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VOL. 27: NO. 63992 TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Our central security system

has failed — SENATE PRESIDENT

•Says urgent restructuring of security architecture required

•Rejig top hierarchy of security agencies — PANDEF

•Why FG's pushing for community policing — SGF

Nigeria 26

setting up

facilities to

diagnose

Coronavirus

— MAMORA

Murder: Wife

of ex-PDP

chairman’s

son, Maryam,

sentenced to

death by

7

hanging

Ortom

narrowly

escapes

death in

herdsmen's

attack 11

MALABU :

Court rules on

Adoke, other

bail requests

Thursday 9

TOMATO PROCESSING PLANT GROUND BREAKING IN KADUNA...

From left: Chief Executive Officer of Tomato Jos, Miss Mira Mehta; Executive Secretary, Kaduna

Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), Umma Aboki; U.S. Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard;

Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele; Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State and Chairman, Flour Mills of

Nigeria (FMN) PLC, John Coumantaros, during the ground breaking of the multibillion NairaTomato

Jos Processing Plant in Kaduna State, yesterday.

PROTEST...

Protesters hold banners showing images of some Plateau indigenes during a protest at the State House of

Assembly in Jos over the killing of Ropvil Daciya by insurgents in Maiduguri, Borno State. Photo: NAN.

YINKA ODUMAKIN

17

ERIC TENIOLA

18

5

RMAFC

begins

review of

salaries of

political

office

9

holders

Revolution

now: Jalingo

in detention

for plotting

Buhari's 12

overthrow

— AYADE

Mr & Mrs


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Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020—3


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Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020—5

POCKET CARTOON

PDP NEC Meeting— From left: Former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara; PDP National

Chairman, Prince Uche Sekondus and Former Senate President, Senator David Mark exchanging

greetings during the opening of the PDP 88th National Executive Council Meeting at the National

Secretariat, Wadata House, Wuse, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Our central security system has failed

— SENATE PRESIDENT

By Emma Amaize,

Regional Editor,

South-South, Henry

Umoru, Omeiza

Ajayi & Olayika

Ajayi

ABUJA— THE

S e n a t e

President,

Ahmed Lawan, yesterday

took a holistic overview of

the current centralised

security architecture in

Nigeria and described it

as a failed system that

must be overhauled in all

its ramifications.

According to the Senate

President, “if we must get

it right in the country, it

has become imperative to

restructure the security

architecture.”

Aligning with the

Senate President, Lagos

lawmaker representing

Amuwo-Odofin II and

Chairman, House

Committee on Legislative

Compliance, Mr Rauf

Olawale, said there was

need for restructuring.

Meanwhile, the Federal

Government has

explained its decision to

pay close attention to the

issue of community

policing, saying the

system is one sure way of

tackling security

challenges as it

incorporates all segments

of the society into its

operations.

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, Boss

Mustapha, stated this

when he received in

audience the re-elected

member of the House of

Representatives from

Kano State, Alhassan

Doguwa.

Failed

centralised

security

architecture

Speaking yesterday in

Abuja, while fielding

questions from

Journalists, President of

the Senate, Senator

Ahmed Lawan, who

noted that though series

of efforts had been made

in the past by both the

executive and the

legislative arms of

government to address

challenges of insecurity in

the country, the

worsening security

situation requires

restructuring of the failing

architecture.

Lawan said: “We have

had series of

engagements before but

the escalation now has

made it mandatory that

we have a definite

position as a government

because we just cannot

play politics with security

issues.

“Lives are being wasted.

Therefore, the Senate will

take a position on how

security in the country

should be. We believe that

the security architecture

should be restructured.

“We believe that the

security architecture

should be restructured.

The present system does

not appear to give us the

type of outcome we need.

Whether it is the federal,

state or local government;

even the traditional rulers

or others, the most

important thing is to

secure the lives and

property of Nigerians and

we must do that.

“Apparently and

obviously, all hands must

be on deck to ensure that

we bring back a better

security situation like we

had before.

“Presently, the story is

not good in many areas,

so much is happening

that is destabilising our

communities, killing of

our people and we believe

that we owe Nigerians the

responsibility to intervene

and work with the

executive arm of

government, actually to

work together with other

tiers of government, the

states and local

governments to ensure

that we change the way

we approach security

issues in the country.

“The present

arrangement is not

working effectively and

efficiently and we have to

do something, and this

time around, there

shouldn’t be buck

passing, we have to be

forthright, we have to say

it as it is, and we have to

do it as it is required.”

Why we are

pushing for

community

policing —FG

Director, Information in

the Office of the SGF,

Willie Bassey said Mr

Mustapha also assured

Nigerians that the

security of lives and

property will continue to

be the cardinal objective

of the President

Muhammadu Buhari

administration.

“Mustapha indicated

that the executive will

continue to work in

synergy with the

Legislature to ensure that

appropriate laws are

promulgated that would

enhance protection of

lives and property across

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By Bose Adelaja &

Olayinka Latona

Is FG doing enough to tackle insecurity?(2)

The level of

insecurity in Nigeria is

worrisome and the most

touching thing is the way and

manner it is being handled by

the FG. Honestly, the FG is

not doing enough; many lives

are being wasted. Nigeria is

overpopulated and the

number of policemen in the

country cannot cope with this

teeming population, so the

FG must rise up to the

challenge by introducing

measures within the security

framework.

-Jerry Ujeku, Businessman

The FG is doing

enough, within the

limits of the resources

available to it. Nigeria is a

complex state politically

and past governments

have not done enough to

address its complexity.

Restructuring especially in

the area of security, is very

vital at this point, which is

why the Amotekun concept

of the SW is timely. We

need to decentralise some

things.

-Ayotunde Oduekun

Businessman

In my opinion, the FG

is trying to fight

insecurity but I believe

they can do more.

Security should be the

number one on their list

as the lives of citizens

are paramount. The FG

therefore, should not

relent in its fight against

insecurity in Nigeria so

that there can be peace

and orderliness in the

country.

-Adelayo Adebayo

HR Personnel

Idon’t think the issue

of security is being

well tackled by the FG.

They’re doing it in the

wrong way. There should

be more training for

security personnel. They

should also be

adequately equipped

with modern and

sophisticated weapons.

Without the right

weapons, no nation can

successfully fight

insecurity.

-Ojo Moyosoreoluwa

Entrepreneurs

From my observation,

it’s obvious that the

FG lacks the will to handle

Nigeria’s security

challenges. All that is

needed to tackle insecurity

is genuine commitment

from the FG, engaging all

stakeholders, deploying

innovative strategies and

improving on the capacity

and welfare of security

personnel and agencies.I

think FG is not doing

enough.

-Chiedum Tim Elumelu

Entrepreneur

Remember

the

Adamawa State

incidence. The CAN

chairman, Lawan Andimi,

didn’t have to die. Even after

he pleaded in a video clip

released by the insurgents to

be rescued, the man was

killed! So Nigerians know the

right answer when it comes

to the issue of insecurity. The

FG needs to do more than just

negotiations. They need to

take these matters seriously

and get the job done.

-Jude Oseh, Youth

Advocate


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Court adjourns

alleged N2.9bn

fraud case

against

Eunisell's

employee

By Innocent Anaba

A

Federal High Court

s i t t i n g

in Lagos has adjourned

till January 29, 2020, for the

arraignment of Kenneth

Amadi by the Federal

Government over alleged

fraud to the tune of N2.9

billion belonging to his

former employer, Eunisell

Ltd.

The arraignment earlier

slated for January 8, could

not hold due to the

Christmas/new year break.

Amadi is alleged to have

obtained N2.9 billion

belonging to his former

employer, Eunisell Ltd,

under false pretences with

intent to defraud.

The offences, according to

the charge brought against

him, are contrary to Section

1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee

Fraud and other fraudrelated

Offences Act, CapA6,

laws of the Federation of

Nigeria, 2004 and

punishable under section

1(3) of the same Act.

It will be recalled that

when the matter was called

for hearing on November 27,

2019, the 1st defendant was

absent, while the 2nd

defendant, IDID Nigeria

Ltd., was represented by an

employee.

Chief State Counsel from

Department of Public

Prosecutions of the

Federation, A.K. Aliyu, had

informed the court that

attempts were made to serve

the charge on the 1st

defendant through his

counsel but the lawyer from

the office of the counsel

declined to accept service.

However, the defendant’s

counsel, Emeka Etiaba, SAN,

told the court that they were

not opposing arraignment

and trial, adding it was an

error in communication on the

part of the junior colleague

regarding the issue of

acceptance of service. He then

accepted the charge and court

summons on behalf of the 1st

defendant

The charges against the

defendants include receiving

and obtaining by false

pretence, with intent to

defraud, the sum of N2.9

billion belonging to Eunisell

Ltd, omitting to make full and

true entry thereof in the books

and accounts; suppression of

data in respect of the financial

transfer to Eunisell Ltd, and

converting same without

authority to create sufficient

deposits to promote the

credibility of his own company

(IDID Nigeria Limited).

Meanwhile, an Abuja High

Court has dismissed a libel

case filed by Kenneth Amadi

against Eunisell Limited and

two others.

PROTEST: Protesters listening to an address during a protest at the Plateau House of Assembly in Jos, on

Sunday evening, over the alleged killing of Ropvil Daciya by suspected insurgents in Maiduguri. Photo: NAN.

Plateau attack: Death toll rises to 15

•Revenge has no place in multi-ethnic, religious society— Buhari

•We don't need another circle of bloodshed —Lalong

By Therese Nanlong

& Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

JOS —TENSION has escalated

in Kwatas and surrounding

communities of Bokkos local

government area following the

killing of 10 members of Kwatas

community by gunmen, Sunday

night.

This came as President

Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday,

said revenge, hatred and violent

attacks should have no place in a

multi-ethnic and multi-religious

society like Nigeria.

It was gathered that the killing

in Kwatas area of Plateau State is

linked to the earlier killings at

Kulben community in Mangu

council of the state some weeks ago.

But, the Plateau State Police

Command, yesterday, said the

death toll in the Sunday night

attack on Kwatas village by

gunmen has risen to 15.

Abu Gabriel, the command’s

spokesman, who disclosed this in

Bokkos, said two more victims had

died, raising the number to 15.

He said: “Two of the wounded

persons receiving treatment at the

Cottage Hospital, Bokkos, died this

afternoon, bringing the number of

casualties to 15.

“Doctors in the hospital are trying

their best in the treatment of those

wounded to prevent further loss of

lives; all of them are responding to

treatment.”

Gabriel, who said security

operatives were on top of the

situation, dispelled rumours that

shooting and killing were ongoing

in the village in which most houses

were reportedly razed by the

attackers.

According to him, “deployment

of combined security personnel to

the village has been done and the

situation is under control now.”

The police spokesman appealed

to the people of Bokkos and the

entire state to remain calm as efforts

were being made to track down the

perpetrators to face the wrath of the

law.

The attack is the second in the

last two weeks, as 12 persons had

earlier been killed in Kulben

village in Kombun District of

Mangu Local Government Area of

the state by gunmen.

Revenge has no place

in multi-ethnic,

religious society

— Buhari

President Buhari assured that

terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and

associated crimes would be

defeated.

According to him, “In Plateau

State, gunmen launched yet

another bloody attack, killing

innocent citizens. This shocking

and sad incident should be

condemned by all citizens,”

Buhari in a statement by his

Senior Special Assistant on Media

and Publicity, Mallam Garba

Shehu, reiterated that “revenge,

hatred and violent attacks should

have no place in a multi-ethnic,

multicultural and multi-religious

society as we have in this country.”

The president, who has since sent

his condolences to families of the

victims, government and people of

Plateau State, called on community

and religious leaders to counsel the

youths on the need for peaceful coexistence.

He urged security agencies on

assignment in the state to

rediscover their act and stop,

forthwith, the return of the ugly days

of tit-for-tat.

We don't need another

circle of bloodshed

—Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of the

state, in a statement by his Director

of Press and Public Affairs, Makut

Macham while commiserating

with victims and families of those

killed, described the attack as “yet

another attempt by criminals who

do not mean well for the state to

take it back to the dark days of

insecurity that has been

substantially overcome.”

The governor directed security

agencies to go after the perpetrators

of the heinous crime and ensure

their arrest and prosecution as the

state will no longer tolerate the

wanton loss of lives.

He said: “My heart again bleeds

by this tragedy as lives of innocent

citizens are cut short for no reason.

Security agencies must go after

those who are behind these attacks

and their sponsors so they can face

the law and be taught a lesson.

“We do not need another circle

of bloodshed in Plateau State as all

well-meaning citizens have

committed to peaceful coexistence

and tolerance. My administration

will not allow anyone, no matter

how highly placed, to jeopardise

this peace.”

I joined robbery gang at 16 because of peer

pressure —Suspect

By Kehinde

Oladimeji

SELF-CONFESSED member

of a notorious robbery gang that

has been terrorising residents of

Mushin, in Lagos, Akande Qudus,

20, has revealed that he joined the

gang at the age of 16 over his

inability to resist invitations from

some of his friends.

The gang, which operates in a

group of 20 and 30, allegedly

attacked unsuspecting Lagosians,

both on the streets and at bus-stops,

dispossessing them of their

valuables.

He was arrested by members of

the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC,

in Mushin area of Lagos State,

weekend, and handed over to the

Police at Olosan Division. Recovered

from him was a knife and two

phones suspected to have been

stolen.

Qudus stated that he left his

parents’ home in Ibadan, Oyo State

capital, for Lagos at the age 13 to

learn auto mechanic at the popular

Ladipo market in Mushin area of

the state, only to abandon it following

his inability to meet up.

Preliminary investigation revealed

Akande Qudus

that he had been to prison thrice

over similar offences and that he had

just finished serving a jail term before

the latest arrest.

How he joined

the gang

Explaining how he joined the

robbery gang, he said: “ I was

influenced negatively. A friend of

mine, Ladoja, told me to accompany

him to a place with five other friends:

Michael, Kabiru, Popo, Sheriff and

one other, to Tedi Mariott Hotel, at

Rabiatu area of Mushin. I never

knew we were going to rob until we

got to the destination.

"First, he taught me how to snatch

phones from people, especially

commuters. He lured me with food

and drinks because I had nothing

doing.

"At times, some of us would stand

at bus-stops pretending to be

commuters waiting to board buses.

Thereafter, we would pretend to be

quarrelling, just to distract other

commuters. While that is on, we

would remove phones from bags

and pockets of those we succeeded

to distract. At times, we would

snatch phones from passengers who

love fiddling with their phones while

inside moving vehicles.

Journey to prison

“I have been to prison more than

once. The first time, I was taken to

Kirikiri prison where I spent one

week over cult-related activities but

my mother came for my bail.

"The second time I was sent to

prison was because I stole phones.

One of the phones belongs to

someone who lives in the same area

as me.


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SENTENCED: Maryam Sanda being whisked away by officials of the Nigeria

Correctional Services after she was sentenced to death by hanging for the murder

of her husband, Bilyaminu Bello, the son of former PDP National Chairman at the

FCT High Court, Abuja, yesterday. Photo:Abayomi Adeshida.

Murder: Wife of ex-PDP chairman’s son,

Maryam, sentenced to death by hanging

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA— Maryam Sanda,

daughter-in-law to a former

Chairman of Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, Mr Mohammed Haliru,

and her family members could not

contain their tears, yesterday, as she

was convicted and sentenced to

death by hanging by an Abuja High

Court sitting at Maitama

Maryam was found guilty of

stabbing her husband, Bilyamin

Bello, who was a real estate

developer, to death in 2017.

Her mother wept uncontrollably

as she sped out of the court from

where she sat at the back row.

Likewise, the convict who broke

down in the dock attempted to run

out of the courtroom but was blocked

and taken back by security

operatives.

Following the mild commotion,

her lawyer tried to persuade the

court to temper justice with mercy

by giving her a mild sentence.

After Justice Yusuf Halilu stood

down the matter for a while to allow

normalcy to be restored in the

courtroom, he returned and

sentenced the defendant to death

by hanging, in line with section 221

of the Penal Code, which he said

does not allow for a plea of allocutus

(Mercy).

The judge held that

circumstantial evidence before the

court, as well as Maryam’s

testimony during the trial and her

statement before the police,

established that she fatally stabbed

her husband to death in Abuja on

November 19, 2017.

The judgment

While passing his judgment,

Justice Halilu held: “It has been

said that thou shall not kill.

Whoever kills in cold blood shall

die in cold blood.

“Maryam Sanda should reap

what she has sown,” the judge

added, stressing: “It is blood for

blood.”

He found the defendant guilty

on the two-count culpable homicide

charge the Nigeria Police Force

entered against her.

Justice Yusuf Halilu held that the

prosecution proved that the

defendant killed her husband by

stabbing him and tried to conceal

her action by claiming he fell on a

broken bottle.

Justice Haliru said it was obvious

from the totality of the evidence

before the court that disagreement

broke out between the defendant

and her husband after she saw a

nude picture of a female in her

husband’s phone when she

wanted to use it.

The court ordered that the convict

should remain at the Correctional

Centre in Suleja till she exhausts

her right of appeal.

Police closed its case against the

defendants after it produced a total

of six witnesses that testified before

the court.

Maryam had in her testimony

before the court, admitted that the

two-year marriage that produced

a baby girl, was fraught with

quarrels.

Maryam's account

Giving her own account of what

happened, she said: “He pushed

me and as I was falling down, I

mistakenly broke his Shisha bottle

and the water inside spilt on the

floor.

“He pinned me to the ground

and I heard our daughter crying. I

told him to leave me so that I could

attend to her and he loosened up a

bit and I struggled to my feet.”

She claimed that her late husband

fell against the broken Shisha pot

in an attempt to hold her down

again.

“I saw a broken bottle pricked into

his chest, which I removed and

covered the chest with a scarf,”

saying she immediately rushed

him to Maitama General Hospital

where he was confirmed dead.

He lawyer, Regina Okotie-Eboh,

had insisted that Police failed to

prove the murder charge against

her client.

She contended that the police

neither called nurses nor doctors

from the hospital where the

deceased was taken to, to testify

before the court.

Besides, the defence lawyer

faulted the prosecution over its

failure to adduce some vital

evidence, including the knife the

defendant allegedly used to

commit the murder.

A-Ibom Police rescue 46 NYSC

members, security personnel

abducted during re-run election

By Chioma Onuegbu

UYO—AKWA Ibom State

Police Command,

yesterday, said it has rescued

46 persons abducted by

political thugs during last

Saturday re-run election in

Essien Udim Local

Government Area, comprising

25 corps members and 21

security personnel.

The Police Public Relations

Officer, CSP, Nnudam

Fredrick, stated this yesterday

in a statement on behalf of the

state Commissioner, Mr

Imohimi Edgal.

He said: “Acting on a distress

call that INEC supervisors and

ad-hoc staff, security agents

attached to Ward 10, Unit 6

were abducted and the

electoral materials seized and

diverted to a premises at

Ukana Ikot Ntuen in Essien

Udim Local Government Area,

later identified as the

residence of one Ibanga

Akpabio.

“The DCP in-charge of

Operations, Akwa Ibom State

Police Command, DCP Auwal

Muhammed swung into action

and rescued 25 corps members

and 21 security personnel.

“Electoral materials were

recovered and 79 suspects

arrested at the aforementioned

residence. An investigation is

in progress and further

development will be

communicated promptly."

Mr Mathematician, cheating is

cheating

So, husbands it's left for you to

decide on what u want to be called

Oh! God, lead us not into temptation,

sorry, i mean death


8 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Visa ban against

Nigerians ill conceived,

Lai Mohammed tells US

LONDON

(UK)—

MINISTER of

Information and Culture,

Alhaji Lai Mohammed has

said that the speculated

plan by the United States

government to add Nigeria

to its existing list of visa

travel ban countries was ill

conceived.

It added that though the

report was speculative, but

if it turns out to be true, the

government will respond

comprehensively.

Mohammed stated this,

yesterday, in London

during an interview

session with Reuters.

The minister is in London

to officially engage with

international media and

other think tank.

He said, “On the issue of

the travel ban our position

is that it is still speculative

because we are yet to be

communicated. When we

are communicated we will

respond comprehensively.

“However, in our view it

is not well thought out but

based largely on negative

narratives spread by

naysayers.

“I know that we are

working very well with our

neighbours to ensure that

terrorism is addressed. We

are working with the

international community

FG crafting a 10-year National

Development Plan — MINISTER

By Emma Ujah

A F BUJA—THE

e d e r a l

Government is crafting a

10-year National

Development Plan, the

Minister of State, Budget

and National Planning,

Prince Clem Agba, has

revealed.

He spoke at a meeting

with the Japanese

Ambassador Extraordinary

and Plenitpotentiary to

Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta, in

Abuja, yesterday,

according to Victoria Agba-

Attah, Director of

Information in the Ministry

of Budget and National

Planning, in a statement.

Agba disclosed that the

National Development

Plan would be broken down

into two 5-year medium

term plans, from which the

annual budgets would be

drawn from.

He expressed

government’s readiness to

make the process of the

national development plan

very inclusive.

The minister claimed that

the Federal Government

had made tremendous

progress in its effort at

repositioning the nation’s

economy and working to

sustain the January-

December Budget cycle.

“We want to sustain what

happened last year in terms

of early budget passage,

we will continue to work

with the National Assembly

to repeat the feat. If we fail

to repeat it, it means that

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including the European

Union, EU and the US.

“Our advice to the US is

that it should have a

rethink on the issue

because any travel ban is

bound to affect investment

and growth in the country

and those who will be

affected are the most

vulnerable people in

Nigeria.”

Last week, there were

reports that the Donald

Trump administration

planned to add Belarus,

Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan,

Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan

and Tanzania to the list of

countries on US visa travel

ban.

Speaking on the border

closure, the minister told

Reuters that Nigeria took

the hard decision because

the neighbours, notably

Benin Republic and Niger

Republic, failed to respect

the ECOWAS treaty on

transit of goods.

“Not only that they are

sabotaging the economy of

the country but also the

security of the nation was

being threatened.”

“Under the guise of

smuggling rice, a lot of

small arms and light

weapons are being

smuggled into the country.”

Mohammed said the

what happened was just a

chance or a fluke but if we

do, it means that we have

a process and a plan that

we intend to build on,” the

Minister said.

Agba commended the

Government of Japan for

the development assistance

and the cordial relationship

that has existed between

the two countries in the

past 60 years and promised

to do everything in his

power to ensure that the

plans were realized.

The Ambassador said the

meeting was to discuss

ways of crystallizing Prime

Minister Shinzo Abe’s

promise of assisting to

strengthen the National

Center for Disease Control,

NCDC, with a grant of

2billion Japenese Yen, as

well as support to the

National Defence College.

FORMER

media

aide to former

President Goodluck

Jonathan, Mr Reno

Omokri, has berated

President Muhammadu

Burari’s Senior Special

Assistant on Media, Femi

Adesina, for being

economical with the truth

in his recent interview with

a private television station.

Omokri in a statement,

yesterday, said “I watched

Femi Adesina’s interview

on Channels Television on

January 26, 2020, and I felt

Many terrorists killed, more ISWAP command staging

posts destroyed ....As NAF strafes Sambisa Forest

By Kingsley

Omonobi

REPRIEVE FOR

SANI: Senator Shehu

Sani, who is standing

trial for bribery was

granted bail by a

Federal High Court,

Abuja yesterday.

Wike/Dickson’s feud about oil wells

— SEN JIBRIN

By Dirisu Yakubu

A

B U J A —

CHAIRMAN,

Board of Trustees, BoT, of

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, Senator Walid

Jibrin has said the lingering

feud between Governors

Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and

Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa)

was largely a fallout of

dispute over the ownership

of oil wells by the two Niger

Delta states.

Jibrin, who disclosed this

yesterday at the 88th

National Executive

Committee, NEC, meeting

of the party in Abuja, noted

that he had the assurance

of both governors that the

feud would soon be laid to

rest.

He said: “About two

weeks ago, I called the

Rivers State governor and

I talked to him about what

is happening between him

and Governor Dickson of

Bayelsa State. I was so

happy with the way the

governor of Rivers State

responded. He asked me,

chairman, are you an oil

merchant? I said no, I will

never be. He then said, do

you have an oil well? The

matter is about oil well and

the case is before the court.

But he politely talked to me

that he would contact me

later.

“The governor of Bayelsa

sorry, very sorry for Buhari.

First, his own wife, Aisha

Buhari, exposed one of his

spokesmen, Garba Shehu,

as one economic with the

truth, and agent of the

cabal, whose loyalty to her

husband is directed by

what he would gain.

“And now, the other

spokesman, Femi Adesina,

has shown himself to be not

just economic with the

truth, but an unintelligent

one at that.

“During the said

interview, Femi Adesina

State also responded by

saying he’s going to contact

me later. I am waiting for

him to contact me.”

Senator Jibrin also

expressed dissatisfaction

with the gale of defections

hitting the PDP in recent

times, saying, “There is an

uncertainty in my mind

and I don’t know whether

you people will share it. It

is the decamping

(defection) of our members

who worked with the then

A BUJA—FIGHTER

aircraft of the

Nigerian Air Force, NAF,

have destroyed an

Islamic State of West

Africa Province, ISWAP,

staging area at Gashigar

and taken out the

terrorists’ hideouts at

Tumbun Rego on the

fringes of Lake Chad and

at Bula Bello near the

Sambisa Forest all in

Borno State, killing many

terrorists in the strikes.

Air Commodore Ibikunle

Daramola, Director, NAF

Public Relations and

upbraided Nigerians for

complaining about the

spate of insecurity in

Nigeria. He then went on

to say that ‘Nigerians

should be thankful that

bombing has reduced.’

“Continuing, Adesina

said: “It is not as bad as

you make it

seem..because we know

what the situation was as

of 2015 and we know

what it is today despite

the reversals in security,

it is still not as bad as it

used to be in this country.

•As new PDP govs forum chair, Tambuwal

vows to unite aggrieved party members

governor of Imo state,

Emeka Ihedioha to the new

All Progressives Congress,

APC, government in the

state-about nine of them.

There is also the moving

away from our party by the

chairman of PDP in Kano

State to APC.”

The BoT boss chided an

unnamed chieftain of the

PDP whom he alleged,

recently mooted the idea of

changing the party’s name

ahead of future elections.

Information made the

disclosure, yesterday,

stating, “This was

achieved in air strikes

conducted by the Air Task

Force, ATF, of Operation

Lafiya Dole on January 24

and 25, 2020, on the heels

of credible intelligence

reports.

“The attack on Gashigar

was executed on January

25, 2020 after Intelligence,

Surveillance and

Reconnaissance, ISR,

missions indicated that the

location, with its defensive

parapets

and

underground tunnels,

was being used by the

ISWAP elements as a

staging area, where some

Yes, there was a bomb or

two today (Sunday). There

was a time that there were

five, six, 10 bombings in a

day in this country.”

“It is said that no matter

how far falsehood has

traveled, it must

eventually be overtaken

by truth. And the truth is

that there was never a day

throughout the five year

administration of former

President Jonathan when

and where there were ‘five,

six, 10 bombings in a day

in this country.

On his part, newly

appointed chairman of the

PDP Governors Forum and

governor of Sokoto State,

Aminu Tambuwal pledged

to unite all aggrieved

members of the party and

reposition it ahead of future

polls.

He also promised the

readiness of the governors

to embark on membership

drive to strengthen the

party across every states of

the federation.

of their leaders and

fighters meet to plan and

launch attacks.

“Accordingly, the ATF

detailed its fighter aircraft

to attack the identified

location, destroying the

structures, killing several

terrorists in the process.

“Similarly, fighter jets

were dispatched to attack

Tumbun Rego and Bula

Bello on January 24, 2020,

after ISR aircraft detected

significant activities in the

two settlements.

“The attack aircraft

effectively engaged the

targeted locations equally

destroying terrorist assets

and neutralizing several

of their combatants.”

TV INTERVIEW: Jonathan's aide lashes at Femi Adesina

''I challenge Femi Adesina

to give us specific dates,

and we will produce

documents from the Global

Terrorism Index, which

shows the number of

bombings, shootings and

other acts of insecurity,

measured daily.

“According to the Global

Terrorism Index, published

annually by the Institute for

Economics and Peace

(IEP), Nigeria is now more

terrorised under Buhari

than at anytime under

former President Jonathan.''


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 9

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MASARI VISITS NAF HQTRS: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (middle);

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State (4th left); with Air Force Branch Chiefs and Advisers of the

governor during the governor's visit to the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.

RMAFC begins review of salaries

of political office holders

•Demands for details of sacked legislative members' refunds

By Michael Eboh

AMobilisation

BUJA—REVENUE

Allocation and Fiscal

Commission, RMAFC,

yesterday, said that it has

commenced the review of

the salaries and

emoluments of political

office holders to reflect

current economic realities.

Addressing newsmen in

Abuja, Chairman of

RMAFC, Mr Elias Mbam,

disclosed that at the

conclusion of the review

process, the entitlements of

the political office holders

might either go up or

down.

He said, “The review is a

process and preliminary

issues are currently being

worked on. If the process

is followed judiciously, we

would get to the

appropriate entitlements

due the office holders. The

review is to ensure that

their remunerations reflect

current realities.”

Mbam said RMAFC

plans to undertake an audit

process that would help it

recover over N100 billion

outstanding money, noting

that since 2015, the

commission had recovered

over N75 billion from

money due the Federation

Account.

He maintained that the

responsibility of collecting

‘illegally-earned’ salaries

and remunerations from

individuals sacked from the

National Assembly lies

within the purview of the

Clerk of the Assembly.

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Coping with blisters

FOR a blister that

has not popped, try

not to pop or drain it. Leave

it uncovered or cover

loosely with a bandage.

Try not to put pressure on

the area. If the blister is in

a pressure area such as the

bottom of the foot, put a

donut-shaped moleskin on

it.

For a blister that has

popped wash the area

with warm water and

gentle soap. Do not use

alcohol, hydrogen

peroxide, or iodine.

Smooth down the the

skin flap that remains.

Apply antibiotic

ointment to the area.

Cover the area loosely

with a sterile bandage or

gauze.

To drain a blister that is

large, painful, or in an

awkward spot, wash the

area.

Sterilize a needle with

rubbing alcohol and water.

Make a small hole at the

edge of the blister. Gently

squeeze out the fluid.

Wash the blister again

and pat dry. Don’t remove

the skin over the blister.

Smooth down the skin

flap. Apply antibiotic

ointment.

Cover the area loosely

with a sterile bandage or

gauze.

Blisters can result from an

ill-fitting shoe, a bug bite,

or a serious health problem

like shingles.

Change the bandage

daily and whenever it gets

dirty or wet.

Avoid wearing shoes or

doing the activity that

caused the blister until it

heals.

Wear thick socks or work

gloves for blisters on the

feet or hands.

See a doctor for signs of

infection, including pus,

fever, red or warm skin

around the blister, red

streaks leading away from

blister, swollen lymph

glands, or increased pain

or swelling.

Seeks details of sacked

legislative members

refunds

Mbam said that all

questions on if the sacked

legislative members

complied with the directives

of the court to refund all the

salaries and emoluments

they earned before their

removal and the total

amount recovered from

them, should be directed to

the Clerk of the National

Assembly.

He stated that RMAFC

cannot unilaterally stop the

salary of a former governor

and current senator who

was recently jailed.

According to him, “The

commission does not make

laws. It uses available laws

in addressing issues within

its mandate. It is not the

By Innocent Anaba

THE Nigerian Bar

Association, NBA, has

constituted the Technical

Committee on Conference

Planning, TCCP, for the 60th

annual general conference

of the association, slated for

sometime in August.

National Assistant

Publicity Secretary of NBA,

Habeeb Lawal, in a

statement, yesterday, said,

“In fulfillment of the promise

of the NBA President, Paul

Usoro, SAN that the

preparations for NBA's 60th

annual general conference

would start in earnest, the

NBA President has duly

constituted the Technical

Committee on Conference

Planning, TCCP.

“The committee has been

mandated to consolidate

and improve on the

remarkable successes

recorded last year.

“The membership of the

TCCP is drawn from the

Sections and Fora of NBA.

The Chairmen of the

branches of NBA are also

responsibility of the commission

to determine

whether the jailed senator

should be paid or not. The

law of the land would

determine what should be

done. Ours is to determine

what salary or entitlement

is appropriate for public

office holders.

“Who is qualified at a

particular time is granted

by the law. It is not for us to

know whether he is a

serving senator or not. As

far as he is still regarded

as a senator, he would be

entitled to his entitlements

as a senator. It is the law

that would determine, not

the commission.

“Concerning recovered

monies from sacked

legislative members, it is

the duty of the Clerk to

collect the money from

them. RMAFC does not

micro-manage issues and

we do not audit

individuals.”

60th annual general conference:

NBA sets up Technical Committee

on Planning

well represented. The

committee will be chaired

by the cerebral Prof.

Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN.

The NBA President thanks

the members of the

committee for accepting this

call to service.

Other members of the

committee are George

Etomi, Uche Obi, SAN,

Sani Garun-Gabbas, SAN,

Oyinkansola Badejo-

Okusanya, Mfon Usoro,

Ayotola Jagun, Sule

Shu’aibu, Chukwuka

Ikwuazom, Chinyere

Okorocha, Akin Ajibola,

Toyosi Alabi, Kelechi Obi,

Adetola Bucknor-Taiwo,

Hannatu Simon, Sylvester

Udemezue, Tosin Iyayi,

Yusuf Abdulkadir, Oludayo

Olorunfemi, Dr Paul Ebiala,

Mohammed Akande,

Paschal Ugwuanyi,

Sylvester Adaka, Seni

Adio, SAN, Oluseun

Abimbola, Dr Paul

Ananaba, SAN, Prof

Oluyemisi Bamgbose,

SAN, Tobi Adebowale,

Banke Olagbegi-Oloba,

Joshua Usman, Kunle

Edun, Asue Ighodalo, and

Gbenga Oyebode.

$1.1BN MALABU SCAM:

Court rules on Adoke, others’

bail request Thursday

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA—AN Abuja

High Court sitting at

Gwagwalada, yesterday,

adjourned till Thursday to

determine whether the

immediate past Attorney

General of the Federation

and Minister of Justice,

Mohammed Adoke, SAN,

who is currently in

detention, should be

released on bail pending his

trial.

The former AGF is facing

trial over alleged role he

played in the “fraudulent”

transfer of ownership of an

oil bloc, OPL 245, regarded

as one of the biggest in

Africa.

He was answering to a 42-

count corruption charge the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC,

preferred against him and

six other defendants.

Others on trial over the

alleged oil block fraud are

Aliyu Abubakar, Rasky

Gbinigie and four

companies, Malabu Oil and

Gas Limited, Nigeria Agip

Exploration Limited, Shell

Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited

and Shell Nigeria

Exploration Production

Company Limited.

Trial judge, Justice

Abubakar Kutigi had after all

the defendants pleaded not

guilty to the charge last

Friday, remanded them in

custody of the EFCC, even

as he adjourned hearing on

their respective

applications for bail.

At the resumed

proceeding, yesterday, all

the defendants, through

their various lawyers,

pleaded with the court to

release them on bail,

pledging to be available for

their trial.

Though Adoke’s team of

lawyers was led by a former

AGF, Chief Kanu Agabi,

SAN, his bail application

was argued by Chief Mike

Ozekhome, SAN.

Ozehkome prayed the

court to grant Adoke bail on

Self-recognizance or in

most liberal terms.

Likewise, counsel to the

2nd defendant, Abubakar,

Chief Wole Olanipekun,

SAN, also prayed the court

to release his client on bail.

He urged the court to

discountenance a counteraffidavit

the EFCC filed to

oppose the bail request,

insisting that his client

never breached terms of

administrative bail he was

previously granted by the

anti-graft agency.

EFCC had in its counteraffidavit,

alleged that the

2nd defendant failed to

appear before it on four

occasions in violation of

terms of the administrative

that was granted to him.

APC created to fight poverty for

the vulnerable — OSINBAJO

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJA—VICE

President Yemi

Osinbajo, has said that the

primary objective for the

formation of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in 2014 was to fight

poverty among the larger

Nigerian population,

especially the most

vulnerable and the poor.

Osinbajo, at the 5th

edition of the Airtel

Touching Lives event held

in Lagos, said the writers

of the APC’s manifesto, one

of whom he is, decided that

the party’s work book must

include a social safety

initiative for the people.

He said the APC, while

being put together was

strongly of the opinion that

government owed a duty to

the poor, the weak, the

vulnerable and those who

cannot work, hence choice

to be dedicated to creating

a system that fights poverty,

among other things.

In a statement by the

Senior Special Assistant to

the President on Media and

Publicity, Office of the Vice

President, Laolu Akande,

Osinbajo said, “listening to

each story of a life touched

this evening must remind

us of the many others who

need our help, our comfort

and our kindness. The poor

and vulnerable always

need a voice.

“In 2014, Mr Wale Edun,

Prof. Pat Utomi and I met

at Pat’s home to write

portions of the manifesto of

the APC. We all agreed that

a fundamental pillar of our

party’s plans must be to

create a social safety net for

the people. We were

convinced that government

owed a duty to the poor, the

weak, the vulnerable and

those who cannot work.

“Social safety nets are not

merely acts of sovereign

kindness; they are a

sovereign obligation - a

responsibility.”

Making reference to the

Social Investment

Programmes of the Federal

Government, the Vice

President said, the effort of

Airtel was commendable

especially

in

complementing the work

already done by

government in tackling

poverty.

He said, “Today, the

social safety net scheme is

the fore of our Social

Investment Programmes

where we are feeding about

9.5 million children in

public schools in 34 states

across Nigeria. We are

giving monthly cash to

about nearly a million

households as part of our

conditional cash transfer

scheme. We have given, as

at the last count, 2.2 million

loans to petty traders whose

inventories are no more

than N5, 000.''


10 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

:Vanguard

News

2014 confab'll solve Nigeria’s

problems —Yakasai, Uranta,

Anyiam-Osigwe, others

By Dapo

Akinrefon

LAGOS—THE Justice,

Peace and Unity

Initiative for Nigeria,

yesterday, called on the

Federal Government to

implement the report of the

2014 National Conference

saying it will address the

challenges bedevilling the

country.

Some notable Nigerians

had met, Friday, in a move

aimed at rescuing the

nation from its current slide

to the precipice.

It expressed worry that

the country is “sitting on a

keg of gunpowder given

the uncontrolled stockpiling

of arms in our

communities.”

The group said it was

initiated to advance and

promote the relevance of

Nigerians living together

“as one indissoluble nation

as opposed to the

predominantly divergent

views to pull Nigeria apart.”

The group said this in a

communique signed by

chairman of the Dialogue,

Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, Mr.

Tony Uranta, Nigeria

National Summit Group,

NNSG, and Mr. Charles

Anyiam-Osigwe of the

Anyiam-Osigwe

Foundation

Members of the group

are Arewa Consultative

Forum Trustee, Alhaji

Tanko Yakasai; Professor Pat

Utomi, Hon. Ghali

Na’Abba, former Speaker of

the House of

Representatives; Southern

and Middle Belt Leaders

Forum Executive, Senator

Bassey Ewa Henshaw;

NNSG Scribe, Tony

Uranta; and Charles

Vandalized LGs’ properties: We'll

prosecute culprits —Oyo govt

By Adeola Badru

IBADAN—OYO State

Government, yesterday,

vowed to bring the full

weight of the law to bear

on those it claimed

vandalised local council

properties and violently

took over some councils.

‘’Reports from different

parts of Oyo State

confirmed that the sacked

chairmen resorted to

breaking and vandalisation

of government properties,

leading some imposters to

seize offices of council

Chairmen,’’ the the State

Government said in a

statement by Honourable

Babatunde Oduyoye, the

Special Adviser on Strategy

and Political Matters to

Governor Seyi Makinde.

It maintained that the

Anyiam-Osigwe of the

Anyiam-Osigwe

Foundation.

Other leaders present at

the meeting were Hon.

Mohammed Kumali,

Amb. Toyo Nkoyo, Dr.

Ferdinand Ikwang,

General Paul Toun, retd,

Kola Akogun Onadipe,

Dr. Bisi Akin-Alabi, Dr.

Umar Ardo, Ms. Habiba

MKO-Abiola, and Dr.

Ayakeme Whisky.

The forum also said

there is need for the

Federal Government to

“restructure the country

to devolve power to the

component units in line

with the principles of

federalism, and that

agitations for political and

economic federalism

should not be ignored.”

It, however, noted that the

general apprehension and

distrust in the country “is

precipitated by the failure

of government to protect

and guarantee the safety of

lives and property.”

The communique read in

part: “That The Initiative

becomes The Justice, Peace

and Unity Initiative for

Nigeria, going forward.

“That The Initiative

Meeting urgently establish

and empower National

Peace, Security and

Reconciliation Committee

which shall comprise

persons of impeccable

character and integrity to

traverse the country

mediating between

aggrieved groups to nip

conflagration tendencies in

the bud.

“That advocacy

commences to ensure that

all ethnic nationalities shall

be seen to be equal

irrespective of size."

action of the sacked

chairmen amounted to

criminality and

unwarranted provocation.

According to the State

Government, the imposters

broke into council offices,

vandalising gates, doors,

windows and other

properties at the respective

local council secretariats.

The government,

however, appealed to the

teeming people of the State

to remain calm, lawabiding

and patient,

pending the decision of the

Court of Appeal on the

matter slated for February

19, 2020.’’

Meanwhile, the Oyo State

Police Command, Eleyele,

Ibadan, has exonerated itself

from the ongoing face-off between

Governor Makinde and the

sacked local government

chairman over their dissolution

in a bid to reconstitute the council

areas.

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SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME: From left—Director, Public Private Partnership, Lagos State Min.

of Education, Dr. Idowu Oyetola; Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Princess

Aderemi Adebowale; representative of the Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education

Board, Bayo Adefuye, and Educator Sector Lead, Sterling Bank, Ms. Eniola Obe, during the flagoff

of 'Snacks4Thought', Lagos Schools Feeding programme, in Lagos.

Traffic Law: Lagos goes tough, bans Okada,

tricycles in 15 LGAs •Enforcement starts February 1

....Restricts movement on 50 highways, bridges

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

LAGOS—LAGOS State

Government,

yesterday, announced

plans to commence total

enforcement of Reform

Traffic Law of 2018 on

activities of motorcyclists,

popularly called “okada”

and tricycles, called “keke

Marwa” on restricted

routes and bridges across

15 local councils of the

state.

The state government

proscribed their operations

in six local councils, and

nine Local Council

Development Areas,

LCDAs, as well as 10 major

highways across the state

with effect from February 1,

2020 when it said there will

be zero tolerance of Okada

and Tricycles in listed local

councils, highways and

bridges.

Besides, the Government

also banned Okada and

tricycles from plying 40

bridges and flyovers across

the state.

The ban and enforcement

also affect the newly

introduced “Opay ride,

Gokada ride” and other

similar commercial

motorcycles. The

government did not,

however, specify if private

powerbike owners are

included.

The state Commissioner

for Information and

Strategy, Mr. Gbenga

Omotoso; Commissioners

for Transportation, Frederic

Oladeinde; and Attorney-

General and Justice,

Moyosore Onigbanjo, at a

joint press briefing, held at

the Lagos House, Alausa,

Ikeja, announced the

planned total enforcement

of the ban.

Omotoso explained that

enforcement would be

carried out in six local

councils as pilot scheme

before being extended to

other councils.

The commissioner said

the measure became

necessary following

flagrant disregard for traffic

law by operators and the

need to further ensure

safety of lives and property

of residents and members

of the public in general.

Security

According to him, the

measures were taken by the

Government in response to

“scary figures” of fatal

accidents recorded from

operations of Okada and

tricycles in the state

between 2016 and 2019,

causing preventable loss of

lives, and “their

impermissible movements

on restricted highways

have also contributed to

traffic jams.”

His words: “After a robust

assessment of the debate on

what has been widely

referred to as the motorcycle

(Okada) and tricycle (Keke)

menace, the Lagos State

Government and the State

Security Council have

decided that the security

and safety of lives of

Lagosians are paramount.

“The figures are scary.

From 2016 to 2019, there

were over 10,000 accidents

recorded at the General

Hospitals alone. This

number excludes

unreported cases and those

recorded by other hospitals.

The total number of deaths

from reported cases is over

600 as at date.

Crime

“The rate of crimes aided

by Motorcycles (Okada)

and Tricycles (Keke) keeps

rising. Motorcycles

(Okada) and Tricycles

(Keke) are also used as

getaway means by

criminals.

Enforcement

‘’Therefore, after

consultations with

stakeholders, the State

Security Council, in

compliance with the extant

Transport Sector Reform

Law 2018, has decided to

commence enforcement of

the law which bans the

operation of Okada and

Keke in six Local

Government Areas and

nine Local Council

Development Areas

(LCDAs).”

Omotoso said the

enforcement would be total,

warning that the

Government would deal

with violators in accordance

with the Laws. He added

that there would be zero

tolerance for the movement

of the banned vehicles on

the listed highways and

bridges.

According to the

commissioner, operations of

Okada and Keke NAPEP

have been banned in the

following LGAs and

LCDAs: Apapa LGA,

Apapa Iganmu LCDA,

Lagos Mainland LGA,

Yaba LCDA, Surulere LGA,

Itire-Ikate LCDA, and

Coker-Aguda LCDA.

Others are Ikeja LGA,

Onigbongbo, LCDA,

Ojodu LCDA, Eti-Osa

LGA, Ikoyi-Obalende

LCDA, and Iru-Victoria

Island LCDA, Lagos Island

LGA and Lagos Island East

LCDA.

Restrictions

Their operations are

restricted on the following

highways and bridges:

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,

Apapa-Oshodi

Expressway, Oworonshoki-

Oshodi Expressway,

Lagos-Ikorodu

Expressway, Lagos-

Abeokuta Expressway, Eti-

Osa/Lekki-Epe

Expressway, Lagos-

Badagry Expressway,

Funsho Williams Avenue,

Agege Motor Road, Eti-

Osa Lekki Coastal Road.

The bridges are: Apapa-

Iganmu, Apapa-Ijora

Link Bridge, Liverpool

Bridge, Apapa, Mile 2

Bridge-Loop, Amuwo-

Odofin, Okota (cele)/

Ijesha Link Bridge,Iyana-

Ipaja, Dopemu North in

Agege, Airport/Ikeja,

Agege Motor Road/

Oshodi Loop, Oshodi,

Mushin/Isolo Link

Bridge, Dorman Long

Bridge, Ojuelegba

Bridge, National Stadium

Flyover, Apakun/Apapa-

Oshodi Bridge Network,

Ikorodu Road/Anthony

Clover leaf Bridge, Trade

Fair Flyover, Festac/

Amuwo-Odofin Link

Bridge, Flyover Bridges

along Alhaji Masha

Road, Ojota Clover leaf

Bridge,Ogudu Bridge,

Third Mainland Bridge,

Maryland flyover, Ikeja

General Hospital Flyover

Bridge, Kodesoh Bridge,

Oba Akran, Ikeja, Opebi

Link Bridge, Sheraton-

Opebi Bridge, Jibowu/

Yaba flyover Bridge,

Carter Bridge, Lagos,

Bariga-Ifako Bridge,

Apapa-Oshodi

Expressway/Alapere

Bridge, Bariga/

Oworonsoki Bridge,

Apapa-Oshodi

Expressway/Gbagada U-

Turn, Apapa-Oshodi

Expressway, Third

Mainland/Oworonsoki

Bridge, Eko Bridge,

Apongbon flyover Bridge,

Cowry Bridge (Officers

Mess), Mcwen Bridge

(Bonny Camp), Marina/

Ikoyi Bridge, Ikoyi/

Obalende Bridge.


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FUNERAL: From left—David Edevbie, Chief of Staff to Delta State governor; Dan Akpovwa, Publisher

of The Abuja Inquirer newspaper; Dr. Iroro Akpovwa, a Consultant Pediatrician, and Chiedu Ebie,

Secretary to the Delta State Government, during the funeral of late Mrs. Felicia Akpovwa, in Eku,

Delta State, weekend.

Ortom narrowly escapes death

following herdsmen attack

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—

GOVERNOR

Samuel Ortom of Benue

State, yesterday disclosed

that he narrowly escaped

death when suspected

armed herdsmen shot at

him in his farm at Adeke

on Makurdi-Naka Road in

the state.

Similarly, suspected

armed herdsmen abducted

and killed a member of the

state’s Livestock Guard in

Ado Local Government

Area of the state.

Giving insight into his

close shave with death,

Governor Ortom, in a live

radio programme

monitored in Makurdi,

...Livestock Guard member abducted,

killed, as anxiety mounts in Benue

said he had gone to his

farm in the outskirts of

Makurdi town few days

ago when armed herdsmen

besieged the vicinity and

opened fire.

According to him, “just

last week I was in my farm

that is situated in the

outskirts of Makurdi town

when armed herdsmen

came there and shot at me.

“They also shot at the

vehicle of our Livestock

Guards who came there

and shattered it. We had to

call the joint military

security team, Operation

Whirl Stroke, OPWS, who

came and saved the

situation,”

The Governor lamented

that the influx of armed

herdsmen into the state had

become a source of concern

and worry and needed to

be checked urgently.

He said “We are doing

everything possible to

arrest the situation. These

people are deliberately

coming into the state. I

have always maintained

the armed herdsmen,

ISWA, ISIS and Boko

Haram are the same thing

and they are out to

prosecute the same agenda.

“There is no two ways

about that. Even when we

I'll make Kogi Nigeria’s most secure

commercial hub —Bello

L

O

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

K O J A —

GOVERNOR

Yahaya Bello of Kogi, State,

yesterday began his second

term in office after taking

the oath of office, pledging

to develop the state into

Nigeria’s foremost and

most secure emerging

commercial hub.

The governor spoke after

his inauguration in

Government House,

following his Oath of Office

and Allegiance,

administered on him by

Chief Judge of the state,

Justice Nasiru Ajanah.

Bello said the

transformation would be

done through optimization

of the natural environment

and human resources for a

sustainable future.

According to him “The

“Let’s Do More” mantra of

my electioneering

campaign stood on three

operating principles of

Partnerships, Progress and

Prosperity which will

underpin my new term of

office. We shall embark on

large scale urban renewal

projects to further transform

Lokoja into a resilient

capital city with modern

utilities attractive to

residents and tourists alike.

Though upgrading the

sights and sounds of

looking will be paramount,

this beautification project

will extend to at least one

major town in each

senatorial district”.

Bello hinted that his new

direction government,

during the second term

would also sustain its focus

on agriculture for improved

food security, mass

employment and increase

in Internally Generated

Revenue (IGR).

The governor who

attributed his electoral

victory to providence,

pledged that agricultural

revolution which started in

the first tenure would be

taken to the next level.

He said “Specifically,

Rice, Cassava, Cashew,

Aquaculture and Livestock

will remain the bedrock of

our activities in the

agricultural sector. We want

to make Confluence Rice

the dominant brand at least

in the home market.

Nigeria is the largest

cassava grower. We will add

500,000 new cassava

farmers from our populace

into our initiatives around

this amazing crop during

this second term. We also

plan to build the nation’s

largest ethanol plant in

Kogi for the production of

ethanol fuel from cassava.”

went for the North Central

Security meeting l told them

the same thing. Miyetti

Allah leadership should

also be arrested because

majority of all the

kidnappings you see

around are carried out by

armed herdsmen.

“They are creating a lot

of insecurity and hardship

for the people, the federal

government must ensure

they are arrested and

prosecuted just like we are

arresting those involved in

open grazing in Benue.

“The situation has

become a big challenge

because the farmers in

Benue State are not

allowed to have cutlasses

but herdsmen are allowed

to carry AK47. It is not

correct, we cannot allow

them to get into Benue and

continue to create problems

for us.

“I don’t have control of the

coercive force, but the

military Operation Whirl

Stroke, OPWS, has done

well by returning relative

peace but we want them to

do more.

“Our Livestock Guards do

not have guns to confront

the armed herdsmen which

is a big challenge. But we

have been working with

the Civil Defence and the

trained Agro Rangers who

are armed and we will

collaborate with them to

also help us ensure that

herdsmen occupying our

communities are moved out

to allow the displaced

persons return home in a

secured environment.

“Many have asked why

we still leave people in the

Internally Displaced

Persons, IDPs, camps, but

how do I send people home

to go and die in this

situation?”

Meanwhile, the Security

Adviser to the Governor

Col. Paul Hember(rted.)

said efforts were on to

retrieve the remains of the

slain Livestock Guard

member, Vanguard

however gathered that

women and children have started

fleeing Ado for fear of being

attacked by the marauders.

CREATION OF NEW EMIRATES:

Court rules against fresh application

challenging Kano elder’s suit

By Bashir Bello

KANO—THE Kano

State High Court,

yesterday ruled against

fresh application by two

Emirates of Bichi and Rano

challenging suit filed by

Kano Concern Elders led

by Bashir Tofa against

creation of new emirates by

the State Governor, Dr.

Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Judge, Justice Nura

Sagir, however, ruled

against the hearing of the

joinders applications and

stood same till 19th March,

2020.

In their separate

appearances before Justice

Sagir, counsel to Bichi and

Rano emirates, Aliyu

Nassarawa and Yahay

Abdullahi respectively told

the court their willingness

to join the suit as critical

interested party.

In a swift objection,

counsel to the 21 elders, AB

Mahmoud SAN, insisted

the fresh application was

not ripe for hearing since

the court already fixed

hearing on pending

originating application.

The senior lawyer who

Ganduje seeks N15bn loan to fund

free education in Kano

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

K ANO—GOVERNOR

Abdullahi Ganduje of

Kano State, is seeking the

approval of the state House

of Assembly state to access

N15 billion loan from the

Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB,

to enable the government

fund its free and

compulsory education

programme.

The state assembly,

yesterday, announced the

receipt of a letter, seeking

approval for the 44 Local

Government Areas of the

state to access the loan from

the bank.

The Speaker of the

Assembly, Abdulazeez

Garba-Gafasa who

cited order 39 rule one of

the court, which

stipulated limit and

period new application

could be heard in court,

sought immediate

rejection of the

applications.

Responding, counsel to

Bichi emirate Aliyu

Nassarawa who

consented to the position

of A. B. Mahmoud,

however, demanded that

the court should grant the

hearing of the application

in the interest of justice,

a consideration A. B.

Mahmoud immediately

countered, positing that

“Justice is fundamental

but must be applied

according to law”.

Bichi and Rano

communities are parts of

four new emirate councils

enacted by Kano state

house of assembly and

signed into law by

Governor Abdullahi Umar

Ganduje.

The duo are seeking

injunction to join suit

against the originating

injunction already set for

hearing before the court.

presided over the plenary,

yesterday, read the letter

before the House.

According to the letter

signed by Ganduje, the

decision to access the loan

was to enable the local

governments fund the free

and compulsory education

programme.

Ganduje stated that each

of the 44 local government

areas would receive N340

million if approved, noting

that it was aimed at

ensuring the sustainability

of the free and compulsory

education declared by the

State.

The Speaker further

announced the payment

conditions for the loan

saying it would be paid in

30 months with an interest

of 15 percent only.


12 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Senate insists on

passage of PIB this year

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA —THE Presi

dent of the Senate,

Ahmad Lawan has assured

that immediately the Senate

resumes, the Constitution

review Committee

would be constituted.

It was contrary to insinuation

that the Senate would

deny its Deputy President,

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

from heading the Constitution

review committee to be

set up soon.

Lawan said that Omo-

Agege will head the committee

as Chairman in line

with age long tradition of

the Senate and the House

of Representatives as far as

such committees are concerned.

He said, “The committee

will be constituted very

soon, either this week or

next week by the grace of

God because the time is ripe

for us to reconstitute the

committee so that the members

could start to work immediately.

We have referred

some bills to the them already.

“Traditionally, everybody

knows that since 1999 when

the constitution review committee

was formed in the

National Assembly. In the

Senate, the Deputy President

of the Senate usually

heads the committee while

the Deputy Speaker is usually

the chairman of the

Committee. We are going

to maintain the tradition in

the 9th Senate.

“We have a deputy Senate

President who is vast,

erudite lawyer who played

Okowa, Speaker receive

Mulade’s Coastal Devt

Agency Bill

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an important and significant

role in the 8th Assembly

as a member of the committee

on INEC and Constitution

review. So, we are

good to go by the grace of

God.

“Such insinuation is out

of place, it is traditional that

whenever a committee on

Constitution review is set

up in both the Senate and

the House of Representatives

for the Deputy President

of the Senate and

Deputy Speaker to head

them as Chairmen.

“The Senate will set up

the committee latest by next

week and the Deputy President

of the Senate, Distinguished

Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege will chair it.

He has the capacity , experience

and knowledge to

give the committee the leadership

required.”

On the hike of Value Added

Tax, VAT, Lawan said,

“The 2. 5 per cent increment

in VAT does not include

items that ordinary Nigerians

normally use. Many of

the items that would now

have additional 2.5 per cent

are luxury items that ordinary

Nigerians use. At this

point, we need resources to

provide basic social amenities

that average Nigerians

need.”

On set agenda as the Senate

resumes today, Lawan

said, “What we have in

mind and what we have

before us is what is so important

for Nigerians. First

and most importantly is to

look into the issue of security

that is more bedeviling

this country."

ASABA — GOVER-

NOR If- eanyi Okowa

of Delta State and the Speaker

of the state House of Assembly,

Sheriff Oborevwori,

have received a bill seeking

the establishment of the

Coastal Area Development

Agency, CADA.

The proposed bill initiated

by a community leader and

environmental rights activist,

who hails from Gbaramatu

Kingdom, Warri South West

Local Government Area of

the state, Mr, Sheriff Mulade,

was received at the

Delta State Government

House, Asaba, by the Speaker

and members of the Delta

State House of Assembly on

January 22, 2020.

The bill is in line with the

demands by Deltans from

coastal communities, who

wanted legislation to fast

track development of coastal

communities.

Mulade said: “The need

for such agency is now, especially

when we look at the

very slow rate of development

of the coastal areas

when compared to the hinterland.

“The state accepting the bill

in its creditable form would

promote the present government

and the history of Delta

State will be kind to them.

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Oshiomhole has no legal authority to

function as APC National Chairman

— Idahosa

By Gabriel

Enogholase

BENIN — A chieftain

of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Mr.

Charles Idahosa, has again

insisted that the former governor

of Edo State, Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole,

has no legal authority to

function as National Chairman

of the APC.

Speaking with journalists

in Benin, at the weekend,

Idahosa, said Oshiomhole

having been suspended by

his ward, can no longer

show himself as the legiti-

mate chairman of the party

at the national level.

Idahosa, who is a former

political adviser to Oshiomhole,

warned that any action

taken by the embattled

national chairman “is null

and void because it is an

illegality.”

He said, “In the first

place, irrespective of your

position, you are a member

of the party and as President

Muhammadu Buhari

said in his speech when the

Caucus met; It is bottomup.

You have to be relevant

in your unit, ward, local

government and state level

before you can go to Abuja

to claim big titles.

“As far as we are concerned

in Edo APC, Oshiomhole

is no longer the

national chairman. The constitution

is very clear in Article

21 on how members of

the party can be dealt with

but because of the ignorance

of many of his followers,

they think that once you become

the national chairman

of the party, you are above

the law. Oshiomhole has no

legitimacy.”

Warning the APC of the

legal implication of retaining

Oshiomhole as the national

chairman, Idahosa

#Revolution Now: Jalingo in detention

for treason — Ayade

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA — GOVER-

NOR Ben Ayade of

Cross River State, yesterday,

explained that Agba

Jalingo, a Journalist, is being

detained at the Afokang

Prison of the state for allegedly

plotting to topple President

Muhammadu Buhari's

government through

the #RevolutionNow

Movement.

Ayade said the journalist

problem was with the Federal

Government and not

the state government,” He

is in prison for treason.”

Jalingo, who is the publisher

of a privately owned

news website, CrossRiver-

Watch, was on August 30

charged with disturbance

of public peace and treason

by the Federal Government

for his alleged writing and

social media posts about

Ayade who is his kinsman.

The journalist led the

#RevolutionNow Protest in

Cross River State.

He was recently awarded

the Gani Fawehinmi

Award for Integrity and had

in an article he wrote in July

demanded the whereabouts

of the N500 million

approved and released by

the Cross River State Government

for the floating of

the Cross River Microfinance

bank.

By Festus Ahon

ASABA — FORMER

Governorship aspirant

in Delta State, Chief

Sunny Onuesoke has said

that Nigeria needs research

institutes and not new universities,

insisting that research

institutes were critical

to sustainable economic

growth and development of

any nation.

Speaking to newsmen at

His arrest, subsequent

incarceration and trial has

been condemned by individuals,

right groups and

civil society organizations

with Amnesty International

declaring him alongside

#RevolutionNow convener,

Omoyele Sowore and pro

democracy activist, Olawale

Bakare as prisoners of

conscience.

Ayade has been accused

several times of instigating

the arrest, detention and

trial of Jalingo, for treason

but the governor had on

many occasions denied being

involved in his ordeal.

PROMO: Generator

winners in the Glo

Recharge and Win Big

Promo popularly

known as My Own

Don Beta, on Monday

received their prizes

at Slaughter Market,

Trans Amadi, Port

Harcourt. From left,

Cynthia Mbagwu

(winner), Benjamin

Peterson (winner),

Lady Kate Ibekwe,

Head National Lottery

Regulatory Commission,

Port Harcourt,

Ogunkeyi Lucas

(winner) and Globacom's

Regional Manager,

South South, Mr.

Augustine Mamuro,

during the ceremony.

said, “He has been suspended

by his ward and the

party leaders there. These

leaders are not spirits; they

came out openly to endorse

his suspension. They are

not hiding and have not

denied saying so. However,

he decided to ignore

these leaders because he

has never respected the

party’s constitution.

“They are just postponing

the evil day because at the

end of the day, any action

by him or any action he

takes now as national chairman

is null and void because

it is an illegality. He

knows this but he is pretending

not to know. I only

feel sorry for the APC because

of the legal implication

in the future.”

The party chieftain also

blamed the suspended national

chairman for the crisis

in various states’ chapter

of the party, adding

“Oshiomhole’s supporters

say things like we should

respect him because he has

been winning elections, but

they are wrong because he

has nothing to do with the

party’s successes; in fact,

he created the problems.

“Even as governor and

national chairman he did

not win the presidential

election in Edo. Won’t you

win your state before going

to win other peoples’

states?

Research institutes’ll proffer solutions to our

economic backwardness, not universities

— Onuesoke

the Murtala Muhammed

International Airport, Lagos

after attending a one day

workshop on policy and

strategy for sustainable economic

growth, Onuesoke

said the role of research institutes

as development

driver could not be over

emphasized.

He said; “The growing

number of universities are

not what is needed now to

tackle the reality of under

development that is currently

staring at us on the

face.

“Despite having bulk of

universities across the nation,

the apparent gap and

weakness in our social-economic

life are left wide open

and this is due to absence

of research institute that

would have been able to fill

these gaps and proffer solutions

to our economic

backwardness.”


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 13

ONDO LG Poll: 101 aspirants jostle

for APC chairmanship tickets

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—NO fewer

than 101 aspirants

under the banner of the All

Progressive Congress in

Ondo State are jostling for

the 18 local government

council seats in the April 18

election.

They are to be screened

within a day while the

primary has been fixed for

3rd, February.

The chairman of the party

Ade Adetimehin while

welcoming the aspirants to

the screening exercise at the

party secretariat in Akure

assured that the exercise

would be free and fair to all

aspirants

Adetimehin who doubled

Dipo Dina’s love for Ogun

State is second to none

—Senator Obadara, others

By Gabriel Olawale

LAGOS—TEN years

after the gruesome

killing of a former

Omatsola for

burial

LATE Prince Clement

OMATSOLA (AKA)

API who slept in the Lord

on 3rd November, 2019

will be buried in his home

town, Usele off Warri on 1st

February 2020 after funeral

rites at Sapele. He is

survived by wife, 7

children, brothers and

several relations.

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as the chairman of the

screening committee

reiterated the position of

the party to conduct a

credible primary.

He assured that the

primaries will be an open

exercise whereby, the most

popular candidate would

emerge as the party flag

bearer.

He said that “the

screening exercise is meant

to unite the party and not

divide us. If anyone is

having any misgiving

about the exercise, he is to

approach the party to

address it as the party

would not condone unruly

actions contrary to the

party’s regulations guiding

the exercise.

Oyetola to reposition Osun

as regional commercial hub

—Commissioner

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

O SOGBO—OSUN

State Governor,

Adegboyega Oyetola, has

been described as a goal

getter, who is committed to

repositioning the state into

a regional commercial hub.

The state Commissioner

for Information and Civic

Orientation, Mrs. Funke

Egbemode, made the

assertion in Osogbo, while

addressing the executive of

Lagos Council of the

Nigerian Union of

Journalists, NUJ, led by the

Chairman, Dr. Qasim

Akinreti, who were on

courtesy visit to the state

Late Omatsola

government.

Noting the governor’s

good nature and

uncommon energy to work

long hours without losing

his temperament,

Egbemode said he was

poised to do things

differently, in order to

showcase Osun to the rest

of the world with a view to

bringing in investments into

the state’s mining,

agriculture and tourism

sectors.

“Osun is too rich to be

poor and we explore just 30

per cent of our natural

resources in the state. We

will become a regional

commercial hub and the

governor is determined to

make it happen,’’

Egbemode said.

governorship candidate of

the defunct Action

Congress of Nigeria, ACN,

in Ogun State, Otunba

Dipo Dina, some of his

friends, business associates

and relatives have recalled

the love and passion he had

for the state and mankind.

Speaking in Lagos

during the Otunba Dipo

Dina 10th year

remembrance ceremony,

Senator Olugbenga

Obadara said that Dipo

paid the ultimate price in

the struggle to liberate

Ogun State.

Immediate past

Chairman of Access Bank,

Mosun Belo-Olusoga, who

grew up with Dipo as a

family friend, described

Dipo as a focused person,

adding that the late

politician “was a

passionate human being,

anything he decided to do

he carried it out with focus.

My husband used to be jealous

of him due to our closeness, he

used to remember people’s

birthday and cherished it.”

By Adeola Badru

I BADAN—SACKED

local government

chairmen in Oyo State,

yesterday, defied Governor

Seyi Makinde and

resumed at their respective

offices amid tight security.

Controversy trailed the

administration of local

governments in the state

following Makinde’s sack

of the chairmen elected

under former Governor

Abiola Ajimobi, barely 24

hours after his swearingin

on May 29, 2019.

To reconstitute the local

g o v e r n m e n t

administration, Governor

Makinde had in December

2019 appointed caretaker

chairmen for LGAs and

Oyo LG chairmen defy

Makinde, resume amid

tight security

LCDAs.

Reports from Ibarapa

North East LCDA, Lanlate,

have it that Mr. Lanre

Olaosegba resumed at the

council secretariat with his

councillors.

Also, Barr. Daud

Suleiman Abayomi of

Ogbomoso Central LCDA

also resumed with his

councillors.

Abayomi, who was

beaming with smiles while

a Muslim prayer was ongoing,

said the gate to the

secretariat and his office

were padlocked but they

were broken.

He added that policemen

were at the entrance and

that nobody prevented

them from gaining

entrance into the council

secretariat.

The Attorney-General of

the Federation and

Minister of Justice,

Abubakar Malami (SAN),

had last week written a letter

to the state governor to

allow “elected council

chairmen” perform their

constitutional role.

Few days later, letters

were dispatched from the

office of the Inspector-

General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu, to the

ALGON Chairman in the

state, Prince Ayodeji Abass-

Aleshinloye, and the

chairman of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Oyo State, Chief

Akin Oke, informing them

that the Commissioner of

Police, Shina Olukolu, has

been ordered to lead them

to their respective council

secretariats.

VISIT: From left—Jillian Itharat, Political Officer, USA; Sen. Ibikunle Amosun; Claire Pierangelo,

Consul General, USA, during an official visit to the home of the Senator, in Abeokuta, yesterday.

AMOTEKUN: South-West has no plan

to secede from Nigeria —Fayemi

•Buhari should complement Amotekun —Gani Adams

By Rotimi

Ojomoyela

A DO-EKITI—EKITI

State Governor, Dr.

Kayode Fayemi, has

assured that the South-

West geopolitical zone has

no plans to secede from

Nigeria, saying the

establishment of the South-

West Security Network,

code named “Amotekun”

was to tackle armed robbery,

kidnapping, banditry and

illegal destruction of lives

and property.

Dr. Fayemi said the

South-West region remains

an integral part of Nigeria,

will continue to be part of

Nigeria and will continue

to be committed to a united

and indivisible Nigeria.

The Governor gave the

assurance, yesterday, when

he hosted a pan-Yoruba

development interest

group, the Oodua

Progressive Union, OPU,

Worldwide who were led to

his office by the Aare Ona

Kakanfo of Yorubaland,

Chief Gani Adams.

Represented by the

Deputy Governor, Otunba

Bisi Egbeyemi, the

governor said nobody

should entertain any fear of

secession by the South-

West over the launch of

Amotekun which he said

was meant to protect all

Nigerians resident in the

region.

He said: “Amotekun is not

political, it was established

for the protection of our

people and stem the tide of

armed robbery,

kidnapping, illegal

destruction of lives and

property.

“This is the first time that

the region is united on the

need to raise a security

platform to complement the

existing security agencies

to protect the lives and

property of our people,

which is our constitutional

duty.

“I also want to say that

the South-West is not

seceding from Nigeria. The

South-West zone remains

part of Nigeria and it will

remain committed to a

united and indivisible

Nigerian federation.”

Fayemi, also

commended OPU for

promoting the culture of the

Yoruba all over the world

saying his administration

fully supports the

sustenance of culture and

using it to drive social

integration, create jobs and

boost tourism.

“We are happy that we

have this type of

organization during your

(Adams’) time because we

believe it will cater for the

interest of the Yoruba all

over the world.’’

Speaking earlier, Adams

disclosed that OPU was

formed in 2011 in Mumbai,

India and was set up to

organize an annual

interface for delegates from

all over the world on issues

bordering on

sustenance of Yoruba

culture.

On Amotekun, Adams

welcomed the agreement

reached between the

Federal Government and

South-West governors,

saying “it is for the progress

of the country.”

He said: “It is necessary

for our governors to have

our own security network

code-named Amotekun.

Life is precious. You don’t

politicize the issue of

security. Anything that

affects Ekiti State affects

the entire country and if

Ekiti State is safe, the

entire Nigeria is safe. If

the South-West is safe, the

entire Nigeria is safe.

“So, I think the

President should

complement the initiative

of Amotekun by the

South-West Governors.

He should even add it to

the books so that the

economic nerve of the

nation can be safe in terms

of life and property.

“We don’t need to

continue throwing missiles

at ourselves in the media

and anybody who stands as

an antagonist to Amotekun,

I will perceive that person

in two forms.

“One, he has an agenda

to destroy our zone or two,

he is an agent of criminals.

Definitely, the agreement

between the Federal

Government and South-

West Governors is a

welcome development. It is

for the progress of the

country.”


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BREAKFAST—From left: Treasurer, Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN), Raheem

Olabode; Publicity Secretary, PRCAN, Bolaji Abimbola; Secretary General, PRCAN, Tokunbo George-

Taylor; Guest Speaker & Managing Director, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane;

President, PRCAN, Israel Jaiye Opayemi and Vice President, PRCAN, Adedayo Ojo during the PRCAN

Breakfast Meeting on the 2020 economic outlook and its implications for the marketing communications

sector in Nigeria held in Lagos yesterday.

Shi’ites storm NHRC over killing of

journalist Alex Ogbu, others

... Seek probe into rights violations during Free-Zakzaky protests

By Luminous

Jannamike

A BUJA—MEMBERS

of the Islamic

Movement in Nigeria,

IMN, yesterday,

marched to National

Human Rights

Commission, NHRC’s

head office in Abuja, to

press for investigation

into last week’s killing of

a journalist, Alex Ogbu,

during a Free-Zakzaky

protest in Abuja.

They decried the

conduct of the police

during the protest for the

release of their leader,

Sheikh Ibraheem El-

Zakzaky, from a Kaduna

correctional centre,

saying the clampdown

on demonstrators had

resulted to scores of

deaths and other

casualties.

While acknowledging

suffering other injuries

during their protests, the

Shi’ites were specific in

demanding probe into

the death of Ogbu;

another journalist,

Precious Owolabi; and a

police officer, DCP

Usman Belel.

It will be recalled that

Owolabi and Belel died

on July 22, 2019, under

controversial

circumstances, at a Free-

Zakzaky protest near the

National Assembly.

Abdullahi Musa, the

Secretary of IMN’s

Academic Forum, who

spoke at NHRC head

office, said: “On receipt

of the news of the

passing away of the

journalist Alex Ogbu, we

became deeply sad and

pensive.

“Alex was found dead

at the twilight hours of

January 21, 2020,

around the flyover at

Berger, Wuse, Abuja

after a brutal police

crackdown on Free-

Zakzaky protesters.

“The spokesman of the

FCT Police Command,

Anjuguri Manzah, had

admitted the death of

Alex but insinuated that

the Police killed him in

response to attack from

Free-Zakzaky

protesters.

“He purportedly

claimed that the

protesters assaulted

police operatives and

innocent citizens, and

that the victim was killed

during police reprisals.

Such misguided

statement will always do

more harm than good,

N IGER—GOVERNOR

Abubakar Bello of

Niger State yesterday

alleged that some moles in

the state divulge

government classified

information on security

issues to bandits resulting

in attacks on some Local

Government Areas.

Bello spoke in Minna

during a briefing on the

recent order by President

Muhammadu Buhari to the

Nigerian Air Force to tackle

suspected hideouts of

bandits in the state.

Recall that since 2016 six

Local Government Areas;

Paikoro, Munya, Shiroro,

Rafi, Rijau and Mariga

have been under the siege

of armed bandits and

recently Mashegu made

the list also.

The governor said that

the Presidential order on the

security issue was supposed

to be confidential but some

because the protesters

are citizens with

inalienable right to

demonstrate and voice

their grievances.

“The entire situation

was quite avoidable had

the Police eschewed

violence in favour of a

good conduct and

professionalism.

However, instead of

shielding lives and

propertys of the citizens,

the Police continue to

gun them down

recklessly.

“The protest of that

Tuesday was part of the

daily Free-Zakzaky

protests staged in

demand for the

unconditional release of

Sheikh Zakzaky and his

wife.

“It began from Utako

Market and ended

without any hitch at the

underpass of Berger

bridge. But, the police

all-of-a-sudden arrival

to the scene ushered in

the brutality directed

towards the clusters of

innocent citizens

through firing teargas

canisters and live

ammunitions at random.

“The NHRC is fully

aware that the Police

have been, and are still,

attacking the Free-

Zakzaky protests. Often

times, they use live

bullets, not only on the

protesters but also on

journalists and passersby.”

Moles undermining government

efforts on security in Niger —Bello

people leaked the

information to the bandits

ahead of the operation.

According to the

Governor, “the bandits

have informants

everywhere; even in this

room we are gathered. This

is a fact that we must

accept, although disturbing

we must accept it. When the

President gave such orders

it was supposed to be

confidential but some

people have politicised it

now to serve their political

interest or indirectly

informing the bandits of

government plan.

Therefore it will not be out

of place to call for this press

briefing to inform the public

on the situation.

Bello alleged that the

bandits operated with the

assistance of some people

within and outside

government, informing that

“Recently somebody

exposed my report on how

to use vigilante to assist the

security agencies. I believe

that the Department of State

Services has commenced

investigation on how to fish

out the person.”

The governor said the state

government had been providing

logistics such as vehicles to

support various operations by

security agencies and the

vigilante toward ending the

menace of bandits in the state.

He noted that the security

forces tackling the issue are short

of personnel as they are

overstretched and stressed that

the state government would

continue to support the security

agencies and the vigilante in

stamping out the criminals.

Bello appealed to

newsmen and other

members of the public to

collaborate with the security

agencies to enable them win

the war against criminals in

the state.

Kuje budgets N7bn

for 2020

A BUJA—THE

Chairman of Kuje

Area Council, FCT, Mr

Abdulahi Sabo,

yesterday, presented a

budget of N7 billion for

2020 to the Council’s

Legislature for approval.

Sabo, while presenting

the budget said N4

billion was for capital

expenditure while the

rest was for recurrent

expenditure.

On sectoral allocation,

he said Works and

Housing had the

highest allocation of

N1billion followed by

Administration with

N836 million.

Sabo said that N478

million was allocated for

Primary Healthcare

Department and N215

million for Agriculture

and N39 million for

Audit.

In his presentation, the

Chairman, who tagged

the budget: “To move

Kuje Foward; noted that

his administration

placed much emphasis

on capital projects to

meet the needs of the

people.

According to him

“Accordingly, the budget

has critically examined

all the problems

associated with poor

management of finances

and violation of

regulations. A budget

that has all the

parameter of

By Sam Eyoboka

ABUJA—THE World

Council of Churches,

WCC, and the Lutheran

World Federation, LWF,

have expressed grief over

the unending violence in

Nigeria and urged the

Nigerian government to

protect her citizens,

especially in Northern

Nigeria.

The two bodies in a joint

letter, signed by Dr Olav.

Fykse Tveit, General

Secretary of WCC, and Dr.

Martin Junge, General

Secretary of LWF, among

others said “The recent

execution of Rev. Lawan

Andimi by Boko Haram,

one of the latest atrocities

in a long and painful

history of extremist

violence in the region and

despite the proclaimed

defeat of the insurgents,

impels us to convey this

appeal to you. If the clergy

are targeted, ordinary

community members are

even more at risk.”

They condemned all

the senseless killings

and attacks that target

innocent citizens –

Christians and Muslims

alike – on the basis of

their religious identity,

saying “Your government

says that it has defeated

the insurgency of Boko

consolidating on our

moderate achievements

to our dear council.

“Our mandate to

deliver the much

expected dividends of

democracy to the

electorate, is seriously

threatened by the

gloomy financial profile

of

previous

administration.”

The chairman noted

that the 2020 budget was

prepared with a positive

vision, noting that the

council’s plans was

projected towards

achieving success in

spite of possible

economic challenges.

He said that his

administration was

hopeful and intended to

reinforce and build on

good governance that

would be attained with

no distraction.

“From the break down

given, it is clearly

evident that we have

placed much emphasis

on the capital

expenditure for

development.

“We are determined

and fully prepared to

overcome the challenges

to ensure that we uplift

the area council to a

higher level,” he said.

Also speaking, the

Speaker of Kuje

Legislative arm, Mr

Aminu Ibrahim, said the

lawmakers would ensure

the speedy passage of

the budget.

Insecurity: WCC, CC, LWF beg

FG to protect Nigerians

Haram,” reads the letter.

“And yet attacks,

kidnappings, extortion,

sectarian killings, rapes

and the abduction of

young girls by these and

other extremist groups

continues unabated.

“Faith in the

commitment and

effectiveness of your

government for the

protection of Nigerian

citizens belonging to these

targeted communities has

reached a very low ebb,”

“Among other things, we

urge you to reform the

security apparatus, and

ensure that senior

security officials are

representative of the

diversity of communities

in Nigeria and that their

actions are effective in

protecting all the

c o m m u n i t i e s

concerned.”

The letter added that

the current situation in

Nigeria required

resolute leadership to

end these atrocities,

stressing that “The risks

for the future of Nigeria

in the absence of such

leadership and action

are grave. We pray that

God grant you wisdom,

resolve and strength to

confront

challenges.”

these


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BRIEFING: From left: Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation

Department, Mr Fidelis Ogarebe; Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr Mishat Danladi, and

Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman, during a news conference

and presentation of suspected criminals to the public by the state Police Command, in

Enugu, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

50 years after civil war: Nigeria better

as one nation —Osinbajo

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe & Eric

Ugbor

UMUAHIA — Vice

President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, has said that in

spite of challenges and

differences, Nigeria is better

as one nation.

Speaking at a town hall

meeting on the 50th

anniversary of the Nigerian

civil war at the National War

Museum, Umuahia, Abia

State, organised by the Ken

Nnamani Centre for

Leadership and

Development, Osinbajo said

the lessons of the war should

assuage feelings of wrong

doing and make the country

better.

He, however, lamented

that the country did not take

advantage of the

engineering and creative

feats of the Biafrans who

manufactured weapons,

refined crude oil through

local technology, among

others.

The vice president

described the war as a

defining national tragedy,

saying the essence of the

remembrance was to recall

the bitter lessons of the war

and resolve that it would not

happen again.

He insisted that the cost of

resolving differences

through war was far more

than resolving them

peacefully. Osinbajo further

urged Nigerians not to see

the setback as reason for

hopelessness, stressing that

the mission of the Buhari

administration was to build

a great nation where the

teeming youths would

express their creative

energy.

He said: “The most crucial

task is to ensure that issues

of fairness, justice and

equity are entrenched in the

polity and ensure that the

younger generation does not

see Nigeria with the lenses

of the war era.”

He noted that the South

East zone of the country was

the centre of

entrepreneurship and

creativity as well as the hub

of industrialisation.

In his remarks, Governor

Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State

said priority should be given

to areas under serious

bombardment during the

war in infrastructure

development.

He noted that events like

the town hall meeting should

afford the opportunity to be

in terms with the injustice

and injuries of the war and

apologise to one another.

The governor wondered

why it was faster to achieve

true reconciliation and

healing of wounds of the

Rwandan civil war than in

Nigeria 50 years after.

Earlier, the convener of the

Town Hall meeting and

former Senate President, Ken

Nnamani, said it was

through such meetings that

enduring reconciliation could

be actualised.

“We should learn to refrain

from the bitterness and

grievances of the past.

Nigerians should exercise

restraint in their conduct to

avoid a repeat of the past."

NECO clears Ifeanyi Ubah, says

he passed 7 subjects

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA —THE National

Examinations Council,

NECO, has cleared

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah,

senatorial candidate of

Young Progressives Party,

YPP, in Anambra South,

confirming that he passed

seven out of the eight

subjects he wrote in 2003.

The confirmation of

NECO yesterday, followed

a widespread certificate

forgery allegation levelled

against Senator Ubah by

Obinna Uzoh.

NECO has, however,

confirmed the certificate he

presented to the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, as original and

authentic.

In a letter NECO/R/LGS/

20/003, dated January 23,

2020 and addressed to YPP,

the examination body

released the result details

and cleared the air.

The Head of the

Department of Legal and

Board Affairs of NECO,

Comfort Kolo, addressed

the letter to the National

Secretary of YPP, Vidiyeno

Bamaiyi, explaining that

the letter was in response

to a request by the YPP,

seeking details of the result

of Ubah, who is a leader

of the party.

NECO explained that

Ubah was issued a

statement of result in June

2003 containing the subjects

he passed and the grades.

The result included

English Language (C6),

Mathematics (C6),

Government (C6),

Economics (C5), Literature

in English (C5),

Commerce (C5) and

Christian Religious Studies

(C6). The examination body

said Biology was not

included in the statement of

result because Ubah

scored F9 in it.

In the letter responding to

the request, NECO

confirmed that Ifeanyi

Ubah took a total of eight

subjects, had credits in

seven and failed one, just

as it explained that the

conventional and

obtainable practice among

examination bodies is that

the failed subjects are not

recorded in the certificate,

although they remain in the

examination body’s

database.

In simple language,

examination bodies do not

issue certificates for failed

subjects.

The letter read: “In all, we

state with every sense of

duty and responsibility that

both the statement of result

and the certificate are

genuine. They both

emanated from the council

and correspond with the

records in our database.”

I was not given

fair-hearing

—Ubah

Meanwhile, addressing

journalists, yesterday, in

Abuja, Senator Ubah who

noted that he didn’t get any

fair hearing from the court,

which gave a judgment in

favour of Uzoh, said he was

never served or given any

opportunity to defend

himself.

Ubah who noted that the

judgment would not stand,

as he had already appealed

the case, said he needed to

clear his name and set the

records straight.

He said: “It is also a wellknown

fact that I submitted

my certificate to INEC and

not my statement of result.

It is very obvious that those

trying to malign Senator

Ifeanyi Ubah are

mischievous and ignorant

elements who do not

understand the difference

between a “certificate of

result” and “statement of

result” because over 20

million Nigerians are

aware of the fact that this

practice is not only

obtainable in NECO, but

WAEC also.

“This is because

certificates are

honorariums, which

shouldn’t carry failed

subjects, as opposed to the

statement of results which

only serve record purposes

in the institution(s)

database.”

NSCDC queries suspected

killer of AA senatorial

candidate in Imo

By Chinonso

Alozie

O WERRI—The

Commandant of

Nigeria Security and Civil

Service Defence Corps,

NSCDC, Imo State, Raji

Ibrahim, yesterday, issued a

query to a member of the civil

defence, who allegedly shot

dead a 2019 Action Alliance,

AA, senatorial candidate,

Ndubuisi Emenike in Imo

State.

It will be recalled that

Emenike was shot during the

victory celebration of the

candidate of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Miriam Onuoha,in the

just concluded Okigwe North

re-run election.

The NSCDC boss, who

confirmed the shooting said

among others that a query

has been written and waiting

to be handed over to the

Experts brainstorm on

Finance Act 2019: Underlying

challenges

By Olayinka

Ajayi

TO address the

challenges that have

besieged taxation practice

across Nigeria, Okwudili

Ijezie & Co, a Chartered

Accountants firm, with niche

in taxation practice has held

a seminar to address the

underlying challenges.

In a release by the head of

the firm, Okwudili Ijezie, the

financial experts that graced

the seminar, which took

place at Sheraton Hotel,

Lagos on January 23 and 24,

2020 included “President/

Chairman of Council,

Chartered Institute of

Taxation of Nigeria,CITN,

Dame Olajumoke Simplice,

who was the keynote

speaker; while the chairman

of the seminar was Chief

Preye Ogriki, Pioneer

Commissioner for Finance

and Economic Planning,

Bayelsa State.

“Other professionals were

former Deputy General

Manager, Zenith Bank, Dr.

Patrick Modilim; Dr.

suspect immediately he is

released from the police

custody.

He added that NSCDC

does not accept accidental

discharge in an issue like this.

He explained that the

suspect was clearing the road

when his rifle was hit by

another person and the bullet

went off and hit Emenike.

He said: “It was on

January 26, about 5pm,

when we had the information

that there was an ugly

incident at Umunachi in

Isiala Mbano Local

Government Area home of

Onuoha, that somebody had

been shot by our man.

“I called Abuja and my

commandant quickly asked

for the immediate arrest of the

guy.

“He was arrested and is in

the police custody for proper

investigation".

Udochukwu Ogbonna, past

Executive Chairman, Abia

State Internal Revenue

Service; former

Commissioner for Finance

and Economic Development,

Ekiti State, and former

Managing Director /CEO,

United Bank for Africa,

Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Tunji

Adeniyi; Chief Executive

Officer of I & I Investments

Limited, Chief Blakey Ijezie,

and Alhaji Musa Mamman

Kolo, Chief Executive Officer,

Armlink Ventures and former

General Manager/GCFO,

Continental Reinsurance Plc.

The seminar targeted

professionals like Chief

Financial Officers, CFOs;

Management Accountants,

Tax Managers and

Consultants; Financial

Controllers; Internal and

External Auditors, Finance

Administrators/Analysts in

SMEs and start-ups,

Microfinance; Commercial,

Mortgage and Merchant

Banks; officers of various

states Internal Revenue

Services and Federal Inland

Revenue Services, FIRS,

among others.


16—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

From left: Partner & Head, Management Consulting, KPMG, Segun Sowande; Executive Chairman,

Nosak Group, Dr. Toni Ogunbor; Management Consulting, KPMG, Juliet Obidegwu and Group Chief

Operating Officer, Nosak Group, Thomas Oloriegbe during the 2020 Group Executive Management

Retreat held in Lagos.

Oshiomhole to Edo APC leaders: Remain

focussed despite intimidations, harassment

There’ll be reforms, when there’s a will — Umukoro

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

ASABA — THE Delta

State Chief Judge,

Justice Marshal Umukoro,

has advocated that reforms

will only happen when

people and institutions

demonstrate the requisite

will-power to selflessly

drive and implement

change to the hilt.

Justice Umukoro made

the remarks in Asaba during

the inauguration of the

Administration of Criminal

Justice Monitoring Committee,

held at the state

High Court in Asaba.

BENIN — NATIONAL

Chairman of the All

Progressives Congress

(APC) has urged party

leaders in Edo State to remain

focussed and never be

distracted by the attempts

to cause disaffection in the

party by some persons who

have unleashed mayhem

on party members.

Oshiomhole stated this

when he received over

30,000 leaders of the PDP

into the party in Edo State

weekend. He commended

the huge crowd who came

out to support the APC despite

the earlier tension

where the podium and canopies

meant for the rally

were burnt down by armed

thugs loyal to the state government.

The rally was attended by

the Minister of State Budget

and Planning, Prince

Clem Agba, governorship

aspirants of the party,

Gen.Charles Airhiavbere,

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu,

Engr. Chris Ogienwonyi

and Dr. Pius Odubu.

The decampees were led

by a two-time member of the

House of Representatives

and the Edo North Senatorial

candidate of the PDP,

Abubakar Momoh.

Oshiomhole who reacted

to the burning down of the

podium and threats to attack

APC members during

the rally, admonished party

leaders not to “allow anybody

push you to any length

NCC challenges NIEEE on emerging technologies

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

ABUJA —THE Nigerian

Communications

Commission, NCC

has challenged the Nigerian

Institute of Electrical

and Electronic Engineers,

NIEEE to rise up and play

that provoke you to fight. Those

who think they have power to

fight should channel such energy

against the opposition parties.

What is happening here should

reinforce our confidence in God,

when God decrees peace, nothing

can stop it, when God is there

for us,no man born of woman can

stop us.

"Saying that the receiving the

former PDP members will further

fortify the APC in the state, the

APC national Chair urged APC

members to integrate the new

members from the unit to the

highest level "so that as directed

by President Muhammadu Buhari,

the APC will be a different

party. When I was told that they

burnt this place last night, I said

they should be prepared to put

more fire in other places because

He called on the members

of the committee not to

see themselves as only the

face and altar ego of the

collective aspiration of the

people for an effective and

efficient criminal justice sector,

but rather as the leading

change agents and the

driving force for any anticipated

success in the

emerging administration of

criminal justice regime.

In her acceptance speech, the

a major role in the area of

emerging technologies

such as Block-chain Technology,

Internet of Things,

Artificial Intelligence,

Cloud Computing and Big

Data.

The Executive Vice Chairman

of the commission,

Prof. Umar Danbatta gave

the charge at the official

investiture ceremony of the

19th Chairman of the institute,

Mr. Kings Adeyemi in

Abuja.

Danbatta, who was represented

at the occasion by

the Director of Technical

Standards, Barko Wakeel

enjoined the NIEEE members

to continue to make

meaningful contributions to

the progress of the industry,

especially at the stakeholder's

engagement programmes.

He pointed out

that Electrical and Electronic

Engineers play significant

roles across all segments

of the industry.

‘‘Professionalism is one of

they can't stop us.

"I don't want to be a national

Chairman who will campaign

across the country and will not

be able to win his polling unit because

politics is local. There are

people who think that when they

reach a high level, they forget the

local. I was governor before now I

am no longer governor, I am national

chairman today, tomorrow

I will no longer be national chairman.

Let me tell those people in

high places that the only permanent

place is the grassroot politics,

is a game of numbers not a

game for the powerful because

on election day all have one vote.

"I want to urge all unit leaders,

ward Leaders, local government

leaders and state leaders to integrate

all those who have just

joined us", he stated.

Chairman of the committee, Hon.

Justice Tessy Diai, thanked the

chief judge for finding them worthy

for such an important assignment

and promised that the committee

would live up to expectations.

the core values of the Nigerian

Communications

Commission, NCC. At the

NCC we encourage and

support our staff to join professional

bodies of their

choice.

"As a stakeholder in the

telecoms industry, I enjoin

you to continue to make

meaningful contributions to

the progress of this industry,

especially at our stakeholder's

engagement programmes.

‘‘Electrical and Electronic

Engineers play significant

roles across all segments of

the industry. At NCC in

particular, Electrical and

Electronics Engineers play

crucial roles in the delivery

of our regulatory mandates.

‘‘Some of these include.

Frequency Spectrum administration

and management,

setting technical standards,

carrying out devices

and type approvals, among

others."

German government to raise 2020

economic growth forecast to 1.1%

THE German government expects Europe’s larg

est economy to grow by 1.1 percent this year, up

from a previous estimate of 1.0 percent, sources familiar

with the figure said yesterday.

The new prediction still needs to be approved by

deputy ministers who are meeting on Monday to prepare

for Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, the sources

said. The Economy Ministry is due to publish its forecasts

on Wednesday.

The sources added that the government saw growth

picking up further in 2021, although an exact final

estimate had not yet been determined.

EU to rule on $120bn United

Technologies, Raytheon deal by

February 28

EU antitrust enforcers will rule by Feb. 28 wheth

er to approve United Technologies Corporation

and United States (US) contractor Raytheon Co’s bid

to create a $121 billion aerospace and defense giant, a

filing on the European Commission website showed.

The EU antitrust watchdog can clear the deal with

or without concessions during its preliminary review

or open a five-month long investigation into the deal

if it has deep concerns.

United Technologies makes electronics, communications

and other equipment for mainly commercial

plane makers whereas Raytheon primarily supplies

the U.S. government with military aircraft and missile

equipment.

Both companies have sought to address competition

concerns, with UTC selling a military-focused GPS

unit from its subsidiary Collins and Raytheon divesting

an airborne tactical radios unit to British defense

company BAE Systems (BAES.L) last week. The deal

also needs U.S. approval.

J&J CEO to testify at trial on Baby

Powder risks

JOHNSON & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Alex

Gorsky was called as a witness yesterday in what

would be his first appearance in a jury trial over allegations

that the company’s Baby Powder causes cancer.

Lawyers for three men and one woman who sued

J&J subpoenaed Gorsky in a trial playing out in a state

courtroom in New Brunswick, New Jersey near the

company’s headquarters. All four have mesothelioma,

a rare and incurable cancer that they said was

caused by their exposure to asbestos in Baby Powder

applied when they were diapered as infants.

During an earlier phase of the trial, the jury held

J&J liable for the plaintiffs’ cancers and awarded them

$37.2million in compensation. Now their lawyers are

seeking to persuade a second jury that J&J’s behaviour

was so reckless that punitive damages are warranted.

Oil drops below $60 as China virus

stokes demand concern

CRUDE prices dropped below $60 for the first time

in nearly three months yesterday, as the death

toll from China’s coronavirus rose and more businesses

were forced to shut down, fuelling expectations of

slowing oil demand.

Brent crude LCOc1 was down $1.40 a barrel at $59.29

at 1406 GMT, its lowest since late October and the

biggest intra-day fall since Jan. 8. U.S. crude CLc1

was down $1.05 at $53.14 a barrel. Both contracts had

earlier fallen by more than 3 percent.

Global stock exchanges also fell as investors grew

increasingly anxious about the widening crisis. Demand

spiked for safe-haven assets, such as the Japanese

yen and Treasury notes.[MKTS/GLOB]

Casper IPO valuation dwindles from

peak of $1bn

CASPER Sleep Inc, the online mattress retailer

whose investors include actor Leonardo DiCaprio

and rapper 50 Cent, expects its initial public offering

valuation to be well below the roughly $1 billion it

commanded in the last funding round.

In a regulatory filing on Monday, the company said

it expects the offering of 9.6 million shares to be priced

between $17 and $19 per share. At the top end of the

range, the IPO will raise $182.4 million and give the

firm a valuation of $768 million.

Stories credited to Reuters


As Supreme Court goes on trial

IHAVE been hammering on

it lately that we cannot get

it right electorally in this country

if we continue to wrongly hold

the electoral body solely

responsible for our woes. There

must be bad eggs in the body

like all other institutions but the

forces militating against the will

of the people electorally are far

wider.

Anyone still in doubt of that

should take a ringside seat as

the verdict of the Supreme Court

on Imo governorship election

which made Senator Hope

Uzodinma whom INEC

returned as number four to

displace Hon. Emeka Ihedioha

who was declared winner of the

election and sworn in as

governor may go on trial again.

I have refrained from

commenting on the judgement

as a law abiding citizen who

believes that there is only the

court of God after the Supreme

Court and we must just accept

its verdict. I have, therefore,

turned down many media

enquiries to air views on the

judgement. The only time I

have called the Supreme Court

out was also under the current

leadership.

Two different

judgements

I was doing something else for

this week before a copy of the

press conference addressed by

18 civil society organisations

which included one led by my

friend Dr Abubakar Manzo and

brother Deji Adeyanju hit my

mailbox on Sunday .

My body cringed as I read the

direct attack on the integrity of

our apex court which only a

citizen who is ready to spend

time behind bars could have

made up. This is what the group

said:

"The existence of two

different judgements of the

Supreme Court on the same

case: On January 14, 2020, the

Supreme Court in open court

gave judgement in the Imo

State Governorship Appeal.

However, unlike the other

cases, it gave reasons for its

judgement. It did not reserve

another date to give reasons.

"The respondents were

shocked when they

approached the court for a copy

of the judgement delivered in

open court which lasted less

than 10 minutes on that day and

contained in about six pages,

only to be given a judgement

of 46 pages on January 22,

totally different from the one

•The Supreme Court of Nigeria...gave two different judgments on

Imo State governorship appeal

read on January 14. It was a full

and final judgement on January

14. The January 22 judgement

unsuccessfully tried to cover up

loopholes observed by

Nigerians following their outcry

and condemnation of the

judgement by both local and

international community.

"The danger which this

judgement released now in the

CTC poses is that after the

judgement delivered in open

court the court went ahead and

raised new legal issues and

determined them to suit its

resultant orders. These new

A call on the

Supreme Court

to try this case

again would be

an eternal

reference in

the life of our

apex court

legal issues and reasoning

were not pronounced in open

court.

"The judgment read in open

court only considered the

evidence of the Policeman

(PW54), but the text now

released has included other

witnesses including PW12 –

PW34, PW11 and PW51.

"This is unprecedented in

Nigeria’s judicial history. We

have the audio recording of that

judgement and the transcript

which we shall release shortly.

It is outright fraud, fake and

judicial corruption. No wonder

Nigeria’s anti-corruption index

continues to fall in the

transparency international

ratings in spite of anticorruption

efforts of the Federal

Government. This judgement

will go down in infamy and

may make Nigeria a laughing

stock in the comity of nations, if

not reversed.

"It is unprecedented for the

Supreme Court to manipulate

or doctor its own judgement to

cover its tracks. This new

judgement was not given in

open court and not in the

presence of the parties as

required by S.36 (3) of the

Constitution.

"This effort by the Supreme

Court to manipulate its own

judgement is unnecessary and

may be futile as it failed to

explain why total votes cast as

it allocated to only two parties

is still more than the total

accredited votes by 129,340 on

the face of the record on Form

EC8D, accepted by all the

parties and even also tendered

and relied on by Senator Hope

Uzodinma."

I will make no comment on

this very weighty allegation

until the court speaks on it. I

will keep my opinions on so

many aspects of issues being

raised about this judgement

that is bound to keep our

highest court in the dock if the

removed governor dares to ask

the court to revisit its decision.

Among other heavy issues

raised are:

"For instance:

i. Note No. 69 on the table,

where registered voters was

492; APC scored 819 votes; PDP

7. That is 334 voters more than

registered voters, not to talk of

accredited voters which is much

lower, though not stated in the

Table.

ii. Note no 377 on the table,

where registered voters was

367; APC scored 367; PDP 4.

That is 4 voters more than

registered voters, not to talk of

accredited voters which is

significantly lower, though not

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stated in the Table.

iii. Note no. 384 on the table,

where registered voters was

526; APC scored 526; PDP 2.

That is 2 voters more than

registered voters, not to talk of

accredited voters which is

significantly lower, though not

shown in the Table.

iv. Note no. 282 on the table,

where registered voters was

591; APC scored 586; PDP 9.

That is 4 voters more than

registered voters, not to talk of

accredited voters which is

significantly lower, though not

stated or shown in the petition.

v. Note no 285 on the table,

where registered voters was

449; APC scored 780; PDP 4.

That is 335 voters more than

registered voters, not to talk of

accredited voters which is

significantly lower, though not

stated.

vi. Note that Hope Uzodinma’s

APC scored an average of 95 per

cent in the 388 units, whereas

he scored an average of 12 per

cent in the remaining units in

the state!!

vii. Note further that Sen.

Hope Uzodinma’s table of

results from 388 polling units,

did not have any scores for any

other political party, such as

APGA, AA, Accord, etc. Indeed,

there were 70 political parties

that contested the election. Did

the 68 other parties not have

even agents or ward officers that

voted?

viii. This is the highest form

of criminality which should

actually send the authors to jail,

in a civilised democracy!. Yet

our almighty Supreme Court

endorsed it.

During the hearing when Sen.

Hope Uzodinma was crossexamined

as PW11, he agreed

that the votes in his own petition

did not add up.

7. Supreme Court

computation of votes and

accreditation:

"The pertinent INEC

document before the Tribunal is

INEC form EC8D. The CTC of

FORM EC8D, shows that:

"The total number of

accredited voters at the election

was 823,743.

"Total votes cast during the

election was 739,435.

"Total rejected votes was

25,130.

"Total valid votes cast at the

election for all the parties was

714,355.

"However, the Supreme Court

added 213,695 votes to Hope

Uzodinma of APC from the fake

388 units and 1,903 votes to PDP,

thereby making the total votes

scored at the election to be

953,083.

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"This is far above the

accredited voters clearly shown

in the FORM EC8D before the

Tribunal as 823,743. So a

whopping 129,340 votes cannot

be accounted for by the

Supreme Court decision.

"The question is, how can the

Supreme Court declare more

votes than accredited votes?

This raises an impossible and

ridiculous situation. This is an

avoidable slip that should be revisited.

"Note that there is no

challenge on the accredited

number of voters either in the

petition or evidence by any

witnesses. Indeed, Sen.

Uzodinma besides the

inconsistencies was categorical

that the Table in both the

petition and their Witness

Statement on Oath did not

show the number of accredited

voters in each of the 388 polling

units allegedly excluded.

Number of

accredited voters

"This instigates the inquiry of

how valid votes can ever be

computed in the absence of a

clear record of the number of

accredited voters. This will show

whether over voting occurred

which is the bench-mark for

validity of votes. Where this is

not the case, it shows that

Section 49 (1) of the Electoral

Act 2010 (as amended) was not

contemplated in the sham 388

alleged polling unit results.

"Mathematics is a precise

science, particularly in the

circumstances where a specific

score for which the Petitioners/

Appellants hinge their reliefs

on was pleaded with

supporting mathematical tables

presented. Such that, the

incorrectness of the said table

by itself disentitles them to the

reliefs claimed. This is more so

that by paragraph nine of the

Petition, appearing at page two

of the record, it is stated that 70

political parties contested the

election, but the Tables

presented in the Petition and in

the testimonies of PW 11 and

PW51 contain only the alleged

scores of two political parties,

APC and PDP.

"Equally it alleged scores in

multiple instances exceeded the

allegedly stated number of

registered voters. On what basis

then, can any Tribunal act on

these clearly fallacious

testimonies to grant the reliefs

sought by Sen Uzodinma?"

A call on the Supreme Court

to try this case again would be

an eternal reference in the life

of our apex court .

Re: We became an Army of politicians

Sir,

IHAVE just gone through

your masterpiece of today

with the above title.

I thought it was one time

Army Chief of Staff, Lt. General

Salihu, who made that

statement you attributed to

Gen Alli. Of course, you are the

oracle and may have more

authentic source of

information. I stand to be

corrected.

My dear compatriot, I say

bravo. I doff my heart for your

courage. I salute you for your

unquenchable desire for a

great country. I bow for your

dedication.

Thank you for always saying

it as it is. Happy New Year.

—Sunday Omolu.

My comment: You are right

brother Sunday.

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18 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

CHIEF Olu Falae, a former

Secretary to the Government of the

Federation and Finance Minister,

recently underscored the prime place

power generation occupies in the

economy and every aspect of the life

of a nation.

According to him: “(President

Muhammadu Buhari) should give

priority to power generation because

if you don’t solve the power problem

nothing else is going to work well.

We need power for everything.”

Nigeria needs to generate at least

180,000 megawatts of electricity to

have adequate and stable power

supply. But, with a population of

about 200 million people, the country

has since 1980, generated only a

maximum of 5,150 megawatts

whereas South Africa, with only 67

million people, (June 2018)

generated 48,000 megawatts and was

aspiring to increase it to 79,000

megawatts.

Fixing our power crises

Nigeria ranked second out of 137

countries (only ahead of war-torn

Yemen) in the Spectator Index’s list

of the world’s worst performing

countries in electricity supply in 2017.

That year, according to Vanguard,

the Advisory Power Team report

showed that the national grid capacity

stood at a mere 4,000 megawatts.

On average, most Nigerian families

spend about N600 every day on fuel

and engine oil to power their twocycle

small engine power generating

sets at home.

That is about N16, 800 per month.

For middle income families that use

up to four-cycle engines needed to

power their deep freezers and other

heavier gadgets, they must set aside

at least N1, 000 every night,

amounting to N28, 000 a month.

All these calculations did not factor

in the cost of maintaining the

generating sets. Extreme electric

power poverty is one of the reasons

that Nigeria is ranked as “the poverty

capital of the world”.

Sixth on the 2015 electoral

campaign promises of President

Buhari, among other yet-to-befulfilled

promises, was “generation,

transmission and distribution of at

least 20,000 MW of electricity within

four years and increasing to 50,000

MW with a view to achieving 24/7

uninterrupted

power supply within 10 years”.

Electricity consumers who are lucky

enough to have acquired meters

escape an entirely different tragedy

which has befallen the people –

estimated billings – which translates

to electricity consumers in Nigeria

paying for darkness and

government’s inefficiency.

Nigerians are tired of listening to

the cock-and-bull stories churned out

by government and electricity

companies to justify keeping the

country in perpetual darkness.

It has been 220 years since electricity

was discovered by Italian physicist,

Alessandro Volta. There is, therefore,

no mystery whatsoever in generating

electricity and its constant and reliable

distribution to the people.

Nigerians need and demand steady

and reliable power supply. It is the

duty of government to provide it. A

government that has no clue as to how

to provide electricity can never fix the

economy.

I

FIND the press release by the

Attorney-General of the Federation,

Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, of January

14 on the Security outfit of South Western

states very interesting.

The minister could not find it dignifying

to personally sign the press release on a

weighty issue like that. He merely asked

his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu to sign

the press release on his behalf. That has

become the pattern of some top

government officials particularly those in

the central government these days.

We have just marked the 50 years

anniversary of the end of the civil war in

Nigeria. A tragic war indeed. The

anniversary should remind all of us,

especially top government officials, on the

need for caution in treating national

issues. Less arrogance must be applied. At

the time we finished the civil war 50 years

ago, Malami was two years old, so in effect

he did not witness what led to the civil

war.

He is not alone. I learnt he is very

comfortable now and that his next

ambition is to be the governor of Kebbi

State, when the term of the incumbent,

Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu expires.

The desired national unity in Nigeria,

which has been fragile all these years,

cannot be achieved through legal

interpretation. The unity cannot be

strengthened when there is master to slave

relationship.

If the idea of national unity in this

country is still a dream, top officials of

the central government past and present

should share a greater part of the blame.

By their actions and pronouncements they

are polarising the entire country. What I

OPINION

When the regions were

autonomous and free (1)

find strange is how an appointed official

could talk down to elected governors

doing the wishes of their people. The

situation leaves no one in doubt that

something is wrong with this type of

democracy forced on us by the military

since May 1999. Those calling on the

The unity of the

country cannot be

strengthened when

there is master to slave

relationship

restructuring of the democratic process

have valid points. It is the operation of an

imbalanced system of government that

could create chaos.

Every Nigerian is a stakeholder in the

Nigeria project. There is insecurity

everywhere - a failure on the part of the

central government - elected state

governors want to ameliorate the situation

in their states, the

attorney-general of the

federation and minister

of justice says the action

is illegal. I find it very

difficult to understand.

Malami needs to be

reminded like all others

like him that there was

a time in this country,

in 1966 to be precise,

when there were four

regions in Nigeria and

the four regions had

their separate

constitutions. The regions were Northern

region, Western region, Eastern region and

Mid-Western region.

In the wisdom of the military and thanks

to General Yakubu Gowon, General

Murtala Muhammed, General Ibrahim

Babangida and General Sani Abacha, the

old Northern region now constitutes 19

states including Abuja.

The 19 states are Adamawa (land of

beauty, sunshine and hospitality), Bauchi

(pearl of tourism), Benue (Nigeria’s food

basket), Borno (home of peace), Gombe

(jewel in the savannah), Jigawa (the new

world), Kaduna (centre of education),

Kano (centre of commerce), Katsina (home

of hospitality), Kebbi (land of equity), Kogi

(the confluence state, Kwara(state of

harmony), Nasarawa (home of solid

minerals), Niger (the power state), Plateau

(home of peace &tourism),Sokoto (the seat

of the Caliphate), Taraba (nature’s gift to

the nation), Yobe (pride of the Sahel and

Zamfara (farming is our pride). The old

Western region now is made up of six

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states - Lagos (centre of excellence), Ogun

(the gateway state), Oyo (pace setter state),

Osun (land of virtue), Ondo (the sunshine

state) and Ekiti (land of honour and

integrity).

In the wisdom of the military also, the

old Mid-Western region now constitutes

Edo (the heart beat of the nation) and

Delta (the big heart) states while the old

Eastern region now constitutes nine states

namely Anambra (the light of the nation),

Ebonyi (the salt of the nation), Abia (God’s

own state), Imo (the Eastern heartland),

Enugu (The coal city state), Akwa-Ibom

(promised land), Rivers (rivers of

possibilities), Bayelsa (the glory of all

lands) and Cross River (the people’s

paradise) states.

The regions were separate and

autonomous on their own and they had

agents general in the United Kingdom who

were like ambassadors.

Section 64 of the Constitution of Mid-

Western region affirms that Power to

appoint persons to hold or act in the office

of the agent-general of the Region in the

United Kingdom (including power to

make appointments on promotion and

transfer) and to remove persons so

appointed from that office shall be vested

in the governor, acting in accordance with

the advice of the Premier.

Before tendering any advice for the

purposes of this section in relation to any

person who holds any office in the public

service of the Region other than an office

to which this section applies, the Premier

shall consult the Public Service

Commission of the Region.

Continues next week


CBN moves to plug $2.5bn gap

in tomato supply

•Flags off N10b tomato company

•To fund 140,848 tomato farmers

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau

Chief & Ben Agande

The Central Bank of Nigeria

(CBN) yesterday said it has commenced

measures to plug the $2.5

billion supply gap for tomatoes in

the country.

CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin

Emefiele disclosed this while flagging

off a N10.25 billion tomatoes,

in company of Governor of Kaduna

State, Mal. Nasir El-Rufai y in

Kaduna.

Emefiele said that the measures include

mobilization and validation of

about 140,848 farmers, which

would be funded under the apex

bank’s Anchor Borrowers

Programme.

He said: “The flag-off of Tomato Jos

Processing Plant today, marks a key

milestone in our intervention in the

agricultural sector which is a manifestation

that the multi-faceted commodity

approach we are adopting

is yielding positive.

“Tomato Jos Farming and Processing

Limited is one of the key projects

we are supporting in the tomato

value chain and the reality of today’s

event is an attestation to the objectives

of the administration of Mallam

Nasiru El-Rufai, whose dedication

to the industrialisation of the state

led to the creation of the environment

that enabled Tomato Jos to be

a reality.

Emefiele said the apex bank intervened

in tomato to boost local production

in order to bridge the gap

between production and consumption

need.

According to him, “annual production

in Nigeria is estimated at

about 1.701 million tonnes while annual

consumption is estimated at

2.93 million tonnes. This leaves an

annual supply shortfall of more than

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$ 106.70 -3.45

$2,744.00 11.00

$14.24 -0.15

$58.90 -1.79

$52.58 - 1.61

305.95 306.45 306.95

400.305 400.9592 401.6134

337.5852 338.1369 338.6886

314.9902 315.505 316.0198

2.7905 2.7951 2.7996

0.498 0.508 0.518

421.2392 421.9276 422.616

44.1038 44.1763 44.2489

81.554 81.6873 81.8206

421.9356 422.6252 423.3147

45.3965 45.4707 45.5449

21.3085 21.3434 21.3782

CBN Exchange rate as at 27/01/2020

1.2 million tonnes valued at about

$2.5 billion annually, which is met

through importation and smuggling.

“In addition and more critical for

us in the CBN, tomato is among

the commodities that play an important

role in the demand for foreign

exchange (FOREX) in the

economy. This therefore calls for a

holistic approach in tackling these

and other related challenges bedeviling

the tomato value chain.

“Pursuant to the above, we introduced

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model in the first quarter of 2019, to

stimulate production of tomato and

strengthen the end-to-end linkages

in the value chain from input supplies

to the final consumer. The strategy

adopted is largely hinged on

the twin approaches of out-grower

contractual arrangement in the short

to medium term, and backward integration

in the medium to long

term.”

The CBN boss said that the efforts

of his team had begun to yield

results with the mobilization and

validation of about 140,848 farmers

from various Tomato Farmers

Associations across 25 States in Nigeria.

He said that they would be financed

under the Anchor Borrowers’

Programme (ABP) where they

would be linked to proximal processors

where applicable, or financed

to produce fresh fruits for

direct consumption, which constitutes

the largest use of tomato in Nigeria

CBN, he added, was equally

partnering with other big players in

the tomato value chain like Dangote

Tomato Processing Ltd, Sonia

Foods, GB Foods (GBF), Vegefresh

Company Ltd, among others to

make the nation self-sufficient in

tomato production.

The Managing Director of the company,

Miss Mira Mehta disclosed

that N1.5 billion had already been

invested in the farm and another

N1.75 billion to be invested this year.

From left:Head of Government Relations, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr. Vivian Ikem; Comptroller

General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) and Deputy Comptroller

General (Strategic Research & Policy), Nigeria Customs Service, Mrs. Ronke Olubiyi during

the Merit Award presentation on International Customs Day held in Abuja

SEC enhances enforcement against illegal

fund managers

By Peter Egwuatu

The Securities and

Exchange Commission,

SEC has stepped

up an enforcement

against illegal fund

managers in order to

ensure they face the full

wrath of the law.

Acting Director-General

of the SEC, Mary

Uduk, who stated this

in an interview with

journalists in Abuja at

the weekend, said

what the SEC had done

apart from continuing

to educate people is to

also go after the promoters

of these

schemes.

In a statement made

available to Vanguard,

Uduk said: “We are

stepping up our enforcement

mechanisms

to ensure that they are

apprehended and their

offices sealed off. So

many of them are being prosecuted

in courts, we have secured

convictions for some, and

we have closed down so many.

We verify ownership and return

monies collected by them to the

owners. It’s a problem around

the world and we can tackle the

problem by educating the public,

telling them about the right

investments to make and the

right places to put in their

money.”

Ponzi scheme (also a Ponzi

game or a Ponzi) is a fraudulent

investment operation where

the operator, an individual or

organisation, pays returns to its

investors from new capital paid

to the operators by new investors,

rather than from profit

earned through legitimate

sources.

Uduk however advised the investing

public to be wary of any

investment that is proposing return

levels that are unreasonably

high and advised investors

to ensure that the fund managers

and the products they are

offering are registered with the

commission.

“So when people come to you

and say that you can invest

N50, 000 today and in two hours

you will get N200, 000 tomorrow

or get 50 percent in two

hours, know that it is a lie.

There is no legal investment that

pays investment that way. So

what they must likely be doing

is using your money to pay

someone else and using

someone’s money to pay you. It

is important that we don’t engage

in such investments.

“These fraudsters or promoters

of Ponzi schemes are the

false prophets of the investment

environment; they are the ill

wind that blows no good and at

whose sight you must flee. They

are to be avoided. This is one

message you must take home to

family, friends, relations and acquaintances

in order to save

them from the agony of loss of

their hard-earned money.”

According to Uduk : “Such

ventures have no tangible business

model, as returns would be

paid from other peoples’ invested

funds, making it a

fraudulent investing scam.

CoralPay

deploys C’Gate

solution to

ease payment

CoralPay Technology Lim

ited has deployed the

C’Gate platform, the first

interoperable USSD and mobile

payment processing platform,

designed for seamless

and secure payment transaction

processing.

The company in a stamen

said that the C’Gate (CoralPay

Payment Gateway and Processing)

platform is a composite

payment-processing engine.

It allows customers using

the USSD short codes of

their respective banks, alongside

their mobile Apps to pay

for goods and services directly

from their bank accounts and

wallets. The transactions are

accepted on point-of-sale

(POS) terminals, Automated

Teller Machine (ATMs),

Smart and Feature Phones on

e-Commerce websites as well

as ChatBots.

The C’Gate also has capabilities

for card processing, telephony

processing, account to

account transfers, and several

other forms of payments.

Speaking in an interview,

the Chief Executive Officer,

CoralPay Technology Limited,

Chioma Nkechika, explained

that the C’Gate platform, can

best be described as super

payment processing engine,

designed and built based on

varied experiences from across

the globe. It embeds several

global payment designs and

standards into one processing

base, as used in developing

the solution.

Presently commercial banks,

insurance companies, health

sector operators, mobile money

operators, other financial institutions

(OFI, PSB, MFBs) and

insurance companies, have all

adopted the payment solution.

Some of the commercial banks

that have adopted the solution

are GTBank, Zenith Bank, UBA

Plc, First Bank, Access Bank,

FCMB, Fidelity Bank, Wema

Bank, Keystone Bank, Sterling

Bank, Providus Bank among

others.

Nkechika, explained further

that, “For the insurance companies,

the ease of collection

of premiums from their customers

across urban and rural locations

has been a huge concern,

it comes with a lot of difficulties

due to logistics challenges

and non-availability of sufficient

secure payment points, which

has now been solved with the

C’Gate solution”.

“Also with the C’Gate, you are

able to remotely and securely

pay your premiums to the designated

insurance company account

for onward remittance to

your specific purpose account.

For our several partnerships in

the health sector (Private and

Public Sector alike), payment and

remittance of health insurance

premiums, has been made more

secure and simplified”.

Nkechika described “the one

key feature of the C’Gate platform,

that has been most interesting

and novel, to be considered

as the flagship product, is

the ability to use your USSD

payment code from any bank or

OFI (Other Financial Institutions)

to pay remotely on any

point of sale (PoS) terminal that

has been deployed in the market

today and a receipt printed.”


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Disease epidemic looms at Games Village

Estate, Lagos

Govt sold our sewage system to developer — Chairman CDA

.

More than 10,000 residents at risk of cholera, typhoid fever, etc.

By Gabriel Olawale

NO fewer than 10,000

residents of the

Games Village Estate in

Surulere area of Lagos

State are currently at risk

of a looming disease

outbreak as their only

source of sewage

disposal has been sold to

a developer for building

construction.

The development, if not

properly managed,

might on the long run,

compromise the general

health of all Lagosians

due to likely escalation of

infectious diseases such

as cholera, typhoid fever,

hepatitis, among others.

It will be recalled that

in 2004, the Federal

Government sold Eric

Moore Towers

comprising 144 flats to

Dock Management and

strictly directed to be resold

to companies to

maintain the facilities

while low rise buildings

which comprises of 340

flats of redbrick, 120 flats

of Pilot Close, 144 Flat of

Pilot crescent, 50 flats of

VIP including annex

were to be sold to sitting

tenants.

In 2012, the Federal

Government directed

that the sewage treatment

plant servicing about

10,000 people in the

community should be

reactivated by Dock

Management and other

members of the

community.

In 2013, the Lagos

State government,

through the Ministry of

Environment, proposed

the expansion of the

sewage treatment plant

to accommodate the

whole of Surulere Local

Government Area.

While effort is ongoing

to ensure the

reactivation, it was

alleged that a Director

from the Ministry of

Works informed the

community that the

sewage treatment site

had been sold to a

developer who was a

former Permanent

Secretary in Lagos State.

When Good Health

Weekly visited the

sewage treatment site, it

was under lock and key

while construction

activities were ongoing.

It was observed that two

police patrol vehicles

from Iponri and Sabo

L-R: One of the blocked septic tanks in the Estate; Cross section of residents protesting the development.

were parked nearby.

When contacted, the

Chairman of the Games

Village Community

Development

Association, Mr. Johnson

Oguns said that the

whole community is

against the conversion of

the sewage treatment

plant to residential

building.

“We have a lot of high

rise buildings in this

estate and anywhere in

the whole world high rise

buildings don’t dig septic

tanks, they treat their

Some

community

members

have

started to

channel

their

sewage

into

drainage

sewage and that is the

purpose of that treatment

plan. “How did they want

us to manage our sewage

if they sold our treatment

site? Some community

members have started to

channel their sewage into

the open drainage which

definitely has health

implication as some

children are already falling

sick while some are

hospitalised as a result of

this development.

One of the community

leaders, Hon. Moshood

Salvador said that the

master plan of Surulere

reserved the land for

sewage treatment of the

community and nothing

else, “75 per cent of my

estate is occupied by

expatriates, and nearly all

of them are gone. They

keep falling sick and their

company had to move them

to another location.

“How can we develop as

people and country with

this kind of treatment? We

are capable of managing

our sewage treatment plant,

the court and government

should avoid public unrest

and allow peace to reign,”

he lamented.

In a response, at the site,

the Deputy DPO of Iponri

Police Station, Ogunlaja I.,

said that their presence at

the site was to ensure law

and order.

“I don’t want anything

that can comprise law and

order. My advice to the

aggrieved residence is to

approach the court. Let

the court decide on this

matter and whatever

court position is, we are

going to respect.”

CORONAVIRUS: All passengers from Asian countries will be

screened before entry into Nigeria — Prof. Akin Abayomi

. Lagos State biosecurity on alert

By Chioma Obinna

AS part of the

preparedness to

prevent the importation of

the Novel Coronavirus into

Nigeria, all passengers

onboard planes from Asian

countries are to be screened

before they are allowed into

the country.

The Lagos State

Commissioner for Health,

Prof Akin Abayomi, who

stated this weekend, said

the State Ministry of

Health is collaborating with

the Federal Ports Authority

at air, land and sea border

posts to elevate screening

and surveillance of

incoming travelers since

the reported outbreak of the

Coronavirus in China, and

some other countries.

“We are making sure that

all flights from South East,

Asia that are coming either

direct or connecting flights

are checked thoroughly.

We cannot isolate a

particular ethnic group

because the virus is more

than an ethnic thing.

He said since the Ebola

outbreak, the State has

been working on

biosecurity due to the

vulnerability of the State

that has millions of people

living in a very poor

environment, and had set

up a committee while

establishing a biosecurity

law to ensure resilience.

Abayomi, who spoke on

Emerging Infectious

Diseases in Lagos, said that

the State’s biosecurity team

was working with the

Lagos University Teaching

Hospital, LUTH.

“This is to build urgent

capacity to identify the

virus in the state’s

Biosecurity facility and

isolation wards situated at

the Mainland Infectious

Disease Hospital, Yaba, in

case of any suspected

carrier arriving in Lagos.

“We are in touch with the

Nigeria Centre for Disease

Control, NCDC, in Abuja

to align our strategies with

theirs,” he said.

Further, the

Commissioner said the

State had instituted

structures, policies and

human resources that had

boosted its resilience and

ensured it handled any

infectious diseases

effectively.

“If we are ever faced with

any Ebola, Coronavirus

entry into Lagos or Lassa

fever outbreak, Lagos is

constantly preparing itself

and it is not a matter of

reaction to the crisis but

advance planning and

strategic thinking,” he said.

He said that the state

was prepared to contain the

virus, through active

surveillance, early

detection, isolation, case

management, and

prevention of the onward

spread of infection.

He blamed the

increasing cases of

infectious disease spread

between animals and

humans around the world

on human activities on the

environment even said the

destruction on the

environment by humans

was forcing wildlife into

cities.

“I know in Nigeria, there

is a tendency that anything

that moves must be killed

and eaten, we have to try

to move away from that.

“Apart from the fact that

these animals play an

important role in the

environment, not

everything must be killed

and eaten.”

Abayomi warned that

some species of animals

harbour a lot of pathogens,

which could be transmitted

from animals to humans,

saying that the same thing

happened with the Ebola

virus. He maintained that

humans were encroaching

into the wildlife, thus

increasing contact with

animals.

“The situation exposes

people to a lot of dangerous

pathogens that had never

been seen before like the

Coronavirus and Ebola

diseases.

“What happened in

China is that they eat some

of these wildlife which

have become part of their

cuisines, or they rear the

animals, which is not too

unusual from what we do

practice in Nigeria.


26 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Nigeria setting up facilities to diagnose

Coronavirus

S

— Dr Olorunimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health H

By Sola Ogundipe

& Chinelo Azike

The Federal government

has said that the country is

setting up a facilities to

diagnose the Novel

Coronavirus

The Minister of State for

Health, Dr Olorunimbe

Mamora, who disclosed

this in Abuja, said

government had already

activated an emergency

preparedness multisectoral

group.

“In the next couple of

days we would have our

own laboratories to

diagnose coronavirus

which we don't have at the

moment. We have the

equipment but not the

reagents to test because it

is a new virus that has just

been discovered, so we

need the reagents and of

course we are in touch with

relevant international

agencies like the World

Health Organisation,

WHO, and others to supply

us this reagent to enable us

make diagnosis.

“If we have had a case

today we will have to take

samples and send to either

South Africa or the

Netherlands. Within the

next few days, maybe the

next 48 hours or 72 hours,

we should have one centre,

that is the information

available to me.

“This emergency

preparedness growth is

already activated and it is

a multisectoral growth

coordinated by the

Nigerian Centre for

Disease Control, NCDC,

and of course we have

officials of the Port Health

Services.

Noting that so far, no case

of Coronavirus has been

established either in

Nigeria or even within the

African region, Ehanire

said the WHO, is

monitoring the

development all over and

world and is yet to declare

the coronavirus a public

health emergency of

international concern.

On fears that the

Coronavirus could find its

way into Nigeria, Ehanire

stated: “It is a possibility,

we have to be realistic

because we have a certain

number of Chinese

workers even in Nigeria

this time. If such people are

returning from China their

home country, we will need

to follow up with their

travel history, while they

were on holidays in China.

“Did they visit Wuhan?

Even if they didn't visit we

need to know whether they

have some symptoms. We

need to do a follow up on

this when they come.

“We need high index of

suspicion. That is, when

Passengers undergoing screening at an airport

you establish the travel

history then you need to do

a follow up on such people

because you never know

when they come down with

the disease. So that why

this emergency

preparedness group is

already activated and it is

a multisectoral group

coordinated by the NCDC.

On Lassa fever, he said

there are centres on ground

where diagnosis can be

made.

“Lassa fever is not new to

us since the first case was

discovered in 1969 or

thereabouts in Lassa village

in Borno State. So we have

centres where diagnosis

can be made when blood

samples are taken and

then we know when to

expect the outbreak.

It is usually about the

peak of the dry season,

around this time. You recall

that the outbreak we have

this year started about the

end of the first week of

January, and we know

places like Ondo, Edo, and

Ebonyi those are the major

areas.

“What we had recently in

Kano is a different scenario

entirely but the NCDC has

already sent supplies and

of course they came to give

Don’t repeat mistake of Ebola

outbreak

.

— Dr Francis Faduyile, NMA President

Says many States not equipped to diagnose Lassa fever

By Chioma Obinna

& Gabriel Olawale

THE President of the

Nigeria Medical

Association, NMA, Dr.

Francis Faduyile has

warned that the Federal

Government should

ensure that there were no

bottlenecks that mitigated

against the emergency by

ebola repeat itself

Faduyile also tasked

Federal government to

equip all the Ports of Entry

with up to date equipment

and ensure that medical

officers attend to people

with high sense of

suspicion.

“The Federal

government needs to do

more at the entry points in

such a way that they are

well monitored by health

officers so that anybody

with history of fever or

respiratory infection is well

investigated.

“Ebola was imported into

Nigeria by Patrick Sawyer

who created some havoc

that led to the death of

many people.

“Assuming our Ports were

doing very well at that time,

they might have stopped

Sawyer from entering into

this country and that would

have saved Nigeria from

that unnecessary

emergency.

“Also, the full history of

people arriving from

countries where cases of

coronavirus have been

detected need to be

properly followed up.

Many states not

equipped to

diagnose Lassa fever

Faduyile who also

expressed concern over the

level of awareness

regarding Lassa fever said

government should raise

the bar.

“First, the Personal

Protective Equipment,

PPE, are not readily

available, so government

needs to put that in place.

“Our health workers

needs to be provided with

necessary equipment for

them to be able to work

effectively without being

infected because the recent

technical support to all

these things where they

have been able to establish

cases and proffer diagnosis

and of course the treatment.

“We know that the

vectors, are rodents and

this means we need to

upscale our hygiene and

the general environmental

sanitation and some

harmful practices which we

need to disseminate such

information to people

where people spread

cassava on the roads.

This is the reason the

health education comes in

we need to continue

educating people.

Lassa fever outbreak has

already claimed lives of two

doctors as a result of

contact with patients.

“Government needs to

stock necessary drugs in

every State so that those

already diagnosed can be

properly treated as early as

possible because that is one

of the determinants of

treatment success.

“Early diagnoses and

treatment is also important

but it is regrettable that for

now most States are not well

equipped to diagnose

despite the fact that it takes

about 48 to 72 hours before

that diagnosis can be made

which is a major contributor

to treatment.

“Lassa fever is at its peak

and one of the major

reasons is bush burning

because some of these

animals have to run from

their natural inhabitant to

household. So government

need to intensify

awareness on causes of

lassa fever and also

discourage people from

bush burning.

Ivory Coast records Africa’s

1st Coronavirus case

EALTH officials are dealing with a suspected case

of coronavirus in Ivory Coast, the country’s health

ministry has announced.

An unnamed student, a 34-year-old woman,

currently in isolation, returned to the West African

country from Beijing on Saturday.

Officials said, if confirmed, the woman who is

undergoing further tests after showing flu-like

symptoms, will be the first case of tthe novel

coronavirus in Africa.

The virus, which first emerged in the Chinese city

of Wuhan, has spread to over 2,000 people and killed

56.

The traveller has lived in China for the past five

years, according to the statement released by the

country’s health ministry, and had shown flu-like

symptoms before boarding the plane to Abidjan.

“Her general state is satisfactory. There are, at this

stage, suspicions of a case of pneumonia tied to the

coronavirus,” the ministry said.

The woman’s test results were being expected on

Sunday evening. Since the outbreak began in

Wuhan, Nigeria and other African countries have

introduced extra screening on flights arriving from

China.

Rising toll: 82 deaths, more

than 2,700 cases confirmed

RISING toll: 82 people are dead and more than

2,700 cases have been confirmed in mainland

China, as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread

throughout Asia and the rest of the world.

CHINA ON LOCKDOWN: Nearly 60 million people

have been affected by partial or full lockdowns in

Chinese cities as the country's government steps up

its response.

GLOBAL SPREAD: There are more than 50

confirmed cases in 13 places outside of mainland

China, including at least five in the United States.

CONTAGIOUS BEFORE SYMPTOMS: People can

spread the virus before symptoms show, China's

Health Minister said Sunday, complicating efforts

to contain the outbreak.

Two Zurich patients

quarantined as Switzerland

prepares for spread of virus

Two patients have been admitted to hospital in

Zurich with the suspected Coronavirus as

Switzerland prepares for potential spread of virus.

The two suspected cases of coronavirus in

Switzerland are still being analysed and have not

been confirmed by medical authorities.

The results of tests are expected to be returned on

Tuesday morning, said a statement from the Triemli

hospital in Zurich.

The two patients were hospitalised and quarantined

after showing symptoms of infection after recently

returning from China.

Zurich hospital chiefs said both patients were "doing

fine" on Monday.

Mayor of Wuhan admits

mistakes

The mayor of Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre

of the coronavirus outbreak, has acknowledged

criticism over his handling of the crisis, admitting

that information was not released quickly enough.

Zhou Xianwang wore a mask for protection as he

told the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV: “We

haven’t disclosed information in a timely manner

and also did not use effective information to improve

our work.”

He said he would resign if it helped with public

opinion but pointed out the local government was

obliged to seek permission before fully disclosing

information about the virus, and that their response

had since become “tougher than others”.

A virtual lockdown has been imposed on Wuhan

since Thursday, when trains and flights were

cancelled, public transport suspended and, later,

most private cars banned from the roads.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 , 2020 — 27

Lassa fever: 4 deaths in Taraba, 1 in Kaduna

...as 7 doctors, 5 nurses quarantined in Adamawa

By Demola Akinyemi,

Shina Abubakar,

Gabriel Olawale & Ike

Uchechukwu

FOUR persons have been

confirmed dead in Taraba

State just as Kaduna State

announced the death of 36

year old man yesterday

following the outbreak of

Lassa fever in the country.

According to the

Commissioner for Health in

Taraba State, Dr Innocent

Vakkai said that the ministry

has recorded 15 suspected

cases of Lassa fever, with only

five found to be positive.

"Four out of this five people

that test positive to lassa fever

has died as most of the cases

came from six local

government areas of Bali,

Gashaka, Gassol, Ardo-Kola,

Jalingo and Ibi."

He disclosed that the state

government has activated its

surveillance system for more

case detection and proper

treatment.

"Efforts are ongoing to

create awareness for

residents of the state to

enlighten them about the

symptoms of the disease.

The commissioner

regretted that challenges

such as late reporting of

patients to hospitals and

difficult terrains of the state

have remained major banes

to the management of the

disease in Taraba.

Vakkai disclosed that the

Federal Ministry of Health

has promised to provide

testing machines and

distribute regionally with

Taraba, as the test place for

the North-East.

He noted that the state

government may acquire its

set of equipment to reduce

waiting time between

suspicion and confirmation.

Kaduna confirms 1 death

THE Kaduna State

Commissioner for Health, Dr

Amina Baloni, also

announced the death of a 36-

year-old male who tested

positive to Lassa fever in the

state.

According to Baloni, the

patient died on Sunday night

and had already been buried.

Giving the breakldown, She

said that the state recorded a

total of 11 suspected cases, out

of which, eight were returned,

seven were negative and one

positive who just died, "38

people are currently on follow

up contact. Active search is

ongoing by the state to curb

spread of the disease.

She, therefore, appealed to

the public to maintain high

level of hygiene and to report

any suspected cases promptly

to the nearest health facility.

"The Ministry of Health had

supplied infectious diseases

control centre with the

necessary commodities and

health personnel were ready

to manage any cases that may

arise. The epidemiology unit

is monitoring the situation

closely, and all health

facilities are on alert for

prompt referral of suspected

cases."

She dispelled the rumour

that Barau Dikko Teaching

Hospital had been shut in the

name of quarantine, saying

"we didn't close the hospital,

but tried to restrict

unnecessary visitation to

patients to prevent them from

contacting other infectious

diseases, not only Lassa fever."

7 doctors, 5 nurses

quarantined in Adamawa

SEVEN doctors and five

nurses have been quarantined

at the Federal Medical

Centre, Yola, Adamawa state,

following their contact with a

patient diagnosed with Lassa

fever.

According to a reliable

source within the hospital said

that the pregnant woman who

lost her fetus was the primary

contact. She said the woman

was admitted at the labour

ward, where the fetus was

evacuated on Friday.

"After the evacuation, it was

observed that the woman had

fever and was bleeding. So the

medical team thought as

much that it was a case of

Lassa fever, and then she was

transferred to the isolation

room," she said.

"When she was sent to the

isolation room, the blood

samples were taken away for

test, because normally they

don't do the test here. They had

to send the samples and we

waited for the test results

which came out yesterday and

showed that she was positive.

But the patient died about two

days to the release of the

result." He said there have

been no symptoms from other

health workers.

"The only problem now is

that many people are in

contact with the patient.

Seven doctors, five nurses and

two sub staff had direct

contact with her," he said.

"But these are just contact,

they don't have any case or

anybody that is manifesting

with any symptom. Those that

had direct contact with the

patient are being quarantined

for the incubation period of

the disease."

Kwara begins screening of

visitors

KWARA State governor,

Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman,

has directed the screening of

persons coming in to the state

at both the borders and

airports to nip its spread to the

state in the bud.

The state commissioner for

Health, Dr. Raji Razak, said

that the measures were to

forestall outbreak of Lassa

fever in the state.

He also disclosed that the

government has completed

the construction of the Lassa

fever treatment isolation

centre at the Sobi Specialist

hospital, Ilorin.

The commissioner, who

harped that there has been no

case of Lassa fever in the state,

added that the completed

isolation centre in the state is

the third if its kind in the

country.

He added that the state has

resuscitated its epidemic

preparedness and response

committee; rapid response

team and incident command

system also activated at the

state emergency operation

centre to coordinate

preparedness activities in the

state, using national

algorithm.

"Kwara State Governor

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

has directed that we should

intensify surveillance and

screening at our borders and

at the Airport. We are working

with the port health

authorities to ensure that any

foreigner or travellers

coming to Kwara State is

screened before entering the

state.

"The state had a dedicated

budget line for the disease

surveillance, risk

communication/public

awareness and other

preparedness/response

activities.

"Availability of surveillance

focal person at health

facilities (both public and

private) for reporting of cases

to respective surveillance

officers at various LGAs at

state level. State will intensify

risk communication activities

and shall promote and ensure

safe and dignify burial

practices for patients who die

from Lassa fever".

Panic as two suspected

cases reported in UCTH

THERE was trepidation,

yesterday among residents of

Calabar, the Cross River state

capital over reported case of

Lassa fever at the University

of Calabar Teaching

Hospital, UCTH.

Findings revealed that at the

weekend, two patients were

admitted separately into

accident and emergency unit

of UCTH as they showed

unusual symptoms of sore

throat, general body

weakness, cough, nausea,

vomiting, diarrhea and

muscle pains which are

associated with Lassa fever.

Vanguard further gathered

that the doctors on duty

collected the samples and

reported the case to the

management who

immediately took it to Irrua

Specialist Teaching Hospital

at Ekpoma, Edo State, for

analysis.

An impeccable source at the

hospital who pleaded

anonymity said the

management was not treating

the case with kid gloves as they

have taken precautionary

measures to protect the

doctors and other health

workers just as they have

fumigated some departments

in the institution.

Osun confirms 2 cases

THE Commissioner for

Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu at

a press conference on

Monday disclosed that two

patients affected by the deadly

disease are currently on

admission at the Obafemi

Awolowo University Teaching

Hospital Complex

(OAUTHC), Ile-Ife and

Wesley Guild Hospital in

Ilesa.

He said the two incidents

are cases of transborder

victims who sought medical

treatment at the health

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28—Niger Delta Voice, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, , 2020

RIVERS…

TREASURE BASE OF THE

NATION

Rivers

community

gets own

constitution

19yrs after split

VOL. 1: NO. 223 TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

How women earn a living ferrying

commuters across Bayelsa waters

BAYELSA…

THE JERUSALEM OF IJAW

NATION

By Emem Idio

SABAGREIA—THE

average Bayelsa-Ijaw

woman is known for hard

work and resourcefulness. The

state is blessed with an array of

creeks, rivers and tributaries

which span across the length

and breadth of state with

fishing, boats-making and

lumbering as the main

occupation of the people.

However, the industrious

women of Sabagreia community

in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local

Government Area have

fashioned out a novel means of

livelihood eke a living by

utilising the natural resource

(creeks) in their domain to their

advantage.

The community shares a

common boundary with Polaku

in Yenagoa Local government

Area, while the two

communities are separated by

the Polaku Creek, which the

women of Sabagreia have

turned to their business

territory.

Although Sabagreia can be

accessed through Opokuma

Town via the East-West Road,

most visitors and indigenes

prefer taking a shorter cut

through the Polaku Creek,

where they are ferried across

the 200-metre span to Sabagreia

from Yenagoa, the state capital.

Apart from being reduced

journey time, it is also cheaper.

A journey from Yenagoa

metropolis to Sabagreia via

Polaku costs between N400 and

N500, while a journey by road

through the East-West Road

costs between N700 and

N1,000.

NDV reporter, who visited the

area recently, observed that with

the bridge linking the two

communities still abandoned,

the Polaku creek remains the

shorter and cheaper route to

Sabagreia and other adjoining

communities in Kolokuma/

Opokuma Local Government

Area.

UZERE—THERE is palpable

tension at Uzere Kingdom,

Isoko South Local Government

Area, Delta State, over an alleged

plot by a section of the community

to bring back the traditional ruler

(Ovie), HRM Isaac Udogri, who

was deposed and his palace

razed, eight years ago.

The community installed a

parallel monarch, HRM Henry

This’s what most of us

do for a living—Mrs Richard

One of the women, who ferry

passengers across the creeks,

Mrs Ebisemi Richard, a native of

Sabagreia, in a chat with NDV,

said the people of the area are

not worried with the state of the

bridge, adding that it has not

affected their socio-economic lives

and activities as life goes on.

According to her, the creek

has been one of their means of

livelihood, generating

additional income for them to

fend for their families.

Her words: “This is what most

of us to for a living. Although

some of us have other sources

of income, but we still use this

Etwede II after the deposition of

HRM Udogri, but in the last few

months, tension has mounted in

the community with several

property destroyed and a building

set ablaze.

Authorities of Isoko South Local

Government Area had to

suspend, indefinitely, all youth

activities in the community to

checkmate trouble makers.

The development, which has

pitted the President-General of

the community, Mr. Felix

Enwenede against the President-

General of Isoko Development

Union, IDU, the apex sociocultural

organisation of the Isoko

to augment our income as well.

We charge N50 per head and

we make between N1, 500 to

N3,000 or more depending on

the period. We make more

money during weekends,

particularly when there are

burials and other occasions and

during the festive periods.

“During the period of flood,

we are usually at home because

of the water level and most

people prefer to use the East-

West Road instead. But during

the dry season, we are fully in

the business of ferrying our

passengers and we are safety

conscious and do not overload

our boats. So no mishap has

been recorded," she explained.

Crisis looms in troubled Delta

kingdom over deposed monarch

DELTA... THE BIG

HEART OF THE NATION

By Ochuko Akuopha

ethnic nationality, Chief Iduh

Amadhe, deteriorated during the

yuletide, as the leadership of the

community withdrew

membership of the clan from

IDU.

Enwenede in a notice of

withdrawal addressed to IDU

President-General, said: "Sequel

to an emergency meeting held on

December 24, 2019, we, the

President-General, the Council of

Chiefs, the quarters Iletu and the

entire members of Uzere clan

except the ones loyal to High

Chief Iduh Amadhe, hereby,

Continues on Page 29

By Davies Iheamnachor

ETCHE—THE people of

Okoroagu I, an oil

community in Etche Local

Government Area, Rivers State,

have inaugurated their own

constitution, 19 years after the

Igbo Kingdom split into two.

Ukpala people had, in year

2000, broken away from the

parent community and became

autonomous as Okoroagu II. It

claimed that oil largesse from

companies operating in the area

was responsible for the

separation.

Following the development,

the remaining four villages in

Okoroagu I—Umuokechi, Dike

Namkpaka, Achara Umuokechi

and Ukpala—last year,

instituted a move to get a

constitution.

Speaking after inauguration of

the constitution and the elected

chiefs for Okoroagu I, Secretary

of Okoroagu Council of Chiefs

and Elders, Mr. Gift Oshilem,

said: “We are happy for the

inauguration of Okoroagu I

leadership system, which is the

town council. We launched our

own constitution as a community

too.

“There have been crises, but

today this puts a stop to those

internal wranglings. We have

done what our people expect us.

Here in Okoroagu we have

Umuokechi, Dike Namkpaka,

Achara Umuokechi and Ukpala

autonomous community.

Despite that Ukpala went their

way in 2000, 18th of next month

(February) will make it 20 years

we have not had this.”

Oshilem added: “This

constitution means that

autonomy should be

implemented. This is first in

Okorogu. It covers the four

communities that have come

together. Of a truth the name of

Umuokechi was silenced, you

cannot silence it, because it is

supposed to be the ancestral

home of Igbo kingdom.

Speaking to NDV, Chief-elect

of Okoroagu I, Chief Nelson

Amadi, said: “I am happy that

we have kept our record and

history straight. Some chiefs

wanted to bring us down.

“We said it is improper that

somebody from Okoroagu I will

go and join their council in

Okoroagu 2 or their constitution

covering us.

“This constitution shows the

names of communities that

belong to Okoroagu I, not the

one they (Okoroagu II) have,

that does not represent us well.

We know our right and we

fought for it. We will remain

peaceful in fighting for what

belongs to us.”


Crisis looms in troubled Delta

kingdom over deposed monarch

Continues from Page 28

withdraw our membership from

Isoko Development Union.”

He, the Secretary-General,

Apostle Patrick Omoweh, Oletu-

Odhe, Uzere Clan, Chief

Fredrick Uyeh and three others,

alleged that Amadhe "is involved

in gross misconduct and is one of

the persons responsible for the

continuous crisis in Uzere clan."

How fresh trouble

started —Enwenede

Speaking on the development,

President-General of the

community, Enwenede, said: "In

August 2019, we had a petition

from the youth leader then and

other groups over some money

that came from NPDC and meant

for a skills acquisition

programme. While we were about

to start the skills acquisition

programme, the youths said the

money must be given to them,

which is not supposed to be. This

is the beginning of the crisis.

“The matter that brought crisis

in 2011 is in the court. It is a

kingship matter, but every now

and then, High Chief Amadhe

will always come up with one idea

or the other, trying to bring the

other Ovie in exile by force.

"We have to pull out of IDU

because we cannot have

someone like Amadhe, who is

from Uzere and he is the one

sponsoring the crisis."

NDV learned that the state

government waded into the

matter and set up a peace

committee, but Enwenede

claimed that Amadhe did not

allow the committee to work.

We’ve a snake with

two heads—Amadhe

Reacting to the allegations,

Amadhe described Enwenede as

a dictator promoting crisis in his

own community, adding “the

crisis of Uzere has been on for a

very long time. There are two

kings in the community and if the

President-General of the

community is organising himself

and align with a particular one,

there must be issues in such a

community.

"There have been other

presidents-general in Uzere and

they did not have this kind of

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problem that Enwenede is

introducing. The community is

divided and as a man, who has

settled cases in 15 different Isoko

communities, I cannot be a new

man in my own community. I

should be able to advise my

people on the right thing to do.

The king that is recognised by

government has staff of office and

the other one in the community

has no staff of office.

"If I advise and my advice is not

taken, you can be on your own

since a prophet is never

recognised in his town. There was

problem in Uzere in 2011 that led

to the installation of a parallel

king, but Uzere people are all

aware that if a king does not die,

you cannot have another one.

“Because of what happened at

that time, some people said since

the king cannot listen to them, let

us have a parallel king. They put

a parallel king believing that that

the one recognised by

government would work out

modalities to resolve the matter.

That is why the matter has

lingered on.

"They did it out of annoyance

and if you know that something

was done wrong, can we not say

since the other one cannot be

recognised by government, let us

settle the whole thing ourselves

because you cannot have a snake

with two heads?

"The situation in Uzere is that

we have a snake with two heads,

but the difference in the heads is

that one head is recognised by

government because a staff of

office was presented to that one."

On the withdrawal of the clan

from IDU, he said the community

has not withdrawn as it was well

represented at the just-concluded

annual conference of the union.

A lot of unruliness in

Uzere— Ikpokpo, LG chair

On his part, Chairman of the

Isoko South Local Government

Area, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo, said:

"The fact of the matter is that there

is a traditional ruler brought in

By Perez Brisibe

ABRAKA—THE murder of a

member of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in Abraka,

Ethiope East Local Government

Area, Delta State, Iroro Wisdom

Ovie, has taken a new twist with

the police and his immediate

family currently enmeshed in a

war of words over the

circumstances surrounding his

death.

The late Iroro, who is a father

of two, was beaten and shot dead

by unknown gunmen, last

Wednesday, at his Lucas area

residence, along the Police

Station axis of Abraka, host

community of the state-owned

Delta State University, DELSU.

Describing his murder as a

heinous crime, Delta State

by the people, recognised by

government. There is a gazette,

there is no lawless community.

“Unfortunately, they also have

a President-General (Enwenede).

Of course, you will recall that in

one of our security meetings, he

was suspended because of his

attitude. There is no community

that is isolated from the laws and

constitution of Nigeria. The

leadership of the community,

when we met, appealed that

when the suspension is over, we

should call him back so that he

can begin to ensure that there is

peace in the community.

"There is so much grievances

in the community; there is a lot of

lawlessness, people are taking

laws into their hands and we have

called in the security agencies to

help ensure that people are free,

irrespective of their differences,

to move about freely in their

community.

"Why will people take laws into

their hands? Why will people

create fear in a community that

belongs to all of them? I will not

stand for that and will do my best

and I have done so. If not for the

support of His Excellency, we

would not have got this far,

because any time I call, he

responds.

“Even the Commissioner of

Police, Department of State

Services, DSS, have been very

fantastic in trying to nip things in

the bud."

On his decision to disband

youth activities in the community,

Ikpokpo responded: "The reason

is simple. It is not the old men or

women who are destroying

people's properties and we do not

want a situation where different

youth groups, whether in the

name of good governance or

freedom fighters, will take

advantage of what they have in

their possession to create havoc

in the community.

"We need to let them know that

we no longer recognise their

unions or activities and that is

why we disbanded them."

Commissioner of Police, Hafiz

Inuwa, who disclosed that he had

directed the Area Commander

and Divisional Police Officer,

DPO, in charge of Abraka, to

ensure that the perpetrators were

brought to book, said the victim

was a “notorious cultist and

fraudster” and the killing had no

political coloration.

His words: “I do not know the

political party the person (victim)

belongs to, but all I know is that

he is someone who I was made

to understand is a notorious cultist

and a fraudster.

“From the information I

gathered while he was being

dragged into the bush, witnesses

at the scene of the incident heard

him pleading with his assailants,

saying ‘do not worry, I will pay

you back your money’.

Niger Delta Voice, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, , 2020—29

DEATHTRAP IN EDO:

Obaseki residents cry to Gov

Obaseki over gully erosion

EDO... HEARTBEAT

OF THE NATION

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN

CITY—

R E S I D E N T S

of Obaseki Street,

Oregbeni, Benin City, Ikpoba-

Okha Local Government Area,

Edo State, have complained to

Governor Godwin Obaseki to

urgently come to their aid over

the menace of gully erosion,

which they described as a

deathtrap in the area.

A visit by NDV to the area

revealed that the gully erosion

has sacked many property

owners and rendered the street

un-motorable.

Govt paid deaf ears

to our plight— Bello

Secretary, Landlords and

Landladies group in the area,

Mr Imasuen Bello, who have

lived there since 1985,

attributed the gully erosion that

has made the street

uninhabitable to occupants to

negligence by both past and

present administrations of the

state.

He said: “This gully was not

here when I came, the street

was very motorable. But when

it started we cried out and

government never listened to

us. We, on our own, have been

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to rehabilitate the street, that is

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“Look at the gutter we did. We

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it did not work. We cried to our

Endangered Obseki Street.

Family of slain PDP member, police differ over killing

“So, with him being a fraudster,

we are looking to see if he

collected some people’s money

and refused to pay them. But that

notwithstanding, a heinous crime

has been committed whether he

is a criminal or not, murder has

been committed and we are

hunting for the perpetrators.”

Family threatens legal

action against police

However, the outburst of the

police boss was greeted with

angry response from the family

and friends of the victim, who

described him as an easy-going

jolly fellow that did not indulge

himself in any form of criminality,

as alleged by the police boss.

Threatening, legal action

against the police boss over his

utterances, wife of the victim, Mrs.

neighbouring company,

Guinness Nigeria Plc, Benin, to

assist us to solve this problem

as part of its community

relations.

“We even went as far to the

Palace of the Oba of Benin, who

gave directive to the company

to rehabilitate the street and two

others in the area, but Guinness

abandoned our street.

Travails despite

Obaseki’s intervention

"The present government sent

officials from the Ministries of

Infrastructure and Environment

and Sustainability; they came to

see the street, but up till now

there is nothing to show for it.

“We are suffering here, you

can see some house are already

caving in. We do not even know

how and what we will do when

the raining season we start. Few

months ago a little boy was

found inside the gully, swept by

erosion and died inside.”

File disappears

at govt ministry

Elder Joe Ereoah and other

inhabitants lambasted the

government for saying that the

file used in evaluating the street

by the officials of Ministry

Environment and Sustainability

has developed wings.

"We went to Ministry

Environment and

Sustainability, they told us the

file is missing after the approval

by the governor. They told us

that; we did not see the file," he

asserted.

NDV’s efforts to get comment

from the affected ministries were

abortive at press time.

Precious Ovie, wants the police

commissioner to retract his

assertions against her husband,

describing them as baseless and

unfounded.

She said: “My husband is

neither a fraudster nor a notorious

cultist as claimed by the police

commissioner. The police should

stop saying those nonsense about

my husband because I am very

angry and mad at them and I will

sue over this matter.

“I am not up to 30 years and

have already become a widow.

So, you can imagine how painful

it is. They just cut my husband’s

life short just like that, yet the

police are coming out to say all

these nonsense. This is too bad

and I am using this medium to

tell the police to retract that

statement or face legal action.”


30— Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020—31


32—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Britain and the new scramble for

Africa

LET me place my cards on the

table: I have always been

partial towards Britain. Apart from

my country Nigeria, it is the only

other place I can call “home”. Sadly,

we would never forget that the British

colonialists wilfully left behind a

lopsided federal contraption that

was inevitably to lead to a civil war

that consumed more than two

million Nigerians. To forgive, they

say, is divine.

The Britain-Africa Investment

Summit came and went last week,

the first of its kind on British shores.

Some 21 African countries attended

the event. In his welcome address,

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

described Britain as a “one-stop shop

for investment and business.” He

also spoke passionately about his

ambitions to develop strong trade

relations with Africa. In the preconference

announcement, the

organisers declared that their

objective is to make London not only

the destination of choice for

“development financing” but also

the largest source of FDI for Africa.

They also aim to make Britain the

largest investor in Africa among the

G7 nations by 2022.

The event was hosted by the

Department for International

Development, DFID, and featured

prominent British leaders in

government, industry and finance.

In addition to the prime minister,

among the prominent British

leaders who featured at the event

were: Development Secretary Alok

Sharma, Foreign Secretary

Dominic Raab, Trade Secretary

Elizabeth Mary Truss and Business

North East Insurgency: Are the children to blame?

By COLLINS ADAKA

BEFORE now, I never knew the

gravity of the plight of the children

displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency

in the North East states of Borno, Yobe

and Adamawa until Florence DJ Cuppy

Otedola, an ambassador of the United

Kingdom charity, Save the Children,

rescue humanitarian efforts came to the

fore.

According to Medicine sans Frontiers,

MSF, 1.3 million children have been

forced into internally displaced persons

camps in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

states.

Moreover, three million children

cannot go to school with most of them

suffering from malnutrition and diseases.

These stunted children must not be

allowed to die. Every right thinking parent

should join the crusade to save the lives

of these children. It shouldn’t matter

where they live or come from.

DJ cuppy, Florence Otedola was

reported in the Saturday Vanguard

newspaper of November 16, 2019 as

saying: “I was able to visit Save the

Children’s work in Maiduguri, Borno

State. At their stabilisation centre, the first

child I met in the hospital was only two

years old. She was so malnourished that

she needed a blood transfusion.

"Later I met more and more sick

Secretary Andrea Leadsom. British

captains of industry that also

featured in the event included

Vodafone boss Nick Read, CEO of

BP Bernard Looney, Standard Life

Aberdeen boss Keith Skeoch, G4S

Chairman Ashley Martin Almanza,

CEO of Associated British Foods

George Weston and Managing

Director of the London Stock

Exchange David Schwimmer.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had

a one-on-one sessions with General

Muhammadu Buhari, President

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Nana

Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Paul

Kagame of Rwanda. He also met

with various African business

leaders. The event was finalized with

a banquet at Buckingham Palace

hosted by Prince William, Duke of

Cambridge.

Among the immediate outcomes

was the announcement by CEO of

the financial agency CDC that they

would commit funding to the tune of

£2 billion (equivalent to $2.61

billion) to support companies

investing in Africa, in addition to

£400m ($523m) for SMEs aiming

to develop trade and business

investments in Africa). The CEO of

the agency Nick O’Donohoe was

quoted as saying that “Investors

have a real opportunity to embrace

the UN’s Sustainable Development

Goals - in partnership with African

countries and businesses - to fight

climate change, create jobs and

skills, and bring about positive social

and environmental change”.

The DFID also announced that

they are creating a partnership fund

with the African Development Bank

children dying including a 16 year old

mother who was also malnourished. I was

told that I was only meeting the lucky few

who were able to make it to the medical

centre. My heart broke and is still broken

as I stand.”

The last sentence of cuppy’s experiences

in Borno State at their stabilization centre

touched me beyond measure. That is to

say, those critically malnourished children

at the stabilisation centre were only just

fortunate to be there. What happened to

the others? I feel a sense of urgency to add

credence and support to the unfortunate

plight of these North Eastern vulnerable

children. Nigeria must stand up for their

sake!

We cannot and should not leave

everything to the government. As it is

presently, the government is overstretched

with so many contending issues hence it

has become totally inevitable for all

Nigerians to rise up to this peculiar

challenge.

At the inaugural gold gala of the Cuppy

Foundation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo called on Nigerians to contribute

towards the upkeep and education of

children displaced by insurgency in the

North East. He said: “What will you be

remembered for?

"No one ever remembers the number of

houses, cars that anyone has. We do not

need to be billionaires to start doing

for investment in African

infrastructures development. From

all we gather, it was a successful

event. Britain and our continent have

had a long and chequered

relationship. Britain was one of the

imperial powers, the others being

France, Portugal and Spain. British

influence spans Southern Africa, to

East Africa and West Africa, together

with Sudan and Egypt.

Today, Britain has a population of

67.5 million and a nominal GDP of

US$2.982 trillion, the fifth largest

economy in the world; coming

behind USA ($21.506 trillion), China

($14.242 trillion), Japan ($6.231

trillion) and Germany ($4,210

trillion) and closely tailed by India

($2.935 trillion) and France ($2.934

trillion).

As the leading

economy on the

continent, Nigeria

ought to assume

leadership in driving

British-African

business relations; the

opportunities are

immense

Britain is a world leader in

technology and innovation. Its firsttier

universities - Oxford, Cambridge,

Imperial College, London School of

Economics, University College

London, Edinburgh and Warwick -

are the gold standard throughout the

world.

The computer is a British invention.

It was invented by a Cambridge

mathematician, Charles Babbage,

while he was developing an

algorithm to decode German

military communications during the

Second World War. The World Wide

Web was also invented by another

Briton, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, an

Oxford-educated engineer and

computer scientist.

Britain is a world leader in

petrochemicals as well as in

biotechnology. British scientists

discovered DNA and Britain has been

a pioneer in developing a DNA data

base. It is also a world leader in

telecoms, aerospace and shipping,

railways and other transport

infrastructures technology. Peter

Higgs, of Edinburgh University,

working with five other physicists,

first propounded the theory of

the Higgs boson, a particle that was

later discovered in 2012

at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider,

a $10 billion dollar laboratory

constructed by the Europe Centre for

Nuclear Research. The new discovery

explains how mass works at the subatomic

level.

The Thatcherite neo-liberal

economic policies of the eighties did

serve to rejuvenate Britain as a

nation; but it was largely at the

expense of industrial development.

Most of the capital and investments

moved into high finance, with the

City of London becoming the

financial hub of Europe and the

world. More than a trillion dollars

pass through the City of London

financial hub every single day. Today

Britain is the centre of the global

Eurodollar market as well as the

highest net exporter of financial

services in the world, ahead of the

USA, China, Japan and Germany.

The biggest factor driving Britain’s

new scramble for Africa is the

imminence of Brexit. After years of

heard-wringing and rather bitter

political altercations, the December

2019 elections and the emergence

of Boris Johnson as prime minister

have settled the debate.

It is now a foregone conclusion

that Britain will leave Europe. British

leaders themselves are aware that

Brexit will come with consequences.

Already, several major firms are relocating

to continental Europe.

Capital worth more than $770

billion is forecast to be

haemorrhaged out of the City of

London. It has, therefore, become

imperative for Britain to cultivate

new business and trading partners.

The obvious suspects are the United

States and the older Commonwealth

Dominions of Canada, Australia and

New Zealand, in addition to the

virgin territories of Africa.

I did my doctoral work on

European politics and economics.

Brexit has been one of the biggest

surprises of my career as a global

something. It is time for everyone of us to

decide that we really can make a

difference”.

He is absolutely right. We have to make

a difference. I sincerely believe Nigerians

can and will come to the rescue of these

kids for the sake of humanity and posterity.

In addition to what the vice president said,

I believe before we transit to the great

beyond, it doesn’t really matter your

The Federal

Government must do all

within its powers to

bring this Boko Haram

“joke” to an end

earthly possessions or the huge amount of

money you have in both your local and

foreign bank accounts but it is all about

the legacy you leave behind that is what

you will be remembered for so many years

when you are gone.

Also speaking at the occasion, Africa’s

richest man, Aliko Dangote challenged

wealthy Nigerians to donate to charitable

causes. He restated an earlier promise he

made to donate a large chunk of his wealth

to charity before his transition.

The children must not be blamed for the

unfortunate situation they have found

themselves. You can make the difference.

When you give to save the lives of these

Send Opinions & Letters to:

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analyst. I spent five years in Brussels

as chief of staff of the 79-member

African, Caribbean and Pacific

Group of States, APC, an

intergovernmental body that has

treaty agreements covering trade,

finance and development

cooperation with the EU. I have

worked closely with colleagues in the

European Commission and the

European Investment Bank. I have

first-hand understanding of

European institutions and their

workings. We never really expected

Brexit to become a reality, despite

the uncouth ranting of Eurosceptics

like Nigel Farage in the gilded

chambers of the European

parliament.

With the benefit of hindsight,

however, we ought to have seen it

coming. There is, in the heart of

Europe, a bureaucratic beast that

has no soul and no spirit. The beast

speaks a strange bureaucratic

language anchored on the idiom of

power without accountability. It is

the kind of language that was bound,

sooner or later, to grate with the

recalcitrant island dwellers of Britain

that fought a bitter war to save

Europe from Hitler and the Nazis.

Having never been conquered since

Roman times, the Anglo-Saxon

Britons will forever be suspicious of

any supranational scheme that may

eventually result in a surrender of

their sovereignty and hard-won

liberties.

The London summit was not

without its critics. Civil society

groups picketed outside the

Docklands Intercontinental - the

venue of the event - with banners such

as, “Stop the New Scramble for

Africa” and “No to Empire 2.0”. An

academic the School of Oriental and

African Studies, SOAS, lamented

that, “British politicians have long

used Africa as a space into which to

project a sense of personality of

moral purpose, particularly at times

of drift or crisis at home. This imageprojection

often disguises a paucity

of ideas”.

As the leading economy on the

continent, Nigeria ought to assume

leadership in driving British-African

business relations. The opportunities

are immense.

malnourished children, God, who sees in

secret will reward you openly.

The claim by the Boko Haram sect that

Western education is a sin or taboo should

be completely discarded. The whole idea

in life is to get education since it will shape

and prepare individuals for the globalised

digital 21st century. Without education,

man is completely empty upstairs and as

such useless so to speak. It shouldn’t matter

where the education is coming from be it

Western, Eastern, Southern or Northern as

long as it is acquired. It doesn’t stop anyone

from practising whatever religion he or

she chooses.

No fewer than 35,000 people have been

reportedly killed since 2009 when the Boko

Harm insurgency became active in the

North East. About 1.8 million people have

been internally displayed while 7.1million

people are in need of humanitarian

assistance spanning the three ravaged

states in the North East. Also, 230,000

people have fled to neighbouring states of

Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

The Federal Government must do all

within its powers to bring this “joke” to an

end. The military high command should

examine how Boko Haram obtain their

food and ammunition supplies? By and

large, I dare say that when this evil

eventually stops, then we shall heave a sigh

of relief. Now and until then, please

remember, we must save the children.

•Adaka, a social commentator, wrote from

Port Harcourt

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Obaseki lifts suspension

on Egor LG Chairman

ANNIVERSARY: From Left: Mrs. Bukola Bodunyefa, GM. Marketing Operations, GDM Group, Mr.

Victor Afolabi, Founder, GDM Group, Olusegun Fafore, Executive Assistant, New Media&Public Relations

to Lagos State Gov. and Mrs. Omolabake Yussuff, COO. GDM Group, during the unveiling of the GDM

Group new Logo to mark 10 years anniversary in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: KEHINDE SHONOLA.

Your pipelines are obsolete, causing spills

— Rivers community tells NAOC

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT—

A group, Egbema in

Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni

Local Government Area

of Rivers State, have alleged

that most of the

facilities used by Nigerian

Agip Oil Company,

NAOC, in their operations

have outlived their

time and required to be

changed.

This was just as the

National Oil Spill Detection

and Response Agency,

NOSDRA, has been

commended for moving

to resolve differences

between it and host community.

The communities spoke

in Port Harcourt, weekend,

after a meeting convened

by NOSDRA to resolve

the issues of the

Joint Investigation Visit,

JIV, on a spill that occurred

on a facility belonging

to Agip in October

last year.

Speaking, the President

of Ogbakor Egbe-

Akwa Ibom re-run: Ekong reassures

commitment to constituents’ welfare

By Chioma Onuegbu

U YO—CANDIDATE

of the Peoples Democratic

Party PDP, and member-elect

for Ikot Ekpene/

Essien Udim and Obot Akara

Federal Constituency in

the last Saturday re-run

election held in Essien

Udim Local Government

Area, Mr. Nsikak Ekong

has reassured his commitment

to his constituents’

welfare.

Ekong, in a statement

made available to newsmen,

yesterday, in Uyo,

ma, Francis Igubike, alleged

that facility used

by NAOC in their operations

have outlived

their time, calling for intervention.

He said: “We are here

to preach peace and unity

in Egbema. There has

not been agreement between

the community

Cultivate habit of thanksgiving to

God — Okowa tells politicians

By Festus Ahon

A SABA—DELTA

State Governor,

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,

yesterday, told politicians

in the country to

cultivate the habit of

thanking God irrespective

of their political

gains.

Speaking at Evwreni

during the thanksgiving

ceremony of a former

member representing

Ughelli North Local Government

Constituency I,

specially thanked the people

of the council for standing

for the truth and coming

out in their numbers to

affirm their stance for what

is right and just.

His words, “To you my

beloved constituents, thank

you so much for demonstrating

again that you trust

and believe in me. Thank

you for desiring progress,

unity and prosperity of this

constituency.

“All the obstacles and barriers

that halted our march

to a new constituency

where everybody matters

and Agip.

“If nobody has tampered

with the system,

this is the right time we

will get a better JIV.

When this thing happened

that place was seriously

flooded. This spill

could have been as a result

of equipment failure.

A lot of their equipment

at the State House of Assembly,

Mr. Samuel

Marierie, held at Saint

Paul Anglican Church,

Okowa said: “Politicians

think it is only when you

win election or you are

given a political appointment

that you thank

God but that is wrong.

“The Bible told us in

Psalms 100:4 that in everything

we should give

God thanks. Whether you

win election or not, you

should give God thanks.

regardless of social standing

have been removed

hence paving the way for

me to give you that effective

representation you’ve

always yearned for.

Nsikak Ekong who

polled a total of 45,366 votes

while Emman Akpan of the

All Progressives Congress,

(APC), scored a total of 22,759

stressed that the unprecedented

solidarity and support of his constituents

during the re-run has

given him the belief that the people

will always stand by him even

in moments of trials.

have outlived their time.”

However, Pastor Evaristus

Nicholas, the Leader

of Egbema Voice of Freedom

commended NOS-

DRA for the intervention,

regretting that three

months after the spill

JIV has not been carried

out.

That is why I’m commending

and congratulating

my brother, Samuel

Marierie today (yesterday)

for remembering

to return to thank God.

“As a two term member

of the Delta State House

of Assembly, he has

served the state and his

constituency very well

and it is deserving of giving

God thanks. I will

urge all politicians to always

imbibe the attitude

of giving God thanks no

matter the situation.”

Okowa also rejoiced

with the Most Revd.

Cyril Odutemu, the Bishop

of Ughelli Dioceses of

the Nigerian Anglican

Communion on his recent

elevation as the position

Archbishop of Bendel

province.

In his remarks, Marierie,

said he was thanking

God for his political

journey so far, noting

that “but for the grace of

God I would not have

achieved anything in life

or gotten to the position

I occupy in the society. I

thank all those who have

come to join me in thanking

God”.

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B ENIN—GOVER

NOR Godwin

Obasekiof Edo State has

lifted the suspension on

the Chairman of Egor

Local Government Area,

Ms. Eghe Ogbemudia.

In a statement in Benin,

yesterday, Special

Adviser to the Governor

on Media and Communication

Strategy, Mr.

Crusoe Osagie, said the

suspension was lifted after

an investigative panel

cleared Ms. Ogbemudia

of the accusations

that led to her suspension.

Recall that the council

chairman was suspended

after several petitions

were written against her

by officials of the council,

alleging financial

misappropriation and

UPU backs Amotekun as

security outfit

U GHELLI—THE

APEX body of the

Urhobo Nation, Urhobo

Progress Union, (UPU), has

expressed its support for

Amotekun, the security outfit

being put together by the

South West to combat rising

insecurity within the region.

In a statement from the

office of the President General

of UPU, Olorogun

Moses Taiga, “Amotekun is

a response to the current security

challenges in the

South West. Amotekun is

meant to help the federal

government combat insecurity

in the land. The baby

should not be thrown away

with the bath water because

Amotekun is needed.

Alubeze enrolls 38 pupils for

first sch leaving certificate

LEADER, BURUTU

Council Legislative

Arm of Delta State, Mr. Joseph

Alubeze, has defrayed

the cost of 38 pupils

enrolled for first school

leaving certificate, just as

he donated educational

aids to improve the teaching

and learning of Ijaw

language in Ngbile Primary

School, in Kiagbodo

Community.

Alubeze, while presenting

the audiovisual aids to

the school head teacher

during the Ngbile Primary

School 13th Inter-House

Sport, athletic competition,

also disclosed that in the

past three years, he has

been assisting parents pay

for their wards financial

commitment for enrolling

abuse of power.

Also, a number of local

council chairmen have

been suspended, with

some of those who were

found culpable of financial

misdeeds replaced

over a year ago.

“The cases brought

against her have been

reviewed and she has

been cleared of the allegations,

thus, her reinstatement.

She is to resume

office immediately,”

Osagie said.

He said the reinstatement

would provide her

the opportunity to continue

in re positioning the

local council area in line

with the vision of Obaseki-led

administration of

efficient management of

the councils on the principles

of probity and people-driven

development.

Amotekun’s target are

criminals, not a religious or

ethnic groups. Criminality

knows no ethnicity.”

UPU urged the South

West to “continue to dialogue

with the federal government

to smoothen the

rough edges. The Urhobo

Progress Union fully aligns

with the ideals of

Amotekun.”

The union therefore,

called on the South South,

especially the government

of Delta State, to study what

the south west has done and

the ongoing dialogue with

the federal government so

that the region, especially

Delta State, could set up a

similar security outfit to support

the police to combat insecurity.

for their first school certificate.

He noted that he was

poised to ensure that pupils

of school age in Kiagbodo

community were given

the basic and secondary

education.

Alubeze, urged the school

head teacher and staff to

make judicious use of the

aids and protects the equipment

from vandals.

Speaking further,

Alubeze commended the

Delta State Government for

its policy on compulsory

school sports activities, stating

the policy of government

would continue to

yield fruits as young talents

would be discovered and

developed.


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Why I left PDP —Imo chairman

By Chidi

Nkwopara

OWERRI—IMO State

Chairman of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, Chief

Charles Ezekwem, has

explained why he

unceremoniously resigned

and left the party.

Speaking exclusively to

Vanguard on phone,

Ezekwem said there were

surreptitious moves to

disgrace him out of office.

“It is true that I have not only

resigned as the state party

chairman, but has also left the

PDP for good. There were

palpable but surreptitious

moves to disgrace me out of

office. So, I had to pull the

rug from their feet,” Ezekwem

said.

On when the alleged

impeachment plot started,

Ezekwem said it started since

the party primary, when some

of them pitched their tent

with Senator Sam Anyanwu.

He said: “The plot started

since the party primary. Chief

Emeka Ihedioha and his

acolytes never forgave all

those that pitched their tent

with Senator Sam Anyanwu.

I was further informed that

everything for my eventual

ouster had been put in place,

ahead of the Supreme Court

judgment.”

Ezekwem said since the

judgment went the other way,

he decided to leave when the

ovation was highest.

When reminded that if

Ihedioha was part of the plot,

he would not have been

appointed to serve on the

board of Heartland Football

Club of Owerri, Ezekwem

retorted: “You will be

surprised to know that I was

virtually running the club

with my personal fund.”

CONDOLENCE: Senator Ben Obi (left) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar when the former

vice president paid Senator Obi a condolence visit over the death of his younger sister,

Mrs.Stella Unoma Obi-Oduyela.

50 yrs after civil war: Anambra to provide veterans

with free medical services

By Vincent

Ujumadu

AWKA— AS part of

activities marking the

50th anniversary of the end

of the Nigerian civil war,

Governor Willie Obiano of

Anambra State, yesterday,

directed that all the civil war

veterans be provided with

quality medical services in

the state at no cost to them.

The state Commissioner for

Information and Public

Enlightenment, Mr. Don

Adinuba, said the veterans

would receive medical

treatment through the

Anambra State Health

Insurance Scheme operated

by the Anambra State Health

Insurance Agency, ASHIA,

adding that even the token

amount paid at hospitals by

participants in the scheme for

treatment would be written off

by the state government.

The commissioner

explained that Obiano had

also decided to include all

members of the Rangers

International Football Club of

Enugu who played in the

1970s and the early 1980s

among those to benefit from

the health insurance at the

state government’s expense,

explaining that it was in

recognition of their preeminent

role in lifting up the

spirit of Igbo people at the end

of the civil war.

He said: “The veterans are,

therefore, required to register

with the state health

insurance scheme. A

committee to conduct a

census of the veterans is to

be set up shortly under the

leadership of Air Vice

Marshall Ben Chiobi (retd).

“Members of the committee

will include Col. Emmanuel

Nwobosi (retd);

Commissioner for

Information and Public

Enlightenment, Mr. Don

Adinuba; Commissioner for

Local Government, Town

Unions and Chieftaincy

Affairs, Mr. Greg Obi, and

Executive Secretary of the

Anambra State Health

Insurance Agency, Dr

Simeon Onyemaechi, as well

as a representative of the

Secretary to the State

Government.

“The committee has one

month to submit a list of all

the veterans in the state

regardless of whether they

are indigenes of Anambra

State or not.”

IPOB expressing Igbo problems on a faulty

foundation —NPSA

By Ikechukwu

Odu

NPresident SUKKA—National

of Nigerian

Political Science Association,

NPSA, Prof. Aloysius-

Michael Okolie, has said the

agitations by the proscribed

Indigenous People of Biafra,

IPOB, for secession is built on

a faulty foundation.

Okolie, who also said the

agitations by the group were

justified and expressive of the

marginalisations which the

people of South-East geopolitical

zone have suffered

in Nigeria, called on a

sustainable template for the

realisation of the struggles of

the group.

The political scientist, who

spoke at Nsukka, weekend,

commended the group for

taking the alienation and

deprivation suffered by the

Igbo in Nigeria to the

international community for

possible intervention.

The don said as people that

have been rejected in

Nigeria, the Igbo should

come home to develop their

region.

He said: “Let me be honest

with you, assuming the

wishes of IPOB is granted

now, where does the Igbo

man stand? Agitations for

secession by IPOB cannot be

wished away, but what of the

structural framework for

carrying on with the

secession?

“Have we been able to

harvest the ingenuities of the

South-East in case there is

secession and we are asked

to present the framework or

blueprint of leadership

structure? Are we sure we are

not going to fry ourselves in

the pan? How do we accept

our brothers in these five

states of this zone?"

Bulkachuwa lauds Ugwuanyi

over Appeal Court complex

in Enugu

E President NUGU—THE

of the Court

of Appeal, Her Lordship,

Hon. Justice Zainab Adamu

Bulkachuwa, weekend,

applauded Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for

constructing a complex for

the Court of Appeal in the

state.

This is contrary to the

earlier report that she

commended the governor for

“the ongoing construction of

the first ever Enugu State

Customary Court of Appeal

Headquarters complex.”

Gov. Ugwuanyi’s

administration, in line with its

transformation agenda in the

judiciary, is constructing a

temporary site for the Court

of Appeal at GRA, Enugu, to

enable its state division

relocate there, for a massive

renovation of its permanent

site at Independence Layout,

Enugu.

Speaking when she led

some eminent jurists from the

various divisions of the Court

of Appeal and High Court

judges in the country to pay

a courtesy call on Gov.

Ugwuanyi, at the

Government House, Enugu,

Justice Bulkachuwa, who

earlier inspected the project

Devt advocate, Alakpodia,

lauds Okowa over projects in

Isoko land

AN

international

development advocate,

Mr. Oghenero Alakpodia,

has commended Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

for what he described as “a

harvest of projects in Isoko

land.”

This is in view of Opute

Hall, Ozoro; Ultra Modern

Civic Centre, Uzere; Model

Secondary School, Uzere;

Students’ Hostel at Delta

State University, Oleh

Campus and six threebedroom

bungalows for

visiting lecturers also at the

university, all being

commissioned today.

Oghenero, who is founder

of Oghenero Alakpodia

Foundation, said projects like

town hall and civic centres are

critical to the development of

societal psychology and social

Buhari-led govt weak in fighting insurgency —BIM

By Peter 0kutu

A BAKALIKI—THE

Biafra Independent

Movement, BIM,

yesterday, stated that the

APC-led government of

President Muhammadu

Buhari was weak and

lacking in direction as to

how to defeat the dreaded

Boko Haram terrorist

group.

Addressing newsmen

after the group’s meeting

in Abakaliki, the governor

of Ebonyi North Zone of

BIM, Mr. Nwifuru John,

who expressed dismay

over the killing of

innocent people in the

country, noted that the

Nigerian military was not

doing enough to protect

the lives of citizens.

He called on members

of BIM in Ebonyi to

remain law-abiding and

non-violent as the

government of Biafra had

already commenced in

earnest for the benefits of

Biafrans in the country.

He said: “We have

begun a parliamentary

system of government

already. We have all the

arms of government in

operation. We have our

state Houses of Assembly.

Based on the instructions

given to us by our leader,

S. O. Chukwu. Uwazurike

is the founder of BIM.

“We have our minister of

health who is giving free

medical services to the

people. We have nothing

to do with the Nigerian

government. We have

our own government.

Umahi is working on his

own. We are doing ours.

We are not afraid of

intimidation.

“We have a legal

backing for our

site, expressed gratitude to

the governor for his administration’s

remarkable interventions

in the state judiciary,

especially the Court of

Appeal complex.

Bulkachuwa was in Enugu,

in continuation of her tour of

all the Court of Appeal

Divisions in the country,

which coincided with the

valedictory court session in

honour of a retired Justice of

Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice

Chinwe Eugenia Iyizoba.

In his address, Gov.

Ugwuanyi welcomed “the

first female President of the

Court of Appeal” and other

eminent jurists to the state and

congratulated her for the

“service well rendered” as well

as her many

accomplishments in office.

The governor noted that his

administration, in synergy

with the state judiciary,

headed by the first female

Chief Judge, Hon. Justice

Ngozi Emehelu, who he said

“has also added momentum

and great value to our

determined efforts to make

Enugu State a place where

good governance and

development flourish through

rule of law and justice,” has

continued to reform the justice

sector in the state.

unification.

He said the model

secondary school and hostels

would add to the

development of education in

Isoko nation, thereby

endearing intellectual

property to the generality of

residents.

Oghenero commended the

Managing Director, Delta

State Oil Producing Areas

Development Commission,

DESOPADEC, Bashorun

Askia Ogeah, for giving

attention to the execution of

the projects when it was most

needed.

Recall that the governor,

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa had

during the commissioning

said the administration was

committed to providing

adequate service to the people

and would remain focused

government. For now in

Ebonyi, we don’t have any

of our members in

detention. Our numbers

increased because we

don’t tell lies. We are still

borrowing Nigerian

currency. Very soon, ours

will be approved by the

World Bank.

“Israel and Germany are

backing us. Everyone

should maintain non

violence. Very soon you

will hear about the zone’s

arrangement for security

outfit. Nigerian military is

weak."


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 35

Dr. Ona

E k h o m u

( r i g h t )

presenting the

Synopsis of his

new book,

"Boko Haram:

Security

Considerations

and the Rise of

a

n

Insurgency" to

the President

of United Esan

Association,

Mr. Andrew

Arhebun in

C h i c a g o

Illinois, USA

on Sunday.

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BRIBERY CHARGE: Shehu Sani secures

N10m bail, as court fixes Feb 24 for trial

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA—A Federal

High Court sitting in

Abuja, yesterday, granted

bail to the former Senator

representing Kaduna

Central, Shehu Sani, to

the tune of N10million.

Trial judge, Justice

Inyang Ekwo gave the exlawmaker

bail after the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC, arraigned him on

a two-count charge of

bribery and advance fee

fraud.

Sani who has been in

detention since December

31, 2019, when he was

arrested by operatives of

the anti-graft agency, was

ordered to produce a

responsible citizen with a

landed asset worth the

bail sum, to stand as

surety for him.

Justice Ekwo directed

him to deposit his

international passport

with the Deputy Registrar

of the Court, stressing that

he must not travel out of

the country without

permission.

The court fixed February

24, 25 and 26, to

commence hearing on the

charge against the

defendant.

Justice Ekwo had earlier

dismissed a counteraffidavit

the EFCC filed to

oppose Senator Sani’s

release on bail pending the

determination of the charge

against him.

Count One of the charge

read: “That you Shehu Sani

Amnesty programme empowers 250

residents of crisis-impacted communities

NO fewer than 250

persons in

communities impacted

during the Niger Delta

crisis in Buguma Local

Government Area of

Rivers State and its

environs were given

starter packs in various

trade areas, as the

Presidential Amnesty

Programme unveils a

robust empowerment

programme for the year.

Firm wins best credit bureau

Nigeria 2020

CRC Credit Bureau

Limited (CRC), has

been named the Best Credit

Bureau, Nigeria 2020 by

Capital Finance

International (CFI.co), a

print journal and online

resource reporting business,

economics and finance with

its Headquarters in

London, United Kingdom.

The CFI.co judging panel

stated in their report that

“CRC is the largest credit

reporting agency in

Nigeria responsible for over

95 per cent of the nation’s

recorded credit data from

commercial banks, on-bank

institutions, utility

companies and retailers,

adding that this impressive

market share is the result

of a well-designed

organisational structure,

fine-tuned processes and

highly principled

governance”.

According to a statement,

the panel noted that “CRC

creates a database of risk

profiles deploying diligent

research and data mining.

Credit providers and

borrowers alike rely on

CRC Credit Bureau to

facilitate informed lending

and borrowing decisions

with fast and hard facts.

Creditors can access the

CRC database to check a

prospective borrower’s

credit history or tailor new

credit products using its

tech-driven development

tools.

“Catch-22 that is

accessing a credit line

requires a good credit

history, whether private

personal or corporate entity

and CRC foresees fintech

partnerships filling the gap

in financial inclusion”,

CFI.co Judges Report,

London of December 9,

2019 said.

The statement further

noted that the report

showcased CRC’s choice

of international

partnerships.

Among

the

beneficiaries were men

and women drawn from

communities where a

leader of ex-agitators,

Chief Sobomabo

Jackrich, also known as

Egberi Papa, had camps.

Items which included

250 Sumec generators,

16 high capacity Omaha

generators, sewing

machines and

accessories, wooden

tables, welding

machines and engine

oil, were distributed to

the beneficiaries on

Saturday in Buguma,

headquarters of

Buguma Local

Government Area.

The starter packs are to

enable the beneficiaries

set up businesses in

their respective trade

areas in an

empowerment drive

aimed at engagement of

ex-agitators enlisted in

the Presidential Amnesty

Programme as well as

residents of communities

in the Niger Delta

impacted during the period

of armed agitation.

Coordinator of the

Amnesty Programme, Prof.

Charles Dokubo, said his

mandate was to train and

empower beneficiaries

captured in the database of

the Programme.

Otuaro urges oil producing communities

to deepen relationship with DESOPADEC

...Inaugurates DESOPADEC project in NMU, Okerenkoko

By Emma Amaize

DEPUTY Governor

of Delta State,

Deacon Kingsley Burutu

Otuaro has urged the oil

producing communities to

deepen the prevailing

good relationship with

Delta State Oil Producing

Areas Development

C o m m i s s i o n ,

DESOPADEC, to enable

the intervention agency to

do more.

Otuaro, made the

remark while

inaugurating four units

of two-bedroom

bungalows built and

donated to the Nigerian

Maritime University,

on or about November 20,

2019, within the

jurisdiction of this court,

with intent to defraud,

obtained the sum of $

15.000 cash from Alhajj

Sani Dauda (ASD) under

the false pretence that the

money was meant to bribe

four Judges and a

Prosecutor pursuant to

your discussion with the

Chief Justice of Nigeria

during which he

informed you that he has

directed the four Judges

not to hear any case

between Alhaji Sani

Dauda (ASD) and

Abubakar Musa which

representation you knew

to be false contrary to and

punishable under section

1(1) and (3) of the Advance

Fee Fraud and Other Fraud

Related Offences Act, No.

14 of 2006.”

Lagos NDE trains 600 on skills

development

Maiden Isoko Education Round-table holds

THE Isoko Economic

and Investment

Council, IEIC, has held its

maiden edition of Isoko

Education round-table at

the IDU House, Oleh,

Delta State, with the theme

‘The future of education in

a global/digital world.”

The event, which

attracted prominent Isoko

scholars, educationists,

media magnates, policy

makers, captains of

industry, politicians and

several others, saw the

Chairmen of the two Isoko

NMU, Okerenkoko, by

DESOPADEC.

He expressed delight at

the project executed by the

state oil agency to address

the accommodation

challenges in the university

occasioned by congestion of

the Kurutie take-off site.

Otuaro said: “I am

excited to be part of this

facility built by

DESOPADEC and donated

to NMU, Okerenkoko.

“As an indigene of

Okerenkoko, I can tell you

the relevance of this facility

to the community and the

NMU, Okerenkoko.”

Otuaro, who inspected

the facility, commended the

Board of DESOPADEC and

the contractor for the good

T

HE National Director,

The National

Directorate of Employment,

NDE, Lagos State, has

kick-started year with mass

training for gainful

employment and selfreliance

for 600

beneficiaries under the

Basic National Open

Apprenticeship Scheme,

B-NOAS, training

The Director General of

NDE Dr. Nasiru Argungun

represented by the State

Coordinator N.D.E Lagos

State, Mrs. Edward

Olayebi Serena, at the flagoff

disclosed B-NOAS

under the Vocational Skills

Development, VSD, “is

heralding training in

various vocational skills for

3 months at the twenty (20)

local government areas in

Lagos State.”

Mrs. Edward informed

work executed in record

time, appealing: “I hope

DESOPADEC will execute

projects in all oil producing

communities.”

On the entourage of the

Deputy Governor was the

Delta State Commissioner

for Oil and Gas, Prince

Emmanuel Amgbaduba,

member representing Warri

South-West LGA in the

Delta State House of

Assembly and other top

government functionaries.

The Managing Director

of DESOPADEC,

Bashorun Askia Ogieh, led

a team, including Dr.

Paul Bebenimibo,

member representing

Ijaw on the board, to the

inauguration ceremony.

that the 600 trainees were

being trained in Lagos

likewise in all the states

nationwide, noting that

NDE had four core

programmes departments

that had various schemes,

saying “VSD is one of the

four. The other core

programs are small scale

enterprise, SSE, Rural

Employment Promotion,

REP, and Special Public

Works, SPW.”

According to her, “NDE

Inspectorate Officers will

be visiting training centers

to ensure that training is

done as expected and that

trainees attend training

punctually and regularly.”

Also speaking, chairman

of the NDE trainers forum

Mr. Michael Ademosu,

reiterated the trainer's

commitment in ensuring

that the trainees got

adequate training while

encouraging them to be

diligent and attentive at

their various centres.

Delta youths in good hands of Ezechi — NECYC

NDOKWA

East

Community Youth

Council, NECYC, has said

that under the leadership

of Executive Assistant to

the Governor of Delta State

on Youths Development,

Mr. Nnamdi Ezechi,

youths, particularly for

those of Ndokwa Nation,

have begun the New Year

on a good note.

According to a statement

by Public Relations Officer,

PRO, NECYC, Mr. Ediwe

By Victor Young

Alex, Ezechi has been

working “to reposition and

re-orientate the mindset of

Ndokwa youths on the

need and importance of a

peaceful coexistence,

encourage idealism and

entrepreneurship, political,

academic and business

mentorship, to shun every

act of violence and

notorious activities, and the

need to be determined and

focus on their goals,

neglecting issues that are

local governments

delivering keynote

addresses on ways

qualitative education can

be improved in the

locality.

Renowned historian, Prof.

Samuel Aghalino, who

presented the lead paper

charged Isoko people to

think like global citizens to

become globalised

champions through the

instrumentality of

education.

Aghalino, in his paper

titled “The history of

capable of derailing them

from the set targets.”

It added that Ezechi

encouraged Ndokwa

youths to set up political,

business, academic and

personal developmental

targets to enable them stand

on their own and become

financially independent to

the point where they can

carter for themselves and

families, and, or support the

humanitarian needs of the

larger society positively.

western education in

Isoko: An assessment of the

current state of education

and educational

outcomes’, took the minds

of the people through the

history of traditional and

western education in the

area, highlighting the

importance of education

and the role it has played

on the lives of the people

from the era of the precolonialism

when

education came through

the vehicle of religion till

this day.


36 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

State of Nigeria’s electricity sector worsens —Investigation

With the privatisation of Electricity Generation Companies,

GENCOS, Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOS,

expectations were high that it would culminate in improved power

supply to Nigerians. But that was not to be. Investigations in many

plants by UDEME AKPAN, Energy Editor, showed that operations

were constrained by many challenges, including lack of liquidity,

damaged components, inadequate gas as well as poor distribution

and transmission facilities, thus resulting to huge losses, which

stakeholders have promised to tackle this year.

•As sector losses hit N25.77bn in two weeks

•Consumers, others mobilise against new tariff

•Call for reduction in FG’s 40% interest

•Cut off franchise areas to enable new investors inject funds

WITH the privatisation of

Electricity Generation

Companies, GENCOS,

Electricity Distribution

Companies, DISCOS,

expectations were high that it

would culminate in improved

power supply to Nigerians.

But that was not to be.

Investigations in many plants

by Vanguard showed that

operations were constrained

by many challenges,

including lack of liquidity,

damaged components,

inadequate gas as well as

poor distribution and

transmission facilities, thus

resulting to huge losses

amounting to N25.77 billion

within the first two weeks of

2020.

This showed an increase of

33.56 per cent when

juxtaposed against N19.28

billion recorded in the

corresponding period of 2019.

A compilation of data obtained

from the office of Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo, confirmed that

Nigeria recorded N13.40

billion and N12.36 billion as

losses due to constraints from

insufficient gas supply,

distribution infrastructure and

transmission facilities in the

first and second week of 2020,

thus resulting in a total of

N25.77 billion.

Distribution

infrastructure

The data also indicated a

rising trend in losses as the

nation had recorded N10. 59

billion and N8. 69 billion in the

first and second week of the

corresponding period in 2019,

which amounted to a total of

N19.28 billion during the

period.

One of the reports, stated:

“On January 14, 2020, average

energy sent out was 4,166

MWH/Hour (up by 256.15

MW from the previous day).

2,632 MW was not generated

due to unavailability of gas.

93.6 MW was not generated

due to unavailability of

transmission infrastructure,

while 728 MW was not

generated due to high

frequency resulting from

unavailability of distribution

infrastructure. 150 MW was

recorded as losses due to water

management.

“The power sector lost an

estimated N1, 730,000,000 on

January 14 2020 due to

constraints from insufficient

gas supply, distribution

infrastructure and

transmission infrastructure.

The dominant constraint on

January 14 2020 was due to

unavailability of gas -

constraining a total of 2,632

MW from being available on

the grid. Peak Generation

attained on January 14 2020 -

4,931.3 MW.

Investigation by Vanguard

showed that the huge losses

could have been harnessed to

stimulate investment with the

aim of providing adequate

and stable power to consumers

as expected after

privatisation.

Problems

The chairman/CEO, Network, NECAN, Mr. Uket

Obonga, said: “Apparently

The power

sector lost an

estimated

N1,730,000,000

on January 14

2020 due to

constraints

from

insufficient gas

supply,

distribution

infrastructure

and

transmission

infrastructure

Nigerian Electricity

Regulatory Commission, Prof.

James Momoh, could not be

reached for comments, but a

top official, who preferred not

to be named because he was

not permitted to speak, said:

“We are currently meeting

with all relevant stakeholders,

including Electricity

Generating Companies,

GENCOs, Electricity

Distribution Companies,

DISCOs and consumers to

review many things. We are

looking at the high losses,

Tariff, DISCOs reports and

claims.”

However, in an interview

with Vanguard, the National

Secretary, Nigeria Electricity

Consumers Advocacy

because of the huge losses

and other factors, operators

and government institutions

have lived up to expectation.

For instance, TCN is still

battling with inadequate and

dilapidated transmission

infrastructure across the

country. The lines are old and

need to be changed with new

ones, their transformers and

stations across the country are

equally begging for

replacement. Though

transmission capacity

increased from 5,000MW to

6,000MW, it cannot be relied

upon as we have constant

system collapse.”

Mr. Obonga, added: “The

sector has many problems,

which cover transmission

infrastructure that is rapidly

decaying and needs

replacement. It lacks the

required liquidity to fund

projects. Therefore, the

Federal Government has no

option but to increase funding

for TCN. The GENCOs

complain of lack of gas and

low water levels. However, we

believe that since gas is

produced locally and much of

it is flared daily, government

should consider bringing

down the cost from $2.50 to

$1.50; to ease the burden on

the GENCOs.

“On distribution, we know

that the distribution end in the

power chain is the weakest

link and it is in a very poor

state due to lack of

investments, the DISCOS

have not really invested in

their networks. Recently, I was

travelling along Calabar –

Ikom highway, and within

10km, I counted 42 fault lines.

You can see the state of

dilapidation of infrastructure.”

Impact

In its latest report, “Solving

the Liquidity Crunch in

Nigeria’s Power Sector,”

obtained by Vanguard, PwC,

stated: “About 40 per cent of

the population have no access

to electricity and supply is

usually epileptic for those that

have access.”

The report noted that the

poor state of power has

affected the nation’s moves to

diversify its economy,

stressing that economic

diversification is needed to

ensure inclusive growth that

would provide jobs for the

rising unemployed Nigerians.

Solutions

However, Obonga, said: “It

is my opinion that the Federal

Government should organize

a nationwide customer

enumeration exercise to

determine the actual number

of electricity consumers in

Nigeria as this will help us to

know what the DISCOs are

actually collecting and

remitting. It is our view that

the CBN should take over

metering customers

nationwide and ensure that

every consumer is metered in

. Power grid

order to eliminate estimated

billing.

“The DISCOS must be made

to scale down on aggregate

technical collection and

commercial losses, which now

stands at over 50 per cent to

maximize revenue collection.

The sector needs more

transparency and

accountability, if it must

survive. Load rejection must be

stopped and the DISCOs

should be compelled to

receive loads allocated to

them.

“The current payment for

1,100MW of electricity supply

out of the 3,700 MW given to

them is too poor. The

government should consider

giving up 20-25 per cent of its

40 per cent equity to other

investors in order to attract

funds and other resources for

the development of the sector.

The size of the franchise areas

should also be reduced to

pave the way for the advent of

new investors. We have to

domesticate the current model,

which we adopted from India,

taking into consideration the

domestic issues in Nigeria.”

Action

However, in a telephone

interview with Vanguard,

some stakeholders, including

TCN and the DISCOs pledged

to intensify efforts, targeted at

rehabilitating and installing

new equipment in order to

increase and stabilise supply

nationwide.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020—37


38 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

editor@yahoo.com

Supreme Court judgement on Imo

State governorship election

AS the recent judgement of the Supreme Court

which sacked Governor Ihedioha of Imo State

continues to generates comments from concerned

Nigerians and Imolite, I humbly ask: How on earth

did the Supreme Court judges arrive at the number

of votes they allocated to Hope Uzodimma that

pushed him from the fourth position he was after

the election to become the ultimate winner?

How did they arrive at the conclusion that the

polling stations which INEC had rejected due to

reasons which were made public after the election

contained only APC votes? There is need for this

matter to be interrogated properly to avoid creating

voting apathy in Imo State and by extension the

whole of Nigeria. Judiciary must save its image

from the stain this controversial ruling has already

caused

Bazakey, 2348114219960

Launching of Amotekun and Northerners reaction

It shows that the guilty are afraid because I can

not understand why this noise about Yoruba leaders

that chose to protect their own people. Had the

Federal Government right from 1970 to date taken

Nigerians unity serious, all this unnecessary fear

will not be! The Federal Government should take

security more paramount and unite the country.

Romanus 08024209181

Appointment of EFCC boss

Both the Customs comptroller general, Col.

Hameed Ali (retd), and Ibrahim Magu, Ag

Chairman of theEconomic and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, deserve national honours! Mr

President should send Magu’s name to the Senate

for confirmation as a substantial chairman of the

EFCC. Ali also deserves commendation from the

President for the giant efforts in his fight against

Nigeria’s economic saboteurs. Those two notable

stars in this government are adding credibility and

integrity to Buhari’s administration.

Usman Hassan 2348131822223

Epileptic power supply and hike in electricity tariff

The last upward electricity tariff review was in

December 2015 and Nigerians were promised

stable power supply whereas on the contrary

Nigerians are in total darkness!

In 2016 the National Electricity Regulatory

Commission, NERC had on various occasions

introduced meter maintenance fees and fixed

electricity charges ranging from N800 and above,

yet we are experiencing very low power supply.

Power supply has worsened from what it was in

2015 and the rot had eaten deeper into the sector.

The inefficiencies in the electricity sector has hit

an all time high. Data obtained from the Ministry

of Power revealed that by December 2015,

electricity supply stood at an average of 5,000

megawatts daily while today Nigeria is battling

with 3,500 megawatts. Nigerians are paying

heavily for darkness because most households

hardly enjoy up to five hours of electricity daily.

Enough of the hike in electricity tariff.

Adekunle wrote from Lagos state

Corruption and President Buhari’s administration

President Muhammadu Buhari is incorruptible,

but my fear, is that many of the people who claim

to be his soul mates, especially in the APC, are in

terms of commitment to fighting corruption not

clean themselves. President Buhari requires

wisdom to reshuffle his cabinet in this dispensation

to separate the wheat from the chaff so that his

administration could deliver the changes he

promised Nigerians during his campaign to power.

Indeed the opposition party wishes that he failed

and his administration taken over by power drunk

politicians and corrupt persons, but we pray their

dream will never materialize and Nigeria will

eventually be rescued and salvaged by the Buhari

administration. Unless corruption is fought

headlong,

no

m e a n i n g f u l

development can take

place in the country..

Anonymous writes in

from Lagos State

Inflation and state of the

economy

Inflation is something

that every central bank

including the Central

Banks of Nigeria, CBN,

and responsible

government should be

worried about and strive

to manage and keep

within reasonable and

acceptable limits for the

benefit of the economy

and standard living of

Nigerians.

The masses are

suffering due to poverty

and inflation in Nigeria.

Inflation can destabilise

an economy, drive out

foreign investors due to

exchange rate, hurt our

buying power and make

it difficult for people to

afford basic needs.

When will the APC led

government deliver all

dividends of good

governance they

promised during 2015

elections to provide for

the masses? President

Buhari and the APC

should please change

their policies for the

benefits of the masses

because Nigerians are

at the receiving ends,

the economy is in

shamble.

A n o n y m o u s

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As part of efforts to

guarantee the safety of

Nigerians and the need to

arrest the spate of building

collapse in the country, the

federal government has

said it would collaborate

with building professionals

in the country to uphold

standard in the building

industry.

The Minister of Interior,

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,

disclosed this during a

meeting with the leaders of

the Nigerian Institute of

Building NIOB, in his

office in Abuja.

“The safety of all

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 39

Building collapse: FG partners building professionals to stop menace

Nigerians is key to the

President Muhammadu

Buhari-led administration

and so we are not leaving

any stone unturned to

achieve this. As a Ministry

that is saddled with the

responsibility of ensuring

internal security in Nigeria,

our goal is to partner with

relevant professional

bodies and organisations to

achieve our mandate”,

Aregbesola said.

Earlier, the National

President of NIOB, Mr.

Kunle Awobodu hinted that

the institute had earmarked

March 13, 2020 as Builders’

Day, adding that it was the

day a five- storey building

collapsed at No. 63, Massey

Street, Lagos Island, killing

over 20 people, who were

mostly school children.

According to Awobodu,

“That sad and painful

incident caused by

substandard building

construction, which has

become a common practice

in Nigeria should be a

reminder to stakeholders in

the building industry on the

fatal implications of non

compliance with

appropriate building

construction processes.

“The Builders’ Day, which

should be an annual event

would commence this year

2020. It would be a nationwide

sensitisation

campaign against

substandard building

construction. NIOB has

therefore sought for the

support of the Ministry of

Interior to realise this

objective”.

Aregbesola, postulating

the philosophy of placing

prevention above damage

control or medicine after

death, added that his

Ministry would collaborate

with the NIOB to train

artisans in building and

also to ensure

standardisation of all

materials being used in

building construction so as

to avert the frequent

incidents of building

collapse across the country,

which he said had claimed

the lives of many Nigerians.

Ogbeni Aregbesola

enjoined the institute to help

provide building skills at

the correctional centres

where inmates could be

engaged in more

productive activities, as

well as generating income

for themselves and the

country.

The Minister noted that

“Among the causes of

massive unemployment

and insecurity in Nigeria is

the failure of people to

recognise key primary

service providers such as

the building artisans, so

we are addressing this

trend as part of our efforts

at removing all threats to

the security of lives and

property of the citizenry,”

He called for training

and retraining of artisans

in the various fields

towards national

development.

Stories by Kingsley

Adegboye

Lagos state government

and First Investment

Development Company

FIDC, developer of Ilubirin

housing project, weekend

reaffirmed their vision

for the future of Lagos with

Ilubirin, a vibrant new waterside

community under

construction in Lagos Island.

Ilubirin, as it is popularly

called is a pioneering,

mixed-use development

that caters to aspiring professionals,

couples and families

with amenities such as

schools, offices, shopping,

medical, leisure facilities

and Lagoon-adjoining Marina.

The 29-hectare mixed use

development that signals a

new era in the lifestyle landscape

of the city as an entrepreneurial,

creative and

cosmopolitan cohort which

comes to the fore, is being

constructed by Arbico PLC,

with urban design by international

firms such as GAPP

Urban Designers and SAO-

TA Architects.

In his address at a press

briefing on Ilubirin Foreshore

Estate, Lagos state

Commissioner for Housing,

Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, who

noted that the project is very

dear to the state government,

said “Despite a myriad

of initial challenges and

setbacks, I am pleased to

inform you that FIDC, our

partner, has lived up to our

expectations, and even surpassed

them in designing,

developing and constructing

a futuristic housing

project that when finished,

will be the envy of luxury

property developers around

the world.

“Revolutionary in concept,

visionary in design, and

stunningly beautiful in implementation,

Ilubirin Foreshore

Estate is the flagship

of our concept for an ultramodern

metropolis which

will stand head and shoulders

above global capital

cities as first among equals

in accordance with our

dream of a 21st century

economy comparable to others

all over the world.

“At the heart of the partnership

between us and

FIDC is an unbreakable

bond built on trust, openness

and conformity to well

laid-down international

standards. Our partnership

with FIDC is a standard

Public-Private-Partnership-

PPP with Lagos state providing

the land and FIDC hav-

Lagos, FIDC reaffirm commitment

to Ilubirin housing project

—As first apartments of phase 1 are set

for delivery December 2020

ing sole authority for development,

marketing and

management of Ilubirin

Foreshore Estate.

“Of course, we have maintained

overall oversight of

the project, in order to ensure

that the Ilubirin Foreshore

Estate is developed in

line with the Masterplan for

Lagos State. I am aware that

Infrastructure they say,

is the bedrock of the

economy of any nation.

But in Nigeria, lack of adequate

infrastructure and

lack of maintenance of the

existing ones has made life

difficult for Nigerians.

It is against this backdrop

that built environment professionals

in the country

have constituted themselves

into Nigeria Construction

and Infrastructure

Summit Group with the primary

objective of organising

construction and infrastructure

summit to address this

all important issue.

At a press conference in

Lagos last week to announce

the proposed summit, Olumuyiwa

Alade Ajibola, an

engineer, and President, Association

of Professional

On-going Ilubirin housing project

FIDC has an impeccable

record in terms of Corporate

Social Responsibility, CSR

commitments”, Akinderu-

Fatai stated.

In his remarks, Martins

Kearns who is the head of

FIDC, noted that the overhead

bridge that will link

Ilubirin Foreshore Estate to

Third Mainland bridge was

originally not part of the

project, adding that FIDC

had also concluded environmental

impact assessment

of the area to ensure conducive

environment of the community

when the housing

project has come to stay.

Explaining that Ìlúbìrin

will set a new agenda as a

district offering superlative

residences, restaurants, elegant

retail, exemplary facilities

for medical care, education

and transport infrastructure,

Kearns disclosed

that the first units of residential

apartments at

Ìlúbìrin, slated for completion

in the fourth quarter of

2020, will provide smartlyappointed

and luxurious

homes that represent unprecedented

value for money.

“The Premier Collection,

designed by SAOTA Architects

and ECAD Design Architects,

will see

108 spacious apartments

built across five blocks, consisting

of 20 studio, 64 twobedroom

and 24 three-bedroom

apartments. The apartments

are designed to cater

to the city’s expanding set of

aspiring professional and

executive management residents.

“Beyond the excellent value,

refined design decisions

and enviable specifications

are expected to establish

Ìlúbìrin’s first cache of residences

as the most desirable

set of homes in the city.

As the population of Lagos

increases – according to some

estimates 21m people live in

the city, and by 2050 the Nigerian

capital is anticipated

to triple in size.

“Ìlúbìrin offers an optimistic

vision for how the city can

modernise. Pragmatic urban

planning makes the waterside

community easily navigable.

Sharp-eyed security

and maintenance staff ensure

that the environment is safe

and clean for inhabitants.

“The Ilubirin site will incorporate

residential apartments

(244,742m2), retail

(52,445m2),

commercial (65,556m2),

hospitality (24,474m2), community

and school (10,489

m2),

landscaped gardens and

new green wetlands.”,

Kearns said.

Infrastructure deficit: Built environment professionals

hold summit on way forward

Bodies of Nigeria APBN,

said a well developed infrastructure

is not only essential

for attracting foreign investment,

it is vital for longterm

growth and competitiveness

of nations worldwide,

adding that every aspect

of life is facilitated by

appropriate infrastructure.

According to Ajibola who

is a fellow of the Nigerian

Society of Engineers, “Robust

infrastructure helps to

determine progress towards

diversification of production,

expansion of the economy,

capacity to cope with

population growth, reduction

in poverty, improvement

of environmental conditions.

“The inadequacy of infrastructure

in Nigeria, Africa’s

most populous nation,

no doubt, is making life difficult

for people. The perennial

electricity shortages,

housing problems, lack of

proper water and sanitation

infrastructure are making

the living conditions of Nigerians

uncomfortable. Nigeria

loses N2.03tr - N3.05tr,

and probably up to three out

of every four micro businesses

annually, as the overall

economy stunts or even

stagnates.

“The rapidly increasing

population puts additional

strain on the already inadequate

infrastructure, amid

weak economy, low growth,

food insecurity and unemployment.

In view of this

the case for rapid bridging

of the infrastructure gap

cannot be overemphasized.

Delivering quality Infrastructure

also requires the

development and deployment

of state – of – the - art

technologies, with which we

as country need to catch up,

in this second decade of the

twenty first century.

“In view of the above,

some distinguished professionals

and key players in

the country’s construction

and infrastructure sectors

have come together with this

initiative to organize a

broad based summit, and

we have approached cognate

government ministries,

departments and agencies

as well as a few private sector

stakeholders for partnership.

So far, positive responses

have been received.

“It is however our view

that the private sector

should be encouraged to

participate more in the Infrastructure

Delivery in the

country. The summit therefore

envisages the collaboration

of both the private

and the public sectors to

generate the optimal approach

to the bridging of the

infrastructure deficit.

Though the proposed

summit has no date yet, Ajibola

said “Our goal among

others, is for the summit to

ensure that we get more efficient

infrastructure delivery

strategies, that we get

significantly better value for

money through procurement,

that we attract investors

from across the globe to

participate.


40— Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 41

Our central

security system

has failed

— SENATE PRESIDENT

Continues from page 5

the country through the

enactment of reformatory

laws.

“The SGF said that close

attention is being given

by government to the

issue of community

policing because of its

benefits, particularly in

the involvement of all

segments of the society in

order to curb crime and

criminality in the country,”

the statement noted.

The SGF who said that

Kano is strategic to the

present administration,

added that the newly reelected

member will bring

his wealth of experience

to the House having been

elected for the sixth time.

Also speaking,

Chairman of APC in Kano

State, Alhaji Abdullahi

Abbas, said the victory of

Doguwa was well

deserved as the entire

Kano State was behind

him.

Responding, Doguwa

who had earlier received

his Certificate of Return

from the Independent

Electoral Commission,

INEC, expressed his

readiness to assist in the

promulgation of

revolutionary laws,

including issues of

community policing.

There is need to

involve the

grassroots in

security matters

—Olawale

Olawale said: “It is not

as if it has totally failed,

but there is need for

restructuring. As it is now,

there is need to involve

the grassroots in security

matters. Take for instance,

the Operation Amotekun,

its is a grassroots-oriented

network, a communal

effort toward sanitizing

our society of crime

because it is an operation

that has to do with who

knows who in your

locality.

“So, if the security

architecture is

decentralised in a way

that every state is allowed

to support the Federal

Government in

identifying hot spots in

their communities it will

go a long way to check the

insecurity problem. If

Nigerians can come up

with their plans, I believe

we are close to

perfection.”

FG should

overhaul

security

architecture

—PANDEF

Agreeing with the

Senate President, Pan

Niger Delta Forum,

PANDEF, the South-

South regional group,

said the Federal

Government should

immediately overhaul the

nation’s security

architecture and

apparatus.

A PANDEF leader told

Vanguard on phone: “It is

matter of common fact that

security situations impact

the economic realities,

and vice versa and these

situations have a lot to do

with the political

leadership of the country.

Once the government

solves the security and

economic challenges,

other issues will naturally

get resolved.

“PANDEF , therefore,

urges President Buhari to

tackle headlong the

insecurity and criminality

challenges in the country,

to strengthen the nation’s

security, and guarantee

the safety of lives and

property of citizens.

“There is an urgent

need of change in

Naira depreciates to

N362.94 /$ in I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE Naira yesterday depreciated to N362.94 per

dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E)

window.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the window rose to N362.94 yesterday

from N362.75 per dollar last week Friday, translating

to 17 kobo depreciation of the Naira.

Similarly, the Naira depreciated by one naira in the

parallel market yesterday.

According to naijabdcs.com, the live exchange rate

platform of the Association of Bureaux De Change

Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the parallel market

exchange rate rose to N359 per dollar from N358 per

dollar last week Friday, indicating one Naira

depreciation.

WIKE, AKPABIO MEET—Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (left), Minister of Niger

Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio (right); Acting Managing Director of NDDC, Joy Nunieh (2nd

left) and others at the Port Harcourt International Airport, yesterday.

strategy and approach,

and this requires

immediate overhaul of the

nation’s security

architecture and

apparatus.

“Most importantly, the

President must rejig the top

hierarchy of the armed

forces in order to bring in

new hands and fresh

ideas. And appointments

of persons to such offices

should not be based on

religious or sectional

considerations, but on

character and

competence.

“He needs to improve

the weaponry and welfare

of officers and men of the

armed forces, the police

and other security

agencies, as well as

provide adequate

training and retraining to

expand the capacities of

personnel,” he stated.

They are just

recognising challenges

that confront all of us –

Dr Obawana, CDHR

chair

Also, President of the

Committee for Defense of

Human Right, CDHR, Dr

Osagie Obayuwana, said:

“They are recognising the

challenges that confront

all of us. It is not only in

the security realm that

needs to be decentralized

and that has become very

evident. One of the things

that we need to

appreciate at this juncture

is that our country is ours

to make or mar.

“Every generation has

the opportunity to look at

what has been in place. And

in the light of experience

and international practice,

look at the experience of

our country against the

background to what had

happened to other people,

the real test of what our

being alive to our

responsibilities, is to draw

the correct conclusion from

all of these in confronting

our challenges. So, our

founding fathers have done

their bit, we have an

opportunity to access what

they have done in the light

of our experience to make

our unique contributions.

This is the era of

decentralization across

board not only in security.

Rethink creation of new emirates,

Oba of Benin tells Ganduje

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

KANO —The Oba of

Benin, Omo N’Oba

N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo,

Oba Ewuare II, has called

on the Kano State

governor, Dr. Abdullahi

Ganduje to reconsider his

decision to create new

emirate councils out of the

old Kano Emirate in the

state.

He made the call,

yesterday during a

courtesy call on the

governor.

He said: “It is in the

light of the above that I

strongly counsel and

advice that whatever must

have instigated the recent

splitting of the Kano

Emirate should be treated

with utmost care, maturity

and the wisdom that our

forefathers applied in

handling matters of this

nature.”

Expressing worry over

the development, the Oba

pleaded with Ganduje as

a leader to temper justice

with mercy lest he is

offended by the Emir of

Kano, Muhammadu

Sanusi II.

“My dear governor, I

have an inkling of the

issue that allegedly led to

your decision to split the

old Kano Emirate into five.

“May I on behalf of

myself and all my brother

traditional rulers plead

with you and implore you

to please remember that

even if we believe we

have been offended,

leaders are always

expected to temper justice

with mercy. May I

counsel and advice that

the issue should be

approached with a lot of

care, maturity and wisdom

in order not to erode the

If you look at our

constitution, we say it’s only

federal in name.”

time tested tradition and

cultural values of our

people” the Oba said.

Ganduje who did not

respond to the plea

however, expressed his

intention to work handin-hand

with the

traditional institution in

moving the state forward.

“I listened to your rich

speech with keen interest

and attention and I am

happy you among others

commented on the role of

traditional rulers in nation

building. Inclusiveness of

traditional rulers in

governance is being given

high priority in Kano.

Particularly, when you are

talking of those

parameters that are

indispensable for human

development, that is

education and health

services,” the governor

stated.

Governors Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN (Ondo), Atiku Bagudu(Kebbi) and

Yahaya Bello (Kogi) at the swearing-in of the Kogi Governor in Lokoja

yesterday.


42— Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

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Poor funding of education damages national

devt —Prof Okhuoya

By Ebele Orakpo

Deterioration

I had a very sound scientific

training with standard

laboratories, sound academic

lecturers (Nigerians and

foreigners), good hostel

facilities and excellent

catering services.

At first, the British lecturers

and supervisors were very

skeptical about my

undergraduate background,

coming from Africa, but by the

time they saw I was feeling

very much at home, they gave

me the position of a

demonstrator for the

undergraduate classes. All

these were because our

university education was at

par with foreign systems. Can

that be said today? The

answer is No. The wall of

Nigerian University system

has been broken to pieces!

Over the years, the system has

gradually deteriorated.

Problem with the system

Many articles have been

published by eminent

scholars and concerned

Nigerians on the matter. The

slide was gradual but has now

been so rapid that we have

arrived at our ground zero.

Decay and Neglect

The decay started when

government stopped

adequate funding of

universities. Funding is so

crucial for the survival of the

university system. Federal

allocation to education has

been on the decline for years.

Government has over the

years placed less value on

education and yet, expects

products of the system to

service the economy.

This neglect has led to very

obsolete equipment,

dilapidated infrastructure and

very

unsightly

environment. Other nations

place high premium on

education, in line with

UNESCO’s recommendation

of 26% of annual budget to

education.

Nigeria is far from the

minimum,(averagely 7% of

national budget) and no

nation can develop as long as

it keeps paying lip-service to

education. Denying the

citizens good and quality

education is a complete denial

of great future for the

children.

Infrastructure

We all know that the

environment is far from being

conducive

for

learning: Crowded

classrooms, inadequate

accommodation, lack of pipeborne

water, lack of good

intra-campus roads

etc. Products from this

system have gradually lost a

sense of decent environment

hence, their indecent

behaviours.

We have made vicechancellors

to become semi

governors; providing light,

water, security, roads, etc.,

•Professor John Okhuoya...Some courses are no more relevant

to our needs

Prof. John Okhuoya is Director, African Centre for

Mushroom Research and Technology Innovation,

University of Benin and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor

(Administration) of the university. At the 49th Founder’s

Day of the University of Benin, he presented a paper titled:

Rebuilding the Broken Walls of Nigerian University

Educational System

Excerpts:

instead of concentrating on

providing academic and

a d m i n i s t r a t i v e

leadership. However, there is

increased funding through

TETFUND but still far from

sufficient.

Moral Bankruptcy

Nigerian universities are

expected to produce

graduates worthy in

character and learning; the

current educational system

produces graduates with

education without learning,

so our graduates to a large

extent, can be said to be

unworthy of our certificates

because they are morally

deficient.

Academic indolence

Many in the system have

become academically lazy.

Students have very poor

reading culture. They are

either whatsapping or video

viewing instead of studying.

Same with some lecturers who

have refused to upgrade and

update themselves.

Consequences of the decay

Just imagine the quality of

our graduates today on a

global scale. Can we say our

products can measure up with

their counterparts in Europe

and America?

I listened to a quiz exercise

recently and our graduates

were asked to explain tet-atet,

and the answers were

very shocking. ‘One or two

people’, another said ‘we are

together!’ Would a graduate

of the 70’s and 80’s answer

this way? Many can’t speak

good English.

Many that are employed in

the civil service find it difficult

to take minutes of

meetings. The overall effect

on the national economy is

huge. Policymakers don’t

Government has

over the years

placed less value

on education and

yet, expects

products of the

system to service

the economy

know that the less you fund

education, the more damage

to our national development

thereby shooting ourselves in

the foot.

Labour ward

The universities can be

regarded as the labour ward

of delivering the drivers of

national development.

In the current world ranking

of universities, only UI, UNN

and Covenant, made it to the

first 2000 while Egypt and

South Africa were ahead of

Nigeria. This should disturb

us as a nation.

The corruption in the general

society is also rampant in the

university system. Students

who pay money to get grades

will continue to buy their way

in the society, thereby

deepening corruption.

The level of moral decadence

is very high on our

campuses–immorality/

prostitution.

Way forward

The situation, bad as it seems

is not hopeless. The walls of

our university system can be

rebuilt. Like in the days of

Nehemiah in the Bible, the

walls of Jerusalem were

broken down and the children

of Israel were in captivity,

scattered all over the world

(Neh. 2: 17). That is the

situation we are in now. It

took a man like Nehemiah to

bring about the reconstruction

of the walls.

Policymakers and university

administrators know what has

gone wrong. Like Nehemiah

said, let us arise and build the

broken walls. I call on us all

to do same; government

leaders, NUC, Labour Unions:

ASUU, SANU, NASU, NAAT,

students, parents, employers

of labour, legislators, etc. Let

us join hands together to

restore the Nigerian

university system.

State of emergency

The government as a matter of

urgency, should declare a state

of emergency in the education

sector, stop paying lip service

to education and pay serious

attention to education, and

completely overhaul it. It will

require a task force, made up

of individuals with good

university experience without

political, religious and ethnic

coloration, to thoroughly

examine the rot and come up

with the way forward.

It will require the political will

by government. The entire

governance structure must be

overhauled, allowing

competence and experience to

be our watch word. Involving

politicians in the management

of university education has not

given us the desired

results. We can compare notes

with other nations whose

universities have ranked very

high, so as to know how to

tackle our challenges.

Total shift

The mistakes we have made is

to think that our universities are

meant for our local

environment. Universities no

matter where they are sited, are

for global service and

relevance.

There must be a total shift,

reawakening

and

understanding of the true

meaning

of

university. Universitas –

universe. The root word here

is universe – global.

‘A community of global

intellectuals.’ We must all take

responsibility for our failures

and seek to address them now.

National embarrassment

Nigeria's educational system is

becoming a national

embarrassment. Today,

Nigerian students are

migrating to other African

countries, especially

Ghana. All labour unions in

Nigerian Universities must go

back to the drawing board and

re-examine our ways and

attitude to the issues at

stake. Old ways of thinking

and doing things that have led

us to where we are now must

give way to the new

progressive and problemsolving

one. This is not the

time to fight ourselves, but to

see how we can get out of this

quagmire.

Parents/guardians

Parents and guardians cannot

feign ignorance of our failures

in raising up our children with

the right civil and moral

values. We must contribute to

the rebuilding of the system.

Govt/lawmakers

Government and lawmakers

can no longer ignore UNICEF's

recommendation that at least

26% of our national budget be

spent on education like other

developed nations. Some

countries even do more.

Curriculum review

There must be a total review of

our curriculum to make it

relevant globally. Some courses

are no more relevant to our

needs. Much research has

occurred in the last decades

with much increase in

knowledge in all spheres. In

science for example, new

planets have been conquered

with new technology, changing

old concept all

together. Therefore, we need

new courses in line with

contemporary knowledge.

Rebirth

The rebirth must begin from us.

Senior/Junior staff must take

their responsibilities very

serious to bring about the

desired changes: hardworking

staff must be encouraged and

celebrated by giving them some

incentives, while indolent and

lazy staff should be sanctioned

according to our rules and

regulations. All persons found

indulging in vices like

cheating, extortion, grade for

sex, etc., should be fired after

due process is followed. A

system should be in place in

all our programs to ensure that

quality and effective teaching

is done.

Character training

To tackle the challenges of

character training, I suggest

the creation of Character

Assessment Unit, CAU, where

every student can be assessed,

with a goal to developing

refined and decent students

that are useful to themselves

and society at large. Some

critics may say this is taking it

too far. My response is that

they must remember that the

devil has also gone far, so we

must go farther to redeem the

system.


VANGUARD, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 43

Bolivia’s President asks all ministers

to resign

BOLIVIA’s interim President Jeanine Anez has

asked all her ministers to resign a little more than

three months before a general election.

The news Sunday came just hours after communication

minister Roxana Lizarraga resigned in protest at

Anez’s decision to stand as a presidential candidate in

the May 3 election.

Anez assumed the presidency on November 12, two

days after Evo Morales resigned following three weeks

of sometimes violent protests against his controversial

re-election in a poll the Organization of American States

said was rigged.

Anez, a little-known senator at the time, had said she

had no intention of standing for the full-time job.

But that changed on Friday when she announced her

candidacy.

Anez “has decided to ask for the resignation of all ministers

to approach this new stage in the management of

the democratic transition,” the presidency said in a statement.

The statement added that it was “usual” in an electoral

cycle to have “adjustments in the working team of the

Executive.”

Anez said she would name a new cabinet of 20 ministers

“as soon as possible.”

Medical workers with a patient in Wuhan, China, on Sunday. Credit...Chinatopix, via Associated

Press

CORONAVIRUS: Death toll rises to 81

as China extends holiday

THE number of people

killed in China by the

new coronavirus has risen

to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed

ill.

The National New Year

holiday has been extended

by three days to Sunday,

in an attempt to contain

the spread.

The number of deaths in

Hubei rose from 56 to 76,

with five deaths elsewhere.

Wuhan is in lockdown and

several other cities have

imposed travel bans.

At least 44 cases have

been confirmed abroad, including

in Thailand, the

United States, and Australia.

There have been no

deaths outside China.

In Shanghai, the government

has stopped businesses

from returning to work

until 10 February. The ban

applies to all companies

apart from utilities, medical

firms, medical suppliers,

and supermarkets.

Meanwhile, the directorgeneral

of the World

Health Organization,

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,

is in Beijing to

discuss the outbreak with

the Chinese government

and health experts.

The BBC’s Robin Brant

in Shanghai says extending

the main holiday of the

year is a highly unusual

move. But after the prenew

year travel surge, the

prospect of half a billion

people getting back on

trains, planes and buses

and criss-crossing the

country again is the last

thing the government

wants, he adds.

On Monday, Chinese

Premier Li Keqiang visited

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei

province and centre of the

outbreak.

Experts suspect many

more people are infected,

but actual figures are hard

to ascertain due to a number

of factors like some people

being asymptomatic.

Prof Neil Ferguson, a

public health expert at Imperial

College, London,

told the UK’s Guardian

newspaper his “best

guess” put the number at

100,000 infected, while figures

put together by the Li

Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

of the University of

Hong Kong suggest the

number was closer to

43,000.

However, the University

of Hong Kong research

also suggested that - without

public health intervention

- tens of thousands

more could be infected every

day when the outbreak

reaches its height.

Auschwitz survivors warn of rising

anti-Semitism 75 years on

SURVIVORS of the

Auschwitz-Birkenau

death camp gathered on

Monday for commemorations

marking the 75th anniversary

of its liberation,

returning to the place where

they lost entire families, and

warning about the ominous

growth of anti-Semitism and

hatred in the world.

In all, some 200 survivors

of the camp were expected,

many of them elderly Jews

and non-Jews who have

travelled from Israel, the

United States, Australia,

Peru, Russia, Slovenia and

elsewhere.

Many lost parents and

grandparents in Auschwitz

or other Nazi death camps,

but were being joined by

children, grandchildren and

even great-grandchildren.

“We would like that the

next generation to know

what we went through and

it should never happen

again,” said 91-year-old

David Marks, his voice

cracking. He lost 35 members

of his immediate and

Calls grow for Bolton impeachment

testimony

PRESSURE has grown

for former National

Security Adviser John Bolton

to testify in the US President

Donald Trump’s impeachment

trial.

Calls for his testimony

come amid claims that the

adviser directly linked Mr

Trump to a plan to freeze

aid to Ukraine in exchange

for a political favour.

The claims, reportedly

made in a book manuscript,

are central to the trial which

resumed on Monday. Mr.

Trump denies the charges.

But the claims allegedly

made by Mr Bolton could

damage the president’s

defence.

The president is alleged

to have withheld military

aid to pressure Ukrainian

President Volodymyr Zelensky

into starting a corruption

investigation into

Mr Biden, and his son

Hunter.

Mr Trump told reporters

last week that he did not

want Mr Bolton to testify,

citing national security concerns.

President Trump has repeatedly

branded the impeachment

proceedings a

“witch hunt”.

However, some Republicans

have now said Mr

Bolton should be heard

from.

extended family after they all

arrived in Auschwitz from

their village in Romania.

“A dictator doesn’t come

up from one day to the other,”

Marks said, saying it

happens in “micro-steps”.

“If we don’t watch it, one

day you wake up and it’s too

late,” he added.

Most of the 1.1 million

people murdered by the

Nazi German forces at the

camp were Jewish, but other

Poles, Russians and

Roma were imprisoned

there. Some of the Polish

survivors walked with Polish

President Andrzej Duda

through the camp’s gate on

Monday wearing striped

scarves that recalled the

prison garb they wore more

than 75 years ago.

Auschwitz was liberated by

the Soviet army on January

27, 1945.

World leaders gathered in

Jerusalem last week to mark

the anniversary in what

many saw as a competing

observance. Among them

were Russian President

Vladimir Putin, US Vice

President Mike Pence,

French President Emmanuel

Macron and Britain’s

Prince Charles.

BBC comes under fire after

mistaking LeBron James for Kobe

Bryan

BRITAIN’s state broadcaster has come under fire

after mistaking LeBron James for 41-year-old Kobe

Bryant, the NBA star who died in a helicopter crash

on Sunday.

In a video clip aired on a BBC news programme, a

voiceover outlined Bryant’s life and achievements while

the footage showed various scenes of James on a basketball

court.

During his career, Bryant played for the LA Lakers,

which is also James’s team. But the two men do not

resemble one another.

Social media users have criticised the BBC for its error,

with some accusing the broadcaster of incompetence as

others said the mistake was an example of racism within

the media.

Meanwhile, the US network MSNBC also faced a backlash

after one of its presenters, Alison Morris, appeared

to use racist language while talking about Bryant.

In the clip, which has been widely shared online, the

presenter said that Bryant was “perfectly cast on the Los

Angeles n*****s, Los Angeles Lakers.”

Morris denied using the word, writing on Twitter that

she stuttered.

The BBC apologised for its “human error which fell

below our usual standards on the programme”.

Opposition Labour Party politician David Lammy led

criticism of the British network, writing on Twitter: “Kobe

Bryant and LeBron James don’t even look similar. If the

BBC hired more black producers and editors, appalling

mistakes like this simply would not happen.”

According to reports, ethnic minorities are severely

underrepresented in Britain’s media. Of the total number

of journalists in the industry, for example, 76 percent

are white, Ofcom recently found.

At the BBC, the number of non-white journalists and

media workers off-screen is fewer than 10 percent, according

to the broadcaster’s annual report.

France warns Pentagon against

cutting U.S. troops in West Africa

FRENCH Defence Minister Florence Parly said

she warned her U.S. counterpart during a visit to

the Pentagon on Monday that counter-terrorism efforts

in West Africa would be negatively affected by a reduction

in U.S. military assistance.

“I had the opportunity to (say) again, to mention again,

that the U.S. support is critical to our operations and its

reduction would severely limit our effectiveness against

terrorists,” Parly said a joint news conference, standing

alongside U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Esper said no decisions had been made. But he did

not suggest any reconsideration of potential cuts to U.S.

forces in the region as he looks to focus more on challenges

from China’s increasingly muscular military, and

less on counter-terrorism.


44 — VANGUARD, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

CANCER; You will have your ways; much will depend

on how ambitious you are, the bigger your aspiration

the better. Take your tried and trusted friends seriously.

LEO; Here is an ambitious day for many of you and

with moderation things will go according to your plans.

Financial success is actually close to you than you think.

VIRGO; Make sure your plans for both immediate

and far future are legal friendly. This is day of success

you will need to savour with your partners/spouse.

LIBRA; Even if you think your health is ok you better

make sure you confirm your fitness from your doctor

before giving in to strenuous activities. Success at work

indicated for those of you who are truly healthy. Be practical

please.

SCORPIO; It will not be a bad idea trying to consolidate

on progress made recently. And the more co-operative

you are today the better it will be for you..

SAGITTARIUS; You will be in good position to take

good advantage within your working arena. Don’t wait

till tomorrow before you make important future plans.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

“We teach others by showing and not telling. Do

the best you can and learn to let go.” -Take Heart

Quotes-

Sometimes, we hold tenaciously to our idea about

how things are supposed to be and often this brings

more conflict in our relationships.

Things may not go the way we expect them to, but

remember, there are infinite possibilities and outcomes

to everything.

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

A small

house will

hold a hundred

friends.

~ African

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

CAPRICORN; Tomorrow may bring more challenges

than anticipated that is why you will need to prosecute

your plans now. Lovers are fairly favoured.

AQUARIUS; Those of you who are moderate and

practical with their financial plans are in for a good

day. Live up to expectation within your family circle.

PISCES; Success is within your reach but you must

do away with mental arrogance and take good and practical

advice from the professionals. Work harder.

ARIES; Your being enterprising will go a long way to

further enhance your prospects and if financial advancement

is your priority you will fare better. Be more loving.

TAURUS; Prepare to take the lead and exhibit your

special talent. Advice from younger people may look

good but not practical enough thus if you must take

advice today take it from matured personality who may

appear authoritative.

GEMINI; Element of luck will work in your favour,

however that is not to say you can not back your reasonable

plans with practical action. Keep your secrets.

ASTROLOGICAL ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

COUNSELLING

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT”

“HOT”

By A.O.OLAIDE

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

Early death for me?

Dear Joshua,

I am not having any terminal disease but some times

am afraid of life. Bluntly am I meant for early death?

What are my weak points health-wise? Please tell me

about my career line.

Babatunde, Abeokuta.

Dear Babatunde,

You are not meant for sudden death but that should

not be a license for reckless life style. Although Cancer

is said to be one of weak Star signs, with potent

and positive aspects the Sun and Mercury got from

planets in Virgo and more powerful Scorpio yours is

a strong constitution meant for good health. .

Certainly you must have gone through rough times

when you were younger, once you are out of it your

health path is clearer. And nothing is pointing to early

death.

Naturally Cancer born people must be more careful

about their tummy (stomach related ailments) and

you are not an exception. Other thing you will need to

watch carefully include the circulatory system (because

of Aquarius influence). Your sense of taste is

distinctive and capable of making you a little bit

stout as a result of little enlargement of liver because

of your sugar intake, which you can control perfectly.

As a tropical man fever can come and go, but nothing

fatalistic here please.. If you notice toothache symptom

do not ignore it.

But yours is a sound and good health, astrologically.

Mercury Bthe planet of education and Accountancy,

together with mighty Sun at positive angle to planets

in Virgo (another Accounting Star sign) attracted you

to both Accountancy profession and the academic

world. Truly you did not make wrong choice of career.

Money will eventually come along this line but it’ll

not be as faster as if you take to OIL RELATED BUSI-

NESS. Because Neptune (the planet of OIL) was very

comfortable when you were born. It will not be out of

place if you have filling stations as time goes by, because

you are basically a GAS PERSON. Another

money spinning vocation for you include writing either

along your line or for film making industry; it is

important you exhibit the higher quotient of creativity

in your inner-self. Politics is another area you are

not looking at now but will surely come. Do you say

why? Because Aquarius is equally political.

VIRGINIA

dadadekola@yahoo.com

HOME & ABROAD

By Lawrence Akapa


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 45

VISIT—From left: Deputy Governor Oyo State, Mr. Raufu Olaniyan, and

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mr.Alli Issa Pantami, during

the official visit by Deputy Governor to the minister in his office in Abuja to

seek collaboration on Digital Economy between Oyo State government and

the Ministry of Communication.

COURTESY

VISIT— From left:

Managing Director

NLNG, Mr Tony

Attah in a

handshake with the

Chief of Naval

Staff, CNS, Vice

Admiral Ibok-Ete

Ibas after Mr

Attah's courtesy

visit to the Naval

Headquarters,

Abuja.

THANKSGIVING — From left: A Technical Adviser, Christ Healing

Evangelical Church, CHEC, Fadeyi Branch, Lagos, Arc. Tosin Noibi with his

colleague, Bro. Oyewole Jolaoye, Host Pastor, Fadeyi Branch, Lagos, Christ

Healing Evangelical Church, Pastor Titilayo Noibi, Resident Pastor of London

Branch and Guest Preacher, Pastor Moses Kayode Adenowo and the Technical

Adviser of the Fadeyi Branch of the Church, Bro. Sogo Noibi at the Fadeyi

Branch Lagos 21st Annual Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at the Church

premises.

From left:

Excutive

Chairman,

Foretaste

Concert Promotion,

Chief

Gbemi Oyeneyin,

his wife, the

CEO, Mrs.

Dupsy Oyenehin

and the

Media Consultant,

Aramide

Tola Noibi at

the 6th Concert

Promotion at

Muson Centre

Onikan, Lagos.


46 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Nadal beats

Kyrgios progresses

to quarters

RAFAEL NADAL

won the Grudge

Match with Nick

Kyrgios – and then

told the Australian he

will go far if he keeps

playing in this new,

respectful manner.

The Spaniard and the

Aussie – who walked

out in a Kobe Bryant

LA Lakers jersey –

have had their fallingsout

and war of words

over the past few

years.

But there were no

fireworks and no

sledging in this

Australian Open last-

16 clash on the Rod

•Eriksen

NOGIG 2020:

ExxonMobil,

NNPC, PTI

begin on a

winning note

By Jacob Ajom

The defending

champions,

ExxonMobil, NNPC and

PTI football teams

recorded impressive wins

yesterday in the opening

day matches of the

preliminaries of the

Nigeria Oil and Gas

Industry Games being

played at the Legacy

Pitch, National Stadium,

Lagos.

In the opening match,

the defending champions

ExxonMobil dismissed

NLNG 2-0, hanks to

Tayo Akande’s brace.

The second match saw

PTI beat SEPLAT 2-1 in a

pulsating encounter that

was nearly marred by the

centre referee who made

some controversial calls.

A highly contested

penalty call against

SEPLAT saw their

players stop play

temporarily. However,

their decision to stage a

walk out was later

rescinded after appeals

from officials of both

sides.

The resultant penalty

was expertly converted by

Shetima Bukar to give

PTI the victory. PTI took

the lead midway into the

first half through the

individual brilliance of

Asogbon Seyifunmi who

tore the SEPLAT defence

to shreds before slotting

the ball home.

Laver Arena as

Nadal triumphed

6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6.

The only moment

of histrionics from

Kyrgios was the

moment in the

third-set tiebreaker

when he

smashed his

racket to the

ground in anger and

naturally received a

warning for racket

abuse.

Apart from that,

Kyrgios was on his best

behaviour, cutting out

the trick shots, and it

resulted in much a

better match.

•Nadal

Eriksen arrives for Inter medical

Tottenham Hotspur

midfielder Christian

Eriksen has arrived in

Italy ahead of his medical

with Inter Milan.

After prolonged

negotiations throughout

the January transfer

window, it has been

suggested that the clubs

have settled on a fee of

•Jesus

•Benitez

£16.8m. Eriksen has also

agreed personal terms with

the Italian giants, putting

him in a position to complete

a move to San Siro.

On Monday morning, the

27-year-old arrived in Milan

to undergo tests with the

Serie A giants, which could

potentially lead to a deal

being finalised.

Ndidi gets

Leicester all clear

to face Villa

Brendan Rodgers believes

Wilfred Ndidi is okay to start

Leicester City’s League Cup semifinal

second leg with Aston Villa this

evening.

The midfielder missed the 1-1 firstleg

draw with Villa, as well as 2-1

defeats by Southampton and Burnley,

before making a swift return from injury

against West Ham United having been expected

to be out of action until early February.

While the anchor-man was rested for the

Foxes’ 1-0 FA Cup win over Brentford on

Saturday, Rodgers expects the Nigeria

international to return against Dean Smith’s

side. “He is okay, yeah,” Rodgers affirmed

at his pre-match press conference. He is

good to go."

Benitez in line for

Newcastle return

Rafael Benitez may be offered the

opportunity to return to

Newcastle United in the near future.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

Mohammed Bin Salman is looking to

complete a takeover of the Magpies,

a development which has naturally

resulted in uncertainty regarding

the position of Steve Bruce.

Should negotiations reach a

positive conclusion, The Sun

claims that the new owners

would look to secure a reunion

with Benitez during the summer.

After failing to agree fresh terms

with Mike Ashley, Benitez left for

Chinese side Dalian Yifang

before the beginning of this

campaign, leading to the

arrival of Bruce.

Jesus want City’s

penalty duty

Striker Gabriel Jesus has

vowed to reclaim penalty

duties at Manchester City after

being axed by manager Pep

Guardiola following a series of

misses.

Jesus’ failure against Sheffield

United was his third of the

season, prompting Guardiola to

order Ilkay Gundogan to take the

spot-kicks in the FA Cup tie with

Fulham on Saturday.

The Germany international

converted an early penalty

during the 4-0 win after Jesus

had been brought down by

Fulham defender Tim Ream, but

afterwards the Brazil

international said he is

determined to earn back

Guardiola’s trust.

“Normally the manager puts on

the paper in the dressing room

before the game who are the

penalty takers, last game I was

the penalty taker and here

normally I am the taker but today

it’s Gundo,” Jesus said.

•Ndidi

Ukah inaugurates LOC for Delta School

Sports Festival

A 13-member Local

Organising Committee (

LOC) for the 2020 Delta

State School Sports

Festival was yesterday

inaugurated by the state

Commissioner for Basic

and Secondary Education,

Chief Patrick Ukah, inside

the conference hall of the

ministry in Asaba.

Chieh Ukah stated that

the state school sports

festival was different from

the state sports festival as

the former is meant to

discover talents at the

school level that can be

further nurtured by the

latter.

Speaking on behalf of

members of the LOC, the

Director General of the

state Sports Commission,

Mr. Chris Anaziah,

represented by Mr.

Celestine Ibegbunem,

thanked the commissioner

for finding members

worthy to serve, promising

that they will not

disappoint in discharging

the duties assigned to

them.

Members of the LOC,

headed by Chief Patrick

Ukah, include the

Permanent Secretary in the

ministry, Mr. Samuel

Dietake, Chairman, Delta

State Sports

Commissioner, Chief

Tonobok Okowa, the

Director General in the

commission, Mr. Chris

Anazia, the Special

Assistant to the

commissioner, Mr. Felix

Ideh, the Special Assistant

to the Governor of Delta

State on School Sports,

Mr. Lucky Sunday.

•Zidane and Nacho

Zidane cautious

as Madrid go top

Zinedine Zidane praised his

players for their performance in

Sunday’s 0-1 win at Valladolid with

Nacho heading in a late winner at

Estadio José Zorrilla. The centre-back

connected with a Toni Kroos cross to

head the visitors in front after 78

minutes during a tightly-contested

match. With the win, Madrid move three

points clear at the top of LaLiga table.

“Defensively, what we are doing, we

are doing well. It is our strength,”

Zidane explained to reporters after the

game.

“Everyone is helping out in defence

all and when we lose the ball we win it

back high up the pitch. If we don’t

concede, we increase our chances of

scoring and that’s what we did today.

Just before the goal, I told Nacho that

he would meet the ball at the near post.

Nacho is a professional. When he has to

compete he does.

I’m pleased he scored; he doesn’t

usually score them but from time to

time we can also create chances for

defenders.

“For us, nothing changes,” he said.

“We are happy with the victory, the

work done having fought until the end,

but nothing changes.

There are 17 games left and we will

continue fighting until the end. I don’t

want to talk about being champions

because there is still a lot left to play. It

changes nothing to be leaders, they are

three important points but nothing

more.

Quadri, Assar lead African charge at German Open

The two best players

in Africa - Aruna

Quadri of Nigeria and

Omar Assar of Egypt

will be

leading the

continent’s

contingent

to the first

ITTF

•Quadri

NOC inaugurates

Commissions on

Thursday

In a landmark event in

the annals of the

Olympic Movement history

in Nigeria, the Nigeria

Olympic Committee (NOC)

has concluded plans to

formally inaugurate it’s

various Commissions on

Wednesday and Thursday

in Lagos.

The composition of the

commissions in line with

the provisions of the

International Olympic

Charter and NOC Statutes.

Also, these subsidiary

governing bodies are not

only advisory, but equally

essential in the promotion

of Olympic values.

President of the Nigeria

Olympic Committee,

Engineer Habu Gumel

World Tour in 2020 –

German Open holding

at GETEC Arena in

Magdeburg on Tuesday

January 28 to February

2, 2020.

2019 ITTF Africa Cup

Champion Omar Assar

of Egypt will lead a

six-man Egyptian

continent in the

men’s singles.

Before the start of

the tournament on

Tuesday January 28,

stated that the formal

inauguration is in line with

the vision of the current

board.

Gumel stating further,

that the NOC

administration has

adopted a broad-based

approach in the

appointment of these

Commissions, in line with

the vision of expanding the

scope of our operations to

cover vital departments of

Olympism.

the Egyptian delegation

has been in Germany

warming up for the

competition with

technical input from

one of their national

coaches -, Maged

Ashour.

Aside Omar Assar,

other Egyptian stars

expected to be in action

in Magdeburg are

Assar’s sibling, Khalid

as well as veteran

Egyptian, Ahmed Saleh.


How Kobe Bryant's doomed

helicopter crashed

Yesterday morning saw the

identities of the nine victims

of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter

crash fully identified, with the

earliest reports only just

confirming the death of the

former LA Laker and his 13-

year-old daughter, Gianna.

The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-

76B, had a capacity of 12

people in total, yet on this

tragic occasion it housed eight

passengers plus the pilot.

According to information

published in the Mirror, the

identities of those other

passengers are now public.

In addition to Bryant and

his daughter, the accident

claimed the life of Alyssa

Altobelli, a friend of Gianna,

and her parents Keri and

John, with the latter also a

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020 — 47

Nine victims of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash revealed

coach of a baseball team at

Orange Coast College.

Ara Zobayan has been

identified as the pilot who was

in control of the helicopter

when it crashed into the

Calabasas mountains.

Along with these names,

Christina Mauser a 38-yearold

coach at the Mamba

Sports Academy also lost her

life, whilst mother and

daughter, Sarah and Payton

Chester were on board too.

‘RIP KOBE’

NBA stars write Kobe Bryant’s name

on their sneakers

Emotional tribute to LA Lakers legend after his death

The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant,

his daughter, Gianna, and seven

others that crashed into a rugged

hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in

foggy conditions considered dangerous

enough that local police agencies

grounded their choppers.

Bryant’s helicopter left Santa Ana in

Orange County, south of Los Angeles,

shortly after 9am, a time when conditions

were not suitable for flying, according to

the Los Angeles Police Department.

There was an overcast at 1,300 feet and

visibility of about five miles. The pilot, who

was named as Ara Zobayan was flying

under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning

that he was relying on his ability to see the

terrain below him.

Around 9.20am, the helicopter circled

for about 15 minutes just east of Interstate

5, near Glendale.

Air traffic controllers (ATC) held up the

helicopter for other aircraft for about 11

minutes, before clearing the Sikorsky S-

76 to proceed north along Interstate 5

through Burbank’s airspace.

Air traffic controllers noted poor

visibility around Burbank, just to the north,

and Van Nuys, to the northwest.

Due to the poor visibility, the pilot could

have contacted air traffic controllers and

requested to switch to instrument flight

Kobe Bryant’s

death is shocking

—NBBF

The leadership of the Nigeria

Basketball Federation is in shock

following the death of basketball legend

and multiple NBA winner, Kobe Bryant.

The NBBF board reacting to the sad news

that filtered in on Sunday night described

the death as shocking which has thrown

the global basketball family into mourning.

Speaking through it’s President, Engr

Musa Kida he described Kobe Bryant as

not just a basketball legend but a global

icon who took the world by storm and left

his mark on the sand of time.

He described the the unfortunate

incident involving the basketball star

alongside his daughter Gianna and seven

others who died in the fatal helicopter crash

as one that will leave a dent on the sporting

community for ever.

We join the world to mourn a man that

has given everything to entertain the world

through basketball.

“We commiserate with his immediate

family, the Los Angeles Lakers franchise

where he played his entire NBA career, the

entire NBA management and people all

over the world who has been affected by

this unfortunate incident.”

Speaking further, Kida described Kobe

Bryant as an inspiration to many kids in

Nigeria who wanted to take up basketball

as a profession.

We are going to miss him. We pray that

his soul and the eight others find eternal

rest.

Apart from being an 18-time All-Star

with five NBA championships he was also

a two-time Olympic gold medalist with

Team USA.

rules (IFR), which would have allowed him

to navigate through the clouds.

However, when pilots fly under IFR, it can

take up a lot of time, especially in Southern

California, which has an extremely busy

airspace.

Paul Cline, an assistant professor of aviation

at the City University of New York, told New

York Magazine that flying under IFR could

mean you could be in a holding pattern for

‘an hour’.

‘You’re just one of many waiting in line, and

it doesn’t matter if you’re Kobe Bryant,’ Cline

added.

The aircraft continued under VFR and

around 9.40am it turned west to follow US

Route 101, the Ventura Highway. At about

9.44am, the helicopter turned again, toward

the southeast, and climbed to more than

2,000 feet, in what appeared to be an attempt

to put some space between the helicopter and

the high terrain.

In air traffic control audio which was

recorded shortly before the crash, the pilot of

the former Lakers star’s helicopter is told by

a controller that ‘you’re still too low level’ to

be tracked by radar.

This did not appear to be a sign of distress,

because the helicopter was actually

ascending at the time and the controller was

referring to the technical difficulty with

reading data rather than warning of an

imminent crash.

LeBron James in tears!

LeBron James wept on the

tarmac at Los Angeles

International Airport yesterday

after the LA Lakers learned on a

flight home that their former

teammate Kobe Bryant had died in

a helicopter crash at the age of 41.

The Lakers were returning from

a road game in Philadelphia when

they received word of the NBA

legend’s death and the grieving

players were visibly shocked and

upset when they landed at LAX.

Coach Frank Vogel had

addressed his players in mid-air

after the news of Bryant’s death -

less than four years after the end of

his glittering 20-year Lakers career - began to filter through.

In a poignant coincidence, James had exchanged emotional

tributes with Bryant less than 24 hours earlier after passing his NBA

points tally during the game in Philadelphia on Saturday.

LeBron, 35, moved into

third place in the NBA alltime

rankings after beating

Bryant’s total of 33,643, and

hailed the older man as an

‘inspiration’ in a warm

tribute.

Bryant praised LeBron in

response for ‘continuing to

take the game forward’,

signing off with the words

‘much respect my brother’ in

what proved to be his last

tweet.

After learning of Bryant’s

death yesterday, an

emotional LeBron hugged a

woman on the LAX tarmac

and rested his head on

another man’s shoulder

before walking off to wipe

away his tears.

Jordan: Kobe was my

fierce competitor

Michael Jordan has joined in the

tributes being sent to the friends

and family of Kobe Bryant.

The latter sadly passed away on

Sunday evening, along with his

daughter, Gianna, in a terrible

helicopter accident in California

“I’m in shock over the tragic news of

Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing,”

Jordan wrote in a statment.

“Words can’t describe the pain I’m

feeling.

“I loved Kobe - he was like a little

brother to me.

“We used to talk often, and I will miss

those conversations very much.

NBA stars scribbled Kobe Bryant’s

name on to their sneakers in a

series of emotional tributes to the Los

Angeles Lakers legend after his shock

death.

The world has stunned to learn of

Bryant’s death, aged 41, in a helicopter

crash in Calabasas, California on

Sunday night.

Kobe died alongside his 13-year-old

daughter, herself a basketball prodigy,

and seven others.

Despite the heartbreaking news, the

NBA carried on as planned, with eight

matches player later in the day - as

players, coaches and fans all paid their

respects.

In the build-up to the evening’s games,

the Staples Center - home of the Lakers

which was hosting the Grammys on

Sunday night - was flooded with

mourning fans.

As matches tipped off across the

country, it seemed every player and every

Sports stars, including

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi,

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and

Brazilian Neymar, took to social

media on Monday to pay tribute to

Kobe Bryant following his death in a

helicopter crash.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter

Gianna and seven other people died

in the crash in Calabasas, California.

Paris Saint-Germain forward

Neymar became aware of Bryant’s

death during half-time in his side’s 2-

0 win at Lille, and then dedicated his

second half goal to the NBA player

by holding up two fingers on one hand

and four on the other in reference to

Bryant’s number 24 LA Lakers shirt.

“It’s deeply saddening for the world

of sport and for all of us,” said

team had their own tribute.

In the Toronto Raptors’ game against the San

Antonio Spurs, both teams picked up an

intentional 24-second shot violation with the

opening possessions of the game - a nod to one

of Bryant’s two retired numbers, 8 and 24.

During the Houston Rockets’ game against the

Denver Nuggets, 7ft tough-guy Tyson Chandler

cried along with his team-mates during a tribute

to Kobe.

But there’s one thing seemingly every player

did - and that was write Kobe’s name on their

sneakers before tip-off.

Messages included, “Kobe Bryant, 8 + 24,

RIP”, from Montrezl Harrell.

KOBE BRYANT: Messi, Ronaldo,

Neymar pay tributes

“He was a fierce competitor, one of the

greats of the game and a creative force.

“Kobe was also an amazing dad who

loved his family deeply - and took great

pride in his daughter’s love for the game

of basketball.

“Yvette joins me in sending my deepest

condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers

organisation and basketball fans around

the world.”

Neymar to Canal+ after the

win, which put PSG 10 points

clear at the top of the league.

“Not just for basketball fans,

but for everything he did for

sport.”

He then posted a tribute on

Instagram, thanking Bryant for

all he did for sport.

Fellow footballer Messi said on

Instagram that he was “lost for

words” before adding that Bryant

was “a genius” with whom he had

shared good times with.

Ronaldo meanwhile posted a

black and white image on his

Instagram accompanied by the

message: “So sad to hear the

heartbreaking news of the

deaths of Kobe and his daughter

Gianna. Kobe was a true

legend and inspiration to so

many. Sending my

condolences to his family and

friends and the families of all

who lost their lives in the crash.

RIP Legend.”

Manchester United’s

Marcus Rashford described

Bryant as “a true inspiration

in the sporting industry”,

Rafael Nadal wore a Los

Angeles Lakers hat in his postmatch

interview in honour of

Bryant.

Rafael Nadal has just beaten

Nick Kyrgios to reach the

Australian Open quarterfinals.

The world number one

had this to say about Kobe

Bryant following his victory:


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

Across

1 Manufacture (4)

3 Long-distance foot-race (8)

9 Fictional vampire (7)

10 Cook in an oven (5)

11 Cake coating (5)

12 US island state (6)

14 Important person (4-2)

16 Czech capital (6)

19 Slice of bacon (6)

21 Nasal tone (5)

24 Church songs (5)

25 Biblical giant (7)

26 Bearing (8)

27 Adult male deer (4)

Down

1 The witching hour (8)

2 Colour of military uniforms (5)

4 Geronimo, for example (6)

5 Direction indicator (5)

6 Title at top of page (7)

7 Brief written record (4)

8 Chinese martial art (4,2)

13 Spiny creature (8)

15 Branch of language study (7)

17 Baby’s toy (6)

18 Fire-breathing monster (6)

20 Brazen girl (5)

22 Asunder (5)

23 Elegantly stylish (4)

How to Play Sudoku

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

of the same number).

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

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

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

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

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

multiplication, just plain logic and your imagination.

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