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VOL. 26: NO. 63874 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019


‘Army Captain had 191 phone

chats with wanted kidnapper’

•Arms dealer sings: I sold 6 AK-47 to Wadume @ N800,000 each

•Policeman accused of giving Army false report arrested

•Rifles of slain policemen are with soldiers — Villager


others make

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screenings 9


Shi’ites to

foot El- 9


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Obaseki’s my

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people for

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BoT chairman







IMN leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky being wheeled out of the airport on arrival in India,

accompanied by Indian medics.



From left, Mr. Mitchell

Elegbe, Founder/GMD,

Interswitch Group, Joseph

Hurley, Snr. Vice President,

Discover Financial Services,

Francis Gbenga Shobo, Deputy

Managing Director, First

Bank, Olubusola Osilaja,

Divisional head, eBusiness,

Access Bank, and Martins

Izuogbe, Divisional Head,

Operations, Fidelity Bank, at

the Verve Global Card Launch

in New York, on Monday.








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President Muhammadu Buhari, flanked from left by Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Atiku

Bagudu of Kebbi, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Deputy Senate President, Ovie

Omo-Agege; Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo as the President

received APC Governors on Sallah homage in Daura, Katsina State, yesterday. STATE HOUSE PHOTO.

‘Army Captain had 191 phone chats

with wanted kidnapper'

By Emma Nnadozie,

Crime Editor, Evelyn

Usman & Ifeanyi



Nigerian Army

Captain who allegedly

ordered soldiers on

security check-point

along the Ibi-Jalingo

Expressway in Taraba

State, to attack and kill

police operatives

attached to the Inspector

General of Police Special

Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, has been

identified as Tijani


Vanguard gathered,

yesterday, that police

investigation carried out

so far has revealed that

telephone conversations

between the kidnap

kingpin, Wadume and

Captain Balarabe, were

about 191 within the

space of one month

between July 9, 2019

and August 6, 2019. The

source explained that

the police authorities

believed that the army

captain might have been

providing cover for the

kidnapper, who is said

to have received

hundreds of millions as

ransom from his victims.

Vanguard gathered

that Army Captain

Balarabe, who is

currently undergoing

interrogation at the

Defence Headquarters

Abuja, was arrested

alongside five other

Army personnel, who

were alleged to have

taken part in the horrific

killing of the three

policemen and their two

civilian agents in an

operation to arrest a

notorious kidnapper,

Alhaji Hamisu Balla,

alias Wudume, in Ibi

area of Taraba State.

Vanguard learned

yesterday that the

arrested solders

confessed that they

received orders to attack

the policemen from the

captain, whom they said

informed them that

Wadume had been

kidnapped and was

being transported in a

silver-coloured Toyota

Hiace Bus.

A source at the Defence

Headquarters, Abuja,

told Vanguard that the

soldiers claimed that

they acted squarely on

the orders of the captain,

being their superior

officer, but Police sources

at Force Headquarters

Abuja, disclosed that the

police authorities have

established strong links

between the army

captain and the

notorious kidnapper,

alleging that the army

captain was on the

kidnapper’s payroll.

The source added

further that its

investigations have also

revealed that the army

captain, who was not

present in Ibi Town at

the time the IRT

operatives arrested

Wadume, might have

ordered his men to attack

and kill the IRT

operatives as well as

rescue his friend, the


Petition against



Meanwhile, Vanguard

also gathered, yesterday,

that the IRT’s manhunt

to arrest and bring down

Wadume’s kidnapping

empire began in March

2019, when it received a

petition from one Sheriff

Umar of Kirikinua South

Local Government Area

of Kaduna State.

It was gathered further

that the petitioner

reported that his cousin,

Usman Mayo was

kidnapped on the 15th of

February, 2019 at Takum

Local Government Area

of Taraba State and his

kidnapper demanded

the sum of N200 million

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Killing of policemen by soldiers (3)

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Chiamaka Uba

The killing of

three policemen

in active service is

disheartening. It

was stated that there

was sufficient proof

that they were police

personnel on

legitimate duty.The

soldiers just don’t

have regard for

anyone, and they are

always ready to

attack. I hope justice

will be served.

-Zainab Akanni



think there is

m o r e

to what we are

hearing from the

two security

agencies. I wonder

why the soldiers

shot at the

policemen and

where is Alhaji

Hamisu Bala

Wadume? Also, I

believe Nigerians

would appreciate a

true and definite

statement from the

Nigerian Army.

-Gbadegesin Samuel


It is disheartening

that, in the wake of

national insecurity, the

forces responsible for

protecting lives and

property are

exchanging bullets. I

implore the FG to be

more alert and

investigate this issue

because the

occurrence can birth

rebellion between the

police and army. This

is the time for

Nigerians to be more


-Seyi Ajamu



f the story is true, the

policemen that turned

out to be the victims are

to blame because they

should have obeyed and

stopped at the check

points and identified


The Army would have

done better than

opening fire.

Proper investigations

should be done jointly

by the Nigerian Armed

Forces to help salvage

the situation.

-Kingsley Ifeanyi Okoli


The killing of three

policemen by

soldiers seems to be a

big sabotage judging

from various reports.

There was no basis for

the soldiers to have

killed the policemen

who arrested a kidnap

suspect, allowing him to

escape. The truth is that

they were there to

rescue the kidnapper

and they should be seen

as accomplices to the


-Oluwatosin Popoola


Nigeria is a country

where security

uniforms are many

without respect. The

military should be

probed for leaving their

primary responsibility to

go after the policemen

who were performing

their legitimate duties.

Honestly, I’m pissed off

by this lackadaisical

attitude. I believe the

blood of the innocent

policemen would cry for


-Mrs Justinah Maha-


6—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

Police nab



recover stolen

vehicles in Imo



with car



to test it

By Chidi Nkwopara


Police Command has,

in its renewed onslaught

against criminals, arrested

robbery suspects and

recovered stolen vehicles.

The state command's

Police Public Relations

Officer, Mr. Orlando

Ikeokwu, disclosed this

yesterday, in a press

statement, made available to

Vanguard in Owerri.

Giving details of the

Command’s success story,

Ikeokwu said: “On August

12, upon credible

intelligence, operatives of

the Special Anti-Robbery

Squad, SARS, swooped on

a criminal hideout around

Nekede and arrested four


He gave the names of the

suspects as Michael

Anyanwu, 35, of Obinze,

Owerri West Local

Government Area; Uche

Obi, 38, of Army Barracks,

Obinze; Chikezie Ejiaku,

42, of Oforola and Ifeanyi

Ejiaku, of Avu Junction,

Owerri West Local

Government Area of the


Recovered vehicles

The recovered vehicles,

according to Ikeokwu,

include ash-coloured

LEXUS 300 jeep, number

plates EKY 444 CF and a

dark grey LEXUS 300 jeep,

number plates EKY 894 CC.

Ikeokwu recalled that “on

June 28, at Mbonu Ojike,

one Amarachi Osualla, put

up her vehicle for sale and

one of the suspects, on the

pretence of buying the car,

demanded to test the car

after bargaining and then

zoomed off with the car to

unknown destination.

“The Command has since

been on the lookout for the

suspect, as well as the said

car, before their arrest.”

Continuing, Mr. Ikeokwu

said that “the suspects have

confessed to the crime and

other incidents, and efforts

are on to recover other

stolen vehicles, while

investigation continues.”

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Met Police probes Khafi for appearing

on BBNaija ‘without permission’

THE Metropolitan Police

has said it is investigating

a Big Brother Nigeria,

BBNaija, housemate, Khafi

Kareem, for appearing on the

reality show without


The 29-year-old police officer

is said to be on unpaid leave

from the Lambert Station, where

she has been working since

2015 as a PC.

In a statement issued

yesterday, the Met said Khafi’s

request to take part in the

reality show had been

declined and that the

Directorate of Professional

Standards, DPS, in London

FOUR soldiers have been

killed in Borno State by

Boko Haram terrorists.

The insurgents descended on

the Nigerian Army 5 Brigade in

Gubio at about 6p.m. on

Saturday, as the country

prepared for the Eid al-Kabir


would investigate the


The Met

statement read: “A

PC attached to the

Met transformation

c o m m a n d

r e q u e s t e d

permission to

take part in a



show in




was not given.

“The Met Police is aware

that the officer has since

appeared on the show

without authority. The

Directorate of

Professional Standards

has been informed and

would be carrying

out an


into the


“The Met

does not



officer’s appearance nor does

she represent Met while

appearing on the show.”

The Sun UK had reported

that Khafi might lose her job

for having sex on the show,

which is aired live.

Khafi had told BBNaija she

joined the police after her

friend was murdered in 2007,

adding that she was on Met’s

female genital mutilation


In a statement released on

Monday, her team had

threatened to sue The Sun UK

for publishing an article that

is “damaging to the image

and livelihood” of Khafi.

Boko Haram kills 4 soldiers in Borno, sacks Army base

By Alemma Aliu


owners attempted suicide,

while others slumped when a

Monday night inferno razed over

90 shops at the biggest spare parts

market in Edo State, located in

Uwelu, Egor Local Government


The fire was said to have

destroyed goods worth millions

of naira, as some of the affected

traders were said to have just

replenished their shops with


Mostly affected were the

Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Ford

and Toyota parts section of the


Some of the traders were said

to have collapsed when they

visited the scene, as one of them

was said to have almost ran into

the raging fire, but was held.

The fire was said to have started

at about 11:45p.m. on Monday,

and lasted till 4a.m. yesterday,

before the combined efforts of fire

service men from the University

of Benin and the Nigerian Army

could put it off.

One of the victims, Daniel

Okungbowa, told journalists that

he lost about N4 million worth of

goods to the fire, saying “I deal

in all types of fuel and oil pumps.

I am still confused on what steps

to take next.”

Another victim, Festus

Oseruoname, wondered how the

fire spread rapidly when there

was no power supply to the


Oseruoname said: “We are yet

to ascertain what actually

The soldiers tried to defend

their fort, suffering personnel

and equipment losses in the

process, as the terrorists stole

four gun trucks, one mortar gun

and one artillery gun during the


A tank that was stolen was later

recovered in the nearby bush.

The assault forced military

commanders to relocate troops

and the 5 Brigade from Gubio,

about 100 kilometres from

Maiduguri, to Damasak, where

the military operates a larger


“Therefore, we now have no

troops in Gubio, Magumeri and

Shop owners attempt suicide, as fire

razes Edo biggest spare parts market

happened that led to the fire. We

could not remove anything from

our shops.

“Many youths that just got

freedom (trainees) from their

masters and opened their shops,

are yet to repay the loans they

took from various banks. They are

victims of this fire.”

We're appealing to

victims—Dealers’ leader

Chairman of Spare parts

Dealers Association, Mr. Ibie

Augustine, said the fire incident

had compounded the low




Kareto,” a senior military source


The military chief expressed

fears that the entire stretch

between Maiduguri to

Damasak, spanning over 160

kilometres, is now without

military presence and may be

vulnerable to attacks.

Charred remains of the spare parts market.

patronage they are currently was the line where my shop is

witnessing due to bad roads that located that was on fire.

lead to the market.

“I called the Edo Fire Service

Augustine, who said the four but they did not come. The

security guards hired by the entire market would have been

traders were being questioned by razed if not for firemen from

the Police, received an anonymous UNIBEN and the Nigerian

call that the market was on fire Army.

and when he called the security “For now, we do not suspect

personnel on ground, he was told any foul play, but we have held

somebody burning something in meeting to appease those

a nearby street led to the inferno. affected and stop any suicide

His words: “When the security attempt. We beg the state

man told me that somebody was government to rebuild the

burning something, I told him to market, because we are using

check properly and he told me it loan from micro-finance banks.”

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019—7

Abia commissioner loses wife,

2 children in auto crash

Acommissioner in the Abia

State Oil Producing Areas

Development Commission,

ASOPADEC, Adiele Ekeke, has

lost his wife and two children in

an auto accident.

According to a post by

journalist, Chris Nwandu, the

accident occurred on Sunday,

August 11, on Enugu-Okigwe

Expressroad. Ekeke’s wife and

three children were on their way

to Port Harcourt.

By Monsuru


THREE persons were,

yesterday, confirmed dead

and two others missing, when two

passenger boats had a head-on

collision along the Irewe creek,

Ojo Local Government Area,

Lagos State.

It was gathered that the

accident occurred at about

6:10p.m., when both passenger

boats were returning from where

they had gone to pick funseekers

that had visited some of the resorts

in the riverine communities.

Lagos State Waterways

Authority, LASWA, and Lagos

State Emergency Management

Agency, LASEMA, and other

agencies were still searching for

the missing passengers at press


Confirming the accident,

General Manager, LASWA,

Oluwadamilola Emmanuel,

informed that 13 passengers were

rescued from the mishap.

Emmanuel said: “There were 10

passengers in a boat coming from

Ojo Jetty and eight passengers

in another coming from the Irewe

community, when the incident


“Eighteen passengers in total

were involved in the accident with

13 rescued during the operation.

But we recorded three fatalities

and two passengers, including an

adult and a child are still


He assured that search and

rescue operation would be

intensified by relevant state

He added that doctors were

battling to save one of the

children, who survived the


He said: “It’s too hard to believe,

but it did happen. We’re on our

way to Ohanku to bury my two

children, my only son and first

daughter. Their mother is still in


A statement by Governor

Okezie Ikpeazu’s Chief Press

Secretary, Onyebuchi

agencies and the local

community, who were the first to


According to him, preliminary

investigations by LASWA and

LASEMA revealed that the

incident was caused by reckless

driving and over-speeding on the

Ememanka, said the government

was shocked to hear the news.

It said: “Governor Okezie

Ikpeazu is shocked at the death

of Adiele Ekeke’s wife and

children. He is saddened by this

tragedy, and prays God to console

Ekeke and grant him the fortitude

to bear the loss.

“The governor also prays that

God intervenes and save the

surviving child, who is in

intensive care.”

3 die, 13 rescued, 2 missing in Lagos boat mishap

By Bashir Bello


attacked Ruma community in

Batsari Local Government Area of

Katsina State, kidnapped a 13-

years-old boy, Uzairu Basiru; 12

women, killed one person, with

five others sustaining injuries.

This is just as President

Muhammadu Buhari is billed to

visit the camp of internallydisplaced

persons, IDPs, today,

in Batsari.

Community sources identified

the deceased as Nasiru Ojo,

saying the gunmen stormed the

area at 10:30p.m. on Monday

night, shooting sporadically.

The five persons injured were

identified as Abu Karfe, Amadu

part of boat captains, as one of

them was not in his right of way.

He added that “further

investigations would be

thoroughly carried out by the

authority and those found

wanting will be sanctioned


Police nab SUV driver for tricyclist’s

death in fight over right of way

By Esther Onyegbula


Lagos State Police Command

have arrested 39-year-old

Christian Innocent, who

reportedly killed a tricyclist,

Aniete Bassay, after a verbal

confrontation over the right of way.

This came as Innocent revealed

that he hit the victim with a wheel

spanner, during the incident that

took place Sunday night.

According to Innocent, “on

August 11, while driving along

Akerele Street, Surulere by

Falolu, I had a misunderstanding

with a Keke Napep driver

(tricyclist) over the right of way.

“It was in the heat of the

argument, which later

degenerated into a physical fight

that I went inside my vehicle, took

a wheel spanner and hit the

tricycle rider twice on the head.

“He also hit me. Immediately I

hit him I drove off to my

destination. I did not know what

happened thereafter until the

Police came to my place to arrest


It was learned that after the

Gunmen kill one, kidnap 13 in Katsina

Hasan, Ali Dan Asibi, Shamsu

Ya’u and Abu Danjari.

They were said to be receiving

treatment in an undisclosed


Residents, reacting to the

freedom with which the gunmen

operated, expressed their

displeasure with soldiers who

troop into the area asking for help.

Neither Katsina State Police

Command nor the Army were yet

to make any official statement on

the incident.

Contacted, Police Public

Relations Officer, ASP Anas

Abdullahi, said he would get back

to Vanguard after confirming from

the DPO and Commissioner of

Police, which he had not done at

press time.


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suspect fled the scene,

sympathisers and other tricyclists

rushed Bassay, who sustained a

head injury to Randle Hospital

Surulere, where he died


Confirming the incident,

spokesman of Lagos State Police

Command, Bala Elkana, said on

August 11, at about 9:30p.m.,

Surulere Police Station received

a distress call from Randle

Hospital that Aniete Bassay, a

tricycle operator, who was brought

to the hospital with a broken

head, in the pool of his own

blood, died on arrival.

“Information gathered by

homicide detectives revealed that

Bassay and Innocent had a

misunderstanding on a major

road along Surulere, and during

the scuffle Innocent, who was

driving a Jeep brought a wheel

spanner from his car and hit the

deceased person twice on the


“Innocent confessed to have

engaged the deceased person in

a fight over the right of way; that

there was vulgar abuses between

him and the Keke rider as they

both accused each other of rough

driving. Suspect will be charged

to court.”

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Ewo! Haram! Alu! Awa! Soldier

flogging a maquerade? Our ancestor?


This must

be a girl

from one

state in

the South-


Since our controller, herdsman, no gree

go school, we must get this degree

8—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

FUN-SEEKERS: Kalangu drummers entertaining fun-seekers who gathered for a picnic

as part of relaxation to enjoy the Sallah holidays at Millennium Park, Abuja, yesterday.

Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Why we stopped forex for food import

•Promises to monitor performance of ministers

— Buhari •Says he’ll use his second tenure to fight for the poor

By Johnbosco



Muhammadu Buhari

has said the directive to the

Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, to stop providing

foreign exchange for food

importation was to improve

agricultural production and

attain full food security.

The president also said he

would use his second term

in office to improve the lives

of Nigerians by paying close

attention to the poor and

those on the lower rung of

the society.

Malam Garba Shehu, the

president’s spokesman in a

statement, said Buhari stated

this when he hosted All

Progressives Congress,

APC, governors to Eid-el-

Kabir lunch at his country

home in Daura, Katsina

State, yesterday.

According to the president,

the foreign reserve will be

used strictly for

diversification of the

economy and not for

encouraging more

dependence on foreign food.

“Don’t give a cent to

anybody to import food into

the country,” he said.

The president noted that

some states such as Kebbi,

Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa,

Ebonyi and Kano had taken

advantage of the Federal

Government’s policy on

agriculture with huge

returns in rice farming.

Urging more states to plug

into the ongoing revolution

to feed the nation, Buhari

said: “We have achieved

food security, and for

physical security, we are not

doing badly.”

The President said he was

particularly delighted that

young Nigerians, including

graduates, had started

exploring agric business and

entrepreneurship, with

many posting testimonies of

good returns on their


To monitor

performance of


He said the incoming

ministers would be guided

to meet the targets of the

APC-led government for the


President Buhari added

that regular monitoring of

their performances and

scaling up of targets would

be done by the Office of the

Secretary to the Government

of the Federation.

Buhari gave the assurance

of attending the Presidential

Policy Retreat organised for

the ministers by Office of the

Secretary to the Federal


He insisted on compliance

with laid down targets on

key sectors of the economy

that would directly impact on

the livelihood of Nigerians.

Challenges faced by states

enormous—Govs' forum

In his remarks, the

Chairman of the Nigerian

Governors’ Forum, Gov.

Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, said

the president’s sense of

justice and fairness had been

inspiring to governors.

He said the challenges

faced by states “were

enormous,” but noted that

governors had remained

undaunted, assuring the

president of strong support

and “the very best effort” to

overcome the obstacles.

Chairman of the

Progressive Governors

Forum, Gov. Atiku Bagudu

of Kebbi, appreciated the

President for the unique

leadership style of

maintaining a healthy

relationship with governors

on individual and collective


I’ll use second

tenure to fight for

the poor—Buhari

Meanwhile, President

Buhari, yesterday, in Daura,

said he would use his

second term in office to

improve the lives of

Nigerians by paying close

attention to the poor and

those on the lower rung of

the society.

Buhari, who stated this

while addressing leaders of

various communities from

five local government areas

of Daura Emirate, who paid

him a visit as part of Eid El-

Kabir celebration, said he was

convinced that majority of

Nigerians understood who

he was and his mission, on

account of which they

returned him for a second

term in office with larger

margin of votes than 2015.

He said: “You know how

much I laboured to get here.

I ran three times in the past.

The fourth time, God used

technology to do it for me.

The fifth time I ran (February

23, 2019), I went to all the

states of the federation. The

turnout of people was


“Truly, the people know

and understand my mission.

This is what the votes

showed. The administration

will dwell on our campaign

issues: security, economy

and corruption. We will fight

for the poor.”

The president in a

statement by the Senior

Special Assistant to the

President on Media and

Publicity, Mallam Garba

Shehu, emphasized the

important place of agriculture

under his administration,

promising to appoint a

minister who was

knowledgeable and know

how to promote interest and

investment in the sector.

“I will appoint a minister

who knows agriculture and

its role in providing jobs and

growing our economy. You

have seen how we broke the

fertiliser jinx in the country.

We will do more to better the

lots of our farmers.

Agriculture is our strength,’’

he said.

President Buhari

expressed happiness with

the changing attitude of

young people to agriculture,

with many earning

respectable incomes.

He urged those without

regular income to return to

the farm.

In his remarks, Yusuf Bello

Mai’Aduwa, one of the

leaders of the delegation,

thanked Nigerians for

giving the president a

second mandate to lead the

country for another four

years, stressing that he

would not let the country


In her remarks, Hajiya

Talatu Nasir, a Permanent

Secretary with the Ministry

of Information, said

President Buhari’s

government had

empowered many women,

with many already owning

businesses such as poultry

and livestock farms.

The Daura community

offered special prayers for

the President, urging him to

pursue the vision for a better

Nigeria with the fear of God,

courage to stand by the truth

always, and mindful of the

needs of the poor and underprivileged.

Olubiyo condemns scam in electricity

meter distribution



Nigerian Consumer

Protection Network, Kunle

Olubiyo, has condemned

the scam regularly

complained about by

consumers in the

distribution of prepaid

electricity meters.

Olubiyo, who canvassed

a situation where the

customer was only allowed

to foot bills that were

contractually justifiable, told

presenters of Public

Conscience On Radio that

the situation replicated the

scam that characterised

procurement of equipment

in the process of the power

privatisation process.

He said some of the

14-day ultimatum: FG

succumbs to NASU,

SSANU demands

•It’s difficult to trust govt, says Labour

By Johnbosco



indications that the

Federal Government may

have agreed to implement the

demands of the non-teaching

staff unions of universities,

following the 14-day

ultimatum to shut down the

ivory towers.

The Joint Action

Committee, JAC, comprising

the Non Academic Staff

Union of Universities and

Educational institutions,

NASU, and the Senior Staff

Association of Nigerian

Universities, SSANU had

issued a 14-day ultimatum to

the Federal Government last

week to either address their

grievances or they will embark

on indefinite strike.

The ultimatum was

supposed to expire on August


Ȧmong the contentious

areas were the Earned

Allowances, which the

unions claimed they were

shortchanged in the sharing


They also claimed that of

the N23 billion released to the

four unions in the university,

the Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU,

allegedly took 80 percent of

the money, leaving only 20

percent for the three unions.

They also lamented the

inability of the government to

obey court judgment,

especially that of the

Industrial Court in 2016 that

directed government to

reinstate sacked workers of

staff schools which had not

been complied with and the

re-negotiation of the 2009


In what may be described

as a proactive


Secretary Secretary, Ministry

of Education, Mr. Sonny

Ochono, last week

summoned the leaders of the

two unions, under the

transformers procured

actually started going up in

flames without evidence of

an overload.

The syndicated radio and

online programme, which

is aired on selected radio

stations across Nigeria, is

aimed at amplifying

corruption reporters and

supported by the

MacArthur Foundation.

Olubiyo, who was a guest

on the programme,

advised the power

distribution agencies to stay

true to their contractual

obligations to the consumer

in the provision of prepaid


Many callers on the

umbrella of JAC at the ministry’s

headquarters, Abuja,

to discuss the problems in a

bid to find a lasting solution.

Vanguard reliably gathered

that the the permanent

secretary and directors in the

ministry promised to

implement the three

contentious issues.

It’s difficult to trust

govt, says Labour

In an interview with

Vanguard, Chairman of JAC

and President of SSANU,

Comrade Samson Ugwoke,

said the government had

promised to address the

issues by reversing the status

quo in the sharing of the

Earned Allowances, bring

back the sacked workers of the

University Staff Schools who

were still alive and also begin

renegotiation of the 2009

agreement with the unions.

But a member of the JAC

and General Secretary of

NASU, Comrade Peters

Adeyemi, said that despite the

decisions reached at the

meeting, it was difficult to trust

government on agreements.

However, JAC chairman,

Ugwoke, said: “We had a

meeting convened by the

Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Education, over

our 14-day ultimatum for

government to implement all

our demands, else by August

19, we will proceed on one

week warning strike.

“In response to that, they

invited us to a meeting

yesterday at the Minister’s

Conference Room, Ministry

of Education. NASU and

SSANU were well

represented, the exco of JAC

was there and we had a

discussion with them.

‘’The Permanent Secretary

tried to give us the update on

three major items, vis-a-vis

the Earned Allowances, the

University Staff Schools

matter and the renegotiation."

programme complained

about prepaid meters they

paid for but had yet to

receive them.

Lead presenter of Public

Conscience On Radio,

Okhiria Agbonsuremi,

frowned on a situation

where consumers would

power their boreholes

without proper vending of

the electricity being


He advised consumers

not to engage in or allow

any act of corruption in their

quest for prepaid meters.

Public Conscience On

Radio is currently running

a series beaming

searchlights on corruption

in the activities of DISCOs

in the electricity distribution

system in Nigeria.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019 — 9

Nobody can undermine

Nigeria’s territorial

integrity, says Air chief

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Indian Shi’a group to foot El-Zakzaky’s

medical bill

By Luminous


ABUJA —AN Indianbased

Muslim group,

Anjuman e-Haideri, has

said it will bear all medical

costs incurred by the leader

of the proscribed Islamic

Movement in Nigeria, IMN,

Sheikh Ibraheem El-

Zakzaky and his wife,


El-Zakzaky and his wife

were, on Monday, flown out

to India where they are

expected to undergo

treatment for multiple health


They were received by

medical doctors and

wheeled into Medanta

Hospital, New Delhi, upon

arrival yesterday morning.

However, Anjuman e-

Haideri Islamic group, in a

letter signed by the General

Secretary, Mr. Bahadur

Naqvi, and addressed to the

Managing Director and

Chief Surgeon of Medanta

Hospital, Dr. Naresh Trehan,

offered to foot all the medical

costs incurred by El-

Zakzakys in India.

A copy of the letter, dated

August 12, 2019, read:

“Maulana Ibrahim Al-

Zakzaky, who is a prominent

Shi’a Muslim leader having

a large following worldwide,

will be treated in your


“The Executive Committee

of Anjuman e-Haideri, Jor

Bagh, New Delhi, by the

direction of our Chief Patron,

Maulana Kalbe Jawad


By Sola Ogundipe

Maintaining good


Don't take your eyes for

granted. Good eye health

starts with the food on your

plate. A well-balanced diet

helps your eyesight.

Quit smoking because it

makes you more likely to get

cataracts, damage to your

optic nerve, and many other

medical problems.

Wear sunglasses to protect

your eyes from the sun's

ultraviolet rays. Choose a

pair that blocks 99 -100

percent of the rays.

Wraparound lenses help

protect your eyes from the

side. Polarized lenses

reduce glare while you


If you wear contact lenses

some offer UV protection. It's

still a good idea to wear

sunglasses for an extra

layer. If you use hazardous

or airborne materials on the

job or at home, wear safety

glasses or protective


Staring at a computer or

phone screen for too long

can cause eyestrain, blurry

vision, trouble focusing at a

distance, dry eyes,

headaches, neck back, and

shoulder pain.

To protect your eyes.Make

sure your glasses or contacts

prescription is up to date

and good for looking at a

computer screen.

Move the screen so your

eyes are level with the top

of the monitor. That lets you

look slightly down at the

screen. Try to avoid glare

from windows and lights.

Use an anti-glare screen if


Choose a comfortable,

supportive chair. Position it

so that your feet are flat on

the floor.

If your eyes are dry, blink


Rest your eyes every 20

minutes. Look 20 feet away

for 20 seconds. Get up at

least every 2 hours and take

a 15-minute break.

Naqvi, has decided

unanimously to bear all the

medical costs incurred in

India for his treatment.

Kindly consider our request,

do the needful and oblige.”

El-Zakzaky, 66, suffers

from Ischaemic heart

disease, chronic

hypertension, right eye

severe visual impairment

with progressive open

glaucoma, mental toxicity,

lead poisoning, among other


El-Zakzaky and his wife,

as well as some members of

his family, flew out of the

Nnamdi Azikiwe

International Airport,

Monday night, aboard

Emirates flight to India for

treatment, following the

ruling of Kaduna State High

Court, which ordered that

they be allowed to travel.

Kaduna State government

had put some very stringent

conditions El-Zakzaky and

his wife must meet before they

could travel.

It was, however, learnt that

the intervention of the

Presidency put paid to the

conditions, which paved the

way for the trip on Monday.

They were also

accompanied by some

officials of Kaduna State

government, operatives of

the Department of State

Service, DSS, and personnel

of some other security


Varsities, others to rake in

N3.39bn on post-UTME

tests, screenings

By Adesina


U Polytechnics NIVERSITIES,


Colleges of Education in

the country are set to make

about N3.4 billion as

revenues from the conduct

of post-UTME tests and

screenings of applicants,

according to statistics

obtained from the results of

the 2019 Unified Tertiary

Matriculation Examination

conducted by the Joint

Admissions and

Matriculation Board,


With the cost of post-

UTME tests and

screenings pegged at

N2,000 by the Federal

Government, the revenues

are from admission seekers

whose scores are within the

range of those to be called

for such tests and


The Registrar of JAMB,

Prof. Isaq Oloyede, while

announcing the release of

the results of the 2019

UTME, gave a breakdown

of scores recorded by


According to him, a total

of 427, 242 candidates

scored 200 marks and


With post-UTME tests

and screenings pegged at

N2,000 per candidate, that

amounts to N854,484,000

income to universities that

are expected to call

applicants who scored 200

marks and above in the

UTME for tests and


Polytechnics are to rake

in N1,712,404,000 from

856,202 candidates who

scored between 160 and

199 marks and are to sit for

their tests and screenings.

For Colleges of

Education, 410,844

candidates who scored

between 140 and 159

marks are expected to sit

for tests and screenings that

would provide a revenue

of N821,688,000 for the


Over 1.7 million

candidates sat for the

examination and 99,463

scored below 140 marks.

Also, 34,120 results were

withheld, while 15,145

results were still being

probed when the results

were announced by the

JAMB boss.

THE Chief of Air Staff,

Air Marshall Sadique

Abubakar, has said

nobody can undermine

the territorial integrity of


He also said there was

need for Nigerians to join

the efforts of the military

and other security

agencies to restore

security in the country.

Abubakar made the

comments while

celebrating the Eid El-

Kabir with officers,

airmen, and women of

the Air Task Force

Command in Yola, the

Adamawa State capital.

He insisted that despite

the recent attacks in parts

of the county, substantial

progress had been

achieved in the fight

against insurgency and


The military, according

to him, will continue to

work round the clock until

the people of Nigeria and

their property were


He also called on the

troops fighting Boko

Haram insurgency in the

North-East and others

deployed elsewhere to

remain focused on their

task of securing the


"Let me use this medium

to commend the

contributions you all have

made towards this fight.

Please, don’t be distracted

by what you see on social

media. Concentrate on the

operation and ensure that

the country is secured

from terrorists, bandits,

kidnappers and other

criminals,’’ the Air chief

told the officers and


The event was organised

for personnel deployed in

the Task Force Command

involved in the fight

against insurgency, as

well as to interact with

and encourage the troops.

Abubakar was received

on his arrival in Yola by

the Commander of Air

Services Group, Air

Commodore Mohammed

Yusuf, and other senior


But he welcomed

Adamawa State Governor,

Umaru Fintiri, who

attended the event as the

special guest

In his address, the

governor applauded the

Nigerian Air Force and

other security agencies for

the good job they were

doing for the country.

Earlier in his welcome

address, Air Commodore

Yusuf, gave assurance

that the NAF base in Yola

would continue in its role

in the fight against


APC govs pay Sallah

homage to Buhari in


By Bashir Bello



Muhammadu Buhari

and governors of the

ruling All Progressives

Congress, APC,

yesterday, met behind

closed door in the

president’s country

home at Daura, Katsina


Issues discussed at the

meeting, which lasted for

hours, were not

disclosed to newsmen

but it was learned that

the governors came to

Daura to pay the

president Sallah


They prayed for his

good health and many

more years of active

service to the nation.

Buhari in his response,

expressed gratitude to

the governors for the

Sallah homage.

Governor Aminu

Masari of Katsina State

had earlier received the

governors who arrived

the Umaru Musa

Yar’Adua International

Airport in batches before

they proceeded to Daura

to meet with the


Present at the meeting

were governors of

Katsina State, Aminu

Masari, Nasir el-Rufai

(Kaduna), Abubakar

Bagudu (Kebbi),

Mohammed Badaru

(Jigawa) Babajide

Sanwo-olu (Lagos),

Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)

and Godwin Obaseki


The meeting was also

attended by Secretary to

the Government of the

Federation, SGF, Mr.

Boss Mustapha;


Progressive Governors

Forum, Salihu Lukman,

and Deputy Senate

President, Ovie Omo-

Agege, among others.


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DESOPADEC (5th right); Hon. Daniel Mayuku, EDP, Project DESOPADEC (4th right); Mr Lucky Agediga, ED, P.R.S (3rd left); Mr. John

Iwarue, ED, Special Projects, DAAR Communications (3rd right); Mr. Dave Baro-Thomas, ED, Project Development (2nd right); Mr. Dr.

Austin Nweze, Pan Atlantic University (right) and Barr. Leonard Anoka, ED, Social Service, DESOPADEC, during the three-day workshop for

the Press and Public Relations Department of DESOPADEC at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

APAPA GRIDLOCK: Task team, stakeholders

parley to sustain new traffic order

By Olasunkanmi


L Presidential AGOS—THE


Team on the restoration of

law and order in Apapa,

the Lagos State and local

governments, residents

and stakeholders,

yesterday, agreed to

sustain and improve on

the current traffic order in

the axis to enhance

seamless vehicular and

human movement.

This came even as

Apapa residents raised

concern over the level of

indiscipline among truck

drivers, vandalisation of

public properties by

miscreants, the influx of

commercial motorcycles,

popularly called Okada,

tricycles, return of men of

the Nigeria Customs

Service on roads,

inefficiency on the part of

policemen from state’s

command, among others.

This was the outcome of

a stakeholders’ meeting

convened by the Task

Team to proffer better

ways of sustaining the

successes achieved in

Apapa and its environs.

The stakeholders’

meeting, held at Marine

Road, Apapa, had in

attendance Vice-Chairman

of the Presidential Task

Team, Kayode Opeifa;

representative of the Lagos

State Government, a

member representing

Apapa Constituency 1,

Lagos State House of

Assembly, Mojisola

Meranda, a member

representing Apapa

Federal House of

Representatives, Mufutau

Egberongbe; Chairman

Apapa Local Government

Area, Adele Elijah.

Others are Commander,

Enforcement, Presidential

Task Team, Commissioner

of Police, Hakeem

Odumosu; Lagos Sector

Commander of the Federal

Road Safety Commission,

FRSC, Hyginus Omeje;

representative of Lagos

State Traffic Management

Authority, LASTMA,

Chairman Apapa

Government Resident

Association, Gen. Ayo

Shola-Vaughan, (retd),

among others.

In his address, Opeifa,

who presided over the

meeting, said the meeting

became necessary to

OPC's championing cultural rebirth, spiritual

liberation — AARE ADAMS

By Gabriel Olawale


Onakakanfo of

Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams,

yesterday, commended

members of Oodua People’s

Congress, OPC, for their

various roles and efforts in the

struggle to liberate the Yoruba

race from bondage.

Speaking at the 2019 edition

of Ifa Festival in Lagos, Aare

Adams noted that the OPC

has done well by being a

torchbearer for other groups

in Yoruba land.

He said: “We have

contributed to the peace and

security in Yoruba land, by

promoting collaborations

among groups and traditional

institutions. As the Aare

Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I

can say it anywhere in the

world that OPC has done

wonders within the years,

becoming the most popular

organization in Nigeria, and

providing a big platform for

cultural rebirth and spiritual


“We have also gone a bit

ahead of others as a great

movement. God has helped

our organization that is why I

say it regularly that OPC is

spiritual. We can weather the

storm when the struggle to

liberate Yoruba race became

tough because God has

always been our strength."

“We were able to win the

battle because of our faith

and belief in the struggle.

I want to tell you today that

one of the things that

helped us during those

trying times was because of

our beliefs in spiritual


He said they consulted

physically, spiritually and built

a strong force within the

Yoruba nation.

He said: “Today, the story of

OPC as a special organisation

could best be told because we

are alive and we are moving

on. 25 years in the struggle is

no joke, many thanks to the

almighty God for saving our

lives and giving us the grace

to be where we are today.

“And happily, we are on

course, we are not going to

relent because the future we

look forward to is here. Our

future as a group lies in what

we do today, depending

largely on how we can

transform our society and

make life better for the people.”

sustain and improve on

the current traffic order in

the axis.

He said: “It will ensure

that only trucks having a

genuine business

transaction within the

ports are allowed into

Apapa from the Lilypond

terminal and other


“This is majorly aimed

at decongesting the roads

and bridge leading into

the ports environment as

a medium-term measure

pending the completion

of the ongoing

rehabilitation of the rail

system believed to be the

lasting solution to the

Apapa gridlock and its

consequential economic


Opeifa also said that

“Our mandate is to ensure

law and order is restored

in Apapa and create an

efficient traffic

management system that

allows free movement of

people, fuel and cargo.”

Besides, he said: “You

cannot prevent trucks

from entering Apapa.

Shutting them off means

loss of revenue for

Nigeria as proceeds from

ports is the third largest

income source for the

country, but we have a

task to manage the

situation in such a way

that we do not block the

residents from exiting

and accessing their


Also speaking,

Meranda disclosed that

plans are underway by

the Lagos State

government to introduce

the Bus Rapid Transit

(BRT) to Apapa through

the Eric Moore corridor in


“The state government

has proposed two routes

for BRT. The first route is

from Alakija to Liverpool.

The second route is from

Eric Moore to Wharf

Road,” Meranda said.

In his address,

Egberongbe said the team

is bedevilled with logistic

challenges, saying proper

funding will enable them

to deliver excellent results.

Omeje, in his speech,

said his men have been

fully mobilized to further

ensure seamless traffic

and sanity in the area.

Chairman of AGRA,

Shola-Vaughan, noted that

the meeting was convened

to enable residents to

review the performance of

the task team as regard

sanitation of Apapa.



others make


final list

By Olasunkanmi



Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, yesterday,

transmitted the final list of

his cabinet nominees to the

State House of Assembly.

This came four weeks after

the Governor sent a 25 man

list in the first batch to the

lawmakers for screening.

13 Commissioner and

Special Adviser-nominees

made the second list,

making it 38 in total.

A statement by the Deputy

Chief Press Secretary to the

Governor, Mr. Gboyega

Akosile, confirmed the

second list had names of

accomplished politicians

and technocrats who

“understand the current

needs of Lagos” and the

development agenda of the


He said the selection

process was rigorous

because of the need to

constitute the best team that

would serve Lagos.

The list includes Joe

Igbokwe, Oladele Ajayi,

Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Mrs.

Yetunde Arobieke,

Olarenwaju Sanusi, Bonu

Solomon Saanu, ARC.

Kabiru Ahmed, Mrs. Lola

Akande, Prince Anofiu

Elegushi, Mrs. Solape

Hammond, Morufu

Akinderu Fatai, Mrs.

Shulamite Olufunke

Adebolu and Tokunbo


2019 Ojude Oba Festival:

Biology teacher, Poly student,

8 others win Glo tricycles


mixture of jubilation and

deep gratitude, yesterday,

as 10 customers of the

telecoms network,

Globacom, emerged

winners of 10 tricycles,

popularly called keke

Marwa, in a raffle drawn

during the grand finale of

this year’s Ojude Oba

festival held in Ijebu Ode.

Globacom is the major

sponsor of the annual


The 10 lucky winners

were picked at the draw

conducted by the Alaafin of

Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi

at the end of the colourful

and lively age-grade

(Regberegbe) and Balogun


complemented with a

parade by masquerades

and gun salutes.

The winners, who took

away the three-wheeled

vehicles include: Isaac

Olawale, Johnson

Olakitan, Michael Adeniyi,

Henry Olayemi, Julius

Agofure and Daniel

Adebambo. Others were

Kazeem Mustapha, Shola


Gbilesanmi , Monsurat

Sebiotimo, and Asiwaju


Speaking to journalists

after they collected the

keys, the winners

expressed joy and

excitement, some of them

jumping, dancing and

reeling out their plans for

the vehicle they won from


28-year Daniel

Adebambo of Crown

Polytechnic, Ekiti State,

who didn’t know how to

ride the tricycle said: “I

never expected I would

win. I thank God for this

empowerment. I can’t ride

the tricycle, but I am going

to put it into business to

support my finances at


While Sebiotimo, a petty

trader, said she purchased

a device worth N5,000 and

recharge card worth

N50,000 from Glo to win,

Olawale said he simply

bought a phone for N3200

and recharge cards worth

N1,800 from Gloworld, the

network’s sales and service

outlet in Ijebu Ode.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019 — 11

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Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, and Special Adviser to the Governor on Politics and

Strategy, Babatunde Oduyoye, during the governor's Salah visit to Ogbomoso town.


now, Afe Babalola tells Buhari

By Gabriel Ewepu

A luminary BUJA—LEGAL

and Elder

statesman, Chief Afe

Babalola, SAN, yesterday,

called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

convene a Sovereign

National Conference, SNC,

as a panacea to the

myriads of problems

threatening the unity of the


Babalola made the call

while speaking on

NewsNight programme on

Channels Television on

Monday night.

He said the conference

and change of the

constitution would be the

way out of the precarious

situation Nigeria and

Nigerians found


He said the present

situation needs urgent

attention to address it by

bringing together wellmeaning

Nigerians to talk



recommendations that

would solve the problems.

His words: “We had

tranquility and growing

economy. People were

saying that it will be

difficult to catch up with the

Western Region, with the

rate of development.

Unfortunately, the army

took over.

“We now have what we

call the federal constitution,

which is a lie. A lie in the

•Says anarchy looming

sense that the preamble

says 'the constitution given

to the people by the people',

but that is not correct. It was

made by the army and they

centralized everything.

“Unless we go back to

something similar to 1960-

65 modifications, we will

never get there again. I

believe we need it urgently.

What I want is a Sovereign

National Conference. In

other words, the decisions

there will not be available

for amendment by any

legislature or anybody.

“The legislature and

presidency can, together,

convene the National

Sovereign Conference. It is

Awujale warns against politicisation of

his successor

By Daud Olatunji


Awujale and

Paramount ruler of

Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru

Adetona, yesterday,

advised kingmakers and

other stakeholders to

choose the right

candidate to succeed him.

The monarch said this

during the 2019 Ojude-

Oba Festival, held at Oba

Sikiru Adetona pavilion

simple; it can be done.

What is the purpose of

lawmakers? To make laws,

and they can make the law

to convene a National

Sovereign Conference. So

simple. And the President,

who believes in developing

a nation out of nations, will

readily agree.

“Those who are

benefiting from the mess

we have now are those we

have asked to make the law.

We have come to the same

decision and that is: 'Are we

likely to have a legislature

that will move for a

Sovereign National

Conference? Are we likely?'

The answer is no. But for

in Ijebu-Ode.

Oba Adetona, who

emerged the Awujale 59

years ago, said: “When I

eventually go, please, go

for a capable successor.

Reject any candidate that

will put Ijebuland into


“Do not politicise the

process of selecting my

successor. Do not go for

people that will draw

Ijebu backwards.

“If the next ruling house

does not present a viable

the pressure that is going

on now, they should. That

is why I am happy about

the pressure from the East,

West, and Middle Belt and

everywhere, as well from

the youth.

“The youth must not keep

quiet because the future is

theirs. I am over 90 years

and what else do I want?

For them, they have to fight

for themselves.

"We should not wait until

we have situations as we

have in Sudan, where a 23-

year-old girl led the

revolution. When people

are hungry, they become

angry, and when people

become angry, they become


candidate, please, reject

him, and go for a ruling

house with a capable


“Do not go for

moneybags that would

destroy the achievements

Ijebuland has recorded so


“Call on God for

direction when picking

my successor. Ask God to

guide you.

“My prayer is that

Ijebuland will continue to

grow from strength to


2020: It’s Ondo South's turn to produce gov, group tells PDP

•God told me to recontest—Jegede

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—A pressure

group within the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, Equity For All

Movement, EFAM,

yesterday, warned that

dire consequences awaited

the PDP if it does not

consider the South

senatorial district for the

governorship ticket of the


This came as the 2016

governorship candidate of

the PDP, Mr. Eyitayo

Jegede, SAN, signified his

intention to contest the seat

again in the 2020 election.

The pressure group, in

a statement by its

Coordinator, Comrade

Omotuyole Edamisan

Agbede, said: “The

governorship ambition of

Jegede was an insensitive

one, even as it ensure the

governorship ticket of the

PDP for the 2020 election

was given to someone

capable from the south.

“While we do not have

anything against Eyitayo

Jegede (SAN) as a person,

we consider his aspiration

for the governorship of the

state as an insensitive one

that can cost our party it’s

much-awaited march to

Government House,

Alagbaka, Akure.

“We all know that

Olusegun Mimiko, from

central Ondo, spent eight

years as governor. The only

reason Jegede failed was

that he imposed another

person from central on us.

It then means that if we

allow Jegede to run as our

governorship candidate in

2020, the South will be left

in the coolers for another

eight years, because he,

Jegede, will intend to

spend two terms.

However, while

addressing PDP leaders

and stakeholders in Akure,

Jegede said he had

commenced consultations


imposes partial curfew

By Ola Ajayi


B A D A N —

rampant attacks on

students’ halls in the

University of Ibadan by

suspected robbers, the

management of the

institution has imposed a

partial curfew on the

campus, as part of efforts to

check the incidents.

The partial curfew, which

takes effect from today, is

between 12midnight and 5


The Abdusalami

Abubakar Hall within the

institution was attacked by

a seven-man gang on

Sunday, which left two

students injured.

This decision was said to

have been taken at a

meeting of the University

Security Committee, which

reviewed the current

security situation on the


A statement by the Vice-

Chancellor, Professor Idowu

Olayinka, stated that all

students and members of

staff must have a means of

identification when accosted

by security operatives.

According to the vicechancellor,

all-male visitors

to the three female hostels -

Awolowo, Queen Idia and

We'll fix Lagos/Ibadan rail

corridor problem soon — CCECC

By Joseph Erunke

A contractor BUJA—THE


the 156-kilometre standard

gauge rail-line from Lagos

to Ibadan, China Civil

Engineering &

Construction Company,

CCECC, yesterday,

assured communities

living along the rail

corridor that the company

would address all issues

they have raised

concerning their welfare

and primary infrastructure

before the completion and

handing over of the project

to the Federal


The company, in a

statement by its media

adviser, Dr. Eshemokha

Maho, in Abuja, noted that

the clarification became

necessary, following recent

agitation by some

communities along the rail

corridor over an overhead

bridge and a flooded link


with party leaders across

the 18 local government

areas of the state.

He said: “I see myself as

somebody ready to serve.

“I contested the last

gubernatorial election and we

all knew the result. The

following day we went to

church to thank God for how

far He had helped us. Now,

I consulted God Almighty

again. I asked if I should go

forward on this project, and

He answered me that I

should go ahead."

Elizabeth halls - are to be

received outside the halls,

while female guests will be


Olayinka said: “A major

decision of the committee is

to enforce a partial curfew

from midnight till 5 am as

from today (August 14). All

students and members of

staff should be able to

produce a means of

identification if and when

accosted by security staff.

This partial restriction of

movement will be in place

until further notice.

“Kindly ensure strict

compliance, please, as part

of efforts of ensuring the

safety of all members of the

community. Given the

recent security situation on

the campus, male visitors

are henceforth prohibited

from entering the abovelisted

female halls of


"The residents of the

aforementioned halls can

only receive their male

visitors outside the hall.

Female visitors should be

screened at the porters’

lodge. Moreover, all-male

visitors are expected to

leave the precincts of the

female halls by 8:30pm.

Anyone found loitering

will be regarded as a


The statement cited two

communities, Laderin and

Alagada, which recently

went on protests to

complain about the state of

infrastructure in their areas.

While Laderin is asking

CCECC to construct an

overhead bridge across the

rail line to connect villages

in the area to the main road,

those in Alagada are

pleading with the

construction giant to see to

the reconstruction of the link

road in the community,

which has been rendered

impassable as a result of

flooding. Both communities

are in the Ogun axis of the

Lagos-Ibadan rail line.

The company's

spokesman added: “We are

working based on designs

given to us by the

contracting authority. As

you know we cannot go

outside the design without

appropriate approvals. It

would be going outside the

scope of the project and we

could be sanctioned.

“However, we have long

taken note of the concern

of the community and have

taken it into consideration

and are working with

relevant government

officials to ensure that the

issues raised by the

communities are

appropriately channeled

and addressed.”

On the link road, which

the Lasada community also

complained about, the

spokesperson said: “Yes, it

is true that we promised to

fix the road and if you go

there now, work is in

progress, and it would be

delivered soon. I can

assure you that the road

would be better than it was


12—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

Obaseki is my brother, rift created by

people for selfish interest—Oshiomhole

•Obaseki was not in my palace — Otaru of Auchi

By Gabriel

Enogholase &

Alemma Aliu




of All Progressives

Congress, APC, Mr Adams

Oshiomhole, has said the

alleged rift between himself

and his successor, Governor

Godwin Obaseki, was a

creation of people with

personal interest, describing

Obaseki as his brother.

Oshiomhole stated this,

Monday night, while

receiving Governor Obaseki,

who led members of his

cabinet to celebrate the Eidel-Kabir

festival with his

former boss, at his Iyamuh

residence in Estako West

Local Government

Government Area of the


Speaking to journalists after

a closed door meeting, which

lasted for about an hour,

Oshiomhole said the

meeting was not unusual as

he was in constant touch with


He said: “From time to

time, we have always been

meeting. It is not an unusual

visit, the meeting afforded

me the opportunity to meet

with my brother and with

people I have worked with.”

Oshiomhole added that it

was unfortunate that the

media liked creating factions

for their own gain.

Obaseki also noted that the

visit to his predecessor was

not unusual, saying that he

decided to celebrate the

Sallah with his former boss.

He said the visit was to

celebrate Edo leaders just as

the former APC national

chairman, Chief John

Oyegun, was celebrated by

the state earlier in the day.

“There is nothing unusual

about this meeting, it is

Sallah and we have just

finished celebrating with the

former APC national

chairman, Chief Oyegun, in

Benin City, and we decided

to come here to celebrate

Sallah with my predecessor,”

the governor said.

Obaseki was not in

my palace

— Otaru of Auchi

Meanwhile, the Otaru of

Auchi, Alhaji Aliru Momoh

Ikelebe III, has denied

reports in the media that

Obaseki visited him as part

of the celebration of the Ediel-Kabir,

saying he only had

dinner with Oshiomhole

though Vanguard gathered

that the Otaru had invited the

two of them.

The Daudu of Auchi

Kingdom, Alhaji Usamn

Abuda, said Obaseki was not

at the palace on Monday as

was “generously reported in

the print media yesterday.”

He said: “The Otaru said

he did not see Obaseki. His

Royal Highness Ikelebe III

throughout Monday, did not

see Governor Obaseki in

S-South forum backs Timi Frank’s

call for apology to Jonathan

•Challenges NLC, Bakare, Sanusi, other SNG leaders

By Omeiza Ajayi


professionals, under the

aegis of South-South

Emerging Leaders’ Forum,

SELF, have commended

activist-politician and former

Deputy National Publicity

Secretary of the ruling All

Progressives Congress APC,

Mr Timi Frank, for calling on

erstwhile opposition leaders

and members of the civil

society who sabotaged the

administration of former

President Goodluck Jonathan

to apologise to the former


SELF also berated Nigeria

Labour Congress, NLC, for

“mischievously allowing the

union to be used against the

former president,”

wondering why the union

had suddenly become docile



“maladministration of the

APC,” which has brought

more hardship on its


The forum said the call by

Frank was a patriotic one,

adding that for posterity sake,

the likes of former CBN

governor and now Emir of

Kano, Sanusi Lamido

Sanusi, Pastor Tunde Bakare

and many others, who

participated in the Save

Nigeria Group, SNG, ought

to openly toe the path of

honour now and speak out

person or a message from

him as being claimed in the

against the evils befalling


He called on Nigerians,

especially those who worked

against the re-election of ex-

President Jonathan to


Addressing newsmen in

Abuja, yesterday, Chairman

of the forum, Dr. Preye Ebi,

wondered why all the strong

voices that rose against the

administration of Jonathan

suddenly lost their voices

even in the face of “more

hardship, killings, insecurity,

poverty, unemployment, lack

of rule of law and all kinds of

backwardness in the


The group called out

Bakare, “who turned his

auditorium to political

gathering to criticise

Jonathan’s administration to

compare and contrast

whether Nigeria is now better

under his friend (Bubari) or

publicly tender an apology to

redeem his image.”

SELF also challenged Emir

Sanusi for what it described

as unsubstantiated allegation

that a certain huge amount

of money got missing under

Jonathan, saying:“The effort

was to sabotage Jonathan’s


On insecurity, SELF said:

“As it is today, Nigerian roads

are not safe, kidnapping has

become the order of the day.

Government at all levels now

have to negotiate with bandits

media. I can recall that

Oshiomhole visited Otaru in

the evening for a luncheon

party which lasted into the

late hours of the day."

PARTNERSHIP: From left,Executive Director, Zenith Bank Plc,

Mr. Dennis Olisa; Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State and

Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr.

Ebenezer Onyeagwu, during the bank’s visit to the governor to

further infrastructural development partnership with the state


to have peace.

“Most of the false

allegations against

Jonathan’s government were

fabricated to deliberately grab

power, which indirectly led to

loss of confidence in the

Nigerian economy by the

international community.

Today, those who

undermined and weakened

the country’s economy are

now in power but lack the

technical know-how to fix it."

Leboku 2019: We're taking the

festival to int’l cultural market

place —Ayade

By Ike


CALABAR— Governor

Ben Ayade of Cross

River State has promised to

take the 2019 Leboku cultural

festival to the international

cultural market place.

The governor made the

promise while briefing the

media at the Pre-2019

Leboku international cultural

festival scheduled for August


Ȧyade, who was

represented at the pre-event

ceremony by Deputy Director,

Ministry of Culture and

Tourism, Mr. Ekpeyong Ojoi,

said the event was going to

wax big and stronger to

attract more tourists to the


Bayelsa guber: PDP chairman's

alleged endorsement of

Dickson’s candidate sparks row

By Emem Idio

Ygovernorship ENAGOA—SOME


on the platform of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

Bayelsa State, have

expressed anger over the

purported decision by the

state party chairman, Mr

Cleopas Moses, to openly

endorse the candidate

preferred by the state

governor, Mr Seriake


The aggrieved

governorship aspirants

claimed that the state party

chairman, in a speech he

allegedly delivered at a

meeting with the state party

executives, the newly elected

local government chairmen

and the state governor, had

said his vote and that of the

elected chairmen were for

any candidate endorsed by

the state governor.

While some of the

governorship aspirants

claimed that though the party

At the palace of the

monarch of the Yakurr

people, HRM Obol Ofem

Eteng, Ayade stated that, the

desire of the state was to make

the event bigger and

stronger, hence they decided

to partner the 12 autonomous

communities that made up

Yakurr in the last 14 years.

chairman had the right to

support any aspirant of his

choice, he, however, should

not be seen openly endorsing

a particular aspirant within

the party ahead of the


A group within the state

PDP, known as Integrity

Group, and led by Mr Tony

Ile, alleged that intelligence

report through a recorded

tape received by concerned

party members showed that

state party chairman in a

speech endorsed the

governor’s choice of aspirant

instead of being neutral in a

primary election where the

candidate is yet to emerge

Ile said: “This is against the

rules of the party where a state

chairman is expected to be

neutral and not to have been

seen to take side with a

particular aspirant as against

the over 20 of them that have

purchased the PDP

gubernatorial forms of the


Herdsmen attack: A-bom CAN

lauds Emmanuel over probe

By Chioma



Association of Nigeria,

CAN, Akwa Ibom State

chapter has commended

Governor Udom Emmanuel

for directing security agencies

in the state to investigate

the herdsmen attack in the

state that led to the death of

a man, while others were injured

and fish out the perpetrators.

State Chairman of CAN,

Rev Ndueso Ekwere, who

spoke to newsmen yesterday,

in Uyo expressed concern

that the attack in Mkpat

Enin Local Government

Area of the state might signal

impending “holocaust”

by the violent Fulani herdsmen,

if adequate and

proactive security measures

were not put in place to check

their activities.

Ekwere, however, sympathised

with the bereaved

family and victims of the attack

and reaffirmed the position

of CAN that Akwa

Ibom State will not support

the RUGA settlement programme

of the Federal Government

in whatever form or

name it may be reintroduced

in the country.

He also opposed the recent

call to re-introduce the Water

Resources Bill, noting

that the bill amounts to "robbing

Peter to pay Paul."

His words,:“CAN in Akwa

Ibom State, and indeed the

whole Akwa Ibom Christian

community condemn the recent

invasion of a community

in Mkpat Enin council by


“And we implore the residents

to cooperate with the

security agencies, to track

these agents of destruction

for prosecution. We also urge

the National Assembly

members to be guided by

God’s wisdom in passing

any bill brought before them.

“The insecurity in the

coastal communities of this

state is becoming alarming,

therefore, we call on governments

at all level, and the

security agencies operating

in the state to adopt proactive

measures to check the incessant

killings and robbery attacks

by pirates on the residents."

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019 — 13

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Network; Dr. Ebhoria Charles and Modest Diko, Team Lead, Nigerian Writers Awards, during the the

Awards ceremony, held in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: KEHINDE SHONOLA

Politicians behind bandits’ activities

in Nigeria —Tsav



Police in Lagos State, Alhaji

Abubakar Tsav, has

accused politicians of

being responsible for

activities of bandits

terrorising the country.

Tsav said, yesterday, in

Makurdi that banditry and

most insecurities occurring

in the country were created

by politicians.

He said most politicians

knew exactly who the

bandits were and why they

were carrying out such

activities, saying “Banditry

and insecurity are created

by politicians and the

politicians know who the

bandits are. They know

why these people are doing

this. I want to appeal to our

political class to have a

change of heart and

cooperate with security

agencies to reduce

criminality in the land. If

the police are courageous

enough to search houses

and monitor activities of

politicians, you will see

what they will recover from


He said increased level of

corruption and porous

borders had also

contributed in the ongoing

security challenge as most

arms were smuggled into

the country through the


Tsav advised the Federal

Government to embark on

massive employment of

security personnel as this

would mop up most of the

unemployed youths from

the streets and reduce

criminality in the country.

According to him,

security agencies,

especially the police,

lacked manpower to handle

the incessant security

breaches in the country as

most of the ones in the

service were currently

attached to politicians.

“In the police service, for

instance, we have few

policemen and most of them

are attached to politicians.

In fact, the government

should reduce salary of the

legislature to fund the new

RUGA best option to settle

nomads permanently —Bagudu



Bagudu of Kebbi State, has

said the RUGA settlement

programme remains the

best option for settling

nomads in a permanent

abode and enhance

livestock production in the


Bagudu made the

statement yesterday while

conducting journalists

round some Fulani

settlements in Jega Local

Government Area.

According to him:

‘’RUGA is just a Rural

Grazing Area. It has been

conceived long time ago to

bring into one place

nomads and their animals

for permanent settlement

with all the necessary

provision of pasture and

grazing to improve animal

husbandry. It still remains

the best option for settling

nomads in a permanent

abode and enhance

livestock production in the


He gave an assurance

that his administration

would continue to provide

basic amenities to all Fulani

settlements in the state.

‘’The amenities will

include water, schools and

health facilities in

furtherance of our effort to

meeting the objectives of

the RUGA Programme, ‘’

Bagudu said.

Buhari, APC govs meet behind

closed doors in Daura

By Bashir Bello


T S I N A —

Muhammadu Buhari and

Governors of the ruling

party, All Progressive

Congress, APC, yesterday

met behind closed doors in

the President’s country

home, Daura, Katsina


Matters or issues

discussed at the close door

meeting which lasted for

hours were not disclosed

to newsmen.

The governor urged the

journalists to intensify

public enlightenment on

the idea of the RUGA


Some of the settlements

visited were Runtu Birni

Malam and Ingarje

Jandutsi in Jega Local


Others were Kirya and

Banbala in Suru Local

Government Area.

A cross section of

Fulani leaders,

expressed appreciation

to the governor for his

fraternal visit and urged

the state government to

rehabilitate water

facilities in



intake. It is dangerous to

attach a police officer to stay

with a politician for more

than two years because the

moment they stay long with

them they become very

loyal to them instead of the

Nigeria police force,” he


Earlier before the meeting

went into a close door

session, the Governors

paid Sallah homage to the


They prayed for his good

health and many more

years of active service to the


President Muhammadu

Buhari in his response

expressed gratitude to the

Governors for the Sallah


Meanwhile, Governor

Aminu Bello Masari of

Katsina State, earlier

received the governors

who arrived the Umaru

Musa Yar’Adua

International Airport in

batches before proceeding

to Daura to meet with the

President and later

returned to the airport

where they departed to

their various destinations.

Present at the meeting

include Governors of

Katsina, Aminu Bello

Masari, Nasir el-Rufai

(Kaduna), Abubakar Atiku

Bagudu (Kebbi),

Mohammed Badaru

(Jigawa) Babajide

Sanwoolu (Lagos), Kayode

Fayemi (Ekiti) and

Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Others spotted were

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, Mr. Boss

Mustapha, Director-

General, Progressive

Governors Forum, Salihu

Lukman and Deputy

Senate President, Ovie




NGO supports 200 orphans, 20

schools with education grants

*Targets 100 more orphans

By Boluwaji



than 200 orphans are

enjoying educational

sponsorship from Corps

D’Progressive, a Non


Organization, NGO, in

Kogi State

Similarly, the group has

supported about 10 schools

in the state with over 100

persons mentored in

different academic fields.

At a briefing yesterday, in

Lokoja on the sideline of its

20 year anniversary,

President of the

organization, Bashir

Salawudeen, said within

the next 12 months,

additional 100 orphans and

20 schools across the state

would be included in the


He said, “From 1999 to

date, Corps De

Progressive has organized

DPR seals 5 filling stations in

Makurdi for dispensing

adulterated products

By Peter Duru


Department of

Petroleum Resources, DPR,

has sealed-off five filling

stations in Makurdi, the

Benue State capital, for

alleged sharp practices.

In a supervisory

operation led by the acting

Operations Controller,

Makurdi Field Office, Mrs.

Vivian Akpaagher, some of

the affected stations were

either caught underdispensing

or selling

adulterated petroleum

products to unsuspecting

motorists and consumers.

According to her, “the

supervision was one of the

core responsibilities of DPR

to ensure proper regulation

and to also check sharp

practices in the sale of

petroleum products to the


“It was also to ascertain

environmental safety and to

ensure that those who

violate the rules would

have punitive measures

meted to them to serve as

deterrent so that filling

stations owners do not

deliberately violet the rules

and regulations guiding

their businesses.

“So far out of the 12

stations visited five were

sealed-off for sharp

practices and they will

remain shut until the

necessary stipulated fines

are paid into government

coffers,” she added.

Among the stations

visited were, MRS, EDS,

El-Numed, Prime Power

filling stations all along

Naka Road.

Topleaders Magazine Awards

holds in Ghana August 31

HE ANNUAL Nigerian

T o p l e a d e r s

International Magazine

Awards and Conference

holds in Accra, Ghana, on

August 31.

According to the Director

of Communication,

Toplead Media


Company, publishers of the

quarterly West African

celebrity magazine, Mrs.

Mercy O. Ajayi, said the

occasion will also mark the

14th Year Anniversary of the

publication, dedicated to

promote and unveil

eminent achievers in

Nigeria and abroad.

According to the director,

among the prominent

awardees are former

Nigerian Transportation

minister, Rotimi Amaechi;

Hadiza Bala-Usman MD/

CEO, Nigerian Ports

Authority; Barrister Taiwo

secondary school quiz

competition, inter school

debate, guidance and

counseling talks, campaign

against examination

malpractices, advocacy on

the dangers of drugs abuse.

We have created a new

generation of young

professionals with critical

skill set and values to

transform our communities,

state and country.

“This group has inspired

over 100 people to seek and

attain post secondary

education and they have

added to the pool of human

resources available. We have

supported 10 schools in

Kogi state through the

provision of instructional


“A few years back, we

launched a programme to

adopt orphans. The

programmes have seen us

support over 200 orphans in

the last five years at various

stages of their education."

Afolabi, Vice Chairman

Sifax Group Ltd.; Otunba

Sunbomi Balogun,

Chairman, FCMB; Dr D.

K. Olukoya, MFM General

Overseer, while some of the

special guest of honour are

President Nana Akufo-

Addo of Ghana, Nigerian

High Commissioner to

Ghana Amb. Micheal

Abikoye, H.R.H Alhaji

Shaban Audu Nizazo III,

Etsu of Kwali; FCT, Abuja

Engr. Musa B. Bott, and

Apostle Dr. Anthony


Other awardees,

according to Mrs. Ajayi,

are Chief Isaac Jolapamo,

Chairman Morlap Group

Limited; Customs

Comptroller General, Col.

Hammed Ali (retd), Senator

Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, Dr

Dakuku Peterside,

NIMASA DG; Mr. Fidet

Ikhiria, NRC MD/CEO.



Special thanksgiving service to mark 80th birthday of former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC),

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun held at Saint Paul Catholic Church, Benin City on Monday. PHOTOS: BARNABAS UZOSIKE.

The celebrant, Chief John Odigie Oyegun (right) with his family.

From right; Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his wife; Most

Rev. Augustine Akubeze; Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and his wife and

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

Former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion

(left) and Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.

Chief Oyegun (left) welcoming Governor Obaseki.

From left; Chief Parry B.O Osayande, (retd. DIG);

PDP National Chairman, PDP, Chief Uche Secondus

and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

From left; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu; Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi

Akeredolu (SAN); Edo State First Lady, Betsy Obaseki and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

From left Prof. and Mrs. Emovon and HRH (Prof.) Greg Akenzua.

Officiating Ministers.

Benin High Chiefs; From left; Chief Parry B.O Osayande; Chief Dr.

D.U Edebiri and Chief Oliya.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019—15

IGP Adamu

lauded on




DEVT BANK LECTURE: From left—Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mahamood Isa-Dutse; Africa Union

High Representative for the Peace Fund and former President and Chairman of the Board, African Development Bank, Mr.

Donald Kaberuka; Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Tony Okpanachi; Chairman, Jaiz Bank, Umaru Mutallab, and Chairman,

Board of Directors, Development Bank of Nigeria, DBN, Dr. Shehu Yahaya, at the DBN lecture series on Surviving to Thriving:

MSMEs as the Key to Unlocking Inclusive Growth in Africa, in Abuja. PHOTO: Gbemiga Olamikan.

President of Igbo extraction 'll solve

Nigeria's problems—Methodist Prelate

By Peter Okutu


Methodist Church Nigeria,

His Eminence, Dr. Samuel

Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche,

yesterday, stressed that what

Nigeria needs to solve her

numerous socio-political and

economic challenges was an Igbo

President in 2023.

Speaking at a briefing in

Abakaliki as part of activities to

mark his two-day working visit to

the Church in the state, the Prelate

who is the first Igbo Prelate of

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu


Bishop, Newday College

of Bishops, Worldwide, Rt. Rev.

Innocent Ochei, has advised

President Muhammadu Buhari

to desist from acting as the

Minister of Petroleum and

President at the same time.

Bishop Ochei also asked

President Buhari to act like a true

leader who is in charge by

allocating the offices to the

minister-designates without

further delay, as Nigerians have

had enough of his delay in

appointing ministers.

He said that “dropping the

Petroleum Minister position

attached to his office has become

very imperative as it sends a

very wrong signal that no

Nigerian except him is capable

of handling the position, just as

it makes mockery of his position

as the President and

Commander in Chief of the

Armed Forces of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria.”

Speaking during the

consecration of Bishop Jude

Obadile Ifechukwu at Rock of

God Healing Ministry, Bishop

Ochei said there was no need for

delay in appointing ministers

months after the President was

Methodist Church, Nigeria,

since 1842, added that the Igbo

man being a team player and an

investor by nature, would be able

to lead the nation to greater

heights against all odds.

According to him, power shift

to the South-East was most

appropriate to create a balance in

the political arena and good

governance of the nation.

He said: “No country develops

above her level of education. We

want to impact lives and

empowerment of members of the

Church to enable them to start

declared winner of the election.

His words: “I have seen some

presidents who released the list

of their cabinet members within

two weeks after taking over.

Unfortunately, what you and I see

in Nigeria is totally a different

thing all together.

“President Buhari’s delay in

appointing his kitchen cabinet

was not a good omen and he

By Anayo Okoli

ENUGU—ONE person was

reported to have been killed

while seven others sustained

injuries last week, following a

renewed chieftaincy tussle in

Ajim autonomous community,

Ndeaboh, Aninri Local

Government Area of Enugu State.

Some of the injured are said to

be receiving treatment in a

hospital in Awgu.

Vanguard learned that Ajim

community has been embroiled

in a tussle over who becomes the

monarch of the community.

The first attempt made some

time ago to elect the traditional

ruler ended in a stalemate,

thereby heightening the tension


“The igbo man is a team player.

I believe in one Nigeria where

there is justice, fairness and

equity. But in 2023, an Igbo

should be considered. Let them

try an Igbo man in Nigeria in

2023 and see the difference. Igbo

invest everywhere. Igbo man is

like a clean water.

“They have cerebral intellect. I

am for all the parties but Igbo

should be of good behaviour and

support one another.

“Some security officers have

failed us, so defend yourselves.

must desist from acting as the

Minister of Petroleum and

President of Nigeria at the same

time. It is mockery and belittling

of his office as the President and

Commander in Chief of the

Armed Forces of Federal

Republic of Nigeria.”

He also frowned at a situation

where some Nigerian priests

make mockery of themselves

over illicit affairs with ladies,

saying “the cases of alleged

One killed, many injured in Enugu community

chieftaincy dispute

between the two interest groups.

The contest was said to be

between two influential citizens

of the community, Cyprian

Ikpenwa, a lawyer, and Chief

Tobias Achi.

But for reason yet to be

ascertained, fresh tension was

said to have enveloped the

community last week when

armed thugs said to be supporters

of one the contestants, unleashed

attack on some people believed

to be in the opposing camp in the

Igweship tussle, leading to the

death of one Friday Eze,

popularly called Afunwa Elota


The midnight attack also left

seven people with serious


A report from the community

claimed that the attackers

Don’t be offensive but be

defensive. The constitution was

by a military junta and not

designed to maginalise Ndigbo.

There are violations of the

constitution. NASS should

produce the people’s constitution.

“We want peace and freedom.

Nobody should see Nigeria as his

father’s property. Nobody should

be marginalised because of tribe,

ethnicity and religion. There is an

element of marginalisation

against Igbo. If we want to

enthrone justice and fairness,

power should shift to South-East.”

You can't be President, Petroleum Minister at same

time, Bishop tells Buhari

sexual harassment and rape,

levelled against priest or pastors

of churches are becoming

embarrassing to the church of


“Many pastors have been

accused of one sexual

harassment issue or the other,

some may be the truth while

some are lies. But whether true

or false, men of God must

refrain from sexually harassing

and raping members.”

invaded the homes of their

enemies at about 12a.m.

A survivor of the attack, Mr.

Chukwu Oshi, said he escaped

through the back door of his

house, claiming that they

attacked his 13-year-old son,

Paul Oshi, a JSS 1 student, now


According to him, “it was

around 12a.m. I was jolted from

sleep by sounds of gunshots at

a neigbour’s home. I opened

my backyard door and sneaked

out to take cover because they

were pointing torchlight in the

direction of my compound.

“So when they came, they did

not see me but they inflicted

machete cuts on my child, Paul.”

Enugu State Police Command

confirmed the incident but could

not say if anybody died.

By Emma Nnadozie


Executive Officer of

Matchmakers Consult, owners

of Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina

Philips, has applauded the

efforts of the Inspector-

General of Police, Adamu

Mohammed, over Police

campaign against cultism,

stating that it is in line with the

principle of community


Speaking during a courtesy

visit to the National

Coordinator, Police Campaign

Against Cultism and Other

Vices, POCACOV, SP Ebere

Amarizu, in Enugu ahead of

the forth-coming flag off of the

campaign by the Police boss,

Peters noted that “it will boost

the safety and security of our

communities and it is in line

with the standard of

international best practices

given that it is very proactive

in nature.

“I am here to formally

register the partnership of

Matchmakers Consult and to

commend the IGP on this

laudable initiative. We will

continue to support this

laudable project as one of the

partners of POCACOV.

“I call on Nigerians,

government agencies,

corporate organisations as well

as other relevant stakeholders

to join hands in this

nationwide campaign against

cultism and other vices by

throwing their support behind

the Police to take this message

to the grassroots.”

Responding, Amaraizu

thanked him and the

Matchmakers Consult for their

support of POCACOV and

agreed further to partner to

ensure that the awareness gets

to all the nooks and crannies

of the country.

Amaraizu maintained that

the IG, Mohammed, has

structured the programme in

such manner that it will cut

across all the stakeholders and

that it is community-driven

with various tactics and

strategies as contained in the

IGP’s work plan, which will be

used to commence its

deployments in the 30 states

of the federation, including the

Federal Capital Territory,


He said: “We shall

commence immediate

deployment of this allimportant

campaign after its

national flag off by the

Inspector General of Police on

August 29 in Enugu.

“Preparations are on and the

Nigeria Policing Programme,

NPP, on this flag off and

campaign is with the Force.”

16—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019


left—Prof. Martin Ike-

Muonso, Africa

Regional Co-ordinator,

Baywood Foundation,

Emperor Baywood Ibe,

Founder Baywood

Foundation, and Mr

Gbenga Adebija,

Director General,


Chamber of Commerce,

during the briefing by

Baywood Foundation

and African Union, on

Community Project, in

Lagos, yesterday. Photo:

Kehinde Gbadamosi.

Embrace RUGA, PDP BoT chairman, tells



chairman, Board of

Trustees, BOT, of the

Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, Walid Jibrin,

has urged Nigerians to



establishment of Rural

Grazing Areas, RUGA,

programme of the

Federal Government.

Jibrin told journalists at

his Nasarawa country

home in Nasarawa State

yesterday that the

proposed settlement

policy for herdsmen

would promote peace and

security in the country.

He also explained that

the programme would

boost food security and

improve the health and

standard of living in rural


Jibrin, who is also the

Sarkin (leader) of Fulani

in Nasarawa State,

commended the federal

government for

introducing the RUGA

programme in the

country, considering its


“I am not in APC, I am

a PDP chieftain. But

when we talk of

development and

security, we should leave

anything about politics,

religion and tribe.

“Whoever is ruling in

Nigeria, if he brings any

programme that will do

away with insecurity,

killings and take care of

the welfare of the people,

I will go by that. My

politics is not do-or-die and

I play politics without


“That is why we, Fulani,

commend the Federal

Government for

introducing the RUGA

project in the country.

“I and our tribe (Fulani)

had embraced the

programme. RUGA project

includes the provision of

hospitals, schools, water

TIFPI tasks NASS on further

amendment to Electoral Act

By Emmanuel


ABUJA—AS Nigerians

prepare for future

elections, a Civil Society

supply and electricity,

among other facilities, which

will have direct bearing on

the lives of the herders.

“Apart from that, it will also

tackle incessant farmers/

herdsmen conflicts as well as

boost food security in the

country,” he said.

Calling on Igbo and

Yoruba ethnic groups to

embrace the programme in

the interest of national

development, the PDP BOT

chairman said: “About 12

states in the North have

already embraced it and

have started the project,

including Nasarawa State.

“So, I am calling on

southerners, the Igbos, the

for more credible and improved

electoral process in

the country.

TIFPI said the call on the

ninth National Assembly to

strongly consider a further

amendment of our electoral

Act and other laws relating

to elections was part of its

democratic commitment and

contribution to

strengthening our

institutions, pursuant to the

urgent need to unbundling

the Independence National

Electoral Commission INEC

Clasical Showcase unveils higher institution

music competition Season 2

By Nkiruka



the success of the maiden

edition of its Campus

Classicals in 2016, Classical

Showcase Ltd has announced

the commencement of Campus

Classicals Season 2

across Nigeria's higher institutions.

Campus Classicals is aimed

at exposing music students

and talents within Nigeria’s

higher institutions to practical

classical music and other

genres of music beyond their

immediate learning environment

and also avails them the

opportunity to interface with

Organization, The

Integrity Friends for Truth

and Peace Initiative, TIFPI

has called on Ninth

Assembly to commence

further amendment of

Electoral Act, Broadcast

Code and other sections

of the constitution that

require urgent attention

their counterparts from other

institutions by bringing participating

schools/students to

national and international


A maximum of 30 schools

will be participating this year

where three zonal finals from

South-east, South-west and

Abuja will be produced, while

the grand finale will hold in

Lagos in November 2019.

Speaking at the unveiling

of Campus Classicals Season

2 in Lagos, Mr. Sylvester

Obriko, Managing Director,

Classical Showcase, said

Campus Classicals is Nigeria’s

first of its kind of higher

institution musical competi-

tion that hinges on classical

music, yet making room for

other genres of music to further

challenge school authorities

and music/performing arts

departments to enhance the

academic development of their

students through intensive music

training and competition.

Also, speaking, Professor

Anthony Mereni, a Professor of

Musicology and one of the consultants

for Campus Classicals,

said “Campus Classicals Season

2 will have a bigger impact

on the campus communities

even beyond the Season 1,

a competition that showed the

enormous musical talents

groomed by erudite music tutors

in the eight schools that

participated in season 1”.

Yorubas, among others, to

embrace it, even though the

project is not compulsory.

“The project will keep

the herdsmen one, safe

and will improve on their

welfare as some states in

the South East have already

promised to donate land for

the project.’’

He called on all

herdsmen and other

Nigerians to shun armed

robbery, kidnapping and

other negative tendencies

in the interest of peace and


Jibrin also urged

Nigerians to live

peacefully, irrespective of

ethnic, religious and

political affiliations, for

development of the nation.

as we prepare for future



Accredited Election

Observer organization

involved in development

and institutional growth as

well as transparency in

governance in promotion of

citizens rights.

During the 2019 general

election in Nigeria, TIFPI

deployed about 750

Observers in 29 states of

the federation. The

organization also had

during the 2019 elections

proposed a 30 year jail term

for electoral violence

perpetrators to serve as a

deterrent, as well as

strengthen the enforcement

mechanisms of our extant

laws against electoral

crimes including vote

buying and inducement.

In a statement signed by the

Executive Director, TIFPI,

Livingstone Wechie on Tuesday

and made available to Vanguard,

the TIFPI said the proposed

Electoral Act amendment must

be quickly amended to include

that as a mandatory condition, if

an election official or INEC staff

resigns or leaves office such official

cannot join a political party or run

for an election except ten years

ahead of such resignation or until

after ten years of his or her

resignation or sack in keeping

with Sections 306-307 of the 1999

Constitution of Nigeria.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019 — 17

•Cattle rearers in Niger State


Why Niger plans

N13bn upgrade of

50-yr grazing reserves

By Wole Mosadomi, Minna

THE planned introduction

of Rural Grazing Area,

RUGA, Settlements in the 36

states of the Federation by the

Federal Government was

suspended following the heated

controversy it generated and its

rejection in many quarters.

At the root of the strident

opposition to the Ruga project

is the suspicion and fear arising

from the perceived ulterior

motive behind the introduction.

But unknown to most

Nigerians, Niger State had 50

years ago established a grazing

reserve to create a conducive

environment for Fulani

herdsmen to rear their cows.

Vanguard gathered that the

idea of keeping the Fulani

herders in a settlement was to

allow them pursue their

business without stress and to

ensure that their animals do not

wander across the country,

leading to clashes between the

herders and farmers.

The idea obviously achieved

its purpose because, while fatal

clashes were recorded between

farmers and Fulani herders in

parts of the country without such

settlements, Niger State had

remained relatively free of such


Indeed, when the President

Muhammadu Buhari

administration recently

announced the planned

introduction of the

controversial Ruga settlement

project across the country, the

Niger State Government had

not only jumped at it, but started

modifying the existing one in

the state to suit modern day


Already, a total of 44,000

hectares of land has been set

aside for 23 grazing reserves in

the state. Of this, 14,000

hectares is in Iri village in Rijau

Local Government and another

30,000 hectares located in

Kampani Bobi area in Mariga

Local Government Area of the

Out of the 23

grazing reserves

across the country,

only two were

gazetted, the

administration is

ready to


genuine cattle



The State governor, Alhaji

Abubakar Sani Bello, has even

gone a step further to improve

on what he met on ground as a

game reserve. His frequent

meetings with the Central Bank

of Nigeria, CBN, has opened a

gateway of collaboration

between the State and the apex

•Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello...inspecting the grazing reserves

bank to take the grazing

reserve to the next level.

Though there is no official

statement on what exactly the

apex bank would do in form of

assistance to the state to

improve on the settlement

areas, there is, however, bright

future for the elevation of the

project to the highest level by

the partnering parties and


Apart from the Fulani

herdsmen and probably the

farmers which most Nigerians

are familiar with due to their

frequent clashes over land,

there is another body called the

National Sheep and Goat

Development which the state

government has brought on

board the grazing reserve

project. The intention is to make

their work more comfortable

and forestall future clashes

between them, the Fulani

herdsmen and the farmers.

National Sheep and

Goat Development

Governor Bello said that out

of the 23 grazing reserves

across the country, only two

were gazetted, adding that his

administration was ready to

accommodate genuine cattle

breeders to operate in the state.

In an interview, the state

coordinator of the body,

Hussaini Abdulkhadir Yero,

explained that the body is a

licensed organisation and

working in conjunction with the

Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

He said Niger State remains

one of the first states to put a

structure on ground as it has

acquired land in some local

government areas for goat and



scheme. However, the steps

taken by the state government

on the “Ruga” project have not

gone without a protest, as a nongovernmental


NGO, has already raised an

alarm over a recent

development with respect to


Director of the NGO called

Schools for Africa Working for

Peaceful Co-existence Between

the Fulani Herdsmen and Their

Host Communities, Reverend

Phyllis Sortor, told the State

Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani

Bello, during a courtesy visit

recently, that a greater part of

the grazing reserve has been

encroached on by farmers. She

said this might negate the idea

of establishing the grazing land

and subsequently lead to

avoidable clashes between the

two contending bodies-the

Fulani herdsmen and the


She said up to 90 per cent of

the 30,350 hectares of the

grazing reserve has been

encroached on and that this has

subsequently forced the

herdsmen to move over 1,000

cows out of the area to the

Eastern parts of the country. She

promised the state government

of providing teachers, medical

interventions, promote

household training and support

teams at the reserve only if

government could expedite

action for the reactivation of the

grazing reserves.

Members of the community

where the grazing reserves are

located see it as a welcome

development in their area as it

offers them an opportunity

which could be utilised to boost

their personal economy in

particular and that of the

communities in general. The

new secretary to the state

government, Alhaji Ahmed

Matane, while recently

answering questions from

journalists on the grazing land,

said the state government will

look into the

encroachment issue by

farmers and settle the

matter amicably.

The state government,

he said, has developed

a 10-year development

plan for the 30,000

hectares of grazing

land in Oroh near

Kampani Bobi in

Mariga Local

Government Area of the


The immediate past

commissioner of

agriculture and natural

resources, Alhaji

Haruna Nuhu Dukku

and his livestock and

f i s h e r i e s

counterpart, Alhaji

Zakari Bawa Balance,

told journalists recently

that work on the grazing

reserve would commence soon,

adding that the Federal

Government has approved the

project and that other

partners have also shown

interest in the project.

Meat packaging


It is planned that the grazing

reserve will have abattoir and

meat packaging centre, yoghurt

making factory and other other

agro-allied industries. It will

also have other infrastructures

like pasture, electricity, water,

schools, r oads, hospitals, earth

dams and other facilities.

Work has already commenced

on the access roads, veterinary

clinic and police post, just as

work on boreholes around the

existing communities within the

reserved areas are nearing


The commissioners who

jointly addressed journalists on

the development said

government was aware of the

deep encroachment by some

farmers on the reserved area

and therefore advised them to

keep off in order to avoid

clashes between them and the

herdsmen since the area is

exclusively reserved for the


The project is expected to gulp

N13 billion. According to the

state government, it was

designed 50 years ago by the

Federal Government and

officially handed over to the

Niger State government in the

year 2006.

18 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

FURTHER indicators that the 2019

general elections were considerably far

behind the standards set in 2015 have

emerged with the release of the report

of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation

Room. It revealed that 626 Nigerians

lost their lives in election-related violence

between the beginning of the campaigns

in October 2018 and the end of

the supplementary elections in March


Compared to the 2015 figure of 106

deaths, it means that the death toll in

2019 increased six-fold. That is

scandalous. Instead of getting better at

managing the complexities of

transitional elections, we are getting


A breakdown of the figures, according

to geopolitical zones, shows that

the North West and North-East commanded

the vast majority of the casualties

with 172 and 146, respectively. The

South-South where armed uniformed

626 election death toll unacceptable

men and political thugs were seen on

live television shooting in many parts

of Rivers State recorded 120 deaths,

while the rest had: North Central, 111;

South West, 63 and South East, 14 casualties.

It was also reported that Benue,

Borno, Kaduna, Rivers and Zamfara

had the highest number of fatalities.

The case of Rivers State was not too

surprising because some political

leaders of the state had openly beaten

war drums during the campaigns.

Also, President Muhammadu Buhari

had, after a security meeting on February

18, 2019, told Nigerians he had

given the Army and security agencies

orders to be ruthless with “ballot box

snatchers” and election disruptors.

This was remarkably different from

the tone set by former President

Goodluck Jonathan before the 2015

election, admonishing his supporters

not to “rig” for him as his ambition was

not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

Thus, the 2015 general elections which

had been predicted by some powerful

foreign countries as likely to lead to

the breakup of Nigeria, turned out to

be the most peaceful in Nigeria’s history

after the June 12, 1993 elections.

Compare our fatality records with

those of India which also held general

elections this year. We had 84 million

voters and recorded 626 death, but

India had 830 million voters and recorded

less than 400 fatalities.

We wonder why President Buhari has

not made good his threat to query the

Independent National Electoral Commission,

INEC, over the seriouslyflawed

process. We need to know what

led to this unacceptably high number

of deaths with a view to correcting observed

flaws. Those responsible for the

deaths of innocent political participants

should be made to face the wrath of

the law. Otherwise, the trend will only

worsen in future elections.

Nigerians have the right to choose

their leaders in an atmosphere devoid

of danger to their lives and property.

It is the duty of government, the INEC

and security agencies to provide this

conducive atmosphere.

Mr President, we must wake up

By Sunny Ikhioya

ONLY a focused, truly changeconscious,

healthy, detribalised and

religiously unbiased leader can effect the

necessary changes that our country

require. That is why this piece is directed

to Mr President.

As it is today, instead of building for the

future, we are here killing the future. What

kind of country will the generations yet

unborn inherit when our first 11 are migrating

to other lands?

The situation in Nigeria is so ironical;

so much resources on ground and nothing

to show for it. Even in the area of human

capital, we are making so much

contributions into developing other

countries, while we are found wanting at

home. It is time for us to wake up.

A nation that cannot feed itself can never

be independent. What will it take for us to

get our agriculture back on track? In the

sixties and seventies, every child was

taught to understand that 70 percent of

our population were involved in agriculture.

How many per cent do we have today?

Is it that the leadership of today has

forgotten this reality? And if the situation

has changed, what is responsible? Is this

so difficult to analyse?

Do we need foreigners to do it for us? In

the name of promoting agriculture, so

much fraud is being perpetrated on a daily

basis and the big players are taking

advantage of it and smiling to the bank,

whereas there is nothing to show for it.

What is it about agriculture apart from

the seedlings, implements and management?

What implements are needed for

agriculture to be sustained in Nigeria?

It does not require rocket science; this

country is mature enough for mechanised

agriculture to be introduced all round. We

can produce the machines locally here in

Lagos, Benin, Aba and Nnewi; our manufacturers

and craftsmen need to be challenged.

In the manufacturing of machines, it is

not compulsory that we get all the parts

produced in one place. What is done - even

in China - is to import other complex parts

from abroad and do the coupling at home.

That is why companies assembling

machines in Nigeria should be

encouraged. Gradually the parts will be

manufactured here by our local fabricators;

all that is required is just the zeal

and determination.

There is no agricultural equipment,

including small sized tractors, that cannot

be manufactured in Nigeria if the locals

are encouraged and given the opportunity

to produce the parts. That should

be our focus. The money being disbursed

as intervention fund for agriculture is huge

and under normal circumstances, should

make the desired impact.

Instead of getting the fund siphoned into

other flimsy projects our agricultural

technology should be developed to produce

agric implements; and in the event our

agric output will soar. Agric officers

should be assigned to projects with targets

attached as conditions for the retention

of the job.

Our civil servants in the ministries are

not productively engaged; they only push

files around. Majority of them should be

engaged in the fields, supervising and

ensuring that government projects are

done to specifications.

It is the right time for us to sit up; the

leadership is beginning to take things for

granted and giving excuses for clear failures.

Whereas the solutions are in our

hands, there is no clear policy direction;

and where they exist, poor implementation

is witnessed. Why can't every ministry

work with a clear-cut vision or goal? For


example, what is the role of the Ministry

for Science and Technology? In which areas

is it helping to build the economy of

this country?

In China, the people practice reverse

technology; that is, breaking down the

imported machines into small

components or units of completely

knocked down, and then reassemble them,

one after the other, to finished products.

They are encouraged to try, whether they

succeed or not. Here in Nigeria, we

condemn our own Aba-made. When we

condemn our locally produced items, what

encouragement are we giving to our local

manufacturers? The disappointing aspect

of it all is that our government do not set

When we condemn our

locally produced items,

what encouragement are

we giving to our local


the example for patronage of locally

made products; instead, they opt for the

foreign or imported goods, and yet expect

the citizenry to do otherwise; that is not

possible. We must begin now to understand

that if we cannot fix our power situation,

there is no way we can be manufacturers

of finished products.

It is the first challenge that we must

tackle. Some of us are talking about nuclear

and space technology; when we cannot

produce electricity in the country, that

is a very tall dream indeed.

The technology of power has become so

advanced and developed such that

advanced nations have taken it for


We have sunlight, water, wind, thermal,

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gas and more; we are churning out graduates

in different fields of engineering on a

daily basis; why can't we put them to work?

Will the needs of a few people benefitting

from the present arrangement be allowed

to supersede the needs of the majority? It

is a question for those in authority to


We must wake up now. Almost all the

reports from world bodies like the UN,

the World Bank and even Amnesty International,

have poor ratings of Nigeria in

their global indexes.

Their individual verdicts give Nigeria

the unenviable records of the world largest

concentration of poor people, worst in

open defecation, poor in human rights,

poor in democratic practices, high in insurgency,

terrorism and kidnapping; high

in religious crises and many more.

The country needs unity at this point in

order to thrive; we have focused too much

on ethnic and religious differences. The

secularity of this nation must be respected

and safeguarded; representatives of the

people, that is people in government, must

respect the sanctity of that provision of

our Constitution. This country is an agglomeration

of so many ethnic nations;

any attempt to impose one over others will

only bring about negative consequences.

Let our leadership wake up and do the

right thing. Our inability to fight and subdue

terrorists is the result of biases being

exhibited by people entrusted with that

responsibility. It is time for all to wake up,

because if the foundation is not properly

grounded it will not stand the test of time.

We must institute democratic practices

at all levels - free and fair elections. People

must be allowed to express their will and

preferences without any coercion or

threats. All must unite towards a common

goal. It is our choice to make, whether to

come out of the doldrums or remain down.

•Ikhioya, www.southsouthecho.com

Twitter; @SunnyIkhioya

Securities dealers blame market

downturn on panic selling

By Peter Egwuatu

The Association of Securities

Dealing Houses of Nigeria

(ASHON) has attributed the

downward trend in the stock

market in recent times to panic

sale of shares.

Besides, ASHON has reopened

the call on investors to

take advantage of sound

professional advice from their

stockbrokers before taking

investment decision.

Reacting to the on-going

bearish trend in the market in

recent times, ASHON’s

Chairman , Chief Patrick

Ezeagu, said : “Many investors

adopt herd instinct whereby

they sell off just because others

are selling.”

Ezeagu noted that two

investors may not necessarily

have the same motive for sale

or buy order, saying this is

where the need for professional

investment advice from

stockbrokers become


He stated that a trend

analysis of corporate earnings

in recent times indicate that

many companies across sectors

have posted higher earnings

with good returns but this has

not significantly reflected in the

movement of their share prices.

Ezeagu explained that there

was nothing unusual about this

as the market generally reflects

the trend in the economy;

hence, investors buy into the

future of these companies on the

expectation of higher

shareholder value.

“Those who are selling off

their shares right now are

speculators and not real

investors. Every stock market

needs speculators for liquidity

but they can change investment

decision in one second. Our

Stock market is forward looking.

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nervous. They should consult

professional stockbrokers for

sound investment decision.

There is no basis for panic sale

of shares. Many companies have

announced strong financial

performance with prospects of

increased future earnings. Why

should a shareholder of such a

company embark on panic sale

of shares?

“Globally, stock market

gauges the mood of the

economy like a barometer. Our

market is not a local one.

Foreign investors have

significant stakes because their

analysis has always convinced

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them that our market has

potential for strong Return on

Investment (ROI). At the

moment, core investors are

awaiting a couple of things,

including announcement of

ministers of the Federal

Republic and the Economic

Team to show the clear direction

of the government.’’

From left: Iyke Owoh, Engineering Lead, MKOBO, Habeeb Adeokun, Managing Director,

MKOBO and David Arogundade, Product Manager, MKOBO at the launch of the MKOBO

Microfinance Bank’s FestiveSave Solution in Lagos recently.

Beware of NNPC’s advice, petroleum economist

warns FG

By Michael Eboh

THE immediate past president

of Nigerian Association for

Energy Economics, NAEE,

Professor Wumi Iledare, has

cautioned the Presidency against

allowing the Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, play an advisory

role to the government on

oil and gas matters.

In an interview with

Vanguard in Abuja,

Iledare reminded the

government that the

NNPC Act did not make

the corporation a

substitute for the Ministry

of Petroleum Resources,

stating that the NNPC

playing an advisory role

to the Presidency over

the years, had not helped

the government or the


Iledare is currently

Professor of the Ghana

National Petroleum

Corporation’s Chair of

Petroleum Economics at

Institute of Oil and Gas

Studies, IOGS, in Ghana

University of Cape Coast.

He was also former

President of the

International Association

for Energy Economics,


He noted that the NNPC has

a significant role to play in the

growth and development of the

Nigeria’s petroleum industry

and the country in general,

noting however, advising the

government was not one of such


He said, “NNPC still has a big

role to play, but the emphasis

must not be the agency role of

advising the government on oil

and gas industry. It has not

helped the government or the

country, instead it is a divide and

rule tactics that must be avoided

by the government. NNPC Act

does not make the corporation a

substitute for the Ministry of


Iledare, who was commenting

on the state of the Nigerian

petroleum industry, also

bemoaned the current lull in the

industry, warning that the

misfortune of the industry might

spell doom for Nigeria’s unity.

“The collapse of the oil and gas

industry in Nigeria worries me

more lately because of the

Venezuela experience and

because we are heterogeneous,

such experience in Nigeria may

lead us to the path of Yugoslavia’’.

IoD seeks increased engagement on public policy

By Babajide Komolafe

THE Institute of Directors have

called for increased

engagement between the private

sector and public sector to

strengthen policy formulation and

implementation in the country.

President of the Institute, Chief

Chris Okunowo made this call in

his acceptance speech at his

investiture as the 16th President

and Chairman of Governing

Council of the institute held in

Lagos. Noting that that policy

formulation and implementation

has been consigned to government

and its agencies, Okunowo said

the IoD during his tenor will pay

a lot of attention to actively

engaging with the government on

issues of public policy formulation

and implementation.

He said: “There are divergence

of views and opinion between

government and nongovernmental

organizations on

policy decisions and implementation,

especially concerning the

process of making and

implementing such programmes

and activities.

“We have noticed that in Nigeria,

the process of policy formulation and

implementation has essentially

consigned to the government and

its agencies, whereas in principle,

professional organisations such as

the IoD Nigeria as well as

representatives of the private sector

and the civil society groups should


unveils digital

product to drive

savings for

festive period

MKOBO Microfinance Bank

has introduced a new

digital savings solution that

allows customers to save

specifically for festive periods.

The solution, called FestiveSave

also allows customers earn up to

10 percent bonus on their

savings. Users will cash out both

principal and the bonus as lump

sum at maturity.

At the moment FestiveSave

allows users to save for top four

of Nigeria’s biggest festivals

including Christmas, Eid Kabir,

Easter and Eid Fitr. Each of these

festivals comes as a package for

which users can subscribe to.

Speaking at the launch of the

product in Lagos, Chief

Executive Officer of MKOBO

Microfinance Bank, Habeeb

Adeokun said: “We came up with

FestiveSave because we realized

how festive periods have become

integral parts of our lives, but can

sometimes be an expensive and

stressful time if we are


“While they may seem far off,

planning and saving as early as

possible can take the pressure off

your wallet in the months to come.

It’s often a good idea to set up a

savings account specifically for

the festive season with an

automatic payment into it every

payday to help you save, and

that’s where FestiveSave comes


He added: “With FestiveSave

you won’t have to borrow money,

you’ll come home relaxed, not

restless with money worries when

the festive season comes.”

All the four packages allow

users to determine a regular

savings amount, start date and

how often to save with

withdrawal usually set between

4 to 2 weeks before the festive day.

An important feature of

FestiveSave is it’s security

features. It is built with bankgrade

security at its core. Its

payment processor is PCI-DSS

compliant for the security of

user’s payment information.

New users can start saving by

creating an account with

FestiveSave and setting up a user

profile. They can then select

preferred FestiveSave plan and

decide how much they want to

save and how often. Currently,

only the monthly option is

available with more options to be

added soon. To facilitate recurring

savings into the account, users

would have to link their ATM/

Debit card to their accounts. They

can then watch their money grow

monthly and withdraw their

funds a few days before the

festive celebration.

play major roles. Today, there is a

missing link between the

government and business as well

as the public in respect of policy

formulation and implementation.

“Therefore, the IoD, during my

tenure, will work to strengthen

public sector/private sector policy

interactions in the broader national

interest. If this is achieved, it will

reduce the tendency of policy

imposition from the top, thereby

creating an enabling environment

where policymaking and

implementation will be participatory

with the involvement of all

stakeholders: the civil society

groups, professional bodies,

organized private sector, and the


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22 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

We are building a standard growing out of

Nigeria for Africa —TruCSR boss

IN this interview,

Chief Responsibility

Officer of TruContact

CSR Nigeria, Ken Egbas

spoke on how the

Social Enterprise Report

and Awards (SERAS)

project, has shaped and

improved the acceptance

of Corporate Social Responsibility

(CSR) and

Sustainability as part of

the business policy of

organisations in Nigeria.


What are the highlights

of your thirteen

years of promoting

CSR and sustainability

in Nigeria?

Thirteen years of

pushing the SERAS

have been if you ask me

one of the most daunting

challenges I have ever

faced as human being, as

a leader and entrepreneur.

First and foremost, a lot

of people whose opinions

we sampled on Sustainability

and CSR in

2006 told us these things

could only work in Europe

and America, but

not in Africa, especially

in Nigeria, that we

are not yet there where

you can bring conversation

around CSR and


Being a consulting firm

that we are one of the

things we have also done

is look straight into the

future, because the thing

about being a consultancy

is being able to look

out for what might shape

the conversations in the


What might determine

the value of the prospects

of brands and products

differentiation in the market

and those movements

that will hamper or possibly

help to elevate certain

organizations and

brand over others. So we

saw CSR as one of them.

We also knew we were

going into an era were

governance, and how

organizations behave,

people’s perception of

brands and products,

not just because of colours

and flashy names,

but more out of the character

that they see about

these organizations.

So we knew very well

from that period which

was in 2005 and perhaps

to the end that CSR and

Sustainability are not

something that is just

going to be an addendum,

but something that

has come to stay.

Shortly after we had

the struggle trying to get

brands in Nigeria and

Africa to understand that

this is a key part of future

engagement we had

challenges when the financial

system in the US

had issues and it spiralled

to all sectors of the


So those who used to

have the argument that

Nigeria and Africa are

isolated from the global

reality began to see a shift

and understand that this

is real. I think that is one

of the things that helped

to drive the project this


When you drive

something this new there

is a challenge of getting

organizations to accept it.

Let’s use Nigeria as a

case study, when we began

the SERAS in 2006

only two organizations

had CSR or sustainability

policies, and most of

these organizations are

multinationals with their

headquarters in Europe,

even when you come to

the Nigerian operations

of those organizations

you notice that they just

have a policy document,

no plan to even implement


Over the last twelve

years we can hardly see

any of the big players today

registered on the Nigerian

Stock Exchange

(NSE) or operating in key

sectors of the economy

who are not talking about

CSR and Sustainability,

who are not looking at

very interesting and innovative

ways to drive

conversation and engagement

with their


So even though it has

been a very difficult journey

for us, it represents

a level of progress. You

get to SERAs now even

before the call for entry all

the big organizations,

Non Governmental Organisations

(NGOs) are

calling to find out when

is the next SERAs, when

are the processes starting,

even though it’s been difficult

we have made a lot

of progress.

The biggest progress for

us was in 2016 when we

began to get calls from

other parts of Africa, from

South Africa community,

the Ghanaian business

community, the Kenyan

business community, everybody

wanting to participate

because they

have seen that in the continent

of Africa this is the

most organized or perhaps

the only platform

that has that level of

depth in recognizing the

works and the impact and

investments of organizations

in CSR and sustainability.

So for us even if

it’s been a difficult journey,

lonely road to travel,

very difficult getting

funding for it, funding in

the sense that organizations

see it as something

they should be part of

without necessarily making

financial commitments,

you can understand

why because it’s

*Ken Egbas

not flashy.

CSR and Sustainability

is technical. It is not like

you are bringing people

from Brazil to dance on

the stage and people will

throw money around that,

selling it to them as something

that will help their

business, their differentiation,

their profitability

and help their positioning

in the market not just in

local market, but in the

global market space, it’s

not been easy but we are

getting there.

Would you say the

objective of setting up

the platform has been


Yes definitely, the purpose

of setting up the

SERAs has been

We were set up

to get organizations

to understand

that they

are not just businesses


but that the

people they deal

with, the society,

the community

looks at them not

like inanimate


achieved to an extent,

because the achievement is

supposed not to be measured

in one sweep, it

should be a continuum.

What we want to achieve

when we set up the SERA

was first and foremost we

wanted to create a platform

that enables organizations

to prepare for the future. We

wanted to set up a platform

that enables them prepare

for that future, to see the inherent

need to prepare for

the internal workings of the

dynamics and understanding

of what their businesses

were about, the impact

they make on the society,

the negativity that are derivable

from their being in

the society, and how to mitigate

the gains of some of

those negativity on the environment,

on people, social

institutions and all of that.

We were set up to get organizations

to be able to

align with the best global

standards on responsible

behaviour applicable to any

other part of the developed


And we were set up to get

organizations to understand

that they are not just businesses

anymore, but that the

people they deal with, the

society, the community

looks at them not like inanimate

object, as people used

to see companies those

days, people see brands

and organizations these

days as human beings, they

expect them to have certain

characters, attributes that

are human in nature, how

they feel about them, how

they think about them, what

they do for them.

The transaction between

a brand, the customer and

the stakeholder is seen from

the angle of give me a product,

take my money. People

are now very interested in

what you stand for.

If there is no water in their

environment, the consumers

know you have enough

resources to carry this

project, they know you are

profitable enough to build

a sky scrapper made of diamond.

OAAN, RISAA seek partnership

for conducive business


THE Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria,

OAAN, alongside the Rivers State Signage and Advertisement

Agency, RISAA, are working towards a partnership

aimed at promoting conducive business environment

for members.

At a meeting held in Lagos which had the Managing

Director of River State Advertising and Signage Agency

(RISAA), Chief Tony Okeah and some senior management

staff of the agency, the OAAN President, Emmanuel Ajufo

appealed to the RISAA leadership to address ome of the

issues affecting members in the state.

Some of the issues mentioned include billing for vacant

billboards, and allowing companies that are not registered

either with APCON nor OAAN to practice.

In responding, the MD of RISAA promised to consider

the issues and further solicited the cooperation of the executive

council of OAAN, particularly in the area of payment

of outstanding permit fees.

Okeah also made the promise that the agency would

cooperate with the members of OAAN.

The RISAA boss equally assured the OAAN leaders that

the ongoing enforcement exercise in the state was to rid it

of illegal and unkempt structures.

Okeah asked members to contact the agency for reconciliation

of their bills and promised to review such as far as


While the meeting lasted, it was agreed that the OAAN

Membership Forms should be made available at RISAA’s

office to encourage willing and qualified companies in the

state to regularise their practice by joining the association.

Berger Paints unveils new

Colour World in Ikoyi

BERGER Paints Nigeria Plc, manufacturers of paints

and allied coatings has opened a new Colour World

outlet in Ikoyi, Lagos as part of its commitment to meet the

growing demand by consumers for its paint products.

Speaking at the opening ceremony,

Managing Director,

Berger Paints Nigeria Plc, Arjan Sircar, said the store

will be a destination of choice for homes and organisations

located within the Ikoyi/Victoria Island axis, desirous

of giving their exterior and interior buildings aesthetic

look. He added that the company remains dedicated

to serving its customers better with different quality paint


He said: “We are excited to open this new colour world

outlet in Ikoyi. This helps to showcase our capacity to provide

wide range of products in a way that represents how

we are transforming the paint industry and how we can

satisfy the desire of our customers. This Outlet offers a

variety of colours that meet customers specification coupled

with a state-of-the-art tinting technology that offers

one stop-shop for their painting needs.”

Sircar disclosed that the centre has unlimited paint offerings

which are meant to serve 5 business segments that

include Decorative/Architectural finishes, Industrial coatings,

Marine & Protection coatings, Automotive/Vehicle

refinishes, Wood Finishing and Preservers.

Also speaking, Chairman of Berger Paints Nigeria Plc,

Mr. Abi Ayida expressed delight at the opening of the outlet

noting that it is a significant milestone achievement for

the company considering the level of commitment and effort

channeled to make it come into reality.

Hero Lager kicks off ‘Echefula’


HERO lager, a beer brand from the stable of Interna

tional Breweries Plc, a part of the AB InBev family,

has kicked off a campaign tagged ‘Echefula’-”Never Forget

Your Identity” in Igbo dialect.

The campaign seeks to connect the brand at an even

deeper level with the people that have welcomed and accepted

it as part of their culture while also reminding

consumers to take pride in their heritage, identity, as well

as celebrate their culture and embrace their traditions.

Commenting on the initiative, Marketing Director, International

Breweries, Tolu Adedeji said: “This campaign

will explore the uniqueness and beauty of diverse ethnic

groups in Nigeria, while encouraging Hero loyalists to be

proud about their heritage, way of life, beliefs and tradition.

“This campaign was initiated out of a strong desire

to underline our identity as a people and to reawaken the

spirit of who we are, our values, our history, the great exploits

of our generation past and more importantly as a

call to action to Never Forget our identity as HEROes

irrespective of wherever in the world we may be.”

“Culture is one of the main pillars of development and

sustenance of communities and no society can progress in

its absence. It is regarded as the identity where common

values, attitudes, preferences, knowledge are attributed to

the behavior of a people. Identity expressed through culture

is a necessity for all human development. It creates

the fundamental building blocks in our personality and in

the ties that link us to communities and nations.”

How Zedvance provides loans to non-salary earners

By Juliet Umeh

As a way of deepening the

digital drive, consumer

finance firm, Zedvance, says it

has launched a dedicated

mobile lending app tagged


Chief Operating Officer,

Zedvance Limited, Mr. Jerry

Osagie said, “Our investment in

digitalizing our business has

allowed us to anticipate and

meet our customer needs in

increasingly efficient ways. This

has also allowed us to disburse

loans to customers round-theclock

in a few minutes, ensuring

that we are always there for our


The recently launched channel

is part of Zedvance’s

#Madeforyou campaign

designed to emphasise the

company’s readiness to cater to

customers’ instant loan needs.

According to Osagie, “With the

MoneyPal app, subscribers can

request for Zedvance Nano

loans -typically low-ticket loans

which are payable within a short

time; or salary-based loans of up

to N5million and at tenures of

up to 24months at amazing

interest rates.”

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Zedvance said it has

traditionally provided loans to

only salary earners in the public

and private sectors since 2015 it

started operations. With the

launch of the MoneyPal app

however, the company will now

be able to cater to the lending

needs of non-salary earners as

it seeks to deepen its financial

inclusion strategy across the


Osagie said the company’s aim

is to be a true partner for

success, enhancing the lifestyle

of every Nigerian by providing

access to credit through different

offline and online channels,

hence the launch of the

#MadeForYou Campaign. The

app is available on Google Play

Store for Android devices and

will soon be launched on the

Apple Store for iOS users.

By Juliet Umeh

The increasing influence of

social media has made

cyberspace home for many

youths. Interestingly, for economic,

social, political and administrative

reasons, almost everybody is on the

cyberspace too, embarking on one

form of digital activity or the other.

Today, people conveniently use

digital means to transact

businesses, access funds and many

more. This development creates

room for more openness,

interconnectivity, access and

information sharing.

However, the implications are that

as a digital person, one’s identity is

reduced to digits and it’s available

to everyone to see. Meanwhile,

anybody that has access to those

digits can pretend to be the owner.

This is what experts described as

identity theft. It leads to threat to

people’s safety, privacy, among


That is why everybody must be

aware of his data, how to manage

and protect it. Data awareness is also

the new way and best means of

fighting cyber crime, according to

many cybersecurity experts.

Digital safety

However, cybersecurity experts have

advised that as much as people strive

to explore all the digital means, they

need to be very mindful of what they

present while on the internet to

avoid being victims of fraudsters.

One of such experts is Mr. Wariowei

Shiverly , a National Informational

Technology Development Agency,

NITDA, top shot.

Shiverly represented NITDA at the

recently held Nigerian Internet

Governance Forum, NIGF, in Lagos.

He said: “As the saying goes,

whatever you present on the internet

never comes down. The picture you

portray of yourself will remain there

even though you wiped the means

by which you made that upload.

“What we can do as individuals is

to be mindful of what we present

online. Don’t expose all that you

have about yourself, because the

pieces of information you upload

here and there, when they are

aggregated, it can be used to identify

you, that’s what is called personally

identifiable data.

“It can be found by aggregating all

that you may have uploaded


He also warned that data

controllers should always be held

to account on how they use people’s


Shively said, “We must have at one

point or the other received

unsolicited SMSs, some addressed

to us directly, maybe from your

information gotten from other


"For instance, I am here and I have

given my data to the bank for the

BVN procedure and then if I can

have any proof that my data has

been misused in that respect, it is

my duty to raise issues about that

data misuse.”


Data awareness, best form

of combating cyber crime

Privacy regulations

However, all hope is not lost when

one’s data is misused. According to

Shively, people can approach the

law to seek redress and punish

offenders. He said there’s Nigerian

data protection regulation which

protects an individual’s data and

pronounces some degree of

punishments to whoever that

misuses it.

He said: “For instance, these days

we are constantly confronted with

the issue of cybercrimes where

someone steals your identity does

something that is illegal in a given

country, when that happens, there

are rules and regulations; laws that

are put in place to bring to justice

whoever that does that.

“We have one of those laws in this

country-the cyber crimes prohibition

act of 2015, that is a regulation

signed by the President.

People who are found to be guilty of

violating the laws of that regulation

would face various punishments also

spelt out in the law.

“Now, for us to effectively get the

benefits of data protection

regulation, it is we who suffer a data

If you Google,

you will be

amazed at the

information you

find about

yourself that you

never knew

when you

pushed them out

breach that should raise issues about

the data controller.

“That regulation has various

components that address personally

identifiable data, that your personal

identifiable data should not be used

by the data custodians. That is,

whoever you give your data to, your

consent should be sought before that

data is used.

“If consent is not sought and data is

used you have the right to use

contents of the regulation and press

charges against the data controller.

“For us to achieve that there’s

compliance mechanism under the

data protection regulation that

various institutions can register with

NITDA to pursue that the aspect of

it. When you have such problem, you

should contact the certified bodies

to help you seek redress .

Another data expert, Mrs.

Olatokunbon Oyeleye, added that

the best way to fight cyber crimes, is

for people to be aware of what data


For her, people-centred data

protection can only be effective when

people are aware of the roles they

have to play.

She is worried that a lot of people

put out information carelessly

online, and click on popping up

options without reading or knowing

what they are all about.

She advised: “We need to be

mindful of what we say yes to.

If you Google, you will be amazed

at the information you find about

yourself that you never knew when

you pushed them out

Legal aspect

Barrister Emmanuel Edet, who

represented the Ministry of Justice

at the event, said the legal aspect is

that the constitution guarantees

people’s privacy in Nigeria.

He said: “One of the things the

constitution does is make sure that

you are entitled to privacy of

communication but it goes beyond

the privacy of communication.

“It’s important that your data

should be protected by service

providers to ensure that your identity

is not misused, to protect you from

illegal transaction and to actually

ensure that you give consent to

whoever wants to use your data for

any purpose.





24— Vanguard, Wednesday, AUGUST 14, 2019

By Prince Osuagwu,

Hi-Tech Editor

Device maker, Huawei, at its

Developer Conference

recently, in China,

introduced a new microkernelbased,

distributed operating system.


The new OS is designed to deliver

a cohesive and intelligent user

experience across all devices and


Introducing the new OS, Huawei’s

CEO Consumer Business Group,

Richard Yu, said: “We’re entering a

day and age where people expect a

holistic intelligent experience

across all devices and scenarios. To

support this, we felt it was important

to have an operating system with

improved cross-platform

capabilities. We needed an OS that

supports all scenarios, that can be

used across a broad range of devices

and platforms, and that can meet

consumer demand for low latency

and strong security. These were our

goals with HarmonyOS.

“HarmonyOS is completely

different from Android and iOS. It

is a microkernel-based, distributed

OS that delivers a smooth

experience across all scenarios. It

has trustworthy and secure

architecture, and it supports

seamless collaboration across

devices. You can develop your apps

once, and flexibly deploy them

across a range of different devices,”

he added.

Yu added that traditionally, new

operating systems are released

alongside new types of devices and

as early as 10 years ago, Huawei

envisioned a future where

intelligence would seamlessly

integrate with all aspects of people’s

lives, and began exploring how it

might deliver an experience that

would transcend the boundaries of

physical space and span different

hardware and platforms.

He averred that HarmonyOS is that

experience, being a lightweight,

compact operating system with

powerful functionality.

The OS will first be used for smart

devices like smart watches, smart

By Juliet Umeh

Small and Medium Scale

Enterprises, SMEs, have

been charged to leverage

technological innovations to

attract maximum publicity to

their business.

This is part of the efforts to

surmount some of their

challenges in doing business in


This call was made at

Silverbird Small Business

Events Circuit, SBEC, when

Silverbird Group and

BusinessDay Newspaper came

together to subsidise publicity

for SMEs in Lagos State recently.

The meeting was also an

offshoot from a partnership

between Silverbird Groups,

Business Day, and Media-Tech

Company, Eventstracer, with a

theme, “Interact, Sell More.”

In his address, publisher,

BusinessDay Newspaper, Mr.

Frank Aigbogun said, the SMEs

require new approach to their

businesses to survive in the kind

of difficult environment they

face in Nigeria before breaking


He said: “At a time when

HarmonyOS: Looking at new Operating

System that'll power Huawei's next

level smartphones

The HarmonyOs launch in China

screens, in-vehicle systems, and

smart speakers. Through this

implementation Huawei aims to

establish an integrated and shared

ecosystem across devices, create a

secure and reliable runtime

environment, and deliver a holistic

intelligent experience across every

interaction with every device.

Technical features

Being an all-scenario and

intelligent experience, the new OS

was designed to set a high bar for

technology is reducing time,

space, and creating a seamless

market in size, it is important for

SMEs to understand how they

can collaborate, and take

advantage of it. But, most

importantly, to come into

modern and latest innovations

that can help them to thrive.

“I have absolutely no doubt,

that with the very strong support

of the Silverbird group, given

the large network they have, this

initiative would go very far.

“This event may at this initial

stage start a little bit slow, but

given the number of SMEs in

Nigeria, and how very quickly

they are adapting, I have no

doubt that this is indeed

something that will grow into a

massive development and


Speaking on the essence of the

circuit and its structures, the

Lead Adviser, Silverbird SBEC,

Mr. Dike Demeri, said the three

partners involved have come to

realise that there is a gap

between access to funding and

its availability for SMEs.

He said: “There is now a

conscious focus to fund SMEs in

Nigeria, and by estimate, we

connectivity. It has four distinct

technical features to deliver on its

promise to consumers.


It is touted to be the first-ever device

OS with distributed architecture,

delivering a seamless experience

across devices. By adopting

distributed architecture and

distributed virtual bus technology,

HarmonyOS offers a shared

communications platform,

distributed data management,

have over, one trillion naira in

funding made available for

SMEs, but there is a gap

between the SME’s and access

to those money.

“How then can it be trapped?

It has to do with a lot of things.

You can’t run a business

successfully if you want to fly

alone. You must involve other

key players in other related

fields. There is a need for

awareness for any business to

distributed task scheduling, and

virtual peripherals. With

HarmonyOS, app developers won’t

have to deal with the underlying

technology for distributed apps,

allowing them to focus on their own

individual service logic.


HarmonyOS will address

underperformance challenges with

a deterministic latency engine and

high-performance Inter Process

Communication (IPC). This feature

SMEs:Leveraging latest innovations, best

strategy for survival, says media Expert

grow,” Demeri said.

Speaking on the contributions

of Silverbird to the circuit, the

Vice President, Silverbird

Groups, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce

said, the circuit was aimed at

the, “sustainable development

of businesses in Nigeria.

Silverbird entertainment is

leveraging its radio; Rhythm

FM, television, and galleria to

host the series of Small Business

Events Circuit.”

L-R, GM, Eventstracer, Mr. Maxwell Nzekwe; Director Eventstracer,

Adewunmui Obakoya; Publisher, BusinessDay Mr. Frank Aigbogun;

Group VP, Sliver Group, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce and Chinke IK, On-air

personality, Rhythm FM, at the launch of Small Business Event Circuits in

Lagos recently.

sets task execution priorities and

time limits for scheduling in

advance. Resources will gravitate

toward tasks with higher priorities,

reducing the response latency of

apps by 25.7%. The microkernel can

make IPC performance up to five

times more efficient than existing



As a Microkernel architecture that

reshapes security and

trustworthiness from the ground up,

HarmonyOS enhances security and

low latency. This microkernel was

designed to simplify kernel

functions, implement as many

system services as possible in user

mode outside the kernel, and add

mutual security protection. The

microkernel itself provides only the

most basic services like thread

scheduling and IPC.

Unified Multi-device

This feature allows apps to be

developed once and deployed

across multiple devices. Powered by

a multi-device IDE, multi-language

unified compilation, and a

distributed architecture kit,

HarmonyOS can automatically

adapt to different screen layout

controls and interactions, and

support both drag-and-drop control

and preview-oriented visual

programming. This allows

developers to more efficiently build

apps that run on multiple devices.

With a multi-device IDE,

developers can code their apps once

and deploy them across multiple

devices, creating a tightly

integrated ecosystem across all user


Huawei has also announced that

HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first

adopted in its smart screen

products, which are due to launch

later this year. Over the next three

years, HarmonyOS will be

optimized and gradually adopted

across a broader range of smart

devices, including wearables,

HUAWEI Vision, and head units for


By Prince Osuagwu

Smartphone manufacturer,

Samsung has unveiled the

Galaxy Note10, a new line of

premium smartphones that

combines elegant design with

powerful performance and

productivity tools to help users do

more of what they love.

According to Samsung, the

Galaxy Note10 was inspired by a

generation that flows seamlessly

between work and life. Also, it gives

users the freedom to work the way

they want and showcase their

creative spirit, all on-the-go.

Managing Director, Samsung

Electronics West Africa, Mr. David

Suh said: “From the very beginning,

the Galaxy Note has stood for the

best-of-the-best technologies and

features. The Galaxy Note10 reimagines

this promise for the

modern Note fan who uses their

smartphone to take their productivity

and creativity to the next-level, and

who effortlessly flows between ideas

and endeavours at a moment’s


“Every element of Galaxy Note10

was designed to help users achieve

more. Whether they’re finishing a

big project for work, capturing and

editing a video, or playing their

favourite mobile game, the Galaxy

Note10 will help them do it faster

and better.”

According to Suh “Galaxy Note

users appreciate the power of

sophisticated design, not just the

look and feel of their device, but for

the experience it offers. Every

element of the Galaxy Note10 is

crafted to be sleek, slim and

distraction-free, so users can devote

their full attention to the ideas,

projects, and content that matters


The device also spots new features,

L-R: Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa,

David Suh; Brand Ambassador, Bankole Wellington (Banky

W); and Head, IT& Mobile, Adetunji Taiwo at the launch

of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in Lagos recently

New Samsung Galaxy

Note10 comes with

enhanced capabilities

which Samsung says make it unique.

Part of the features includes:

Two Sizes: For the first time, the

Galaxy Note comes in two sizes, so

consumers can find the Note that’s

best for them. The Galaxy Note10

opens up the Note to users who want

the power of the S Pen and ultimate

productivity in a compact form factor,

By Juliet Umeh


h o n e

Manufacturer, Tecno

has called on device

makers to help

impact the lives of


The company said

that Original



OEMs should not just




devices but making a

positive difference in

the lives of the

average Nigerian.

It made this call

when the Nigerians

packing a 6.3-inch Cinematic

Infinity Display into the most

compact Note yet. The Galaxy

Note10+ features the biggest Note

display ever with a 6.8-inch

Cinematic Infinity Display on a

device that’s still easy to hold and

easy to use.

Samsung said Note10’s display is

who won trip to Egypt with football

legend, Victor Ikpeba returned to


The winners which include: Bada

Monsuru Abolore, Boluwaji

Olukayode, Olaitan Ahmed Bola,

and Otenaike Adedotun Andrew,

prided Tecno as the brand that never

relents on its mission to providing

technologically advanced devices

that meet the needs of its teeming

customers, while also creating

unforgettable experiences for its

loyal fans.

According to Tecno, the winners

witnessed the finals of the AFCON

football match and enjoyed all the

action, suspense and overall drama

of the competition.

The company said: “They had the

rare privilege of experiencing the


The new devices enable: Effortless

Shots. The combination of a 13MP

Main Camera, 8MP Super-Wide-

Angle Camera and the 2MP depth

camera in the AI Triple Camera,

assist the user in capturing

magnificent landscapes and

beautiful portraits effortlessly. The

AI Super Wide-Angle Camera can

even expand the view to 120, to

capture more.

Great Visual Impact

The 6.35-inch Halo FullView

display provides all two phones with

a screen-to-body ratio of 89% for

great visual impact with super

narrow bezels on all sides. Despite

the size and broad view, the 19.3:9

aspect ratio and the specifically

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its best yet. From its

physical construction to its

underlying technology, the

display is designed to

immerse users in their

favourite TV, movies and


Edge-to-edge Design:

The Galaxy Note10’s edgeto-edge

Cinematic Infinity

Display is nearly bezelless,

while the in-display

cut out for the front camera

is small and centred for a

balanced design.

Samsung’s most

immersive display creates

a seamless experience

between thought and

action, viewing and


Display: The Galaxy

Note10 features the

dynamic AMOLED



HDR10+certification and

dynamic tone mapping,

photos and videos are

brighter than previous

Note devices, and feature

a stunning, wide colour


According to Samsung,

the Galaxy Note10

features new technologies,

enhanced capabilities and

powerful integrations all in

service of giving users the

freedom to work in the way

that makes them the most


Also, with the Galaxy

Note10, content creators

and everyday users alike

can use state-of-the-art

tools to capture stunning

video and photos, allowing

their channels, stories and

posts to stand out and

make an impact.

sights, sounds and major tourist

attractions of the ancient historical

city of Cairo in Egypt.

“Some of the places they visited

include the ancient Pyramids of

Giza. Famous the world over, the

Pyramids of Giza are the last

surviving among the Seven

Wonders of the Ancient World and

are among the world’s greatest

tourist attractions. They are reputed

to have taken decades to build.

“At the museum, they learnt how

to make paper the ancient Egyptian

way, using papyrus. The travellers

also got to discover and enjoy the

aroma of the various ‘secret’

essential oils used in making

popular international designer

perfumes and colognes. It was a trip

they will never forget.”

The winners extolled Tecno and

designed gesture controls provides

effortless one-hand control.

Strong battery power

Powering the devices is a large,

5,000 mAh battery which keeps the

Y Series going for a longer time;

more than enough for all the

photography, video and gaming

adventures. The intelligent powersaving

technologies extend battery

life to make battery worries a thing

of the past.

Smooth Selfie The vivo Y17 spots

a 20MP FrontCamera to capture

delicate facial details for clearer

results. With AI Face Beauty to

automatically enhance your facial

features, you can easily capture the

perfect selfie for social media feed.

NTITA to reward

excellence in

Nigeria’s ICT


By Cynthia Alo

Nigeria Telecom & Information Technology

Awards, NTITA, is set to honour

individuals and corporate organisations, who

have distinguished themselves in the last one

year. The industry event, which is being

organised by Instinct Wave in partnership

with the Association of Telecommunications

Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, is scheduled

to hold in Lagos on in September at the at

the Oriental Hotel, Lekki.

According to the organisers, 2019 NTITA

would reward and recognise not only the

products and diverse innovations that keep

the ICT & Telecom sector thriving, but also

the companies and people who make the

industry great. The awards, are open to all

players and stakeholders in the ICT


Speaking on the event, Instinct Wave CEO,

Mr. Akin Naphtal, said the awards has grown

over the years, in participation and prestige;

setting the highest industry standard for

honouring organisations and individuals in

the Telecom & ICT sector within Nigeria and

beyond. He added that the awards have

become the benchmark for outstanding

performances in the industry and a symbol

of excellence that marks leadership, quality

and innovation.

“We are proud to have promoted success

stories, technology advancement and

disruption in one of the most dynamic

business sectors in Nigeria in the last three

years,” he said.

“This year we have provided another platform

to recognise government institutions that

have embraced digitisation and created

disruptive technologies for effective service

delivery in the Public sector. Fintech players,

Smart City innovation and disruptive

technologies cutting across every business

sector will also be recognised. And most

importantly, the selection process will be

more rigorous and competitive,” he added.

Speaking on the strategic partnership,

President of ATCON, Mr. OlusolaTeniola

said, “this event will strengthen the

symbiotic relationship between the mobile

industry and the wider ICT ecosystem.”

Tecno tasks device manufacturers on impacting Nigerians

•The winners in one of the

tourist sites in Egypt

Youths, major target in new Vivo Y series

By Prince Osuagwu

Smart phone maker, Vivo, says it

deliberately targets youths in

the new Y series smartphones,

having seen that smartphones with

a blend of intuitive features and

powerful immersive experiences

make fashion statements for the

Nigerian youths

The device maker which

introduced the series into the

Nigerian market recently, says the

smartphones give users a first-class

experience of professional grade

photography, right in their palms.

Inspired and powered by Youth,

vivo Y Series feature is a

combination of AI Triple Camera’s

professional camera with the

flagship-standard visual impact of

the Halo FullView display. The

devices under the Y series launched

into the Nigerian market is the vivo

Y15 and Y17 as they both share the

feature of a huge and powerful long

lasting 5,000-mAh battery.

Country Manager vivo Nigeria,

Felix Lu said, “The Y Series is made

for the youth and we are bringing

our latest photography innovations

to many more young consumers

through two stylish smartphones –

the Y15 and Y17, both under the Y

Series family,”

He explained that “with ‘Powered

by Youth’ as our guiding light, the Y

Series is a clear example of our

commitment to bringing advanced

and premium features to our

energetic and dynamic consumers

from all walks of life around the

joined in calling other OEMs to

emulate such gestures.

Recently, the brand held its yearly

TECNO Spark 3 Light Up Your

Dream Project that empowers young

dreamers with N1 million each to

start and grow their businesses while

creating employment for dozens of

other young people.

It also held the yearly TECNO

Children’s Day Initiative that is a way

to give scholarships to Nigerian

children from disadvantaged


With the gesture, Tecno said it has

proven not just to be about

manufacturing devices but also

about making a difference in the lives

of the average Nigerian.

•Vivo Y17

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L-R: ACG Zonal


Nigeria Customs

Zone A, Lagos,

Mrs. Kaycee


Director General,

National Agency

for Food and

D r u g


and Control,


Mojisola Adeyeye

and Chief


Officer, Shippers

Council, Mrs.

Patience Owan at

the inter-Agency


m e e t i n g

organised by


Lagos recently.

Primary healthcare crucial to

Universal Health Coverage — CHAN

By Juliet Umeh

THE Christian Health

Association of

Nigeria, CHAN,

umbrella body for fraithbased

health facilities also

known as Mission

Institutions, MIs, has

identified negligence of

Primary Healthcare, as the

bane of Universal Health

Coverage, UHC, in the


According to CHAN, the

UHC - a situation where all

Nigerians will be able to

receive a full spectrum of

essential quality health

services without suffering

financial hardship, is still

a mirage in the country.

The body argued that for

the government to achieve

UHC, it must factor-in MIs

in the nation’s health

policies because it

contributes 40 percent of

healthcare delivery.

It also wants the

government to obey the

Alma Ata Declaration

agreement signed in 2001

and commit more funds to

the health sector.

Speaking at the 2019

National Advocacy

Committee, NAC, and

State Advocacy Committee,

SAC, of CHAN, in Abuja,

recently, the Second Vice-

President of CHAN, Dr

Zipporah Kpamor, said that

if CHAN is supported, that

Nigeria will go a long way

in achieving UHC and

therefore, charged their

members to rekindle the

love for primary health care

work because that's the only

way to achieve UHC.

On how CHAN can help

achieve UHC, she said,

"Already, we have primary

health care institutions in

hard to reach places,

ensuring that those health

care facilities are functional

will contribute to the 10, 000

functional PHCS at ward

level which is the

government initiative.

"Also, CHAN has

training institutions for

health workers, so training

the right cadre of staff and

giving them the skills that

they require to go back and

provide skilled health

services at the community

level is another way.

In the same vein,

Director of the Advocacy

and Communications in

CHAN, Mr. Onomoase

Omorebokhae, said,

CHAN is a veritable

vehicle to achieve UHC

because they already have

a very strong working

structure of PHC.

He noted that without

factoring in an

organization like CHAN,

federal government may

not succeed in achieving

UHC. According to him,

four out of every 10

Nigerians access health

services from MI's facilities.

Omorebokhae said:"So

after the government,

CHAN is the next. There

are researches supporting

that CHAN is rendering 40

percent of services in the

country and our strong

point is PHC structure.

"We reach the unreached.

We go to people in the

rural, hard to reach, and

mountainous areas. Our

services are for 24 hours

and seven days in a week,

our doctors, nurses and

staffs don't go on strike

because they are working

with the mindset of serving


"We are not competing

with government but

complementary. We have

about 400 registered

members across the

country, and over 450

health dispensaries and

conduct outreaches.

Omorebokhae, wants

CHAN factored into

government programming,

noting that in the health

budget, a percentage

should be put aside for

By Chioma Obinna

LAGOS State Governor,

Babajide Sanwo-Olu,

flagged off a month-long

free health mission for over

21,000 Lagosians with

children as prime target.

The State Government in

collaboration with


Healthcare Mission

International (HMI),

flagged the medical

intervention programme

aimed at combating organ

impairment and lifethreatening

ailments in


The exercise began with

a six-day free health

screening from August 5,

2019, in seven Primary

Health Centres, PHCs,

across the state including

Badagry, Akerele,

Surulere, Ikotun,

IgaIduganran, Epe,

Onigbongo, and Ita- Elewa

PHCs. At the flag off, the

Governor, represented by

the Deputy Governor, Dr.

Obafemi Hamzat, said the

programme tagged

“Healthy Bee Project” was

Mission Hospitals and


Earlier in his address,

President of CHAN, Rtd.

Colonel Andrew Imogu,

said CHAN is fully back

with more visibility.

Imogu, a Consultant

Surgeon, who took over

leadership recently, said his

tenure will achieve selfsustainability,


accountability, and


purposely designed to keep

children fit for their study

and activities that would

make them attain their


Sanwo-Olu said the

programme is a component

of his development agenda

to reposition healthcare and

give disadvantaged

children access to quality

medical care.

He encouraged parents to

utilise the opportunity to

take their children for

screening and treatment for

medical conditions that can

limit their mental and

physical development.

“If children lack access to

good health facilities and

quality medical attention,

they might lose their ability

and functionality. We want

to help them fight ailments

that can put them at a

disadvantage. This is the

reason the programme is

essential to make sure our

children live a good and

fulfilling life.”

On his part, the

Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Information &

By Gabriel Olawale

NEW HIV Vaccine

and Microbicides

Advocacy Society,

NHVMAS, has urged the

Federal government to

embrace a policy change

on adolescents’ age of

access to Sexual

Reproductive Health, SRH

and HIV services to 14


The Society who made

the call during a media

roundtable on ‘adolescents’

sexual reproductive health

and age of consent said

policy change would

ensure that the age of

maturity at 18 years will not

constitute a barrier in

accessing services.

Speaking through the

Programme Manager of

AVAC Project, David Ita

appealed to the federal

and state government to

facilitate Preexposure

prophylaxis, PrEP, access to

adolescent and young

people who at the risk of

HIV infections.

“PrEP should be part of

a combination prevention

package embedded in

SRH services for young

LASG conducts free health mission for

21,000 children

NHVMAS seeks policy change

on SRH

Rotary Club donates 2,500

pints of blood

By Etop Ekanem

AS part of its

humanitarian gesture,

the Rotary International,

District 9110, comprising of

Strategy, Mr Fola Adeyemi

described it as a promise


The Wife of the Governor

Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu,

noted: “As a mother and

medical doctor, I

understand the momentous

mileage we stand to gain

from this strategic

intervention championed

by the State Government in

partnership with BOSKOH

Lagos Healthcare Mission

International, and I must

say I fully align myself with

this all-important medical


Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Health, Mrs.

Titilayo Goncalves said the

programme signalled the

implementation phase of

Sanwo-Olu’s healthcare

initiative, and seeks to

increase access to quality

health care service in line

with the State’s Universal

Health Coverage drive.

Executive Director of the

NGO, Mrs. Nike Osai, said

the medical intervention

was an investment the State

would not regret.


“Discrimination and

stigmatization of persons

due to their HIV status, age

range or sexual orientation

by healthcare providers

should be stopped while

adolescent health tolls for

providers and schools be

updated to include PrEP.

Corroborating his view,

Coordinator for Civil

Society for HIV & AIDs in

Nigeria, Aladeyelu

Adebayo admonished

government to legalize

abortion for special cases

such as rape survival,

“adolescent and young

person’s should be able to

access SHR service to

reduce the high rate of

unintended pregnancy and

abortion complication.

“Government should

create pathway for

adolescents and young

people to access post

abortion services to reduce

the mortality and morbidity

of adolescents’ girls and

young women attributed to

complications from unsafe

abortions. Promote

adolescents’ youth friendly

services at least one in each

of the Local government.

Lagos and Ogun States in

conjunction with Indian

community in Lagos have

partnered theLagos State

government on voluntary

blood donation.

This is in conformity with

the World Health

Organisation, WHO,

directive that at least one

per cent of the population

of every country would

always need blood, hence

the necessity for voluntary

and regular blood donors.

The event, which took

place at Palmgrove, Lagos,

recently, Assistant

Governor, Rotary

International, District 9110,

who doubled as the

Chairman, District Blood

Donation, a member of

Rotary Club of Lagos

Palmgrove Estate, Ramesh

Biswal, said need made

the Club to pledge to get

about 2,500 pints of blood

for the year.

According to Consultant,

Hematologist, Acting

Executive Secretary, Lagos

State Blood Transfusion

Service, Dr. Bodunrin

Osikomaiya, ”More than

90 per cent of blood being

donated in Lagos now is by

husband donors or relative

of patients’ donors, which

of course is in sharp

contrast to voluntary and

constant donors regarded to

be the safest.

She frowned at the

existing system of husbands

or relatives donating blood,

which she said was

tantamount to coercion.

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Verification: Lamentation as Airways

Pensioners no sleep at center

By Victor Ahiuma-Young & Monsuru



Stoppage of pension for political office holders: Why

we're excited with court's rulling---Pensioners

•Demand refund of monies already collected

RECENTLY, the Court of

Appeal in Abuja described

as morally wrong the payment

of severance allowances to

elected or appointed public

office holders.

The court, through its threeman

panel led by Justice

Abubakar Yahaya, made the

declaration in a unanimous


Justice Emmanuel Agim,

who read the lead judgment

of the court, said among others,

that such payment “cannot

be justified in the context

of our present social realities.

The political appointees and

elected public office holders

who do not work as long and

as hard as career civil servants

quickly get paid huge severance

allowances upon leaving

office, in addition to the huge

wealth they acquired while

holding such offices and without

having been subjected to

any contributory pension


“It is not morally right to pay

an elected public officer or

political appointee pension

and gratuity or severance allowance

for holding such an

office for three to eight years

•L- R :Mrs. Rachael Osa Obi, Head, Customer Relationship Management Trustfund Pensions Limited;

Mr Andrew Onyilokwu, Executive Director, Finance and Benefits Administration Trustfund

Pensions Limited; Mrs Cecilia Mofunanya, a retiree from Federal of Health; Mr. Tonie Nwume,

Managing Director/CEO Access Pension Fund Custodian Limited during the 2019 Pre-Retirement

and Retiree Forum organised by Trustfund Pensions Limited in Abuja recently.

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

THE Federal Parastatals and

Private Sector Pensioners

Association of Nigeria,

FEPPPAN, have commended

President Muhammedu Buhari,

for nominating Senator Chris

Ngige and Sharon Ikeazu, to be

ministers in his second term administration.

FEPPPAN also said that it is

the sole prerogative of the President

to assign the nominees to

any ministry he wishes, insisting

that those kicking against Ngige

returning to the Ministry of Labour

and Employment where he

served as a minister in the first

tenure of the administration are

doing so on personal interest.

President-General of

FEPPPAN, Chief Temple Ubani,

in a statement in Abuja,

said:”Nomination of Senator

Chris Ngige and Sharon Ikeazu

the former Executive Secretary

of Pension Transitional Arrangement

Directorate, PTAD, is a

good step in the right direction,

and we thank President

Muhammadu Buhari for his wisdom

in nominating them. Senaas

the case may be. It cannot

be justified in the context of

our present social realities; it

amounts to gross social injustice.”

It will be recalled that the

Return Ngige to Labour Ministry, Pensioners beg


…Want PTAD to conduct screening exercise during dry season

SOME pensioners undergo

ing verification in Bauchi

have urged the Pension Transitional

Arrangement Directorate,

PTAD, to be scheduling

verification exercises during

dry season.

The pensioners who were

from Gombe and Bauchi states

made the call while speaking

at the Bauchi verification centre.

They lamented that conducting

the exercise during rainy

season had been creating a lot

of difficulties in terms of logistics

and other problems.

One of them, Mr Zall Zaifan,

said pensioners had to travel

to other states that were made

venues of the exercise, faced

challenges during rainy season.

He said: “Sometimes, rain

begins to fall on the day we are

to travel and since most of us

travel by commercial vehicles,

we face logistic challenges.

Mostly affected are those coming

from places very far from

the venue of the exercise.”

Also speaking, another pensioner,

Mr Zahas Kelake, said

the rainy period was not very

conducive for such exercise,

saying “Our credentials are at

the risk of being destroyed because

the weather is wet. At our

age, we struggle to protect our

documents; we are exposed to

cold and wet environment; conducting

the exercise during

dry season will be helpful to


Another pensioner, Mr Mila

Bangu, said that although

PTAD provided shades and

sitting facilities, such shades

could not accommodate all the

retirees at the venue.

“Very worrisome is that

retirees are exposed to possible

ailment due to the rainfall

and its associated cold

condition,” he said.

Responding, when contacted,

Mr Kabiru Yususf,

leader of PTAD team in

Bauchi center, said the

weather condition should not

be a challenge because the

directorate provided large

canopies and sitting facilities

tor Chris Ngige in particular, I

have observed that nobody has

faulted his reappointment in

spite of some reports in the

media saying that people are

wailing about where he should

be assigned to and where he

should not.

“The good thing is that President

Buhari, in his good plan

to better the lives of Nigerians

knows who will serve well and

deliver on their mandate. I

think he considered Ngige capable

to deliver, and it will not

be out of point to say that

Ngige was a perfect match for

the politics and intrigues in the

labour world. And he performed

excellently even

though some may have contrary


“For those that are saying he

should not be assigned back

to labour and employment ministry,

it is a case of different

folks and different strokes.

Such statements are personal

opinion which everyone is entitled

to. In the first place there

are some people who were

saying that Mr President

should not in the first place

reappoint somebody like Senator

Chris Ngige as a member of

his cabinet. But that is simply

someone trying to tell the president

to serve personal interest.

“I think that people sometimes

forget that there would always

be clash of interest in human

affairs. Not for personal interest,

I doubt if anybody can specifically

point out where Ngige

went against Nigerian workers,

because I am aware that he assiduously

worked for the success

of new minimum wage. But

thank God Mr President is not

a tool anybody can control as


“Anybody who has bordered to

observe the body movement of

Mr President particularly concerning

this appointments, will

know that he knows those he

wants. No wonder he said he

was not going to appoint strangers.

So it is his prerogative to

appoint those he feels have

done well in their first appointment.

“The appointment of former

PTAD Executive Secretary, who

performed so well especially on

the area of pensioners welfare,

and reappointment of Ngige

shows that the president knows

Court of Appeal delivered

the landmark judgment

while ruling on an appeal

filed by the Governor of Kogi

State and three others.

After taking critically examining

the judgment, pensioners

in the country expressed

excitement over the


Speaking through their umbrella

body, the Nigeria Union

of Pensioners, NUP, they

described as “laudable” the

judgment which outlawed

payment of pension, gratuity

and severance allowance to

political office holders.

NUP through Mr Bunmi

Ogunkolade, Head, Information

Unit, called for a refund

of all monies already collected.

According to him, “The

practice of paying such monies

to them is not sustainable

and should not be allowed.

The NUP is very happy with

the judgment outlawing it.

NUP wants those concerned

to ensure that all monies previously

collected by these

politicians be refunded to government’s


He contended that it was

not morally right to pay an

elected public officer or political

appointee pension, gratuity

or severance allowance for

holding such an office for

three to eight years, saying

“To even conceive such payment

amounts to gross social

injustice. For the present administration

to be seen as being

serious about fighting corruption,

it must begin the

process of recouping payments

already effected.”

for the exercise.

“Knowing that it is a rainy

period, PTAD made adequate

arrangements for the retirees;

the weather conditions

should not be a challenge,”

he said.

what he is doing and is keeping

tab with what is happening

and on those who are performing

to his expectations. I want

to say that one of the major

achievements of Senator Chris

Ngige was the eventual

regrouping of NUP for efficiency.

He made it clear that

efficiency and care for pensioners

was the reason behind the

regrouping and it took him almost

four years to do it according

to the rule of law. Many of

us didn’t even know that he

was a pensioner himself. So as

a pensioner, he saw that it was

needful to regroup pensioners

according to necessary groups

for a better administration and

care-giving of pensioners’ welfare

on a direct note.

“So NUP regrouping is one

big achievement that will ultimately

sanitize the pension sector.

You know, there was that era

of fraud in pension funds. And

for the period he was there in

operation with other agencies,

that was not the case. So I want

to use this opportunity to congratulate

the president that since

he took over the mantel of

power, pensioners have had it

so good.

28 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

VOL. 2 NO. 54 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

By Chinonso Alozie,


Umunnawuike community

in Atta Ancient Kingdom,

Ikeduru Local Government

Area of Imo State, has

introduced a fine of N10,000 for

anybody caught practising

female genital mutilation (girl

child circumcision) in the


Southeast Voice was at a

recently held 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

Government Area of the state,

where the Umunnawuike

traditional ruler, Eze Joe

Imo community where indigenes

are fined N10,000 for practising

Female Genital Mutilation

Anika, revealed this.

Anika said the reason of the

N10,000 fine in his community

was to discourage his people

from engaging in such an act,

adding that after the payment

of the fine, the one who

committed the offence would

be taken to the government to

face the law.

Also speaking to Southeast

Voice, the traditional ruler of

Ugiri-Ike Autonomous

community, Emmanuel

Nwigwe, described FGM as

one of the traditional practices

that is not only harmful but must

be stopped due to what he said

were the “evil effects.”

Nwigwe advised that there is

need for the enforcement of the

extant laws prohibiting the

practice of FGM in the various


He was hopeful that with the

continued sensitization on the

negative impact of the

practice,the villagers would

begin to see the need to end


At the event, the Southeast

Voice got the remarks made by

the Imo State Director of

National Orientation Agency,

NOA, Vitus Ekeocha where

he disclosed that five states

have come tops in the survey

conducted on the practise of

female genital mutilation.

Some of the states mentioned

are Ebonyi, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo,

and Imo States, adding that it

was for this reason that

A cross section of Royal fathers at the advocacy dialogue against the practice of FGM, held in Ikeduru LGA. Photos by

Chinonso Alozie

Herdsmen: Why we filed suit in International

Court — World Igbo Assembly President

By Vincent Ujumadu



Anakwenze, a renowned

American –trained physician, is

the President of World Igbo

Assembly, an umbrella body

coordinating Igbo activities in

the Diaspora. Before assuming

the position, Anakwenze headed

the Anambra State Associations

in the United States of America,

ASA-USA, during which, for

decades, he led health

professionals from all states in

the USA on annual medical

mission to various communities

in Anambra State. Although he

has lived in the USA for about

three decades, he has always

kept in touch with the home

front, which was why his

community, Abagana in Njikoka

local government area crowned

him as the traditional prime

minister of the town, a position

that places him next to the

traditional ruler of Abagana. In

this interview, Anakwenze spoke

on the position of the Igbo in

Diaspora on burning national


The Igbo in Diaspora must be

conversant with what is

happening in Nigeria,

particularly the killings and

Dr. Nwachukwu

Anakwnze, President,

World Iigbo Assembly

unstable economy. How

worried are they?

In the past, we had peace

and tranquility in Nigeria, but

things have changed with

stories of herdsmen invading

our villages, killing people,

destroying crops and raping

our women, something we

cannot tolerate. We are very

concerned about that because

the well- being of our people is

involved. We will no longer

accept this condition

and we are going to

talk to our people on

what to do.

Everybody needs to

prepare to defend

himself and his family

against the menacing

herdsmen because we

are not prepared to

cede an inch of any

Igbo land to anybody.

Our people must

protect their crops

always. If any animal

comes to eat the crops,

it means hunger will be

in the land because

that is what the people

use after harvesting

and sales to train their

children. These

animals must be killed

if they invade the

farms and destroy the crops. If

the cows come and eat our food,

we will eat the cows. If the

herders kill our people and

destroy our things, we have the

right to reciprocate. We want

peace for us and for everybody,

but if somebody comes to fight

us on our land, we will fight


Are you satisfied with the

way the governors in the South

East are approaching this issue

of herdsmen?

So far the governors have said

they won’t give out our land and

we are satisfied with that. We

don’t have any land in the first

place. Our states have the

smallest land mass in Nigeria

and therefore, we don’t have

any to give. What should be

done is to have ranches in the

South and RUGA in the North

and then we will be happy to sell

the food the cows need to them.

They have a lot of land in the

North and they don’t need it in

the South.

Have the Igbo in Diaspora

articulated any plan on how to

handle this delicate matter?

We are already in court in the

USA to fight for our human

rights. Some have even gone to

the international Court at the

Hague. This is human rights

abuse because we are not

killing anybody. We cannot just

watch and allow our women

and children to be raped. We are

suing against genocide

because that is what it is.

Who are the defendants in

the suit?

All the parties involved are

the defendants, including the

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UNICEF focused more on the

aforementioned states.

Ekeocha also said that

during the time they engaged

some women without their male

folks, they were able to extract

from them, exactly how bad

they feel about the FGM

practice. It was discovered that

many of the women are

currently wallowing in pains.

According to Eze Anika of

Umunnawuike ll of Atta

Ancient Kingdom,”I am so

happy that Imo State used to be

rated high in the practice of

Female Genital Mutilation,

FGM, but it is now reducing as

people are getting aware

especially in my community.

We have already made a

declaration that we don’t want

it anymore.

“We have set up some

committees to monitor some

maternity homes, hospitals and

we have also advised heads of

institutions to monitor

whenever a child comes back

from ante-natal if such a thing

has been done.

“Our own is ten thousand

naira and you will pay before

we take you to the government.

In my place, we don’t have this

traditional birth attendants

anymore because they are the

number one people that

engage in these practice. We

know that some people could

hide and engage in this

practice. That is why we set up

this committee.”

Also, the traditional ruler of

Ugiri-Ike Autonomous

community, Nwigwe was of the

view that “We are working in

the right direction because the

evil effects are well known and

if we stop it, we will benefit from

it. This is one of those

traditional practices that must

be stopped.

“Our responsibility as

traditional rulers is to

discourage such a thing to an

extent that you can also

legislate to an extent that it is

no longer part of the tradition.

If we agree as a group to stop it,

what we need to do is to enforce

it and it will be the end to that


On some of the reasons for

which they embarked on the

campaign against FGM,

Ekeocha, Director of the Imo

State office of the National

Orientation Agency, NOA, said:

“Ebonyi, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo and

Imo are the local communities

the UNICEF is working on and

the prevalent rate of FGM in

these five states is higher than

any other state in the


“From all information

gathered and from all that the

women confessed, there is

need to abandon this FGM

practice. It was when were

doing community dialogue that

we started hearing the practical


“You know in those days,

because of our culture and

tradition, women were not

speaking out no matter how

painful it might have been. You

couldn’t say no to your husband

and even your fellow women

will come and ask you if you

are a woman. But things are

different now as a woman can

tell her husband no, you can’t

touch me.

For instance, when a woman

gives birth through caesarean

section, there is a way other

women will be looking at her.

“Because of this cultural

stigmatization, everybody

decided to keep quiet but when

you engage them one after the

other, especially when they are

not with their male folks, you

will hear alot and you know that

they have really suffered. So,

there is need to abandon this


By Chidi Nkwopara

The incidents of damaged

pipes at several points in

Owerri municipality have

scuttled the state

government’s efforts to

restore public water supply

in the capital city and its

adjoining communities.

The Commissioner for

Public Utilities, Chief Chuma

Nnaji, made government’s

position known weekend,

when he inspected some of

the damaged points in


“The spirited efforts of the

present administration to

restore public water supply

in Owerri municipality and

the adjoining communities,

have continued to suffer

serious setback, following the

damages done to the

pipelines, during the urban

renewal policy of the last

government”, the

Commissioner said.

Chief Nnaji, who inspected

the burst water pipes along

Wethral Road, Owerri, was

accompanied by the Acting

Permanent Secretary of the

Ministry, Mrs. Nnenna

Nwaugo, and the General



Chioma Gabriel, Lagos



Anayo Okoli, Enugu


Vincent Ujumadu, Awka

Chidi Nkwopara, Owerri

Peter Okutu, Abakaliki

Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Nnewi

Nwabueze Okonkwo,


Ugochukwu Alaribe, Aba

Denis Agbo, Enugu

Chinoso Alozie, Owerri

Chinenye Ozor, Nsukka

Eric Ugbor, Aba

Ikechukwu Odu: Nsukka

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Herdsmen: Why we filed suit in International Court — World Igbo

Assembly President

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herdsmen and those

sponsoring them. What we are

doing has nothing to do with

what IPOB is doing. In fact,

there are many law suits on this

matter in America and in


How do you see the activities

of IPOB?

IPOB is fighting for freedom

from a different way. We are

supporting what Ohanaeze

Ndigbo is doing. We are using

diplomacy to solve the problem.

We are happy the way

Ohanaeze, the Afenifere,

PANDEF, Middle Belt group,

the South-South are speaking

out about what is happening in

Nigeria. All we want is for

Nigeria to be restructured so

that every part of the country

can develop at its own pace. We

are not looking for the breakup

Manager of Imo State Water

Corporation, Engr. Emeka


The Commissioner

lamented over what he

of Nigeria. If Nigerians can

live together, that will be better.

But if it can’t work, we cannot

sacrifice ourselves for the sake

of Nigeria. If Nigeria can work

and everybody benefits from it,

I am for that. If it wouldn’t work,

there is nothing with that either.

So our approach is diplomacy;

talking to other people to try to

solve the problem peacefully.

Supposing the herdsmen

eventually leave with their

cows, do we have alternative?

We hear some state governors

are planning to invest in cattle

rearing but do you think it will


We had cattle ranches during



administration in the 60s and

they worked. We only need to

revive it. We used to have

Obudu Cattle ranch in Cross

River and in some parts of the

present Imo State and they

served the purpose for which

they were meant. Northerners

can do their ranching in the

north and when it is time for

sale, they can bring them to the

South by rail transport to make

their money.

Would you say the Nigerian

government has handled

security issues well?

Government has handled

security issue poorly. Things

are worse in the country now

than in the past. Take the

situation in Benue State for

example, hundreds of people

had been killed and their land

forcefully taken and

government has not done

anything to solve the problem.

The worrisome aspect of the

whole things is that we have

everything but we can’t

manage what we have. Japan

Damaged pipes scuttle water flow in


Chief Chuma Nnaji (4th from left), inspecting the damaged pipe in Owerri.

called “the huge destruction

of the major water pipes

occasioned by construction

mistakes of the past


does not have the kind of

natural resources we have, but

look at where they are. Saudi

Arabia imports water and they

don’t lack water in that country.

Here we have water

everywhere, but we can’t

harness it. God has done for us

what has not been done for

many countries. Our people

are intelligent and if we give

our young people the

opportunity they need, they

can rule the world and make

our country one of the best in

the next ten years. Here, our

leadership stinks and it is all

corruption from head to toe. The

security system is corrupt and

these are the reasons our youths

don’t have hope. The rest of the

world is moving forward while

we are retrogressing. Here we

are striving to eat once or two

times a day. Our leadership is a

disgrace and it is because of it

that our youths don’t have a

future. Our people can match

Chinese and Americans in

intelligence but they have to be

given the opportunity. All that

our leaders do is steal our

common wealth. Even

electricity is worse under this

administration than in any

previous government. I don’t

see any progress under this

government. When I was

young, Nigerian degrees were

accepted as equal to America

degrees. Today, our degrees are

not acceptable there. Before we

used to command a lot of

respect, but they have run this

country down and it is a


But there is this allegation

that our Diaspora people are

not doing enough to support

the Nigerian government. How

do you react to that?

That is not true. For instance,

“What we have seen here

(Wetheral Road) today, is a

pointer that roads have not

only been built on the major

water pipe lines, but may

I dedicate all my life to the

service of my country since I

qualified as a medical doctor

in USA. I was attending Igbo

meetings regularly in all parts

of the world. Government is not

sponsoring these meetings and

it should be realized that the

Diaspora people you are

talking about do not have

money. Most of them are

teachers and office workers and

would have preferred to return

home if things are good. They

are not Innoson or Ekene

Dilichukwu or Dangote. But

they send up to $25 billion

home which is more than what

Nigerian government declares

as sales from crude oil.

The annual medical mission

by Igbo in Diaspora was

regular when you were

president of ASA-USA, but it

has died down. What went


Since I left ASA-USA, there

had been in-fighting among

themselves and they are in

court. But I am head of

Anambra State Association

Worldwide and we are still

doing medical mission every

year. We are very active and we

will be here in December this

year. Whenever there is

election, we are always

involved and that is why we

have good leaders in Anambra.

We have made sure that people

of doubtful character do not

come near Government House

again. Peter Obi was

exceptional and Obiano is

doing better than most

governors in Nigeria. There is

no crime here again as people

can walk about any hour even at

night. That is what we expect.

We are happy the new governor

of Imo State is cleaning up the

mess in that state.

have also been damaged at

several points”, Nnaji


Continuing, the

Commissioner lamented

that “the huge destruction

of major water pipes was

occassioned by the

construction mistakes and

outright negligence of

public utility components,

in the urban renewal

programme of the past


He hinted that provision

of dependable water

supply to Imolites

remains a key area of focus,

for Governor Emeka

Ihedioha and the Rebuild

Imo administration. Nnaji

pleaded for patience and

cooperation on the part of

Imolites and assured that

water will be distributed

round Owerri metropolis

and environs in the next

few weeks.

“The damage done to Imo

State and its citizens is

huge, but the current

administration is

determined to right the

wrongs. We urge our people

to be patient, cooperative

and understanding, because

this government is fully

determined to restore public

water supply to Owerri and

its environs, in the next few

weeks”, Nnaji said.

You are one of those that

pioneered the establishment

of Igbo village in Virginia,

USA. What is it all about?

I am the chairman of Board of

Governors and President of the

Igbo Village and Museum. The

museum is owned by the State

of Virginia and they appointed

me chairman of the board to

represent all the black people

in the world in the museum. I

have been the chairman for 12

years. The important thing to

note is that four major groups

founded America. They are the

English, the Irish, the German

and the Igbo. Half of African-

Americans are Igbo people who

were those kidnapped and

taken into slavery. If they do

DNA test, it will show they are

Igbo. Every year, we do our Igbo

festival during which we do

DNA which shows that most of

them are Igbo. We are not just

talking; we have scientific proof

of what we are saying. Many

Igbo traditional rulers and

leaders of Ohanaeze attend the

festival every year. It is on the

back of Igbo people that

America was built. It is the

people that were taken from

here that did the cutting work,

farming the Tobacco. Our

people worked for 250 years

without pay. That America is a

super power is because of our

people. Igbo are not foreigners

in America; we built America.

It’s our fathers that built

America. That is why the

American government picked

me to represent the black race

at the museum. It was in

Virginia that the slaves landed

first and it was from there they

distributed them to other parts

of America. So we have two

countries-Nigeria and




He wants to take intimate pictures

Dear Bunmi,

I’m in my early 30s and have

been with my boyfriend for

about a year. He’s a lovely

guy and although we haven’t

talked about our future, I

know he’s the one for me.

Recently, he asked if I’d let

him take intimate

photographs of me. He

promised that they’re for his

eyes only, but I worry what

might happen to them if we

split up. I love him and I want

to do this for him, I’m just not

sure it’s a wise idea.

Labake, by e-mail.

Dear Labake,

Don’t be ridiculous! These

days with the Internet and

social media, you’re asking

for trouble. Once those

photographs have been taken,

you have no control over

where they end up.

Even if you trust him, you

can’t be sure someone else

won’t see the pictures and

spread them around. Don’t

consider it. Let him know

you’ll always be there for him

to look at in flesh and blood,

not in pictures!

Could too much booze ruin a relationship

Dear Bunmi,

I’VE been with my

boyfriend for close to two

years and we’re very much in

love. My former boyfriend was

nice but very possessive and

we never did anything


My current boyfriend is such

a contrast but I’m concerned

about his drinking. I told him

he had to cut down on it and

he agreed but a few days later,

he was back at his favourite

beer parlour.

My father was an alcoholic

and he used to beat my

mother. My boyfriend is

different from him, but my

experience of drink has shown

me how bad the result can be.

The fact that we disagree on

this issue puts a strain on our


Apart from this, we’re very

much in love. He accepts he

has to limit his drinking and

he’s made progress. But I feel

bad if he starts drinking to


Boyede, by e-mail.

Dear Boyede,

Ii's obvious you have a

lingering fear of men and not

just of those who drink. After

all, your dad, the man whose

love you most needed, handed

you fear instead. He abused

drink and the mother you

loved and worshipped. The

disenchantment has left a

cruel mark. As an adult, you

resist the intimacy that you

think of as being possessive.

Your boyfriend’s eagerness

for life must have thrilled you

initially. Now, his relaxed

behaviour seems too scary to


Well, no man is perfect.

You’ve advised your boyfriend

to be wary of abusing alcohol.

Good for you. Instead of

repeatedly condemning his

drinking, understand and

respect his zest for living.

You have much you could

learn from him, be there to

pick him up. Many men learn

how to handle alcohol only

from their own early mistakes.

Either love your man and

accept his fallible nature or

walk away.

These keys could be for his secret flat

Dear Bunmi,

My husband and I are in our

late 50s and have been

married for 20 years. It’s the

second marriage for both of

us. He goes out most nights

to have a drink with his


We’ve always had a trusting

relationship but months ago,

he came home late and a

bunch of keys fell out of his


A few days later, the same

thing happened with the same

bunch of keys. When I asked

him about it, he said someone

left it in his car and didn’t

know who. Do you think he’s

having an affair?

Nkiru, by e-mail.

Dear Nkiru,

There’s no doubt that he’s

lying to you. If you’ve always

had an open and trusting

Either your sister is in a

horribly restrictive (and

potentially abusive)

relationship or she’s using

her husband as an excuse not

to see you. The safest thing to

assume, however, is that your

sister is isolated and needs

more love in her life or less

relationship, why would he lie

to you, unless it involves

another woman?

There is no upper limit on

men having affairs. If he goes

out a lot on his own, he’ll

have had plenty of

opportunity to meet someone.

A car is not that big you’d

be unable to track down who

could own a bunch of keys left

in it. There wouldn’t be any

harm in offering to help find

the owner of the keys.

He’s trying to take over my


Dear Bunmi,

After over six months with

my boyfriend, I don’t know if

I love him as much as when

we started going out.

He doesn’t like my friends

and he doesn’t like me going

out on my own. I know he will

be devastated if I finish with

him; and his family, who loves

me to bits, will feel


He is really serious about

the relationship and talks all

the time about when we get

married. Should I get out

before it’s too late?

Tobi,by e-mail.

Dear Tobi,

Certainly! Once you have

He prevents my sister from seeing her family

Dear Bunmi,

A few years ago, my

younger sister got married

and I was pleased for her.

Unfortunately, we drifted

apart after she got married

and this is no thanks to her

husband. He is jealous and


I’ve tried to arrange seeing

her on her own, but she says

he doesn’t like her doing that.

Do I just need to give up

having her in my life? Her

husband is so distant and

hostile that talking to him is

almost impossible.

Susanne, by e-mail.

Dear Susanne,

Either your sister is in a

horribly restrictive (and

potentially abusive)

relationship or she’s using

her husband as an excuse not

to see you. The safest thing

to assume, however, is that

your sister is isolated and

needs more love in her life or


Sadly, it looks as if you’re

going to have to spend more

time with her husband in

order to see her. I’m not

saying that would be fun, but

gaining his trust may be the

only way to stay in contact

with your sister.

doubts about a relationship,

marriage should be the

furthest thing on your mind.

Don’t forget you’ve only been

seeing each other for six

months, and after this

relatively small amount of

time, you’re already having

serious doubts.

What you have to do now is

listen to those doubts and act

on them. If he’s making these

demands on you when you’re

not sure of him, what will he

decide he doesn’t like next

when you’re eventually


As for his family, there is

absolutely nothing stopping

you from keeping in touch

with them if you really want

to. After all, it’s not them

you’re dumping, it’s him!

She wanted love-making with

me, not marriage

Dear Bunmi,

I lost my wife a few years

ago in an unfortunate motor

accident and had made up my

mind to remarry. We were

married for over 20 years and

she was a good mother to our

three boys. Late last year, I

was introduced to a divorced

lady at a close friend’s

birthday party and we hit

things off right away. The

love-making was good and I

was already toying with the

idea of proposing marriage.

Then, all of a sudden, her

attitude changed. Thinking

she wanted a re-assurance, I

had a talk with her that she

had my undivided love and I

would do anything to make

her happy.

These days

with the

Internet and

social media,

you’re asking

for trouble.

Once those


have been

taken, you have

no control over

where they end


You can then imagine how

shocked I was when she said

all she wanted was the

physical side of the

relationship. That she had no

wish to re-marry and that I

had better start shopping for

a wife-material.

What type of a woman

behaves like this? It would

have been understandable if

she were a frivolous teenager,

but she’s close to 40. What are

our women turning into?


by e-mail.

Dear Alaba,

Women often feel that they

are the only ones that are

used and dumped by men, but

your experience shows that

some women can be ruthless

in the pursuit of what they


What to you was a big

romance was obviously a

casual fling to this woman.

Now she’s telling you to get

a life! Lasting relationships

are built on friendship and

shared ideas and dreams, not

just love making.

Without these feelings, you

soon realise you’re saddled

with someone you don’t

really know after the lovemaking


Keep your dignity, try to

wash this woman off your life

and look for another woman

out there eager to make a


And once you have that

time, you’ll be able to help her

see there are alternatives and

that you’re willing to help her

explore them. But if she really

wants to be left alone, I advise

you give her time to get over

her fear.

Share your problems and release your

burden. Write now to Dear Bunmi,

Vanguard Newspapers, P.M.B 1007,

Apapa, Lagos, or bunmsof@yahoo.co.uk

Nigeria’s plunge into anarchy

IT has been 20 years since

Nigeria returned to civilian as

opposed to democratic

governance. In the last two

decades of our peculiar

“democracy”, four Nigerians have

served as president. Two of these,

Olusegun Obasanjo and

Muhammadu Buhari, are former

Generals of the Nigerian Army and

heads of the Nigerian state.

The other two Nigerians to have

served as president were more or

less the handpicked favourites of

one of the two former Generals.

Which is to say that ours is a polity

yet to shake off 35 years of its

hangover under military rule.

We are gradually sliding back

under the command structure of a

military regime. Muhammadu

Buhari is doing all he can to make

sure this is the case. While sitting

back in semi-retirement in Aso

Villa, he watches as the country

melts down into disorder and the

crass disregard of the rule of law.

Certainly, he is a past master of

disorder with the random and

shameless manner he cherry-picks

which of our court orders to obey

while wasting no time to go after

those who are not in the good

books of his government. In all of

this, Buhari and his handlers want

us all to believe that it is corrupt

Nigerians that are opposed to him.

Each time they are criticised they

respond by saying corruption is

fighting back.

Corruption may well be fighting

back indeed, but attributing every

criticism to corruption fighting

back is such a very simplistic and

unthinking response that no longer

washes in the face of Buhari’s

many failures. While my

perception of corruption under the

Buhari administration does not yet

come close to what I believe went

on under the Goodluck Jonathan

administration, it is in my view

undeniable that Buhari is himself

surrounded by corruption. Many

around him are as corrupt as those

he likes to call corrupt and he is

doing nothing about it.

This is not the issue though: as

long as those he is going after are

found to be guilty of corruption

Buhari is welcome to hound them

to hell under the rule of law. Others

being presently shielded by power

could await their time under

another Pharaoh that would not

know Joseph.

After all, some of today’s corrupt

men and women never showed on

the corruption radar of past

administrations. No, everyone

would sooner or later have their

time in the temple of justice.

But while one could overlook

Buhari’s selective sense of justice,

what no Nigerian should ignore is

his attempt to push us all to the

brink of anarchy by his refusal to

rise to the responsibilities of


It is rather ironic that his famed

body language that many dreaded,

because of his time as a military

head of state, is what they now read

as they go about their criminally

murderous activities. Nigerians,

especially those with dubious

intentions, know Muhammadu

Buhari now lives on past glory and

his body language no longer

sparks fire.

His reputation as a no-nonsense

man of integrity has been sullied

by his many acts of despicable

nepotism, ethnic and religious


He has not stopped at that,

however, as he is determined to

worsen his many shortcomings

with the one act that Nigerians

would not condone: executive

It is rather ironic that

his famed body

language that many

dreaded, because of his

time as a military head

of state, is what they

now read as they go

about their criminally

murderous activities

incapacitation. In spite of his ill

health, Nigerians did not accept it

for Umar Yar’Adua. Buhari wants

to remain as president while

offering words and false claims of

achievements in place of action.

His refusal to be president is the

reason why criminals of all shades

and makes are on the loose. From

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019—31

terror herders to bandits, armed

robbers, kidnappers and Boko

Haram and ISWAP insurgents,

opportunistic criminals are on the

increase precisely because the

criminals know Nigeria is under

the rulership of a man either too

weak or incompetent to execute the

demands of his office and so

depends on surrogates who govern

in his name.

We are saddled with a president

who criminalises intentions and is

mortally afraid of words like

“revolution” that have but just one

meaning in the severely limited

vocabulary of his administration.

It was Abuja’s fear of “revolution”

that prompted its panicked arrest

of Omoyele Sowore.

It is that same fear that is forcing

the Buhari government down the

ignoble path of Decree 2 by which

opponents of the military were

detained indefinitely under

military rule.

Or how else should Nigerians

interpret the plan to keep Sowore

in detention for 45 renewable days

in order to gather intelligence for

the “revolution” he was not

allowed to execute?

Aware that the Buhari-led All

Progressives Congress Party’s

claim to governance is a mere

bluster, even the military and other

security forces, long suspected of

involvement in crime, are no

longer hiding their hands in the

rising wave of criminalities and

insecurity around the country.

A couple of weeks ago, soldiers

of the Nigerian Army at a

checkpoint in Ondo State took

turns raping an undergraduate of

the Adekunle Ajasin University in

Akungba Akoko.

Even after reports were lodged

and the criminals in uniform had

been positively identified (not a

case of unknown soldiers this time,

mind you) the Army would not

Send Opinions & Letters to:


release the culprits for prosecution.

Not even the intervention of the

wife of the Ondo State governor

would move them.

This happened after another set

of five soldiers had stolen more

than half a billion naira, precisely

N600 million, so-called

operational funds meant for the

Army’s activities (other reports had

it that the stolen fund was loot

belonging to top brass of the

military), including, of course, the

fight against insurgency, one

would imagine.

When Nigerians and other

observers say the reason the fight

against Boko Haram and ISWAP

is not showing any signs of ending

soon is because the prosecutors of

the war, namely elements in the

military and their civilian cohort,

have allegedly been profiting from

it, it all looks improbable. With all

these revelations about stolen

funds and secret cemeteries,

Nigerians are confirming their

worst fears and suspicions.

And if anyone still doubts that the

country is on the verge of

governmental meltdown, a state of

brutish existence, they only need

to follow the latest report of the

killing of four police officers by

soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the

Nigerian Army in Takum.

The police officers, all members

of the Intelligence Response Team

of the Police Headquarters in

Abuja, were on a special mission

to arrest an alleged kidnapper,

Hamisu Wadume, when they were

ambushed and shot dead by the


As usual the Army would not

release its men for prosecution and

all Buhari could do is to order a

so-called Joint Investigative Panel

to look into the matter. What else

could a president in retirement do?

Of government’s gaffes, failures, and misdeeds

By Chiedu Uche Okoye

AGAINST the background of Dr.

Goodluck Jonathan’s lacklustre

political leadership, the APC

electioneering mantra of change found

resonance among millions of

Nigerians in the run-up to the 2015

presidential election.

Then, millions of dispossessed,

angry and hungry Nigerians were

utterly disenchanted with Jonathan’s

leadership. During that period, they

desperately wanted the status quo ante

in the country to change.

So, when Muhammadu Buhari, an

abstemious Muslim teetotaler,

defeated Dr. Jonathan in the 2015

presidential slugfest, we expected that

he would clean the augean stable,

enthrone egalitarianism in the country,

and offer us qualitative and purposeful

political leadership which would set

Nigeria on the path of greatness.

But he dithered in forming his

executive cabinet. His tardiness in

forming his executive cabinet offered

us a glimpse into how he would lead

Nigeria. And, when he cobbled his

cabinet, it was not an assemblage of

our best political leaders.

Some of the people he gave

ministerial posts in 2015 could be

likened to square pegs in round holes.

The immediate past minister of sports,

for example, was stumbling in his

speeches and committing

unpardonable gaffes while doing his


President Buhari’s actions during his

first term in office proved to us that he

has not weaned himself off ethnic

jingoism and religious bigotry. Our top

security architecture was mostly

occupied by Northern Muslims.

Their occupation of those top posts

does not reflect the federal character

principle, which is practised in

Nigeria. This has, more than anything

else, highlighted the president’s

disdain and insensitivity to Nigeria’s

heterogeneity and religious and ethnic


Based on his dispositions to religious

bigotry and ethnic chauvinism, and

intermittent absence from the country

on the grounds of ill-health, not many

people were surprised at his abysmal

performance in his first term in office.

His hospitalisation in a London

hospital in the early part of his first

term in office raised questions and

elicited comments about his suitability

for the presidential job and capability

to pilot the affairs of the country.

The stark and indisputable fact is that

the president didn’t live up to our

billings and expectations in his first

term in office.

So far, Nigeria, as a country, has

fared badly in diverse areas under the

present political leadership. This has

led many to aver that the current

political administration may turn out

to become the worst in the Fourth


The misdeeds of the APC-led Federal

Government have continued to erode

people’s trust and confidence in the


This government has divided

Nigeria along ethnic and religious

lines with its actions. For example, the

IPOB group was proscribed and some

of its members killed and physicallymanhandled

for agitating for selfdetermination.

It is within their right to fight for the

actualisation of the sovereign state of

Biafra in the same way as the Scots

and Catalans are doing in Great

Britain and Spain, respectively.

Proscribing IPOB, whose guiding

ideology is non-violence, is akin to

muzzling the voice of dissenters in a

Some of the people

the President gave

ministerial posts in

2015 could be likened

to square pegs in

round holes

country with iron-fist.

While President Buhari’s approach

to the IPOB matter is very heavyhanded,

he is cuddling the marauding

murderous cattle herders. The cattle

herders lead their heads of cattle

across large expanse of land in the

South, destroying farmlands and

killing members of their host


Today, their stock-in-trade is lying in

ambush in the thick forests of the

South-West of Nigeria waiting for rich

people to kidnap for ransom.

It should be noted that the security

problems besetting Nigeria, ranging

from the banditry in the North West, to

the Boko Haram insurgency in the

North East, and to the blood-letting

campaign of the cattle herders in

Nigeria as a whole, can throw our

country into anarchy.

It is time the government tackled

holistically and decisively these

security challenges to prevent Nigeria

from dismembering.

It was this sad situation that Omoyele

Sowore was planning to draw attention

to with his #revolution now# when the

Department of State Security, DSS,

arrested him. He’s charged with

treasonable felony for planning a

protest rally.

The APC-led government’s

intolerance of activities of opposition

groups and its use of iron-fist to crush

dissenting voices are indications that

the government is tending towards


President Buhari, who organised and

participated in rallies and protests,

which aided his ascent to the pinnacle

of political power in Nigeria, should

ask the DSS to drop the treasonous

offence charge leveled against Sowore

and free him unconditionally.

This APC-led government should

speedily fix our problems of

infrastructural rot and deficit, diversify

our economy to create job opportunities

for unemployed people in Nigeria, and

urgently find solutions to Nigeria’s

crippling security problems.

•Okoye, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Uruowulu-Obosi, Anambra State





32 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019


By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

LEO: Pressure that came your way suddenly will give

way unexpectedly, today, to the betterment of your

course. The more financially ambitious you are today,

the better for you. Be steadfast.

VIRGO: You sincerely believe in intelligent argument

or discussion. And if you allow your ability to be diplomatic

come to play today, you’ll be better for it. Enjoy

your love life.

LIBRA: You’ll tend to become both creative and persuasive

to the administration of others. Then those

who’ve been resisting secret love may slip suddenly and

become excited.

SCORPIO: Even if opposition persists, supports you

are getting from the influential people will be enough

to see you through. Yet, the more cooperative you are

the better.

SAGITTARIUS: Your creativity quotient within your

working arena will today be enhanced. You’ll be blamed

if you keep official issues secrets from your challenges at




“Pay attention to your gut feelings. Sometimes

we know what we need to do, but we ignore it.”

-Take Heart Quotes-

A person’s presence is often like an emotional charge

in the atmosphere surrounding us like a rain cloud or

a ray of sunshine. As you become aware of people

and their motives. Pay attention to your intuitions. Do

people have a friendly presence that attracts you? Or

you feel uncomfortable making you back off? -Ella

Randle -

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”



Money is


than the

sword. –


By Kola Fayemi

CAPRICORN: After a few tension soaked days, you’ll

have the needed opportunity to look through windows

of the world and have your way as well. Magnetic and/

or magic days is predicted for lovers today.

AQUARIUS: Even if you continue to work under pressure

via increased workload, you will have good results

to show for your efforts today. Be steadfast.

PISCES: Better than yesterday. And the more co-operative

you are today the better for you. Those of you

travelling for love are in for an exciting day.

ARIES: Those of you willing to let go hard feelings at

work are for a progressive day to the betterment of your

finances. Let go yesterday, move ahead.

TAURUS: Once again, you’ll have the needed opportunity

to assert yourself to the administration of others.

Both love and financial success can be yours with efforts.

Reason with your tried and trusted friends.

GEMINI: You can make it a successful day with positive

approach on your part. You will be in a better position

to defuse tension within your working arena. Try to

be more ambitious.


CANCER Yes! You’re not scared a bit even, when

opposition and/or competition come your way but, if you

give in to diplomatic approach, you’ll fare better today.



Send your date and place of birth to the Astr


Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

About day I was born?

Dear Joshua,

Kindly tell me how the planets lined up when I was born

and the day of the week I was born but dont publish my date

of birth.

Ibraheem, Ughelli.

Dear Ibraheem,

With the Moon in Libra when you were born influence of

Libra be pronounced in your characteristics build up but,

you are mainly a Scorpio born person


Day of Birth = Sunday

Sun Sign = Scorpio. Sun in Zero Degree of Scorpio

Moon Sign = Libra: Moon in 5th Degree of Libra

Mercury in 12th Degree of Scorpio

Venus in Zero Degree of Sagittarius

Mars in 1st Degree of Aquarius

Jupiter in 29th Degree of Cancer

Saturn in 10th Degree of Scorpio

Uranus in 27th Degree of Cancer

Neptune in 25th Degree of Libra

Pluto in 26th Degree of Leo

North Node in 8th Degree of Capricorn

South Node in 8th Degree of Cancer

No planet in earth spar sign, one in available, two in fire,

three in air, four in cardinal, fixed and water star signs hosted

five planets each.





You are both an intelligent and emotional person. And as

there was planet at home when you were born, too many

ideas will always struggle for prominent place in your mind,

thus decision making is difficult but most times, your intelligence

comes to the rescue.

Certainly, you appear to other as a gentle person who can be

mistaken for soft fellow but your inner-self is the personality

with a steel like will power.

You are the consistent type who may find it difficult to

change once you have made up your mind as indicated by

distribution of the planets as written out in paragraph two

of this exercise.

One major challenge you have been battling for a very long

time is constant worries, some times, necessarily and the

other time, uncalled for, as indicated by conjunction Mercury

and Saturn formed when you were born.




By Lawrence Akapa

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019 — 33

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

Okowa’ll bring life to rural

dwellers — OKORO

By Festus Ahon


to Delta

State Governor on Rural

and Community

Development, Mr

Emmanuel Okoro has

restated the resolve of the

state government to bring

life to rural community

dwellers by providing them

with basic social amenities.

Briefing newsmen on his

plan of action in his office

in Asaba, Okoro said

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is

out to bring life to the

lifeless in Delta State,

adding that the governor

was committed to the well

being of all Deltans.

According to him,

Governor Okowa in his first

term did well in the area of

education, especially in

technical and vocation,

adding that youths of the

Takeme's election thrills lawmaker

By Onozure Dania

LEADER of Burutu

Council Legislative

Arm, Delta State, Mr.

Joseph Alubeze, has

described the soaring

political profile of Chief

Julius Takeme as divine

saying his emergence as

Chairman, Delta South

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, was another call for


Alubeze, who

addressed PDP

supporters at Burutu,

headquarter of the Burutu

Local Government Area of

the state, commended

Takeme for his new

assignment to pilot the

affairs of the PDP in Delta

South senatorial district.

Pa Ovili for burial

August, 16

PA Jessa Ovili, a

retired staff of the

Delta State Hospital

Management Board, is

dead, aged 83.

He will be buried on

Friday, August 16, 2019 at

his compound, No. 1,

Ogbe-Eze qtrs,

Adonishaka, Ebedei,

Ukwuani LGA of Delta

State, after a funeral

service at the same venue.

Thanksgiving service

will hold on Sunday,

August 18, 2019 at

Redeemed Christian

Church of God, RCCG,

Ebenezer Area

Headquarters, 28

Ajugbana Drive, by St.

Brigids Grammar School,

Office Road, Asaba.

Late Pa Ovili.

state now have access to

vocational studies and skill

acquisition trainings.

Maintaining that Okowa

performed exceedingly

well in health, sports,

agriculture and all other

sectors, he said the Stephen

Keshi stadium has hosted

several local and

international sports

tournaments and remains

one of the best in the


Okoro said the Asaba

International Airport is

functioning well, receiving

both local and international

flights and has boosted the

socio-economic lives of


“The governor has built

roads in all parts of the state

including riverine

communities, he is

delivering democratic

dividends to the doorstep

of every Deltan,'' he said.

He assured that,

Takeme having served as

council chairman and

commissioner in the state,

he is well endowed with

experience to manage the

affairs of the party.

Alubeze also thanked

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

of Delta State, Mr

Kingsley Esiso, PDP Delta

State Chairman and

political leaders from

Burutu council for their

collective decisions on the

choice of Takeme to

function in that capacity.

He enjoined the new

PDP Delta South

senatorial district boss to

prove himself worthy of

the position and serve the

party with humility and


Obsequies for


THE Fidau prayers

and final burial

ceremony for late Alhaji

Wahab Salami will hold

at Osun State NYSC

Permanent Orientation

Camp, Ede on Friday,

August 16. Aged 86, late

Salami died on July 8 and

has since been buried in

accordance with Islamic


He is survived by many



grandchildren, including

Mr Tunji Salami, Chief

Executive of Dignity Hotels

Ltd and Alhaja Bimpe

Abass, businesswoman and

wife of Mr Wale Abass, a

Deputy Commissioner of

Police in Ogun State


Late Alhaji Salami.


there will be no room for

against brigandage brigandage and

By Samuel





governor, Mr Seriake

Dickson has warned

aspirants jostling for the

flag of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, to

shun brigandage and

hooliganism in the

forthcoming primaries of

the party.

He handed down the

warning while addressing

an expanded PDP

stakeholders’ meeting

comprising elders, state

caucus members and all

aspirants on the platform of

the party in the state.

Dickson in a statement by

his Special Adviser on

Media Relations, Fidelis

Soriwei, stressed the need

for all the aspirants to

pursue their political

ambitions within the ambit

of the law and rules of the


Commending the

aspirants for the sense of

maturity and brotherliness

they have exhibited so far,

the governor urged them to

sustain the warm

relationship for the greater

good of the party and state

in general.

He also called on them to

cooperate with security

agencies and statutory

organs of the PDP to enable

the party to replicate the

success it achieved in the

last presidential primaries

that held in Port Harcourt,

Rivers State.

Dickson who assured the

aspirants of a level playing

ground, suggested that all

delegates for the

September 3, primaries

should be accommodated

according to their

respective councils in the

hotels in Yenagoa few days

to the convention.

The governor added that

all the aspirants should

have easy access to the

delegates at all time.

According to him, such

arrangement would not

only make it easy for the

aspirants to get access to

the delegates but it will also

enhance security of the

entire process.

He said: “Even with all

that is going on, our state

is still safe, secure and

stable. And I know that all

of you mean well for our

state. We need to keep it so

and even think of how to

improve on it.

“So we will continue to

work with the security

agencies to ensure that the

primaries and related

events will be safe and that


“No aspirant or delegate

will terrorise or harass any

of our people. We will not

tolerate that. Unknown to

you, I have already given

instructions to security

agencies to be at alert, to

monitor your activities and

to be available to give you

people security support,

which they told me they

have been doing.

“You should all direct

your energies to more

positive areas and not to be

thinking of importing

hooligans. Even though I

have interest like you do

...As APC chief says: Our people are

ready to vote out PDP

By Emem Idio

Y chieftain ENAGOA—A

of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and candidate for

Bayelsa Central senatorial

district in the 2019 general

election, Mr Festus

Daumiebi, has said he

believes that the people of

Bayelsa were ready to vote

out the ruling Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, led

state government on

November 16 on account of

what he described as

“monumental failure of the

acclaimed restoration


Daumiebi, in a chat with

newsmen in Yenagoa

yesterday, described the

unveiling of a new Yenagoa

City at the closing days of

the current administration as

a deceit, noting that the

current administration had

neglected the development

of the state by failing to

provide the basic social

infrastructure in the state

capital in the past seven


The APC chieftain, who

said he was joining other

party stalwarts to call on

former governor and

minister- designate, Chief

Timpre Sylva to pick the

party nomination form,

noted that as a peoples’

party, they will impress on

Sylva to contest the

governorship of Bayelsa

State because according to

him, Bayelsa needs him

more at this time than the

President needs him in

Abuja as minister.

He said, “As a result of the

monumental failure of the

restoration government,

Bayelsans are now looking

up to the APC to come and

save them from the present

maladministration. The

resolve of the people in

voting out the PDP is

reflected in the results of the

2019 general election,

By Emma Amaize

K Democratic OKO—SOCIAL


SDP, chieftain and House

of Assembly candidate for

Warri North Constituency,

Delta State, in the last

general election, Mr.

Kessington Amiwero, has

moved to the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, with

thousands of his

supporters, alluding to the

performance and

d e v e l o p m e n t

inventiveness of Governor,

Ifeanyi Okowa.

Speaking at the carnivallike

ceremony, Amiwero

said: “We joined politics to

AWARD: From left;

Olufisayo Duduyemi,

Strategy and

Planning Manager

and Timothy

Ononiwu, Chief

Financial Officer,

both of Axxela

Limited, receiving the

Midstream Company

of the Year’ award on

behalf of Axxela from

Frank Aigbogun,


BusinessDay Media

at the Nigerian

Business Leadership

Awards 2019 in


which is legitimate, I will

distance myself as much as

possible from the process.

“But you know, it is my

responsibility and duty as

your governor to secure

lives and property

including ( in this occasion)

the venue, all our guests,

party leaders, all of you

aspirants and delegates.

And I will not joke with


Speaking on the outcome

of the meeting, the state

PDP Chairman, Mr Moses

Cleopas explained that it

was convened to foster

greater unity and fairness

among all stakeholders

particularly the aspirants.

where we won several

senatorial, House of

Representatives and House

of Assembly seats.

“I called on all Bayelsans

to pray to God, never to

allow the affliction of misrule

occasioned by accidental

leaders arise a second time,

and that is why I join

thousands of Bayelsans to

call on former governor and

minister-designate, Sylva to

come and wipe the tears off

Bayelsans without further

delay, by accepting the

clarion call to purchase the

governorship form under

the banner of APC.''

Delta SDP chieftain joins PDP,

citing Okowa’s devt stride

make a difference but the

man on the stage is already

fulfilling our aspirations for

the state. It is only natural

to encourage him to do

better by joining hands to

fast track his development

plans for all of us.

“He has already exceeded

the expectations of Deltans

and there is urgent need to

support and encourage a

working and performing

administration for the

overall development of the

state. Dr. Okowa came up

with SMART agenda and

he has kept faith with his

vow to the people of the

state in building a

stronger Delta State.''

34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

Ebonyi plans mass

immunisation to tackle

yellow fever outbreak

By Peter Okutu



government, yesterday,

said it was planning mass

immunisation campaign

across local governments

as a way of tackling the

outbreak of yellow fever in

the state.

It further announced

that it would organise the

campaign with all United

Nations agencies and

other partners against the


The mass immunisation

is for residents aged

between nine months and

44 years.

He added that those

above the ages would get

immunisation booster.

Briefing newsmen in

Abakaliki, the

Commissioner for Health,

Dr. Daniel Umezurike,

explained that


FUTO’s alumni gets new exco


University of

Technology, Owerri,

Alumni Association,

FUTOAA, has elected

national officers to run its

affairs for the next three


The new officers were

elected in Enugu at its

2019 National Elective

Convention, where a

comprehensive review of

the association’s activities

was done with a view to

adding more value to its

impact on FUTO.

Welcoming the delegates

was Enugu State

Chairman of the

association, Engr. Anayo

Onwukwe, who doubled

Credit rating system

launches in Nigerian


firm, CRC Credit

Bureau, in

partnership with Fair Isaac

Corporation, FICO, an

America company, has

developed a unique credit

rating system, the Score,

for Nigerian market that

helps lenders make quick

and informed credit

decisions and for

individuals’ knowledge of

what their credit status is.

Speaking at the launch

of the product in Lagos,

Managing Director and

Chief Executive Officer of

CRC Credit Bureau, Mr.

Tunde Popoola, said Score

is a three-digit number

ranging from 300-850 that

summarises history of

borrowing and paying

back loans or post-paid

services by allocating a

Coordinating Group,

ICG, has been contacted

for the mass



“Nigerian Centre for

Disease Control,

NCDC, declared there

is an outbreak of yellow

fever and reactivated

the national rapid

response team,

comprising NCDC,


on August 1 to support

our state.

“Ebonyi has recorded

nine positive cases,

with two deaths. We still

have six patients on

admission: three in

Ndingele, one in Iboko

General Hospital and

two in Alex Ekwueme

Federal Teaching

Hospital Abakaliki.

“The index case has

been successfully managed

and discharged from

MDG Ndingele.”

as the convention’s local

organising chairman.

Engr. Ndubisi

Chijioke, who was reelected


President for another

three years, thanked the

members on behalf of

the newly-elected

executive, for entrusting

the affairs of the

association in their


In her remarks, Lady

Nkiru Ajoku, who was

elected Chairperson of

the Association’s Board

of Trustees, expressed

their willingness to

make personal sacrifices

for the progress of the


three-digit number that

represents how risky it is

to do business with


According to him, “it is

also a credit grading

system, with 300 being

the lowest grade, like an

‘F’ in a report card, and

850 being the highest,

which would be an ‘A’ or

distinction in your report

card. It is also used,

among other criteria, to

determine the interest

rate you will be charged

if a lender decides to

approve the credit line or


He added that the

Score is easily accessible

to everyone and can be

bought via the CRC

Credit Bureau website

for just N400.

Ohanaeze tackles Shehu Sani on 2023 presidency



Ohanaeze Ndigbo,

Chuks Ibegbu, has

lambasted Senator Shehu

Sani for calling on All

Progressives Congress,

APC, to zone the 2023

presidency to the South-

West, saying South-East is

yet to produce a President.

Ibegbu noted that this

By Chimaobi



N E W I —


People of Biafra, IPOB,

yesterday, alleged that Igbo

governors have secretly

donated lands in their

respective states for

RUGA, saying that IPOB

will never allow that.

The group also alleged

that all the antagonistic

activities of Governor Dave

Umahi of Ebonyi State are

aimed at his ambition of

becoming Vice President of

Nigeria in 2023.

IPOB also alleged that

Umahi is a mole in Peoples

Imo govt to begin road repairs, decries damages to

water pipes as disaster

By Chidi Nkwopara

& Chinonso Alozie


Government has said

it is poised to immediately

commence remedial

repairs on some of the

roads in the state.

The Commissioner for

Works, Engr. Benjamin

Ekwueme, made

government’s position

known yesterday, after

inspecting some of the

roads in the state.

Also, the state

government, yesterday,

said the cost of repairing

damaged water pipes in

type of thinking is

responsible for the current

state of the nation, insisting

that after the North, it’s the

turn of the South-East to

produce the next President.

Ibegbu also accused the

Nigeria Army, the Police

and other security agents

of impunity and bestiality,

which led to the Taraba

Democratic Party, PDP,

working for All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and urged him to be

bold enough now that his

unwarranted attacks

against IPOB is clear and

his second term seat

secured, to declare for APC.

IPOB, in a statement by

its Media and Publicity

Secretary, Emma Powerful,

said: "We are in the know

that Igbo governors have

secretly donated lands in

their respective states for

RUGA, which IPOB will

never allow regardless of

how many of us die in the

process of defending our


the state are running into

millions of naira, linking it

to what it called

“uncoordinated” road

construction in the past

eight years of Rochas

Okorocha’s administration.

Commissioner for Public

Utilities, Chuma Nnaji, told

Vanguard in Owerri that

potable water supply by the

current government was

halted due to the burst

pipes, and that efforts are

on to correct the situation

to avoid spilling of water in

the streets of Owerri.

Nnaji said: “We spent five

hours at Otammiri, trying

to look at that infrastructure

shooting, the killing of more

than 400 Shi’ite members

in Zaria, the killing of more

than 200 pro-Biafra activists

and killing of hundreds of

innocent Nigerian citizens

across the country.

“Unfortunately,” he said,

“our so-called politicians

care less over these killings

and are only interested in

“Governor Umahi’s

purported ban of IPOB

activities in Ebonyi State is

an exercise in futility, as it

became dead on arrival

following IPOB’s strong

base in the state.

“Governor Umahi’s

purported ban of IPOB

activities in Ebonyi State

was not the first time he

made pronouncements that

were not obeyed by

Ebonyians, as he has in the

past issued a Fatwa against

our leader, Mazi Nnamdi

Kanu and boasted that

IPOB rally would never

hold in Ebonyi State but it


“Umahi boasted to his

and I discovered that what

is left there are dead

remnants of what late Sam

Mbakwe did, Achike

Udenwa and Ikedi

Ohakim. Nothing about

Okorocha. He tried only to

kill the place.

“The good thing now is

that as Emeka Ihedioha

promised, we are looking

at the side of development

partners. We are bringing

in World Bank and USAID

towards reviving the water

project in Imo State.”

On road repairs, apart

from the Owerri municipal

roads, Ekwueme also

inspected the entire stretch

of Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa-

Obinze Road, which leads

their pockets and


He warned of the

consequences of impunity

and called on the judiciary

to discharge their duty “by

sending killers to jail,”

noting, “many hoodlums

and killers were recruited

into our security forces and

we are paying for it now.”

HONOUR: From left—Group CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko; COO, 7even Interactive Ltd., Taiwo Agboola;

HR Director, X3M Ideas, Olasunkanmi Atolagbe, and Finance Director, X3M Ideas, Folahan Salam, at the cocktail

reception in honour of Babaeko on his selection as one of Adweek's Global Creative 100, in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Igbo governors ’ve secretly

donated land for RUGA—IPOB

fellow IPOB antagonists

that our leader will be shot

at sight if he dares enter

Ebonyi State. But Kanu

entered the state and

Umahi and his cotravellers

went into

hiding because of the

mammoth crowd that

followed him on the

streets of Abakaliki.

“Since the successful

outcome of our peaceful

protest and rally in

Abakiliki against RUGA

settlement in Ebonyi State,

Governor Umahi and his

government have become

paranoid, no doubt acting

on the instruction of his

northern handlers."

to the Federal Polytechnic,

Nekede, and the Federal

University of Technology,

Owerri, FUTO.

He said: “Government is

truly worried about the

gross dilapidation of Imo

roads, occasioned by an

equally gross neglect by the

immediate past


Government is poised to

give urgent and remedial

attention to the roads.”

He branded the roads as

“a huge disaster,” stressing

that the present

administration is not only

disturbed about the

situation, but is determined

to stop the people’s

suffering on the roads.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019—35

INSPECTION: Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, MD/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA,

(2nd right); Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Executive Director (right); Mr. Kemi Sulaimon, Coordinator,

LAWMA Central District Operations (2nd left), and Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, Assistant Director,

Public Affairs, during the inspection of LAWMA operations at Marine Beach/Apapa bridge, Ijora,


National unity: Northern coalition

accuses Tinubu of double standards

By Omeiza Ajayi


of Northern Groups,

CNG, has accused National

Leader of All Progressives

Congress, APC, Asiwaju

Bola Tinubu, of political

double-speak regarding the

unity of the country, saying

his actions betray his


CNG in a statement by its

spokesman, Abdulazeez

Suleiman, said it read news

reports on Monday, August

11, 2019 with the caption

“Let’s work for growth, not

separation” attributed to

Tinubu and was compelled

to make a reaction because

of alleged inaccuracies it


The statement read in

part: “The comments by

Tinubu only succeeded in

further exposing his

hypocrisy and obsession with

double standards with

regard to his role in causing

the present high political

polarisation in Nigeria and

the deterioration of trust in

the current administration.

"While we do not envy the

Asiwaju, his privilege to

believe he can push his

ambition for the presidency

at all cost, we nevertheless

find it ridiculous that he still

thinks he can get away with

this latest rap on national

growth after having stood

against it for quite long.

"As we join the general

uproar and condemnation

that trailed the statement by

Tinubu, we wish to ask him

to sincerely answer the

following simple questions:

“Tinubu should explain

the absence of his sense of

cohesion when, in 2015, the

Oba of Lagos, whose affinity

to Tinubu is no secret,

ordered that all Igbo must

vote Tinubu’s APC or leave

the state.

"Tinubu’s concern for

national growth was certainly

missing at the inception of

this administration when he

vehemently stood against

the formation of an inclusive

government against the

advice of the leadership of

the Northern Elders Forum

for Buhari to appoint an Igbo

as Secretary to the Federal


‘’We are aware that Tinubu

solely misled President

Muhammadu Buhari

against that patriotic advice

by insisting that the Igbo did

not vote for him and that it

was not safe for another Igbo

to succeed the office, which

was immediately vacated by

a kinsman.

"He made the president

appoint his stooge, Babachir

Lawal, who turned out to be

a national disgrace. This

much was confirmed by

Lawal himself when he said

he owed his appointment to

Tinubu and to some extent,

Bisi Akande. And after the

scandalous fall of Lawal,

Tinubu again prevailed

against an Igbo successor

and imposed another stooge,

Boss Mustapha.

“Tinubu should explain

where his conscience for

nationhood was during the

February 2019 elections

when after disenfranchising

the Igbo community in Lagos,

militant OPC youth backed

by leaders of the South-West

violently attacked Igbo

communities and their


“He should explain his

democratic claims and desire

for growth in relation to his

unilateral insistence on

denying a sitting governor,

Akinwunmi Ambode, of

Lagos State the right to seek

re-election in 2019.

‘’This he did, despite

personal efforts by President

Buhari to show him that

Ambode was a performing,

hardworking governor. The

president even sent a

committee of seven

governors picked across

states to persuade Tinubu but

he stood his ground merely

for his personal interest.

“Tinubu’s sense of

nationalism also came to

question with his silence at

the time his people in the

South-West deployed every

unconventional means to

fight the presidency, the

entire Fulani and the larger

north over the RUGA

initiative of the Federal


‘’His concern for national

integration must have gone

to sleep when the Afenifere,

an organisation he

nourishes, ordered the

Fulani out of the South-West,

and when Gani Adams

threatened to mobilise two

million Yoruba warriors

against the Fulani in the


FG’ll devote resources to states

ravaged by insecurity —Gbaja

By Udo Ibuot

SPEAKER of the House

of Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila, has assured

that resources will be devoted

towards securing peace in

Zamfara State and other parts

of the country ravaged by


Gbajabiamila who made the

pledge in Gusau when he led

the presiding officers of the

House of Representatives to

the state, said: “All over the

years that many of us have

been in the House of

Representatives, we have

been bringing up issues

concerning security and

insecurity in Nigeria and other

parts of Nigeria, Zamfara


“We argued, debated these

issues, and came up with

resolutions that we felt might

help in resolving the issues.

But alas, over the years, all

these frantic efforts ended on

the rinky-dink. Our

arguments, our debates were

based on what we read on

newspaper reports, what we

saw on television and what we

heard. They were not based

on actual assessment on the


“Since seeing is believing,

we decided for the first time

in the history of this nation that

the House of Representatives

would be here with the

presiding officers to get the real

facts based on ground

assessment, not on hearsay,

not on newspapers report, not

on TV reports, but from

interaction, interfacing with

stakeholders and having a

proper assessment of what is

happening in Zamfara State.”

The speaker who noted that

without security forces the

government would not

achieve much, added that

security forces will be deployed

to cater to the needs of citizens

of the state.

Speaking on the security

challenges facing the nation,

the speaker, who claimed to

be speaking for the president,

said: “As a National Assembly

and as a government, it is

important that we deal with

that situation. That’s why we

are here to make sure that all

is well. All can never be well if

anybody is living in a camp;

to make sure that as best as

possible, government plays its

role in making sure the

welfare of those who are in

camps is taken care of.

Afrikanwatch Editor hails

Adefuye @ 75


Afrikanwatch Media,

Mark Orgu, has

congratulated the Olugbon

of Lagos and a

philanthropist, Senator

Anthony Adefuye, who

turns 75 today.

Orgu, in his

congratulatory message,

described Adefuye as a

man, who has created a

niche and indelible mark on

the sands of time, and who

has also remained

committed to nation

building and development.

He said: “There is no

better way to describe

Security operatives arrest

Ayade's ex-aide

By Uche Ike



Ayade of Cross River State,

may have discreetly clamped

down on critics of his

administration as his former

aides and critic, Prince

Ekanem Ekpo, has been

arrested by security agents in


Ekpo, who is the Project

Coordinator of National Anti

Corruption Crusaders, was

arrested last week, and is being

detained by the Antikidnapping

and Cultism

Squad of the state Police


He is being charged with

unlawful Assembly and

disruption of public peace.

In the statement on July 25,

2019, and captioned

“Invitation to attend our world

press conference/One-

Million-Man March Against

an Inept Government in Cross

River,” Ekpo, who is the

immediate Director-General of

Cross River Safety

Commission, had among

others accused Ayade of

promoting white elephant

projects he also claimed were

Senator Adefuye than to say,

that he is a man of courage

and good fortune, and

whose life antecedents are

characterised by faith and

trust in God. You have

remained an elder

statesman with a strong

conviction that Nigeria

would soon overcome her

current travail.

“As you celebrate your

birthday, it is our prayer that

God will continue to use you

as an instrument to build

human relations and

transformation across

Nigeria, and create more

opportunities for young

Nigerians, who see you as

role model and father."

not achievable in the nearest


He accused Ayade of

spending billions of naira on

gigantic projects such as

Spaghetti Flyover,

Superhighway and Bakassi

Deep Seaport without due

processes as well as

misapplying state’s resources.

Sources close to his family

said the security operatives

had been on his trail since he

issued a statement criticising

Ayade’s style of leadership.

According to the source,

who pleaded anonymity,

Ekpo was finally picked up at

Akai Efa axis in Calabar

Municipality by Anti

Kidnapping and Cultism

Squad, where he went to buy

drug and since then he has

been in their custody.

Vanguard gathered that

efforts to secure his release by

his family failed as the police

authorities said they were still

investigating the matter.

Contacted, Police Public

Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo

said Ekanem had earlier made

his intentions known that he

would carry out an unlawful


Benue govt to begin

disconnection of illegal

water supplies



government, yesterday,

said it would start the

disconnection of illegal

water supply channels in

the state.

Acting General Manager,

Benue Water Board, Mr

Gideon Shenge, who

disclosed this in Makurdi,

said the board was now

supplying 28,000 cubic

metres of water to Makurdi

residents daily.

According to him, the

board would commence

disconnection of all illegal

water supply channels in

Makurdi from September

and appealed to all

customers to show water

bills and receipts of payment

during the exercise.

He said the exercise was

aimed at increasing the

revenue generation drive of

the state by collecting all

unpaid revenues due to the


Shenge said the board

had taken steps to ensure

strict supervision of all water

works in the state.

‘’The board has completed

the repair of four water filters

at the Greater Makurdi

Water Works and

commenced six-hour daily

water supply of 28,000 cubic

metres,” he said.

150 Delta

youths to get

free training

on vocational


By Jimitota


WARRI—NO fewer than

150 youths from Delta

State are to be trained in

various skill acquisition

programmes by United

Nations in collaboration with

philanthropists of Asaba


Dr Amos Obi, a

representative of the United

Nations and member of the

Global Innovators for

Sustainable Development

Goals, SDG 4, who spoke at

the unveiling of the

programme said the trainees

to be drawn from Asaba

would be trained in various

programmes, ranging from

revolutionised digital

transformative education, film

production/acting to

computer appreciation/

engineering, adding that

that the programme would

take place at Asaba

Vocational Centre.

36 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019



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31-year-old Oluwatobi:

From Mercedes-

Benz internship to

Forbes list

31-year-old Oluwatobi Ajayi is the CEO of Nord Automobile,

a fast growing Nigerian automobile assembly company. He

started his career at Mercedes-Benz Nigeria where he became the

Head of division (Commercial vans) at 24. Last year, he was listed

by Forbes as one of the most outstanding young entrepreneurs in

Africa. In this interview, he shares how the game of Monopoly,

the military schools he attended and the experience he acquired

during his National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, service year were

instrumental to his success.


I am the first child in my

family. I had to grow up

quickly to be the man of the

house and support my mum

because my Dad was not

always around. I attended

Nigeria Navy Primary

School, Mobil Road; Nigeria

Navy Secondary School,

Abeokuta and Olabisi

Onabanjo University. I will

be through with my MBA at

the Lagos Business School in

about two months. My

military school upbringing in

my formative years is largely

responsible for alot of who I

am today.

Memorable childhood


One of my memorable

childhood experiences was

in my final year in the

secondary school. After I

finished WAEC exams and

was waiting for NECO, I had

free time, so my friends and I

decided to play Monopoly. I

played the game practically

every day and it changed my

perception of life. I realized

then, that just saving money

cannot provide financial

freedom and comfort. The

game taught me that money

is a very important

instrument but is useless if

not invested. I learnt that

money should be invested to

earn more money because if

you just save, those that

invest will return to take all

the money you have been

saving, and you will continue

to live for the next game

round, which is like the next

pay day in real life. Playing

Monopoly at that age made

me know the difference

between barely surviving

and existing versus thriving

in business and life by

investing strategically and

smartly. Because of that

experience, immediately I

got into the University, I

started investing in virtually

everything. I invested in

relationships, my

appearance, books and self

education. My friend Ajise

Samuel and I even invested

in a local restaurant in our

final year.

Challenges growing up

As the first child, I didn’t

have someone in my age

group to look up to. I had to

do a lot of experimentations.

I made many mistakes. I had

no one to persuade my

parents to provide me with

some of the basic things that

would have made life easier

for me even when they could

afford it. For instance, my

parents would give me two

pairs of socks for half-term in

secondary school when the

average most students had,

was about four or five pairs.

Some of my classmates had

more than ten pairs of socks

for half-term. They wanted

the best for me and my

siblings so they believed that

the best way to ensure that

was to deprive us of those

things that would make us

look like ‘children of the rich’.

Their intention was good but

in reality, it only made me an

easy target for some of my

school mates who poke fun at

me. Looking back now, I am

happy I was strong enough at

that young age to bid my time

and wait to do things the right

way when the time was right.

Biggest Life lessons

Life has thought me that a

good name is more

important that silver or gold.

We are the architect of our

future and perspective of life.

Regardless of what happens

to you, you can control what

it means and what you do

with it. I have also learnt that

we are responsible for our

statements, actions and

reactions. I engage in positive

interactions, encourage

people and be with people

who encourage me. I have

also learnt to use negative

feedback as propellers to fire

me to greatness and not

excuses to give-up or act


Success factors

What has been largely

responsible for my success is

education. By education, I

don’t necessarily mean

schooling but how I have

been able to self-educate

myself, get knowledge and

the ability to apply the

acquired knowledge

efficiently. Another factor

that has contributed to my

success is the trust that my

former bosses had in me to

saddle me with

responsibility which made

me grow quickly in business

and build my reputation. I

think being a reliable person

is key. They noticed that I

am reliable and can deliver

on set goals. This made them

trust me with key

responsibilities and in return

made me an astute business


Playing Monopoly

at that age made me

know the difference

between barely

surviving and

existing versus

thriving in business

and life by


strategically and



I started at Mercedes-Benz

Nigeria in 2012 where I did

my National Youth Service

Corp. After service, I was

retained, promoted and

given the responsibility to

control the Mercedes-Benz

van division in Nigeria.

Within two years, I was able

to take the market share of

Mercedes-Benz vans from

less than 1% to 7%. We won

the Mercedes-Benz Best

Sales Performance for Africa


for 2013.

In 2015, together with

some investors, I started

Jetvan Automobiles Limited

to take the Mercedes-Benz

vans sales and after-sales to

the next level. I was at Jetvan

as CEO until April 2018 when

I resigned my position to

enable me focus on building

the Nord brand and company

structure. After me trip to

Mercedes-Benz factories in

Europe and Asia, I realized

that with hard work and

focus, we can build our own

Nigerian global and reliable

auto brand.

I resigned from the

Mercedes-Benz family to

start a new Nigerian auto

brand because I want the

world to know that Africans

can do things efficiently and

at world class level too. We

now assemble our own

elegant, reliable, durable,

and cost efficient vehicles

that are as good as any

vehicle in the world. It’s a

dream that is now a reality

and I am happy for that.

According to the last

valuation, we are

approximately worth a little

over N4.2 billion. We are

presently planning to

champion the use of electric

vehicles in Nigeria with the

building of our own

designated charging

structure with a wide

network nationwide.

Business challenge

The major one is finance. I

am not talking about the

availability of finance but the

cost of it. Our business

model is very interesting

and some banks are

currently working with us.

They have

been very


but the cost of

finance is high.

This has

limited the

rate at which

we can grow

slightly. We

are currently

working with

other entities

to find

solutions to

that and I am

sure our cost

of capital will




reduced soon.


challenge is

the source of

auto parts.

When we

started, we

wanted our

vehicles to

have at least

50 per cent

local Nigerian


That has been

a bit difficult

because the


market cannot

provide most

of the vehicle components at

competitive quality and

price. We currently source

less than five per cent of our

parts from the Nigerian

market. The major

components come from

OEMs in Asia and Europe.

Advice for youths

Don’t lose hope. Do not

give your birth-right to other

people. Look around you, the

Indians, Chinese, Lebanese,

Americans and Europeans

are coming into the country

to set up businesses

especially in the SME and

tech spaces. Nigeria with all

its challenges still provides

businesses with one of the

highest gross and net profit

margin anywhere in the

world. We can also generate

volume because of our

population. Nigeria will be

great soon and it will happen

by our actions. Build yourself

intellectually and improve

your network.


I have mentors who have

provided justification to

some of my principles in life

and how I run my business.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote has

shown me that you can start

a new Nigerian brand and

become a global player and

winner with hard work,

integrity. Mr. Tony Elumelu

also inspires me. I actually

believe we think in the same

way, because I realized I can

do most of the things he does

and in the manner he does

them. He is strategic and

invests his time and

resources in networking and

being impactful to the

society. These are some of the

things I also do.



The 2019 Ojude Oba Festival in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State held yesterday. PHOTOS: AKEEM SALAU

From left: First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun; Governor Dapo

Abiodun of Ogun State and the Awujale of Ijebuland, HRH Oba Sikiru Adetona.

From left: Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel;

Olori Abimbola Balogun; Otunba Michael Olasubomi-Balogun, founder,

FCMB and HRH Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo.

Olori Kemi Adetona (left) and former Governor of

Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

Hon Femi Ilori-Oduntan (left) and Hon Nike Osoba.

Mr Segun Onasanya, MD, Airtel Nigeria (left)

and Olatokunbo Talabi, SSG, Ogun State.

From left: Mrs Toun Okulaja, Mrs Sola Odulaja and Prof Bukky Bilesanmi,

Rector Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo.

From left: HRH Dr Olusegun Aderemi JP, Atayero of Aramoko Ekiti Kingdom;

HRM Adewale Abdul, Orugbo-Iddo Kingdom and Olori Fehintola Abdul.

Chief Veronica Banjo, Iyamokun of Ijebu (left) and Chief Bisi Osibogun.

Cross section of the crowd.


Britons stockpiling goods amid no-deal

Brexit fears

THE British people

on Monday hoarded

goods worth 4 billion

pounds (or about 4.8 billion

dollars) amid fears

of a no-Brexit deal.

A financial services

provider, Premium

Credit, said almost one

in five respondents to a

survey of 1,052 people

have begun to increase

their stockpiles of food,

drinks as well as medicines.

According to the survey,

74 per cent of respondents

said they

stockpiled food, 50 per

cent said they stored

pharmaceutical products,

while 46 per cent

said they stockpiled


However, many experts

had already predicted

that a British EU

exit without a comprehensive

deal could result

in temporary supply

bottlenecks, mainly

caused by long waiting

times for trucks at customs


Meanwhile, the Prime

Minister, Boris

Johnson, said he wanted

to lead Britain out of

the EU on Oct. 31, with

or without a deal.

Johnson demanded

that Brussels abandon

elements of the existing

withdrawal deal agreed

by his predecessor,

Theresa May, but the EU

had since rejected it.

Many companies also

fear supply bottlenecks.

British pizza chain Dom-

Danish PM apologises for historical abuse in

children’s homes

DANISH Prime Min

ister Mette Frederiksen

has officially said

sorry to hundreds of victims

of historical abuse in

state-run homes.

From 1945 to 1976 children

were sexually abused,

beaten and drugged at the

homes, an official inquiry

found. The abuse took

place across Denmark and

campaigners have for

years appealed to the state

to accept it was at fault.

“The apology means everything.

All we wanted

was peace of mind,” said

one of the victims, Arne

Roel Jorgensen. The sixtyeight-year-old

told the

BBC how the lives of many

of the children had been

ruined by the abuse. Alcohol,

drugs, multiple jobs

and failed marriages had

all taken their toll.

The Social Democrat

prime minister met dozens

of victims of the scandal

at her official residence at

Marienborg on Tuesday.

“I would like to look every

one of you in the eyes

and say sorry,” she told

them. “I can’t take the

blame but I can shoulder

the responsibility.”

Many were in tears as

she said that children had

been taken from their parents

and instead of getting

support and warmth, they

received humiliation and


“The authorities did

nothing. As a society, we

cannot and must not close

our eyes,” she had said


Details about the homes

first hit the headlines in

2005, when a Danish TV

documentary featured

shocking allegations of

abuse and mistreatment

from victims of the staterun

Godhavn Boys’ Home,

*UK PM Boris Johnson

in north-eastern Denmark.

The documentary also

uncovered evidence that a

psychiatrist had tested

drugs on some of the children.

Bjorn Elmquist, then

an MP who had already

been working on the abuse

cases, said the drug LSD

had been used to counter

bed-wetting, leading to

many of the children later

becoming drug addicts.

Soon after the programme,

the National Association

of the Godhavn’s

Boys was formed and an independent

inquiry was

conducted in 2010.

The report, published in

2011, investigated allegations

of abuse and neglect at

19 homes for both boys and

girls, interviewing children,

staff and state inspectors.

Despite its limited scope, it

documented “alarming physical,

sexual and psychological

abuse” and researchers

found blood traces on a

gymnastic horse, indicating

children had been beaten on


Mr Elmquist, now a lawyer,

said many of the victims

felt great shame over what

had happened: “Some of

them contacted me and

begged me not to have their

names mentioned publicly.”

He spoke of boys working

in fields who were punished

by adults using metal tools

and of the overweight master

at Godhavn having his

own special form of punishment.

“He pushed them

with his big stomach and

they fell down the staircase.

He put them on a sofa and

sat on top of them and

jumped on them,” he told

the BBC.

Arne Roel Jorgensen

found out three years ago

that he was suffering from

post-traumatic stress disorder

because of what had

happened to him many

years ago.

“Many of us have had

failed marriages and we

didn’t learn how to act in

society because nobody told

us. I’m 68 now and definitely

still living with the effects.”

Russia evacuates village as rocket blast

sparks radiation fears

RUSSIAN authorities

have advised residents

of a village to leave while

clear-up work is being carried

out nearby following a

mysterious rocket engine accident

last week that caused

a temporary spike in radiation,

according to a report.

Russia’s Rosatom nuclear

agency said five of its staff

were killed in the August 8

blast at a naval facility that

tests ballistic missiles used

by nuclear submarines. At

least three people were injured.

The workers were providing

support for the “isotope

power source” of a missile

and were thrown into the

water from the testing platform

in the White Sea by the

force of the explosion.

On Tuesday, Interfax news

agency cited local officials

as saying they had received

a notification about clearup

work being carried out

by military authorities.

“In this regard, residents

of Nyonoksa were asked to

leave the territory of the village

from August 14.”

Rosgidromet, the weather

monitoring service, said on

Tuesday its sensors in Severodvinsk

- located about 30km

from the test site - registered

radiation exceeding background

levels by “four to 16

times” on the day of the blast.

The service said the levels

were higher at six out of eight

of its stations in Severodvinsk

and returned to normal after

2.5 hours. One of the sensors

registered a level of 1.78 microsieverts

per hour, well

above the local average but

far below dangerous levels.

The blast caused panic,

with residents rushing to buy

iodide, which can help limit

the damage from exposure to

radiation. Following the explosion,

Russian authorities

also closed part of Dvina Bay

on the White Sea to shipping

for a month, in what could be

an attempt to prevent outsiders

from seeing an operation

ino’s announced that it

would increase its inventories,

adding that

about a third of its ingredients

were sourced

from abroad, including

tomato sauce and toppings

like pineapple.

to recover the missile debris.

Rosatom’s mention of a

“nuclear isotope power

source” led some Russian

media to conclude it was the

Burevestnik (Petrel), a nuclear-powered

cruise missile

first revealed by Russian

President Vladimir Putin

in March 2018 during his

state of the nation address

along with other doomsday


Some experts have also

linked the blast to the

9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered

cruise missile,

known by NATO as SSC-X-

9 Skyfall. Kremlin spokesman

Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday

did not confirm that the

accident was linked to the

Burevestnik project.

Peskov added, however,

that Russian research and

development in the sphere

of nuclear-powered missiles

“significantly surpass

the level reached by other

countries and are rather

Clashes erupt at Hong Kong

airport as crisis deepens

POLICE have clashed with pro-democracy protest

ers at Hong Kong’s international airport after

flights were disrupted for a second day running amid

a deepening political crisis in the financial hub.

A mostly peaceful sit-in on Tuesday that saw thousands

of black-clad protesters jamming the main terminal -

some chanting, singing and waving banners - erupted

into violence in the evening, with riot police firing pepper

spray and using batons after demonstrators seized a

man they claimed was an undercover mainland Chinese


The scuffles broke out after police appeared at the

departures entrance in an apparent attempt to help paramedics

reach the man, who was injured. Several police

vehicles were blocked by protesters and riot police moved

in, pushing some protesters back and using pepper

spray. At one point, a police officer pulled out a gun.

Protesters also barricaded some passageways in the

airport with luggage trolleys, metal barriers and other

objects. At least two protesters were taken away by police.

Separately, a reporter for the Global Times newspaper,

a Communist Party mouthpiece, was also held by

protesters. Footage showed the reporter’s hands being

tied to a luggage car.

The protest on Tuesday prompted the cancellation of

hundreds of flights for a second consecutive day, with

Hong Kong’s Airport Authority said operations at the

airport had been “seriously disrupted” and that departing

passengers had been unable to reach immigration


Israeli billionaire to be tried

over ‘Guinea bribes’

ISRAELI billionaire Beny Steinmetz and two associ

ates are to stand trial for allegedly bribing Guinean

officials to win mining licences, Swiss prosecutors say.

The trio allegedly paid $10m (£8.2m) to one of the wives

of former Guinean President Lansana Conte.

Mr Steinmetz and his mining company Beny Steinmetz

Group Resources (BSGR) have previously denied any


The prosecution is seeking prison terms of two to 10


The prosecutors, who opened an investigation into the

alleged bribery six years ago, allege that Mr Steinmetz

obtained the mining rights in the Simandou region of

south-eastern Guinea just before Conte died in 2008.

They charge that the money was paid to a wife of the

country’s former president partially through Swiss bank

accounts. In February this year, Guinean authorities

dropped corruption charges against Mr Steinmetz and

BSGR in exchange for relinquishing rights to the Simandou


The Guinean government has said it was not involved

in the Swiss investigation and will not seek any “hostile

action” against BSGR.

In 2016 Mr Steinmetz was detained and questioned by

the Israeli police over the mining deals. He denied any


Simandou is one of the world’s biggest iron deposits,

containing billions of tonnes of high-grade ore.

Guinea’s mineral wealth makes it potentially one of

Africa’s richest countries, however, most of its citizens

live on less than $1 (£0.80) a day.

Brazillian women protest

against Bolsonaro policies

HUNDREDS of indigenous women occupied a build

ing of Brazil’s health ministry in the capital,

Brasília, on Monday to protest against the policies of

far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

The group of some 300 protesters demanded better

healthcare for indigenous people, especially women, and

condemned proposed changes to how these services are


The Bolsonaro government wants to make towns and

cities responsible for providing medical services to indigenous

people, and community leaders fear local authorities

lack the infrastructure and specialised units required.

The federal government is currently in charge of healthcare,

and indigenous communities are visited by specially

trained professionals.

The protesters, who are in the city for the first March of

Indigenous Women, sang and danced inside and outside

the building of the Special Secretariat of Indigenous

Health, known as Sesai.

“We’ve been left abandoned. They treat indigenous people

like animals,” 43-year-old Teresa Cristina Kezonazokere

told Correio Braziliense newspaper (in Portuguese).

The demonstration ended almost 10 hours later, when

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said he would

talk to some of their leaders. There were no reports of


Organisers say the event in Brasília aims to highlight

the role of women in indigenous communities. On Wednesday,

some 1,500 indigenous women from 110 ethnic

groups are expected to join a protest to defend rights they

say are under threat under Mr Bolsonaro.

“We don’t have to accept the destruction of our rights,”

said indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara

The president has promised to integrate indigenous

people into the rest of the population and repeatedly questioned

the existence of their protected reserves, which are

rights guaranteed in the country’s constitution.


Mass shootings: The most American

way to kill and die

By David Love

THIS year the Unit

ed States has repeatedly

made international

headlines with a

series of mass shootings.

According to the Gun

Violence Archive, as of

August 6, the US has experienced

253 such incidents

since the beginning

of the year - an

average of more than

one shooting a day.

In the most recent

armed massacres which

took place over one

bloody week, three white

gunmen used militarygrade

weapons to kill a

total of at least 34 people,

mostly people of colour.

On July 28, Santino

William Legan, 19,

opened fire on a festival

in Gilroy, California

and killed three, in an

act federal authorities

are investigating as domestic

terrorism. He is

said to have white supremacist

views and

posted on social media

about 1890 extremist

book, Might Is Right.

On August 3, white supremacist

Patrick Crusius,

21, killed 22 people

and wounded dozens

more at a Walmart in

El Paso, Texas - the country’s

worst massacre of

Latinx people.

In his anti-immigrant

and racist manifesto

posted online, he decried

the “Hispanic invasion

of Texas” and praised

the architect of the New

Zealand mosque massacre.

On social media,

Crusius favoured the

pro-Trump hashtag

#BuildTheWall and posted

a photo in which he

used his guns to spell


Later the same day,

Connor Betts, 24, used

an assault rifle capable

of holding 100 rounds of

ammunition to kill

nine people - six of them

black - in Dayton, Ohio.

According to the FBI, he

was exploring “violent

ideologies” before the


Advocates of inaction

on gun control offered

yet again empty

“thoughts and prayers”,

and insisted that America’s

gun problem is the

result of untreated mental

illness or video

games. However, research

shows that only

three percent of violent

crimes are committed

by people with mental

illness, who are actually

far more likely to become

victims of crime

than perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Japan

leads the world in video

game revenue, yet it has

only a few gun deaths

each year, as opposed to

nearly 40,000 in the


The US stands alone

among the nations of the

world as a global leader

and outlier in civilian

gun proliferation and

mass shootings. While

America should not and

must not continue down

this unsustainable path

towards self-annihilation,

it is necessary to understand

how the “land

of the free” became the

most armed nation on

Earth in the first place.

The madness of American

gun violence thrives

on a lethal combination

of three ingredients: The

first is nearly limitless

access to guns, which is

unparalleled in the

world. The second is corruption

on the part of

elected officials who receive

financial contributions

from the arms lobby

to enact irresponsibly

lax gun legislation. The

third factor is the unwillingness

of American society

to address racism,

and the refusal of its

leadership to confront

the role of white supremacist

domestic terrorism

as the ultimate threat to

the nation and a growing

global concern.

London-based human

rights organisation Amnesty

International issued

a travel warning

for the US, advising that

the government is unwilling

to protect people

from gun violence, and

that, “People in the United

States cannot reasonably

expect to be free

from harm - a guarantee

of not being shot is impossible.”

According to the

Brookings Institution,

“Gun violence in America

has become a national

security emergency,”

with the number of American

lives lost to guns

over the past two decades

rivalling the number of

US military deaths since

World War I.

There are more guns

than people in the US, a

country accounting for

five percent of the global

population yet 45 percent

of the world’s privately

owned firearms. Firearms

are the secondleading

cause of death

for children and teens

in the US, and the leading

cause for black

youth, while nearly one

million women have

been shot by an intimate


The 10 US states with

the highest gun homicide

rates have some of

the weakest gun regulations

in the nation.

Gun restrictions and

federal government research

on firearm violence

as a public health

issue have been thwarted

due to the corruption

of the US political system,

and the power of the

gun lobby which pays

politicians to do its bidding.

Its current internal turmoil

and alleged Russian

ties notwithstanding, the

National Rifle Association

(NRA) continues to

spend millions of dollars

to promote its interests.

In 2016 it gave $30m

to help elect Donald

Trump; in the months before

the most recent mass

shootings, the NRA

spent $1.6m lobbying

the US Congress against

laws requiring stricter

background checks for gun


Bipartisan universal

background check legislation

that passed the

House is stalled in the US

Senate, whose majority

leader, Senator Mitch Mc-

Connell has received

$1.26m in NRA donations.

The NRA has supported

“stand your ground” deadly

force laws that encourage

racial violence, and

opposed all gun restrictions;

it has pushed for a

reinterpretation of the

Second Amendment to the

US Constitution to provide

for a nearly unlimited

individual right to

bear arms.

This, in a nation where

white men have lived and

died by the gun. The gun

facilitated the genocide of

the Native people and the

enslavement of African

people, and allowed white

people to steal land and

seize control. Take away

the gun, and society begins

to chip away at the

myth of white supremacy.

Americans struggle to

come to terms with its original

sin of racism at a time

of weaponised white supremacy,

when domestic

terrorism with a white

male face poses the greatest

threat to their lives.

Homegrown white nationalists

account for most of

the terrorist violence and

most of the 850 domestic

terror cases federal authorities

are investigating.

Right-wing extremists

are infiltrating law enforcement

and the military

and obtaining paramilitary

training. However,

in a racist, Islamophobic

society in which white

men dominate federal investigations

and media

coverage, terrorism is rendered

a colour-coded endeavour

which only darker

people, Muslims and

foreigners get involved


To top it all off, we now

have a white nationalist

president who incites racial

violence against Latinx

immigrants, Muslims,

Jews, black people and

others. Trump - who has

eliminated funding to

counter white supremacist

violence and enacted policies

to capitalise on white

fear of replacement by

people of colour - inspires

his followers to commit

acts of violence and mass

murder against said

groups in the streets.

As we reflect on the hundredth

anniversary of the

Red Summer of 1919 -

when white mobs hunted

and lynched hundreds of

black people across America

and burned down

black communities - it is

clear that the US has failed

to address its lethal mixture

of racism, corruption

and arms proliferation,

and as a result has reaped

the whirlwind.

David A Love is a Philadelphia-based


journalist and commentator

40—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

Repositioning legal education

for national development

THE legal profession in

Nigeria derives its origin from

the English legal system and legal

profession. It dates back only to the

latter half of the 19th century. This

is as a result of our historical links

with Great Britain. In 1861, Lagos

became a British colony and came



administration. Eventually, the rest

of what is now Nigeria also came

under British rule and became

known as the Protectorates of

Southern and Northern Nigeria.

In the year 1914, these two

protectorates were amalgamated

and together with the colony of Lagos

became the Colony and Protectorate

of Nigeria. With the establishment

of the British Administration in

Lagos, it began to introduce some

systems of law and legal institutions.

In 1862, a Police Court was set up in

Lagos to deal with cases which had

arisen as a result of the growing

commercial transactions in the


In 1863, the Supreme Court

Ordinance of 1863 was

promulgated. It constituted of the

Supreme Court of Her Majesty’s

Settlement of Lagos with effect from

April 9, 1863. Nine other courts were

constituted Between 1863 and 1874,


•The Petty Debt Court,

•The Court of Civil and Criminal

Justice and •The Court of Request.

There was, however, a shortage of

suitable personnel to run the courts

and to perform the duties of

advocates and solicitors. This is clear

because there were seven men to

serve as Chief Magistrates in Lagos

between 1861 and 1905, only three

were qualified barristers.

Of the remaining four: • two were

writing clerks, •one was a merchant

and •the other, a Commander of

West Indian Garrison at Lagos.

And of the 14 who served as Police

Magistrates, •four were merchants,

•six were military officers and •one

a Deputy Collector of Customs.

Until August 1880 when

Christopher Alexander Sapara

Williams first appeared at the

Supreme Court, there was no

qualified practising lawyer in

Lagos. To solve this problem,

provisions were made in the

Supreme Court Ordinance of 1876

for the admission of persons to

practise as legal practitioners in


The period between 1876 and

1914: During this period, the

Supreme Court Ordinance of 1876

earlier mentioned provided for three

classes of persons to practice law in

Nigeria, namely:

a) Professionally Qualified Legal

Practitioners. Section 71 of the

Supreme Court Ordinance

empowered the Chief Justice to

approve, admit and enrol to practise

as barristers and solicitors, persons

who have been called to the bar or

admitted as solicitors in England,

Scotland and Ireland.

b) Those who had served articles,

that is, those who had worked in the

chambers under lawyer’s

supervision. Section 73 of the

Supreme Court Ordinance

empowered the Chief Justice to

admit as a solicitor of the Supreme

Court any person: • who had served

five years continuously in the Office

of practising barrister or solicitor

residing within jurisdiction of the

court and; • who had passed such

examinations of the Principles and

Practice of Law before such persons

as the Chief Justice, CJ, may from

time to time appoint. This provision

was intended to create the first

opportunity for legal training for the

legal profession. However, there is

no record that advantage was ever

taken of it.

The local attorneys: Section 74

of the Supreme Court Ordinance

empowered the Chief Justice to

admit temporarily, as was necessary,

other fit and proper persons to act as

barristers, solicitors and proctors.

(Proctors are actually attorneys in

spiritual courts) subject to conditions

and regulations as may be

prescribed by rules of court. Order 8,

Rule 1 of the Supreme Court Civil

Procedure Rules made under the

Supreme Court Ordinance, 1876

provided that their admission shall

be by licence and shall entitle a

person to enrol them for six


The licence was renewable before

or on the expiration of six months.

By virtue of this provision, a few not

professionally qualified were

admitted to practice and were called

“local attorneys”. The Chief Justice

could require appointees to sit for

an examination to test their general

education and knowledge as well as

principles and practice of law. They

were to be of good character attested

by a judge or two district

commissioners. The last of these

local attorneys was enrolled in


Period between 1914 to 1960: In

1914, the Supreme Court Ordinance

1914 repealed the Supreme Court

To qualify as a

Solicitor, a person

was required to be

articled to a firm of

Solicitors in

England for at least

four years

Ordinance of 1876. This marked the

second phase of legal training in

Nigeria. During the second phase,

the professionally qualified lawyers

monopolised legal practice in

Nigeria. This was so because

enrolment was restricted to qualified

lawyers only.

During this period, legal practice

was restricted to formally trained

lawyers. However, there were no

institutions in Nigeria to train

aspirants to the Bar and, therefore,

persons desirous of becoming

lawyers travelled to England for

formal training.

Barristers: In England, aspirants

to the Bar were required to join one

of the four Inns of the Court, namely:

•Inner Temple. •Middle Temple.

•Grays Inn and •Lincolns Inn. The

educational qualification was West

African School Certificate,

WASC. The four Inns constituted the

English Council of Legal


They arranged lectures for students

on the subjects constituting the Bar

Examination, that is, Bar Part 1 and

the Bar Final. The lectures were,

however, not compulsory and many

students did not attend them opting

instead for private tuition or the

correspondence course. The

prescribed dining terms were

compulsory and the candidates had

to mandatorily keep 12 dining terms

of which there were four in one year.

A student who passed the

examinations and kept the dining

terms was entitled to be called to the

Bar by the Benchers of his

Inn. Thereafter, he is formally

enrolled at the Supreme Court in

England. A three-month post-call

practical course and one year

pupilage in a Law Chamber was also

required for a Barrister who intended

to practice in England. Previously,

he paid a fee of 100 Guineas to the

head of the Chamber but this is no

longer the case. He, however,

cannot earn any fee during the first

six months of his pupilage.

Graduate barristers: Although a

law degree was not required to be a

Barrister, most English aspirants had

a university law degree. A law degree

with second-class honours exempted

a student from Bar Part 1

examination. Also graduate

Barristers in the Nigerian Civil

Service had an advantage over nongraduate

ones because they earned

higher salaries.

Solicitors: To qualify as a Solicitor,

a person was required to be articled

to a firm of Solicitors in England for

at least four years. The educational

qualification was WASC. The Law

Society which is the Governing Body

for Solicitors organised Solicitors’

Part 1 and Final Examinations which

a candidate must pass. A law degree

was not required.

Establishment of Nigerian Law

School: In 1922, a school was

established to organise a course for

Solicitors and attendance was

mandatory. In Nigeria, however, the

Legal profession is fused and

aspirants to the Bar are trained as

Barristers and Solicitors.

The Unsworth Committee: Some

deficiencies became apparent due to

some differences existing between

the practice in England and the

practice in Nigeria. Therefore, in

order to correct the anomalies, the

government appointed the Unsworth

Committee in April 1959: To

consider and make

recommendations for the future of

Legal Education and admission to

practise, the right of audience before

a Court and the making of reciprocal

arrangement in this connection with

other countries.

Recommendations of the

committee: The Committee

published its report in October 1959

with the following


•Nigeria should establish its own

system of Legal Education.

•A Faculty of Law should be

established first at the University

College, Ibadan and subsequently at

any other university to be established

in the future.

•A Law School to be known as

“The Nigerian Law School” should

be established in Lagos to provide

vocational course.

•Qualification for admission for

Legal practice in Nigeria should be:

a.A law degree of a university

whose course for the degree is

organised or prescribed by the

Council of Legal Education.

b. The vocational course

prescribed by the Council at the Law

School established by it.

•Any person graduating in Law

from a university which has not

accepted the syllabus recommended

by the Council should be required to

take further take its examination as

the Council may prescribe.

•The Council of Legal Education

should be established.

To be continued


directs airlines to be vigilant

By Lawani Mikairu



Civil Aviation Authority,

NCAA, yesterday, directed all

airlines operating international

flights into the country to be

vigilant and exercise caution

while profiling passengers that

will board their flights into


This directive became

necessary following the

resurgence of the dreaded

Ebola virus in the Democratic

Republic of Congo and public

alert by the World Health

Organization, WHO.

Confirming the directive, the

General Manager, Public Affairs

of NCAA, Mr. Dam Adurogboye

said: “With the resurgence of

the Ebola Virus Disease in the

Democratic Republic of Congo,

the World Health Organisation

has declared the outbreak a

Public Health Emergency of

International Concern, PHEIC,

in line with International Health

Regulations, IHR.

“Consequently, the Nigerian

Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA,

has directed all operators,

especially airlines operating

regional and international flights

into the country, to exercise a

high level of vigilance.”

The directive was contained in

a letter signed by the NCAA

Director General and has since

been sent to all airline operators.

The statement reads: “In the

letter, NCAA has directed that

airlines’ Pilots in Command

(PIC) of aircraft are to report to

Air Traffic Control (ATC) any

suspected case of communicable

disease onboard their flight in

line with Nig.CARs

“In case of a suspected case of

communicable disease onboard

an aircraft, aircrew are required

to fill the General Declaration

(Gen Dec) and Public Health

Passenger Locator forms in line

with Nig.CARs and respectively.”

“Thereafter, completed forms

are to be submitted to the Port

Health Services (PHS) of the

destination aerodrome. Also,

airlines are to ensure they have

an onboard valid and an

appropriate number of First Aid

kits, Universal Precaution Kits

(UPKs) and Emergency Medical

kits in line with Nig.CARS and"

States, LGs, communities, not

HOSTCOM, should administer gas

flare penalty money — EFEKODHA

By Jeremiah Urowayino

APeoples Democratic Par

ty, PDP, chieftain and member

of Delta State Rural Development

Board, Prince Larry Efekodha

has faulted Host Communities

of Nigeria Producing Oil

and Gas, HOSTCOM, in its position

that gas flare money should

not be routed through the federation

account to the state governments.

Addressing newsmen in Oleh,

Efekodha, who is also the founder

and National President of the

Oxygen Movement for Okowa

and Otuaro, posited that in the

light of true federalism, the state

government is the only federating

unit that deals directly

with the grassroot people and

communities, noting that it

has a directorate of local government

and chieftaincy affairs,

as well as a legitimate

legislature voted in by people

of the various communities.

He said: ‘’The state government

stands in a better position

to administer the allocation of

flare money to oil host communities

via the local government

structure and gazetted communities.

‘’HOSCOM is a pressure

group among others, vested with

the task of agitating for what belongs

to oil producing states and

also to recommend people -oriented

projects and programmes

that will impact the lives of affected

communities. HOSCOM

does not enjoy the mandate of

the electorates on issues of budget

and appropriation of public

funds neither is it capable of oversight


‘’Today, oil producing states are

blessed with prudent governors

who the people have voted in

through the ballot to legitimately

govern them and execute people-oriented


‘’A good example is Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta Stater,

who have shown beyond reasonable

doubt that he means well.

He is prudent and sincere in administering

public funds and enjoys

the followership of community

leadership across the state.

The same goes for other governors

from the region who have

been doing a nice job.

‘’The state government should

set up a gas flare-impacted communities

development committee,

agency or board comprising

of royal athers, community President

generals, local government

chairmen and competent technocrats,

as well as HOSCOM

and other responsible associations

as members. All projects

and programmes should go

through legislative appropriation.’’

Efekodha also faulted the claim

that 13percent should not be paid

to oil producing states, stressing:

‘’In fact, this is the time for all

communities, pressure groups

and local councils to support the

state government to agitate for

an instrument in derivation from

13 percent to 50 percent in other

to cater for developmental

projects as 13 percent is grossly


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EID-EL-KABIR GIFT —Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State (L) presents Eid-el-Kabir gift to Lamido

of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo, shortly after the Eid el-Kabir Durbar at Lamido's palace in

Yola on Tuesday. Photo: NAN.

‘Army Captain had 191 phone chats with

wanted kidnapper'

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as ransom for his release.

The source explained

that the family of the

kidnapped victim

negotiated and paid the

sum of N85 million first,

on March 11, 2019, but

the abductee was not

released. He said they

paid an additional N15

million, on March 16,

2019, making a total sum

paid to the kidnappers

N100 million and the

kidnappers refused to

release their victim

insisting that that the

family must pay the

N200million they


The source explained

that the family reported to

the police and the IRT

was drafted to investigate

and track down the

suspects behind the

kidnapping and rescue

the victim. It was learned

that while investigations

into the matter

commenced, members of

the kidnapped victim’s

family paid an additional

N20m to the kidnappers

and the victim was

released, but the police

discovered during

investigations that

Wadume had strong links

to the kidnappers, who

got N120 million as

ransom from their victim.

I sold 6 AK-47

rifles to Wadume

— Ajomo

The police source,

further disclosed that it

investigations also

revealed that Wadume,

had bought several AK-

47 rifles from a

notorious trans-border

arms dealer, Ojomo

Adebowale Gbenga,

who was arrested in

May 2019, by

operatives of the IRT for

supplying heavy arms

and ammunition to

kidnappers and armed


45-year-old Ojomo,

said to be a major arms

dealer in the South-

Western part of the

country, made startling

revelations about the

fleeing Wadume during

an interview.

Ojomo, who was

earlier in the year

paraded by police

authorities over his

criminal activities and

later detained in Lagos,

told Vanguard that he

met Alhaji Wadume four

years ago in Benue

State and had been

selling arms to him

under the guise of using

them to fight terrorist


Speaking with

Vanguard, Ojomo said

that he got to know

Wadume through his

business partner,

Moses in Benue State,

and he told him that he

needed rifles to fight

herdsmen who were

killing farmers in his

community. The gun

runner explained that

he got all the rifles,

which he sold to

Wadume and his

friends from Burkina

Faso, Mali and Libya

and he said he sold the

arms to them because

they told him that they

were having community


He further disclosed: “I

started selling fire arms

since 1993 after my

secondary school. I

worked with a company

that deals on licensed

arms in 1993 and I left in

1996 and went to school

but, I linked up with arms

dealers in Ibadan, which

is the headquarters of

arms dealing in the south

western part of the

country. I started selling

automatic firearms which

is prohibited, then one of

my friends who is now

late, Moses led me to the

north. He took me to

Benue State and I sold

arms to several people,

including Alhaji Hamisu

(Wadume). He came to

me through Moses’

contacts and they

identified him as a

don. You know arms

dealing is a cartel

business. I knew very

little about him and I sold

eight rifles to him in 2015

and in January 2019, he

called again and told me

that he needed 10 rifles,

but I had only six and

because he was in hurry,

I sold them to him at

N800,000 each, and the

bullets for N350,000 per

can. But after my arrest

I gave information about

him to the police. It was

while in detention I heard

he has been arrested.

Police inspector

arrested, recants

Also, a Police Inspector

who was accused of

informing the Army that

operatives of the

Inspector-General of

Police Intelligence

Response Team that

visited Ibi community in

Taraba state, last week to

effect the arrest of the

suspected kidnap

kingpin did not report to

Police authorities, has

been arrested.


investigation, as reliably

gathered, revealed that

the policeman was

cajoled to say so in order

to cement evidences by

troops of the 93 Battalion

that the operatives were

not only kidnappers but

were there on an illegal


It was also learned that

one of the villagers who

allegedly collected the

firearms from the dead

policemen revealed

during interrogation that

the weapons belonging

to the slain police

officers were collected

from him by some


Vanguard learned that

the Police inspector

attached to Ibi Police

Station confirmed that

the operatives visited the

station to inform the

senior officer there that

they had concluded their

operations and were

leaving with the arrested


Unconfirmed reports

said the policeman was

given an undisclosed

amount of money to

maintain his stand that

he told the troops that

the policemen did not

report at the station.

However, sources said

the Inspector denied

during interrogation at

Force Headquarters,

Abuja, that he did not

collect any money from

the Army.

It was further learned

that about three villagers

collected the firearms

that were flung in

different places into the

bush after the police

team was shot, when

their vehicle

somersaulted. One of

them was said to have

taken the arms to his

home from where it was

collected by the soldiers.

A villager who spoke on

the condition of

anonymity, revealed that

the suspected kidnap

kingpin who is still on

the run, is a popular

person in Ibi community.

He was said to have

contested for the House

of Assembly, Ibi

constituency in the last

election, under the

Young Democratic Party,

but lost.

The 35-year-old man,

said to be a petty trader,

was revered in the

community, due to his

philanthropic nature.

He was said to have

bought motorcycles for

some youths, some of

who thronged the scene

where the operatives

were killed, jubilating

that their benefactor’s

enemies had been


At the moment,

villagers in Ibi

community are said to be

keeping sealed lips on

what transpired during

the arrest of the

suspected kidnapper,

last week, for fear of

being attacked by

loyalists to the suspect.

Some of those close to

the kidnap suspects have

taken to their heels,

apparently to avoid

being arrested over his


Widow to

address press


Meanwhile, widow of

the slain Inspector Mark

Ediale, who is yet to

come to terms with the

rude shock of her

husband’s demise, has

left Lagos for the Force

headquarters, Abuja,

where she was received

by senior police officers

who condoled her and

other widows over the

tragic incident.

But her late husband’s

family, it was reliably

gathered, will be

briefing journalists in

Abuja today, where some

salient questions would

be posed to killers of

their son.

The family, Vanguard

learned, is requesting an

explanation on how

Inspector Ediale died,

when he was seen alive

in a video clip that went


We’re happy to celebrate Sallah at home for

first time in 5 years, says Shehu of Bama


Shehu of Bama,

Kyari Ibn El-Kanemi,

has said residents of

Bama community in

Borno State celebrated

Sallah for the first time

at home in five years as

a result of the defeat of

Boko Haram insurgents

in the area.

He expressed joy after

his people marked this

year’s Eid-el-Kabir

celebration in his

domain, on Monday.

He said: “Today we

are celebrating Sallah in

Bama which we were not

privileged to celebrate

for the past five years.

“Indeed, we have to be

grateful to Allah SWT for

sparing our lives. We are

happy to live up to this

moment to grace this

Sallah celebration in


In 2014, Boko Haram

insurgents overran the

town, forcing natives

and other inhabitants to

flee their homes.

El-Kanemi was among

the victims, as his wife

and daughter were

abducted in 2014 and

released two years after.

The town was later

captured by the military.

The monarch,



counterpart from Dikwa,

Masa II Ibn Umar El

Kanemi, fled their

communities to reside in


He returned in July in

company of local

government staff and

primary school teachers

and troops of Operation

Lafiya Dole who

regained the town from

Boko Haram insurgents.

There was also a mass

prayer on Sunday for the

first time in a long while,

led by the monarch


The United Nations

had revealed that Boko

Haram insurgents have

killed over 27,000

civilians since 2009

when the sect launched

a campaign of violence.

42 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14, 2019


Why Nigeria is due for

revolution — SOWORE

Mr Omoyele Sowore, 48, is a human rights activist, publisher of Sahara

Reporters, and 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action

Congress, AAC. Dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country, he

rallied youths and supporters for the #RevolutionNow protests that were

staged in some parts of the country on August 5. Two days to the protests

on August 3, he was arrested by operatives of the Department for State

Services, DSS, in Lagos and later taken to Abuja where he has been detained

since then. A few days before his arrest, Sowore, in an interview in

his Ikeja, Lagos office, spoke to Vanguard on the state of the nation, insecurity,

how he was rigged out of the election and the way forward for the

country among others.

By Morenike Taire & Ebele


YOU are one of the newer candidates

in the last presidential election that

made an impact by winning your ward.

What did you do differently?


came with a message. I ticked every

box in the political sphere regarding

how many places to go to, people to go

to, the kind of messages and ideas that

could make a difference. The result

allocated to me as the outcome of my

efforts is unacceptable. I met people in

places as far as Kano who said to me:

‘We campaigned for you and people

voted for you but when it got to the

collation centre, we didn’t see your

result.’ I have met so many of such

people and that’s the reason I know

the election was not credible and was

neither free nor fair. Even in my village,

they sent soldiers and they shot at the

drone I was using to monitor the

elections four times.


•Nigeria at war, has disintegrated

•There’s one last hope for Nigeria

•Why we are losing war against insecurity

•Why make your best councillors, senators and your worst president?

•How I was rigged out in 2019 presidential poll

•Soldiers shot drone I used to monitor polls

•Buhari now in control of NASS, can get anything done

•We need a brand new country

I describe Nigeria

as a mortar and

pestle where the

minds of people are

pounded constantly.

When one leader is

tired, he brings

another leader to

continue. Our

minds have become

so messed up that

we are starting to



democracy era, especially in the 90s,

brought all kinds of characters to the

game and there was not enough vetting

to ensure that everyone that was

shouting democracy was actually

interested in democracy. Some people

were doing it to increase their visibility

and some to build their CV. There was

a lot of opportunism during that period;

now people are showing their true

colours. I also think there is a lot of

pressure - economic, social and physical

strains; not many people can stand in

the same position for 30 years. They

have to choose between disappearing

from the surface of the earth or

compromise. A lot of them chose to

compromise but the question is; are they

better for it? In my view, No! I have zero

respect for people who have crossed to

the other side. Regardless of what they

have to show for it materially, it’s a loss


So what do we need to do to hold

credible elections?

A number of things! First is

determination by the people who are

voting. People know how to vote and

stand by their votes but in a situation

where elections have been so

bastardised that people get bribed to

vote and ensure their votes don’t count,

it will require some other interventions

and one of them is digital electronic

voting in which people can vote without

leaving their houses or they can go to a

polling unit to vote and ensure their

votes are counted as they are leaving

the place.

India has way more voters than we

have yet, their elections don’t last more

than 24 hours before you know the

results. They deploy electronic voting

and all kinds of digital and technological

interventions that make votes count and

people are also determined to ensure

that when they vote, their votes count.

We need to expand the voting

population by ensuring people in

Diaspora can vote. We have at the

minimum, about 10million very

educated voters, who can’t easily be

bought; your N500 or N5,000 cannot

sway them. If we can have that

population added to our voter

population, they will challenge the

complacency and corruption at home.

The moment their vote is transparently

shown to the world, it will help to

educate people at home that these

people outside expect the same thing

from us, but again, you can’t have

everything you want without having

credible people managing the process.

Without a transparent process that can

be monitored technologically, we will

be back here in the next four years

saying the same thing.

As a human rights activist who

fought alongside others for this

democratic process, some of the

people you fought alongside with have

crossed to the other side, what is your

position on that?

I have no control over where people

cross to. What I know is that the proin

my view, to them that they engaged

in such disgraceful crossover.

Do you regret having got involved

given that the whole community has

acquired a negative reputation based

on some people’s actions?

No, I have no regrets because the

reason I got involved was not to impress

anybody. Some people got involved to

impress others or make others

understand that they are also powerful

or to increase their level of attractiveness

so it becomes cosmetic activism, but

when you peel through the surface, you

find out that so many of them are not

better than the people we were fighting.

This is a society of contradictions but

I have no regrets because if there is

anything I wanted to prove, I wanted

to get over this whole question of ‘why

don’t you get in there and make a

difference, show how things can be

done differently.’ I did it differently, I

campaigned the way nobody had ever

campaigned, with a lot of energy,

stamina, ideas and still this is how it

ended. It is now clear to a lot of people;

they now understand why we say we

will not be able to get to the Promised

Land without a fight.

As a member of the opposition now,

what is the state of the opposition?

I don’t belong to conventional

opposition. With due respect, I see a

lot of people who are opposed to

government but they have different

reasons for being opposed to

government. A lot of people are

opposed to the government because

they are not at this time, part of the

‘eating crew,’ as we say. They have

been denied access to the national cake

so you have this ephemeral opposition

to bad governance but the moment they

are invited or they get something, they

quickly forget about being in the

opposition. So those kind of artificial

opposition figures are not attractive to

me. Whatever is going to oppose a

system must have an ideological

ground. The opposition must be driven

by not just personality but by ideas. So

we keep building social movements as

opposed to the job of opposing the

status quo. This is a little different and

deeper, it can be an alternative.

More people killed in the North

Conventional opposition can actually

encourage superficiality in governance.

Issues that are being discussed now are

so superficial. We are discussing

insecurity and some people superficially

reduced it to Fulani herdsmen; it’s just

a generic name or metaphor for

insecurity; it’s not insecurity. There was

a time the Niger-Delta militants went

to Kaduna and abducted the Secretary

to the State Government, SSG, took him

to Warri or somewhere. Imagine the

Fulani herdsmen going to Delta,

abducting the SSG and taking him to

Kaduna! What do you think would be

the discussion? “Ah, they are here to

take over our land.” But at the bottom

of it is that crime is raging because

government has not been able to solve

the problem. In fact, the proportion of

people being killed or maimed or

destroyed by insecurity is proportionally

higher in terms of casualty in the

northern part than in the south. We are

lucky in the south that we have outlets

and decibel of noise from the south is

higher but more people are getting

killed in Zamfara unofficially than

anywhere else; add that to Borno,

Adamawa, Benue, Katsina, southern

Kaduna, even Abuja, more people are

getting killed there.

Critics of the Young Turks in the last

presidential election of which you were

a part, have asked why start from the

presidential level and not from the


The answer is simple. There is a

general agreement that those of us who

are young and entered the race at the

last elections, were intellectually more

sound than the older generation

leaders; that we were more agile.

Around the world, they are using the

younger generation leaders to take care

of their problems. My question is; why

send your best to be councillors and

senators while you send your worst to

be president? Nobody has been able to

answer that. Who would you rather

choose to be president today between

myself, a Kingsley Moghalu, Oby

Ezekwesili (who can connect with your

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