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VOL. 26: NO. 63871 FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019


Rumpus, as DSS gets order

to detain Sowore for 45 days

•Detention order renewable after 45 days, says judge

•Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PANDEF, Osuntokun, Gbagi flay court ruling

•It's bad news for genuine democracy — Ozekhome

•Proponents of forceful takeover of govt, enemies of Nigeria — APC

•SERAP seeks UN intervention over attacks on journalists, protesters

•Buhari doesn’t hear Nigerians, says Sowore’s lawyer


By Emma Amaize,

Dapo Akinrefon,

Ikechukwu Nnochiri

& Emmanuel


LAGOS — Strong

voices from various

groups and

notable persons in the

actvist community and

civil society organisations

rose in condemnation of

a ruling by a Federal High

Court sitting in Lagos,

yesterday, granting a

request by the

Department of State

Services, DSS, to detain

the convener of

#RevolutionNow protest,

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From left, Prof. Duro Oni, Vice President, Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL); Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor,

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Pro-Chancellor, Obafemi

Awolowo University and NAL Honorary Fellow, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, holding award with his wife, Folashade, Prof. Francis

Egbokhare, President, NAL; Prof. Biodun Jeyifo and Prof. Ayobami Kehinde, Secretary, NAL, during the Nigerian Academy of

Letters 21st Convocation and Investiture of New Fellows, at J.F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos,

yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.



emergency in

Nigeria, Soyinka

tells Buhari 34





accuse Army

of lying 7

Nigeria inching towards

a second civil war


Amnesty Int'l issues travel

advisory on America 9




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VISIT—Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left), with former

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku in his office at

Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday.

Rumpus, as DSS secures order

to detain Sowore for 45 days

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Omoyele Sowore, for 45


Trial judge, Justice

Taiwo Taiwo, said the

DSS was at liberty to

apply for renewal of the

detention order at the

expiration of the 45 days,

and adjourned till

September 21, 2019 as the

return date.

Pan-Yoruba, Igbo and

South South sociopolitical


Afenifere, Ohanaeze,

PANDEF; erstwhile

Political Adviser to former

President Olusegun

Obasanjo, Mr. Akin

Osuntokun and former

Minister of State for

Education, Olorogun

Kenneth Gbagi flayed the

court order secured by the

Federal Government to

hold on to Sowore.

They called on the

Federal Government to

tread with caution on the

issue of Sowore and


Also, Chief Mike

Ozekhome, SAN,

described the court order

authorising the DSS to

hold on to Sowore for 45

days as bad news for

genuine democracy.

This came as the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, called on Nigerians

to reject the toxic

messages and criminal

antics of some individuals

and partisans, who have

embarked on a campaign

of calumny against the

government and are

calling for a forceful

takeover of government,

describing them as

cowards and enemies of


Sowore, an activist and

publisher of Sahara

Reporters, was the

presidential candidate of

the African Action

Congress, AAC, in the

last general election.

He was picked up in

Lagos in the early hours

of Saturday, August 3,

2019 by DSS operatives

for calling for a

nationwide revolutionary

protest over alleged

maladministration by the

President Muhammadu

Buhari-led government.

The protest which held

in various parts of the

country last Monday, met

stiff resistance from

security agencies, with

some of the protesters



subsequently arraigned

in court for engaging in

unlawful assembly. Some

journalists covering the

protest were also


DSS request

However, the DSS, after

it transferred Sowore to

Abuja on Sunday,

•Omoyele Sowore

approached the high

court with an ex-parte

application for leave to

detain him beyond the

statutorily allowed 48

hours after his arrest.

The security agency,

which based its

application on the

provision of section 27(1)

of the Terrorism

(Prevention) Amendment

Act, urged the court to

allow it to retain the

respondent in custody for

90 days, pending the

conclusion of its


Meanwhile, after

listening to the motion

moved by counsel to the

DSS, Mr. G. Abadua on

Tuesday, Justice Taiwo,

reserved his ruling,

saying he needed time to

watch the video exhibits.

At the resumed

proceeding, yesterday,

Justice Taiwo disclosed

that one of the videos

marked as exhibit SSS-1,

revealed a meeting

Sowore held with leader

of the proscribed

Indigenous People of

Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi


According to the judge,

Sowore had in the second

video, said he would join

forces with members of

the also proscribed Islamic

Movement of Nigeria,

IMN, otherwise known as

Shiites, to bring down

President Buhari’s


Justice Taiwo who is

sitting as the vacation

Judge of the court, noted

that though facts the DSS

presented in the affidavit

it attached in support of

its application, could still

be considered as mere

allegations, he would be

failing in his duties not to

grant the detention


He said he will grant

the application only to the

extent of allowing the

DSS to keep Sowore in

custody for only 45 days

to enable it conclude its


In arriving at his

decision to grant the

application, the court said

it took into consideration

the case of Asari Dokubo

Vs Federal Republic of

Nigeria, to the effect that

the right of personal

liberty of an individual as

guaranteed under section

35 of the 1999

Constitution, as

amended, is not absolute.

Justice Taiwo

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By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Deborah Alade

& Anifowose Opeyemi

#RevolutionNow: Is Sowore's arrest justified? (2)

Sowore’s detention

affirms the abuse of the

fundamental rights of


The judiciary has also failed

in appropriating the

constitutional mandate.

Organising a peaceful

protest against the

shortcomings of government

is not wrong.

Assuch,Sowore’s detention is

against the tenets of

democracy. Sowore with

other revolutionaries should

be released and government

apologise to citizens.

- Aduragbemi Barnabas


RevolutionNow has

been a collective

protest by Nigerians

even before today. The

detention of Sowore

shows Nigerians are

being deprived of their

rights to protest. We are

not under military rule.

-Ajewole Feyikemi



This should be a fight

by all the poor masses

but Nigerians are very

slow to react. This

government has failed

Nigerians- no

employment, unjust

corruption fight,

appointment of corrupt

leaders, acting above the

law and no democratic

freedom. Also, Sowore’s

detention is illegal and

against his fundamental

human rights.-Abdul



R evolutionNow

protest marches are

not treasonable offences

in Nigeria, says Femi

Falana, SAN.

It’s terrible when a

government cannot

respect its own


Nigerians must

condemn the act of

dictatorship of the

present government. We

say no to illegal

detention. Arraign

Sowore now or release


-Dr. Aminu Ibrahim



To me, Sowore and his

fellow Revolution Now

Movement members have

not done anything illegal.

His arrest is illegal as he is

innocent of the treason he

was accused of.

They were just on a

peaceful protest with no


Though the word

“Revolution” they made

use of seems to be the

actual problem, yet, I

didn’t see anything illegal

about the protest.

He should only be detained

if there is any proof of

treason in his actions.

-Ifeanyi Okoli




Ojumah, convener of

UAD, Juwon and others

should be freed now. This

is misuse of power against

people constitutionally

empowered to freely

express themselves. The

word, revolution, has

different meanings other

than what the FG thinks.

Civil society practitioners are

law-abiding citizens and

promoters of peace even

through protests. The

condition of Nigeria is

enough for all Nigerians to

hit the streets in peaceful


-Toyin Raheem

Executive Secretary, CDHR.

6—Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

14-yr-old girl commits suicide in Ughelli over boyfriend

By Peter Duru

& Perez Brisibe

UGHELLI—A 14-year-old

Senior Secondary School,

SSS, I student of Kess College

in Ekredjebor area of Ughelli,

Ughelli North Local

Government Area of Delta State,

has committed suicide over a






By Onozure Dania



Magistrate’s Court sitting

in Igbosere, has ordered the

remand of a housekeeper,

Mercy Edeh, in prison custody,

for allegedly defiling her

employer’s four-year-old


Edeh, 26, is facing a twocount

charge of indecent

assault and defilement. But her

plea was not taken.

Earlier, the prosecutor,

Inspector Peace Chukwudi,

told the court that the defendant

committed the offences on

August 1, at 5p.m. at Chevron

Drive, Ajah area of Lagos.

She said the defendant

defiled her employer’s fouryear-old

daughter by fingering

her private part.

Magistrate K. O. Doja-Ojo

remanded the defendant in

prison and said bail should be

applied at the High Court,

ordered the case file

duplicated and sent to the

office of the Directorate of Public

Prosecutions, DPP, for legal

advice, and adjourned the case

till September 11 for mention.

... as 2 women swindle

housewife of N21m

Also, the Police have

arraigned two women—

Blessing Asugwa and Joy

Ogbu— who allegedly

defrauded a housewife of N21

million, before an Ebute-Metta

Chief Magistrate’s Court in


Asugwa, 23, and Ogbu, 24,

whose residential addresses

were not given, are standing

trial on a three-count charge of

obtaining under false pretence,

fraud and stealing preferred

against them by the Police.

The prosecutor, Inspector

Oladele Adebayo, alleged that

the defendants collected N21

million from the complainant,

Mrs Amaka Joel, with a

promise to help her invest in a

business, but failed to do so.

The duo, however, pleaded

not guilty.

Chief Magistrate O. O.

Olatunji granted them bail in

the sum of N5 million each,

with two sureties each in like

sum and adjourned the case

till September 3 for mention.

•...as 17-yr-old impregnates 10-yr-old girl in Benue

failed relationship with her


Vanguard gathered that the

deceased, identified as Favour,

was home alone when she

carried out the act, and was said

to have left a suicide note,

stating reasons for her action.

Favour’s lifeless body was

discovered by one of her friends,

who had visited Favour to make

her hair.

Giving details of the incident, a

source in the area disclosed that

the victim, an only child of her

parents, had hung herself from a

ceiling fan in their residence.

The source, who spoke on

condition of anonymity, said: “It

was one of her friends that raised

an alarm when she saw her body

dangling from a ceiling fan.

“When people came into the

house, they also saw a note she

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—AN Indian national,

Lokesh Parwani, who

attempted suicide by swallowing

rat poison to escape prosecution

over alleged fraud of N116

million, was, yesterday, arraigned

before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s

Court, sitting at Igbosere.

Parwani, who is a personnel

manager at a company, was

brought before the court by the

men of Force Criminal

Intelligence and Investigation

Department Annex, Alagbon-

Ikoyi, Lagos, on charges of

conspiracy, fraud and attempted


Police prosecutor, Morufu

Animashaun, told the court that

the defendant allegedly conspired

with others, now at large, and

fraudulently defrauded his

employer to the tune of N116


Animashaun said the incident

took place on July 19 at Kofo

Abayomi Street, Victoria Island,

Lagos, informing that upon the

arrest of the defendant over the

alleged fraud on July 26, he

attempted to take his life by

swallowing rat poison.

had written, stating that she

decided to take her life owing to

a failed relationship with a male

from the same school she


Though several efforts to speak

with Delta State Police Public

Relations Officer, DSP Onome

Onovwakpoyeya, were fruitless

as at press time, a Police source

at the Ughelli ‘B’ Division Police

Station confirmed the incident

when contacted.

...in Benue

Meanwhile, in Makurdi,

Benue State Police Command,

yesterday, paraded a 17-year-old

boy (names withheld) that

impregnated a 10-year-old girl

(names withheld), who put to bed

last Sunday.

Also paraded were two alleged

fire arms manufacturers,

Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Area

Command, Abdullahi Zulkifli(2nd right) and other officers

displaying seized contraband, at the half year briefing on activities

of his officers, yesterday. PHOTOS: Dare Fasube.

Animashaun said the offence

was contrary to Section 411,

280(1), 235 and punishable

under Sections 287 and 407 of the

Criminal Laws Cap C17 Vol 11 of

Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however,

pleaded not guilty to the charge

when it was read to him and the

prosecutor urged the court to

remand the him in prison custody,

pending the conclusion of the


While responding, the

defendant’s lawyers, Gani

Terhembafan Sevav and Vishii

Avav, and their accomplices,

Mkarvter Shagbe and Terseer

Makuna, recently arrested in

Vandeikya Local Government

Area of the state, with three AK-

47 rifles loaded with 10 rounds of

live ammunition; two singlebarrelled

pump action guns, two

locally-made pistols, four

magazines, one gas cylinder,

assorted gun manufacturing tools

and charms.

While being paraded by the

state Police Commissioner, Mr.

Garba Mukaddas, at the

Command headquarters, the

17-year-old boy confessed to be

the father of the new born baby,

claiming he slept with the 10-

year-old twice.

He said: “I slept with her

twice in December last year

with her consent. I did not rape

Oyerevuegbe and Mustapha

Danisi, asked the court to grant

bail to their client, as he was a

first time offender. They also said

they will ensure his appearance

in court each time the matter

comes up for trial.

Magistrate K. K. Awoyinka, in

her ruling, admitted bail to the

defendant in the sum of N1

million with two sureties in like


She said one of the sureties

must be a civil servant not below

Grade Level 10, in Lagos Civil


Also paraded were 11 others

for alleged child trafficking,

kidnappings and robbery.

According to Mukaddas,

“Daniel Achogwu of Otukpo

town was arrested after he

allegedly took a pregnant minor

to Aba, Abia State, where the

victim was delivered of a child

that he sold to an unknown

person. The matter is still being


“Also, few days ago, a victim

from Vandeikya council

reported that some unknown

persons had called and

threatened him to pay N2

million or they would kidnap

and kill him.

“Investigation led to the arrest

of one Godwin Terfa from his

hideout at Tsav village. He has

already confessed to the crime.”

Indian national attempts suicide during arrest for N116m fraud

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

ADO-EKITI—A High Court

sitting in Ado-Ekiti,

yesterday, sentenced two persons

to death by hanging for robbery

and illegal possession of firearms.

The convicts, Adewa Sunday

and Adedayo Amos, were said to

have robbed one Mrs Abosede

Malomo with guns, cutlasses and

other dangerous weapons, and

inflicted bodily injuries on her.

They reportedly committed the

crime at Ilogbo Ekiti in Ido/Osi

Local Government Area of the

state on June 4, 2015.

Delivering judgment, the Chief

Judge of Ekiti State, Justice

Ayodeji Daramola, said: “I found

the accused persons guilty of

armed robbery as laid down before

me and they should face the

supreme punishment for the


“Therefore, the sentence of the

court upon you is that you be

hanged by the neck until you are

dead. May the good Lord have

mercy on your souls.”

The hearing into the case began

on March 27, 2017 and two


Magistrate Awoyinka also

ordered that the sureties be

residents of Lagos State, with

three years tax payment to the

state government and that each

of the sureties must furnish the

court with their account

statements, with the standing

balance of N1.5 million each and

two recent passport photographs.

The magistrate further ordered

that the defendant should deposit

his international passport with the

court’s Chief Registrar.

2 to die by hanging in Ekiti for robbery, possession of firearms

count charges bordering on

robbery and illegal possession of

firearms were slammed on them.

At the hearing, prosecuting

counsel, Gbemiga Adaramola,

from the Ministry of Justice,

called two witnesses and also

tendered a cut-to-size pistol , iPad

and the victim’s statement on

oath, as exhibits.

The lawyer to the defendants,

Adeyinka Opaleke, didn’t call any

witness. The victim was said to

be reading at night when they

broke into her apartment and

robbed her.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—7

Killing of policemen by troops in Taraba:

Police accuse Army of

lying, raise 6 questions

•Late officers arrested Evans, rescued Buhari’s District Head

By Kingsley Omonobi

& Evelyn Usman

THE Police have accused the

Nigerian Army of being

economical with truth over the

killing of three policemen and

civilians by soldiers in Taraba

State, insisting that video

recording of the encounter

showed the officers telling the

soldiers that they were from Force

Headquarters, Abuja.

This came as Vanguard

gathered that two more civilians,

members of the team, died in the

wee hours of yesterday from the

injuries sustained during the

attack, raising the death toll to six.

Meanwhile, in a statement

yesterday, Force Public Relations

Officer, DCP Frank Mba, raised

six posers for the military to

provide answers to in a statement

entitled Setting the Records

Straight – Where is the ‘Rescued’

Notorious Kidnapper(name


Police quiz for Army

The posers are: where is the

notorious kidnapper ‘rescued’ by

the soldiers? How and why was

the suspect released by the

soldiers? How could a kidnap

suspect properly restrained with

handcuffs by the Police escape

from the hands of his military


If the suspect was a ‘victim of

kidnap’ as claimed, and properly

rescued by soldiers, why was he

not taken to the Army base for

documentation purposes and

debriefing in line with the

Standard Operating Procedure in

the Nigerian Army and why were

the Police operatives shot at close

range, even after they had

identified themselves as Police

officers on legitimate duty as

evident in the video now in


The statement reads: “The

attention of the Nigeria Police

Force has been drawn to the

statement by the Nigerian Army

dated August 7, seeking to justify

the unprovoked and unwarranted

murder of three Police officers and

one civilian, and causing serious

injury to other operatives, who

were on legitimate criminal

investigation activities to Taraba

State, to arrest a kidnapper

indicted in a series of high-profile

kidnap in the state.

“In the best tradition of esprit

de corps, inter-agency harmony

and national interest, the Nigeria

Police Force would naturally have

kept quiet, but it has become

imperative to set the record

straight by addressing the

obvious distortion of facts

inherent in the release by the

Nigerian Army.

“The most important question

•... as death toll rises to 6

Late Inspector Mark Ediale

arising from the said press

release is: Where is the suspect?

The suspect is a millionaire

kidnapper arrested by the Police,

but paradoxically treated as a

‘kidnap victim’ by the soldiers

and subsequently ‘rescued’ by

them. Where is he? Where is the

rescued kidnapper?

“Secondly, the press release

was silent on the source of the

alleged distress reporter, identity

of the complainant, on the

strength of whose report, the

Army took the decision to engage

in the purported chase and

rescue operation.

“Needless to state that in the

true spirit of transparency and

accountability, the Nigerian Army

ought to have arrested the

purported distress caller— if

any— for obviously and

deliberately furnishing them with

false and misleading information.

Besides, such arrest should, in

fact, be made public.

“Thirdly, it is not true that the

policemen failed to identify

themselves as alleged in the

release. The video on the incident,

now viral, wherein the voice of

one of the soldiers was heard

loudly proclaiming that the

policemen were from the Force

Headquarters, Abuja, speaks


“Besides, the presence of the

IRT personnel was well known

to the Taraba Police Command as

the operatives officially and

properly documented same at the

State Command Headquarters

and also at the Wukari Area

Command and the Ibi Divisional


“As a matter of fact, some of the

detectives from the Taraba State

Command’s Criminal

Investigation Department, CID,

were part of the operation.

“The Force also considers it

insensitive, disrespectful and

unpatriotic for the press release

by the Army to continue to

describe policemen on lawful

national assignment as

‘suspected kidnappers’ long after

it had become crystal clear to the

Army that these were law

Late Sergeant Daihiru Musa

enforcement officers, who

unfortunately were gruesomely

murdered in the line of duty by

Nigerian soldiers attached to 93

Battalion, Takum.

“In the final analysis, we leave

the Nigerian Army authorities to

provide Nigerians with answers

to the questions emanating from

their press release.”

Late officers’ heroics

Meanwhile, an Assistant

Superintendent of Police, Vincent

Maxwell, has disclosed that the

officers killed by soldiers in Taraba

State incident were among the

best on the Inspector-General of

Police’s Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, known for handling

special crime cases across the


Recall that on Wednesday,

Mba had explained that the

personnel, led by Felix Adolije,

an Assistant Superintendent of

Police, were on a covert mission

to arrest one a high-profile

kidnap suspect, when they were

attacked by the troops.

Reacting to the incident in a

post shared by Abba Kyari,

Head of the IRT, Maxwell said

the deceased were responsible

for a number of heroic deeds,

including the arrest of

Chukwudumeme Evans

Onwuamadike, suspected

billionaire kidnapper.

He said they were also part of

the team that apprehended over

20 members of Boko Haram sect

responsible for the abduction of

over 200 students from

Government Girls Secondary

School, Chibok, Borno State, in


They were also said to have

been involved in the arrest of

Umar Abdulmalik, a Boko Haram

commander suspected to be the

mastermind of the bombings in

Nyanya and Kuje areas of Abuja

in 2015.

Kyari added that they were part

of the team that secured the

release of Musa Umar, father-inlaw

of President Muhammadu

Buhari’s aide de camp, ADC, who

was kidnapped in May.

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Emma: Ken, what country is this

bros talking about?

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fact, I no know you.

8—Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

Amnesty chair dares

protesters, says no

intimidation can stop us

•Adds: Nigeria’s image on sharp

decline over human rights violations

AGM: From left, Dr. Olusola Obabori, Group Managing Director; Mr Suleiman Barau,

Chairman; Frances Akpomuka, Company Secretary, and Suleiman Koguna, Non-Executive

Director, all of Red Star Express Plc at the 26th Annual General Meeting of the company,

in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

Alleged N1.2bn fraud: Court remands

ex-INEC chair, Maurice Iwu, in EFCC custody

By Innocent



Federal High Court

sitting in Lagos,

yesterday, ordered the

remand of former chairman

of Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, Professor Maurice

Iwu, in the custody of

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC,

till today when his bail

application would be heard

and decided.

Trial judge, Justice Chuka

Obiozor, ordered the remand

of Iwu after his plea was

taken on four-count money

laundering charge made

against him.

EFCC had arraigned Iwu

before the court on charges

bordering on aiding and

concealment of N1.203

billion, which was said to be

proceed of unlawful act.

He was alleged to have

between December 2014

and March 27, 2015 used his

company, Bioresources

Institute of Nigeria, BION,

Limited, whose account with

number 1018603119 is

domiciled in United Bank for

Africa, UBA, Plc.

The EFCC also alleged that

Iwu and a lawyer, Victor

Chukwuani, retained the

sum of N407 million, said to

be proceed of unlawful act,

in BION Limited’s account

No. 1018603119 domiciled in

UBA to commit the alleged


The offences, according to

the prosecution, are contrary

to sections 18(a) and 15(2)

(a) of Money Laundering

Prohibition Act, 2011 (as

amended) and punishable

under Section 15 ( 3) of the

same act.”

Upon the reading of the

counts of the charge to the

former INEC boss, he

pleaded not guilty to all the


Following his not guilty

plea, the prosecutor, Rotimi

Oyedepo, asked the court for

a trial date and also urged

the court to remand the

defendant in prison custody,

till hearing of his bail


Responding, Iwu’s lawyer,

Ahmed Raji, SAN, informed

the court that he had two

applications, one

challenging the court

jurisdiction and the other,

the bail application.

Raji, however, withdrew

the application challenging

court’s jurisdiction on the

ground of his client’s

freedom and urged the court

to hear the bail application.

Upon his withdrawal of

application challenging

court’s jurisdiction, Justice

Obiozor, instantly struck out


Following the striking of

the application challenging

court’s jurisdiction, Raji

informed the court that bail

application had been served

on the prosecution but yet to

be responded to.

He urged the court to

either let his client be with

the prosecution till today or

be released to him, as he

undertook to personally

produce him in court.

He informed the court that

all the time, his client had

been admitted to

administrative bail, he has

never defaulted.

However, the prosecutor,

Oyedepo, told the court that

the appropriate place to

remand a defendant after

plea has been taken is


In his ruling, Justice

Obiozor, ordered that the

defendant be remanded in

EFCC custody till today for

hearing of his bail


One of the charges read:

“That you, Professor Iwu,

between December 2014

and March 27, 2015, in

Nigeria within the

jurisdiction of this court

aided the concealment of the

total sum of N1.203 billion in

BION Limited’s account No.

1018603119 domiciled in the

UBA Plc, which sum you

reasonably ought to have

known forms part of

proceeds of unlawful act to

wit: fraud and you thereby

committed an offence

contrary to Sections 18(a),

15(2) (a) of the Money

Laundering Prohibition Act,

2011 as amended and

punishable under Section 15

( 3) of the same Act.”

Nigeria’s security challenges, product

of neglect in education — Buhari

By Johnbosco



Muhammadu Buhari,

yesterday, said the

insecurity and corruption

challenges confronting the

country were products of

decades of under

investment in education

and healthcare.

Buhari stated this while

receiving Governor Umaru

Fintri and a delegation of

Adamawa State at the

Presidential Villa, Abuja,


Condoling the governor

and the people of

Adamawa State on the loss

of his father, Alhaji Umaru

Badami, Buhari prayed for

the peaceful repose of the

deceased's soul.

He said: “I am delighted

to receive your delegation

today. Adamawa is home

away from home to me as

you are all aware.

Therefore, this meeting is

more or less, a family


“I am pleased to hear

your remarks, specifically

focused on issues around

education and health.

These areas remain

priorities for this

government, especially as

we strive to achieve social

inclusion and collective

prosperity for all Nigerians.

“Many of the issues

confronting our nation

today, especially in the

areas of insecurity and

corruption, are directly or

indirectly linked to the

decades of under

investment in education

and healthcare .

"At the federal level, we

are doing our best to

address these issues. But

the Federal Government

cannot do it alone. We

need the state and local

governments to do their

part. This is not about

politics. It is the reality.

“Today, majority of

Nigerians are below 20

years old. And it is

projected that our

population growth rate will

remain amongst the fastest

in the world. This means

any plan we have today

must take into account, the

needs of tomorrow

“I have taken note of your



recommendations. We

shall review and act

accordingly. I would

suggest, however, that you

make a formal written

submission to my office in

due course.”

Speaking with State

House correspondents

after the meeting,

Governor Fintri, who is of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, said the state needs

support of the Federal

Government in the areas of

agriculture, human

development and roads,

especially the federal roads

in the state that have


He also said the focus of

his administration in

Adamawa State was on

security, education,

infrastructure development

among others.

According to him, “we

have given a very serious

attention to security,

health, infrastructure and

education, agriculture and

human development.”

By Gabriel



Board of Amnesty

International, Nigeria,

Auwal Ibrahim Musa,

yesterday, told protesters

harassing staff of the

organisation that they

cannot stop the

organisation from

exposing human rights

violations, violence and

corrupt practices in the


Musa in a chat with

Vanguard, in Abuja, said

no intimidation can cow

them out of Nigeria, rather,

they would continue to do

what will protect the

fundamental human rights

and promote good

governance in the country.

He said: “Asking Amnesty

International Nigeria to

leave Nigeria is a mockery

and a joke because the staff

there are all Nigerians and

I am the Chairman in

Amnesty International

Nigeria. The Country

Director is a Nigerian. So

there is no foreigner

working in Amnesty

International in Nigeria.

“If anyone is telling us to

leave Nigeria, he should be

the one to leave because we

have not done anything to

violate the legal provision

in the country and we have

not done anything to incite,

but all we are saying is that

government must respect

and comply with the rule

of law, be able to protect

every Nigerian right.

"Those who want us to

leave so they would

continue to perpetrate

human rights abuses and

evils will be the ones to

leave as we are not going


“The brains behind this

harassment are people who

are in uniform and not in

uniform, who continue to

undermine basic

fundamental human rights

of Nigerians. These are

people who do not want

conflict, violence and crisis

to stop in Nigeria to justify

stealing more money, that

is why they are angry with

Amnesty International,

CSOs, because it is a big

market for them and we are

saying this cannot continue.

“Some people in

government are not happy

that we are documenting

and calling government to

always respect the rule of

law, fundamental rights of

Nigerians. So some people

in government who are

used to violating peoples’

rights are not comfortable

because they want to

continue to brutalise

Nigerians and refuse to

comply with rule of law.

“Amnesty International

Nigeria is saying Nigeria

cannot continue to be a

country where there is no

rule of law, where abuses

of rights are going on

without any redress. That

is all we are saying.

“The government should

see us as partners in

progress and not as

enemies as we are not

enemies of government.

We are interested in seeing

that government works for


“My message to the

government is that the

whole world is watching,

and its credibility is on the

decline rapidly because of

the harassment of CSOs

and anti-corruption


MTN, Airtel, Globacom, others

to carry out second SIM


By Prince

Osuagwu & Juliet




Operators in Nigeria,

MNO, including MTN,

Airtel, Globacom among

others are to go through

another compliance audit of

all Subscriber Identity

Module, SIM, databases.

The SIM registration will

be carried out by Nigerian


Commission, NCC. The

commission said it initiated

the process specifically to

monitor operators’ strict

adherence to the technical

and other specifications for

subscribers’ registration.

The specifications are

prescribed in the Telephone

Subscribers Registration

Regulations and Technical

Standards and Specifications

issued by the Commission in


The commission, however,

said the audit was without

prejudice to the ongoing

“backend verification and

scrubbing” of SIM

registration data already

submitted to the commission

by telecom operators.

Executive vice chairman of

the commission, Prof. Umar

Danbatta, who disclosed this

in a statement, Wednesday,

in Abuja, promised that the

subscribers would not suffer

connection glitch during

audit period.

He also said NCC

considers the latest audit as

very sensitive, in view of the

importance of the

information to security and

law enforcement in the


Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—9

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Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO; Dr Zhou Pingjian, Ambassador of China to Nigeria, and Victor

Etuokwu, Executive Director, Retail Banking, Access Bank Plc, during the bank’s executive

management’s visit to the ambassador, in Lagos, yesterday.

APC worse off under you, Progressive

Govs D-G tackles Oshiomhole

By Omeiza Ajayi




Progressive Governors

Forum, Salihu Lukman,

has again blamed National

Chairman of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Mr Adams

Oshiomhole, for the

diminishing fortunes of the


In a four-page letter to

Oshiomhole entitled: “APC:

Appeal for Reconciliation,”

Lukman said as a loyal

party member, he had

difficulty "reconciling the

absence of meetings of

superior organs given all

the challenges the party is

going through, warranting

the suspension of three

serving governors (two of

them now senators) and


By Sola Ogundipe

Do you have a stiff neck?

A stiff neck typically is the

result of muscles weakening

over time from poor posture

or misuse. Driving for long

periods of time or looking at

your smartphone can have

the same effect. If you’re

doing this day after day, it

can add up and can displace

your neck joints.

Stretching can keep pain

at bay.

Putting your monitor at eye

level, sitting up straight and

avoiding tilting and twisting

your head down or to the

side while you’re on the

computer can help you

avoid neck pain.

The key to relief for a stiff

neck is proper stretching and


Roll your shoulders

backwards and down 10

times. Squeeze your

shoulder blades together 10


Push your head backwards

into your car head rest or

hands and hold for 30

seconds. Bring your ear to

two members of NWC.”

He lamented APC’s loss

of Zamfara, Bauchi and

some states in the 2019 polls

and expressed fears that the

trend could recur in the

forthcoming Kogi and

Bayelsa governorship




Assessing Oshiomhole’s

leadership, Lukman, who

also tackled Oshiomhole on

July 19, 2019, said: “My

distant observation is that

there is hardly any

difference between your

approach in managing the

party and the way Chief

(John Odigie) Oyegun had

managed it during his

tenure. Instead, things

have really got worse and

your shoulder 10 times on

each side.

Take care when you sleep.

Sleep only on your side or

on your back – never on your


For minor, common causes

of neck pain, apply heat or

ice to the painful area. Use

ice for the first 48 to 72 hours,

then use heat after that.

Avoid jerking or painful

activities. This helps calm

your symptoms and reduce


Do slow range-of-motion

exercises, up and down, side

to side, and from ear to ear.

Try sleeping on a firm

mattress without a pillow or

with a special neck pillow.

Ask your health care

provider about using a soft

neck collar to relieve

discomfort. Do not use the

collar for a long time. Doing

so can make your neck

muscles weaker.

If the pain gets in the way

of your daily activities, call

your doctor.

painfully, it would appear,

you are in denial of this


“Kindly recall that

sometime in June this year,

I sent what I called a private

memo on the issue of

reported disciplinary

actions against Governor

Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo

State by the NWC.

“Of course, the memo

noted that before the 2019

elections, the NWC had

similarly suspended former

Governors Rochas

Okorocha and lbikunle

Amosun of Imo and Ogun

states respectively.

Between June and now,

Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, APC

Deputy National

Chairman, North and

Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir,

APC Vice National

Chairman, North West had

also been similarly


“It will appear that the

leadership problems facing

the party are getting deeper

and in the circumstances

the business of building the

party will be sacrificed.

“We had challenges that

deprived our party the

opportunity to contest 2019

election in Rivers State,

stripped our party of

electoral victory in Zamfara

State, engendered highest

level of leadership

animosities in Imo, Ogun,

Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano,

Ondo, Oyo, etc.

"Today, with Kogi and

Bayelsa elections

approaching, similar

leadership animosities are

defining political life of the

party in those states.

“Since emerging as the

national chairman of our

party, I have had cause to

review decisions and

actions you had taken as

the National Chairman and

often I have difficulty

reconciling many of the

decisions and actions you

took with the leadership

standards you upheld.

“It is a painful reality that

we have found ourselves in

situation of near stalemate

in many states under your

l e a d e r s h i p .

Embarrassingly, our

leaders, including your very

self, appear to be stubbornly

inconsiderate of other

options of resolving these


“If the electoral loss of Oyo,

Imo, Zamfara, Adamawa

and Bauchi is not a wakeup

call to the dangers that lie

ahead, what could have

been. Is it that our leaders

are indifferent to the possible

return of Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP?

“In all my years of

association with you, I never

imagine that one day you

will be so comfortable as to

be indifferent to challenges

that could threaten our

national democratic


“Sir, there is the need to

urgently refocus our party

and all our leaders on the

most critical political issue in

the country, which is about

reconciling our leaders at all


El-Zakzaky won’t flee

Nigeria like you, IMN tells


conditions being created by

By Ben Agande

KADUNA —The Islamic

Movement in Nigeria,

IMN, has told Governor

Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna

State that unlike him, Sheikh

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky can

never escape from Nigeria

for any reason.

Chairman, Free El-

Zakzaky Campaign

Organisation of IMN,

Sheikh Abubakar, said their

leader won’t flee the country

for whatever reason like el-

Rufai did under the late

President Umaru Yar’Adua’s


Abubakar was responding

to the new conditions set by

Kaduna State government

before the leader of the IMN

would be released from


Although a Kaduna High

Court had granted the IMN

leader permission to travel to

India for medical attention,

the Kaduna State

government set seven new

conditions to be met before he

could be allowed to travel.

In an interview in Kaduna,

Abubakar told el-Rufai not to

use his standard to judge

other people. He said the new

Amnesty Int’l issues travel advisory on America

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

IN the aftermath of the

two mass-shootings in El

Paso and Dayton in the

United States of America,

Amnesty International, AI,

has issued a travel advisory,

warning nationals of other

countries against travelling

to the world’s most

powerful country.

The global body advised

nationals of other countries,

who must travel to America,

to always make

contingency plans.

It also urged such

travellers to avoid crowded

places such as malls and

worship places.

It said: "The Amnesty

International travel

advisory for the country of

the United States of

America calls on people

worldwide to exercise

caution and have an

emergency contingency

plan when traveling

throughout the USA.

“This travel advisory is

being issued in light of

ongoing high levels of gun

violence in the country.

“Depending on the

traveller’s gender identity,

race, country of origin,

ethnic background or

sexual orientation, they

may be at higher risk of

being targeted with gun

violence and should plan

the Kaduna State

government were

afterthoughts that would not

stand the test of time.

He said: “The issue is that

the judge (Justice Darius

Khobo) has already given an

order and the Department of

State Services, DSS, has

already received the order

and they will comply with the

court order.

“We see no reason Kaduna

State government will now

come up with other

conditions. You can see that

the state government wants

to create confusion in the

state and raise unnecessary

tension. Their action is an

afterthought. Nothing more,

nothing less.

“If el-Rufai ran away from

this country during

Yar’Adua’s administration,

nobody would say that El-

Zakzaky will run away from

this country.

“He is a bonafide Nigerian

citizen. He lives here in

Nigeria. He will never go to

any country to look for asylum.

Why should he look for


“All arrangements are on

ground to ensure that he is

flown to India where he will

be going on medical


Review your security strategy,

Isiguzo tells Buhari

By Joseph



of Nigeria

Union of Journalists, NUJ,

Christopher Isiguzo, has

asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to

immediately review his

security strategy.

Isiguzo, who noted that the

strategy adopted by the

president in tackling

insecurity in the country was

not working, insisted that it

was time for the president to

review it for effective and

efficient results.

Speaking, yesterday, in

Abuja, when some Northern

youths under the aegis of

Northern Youth Council,

conferred an award of

excellence on him, Isiguzo

said: “I want to call on Mr

President to rise to the

occasion and address this

disturbing level of insecurity

in Nigeria.

“We cannot continue with

one strategy, we have tried

this strategy over and over

again. You can’t continue with

one strategy and expect a

different result. You are

obviously not going to receive

a different result.

“This is the time for him to

try a different strategy.

Change the security strategy

so that people can once again

start sleeping with their two

eyes closed. That is an appeal

we are making to him.”

He also flayed those calling

for revolution against the

government or break-up of

the country, saying those

approaches were not in order.

He said: “I want to call on

the government to in view of

the plethora of complaints

from across Nigeria, with the

high rate of insecurity in the

system, change the security


“I appeal to Mr President

that ‘you are not just the

president of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria, you are

the Commander-in-Chief of

the Armed Forces.’"


AI regretted that in spite

of the frequent mass

killings by gunmen in that

country, the government

has not taken adequate

measures to control access

to guns.

Many countries have also

advised their citizens to be

careful about travelling to

the US. They include

Germany, Ireland, Canada

and New Zealand.

10 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

Ban illegal transport unions to

stem crimes on highways




National Union of Road

Transport Workers,

NURTW, yesterday, called

for the banning of illegal

transport unions saying it

will stem kidnapping and

other violent crimes on


The call was made in

Ilorin by the Union

Chairman in Kwara State,

Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore while

welcoming members in the

North Central states (Zone

4) to the opening of their

secretariat in the Kwara

State capital.

The secretariat was

funded by the national

body of NURTW headed by

Alhaji Najeem Yasin while

Kwara donated the land

opposite the Ilorin

International Airport.

According to him, illegal

transport unions abound

across the states of the

federation which often

times were difficult to be

held responsible for

suspected complicities in

the events of crimes

committed on the routes

they ply illegally.

He said: “Three of such

unions operating in Kwara

were the Nigeria

Association of Cooperative

Transporters, NACT,

Association of Okada

Riders and Taxi Owners


Governor AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq, who

commissioned the edifice

through his Deputy, Mr.

Kayode Alabi, said it is one

of the major partners of

government helping to

reduce unemployment in

the country.

Pharmacists to check drugs,

chemical abuse, suicide attempts

By Chioma Obinna

L Pharmaceutical


Society of Nigeria, PSN,

has disclosed plans to

establish a 24-hour

National Drug and Poisons

Information, Emergency

Response and Research

Centre aimed at

checkmating among

others, drug, chemical

abuse, suicide attempts in

the country.

Chairman, Project

Committee of PSN, Dr.

John Nwaiwu, who

disclosed this at a media

parley in Ikeja, said an

eight-storey building,

estimated to cost N2.6

billion has already been


Nwaiwu, the national

drug centre will among

other things serve as a

counselling, referral and

when necessary mobilise

appropriate response team

for victims. He said: “It

would also be a

coordinating centre to

responses to suicide

attempts, rehabilitation of

drug addicts and people

injured by poisons as well

as serve as information and

research warehouse for

retooling pharmacy and

pharmacists towards

greater relevance.

“Activities of the centre

will foster strong interprofessional


with health workers in the

emergency response


“This will in turn

positively affect the overall

output in medical facilities.

Health financing burden on

states and the federal

government will gradually

reduce over the years as the

impact of mass education

and enlightenment of the

populace gain grounds.”

Ogun gov tasks religious,

corporate bodies on CSR

•As Adeboye commissions ICU

By Juliet Umeh &

Henry Nworisa



Abiodun of Ogun State,

yesterday, called on

religious bodies,

individuals and corporate

organisations to help

ensure the welfare of

Nigerians through

corporate social

responsibility, CSR,


The Governor made the

call at the commissioning of

the 3rd Enoch and Folu

Adeboye Intensive Care

Units, ICU, by His Love

Foundation arm of the

Redeemed Christian

Church of God, RCCG, in

the redemption camp Ogun


While appreciating the

RCCG for its benevolence,

he said RCCG has taken

Christianity a little further

with the construction of this

ultra modern ICU.

He said: “It is just

appropriate that this ultra

modern health facility is

located here in Ogun state

where we have the national

headquarters of the church.

The ICU, on one hand, will

be an additional health

facility for the people

trooping into the camp,

including the neighbouring


“When you consider that

this facility and ICU is

located close to Ibadan

expressway, known as the

busiest road in Nigeria, one

cannot underestimate its value

in saving lives in the case of

emergencies arising from

accident along this road."

In his remarks, Pastor

Adeboye assured that the

project is the beginning of

better things to come in the


The facility was the third in

a series of ultramodern health

projects facilitated by His Love

Foundation arm of the church.

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Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) and Osvaldo Aubreu, Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and

Environment of STP, during a courtesy visit by the Oando Executives to the Prime Minister of STP to discussamongst

other initiatives, how Oando can support the country’s oil and gas sector though knowledge transfer.

Nigerians now driven by violent agitations,

human merchandising — NAL

By Prince Okafor

LAGOS—THE Nigerian

Academy of Letters,

NAL, yesterday, decried the

incessant killings and

violence across the country,

saying that the country is

now driven by pristine

ideologies, inherited

animosities, violent

agitations and human


President of the academy,

Prof. Francis Egbokhare,

said this during the 21st

convocation and investiture

ceremony of new fellows

held at the J. F. Ade Ajayi

Auditorium, University of

Lagos, themed: Religion

and Morality in a Secular


The academy inducted 36

new members, admitted six

regular and two honorary

fellows to the College of


In his opening remark,

Egbokhare lamented that it

is no longer a matter of

controversy that Nigeria is

besieged by exponential

decay and a new


He noted that the subject

of religion in Nigeria’s

polity has been the

preoccupation of analysts

and intellectuals in the last


His words: “Earlier in

June this year, we

•Ogunbiyi, Adeniyi inducted NAL fellows

organised a conference on

the concept of

Nigerianness. The idea

was to establish pathways,



convergences in a bid to

find counter narratives to

the pervading dissonances

in our polity, in addition to

finding common grounds

for a national ideology.

“Violence is the new

religion and killing is the

trending business. The

fundamental principles of

our culture have shifted

dangerously to the extent

that we are now driven by

pristine ideologies,

inherited animosities,

violent agitations and

human merchandizing, all

leading to the loss of

human dignity, desecration

of life and an altered


“There is a raging war. We

are at war with the truth; we

are at war with logic; we are

at war with the intellect; we

are afraid of success; we

hate good ideas and loathe

good people. Statesmen

have become warlords and

warlords have become the

new heroes."

Besides, he said:

“Gangsters are the new

political elites, the military

has transmuted to militias

and militias are being

heralded as nationalists.

“We are perfecting

ignorance, massifying

mischief, democratizing

violence. The youths of our

land are the aged who call

for war and the aged are the

young ones who

have migrated to social

media and foreign lands

from where they demand


The highlight of the event

was the induction of Prochancellor

of the Obafemi

Awolowo University, Dr.

Yemi Ogunbiyi and

Editorial Board Chairman,

ThisDay Newspapers, Mr.

Olusegun Adeniyi as

Awardee of Honorary



coys in Ogun

By Daud Olatunji


National Association of

Nigerian Students, NANS

in Ogun State, yesterday,

protested against the

incessant killings of

Nigerians in South Africa,

picketing some South

African’s firms in the state.

The South Africa firms

picketed are located in


Staff of the company in

Oke-Ilewo could not gain

access into the office leading

to the stoppage of

commercial activities by the

students’ body.

The demonstration also

put a stop to transactions at

the bank as customers

transacting at the ATM point

vacated immediately.

The protest started from the

Secretariat of the Nigerian

Union of Journalists, NUJ,

Iwe- Irohin, Oke Ilewo,

Assembly confirms Oyo commissioner-nominees,

others 25, 2019.


By Adeola Badru



State House of Assembly,

yesterday, screened and

confirmed 14 Commissioner

designates sent to it by

Governor Seyi Makinde.

Their names were

contained in a message sent

to the House by the

governor and read at

plenary by the Speaker, Mr.

Adebo Ogundoyin on July


nominees include four

former lawmakers in the

state House of Assembly,

Mr. Kehinde Ayoola, Mr.

Adeniyi Farinto, Mrs.

Funmilayo Orisadeyi and

Mr. Muyiwa Jacob


Others are Chief Bayo

Ojo, Dr. Bashir Abiodun

Bello, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo,

Prof Dawud Sangodoyin,

Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye

and Mr. Adeniyi Olabode


Others, whose

appointment were

confirmed, were Mr.

Raheem Abiodun

Abdulraheem, Mr. Seun

Asamu, Dr. Wasiu

Olatunbosun and Mr.

Akinola Ojo.

The nominees were

differently grilled by

members of the Assembly

who asked them probing

questions bothering on

their professional and

educational experiences.

Abeokuta at 9:00 pm.



demonstration, there was

serious gridlock in the area,

forcing vehicular

movement to stop.

The students took the

protest to different areas in

A b e o k u t a

with placards bearing

inscriptions such as: We

say no to xenophobic attack,

NANS shall apply the third

law of motion, and South

Africa has declared war

against Nigeria, among


Fielding questions from

journalists, the National

Public Relations Officer of

the Association, Azeez

Adeyemi said: “We need to

tell the South African

government that Nigeria is

no longer at peace with the

Xenophobic attacks, we

can no longer keep quiet.

“We can no longer watch

as our brothers in South

Africa are killed, our plan

is this struggle, we have

shutdown their offices and

after today, if the

killing still continues in

South Africa, we will now

go by the law of motion."








Nigerian Academy of Letters, NAL's 21st convocation and investiture of new Fellows held at J.F. Ade

Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, yesterday. (See story on Page 10.)

From left: Mr. Kayode Komolafe, Deputy MD, Thisday Newspaper; Mr. Louis Odion, Ex-

Information Commissioner, Edo State; Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, Pro-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo

University and awardee of Honorary Fellowship; Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, Editorial Board

Chairman, Thisday and awardee of Honorary of Fellowship; Mr. Sam Omatseye, Chairman,

The Nation's Editorial Board and Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, GM/Editor in Chief, Vanguard Newspapers.

From left: Prof. Duro Oni, Vice President, Nigerian Academy of

Letters (NAL); Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi; Prof. Francis Egbokhare,

President, NAL and Prof. Ayobami Kehinde, Secretary, NAL.

From left: Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Former Transport Minister; Mr. George

Tolofari and Chief Folashade Ogunbiyi, Iyalode of Remoland.

From left: Prof. Festus Adesanoye, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive

Secretary, NUC and Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar and Chief Executive

of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

From left: Prof. Duro Oni, Vice President, NAL; Prof.. Ifeoma Onyemelukwe,

Professor of French and African Literature in French from Ahmadu Bello University,

Zaria, receiving award of Regular Fellows from Prof. Egbokhare, President, NAL.

From left: Prof. Vincent Ado, Prof. Godwin Sogolo, guest lecturer and Mr. Peter


Cross section of Nigerian Academy of Letters, NAL members.

Prof. AbdulRasheed Na'Allah, Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University

(centre) being decorated with award of Regular Fellows.

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Border demarcation: Slow pace

of work has heightened

insecurity —A-Ibom, CRS




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By Chioma

Onuegbu &

Harris Emmanuel

UYO —AKWA Ibom and

Cross River State

governments have decried

the slow pace of work on the

demarcation of its boundaries

by federal authorities,

stressing that the

development has further

heightened state of insecurity

in the area.

The Deputy Governor of

MEETING: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (left) receiving blessings from Akwa Ibom State, Mr.

traditional rulers in the state, after a security meeting with the royal fathers and presidentsgeneral

of town unions, at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

assertion in his address at the

Moses Ekpo made the

joint meeting of the National

Boundary Commission in

Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State

Buhari, OBJ, Abdulsalami, Jonathan


Ekpo stressed that the

advocate concerted action against cancer undue delay by the federal

authorities in carrying out the

•As Dickson launches cancer foundation in memory of late mother

demarcation exercise had

only fuelled inter-border

By Samuel centre could be the nucleus are victims and that is exactly first anniversary of the carnage leading to wanton

Oyadongha of what Nigeria will use to what you are doing. passage of his mother. loss of lives.

save many lives.”


“Cancer can be managed While sharing fond He said: “Apart from

ENAGOA— President Chairman of the occasion, if it is diagnosed early. The memories of his mother, the demarcating the boundary to

Muhammadu Buhari, Abubakar, described the effort second thing you say your governor said the foundation promote peace and

former Presidents Chief as a wonderful philanthropic foundation will be doing is would, among other things, development, by the two

Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. gesture that is worthy of what I call, institutional carry out research work aimed sister states, the federal

Goodluck Jonathan, and support and appealed to all memory, one of the things we at early diagnosis and government should go National

former Head of State, Gen. to donate generously to the are very bad at in our country. treatment.

beyond rhetoric, and embark

Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) cause.

Keep and maintain records Dickson, who noted that the on visible development of the

have advocated concerted Also, Obasanjo praised and let it be accessible for foundation was part of his area by establishing a viable

action against the spread of Dickson for honouring his those who want to do efforts to continually fishing industry and a

cancer in the country. mother with the setting up of research."

contribute to the well-being military base in the border

They spoke, yesterday, at the cancer centre, which he On his part, Jonathan, who of humanity, urged all to

the official launch of Henry noted would go a long way pledged the support of his donate time, skills and funds

Seriake Dickson Foundation in checking the killer disease. foundation, agreed that to ensure the success of the

and ground breaking Obasanjo stated that only cancer had become a big project.

ceremony of Goldcoast those who had come into close problem in society, stressing He said: “It’s an humble By Gabriel

Dickson Cancer Centre at contacts with victims of cancer the need for collaborative effort on my part to set up this Enogholase

Toru Orua in Sagbama Local and the traumatic experience efforts in curbing the disease. cancer foundation because I

Government Area of Bayelsa would know the magnitude He recalled painfully how thought I should have a



of the pain, anguish and the dreaded disease killed his vehicle through which I could

ENIN— Governor

Godwin Obaseki of Edo

They all commended misery being inflicted on the Special Adviser on Strategy do some public good for

State has expressed the

Dickson for taking the society.

and Documentation, and humanity.

initiative to fight cancer “When you see what cancer renowned environmentalist, “I, therefore humbly call on

readiness of his

administration to collaborate

through emphasis on early does, particularly the Oronto Douglas.

public spirited individuals

with the Chartered Institute

detection and treatment and excruciating pain the sufferer In his remarks, Dickson and those who have resources

pledged to support the goes through, you would expressed gratitude to to support this worthy cause

of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN,

to improve the Internally


want to do everything and Buhari and other leaders for to stop cancer from ravaging

Generated Revenue, IGR, of

Represented by minister anything to comfort those who joining him in honouring the our population.”

the state for the provision of

designate, Dr. Chris Ngige,

infrastructural development.

Buhari described the

Obaseki stated this during

establishment of the centre as Bayelsa guber: C-River REC resigns, a courtesy call by members

a step in the right direction

of the Benin District Society

designed to prevent declares ambition

of CITN, at Government

avoidable deaths and

House in Benin City.

promised to support it.

By Ike can bring back the lost glory

He said the centre could be

a master plan that will ensure He explained that the

Uchechukwu of the state, I have to answer

the nucleus of a major health

that all graduates who are collaboration would help the

the clarion call by resigning

institution to save millions of

lives and urged Dickson not


from Bayelsa become state government deepen

today, the 8th of August so gainfully employed." advocacy programmes to

Resident Electoral that I can formerly go back

to be deterred from his vision.

Commissioner, REC, of to Bayelsa and register as a

His words:”The President

Independent Electoral party member.

congratulates you on the step

Commission, INEC, Dr. “I am progressive, I

you have taken to set up the

says Wike

Squad, FSARS, Police Anti-

Frankland Briyai, has believe in being pragmatic

Henry Seriake Dickson

Kidnapping, Police Antiresigned

his appointment to and proactive, and I want to

Foundation to operate the


Cultism, Federal Road Safety

contest the November 16 contest for the governorship OVERNOR Nyesom

Goldcoast Dickson Cancer

Corps and Eagle Crime at the

gubernatorial election in position under APC in Wike of Rivers State has

Centre, and he describes it

Government House, Port

Bayelsa State.

Bayelsa State. The people of declared that the state

as a step in the right


Briyai made this known, Bayelsa are more interested government was fully


He said: “Rivers State

yesterday, while briefing in the integrity and character prepared to tackle insecurity

“The president also says the

government is fully prepared

newsmen at INEC of the person, my people and would do everything

Federal Government is doing

and will do everything

headquarters, in Calabar, have grown and they are required to protect lives and

a lot in the effort to prevent

required to protect lives and

the Cross River State capital. now after men with credibility property.

cancer, and wishes to inform

property. Without the

He said: “I was called and capacity.”

Wike also announced

you that the Federal

protection of lives and

upon by my people, my Speaking further, proscription of all youth

Government will readily

property, there will be no

people believe in my ability Frankland, asserted that all groups operating in the state,

collaborate with centres like

governance and

and capacity to lead. They politicians were not dirty, saying they have been



are impressed and also stressing that there were still hijacked by cultists.

“On a personal note, as a

“We are one state that has

believe that I have what it honest people in politics. He spoke, yesterday, when

medical doctor, I want to

suffered neglect from the

takes to take Bayelsa and its According to him, “all he handed over 40 patrol

thank you because it gives

Federal Government in terms

people to a higher ground politicians are not dirty, there vans fitted with

me joy when I see a nonmedical

person doing what

of support to fight insecurity.

and next level.

are still many honest person communication gadgets to

They have refused to pay

“They understand that I involved in politics. We have Federal Special Anti-Robbery

you are doing now. This

back funds that we used in



area in order to create a

functional buffer for the

demarcated area and also

promote the traditional

fishing trade of the people

while enhancing security at

the border communities.

“There is also need for the

Federal Government to

expedite action on the

construction of the Calabar-

Itu highway, a project which

has been purportedly

mobilised without any

execution. The poor state of

that road has hindered

commerce and regional


Speaking in the same vein,

Deputy Governor of Cross

River state, Prof. Ivara Esu,

bemoaned the poor state of

Calabar-Itu highway, noting

that the delay in the execution

of the demarcation exercise

has adversely affected the

bond of relationship that had

hitherto existed between his

state and Akwa Ibom.

Esu lamented that the

development had even

heightened insecurity in the

area owing to mutual distrust,

and, therefore, urged the


Commission, NBC, and the

office of the Surveyor General

of the Federation to do

everything possible to end

the crises.

Edo expresses readiness to

partner CITN to improve IGR

sensitise members of the

public on their civic

responsibility regarding


Obaseki insisted that the

state government needed to

expand its tax net to enable it

sustain its developmental

strides, adding that focus in

the past was on corporate

organisations, while

neglecting about 70 per cent

of the employed labour force

and those who operate Small

and Medium Enterprises,

SMEs, in the state.

Earlier, President of the

institute, Dame Gladys

Simplice, commended the

performance of the Obasekiled

administration in setting

up industrial clusters in the

state to encourage production.

We're fully prepared to tackle insecurity,

constructing federal projects,

but that will not stop us from

intervening when the need


The governor said he

resolved to increase the

support to the security

agencies because of the

successes recorded by

Operation Sting.

Wike, however, placed a

N30 million prize on anyone

who gives useful information

that will lead to the arrest of

those who killed a Director

with the Rivers State

government during the

Choba crisis and an alleged

criminal called Bobrisky in

Gokana Local Government







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APC suspends Kogi dep gov

By Boluwaji Obahopo



Congress, APC, Kogi

State chapter, yesterday

suspended the embattled

Deputy Governor, Elder

Simon Achuba from the

party for “anti party


The party also based

the suspension on some

actions the Deputy

Governor allegedly took

that constituted

embarrassment to APC

family in Kogi State.

APC State Chairman,

Abdullahi Bello, who

disclosed this at a

briefing in Lokoja, said

the party had received

several petitions from

stakeholders in Iyano

ward of Ibaji local

government area where

the Deputy Governor

hails from, alleging that

Achuba had discretely

and openly worked for

the candidates of the

opposition parties

during the presidential,

national and state

assembly elections in the


The Chairman noted

that the report of the

disciplinary committees

constituted by the Iyano

ward and Ibaji local

government APC to

probe the crises in the

area allegedly indicted

the Deputy Governor and

also recommended for

his suspension to be

followed by expulsion if

he did not show any


According to him, “The

state Working Committee

of APC having

deliberated on the

recommendations of the

disciplinary committee

of APC Iyano ward and

Ibaji local government

branch of the party, have

resolved and upheld

Elder Simon Achuba’s

suspension till he

respond to the letter that

the party would serve


“The All Progressive

Congress does not

condone acts of


and anti-party activities

from any party member,

no matter how highly


“His (Achuba) series of

reckless, damaging and


allegations against

government of Kogi state

was an action that

constitute a serious

violation of Article

21A(ii), (v) and (vii) of

the APC constitution;

amounting to acts of

disloyalty and

embarrassment to the


He added that the

decision of the State

Working Committee will

be communicated to the

APC National Working

Committee in due


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and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa; Arch Tonye Braide, Immediate Past President,

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KOGI POLL: Court reserves ruling on suit to stop

APC primary for governorship election

By Ikechukwu



Taiwo of the

Federal High Court in

Abuja, yesterday

reserved ruling on a suit

seeking to stop the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, from choosing its

governorship candidate

in Kogi State through

indirect primary election.

Justice Taiwo

adjourned to study

affidavit evidence that

was attached to a suit

lodged against the APC

and its National Working

Committee, NWC, by

chieftains of the party in

the state.

Plaintiffs in the suit

marked FHC/CS/833/19,

who are members of

Haddy Ametuo-led

faction of the party in the

state, are Destiny

Eneojoh Aromeh;

Organising Secretary,

Mr. Isah Abubakar; Zonal

Youth Leader, Noah Aku,

and Zonal Women

Leader, Mrs. Joy Onu.

They had in an affidavit

urgency they filed

through their lawyer,

Mr. Oluwole Aladedoye,

prayed the high court to

intervene to stop the

party from embarking on

same mistake that made

it to lose all the elective

positions in Zamfara


Specifically, in a motion

ex-parte they filed

pursuant to Order 26

Rule 6, 7 and 8 of the

Federal High Court Civil

Procedure Rules, the

plaintiffs, applied for:

“An order of interim

injunction restraining

the defendants, by

itself, its organs, agents

or any person howsoever

described, from adopting

the indirect mode of

primary for the

nomination of

governorship candidate

in the forthcoming 2019

governorship election in

Kogi State, pending

determination of the

motion on notice”.

They alleged that the

APC was bent on

allowing only delegates

that are loyal to the

incumbent governor,

Yahaya Bello, to

participate in the

planned indirect primary

election with a view to

ensuring that he secured

a return ticket for the

gubernatorial election

that is billed for

November 16.

The plaintiffs told the

court that they are the

authentic members of the

Executive Committee of

the APC in Kogi State,

having emerged through

a congress they said was

conducted in 2018.

They claimed that in a

bid to perpetuate himself

in office, the governor,

raised parallel EXCOs

that are loyal to him to

dislodge them.

According to the

plaintiffs, the issue

which became a subject

of litigation before the

high court, was assigned

to Justice Okon Abang

who adjourned the

matter till October 2.

Aladedoye told the

court that despite the

pendency of the matter,

the APC NWC met and

agreed to adopt the

indirect mode of primary

he said was skewed to

shut out his clients to

allow only those that will

vote for governor Bello to


The plaintiffs’ lawyer

told the court that though

APC’s constitution

stipulated three modes

of primary- Direct,

Indirect and Consensushe

said the party had at

the time it nominated

President Muhammadu

Buhari for the 2019

presidential election,

adopted the direct mode.

Lar seeks empowerment for

more women, youths in Plateau

By Marie-Therese


J representing


Langtang North/

Langtang South federal

constituency in the

National Assembly, Beni

Lar, has said the fight

against poverty among

women and youths

should be intensified,

declaring that

overcoming poverty

among these groups is

critical for the economic

survival of Nigeria.

Lar, a fourth term

Representative equally

challenged the women

and youths to shun

drugs, drunkenness,

prostitution, armed

robbery and other social

vices including political

thuggery and channel

their energies towards

productive ventures to

add value to themselves

and the society.

She spoke yesterday in

Langtang while declaring

open a two- week skills

acquisition training for

women and youths on

waste to wealth

management, production

of cosmetics among


Represented by the

Chairman of Langtang

North Local Government

Area, Joshua Ubandoma,

she lamented that poverty

and unemployment had

been the bane of

underdevelopment in the

state, stressing, “The

fight against poverty is

crucial to our survival and

Small and Medium Scale

Enterprises (SMSE) is the


Again, students picket DSTV,

StanbicIBTC Bank, over

xenophobic attacks in S/Africa

By Elizabeth

Adegbesan & Juliet


GGRIEVED students

Aagain, yesterday, shut

the Yola branch offices of

DSTv, Stanbic Bank and

others over xenophobic

attacks against Nigerians

in South Africa.

The students, who started

the picketing of South

African businesses in

Adamawa State, said the

picketing would be

extended to MTN offices


Very early in the morning,

the students first visited the

DSTv office on Bank Road

and then matched over to


Gunmen attack council chairman,

injure 2 police officers in Taraba

By Femi Bolaji


on Wednesday evening,

attacked a police patrol

vehicle along Wukari-Takum

road, leaving two police

officers with gunshot


Chairman of Takum Local

Government Area of Taraba

State, Shiban Tikari, who

was also in the patrol vehicle,

however, escaped unhurt.

Tikari, who spoke on the

attack, said the incident

happened around Kofa-

Ahmadu village.

He explained that he was

the Aliyu Mustapha Way

where Stanbic Bank is


During the protest, they

displayed placards of

various inscriptions, such

as y ‘We say no to

xenophobia,’ ‘Why kill our

citizens and loot their

properties?’ ‘Enough of

spiral silence,’ ‘Nigerian

students can no longer

keep quiet while South

Africans kill Nigerians,’

among others.

At the Stanbic Bank,

spokesman of the students,

Danladi Jonah, who said

the bank branch would

remain shut throughout

and yesterday as directed

by their National Leader.

on his way from Wukari

where he met with other

chairmen in the southern

zone, to condole the

Chairman of Donga over

the demise of Gara Donga.

According to him: “The

arrangement was for us to

meet in Rafinkada, so that

we can all go to Donga to

visit our colleague, who

recently lost the fi rst class

chief of the area. But on

reaching the place, I

discovered my fellow

chairmen were not there. So

I decided to call and I was

asked to proceed to Wukari

for the convergence."





14 — Vanguard, FRISDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

Prepare for flood disaster in

Lagos, others, NEMA warns

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By Daud Olatunji


National Emergency

Management Agency,

NEMA, yesterday, warned

residents to be prepared for

flood disasters in Lagos and

other neighbouring states.

NEMA had warned

that there will be more

flooding in the coming


The Public Relations

Officer of the agency,

Ibrahim Farinloye, who

said this at the 2019 NEMA

staff retreat held in

Abeokuta, warned that

Nigerians should expect a

high volume of rainfall by

next month.

Farinloye said: “Research

has shown that Nigeria

would record more flood

disaster this year in Lagos

and other neighbouring

states following the

alleged refusal of the state

governments to expand

drainages both in the rural

DPR seals 15 filling stations in

Osogbo for cheating customers

By Shina Abubakar


filling stations

and two gas plant were

yesterday, sealed by the

Department of

Petroleum Resources,

DPR, for underdispensing

products to



DPR’s Operations

Controller, Osogbo,

Mr. Ademola Makinde,

disclosed this while

speaking with

journalists after the

department’s routine

surveillance on filling

and gas plants.

He added that the

affected filling stations

were locked for noncompliance

with global

best practices.

Makinde said the

surveillance was part of

the core mandate of DPR

and urban areas.

“There is a need to

expand the drainages. Go

to Lagos and other

neighbouring states, you

will see that the drainages

have been filled up with

refuse and other waste,

therefore, when it rains,

there is no how we won’t

record flood disaster.

“The State and Local

Governments are

responsible for expanding

the drainages, that is why

the Director-General had

sent letters to all of them,

calling their attention to it

which they all showed


“However, we should be

expecting more rains this

year, parents should be

very careful with their

children. When you see

that it is about rain, do not

allow children to go

anywhere for that period.

Motorists should also

drive carefully while

plying the roads.”

to ensure that the masses

were not shortchanged

by the petroleum


Makinde, who noted

that 29 filling stations

were visited during the

surveillance, said the

sealed filling and gas

stations were underdispensing


operating without a

valid licence.

He said: “Today, we

visited 29 filling stations,

15 were sealed for


operating without a

valid licence and seven

were not in use.

“Additionally, two gas

plants were sealed for

offences varying from

operating without a

valid license, installation

and upgrade and noncompliance

to safety


Election observer alleges

threat to life

LAGOS—AN election

observer, under the

auspices of Human

Rights Defenders,

Francis Akhezemobo has

alleged that some

unknown persons have

been threatening to kill

his family over his role

during the 2019 general


Akhezemobo, who

alongside other

observers monitored the

February 16 and March

9 elections in some parts

of Lagos State, said the

trouble started after he

posted the results of

some polling units as

displayed in the centres

on a social media


He said months after

the election, he kept

getting threatening calls

from an unknown

person and had since

lodged a complaint

before the police over

the development but the

situation had remained

the same.

The Lagos State Police

Public Relations Officer,

DSP Bala Elkana, could

not be reached for his

reaction as he did not

pick up calls as at the

time of filing this report.

Declare security emergency in Nigeria,

Soyinka tells Buhari

By Dayo Johnson


Laureate, Professor

Wole Soyinka, yesterday,

called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

declare a state of emergency

as a way to addressing the

security challenges in the


Soyinka pointedly

described insecurity

generally in the country as


He said this in Akure

while speaking with

newsmen at the Fagunwa

Study Group 2nd

International Conference

with the theme: Wole

Soyinka, D O Fagunwa and

the Yoruba Artistic Heritage.

He decried the killings,

kidnapping and all manner

of criminality that had taken

the front burner in the


He said: “As regards the

insecurity in the Southwest,

there is an emergency.

“There should be a

declaration of security

emergency throughout the

land and measures taken


“There are many

directions of security lapses,

you know it here especially

in Ondo State, it is a

calamity throughout the

nation. There is an


Also expressing worry on

the state of the nation and

the security challenges,

Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu said: “Today

murder, be it in form of

pogrom, carnage or

infanticide or ethnic

cleansing, sectarian

occupation, is poking

realities into our eyes.”

He said: “But we can rise

and we are going to rise out

of the rubble. I believe

meetings and chat

opportunities like these,

apart from being a big

canvas for cultural studies,

is also an opportunity to

deepen critical thinking,

evolve a knowledge-based

strategic problem-solving

skills and accentuate a clear

direction for human


“We cannot do less

because our challenges are

enormous, the grounds are

slippery and the clock ticks

by each second. We believe

in your gathering and our

hope rests in the

applications of your

conclusions to the process

of education and

intellectual armament of

our people.

“A nation without a

perfect understanding of its

nationhood is a rudderless

ship that is bound to


“This is the reason

successful nations’

intellectuals continue to

embark on archaeological

excursions into cultures

and traditions to distill the

society and bring out its

best at all times.

Alleged plot to overthrow Buhari: We won’t

dignify CNG with a response — AFENIFERE

By Dapo Akinrefon


A G O S —


allegations by the Coalition

of Northern Groups, CNG,

that the South West was

conspiring to overthrow

President Muhammadu

Buhari’s government

through a revolution, the

pan-Yoruba socio-political

orgnisation, Afenifere,

flayed the allegations.

The CNG had described

the protest as an

international conspiracy

supported by South-

Westerners to destabilize

the country and overthrow

President Buhari despite

being the “greatest

beneficiary” of the same


Consequently, the

northern coalition called for

an end to all alliances with

“For all that we know,

humanity is passing

through some of its trying

periods. Globally, the

definition of peace,

progress, liberty and

prosperity is interrogating

the best of our civilisation


“From the leadership

crisis which torments the

sanest of public

organisations to the fearful

response of a traumatised

followership, the narrative

is clear: we must check and

recheck the path on which

we tread.

“I believe our own

experience as a nation has

proven to be an atlas of

ideas; a body of knowledge

that can only improve upon

itself when its

contradictions are

processed and


“For example, for so long

that our country has

the South-West.

Reacting to the allegations,

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin said: “We

won’t dignify these ruffians

with a response.”

CNG not making sense

— Osuntokun

Also reacting, Mr. Akin

Osuntokun, Political Adviser

to former President

Olusegun Obasanjo said

CNG’s allegation was a

“bad case and display of

abject political neurosis.”

Osuntokun said: “It is

quite difficult to make any

sense of what they are

saying. In what way or

manner is the South West

conspiring to overthrow

Buhari? This is a very bad

case and display of abject

political neurosis. The only

sense it makes is that the

VISIT: From left,

Oyo State

Governor, Mr

Seyi Makinde;

Head Emergency


Center, Nigeria



(NCC), Mr


Ibrahim and

South-West Zonal

Director during

the NCC


team courtesy




Office, Ibadan.

....Ethnicism, tribalism, corruption,

slowing down our pace — ONDO GOV

existed, the ambition of

peace, progress and

prosperity it promised to

achieve is also the greatest

challenge it struggles with

every day.”

Akeredolu, however,

warned that ethnicism,

tribalism, corruption,

political and economic

ownership of the nation has

slow down the country’s

pace of self-realisation.

The governor said:

“However, my concern is

that this need not be. It

shouldn’t be, because

the key issues of

solutions are clear and

are before our own very

eyes. In our quest as a

nation, we allow


contestations on

ethnicism, tribalism,

corruption, political and

economic ownership of the

nation to slow down our

pace of self-realisation.''

allegation is a code or

intended to serve an

ulterior agenda.'

''It is delinked from any

rational accounting. It is

similarly delinked from the

other half of the story which

is better evidence of

antipathy towards Buhari

than a fictive South West


“The Buhari Presidency

is self- destructive enough

and hardly requires any

subversive conspiracy to

get to its self-chosen

destination of implosion.

The trending elevation of

consumption politics,

sharing of booty and

nepotism, to the status of

the directive principle of

government (of which this

allegation is typical) is

quite sickening and will

sooner prove the ruin of

this government.”





Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—15

:Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058

Protest in Aba, as soldier

kills okadaman over N100

By Ugochukwu Alaribe

COMMERCIAL motorcycle

riders, (okadamen),

yesterday, took to the streets of

Ogbor Hill, Aba, Abia State,

protesting the killing of their

colleague, Chimaobi Nwaogu, by

a soldier for allegedly refusing to

part with N100 bribe at a military


Sources told Vanguard that the

motorcycle riders, who paid a

condolence visit to the slain

member’s family at Umuokere-

Ngwa community, Obingwa Local

Government Area, Abia State,

called on the military authorities

to unravel the soldier behind the

act to serve as a deterrent to

others. They further called on the

military and the government to

come to the aid of his family.

Eyewitnesses said the soldier

had trailed the late Chimaobi as

he rode past the checkpoint and

shot him dead at his village, then


An eyewitness told Vanguard:

“We saw a soldier on a motorcycle

pursuing Chimaobi. We were

wondering what may have

happened, then the soldier shot

him and he fell off his motorcycle.

The soldier then fled.

“It is painful that life has become

so cheap that a soldier can just

kill without cause. Now,

Chimaobi’s wife is heavily

pregnant and may soon put to

bed. He left three children

behind. Who is going to take care

of them?”

The situation caused panic in

the area as youths of the

community set the military

checkpoint on fire, even as the

soldiers watched without fighting

back. The youths took the corpse

to Opobo Junction, Ogbor Hill,

Aba, where they also set fire to

the Police checkpoint and a patrol


Policemen fired tear gas to

disperse the protesting youths as

they erected barricade along

Ehere, Umuola and Ukaegbu

roads, parading the corpse. The

Police were later joined by a

convoy of military vans who

arrested some of the youths.

Efforts to get the reaction of the

Assistant Director, Army Public

Relations, 14 Brigade, Ohafia,

Major Kadiri Aliu, was not

successful as he did not take calls

to his mobile phone. He also failed

to respond to a message to his

mobile number.

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

NNEWI—THE Indigenous

People of Biafra, IPOB,

yesterday, alleged that since the

rejection of RUGA, and National

Life Stock Programmes, NLSP, by

the people of South-East, the All

Progressives Congress, APC-led

Federal Government of President

Muhammadu Buhari has been

supporting unprovoked attacks

and killings in the region.

IPOB, in a statement by its

Media and Publicity Secretary,

Emma Powerful, said the APCled

government is “using the

military to do the dirty job against

the people of the South-East and

Biafra in general.”

From left— Majority Leader, state House of Assembly/Obingwa East, Mr. Solomon

Akpulonu; Transition Committee Chairman, Obingwa LGA, Chief Chidiebere Ihenyeremadu;

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Commissioner of Police, Mr. Etim Okon, all of Abia State,

during the governor's visit to the widow, children and mother(left) of slain okadaman,

Chimaobi Nwaogu in Umuokere-Ngwa, Obingwa LGA, of the state.

Govt takes over

family’s welfare

Meanwhile, Governor Okezie

Ikpeazu of Abia State, yesterday,

visited the family of the slain

okadaman, announcing that the

state government will take care

of them, noting that the killersoldier

along with two of his other

colleagues have been arrested.

The governor said: “This is one

killing we will not allow to be

IPOB said the Army stationed

across Biafranland, including at

checkpoints along Aba/Ikot-

Ekpene highway, have been

harassing, intimidating and

killing people.

According to IPOB, “the

unprovoked attacks and

unnecessary killings of Biafrans

by the Federal Government

through the Army in Biafranland

have taken another gruesome

dimension since the emphatic

rejection of RUGA settlements

and National Life Stock

Programmes, NLSP, by Biafrans.

“The terrorists-soldiers

stationed accross Biafranland,

particularly the ones at the

checkpoints along Aba/Ikot-

Obi congratulates Ukeh, Iheanacho, others

THE vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi,

has congratulated Mr. Onuoha Ukeh on his appointment as Managing Director

of the Sun Newspapers.

Obi said he was elated by the appointment, describing it as an avenue through

which the owners of the publication has continued to teach Nigerians, other managers

of men as well as those desirous of governing the state, that merit and

qualification must always count for any organisation or country to move forward.

Describing Ukeh as a “consummate newspaper man,” Obi said he was hopeful

that he would keep the sun shining.

Describing the new Editor, Mr. Iheanacho Nwosu, as a lesson in consistency, he

said their combination would sustain the glory of Sun.

Obi also congratulated others that were elevated to different positions, while paying

glowing tributes to the outgoing Managing Director, Mr. Eric Osagie, for introducing

changes that made the Sun to remain a big player in the industry throughout his

tenure. Obi said from the leadership he provided at the Sun, he had proved his

mettle in leadership and management.

swept under the carpet. Such

incidents must stop in Abia. I

therefore, urge the youths of

Obingwa and, indeed, every area

in Abia State, to remain calm,

peaceful and go about their

normal businesses, while we deal

with the situation according to the

laws of the land. Be assured that

justice will be served.”

On the governor’s entourage

were Commissioner for

Information, Chief John Kalu;

Commissioner of Police, Mr. Etim

Okon; Police Area Commander

for Aba, ACP Peter Opara;

Majority Leader of the state

House of Assembly, Solomon

Akpulonu, among others.

... as IPOB says FG supports killing

in South-East over rejection of RUGA

Ekpene Highway, have once

again recorded another death of

a Biafran youth, who is a

commercial motorcyclist, over his

refusal to give them N100 bribe.

“This is another senseless

checkpoint murder by northern

security operatives masquerading

as soldiers in Biafraland.

“As if the killing by the soldiers

at Aba/Ikot-Ekpene Highway

was not enough, in their usual

nonchalant way, they have also

killed another person, Mr.

Chimaobi Nwogu, at a

checkpoint at Obingwa, Abia

State, who is incidentally another

commercial motorcycle operator

over his refusal to part with bribe

of N100.“We wish to reiterate

that these


killings are too

many and must

have attendant


Abia govt orders

Aba market

leaders to refund


collected from


By Ugochukwu



government has ordered

the leadership of the Traders

Association at the Ekeoha

Shopping Centre, Aba, to

refund illegal levies collected

from traders at the market.

Vanguard gathered that the

market leaders had collected

sums ranging from N100,000

to N150,000 per shop from the

traders in the guise of

constructing a flower pot,

access road and other projects

in the market.

In a statement by the Chief

Press Secretary to the

governor, Mr. Onyebuchi

Ememanka, the state

government explained that the

only levy approved by the

government across the

markets in the state is N18,000,

which covers ASEPA, ABSAA,

Stallage, Fire Service

Operations, PPIDF, personal

income tax and business


Describing the collection as

a “brazen display of illegality

and impunity” by the

leadership of the traders

association, who issued

demand notices with

deadlines for payment, the

statement explained that the

N18,000 levy is payable only

once in a year.

16—Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019


left— Head,

Marketing & Strategy,

Berger Paints Nigeria

Plc., Dominic Oladeji;

Business Partner,

Berger Paints Nigeria

Plc., Samuel Ajose;

Chairman, Berger

Paints Nigeria Plc.,

Abi Ayida and

Managing Director,

Berger Paints Nigeria

Plc., Anjan Sircar,

during the opening of

Berger Colour World

in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Photo;Akeem Salau








By Rotimi Agbana


A G O S —


Company, Intelia, has

partnered with Nasdaq

Governance Solutions, a

business of Nasdaq, Inc. to

provide its clients with access to

Nasdaq Boardvantage, an awardwinning

board portal and

collaboration software solution.

Nasdaq Boardvantage has

been designed with an intuitive

interface and multiple layers of

security to help board members

and leadership teams with

options to elevate their

governance and easily access

meeting information.

“Intelia is very excited to begin

this partnership with Nasdaq,

and we consider it an opportunity

to empower companies in Nigeria

and Ghana with the technology

needed to elevate their corporate

governance. As a technology

company, we are thrilled about

the robustness, scalability, and

security-first provisions of Nasdaq

Boardvantage, which companies

of varying sizes need to compete

at the highest level”, said Udoka

Uzoka, Founder and CEO of


Nasdaq Boardvantage allows

directors to manage their board,

committee, and meeting materials

efficiently across desktop, tablet

and smartphone applications.

Key features for board-level users

include approving initiatives, e-

signing agreements, participating

in meetings remotely, and in-app

messaging and annotation


“We are pleased to bring our

next generation governance

technology to companies in

Nigeria and Ghana through our

partnership with Intelia.

Forward-thinking executives and

governance professionals in the

region are seeking new ways to

elevate their corporate

governance practices. We are

proud to support that growth

through our easy-to-use

technology with innovative

security features”, said Mike

Bartels, Vice President, Nasdaq

Governance Solutions.

Salesforce to buy Israel’s

ClickSoftware for $1.35 billion


.S. cloud-based service provider Salesforce

(CRM.N) agreed to buy U.S.-Israeli software

developer ClickSoftware for $1.35 billion in cash and shares,

in a bid to accelerate growth of its cloud-based products to

manage customer service operations.

The deal comes a week after Salesforce completed its

more than $15 billion purchase of data analytics firm Tableau.

The deal came about after the two companies worked

together for three years, said Elad Donsky, vice president

of engineering at Salesforce Israel.

ClickSoftware makes cloud-based field service

management software - which tracks and manages

technicians and employees who work outside office locations

- for customers like Bosch, Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson.

U.S. labour market strong;

second-quarter GDP growth

expected to be revised down

The number of Americans filing applications for

unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week,

suggesting the labor market remains strong even as the

economy is slowing.

The jobless claims report from the Labor Department on

Thursday, however, does not fully account for the impact of

the recent escalation in the bitter trade war between the

United States and China, which has led to an inversion of

the U.S. Treasury yield curve and raised the risk of a


Worries about the trade war’s effect on the economic

expansion, the longest on record, prompted the Federal

Reserve to cut interest rates last week for the first time since


Financial markets have fully priced in another rate cut

next month. Expectations for a 50-basis-point cut at the

Fed’s Sept. 17-18 policy meeting have also risen.

“Initial claims have been sending a reasonably upbeat

message about conditions in the labor market,” said Daniel

Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York. “Today’s

report likely doesn’t contain much information about the

period since the recent escalations in trade tensions.”

Glencore Zambian unit closes

two mine shafts; opposition sees

1,400 job cuts

Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia has

closed two shafts at its Nkana mine, the company

said on Thursday, a move that an opposition leader said had

led to 1,400 job losses.

A Mopani spokesman would not specify the number of

workers affected, saying they were not employees of the


“The closure of the two uneconomic shafts was always

part of our plans,” Mopani said in a statement, adding that

the move would allow it to channel funds towards the

completion of other expansion projects.

Mopani said it had served notices of non-renewal of all

contracts for development support services at the Mindola

north and central shafts.

The president of the opposition Democratic Party, Harry

Kalaba, said 1,400 mine contractors from the two shafts had

been sent home on Thursday when they reported for work.

“It is unfair to subject our people to job losses when the

economy is tough and people are suffering,” Kalaba said.

Ventures Platform to help grow

Nigerian businesses

Ventures Platform has vowed to support innovators

and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in order to unlock

the potential of underserved sectors of the Nigerian


Speaking at the Start up Nigeria 2019 Demo Day in

Abuja, Director of Programme, Ventures Platform, Adaeze

Sokan, explained that entrepreneurs are the potential

builders of the Nigerian economy and would continue

to support them in order to enable them create economic

prosperity. She said, “The objective for us is to really raise

successful entrepreneur. We believe that entrepreneurs

are the ones to build Nigeria’s future, build African future.

When you support entrepreneurs by providing the

finances, by providing the infrastructure, internet, work

space, the mentoring, they can do magic. And by magic I

mean they can create real economic prosperity for Nigeria

and Africa.

“Record shows that most Nigerians live on less than

one dollar per day. We believe we can raise entrepreneurs

that can get people to live on nothing less than 300 dollars

a day. And that for us is true economic prosperity; because

their business is to create jobs and when people can earn

a decent living everybody is economically prosperous.”

Some stories credited to Reuters





Vanguard, FRISDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—17

18—Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

THE Governor of Borno State,

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, was

recently at the headquarters of the

Nigerian Customs Service, Abuja, to

solicit assistance for the millions of internally-displaced

persons, IDPs, and

other embattled citizens in the State and

the North East needing urgent food


natural abodes by forces beyond their

Accompanied by his immediate control. pThe insurgency, combined

predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima, with the drastic effects of climate

Zulum alerted Nigerians and the change has produced over 2.4 million

international community to the urgent displaced persons. Some of them who

humanitarian (especially food) needs have been restored to their

of the state shellacked for the past ten reconstructed communities cannot

years by Boko Haram Islamist engage in safe farming because of the


incessant raids and ambushes by Boko

The Nigerian Customs is one of the Haram terrorists who also prey on the

Federal agencies which regularly confiscates

people for their own food supply.

prohibited items such as food-

Currently, more than 150,000

stuff from smugglers. Instead of these Nigerians of Borno extraction are

being destroyed or auctioned off or taking refuge in Niger Republic, Chad

even stolen, they can come in very and Cameroon. According to the

handy in helping feed the millions of international Emergency Food Security

starving Nigerians displaced from their Assessment, EFSA, published in April

Gov Zulum’s SOS for starving IDPs

2019, severe food insecurity was

reported “highest” in northern and

central parts of Borno State where

Boko Haram resurgence, climate

change and returnees from IDP camps

necessitated Governor Zulum’s cry for


According to the report: “Food

security remains driven by incidences

of hostilities as well as communal

conflicts between farmers and herders,

limited access to farming and grazing

land, including livelihood opportunities,

stretched communal resources due

to increased dependency by IDPs and

returnees, extended dry spells and high

food prices”.

In every war situation, the issue of

food supply and management is always

very central. There is often the need to

ensure enough food gets to the troops

and the civilian population while the

supply lines of the enemies are cut off.

We call on relevant government

agencies to combine efforts with the

numerous international charities active

in the North East to reduce starvation

among the populace. The Federal

Government must remove politics from

the anti-Boko Haram war and focus

more efforts at improving the

effectiveness of governance in areas

liberated from the insurgents.

It is only when such communities live

in a stable and safe atmosphere that

they can begin to support themselves

and, ultimately, the war effort. We

thank the Comptroller General of

Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, for

his eagerness to start the immediate

release of food supply to those in need.

All hands must be on deck.


The omens are here again, but are we heeding the augurs?

By Banji Ojewale

IN William Shakespeare’s eponymous

book, Julius Caesar, the main character is

warned of fast-approaching personal danger.

First, the caution comes from a soothsayer:

“Beware the ides of March.” That’s the exact

date Julius Caesar will be assassinated. The

Roman dictator ignores the warning. Later,

his wife, Calpurnia, also dreams her lord will

be killed on the same day the seer mentions.

She begs him not to honour a Senate invitation

fixed for the ides of March as death awaits him

at the hands of the Roman nobles.

So the great Caesar sends for the augurs to

look into the future. Will he indeed be mowed

down on that day? Ahhh…the entrails of

tomorrow are ominous. The military genius is

defiant, insisting he will meet the senators. Why

would a world-famous conqueror give in to

superstitions and fear of death? He declares:

“Cowards die many times before their deaths,

the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all

the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to

me most strange that men should fear; seeing

that death, a necessary end, will come when it

will come.”

Julius Caesar overlooks the omens and their

interpretation by the augurs. He discards the

pleas of his wife too. So he goes to the Senate,

where he is slain. The augury and omens have

not been manufacturing their predictions after

all! Nigeria is having her own signs at the

moment. And we are not denied the augurs

and seers and soothsayers, either. Over the

years, we’ve not been short of them, both

ominous times and faithful watchers who

would not be niggardly with timely

interventions and warning. The concern is that

we always replay Julius Caesar. And doom

foretold crashes on us mercilessly.

This year marks a decade since Boko

Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf’s was

killed extrajudicially while in the custody of

security personnel. Scores of his followers were

similarly killed. It all happened when the sect

was on a funeral procession to bury their dead.

They were alleged to have been ambushed by

heavily armed state actors who shot dead

hundreds of them.

The massacre was captured on video that

went viral. Members of the group vowed to

revenge. They have fulfilled their oath in

thousands of deaths, maiming, disruption of

socio-economic order, destruction of prized

property and infrastructure including schools,

marketplaces, industries and health centres,

kidnapping and several more irreparable

losses that defy monetary assessment. But at

the time the sect was grieving and wanted

rectitude for its innocent dead, the authorities

rejected concerned citizens’ calls to probe the

murders and punish culpable government

agents. We didn’t act, bringing us to where we

are now. In Nigeria, we don’t believe a stitch in

time can save nine.

The omens are here again on the shaky Shiite

showdown with government over the detention

of the leader of the Islamic Movement of

Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife.

Periodically, their followers troop out in Abuja

and Kaduna to demand that government

honours court orders to release their leader

and his spouse. Many lives are lost when they

protest, accompanied by vandalism of

property and shut down of businesses.

Government insists it is holding the Shiite cleric

in the overriding interest of the public. Its

position contradicts a Federal High Court’s

ruling that has freed him on bail.

But the central government has often

claimed that it will trample on court judgments

and people’s fundamental human rights if they

stand in the way of ‘national interest’. Both

sides have refused to give in over the years

since the capture of el-Zakzaky in 2015.

Finally, the government wielded the big stick:

it proscribed IMN and branded it a ‘terrorist’

group. In Kaduna, home state of the sect, the

movement had long been declared an illegal


Our augurs gazing into the future are

warning that the proscription would drive the

martyrdom-seeking Shiites underground to

continue their agitation for the release of their

leaders in the shadows. Can our fragile security

forces, crumbling under the burden of Boko

Haram attacks, be further stretched thin to

cope with another front of unconventional

conflict? Can a beleaguered populace rocked

by devastating insecurity at the hands of armed

robbers, bandits, kidnappers, religious

fanatics, community urchins, unemployed

The sages are warning again;

government must cease

talking and listening to itself

so it can hear when someone

in the crowd issues the legend,

beware the ides of March

youth resorting to new schemes of criminality

stand the entry of a new wave of assaults? Can’t

we employ more of the carrot to tame the

Shiites instead of spoiling for a fight at a time

we need more peace and building of bridges

to create an atmosphere of development?

The seers watching what is going on say they

have been to the future. They say they have

seen only danger, darkness, death, defeat, decay,

despair and destruction. They don’t want us to

walk into a fatal future waiting to consume us

as Julius Caesar did when he ignored the

counsel of those with foresight: beware the ides

of March.

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Recently, ex-head of state, Abdulsalami

Abubakar and other nationalists who had

peeped into tomorrow said we must move fast

to avert its arrival. The former military ruler

said: “There is anger in the land and voices of

reason are drowning very rapidly. It is clear

that the situation requires that we all live up to

the expectations of a nation that puts so much

value on elders.”

In the 80s, Obafemi Awolowo was one such

elder who saw beyond his day. Nigeria was

drifting under the ruling National Party of

Nigeria, NPN. Sage Awolowo warned

President Shehu Shagari that we were heading

for a shipwreck, that big icebergs were waiting

for us. He didn’t listen and allowed hawks in

his administration to run circles round him.

Shagari sent emissaries to the UK to declaim

the stand of Awolowo before the international

media. That didn’t stop the course of the vessel.

A military coup toppled Shagari a few years

after Awolowo’s notification of advancing

jeopardy.Was that all? The successive military

juntas battled with the debris of economic

enervation they met on the ground. Thereafter,

there were several palace coups and attempted

ones, all signs of the indiscipline and avarice

of our military.

Finally, one of the martial rulers said he had

tried everything in the books with no results.

They failed to rescue Nigeria. Bereft of ideas,

one of them opted for what he called Structural

Adjustment Programme, SAP. It was the future

Awolowo foresaw. Nigeria needlessly

experienced it because we failed to heed his


Today, there are congruous conditions some

three decades after. The sages are warning

again. Government must cease talking and

listening to itself so it can hear when someone

in the crowd issues the legend, beware the

ides of March.

•Ojewale, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Lagos

NCC crashes telcos’ USSD charge

to N4.89k per session

….As MTN posts strong half year financial report

By Prince Osuagwu, Hi-Tech


The Nigerian Communications

Commission (NCC)

has issued an order to all telcos

to bring down their Unstructured

Supplementary Service Data

(USSD) services to not more than

N4.89k per session.

The charges used to be from

about N52.50k particularly if the

user is making mobile money

transfer from one bank to the


The Commission said the order

was necessary, to save

subscribers from the often high

and arbitrary charges on mobile

financial services.

The regulatory document titled

“Determination of USSD Pricing

which is binding on all Mobile

Network Operators (MNOs),”

seeks a departure from the usual

practice involving a negotiation

between telcos and financial

services providers in determining

what the consumers pay for

mobile USSD transactions.

The NCC, however, said it

waded into the matter to exercise

its right of issuing orders on how

digital financial services should

be done in the country. The

Commission aims at issuing new

guidelines for licensing finance

and getting more Nigerians into

the government’s financial

inclusion plans.

The NCC explained the reason

for the order, stating that other

financial services by the network

providers were often high and

arbitrary. The regulator also

expressed belief that banks and

licensed mobile financial services

providers would comply with this

new instruction.

Director Public Affairs of the

NCC, Mr Henry Nkemadu, told

Vanguard that the order is part














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342.3327 342.8922 343.4518

313.3579 313.8701 314.3823

2.8864 2.8911 2.8958

0.5032 0.5132 0.5232

419.9517 420.6381 421.3245

43.4076 43.479 43.5504

81.5472 81.6805 81.8138

420.6431 421.3306 422.0182

45.8641 45.9391 46.0141

20.1643 20.1972 20.2302

CBN Exchange rate as at 08/08/2019

of the new price caps which will

take effect in September. The

commission also expected that

other players in the digital finance

ecosystem, such as banks and

licensed mobile financial services

providers would also show

transparency and ensure that their

charges reflect their true cost


MTN Report

Meanwhile, in another

development, the MTN Group,

yesterday announced what it

described as encouraging set of

results for the six months ended 30

June 2019 considering difficult

trading conditions across its major


The company recorded 12%

increase in adjusted headline

earnings per share, which is the

first time it had delivered growth

of that magnitude in recent years.

It also recorded a strong

subscriber growth of 7.7 million

in the first six months of the year

reaching a total of 240 million

subscribers, while active data

users grew by 3.5 million to 82

million and its 30-day active

Mobile Money users grew by 2.4

million to 30 million.

The company’s Group Chief

Executive Officer, Rob Shutter

said: “During the period we had

some landmark events. We

successfully completed the

listing of MTN Nigeria on the

Nigerian Stock Exchange and

our e-commerce joint venture

Jumia listed on the New York

Stock Exchange. Within three

months of announcing our asset

realisation programme, which is

targeting at least R15 billion over

the next few years, we delivered

R2,1 billion in proceeds.”

He also said that in areas such

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as operating environment, the

group contended with a weak

macroeconomic environment in

South Africa as well as the

introduction of new end-user

requirements and the re-pricing of

out-of-bundle data rates, while

economic activity was muted, in

Nigeria, in the time of presidential

elections and prior to the formation

of the cabinet

Looking ahead, Shuter said MTN

is well positioned to grow by

leveraging our scale and enhancing

our competitive position.

MTN will focus on the continued

turnaround of the enterprise

business, the recovery of prepaid

and the launch of Mobile Money,

in South Africa, while in In Nigeria,

will continue further rollout of 4G

coverage, the launch of Ayoba and

Music Time! as well as accelerating

its fintech ambitions by fully

leveraging on extensive distribution

network to offer a range of transfer

and payment services to our GSM

customer base.

From left, Star Prize winner, Ayankale Oluwaseun from Lekki, Lagos; Independent

Non-Executive Director, Dangote Cement, Dorothy Ufot, SAN; Marketing Director,

Dangote Cement; Funmi Sanni; Winner of Tricycle, Azeez Olawale Sulaimon from

Lekki Lagos and National Sales Director, Dangote Cement, Adeyemi Fajobi; at the

presentation of the star prize to a winner in Lagos State in the “ Bag of Goodies”

Dangote Cement promotion.

N5trn debt: United Capital denies owing


By Peter Egwuatu

The United Capital

Trustees Limited

(UTCL) has challenged

its inclusion amongst top

institutions and

individuals owing the

Asset Management

Corporation of Nigeria


Head, Corporate

Communications of the

company, Efeturi

Doghudje, in a

statement, claimed that it

had never owed

AMCON any money.

AMCON had in a

letter dated Wednesday,

July 31, 2019, released the list

of its debtors, in which United

Capital (formerly UBA Trustees

Limited) was mentioned to be

among the promoters of

Geometrics Power Limited, one

of the firms that reportedly

owing the Corporation.

Reacting to the list, the

statement said: “UTCL

maintained that the relationship

it has with Geometrics Power

Limited stemmed from a ‘Blind

Trust’ set up by the Chairman of

Geometrics, Prof. Bart O. Nnaji

when he was appointed Federal

Minister of Power by the

previous administration.”

According to UTCL, in order

to avoid conflict of interests in

his duty as a Minister, Nnaji had

appointed the UTCL and Austin

Akpe (representing UCTL) to the

board of Geometrics Power


UTCL explained that the

relationship was only for the

period when Nnaji was Minster

and it ceased immediately he

resigned from the Executive

Cabinet and returned to

Geometrics Power Limited to

resume its management and


The UTCL’s statement read, “The

Chairman on January 29, 2014,

terminated the Blind Trust with

United Capital Trustees Limited

and took full charge of Geometrics

Power Limited but omitted to

regularise or reconstitute the board

by deleting the name of United

Capital Trustees Limited (UTCL)

and Mr Austin Akpe.”


technology will

address poor

forecast, risks

in oil industry

— Seplat

By Udeme Akpan

The Executive Director,

Operations, at Seplat

Petroleum Development Company

Plc, Mr. Effiong Okon, has said the

right adoption of contemporary

technologies like Artificial

Intelligence (AI), big data and

mobile technology will not only

drive planning and forecast in the

Nigerian oil industry, but will help

in addressing like risks associated

with the business.

The Seplat EOD said this at the

43rd Society of Petroleum

Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual

International Conference and

Exhibition held in Lagos recently,

with the theme: Artificial

Intelligence, Big Data and Mobile

Technology: Changing the Future

of the Energy Industry.

In his presentation titled,

Transforming Big Data and

Technology to Business Value:

Challenges and Strategic Options

during a panel session, Okon said

leveraging Cloud computing and

big data, for instance, promotes

accurate forecast of oil production

for planning, which in turn drives

operational excellence (production

optimisation and asset


Onne Customs






By Eguono Odjegba

The Nigerian Customs Service,

NCS, Port Harcourt Area 11

Command, Onne, have arrested

five suspects who allegedly broke

a seized 1x40ft container of drugs

in its custody, and allegedly

attempted to compromise officers

with the sum of one million naira.

The suspects were said to have

loaded the contents of the container

into two vehicles, but were rounded

up while attempting to escape with

the stolen items.

The Customs Area Controller,

Comptroller Aliyu Galadima

Saidu, told Vanguard that a one

million naira, N1m, attempted

bribe money recovered from an

officer who was instructed to play

along the deal have been handed

over to an investigating

committee as exhibit.

The breakdown of the items

arrested with the suspects include

14 cartons made up of 50 packs per

carton, and 49 extra packs of Cols

Time Tablets; 4 cartons of Really

extra Analgesic made up of 22

packets per carton, and 10 extra

packets of Really Extra Analgesic;

2 cartons comprising of 60 packets

per carton of Tramadol Tablets, and

1 carton and 10 packs of Really

Extra-analgesic and antiinflammative


It will be recalled that barely a

month ago, the Apapa Area

Command busted an attempt to

also steal a huge quantity of

Tramadol from a seized container

at the port. Expressing disgust at

this new development, Saidu said:





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Stories by Benjamin Njoku

Rape saga: I will continue to

be resolute, Busola Dakolo


CELEBRITY photographer, and wife of pop

singer, Timi Dakolo, Busola has reiterated

her resolve to fight to the finish following the rape

allegation she levelled against Senior Pastor of the

Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun


Busola made this declaration against the

backdrop of an interview with the UK Guardian,

where she was quoted as saying that she signed

police’s invitation letter to Abuja at gunpoint.

She had accused Biodun Fatoyinbo of raping

her 20 years ago when she was still 16 years old.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Busola

thanked all for the goodwill and best wishes.

According to her, she did not sign a counter

petition or acquiesce to any counter petition.

She wrote: ” The interview with the UK Guardian

was held two weeks ago when the police came to

my house. It is not a new interview.”

“I did not sign a counter petition or acquiesce to

any counter petition. I am very grateful for all those

who have reached out, including from institutions

that are to help us get justice.”

•Busola Dakolo

Aki rebrands, now wears earring!


ave you seen

HChinedu Ikedieze

popularly known as

Aki recently? If you haven't,

then this buzz is for you.

The talented actor has

rebranded himself for

whatever reason, and he's

enjoying it.

He has joined the likes of

IK Ogbonna, Alexx Ekubo,

Mike Ezuruonye, Femi

Adebayo, Jimi Iyke among

other male celebrities in the

country to entice women

with their earrings. Call it

embracing the evolving

trend in fashion and you

may not be wrong after


Ṫhe Abia State-born

actor was spotted at a

Nollywood event last

week in Delta State,

where a dangling

silver hoop earring

was adorning his left

ear. The earring,

however, gave him a

different look, and his

colleagues at the event

agreed that it was cool

on him.

“Our legal and police case continues. This has

not ended by any chance. This is about many

young girls who must know they can get justice

when they speak. I continue to be resolute and

thank you for standing with us.”

•Segun Arinze

Aki, who became popular after starring in the 2002 comedy, “Aki na Ukwa”

alongside his screen brother, Osita Iheme ak.a Pawpaw, looked more hot and

attractive wearing the dangling earring. And while the event lasted, Aki was the

cynosure of attraction as people never stopped talking about his new look. But

for his height, Aki has everything a woman would want in a man.

Indecent video: Tekno in

trouble after Naira Marley's...

Pop singer, Tekno made the headlines during the week after he

was granted bail following a viral video showing him in a

transparent truck dancing seductively with scantily dressed women

along the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge. Lagos.

The indecent video was widely condemned by many Nigerians,

prompting the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence

Department ,DSS, to invite the singer for questioning. The video

clip, which has gone viral on social media, shows some girls in

lingerie dancing around a pole in a truck. Tekno's video saga,

however, was coming months after another singer, Afeez Fashola

polpularly called Naira Marley was arrested by the Economic

and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was arrested

following his statements on social media which glorifies internet

fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys. This time, Tekno is facing

the music for his alleged indecent video.


The singer alongside the girls in the video were at the State Criminal Investigation and

Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Yaba, during the week, where the Lagos state police

command granted him administrative bail on health grounds after he was questioned for

many hours. Though, Tekno has apologized for his action, will the security agents tamper

justice with mercy? Few days back, the singer released a statement on his Instagram page,

tendering apology for his wrong doing. He wrote, “I will like to clear the air about the

situation of videos going round of girls in a truck dancing around Lekki or Victoria Island.”

“First of all, there was no reason for us to be dancing in a Truck around Lekki. There was no

music, no ventilation in the truck. We were shooting a music video, and we had shortage of

vehicles to convey people to the next location, because some of the cars broke down in

between the shoot, which we divided ourselves into various vehicle because we had been

shooting all day and having fun which we then moved to the next location.


MSME AWARD—From left: Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Governor, Kwara State,

presenting the Federal Government's Award of Excellence for Outstanding

MSME Clinics partners to Ayodele Olojede, Head, Emerging Business, and

Obiageli Pat-Ibekwe, Regional Sales Director, Abuja & North West, all of Access

Bank Plc., at the National MSME Awards 2019, held in Abuja.

APPRECIATION AWARD—From left: District Governor, Rotary International

District 9110, Jide Akeredolu; Group MD, Insight Publicis, Dr. Ken Onyeali-

Ikpe; Chairman, District Public Image Committee, Samuel Ayetutu, and

District Trainer, Kennedy Ejakpomewhe, during the presentation of

Appreciation Award to Onyeali-Ikpe at the District's 2019 Public Image

Seminar in Ikeja GRA.

VALEDICTORY SERVICE—From left: Senior Lecturer/PG Co-ordinator, Dept.

of Arts and Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Education, Dr. Olumide

Ige; Chairman, Parents/Teachers Association, Good Shepherd Schools,

Mr. Olarewaju Martins; Vice Chair, Oshodi-Isolo LG, Daisi Oso, and

Director of Operations, Good Shepherd Schools, Dr. Yemisi Oyeyemi, at

the 21st Valedictory Service and Prize-Giving Day of the Schools in Meiran,


FACTORY OPENING—Mr. Walter Peviani, Managing Director, Saipem

Contracting Nigeria Limited (left); Mr. Obinna Eneh, Founder/CEO, Xirea

Apparels (right) and other guests, during the opening of Xirea Apparels

world-class factory at Trans-Amadi in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

INVESTITURE—From left: Evelyn Chukwura, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, Prof

Akeredolu; District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu; President, Rotary Club

of Ogudu GRA, Vivian Ohiaeri; Charter President, Mrs. Onikepo Oshodi;

District Secretary, Rotn Idowu Afelogun, AG Lekan and PP Aliyu Umaru,

during the investiture of Rotarian Vivian Chinyere Ohiaeri as the 13th

President of Rotary Club of Ogudu GRA at L'eola Hotel in Maryland,






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High-end-legal services consumed in

Africa provided by lawyers, firms in

Europe — LawPavilion

By Onozure Dania

NIGERIA’s leading

legal technologies

company, LawPavilion

Business Solutions ltd, has

said that between 70 to 80

percent of high-end legal

services consumed in

Africa, is provided by law

firms and lawyers in

Europe and North

America, leaving Africa to

stager and scramble for the

remaining 20 to 30 percent.

This was disclosed at the

opening of Experience

Centres in Lagos and

Abuja to integrate African

Continental Free

TradeAgreement, ACTA,

dispute settlement

procedure into Solicitors

and Arbitrators’ Toolkit,

held in Lagos.

Speaking at the event,

Managing Director of

LawPavilion Business

Solutions, Mr Opeyemi

Olugasa, said that one of

the difficulties that has

beleaguered the provision

of excellent and efficient

legal services in Africa, is

the inadequacy of the type

of capacity needed to

compete with law firms in

London, New York or Paris.

Olugasa said that the

Experience Centers in

Lagos and Abuse, were to

equip Nigerian and African

lawyers with the cutting -

edge solutions, in order to

compete successfully in the

provision of legal services

in Nigeria and across the


He said that the

company keenly observed

and followed the

decorations on the African

Continental Free Trade

Agreement, AFCFTA,

which has the primary

objective of enhancing

intra-Africa trade, thus

promoting accelerated

economic integration of the

African continent.

Child Rights Act, a weapon to fight child abuse

— Bayelsa FIDA scribe

By Emem Idio

THE Secretary of the


Federation of Female

Lawyers, FIDA, Bayelsa

state branch, Mrs

Ebimietei Ottah, has

underscore the added

advantage of

domesticating the Child

Rights Acts in the state,

stressing that the law has

greatly improved the fight

against society scourges

against children and

minors in the state.

In a chat with Law and

Human Rights, Mrs

Ottah lamented that most

cases prosecution of

offenders of child abuse

particularly defilement

are forced to be

discontinued owing to the

fact that the victim's family

or guardians resort to out

of court settlement with

the perpetrators, stressing

that in such cases, the

justice system is not to be


Her words: “The goal of

FIDA is to protect the

rights of women and

children and in line with

this goal, we are focused

on the protection of

women and children and

the most vulnerable of the

society. We have been

engaged in sensitization

programmes, seminars

and talk shows to

enlightened and educate

people about laws which

prohibit certain actions

towards women and

children, particularly

laws that protect women

and children against all

forms of abuse.

“Child Abuse is the

physical and sexual abuse

or psychological

maltreatment or neglect of

a child. When somebody

engages in any acts of

neglect of care for a child

or does anything that

cause harm to any child,

it can be consider as

abuse. Abuse of the child

comes most times from the

parents, guardians,

caregivers or any other


“There is nothing

wrong with our justice

Olugasa noted that

Nigeria has the potential of

being the biggest

benefactor of AFCFTA, if

well executed and

implemented, as it is the

largest economy in Africa,

with an estimated

population of 200million

people, and AFCFTA, has

significant importance for

Nigeria especially, as

Nigeria became a signatory

of AFCFTA, in July 2019.

He stated that recent

statistics based on 2018

UNCTAD statistics,

revealed that African

countries are parties in

about 101, Investor-State

Dispute, ISD, cases at

international arbitral

tribunals,adding that it was

glaring that a greater

percentage of African

lawyers do not have

enough exposure or

expertise to handle cases at

international arbitral


system in tackling abuse

and defilement of minors.

At FIDA, we have the

responsibility of following

up every case of abuse

that is brought to our

knowledge to ensure that

the matter is deligently

prosecuted and ensure

that justice is gotten.

Aluko & Oyebode Law hosts

Capital Market roundtable

By Innocent Anaba



commercial law firm,

Aluko & Oyebode has

hosted a Capital Market

roundtable discussion,

themed: “Engendering an

Effective Regulatory

Landscape for Competition

Law in Nigeria - Promoting

a Fairer Market,” with 50

stakeholders in the

Nigerian capital market in

attendance, while Mr.

Oscar Onyema, CEO,

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, was keynote speaker.

Ms. Olubunmi Fayokun,

Senior Partner and Head of

the Capital Market Practice,

Aluko & Oyebode, said the

objective of the roundtable

was to discuss frontline

issues and to identify

challenges relating to the

administration of

competition law in Nigeria

and more specifically, the

implementation of the

recently enacted Federal

Competition and

Consumer Protection Act,


Discussions followed a

panel session moderated by

Mrs. Jennifer Martins-

Okundia, Senior Associate,

Aluko & Oyebode and

featured panellists: Mr.

Babatunde Irukera

(Director General, Federal

Competition and

Consumer Protection

Commission), Mr. Mfon

Bassey (Deputy Director,

Securities and Exchange

Commission), Ms. Olusola

Carrena (Head of

Corporate Finance, Stanbic

IBTC Capital), Mr. Daryl

Dingley (Partner, Webber

Wentzel), Mr. Eric Idiahi




Management Limited) and

Mr. Ayodeji Oyetunde

(Partner, Aluko &


Mr. Daryl Dingley,

Partner and Head of

Competition Practice at

foremost South African law

firm, Webber Wentzel, on

the issue of fairness in the

market, said, “You need to

be upfront and also

understand the public

interest consequences of

your transaction. Is it going

to affect suppliers,

employers or a particular

sector of the economy?”

Joining the discussion

were 50 stakeholder

organisations including

venture capital firms, asset

management, securities,

fast-moving consumer





Mr. Onyema, noted in his

keynote address that the NSE

“Believes that promoting

transparent disclosure can help

listed companies access to long

term sustainable capital that will

enable them and the private

sector at large, to effectively play

a key role towards actualising

sustainable development


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Obaseki on the future of child


By Mark Isibor

THE Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin

Obaseki, recently disclosed that his

administration is undertaking a holistic

review of the basic education curriculum in

the state. The governor was speaking on the

occasion of the 2019 Children’s Day

celebration at a Thanksgiving Mass at St

Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City. He stated

that education is a veritable tool for building

social relationships for the attainment of

human progress and national development.

The enlightened governor makes integrity

and authenticity the cornerstone of his

leadership style that inspires respect and

admiration. He believes in a goal that benefits

others and his nation to advance the course of

humanity. His vision is to promote

educational revival and academic excellence

in Edo State and ultimately in Nigeria through

a caring leadership culture based on ethical

and moral values, integrity and selflessness.

The gem of the idea is to inculcate in youths

ethical behaviour in accordance with a

virtuous character and unparalleled sense of

commitment to the task of national

development and morality which is more

concerned with which actions are right or

wrong rather than with the character of the

person who performs these actions.

He stated: “We want to use education to build

a total human being so that at the completion

of Junior Secondary School, a child can know

what he or she wants to be in life and should fit

properly into the society”. Accordingly,

subjects such as Career Development, History,

Guidance and Counselling, Ethics and

Morality are part of the subjects proposed in

the new basic education curriculum in the

state. He observed that: “Over the last 40 years,

education has gone through so much

transformation in the country. What we are

doing in Edo State is to start a reformation

process from the foundation. This is why we

are reforming our education sector to allow

us build the kind of society that we want”.

Knowing that politics is not all about who

gets what, when and how, but also the difference

those in government make to enhance the

welfare of those who they represent, Governor

Obaseki remarked that building a better

Nigeria depends on the kind of children being

groomed for the future. He added: “We must

focus on the children for a better future of our

country. The

Nigerian child

should see him or

herself as part of the

Nigerian society and

contribute to its


Clearly, Governor

O b a s e k i ’ s

educational vision

and initiative are


initiative to



should be


timely given the fact

that Nigeria’s reputation abroad is in tatters,

especially in the USA and the UK due to

corruption. Therefore, we all have a lot to do

and must now set out to defend our values on

the world stage in order to regain our dignity

in the comity of nations. In his homily, the

Assistant Parish Priest of St Paul’s Catholic

Church, Benin City, Rev. Father Felix Isedu,

urged parents against abusing their children

in order not to diminish the child’s confidence.

It should be recalled that in the good old

days, boys were boys, girls were girls, men

were men and women were women; morals

were high, parental upbringing of children

excellent, and manner of dressing was modest.

Today, we live in a decadent society where

many people neither fear God nor respect man

and the sanctity of human life. It is a sad

commentary that things are no longer the

same as the youths, adults and our leaders

have thrown morality to the winds either in

the name of being psychedelic or in an

endeavour to get rich quick by cutting corners.

Alienation and dislocation in the family and

society lead to deviant behaviour and

radicalism. We should treat other people as

ends and not exploit or use them as a means to

achieve our ends even if we do not believe that

our duty to our neighbour is rooted in our

•Governor Godwin Obaseki

belief about the nature of God. However,

evidence in the recent study of atheism and the

cultures of unbelief carried out by the

University of Kent, UK shows that there are

common grounds among the atheist and those

who believe in the existence of God. For

example, both groups believe in life after death

among others. And the Agnostics believe in

the sacredness of human personality. What is

crucial is that “we should do unto others, what

we desire that they do unto us”.

In a book titled Education for Value

published by Foremost Educational Services

Ltd, Lagos, Prof. UMO Ivowi – Former

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational

Research and Development Council, NERDC,

Abuja and his highly distinguished academic

colleagues stated that our problem is not lack

of information about ethics and values in

general, but a complete disorientation in the

value system. They observe that “this manifests

itself not only in the endemic corruption but

also in the newly introduced element of

criminal display with impunity of unethical

behaviour in our public and private lives”.

They emphasised that given the decay in the

system which paved the way for poor value

orientations in society, various kinds of

dysfunctional tendencies reared their ugly

heads, culminating in malpractices apparent

in almost all sectors of the economy including

national politics. In education, examination

malpractices have become rampart and

commonplace; admission to educational

institutions has assumed the status of a

disorganised, disoriented and dishonest

exercise to the extent that learners are prepared

to obtain pass marks for examinations in which

they performed badly, and acquire certificates

for courses they did not study. Sadly,

universities which were once regarded as great

citadels of learning have become aimless

module. The same can be said for contractors

who obtain payments for jobs they did not

perform. Some politicians and legislators

exhibit wanton display of irresponsibility and

lawlessness, pub line idiosyncrasy and

embezzlement of public funds. There is rising

violent crimes such as murder, robbery,

assassination, rape, arson and cultism in our

society. All these are warnings that we are in a


It is in this miasma that Governor Obaseki’s

initiative to moralise education should be

applauded as part of the national strategy to

respond to the abysmal moral decadence

which has become a national malaise. It is

noteworthy to remark that bodies such as

Nigerian Institute for Character Education

and the Otonti Nduka Foundation for Values

and Moral Education are addressing the

situation from the standpoint of orientation

and establishment of structures to promote

commendable moral behaviour in our public

and private lives.

The need for character education lies in the

‘moral crisis’ which pervades modern

societies. This is necessary particularly in

Nigeria as its survival is being threatened by

violent crimes. It is expected that character

education which represents a relationship

between knowledge (general and specialised),

values and skills necessary for success in life

can help people to develop good character

which can ultimately help to build good


To be continued

•Isibor, CEO of Mostvam Limited UK , wrote

from Lagos

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By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—RAPE cases in

volving minors and the recent

rape of a 300 level

student of Adekunle Ajasin

University, Akungba Akoko,

AAUA, in the state by soldiers

had infuriated Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu,

wife of the Ondo

State governor and many other

concerned people in the state.

The student, who is of the Department

of Religious and African

Studies of the institution, was

raped by suspected soldiers at a

checkpoint in Ikare Akoko, in

Akoko North-East council area

of the state last Wednesday

while returning from campus.

The one million protest march

was scheduled for Thursday, August

8 according to the statement

issued by the office of the wife

of the governor.

In fact, a protest was organised

by Mrs Akeredolu register her

displeasure over the menace.

Protest against rape


Reliable sources confided in

Vanguard that pressure from

Army authorities swayed the

mind of the wife of the governor

to jettison the march.

She was said to have been prevailed

upon not to further embarrass

the military by adorning its

uniform to lead a one million

march against rape after some

soldiers are under probe for same

atrocity in the state.

A statement issued earlier in

the week announcing the one million

march stated that the “Wife

of Ondo State Governor, Betty

Anyanwu-Akeredolu will on

Thursday, 8th August, 2019, stage

a walk against rape in army uniform

tagged: 1 Million-Woman

Protest March, in protest against

the alleged rape committed by an

army officer in Ondo State.

“The walk is to take off from

NEPA roundabout car park at 7

am, with series of messages and

campaigns against rape in the

State, it will route through Shoprite

to Federal Secretariat and

to the CP’s office at the police

headquarters where it would terminate.”

Wife of the governor had hitherto

received commendation for

a similar walk against rape across

the state last month after two

girls, ages 6 and 7 who were defiled

in Irele and Owo areas of

the state

Anyanwu-Akeredolu during the

walk had called for a stiffer penalty

for the perpetrators of such

act, saying it is high time an end

is put to it in Ondo state and by

extension the country.

The protest, tagged: One million

Woman Protest March

Against Rape in Army Uniform


has, however, been halted and led

tongues wagging.

A statement issued suspending

the march by the Chief Press Secretary

to the wife of the

governor, Miss Tobiloba Fademi

said: “As part of her strategic

moves to ensure amicable resolution

of conflicts, adherence to

the rule of law and protection of

the dignity of Girl-Child and

womanhood in Ondo State, the

Wife Ondo State Governor, Betty

Anyanwu-Akeredolu has suspended

her proposed protest

against Rape in Ondo State, earlier

scheduled for Thursday, 8th

August, 2019.”

Victim’s family under

pressure to drop


However, reports from the family

of the rape victim indicated

that pressures were mounted on

them to drop the matter and allow

for an amicable settlement.

But the family remains adamant,

hence, the said delay by the

military to hand over the suspect

to the police for prosecution.

Also, the hospital in Ikare

Akoko where the medical test was

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outrage in Ondo

•Victim’s family under pressure to drop charges

•We’ll try suspect if found guilty —Army Commander

Justice would be

served, as we

await the medical

report from

the police. We

will try him and

if we found him

guilty, we will

remove his

uniform and

hand him over

to the police

conducted kept mum on its findings

after over a week.

Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu,

the AAUA authorities, ASUU and

the students union of the institution

insisted that the suspect be

handed over to the police for


Governor Akeredolu,

who described the offence as callous,

mindless and heart aching

said “The full weight of the law

must be tested in this particular

case to serve as a deterrent to

others who seek to undesirably,

take advantage of the unprotected.”

On its part, the Acting Registrar

of the institution, Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa

said: “The University,

while commending the swift action

taken so far by the Brigade

Commander on this inhuman and

brazen assault on a defenceless

and innocent student, calls on the

authorities of the Nigerian Army

to deal decisively with the

perpetrator(s) of the act against


We’ll try suspects if

found guilty

—Army Commander

Meanwhile, the Military authorities

said it was yet to conclude

investigation on the alleged

rape by soldiers at the military

checkpoint between Akungba

Akoko and Ikare Akoko area of

the state over a week ago.

The Commander of the 32 Artillery

Brigade, Brigadier-General

Zakari Abubakar said that those

involved are in the army detention

while they await the medical report

from the police which was

important in the ongoing investigation.

Abubakar said: “In spite of all

odds, I will want a proper investigation

conducted on this issue

due to the gravity of the matter.

We have gone down to the location,

conducted investigations

and even went as far as inviting

the family of the lady for questioning

and we have heard their

own side of the story.

“Justice would be served, as we

await the medical report from the

police. We will try him and if we

found him guilty, we will remove

his uniform and hand him over to

the police.”

Ondo Police speaks

Spokesperson of the Ondo Police

Command, Mr. Femi Joseph

said the authority was waiting to

receive the suspect from their

sister agency.

Joseph said that the military

“was putting everything necessary

in place before handing the suspect

over to the appropriate authority,

constitutionally empowered

to prosecute such a crime

committed by any officer of the


Satellite town

residents kick

against new

tank farm


By Cynthia Alo

RESIDENTS of Satellite

town in Lagos State,

under the aegis of Satellite

Town Forum, have urged the

Federal and Lagos State

governments to stop

authorizing more tank farms

and terminals in Ijegun-egba

area of the community to save

the residents from further

havoc emanating from tank

farm activities around the


The residents made this plea

during a forum on the

environmental impact

assessment of a new tank farm

terminal in Ijegun- Egba

community of the area.

The proposed terminal was

being reviewed by the Lagos

State Ministry of environment

and other experts in

engineering, climate change,

and waste management.

Chairman of Satellite town

forum, Governor Michael

Imitini-led some of the

residents to the forum

pleading with the ministry not

to allow more heavy-duty

investment in the area with

the approval of the new tank

farm terminal.

Recounting the ordeal of the

residents caused by existing

tank farm terminals in the

community to the forum,

Imitini said: “We have been

crying for help for several

years but to no avail. Tank

farm activities in the area have

only increased our sufferings,

loss of lives, daily traffic

gridlock, deteriorating

businesses, flooding, and bad


In addition, he said: “Today,

individuals are bringing in

more terminals of which we

already have one at Alakija,

Satellite town area that has

brought hardship in the area.

There is another one at Abule

ado and Abule Osun. We are

urging the Federal

Government and Federal

Ministry of Environment to

stop the approval. Approving

a new tank farm will only force

the host community to go

hostile like in the case of the

Niger Delta agitators.

Therefore, we are appealing

to the Federal government not

to approve the container


However, the State Ministry

of Environment promised to

look into the matter adding

that the new company must

take into consideration the

existing challenges in the host

communities and how they

can play a role in addressing


The Ministry, represented by

Mr. O. Tejuosho pointed out

that if the country must move

on, there must be

development adding that “We

cannot stop development but

we can mitigate it.”





A14 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019 — A15



A16 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

An old saying goes, “men

may work from sun to

sun, but a woman's work is

never done”. This saying

certainly stands true

especially for Africa

Homemakers that have no

time of their own. They

work 24/7 to be sure their

home is in order but never

think of making sure their

own lives are in order.

A little time set aside for

yourself isn't too much to

make you loose that customer

in your shop. It won’t make

your children wayward not to

talk of making your husband

to look outside. Rather, it

enhances your beauty and

gives you long life to enjoy

your labour as home makers.

It doesn't matter the time of

the day or the day of the week

that you can spare, take the

time and the steps to pamper

yourself. Remember that you

as a whole are what you are

stuck with for life. So treat

yourself well and like


Rest is not idleness and not

waste of time. Always have

it in mind that if you are not

there, another person will do

it. Do not be deceived that if

you are not there, your

children will suffer. They will

succeed without you. There

are many orphans out there

who are doing well in life

even at younger age but you

need to be alive for yourself

Any life that work very hard

without rest is cut off from

fulfiling purpose on earth.

Here is a way to pamper

yourself this week

Take time out to

practice some self


Look in the mirror and list

everything about yourself

that you love from your hair

to your toes. Tell yourself that

you are amazing and

wonderfully made and that

you deserve to be loved.

For example: your hair. Eye

balls, face, eye lids, eye

lashes, lips, teeth, smiles,

boobs, rump or bum etc.

Love yourself as you

love your home

Rest is not idleness

Celebrate all what you love

about yourself and walk tall

with them.

Then, consider the things

you would like to improve,

without thinking negatively

about those things. For

example, instead of thinking

‘I have rough face”, tell

yourself, “I am going to take

time to get information on how

to make my face smooth and

There are many

orphans out

there who are

doing well in

life even at

younger age but

you need to be

alive for



Happiness is the outward

result of joy within and joy

is developed in you when

you love yourself.

Have a great week

CONSUMER WATCH A place that makes you plan ahead

Items Prices Items


Items Prices

Basket of Tomatoes N8,000 - N11,000

A bag of Pepper (Rodo) N 6,500 - N8,000

A bag of Long pepper N9, 000 - N12,000

A bag of Onions (white) N12,000 - N14, 000

A bag of Onions (Red) N9, 000 - N11, 000

50kg of long grain Rice N16,000 - N16,500

A derica of long grain Rice N250 - N300

50kg of short grain Rice. N15,000 - N15,500

A derica of short grain Rice N250

A crate of eggs N1,000 - N1,100

A bag of Olotu beans N14,000 - N38,000

A bag of Oloyin N15,000 - N20,000

A bag of Yam Flour (Elubo) N63, 000 - N69,000

A bag of Garri (Yellow) N5,000 - N8,000

A paint bucket


A bag of Ijebu Gari N5,000 - N8,000

A paint bucket


25 Litres of Vegetable Oil N10,500 - N11, 000

10Litres N5,500 - N6000

25 Litres of Palm Oil N9,000 - N9,500

5Litres of Palm Oil N1,900 - N2,000

Salt N50 - N200

Noodles- 70g N1,900 - N2,200

Spaghetti (1packet) N180 - N200

Macaroni(1packet) N180 - N200

Semovita (10kg) N2,800 - N3,000

Pampers (cartons of 8) N3,400

Seasonings N100 - N500

Tomato paste (2,200g) N1200 - N1500

Tomato paste (Medium) N550 - N700

Tomato paste(small)


Tomato sachet (a roll)


Pack of toilet roll (48pieces) N1500-N1,800

A Satchet of milk


A Sachet of beverage




5 Litres of Kerosine N1,100

12.5kg. Cooking gas N3, 700

Yam (1 tuber). N400- N1,000

Ugu Leaf (a bundle) N3, 000 – N4, 000

A dozen of tied Ugu Leaf N7,50,

Moin-Moin Leaf (a dozen) N800-1,000,

1 pack- N150

Carton Titus ice Fish N19,000

1 Carton of Kote ice fish N14,500

1 Carton of Sawa iced Fish N10, 000, 1Kg-N600

Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—25

Bitter-leaf soup is a

complete Anambra state

traditional delicacy with a

combination of various

nutritional ingredients and

health benefits. It is now

enjoyed in every part of the

country because of its enticing


Back in the days, bitter-leaf

soup, was a medicinal soup

that was often served with

cassava flour meal or corn flour

meal. Today, the soup has

become a popular dish for a

real treat at homes, parties and

on festive occasions.

The leaf used in preparing

this exotic bitter-leaf soup is

known as Onugbu, in Igbo

language, Shiwaka and

Ewuro in Hausa and Yoruba


Health Benefits

Bitter-leaf (Vernonia

amygdalina) as the name

implies, is a plant that has been

around for hundreds of years

and known for its bitter taste,

medicinal and healing

properties. This leaf contains

some nutritional values, such

as, vitamin E, A, C,B1, etc

and when added in soups, be

sure of realizing an amazingly

health benefits that are

essentially good for the body

system. Bitter leaf grows

everywhere in the country and

the health benefits include

blood sugar regulation,

pancreas repairs and so on.

Bitter Leaf Recipe during the

rainy season

Chicken, Cow skin (Pomo),

Palm fruit juice, Uzuza leaf and

or seed, Stock fish, choice dry

fish, ground dry pepper, salt,

choice culinary, freshly made

cocoyam paste, squashed

bitter leaf, local fermented

castor oil bean, Cray-fish,

ground Ehuru, use to

achieve fragrant/aromatic

delight. Yorubas call it

Bitter-leaf soup: The

enticingly tasty

nutritional dish

Ariwo and Hausas call it

Gujiya dan miya.

Preparation for a family of


Step 1

Heat your cooked, squashed

and sieved half paint bucket of

palm fruit juice almost to a

boiling point (Banga juice)

Add your already per-boiled

seasoned one kilo gram chicken

wing or lap.

Add nicely chopped cow skin

(pomo), salt and choice culinary

to taste.

Cover to cook for 20 minutes

Step 2

Add a tablespoon full of

fermented castor oil bean

Add finely ground teaspoon

full of ehuru, and uzuza seed.

Add coarsely ground milk cup

Cray fish

Add finely ground dry pepper

to taste

Cover for 10 minutes


Add the lump-free coco-yam

paste and cover for 10minutes

to allow it dissolves in soup

Note that the amount of cocoyam

paste depends on the base

thickener desired.


Add your thoroughly washed

choice dry fish and already

washed and cook to tender stock



Add washed and sliced

uzuza leaf.

Stir soup and cover pot to

allow ingredients cook together

to achieve concentration for 10



Add squashed bitter-leaf to

your taste

Allow to cook and stir soup

occasionally from bottom up to

ensure no stickiness until the

leaf is well cooked, soft and the

soup concentrated and ready to


There you are! Your Bitter leaf

soup is ready!

Best serves with desired

cassava flour meal, corn flour

meal, yam flour meal. You can

also eat it as meal.

Washing glass cup properly is a good skill

There is a saying that

Cleaningness is next to

godliness. Hardly can you go

wrong with your health or

struggle with your family

health if you adhere to

cleanliness. One of the efforts

Homemakers can make to

keep their families healthy is

to be sure that glass cups used

in the house are kept clean all

the time. This is especially so,

because of children who may

not be extra careful with


Keeping glass cup sparkling

white is one of the things I

learned from my guardian

while growing up. It has now

dawn on me that whatever a

person learn as skill while

growing up can never leave.

Anytime as I served my aunt

water, she would always send

me back to make sure no water

is hanging on the cup before I

bring it to her. If there water on

it, it showed it was either just

rinsed or not washed at all.

Because of that, I washed glass

cups thoroughly with soup and

drained before serving her. If

not, it always earned me a back


Many children and adults as

well do not know if a glass is

clean or not, except there is

visible dirt on it. As

Homemakers, whether male

or female, every child and

adult, must learn to wash glass

cup properly. They must know

that keeping cups clean is part

of good skills for healthy living.

This also apply to water bottles

which have sent many people

to the hospital because of

bacteria infections.

How to make your glass cup

sparkling clean

Whether it is glass cup for

water or mug for tea or coffee,

cleaning drinking glasses by

hand is one of the best ways to

keep them sparkling clean.

First, run a sink of warm water

or boil warm water and add just

a few drops of dish soap to the

water. Excessive amounts of

soap can cause more streaking

because the soap attracts more

minerals and particles from the

water. Gently wash the glass

with a sponge and rinse it


Rinsing is the most important

part of the process. If you bring

out the cup and there is still

bubble water hanging on the

cup, re wash with soup

preferably liquid soap. Allow

the glassware to air dry upside

down. If it is a set glass that it is

not going to be used

immediately, keep them in a

glass hanger. If you are keeping

them on a tray, make sure the

tray is dry. Don’t put glass cup

that is not dry on a tray because

drained water, if not disposed

can attract bacteria.

Drinking glasses are lovely to

behold but after sometime, it

tends to start to develop white

film especially mug used for tea,

coffee and cocoa drinks. At

times, it begins to turn brownish

and looks as is if it is dirty. It can

be frustrating to deal with this

film, but the good news is that

these deposits can be easily


Washing glass cup with

minor film

According to reports available

to Homemakers, soaking

glasses in plain white distilled

vinegar is an effective home

remedy. Vinegar only works on

very minor film. it does nothing

for serious cloudiness.

If it is minor, soak your cups

for five minutes in white vinegar.

Since it's acetic, it will dissolve

the minerals in a snap. Then

wash with liquid soap, rinse

thoroughly and air dry.

How to know you are using

a clean cup

This depends on the family

hygiene. This is because many

families do not know the

hygienic way to keep glass cup.

Under normal circumstance, if

a cup is used, it must be placed

open up and not turned down.

It is not your home and you

doubt the cleaningness, ask for

straw for your drink if it is

available. If not, and it is not a

place you can ask for cleaner

glass or drink directly from

bottled water, it is better you

hold your thirst. If it is a

restaurant, you have a right to

demand for a clean glass cup.



The wuquf arafah

is about to commence in

the holy land. More

than 4million Muslims

will gather on Mount

Arafah tomorrow in

observance of the core

hajj rites. As at now,

about 85 percent of the

hujjaj are now in Muna,

about thirteen kilometers

from Arafah. Enduring

the inconveniences

associated with

the assemblage. It is a

recommended sunnah

to stay in Muna a day

before in preparation for

the Arafah in order not

to miss the all important

activities of the rites. It

is a tented city, that

should not take more

than 500 people, yet for

the rites, over 4million

will have to gather

there for the three days.

The prophet himself

delineated the area and

even if the number of

hujjaj becomes double

of what we have today,

the same Mina area as

defined by the Prophet

will still be used. As

many as the places of

conveniences are, the

hujjaj would still have

to stand in long queue

for their turn to ease up

themselves. Ditto with

Arafah and Muzdalifa.


The wuquuf on the

plains of Arafah starts at

dawn. It is the hill

where Adam and Hawa

were reunited after failing

the test and were

barred from Heaven,

and where they were

forgiven, hence it is

known as the “Mount of

Mercy”. A pillar is

erected to show the

place where the aforementioned

took place. It

is also the place where

Prophet Muhammad

(s.a.w) stood and

delivered the farewell

sermon to the Muslims

Dhul Hijjah 8, 1440 A.H.

The discomfort, joy and

reward of Hajj

who had gathered

during the last hajj of

his life. The pilgrims

will have to spend the

whole day in prayers on

the plains till sunset

and move to Muzdalifa

before dusk.


Arafat to Muzdalifa is

about 8kilometers, about

one hour of walk and 15

to 20 minutes of riding

in a bus. Muzdalifa is a

compact place, grime

and far beyond the

rarity of any comfort

zone. It is like the

olden days Oshodi.

Each of the over four

million pilgrims will

have to find a space for

himself, lay his mat,

clog with others in the

filthy space and sleep

after salat Magrib and

Ishai. It is nothing but

denoting that all

humans, rich or poor,

no matter the social and

economic status will be

buried in the filthy earth


Hajj is real true

servitude to

Allah showing

that you are nothing

before Allah.

A test of submission,


and forbearance.

You will have to

endure the pains

in worship and

prayers to Allah


At dawn and after

Salatul Subhi, the pilgrims

begin the throwing

of pebbles, another

task as far as the

Pilgrims observing Jumaat salat at the Holy Kabaa,

Saudi Arabia recently.

distance is concerned

and the volume of hujjaj

who want to carry out

the task at the same day.

From Muzdalifa to

Mina and then to Jamarat

takes no less than

2hours of walk under

the scorching and

intense weather raging

from 46 to 48 degree


The real experience of

hajj in Mina-Arafah-

Muzdalifa-Jamarat and

back to Mina is

compendium of

experience. Hajj is real

true servitude to Allah

showing that you are

nothing before Allah. A

test of submission,

fortitude and forbearance.

You will have to

endure the pains in worship

and prayers to


Besides, walking is

good for the body as it

is an effective way of

improving stamina,

respiration and heart

function. It is also less

strenuous on the body

than other exercises

such as sporting activities.

If one gets the grace

to finish all these and

proceed to Makkah for

tawaf and sai, after he

has also slaughtered a

ram, shave his head,

then it is absolute forgiveness

of sins. The

humble, penitent Muslim,

wearing only two

simple, white pieces of

cloth, seeking approach

to God’s grace has become

a new born. The

Prophet Muhammed

(s.a.w) said that a person

who performs Hajj

properly “will return as

a newly born baby (free

of all sins).”

Another grace Allah

has given those who

could not perform Hajj

is to fast on the day of

Arafah (tomorrow). This

will also mean expiation

of sins one year before

and a year after. Abu

Hafsah, may Allah be

pleased with him,

reported that the

Prophet, upon whom be

peace, said:

“Fasting on the Day of

‘Arafah absolves the

sins for two years: the

previous year and the

coming year, and

fasting on ‘Ashura, (the

tenth day of Muharram)

atones for the sins of

previous years.” Reported

by all except Al-

Bukhari and At-


EVERY Muslim now

looks forward to the celebration

of Eid-il-Adha also

known as the festival of Ram

sacrifice. Rams market is bubbling

everywhere in Nigeria

and other parts of the world.

The festival is a symbolic act

which finds expression in the

benevolence of Allah and showing

gratitude for His guidance

and mercies for living. It is the

duty of every capable Muslim

to slaughter a ram and if incapable,

there is no sin upon him.

Once the animal is sacrificed

then the meat of the animal is

distributed among friends, relatives,

neighbours and poor

people. Our duty as Muslims is

to ensure that no poor and

needy Muslim is missed out in

the sharing. The Quran says:

“Allah is One, He does not delight

in flesh or blood but a

symbol of thanksgiving to Allah

by sharing meat with fellow-men.”

The solemn pronouncement

of Allah’s name over the sacrifice

is an essential part of it, in

fact the major act that without

it, it renders the whole exercise

useless. By the pronouncement,

we’re reminded that life

is sacred, by that singular solemn

invocation; we are

numbed to the divine message

that wanton cruelty is not our

character but only for the need

for food. The sacrifice should

be performed during the daytime,

not at night. The knife to

be used to cut the animal’s

throat should be hidden from

the animal and must be very

sharp, so much so that the least

amount of force or pressure is

needed to slice the animal’s

jugular vein, so it feels the least

amount of pain.

The Animal should be

healthy, fed well and laid down

Dhul Hijjah 8, 1440 A.H.

Eid-il-Adha: Allah needs not t the blood

facing the direction of the “Qiblah”

It should be noted that

these days when people asked

other Muslims to do the

slaughtering for them, care

should be taken that the person

who will perform the sacrifice

should not hurt the animal

by clumsily jabbing away

at its throat with a blunt knife,

causing pain and fear. He

should say “Bismillah Allahu

Akbar” while the owner of the

animal should recite as follows:

Allahuma, Ini wajjahtu

wajjhiya liladhi fatara samawati

wal arda alaa milati Ibrahima

hanifa, wama ana

minal-mushirikin. Inna salati,

wa nusukii, wamahyayah,

wamamatii, li-Lahi rabil

alameen. Lasharika lahu wabizhalika

umirtu, wa ana minal-muslimeen.


azah adha minka wa laka.

Translation: “Indeed I turn

my face towards The One Who

originated the heavens and the

earth; upon the way of Ibrahim,

the unswerving one, and

I’m not of those who commit

The meat is

skinned, and

shared into three.

One part for the

family, another

part for the neighbours,

friends, and

those who could

not afford to make

the sacrifice while

the last part should

be distributed to

the needy and the


shirk [polytheism]. Indeed

my salah, my sacrifice, my living

and my dying is for Allah,

the Sustainer of the worlds.

There is no associate with Him,

and so I have been commanded,

and I am from the ones

who submit. O Allah! (This

sacrifice) is from me, for You.”

After it has been slaughtered,

the blood should be allowed

to drain completely from its

body before it is skinned, disemboweled

and chopped. It

is absolutely forbidden to

start skinning and cutting the

animal when it is still alive or

writhing. Some butchers, especially

the amateur ones,

who want to make the maximum

amount of money on the

day by slaughtering as many

animals as possible for people,

commit grave errors in the


They should not be allowed

to abuse the animal. Moreover,

it is haram for Muslims to

consume blood in any form.

If the blood has not drained

from the animal’s body completely

before it is cut up, it will

remain in the veins inside the

meat, thus rendering the meat

“haraam” for consumption.

Almighty Allah does not need

the blood nor the flesh of the

meat. Lan Yanal’Laha luhumuha,

wala dimahuha,

Walakin yanaluhu takwa minkum,

It is not their meat, nor

their blood that reaches Allah;

it is your piety that reaches

Him. What He desires is your

piety, period.

The meat is skinned, and

shared into three. One part for

the family, another part for the

neighbours, friends, and those

who could not afford to make

the sacrifice while the last part

should be distributed to the

needy and the poor.

From left Chairman, Unilag Muslim Community, Prof. Lai Olurode, Baba Adini of

Lagos, Sheikh Afis Abou and Alhaji Abdulahi Awelenje of Sheikh Ahmad Awelenje

Foundation during Baba Adini's 100th birthday held in Surulere, Lagos.

"Vanguard, FRIDAY AUGUST 9, 2019 —27

Revolution protest: Govt must unmask,

deal with sponsors — Muslim group

THE Muslim Media Watch Grou, MMWG has condemned the

protest calling for a revolution against the federal government, urging

government to unmask and deal with sponsors of the dastardly act.

The group’s National Coordinator, Mallam Ibrahim Abdullahi in a

chat with Vanguard on the revolution protest urged the government

to deal decisively with anyone arrested for breaching the laws of the

land “Any attempt of anyone or group of people to use undemocratic

process to change the Government should face the wrath of the law

“We therefore condemn in strong terms the planned protest being

sponsored by discredited politicians and destructive elements in

the Nigerian Society and call on the security forces to deal decisively

with the unpatriotic Nigerians behind the move. While lawful protest

is reasonable, ‘attempt to subvert good governance by raising armed

bandits, kidnappers and abductors to lay a siege on the Country and

turn-round to call for senseless revolution would not work’.

“Nigerians gave President Muhammadu Buhari their mandate with

lawful votes of 15 million as against 11 Million votes of closest

opponent, mischief-makers must not be allowed to misinform and

mislead the people to feather their political nests. Whoever is arrested

for breaching the laws of the land must not only be detained but be

investigated and prosecuted. Any attempt of anyone or group of

people to use undemocratic process to change the Government

should face the wrath of the law.

“The MMWG has seen the untiring efforts of Federal and State

Governments to fight insecurity and this should be commended

instead of allowing some miscreants to derail the programmes aimed

at bringing succour to Nigerians.

We commend the Nigerian Police, The Nigerian Army and the

Nigerian Airforce on their credible efforts aimed at dealing with the

Huzoor urges Ahmadis to save the

world from falling into pit of fire

THE Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih

V, has enjoined all Ahmadis to care about saving the world from

falling into the pit of fire

Hazrat Masroor stated this when he presided over the Lajna (

Ladies) session on the second day of the 53rd Jalsa Salana (Annual

Convention) of the Islamic organization in United Kigdom.

Huzoor graciously presented awards to more than 115 Ahmadi

women for the accomplishment of academic excellence across

various fields of education, these include UK and achievers from

other parts.

After Tashahud, Ta’awuz and the recitation of Surah Fatihah,

Huzoor recited verse 21 of Surah al-Hadid (chapter 57) and verse

19 of Surah al-Hashr (section 59), followed by their translations.

Huzoor said that he had gotten reports of women talking during

Jalsa Salana sessions. He said that they ought to be careful not to

talk among themselves during formal sessions later on.

The fifth Khalifa of the community said:

“People do not believe in religion and even those who do are of

very low standards faith.

“Ahmadis should care about saving the world from falling into

the pit of fire, however, first we should ask ourselves if our own

condition is such that we give preference to the love of Allah before

the world.

“The purpose of this Jalsa is to develop our spiritual, moral and

educational conditions. We must ask ourselves whether these are

the purposes we have come for or whether we are here for

socialising only?

Referring to the Quranic verses recited at the start, Huzoor said

that Allah reveals to us that the world is temporary and we ought

not think it is to keep going forever. Allah has declared that the

world is a mere pastime and sport. Can an intelligent man spend his

whole life in leisure and games? In worldly terms, this is not possible

and if one does this, then their lives ultimately result in ruin.

Huzoor said that some ladies write to him and inform him

regarding their spouses who sit around idly sitting in front of the

TV or in get-togethers and depend on social income for financial

sport. Huzoor said that they have no genuine explanation behind

this, and accordingly, they cause restlessness and discord within

their homes.

“Allah says that if we do not fulfil the rights of Allah, His worship,

serving faith and are totally engrossed in earning wealth, then this

will be the sport and pastime of the world.

Addressing the audience, Huzoor said that if women really do

pose such demands, then they should remember that this is not

how an Ahmadi woman should be. Ahmadi women should clearly

say to their husbands, that leaving faith for the world is wrong and

not something she wants. An Ahmadi woman should clearly state

that they want to fulfil the rights of God rather than attaining worldly


After we pass on to the next abode, Allah will not question us on

how much wealth we left behind or the number of children we

brought up. He will ask us about our good actions, whether we

fulfilled His rights, whether we presented a good example before

our children. He will ask us whether wives told their husbands to

prefer Allah over the world. If a believer does not do so, then they

will be like that hot gust of wind that razes crops to the ground.

Huzoor reiterated that these teachings are not just for women,

but they are for all believers, including men.

During the time of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah

be upon him, the excuses of men about their wives were of such a

nature that they would say, “My wife spends her whole time in

worship and overlooks my needs.” And if women ever complained,

they would inform the Holy Prophetsa that they did not take care

of their own beauty as their husbands spent their time in worship

alone. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w), would advise men and women to

fulfil the rights of their spouses along with worship. The female

companions would beautify themselves not for fashion or to show

the world, rather they did so to create a pure atmosphere within

their household.





28 — Vanguard, FRISDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019





Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019 — 29

How donors' intervention ended 40 years

of open defecation in Plateau community

By Marie-Therese Nanlong,



native Foron in Barkin Ladi

Local Government Area of

Plateau State to Lo-Gwom

community of Kwi village, Riyom

Local Government Area in 1999,

was a thing of joy for 36 years old

Monica Gyang. Reason? She got

married that year and needed to

join her husband. Unfortunately,

her joy of relocating to the new

community was short-lived as

acute water shortage and

indiscriminate open defecation in

Lo-Gwom were the first shocking

realities that confronted her.

Monica, now a mother of six,

told Vanguard she had, in those

early years of her marriage,

contemplated going back to her

native Foron where water

problem is not as pronounced

and harsh as what she met at her

new community, Lo-Gwom even

though it has its own share of the

problem of open defecation. For

about two decades, she had to

endure the stress of waking very

early in the morning with her

neighbours and trekking for about

three kilometres to fetch water

which, apart from being coloured

and dirty, was not always enough

for her house chores.

The early morning search for

water was a daily routine for that

period. Reprieve only came

during the rainy season. The

threat posed by attacks by people

she said are Fulani herders in

recent years also limited their

early morning search for water,


them to

make do

with water

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source they

could find

within the


The acute

shortage of

w a t e r

supply had



family and

It is

shameful that

people build


without toilet

due to lack of

water but

with this, we

will ensure


without toilet

are taken to


o t h e r

households untold hardship and

has exposed them to recurring

health challenges such as rashes,

vomiting and frequent stooling,

especially among children in the


Poor sanitary conditions also

prevailed as young girls lack the

necessary quantity of water to

keep clean, especially during

their monthly flows. Frequent

hand-washing was considered

•Open defecation on the Plateau...caused by lack of water

“waste of scarce water” and open

defecation became the norm in

the community.

Her plight is not different from

others in the community which

has 375 households with a

population of 3,025 people out of

which 1,193 are males and 1,832

are females. The school

population in the only primary

school, LEA Primary School, Kwi

is 452, including 201 boys and

251 girls.

Another resident, Ernest

Dauda, considered Monica’s

experiences as nothing compared

to his own. He said: “It is true we

have been suffering not only in

Lo-Gwom but other communities

around here. I was born in this

community and have lived here

for over 40 years; we only get a

semblance of clean water during

rainy season. The only borehole

we have in this community has

been so overstretched that it

packed up. As a child, we used

to trek kilometres to fetch

coloured water in the stream; but

as long as I can remember, the

situation has been the same year

in year out.

“Many of us had to drop out of

school because by the time you

trekked to and from the stream,

getting ready to go to school in

another community, you will get

there very late and you will be

flogged. So, to avoid being

punished, you also avoid going

to school. Now as a father, I still

suffer water problem. My two

children are too young to go in

search of water; so my wife and I

do that on daily basis; it has been

very terrible.”

So, against the backdrop of

these sad tales, the joy of the

community members knew no

bounds recently when a solarpowered

borehole complete with

24,000 litres of storage facility

provided for them by the State

Government in partnership with

the European Union and the

United Nations International

Children’s Emergency Fund,

UNICEF, was commissioned. The

residents happily rolled out the

drums to celebrate the

breakthrough and appreciate the

intervention which included a

promise to provide toilet facilities

and end open defecation in the




Apart from the water facility in

the community centre, modern

toilets facilities were also provided

at the nearby LEA Primary School

to end open defecation in the

school environment and

encourage hand-washing

practice among school children.

At the commissioning, the Head

of Delegation of the European

Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS,

Ketil Karlsen; UNICEF

representative in Nigeria, Peter

Hawkins and the State governor,

Simon Lalong, all said the

intervention was necessary to

rescue the people from hardship

associated with lack of water and

poor sanitation.

Karlsen disclosed that the EU

has committed 12 million Euros

for water and sanitation

intervention in the State so as to

end open defecation, improve

sanitation and quality of living in

the rural communities. He said:

“Nothing is more important than

seeing development in human

capital; we need stability for


Stability for


Hawkins informed that the

essence of the intervention is “for

children to benefit” and called on

the community to “maintain it,

sustain it and find local solution

to ensure you have latrines in

your homes”.

On his part, Lalong, through

the acting secretary to the state

government, Richard Tokma, said

more collaboration would be

needed to do more as “the

partnership is due to our desire

to promote the well-being of the

people, increase water supply

through the water policy and end

open defecation by 2023”.

•Water facility

provided by EU


To ensure the

facility is protected,

the management


chairman of the

local government,

Emmanuel Jugul

and the traditional

ruler, the Atar Aten

of Ganawuri,

HRM Yakubu

Chaimang assured

the donors of

putting the facility

into good use.

According to

Jugul: “You have

brought life to us

because water is


"To maintain the

project, the local

government will set up a task

force to ensure people make use

of it properly; and people are

prevented from open defecation”.

Chaimang added thus: “It is

shameful that people build houses

without toilet due to lack of water

but with this, we will ensure

people without toilet are taken to


Chollom Ali who is the Water

Sanitation and Hygiene

Committee, WASHCom chairman

in the community, said the

community would not misuse the

facility because “everyone here

knows what we went through to

get water and would do what it

takes to maintain the facility

because it is for our good.”

Meanwhile, Vanguard checks

revealed that the facility was

already being put to use, while

some families have commenced

the digging of soak-away pits with

the aim of getting toilet facilities

within their homes.

A member of one of such

families, Vou Gyang, told

Vanguard thus: “I have always

admired houses with toilet but we

could not get one before now due

to scarcity of water. Without water

to flush and clean the toilet

nobody will be comfortable in the

house because of bad smell. But

now that we have started the

process, I am very happy that at

last, my dream of having a toilet

facility will be realised.”

30 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

•Olajide: Accused of causing factions in YCE


When things fall

apart in YCE

By Ola Ajayi


Yoruba leaders within the

Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE,

are flexing muscles over who

controls the apex Yoruba apolitical


The leadership crisis reached

the crescendo, on Tuesday, as

one of the feuding factions has

dumped the once united organization.

Before the crisis created a

crack within the council, it used

to speak with one voice on issues

that were germane to the

unity and progress of Yoruba


Though, the Secretary-General

of the association, Dr. Kunle

Olajide argued there was no

split within YCE, but some

elders on the other side, insisted

that with the composition of

the new executive members

put together by Dr Olajide,

there is no way they can continue

to associate with them.

After a meeting held in the

YCE is a voluntary


These people

have decided to

pull out. In YCE,

we remain one

family under the

leadership of

Justice Bakre. I’m

the custodian of

the association’s

documents, there

is nothing like


Elders Forum in

any of the documents.

They have

fizzled out.

Bodija residence of the first female

Professor of Library Science

in Africa, Prof. Toun

•Agbede: Left YCE over leadership tussle

Ogunsheye, it was resolved

that the Senior Elders Forum

would continue holding its

meetings regularly.

Cold war between

Olajide and Agbede

Though, there had been a

cold war between Dr Olajide

and Col. Dansaaki S. Ade Agbede,

former acting chairman

of the association, things finally

fell apart during a security

summit held in Ibadan when

both Agbede and Olajide were

itching to get hold of the microphone

when the organisers

called YCE for its own contribution.

It was after the episode that

some elders within YCE that

Senior Elders Forum announced

his suspension

which, of course, did not go

down well with him.

While this lasted, Olajide

summoned a meeting, where

a new set of executive members

was elected, and also instituted

a suit against the Agbede-led


Since then, the YCE secretariat

at Ekiti Street, Bodija has

been securely locked to prevent

unauthorized use of the


Owing to these reasons, the

Senior Elders’ Forum said they

would not join issues with Olajide

by going to court.

The Senior Elders’ Forum

said: “We do not elect going to

court because we refuse to

drag or expose the name and

integrity of Yoruba into disrepute.

“Even when we asked Dr.

Olajide to surrender the documents

with him to the

President, he refused. In that

regard, we cannot comment

on something we have not

seen. The said constitution

was hoarded and we have no

access to it.”

“The group of Dr. Kunle Olajide,

Prof. Oluwasanmi and

Justice Bakre has declared it

does not recognize us and we

cannot force ourselves on

them. Hence, we, hereby, dissociate

ourselves from the YCE

of Dr. Olajide, Oluwasanmi

and Justice Bakre and remain

on our own.

“They are flexing muscles

for nothing.”

YCE still one—Olajide

Reacting to the comments,

the embattled scribe, Dr. Olajide

faulted the claim that YCE

was split into two.

According to him, there was

no meeting where such decision

was made.

He said: “There was no

meeting of that sort. We are not

split into two as reported. They

are just flexing muscles for

nothing. Our constitution,

which is in my custody as the

secretary general of the association,

does not recognise any

body like Senior Elders Council.

“I believe that the court is a

place where civilised people

resolve conflicts. I took them to

court and they said they have

withdrawn when they knew

they would not win. Now, they

are saying they want to pull

out. I wish them safe journey.

“YCE is a voluntary organization.

These people have decided

to pull out. In YCE, we

remain one family under the

leadership of Justice Bakre.

I’m the custodian of the association’s

documents, there is

nothing like Senior

Elders Forum in any of the

documents. They have fizzled


With the split, it is obvious the

centre is no longer holding in

the YCE.

Osun offer free

train ride for

Eid festival

By Shina Abubakar


government has approved

free train ride for its citizens living

in Lagos, to travel home the

2019 Eid-el-kabir (Ileya) festival.

The government said those travelling

from towns on the route between

Lagos and Osun States

would also benefit from the free


A statement from the Office of

the Chief Press Secretary said the

free train ride will convey holiday

makers from Iddo Terminus of the

Nigerian Railway Corporation, Lagos

to Nelson Mandela Freedom

Park, Osogbo.

The statement reads: “The

schedule of movement indicates

that the train will depart the Iddo

Terminus in Lagos by 10am on Friday,

August 9 and will be expected

to arrive at the Nelson Mandela

Freedom Park Train Station in

Osogbo by 6pm of the same day.

“For the return journey, the train

will depart the Nelson Mandela

Freedom Park Train Station in Osogbo

at 10am on Tuesday, August

13, and arrive at the Iddo Terminus

in Lagos by 6pm, of the same


“Since assumption of office

about eight months ago, the administration

of Governor Oyetola

has been providing free train services

during festive periods to meet

the needs of the people of the state

who might not be able to afford the

cost of transportation during festive


“The scheme is part of the social

intervention programmes of the

administration, aimed at providing

succour for its citizens, with a view

to saving them from untold hardship

and stress they normally undergo

during festive periods.”

Lagos govt


obstacles against

compliance to

family planning

By Etop Ekanem

LAGOS—THE Lagos State

Government has identified

beliefs and men as parts of the

cogs in the wheels in ensuring

compliance to family planning,

especially in the rural areas.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos

State Ministry of Health, Dr.

Titilayo Goncalves, noted that for

there to be an appreciable

improvement in the compliance

level of family planning, men and

faith based bodies must be carried

along all through.

Goncalves disclosed this while

receiving The Partnership for

Advocacy in Child and Family at

Scale (PACFaH@Scale) in her

office, in Alausa, Lagos.

She said: “We have seen in the

course of our work that men and

religious bodies are essential if we

must make any headway in

compliance level of family

planning. We have seen men drag

their wives back to the hospital to

discontinue the planning saying

they never consented to such.

“Religious bodies have also

called in to say we cannot

determine what they do with their

bodies especially when their faith

frowns against such planning. So

our plea is to help through the

media, harp more on the need to

adhere and imbibe all the advices

given to them. Of course we know

we cannot do it all alone and that

is why when we see organisations

like yours, we feel encouraged

and happy that whatever we are

doing, how little it may be, it is

being appreciated.”

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Kashmir-Hong Kong: The furious

flames of separatism

THIS week has been one of the

most dramatic in Kashmir,

India, and certainly in Hong Kong

where protests and a general strike

locked down the city resulting in train

disruptions and cancellation of over

100 flights. Also, the protesters

carried the fight to police stations

and barracks.

Hong Kong, compared to Kashmir,

is a far less complicated case given

the fact that it is an internal fight

within Greater China. The demands

and stated aims of the protesters

continue to evolve from what was

supposed to be a protest against an

extradition bill that would have

authorised the movement of persons

for trial in mainland China. When

the government backed down over

the bill, the protesters went after the

Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie

Lam, demanding her resignation.

Now, they are calling more or less

for secession under the slogans:

“Free Hong Kong” and “Restore

Hong Kong. The revolution of our


There are two contending

ideologies at the heart of the

struggles: Hong Kong elements who

do not want to be weaned from their

capitalist birth and neo-colonial

notion of democracy, and a socialist

mainland which while desirous in

maintaining the ‘One Country Two

Systems” agreement, wants to retain

its grip on Hong Kong.

Following a war in 1842, the

British colonialists took part of Hong

Kong, and got what was called the

New Territories, ceded to it for 99

years. In 1984, the British reached

an agreement for a peaceful

handover of the territory to China in

1997. There was a proviso that until

2047, Hong Kong would have "a

high degree of autonomy, except in

foreign and defence affairs".

Given the presence of pro-China

persons amongst the populace and

the political class, the protesters are

uncomfortable with the growing

influence and powers of China in the

territory. They are uncomfortable

about what will happen 28 years

from now when the special powers

given to the territory would end. So

they want to assert complete

autonomy before then.

Former colonial master, Britain is,

as expected, supporting the protest

movement. Its Foreign Secretary,

Jeremy Hunt, told the media: "The

UK signed an internationally

binding legal agreement in 1984

that enshrines the one country two

systems rule, enshrines the basic

freedoms of the people of Hong Kong

and we stand four square behind that

agreement, four square behind the

people of Hong Kong...There will be

serious consequences if that

internationally binding legal

agreement were not to be honoured."

However, the Chinese do not seem

perturbed by such declarations. A

spokesman for the Hong Kong and

Macao Affairs Office of the State

Council, Yang Guang said: "We

would like to make it clear to the

very small group of unscrupulous

and violent criminals and the dirty

forces behind them: Those who play

with fire will perish by it.” He added:

" Don't ever misjudge the situation

and mistake our restraint for

weakness ... Don't ever underestimate

the firm resolve and immense

strength of the central government."

In expressing the Chinese

government’s confidence in the

Kashmir still has a

long journey in the

wilderness of


secession and

anarchism because

the resolution of its

crises is dependent

on the resolution of

the 71-year old-Indo-

Pakistani conflict

leadership of Carrie Lam, he said:

“We are confident that with the full

support of the central government

and the mainland … our Hong

Kong compatriots will be able to

govern, develop and manage Hong

Kong well, and Hong Kong will

overcome the difficulties and

challenges going forward.”

The on-going battles in Hong

Kong are mainly mass protests,

hurling bricks and bottles, throwing

eggs and disrupting the flow of

governance while the government’s

responses are threats, use of teargas,

water cannon, pepper spray and

arrest of 148 protesters.

On the other hand, Kashmir is a

far more complicated and violent

case. First, it is international; a quite

passionate disagreement between

India and Pakistan, the first two

nuclear powers in history to have

engaged in direct bombing of each

other’s territory. Secondly, it involves

international terrorism, including Al

Qaeda. Thirdly, it has religious

undertones: a passionate and

unbending strand of Hinduism and

an infectious and a fanatical element

of Islam.

This week, India locked down

Kashmir, cut off the internet and took

the unprecedented and potentially

explosive step of revoking Article

370, a constitutional provision that

empowered Kashmir to make its

own laws except finance, defence,

foreign affairs and communications.

The Kashmir Question is a

colonial creation. The British

colonialists had coupled together a

huge colony, British India. This

‘Mother India’ gave birth to several

countries: Malaysia, Sri Lanka,

Nepal, Afghanistan, Singapore,

Myanmar (formerly Burma)

Pakistan and Bangladesh.

However, the most painful birth

was Pakistan (which then included

Bangladesh). The colonialists sent

Sir Cyril Radcliffe as chairman of

the India Boundary Commission to

slice off a new country, Pakistan from

India. Radcliffe who had never been

to the country before, carried out the

separation within seven weeks by

simply drawing a line in the colony

calling one part India and the other


Kashmir was on the rough edges

of the so called ‘Radcliff Line.’ The

territory was given the option to

choose between the two new

countries. The thought might have

been that the Kashmiris would go

for Pakistan which was mainly a

Muslim territory just like Kashmir,

but they choose India. That choice

made 71 years ago, has led to both

countries going to war four times.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister,

Nawaz Sharif, made peace gestures

when in 2014, he visited India, the

first ever visit by a Pakistani leader.

The following year, his Indian

counterpart, Narendra Modi,

reciprocated. But the peace efforts


Current Pakistani Prime Minister

Imran Khan sought to revive the

peace moves. He said the crisis in

Kashmir would be resolved not

militarily, but through negotiations

and sought to present it not as

territorial claims, but as a

humanitarian issue. However, this

Tuesday, Khan in reaction to the

abolition of Kashmir’s semiautonomy

seemed to have lost his

cool: "I want to make it clear that we

will fight this issue on every forum,

(including) at the UN Security

Council…If the world does not act

today... (if) the developed world does

not uphold its own laws, then things

will go to a place that we will not be

responsible for."

The Pakistani chief of army staff,

General Qamar Javed Bajwa,

added: "Pakistan Army firmly stands

by the Kashmiris in their just struggle

to the very end. We are prepared and

shall go to any extent to fulfil our

obligations in this regard."

I think Hong Kong will go fully

Chinese and become wholly

integrated with mainland China no

matter the prevailing ideology in the

latter, but Kashmir still has a long

journey in the wilderness of

sectarianism, secession and

anarchism because the resolution of

its crises is dependent on the

resolution of the 71-year-old Indo-

Pakistani conflict.

The fresh air blowing over Oguta

By Dodoiyi Deinbo William-West

DURING the second year of

Rochas Okorocha’s first tenure as

governor of Imo State, this writer visited Oguta,

Imo State, and was shocked to find the town as

a poor shadow of its once shining past. In fact,

the level of deterioration and neglect, at the

period in view, raised questions if what was

happening to Oguta was not a deliberate plot

in government circles ‘to deal with Oguta’ over

the years. Indeed, the way infrastructure,

tourism and natural resources were neglected

was shocking; the effect on investment and

entrepreneurship would not be forgotten for


As repeated visits to the town showed

worsening neglect, this writer began to engage

indigenes of the town in discussions and

debates. Satisfied that the worrisome trend

needed to be addressed, this writer opened a

Facebook page titled: “Imo State Governor,

Oguta Deserves Better”, to add my voice to

strident calls for revisiting the case of Oguta, a

leading community with robust historical,

economic, cultural and social values in the

heartland of Nigeria. The focus was to engage

public discourse ‘until something happens’. In

setting up that social media community, one

drew from the reasonable impact recorded with

“Kalabari for Rivers Governor 2015” between

2013 and 2015. Though being a non-native

may have affected the platform’s fortunes, one’s

commitment to helping to change the tide did

not abate.

Things went further southward in Oguta!

The town was ridiculed with failed road

projects (including Ogbuide Road (the main

road linking Oguta to the rest of Nigeria),

vandalised electric power transformers, total

collapse of public power supply for about seven

years, complete neglect of Oguta’s tourism

potentials and lack of political will to approve

and deliver the power turbine that should have

been established at the confluence of Orashi

River and Ohamiri Lake (Ogbuide Lake).

Consequently, this writer, in December 2018,

wrote a piece titled: “Oguta Deserves Better!

Who’ll Take Responsibility?” That document

was sent to some leaders of thought in Oguta

with the primary intention of joining swirling

talks for Oguta indigenes to do all that is

politically and socially expedient to stem the

tide of neglect of the town. Though the

document did not specifically mention the

2019 governorship election, it was clear to its

audience that the election presented Oguta a

mega opportunity to ‘make something


That election has come and gone. There is a

change of the party in power at the helm of

affairs in Owerri with ebullient support of

Oguta! A distinguished former deputy speaker

of the House of Representatives and friend of

Oguta, Emeka Ihedioha, emerged governor

of the state. What more? A distinguished son of

Oguta with an enviable resume, Alphonsus

Irona, is the incumbent deputy governor.

The initial steps the incumbent governor of

the state took - following his inauguration -

show clearly that Oguta indigenes and friends

of Oguta are right to believe that ‘finally, fresh

air is blowing over Oguta’. The governor and

his deputy led members of the current Imo

State House of Assembly to Oguta for a threeday

retreat. During that retreat and afterwards,

meaningful steps have been taken to show that

infrastructural restoration and development

in Oguta and neighbouring communities will

be a priority of this administration. Fortunately,

from what one has gathered thus far, as it is

happening in Oguta, it also happening in other

parts of the state.

What are those specific areas that were left

to deteriorate in Oguta before Emeka Ihedioha

became governor of Imo State? Any

suggestion(s) on how to create and sustain

positive turn around?

Hottest on the tray of expectations in Oguta

is the restoration of public power supply. After

seven years of black-out, you can imagine the

impact this will have. Regrettably, there are

perhaps a million stories for this state of affairs

in Oguta. The new government under Ihedioha

is said to be working hard to solve this problem

as soon as practicable as this was a major

request to every governorship candidate that

went to campaign in Oguta during the 2019

electioneering period.

The sheer abandonment of a proposed

electricity turbine at the confluence of Ohamiri

Lake and Orashi River (that would have

replicated one of such in Japan) is worrisome.

Truth is, that project, if established, will benefit

Oguta and many surrounding communities,

The Oguta community is

counting on the governor to

fulfil his campaign promise

including boosting entrepreneurship and


Can one talk about Oguta without

mentioning the huge tourism potential of

Oguta Lake? Again, the community is counting

on the governor to fulfil his campaign promise

in this regard.

Also, the neglect of the small ship bearing

potential on Oguta’s water resources leaves

many questions unanswered. Just imagine the

extensive economic and social benefits of

linking Oguta with Port Harcourt and Onitsha

by ships! It is one sure way of making Imo

State an economic bastion.

Again, as found in other parts of once Eastern

Nigeria, ‘reminders’ of the Nigeria-Biafra

Civil War in Oguta have been neglected. For

instance, tourists visiting Oguta would like to

know how ‘Biafran soldiers’ used the massive

water tank at Egwe, a neighbouring town, to

hold off Nigerian forces over a long period of


Neglect in setting up a proposed Oguta

petrochemicals plant several years after the

idea was mooted also deserves review. With

the unquantifiable benefits of the proposed

plant for Imo State and Nigeria, it is a wonder

that such a project can be thrashed! Governor

Ihedioha must adopt political sagacity to

reach out to the Federal Government to ensure

that the proposal takes a huge leap away from

the drawing board as it will bring about a

horde of positive ripple effects.

Imo State has several natural resources

other than petrochemical. Governor Ihedioha’s

approach of hitting the tracks running with

his 15-point ‘Contract With Imo State’ gives

Oguta and the rest of Imo State confidence

that the fresh air already blowing in the state

will bring about huge developmental changes

for posterity.

The manner oil and gas companies and

other investors in the state have implemented

corporate social responsibility donations and

other programmes in the state raises so many

queries. The stories that are associated with

these ‘efforts’ leave much to be desired, leaving

one to ask: who is fooling who? For instance,

is it the oil and gas companies or influential

indigenes in the case of Oguta? It is necessary

for the state government to find lasting

solutions to this avoidable confusion. The truth

must be gleaned from the mirage of stories

associated with those donations and


Oguta deserves an ultra-modern market

where the current market is situated. Such a

market, with 20-24 hours daily electricity

supply will boost entrepreneurial activities in

the town and add value to Oguta’s tourism

capacity, boost internally generated revenue

and attract more social activities. Care must

be taken, though, to ensure that the ultramodern

market does not end up being the

‘proud possession’ of the rich and mighty in


•William-West, a leadership development

consultant, wrote from Lagos

32 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019


By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

LEO; Good luck and happiness indicated for you today. But

then, the scope of your success’ll depend on how co-operative

and creative you are both with your loved one and at work.

Prepare to take good advice especially from younger person(s).

VIRGO.; Happenings within your working arena’ll give

genuine cause to smile and with efforts on your part you’re in for

a rewarding day. Take advantage of your sex-appeal to enhance

your love life. Experiment with ideas creatively.

LIBRA; Creativity may take front in what’s happening within

your base of operation and the best for you is to join them. Lovers

are fairly favoured.

SCORPIO ; Tomorrow is your great day. Yet your being creative

today can earn you un-expected good result at the end of the

day. Be family minded now.

SAGITTARIUS ; Needed solution to challenges along your

career/business lines will come through your being creative.

Prepare to take good advice on your finances.

CAPRICORN ; If you take unusual ideas coming to your

mind today more seriously, thins’ll work favourably for you. The

more financially ambitious you’re the better.



“When we are motivated by goals that have deep

meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure

love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.

— Greg Anderson-

Feeling good most of the time might help us feel

happier, but a meaningful life has to do with the

purpose, significance, fulfillment, and satisfaction of

life. The key is to know one’s purpose and live it well.

—Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”



To get lost is

to learn the


~ African


By Kola Fayemi

AQUARIUS; The Moon’s placement favours aggressive

approach in a favourable way. Here is a day Artist among you can

create master piece. Be stead-fast.

PISCES; You’ll have much to gain if you’re more co-operative

and embrace creative ideas of your close associates. And it’s good

to be friendly, loving and caring.

ARIES Aggressive approach is not what you will need at

work now, but creative approach. You’ve got nothing to lose if

you take good advice from your friends.

TAURUS ; Whatever anybody says about your ambition

and desire success will crown your efforts today. The more creative

you are the better for your cause. And lovers can make it an

exciting and happy day. Show your sex appeal and be loving.

GEMINI ; Your ideas are brilliant and if you blend them

creatively the sky’ll be the limit. Let people within your home



Send your date and place of birth to the Astr


Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

Are we compatible?

Dear Joshua,

He is a public figure. He believes in you strongly but he is some

how scared to get in touch with you. Do not publish our data but I

want to be sure before I take irreversible (or difficult to reverse)

steps at this crucial stage of our life. Be frank and tell us if we are

compatible or not.

Anonymous Lady, Ibadan.


Dear Anonymous Lady,

There is no perfect relationship in the world but understanding

and maturity are keys. Yet Astrological compatibility guide always

prove helpful.







































It is interesting to see Venus (love) of both two horoscopes conjoined

in 9th and 10th degrees of Virgo. They simply mean that all the man

needs in a woman (wife) are placed in the woman. And emotional

needs of Anonymous Lady is in him. Although the lady was born

with lucky aura as indicated by good relationship between her natal

Sun (self) in Leo and powerfully placed Lucky Jupiter in Sagittarius,

difficult relationship between hard task Saturn in Capricorn/Moon

in Cancer and Venus in Virgo and Mars in Gemini will bring

unavoidable marital challenges in Anonymous life. But with maturity,

she will overcome..


Currently this man’s progressive Sun (self) is hovering over the

lady’s natal Jupiter (good luck. Directly and indirectly if this

relationship is allowed to be, the man’s luck will pick up greatly

Although, the Lady will make some money via this relationship, it

will be like a child play compare to what will come the way of the

man. How I wish is the other way round. But all said and done, it is

a good relationship, although, Lady Anonymous may initially

find it a little bit difficult to co operate with sex libido of this powerful


I wish you blissful relationship.




By Lawrence Akapa

Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019 — 33

WUEDA: Macaulay, Otumara

talk tough, say buildings on

water ways’ll be demolished

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By Festus Ahon


Uvwie and Environs

Special Areas Development

Agency, WUEDA, has

promised to give the areas

a befitting face lift and also

demolish buildings erected

on natural waterways as

well as clamp down on

caravans on major streets.

Speaking with newsmen

after a maiden meeting of

members of the agency at

Government House Annex,

Warri, Director General, Mr

Ovuozourie Macaulay

disclosed that the current

executive members of the

agency were prepared to lay

a pioneering foundation for

successive governments.

Macaulay said the duty of

the agency was to ensure

holistic development for

Warri, Uvwie and environs

in line with the vision of

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,

lamenting that; “There are

a lot of illegal buildings

across natural waterways.

Such buildings must go


By Ochuko Akuopha


the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

Delta State, Mr Richard

Akassa has expressed

satisfaction with the

appointment of Mr.

Michael Diden as the

Chairman of the Delta State

Oil Producing Areas

“We cannot protect one

man’s business and let the

generality of the people

suffer. You cannot talk of

building drainages when

some people are building

houses on waterways. So

there are a lot of issues we

will look at. Before now,

there was no strong base for

Warri development. All

approaches were ad-hoc.

“But Okowa saw the need

to establish something that

is permanent and in his

words, he wants ‘a holistic’

development. Not just

about drainage or roads but

cutting across social

services including health,

environment, education

and everything about Warri

to be handled by one


Chairman of the agency,

Dr Joseph Otumara, who

also spoke with newsmen,

said the agency will kick off

with tours of Warri, Uvwie

and environs to assess the

level of depreciation to

enable them map out

requisite strategy for the

development of the area.

FISSAN decries non-engagement

of Nigerians by firm handling LGP

project in Kwale

By Onozure Dania

THE Fitters Senior Staff

Association of Nigeria

FISSAN, has decried the

non engagement of

Nigerian fitters by


Hydrocarbon Limited,

presently handling the LGP

project in Kwale, Delta


Mr Morrister Idibra,

National General Secretary,

FISSAN, in a statement

yesterday in Warri, said, the

association was aware that


Hydrocarbon Limited, had

engaged 50 foreign fitters

out of which is only one

Nigerian fitter, adding that

such an action was in

violation of the Nigerian

Local Content Act.

He said “We have written

series of letters to the

management of


Hydrocarbon Limited, a

subsidiary of Sterling

Global, to address the

injustice by engaging

foreign fitters to the

detriment of Nigerians

qualified and capable to

handle the same LGP

project at Ogune road,

Kwale, Delta State.

“Tthe association has

notified Ashatavinayak

Hydrocarbon Limited, and

requested for a meeting with

its management to explain

to us the engagement of 50

foreign fitters while there

are over 10,000 Nigerian

qualified fitters. I have told

them to address the matter

as failure to do so will be an

invitation to industrial

unrest and acrimony. “

He said Nigerians cannot

be shouting about

unemployment while jobs in

Nigeria meant for qualified

Nigerians are given to

foreigners, adding that the

Nigerian government will

create millions of jobs for

Nigerians by enforcing the

Local Content Act.

Development Commission,


Akassa, in a statement

yesterday, described

Diden’s appointment as

well deserved and thanked

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

for the well thought out


He expressed optimism

that Diden (aka Ejele) will

“use his wealth of

experience as former

FOR BREASTFEEDING: From left: Lara Dahunsi, Training & Program Coordinator, Lagos State Traditional

Medicine Board;Akinola Olumide, Supervisory Councillor for Health, Shomolu Local Government;Rufai Olatundun,

Senior Nutrition Oficer, Lagos State Min of Health; Dr. Adekitan Adetoke, Nutrition Programme Officer, Lagos

State Primary Health Care Board and Uche Ralph-Opara, Lagos State Team Lead, Alive & Thrive during the 2019

World Breastfeeding Week town hall meeting for community influencers in Lagos. Photo: Akeem Salau.

Ijaw youths demand 50% derivation to oil


By Emma Amaize

IJAW Youth Council,

IYC, yesterday,

demanded increase in the

derivation to oil producing

states in Niger Delta from

13 to 50 percent, as it were

in the 60s.

Reacting to the proposal

to rejig the revenue sharing

formula, IYC president,

Pereotubo Oweilaemi, said,

“As the Federal

Government is proposing to

review the revenue sharing

formula in the country, IYC

while commending the

government for the gesture,

demands for an upward

review of the 13 per cent

derivation to the oil

producing states.

“We demand that the

revenue committee should

be guided to what it used

to be in the 60s. In the 60s,

the revenue sharing

formula was 50 percent to

the producing states; 20

percent to the central

government, while 30

percent was kept in a pool

from which distributions

were made to all regions in

a proportion of their

population size.

“Let us revert to this

sharing formula being

practiced in the 60s

before the civil war. We are


representing the Itsekiri

ethnic nationality on the

board of DESOPADEC to

better the lot of people of

oil producing communities

across the state.

“Diden has never been

found wanting in previous

positions he held and

he is widely known as a

man who does not

hesitate to put smiles on

the faces of the needy.”

certain that an upward

review of the meager 13

percent derivation to 50

percent will aggressively

address the perennial

crisis in the Niger Delta.

“It will stabilise the oil

industry thereby boosting

our daily productions.

This is an opportunity for

President Muhammadu

Buhari to write his name

in the annals of golden

history for resolving the

Niger Delta conundrum.”

Emmanuel not owner of industries in

Akwa Ibom, says Adeniyi

By Harris Emmanuel

U Executive YO—CHIEF

Officer of

Metering Solutions

Manufacturing Services

Limited, a limited liability

company based in Awa,

Onna Local Government

Area of Akwa Ibom State,

Adebisi Adeniyi denied

insinuations in some

quarters that Governor

Udom Emmanuel was the

owner of the industries sited

in some parts of the state.

Adeniyi who spoke with

reporters in Onna, refuted

claims that the company was

owned by the governor,

explaining that the governor

only created an enabling

environment for investors to

come to the state, adding

that by so doing, jobs had

been created for the youths

to keep them away from

restiveness and criminal


He said, “The governor is

trying to make the

Alaibe Campaign appoints ex Bayelsa Dep Gov Ebebi as DG, others

for PDP primary

By Samuel Oyadongha


C a m p a i g n

Organisation of the

frontline aspirant for the

governorship of Bayelsa

State, Chief ‘Timi Alaibe,

has announced the

appointment of a former

Deputy Governor of



PDP stalwart hails Diden’s appointment as


Peremobowei Ebebi as its

Director General for the

People’s Democratic Party,

PDP, primaries slated for

next month.

The Administrative

Secretary of the ‘Timi

Alaibe Campaign

Organisation, Prof Seiyefa

Brisibe, disclosed this in a

statement yesterday, in


He said: “By this

appointment, Ebebi, who is

a staunch member of the

party and a former Speaker

of the State House of

Assembly , will lead a team

of other dedicated members

of the Campaign

Organisation towards

ensuring total victory for the

aspirant on September 3,

when the party’s 1, 400

delegates will meet to elect

the PDP’s flag bearer in the

environment work, create

jobs, take off our youths from

the streets and reduce

crimes. That is why they say

that Akwa Ibom is the safest

in Nigeria. Mid last year, I

hosted 27 Generals from

Nigeria Defense Academy,

and they said they wanted

to know why Akwa Ibom

was the safest state and I

said there was no magic to

it, just create jobs, take

youths out of the streets and

keep the environment safe

because they are the ones

who are involved in most of

the crimes.

“What the governor in his

magnanimity has done is to

invite investors, give us the

enabling environment in

terms of the land, access

road and everything you see

is as a result of the efforts of

the state government.

“We have a 33KVA substation

which is also from the

governor. They are giving

dedicated 24/7 power

supply direct from Ibom

gubernatorial election.

“ The appointment of the

highly experienced and

widely respected political

leader is an added

advantage to the

organisation that has

already positioned Alaibe

as the choice of the


“Also appointed to run the

campaign are the

influential Senator Nimi

Barigha-Amange as the

Coordinator Bayelsa East

senatorial district; former

Chairman of PDP in

Bayelsa State, Chief Rufus

Abadi as the Campaign

Coordinator in Bayelsa

Central senatorial

district; while Chief

Kemi Prefa is the

Campaign Coordinator

in Bayelsa West

senatorial district.''

Power so that we do not have

to be using diesel, which to

a businessperson is not

sustainable. What he has

done is to bring investors.

This is a government that

has brought almost 12 to 13

companies to Akwa Ibom

and that is phenomenal.''

Firm unveils

digital platform

to support




premier digital


commodity trading and

logistics platform based in

Lagos, Agrorite.com said its

digital platform, Agrorite

was designed to connect

small holder farmers to sell

their farm produce to local

and international buyers at

a fair and competitive


The founder/CEO., Toyosi

Ayodele said this in a

statement made available to

journalists in Lagos, saying

that the platform also

partner with sponsors

(Agroriters) to help small

holder farmers get better

access to market to zero

hunger (SDG goal 2), fight

food insecurity, grow the

economy with a drive to

spur agricultural prosperity.

‘’Agrorite is aligned with

SDGs and takes the goal 2

which is Zero Hunger as it

focal point. We don't limit

farmers access to us

through crowd funding,

rather we encourage as

many farmers as possible

but helping them with crop

yield, financial inclusion,

trading and logistics. We

empower our farmers and

ensure their independence

on determination of pricing

and invariably financial

freedom. Our model cuts

across our core values with

respect for rights, freedom

and humanity,’’ he said.

34—Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

Civil service has

changed, but...—Rufai

By Agbonkhese




Rufai, who recently

retired from Lagos State

civil service as Director,

has said a lot changed in

the civil service, noting,

however, that the service

is still very relevant to

governance, especially

with the processes and

channels of reaching the


She said this at the joint

celebration of her 60th

birthday, retirement

ceremony, launching of

her NGO, Glance Fancier

International Foundation,

GFIF, and empowerment

of 50 widows, in Lagos.

According to Rufai, “the

public service has

undergone several

reforms in the course of my

service. Some are very

vital to its growth, while

others are very difficult to



K A —


of Anambra State

resident in Malaysia

have expressed worry

over the number of girls

from the South-East geopolitical

zone being used

in sex trafficking

business in that country.

The residents, on the

platform of Anambra

State Welfare Association

Malaysia, ASWAM, said

yesterday in Awka that

the situation had become

embarrassing, adding

that they would no longer

tolerate it.

Chairman of the group,

Mr. Okwunwanne

Mmaduka, said they

were not only faced with

the problem of sex

trafficking, but also the

issue of kidnappings in


He denied the

insinuation that every

Igbo staying in Malaysia

is a kidnapper, adding

that most of them were

doing genuine

businesses and studying

at the same time.

He said they would

meet the Obi of Onitsha,

Igwe Alfred Achebe and

other monarchs,

Governor Willie Obiano

and other stakeholders to

brief them on the

worrisome trend.

According to him, the

group receives over 20

achieve with the

millennium public

servants we have now.

“In those days, public

servants were ready to

serve with their hearts,

but it is not so any more.

The orientation is very

different now, especially

with the world of

technology and politics.

But I am fulfilled retiring

as a Director, grade level


Mrs Rufai, President/

CEO of GFIF, added that

her journey has been a

life of service, having

joined Inner Wheel in

1989, and becoming

2017/2018 District 911

Chairman, saying GFIF

will help her fully

concentrate on service to

humanity, specifically

the vulnerable such as

widows, youths, aged,

the physically challenged,

and engage in

breast cancer advocacy.

Sex trafficking of Igbo

in Malaysia worries

Anambra in Diaspora

By Vincent


complaints each week

on the activities of the

traffickers, adding that

a lot of them had lost

their lives in the


Mmaduka said the

group had rescued

most of them and sent

them back to Nigeria,

while some others had

been sent to school in

Malaysia by the group,

noting that the trend

was giving Ndigbo a

bad name.

He said: “ASWAM is

disturbed by the

increasing cases of

Anambra State women

and girls in Malaysia

falling victims of sex

trafficking and

commercial sexual



therefore, employing

community-based and

state-wide campaigns

to combat the menace of

sex trafficking and

other forms of

commercial sex

exploitations of

Anambra women and

girls in Malaysia.

“We are taking the

campaigns to our

families, communities

and traditional

institutions here in

Anambra State, and

raising awareness

among our young

people, parents,

government and the

public on the dangers


Ikpeazu flags off Isialangwa South Mass Transit


Ikpeazu of Abia State

has flagged off the first set

of vehicles procured by the

Transition Committee

Chairman of Isialangwa

South, Ike Anyataonwu, for

the commencement of the

Isialangwa South Mass

Transit scheme, at the

council’s headquarters,


Governor Ikpeazu,

represented by his Special

Adviser on Media, Mr.

Enyinnaya Appolos,

commended Anyataonwu

for being prudent in the

management of resources,

executing people-oriented

programmes and listening

to the yearnings of the


He called on other

council chairmen in the

state to emulate what

Anyataonwu has done, by

finding out what the needs

of the people of their

various local government

councils are to effectively

contribute to the

amelioration of the

challenges, as mass transit

may not be the challenge

of every council.

By Chinonso Alozie


still practising female

genital mutilation,


circumcision) have been

warned to desist from it or

risk 14 years imprisonment

and/or N250,000 fine.

This was revealed

yesterday during an

advocacy dialogue with

traditional rulers, organised

by Imo State office of the

National Orientation

Agency, NOA, with the

support from United

Nations Children Fund,

UNICEF, Enugu Field

Office at Ikeduru Local

The governor said: “It is

commendable. I would

have been disappointed

otherwise. This has

confirmed the trust we have

in the chairman of

Isialangwa South, Ike

Anyataonwu. I commend

him for this laudable


Governor Ikpeazu

stressed that his

government will continue

to support the full

autonomy of the local

government system to

ensure that people at the

rural areas feel the impact

of the government.

Earlier, Anyataonwu

thanked Governor

Ikpeazu for the ongoing

construction of Mgboko/

Umuene Road and called

on the contractor

handling the project to

ensure quality and

timeliness, adding that

the buses will convey

people and farm produce

from Isialangwa to Aba at

a subsidised fare on daily


MASS TRANSIT: Representative of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of

Abia State, Enyinnaya Appolos, Special Adviser on Media(middle); Chairman,

Isialangwa South Local Government Area, Ike Anyataonwu(right); His Royal

Highness Eze Okpanku(left), and others, at the flagg off of Isialangwa South

Mass Transit Scheme, yesterday.

Practise female circumcision

in Imo, spend 14 years in jail

•… as Ebonyi, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Imo top in FGM prevalence

ALL the traditional

rulers and Presidents-

General of the town unions

in Enugu State, yesterday,

unanimously passed a vote

of confidence in Governor

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s

government in sustaining

peace, security and good

governance in the state.

Rising from a closed-door

meeting with Governor

Ugwuanyi at the

Government House,

Enugu, the royal fathers

and the town union

Government Area of the


As part of the

sensitisation process, the

royal fathers were showed

the legal and health

implications of FGM.

Vanguard captured part of

the anti-FGM law as

presented to the traditional

rulers: “By the Imo State

FGM (prohibition) Law,

2017, if you perform FGM,

submit oneself for FGM,

penalty is 14 years

imprisonment or N250,000

fine or both;

“Aid and abet

performance of FGM,

seven years imprisonment

or N150,000 fine or both; to

leaders, told newsmen they

were satisfied and in

support of all the measures

taken so far by the governor

to enhance security in the

state to maintain its status

as one of the most peaceful

and secure states in the


Speaking through the

chairman of Enugu State

Council of Traditional

Rulers, HRH, Igwe

Lawrence Agubuzu, the

traditional rulers and the

town unions' leaders,

assault a person for

refusing to undergo FGM

attracts three years

imprisonment or N100,000

or both.”

Meanwhile, according to

the State Director of NOA,

Vitus Ekeocha, “Ebonyi,

Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Imo are

the local communities

UNICEF is working and

the prevalent rate in these

five states is higher than

any other state in the


“From information and

what the women confessed,

there is need to abandon

this FGM practice. When

we were doing community

dialogue, we started

Royal fathers, community leaders pass vote of

confidence in Ugwuanyi

described Ugwuanyi as a

“God-given governor.”

He added: “We have had

governors in Enugu State

and we have never had

anyone who is as humble,

as peace-loving, as

effective, as compassionate

and as concerned with

security as Governor


Revalidating the Ofo

(symbol of authority) they

gave Ugwuanyi prior to his

re-election, the traditional

rulers prayed for God’s

guidance, wisdom and

good health for the

hearing experiences.

“However, because of

cultural stigmatisation,

everybody decided to keep

quiet. But when you

engage them one-on-one,

especially when they are

not with their male folks,

you will hear a lot and

realise that they have

really suffered.

“In those days, because

of our culture and tradition,

women do not speak out no

matter how painful it may

be. But now, a woman can

tell her husband no, you

can’t touch me. In those

days, her fellow women

will ask her if she is a


governor, moved the

motion for a vote of

confidence in Ugwuanyi

“in view of the way and

manner he has been handling

the security issues

arising in Enugu State.”

Seconding the motion,

the town unions’

presidents-general through

their chairman, Chief Pauly

Eze, stated that they were

in support of the

endorsement in recognition

of the governor’s sterling

leadership qualities and

giant strides in the area of

peace and security.





Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—35

Buhari receives update on Taraba


•As Police investigative panel arrives Jalingo

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru &Femi



Muhammadu Buhari,

yesterday, met with security

heads on the aegis of

National Security Council at

the Presidential Villa, Abuja,

where he was updated with

the incident leading to killing

of three police officers and a

civilian by soldiers along Ibi-

Wukari Road in Taraba State.







from BUA

AS part of its corporate

sustainability and

social development

initiatives, BUA Obu

Cement Company, a

cement manufacturing

subsidiary of BUA Group,

has commissioned and

donated six solar-powered

water projects to various

communities in Okpella,

Etsako East Local

Government Area of Edo


It has also inaugurated a

scholarship board for 24

exceptional students

beginning in September.

Speaking on the

donations, O’tega Ogra,

Group Head, Corporate

Communications at BUA

Group, said: “These

projects have re-affirmed

that at BUA Group,

Corporate Social

Responsibility, CSR, is

more than just a

watchword. It is a social pact

and enduring commitment

between BUA, the people

and communities where we

operate, to bring about

sustainable development.

"BUA Group and its

subsidiaries will continue

to adopt responsible

business practices while

contributing positively to

the development of host


For BUA Obu Cement

Company Plant Director,

Ahmed Idris, “it is our

intention that these six

water projects, which meet

the requirements for

reliable, sustainable and

clean, potable water, will

make life easier for Okpella


On the scholarship

scheme for 24 students,

Idris said: “We are not

stopping there. We have

identified a host of other

ways from community

roads to schools renovations

and healthcare support. We

shall continue to do our best

to improve lives of the

members of our host


Briefing State House

correspondents after the

meeting, Chief of Air Staff, Air

Marshal Sadique Abubakar,

said the council evaluated the

current security strategy in

the country,

He said: “This brief is just

to acquaint you with the

issues discussed during the

National Security Council.

The council evaluated the

current strategy of managing

internal security operations all

over the country and we are

satisfied with the current

efforts. We are making

substantial progress in all the

areas of conflicts.

On Taraba killing

“The council also decided

that on the unfortunate

incident in Ibi, Taraba State,

a committee will be setup

under the Defence

Headquarters to critically

investigate the circumstances

that led to the unfortunate

incidence in Ibi.

“Finally, we also want to

assure Nigerians that the

armed forces of Nigeria and

other security agencies would

continue to work to ensure the

security of Nigerians and to

also ensure that no individual

or group of individuals

undermines the territorial

integrity of Nigeria. That, in

a nutshell, is the outcome of

this meeting.”

Asked if the council

discussed the issue of using

technology and drones to

fight crimes as earlier

pledged to the South-West

leaders, the Chief of Air Staff

said: “Technology will

continue to play a very critical

role in resolving security

challenges in Nigeria. All the

services are using one form

of technology or the other to

ensure that our country is


“So technology will

continue to play a role and

we are also looking at other

areas of technology that are

not currently in use to ensure

that we put together all that

is required to ensure security

of Nigeria and Nigerians.”



panel arrives


Meanwhile, the police

investigative panel, to

unravel the circumstances

that led to the killing of three

police officers and a civilian

by soldiers along Ibi-Jalingo

road, has arrived Jalingo,

Taraba State capital.

The team touched down

Danbaba Suntai Airport,

Jalingo, yesterday, around

5.35 pm and was welcomed

by the state Commissioner of

Police, Alkasim Sanusi.

The team, however,

declined to make any

comment to the press before

moving to the police


VISIT: Group Managing Director/CEO, Midwestern Oil & Gas

Company Limited, Charles Odita (left) and Group Managing

Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Mele

Kolo Kyari, during a courtesy visit by Midwestern Oil & Gas Company

Limited to NNPC, in Abuja.

Controversial Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road

ready Dec, A-Ibom assures

By Chioma


AKWA Ibom State

government has

assured of its readiness

and determination to

complete the controversial

25 kilometres Uyo-Ikot

Ekpene dualised road by

December 2019.

The state Commissioner

for Works, Ephraim

Inyangeyen, gave the

assurance yesterday,

while presenting the

performance of his

ministry between January

till date during the

ongoing budget defence

by Ministries Department

and Agencies, MDAs,

organised by the state

House of Assembly

Committee on Finance

and Appropriation,

chaired by Uduak

Udoudo of Ikot Abasi

Eastern/Obolo state


Inyangeyen explained

that government never

wished to abandon the

road contrary to the

propaganda after the

governor was re-elected

into office, adding that

when completed it would

add value to the lives of

the residents.

He said: “The Uyo-Ikot

Ekpene Road has enjoyed

quite some controversy. I

call it the most politicised

road in Akwa Ibom State.

And I must report to this

House that immediately

after the elections and

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, won I was directed

by the governor to inspect

that road for completion

unfailingly by December.

“What I discovered is

that the people of Ikot

Ekpene were deceived

and told that once His

Excellency wins second

term, the road would be

abandoned. During

inspection, one of the

youths there asked me

what we were there to do.

They told us the road

would be abandoned.

That road is at the

terminal point."

Chairman of the

Committee Uduak

Udoudo commended the

Commissioner for the

efforts made so far in the

area of road construction

across the state and urged

him to ensure that few

local government areas

yet to be touched benefit

during the second tenure

of the administration.

Child trafficking: Mind who

you release your children to,

Delta govt warns parents

By Festus Ahon


government has

advised parents and

guardians to be mindful of

who they release their

children and wards to, even

as it urged the public not to

hesitate to report any

suspected child trafficker to

the nearest police station or

government official.

The state Attorney-



Commissioner For Justice,

Peter Mrakpor, who gave

the advice at a press

conference, in Asaba, said

the state government would

deploy all arsenals at its

disposal to battle persons

caught in the dirty business

of child trafficking.

Mrakpor, who is also the

chairman of the state Task

Force on Human Trafficking

and Illegal Migration, said

the committee had been

Xirea Apparels opens factory in


XIREA Apparels Limited

has officially opened its

world-class factory for

business at Trans-Amadi

Layout, Port-Harcourt,Rivers


The event, which attracted

dignitaries from oil and gas,

fashion, construction,

education, armed forces and

banking sectors, saw the

outfit commissioned two

warehouses (raw materials

and finished goods) and the

garment factory.

Mr Simbi Wabote,

Executive Secretary,

Nigerian Content

Development and

Monitoring Board,

NCDMB, represented by Dr.

Patrick Obah, Director of

Statistics and Research; Mr.

Walter Paviani, Managing

Director of Saipem Nigeria

and Mr. Kayode Ogunleye,

Vice President HR Shell

Nigeria did the honours of cut

mandated to come out hard

against human trafficking

in the state.

He said: “Whether it is

child trafficking on

orphanages or any form,

the state governor frowns

against it and the taskforce

will do everything to ensure

that our people are


He said as part of

activities to mark the World

Day Against Human

Trafficking, the committee

would take a walk from

Interbua roundabout to

Oshimili South Arcade

where the people would be

adequately sensitised.

“It is very easy to say we

are going abroad but what

you are going to do there

is another matter. A lot of

people have been taken

abroad on the pretext of

going to school or for work,

at the end of the day, they

end up as slaves.”

Senator advocates more

participation of women in


By Emmaneul


C ALABAR—Senator

Gershom Bassey has

stressed the need to

encourage women with

capacity to be given chance

in politics to further engender

positive change and contribute

their quota in nation building.

Bassey, a senator

representing Southern

senatorial district of Cross

River State, who stated this in

an interview with newsmen,

said that was the reason the

Senate, during its screening

of ministerial nominees, only

asked the women to take a bow

and go.

He said, “55 per cent of

electorate in this country are

women and yet we find very

few of them in elective and

appointed positions. So, it is

important that we encourage

more women to participate in

the electoral process.”

Speaking on why nominees

who appeared before the

Senate were asked to take a

bow and go, Bassey said: "For

anyone to be elected into the

National Assembly, he must

have been screened

thoroughly by the electorate

and security agencies.

“In the course of contesting

an election, you are

scrutinised thoroughly by

political opponents, electorate

and security agencies such

that by the time you end up in

the Senate or House of

Representatives, subjecting

you to rigorous screening

again when offered an

appointment may not be too


the ribbons signifying that

Xirea is open for business.

The event also showcased

the launch of West Africa’s first

indigenous brand of Personal

Protective Equipment,

PPE,—Buphalo. Buphalo

Active Gear is Xirea’s first

customer and showcased its

products by hosting Africa’s

first ever Safety Fashion

runway to the delight of the


Mr. Obinna Eneh, the

founder of the Xirea Apparels

and Buphalo Active Gear, in

his speech themed “The

Spirit of Nigeria” reiterated

his vision of “employing more

than 50,000 people by the

year 2030.” He also promised

to make “Buphalo Safety

Fashion runway an annual

event. Xirea Apparels is a full

package clothing

manufacturing service; we

handle everything from

thought to finish to bring our

customers’ vision to life."

36 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

By Theodore Opara

Land Cruiser Pickup: Built to tame

most difficult terrains

New BMW 7 Series berths in Nigeria

THE all new BMW 7 se

ries is now available at Coscharis

Motors showrooms across

the country. The BMW brand

flagship comes with a more distinctive,

luxurious and outstanding

dynamics. According to Coscharis,

the new 7 series stands out

with its prestigious, elegant appearance,

superlative comfort and

exceptionally sporty performance,

a combination that only the BMW

7 Series delivers in this class.

Cletus Aregbeshola, marketing

manager for BMW, Coscharis

Motors, said, “around three-anda-half

years from the introduction

of the sixth generation in 2015,

the BMW 7 Series Sedan has undergone

a wide ranging and ef-

THIS is a special Land

Cruiser. It is built to take

you anywhere you want to go

and take the most difficult task

on any terrain. Powerful, rugged,

comfortable and environmental

friendly are some of the

attributes of the Land Cruiser

pickup that is built for tough


Evolving since 1951 with the

tough Toyota Jeep BJ, the name

Land Cruiser was adopted in

1954 and many series and models

have hit the roads since then.

The Land Cruiser outstanding

performance has earned it the

title as king of the road. Its performance

and reliability are legendary.

Hence it has always

been a perennial hit, renowned

for utility wherever and whenever

it is launched.

The Land Cruiser pickup, like

the Estate and Prado versions,

has carved a niche for itself in

terms of reliability, performance

and drivability. The engine of

the Land Cruiser pickup delivers

more horsepower and produces

lower emissions. Under

the bonnet of the Land Cruiser

pickup is either a 4.0 V6 twin

camVVT-i (petrol engine) or a

4.2 litre diesel engine.

Both engines deliver outstanding

power that are not

commonly found in pickups in

their class. Apart from the engines

delivering outstanding

power, the Land Cruiser pickup

is solidly packaged to withstand

the toughest condition.

The rugged frame is a solid

foundation for responsive handling

and incomparable functionality

while the suspension

is optimised for comfort and

load-carry capacity.

Coupled with this is the fact

that the Land Cruiser has ample

ground clearance and climbing

capability for rough roads.

It can wade through flood easily

due to its high ground clearance

which is outstanding in the

pickup segment. The Land

Cruiser pickups all road conquering

ability comes from its

dual-speed part time 4WD

which adapts to every road

condition. For instance, while

the H2 is for city streets, the H4

is for slippery roads and L4 for

even greater power.

Land Cruiser’s array of features

account for its reliability.

Rear limited slip differential enhance

4WD off-road performance

by automatically limiting

the torque differential between

a wheel that is stuck and the

opposite wheel to increase traction.

Also optional dual mode

automatic locking hub let you

lock the front and switch between

2WD and 4WD from the

driver’s seat. Optional second

90-litre tank doubles the distance

between refills which

means you don’t have to stop

to refill when you travel with

the Land Cruiser pickup.

Though the Land Cruiser

pickup look rugged, inside it

is a different world. Stylish,

comfortable, with array of

equipment for occupant pleasure.

The stylish instrument

panel is fine tuned with hazard

switch and clock at the top

and other controls within easy

reach. Everything about interior

of Land Cruiser pickup is

modern and trendy: This includes

Tilt adjustable, telescoping

steering wheel, wireless

door lock system, CD and AM/

FM radio with Aux and USB,

among others.

Available in single and double

cabin versions, the Land

Cruiser pickup is durable and

easy to use down to the last hook.

The cargo section is designed

for working efficiency. It is tough,

durable and easy to load, for

efficient work. Active and passive

safety features are attributes

of the Land Cruiser pickup. No

wonder the Land Cruiser pickup

has earned the respect of the

United Nations in most of its

projects across the globe as well

as themilitary and para-military


fective updates. These updates

have positioned the flagship model

as a trendsetter, introducing

world-firsts that are being copied

by other manufacturers.”

From front to rear, the new BMW

7 Series looks like a completely

new model. In many respects, it

has become even more luxurious,

with numerous highly advanced

components. This includes more

powerful and fuel-efficient petrol

engines, a new, pioneering infotainment

system and the latest driver

assistance systems. The sixthgeneration

BMW 7 Series Sedan

also sets standards in terms of providing

both maximum ride comfort

and a sporting and dynamic

driving experience.

This is due to an advanced chassis

design complete with a self-levelling

two-axle air suspension included

as standard. With its intelligent

mix of aluminium, highstrength

steel and a body structure

benefiting from magnesium

and carbon reinforcements (Carbon

Core), the BMW 7 Series also

has the lowest weight among its

competitors. All models but the

M760Li and 745Le xDrive are

available in a short- and a longwheelbase


Eid El Kabir: FRSC

deploys 35,000


vehicles others

THE Federal Road Safety

Corps, FRSC, has commenced

massive mobilisation of its

personnel for the Sallah special patrol

aimed at ensuring safer road

environment during the festive period

and beyond. The Corps public

education officer, Bisi Kazeem

disclosed that 35,000 FRSC regular

and special marshals, 736 patrol

vehicles, 120 ambulances, 25 tow

trucks and 204 bikes would be on

the road during the special operation

that would commence from

August 9 to 16, 2019.

The public education officer stated

that the special patrol operation

has become necessary following the

corps’ commitment to its 2019 corporate

strategic goals of reducing

road traffic crashes, RTC, by

20 per cent and fatality by 25 per


He said: “FRSC has a tradition

of always organising special patrols

during festive periods as a way of

•Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC boss

averting the chaos that characterise

the road during the celebrations, as

such, this year’s Eid el Kabir would

not be an exemption. Motorists must

endeavour to avoid traffic violations

and remain conscious of their safety

to avoid not only arrest and prosecution

by members of the Corps, but

falling prey to avoidable road crashes.

“The mission of the special operation

is to ensure free flow of traffic,

provide prompt rescue services and

timely clearance of obstructions on

all major roads and critical corridors

across the country before, during and

after the festive period as well as

minimizing the occurrence of road

traffic crashes on the nation's highways

through effective patrol operations

and sustained public enlightenment


To ensure the effectiveness of the

operations, Kazeem revealed that

the corps marshal, Dr. Boboye

Oyeyemi, directed commanding officers

operating across various formations

nationwide to ensure that

the 52 corridors are properly manned

throughout the period of the operations.

He, however, appealed to motorists

to obey all traffic rules and regulations

and cooperate fully with the

FRSC and other law enforcement

agencies that would be deployed for

traffic management duties, saying

mobile courts would be in session

across the country for prompt dispensation

of justice to recalcitrant

traffic violators.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019—37

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Texem plans management

training programme in Lagos

Memorial Service for late mother of Gov Seriaki Dickson of Bayelsa State, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson

held at Melchizedek Palace, Toru-Orua Community, Sagbama L.G.A, Bayelsa State yesterday.


wondered why

h i g h -



are more agile

and are


adept at turning

challenges into


It is because

they spend

much more

t i m e


leaders, who •Professor Rodria Laline


people, processes and

systems and achieve tested and proven

outstanding results. methodology, Prof. Laline

Today’s visionary and will challenge leaders and

From left; Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa; Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; Former President Olusegun

Obasanjo; wife of Bayelsa State gov, Dr Rachel Dickson and Governor Seriaki Dickson of Bayelsa State. successful organisation is share practical insights on

increasingly powered by how to lead their way

sophisticated technology through a digital

where artificial intelligence transformation. Upon

is embedded in the value completion, delegates will

chain that generates learn valuable strategic

wealth. How can insights on how to drive

organisations perform innovation and develop

better in an age of artificial requisite tools required to

intelligence, virtual reality, create, deliver and capture

algorithms, big and deep value.

data and with the potential The training is designed

for Africa to be a single to develop leaders’ capacity

market now that the Africa to be more aware of their

free trade agreement has team and organisational

been signed into law in weakness, identify and


develop the potential

Also, organisations opportunities in these

operating in Nigeria are challenges and to become

consistently facing a source of survival,

challenges of survival due competitive advantage and

to the present challenging profitable growth.

socio-economic landscape A statement from the

characterised by stiff organisation said the

From left; Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; Former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (retd.); competition, high programme will hold at the

Governor Seriaki Dickson and wife, Rachel.

insecurity and an Radisson Blu Anchorage

extremely volatile context. hotel in Lagos, August 28

Thus, there is an urgent and 29. It added that the

need for leaders to innovate executives will learn how

and drive a new kind of to apply creative thinking

flexibility that is not covered techniques to overcome

by conventional challenges, implement

organisational wisdom. innovative problem-solving

It is based on this volatile models to drive profitable

and challenging milieu in innovation and effectively

Nigeria that the Board and diagnose problems and

Management of Texem UK turn challenges to business

is organising an executive opportunities.

management programme Other aspects of the

with Professor Rodria programme are

Laline. Professor Rodria development and

Laline is a visiting Professor implementation of

at Harvard, Insead and successful strategies that

IESE and Chair of bring opportunities from

Intrabond Capital. She organisational limitations

developed intellectual and alignment of

property used on chips on leadership and strategy for

Governor Dickson, his wife, Rachel; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and PDP's national Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus. all ATM cards globally. better governance.

Professor Rodria Laline is The statement added that

a visiting Professor at themes to be covered will

Harvard, Insead and IESE include analyzing

Nigerian graduates tasked on digital literacy skills

and Chair of Intrabond organisational position in

Capital. She developed the industry, strategies for

intellectual property used effective governance,

L AGOS—THE competencies, learning Educating Digital important requirement to

Director, Centre for and innovation skills, Citizens for Leadership perform effectively in this

on chips on all ATM cards building of organisational

E d u c a t i o n a l career and life skills, as and Employability, Dr. context.’’

Technology, Federal well as digital literacy Taiwo said: ‘’The current In her welcome speech, globally.

resilience when the

College of Education skills.

highly-globalised the Dean, School of She has worked with economic climate is

(Special), Oyo State, Dr. Taiwo, who was economy has fostered Education of the global research and unfavourable and

Dr. Sunday Ayodele one of the guest the need for an institution, Mr. Eniola development collaborations harnessing of competitions

Taiwo has said for any speakers, said this at internationally-minded Olajumoke Adigun, said: with IBM, ING, Hewlett- as a source of continued

Nigerian graduate to the 9th National workforce, inter cultural “No doubt, we are in an

Packard, Digital Equipment innovation; leadership in

perform effectively in Conference of the p r o f e s s i o n a l age where digital devices

Corporation, Honeywell crisis: avoiding lasting

the current highlyglobalised

economy, he Federal College of and innovation skills, ones for good and the

School of Education, competencies, learning have replaced analogue

Bull, Elsevier Science, damage to an

Oracle Corporation, organisation’s reputation,

or she must possess an Education (Technical), career and life skills, as Educational sector must

inter-cultural Akoka, Lagos.

well as digital literacy be in the forefront of this Siemens and Philips as and why some strategies

p r o f e s s i o n a l With the theme: skills are seen as global information.” CEO. Applying TEXEM’s work and others fail.

38— Vanguard, FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019


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INAUGURATION—Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa (left)

congratulating Dr. Paul Bebenimibo shortly after his inauguration with other

members of the new DESOPADEC Board. Photo: Akpokona Omafuaire

Rumpus as DSS secures order

to detain Sowore for 45 days

Continues from Page 5

nevertheless, observed

that facts the DSS

presented before the court

in the ex-parte

application was “onesided”

since the

respondent was not

opportuned to confirm or

deny them.

“The facts are allegation

of commission of a crime

by the respondent which in

line with the constitution

must be proved beyond

reasonable doubt.

“The applicant has stated

that investigation is still

ongoing and yet to be


The court held that

though Sowore was

entitled to his personal

liberty, the nature of the

offence of terrorism for

which he is being

investigated had been

defined to include “a grave

affront to peace of the

society with attendant

unsalutory psychological

effect on members of the

society to live in perpetual


“The facts presented by

the applicant are

allegations against the

respondent which must be

proved at the appropriate

place and time,” Justice

Taiwo added.

Maintaining that the

section under which the

detention request was

brought “is directory,” the

judge said he granted the

application only to the

extent of allowing the DSS

to conclude its


He said the security

agency could return for an

extension of the detention

order after September 21.

It is bad news for

genuine democracy

— Ozekhome

Reacting, Chief

Ozekhome, SAN, said:

“The court-ordered

detention of Sowore on the

application of the Federal

Government is bad news

for democracy and human

rights, especially because

the application was made

and granted ex parte.

(behind Sowore’s back).

“What was the extreme

urgency in the matter

(usually the main ground

for granting ex parte

orders) that the Judge

couldn’t order the

government (who in any

case was already detaining

Sowore) to put him on


“The court could also

have ordered Sowore to

Naira depreciates to

N363.13 /$ in I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE Naira, yesterday, depreciated to N363.13

per dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E)


Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the I&E window rose to N363.13

per dollar from N362.83 per dollar on Wednesday,

translating to 30 kobo depreciation for the Naira.

The volume of dollars (turnover) traded on the

window rose by 10 percent to $333.52 million from

$302.96 million traded on Wednesday.

However, the naira yesterday was stable at N358.5

per dollar in the parallel market.

show cause why he should

not be detained for 45 days.

I think it was discretion

wrongly exercised, not

having been exercised

judicially and judiciously.

In any event, sections 39 to

43 of the Criminal Code

and section 410 of the Penal

Code which criminalize

treason, envision a dire

situation where an intention

to overthrow a

government, or overawe

the President or Governor

of a State (called “mens

rea”) is accompanied and

have carefully itemized

their grievances in writing?

“By overt acts (called

“actus reus”), such as

stockpiling and possession

of arms and ammunition to

physically carry out an

insurrection, coup d’état, or

to use Sowore and his

group’s terminology,


“Does this amount to

treason or treasonable

felony? Do you announce

a “revolution”, if not for the

mischief of some people

deliberately reading the

word literally rather than


“Didn’t President Buhari

in 2014 call for a

“revolution” in Nigeria

during campaigns for

presidency? Didn’t Chief

Bola Tinubu in 2011 call for

a “revolution”? Were they

interpreted literally to mean

actual overthrow of the then

government of President

Goodluck Jonathan?

“Didn’t Nigerians

understand this to mean a

peaceful change of

government through the

ballot box? Why are we

suddenly stretching it?

Didn’t the APC leadership,

including Sowore himself,

literally shut down Nigeria

in January, 2012, during

massive protests against

the attempt by the then

Jonathan administration to

remove the so called oil


“Did this government not

later hike it from N97 to its

present 140 naira a liter? So

much for duplicity and

double standards.

“Do mere uttered words,

“we will cause a revolution”

by Nigerians who are

singing, dancing and

carrying placards on the

streets, shouting “aluta

continua, victoria acerta,”

without more, constitute

treasonable felony?

“Especially by Nigerians

who are protesting against

bad governance and

unarmed IPOB, detaining

hapless El-Zakzaky,

detaining social-media

raving, but unarmed

Sowore, etc? We are surely

practicing dictatorship and

absolutism under the thin

veneer of democracy in

Nigeria today.

“There is nothing

democratic about the

present government’s

genre of democracy. It is a

complete farce and total

ruse. God help Nigeria,

even as the people should

gird their loins for tougher

days ahead.

“Nigerians should

protest and demonstrate

peacefully on Nigerian

streets against the harsh

and anti-people policies of

this government. Not to do

so is to cheaply capitulate

to coercive intimidation and

abdication of their

sovereignty to their very

elected and selected

agents in government.

“Didn’t we, Civil Society

and labour leaders, during

successive military hunts

and also during Obasanjo’s

presidency, serially call for

“revolution”, without any

arms and ammunition?

“What happens to our

citizens’ fundamental

rights to freedom of speech,

Assembly and Association

as guaranteed by sections

39 and 40 of the 1999

Constitution and the

African Charter on Human

and Peoples Rights?

“What happens to the

Court of Appeal decision in

IGP V ANPP, where it was

held that no Nigerian

requires Police permit to

demonstrate and protest

peacefully on the streets of


“To me, what all this boils

down to is an intolerant

government that is gravely

and pathetically allergic to

respect for and tolerance of

criticism, the rule of law,

individual fundamental

rights, political choices,

plurality of voices,

dissenting opinions and

independence of the


“Is it not ironic that the

same government that

never obeys court orders

(Dasuki, El-Zakzaky, et al),

always run to the same

courts to obtain ex parte

orders whenever it pleases

them and satiate their

massive egos.”




Spokesman of Ohanaeze,

Chuks Ibegbu said: “The

Federal Government

should be careful how it

handles the Sowore

Revolutionary agitation as

it has many battles at its

disposal now. Good

governance at all levels

will curb different agitations

in Nigeria and politicians

should stop looting public

funds and develop the

country to standards they

see in other lands.

“The judiciary and DSS

have to be cautious when

interpreting situations like

that of Sowore. Agitations

that are for a better Nigeria

must be differentiated from

violent revolutions. We

should differentiate

between a peaceful

clamour for change and a

violent revolution.

Agitations for positive

change can dovetail to

violent Revolutions by the

actions and inactions of

power wielders.

“This is a heterogeneous

and pluralistic society but

nobody should think that

what can happen in a

homogenous society cannot

happen in a heterogeneous

one. But my fear is that we

are so ethnically biased and

religiously blinded that

such acts can be

misinterpreted and conflate

to sectarian “katakata’.

“You saw what happened

in the first republic. A

revolutionary coup carried

by all sections of Nigeria to

restore sanity was tagged

an Igbo coup and you saw

the heinous result which we

are still having the scar till

date. Our politicians are

funny. They can pitch the

people against each other

when their privileges are

threatened. Nothing is

wrong with peaceful

Revolution but we must

factor our peculiarity as a


Misplaced show

of unnecessary

force by FG


PAN Niger Delta Forum,

PANDEF, the mouthpiece

of monarchs, leaders and

stakeholders of the coastal

states of Niger Delta on its

part, described the Federal

High Court, Abuja

authorization to DSS to

detain Sowore for 45 days

as a misplaced display of

superfluous power by the

Federal Government.

National Secretary of the

regional group, Dr Alfred

Mulade, told Vanguard,

“This is sheer display of

tyranny and oppression.

What a responsible

government should do is to

see this planned protest as

a wake-up call, to fix the

myriad humongous

security and development

issues bedeviling the


“These are issues that

had been raised several

times at different fora by

several concerned bodies

and personalities in this

country, and which,

fortunately the 2014

Conference Report


“Obviously and seriously,

securing a detention order

against Mr. Sowore, who is

merely dramatizing the

state of affairs and

disillusionment of the

Nigerian people, is a

misplaced show of

unnecessary force by the

Federal government.

“Protest is a universal

ingredient for democracy.

And, in the instant case, it

is coming at a time when

voice of reason have

expressed the deepest

concern about the state of

insecurity and woes in this

country, which have never

been so precarious,

polarized and divided,

since the Civil War,” he


Afenifere flays order

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin said:

"Afenifere views with great

concern the 45-day

detention without trial

granted the DSS by a

Federal High Court on

Sowore over his call for a

protest on Monday.

“The order represents a

new phase in the

orchestrated conscription of

the democratic space in

Nigeria. We are aware of

that obnoxious provision in

the Terrorism Act, but it can

never assume superiority

over the Constitution which

stipulates that a citizen

cannot be detained for

more than 48 hours before

being charged to court.

Sowore was arrested

before he could commit an

offence and the DSS seems

to want to go shopping for

evidence to prosecute

him. Having failed to

allow him to commit the

offense, before he was

peremptorily arrested,

the DSS should free

Sowore or charge him to

court so that the judicial

process can take its


"As it is, he is only being

held illegally using the

legal process. Our advice

to government is that it

should understand and

act in conformity with the

democratic tenets in

dealing with the rights of


Osuntokun flays


Also reacting, Mr.

Osuntokun said: “The

DSS and the entire

security apparatus of the

government are a difficult

act to follow. It is difficult

to see what the fuss is all

about. They are very slow

and tardy in responding

to real situations of

security crisis but very

swift and aggressive in

dealing with trivia. Would

it not have made better

sense to seek court

injunction to stop Sowore

from going ahead with

the protest- if truly they

believe the intent was to

commit treason? Why not

put him in a situation in

which he becomes legally

liable by disobeying a

court order?

“ And then, there is

something called

humour- which can

sometimes prove more

effective and cheap in

defusing social and

political tension. Routine

intelligence would have

revealed to government

that there is no real

potential of threat in all


“And even if there is any

threat, it still would have

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Group, Kabiru Rabiu exchanging some documents with the Commercial Manager,

Nigeria, Netafim, Mr. Sean Movsowitz, while the BUA Group Corporate

Communications Lead, Mr. Otega Ogra (r) and the Executive Secretary, National

Sugar Development Council, Mr. Latif Busari (2l) applaud during the signing

ceremony of a 4,000 hectares drip irrigation deal between BUA Group and Netafim

at the National Sugar development Council complex, Garki, Abuja, yesterday.

Photo by Abayomi Adeshida.

Rumpus as DSS secures order

to detain Sowore for 45 days

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been better strategy to

engage with the protest in

a friendly manner. They

are blowing this out of

proportions. Well, lucky

Sowore, the Nigerian

government has succeeded

in making him the central

issue of contemporary

Nigerian politics.”

Gbagi advises FG

to tread cautiously

Gbagi, a criminologist

and lawyer, who spoke to

Vanguard in Warri, Delta

State, said: “The

circumstances of this matter

is volatile and as such the

government must tread

very carefully as any step

contrary to the intendment

of the constitution will open

a floodgate of abuse,

suppression and this is not

good for a nascent

democracy such as ours.

“First, it is pertinent to

emphasize that by virtue of

Section 1(3) of the

Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as

amended), and the

decision of the Supreme

Court in MARWA & ORS

V. NYAKO & ORS (2012)

SC, the Constitution is

supreme and as such, the

fundamental human rights

of a citizen of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria is

absolute to such extent

allowed by the same


“More particularly, the

Constitution under Section

39(1) guarantees the right

to Freedom of expression.

However, in this case and

circumstances, our focal

point of enquiry should be:

What are the utterances of

Sowore? What are his

conducts? Does 1 & 2 above

constitute security threats to

the corporate existence of


“Given the circumstances

under review, you cannot,

on the basis of your rights,

call for the supplanting of

a democratically elected

government save for

plesbicite, periodic

elections or by a process of

impeachment duly initiated

and perfected by 1/3

majority of the National


SERAP seeks UN

intervention over

attacks on



Socio-Economic Rights

and Accountability Project,

SERAP, following the

brutality meted on

journalists and protesters

during Monday’s

#RevolutionNow protest,

has invited the United

Nations Human Rights

Council in Geneva, to

“urgently convene a

special session on Nigeria

over arbitrary arrests and

repression by officers of the

Nigeria Police Force and

other security forces of


protesters, organisers,

activists, and journalists

who covered the protests on

Monday across the


“Concern over

suppression of freedom of

expression, attacks on

journalists, bloggers, and

human rights defenders by

several state governments,

as well as the intimidation

and harassment of Amnesty

International in Nigeria,

including by a group of

apparently paid protesters

that continues to besiege

the organisation’s office in

Abuja, preventing it from

carrying out its activities,

and giving the organisation

ultimatum to leave


A letter by SERAP’s

Deputy Director, Mr

Kolawole Oluwadare, said:

“There are serious

violations of the rights of

Nigerians to liberty,

personal security, freedom

of expression, peaceful

assembly, association, and

media freedom and a

Special Session is urgently

needed to help stem the

attack on human rights and

contribute to UN efforts to

prevent further abuses

including arbitrary

detention and excessive use

of force.”

“The human rights

situation in the country has

drastically deteriorated,

with the authorities at the

Federal and State levels

violating human rights and

refusing to obey court

judgments. The Human

Rights Council should

heed the rising chorus of

concerns by Nigerians,

journalists, human rights

defenders, activists, and

lawyers, and urgently

convene a Special Session

on the growing human

rights crisis in the country.

“Consistent with its

mandate to prevent human

rights violations and

respond promptly to

human rights emergencies,

the Human Rights Council

should address the rapidly

deteriorating human rights

situation in several states of

Nigeria as a matter of


Buhari doesn’t hear

Nigerians, says Sowore’s


Meanwhile, Inibehe

Effiong, one of the lawyers

advocating the release of

Sowore from custody of

DSS, has said that “despite

using taxpayers money to

treat ear infection abroad,”

President Buhari does not

listen to the cries of the


Speaking at a

stakeholders’ meeting on

corruption organised by

ActionAid Nigeria in Uyo,

Akwa Ibom State capital,

yesterday, Effiong criticised

the president for

backtracking on his

electoral promise of

stopping medical tourism


“The worst disease

affecting our nation today

is corruption But the good

news is that this disease is

not incurable,” he said.

“Today, we have a

president, who as part of

his election campaign,

made a promise to

Nigerian that the era of

going overseas for medical

treatment will be over.

Unfortunately today, the

president is on record for

going to the UK to treat


“Despite using Nigeria

tax payers’ money to treat

ear infection, the president

is not hearing the cries of

the people.

“The government, as part

of election winning

strategy, claimed that it was

sharing $322.5 million of

Abacha loot to Nigerians. I

don’t know how they define

poor Nigerians.

“You know what worries

me most, when the

government said they were

sharing Abacha loot to poor

Nigerians, up till today, the

list of beneficiaries have not

been disclosed. You cannot

use corruption to fight


HURIWA accuses

FG, court of abuse of


Rights group, Human

Rights Writers Association

of Nigeria, HURIWA, has

faulted the decision of the

Federal Government to

successfully obtain an exparte

order from a Federal

High Court anchored on

the Anti-Terrorism Act

against the leader of the

Revolution Now protest

movement Sowere.

In a by its coordinator,

Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko

said the action of the

Federal Government to

institute the charge against

Mr. Sowere only for

planning to call for a

nationwide civil protests

devoid of violence whereas

the same government is

actively dialoguing with

armed bandits in Zamfara

and has on many occasions

freed arrested hardened

terrorists of the Boko haram

terror networks and armed

flank herdsmen under the

deceptive guise of being

deradicalised, amounted to

a flagrant breach of the

constitutional oath of office

sworn to by president

Buhari and is a violation of

section 15(5) of the

constitution which obliges

government to eschew

abuse of power, describing

the action as the height of

executive recklessness and

abuse of power.

HURIWA noted that

since the presiding judge

has the discretionary

powers of bail, he ought to

have exercised that in

favour of Mr. Sowere who

is totally non-violent since

even section 36(5) of the

constitution which is higher

in status to the antiterrorism

Act stated

unambiguously that:

“Every person who is

charged with a criminal

offence shall be presumed

to be innocent until he is

proven guilty.”

HURIWA said the judge

cannot therefore, be heard

saying that he can’t

exercise his discretionary

powers to grant bail to

Omoyele SOWORE who as

far available information is

concerned is a nonviolent

agitator for good


“Judges are granted

judicial discretion to grant

or refuse bail. This means

that the issue of bail is at

the discretion of the judge.

This is by virtue of section

118, 119; 120; 123 and 125

of the criminal code Act of

1016, cap 38 (1988);

2NWLR (Part 78) 602 @610

and section 120 of Criminal

Procedure Act.

“HURIWA is shocked at

the granting of the

prolonged detention of

Sowore. Are we no longer

living under a

constitutional democracy?

Why keep a citizen for more

than a month when the

constitution recognizes that

he is innocent until proven


“We are shocked at the

rate of institutionalization of

injustice and unfairness by

president Buhari who on

one hand has authorized

dialogues with armed

bandits and terrorists who

have killed over 27,000

Nigerians, whereas he has

instructed DSS working

under him to file charges

of terrorism against a

blogger and an activist,

Sowore, who is alleged to

have expressed the

determination of his

platform named

“Revolution Now” to stage

a nation-wide civil protests

to agitate for fundamental

changes in the state of

insecurity in Nigeria.”

Proponents of

forceful takeover of

government are

enemies of Nigeria


The APC, while reacting

to the recent arrest of

Sowore by DSS and court

order secured to detain him,

said the action must be seen

for what it is, “a legal and

timely action by our security

services to protect our

democracy and protect the

country and its citizens

against any action that

threatens our collective

peace and safety.

“Predictably, some

desperate individuals, sore

losers, and their

sympathisers are acting in

vain trying to pull wool over

the eyes of Nigerians. Of

course, the disgruntled

presidential candidate of

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, Alh. Atiku

Abubakar is expectedly the

patron and cheerleader of

the unpatriotic elements

who would rather bring our

country down for being

rejected at the polls.

“The desperate attempt to

politicise a legitimate action

by the security agencies

and futile effort to spread

falsehood to create chaos in

the country are clearly

irresponsible actions. We

call on Nigerians to look at

the issue of Sowore’s arrest

dispassionately devoid of

the skewed narratives and

sentiments being

propagated by these


Sowore arrived the

country recently and

openly threatened a

revolution against a

constitutionally recognised

and legitimate government.

Should the DSS and other

security services have

dismissed the declaration

and the underlying

implications as a nonissue?

No intelligence/

security agency worth its

calling takes issues like this

with levity.

“From elections to

governance and general

conduct, the President

Buhari-led administration

has demonstrated its

adherence and defence of

the rule of law over politics

and sundry interests.

“Again, on the safety of

Nigerians, the current

government has been

decisive in addressing any

action that threatens the

country’s unity, peace and

our democracy. Sowore’s

arrest is another testament

to our unshaken resolve in

this regard.

“The right to a civil protest

is a given, however it

should not be construed to

mean the same thing as a

revolution to forcibly take

over government. This

makes it necessary to put

the act of a revolution in

context, at least by the

proclamation made by

Sowore and his cotravelers.


means to forcibly overthrow

a government through

rebellion, revolt,

insurrection, mutiny,

uprising, insurgency, coup.

“ Nigeria is not a banana

republic, we are a country

with a democraticallyelected


governed by laws. Our laws

are clear on Sowore’s

actions. It is treason. No one

should be allowed to get

away with any attempt to

destabilize this country.

“We must remind

ourselves that the same

Sowore who attempts to

lead a revolution had a

legal opportunity during

the 2019 Presidential

election as a candidate to

sell his governance ideas,

if any, to the electorate. He

failed woefully in that

attempt, coming a distant

sixth with 33,953 votes

compared to the winner,

President Buhari, who

polled over 15 million


Sowore and some of his

co-losers have now resorted

to an illegal and misguided

plot to destabilise the

country. Their plan is dead

on arrival.

“We reiterate that our laws

are clear on all criminalities

and Nigerians expect that

the enforcement of relevant

laws should apply to every

Nigerian, irrespective of

class and status. This

government would not be

found wanting where it is

required to take decisive


“Finally, the effects of

instability being

championed by these

cowards and enemies of

Nigeria are disastrous.

The same proponents of a

forceful takeover will be

the first to flee the country

with their loved ones

while the ordinary

Nigerian suffers the

d i s a s t r o u s


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