to

use that to beat your team, at

home,” Jojo said.

That was a stinging insult to

Nigeria, which I was certainly

not going to let go. "August will

soon be here and you shall see,"

I told him.

Let anyone tell me that

football is just an ordinary game

or that national pride and

honour is not at stake, when

games are played.

The Nigeria Football

Federation - and Amaju Pinnick

particularly - better not tell me

- or any Nigerian for that matter,

any cock and bull story about

Russia 2018. We MUST be


After failing to qualify for two

successive AFCON finals – our

worst period since making our

debut, at the 1976 finals in

Ethiopia - and with none of

Nigeria's teams, including the

U-20 and U-17 teams - playing

in any African or FIFA

competition this year, Nigeria

and Nigerians have suffered

enough football humiliation.

I believe that with the players

Nigeria now have and with the

serious-minded coach that we

also have, in Gernot Rohr, we

shall beat Algeria and

Cameroon to the ticket - AS


PART and ensure the coach and

players are given what is

required to deliver.

What happens if we don’t

qualify? Let’s not even think

about that... Failure is not an

option for Nigeria.There will be

no place in Nigeria that will be

big enough to hide Pinnick and

the current NFF board, should

we fail to get to Russia.

A six-year absence from

competitive international

football, for the Super Eagles –

which will happen, if we do not

make it to the 2018 World Cup

finals - is a possibility that

cannot be contemplated.

Arsenal partner MTN Nigeria

Arsenal partner MTN Nigeria

Arsenal Football Club have

entered into a partnership

with MTN, Nigeria’s largest

mobile network operator. MTN will

become Arsenal’s Official Mobile

Telecommunications Network

partner in Nigeria.

The partnership will see MTN offer

a number of exclusive Arsenal

related benefits to the club’s large

following in Nigeria as well as to

MTN’s vast subscriber base. MTN

will offer its customers access to a

range of match and player exclusive

content including match highlights,

club news, interviews and club


Through Arsenal’s digital platforms,

MTN will also be able to

engage directly with supporters in

Nigeria. Promotional and marketing

activities featuring Arsenal first-team

players and club legends will further

enhance MTN’s engagement with

Arsenal supporters. Arsenal will also

send specialist coaches to undertake

annual coaching clinics as part of

MTN’s marketing activities in


Arsenal has fantastic support in

Nigeria, with the club’s largest

website traffic outside the UK coming

from the country. In addition to

this, the club’s second highest

number of digital members and third

largest Twitter following comes from


Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer,

Vinai Venkatesham, said: “Arsenal

has huge support in Nigeria, in part

due to Kanu Nwankwo and the

recent emergence of Alex Iwobi into

the first team. This partnership with

MTN will really help us engage with

these passionate fans on a regular

and personal basis. We are expecting

MTN’s Arsenal exclusive content to

be very popular among our support-

ers, as well as followers of football

generally. This is our second regional

partnership in Nigeria and fifth in

Africa. It really underlines our

commitment and the level of support

we have on the continent.”

Also speaking on the partnership,

MTN’s General Manager, Consumer

Marketing, Richard Iweanoge said

that the partnership is another way

MTN is connecting

with the

passion of




Adidas tasks athletes on creativity

Adidas has unveiled a glo

bal campaign underlining the

brand’s aggressive pursuit for creativity

to push the boundaries of


The new campaign, titled “Unleash

Your Creativity,” is told

through a female athlete’s lens and

stars supermodel Karlie Kloss,

Hannah Bronfman, Robin Arzon,

WNBA All-Star Candace Parker

and soccer star, Becky Sauerbruns.

“Like this campaign, creativity enables

me to accomplish more and

follow my passions. It is inspiring

to work alongside this incredible

group of women and help each other

achieve our personal goals,” said

Karlie Kloss.

“Unleash Your Creativity” builds

upon the brand’s belief that hard

work only gets you so far. The campaign

includes a multi-athlete TV

spot and short film series that

brings to life authentic stories of 15

female athletes around the globe

who use creativity to defy conventions,

reinvent routine, create their

own path and inspire others to make

a difference in sport.

Karlie Kloss’ film highlights how

she uses her imagination to make

a difference in the world while

Candace Parkershows how she

uses creativity to shape her style

of play and elevate her game.

Dancer and fitness influencer Ally

Love inspires women to unleash

their own creativity daily from her

motivational spin classes to charging

up an arena as host of the

Brooklyn Nets. Ruqsana Begum is

a British and European Kick-Boxing

champion who blazed a trail for

Muslim women to access sport.

Running coach Jessie Zapo found

a way to open her sport to a new

generation of runners. USWNT

Captain Becky Sauerbrunn uses

her creativity in soccer to challenge

her opponents on the field and win


46 —SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017

Moses eyes

redemption in

Arsenal rematch

If, as widely expected,

Chelsea go on to lift the

Premier League trophy, one

game in their title-winning

campaign will surely be

remembered as the most

significant for manager

Antonio Conte.

Forget the 4-0 rout of

Manchester United in

October when returning

manager Jose Mourinho

was humiliated. Or the 5-0

victory over Everton in

November when everything

went right and Eden Hazard

briefly resembled Lionel

Messi. Or even the comefrom-behind

win at

Manchester City the

following month that firmly

installed the team as title


The defining 90 minutes of

Chelsea’s season will likely

be a loss that led to some

serious soul-searching and,

critically, a change in


A 3-0 loss at Arsenal on

Sept. 24 bewildered Conte.

He saw his team playing as

individuals, with the wrong

attitude, the wrong balance

Zinedine Zidane’s Real

Madrid are only two

games away from equalling the

club record of scoring in 41

consecutive matches.

Only Celta Vigo in Balaidos on

Sunday, and Osasuna at the

Estadio El Sadar next

Saturday, February 11, are the

obstacles to overcome.

If Los Blancos can score in both

matches, the game in which

they could set a new mark

would be against Jose

Callejon’s Napoli in the

Champions League.

Real are the only team in the

top five European leagues that

has managed to score in every

game that they have played this

season (a total of 34).

The last match time that they

failed to find the net was in the

first leg of the Champions

League semi-final against

Manchester City.

and with no identity. The

only good thing to come

out of that ill-fated trip to

Emirates Stadium was a

second-half switch to a 3-4-3

formation, which finally put

Conte’s imprint on his new

side and was there to stay.

From a low ebb — eighth in

the standings, to be precise

— Chelsea haven’t looked

back. Fifteen wins from 17

matches later, Chelsea host

Arsenal for their return

game today with a

nine-point lead and

with mostobservers

saying t h e

title h a s




“ I think,”




could be

a good


Madrid chase

scoring record

Tottenham are fully aware

that they have a star in

their ranks in Dele Alli and are

not willing to let him leave the

club unless an offer exceeding

•100 million arrives for the 20-

year-old. That price, however,

might not be enough to repel

the interest of Real Madrid and

Bayern Munich - two teams

said to be monitoring his


The Times say that the fee

Up to



t h e




close to

shattering the record. Jose

Mourinho’s side almost set the

new mark during season 11/

12, and in 87/88 and 88/89 Leo

Beenhakker came within a


The first time Real managed

such a high number of

consecutive scoring games

came when Santiago

Bernabeu was president,

between the seasons of 51/52

and 52/53.

Zidane’s team have already

managed to beat the streak of

games without losing, and

now seem ready to continue

making history.

Tottenham slap •100m price tag on Alli

that brought Gareth Bale to

Real Madrid would have to be

outdone in order to poach the

player from Mauricio

Pochettino’s side. They did

not specify a price but Bale’s

fee was in the region of •100

million. Alli signed a new fiveyear-deal

with the club and

also received a boost in his pay

for his emergence as one of the

best young players in





for us to

s h o w

that, now,

we are a




His view

w a s


by Victor


who has

s i n c e

t h a t

defeat to


b e e n

converted to

a wing-back

and is


of a


i n


we are on top,

we need to win the

match and redeem


from that

defeat, which

hurt us so much”,

said the Nigerian


That’s already been proven.

David Luiz looks like a

different player with more

freedom as a libero in a back

three. Unheralded pair

Marcos Alonso and Victor

Moses have excelled as

wingbacks, central midfielder

N’Golo Kante is possibly the

most influential player in the

league, while forwards

Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez

have been outstanding

without having so much

defensive responsibility as

part of a front three with topscorer

Diego Costa.

The team are more streetwise

and organized, as shown

in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool

on Tuesday when Chelsea

absorbed lots of early

pressure from the home side

before growing into the game

and being a late penalty miss

from Costa away from



IGHALO: Exponent of

Chinese football’s

boom time

Changchun Yatai made

Odion Ighalo the sixthmost

expensive player in the

history of the Chinese Super

League late last month, as

Watford received 23.5 million

euros for the player who

helped mastermind their

return to the Premier League

big time.

His new club had previously

been modest with their

transfer dealings, but took the

plunge to ensure that their

profile and reputation within

football received a welcome


Clubs such as Shanghai SIPG,

Jiangsu Suning, Guangzhou

Evergrande, Shanghai

Shenhua, Hebei China

Fortune and newly-promoted

Tianjin Quanjian have been

the teams to make the most

headlines during the last year

due to their signings.

They are backed by big

business, except for

Changchun Yatai, but Ighalo’s

new club recently decided to

steer themselves away from

being financially prudent and

take a big step forward in


I’m not

thinking of


Sergio Aguero will not

seek a move away from

Manchester City at the end

of this season and is willing

to fight for a starting spot at

the Etihad Stadium,

according to the Argentina

striker’s agent

Aguero is in the familiar

position of being City’s top

scorer, with 18 goals in 25

appearances this term, but he

has fresh competition for his

place as the club’s attacking

spearhead in the form of

Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus lined up flanked by

Leroy Sane and Raheem

Sterling as Aguero looked

on from the bench at London

Stadium on Wednesday,

where the livewire trio

proceeded to tear West Ham

to ribbons in a 4-0 victory.

City boss Pep Guardiola

praised Jesus’ aggression

and pressing after the match

– cutting a contrast with his

calls earlier in the campaign

for Aguero to improve his allround

contribution, around

the time he left the 28-yearold

on the bench against

Barcelona at Camp Nou in



terms of being a sporting

project. It must be

remembered that their most

expensive signing up until this

point was Bolivian player

Marcelo Moreno, who cost

2.5m euros two seasons ago.

Ighalo’s arrival is a statement

from Changchun, who will be

featuring in this season’s

Super League after

completing a great escape last

term. With four games left to

play, they needed six points

for survival, but Lee Jang-Soo

masterminded the miracle

turn-around and achieved

safety on the final day

Jang-Soo will be looking to get

the same performance levels

out of Ighalo as Quique

Sanchez Flores did last season

for Watford, when the Nigeria

international was one of the

revelations of the Premier

League campaign a n d

scored 14

goals in the

first half of

the season.


Real Madrid have been

linked with a move for the

former Atletico Madrid man,

but his representative

Hernan Reguera assured the

player is content with his

current situation in


“Yes, he is very, very happy

– he will be there next

season,” he told The


Asked whether Aguero was

willing to contest his favoured

central attacking berth with

Jesus, who can also be

deployed on the left, Reguera

replied: “No problem.”


SATURDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 — 47

Ronaldinho back

at Barca

It has been confirmed that

Barcelona legend Ronaldinho

will return to the club in an ambassadorial


The Brazilian won two LaLiga

titles and the Champions League

during a distinguished five-year

spell at the Camp Nou.

Nine years after his departure

from Catalonia as a player, the

36-year-old’s new position will

see him perform such duties as

representing the club at official

events and functions and playing

for the Barcelona Legends

team in matches around the


The deal will also see ‘soccer

schools’ currently run by

Ronaldinho brought into line

with those run by Barca.

“I have a lot of friends here,”

the World Cup winner told

Mundo Deportivo. “I have a history

and a big part of my life


“I am very happy to have the

opportunity to come home.”


Cameroon set

for AFCON final

Egypt will attempt to win the

fourth consecutive Africa Cup

of Nations in which they have

competed when they face

Cameroon in tomorrow’s final.

The Pharaohs, among the

tournament favourites from the

outset in Gabon, were victorious

in 2006, 2008 and 2010 before

failing to qualify for the next three

editions in 2012, 2013 and 2015.