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Vanguard Newspaper 20 November 2019

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•Bello condemns act, orders probe; Police confirm incident, begin investigation

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Ibrahim Magu; ICPC Chairman, Prof.

Ayoola Owasanoye; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chairman, Senate Committee on Financial Crimes,

Senator Suleiman Kwari; Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Muhammad Tanko; Chairman, House

Committee on Financial Crimes, Peter Akpatason; the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher and the FCT Minister,

Mallam Muhammad Belo, unveiling the Constituency Projects Tracking Group Report, Phase 1 during

the opening session of the National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Service and

presentation of Public Service Integrity Award at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, yesterday.

Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

PDP woman leader burnt to

death; home razed

By Clifford Ndujihe, Samuel Oyadongha,

Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Dirisu Yakubu &

Winifred Azubuike

LAGOS — The violence

which hallmarked

weekend’s governorship

polls in Kogi and Bayelsa

states took a dangerous

dimension, yesterday, as

the Woman Leader of

Engineer Musa Wada/Aro

Campaign Council, Mrs

Acheju Abuh, was

reportedly burnt alive in

her home by suspected

political thugs.



Communications, Wada/

Aro Campaign Council,

Mr. Faruk Adejoh-Audu, in

a statement alleged that

jubilant supporters of the

Kogi State governor,

Yahaya Bello, and thugs

said to be celebrating his

victory carried out the act.

He claimed that thugs,

chanting GYB 4+4, and

shooting sporadically

“arrived Mrs Abuh’s house

at about 2pm, surrounded

the house, and shut every

entry and exit from outside.

They then poured petrol on

the building and set it

ablaze as other terrorized

villagers watched from


She reportedly attempted

to escape through a

window but was prevented

by the burglary proof, with

gunshots raining in her


The bloodthirsty thugs

waited, shooting and

watching with relish as Mrs

Abuh cried from inside the

inferno until her voice died

out. They reportedly left

only when the entire house

and Mrs Abuh had been

burnt to ashes.”

The Police in Kogi

confirmed the incident, just

as Kogi State Government

condemned the dastardly

act and ordered immediate


This happened on a day

Governor Seriake Dickson

of Bayelsa State tendered

video evidence of electoral

fraud and violence in

Nembe, Ogbia, and

Southern Ijaw LGAs of the

state in Saturday’s election,

and accused the Army of

colluding with APC to rig

the poll.

Also, the Inspector-

General of Police, IGP,

Mohammed Adamu,

yesterday said the Police

were aware of plans by

politicians to sew police

uniforms for their

supporters during the Kogi

and Bayelsa governorship


Police confirm arson on

PDP Women leader, as

Kogi govt condemns act

The Kogi Stare Police

Command confirmed the

incident through its Public

Relations Officer, DSP

William Aya, in a

statement, titled “Culpable

homicide/mischief by fire,”


“On 18/11/2019 at about

1630hrs, one Musa Ety of

Ochadamu, Ofu LGA

reported at the station that

at about 10:30 of same date,

there was a

misunderstanding between

one Awolu Zekeri, aged 35

years, member of APC and

one Gowon Simeon, a

member of PDP, both of

Ochadamu, in the process

Gowon Simeon stabbed

Awolu Zekeri with a knife

on his lap, he died on his

way to the hospital.

“As a result, angry youths

in the area mobilized to the

house of one Simeon Abuh

of same address who is an

uncle to the suspect, set it

ablaze, and burnt one

Salome Abuh, aged 60


Aya said three other

houses were equally burnt,

adding that the corpse had

been moved to the

University Teaching

Hospital Mortuary,

Anyigba, for autopsy.

He disclosed that the

Police Mobile Force and

Police Special Forces had

been drafted to the area to

prevent further breakdown

of law and order, while

investigation into the matter


However, the state

governor has directed his

Special Adviser on Security,

Jerry Omodara, to get to the

root of the incident.

Governor Bello’s

spokesman, Kingsley

Fanwo, who confirmed this,

expressed disappointment

over what he described as

“mindless attacks by rival

parties in Ochadamu.”

He said: “We feel

disturbed at reports of

violence in Ochadamu that

has led to the loss of lives

and property in the

community. It was reported

that a supporter of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, was stabbed to death

while party members were

jubilating over the outcome

of the governorship


“The reprisal attack by

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja &

Olayinka Latona

On President Buhari’s victory at the Supreme Court (3)

THE election has been

conducted over eight

months now; Nigerians

have accepted President

Muhammad Buhari as

their president. There

might be issues in some

places but this has been

part of elections in Nigeria.

According to Atiku the

president educational

background is a barrier,

but the court disagrees, no

place in the constitution

that is stated so.

*Vivian Ikechukwu -

Fashion Designer

MY reaction to

wards the presidential

election was a

relief because at first I

expect him to win the

election due to his impact

in fighting corruption

in Nigeria which as

lead to recovery of millions

of naira. Secondly

he is from the Northern

part of Nigeria which

most time judge Nigeria


*Tivere Sandra, Student

THE issue on the vic

tory of the presidential

election is seen as a

genuine one. In the rule

of law, the Supreme Court

is the highest level so the

judgment of the Supreme

Court should not be

doubted upon and should

be generally accepted because

anyone who assumed

as the judge of the

court is someone known to

be truthful and dependable.

*Amanah Alao, Student


victory at the Supreme

Court is the wish

of many Nigerians most

especially those at the

grassroots. Nobody

would have voted for him

if his performance during

his first tenure was poor,

so let us join hands with

him to move Nigeria forward

so that the nation

can sigh a relief.

*Biola Rasheed, Trader

THE truth of the mat

ter is that President

Buhari has won the election

and there is nothing

anybody can do about it.

His victory is not my

might or power and all he

needs is encouragement.

Atiku should leave him

alone and allow him to

concentrate on how to

rule the nation .After all,

it was glaring that he

won the election.

*Riskat Kara, Businesswoman

WHAT do we have

to show for it since

we have been shouting

“APC Change” Has anything

change for good?

The roads are bad, schools

are dilapidating and electricity

and some people

keep cajoling us to vote for

APC.The Supreme Court

may rule in favor of APC

but cannot dictate the next

Presidential candidate in


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6—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Man docked

over theft of


A46-year-old man, Sabiu

Salisu, was , yesterday,

arraigned before an Ado

Ekiti Magistrates’ court for

allegedly stealing goats

valued at N45,000.

Salisu and others now at

large committed the offence

on Nov. 2, 2019, at

Ayegunle Ekiti in Ekiti.

The accused whose

address was not provided at

the court was facing a twocount

charge of conspiracy

and stealing.

He, however, pleaded not

guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp.

Oriyomi Akinwale, told the

court that the accused and

others now at large, stole

three goats, each valued at

N15,000 and a total value of


He said the offences were

punishable under Sections

516 and 390 (9) of the

Criminal Code Cap C16

Vol.1 Laws of Ekiti State


The Chief Magistrate,

Mrs Olufunmike Aloma,

granted the accused bail in

the sum of N5,000 with one

surety in like sum.

She adjourned the case

until Dec. 17 for mention.

KWASU loses


student in

auto crash

By Demola Akinyemi


Governor AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq, yesterday,

commiserated with the

families of one lecturer and a

student of the Kwara State

University (KWASU) who

died in an auto crash

Monday evening.

The accident involved one

of the university’s buses

conveying 15 staff and

students on the Minna-

Lambata road. Seven of the

passengers were badly

injured in the crash while six

others escaped unscathed.

“We are devastated by this

sad development involving

one female lecturer and an

MSc student, who left a

heart-wrenching message

that the government has

taken note of. As believers,

we submit to the will of God

on this development. We

condole with the families of

the deceased and the entire

university community. We

urge them to stay strong in

this very trying moment,”

AbdulRazaq said in a

statement by his spokesman,

Rafiu Ajakaye.

“The Governor has directed

relevant authorities in the

state to quickly take over the

medical care of the injured.”

An overloaded okada on duty at Toll Gate, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, yesterday. PHOTO: Joe Akintola, Photo Editor.

Convict coordinates $1m fraud from Kirikiri Prison—EFCC

By Soni Daniel

ABUJA—THE Economic

and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, is

reportedly working round the

clock to unravel how a jailed

internet fraudster, Hope

Olusegun Aroke, who is

officially supposed to be

serving a 24-year jail term at

the Kirikiri Maximum Prison

in Lagos, carried out a “mega

scam” to the tune of $1 million

from prison.

Most perplexing to the antigraft

agency is the fact that the

man, who was sent to the

maximum prison being

guarded daily by security

officials, easily found his way

to the Nigeria Police Hospital

in Lagos where he uses as his

base to sneak out to hotels and

other places of his choice to

conduct his illicit businesses

without any form of hindrance.

According to the Spokesman

for the EFCC, Mr Wilson

Uwujaren, who confirmed the

development to Vanguard

yesterday, said a preliminary

investigation has revealed that

the convict, against

established standard practice,

had access to internet and

mobile phone in the Kirikiri

Correctional Centre where he

is supposed to be ‘serving’ his

jail term.

“Even more puzzling was

the finding that Aroke got

himself admitted to the

Nigeria Police Hospital,

Falomo, Lagos for an

undisclosed ailment. And from

the hospital, he would move

out to lodge in hotels, meet

with his wife and two children

and attend other social

functions,” Uwujaren said.

“The circumstance of his

admission into the hospital

and those who aided his

movement from the hospital to

hotels and other social

engagements are already

being investigated by the


“For a felon supposedly

serving a jail term, the

investigation revealed that

Aroke used a fictitious name,

Akinwunmi Sorinmade, to

open two accounts with First

•From Falomo Police Hospital, suspect opened bank

accounts, bought cars, houses, lodged in hotels

Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust

Bank Plc. He also bought a

property at Fountain Spring

Estate, Lekki, Lagos in 2018

for N22 million and a Lexus

RX 350 2018 model registered

in his wife’s name, Maria

Jennifer Aroke.

By Shina Abubakar


corpses were burnt in a

fire that engulfed the mortuary

of the anatomy department of

Obafemi Awolowo University

(OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State,

yesterday morning.

It was gathered that the fire

outbreak which was as a result

of a power surge in the facility

did not claim any life.

But a statement issued by the

Public Relations Officer of the

University, Abiodun Olarewaju

said the school successfully put

out what could have been a

major fire outbreak.

According to him, the fire,

which broke out at around 3:00

am today, (yesterday) was

“The convict was also in

possession of his wife’s bank

account token in prison, which

he used to freely transfer

funds. Further investigation

revealed that, while his trial

was ongoing in 2015, Aroke

bought a four-bedroom duplex

caused by electricity surge

which affected a section of the

Morgue where corpses are

kept. Out of about One

Hundred and Two (102)

bodies that are kept in the

Morgue, Twelve (12) were

affected by the fire outbreak.

“The Department has made

detailed arrangements to duly

and adequately inform those

who have kept bodies (corpses)

in the morgue.

“Leading other Principal

Officers to the scene of the

incident, the Vice-Chancellor,

Professor Eyitope

Ogunbodede, assessed the

level of damage and instructed

immediate repairs to the

affected areas. The Vice-

Chancellor has also constituted

at Plot 12, Deji Fadoju Street,

Megamounds Estate Lekki

County Homes, Lekki for N48

million,” the spokesman said.

It will be recalled that Aroke

was one of two Malaysia-based

Nigerian undergraduate

fraudsters arrested by the

EFCC in the closing week of

2012 at the 1004 Housing

Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos

following a tip-off. The

indigene of Okene, Kogi State

had claimed to be a student of

Computer Science at the Kuala

Lumpur Metropolitan

University, Malaysia.

But EFCC investigation

fingered him as the arrowhead

of an intricate web of internet

fraud scheme that traverses

two continents.

He was eventually convicted

by Justice Lateefa Okunnu of

a Lagos State High Court on

two counts of obtaining money

by false pretence, cheque

cloning, wire transfer and


He was sentenced to 12

years imprisonment on each of

the two counts.

12 corpses burnt, as fire

guts OAU Anatomy Dept

a three-member committee to

look into the immediate and

remote causes of the fire

outbreak. Normalcy of academic

and administrative activities has

since returned to the area”, the

statement reads.

Meanwhile, the Police Public

Relations Officer, Folashade

Odoro, confirmed the incident,

saying the school’ Chief

Security Officer reported the

matter to the police.

She added that the incident

occurred around 4:30 am on

Tuesday (yesterday) and

confirmed that ten bodies were

affected by the incident.

According to her, the police

is investigating the incident

with a view to unravelling the

cause of the fire accident.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019—7

He threatened to kill me, says boy

sodomised by teacher in Calabar

By Ike Uchechukwu


state Police Command has

arrested a primary school teacher,

Samuel John Ikpeme, for

allegedly sodomising a 9-yearold

boy in Calabar.

Vanguard gathered that the 9-

year-old, who joined the school(

names withheld) located along

Parliamentary road in Calabar,

became a victim few weeks after

being enrolled into the school in

April of 2018.

Findings show that the teacher

started dehumanizing the boy

since and threatened to kill the

boy if he ever mentioned it to

anyone including his parents.

Speaking with Vanguard,

Principal Counsel, Basic Rights

Counsel Initiative, BCRI, James

Ibor, who took up the matter, said

the case was a pathetic one and

By Ifeanyi Okolie

FOUR software engineers, who

specialize in helping

kidnappers and armed robbers

operating in Edo State, have been

arrested by operatives of the

Inspector-General of Police

Special Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, in Benin City, Edo


Vanguard gathered that the

suspects, who were identified as

Bright Irabo, Benedict Edo,

Ernest Ubong and, Christian

Egbheri, were all rounded up at

the Oba Market in Benin City

when the operatives got

information about their activities.

A source, who spoke to

Vanguard on the condition of

anonymity, disclosed that IRT

operatives, led by a Deputy

Superintendent of Police,

deployed to Edo State to combat

high rate of kidnapping and

armed robbery in state, have been

experiencing difficulty as stolen

mobile phones were usually

untraceable as a result of the

changed IMEI numbers.

The source explained that the

operatives made a breakthrough

in tracking members of the

syndicate assisting the bandits,

when a 24-year-old trader,

Othuke Samuel, had his mobile

phone snatched from him


Samuel was said to have

reported the theft of his phone to

the police and a manhunt was

launched for the thief.

Unfortunately, one Bulama Sani

took the phone to Samuel’s shop

for sale.

Samuel, in an interview,

disclosed that “when he brought

the phone to me to buy in my

shop, I recognised that the phone

was mine and when I looked at

the boy properly, I recognised

him. I stayed calm and I asked

him how much he wanted to sell

the phone. He asked me to pay

called for close monitoring of kids

and wards by parents and

guardians alike.

He revealed that the 9-year-old

boy, who has suffered that level

of dehumanization in the hands

of his teacher for over a year and

7 months, has been obviously

affected physiologically,

physically and otherwise since he

was 8 years old.

His words:” The boy’s anus has

been badly lacerated because his

boxers were also heavily covered

with bloodstains coming out from

his anus. He has been taken to

the hospital for further

examination to determine the

degree of damage as both semen

and bloodstains were seen on his


“I want to call on parents and

guardians alike to always as a

matter of necessity take a deeper

look at their kids and wards

especially as it concerns their

reaction and behaviour in and out

of school.

When contacted, Police Public

Relations Officer, DSP Irene

Ugbo, who confirmed the report,

said the suspect, Mr Ikpeme was

now in their custody.

She said: ”We have arrested a

teacher from a primary school in

Calabar for sodomizing a 9-yearold

boy and he is currently being

interrogated at the Area


“Although he is denying, there

is hard evidence proving

otherwise, but the matter will be

transferred to the state Criminal

Investigation Department, CID,

for further investigation so that he

can be charged to court.

“It is a sad development,

parents must watch their children

closely to spot changes in

behaviour and other things.”

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him N150,000.

“I then asked him to wait in my

shop that I wanted to get some

money from the bank. I left him

at the shop and went straight to

the IRT operatives, who came to

my shop and apprehended him.”

Vanguard gathered that after

Sani confessed that he changed

the IMEI of the stolen phone at

the Oba Market, Benin City so

as to make the phone untraceable,

he led the operatives in arresting

the software engineer, who

helped him change the stolen

phone’s MEI numbers.

It was gathered that the four

software engineers arrested

during the raid at the Oba market

confessed to having been

changing IMEI numbers for

criminals for a fee of N1000 per

phone and one of the suspects

Benedict Edo, who is a native of

Upoji in Esan area of Edo State

and a student of University of

Benin, said: “I am working at

Abuma Shopping complex in

Benin City. I repair and flash

phones of all kinds and I do

change of phone’s IMEI.

“I learned the process of

changing phones IMEI from the

internet and I am also aware that

it was criminals that were always

coming to change phone IMEI. I

have stopped accepting the job

from customers before the police

came to arrest me.”

While Christian Egbheria said

he was aware that changing of

IMEI of phones was criminal, but

he said he engaged himself in the

business because the money in it

is attractive. He explained that

the process of changing a phone

IMEI was easy and all he needed

was to access the phone’s

software, wipe off the old code

and replace it with a new one.

He added people that come for

the job normally bring more than

one phone for him to change the

IMEI for them.

Man accused of stealing

church’s musical instruments

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A 31-year-old man,

Ebuka Nwafor, was yesterday

arraigned before a Lagos

Magistrate Court sitting in

Ikorodu for allegedly breaking

into a church to steal musical

instruments worth N423,000.

The defendant is facing a fourcount

charge bordering on

conspiracy, breaking, entry and

stealing preferred against him by

the Police.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Mary

Ajiteru, told the court that the

defendant conspired with others

and broke into a Redeemed

Christian Church of God at

Arihudom Street, Owode-

Ajegunle, Ikorodu Road.

She said that the defendant and

his accomplice broke into the

church on November 11, at 3:00

a.m. and stole musical


Ajiteru stated that the defendant

broke in through the window

burglary proof and stole a mixer,

a piano, an LG plasma TV, two

amplifiers, four-wire microphones

and one wireless microphone all

valued at N423,000.

She also alleged that the Pastor

presiding over the church was in

his office in the early hours of the

morning when he heard noises.

“When he came to check what

was happening, the intruders had

broken in and the defendant was

seen trying to cart away the

plasma TV,” she said.

The defendant, however,

pleaded not guilty to the


Magistrate O. M. Dawodu

granted the defendant

N100,000 bail with two sureties

in like sum, and adjourned the

case to December 19.

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We’ve received death threats

over Sowore — DSS

By Tordue Salem


Department of State

Services says its personnel

have started receiving

death threats from

unknown persons over the

detention of the convener

of the Revolution Now

movement, Omoyele


Although the Spokesman

for DSS, Peter Afunanya did

not name those threatening

the personnel of the agency,

he made it clear that the

security agency was still

providing the best possible

care for Sowore.

Afunanya, however,

explained that Sowore

would only be released to

appropriate persons who

stood surety for him, and

not just anybody.

Afunanya was speaking

at a media briefing in

Abuja on the matter

between the agency and

the detained publisher and

activist, who had fulfilled

his revised bail conditions

and freed by a court but still

held back in DSS custody

over non-appearance

of ‘appropriate persons’ to

take him home.

DSS said that even in its

cell, Sowore was still using

his phone to make calls to

mobilise people for violence

and action against the

Nigerian State.

Afunanya also said

Sowore’s lawyer, Femi

PDP NWC in fresh trouble over

House Minority crisis

•As dep chair, youth leader deny

extension of Elumelu, others’ suspension

By Dirisu Yakubu &

Winifred Azubuike



rocking the

leadership of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, has

assumed a new dimension

as Deputy National

Chairman (South), Elder

Yemi Akinwonmi and the

national youth leader of the

party, Sunday Udeh-Okoye,

yesterday denied

knowledge of the renewed

suspension of the Minority

leader of the House of

Representatives, Ndudi

Elumelu and six others,.

According to them, the

matter was not discussed at

any meeting of the National

Working Committee, NWC.

The NWC had in a recent

advertorial signed by the

party’s National Publicity



Ologbondiyan, announced

the extension of the

suspension of Ndudi

Elumelu and others,

insisting that the party

would not reward

disobedience and


The party, thereafter,

named Kingsley Chinda, a

member representing Obio/

Akpor federal constituency

(Rivers State) and others as

leaders of the PDP caucus

in the House of


Speaking to our

Falana, had not been to the

DSS office or being in touch

with them since the issue

of the bail started.

The PRO said: “The

stand of the Director-

General (Yusuf Bichi) and

the stand of the Service is

not ambiguous about

respect for justice, for rule

of law and for human

rights. There is no division,

no doubt that in unison, the

entire staff of the service

would always pursue what

is good for Nigeria and

what is good for her unity

and progress and stability.

We have to carry out our

duties and would continue

to do so in good conscience

despite deliberate efforts to

harass and intimidate us.

The issue of human right

in the last week, the

custody of suspects and all

of that have been in the

front burner.

“We have issued

statements in the past week

and the statements have

been unambiguous. They

were straight, direct and

plain and at all times we

were explaining our stance

on issues. That he was

granted bail by the courts;

we said yes, we have

received the court order.

Now, every legislative

enactment and judicial

pronouncement needs to

be enforced. That is why

there are law enforcement

agencies operatives,”

Afunanya said.

correspondents in separate

interviews, Akinwonmi and

Udeh-Okoye said there

was never a time the

suspension of the

lawmakers was discussed

at the meeting of the

national leadership of the


“I am not aware of the

extension of the

suspension. I do not

remember any occasion

where it was elongated,’’

Akinwonmi said.

On the implication of the

extension of the

suspension as published

recently, he said: “I do not

know the implication. I am

only aware that he

(Elumelu) was suspended

for only one month. After

that, I am not aware of any

further action.

“I am an integral part of

NWC but I am telling you

that to the best of my

knowledge, there was no

extension. I am aware that

he was suspended for one

month and that was about

six months ago.”

He also added that given

the fact that no action was

taken after the one month

suspension, same would

be deemed to have


On his part, the national

youth leader said the

statement issued by the

party scribe did not

emanate from them.

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BORDER CLOSURE: Ex-Ghana President,

Mahama blasts FG

•Says institutional failure

responsible for smuggling

•Calls for immediate cessation to forcible closure of foreigners’ shops in Ghana

By Olayinka Ajayi



John Dramani Mahama,

has described the border

closure by the federal

government as not only

worrisome but also a clear

indication of institutional

failure on the part of


Speaking at the 7th

anniversary lecture and

investiture organised by

Realnews, an online news

magazine in Lagos

yesterday, Mahama

appealed to the federal

government to reopen the

land borders to encourage



Enterprises, SMEs,

businesses across the subregion.

He said: ‘’The unilateral

closure of the borders since

August is a worrying

development for the

growth of free trade in the

ECOWAS sub-region.

“One can understand the

harmful effects of unbridled

smuggling of goods on the

growth of local production.

But it is problematic that

sub-regional economic

activity and trade should

suffer because of domestic

institutional weaknesses.

‘’Nigeria must invest in

strengthening its

institutions and systems

that are responsible for

preventing the importation

of illegal or prohibited


“The total closure of,

especially, the Benin

border is having a

significant toll on many

small and medium

businesses, especially in

Togo, Ghana and Cote

D’Ivoire, that rely on this

inter-country trade. I am

sure that businesses in

Nigeria that rely on

supplies from these

countries are also suffering.

“With the signing of the

joint border task force

agreement between

Nigeria and her

neighbours, I would like to

take this opportunity to

appeal to Nigeria to open

up her borders so that

economic activities can


“As the largest economy

in West Africa, I believe it

is not by accident that

Nigeria is home to the

headquarters of the

Economic Community of

West Africa States,

ECOWAS. The import of

the following quote from

the objective principles for

establishment of ECOWAS

cannot be lost on us.

“ECOWAS was set up to

foster the ideal of collective

self-sufficiency for its

member states. As a

trading union, it is also

meant to create a single,

large trading bloc through

economic cooperation.

‘’Integrated economic

activities as envisaged in

the area, revolve around

but are not limited to

industry, transport,


energy, agriculture,

natural resources,

commerce, monetary and

financial issues, social as

well as cultural matters.

‘’As a former chair of the

ECOWAS Authority of

Heads of State and

Government, I have an

abiding interest in the

progress of ECOWAS and

its people. I believe that as

an economic and regional

bloc, a lot of economic

opportunities are available

to us, and we must take

advantage of them.

“I also look forward to our

government’s intervention

that brings an immediate

cessation to the forcible and

illegal closure of shops of

foreigners, especially

Nigerians, by members of

local trade associations.’’

Calls on Africa leaders to

invest more in Education

The former ECCOWAS

chairman urged African

leaders to invest in science

and technology, saying

“the uptake of science and

technology in all sectors of

our economies will allow

Africa to leapfrog its


“Africa need not go

through all the stages of

industrialization the

developed countries went

through. Today, biotechnology

and tissue culture would

allow us to multiply agricultural

productivity ten-fold.

‘’Use of innovation will allow

us to increase productivity

and free more people from


labour and allow them to

pursue careers in services,

tourism and the arts. We

must grow our SMEs and

blue collar labour. SMEs

and middle level blue collar

manpower have been the

main drivers of growth in

middle income Latin

American and Asian


“This means that our

educational curriculum

must be rejigged to

produce the skilled human

resources to drive this


“Technical and Vocational

Education and Training,

TVET, must be rebranded

to be a career of first choice,

rather than the humbler

alternative when other

doors of progression in the

grammar schools and

humanities track have been

closed to a student.''

We’ve been exploited, extorted for El-Zakzaky

to remain alive in SSS custody — FAMILY

By Luminous



of detained

leader of the Islamic

Movement in Nigeria,

IMN, Sheikh Ibraheem El-

Zakzaky, have faulted

claims by the Department

of State Service, DSS, that

he (El-Zakzaky) enjoys 5-

star treatment under its

custody, and chose to

remain with the agency

rather than go home.

Spokesman of DSS, Peter

Afunanya, had last week,

explained that the security

agency provided El-

Zakzaky and other notable

detainees held in its

facilities free access to

people and use of devices

such as telephones,

gymnasium, TV sets,

newspapers and medical

supplies for recreation and


But dismissing the claims

at a press briefing in Abuja

yesterday, Badamasi

Ya’akub, El-Zakzaky’s

immediate younger

brother, who spoke on

behalf of the family, said

they had been subjected to

various forms of extortion

and exploitation in order to

keep their detained relative

alive in DSS custody.

He said: “No phone

contact has been had with

Sheikh El-Zakzaky since

his return from the aborted

medical trip in India. He

receives no daily

newspapers of any kind at

any time regularly or


“With certainty, I can say

that the last time he saw a

functional Television screen

was in his house in

December 2015 before it

was attacked and

demolished by the 1st

division of the Nigerian


“As for the gymnasium

and other 5 star level

amenities mentioned by

the DSS, all if any are paid

for by El-Zakzaky himself.

“We have been extorted

and exploited to keep our

brother (El-Zakzaky) and

his wife, Zeenah, as safe as

much as we can.''

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 9

By Ikechukwu



Attorney General of

the Federation and

Minister of Justice, Mr.

Abubakar Malami, SAN,

yesterday expressed

concern over the rising

number of persons in

detention across the

country, saying there was

need for all the Correctional

Service Centres to be fully

and systematically


Addressing newsmen at

the Federal Ministry of

Justice headquarters in

Abuja, Malami revealed

that the Presidential

Committee on Prisons

Reform and Decongestion

had so far released a total

of 3,768 inmates held in

custody for minor offences.

According to him, the

freed inmates were freed

after the committee

“appraised about 34

prisons in 16 states.”

The AGF said the

Presidential Committee,

which is headed by the

Chief Judge of the Federal

Capital Territory High

Court, Justice Ishaq Bello,

further wrote a letter of

appeal to several state

government executives to

act on some special cases,

as well as exercise their

powers of clemency in

deserving cases or

commute to life sentence

those condemned to death.

He said: “On assumption

of office, President Buhari

was alarmed over the

deplorable state of prisons

nationwide, noting that it

is a national disaster and

that many of the prisons are

about 90 percent over

crowded. He stressed the

need to put in place urgent

measures to speedily

decongest the prisons.

“The Honourable

Attorney-General and


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Foundation and Chairman, United Bank for Africa Group (UBA), Tony. O. Elumelu at a high-level

panel on peace and security in Africa at the Dakar International Forum in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday.

Number of persons in detention

nationwide alarming — MALAMI

•Reveals how presidential committee freed 3,768 convicts

•As CJ orders transfer of 250 suspects locked up in one cell

Minister of Justice in

October 2017, constituted a

Presidential Committee on

Prisons Reform and

Decongestion Chaired by

the Honourable Chief

Judge, High Court of the

Federal Capital Territory,

Honourable Justice I.U

Bello to fast-track the

Decongestion of prisons.

“The committee has since

its inauguration visited and

appraised about thirty-four

(34) prisons in sixteen (16)

states. A total number of

three thousand, seven

Hundred and sixty-eight

(3,768), have been so far


By Sola Ogundipe

MOST cases of

insomnia are

related to poor sleeping

habits, depression, anxiety,

lack of exercise, chronic

illness or certain


For people with insomnia,

trying to sleep can increase

performance anxiety.

People who practice

paradoxical intention fall

asleep faster than those

who don’t. If you often find

yourself stressed out about

trying to sleep, this method

may be more effective than

traditional, intentional

breathing practices.

If counting activates your

mind too much, try




Visualising something

can make it real, and it’s

possible this works with

sleep, too.

Instead of counting

sheep, try to imagine a

serene setting and all the

feelings that go with it. For

example, you can imagine

a waterfall, the sounds of

echoing, rushing water,

and the scent of damp

moss. The key is to let this

image take up space in

your brain to prevent

yourself from “re-engaging

with thoughts, worries, and

concerns” pre-sleep.

One method is to target

areas you know and feel are

particularly tense, such as

the upper part of your nose

bridge or your temples.

Try these: hiding your

clock, taking a warm

shower before bed, opening

the window to keep your

room cool, a gentle 15-

minute yoga routine

placing your phone far

away from your bed, and

eating earlier to avoid

stomach digestion or

stimulation before bed.

If you find the

atmosphere in your room to

be damaging to your sleep,

there are tools you can use

to block out the noise.

Try investing in blackout

curtains, white noise

machines (or listening to

music with an auto-stop

timer), and ear plugs, all of

which you can buy online.

On the other hand, sleep

hygiene, or clean sleep, is

real and effective.

released during these visits

via payment of fines for

convicts for minor offences

with the option of fine who

are unable to pay the fines,

general review of peculiar

cases and advocacy

overtures to relevant


“The committee has

written letters of appeal to

several State Government

Executives to act on some

special cases encountered

during the visits to various

prisons in some states as

well as to exercise their

powers of clemency in

deserving cases or

commute to life sentence

those condemned to death.

“The committee also

carried out prisons’

inspection exercises,

wherein a number of

facilities were discovered to

be in dire need of urgent

rehabilitation and has

made recommendations as

a matter of urgency to the

relevant authorities for the

renovation/construction of

prison facilities.

“The Committee during

its visits, also conducts the

review of cases of inmates

awaiting trial for upwards

of five (5) years, and of

inmates eligible for

Prerogative of Mercy with

relevant authorities and

looks into cases of

condemned convicts on

death row for over ten (10)

years with the view to

getting relevant authorities

to commute the sentences

to life imprisonment”.

Malami said his office was

instrumental to the speedy

passage of the Nigerian Correctional

Services Bill that

was signed into law by President

Buhari on August 14,


“This is a major turning

point in Prisons Reform and

Justice Sector delivery in

Nigeria. The recently

passed Act has some

innovative provisions

which addresses some

major issues that have

been of concern to

stakeholders in the Justice

sector. This marks another

milestone in our national

strategies deployed

towards urgently

decongesting the prisons.''

“The guiding principles

Why Nigeria

earns less from

gas reserves


By Johnbosco


Senate goes after hospitals issuing fake medical reports

By Henry Umoru proliferation of Fake

Medical Reports

emanating from Public

Hospitals in Nigeria,”

sponsored by Senator Uche


Senate yesterday,

said it has concluded

arrangements to go after

hospitals across the country

that allegedly issue fake

medical reports.

Consequently, the Senate

has mandated the Federal

Ministry of Health to set up

an efficient and proper

mechanism to identify and

prevent issuance of fake

medical reports in public


The Senate also urged

the Nigerian Medical

Association, NMA, to

intensify efforts in

checking incidences of

fraud and quackery in

the medical profession,

especially in public


According to the Upper

Chamber, the trend of

issuing and receiving fake

medical report has posed a

great danger to the country

and it’s citizens.

Resolutions of the Senate

yesterday were sequel to a

motion, entitled “The

Ekwunife, Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Anambra Central.

Presenting the motion,

Senator Ekwunife said that

a recent investigation

revealed the ease with

which “authentic” medical

reports could be obtained

from some public hospitals

in Nigeria for a fee, and

without requiring any

By Tordue Salem

A House




Committee on Women In

Parliament, is pushing for

a law to provide death

penalty for rapists in the


Besides, the committee

wants the Nigerian

Security and Civil Defence

Corps, NSCDC, to create

medical tests whatsoever, or

even proof of identity.

According to her, the

commercialization of

medical reports poses a

grave danger to the

medical health and safety

of the citizens and can

result in fatal misdiagnosis

of patients or anyone else

who relies on the contents

of such medical reports.

Senator Ekwunife said:

‘’The Senate recognizes

the dire importance of the

medical report as a

document which is



U J A —


Muhammadu Buhari said

yesterday that if Nigeria

had followed its own

programme for exploiting

its gas reserves, the

country would have been

earning more money from

the product than from


President Buhari stated

this when he hosted

Special Envoy of

President of Equatorial

Guinea, Teodoro Obiang

Nguema Mbasogo, at

State House, Abuja.

According to a

statement issued by Femi

Adesina, Special Adviser

to the President, Media

and Publicity, the Special

Envoy and Minister of



Hydrocarbons, Gabriel

Mbega Obiang Lima, had

brought a message from

his President on the

forthcoming meeting of

Heads of State of gas

exporting nations, which

Equatorial Guinea would

be hosting.

The statement quoted

Buhari as saying: “We

share a lot of things in

common with Equatorial

Guinea. These include

g e o g r a p h i c a l

neighbourliness and

neighbourliness in terms of

resources. Nigeria is more

of a gas producing, rather

than oil producing country.

“That fact had long

been established. If we

had followed our own

plans, laid out in the

1970s, for the gas sector,

we should have had 12

trains by early 1980s,

instead of being on just

six trains now.”

accorded great weight and

importance in the ordinary

course of our day to day

business, including courts

of law.

“The medical report

contains an individual’s

personal medical records

and details which are used

to ascertain a person’s

medical condition, obtain

health benefits, certify one’s

mental state, investigate

addictions, diagnose

treatments, and most

importantly, ascertain and

form medical opinions.''

....As Reps seek death penalty for rapists

a special anti-rape unit to

clamp down on rapists.

Chairman of the

committee, Taiwo Oluga

(APC-Osun), disclosed

this, while briefing

newsmen on a “Women

Week” Conference, coming

up on November 24.

“We (the Committee) are

even proposing that the

penalty for rape—by the

time we finish with the

motion and the Bill, it will

be difficult for any man to

go into rape, because it is

very sad the way it is going.

‘’In fact, I would like that

death should be the

penalty for any man that

tries to rape,” Oluga said.

She also said her

committee was partnering

with NSCDC to establish an

anti-rape unit in the

security agency, to curb the

crime of rape in the country.

“The rate at which our


Sanwo-Olu backs Operation

Crocodile Smile IV in Lagos

By Dapo Akinrefon

L A G O S —


Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

State, yesterday, threw his

weight behind Operation

Crocodile Smile IV by the

Nigerian Army, saying the

exercise is a right move

towards ensuring peace

and security in the South

West and South South

regions during the festive


The governor assured

the Nigerian Army of his


continued support, as it

engages in intensive

security duties in the state,

while also urging citizens

to be security conscious.

Sanwo-Olu stated this

during the flag-off

ceremony of the Nigerian

Army’s 81 Division

Exercise Crocodile Smile

IV for Lagos and Ogun

States, held at Takwa Bay,


The governor, who was

represented at the

ceremony by his Deputy

Dr. Obafemi Hamzat,

commended the Chief of

Army Staff, Lt. General

Tukur Buratai, for his

SOWORE: Archbishop of

Canterbury responds to SERAP's


By Olasunkanmi



Economic Rights and

Accountability Project,

SERAP, yesterday,

expressed confidence in

possible release

of Messrs Omoyele

Sowore and Olawale

Bakare, who remained in

detention of the

Department of State

Services, DSS, despite a

court order for their


The organization’s

expression of confidence

followed the response

of Archbishop of

Canterbury, Most Revd

Justin Portal Welby, to an

earlier open letter for

intervention in the matter.

SERAP, had on

November 11, 2019, in an

open letter to Archbishop

of Canterbury, urged him

to use his good offices and

leadership and his

“friendship with President

Muhammadu Buhari to

prevail on him to promote

the rule of law in words

and in action by obeying

all court orders including

the order for the releasing

of Sowore and Bakare

from arbitrary detention.”

SERAP Deputy Director,

Kolawole Oluwadare, who

made the response of the

Archbishop known in a

statement expressed

delight over the positive


SERAP had in the

earlier letter expressed

“serious concerns about

the disturbing trends by

state governments and

the Federal Government

thoughtfulness and

strategic foresight, which

brought about the idea of

the exercise.

He said: “From

antecedents, the security

issues prevalent in the

yuletide are not lost on

any of us, as men of the

underworld tend to

perpetrate criminal acts

during this period.

Exercise Crocodile Smile

IV is a welcome

development that

promises to ensure that

these black heads of the

society have no haven

within the period.

In his remarks, the

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.

Gen. Buratai, who was

represented by the

General Officer,

Commanding 81 Division,

Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen.

John Irefin, disclosed that

the Exercise Crocodile

Smile IV was part of the

Nigerian Army’s

continuous commitment to

combating security

challenges in the country

such as illegal oil

bunkering activities,

militancy, kidnapping,

pipeline vandalism;

cultism and some other

common sundry crime.

to use the court as a tool

to suppress citizens’

human rights.”

Responding on behalf of

the Archbishop through

an email, on Monday, the

Chief Correspondence

Officer at the Lambeth

Palace, Dominic Goodall,

said: “Thank you for your

recent letter. Much as he

would like to, the

Archbishop is unable to

respond personally in

detail, so I have been

asked to reply to you on

his behalf.”

Goodall’s email reads in

part: “Thank you for

taking the time to share

your comments and

concerns on this matter,

which have been noted.

Please be assured that I

will communicate your

concerns to the

Archbishop and his staff

team so that they are

aware of your concerns."

FINANCE BILL: Oil producers, MAN,

ICAN, others pick holes

By Henry Umoru

A stakeholders BUJA—MAJOR

in the

nation’s economy,

yesterday, had divergent

views on the proposed

Nigeria Tax and Fiscal

Law (Amendment) Bill

(The Finance Bill) 2019.

While some took a

swipe at the bill, others

hailed it and cautioned

the Federal Government

against going ahead with

the implementation of

the bill as proposed.

The Federal

Government is

proposing the Finance

Bill to boost its revenue

base through an increase

in some taxes.

The Finance Bill is a

composite bill seeking to

reform the tax regime by

amending several Acts,

including Petroleum

Profit Tax Act, PPT,

Custom and Excise Tax

Act, Company Income

Tax Act, CITA, Personal

Income Tax Act, Value

Added Tax Act, Stamp

Duties Tax Act, and

Capital Gains Act.

Oil Producers’ Trade

Section, OPTS, of the

Lagos Chamber of

Commerce and Industry,

particularly told the

Senate that the bill might

jeopardize the future of

the country’s economy.

According to OPTS, if

the bill scales through, it

may threaten local and

foreign investments in

the Oil and Gas sector as

well as erode Nigeria’s

competitiveness in the

global oil and gas

industry to the

advantages of other


It’ll scare away

investors — MAN

The Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria,

MAN, through its

representative, Razak

Okulaja, urged that

companies with less than

N20 million capital base

be exempted from

company tax.

Reps shun hearing

Though MAN backed

the introduction of a tax

on luxury goods, it,

however, called for

caution as it was capable

of driving away


Submissions were

made at a Public

Hearing convened by the

Senate, yesterday, on the

ONDO PDP GOV PRIMARY: There’ll be no

imposition of candidate —BOT members

By Dayo Johnson


2020 governorship

election in Ondo State,

members of the Board of

Trustees, BOT, of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, yesterday, assured the

17 governorship aspirants

of a free, fair party primary

devoid of imposition.

The three BOT members

of the party, led by Senator

Bode Olajumoke, Chief

Omolade Oluwateru and

Chief Segun Adegoke,

stated this in Akure while

receiving hundreds of

decampees into the party.

Those that defected

OPENING: Wife of Lagos State Governor, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (c) cutting the tape, and flanked by

(from Left) wife of the Deputy Medical Director, Olufunmilayo Bankole; wife of the Medical

Director, Moji Olarewaju, and the Medical Director and CEO of Mother and Child Hospital, Dr.

Raphael Olarewaju, during the opening of a new building for the hospital, at Ikeja, in Lagos.

include leaders of the

African Democratic

Congress, ADC, Social

Democratic Party, SDP,

People Trust, PT, and Zenith

Labour Party, ZLP.

Speaking on behalf of the

BOT members, a former

deputy governor of the

state, Oluwateru said: “We

are not losing any sleep

over the number of our


“The more the merrier, we

are proud of all our

aspirants, they all have

what it takes to govern this

state. We are assuring them

and the members of our

party that the primaries

would be free, fair and


“After the party’s primary,

the candidate that would

emerge would be

acceptable to all. There will

be no imposition.”

Also speaking, Chairman

of the PDP Elders Council,

Dr. Tayo Cairo, said the

governorship primary

would not divide the party.

“Let me make it clear, we

will not allow any candidate

to divide this party and not

again would we allow any

governor, at this party, to

hijack the party.

“We, as the opposition party,

have one task and that is to

dislodge this non-performing

administration in the state.”

Finance Bill.

Though the public

hearing was designed to

be organised by a Joint

Committee of Finance

(National Assembly),

members of the lower

chamber shunned the


They also vowed to pull

out of the joint hearing

and organise their own

public hearing, an

indication that there is a

sharp division between

the Senate and House

Committee members.

Neither the Chairman,

House Committee on

Finance, James Faleke,

nor his members were

present, just as it was

gathered that there was

an earlier circular to

members that they

should abstain from the

joint hearing because

they were not carried

along by the Chairman,

Senate Committee on

Finance, Solomon


OPTS kick

In his presentation,

OPTS Chairman, Paul

McGrath, who noted

that Sections 35 and 38

of the bill expanded the

definition of services for

VAT purposes and

introduced VAT Reverse

Charge on Imported

Services, said the

provisions had

broadened the

definition of services to

the services provided to

a person in Nigeria,

regardless of whether

the services were

rendered within or

outside Nigeria.

“With this expanded

definition, invoices and

similar transactions will

be subject to Nigerian

VAT of 7.5 percent.

Beneficiaries of such

services will now be

required to self-account

for VAT.”

He, however, said that

the amendment would

widen the operating

expenses base, thus

increasing industry

operational costs.

“Again, OPTS

recommends the

adoption of the globallyaccepted


practice of exempting

intra-company at-cost


“It is our view that

additional taxes, such as

those proposed in the

Bill, will further increase

our costs and tax

burden, thereby

constituting another

significant challenge to

Nigeria’s attractiveness

for new investment.

“It will further erode

N i g e r i a ’ s

competitiveness in the

global oil and gas

industry to the

advantage of other

countries. Nigeria is

currently struggling to

attract investment in the

oil and gas sector,

having received only 3 per

cent out of the $73 billion

of major project

investments in Africa from

2015 to 2019,” he added.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 11



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COURTESY VISIT: Governor, Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola (3rd right); his Deputy, Benedict

Alabi (3rd left); Director of Operations, Michael Guo (2nd left); Senior Director, Government

Relations, Olalere Ridwan (2nd right); Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji

(right), and Commissioner for Governor's Office, Alhaja Lateefat Giwa, during a courtesy visit to

the Governor at his officer in Osogbo.


mining firm pays N.1bn sign-on fee

By Shina Abubakar

O Osun



government, yesterday,

said it had received N100

million from Badger

Mines, a Canada-based

mining company, as a

sign-on fee for

exploration and

development of one of the

state’s mining titles.

Governor Gboyega

Oyetola disclosed this

while delivering his

address at the opening

ceremony of the three-day

Economic and Investment

Summit held at Aurora

Event Centre in Osogbo.

The governor disclosed

that the government had

earlier executed a

Memorandum of

Understanding, MoU,

with the renowned

mining company as part

of the necessary

preparation for the

commencement of mining

operations in the state.

Oyetola said: “Our

mining sector, like

agriculture, is an old

industry yet to be fully

harnessed. The State of

Osun has ample reserves

of a variety of minerals,

notably gold, lead/zinc,

quartz, feldspar and

several precious metals.

“We occupy a unique

place in the mining sector

in Nigeria. We are a

mining State that hosts

solid minerals. We are

also a State that has

invested in acquiring the

licences for solid minerals

under our land from the

Federal Government.

“No other state in

Nigeria can offer a


lose crowns ....As court sets aside Ajimobi gazette

By Ola Ajayi



State High Court,

yesterday, set aside a

gazette, which

empowered the 21 new

kings crowned by former

governor Abiola Ajimobi to

wear beaded crowns.

The gazette was set

aside by Justice A.


In a joint suit, filed by

the state government and

the Olubadan of

Ibadanland, High Chief

Rashidi Ladoja, Justice

Aderemi noted that since

the parties had met and

agreed, he had no option

than to set aside the


Ladoja had won a

judgment, which

quashed all the processes

that led to the coronation

of the high chiefs, who are

members of Olubadan in


Dissatisfied with the

lower court’s judgment,

Senator Ajimobi appealed

and it was still pending,

Court dismisses suit challenging

relocation of LG Headquarters


High Court, sitting in

Ado-Ekiti, yesterday,

dismissed a suit by the

people of Iye-Ekiti to stop

the relocation of Ilejemeje

Local Government

headquarters from the

community to Eda Oniyo

by the state government.

Following the

pronouncement in 1996 of

Iye-Ekiti as the

headquarters, against Eda

Oniyo that was contained

in the Federal

Government’s gazette, the

Eda Oniyo community had

gone to court to contest

what they described as

politically motivated

relocation of the

headquarters by the then

military governor, Col. Inua

Mohammed Bawa.

The Supreme Court, in its

judgement on December

14, 2018, recognised Eda

Oniyo as the headquarters

and ordered Governor

Kayode Fayemi to effect the

relocation with immediate


However, the Iye-Ekiti

community, through their

counsel, Taiwo Kupolati,

had argued that the

decision of the government

contravened the local

government administration

law of 1999 which

recognised Iye-Ekiti as the

headquarters of Ilejemeje

local government area and

that the community was not

a party to the suit.

till he vacated the office

on May 29, 2019.

Governor Seyi Makinde,

on assumption of office

had set machinery motion

to resolve the royal tussle.

While delivering the

judgment in the suit no.

M/317/2017, said: “That

all the gazettes affecting

the chieftaincy laws of

Ibadan land particularly

gazette Nos.14 Vol.42 of

23rd August 2017;15 Vol

42of 24 August 2017 and

3 Vol 43 of 29th March

2018 and the subsequent

elevation of High Chiefs

and Baales in Ibadanland

as Obas during the

pendency of this suit be

and are hereby set aside.

“That the right to wear

beaded crowns and

coronets granted by the

state government during

the pendency of the suit,

are hereby revoked.

“That the 1st defendant

shall take steps to

reconcile all parties

involved in the chieftaincy

matters to foster unity and

harmony in the protection

of the tradition of Ibadan

land as relates to the

chieftaincy laws of Ibadan

land,” the judge added.

Several attempts made

to get the reaction of

Olubadan of Ibadan

through his Director of

Media, Ademola Oloko

proved futile as his phone

did not connect.

unique combination of

both regulatory and

commercial fusion. We are

a risk-ready State with an

appetite for enterprise

and reward for


“The State acquired 17

mining licenses for Gold

– 10; Quarry - 4; Lead/

Zinc - 2; and Quartz and

Feldspar -1, from the

Nigeria Mining

Corporation, and we are

willing to partner with

interested local and

foreign investors to

develop these mineral


“Our policy for the

mining sector is

implemented and

overseen by the Osun

Solid Mineral

D e v e l o p m e n t

Programme. This

programme commenced

in June 2019 and has

already achieved some

encouraging milestones

in its First Quarterly

Report in five of the seven

intervention project areas

of the programme.

“The intervention areas

are Osun/Omoluabi

Mining Business

Restructuring Scheme,



commercialise the stateowned

mining company.

Osun Revenue

Diversification and

Maximisation Scheme,

ORDMS, is a scheme to

register all miners, mines

and mining equipment

and report on all mining

activities in the State in

partnership with private

sector technology


“We are happy to report

that 9,000 artisanal

miners have registered

their biometric data on

RFID-enabled tags with

our technology partners.

I am also happy to inform

you that Osun recently

executed an MOU with



international mining firm

– The Badger Mines – for

the exploration and

development of one of our

mining titles with a

signature bonus of N100

million already paid.”


Assembly flays Customs

seizures of farm produce

By Ebunoluwa



State House of

Assembly, yesterday,

condemned the

continuous seizure of

farm produce from

Badagry border

community by men of the

Nigeria Customs

Service, NCS, and other

security agents.

The House, however,

passed a motion calling

on Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu to organise

stakeholders meeting

between the Customs

and business owners of

the confiscated goods.

It also asked the

governor to direct the

Commissioner for

Commerce and Industry,

Mrs. Lola Akande, to

organise the meeting

between the Customs

and business owners

affected by the seizure.

The resolution of the

House was followed by a

motion moved by a

member representing

Badagry Consistency II,

Mr. Setonji David, over

the confiscation of farm

produce by the Customs

officers in the area.

The lawmaker, in his

motion, called on the

Comptroller General of

Customs, Hammed Ali,

to direct his men to stop

further harassment of

coconut sellers within

Badagry and its


According to him,

people in Badagry pass

through hell with the

continuous harassment

of members of the Lagos

State Coconut Sellers

and Traders Association

by Customs officials in


The lawmaker said:

“On October 27, two

trucks and a pick-up car

load of 1450 bags of

locally sourced coconut

on transit were seized by

the men of Nigeria

Customs Border Drill

Operations Zone A


“The seizure took place

at the Agbara Customs

Point after it had left the

popular Agbalata

Central Coconut Market

beside the Customs base

in Badagry.”

Also commenting, the

Deputy Speaker

representing Lagos

Island constituency I,

Mr. Wasiu Eshinlokun-

Sanni, said the activities

of Customs in Badagry

were condemnable and

overzealousness on their


On his part, the majority

leader representing

Constituency Ikorodu I, Mr.

Sanai Agunbiade, said the

activities of the Customs were

affecting the farmers in the


In his ruling, the Speaker,

Mr. Mudashiru Obasa,

directed the Clerk of the

House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, to

communicate the resolution

of the House to the governor

for further action on the


Adeboye donates N10m

dialysis machine to help kidney


....As UCH marks 62nd Founder’s Day

By Ola Ajayi



University College

Hospital, UCH, Ibadan

marked its 62nd

founder’s day,

yesterday, General

Overseer of the

Redeemed Christian

Church of God, RCCG,

Pastor Enoch Adeboye,

donated a dialysis

machine worth N10

million to help patients

with kidney problems

across the country.

Pastor Adeboye, who

was accompanied by the

top management of UCH

led by the Chief Medical

Director of the hospital,

Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo,

said the donation was

necessary in view of the

vital role that kidney

plays in the life of

human being.

He said: “People didn’t

think of going abroad for

their treatment when we

were young; they

believed once you come

to UCH, they would be


“I rejoice with you that

we have already had one

on the ground and we

will have another two by

the end of this year. I

promised to do more

because the kidney is

vital to human existence

looking at the

challenges people living

with kidney problems are


“If human beings can’t

help us, then we can go

to the all-sufficient God

and we keep crying to


The Chief Medical

Director of UCH, Prof.

Otegbayo, appealed to

well-meaning Nigerians

to donate generously for

the development of the


Otegbayo said: “UCH

is overwhelmed and

overstretched because of

the influx of patients

with primary and

secondary healthcare

challenges which he said

had been derailing UCH

from its original focus

which is tertiary


12 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019


APC chieftains

visit former



Jonathan at his

home town,

Otuoke in

Bayelsa State,

after the election.



Henry Boyo made his mark in our industry


By Babajide Komolafe &

Naomi Uzor

*Late Henry Boyo

Manufacturing Asso

ciation of Nigeria,

MAN, yesterday paid tribute

to the late ace columnist,

Henry Boyo, describing him

as a focused industrialist

who made his mark on the

Nigerian manufacturing


Until his passing on Monday,

Boyo, who died aged 72,

was a renowned economy

analyst, publisher, cosmetologist

and entrepreneur,

who wrote a column in Vanguard

newspapers under the

pen-name "Les Leba".

He was also the founder

and Chief Executive Officer

of Allied Technol Systems


The late Boyo was a member

of various professional

bodies and trade groups, including

the Nigerian Institute

of Management and the

Manufacturers Association

of Nigeria (MAN).

Director-General, MAN,

Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir,

praised the late Boyo's advocacy

for a conducive for

manufacturing environment.

He added that the late

industrialist made his mark

on the Nigerian manufacturing


He said: “The passage of

Mr. Henry Boyo is shocking

and very painful. He was a

very active and articulate

member of the Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria.

He was at various times,

honorary Treasurer of our

Ikeja Branch and a National

Council member.

"He held and expressed

Roger Brown: Seplat’s CEO designate for next phase


Seplat Petroleum Development


Plc, has named Roger

Brown as its Managing

Director and Chief Executive

Officer, CEO, ahead

of the retirement of its pioneer

Managing Director

and CEO, Austin Avuru.

Avuru will be retiring in

July 2020 after 10 years of

leading the company.

The outgoing CEO led

the development of a

strong organisation, the

deployment of agile systems,

processes and

stakeholder relationships

that allowed the organisation

to grow rapidly

from a gross production of

22,700 barrels of oil

equivalent per day

(boepd) as at December

2010 to peaks of

111,368boepd gross production

as at December

2018 through major drilling

campaigns and major

new Oil and Gas plants


The acquisition of 40 percent

of OML 53, post Company’s

IPO of 2014, created

an opportunity in partnership

with NNPC, to spawn a

mid-stream subsidiary,

ANOH Gas Processing

Company Limited currently

progressing what will ultimately

be a 300MMscf/d

of Gas, 22,500bdp of condensate

and 1,200boepd of

LPG processing Company.

All these could not have

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very strong views about the

economy, especially our foreign

exchange management

and was relentless in his advocacy

for creation of a conducive

atmosphere for the

manufacturing sector to

thrive. “He made his mark

in the Nigerian manufacturing

landscape and contributed

to the growth of the Association.

Otunba Francis Meshioye,

Chairman, MAN, Ikeja

Branch also paid tribute

to Boyo, describing him as

a focused industrialist.

He said: “Henry Boyo was

a down to earth gentleman

who was passionate about

the economy of our dear

country, Nigeria. A focused

industrialist, he appeared a

critic to many as he expressed

his belief on how

best certain economic issues

should be addressed, this

was just like any other passionate


“He will be greatly missed

by the Manufacturers Association

of Nigeria and Ikeja

branch in particular, as a

past officer of the branch and

National Council member.

been achieved without Avuru’s

leadership skills, personal

dedication and hard

work, at the head of the


Meanwhile, Brown, the

incoming CEO, will lead the

restructuring during the

transition period between

now and final exit date of

Dickson inaugurates 41-member

Transition Committee

By Samuel Oyadongha


State governor,

Seriake Dickson, has inaugurated

a 41-member Transition

Committee in readiness

for a smooth take-over

of the incoming administration.

The committee has the

Secretary to the State Government,

Kemela Okara as

Chairman, Talford

Ongolo, Deputy Chairman

and Secretary, Mr.

Luka Obiri.

Other members of the

committee which include

all serving Commissioners,

five Permanent Secretaries

and political appointees

was inaugurated at the

Governor’s Conference

Room, Government House,

Yenagoa. Dickson in a statement

yesterday by his

Chief Press Secretary, Mr.

Fidelis Soriwei, said the

constitution of the Transition

Committee was in line

with the 1999 constitution

of the Federal Republic of


He said the governorship

election purportedly won

by the All Progressive Congress,

APC, was a charade,

noting that irrespective of

the outcome of the several

initiatives being taken by

the PDP, there was still need

for a proper handover process

to be initiated.

“knowing that what

traspired is not an election,

The financial institutions

will miss him too. Indeed,

the country will miss him.”

The late Henry Boyo was

born in Warri, Delta State on

February 9, 1948. He attended

the Children's Home

Primary Boarding School

in Ibadan, Oyo State. For his

secondary education, he attended

the Igbobi College,

Lagos and the Dulwich College,

a private boarding

school in London.

From 1971 to 1973, he attended

the University of London,

graduating with a B.Sc

in Economics. For his post

graduate studies, the late

economist attended the

City University of London,

where he obtained a Masters

Degree in Administrative

Science in 1974.

Prior to founding Allied

Technol Systems Limited, he

worked at Seward, a division

of Unilever in Nigeria,

from 1979 to 1981, with responsibility

for logistics

management for effective

operation of corporate production


His burial plans will be

announced by the family.

Avuru on July 31, 2020.

Brown joined Seplat in

2013 as the Chief Financial

Officer (CFO) and played a

key role in the successful

dual listing of the company

in 2014 on both the London

and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.

we have to set up a transition

committee. The first

time in democratic rule and

I thank God for the grace

and enablement for making

this possible for eight years

and with a lot of achievements.

”The purpose is to articulate

and record all that we

have achieved and done in

all sectors as a state and

that is why all commissioners

are part of this committee

to enable you present a

scorecard of all our policies

and programmes both completed

and ongoing


He said the achievements

of his government

would be a testimony and

Bayelsans were assured of

continually enjoying the

dividends of democracy.

Edwin Clark Varsity to hold

maiden convocation Nov 23

...graduates 41 students, 7 First Class

President Youweri Kagu

ta Museveni of Uganda,

Mr Tunde Fowler and

Logan Wort, Chairman and

Executive Secretary respectively

of the African Tax Administration

Forum (ATAF),

have shared the thoughts on

how Africa can increase its

revenue yields gain freedom

from dependence on foreign

aids, loans and handouts.

The trio spoke yesterday in

Kampala, the Ugandan

capital, during the fourth

International Conference of

Tax in Africa.

Speaking at the conference,

which was attended by

over 500 taxation specialists,

Museveni called for an end

to the taxation of production.

The Ugandan leader urged

African countries to tax consumption,

property pay and

greater attention to integrity

in recruiting tax agencies’


On his part, Fowler called

on African countries focus

more on how to stem Illicit

Foreign Flows (IFF), taxing

rights of African consumers

of goods produced in different

parts of the world as well

as tracking such transactions

online and paying sustained

attention to expanding

the capacity of tax authority

staff towards curtailing

financial haemorrhaging.

Fowler, who is also Chairman

of the Federal Inland

Revenue Service (FIRS) and

Joint Tax Board (JTB), also

called for support from African

leaders on how to influence,

global discussions

through policy formulation,

technical inputs and how the

continent can navigate

By Festus Ahon

ASABA-VICE Chancellor

of Edwin

Clark University, Kiagbodo,

Delta State, Prof Timothy

Olagbemiro, yesterday

said the university

would hold its first convocation

ceremony 23rd

November, graduating 41

students including seven

first class.

Briefing newsmen in Kiagbodo,

Olagbemiro said

18 out of the 41 students

would be graduating with

Second Class Upper Division,

while 16 would

graduate with Second

Class Lower Division.

He said: “We are working

in the University as a

team. At the moment,

we have about 750 students

who are in safe


“We are fully set for the

maiden convocation ceremony

of the University

on Saturday, November

23, 2019, where we are

going to graduate 41 students.

We have strict regulations

here in the University.

We have tight security

around the campus

and we do not have room

for cultism”.

Speaking on the

achievements of the University

so far, Prof. Olagbemiro

said since May,

2015 when the Institution

was licensed by the Federal

Government through

the National Universities

Commission, NUC, it had

experienced a geometric

growth in terms of faculties.

He disclosed that presently,

the University had

faculties such as Agricultural

Science, Law, Humanities

and Social Science’s

and Science.

He thanked the founder

of the University, Chief

Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

who he described as lover

of education, saying

that he had invested

much into the institution.

Disclosing that 24 programmes

had been approved

with 14 out of

these to be accredited, he

said the university has

zero tolerance on cultism.

Olagbemiro said: “We

have very strict regulation

in the university. We

don’t have any cult group

in this school. Students

are sent home for a year

once caught in examination


On sex for grade, he

said every student had his

or her phone number and

have access to his office

and Registrar.

Museveni, Fowler, tax experts

speak on Africa’s revenue


new technologies to increase

efficiency in tax administration.

Wort, ATAF’s Executive

Secretary, noted that Africa

will continue to lose huge

slices of the revenue if it fails

to pay attention to over 139

million Facebook and 500

million mobile phone users

as well as online transactions,

which are estimated to

contribute $110 billion to

the continent’s GDP next


The trio and a Professor

Anne Ogutu of the African

Tax Institute spoke on the

challenges of taxing the digital

economy. They warned

that in a world in which the

economy is no longer obeying

the tax rule of where you

reside as a basis for levying

tax, one in which consumers

and, at times, taxpayers and

businessmen are stateless,

there has to be a radical review

of tax policy and practice

in Africa. Otherwise, they

said, the continent will miss

out on the revenue from the

global digital economy.

“We should know what to

tax and why. I don’t support

taxation of production. The

point is that if production is

not taxed, people will have

more money in their pockets

to spend. I know that if

Ugandans have money in

their pockets, in the evening

or at weekend, they will go

and relax. You can then collect

tax when they go and

take some drinks,” Museveni


He disagreed with his

Minister of Finance, Matia

Kasaija, that those carrying

out electronic transaction

or even cryptocurrency

cannot be traced.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 13



Senate moves to establish North

Central Development Commission

By Henry Umoru


seeking for the

establishment of North

Central Development

Commission, NCDC,

was, yesterday, brought

to the Senate yesterday.

The NCDC Bill will

be saddled with the

responsibilities of

managing and

administering funds

received from the

Federation account.

The Bill, which was

read first time,

yesterday, during

plenary, is being

sponsored by the

Chairman, Senate

Services, Senator

Mohammed Sani Musa,

All Progressives

Congress, APC, Niger


The new bill which is

the 8th item on the

Order paper and

introduced yesterday,

would address

developmental issues

in the states which make

up the North Central

geo-political zone of the


The States are Benue,

Niger; Nasarawa;

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DISTRIBUTION: Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde (second right); his deputy, Engr. Rauf

Olaniyan (Second left); Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin (left), and Secretary

to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, during the commissioning and distribution of

100 patrol vehicles to security agency's in the state, held at Governor's Office, state Secretariat,

Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo State Government.

Only vibrant civil service can grow

economy —Sule

Removal of SIP from VP’s office delays

payments in states —Damsa

By Peter Duru


Benue State State

Focal Person, National

Social Investments

Programme, Dr. Terris

Damsa, has attributed

the delay in payment for

school feeding

programme in the state

and other states of the

federation to the removal

of the programme from

the Office of the Vice

President, Professor

Yemi Osinbajo, to the

Office of the Minister of

Humanitarian Affairs,

Disaster Management

and Social Development.

Kogi; Kwara; and


The Bill, entitled,

“North Central


Commission( Est, etc)

Bill, 2019( SB.173), was

in line with legislative

proceedings, introduced

by the Senate Leader,

Senator Yahaya

Abdullahi, APC, Kebbi

North and affirmed by

the Clerk of the Senate,

Nelson Ayewor.

Already in existence

are the Niger Delta


By David Odama


Abdullahi Sule of

Nasarawa State, has said

only a vibrant civil

service can grow a

vibrant economy

underscoring the

significance of training

civil servants in the


The governor spoke

yesterday while playing

host to a delegation from

Dr. Damsa, who made

the clarification,

yesterday, in Makurdi,

following agitations by

the beneficiaries, said the

delay was not deliberate

but due to administrative

challenges occasioned

by the transition from

one supervisory office to


He explained that “In

our last update on the

subject matter, we had

explained to our cooks,

stakeholders, and the

general public that the

delay in payment of the

next tranche for school

feeding across the

country including Benue

Commission, NDDC,

and the North East


Commission, NEDC,

which establishment bill

received presidential

assent in October, 2019.

Recall that a bill for the

establishment of South

East Development

Commission, SEDC

sponsored by Senator

Stella Oduah, Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Anambra North was read

the first time last week at


Similarly, the South

the zonal office of the

Industrial Training

Fund, ITF,, in Lafia .

The Governor said

“This administration

takes the area of training

very seriously, we

believe that the only way

we can have a very

vibrant economy in the

state, is where we have

a very vibrant civil


“If the civil service is

ineffective and

state was due to the

changes at the national

level from the Office of

the Vice President to the

Office of the Minister of

Humanitarian Affairs,

Disaster Management

and Social Development.

“We had also conveyed

the assurances of the

National Office that

payment was to be made

on or before November

15, 2019. Regrettably,

this assurance was not

kept due to earlier stated


“We have again

received information that

payment would be made

this week."

West Development

Commission, SWDC,

Bill sponsored by

Senator Ibikunle

Amosun, APC, Ogun

Central was re-

Introduced last week.

If the NCDC Bill is

passed along side

others, it will bring to

six, the number of

regional interventionist

agencies in the country,

leaving only the North

West yet to propose for

the establishment of

such a Commission.

inefficient, it is going to

be very difficult for us to

achieve most of the

things we are doing.”

The Governor said

Nasarawa State needed

to have a civil service

that was ICT compliant,

computer literate and in

line with current

realities in the global

economy, saying “If you

have a civil service that

is still thinking 1960s,

70s then we are not

going to be able to move

as fast as we can. We wiil

continue to drag”

Sule informed the ITF

delegation that the state

equally needed training

in different areas,

especially vocational

and technical education,

skills acquisition,

entrepreneurship and

especially on

I n f o r m a t i o n


Technology (ICT),

among others.

Earlier, Manager, Area

Office of the ITF, Mallam

Garba Hassan, said they

were at the Government

House to inform the

Governor of their desire

to key into the agenda of

his administration on

youth empowerment,

skills acquisition and


Kaduna Assembly passes

N259.25bn 2020 budget

By Bashir Bello


State House of

Assembly yesterday

passed the state 2020

budget of N259.25

billion into law.

The lawmakers

approved N75.14 billion

for recurrent and

N184.10 billion for

capital expenditure.

The Chairman, House

committee on

Appropriation, Ahmed


journalists that the

budget was passed with

an increment of N8


He explained that the

increment was to

accommodate requests

made by most

Ministries, Departments

Taraba woos foreign investors

to Highland Tea market

By Juliet Umeh


A G O S —


Taraba State, Darius

Ishaku, has called on

both foreign and local

investors to come and

invest in the State’s

Highland Tea, an arm of

the Taraba Investment

and Properties

Limited,TRIP, to expand

its capacity as it targets


The governor who

made the call yesterday

at the unveiling of

Highland Tea brand, in

Victoria Island Lagos,

said the investment

would help employ more

Nigerians and reduce

unemployment in


He said: “The brands

are already enjoying a

lot of patronage in

European Union


Our plan is to increase

development of the

company to cover West

Africa and Europe. The

company has impacted

on the economic stability

of the state and that of

Mambila people, as

many of them now smile

to the banks

consistently. They supply

raw materials needed by

the company and get

and Agencies such as

RUWASSA, Barau Dikko

hospital, Teachers

Service Board, SUBEB

among others.

Mr Ahmed said the

increment will enable all

the MDAs carry out their

activities effectively.

He assured the people of

Kaduna state that the House

of Assembly would ensure

that the funds are spent


It will be recalled that the

state Deputy Governor,

Hadiza Balarabe, presented

the 2020 budget of N190.03

billion to the assembly on

October 15, for approval.

The sitting which was

presided by the Speaker,

Aminu Shagali, also passed

into law a bill to established

Sir Kashim Ibrahim

Fellowship programme.

paid promptly.

“Today’s programme is

a continuation of the

g o v e r n m e n t

programmes which

started in 2016 to

reposition the company.”

The governor also

revealed that the idea

of bringing the

Highland Tea from

Taraba to Lagos is to

attract larger market

because Lagos has the

largest market in Africa

with over 20 million


"Apart from

empowering over 3000

people, we want

Nigerians to drink

Nigerian tea, it’s nice

and the test is original,”

Ishaku said.

Also, speaking, the

Managing Director of

Taraba Investment and

Properties Limited, Mr

Iliya Ezekiel, said the

company was open for

investors since

government had no

business in business.

According to him, “We

are inviting investors all

over the world to come

and partner with us.

“We have generated about

3000 employment and we

want to expand to about three

hectares to increase

employment and income for

Nigerians,” he added.


SUMMIT: From left: SSA to the President on ICT, Lanre Osibona; Chairman/CEO, Yinka Folayiwo Group, Babatunde

Folayiwo; Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Founder & Director, Alibaba Group, Mr

Jack Ma; CEO & founder, Medsaf, Vivian Nwakah; Founder & CEO, Outsource Global, Amal Hassan; Division

President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mastercard, Mr Raghav Prasad at the Nigeria Digital Economy Summit in Abuja.

How people were instigated to fight


•Says Philip Shaibu, others betrayed me

By Ozioruva Aliu


National Chairman of

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole, has

expressed disgust over the

UPU PG: Barovbe roots for Taiga

AS election of the

foremost Urhobo

social cultural organisation,

Urhobo Progress Union,

draws near, Ahwotu of

Urhoboland and Proprietor

of Westminster College,

Lagos, Chief Johnson

Barovbe, has thrown his

weight behind the

incumbent President

General, Olorogun Moses


In a statement, Chief

Barovbe said Olorogun

Taiga remained the best

candidate for the position

of the President General of


He said “I supported him

during the first election that

brought him to power and

I am supporting him again.

Olorogun Taiga has

performed to my

expectation. He has

fulfilled most of his

electoral promises. Under

his leadership, the Urhobo

Cultural Centre

Uvwiamughe, which used

to be an eye-sore, is now a

beautiful edifice. The microfinance

bank and the

Mukoro Mowoe University

projects, which he

promised, are on-going.

More progress will be made

during his second term.

“For a long time, the UPU

UK had two factions, but

Taiga has been able to unite

them. Taiga has also

brought respectability to the

office of the UPU President

General. Did you hear that

any politician brought

money and bought the UPU

over during the last election.

The elections will hold on

the first week of December

and is open to all Urhobos.

You cannot tell anybody not

to put himself up for reelection

when the

constitution allows it.”

crisis that has engulfed the

party in Edo State.

The immediate past

governor of Edo State who

also gave insight into how

some individuals were

allegedly instigated to

abuse and fight him,

lamented that the deputy

governor of the state, Philip

Shaibu and some other

persons from his local

government betrayed him

despite doing so much to

help them grow politically.

Embrace peace, he tells

the people

Addressing a mammoth

crowd who paid him a

solidarity visit in his house,

Oshiomhole however

urged the people to

continue to embrace peace

and not to be used for

wrong reasons because of


He said; “It is about the

truth, we have a president

that believes in the truth;

that believes in fairness;

that believes in justice; that

believes that government

should fight for the poor.

There is nothing I have

done in life that I did not

have to fight for. But as you

can see by the special grace

of God, there is no fight that

I was forced into that I have

not prevailed because I do

not go out of my way to look

for trouble. I actually do my

best to make peace but if it

fails, God will give us the

enablement to stand on our

feet and defend the truth.

The only thing I will say

today to anyone who is

here who is an agent of my

son, when I talk of my son,

I am talking of Philip

Shiabu who now thinks

that his own political future

requires that he attacks me

and imports people to

disgrace me in my village.

The Hausas have a saying

that when people are

possessed and they do

things like that, just say

God take control.

“Supposing I was dead

after 2016 and somebody

told me that my son Philip

would organise people to

attack my house or to attack

my village, disrupt the

convocation of Iyamo

University, maybe my body

turned in heaven. I would

not believe it. But the fact

that I am alive to see

someone who did not win

election in his own booth

because his own people in

his own village, in his own

community of Jattu did not

want him because they

apparently know him better

than me but I stood by him.

I stood for him truthfully

and sincerely, and he

became deputy governor.

So, if all that transpired now

is to use that power to

humiliate me, God forbids.

As you can see, who can

fight the battle, it is only

God. So, I leave the burden

of guilt to them. I will stand

on the path of peace. I will

stand on the path of unity

and I will stand on the

path of justice because I

know that God in heaven

will never allow the evil

doer to prevail. I am very

happy that God has given

me good health and I can

see some people who

fought me in 2007, God

gave me victory and from

the victory I made them

commissioners. I gave

them jobs and I assisted

them whenever they were

in need. I am alive to see

them because of a small pot

of pepper soup they are

signing signatures to say

Oshiomhole should not be.

‘What I want to be

remembered for'

“Some of them called me

privately and said they were

given contracts to fight me

and some about N10 million

and they said if I do not

sign, they won’t pay my

money. I ask, alright, will

the N10 million make you

a millionaire? Some said I

have been given a job and

they said if I do not abuse

you, they will sack me. I

asked, is it not God that

protects? I don’t want to

be remembered for using

my office to harass

anybody. I have left

government for three years

now, but you are here on

your own. You are not

millionaires in your pockets

but you are billionaires in

your minds.”

Maina deserves commendation

not condemnation — FAMILY

By Abdulmumin


KANO—THE family

of former Chairman

of the Presidential Pension

Reform Task Team,

Abdulrasheed Maina,

yesterday in Kano said he

deserved commendation

and not condemnation for

his dedicated services to the


In a statement by

Abdullahi Usman on behalf

of the family, among others,

the family said, “It has

become necessary to draw

the attention of the Nigerian

public towards the

unfortunate trend of

persecution against

Abdulrasheed Maina, the

former Pensions funds chief

as this could kill the morale

of those intending to give

required information to

support fight against

corruption in the country.

“Based on available

records, Maina is known to

have assisted the President

Muhammad Buhari’s

administration in recovering

N1.3 trillion from looters

for which a promised 5%

is yet to be paid to him.

Maina alone under the

DSS office recovered the

funds, what the entire workforce

of ICPC and EFCC

cannot boast of since their

inauguration as anti-corruption

agencies in 2000

and 2002 respectively.

“Maina has secured five

court judgments in his favor

that are yet to be enforced

even against the EFCC

who have been restricted

from harassing him. With

the facts and genuine

information in possession of

Maina, persecuting him is

more like protecting the

real pension thieves in the

country. The anti graft

umpire in the country

should be working with

Maina to secure

convictions of the real

pensions looters, both those

under prosecution and

those not identified and

brought to book by the anti

graft commission.''

RAPE: CAN urges clerics to go

tough on indecent dressing

By Luminous



B U J A —


Association of Nigeria,

CAN, has advised religious

leaders adopt tough

measures against indecent

dressing with a view to

reducing cases of rape in


Chairman of CAN (North-

Central), Rev. Israel Akanji,

gave the charge at a summit

oganised by the Women’s

Wing of Christian Council

of Nigeria on Tuesday in

Abuja with the theme:

‘Elimination of violence

against women and


He said, “When people

wear mini dresses,

sometimes they even wear

it to church we must speak

against it in churches. Some

of us try not to talk about it

because we feel if we talk to

them, they may not return

to our churches.The church

has to come up with tough

measures against indecent

dressing; indecent dressing

must not be accepted in the

church of Christ. Even the

Bible teaches that people

must dress decently to be in

the House of the Lord.

“The Bible says thou shall

not steal, kill and commit

adultery. These are

considered to be grievous

sins in the Bible, but people

who rape, should be

considered as very serious

criminals. The problem we

have in Nigeria is people

don’t want to talk when

raped, parents don’t want

their children to say it

because they feel it will

bring a bad name to their

family and that is why it has


Aisha Buhari to 600 Bayelsa

women beneficiaries of N6m loan:

Continue to support FG

By Emem Idio of the All Progressives


Congress, APC, Chief Mrs

Rachael Akpabio, while

than 600 commending the

Bayelsa women beneficiaries for making

entrepreneurs across the through to the second

three senatorial districts in phase of the scheme,

the state have been granted pointed out that the grant

a loan of N6million by the was part of the federal

National Directorate of government resolve to lift

Employment, NDE, under Nigerians particularly

the Micro Enterprise women out of poverty, and

Enhancement Scheme. urged them to continue to

Wife of President support the present federal

Mohammadu Buhari, government.

Aisha, in her speech during She said: “There are better

the presentation of cheques things ahead, I want to

to the beneficiaries in assure you that the present

Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, federal government is

admonished the women to determined to lift Nigerians

make judicious use of the out of poverty through the

loan incentive from the various intervention and

federal government to grow social investments

and prosper their business. programmes, and I want to

Mrs Buhari, who was urge you to continue to

represented by the South- support the federal

South Women Zonal leader government to do more.”

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019—15

EU-UN Initiative engages journalists

on violence against women, girls

By Peter Okutu



United Nations, EU-UN,

Spotlight Initiative,

yesterday, enlightened

media practitioners across

Lagos, Cross River and

Ebonyi States on the

growing wave of violence

against women and girls in

the country.

The group charged

journalists as watch dog of

society to go beyond mere

reportage of incidences of

violence against women

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe & Chinedu




Petroleum Marketers

Association of Nigeria,

IPMAN, Aba Depot, Abia

State, has shut the depot

over non supply of

petroleum products.

The marketers lamented

that the situation has

caused them untold

suffering and losses as they

now have to source for

products in other parts of

the country. Some of the

placard displayed during

the protest included: “Aba

Depot is the only functional

depot in the South East ,

don’t allow it die a natural

death”; Our trucks are

falling on the bad roads

through bridging, we need

products in Aba Depot”;

“No products in Aba

Depot’; among others.

They also alleged that

petroleum products meant

for the depot are being

and girls to collaborating

with civil society

organisations and other

agencies to end the trend.

The two-day media

e n g a g e m e n t

programmme, which took

place at Premier Hotel,

Ibadan, revealed that 43

percent of Nigerian girls

marry before the age of 18,

while 17 percent do so

before they clock 15 years

as 20,000 new cases of

obstetric fistula occur every

year because of child

marriages in the country.

In a remark, UNICEF

diverted to private tank

farms that in turn compel

marketers to buy at

exorbitant prices.

Receiving the protesting

IPMAN members,

Manager, Aba Depot,

Samuel Ocheni, promised

to convey their complaints

to the appropriate


Briefing journalists after

the protest at the depot,

chairman, IPMAN, Aba

child protection Specialist,

Mrs. Sunbo Odebode,

noted that violence against

women and girls was a

silent killer that had taken

the lives of many women

and girls through physical,

psychological or mental

related health issues.

She lamented that

violence against women

and girls in Nigeria was yet

to receive full legal support,

as some victims prefer to be

in abusive relationships

rather than face the ridicule

of abandoning the


Depot, Chief Bobby Dick,

stated that no fuel has been

pumped to Aba depot in the

last 5 months while

Kerosene and Diesel were

last pumped to the depot,

last two years.

He warned that the

situation could trigger

scarcity and high cost of

petroleum products in the

South East zone during the

festive season and urged

the authorities to avert such.

Her words: “The social

context of violence against

women and girls is based

on the traditional

patriarchal structure that

defines gender. It is the

belief in Nigeria being a

patriarchal society that

women are subordinate to

men and when married.”

James Ibor, Human

Rights Activist, advocated

special laws to protect

women and girls against

violence, while child

protection committees at the

rural areas should be


NIGERIAN-BRITISH CHAMBER: From left—President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote;

special guest of honour, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; President, Nigerian-

British Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Kayode Falowo; his wife, Dorothy; guest speaker, Sir Martin Sorrell;

Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, and British Deputy High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson,

at the 16th Presidential Inauguration Dinner of the Chamber in Lagos. PHOTO: Akeem Salau.

Marketers shut NNPC Aba depot

over non-supply of products



IPMAN urged the

Federal Government to

revitalise Enugu NNPC

depot to create direct and

indirect jobs to boost the

nation’s economy.

Caretaker Committee

chairman of IPMAN,

Enugu NNPC Depot,

Chinedu Anyaso, who

made this call during the

inauguration of the new

exco in Enugu, demanded

the repair of deplorable

roads in the South East,

adding that the current state

of those facilities leave on

daily basis, untold hardships,

security threat and

other challenges draining

the economy of the zone.

He assured of steady

supply of petroleum

products in the South-East

and environs throughout

the forthcoming yuletide.

Anyaso lauded Governor

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of

Enugu State for his

intervention during the

recent leadership crisis that

“For the past two years,

both kerosene and diesel

have not been pumped to

Aba Depot and for the past

five months, PMS, fuel has

not been pumped to Aba


“The implication of the

above is that if petroleum

products are not pumped

to Aba Depot, there will

be shortage and high cost

of products during the

festive period.”

... urge FG to revitalise Enugu depot

rocked the union,

describing him as a unique

leader that is well-gifted in

crisis management.

He said the governor’s

intervention had prevented

the situation, which he

described as potentially

precarious, from going out

of hand and assured that

IPMAN, under his watch,

would continue to build on

the peace, tranquility and

decorum that had been

planted in the group by the


Again, Ihedioha floors

Nwosu, Araraume,

Uzodinma at Appeal Court

•N500,000 awarded

against each appellant

THE Court of Appeal

in Abuja yesterday

upheld the ruling of the

Governorship Election

Petition Tribunal which

dismissed the petitions

filed against the victory of

Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of

Imo State.

The court dismissed the

petition filed against

Ihedioha by three political

parties— Action

Alliance,AA; All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and All Progressives

Grand Alliance, APGA.

The parties alongside

their governorship

candidates, Mr. Uche

Nwosu, Senator Hope

Uzodinma and Senator

Ifeanyi Araraume,

respectively, had appealed

to the court to nullify

Ihedioha’s election on

grounds that he was

unlawfully declared as the

governor of the state by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,


Delivering judgement,

the Court of Appeal

dismissed the appeal of AA

candidate, Nwosu, for

incompetence and

awarded N500,000 cost

against him.

‘An absurdity’

In a unanimous

decision, the five member

panel also struck out the

petition of APC candidate

Uzodinma with a fine of

N500,000 against him.

It said: “The tribunal

cannot be faulted for

striking out the petition of

the petitioner. Therefore,

the appeal is lacking in

merit and it is hereby

dismissed and a

N500,000 cost awarded

against him.”

The court described it as

an “absurdity” for

Uzodinma who came 4th

in an election to ask to be

declared winner.

On Araraume’s appeal,

the court held that his proof

of evidence is lame, more

so that the opinion of the

trial tribunal was

impeccable in dismissing

his petition.

It also averred that

documents were not

unbundled, but were

dumped at the tribunal

and as such the burden

of proof was not

discharged by the

petitioner, just like his


Consequently, the

court, dismissing his

appeal, said: “The

appeal is a failure and

dismissed accordingly,

and a cost of N500,000

awarded against him.”

The court held that the

three appeals

challenging the

declaration of Ihedioha of

PDP lacked merit.

The appelants had

challenged the

emergence of the PDP

candidate as winner of

the March 9

governorship election on

the grounds that the

election was marred by


The tribunal had held

that the candidate of AA,

Uche Nwosu, Ifeanyi

Araraume of APGA and

Uzodinma of APC failed

to establish their petitions

against Governor


It had also in their

judgement unanimously

held that Uzodinma of

APC was unable to prove

his allegation that

wrongful collation of

results by INEC led to

Ihedioha’s emergence as

winner of the

governorship election.

Recall that PDP’s

candidate, Emeka

Ihedioha, emerged the

Imo State governor,

polling 273,404 votes to

defeat 69 other

candidates including his

closest rival, Uche

Nwosu of AA, who scored

190,364 votes.

It was also declared

that the APGA candidate,

Senator Ifeanyi

Araraume, polled

114,676 followed by the

APC’s Senator Hope

Uzodimma, who scored

96,458 votes.

16—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

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Content; Martin Mabutho, Chief Customer Officer, and Caroline Oghuma, Executive Head, Corporate Affairs,

all of MultiChoice Nigeria, at the launch of the new DStv and GOtv packages for Nigeria in Lagos, yesterday.

Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi.

Crashes: Ex FRSC boss, commissioner call for

public partnership to boost safety on roads

By Olasunkanmi



Corps Marshal of the

Federal Road Safety Corps,

FRSC, Dr. Olu Agunloye,

has called for public

partnership in the

management of transport

sector in order to reduce

carnages on the road to its

minimal level in Nigeria.

M e a n t i m e ,

Commissioner for

Transportation in Lagos, Dr.

Frederic Oladeinde has

stressed the need for

private sector partnership

in deployment of

technology for enforcement

to engender effective and

efficient delivery of traffic

management in the


The duo made the call at

the 2019, Sectoral

Workshop, organized by

the Federal Road Safety

Corps, Special Marshals,

RS2.1, Lagos Sector, with

the theme: "Special

Marshal Yesterday, Today

and Tomorrow," held in

Ilupeju, Lagos.

Special Marshal is a voluntary

organisation with about 1.200

members nationwide,

complementing the efforts of

regular Marshals of FRSC on road

safety job.

According to recent Annual

Global Road Crash Statistics,

nearly 1.25 million people die in

road crashes each year, an

average of 3,287 deaths a day.

An additional 20-50 million are

injured or disabled while more than

half of all road traffic deaths occur

among young adults ages 15-44.

By Gabriel



Association of Seadogs

has blamed weak

institutions, inequality,

distrust among others as

major factors responsible for

insecurity in the country.

Speaking during a

security summit tagged;

‘State of Insecurity in The

Road traffic crashes rank as the

9th leading cause of death and

account for 2.2 per cent of all

deaths globally.

Agunloye, who was the guest

Speaker, bemoaned the spate of

road crashes in the country in

recent time, stating that it has

reached alarming proportion

which is still on the increase,

hence, should be tackled through

concerted efforts from all fronts

particularly by members of the


He said: "The way forward for

Special Marshal is to emphasise

Minister, others seek youth participation

in politics

By Olayinka


LAGOS—THE Minister

of Youths and Sports

Development, Mr. Sunday

Dare, Secretary of

Transportation, Federal

Capital Territory, FCT,

Abuja, Hon. Kayode

Opeifa, and former PDP

NAS blames insecurity on weak

institution, inequality, distrust

governorship candidate for

Lagos State, Mr. Jimi

Agbaje have called on

Nigerian youths to actively

participate in the nation's

political process.

The threesome made the call

at the annual political summit

tagged; "After Election: What

Next?” (Christian participation in

politics) which was recently

organised by the New Heritage

Baptist Church in Lagos.

The Minister of Youths and

Sports Development, Mr, Sunday

Dare who was represented by the

General Manager/Chief

Executive Officer of Lagos State

Lotteries Board LSLB, Bashir

Abiola-Are stated that the youths

must play active roles in politics in

deciding who gets what because

of their large population in the


"For many of us who always

think those in government are not

Nation’ organized by NAS

also known as Pyrates

Confraternity in

partnership with Cititzens’

Summit, President of NAS,

Ikorodu chapter, Mr

Korede Giwa said that until

government looks into

some of the factors fuelling

insecurity, the situation

may worsen.

He said that government

good enough in delivering good

services to the electorate, we

must know from today that a

people get the type of

government they deserve as long

as the professionals, the

technocrats, the good men and

women cede the political space

to those we have termed

professional politicians.

“After election, we should have

citizens, especially the youths

who should hold the feet of those

in leadership position to fire. The

demand for good governance

should increase and politicians

should be held accountable to

deliver on their promises”.

According to Opeifa, elections

are not won based on age, but

based on active participation in

political matters and antecedents

built over a period of time,

stressing that youths must make

themselves more visible in

political matters if they must be

taken seriously.

the art of partnership. The special

marshal project should evolve

into a big partnering programme

which will include public


"The public in this case is not

the government but the people

in the community, you and I. And

of course, explore private sector

partnership, through corporate

organizations, such as: Chevron,

Agip, Total, which are already into

road safety course. So, their

(Special Marshal) work can

become more broadened, efficient

and effective."

institutions are not functioning

at their best, “Lack of basic

amenities has also created a pool

of frustrated people who are

ignited easily by any event to be

violent. Pervasive material

inequalities and unfairness has

resulted in grievance by a large

number of people.

“A large number of Nigerians

are frustrated and have lost hope,

especially the youths, and have

now emerged to express their

disillusion about the pervasive

state of inequality. We also have

issue of ethno-religious conflicts

arising from distrust among

various ethnic groups.

On a way forward, Security

Consultant, Akintayo Asha said

that to address some of the

security challenges, Nigeria need

to nurture visionary leaders that

are detribalized.

“Good governance is the

panacea for the insecurity

challenge in Nigeria. The war

against insecurity can only be

won by raising governance

standards. Government needs

to create enabling environment

for business operations and

industrial growth and provide

gainful employment for the

people," he said.

On his part, DPO Igbogbo

Police Station, Ikorodu, Mr Sarafa

Tunde who was represented by

Oludare Opeyemi admonished

Nigerians to cooperate with

relevant security agencies to

ensure protection of lives and


S&P 500, Dow slip from record levels on Home Depot's

dismal forecast

THE S&P 500 and the Dow Jones indexes retreated

from record levels on Tuesday as dour forecasts from

Home Depot and Kohl’s eroded confidence that the U.S.

consumer will support the economy.

However, the tech-heavy Nasdaq .IXIC rose 0.3%, supported

by gains in shares of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O),

Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Broadcom Inc (AVGO.O).

Home Depot Inc (HD.N) fell 5% and was the top drag on

the S&P 500 and the Dow after the U.S. home improvement

chain cut its 2019 sales forecast for the second time

this year.

Kohl’s Corp (KSS.N) slumped 17.6% as the department

store operator slashed its annual profit forecast after falling

short of quarterly comparable sales and earnings estimates.

“At the moment the consumer sentiment is still strong

but that doesn’t mean it is going to reflect in every retailer’s

earnings,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading

and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin.

Aramco IPO banks face pared payday of $90 mn or less

AFTER battling it out for a role in a giant IPO that

promised to make history, and enduring delay after

delay, investment banks advising Saudi Aramco are set to

be rewarded with relatively slim pickings.

The 25 banks working on the listing will earn combined

fees of $90 million or less, according to three sources involved

in the deal, after the oil company scaled back its


That fee pool is dwarfed by the $300 million paid out by

Chinese retail titan Alibaba (BABA.N) for its 2014 listing

in New York. It also significantly trails the estimated $176

million shelled out by Facebook FB.N for its 2012 IPO.

Almost four years since Saudi Arabia announced plans

to list its oil champion, Aramco is finally going public, but

in Riyadh rather than a global financial hub like London

or New York.

The company was always expected to pay less lucrative

rates than the likes of Alibaba and Facebook, given it is a

state firm and the initial public offering was seen as a gateway

to other lucrative deals in the kingdom. But its sheer

size, and anticipation that international investors would

scramble for a slice of the world’s most profitable company,

meant banks would have expected a far higher return.

European shares take a breather, ease off four-year


EUROPEAN stocks reversed course to close lower in

a choppy session on Tuesday as lack of clarity on the

progress of trade talks between Washington and Beijing

kept investors from making bold bets.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5% to its

highest level since July 2015 in morning trade but pared

gains to closer marginally lower tracking Wall Street’s retreat

from record highs in early U.S. session.

Reports indicated on Monday that Beijing was pessimistic

about the prospects of sealing a trade pact with Washington

sending markets in a tizzy.

Some relief however, came after the Trump administration

issued a new 90-day extension allowing

U.S.companies to continue doing business with China’s

Huawei Technologies, whose blacklisting by Washington

has been a bone of contention in the trade saga.

Technology upgrade, innovations others to drive devt

in Nigeria's petroleum sector - Total

TOTAL Nigeria Plc has reiterated the need for operators to

adopt upgraded technologies, innovations aswell as other

enablers in the development of Nigeria's petroleum industry

Ḋeputy Managing Director, Deep Water District, Total E&P

Nigeria ltd, Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa, at the pre-conference

workshop of the 37th NAPE Annual International Conference

and Exhibitions 2019, held at Eko hotel, Lagos,

He explained that there has been a global downward trend

in the discovery of giant oil and gas fields that have been made,

and this is in spite of the preponderance of Yet-To-Find (YTF)

opportunities in the different basins all over the world.

"Coming home to Nigeria there are still billions of barrels of

oil and trillions of cubic feet of gas yet to be discovered even in

the 'so called' mature areas not to mention the frontier areas yet

to be explored at all. I am sure that the exploration gurus in this

gathering can attest to this fact. With a combination of enabling

policies and innovation technologies, this situation can be

turned around.

"The dependence on conventional technologies that have been

used in the past will surely not be the only solution to harness

the Yet-To-Find oil and gas potentials especially in Nigeria.

Those technologies were good then, they worked well in the

past and we are all happy with the results. However, the days

of easy oil and gas discoveries are gone.

"We need innovations in order to continue and come back to

the era of more frequent giant discoveries as was obtained before

2012. In Nigeria for example, we will need to key-in to the

use of emerging and innovative technologies from safe exploration

to HSE compliant exploitation of the discovered resources.

"The belief by some school of thought might be that in Nigeria

we have totally mastered exploration in the onshore, in the

conventional offshore and even somewhat in the deep offshore

domains, but this is certainly not an accurate hypothesis. There

are still Yet-To-Find opportunities all around in those mature

domains, especially for deep prospectively and also the Ultra

Deep Offshore domain, where little or no exploration activities

have been carried out to date.

Some stories credited to Reuters

INSECURITY is perhaps the

byword of the 21st century.

Social anxiety, economic

insecurity due to the vagaries

of the market, ultimately

manifest as ethno-religious

conflict and national

fragmentation once every unit

in society sees itself in

competition with the others for

scarce resources.

Without a social safety net to

provide a universal sense of

security due to the accessibility

of basic needs such as

education, healthcare or

housing, gaining access to the

state treasury becomes the only

real means of survival. A broad

sense of insecurity thus follows

when the concentration of

wealth in a country with little

political care or interest in

redistributive policies is allowed

to take root: creating a fairer

society is an ideal Nigerian

politicians pay lip service to

without much devotion to its


Sharing the

national cake

In times of plenty, when

“sharing the national cake”

besides being an almost selfconfessed

goal or activity, was

easier due to the availability of

oil rents and resources, the

game was not less violent per

se, simply, everyone knew both

the rules and the players, we

all recognized (and tacitly

accepted) the predetermined,

unjust outcomes, pausing to

grumble every once in a while

when certain interests were

sidelined. This is a broad

picture of Nigeria since our

Hate Speech

THE Senate has distanced

itself from the proposal

made by Senator Abdullahi to

create a “hate speech

commission bill” with reported

provisions for the death penalty

for hate speech.

While the death penalty is

extreme, one should be curious

enough to find out what obtains

in other nations before writing

off the minister of information,

Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s

proposal to amend the National

Broadcasting Commission’s

regulations to include a N5

million fine for broadcast

stations that air “hate speech

and inciting comments”.

Following World War II, in a

bid to tackle xenophobia and

anti-semitic propaganda many

European countries

criminalized hate speech, that

is, derogatory remarks on the

basis of race, ethnicity, religion

or nationality. Ironically, if one

were to replace “Fulani

herdsmen” with “Jews” many

Nigerian broadcasters would be

surprised to find their

productions would not be

acceptable for airing in a

number of countries due to the

stigmatization of entire ethnic

groups for political reasons.

In the United Kingdom, the

Public Order Act (POA) of 1986

states “a person who uses

threatening, abusive, or

insulting words or behaviour, or

displays any written material

Conflict and electoral violence: Consequences

of a society warped by greed

•Electoral violence...who will bell the cat?

return to democracy, where the

stakes seem to get higher and

higher in a country where

politics provides the greatest

form of economic opportunity

and wellbeing.

Therefore, access to

government house is jealously

guarded, violent elections are

expected, predicted by local and

international observers, and

even encouraged by some party

•Senate president Ahmad Lawan

which is threatening, abusive,

or insulting, is guilty of an

offence if: a) he intends to

thereby stir up racial hatred, or;

b) having regard to all the

circumstances racial hatred is

likely to be stirred up thereby.”

Section 5 of the POA

criminalizes the use of abusive

words or arguments “within the

hearing or sight of a person

likely to be caused harassment,

alarm, or distress thereby.”

In France, the press freedom

law was amended in 1972 to say

that freedom of speech does not

include the right to call to

violence, discrimination, or to

create racist and bigoted forms

of speech masquerading as

media reports. Interestingly,

European countries are

studying social media

regulation because of the

stalwarts and many states,

particularly in the South-South,

were believed to be the

exclusive preserve of one party.

Today, Nigeria has made some

progress, more than many who

are comfortable with negative

narratives, are ready to

recognize or accept.

Before 2015 no one would

believe it was possible to unseat

an incumbent in an election

impunity on the internet

whereby any one can say

anything and hide under the

cover of anonymity. This isn’t

in a bid to curtain freedom but

rather in the interest of

protecting citizens from bigotry.

Civil society organizations

who worry about the impact of

such legislation in Nigeria

should advocate to be part of

the conversation rather than

pretend there are no excesses

in the media which promote

enmity between Nigerian

ethno-religious groups all for

the benefit of individual

politicians and parties.



sponsored a bill to create

the South East Development

Commission, SEDC.

Commentators found this

curious given the recent probe

into the failings of the Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, with its

many abandoned, uncompleted


What has been the success

rate of the NDDC since it was

created 19 years ago and does

this justify the creation of

another regional agency?

Rather than multiply such

agencies, state governors must

be held accountable for the

funds at their disposal.

President Muhammadu Buhari

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and who would have thought, witnessed the strangest

before 2019 that states could so campaign season yet, during

easily shift back and forth which Senator Dino Melaye

between two parties, the APC apparently declared himself to

and the PDP based on the be “taller, finer than Yahaya

performance of their governors? Bello” (Kogi state governor

The Nigerian political space is elect in the just concluded,

more dynamic than ever, a keenly contested gubernational

paradox because this should election) and better in the other

support profound structural room.

Given Governor Bello’s

lacklustre performance which

prompted Governor El-Rufai,

while campaigning for his

counterpart in Kogi, to “beg” the

people to forgive him, one must

again, wonder what could

happen if and when the

electorate loses patience with

the antics and failings of

capricious leaders on both sides

of the political spectrum.

Foreign observers wonder

about our society: how is it that

we often seem to be holding on

by a thread, teetering on the

edge yet we always seem to

recover our balance, somehow,

to “keep on keeping on” as it


We call it the grace of God but

perhaps it is more sinister. Too

many of us are compromised.

Some might even say it is

virtually impossible to survive

in this country, to succeed and

make something of oneself

without giving up something

and compromising ones’

change: but the political elite is


by and large composed of

Most of us are just waiting

neither radicals nor risk takers

our turn. Our grouse isn’t so

and we should all worry about

much about corruption or

what will happen when those

injustice, rather, we resent being

in power have finally

left out of the free-for-all. Even

squandered all the good will of

revolutionaries, in such a

the ordinary people, the “man

context, have skeletons in their

on the street” who is fed the

closets. Nigeria, like most

same promises time and time

modern societies, is warped by

again during every election

greed. The question is, who will

cycle. We may just have

bell the cat?

Noise pollution

THE Lagos State

Government recently

closed down eight places of

worship for breaking

environmental pollution laws.

Some were quick to call such

an act “ungodly”.

However, the General

Manager of the Lagos State

Environmental Protection

Agency, Dr. Dolapo

Fasawe, said: “in as much as

the state government is

positively disposed to the

peaceful conduct of citizens’

chosen religions, it does not

South East Development Commission

•Senator Stella Oduah

recently called for a forensic

audit of the the NDDC, with

good reason.

condone infringements on the

rights of other residents in the

name of religious activities”.

Residential areas are

supposed to be havens of

peace and quiet where people

can retire to after a hard day’s

work. Today, nearly every

building has loud speakers

making one announcement or

the other, playing extremely

loud music at all hours of the

day or night with terrible

consequences for the health

and wellbeing of the public.

There are very few areas which

are purely residential, first of


How do commercial

establishments, religious

organizations, etc. get permits

to conduct their activities in

supposedly residential areas?

There should be a public

awareness campaign to

explain to people that while

they are free to worship as they

please they cannot impose

themselves on others through

noisemaking at all hours.

Tabia Princewill is a

strategic communications

consultant and public policy

analyst. She is also the cohost

and executive producer

of a talk show, WALK THE

TALK which airs on

Channels TV.

18 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

THERE are strong indications that

recent raids and closure of the

premises of vehicle dealerships across

Nigeria by members of the

Comptroller-General of the Nigeria

Customs Service's strike force and

Customs Federal Operations Units,

FOUs, could trigger serious crisis in

the polity. This follows reports

suggesting that auto dealers in the

country are already spoiling for a

major showdown over the


The crackdown which started on

September 29, had at the last count led

to the closure of 272 auto marts across

the country. The position is that the auto

marts will remain sealed until the

owners pay the over N2 billion

purportedly owed the Federal

Government in Customs duties.

Reports have it that even before this

recent crackdown by Customs, auto

dealers had over the years complained

bitterly about being victims of

unrelenting extortion by Customs

officials who routinely stop and

impound their vehicles on the


The grouse currently is that the

Customs, auto dealers face-off: Time for truce

Customs Service has upped the ante

by raiding showrooms of auto dealers

to impound cars they claimed are

undervalued at the point of paying

Customs duties and levies at Nigeria’s


They further said the situation has led

to many of their colleagues closing

shops as the demand for payment of

“variation of the actual value of the car

and bribes run into millions of naira”.

Apart from that, the dealers recently

through their umbrella body,

Automobile Association, accused

Customs of operating two dubious

regimes of duties, a system, they said,

is “not based on any known indices and

certainly not based on the World Trade

Organisation's, which applies only

duties determined as Freight on Board,


They also have issues with a document

titled National Valuation Database for

Imported Vehicles 2014-2019 which

they alleged was contrived based on the

whims and caprices of the Nigeria

Customs Service, especially as the FOB

therein was considered outrageously

high. According to them, although the

document is illegal, Customs officials

continue to use it to ambush buyers of

vehicles once they leave the showrooms

of auto dealers.

Auto dealers are particularly

aggrieved that Customs chose to

sidestep the WTO guideline which

provides that prices be based on FoB

as stipulated by the manufacturer, which

is the practice worldwide.

But in defence of Customs actions,

officials insist that service officials,

especially the federal operations units,

have the right to stop any “dutiable

vehicle on the highway and make the

owner pay the actual duty value”.

According to a senior Customs official:

“Duty evasion which robs government

of revenue will not be condoned under

our watch because our Comptroller-

General has declared zero tolerance for

such unlawful act. It is no doubt,

economic sabotage and will not be

allowed to stand”.

The questions that urgently beg for

answers as this simmering face-off

between the Customs and the

aggrieved auto dealers continues to

unfold are: How did the vehicles in

question get to the showrooms that are

presently under Customs lock and key?

Who is responsible for their being

undervalued? Is it proper for the

application of Customs price list to take

retrospective effect?

We think the Customs is duty bound

to address these questions and provide

credible answers that will go a long way

in dousing tension and pave way for

amicable resolution of the problem.

It is, hereby suggested that a

stakeholders committee comprising the

Customs, auto dealers and the Federal

Road Safety Commission, FRSC be set

up to resolve the lingering face-off and

save the country from further



2023 politics and the sloppy hate speech laws


THE current intelligentsias in Nigeria

have calibrated the most fragile sloppy

political law for all heavyweight

champions whose eyes are fixed on the

2023 goal post. The law is unwritten and

it’s a mind game.

With the economy taken, security gone,

the mass media have become the

battlefield, given the knowledge that it

is controlled by the South (in the hands

of some contenders) and a pertinent

missile for political victory.

The intelligentsia understand all the

tricks of the trade like the back of their

hands and invent many new ones their

rivals never see coming. They have

mastered the political craft like chess

game designed to box opponents into a

corner by slowly and steadily clipping

their wings.

In other words, it is no coincidence that

the dead and buried “Social Media Bill”

of the last National Assembly reared its

ugly head again. Every student of

Nigerian politics should be good at

spotting pattern which is the ultimate

weapon of the sloppy law framers. To

use a cliché, “the rest is history”.

Records are made to be broken, so goes

the saying. What the speaker fails to add

is that the statement rings hollow when

applied to the arena of politics in


Those who make the loudest noise are

useful tools for the battlefields. But the

diplomatic missions, the level headed

and reserved are most sought after. The

interests of 2023 have put the wailers,

the plotters and the decision makers on

a meal table.

The Social Media Bill is the biggest

joke ever cracked in the history of

Nigerian politics. The idea is a joke,

passing first reading is a bigger joke,

while defending the bill is 2023 politics

taken to the extremes.

It defies logic that a government laced

with renowned pressmen and rode to

power via the instrumentality of the

media (electronic, print and new media)

would suddenly change the goal post

in the middle of the game.

The bill is a duplication of the

Cybercrime Act that has the hate speech

aspect in it. Section 4 subsection 2 of

the Cybercrime Act has almost the same

wordings with the bill.

Fake news is bad, hate speech is

condemnable but awarding the

defaulters with capital punishment like

death by hanging is a hug to fascism. It

is also digital totalitarianism and tyranny

at its peak in a country where many who

are indicted of corruption are treated like

sacred cows.

Death by hanging at a time the world

is moving away from capital punishment

is retrogressive governance. The bill is

designed to silence criticism of the

authorities via social media

interventions. It is a well thought out

graph plotted to criminalise dissenting


Even the government is not free from

the bill. What parameters would be used

to determine hate speech? What of those

that throw hate speech at the market

place using native languages? What of

purveyors of fake news and hate speech

Nigeria does not need the

Hate Speech Law, therefore,

the bill should not pass

second reading

who live abroad? These are some of the

questions begging for answers.

In a nation where corruption reigns

supreme, creating hate speech agency

is a waste of resources as their job

description will be laughable. Some

civilized nations like UK, Canada,

France, Netherland, etc, have hate

speech laws but they are not punishable

with capital reward.

The Nigerian information and

communication agencies need to bring

stakeholders on the table to discuss best

ways to handle the menace of fake news

and hate speech. A lot of work should

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be put in the areas of sensitization,

workshops, seminars on the distinct

between free speech and hate speech to

discourage disinformation and

misinformation of the public. The

Federal Government should put more

efforts in the protection of human rights.

The National Human Rights

Commission should be properly funded

to function effectively. Rule of law should

be obeyed at all times since it is

fundamental to the independence of the

judiciary and enforcement of human

rights. It should be noted that

disobedience to the rule of law is the

worst form of hate speech. It is also hate

speech to ridicule Nigeria before the


Hate speech flows from hate action.

Oftentimes, unemployment, bad

governance, insecurity, poverty provoke

hate speech. Nigeria does not need the

Hate Speech Law, therefore, the bill

should not pass second reading. The

National Assembly should enact laws

that will facilitate good governance and

better welfare for Nigerians.

As the clock of the years prepares to

strike 60 for Nigeria, the world expect a

boom in her economy, massive job

creation, good standard of living for her

citizenry, reduced insecurity, standard

electoral reforms and corrupt free


This global expectation is the core.

•Agada, a social commentator, wrote

from Lagos

Award: From left, Area

Manager/ Deputy Director,

Industrial Training Fund (ITF)

Abeokuta, Area Office, Funmi

Cooker, Ogun State Deputy

Governor, Engr. ( Mrs)

Noimot Salako - Oyedele,

presenting the Best Contributing

Employer in Resource

Development and Revenue

Generation in 2018, to

Barrister Anthony Sule, AGM

Human Asset Management/

Administration, Dangote

Cement Ibese Plant, and

Pastor Joseph Alabi, Head,

External Relations, Dangote

Cement Ibese Plant in

Abeokuta, Ogun State recently.

OIL BLOCKS: We’ll conduct bidding rounds in

ultra-deep waters next year — NNPC

... Commercial oil and gas finds to be made in Nigeria - Total














By Prince Okafor

FOLLOWING stakeholders’

call on the Federal Government

to place oil blocks at the

bosom of local and foreign investors

for development, the Nigerian

National Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, said it will open bidding

rounds in oil fields within the ultra-deep

waters by 2020.

This came even as Total Exploration

and Production Nigeria

Limited, TEPNG, disclosed that

there are still billion barrels of oil

and trillions of cubic feet of gas

yet to be discovered in the country

Ḋeepwater oil fields are defined

as oil fields within water

depth beyond 1,000 feet while ultra-deepwater

oil fields are deeper

than 5,000 feet.

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336.3065 336.8562 337.4059

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81.5668 81.7001 81.8335

419.9089 420.5953 421.2816

44.9972 45.0708 45.1443

20.6182 20.6519 20.6856

CBN Exchange rate as at 14/11/2019

Before now, stakeholders had

bicker that the delay in conducting

the much awaited oil licensing

rounds has reportedly led to

significant revenue loss, particularly

estimated signature bonuses

of N112 billion.

However, in his keynote address

yesterday at the ongoing 37th Annual

International Conference of

the Nigerian Association of Petroleum

Explorationists, NAPE, in

Lagos, the Group Managing Director,

NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari

said that the nation’s ultra-deep

waters are yet to been explored.

He said: “The ultra-deep waters

are completely unexplored as at

today. Before the end of this year

or next year, God willing, I believe

there will be some form of

biding rounds in ultra-deep waters

oil assets.”

He stated: “The biggest indication

that we have in the nation is

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 19

the oil discovery in Kolmani River

region at the border community

between Bauchi and Gombe,

which involved the deployment of

best technology and innovation

that can ever be found in the industry.

The industry could not find

oil in the frontier basin in 30 to 40

years, now we have succeeded.

“Today, we have reached a certain

level of automation in our system,

such that we can now predict

what happens in our company simultaneously,

and within the

shortest frame, in the next two to

three years.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Managing

Director, Deepwater District,

TEPNG, Mr. Kida Musa, said:

“Globally, there has been a downward

trend in the discovery of giant

oil and gas fields that have

been made, and this is in spite of

the preponderance of Yet-To-Find

(YTF) opportunities in the different

basins all over the world.

“Coming home to Nigeria there

are still billions of barrels of oil and

trillions of cubic feet of gas yet to

be discovered even in the “so

called” mature areas not to mention

the frontier areas yet to be

explored at all. With a combination

of enabling policies and innovation

technologies, this situation

can be turned around.

“The dependence on conventional

technologies that have been

used in the past will surely not be

the only solution to harness the

Yet-To-Find oil and gas potentials

especially in Nigeria. Those technologies

were good then, they

worked well in the past and we

are all happy with the results.

However, the days of easy oil and

gas discoveries are gone. We need

innovations in order to continue

and come back to the era of more

frequent giant discoveries as was

obtained before 2012.”

AFCFTA: MAN harps on measures to check import surge

By Naomi Uzor

THE Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), has

called for measures to checkmate upsurge of imported

goods into the country due to the implementation of the Africa

Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA).

Making this call at the 10th Business Luncheon of Apapa

branch of MAN, tagged, “Repositioning the Nigerian Manufacturing

Sector to cope with Africa Continental Free Trade

Agreement (AFCFT)”, the Chairman, MAN, Apapa branch,

Engr. Frank Onyebu said such measures are imperative following

research evidence of high probability of an upsurge

in imports as the Nigeria complies with the terms of AFCFTA.

He noted that a recent research carried out by Centre for

Trade and Development Initiative of University of Ibadan

states that ‘a three-phase liberalisation tariff rates from 5 per

cent, 10 per cent and 20 per cent to zero will likely generate a

higher surge of imported manufactured goods to the tune of

159.5 per cent, 183 per cent and 251.4 per cent on the average’

during a 15-year period.

“The report goes on to say that Nigeria, being one of the

least in terms of import penetration from African countries,

makes the country an export target for many African countries

under AfCFTA.”

According to the report, import is expected to surge in all

the manufacturing sectoral groups

and by extension the 77 sub sectors

in the third phase of the liberalization.

I daresay this is really

frightening and a food for thought

for Nigerian manufacturers going

forward” he said.

Onyebu who was represented by

the Vice Chairman, Apapa branch,

Apostle Raphael Damilola said:

“We do not need a soothsayer to

tell us that things are not all rosy

for the manufacturing sector in Nigeria,

especially as the implementation

of the African Continental

Free Trade Agreement approaches.

Adequate structures, therefore,

must be put in place if manufacturing

in Nigeria is to survive. First of

all, the infrastructural challenges

should be tackled aggressively. The

roads, especially roads to the industrial

areas, must be fixed without

further delay. Power supply to

Nigeria, others

enjoy $800m

business from

Africa Re


By Emma Ujah, Abuja

Bureau Chief

NIGERIA and other African

countries enjoy reinsurance

business worth $800 million

from the operations Africa Re.

Group Managing Director

(GMD), Mr. Corneille Karekezi

disclosed this while speaking at

the foundation laying ceremony

of the organisation’s $35 million

new headquarters building in


Karekezi said “Africa Re retains

up to 28 per cent of all the

re-insurance that is going out of

the continent. 28 per cent is

small but it is huge in terms of

monetary terms.

“This is $800 million year in year

out which is retained on the continent

in terms of stopping the

bleeding of the scarce resources

which our governments don’t

have. In Nigeria, we are talking

of about $120 million, annually,

which is significant, depending

on the size of other African

re-insurers. There are about

43 re-insurance companies on the

continent, so holding 28 per cent

of the capacity is something which

we are proud of.”

The GMD noted that the insurance

industry is still in its developing

stages in Sub-Sahara Africa

and required concerted efforts

to grow it in the interest of

Africa’s economy.

He said: “The insurance industry

in Sub-Sahara Africa is at its

infancy stage, if we judge it by

the penetration of insurance in our

everyday life. We have to work

hard to ensure that insurance

becomes a tool for government,

communities and individuals to

manage their risks. “

He said that Africa Re was

working with insurance companies

in this country by providing

them underwriting capacity and


“If there is a risk that is beyond

their ability to retain, Africa Re

brings an additional capacity.

The capacity of Africa Re is similar

to the capacity you find with

similar organizations in the

world, whether it is in China with

the China Re, or in the UK with

the Lloyds.”

industries should also be tackled

to ensure competitiveness/survival

of local industries.

“The menace of trailers and other

articulated vehicles must be given

the urgent attention it deserves. The

government should find a way of

clearing access roads to the ports

as well as the industrial areas. The

government should also work with

manufacturers and other stakeholders

to improve the ease of doing


He added: “The government

should also enforce fair trade practices

by other African countries,

particularly our neighbours. Our

security operatives (Customs, Immigration

and other security agencies)

need to wake up to their responsibilities

in checking sharp

practices at our borders. It is also

important that relevant agencies

should work to improve the efficiency

of our port operations.”

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Competitive global economy: Verraki calls for national technology agenda

By Prince Osuagwu

Business and technology solutions

firm, Verraki Partners, has called on

the Nigerian government, working in collaboration

with the private sector, to urgently

develop and begin to execute a national

technology agenda, which will be

distinctly Nigerian and will improve the

competitiveness in the global economy.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines

of the recently concluded 25th Nigeria

Economic Summit, Senior Manager for

Technology Application Services at

Verraki, Olatunde Olajide who facilitated

the summit’s Industry Breakfast Meeting

on Information and Communications Technology,

said Nigeria needs to overturn its

perceived unwelcome stereotype and emulate

countries like Israel, China, Singapore

and South Korea that have all articulated

and implemented a national agenda.

He said the agenda has helped them create

specific niches, improve their reputation

while fostering economic growth.

He said though Nigeria boasts of Africa’s

largest young population, bursting with

entrepreneurial energy, the nation is yet to

articulate a holistic agenda as a counter

narrative to the damaging reports of fraud,

corruption and unemployment. He argued

that this biased perspective has a negative

impact on the country’s perception, creating

a drawback to its ability to attract new

investment and ultimately future economic


Pressing for a national ICT agenda,

Olajide said: “Following its release of an

Artificial Intelligence Development Plan,

China outlined AI as a national priority,

expressed its commitment to building a

domestic AI industry worth US$150 billion

and leading AI globally by 2030.

China has already introduced AI pilot

programmes in hundreds of schools and

training teachers to implement the new

curricula throughout the country. Nigeria

must define what its strategic ICT agenda

is, in the global economy and work towards

this”. He added that: “There is a lot Nigeria

can do in a global economy; Nigeria

is home to the leading hubs for entrepreneurship

on the continent thanks to several

strengths, including our resilient entrepreneurs,

a growing number of engaging international

investors, a huge population

with increasing access to technology, a growing

number of startup support organizations

active in the ecosystem, over 84 million

hectares of arable land with less than

half cultivated for agriculture production,

our creative industries especially music and

Nollywood, a booming billion dollar film


Why Nigeria's IoT market

may hit $1bn in five yrs

...As IoTAfrica,Sigfox make way for IoT job boom

By Prince Osuagwu,

Hi-Tech Editor

THE internet has brought

everyone together and created

a common world without borders.

But the internet of Things,

IoT promises to make this world

more secure.

The IoT is a system of interrelated

computing devices, mechanical

and digital machines, objects,

animals or people that are provided

with unique identifiers and

the ability to transfer data over a

network without requiring human-to-human

or human-tocomputer


It is a totally new industry which

is estimated to worth about $1 billion

in the next five years. The global

IoT market is currently estimated

to worth about $1 trillion

and Nigeria is one of the emerging

markets with appreciable potentials

to make a kill from the

huge pervasive market

For instance, there are estimated

40 million homes in Nigeria

without one smoke alarm; 100

percent of those homes also do not

have any intrusion detector. In the

same vein, almost all offices in

Nigeria appear not measuring

temperature, carbon dioxide,and

99.9 percent do not have a fire


Experts say these inadequacies

are not necessarily because both

homes and offices are not interested

in those safety and live support

measures but apparently lack

knowledge, tools and knowhow to

put them in place.

Today, agriculture is not monitored

by any means; there are no

devices in the field to monitor

moisture, acidity and alkalinity,

nitrate and temperature levels.

These inadequacies too, affect the

crops and reduce yield, accounting

to low food production.

However, these are problems the

IoT devices will conveniently

solve. An IoT device is capable of

telling a farmer which parts of the

field require fertilizer. It will cut

the use of fertilizer by as much as

50 percent and give a farmer same

or more result as they could have

gotten with overuse of fertilizer.

Tech expert and CEO IoT Africa

Networks Ltd, Lare Ayoola said

his company has evaluated all

problems and potentials of IoT in

Nigeria and decided to attempt a


*From left, Executive Director Sales, Melanie Ayoola, CEO, Lare

Ayoola and Chief Operating Officer, Adewale Saka, all of IoT Africa

Networks Ltd.

Ayoola said IoTAfrica has partnered

global communications

service provider, Sigfox to bring

IoT solutions and services to Nigerians

in a more affordable and

understandable way.

According to him, “IoT Africa is

the exclusive partner of Sigfox

France in Nigeria. This means

that we will build the low power

wide area network, and we will

allow connectivity of Sigfox compliant

devices to connect on the

network. The relationship is one

of over 65 relationships in the

world. Over 65 countries today

have Sigfox technology running

in their IoT. Nigeria is one of the

65 countries. IoT Africa is the Sigfox

operator for Nigeria.

The provision of IoT

services and solutions

in Nigeria enables

improved productivity,

minimizes waste, maximizes

loss prevention...

Ayoola said that in the partnership,

IoTAfrica has the responsibility

to build the network, operate,

maintain, support and build

the channel partners who will sell

connectivity to the network. “Our

job also, for now until our channel

partners take over, is to provide

sufficient devices and solutions,

software platforms, dashboards

and other components of

the IoT ecosystem to be able to

supply the customers with a complete

solution. Our job is also to

provide our partners with techni-

cal support, marketing training

and marketing support and ensure

customer service is first class.

Executive Director, sales of the

company, Melanie Ayoola also

said that With IoT Africa as a Sigfox

operator in Nigeria, the country’s

economy should expect a

substantial boost.

She said: “The provision of IoT

services and solutions in Nigeria

enables improved productivity,

minimizes waste, maximizes loss

prevention, makes decision making

much faster by providing a

massive amount of data that can

be analyzed and presented for decision-makers.

For instance, the

insurance industry will benefit

tremendously because the industry

will no longer receive information

about a house or factory that

has burnt down. However, as the

fire is starting the insurance company

will know that the fire is

starting. It will also help the work

of the fire brigade and the police.

The IoT will provide very quick

information about very many

things and enable very quick decision

making to make sure that

loss is prevented. You can put sensors

on bridges and tall buildings

so that when the columns are starting

to fall, there will be a contraction

or an expansion which will

tell the engineers that something

out of the ordinary is happening

to this load-bearing column and

somebody should look at it.

Therefore, the incident of a building

collapsing can almost be almost

totally eradicated at least to

the extent you will be able to get

every occupant out of that building

on time”

OPPO’s new Reno2 series to

empower users’ creative possibilities

Stories by Juliet Umeh

Smartphone manufacturer,

OPPO, has launched new

Reno2 Series to empower users

with creativity abilities.

According to OPPO, the new

Reno2 series including Reno2 and

Reno2 F models are the latest of

OPPO’s Reno series.

It said the new series will change

the boundaries of users’ creativity

because it is packed with photography-enhancing


Public Relations Manager of

OPPO Nigeria, Joseph Adeola,

said: “The latest iteration presents

our users with even more creative

possibilities, empowering them to

discover new perspectives.

“Its advanced camera technology

performs superbly in a range

of environments and scenarios,

from busy cities to natural landscapes

to broad daylight to dark

nightlife,” Adeola said.

The phones’ highlights are the

quad-camera setup which includes

5x Hybrid Zoom, allowing

users to get far closer to a subject,

ultra-clear night shots even under

near darkness condition on Ultra

YouTube unveils plan to support

local Creators

ideo Sharing Platform,

V YouTube has unveiled two

new initiatives to support the

growth of YouTube Creators in


The first is a YouTube-driven

promotional campaign that

features upcoming content from

top local YouTube channels and

Creators. The second is a

partnership with MTN, which will

see Creators provided with free

data for three months’, and MTN

launching new packages to enable

Nigerians to watch more of their

favourite YouTube content.

Creators were presented with

MiFi devices and free internet

access for the next three months

to help them share more content

conveniently. MTN also

introduced new offerings for

consumers to take up so they can

watch more of their favourite

9mobile gives loyal customers

bonus airtime, data

Loyal subscribers of the


network, 9mobile, have

expressed excitement as the telco

rewarded them recently for

staying with it over the past 11

years it came into Nigeria.

9mobile demonstrated its

delight by giving the customers

different gifts which include

bonus airtime and data as well as

special ‘9nniversary’ cakes.

Dark Mode and super-stable video

shooting on the go due to Ultra

Steady Video. With a 48MP primary

lens equipped with Optical

Image Stabilization, F1.7 aperture,

and a 1/2-inch sensor along

with Quad Bayer technology,

Reno2 can achieve better performance

in low light.

The Reno2 Series’ Ultra Dark

Mode covers an entire range of

different night scenes via a powerful

NPU, and OPPO fine-tuned

algorithms. Even if light levels

measure below 1 lux, it elevates

your photos beyond naked eye

through hardware network-optimized

AI noise reduction.

The Reno2 is also equipped with

a 6.5" dynamic AMOLED screen,

2400x1080 resolution, and a

screen-to-body ratio of 93.1 percent,

made from durable 6th Generation

Corning Gorilla Glass.

The Reno2 Z and Reno2 F feature

a slightly smaller 6.5”

AMOLED screen, with

2340x1080 resolutions, and a

screen-to-body ratio of 91.1 percent,

made from toughened 5th

Generation Corning Gorilla


YouTube channels.

This announcement builds on the

first YouTube Week, hosted in Lagos

in June, and the support for 10

Creators through Mr Eazi’s emPawa

Africa initiative, announced at

Google for Nigeria in July 2019.

Speaking at the event, Google’s

Country Marketing Manager in

Nigeria, Olumide Balogun, said,

“YouTube is doing this to help

more people discover content that

they will love on the platform.

“Helping more Creators to get

discovered and succeed, and

making it easier for more people

to be able to access YouTube

through affordable data plans is

important to us,” Olumide added.

He however emphasised that

YouTube is committed to

supporting YouTube Creators to

develop locally relevant content.

Sharing their happiness after

receiving the gift of special

9nniversary cakes in Lagos, two

of the lucky customers, Teslim

Gbajabiamila and Destiny

James, expressed gratitude to

9mobile for the thoughtful

gesture and pledged their

continued loyalty to the brand.

James said: “I didn’t expect

it, I really appreciate the cakes.

I commend 9mobile for its

quality of service.




Opeke, others push for broadband

penetration beyond Lagos, Abuja

By Juliet Umeh

The Chief Executive Officer of a

data company, MainOne,

Funke Opeke, joined other stakeholders

to push for broadband

penetration beyond Lagos and

Abuja for economic prosperty in


Opeke who presented a keynote

speech at the Startup South Conference

held in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom

State recently, on the theme “Unlocking

the Next 60 Million:

Making Broadband Accessible

and Affordable,” said broadband

connectivity is the bedrock of a

thriving digital and national economy

and needs to be expanded

beyond Lagos and Abuja.

She said: “In this digital age

where broadband connectivity is

the bedrock of a thriving digital

and national economy, we need

By Prince Osuagwu

Smartphone brand, Infinix, has

designed a new smartphone,

Infinix S5. The smartphone

according to the phone company

is for the young generations.

The tag comes as a result of its

big Infinity-O Display and a

32MP AI front camera, AI quad

rear camera and strong memory


Managing Director of Infinix

Mobile, Benjamin Jiang, said: “At

Infinix, we’re committed to

bringing the latest technologies to

young consumers in global

emerging markets, keeping them

trendy and up-to-date, whilst

empowering them to be out

standing in their communities.

The launch of the S5 is a great

manifesto of our brand purpose,

as well as the mission of the S

series for great selfies and placing

consumers at the center of

attention. With so many ‘bests’ in

this price range, we’re confident

that our customers will be able to

stand out from the crowd!”

Director Africa and the Middle

East-MediaTek, Rami Osman

Said: “Infinix S5 is powered by

MediaTek Helio P22 processor

giving consumers the latest

smartphone features and great

technology at an affordable price,

like support for 32MPIn-Display

selfie camera and 4 AIrear

cameras. The power-efficient

Helio P22 allows MediaTek and

device makers to bring ‘New

Premium’ devices to market and

reshapes expectations of what an

affordable selfie camera

smartphone can deliver.”

Highlights of the phone include

the 6.6-inch HD+ Infinity-O

Display. The Infinity-O Display

adopts a slimmer, bezel-less

design, which allows S5 to

achieve a 90.5% screen-to-body

ratio. With a 20:9 screen aspect

ratio which follows the current

cinema screen trends, S5 will

provide users with a brilliant

viewing experience.

S5 sports a 32MP In-display AI

selfie camera with 1.6 ¼m larger

pixels, F2.0 aperture and 4-in-1

super pixel technology. When

users are taking photos, the Indisplay

AI front camera

automatically implements a 4-in-

1 effect based on the ISO value, at

which point the size of a single

pixel reaches 1.6 ¼m, enabling

consumers to capture sharp, vivid

selfies especially in low-light and

backlight environments.

Another feature of the new

smartphone is the HDR+, a new

technology that combines facial

recognition, intelligent scene

recognition and AI HDR

technology, which enable users to

capture impressive and artistic


S5 is equipped with an AI quad

to focus on increasing access to

broadband penetration beyond

Lagos and Abuja for our shared

economic prosperity, job creation

and digital security.

“We will need to take advantage

of the opportunities the digital

economy provides if we are to create

jobs for Nigerian youth in the

not-too distant future,” Opeke


The conference was a four-day

event created to inspire a generation

of young founders, innovators

and youths to build scalable and

investable businesses across the

South-South and South-East

states to accelerate development.

It was initially conceived as a

community project, but has

evolved into a platform that

brings together technology founders,

innovators and investors from

Infinix thinks youth in new S5


rear camera and quad-smart

flash. The rear camera consists of

a 16MP AF high resolution

camera, an ultra-wide-angle lens

& macro lens camera, a depth

field camera and an AI lens

camera. With the macro lens,

users will be able to come closer

to objects they want to capture and

show vivid details.

S5 is equipped with a 4000mAh

big battery with Xcharge function.

It adopts a MediaTekHelio P22

processor and runs on the Android

9 Pie system.

•Users test the phone at launch.

By Juliet Umeh

Renewable Energy Solutions

provider, Cloud Energy, has

said it is set to supply electricity to

Nigerians living in rural and semi

urban communities as it launches


home system.

The company said SUNBOX

Plus PAYGO solar is a pay-as-yougo


Managing Director of the

company, Engr. Theophilus

Nweke, at the launch said the

system will set Nigerians free from

lack of electricity.

According to him, access to solar

is impaired by the inability of

people living in the rural and

semi-urban communities to

purchase solar equipment out


He said: “Cloud Energy has

created an affordable Pay-as-yougo

solar home system that allows

people in the rural areas to pay

for electricity usage on a monthly


“People in the rural communities

and semi urban communities can,

with as small as N2,500,

depending on the package, have

access to electricity for a period

of three years and subsequently

own the equipment for life.

•Funke Opeke

across Nigeria and beyond to discuss

issues focused on deepening

broadband access, affordability &

youth employment in the South-

South/South-East States.

Other high-level stakeholders

such as Commissioner of Technology

Development Imo State, Nze

Meekam Mgbenwelu; Commissioner

of Science and Technology

Akwa Ibom, Dr Iniobong Essien;

Regional Manager, Bank of Industry,

Sunkanmi Oriyomi,

among others were at the conference.

They also engaged in compelling

discourse that highlighted the

importance of broadband and

digital solutions to economic development,

stressing the significance

of why states across Nigeria

should pay attention to enabling

broadband in their regions.

The dialogue centered on the

notion that the development of the

nation’s digital economy lies on

extending affordable broadband

and the encouragement of innovation

hubs, skill development

and job creation.

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Interswitch partners Visa to advance

financial inclusion across African

By Juliet Umeh

Technology-driven company,

Interswitch Limited and a

digital payments company, Visa,

have announced a strategic

partnership that will further

advance the digital payments

ecosystem across Africa.

According to the partners, Visa

will acquire a significant minority

equity stake in Interswitch. The

investment makes Interswitch one

of the most valuable African

FinTech businesses with a

valuation of $1 billion. Visa will

join globally renowned investors,

Helios Investment Partners, TA

Associates and IFC, as

shareholders in Interswitch,




Founder and Chief Executive of

Interswitch, Mitchell Elegbe,

expressed delight over the

partnership and said the move will

drive the next phase of

transformation in the African

payments landscape.

Elegbe said: “Sub-Saharan

Africa is the fastest-growing

payments market in the world,

with growth driven by a young and

dynamic population, rapidly

evolving consumer behaviour, and

an increasing desire for payment

solutions that can be accepted

across the continent and abroad.”

By Prince Osuagwu

Smartphone maker, Vivo has

sparked off competition in the

world of innovation with the invention

of the first of its kind Dual

Pop up Camera and AI Quad

Camera. The company said it

wants to make sure that its customers

are satisfied with the quality

of their pictures.

It said the new V17Pro brings

brilliant camera systems on both

the front and back of the smartphone

to empower consumers to

redefine their photography experience.

The Country Manager,

Felix Lu, said,”V17 Pro is a masterpiece

that we are extremely

proud of, as it reinforces our position

as a pioneer in bringing bestin-class

mobile experiences to the

Nigerian market.”

Highlights of the phone include

the 6 high-end cameras positioned

in the front and rear of the

device. The 32MP Dual Pop-Up

camera and complimentary 8MP

wide-angle front cameras also

ensure every detail is captured

clearly. Then, 8MP Super Wide-

Angle Selfieis makes it possible

Renewable energy: SUNBOX Paygo solar targets electricity

for all Nigerians

“The consumer installs and

possesses the equipment with the

payment of the subscription of N2,

500 and ownership is finally

transferred to him on the

completion of payment, after three


Nweke also explained that the

company has developed a

franchising model allowing

entrepreneurs to join in the

distribution of pay as you go solar

products to ensure that the

product reaches every nooks and

crannies of the country.

By Juliet Umeh

Technology Conference and

Expo platform, Techplus, has

revealed that henceforth, it will

focus more in creating inclusive

platform that will help build a

stronger digital economy in


General Manager of the

organisation, Eniola Edun, who

explained the new focus at a preevent

breakfast meeting,

recently said that the organization

decided to take an assessment of

where they are in the eco-system

Also, Regional President

CEMEA, Andrew Torre, Visa,

said: “Africa is a priority region

for us, and we continually seek

strategic partnerships with local

players to further strengthen our

leadership position and enhance

the payments ecosystem across

the continent.

“This partnership aligns with

our global strategy to work with

and invest in innovative partners

and we look forward to working

with Interswitch to provide new

consumer and merchant

experiences and support the

rapid growth of digital commerce

across Africa,” Torre said.

Helios’s co-founder and

Managing Partner, Babatunde

Soyoye, added, “A strategic

investment by Visa, the world’s

leader in digital payments, into

Interswitch is a substantial

endorsement of the Company’s

expertise in African payments.

“As an active investor in leading

African payments businesses, we

see tremendous opportunities to

digitise payments across the

continent and have worked

closely with Interswitch’s

management team to build high

quality and scalable platform

geared to address some of these

opportunities. We look forward to

more collaboration with the

company alongside Visa.”

Vivo’s new smartphone, V17Pro sparks

competition in mobile photography

He also noted that the

challenges in the electricity sector

demand the development of new

competencies and adoption of

new approaches.

He said: “We cannot expect new

results doing the same old things.

Patriotism must get a better hold

of professionalism and

indigenous companies, in the

energy sector, must break new

grounds by building capacities for

technology transfer and national


for one to capture wide angles up

to 105-degrees, bringing more

possibilities to group shots.

Similarly, with the help of its

48MP main camera, 8MP wideangle

camera, 2MP Bokeh camera

and an additional 2MP macro

camera, the device’s rear cameras

are perfect for that spot-on

picture and also capturing landscape


Other features of the phone include

the “Pose Master” feature

that offers cool and natural poses

to match a variety of photo scenes,

and the “Super Night Mode”

which enhances clarity even at

night shots.

According to Lu, V17Pro is supported

by Qualcomm Snapdragon

675 AIE processor with 8GB

RAM + 128GB ROM that ensures

performance for applications and

system can be operated smoothly

at any time.

He said: “Its 4100mAh battery

with Dual-Engine Fast Charging

Technology brings higher durability

and faster charging that ensures

the smartphone provides a

long-lasting and safe mobile experience.

Techplus to create tech inclusive platform for stronger

digital economy

and how they can best re-invent


She said: “We started a journey

early this year that is evolving our

organisation into a platform for

tech inclusion, positioning,

connecting and enabling

innovators in the eco- system for

social change.

“We believe we can function as

a voice that can project

commendable social innovators

so that they can attract quality

partners and assistance that can

get them to the next level. We have

been leveraging on the goodwill

that was built by the brand in the

last four years and this journey has

led us into discovering a lot of

talents outside the concentrated

areas of Lagos and Abuja.”

One of the discovered talents,

Ahmad Moddibo of the North-

East Humanitarian Innovation

Hub, NEHIH, at the meeting,

presented a documentary that

revealed how the hub leveraged

on technology to create prosthetic


According to Moddibo, the

prosthetic limbs were made

possible with the aid of the 3D

Printing Machines at the 3D Labs

installed by the North-East

Humanitarian Innovation Hub

and the efforts of its team.

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Now APC has Kogi and Bayelsa

under their arm



governorship elections of

Kogi and Bayelsa states have been

won and lost. It has now been three

days since both states were called

for the governing All Progressives

Congress. Their candidates were

declared winners in the charade

that played out as an election

before local and international

observers. After surviving the initial

scare of a Federal High Court

judgment disqualifying him from

taking part in the governorship

election in Bayelsa State, David

Lyon, the APC candidate, has since

gone ahead to contest and win the

election. Justice Jane Inyang had,

within two days, to the Bayelsa

election ruled, in a suit brought

before it by Senator Heineken

Lokpobiri, that the APC had no

candidate for the election.

According to her, the primary

election that produced the APC

candidate was flawed.

That the election went ahead in

spite of this judgement and the

restrain placed on the Independent

National Electoral Commission

not to recognise the APC

candidate, may yet spell trouble for

the APC as the days go by and the

legal challenges that are the usual

outcome of elections here are

followed through. But under a

thick cloud of violence perpetrated

by different sides to the electoral

contest, Lyon was able to defeat the

Peoples Democratic Party


There are yet no reliable figures

of the number of lives and property

lost in the electoral infamy. What

nobody is contesting is that many

lives were lost. Nembe, in

particular, was the major

flashpoint, a war zone in which

none but only the stout-hearted

could operate. Contrary to what is

the norm in states controlled by an

incumbent governor, Bayelsa

State buckled under the superior

federal might deployed by Abuja,

giving way to the APC. Not even

the support of President Goodluck

Jonathan, a Bayelsa indigene,

could swing the election in favour

of the party of the former president.

Indeed, there have been images of

wild celebrations by supposed

indigenes of the former president’s

community, rejoicing at the loss

incurred by the PDP.

Seriake Dickson, the two-time

governor of the state, found that

the incumbency magic that enable

sitting governors to ‘deliver’ states

under their control was of no effect.

He was one of the first persons to

call for the cancelation of the

elections in Bayelsa. Dickson

could not have understood what hit

him. It must all have seemed to

him like a bad dream. Bayelsa

slipped through his finger in spite

of the eight long years he spent on

the saddle as governor. This is

turning the political world of this

man upside down. With the loss of

the state to the APC is the loss of

whatever clout he has as a power

broker in the state. Even his place

in the national space is now more

precarious than ever. For one, he

could forget any plan to retire to

the National Assembly, in the

immediate future, as has become

the tradition with ex-governors.

Except, perhaps, he chooses to

jump ship in a manner that has

Power from Abuja

has deprived Seriake

Dickson what could

have been the sole

consolation for his exit

from the government

house: the ability to be

a godfather

become all too common for

politicians of today. Power from

Abuja has deprived Seriake

Dickson what could have been the

sole consolation for his exit from

the government house: the ability

to be a godfather.

If David Lyon rode on the crest of

federal might to power, the same

federal might has proven

immensely beneficial to Yahaya

Bello. The APC candidate and his

followers could hardly contain

themselves in the days leading up

to the election. Long before the

results of the election were out,

after their announcement was

suspended on Sunday evening,

they had gone about with the sure

knowledge that the election was

theirs to win. Not because they had

the record to justify such

expectation. It was simply that they

knew they had the means to ensure

victory for themselves. That

Yahaya Bello was declared winner

is a testimony to just how the true

voices of the people of this country

have been silenced. Indeed, the

announcement that he won the

election and is thereby returned

for another four-year term would

suggest he was re-elected after his

first four years in office.

The truth, which is well known

to all Nigerians, is that last

weekend’s election was the first

that Bello would experience as

governor. The closest he came to

contesting an election as a

candidate of any sort was when he

stood for the APC primaries that

he had lost to the late Abubakar

Audu. But in the twisted political

calculations of Nigerian

politicians, a man whose name

was not on the ballot was preferred

over and above the running mate

of Audu who after winning the

2015 election died, rather

unfortunately, shortly before he

was sworn in as governor.

Those who selected Yahaya Bello

knew what they were about. They

knew their man and were certain

he would not fail to play the part

of a common courtier. The only

charitable thing most people other

than those on his pay roll have to

say about him is that he is the

youngest governor in the current

political experiment. I certainly

don’t know how that could qualify

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as an achievement. But Bello

appears to take pride in that

recognition and happily wears it

on his sleeves like a badge of

honour. He goes about like the

spoilt child of a doting grandfather

based in Abuja. Otherwise, he is

one of the most retrogressive

upstarts to ever bear the title of

governor in Nigeria. He is a very

poor specimen of the much-talked

about ‘leaders of tomorrow’. There

is hardly anything to recommend

him as a governor. Kogi State

under him was synonymous with

many months of unpaid salaries.

What he does best is to fawn

around President Buhari and

display blind loyalty for anything

that comes out of Aso Villa. Spoilt

upstart that he is, he once broke

an ankle after he fell off a moving

vehicle from which he had been

throwing money at the same

immiserated Kogites that he has

won a second term to misgovern.

Clearly, there was no way Yahaya

Bello could have won the last

election without the massive

deployment of military and

paramilitary forces in his favour.

Ten Aisha Buhari could not have

persuaded the people of Kogi had

the electoral process not been

compromised by unbridled statesponsored

violence. Nor could a

hundred Nasir el Rufai kneeling,

bowing and rolling on the floor,

have changed the resolve of the

people of that state to do away

with the political infestation that

was Yahaya Bello’s misrule. Which

is not saying the opposition is not

complicit in the mayhem that

marked the election. But Yahaya

Bello deserved and took the gold

medal for violence. Once again,

the people have been duped, their

voice has been stolen.

The kingdoms of Kogi and Bayelsa suffered violence


DESPITE the huge investment into

securing democracy and ensuring

that the electorates are able to speak with

their votes freely and fairly without fear,

threat or intimidation, the kingdoms of

Kogi and Bayelsa hosted demons in hooded

attires on November 16, 2019 during which

the integrity of the gubernatorial elections

was undermined.

The hooded demons came to intimidate,

steal, kill and destroy. They moved around

despite the restriction of movement and the

deployment of 66, 240 policemen (35,200

for Kogi and 31,040 for Bayelsa)

complemented by counter-terrorism unit,

special protection unit and police mobile


When we add the army and other security

agencies to the figure, we should cry that

stakeholders’ compromise continue to

undermine true representation, and thereby

block the genuine road to growth and

development. Through the instrumentality

of violence, there is enthronement of

unconcerned and anti-democratic

characters holding the levers of power. Of

course, the consequence of this is the

sustained recession being witnessed in all

areas of our national life.

As soon as I read of the happenings, I went

back to get inspiration from the late Fela

Anikulapo Kuti’s song entitled “Teacher

don’t teach me nonsense.” In this song, Baba

70 characterised our type of democratic

practise as pure demonstration of ‘craze’ or

crazy demonstration.

If we mobilised all state resources and

the ideological state apparatuses for just two

out of the 36 states and this is the best we

could get, then the situation has worsened.

In Fela’s words, ‘Babanla nonsense’ aptly

describes the elections’ which lacks the

global accepted standards of free, fair and

credible polls. Just like Baba 70, ‘as time

dey go, things just dey bad, dey bad more and

more. Poor man dey cry, rich man dey

mess....demonstration of craze, crazy


It is sad to hear the Police Service

Commission say that security agents were

overwhelmed by hooded demons that

unleashed terror on peaceful voters. While

violence is not limited to Nigeria the crass

display of superior aggression by APC and

PDP call into question their genuine

development agenda for the country beyond

the instrumentalisation of violence on the


Violence has become a political strategy

in Nigeria where the unpopular antidemocratic

elements impose themselves on

the people by force. Consequently, Nigeria’s

brand of democracy has become

government of the rich, through the

manipulation of the poor for the service of

the few and exploitation of the majority.

Violence is dysfunctional to representative

government and draws back the hand of

development. How can a person who

mounts the leadership rostrum by violence

and bloodshed listen to the yearnings of the

people? Violence is used to attack the

strongholds of opponents, intimidate

electorates from coming out to cast their

votes in order to reduce the chances of a

more popular opponent.

As in the cases in point, violence has

resulted in bloodshed, burning and

destruction of properties and casts doubt on

the legitimacy of those pronounced winners

at the polls. This is because violence

undermines electoral integrity.

In his 2019 convocation lecture at the

University of Ibadan, former INEC

Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega noted

that “deeply embedded unwholesome

practices such as use of money, violence,

incumbency powers and a range of electoral

malpractices and fraudulent activities in the

electoral process grossly undermine its

utility as a vehicle for democratic

development”. Violence is embraced by

dominant political classes to access power

for self-actualisation rather than for the

betterment of their states and Nigeria.

Jega averred that “ritualised elections

which lack integrity merely serve to

legalize, if not legitimize, access and

control of power into executive or

legislative arms of government by people

unconcerned with or indifferent to, the

requirements of sustainable democratic

development”. The implications are that

such elections do not produce responsive

and representative leadership.

While the citizens who sold their votes in

Kogi and Bayelsa for short term gain

should be ready to suffer long term pains

Violence has become a

political strategy in Nigeria

where the unpopular antidemocratic

elements impose

themselves on the people by


and join the millions of Nigerians who

populate the poverty clan in Nigeria, the

security agents who looked the other way as

bandits ruled failed in their primary

responsibility. The implications of allowing

hoodlums to enthrone monsters are

grievous only for the discerning mind. The

crime statistics of kidnapping, armed

robbery and other forms of violent crimes

in the two states might have gone down

because the criminals have been contracted

by political actors.

Now that the elections are over, and the

boys have been adequately equipped, it will

be difficult not to see such crimes grow. It

means the security agents who failed to

arrest criminals in the convoy during

campaign may themselves be killed by the

same bandits later. It also means that the

politicians who used and dumped them after

elections would become victims of

kidnapping. If they are recruited from

campuses, try out of new weapons in cult

clashes should be expected. Then, the same

government that enthroned violence will be

claiming to fight the seed of violence it

sowed. According to Fela, this is Babanla

nonsense (utter nonsense)!

Moving forward, it is important for the

government of the day to review elections

conducted under their reign and see how

much we have progressed or regressed. It is

important to analyse if there is a

relationship between heavy deployment of

security agents and enthronement of

violence which undermines electoral


If we consider how much we continue to

budget for security in Nigeria, we would see

that it will be wise for a government not to

allow violent characters reign for a moment.

If we continue to allow violence as a national

culture, we would see its spiral effects in all

sectors and that is showing with the growing

incidence of insurgent citizenships.

Bayelsa and Kogi states have shown how

superior aggression and social network of

manipulation dethrones and enthrones.

Security agents must be true with their

security threat assessment and ensure that

future elections meet security standards

devoid of loyalty to the manipulative power

of influential people.

The tragedy is that the poor (vote traders

and thugs) is used to undermine the future

of the masses for the benefit of the few

exploiters in the corridors of power. The poor

kills the poor to the benefit of the rich. They

unleash violence on themselves and kill one

another for those who care less about them.

If the violent takes the mantle of leadership

by force; then repressive and oppressive

administration should be expected.

•Dr Tade, a sociologist wrote via






Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019—33

Delta raises c’ttee on minimum wage

By Festus Ahon


Government has

constituted a Committee to

work with organized labour

as part of effort towards

implementing the N30,00

new minimum wage for the

state public service.

Secretary to the State

Government, Mr. Chiedu

By Harris Emmanuel


State Government has

said no contactor will

swindle the state because

contractors will account for

every kobo paid by

government in the course

of any contract.

Commissioner for Works,

Akparawa Inyangeyen

disclosed this, while

appearing before the

Finance and Appropriation

Committee, headed by

Uduak Udoudoh, to defend

the 2020 budgetary

provision for the Ministry.

The lawmakers, however,

took time to drill the

commissioner on roads

being constructed in their

respective constituencies.

The Commissioner

informed that it was the

scrutiny of the ministry

that sent erring contractors

out of the Nsit Atai-Okobo

road, noting that out of N1

billion paid for the contact,

government recovered

N700 million back to its


He expressed optimism

that the current contractor

handling the road would be

sanctioned if it failed to meet

the set requirements, while

government fund would be


He said: “Government

will not lose money on the

Nsit Atai-Okobo road, be

Ebie, said Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa was passionate

about the wellbeing of

public servants in the State.

Ebie said Governor

Okowa had directed that

“discussion with Labour

should commence in

earnest so that a mutually

agreeable scheme based

on the new minimum wage

would be developed for the

rest assured. Every Kobo

will be accounted for. I can

say that the governor is

committed to dualizing

that road because we

need it as a releasing

benefit of Delta workers.

Members of the

committee chaired by

Secretary to the State

Government, Mr Chiedu

Ebie, are Chief of Staff,

Olorogun David Edebvie,

and State Head of Service,

Mr Reginald Bayoko.

Others are Senior Policy

Adviser to the Governor,

Prof. Sylvester Monye,

point for the deep


Reviewing ongoing

projects being supervised

by his ministry, Inyang-

Eyen said the

State Commissioner for

Finance, Mr Fidelis Tilije,

Chairman Civil Service

Commission, Dame Nkem

Okwuofu, Chairman Local

Government Bureau for

Pensions, Mr. Ben Igo and

Permanent Secretary office

of the Secretary to the State

Government, Mr. Jerome

Morka, who is to serve as

Secretary to the Committee.

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No contractor’ll leave Akwa Ibom

with govt money— Commissioner

Staff, mgt of Edo College

of Education at war

By Ozioruva Aliu



MEMBERS of the

Coalition of Unions of

College of Education,

COEASU, Ekiadolor, Edo

State, and the

management of the

institution are at war over

intimidation and

harassment by alleged

agents of the school

management and state


COEASU, is claiming

among others, that the

agents of the government

through the school

authorities besides

preventing them from

holding their workers’

meeting in the school,

also invited policemen to

intimidate them and

stopped the meeting.

A unionist in the school

who spoke on condition of

anonymity alleged that

“we know what they are

doing. They want to

prevent us from meeting

because we are going to

discuss issues they are

afraid to hear. We have not

been paid for more than

eight months.

“The school has been

closed down for more than

two years and government

has not told us what they

want to do. Some of our

leaders are being

harassed and issued

queries for trying to

implement congress

decisions but they cannot

stop us because it is our


“It will be recalled that

a scheduled briefing by

a coalition of staff unions

of the College

penultimate week was

disrupted by suspected

thugs at the community

town hall in Ekiadolor.

“The workers were

protesting the continued

closure of the school and

the non-payment of their

salary for the past eight


Labour leaders in the

ministry was currently

working on 57 major road

contracts, 30 bridges and

flyovers as well as 178

Intervention projects

spread across the state.

school had, in a

statement by Chairman

of the College of

Education Academic

Staff Union, COEASU,

Fred Omonuwa; his

Non-Academic Staff

Union of Educational

and Associated

Institution, NASU,

counterpart, Charles

Obasuyi and chairman,

Senior Staff Union of

College of Education,


Omoruyi, claimed the

state government

deceived them with the

policy of upgrading the

over 40 years old

institution to a University,

but described it as

“political gimmick aimed

at satisfying the drivers of

both the immediate past

administration and the

present administration in

Edo State.”

Contacted, the Provost

denied the allegation and

described it as baseless

and unfounded.

APC chieftain commends

Ejeben over Udu bridge

By Gab Ejuwa

Achieftain of the All


Congress, APC, in Delta

State, Mike Ibada has

commended Chief Wilson

Ejeben, a Port Harcourt

base business tycoon over

his ongoing repairs of Udu

bridge in Udu council of

Delta State.

In a chat with journalists

at his residence in Udu,

Delta State, Ibada,

appreciated Chief Ejeben

for the repairs of the bridge

for the past three years.

He said “I am really

touched by his sincere act

of love and devotion to

humanity, most especially

By Emma Amaize


S A B A —


Integration Summit Group

of Nigeria, Dr. Chris

Ekiyor, has implored the

National Assembly to focus

on reforms that will make

governance more

transparent and open.

Ekiyor, one-time

Commissioner in Delta

State, in a statement,

yesterday, said, “Our

lawmakers should expend

their energy and resources

to pursue more

nationalistic course that

will make the citizens

robustly contribute to the

growth of the country.”

His words: “The

National Assembly

recently spent time

legislating against what

to the Udu people. The

reinforcement of the

bridge will definitely

make motorists and

pedestrians use it without

fear or panic. I thank him

for being an instrument

God usually use to solve

a major plight of the

good people of Udu.”

Ibada described

Ejeben “as a passionate

and listening

philanthropist who

always heeds to the

yearnings and calls of

the people when they

call on him for assistance.

His efforts and

contribution has made

the Udu bridge looks like

a modern one.

Ekiyor tasks NASS on

reforms in governance

Urhobo hold

economic summit

By Festus Ahon


Economic and

Investment Group, a body

of professionals, will

Friday host the Urhobo

nation to an economic and

investment summit to be

chaired by Engr. Mike

Orugbo, while Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa and

Deputy President of the

Nigerian Senate, Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege, will be

special guests of honour.

The event tagged

“Ekpobaro” which in

Urhobo means “let us

make progress,”

according to the

Convener, Kingsley Ubiebi

would hold at the KFT

Event Place, along NNPC

Housing Complex road,

off Airport Road, Ekpan at


The summit is expected

to attract investors,

they described as hate

speech. I am relieved to

know that NASS had said

that the mover of the

motion was on his own.

“As I speak, all major

connecting roads in our

country are bad

regardless of what

Fashola, SAN, Minister

of Works says . It is also

of great concern that the

recent border closure is

targeted more at rice,

rather than terrorists,

immigrant bandits and

national security.

“This is a country that

has spent so much on

power yet no power and

roads are bad. I will

rather wish to see

a National Assembly

whose oversight function

is pursued with all sense

of nationalism.”



academics, policymakers,


youths and women

associations and

traditional rulers.

The summit, with the

theme, “Private Sector

and the future of

Nigerian Economy; the

Ease of doing Business

in Urhobo land”, which

will alter the socioeconomic

condition of the

Urhobo nation for good.

Speakers at the event

are; Dr. Benson Uwheru,

Olorogun Kenneth

Gbagi, Comrade Sunny

Ofehe, Prof Eric Eboh,

Olorogun Emma Avworo,

Mr Peter Mrakpor Esq,

Dr. O’Diakpo Obire,

Hon. Stella Okotete,

Hon.Ben Rollands

Igbakpa, Mr Obaro

Osah and Mr Marcus


34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

Unidentified uniformed men

storm IPOB loyalist’s home

By Chidi Nkwopara


W E R R I —


People of Biafra, IPOB,

has raised the alarm over

what it called “the

invasion of one of their top

leaders’ house, by

unknown uniformed


According to a statement

issued by the Coordinator

of IPOB for Imo Province,

Mazi Philip Njoku

(Abraham), the group said

that: “Mazi Ajuonuma

Uchechukwu and his wife

disappeared after

unknown military men

with guns invaded their


“Uchechukwu was one

of IPOB’s intelligence

leaders who led the May

30 rally on Biafra Heroes

Day and other protests.”

By Chinonso Alozie


National Council,

INC, led by Chilos

Godsent, yesterday,

demanded a state of

emergency on the Sam

Mbakwe International

Cargo Airport, Owerri,

Imo State.

INC, in a statement

made available to

Vanguard in Owerri, said

it would ameliorate the

suffering of the people of

the South-East region in

doing their businesses.

The group also urged the

Federal Government to

declare a state of

The IPOB Coordinator

further stated that Mazi

Uchechukwu was,

before his disappearance,

galvanising IPOB

members in Imo State for

a planned rally of IPOB

members, to press home

the release of all their

colleagues arrested

during the Heroes Day


Njoku further said he

suspected that security

agents are the only ones

who can and should

account for the family


Njoku recalled that

another IPOB member

in the state, Mazi

Chijioke Umeh, has been

in hiding after the

Heroes Day rally, where

no fewer than 100

persons were reportedly


INC advocates state of

emergency on Imo airport

emergency on Akanu

Ibiam Airport in Enugu.

Part of their demands

was that the Federal

Government open up

seaports in Abia, Rivers

and Delta states.

They said: “The

Federal Government

should commence the

building of the proposed

seaports at Onumini in

Abia State and make

functional the Calabar

Seaport, Onne Seaport

in Rivers State, and

Koko Seaport in Delta

State, so as to decongest

the already choked Tin

Can Island and Apapa

Wharf in Lagos State.”

Publishers, consumers need

to interact more—Bodex



consumers, both in the

traditional and new media

sub-sectors, should

interact more, as they

need each other to co-exist

as such interaction is a tool

to positively shape the

society because without

publishers there won't be

readers and vice versa.

Renowned media

professional and

entrepreneur, Florence

Bodex Hungbo, said this

while speaking to

newsmen about the

maiden edition of Bodex

Social Media Hangout,

BSMH, which she said

will bring governors,

representatives of

ministries and parastatals,

business executives,

journalists from across

platforms and media,

social media influencers

and fans under one roof.

According to Bodex, “the

aim is to bring under one

umbrella the producers,

who are publishers of

news and the

consumers, who are the

fans either as followers

and readers and other

stakeholders to co-exist.

“This initiative will

enable all stakeholders

connect, network, share

and have fun. More of

this kind of interaction

can bring sanity to our

youths by creating more

awareness with constant

reminder of the benefit

of using social strengths

in nations building.”

She added that the

event, scheduled for

November 30 at

Raddision Blu, Ikeja,

Lagos, will feature

different speakers from

all fields to speak on how

social media can be used

to stop fake news and

fallacious comments.

TREM CONFERENCE: Senior Pastor, Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, Pastor

Matthew Ashimolowo (middle) flanked by Presiding Bishop, The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM,

Bishop Mike Okonkwo(right) and wife, Bishop Peace, during the opening of the TREM 2019 Kingdom

Life World Conference on the theme: Love that Passes Knowledge at the church’s headquarters in Lagos.

Save us from our neighbours,

Anambra community begs Buhari

By Vincent



embattled people of

Abba community in

Njikoka Local Government

Area have sent an open

letter to President

Muhammadu Buhari to

save them from incessant

attacks and harassment by

their Ukpo neighbours in

Dunukofia Local

Government Area, both of

Anambra State.

In the letter, Abba people

chronicled their ordeal

since since February 15,

when security men chased

away Abba women from the

community’s Oye market

with tear-gas.

Structures in the market

had since been destroyed,

while traders in the area

had relocated to their

village centre, where they

carry out their business in

an open space.

President-General of

Abba Town Union, Mr. B.

C. Anaekwe and Secretary-

General, Mr. Elias

Udedibia, said in the letter

that their earlier complaint

to some federal authorities,

including security

operatives, National

Human Rights

Commission and the

Inspector-General of Police

did not receive the desired


The people expressed

concern over “the large

scale use of the coercive

instrument of state in an

entirely civil disagreement,

manifesting in frequent

arrest and detention of

many citizens of Abba

community on trumped-up


They said that

notwithstanding the

directive of the Federal

High Court, Port Harcourt,

that police vacate Oye Abba

Market, Anambra State,

Police Command had

continued to deploy armed

policemen to the market to

prevent people from doing

any business there.

Their letter to the

President read in part:

“Since this development,

several Abba persons to wit;

Edwin Onwumelu,

Sunday Okoye, Charles


Ugwuanyi of Enugu

State has reassured the

people of the state that his

administration will

continue to promote peace

in the state in order to

enhance good governance

and rapid development.

The governor reiterated

that his administration will

not take the existing peace

in the state for granted,

stressing that he would do

whatever is necessary to

sustain the existing peace

throughout his tenure.

Speaking during an

official visit to Aninri Local

Government Area on

Monday, to inaugurate

some development projects

executed by the council

chairman, Hon. Ezekiel

Chukwu, including the

seven-classroom block at

Community Primary

School, Amacharauka,

Oduma, fully equipped

with learning materials and

the two thousand-capacity

event pavilion at the Local

Government secretariat,

Governor Ugwuanyi

commended the chairman

and his team for the bold


The governor also laid

Okogba, Ichie Christian

Onyebumuo, Abuchi

Onyebumuo, Chukwuma

Nwikwu, Ichie Obinna

Chukwuma, Paul Okafor

and Hon. Chiamaka

Obidgbo have been taken

into SARS custody and

detained for several days.

“Some were released

without any charges, some

were charged with armed

robbery, while others are

still in detention.

... as Ugwuanyi vows to keep

promoting peace in Enugu

the foundation stone for the

construction of an ultramodern

civil hall at

Ndeabor adjacent to the

council headquarters in the

company of the former

Senate Deputy President

and Senator representing

Enugu West Senatorial

District, Senator Ike


Other at the event were

member representing


Federal Constituency,

Toby Okechukwu; his

counterpart for Udi/

Ezeagu Federal

Constituency, Dennis

Amadi; state Chairman of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, Augustine Nnamani,

among others.

Governor Ugwuanyi

who noted that “we are

one family” and “equal in

the eyes of God”, urged

the people of Aninri to

continue to uphold the

principles of his

administration which are

anchored on peace and

good governance.

He thanked God for the

successful and peaceful

conduct of the 2019 general

elections in the state, as he

prayed that the state

“Ichie Christian

Onyebumuo was arrested

for daring to come to SARS,

Awkuzu to inquire of his

nephew, Abuchi

Onyebumuo, while Ichie

Obinna Chukwuma was

arrested in the police

station, Amawbia, as he

guided the three-man

police team from the

Complaint Response Unit,

Force Headquarters,


continues to grow from

strength to strength.

Also speaking, Senator

Ekweremadu appreciated

Governor Ugwuanyi for his

support and kind

disposition to the people of

Aninri LGA, pointing out

that the governor gave

them two commissioners in

spite of the fact that their

council is among the

smallest local government

areas in the state.

The former Deputy

President of the Senate

congratulated the

commissioners, Mathias

Ekweremadu (Transport)

and Uchechukwu

Ogbonna (Labour and

Productivity) for their


He equally applauded

the council chairman for the

development projects,

reassuring the governor of

the commitment of the

people of Aninri to sustain

the existing peace in the


Earlier in his welcome

address, the council

Chairman, Chukwu,

expressed gratitude to the

governor for his support

and contributions to the

development of the area.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 35

HARVEST — From left, Mrs. Nkechi Afolabi, Mrs. Omotayo Omotosho (MFR), Bishop Prophet (Dr.) Oludemilade

O. Akpata, General Overseer, Divine Ewulomi Evangelical Church C&S Mende Maryland, Dr. Bola and Damilare

Omotosho, and Femi Akinpelu, during the church's Adult Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday.

NDDC interim mgt c'ttee to fix Warri - Benin

express road before christmas — OJOUGBO

By Jimitota Onoyume


D e l t a

D e v e l o p m e n t

Commission, NDDC has

said it will fix

bad portions of the Warri-

Sapele-Benin express

road before Christmas.

Acting Executive

Director Project of the

Interim Management

Committee of the

commission, Dr Cairo

Ojougbo, gave the

assurance yesterday

during an inspection

tour of the bad portions

of the road from Warri to

the Benin end.

He said a competent

company would be

engaged soon to

commence work, noting

that companies that

mobilised to begin repair

works on some portions of

the road without any

contractual agreement with

the commission

were doing so as part of

their Corporate Social

Responsibility, CSO, to the


“We have no

contractual agreement

with anybody. Any

contractor that mobilised to

the road without agreement

with us does so as their

Corporate Social

responsibility. We have not

agreed with the Federal

Ministry of Works. We must

obey the law, work

according to the details of

the law. The intervention of

the NDDC on the road

must follow due process.

This road qualifies for

emergency repairs.

Christmas is coming and

the traffic is huge. We must

make sure our people travel

without pains during the


“The NDDC you have

today is a very new

NDDC. We will not


Delta REC over non-compliance with ruling

By Ozioruva Aliu


Federal High Court

Benin City, Edo State, has

summoned the Resident

Electoral Commissioner,

REC, for Delta State, Dr

Cyril Omorogbe to appear

before it on February 4, 2020

to show cause why the

Independent National

Electoral Commission

should not be charged for

contempt for disobeying a

ruling of the Court of Appeal

that directed it to reverse the

current ward delineation in

Warri South Local

Government Area of Delta

State from 12 to 10 wards.

Some councillors from the

area represented by Philip

Ejeyi in suit number FHC/

B/CS/109/1997 had dragged

the INEC to the federal high

court for failing to

implement the order of the

Court of Appeal which the

Commission did not appeal

to the Supreme Court.

They argued that the

Commission still went

ahead to conduct the 2019

election into the two state

constituencies that make up

the local councils still using

the now illegal 12 wards.

When the case came up for

hearing yesterday before

Rivers wins 2019 Lafarge Africa National

Literacy essay contest

RIVERS State has

emerged winner of

the 2019 Lafarge Africa

National Literacy

Competition held in Lagos.

In a keenly contested

grand finale, Community

Primary School in Rivers

State beat other schools to

clinch the first position.

Master David

Emmanuella and Miss

Barikpoa Prosper, from

Community Primary School,

Rivers State, won the first

prize and Ogun and Enugu

States won the second and

third positions respectively.

The winners were

awarded scholarships,

trophies and various gifts for

their performance in the

sixth LANLC with the

theme ‘Bridging the

Literacy Gap Together’.

In his opening remarks,

the Chairman of Lafarge

Africa Plc, Mr Mobolaji

Balogun said, “Literacy is

crucial to the development

of any society.

‘’It is described by

UNESCO as a driver for

sustainable development in

that it enables greater

participation in the labour

market; improved child and

family health and nutrition;

reduces poverty and

expands life opportunities,

he said.

As an organization,

Balogun said that Lafarge

Africa would continue to

invest in educational

interventions including

scholarships and bursary

awards for children within

our host communities.

He added that it will also

engage in training

programmes, renovation

and construction of

classroom blocks and other

facilities within schools,

computer IT training, skills

acquisition programmes

among others.

Balogun said: ‘’For a

country like Nigeria, there

is an urgent need to work

towards securing a

sustainable future. We

believe that a sustainable

future will enable growth,

global peace and security

and technological


award new contracts; we

will go back to old

legacy contracts that

have been abandoned.

We are not here to award

contracts. We are here to

make Niger Deltans proud

and Mr President proud.

The Interim Management

Committee is to put the

NDDC back on track.“

Justice Mukta Garba Umar,

Omorogbe did not also

show up but sent the

Principal Executive Officer,

Onyeali Chika, to represent

the commission.

Counsels to the plaintiff

led by Jolone Ikomi and

Robinson Ariyo, posited that

INEC was contradicting

itself and deliberately

refusing to comply with the

order of the Court of Appeal

which it did not appeal.

Ariyo said yesterday

sitting was the second time

the REC would refuse to

honour a summon by the

court “with flimsy excuses”

He said the plaintiff

approached the court to

declare the creation of wards

in Warri South local

government area of Delta

from 10 to 12 wards as null

and void because the

additional wards were

created in less than 10 years

when they were first created

which he said was against

the constitutional provision

that wards could only be

created once in 10 years.

He argued that the federal

high court ruled in its favour

by ordering INEC to revert

to the 10 wards. INEC

appealed and lost at the

Court of Appeal. Ariyo

wondered why the

Commission failed to

comply when it did not

appeal against the decision

of the Court of Appeal even

when it deposed to an

affidavit that they were

complying with the decision.

Corps members performed

extremely well in Bayelsa,

Kogi elections — NYSC boss



By Luminous


U J A —


General of National Youth

Service Corps (NYSC)

Brigadier General, Shuaibu

Ibrahim, has commended

corps members who served

as adhoc staff of the

Independent National

Electoral Commission

(INEC) in the last Bayelsa

and Kogi governorship

elections, saying they

performed excellently.

Ibrahim, who spoke

during a visit to the FCT

orientation camp in Kubwa

Abuja, expressed delight

that nothing untoward

happened to the corps

members during the polls.

He said, “If not for the

corps members, we

wouldn’t have been able to

have credible elections in

this country, because as the

INEC chairman would

always say they are the most

knowledgeable, most

patriotic and the most

readily available. I am so

happy that we did

excellently well in the Kogi

and Bayelsa elections. And

nothing untoward

happened to any of my

corps members as it went

hitch free.”

On the ongoing 2019

Batch C orientation

exercise, the NYSC DG said

over 20,000 foreign trained

Nigerians uploaded online

for mobilisation but the

physical verification

measures put in place by

the scheme have helped to

reduce the number of those

mobilised to 3420.

Delta lawmaker tasks Ijaw,

Itsekiri on peaceful co-existence



representing Warri

South West in the Delta State

House of Assembly,

Emomotimi Guwor, has

advised the Ijaw and Itsekiri

in Warri South West to live

in peace and harmony to

attract the needed

infrastructural development.

Guwor spoke at Ikpere

Primary School field,

Ode-Ugborodo in Warri

South West during the

flag-off of Comrade

Sheriff Mulade unity

football tournament.

organised by National

Centre for Peace and

Environmental Justice.

Emomotimi, while

describing the football

tournament as laudable,

said sports all over the

world was about creating

a sense of community and

common purpose, a tool

for peace, cooperation

and advancement, which

help to unite people of



nationalities, as it is a

considered as a universal


He commended Mulade

for initiating the Ijaw/Itsekiri

peace and unity

tournament, with the aim to

foster unity, peace and

togetherness among the

Ijaw and Itsekiri of Warri

South West.

According to him: ‘’It is

only in a peaceful and

conducive environment that

business, government

activities and the desired

infrastructural development


loses mum



Anueyiagu, a

journalist and former staff

member of Vanguard and

ThisDay newspapers, has

lost his mother, Madam

Agnes Anueyiagu, aged 90

years old. She will be buried

on Friday, November 22,

2019 at his hometown in

Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre

local government area of

Imo State.

can be achieved. Therefore,

the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic

nationalities must come

together to champion a

common purpose for

development, having

acknowledged that they

share common challenges

of infrastructural neglect

and environmental


E m o m o t i m i

admonished the people

of Warri South West to

‘’sustain the peace and

shun violence and other

vices that stand as

impediment to our

development and

embrace peaceful

coexistence as brothers.’


Director, NPF


Bank is dead

THE Executive Director

(Operations) NPF

Microfinance Bank Plc,

Mr. Jude Ohanehi is dead.

He died on November 3,

2019 after a brief illness.

Funeral arrangement is

as follows: The NPF

Microfinance Bank Plc will

hold Night of Tribute in his

honour at Police Officer’s

Mess at Plot 24, Sobo

Arobiodu Street, GRA,

Ikeja, Lagos tomorrow by

4.00 pm.

The internment and

thanksgiving will be done

in his home town Odoata,

Ihiala, Anambra State.

Late Mr Ohanehi.

36—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019



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Ayo Akinmade:

Enhancing productivity

with informal offices

•Ayo Akinmade

ollowing the growing acceptance of co-working

Farrangement in Nigeria’s business environment, Vice

Chairman of Regus, pioneer workspace and co-working

solution firm, Mr. Ayo Akinmade, provides insight into

the innovation which is gaining traction in the country.

we opened 260 new locations.

Regus pioneered coworking

space, having

started over three decades

ago and we have not stopped.

Everybody else is just

coming behind. It is one of

the advantages of being first

in specialised businesses.

Being an early mover has its

advantages but one should

continue because, if the

person doesn’t push on,

others will come and overtake


Your firm, Regus provides

co-working space for the business

community. The services

are relatively new in this

part of the globe. What kind

of reception are you receiving

since debuting in Nigeria?

I am an accountant. I studied

economics. I lived and

worked in the UK and US. We

do office business. Our job is

to provide professional offices

for companies. Regus has been

in existence in Nigeria since

2008 but it has been existing

globally for more than 35


We provide ready to use offices

just the same way an individual

could book a room in

a hotel and check out after usage.

We are in Abuja, Port Harcourt,

and Lagos. The brand,

Regus, is an enabler. We are

an interface that enables people

with business ideas to be

able to function in a professional

space in a co-working

environment where they have

like-minded people doing

what they are doing.

We enable people to do their

work in a professional and safe

environment. Beyond doing it

in one location, we are also a

network. We are not a local network.

We are an international

network. Taking an office space

from us gives you access to the

shared spaces in Dubai, Hong

Kong, and Japan among others.

We are a natural habitat to

incubate people and give them

succour in a professional environment.

We are a global

network. Signing up with us

simply means you have become

a member of a global

club, and you have access

across the world. The concept

of co-working just means

putting people in the same

space. The label is over-used.

It is just about different people

doing different things in

one space.

Your services are relatively

new in the country, how are

you marketing the Regus


People find us if they do online

searches. If you search

and demand an office space,

we would provide it. Most of

the time, we advertise our

services on Facebook and

Instagram. We also talk to the

press about what our business

is. Around the world,

people know the brand and

what the brand stands for. A

lot of people also come from

abroad and require an office

immediately and we provide

what they need. In that way,

we can get customers.

It is just about providing

readily available office space

for people to work and conduct

their businesses. We

have in Nigeria, about 300

customers across all our locations.

All of these customers

are invoiced from one location

in Philistines. Somebody

sends them a statement

every month from Manila.

Somebody sends them a reminder,

if they have not paid,

and tells them we are going

to lock up the office. All these

are possible because of technology.

When you go on Facebook

or LinkedIn, if you are to type

in office space, our search

results will come out. That is

technology. If you click the

website, within the next two

days, you will start getting

images following you. Any

time you go online, it will be

popping up. That is the technology

that we have. If you

go on and click on our website,

it will ask you, ‘where

do you want an office?’ We

have a building in Barcelona

that houses 3,000 people.

It is a call center. The people

take information, call the person

to ask whether he is in

Lagos or Japan, and also

what type of space he wants.

As people talk, they have

a map of the city on their

computer. There is a dot indicating

all the locations on

the map, and with this, they

are showing clients the locations

and asking them if they

have preferences. When they

are done and they key all the

information in, the technology

that we have behind will

take all that information and

determine the person that

should get the email.

What are the advantages

derivable from co-working

that are not available in the

conventional offices?

Collaboration is constant. It

is to make sure that in the

same space, people can be

interacting and share ideas, It

is a setting where the person

sitting next to you is from a

different company; the one

sitting opposite is from a different

company; the person

sitting by your left is your colleague

but in the accounts

department. Sometimes, because

you are together, the

Being an early

mover has its

advantages but

one should


because, if the

person doesn’t

push on, others

will come and

overtake him

guy opposite you may be

talking about what they need

to do or what their company

does. If you have not been in

the same space, you might not

have the opportunity to collaborate

and then form a

partnership. That’s the whole

idea. Most of the time, the

basic concept is to have less

formal offices. Once people

are in a formal office and the

door is shut, you can’t collaborate

with them. So, in coworking,

we have less of those

offices. In fact, they only have

meeting rooms where they

discuss confidential issues in

an hour and come back.

What is your comparative

edge over competing organisations

that offer similar


This is an international organisation

that has been in

existence for almost 40 years.

It is in 123 countries. We run

the business like a world-wide

brand. Any customer that

signs with us, on any location,

will have free access to any of

our locations around the

world. You get a membership

number whenever you join. In

fact, before you talk to our receptionist,

your laptop should

already be connected to the

Wi-Fi automatically.

Regus is only one of about

seven brands we have in our

group. Another distinct advantage

is that as you go

around the world, we give you

a Regus app. As long as you

have your location services

turned on, it will immediately

tell you where all the locations

of Regus are. In terms

of edge, there is nobody else

that has the number of

locations we have around the

world, even in Nigeria. We

have the largest number of

locations. We have been

doing this longer than

anybody else and we have

superior systems, networks,

furniture quality, attentiveness

to detail, professionalism,

and any kind of thing

within that system.

In terms of efficiency and

productivity, can you give a

breakdown of how Regus

promotes them?

We are in over 130 countries.

In those countries, we have

over 5,000 offices in 5,000 locations.

It is about the square

meters that those 5,000 offices

cover. The nearest company

to us called WeWork has

582 locations worldwide now

but they are in fewer countries.

A couple of years ago,

Don’t you think the harsh

economic realities in the

country may constitute a

challenge to this relatively

new kind of office ownership

in Nigeria?

With every economic slowdown,

there is hardly any part

of the society that doesn’t feel

the impact of the slowdown.

Activities are generally lower.

We expect it to go much

slower. Generally, when there

is an economic slowdown, is

when we tend to see more

activities. This is because,

those people that did not consider

a serviced office before,

when the economy slows

down and funds are scarce,

will have a rethink. But in

cases where one has signed

a five-year lease, and he has

paid the lease; except he

finds someone to sublease to,

he will have to keep it. There

is nothing about the business

environment that is peculiar

to us.

The economic climate affects

everyone in the economy.

If the business environment

gets harsher, it will affect

our customers. And if it

affects our customers, it will

affect us. If the business environment

is favourable, our

customers would have more

money and do more business

with us. What we pray for is

for the government to create

an enabling environment for

businesses to thrive, and for

young people to have startups.

We aim to create an enabling

environment where

businesses will grow.

Regus is more conservative

in outlook. International

Workspace Group ,IWG, is the

company that owns all the

companies of which Regus is

just one. We have another

brand called Spaces, which

we will be introducing into

Nigeria in the second quarter

of next year. This looks

almost like WeWork. We have

open spaces and many different

brands that are all over the

world but in Nigeria, we have

been pushing Regus. Next

year, we intend to push more

of the space brands.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 37

COMMISSIONING: From left—Dr. John Abebe, Senior Medical Officer,

University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH; HRH Patrick Igbinidu, the

Iyase of Udo; Pharm. Folake Odediran, General Manager Rx and Country

Chair, Sanofi Nigeria-Ghana, and Prof. Darlington Obaseki, CMD, UBTH,

at the commissioning of Diabetes and Hypertension Clinic, at Comprehensive

Health Centre, Udo, Edo State, and the signing of MoU between

UBTH and Sanofi.

VISIT: From left—NYSC Area Coordinator, South-West, Emmmanuel

Attah, signing the visitors' register, while the Oyo State Coordinator

of NYSC, Mrs. Ambekemo Eniola, looks on, during the working

visits of Attah to the permanent orientation camp at Iseyin, in Oyo




fighting Boko

Haram losing

homes, families

–Rights group

By Emma Amaize

IJAW Peoples Development

Initiative, IPDI, a

rights group in Delta State,

has raised the alarm that

many soldiers of Southern

origin, who have served

over four years combating

Boko Haram insurgents in

the NorthEast were at the

brink of losing their homes

and families.

National president of the

group, Austin Ozobo, in a

letter to the Chief of Army

Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Turku

Buatai, alleged that authorities

at their respective units

in Lagos and Ogun states

have refused to redeploy

them against service regulations,

encouraging their

wives to resort to extra marital


The letter reads: “The affected

soldiers are at the

verge of losing their homes

and families, as their wives

have resorted to extra

marital affairs and,

eventually, divorce their

spouses. Their children

have dropped out of school

and turned orphans, as their

mothers can no longer provide

for them. As rights and

pressure group, our attention

has been drawn to unsavory

treatment meted to

some southern Army officials

deployed to NorthEast

to prosecute the war against

Boko Haram.

“We, therefore, call the

COAS to expedite action by

launching investigation

into the issues raised, with a

view to doing the needful as

regards withdrawing the

affected soldiers from the

NorthEast back to their

original barracks to reunite

with their families.

“We were reliably informed

that authorities of

81 Division of 353 Artillery

Regiment, Ojo Cantonment,

Lagos State; 192

Battalion, Owode Yawe

Unit, Ogun State, and 35

Artillery Brigade, Alamala

Barrack Unit, Ogun State,

have bluntly refused to withdraw/reshuffle

their soldiers,

who have served in the North-

East (operational ground) for

a period of five years.”

38 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019


Imo community jubilates over

plan to revive Oguta Port

By Chinonso Alozie,


THE people of Ossemotto

in Oguta Local

Government Area of Imo

State, said they were excited

to see that the Federal

Government has remembered

to resuscitate the

Oguta river port in their


Southeast Voice was in

Ossemotto where the

Managing Director of the

National Inland Waterways,

Authority, NIWA,

George Moghalu and his

team came to the port with

the aim to reviving the

abandoned river port.

Their visit was said to

have spurred the traditional

ruler of the host

community, Eze Franklin

Okafor, as well as other

community leaders to

embrace the idea of reviving

the Oguta port.

The jubilant members of

the community said they

have been encouraged that

all hope has not been lost

and called on the

government to ensure that

they put their words into


They recalled how several

visits in the past have

not yielded any positive

efforts regarding the struggle

to bring back to life the

abandoned port.

In their story, they narrated

how the port was

beneficial to people from all

over the country coming to

do various businesses

especially that of palm oil


Some also said that from

the Oguta river port, it was

easier for people to export

their products.

Eze of the host community,

Franklin Okafor, who

spoke briefly while

receiving Mohaglu and

his members said: “I am

very happy today to see this

team. God has a purpose

for this appointment given

to you. Everybody in

Ossemotto is happy with

you that something good

is about to happen. This is

•From right, NIWA Managing Director, George Moghalu, and Eze Franklin Okafor

during NIWA visit at the Oguta River Port. Photo: Chinonso Alozie

one of the good things we

expect that will happen in

Igboland. The contractor

that is doing this Oguta

port project, Ogbuagu

Gogo Wakuche, is a trusted

son of our land and we believe

in him for this

project.I want to say, devel-

National Integration reverberates at 2019 Life in my City Art Festival

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU — THE dire

need for further integration

amongst Nigerian

people and her diversities

was once more brought to

the fore when visual artists,

art administrators, curators,

enthusiasts, teachers

and every other lover and

practitioner of art converged

for the 2019 Grand

finale of Life In My City

Art Festival, LIMCAF, last

Saturday Night in Enugu.

LIMCAF which started

13 years ago in Enugu, is an

exhibition of visual arts that

also carries in the festival,

other forms of arts such as

Dance, Drama, Music and

sociological expressions.

The intermediality

arouses consciousness of art

and a platform for young

artists’ excellence.

In the audience were

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

of Enugu State,

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

CHURCH of Nigeria,

Anglican Communion,

Diocese on the Niger, recently

admitted 50 inmates

and of Nigerian Correction

Center, NCC, (Prison) Onitsha

into the Order of Confirmation

and 43 inmates

into Anglican Boys Fellowship.

Meanwhile, the Deputy

Controller of Correction

Center Onitsha, Mr

Valentine has disclosed that

Onitsha Prison which capacity

is for 600 people is

currently housing 1155

inmates, adding that the

Federal Government decided

to change the name from

Nigerian Prisons Service to

Nigerian Correction Center

to decongest the prison,

since the new name attracts

new packages and more


Bishop, Diocese on the

Niger while admitting the

inmates into the Order of

Confirmation and the Anglican

Boys Fellowship, respectively

during the Confirmation

and Admission

Service for inmates of Chapel

of Restotation, Nigerian

Correction Center, urged

them to live a life that will

show that they have repented

and are not true children of

God. He reminded them that

oping the seaport is a

development for the entire

Nigeria. It will bring peace

and progress in the land.”

Another community

leader, Henry Okafor, who

has been in the know of

the happenings in the

Oguta port said: “In the

the purpose of having laws

was for people to behave well,

adding that if there was no

law, life will be nasty and

brutish as people will be

killing one another and be

going free.

He told them that God does

not want the death of the

sinner but for him to repent

and live a Godly and a good

life, adding that if God starts

treating human beings according

to their behaviours,

nobody will live.

“The law is blind, it does

not know sister neither does

it know brother. It does not

respect anybody whether

rich or poor. So, if you commit

an offense, prepare your

HRH, the Obi of Onitsha,

Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe;

Doyen of art, Bruce Onobrakpeya;

Art Teacher, Prof

Ola Olaide; former Chief

Judge of Anambra State,

Justice Peter Umeadi (rtd);

Elder Kalu Uke; Mr. Dennis

Okoro of MTN

Foundation; founder of

LIMCAF, Chief Robert Oji;

Mr. Kelvin Ejiofor; Nsikak

Essien; among many others.

The Gala and Award

Night was spiced with dramatic

and melodious folklore

songs and dances by the

Enugu chamber choir as

well as the Akaraka Dance

Troupe that performed a

mixture of different dances,

including the Ohafia

war dance, the Atilogwu

cultural dance and other

dance dramas.

Chairman of the LIM-

CAF Board, Elder Kalu

Uke said the festival positions

art in social development,

noting that “it’s also

in evidence that that Life

In My City Art Festival

based in Enugu is becoming

a relevant thread in the effort

being made to unite and

strengthen the social fabric

of our fragile nation.”

Uke disclosed that the

13th edition was special in

some ways such that the festival

held in November instead

of its traditional month

of October because of the

closure of Enugu airport and

received 550 entries from

600 capacity Onitsha Prison currently houses 1,155 inmates

*As Anglican Communion admits 50 inmates into the Order of Confirmation

past, when we brought

palm oil, many companies

would come here and buy

them off and keep in their

various warehouses and

finally, load them into their

vessels and these vessels

would now move towards

Rivers State and to the

*Awardees on stage at the gala nite

mind for the punishment. That

does not mean that God does

not love us or cannot forgive

our sins but he wants us to live

a good life. That is why he forgives

what man cannot


“ The devil plants confusion

in the lives of people who give

it a chance. It works on daily

basis to deceive people with

weak minds but as human

beings, we must weed out the

bad eggs from our lives to

excape the plans of the devil

against us”

Continuing, the Deputy

Controller of Onitsha Correction

Center, Mr Nwosu

expressed satisfaction with the

number of the inmates

admitted to the Order of Confirmation

and Anglican

larger sea and then

transloaded possibly to


“As of then, we had so

many Igbo top businessmen

from other states who

had their warehouses here.

They were buying and

selling to the white people.

So, when the palm oil

business collapsed, the port

was affected.

“Yar’ Adua saw reasons

why inland water ways

should be developed. The

inland water ways are the

water ways that connect the

states to the high sea. For

us to mitigate the traffic on

our roads, it became necessary

to have our inland

water ways functional in

different places and vessels

could carry more goods

compared to other means

of transportation. This all

started in 2009 during the

time of Yar' Adua.”

On the issue of vandals,

he said: “I said two things,

what causes vandalization

made by man and the

other made by natural

disasters. If you abandon

a house for a very long

time, termites and other

things will go and destroy

them. If the breeze blows,

it uproots the roof. Do you

know if you are not living

in a house, it is easy for

breeze to turn off the roofs.

“The other one is that

people can trek into that

place and steal some

things. Over eighty percent

of vandalizatuon was

simply because it was

abandoned. The manmade

could have like ten

percent; some people will

Youths Fellowship, urging

them not to backslide.

He said that the reforms the

former Nigerian Prison Service

is going through now has

made it in such a way that

there will be custodians

and non custodians of

Nigerian Correction Center,

since not all the offense

will attract being detained

or committed to prison.

Custodians of the Nigerian

Correction Center will be

those who committed criminal

of fences, the non custodians

are those of that the

offender will be giver

alternative punishment instead

of detaining or committing

them as inmates of

the Nigerian Correction


go there and steal roofs or

somethings like that.”

Reacting, the NIWA,

Managing Director, Moghalu,

recalled that in the 50s,

vessels from Liverpool and

other countries arrived at

the Oguta river port to do

businesses but he was not

happy that the port was no

longer functional to encourage



According to Moghalu,

“We are here to access the

level of abandonment of the

the Oguta port.We recall

that vessels were coming

from Liverpool to Oguta

river port in the 50s and I

ask what is happening

now, why are they not

doing the same thing now?

What is the problem? That

is why we are here to

restore the businesses.

“I have seen the level of

work at the port and it is

evidently clear that the

work has been abandoned.

I will bring to the

knowledge of the federal

government what I have

seen today. This is the

second port that we have

visited. It is very clear that

the port has no fence and

that it has made the Oguta

port porous and it is not

good. We have also noticed

that the port has no fence

and as a result of this, it

has exposed it to danger.

There is need to build a

fence and protect the businesses

and the investors


He pleaded that “it will

not be a good story to hear

that people invested and

lost their businesses.

young visual artists across

the country. He said that the

embrace made the board

restructure the 2019 competition

into nine primary

exhibition centers in Zaria,

Ondo, Lagos, Abuja,

Ibadan, Benin, Uyo, Port

Harcourt and Enugu.

The Art Director disclosed

that courtesy of LIM-

CAF Patron, Professor El

Anatsui, in addition to the

prizes for the first six winners

of the year, the six young

artists, owners of the winning

works, will join the

2018 top winners on an all

expense paid visit to

Dak’Art Biennale, in Dakar


“This is an unprecedented

happening in the annals

of art promotion in Nigeria.

There were four of them

in 2018; there will be 12 of

them going to Dakar in

2020, all on the platform

of Life In My City Art Festival,

all sponsored by Professor

El Anatsui,” Uke disclosed.

The winners of the 2019

contest include Victor

Olaoye, who won the top

prize for his charcoal medium

painting, ‘Angel

among gods’, and a cash

prize of N500,000 and an

all expenses paid trip to the

Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar

Senegal in June 2020.

The second prize went to

Toritseju Favour Clark,

who won N250, 000 and a

scholarship to attend Bruce

Onobrakpeya’s Harmattan

Workshope in February

2020; while the third prize

went to Samson Ejiofor,

who won two scholarships

and a cash prize of N150,

000. Bruce Onobrakpeya

stated that the basis for the

festival was to nurture the

artist child, adding that the

advantage was that the artists

challenge themselves

without guidance.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 39


WikiLeaks: Swedish prosecutor

drops Assange rape probe

Swedish prosecutors

said on Tuesday that they

have dropped their investigation

into WikiLeaks

founder Julian Assange

over a 2010 rape allegation,

even though they

found the plaintiff’s claim


“My assessment is that

all investigative measures

that can be taken have

been taken. But… the evidence

is not strong enough

to file an indictment,” deputy

director of public prosecutions

Eva-Marie Persson

told reporters.

The investigation was

launched after a Swedish

woman who met Assange

at a WikiLeaks conference

in Stockholm in

August 2010 accused the

Australian of having unprotected

sex with her while

she was sleeping. She said

she had previously repeatedly

refused to have unprotected

sex with him.

The statute of limitations

in the case was to expire

in August 2020. Assange

has always denied the allegation.

“I want to stress that the

plaintiff has given a credible

and reliable account (of

events). Her statement is

clear, long and detailed,”

Persson said in a statement.

“But altogether, my assessment

is that the evidence

has weakened in

such a way that there is no

longer reason to continue

the investigation.”

Assange, 48, has been

held at a top-security British

prison since April after

police dragged him out of

the Ecuadoran embassy in

London, where he had

been holed up since 2012

to avoid an extradition order

to Sweden.

He was subsequently

sentenced to 50 weeks in

prison for breaching bail

conditions when he took

refuge in the embassy.

Swedish authorities

closed the rape investigation

in 2017, saying it was

not possible to proceed as

Assange could not be

reached. But the case was

reopened following his arrest.

In September, prosecutors

said they had interviewed

seven witnesses

over the summer in a bid

to move the inquiry forward.

Assange is also fighting

a US bid to extradite him

from Britain on charges

filed under the Espionage

Act that could see him given

a sentence of up to 175

years in a US prison.

Most of those charges

relate to obtaining and disseminating

classified information

over his website

WikiLeaks publishing military

documents and diplomatic


Hong Kong University protesters

defy surrender warnings

Dozens of exhausted prodemocracy

protesters occupying

a Hong Kong university

defied warnings to surrender

Tuesday on the third

day of a stand-off with police,

as China sent fresh signals

that its patience with nearly

six months of unrest was running


Fearing arrest or being shot

at by police, a dwindling

number of protesters remained

huddled inside

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

(PolyU) as night fell.

The siege at PolyU began

Sunday with many hundreds

of protesters occupying

the campus as part of a

broader campaign of massive

disruption across Hong

Kong that began last week.

The ensuing confrontation

turned into the most intense

and prolonged of Hong

Kong’s pro-democracy crisis,

which has seen millions take

to the streets since June to

voice anger at China’s erosion

of the territory’s freedoms.

During the siege protesters

had repelled police

surges with a barrage of

Molotov cocktails, arrows

and bricks. Police in response

threatened to use

live rounds.

Some protesters escaped

overnight on Monday by

shinning down ropes from

a footbridge to a road,

where they were whisked

away on motorbikes. Others

disappeared into manholes

to try to probe the

drainage system for a route


In an apparently co-ordinated

effort to distract police,

tens of thousands of

people streamed towards

the PolyU campus on Monday

night as clashes simultaneously

raged with police

in nearby Kowloon district.

Footage on Monday

showed armoured police

beating fallen protesters

with batons as they lay on

the ground. One officer was

filmed stamping on the

head of a man who was already


Alleged police brutality is

one of the central complaints

of the protest movement.

Senior officers insist their

men are acting proportionately.

In her first public comments

on the PolyU crisis,

Hong Kong chief executive

Carrie Lam said surrender

was the only way to achieve

a peaceful outcome.

“This objective could only

be achieved with the full cooperation

of the protesters,

including of course the rioters.

“They have to stop violence,

give up the weapons

and come out peacefully

and take the instructions

from the police,” she said.

Lam said children who surrendered

would not be arrested,

though protesters aged

over 18 would face charges

of rioting.

A million faulty condoms

recalled in Uganda

A leading charity, Marie Stopes, says it has recalled

more than a million condoms distributed in Uganda following

concerns about their safe use.

Tests had found some of the Indian-manufactured Life

Guard brand contained holes or risked bursting, Uganda’s

National Drug Authority (NDA) said.

Marie Stopes provides contraception and family planning

services in more than 35 countries. Other research

suggests that only 11% of people in the country have

planned pregnancies.

Marie Stopes supplies between 1.5 million and two

million condoms to Uganda every month.

“We can confirm this is the first time that one of our

country programmes has needed to issue this kind of

recall,” it said in a statement to the BBC.

The recall came after the NDA wrote to the charity on

30 October, saying two batches of Life Guard condoms

failed to comply with “quality tests”.

Marie Stopes said it was working with the NDA to

“urgently investigate what happened with these batches

and ensure our products continue to meet the high standard

of quality”.

Jeffrey Epstein guards charged

with falsifying records

Two prison guards who were on duty on the night of

disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s death have been

charged with falsifying records.

They are accused of failing to check in on him every 30

minutes and fabricating log entries to show they had.

Epstein hanged himself in jail in August while awaiting

trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

The charges against the two guards are the first to arise

from a criminal inquiry into his death.

Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing

dozens of girls, some as young as 14.

The 66 year old was already a convicted sex offender,

having been jailed in Florida in 2008 for procuring a

minor for prostitution.

They were supposed to check on Epstein every 30 minutes

on the night of his death. He had been taken off

suicide watch after a previous suspected attempt to take

his own life and was alone in his cell at the Metropolitan

Correctional Center in New York.

But attorney Geoffrey Berman said the two guards had

“repeatedly failed to conduct mandated checks on inmates,

and lied on official forms to hide their dereliction”.

US and Australian hostages

freed in Taliban prisoner swap

The Afghan Taliban have freed two Western academics

held hostage since 2016 in exchange for three imprisoned

senior militants.

American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks

were released three years after being kidnapped outside

the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul where

they worked as professors.

The three militants arrived in Qatar from Afghanistan

as part of the swap.

Afghan officials say the deal is aimed at restarting talks

with the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani said last week the decision was

“a tough, but important” one and a “humanitarian gesture”.

The swap includes Anas Haqqani, a leading figure

and fund-raiser in the Haqqani militant group, and two

other senior commanders, who had been held in prison

by Afghan authorities.

Syria, Egypt, Jordan condemn U.S.

reversal on Israeli settlement policy

Syria, Egypt and Jordan have condemned the announcement

by Washington that it no longer considers

Israeli settlements in the West Bank inconsistent with

international law.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the reversal

of U.S. policy toward the controversial settlements on

Monday. This is according to a statement released by

Syrian state news agency SANA on Tuesday in Amman.

A source at the Foreign Ministry said Damascus “condemns

in the strongest terms the American position towards

the Zionist settlements in the Palestinian territories,

which are a flagrant violation of international law.”

Syria finds the U.S. position as “invalid and has no

legal effect,” the statement added.

Egypt said its position adheres to the international resolutions

and laws, which considers the settlements “illegal

and violate international law,” Foreign Ministry

Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.

On Monday, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-

Safadi described the settlements as “an unacceptable

unilateral measure” that violates international law and

undermines chances for a two-state solution.

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alleged APC members

which led to the death of

an innocent woman is

criminal and condemnable.

Our government would not

shield party members who

break the laws of the land.

“Governor Yahaya Bello

has directed security agents

to quell the rising tension

and also ensure that

perpetrators of the murder

and arson are brought to

book. The governor is

elected to protect all Kogi

people regardless of their

ethnic or political beliefs.”

Fanwo, who said the

State Security Adviser,

Commander Jerry

Omodara, has been given

orders to ensure the crisis

is brought to an immediate

end, urged the people of

the community to maintain

peace as justice would

surely be served.

Idika Kalu condemns act

Four-time minister and

elder statesman, Dr Kalu

Idika Kalu, condemned the

act, saying ‘’our common

humanity has been called

to question.’’

His words: “Surely, even

for a beleaguered Nigeria,

this, if true, is an

unpardonable outrage and

barbaric politics at its worst!

A veritable tipping point, if

countless other similar

incidents are dubiously


“Our common humanity

is called to question,

whomsoever we are. .this

crime, surely, is beyond

partisan politics. Our

leaders in all spheres must

declare a human tragedy in

Kogi, indeed, in the entire


“All men and women of

goodwill, all who remotely

regard themselves as

leaders in this country,

must demand full and

prompt accountability for

this dastardly act under

whatever guise!

“Our creator will take

vengeance for the bestiality

displayed in the name of

hateful party politics!

This is the last straw on

the ceaseless assault on our


Naira depreciates to

N362.80/$ in I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The naira, yesterday, depreciated to N362.80 per

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

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the window rose to N362.80 per

dollar yesterday from N362.50 per dollar on Monday,

translating to 30 kobo depreciation of the naira.

The volume of dollars traded on the window

yesterday rose by 55 per cent to $316.12 million from

$204.28 million on Monday.

Similarly, the naira yesterday, depreciated by 50

kobo in the parallel market.

According to naijabdcs.com, the live exchange rate

platform of the Association of Bureaux De Change

Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the parallel market

exchange rose to N358.5 per dollar from N358 per

dollar on Monday, indicating 50 kobo depreciation

of the naira.

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PDP woman leader burnt to death;

home razed

How Bayelsa poll was

rigged – Dickson

Meanwhile, Governor

Seriake Dickson yesterday

presented video evidence

in support of the killings

and election violence that

characterised the conduct of

last Saturday’s

governorship election in

Nembe local government

area and other parts of the


Addressing a world press

conference in Yenagoa,

Dickson described the

election as a charade and

a carefully orchestrated

plan to forcibly take over

the state towards

entrenching a one-party


He said: “This is not the

first time we are having

elections. People were

killed, some ripped open

and thrown into the river

and up till now no arrest..

“As democrats, we believe

in using democratic

procedures in challenging

what happened in Ogbia.

In Ogbia, there was no

collation done. In most of

the areas, at the conclusion

of voting, the soldiers came

and rounded up everybody

and forcibly took them to

Ogbia town and asked all

PDP leaders to leave to

enable them replace with

pre-written results. And so

the results announced for

Ogbia, like those for

Southern Ijaw and Nembe

were not real.

“What has happened in

Bayelsa is one of the most

brazen acts of distortion

and rape of our democracy.

What took place was not a

democratic election. It was

a military coup. It was the

height of conspiracy by the

federal government and

security agencies to subvert

the democratic rights of our

people for the sole purpose

of foisting the APC on the


“It has never been like this

before. In 2015, it wasn’t as

bad as this. In this case, not

only was the Army directed

to take over our place, but

also to collude with APC

thugs to unleash terror on

our people.”

The governor urged

Bayelsans to be calm,

adding that the

reprehensible acts against

democracy would be

addressed through

democratic procedures.

Dickson also described

as balderdash, the notion

being bandied about by

APC leaders that it was

disagreement between him

and former President

Goodluck Jonathan that led

to their pyrrhic victory,

emphasizing that Jonathan

remained a leader of the

entire country whose image

and reputation was too

weighty to be dragged in

the mud by the opposition


He explained that as a

leader of the country, the

former President was at

liberty to receive visitors of

the APC who paid him a

visit but warned on the

dangers posed by the

satanic insinuations being

weaved around the visit by

the APC to sell their

diabolic plot to turn Nigeria

into a one party state and a

vicious attempt to

legitimize illegitimate and

indefensible electoral


He stressed that no

politician had stood by

Jonathan more than himself

and that in the build up to

the elections, he had visited

Jonathan about sixteen

times to meet with him on

the way forward for the PDP.

“My reaction is that

President Jonathan

remains a leader of our

country. He is at liberty to

receive members of any

political party but in the

context of all that is going

on I know that the

insinuations are not


“APC came to Bayelsa to

take his state and people

by force. With the

comments they are making

about him, Oshiomhole

coming to Bayelsa to praise

Jonathan. What they were

doing is laying the

foundation to perpetrate

fraud and violence

“No politician has stood

by Jonathan more than me.

They simply used his name

and image to legitimize an

illegitimacy. I can see the

strategic content. They used

Jonathan to expand the

notion of disagreement and

after the rigging to go to

him like Pontius Pilate to

wash off their hands and

put it at his doorsteps to say

he sanctioned it...But let’s

accord him the right to meet

with other dignitaries.”

Fake policemen

disrupted polls– IGP

Speaking on the violence

that trailed the polls, IGP

Mohammed Adamu, said

the Police were aware of

plans by politicians to sew

police uniforms for their

supporters during the


The IGP also said that

‘policemen’ alleged to

have disrupted the

November 16 governorship

polls in parts of the two

states were “fake” and not

the personnel officially

deployed for election


Briefing State House

correspondents after a

security meeting with

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 41




PRESENTATION—From left: Chief Medical Director, University College

Hospital (UCH), Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo; General Overseer, Redeemed

Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; and Chairman, Medical

Advisory Committee, Dr Victor Akinmoladun, at the presentation of dialysis

machines worth 10 Million Naira by Pastor Adeboye to UCH in Ibadan,

yesterday. Photo: NAN.

President Muhammadu

Buhari at the State House,

Abuja, Adamu stated that

all security personnel who

worked during the

elections were given

“special identification tags,”

adding that anyone without

the tags was on illegal duty.

The IGP, who said the

security situation in the

country was stable,

however, said investigation

was ongoing to unravel the

identities of those that

caused violence during the

elections, adding that 11

arrests had been made.

On the alleged police

extortion of motorists in

South-East by police

officers at check points, he

advised that people should

always copy the names of

such police officers and

report them to the police

hierarchy in the area.

Jonathan’s loyalty is to

Nigeria – Omokri

Speaking on why former

President Goodluck

Jonathan hosted APC

leaders and comments that

his support made APC win

Bayelsa governorship

election, Mr Reno Omokri,

said the ex-President

remained a member of the

PDP but that his loyalty was

to Nigeria.

In a statement issued

yesterday, Omokri, a former

aide of Jonathan, said the

ex-President was,

however, required to accept

all Nigerians because of his

role as an elder statesman.

Omokri was reacting to

the controversy sparked off

after Jonathan hosted some

All Progressives Congress,

APC, governors at his

residence in Otuoke,

following the victory of

David Lyon, APC

candidate in the Bayelsa

governorship election.

Jonathan was said to

have tacitly supported

Lyon against Duoye Diri,

candidate of the PDP.

Omokri said his former

boss had no interest in

partisan politics and that he

welcomed anyone who

paid him a courtesy visit.

According to him, it is

more appropriate to say

Jonathan’s “eternal party is


“Former President

Goodluck Jonathan is a

member of the Peoples

Democratic Party.

Throughout his sojourn on

earth, he has been a

member of only one political

party,” Omokri said.

“Dr. Jonathan is known

for his stability and loyalty.

These are character traits

that have been lifelong

companions of his. He is

also an elder statesman and

that role requires that he

accepts all Nigerian

citizens, and indeed all the

world’s peoples, in the

spirit of the brotherhood of


“As an elder statesman

and Chairman of the

Goodluck Jonathan

Foundation, Dr. Jonathan

will receive people of

goodwill who apply to pay

him a courtesy visit,

irrespective of their political

or religious leanings.

Though a Christian, he has

received Muslim groups

and diverse other visitors.

“Dr. Jonathan intends to

devote the rest of his life on

Earth to building unity, and

engendering opportunity

for Nigerians and Africans

and he has no desire, or

reason to engage in

partisan politics beyond

being a loyal member of the

Peoples Democratic Party.

“His being a member of

the Peoples Democratic

Party is institutional. In fact,

it is more accurate to state

that his eternal party is

Nigeria, for which he

reminds all Nigerians that

they are brothers and

sisters born from the womb

of one Nigeria.”

PDP youths blame party

leadership for Bayelsa


Indeed, the failure of the

PDP to retain the

governorship seat in

Bayelsa State has been

blamed on the national

leadership of the party.

A group of youths, under

the auspices of PDP South-

South Youth Vanguard,

who stated this yesterday,

also fingered what they

called Governor Seriake

Dickson’s highhandedness

in the build up

to selection of the party’s

candidate for the election.

In a statement by its

National Chairman, James

Efe Akpofure, the youths

claimed that monies

exchanged hands between

the party leadership and

the governor over his

choice of candidate.

The group further said

Bayelsa people were not

happy with Governor

Dickson’s decision to

feature a candidate that

was not popular among the

people, even as they

described the choice of Diri

as selfish.

Aside from blaming

Dickson, the group also

accused former President

Jonathan of anti-party

activities, stressing that no

matter the issue, the

governor, the party

leadership and Jonathan

ought to have found a way

to resolve it.

The group said: “The

failure of PDP to win

Bayelsa State governorship

election should be blamed

on the party leadership led

by Prince Uche Secondus.

“Governor Dickson failed

to listen to the people. He

brought an unpopular

candidate, who does not

have what it takes to win

the election.

“The role of former

President Jonathan didn’t

help matters, rather, it

escalated the situation.”

The Youth Vanguard

called for the dissolution of

the Prince Uche Secondusled

National Working

Committee, NWC, of the

party and also called for

National Executive

Committee, NEC, meeting

to address pertinent issues

affecting the party.

We have nothing with

Dickson —APC

Reacting to Dickson

allegation last night,

APC’s National Publicity

Secretary, Mallam Lanre

Issa-Onilu, said: ‘’What

video? Is it about the

election? We have moved

past that stage. We have

nothing with Dickson.’’

42 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

KOGI: APC's strategies that floored PDP

By Boluwaji Obahopo

LAST Saturday would re

main memorable in the

minds of Kogi people who envisaged

the polls might be

trailed by violence but still

went out to carry out their civic

duties to determine a new

governor, who will pilot the

affairs of the state for the next

four years.

The turnout of voters was

impressive. The electorate

also cast their ballots peacefully.

But before the exercise

ended violence erupted in

Lokoja the state capital and in

many parts of the Eastern

senatorial axis. Comparatively,

the polls went peacefully

in Kogi West and Kogi Central.

The dark spot

At the end of the exercise,

six persons were killed: Three

in Lokoja, two at Abocho in

Dekina LGA , and one person

in Aiyetoro Gbede, who incidentally

was a nephew to the

Peoples Democratic Party,

Kogi West Senatorial Candidate,

Senator Dino Melaye.

INEC cancels 13,770 votes

With reported cases of widespread

of violence, the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, cancelled

13,770 votes. The result from

Adavi and Okene council areas,

however, caused a stir in

the state when the ruling All

Progressives Congress, APC,

scored 68,000 and 115,000 respectively

as against the PDP

which had less than 500 votes

in both local councils.

INEC announces APC as


At the end of the exercise,

the INEC on Monday announced

the incumbent governor,

Yahaya Bello as winner.

Announcing the result, Professor

Ibrahim Garuba, Vice

Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello

University, Zaria, said “with

the powers conferred on me

by the constitution, and having

satisfied all the electoral

requirement, and scored the

highest votes cast, I hereby

declare the APC candidate,

Yahaya Bello winner of the

governorship election.”

Why APC won

As it panned, the APC had

a better strategy that guaranteed

it victory at the polls.

One of its masterstrokes was

the fielding of an Igala person,

Edward Onoja, as the

running mate to Yahaya Bello

while retaining an Okun man

as the Speaker of the state

House of Assembly.

The Igala whose son is taking

shelter under the PDP

umbrella would have gotten

chunk votes but for the influence

and strategy of the deputy

governor. Despite controlling

49 percent of the registered

voters in the state, the

votes were suppressed. APC

was able to garner 88,777 of

the 202,403 votes cast in the

district, representing 44 percent.

APC won four of the nine

Gov. Bello

councils in the zone.

Kogi West“Kogi West for a

long time had wanted their

son to at least be at the Executive

arm of government and

see Bello who has only one

term left as the quickest gateway

to their power shift ambition.

This immensely accounted

for the success APC

recorded in the senatorial district

where it polled 79,899 of

the 136,142 votes cast, representing

59 percent. APC won

five of the seven local council

The Igala too

openly supported

their own with the

hope of returning to

power which they

had retained since

the creation of Kogi

in 1999 but lost in

2015 through the

death of the leading

candidate in that

election, Prince

Abubakar Audu

in the zone.

In Ijumu, where the APC

and PDP candidates for the

rerun senatorial election,

Smart Adeyemi and Dino

Melaye hailed from, the APC

triumphed beating PDP. It

scored 8,363 votes while PDP

got 5,903 votes.

Also, the position of Speaker,

Kolawole Matthew, spoke

volumes in Kabba/Bunu LGA

area as the APC recorded

massive votes compared to

that of the PDP.

The above strategies adopted

by the APC played a vital

role in the manner Kogites

voted for the party

neer Musa Wada scored

112,626 of the 202,403 votes

cast in his district giving him

63 percent. However, Bello

got 236,005 of the 244,698

votes cast in his zone, giving

him 96.4 percent.

Long before the election, it

was obvious that any attempt

to canvass for a non - Egbira

man in Kogi Central would

not yield dividend.

The Igala too openly supported

their own with the

hope of returning to power

which they had retained since

the creation of Kogi in 1999

but lost in 2015 through the

death of the leading candidate

in that election, Prince

Abubakar Audu.

The voting pattern last Saturday

further confirmed the

ethnic cards played by the

three major ethnic groups

across the three senatorial districts.

The results

In Dekina, Engineer Wada's

hometown, PDP recorded 16,

575 votes against 8, 948 got

by APC's , Yahaya Bello.

In Ibaji where the impeached

deputy governor,

Elder Simon Achuba hails

from from APC had 12,682

votes against PDP's 10,504.

APC also won the state capital,

Lokoja with 19,457 votes

against 11,059 of PDP.

Summarily, APC won 96.4%

of votes cast in Kogi Central,

59% in West and 44% in East;

while PDP won just 3.6% in

Central, 41% in West and 63%

in East. APC won 12 of the

21 LGAs while PDP cornered


This victory is for Kogi people

- Bello

Governor Bello thanked the

people of Kogi for re-electing

him and described his reelection

as victory for true


The governor in a statement

by his Director General, Media

and Publicity, Kingsley

Fanwo said: "This victory is

for Kogi people that value true

democracy. And we can assure

that Governor Bello will

not abandon his campaign slogan

which expresses his desire

to do more for Kogi people.

We thank Kogites who

voted for us. We also thank

Kogi people who did not vote


The ethnic angle

The electorate voted according

to tribal dictates. The Igala,

who are the most populous

voted for their son but

could not enjoy their numerical

advantage like in the past.

Though they won five of the

nine LGAs but the margin of

victory paled into insignificance

on account of what the

Egbira gave their kinsman,


The PDP candidate, Engifor

us; they have challenged

the governor to do more for

them to earn their confidence.

"We urged the PDP, to exemplify

the spirit of sportsmanship

by accepting the verdict

of Kogi People. We also thank

the party hierarchy for throwing

their weight behind the


"We thank INEC, security

operatives and other public

institutions for ensuring that

the election was free, fair,

credible and peaceful. Governor

Bello will do more for

Kogi, Kogites will be better for


The result is “Satanic” —

Wada, PDP

However, the PDP governorship

candidate, Musa Wada

rejected the results even before

the final collation. Wada

said he will challenge the result

at the tribunal, describing

it as “Satanic”, adding that it

did not reflect the aspirations

of the people of the state.

How other parties fared


How the parties fared

APC - 406,222

PDP - 189,704

SDP - 9,482

ADC - 706

APGA - 475

NCP - 419

ADP - 411

AD - 448

AAC - 329

At the poll, the Social Democratic

Party, SDP, was viewed

as the third force or dark

horse in the race. There was

initial disqualification of its

candidate by INEC over noneligibility

of the party deputy

governorship candidate before

a federal High court ordered

otherwise, a move that

affected the party's performance.

PDP's hope that Natasha

Akpoti of SDP will play

a spoiler for Bello in Kogi

Central failed woefully. She

only succeeded in polling

9,482 votes and even lost her

polling unit.

For the poll, total registered

voters was 1,646,350; accredited

voters 636,202; total valid

votes 610,744; total votes

cast 624,514 while rejected

votes were 13,770.

From the above, only 39 percent

of the registered voters

voted in the election, the

highest in the voting history

of the state even though most

registered voters did not partake

in the election.

Local Govt APC PDP

Ogori Mangogo 3,679 2,145

Ijumu 11,425 7,587

Omala 8,473 14,403

Adavi 64,657 366

Iglamela/Odolu 8,075 11,195

Okene 112,764 139

Kabba-Bunu 15,364 8,084

Kogi/koton-karfe 14,097 9,404

Yagba East 6,735 7,546

Okehi 36,954 478

Mopamoro 4,953 3,581

Idah 4,602 13,962

Ajaokuta 17,952 5,565

Olamaboro 16,876 8,155

Yagba West 7,868 8,860

Ankpa 11,268 28,108

Ofu 11,006 12,264

Bassa 8,386 9,724

Dekina 8,948 16,575

Lokoja 19,457 11,059

Ibaji 12,682 10,504

TOTAL 406,222 189,704



How can a wife be this


Dear Bun mi,

Not long ago, my wife of

almost 20 years went to a

birthday party of one of her

friends. I don’t usually go with

her, since parties like the one

she attended are more of a

‘girlie’ type. Anyway, days

later, one of her friends let it

slip that my wife really went

wild at the party.

My wife is a bad drinker and,

apparently, a lot of booze was

available at the party and she

must have had more than her

limit. Anyway, she ended up

kissing a much younger man

at the party and both of them

were eventually caught having

sex in the toilet!

When I confronted my wife,

she looked really frightened.

She said she was really drunk

and didn’t know when she

ended up having sex with the


She said she’d never done a

thing like that before in her life,

and promised not to do it


She has completely destroyed

my self-esteem with her

thoughtlessness and my

marriage has been violated. Is

there anything I can do to come

to terms with what has

happened? My first instinct

was to send her packing, but

we have five children and they

completely depend on her.

Mike, by e-mail.

Dear Mike,

It’s true we all do things we

regret under the influence of

alcohol, but your wife’s

behaviour is shocking, to say

the least. Why didn’t her socalled

‘friends’ stop her when

they realized things were

getting out of hand? Why did

your wife drink so much,

knowing she couldn’t handle


I’m assuming you think your

wife’s behaviour is out of

character, but what is

surprising is the ease with

which she transformed from a

loving wife and mother into a

seductress. It’s a giant leap,

having sex in the toilet,

knowing she might get caught.

Alcohol might make us lose

our inhibitions, but it’s rare that

a person behaves so radically

Was I used and dumped?

differently from how he would

normally behave when sober.

The first thing to do is make

sure she’s checked up for any

STI, since she had unprotected

sex. The difficult part is to

confront what was really behind

her action. Is she bored with

her marriage? Your wife

certainly crossed many lines.

She cheated and did so without

a thought she might be caught.

No wonder you feel destroyed

and violated.

Any decent person would.

You need to get good

counselling either from your

church, or from a good

professional. The road to

recovery wouldn’t be easy, but

you need to make an effort to

save this marriage. Good luck.

What is surprising is the ease

with which she transformed from

a loving wife and mother into a

seductress. It’s a giant leap,

having sex in the toilet, knowing

she might get caught. The

difficult part is to confront what

was really behind her action. You

need to get good counselling

either from your church, or from a

good professional. The road to

recovery wouldn’t be easy, but

you need to make an effort to save

this marriage.

I don’t need her now my wife is back!

Dear Bun mi,

Five years ago, I came back

to the country without my wife.

When I called on my father, I

met this school teacher with

him, and it was obvious they

were lovers. She insisted that I

Dear Bunmi,

There’s this man I’d had a

crush on for ages but he hardly

noticed me. About two weeks

ago, he suddenly appeared at

our table during a friend’s

birthday party.

The friend warned that I

should stay clear of him, as he

was a loser. Yet, I jumped at the

chance of a lift from him. He

saw me to my flat and we had

sex. It was after he left that I

realized he didn’t leave his

umber though I gave him mine.

It’s a few weeks now and he

hasn’t called.

I thought he liked me, so why

should come to say hello to her

and I did. When I called at her

place, she was in the bedroom.

In fact, it was a one-room

apartment and the only chair

in the room was very close to

the bed.

haven’t I heard from him?

Dupe, by e-mail.

Dear Dupe,

I doubt you’ll hear from this

man again because all he was

interested in was sex. If you

hadn’t been so desperate to

hook him, you’d have realized

that. Having sex with someone

soon after you met him doesn’t

suggest you’re looking for a

relationship. In future get to

know a man properly before

having sex with him. Then

you’re in a better position to

judge if you two could become

an item.

To cut a long story short, she

seduced me. She was

surprisingly good in bed and I

continued the affair until my

wife came home with the kids,

last year. Now, this woman

wants our relationship to

continue, but I don’t want any

scandal. My wife would skin

me alive if she ever found out

I’d been sleeping with a

woman old enough to be her

mother. How do I get rid of


Omooba, by e-mail.

Dear Omooba,

You should have thought of

the possibility of a scandal

before you got carried away by

this cheap affair and let it drag

on for too long. Now that you

no longer have any use of your

dad’s ex, I suggest that you

explain your plight to

her...with a hefty good-bye


Hopefully, she’ll see your

point. If she doesn’t, then you

should brace yourself for the

fury of a woman scorned!

All my wife cares for now is our

new baby

Dear Bun mi,

After trying for a child for

three years, my wife and I now

have a four-month-old baby.

As much as I love our new

daughter, I didn’t expect our

marriage to be affected in the

way it has. We used to be

extremely close and were very

much involved with each

other’s lives, but now I barely

get noticed in the scheme of

things. I feel replaced. It’s

almost like she stopped being

my wife, once she became a


For us, sex is almost nonexistent

now. This I expected,

but what I wasn’t prepared for

was just how much she’s gone

off it. Whenever I initiate sex,

it is rejected and it’s like she

hates me for even thinking

about it. Is this how it’s now

going to be? I don’t want to live

my life like this.

Audu, by e-mail.

Dear Audu,

Yours is a common problem.

After childbirth you believe you

should now have your wife

back, whilst she wants her life

back! This is why the

overriding emotion most

women feel for their partners

in the early weeks and months

of parenthood is resentment.

Her life is now utter chaos,

while yours seems (to her

anyway) sort of the same.

There you are, feet up on the

couch, channel surfing as

usual with probably a glass of

chilled drink in your hand. She

walks past with the baby in one

arm, and dirty washing in the

other; you laugh at a cheesy

comedy on the television and

she hates you. When she

staggers wearily out of bed to

breast-feed and you roll over

and contentedly snuggles back

into your pillow, she hates you

a little more!

On top of this, your penis

eagerly prods her in the

back...maybe on the one day

she could sleep; she hates you

so much you’re lucky she

doesn’t turn around and rip it

right off you with her bare

hands! Running side by side to

her anger is an overwhelming

love for this new life. She used

to be besotted with you, now she

can’t take her eyes off her child.

Be rest assured that all the

caressing, squeezing and

kissing hasn’t disappeared, it’s

just directed at the baby - and

it doesn’t switch off during sex

- when you have it. Lots of

women say they find it

completely impossible to stop

being a mum - one part of her

is always listening, always alert

to her child.

Here’s the good news though:

it gets better. You both just need

time to get used to being three,

rather than a cosy twosome. You

can help speed this process by

assisting her as much as you

possibly can with domestic

chores and the bay, especially

if you don’t have any house

help. The more you help out,

the more energy and love she’ll

have left for you.

Sleep is more precious to her

than sex right now, so the more

sleep you can help her get, the

more sex you’ll get. Be rest

assured that this phase shall

pass. Help her out and, in six

months or so, both of you'll be

in a much happier place.

He’s too friendly with his ex-wife!

Dear Bunmi,

When I first met my

husband, his relationship

with his ex-wife, with whom

he had a daughter, was

strained. But after we got

married that tension

disappeared. I knew they’d

have to maintain a rapport,

but he also wants me to get

along with her.

Now things have become

too friendly. My husband

invited his ex-in-laws to our

wedding and, when I got

pregnant, his ex-wife tried to

loan me her maternity

clothes! I’ve voiced my

displeasure with his

insistence that we all be pals.

I’m tired of playing second

fiddle. Am I selfish to want

to create boundaries

between us?

Favour, by e-mail.

Dear Favour,

You’re right to recognise

the fact that your husband

and his ex need to have solid

communication for the

benefit of their daughter. They

didn’t end the union, they just

changed from romantic

partners to co-allies of this

child. Surely, you want to

support that! But it’s telling

when you say 'I’m tired of

playing second fiddle.' This

indicates to me that, in your

estimation, the friendship has

gone too far and is getting too

cozy. You’re not selfish. The

old saying that ‘good fences

make good neighbours’ is


And I believe you need great

fences when the ‘neighbour’

happens to be his ex-wife. Let

your husband know you’re

bothered and that you feel it’s

your right to limit, within

reason, his ex’s involvement

with both of you. I strongly

suggest that you sit him down

and make him see the 'ex' in

ex-wife. 'Ex' means 'no more',

and you both need to stay

consistent with that, so that

you can get on with the

business of raising your family

without rancour.

Share your problems and release

your burden. Write now to

Dear Bunmi,

Vanguard Newspapers,

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


44 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019


By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

CANCER; As the day progresses you will encounter

challenges you will need to handle with maturity. But

here is a day when element of good luck will see you


LEO; Although there will be challenges they will

serve as the needed tonic to make head-way; certainly

success indicated for you. Be cautious from

8.48pm till mid-night

VIRGO; You are likely to over do things to the resentment

of people within your base of operation. It is

important you respect your superiors. Be family


LIBRA; If you don’t accord the law and it’s agents

needed respects you may walk your way into avoidable

trouble. Deception is around; be warned.

SCORPIO; You may find yourself between some difficult

people who want you to do their different

biddings. Let reason be your guard so that you are

not used painfully.



“No one can express who you are and what you

stand for more than you do. Don’t leave that to

chance or others. Take charge!” —A Habtewold

One important way we create meaning in our lives

is by taking control of how we tell our own life story.

How do you see your life? Is it a constant routine of

challenges or one full of lessons and blessings in

being better than our previous selves.

—Ella Randle -

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”



As porridge

benefits those

who heat and

eat it, so does

a child benefit

those that rear

it. ~Amharic


By Kola Fayemi

SAGITTARIUS; If care is not taken you may be deceived

just to pick cashew nuts from burning fire for

others the way you can get your fingers burnt. Watch

carefully from 8.48pm.

CAPRICORN; Those of you working late this evening

will need to be on your guard, especially between

8.48pm till mid-night as minor but costly mistake is

possible. All of you should think of the law and say

no to whatever cant be placed above board.

AQUARIUS; Friends may unconsciously disappoint

you today; that is to say it is better you don=t expect

too much from promises made to you especially from


PISCES; Those of you who have been rigid of recent

may be paid back in your own coins. Try your best to

pacify your spouse and/or other important partners of


ARIES; This is the wrong time to fan embers of discord,

especially within your working arena. Getting

things done properly will earn you success. Be loving.


TAURUS; Deception is in the air today. Unless you

are very cautious those who thought they are more

clever would take undue advantage of you to the

detriment of your finances. Do away with gambling

with matters-of-the-heart.

GEMINI; If you allow minor domestic challenge to

go out of hands you would be the loser to the detriment

of your cause. Make sure temper don’t overshoot

acceptable limit, especially around 8.48pm till




Send your date e and place of birth th to the Astr


Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, 7, Apapa, Lagos

Can colour help?

Dear Joshua,

I have it nice in some areas of my life while

other side can not be said to be Ok Why?

Somebody tells me that combination of good

colours can assist; is it true? Anyway what

are my colours, love life, socials, luck and the


Ope-oluwa, Lokoja.

Dear Ope-oluwa,

Yes good colours can enhance good prospects

and mitigate some hard aspect if applied at

the right time rightly.

Here is where a few challenges are indicated.

Although you are the disciplined type, because

of closeness between Venus (love) and

difficult Saturn (tough challenges/delay) you

just can not totally escape frustration here.

But as Saturn will not put one on trial without

adequate reward you will eventually be rewarded

and be happy. Yet have it at the back

of your mind that you must not expect too

much here. Luckily for you as Lucky Jupiter

will soon be at a positive angle to your natal

planets very soon, things will soon improve

very rapidly.

Yours is an active and happy social life. But

then if POLITICS comes your way do not say

no. It is important you don’t give in to negative

spiritual side of life.




By Lawrence Akapa

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 45

By Johnbosco



Muhammadu Buhari

said yesterday that

Nigerians, especially those

at the grassroots, have not

felt the impact of about N1

trillion appropriated for

constituency projects in the

past ten years, and directed

the Independent Corrupt

Practices and related

offences Commission,

ICPC, to go after contractors

who collected money and

failed to deliver on such


He also ordered the antigraft

agency to go after the

contractors’ collaborators in

government to ensure that

the law took its course.

This is even as Chairman

of the Independent Corrupt

Practices and other related

Offences Commission,,

Bolaji Owansanoye,

alleged that N3.3 billion

was paid into a private

account of a staff of the

Ministry of Water


The President stated these

in his keynote address at a

two-day summit on

“diminishing corruption in

the public sector,”

organized by the

Independent Corrupt

Practices and related

offences Commission,

ICPC, and the office of the

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, at the

Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The overall objective of the

summit is to promote

accountability and

transparency in the public

sector for the attainment of

the Sustainable

Development Goals, SDGs.

Describing corruption as

an existential threat to the

country, Buhari noted that

the sum of N1 trillion had

been released for

constituency projects to

members of the National

Assembly, regretting that

there was nothing tangible

to show for it.

He noted that the data

gathered from Nigerians in

rural communities showed

that they had not felt the

impact of such projects.

The President also

directed the ICPC to go

after the contractors who

collected funds for such

projects and their

collaborators in government

and also beam its

searchlight on agencies of

government that have not

enrolled in the IPPIS.

He expressed delight

that the activities of the

ICPC on the constituency

projects has forced over 200

contractors to return to sites

to complete the projects for

which they had been paid.

Buhari said: “It is on

record that in the past ten

years, one trillion naira

(N1trillion) has been

appropriated for

constituency projects, yet

the impact of such huge

spending on the lives and

welfare of ordinary



Nigerians not feeling impact of N1trn

constituency projects —BUHARI

•Directs ICPC go after contractors for the projects, beam searchlight

on MDAs not enrolled on IPPIS

•Tells judiciary to create Special Crimes Court

Nigerians can hardly be


“The first phase report of

tracking these projects by

ICPC confirms our worst

fears that people at the

grassroots have not

benefited, commensurate

with the huge sums

appropriated for

constituency projects since


On the controversies

surrounding the Integrated

Payroll and Personnel

Information System, IPPIS,

the President warned that

all government agencies

must comply with the

directive to be enlisted or

face dire consequences.

Recall that the Academic

Staff Union of Universities,

ASUU, had been

recalcitrant in joining the

IPPIS scheme, a

development that forced the

Ministry of Finance,

Budget and National

Planning as well as the

office of the Accountant

General of the Federation

to issue threats for failure

to comply.

President Buhari said the

new directive on IPPIS was

intended to halt the

padding of personnel

budgets and the diversion

or misappropriation of

capital budgets.

“I am aware that the

commission recently

conducted System Studies

and Review of many MDAs

to evaluate systems and

processes relating to

transparency and

accountability in personnel

and capital spending

through which you

successfully blocked over

N9 billion from being

diverted from 2019

personnel budget.

“That was a proactive,

prevention measure. I have

directed that all agencies of

government must get on

the IPPIS in order to

eliminate the padding of

personnel budgets.

“I urge ICPC to beam its

searchlight on all agencies

yet to get on the IPPIS and

our e-government platform

in order to fully halt the

padding of personnel

budgets and the diversion

or misappropriation of

capital budgets,” he stated.

Buhari said he was

delighted that through the

effort of ICPC, some

contractors were returning

to site to execute projects

hitherto abandoned and

that project sponsors were

being held to account.

“The ICPC has my full

support and the support of

this government to hold

fully to account contractors,

complicit public servants

and project sponsors who

divert funds meant for

constituencies or other

people-oriented welfare

projects of our government

or who by other means

reduce the quality and

value of such projects meant

for our people, “he said.

The President called on

the National Assembly to

fast-track the passage of the

Special Crimes Court Bill

and also urged the judiciary

to embrace and support the

creation of Special Crimes


In his address, Chairman

of the ICPC, Prof Bolaji

Owasanoye, said

investigation revealed that

federal universities and

health institutions padded

the personnel cost budget

they presented to the

Federal Government and

that the management of the

institutions would be

invited for questioning.

He said: “Part of our

preliminary findings

revealed gross abuse of

personnel budget and

inflation or padding of the

nominal role. As at the time

we went to press, we had

covered about 300 MDAs

and the amount inflated

was about N12bn. As at

today, we have discovered

additional N6bn, making a

total of N18.624bn

restrained by ICPC.

“The exercise is still

ongoing but we can

confidently report that

culprit MDAs are mostly

academic and health

institutions. For example,

preliminary findings show

that University of Benin

Teaching Hospital padded

its budget by N1.1bn;

Federal Medical Center,

Bayelsa, N915m; Nnamdi

Azikwe University, N907m;

University of Jos, N896m;

University College

Hospital, Ibadan, N701m;

Usman Dan Fodio

University, N636m; and

University of Ibadan,


“These institutions and all

those implicated will be

given the opportunity to

explain themselves, while

investigations are on to

confirm any credible

explanations they may

have. We have alerted the

Minister of Finance of our

findings and appropriate

steps are being taken to

ensure that implicated

MDAs will not be able to

spend the excess built into

their personnel budget.”

The ICPC boss also

indicted some Ministries,

Departments and Agencies

of government for utilizing

N18.39bn excess money in

their accounts for

unapproved purposes,

calling on the President to

ensure the enforcement of

the order on IPPIS because

most of the indicted MDAs

were not on the payroll


He said further: “Let me

note with regret sir that in

the 2017-2018 fiscal year,

the balances recorded for

personnel were wrongfully

utilized by MDAs for other

purposes due to lack of pro

activity by late enforcement

and related agencies. That

sum amounted to


“We found to our surprise

that some MDAs fail to

remit tax and divert pension

and NHIS deductions for

unrelated payments, thus

aggravating the sufferings

of other Nigerians.

atar will charter two

Qcruise liners to help

accommodate football fans

during the 2022 World Cup,

as the Gulf nation of about

2.7 million people looks for

ways to host an expected 1

million visitors.

Fans of all 32 teams in the

tournament will effectively

be staying in the same city,

raising questions over how

the country can

accommodate them and

keep them entertained. The

local organising committee

said on Tuesday it has

signed an agreement with

MSC Cruises to charter two

liners with a combined

capacity of 4,000 cabins

which will be used as

floating hotels for fans.

The committee has

promised that there will be

enough accommodation for

everyone and that alcohol -

currently only obtainable at

a handful of places at

prohibitive prices - would

be more made widely

available. The committee

said in a statement that the

ships will be berthed at

Doha Port throughout the

month-long tournament.

“Chartering cruise liners

for fans has long been part

of Qatar’s accommodation

strategy, with the country

keen to offer sustainable

ootball’s global ruling

Fbody FIFA have advertised

an invitation to tender for the

broadcast rights for the

Confederation of African

Football’s (CAF) qualifiers for

the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The tender process opened on

Monday, with the bid

submission deadline at 2pm

GMT on Monday, December


Centralised rights for the 2014

and 2018 World Cup qualifiers

were sold by CAF to

SportFive, which was in 2015

integrated into Lagardere


Following the 2018 World

Cup, African nations had also

resolved to sell the rights to

their World Cup qualifiers


FIFA secured a mandate from

the 54 African nations to sell

their rights centrally,

promising to double the


FIFA said in a statement on

Monday on their official

website: “FIFA has opened an

invitation to tender (ITT) for

the centralised media rights to

all matches in the second

round of qualifying, as well as

the third-round play-offs,

which will determine the final

five teams from Africa that will

play at the FIFA World Cup

Qatar 2022.

“Following an agreement with

all 54 member associations of

Caf in August, the media rights

to all African qualifiers for the

Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022

are being managed under a

centralised sales model by


“The media rights will cover

TV, internet, mobile and radio


Fifa promised “new elements

that will substantially improve

the African qualifying

competition for audiences and

broadcasters alike.

Qatar to charter cruise liners

to host fans at World Cup

solutions,” it said.

It did not say whether

alcohol would be available

on board. Shuttle buses will

take fans to the metro -

which is so far only partially

FIFA puts CAF broadcast

rights up for tender

complete. The committee

said other accommodation

options will include

apartments and fan villages

in the desert as well as


Cavani confirms Messi

confrontation time thanks to a Cavani

goal, Messi reacted angrily

aris Saint-Germain to a foul from combative

Pforward Edinson Cavani midfielder Matias Vecino.

has confirmed there was a After a confrontation, Ole

heated exchange with claims that Cavani asked

Lionel Messi during Messi: “Do you want to

Uruguay’s 2-2 friendly fight?” to which the

draw with Argentina on Barcelona star reportedly

Monday amid claims he replied: “Whenever you

offered to fight his want, whenever you want.”


When asked about the

With Uruguay leading at the flashpoint incident after the

game, Cavani confirmed

that there was a

confrontation between the

pair but he downplayed the

severity of it.

“Yes, that’s football,” he

told reporters. “That’s what

the Clasico matches

[between Argentina and

Uruguay] are like. That’s


“FIFA aims to make more

matches available to global

viewing audiences than ever

before, devoting extra

attention to production

quality, with commentary

available in French and

English, a unique brand

identity, and a comprehensive

on-screen graphics package

for the centralised feeds.

“The centralised model brings

improved distribution and

coverage of all matches across

free-to-air, pay-TV and digital

platforms, as well as a better

viewer experience thanks to

enhanced standard match

production, with media rights

revenues generated for

investment directly back into

African football.

“In particular, this tender

process will allow FIFA to

select the media companies

that are best-placed to secure

the required transmission

commitments and to achieve

the objectives of reaching the

widest possible audience and

providing a high-quality

viewing experience for fans.”

aptain of the Super Sand

CEagles, Victor Tale says

the team is in top form for an

impressive outing at the

2019 FIFA Beach Soccer

World Cup in Paraguay.

Tale told NAN in a phone

interview yesterday that

judging from the

performance of the team in

preparatory friendly matches

for the tournament, the

Sand Eagles were good to


The team left Nigeria on

Nov. 8 for the tournament,

Isaac boosts


Olympic 2020


By Ben Efe



Olympian, Uche Isaac

bothered by the usual slow

preparations of Nigerian

athletes for the Olympics

has initiated the “Uche Isaac

Sprint/Relay Athletics

Championships” billed for

April 11 2020.

Isaac who was a member of

the Nigerian relay team to

the 2004 Olympics Games in

Athens, Greece noted that

Nigerian athletes most

especially the relay teams

have never had the

opportunity to train

adequately, adding the

championships will attempt

to address the situation.

“I am tired of people

blaming government or the

Athletics Federation of

Nigeria for failure to

prepare athletes for major

games. Having benefited in

the past, l have decided to

give my little contribution

to put our athletes in good

shape,” Isaac said.

He however regretted the

downward trend in

Nigerian sprint events,

especially among the male

sprinters, and called for

swift reversal.

Beach Soccer World Cup: We are good

to go, says Sand Eagles’ Captain

which holds between Nov.

21 and Nov. 24 in Paraguay.

Nigeria will compete against

Brazil, Oman and Portugal

in Group D.

Tale said though the Sand

Eagles lost some of the

friendly matches they played

after arrival in Paraguay, the

team had learnt from their

mistakes and were fully

ready for the tournament.

Our friendly matches showed

that we are ready, although

we lost some of our matches

but we have learnt a lot from

our mistakes.

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Don’t go to



warns Nigerian


Former CHAN Eagles defender, Azubuike

Egwuekwe has warned

Nigerian players to stay clear

of Libya in their

search for greener pastures.

Egwuekwe, Nathaniel Joseph

and other Nigerian players were

signed by Libyan side Al Naser in

2018, but according to Egwuekwe

who has since returned to Nigeria

and signed for Rivers United, living

in Libya was closed to hell.

“I will never advice any player to

go and play football in Libya “

“I can’t even advice my enemies

to go there , In fact i thank God for

bringing me back safely.


“Whenever I ask for my money, they kept saying in ten days time.

One day when we got to Egypt, they gave me and other Nigerian

players $10,000 and asked us to leave.”, he narrated.

NFF commends Minister,

submits report on teams’ outings


The Nigeria Football Federation has

hailed the move of the Honourable

Minister of Sports, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare

to request for a report on the performances

of the various National Teams in recent

weeks, just as the football governing –body

submitted the requested report on


“It was a good move by the Honourable

Minister to request for the report. As he

said, there has to be stock taking and after

that, accountability. The NFF is

enamoured by the move and we have

submitted the requested report.

“For us, there is nothing to hide. We

have detailed all the issues and the forces

at play, and explained that in so much as

these tournaments are important, they are

mainly and strategically developmental.

Even at that, we approach every match/

tournament with the intention of

winning, but it is practically and absolutely

impossible based on indices, records and

Former Director-General of the

National Sports Commission,

Gbenga Elegbeleye, has called for a

thorough examination of football

administration in Nigeria as a response

to the national teams’ dwindling fortunes.

Elegbeleye told News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) yesterday.

“Age-grade and women’s football have

always been our strength and we

particularly do well in those tournaments.

But here we are not booking qualification

for international age-grade and women’s

competition,”he said.

He alleged that football administrators

these days bring in their clients, cronies

and kinsmen to manage the affairs of the

country‘s national teams.

scientific laws of probability,” President of

NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said on


In a 15 –page letter signed by Mr.

Pinnick, the NFF detailed issues of

funding (inadequacy and late release of

same) and the toxic and disruptive

environment in which it has had to operate

for the past 18 months (with the

Federation’s leadership and brand falsely

and maliciously dragged from one

investigative agency to the other and from

one court to the other on same baseless

allegations) as core reasons for the poor

outings of the Super Falcons, CHAN

Eagles, Golden Eaglets and Olympic

Eagles in recent international matches/


While acknowledging the importance

of the qualifying matches/tournaments in

which these teams participated and fell

short, the Federation defended the

technical crews of the teams and justified

why they are the best for the positions as

at the time they were hired by highlighting

their track records.

Pinnick also stated that the best

performance indicator for any country in

international football is the A team, in this

case Super Eagles, which in recent times

drew with five –time world champions

Brazil and Ukraine in friendlies, and

defeated Benin Republic and Lesotho in

2021 AFCON qualifying matches. These,

after finishing third at the first –ever 24 –

team AFCON in Egypt this year summer.

Moreover, a high number of the players

in the present Super Eagles squad passed

through the various developmental teams,

showing that Nigeria is moving in the right



The Edo State government has

announced it will pay its

women’s team Edo Queens the same

as its men’s side, Bendel Insurance.

The state own both teams with the

men’s side playing in the Nigerian

second tier and the women’s in the

Women’s Premier League.

“We believe that there should be no

discrimination between the male and

female teams,” deputy governor Philip

Shaibu said.

“Bendel Insurance standard and that

of Edo Queens are going to be the same.

There will be no gender discrimination

among them in terms of welfare, in

terms of salary.

“The plan is to make Edo Queens

the highest paid female team in

Nigeria. That is what we want to


Bendel Insurance, one of Nigeria’s

leading league teams in the 1970’s and

early 80’s, were winners of the now

Ex international, Victor

Ikpeba has advised inform

Super Eagles striker,

Victor Osimhen to keep his

focus and resist any

attempt to compare

himself with the late

Rashidi Yekini.

Osimhen netted a

brace in Nigeria’s 4-

2 win over Lesotho

on Sunday in a

2021 Africa Cup of

Nations qualifier, to

take his goal tally to

four in nine

appearances for

the Super



that the



opened his goal account in an

international friendly game against

Ukraine before netting again against

Benin in an AFCON qualifier.

Ikpeba, 1997 Africa Footballer

of the Year winner said on

Monday Night Football on

Supersports, that it would

be too early for the

youngster to start

comparing himself with


“I don’t think it will be

right for Victor Osimhen to

start comparing himself with late

Rashidi Yekini when it comes to

goal scoring in the Super Eagles,”

Ikpeba said.

“Yes, he’s a young striker who

has shown so much potentials to

be great if he maintains the height

that he’s going. However, it will

be good for him to focus more on

developing his goal-scoring

skills first.

“As you have known he started

his football career on a wrong foot

Edo State to pay women,

men teams equally

defunct Caf Cup in 1994.

It also produced former international

stars like Kadiri Ikhana, Thompson

Oliha, Friday Elahor, Julius Aghahowa

and Peter Odemwingie.

Despite two Nigerian titles in 1973

and 1979 and three FA Cup crowns (in

1972, 1978, 1980 ) the club’s slump from

the heights of the past has been an

embarrassing one.

“Imagine Edo Queens have never

been relegated but we know about the

men’s. We are putting both teams on

the same scale,” added Shaibu.

“The male team have not been able

to get to the semi-final of the FA Cup

for over 12 years, but Edo Queens have

been in the semi-final for the past four


“Why do we now pay Bendel

Insurance more than them. Is it because

they are women?

“So we decided that we have to

upgrade them to the same level.”

NFF needs overhauling — says Elegbeleye

•Elegbeleye, •Pinnick •PDare

“I am not happy about the tragedy that

befell our national teams this year,” he


The most recent football underperformance

by Nigeria came when fivetime

champions, the Golden Eaglets,

failed to go beyond the round of 16 at the

U-17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Before then, the home-based Super

Eagles also failed to qualify for the Africa

Nations Championship (CHAN) in

Cameroon in January 2020.

The national U-23 team, the Olympic

Eagles, also failed to book a Tokyo 2020

ticket, as they could not go beyond the

group stage at U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

The women’s national teams

haven’t fared better either. The Super

Falcons didn’t qualify for the

Olympics, as they were beaten to the

ticket by Cote D’Ivoire in Oct.

Elegbeleye, who was a member of

the 2011 Ministerial Committee on

Reform of Football Administration in

Nigeria, said only a careful and

complete overhaul of the system

would curtail further


Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth

and Sports Development, had on

Monday met with the board of the

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The minister demanded a written

explanation over the “dismal” exit of

the country’s teams from four football


But Elegbeleye stated that the

minister should go beyond

demanding an explanation.




to Yekini

•Ikpeba cautions

Osimhen over hype

by joining VfL Wolfsburg and Charleroi

after his success at the FIFA U-17 World

Cup. However, I am delighted that he

has gotten it right by joining Lille in

Ligue 1, where he is banging in the





queries NFF

over poor



Minister of Sports and Youth

Development, Sunday Dare

has demanded that the Nigeria Football

Federation provide reasons for the poor

performances recorded by some of the

national teams in recent weeks.

Just at the weekend, the men’s U-23

team, crashed out of the U-23 AFCON

holding in Egypt, effectively ending their

bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in

Tokyo. It is recalled that football gave

Nigeria the only medal it won at the

last Olympics in Rio 2016 and the failure

of the current crop coached by Imama

Amapakabo represents a monumental

setback for the country’s football


Also this month, the Golden Eaglets

crashed out of the second round of the

FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, losing

to a a Netherlands side, who finished

third in their group.

And some few weeks ago, the Super

Falcons bungled their Olympics hopes

when they we held by Ivory Coast to a

draw in Lagos, missing the ticket to play

in Tokyo

The women team’s failure to grab a

ticket to participate in next summer’s

Games was had been preceded by the

the Super Eagles B team inability to

qualify for next year’s African Nations

Championship, a tournament reserved

for African players playing on the


The local Eagles team, coached by

Amapakabo, had lost out to Togo a two

legged qualifying campaign. As if the

loss was not enough, the Togolese side

did the double over the Nigerian local

team in the WAFU Cup race, by

dumping the more illustrious Nigerian

side out of the competition, with

Amapakabo coaching the ill-fated team

from Nigeria.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019 — 47

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