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VOL. 26: NO. 63891 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

S-Africa dares Nigeria, says

no compensation for victims

•We must do everything to ensure victims are compensated — Onyeama

•Many Nigerians in our country are drug traffickers — Pandor, SA's Foreign Minister

•S-Africa shuts mission in Nigeria; FG denies knowledge of shutdown

•83 persons arrested over xenophobic violence arraigned in Lagos court

•Go on the offensive now against S-Africa, APC tells Buhari





From left: Wole Famurewa, Anchor CNBC Africa; Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman, ALTON; Prof Olayinka David-West,

Academic Director, Lagos Business School; Mr Patrick Akinwuntan, Managing Director, Ecobank plc; Mr Gbenga Adefaye, GM/

Editor-in-Chief,Vanguard Newspapers; Mr Ayokunle Adaralegbe, Chief Risk Officer, CSCS; Mr Eze Anaba, Editor, Vanguard

Newspapers and Musa Jimoh, Deputy Director, Payment System, CBN, during the Vanguard Conference on Mobile Money

Market & Fintech with the Theme: Leveraging Fintech Innovation for Unblocking growth and Competitiveness in Nigeria's

Mobile Money Market and Payment Ecosystem, at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: AKEEM SALAU.

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Banditry: Katsina

residents, Islamic

scholars seek 30

divine intervention


Be committed

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crime, IGP

tasks S’West

govs, monarchs



robbers kill

AIT staff in

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Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 5


CHINESE DELEGATION AT ASO VILLA—President Buhari with from right: H.E. Yang Jiechi Special

Rep. of H.E. President XI Jinping, H.E. Zhou Pingjian Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Deng

Hongbo Vice Director, Office of Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Qian Keming Vice

Minister of Commerce and H.E. Chen Xiaodong Asst Minister of Foreign Affairs as he receives in

audience Representative of H.E. XI Jinping of China in State House, yesterday

S-Africa dares Nigeria, says no

compensation for victims

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor,

Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Omeiza Ajayi and

Onozure Dania, with agency reports


South African


yesterday dared its

Nigerian counterpart on

the latter’s demand that

Nigerians whose shops

and properties were

looted in the latest

xenophobic attacks be

paid compensation,

saying there was no

provision for such.

Recall that the Federal

Government had listed



compensation to victims

of the latest xenophobic

attacks as one of its

demands on its South

African counterpart.

Human rights activist,

Femi Falana, SAN, had

also called on the

Federal Government to

sue the South African

government to ensure

compensation was paid

to the victims.

This came on a day

the South African

government shut down

its High Commission for

what it described as

fear of attacks by angry

Nigerians, though the

Federal Government

said it was not aware of

the closure.

This is even as the

Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Geoffrey

Onyeama, said that

despite the Federal

Government’s boycott of

the World Economic

Forum currently going

on in South Africa,

some governors and

business leaders still


Similarly, Minister of

Information & Culture,

Alhaji Lai Mohammed,

yesterday, alerted

Nigerians to the spread

of fake videos of

purported attacks on

citizens in South Africa,

saying some people

were using fake news to

foment mayhem in the


Also yesterday, no

fewer than 83 persons

were arraigned at a

Magistrate’s court in

Lagos for allegedly

looting and destroying

Shoprite outlets at

Sangotedo, Lekki and

Surulere areas of Lagos.

“Full compensation

has to be paid because,

as we have discovered

from previous

experience, a lot of

these Nigerians lose

their property and it is

a long drawn out

process and very often

are not compensated for


“But on this occasion,

the Nigerian

government is going to

fight for full

compensation and hold

the government of

South Africa to count,”

Geofrey Onyeama,

Minister of Foreign

Affairs, had said at a

press conference in

Abuja on Wednesday.

But South Africa’s

Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Naledi Pandor,

told Reuters yesterday

that there was no

provision for those

affected in the fresh

attacks in the country.

Pandor said her

country’s laws do not

have provision for



compensation to victims

of xenophobic attacks.

Many Nigerians in

our country are drug

traffickers, says Pandor

“I would appreciate

them in helping us as

well to address the

belief our people have

and the reality that

there are many persons

from Nigeria dealing in

drugs in our country.

“I believe that

Nigerian nationals are

involved in human

trafficking and other

abusive practices.

“These kind of

assistance of ensuring

that such persons do

not come to our country

will be of great

assistance to our


The South African

minister said she was in

touch with Nigerian

authorities to try to

restore calm, adding

also that efforts were in

place to address the

unrest in South Africa.

“There is an

Afrophobia we are

sensing that exists,

there is resentment and

we need to address

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Chiamaka Uba, Ruth Anuruihe, Onyinye

Onyeka & Titilayo Ogundele

Xenophobic attacks: What should FG do? (2)

THIS is a peculiar

situation and it calls for

a peculiar response from

Nigerians. A rash attempt to

react instantly could cascade

into further chaos. Hence, this

is a perfect time for Nigerians

to deposit their faith in the

diplomacy of the Federal

Government, and hope that

this madness will be nipped

in the bud before it further


—Ibrahim Saks.

Communications Executive

It is a pity that the Federal

Government is not taking

this matter as serious as

they should take it and it’s

frustrating. I don’t think

it’s cool for Nigerians to

attack South African

companies in Nigeria

though, because at the end

of the day, we are going to

hurt ourselves. We

shouldn’t descend to their

level. We can only hope

that President Buhari sets

his priorities right and do

something fast.

—Oyewole Tabitha


An eye for an eye!

Declare war on SA

citizens in Nigeria; they

should know how it feels.

We’ve been sitting back for

way too long to allow

things slide, but they have

really messed up. How

many South Africans are in

Nigeria? It’s Nigerians who

are working in those SA

businesses, so burning them

down is just a way of

making countless

Nigerians jobless.

—Suleiman Alhassan


There is need for

the Federal

Government to respond

to this inhumane act

and fight for its people.

This is really a

misplaced priority for

South Africans and I

hope things will be

brought under control

before it gets out of


—Ajala Adelayo


The xenophobic attack on

Nigerians and other

immigrants is a condemnable

act and inhuman. Our

government should be

responsible for the security of her

citizens and stop being big

brother to other countries that

do not regard her citizens. All

South African-owned businesses

in Nigeria should be halted for

now while government goes into

diplomacy with the South

African government to find a

lasting solution.

—Gideon Olaiya


FEDERAL government

should do the following

things: Lobby UN and AU to

sanction SA. Enact laws to

enable the FG apply special

tax regime on SA businesses

till SA govt calls the criminals

to order. Direct the MDAs to

stop business transactions

with SA-owned

businesses. Close the borders

and airports against SAowned

and produced/

imported products or increase

duties on them.

—Samuel Adedimeji,


6—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

Welders break into SON warehouse, steal substandard electrical cables

By Innocent Anaba

AFederal High Court sitting

in Lagos yesterday,

remanded two welders, who

allegedly broke into a sealed

warehouse and stole substandard

electric cables confiscated by the

Standards Organisation of

Nigeria, SON, in Lagos.

The welders, Chukwuma

Nwodo, 31, of 8 Tobi Close,

Mosafejo, Ojo-Alaba, Lagos and

Abor Ikechukwu, 21, of 1, Collins

Street, Alaba International

One killed,

many injured

as farmers,

herders clash

in Jigawa

ONE person has been

reported killed and many

others injured in a clash

between farmers and herders

in Birnin Kudu Local

Government Area of Jigawa


The Commissioner of Police

in the state, Bala Senchi, on

Wednesday, confirmed the

attack in an interview with

Freedom Radio in Dutse.

He said the clash resulted

from a dispute over land

ownership between herdsmen

and indigenous farmers

around Iggi Forest.

The state Chairman of Miyetti

Allah, Sa’idu Gagarawa, said

yesterday that many people

were also injured in the attack.

He said the trouble started

four days ago when some

unidentified persons

attacked Iggi Forest, a Fulani

settlement. He said the attack

left many women and

children injured.

He added that the incident

further led to a reprisal attack

in which one person was

killed on Wednesday.

Gagarawa said violence

broke out in the area

following several eviction

notices and court summons

given to the Fulanis in the


He said the action

contravenes a peace

agreement brokered by the

Emir of Dutse, Nuhu


between the two parties.

Iggi Forest is in Dutse

Emirate and cuts across

Kiyawa, Buji and Birnin

Kudu Local Government


The Fulani in Jigawa had at

a point boycotted all market

days in the state to protest their

alleged persecution and

seizure of their grazing land

by government officials.

Gagarawa accused

government officials from the

Ministry of Land and Ministry

of Environment of colluding

with local traditional rulers to

evict Fulani herders from their

settlement and selling the land

to wealthy individuals.

Market, Lagos, were remanded

by the trial judge, Justice

Nicholas Oweibo, following their

arraignment by the Federal

Government on a two-count

charge of conspiracy, unlawful

destruction of SON seal and


Chief State Counsel, Mr.

Babatunde Alajogun, who

represented the Attorney-General

of the Federation, told the court

that the defendants committed the

offences on or about August 21 at

a warehouse behind Bengass

By Jane Echewodo

THE Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC,

yesterday arraigned, one Idris

Akande before a special offences

court sitting in Ikeja, for allegedly

defrauding the United States, US,

Internal Revenue Service to the

tune of $770,000.

Akande is facing a three-count

charge of conspiracy and fraud

brought against him by EFCC

before Justice Owolabi Dabiri.

EFCC prosecutor, M. K.

Hussain, told the court that

Akande and one Gbadebo

Adebiyi still at large, committed

the said offence between 2013 and

2018 within the Lagos


The defendant, who illegally

presented himself as a staff of the

university, pleaded not guilty to

the charges.

The defendant was alleged to

have fraudulently obtained

$770,000 from US Internal

Revenue Service by falsely

presenting himself to be staff of

Bradley University, demanded

tax refunds to be directed to the

Green Dot accounts fraudulently

created by him.

The defendant was said to have

also used his personal

identification information to

illegally access the university’s

data base, which representations

he knew to be false.

Akande was accused of

Motor Park, Ojo-Alaba.

He told the court that “they

conspired to destroy the seal of

SON, which was used to seal the

warehouse which contained

substandard cables using

welding equipment.”

He added that the duo carried

out the destruction with welding

equipment, gained entrance into

the warehouse “to cart away the

substandard electric cables.”

The offences, the prosecutor

added, contravened Sections 3(a)

and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous

retaining in his control the

aggregate sum of $40,000 being

proceeds of criminal conduct

perpetrated against the United

States Internal Revenue service.

The defence counsel, Mr. A.

Anaka, prayed the court to

remand the defendant in EFCC

custody and asked for a short

Offences Act, 2004 and

punishable under Section 3(a) of

the same Act.

Nwodo and Ikechukwu

pleaded not guilty, following

which Alajogun prayed the court

to remand the defendants

pending trial.

He said: “We humbly make an

application that the defendants be

remanded in prison custody and

for the court to fix a date for trial.

We have two witnesses and we

can finish this case in a few


adjournment to enable them

prepare his bail application and

defence, arguing that the

defendant was a first time

offender and had not been in

prison before.

In his response, the EFCC

counsel told the court that he

was under a strict caution not

Defence counsel, S. I. Onyema

did not oppose him.

Onyema, who informed the

judge that he had only just seen

the case file, added: “We shall be

asking for a date so we can bring

the necessary applications.”

In a short ruling, Justice Oweibo

said: “We will take a date for

hearing. Any time you (Onyema)

brings your application, we’ll hear

it. The case is adjourned till

October 24 for trial. The

defendants are hereby remanded

in prison custody.”

Members of Nigeria for Justice Group protest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa, at

Akarigbo's Palace, Sagamu, Ogun State, yesterday. NAN PHOTO.

Nigerian accused of defrauding US Revenue Service of $770,000

Lagos tragic family of 6:

Surviving child dies

D IRECTOR-General,

Lagos State Emergency

Management Agency,

LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-

Osanyintolu, said, yesterday,

that the only surviving child

in family of six that died in a

room in Lagos on Wednesday,

had also died.

Oke-Osanyintolu said the

child was confirmed dead at

the Lagos State Teaching

Hospital, LASUTH.

According to him, “Baba

Ibeji, wife and five children,

all residents of 19, Olowoira

Street, Mafoluku, that were

rushed to Divine Hospital on

that same street on Wednesday

were confirmed dead.

“LASEMA has done the

needful. We took the bodies,

including the last child who

has also died, to the mortuary

at LASUTH for autopsy and

further investigations.”

He said the cause of the

tragedy was unknown, adding

that investigation was ongoing

on the matter.

Recall that the family of six,

comprising a man, his

pregnant wife, his three

children and a female relative

were found dead on

Wednesday, in their apartment

after they had eaten jollof rice

the precious night.

However, one of the children, a

twin aged four, survived the attack

and was undergoing treatment,

who the LASEMA boss said is

now dead.

Though there was no official

report on the cause of the

death, the family was

suspected to have either been

suffocated by an insecticide

to allow the defendant to be

remanded in EFCC custody and

prayed for a trial date.

Justice Dabiri, thereafter,

remanded the defendant in

EFCC custody and adjourned

the case until September 16 for

trail, pending when the

application for bail will be filed.

which was sprayed in their

one-room apartment, Tuesday

night, or had their food


Identities of the deceased

were: Mr. Zakaria, popularly

called Cool Money; the

pregnant mother, popularly

called Iya Aliyha, Aliyah, 11;

Firdaous, 9; Taiwo, 4, and

Wasulia, 17, who came to

spend the holiday with the


Vanguard gathered that late

Mrs Zakaria’s mother slumped

and died when news of her

daughter’s death was related

to her. The aged mother was

said to have visited her

daughter the previous day, but

left for Badagry at night,

having resisted temptation by

her pregnant daughter to pass

the night with them.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019—7

One Chance robbers kill AIT staff in Abuja

By Kingsley Omonobi

Astaff of African Independent

Television, AIT, Abayomi

Adigun, has been killed by

suspected one chance (robbers

that pose as drivers and

passengers) robbers in Abuja.

Adigun, who was said to have

been recently transferred from

Ilorin to Abuja to join the Kakaaki

crew, was said to have been

stabbed to death on September 1.

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—A 60-year-old man,

Charles Jide-Oni, who claimed

to be a professor in one of the

universities in the South-West,

was arraigned before a Federal

High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos

State, for allegedly obtaining

money under false pretence and

engaging in advance fee fraud.

The Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC,

Ibadan zonal office, arraigned the

‘professor’ and 11 other internet

fraud suspects before Justice

Nicholas Oweibo.

Jide-Oni’s arraignment was

sequel to EFCC’s findings about

the activities of an illegal financial

outfit he allegedly floated through

which he swindled his victims of

several millions of naira.

Some of the victims had earlier

petitioned the commission,

leading to the investigations that

indicted him.

Among other 12 suspects

equally arraigned are Olaleye

Kolapo, Madukife Azuka,

Fatanmi Sunday, Adebayo Bolaji

Adeyinka, Adeleke Peter and

Adebowale Fadairo.

Others are Oyewunmi Michael,

Bello Arikalam, Owolabi Toluope,

Abdullahi Oluwatobi, Temitope

Fatolu and Adesina Adewale.

Fatolu, however, opted for a

plea bargain and pleaded guilty

to a one-count amended charge

of fraudulent impersonation,

when he was presented before

the court on Wednesday.

He was subsequently

sentenced to one year

imprisonment with effect from

June 20, when he was arrested.

He was also to restitute $500

through the Federal Government,

to his victim, and to equally forfeit

his iPhone 6, Nokia 103 and Hp

Laptop to the Federal

Government, being part of the

benefits he derived from his

fraudulent act.

Due to the bail application filed

and argued by his lawyer on his

behalf, Justice Oweibo granted

Jide-Oni bail to the tune of N10

million and two sureties in like

sum. The sureties, the court held,

must be of grade level 10 in the

civil service and must be resident

in Osogbo, the Osun State


The judge also ordered the

accused remanded in Ilesha

Prison, pending the time he is

It was gathered that he took a

cab on his way to work on Sunday

night from Kubwa, a satellite town

to Aya, where he would have

joined a Keke Napep to his office,

but fell into the hands of robbers

that posed as cab operators.

His lifeless body was said to

have been found by the Police on

Tuesday along Kubwa

Expressway with several stab

wounds on his body.

Unconfirmed sources said some

By Onozure Dania



representatives, Jamiu

Adekoya and Lamidi Hammed,

who allegedly stole their

employer’s N4,067,580, were

yesterday arraigned before a

Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting

in Mushin.

Adekoya, 33, and Hammed 40,

are facing a three-count charge

of stealing, conversion and

breach of peace.

The prosecutor, Inspector A.

Koti, told the court that the

defendants committed the

offences on April 3, at about


He said the incident took place

at 37, Post Office Road, Mushin,

Lagos, noting that the defendants

stole the said money from the

complainant, the owner of Stella

Olaosebikan Trading Stores and

converted it to their personal use.

of his organs were removed.

Consequently, the FCT Police

Command, yesterday, said it had

commenced investigation into the

suspected stabbing to death of


Police Public Relations Officer

of the Command, Anjuguri

Manzah, disclosed that

allegations that the staff was killed

by ‘One Chance’ robbers on

Sunday night was being looked

into by detectives.

Fake professor, 11 others

remanded for alleged fraud

able to fulfill his bail conditions,

as he adjourned substantive

hearing to October 14.

Unlike Fatolu, other 11 suspects,

who were charged with sundry

internet-related offences

including obtaining money by

false pretence, impersonation,

being in possession of forged and

fraudulent documents to defraud

people, pleaded not guilty to the

respective charges preferred

against them.

Consequent upon their notguilty

plea, EFCC counsel, Dr.

Ben Ubi, urged the court to

remand them in prison and fix

dates for the hearing of their


The court granted the remand

prayer, and also fixed different

dates for the hearings.

Teacher rapes, impregnates

12-year-old schoolgirl

A12-year-old schoolgirl, who

was raped by her teacher in

Namtari, Yola South Local

Government Area of Adamawa

State, has been confirmed


Adamawa State Commandant

of the Nigerian Security and Civil

Defence Corps, NSCDC,

Abdullahi Nuruddeen, said the

teacher, Nathan Yusuf, has been

arrested for raping the minor.

He added: “On September 2,

around 2:30p.m., we arrested a

rape suspect, Nathan Yusuf, 37,

who is a teacher at Gurel Primary

School in Namtari Yola South,

suspected to have raped his pupil

who is below 14 years of age.

“He confessed to giving her

codeine syrup before raping her.”

Nurudden said the suspect will

be charged to court as soon as the

investigation is concluded.

Bashir Tahir, a member of a

non-governmental organisation,

Hope Centre, which cares for rape

victims in the state, said the group

was providing support for the girl.

Accoding to Tahir, “she has

received all the needed support

and the medical tests

required. So far, she is free

from all sexually transmitted

diseases. But she will start

receiving antenatal care next

week at the Hope Centre.”

Tahir added that over 160

rape cases had been brought

to the organisation, adding

that 10 of them have been

taken to court.

An uncle of the victim, Sulaiman

Namtari, said the action of the

teacher came to the community

as a rude shock, because the man

was hitherto highly respected in

the community.

2 sales reps docked over N4m theft

His words: “Adekoya stole

N3,890,450, while Hammed stole

N177,130, while they were in the

employment of Stella

Olaosebikan Trading Stores and

converted it to their personal


Koti also said they conducted

themselves in a manner likely to

cause breach of peace.

The defendants pleaded not

guilty to the charge against them.

Magistrate M. O. Tanimola

granted Adekoya bail in the sum

of N200,000, with two sureties in

like sum, and also admitted bail

to Hammed in the sum of

N80,000, also with two sureties

in like sum, who must be

gainfully employed.

She added that the sureties

must show evidence of tax

payment to the Lagos State

government and have their

addresses verified, then

adjourned the case till October 31.

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8—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

COMMISSIONING: From left, Commissioner for Education, Prof Dawud Sangodoyin,

Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and Executive

Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Nureni Adeniran, during the

commissioning of 20 classrooms with facilitiesat Isokun Baptist Primary School, Oyo to

mark the governor's 100 days in office.

Labour rejects FG’s plan to

concession 22 teaching hospitals

By Johnbosco


ABUJA—THE organised

labour, yesterday,

renewed its opposition to the

proposal by the Federal

Government to concession

the 22 federal teaching

hospitals in the country.

It told the government that

health remained the

foundation of development

around the world and

should not be for profit.

Speaking at the 2019

Federal Capital Territory,

FCT, Nurses Week/Scientific

workshop in Abuja, President

of Nigeria Labour Congress,

NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba,

said if the government was

allowed to concession the

teaching hospitals, it could

lead to exorbitant cost of

medical treatment beyond

the capacity of majority of


Wabba, at the workshop

organised by National

Association of Nigeria

Nurses and Midwives, FCT,

Council, said what the

government should do was

to invite the private sector to

invest, establish new

hospitals and not to take over

existing public hospitals.

He faulted the recent

recommendations by the

Infrastructure Concession,

Regulatory Commission,

ICRC, that the 22 teaching

hospitals in the country be

concessioned, noting that the

previous attempt to privatise

the National Truama Centre

in Gwagwalada, Abuja, was

thwarted by the health

workers union.

Wabba said: “For us to

attain universal health

coverage, certainly nurses

who are the backbone of the

preventive and curative

medical services must be

given the place in policy


“I am very happy that this

year’s FCT Nurses Week is

taking place at this

auspicious time when we are

being challenged by a lot of

policies that, by my

estimation, and with our

experience, having travelled

round the world, may not

actually deliver quality

health services. In fact, it will

alienate more and more


“One of such policies is the

recent decision by the

Infrastructure Concession

and Regulatory

Commission, ICRC, that it

has granted the Federal

Ministry of Health the nod

to concession 22 tertiary

health institutions. This is


The NLC president said at

the inception of the present

administration, there were

proposals for privatization of

healthcare but noted that

President Muhammadu

Buhari openly stated that he

was against the privatization

of healthcare in the country.

“But you can see that

whereas they cannot pass

through the door as the door

is locked, they are coming

through the backdoor, that is

unacceptable,’’ he said.

Wabba explained that

teaching hospital plays three

major roles, including

teaching, research and

provision of tertiary health


“If you privatise or

concession the tertiary health

institutions, what do you hope

to achieve? Because the two

important components of

research and teaching will

certainly suffer.”

He said making healthcare

for profit generation in a country

such as Nigeria, where the

inequality gap was so wide

between the rich and the poor,

would negatively affect many

poor citizens that would not be

able to access it.

He said: “Private hospitals

should be for the rich, while

public hospitals should be left

for us the majority who form

about 80 per cent of

Nigerians,’’ he said.

Wabba reminded those

pushing for the concession of

health institutions that the

primary duty of government

was security and welfare of the

people, adding that no

government could afford to

ignore the provision of good

and affordable healthcare for its


Assets seizure: Ex-Gov Yari’s suit suffers

setback, as judge returns file to CJ

By Ikechukwu



Maha of the

Federal High Court in

Abuja, yesterday,

withdrew from a suit the

immediate past governor of

Zamfara State,

Abdulazeez Yari, filed to

stop the Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, from

seizing some of his assets.

The Attorney General of

the Federation and

Minister of Justice, Mr.

Abubakar Malami, SAN,

had on August 30,

challenged the jurisdiction

of the court to shield the

former governor from

investigation and possible

arrest by the anti-graft


He told the court that

Yari was being

investigated on corruption

allegations, even as he

queried the legal

competence of the suit he

said was aimed to truncate

the administration of


Malami’s appearance

followed a summon the

court issued on August 27,

which directed him to show

cause why the EFCC

should not be stopped from

confiscating assets traced

to the ex-governor.

Yari had in the suit marked


which he filed pursuant to

section 46(1) and (3) of the

1999 constitution and Order

4 Rule 3 and 4 of the

Fundamental Rights

Enforcement Act, cited both

the AGF and EFCC as


At the resumed

proceeding, yesterday,

Justice Maha, who is sitting

as the vacation judge,

announced her decision to

return the case-file to the

court’s registry to enable the

Chief Judge re-assign it to

another Judge.

However, Justice Maha

adjourned the matter till

September 30 for possible

hearing by a regular court.

EFCC had before the

adjournment, told the court

that it filed additional counteraffidavit

to oppose the suit.

The commission, through its

lawyer, Mrs. Hussaina

Gambo, maintained that

Sections 6 and 7 of the Act that

established it, empowered it

to seize assets suspected to

have been acquired through

proceeds of crime.

The AGF had in his counteraffidavit,

told the court that

assets EFCC wanted to seize

from the ex-governor were

suspected to have been

acquired through illegal


He argued that the antigraft

agency had the statutory

powers to arrest and detain

anybody alleged to have

committed a crime.

The AGF argued that Yari’s

right to personal liberty as

guaranteed under the 1999

Constitution, as amended,

was not absolute.

1,000 Kwara traders,

artisans to get N1bn soft

loans —Gov AbdulRazaq

•Says cabinet list likely next week

By Demola


G AbdulRahman


AbdulRazaq of Kwara State

said, yesterday, that no

fewer than 1,000 traders,

marketers and artisans will

benefit from a N1 billion

soft loan to run their

businesses under the

Kwara State Social

Investment Programme,


The governor, who noted

that the proposal was under

consideration by the state

House of Assembly, said at

a maiden breakfast meeting

with journalists in Kwara

State that the focus of his

administration centred

around human capital and

infrastructure development

to attract investments,

combat poverty and take

Kwara to the top of the table

of revenue generation and


He said: “Under the

Kwara State Social

Investment Programme, for

instance, we plan to spend

N1 billion to help traders and

artisans with soft loans. We

are looking at roughly 1,000

beneficiaries of such soft


‘’We cannot watch while

our people suffer. We have

to do something in that

regard,” he said at the event

attended by top government

officials and party leaders,

including Deputy Governor

Kayode Alabi; Secretary to

the State Government, Prof.

Mamman Jibril; Chief of

Staff to the Governor, Aminu

Logun; Head of Service,

Mrs Susan Oluwole, and All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Chairman in the state,

Bashiru Bolarinwa.

The speaker, the Chief

Judge, and the Grand Khadi

were represented at the


He listed his major

landmarks to include fixing

the perennial water crisis

within Ilorin metropolis,

taking Kwara out of its pariah

status as the least performing

state in the Universal Basic

Education Commission,

UBEC, ranking, and getting

contractors back to work to

complete abandoned or

uncompleted projects.

According to him, this will

also include paying

counterpart funds that have

changed the story of the state

in health and education

sector, paying years of arrears

owed Colleges of Education,

and re-accreditation of the

state’s tertiary institutions,

among others.

Governor AbdulRazaq said

his administration had done

these without touching the

N4.8 billion it inherited from

the previous government,

saying the fund was reserved

to kick-start the state’s social

security programme and put

basic infrastructure in place.

He also said Kwarans

should expect something

concrete from cabinet

formation from next week,

saying the delay had been

due to wide consultations

with all stakeholders within

the ruling party and

dismissing claims of rancour

within its ranks.

CAN to Tiv, Jukun elders:

Sheathe your swords,

convene peace parley

By Luminous



Association of Nigeria,

CAN, has urged the

leadership of Tiv and

Jukum tribes of Benue and

Taraba states to sheathe their

swords and seek ways to

resolve their differences

without further bloodshed.

Recently, hundreds of

people, including a

Catholic Priest, Rev Fr.

David Tanko, died as a

result of renewed hostilities

between both ethnic


In a statement signed by

his media aide, Pastor Bayo

Oladeji, CAN President,

Revd Samson Ayokunle,

noted, yesterday, that the

leadership of both ethnic

groups were largely

Christians but expressed

worries over their alleged

reluctance to embrace


Ayokunle said: “We

appeal to the leadership of

both Jukum and Tiv in

Taraba and Benue states to

sheathe their swords and

embrace peace as no society

can develop without peace,

tolerance and harmony.

“From all indications, the

two warring parties are still

agitated and reluctant to

give peace a chance.

Worried by this sad and

unfortunate development,

we urge the two warring

factions to end the crisis.

“We had expected them,

as Christians majorly, to

come together in unison and

resolve their differences, no

matter how bitter they are,

as commanded us by Jesus

Christ who is the Prince of


“Travelling on Wukari and

Katsina-Ala highways have

become dangerous and

suicidal as travellers who

belong to either of the tribes

are arrested, killed or set


“We urge the leaders of Tiv

and Jukum to, as a matter of

urgency, convene peace

meetings among all relevant

stakeholders with a view to

finding lasting solution to

the feud.”

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019—9

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CELEBRATION: From left: Richard Mofe-Damijo, veteran Nollywood actor; Qwesi

Darkwa, a Ghanaian broadcaster, and Mudiagha Enajemo, CEO of MUDI Africa, during

an evening to celebrate Mudi's 10 years in Ghana.

Jim Ovia withdraws from World Economic

Forum events in S-Africa

CHAIRMAN of Zenith

Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia,

has withdrawn from the

ongoing World Economic

Forum, WEF, activities in

South Africa, following the

outbreak of xenophobic

attacks targeted mostly

against Nigerians domiciled

in that country.

Ovia and other prominent

business moguls,

professionals and captains of

industries were slated as

keynote speakers to

headline the WEF events but

Ovia has since notified the

organisers of his withdrawal.

The development is further

fuelled by the diplomatic row

the xenophobic attacks on


By Sola Ogundipe

Beware of refined sugar

IF you’re considering good

health, consider saying

goodbye to casual

consumption of sugary

drinks (soft drinks) or refined

sugar. Why? Because in

addition to being laced with

potentially cancer-causing

dyes, sugary drinks are the

primary source of added

sugar in your diet.

A rule of the thumb is that

excessive sugar intake is

inversely proportional to

good health. Drinks with a

lot of refined sugar in them

are bad for your health.

Similarly, drinks made with

a sugar substitute are

equally bad.

Sugar can damage enamel

and make it easier for stains

to form on your teeth. High

sugar content can lead to

dehydration, especially if

you’re drinking them instead

of water.

Sugary food is also

unhealthy. Baked goods and

other sweets are often rich

in added sugars and fat,

which can lead to weight

gain and poor dental health.

Sugar consumption can

particularly Nigerians and

other Africans resident in

South Africa has sparked off

between Nigeria and South


The Federal Government

accelerate the aging process.

Excessive sugar intake is

detrimental to looking young


The sugar in your diet can

damage your skin’s collagen

and elastin, making you look

wrinkled with skin that is no

longer firm.

To preserve your youthful

complexion, cut back on

sugar that accelerates

wrinkling and sagging and

damages collagen and

elastin, which keeps the skin

looking soft and supple.

Pina coladas, margaritas

and mojitos all contain large

amounts of sugar. Avoid

them or take in moderation.

When simple sugar is

consumed in excess, the

sugar molecules combine

with proteins in the body and

form compounds that can

damage the skin’s collagen.

These sweet drinks can

have over 50 grams of added

sugar in a single cocktail and

with the alcohol in the drinks,

they can dehydrate you,

making fine lines and

wrinkles more apparent.

has already announced its

withdrawal from the events,

including recalling its

ambassador and closing its

embassy in that country and

insisting that the South

African government must

guarantee the safety of

Nigerians and pay

compensation for the loss of

lives and property.

One of Nigeria’s leading

airlines, Air Peace, has also

positioned a plane to evacuate

all Nigerians willing to leave

South Africa back to Nigeria.

FIRS contributes 60% of funds to

Federation Account in 3 months — RMAFC

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

CHAIRMAN of Revenue

Mobilisation, Allocation

and Fiscal Commission,

RMAFC, Chief Elias Mbam,

has commended the efforts of

the Federal Inland Revenue

Service, FIRS, towards

revenue generation, stating

that the agency contributed

59.7 per cent revenues to

Federation Account in the last

three months.

Mbam made the

disclosure, yesterday, when

he led a team of RMAFC

commissioners and other

management members on a

visit to FIRS headquarters in


He said: “I want to observe

with pleasure that in the last

three months, the FIRS has

been the major contributor to

the Federation Account. The

average contribution from the

FIRS in the last three months

is about 59.7 percent. In other

words, more than half of the

revenue shared to the three

tiers of government comes

from the FIRS. So, I thank

you for that effort.”

The RMAFC boss said the

visit was to ensure that

RMAFC commissioners and

members of management

understand the revenue

landscape and familiarise

themselves with major

stakeholders of the


“We are here to familiarise

ourselves with your activities,

to know areas of

collaboration, your

challenges, which we will

also help to pass to the

Federal Government. We

also want to know where we

can be of help. We are all

working for the same

government and our work is

collaborative,” he added.

On his part, FIRS

Chairman, Mr. Tunde

Fowler, stated that FIRS

would continue do its best to

generate revenue to fund the

three tiers of government.

He said: “We have always

told ourselves that the job we

do is for the love of the country.

We will continue to deliver

quality services in tax

administration in Nigeria.

“We are deploying

technologies to make it easy for

taxpayers to pay their taxes

conveniently, even from the

comfort of their homes or

offices, download tax receipts

and do other transactions with

FIRS without visiting the tax


“We know the need for

increased revenues to the

government and we will

continue to do our best to fund

the three tiers of government”,

Fowler said.

While presenting a book on

President Muhammadu

Buhari entitled: Taxpayers are

King to Mbam, Fowler said

FIRS adopted the book to

underscore the selfless service

of President Buhari to Nigeria.

By Peter

Egwuatu &

Nkiruka Nnorom

THE Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE,

yesterday, announced the reclassification

of Oando Plc

from medium-priced stock to

low-priced stock.

The reclassification,

according to the exchange, in

a notice, took effect from

yesterday and is in

compliance with its pricing


Low Priced Stocks are

securities that have traded

below N5 per share in four out

of the last six months period.

The NSE said: “This is in

compliance with Rule 15.29:

Xenophobic attacks: Jonathan urges

African leaders to protect rights,

businesses of fellow Africans

By Dirisu


FOLLOWING the recent

xenophobic attacks in

South Africa, former President

of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck

Jonathan, has appealed to

African leaders to protect the

rights and businesses of

fellow Africans within their


Jonathan, who made the

call in a keynote address he

presented at the ongoing

International Peace Summit

in Sao Tome and Principe,

yesterday, noted that

sustainable development was

only possible in an

atmosphere of peace and


Emphasising the need for

leaders to protect lives and

property on the continent,

Jonathan said: “To make

meaningful progress,

Africans must be encouraged

to treat one another as

brothers and sisters, in love

and unity.

“Relations within and

between nations should

never be allowed to

degenerate to a level where

citizens will resort to self-help

by visiting violence on fellow

Africans and their legitimate

business interests.

“Growth and development

can only be cultivated and

sustained when leaders

ensure that the rights and

freedoms of citizens as well

as migrants are respected

and protected.”

The conference had in

attendance serving and

former African leaders,

including Sao Tome President

Evaristo Carvalho, Prime

Minister Jorge Bom Jesus,

former President of Niger,

Mahamane Ousmane, and

former President of Guinea

Bissau, Manuel Serifo


Jonathan, who is the

chairman of African wing of

the newly inaugurated

International Summit Council

for Peace, ISCP, also noted

that good governance, where

peace and security reign, was

the way to a peaceful and

prosperous continent.

...Telecom, MTN workers beg

Nigerians against reprisal


By Victor Young

WORKERS in the

n a t i o n ’ s

telecommunications and

communications sector have

pleaded with Nigerians to

stop reprisal attacks on MTN

and other South African

business interests in Nigeria,

following ongoing

xenophobic attacks on

Nigerians and their

businesses in South Africa.

Acting under the aegis of

Private Telecommunications

and Communications Senior

Staff Association of Nigeria,


branch, the workers called on

the Nigerian government

and its South African

counterpart to "expedite

actions in genuinely

exploring all diplomatic

measures to nipping this

very sad, weird, unfortunate

and disturbing trend in the

bud before it destroys the age

long diplomatic relationship

between both countries."

In a statement by General

Secretary of PTECSSAN,

Okonu Abdullahi and


Chairman,Elisha Adamu,

the workers said among

others: “While we condemn

in its entirety the barbaric

actions of the South Africans,

we must not fail to do same

against the reprisal attacks

on MTN Nigeria and other

South African business

interests in Nigeria.

"We understand the pain

and frustration of our people

because of xenophobia

going on in South Africa, but

we must not as a people

succumb to the temptation of

reprisal as this will be

tantamount to stooping so

low to the level of the South

Africans. We must know that

any reprisal attack is

uncivilized and will be

counter-productive, hence,


NSE re-classifies Oando as low price stock

Pricing Methodology,

Rulebook of The Exchange,

2015 (Dealing Members’

Rules). Oando dropped

below the N5 mark on April

30, 2019, and traded below

N5 up till close of business

on August 30, 2019.

“For upward or downward

movements in price to occur

on any Low Priced Stock that

is priced at below N5 and

listed on the NSE,

stockbrokers are required to

trade a minimum volume of

100,000 units and tick size of

N0.01kobo,” the NSE added.

According to NSE

Rulebook, for purposes of

calculating price movements

and price limits, equity

securities traded on the

Exchange are classified as

groups A and B.

Group A, the rule says,

shall consist of equities with

a Primary Market Maker that

are not classified in Group B.

Similarly, Group B shall

consist of equities with a

Primary Market Maker that

are priced above N100.00 per

share for at least four of the

last six months, or new

security listings that are

priced above N100 at the

time of listing on The


Recall that Oando has

been embroiled in crisis

following the petition filed

against it by two of its

shareholders over financial

mismanagement by the

management team.




10 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

FG to adopt LSSTF model to

tackle insecurity — SANWO-OLU

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Monsuru




G O S —


Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, yesterday,

disclosed that the Federal

Government has concluded

plans to replicate the Lagos

State Security Trust Fund,

LSSTF, model at the centre

aimed at boosting its

security agencies’ arsenal.

This came as the

governor inaugurated the

state waste sorting

initiative, tagged: Blue Box

Programme, barely 24

hours after announcing

plans to reintroduce the

monthly sanitation


The governor, who

disclosed the security

plans, while handing-over

120 patrol vehicles and 35

motorbikes to security

agencies at the State

House, Alausa, Ikeja,

yesterday, however,




commitment towards the

crime-free state.

Sanwo-Olu said: “About

13 years ago, we started the


of the

Nigerian Association of

Chambers of Commerce

Industry, Mines and

Agriculture, NACCIMA,

Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu

has called on President

Muhammadu Buhari

and the Minister of

Foreign Affairs to

urgently take decisive

action to end the ongoing

xenophobic attacks on

Nigerians in South Africa.

Aliyu said the current

acts of vandalism against

Nigerians and other

foreign nationals, their

properties and businesses

in South Africa were

“unjustified, unacceptable

and should stop with

engagement and

institutionalisation of

LSSTF, an agency that was

established with the

support of the State House

of Assembly. With a model

that has come to stay. This

is a model that the Federal

Government has said to us

that they want to start.

“It is a template that we

must continue to give

recognition and accolades

to the administration that

introduced the system.

“Security of lives and

property is not only critical

to us; it is something that

we will not turn deaf ears

to. Lagos will continue to

remain safe, Lagos will

continue to place security

and will not be taken for

granted and based on the

incidents that have

happened in the last two

days, the government will

certainly not condone any

incident where we have a

breakdown of law and


“We are passing 120

pickup vehicles and about

35 motorcycles to our

various security formations

and we will determine who

gets what but this is just the



calls for decisive action

immediate effect.”

She called on South

African authorities to

ensure full protection of

Nigerians and all persons

being targeted.

Compensation should also

be paid to those whose

properties have been

looted or destroyed.


President expressed

worry over the attacks on

Nigeria-South Africa

Bilateral Economic

Relations noting that the

“forthcoming Bi-national

Commission between

Nigeria and South

Africa, in October,

presents an opportunity for

more strategic action for

enduring peaceful ties.”

Nigeria’s largest construction

expo debuts in Lagos


companies and more

than 5,000 industry

professionals are expected

to attend the maiden edition

of the largest construction

event in Nigeria

tagged: The Big 5

Construct Nigeria, which is

billed to take place at the

Landmark Centre, Lagos

from December 9 to 12, 2019.

According to the

organisers, DMG Event,

the expo would offer

participants 20 free and

CPD-certified workshops

covering technology and

sustainability, affordable

housing and architecture,

and project management.

Confirmed brands for the

event include regional and

global leaders like; KELM,

ABB, Philips, Crane,

Eurotray, Tata, Hilti and

Magna Tyres.

Commenting on the

event, Portfolio Event

Director at DMG Event,

Mohammed Kazi said:

“The positive feedback we

are receiving from industry

stakeholders proves just

how important it is for

Nigeria to host an

international construction

event like The Big 5

Construct Nigeria today.

“At a time when the

country is pursuing an



development, the event

will finally bring together

influential decisionmakers,

innovators and

suppliers from around the

globe for three days of

business and networking

opportunities in Lagos. The

Big 5 Construct Nigeria

is going to be a turning

point in the advancement

of the West African

construction sector.”

LAGOS TRIBUNAL: S-Court reserves verdict

on Sanwo-Olu’s appeal to stop hearing

By Ikechukwu


A Supreme BUJA—THE


yesterday, reserved

judgement on an appeal

seeking to stop the Lagos

State Governorship

Election Petition Tribunal

sitting in Ikeja, from reopening

hearing on two

petitions challenging the

election of Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the

All Progressives Congress,


A five-man panel of

Justices of the apex court

led by Justice Mary Odili,

adjourned for judgement,

after it heard the appeal

Governor Sanwo-Olu

lodged to set-aside the

decision of the Court of

Appeal that ordered the

tribunal to resume hearing

on the petitions.

The Tribunal had in

June, dismissed the

petition entered against

Sanwo-Olu by

candidates of the

Alliance for Democracy,

AD, Chief Owolabi Salis

and his Labour Party

counterpart in the March

9 governorship election,

Ifagbemi Awamaridi.

The three-member

panel tribunal headed by

Justice Terhemen Asua,

cited the inability of the

petitioners to apply for prehearing

conference after

the close of pleadings,

within seven days that was

prescribed by law.

The tribunal maintained

that timely application for

pre-hearing conference

was a condition precedent

that must be met before it

could proceed to hear the

two petitions on merit.

It held that Section

285(4) of the Fourth

Alteration to the 1999

Constitution was

inapplicable, saying the two

petitions by the AD and LP

candidates deserved to be


However, the Lagos

Division of the Court of

Appeal, in a unanimous

judgement on August 6,

ordered the tribunal to reopen

hearing on both


Dissatisfied with the two

verdicts, Sanwo-Olu

approached the Supreme

Court to set it aside.

At the resumed

Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu mourn ex- Lagos HOS

By Dapo Akinrefon


A G O S —


Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State and former

governor of the state,

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,

yesterday, commiserated

with the Tinubu family of

Lagos over the death of its

scion, Alhaji Rafiu

Babatunde Tinubu.

Alhaji Tinubu passed

away on Wednesday in

Abuja after a brief illness.

He was former Head of

Service in Lagos.

In a statement by Chief

Press Secretary, Gboyega

Akosile, the governor

described Tinubu’s death

as a huge loss to the state

and the nation in general.

The statement reads:

“Alhaji Tinubu’s demise

came at a time the nation

and Lagos, in particular,

needed his wealth of

experience the most.

‘‘As experienced

administrator per

excellence, we certainly

will miss the late Alhaji

Tinubu’s counsel on

matters of importance in the

state civil service.

“We can’t forget the

contributions of late Alhaji

Rafiu Tinubu towards the

professionalisation of

Lagos civil service. His

quest for excellence and

exemplary leadership were

the hallmark of his earthly

sojourn. We condole the

Tinubu family, especially

our National Leader,

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed

Tinubu, wife and children

of the deceased and the

entire extended families of

the late elder statesman.”

Similarly, Asiwaju

Tinubu, in a statement by

his Media Office, said the

late HOS helped in laying

a firm foundation for the

success of his


The statement reads: “It

was with a heavy heart that

I received the news of the

passing away on,

proceeding yesterday, all

the parties adopted their

briefs of argument, even as

the apex court panel

Wednesday, September 4,

2019, of my first cousin and

eminent member of our

highly-respected family,

Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde

Tinubu, son of Dr. Abdul

Hameed Saka Tinubu. The

memory of this

distinguished public

servant, passionate

Lagosian and patriotic

Nigerian popularly known

simply as RAB by all and

sundry will ever remain

fresh in my mind

particularly because of the

critical role he played in

helping to lay a firm

foundation for the success

of my administration

during my two-term tenure

as governor of Lagos State

between 1999 and 2007.

Coming into office as

governor from the private

sector, I knew that I needed

a Head of the State Civil

Service who I could trust

and who would help forge

a harmonious relationship

between my administration

and the public service on

which the success of any

government depends to a

significant extent. Nobody

at that time could fit the bill

as perfectly as Alhaji Rafiu

Babatunde Tinubu. As a

family member, he would

understandably desire

nothing but the success of

my administration.''

GWAF annual memorial lecture


LAGOS—ALL is now

set for the annual Gabi

Williams Alzheimer’s

Foundation, GWAF,

memorial lecture.

The August event which

is in its second edition

would be bringing together

key stakeholders to discuss

critical issues and to

stimulate the meaningful

exchange of ideas and best

practices in the field of

Alzheimer’s and


The lecture with the

theme: How to reduce the

From left; Mr.

Freeborn Okhiria,

Managing Director,

Nigerian Railway

Corporation; Mr.

Rotimi Amaechi,



Transportation and Mr.

Chidi Izuwah, DG &

CEO, Infrastructure

Concession Regulatory

Commission, during

the handover of

certificate to design and

develop a secure

automated fare

collection solution to

Federal Ministry of

Transportion in Abuja.

reserved judgement date till

a date to be communicated

to them through their

respective lawyers.

risk of dementia, would be

delivered by Prof. Gbenga

Ogedegbe, a renowned

professor of Population

Health and Medicine and

Associate Vice Chancellor,

New York University School

of Medicine.

In a statement by a

Trustee of Gabi Williams

Alzheimer’s Foundation,

Ms. Toun Williams, the

2019 GWAF Memorial

Lecture would come alive

at Lagos Resource Center,

9, Anifowose Street,

Victoria Island, Lagos on

September 11, 2019, at

12:00 pm.

‘Sanwo-Olu needs support

to succeed’



of All


Congress, APC, in Lagos

State, Chief Lanre Razak

has said that Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu needs

the support of all to succeed

in the onerous task of

moving the state forward to

the next level.

The elder statesman, in a

chat with the newsmen in

Lagos said Sanwo-Olu has

started on a very good note

in his first 100 days in office.

He, however, urged the

Lagos residents to double

their support for him,

enthusing that, “from the

looks of things, Lagos

people are in for a good

time under this workaholic

team player.”

He said: “I, hereby,

appeal to the people of

Lagos to uphold their civic

responsibilities through the

payment of their taxes for

more development, growth

and progress of the state to

enable it to maintain its

position as one of the most

viable economies on the

African continent.''

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 11

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vandals'll be prosecuted — IGP

MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA: From left; Chairman, Council of Fellows,

Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Prof Ibrahim Galadima robing the Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin

University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu, assisted by National President, Mathematical

Association of Nigeria, Prof Mamman Musa at the 56th Annual Conference of the association at the

Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, earlier in the week.

INSECURITY: Be committed in fighting

crime, IGP tasks S’West govs, monarchs

By Dayo Johnson


Inspector General

of Police, Mr. Mohammed

Adamu, yesterday, urged

governors of South-West

states and monarchs to

show more commitment in

fighting crimes to mitigate

security challenges in the


Speaking in Akure

during an official visit to the

state, he said: “Nigerians

should begin to see the

issue of security as their

responsibility. There are

isolated cases of crimes in

the South-West of recent

and we believe the

traditional rulers and the

state governors must show

commitment; we are ready

to do anything to mitigate

the security problems.

“We believe that if we all

work together by way of

rubbing minds and sharing

ideas, our society will be

free of crimes.”

On community policing,

the IGP said: “The

country’s policing system

has been redesigned and

rejigged to be communitybased

so that all Nigerians

can see the issue of security

as their responsibilities.

“Our strategy for policing

has changed. The

community is now working

with us and we are going

to ensure that all the

communities are

represented whether you

are traditional rulers or you

belong to a socio-cultural


“We are going to train

people from each

community who will have

the power of the police and

power to arrest. They will

be deployed to help the

police in fighting crime.

On welfare of police

officers in the country, the

police chief said: “We have

bought patrol vehicles and

with the state of the art

technology that can

checkmate crimes, we

believe no officer should

die in the course of fighting

crimes. To this end, body

armours have been

procured to protect us while

confronting the evil doers.

If you kill one police officer,

the government has lost the

money spent to train such


Speaking on his visit,

Adamu said: “We had a

security summit in Ibadan

where all the stakeholders

met including the

governors in South-West as

CYBERCRIME: NCC to regulate use of internet

By Shina Abubakar


a t i o n a l


Commission, NCC,

yesterday, pledged to

establish mechanisms to

control the use of internet

to protect the nation’s

cyberspace against attack.

The commission said the

move is aimed at protecting

children against dangerous

online contents, ensure

consumer privacy and

data protection.

This was disclosed by the

IBEDC decries infant mortality rate in Nigeria,

donates to UCH

IBADAN Electricity

Distribution Company,

IBEDC, yesterday said it

has donated a Draeger

incubator, baby Apnea

monitors and beddings to

the pediatric ward of the

University of Ibadan College

Hospital, adding that it also

renovated the children

outpatient clinic play area.

In a statement, the

company said this was in

line with its ''Corporate

Social Responsibility

Campaign on ‘IBEDC’s

changing lives, one child at

a time’ to care for the

Nigerian child as we have

done with the education

career fair day and Energy

club activations in

partnership with USAID.

“Importantly, IBEDC is

joining in the fight against

Neonatal, Infant and

Under-five morbidity and

mortality in Oyo State first

and gradually to other

franchise areas of Osun,

Ogun and Kwara. Neonatal,

Infant and Under-five

mortality rates remain high

in Nigeria, as it has the

third highest mortality rate

in the world accounting for

nine percent.

“Millions of babies are

born too early every year the

world over and preterm

birth complications account

for over 1 million deaths in

2015. These mind boggling

but preventable deaths

prompted IBEDC to give an

incubator and Apnea

monitors to keep the preterm

babies and babies born with

special needs safe and

stable to increase their

chances of survival.''

well as traditional rulers.

We brainstormed on how to

effectively secure the

South-West geopolitical


“After the Ibadan summit,

it became necessary to

move round the command

within the zone to sensitize

the personnel towards

implementing resolution of

the summit.

“We won’t expose the

strategy but we are now

ready for the deployment of

Special Forces within the

South-West geopolitical

zone to reinforce the

work police officers have

been doing.”

commission’s Deputy

Director, Consumer Affairs

Bureau, Alhaji Ismail

Adedigba, at the 109th

edition of Consumer

Outreach Programme in

Osogbo, Osun State.

Adedigba said: “Realising

that liberalisation of the

telecoms industry has led to

an unprecedented increase

in the usage of internetbased

solutions and

services, the Nigerian


Commission has initiated a

process to establish an

internet industry code of

practice for internet service

providers in the country.

“The internet code is a

regulatory intervention

expected to secure the

country’s cyberspace

against threats from cyber

attackers and addressing

issues such as online child

protection, privacy and data

protection among others.”

He added that while the

commission is working on

regulatory interventions to

sanitize the cyberspace,

telecoms play their role by

reporting shortcomings to

appropriate quarters.

In her opening remarks,

the Director of Consumer

Bureau, Mrs. Felicia

Onwuegbuchulam urged

consumers to note that as

there is increase in the

number “It is noteworthy

that as the commission

embarks on various

initiatives to increase access

to the internet for Nigerians

for positive engagements,

we are, nonetheless,

conscious of dishonest

individuals, who are bent

on using the internet for

illegal activities,” she said.

By Rotimi Ojomoyela


Inspector General of

Police, Mr. Mohammed

Adamu, yesterday,

disclosed that Nigerians

arrested for allegedly

engaging in reprisal attacks

on businesses of South

Africans will be prosecuted.

This came as the National

Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS, during a

peaceful protest in Ekiti

State, called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to as

a matter of urgency put an

end to the carnage.

Adamu described those

engaging in xenophobic

attacks as criminals and

unpatriotic citizens, who

would be dealt with

according to the laws of

the land.

The IGP said this in Ado

TASUED VC, Arigbabu, 5

others emerge MAN fellows

THE Vice Chancellor,

Tai Solarin University

of Education, Ijagun, Ogun

State, Prof. Abayomi

Adelaja Arigbabu and five

other members of the

Mathematical Association

of Nigeria, MAN, have

been awarded the

Fellowship of the

Association due to their

contributions to the study of

Mathematics and

Mathematics education in


Other awardees are Dr.

Muhammad Awwal

Yushau of the Usmanu

Danfodiyo University,

Sokoto State; Dr. Foluke

Bosede Eze of the Federal

University Ndufu-Alike,

Ikwo, Ebonyi State; Mrs.

Helen Adesuwa Idugboe;

Dr. Bala Galle Attah and

Irabor Justy Orobosa.

Speaking at the 56th

Annual Conference of the

Association, held on the

campus of the Rivers State

University, Port Harcourt,

with the theme:

“Mathematics and


Education for National

Development” the

Ijebu Muslim College holds pre-7Oth

anniversary luncheon Sunday

THE Ijebu Muslim

College Old Students

Association, IMCOSA, will

on Sunday, September 8,

2019 at the Classique

Events Centre, Oregun,

Lagos, hold a pre-70th

Anniversary Luncheon

commencing at 12noon.

In a statement by its

Publicity Sub-Committee,

IMCOSA stated that the

luncheon is to kick-start

activities marking the 70th

anniversary of the college,

founded in 1950 by the

Muslim Community in

Ijebu Ode. The college has

since produced eminent

Nigerians across the country

in many spheres of human


Chairman of the day is the

Group Managing Director

of First Bank Group, Dr.

Ekiti during a security

stakeholders’ meeting.

Justifying the action of the

police against those

involved in xenophobic

violence, Adamu said: “The

arrest showed that Nigeria

is a country that has laws

and it shows that we can

never behave the way

others behaved. No

individual is allowed to take

the law into his hands. The

Federal Government is

dealing with the issue of

killings and attacks on

Nigerians in South Africa.

“That Nigerians are being

attacked over there is not a

reason for anybody to attack

businesses of South African

nationals. Those who did

that are unpatriotic and are

criminals and that was why

we arrested some of them

and we will prosecute


National President, Prof.

Mamman Musa, FMAN,

commended the awardees

for their unparalleled

contributions to the

Association in particular

and educational

development of Nigeria.

In his key note address,

Vice Chancellor of the

University of Port Harcourt,

Choba, Rivers State, Prof.

Ndowa Lale reiterated the

importance of mathematics

and entrepreneurship

education as bedrock of

national development. He

urged stakeholders and

policy markers to ensure

that programmes at all

levels of education are

made relevant in order to

provide youths and

graduates with necessary

vocational skills that can

make them to become


He urged the

government to create an

enabling environment

where entrepreneurs can

easily access funds, thereby

promoting productivity and

quality products and in the

long run creating


Adesola Kazeem

Adeduntan, while a former

student and prominent

banker, Otunba Jimi Lawal

is the Chief Launcher.

The luncheon will enable

the Old Students

Association unfold its plans

for the anniversary

scheduled for January

2020. It will also raise funds

and present awards to those

who have been part of the

school’s success story.

Former Managing

Director of the News

Agency of Nigeria, NAN,

an old student of the

school, Mr. Bayo

Onanuga, will deliver the

pre-anniversary luncheon

lecture on Alumni

Associations, The Present

and Future of Education in

South West Nigeria.





12—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

EDUCATION SUMMIT: Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State (2nd left); his deputy,

Mr Moses Ekpo (left); former Governors Obong Victor Attah (right); Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga

(2nd right) and State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Obong Paul Ekpo (middle), at the

opening of the First Akwa Ibom Education Summit and Exhibitions tagged "Human Capacity

Development for Sustainable Transformation of Persons And Society" at the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio

Auditorium, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.

A-Ibom NASS election tribunal confirms

Ekpenyong, Albert, Idem's victory

By Chioma


UYO —THE National

Assembly Elections

Petition Tribunal sitting in

Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and

presided over by Justice

Jennifer Ijohor, yesterday,

upheld the elections of

Senator Bassey Albert for

Akwa Ibom North-East

(Uyo) senatorial district,

Unyime Idem for Ukanafun/

Oruk Anam Federal

Constituency and Nse

Ekpenyong for Oron/Udung

Uko/Urueffong Oruko/Mbo/

Okobo federal constituency.

The three-member panel

sitting at the Sanitation

Court Complex in Uyo ruled

in favour of the respondents,

who are all members of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, citing the inability of

petitioners to prove

allegations of criminality and

non-compliance with the

provisions of the Electoral

Act, as contained in their


In the Akwa Ibom North

senatorial district petition, the

petitioners, Bassey Etim,

candidate and his party, All

Progressives Congress,

APC, had alleged that

Bassey Albert was not

elected by majority of lawful

votes; not qualified to contest

the National Assembly

election as his documents

were falsified; and that his

emergence was by reason of

corrupt practices; and noncompliance

with the

Electoral Act by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,


However, counsel to PDP,

O. Akpan, and that of the

1st respondent, Mr.

Solomon Umoh, SAN,

represented by M. D.

Gwaison, argued that the

petitioners, who made wild

criminal allegations of

falsification of documents

and noncompliance with

Electoral Act, did not tender

any other document to prove

their claim.

In the same vein, the

election of Unyime Idem was

upheld on grounds that

evidences of petitioners and

their witnesses were based on

hearsay from polling unit

agents, without substantial


Also the petition by Mr

Victor Antai of APC,

challenging the victory of

Chief Nse Ekpenyong of PDP

for Oron federal constituency

was dismissed for lacking in


....C’River tribunal dimisses 5 more

petitions in favour of PDP


By Ike


CALABAR—Five more

petitions filed by All

Progressives Congress, APC,

candidates in Cross River

State against the candidates

of Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, challenging the outcome

of the 2019 general election

for different seats of the

National Assembly, have been

dismissed by the election


Judgement in the five

petitions given by the second

panel of the Election Petition

Tribunal sitting in Calabar is

coming barely 24 hours after

the first panel gave judgment

in 10 cases all in favour of PDP


The second panel led by

Justice A. Babawale with

Justice S. Shuaibu and

Justice M. Okoh as members,

yesterday, delivered

judgement in suit between

Wabilly Nyiam of APC vs

Senator Rose Oko of PDP

and another for Cross River

North senatoriaI district and

it was in Oko’s favour.

The petition between Jude

Ngaji of APC vs Jarigbe

Agom Jarigbe of PDP, over

Ogoja/Yala federal

constituency was ruled in

Jarigbe’s favour.

The petition between

Mkpanam Ekpo of APC vs

Daniel Asuquo of PDP, over

Akamkpa/Biase federal

constituency was in Asuquo’s

favour; petition between

Akibe Ekpenyong of APC vs

Eta Mbora of PDP for


Municipal federal

constituency was in Mbora’s

favour; while petition

between Dominic Aqua-

Edem of APC vs Essien Ayi,

for Bakassi/Calabar South/


Constituency wea ruled in

favour of Ayi.

Issues addressed in all the

judgements were similar as

stated by the judges, noting

that the crux of the petition was

the petitioners complain that

they were unlawfully

excluded from participating in

the elections held on February

23rd by the actions of the

second respondent,

Independent National

Electoral Commission INEC.

NDDC: Isoko youths back

Okumagba as MD

ISOKO National Youth

Assembly, INYA, led by

Umuakpo Ovie, has

congratulated Olorogun

Bernard Okumagba and

Prophet Jones Erue on their

appointments as Managing

Director and Commissioner

representing Delta State on

the board of Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, respectively.

In a statement by the

Director, Media and Strategy,

INYA, Eniwake Orogun, the

umbrella youth body of the

Isoko nation assured them of

their unalloyed support.

The group expressed

optimism that Okumagba and

the new board will work to

ensure that Niger Delta is

lifted from its comatose state,

adding: “We are hopeful that

Taiga, others bag Ph.D as

Ibru varsity graduates 26

By Perez Brisibe

& Akpokona




R R I —


Moses Taiga, President-

General of Urhobo Progress

Union, UPU, and two

others, yesterday, bagged

Honorary Doctorate of

Michael and Cecilia Ibru

University, Agbarha-Otor,

Ughelli North Local

Government Area of Delta


The university also

produced its first set of

graduates with four of them

with first class degree.

The convocation event

had Israelis, Dr. Joseph

Shevel, President Galilee

Management Institute,

Israel and Mr. Benson

Uwheru, Partner, Ernest

and Young, as recipients of

honorary Ph.D of the


Dr. Cecilia Ibru,

Chancellor of the university

in her welcome address,

thanked God for the

success of the students, as

she paid tribute to her late

husband, Olorogun

Michael Ibru, whose dream

birthed the university.

She added that the

university hopes to alleviate

poverty with education and

wished to see the institution

as being top in the world.

She challenged the

graduates to “go conquer

the world.”

Olorogun Taiga,

Chairman of the event, in

his remarks said the

university had by this

landmark showed its

dedication to good works,

endurance, intellectual

capacity and commitment to

a worthy course aimed at

impacting positively on any


He said: “Some of you are

the first in your families to

attend a university, but

rather than being deterred

by the unknown, you

forged ahead, embracing

your role as pioneer.”

you will use your good

offices to improve the lots of

Delta State and the Niger


The youth body was also

critical of the development

of Isoko nation with a call

on Okumagba to boost their

confidence by giving them

the requisite attention.

It said: “As an ethnic

nation, it is also our sincere

hope that this board will

give Isoko its rightful place

in the scheme of things and

will not betray our

confidence like the

immediate past board did,

especially in project awards

and completion, training

and empowerment of our

youths and other

deliverables the board has

to offer.”

Taiga charged them to

build a constituency of

change, to expand network

and be a lifelong learner and

to broaden their horizon.

Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape,

Vice Chancellor of the

university in her address

said, Isheke Richard of the

Department of Computer

Science, emerged overall

best graduating student in

Computer Science and best

graduating student in

Faculty of Natural and

Applied Science with a

CGPA of 4.92 while

Oghenede Gift emerged best

graduating student in

Faculty of Management and

Social Science with a CGPA

of 4.53.

Earlier, Benson Uwheru in

his lecture entitled “A lecture

on Re-engineering the

Mindset of the Youth on

Inclusiveness Towards

National Development,”

said: “The purpose of reengineering

is to make all

processes work effectively

and efficiently. It is about the

redesign and restructuring

of a component to get the

optimal value.”

He said that a reengineered

mindset could

rise above the majority,

develop qualities and

disciplines that the average

person lacks in life, as it is a

special kind of person with

uncommon beliefs and



Okowa’s wife

younger sister



By Festus Ahon


sister to the wife of

Delta State Governor, Dr

Ifeanyi Okowa,

Elizabeth, who was

reportedly kidnapped

about two weeks ago,

has been released


Elizabeth, who was

allegedly abducted by

gunmen at Temple Clinic

Junction on Awai Road

near Government

House, Asaba, was said

to have been released in

the early hours of


A source close to

Government House,

who confirmed the

release, said he was not

aware if ransom was


Contacted, Delta State

Commissioner of Police,

Mr Adeyinka Adeleke,

said he was neither

aware of her kidnap nor

her release.

Adeleke said: “I’m just

hearing it from you, I

don’t have that

information that she was

abducted let alone

information that she had

been released.”

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019—13

Umahi meets Buhari, Aviation Minister

over challenges in South East

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru & Peter Okutu


of South-East Governors

Forum and Governor of Ebonyi

State, Chief David Umahi,

yesterday, paid a courtesy visit to

President Muhammadu Buhari at

the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Governor Umahi, who met

behind closed doors with the

President also paid unscheduled

visit to the Minister of Aviation,

Alhaji Hadi Sirika.

Umahi told newsmen he met

with the President to intimate him

on a number of issues affecting

the South-East, with security and

critical infrastructure topping the


Governor Umahi disclosed that

beyond his request for extension

of the runway at the Akanu Ibiam

International Airport, the issue of

security in the region and the

nation in general also came to the

front burner.

He commended Mr. President

for giving him audience at the

shortest notice, describing him as

a father to all, adding that he

intimated the President on their

earlier request for railways and

extension of pipelines and gas

station to the region, as well as

upgrading the Sam Mbakwe

Airport, which has become the

alternative airport for the zone.

He said he was at the Villa to

seek Mr. President’s audience

with the rest of the governors and

leaders of Ndigbo, spanning all

segments of the society, to discuss

issues affecting the zone.

He lamented that over a period

of time, herdsmen have infiltrated

the zone resulting in insecurity:

killing and kidnapping of

innocent farmers and other


He called on the Federal

Government to intensify efforts

with the governors of the zone to

secure lives and properties of the


The governor also sought the

approval of Mr. President for

speedy commencement of the

renovation of the Enugu Airport

and upgrading it to international

standard by completing the cargo

section and her international


Governor Umahi also visited the

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika,

to intimate him on his meeting

with President Buhari as regards

the airport project, so it can

commence and be executed in

good time and to specification.

...on apology to IPOB

On apology to IPOB, Umahi

said governors in the zone have

no apology to tender to the

Indigenous People of Biafra,

IPOB, saying the group has no

right to place a travel ban on

South-East governors and other

top politicians from the zone.

Recall that the separatist

movement had, in an open letter,

•...says South East govs won’t apologize to IPOB

made many demands on the

South-East governors, for them to

have a truce, one of which is that

the governors should openly

apologise to IPOB.

However, after the meeting with

President Buhari, Umahi told

newsmen: “We have no apology

to tender because we did not

proscribe them.

INDICATIONS have emerged

that ABC Orjiako, guarantor of

the loan in ongoing litigation

between Asset Management

Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON,

and Shebah Exploration and

Production, E&P, Company

Limited, has made strong

commitment to pay further.

The parties to the litigation had

met on Tuesday, September 3, and

discussed how to amicably resolve

the various issues that have been

in public recently, with sources at

AMCON saying in line with the

outcome of the meeting, the

guarantor will be presenting

comprehensive repayment plan

for all outstanding loans, which

are due to the syndicate.

The agreed first tranche of

payment is expected to be made

latest on September 18.

The meeting, which held at

AMCON office, had in

attendance, representatives of the

obligor company (Shebah E & P),

ABC Orjiako (the guarantor), the

lenders, Afrexim Bank, Access

Bank and Polaris Bank; AMCON,

“Yes, we are the leaders of the

people and we had to speak

against their activities.”

The governor noted that it was

the Federal Government and not

the South-East governors, that

proscribed IPOB.

He said the group often made

empty threats, adding that no

responsible government would

AMCON/Shebah E&P: ABC Orjiako

makes payment commitment

and the Receiver/Manager.

It was learned that the

respective parties were pleased

with the outcome of the meeting.

It was also learned that the

defendant had plans in the

pipeline to pay some money to

Ihedioha flags

off 81-km

urban roads



SEQUEL to his promise to

address the dilapidated

infrastructure in the state, with

a view to ensuring economic

development, Governor

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State

has flagged off the construction

of 81-kilometre urban roads

project worth N23.4 billion in

the state.

This is just as the governor

promised that his administration

would not consider

geographical divisions in



developmental needs of the


The governor, who stated

this while performing the

flag-off of the projects

yesterday, said part of his

administration’s cardinal

agenda is to run a one-stop

state, where democracy

dividends will be evenly

distributed across the 27 local

government areas of the


The 16 roads earmarked for

construction under the

project include Nkume/

Umuowa/Owerri Ebiri/

Umuna/Orlu; Imo State

University Teaching

Hospital, Umuna; Mgbidi/

Oguta; Douglas/Emmanuel

College/Naze and Naze/


Others are Control-Post/

World Bank; Ahiara Junction/

Okpala; IMSU/Bishop’s

Court; Okigwe Town/St.

Mary’s Catholic Church,

MCC/Toronto junction, Aba

Branch/Ahiara Junction,


Harcourt, among others.

The governor also flagged

off the reconstruction of

Government Technical

College, Okporo, Orlu;

Government Technical

College, Owerri; Dan

Anyiam Stadium and

Grasshopper International

Handball Stadium, Owerri.

NACCIMA President calls for decisive action on xenophobia

NATIONAL President of the

Nigerian Association of

Chambers of Commerce Industry,

Mines and Agriculture,

NACCIMA, Hajiya Saratu Iya

Aliyu, has called on President

Muhammadu Buhari and the

Minister of Foreign Affairs to

urgently take decisive action to

end the ongoing xenophobic

attacks on Nigerians in South


She was of the view that current

acts of vandalism against

Nigerians and other foreign

nationals, their properties and

businesses in South Africa were

unjustified, unacceptable and

should stop with immediate effect.

The minister called on South

allow a proscribed group to

promote lawlessness, boasting

that he would inform the

members any time he planned to

travel out of Nigeria.

According to him, “IPOB has

no powers to place travel ban

on governors or anyone. I will

even tell IPOB any time I

intend to travel.”

FIRS/RMAFC: Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Mr. Tunde Fowler,

presenting a book on President Muhammadu Buhari to Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation

and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Chief Elias Mbam, at FIRS Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.

the creditors prior to the AMCON


While negotiations commenced,

ABC Orjiako, who had previously

paid $68 million of his personal

money to the creditors, made

commitment to pay further.

Hajiya Aliyu

African authorities to ensure full

protection of Nigerians and all

persons being targeted, adding

“compensation should also be

paid to those whose properties

have been looted or destroyed.”

She drew attention to the

potential damage of these attacks

on Nigeria-South Africa bilateral

economic relations and advised

that the forthcoming bi-national

commission between Nigeria and

South Africa in October, presents

an opportunity for a more strategic

action for enduring peaceful ties

to ensure the realisation of the

full potentials of trade and

economic relations.

She stressed that “so much

rests on our two countries for

inclusive economic growth and

development of the continent

and peoples, especially against

the background of Agenda 2063:

The Africa We Want, as envisioned

by the African Union, AU.”



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held at Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos. PHOTOS: BUNMI AZEEZ & AKEEM SALAU.

From left: Engr Gbenga Adebayo,Chairman Association of Licensed Telecom

Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); Mr Patrick Akinwuntan, MD, Ecobank Plc and

Mr Gbenga Adefaye, GM/Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newspapers.

From left: Mallam Abdulraham Ado, Executive Director, Regulatory &

Corporate Affairs, 9mobile; Eno Udoma-Eniang, Head Govt & Legislative

Affairs, 9mobile & Chairman, Legal & Regulatory Committee, ALTON

and Uche Agbamuche, Manager, Legal/Regulatory & Govt Liaison,

Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria Limited.

From left: Mr Eze Anaba, Editor, Vanguard Newspaper; Mr Olushola Ojo,

Internal Auditor, Vanguard and Mr Jude Ndu, Strategy & Emotional Brand

Intelligence Marketing Leader, Vanguard.

From left: Mr. George Uwaezuoke, Lolita Ejiofor, Sodiq Ogunnola and Odidison


Joan Ndubudewu (left) and Atuonwu Adana.

Mr. Aluko Fikayomi, Innovation Expert (left)

and Mr. Elemi Ani.

From left: Ola Sunday; Madhov Bonka, Telecom

Group and Nitin Vasuani, Tocaram Group.

From left: Mr. Ajewole Olaide, Credit/Risk Officer at EAL Enterprise

Asset Leasing; Mr. Isumiede Omokhudu, Strategy and Investment Officer,

Nosak Group and Mr. Tolulope Banjo, Project Manager, General Telecom Plc.

From left: Ruth Chiekezie; Awele Onyeka; Oreoluwa Gbajumo and Temisan

David, all from Phillips Consulting.



The Economic Forum series on Mobile Money Market & Fintech with the theme: Leveraging Fintech Innovation for Unlocking

Growth and Competitiveness in Nigeria's Mobile Money Market and Payment EcoSystem, held in Lagos at the Civic Centre, Ozumba

Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos yesterday. PHOTOS: AKEEM SALAU & BUNMI AZEEZ.

From left: Wole Famurewa, Anchor, CNBC Africa; Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman,

Association of licensed Telecom Operations of Nigeria, ATCON; Prof. Olayinka

David-West,.Academic Director, Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University;

Mr. Patrick Akinwuntan, MD, Ecobank Plc.; Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, GM/

Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newspapers;.Mr. Ayokunle Adaralegbe, Chief

Risk Officer, CSCS; Mr. Eze Anaba, Editor Vanguard (daily), and Musa

Jimoh,Deputy Director, Payment System, CBN.

From left: Ademola Alabi, Corporate Communication Dept., CSCS;

Johnson Onowugbeda, Media Relations, CSCS Plc., and Ayodeji

Popoola, Head, Strategic Projects, Cyberspace Limited.

Mr Patrick




Ecobank Plc/

K e y n o t e

S p e a k e r

delivery his


From left: Mr. Oyeniyi Emmanuel, Senior Associate, Streamsowers & Kohn;

Law Director, Mr. Ayokunle Adaralegbe and Mr. Jay Alabraba, Co-Founder, Paga.

From left: Martins Adebisi Oluwabiyi, Business Develeopment

Manager, Adron Homes and Properties Ltd., and Prince Toyin

Olalemi, MD, Apex Trust MFB, Ibadan.

Sunday Ebong, Head, Consultancy, CIBN (left) and Babatunde

Apena, Director, CIBN, The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

Adewale Oguntade, Ecobank, Consumer Distribution (left)

and Ms Ayodele Osolake, Head, Consumer Banking, Ecobank.

Mr. Dele Sobowale and Ms. Titi Jolaoso, Financial Controller, Vanguard


16—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019




D i r e c t o r /


Breweries Plc;Baker


CEO,Guinness Nigeria

Plc/Vice Chairman,Beer

Sectorial Group[BSG]

and Jordi Borut bel,MD/


Breweries Plc/Chairman

BSG at the official

launch of SMASHED

Project in Lagos yesterday.

Photo Akeem Salau.

Protest: Delta APC backs Odubu-led NDDC, sues

for peace

By Elizabeth





Congress, APC, in Delta

State has urged those

kicking against the

appointment of the new

Niger Development

Commission, NDDC board

by President Muhammadu

Buhari to embrace peace in

the interest of the Niger

Delta people.

The party in a statement

NCC tasks industry, others on indigenous

technology solutions

By Emmanuel


ABUJA—THE Nigerian


Commissions, NCC

Thursday challenged

industry players in the

nation’s telecom sector and

the academia to identify

pressing needs of the

industry, unlock the

inherent potential in our

academia and come up

with needed policies for

indigenously created

technology solutions.

The Commission also

challenged the industry

players to maximize the

potentials of the academia

in Research and

Development by increasing

their R&D funding and

participation to enable them

impact more on the nation’s


The Executive Vice

Chairman of the

issued by its Director of

Communications Mr. Nick

Ovuakporie, cautioned

those behind the media

outrage against heating up

the polity.

The party noted that the

appointment was the prerogative

of the President and Commander

in Chief which cannot be

delegated neither abrogated.

According to the statement,

"the appointment of Dr. Pius

Odubu as Chairman of the NDDC

board was done in good faith and

in tandem with extant practice.

"The party reminded those

behind the agitations of the

Commission, Prof. Umar

Danbatta made the call at

the 3rd Stakeholders’

interactive meetings

between the captains of

industry and the academia held

in Abuja themed: Stakeholders

Collaboration in R&D: Key Driver

for Innovation in The Telecoms


Danbatta, who was

represented at the event by the

application of the doctrine of

necessity as no one envisaged a

situation whereby a single State

will produce both the Chairman

and Managing Director of the

Commission which may have

prompted the wisdom of the

President to move the

appointment of the board

Chairman, to the next State with

letter "E" (Edo State), so as to

revert to Letter "D"(Delta State)

at the completion of the term of

office of the new board in order to

reflect equity, fairness and


"The party clarified further, that

this present scenario whereby the

Chairman and Managing

Director of the NDDC

coincidentally falls within one

State to produce, has never

happened since the

establishment of the

Commission, hence this

development calls for the

application of the doctrine of

necessity which the President

employed in this instance.

"The party calls for calm and

appealed to those who have filed

litigations against the

appointment of the commission's

chairman to withdraw same and

support the board for the good of

state." it stated.

Edo group slams purported suspension

of SSG

By Alemma Aliu


political pressure

group, Edo Progressives

Peoples Congress, EPPC,

has carpeted the purported

suspension of the Secretary

to State Government of Edo

State, Osarodion Ogie from

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Ikpoba-

Okha Local Government

Access Bank doles out N10m to

DiamondXtra winners

By Nkiru Nnorom


has once again

demonstrated its

commitment to positively

impact the lives of its

customers and drive the

financial inclusion agenda

of the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, as it doled

out N10 million to winners

at the second quarterly

draw of the DiamondXtra

season 11 promo.

The bank has so far

rewarded lots of its

customers with over N4

billion since the promo


Speaking shortly after receiving

the N1 million

prize cheque for the rent for

a year category, Ibrahim

Musa, who could not

contain his excitement,

thanked the bank for the

winnings and encouraged

others to bank with Access

Bank in order to benefit

from the initiative.

Speaking at the prize

presentation to winners of

DiamondXtra season 11,

Rob Giles, Head, Retail

Products, Access Bank Plc,

Director of New Media and

Information Security, Haru

Alhassan said by identifying and

articulating the pressing needs

of the industry and unlocking the

inherent potentials in our

academia the outcome will bring

the needed paradigm shift in the

nation’s economy.

The EVC said there was need

to close the gaps between the

industry and academia, noting

that ‘‘collaboration only works

when there is the courage and


Addressing a press

conference yesterday,

coordinator of the group;

Mikiste Thomas said the

group which called itself

Ikpoba-Okha Liberation

Movement was a self

serving one who it said

was not interested in the

general interest of the

party in the area.

He said: “They seek

noted that the bank has

stuck to its promise of keeping

the initiative alive and

bigger after many years.

He said, “The special

thing about season 11 is the

difference we are making

for people by giving rent

allowance for a year and we

had winners who won in

that category as well as

education grant for five

years, that is something that

is really impressive in this

season. we are also helping

our youths get education

which help makes more

businesses grow.

This product has been a

willingness to sacrifice selfinterest,

and work together to

achieve a common goal.

He noted that the rapidly

changing and ever disruptive

telecoms sector cannot be

regulated by the Commission

without collaboration enriched

with different perspectives.

Danbatta said the Commission

had in the past three years shown

commitment in working with the

academia to encourage and

support innovation.

relevance by exploiting

crisis situations as

willing footboys of

paymasters being their

only means of survival.

Once more they have

chosen to malign a

quintessential quiet hard

worker in the person of

Barrister Osarodion


“They have turned

around to blackmail and

hoping to sow the seed

of distrust within the

government by

maligning Ogie in order

to weaken the governor

in his resolve to keep

faith with the public

good. These amorphous

people think that they

can protect their

unproductive lifeline

through blackmail.

“Ikpobha-Okha is

reputed and envied by

political pundits who

clearly appreciate the

democratic credentials of

Ogie characterised by his

elastic appetites for

consultations at all levels

before any decision is

taken on the matter."

US court turns down Exxon, shell move to

execute $1.8bn arbitration against NNPC

THERE are indications that ExxonMobil and

Shell may have failed to obtain order for the

execution of $1.8 billion arbitration against the Nigerian

National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

This followed Wednesday's rejection by a U.S. judge of

fresh efforts by the oil majors to revive a $1.8 billion

arbitration award against NNPC which stemmed from a

dispute over a 1993 contract to extract oil near Nigeria's


U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan cited

public policy and due process considerations in deciding

not to enforce the October 2011 award against NNPC,

which was subsequently set aside by courts in Nigeria.

"While this court may have inherent authority to fashion

appropriate relief in certain circumstances, exercising that

authority to create a $1.8 billion judgment is a bridge too

far," Pauley wrote in a 50-page decision.

The companies said last November that the award had

grown to $2.67 billion, including interest.

Exxon, Shell and their respective lawyers did not

immediately respond to requests for comment, reports


"NNPC is very pleased with the decision, and was always

confident that there was no basis for a U.S. court to confirm

the award," its lawyer Cecilia Moss said in an interview.

Strong economic data, easing trade

worries push Wall Street higher


.S. stocks hit one-month highs on Thursday on

hopes of a de-escalation in trade tensions after

Washington and Beijing agreed to hold high-level talks

next month, while strong U.S. economic data allayed

some concerns of a slowdown.

Wall Street's three main indexes touched their highest

level since Aug. 1 and the benchmark S&P 500 index

.SPX breached its 50-day moving average, a key indicator

for short-term momentum.

China’s Commerce Ministry said its trade team would

lay the groundwork with their U.S. counterparts in mid-

September for the October talks.

Technology stocks .SPLRCT provided the biggest boost

to S&P 500, rising 2.05 percent, while financials .SPSY

jumped 2.31 percent, the most among the 11 major S&P


Interest rate-sensitive banks .SPXBK surged 3 percent,

following a rise in U.S. Treasury yields.

“The trade news was the spark that lit this rally and

then the economic data extended it,” said Michael Antonelli,

market strategist at Robert W. Baird in Milwaukee.

Swiss National bank concerned about digital

currencies impact on monetary policy

DIGITAL currencies like the Facebook-led Libra

project which are linked to a basket of currencies could hinder

the Swiss National Bank’s ability to conduct monetary policy, SNB

Chairman Thomas Jordan said on Thursday.

Jordan is the latest central banker to reveal worries about

products like the Geneva-based Libra cryptocurrency,

known as stablecoins because they avoid wild fluctuations

in value because they are pegged to a group of stable


A stablecoin linked to the Swiss franc alone would create

fewer problems, Jordan said, as it would be “another Swiss

franc-denominated form of money alongside bank deposits

and cash.”

Egypt to construct EV manufacturing

and repair center

REVOLTA Egypt aims to build the country’s first elec

tric vehicle (EV) manufacturing factory and maintenance

centre in H2 2019, in addition to a 5 megawatt (MW)

solar plant in Ain Sokhna, according to Zawya.

The EV factory will be located in 6th of October City and

will be set up in collaboration with Ukrainian firm Eco

Factory, an engineering company that specialises in manufacturing

commercial vehicles as well as storage devices

and control systems for EVs.

According to Revolta’s Head of Business Development

and Board Member, Ezz El Din Ibrahim, “The factory will

be launched by the end of 2019 in a facility that covers

more than 10,000 sq m in 6th of October [a city in Giza]. It

will manufacture all the charging station accessories needed

for EVs.”

Ibrahim also said that Revolta is planning to build a solar

power plant saying, “The company seeks to get an EGP

100 million funding from EFG Hermes, the European Bank

for Reconstruction and Development and other

international financial institutions that are interested in

green energy projects.”

“To date, we have established 25 charging points in Shellauthorized

retailers and distribution centers, and we plan

to reach 50 charging points by 2019-end,” Ibrahim added.

Stories credited to Reuters

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 17

IAM not in a jingoistic mood

at the moment. When I

hear that Black criminals in

South Africa are killing

Nigerians and burning down

their shops, my knee-jerk

reaction is enormous sadness

about the breakdown of a oncewarm

relationship between the

two countries, rather than

burning anger fuelled by

patriotic fervour.

I understand why so many

Nigerians are absolutely

furious and hellbent on

revenge. But most South

Africans are not xenophobic

thugs; and vicious tit-for-tat

attacks on blameless South

African businesses and

individuals are not the answer

to this problem. Some Nigerian

flag-wavers are insisting that

MTN, the mobile phone and

internet service company,

which is largely South Africaowned,

should be crippled in

retaliation. And I’m told that

some Nigerian MTN

customers have destroyed their

MTN simcards in protest.

Those who want to punish

South Africa are also urging us

to boycott the Shoprite

supermarket chain, another

jewel in the South Africa crown.



And I am not opposed, in

principle, to this kind of citizen

activism. But this nation is

infrastructurally challenged

and so stressful to work in; and

where I live, MTN is the only

suffiently reliable wifi service.

And I need good

communications networks for

my professional duties; and I

can live without Shoprite -

which is no big deal; but I’m

not ready to worsen my

hypertension by ditching


Diplomatic pressure is the

best way forward, if you ask me;

and the Nigerian authorities

are not allowing their hitherto

somewhat sluggish

counterparts in Pretoria to take

this matter lightly. The

Nigerian Government has,

quite rightly, demanded

•Lela Kogbara (2nd right) member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement’s Black Solidarity Committee and Chairperson of Action for

Southern Africa, with other members in London, after the release of Nelson Mandela

So sad

compensation on behalf of Nigerian

victims of larcenous,

pyromaniacal, homicidal South

African mobs…and recalled

our High Commissioner to

South Africa, Ambassador

Kabiru Bala…and pulled out of

the World Economic Forum,

which is being held in Cape

Town as I write.

I just want to

know why black

South Africans are

turning on


were one of their

greatest allies

during the battle

against white

minority rule

I, meanwhile, have been personally

sucked into this palaver.

I was planning to attend

an event in South Africa in

early October; and I applied for

a visa six weeks ago because I

was trying to be super-efficient

and not leave things till the last

minute. The visa was supposed

to be issued within 15 working

days, so I should have received

it by the middle of August; but

nothing has happened so far -

as in no visa and no explanation.

Toxic tensions revolving

around Nigerians in South

Africa are not new and have

been ongoing for a couple of

years. But they have escalated

alarmingly in recent months;

and it’s obvious that my visa

application has been held up

because of these tensions. And

I finally get the message!

It’s almost as if Nigeria and

South Africa are at war; and I

no longer regard a near-future

trip to South Africa as safe or

desirable, so I’m submitting a

formal request for the return of

my passport today and a refund

of my processing fee.

Despite my disappointment,

I am not feeling hostile towards

South Africa. I just feel heavyhearted,

world-weary and

puzzled. I just want to know

why Black South Africans are

turning on Nigerians…who

were one of their greatest allies

during the battle against White

minority rule.

We didn’t just act as loyal

cheerleaders and staunch

moral supporters when Nelson

Mandela was serving his

heroic 28-year jail term and our

Black brothers and sisters were

being treated like animals on

their home turf. We also

contributed arms, money,

scholarships, shelter, political

asylum, etc.

My sister, Lela Kogbara, was

a member of the Anti-Apartheid

Movement’s Black Solidarity

Committee and the

Chairperson of Action for

Southern Africa, ACTSA, from

1994 to 2012. Lela still serves

on ACTSA’s Executive

Committee and was one of the

many Nigerians who ensured

that our Black South Africa

brethren were not abandoned

to fight White racists alone; and

when Mandela was eventually

released from Robben Island,

Lela was one of a small handful

of people who were invited to

have breakfast with him and

Queen Elizabeth in

Buckingham Palace in London.

And, by the way, Nigerians

were not by any means the only

Africans who stood shoulderto-shoulder

with South

Africans in their hours and

days and weeks and years and

decades of need.

Nor are Nigerians, though

the main focus of antagonism,

the only targets of South

Africans who are assaulting

Black foreigners. Zimbabweans,

for example, have also

been targeted. And it’s worth

noting that the Presidents of

Congo, Malawi and Botswana

have also pulled out of this

week’s conference in Cape


So why has the considerable

goodwill that once existed

between South Africa Blacks

and other Africans evaporated

in recent years? There are

many theories about what has

gone wrong. Some say that

South Africans are tired of Nigerian

gangsters flooding

South Africa with drugs, inflicting

violence/death in the districts

they inhabit, corrupting

South Africa youths and violating

South Africa girls.

Others say that some South

Africa Blacks are attacking Nigerians,

Zimbabweans, etc,

because apartheid

psychologically messed them

up, didn’t equip them to be

dynamic and selfconfident…and

made them feel

enviously helpless around

successful Black foreigners.

Another viewpoint is that Black

South Africans are tired of other

Africans constantly expecting

them to feel eternally grateful

for help donated during the

liberation struggle.

Then there are stories about

Nigerian men dating/marrying

South Africa women,

showering them with cash,

boasting about their alleged

superiority and making South

Africa men feel inadequate.

Whatever the cause may be, I

have South African friends of

all hues, including wellinformed

fellow journalists,

who tell me what is going on

out there behind the headlines;

and I know that most Black

South Africans don’t hate us or

harm anybody.



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18—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

WE join millions of well-meaning

Nigerians (including the National

Council for Women Societies, NCWS,

and the Director General of the National

Council for Arts and Culture,

NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe) to

say no to the growing attempts by some

of our artistes and entertainers to promote

nudity and corrupt the moral

fabric of our society.

Three youths who recently stirred

controversies are: the controversial

cross-dresser, Okuneye Idris

Olarenwaju, known as Bobrisky; a

popular musician, Augustine Kelechi,

known as Tekno (who recently

released a music video with scenes of

four nude women dancing in a moving

van in Lagos) and Khafilat Kareem,

one of the contestants in the TV reality

show, Big Brother Naija, who featured

in a live video allegedly having sex

with another housemate, Ekpata


Runsewe rightly observed: “If we

Curbing immorality among our youth

don’t address people like Bobrisky as

early as possible, they will form teams

that will spread like wildfire. This will

result in a lot of suicide cases, because

the typical Nigerian parent would not

want to see their children become

Bobrisky…. It is a war to save Nigeria

for a better tomorrow."

Some hold the view that nudity is part

of the African culture. They point to

some ethnic groups whose women still

bare their bosoms during cultural

displays such as the Zulus and Swazis

of Southern Africa and the Himba

women of Namibia who still walk

around with their bodies exposed. We

concede that many African cultural

groups are still tied to their past and

go about largely unclothed (especially

their women).

We must be able to distinguish

between cultural innocence or

projections during special cultural

occasions and Western values-driven

moral turpitude which “Bobrisky”,

Tekno and BB Naija inmates have been

projecting. How many Zulu women

walk bare-bodied on the streets of

South African townships in the name

of promoting their culture?

Irrespective of whatever cultural

peculiarities the more than 300 ethnic

groups in Nigeria may boast of, we

are a country governed by a set of

moral values which abhor public nudity,

indecent dressing and loose attitudes

to sexuality. Above all, our cultures,

religions and laws totally frown

on homosexuality/gay relationships

and their fringe attachments such as


We are witnesses to the damage that

libertinism has inflicted on Western

societies, many of which have lost their

bearings. We must continue to

sensitise and protect our youth from

these negative influences and keep

them focused on the right set of ethics

that increase the quality of life.

The law enforcement agents should

do their jobs whenever any of our laws

are violated but must refrain from

abusing anyone’s human rights. The

regulatory bodies responsible for

keeping out these unwelcome foreign

influences should redouble their


Say no to negative cultural



Buhari’s call for investment and the burden of insecurity


WHEN President Muhammadu

Buhari rallied Japan to invest

in Africa’s most populous country at

the seventh triennial Tokyo

International Conference for African

Development, TICAD, he, without any

whiff of doubt, had good

intentions. The Nigerian leader

assured his host of Nigeria’s enormous

investment opportunities, trumpeting

his administration’s commitment to

removing all impediments to private

sector participation in the critical

sectors of the economy by creating

policies that will ensure a level playing

field for all and guarantee the highest

returns on investments.

Buhari left almost nothing for his

certified bashers to feed on during his

last visit outside Nigeria. His messages

to Nigerians in diaspora and his host

were direct, leaving no room for

controversy like previous visits, even

at a time Nigeria’s image is severely

battered by fellow countrymen in

different parts of the world.

Back to good intentions, they are

neither enough for a country in dire

straits to morph to greatness nor

enough to attract investments. Were

good intentions enough, no African

nation would carry the shameful tag of

a third world country.

Is there really a country in the world

that is oblivious of the enormous

investment opportunities in Nigeria?

Or any businessman worthy of the

name that would claim ignorance of our

endowments? Never mind that poverty

crawls on all fours here.

Truth is, the investors we now woo

were once here. They did business and

flourished here but closed shop and left

in droves because of the

harsh business environment here. Has

anything really changed to bring back

the days when Nigeria was the beautiful

bride of investors?

It is not impossible for those who are

ever-willing to play the ostrich to

dismiss our harsh realities with a wave

of the hand, don the African giant cap,

or simply resort to praying away our

troubles, but they remain with us until

we confront and conquer them.

While Buhari was busy wooing

investors in Tokyo, the Permanent

Secretary, Special Services, Office of

the Secretary of the Federation, Amina

Shamaku, told Nigerians and the entire

world that 1,460 people were killed

within seven months by bandits.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of

Police, Mohammed Adamu, had

revealed that a total of 1,071 people

were killed in crime-related cases in

the first quarter of 2019 alone.

Regardless of how one views it, the

figures highlighted above tells a story

of a country under siege and a

convulsing country.

Nigeria will not be taken seriously if

we invite foreigners to invest their

resources here, even when we still have

our hearts in our mouths while we ply

the major highways because the fear

of kidnappers is the beginning of


What about the unremitting havoc

The government must first

demonstrate the political will

to tame the worsening

insecurity that has assumed

an explosive dimension to

advertise Nigeria’s readiness

for serious investments

precipitated by Boko Haram elements,

Fulani herdsmen and armed bandits

across Nigeria?

Little wonder the Foreign

Commonwealth Office of the United

Kingdom warned British nationals

against travelling to about 21 states in

Nigeria in June over security concerns.

The FCO specifically advised

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against travels to Yobe, Borno,

Adamawa, Gombe, Delta, Rivers, Akwa

Ibom, Kano, Kaduna states, et al.

Earlier, the United States had in

April told its citizens to reconsider

travelling to Nigeria due to terrorism,

civil unrest and kidnapping, calling for

extreme caution throughout Nigeria

due to threat of indiscriminate violence.

If we must tell ourselves the home

truth, palpable fear occasioned by

insecurity currently envelopes the

country. No amount of sugary things

said about Nigeria in Tokyo can

obscure that fact. The Muhammadu

Buhari government must first

demonstrate the political will to tame

the worsening insecurity that has

assumed an explosive dimension to

advertise Nigeria’s readiness for

serious investments.

Though the primary responsibility of

the Buhari government is to secure

Nigeria, it remains to be seen how it

has demonstrated competence in this

regard. With our compatriots

dispatched to early graves because of

violent crimes, those who swore to

protect us must make Nigeria livable

and safe for all in order not to stymie

the much needed investments we

crave. Anything short of this amounts

to severely wallowing in delusion and

circling the same frustrating mountain.

• Ladelokun wrote via



Banks’ funding to fintech firms in

excess of $250m — ECOBANK boss

•We are addressing cost issues – CBN •Why innovation is critical, by David-West

By Prince Okafor &

Elizabeth Adegbesan

Leveraging the increasing

partnership with banks

across the country, Financial

Technology firms have received

funding support in excess

of $250million from local

deposit money banks in the

last five years.

This was disclosed by the

Managing Director Ecobank

Nigeria Limited, Patrick

Akinwuntan, at the Vanguard

Economic Forum series on

mobile money market and

Fintech, with the theme, ‘Leveraging

Fintech Innovation

for Unlocking Growth and

Competitiveness in Nigeria’s

Mobile & Payment Ecosystem’.

At the backdrop of this disclosure

key speakers at the

forum harp on the need for

cross-industry integration for

realising the objectives of financial

inclusion in the mobile

money industry.

Akinwuntan stated that, the

nation is currently home to

over 250 Fintechs and approximately

60 per cent of

them supporting payments

and lending capabilities.

Giving further insight into

the potentials of the industry,

Akinwuntan frther stated: “Nigeria

remains a dynamic market

with a lot of opportunities

for digital financial services

expansion as about 50.1 percent

of the nation’s population

are women, 63.1 million or 63.3

percent are based in rural areas

who are yet to be harnessed

into the mobile money


“Looking at the evolution of














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20.0748 20.1076 20.1404

CBN Exchange rate as at 05/09/2019

STERLING’S AGRIC SUMMIT: From left, MD/CEO, Sterling Bank, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman;

Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; Minister of State for Agriculture, Alh. Mustapha Shehuri;

Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, and Chairman, Sterling Bank, Mr. Asue Ighodalo,

during Sterling Bank’s Agriculture Summit Africa in Abuja.

banking from 2011 where we

have 51 percent of the world’s

banked population to 69 percent

in 2017, while for Sub-

Saharan Africa, where the universal

financial access has

evolve from 24 percent in 2011

to 43 percent in 2017, there

are still much room for growth.

“Also, 56.7 million or 56.9

percent are 35 years and

younger, 20.2 million or 20.4

percent have no formal education,

while the average

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 19

household size is made up of

five people with less than two

income earners per household.

These are numbers that are

expected to be integrated into

the system as the economy



OPS signals threat to AfCFTA

•MAN, LCCI, NACCIMA, Nig-SA Chamber point way forward

By Yinka Kolawole &

Naomi Uzor

As street-fights over economic

interests across Nigeria and South

Africa cities snowball into

major diplomatic discord between

the two countries,

members of the organised

private sector, OPS, have

hinted of real threat to the

Africa Continental Free Trade

Area, AfCFTA, agreement.

Responding to Vanguard

inquiries, the Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria,

MAN, yesterday, warned of

a dire consequence of

the development on the

objectives of the just

signed AfCFTA.

Director General,

MAN, Mr. Segun

Ajayi-Kadir, stated:

“Without doubt, South

Africa is amongst the

first three economies in

Africa. It has no less

than 23 per cent of intra-African

trade. Its

companies all around

On the role of Ecobank in

the dynamics he stated: “There

is an increased partnership

with banks, for example,

Ecobank anchored a major

Fintech challenge in 2018 and

providing supporting infrastructure

for some Fintechs


Meanwhile the Central Bank

of Nigeria, CBN, has identified

cost of service as a major

bottleneck in the growth of the

nation’s mobile money market.

Deputy Director, Payment

System Department , CBN,

Musa Jimoh, who also spoke

at the forum said: “Cost of service

is one of the reasons why

people refuse to use some

banking services including

mobile money.

“So we came out with guide

to bank charges to make sure

that we regulate the charges

and we have also come out

with some other initiatives

under the cashless scheme to

see how we can bring people

to the digital channel and reduce

the high cost of operations

in the bank.

“There are several initiatives

that CBN is pushing to ensure

the mobile money operators

grow and help us deepen financial


Earlier the keynote speaker

at the forum, Professor

Olayinka David-West, Academic

Director, Lagos Business

School, LBS, explained

that financial inclusion is the

access to unleash affordable

financial services to the huge

population of the unbanked

and the under-banked in the


She stated: “Affordable financial

service is important because,

not everybody can afford

paying for account maintenance

of N500 a month.

“To address financial inclusion,

innovation is important

because it will help us address

the easy access to financial

services. It has nothing to do

with literacy; it is about how

do we design it knowing the

capabilities of the people we are

trying to serve. So is a user interface

problem that we need to

think creatively about.”

Africa enjoy the welcome and acceptance

of the governments and

the people.

“And with the onset of Africa

Continental Free Trade Area

agreement (to which South Africa

is a signatory), this signal

from South Africa portends a

dangerous trend. The country

may be portraying itself as one

that is not worthy of foreign direct

investment (FDI). Free

movement of persons and right

to invest and enjoy protection of

life and property are basic ingredients

of a free trade area. So

long as the foreign nationals live

in obedience with the laws of the

host country, these rights should

be guaranteed.”

Ajayi-Kadir said the government

of South Africa should rein

in those who are perpetrating

these activities, follow up with

an unreserved apology and compensate

the affected foreign nationals.

In his remark, Director General,

Lagos Chamber of Commerce

and Industry (LCCI),

Muda Yusuf, said that the attacks

are most unfortunate, coming

especially from a country for

which Nigeria made great sacrifices

to rescue from the claws of


“I do not think that the attacks

have the support of the South African

government. But the fact

that the government could not

curb the recurrence is a major

cause for concern. It is equally disturbing

that the perpetrators of the

attacks have not been brought to

justice. The situation calls for

tougher diplomatic actions on the

government of South Africa.

“However, attacking South Africa

investments in Nigeria is certainly

not an option. Nigerians and Nigeria

have significant stakes in

most of the South African investments

in Nigeria. These are with

regards to employment, tax revenue,

service provision, equity investments,

suppliers and service

providers etc,” he stated. President,

Nigerian Association of

Chamber of Commerce, Industries,

Mines and Agriculture

(NACCIMA), Hajiya Saratu Iya

Aliyu, said the attacks are unfortunate.

She stated: “No matter what citizens

of a country are doing, they

should not be hunted and killed like

animals. The Nigerian Government

is now taking a stand towards

a lasting solution.”

“On the other hand, we must

condemn what is now happening

to so called South African

businesses in Nigeria. MTN

and Shoprite are virtually

owned by Nigerians. They provide

jobs for our people. Our

economy will be adversely affected

by all this unwanted destructions

and lootings.”

In his reaction, Executive Secretary,

Nigeria-South Africa

Chamber of Commerce, Iyke

Ejimofor, said the attacks are bad,

not only for the Nigeria-South

Africa relationship but what this

symbolizes and portends for the

present and future of the progress

and prosperity of the African continent.

“There is no monopoly of violence

and vandalism, as there are

vast South African business interests

in the entire continent of

Africa, in which South Africa has

more to lose. This will, indeed be

very sad for our two brotherly

countries, which stand to gain

immensely from smooth bilateral

relations, which foundation was

laid by leaders of both countries,”

he stated.




The tail wags South Africa-Nigeria dog

ONE of the most telling

summaries of what has been

happening in the last few days

between South Africa and Nigeria

was the comment by columnist,

Owei Lakemfa, that the continent’s

two largest economies now take

orders from the streets. By Tuesday,

five persons had been killed, and

many more injured or displaced in

South Africa, while many small

businesses built from years of toil and

struggle had been destroyed, some


In reprisal attacks across Nigeria

within the last few days, one person

was killed and flagship South

African businesses, including MTN,

and franchises like Shoprite, have

suffered losses running into tens of

millions of naira from vandalisation

or forced closures. Politicians have

been trying to catch up. But after years

of trying and failing spectacularly,

they are going to have a difficult time

convincing moderates – never mind

the hawks – on both sides that they

are about to do anything new or

different to solve the problem.

In the last few days, I have heard

otherwise moderate people say that

if South Africa stops the killings, it

would not be because President

Muhammadu Buhari met with

President Cyril Ramaphosa in

Japan. Or because Buhari sent a

special envoy to Johannesburg or

pulled out of the World Economic

Forum. It would be simply because

angry Nigerians said enough is

enough, took to the streets and

attacked, well, what is supposed to

be South African businesses. But that

is wrong. If two wrongs don’t make

a right, a third won’t make things

any better. And who says the looters

on both sides are looting for national



How did we get here? Attacks on

foreigners, especially Africans, in

South Africa have been on and off

for over two decades and perhaps

the most deadly was in 2008 when

over 60 foreigners were reportedly

killed, many more injured and

thousands displaced. Waves of

attacks occurred again and again

across South Africa in 2010 and

2015, each one leaving a trail of

sorrow, tears and blood. In one heartwrenching

episode in 2013, a young

Mozambican, Mido Macia, was

tied to a police van and dragged

through the streets close to

Johannesburg by police officers for

wrong parking. Five years earlier,

another Mozambican, Enersto

Nhamuave was beaten, stabbed and

set alight by a mob with pictures of

the ‘burning man’ searing the

conscience of South Africa and the


After Nhamuave, one Nigerian

man, Nkemjika, shot in the leg by

South African police and detained

for 18 months only for the authorities

to discontinue his case for lack of

evidence, considered his own travail

small potato. He claimed he was

shot for refusing to indulge the

notorious bribe-for-residency. Many

other Nigerians, caught in the

crosshairs of xenophobia, are not

alive to tell their own stories.

I don’t know what the South

African authorities thought as these

cases mounted but it appears they

thought it was something that would

disappear. Or perhaps they were too

ashamed to discuss it openly and

take action. They filed it away with

the convenient label of criminality.

When the world called the plague

xenophobia, which is what it was,

former President Thabo Mbeki and

even Jacob Zuma after him, insisted

that it was criminality.

Other name for a spade

Yet, it was something worse. A few

ranking officials have contributed

in no small measure to stoke the fires.

In a not-too-recent video, for

example, a deputy chief of police

claimed at a press conference that

foreigners comprised over 80 per

cent of residents in Hillsbrow, a

South African community, adding

that at that rate of displacement, it

would not be long before the entire

country would be taken over by


His claim was later fact-checked

as false, but he had done exactly

what he wanted to do – fueled the

embers of xenophobic hatred

against immigrants in the

communities. In the past,

Johannesburg’s Mayor Herman

South Africa’s political

leadership needs to

demonstrate that it is

serious about dealing

with xenophobia

Mashaba also piled on the pressure

when he said illegal immigrants

were largely responsible for the

crimes in their communities. If street

folks had any doubts about the

source of all their problems, some

ranking members of the South

African political class have had no

hesitation telling them that

immigrants, especially Africans, are

responsible for the crimes and drugs

on the streets – and also, for taking

their jobs and for running them out

of their corner shops.

A report by Human Rights Watch

released in March, said not a single

person involved in xenophobic

attacks since 1994 has been

prosecuted. It accused South Africa

of “lack of accountability for

xenophobic crimes” and called for a

change of attitude. The picture of the

scale of malicious negligence

becomes even clearer in a report by

African Centre for Migration and

Society which between 1994 and

2018, documented 529 xenophobic

incidents, with 309 deaths, hundreds

more injured and displaced and

2,193 shops looted.

While the casualties range from

Zimbabweans to Somalis and from

Mozambicans to immigrants from

Lesotho and Ghana, Nigerians

appear to have been targeted with

exceptional venom. The latest round

of violence, for example, was

sparked by a report that a cab driver

had been killed by a Nigerian –

which turned out to be false, but by

then the fallout had ricocheted across

the affected community.

Why us?

Many Nigerians have been asking

the question, why us? Yes, in the 1980s

we kicked Ghanaians

out (much to Nigeria’s

loss and regret later), but

we did not set the fleeing

Ghanaians alight with

tyre necklaces.

Nigerians understand

the so-called “apartheid

legacy”, a phrase

sometimes used to

explain the resentment/

aggressive, and

sometimes, violent

attitude in urban South

Africa. We also

understand that joblessness in South

Africa is currently at 29 per cent and,

in fact, worse in some townships.

But we expect that South Africa

will remember. How can they forget

Nigeria’s extra-ordinary sacrifice

during apartheid and fail, in return,

to honour the spirit of ubuntu? We

expect that Blacks who lead the

violent charge against Black

immigrants (who are less than two

million) will remember, like Trevor

Noah said, that Black folks control

less than 0.00001 per cent of South

Africa’s wealth.

Why us? The answer is in Nigeria’s

mirror. Older South African folks

who ought to know better may be

stoking the xenophobic flames, but

their foot soldiers, mostly in their

mid-20s, were born after apartheid.

Nigeria’s frontline role may be a

good piece of romantic history, but

what today’s South African

teenagers and those in their 20s see

is a weak, staggering giant, unable

to maintain its stride or lead.

What South Africa’s youth see or

remember is not Nigeria’s apartheid

heroism; it’s our nearly hopeless

struggle, for example, to rescue over

200 Chibok school girls kidnapped

by Boko Haram and our request for

help from South African

mercenaries to deal with the

menace, even shipping cash by

plane loads. They see our

catastrophic descent into our

religious and tribal corners and the

loss of a sense of national pride.

What they remember is not our

apartheid heroism but hundreds of

young Nigerians fleeing the country,

preferring to die in the desert or at

sea or to escape by any other means,

rather than staying back in the


Man in the mirror

What they see in Nigeria’s mirror

is why we’re such an easy target.

South Africa’s youth leader, Julius

Malema, has proved to be an

exception in speaking out for

ubuntu. I only disagree with the

sharp outer edges of his view that

tend to suggest that it is OK to

replace White oppression with Black

oppression. Oppression is colour

blind. Between Malema and the

deniers hiding in plain sight of

criminality, however, South Africa’s

political leadership needs to

demonstrate that it is serious about

dealing with xenophobia. ANC is

running out of steam and

dangerously so. Jacob Zuma’s

larcenous years have only eroded

the dream of a secure, prosperous

country promised in 1994.

South Africa appears to be

fighting for its future, but it’s taking

on the wrong enemies. Among other

things, the authorities must now

crackdown on hate crimes, review

the country’s broken immigration

system and create more

opportunities in the townships.

Politicians must take responsibility.

Why us? Because the attackers

believe they can get away with it and

on top of that, years of slide,

mismanagement and failing

leadership have sent the message to

South Africa, and unfortunately to

many parts of the world, that the

Nigerian is your inconsequential

target. It’s a long walk to take back

our country from the street.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019—23

Let’s talk about ‘fake news'

By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

IN the middle of the second World

War in 1941, the Johannesburg

Star published an editorial which

accused Hendrik Verwoerd of “falsifying

war news in Germany’s favour”.

Verwoerd was the editor of Die

Transvaler, the mouthpiece of the

Broederbond. Born originally in

Amsterdam to Dutch parents in 1901,

Verwoerd migrated with his parents to

South Africa in 1902, receiving his first

degree in Philosophy from the

University of Stellenbosch in 1922, a

Ph.D. in 1924 and becoming a Professor

at just 26 in 1927. In 1937, he would

become the editor of Die Transvaler, from

where he would advance rabidly anti-

Semitic, anti-Black, pro-Aryan


In response to The Star’s editorial,

Verwoerd sued for libel, asking for

£15,000 in damages. Dismissing

Verwoerd’s claim on July 13, 1943,

Justice Phillip Millin ruled: There have

been proved two very grave cases of

false news in reckless disregard of

whether it was true or false; six cases,

on the whole less serious but still clear

cases of falsification, where news,

originally correctly reported, was falsely

restated for the purpose of editorial

comment; and two cases in which news

was falsified by means of misleading


Rather than damage Verwoerd’s

political career, this episode may have

spurred it. In 1950 he became Minister

for Native Affairs in the Afrikaner

government of Prime Minister, Daniel

Malan, before rising to the office of

Prime Minister eight years later in 1958.

As Justice Millin pointed out, there are

effectively three categories of

information that could pass for “fake”.

These are “false news” or news

published “in reckless disregard of

whether it was true or false”; falsification,

“where news originally reported is

falsely restated”; and falsification of

news by means of misleading

headlines, or what would today be

known as click-baiting. All of these are

characterised by one common thread -

an intent to mislead or misrepresent.

Greatest threats

to democracy

Notwithstanding what appears to be

the considerable antiquity of false

news, the Daily Telegraph in London

claimed on July 3, 2019 that “‘fake news’

was not a term many people used four

years ago, but it is now seen as one of

the greatest threats to democracy, free

debate and the Western order”. Yet,

merely a year before that, on February

11, 2018, Kenan Malik, writing in the

Guardian, had reminded us that “fake

news has a long history”.

The intent to mis-lead or desire to

damage has always been inherent in

the character of false news. Four days

before the UK general election on

October 25,1924, the Daily

Mail published a letter allegedly

signed by Grigori Zinoviev, president

of the Comintern, calling on the British

left to mobilise “sympathetic forces” in

the Labour Party to support an Anglo-

Soviet treaty and encourage “agitationpropaganda”

(agitprop) in the British

armed forces. What would come to be

known as the “Zivoniev Letter” cost

Labour’s first Prime Minister, Ramsay

MacDonald, the election in a Tory

landslide, returning Stanley Baldwin

to office in his place. In February 1999,

the Guardian in London showed that

the “Zivoniev Letter” was in fact a dirty

trick by the MI6 against Labour.

The UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture,

Media and Sports Committee Report

on Disinformation and “Fake News”

issued on St. Valentine’s Day in 2019

suggests that the issue now is not the

age of the idea of false news but its

scale. There are two dimensions to this

scale. One is geo-spatial. In the words

of the Committee, “[t]his activity has

taken on new forms and has been

hugely magnified by information

technology and the ubiquity of social

media.” The other refers to its political

functionality. As Michiko Kakutani

points out in his 2018 book, The Death

of Truth, “fake news” is now an epithet

used to “discredit journalism” that

political higher-ups find “threatening

or unflattering”.

As a formulation, “fake news”

conflates three different concepts with

different consequences. One is mistake.

Journalism, as a human enterprise

conducted under extreme time

pressures is fraught with risks of

mistake. The right response to mistake

when it is discovered is

acknowledgement and correction. But

under the hyper-populist pressures of

digital politics, mistake today is

increasingly criminalised as “fake

news”. Two, there is propaganda.

Usually, untruths and falsehood would

not be acceptable as news. Sometimes,

however, especially in times of extreme

national emergency, they may serve a

limited function. In the second World

War, around the Tehran Conference in

1943, British Prime Minister, Winston

Churchill, famously declared that “[i]n

war-time, truth is so precious that she

should always be attended by a

bodyguard of lies”. Countries at war

and their armies have always exercised

military latitude with facts.

Disinformation, mis-information and

psychological operations are as old as

war itself.

Three, there is false news. Quite

clearly, this has some antiquity. The UK

Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media

and Sports Committee acknowledged

that “[w]e have always experienced

propaganda and politically-aligned

bias, which purports to be news”. Yet,

‘fake news’ was one of Collins

Dictionary’s Words of the Year in 2017,

somehow suggesting that it is a new

concept or new word. It isn’t. As political

currency, “fake news” corrodes

leadership accountability. Quite clearly,

government, senior politicians and their

partisans are the people who have the

most to gain and lose from deploying

false news or dismissing what they

dislike as “fake”. They enjoy impunity

for such misconduct, which makes

them unconvincing when they call for

it to be punished merely because

political adversaries are involved. As is

evident with many contemporary

political leaders around the world, a

career in political falsehood can be very

rewarding these days.

The privileging of “fake news” as

political epithet itself shows how the

digital ecosystem has changed political

expression. Digital communication is

underpinned by an intimacy and

immediacy that lends itself to polarity,

aided often by anonymity which is the

opposite of what exists in analogue,

hard-copy reporting. Digital posts can

have the frisson of face-to-face

confrontation, largely unmediated by

editorial judgement.

The result, quite often, is “a welldocumented

‘online disinhibition effect’,

a behavioral distortion caused by the

absence of social signals that surround

analogue communication”, which as

Raphael Baehr points out “can cause

people to abandon empathy, and lose

impulse control”. This leads to

breakdown in the implicit civic bargains

that in a different age underwrote

political expression before the digital


Complaints about “fake news”,

therefore, reflect contemporary

tribalisation of news between autoidentifying

constituencies of the

righteous and the despicable, an us

and them tendency that breeds what

former British Prime Minister, John

Major, has called “the unreasoning

antipathy of the extremes” in which

“reasonable voices” are increasingly

“drowned out by the raucous din of the

loudest.” This is the rationale for the

political economy of troll farms. But, far

from an excuse for more

authoritarianism, what this new

ecosystem needs is a new bargain on

civic manners to underpin remodeled

ethos of political expression.

•Odinkalu, a Co-Convenor of Nigeria

Mourns, works with the Open Society




26 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

Ibn Ishaq, one of the earliest

biographers of the Prophet,

says it was at about this time that

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be

upon him) sent letters to the

rulers of the earth – the King of

Persia, the Emperor of

Byzantium, the Negus of

Abyssinia, and the Governor of

Egypt among others – inviting

them to submit to Islam. Nothing

more fully illustrates the

confidence of the small

community, as its military power,

despite the battle of the Trench,

was still negligible. But its

confidence was not misplaced.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be

upon him) so effectively built up

a series of alliances among the

tribes his early years with the

Bedouins must have stood him

in good stead – that by 628 he

and fifteen hundred followers

were able to demand access to

the Ka’abah during negotiations

with the Makkans. This was a

milestone in the history of the

Muslims. Just a short time before,

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be

upon him) had to leave the city of

his birth in fear of his life. Now he

was being treated by his former

enemies as a leader in his own

right. A year later, in 629, he

reentered and, in effect,

conquered Makkah without

bloodshed and in a spirit of

tolerance which established an

ideal for future conquests. He

also destroyed the idols in the

Ka’abah, to put an end forever to

pagan practices there. At the

same time Prophet Muhammad

(Peace be upon him) won the

allegiance of Amr Ibn al-As, the

future conqueror of Egypt, and

Khalid Ibn al-Walid, the future

Sword of Allah, both of whom

embraced Islam and joined

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be

upon him). Their conversion was

especially noteworthy because

these men had been among the

Prophet Muhammad’s bitterest

opponents only a short time


In one sense Prophet

Muhammad’s return to Makkah

was the climax of his mission. In

632, just three years later, he was

suddenly taken ill and on June 8

of that year, with his third

beloved wife Aishah in

attendance, the Messenger of

Allah (Peace be upon him) died

with the heat of noon.

The death of Prophet

Muhammad (Peace be upon

him) was a profound loss. To his

followers this simple man from

Makkah was far more than a

beloved friend, far more than a

gifted administrator, far more

than the revered leader who had

forged a new state from clusters

of warring tribes. Prophet

Muhammad (Peace be upon

him) was also the exemplar of the

teachings he had brought them

from Allah the Almighty: the

teachings of the Qur’an, which,

for centuries, have guided the

thought and action, the faith and

conduct, of innumerable

Muharram 7, 1441 A.H.

Hijrah and the lessons of Muharram (2)

respected men and women, and

which ushered in a distinctive era

in the history of mankind. His

death, nevertheless, had little

effect on the dynamic society he

had created in Arabia and the

world, and no effect at all on his

central mission: to transmit the

Qur’an and Sunnah to the world.

As Abu Bakr put it:

“Whoever worshipped

Muhammad (Peace be upon

him), let him know that

Muhammad is dead, but whoever

worshipped Allah, let him know

that Allah lives and dies not.”

Beloved servants of Allah!

Muharram is the month with

which the Muslims begin their

lunar Hijrah Calendar. It is one of

the four sanctified months about

which the Noble Qur’an says:

“The number of the months

according to Allah is twelve

months (mentioned) in the Book

of Allah on the day in which He

created heavens and the earth.

Among these (twelve months)

there are four sanctified.”

These four months, according

to the authentic Hadiths are the

months of Dhul-Qa’adah, Dhul-

Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. All

the commentators of the Noble

Qur’an are unanimous on this

point, because the Noble Prophet

in his sermon on the occasion of

his last Hajj, has declared:

“One year consists of twelve

months, of which four are

sanctified months, three of them

The Noble Prophet

(Peace be upon

him) has said:

“The best fasts

after the fasts of

Ramadan are those

of the month of


are in sequence; Dhul-Qa’adah,

Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram, and the

fourth is Rajab.”

The specific mention of these

four months does not mean that

any other month has no sanctity,

because the month of Ramadan

is admittedly the most sanctified

month in the year. But these four

months were specifically termed

as sanctified months for the

simple reason that their sanctity

was accepted even by the pagans

of Makkah.

In fact, every month, out of the

twelve, is originally equal to the

other, and there is no inherent

sanctity, which may be

attributed to one of them in

comparison to other months.

When Allah Almighty chooses a

particular time for His special

blessings, then it acquires

sanctity out of His grace.

Thus, the sanctity of these four

months was recognised right

from the days of Prophet

Ibrahim. Since the Pagans of

Makkah attributed themselves to

Prophet Ibrahim they observed

the sanctity of these four months

and despite their frequent tribal

and clannish battles, they held it

unlawful to fight in these months.

In the Shari’ah of our Noble

Prophet the sanctity of these

months was upheld and the Noble

Qur’an referred to them as the

“sanctified months (Ash-hurul


The month of Muharram has

certain other characteristics

peculiar to it, which are specified


1. Fasting During The Month

The Noble Prophet (Peace be

upon him) has said:

“The best fasts after the fasts of

Ramadan are those of the month

of Muharram.”

Although the fasts of the month

of Muharram are not obligatory,

yet, the one who fasts in these

days out of his own will and choice

is entitled to a great reward by

Allah the Almighty. The Hadith

cited above signifies that the fasts

of the month of Muharram are

most rewardable ones among the

Nafilah fasts i.e. the fasts one

observes out of his own choice

without being obligatory on him.

The Hadith does not mean that

the award promised for fasts of

Muharram can be achieved only

by fasting for the whole month.

On the contrary, each fast during

this month has merit. Therefore,

one should avail of this

opportunity as much as he can.

2. The Day Of Ashurah

Although the month of

Muharram is a sanctified month

as a whole, yet, the 10th day of

Muharram is the most sacred

among all its days. The day is

named Ashurah.


Never er cease to pray

Our lives begin to end on the day that we

stop to pray.

Ever honour Allah and never cease to pray.

Do good as if it was the the instrument of

wisdom that would end all human misery.

May Allah gift to you and all yours the favors

that matter throughout the long trek of

your ordained beautiful life. Happy Jumat

— Dr Adewale Adeeyo, OON

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2019 Hajj: 31,990 Nigerian pilgrims

return home In 66 flights –NAHCON

NO fewer than 31,990 Nigerian pilgrims have been trans

ported back home so far, the National Hajj Commission

of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said.

The commission also said the pilgrims were transported in

66 flights from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to NAHCON command and control centre in

Makkah monitored yesterday, the latest returnees were 555

pilgrims from Niger State and three officials aboard Max Air


Also, 559 pilgrims from Borno state with one official came

back aboard Max Air NGL 2080 which departed Jeddah airport

in the early hours of Thursday Saudi Arabian time.

Over 1.8 million pilgrims from different parts of the world,

including 65,000 Nigerians performed the 2019 hajj in Saudi


Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, (middle) Permanent

Secretary, Local Government Service Commission; Mr Mustapha Osiefa;

(4th left); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Adebunmi

Adekanye, (3rd right) and other staff of the Ministry during Akinbile-Yussuf's

familiarization tour of Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and Shamusideen Adisa

Thomas mosque at the Old Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos, recently.

THE Plateau State Chapter of

the Federation of Muslim

Women Association of Nigeria,

FOMWAN has donated 251

trees seedlings to the Jos Wild

Life Park saying the gesture is

to foster peace and unity

among the people as well as

address the negative impacts

of climate in the society.

Leader of the women, Dr.

Sumaye Hamza who is the

North Central Coordinator of

FOMWAN made the donation

through the Acting General

Manager of the State Tourism

Corporation; Mrs. Salome


Hamza stressed the

Association deemed it fit to key

into the dream of the

Corporation in promoting

forestation to help resolve the

environmental problems and

improve the aesthetic of the


According to her, “We are

aware of the issue of climate

change and we know the

importance of plants in

Muharram 7, 1441 A.H.


OMWAN planting trees of peace in Plateau



environment, so that we can

have clean and healthy

environment. For this reason,

we decided to donate these

trees seedlings as part of our

contribution so that one day,

we will come back here to

celebrate its actualization. We

pray this effort bring peace

and unity in our State.”

The Acting General

Manager, Salome Bidah who

was elated at the gesture

commended the FOMWAN

saying, “Between May, 2019

and now, over 2,000 trees

seedlings have been planted

as donated by individuals,

groups and Management of

the Corporation. The gesture

by FOMWAN would help in

promoting afforestation in the

State and preserving the flora

and fauna of the Jos Wild Life


“We made this clarion call

some time back after my

assumption of office, because

of the level of deforestation of

I cried when I saw Prophet’s farm —

Alhaji Hamzah Kofoworola

IT was a fantastic trip with lovely experience. There

was a heavy rainfall on the day of Arafah. We were

told it was very uncommon and it rained heavily for three

days. It was amazing. Knowing the spiritual implication,

we used the opportunity to supplicate more to Allah.

When I sighted the farm of the prophet (S.A.W), I became

emotional, I was moved to tears, that a farm that

produces millions of dates can be sustained for over 1,400


The Lagos State Pilgrims Board as well as the Ameerul

Hajj did very well. The leadership skills and supervisory

roles demonstrated by Honourable AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef

was legendary. That Lagos state pilgrims could

be the first to be airlifted was a real departure from what

we used to experience in the past when Nigerian pilgrims

would be left in Jeddah for weeks after other countries

has completed the airlift of their citizens. Lagos state pilgrims

were blessed with resourceful and seasoned scholars,

coupled with delicious dishes, we were wondering if

it was the same Nigeria we knew or not.

trees within green belt of our

State and we are so delighted

to see that it is yielding

results. Today, another section

of women group has shown us

that they are lovers of our

State; that they are green

belters too.”

Compiled by Nurudeen AbdulGaniy

How S/Arabia managed over 2million pil-

grims amazed me —AbdulHafeez Olayiwola

THE way they managed gabage, human move

ment was very amazing. We saw vehicles used

for carting away refuse every minute. Instead of

running away for cover because of nauseating

odour, as customary in Nigeria, there were pleasant

fragrance sprayed from moving vehicles. How

they managed people’s affairs was quite wonderful.

Again, you see posh and exortic cars being used

as taxies. You could see leadership and judicious

use of resources. This is worthy of emulation especially

in this part of world.

The other thing that stunned me was the way

things are organized. A country hosting millions of

people at a time, with medical team of wide experiences

in general practice and specialized clinical

operations; seeing the security apparatus without

accidental discharge of cartilage in the midst of such

a monumental crowd is praiseworthy.

"Vanguard, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 —27

NASFAT tasks parents on proper


From left: Prof Bidemi Idowu, Guest lecturer; Alhaja Shakirat

Balogun and NASFAT National Women Affairs Secretary,

Alhaja Samiat Omolara Mumeen during the NASFAT 20th

Annual women’s week held in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

By Saheed Abdullah

THE Chief Missioner, Nasrul-Lahil-l-Fatih Society, NAS

FAT, Imam Mahroof Abdulazeez Onike has charged

the Muslim parents on the need to create enabling environment

for their children to imbibe the precepts, ethics

and functional practice of their faith.

The renowned cleric made the charge yesterday in Ikeja

during a programme titled Women Connect With Missioners,

marking the 20th Annual NASFAT Women’s Week

In his address, Imam Onike told the gathering that as parents

they would be much more fulfilled in life when their

children and wards understand Islamic principles and imbibe

it even from their childhood, adding that mentoring

them and exposing them to Islamic culture in early life will

help the young ones to grow in the way of Allah

Earlier in her address, the Women Affairs Secretary, NAS-

FAT, Alhaja Samiat Mumuni advised participants at the

knowledge seeking programme to apply themselves effectively

in order to boost their understanding of their faith.

In his goodwill message to the women the President of

NASFAT Engr Kamil Bolarinwa represented by the VP 2

Alhaji Abdulrauf Ayodeji, the women were admonished on

adequate and positive

parenting in order to raise

responsible and morally

upright young Muslims.

About 600 women participated

in the annual event.

The interactive programme

provided an opportunity


women from the Headquarters,

Zones 1 and 2 to engage

the missioners in a

question and answer format.

Issues ranging from

inheritance, child bearing,

marital compatibility and

finances among others

were thrown up by the

women and dissected by

the Missioners.

Hajj: Our experience in the holy land — Hujjaj

I marvelled at the distance of 335klm

Prophet trekked from Makkah to

Madinah—Alhaji Sulayman Ahmad

WHEN I calculated the distance between

Makkah and Madinah, I discovered it

was 335 kilometers. This was the distance the

Prophet and his companions trekked from

Makkah to Madinah. This is more than three

times of the distance an average traveler would

cover between Lagos and Ibadan.

The longest distance a plane can cover is

940km/h and a car is 240km/h

The temperature was -47. Madinah was 45-

47 degree centigrade. The rocks are dark as a

result of the heat.

We are lucky in Nigeria, our temperature is

average. Madinah is calm, serene and more

beautiful than Makkah. The Prophet’s mosque

in Madinah is a masterpiece of architectural

designs plaited in gold.

28 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO—IN July 2019, the

Nigeria Metrological

Agency had issued a warning

that some states in the country

should take measures against

flood, saying the downpour in

the months of August and

September would be enormous

as a result of climate change.

Though, Osun State was not

on the list of states that could

be affected, but a rainfall that

led to flood destroyed

properties along its path.

The flood took a different

dimension on Friday, August 30

through Sunday when the

torrential rains forced an

overflow of the river banks in

Osogbo and Obokun local

government areas.

The affected residents are

already sulking over their


Among the flooded roads are,

Ipetu Ile-Ibokun road which

connects Ikirun, Iragbiji, Ipetu,

Ibokun, Esa-Oke, Ijebujesa,

Ilesa, Ondo and Ekiti states,

MDS street, testing ground,

Olobedu areas among many

others in Osogbo.

20 hectares of

farmlands destroyed in


In Obokun town, the flood,

which covered more than 3

kilometers on the Obokun

Osogbo Ijebu Ijesa road,

destroyed over 20 hectares of

farmlands belonging to peasant


When Vanguard visited the

farm areas, it was inaccessible

while one of the relatives of an

affected farmer disclosed that

the farmlands in the area is

owned by different peasant

farmers and cannot quantify the

loss accruable from the effect of

the flood.

Also, the downpour damage

the only bridge linking four rural

communities, Coker, Omu,

Iyere to Osogbo located along

Osun State University campus.

A resident of the community,

who owns a medical centre, Mr.

Adebisi Rafiu said: “Presently,

there is no other means of

movement for vehicle, human

and farm products.

“The only alternative is for us

to travel to another town then

get to Osogbo which will now

have to take hours. Economic

activities will now be impossible

except the government comes

to our aid immediately.”

Besides, he said the flood

destroyed five buildings in the

community and the owners are

now homeless.

Community head seeks

govt’s intervention

The head of the community,

Baale of omu, Oba Operinmade

Adejumo, also sought the help

of government is rehabilitating

the bridge so there would be

ease of movement for both

human and farm products.

Adejumo said: “As you can

see, we resorted to self help to

put something together so that

vehicle can pass here instead

of having to go through the

long journey to get to the state

capital. Also schools would be

•A flooded area in

Osogbo, in Osun state.

Inset: A flooded area in

Osogbo, in Osun state

Residents count losses as flood

ravages Osun communities

resuming next week and some

our children attend schools in


Fish pond owners

suffer loss

In Osogbo, fish pond owners

suffered the most as the flood

submerged many of the earthen

ponds leading to the fishes

being washed away.

At Biker area, a resident,

Gbenga Ahoi, whose brother

owns four ponds, said fishes in

two of the ponds were swept

away by the ravaging flood on


Ahoi said: “The two ponds’

capacity is 2, 000 catfish and all

were swept away by the flood

and the most unfortunate thing

about the issue is that the ponds

were kept in trust with my


Also, Mr. Shina Elebuibon, a

fish farmer told Vanguard that

fishes in his four ponds were

swept away, saying no one cares

about the loss fish farmers suffer

during flood.

Elebuibon said: “The worth of

the fish in my farm, when fully

matured, is about N7 million but

now, I am just salvaging what

is left in one of the ponds, it is

unfortunate, I plead with

government and other

stakeholders to help those of us

who relied on fish farming as a

source of income.”

House owners count


While fish farmers are

counting their losses, house

owners in Gbodofon, Ogo

Oluwa, Awosuru, Oniroidunu,

Ijetu, Ibu-Amo, Woleola Estate

and Ataoja Estate areas of

Osogbo, were battling the flood

to safe their houses and

business centers in the


About 15 houses were almost

submerged, as victims were, on

Saturday morning, seen trying

to salvage some of their

valuables from the affected


Other affected buildings

included a church, mechanic

workshop, a retail outlet of a

beverage company, a secondary

school and a pig farm.

The flood, it was gathered was

as a result of the heavy rain fall

on Friday which caused the

Osun river to over flow its banks.

The downpour, which

continued on Saturday night,

further complicated the


Victims narrate ordeal

One of the victims, narrating

his ordeal, said at first, he joined

his family members of four

scooping water out of the house

before the situation worsened.

He said: “It didn’t start as

something serious. We were

initially scooping the water but

By Gabriel Olawale


Overseer of High Tower

Prayer Ministry Inc, Prophet

Rufus Ikotun said that as long

as people believe in prayer

than work, many Nigerians will

continue to live in extreme


Speaking ahead of a month

programme slated for

September to commemorate the

10th anniversary of HTPM

Worldwide, Ikotun said that no

matter how hard one prays, a

I noticed it would amount to a

waste of energy doing this. I

later decided that everyone

moved out of the building. This

morning (Saturday) when I

came back, I was surprised to

see that the whole building was


Another victim, Pa Rauf Salam

at Wole Ola Estate along Ogo-

Oluwa, said the failure of the

government to dredge the river

this year led to the flooding.

Lamenting, Salam said: “This

was not a new occurrence in the

area. I have been living in this

area since 1984. There is no

raining season we don’t have

this kind of experience, though

it has been well managed in the

last five years because of the

dredging done every raining

period. But this year, no

dredging has been done which

is why we are experiencing


Also narrating his ordeal, Mr.

Alao Hakeem said: “I am not

happy at all. I have been unable

to access my home since Friday

night. I and my family are now


Church activities


Also, the flood disrupted

church activities in the affected


At the Latter Glory

Evangelical Church, members

were seen bailing water; while

at a parish of the Redeemed

Christian Church of God could

not hold service as the church

was heavily flooded.

Bridge collapses

Besides, the downpour

damaged the only bridge

linking Coker, Omu, Iyere to

Osogbo located along Osun

State University campus.

A resident of the community,

Mr. Raheem Adekunle said:

“Presently, there is no other

means of movement for

vehicles, humans and farm


“The only alternative is for us

to travel to another town, then

get to Osogbo which will now

have to take hours. Economic

activities will now be impossible

except the government comes

to our aid immediately”.

The residents, however, called

on government officials to come

to their aid before they become


We’re taking proactive

measures—Osun govt

Reacting to the flood incident,

the Osun State government said

it is taking proactive measures

to mitigate the threat posed by

this year’s flooding to lives and


The state government also

called on the Federal

Government to assist in

dredging the River Osun.

The Supervisor for Works,

Science and Technology in the

state, Mr. Remi Omowaiye and

his counterpart in the

Environment Ministry, Dr

Adebisi Obawale, spoke when

they led a government team on

an emergency inspection of

flooded areas in Osogbo.

Engr Omowaye ascribed the

incident to Climate Change

which is causing River Osun to

overflow its natural cause.

Also speaking, Dr Obawale

said: “River Osun has many

tributaries from the

neighbouring states of Ekiti and

Ondo and other local

governments in the state that

already have high volume of

water, therefore flowing into the

Osun River.

“Government had mobilised

for the dredging of River Osun

to forestall further flooding

which would still occur between

September and November as

predicted by Niemet.

“We want the Federal

Government to assist the state

in dredging the Osun River

going by the huge amount

required for the exercise.”

Why many Nigerians are still extremely poor — Lagos cleric

fish will not swim into the

kitchen from the river.

He said: “HTPM is a prayer

church that revives the world

through the ministry of prayer,

prophecy, word and praise. But

what I used to tell people is that

they need to work and pray.

Many people believe in prayer

than work and that is the reason

things are not going right.

“No matter how hard you pray,

fish will not swim into your

kitchen. You need to go to the

river. I do tell people to pray as

if no work can help and work

as if prayer cannot help.”

Ikotun said that the church

10th anniversary, which will run

through September, will begin

with 3-days power-packed

revival tagged: Mighty man of

Jacob at Fortress Land Ipaja on

1st to 3rd.

“Other lineup programmes

include covenant day of

possibility, grace for continuity,

overcoming financial hardship,

the pride of a woman, breaking

limitations, unlimited God,

praise night, dream chaser,

gratitude among others.”

Sad tale of female banker

murdered over POS in Ondo

* Victim’s family seeks justice

By Dayo Johnson


uncontrollably as news of

the gruesome murder of the 28

year old female banker, Nofisat

Adetutu Ibrahim, spread like

wild fire across Akure in Ondo

State and beyond.

Prior to her death, Vanguard

gathered that the deceased and

the boyfriend reported the

threat to her life at the Fanibi

Police station on Wednesday


But her life was cut short in

the evening of same day.

Nofisat was a graduate of

Mass Communication from

Adekunle Ajasin University,

Akungba, Akoko.

She was a contract staff with

the First Bank, Plc, Oja Oba

branch in Akure, in Ondo

State and was in charge of the

Point of Sale, PoS, ordering.

She was murdered because

the bank she worked with

turned down the request of

issuance of PoS to a big time

business woman because of the


The business woman

transferred the anger on her

until her life was cut short

abruptly last week Wednesday

at about 7:15pm.

Sadly enough, the business

woman, who had been in

police custody with two other

suspects since the banker was

killed, was said to have

physically assaulted and

publicly embarrassed the

deceased few days before the

killers finally snuffed life out of


When the threat to her life

was becoming unbearable, she,

in company of the bank

manager, went to plead with

the big time business woman.

Reliable sources had it that the

business woman insisted after

the visit by the deceased and

some bank staff to deal with the

deceased for daring to refuse

to issue the POS to one of her

younger sisters, she stood for

in the bank.

All efforts to explain the

bank’s policy on POS to the

businesswoman fell on deaf


Also, the deceased boyfriend

reportedly called the business

woman to plead on her behalf.

Sensing that the threat was

getting more ferocious, the

deceased reportedly informed

her manager but when nothing

was done, she lodged a

complaint with the regional

manager of the bank.

Family members wade in

•Nofisat Ibrahim: Slain


When she discovered that the

bank was trying to protect the

customer at her detriment, she

reportedly told her family


While the family members

were determined to take up the

matter officially, the deceased

stooped them for fear of losing

her job.

While they were still thinking

of the next line of action, since

the two top officials of the bank

felt unconcerned about the

threat to her life by the business

woman, the killers struck few

minutes past 7pm.

Killers strike

The deceased, who operated

the Point of Sales service at Oke

Ogba area of the metropolis,

was trailed there by the killers

after closing from work.

Hot bullets were pumped into

her heart as she tried to escape

from the grip of two killers, who

stormed her shop on a

motorbike, when they tried to

strangle her.

Her killers succeeded in

breaking her neck but while

she struggled to escape from

the kiosk, she was shot close to

her breast.

A sympathiser reportedly

rushed her on a motorbike to

the state specialist hospital only

to be confirmed dead by doctors

on arrival.

The gunshots made shop

owners and residents at Okeogba

area in Akure metropolis

to scamper for safety thinking

it was a robbery operation.

By the time normalcy

returned, Nofisat was met in

the pool of her blood.

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Nofisat’s bosses arrested

A Police source said that the

regional and branch manager

of the bank were arrested and

quizzed for not protecting the

deceased by reporting to their

head office for quick

intervention despite several

complaints of threat to her life.

The deceased was a daughter

of a former Principal Officer of

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo,


She obtained a National

Diploma (ND) in Mass

Communication from the

Polytechnic and a BSc from

Adekunle Ajasin University,

Akungba-Akoko, AAUA.

She joined the bank after her

Youth Service.

Family seeks justice

Meanwhile, the family of the

deceased, speaking through

her elder sister, Mrs. Aminat

Ibrahim, said that

the lackadaisical attitude of

both bank manager and the

regional manager caused the

untimely death of her younger


She, however, promised that

justice will be served.

Aminat said: “All we want is

justice and we don’t want the

police to sweep the matter

under the carpet. Adetutu told

us that she (the

businesswoman) promised to

deal with her over the issuance

of PoS. She reported the matter

to her bosses in the office but

they did not take any action to

protect her.

“Her immediate boss even

told her to go and beg the

woman at her shop because

she is a customer, which she

(Adetutu) did but right inside

the shop, the woman assaulted

Adetutu, calling her all sorts of

names. In spite of that, she still

insisted that she will deal with

her. On the day we planned to

go and beg the woman, some

boys went to her (Adetutu)

shop and murdered her.

“We want the Ondo State

government to investigate this

matter properly; the

perpetrators must not escape

justice. We are begging the

government to assist us. Justice

must be done.”

Her fianceé, who spoke in

confidence, said that his life

was equally threatened by her

killers for trying to intervene in

the matter.

He said: “I was told on the

phone that my fiancée would

be beaten, and also stripped

naked in the open market.

“She was attacked in the

evening on Wednesday. The

killers strangled and broke her

neck. She tried escaping to

(an) open space but

unfortunately for her, they shot

her in the heart and she died.”

Three suspects arrested—


Contacted, the police

spokesperson, Femi Joseph

confirmed the arrest of three

suspects but declined their


Joseph said: “We have three

people in our custody and they

are helping us in our

investigation, we will surely

arrest the perpetrators. We are

investigating and we want to

assure that we will leave no

stone unturned to make sure

the perpetrators are brought to


Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 29

When Fayemi moves rebrand

Ekiti’s battered image

By Rotimi Ojomoyela


how the emergence of

Governor Kayode Fayemi of

Ekiti State has changed the

political narrative of the state

shouldn’t be a difficult one for

any political watchers in Ekiti

and the Country as a whole.

Unlike his tortuous 2007-2010

political journey, his

emergence this time around,

was less bumpy but not without

judicial and political hurdles,

a semblance of his travails,

during his first coming but was

quickly nipped in the bud by

string of judicial victories

culminated by the Supreme

Court’s declaration.

However, analysts and

political watchers in the state

are of the view that Fayemi

must guard against distraction

from what Ekiti people elected

him to do, by striking a balance

between being the Governor of

Ekiti State and his new role as

the Chairman of the Nigeria

Governors’ Forum

The battle to restore


Less than one year

since taking over the saddle of

leadership of the state, political

pundits opine that governance

has taken a new shape, a clear

departure from the ‘bolekaja’,

structureless, impulsive and

totally disorganised system

that characterised the previous


Changing the story

But all these have changed,

with the good by approach of

Governor Fayemi, who many

describe as a member of

President Muhammadu

Buhari’s kitchen cabinet.

His style of governance has

brought many goodwill to the


Unlike his first coming, when

he abandoned politics to his

aides, this time around, he has

not only taken charge but is in

control of both governance and


Also, he has brought his

wealth of experience and

extensive web of connections as

a former cabinet Minister to

Ekiti. He calls the shots from

every direction.

Little wonder his recent

election as the Chairman of the

Nigeria Governors Forum,

NGF, which was not only a fait

accompli, but a boost to his

political profile.

Aside from re-invigorating

many of his projects which

Fayose had abandoned to rot,

he has also initiated many,

which according to him are of

significant and economic

beneficial to the state.

Abrogation of

developmental levies

One of the very first populists

•Fayemi: Ekiti State governor

move by Fayemi after

assuming office was the

abolition of the N1000

developmental fees per term,

being paid by students in both

public and private schools in

the state.

Fight against school


Another war, Fayemi

appeared to be winning, is the

onslaught against increasing

number of school drop outs in

the state, which was a fallout

of the imposition of

developmental on students of

publics schools in the state by

the Fayose led administration,

parents were withdrawing

their wards from schools,

leading to Ekiti being classified

as having the highest rate of

school drop outs in Southwest.

This is no longer the case since

the abolition of the fees and

promulgation of law

proscribing the practice,

coupled with introduction of

school feeding, students

enrolment in school have


Tackling poverty

One of the weapons of

tackling poverty and rejigging

the state’s economy is the

regular payment of salaries.

This has become a tradition of

the Fayemi led administration,

since assumption of office in

October 16, 2018, salaries and

pensions are being paid as at

when due.

Revival of decayed


Virtually all the infrastructure

in the state were in comatose.

Perhaps, this made him to

approach the Africa

Development Bank, AfDB, not

only to help rehabilitate the

decayed infrastructure, which

include some critical roads, but

to also upgrade them.

This is aside from the $55m

he secured from the World

Bank for the revitalisation and

treatment of Ero dam.

Other projects which the

AfDB is willing to support are

the Ekiti Airport, the Ekiti

Knowledge zone (a smart city

to promote knowledge

economy) and the agriculture

processing zone project, all

geared towards improving

infrastructure and socio–

economic development of the


A year after it was shut down

by previous administration,

Gossy Water has commenced

full scale production of the

popular table water brand.

Also,300 youths are expected

to get employment.

Ikogosi warm spring resort

which had hitherto gone under,

has been revived, rehabilitated

and had also commenced


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Banditry: Katsina residents, Islamic scholars

seek divine intervention

By Bashir Bello


by the wave of killings,

armed banditry and

kidnappings in the state,

residents of Katsina State,

including prominent Islamic

scholars, yesterday, went

spiritual by organising

special prayer session to

overcome the current security

challenge in the state.

The residents who trooped

out enmasse said they

resolved to prayer to seek

divine intervention to

overcome the menace.

The prayer session was

organised by concerned

citizens of Katsina State and

held at Dahiru Mangal

Jumaat mosque.

One of the organisers, Sabo

Musa, lamented that

activities of bandits in the state

had led to the killings and

kidnapping of many innocent

people, saying: “Government

is taken measures to deal

with the situation, but we feel

as concerned citizens, we

should compliment that

efforts by organising the

prayer session to overcome

the menace.

THE Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, has

urged financial technology

companies, payment service

providers and deposit money

banks engaged in offering

payment solutions to

customers to ensure they

adhere to policy framework

and standards that guide their

respective operations in the

ecosystem in which they


Deputy Director, Payments

System Policy and Oversight,

Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr.

Musa Jimoh, stated this in

Lagos during the launch of

Xpress Payment Solutions


He explained that "the

CBN was trying to build an

ecosystem that allows

everyone to have equal

opportunity to present and

run his own system. Fintech

was introduced into payment

system with the aim of

deepening financial

We organised this prayer

not for any personal gain but

to seek Allah’s intervention to

salvage the security situation

at hand in Katsina State. We

appeal to Islamic scholars

and people of the state to

continue to pray to Allah to

overcome the situation and

expose those behind the

activities of the bandits.

An Islamic scholar, Sheikh

Munnir Jafar, said: “Prayer

is a sword in the hands of

Muslims to surmount any form

of problem, hence the need for

all to join hands and pray to

Allah to conquer the ugly


Earlier, Permanent Secretary

in the Ministry of Religious

Affairs, Mohammed Matazu,

commended organisers of the

prayer session, describing

it as timely.

“The ministry will also

organise similar prayer

session at various mosques

to seek Allah’s intervention

toward addressing

insecurity and other

problems facing the state,”

Matazu added.

Monarch, youths accuse politicians of plotting to

divert DESOPADE fund

By Victor Young

THE Obi of Abavo in Ika

South Local Government

Area of Delta State, Uche

Irenuma II, and youths of

the kingdom have accused

unnamed politicians in Ika

nation of plots to divert the

monthly funds meant for

youth empowerment.

Delta State Oil Producing

Area Development

C o m m i s s i o n ,


interventionist arm of the

state government, releases

certain funds to oil bearing

ethnic nationalities to assist

youths improve their


But Obi Irenuma, in a letter

CBN urges fintechs, payment service

providers to stick to standards

inclusion in Nigeria."

The event was witnessed

by representatives of some

state governments, Deposit

Money Banks, fintech

organisations, e-payment

industries who commented

on the quality and reliable

services provided by Xpress


The deputy director, who

represented Director,

Payment Systems

Management Department,

CBN, Mr. Samuel Okojere,

said the CBN made a

commitment in 2011 to bring

those outside the banking

sector closer, hence the

introduction of fintech

companies into payment


On his part, Managing

Director/CEO, Xpress

Payment Solutions Ltd,

Oluwadare Owolabi noted

that every sector of human

endeavour in the globe had

to the state chairman of

traditional rulers’ council,

Obi Emmanuel Efeizomor,

expressed fears that the

money might no longer get

to the end users as intended


He appealed to Efeizomor,

who is the Obi of Owa

Kingdom, to wade in and

stop the planned diversion

of the funds, even as he called

on Ika sons and daughters to

take a cue from how funds are

being disbursed by oil bearing

ethnic nationalities in the


Besides the Obi, youths in

the community have called on

the chairman of

DESOPADEC, Mr. Michael

Diden, to take steps to stop

the plots by the said

politicians to divert the

money meant for their


A letter by President of

Abavo Youths Association,

Godwin Ijiebor; Vice

President, Igweh Emma;

Secretary, Amamosa Jude,

and Public Relations Officer,

Okoh Miracle, expressed

their unflinching support

for the Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa administration.

Dangote wants more women appointed to

corporate boards


Dangote Industries

Limited, Aliko Dangote, has

called for the appointment of

more women to the boards of

corporate organisations in

Nigeria, to promote gender

been extensively characterised

by technological disruption.

equality and economic wellbeing,

in line with the agenda

of the current administration

and the realisation of the

United Nations Sustainable

Development Goal 5.

The visionary businessman,

who also advocated improved

empowerment of women

across all social strata, believes

such board appointments

would spur the growth of such

organisations with a positive

impact on both the economic

and social wellbeing of the

ActionAid, Kogi govt to provide

skills for 750 youths annually

By Boluwaji


LOKOJA— ActionAid

Nigeria in collaboration

with Kogi Youth

Development Commission,

KYDC, yesterday, said over

750 youths in the state would

be engaged in various skills

acquisition as part of

measures to address violent


Resilience Programme

Coordinator, ActionAid

Nigeria, Mr Anicetus Atakpu,

disclosed this at a one-day

roundtable advocacy meeting

for Kogi Youth Development

Commission Law.

Atakpu said the training

was part of the NGO’s

Structure Strengthening

Against Radicalisation to

Violent Extremism, SARVE,

project being currently

executed in Kogi and

Nasarawa states.

He said the programme,

sponsored by GCERF and

executed by Participation

Initiative for Behavioural

Change in Development,

PIBCID, and ActionAid

Nigeria would now

collaborate with the Youth

Commission for better results.

He said: “ActionAid Nigeria

planned to support 750 youths

annually to acquire skills as

part of its sustenance support

programme in partnership

with the commission."

country, as experienced in

foreign countries.

Dangote, who chaired a

session on Gender Equality

& Female Empowerment,

made the calls in a welcome/

opening address during the

59th Annual General

Conference of the 2019

Nigerian Bar Association,

NBA, held in Lagos recently,

with over 12,000 lawyer

delegates drawn from

branches across Nigeria in


The business mogul, who

was represented by the

Managing Director of Aliko

Dangote Foundation,

Zouera Youssoufou,

acknowledged the vital roles

played by women at the

topmost levels of the

Dangote Group, which have

contributed to the rapid

growth and expansion of the

conglomerate across Africa.

At an event sponsored by

the Dangote Group and

attended by Group Lead

Risk Management, Dangote

Industries Limited, Mariya

Aliko Dangote and Group

Executive Director Dangote

Industries Limited, Halima

Aliko Dangote, the richest

man in Africa acknowledged

that there was still a lot of

work to be done to ensure

gender equality and women

empowerment in the nation.

EFCC arrests

48 internet

fraudsters in


By Peter Duru


than 48

suspects have been arrested

by the Benue State Zonal

office of the Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, for

alleged internet fraud.

Zonal Head of the

commission, Mr. Johnson

Babalola, who made this

known, yesterday, in

Makurdi said 13 of the

suspects were being

prosecuted while three had

been convicted.

Babalola said the suspects

were arrested between

January and September of

this year, explaining that

they were apprehended

after intensive manhunt in

Benue, Taraba and Plateau


He stated that the

commission was partnering

Interpol and FBI in America

to ensure that those whose

names appeared on the list

recently released in

American for Internet fraud

were apprehended and

made to face justice.

AfDB appoints

Chinelo Anohu

to head Africa



PRESIDENT of African

Development Bank

Group, AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi

Adesina, has announced the

appointment of immediate

past Director General of

National Pension

Commission, PenCom, Mrs.

Chinelo Anohu, as head and

senior director of the Africa

Investment Forum.

The appointment of

Chinelo, an international

corporate lawyer and member

of the London Stock

Exchange Africa Advisory

Board, took effect from

September 1, 2019

With a formidable track

record in formulating

investment strategies,

Chinelo brings extensive

knowledge of institutional

investment practice and

experience in attracting new

capital, expertise in the

development of innovative

asset classes, spanning

pension funds, sovereign

wealth funds, private equity

and private family wealth


Adesina said: “I am

delighted that Chinelo Anohu

is joining us as the Head and

Senior Director of the Africa

Investment Forum. Her cando-attitude,


hands-on experience in

working with global pension

funds and institutional

investors, and extensive

global networks among

institutional investors, will

significantly position and help

the Africa Investment Forum

to drive its global agenda to

attract more investments to


Be like Uncle Ho!

THE conscientious world on

Monday, September 2,

marked the fiftieth year departure

of Ho Chi Minh (real name Nguyen

Sinh Cung) also affectionately called

Uncle Ho, one of the greatest men

that ever lived. Uncle Ho’s role in

history as that smallish, frail and

fragile Vietnamese patriot who led

his country to take on military

powers from three continents: Japan

in Asia, France in Europe and United

States, US, in North America and

defeat them in battle, cannot be


Indeed, no training in any military

academy can be complete without

studying the tactics and strategies of

Uncle Ho and his Army

Commander, General Vo Nguyen

Giap. The books of Giap, including:

The Military Art of People’s War

(1970); Banner of People’s War, the

Party’s Military line (1970); People’s

Army, People’s War (1974); How We

Won The War(1976) and Art of War

co-authored with Laurence Brahm

(1995), are standard texts in many

military academies.

Vietnam, a much abused country,

was colonised by France from 1887;

seized by powerful Japan during the

Second World and recolonised by

France after the September 2, 1945

surrender of Japan to the Allies.

When the Vietnamese routed the

Projecting a new national development agenda


AT the recent presidential retreat for his

cabinet members, President

Muhammadu Buhari defined the ethos that

would undergird the workings of the team,

stressing complementarity and synergy

among his ministers to realise the core goal of

national development. The President’s

message was succinctly communicated and I

believe, rightly decoded by his audience. The

cabinet would operate to serve the interest of

an undivided executive under his headship as

both head of state and head of government, in

line with the theory and praxis of our

presidential system of government.

Essentially, the buck stops at Buhari’s table.

In the concerted effort of building his personal

brand as a disciplined and sharply-focused

individual, the president also underscored, for

effective and seamless coordination of policy

formulation and implementation, a pragmatic

deployment of the offices of the Secretary to

the Government of the Federation, SGF and

his Chief of Staff, CoS. As explained by the

Senior Special Assistant to the President on

Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu,

the president’s directive, spelling out the roles

of the SGF and the CoS, was merely reinforcing

the extant position. There are, actually, no new

roles for the duo that are different from the

ones they performed in the first term of the

Buhari administration.

While the SGF has been responsible for

ensuring the effective coordination and

monitoring of the implementation of

government policies and programmes; and

therefore, all cabinet matters have been and

must continue to go through him, the CoS has

essentially been acting and will continue to

act as the head of the presidential

administration at Aso Rock, among others, as

he was wont to do. While projecting an

undivided presidency, these arrangements help

to define the ministers’ trajectory in driving

the president’s vision as encapsulated in the

mandates defined by their respective

portfolios. This appears uncomplicated. To be

French military, the US invaded but

the heroic Vietnamese defeated the

American invaders.

Uncle Ho’s dedication to country

and the emancipation of humanity

from oppression, colonialism and

poverty was so total that he became

a model for all peoples who wanted

to throw off the yoke of colonialism

and imperialism. He toured parts of

the world as a sailor and briefly lived

in the US where he was influenced

by Marcus Garvey and attended

meetings of Garvey’s Universal

Negro Improvement Association. A

writer, he argued that a successful

writer must: “Write in such a way as

to be readily understood by both the

young and the old, by men as well as

women, even by children.” An

accomplished poet, the matchless

guerilla fighter said: “A poet must

learn to wage war.” A leading

journalist, he believed that the

journalist must fight for basic rights

and principles, if need be, with the

pen in one hand, and the gun in the

other. He was also a polyglot who

was fluent and proficient in French,

English, Russian, Cantonese,

Mandarin and Vietnamese.

The Japanese occupied Vietnam

in 1941, the same year Ho returned

home to lead the Viet Minh

independence movement. He led

many military attacks against the

sure, that is the intent of the president: to make

governance simple in the achievement of

seemingly difficult tasks. There is no better

way to explain the president’s avowal to have

the ministers' jobs simply cut out for them:

collaborate and/or synergise for effective

service delivery.

Interestingly, the Minister of Finance, Budget

and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab

Shamsuna Ahmed and the Minister of State

for Budget and National Planning, Prince

Clem Ikanade Agba, demonstrated

pragmatism within the first week of their

inauguration. In a significant show of humility

and camaraderie, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed visited

the Ministry of Budget and National Planning

building in the Central Business District to set

the ball rolling.

The Minister of State, without a doubt, had

played the good host. There was, as reported

in the media, amity. There was consensus ad

idem on the issue of the budget, national

planning and the imperative of a

comprehensive national development plan.

The duo must have appreciated that

collaboration, and not contestation for space

and individual accolades, is more important

in the circumstance. Approaching the

homestretch in his folklore-type political

odyssey, the president must be assisted to build

a legacy of solid achievements for posterity.

That was the essential basis of the maiden

meeting both ministers had with top officials

of the two merged ministries on August 27,


The highpoint of the meeting, beyond the

conversation and rationalisation of the merger

of the two previously separate ministries, as

reported in the media, was the announcement

that the Federal Government was developing

a comprehensive National Development Plan,

which would steer the country in the direction

of nation building and growth.

The news was quite cheery, coming on the

heels of several years without a coherent

national development plan that was acceptable

to both the public and private sectors of the

economy. Herein lies the significance of

Buhari’s admonition that ministers should

Japanese and the French. Japan

eventually withdrew from Vietnam,

and Uncle Ho proclaimed the

independence of his country, only for

the French to return as colonialists.

With that, the Viet Minh began

guerrilla warfare against the French

in December 1946.

The resistance led by Uncle Ho

wrote him into the history of human

resistance given the fact that he led a

ragtag army of the poor to militarily

take on a rich, world military power

and beat the French silly while

executing one of the most brilliant

battles in history: the Battle of Dien

Bien Phu. When the resistance started

Uncle Ho told the over confident

French: "You can kill ten of my men

for every one I kill of yours. But even

The resistance led

by Uncle Ho wrote

him into the history

of human

resistance given the

fact that he led a

ragtag army of the

poor to militarily

take on a rich,

world military


at those odds, you will lose and I will

win." True to his analysis, the Viet

Minh sustained very high casualties

with about 200,000 killed while

France and its allies had over 70,000

of their soldiers killed, 65,000 injured

and 40,000 taken prisoner, but

France lost.

France surrendered after one of the

collaborate, whether at the intra-ministerial

or inter-ministerial level, to achieve

development that accommodates the

atmospherics, nuances and nitty-gritty that

define Nigeria; development that is truly

national and not provincial. The temptation

of political leadership sliding into the cocoon

of ethnic nationalism once in the saddle is

largely discounted in the contemplation of a

comprehensive national development plan

that evolves with its significant benchmarks

and implementation timelines. It is,

henceforth, fundamentally sustained through

disciplined management of the budgets.

Clearly, with the deployment of Ministers

Zainab and Agba, President Buhari is poised

to ensure the judicious management of public

finance in the context of budgets that work.

And, once the elephant in the room - the twinproblem

of mismanagement and corruption -

is taken care of, it becomes easy to link budgets

with plans. By way of positive digression,

Minister Zainab expatiated on this when she

appeared on the Nigeria Television Authority,

NTA, discussion programme, “Good Morning

Nigeria”, on Monday, August 26, 2019.

According to her, the president merged the

Ministry of Budget and National Planning with

Finance in order to remove strains and delays

in policy implementations. Read her: “The

intention was to link budget with plans because

in the past we had had beautiful plans but

somehow, they were not implemented. But it

was still problematic because there was the

challenge of the implementation of the budget

and there was this gap as to what was seen as

priority by the Ministry of Finance and what

was seen as the priority by the Ministry of

Budget and National Planning. Of course, the

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most famous battles in world history,

Dien Bien Phu. This battle reminded

me of the Carthaginian (Tunisian)

General Hannibal Barca’s war

against over confident Rome. The

Romans had huge and formidable

armies, including those of their allies

on land, a commanding naval

dominance on sea and felt quite safe

with the Alps Mountains covering

them. The snow on the Italian side

melts in the day and refreezes at night

and Italian side of the Alps is much


They never imagined that

Hannibal could train elephants and

in 218 BC move them over the Alps,

bypassing the Roman navy and land

armies to directly attack Rome itself.

He occupied many parts of Italy for

15 years and Rome avoided defeat

because its army, led by General

Fabian Maximus, refused to engage

in direct combats; rather, they

adopted a guerrilla war of attrition

hoping to wear out the

Carthaginians. This is the etymology

of the words “Fabian Tactics”.

With no hope of defeating

Hannibal on their soil, the Romans

attacked North Africa, which forced

Hannibal to return home and his

army was defeated at the Battle of

Zama. The French military under

General Henri Navarre established

a big base in the Valley of the Dien

Bien Phu Mountain which could

only be reached from the air.

Given their dominance of the air

and superior artillery, they felt it was

very secure as the Vietnamese did not

have the air power to attack the base.

They never imagined that the

Vietnamese could hurl artillery, antiaircraft

guns and heavy military

equipment over the mountains, and

train them down the valley. They

battered the French military and

starved them. After two months, the

French surrendered. In that single

For clarity, the national

development plan is expected

to direct the overall economic

growth and development of

the nation

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battle, 2,300 French soldiers were

killed and 4,800 injured. The over

10,000 captured French soldiers

were marched through the jungles

to prison camps, and half of them

died in the process.

After Dien Bien Phu in 1954, there

was a Geneva Accord with France

which split Vietnam into two

separate countries, North and South.

Uncle Ho and his followers decided

to unite the country but America

invaded to keep Vietnam divided.

As the Americans poured in troops,

Uncle Ho retorted: “Everything

depends on the Americans. If they

want to make war for 20 years then

we shall make war for 20 years. If

they want to make peace, we shall

make peace and invite them to tea


With the Americans losing the war,

they employed napalm bombs and

sprayed the chemical, Agent Orange,

which alone claimed some 400,000

Vietnamese lives.

In January 1968, Uncle Ho’s

forces launched the Tet Offensive

which changed the tide of the war

leading to massive anti-war protests

in the streets of America. This, on

March 31, 1968, forced President

Lyndon Johnson not to seek a second

term. President Richard Nixon who

succeeded him began peace

negotiations with the Vietnamese.

Uncle Ho did not live to see a united

and victorious Vietnam as he passed

away on September 2, 1969, but the

victory of the Vietnamese was

unstoppable and irreversible.

In all, 1,353,000 Vietnamese were

killed in the war against America

while America lost 58,200 troops.

One of Uncle Ho’s truisms was: “To

reap a return in ten years, plant trees.

To reap a return in 100, cultivate the


Ministry of Finance is the treasury; so, it always

had its way because it was the one that was

disbursing the funds. But that created a

significant strain and the president decided to

correct and revert, to bring back the Budget

Office to the Ministry of Finance and to bring

the Planning to the Ministry so that we can

maintain the positive trend of linking budget

with plans.”

The dissonance between budgets and plans,

at the root of sub-optimal performance of

successive budgets in the actualisation of

targeted economic growth and development,

was thus pin-pointed. In the absence of

coherent national development plans - whether

medium, long-term or rolling plans - stunted

growth in the various sectors of the economy

in real terms was accentuated. Against some

justifiable cynicism in certain quarters,

following Minister Zainab’s pronouncement,

about government characteristically not

walking its talk, there is the need to give the

Buhari administration the benefit of the doubt

- that it would muster the political will to push

through this significant agenda.

It is reassuring that the Zainab-Agba tag

team at the Ministry of Finance, Budget and

National Planning has under its belt

accounting, economics and business

administration proficiency and knowledge to

match reasonable promises and expectations

with deliverables. Both appear ready to deploy

that savoir faire in the national interest. They

both seem to appreciate the task ahead.

Although what has yet to be ascertained by

Minister Zainab is the duration of the plan;

that duration, according to her, would be

decided when the plan is inaugurated.

For clarity, the national development plan

is expected to direct the overall economic

growth and development of the nation. And, in

the spirit of collaboration and proactive

scheduling of shared responsibilities, Minister

Zainab had already requested Minister Agba

to commence work on the national

development plan once work on the Medium

Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF and the

2020 budget is concluded.

•Ojeifu, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Abuja

32—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

S-Africa ungrateful—ASETU

By Ugochukwu



Association of South-

East Town Unions,

ASETU, has said that

South Africans have

forgotten the history of

Apartheid and Nigeria’s

contributions to their

freedom from slavery.

Describing the attacks

as akin to paying back

Nigeria’s benevolence

with ‘bad coin,’ ASETU

noted that the Federal

Government’s inaction

in previous attacks had

emboldened South


It called on the African

Union, AU, to speak

against the xenophobia

DPR seals 3 stations in Awka,

decommissions 30 pumps



Resources, DPR, has

sealed three petrol stations

and placed “out-of-use”

order on 30 pumps in

Awka, Anambra State, over

infractions, following an

ongoing surveillance on

compliance with the

standard operations


Addressing newsmen in

Awka after the surveillance

visit, Mr. Ignatius

Anyanwu, Controller of

Operations, Anambra

office of DPR, said the

compliance level in the

state was impressive in

spite of the few infractions.

Anyanwu commended

marketers in the state for

adhering to the approved

price range of N143 to

N145, saying they have

shown high level of

willingness to play by the


By Simon Adewale



Congress, APC,

candidate for Delta State

House of Assembly in the

last election, Mr. Moses

Ogodo, has faulted Anti-

Corruption and Integrity

Group over what he called

negative criticism of

appointments into Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, with

Delta Central and the

Deputy Senate President,

Ovie Omo-Agege as


Ogodo told newsmen

that the group is an enemy

of Delta State for saying the

Presidency did not seek

the opinion of Niger

Deltans before appointing

Mr. Bernard Okumagba

as Managing Director of

in South Africa,

stressing that their

silence seems


In a statement by its

national president,

Chief Emeka Diwe,

and secretary, Gideon

Adikwuru, ASETU

noted that xenophobic

attacks on Nigerians

and other nationals

resident in South Africa

have become recurrent.

It said: “ASETU wishes

to remind the

government and people

of South Africa that it is

too early to forget their

history of Apartheid and

Nigeria’s support


diplomatically and


He said: “There were

few cases of infraction

like under-dispensing,

which was why we

sealed three stations and

placed out-of-use order

on 30 pumps in some of

the filling stations visited.

“On the average, I

must say it is cheering

to say that over 85

percent of filling stations

we visited since our

routine surveillance

started are dispensing

accurately. There was no

case of over-pricing. The

range is consistently

between N143 and

N145 and that is quite


However, Anyanwu

expressed concern over

the attitude of some

marketers toward basic

safety tips such as

having functional fire

extinguishers and sand


Ogodo faults Integrity

Group on NDDC

the commission and

Prophet Jones Erue as

Delta State representative

on its board and for

accusing Omo-Agege of

influencing their


His words: “People are

still jubilating over these

persons’ appointments

and the Presidency has

been widely hailed for it.

Okumagba is a

professional banker,

whose wealth of

experience will improve

the living standard of

Niger Deltans via

projects that the commission

will embark on; so

also is Prophet Erue.”

He also commended

APC national chair-man,

Adams Oshiomhole, for

handling the party’s

issues wisely.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: From left— Tessa Ashiru; Elizabeth Pacheco, both members of

Lions Club; Alhaji Muhammad Shaaban, Assistant Head, Bab Es Salaam Orphanage Home; Agnes Duke;

Eunice Ufua and Scholatisca Onyeyiri, all of Lions Club, at a youth empowerment programme organised

by the Ikeja Viva L’amour Lions/Leo clubs for the orphanage, in Lagos.

How Imo plans to pay

80-month pension arrears

By Chinonso Alozie



yesterday, said with the

ongoing pension

verification in the 27 local

government areas of the

state, it would pay the 80

months pension arrears

owed pensioners in the


Senior Special Assistant

to the governor on

Information and

Advocacy, Adaora

Onyechere revealed this

to newsmen in Owerri as

part of strategy put in

place within the 100 days

in office of the Emeka

Ihedioha’s government to

stop the sufferings of

pensioners in Imo.

To achieve this, she said

the state government has

commenced what she

called “once and for all”

pension verification to

completely end such

exercises, going forward.

She said: “Over 80

months pension arrears

have not been paid. So, a

committee has been set up

to look into the issue. We

just finished the

extraction of data. The

idea is to carry out a once

and for all exercise and

so, the issue of pension

verification will not

happen again.

“Another step taken by

the government to bring

good governance is the

introduction of fiscal

discipline and

introduction of Treasury

Single Account, TSA. This

has blocked revenue

leakages and now, we

have transparency in


...roads, schools

On the issue of bad

roads, Onyechere said:

“16 roads will be flagged

off and biddings for these

roads have commenced.

Remember also the World

Bank erosion project in

Ideato areas flagged off

by this government.

“We are also looking at

the renovation of

government property,

such as state secretariat

and Ahiajoku among

others. Recall that since

By Ikechukwu Odu


students of Federal

College of Education, Eha-

Amufu, Enugu State, have

vowed to continue

protesting until their

demands are met, even as

they refused to vacate the

school premises as ordered

by the school authority


The school had in a memo

dated September 4 by the

Registrar, Dr. Ngozi

Nnebedum, ordered the

students to vacate the

school with immediate

we started the monthly

environmental sanitation,

Imo has returned to being

a clean state unlike what

we used to have.

“The government has

launched the flag off of

renovation of 305

classrooms in the state to

improve the infrastructure

effect following the

lingering protest, but the

students vowed to stay until

their demands are met.

Part of the memo read:

“Sequel to the protest by

students on September 3,

which continued till

September 4 despite

intervention by the

management, Bishop and

priests, the management

has directed that the

College be closed down


“Consequently, all

academic programmes,

particularly the ongoing

second semester 2018/2019

in the education sector.”

Onyechere regretted

that when Ihedioha took

over, “there was no official

hand over by the

immediate past

government of Rochas

Okorocha. So Ihedioha

engaged professionals to

kick off his government.”

Eha-Amufu College students

vow to continue protest

Ebonyi SEC asks Buhari to probe

invasion of Umahi’s residence

By Peter Okutu



Ebonyi State executive

council, SEC, yesterday,

called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

order a full scale

investigation into the

invasion of Governor David

Umahi’s residence in

Abuja by security

operatives, on Monday,

September 2.

In a communiqué by the

state's Attorney General/

Commissioner for Justice,

Cletus Ofoke and

Secretary to the State


Commissioner, Ugbala

Kenneth Igwe, for and on

behalf of SEC, the Council

described the invasion as


The statement read: “We

view this strange and

cowardly act coming barely

24 hours after the South-

East Governors’ Forum

banned herders from

moving around with AK-47

and machetes as barbaric,

unwarranted and

undemocratic and hereby

urge the security agencies

to swing into action and fish

out the perpetrators.

“It's sole purpose is to

intimidate and silence

Umahi and his colleagues,

and prevent them from

discharging their mandate

examinations be

suspended. The students

are therefore, ordered to

proceed on vacation


Some students, including

Chidera Eze, who spoke to

Vanguard, confirmed that

the school Management

sent Police officers to chase

them out of the school but

that they resisted and the

officers left.

Recall that the students

are protesting “collapse of

security structure in the

school as well as

management exploitative

tendencies of the students.”

of speaking boldly on

behalf of the South-East

people, especially on

security of the zone.

“We ask President

Muhammadu Buhari to

order a full scale

investigation into this

invasion by security

operatives with a view to

ensuring the perpetrators

are brought to justice.

“We hereby alert the

international community of

the obvious attempt to

circumvent the rule of law

and freedom of expression

in Nigeria as exemplified

by the actions of the

security operatives on a

sitting governor, who

enjoys immunity.”

Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 33

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Mrs Ebierin Otuaro, wife of the Deputy Governor representing wife of the governor, Dame Edith Okowa (centre)

with from left; Dr Victor Osiatuma, CMD, FMC Asaba, Mrs Anna Ochor, wife of the deputy speaker and from

right, Mrs Tobore Oborevwori, wife of the speaker and Mrs Onyemaechi Mrakpor, DG, Asaba capital territory

with beneficiaries during the 2019 International Day of Charity celebration at the FMC, Asaba.

BAYELSA GUBER: Dickson advocates

tolerance, free, fair election

•As PDP begins post primaries reconciliation

By Samuel




Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

State has called for tolerance

and maturity among the

political class in the state

ahead the governorship

election slated for

November 16, 2019.

He stressed the need for

the Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC and the relevant

agencies to ensure the

conduct of credible

gubernatorial election in

the state.

Dickson in a statement by

his Chief Press Secretary,

Mr, Fidelis Soriwei,

advised those with

ambitions to occupy

political office to start the

process with prayers to

seek the face of God before

following up with


He said, that those with

the desire to serve the

people through public

offices should cultivate the

habit of serving the people

and giving the Almighty

NDDC: Ex-DIG, Ekpoudom disagrees with

Niger Delta govs over appointments

By Harris Emmanuel


Deputy Inspector

General of Police,

PrinceUdom Ekpoudom

has disagreed with the

governors of the Nigeria

Delta region for opposing

the appointment of board

members of the Nigerian

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC.

Ekpoudom, who spoke

with Vanguard, in Ugor

described the governors'

position as laughable, as

according to him, the

President has the right to

make appointments just

like the governors also do

without seeking the

opinion of the President.

“They should not take the

President for a ride. They

should concentrate in their

states and do their own

appointments the way they

like and the President is not

interfering,” he said.

World Skills Competition: iCreate Africa

leads Nigerian team to Russia

AFTER successfully

organising three

technical skills competitions

in Nigeria, iCreate Africa

has a delegation to

participate at the world’s

biggest technical and

vocational skills

competition, the World

Skills 2019 in Kazan,

Russia, recently.

Established in 1950, World

Skills is the collective voice

for skills excellence in

technical and serviceoriented

careers around the


World Skills, the world

Cup of vocational

professions took place for

the first time in Russia and

featured an industrial

exhibition and Conference

while youth between 18-23

years from over 60 member

countries competed against

each other in Carpentry,

Automobile Technology,

fashion technology, water

technology, etc, for 4 days

Since inception, iCreate

Africa has transformed the

face of skills and led the

discourse of Nigeria

becoming the leading force

in skills development in

Africa through successful

competitions, up skilling

and training programs,

promotions of the winning

entrepreneurs through

media campaigns, iCreate

Magazine launch with

iCreate App and Skill Hub

in the pipeline.

Among the delegation

were icreate beneficiaries,

Malissa Onojo, known by

her fashion brand, Oh!

Tailor, winner of the first

iCreate Skill Fest 2018 in the

category of garment making

and Tiza Nega, winner of

the website category.

He lauded the president

for appointing Senator

Godswill Akpabio as

Minister of Niger Delta

Affairs Ministry, saying that

the region will witness


development just like

Akpabio, a former

governor of Akwa Ibom

transformed the state.

“Coming to Niger Delta

issue, for him to have

posted somebody like l

Akpabio to the Ministry of

Niger Delta Affairs shows

that the man loves the

region and wants her

problems to be solved.

“This state was a

backwater but Akpabio

turned things around and

put the state on the pedestal

of development. He

transformed the state. Look

at the infrastructure

development in the state.

We believe that he will

replicate what he did in the

state in the Niger Delta.”

Describing the

appointments as well made,

he suggested continued

dialogue with the youths in

the region to ensure fast

pace development of the

region. Ekpoudom, who

lauded Governor Udom

Emmanuel for the decision

of the state government to

shut down illegal schools in

the state said, proper

foundation was needed

for the training of pupils

and students to ensure

that they do not engage

in anti-social activities

when they grow up.

God his place in praise

as a starting point, noting

that God is the true

source of power.

He commended the 21

contestants who

participated in the

gubernatorial primaries for

their show of political




The governor said that

the leadership of the party

will make deliberate efforts

to contact all the other

aspirants with a view to

bringing them back

effectively to the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

family without delay.

The reconciliatory moves,

according to the statement,

had already commenced

with some of the major

aspirants meeting with the

governor shortly after the

election at the Governor’s


Among those who have

met with the governor, the

statement added, are the

Deputy Governor, Rear

Admiral Gboribiogha John

Jonah, Keniebi Okoko, the

Chief of Staff, Government

House, Talford Ongolo.

“Some of the aspirants

also had informal

discussions with the

candidate, Sen Douye Diri.

Also, the governor

announced the

reappointment of Chief

Ongolo, who resigned

to contest the

governorship primaries

as the Chief of Staff.''

229 shops commissioned for

traders in Warri South LG

By Jimitota Onoyume

WARRI— 229 stores

have been

commissioned for use by

Warri South Local

Government Area of Delta

State traders in

Ugbuwangue area of the oil

rich city.

Chairman of the council,

Dr Mike Tidi, who spoke

during the commissioning

ceremony attended by the

Managing Director of Delta

State Oil Producing Area

Development Commission,


Bashorun Askia, Chairman

Isoko National Youth Assembly

commended over

empowerment programme



Chairman of

Abadingo Abadango

Foundation, Delta State, Mr

Kenny Okotie has poured

encomiums and praises on

Isoko National Youth

Assembly, INYA, for

empowering 45 indigent

Isoko youths, who were

trained in various trades.

He described the

development as “a step in

the right direction and

worthy of emulation by other

ethnic nationalities in Delta

South senatorial district.”

The beneficiaries were

empowered with sewing

machines, tilling

equipment, welding

machines, electrical tool

boxes and Plaster of Paris,

OML30: Delta LG chief lauds

Heritage Energy’s devt plan

for host communities



Warri South Local

Government Area, Dr.

Micheal Tidi, Delta State,

has commended Heritage

Energy Operational

Services Limited, HEOSL,

for its community

development plans and

programmes in Oil Mining

Lease, OML 30 area.

Tidi was particularly

impressed by the robust

General Memorandum of

Understanding, GMoU,

which the company helped

to put in place to guide her

relationship with the host


Tidi who gave the

commendation at a meeting

Azazi urges Buhari to disregard

calls for Dokubo’s removal

By Onozure Dania



Delta youth leader and

activist, Mr Matthew Azazi,

has called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

disregard calls for the

removal of Special Adviser

to the President on Niger

Delta and Coordinator of the

Presidential Amnesty

Programme PAP, Professor

Charles Dokubo.

He said the calls were

selfish and does not

represent the interest of the

ex-militants of Niger Delta.

of the state, Mr Michael

Diden, representatives of

the Olu of Warri, top

leaders of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

key stakeholders in the city

said, the shops will serve

the common good of all.

He said 109 of the shops

were renovated by his

administration after the

governor handed over the

building to the council,

adding that he had to build

120 more open stores

behind the lock-up shops

for traders selling

perishables, consumables

like tomatoes, fish, etc.

POP equipment while 25

undergraduates were

provided with N20,000 each

to aid their studies.

He spoke at the

foundation laying

ceremony of the Isoko Youth

House being constructed by

INYA, the apex youth

organisation of Isoko Union

in Ozoro, Delta State.

During the foundation

laying ceremony and

empowerment programme,

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

called on youth leaders

across the state to emulate

the visionary leadership of

INYA President, Mr Ovie

Umuakpor, which he noted

was not only timely but in

sync with the modern day


with Heritage’s Community

Relations Team held at

Edjeba, noted that the

meeting was aimed at

opening a new vista of

collaboration between the

company and Warri South


Head, Community

Relations, Sylvester Okoh,

however, raised concerns

over the security situation

and the rampant illegal

bunkering activities in the

OML30, and urged the

Chairman of the council to

assist the company in its

goal and efforts to reduce

security threat to its

operations to the barest


Azazi, who spoke to

newsmen in Abuja said,

“Dokubo has successfully

redirected the amnesty

programme to its original

mandate for sustainable

peace, stability and

economic development in

the Niger Delta,” adding

that it was not good to

change a winning team.

He said the people and

groups spearheading the

calls for the removal of

Dokubo are mainly fictitious

and do not have the

blueprint to do better in

handling the programme,

stressing that majority of

youths, ex-militants and

stakeholders of the Niger

Delta have implicit

confidence in the ability of

Professor Dokubo to take

amnesty programme to the

next level in line with the

mantra of the Buhari


He said: “Dokubo, a

peace and conflict

resolution expert through

the amnesty programme

has met the yearnings of

youths who are currently

undergoing various

training exercises as he has

shown capacity and

commitment with the

training of ex agitators for

better empowerment within

his one year and few days

in office.”

34 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

By Theodore Opara

Mercedes-Benz CLA

arrives with

five star features

THE much awaited

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Compact sedan has finally

arrived Nigeria, courtesy of

Mercedes-Benz representative,

Weststar Associates Limited.

Building on the success of the

first generation which sold out

750,000 units across the globe,

the all new Mercedes CLA looks

good to continue its dominance

of its class with new features and


Chief Executive Officer of

Weststar Associates Limited, Mr.

Mirko Plath, noted that the outgoing

model of the CLA is a testimony

to what Mercedes-Benz

CLA stands for. He also pointed

out the exploits of the CLA to the

Mercedes-Benz portfolio saying

that globally, many people who

purchased the first generation of

the CLA bought another Mercedes-Benz

as their next car,

while expressing confidence that

the success story of the CLA will

continue especially in the Nigerian

market where the brand is

the preferred luxury brand


“The all-new CLA gives another

glimpse into the future with

its superior technology, luxurious

materials and performance output,”

he said, adding that for a

compact car, it clearly stands out

as the best in its class, doing justice

to an already established

vehicle. The all-new CLA is now

available at Weststar authorized

Mercedes-Benz dealerships

across Nigeria with the best aftersales

service experience.

The new CLA comes with striking

features that emphasize making

an already great car even

better; the new dynamic design

underlines the coupé character

with its stretched form and design

elements such as the bonnet

with powerdomes or the rear

license plate which has been

moved down.

It comes with more spaces at

many spots in the interior; at the

front, for example, headroom has

increased by 17 mm and elbow

room by 35 mm, and thanks to a

wider opening (+262 mm), the

boot compartment is now more

convenient to load than the

former model.

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience

(MBUX) has been updated

with an interior assistant

which recognizes operating requests

from movements, this

makes various comfort and

MBUX functions even simpler

and more intuitive.

Lastly, the all-new CLA relies

on four-cylinder petrol engines

which in comparison to the previous

generation, are characterized

by significantly increased

power and improved efficiency.

The model comes with more

powerful and efficient engines in

comparism to its predecessor. For

the Nigerian market it comes in

four-cylinder gasoline engines.

The M282 gasoline engine has

an output of 100kw/136hp –

120kw/163hp and a peak torque

of 200 - 250nm coupled with the

7G-DCT dual clutch transmission,

this forms the point of entry

for engines in the CLA 180 and

CLA 200. While the M260 come

with an output of 140kw/190hp –

165kw/224hp and a peak torque

of 300 - 350nm coupled with the

7G-DCT dual clutch transmission,

this engine is housed in the

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rules with strings of awards

•Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross,

multi award winner

THE Mitsubishi Eclipse

Cross, launched last year, has

gained prominent international

recognitions with nine awards.

The Eclipse Cross is a strategic

model designed by the Japanese

automaker, Mitsubishi Motors to

join its global line-up of crossover

SUVs: the ASX compact SUV and

the Outlander.

Sold in over 100 countries the

impressive array of honours garnered

from all around the world is

due to its technical abilities, design,

and safety features. The Mitsubishi

Eclipse Cross was acknowledged

during the national “Car of the Year

in Russia - 2019” award ceremony,

named as the best “Compact SUV”

in one of the most highly competitive

categories. "Car of the Year in

Russia” is judged by a public vote

and is the largest survey of its kind

in the world, with more than a million

people voting for their favourites.

The votes are independently verified

by research company Ipsos-


It is not just the public that is impressed;

the Eclipse

•All new Mercedes-Benz CLA

CLA 220 and CLA 250 (4MAT-

IC included).

The latest Driver Assistance

Systems also stand out as another

major highlight in the all-new

CLA. Incorporating features from

•Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior

Cross crossover SUV was selected

as the “RJC Car of the Year 2019”

run by the Automotive Researchers

and Journalists Conference of

Japan (RJC). In 2018, the car

earned the highest safety rating

according to the independent European

organization Euro NCAP

and was also awarded by the Nigeria

Automotive Journalists Association

(NAJA) as the Outstanding

SUV design of the year.

Massilia Motors General Manager

(Sales), Mr. Tunji Itiola explained:

“The SUV is equipped for

the luxury class have made the

all-new CLA stand out as the best

in the compact class when it

comes to safety. Features like the

enhanced Active Break Assist,


the Nigerian market with a 2.0 litre

Continuously Variable Transmission

(CVT) petrol engine that allows

seamless gear interchange,

giving the smoothest driving experience

within its category. Not

only is the Eclipse Cross a stylish

fusion of a sharp coupe and a compact

SUV, it has high rough road

performance and well-balanced

dynamics, due to Mitsubishi’s

unique Super All-Wheel Control

(S-AWC) four-wheel-drive system.”

The Eclipse Cross is an upscale

model with super exciting features


ensure the all-new CLA is a

watchdog for you at all times.

The exterior of the all-new CLA

gives it the potential to become a

modern design icon.

which include, the Adaptive Cruise

Control, which maintains a selected

distance between your vehicle

and the car ahead using radar. It

reduces driving stress, especially

during traffic jams on highways

and assures better safety.

Another award-winning safety

feature of the Eclipse Cross is the

Lane Departure Warning

Intelligent sensors placed all

around the vehicle monitors your

surroundings and provide active

warnings to alert you of possible

danger. For instance, if your car is

drifting from its lane while the turn

signals are not operating. To top it

all, the most unique innovation of

this beauty is the Head-Up Display

(HUD), which conveys information

above the dashboard for easy viewing.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is

a global automobile company based

in Tokyo, Japan, which has a

competitive edge in SUVs and

pickup trucks, electric and plug-in

hybrid vehicles. The company

launched the i-MiEV- the first

mass-produced electric vehicle in

2009, which was followed by

the OUTLANDER PHEV in 2013

- a plug-in hybrid market leader in

Japan and Europe. Models, such




a major role in achieving its growth.

MMC is listed on the Tokyo Stock

Exchange. Massilia Motors is the

joint venture of the CFAO group

and the Chanrai group uniting forces

to deliver customer satisfaction.

With operations run by CFAO,

Massilia Motors is the sole distributor

of Mitsubishi Motors in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Line-up includes:

ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander,

Pajero, Pajero Sport and the L200


Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 35


GAC lights up Port Harcourt with new


CIG Motors Co. Limited,

authorized distributors and

marketers of GAC range of

automobiles, last week,

inaugurated the Port-Harcourt

showroom in realization of the

company’s cardinal objective of

intensifying the brand and

getting its services closer to its

growing customers across the

country’s six geo-political zones.

An internationally recognized

and award winning automobile

brand, GAC Motors made a

debut in the passenger car and

Sport Utility Vehicle segments

five years ago, when it launched

series of breathtaking Chinese

engineered vehicles that

apparently increased its share of

the keenly competitive Nigeria

vehicle market.

Currently adjudged one of the

leading Chinese vehicles in

Nigeria, GAC seeks to pointedly

grow its share of the automobile

market, promising to woo oil

majors and servicing companies

in the Niger Delta region just as

the South-South region joins the

growing lists of emerging GAC

showrooms in Nigeria.

Already, GAC Motors ranks

among choice automobiles of the

Nigeria Police and other

renowned establishments such as

the Dangote Enterprise.

Group Managing Director CIG

Motors Co. Ltd., who gave these

hints at the inauguration of the

Port-Harcourt showroom said:

“the desire to always enhance

customers’ experience, while

helping vehicle enthusiasts optimize

the value of their GAC

vehicles influenced the inauguration

of the Port-Harcourt showroom.

We will continue to champion

the development of GAC

showrooms across the country’s

geo-political zones.”

He described GAC range of

vehicles as remarkable and

superbly engineered automobiles

with unprecedented premium

features that could turn heads.

Hordes of Company executives

and representatives of oil companies

witnessed the unveiling

ceremony of the GAC showroom,

where an on-the-sport 10 percent

discount was extended to willing

customers to initiate purchases.

The GAC director also said

that the opening of the Port-Harcourt

GAC showroom/service

centre would further help customers

optimize the value of the

brand and make value-driven


He said: “At GAC Motors, we

understand the growing need for

customer-dealer relationship and

we won’t stop at doing anything

possible to make owning and

driving GAC vehicles a cinch.”

All the GAC range of

passenger cars and sport utility

vehicles including the latest GS8

were showcased at the event that

drew the applause of visiting


Kia, partners

Lagos govt, Rotary

Club on blood

donation camp

IN a bid to save lives and to

contribute to the healthcare

delivery for Nigerians, Kia among

other brands and companies in

Dana Group partnered with Rotary

Club of Lagos Island District 9110,

Lagos State and Sathya Sai

International Organisation of

Nigeria on a blood donation camp

aimed at bridging the everincreasing

gap in the demand and

supply of blood in Nigeria. This

year’s blood donation camp makes

it the second camp in two years

following the success of the 2018

edition. Aimed at alleviating the

blood shortage in the country and

in line with Dana’s commitment to

contribute to the community in a

meaningful way, the partnership

with other organizations on the

blood donation camp is geared

towards saving lives and helping

those who are in need of blood in

the hospitals.

In the recently conducted blood

donation camp, a large pool of

employees volunteered in the programme

to help contribute to the

Rotary club’s call on corporate

bodies to provide blood and meet

up with the needs of the country’s

population of over 180 million


36 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019


By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

CANCER: Money is the root of all evils, says an adage. And

if care is not taken, money may set you and some other people

fiercelly against each other to the detriment of your cause. Be


LEO: Personality clashes you don’t need at lest for now is

possible What can help you now is love and your being

persuasive. Think of the future.

VIRGO: Positive events that started recently will continue

today. Rely more on your ability to be as bold as necessary so

that you can get things done your own way at work.

LIBRA: Good luck may smile at you. Romantic interlude

that started recently may become excitingly louder and

melodious to the satisfaction of your soul.

SCORPIO If you allow domestic pressure to affect your

working pattern, your senior colleagues may not understand

and make things a bit more difficult. IF you’re stable, you will

have more to gain financially.

SAGITTARIUS: After snappy aggressive approach exhibited

by you recently, you are back at your being pleasant self to the

admiration of others. This is the wrong time to take law and

it’s agents for granted. Youngs at heart are favoured so also

commercial activities.



“The more time goes by, the more things will

happen to you in your life. And the ability to

be positive throughout and look for the good in

people, look for the good in situations is important.”

-Jennifer Hyman-

Train your mind to see the good side of what’s in

front of you. Life is a series of thousands of tiny

miracles. It takes a grateful heart to be in

constant awareness. Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”



Wisdom is

not like

money to be

tied up and


~ Akan

By Kola Fayemi

CAPRICORN: Some of you will wake up from slumber and

realise mistakes about your finances early enough and make

amendment but those who are reckless will commit more

blunder. Beware of joint venture.

AQUARIUS: Although erratic people from unexpected

quarters may oppose you openly, your being self assertive will

earn you both victory and financial success. Then tomorrow

will prove more successful.

PISCES: Yes! It’s your day again. The more ambitious you

are the better for you. Then you will need to ignore those with

queer characteristics within your working arena.

ARIES: Mixed trends are indicated. If you take good advice

from your cool headed friends, you will benefit more than you

imagine, but if you take to unpredictable attitude, you will

today start fire that will burn with great intensity tomorrow.

TAURUS: If you take the veterans within your base for

granted, they will fail you painfully. Yet here is a lucky day for

you when your being secretive and self reliant will earn you

success. Be more ambitious.


GEMINI: Some of the people around you may get on your

nerve via careless remarks, you must not allow them to

disorganise your plans. The closer you are to the influential

people the better for you


Send your date and place of birth to the Astrological

Counselling, P.M.B 1007, Apapa, Lagos


Dear Joshua,

I am a prominent chief around here. I know that

everybody has heard what frustration is but I doubt it if

someone somewhere has first hand experience of what

frustration is more than me. Why?

Right now I am a healthy person yet I want your

Astrological ex ray about my star and tell me what to

expect health wise and/or how to manage myself, career

and financially.

Anonymous, Nigeria.

Dear Anonymous,

It is true that you have gone through a few moments of

test but today you are prominent. Meaning that what you

tagged as frustration are needed challenges. Your parents

must have gone through a few numbers of troubled

moment while trying to raise you as you have what looked

like a dirty childhood from both health and other areas as

your life as indicated by opposition between conjoined

planets across Pisces and Virgo when you were born

Luckily for you however, as your natal Moon strongly

got positive aspect from Venus, Your survival is assured.

And there are indications of better health for you as you

out grow the childhood problems.

Nonetheless what you will need to take seriously include

constant worries, toothache, skin infection, headache

(fever) lungs, stomach ache, feet and sometimes the bones

(dislocation). Nothing fatalistic about everything started

here but mere warnings.

Yours is a rugged personality suitable for military career

of any type. And whenever you opt out of the military, it

will be wise of you to give consideration to involvement

with liquid related business especially the oil industry. The

computer world and essential needs of women. Actually

dealing with women along your business line will prove

most fortunate for you.

Fish farming and other agro allied can be favourable

but because of your love of changes, you may not be able

to see such through.

As your natal Moon got good aspects from comfortably

placed Venus (another money related planet), financial

success is within your reach.

T square aspects formed by your natal Sun/Saturn,

Uranus/Pluto and Jupiter will bring delay related

frustrations. Miscalculation and gambling like tendencies

are other things capable of militating against your

finance. Financial success will eventually be earned by

you but you will need to embrace discipline nature in

handling your finance…




By Lawrence Akapa



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Elvis Erhekpaine Ayabare and Elvis

James Ayabare, are my names but

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Umunakwe Irozuruike Austin,

Patricia Iguehi, now wish to be

Nnenna Kalu Udochu, now

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Michael Onyedika, now wish

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Bisi now wish to be known,

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called and addressed as Mrs.

now wish to be known as now wish to be known as

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Nwokorie Charity Chinyere,

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Ukaegbu Charity Chinyere. All wish to be known as Agbley known as Obasi Gloria Ijeoma. to be known as Moses Nosike

now wish to be known as Mrs wish to be known as Mrs

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Kahinde Oghenero Pat

Ebimeiyesaye Angozi, now

Oluwasijibomi Oluwasegun notify the general public that

respectively, now wish to be

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Agboola, now wish to be

in my BVN details my name

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known as Mrs Oluwasijibomi

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Victoria, now wish to be known Blessing Umukoro, now wish Alakpa Akpoghene Wilfreda,

Vivian Obianuju, now wish to

Ebikeniye Felix, now wish to Egberiwarebo Ekioke-Ere Lilian

to be known as Mrs. Akpataku now wish to be known as Mrs.

be known and addressed as while in my BVN details my name was as Emmanuel Victoria. All

Emebeyo Akpoghene

be known and addressed as Mrs

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Yetunde Adediwura Adegoke, Agofure Faith Ufoma, now addressed as Miss Obi Ifeanyi, addressed as Miss Onorioma addressed as Miss addressed as Miss Umolo

now wish to be known as Mrs. wish to be known as Mrs. Faith now wish to be known and Oghenefejiro Edith, now wish Worlu Jennifer, now wish to be Sylvia Akpevwe, now wish to

Ufoma Agofure-Emurotu. All addressed as Mrs. Onyeka

to be known and addressed as

be known and addressed as Mrs.

known and addressed as Mrs.

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now wish to be known and Anthonia, now wish to be Ifeoma Cynthia, now wish to Patricia Ijeoma, now wish to Nkonye Lilian, now wish to Amako, now wish to be known

known and addressed as Mrs. be known and addressed as Mrs. be known and addressed as Mrs. be known and addressed as Mrs. and addressed as Miss

addressed as Mrs. Onogbe

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Avuokeroye Treasure. All former

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I, formerly known and I, formerly known and I, formerly known and I, formerly known and I, formerly known and This is to confirm that Joseph Nnamdi

addressed as Igbokwe Chimezie addressed as Okwori John, now addressed as Ikobirima Albert

addressed as Rose Eloho addressed as Mgbodo Patricia Enenmo, Joseph Nnamdi-Dike

Anthony, now wish to be

Omiragwa, now wish to be

wish to be known and addressed Jacob, now wish to be known

Obiageli, now wish to be known Enenmo, Nnamdi-Dike Joseph and

Mgbodo Nnamdi-Dike Joseph refer

known and addressed as

known and addressed as and addressed as Enenmo

Obiekwe Chimezie Anthony.

as Okwori John Otumala. All and addressed as Ikobirima

to one and the same person. I now

Princess Rose Eloho Patricia Obiageli. All former wish to be known and addressed as

All former documents remain former documents remain Lord-Albert Jacob. All former

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Chukunalu and Eduke Monday Uchegbue Faustina and Ojie addressed as Mphepo Francis addressed as Obi Linus

Miss Agu Matilda Chinweoke, now addressed as Miss Nwokolo,

Chukunalu refer to one and the Faustina refer to one and the

Chinenye now wish to be

Chimagufunam, now wish to

same person. I now wish to be same person. I now wish to be

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Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick

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(Honoris Causa) to Dr. Joseph Shevel, as VC

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Germans have fewer fears, worries — Survey

IN 2019, Germans are

“significantly more optimistic”

than a year before

and as “relaxed” as they

were 25 years ago, according

to a survey.

The survey conducted by

the German Insurer R+V

and presented on Thursday,

said: “The mood in

Germany has improved.

“Due to a decline in almost

all concerns, the fear

index, the average of all

fears surveyed, is falling

from 47 per cent to 39 per

cent and thus reaches its

lowest value since 1994,”

said Brigitte Roemsted,

head of the R+V Info-

Center, at the presentation.

However, the overall improvement

in sentiment

should not obscure the fact

that the “current political

problems would cause considerable

concern to more

than one in two German citizens.

“For four years now, political

concerns have been

suppressing all other fears.

“The focus here is on

overburdening politicians

and threatening social tensions,”

the insurer stated.

According to R+V, the

greatest fear among Germans

(56 per cent) was that

the government would be

overwhelmed by the large

number of refugees.

However, the figure had

fallen from 63 per cent last


The second most common

concern among Germans,

at 55 per cent, was

that the continued immigration

to Germany would

lead to tensions between

Germans and migrants,

who already live in Germany.

According to the survey,

almost as many Germans

are concerned about the

state of foreign policy. Traditionally,

Germans also

fear that their own politicians

are overburdened by

their tasks.

At 47 per cent, this fear

came in fourth place this

year, but had 14 percentage

points below the previous

year’s figure.

“That the harsh verdict of

respondents on the politicians

in 2019 has eased is

Brexit: UK to hold snap election Monday



Minister Boris

Johnson’s government

said Thursday it would

make a second attempt

next week to call an early

general election, to try

to break the political

deadlock over Brexit.

The day after MPs rejected

the first attempt to

call a snap poll, senior

minister Jacob Rees-

Mogg told MPs he

would put forward a

“motion relating to an

early parliamentary

election” to be voted on

on Monday evening.

It would be put under

a 2011 law that requires

the support of two-thirds

of the 650-seat House of

Commons, Downing

Street said.

A similar move on

Wednesday night failed

after the main opposition

Labour party abstained.

Johnson called the

election after MPs approved

a bill that could

undermine his threat to

leave the European

Union on October 31

without agreeing exit


Labour said that while

it wanted an election, it

wanted the “no deal”

bill passed first.

The bill is currently

being debated in the

unelected upper House

of Lords but is expected

to become law by Monday.

Government sources

say they hope Labour

would at that point back

an election.

•German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

However, Labour is divided

over the timing of

any poll and could still

oppose Johnson’s motion

on Monday.

Johnson wants a public

vote before an EU

summit on October 17,

which could be the last

chance to get a Brexit

deal before Britain’s

scheduled departure on

October 31.

But some in Labour

due to the fact that the endlessly

long formation of the

government after the 2017

federal elections had been

completed,” commented

Manfred Schmidt, political

scientist at the Ruprecht-

Karls-University in Heidelberg.

For the first time, unaffordable

housing appeared

in the “Fears of Germans

2019” rankings.

According to the survey,

almost every second citizen

is very afraid that housing

in Germany would become

unaffordable. Respondents

were particularly

relaxed about their own

economic situation.

Only around one in four

said they feared to lose their

job. According to R+V, this

figure has never been so

low since the survey started

in 1992.

R+V contacts around

2,400 Germans of 14 years

and older every year, asking

them about their greatest

political, economic, personal

and ecological fears.

AU, UN meet on maintenance of military

equipment in Somalia

POLICE and troop

contributing countries

to the African Union

Mission in Somalia

(AMISOM) and UN mission

in Somalia have

wrapped up a two-day

meeting in Mogadishu

aimed at ensuring that

the equipment is wellmaintained.

The AU mission said in

a statement that the meeting,

which ended on

Thursday, was attended

by AMISOM military officers

from the contingents

of Burundi, Kenya,

and Uganda.

It said that the contingents

of the three countries,

which received

equipment from international

partners, expressed

concern about

the high rate of equipment

wear and tear due

to the harsh operating


James Nakibus Lakara,

AMISOM deputy force

commander in charge of

operations and plans,

want an election after

October 31, which

would force Johnson to

delay Brexit, thus weakening

his support

among eurosceptic voters.

There is also the possibility

that, if Johnson

wins a majority in any

early election, he would

have the power to force

through a “no deal” anyway.

said there are documented

challenges with maintaining

such equipment.

“Lack of spare parts remains

the biggest challenge

to servicing of partner-owned


“This I say from the various

reports that I have

read,” said Lakara, who

closed the meeting.

The military officers discussed

challenges faced

concerning servicing of

partner-owned equipment

used by the AMI-

SOM contingents.

According to AU mission,

bilateral partners

such as the U.S. and Britain

provide AMISOM

with armored personnel

carriers and engineering


The UN Support Office

in Somalia (UNSOS) is

mandated under UN Security

Council Resolution

2245 of 2015, to ensure

that the equipment is well


Lakara hailed international

partners that provide

support in the form

of equipment donations

to enhance the capabilities

of AMISOM contingents

to carry out anti-insurgent


“Much of the achievements

today would not

have been possible without

the provision of such

equipment by our partners,”

he added.

Mike Collins, UNSOS

senior logistics officer,

service delivery said the

UN mission has a responsibility

to keep the

partner-owned equipment

at about 75 percent


However, Collins noted

that there was a shortfall

in ensuring the serviceability

of equipment due

to delivery challenges.

“This was a crucial

meeting because we face

challenges in maintenance

of our partnerowned


“With better communication,

we can achieve

more,” Collins said.

33 bodies recovered after

California dive boat disaster

RESCUE workers have recovered a total of 33

bodies from a scuba-diving boat disaster off the

coast of California, authorities said Wednesday, adding

that one person remains missing.

Search operations for survivors were suspended

Tuesday morning, and rescuers have begun an operation

to free remains still trapped in the wreckage,

which sank 66 feet (20 meters), and to determine

the cause of the catastrophe.

The remains of 11 women and nine men were

found after the 75-foot Conception caught fire and

sank early Monday, trapping passengers below deck

beneath the roaring blaze.

Divers have since recovered 13 other bodies, according

to the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s department,

which is in charge of the investigation.

All the remains have been transported to coroner

offices for DNA identification. Authorities have not

released details on any victims’ identities.

Syria war: Turkey warns Europe of

new migrant wave

TURKEY has warned it may reopen the route for

Syrian refugees to enter Europe if it does not

get more international support for creating a safe zone

in northern Syria.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for “logistical

support” to establish a safe zone in Syria’s northeast.

“Either this happens, or we will be forced to

open the gates,” he said.

Turkey is hosting more than 3.6 million Syrians who

have fled the civil war. The US backs the “safe zone”

plan. But the plan is controversial, because Syrian

Kurdish forces are wary of Turkey moving many Syrians

into the north-east who are not originally from

that area.

The ethnic Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG),

seen by Turkey as a terrorist group, do not want to

make way for Turkish forces in that area.

The US military has backed the YPG against socalled

Islamic State (IS) fighters, whose territory is

now much diminished.

“Our goal is for at least one million of our Syrian

brothers to return to the safe zone we will form along

our 450km [280-mile] border,” Mr Erdogan said in a

speech in Ankara.

Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason

Greenblatt to resign

JASON Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s

special envoy for the Middle East, plans to resign

once the long-delayed US peace plan for the

Israelis and the Palestinians that he has been working

on is released, officials said on Thursday.

Greenblatt, who had intended to stay only two years

when he began working at the White House in early

2017, is eager to return to his wife and six children

who stayed behind at their home in New Jersey, the

officials said.

Greenblatt and White House senior adviser Jared

Kushner, as well as the US ambassador to Israel,

David Friedman, have led the effort to develop a peace

plan for Israel and the Palestinians and have spent

the entire Trump presidency working on the project.

Described by Trump as the “deal of the century”,

Palestinians have been deeply sceptical and critical

of the Republican president’s plan and intentions.

So far, the White House has outlined a $50bn redevelopment

plan for the Palestinians and neighbouring

countries but has yet to release their proposals

for resolving difficult political issues like the status

of Jerusalem.

South African consulate, shops

attacked in DRC

PROTESTERS smashed the windows of the South

African consulate in the Democratic Republic of the

Congo’s second-largest city and attacked South Africanowned

stores in reprisal for assaults on foreigners in Johannesburg.

A demonstration called by a campaign group outside

the consulate in Lubumbashi, southeastern DRC, spiralled

out of control and protesters shattered the building’s windows,

an AFP news agency photographer reported.

They then attacked and looted a store owned by the

South African retail group MRP before police intervened,

injuring some rioters.

The campaign group Lucha tweeted its disapproval. “You

do not condemn violence by violence! We call on the police

to stop the looters, without using excessive/legal force,”

it said.

Attacks broke out in and around Johannesburg this week,

killing seven people while dozens of shops were destroyed,

mostly foreign-owned. More than 400 people have been

arrested. Foreign workers are often victims of anti-immigrant

sentiment in South Africa, where they compete

against locals for jobs, particularly in low-skilled industries.

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AFRICA GREEN REVOLUTION FORUM —Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (R) with former British

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Revolution Forum in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday. Photo: NAN.

S-Africa dares Nigeria, says no

compensation for victims

Continues from Page 5

that,” Reuters quoted

Pandor as saying.

S-Africa shuts

mission in


Also yesterday, Lunga

Nggengelele of the

South African

Department of

International Relations

and Cooperation

announced shut down

of his country’s High

Commission in Nigeria.

He told ENCA, a

South African

broadcaster, that the

high Commission was

temporarily shutting

down following reports

of attempted attacks on


Ṅgqengelele said:

“We received reports

that some of the people

in Nigeria and Zambia

have tried to attack

some of the businesses

belonging to South

Africans in their


“Out of safety and, of

course, concerns for the

employees of the

embassy, a decision was

taken that we

temporarily shut down

while we are assessing

the situation and ensure

that no one is injured in

the process.”

The official said South

Africa was in

communication with the

Nigerian government

and had been assured

of the protection of

businesses belonging to


“Nigerian police

quelled the uprising

from the Nigerians

attacking SA business,

we understand that

arrests were made. We

are pleased that there

was no loss of life,” he


Govs, bizmen

at S-Africa’s


Insisting yesterday

Naira appreciates to

N362.19 /$ in I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The naira yesterday appreciated to N362.19 per

dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the I&E window dropped to

N362.19 per dollar yesterday from N362.40 per

dollar on Wednesday, translating to 21 kobo

appreciation for the naira.

The volume of dollars traded on the window rose

by 13 percent to $ 309.88 million from $273.16

million on Wednesday.

However, the naira was stable at N358.4 per dollar

in the parallel market yesterday.

that full compensation

must be paid by the

Sout Africa government

to victims of the latest

xenophobic attacks,

Foreign Affairs

Minister, Geoffery

Onyeama, also said that

despite the withdrawal

of the Federal

government from the

World Economic Forum,

WEF, taking place in

Cape Town, South

Africa, some governors

and members of the

business class went

ahead to attend.

He also denied

knowledge of the

temporary closure of

South Africa’s High

Commission in Nigeria.

Onyeama had told

State House

correspondents after

meeting with President

Muhammadu Buhari at

the Presidential Villa,

Abuja, that the

President, after meeting

with Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo decided

to withdraw from


However, it was

reliably gathered that

the governors of Ekiti

and Kaduna states as

well as some members

of the business class

from Nigeria are

attending the ongoing


Fielding question

from journalists on



participation of some

Nigerians, including

the governors, was not

an affront on the

position of the Federal

Government, Onyeama

explained that the

governors might have

arrived South Africa

before the decision was


Besides, he said WEF

was not a South African

event but a global forum

taking place in South


He said: “The World

Economic Forum

process has started a

number of days ago and

the governors who are

there had gone there

ahead, even before this



materialized, they were

already engaged in


“The first thing you

have to realize is that

the World Economic

Forum is not a South

African government

initiative. It is a Swissbased

mechanism and it

takes place in different


“It is not a question of

disobedience because

they were actually there

already before this

decision was taken.”

On the alleged

withdrawal of Nigerian

High Commissioner in

South Africa, Onyeama

said: “Yesterday

(Wednesday) I did

make the comment that

we have not taken a

decision to withdraw or

recall our High

Commissioner in South

Africa. What I pointed

out yesterday is this:

Mr. President has sent

Special Envoy to South


“So we are going to

wait for the report of the

special envoy when he

comes back in about two

days time. And on that

basis, after we have

received the report, it is

likely that we must

supplement that report

by also calling the High

Commissioner back for

consultation so that Mr.

President will be able to

get as comprehensive

and full a picture of the

situation in South


“So, the High

Commissioner will be

coming after the special

envoy has returned for

consultations and once

the President has full

briefing from all the

actors directly engaged,

we will be able to make

an informed decision on

what further steps to


Asked if the South

African government

had reacted to the

position taken by

Nigeria, he said:

“Regarding reaction

from South Africa after

it was decided that the

Vice President should

no longer participate in

the World Economic

Forum meeting there,

we have not received

any direct reaction.

“But, of course, that is

to be expected since we

informed the South

African authorities that

the Special Envoy of

Mr. President is coming

to their country.”

On compensation,

which the South

African Foreign Affairs

Minister, Naledi Pandor

had said that the

country had no

provision for such in its

laws, the Minister said



Government would do

everything possible to

ensure that the victims

were compensated.

He said: “Our citizens

there have suffered loss

and it is the

responsibility of this

government to ensure

that they are

compensated and we

will take measures

necessary and do

whatever we have to do

to ensure they are


“I haven’t seen the

statement from South

Africa yet; when we see

it, we have to look at

and study it and we will

decide what further

measures we need to


Also answering

question on the closure

of the South African

mission offices in

Nigeria, Onyeama said

that the Federal

Government was not

aware of such.

He said: “We are not

aware that the South

African government has

closed down its High

Commission here in

Abuja or its consulate in


Fake videos of

attacks on

Nigerians in

SA in


says Lai


Speaking on the issue

yesterday, Minister of

Information and

Culture, Lai

Mohammed, alerted

Nigerians to the spread

of fake videos of

purported attacks on

citizens in South Africa,

stressing that some

people are using fake

news to foment

mayhem in the country.

A d d r e s s i n g

journalists in Abuja,

Mohammed reiterated

the appeal of

government to citizens

not to resort to self help

by carrying out reprisal

attacks against South

African businesses in


He said: “The purpose

of this press conference

is to reiterate the

appeal to Nigerians,

who are justifiably

angered by the attacks

on their compatriots in

South Africa, not to

resort to self-help by

carrying out reprisal

attacks against South

African businesses in


“To alert Nigerians to

the fact that some

unscrupulous people

are engaging in

disinformation to

inflame passion by

using fake news and

videos of non-related

attacks; to very strongly

warn the naysayers and

hoodlums who might

want to capitalize on

the widespread

disenchantment and

anger of Nigerians over

the attacks in South

Africa to foment

mayhem, and to appeal

to Nigerians, especially

opinion leaders, not to

allow raw emotions to

guide their response to

the attacks.”

He said those

spreading fake news

were using viral videos

purportedly showing

how Nigerians were

being killed in South


“One video shows a

man who has been set

ablaze trying to escape,

and those circulating

the video identified the

man as a Nigerian. This

is not true.

“The video shows

Mozambican, Ernesto

Alfabeto Nhamuave, a

victim of xenophobic

violence in South Africa

in 2008, and it is not

that of a Nigerian being

attacked in 2019.

‘’The third video,

purportedly showing

the bodies of Nigerians

who were burnt in

xenophobic attacks, is

the raw footage of those

who were killed in a

Tanzanian fuel tanker

explosion in Morogoro

that left at least 60 dead

on August 10, 2019,’’

Mohammed said.

He appealed to

opinion leaders and

celebrities to be

guarded in their

comments on the

xenophobic attacks,

Continues on Page 44

42— Vanguard, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2019


Diri, Lyon lock horns for soul of Bayelsa

•Dickson, Sylva in proxy war

By Samuel Oyadongha

IT is less than three months to

the November 16

governorship election in

Bayelsa State. With the

conclusion of the primaries of

the Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, and All Progressives

Congress, APC, political

gladiators in the major parties

are set for an epic battle for the

control the state.

While some of the gladiators

have already carved a niche for

themselves in the murky waters

of politics in the predominantly

riverine state others could be

described as political


Nevertheless they are

however poised to spring

surprise at the poll.

While the PDP otherwise

referred to as the 'umbrella' at

its primary on Tuesday threw up

Senator Douye Diri as its

candidate, the APC known as

the 'broom' on its Wednesday

primary settled for Chief David


Will power return to Bayelsa


Interestingly, both are from the

central senatorial district of the

state which produced Chief

Diepreye Solomon Peter

Alamieyeseigha, the first

executive governor of the state.

However, Senator Douye Diri

is from Kolokuma-Opokuma

local government. The area is

yet to produce a governor and

is also the smallest in the state

with the least voting strength.

The fact that the area has not

produced governor might work

in favour of the PDP candidate.

Diri's chances

Diri, who enjoys the backing

and support of Governor

Seriake Dickson and his

vociferous Restoration political

family, will also be banking on

the wider reach of his party and

the sagacity of his mentor,

Dickson, to repel the APC

tsunami at the poll. The APC

has repeatedly boasted that

Bayelsa State would be taken

on November 16.

What is going for Lyon

On the other hand, the APC,

which parades David Lyon, a

renowned philanthropist and

surveillance security contractor

to one of the oil giants in the

Niger Delta, is expecting his

philanthropic gesture over the

years to the poor and needy to

rob off positively on its mission

to snatch the state from PDP.


•Says A native Biafra of Southern Republic Ijaw for Petroleum, not problem Chief Timipre of Igbo now

Local Council, which is one of

SOME elders drawn from the

eight local councils of Bayelsa

State, yesterday, threw their

weight behind the decision of

former Minister of State for

Agriculture, Senator Heineken

Lokpobiri to reject the outcome of

the governorship primary of the

All Progressives Congress, APC,

held on Wednesday, saying the

processes were flawed and a

mockery of the internal democracy

of the APC.

Led by a former Security Adviser

to Bayelsa government and a

chieftain of the APC from

Sagbama, Chief Perekeme

Kpodoh, the elders said the

conduct and the processes of the

disputed primaries that led to the

emergence of David Lyon, was

characterised by deceit, fraud and

disrespect to the six other

aspirants and the entire members

of the APC in the state.

Kpodoh, while reacting to the

the biggest councils in the state,

Lyon is believed to have the

requisite war chest to

successfully prosecute his

election in a state where money,

to large extent, plays a major

role in influencing voters


Though a new in politics,

Lyon is not new to dispensing

favour to the needy and the less

privileged in the society. He is

said to have taken out of the

creeks no fewer than 6000

youths through his Darlon

security firm, empowered

several others, and has made it

a custom to provide for the aged

and poor during Yuletide


He also has the backing and

support of the Minister of State

Sylva, the leader of the APC in

the state. The latter was behind

his getting the nod of the

leadership of the APC to get the

party's flag.

The battle within

However, Diri and Lyon are

facing disaffection in their

parties on account of the

primaries. In the PDP, Diri's

emergence has been pooh

poohed by his major challenger

for the ticket, Mr. Timi Alaibe.

Alaibe, who came second in the

primary said that the process

was flawed. He asked his

supporters to remain calm over

the ''temporary setback'' assuring

that he would triumph at the

end of the day.

Senator Diri polled 561 votes

to beat 20 other aspirants for the

party's ticket.

His closest rival, Chief Timi

Alaibe scored 365 votes while

Keniebi Okoko came third with

142 votes. The state Deputy

Governor, Rear Admiral

Gboribiogha John-Jonah, retd,

scored 62 votes. Former

Speaker of the State House of

Assembly Benson Kombowei

polled 24 votes, and Arc

Reuben Okoya scored 19 votes

while Rep Fred Agbedi got 18


In the APC, Lyon's victory has

been rejected by his main

challenger and former Minister

of State for Agriculture, Senator

Heineken Lokpobiri, who said

the primary processes were

flawed and a mockery of

internal democracy.

As it is, however, the election

is going to be a straight fight

between the ruling PDP and the

main opposition APC in what

some analysts have dubbed a

"battle between Sylva and


Since the return to civil rule

in 1999, Bayelsa has been

dominated by the PDP and had

produced all the governors with

the result that its followers takes

pride in describing Bayelsa as

a "PDP State."

However, the APC will be

banking on building on the

surprises it caused during 2015

governorship election, when it

dislodged the PDP to clinch the

East senatorial district, Brass-

Nembe federal constituency

and the Southern Ijaw federal

constituency as well as four

House of Assembly

constituencies in a state hitherto

regarded as PDP fortress.

The other smaller parties

could best be described as paper

tigers as they have no strong

presence in the swampy state.

Accordingly, the November 16

poll is going to be another fierce

contest between the rival PDP

and APC. Only time will tell

whether the ruling PDP will

maintain its dominance in the

state where it had been in

control since 1999 or whether

the APC with support of 'federal

might' will upstage the PDP.

Bayelsa elders back Lokpobiri over rejection of APC primary result

By Samuel Oyadongha

& Emem Idio


outcome of the result and after

due consultations with some

elders of APC, agreed that the

processes were heavily flawed

whereby the party machinery

was allegedly handed over to an

aspirant and results hand-written

in a hotel.

According to him, the collation

officer and his colleagues were

lodged in a popular hotel and

hand written papers were given

to them to announce to the media

as result of the process.

‘While APC chieftains and

delegates were still on their way

to Yenagoa with authentic result

of governorship primaries, one

senator, who claimed to have the

mandate of the Yobe Governor,

was stampeded into announcing

a fraudulent score as result of the

primaries,” he said.

Kpodoh said though he had

earlier warned the national

leadership of a clandestine plot

to impose a candidate on APC

members in Bayelsa through

fraudulent and violent means. He

said the emergence of Lyon is

grand conspiracy to deny APC the

opportunity to take over the state

on November 16, 2019.

Lokpobiri while rejecting the

outcome of the primary election,

said he was still trying to get

details of what transpired in

Bayelsa insisting that he and his

team never participated in any

primary that declared David

Lyon the flag-bearer of the party.

Lokpobiri said there was no way

he would be defeated in any

election in Bayelsa by Lyon

adding that the majority of APC

members were supporting him.

He wondered why the primary

was started in a hotel in Yenagoa

and ended in the hotel sidelining

the APC secretariat in the


He said party members

gathered at the secretariat in

Yenagoa and waited in vain for

the arrival of the committee

saddled with the conduct of the


He also queried why a result

was purportedly declared by

someone other than the

Returning Officer and Governor

of Yobe State, who chaired the


Lokpobiri expressed optimism

that the national leadership of the

would look into the development

in Bayelsa and ensure a credible

process that would throw up a

popular candidate for the APC.

Vanguard, FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 43


Kogi PDP has history

of inefficiency,

brigandage — GOV BELLO

By Omeiza Ajayi

KOGI State Governor, Yahaya

Bello has taken a swipe at the

opposition Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in the state for what

he described as the party’s

inability to conduct an ordinary

governorship primary without


While asking the PDP not to

draw him into their web of

inefficiency, the governor said the

party should blame itself for

whatever fate befell its primary

election on Tuesday.

According to him, the PDP in

the state has a history of violence,

saying the last ward, local

government and state congresses

of the party were characterized

by violence.

Bello spoke yesterday in Abuja

at a meeting with the National

Working Committee NWC of the

All Progressives Congress ,APC,

as well as other aspirants who

participated in the August 29 Kogi

governorship primary.

The PDP had blamed Bello for

the disruption of its primary on

Wednesday morning by gun


He said: “I am not a member of

PDP. We gave a level-playing

field to PDP and other political

parties to carry out their activities

freely within the state. They

moved round the nooks and

crannies, all the aspirants in other

political parties moved round the

nooks and crannies of Kogi State

and we provided security for them

and we ensured that they were

secure and safe.

I fed Gov Fintiri

“In fact, let me tell you, my

colleague, the governor of

Adamawa State, His Excellency

Adamu Ahmadu Fintiri, who was

the chairman of their primaries

committee, before he came to Kogi

State, he contacted me that he

THE lawmaker representing

Kogi West Senatorial

District, Senator Dino Melaye;

and Abubakar Ibrahim, son of

former Kogi State Governor,

Ibrahim Idris, yesterday,

kicked against the emergence

of Engineer Musa Wada as the

candidate of the PDP for

November 16 governorship


The duo stormed the party’s

national secretariat, Wadata

Plaza where they met with the

National Working Committee,

NWC, behind close doors.

While Abubakar polled a

total of 710 votes to finish as

runner up, Senator Dino got

70 votes to finish fourth in the

primary held in Lokoja, the

Kogi state capital on


was coming to conduct the

election. I provided for his

accommodation, feeding and

some other logistics within the

state to ensure that they had hitchfree


“I conducted the security

people round the Stadium and

went round the stadium and my

security chiefs in Kogi State were

very excellent and up and doing.

“We, on our own part, when we

conducted our primaries on 29th

of August, we had a larger

number of delegates than the PDP.

I was the first person to go to the

Stadium around 9am. As early as

10am, we started our exercise and

finished everything before 10pm

and left the stadium; that is how

efficient we are.

“So, PDP should not make

excuses for their inefficiency or

for their brigandage. I am sure

you know that a lot of them have

records of criminality. In fact, a

lot of them are still having criminal

cases in court. They are known

for such activities, this is not the

first time they are attacking

themselves. They had attacked

themselves during their

congresses from ward level down

to the state level. If they are

attacking themselves again, why

should anyone point an accusing

finger at me. I think they should

look inward and solve their

problems.”, he charged.

I’m not owing salaries

Bello, who said that other APC

aspirants are supporting him and

had sent congratulatory messages

and texts, said he is not owing

Kogi workers salaries.

His words: “As regard the issue

of news making the round that

Kogi State is owing salaries, I

want to categorically state that,

my two predecessors inherited

salary arrears. It is a problem I

inherited when I assumed office

but I want to announce to you

today that Kogi is not owing any

•Bello: Kogi State governor

worker salary at all. We have been

able to clear all workers salary

and we are up to date. As a matter

of fact, at the time my primary

election was held on August 29,

we had paid the salaries of

August. That is to tell you that we

are up to date as far as salary is


“The issue of us owning up to

38 months before we cleared it

was all false and lies. We did not

owe up to that, what we were

owing at that time was between

four to five months. As I speak

with you now, Mr. President

graciously approved bailout of

N30.8 billion. When the money

was approved, our National

Chairman helped me to facilitate

the release and the fund has been

fully applied and salaries are

cleared including pension

arrears. We are not owing any


“In terms of performance,

people are saying we have not

performed in Kogi State. That has

been their wish that we should

not perform. Investigative

journalists visited Kogi state and

they went to all the nooks and

crannies of the state taking their

phones and making their notes

themselves and they did their

reports. Mr. President will in

September or October be visiting

Kogi State to commission projects

that have been concluded and as

we move round during our

campaign, we will be

commissioning projects and you

are going to see exactly what we

have inherited and where we

have been to in terms of

infrastructure development,

security, and social safety nets. I

want to believe that I have

performed, Kogi is better off than

we met it.”

On his part, National

Chairman of the party, Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole said when

re-elected, Bello would not be a

novice in governance but would

build on his achievements of the


“The committee headed by Gov.

Badaru of Jigawa declared Gov.

Bello as winner of that primary.

We therefore decided to invite all

those who participated in the

process and who wanted to

participate but for one reason or

the other were not able to do so,

to have a conversation on the

need to put issues arising from

PRIMARY: Dino, Abubakar petition PDP NWC over Wada’s emergence

By Dirisu Yakubu The lawmaker told

Vanguard that his rejection of

the outcome of the exercise

was because the entire votes

cast in his favour were not

counted before gunmen

disrupted the exercise.

He submitted his petition to

the National Secretary of the

THE Allied Peoples

Movement, APM, has elected

Yusuf Dantalle as its

governorship candidate for the

November 16 election.

Chairman of the Electoral panel

who doubles as the National

Secretary, Mr. Ayodele Oyadeyi,

while announcing the result of

the party’s primary held,

yesterday, in Lokoja said all the

party, Senator Ibrahim Tsauri

questioning why only votes

from two out of 10 ballot boxes

were counted for him.

Abubakar on the other hand

is questioning the credibility

of the process and was still in

a meeting with the party’s

leadership at the time of filing

this report.

Engineer Wada who

clinched the ticket after getting

748 votes, made a surprise

appearance at the party’s

secretariat, accompanied by a

mammoth crowd of supporters

and political associates.

APM adopts Yusuf Dantalle as candidate

By Boluwaji Obahopo

120 delegates from the 21 LGAs

affirmed Mr. Yusuf Dantalle.

The election which took place

in Lokoja was conducted in the

presence of representative of

Independent National Electoral

Commission, INEC, and officials

from the national secretariat of the


The chairman described APM

as a citizens-focused political

party that provides a platform for

inclusive participation in

governance, socio-economic

development, political

representation, access to

opportunities and privileges.

In his acceptance speech,

Dantalle said that APM under his

leadership would provide

accountable leadership through

constant engagement with

citizens and stakeholders in

delivering services and

promoting policies that would

encourage sustainable livelihood

that process behind us.

"My brothers and sisters from

Kogi who participated in the

process have shared with us their

feelings about the process and

outcome, but I think the good

thing is that I thank each and

everyone of them in spite of

whatever they have to say

recognizing the fact that they

have to work together to win the

next governorship election in

Kogi State. Governor Yahaya

Bello having governed the state

for four years, doesn’t need to do

a new apprenticeship. He will

build on experience gained, build

on where we have done well and

improve on where we probably

have not, so that overall after

eight years, we will be able to look

back, and point out the changes

between when he came in and

when he left."

I'll advance

Kogi's devt, says

Ahmadu, MAJA


By Boluwaji Obahopo


of the Mass

Action Joint Alliance, MAJA,

Mr. Jimoh Ahmodu, has said

that he is in the race to advance

the development of Kogi State.

He said if elected he will

entrench good governance that

will have greater and wider


Speaking, yesterday, in

Lokoja after he was declared

winner of the party for the

November 16 governorship


Ahmodu pointed out that there

are partners ready to flock and

flood the state to bring state of

the art development in

agriculture, education, tourism

and others.

He said the governorship

position will afford him the

opportunity to harness human

and material resources for the

development of the state.

“My focus will include unity,

collaboration, partnership of the

Kogites, which will result in the

transformation of the state. I will

empower the next generation of

Kogi State for community

development. The era of

political thuggery will end

during my tenure as governor

of the state.”

Ahmodu admonished youths

not to allow themselves to be

used during and after the

election adding that any serious

government will always

empower youths by providing

skills acquisition centres.

through partnership,

collaboration and support by

multi-lateral organizations.

“APM recognizes the

importance of continuity and

sustainability in governance,

therefore restoration of

institutionalized systems and

processes would be focused on

to provide platforms for merits in

equitable distribution of

opportunities and resources,” he


44—Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews




From left: Imo State Commissioner for Works, Ben Ekwueme; Imo State Deputy Governor, Gerald

Irona; Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha; Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Anthony Obinna;

Ray Ibe, Imo State Education Commissioner, Viola Onwuliri; when the governor performed the flag

off of urban roads construction in Owerri, yesterday.

S-Africa dares Nigeria, says no

compensation for victims

Continues from Page 41

adding that the

government would

leave no stone unturned

in protecting Nigerians

anywhere in the world.

“Nigerians should be

wary of the purveyors of

these wrong videos. We

strongly warn hoodlums

who may wish to hide

under the peaceful

protests by Nigerians to

loot, maim and kill that

the security agencies

will apprehend and

bring them to justice.

And to opinion leaders,

we ask that they be

guarded in their

comments,” he added.

83 looters

arraigned in


Meanwhile, 83

persons who allegedly

raided, destroyed and

looted Shoprite outlets

in Sangotedo and

Surulere were yesterday

arraigned before a

Magistrate Court in


Jude Atuamya,

Kazeem Kamiru,

Reuben Johnson,

Mohammed Abdul

Wahab and 80 others

were arraigned on

charges bordering on

stealing, damage and

conspiracy. They all

pleaded not guilty to

the six-count charge.

The prosecuting team,

led by Cyril Ejiofor, said

that the defendants

committed the offences

on September 3, at

Shoprite at Surulere and


The prosecutor also

said the defendants had

conducted themselves

in a manner likely to

cause breach of the

peace by willfully

setting fire to the malls

and damaging property

worth N500 million.

According to the

prosecutor, the

defendants are also

involved in riotous acts,

looting spree and

harming passers-by.

The offences,

according to the


contravened Sections

50, 287, 339, 341 and

411 of the Criminal Law

of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate,

Mr P. A. Ojo, granted

the defendants bail in

the sum of N500,000

with two sureties each

in like sum who must be

their parents.

The magistrate

insisted that in the case

where the defendants’

parents were deceased,

the surety must be a

family member from

their paternal side, who

must show proof of

evidence of tax payment

and means of livelihood

to the court and have

their addresses verified.

He adjourned the

case to October 9 for


APC blasts

S-African govt

In a similar

development, ruling All

Progressives Congress,

APC, yesterday came

hard on the South

African government,

accusing it of backing

the wave of xenophobic

attacks on Nigerians

and other Africans in the

rainbow nation.

It asked President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

administration to take

steps to immediately

nationalize South

A f r i c a n


giant, MTN.

The party, which

equally advocated

stringent measures

against Multichoice

(DSTV), Standard

Chartered Bank and

Stanbic Bank as well as

other South African

business interests in

Nigeria, declared that

Africa should no longer

be the centerpiece of

Nigeria’s foreign


National Chairman of

the party, Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole,

stated the position of

the party at the end of a

meeting of the National

Working Committee

NWC, of the party in


Oshiomhole, who was

flanked by members of

the NWC, said the party

had now given the

needed support base for

President Buhari to go

on the offensive in

order to sound a note of

warning to other African

countries who might

want to copy the antics

of the South Africans.

While the party asked

Nigerians to boycott all

South African goods and

businesses, APC

accused the African

National Congress,

ANC, administration in

South Africa of backing

the killings of

Nigerians, querying

why it had been so

difficult to arrest and

sentence perpetrators of

xenophobic attacks in

the country.

Enough is


“Having listened to all

the explanations from

the authorities in South

Africa, these people

(Nigerians) are neither

accused of being

irregular migrants nor

are they involved in any

illegal activities.

“Those who have

business permits to

setup businesses,

whether they are petty

traders or small

manufacturers, are

operating within the

letters of the laws of the

South African nation.

“Over the past few

years and virtually

every other week,

Nigerians are being

wasted in one part of

South Africa or the

other. We know that the

federal government has

had conversations with

the South African

authorities, drawing

their attention to these

abuses but the

escalation of the attacks

on foreigners, many of

whom are Nigerians,

has reached a level that

is no longer tolerable.

“At some point, people

wondered whether

these attacks had the

backing of the South

African government.

What has been clear

over the period is that

the South African

authorities have not

demonstrated sufficient

commitment to bring

these attacks to an end.

“For example, in spite

of the fact that many

lives have been wasted,

not one South African is

known to have been

convicted and

sentenced to prison for

acts of murder or

robbery,” said



South African


Speaking further,

Oshiomhole said:

“South African

companies are making

billions of dollars from

the Nigerian economy

year in year out and

repatriate same out of


“MTN was recently in

the stock market and

some Nigerians bought

shares in MTN but in

a moment like this and

in order to send a very

strong message to

South African

authorities and the

South African people,

we call on the Nigerian

government to take

steps to take over the

remaining shares of

MTN that are owned by

South Africa so that

MTN can become fully

Nigeria owned.

“I think for Nigerians

in our individual

capacities, this is the

moment to show our

commitment by

boycotting South

African goods,

beginning with

Nigerians refusing from

today to use MTN

services. If Nigeria

decides at least for the

next 30 days to stop

using MTN, they would

have sent a clear


“We should reflect why

we should continue to

allow DSTV to repatriate

millions of dollars to

South Africa arising

from their activities in

Nigeria. We have

reviewed all of those

things that give South

Africans monopoly, such

that they make money

with very little value


“To show that we mean

business, the landing

rights of South African

Airways in Nigeria

should be revoked until

these issues are sorted


“Many Nigerians

believe that Shoprite is

owned by South

Africans; they are

repatriating money

purely from franchise,

the capital with which

these shopping malls

are built are Nigeria’s,

the shop owners are


“This imposes an

obligation on the

government to review

any agreement that

gives South Africans the

right to begin to

develop monopoly in

our commercial lives.

“We also know that

Standard Chartered

Bank and Stanbic Bank

are all South African

banks, Nigerians may

have more shares there,

if any. It is time to ask

them to wind up so that

Nigerian banks can take

advantage of their

departure and expand

their operations. We

have enough to save by






I didn’t attend

WEF in South

Africa - Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi,

governor of Ekiti state,

has denied the report

that he attended the

World Economic Forum

(WEF) in Cape Town,

South Africa.

Pictures of the

governor with Nasir el-

Rufai, his Kaduna

counterpart, and

Muhammadu Sanusi,

emir of Kano, in South

Africa had surfaced

online in the heat of

the dispute over


But in a statement,

yesterday, Fayemi said

he was in the country to

attend a different event

on the invitation of his


“Contrary to some

misleading online

reports, Ekiti State

Governor, Dr Kayode

Fayemi was not at the

World Economic Forum

in South Africa,” he

said in the statement

which his media team

issued on his behalf.

“Rather, the Governor

is in South Africa to

honour an invitation by

a long time friend and

one of Nigeria’s most

celebrated journalist,

Mr Dele Olojode at the

“Africa in the World

Festival of Ideas” which

held in Stellensbosch

far away from Cape


“More importantly,

the event already held

before the decision of

the Federal Government

to boycott the WEF


Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 — 45

46 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

Onyekuru joins


from Ukraine


Monaco newbie Henry

Onyekuru is the latest

player to withdraw from

the Super Eagles squad for the

international friendly against


Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi,

Leganes’ Kenneth Omeruo and

Benfica’s Tyronne Ebuehi earlier

pulled out of the squad.

Super Eagles Media Officer

Toyin Ibitoye has been contacted

to provide an explanation as to

why the aforementioned players

were excused from international

duty ahead of the match against

Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena on

September 10.

‘’Ebuehi is out because he is not

back to full fitness, he is still

recuperating. Onyekuru and

Omeruo are out because of work

permit,’’ said Ibitoye to


‘’Ndidi was excused because he

recently had a hamstring injury

although he played last weekend

but there is no need stressing



writes off

Man Utd’s

title chances

Paul Scholes does not believe Manchester

United can compete for the Premier League

title in the next two years.

The ex-United and England midfielder believes

the side’s results this season show they remain

behind last season’s top four in the Premier


Scholes said: “I think you almost have to write

United off for the next two years - this team - until

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cleared everything he

wants out; has four or five transfer windows.

“United are going to be behind Manchester City,

Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.

“I think this is United at the minute; you have to

be patient with the young players but the

experienced players have to step up.

“We’ve seen over and over again how many

mistakes experienced players are making. It’s

difficult for young players to come into a team like


Messi can leave Barca for free

Within Lionel Messi’s

Barcelona contract that

runs until 2021, there is a

clause that allows him to opt

out at the end of every year if

he choses to, according to El

País. The decision is placed

solely on his wishes and his

feelings at the end of the

season after reaching 32 years

of age.

The club captain does not

want to be a slave to any

renewal - he has already

renewed with Barça eight

times most recently in 2017 -

after signing his first contract

with the club in 2005.

El País quote sources at

Barcelona who says: “We

accept that he can stop

whenever he likes, at the end

Anthony Joshua believes

that he needs to “expose”

the flaws of Andy Ruiz in

order to win their

heavyweight showdown.

Back in June, Ruiz captured

the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO

heavyweight world title when

he stopped Joshua in the

of every season, and that’s

what both parties have


The club, according to the

same story in El País, don’t

believe it to be unique and

they had the same agreement

in place with the likes of

Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol

and Xavi. The agreement is

built on trust between

Barcelona and Messi and they

do not fear him negotiating

with another club in January

considering he can leave in


Th same source says: “With

the amount he’s on, it’s very

difficult for him to go to

another club. With his age, it’s

a very difficult signing to get.”

Enyeama – I’m still

interested in playing

for Nigeria

Former captain and first

choice goalkeeper of the

Super Eagles Vincent

Enyeama says he is open to

the idea of representing

Nigeria if he is called up by

the coach.

The 36 year old resigned

from international football in

2015 after a row with former

coach Sunday Oliseh and

despite talks with the NFF

about reversing his decision

he stuck to his guns and

stayed away from the

national team.

Only recently he failed to

bag a deal with Ligue 1 side

Dijon but reports indicate he

is close to a move as a free

agent in the next few weeks

and he has indicated that he

is willing to represent

Nigeria even though it’s not

a priority to him.

In quotes credited to the

former Lille shot stopper, he

will honor the call up even

though he believes that

young goalkeepers should be

Joshua: I will expose Ruiz’s weaknesses

Ruiz and Joshua


seventh round at Madison

Square Garden in New York


A rematch clause was

invoked, with the second bout

taking place in Saudi Arabia

on December 7.

Joshua feels that he made a

big mistake by becoming

reckless after dropping

Ruiz in the third. After

decking Ruiz, it was

Joshua who went down

twice in the same round.

Joshua was knocked

down two more times

before the contest was

waved off.

“A little blip should not

change you as a person,”

Joshua exclusively told Sky

Sports from Saudi Arabia at a

press conference on


“You should

stay consistent

with who you

are. I can

become familiar

with him. I

know what I’m

in for. I know

what I’m

capable of. I

know what he’s

capable of.

“I know some

of the attributes

he possesses,

and some of the


EFCC investigation of NFF began

before Pinnick-led Board — Akinwunmi

The Nigeria Football

Federation, NFF

yesterday explained that

the investigation being carried


given the chance to showcase

what they have for the future

of the team.


target €40m




making plans to

push through an

impressive double January

coup, while Juventus are

watching a Manchester United

trio with a view to a summer 2020

triple swoop, according to

Thursday’s European papers.

Liverpool are reportedly

keeping a very close watch om

Samuel Chukwueze following

the Villarreal winger’s

breakthrough campaign last


The 20-year-old enjoyed an

outstanding breakthrough

campaign last season, where his

form brought him to the

attention of some of European

football’s giants and also saw

him make his international

debut for Nigeria.

The likes of Arsenal, PSG and

Real Madrid have all been

mentioned as possible suitors,

but according to Goal, it is

Liverpool who are most

watching the youngster closely.

VISIT... NFF president, Amaju Pinnick (left) paid a

courtesy call on the Comptroller-General of Immigration

Service, Muhammad Babandede recently.

out by the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission

on the football body is not in any

way new, but a process that

actually started several years ago

over issues preceding the 2014

FIFA World Cup and long before

the present administration

headed by Mr. Amaju Melvin

Pinnick came into office in

September 2014.

It disclosed that the anticorruption

agency is only

concluding the process presently

and seeking clarifications where


The 1st Vice President of the

NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi

said: “We feel this clarification

is important in view of the

misconception generated by the

story on the new investigation.

There has been an attempt to

twist and reconstruct the truth –

which is unfortunate because the

facts were clearly stated as pre-

2014 FIFA World Cup matters,

and the assumptions and

presuppositions have led to

concerns, unnecessary, in some


“The NFF wishes to reiterate that

it has nothing to hide, and once

again firmly denies any

wrongdoing. Any individual or

organization can be investigated

or asked for clarification on

matters in their domain.

Investigations of all kinds have

been conducted on the NFF and

its officials over the years, so

there is nothing newsworthy

about it.

Furthermore, it is the same

group of traducers and

disgruntled fellows who have

been hawking basically the

same petition to various agencies

such as EFCC, ICPC and SPIP, so

there is nothing new as far as we

are concerned.

“For the records, and as we have

always maintained, our books

are there for anyone to check and

our financial records are there.

Our auditors remain the globally

–renown Price Water House

Coopers and we have always

published our audited accounts

in major national newspapers.”

A report in an online publication

on Wednesday claimed the NFF

was facing a further corruption

probe, without situating the said

investigation appropriately and


“We know that Government is

continuous, but events that

happened before the present

NFF administration came into

office are entirely beyond its

purview. All the same, our

officials have co-operated as

much as they can to provide any

clarification required on this

matter, and everything is

proceeding smoothly.

“There is no truth to claims of a

$2.7million FIFA Forward

Programme money, because we

have only just started to receive

FIFA Forward Programme

money, and the total of what we

have received is only slightly

above $1million.

It also must be stated that FIFA

Forward Programme money is for

specific sub-heads such as

technical development, payment

of salaries of contract staff,

Leagues et cetera. For the

knowledgeable and to those for

whom facts are sacred, the

revamped and robust FIFA

Forward Programme started with

the new FIFA administration of

Mr. Gianni Infantino when he

came into office in 2016.

“There is also no investigation

of any misappropriation of

television rights money, or

sponsorship monies. Those are

matters for the NFF and its

partners and sponsors, and none

of them has ever complained to

anyone that their funds are



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12 Hoodwink (9)

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