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CBN's new

lending policy

puts 7 banks

under pressure

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ONAIYEKAN TO

CLERICS: You’re

called to serve, not

to exploit people

10 killed, 5 injured in

fresh Katsina attack 6

Buhari can’t handle our

problems — SOYINKA

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VOL. 26: NO. 63852

MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

OLAKUNRI’S KILLING:

Soldiers may have to patrol

highways — OSINBAJO

•Nigeria descending into anarchy — OHANAEZE

•Says Economic gain responsible for spate of kidnapping

•Don’t stigmatize herdsmen — TINUBU

•As Fasoranti family, Ondo CP disagree on nature of killers

•Fish out perpetrators of Olakunri’s killing, Senate tells IGP

RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF EMEFIELE

STORY

ON PAGE

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2019 ACCESS BANK POLO —From left, GMD/CEO,

Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe; his wife, Doreen;

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; Ofovwe Aig-

Imoukhuede and her husband/Chairman, Coronation

Capital, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede at the presentation of

trophies to the winners of the 2019 Access Bank Polo held

at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor, England, UK... weekend.

From left: Prince Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State Governor; Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, former VC,

University of Lagos; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Leader/former governor of

Lagos State; Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President; Mr Godwin Emefiele,

CBN Governor/celebrant; his wife Margaret; Mr Jim Ovia, Chairman, Mr & Mrs

Zenith Bank Plc and Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State

at a reception in honour of Emefiele, held at the Civic Centre, Lagos,

yesterday. PHOTO: AKEEM SALAU. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 14

&38.

A-Court cancels vacation for

judges over polls petitions

AfCFTA: TUC to engage FG

on infrastructure, others

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HENRY BOYO

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MEMORIAL

SERVICE: From

left, Chief Olusegun

Obasanjo, Special

Guest; Chairman,

Golden Lay Farm,

Alhaji Segun

Odutola; Supreme

Head C&S

Unification in

Nigeria, Dr.

Solomon Alao;

Special Apostle

Alogbo, Chairman

C&S Okooba

District, and Mr.

Aderemi Owode,

Group Managing

Director, Chemstar

Paints Industry at

the 10th memorial

service and

launching of a book,

"Working With The

Lord," In Lagos,

yesterday.

A-Court cancels vacation for judges

over election petitions

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA—PRESIDENT of

the Court of Appeal,

Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa,

has cancelled this year’s

annual vacation for appellate

court justices, saying her

decision was informed by

enormous petitions that arose

from the 2019 general

election.

She said it had become

obvious that Court of Appeal

judges have to forfeit their

annual vacation “to enable us

entertain and determine all

appeals arising from the

various election petition

tribunals transmitted to the

court."

A statement by the head of

media at the court, Saadatu

Musa, disclosed that

Bulkachuwa conveyed her

decision to the justices via a

two-page circular transmitted

to them on July 2.

The statement read: “Justice

Bulkachuwa noted that since

these appeals were timebound,

and would arise

within the period of the

court’s vacation on July-

October, the need, therefore,

arises for them to be heard

and determined within the

said period.

“To enable the court meet

these targets, the President of

the Court of Appeal gave

explicit directives to the

presiding justices of the

various divisions to draw up

a roster in consultation with

his lordship to allow the

justices with medical

appointments or other

pressing family issues travel

for not more than 15 days

within the period.

‘’The roster that would be

drawn should be arranged in

such a manner that at any

given time, there is a threemember

panel on ground in

every division to hear and

determine appeals.

“In divisions with three

justices, only one justice can

travel at a time and the office

of the President of the Court

of Appeal is to be

immediately notified to form

a panel in that justice’s

absence should the need

arise."

According to Bulkachuwa,

appeals arising from the

National and State

Assemblies would be heard

by a local panel of three

members except where it is

controversial, then the

president will constitute and

send another panel to hear it.

On governorship appeals,

the President of the Court of

Appeal disclosed that it would

be heard by a five-member

panel to be empanelled by his

lordship. Bulkachuwa,

therefore, instructed the

presiding justices to notify

him as soon as appeals from

governorship elections were

filed to ensure their speedy

determination.

“Meanwhile, a total of

1,769 appeals were

determined and 3,517

motions disposed of by the

Court of Appeal between

January and April, 2019.

Onaiyekan to clerics: You’re called

to serve not exploit the people

By Luminous

Jannamike

ABUJA — CATHOLIC

Archbishop of Abuja,

John Cardinal Onaiyekan,

has urged clerics to avoid

taking undue advantage of

their followers, saying

religious leaders ought to be

servants of the people, not

their exploiters.

He spoke, yesterday,

during the ordination

ceremony of five new priests

at Catholic Church of the

Archangels, Gaduwa, Abuja.

Onaiyekan, who noted that

clerics were in short supply

compared to the people,

however, hinted at his

looming exit from the service

of the church.

He said: “Generally, in the

world, clerics are not enough.

So, we are glad to have more

people ordained to serve as

religious leaders.

“Every cleric is supposed to

be a servant of truth and

serve the people in humility.

Among clerics, there are some

who are focused on looking

after young people.

“We must remind them that

their calling is to holiness, and

sanctity of life for themselves

and the people, especially the

youths and children. Their

mission should be to bring

them nearer to God.”

He urged the new priests

to focus on God to overcome

temptation, especially

when they work with young

people.

The archbishop advised:

“Keep your focus on God.

You are weak but when you

work with God, you become

strong. Anytime you leave

Him, you will fall. So live

each day with the grace of

God.

“Every time I preside over

ordinations, I never know

which will be my last, I am

saying goodbye to everyone

because I am already at the

end (due for retirement).”

AfCFTA: TUC to engage FG on infrastructure,

others —New president

By Victor Young

LAGOS—

TRADE

Union Congress of

Nigeria, TUC, weekend, in

Lagos said it would engage

the Federal Government on

infrastructure development

and other related issues to

ensure Nigeria gained

from the recently signed

African Continental Free

Trade Agreement, AfCFTA.

At an interactive session

between TUC’s newly

elected National

Administrative Council,

NAC, and a cross section

of journalists, president of

the union, Quadri Olaleye,

acknowledged that there

were challenges that

needed to be addressed

now that Nigeria had signed

the trade pact, after

hesitation.

He contended that the

nation’s hesitation for over

a year before signing

AfCFTA was not misplaced

as Nigeria is confronted with

infrastructural deficiency,

among others.

He said: “While we

commend the Federal

Government for signing the

AfCFTA, in Niamey, Niger

Republic, few days ago, it is

also important to state here

without any ambiguity that

no serious country signs

such agreement and goes to

sleep.

"To benefit from the treaty,

we must get our acts right.

The reason the debate

(whether to join or not) was

on for over a year was that

we are deficient in

infrastructure.

“Second, we are a

consuming country. As a

congress, we personally

have our concerns. Power

is critical to the

manufacturing sector. We

have the population but

lack the basic infrastructure

that is capable of making

our industries thrive.

"The agreement will

further kill the economy if

we remain a consumer

nation. Our gains

essentially depend on our

ability to push our goods

across borders. That is the

No record of bandits’

attack on Atiku’s

witnesses — Police

By Kingsley

Omonobi

Aalleged BUJA.—FOLLOWING

attack by

unknown gunmen on

witnesses of Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, who were on their

way to give evidence in the

ongoing presidential

election tribunal on Friday,

the police have said there

was no record of such attack

on travellers.

Recall that some of the

witnesses said during the

attack, they barely escaped

and sustained injuries.

But the police in a

statement, yesterday, by

Mohammed Shehu,

entitled ‘Re - Tribunal

Adjourns As Bandits Attack

PDP, Atiku’s Witnesses," the

police said: “The attention of

Zamfara State Police

Command has been drawn

to the above captioned story

published by one of the

national dailies on Saturday,

July 13, 2019, in which some

witnesses, who were

travelling to Abuja from

Zamfara claimed to have

been attacked by bandits, a

situation that forced them to

only way the agreement

can be fair to us.

"The energy sector has to

be improved upon to boost

productivity and lower cost

of production, and also

source raw materials locally.

We must make free trade

agreement serve our

interest.”

Olaleye said TUC would

engage the government on

some of the issues needed

for Nigeria to benefit from

the trade pact.

He argued that it had

become imperative for the

country to expand its

productive base and make

efforts to create an

environment that would

support productive

activities within the

economy.

scamper into the bush.

“It is pertinent to

categorically state that as far

as Zamfara State is

concerned, there was no

attack by bandits either on

villages or on any person or

group of persons travelling

on any highway in the state.

“Since the inception of the

ongoing peace and dialogue

initiative in the state, attacks,

kidnapping and other

heinous crimes in the state

have been reduced

drastically to about 98 per

cent.

“The rescue of over 100

persons, who were

kidnapped and held in

captivity for months by the

Commissioner of Police, CP

Usman Nagogo, is another

indication that the ongoing

peace process of the

command is working.

“Therefore, the command

wishes to refute the entire

story as misleading and a

calculated attempt to

undermine the current effort

of the state government and

the police to bring lasting

peace for social and

economic development in

the state."

Dangote refinery, key to Africa’s

economic transformation — Oil

stakeholders

WITH a Gross

Domestic Product of

$1.8 trillion, countries in Sub-

Saharan Africa are on the

cusp of economic

transformation, with the

imminent coming on-stream

of the $12 billion Dangote

refinery and petrochemicals

complex.

The region is expected to

be the direct beneficiaries of

the 650,000 barrels-per-day

refinery as the project is

expected to drastically reduce

the countries’ fuel import

majorly from Europe with

expected impact on foreign

exchange outflows.

These are part of the

submissions by oil and gas

stakeholders at this year’s

Ghana International

Petroleum Conference,

GhIPCON, in Accra, Ghana

themed ‘Regional

Collaboration: A Catalyst for

Transformation’, organised

by the country’s Ministry of

Energy and National

Petroleum Authority.

Group Executive Director,

Strategy, Capital Projects

and Portfolio Development,

Dangote Group, Devakumar

Edwin, said at the conference

that the refinery would soon

come on stream to the benefit

of the region, which

economy had largely

depended on imports from

Europe and the west.

He added that Dangote

refinery would foster regional

harmonisation in the

distribution of cleaner

petroleum products in West

Africa.

Edwin, who was

represented by the Technical

Adviser to the President of

Dangote Group on Refinery

and Petrochemicals,

Babajide Soyode, expressed

belief that the completion of

Dangote refinery and other

modular refineries' projects

across West Africa would lead

to the integration of the

downstream industries, and

stabilise the prices of

petroleum products across

the African sub-region.

He stressed the need for

other investors in West Africa

to emulate the investment

drive of Aliko Dangote in the

downstream petroleum

sector and make the subregion

an exporter of refined

products.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019—5

POCKET CARTOON

HAJJ PILGRIMS—Intending Muslim pilgrims waiting, yesterday, in Kano

to take their flight to Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj in Makkah and Madinah.

Photo: NAN.

Soldiers may have to patrol

highways — OSINBAJO

By Dayo Johnson,

Henry Umoru &

Dennis Agbo

A KURE—Angry

reactions, yesterday,

continued to trail killing of

daughter of Afenifere

leader, Mrs. Olufunke

Olakunri, by herders along

Benin-Ore highway, as

Vice President Yemi

Osinbajo said the Federal

Government will explore all

options, including

deploying soldiers on the

nation’s highways to

address the spate of

insecurity challenges

across the country.

This came as apex Igbo

socio-political organisation,

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said

Nigeria was descending

into anarchy, considering

the high level of insecurity

in the country.

Similarly, National

Leader of All Progressives

Congress, APC, Asiwaju

Bola Tinubu, warned

against stigmatising

herdsmen in the country,

saying it could divide the

nation.

Also, PRONACO and

Project Nigeria called on

the Federal Government to

urgently convene a national

dialogue and security

summit to address the high

level of insecurity in the

country.

Family of the Yoruba

leader also, yesterday,

insisted that Mrs.

Olakunrin, the 58-year-old

mother of two was shot

dead by herdsmen who

had attempted to kidnap

her and other three

occupants in her Black

Land Cruiser SUV marked

LAGOS AAA 147 FM, thus

controverting the position

of the Commissioner of

Police in the state, who

stated that it was erroneous

to say herdsmen launched

the attack.

Soldiers’ll be

deployed on

highways

— Osinbajo

The Vice President spoke

during a condolence visit

to Pa Fasoranti in Akure

yesterday,

Osinbajo, accompanied

by Ondo State governor,

Rotimi Akeredolu,

lamented that people make

money from kidnapping

because its largely

economical gains.

He said: “The Federal

Government will explore all

options, including

deploying soldiers on the

highways, towards

addressing the growing

cases of security challenges

in Nigeria.

“As you know, I am here

to commiserate with the

families of Olakunri and Pa

Reuben Fasoranti. This is

a massive tragedy as you

ca imagine. We have seen

it replicated here and there,

which is kidnapping and

killings.

“As you all know, the

President has very recently

met not only the service

chiefs but also the IGP and

he has laid out a new policy

of community policing.

“One of the most

important things in this sort

of crime because that are

largely economic crimes is

that people try to make

money by kidnapping.

“One of the most

important things is

intelligence gathering; that

is why we have the

community policing system

where policemen would be

trained in their own local

government and they

would remain there.

“This is as close as we get

to the community policing

structure that we expect to

have. The other thing, of

course, is that we also are

engaging the Army so that

there will be a bit of more

military presence,

especially along the roads.

“The Inspector-General

of Police has already

committed to ensuring that

there is full coverage of the

police and even helicopters

to fasten the search for

these killers and also to

ensure that there is

adequate presence to deter

this kind of terrible

situation from recurring.

“We are looking at the

whole security architecture

and trying to ensure that we

are able to scale up and

ensure that we are able to

protect the lives and

properties of Nigerians.

“Security in a big country

as Nigeria is dynamic and

we also have to be

consistently dynamic to

ensure that we are able to

beat the challenges as they

appear.

“I think that we can be

very hopeful that we would

see peace and calm as some

of the steps we are taking

come to fruition. You know

also we meet with the

governors in South West

and in the different zones

and everybody is coming to

ensure that security is

adequate and that

everyone feels safe and

secure."

Ohanaeze warns

Reacting to the killing

yesterday, Ohanaeze

Ndigbo in a statement

signed by the President-

General, Nnia Nwodo,

said: “News reached

Ohanaeze Ndigbo

yesterday of the heartless

murder of the daughter of

Pa Reuben Fasoranti, Mrs.

Funke Olakunri, on her

way from Ekiti to Lagos by

suspected herdsmen.

“We offer Chief Fasoranti

and the entire Yoruba the

heartfelt sympathies of

Ndigbo.

The continuous

rampaging, plunder, rape,

kidnapping and murder of

innocent Nigerians by

armed herdsmen has

climbed to a most

worrisome crescendo.

“The inability of our

security forces to disarm

and prosecute these

criminals gives credibility

to a growing story of

collusion.

Recently, the British High

Commission in an advisory

to British citizens in

Nigeria, declared 24 of our

states unsafe.

“In the midst of these

killings, their parent

organization has the

effrontery to give ultimatum

to the President of Nigeria

to rescind his unpopular

suspension, instead of

cancellation of his RUGA

development policy.

“Such inciting,

provocative and

treasonable outbursts have

only been greeted by an

advice that they should

respect the Presidency and

an unrelenting resolve to

force Nigerians to

accommodate such

murderers in their homes

under a policy that violates

our constitution and all laws

and court judgments

relating to land use

Continues on page 41

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Janet Somoye

& Anifowose Opeyemi

Killing of Nigerians in Diaspora (2)

Nigerians living in

Diaspora need to be

protected by the

Government of Nigeria

in those countries they

live, the various

embassies should stand

up to their responsibility

to Nigerians and not

neglect them.

-Uyero Erarawewho Jnr

Entrepreneur

Nigerians no longer

feel safe in certain

countries, yet, citizens of

these countries feel at

home in Nigeria!

This isn’t a call for

revenge but a call to

action by our

government. Cases of

Nigerians caught

committing crimes that

can lead to death penalty

in other countries should

be transferred to the

Nigerian government to

handle.

-Moses Oluwanifesimi

I feel it's so unfair that

Nigerians in diaspora

get killed considering

the fact that foreigners

come to Nigeria and are

safe. However, I urge

Nigerians living abroad

to obey the laws of

countries where they

live, and not get involved

in crime and criminality

to avoid unwarranted

attacks and killings.

-Ayansiji Damilola

It’s not a good thing at

all. This should not be

happening to Nigerians

at all. Although not

everyone can be trusted,

but whatever it is they

are

doing

notwithstanding, it

should not mean their

lives should be taken

without fair trial.

-Abiola Yahaya

Student

When you talk of the

highest level of man's

inhumanity to man, the

peak of injustice and apex

of ungodliness, then you

talk of the unabated

killings of Nigerians,

mostly youths in the

diaspora. It is satanic and

highly provocative.

The peak is the

lackadaisical attitude and

seemingly insensitivity of

government.

-Amb Aliyu Bin Abbas

Youth Advocate

We must not tolerate it.

Many of those killed were

innocent and didn’t get fair

hearing or legal representation.

Capital punishment hasn't

proved to be corrective.

Unfortunately, few Nigerians

are the bad eggs but they make

it look as if all Nigerians abroad

are potential criminals.

Responsible and law abiding

Nigerians abound but the bad

eggs dominate the news.

Nigerians abroad must ensure

they obey the laws of the host

countries. Our embassies must

protect them against unfair

treatment and ensure none

suffers unfairly abroad.

-Auwal Musa Rafsanjani

ED, CISLAC


6—Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

16-yr-old girl

defile 7-yr-old

girl ’for being

rude’

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—A 16-year-old

girl(names withheld) has

been arrested by Police

detectives in Ondo State for

defiling a seven-year-old girl

“to punish her for being rude.”

Vanguard gathered that the

suspect confessed that she

inserted her finger into the

seven-year-old girl’s private

part, breaking her hymen.

The minor was then rushed

to the hospital, bleeding, by

her parents in Irele area of

the state.

The victim’s brother, Taiwo

Ilelaboye, said he noticed that

the sister was bleeding from

her private part and raised

the alarm.

He said: “We know the

perpetrator. She is a girl and

not a man as being

speculated. She is an

indigene of this town and had

been handed over to the

Police for legal action. The

little girl is still in the hospital

receiving treatment.”

The state police

spokesman, Femi Joseph,

who confirmed the incident,

said the suspect had

confessed committing the

crime.

Joseph said the suspect had

initially mentioned one Femi

Odofin as being responsible

for the act, but that she later

named one girl, who was

arrested by police detectives.

He added that “we can

confirm that the suspect had

been arrested and she has

confessed to have done it.

She told us that she (victim)

was rude to her and she

wanted to punish her, that

was why she took the action.

“But we still think there is

more to that action. The

Commissioner of Police has

ordered that the matter be

transferred to the Criminal

Investigation Department of

the command for further

investigation.”

Ibusa community sends SOS

to IGP over attack by youths

FAMILY members and owners

of Aja-Ogwuaja/Kpalakpala

farmland, Ezukwu Anyalaobum

Ibusa in Oshimili North Local

Government Area of Delta State,

have cried out to the Inspector

General of Police, Mr. Adamu

Mohammed, to come to their aid

over the forceful invasion of

their farmland and threat to

their lives by some youths of

the area.

Speaking with newsmen at his

Ezukwu residence, the senior

Diokpa of the community, Sir

Fidelis Nwanze, who is also

the Diokpa of Umualo family on

behalf of the other nine

communities of the area, stated

that the appeal to the law

Bandits kill 10, injure 5 in Katsina attack

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA—NO fewer than 10

persons were killed by about

300 bandits, weekend, while five

others were injured in Kirtawa

village, Safana Local Government

Area of Katsina State.

Five vehicles and four

motorcycles were also destroyed

in the attack that left a soldier and

Nigerian Security and Civil

Defence Corps, NSCDC,

personnel injured, even as police

Armoured Personnel Carriers,

APC, were demobilised.

Spokesman of the Katsina State

Police Command, SP Gambo Isah,

By Evelyn Usman &

Olasunkanmi Akoni

A

suspect arrested by

operatives of the Lagos

State Rapid Response Squad,

RRS, has revealed how he

makes at least N18,000 daily

from selling stolen phones.

The suspect, Lawal Daodu,

31,was arrested in Computer

Village, Ikeja, on Friday at

5p.m. when he tried to steal a

phone from a passer-by under

the bridge in Ikeja.

The suspect, who had before

his arrest stealthily picked two

android phones from passersby,

was removing another

android phone from the pocket

of another would-be victim

when the phone incidentally

fell from his hand, which

attracted the attention of its

owner.

The suspect was promptly

arrested by the RRS officers

attached to an Armoured

Personnel Carrier, APC,

stationed at Ikeja, under the

bridge, and while he was

explaining the source of the

phones in his possession, one

of his victims, who was trying

to catch a glimpse of what was

happening saw his phone

among those stolen by Lawal.

Lawal, in his confession to

the Police, explained that he

enforcement agents became

necessary as, according to him,

his people who were peacefully

going about their lawful farming

were recently attacked by some

youths.

Nwanze, a retired President of

the Customary Court, Ibusa,

disclosed that members of his

community, who are

predominantly farmers and

some of them between the ages

of 70 and 80, now live in fear

as the invaders have

destroyed farm produce and

farming materials, while also

threatening that nobody, no

matter how highly placed in

the society, can stop them from

carrying out their activities.

who confirmed the development,

said the incident happened when

his men and the bandits engaged

in a gun battle, which led to the

hoodlums shooting the tyres of

the Police APC.

He said: “On Saturday, at

about 2:20p.m., a group of 300

bandits riding motorcycles and

armed with dangerous

weapons, invaded and attacked

Kirtawa village, Safana Local

Government Area of Katsina

State.

“The Divisional Police Officer,

Safana, initially led teams of

Operation Puff Adder and

Sharan-Daji to the scene and

engaged the hoodlums in a gun

battle.

“In the process the hoodlums

shot the tyres of the Police

Armoured Personnel Carrier,

APC, and injured one Army and

one Civil Defence personnel.

“At the time the combined

ground forces were mobilised

into the village, the hoodlums

had already operated and

escaped into the forest.

“Ten persons were found

dead, five injured, five motor

vehicles and four motorcycles

were set ablaze, while an

unspecified number of cows

were also rustled by the

hoodlums.

“It is ostensibly clear that it

was a reprisal attack carried out

by the hoodlums against the

community. Joint security forces

have been deployed to the area

to arrest the situation, pursue

and nab the fleeing hoodlums.

“The Command commiserates

with families of the deceased and

the entire people of Katsina State

over the unfortunate incident.

“It also assures the people that

government and security forces

are mapping out formidable

strategies toward containing and

bringing to an end the menace of

banditry in the state.”

I make N18,000 daily from selling stolen phones, says

Lagos pick-pocket

does his ‘business’ around

Computer Village, Ikeja, and

Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

According to him, “on

Friday, I was at the Computer

Village as usual. I had stolen

two phones in the morning,

which I sold to my customers

at Computer Village.

“In the afternoon, I

resumed. I was picking the

third one when the owner

raised the alarm, which

attracted the attention of the

RRS men. They arrested me

and unfortunately, just as

I was trying to prove

my innocence, one of

my victims identified

his phone in my

hand.

“I don’t operate

every time. I go out

may be twice in a

week and I make at

least N18,000 from

picking pockets.

There were times I

made more than that,

especially when I

picked expensive

phones.

“I sell the phones to

Afeez and Lanre. They

are street guys in

Computer Village. I

was trained by Bello,

although I have not

seen him in a long

while now.”

Innocent man

killed in jungle

justice

Meanwhile, life

has been snuffed

out of a 22-year-old

man, who was

wrongly accused

of stealing a

phone inside

a bar in

Badore area

of Ajah.

T h e

deceased,

Olamide

Omolegbe, who resided at the

Government Reserved Area,

Abidjan, had visited the bar to

•...as mob lynches innocent

man over phone theft

buy some drinks last Monday,

during which the owner of the

bar, Bolanle Mohammed,

raised the

alarm

that her

phone

was

missing.

She

allegedly

Lawal Daodu

accused

Omolegbe of

stealing the

phone, following

which he was

descended on, amidst

appeal and explanation

from him that he was not

the culprit.

He died. Thereafter, his

assailants allegedly dumped

his corpse in a lagoon.

Few days later, his bloated

body was recovered at the

Obadore Jetty by policemen at

Lagbansa Division.

Spokesman for Lagos State

Police Command, DSP Elkana

Bala, who confirmed the

incident, disclosed, yesterday,

that five persons have been

arrested in connection with

the murder.

He revealed that during

investigation, the phone was

discovered to have been taken

by the son of the shop owner.

According to Bala, “his body

was recovered by a team of

detectives led by the

Divisional Police Officer,

SP Ada Okafor, on July

10 at Badore Jetty and

deposited at Mainland

Hospital Mortuary for

autopsy.

“Five suspects including

the woman, who raised the

false alarm, were

arrested. The suspects

are Wasiu Wahab, Ramon

Ibrahim, Junior Adebayo

and Yusuf Adegbite.

“Wasiu Wahab, who is

the principal murder

suspect and Yusuf

Adegbite, were arrested

inside the lagoon,

where they hid

themselves to evade

arrest.

“Investigation revealed

that the phone was

actually stolen by the son

of the woman, who

wrongly accused the

deceased person. The

son confessed to the

commission of the

crime.

“The Commissioner

of Police Lagos State,

Zubairu Muazu, has

ordered the Homicide

Section of the State

C r i m i n a l

Investigation and

Intelligence

Department, SCIID,

Yaba, to take over the

investigation and ensure

diligent prosecution of the

suspects.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019—7

Father, son beheaded in fresh

C’River communal clash

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—THE discovery

of the headless bodies of

a father and his son on their

farm in Ebom Community, Abi

Local Government Area of

Cross River State, weekend,

created fear in the entire area.

It was gathered that they

were reportedly ambushed by

gunmen suspected to be from

a neighbouring village,

Usumutung.

Vanguard gathered that the

prolonged crisis between

Ebom and Usumutung was

rekindled Saturday morning,

when Usumutung people

reportedly ambushed the

people of Ebom, who were

working on their farms and

killed one Mr. Oti Ato and his

son, Sunday.

Vanguard also gathered that

Michael, the man’s grandson,

narrowly escaped death with

a bullet wound from their

assailants, who disappeared

after carrying out the attack.

The Village Head of Ebom,

Chief Sunday Obite, told

Vanguard on phone that three

persons are still missing as the

headless bodies of the victims

have been recovered with the

help of soldiers deployed to

the communities since the

crisis started sometimes last

year.

Narrating what transpired,

the Village Head said the man

and his family were harvesting

cassava, when they were

ambushed and the man and

his son killed.

Chief Obite said: “The man

and his family were harvesting

cassava when they were

attacked by Usumutong

people.

“According to the grandson,

who is receiving treatment in

a hospital at Itigidi due to

bullet wounds he got while

hiding in the bush, he saw

them cutting off his

grandfather and father’s head

from his hiding place in the

bush.

“They even made the wife,

Eliza Oti, watch while they

beheaded her husband and

her son and asked her to take

the message to her people.

“We believed that since

soldiers are present, peace

had returned. But we have

been proved wrong once

again. Even as they steal our

farm produce, we kept mute.

But now they have started

again by killing a father and

his son in the presence of the

wife.”

Another indigene, Oban

Bassey, also told Vanguard

that they have recovered the

bodies of Mr. Oti and his son

with the assistance of soldiers.

His words: “As we speak, we

have been able to get the

corpses of Oti and his son with

the help of soldiers at

Usumutong. We have equally

reported to the DPO and he

has seen the corpses.”

Police react

Contacted, the Police Public

Relations Officer, DSP Irene

Ugbo, confirmed the incident,

stressing that the

Commissioner has deployed

men to the area to stem

escalation of the crisis.

She said: “The state

Commissioner of Police, Austin

Agbolahor, has deployed men

to maintain law and order.

“We are aware of the killing

and the Commissioner of Police

has deployed men to the place

and the community leaders

have also been invited to meet

with the Commissioner for

further deliberation. For now,

the area is calm.”

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Yes, that one that looks

like cucumber. I need to

measure something tonight.

Our life-saving puff-puff? Excuse

me, is Beyonce the name of an

animal, place or thing?

Herdsmen stab 49-yr-old

farmer to death in Ogun

By Daud Olatunji

A BEOKUTA—RESIDENTS

of Adao community in

Alabata area of Odeda Local

Government Area in Ogun State

were thrown into confusion,

yesterday, when two suspected

herdsmen reportedly stabbed a

49-year-old farmer, Rafiu

Showemimo, to death.

It was gathered that the

suspected herdsmen accosted

the farmer and stabbed him in

the neck on his way back home

from the farm at 12noon.

It was gathered that a 76-

year-old man had, two weeks

ago, escaped death

after suspected herdsmen cut

him in the head with a

machete.

The Police Public Relations

Officer in the state, Abimbola

Oyeyemi, could not be

reached as at press time.

However, the Olu of Alabata,

Chief Sanusi Waheed, who

oversees the affected Adao

community, among others,

stressed the need for

government’s intervention to

abort the plans of the youths to

foment trouble, adding that the

herders had crossed their

boundaries.

Waheed said: “The herdsmen

have crossed their boundaries

and we can’t condone them

•...as youths mobilise

anymore. There is need for urgent

intervention of government in the

herdsmen problems in this

community and country.

“We would do all within our

powers in communicating our

plight to the government.”

Gunmen kill Rivers CDC

Chair, community priest

By Davies Iheamnachor

PORT

HARCOURT—

GUNMEN, yesterday,

killed the Community

Development Commitee,

CDC, Chairman of Choba

Community in Obio/Akpor

Local Government Area of

Rivers State, Lawrence Igwe,

and Chief Oriji Azuh, a

traditional priest.

It was also gathered that one

Iyke Wordu sustained bullet

wounds in the attack.

A source within the

community, who preferred

anonymity, revealed that the

killers entered the community

Saturday night, to kill the

victims.

The source disclosed that

Azuh, who is in charge of the

community deity, was shot in

his house.

When Vanguard visited the

community, the youths were

sighted standing at strategic

points in their numbers.

They were armed with locallymade

guns, cutlasses, charms

and other weapons.

The source also disclosed

that the community, which

play host to the University of

Port Harcourt, has been thrown

into panic following the

development.

Meanwhile, Rivers State

Police Command’s Public

Relations Officer, DSP

Nnamdi Omoni, who

confirmed the development,

said adequate mobilisation has

been made in the area, adding

that normalcy has been

restored.

Omoni said: “We can confirm

that unknown gunmen

attacked and killed the Choba

CDC Chairman and one other.

“However, investigations are

on by the order of the State

Commission of Police, to

ensure that the perpetrators

are arrested and brought to

book.”

We won't miss you.


8 — Vanguard MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019—9

ALLIANCE: From left, Director, Strategy, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations, Chartered Institute of

Personnel Management, Mr. Olayiwola Oladapo; Registrar/CEO, Chartered Institute of Personnel

Management, Ms Ajibola Ponnle; Chairman, Lagos NIPR, Mr. Olusegun McMedal and General

Secretary, Lagos NIPR, Mrs. Thelma Okoh, during a courtesy visit to the CIPM to build strategic

alliance for legitimate PR practice, in Lagos. Photo: Kehinde Shonola.

Buhari can’t handle Nigeria’s

problems —Soyinka

•Says failure to tackle herdsmen problems wiped away

his positive achievements

By Daud

Olatunji

A BEOKUTA—NOBEL

laureate, Professor Wole

Soyinka, said, yesterday,

that the problems confronting

Nigeria are beyond President

Muhammadu Buhari.

He also said the president’s

failure to tackle the

activities of marauding

herdsmen has wiped away

the positive achievements of

his administration.

The playwright insisted

that the carelessness and

negligence of the Buhari

administration had led to the

death of many Nigerians.

Soyinka stated this while

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Caring for ankle sprains

A sprain is an injury to a

ligament caused by tearing

of the fibre of the ligament.

The ligament can have a

partial tear or it can be

completely torn apart.

Ankle sprains are the

most common type of

sprain. Sprained ligaments

often swell rapidly and are

painful. Generally, the

greater the pain and

swelling, the more severe

the injury is.

Rest the injured limb. Do

not put any weight on the

injured area for 48 to 72

hours. A splint or brace also

may be helpful initially. But

don't avoid all activity.

Ice the area. Use a cold

pack, a slush bath or a

compression sleeve filled

with cold water to help limit

swelling after an injury. Try

to ice the area as soon as

possible after the injury and

continue to ice it for 15 to

20 minutes, four to eight

times a day, for the first 48

hours or until swelling

playing host to 85 pupils

drawn from all the six-geopolitical

zones of the country

to mark his 85 birthday at

his residence in Ijegba, Idi-

Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Soyinka said: “The problems

of this nation are beyond

the solution that can be

offered by this government,

that’s the first admission;

they have to stop thinking in

partisan government.

“There has always been a

major problem with successive

governments. It’s easier

at the state level to say that

a particular state is definitely

doing better than another

state. But the central government

has failed, that’s my

view.

improves. If you use ice, be

careful not to use it too long,

as this could cause tissue

damage.

Compress the area with

an elastic wrap or bandage.

Compressive wraps or

sleeves made from elastic

or neoprene are best.

Elevate the injured limb

above your heart whenever

possible to help prevent or

limit swelling.

Sprains can take days to

months to recover. As the

pain and swelling improve,

gently begin using the

injured area. Over-thecounter

pain relievers, such

as ibuprofen and

acetaminophen may be

helpful to manage pain

during the healing process.

It is essential to restore

strength and stability to the

injured limb prior to a

return to sports or fitness

activities.

See your doctor if your

sprain isn't improving after

two or three days.

“There is a minimal level

which any government,

which has been elected to

power, must achieve to be

considered a true representative

of the people.

“Look at what’s happening

today with cattle all over the

place, that’s a security issue,

which should never have

reached this level. That singular

act has resulted in hundreds

of people being killed,

farms taken over; it has

wiped away a lot of the positive

achievements of the

government.

“They need to confront this

nation as a habitation of human

beings where very serious

issues like economy,

security, health, even threats

of secession come up every

day and convoke at the same

time, a national conference,

what I call an Indaba, across

all section, which we will all

meet and debate everything,

including the economy of this

nation.”

On governance in Nigeria,

Soyinka said: “Governance

is a very difficult occupation,

Nigeria is a very

complex nation for a lot of

reasons; its history, the background,

the formation of it,

the complexity, the culture,

balancing here and there

and then, you have several

complications like fuel,

among others.

“Politicians that money has

gone into their heads, misdirect

themselves in terms of

priority, they neglect some

sections. Some of them are

nepotistic and some of them

alienated themselves from

the public which is the people

they are supposed to

serve and govern.

‘’They think they are still

colonial masters, especially,

when we went through the

military period.”

SERAP seeks probe of unfair treatment of

former ex-Kebbi acting CJ

S OCIO-ECONOMIC

Rights and Accountability

Project, SERAP, has

condemned the harassment,

intimidation and unfair

treatment of the former acting

Chief Judge of Kebbi State,

Elizabeth Karatu, who was

barred from gaining access to

her courtroom to deliver

certain judgment by an

official of the Nigeria Security

and Civil Defence Corps,

NSCDC, who claimed to be

acting based on the directive

given to him by the

management.

It urged chairman of

National Judicial Council,

NJC, and acting Chief Justice

of Nigeria, Tanko

Muhammad, to “publicly

condemn the unfair treatment

of Justice Karatu and

urgently refer the matter to

appropriate authorities for a

prompt, thorough and

effective investigation to

ensure that those responsible

for this unlawful act are

named and shamed and

brought to justice.”

SERAP in a statement by

its Deputy Director, Kolawole

Oluwadare, said: “Barring

Justice Karatu from

delivering judgment is an

intolerable act of

intimidation against the

highest judicial authority

in Kebbi State at the

material time.

"Regardless of any

allegations that may have

been levelled against her,

it is clear that Justice

Karatu has been unfairly

treated by the apparently

unlawful actions of the

Kebbi State governor, Mr

Atiku Bagudu, and

NSCDC barring her from

gaining access to her

courtroom to rule on

cases.

“Barring Justice Karatu

from gaining access to her

courtroom is entirely

incompatible with the

sacred principle of judicial

independence, and the

failure by the authorities to

observe important

procedural guarantees

here is a textbook case of

executive rascality.

NBC to broadcast stations:

Comply with regulations or

surrender licences

•Slams 60 stations for hate speech,

other breaches

By Soni Daniel

ABroadcasting

BUJA—NATIONAL

Commission, NBC, has

warned operators of radio and

television stations across the

country to strictly comply with

operational codes or

surrender the licences granted

them by the Federal

Government.

NBC Director-General,

Malam Ishaq Modibbo

Kawu, who sounded the

warning at a media briefing

in Abuja, weekend, made it

clear that there would no

longer be room for flouting the

prescribed code of operation

by broadcast stations.

According to Kawu, the

commission has already

imposed fines on no fewer

than 60 broadcast stations for

breaching the broadcast code

in relation to hate speech and

incitement of the public during

the 2019 general election.

‘’SERAP will vigorously

pursue justice in this case,

to ensure that this

shameful act does not

affect the work of other

judges or undermine their

ability to freely and

effectively perform their

judicial duties.

“The NJC should

immediately set up a panel

to thoroughly and

effectively investigate the

alleged role played by the

new acting Chief Judge of

Kebbi State, Justice

Suleiman Mohammed

Ambursa, in the unfair

treatment, harassment and

intimidation of Justice

Karatu."

Kawu, however, announced

that despite being owed

billions of naira by licencees,

the NBC was progressing

with its digital switchover

project to bring Nigeria at par

with other nations in digital

broadcasting.

He said the programme,

which was flagged off in Jos,

Plateau State, in 2016, has

since been launched in Abuja,

while efforts were in top gear

to take it to other cities across

the country.

He said: “The important

thing about the Jos pilot is that

it offered us an experience of

what exactly that we will be

doing in the DSO.

‘’The choice of Jos was just

deliberate. Jos has been at the

centre of television

development in Nigeria. It is

reputed to be the first place to

have coloured television in

Nigeria. It was chosen

because there has been

that tradition on the

Plateau. There used to be

just PRTV and NTA Jos.''

Ghana Railways Corp parts

ways with CRCC Nigeria over

rail network

THE Ministry of

R a i l w a y s

Development in Ghana has

said it was not continuing

with its relationship with

with China Railway

Construction Corporation

(Nigeria) concerning its

plans to build a modern

railway network.

The ministry in a

statement, entitled ‘’CRCC

to Construct 560km railway

line for $2bn – same as

156km Lagos-Ibadan rail,’’

was reacting to a

publication to this effect.

The statement read: ‘’The

Ministry of Railways

signed an MoU, dated

March 21, 2019, with

China Railway

Construction Corporation

Nigeria.

‘’CRCC Nigeria

expressed interest in

supporting the ministry to

develop and modernize

Ghana’s railway network,

particularly the Trans-

ECOWAS line, which runs

along the coast between

Aflao on the border with

Togo and Elubo on the

border with Cote d’Ivoire

‘’The purpose of the MoU

is for CRCC Nigeria to

undertake feasibility

studies through the use of

independent consultants.

CRCC Nigeria is

responsible for verifying

the project cost as estimated

by the feasibility studies

and also raise capital to

finance project.

‘’CRCC Nigeria has not

submitted any report of the

feasibility studies to the

Ministry of Railways

Development, let alone the

project cost estimate.''


10 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

MUMS DAY OUT: From left; Mr Femi Akande, Director, Sunnyfields/Olivefields

Schools, Lagos; Mrs Titi Akinsanya; Mrs Ayoola Akinyeye; Mrs Sola Adesakin,

Guest Speakers and Mrs Adurayemi Akande, Director, Sunnyfields/Olivefields

Schools, Lagos at the schools' Mum's Day Out, a day set aside to celebrate mothers

of the school's pupils held at Maryland, Lagos on Saturday.

Let’s unite to defend S'West against

bandits, killer herdsmen — OONI OF IFE

•As Agbekoya vows to flush out bandits, kidnappers from Yorubaland

By Dapo Akinrefon

& Rotimi Ojomoyela

AOoni DO-EKITI—THE

of Ife, Oba

Adeyeye Ogunwusi,

yesterday, called on the

Yoruba to unite and defend

the region against bandits,

kidnappers and marauding

herdsmen currently

unleashing terror in the

South West.

This came as the

Agbekoya Farmers Society

of Nigeria, yesterday,

vowed to stop banditry and

kidnapping in the South

West.

The monarch noted

that the South West has

had enough of the killings

by herdsmen, adding that

it is time the region

unites and defend itself

against those wreaking

havoc and inflicting

sorrow in the region.

Oba Ogunwusi stated this

in Kota Ekiti, Ekiti East

Local Government area of

Ekiti State, at the

thanksgiving ceremony of

Olufemi Bamisile, who

represents Ekiti South

Federal Constituency II in

the House of

Representatives.

He said: “We can no

longer fold our hands and

allow these people to

continue killing us. Let us

protect our territory

“I call on all the people of

Yoruba race at this time to

be united. The time has

come to end this killings.

These killings must end,

enough is enough.”

Agbekoya vows to flush

out bandits, kidnappers

from S’West

Meanwhile, in a

statement made available

to Vanguard by its

President General and

National Publicity

Secretary, Chief

Kamorudeen Okikiola and

Chief Bandele Olatunji

respectively, after an

emergency meeting of the

Iwarefa-In-Council, the

group called on governors

in the Southwest,

traditional rulers and well

meaning Yoruba sons and

daughters to rise up and

swing into action to ward

off the invasion of bandits,

kidnappers, and

marauding herdsmen from

Yoruba land.

Agbekoya said the

ambush, attack and killing

of Mrs. Funke Olakunri,

the daughter of Afenifere

leader, Pa Reuben

Fasoranti was a direct

assault on Yorubaland

Participating mothers at the schools' Mum's Day Out. Photos: Lamidi Bamidele.

barely few weeks after the

suspension of Ruga by the

Federal Government.

It warned Miyetti Allah

and other leaders of Fulani

herdsmen to immediately

caution their men to stop

perpetrating dastardly

attacks in South West

“because Agbekoya

Vigilante groups have

started hunting for bandits

and kidnappers in Yoruba

villages, towns and cities in

order to protect our

people.”

The statement reads:

“Agbekoya will not relent on

our efforts to flush out

bandits and kidnappers

killing and kidnapping

innocent sons and

daughters of Yorubaland."

We have fashioned out our

security strategies to deal

with and curtail this menace

on various roads and

routes leading to Yoruba

villages, towns and cities.”

TAKE-OVER OF FIRM: Appeal

Court nullifies AMCON’s

judgment, orders re-trial

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—THE Court of

Appeal, sitting in

Lagos, has nullified a May

30, 2017 judgment in favour

of Asset Management

Corporation of Nigeria,

AMCON, by a Federal

High Court in Lagos on the

ground that it did not

comply with the principle

of fair hearing in the

takeover of Suru Worldwide

Ventures Nigeria Limited

property in Lagos.

Suru Worldwide Ventures

Nigeria Limited, the

appellant is challenging

the judgment of the lower

court, authorising

AMCON to take over its

property on No. 86, Opebi

Road, Ikeja, Lagos, No.

12, Reverend Ogunbiyi

Street, GRA, Ikeja and

No. 22, Allen Avenue, Ikeja

in Lagos.

The three Justices of the

Court of Appeal,

Mohammed Garea,

Ugochukwu Ogakwu and

Gabriel Kolawole

unanimously set aside the

decision of the lower court,

ordered that the lower

court should re-list and

hear the case and fined

AMCON N100,000.

In the lead judgment,

Justice Ogakwu, held that

Suru Worldwide Ventures

Nigeria Limited right to

fair hearing was breached

when the trial court

heard and determined

AMCON’s suit, being

the alleged debtor and

whose property was the

subject matter of the

suit, without hearing

from the appellant.

Tunji Bello, The Nation's

Omotoso, 23 others

on Sanwo-Olu's cabinet

list

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

L

A

G O S —

GOVERNOR

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, yesterday,

sent a 25-man list of

Commissionerdesignates

to the House

of Assembly for

ratification.

The list contained 25

names of those to assume

duty as Commissioners

and Special Advisers

subject to consideration

and approval by the

legislature.

In a statement, Deputy

Chief Press Secretary to

the Governor, Mr.

Gboyega Akosile stated

that the list was in

fulfilment of Sanwo-Olu’s

election promise to

accelerate developmental

agenda of the state.

The list, Akosile said:

“Comprised names of

technocrats and

politicians, who

understand the

challenges of the state.

The painstaking and

laborious selection

process was aimed at

constituting the best

team that will serve

Lagos in line with the

agenda of Governor

S a n w o - O l u

administration’s vision of

delivering a city-state

that will rank among the

top most liveable cities in

the world.

“We took our time to

pick the best hands for

the tough job Lagosians

have elected us to do.

The nominees for the 25

Commissioners and

Special Advisers

positions include;

women and men who

have made their mark

and at the zenith of their

professional callings.’’

Quoting Governor

Sanwo-Olu, he said: “We

have a blend of youths

who are under 40 among

nominees for

Commissioners and

Special Advisers. Women

too are well represented

in the list. We believe

Lagos deserves the best

and we cannot give the

people anything less than

that.”

The nominees are: Mr.

Tunji Bello, immediate

past Secretary to the State

Government, who is being

tipped to head

Environment Ministry;

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, the

current Editor, Nation

Newspaper, tipped to be

the Commissioner for

Information and Strategy;

Mr. Rabiu Olowo

Onaolapo, Mrs.

F o l a s h a d e

Adefisayo, Prof. Akin

Abayomi, Dr. Idris Salako,

Mr. Toke Benson-

Awoyinka, tipped to lead

Women Affairs and

Poverty Alleviation,

WAPA, Ministry.

Others are: Mrs. Bolaji

Dada, Mr. Lere Odusote,

Dr. Frederick Oladeinde,

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal,

immediate past

Commissioner for

Housing, Ms. Adekemi

Ajayi, Mr. Femi George,

Dr. Wale Ahmed, the

current All Progressives

Congress, APC, Secretary

in Lagos State and Mr.

Moyo Onigbanjo, SAN.

Others are Mr. Hakeem

Fahm, Mrs. Ajibola

Ponnle, Engr. Aramide

Adeyoye, Mr. Segun

Dawodu, Mrs. Uzamat

Akinbile-Yusuf,

immediate past

Commissioner for Wealth

Creation, Mr. Sam

Egube, Ms Ruth Bisola

Olusanya, Princess

Aderemi Adebowale, Mr.

Tunbosun Alake and Mr.

Afolabi Ayantayo.


VANGUARD, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 — 11

By Dayo Johnson,

Dapo Akinrefon, Ola

Ajayi, Daud Olatunji,

Rotimi Ojomoyela,

Luminous Jannamike

& Shina Abubakar

FOLLOWING

the

killing of Mrs. Funke

Olakunri, daughter of the

leader of pan-Yoruba sociocultural

group, Afenifere, Pa

Reuben Fasoranti by

suspected herdsmen on the

Ore-Akure expressway last

Friday, some Yoruba leaders

said yesterday, that

herdsmen have declared

war against the South West.

Expressing their

displeasure over the killing

of Mrs. Olakunri and other

acts of banditry in the South

West, Yoruba leaders said

they should not be taken as

cowards.

We’re not cowards

— Okurounmu

An Afenifere chieftain,

Senator Femi Okurounmu

who condemned the

dastardly act, described the

murder as a declaration of

war against the Yoruba.

Senator Okunrounmu

said: “I am sure that the

Yoruba are not cowards

hence, they should fight

back.

“I feel very bitter and

angry and feel like finally the

herdsmen have declared

war against Yorubaland. Yes,

it is nothing short of a

declaration of war.

“We have always known

that we, Yoruba, are not

cowards and this is the time

to demonstrate that truly we

are not cowards and as a

result, I expect a strong

reaction from the Yoruba

people because this is not

something we should just

follow-up with just

condemnation and

recriminations. Enough of

that, it is a time to react and

show that enough is

enough.”

We’re struggling with

herdsmen invasion

— YCE

Flaying the murder,

President of the Yoruba

Council of Elders, YCE, Col.

Dansaaki Agbede (retd)

sympathised with Chief

Fasoranti saying: “It is sad

that now we are struggling

with the invasion of herders,

this kind of thing happened.

“It is time that we, as a

Yoruba nation, use our

combined efforts,

commitment and unity to

fight this.

“We should not wait until

we face this terrible

challenge.”

It’s a clear signal of war

— NANS

Also condemning the act,

the National Publicity

Secretary of the National

Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS, Mr.

Azeez Adeyemi said it was

a clear signal of war.

Adeyemi said: “As much

as I don’t want to speak

tribalistically and get carried

away as a Yoruba person,

rather I will be speaking on

behalf of the entire Nigerian

students, the fact remains

that the act is highly

condemnable, it is a clear

signal of war which

ordinarily one would have

expected the Presidency to

have taken a immediate

action against.

“For crying out loud, the

herdsmen have successfully

KILLING OF FASORANTI’S DAUGHTER: Herdsmen’ve

declared war against S’West — YORUBA LEADERS

established themselves as a

terrorist group, with no

respect for the rule of law,

hiding under the belief of

being the President's eye.

This is a challenge to call for

war.”

We must collectively rise

to this challenge

— Mimiko

While paying a

condolence visit to Pa

Fasoranti, a former governor

of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun

Mimiko said: “This is

despicably disturbing and

this another very

challenging situation in our

country. We must collectively

rise to this challenge

“It is a general problem of

the security challenge that

we have in this country. I

think this is another very

challenge that we must

collectively rise

“I have no doubt in my

mind that incident like this

would task the very fabric of

our nation and would also

require very profound

political will.”

ARG demands

appropriate action

On its part, the Afenifere

Renewal Group, ARG,

which condemned the

murder, in a statement

signed by its National

Chairman, Mr. Olawale

Oshun said: “The ARG

share in this colossal loss and

condole with the bereaved

family, especially Pa

Fasoranti and Mrs.

Olakunri’s nucleus family.”

The statement reads: “This

loss is a burden too heavy

and a steep price to pay for

steadfastly serving this

nation and our people.

“Mrs. Olakunri’s death at

the hands of these savage

herdsmen could not but have

been part of a grand plan to

break the soul of Yorubaland

and set the roof on fire. But

the fire this time will consume

the perpetrators and their

collaborators.

“ARG, therefore,

challenges the Yoruba

governors and the sociopolitical

leadership to rise up

to the occasion, as it would

now seem that the Federal

government and its clinging

to central policing has failed

woefully in providing

Nigerians the needed

security.

“Our governors must

realise that they shall be

held responsible,

individually and collectively,

should they fail to prioritise

and support one another in

securing their people. The

time to act is now.”

Yoruba shouldn’t sleep

with their eyes closed

— Akinfenwa

Also reacting to the killing,

Senator Mojisoluwa

Akinfenwa said if the

herders could commit such

heinous thing against Chief

Fasoranti, it means other

Yoruba people should not

sleep with their eyes closed.

Akinfenwa said: “It is a sad

thing because Chief

Fasoranti doesn’t deserve

that kind of treatment. If it is

truly by Fulani herders, I

would say it is a greatest

kind of provocation. If

something like that could be

done to a Yoruba leader, then

other Yoruba leaders should

•Funke’s death personal loss, say Akeredolu, Fayemi; CAN mourns

CONDOLENCE VISIT: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

and others commiserating with Pa Peuben Fasoranti in Akure.

think twice. If it is done to

somebody we look up to as

a father, what then happens

to the rest of us.”

We’re left on our own

— S’West PDP

National Vice Chairman of

PDP South West, Dr Eddy

Olafeso, in his reaction, said:

“The death of Funke

Olakunri is a serious blow

to the region, it is so

unfortunate that we have a

government that is not

protecting its citizens, we

have been left on our own

and the south west is the

battle ground now and every

son and daughter of Yoruba

land must rise to this

“It was Olu Falae at a time

and now Fasoranti, who is

next? It is high time the

Yoruba nation take action, it

is so painful and felt sad this

is happening to our

country.”

It’s a personal loss

— Fayemi, Akeredolu

Meanwhile, Governor

Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State

described the killing of

Olakunri as a tragic loss not

only to the family of the

Fasorantis but to the Yoruba

nation and the country as a

whole.

Speaking with newsmen

after visiting the leader of the

Afenifere at his Ijapo

residence, Fayemi said the

Federal Government would

be beckon upon to do

something very urgent about

the insecurity challenges in

the country.

“I know Mrs. Olakunri

very well. As a matter of fact,

she was with me few days

ago before heading back to

Lagos.

“So, it is a personal loss

and tragic situation for us

and we all owe a duty to

tackle this issue head long

in order to rescue our

people from this situation.”

Also, Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu of Ondo State,

who cut short his trip to

Lagos State to visit the

father of the deceased with

other members of the state

Executive Council and

House of Assembly

members said: “All of us are

worried and there are

some measures that have

to be taken and we must

prevent this.”

The governor said: “We

must take whatever steps

we want to take to tackle

this issue of insecurity in

order not to allow this

happen again.

“It is a personal loss to all

of us. For now, it is like we

are mourning a relative that

has just passed on.”

CAN mourns with

Fasoranti

Similarly, Christian

Association of Nigeria, CAN,

yesterday, commiserated

with the leader of Afenifere,

Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over

the brutal murder of his

daughter, Mrs. Funke

Olakunri, by suspected

kidnappers.

In a statement by CAN

President, Revd Samson

Ayokunle, the umbrella

Christian body condemned

the killing in strong terms

and charged the

government to step up the

security system in the

country.

Ayokunle said: “The

criminality in the country

is condemnable,

reprehensible and

unacceptable act. The

killings have become too

alarming that no

explanation from the

government can justify.

“Is the government totally

overwhelmed? What is the

essence of government? Is

it not first of all to protect

lives and properties?

“The stories we are

hearing are neither

exaggerated nor

politicised. This killing is

a big dent on the

government of the day.

Today, it is Mrs. Olakunri,

no one knows who the next

person could be.

“We are seriously

concerned and are

weeping for our beloved

country Nigeria. Why

have things become like

this? The bad image these

acts are giving us as a

nation daily is bad and

totally shameful. Can’t the

government act better for

us?

“Once again, we call on the

Federal government to

overhaul the security

architecture of the country

which appears to have

collapsed.

“Nowhere is safe again

due to the criminal

activities of men of the

underworld who are

manifesting as terrorists,

killer herdsmen,

kidnappers, ritual killers,

armed bandits, religious

fundamentalists (Boko

Haram) and armed

robbers.

“We call on the Police

and other security

agencies to wake up from

their slumber and fish out

those responsible for this

crime and other killings in

the country.”

Arogbofa, Afenifere scribe

presents autobiography to

mark 80th birthday

AKURE—ALL roads

lead to Akure,

Ondo State capital, on

Saturday for the

presentation of an

autobiography titled To

The stars Through Bows

and Arrows by the

Secretary General of the

p a n - Y o r u b a

organization, Afenifere,

Pa Seinde Arogbofa.

The event, scheduled

to hold at the main

auditorium of Federal

University of Technology

Akure, FUTA, is the

climax of activities lined

up to mark the 80th

birthday of the renowned

educationist.

Also slated for the day

is the investiture of Pa

Arogbofa as a fellow of

the Society for Peace

Studies and Practice and

the unveiling of a book

of essays in his honour

titled: Knowledge

Economy and Nigeria’s

National Security.

It is put together by the

Institute for Peace and

Strategic Studies,

University of Ibadan,

Oyo State.

A prolific and awardwinning

author whose

oeuvres cut across fiction

and non-fiction, Pa

Arogbofa was at a time

the National President of

ANCOPSS (All Nigeria

Conference of Principals

of Secondary Schools).

He is also an Officer of

the Federal Republic

(OFR.)

Governor Oluwarotimi

Akeredolu of Ondo State

and Executive Secretary

of TETFUND, Professor

Suleiman E. Bogoro, are

the book presenters,

while former governor of

Kano State, Senator

Ibrahim Shekarau will

chair the event.


12—Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

COMMISSIONING: From left, Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayirimi Emami; Delta State Deputy

Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State; Chairman of Warri South-West Local Government Area, Duke Tuoyo, and Delta State

Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, during the commissioning of a 4.2-km concrete

rigid pavement road constructed by Delta State government at Okerenkoko in Warri South-West

Local Government Area.

14 Edo lawmakers-elect vow new

speaker'll work amicably with Obaseki

•Deny fake impeachment notice

By Emma

Amaize & Alemma

Aliu

BENIN CITY —THE 14

lawmakers-elect Edo

House of Assembly, who fled

to Abuja, following invasion

of their hotel in Benin City,

Edo State by thugs, over

three weeks ago, have said

the speaker, who shall

ultimately emerge from a

transparent inauguration will

work cordially with the state

governor, Mr. Godwin

Obaseki.

They reiterated their

position, yesterday, just as

sources revealed that the 13-

man House of

Representatives ad-hoc

Committee set up to

investigate the circumstances

that led to the inauguration

of Edo State House of

Assembly on June 17, and

other matters may submit its

report this week.

Vanguard learned that the

committee, headed by Alhaji

Abdulrasaq Namdas, which

was given one week to

complete the assignment, last

Tuesday, was working round

the clock to meet the

deadline.

The 13 other Edo

lawmakers are Ganiyu Audu,

Etsako West 1; Washington

Osifo, Uhumhode; Crosby

Eribo Egor; Sunday Aghedo,

Ovia South West; Christopher

Okaeben, Oredo West;

Kingsley Ugabi, Etsako East;

Vincent Uwadiae, Ovia

North East E II; Dumez

Ugiagbe, Ovia North East I;

Seid Oshiomhole, Etsako

West II; Ahmed Oshomah,

Etsako Central; Eric Okaka;

Owan East; Uyi

Ekhosuehi,Oredo West, and

Mike Ohio Ezomo, Owan

West.

The lawmakers-elect in a

statement by Victor Edoror,

Esan Central and 13 others,

refuted the impeachment

notice against Governor

Obaseki, currently in

circulations, saying it did not

emanate from them.

They said: “Any speaker that

eventually emerges from a

transparent inauguration will

work harmoniously with the

governor of the state.

“We, the elected members

of Edo State House of

Assembly, that have been

away from our state as a result

of harassment and

intimidation we faced for

rejecting impunity and

standing for the truth, hereby

wish to inform the people of

Edo State and the general

public that the impeachment

notice on the governor of Edo

State, Obaseki, currently

being circulated on social

media, is not from us.

“The document is fake,

treacherous, insipid and a

calculated attempt to smear

our names for standing on

the path of truth. In the first

place, members of the public

would have noticed that two

of the names mentioned in

the fake document,

Nosayaba Okunbur and

Chief Sunday Ojiezele are

with the governor in Benin.

“In fact, Okunbor has done

a public disclaimer to that

effect. It is also clear that

members-elect cannot

impeach a governor. The

most questionable aspect of

the document is the fact that

it was typed on an All

Progressives Congress,

APC, letterhead, but the

cheap criminals cleverly

made the heading invisible."

Why Okerenkoko road is dear to our

hearts —Tuoyo

WARRI —

CHAIRMAN of

Warri South-West Local

Government Area, Delta

State, Taiye Tuoyo, has

said the commissioned

4.25 km concrete rigid

pavement road at

Okerenkoko in the

council, executed by the

Delta State government “is

very dear to our people,

because it will enable easy

movement of commuters,

goods and services in the

council, which is 90

percent riverine.”

He spoke, weekend, at

Okerenkoko during the

commissioning of the

project by Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo, noting that

the establishment of

Maritime University at

Okerenkoko by the

Federal Government,

provision of social

amenities, good network of

road, security, scholarship

scheme, skills’ acquisition

and agricultural

development scheme, with

incentives/inputs for the

citizenry, have greatly

enhanced the well-being of

people in the area.

He appealed to the

Federal Government to

provide more social

amenities such as unity

schools, health centres,

vocational training and

skills’ acquisition centres,

markets, bridges,

electricity and potable

water, to open up the

riverine communities.

According to him,

dialogue, diplomacy and

the zeal to develop the

Niger Delta had

immensely assisted to

curb youths’ restiveness

and brought peace as

well as tranquillity to the

region.

UK Parliament holds session

on Bayelsa oil spills

THE effort to

internationalise the

campaign against

environmental injustice in

Bayelsa State has caught

the attention of the United

Kingdom Parliament with

the Africa All

Parliamentary Group,

AAPPG, holding a session

to discuss the impact of oil

spills in the state, the state

government has said.

The event was chaired by

Chi Onwurah, a member

of Parliament and Chair of

AAPPG, which has a

membership of over 200

parliamentarians from

across parties and houses.

It is also one of the largest

and most active APPGs in

the UK parliament, the

state government noted.

This is coming on the

heels of a similar

recognition for the

environmental campaign,

Rise for Bayelsa, which

won seven awards at the

recent Prix de la

Photographie Paris (Paris

Photography Prize) held in

Paris, France.

The pictures showing

environmental and human

devastation as a result of

oil spills in Bayelsa State

were taken by awardwinning

photographer,

Arteh Odijida.

The Rise for Bayelsa

Campaign, which is

supported by the Bayelsa

State governor, Mr Seriake

Dickson, was launched in

March this year and

followed up by

empaneling of the Bayelsa

State Oil and

Environmental

Commission, BSOEC,

chaired by the Archbishop

of York, Dr. John Sentamu.

Chair of BSOEC Expert

Working Group, EWG, Dr.

Kathryn Nwajiaku-

Dahou, who represented

the commission at the

parliamentary session,

said the event was an

excellent opportunity to

highlight the challenges

of the people of Bayelsa

State at an international

forum.

Nwajiaku-Dahou told

journalists in Yenagoa, at

the end of the

commission’s week-long

stakeholders forum across

the eight local government

areas of the state that other

panellists, which include

Alexander Sewell, a Lead

Researcher on Niger Delta

at Stakeholder Democracy

Network, and Martin Day,

former chair of

Greenpeace UK as well as

guests commended

Governor Dickson’s

commitment to tackling

the issue of environmental

injustice in the state and

its potential impact on the

Niger Delta region.

“The event provided the

commission with an

excellent opportunity to

share its work alongside

high-profile stakeholders

while simultaneously

highlighting the

challenges of the people

of Bayelsa State in an

international forum. The

session focused on

discussing environmental

disasters and

accountability of the

extractives sector,

specifically looking at

lessons learned from the

Niger Delta and planned

clean-up."

Those who recognise God

never go down —Okowa

By Festus Ahon

WARRI— Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of

DeltaState, yesterday, said

men who recognise God

never go down in life,

insisting that nothing

comes to man without God.

Okowa spoke during the

thanksgiving service of Mr

Emomotomi Guwor,

member representing Warri

South-West in Delta State

House of Assembly for his

victory at the poll,

successful inauguration,

safe delivery of his wife and

dedication of his baby at the

Redemption Hall Mega

Parish Redeemed Christian

Church of God, RCCG,

Warri.

Stressing the need for

people to rejoice with those

thanking God, the

governor said God made it

possible for Guwor to be the

first Ijaw man to be a

member of the state House

of Assembly from Warri

South-West.

Okowa urged Guwor to

be steadfast with God in

his political pursuit,

enjoining him to render

service to his people.

Warning him against lying

to his constituents, he said

men must live to honour

God at all times.

Speaking during the

reception ceremony after

the church service, Guwor

said he would collaborate

with the executive arm of

government to deliver the

dividends of democracy to

his constituents.

Saying he was a product

of grace, Guwor thanked

the Deputy Governor, Mr

Kingsley Otuaro, for

modelling his life and

promised not to betray the

confidence reposed in him

by his constituents.

Earlier in his sermon, the

Regional Pastor in charge

of Region (RCCG Region

23), Warri, Pastor Olufemi

Olumide, urged Christians

to lay their trophies before

God for more blessings

and rewards.

Olumide said God opens

doors of abundance and

fruitfulness to his children,

adding that God is the

owner of the whole land

and the people that dwell

therein.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019—13

Engineers want high handrails on 2nd Niger Bridge to discourage suicides

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—MEMBERS

of

Nigerian Society of

Engineers, NSE, have suggested

the raising of the handrails in the

ongoing construction of the 2nd

Niger Bridge to discourage those

that might want to commit suicide

on the bridge.

The engineers, led by the

chairman of NSE Abuja branch,

Mr. Chinasaokwu Okoli, visited

the construction site at both the

Asaba and Onitsha ends of the

bridge yesterday, to assess work

progress.

Interacting with officials of the

construction company, Julius

Berger, and the Federal Ministry

of Works, Okoli said when they

were told that handrails were part

of the design of the bridge, they

brought the attention of the

Health, Safety and Environment,

HSE, official to the fact that with

people jumping over bridges and

committing suicide, it would be

better to raise it up.

Okoli said: “The standard of rail

is the height of a man and that is

above 1.5 metres, which will

discourage anybody that wants to

jump over. There should also be

an attachment at the end of the

1.5 metres, so that even if one

wants to climb, he has to make so

much effort which may eventually

make him to change his mind.”

death to play APC politics

THE leader of Indigenous see the death of the woman as a Yoruba in the fight against

People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi party affair and will not tell extra-judicial killings and

Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday,

expressed shock over “the

President Muhammadu Buhari

the truth of the activities of his

injustice in the country, adding

that it will determine further

criminal silence of All kinsmen in the land.

action of the perpetrators.

Progressives Congress, APC, The IPOB leader said the death Kanu

consoled

leaders in Yorubaland over the

killing of Mrs. Funke Fasoranti

Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere

leader, Chief Ruben Fasoranti, by

suspected herdsmen.”

The IPOB leader, in a statement

by its Media and Publicity

of Chief Fasoranti’s daughter in

the hands of suspected killerherdsmen

is a test case for the

Chief Fasoranti, reminding

him that it is high time the

Afenifere took action against the

Secretary, Emma Powerful, called

A

on Yoruba leaders not to allow the member of the Association The Accountant-General

killing of Mrs. Fasoranti of National Accountants of disclosed that the enviable feats

Olakunrin to be swept under the Nigeria, ANAN, Sir Paschal recorded by Governor

carpet and used in playing APC

politics.

Nnamdi Kanu also warned

Yoruba leaders that the killers

of the daughter of their leader

are gradually moving into

Yoruba-land and will do more

havoc if nothing is done about

the death of the Afenifere

leader’s daughter.

Mazi Kanu, who in an earlier

statement entitled Press

Statements and Lamentations

Will Not Stop the Invaders

called for concerted action by

the Yoruba to stop the invasion

of terrorists in the guise of

Okolie, has ascribed the economic

recovery and successes recorded

by the Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi administration in the

past four years to prudent

management of lean resources

and his ingenuous interface with

professionals.

Speaking during the grand

party and dinner organised by

ANAN, South-East Zone to mark

its 40th anniversary, Sir Paschal,

who is the state’s Accountant-

General and chairman of the

occasion, added that Governor

Ugwuanyi has wisely employed

the services of members of ANAN

Ugwuanyi’s administration in

regular payment of workers’

salaries, with or without

allocations from the federal

account, as well as pensions and

other entitlements of workers, are

as a result of the governor’s

commitment to professionalism,

fiscal discipline and the wellbeing

of the people of Enugu State.

He added: “If you look around,

industries are springing up and

the economy of the state is being

re-activated each time salaries

are paid.

“All these are because we are

prudent, accountable, transparent

herdsmen, said some to manage the state’s scarce and Enugu State is experiencing

disgruntled APC elements will resources.

peace and good governance.”

The Federal Controller of Works

in Anambra State, who is

supervising the work, Mr.

Adeyomo Ajani, explained that

there was already walk lane,

which was contained in the

original standard design.

He added: “The engineers are

talking about a review. What we

have is 1.1 metres, which is the

design. If we have to do 1.5 metres

to take care of suicidal situations,

it will require another design.”

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Banking, FCMB, Mrs. Chinyere Muda-Sanusi; Acting Commercial Officer, Ikeja Electric, Mr. Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu; PEP

Stores Country Manager, Mrs. Kofo Awonuga; Team Lead, Personal Care & FMCG, Corporate Banking, FCMB, Mr. Folusho

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Mr. Matthew Oladipo, during the launch of Customer Bill Payment Platform, a partnership between Ikeja Electric, FCMB and

PEP Stores, in Lagos.

Kanu to Yoruba leaders:

Don’t allow use of Olakunrin's

invasion of Yorubaland by

herdsmen.

He added that “press

statements and words of fury

cannot unearth the herdsmen

that killed one of their own.

Lamentations will not stop the

invaders, only concrete mass

action can.”

Ugwuanyi’s engagement of professionals

behind his success—ANAN

Okolie expressed delight that

the governor has demonstrated

dexterity in sustaining and

improving his administration’s

efforts towards providing good

services to the people.

In his welcome address,

chairman of ANAN, South-East

zone, Professor Uche Ugwuanyi,

stated that as a professional body,

ANAN had at its formation,

strategically positioned its

members at the strata of the

society “through robust, wellfocused

and appropriatelystructured

capacity

development,” adding that

“continuing education and

retraining programmes have

continued to yield positive impact

in the critical sectors of Nigeria’s

economy.”.

RUGA: Orji Kalu

tasks FG on

wider

consultations

SENATE Chief Whip, Orji

Uzor Kalu(Abia North),

has advised the President

Muhammadu Buhari-led

administration not to impose

the RUGA settlements

programme on states.

Kalu said this, Friday, during

a briefing in Abuja.

The Senator advised the

Federal Government to do

extensive consultations and

engagements with community

stakeholders in the various

states in order to seek their

consent and understanding.

Senator Kalu also said

government needs to sensitise

the public on the business

potentials of the programme,

saying RUGA was a business

venture that can be practiced

by anyone.

He stated that the

apprehension being

expressed over the plan by the

Federal Government to create

cattle settlements was

needless.

He told reporters in Abuja

that he established a

successful RUGA settlement in

Abia State, when he was

governor in 2001.

The cattle market, he said,

is located in Lokpanta,

Umunneochi Local

Government Area, along

Enugu-Port Harcourt

Expressway.

CAN youths

want Northern

Coalition

members

arrested over

RUGA

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—THE Southern

Youth Wing of Christian

Association of Nigeria,

YOWICAN, yesterday, called

on President Muhammadu

Buhari to arrest members of

the northern coalition who

issued a 30-day ultimatum to

southern leaders to accept

the Federal Government’s

RUGA scheme for herders.

YOWICAN President,

Oluchukwu Nnabugwu, who

spoke in Owerri, said

Northern Coalition’s

statement could lead to

immediate disintegration of

the country as well as

heighten the tension in the

land.

He added that neither

RUGA nor the National

Livestock Transformation

Plan, NLTP would solve the

problems of herdsmen,

adding that the cattle

settlement agenda was

aimed at Islamisation and

Fulanisation of the country.


14—Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF GODWIN EMEFIELE, CBN GOV, IN LAGOS

PHOTOS. AKEEM SALAU

Mr Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor/celebrant

(middle) and Pastor Tunde Bakare (right) during the CBN Governor's celebration

of years of God’sBlessing, in Lagos, yesterday.

Mr Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank, and his wife.

From left,

Governors

Abdulrahman

Abdul-

R a z a q

( K w a r a

State) and

Adegboyega

Oyetola

( O s u n

State).

From left: Governors Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State; Abubakar Atiku

Bagudu of Kebbi State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.

Mr Tony Elumelu, Chairman, United Bank

of Africa, UBA (left) and Oba Otudeko,

Chairman, Honeywell Group.

Mrs Modele Sarafa-Yusufu and Governor

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State.

Mrs Bola Adesola, Managing Director and

Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered

Bank (left) and Mrs Adeola Azeez.

From left: Adaeze Anumba, Purity Chika and Mrs Stella Okoli.

Kennedy Uzoka, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive

Officer, UBA (left) and Nnamdi Okonkwo, Chief Executive Officer/

Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Nigeria.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State (left)

and Captain Hosa Okunbo.

Alhaji

Ismaila Isa

Funtua

(left) and

Chief

Emeka

Anyaoku,

former

Commonwealth

Secretary-

General.


NDUKA OBAIGBENA @ 60

VANGUARD, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 — 15

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo led an array of dignitaries to the 60th birthday thanksgiving of Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Publisher, Thisday

Newspapers at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina and reception at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, yesterday. PHOTOS: BUNMI AZEEZ.

From left: Mr. Louis Odion, former Commissioner for Information and Orientation,

Edo State; Mr. Tunji Bello, former Secretary to Lagos State Government; Prince Nduka

Obaigbena, celebrant and Publisher, Thisday Newspapers and Mr Kola Ologbondiyan,

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Publicity Secretary.

From left: Dr Oba Otudeko; Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Ekiti State Governor,

Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; and

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

From left: Efe, Hamid, Ehi Chima, Chinwe and

Ozowa Obaigbena, children of the celebrant.

From left: HRM. Emmanuel O. Efeizomor II,

Obi of Owa Kingdom; Prince Ben Obaigbena,

celebrant's brother and Mrs. Margaret Obaigbena,

celebrant's mother.

TOSIN DOKPESI @ 50

From left: Mrs Motunrayo Olumakaiye; Mrs. A.

Okuyelu; Otunba Subomi Balogun and his wife,

Olori Abimbola.

Wife of Emeritus Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Mrs. Oluwatosin Dokpesi marked her 50th birthday in Abuja at the weekend.

From left; Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Former Director General, National Broadcasting Commission,

NBC, Dr. Tom Adaba and the celebrant, Mrs Tosin Dokpesi.

Mrs Oluwatosin Dokpesi with her birthday cake.

From left; Chief Dokpesi; ex-Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili and wife, Mary.


16—Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

CAPITAL MARKETS DAY: From left— Roger Brown, Chief Financial Officer, SEPLAT; Oscar Onyema,

CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE; Austin Avuru, CEO, SEPLAT; Effiong Okon, Operations Director,

SEPLAT; Chioma Nwachuku, General Manager, External Affairs & Communications, SEPLAT; Yetunde

Taiwo, MD, ANOH Gas Processing Company, AGPC, at SEPLAT’s Capital Markets Day event at the

Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos.

Ihedioha under pressure to sack monarch

By Chinoso Alozie

O WERRI—PRESSURE

is said to be

mounting on the governor

of Imo state, Emeka

Ihedioha, to sack the

chairman of Imo state

traditional rulers, Eze Imo,

Samuel Ohiri.

Vanguard was reliably

informed yesterday in

Owerri, that the governor,

was considering options on

the table, one of which is

engaging with the royal

fathers at different levels

before taking his decision.

However, Ohiri’s

challenge started the day

Ihedioha, met with the over

600 hundred traditional

rulers at the palace of Eze

Imo, along Mbari street in

the state capital.

At that event, there was

an attempt to interrupt

Ohiri, while he was making

his remarks, just as the

drama was noticed by the

governor as well as the

former governor of the state,

Ikedi Ohakim, who

accompanied Ihedioha to

that event.

Days after the drama, a

cross section of traditional

rulers paid a visit to

Ihedioha, at government

House, where the royal

fathers outrightly

demanded for the

replacement of Ohiri.

They also demanded for

the recall of some traditional

rulers who were suspended

by the immediate past

administration of Rochas

Okorocha, for receiving

President Goodluck

Takeme lauds Okowa on road projects

in riverine communities

By Festua Ahon

A SABA—THE

immediate past

Commissioner, Delta State

Ministry of Urban Renewal,

Chief Julius Takeme,

yesterday said the

commissioned Obotobo 1-

Obotobo 11- Sokebolou-

Youkiri road project in

Ogulagha Kingdom,

Burutu Local Government

Area has opened up the

area for greater

development.

Speaking with newsmen

after the commissioning of

the road project executed by

Jonathan, in 2015.

The group requested that

the Imo state House of

Assembly should repeal

the Imo state of Nigeria

Traditional Rulers,

Autonomous Communities

and Other Matters, Law

No.15 of 2016 and replace

Edo group slams Obaseki over rally

BENIN CITY—THE

Edo Peoples

Movement, EPM, a

pressure group in the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Edo State, has

described the last

Thursday's rally organized

by the Edo State

government in Benin City

as another desperate act of

Governor Godwin Obaseki,

who “claimed we are

against his second term bid

because he refused to share

money for politicians.”

While reacting to the

Editorial in Vanguard

newspapers last Thursday

in relation to the crisis in

Edo and Bauchi states

LASEMA sets up marine rescue unit,

others

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

LAGOS—LAGOS State

E m e r g e n c y

Management Agency,

LASEMA, has concluded

plans to flag off a response

team, known as Marine

Rescue Unit, inorder to en-

the Delta State

Government by Vice

President Yemi Osinbajo,

Takeme commended the

initiative and speedy

completion of the road

projects.

He noted that the

Obotobo 1, 11, Sokebulou

and Youkiri Road project

measuring 20.29km would

enhance social-economic

lives of the people and

those from other

neighboring riverine

communities in the locality.

Describing the road

infrastructure as a wel-

it with that of the 2006. The

reason given was that 2016

law gave an undue advantage

to the few.

The group was led by the

former chairman of Imo state

traditional rulers council,

Eze Cletus Illomuanya.

Other demands as listed

House of Assemblies, the

group clarified that 14 out

of the 24 members of the

Edo state House of

Assembly were against the

illegal inauguration of the

state House of Assembly

while 10 and not 12 are loyal

to governor Godwin

Obaseki.

In a statement signed by

former Minority whip of the

House of Representatives

and leader of the EPM in

Edo State, Mr Samson

Osagie, it said, “we watch

governor Obaseki’s

hypocrisy once more when

he spent millions of Edo

state funds organizing a

solidarity visit in Benin City

sure prompt response to

emergencies, surveillance,

as well as provide adequate

safety of the commuting

populace on Lagos waterways.

The Director General/

Chief Executive Officer,

CEO,LASEMA, Dr.

Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu

come development in

Ogulagha, he said the

kingdom have never had it

so good despite its huge

contribution to the nation’s

economy.

He maintained that the

completion and

commissioning of the road

projects was reassuring to

the riverine communities

that all hope was not lost.

Assuring that more

projects would be executed

and commissioned in

Burutu Local Government

Area under the present

administration in the state,

Takeme paid glowing

tributes to Dr Ifeanyi Okowa

for being a man of his words.

by the Secretary of the

group, Eze Ama

Durueburoe, insisted “On

the recall of Eze

Ilomuanya as Obi of

Obinugwu and Chairman

of Imo State Council of Ndi

Eze.

as part of his desperation

ahead the 2020

governorship election in

the state.

“We found it most

embarrassing because this

is the same governor who

claimed he wants to end

thuggery,; that politicians

are fighting him because

he refused to share money.

But we have observed how

political thugs took over

Benin City under the guise

that they are protecting the

illegal Speaker of the

House and eight others who

did inauguration at midnight.

Several millions of tax payers’

money was expended by the

wake and see poverty governor.

who disclosed this, weekend,

during the interactive

session with members of

LASEMA staff at the Safety

Arena, Bolade Oshodi, Lagos,

said the operation

would be done in collaboration

with marine police.

Oke-Osanyintolu

stressed that the move was

to revamp its operations on

Lagos State waterways,

saying that the agency

would henceforth, actively

compliment the efforts of

the state waterways

agencies such as the marine

police, Navy and other

relevant stakeholders.

He stated that the

position of the agency was

in sync with the efforts of

the administration of Mr.

Babajide Sanwo-olu to

provide adequate safety of

lives and properties

through workable and

achievable programmes

and strategies, aimed at

improving efficiency in the

delivery of disaster

management in the State.

Oil flat as tropical storm limits

output, glut forecasts weigh

OIL prices were little changed on Friday as U.S.

Gulf of Mexico crude output dropped by more

than half from disruptions caused by a tropical storm,

but concerns over a global crude surplus in the months

ahead limited gains.

Brent crude LCOc1 futures settled at $66.72 a barrel,

climbing 20 cents. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI)

crude CLc1 futures settled at $60.21 a barrel, up 1 cent.

Brent has gained 4 percent this week while WTI posted

a 4.7 percent rise. Both benchmarks fell last week.

Tropical Storm Barry, which is expected to become a

hurricane just before making landfall this weekend,

boosted crude futures as oil companies in the Gulf of

Mexico sliced production. Nearly 59 percent, or 1.1

million barrels per day, of crude oil production in the

U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico has been

cut because of the storm, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and

Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said. “The crude

oil market is being supported by the Gulf of Mexico

production shut-in.

Volkswagen zooms ahead in

extension of alliance with Ford to

electric, automated cars

FORD Motor Co (F.N) and Volkswagen AG

(VOWG_p.DE) said they will spend billions of

dollars to jointly develop electric and self-driving vehicles,

deepening a global alliance to slash development

and manufacturing costs while positioning VW as the

initial winner. How soon those investments will pay for

themselves is an open question across the global auto

industry.

Ford and VW executives said the latest collaborations

could save hundreds of millions of dollars for each company.

But the projects would take time to develop, and

the size and timing of the payoffs were unclear. The

latest iteration of the Ford-VW alliance suggests the

German automaker may hold the more lucrative cards

- for now. VW has agreed to plow $3.1 billion into Ford’s

Argo AI self-driving unit, but estimates it could realize

up to $20 billion in revenue by sharing its MEB electric

vehicle architecture with Ford in Europe.

China’s June crude oil imports climb

as new refineries spur demand

CHINA’s crude oil imports on a daily basis in June

rose 15.2 percent from a year earlier, customs data

showed on Friday, as the start up of new large-scale

refiners spurred demand for feedstocks. A new plant

owned by Hengli Petrochemical (600346.SS), capable

of processing 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude,

reached full operations in late May, while a similar

sized plant owned by Zhejiang Petrochemical has started

trial runs.

June imports by the world’s largest crude oil importer

came in at 39.58 million tonnes, according to data

from the General Administration of Customs. That works

out to 9.63 million bpd, up 1.7 percent from 9.47 million

bpd level in May and up from 8.36 million bpd a

year ago. For the first six months of 2019, crude imports

grew 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 244.6 million

tonnes, or about 9.87 million bpd. June imports

rose despite poor margins limiting runs at some plants

and amid shut downs for maintenance. Last month,

Sinopec’s 200,000-bpd Luoyang refinery, PetroChina’s

140,000-bpd Jinzhou refinery and a 200,000-bpd Liaoyang

Petrochemical plant were shut for planned repairs.

Expectations are low for bank

earnings but investors say ‘buy’

LOW interest rates and weak trading volume have

pushed down Wall Street’s second-quarter estimates

for the biggest U.S. banks, yet investors still say

they want

Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan Chase and Co, Goldman

Sachs Group Inc and Wells Fargo and Co kick off the

second-quarter company earnings season with reports

out Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday Morgan Stanley

reports. Analysts expect second-quarter earnings

per share (EPS) growth for the S&P 500 bank index

.SPXBK of 11 percent, down from 14.4 percent on Jan.

1. Revenue growth expectations have dropped to 1.6

percent from 3.4 percent, according to the average of

estimates gathered by Refinitiv. This is partly thanks to

a flatter yield curve - the narrowing spread between

short-term interest rates and long-term rates. On top of

this, trading volumes fell in the quarter as many investors

stayed on the sidelines due to volatility related to

the U.S.-China trade war.

Some stories credited to Reuters


Vanguard MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 — 17


18 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

Undue secrecy over ministerial list

PERHAPS it is too late to expect

President Muhammadu Buhari to

deviate from the path perfected by his

predecessors and toed by himself in

2015 - keeping the portfolios of his

ministerial nominees secret until they

have been cleared by the Senate.

Section 147 of the Constitution 1999

(As Amended) simply gives the

President the power to appoint his

ministers subject to the confirmation

of his nominees by the Senate within

21 days of receiving the ministerial

list. It also directs that each state must

have at least one minister, and that the

spread must reflect the Federal

Character principle enshrined in

Section 14.

Before the truncation of civilian rule

in the Second Republic, the ruling parties

openly negotiated the sharing formula

of ministers (along with their

portfolios) with other parties or

groups with which they were in alliance

or accord in winning elections.

The military made a great fetish of

keeping the lists secret and only

attached portfolios to the appointees

after the military ruling councils

approved the list of ministerial

nominees.

That culture is one of the military

legacies that have remained with us

in our 20 years of democratic rule.

Another residue of the military era

is the tendency of presidents to

appoint themselves ministers, usually

over the petroleum national cash-cow

portfolio.

They never present themselves for

screening nor do they give account

of their stewardship to the Senate as

constitutionally mandated.

We claim to practice the Americanstyle

Presidential System, and yet we

tend to pick and choose from among

the time-tested traditions associated

with it. In America, the ministerial

nominees are announced together with

their portfolios.

This gives the public and media ample

opportunity to discuss the suitability or

otherwise of the candidate for the job

based on track records.

Nominating ministers and attaching

portfolios to them only after the Senate

has approved the list amounts to

ambushing of the public and therefore

undemocratic.

We call on the Senate to break this

unwholesome practice by screening

only nominees whose portfolios were

attached together with their

nomination. They should also desist

from approving the President as a

Minister.

Ministerial appointments must be

more democratic and accountable.

OPINION

The intricacies of rape in our society

By Raymond Oise-Oghaede,

IT is a well known fact that ‘rape‘ is a serious

criminal offence that has attracted and is

still attracting outrage and condemnations

from every corner of all civilized societies.

According to Section 357 of the Criminal Code

Act: “Any person who has unlawful carnal

knowledge of a woman or girl without her

consent, or with her consent, if the consent is

obtained by force or by means of threat or

intimidation of any kind, or by fear of harm,

or by means of false and fraudulent

representation as to the nature of the act, or in

the case of a married woman by personating

her husband, is guilty of an offence which is

called rape.”

From the definition, it is clear that the carnal

knowledge will still be unlawful even if the

consent of the woman or girl is obtained

‘incorrectly‘ (e.g. statutory rape). Also, Section

31 (1) of the Child Rights Act (2003), states

that: “No person shall have sexual intercourse

with a child.” This is further buttressed by

Section 31 (3) which also states that, where a

person is charged with an offence under this

section, it is immaterial that (a) “the offender

believed the person to be of or above the age of

18 years” or (b) “the sexual intercourse was

with the consent of the child.” So, for those

who are positing that it was a ‘consensual

affair’ and not a rape because the act was

repeated with no struggle, no screaming and

no bruises; these provisions will instructively

put away such postulations. In this case, even

if the child (below 18 years) gave her consent

to the act, that will still not exonerate the

accused because the girl is below the ‘age of

consent’.

The above position is supported under

Section 282 of the Penal Code (which is

applicable in all Northern states of Nigeria).

However, Section 282 (2) (e) states that sex

with a girl under 14 years of age or who is of

unsound mind is rape, irrespective of whether

there is consent or not. On a related but different

note, rape is defined under the Violence Against

Persons Prohibition Act, VAPPA, “as when a

person intentionally penetrates the vagina,

anus or mouth of another person with any other

part of his/her body or anything else without

consent.” In the same vein, Section 7 (1) of the

Nigeria Sexual Offences Bill, 2015 provides

that a person who commits an act which causes

penetration with a child is guilty of an offence

called defilement.

From the foregoing, it is obvious that the

issue of rape as a crime in Nigeria is very

complex and delicate. It goes beyond the

general definition of a man having carnal

knowledge of a woman/girl without her

consent. Therefore, you will agree with me that

the case in question is very complicated and

needs to be handled with care and caution

because some pertinent factors must be put

into consideration before arriving at a

conclusion.

It is instructive to draw our attention to

Section 7(5) of the Nigeria Sexual Offences

Bill, which provided defence for any accused

person “if it is proved that the victim deceived

the accused person into believing she was over

the age of 18 years at the time of the alleged

commission of the offence; and or that, the

accused person reasonably believed that the

victim was over the age of 18 years”.

At this point, the next thing to try to establish,

would be if the act was done without the

consent of the victim or if such consent was

obtained incorrectly. This would also be very

difficult to establish as a result of the fact that

the incident was not immediately reported

(unless the victim can prove that she was under

threat not to have done so over the years).

Thirdly, the long period of commission of the

offence notwithstanding, perpetrator of rape

can be arraigned at any time because the act

is not affected by statute of limitation in our

country (it cannot be statute-barred). The only

problem (especially in this case and even for

indecent assault committed against a child)

is the burden to prove the fact in issue of the

commission of the offence. It must have to be

proved beyond reasonable doubt that the act

was actually committed by the accused and

that there was indeed penetration (for rape/

defilement). So, if such crime was not reported

over the years, it is doubtful if there could be

a medical report or an eye witness evidence

to corroborate that penetration took place.

A victim must make a formal report to the

police for investigations and other necessary

actions. It is advisable to ensure that all

substantial evidences are in place to prove

We should desist from

stigmatising rape victims so

that they can always promptly

report such incidents to the

relevant security agencies for

appropriate actions

the facts in issue before charging the case to

court in order for the action not to backfire.

This is in view of the fact that if the accused is

proved to be innocent, he can institute an

action of defamation against the ‘presumed

victim’ and send her to jail eventually. So, it is

pertinent to look very carefully and

understandingly before taking a leap.

In view of the aforesaid, you will agree with

me that the issues at hand goes beyond

throwing tantrums on social media or calling

for the head of someone who is presumed

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innocent until he is proved guilty and convicted

by a court of competent jurisdiction. So, my

concerns are: Why then are we quick to pass

‘malicious and unjustifiable judgments‘ on

social media? Why is it that some of us do not

apply wisdom before flooding the social media

with sentimentally biased posts? What is the

rationale for taking laws into our hands in the

cause of fighting for justice? Why embarking

on protest to molest members of the church who

were exercising their freedom of thought,

conscience and religion, and freedom of

association as provided under sections 38 and

40, respectively, of the 1999 Constitution of the

country?

We should remember that the parties involved

are citizens of this country who should be

protected by the laws of the land. So, how

reasonable and sensible is it for us to want to

protect one person‘s right by trampling on that

of another or others? It is very imperative to

always allow the legal process to be conducted

in a proper manner so as not to prejudice the

accused.

We should desist from actions and reactions

that are capable of causing lawlessness in the

polity where those that have the clout, popularity

and wherewithal to organise nauseating

protests will always have their way in getting

‘jankara redress or jungle justice‘.

If we are not careful in handling the act of

rape, we can plunge the country into a state

where every sexual intercourse is turned into

rape for ‘fraudulent gains‘ and, or ‘act of

vindictiveness.‘

It is time we desist from stigmatising victims

of rape so that they will be encouraged to

always promptly report such incidents to the

relevant security agencies for appropriate

actions. This will also forestall any lacuna that

could jeopardise the dispensation of justice by

the victim’s resolve to ‘cover her shame‘ rather

than doing the needful.

•Oise-Oghede, a public policy analyst,

wrote from Lagos.


By Babajide Komolafe

THE reduction in the remunerable

limit for bank deposit placement in

the Standing Deposit Facility, SDF, of the

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is

expected to inject about N750 billion into

the interbank money market prompting

further decline in cost of funds.

In a bid to compel banks to increase

lending to the economy, the CBN last

week reduced the remunerable limit for

bank deposit placement in its SDF.

“The remunerable daily placements by

banks at the SDF shall not exceed N2

N750bn boost in interbank

liquidity underway

•May crash banks’ interest income

billion. The SDF deposit of N2 billion

shall be remunerated at the interest rate

prescribed by the Monetary Policy

Committee, MPC, from time to time. Any

deposit by a bank in excess of N2 billion

shall not be remunerated,” the CBN said

in a circular signed by Director, Financial

Markets Departments, Dr Angela Sere-

Ejembi.“

This move, according to financial

market analysts, will increase liquidity

in the interbank money market which

Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 —19

will lead to a decline in interbank interest

rates.

While noting that the measure will

also compel banks to lend to each other

as well as lend to the economy, they

stressed that it could, however, lead to

decline in bank’s interest income as well

as trigger increase in non-performing

loans in the banking industry.

“In the immediate, the money market

liquidity is expected to rise by N750

billion, thereby lowering interbank

market rates by 150 basis points”, said

Continues on page 21

MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

By Nkiruka Nnorom

ATOTAL of seven leading deposit

money banks, DMBs, may now

be under pressure to beef up their loan

portfolio following a recent directive by

the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

which requires banks to give out 60

percent of their deposits as loans to the

real sector.

The banks include, Guaranty Trust

Bank, GTB Plc, First Bank of Nigeria,

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated,

Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Union Bank

of Nigeria Plc, United Bank for Africa

Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.

Financial analysts said more smaller

banks would also be affected, adding

that the pressures may force the

banks to sidetrack the policy and opt

to stay with the penalty for noncompliance.

CBN’s new lending policy

puts 7 banks under pressure

•Record N1.7trn LDR shortfall

•Analysts point to dangers ahead

Penalty for

non-compliance

Going by the new policy, these banks

would be compelled to shore up their

loan position with as much as N1.7

trillion, representing the Loan-to-

Deposit, LDR, shortfall recorded by the

banks as at the end of first quarter 2019

(Q1’19). This figure would go up if the

banks’ deposits continue the uptrend

recorded in the Q1’19 reports.

The execution of the policy, on the

other hand, may also mean a forcefull

lock-up of half of this amount (N844

billion) by CBN should they fail to

create the new loans by September 30,

2019.

Financial Vanguard analysis of the

Q1'19 financial results of the affected

banks showed that they recorded 51.6

percent LDR, representing 8.4 percent

shortfall of the LDR target.

Breakdown showed that the banks'

deposit stood at N20.12 trillion as at

the period under review, but they disbursed

N10.4 trillion loans to the customers.

Under the new policy they

would be required to disburse

N12.1trillion loans.

However, the overflow recorded by

the remaining five out of 12 banks

covered by this report effectively moderated

the huge gap the seven banks

recorded, thereby bringing down the

cumulative shortfall to N646 billion.

The banks, Fidelity Bank Plc, Access

Bank Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, FCMB

Group Plc and Wema Bank Plc, which

aggressively pursued loan creation,

overshot their expected target under

the new policy by N1.33 trillion, having

given out N5.5 trillion from N7.0 trillion

deposits they recorded during the

period.

The CBN Directive

The CBN had penultimate week

mandated banks to maintain 60 percent

LDR effective September 30, 2019,

Continues on page 20

Nigerians abandon 10m

bank accounts in H1’19

22

PenCom investments in

equities, FGN Securities

drop 7.2% to N6.7trn 24

Regulatory fines will put

banks on their toes

— Adebayo 28


20 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

CBN’s new lending policy puts 7 banks under pressure

Continues from page 19

saying that the measure would

ramp up growth in the

Nigerian economy through

adequate funding and investment

in the real sector. The

LDR is subject to quarterly

review.

The apex bank, in the Circular

to the banks, explained

that Small and Medium Enterprises,

SMEs, retail, mortgage

and consumer lending,

would be assigned a weight

of 150 percent in computing

the LDR in order to encourage

them.

It noted that failure to meet

the above minimum LDR by

the specified date would result

in a levy of additional

Cash Reserve Requirement

equal to 50 percent of the

lending shortfall on the target

LDR.

Analysts believe that the

regulation is the apex bank's

way of curtailing investment

in government securities by

the banks.

Over time, banks have

shied away from lending to

the real sector, preferring, instead,

to invest in government

securities due to the

high yield environment.

Moreover, the banks considered

lending to the CBN’s

preferred sectors to be more

risky even when the interest

income is clearly higher than

the yields on government securities.

Recall that at the last Monetary

Policy Meeting (MPC)

meeting, the CBN indicated

that it is exploring ways of

limiting banks’ investments

in government securities in

order to accelerate private

sector lending.

But some financial sector

operators that spoke

to Financial Vanguard said

the banks may choose to deposit

additional reserve with

the apex bank rather than

undertake more risk of lending

to the high risk real sector

of the economy.

Banks’ LDR

positions

Against the new regulatory

threshold of 60 percent, First

Bank recorded the lowest

LDR at 47.4 percent followed

by UBA at 47.9 percent. Others

are Zenith Bank (50.14%),

Union Bank (51.7%), GTB

(53.1%), Stanbic IBTC

Holdings (55.9%) and Ecobank

(56.4%).

Consequently, of the 12

banks focused by Financial

Vanguard, two tier-1 banks,

First Bank and UBA recorded

the highest LDR deficit. First

Bank recorded 12.6 percent

or N442 billion shortfall, followed

by UBA with 12.1 percent

or N428 billion shortfall.

Both banks would, therefore,

need to increase their lending

by 12.6 percent and 12.1

percent respectively to comply

with the regulatory threshold.

Zenith Bank, which ranked

third in terms of LDR deficit,

needs to build its loan book

further by 9.9 percent or N352

billion; Union Bank, on the

other hand, would build its

loan book by 8.3 percent or

N72.12 billion.

Others are GTB, which

needs to raise its lendings by

N166 billion or 6.9 percent

LDR, while Stanbic IBTC and

ETI need 4.1 percent or

N30.03 billion and 3.6 percent

or N20 billion loan allocation

respectively in order to comply.

On the flip side, Fidelity

Bank Plc recorded the highest

LDR at 94.7 percent overshooting

the new threshold

by N354.3 billion after lending

N966.3 billion out of N1.02

trillion deposits.

Sterling Bank followed, recording

78.9 percent LDR,

overshooting the new threshold

by N148.29 billion after

lending N618 billion out of

N783.26 billion deposits.

FCMB Group came third

with 73.9 percent, also overshooting

the regulatory

threshold by N116.03 billion

after lending N615.2 billion

out of N831.93 billion deposits.

Access Bank was the next

with 69.9 percent LDR. The

bank overshot the LDR target

by N388 billion after extending

N2.74 trillion credit

to customers from N3.92 trillion

deposits, while Wema

Bank closed as the fifth with

69.5 percent, overshooting

the new threshold by N36.35

billion after lending N266.34

billion from N383.32 billion

deposits.

Dangers ahead —Analysts

Ronak Ghadia, Director of

Sub-Saharan African Banks,

EFG Hermes Research,

told Financial Vanguard in

an emailed response that the

regulation could be damaging

for the banking

industry as it would encourage

banks to take risks in a

volatile macro-economic environment,

which could result

in increased Non-Performing

Loan (NPL) formation.

He posited that the banks

may try to lower some of their

prudential risk management

measures, especially when

lending to the consumer,

SME and the retail segment

and that could result in

higher than expected NPL

formation.

Also, according to him, in

order to comply with the regulation,

banks may try to reduce

COVER

their deposit base, which

would negatively affect the

financial inclusion rate of the

country.

Ghadia stated: “Normally

banking sector regulators introduce

maximum LDR

thresholds to limit risk taking

by banks. Conversely, in

Nigeria, introduction of a

minimum LDR by the CBN

encourages banks to undertake

more risk at a time when

the macro-environment remains

fragile at best. Moreover,

the regulation encourages

banks to lend to sectors

that they have historically

been uncomfortable lending

to.

“I think there is a risk that

the new regulation could lead

to banks underwriting highrisk

loans which could lead

to further asset quality deterioration

and destabilisation

of the industry, at a time when

the regulator has limited

scope for further bail-outs.

“Introduction of a minimum

LDR threshold is likely to result

in banks substituting

deposit funding for other

forms of funding such as

Eurobonds and local corporate

bonds among others,

enabling them to artificially

satisfy the regulatory requirement.

That is, rather than

grow the numerator, banks

will reduce the denominator

for the LDR calculation.”

Substituting

deposits

He further noted that the

impact of the introduction of

minimum LDR is unlikely to

have a significant impact on

tier 1 banks (except perhaps

UBA) as they would be able

to meet the threshold by either

moderately increasing

their loan book and/ or substituting

deposits (which

would reduce the financial

inclusion rate) for other funding

sources.

Also, speaking, Mr.

Johnson Chukwu, Managing

Director/CEO, Cowry Asset

Management, said that in as

much as banks may try to

comply with the directive,

they may decide to explore

the next available window,

which is depositing additional

reserve (Cash Reserve Ratio)

with the apex bank as levy

for non-compliance, which is

also safer for them.

He stated: “In the absence

of viable lending opportunity,

the banks would rather, in the

interim, allow the Central

Bank to sterilise deposit

while they seek out good

lending opportunity. In a bid

to comply, the banks may try

to loosen some of their credit

requirements, but that also

can lead to increase in NPL

level.

“I think there will be a time

lag during which period the

CBN will allow the banks to

identify good credit and

lend.”


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

N750bn boost in interbank

liquidity underway

continued from pg 19

Kunle Ezun, research

analysts at Ecobank

Nigeria Limited.

Speaking on the

implications of the CBN

measure, he said: “The

CBN’s recent move could

be positive, as we expect

improved lending to the

productive sector and

revive the risk appetite for

the productive sectors of

the economy.

“However, depending

on market reaction and

behaviour, the following

scenarios could

materialise: The interbank

money market rates

could further drop and

average 2.0 percent to

5.0 percent in the days

ahead. While the

liquidity in the market

will rise, the liquidity

could be locked up in a

large portfolio of

government securities in

contrast to the overall

objective of lending to

the real sector.

“In the longer term,

more stringent

regulations can be

positive for the economy

but negative for the

lending institution (in

terms of NPL):Stringent

regulations can force

banks to increase their

risk appetite, which

could lead to higher nonperforming

loan and

further deteriorate the

industry’s asset quality”.

Making a similar

projection, Ayo

Akinwunmi, Head of

Research, FSDH

Merchant Bank, said:

“This, in a way, will

reduce the interest

income of banks going

forward. It will also force

banks to trade more with

one another in the

interbank market than

before.

“It may also reduce the

cost of managing system

liquidity for the CBN as

the apex bank will now

have access to more

funds from the banking

system at no cost than

before. In addition,

interbank interest rates

may drop further as a

result of increased

system liquidity.

“This is part of the

efforts of the CBN to

increase banks’credit to

the real sector of the

economy in order to

stimulate growth of the

economy. As noted

earlier, it is important that

the efforts of the CBN are

supported by appropriate

fiscal policies and

incentives to reduce the

risk of lending to the

Interbank interest rates

economy and also

develop new businesses

and sectors that bank

loans can be directed to.”

Analysts at Lagos based

Cowry Asset

Management Limited,

though affirmed that the

measure will lead to

increased lending and

also boost the nation’s

Gross Domestic Growth

(GDP), they however

stressed that it portends

risk to the inflation rate.

“As CBN prioritised the

flow of money to

businesses in the Small

and Medium Enterprises

(SMEs), retail, mortgage

and consumer lending

space, coupled with the

a n t i c i p a t e d

implementation of the

minimum wage, we

expect to see

improvement in GDP

growth from the second

half of the year.

Nevertheless, we expect

CBN to keep tabs on the

inflation rate as the risk

becomes imminent”, they

said.

Cost of funds falls

In line with the above

projections, cost of funds

in the interbank money

market fell last week in

response to increase

liquidity occasioned by

the CBN measure.

According to FMDQ,

interest rate on

Collateralised (Open

Buy Back, OBB) lending

fell by 165 bpts to 2.21

percent last week from

3.86 percent the previous

week. Similarly, interest

rate on Overnight

lending dropped by 164

bpts to 2.93 percent from

4.57 percent the

previous week.

Analysts at Lagos

based Zedcrest Capital

Limited, projected that

cost of funds will remain

stable at this level this

week courtesy of system

liquidity level of N334

billion at the close of

business on Friday.

The improved

liquidity prompted by

the CBN measure

according to Cowry

Asset analysts will this

week occasion increased

demand at the treasury

bills auction to be held

by the apex bank.

They stressed that the

liquidity level will also

positively impact prices

of FGN bonds this week

with yields heading

south.

“In the new week,

CBN will auction T-bills

worth N107.05 billion.

We expect their stop

rates to decrease

marginally due to

increase demand amid

boost in system liquidity

which, in addition to

maturing T-Bills worth

N41.68 billion, is also

expected to result in

decline in Nigeria

Interbank Offered Rate

(NIBOR).

“Against the backdrop

of boost in financial

system liquidity, we

expect FGN bond prices

to rally (with

corresponding drop in

yields) at the Over-the-

Counter (OTC) market

amid financial system

liquidity ease”, they

said.


22 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

From left, Peter Oyin Affen – Honourable Judge High Court of The FCT Abuja, Mr. UK Eke – Group

Managing Director, FBN Holdings Plc, Sir Ndukwe Osogho-Ajala, MD, Soulmate Industries and

wife Lady Ijeoma Ndukwe-Ajala, Mr. Thomas Areola, Chairman ICS, Outsourcing Limited at

Sheraton Hotels Ikeja, Lagos yesterday during the book presentation: Soul Mate & Ndukwe Osogho-Ajala,

The Uncommon Story of a Nigerian Entrepreneur.

Nigerians abandon 10m bank

accounts in H1’19

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

NIGERIANS abandoned 10

million bank accounts in

the first half of 2019 (H1’19)

prompting the number of inactive

bank accounts to rise sharply by

26 percent, year-on-year, during

the period.

Nigerian Inter Bank Settlement

System, NIBSS, disclosed this

in the June 2019 edition of its

‘Industry Customer Bank Account

Data’, which also showed that

Nigerians opened 10.97 million

bank accounts within the same

period.

The NIBSS data showed that

the number of inactive bank accounts

rose to 49.4 million in

H1’19 from 39 million in H1’18.

On quarterly basis, the number

of inactive bank accounts rose by

five percent in the second quarter

of the year, Q2’19, from 46.89

million in Q1’19.

On the other hand, the number

of active bank accounts rose by

0.82 percent to 72.97 million in

H1’19 from 72.3 million in H1’18.

However, quarter-on-quarter

(QoQ), the number of active bank

accounts dropped by 1.1 million

or 1.4 percent to72.97 million in

Q2’19 from 74.03 million in Q1’19.

Further analysis revealed that

Unity Bank supports mentorship for

600 young professionals

UNITY Bank Plc has thrown

its weight behind the 2019

YP(Young Professionals) Lagos capacity

building workshop, which

featured mentorship of 600 young,

courageous and ambitious professionals

by 60 Captains of industry

in Lagos.The programme is an avenue

for the participants to build potential

career defining relationships

with mentors found among industry

chieftains facilitating different

roundtables.

According to the organizers, the

YP capacity building workshop is

exclusively targeted at young professionals

of 35 years old and below,

who in their professional or career

pursuits are already budding

entrepreneurship initiatives. “We

therefore convocated 60 breakfast

roundtables to create interaction,

experience and knowledge sharing

in addition to giving opportunity

for participants to benefit from

consulting with captains of industry

after the workshop”, Wale

Adenuga, promoter of Unboxed

Conferences and YP, Lagos has

stated.

Commenting on the lender’s

support for the programme, Managing

Director/Chief Executive Officer,

Unity Bank, Mrs. Tomi Somefun

said the bank is interested in

this program due of its transformative

and pivotal concept in promoting

young professionals in the

Micro, Small and Medium scale

Enterprises (MSMEs) space

which is well in line with the Bank’s

Corporate Social Responsibility

programme as well as the Central

Bank of Nigeria’s Youth Entrepreneurship

Development Programme

(YEDP). She stated that

Unity Bank has a technology-driven

banking platform, a lifestyle

product with an innovative app

known as UniFi that appeals to undergraduates,

young school leavers

and professionals in early career

life, as well as young and educated

craftsmen setting up workshops

and businesses to achieve

their aspirations, adding that the

mentorship outreach connects with

the Bank’s youth market proposition.

Mrs. Somefun therefore shared

the optimism that the creativity of

participants has received a boost

from our interactions in this workshop.

Her words: “There are so

many challenges associated with

berthing a business in the country

but by plugging into the ideas and

experiences shared by captains of

industry in this workshop, the

minds of the young professionals

has opened to a whole new world

of opportunities to enable them start

building businesses if they have

not started already, and equally

deepen their market base to even

grow beyond micro, Small and

Medium level they might have

been operating”.

The 2019 YP, Lagos is a relaxing

atmosphere created for10

people with an industry leader

sitting around to take and answer

questions and share insights

on various aspects of entrepreneurship

as well as guidance

on ways to overcome challenges

over a breakfast table that has

been set up.

the number of current accounts

grew by 20 percent to 29.28 million

in H1’19 from 24.4 million in

H1’18 while the number of savings

accounts rose by seven percent

to 89.8 million from 83.9 million

in H1’18.

On quarterly basis, the number

of current accounts rose by 3.0

percent to 29.28 million in

Q2’19 from 28.56 million in

Q1’19 while the number of savings

accounts rose slightly by 0.81

percent to 89.8 million in Q2’19

from 89.05 million in Q1’19.

Access Bank moves to ease access

to CBN's creative sector loans

ACCESS Bank Plc has

organised a sensitisation

programme for players in the

creative industry with a view to

making access to the CBN

Creative Sector Intervention

Fund, CIFI, more seamless. The

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

recently rolled out the CIFI as

part of its efforts to open up the

creative sector and improve its

contribution to the economy. The

CBN has already earmarked

N20 billion for disbursement in

the first phase of the exercise

with three to 10 years pay back

plan and maximum of nine

percent interest rate per annum.

The Fund, targeted at players

in fashion, information technology,

movie production, movie

distribution, music and software

engineering student loan, has

the main objective of creating

10,000 jobs in the next five years.

The Access Bank Creative Sector

Loan forum brought together

players from four sectors of the

creative industry namely music,

movie, fashion and information

technology.

Speaking at the forum, Executive

Director, Business Banking

at Access Bank, Mrs. Chizoma

Okoli, said: “Access Bank, being

the first bank to have success-

fully submitted its application to

the CBN, understands the necessary

documentation required

to access this loan. This is why

the bank put together this twoday

forum to help our customers

by simplifying and guiding

them through the loan process"

Also speaking at the forum, a

member of the Banker’s Committee,

Mr. Abidemi Adebayo,

Access Bank Zonal Head Business

Banking Division, Lekki,

explained that, “The CBN reviewed

the creative sector, and

found that the sector had a lot of

employment potentials. So, it

identified four key components

- music, movies, IT and fashion

and invited key players in the

industry for a discussion to understand

the issues plaguing

each of these sector. This resulted

in the creation of the

Creative Industry Financing Initiative

(CIFI) which is aimed at

boosting job creation, scaling up

capacity and driving growth for

the industry.

“We are gathered here today

at the Access Bank Creative Sector

Loan forum to make sure we

help you, our customers, understand

how the loan works and

to ensure seamless access to the

loan.”

Fidelity private bank wins at PWM Global Wealth tech awards

FIDELITY Bank has

emerged winner of the

‘Best Digital Networking Bank

for Entrepreneurs’ at the Africa

2019’ at 2019 PWM Wealth

Tech awards held in London,

United Kingdom.

“Organized by Professional

Wealth Management (PWM),

a Financial Times Publication,

the awards celebrate excellence

in wealth management

technology. “The award presented

at an elaborate ceremony

in London, was received

on behalf of the bank

GUARANTY Trust Bank,

GTBank Plc has been

named the Best Bank in Africa

2019 by Euromoney at its

annual Awards for Excellence,

which held in London.

The bank was also named the

Best Bank in Nigeria for a

record ninth time, reflecting

the Bank’s position as one of

the best managed financial

institutions in the country, with

strong and focused leadership

that keep the business in a

constant state of re-invention

and innovation.

Now in its 50th year,

Euromoney is the leading

publication for covering the

growth of international

finance. Euromoney's Awards

for Excellence are the awards

that matter to the banks and

by the Chief Operations and

Information Officer (COIO),

Fidelity Bank, Mr. Gbolahan

Joshua and Divisional Head,

Private Banking, Mrs. Chioma

Nwankwo. “

Commenting on the

development, Fidelity Bank

CEO, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo

said it was gratifying to see

that Private Banking Division

of the bank, set up over two

decades ago, has remained

the leading provider of financial

services to HNIs in the

country. In line with the

bank’s digitisation programme,

he said Fidelity Bank

has continued to seek better,

easier and more convenient

ways of providing financial

services, with the aid of technology,

to its teeming customers.

“Our resolve to continue to

offer innovative solutions to all

customers, including those of

our Private Banking Division,

is further strengthened by this

award and recognition” he

stated.

GTBank named best bank in Africa at Euromoney

awards

bankers who matter.

Commenting on the Bank’s

Euromoney awards, the Chief

Executive Officer of GTBank,

Segun Agbaje, said “We are

delighted and proud to win the

Euromoney Awards for Africa’s

Best Bank and Nigeria’s Best

Bank. These awards reflect the

progress we are making in

delivering the best banking

experience that captures what

customers want in the world of

today and tomorrow. They are

also a testament to our leading

role in driving world class

corporate governance

standards, excellent service

quality and innovation in

Africa’s banking industry."

He further stated that; “At

GTBank, we are passionate

about building the bank of the

future by leveraging the best

of technology to add real value

to our customers’ lives, and

these awards illustrate the

hard work and commitment of

our staff, management and

board towards achieving this

goal."

Key to the emergence of

GTBank as the Best Bank in

Africa and the Best Bank in

Nigeria is the Bank's digital

drive and its clarity of vision

in reimagining the future of

banks and banking.

The Euromoney awards also

recognized GTBank's

commitment to leading the

future of banking as well as its

consistent long-term strategy

led by a senior management

team that abhors complacency

and keeps the business in a

constant state of innovation.


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24 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

PenCom investments in equities, FGN Securities

drop by 7.2% to N6.7trn

By Peter Egwuatu

THE investment by the

National Pension

Commission, PenCom, in

both equities and the Federal

Government of Nigeria, FGN

security instruments as at end

of March, 2019 recorded a 7.2

percent decline to N6.7 trillion

from N7.2 trillion in the

preceding month ended February

28, 2019, a reflection of

dwindling investor confidence

leading to the bearish run in

the stock market in recent

time.

The decline in investment by

PenCom (Institutional investor)

in the equities and FGN

Securities may have also impacted

to the decline of equities

prices on the Nigerian

Stock Exchange, NSE as market

capitalisation, which represents

investors’ worth on

the Exchange had dropped by

1.3 percent to close at N11.7

trillion at the month of

March 2019 from N11.8

trillion at the month of February

2019.

Findings by Financial

Vanguard from the latest report

released by PenCom for

the month of March indicated

that PenCom invested N590.6

billion in domestic ordinary

shares in the month of March,

representing N11.3 billion de-

cline or 1.9 percent from

N601.9 billion recorded in

February, while the foreign

ordinary shares recorded

positive growth, increasing by

1.2 percent to N62.6 billion in

March from N61.9 billion in

February.

Further analysis showed

that the FGN securities comprising

of all FGN bonds

stood at N6.51 trillion in the

month of March, representing

a decline by 0.12 percent from

N6.52 trillion recorded in the

month of February 2019.

Meanwhile, the PenCom

data showed that total pension

assets in the country have

risen to N9.03 trillion as at

March 31, 2019, up from the

N7.44 trillion it was in January

2018.

The Commission said these

assets have been judiciously

and prudently invested in 24

major asset classes to yield interests

to the contributors.

Giving a breakdown of how

the assets were invested, the

Commission said federal government’s

securities took a

lion-share of the investment

as it received well over N6.51

trillion, representing 72.9 per

cent of the total assets.

Specifically, Federal Government

bond got N4.46 trillion

of the funds, representing

49.37 per cent of the total assets;

while N1.94 trillion was

invested in treasury bills

(21.44 per cent); N11.96 billion

in Agency Bonds

(NMRC & FMBN), (0.13 per

cent); N94.11 billion in Sukuk

(1.04 per cent) and N8.51

billion in Green Bonds, (0.09

Investors seek 3-yr timeline for recapitalisaion of insurance coys

By Nkiruka Nnorom

SHAREHOLDERS in the

nation's capital market

have called on National Insurance

Commission, NAICOM,

to consider extension of the

timeline for players in the

insurance industry to comply

with the recapitalisation exercise.

They said that the one year

timeline given by NAICOM

is not enough and called for

three to five years period.

NAICOM had, in 2018, announced

tier-based

recapitalisation for the insurance

companies with one year

Equities may rebound this week —operators

ments of the ministerial

appointees and release of half

year (H1) financial results by

quoted companies.

They said: “In the new

week, we expect domestic

shares to rise as investors

anticipate the announcements

of the President’s

ministerial appointees as

well as H1 corporate results.”

However, analysts at

Codros Capital expressed

cautious optimism, saying

that the outlook for equities

in the short to medium term

remained conservative,

amidst the absence of any

catalyst to drive positive

market returns.

Meanwhile, breakdown of

transactions at the Nigerian

Stock Exchange, NSE, last

week showed that the market

remained weak despite

the listing of another telecommunication

giant, Airtel

Africa Plc, early in the week.

The All Share Index, ASI,

consequently, depreciated

by 2.4 percent to close at

28,566.79 points from t

29,270.95 in the previous

week.

Analysts at Vetiva Securities

posited that investors were

still fixated on country-specific

macro issues, which remain

unencouraging.

Analyzing by sectors, the

consumer goods bore the

brunt of the losses, declining

by 9.5 percent occasioned by

7.8 percent losses in Nestle

Nigeria Plc.

The oil and gas sector

followed, falling by 3.1

percent, while the insurance

and industrial goods sectors

were down 2.4 percent and

two percent respectively.

The banking sector emerged

the loner gainer during the

week, rising by 0.8 percent

on account of 2.6 percent increase

in the shares of Guaranty

Trust Bank Plc.

timeline to comply, but

dropped the idea after

shareholders challenged the

process in court.

The NAICOM, however,

announced resumption of

the exercise two months

ago.

Sunny Nwosu, Chairman

Emeritus, Independent

Shareholders Association of

Nigeria, ISAN, speaking on

the development, said

though the recapitalisation

would make funds available

for the companies to pursue

big ticket transactions, with

just one year given, the operators

run the risk of noncompliance

and possible takeover

by foreign firms.

With the previous investment

of retail shareholders in

insurance companies not

yielding good returns, he

said, it would be very difficult

for shareholders to further

reinvest in the sector.

He stated: “Insurance sector

is not a sector that shareholders

admire so much and

if shareholders fail to

recapitalise, it then means

that nobody will do the

recapitalisation and these

companies we have suffered

to hold on our shares will be

taken away from us and be

given to their foreign friends

and it is not agreeable to us.

“If they are not going to

give us 18 months to two

years for recapitalisation,

they should work towards

using shareholders fund.”

Also speaking, Mrs Bisi

Bakare, President, Pragmatic

Shareholders Association of

Nigeria, said there is need to

exercise caution to avoid a repeat

of the scenario that

played out during the banking

sector recapitalisation

where many of the players

hurriedly merged their operations

just to meet up with

the deadline.

“In a hurry, many banks

merged and today they are

still having challenges. If the

banks are still struggling,

By Nkiruka Nnorom

AFTER enduring weeks of

bearish run, the equities

market may revert to the

positive region this week

owing to the expected release

of ministerial list by the government

this week, stock

dealers have predicted.

The Senate president, Senator

Ahmed Lawan, had, last

week announced that the

President Muhammadu

Buhari may submit the ministerial

list to the upper chamber,

but that never happened.

However, the operators

opined that the market may

experience a relief from the

protracted bearish run with

the second quarter 2019

(Q2’19) earning season fast

approaching.

Analysts at Vetiva Securities,

said: “As the Q2 earnings season

begins to come into focus

– though we do not foresee

any positive surprise on major

counters – we believe there

might be respite for the market

from the losses recorded

in recent sessions and foresee

a more mixed trading pattern.”

In their equities review,

analysts at Cowry Asset Management

projected a positive

close following anticipation by

investors of the announcepercent.).

The Commission also said in

line with the Multi-fund structure,

Retirement Saving Account

(RSA) Fund-1, witnessed

N12.73 billion investment

and RSA Fund-11, recorded

N3.99 trillion investment,

RSA Fund-111, saw

N2.15 trillion investment

while RSA Fund-IV, recorded

N732.13 billion investment.

The report showed that

N596.61 billion, which was

6.54 percent of the funds, was

invested in domestic ordinary

shares; while N62.59 billion,

amounting to 0.69 percent

was invested in foreign ordinary

shares.

what do you think will happen

to the insurance companies

that have been given

just one year. This is designed

to fail; I don't think

we are going to get good result,”

she said.

Adeniyi Adebisi, ISAN National

Chairman, stated that

the exercise would give room

for more take-overs by foreign

investors and appealed

for extension for the

timeline.

Under the recapitalisation

exercise, insurance companies

with composite licence

will now need to upgrade

their capital base from N5

billion to N18 billion to continue

to underwrite life and

non-life insurance businesses;

Life insurance firms

are required to increase their

minimum capital requirement

from N2 billion to N8

billion, while General insurance

companies are required

to raise their capital base to

N10 billion from N3 billion.

Reinsurance firms will now

need N20 billion capital base

to operate as against

N10billion previously required.

Existing insurance companies

now have till June 30,

2020 to comply, while a new

insurance firm will need to

meet up the new capitalisation

before it is issued a license

to transact insurance

business in the country.


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Listing by MTN excites shareholders

Ahead of its listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, MTN Nigeria last week completed the registration of its

securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, and also obtained approval from the Commission to

list its shares, thereby putting an end to years of waiting by domestic retail investors. Shareholders spoke on the

proposed listing, saying that it is exciting development. Excerpts:

By Nkiruka Nnorom

The listing is long overdue

— Alhaji Gbadebo Olatokunbo,

Co-founder, Nigeria Shareholders

Solidarity Association

The news didn't come as a surprise

because the listing has delayed for

too long. MTN should have been a quoted

company on the Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, long ago if it's a good

corporate citizen. I believe that any

company operating and making profit for

a number of years from this economy must

be quoted on the Exchange. MTN has

made millions of dollars in Nigeria,yet it's

coming to our market through

introduction. It is not good enough.

I am yet to see the value because it didn't

come to the market via public offer but

through introduction of already existing

shares, which will allow the company to

play the market before any public offer,

therefore capitalizing on high-price.

Giving the company such opportunity is

not too good.

An Initial Public Offer (IPO) or Public

Offer (PO) should have been the right

option. I hope that other

telecommunication companies that list

come after MTN will do that through

public offer.

Listing will make Nigerians see it as

Nigerian coy

—Moses Igbrude, General

Secretary,Independent Shareholders

Association of Nigeria

It is good news and a welcome

development. It is going to deepen

the market as well as raise the market

capitalization of the exchange. MTN's

listing in the market will open the way for

other telcoms to follow suit. Listing their

shares in the market will also make

Nigerians see them as Nigeria. MTN

choosing the option of listings by

introduction is an option among others

and is to give the existing shareholders

an avenue to exit, while interested

investors buy into the company. I am

happy and excited about it.

My advice to the regulators and those

managing the Exchange is to take

advantage of this listing to encourage

other telcoms to follow suit and also list

their shares. Listing their shares will

enhance their reputation and acceptability

to the general public and eliminate the

impression that they are only interested

in taking from Nigeria.

MTN should be considerate with

listing price

— Patrick Ajudua, Chairman,

New Dimension Shareholders

Association

It is a welcome development and

I think the listing will boost

investors' confidence in the market.

This listing will bring more value

to the market as it will add to the

stock exchange's market

capitalisation.

Following the listing of MTN, we

hope that other telecommunication

companies like Airtel, Glo and

9Mobile will follow suit and take

advantage of the opportunities in

the stock market and get listed. As

this company lists, we the

shareholders are only praying for

good and affordable price as well

as consistent dividend payment

after listing knowing fully well the

effect of the bad economic climate

on domestic retail investors.

The listing will encourage

other telcos to follow suit

— Lawrence Oguntoye,

president, Distinct Shareholders

Association of Nigeria

MTN's listing is a welcome

development. As at

Thursday (May 8, 2019) there

was information that MTN has

finished registration of its

securities with the Securities and

Exchange Commission, SEC. I

am excited about this

development because it will add

an intrinsic value to the stock

market and will allow us, the

local investors to buy the shares

and benefit from the company's

wealth. I believe that this listing

will spur other telecos to come

to the market. This is an

opportunity for those of us that

have been waiting for the

company to list its shares.

However, I feel that undertaking

either an initial public offer or

public offer would have been

better, but all the same, it is a

good development.

Regulatory fines will put banks on their toes – Adebayo

William Adebayo is the Coordinator of Greenwich Shareholders

Association. In this interview, he spoke on some market

issues as well as punitive measures imposed on banks by the

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), saying that while mandating

banks to keep part of their deposits with the CBN in bad taste,

fines, on the other hand, will keep the managers alive to their

responsibilities.

SO far what would say about

2018 financial results of the

companies, do you think they meet

investors’ expectation?

So, far when you look at the results,

especially from the financial institutions,

it shows that apart from the fact

that they are resilient, it also shows

that they have seen hard times in the

country. Three of the big banks that

have held their Annual General Meetings,

AGM, still maintained the dividend

they paid in 2017 despite the hard

operating environment. GTBank for

instance, maintained its N2.45; Zenith

maintained N2.50 payment. So also

is United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc,

which maintained 65kobo per share

dividend. Though this showed that not

much progress was made

by the banks during the period

covered but, at least,

they were able to achieve

significant progress in rewarding

their shareholders.

Compare to the environment

they operated in during the

year, you will discover that

they are investor friendly.

What is your view on the

series of complaints by other

investors on the level of

charges and fines imposed by the

CBN and National Insurance Deposit

Commission on banks?

Coming to the issue of Cash Reserve

Ratio, for me, it is not a good thing for

the CBN to mandate banks to keep

William Adebayo, Coordinator, Greenwich

Shareholders Association

their reserve with it for over one year

without paying interest on it. The money

should be given back to the banks

to do business with. If you look at the

history of financial institutions in Nigeria,

you discover that this thing actually

started during the colonial era

and when we gained independence,

nobody cared to correct it. If these

deposits that are tied down in CBN is

left with banks, they will use it and

dividends will be paid on the money.

CBN should also pay interest on the

money, even if it is two percent.

For the fines, it is good because it

will put the banks on their toes. Nonetheless,

I think the regulators should

still find a way of reducing the level of

penalties and concentrate more on

regulation.

One thing you should also realise is

that most times, the banks prefer to

go against the law where the contravention

will result in additional profit

and pay fine at the end of the day.

What action should be taken

against company’s management that

deliberately by-pass laid down rules

and regulations?

The truth is that banking business

is so profitable that, at times, due to

exigencies and profit the banks will

make, they deliberately run into paying

penalties. They don’t really care

much about the penalties.


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

FOOD SCARCITY, BANNED IMPORTS AND THE

GRIM REAPER

“An army marches on its stomach.”

Napoleon Bonaparte,

1769-1821.

VANGUARD BOOK OF QUO-

TATIONS, VBQ, p 14.

NIGERIA has two

armies. The first army,

called “a nation within

a nation”, is the one headed

by General Buratai. The second

army includes 190 million Fellow

Nigerians; not in any uniform,

but responding to the universal

need for food. Just as the

first army can be wiped out if the

enemy cuts off their transport of

food, the second army can also

be demolished by mass starvation

occasioned by acute food

scarcity. Right now the two

armies in Nigeria are endangered

by inevitable very severe

food shortage in the country this

year. Never in the history of Nigeria

have the people of this

country faced such grim prospects

as now. The forecasts are

so dire that unless the Federal

and state governments start to

take urgent measures, the impact

of the food production

shortfall might soon start to be

felt – in mortuaries and cemeteries

nationwide.

As usual, before the reader assumes

this is an exaggerated

alarm which is unlikely to happen

let me make a few disclosures

that will lend credence to

the concerns raised here.

During ten years in the North,

I was fortunate to have worked

and lived in Kano, Kaduna, Jos,

Maiduguri, Bauchi, Karu and

Sokoto. I was also involved in

two major farming projects –

Karu and Sokoto. Before the farm

experiences, I was the Marketing

Manager for a major brewery

in Kano with customers all

over the North. Some of the

friends I made are still alive today.

In a few cases, I was instrumental

to getting their children

to go to school. At least fifteen

of those “kids” (they are

over fifty now) are university

graduates in responsible positions.

They read VANGUARD

because of MM – as I was called

in those days. Some are farmers

or bulk food contractors and they

are located in fifteen Northern

States. So, I don’t have to travel

North to obtain reports about the

food situation in those states. At

any rate, those familiar with

these pages are aware of my

restlessness. I travel all the time.

So far twenty two states have

been covered this year – including

dreaded Zamfara and Katsina.

In all my travels two issues

attract my attention – food and

education. The awful roads have

long ceased to bother me.

To me governments primarily

owe their people two things –

adequate food and education.

Without these infrastructure is of

no use. But, for me, it has always

been “food first”. So, when

I find myself in a state the first

thing I look for is the food supply

situation. And in addition to

talking to my “reporters” in those

states, a visit to markets to price

and buy food stuff is mandatory.

Thereafter my predictions

about likely food prices to one

of my clients who is a major food

processor are always accurate.

This year has not been an exception.

Indeed, for once, he was

sceptical when I first gave him

the bad news about trends this

year until he started experiencing

serious scarcities of raw food

materials for his business. He is

now a believer. Like the Biblical

Joseph, he had taken my advice

and is storing and preserving

food items at unprecedented

rates.

“I hold that man in the right

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

who is most in league with the

future.”

Henrik Ibsen, 1828-1906, Norwegian

Author.

Most of us don’t realise that

the future starts from the next

minute, hour, day, week or

month – not to talk of November

2019. But, what will happen to

our food supply in November

and December this year has already

been decided by what occurred

from January, February

and March.

The first quarter of the year is

when preparations are made for

clearing the land and planting

various crops in anticipation of

early rains. This year, three

events intruded to disturb the

natural flow of farmland activities

– especially in the North;

which is the nation’s food basket.

First, there were elections.

Even farmers were caught in

the national bedlam which elections

induce every four years.

Second, herdsmen, bandits and

kidnappers took advantage of th

FG’s total concentration on second

term to unleash mayhem on

farmers throughout the country.

Third, and this is perhaps the

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most important, nature added is

own to the already overflowing

basketful of woes. The early

rains on which farmers had

banked to get the years cycle of

growth and harvest failed to

materialise. The first seeds

planted rotted away without

sprouting; so did the second attempts

at planting. Consequently,

the nation is at least three

months behind where we should

be in terms of harvest of first

crops – vegetables, maize,

yams, sorghum, rice etc. A visit

to any market rural, road side

and urban will reveal the extent

of the problems. Vegetables,

which by now should have been

dirt cheap, are so scarce that the

prices have escalated for the

poorest quality in living memory

Ṫo state that we are in a fix is

to understate the problem. From

my network of “reporters” less

than half of the largest farms in

the North are now being actively

tended. Women, who produce

almost sixty per cent of the

food items no longer go to farms.

Millions of men have also

dropped out. The herdsmen,

bandits and kidnappers have

created a major problem for the

nation because FG failed to read

the danger signals when the terrorists

herding cattle spread

their wings all over the country.

Millions of Nigerians will starve

to death this year.

That brings me to the import

prohibition list now in place by

the Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN. Given the inescapable

sharp drop in food supply in

2019, it is obvious that the CBN

can no longer place a ban on the

importation of some food items

without exacerbating a potential

nation disaster – which is rapidly

unfolding.

For instance, rice production

Unclaimed dividends: 2.6m investors register for

e-dividends — SEC

THE Securities and Ex

change Commission,

SEC, yesterday, disclosed it has

taken a number of measures to

drastically reduce the volume of

unclaimed dividends in the Nigerian

capital market, adding

that presently, about 2.6 million

account holders have registered

for electronic dividends.

In a statement in Abuja, Acting

Director General of SEC, Ms

Mary Uduk, noted that these

2.6 million investors were already

getting their dividends

promptly, adding that that the

commission would continue to

collaborate with relevant stakeholders

to sensitise investors on

the need to regularise their multiple

accounts as well as claim

their dividends.

Uduk lamented that the volume

of unclaimed dividends

was still huge but the commission

is doing a lot to bring it

down, especially as it had taken

various steps to ensure that

Millions of men

have also dropped

out. The herdsmen,

bandits and kidnappers

have created a

major problem for

the nation because

FG failed to read the

danger signals

shareholders benefit from their

investments in the capital market.

She said, “Only recently, in our

determination to reduce the

quantum of unclaimed dividends

in the Nigerian capital

market and encourage beneficiaries

of deceased investors to

step up efforts to claim such dividends,

the commission exposed

an amendment to our

rules which reduced the time,

processes and costs of the transmission

of shares from a deceased

to the beneficiary.

“The timeline for the transmission

of deceased’s shares has

been reduced from three weeks

to one week. Going by that, registrars

shall ensure that shares

of a deceased are transmitted

within a week of receiving the

request from the administrators

or executors. This effort will

ensure seamless transmission

and claim of a deceased’s

shares by heirs and administrators.

“One of the things the commission

has done is to encourage

these people to come and

regularize their accounts. As I

speak about 2.6 million account

Once you approach

your registrars for

your dividends to be

paid and there is

reason for complaints,

you can

always contact the

commission for the

issue to be resolved

holders have registered for e-

dividend and many can testify

that they are getting their dividends

promptly.”

Uduk added that it was also

the quest for investors to get the

benefit of their investments that

prompted the commission to

release a circular to shareholders

of defunct Skye bank to claim

all outstanding dividends.

She revealed that sensitisation

efforts are going on with other

stakeholders to enlighten members

of the public on the need

to go and claim their shares

through regularisation of multiple

accounts.

“If you cannot claim your

shares, there is no way you will

be talking about claiming your

dividends,” she noted.

This, she stated, would further

help reduce the volume of

unclaimed dividends in the

market and boost investor confidence.

Uduk said the commission has

also directed Cardinalstone

Registrars and STL Trustees to

ensure that all genuine claims

of beneficiary shareholders are

addressed forthwith.

this year will certainly be less

than in 2018 with Zamfara and

Niger States under siege of kidnappers

and bandits and thousands

of farmers abandoning

farms. Even at the best of times,

smuggled rice supplemented

the national harvest. These are

far from the best of times. Catastrophe

is the word for what

will follow if the CBN still maintains

its hard stance on rice imports

this year because rice has

become the most widely consumed

grain in the nation.

But, lifting the ban on rice importation

alone will only solve

part of the problem. The FG and

state governments will now

have to start thinking about how

to avert one of the worst humanitarian

catastrophes to hit Africa

occurring in Nigeria by considering

how to provide food for

their people. Without such a national

effort, the last quarter of

2019 might be the beginning of

Nigeria’s hot spring as millions

of hungry and angry citizens

roam around desperately in

search of food.

Our already over0stretched security

forces will soon have more

potential threats to national security

to deal with. Food-laden

vehicles might soon become the

targets of bandits.

Finally, the grim reaper appears

set for a bumper harvest

in 2019. Right now, in some

parts of Nigeria, Lake Chad

Basin, Mubi, Gwoza in Borno

State, Talata Mafara in Zamfara

State etc parents are now burying

kids starved to death at unprecedented

rates.

“This is a world in which children

are born to suffer”, wrote

Albert Camus, 1903-1960.

Nigeria in 2019 is rapidly becoming

a nation in which children

are born to suffer and die.

MICROFINANCE

The Acting Director General

said since the company was no

longer in operation, these unclaimed

dividends had to be

made available to the rightful

owners that are the shareholders,

as that will go a long way

in boosting investor confidence

in the market.

“They invested in a company

and since the company has gone

under, there is no reason why

they should not have access to

their unclaimed dividends. That

is why we are calling on them

to take advantage of this opportunity

and claim their dividends”

Uduk stated

She stated that the commission

has put in place a complaint

management framework to ensure

that investors get attended

to promptly.

“So, once you approach your

registrars for your dividends to

be paid and there is reason for

complaints, you can always contact

the commission for the issue

to be resolved” she added.


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African continental free trade agreement: Matters arising

PRESIDENT Muhammadu

Buhari’s endorsement, of the

document establishing the AfCF-

TA, at the 17th Extraordinary

Session of the Assembly of African

Union Heads of government

in Niamey, Niger Republic, last

week, (July 2019), suggests that

53 countries are now party to the

same AfCFTA, which Nigeria,

unexpectedly, refused to sign,

even after 44 other countries had

endorsed the treaty in a similar

convention in South Africa in

March 2018.

President Buhari had, unexpectedly,

reportedly, delayed

signing, on that occasion, to allow

for extensive consultations

with stakeholders.

Hereafter, matters arising from

the AfCFTA and the adoption of

a single currency amongst member

nations, will be examined in

the following interrogative prose.

Please read on.

What is the objective of the

AfCFTA?

African Heads of government

agreed in 2012, to establish a

Continental Free Trade Area,

while negotiations to this end,

started in 2015.

The agreement eventually

signed in March 2018 commits

countries to removing tariffs on

90 per cent of all goods, while

the balance 10 per cent of identified

“sensitive items” would be

later phased in as tariff free.

The agreement will also liberalize

commercial services and

also tackle so called “non-tariff

barriers” which include extended

delays and harassment at

border posts.

Ultimately, free movement of

people and a common currency

is expected to evolve in a free

trade area, which is branded as

only second in size to the World

Trade Organization.

What is the advantage of a single

market?

Intra-Africa trade is notably,

Although

President

Buhari has

finally

endorsed the AfCF-

TA, it is regrettably,

not clear

whether or not the

fears of both Labour

and the real

sector have been

thoroughly addressed

er. Nonetheless, despite the national

embarrassment, President

Buhari deserves commendation

for his courage, to extricate Nigeria

from an economic trap,

‘wrongly’ approved by his political

lieutenants, as the appropriate

road map to rapid economic

and industrial expansion, with

increasing job opportunities,

even before, prior consultations

were concluded with major

relatively, modest at barely 10 per

cent by 2010 of total trade in the

continent; consequently, by creating

a single market for goods

and services, the African Union,

brings together 1.2 billion people

with a combined Gross Domestic

Product of more

than $2tn. Nonetheless, the

United Nations Economic Commission

for Africa (UNECA) has

also estimated that, by 2022 full

implementation of the agreement

could increase the 2010

Intra-Africa trade value by up to

52 per cent.

If by 2022, Intra-African trade

increases by about 52 per cent of

the continent’s 2010 total trade

value of $2tn, what would be the

impact on government revenue

and social welfare?

An UNCTAD research paper

concedes that the elimination of

all tariffs between African Countries,

would reduce the trading

States’ Treasury by up to $4.1bn

annually, but would also create

an annual welfare gain of

$16.1bn in the long run, when

notably, millions of Africans

would have needlessly, possibly,

died before salvation comes, if it

ever comes! Conversely, the

$4bn projected yearly loss to African

governments, from a Tariff

Free regime, could, arguably,

also if not properly managed,

multiply in the long run, to more

than $16.1bn annual loss in revenue!

Furthermore, the poorer economies,

particularly, still fear that

the benefits in the free trade area

may not be evenly distributed.

Why did Nigeria wait till the

last minute before it backed out

of the agreement in 2018?

That was rather unfortunate;

why the FEC, with Vice President

Osibanjo, presiding, announced

a decision that was,

obviously, diametrically opposed

to Buhari’s wish is still unclear.

The Ministry of Trade and Investment

was clearly not on the

same page with the Presidency

and other major stakeholders on

this issue, as it was earlier widely

reported that, Buhari would

sign the agreement in Kigali, and

also lobby that Nigeria

should host the new Secretariat

of the AfCFTA.

So was President Buhari

wrong for the unexpected flipflop

at such an high-octane International

Forum?

The evident contradiction between

the FEC’s announcement

and Buhari’s cancellation is a

massive cock-up in diplomatic

terms, especially with Nigeria’s

role, as a major continental playstakeholders,

particularly, Organised

Labour and the Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria.

Why did NLC and MAN oppose

Nigeria’s endorsement of

the Free Trade Treaty?

Well, the NLC National President,

Comrade Ayuba Wabba,

said in a press statement that

signing the agreement was “extremely

dangerous” as it was a

“radioactive neo-liberal policy

initiative, driven by a ministry of

trade and investment, which

seeks to open our seaports, airports

and other businesses to unbridled

foreign interference,

which has never been witnessed

in our history.”

Similarly, stakeholders in the

Aviation subsector, have also

warned that Nigeria should not

endorse the AfCFTA agreement,

because the policy, would constrain

their businesses, as foreign

airlines could schedule local

flights in Nigeria, without any

need to employ local staff or pay

taxes. Besides, indigenous Airlines

will invariably be unable to

compete, with their foreign counterparts,

who have greater access

to much cheaper lines of credit

to run their operations.

The Manufacturers Association

of Nigeria, also rejected the ratification

of the AfCTA, until issues

of market access and enforcement

of rules of origin,

among other concerns, are addressed.

MAN have sensibly

decried the poor preparations,

lack of consultations and non

inclusion of inputs of key stakeholders,

before Nigeria’s position

was presented, in the buildup of

negotiations.

MAN President, Dr. Frank Jacobs,

on Wednesday March

21, 2018, also decried the removal

of tariffs on 90 per cent of

all goods and services offered

and insisted that the balance10

per cent of goods protected by

tariff, was certainly not adequate

Access Bank UK grows balance sheet by 36%

THE Access Bank United

Kingdom (UK) used its’

annual Access Bank Polo Day

at Guards Polo Club Windsor

to announce a 36 percent

growth in its balance sheet for

the year ended December 2018,

reflecting another year of outstanding

international business

growth.

The bank in a statement said,

2018 was the year it joined the

three key UK clearing systems,

and collected the best African

Trade Finance Bank awards

from both International Finance

and CFI. All four strategic business

units returned double digit

growth and in only its second

year of operations the importance

of its investment in

Dubai was demonstrated by a

200 per cent increase in income.

For the eleventh year

running it was able to report

having no ‘non performing

loans’, with corporate responsibility

and exemplary corporate

governance playing a key

role in the growth of the bank.

The Polo day is the culmination

of a yearlong programme,

part of its fund raising in partnership

with UNICEF for education

projects in northern Nigeria

in particular. A total of

N350 million ($970,000) were

pledged during the day to

build and equip 70 new classrooms,

for children’s education

in Northern Nigeria. Since the

UNICEF/Access Bank initiative

was started in 2005 it has built

schools in Kaduna and, kept

more than 8000 students in continuous

education.

At the same time new school

blocks and a computer literacy

to revive and sustain Nigeria’s

Manufacturing sector; The MAN

President therefore advised that

Nigeria’s national interest

should be the primary consideration,

and consequently, called

for a committee of stakeholders

to review the text of the AfCFTA

to ensure Nigeria’s interest is

protected before signing.

So is the President’s unexpected,

but evidently welcome policy

reversal in accord with the

wishes of MAN?

Well, while briefing journalists,

in Abuja on March 21st 2018,

Femi Adesina, the President’s

Media Adviser, reiterated President

Buhari’s explanation, that

“he would not agree to anything

that would impede local entrepreneurs”;

particularly, “anything

that would encourage the

dumping of finished goods,

which is contrary to Nigeria’s

interest.” Consequently, President

Buhari has set up a multidisciplinary

committee to consult

and recommend an appropriate

review.

Well if the safeguards suggested

by MAN and other stakeholders

are adopted, will it then

become safe for Nigeria to endorse

the CFTA agreement?

Unfortunately, Nigeria’s economy

will remain uncompetitive

and falter until lower single digit

inflation rates and cost of funds

with a stronger Naira prevail!

Notably, lower cost import substitutes

will continue to flood our

markets and keep local industrial

output well below full capacity.

Postscript July 7, 2019: The

above article (without the introductory

paragraph), was first

published in March 28, 2018.

However, although President

Buhari has finally endorsed the

AfCFTA, it is regrettably, not

clear whether or not the fears of

both Labour and the real sector

have been thoroughly addressed.

SAVE THE NAIRA, SAVE NI-

GERIA!!

building all in a more secure

and friendly school environment

have been developed.

The communities surrounding

the schools are being supported

with bore-holes for water,

and sewing and grinding machines

to secure employment

and stimulate economic and

social development.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir

El-Rufai is committed to

match the building programme

which will see another 70 class

rooms built in the coming year

and another 2500 children in

education.

The annual event is the climax

to the high-profile Access

Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield

Polo tournament, and celebrates

reaching out to and

highlighting the plight of vulnerable

children and orphans

and internally displaced persons.

In partnership with 5th

Chukker and based in Kaduna,

Nigeria, the tournament is

the biggest charity polo tournament

in Africa and generates

funds and stimulates support

for the work of the UNICEF/

Access Bank initiative across

Africa.

According to the Managing

Director, Access Bank UK,

Jamie Simmonds, “We are a

bank where our growth has

been fuelled by the strength of

customer relationships. It enables

us to develop innovative

products and financial solutions

with rather than just for

our customers.

“Becoming a UK clearer is a

major landmark for us and differentiates

us from many of our

competitors in the market place.

We also manage our retail deposit

offering in-house for

greater control with both initiatives

forming part of our strategy

to future proof the bank” “

We have offices here in the

heart of the City of London,

Dubai and Lagos and are building

our presence in China

through a representative office

there.” “We invest significantly

in attracting, retaining and

developing professional staff in

order to ensure customers always

deal with an expert who

is familiar with their business

and personal financial needs,

Herbert Wigwe, Chairman of

The Access Bank UK Ltd, says

“The successes in completing

the first decade of trading for

ACCESS Bank UK has been a

major milestone.” “Growth has

been sustained at the same

time as earning a reputation for

innovation and flexibility.


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For Nigeria’s survival, God guide

Buhari aright

NIGERIA today is three

nations. The nation that

holds President Muhammadu

Buhari infallible, that which sees

nothing but fallibility, and, the

‘Third Force’ which sees serious

problems and wants to find

solution irrespective of who is

President or the party in power.

This group thinks that if the

heavens fall, it will fall on all

Nigerians and it is, therefore,

wiser for a collective struggle to

prevent such calamity by all

means necessary.

The Nigerians who present

President Buhari like a deity

whose thoughts and actions

should not be questioned are

mainly those who benefit legally

or illegally from his

administration, or hope to do so.

Such benefit may not necessarily

be economic or the crumbs from

the palatial table in Aso Rock, it

can also be political. My concern

is not about this group who walk

the truth on its head, giving the

President the wrong impression

that he is the best thing to happen

to democracy since 1861 when

American President Abraham

Lincoln allegedly declared

democracy as the government of

the people.

This tribe gives the president a

90

false impression of ‘All correct

Sir!’rather than assist him to

review many of his policies, some

of which are parochial and

derailing the country from the

path of peace, peoples’ welfare,

development and an assured

future. My concerns are not these

jobbers and their opponents.

Rather, I am concerned about the

broad section of the Nigerian

people who are the victims of a

system which is multiplying

poverty, dashing hopes,

phenomenally increasing

insecurity and for whom another

four years may be hellish.

Those of us who are politically

conscious but are non-politically

partisan realise that Nigerians

face a collective tragedy unless the

main political actors, the two

leading political parties who run

the National Assembly, the states,

the local governments and the

economy, join critical Nigerians

to change this system.

If you have freedom of

movement and you cannot safely

travel on the road, what kind of

freedom is that? If over half your

territorial space is strongly

contested by terrorists,

kidnappers and bandits, and you

claim you are “on top of the

situation”, what kind of delusion

is that?

How can you have freedom of

belief and you are endangered not

because you constitute a danger,

but because you are Shiite, what

kind of freedom is that?

If the judiciary is free and the

government pointedly refuses to

obey court orders for four years

as in the cases of Sambo Dasuki

and El-Zakzaky, what kind of free

judiciary is that?

If marauders kill your kinsmen,

burn your homes, send you to

Internally Displaced Peoples

camps, occupy your lands, and

rename your towns and villages

as has happened to over 50

villages and towns in Plateau

State, yet you are assured of

‘security,’ what type of security is

We are all

endangered and

need to collectively

deal with the

criminals, or they

will deal with us

individually

that?

If the president and

commander-in-chief declines to

declare the marauders as

terrorists and fails to send in the

military and security forces to

expel the invaders, retake the

occupied lands and resettle the

victims on their ancestral lands,

and you say you want peace, what

kind of peace is that?

If your major economic

programme is agriculture and

food self-sufficiency, yet millions

of farmers have been rendered

landless, are in internally

displaced peoples camps or are

too afraid to go to the farms due

to insecurity, is that a programme?

If a government spins a project

like the Rural Grazing Area,

RUGA, and rolls out its ‘pilot’

schemes, designates land, awards

contracts and has unbudgeted

billions of Naira to spend on it,

but nobody in government takes

ownership for the project, was it

done by ghosts?

If the administration borrowed

as much as N2.66 trillion in the

past year, increasing the country’s

debt to N24.39 trillion, but built

no schools, hospitals, mass

housing or improve the welfare

of the people, what kind of

economic policy is that?

If you have a Federal

Government that picks almost all

the service chiefs and heads of

security agencies from one part

of the country and it says it is

running an inclusive system, what

kind of federalism is that?

I am a pan-Africanist who

believes in the unity of the African

people. I accept Kwame

Nkrumah’s teachings on the need

for Africa to unite as a single

political system with a common

currency, economy, military and

capital. But it does not mean

marauders will be free to roam

our space, kidnapping, killing

and seizing towns and villages.

Anybody coming to Nigeria must

be ready to accept our secularism,

diversity, unity, laws and

constitution. This is not ethnic

profiling because the bandits and

kidnappers shooting directly at

approaching vehicles, do not care

about the ethnic, regional or

religious origins of the people in

the vehicles; their intention is

simply criminal. So, those who

profile or defend bandits based on

ethnic considerations are wasting

their time. The issue is that we are

all endangered and need to

collectively deal with the

criminals, or they will deal with

us individually.

The fact is that we are at war;

no not the declared one with Boko

Haram, but the undeclared one

by local and foreign bandits who

have made most of the states in

the North virtually ungovernable

and spread their ‘guerrilla

warfare’ to other parts of the

country. Abuja which used to have

a light population, is now

crowded as people flee various

parts of the country. Many

influential people who have

retired to their farms and their

home towns in the North or had

settled in places like Kaduna, are

now taking refuge in Abuja. So

also are the poor who are fleeing

farms and abandoning trade.

How can the influential leader

of a community be seized right in

his home and spend two months

in captivity as happened to Alhaji

Musa Umar, the Magajin Garin

of Daura? Imagine the trauma of

being held at gun-point by people

who were probably on drugs.

Given his relationship with the

Presidency, he probably will now

have guards round the clock; how

can those he rules over be free to

access him? How can he feel safe

when he was kidnapped right in

his home? If he is moved to Abuja,

he would not only lose touch with

his people, but will feel a sense of

alienation.

Professor Wole Soyinka is not

just a genius, but also one of the

most courageous men in our

history who is known to embrace

danger like a man engaged in a

tango. Now he says he is afraid;

not for himself, but the country.

At this crucial time, we need to

listen to such voices. My simple

prayer is: for Nigeria’s survival,

God should guide Buhari and his

fellow elites, aright.

Segun Osoba: No longer waiting for Godot

By Banji Ojewale

A man will turn over half a library to make

one book —Samuel Johnson (1709-1784),

English critic and lexicographer.

WAITING for Aremo Segun Osoba’s

book, BATTLELINES: My adventures

in Journalism and Politics, has been akin to

the experience of the two characters

expecting the arrival of someone called

Godot who never arrives.

In his 1952 tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot,

Irish writer, Samuel Beckett presents the

helplessness and an accompanying

barrenness of an endless wait for a Godot

who doesn’t show up. Joined by three other

funny actors, these tarrying figures get

further mired in a futile wait for the person

they do not know. The play closes, tragically

and comically, without Godot being

revealed in the two-act work.

Mercifully, lingering for the

autobiography of Osoba, former editor of

Daily Times of Nigeria, who went on to

become the paper’s group managing

director and the Governor of Ogun State,

hasn’t followed the trajectory of Godot.

Yes, there was a long expectation. But, as

it turned out the other day in Lagos, it wasn’t

a wait for Godot. Osoba’s own Godot arrived

at the presentation of his book ahead of his

birthday.

He made the promise to deliver a definitive

work on his life a couple of years ago when

he spoke with a newspaper reporter. Osoba

had been reminded of his great days as a

reporter with Daily Times, with the hint that

he was the industry’s most illustrious living

journalist. Respected newspaper columnist,

Mohammed Haruna, has also described

Osoba as Nigeria’s "most successful reporter

since Independence." The former governor

has modestly declined the honour,

reminding us that we had in our midst older

and more remarkable men: Lateef Jakande

and Sam Amuka. He added: "I am not the

best reporter…There are greater journalists

than I who still need to be celebrated." Then

he spoke of his next assignment: writing his

opus.

We have been waiting since. When in 2011,

Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe came up

with their book, Segun Osoba: The

Newspaper Years, we thought the Godot of

the highly garlanded Osoba had landed at

last. But our excitement was short-lived. The

master’s imprimatur wasn’t in the book. The

cover bore his name alright. His cleanshaved

face, with a hesitating smile refusing

to bare his teeth, filled the window cover.

Inside also, Osoba was a perpetual presence.

Almost every page had his name mentioned

or alluded to in the pronoun. His mentors

and colleagues and friends and schoolmates

- Babatunde Jose, Lateef Jakande, Sam

Amuka, Peter Enahoro, Rasheed

Gbadamosi, Titus Sokanlu, etc. - were

summoned to celebrate Osoba in the book.

They recollected their relationship with

Osoba and agreed that he deserved to be

honoured as one of the greats of the

profession of journalism.

Despite the presence of these other giants

spreading across the 396-page book and

their references to Osoba, there is a missing

link.

Osoba himself is nowhere ‘seen’ talking.

He is a silent onlooker, as the venturesome

duo of Awoyinfa and Igwe urge a medley of

compatriots to take over the show.

So the book despite, its endearing virtues,

has the grave drawback of not giving us the

full-bodied Osoba. We saw Osoba the

journalist as offered by impartial associates,

as it were. But we didn’t hear from him. What

spurred him to get to the peak he scaled?

What were his emotional challenges? How

did he overcome them? Certainly, there

would be unseen factors influencing him

from behind the scenes. Only Osoba would

know these and be in a good position to

reveal these.

More: Segun Osoba: The Newspaper

Years, had no brief to go beyond the man’s

journalism days. In that case, we were to be

led into a halfway house, never mind the

galaxy of names drawing us in. The ideal is

to get Osoba the reporter, Osoba the family

man and husband of Beere Derinsola and

Osoba the politician, all under one roof,

under a completed building. The book’s

masterclasss status doesn’t deliver it from

Segun Osoba battled

personal and national wars,

which were unavoidable if

you were a public-interest

newsman and servantpolitician

the intellectual hunger for the final word

from Osoba himself. The book created an

interest to have the full-orbed Osoba. So the

next stage was to satisfy that crave. Godot

must not be allowed to play Beckett’s script.

With Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism

and Politics, Osoba, turning 80 on July 15,

is providing us massive memoir to chew for

a proper assessment and understanding of

the man.

The 341-pagebook aptly captures the life

and times of Osoba, an undertaking denied

other works on him. Newspaper interviews

and articles that have appeared seasonally

on him have been sharply constrained

because of limited space and a pervading

ambience of conflicting interests. Only a

book coming from him could address these

summons.

The book itself warns readers that the

author is leading them into old wars he has

fought and won in his years as a journalist

and politician.

For, you can’t tantalise us with the notion

of ‘battlelines’ and withdraw from plunging

us into your exploits during the hostilities.

You can’t write an autobiography

announcing wars and as you flip through it

all you see are accounts of tea parties. Segun

Osoba battled personal and national wars,

which were unavoidable if you were a

public-interest newsman and servantpolitician.

Osoba’s long-awaited bio-narrative is

coming at the right time when we need to

crack the crevices of history to grab nuggets

of wisdom from outstanding statesmen and

professionals. If we agree with the revered

novelist, Chinua Achebe, that the leadership

question must be dealt with in order to have

a radically functioning society, we must get

more statesmen to write books on their

experiences, so we don’t fall into snares that

have kept us from plumbing the depths of

our limitless potential.

John Ruskin, English art critic and writer

said: "All books are divisible into two classes:

the books of the hour, and the books of all

time." I think Segun Osoba’s book,

Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism and

Politics falls into the latter order. For,

following Johnson’s counsel, Osoba must

have turned over the libraries of the ages to

write it.

*Oyewale, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Lagos

C

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32 — Vanguard, MONDAY July 15, 2019

INSECURITY, HERDSMEN:

Restructuring may no longer

save Nigeria, referendum is

solution – Annkio-Briggs

•Osinbajo must dissociate

himself by resigning

•Annkio-Briggs

How do you see the state of

the nation?

I, as a person, and a voice of

many groups across the Niger

Delta, and interacting with

many groups in the Middle

Belt, Yoruba land and

Igboland, I am not surprised at

where we are as a nation today.

I don’t think that anybody who

has been involved in the

struggle for equity and justice

in this country will be surprised

at where we are as a country

today.

What is surprising is the

failure of the different ethnic

nationalities, the traditional

rulers, the political leadership,

and the electorate to come to

terms with the fact that we

cannot continue with this selfdeceit

that that there will come

a time when the Federal

Government headed by

President Muhammadu Buhari

with the Miyetti Allah having

a say in the policy of the

government will bring change.

The Miyetti Allah is

supposed to be a business

organization of cattle rearers

but it has become very clear to

a lot people that it is part of a

sinister plan by the Cabal.

Some of them have

transformed to herdsmen, Boko

Haram, bandits and militias.

What is shocking is that we

don’t seem to have a plan. In

the 2014 National Conference,

I understood the plight of the

Middle Belt people and how

they have endured what some

of us thought were historical

facts on account of the influence

of Othman Dan Fodio in

By Clifford Ndujihe

FIERY human rights, environmental rights and Niger Delta activist, Ms Ann-

Kio Briggs, 66, is pained by the state of affairs in Nigeria and wants urgent

action to avert what she described as dangerous ride on the path to

disintegration.

Ms Briggs, who is the founder and executive director of non-governmental

organization Agape Birthrights, was spokesperson of the Ijaw Republican

Assembly, IRA, the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security

Strategy, UNDEDSS, and a member of the 2014 National Conference. In a

no holds-barred interview, the English-born Nigerian activist spoke among

others on the flickering flames of insecurity, menace of armed herdsmen

and worsening threat to national unity, the suspended Ruga settlement for

herdsmen, rising poverty in the country and how to save Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria, sacking of

Hausa kingdoms, how Nigeria

was amalgamated and the role

played by the then government.

It is now very clear that a deal

was cut between the then

colonial government and the

Fulani ethnic nationality across

Africa. The Fulani of Nigeria

are nomadic pastoral people,

who move from place to place.

They have been able to move

from one country to the other

bearing in mind where they

originated from.

They don’t care that there are

laws and boundaries across

African nations. I don’t believe

that they have passports, you

can’t identify the Nigerian

Fulani today.

The Fulani, under the guise

of nomadic cattle rearing, have

been establishing Ruga or

Fulani colonies across

countries in Africa.

Recently, the Federal

Government attempted to

blatantly and brazenly support

the idea and plan to forcefully

go against the rule of law and

Constitution of Nigeria and

take land across Nigeria for

Ruga for Fulani herdsmen.

These are people that have 80

per cent of Nigeria’s landmass.

This is not enough for them,

they want to add the remaining

20 per cent that the Yoruba,

Igbo and Niger Delta ethnic

nationalities share.

This issue was extensively

discussed at the 2014 National

Conference. At that time

General Muhammadu Buhari,

who Nigerians rejected as

president in 2003, 2007 and

2011 was running for the

presidency. Nigerians were

told that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

was corrupt, and his

government was corrupt but

today it has become clear that

these things were lies

supported by the then USA

government of Barack Obama.

When you

restructure

Nigeria, the first

thing that will be

affected is the

1999

Constitution.

There are things

that must be

abrogated and

changed for the

restructuring

process to begin

Today, it is very clear that

Nigerians were deceived to

remove the Jonathan

government for the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

and President Buhari.

We have a senior advocate of

Nigeria, SAN, a Christian, and

a pastor as Vice President.

Many Christians voted for

President Buhari because

Professor Yemi Osinbajo was

the vice presidential candidate.

Professor Osinbajo was the

attorney general of Lagos State

and was related to the family

of the late sage, Chief Obafemi

Awolowo by marriage. It is

horrifying that under Osinbajo

as vice president the attacks on

Christians have heightened,

Christians are being executed

and up till now he has not taken

a firm position as a government

official or seen anything wrong.

If an advocate of civil rights

takes a position it is not the

same as a politician taking a

moral position that is

justifiable.

Why Osinbajo should resign

Under Osinbajo, in a

government he serves as vice

president, there is no rule of

law. He should resign for the

mere fact that he is a Christian.

He should resign if not for any

other thing to be seen to have

dissociated himself from the

negative attitude towards

southerners and Christians.

For me, looking at Nigeria

today, Nigeria has deteriorated

to the extent that even

restructuring, which some of us

believe will play a major role

in keeping Nigeria together,

will not be done under this

government. I don’t think

Nigeria will be restructured.

Time for referendum

Nigeria has gone so far down

the path of disintegration that

we really need to be looking

towards a referendum of the

ethnic nationalities across

Nigeria.

The question for the Yoruba,

Igbo, Middle-Belt, ethnic

nationalities of the Niger Delta

and even the Fulani

themselves, etc is simple: Do

you want to continue to stay in

this country called Nigeria?

The answer is yes or no. If the

answer is yes, then what are

the plans? The people should

be able to come up with their

plans under which they wish

to stay in Nigeria or exit

Nigeria.

We just cannot go on like this.

I don’t believe we can go to

December 2019 as if everything

is all right in Nigeria. Look at

what happened in Abuja, last

week with the Shiites protest

at the National Assembly. All

they are asking is for a court

order to be obeyed. They are

not asking that their leader,

Sheik Ibrahim El-zakzaky,

should be released

unconditionally.

The Shiite is just one Islamic

group. I don’t think its issue in

a multiple religious country

should occupy the time of the

president of Nigeria.

In my opinion, Nigeria is

going down the path where

quite honestly, we are in a

speed train that has no break

and at some point it will crash.

On Aremo Segun Osoba’s

comment that President

Buhari has endorsed the

restructuring report submitted

by the APC committee led by

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of

Kaduna State

Chief Osoba is the not the

spokesman of President Buhari

or the APC. For Osoba to tell

Nigerians to be patient that

President Buhari will

restructure Nigeria following

his private meeting with the

president does not hold water.

It is a heavy statement. The

president should call the

attention of Nigerians and tell

us he will restructure Nigeria

and how he will go about it.

What is the timeline? When is

he going to start?

Restructuring of Nigeria is

not the president’s personal

decision. You have to discuss

with those who are demanding

for restructuring. During the

2014 National Conference, he

said he did not believe in it and

if anything could be done to

scuttle it they would do it.

One of the recommendations

of the National Conference was

restructuring of Nigeria. You

cannot say two different things

on the same issue. For Osoba

to say that Buhari will

restructure, civil rights activists

like us don’t believe him and

will not act according to what

Osoba said.

Restructuring means many

things to many people. What it

means to me as a Niger Deltan

may be different from what it

means to a Middle-Beltan.

To me, restructuring is my

land, coastal land, 200 nautical

miles, my resources, sea port,

railway line, development of

my region, security, how I will

use my resources to develop my

region, and how I will stop

people from taking 100 per cent

of my resources and giving me

13 per cent.

You don’t think the

recommendations of the

Governor El-Rufai committee

will go a long way?

Continued from page 42


Vanguard, MONDAY July 15, 2019—33

Restructuring may no longer save Nigeria,

referendum is solution – Annkio Briggs

Continues on page 43

El-Rufai, who is opposed to

restructuring, was the

chairman of the committee

recommending something he

is opposed to. The report is

worthless. He does not believe

in restructuring, the APC does

not also believe in what it has

the committee to look into. It

was a waste of time and money.

However, no matter what El-

Rufai and his committee have

said, it cannot be the

restructuring we are asking for.

When you restructure

Nigeria, the first thing that will

be affected is the 1999

Constitution. There are things

that must be abrogated and

changed for the restructuring

process to begin.

For us in the Niger Delta, the

Constitution has taken away

our right to our resources. We

are not able to use our

resources to develop ourselves

and our future.

The argument as to whether

we will waste it is nobody’s

business after all they have been

mining gold in Zamfara State

for decades, which is illegal.

When you restructure, anybody

can mine gold in Zamfara

When you say restructuring,

that is the first thing for me as

a Niger Delta person. My oil

and my gas will remain in my

land and I will be begin to find

solution to the pollution in my

area. I will secure my state

within Nigeria. I can control

my resources, decide how

many schools to be built,

housing, etc. If we decide to

throw our resources into the

Atlantic Ocean, it is nobody’s

business.

On Vice President

Osinbajo’s comment in the US

that that the ongoing insecurity

in the country particularly

kidnapping and banditry were

being exaggerated by

Nigerians.

I am highly offended as a

Christian to hear somebody

who used to be a pastor, an

advocate of Jesus Christ to see

what is going on in Nigeria

and say they are exaggerated.

He officially said that the

killings, kidnapping and

raping of Nigerians, and

specific attacks on Christians

where communities are sacked

by herdsmen, Boko Haram and

non-Nigerians because the

Federal Government,

President and Chief of Army

Staff have accepted they are not

Nigerians; they come to kill

Christains and take over their

lands and the indigenous

people are refugees and IDPs

in their own lands.

For the Vice President, who

is supposed to represent the

interest of Christians in he

government to say these things

are exaggerated is most heart

breaking. What he is inferring

is that Christians are lying that

•Annkio-Briggs

they are being killed.

A girl of 13 was kidnapped

in Bayelsa and taken to Kano,

raped impregnated and later

brought back. The man who

committed the crime is free.

The daughter of Afenifere

leader, Chief Reuben

Fasoranti, was killed by

herdsmen on the Benin Ore

Road at the weekend. A Yoruba

woman, her husband and 10-

year were kidnapped, debased

and raped in the South-West.

What I expect is for the Vice

President to reach out to

specific individuals and find

out if there are true or not. You

can’t without telling us if you

had done that or not go to

America to disgrace and

humiliate Nigerians by saying

that these things Americans

are hearing are exaggerated.

So, even if the Americans

wanted to be sympathetic, here

is the Number Two man telling

them not to bother.

I am horrified to hear the Vice

President say that and have a

diplomat of another country

refer to him as a liar.

For him to look at his people,

the Yoruba, and say that the

killings and security issues

were exaggerated is horrifying.

The evil that has been

perpetrated in this country

against the innocent people,

children, old men and women

that have suffered in the last

four years, the people may not

be able to change their

circumstances in the immediate

but the people involved in this

should know whether they

believe it or not, there is a God

that oversees the affairs of the

world, and men and women.

At His time, He will judge

and He will judge fairly. And

if Nigeria is not meant to be

together no amount of killing

and terrorising people will

hold Nigeria together. The way

this government is going,

something will give and it will

give very soon.

With war against corruption,

good governance and direct

allocation to the local councils

don’t you think the

government has commenced

moves to save the situation?

Let’s start with the local

government. The mere fact that

you have allocation to local

governments where a state like

How can

educated people

like Professor

Ango Abdullahi

argue that if

Igbo can have a

shop in Kano he

does not see

why Fulani

herdsmen

should not have

Ruga

Kano has 44 and Bayelsa has

eight, what is being shared to

Kano 44 times is coming from

Bayelsa and nothing is going

to Bayelsa from Kano, and

Bayelsa is getting eight of what

it is producing, is that not

corruption?

What exactly is corruption?

When in the appointment of

service chiefs and the structure

that governs Nigeria is in the

hand of one ethnic group and

religion, is that not corruption?

When you are insisting that a

business organisation, Miyetti

Allah that is made of cattle

rearers should have Ruga

settlements all over the country,

is that not corruption?

And you have some educated

people supporting it. How can

educated people like Professor

Ango Abdullahi argue that if

Igbo can have a shop in Kano

he does not see why Fulani

herdsmen should not have

Ruga. How can someone who

claim to be a professor argue

like that? What will they be

teaching people in their 20s?

That an Igbo man who is

renting a shop and paying tax,

bought a land or leased a land

and built on it that if that man

can do it why can’t a French

Fulani man, who is not even a

Nigerian, stroll into Delta State

and get thousands of hectares

of land and then have the

government build

infrastructure for him? Is that

not a local government?

What they are planning to do

is to create local governments

all over the country for the

Fulani and we will wake up one

morning and find that Fulani

are majority in Nigeria, so that

tomorrow you will have a

Fulani local government

chairman in Rivers State.

When statements like that are

made it is amazing. What type

of corruption is being fought?

And you are still paying fuel

subsidy and paying more than

Dr Jonathan paid and one of

the reasons they removed

Jonathan was payment of fuel

subsidy. Was it not this

president that said who is

subsidizing who? That there

was no fuel subsidy going on,

that if they said there was fuel

subsidy it was corruption? Now

he is still saying fuel subsidy.

How do you see the rate of

poverty in the country with a

report saying 130 million

Nigerians are living below

poverty line?

Do we need outsiders to tell

us that the N30,000 minimum

wage at the rate of N360 to one

dollar is not up to a $100, which

is not even up to a living wage?

Of course there is poverty.

The people that are counting

the real indices of poverty in

world and monitoring these

things are telling us that

Nigeria is the world’s poverty

capital.

We are arguing that Nigeria

is not a poor country, but the

reality is that a handful of

people who call themselves

politicians and the cabal have

constituted themselves into

deciding who is going to be

poor and who is going to be

rich. if you compare the level

of poverty today and what it

was in Jonathan’s time there

any comparison. At the time of

Jonathan the dollar was less

than 200 naira to a dollar but

since Buhari came it has risen

to N360 for the past four years

and it has not come down.

Most Nigerians are living

below the poverty line, it just

that Nigerians are resilient

people and very

entrepreneurial and so are

enhancing themselves.

How can you look at the

Nigerian police and say truly

that Nigeria police are corrupt?

Look at the system that has

produced the Nigeria police.

You say someone is pensionable

and you don’t pay the person

his pension. Nigeria is the only

place where the police and

military buy their uniform. How

can you pay a police man

between N20,000 to N30,000

and expect him to pay rent,

transport, and feed? You expect

him to stand in the rain you

don’t buy him an umbrella or

rain coat and expect him to

stand there with a rusted Ak-

47.

You expect him to stop armed

robbers and killers with the Ak-

47 that will jam? He won’t stop

them. Why are you surprised

when you have not paid him

for two -three months, he is

taking his frustrations out on

the people because those are

the people he is seeing?

Unfortunately, that is where

we find ourselves. You have

the army that you send to the

war front to confront people like

Boko Haram that have been

identified as the fourth

deadliest terror group in the

world, they are not well catered

for when they get wounded or

dying. Their families don’t

know, no information and then

you say Nigeria army si not

doing what it should be doing.

You, are you doing what you

should be doing?

So, there is a lot that is wrong

with Nigeria and Nigerians

have to accept this reality and

find the solution. So basically

what is happening in Nigeria

is wrong but also the victims

themselves are partly to be

blamed because you cannot

continue to roll every time and

play the victim; do something

it doesn’t have to be violent.

I tell my people in Niger

Delta, you don’t have to blow

up pipelines to make your

point. We can all sit down in

our community and don’t allow

these oil companies to touch

them. We must find solution to

Nigeria’s problems, and the

problems are created by greed

and wickedness.


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Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 — 35

With right attitude, Nigeria can reduce

cancer deaths — EXPERTS

By Gabriel Olawale

WORRIED by high

incidence of cancer

cases in Nigeria, experts in

the field of cancer

management have

expressed disappointment

over the country’s inability

to eradicate certain cancers.

Speaking during a 3-day

capacity building on

multidisciplinary cancer

management organised by

the Society of Oncology and

Cancer Research of Nigeria,

SOCRON, in partnership

with American Society of

Clinical Oncology, ASCO,

the Professor of

Epidemiology at the

University of Maryland,

School of Medicine, Prof.

Clement Adebamowo said

that there is enough scientific

knowledge on how to reduce

death from many types of

cancers, regrettably such

knowledge is not being

applied in Nigeria.

From Left: President, Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria, Prof. Clement

Adebamowo; Immediate Past President of West African College of Surgeons, Prof.

King-David Yawe; Professor Cosette Wheeler from Comprehensive Cancer Center,

University of New Mexico and Professor of Surgery and Director, Breast Health Global

Initiative, Benjamin Anderson during a 3-days capacity building on multidisciplinary

cancer management in Lagos recently.

“Why is it that some of the

latest discoveries are not

been applied here in

Nigeria? For instance, we

know how to eradicate

cervical cancer, but in Nigeria

we are not practicing it.

Why? What are the barriers

and how can we overcome

them?”

Adebamowo who is

currently President of

SOCRON, pointed out that

majority of people still believe

that cancer diagnosis is the

end of life,.

“We need to let our people

know that cancer occurs in

Nigeria just like other parts

of the world and it does not

mean the end of life. With

appropriate care, someone

can live a better life. Early

presentation is important,

many of these cancers don’t

make you have fever, to vomit

or experience body pain but

they are deadly.

Adebamowo advocated

more funding to the health

sector and cancer care in

particular.

“Cancer is different from

infectious diseases most of

the hospitals are equipped

to treat. So the executive and

legislature need to work

together and improve health

funding.

Corroborating his view,

Professor of Surgery and

Director, Breast Health

Global Initiative, Benjamin

Anderson, urged the

Nigeria government to raise

the level of awareness about

cancer and early detection.

The clinicians also need to

be educated so that they

recognise what needs to be

done after diagnosis.

“Part of what we observed

in some of the countries we

are privileged to work with

was that majority of health

workers at primary care level

don’t know what breast

cancer really looks like. So

they send the patient away

rather than doing the

diagnosis.

“Sometimes the surgeon

makes a mistake by throwing

away the tumour they cut out.

They forget that when they

cut it out, they only remove

the problem in which when

it comes to treatment the first

thing will be to analyse the

tumour and figure out the

type.”

Anderson emphasised the

need for Nigeria to have

accurate data on cancer,

saying “without data, it is

difficult to know what the

next intervention should be.

Data is like a map to start a

journey, and one may

wonder why the Ministry of

Health is not making that to

happen.”

On his part, the President,

West African College of

Surgeons and Professor of

General Surgery, Breast and

Endocrine, Professor King-

David Yawe, said reasons

responsible for delay in

presentation at the health

facilities include, financial

challenges, stigmatisation,

shortage of personnel and

health facilities among

others.

“Nigeria is running cash

and carry healthcare system.

You don’t go to the hospital

without having cash.

Location is also a major

challenge.”

Yawe said that to address

some of these issues, Nigeria

needs to have a robust health

insurance policy that covers

everybody, “at the moment

health insurance only covers

5 percent of the population

and mostly civil servant. We

need to implement

community base health

insurance system if we want

to cover the bulk of the

population.


36 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

Otunba Runsewe launches Nigeria-Ghana Friendship Club in Accra

•Otunba Runsewe (r) and Nii Quaye Aman II, Teshie Akwashiongtse in Accra

By Osa Amadi, Arts Editor

History was made in Accra

(described as home of

culture as Nigeria is to the

world) when on Friday 28 June, 2019,

Otunba Segun Runsewe who was

honoured with West Africa Man of the

Year Award during the 5th 'accraweizo'

conference, launched the Nigeria-

Ghana Friendship Club. The event

took place at the glamourous La Palm

Royal Beach Hotel, Accra.

Launching the club and flanked by

many dignitaries including the

traditional ruler, Nii Quaye Aman II,

Teshie Akwashiongtse and Dr. Zibril

Idi Abari, Deputy Minister for Tourism,

Arts, and Culture, Ghana, Otunba

Runsewe said: "Today we are going to

make history in the annals of West

Africa. Today we are going to exchange

flags, stronger brotherhood, and to

show that we are truly together. After

this celebration, we are going to share

kola. Kola brings life in Africa. After

this celebration we are going to have a

new thinking between Ghana and

Nigeria. We are going to have ties

stronger than what we used to have."

Otunba Runsewe who addressed the

audience in Ghanaian language after

representatives of both countries had

exchanged flags that symbolize the two

countries’ formation of a friendship

club, also said that the "unborn

Ghanaians, and Nigerians will come

to meet the peace being espoused

today."

Delivering a goodwill message

earlier, Otunba Runsewe had said his

first visit to Accra was 15-17 years ago,

"and I did not spend up to 2 hours. This

is the first time I am spending a night

in Accra."

He described Ghanaians as very

hospitable and friendly people.

Runsewe went into history to unearth

some very uncommon historical facts

in Nigeria-Ghana relation. "The first

goal that was scored at the National

Stadium in Nigeria, as far back as

1972, was by a Ghanaian - Yakubu

Mambo. He was a star of our time. He

was a Ghanaian, but even when we

played against the Sierra Leone in

1973, he scored a goal to give Nigeria

victory. So, you can see that Nigeria

and Ghana have been together for a

long time.

"Again, players of the IICC Shooting

Stars of Ibadan, Philip Appiah and

Ansah (the goalkeeper) were all

Ghanaians. The captain of Ghana,

Abdul Rasak, is a Nigerian but he is

still living in Ghana till today. He can't

even go back home. The greatest

supporter of football in Nigeria, Baba

ele Eron, is a Ghanaian. He came to

support one team as far back as 1962

and till today he has not returned to

Ghana. So, we have always been

brothers and sisters. We have come, we

have seen, and the continent shall

conquer."

My movies demonstrate societal issues people shy

away from – Sunny Okonkwo

By Chinasa Afigbo

In the fight against rape that has

eaten into the fabric of our society,

actor, model and filmmaker,

Sunny Okonkwo, a versatile artist

in the Nigerian entertainment

industry, is set to reveal the causes

and effects of rape with the release

of his upcoming movie titled

‘Masked’, in September 2019. The

movie features both veteran and

new actors in the movie industry

such as Bimbo Akintola, Maureen

Ihua, Christian Paul, Bolaji

Ogumola, Chinoso Young and

others.

‘Masked’ depicts how young

ladies are molested at very young

ages and the repercussions

involved as they grow. Rape

victims don’t always get to talk

about their experiences in

Nigeria, even in the faces of

pedophiles living around us and

molesting children.

Sunny Okonkwo is an

economist by profession and a

consultant who has developed

passion for film making, acting,

and modeling. He is a fashion

brand manager for Ade Barkari,

Adebayo Jones, Agatha Moreno,

and some other fashion brands

too.

Speaking of his journey into

becoming a filmmaker, Sunny

Okonkwo narrates the process: “I

started as an actor when I was

twenty-one. Then, because of

school and some other challenges,

I diverted into the cooperate

world, then went back into

filmmaking fulltime. Now I’m a

full-time producer and also

consult for companies that want

to distribute and license their

movies.

“I have done series of movies as

an actor, a co-producer, and an

associate. But recently, I started

producing my own movie

independently and I have

•Sunny Okonkwo

produced about three of them.

Presently I just finished a movie

titled ‘Masked’.

“The movie, ‘Masked’ talks

about a young girl who

abandoned her kids for fame. In

the process of doing that, those

children got into wrong hands in

the family who molested them at

their young ages. This eventually

led to a negative effect on the kids,

who later grew up to hate their

mother and become victims of

post-trauma,” he said, “This

movie demonstrates the societal

issues that people shy away from.”

Sunny Okonkwo assures his

audience that ‘Masked’ will be

mind-blowing because of its

compelling characters and huge

suspense involved.

His passion for storytelling

through visuals is beyond

pleasure. He loves to educate his

audience through his works. “I

like to open people’s minds to

societal shenanigans and make

them learn from it. As an actor, I

started off by observing how the

Nigerian movie industry is and I

decided to do something different.

I don’t want to do basic and be the

regular producer we all know; I

want to tell stories on subjects we

don’t talk about in this country.

From the movies I make, you’ll

observe that I try to work on stories

that will promote social changes,

stories that people will watch,

learn and resonate with easily,” he

said.

He also talked about his other

movies that would be released

after ‘Masked’ in September.

“Another movie is coming up titled

‘The shift’,” he highlighted, “it will

be dwelling more on depression

and suicide among youths and

how social media has influenced

youths not to recognize their selfworth.

Oba of Benin pledges support for NAFEST 2019

His Royal Majesty, the Oba of

Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo

Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, has

extolled the Director-General of

the National Council for Arts and

Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe.

The revered monarch said

Nigeria needs great minds like

Runsewe who are passionate

about promotion of the country’s

rich and diverse cultures,

expressing his delight at the

choice of Benin for the next

edition of the National Festival

for Arts and Culture (NAFEST)

slated for October.

Oba Ewuare was speaking when

the DG along with his

management team and 30 state

directors of culture including

major culture stakeholders visited

him in his palace.

His Royal Majesty was also glad

that NAFEST will be hosted in

Benin from October 19 to 26 with

activities evenly distributed in

Otunba Segun Runsewe (l) & Deputy Governor, Edo State, Comrade

Philip Shuaibu.

major symbolic venues across the

ancient city all in a bid to

showcase culture and boost the

state economy. The Benin

Monarch concluded by pledging

his unflinching support towards

NAFEST 2019 as preparations hit

top gear.

Delivering his address during

the visit, Otunba Runsewe hailed

the Oba whose exploits and

impressive antecedents as

Nigeria’s ambassador ensured the

restoration of peace to Angola

Responding and breaking the

symbolic kola, the traditional ruler, Nii

Quaye Aman II, Teshie Akwashiongtse

said: "I break this Kola to join Ghana

and Nigeria to be one nation, one

people, and one destiny." Otunba

Runsewe took one of the unbroken

kola nuts, promising to preserve it in

the Nigerian Museum for unborn

generations to see and remember that

such tie of friendship was forged that

day between Nigeria and Ghana.

From La Palm Royal Beach Hotel,

Otunba and his train moved to the

Nigeria High Commission in Ghana

where he was received by Counsellor

Daniel Ebijor Tonibor, Ibrahim

Abdulazez Hong, First Secretary and

Head of Chancery; and Mrs. Oyenike

Adebowasule.

Addressing the embassy, Otunba

Runsewe said: "We are going to change

the narrative of the way people see

Nigeria. We need to speak for ourselves

now. Nigeria has all it takes, but it is

just a little disconnection which we have

to reconnect. We want to furnish all the

embassies across the globe. Under my

leadership, I want to assure you that

the Embassy will hear more from us."

On behalf of the National Council

for Arts & Culture (NCAC) and the

country, Otunba Runsewe deposited

the following cultural items at the

Nigeria High Commission in Ghana:

two gongs which are symbols of

National Festival of Arts & Culture

(NAFEST) celebrated annually in

Nigeria; Newsletters of NCAC, iPad

covers made of Nigerian local fabrics;

NCAC publications containing all the

festivals in Nigeria, made-in-Nigeria

keyholders, etc.

Responding to Otunba Runsewe's

kind gestures, Counsellor Daniel Ebijor

Tonibor promised to convey all the

messages to the Ambassador who

happened to be unavoidably absent to

witness the unusual diplomatic event.

“This script is ready and we are

in the process of screen-playing it.

People need to know what actually

causes depression among

millennials, and how people live

false lives to oppress and

intermediate others on social

media.

The second project will be on

sickle cell anemia to show how

people living with sickle cell

anemia have survived with the

help of recent technology,” he said.

Sunny Okonkwo states that the

driving force behind production

of these movies is the time he has

taken to observe movies in the

Nollywood industry and how they

dwell on comedy, romance and

love stories and play up things that

are not really happening within

us.

“We’ve done enough of all these.

I think it’s time we do movies that

buttress on matters eating up

society, things people find very

difficult to talk about. I want to be

that type of producer that will tell

real-life stories, stories that would

push people to think and be alive

to their environment,” he

remarked.

amongst other noble

achievements during his

ambassadorial spell.

The NCAC boss intimated that

at least 3 million people from

around the world will flood Benin

during NAFEST just as the city is

designated to host the first ever

Royal Golf Tournament come

October with plans underway to

establish the first Royal Museum

and many more expected goodies,

courtesy NAFEST 2019.

In conclusion of activities lined

up for the weeklong technical

committee meeting which ended

Thursday, the NCAC DG and

about 30 state Directors of culture

including other important

stakeholders were hosted to a

grand reception by the Executive

Governor of Edo State represented

by his deputy, Comrade Philip

Shuaibu at Government House,

Benin.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 —37

Speak up 1

POETRY

OLADIPUPO K. OGUNNOIKI

He secretly beat you up

And locks you up

Throws you around like a plastic cup

Lady, man up and speak up!

You try to talk but he shut you up

You’ve only been talking and not reporting the idiot

Don’t wait till it reaches the tip top

Forget that he’s even a bishop

Call on him a cop!

*Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo standing while her citation was read during her reading at Lagos State

University, LASU.

You can’t do well in any discipline if

you’re not a reader – Prof. Adimora-Ezeigbo

…says you’ve missed it if your children don’t communicate in mother tongue

Until you break him he won’t stop

A man that loves you less than his laptop

Making you cry constantly over your makeup

Lady, this day, to this, put a full stop!

Man up and speak up

Grow a spine (Speak up 2)

Some people illegally locked your shop

Claiming they want a top-up

Because they sound as though on top

Before it gets more than you can gulp

Speak up!

By Prisca Sam-Duru Chancellor who was

represented by the Deputy Vice

The importance of reading

especially in the 21st

Century was once again

brought to the fore at the

reading event hosted by the

Department of English, Faculty

of Arts, Lagos State University,

LASU, in honour of Nigeria’s

prolific writer and scholar,

Professor Akachi Adimora-

Ezeigbo.

Held on Thursday, 13th June

2019, at the Theatre Arts

Auditorium, LASU, Prof.

Adimora-Ezeigbo’s reading

attracted a massive audience

that comprised students,

academics, family and friends,

and the press. It was so far one

of the best if not the best

reading event in recent times.

The enthusiasm of the massive

audience so much fascinated

the celebrator that she seized

the opportunity to enjoin

people to read while noting

how she has been inspired by

works of other writers.

“Many of us have lost

reading which is a very

important aspect we must

imbibe. No matter the disciple

or field of study, if you are not

a reader, you will not do well.

Read wildly, be it newspapers,

magazines, text books, novels

etc. And if you want to become

a writer, you must read, read

and read. Reading helps your

development and

competence.” She said,

emphasising that “Being

proficient in English which is

the common language that

binds us together in the

country, is very important.”

Prof. Ezeigbo also emphasised

on the importance of

communicating in one’s mother

tongue. She disclosed that she

is an advocate for competence

in mother tongue saying,

“You’ve missed it if your

children do not communicate in

mother tongue”

Professors, Deans of three

Faculties, Heads of the

Departments of English and

Theatre Arts and the Vice

Chancellor (Academic), Prof

Noah, were all present and

definitely, enjoyed the

therapeutic experience of a

reading event that took the form

of a thrilling stage

performance.

They all, including the Head

of English Department, Dr

Rachel Bello, the Dean of Arts,

Prof Harrison Adeniyi and the

Deputy Vice-Chancellor,

showered encomiums on Prof.

Ezeigbo, describing her as a

writer and scholar per

excellence whose works have

continued to impart immensely

on the entire globe.

Dr Joy Odewumi read the

citation of Prof. Akachi

Adimora-Ezeigbo. Her profile

is quite intimidating. And the

mention of each of her

numerous achievements

triggered off a rapturous

applause from the crowd. In all

of that, she was highly

commended for being a humble

wife and adorable mother and

grandmother in spite of the

height she has attained as a

scholar and writer.

This was followed by the main

event of the day. Ezeigbo read

from Roses and Bullets, Magic

Breast Bag and Mixed

Legacies which are part of her

over 50 creative works, to the

pleasure of the teeming

audience who participated in

singing songs she raised

during her reading and

performance. The story she

read from the Magic Breast

Bag, a collection of short stories

that

encourages

entrepreneurial skills, led to

her amazing performance,

eliciting both drumming on the

tables, sing along, and cheers

by the over excited crowd.

Before she commenced

reading, Ezeigbo appreciated

her host for the opportunity

saying: “I usually remember

LASU with fondness because I

had my first Sabbatical leave

here in 1989. There were very

few buildings then and I’m

happy to see the progress so

far. It is because of you students

that we are here and I advise

you to leave with good grades

because you have a great

university.”

And turning to her husband

she said: “I thank my husband,

Professor Chris Ezeigbo who

has been supportive and a great

companion for so many years.

I met him when I was in 200

level at the University of Lagos

while he was doing his

Master’s. And when I told my

father about my intention to

marry him, my father opposed

it initially because he thought

that the marriage would

jeopardise my education. I told

him the kind of person my

husband is and he gave his

consent. I’m glad to have him

as my husband. Imagine that I

left a two-month old baby for

him while on a fellowship in

London and he took perfect care

of the baby.”

Reading from pages 24 and

27 of Roses and Bullets, she

said: “This book is on the

Nigerian Civil war; a war that

has almost torn Nigeria apart.

I pray that we will never fight

another war but that we become

a united nation where peace,

equity etc, reign. We need to

tolerate one another. It appears

we haven’t learned enough

lessons from that war. So, I’m

begging our leaders to

remember millions of Nigerians

needing good governance.”

Prof. Ezeigbo who was

christened at the event as an

Academic Field Marshal and

an Academic great

grandmother, before reading

from Mixed Legacies, said:

“This collection of poems

celebrates both living and dead

legends. There are also poems

of hope for those who have

been destroyed by Boko

Haram’s Legacy.”

She read two poems titled

Flight of the Song Bird, a poem

she wrote in honour of

Ghanaian iconic poet, Kofi

Awoonor who was murdered in

Kenya by Al-Shabaab terrorists,

and Light at the End of the

Tunnel, a poem of hope for

Nigeria.

Let me talk you up!

For this kind of thing don’t keep up

For in no time, your profit ill seriously crop

And to your customers you will begin to flop

My dear, man up and speak up!

Man up and speak up!

Speak up for yourself and those who have lost their shops

Speak against people that find you as their shops

Get a good attorney that is right on top

Speak up and get them locked up!

Speak up 3

When you look out from your indo

And see someone tip toe

Into another man’s indo

To steal even a biro

Don’t just turn back and go

If we don’t catch the sleeping Joe

He’ll come for our books also

It is their window today, it will be yours tomorrow

And he will end up taking many blows

But a call from us save our neighbour future sorrow

When you see things, don’t just close your indo

Make a video or at least a photo

Raise alarm wisely and don’t be shallow

Call for help, don’t go there solo

But don’t just close your window

•Oladipupo K Ogunnoiki


E

38 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF GODWIN EMEFIELE, CBN GOV, IN LAGOS

PHOTOS. AKEEM SALAU

Alahji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group (left) and Donald

Duke, former Governor Cross River State during the CBN Governor's

celebration of years of God’s Blessing, in Lagos, yesterday.

Dan Akpovwa, Publisher, Abuja Inquirer newspaper (left) and

John Momoh, Chairman, Channels Television.

Mr Mohammed Fouani, Managing Director, Fouani Nigeria Limited

(left) and Mr Kehinde Borisade, Managing Director, Zenith

Insurance

Magnus Onyibe (left) and Henry Imesekha.

Trump scrapped Iran deal to spite Obama

—Report

DONALD Trump aban

doned the Iran nuclear

deal to spite Barack

Obama, according to a

leaked memo written by the

UK’s former ambassador in

the US.

Sir Kim Darroch described

the move as an act of “diplomatic

vandalism”, according

to the Mail on Sunday.

The paper says the memo

was written after the then

Foreign Secretary Boris

Johnson appealed to the US

in 2018 to stick with the

deal.

The latest leak came despite

the Met Police warning

against publication.

The first memos criticising

President Trump’s administration,

which emerged a

week ago, prompted a furious

reaction from the US

president and resulted in Sir

Kim resigning from his role.

The Mail on Sunday reports

that Sir Kim wrote to

Mr Johnson informing him

Republican President Trump

appeared to be abandoning

the nuclear deal for “personality

reasons” - because the

pact had been agreed by his

Democrat predecessor,

Barack Obama.

Under the 2015 deal

backed by the US and five

other nations, Iran

agreed to limit its sensitive

nuclear activities

in return for the lifting

of crippling economic

sanctions.

However, President

Trump said he did not

think that the deal went

far enough in curtailing

Iran’s nuclear ambitions

and reinstated US sanctions

after withdrawing

from it in May 2018.

In a tweet from

June this year, the president

also said he objected

to Mr Obama

having given Iran

£1.8bn (£1.4bn) as part

of the deal. Commentators

later pointed out

this was related to the

settlement of an unfulfilled

military order from

the 1970s.

Tehran recently announced

it would break

a limit set on uranium

enrichment, in breach of

the deal’s conditions.

However the UK, Germany

and France say

they are still committed

to the deal.

The British ambassador’s

memo is said to

have highlighted splits

amongst US presidential

advisers; he wrote

that the White House

did not have a strategy

of how to proceed following

withdrawal from

the deal.

China holds military drills after US

approves arms sale to Taiwan

CHINA’s military has

carried out air and naval

drills along its southeast

coast, the defence ministry

has said, in an announcement

that came after

Beijing demanded the

cancellation of a potential

arms sale from the United

States to self-ruled Taiwan.

In a brief statement on

Sunday, the ministry described

the exercises as

“routine arrangements in accordance

with annual plans

for the military”.

It said they were held in

“recent days”.

On Friday, China said it

would impose sanctions on US

firms involved in a deal to sell

$2.2bn worth of tanks, missiles

and related equipment to Taiwan,

saying it harmed China’s

sovereignty and national security

Ṫhat announcement came as

Taiwanese President Tsai Ingwen

visited New York on a transit

stop to diplomatic allies in the

Caribbean, a trip that has also

infuriated Beijing, further straining

Sino-US ties already affected

by a bitter trade war.

Prior to leaving for the US, Tsai

said the island was facing

threats from “overseas forces”,

in a veiled reference to China.

China, which claims selfruled

and democratic Taiwan

as its own and views it as a wayward

province, had called on

the US not to allow Tsai to transit

there on her overseas tour.

In a statement on Sunday,

Taiwan’s Presidential Office cited

National Security Council

Deputy Secretary-General Tsai

Ming-yen as saying Tsai had

spoken by telephone with US

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

while she was in the US and

met with other senators and

members of Congress, without

naming them.

Tsai said Taipei and Washington

could forge even clos-

U.S. cities brace for raids on

undocumented immigrants

U

.S. cities are bracing for nationwide raids aimed

at deporting undocumented immigrants, in what

President Donald Trump called a “major operation”

due to take place on Sunday.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities

– known as ICE – is expected to focus on large

cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Houston

and will seek to pick up migrants who have received

final orders of removal from an immigration

judge.

Trump said the operation would focus on criminals,

such as members of the MS-13 gang, which was founded

in Los Angeles and has ties to El Salvador.

But in the cities themselves, government leaders and

local action groups ramped up efforts to make undocumented

residents aware of their rights and where they

can find help.

Sudan protester shot dead as

talks stall

A

SUDANESE protester has been shot dead by

members of a feared paramilitary group, proopposition

doctors say.

The man was shot in the head by members of

the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the south-eastern

Sinnar state, during a protest against allegations

of RSF brutality, they say.

Neither the RSF nor Sudan’s ruling military

council has commented.

The shooting comes as the signing of a powersharing

deal agreed earlier this month has once

more been delayed.

The military seized power in April following

months of street demonstrations against long-time

leader Omar al-Bashir but the protest leaders

feared that real power remained in the same

hands and continued their sit-ins.

The march in the Sinnar town of al-Suki was

called to demand that RSF fighters leave the

town, which lies 340 km (201 miles) south-east

of the capital, Khartoum.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019—39

Delta Commissioner tasks

staff on dedication to duty

OGBOLU

I, formerly known as Miss

Ogbolu Chioma Esther, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Unini Chioma Esther. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

FRANK

I, formerly known as Miss

Frank Bina-Ebidoutimifumu,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Wariebiowei Bina-Ebi

Wisdom. That all documents

bearing my former name

remain valid. General public

and all relevant authorities

please take note.

EZERE

I, formerly known as Miss

Ezere Giuliet Chichi, now

wish to be known as Miss

Juliet Oliver. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

SAMUEL

I, formerly known as Miss

Gift Ugonnaya Samuel, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Gift Ugonnaya Bello. All

former documents remain

valid. NYSC, financial

institutions and general

public please take note.

EYAYO

I, formerly known as Miss

Omagbemi Eyayo, now wish

to be known as Mrs.

Omagbemi Orugboh. All

former documents remain

valid. General public and

banks please take note.

UKPONMHAN

I, formerly known as

Ukponmhan Anastasia

Catherine, now wish to be

known as Isaac Anastasia

Catherine. All documents

bearing my former name

remain valid, general public

take note.

AWOLEYE

I, formerly known as Grace

Opeyemi Awoleye, now wish

to be known as Grace

Opeyemi Oyemade. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

MICHAEL

I, formerly known as

Agbaminor Oghenekevwe,

now wish to add Michael, to be

known as Agbaminor

Oghenekevwe Michael. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

AKPOJE

I, formerly known as Miss

Charity Ngozi Akpoje, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Charity Ngozi Omili. All

former documents remain

valid. Any authority it may

concern and the general public

to take note

EKORO

I, formerly known as Blessing

Elemi Ekoro, now wish to be

known as Blessing Obuke

Agbaragu. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

OGAR

The name Okeme Kate Ogar

and Okome Kate

Oworonuomone belong to one

and the same person, now wish

to be known and addressed as

Okome

Kate

Oworonuomone. General

public please take note.

IFADA

I, Ifada Osasume Rita hereby

confirm that the names

Godwin Osasume Rita and

Ifada Osasume Rita refer to

one and the same me. I now

wish to be known as Ifada

Osasume Rita. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

OGBUAGU

I, formerly known as

Ogbuagu Prisca Ngozi, now

wish to be known as Igbokwe

Prisca Ngozi. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

KALU

I, formerly known as Miss

Kalu Chinenye Ucheime

Jennifer, now wish to be

known as Mrs Eke Chinenye

Jennifer. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

OYENPEMI

I, formerly known as

Oyenpemi Oyepeju Ranti,

now wish to be known as

Afolabi Oyepeju Ranti. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

OGUNNIYI

I, formerly known as

Ogunniyi Temitope

Temilade, now wish to be

known as Ogunniyi

Temitope Ajayi. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

OSSAI

I hereby confirm that the

name, Ossai Emmanuel

Ifebuche, and Ossai Emmanuel

Ifebuchechukwu refer to the

same person. All former

documents remain valid. Any

concerned authority/

institution should please take

note.

OBOH

I, formerly known as Oboh

Prince Kole Abisoro, now wish

to be known as Abisoro Oboh

Prince Sunday. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

AMINU

I, formerly known as Igbokah

Igeniafo Alhassan Aminu,

now wish to be known as Mr.

Henry Igeniafo Igbokah. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

DIACHAVBE

I, formerly known as Miss

Diachavbe Oghenevwoke

Deborah, now wish to be

known as Mrs Deborah Israel.

All former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

AKHERE

I, formerly known as

Ebhihimhen Felix Akhere,

now wish to be known as

Ebhohimhen Festus Oseghale.

All former documents remain

valid. First Bank Plc Uromi

Branch and the general public

please take note.

EHIDONYE

I, formerly known as Miss

Ehidonye Delphine

Chinonyerem, now wish to be

known as Mrs Eleanya

Delphine Chinonyerem. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

AKPOMERHOHWO

I, formerly known as Miss

Nyerovwo Blessing

Akpomerhohwo, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Nyerovwo

Blessing Esemerehor. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

ADOLOR

I, formerly known as Miss

Adolor Deborah

Oghenekome, now wish to be

known as Mrs. Obasa

Deborah Oghenekome. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

MUSTAPHA

I, formerly known as Miss

Mustapha Riskat, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Muna

Rosikitatulai Janice. Former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

EBOSA

I, formerly known as Miss

Ebosa Esther, now wish to be

known as Mrs. Ebbah Ebosa

Esther Henceforth. All former

documents remain valid

General public please take

note.

GEORGE

My name was wrongly

written as George Ijeoma

Caroline, instead of Okomah

Ijeoma Caroline. Former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

EDEH

I, formerly known as Miss

Euchariah Ngozi Edeh, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Euchariah Ngozi Obah. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

IDEHEN

I, formerly known as Joy

Uyinmwen Idehen, now wish

to be known as Mrs. Joy

Uyinmwen Asemota. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

SULAIMAN

I, formerly known as Sulaiman

Aminat, Ameenatu Anike

Sulaimon, Suleman Aminat,

Sulaiman Amina, now wish to

be known as Sulaiman Aminat.

All former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

UFOT

I, formerly known as Miss

Bessi Stephen Ufot, now

wish to be known as Mrs.

Bessi Smart Ekwerre. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

JERRY

I, formerly known as

Thankgod Diachavbe Jerry,

now wish to be known as

Thankgod Diachavbe

Akpome. All former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.

OKAGBARE

I, formerly known as Miss

Eseoghene Julia Okagbare,

now wish to be known as

Mrs. Eseoghene Julia Ekoh.

All former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

GLORY

I, formerly known as Miss

Kesiena Gory, now wish to

be known as Mrs. Kesiena

Julian-Campbell. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

ANYAMELE

I, formerly known as Miss

Vivian Chinonso Anyamele,

now wish to be known as Mrs.

Vivian Chinonso Nwadike. All

former documents remain

valid, general public please

take note.

AKPOS

I, formerly known as Akpos

Godwin Bawo, now wish to

be known as Agbude Duncan

Bawo. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.

OVIEGHARA

I, formerly known as Miss

Ovieghara Lydia, now wish

to be known as Mrs. Akpaka

Lydia Avwerosuo. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

JONAH

I, formerly known as Miss

Ekaette Akpan Jonah, now

wish to be known as Mrs

Ekaette Ndotenyin Ime. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid, the general

public should please note.

EMIKO

I, formerly known as Miss

Emiko

Stephanie

Oritseresutieyinone, now wish

to be known as Mrs Utake

S t e p h a n i e

Oritseresutieyinone. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.

NWAGBARA

I, formerly known as Eucharia

Amarachi Nwagbara, now wish

to be known as Mrs Eucharia

Amarachi Ikengwa. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take

note.

By Elizabeth Uwandu

DELTA

State

Commissioner, Ministry

of Women Affairs,

Community and Social

Development, Mrs. Flora

Alanta, has charged staff of

the ministry to be dedicated

and be alive to their responsibilities

to achieve set

goals.

The Commissioner gave

the charge when she officially

assumed office in the

ministry after her appointment

“Today, I assume office as

the Commissioner of this

ministry and will do my utmost

to discharge the tasks

entrusted to me and in doing

this, I require you all to

cooperate with me, and the

management to advise me

wisely, objectively and impartially

on the role and

structure of my office. I am

confident that you will not

let me down”, she noted.

She said the ministry will

initiate and execute laudable

projects and programmes

that are in consonance

with the agenda

of the present administration,

adding that they will

be achieved through stimulating

actions to promote

civic, political, social and

economic participation of

women, coordinating and

monitoring women’s programmes,

providing technical

and financial support

to women.

While also assuring the

protection of the child’s

right, with special attention

for the girl child, development

of Persons

With Disabilities (PWDS),

rehabilitating of alcoholics,

drugs addicts and other

social deviants and

making them useful

again to themselves and

the society, the commissioner

said that all hands

should be on deck to

move the ministry forward,

warning that unethical

practices would

not be tolerated.

Doctor faults reports on quackery

Amember of the Delta

State Chapter of Nigerian

Optometrics Association

and Chairman, Board

of Trustees of Benjamin

Franklin Eye Foundation,

Dr Ejiro Imuere has faulted

a recent report on the Internet

and some national dailies,

where his name was

mistaken for one Byron Job

Imuere, who shares same

surname with him, and was

arrested in Adamawa State

for quackery.

Lambasting masterminds

of the report, in a

press release made available

to newsmen at Orerokpe,

headquarters of

Okpe Local Government

Council, Delta State, Imuere

disclosed that contrary

to the said report, he is a

graduate of Optometry

from the University of Benin

in 1999/2000 academic

session and awarded the

Doctor of Optometry degree

(O.D).

According to him, he

was fully registered with

the Optometric and Dispensing

Opticians Registration

Board of Nigeria

with registration number,

ODORBN/647/2002, noting

that his name could be

found as one of the first

1,000 optometrists in Nigeria.

Imuere disclosed that he

was highly instrumental to

the apprehension and

subsequent arrest of the

said impersonator in Lagos

and in Adamawa

states.

He, therefore, urged

publishers of the report to

do a rejoinder to keep the

records straight, just as

he urged members of the

public to disregard the

report as a figment of the

reporter's imagination.

Chivita 100% juice wins brand

of the year award

FOR the second year

running, Chivita 100%

has won the Outstanding

Juice Brand of the Year

Award at the recent Marketing

Edge Awards for Excellence.

Chivita 100% Fruit Juice

was adjudged winner because

of its outstanding

brand equity, segment leadership,

customer engagement

and innovative integrated

marketing communications

(IMC) across traditional

and digital media.

Speaking after receiving

the award, the Marketing

Director, CHI Limited, Mr.

Probal Bhattacharya, commended

the organisers of

the Awards for recognising

Chivita 100%’s strides as a

market leader in the juice

segment.

"We would continue to ensure

innovative excellence,

and grow consumer confidence

which has seen

Chivita 100% win the Outstanding

Juice Brand of the

Year Award for consecutive

years. For many consumers,

Chivita 100% has become a

preferred lifestyle brand of

choice for its great health,

nutrition and refreshment

value as part of a complete

breakfast requirement,” he

stated.

According to organizers of

the Awards, the selection of

Chivita 100% was as a result

of painstaking industry reviews

and assessment of the

patriotic contributions of the

brand to the growth, development

and continuing evolution

of the juice segment

in the country.

“The brand has demonstrated

robust commitment

to excellence as well as the

enthronement and sustenance

of global best practices

in the industry,'' the statement

read.


40 —Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

PISCES: Minor financial success you record today can

lead to something bigger and good in the near future; as good

luck will smile at many and may induce love of luxury, merrymaking

and romantic association. Genuine lovers will need

to be on guard against deceit from new admirers.

ARIES: Both financial success and emotional satisfaction

are closed to you than before. Those of you travelling because

of maters-of-the-heart are in for an exciting romantic day

Those of you who are ambitious (career-wise) will succeed

after few struggles.

TAURUS: Many members of your opposite sex will go out

of their ways to attract your romantic interest. This is the

wrong time to engage on unnecessary argument. Been your

lucky day you are expected to take good advantage today.

GEMINI: If your priority is love, much of it would come

your way as desired. But here is a better day for more ambitious

in the business world. Don’t allow anybody to deceive

you over money.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

Love yourself first and everything else falls into

line.- Take Heart Quotes-

Love you and have an incredible sense of belonging

to something more innately instrinsicly beautiful

from inside you. How can you love another

without loving first yourself. Like attracts like, and

the more you live your own ideal of love, the more

your light will draw another light to you. -Ella

Randle-

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

It takes a

village to

raise a child.

~ African

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

CANCER: Those of you with secret admirers within your

working area will have the needed opportunities to make the

needed moves. Resist the temptation to deceive others.

LEO: Although matters-of-the-heart may give you cause to

smile broadly, if care is not taken, you would cause friction

that can’t help your case at work. This is the wrong time for

unnecessary scheming within your working arena.

VIRGO: Those of your who are red-blooded for romance

may have an exciting and satisfying day. Happenings within

your social circles must be taken more seriously.

LIBRA: Confrontation may come your way in the circle but

the heavens are working favourably for you. Some doses of

romance is not too much for you on a day like this.

SCORPIO: Provided you don’t allow your innate ability to

be as diplomatic as necessary desert you, things will work

favourably for you to the betterment of your finances.

SAGITTARIUS: Many of you will be in sentimental mood

and exhibit strong romantic desire openly. But then, if care is

not taken, you may be carried away to the detriment of your

finances. Serious minded lovers are in for happy day.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

CAPRICORN: Whatever anybody says or does, you will

have both your say and way. Venus and Jupiter may tempt

some of you to embrace illicit (or secret) romance within your

base of operation.

AQUARIUS: Planets at positive angles may tempt you to

join some of your friends who are already on-board of merry

making train. Watch your health.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

What’s my Horoscope?

Dear Joshua,

I want you to give me my comprehensive horoscope, especially

what my special gift is.

Which day of the week was I born? Where were my natal

planets and their meanings? Who am I?

Babatunde, Abuja.

Dear Babatunde,

There is no space for comprehensive horoscope but what

you’ll have here-under is answer to your questions/ You were

born on a Thursday and your special gift is LEADERSHIP

quality.

YOUR HOROSCOPE DATA

Day Of Birth: Thursday

Sun Sign: Virgo: Sun in 20th Degree of Virgo

Moon Sign: PISCES: Moon on 10th Degree of Pisces

Mercury in 16th Degree of Libra

Venus in 5th Degree of Scorpio

Mars in 13th Degree of Cancer

Jupiter in 6th Degree of Pisces

Saturn in 5th Degree of Aquarius

Uranus in 2nd Degree of Virgo

Neptune in 11th Degree of Scorpio

Pluto in 10th Degree of Virgo

North Node in 6th Degree of Leo

South Node in 6th Degree of Aquarius

Quality and Element

Cardinal and air star signs hosted two planets each, fixed

and earth three each, no planet in fire while mutable and

water star signs hosted five planets each.

Push-full influence = 20%

Non-push-full element = 80%

Final dispositor = Lucky Jupiter

General Analysis

Just 20 per cent of push-full influence in your chart can

deceptively present you to others as a soft (or even timid)

person but practical Virgo that hosted nothing less than three

heavenly bodies when you were born and Astrological aspects

between Mercury (mental focus) and aggressive Mars

in your chart are pointers to the contrary. Yes! You are highly

intelligent and your mind works the same way detective’s

minds do. It is true, there are little contradictions between

your inner self and your emotional being. One moment, you

can be very emotional, exhibiting temper with stinging tongue

but a few hour later you are amiable, easy going, friendly and

compassionate. You are the adaptable type who will see

changes as sources of good opportunities.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019—41

THANKSGIVING—From left: Speaker of the Delta State House of

Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori; his wife, Tobore; member representing Warri

South West in the Delta State House of Assembly, Emomotimi Guwor; his

wife, Timiebi; Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his Deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro

and his wife, Ebierin, during the thanksgiving of Emomotimi Guwor in Warri,

yesterday. Photo: Festus Ahon.

Soldiers may have to patrol

highways — OSINBAJO

Continues from page 5

administration.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo

warns that this latest

murder is capable of

throwing our country into

uncontrollable breakdown

of law and order.

“The hasty conclusion by

the Federal Government

that she was killed by

armed robbers and not the

suspected herdsmen, who

are known to have laid

siege to all parts of the

country perpetrating acts of

banditry and killings,

further exacerbates the

already tense situation.

“We call on eminent

leaders of this nation in

spite of their political

persuasions to come

together in an urgent

national security

conference to discuss

measures that will arrest the

extant drift to lawlessness.”

Don’t stigmatize

herdsmen — Tinubu

Speaking to reporters in

Akure after paying

condolence visit to Pa

Fasoranti, Tinubu, who was

accompanied by former

Osun State governor, Bisi

Akande, said: “We must

not use this incident to

divide ourselves but we

must use it as a cure to the

security problem.

“I am extremely

concerned about security; I

don’t want a stigma, I can

go through history of

kidnapping in Nigeria and

we know how and where it

all started; there are a lot of

copycats.

“How many years ago

have we faced the

insecurity in the country?

There are cases of

kidnapping. Is Evans who

was arrested and made

disclosures also a

herdsman?.

“I don’t want to be

political, but I will ask,

where are the cows? I am

a nationalist and the

security concern and

challenge must be faced

squarely throughout

Nigeria.

“The incident that affected

one member of our family,

Mrs Olakunrin, is seriously

saddening, and

unacceptable but nobody

can return her alive, she

has answered the call of her

Creator.

“We must not use this

incident to divide ourselves

but we must use it as a cure

to the security problem.

Additional police,

additional patrols, and

additional security

reinforcement along Ore

road and various flash

points across the country

are necessary and I have

discussed this with the

various authorities. The

Ondo State governor is

eminently aware and being

proactive about this.

“The security challenges

are numerous across this

country and to fight it, more

policemen are being

recruited and it takes time

to train and deploy them to

various areas, nobody

prepares more than

necessary for this.

“But if you look at

Zamfara, Osun, Ondo,

Ekiti and all areas, then we

need to fight poverty,

unemployment and the

causes that might lead

people to crime.

“Equally, we must create

opportunity to convert this

tragedy to prosperity.

Funke was very close to me

and she died a premature

death. Only four or five

days ago, we chatted and I

know what she discussed

with me and about Baba’s

health conditions. We just

pray that this will not

happen again.”

Police: Killers were

bandits; you’re wrong,

they’re herdsmen,

family insists

Meanwhile, the family of

the Yoruba leader

disagreed with the police

authorities in the state

yesterday that the attack

that led to Mrs. Olakunri’s

death was a robbery case

and not that of herdsmen.

While the state Police

Commissioner, Udie Adie,

insisted that those who

killed Olakunri were

bandits and not herdsmen,

the family insisted

otherwise.

Adie said: “All we know

is that these are bandits

that came to the road and

started firing sporadically

at motorists that were

driving on the highway.

That is what it is, there is

no person that can say

specifically that they were

herdsmen. What we know

is that they are bandits and

we are going after them.”

But speaking with

newsmen at the ljapo

residence of the Yoruba

leader, his son, Kehinde

Fasoranti, disagreed with

the police chief.

Kehinde, a pharmacist

and younger brother of the

deceased, accused the

police chief of lying

regarding the profile of the

attackers.

He said: “At the police

station in Ore town, shortly

after the incident, I was told

by officers on duty that

those who operated and

shot Mrs. Olakunrin were

Fulani herdsmen.

“We need to get the story

straight. The way they

operated, according to

what the police said in Ore,

is the way Fulani

herdsmen operate.

“Six people were in front

shooting at them. The

driver put the car in reverse

but unknown to him, some

men were in the bush and

started shooting at the car.

“The story that these are

just bandits is a lie. If you

want records, request the

report I made at Ore police

station. They categorically

said the attackers were

Fulani herdsmen.

“It’s about time we stood

up and fought back.

Nobody is protecting us.

Eventually, they will come

inside houses and kidnap

people.

“Enough is enough. We

can’t continue like this. I

want the police to retract

what they said. They

(attackers) are Fulani

herdsmen.”

Time something was

done about killings

— PDP

Equally reacting to the

killing, Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in the South

West expressed concern

over security concerns in

the region.

A statement issued by its

Zonal Publicity Secretary

Ayo Fadaka, in Akure, read:

‘’ The party expresses its

concern on the continuing

carnage and wanton

destruction of lives in the

South West by criminals of

Fulani extraction, now

commonly referred to as

Fulani herdsmen and now

declare that it is time

something urgent and

cogent was done on this

malaise forthwith.

“We, therefore, take due

notice of the murder of Mrs

Olufunke Olakunri,

daughter of Yoruba leader,

Pa Ruben Fasoranti, and

thus declare this insult on

the Yoruba nation is getting

exacerbated.

“This murder possesses a

potential devastating effect

on the nation as it has

further reinforced the fear

and distrust of the Yoruba

for the immediate future of

our nation and its security

management which has

clearly declined and

deteriorated massively

under the current

dispensation.

“We also want to reiterate

that the Yoruba nation is

currently under siege as

criminal elements from

elsewhere have invaded

our land, killing, raping

and unduly oppressing us

with agencies of state

constitutionally saddled

with responsibilities to

protect us not doing

enough to manage this

crisis in the South West.

“That the murder of

Olufunke is the first high

profile one committed by

these criminals, we hereby

affirm that thousands of

such murders have been

committed by these same

criminal herdsmen across

the South West with no

attendant repercussions on

these criminal bands by

agencies of government;

“That Yoruba people are

enraged about these

developments and believe

that there exist plans to

pursue ethnic cleansing in

our nation. Due notice is

constantly given to the fact

that leadership of the

Yoruba nation continues to

be targeted by these

criminal elements who

once kidnapped Chief Olu

Falae and attacked palaces,

thereby desecrating and

assaulting our corporate

heritage as a people.”

APC consoles Pa

Fasoranti, tasks

security agencies

In a similar vein, the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in the state consoled

with Pa Fasoranti,

challenging security

agencies on surveillance.

A statement by the state

Publicity Secretary, Alex

Kalejaye, in Akure said: “It

is our belief that the

nonagenarian deserves a

better deal from a society he

served with all vigour and

commitment. Only a divine

consolation could

tranquilize the devastating

effect created by the wicked

act.

“The state chapter is

hopeful that the needless

killing of Mrs. Olukunrin

would trigger a deeper

duty-bound concern among

security stakeholders to fish

out the agents of the

harbingers of this

unimaginable pains.

“We also expect security

agencies to do more in the

area of surveillance and

intelligence gathering to

justify governments’

monthly investments on

security concerns.

Travelling on our highways

should be made safer.

“It is also imperative to

challenge security agencies

to do their utmost in

ensuring that other hapless

souls languishing in

various evil camps are

liberated.

“We wish to remind all

stakeholders that security

is pivotal to the overall well

being of any society.

Infrastructure development

and efforts on economy can

only add value if citizens

are well secured.”

PRONACO, PNM

condemn killing

In their reactions,

statesmen and leaders,

under the aegis of top pan-

Nigerian groups, the Pro

National Conference

Organisations,

PRONACO, and the

Project Nigeria Movement,

PNM, have condemned

the killing of Mrs Funke

Olakunrin and called for an

urgent national political

dialogue.

Describing the murder as

dastardly, wicked and

ungodly, both groups said

the murder was

unacceptable and

unbearable, as it was

capable of aggravating the

already tensed situation in

the South West and foisting

unwanted civil strife on the

country.

“We, therefore, strongly

call on President

M u h a m m a d u

Muhammadu, Chairman

of the Governors Forum,

Governor Kayode Fayemi

of Ekiti State, and National

Leader of the ruling APC,

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,

among others, to urgently

put a strong machinery in

motion for national political

engagements to prevent a

breakdown of law and

order over the cruel and

criminal killings in

Southwest by armed Fulani

robbers and bandits,” the

two groups said in a

statement signed by their

joint spokesman, Olawale

Okunniyi.

Beyond the call to the

President and others,

PRONACO and PNM

notified their allied national

leaders, statesmen and

heads of nationality and

self-determination groups

about a possible

emergency political

convergence next week.

They commiserated with

the Afenifere leader and

prayed for “divine

fortitude” for those who

have lost loved ones to

banditry and kidnapping in

the country.

PRONACO is a pan-

Nigerian movement

initiated under the

leadership of the late Chief

Anthony Enahoro and

Nobel laureate, Professor

Wole Soyinka, to find

solutions to the nation’s

challenges, while Project

Nigeria Movement is a

coalition of civil society

groups, led by respected

Senior Advocate of Nigeria,

Ben Nwabueze.

Fish out the killers,

Senate tasks IGP

Meanwhile, the Senate

yesterday asked the

Inspector- General of

Police, IGP, Mohammed

Adamu to fish out the killers

of Mrs. Olakunrin,

daughter of Afenifere

leader and elder

statesman, Pa Reuben

Fasoranti.

In a statement signed

yesterday by the

Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc

committee on Media and

Public Affairs, Senator

Adedayo Adeyeye, in

Abuja yesterday, the

Senate said the IGP must

ensure the perpetrators of

the gruesome killing were

apprehended and

prosecuted.

The Senate, while

condoling with the family

of Afenifere leader,

described the gruesome

killing of Mrs Olakunrin as

sad, devastating, barbaric

and a worrisome

development.

The statement read: “The

National Assembly

(Senate) is disturbed by the

spare of incessant attacks

and wanton killings of

citizens by herdsmen, hired

assassins, kidnappers and

other men of the

underworld that are having

a field day in wreaking

havoc on the life and

properties of innocent

citizens in the country. How

have we gone this bad?

“Security to life, the

Senate emphasizes, is a

fundamental right of every

citizen. Therefore,

Nigerians deserve this

inalienable right from the

government all the time.

“While condemning this

heinous and barbaric act,

the Senate urges the

Inspector General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu, to

begin massive manhunt for

the killers of Late Mrs

Funke Olakunri and

ensure that the perpetrators

of this gruesome killing are

apprehended.

“Also, measures to

prevent future occurrence

of such incidence should

be put in place by

improving the security

architecture on Nigerian

highways, social

gatherings and worship

centres across the country.

“The Senate will

cooperate with the

executive and create

enabling legislative

environment towards

solving this security crisis

in the country. It will

consider favourably every

appropriation request from

the executive targeted at

strengthening security in

the country.

“The Senate further

extends its condolences to

the elder statesman, Pa

Reuben Fasoranti, and the

entire family. And pray

God will console and be

with the entire family in this

hour of bereavement.”


42 — Vanguard MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019


d

Neymar

in trouble

with

Spanish

Tax

Office

Neymar is in legal trouble

with the tax authorities in

Spain as the Spanish Treasury

is demanding 35 million euros

for the four seasons he played at

Barcelona.

Following a series of investigations,

the Treasury has concluded that the

Brazilian forward had irregularities

in his statements for his transfer to

Paris Saint-Germain, as well as with

his renewal bonus which was

agreed with Barcelona.

If Neymar does not pay the 35m

euro amount, the 27-year-old could

have his properties seized and his

legal case would end up in court.

Due to this situation, his possible

return to the Camp Nou is made

to be more complicated, and he

could repeat the same story that

Lionel Messi and Cristiano

Ronaldo had to go through with the

Treasury.

On the part of PSG, they delivered

Mourinho:

Inter must

win

Scudetto

Jose Mourinho has

ramped up the pressure

on Antonio Conte, insisting

that Inter ‘have to win’ the

Scudetto this season.

Mourinho last led Inter to

the Serie A title in 2010, but

he became embroiled in a rivalry

with Conte when they

were in charge of Manchester

United and Chelsea.

“The Nerazzurri have to

win Serie A this season. I’m

sure they will,” the Coach

told Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Portuguese was then

asked about his next career

move, having remained out

of work since leaving United

last December.

“Right now I’m studying

German because it’s the only

language I’m missing. I

speak English, Spanish, Portuguese,

French and Italian.

“Then, of course, I won’t

rule anything out, not even

Germany.”

the player’s contract to the Treasury

but with figures crossed out. Also,

the Treasury has requested all the

documents and contracts from the

court that is dealing with Neymar’s

case against Barcelona, where he

argues that he is owed money as part

of his bonus payment before leaving

for Paris.

Man Utd

agree worldrecord

£80m

Maguire deal

Manchester

United

have agreed terms

with Leicester City on a

world-record £80m deal to

sign Harry Maguire.

United have been linked with

a move for the England international

since last summer, but

they had been frustrated in

their pursuit during the current

transfer window due to

Leicester’s hefty asking price.

However, recent reports suggested

that Maguire has

handed in a transfer request

at the King Power Stadium

and talkSPORT claims that

a fee has subsequently been

agreed.

The £80m price tag will see

United pay an initial £60m for

the 26-year-old with a further

£20m in add-ons and bonuses.

Maguire will become the

world’s most expensive defender

should the deal go

through, surpassing the £75m

Liverpool paid for Virgil van

Dijk in January 2018

Liverpool have made it two

wins from two in pre-season

courtesy of a comfortable 3-1 triumph

over Bradford City at

Valley Parade yesterday.

All of Liverpool’s goals came in

the first half of the match, with

James Milner scoring twice in

as many minutes before Rhian

Brewster added a third shortly

before the interval.

The European champions could

not add to their advantage after

the break, though, and Bradford

pulled a goal back late on

through Eoin Doyle’s penalty.

There was never any danger of a

comeback from the Bantams,

though, as Liverpool maintained

their 100% start to pre-season in

what was their final outing before

embarking on their tour of

the United States.

Liverpool quickly took control of

possession and needed only 13

minutes to break the deadlock

when Milner cut onto his right

Atletico close

to Rodriguez

swoop

James Rodriguez could become an un

likely, but sensational, move for Atletico

M a -

drid as the club close to seal a transfer that will

bring him to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

The Colombian wants to stay and live in Madrid, while Los Rojiblancos

are fond of the player’s quality, he himself is keen on the move across

town.

Atletico are close to completing James’ signing from Real Madrid,

with his current club the only obstacle standing in the way

It did look as if James would be on his way to Napoli, but the player

has reigned in his interest in that move, as he is determined to push through

a switch to Atletico.

Having spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, James

isn’t part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid and Los Blancos

are willing to cash in on him this summer.

Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 — 43

Griezmann: Playing with

Messi will be incredible

Antoine

Griezmann has said that playing next to Lionel Messi

next season will be an “incredible joy”, after his unveiling at

Barcelona.

The Frenchman, who completed his controversial move to the Nou

Camp on Friday, has expressed his excitement at playing alongside the

five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what [Lionel] Messi is like on a dayto-day

basis in training,” Griezmann said at his unveiling. “Playing

next to him will be an incredible joy.

“I’m very happy, I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to working

with the squad and meeting my new team-mates.

“It’s a new challenge and new targets. These are important things

and I hope I can do as well as I can.

“All of them - La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League. They’re the

club’s goals and my goals.

“With Sam [Umtiti] and Ousmane [Dembele], I have a very good

relationship with both of them. I look forward to seeing them.”

Hazard wants to follow

Beckham’s footsteps

Eden Hazard

is unable

to wear the No.10

shirt at Real

Madrid as it is

currently occupied

by Luka

Modric, so the Belgian has

his eye on another number: 23

In Madrid that shirt is synonymous

with David Beckham, but for Hazard

it has another meaning.

The forward is an avid basketball

fan and, as such, there is no number

more prestigious than the No.23. The

best player of all time, Michael Jordan,

made it famous with the Chicago

Bulls, and more recently

LeBron James has donned it whilst

with the Cleveland Cavaliers and

now the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hazard has selected the No.23,

and MARCA can confirm that it was

Bradford 1-3 Liverpool

foot and went for goal from 25

yards, seeing his effort glance off

the head of former Everton striker

James Vaughan to divert it past

his own keeper.

If there was any doubt about the

scorer of the first, Milner made

100% sure of his second moments

later by tucking a confident penalty

into the bottom corner after

Barcelona

midfielder Philippe

Coutinho is open to a return to

the Premier League this summer, but

would reject a move to Manchester

United.

The Brazilian playmaker has been

heavily linked with an exit from the

Camp Nou following a 2018-19 campaign

which saw him limited to just 22

La Liga starts.

Coutinho’s agent yesterday insisted

that Barcelona have no intention of

offloading the playmaker, although

subsequent reports claimed that the

club have been gauging the level of

interest behind closed doors.

Barca’s £107m signing of Antoine

Griezmann has further endangered

Coutinho’s chances of regular firstteam

football next season, while the

Spanish champions have also been

linked with a move for Neymar this

no coincidence that the 28-year-old

pinpointing this number. Last season,

Sergio Reguilon was the player

given this shirt.

When Hazard was presented as a

Madrid player, it was rumoured that

he could wear the No.7, following in

the footsteps of legends such as

Raymond Kopa, Amancio Amaro,

Juanito, Raul Gonzalez and

Cristiano Ronaldo. However,

Mariano Diaz’s adamant stance that

he does not want to leave means that

he is unwilling to give up this number,

particularly as he believes that he may

have a place in the 25-man squad.

Hazard will be hoping that wearing

the No.23 on his back will enable

him to replicate some of the success

that Jordan and James have

shown on the basketball court as he

looks to make the number his own in

Madrid

Milner

scores

twice as

Liverpool

cruise to

win

Ryan Kent had been brought

down by Sean Scannellinside the

area.

League Two Bradford may have

feared that the floodgates would

open after two goals in less than

two minutes, but they did not let

their heads drop and slowly began

to work their way into the

match.

Coutinho open to Liverpool

return

summer.

In order to complete both transfers

they would need to sell off some key

assets, and The Express reports that

Coutinho is likely to be one of those

offloaded. The report claims that

Coutinho would welcome the chance

to return to Anfield, but would turn

down any approach from United due

to his loyalties to former club Liverpool.


44 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

CAF threatens action over

illegal broadcast of AFCON

CONFEDERATION

of

African Football are

considering legal action against

a Saudi Arabian pirate channel

for the illegal broadcast of the

ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in

Egypt.

All of the 36 matches were said

to have been broadcast on the

rogue channel called beoutQ.

The Confederation Africaine de

Football (CAF) issued a hardhitting

statement saying it would

be joining forces with FIFA,

UEFA, the Premier League, La

Liga and Serie A to combat the

rogue channel, called beoutQ.

CAF spoke out as the

tournament reached the quarterfinals

stage and there was no sign

of a let up in the illegal

transmission on beoutQ via the

Riyadh-based satellite, Arabsat.

Qatar-based beIN Sports owns

exclusive rights to show the

month-long tournament across

the Middle East and North Africa

Awaziem thriving in unfamiliar

waters for Nigeria

•Awaziem

Omeruo sees brighter future

for Super Eagles

SUPER Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo said

the future was bright for the national team

because of the many young talents in the squad.

Omeruo, John Obi Mikel and Ahmed Musa are

the only players in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

winning squad currently in Egypt. And according

to Omeruo, with a good technical crew the team

will surpass all expectations in a matter of two or

three years.

“Nigeria have had some

good players who are older

now. But now we have talents

that in the next two to three

years will become great

players.

“But I think we have a solid

technical crew that are solid

and can go extra miles to get

us everything we need to

know about our opponents

even before we face them

which is an advantage to us,”

Omeruo said before the

Eagles took on Algeria in

yesterday’s semi-final

against Algeria.

(MENA) region.

However, Saudi Arabia has

been pirating the Doha-based

channel on an industrial scale for

nearly two years ever since it

launched a diplomatic and trade

boycott of Qatar, under which the

sale of beIN’s decoder boxes were

banned in the desert kingdom.

During that time the crown

jewels of sport – from the FIFA

World Cup to the Premier League,

Formula One and Wimbledon –

have been illegally broadcast,

something beIN Sports has been

powerless to stop.

•Omeruo

THE injury to Shehu

Abdullahi in Nigeria’s

first match against Burundi after

just 20 minutes offered Chidozie

Awaziem a rare opportunity to

shine. The 22 year old currently

playing in the Turkish top tier

with Çaykur Rizespor on loan

from FC Porto, naturally a right

back was thrown into the deep

end to hold forte at right back.

Abdullahi failed to recover in

time and Awaziem has been

called upon to continue in the

role, and hasn’t put a foot wrong,

playing in every game as

Nigeria weaved through to the

semi-finals of the Total Africa

Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.

And the defender has admitted

he feels comfortable playing in

the role.

“I don’t think it has been hard

for me because as a player you

have to be ready when called

upon. I was happy to get some

playing time. I am here to serve

•Pinnick

the nation and in whichever

capacity or position the coach

wants me to be in, I am ready,”

Awaziem told Cafonline.com.

The defender was just 16

years when Nigeria last won

the title and he is playing in

his first AFCON having

thrived in his loan spell in

Turkey enough to convince

head coach Gernot Rohr to

hand him a call up to the

national team.

The five games he has

played at the AFCON have

pushed his number of caps to

11 and the best thing for him,

is to cap this memorable year

with a winner’s medal around

his neck.

“We feel so wonderful to be

in the semis. We fought hard

for this and everyone gave

there all. We were not in the

last two AFCONs and winning

this will be our best way to pay

Nigerians back for missing,”

Awaziem further stated.

Nigeria unconcerned about Akpeyi’s

stats at Kaizer Chiefs — Okocha

AFRICAN legend Jay-Jay Okocha believes

Nigerians are not bothered by how good or bad

goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is doing in South Africa.

The Kaizer Chiefs stopper went from a back-up

keeper at Amakhosi to being the Super Eagles No.1

at Afcon 2019, and Okocha is impressed with his

countryman’s performance so far.

“We are not bothered by how well he is doing in

South Africa, but we are

happy that he is here because

the South African league

(PSL) is one of the best in

Africa, if not the best,”

Okocha told the South

African media.

The former Paris Saint-

Germain dribbling wizard

claims the entire Nigerian

nation is happy with the

platform the PSL provided

for Akpeyi.

He feels the Amakhosi

shot-stopper is improving

game by game, although he

admits playing for the

national team is different.

•Akpeyi

Tit bits! Tit bits!! Tit bits!!!

Expensive sh*t

My people say when a chicken gets to a strange land, it first stands

on one leg until it gets used to the environment.

So it has been with me on every trip I make outside Nigeria.

Trips to north Africa have always been quite challenging because of

the differences in culture especially food.

My first visit to Tunisia in 1994 for the same Africa Cup of Nations

was tortuous as I couldn’t eat their popular delicacy, the couscous. Till

today I don’t know the ingredients used for making it.

As a result then I had to resort to eating chips and chicken until I

found out where they sell rice. Initially the people even couldn’t

understand what rice meant until someone helped me out that they

know it as ritz. Even getting them to know what I meant by chicken

was also difficult until I knew it was poulet, another word for poultry

in French. So I arrived Cairo for the 32 edition of the Nations Cup, I

knew I would face the same problem of food.

I didn’t wait for anybody to tell me to restrict my self to the same

chicken and chips and rice and chicken. However, my experience here

was made worse by my decision to eat their dry bread sometimes.

It didn’t take me long to know I have done myself in when I stayed

two days without going to toilet.

My resort to drinking plenty water and eating bananas only helped

me stool a little with the faeces coming out in little pellets like that of

a goat. It became a worry to my colleagues and I started looking for

where to eat Nigerian delicacies.

We eventually saw but it came at a huge cost, over 10 times the cost

back home. One of the Nigerian women defended the high cost this

way: “Before we bring the ingredients here, we pay huge sums to the

Customs here and in Nigeria”. I was relieved when a day my tummy

received the food it was used to, it started rumbling and I felt like

doing the big one for the first time. Since then, I spend much eating

Nigerian food so I can be comfortable inside.

Win souls and go to jail

Egypt does not mince word letting anyone know it is an Islamic

state. No wonder it prefers to be called Arab Republic of Egypt.

I learnt that about 20 million Egyptians are Christians but they are

never recognised by the government.

No Egyptian Christians, Nigerians inclusive, are out about 30,000.

Close to where we stay are two Churches run by Nigerians but they

are forbidden to make ‘noise’ or evangelize.

A Borno-born pastor of the Mountain of Fire ministry named

Suleiman disclosed that they are not allowed to open their doors or

windows whether service is on or not.

Another taboo for them is evangelizing to win souls. They must never

attempt to preach to any Muslim Egyptian, the penalty carries a jail

term or death. They preach only to Christians in Christian communities

but mostly to Nigerians.

If one is looking for a Church to attend as a visitor, you may search

forever except someone takes you there because billboards, banners,

stickers or flyers are forbidden.

Buhari’s analogue govt

The British are known to be very conservative hence they have

refused to join in the best way of doing things.

They have refused to join in the modern day measurements based on

the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC system.

That is why they still measure temperature in Fahrenheit instead of

Centigrade. Their volume is still in gallon instead of litre. They still

drive right hand steering wheel cars and drive on the left side of the

road instead of the right. Our President, Muhammadu Buhari, as far

as I am concerned, is more conservative than the British.

That conservatism is what he has brought into governance and hence

we are moving at a speed slower than that of a snail.

For those still expecting him to ‘run’ in this second term, they will be

disappointed. I was shocked when I got to Egypt to find out that we

have an analogue ambassador, Prof Dandatti Abdulkadir who definitely

must be in his early or late 80s and a grandfather.

The Dr Rafiu Ladipo faction of the football supporters club had gone

on a courtesy visit to the Embassy. When they presented him with a

regalia of the club, he told them he would not wear it that day as if

there is a special day to wear such a regalia, which the supporters

wanted him to wear just for a photo shot.

As Dr Ladipo, who, wanting to impress the ambassador, started reeling

out names of those who support them, the ambassador cut in when he

mentioned Dangote and said he knew the Dangote family when the

multi billionaire was still a young boy.

When he now said he was an athlete as a young school boy and that

“I used to participate in the 880 yards and represented Northern

Nigeria”, I knew he was not operating on the same frequency as a

modern day administrator would and therefore, would slow down the

business of governance like his boss and president is doing back home.

Sanwo-Olu’s unfriendly govt

One thing I have noticed here is that government thinks more

about caring for the people than exploiting them.

In Egypt, strident traffic laws which are more punitive and a source

of revenue for the government is not their priority.

They have provided motorable roads, some of which are 12 lanes

linking the entire Cairo city reputed to be the largest in Africa.

The citizens are not emasculated with ordinary traffic laws which

make them forfeit their vehicles to government to be crushed. There is

no law on seat belt or no-smoking or making phone calls while driving.

There are no traffic officials in the mould of LASTMA who hide on

street corners to arrest motorists they will end up extorting money from.

Yet the traffic flows even though there are more cars on their roads

than ours. It is only an unfriendly government like that of Sanwo-Olu’s

in Lagos that will get into office and the first concern is making laws to

punish citizens and impound their cars. The people expected to see a

government with a human face and not one that will give them stone

in place of bread.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 — 45

Senegal qualify for first

AFCON final in 17 years

•Pip Tunisia 1-0

SENEGAL reached their

second Africa Cup of

Nations final with an extra-time

victory over Tunisia.

Both sides had penalties saved

in normal time before Tunisia

defender Dylan Bronn

inadvertently headed the only goal

of the game into his own net.

Mouez Hassen tipped Sadio

Mane’s free-kick onto Bronn’s

head as Senegal - who face

Algeria or Nigeria - moved a step

closer to their first Afcon title.

Tunisia had a late penalty award

overturned by VAR.

The best opportunity came in the

72nd minute when Sassi’s shot

FORMER Super Eagles

captain and coach Christian

Chukwu has thanked billionaire

businessman Femi Otedola for

helping foot his medical bills in a

London hospital.

Chukwu returned to the country

on Friday, after nearly two months

in London, where he underwent

treatment and surgery at

Wellington Hospital.

Chukwu, first Nigerian to lift the

Africa Cup of Nations trophy,

when he captained the national

team to win the 1980 edition on

home soil, said his medical

condition was in a complicated

state before the intervention of

Otedola, who spent a total of

N36,635,000 on his treatment,

travel and accommodation

expenses.

“Otedola has made me, I can

play football again,” Chukwu said

jokingly when he paid the oil

mogul a visit in Lagos on Friday.

“If you saw me before I left for

London, you won’t believe I’ll be

was blocked by Koulibaly’s arms,

the ref pointing to the spot. Sassi

stepped over and took a tame shot

that was easily saved by Amigo

Gomes.

On the other end five minutes

later, it was Senegal’s turn when

substitute Ismaila Sarr was

brought down but Saivet’s effort

was saved by a full stretched

Mouez.

With no winner in regulation

time, the match went to the full

length and it was Senegal who

would make the most of their luck

after 100 minutes of football.

Skipper Cheikou Kouyate’s

freekick from the right bounced on

Bronn’s header with keeper

Mouez off his line.

AFCON 2019

Nigeria crashes out!

•Its Algeria vs Senegal for final

•Nigeria vs Tunisia(3rd place)

A

last minute goal from Riyad

Mahrez fired Algeria to reach

the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of

Nations, after defeating Nigeria 2-1

at Cairo International Stadium last

night.

Eagles seemed to show their

Algerian foes much respect, allowing

the Desert Foxes to set up final

showdown with Senegal while Eagles

play Tunisia in the classification

match.

And on the account of 90 minutes,

the Algerians were the most compact

and determined team and deserved

their victory against a Nigerian side,

who seemed to lose their rhythm on

the night.

On eight minutes, Nigeria should

have been a goal down after Belaili

brought the ball down brilliantly,

before sending in a delightful cross

which Bounedjah somehow bundled

wide.

The Algerians dominated

possession and they should have

notched the opener on 30 minutes,

when Algeria striker Baghdad

Bounedjah, who had missed a fair few

chances in this tournament, made a

harsh of another begging chance as

Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo

totally misread the long ball, and

Bounedjah nipped in to go one-onone

with goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi,i,

who stopped the ball from drifting into

the net

The Algerian attacking duo of

Belaili & Bounedjah looked sharp as

they applied pressure on the Nigeria

defence

Algerian never allowed Eagles to

play their football .

n 36 minutes, Nigeria obviously feel

they need to give Baghdad

Not relenting in attacking Nigeria,

Algeria deservedly got the opener five

minutes from half time as Troost

Ekong, who put Eagles into the semifinal,

scored an own goall, It was Riyah

Mahrez with some trickery down the

right, whose cross was deflected off

Collins and then bounced off the chest

of Troost-Ekong into his own goal..

Eagles were unable to score as the

first half ended with Algeria 1-0 up.

On resumption of the second half,

the Desert Foxes started the brighter

of both sides in the initial minutes, as

they played in a composed and

confident manner while Nigeria

seemed to play with a degree of

After God, it’s Otedola in my life, says Chukwu

here talking to you. I think I won’t

be making a mistake if I say after

God, it’s Otedola in my life.

“I had many complications and

I couldn’t walk. When I heard

Otedola brought out money for my

treatment, I marvelled because in

my circle, we didn’t know him

before then. We have people with

us but maybe they forgot or it’s

not in their character (to help).

“I don’t know how to thank

Otedola enough, God bless him.”

Chukwu’s wife, Lilian, who was

with him alongside his daughter

and sister throughout the duration

of treatment in London, also

thanked Otedola for coming to

their aid.

“God used him to bring my

husband back to life. He (Otedola)

will never lack,” Lilian stated.

Philip Akinola, Acting Chief

Operating Officer, Zenon

Petroleum and Gas Company, who

represented Otedola on the

occasion, expressed delight at

seeing Chukwu back on his feet

tension and lacked a touch of self

belief.

On 52 minutes, not wanting to be

pushed aside, Alex Iwobi was brought

down by Baghdad Bounedjah, who

was given a yellow card.. The resulting

freekick was wasted but in dramatic

fashion, Nigeria were awarded a

penalty on 72 minutes after Aissa

Mandi was adjudged to have handled

the ball in the box off a shot by Petyer

Etebo.

Odion Ighalo stepped up to take the

penalty and sent it into the net. The

goal by Ighalo provoked Algerian

fans to start throwing plastic bottles

and objects at Egyptian fans for

again. “I’m happy to see him

radiant again, unlike when I

visited him in Enugu. He walked

from the ground floor to his room

on the second floor of his hotel,

supporting Eagles.

Algeria players looked tired and

tried to keep the Super Eagles at

bay, relying on Mahrez and Belaili’s

speed in counter attacks.

Ismail Bennacer could have given

Algeria the lead two minutes into

stoppage time but his shot kissed the

crossbar.

And it was Mahrez who won the

match for Les Fennecs four minutes

after the full time mark when his free

kick was perfectly placed over the

wall and into the net to lead Les

Fennecs to the final for the second

time in their history and the first

since1990.

We're confident of winning the

trophy — Mahrez

After leading his side to a 2-1 victory over Nigeria last night,

Algerian captain Ryad Mahrez has said his side's target is AFCON

trophy.

Algeria will clash with Senegal on Friday in the final of the 2019 AFCON.

Marhez said, “we have been good all through, scored 12 goals and

conceded 2. Beating Nigeria will give us the confidence to go all the

way.”

He observed that Senegal is a good team, and added that, “we played

them in the group stage but we are confident we can win the trophy.”

My players thought the game will

go into extra time — Rohr

The players were playing believing that the game might go into extra

time.

We scored an own goal, which was unfortunate.

We fought back got a penalty but we conceded in the last minute. Last

time we scored late against South Africa, but today we lost to a late goal.

when he got to Lagos. That’s the

joy of Otedola,” he said.

“This is a challenge to others. It’s

a typical example of taking care

of people while they are alive.”

L-R; Wife of the former Super Eagle Captain/Coach, Mrs. Lilian

Chukwu; her husband, Mr. Christian Chukwu; and the Acting Chief

Operating Officer, Zenon Oil, Mr. Phillip Akinola, during the return of

former Super Eagle Captain/Coach from UK on medical trip sponsored

by Mr. Femi Otedola held in Lagos…. yesterday SUNDAY ADIGUN

Liverpool

place £15

m tag on

Awoniyi

Liverpool have put a huge £15 m

price tag on their Nigerian

import, Taiwo Awonuyi who spent the

whole of last season with Belgian side

KAA Gent.

The Reds have conducted little

business so far this summer, with the

arrival of Sepp van den Berg due to be

followed by Harvey Elliott, while Rafa

Camacho joined Sporting CP for £7

million.

A host of other players are likely to

depart to follow Camacho and loanees

Marko Grujic and Sheyi Ojo.

One of those is Awoniyi, who moved

to Liverpool from the Imperial Soccer

Academy for £400,000 in 2015, but has

not made his debut due to work permit

issues.

Instead, the youngster has spent his

entire time on the Reds’ books out on

loan, at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen,

KAA Gent and two spells with Royal

Excel Mouscron.

Another loan this summer is

possible, but there is mounting interest

in a permanent deal for Awoniyi, who

was left out of Nigeria’s squad for the

Africa Cup of Nations.

WIMBLEDON OPEN FINAL

Djokovic beats

Federer in final-set

tie-break thriller

•Djokivic

NOVAK Djokovic saved two

championship points to

retain his Wimbledon title with a

thrilling final-set tie-break win

over Roger Federer.

On a Centre Court, with an

atmosphere that felt at times more

akin to football than tennis,

Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-6 (7-

4) 4-6 13-12 (7-3).

The Serbian world number one

has now won 16 Grand Slam titles.

The clock hit four hours 57

minutes when Federer scooped a

shot high to hand Djokovic victory.

“It’s quite unreal,” Djokovic said

after winning his fifth Wimbledon

title. Federer, who at 37 was

chasing a record-equalling ninth

Wimbledon singles title, added:

“It was a great match, it was long,

it had everything. Novak,

congratulations, man, that was

crazy.”


46 — Vanguard MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019


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Vanguard, MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

ACROSS

1 Song bird (6)

4 Mystery (6)

8 Put over the top (5)

9 Male geese (7)

10 Compared (7)

11 Of the moon (5)

12 Dispirited, downcast (9)

17 Below (5)

19 Student (7)

21 Doubtful (7)

22 Citrus fruit (5)

23 Aromatic spice (6)

24 Slow down (6)

DOWN

1 Equipment (6)

2 Retracted (7)

3 Temptress (5)

5 Confound (7)

6 Gather (5)

7 Ridiculous (6)

9 Female deities (9)

13 Intention (7)

14 Quandary (7)

15 Encumbrance (6)

16 Pressed (6)

18 First appearance (5)

20 Divide by two (5)

How to Play Sudoku

Place a number (1-9) in each blank cell. (No line can have two

of the same number).

Each row (nine lines from left to right), column, (also nine lines

from top to bottom) and 3 X 3 block within a bold block (nine

blocks) contains number from 1 through 9. This means that no

number can appear twice in any block, column or row.

No mathematics is involved – no adding, subtraction, division or

multiplication, just plain logic and your imagination.

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