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08042018 - Education in free fall! •Sector gets paltry N3.9 trillion out of N55.19 trillion in 10 years

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PAGE 6— SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 8, 2018 OFFA BANK ROBBERY Seven suspects arrested •Gov. Ahmed announces N5m bounty By Demola Akinyemi Kwara State Police Commissioner,Mr Lawan Ado, said, yesterday, that seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the Thursday bloody bank robbery attack in Offa. Some police officers and residents had been killed by armed bandits in the coordinated attack while over N50m were said to have been carted away from affected banks. Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed also announced N5 million for information that could lead to the arrest of the armed robbers. Senate President Bukola Saraki , who paid a condolence visit to Offa, yesterday, called for the overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure in order to solve the problem of insecurity. Ado, the CP, spoke at a press conference held at the police headquarters. “ Seven suspects have been arrested, one at Igosun Road and six others at different locations in Offa. They are helping us in our investigation,” he said. “The number of injured victims is yet to be ascertained as they are receiving treatment in different hospitals. “ The CP regretted that the robbers had killed 17 persons comprising nine policemen/ women in the police station in Offa and eight residents in the streets /banks. He added:” Five banks and one finance house were attacked. “As callous and as unfortunate as the attack was,the casualty figure in the incident was 17 and not 30 as erroneously reported by some media platforms. “The Inspector General of Police has ordered a full investigation and has directed his Intelligence Response Team and others to assist in getting all the hoodlums arrested”. Enugu police nab herdsman with AK47 By Dennis Agbo A gun-totting herdsman has been arrested by Enugu State Police Command. The command’s public relations officer, DSP Ebere Amaraizu disclosed this in statement yesterday. Amaraizu said the arrest followed prompt response to a distress call and intelligence information “which led to the arrest of a suspected herder and the recovery of one Ak47 riffle with 7.62 ammunition.” He further disclosed that By Henry Umoru STRONG indications have emerged that the Federal Government is in a dilemma over the amnesty that is being considered for repentant Boko Haram members. According to a source, the confusion on whether to jettison the idea of amnesty or not came up following the appearance in a video by one of Boko Haram commanders swapped for the 82 Chibok girls less than three days after the release of the girls in which he threatened government. It was also gathered that government is disturbed on the issue of amnesty because of the claim that the said commander, identified as Shuaibu Moni, led the Easter Day attacks on some communities in the suburb of Maiduguri, Borno State capital. There are reports that a splinter group of the insurgents, led by Moni, was responsible for the the arrest was made at a farmland located at Isigwe-Ugbawka, in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State. “The suspected herder is now helping the police operatives in their full scale investigations. “Following the arrest and recovery, the state Police Commissioner, Danmallam Mohammed, visited the farmland and the community in company of his officers and notable indigene of the area, Comrade Fidelis Edeh, and a local government councillor in Easter Day attacks on Bale Kura, Bale Shuwarin, Jamine and Alikaramti in Jere local government near Maiduguri, in which no fewer than 20 persons lost their lives and 83 others wounded. Intelligence available to the administration, it was learnt, indicated that following the Jere attack, the swapped commander appeared to have opened the third splinter group in Boko Haram, thus making the proposed amnesty programme a tough task. It was also gathered that the growing number of wings of insurgents has led to what is described as “end-game” activities of kidnapping and suicide bombing against Nigerians. While government was said to have kept its side of the bargain as stated by the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, that the insurgents’ only condition was a cessation of hostilities and temporary ceasefire, to pave the way for the return the area, Peter Edeh,” Amaraizu said. He said the commissioner of police commended the effort of the community, with their timely and useful information which led to the arrest of the herder and the recovery. The police stated that the command must continue to partner with communities under community safety partnership of the community policing policy, to ensure that the communities continue to remain safe and secured. FG in dilemma over Boko o Haram amnesty of the Dapchi girls, it was learnt that further attacks by the insurgents since then have been threatening the amnesty plan. Following the release of the recently captured Dapchi girls by Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the intention of his administration to put the issue of insurgency-influenced kidnappings and violence Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed (r); Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Government House, Mr Adefila Olaitan (2nd l); a victim of the Offa bank robbing, (l) and relatives of the victim, during the Governor’s visit to victims at the General Hospital, Ilorin, yesterday. President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, with the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, yesterday, during Saraki’s visit to Offa to commiserate with victims and bereaved families following the bank robbery in the town on Thursday. Photo from the Office of the President of the Senate. to rest by offering amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members. Sources however said that the unfolding cracks in the Boko Haram system and pressure from the Western countries, who do not buy the idea of alleged payment of ransom for the release of captives, are combining to create the dilemma within government. For instance, a number of newspapers in the Western countries, including the Daily Telegraph of London and a Canada-based online outfit, have criticised the alleged payment of ransom for kidnappings in Nigeria, just as some diplomats and local advisers might have intimated government with the need for caution in the bid to make concessions to insurgents. The Daily Telegraph of C London had reported recently that behind the scenes, some diplomats and influential advisers have “bitterly opposed the decision to make concessions.” Some of those knowledgeable about global insurgency were also said to have questioned the role of the Swiss government which was said to have “influenced Buhari” because they wanted to take glory for the release of the hostages. Maritime University: Aginighan, Ex-NDDC boss, hails Buhari The directive of President Muhammadu Buhari on the take-off of the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko has received commendation from a former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Pastor Power ZiakedeAginighan. In statement in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, Aginighan, who is a member of the State Caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stated: ‘When then Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo assured the Niger Delta leaders during his historic visit to Delta State in January 2017, that the takeoff of the Maritime University was a done deal, many cynics dismissed it as mere politics. The recent inauguration of the University Governing Council by Mr President, coming up after the release of the take-off funds for the institution, has shown that the presentFederal Government means well for the Niger Delta region.’ Aginighan congratulated Chief Timipre Sylva on his appointment as the Pro- Chancellor/Chairman of the Governing Council of the university and prayed God to grant the Council the courage to provide purposeful leadership to enable the university deliver on its mission and vision. He also The planned visit of former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to Ekiti State has been rejected by the state government, telling the former governor to “take his advocacy for peace to other parts of the country where security of lives and property is under threat, not Ekiti State that even the police adjudged as the most peaceful State in the country.” Kalu, who is acting as the Chairman, Advisory Board for the National Movement for Re-election of President Muhammadu commended the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Maureen EngoibiEtebu and the University Management for their sacrifices, hardwork and resilence in bringing the dream of the University to a reality. While thanking the both Buhari, has embarked on tour of the South-West purportedly to advocate for peace, fairness and unity of the country with a view to rallying support for the President’s second term bid in 2019. However, Ekiti State government said in a statement yesterday by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka:”There is no threat to peace and unity of Nigeria from Ekiti State for anyone, including Orji Kalu, to address. Therefore, chambers of the National Assembly for the patriotic steps taken so far on providing the enabling law for the university, Aginighan appealed to the legislature to fast-track any further action required to enable Mr President give his assent. Ekiti rejects Orji Kalu’s ‘peace advocacy’ visit he should not expect to be welcomed to any palace in Ekiti State.” The government urged traditional rulers in the state to ignore the former Abia State governor, saying: “It is an insult on the collective sensibilities of Ekiti people, whose only benefit from the government of President Buhari is hardship occasioned by the government’s cluelessness for anyone to hide under advocacy for peace to canvass support for the President.”

SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 8, 2018, PAGE 7 From left: Special Apostle George Ogunleye, District General Secretary, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church (AYI NI O); Special Apostle Prophet Sunday Korode, Chairman/General Leader; his wife, SP Apostle Margaret Korode; Special Apostle J Toriola, Elder of the church; SMI Tolu Akande and Most Senior Apostle Oluwatoyin Akande during the 2018 Choir Day, held under the theme, 'He :Leadeth me’, " held at the church district headquarters, Sanya Bus Stop, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos yesterday. Photos by Lamidi Bamidele TENSION IN EDO Herdsmen kill pastor or, , one other *My father was killed like a pig - Son of deceased By SIMON EBEGBULEM BENIN CITY - THERE is palpable tension in Odighi community, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, after suspected herdsmen killed two persons including Pius Eromosele, a pastor attached to the Church of God Mission, in Benin City, the Edo State capital. The pastor was said to have been allegedly killed by the herdsmen after a demand for the sum of N4million from him was not met, while another yet-to-be-identidied body was found in a shallow grave, in the farm. The decomposing body, suspected to be that of a farmer, was discovered when hunters and vigilante members went into the bush in search of the pastor. Eldest son of late Pastor Eromosele, Dr. Richard Eromosele, said his father was abducted on Thursday, March 29, and was found already decomposing in the bush on Tuesday, April 3rd. According to him, ¨I almost fainted when i saw how they brutally murdered my father¨ adding that the killers cut through his father´s skull after they shot him at close range. He stated that he reported the incident to the police and was referred to the anti-kidnapping unit but the police did not do anything to rescue his father. He further disclosed that two of his father’s workers, Kingsley and Akpan, who managed to escape from the herdsmen, narrated what happened before his father was killed. “Last (penultimate) Thursday, my mother called that she had been calling my father and that he was not picking. She later called that my father later picked and told her that he has been kidnapped by herdsmen at his farm. “The herdsmen did not use Some members of the choir performing during the 2018 Choir Day of Ayo Ni O. their phones. They were using my father’s phone and a phone of one of his workers. They demanded for N4m but we begged them that it was a holiday and could not raise such money. “I went to the police and they told me that I should call them whenever the herdsmen called for ransom payment. I did that but there was no response from the police. “The two workers that escaped told us that the herdsmen told my father that he was one of those killing their cows. “It was on Tuesday after the police failed to find my father that I begged hunters and vigilante to help me. It was during the search that we found my father. His skull was cut out with a cutlass, while his hands were also cut. “We want security agencies to protect farmers in Odighi. My father has farmed in that place for many years. How could I go into farming when my father was killed like a pig”, he lamented. 2015 Delta State APC governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor (right), and the Executive Director, Projects, EDP, on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, when the latter was awarded doctorate degree in engineering by the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, yesterday. Photo: Festus Ahon Buhari didn’t consult NASS before approving $1bn for arms purchase — Saraki By Henry Umoru SENATE President Bukola Saraki said, yesterday, that President Muhammadu Buhari did not consult with the leadership of the National Assembly before the executive approved the release of $1 billion for the purchase of arms to fight insecurity in the country. Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, had, last week, said, Buhari gave approval for the purchase of equipment for the military worth $1 billion. Saraki also said that the leadership of the National Assembly was not aware of the plan by the executive to get N4.2 billion bonds until the President wrote to the Senate and the House of Representatives seeking approval for the issuance of promissory note to offset inherited local debts. Buhari had, in the letters, said that his administration inherited by debt, just as he said that the decision to seek the approval of the National Assembly by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, was in line with the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act. The Senate President however, attributed the delay in the process of budget passage and addressing issues of security challenges in the country as well as other national issues to what he described as avoidable friction between the executive and legislative arms of government. Declaring open, yesterday, in Jos, Senate Press Corps Retreat, the Senate President who warned that the executive could not do it alone, said that if Nigeria truly wants democracy, it was imperative that the legislative arm must be strengthened at all levels of government. Saraki noted that institutions are not built on individuals but on institutions, just We will tap from our rich African traditional religion to end human traf affic icking in Edo — Oba Ewuare II By Simon Ebegbulem Oba Ewuare II of Be nin has told the Eu ropean Union (EU) that the people of the kingdom will tap from the rich African traditional religion to solve human trafficking and other social vices in Edo State. The Benin monarch spoke when he received a delegation from the European Parliament Sub-committee on Human Rights who paid the Omo N’Oba a courtesy visit. Oba Ewuare II, who addressed the delegation, noted that the people of Edo and the state government were troubled about the activities of human traffickers which he described as a form of modern day slavery. He commended the state and federal governments for taking steps to bring back stranded Nigerians in Libya just as he expressed joy over the concern shown by the European union in curbing what he described as the wicked act of some individuals against fellow Nigerians. ¨ That is why parents must look inwards for the opportunities we have here rather than encouraging their children to go abroad illegally. We are not saying that our people should not travel but they should do it the right way so they will not run into trouble”, he added. CBN, banks to disburse se N60bn facility to vulnerable “I can assure you all that in the sector ors s - Emefiele By Babajide Komolafe The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and commercial banks are set to commence disbursement of N60 billion loan facility to vulnerable sectors of the economy. Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this in Lagos, yesterday, in his keynote address at the Guardian Newspaper’s presentation of special report on financing the economy. He said: “In 2016, banks came up with an initiative where they all agreed that they would contribute five per cent of their profit after tax to support the development initiatives of governments in Nigeria. By the middle of this year, the banks would have contributed N60 billion into the fund. next few days, the CBN together with the banks would be unfolding the disbursement to the vulnerable sectors in Nigeria”. Outlining the benefits of the development finance activities initiated by the CBN to facilitate critical sectors of the economy, Emefiele said: “I must mention that of all our efforts, the most relevant to today’s theme is our development finance strategy. Aimed at diversifying the economy away from overdependence on oil revenues and consistent with its development agenda, the CBN initiated a number of development finance activities. These schemes are broad-based and spread across various sectors as follows: “The intervention schemes in the agriculture sector (including the ACGSF, CACS, NIRSAL, ABP etc.) aim to improve domestic supply of these commodities and eventually moderate pressure on foreign reserves. “Due to our strategic development finance initiatives supported by the dogged implementation of our foreign exchange restriction on certain items, we have recorded spectacular improvements in domestic production of most of these items. As a result, many local manufacturers are reporting major boosts to their revenue and profit. To give some examples, Psaltry International Limited (PIL), an agro-allied manufacturing company based in Oyo, produces starch. Before the policy, it had few customers and plenty of backlogged inventories. Today, PIL boasts over 50 multinational clients including Nestle and Unilever. The company has saved Nigeria $7 million in foreign exchange drawdown over the two years of the policy.” as he stressed that until such a psyche was was removed in our environment, the nation’s democracy will continue to be threatened. “Just few days ago, there was the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipment. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers. Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken. These are the issues we are talking about.” Arguing that the friction between the two arms of government goes beyond party affiliations the Senate President said: “Even during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, when PDP was in charge of the executive and the legislature, there were frictions. It means it is not about the party. It is not about any individual. It is about the system.” C M Y K