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ong>Nigeriaong> ong>failingong> on account

of insecurity SENATE

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•Asks Buhari to issue executive order to flush out bandits, kidnappers, criminal herdsmen•Wants

govs to implement livestock plan•Senators clash over Akeredolu’s quit order •Killing, kidnapping of

citizens signal govt’s failure – REPS•Plans to amend ACJA, Human Trafficking Act, Police Service

Commission Reforms soon•Say on cost of governance, ‘we can’t keep making laws to set up more

institutions’•We haven’t got details of story PRESIDENCY

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Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum alongside officials of Federal Ministry of

Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, arriving Marwa in the Republic

of Cameroon, towards the voluntary repatriation of 9,800 ong>Nigeriaong>ns of Borno origin, who are among

46,000 ong>Nigeriaong>ns taking refuge in Minawao camp in Cameroon, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 20215

POCKET CARTOON

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHINESE DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH NIGERIA

A member representing Jalingo/Yorro/Zing Federal Constituency in Taraba,

Kasimu Maigari (L) with Charge D'Affaires, Chinese Embassy, Mr Zhao Yong

(R), decorating the Chinese Banny, during the celebration of the 50th

Anniversary of Chinese diplomatic ties with ong>Nigeriaong> and the Chinese New

Year celebration in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

ong>Nigeriaong> ong>failingong> on account

of insecurity SENATE

By Henry Umoru,

Levinus

Nwabughiogu &

Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA The

Senate said

yesterday ong>Nigeriaong>

is becoming a failed state

on account of the insecurity

situation in the country,

which has culminated in

high level insurgency,

banditry, kidnapping,

herdsmen attacks, and

asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to

issue executive order on the

need to flush out the

criminal herders.

It also asked governors to

implement the Federal

Government’s National

Livestock Transformation

Plan, NLTP, in an effort to

curb the unending conflict

between farmers and

herders in the country. The

quit notice given by Ondo

State governor, Rotimi

Akeredolu, SAN, to leave

forest reserves in the state

split senators, following the

debate on the issue.

The Senate’s position

came on a day Speaker of

the House of

Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila, said the

incessant killing and

kidnapping of ong>Nigeriaong>ns

signified government’s

failure in its obligations to

the people.

Senators angry

At the resumed debate on

the general insecurity in the

country by the senators,

anger enveloped the

Senate chamber.

Senators were particularly

worried by the relentless

activities of criminal

herdsmen that have

engulfed the entire country,

following unending waves

of kidnappings, rapes,

murders, ransom-taking,

among others.

The lawmakers also urged

the President to direct the

National Security Adviser,

Major-General Babagana

Monguno, retd, the

Inspector-General of

Police, IGP, Mohammed

Adamu and the new

service chiefs to devise

what they described as a

proposal to rejig the

nation’s security

architecture against the

current security challenges.

Resolutions of the Senate

were sequel to a motion,

titled "General insecurity in

ong>Nigeriaong>," sponsored by

Deputy Senate Leader,

Senator Robert Boroffice

(APC, Ondo North).

Deliberations on the issue

generated a heated debate

on the quit notice given to

herdsemen by Ondo State

governor, Rotimi

Akeredolu, SAN, to leave

forest reserves in the state.

It will be recalled that

following incessant

invasions of farms and

damage of farm produce by

cattle, the governor had

asked the herders to leave

the forest reserves.

He also asked those who

wish to continue to do

business in the state to

register, so their

movements could be easily

monitored .

The governor had said:

"Bad elements have turned

the reserves into hideouts

for keeping victims of

kidnapping, negotiating for

ransom and carrying out

other criminal activities."

Adamu queries

Ondo gov's action

on herdsmen

Debating the issue

yesterday, Senator

Abdullahi Adamu (APC,

Nasarawa West), wondered

why the governor would

give such an order.

“There are rights of

residence. I don’t

understand why a

governor of a state will ask

people who are not

indigenes of his state to

leave his state.

"We see in the social

media, houses of people

that have been burnt who

are not even from the state.

“We need to find out

exactly the truth or

otherwise of these

allegations of killings as

reported," Adamu said,

while contributing to the

motion on insecurity

sponsored by Senator Ajayi

Boroffice.

Abaribe counters

Adamu

His contribution was

immediately countered by

Senate Minority Leader,

Enyinnaya Abaribe, who

said it was criminal

herdsmen the Ondo

governor ordered out of the

forest reserves and not out

of the state.

He said: "No ong>Nigeriaong>n is

being sent away from

anywhere. Criminals are

being sent away from the

forests where they are.

When we come here and

say such, you send the

wrong message out.

"The message is simple,

the police IG has told us,

these are criminal elements

coming from outside

ong>Nigeriaong> and what we

should ask ourselves is, if

someone is a criminal, and

he is in the forest, what is

he doing there? We should

not water down the issue

to please whatever,"

Abaribe said.

Buhari asked to

seek foreign help

Also contributing to the

debate, Smart Adeyemi

(APC, Kogi West), urged

President Muhammadu

Buhari to seek international

help in ridding the country

of the alleged foreigners

perpetrating crime in the

country.

"We are talking about

N500 billion for COVID-19

intervention. ong>Nigeriaong>’s

problem is beyond

COVID-19. That N500

billion is needed to fight

insurgency, not for

COVID-19," Adeyemi said.

On his part, Senator

Francis Alimikhena,

APC, Edo North, who

lamented that ong>Nigeriaong>ns

can no longer sleep with

their eyes closed because

of armed banditry and

kidnapping across the

country, said one of his

constituents, Prince

Denis Abuda, the USbased

ong>Nigeriaong>n, who was

in Edo for the Yuletide

holidays, was kidnapped

on his way back to Lagos to

return to America, but was

found dead five days after

his abduction.

He said it had become

imperative for the country

to embrace state police to

complement the present

federal police to fish out the

bandits.

In his contribution,

Senator Tolulope Odebiyi,

(APC, Ogun West), said

the nation is on the edge of

a civil war, urging

President Buhari to speak

out to calm the people.

He said that it is a serious

indictment on the

leadership of the nation for

foreigners to invade the

country to cause havoc.

"President Buhari should

sign an Executive Order

banning open grazing.

The nation is in great

danger and the President

has done nothing," he

lamented.

Similarly, Senator Biodun

Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South)

said ong>Nigeriaong> is not paying

sufficient attention to the

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By Yinka Latona

On appointment of ex-service chiefs as ambassadors (4)

Why not if they are

qualified? But I

would prefer career

diplomats. These men

should have been

allowed to go home and

have some rest. The idea

of recycling people in

ong>Nigeriaong> is not the best.

Qualified younger

people should have been

given the opportunity.

Mr. Benjamin Mordi,

Public Relations Officer

For me, the president

has remained a

sectional leader, not a

nationalist. Appointing

these ex-service chiefs as

non-career ambassadors

says so much. Could it be

he is shading them from

ICC petition against some

of them? Is this done in the

national interest? ong>Nigeriaong>

has never been this divided

but our consolation is that

this too shall pass by 2023.

Mr. Sunday

Osanyintuyi

Appointing the exservice

chiefs as

ambassadors isn’t right.

These same people have

been in service for years,

they have contributed their

quota; allow other people

with fresh ideas contribute

theirs too. It’s high time we

stopped patronising same

set of people. We need to

be progressive not

retrogressive.

Sulyman Muhammed-

Robiu,

Content creator

It saddens my

heart that we keep

moving around in

circles in this country.

I don’t know why the

Presidency has to keep

recycling this same set

of people when we

have youths that are

capable and equal to

the task.

Adeola Abiodun,

Entrepreneur

At first, I didn’t see the

decision as a good one

based on how unpopular this

govt. and its policies have become.

These people were retired

because they couldn’t deliver the

desired result and almost

immediately, they were saddled

with another responsibility.

However, this might help the

country in the comity of nations

based on their military expertise,

they might add a great value at

the end of the day.

Olafimihan Sheriff,

Student

The appointment of these

ex-service chiefs as

ambassadors is not a good

idea. These people have

always been in charge yet

nothing worthy of note was

achieved. It is really

disheartening that we keep

moving around in circles in

this country. Why does power

always have to keep

revolving around these

same people when we have

young and vibrant

individuals that are capable

and equal to the task?

Adebayo Muheez,

Student


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Police confirm

kidnap of NTA

reporter in

P-Harcourt

Mrs Onyia.

THE Police Command in

Rivers, yesterday, confirmed

the abduction of a reporter

attached to ong>Nigeriaong>n Television

Authority, NTA, in Port Harcourt,

Mrs Chidiebere Onyia.

Police Public Relations Officer

in Rivers, Nnamdi Omoni, said

the command had deployed

personnel to locate and rescue

Onyia from her abductors.

He said the Commissioner of

Police in the state, Joseph

Mukan, had ordered the

command’s tactical units to

ensure the victim’s safe release.

It was gathered that gunmen

had kidnapped Onyia, a female

reporter with NTA, at about 6.30

p.m. on Tuesday around Woji

area in Port Harcourt.

It was further gathered that

Onyia, a mother of three, was

taken away to an unknown

location by her abductors while

returning home from her office

at Choba area.

Onyia was reportedly with

some of her colleagues in her car

when the hoodlums intercepted

her vehicle at Woji area, forced

her out and drove her away in

their vehicle.

An eye witness said the

hoodlums fired several gunshots

into the air, forcing motorists and

bystanders to scamper for safety.

One of Onyia’s colleagues,

who alighted from the car before

the incident, wondered what the

female journalist could have

done to warrant her abduction.

The colleague said: “I was in

the vehicle before the incident.

Onyia drove me to my

destination and continued to

drop others.

“I was shocked to hear that

gunmen double-crossed her and

took her away whilst abandoning

the vehicle and other occupants.

“She is a mother of three

young children, and as such, we

are begging her abductors to

release her unconditionally.”

Confirm arrest of 3

suspected kidnappers

in Delta

Also, the Police Command in

Delta has confirmed the arrest of

three suspected kidnappers in

Agbarho, Ughelli North Local

Government Area of the state.

The command’s spokesperson,

Onome Onovwakpoyeya, who

confirmed the arrest in Warri,

yesterday, said: “Three

suspected kidnappers have

indeed been arrested by the

command. We are out for them;

it is either the criminals repent

or relocate out of Delta,” she said.

It was gathered that the

suspects were apprehended on

Tuesday in Agbarho.

Suspected pirates attack passenger

boats, abduct 64-yr-old chief, 6 others

By Samuel Oyadongha

& Emem Idio

YENAGOAA 64-year-old

chief and three others have been

abducted by suspected pirates

terrorising the people of the coastal

area of Nembe, Brass and Akassa

in Nembe and Brass Local

Government Areas of Bayelsa State.

The development, it was gathered,

has forced maritime workers to

down tools in the troubled axis,

leaving commuters stranded.

The state Chairman of ong>Nigeriaong>n

Maritime Union, Ogoniba

Ibingansi, confirmed on phone that

the waterways are no longer safe

and all boats operating along

Odioma, Akassa, Brass and Nembe

are no longer loading with

passengers told to stay away.

Ibingansi also confirmed that the

security agencies, including Special

Adviser on Security Matters to the

Bayelsa State Government, are

battling to counter the pirates.

A source, who spoke under

anonymity said: "Pirates have been

operating along the waters since last

Sunday. It is funny. They attacked

some boats and robbed all the

passengers, Monday evening.

“They abducted three persons,

attacked another boat and

kidnapped four. They used the

earlier seized boat to release the first

three persons.”

It was also learned that on

Monday evening, along the

Yenagoa-Akassa in Brass Local

Government Area route, a

businessman was stripped naked

and taken away by the heavily

armed pirates.

The rampaging sea robbers

reportedly surfaced along Odioma

Creek and attacked a boat heading

to Nembe around 2 pm and took

away one person. They attacked

another boat heading to Brass from

Nembe and abducted three persons.

CP orders manhunt

for the kidnappers

Meanwhile, the state

Commissioner of Police Mike Okoli,

has ordered an immediate manhunt

for the kidnappers, who attacked

speedboats and kidnapped

passengers on the Okpoma/

Odioma and Nembe/Brass

INSPECTION: Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit Zone C of ong>Nigeriaong> Customs

Service, NCS, Mr Yusuf Lawal (right), inspecting seized items by NCS in Owerri,

yesterday. Photo: NAN.

Police arrest kidnappers of Oyo LG chair

By Adeola Badru

FOUR suspects allegedly

connected with the

kidnapping of Mr Jacob

Olayinwola, Chairman, Igangan

Local Council Development Area,

LCDA, Oyo State were, yesterday,

paraded by the state Police

Command alongside 44 other

suspects over various offences,

including cultism, murder, rape,

arson, armed robbery and stealing

among others.

The state Commissioner of

Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko,

during the parade, said the

suspects, who were armed with

AK-47 rifles, kidnapped the

chairman on the Igangan-Ado-

Awaye road in Ibarapa LGA of the

state.

Vanguard recalled that the local

government chairman was

kidnapped last year, on his way

to Ibadan for a meeting with

Governor Seyi Makinde on

October 25, 2020.

The police boss said the gang

members collected N5.5 million

ransom before releasing their

victim.

She said operatives of the

command later swung into action

and arrested the suspects and

recovered one double-barrel gun,

one cut to size gun and four live

cartridges found in their

possession.

•Nab suspected killers of Akinyele farmer

The suspects.

Onadeko said the suspects

would soon be charged to court.

Suspected killers of

Akinyele farmer

Also paraded were three alleged

kidnappers and killers of one

Oluwole Agboola at Akinyele Local

Government Area of Oyo State.

Onadeko said the suspects, while

armed with sophisticated weapons,

invaded the farm of the victim at

Adegbede village via Aba-Odo area,

Akinyele LGA, attacked the victim

and whisked him away to an

unknown destination.

She said: “They later contacted

his relatives and collected N1,

650,000 ransom and brutally

murdered and abandoned his

corpse in the bush where he had

been held hostage for several days.

“Discreet investigation carried out

by crack police detectives led to the

arrest of the three members of the

kidnapping syndicate, who all

confessed to the crime.”

A 56-year-old suspect was also

paraded for defiling a 14-year-old

girl at Bodija area of Ibadan.

The CP said the suspect gave the

victim a cola drink suspected to

contain some form of sedative to

drink.

She said the drink made the lady

unconscious and the suspect had

unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

Onadeko said all the suspects

would be charged to court after the

police completed investigations into

their separate cases.

waterways on Tuesday.

In a statement, spokesman of the

command, Asinim Butswat, said

the two separate incidents occurred

simultaneously and six passengers

were allegedly kidnapped by

unknown gunmen suspected to be

pirates.

He said: “In a joint operation,

operatives from the Marine Police,

Navy and Joint Task Force of

Operation Delta Safe are combing

the creeks to rescue the kidnapped

victims and apprehend the

kidnappers.

“The command appeals to the

good people of Bayelsa State to

remain calm and volunteer useful

information to enable the security

agencies to fish out these

hoodlums.”

Gunmen kill

policeman,

injure 4 others

in Taraba

A

police officer was

reportedly killed,

yesterday, as gunmen attacked

a Mobile Police checkpoint in

Chanchanji village of Takum

Local Government Area of

Taraba State.

Local sources said the

gunmen, who rode on

motorcycles, opened fire on the

police officers manning the

checkpoint, killing an officer,

while four other passersby

sustained injuries in the attack.

It was gathered that the

gunmen after killing the officer

allegedly made away with his

rifle.

A resident of Chanchanji said

the gunmen, who came from

the Benue State side of the

Taraba/Benue border opened

fire at a checkpoint mounted by

the police, killing one of the

officers on duty.

He said: “The gunmen rode

on three motorcycles and

passed at a high speed

heading towards the bridge

about 6:50 am.

“After a while, we heard

gunshots, but because of the

insecurity around here, we did

not rush to the area. It was after

30 minutes that we went out

only to discover that a police

officer was killed in the attack.

“Four other persons,

including the son of the Gara

of Chanchanji, was injured in

the attack.”

The resident also said the

Jukun youths suspecting the

gunmen might be Tiv people,

launched a reprisal on people

of the ethnic group in the area,

burning two motorcycles and

injuring several others, who

were on their way to Peva

market, which holds every

Wednesday.

Spokesperson for the Taraba

State Police Command, Reform

Leha, who confirmed the attack

on the telephone, said: “Yes,

one police officer, who was on

special duty in the area

protecting the internally

displaced persons, was killed

in the early morning attack

“Four other IDPs were also

injured. Those injured are

responding to treatment at the

Takum General Hospital.”


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One missing, 10 wounded, goods worth N50m

looted

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

NNEWINO fewer than 10

people were wounded, while

one person was declared missing

with goods and money worth over

N50 million looted when some

unidentified hoodlums attacked a

market, known as Ugo-Gbuzue

Ochakee Cow and Goat Market/

Abattoir, in Osile Ogbunike,

Ogbunike Oyi Local Government

Area of Anambra State.

The traders and butchers operating

at Ugo-Gbuzue Ochakee Cow and

Goat Market /Abattoir have sent a

Save our Soul, SOS, message to

Anambra State government and the

state Commissioner of Police to

protect them from yet-to-be

identified people, who allegedly

invaded the market and carted

away their goods and money.

Chairman of the market/abattoir,

Mr Ikechukwu Ejike, accused the

people of Ezinkwelle, Nkwelle-

Ezunaka, who are also laying claim

to the market land, of invading them

with over 25 police vehicles and 50

policemen.

He said the police shot

sporadically to scare everybody

away before they looted their money

and goods.

Meanwhile, Osile Ogbunike

residents, who are the landlords of

the groups, through the Chairman

of Osile Ogbunike village, Sir

Donatus Mbanefo, have called on

Anambra State Government to put a

stop to such invasion, attacks and

looting of their tenants’ goods and

money to avoid shedding of blood,

warning that the community will

never tolerate such assault on their

tenants or people again.

Flanked by his Treasurer, Mr

Okechukwu Okakpu; community

lawyer, Kenechukwu Ejimkonye

and others, Mbanefo wondered why

the people of Ezinkwelle have

decided to be a thorn in their flesh

over land matters they lost three

times: 1927, 1931 and 2012 at the

Supreme Court.

“Since 1927, we have been

occupying the land, Ezinkwelle

people have no land there. We are

surprised that they invaded the

market/abattoir where our tenants

were doing their businesses and

destroyed, looted goods and money

and wounded over 10 people.

“We decided to hold our youths

not to confront them, but our shock

was that they were in company of

over 50 policemen, who watched

while they were destroying and

looting goods and money.

Ezinkwelle reacts

However, Chairman of Ezinkwelle

village, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Chief

Wilfred Okafor, has dismissed Osile

Ogbunike community, Supreme

Court victories against them, saying

Osili Ogbunike community has

never won any case at the Supreme

Court.

“All the Supreme Court victories

Osile Ogbunike people have been

parading were against other

communities, not Ezinkwelle. We

won in a high court and were in

Appeal Court when they entered the

portion of our land trying to sell

before we stopped them.

“The Ugo-Gbuzue Ochakee Cow

and Goat Market/Abbartour, the

Osile Ogbunike people are claiming

is the portion of our land, which the

Anambra State Boundary

Commission gave us in the land

demarcation we had with Osile

Ogbunike and Agu Umunya.

•As Anambra communities fight over market, abattoir

Police explain

presence

Contacted, the Police spokesman

in the state, Mr Haruna

Mohammed, said police presence

at the market/abattoir on the day of

the incident was to execute court

order on the land secured by

Ezinkwelle village, Nkwelle-

Ezunaka.

“There was court judgment on that

land, which the court bailiff came to

execute. They needed police cover

for security and some policemen

accompanied them to execute the

order.

“However, in the process of doing

that unknown persons started

shooting with a locally made gun

from the bush and bullet hit two

persons. They were rushed to the

hospital and were treated and

discharged. Nobody died in the

incident, nobody is missing as

alleged."

Operation Akpakwu rescues 24 pregnant

women, arrests 2 in Calabar baby factory

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABARTWENTY four

ladies,11 children and two

others have been handed over to

National Agency for the Prohibition

of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP,

by the security outfit codenamed

Operation Akpakwu that busted a

baby factory operating at Anantigha

axis of Calabar South Local

Government area of the state.

The owner of the baby factory, Mrs

Fedelia Daniel, who was arrested

by the security personnel with her

husband, denied the allegations

that she knows nothing about the

factory.

But, one of the teenagers, Stella

John, who claimed she was

carrying a five months old

pregnancy, said she was introduced

to the place by one of her friends.

“I was introduced to the place by

one of my friends after my boyfriend

left me when I became pregnant. I

had no money and I needed money,

that was why I decided to make

money through this means. I

receive N2,000 on weekly basis for

my upkeep,” she said.

24 pregnant women, 11

children handed over

Those rescued.

to NAPTIP

During the presentation, the

Officer, Commanding 13 Brigade,

Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Abudulahi,

represented by the Officer

Commanding 13 Brigade Provost,

Major. Stanley Ikepeme, said they

would carry out their duty, which is

to maintain peace.

He said the army will not relent

in its task of ensuring that peace and

security reign in the state and all

forms of criminality were completely

stamped out from the state.

The Head of Operations, National

Agency for the Prohibition of

Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Mr

Oba Jacobs, said the suspects would

be investigated and charged to

court for prosecution.

Jacobs urged the public to keep

an eye on their neighbours and

report such to the agency for proper

action.

He disclosed that the agency had

a facility in Calabar where suspects

would be kept until proper

investigation was done and those

found wanting will be charged to

court.

“As an agency, we have the

mandate to arrest, prosecute. We

also urged the public to assist us

with useful information that would

lead to the arrest of this category of

people involved in this kind of

racket,” he said.

Indigenes flee as soldiers storm Delta

community over communal fracas

•Call JTF to order, community leader appeals to FG, Okowa

By Chancel Sunday

BURUTUIndigenes of

Tuomo community, the

traditional headquarters of

Esuku Kingdom in Burutu

council area of Delta State,

have reportedly fled to the

forest over rampaging soldiers,

who reportedly stormed the

community over a communal

fracas.

In a distress call from the

newly-elected CDC chairman

of the community, Mr Binebai

Tomke, he noted that Tuomo

community could not afford to

experience what happened to

Bolou-Tubegbe community last

year.

He said: “Some powerful

people in the community

perfected a plan to oust me out

of office shortly after my

election, but the whole

community, including women

and youths, rose and protested

against their plan.

“Now, these powerful

individuals brought soldiers to

the community, who are now

molesting and harassing

indigenes. Three persons have

already been whisked away by

the soldiers and we cannot

sleep at night.

“I appeal to the Federal

Government, Gov. Ifeanyi

Okowa, HRM (Justice) Francis

Tabai (retd) and the Egbesu

priest of Tuomo Kingdom, Para

Ekiyes, to intervene and call

these politicians and their footsoldiers

to order.

“Right now, I’m talking to you

from my hideout in the forest

because of the soldiers rampage

both day and night. We don’t

want what happened to Bolou-

Final year

Osun poly

student dies

after last

paper

The late Apeke.

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBOAN HND 2

students of Microbiology at

the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree,

Omorinsola Apeke, was reported

dead on Tuesday after completing

her final year examination.

It was gathered that the

deceased suffered a health

condition prior to the last paper

and had to complete it at the

school’s medical centre.

A source around the student’s

hostel disclosed that she was

discharged from the hospital and

was very fine throughout the day.

It was gathered that she also

attended the finalists party

organised by her colleagues to

mark the end of their school

programme.

Findings also showed that the

deceased died after some private

hospitals rejected her before she

was admitted at a particular clinic

in the town.

The school’s spokesperson,

Tope Abiola, described the

incident as unfortunate, saying

the student’s death after going

through rigourous academic

programme was heartbreaking.

He said: “She finished her

examination yesterday and few

hours later in her private hostel,

you know the school is not a

residential institution, she had

crisis, I think after she went out

with her friends.

“The school sympathises with

the parents of the deceased. It is

not easy to nurse a child to that

level and died on the last day she

completed her last paper of HND

programme.

"We commiserate with the

family. We pray that God will give

the parents the fortitude to bear

the loss. It is very disheartening

and painful that she suddenly die

like that after passing through

rigorous academic efforts.”

2 escape death as truck crushes car in Lagos

By Bose Adelaja

TWO car owners narrowly

escaped death in Lagos after

one of their cars was crushed by

a containerised truck, Tuesday

night, along Mile 2/Badagry

Expressway.

While one of the cars was

crushed, the other, a Toyota

Corolla 2006 model, had its rear

damaged by the truck.

It was gathered that both cars

were parked by the roadside with

the drivers busy transacting

businesses around.

An eyewitness said:

“Unfortunately, the truck,

which was journeying on top

Tubegbe here.”

The Traditional Prime Minister

of Esuku Kingdom, High Chief

Mike Loyibo, whose property

was allegedly destroyed,

however, said: “Yes, it happened

just because of misinformation.

“My property worth millions

of naira were destroyed by

community youths but the

matter has been brought under

control by join intervention of

the police and army.”

Scene of the accident.

speed lost control

and landed on

one of the cars

while the impact

of the accident

also affected the

Toyota Corolla

car.

At press time,

the Public

Relations Officer,

Lagos State

Emergency

Management

A g e n c y

LASEMA, Nosa

Okunbor, said the

agency’s team

was closer to the

scene of the

incident.

C


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APC: Crisis trails membership registration

exercise in South-East, Delta, Kwara, Osun

By Festus Ahon,

Demola Akinyemi,

Omeiza Ajayi &

Shina Abubakar

ABUJA THE ongoing

membership registration

exercise of the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

has run into hitches, crisis in

the South-East, Delta, Kwara

and Osun states.

There was paucity of registration

materials in the South-

East geo-political zone, and

Osun State. The exercise was

suspended in Delta State, yesterday,

following disagreements

among party leaders

over alleged removal of the

names of some people nominated

for registration to favour

a faction by the State

Caretaker Committee Chairman,

Prophet Jones Erue.

Prophet Jones Erue confirmed

the suspension order

but denied removing names

of some of those nominated

for the exercise. In Kwara,

factional members of the state

executives alleged hoarding of

registration and revalidation

materials to deny some

members registration.

They accused the Senator

John Danboi-registration

committee of not carrying

them along in the exercise,

saying that even though their

chairman, Hon Bashir

Bolarinwa, is suspended, other

members of his team which

included Organising Secretary,

Women leader and other

are not suspended. “So, why

did the team side step all of

us?” the asked

Though efforts to get Senator

John Danboi Committee

for reaction were not successful

at press time a credible

source close to the committee

told Vanguard that based on

security reports there were

grand plans to attack selected

registration units particularly

in the urban areas by

thugs, so the materials which

are available in other places

outside Ilorin couldn’t be

made available there.

Erue denies tempering

with list of

nominees in Delta

Vanguard gathered that the

Chairman of the National

Registration and Revalidation

Committee of the APC and

Niger State Governor,

Abubakar Sani Bello, gave

order for the suspension of the

exercise in Delta pending resolution

of some issues the party

was beset with in the state.

A stakeholders meeting will

be held today (Thursday) in

Abuja to discuss issues that led

to the suspension of the exercise.

Vanguard gathered that the

disagreement arose over

Erue’s alleged removal of

some names nominated for the

exercise by some leaders to favour

a faction of the party

However, Erue denied removing

names of some of

those nominated for the exercise.

He said he was not chairman

of the registration exercise,

adding that he does not

have the powers to remove the

name of anybody nominated

for the exercise.

Factional state exco,

registration committee

bicker over hoarding

of materials

Though efforts to get the

Senator John Danboi Committee

for reaction on the alleged

hoarding of materials

were not successful at press

time, a credible source

close to the committee told

Vanguard that based on security

reports that there were

grand plans to attack selected

registration units particularly

in the urban areas by

thugs.

Deputy Chairman of the

party in Kwara North, Chief

Sunday Oyebiyi flanked by

other factional members of

the executives said they won’t

participate until the registration

materials are made available.

Oyebiyi said: “The

guidelines of the registration

are being severely raped

across all the 1,872 units without

exception. Unfortunately,

Senator John Danboi and his

team are not only looking

away but are also seemingly

enabling these aberrations for

reasons best known to them.

“First, the registration materials

are being hoarded in

virtually all the units of the

state that we have monitored,

both the registration forms

and the register of members

are never provided.

“Instead, party members

who are revalidating and others

who are prospective are

being asked to write their personal

details, including their

NIN on a rough sheet of paper.

We will not participate in

the exercise until the materials

are made available “

However, a source close to

the committee clarified that

areas where materials were

not available are those flash

points the thugs wanted to

come and destroy.

Shortage of forms

hit S-East

Decrying shortage of registration

forms in the South-

East, Ebonyi State Governor,

Engr. David Umahi, during a

maiden visit to the National

Secretariat of the APC in

Abuja, said south-easterners

want to join the party and

should not be discouraged

Speaking on his visit,

Umahi said he had fruitful discussions

with the Chairman

of the Caretaker Extraordinary

Convention Planning

Committee CECPC, Governor

Mai Mala Buni and that

the issue was being resolved.

His words: “You know since

I joined the party in November,

I have not visited the party’s

national secretariat and

so, the chairman afforded me

the opportunity while he is

around to visit. So, I visited

not just because I am visiting

first, but to also appreciate the

beautiful work the chairman

of the party is doing for our

party, and making it to be

more digital.

“The ongoing registration,

arrangements and logistics

and the intentions are very

wonderful. It is first class because

I have never seen it in

any party administration. So,

it is important I come to commend

him and to also commend

the staff, who are working

with him. This is essentially

the reasons I have come.

“APC is just coming on

board in South-East. I complained

to him that hundreds

of forms at the Polling Units

is a far cry from what we experience.

Everybody in the

South-East wants to belong to

the APC."

Osun seeks

more materials

In Osun, the exercise faced

various logistics challenges.

The exercise scarcely commenced

on Tuesday as scheduled

as many registration

units in Osogbo, the state capital

were without registration

materials.

Speaker of the Osun State

House of Assembly, Timothy

Owoeye, was revalidated at

his polling unit at Ilesa-East

local government. However,

the exercise was more visible

across polling units in

Osogbo, Ife, Modakeke,

Ibokun Igbajo, Ota-Ayegbaju

among other towns in the state.

Some of the personalities

revalidated include the state

party caretaker Chairman,

Prince Gboyega Famodun,

former Commissioner for Information

and Strategy,

Oluomo Sunday Akere, who

were registered at Igbajo, Bosun

Oyintiloye at Ibokun

among others.

FG approves new Debt

Management Strategy

State creation: Take your

case to NASS, Lawan appeals

to ong>Nigeriaong>ns

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA AS the constitu

tion review process is

on going, the President of the

Senate, Senator Ahmad

Lawan yesterday asked

ong>Nigeriaong>ns, especially those

agitating for additional states,

to take such issues they feel

strongly about to the National

Assembly..

Speaking yesterday in

Abuja when a delegation of

the Enugu State Committee

on the creation of Adada state

visited him in his office at the

National Assembly, Lawan

told his guests that they were

in order by taking their request

to the National Assembly.

The delegation which included

former Minister of Information

and the immediate

past President-General of

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief

John Nnia Nwodo, was led by

Chief Vita Abba.

The meeting was facilitated

by Senator Chukwuka Utazi,

Peoples Democratic Party,

Senate begins screening of new

CDS, service chiefs, others,

refer request to committee

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA THE Senate

has begun screening of

the newly appointed Chief of

Defence Staff, CDS, and service

chiefs whose names were

forwarded to it by President

Muhammadu Buhari for

confirmation.

Consequently, the Senate

yesterday referred their names

to its Joint Committee on Defence,

Army, Airforce and

Navy to commence the

screening and report back to

the Senate at Plenary for other

legislative actions.

President of the Senate,

Senator Ahmad Lawan, after

the Executive Communication

as presented by the Senate

Leader, Senator Yahaya

Abdullahi, All Progressives

Congress, APC, Kebbi North,

then referred the names to the

Joint Senate Committee.

Recall that Buhari had in a

By Emma Ujah

ABUJA The federal

government has

approved a new Medium-

Term Debt Management

Strategy (MTDS) which has

increased total public debt as

a percentage of Gross

Domestic Product from 25 per

to 40 percent. The Federal

Executive Council (FEC),

approved the new Medium-

Term Debt Management

Strategy, yesterday. It will run

in period of 2020-2023.

A statement by Debt Management

Office (DMO) said

the new fiscal sustainability

of the target would enable

it accommodate borrowings

to fund budget deficits

and other government

obligations. In that regard, the

DMO said the government

would issue promissory

notes to settle government

arrears and the Ways and

Means Advance at the Central

Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>.

Under the new strategy, domestic

borrowing is targeted

at 70 per cent, while external

borrowing would be 30 per

cent and optimise access to

both concessional and commercial

sources abroad. An

average tenor or 10 years is

being targeted to effectively

manage the refinancing

risks.

“The Medium-Term Debt

Management Strategy

(MTDS) is a policy document

that provides a guide to the

borrowing activities of government

in the medium-term,

usually four (4) years.

“It is recognized as one of

the best practices in public

debt management and is recommended

by the World

Bank (WB) and International

Monetary Fund (IMF) to ensure

that public debt management

is driven by a well-articulated

Strategy that is structured

to meet a country’s

broader macroeconomic and

public debt management

objectives", DMO stated.

PDP, Enugu North.

Lawan said: “You are in order.

You are at the right place.

This is the people’s Assembly,

saddled with the responsibility

and mandate of receiving

and listening to ong>Nigeriaong>ns

who desire one form of legislative

Intervention or the other

to ensure that ong>Nigeriaong> is stable,

peaceful and that people

live in harmony and trust.

“So your quest for the creation

of Adada, you are welcome.

We are going to give

you every opportunity and

support that will be necessary

for the creation of Adada

State. “It is a constitutional

and legitimate agitation. ong>Nigeriaong>ns

should take the opportunity

of the Constitutional

review process that the

ninth Senate and indeed the

National Assembly has embarked

upon. “This is about

the creation of Adada state.

But there are so many other

opportunities to better the lot

of our people through constitutional

ammendment.

letter to the President of the

Senate, Senator Ahmad

Lawan, dated January 27,

2021, said the screening was

being sought in furtherance of

Section 18 (1) of the Armed

Forces Act Cap A.20 Laws of

the Federation of ong>Nigeriaong>.

The new service chiefs to be

screened are: Major General

Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence

Staff; Major General Ibrahim

Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff;

Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo,

Chief of Naval Staff; and Air

Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao,

Chief of Air Staff.

Also referred was the President’s

request for the confirmation

of General Abayomi

Olonisakin, retd; Lt-Gen.

Tukur Buratai, retd; Vice Admiral

Ibok Ekwe Ibas, retd;

Air Marshal Sadique

Abubakar, retd; and Air Vice

Marshal Muhammad S.

Usman, retd, as non-career

ambassadorial nominees.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 9

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri & Luminous

Jannamike

ABUJATHE Federal High

Court sitting in Abuja

yesterday vacated an order it

made on November 4, 2020,

which directed banks to freeze

accounts that were linked to 20

alleged promoters of the

#EndSARS protest that rocked

the nation last year.

The court, in a ruling by Justice

Ahmed Mohammed, ordered all

the commercial banks affected by

the order, to “immediately”

unfreeze the accounts, even as

it struck out the suit that was

filed against the alleged

#EndSARS promoters by the

Central Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>, CBN,

and its govenor, Mr. Godwin

Emiefele.

The order came after all the

parties notified the court that

they had resolved to amicably

settle the matter by withdrawing

all the processes they earlier filed

with respect to the suit marked

FHC/ABJ/CS/1384/2020.

While the CBN and its govenor

were represented by a former

Attorney General of the

Federation and Minister of

Justice, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa,

SAN, all the persons affected by

the freezing order were

represented by human rights

lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN.

The senior lawyers told the

court at the resumed proceedings

in the matter on Wednesday that

their decision to withdraw all the

processes in the suit was to allow

the reconciliation process that

is ongoing before various panels

of enquiry on police brutality

across the country, to progress

unhindered.

After he had listened to the

parties, Justice Mohammed

accordingly struck out the suit.

It would be recalled that the

court had on the strength of an

ex-parte application that was

brought before it by the CBN and

its govenor, ordered banks to

freeze accounts of the alleged

promoters of the #EndSARS

protest for a total period of 180

days.

The court said the order was to

allow the CBN to conclude its

investigation into allegation that

the accounts were used to

finance terrorism.

The 20 persons listed as

defendants in the suit were

Bolatito Oduala, Chima

Ibebunjoh, Mary Kpengwa,

Gatefield ong>Nigeriaong> Limited, Saadat

Bibi, Bassey Israel, Wisdom Obi,

Nicholas Osazele, Ebere Idibie,

Akintomide Yusuf, Uhuo Promise,

Mosopefoluwa Odeseye and

Adegoke Emmanuel.

Others are, Umoh Ekanem,

Babatunde Segun, Mulu

Teghenan, Mary Oshifowora,

Winifred Jacob, Victor Solomon

and Idunu Williams.

Meanwhile, the defendants, in

an application they filed to setaside

the order, maintained that

they were denied fair hearing by

the court.

They accused the CBN of not

only lying to the court when it

painted them as suspected

terrorists, but also engaging in

gross abuse of the judicial process.

The Defendants contended

that the freezing order the court

issued against them was

“anchored on misrepresentation

of material facts and based on

suppression of material facts” by

the CBN.

Listing 13 grounds the court

should consider and unfreeze

their accounts, they argued that

the ex-parte order the court

granted to the apex bank only

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Why court ordered banks to unfreeze accounts

of 20 alleged #EndSARS promoters •Strikes out CBN's suit

validated an illegal act.

According to them, “The

Plaintiff/Respondent unlawfully

froze the accounts of the

Defendants/Applicants before

seeking and obtaining the orders

of this Honourable Court on

November 4, 2020.

“This Honorable Court on the

4th day of November, 2020

pursuant to an ex parte

application brought by the

Plaintiff/Respondent, made a

mandatory order, inter alia,

empowering the Plaintiff/

Applicant to direct the head of

Access Bank of ong>Nigeriaong> Plc,

Fidelity Bank Plc, First Bank Plc,

Guarantee Trust Bank Plc,

United Bank Plc and Zenith Bank

Plc to freeze forthwith all

transactions on the 20 Bank

Accounts of the Defendants/

Applicants for a period of 90 days

pending the outcome of

investigation and inquiry

currently being conducted by the

CBN without affording the

Respondents/Applicants the right

of fair hearing.

“The said order of the

Honourable Court permitting the

Plaintiff/Respondent to freeze the

applicants account for a period of

90 days (renewable for another

90 days) breached the

fundamental right of the

Defendants/Applicants, to fair

hearing guaranteed by Section

36 of the 1999 Constitution (as

amended) and Article 7 of the

African Charter on Human and

Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and

Enforcement) Act, Laws of the

Federation, 2004 in that no fair

hearing was granted the

applicant/respondent before the

order was made.

“The Plaintiff/Respondent is

neither one of the investigative

agencies nor prosecuting

agencies recognized under the

Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011

and the Terrorism Prevention

(Amendment) Act, 2013.

“The said other violated the

rights of the Defendants/

Applicants to own movable

property. There was no urgency

warranting the grant of the order

ex parte.

“The ex-parte order made by

the Honourable Court has

determined the fundamental right

of the Defendants/Applicants

without affording them fair

hearing”, they argued.

More so, in a 27-paragraphed

supporting affidavit that was

deposed to by Marshal Abubakar,

a lawyer in Falana’s Chambers,

the Applicants, said they were

never afforded the

opportunity to defend the

terrorism allegation the CBN

made against them, before the

ex-parte order was made,

contrary to the the provision

of Section 36 of the 1999

Constitution (as amended)

and Article 7 of the African

Charter on Human and

Peoples’ Rights (Ratification

and Enforcement) Act, Laws

of the Federation, 2004.

They told the court that the

CBN had since October, 2020,

ordered banks to freeze all the

accounts belonging to them, even

before it approached the court for

the ex-parte order.

“That on October 15, 2020, the

accounts of the Defendants/

Applicants were frozen by their

respective banks on the orders of

the Plaintiff/Respondent without

notice and lawful justification.

“That the Plaintiff/

•CBN should stop freezing bank accounts of activists FALANA

•It’s not over yet, CSOs warn FG •As CAN says freezing of the accounts

uncalled for, ong>Nigeriaong> can’t nurture democracy by stifling freedom of expression

CONDOLENCE VISIT: Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State (middle), his wife, Dame Edith Okowa

(left) and Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia during Ovia's condolence visit to the governor over

the death of his father, Pa Arthur Okowa in Government House, Asaba yesterday.

Respondent approached this

honorable court by way of

motion ex-parte to legalize the

illegal freezing of the Defendants/

Applicants accounts.

“That an ex-parte order was

made on the 4th day of November,

2020, by which this Honorable

Court froze the Respondents/

Applicants’ accounts based on

allegation(s) bordering on

terrorism.

“That the Plaintiff/

Respondent’s motion ex parte did

not disclose any fact capable of

linking the defendants/applicants

to any terrorism activity.”

The Applicant said they would

suffer economic hardship, unless

the court vacated the order it

made against them.

Meanwhile, Civil society

groups, on Wednesday, warned

the federal authorities that the

fight for justice and good

governance by #EndSARS

protesters is still not over,

despite the Federal High

Court’s order directing the

Central Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>

(CBN) to unfreeze the bank

accounts of the 20 promoters

of the protest.

Stop freezing activists'

bank accounts, Falana tells

CBN

Meanwhile, counsel to the

protesters, Mr Femi Falana in

his reaction said: ''Let the

CBN stop freezing the Bank

Accounts of activists because

it constitutes a gross

infringement of the fundamental

Google announces online safety initiatives for ong>Nigeriaong>, Kenya, S’Africa

GOOGLE

has

announced a number of

initiatives across Kenya, ong>Nigeriaong>,

and South Africa to bolster its

continued efforts to keep

children, young people, and

families safe online.

In a statement released on

Tuesday by Juliet Ehimuan, the

tech giant’s country director,

Google said it has teamed up with

some organisations across the

continent to boost efforts and

develop programmes around

online safety.

To mark the 2021 Safer Internet

Day, Google also offered free

online safety books and

government collaborations.

“With an estimated 346 million

right to fair hearing and property.

If the CBN does not desist

from the illegal practice our

courts should turn down frivolous

applications for freezing the bank

accounts of activists and other

citizens.''

This is even as the Christian

Association of ong>Nigeriaong>, CAN,

described the freezing of their

accounts as uncalled for, adding

that ong>Nigeriaong> cannot nurture its

democracy by stopping citizens

from expressing their views or

demonstrating against bad

governance.

The CSOs, which spoke in

separate interviews with

Vanguard, noted that the Federal

Government had a history of

flouting Court Orders. So, they

urged the youths to take

proactive steps to ensure the

judge’s directive was

implemented.

Sue for damages,

Concerned ong>Nigeriaong>ns tells

#EndSARS promoters

The convener of Concerned

ong>Nigeriaong>ns, Comrade Deji

Adeyanju, queried: “What was

the offence allegedly committed

by these patriotic ong>Nigeriaong>ns who

were just protesting and

exercising their fundamental

human rights?

“This is to show that we are

not practising democracy. That’s

why such aberration, could have

taken place.

“However, the youths who

suffered one loss or the other due

to the freezing of their accounts

internet users that came online

for the first time in 2020 and 376

million new social media users,

there is no better time for us to

help people stay safe online,” the

US firm stated.

“We are working with

nonprofits and social enterprises

to advance their work through

Google.org’s Africa Online Safety

Fund.

“We’re also working with

educational institutions and

governments across sub-

Saharan Africa in order to have a

greater impact.”

In administering its Africa

Online Safety Fund, Google said

it gave a grant to Impact Amplifier

and the Institute for Strategic

should sue CBN and claim

damages. This is how to make

countries work. They should not

leave everything to God.”

Stop bending backwards

to oppressive govts, Free

ong>Nigeriaong> Movement tells

Courts

Also, the Free ong>Nigeriaong>

Movement said the court, in the

first place, ought not to have

ordered the accounts frozen at

the request of the Federal

Government through the Central

Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>.

Convener of the group,

Raphael Adebayo said: “The

protesters’ accounts should

never have been frozen in the

first place. The protesters whose

accounts were frozen have had

to struggle immensely for the past

three months, living a destitute

life despite having money in the

bank.

Put #EndSARS on the

2023 agenda, CDNDC tells

youths

Reacting also, the Coalition in

Defence of ong>Nigeriaong>n Democracy

and Constitution, urged the

youths to put #EndSARS on

their human rights agenda for

governance ahead of the 2023

general elections.

Mr. Ariyo Atoye, Convener of

CDNDC said: “Interestingly, I

see no reason to celebrate this

‘well-deserved’ court verdict

unfreezing the accounts of

#EndSARS promoters, because

that ugly, thoughtless and

Dialogue to run a call across the

continent to find innovative nonprofit

organisations operating in

Africa.

“26 organisations across 9

African countries were selected

to get grants of up to $100,000

each. The five selected in ong>Nigeriaong>

include Epower, LagosMums,

Velma Foundation, Hive

Creative Guild and Teens Can

Code,” it added.

“This funding will be used to

boost projects that work to combat

online vulnerabilities,

disinformation and extremism

aimed at children, the youth,

families, schools and small and

medium-sized businesses.”

Google also collaborated with

shameful action the government

took, shouldn’t have happened

in the first instance in a

democratic nation.''

We can’t nurture

democracy by stifling

freedom of expression

CAN

On its part, the Christian

Association of ong>Nigeriaong>, CAN,

described the freezing of their

accounts as uncalled for, adding

that ong>Nigeriaong> cannot nurture its

democracy by stopping citizens

from expressing their views or

demonstrating against bad

governance.

CAN’s Vice Chairman

(Northern region), Reverend

John Hayab, said: “The freezing

of their accounts in the first place

was uncalled for. We cannot

nurture our democracy by

stopping citizens from expressing

their views or demonstrating

against bad governance.

“It is sad to remember that

those in authority now in our

country some years ago mobilized

citizens to protest against the

then government.

“A good teacher should expect

his students to do better than

him, but that is not what we are

seeing today. I salute the courage

of the Judge for this judgement

and advice the people concern to

respect the judgement.

Our nation will not enjoy

any good progress when

citizens are denied their right

to peaceful assembly and

expressions of views.”

Nomthi Odukoya, a ong>Nigeriaong>n author,

to create ‘How to be Safe Online’,

a book for kids.

It said that physical copies of

the book would be distributed to

30,000 learners in Kenya, ong>Nigeriaong>

and South Africa this month. The

US tech giant added that the book

has also been made available

online on the Read-Along app.

“With more children, young

people and families increasingly

using the internet to learn and

work in the face of the COVID-19

pandemic, online safety is a

priority for everyone,” it said.

“We look forward to the

continued empowerment of

teachers and parents with tools

to keep children safe online.''


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News

Gridlock: Sanwo-Olu seeks

synergy with NIMASA to

decongest Apapa

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

L AGOSGOVERNOR

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State has stressed

the need for collaborative

efforts with the

management of the

ong>Nigeriaong>n Maritime and

Safety Agency, NIMASA,

and stakeholders to

decongest the perennial

gridlock in Apapa and

environs.

Sanwo-Olu said this

when he hosted top

management of NIMASA,

led by its Director-General,

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, on a

courtesy visit to him at the Lagos

House in Alausa, Ikeja.

He said: “It’s important we work

collaboratively. Another area of

partnership is in the area of the

wreckage. Once we find the

wreckage, we should put them

out. We are at the stage of

completing 15 jetties in the state.

“We have moved over 250,000

passengers through our ferries in

less than a year. We plan to

develop the waterways, where

people do a lot. It is a deliberate

strategy we need to look at.

‘’As a government, we are ready

to work hand-in-hand with you.

2023: We’ll sue Tinubu if...

TSO

By Olayinka Ajayi

LAGOSTHE Tinubu

Support Organisation,

TSO, yesterday, vowed to

sue the Leader of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Asiwaju Bola

Tinubu, if he declines to

contest the Presidential

election in 2023.

Speaking at a programme

organised by the women

wing of the group, in

Lagos, Director-General of

the group, Aminu

Solaiman, said the group

would do all that is

required to see Tinubu

emerge as president in

2023.

He said: “I have a long

We will commission the Lekki Port

before the end of this

administration so we can decongest

Apapa.

“We are willing and ready. We

want to see that real synergy.”

In his remarks, Jamoh, who

declared Lagos as the best in

maritime safety in the country,

said: “Lagos remains the only

state that has the highest

maritime security.”

While identifying the area of

partnerships between the state

government and NIMASA, the

DG said: “We are seeing the

extinction of the fishery industry

due to maritime insecurity. 98 per

cent of the maritime insecurity

originates from land to sea but

Lagos remains the state that has

the highest maritime security.

“We are also looking at the ferry

services as the alternative means

of transportation so we can

reduce the level of traffic

congestion we are experiencing.

“Also, the estate management

on the sea. Another area has to

do with the shipping extension

and development so that our

visions which we envisaged in

the next 20 years will take us to

the Promised Land.

“We need alliances and we

have recognised Lagos State as

one of our alliances.”

time relationship with

Asiwaju Tinubu. I have

known him for over 18years

now. Based on the good

work he has done for this

country, I decided to

organize the TSO for him.

Like every political support

group, TSO is open to every

ong>Nigeriaong>n who sees a better

future in the leadership of

Asiwaju.

“If Asiwaju becomes the

president of ong>Nigeriaong>, the

country will be better.

We are going around the

country meeting with some

governors.

“If Tinubu refuses to

contest in 2023, we will sue

him to court. He must

contest because we love

someone like him with a

good pedigree.”

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Herdsmen didn't attack Soyinka

Son, Police

By James

Ogunnaike

ABEOKUTAONE of

the children of the

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole

Soyinka, Dr. Olaokun

Soyinka, yesterday,

debunked rumours on

social media about the

alleged attack on his father

by Fulani herdsmen.

This came as the

Southern and MiddleBelt

Leaders Forum, SMBLF,

warned that there would be

consequences of hurting a

man like Soyinka.

But the young Soyinka

said, in a statement he

circulated on social media,

that the story was not true.

Some social media

platforms published a story

that “Prof. Wole Soyinka’s

house was attacked, last

night, by Fulani hoodlums

and miscreants wanted to

assassinate him, because of

his numerous truth to

power and, particularly, his

recent news interview,

where he spoke truth to the

Presidency, especially

advising Buhari to come out

openly and denounce the

Fulani herdsmen's

dastardly acts of violence in

the Southern parts of

ong>Nigeriaong>.”

But Dr. Olaokun Soyinka,

By Dayo Johnson

AKUREONDO State

government,

yesterday, warned that any

herder who breaches the

open grazing order would

be arrested and

prosecuted.

The state government had

banned open grazing and

under-age herding.

It stated that the

herdsmen were inimical to

security and, therefore,

issued a quit notice to them

in its forest reserves.

in the statement, said the

story was nothing but fake

news.

He said: “This is not true,

please do not circulate

further and help to debunk

it. “It is an attempt to encourage

discord. Although

some cows were spotted,

neither Prof nor his house

was attacked by anyone.

“I have confirmed this

today (Wednesday 10th)

directly myself from him.

“Kindly do not fall for this

attempt, whatever the

motive, to further inflame

this problematic situation.”

It's a case of stray

cows Police

When contacted, the

Ogun State Police

Command said the matter

was nothing, but a case of

stray cow.

The command’s

spokesman, Abimbola

Oyeyemi in a statement,

said there was no attempt

by anyone to attack Prof.

Soyinka

Abimbola said: "It was a

thing of surprise to see a

video trending on social

media that the respected

Professor Wole Soyinka's

house was invaded by

Fulani herdsmen with the

view to attack or kill him.

It, however, asked those

with genuine businesses in

the state to register with the

government.

The commander of the

state security outfit,

codenamed Amotekun,

Chief Adetunji Adeleye

gave the warning in Akure.

Adeleye was reacting to

the arrest of two herders

and 200 cattle for destroying

crops in Irese farm

settlement in Akure.

The commander said that

the 200 cattle have been

taken to the headquarters

of the security outfit in

“The video is nothing but

a calculated attempt by

mischief makers to cause

panic in the minds of

people. There is nothing

like invasion of Prof Wole

Soyinka's house or any form

of attack on his person.

"The attention of the

Ogun State police

command has been drawn

to a video circulating on

social media about a

purported attack of Nobel

Laurete, Prof Wole Soyinka's

house by Fulani herdsmen

and the command wishes

to set the record straight.

"On Tuesday 9th of

February 2021, one Kazeem

Sorinola, an indigene of

Ijeun Abeokuta who is into

cattle business said to have

been informed by a young

Fulani man, Awalu

Muhammad, who takes

care of the cattle, that one

of the cows had got

missing.

"While the Fulani man

was searching for the stray

cow around Kemta Estate

where Prof. Wole Soyinka's

house is located, the Prof.

himself who was going out

then saw the Fulani man

with some of the cows. He

came down to ask where

the man was heading to

with the cows. He there and

then asked the Fulani man

to move the cattle away

from the vicinity.

The DPO Kemta division, who

Akure.

Farmers in the

community alerted the

Amotekun Corps after their

farmlands were destroyed.

On arrival at the farm, the

herders shot at the

Amotekun personnel.

Adeleye said that the

head of the Fulani group

would be invited to identify

the cattle and the owners.

3 pipeline vandals

nabbed

Meanwhile, three

suspected pipeline vandals

were arrested in Ore, in

Odigbo council area of the

state.

VISITLagos

State Governor,

Babajide Sanwo-

Olu [right], with

Director General,

N i g e r i a n

M a r i t i m e

Administration

and Safety

A g e n c y ,

NIMASA, Dr.

Bashir Jamoh,

when the DG

paid a courtesy

visit to the

governor, at

Government

House in Alausa,

Ikeja.

heard about the incident quickly

moved to the scene with a patrol

team and the owner of the cows

was invited to come with the

Fulani man in charge of the cattle.

The duo were questioned and

properly profiled.

"The entire place was inspected

by the DPO and it was established

that it was just a case of stray cow

as nothing was damaged or

tampered with.

"The video is nothing but a

calculated attempt by mischief

makers to cause panic in the

minds of people. There is nothing

like invasion of Prof Wole

Soyinka's house or any form of

attack on his person.

The Commissioner of Police,

Edward Ajogun has been to the

scene for on the spot assessment,

and he personally interviewed

the owner of the cattle, Kazeem

Sorinola, as well as the Fulani

man who is in charge of the cattle

and their statements show

clearly that the mischievous

narrative of invasion is nothing

to take serious.

"The command, hereby, wishes

to warn the fake news peddlers

to desist from it as they may be

made to feel the weight of the

law. It is an offence for anybody

to originate or help in circulating

fake news. The command will,

therefore, be tracing and fishing

out those deliberately dishing out

fake information to members of

the public especially the one that

cause panic in the mind of

innocent people.”

Breach grazing order, get arrested, Ondo

warns herdsmen

The suspected vandals

include Mushood Agboola,

Taye Akande and Gbenga

Akinluyi.

The Amotekun commander

stated that his men, while on

patrol, laid an ambush for the

suspects after noticing some cuts

in the pipeline area.

He said one of the suspects,

Moshood Agboola, said it was

Akande who told him where he

could get iron scraps beside the

pipeline.

Agboola said: “It was Akande

that took me to the location. I

have never been there before.

The next thing I saw was the

Amotekun men that came to

arrest us.”

C

M

Y

K


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LAUNCHINGFrom left: Tunji Bello, Commissioner for the Environment and Water

Resources; Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education; Mrs. Ibijoke

Sanwo-Olu, First Lady of Lagos State; Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, wife of deputy governor;

Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environment, Ministry

of Environment and Water Resources, and Joe Igbokwe, Special Adviser on Drainage

& Water Resources, during the official launching of the Environmental Bees Club

and Training Manual, at Adeyemi-Bero Hall in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday.

Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

I’m still in PDP Fani Kayode

FORMER Aviation minister

and a chieftain of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday,

dismissed as false reports that he

has joined the ruling All

Progressives Congress, APC.

On Monday, he met with some

APC governors and Chairman of

the Caretaker Committee,

Governor Mai Mala Buni, and

claimed that the meeting was

consultative and would be across

party lines to find solutions to

ong>Nigeriaong>’s prevailing challenges.

By Henry Umoru

ABUJATHE

Senate,

yesterday, described the

death of former minister of

Information and Culture, Prince

Tony Momoh, as painful and

shocking, after observing a

minute's silence in his honour.

Resolutions of the Senate were

sequel to a point of order raised

by Senator Francis Alimikhena,

titled: ‘The Demise of Prince Tony

Momoh (27th April 19371st

February 2021).’

Alimikhena said: “The Senate

notes with grief the death of

Prince Tony Momoh, a veteran

journalist and politician, who died

in Abuja, on Monday, February

1, 2021, at the age of 81.

“Notes that Prince Tony Momoh

was born on the 27th April 1939

in Auchi, Edo State. He was the

165th child of King Momoh of

Auchi. He attended Government

School Auchi and Anglican School Okpe

(1949-1954). He was headmaster at the

Anglican School, Ubuneke, Ivbiaro,

Owan East Local Government (January

$1.36m, N50m debt: Emirates seeks stay of execution

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOSA Federal High

Court, sitting in Lagos, would,

on February 22, 2021, rule on an

application by Emirates Airlines

seeking to stay execution of a

$1.623 million and N50 million

judgment debt owed to a

businessman, Orji Prince Ikem.

The trial judge, Justice Muslim

Hassan, adjourned the matter,

yesterday, after the airline’s counsel, Prof.

Awa Kalu, SAN, moved an application

seeking to stay execution of the

judgment, pending appeal.

Ikem’s counsel, Chris Ekemezie, had

On Tuesday, Governor Yahaya

Bello of Kogi, one of those Fani-

Kayode met, on Monday,

reportedly claimed that the PDP

chieftain had defected to the APC.

Addressing reporters after

revalidating his APC

membership in Okene, Bello said

Fani-Kayode was now an APC

member, claiming that the former

minister approached him about

his decision to leave the PDP for

the APC.

“I have the mandate to

Senate mourns Tony Momoh as

burial holds today

1958 to December 1959) he went to the

Provincial Teachers Training College,

Abudu, Edo State and Government

Teachers College, Abraka in (1960-1961).

“The Senate notes that Prince Momoh

started his journalism career as a Sub-

Editor at the Daily Times in October

1962, rising steadily through the ranks

to become Editor and Deputy General

Manager (June 1976-1980);

“The Senate is aware that, as a

democrat, he played an active role in the

formation of various political platforms at

the transition stage in ong>Nigeriaong>, from

Military to civilian rule. He was a media

director of Alex Ekwueme Presidential

Campaign organisation in 1999;

“Aware also that he was the Chairman,

Media and Publicity Committee of All

ong>Nigeriaong>n People’s Party, ANPP, Campaign

Organisation in 2003 and 2007 election

and was appointed Chairman of the

Congress for Progressive Change, CPC,

in the lead-up to the April 2011 General

elections; and led the CPC to a merger

that gave birth to the APC. "

“We are convinced that his death is a

grave loss, not only to his Edo North and

Edo state but to the nation as a whole.”

Prince Tony Momoh will be buried

today at Grailland, Iju Hills, in Lagos,

according to his wishes.

urged the court to order the judgment

debtor to deposit the $1.623milion and

N50million in an interest yielding

account of the court’s Deputy Chief

Registrar.

Ekemezie contended that the airline,

a judgment debtor, could not continue

to hold on to the sum and be enjoying

the benefits thereof while the appeal is

pending.

He said: “My lord, a labourer deserves

his wages. How can a judgment debtor

be holding on to the fruit of a judgment

creditor? I urge my Lord to refuse an

undertaking to pay after appeal which

can still travel up to the Supreme Court.”

On January 11, 2021, the court ordered

mobilise, to sensitize, to educate

and woo ong>Nigeriaong>ns into the party

irrespective of their background.

Our brother and friend, Chief

Femi Fani Kayode has joined our

party in good faith. He is joining

our party to come and add his

own positive energy and make

contribution into ensuring that

APC is a party to beat.

“Remember that Chief Femi

Fani-Kayode was a foundation

member of this great party. Due

to misunderstanding, he decided

to port elsewhere. Now he has

decided to join our party,

approached me, and by the

mandate given to me by the party,

I must not segregate or

discriminate against any

individual.

“Even if he has a different

opening about the party before,

about the government, and he has

seen the light, the reality and the

needs to join the All Progressives

Congress, it is just important,

nice, and sweet to welcome Chief

Femi Fani-Kayode to come and

join this party. Remember, this

party does not belong to one

individual, it belongs to all

ong>Nigeriaong>ns.

“We will welcome you with our

hands wide open. So, Chief Femi

Fani-Kayode, you are welcome to

our party. Come and make your

contribution and ensure that this

party is greater than any

individual in ong>Nigeriaong>,” Bello

reportedly said.

However, Fani-Kayode,

yesterday, denied leaving the

PDP.

“Though we have had

meetings across party lines and

we are in a season of political

consultation I have not left the

PDP,” he tweeted.

Emirates Airlines to pay Ikem

$1.36million, being the amount

contained in his hand luggage that went

missing in the airline’s custody during a

2007 China trip.

Justice Hassan also ordered the

airlines to pay Ikem N50million as

damages for the “untold hardship and

loss of earning” he suffered by the

deprivation of use of his money from 2007

till date.

The judgment followed the plaintiff’s

nearly 12 years battle to recover two hand

luggage containing personal effects and

$700,000, as well as $930,000 in 18

bundles of $50,000 wraps each and

$30,000 cash not in a wrap.

Many home cooking have destroyed many

men's appetite oo!

Don't worry...what goes around, comes

around...God go catch you soon!

Everything has its time and season...so is

life!


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VISIT: Delta State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Ali (middle) with some management

staff of Delta State Broadcasting Service, during a visit the the station, yesterday.

Stop the dance of shame in NDDC,

N’Delta monarch tells Buhari

By Emma Amaize

THE Ovie (traditional

ruler) of Idjerhe

Kingdom, Ethiope West Local

Government Area of Delta

Sate, HRM Obukowho

Whiskey, has asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to halt

the dance of shame at Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, by

quickly returning the

regional interventionist

agency to the Presidency.

Whiskey in a statement in

Asaba, said: “Just like a similar

body, the North East

Development Commission is

under the Presidency. I am

advocating urgent return of

the troubled NDDC to the

Presidency because it will

help address the controversial

control of NDDC that has

been today hijacked by the

Minister of Niger Delta,

Obong Godswill Akpabio.

“President Buhari, as the

father of the nation, must now

listen to the voice of reasoning

and urgently reposition the

NDDC to carry out its

statutory responsibilities in

intervening in critical

infrastructural responsibility,

which the agency was

established to address.

“This avoidable crisis would

have been put to rest if the

president had listened to

critical stakeholders by

inaugurating the already

screened and confirmed

board of the NDDC under the

chairmanship of Dr Pius

Odubu and Chief Bernard

Okumagba as Managing

Director.

“The huge financial

mismanagement and

outright stealing of billions of

naira by individuals in the

name of Interim

Management Committee

and recently, Sole

Administrator have clearly

shown that the president must

put an end to this dance of

shame by removing NDDC

control from Akpabio, as all

evidences have shown total

failure and lack of capacity.

“It should be noted also that

the huge stealing that is

taking place in NDDC will

become a standard if nothing

drastic is done to bring the

looters and their conspirators

to book.

“I, therefore, call for urgent

probing and prosecution of

all those who are responsible

for the current sorry state of

the NDDC. We cannot

pretend that all is well in

Niger Delta when NDDC

has been hijacked by an

individual to the detriment of

larger populace of our

people. The president must

act now or never.”

2023: APC’ll win Delta if leaders

are less cantankerous Ojougboh

By Festus Ahon

Apast SABAIMMEDIATE

Interim Executive

Director of Project, EDP, on

the board of Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, Dr Cairo Ojougboh,

has said All Progressives

Congress, APC, has a better

prospect to win Delta State

in 2023, if the leaders of the

party could cooperate, begin

to be less cantankerous and

do not match their ambition

with hostility with other party

members.

Ojougboh on the sidelines

of sensitisation of party

members in Ika South said:

“APC is the most popular

party in Delta State for a very

long but we have not been

able to utilise that God given

advantage. So now is the

opportunity to exploit that

advantage.

“Our prospect in 2023

Gov Emmanuel seeks partnership with US

on Deep Seaport devt

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO GOVERNOR

Udom Emmanuel of

Akwa Ibom State has sought

partnership with the United

States of America, USA, in

the development of the Ibom

Deep Seaport project.

Emmanuel spoke through

his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo,

when the Chief of Political

and Economic Affairs of the

US Consulate in ong>Nigeriaong>,

Mr Brandon Hudspeth,

visited him at Government

House, Uyo.

He noted that by sheer

conceptualisation, the Ibom

Deep Seaport was

programmed to become the

flagship of the shipping

industry in this part of the

world given its strategic

location, which is endowed

with a natural draught and

direct access to all parts of the

depends on the cooperation

of the leaders starting from

now. Once we are able to put

our house in order, and

leaders begin to be less

cantankerous and do not

match their ambition with

hostility with other party

members, then we will move

forward.

“You see, with the

amendment we are making,

with the efforts we are making

at reconciliation, you will see

the party winning 15 to 20

local governments in the

March 6, 2021 local

government elections if there

is no government

interference, and the PDP

does not enter the house to

write the results. You will see

what APC will do, there will

be no surprises.”

Be fair to all,

Keyamo urges

world, including America.

He pointed out that US, as

a country has enjoyed a robust

bilateral relationship with

ong>Nigeriaong> since the nation’s

independence.

He said: “The huge

investment opportunities

abound in Akwa Ibom State

for American investors to take

advantage. So, I am inviting

the US to take advantage of

the enormous business

opportunities here. The Ibom

registration c’ttee

Meanwhile, Minister of

State for Labour, Mr Festus

Keyamo, has told the

Chairman of the APC

Registration/Revalidation

Committee and his members

to be fair to all the interests

within the party in Delta

State.

Keyamo, who threw the

challenge to the Chairman

of the APC Registration/

Revalidation Committee,

said: “As you are set to

distribute your materials to the

LGA coordinators, you must

bear in mind the need to

balance all the delicate

interests within the APC in

Delta State in such a way that

you don’t put the entire

materials meant for any LGA

in the hands of two

coordinators solely

nominated by a particular

political leader in the state,

including myself."

Deep Seaport project has

received the approval by the

Federal Government.

“I want to assure you that

the peaceful ambience, which

the state offers is the best in

ong>Nigeriaong> for investors. Exxon

Mobil, an American oil

company, is already enjoying

the state’s favourable

ambience.

In his brief remarks earlier,

Mr Hudspeth described his

tour of Niger Delta states as a

show of his country’s interest

in the zone.

Itsekiri Amnesty Students condemn group

for dragging INYC to court

BENEFICIARIES of

Itsekiri Amnesty

programme have

condemned some Itsekiri

sons and daughters for

dragging the Itsekiri

National Youth Council,

INYC, led by Weyinmi

Agbateyiniro to court.

Mrs Rechael Arueyingho,

who spoke on behalf of the

amnesty beneficiaries,

praised the Agbateyiniroled

administration for

giving over 1,000

scholarships to Itsekiri sons

and daughters, adding that

no regime of Itsekiri

Diri receives senator, ex-Reps,

APC, YDP defectors

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOAGovernor

Douye Diri of Bayelsa

State has urged the political

class in the state to shun

politics of hate in the interest

of development in the state.

Diri, who made the appeal

when he received defectors

from All Progressives

Congress, APC and Young

Democratic Party, YDP,

Tuesday evening in Yenagoa,

said the only way they can

benefit from the creation of

the state is to unite for the

purpose of development.

The defectors include

former ong>Nigeriaong>n Ambassador

to Venezuela, Senator Felix

Oboro, as well as former

members of the House of

Representatives namely

Bolous Indiamaowei, Mike

Epengule and Graham

Ipigansi, who are all

returning to Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, from

APC.

Diri said time had come for

people of the state to spread

love rather than acrimony in

the interest of progress of the

National Youth Council has

attained such height.

The group warned that

should anything stop their

programme, they would

lead a protest match to the

houses of those involved in

dragging the INYC to court

and make them face the

consequences.

state.

He expressed delight over

the decision of members of

the opposition parties to join

forces with his government

to move the state forward,

saying posterity will be kind

to them for putting the

interest of the state ahead of

personal considerations.

He said: “There is no

reason to hate ourselves

when we should love. This

is the time to bring back

brotherly love."

In his welcome remarks,

the state PDP chairman, Mr

Solomon Agwanana, said

members of the opposition

parties were in Government

House to interact with the

governor preparatory to their

formal defection on February

14

Ṡpeaking on their behalf,

Senator Oboro said they were

impressed by the

performance of the Diri

administration, hence their

decision to join forces with it.

Also, a member of YDP,

Elvis Donkemezuo, said his

party was impressed by Diri’s

leadership style, which has

put the state on the fast lane

of development.

Wike releases N16.6bn for

Rivers varsity expansion

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State has

released N16.6 billion for the

establishment of three new

campuses and medical

college upgrade for the

Rivers State University, RSU.

The state Commissioner for

Information and

Communications, Paulinus

Nsirim, at a briefing,

yesterday, said: “Out of this

amount, N9 billion will be

take-off grant for the three

new campuses at Ahoada,

Emohua and Etche.

“Each of the campuses has

N3 billion to cater for faculty

building, hostels, offices,

libraries, auditorium, lecture

halls and other relevant

requirements that will make

the campuses function

effectively.

“Similarly, N7.6 billion is set

for the College of Medical

Sciences of the university to

establish the Faculty of Basic

Medical Sciences, Faculty of

Clinical Sciences and the

Pathology Building.”

He said the development

was in the gradual fulfillment

of Wike’s desire to create a

new Rivers through prudent,

efficient and transparent

management of available

resources.

He said: “With

establishment of the three

new campuses, communities

where they are sited will be

opened up for consequential

development and economic

activities, in addition to

creating jobs that will reduce

unemployment in the state.”

Members of 52 deregistered

political parties in Bayelsa join PDP

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Ystate

ENAGOAFORMER

chairmen,

governorship candidates and

other chieftains of the 52 deregistered

political parties

with their members have

joined the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

Bayelsa State.

Speaking on behalf of the

former governorship

candidates of the parties, at a

reception in Yenagoa, Kunde

Noah and Sotonye Kenny,

noted that they were

prepared to work with PDP

just as they called for proper

integration of their members

into the party.

Chief Henry Igwe and

Tarilaye Dakoru, who spoke

on behalf of the former state

chairmen and members of the

de-registered parties,

pledged their loyalty to the

PDP, adding that they would

work for its development.

Also, a chieftain of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and former chairman

and coordinator of all the

other parties, James Inengite,

expressed their willingness to

work with the governor to

bring development to the

state.


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11 youths detained by popular priest in

Anambra community regain freedom

By Chimaobi

Nwaiwu

NNEWIWILD jubilation

took over the Nkwelle-

Ezunaka community in Oyi Local

Government Area of Anambra

State yesterday as the

eleven youths arrested and detained

by a popular Anambra

Catholic priest, Reverend Father

Emmanuel Obimma, popularly

known as 'Fr. Ebube

Muonso' regained their freedom.

The community had last year

protested the detention of the

eleven youths and disappearance

of 68 others who allegedly

fled the community for fear

of being arrested and clamped

into the Onitsha prison as done

to their eleven brothers who

spent over eight months languishing

in the prison.

The youths were arrested following

an allegation levelled

against them by the priest that

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CONDOLENCE VISIT: Delta State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko (middle); Mr. Austin Oghoro,

Permanent Secretary, Office of the SSG (right); Dr. Felicia Adun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry

of Water Resources (left) and other Permanent Secretaries at the residence of the late Permanent

Secretary, Office of the HoS, Mr. Cletus Obiegba, when the HoS led College of Permanent

Secretaries on a condolence visit to the deceased's family, Asaba, yesterday.

Herders, farmers crises: Why we met

Imo monarchs, Hausa/Fulani Police

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRITHE Imo State

Police command yesterday

said they met with the

Hausa/Fulani communities

in Okigwe local government

area of Imo State for them to

live peacefully with their host

communities.

In a statement to newsmen

in Owerri, the State Police Public

Relations Officer, PPRO,

Orlando Ikeokwu said that

even the traditional rulers

from the area were part of the

meeting.

It stated that the purpose of

the meeting was to find a lasting

solution to the farmers/

herders crises.

According to the statement,

"The Commissioner of Police,

Imo State, CP Nasiru Mohammed,

visited Okigwe Local

government to interact

with the stakeholders and

Hausa/ Fulani communities

in the zone.

"The occasion which took

place at the Divisional Police

Hqrs Okigwe,on the 9th February,2021,

had in attendance,

the traditional rulers, youth

leaders, presidents- general of

various town unions, women

leaders, Hausa/ Fulani communities

members, farmers,

representatives of the LGA

chair person and councillors .

APC registration: We won't tolerate

inflation of figures in Anambra Tukur

By Vincent

Ujumadu

AWKATHE chairman

of membership registration

and revalidation for the

All Progressives Congress in

Anambra State, Mr. Bello

Tukur has warned that those

planning to inflate figures in

the register or induce members

of the committee would

have themselves to blame.

Speaking during the commencement

of the exercise in

Anambra State, Tukur assured

the people that members

of the committee would

be transparent and solicited

the cooperation of the party

members and stakeholders.

they attempted to kidnap him

over his preaching against

cultism in Nkwelle-Ezunaka.

However, some elders of

Uruebo village where the

Priest, Fr. Obimma also hails

from, including 90 year-old

Chief Abel Okafor and 79 yearold

Chief Augustine Okadigbo,

dismissed the allegation of

kidnapping, armed robbery

and other sundry allegations

levelled against the youths,

saying that the priest was just

trying to intimidate everybody

with his elder brother who is a

member of Anambra House

of Assembly, in order for his

lawmaker brother to continue

to sit tight as the chairman

of the Uruebo village.

However, while speaking

with newsmen at Otuocha

High Court where the 11 Nkwelle-Ezunaka

youths were

set free, Fr. Obimma said he

decided to drop the charges

against the youths because

"We charged them to live

peacefully with each other

and eschew violence as violence

does no one any good.

"We charged them to

promptly and amicably resolve

any issue that may arise

among them and further

commended them for having

a very effective committee

that dialogues on issues relating

to the parties especially

farmers/herders conflict.

Finally, the CP urged them to

tolerate each other's excesses

as that is the only way for

peaceful coexistence."

The statement added that

the "Representatives of the

various groups thanked the

CP for finding time to come

and interact with them and

Tukur said: "There is no

room for any form of manipulation.

This exercise excludes

those tendencies. If

someone thinks he can inflate

the figures and get them into

the register, such a person is

making a serious mistake.

"Even the party leader in the

state, Senator Chris Ngige has

said it. If such a thing happens,

it will be rejected. There

won't be duplication, proxy

registration or over inflation.

You have to be physically

present to be registered.

"Whoever that is planning to

influence the committee

through financial inducement

would loose both his intentions

and his money.

they are his brothers and he

only wanted to correct their

misbehaviour, adding that he

has totally forgiven them.

Ninety- year- old Chief Okafor

who was present with over

one thousand members of Nkwelle

Ezunaka community as

early as 8am at the Otuocha

High Court, said that what Fr.

Obimma did was commendable,

adding that it was what

the community long expected

of him but he decided to hold

the community hostage for

eight months with the case.

"Now that he has done what

is expected of him, we have accepted

him and we will plead

with our youths to forgive him

and his family. He is still our

son, we will not reject him, we

only rejected his intimidation

and harassment of our people

because of local politics and

we hope he has decided for total

peace in Nkwelle

Ezunaka."

promised to continue co-existing

peacefully.

"The head of the Hausa

community also used the opportunity

to thank the people

of the area for being good

landlords, saying he had lived

there for over thirty years without

any issue and that any issue

that arose had always

been settled amicably."

"The challenge of inadequate

funding has also been

taken care of. The members

have pledged to give the exercise

the desired support.

"Before we left Abuja, the

rumour we heard was as if

Anambra is boiling. Some

even said the registration had

commenced. Some said we

won't meet anybody on arrival,

or a crowd that would be

opposed to the exercise.

"But the people are all united

to do the needful. You can

see how they have mobilized

themselves and are very calm

and coordinated.

"The exercise is crucial to the

party and the state in particular

in view of the forthcoming

November election. They

need to come together to really

fight to take over the government.

"If they are not united, they

should forget about winning

any election. But if they're united,

they'll succeed in picking

a good person that will carry

the party's flag."

Chairman of the party in the

state, Chief Basil Ejidike, expressed

satisfaction over the

committee's preparedness for

the exercise, as well as the cordial

working relationship existing

between it and party

members.

He assured the committee

members of a transparent exercise

which, according to

him, was intended to grow the

party for future elections.

"The committee is here to

train members of the registration

supervisory committee so

they can be equipped to train

those at the ward and polling

levels.

"This is the foundation,

hence we must capture every

single one. The strength of the

committee depends on your

support. A good number of

registered members will guarantee

large support base.‘‘

NLC, TUC secretariats: Enugu

workers pay ‘Thank-you visit’ to

Ugwuanyi

ENUGUWORKERS of

Enugu State under the aegis

of the Organized Labour,

on Tuesday, paid a Thank-you

visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

for his administration’s

consistency in addressing

their issues in spite of various

challenges confronting

the nation.

The Organized Labour,

comprising the state leadership

of the ong>Nigeriaong> Labour

Congress (NLC), the Trade

Union Congress of ong>Nigeriaong>

(TUC) and Joint Public Service

Negotiating Council

(JNC), described Ugwuanyi

as a God-fearing, peaceful and

Labour-friendly leader, who

has lived up to expectations

in fulfilling his promises to

workers of the state since his

assumption of office in 2015.

They maintained that Gov.

Ugwuanyi has made a lot of

promises to the workers and

fulfilled them expeditiously

despite “the state’s dwindling

resources occasioned by the

nation’s economic recession,

which your administration

has experienced twice in five

years, the novel COVID-19

pandemic, #EndSARS protests,

among others”.

Speaking, the State Chairman

of NLC, Comrade Virginus

Nwobodo said the governor’s

steadfastness and commitment

to the welfare of the

workers of Enugu State have

brought pride to the state, nationally,

to the extent that

“any time we go for our national

meetings, when other

labour leaders will be crying

that this one has not been

done, we will be giving them

information about new things

that are happening in Enugu;

and they have always applauded

you (Ugwuanyi),

even without you being in our

national meeting”.

On the ongoing construction

of befitting secretariat

complexes, simultaneously,

for the NLC and TUC in the

state, Comrade Nwobodo,

who disclosed that the major

aim of their visit was to thank

the governor specially for the

landmark feats, noted that the

former secretariat given to

NLC around 1998 by then

military administration “was

an eyesore but today you (Ugwuanyi)

have come to wipe

our tears.”

Striking ISOPADEC workers

asked to return to work

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRIWORKERS of

the Imo State Oil Producing

Areas Development

Commission, ISOPADEC,

have been advised to call off

their strike and return to

work.

The Managing Director of

ISOPADEC, Charles Orie,

spoke to newsmen in Owerri

through his Special Adviser

on Media and Publicity,

Demian Oparah.

He said that their return to

office would enable him to

engage the state government

on how to completely resolve

their issues.

He said: "We call on the striking

workers of the commission

to return to their offices

and resume work while we

discusses the issues with the

Imo State government; the

issues concerning the non payment

of their outstanding salaries

and other things that

made them to embark on the

strike".

The managing director told

the workers that even though

all the problems they enumarated

as their grievances didn't

happen under his administration

as MD /CEO of ISOPA-

DEC, he will do all that is within

his powers to make sure

that he solves the problems.

He told the striking workers

that the non payment of

their April and May 2020 salaries,

their salary equalization

with that of Imo State civil

service salary structure, which

they stated as the main issues

that led to the industrial action

had happened before his

appointment, that he will do

his best to ensure that the

matter is peacefully resolved.

The MD/CEO therefore,

advised the striking workers

to resume their duties and be

patient with the government

as he has no doubt in his mind

that all the issues they raised

would be addressed and settled

very soon.

"He warned the striking

workers that if they refuse to

resume their duties, the Commission

will be forced to apply

the common rule of ' No

Work no Pay," Orie said.

Students vacate lodge after

death of colleague

By Chinonso Alozie

Oof WERRISTUDENTS

the Federal Polytechnic

Nekede in Owerri, Imo

State, have started packing

out from the Ezinwanne Lodge

in Nekede, after a first year student

of Building Technology,

Anthony Chinweotito Emmanuel,

was alleged to have

been beaten into coma by his

caretaker, one Daniel Okufuwa

and subsequently died in

the hospital.

Vanguard investigation revealed

that the students hurried

out of the lodge for fear of

being attacked.

This followed the report by

Vanguard that the President of

the Student Union Government,

SUG, Ezeh Chukwuebuka,

threatened a show down

with the caretaker and the landlord

of the building that the students

would shut down the

lodge should the landlord not

present himself, even as he said

that justice must be obtained

for Chinweotito.

On how the story surrounding

the death of Chinweotito,

started, a source who spoke to

Vanguard said that it was as a

result of disagreement between

the caretaker of Ezinwanne

Lodge and the students.

Following a meeting between

the school management,

landlords and the students

union government it was

agreed that final year students

should pay half for accommodation

and other students

should pay full. Some landlords

agreed while others said

they would not accept it. This

decision was taken as a result

of this Covid-19 lockdown

challenges. It was the disagreement

that led to the student's

death.

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Apostolic Church tasks Buhari

on economy, welfare of citizens

By Olayinka Latona

N

A T I O N A L

President of The

Apostolic Church ong>Nigeriaong>, Pastor

Sampson Igwe has urged the

Federal Government to put in

place policies and programmes to

improve the nation’s economy

and tackle insecurity to reduce

the sufferings of ong>Nigeriaong>ns.

Igwe made the call while

briefing journalists on the

church's forthcoming 7th

quadrennial national convention

scheduled for Friday through

Sunday at the church convention

ground, Olorunda Ketu, Lagos

By Moses Nosike

MEMBERS of the

New Heights

Leadership Forum, has resolved

to henceforth participate actively

in the socio-economic and

political developments of the

country.

The group made up of

“intellectuals, well meaning and

articulated” ong>Nigeriaong>ns from the

political, academic, business

organisations with huge

leadership experiences, said the

right time to refocus and make

an impact in the leadership and

development of ong>Nigeriaong> is now.

Speaking on behalf of the

with the theme: “I will heal your

land.”

The cleric also appealed to the

Federal Government to initiate

better welfare packages for

security personnel, urging

government to provide

sophisticated equipment for the

military to enable them fight

terrorism, banditry, insurgency

and crimes ravaging the country.

He said: “Our government

should please take issue of

security seriously. It is very sad

that some set of people can enter

a village, kill people and burn down

the whole place and in most cases,

the culprits will not be arrested.

Forum sets for good governance

group, its Chairman, Ogunseye

Solomon, said the group “is one

of the foremost groups

strategically positioned to be a

political and national compass in

the building process of ong>Nigeriaong>,

which of course is continuum

from one generation to another

and to another. NHLF is not

limited to educating the citizenry

of the lofty vision and mission of

the group and all that it stands

for, but to from time-to-time

critically analyze the challenges

facing us as a nation, share our

thoughts on them and then go

on to offer some advice to the

government and the governed,

which we consider far reaching.”

Meadow Hall, Trinity Western

University offer ong>Nigeriaong>ns

Canadian Degrees

DRIVEN by its passion to

provide ong>Nigeriaong>n students

world standard education and to

raise the standard and quality of

educators, Meadow Hall has

signed a Memorandum of

Understanding (MoU) with

Trinity Western University

(TWU), Canada’s largest private

Christian university and a

member of the Royal Society of

Canada.

Dr. Kehinde Nwani, the

founder of the Meadow Hall

Group, MHVL initiative, said:

''Through this partnership,

Meadow Hall now offers TWU’s

undergraduate programmes,

which commence with the U1

programme. Meadow Hall will

also be running TWU’s Master’s

programme, giving ong>Nigeriaong>n undergraduate

and postgraduate students

the opportunity to learn from

TWU’s highly intellectual and innovative

faculty, whilst gaining

access to its fully-equipped Library

virtually.

''TWU’s U1 and Master’s

programmes are facilitated under

the umbrella of Meadow Hall

Virtual Learning (MHVL), an

online learning platform that

provides varying educational and

personal development

programmes for children and

adults.''

Nwani said the programme has

the the vision of developing

people to become change agents

through the enriching

opportunities provided by the

Group’s subsidiaries.

BRIEFING: From left, Comrade Momodu Buraimoh, Deputy Secretary General; Comrade Audu Amba,

National Publicity Secretary; Comrade Abiso Bulama, 2nd Vice President; Sir Kelvin Nwakwo, Deputy

National President, and Comrade Akosile Samuel, 1st Vice President, all of ong>Nigeriaong>n Union of Teachers

NUT during press conference on the supreme court judgment between ong>Nigeriaong> Union of Teachers and

Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools ASUSS held in Lagos yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.

It’s unfair to criticise Zamfara gov for

granting amnesty to bandits – FG

ABUJATHE Federal

Government through the

Minister of Information and

Culture, Lai Mohammed

yesterday said it was unfair to

criticize Governor Bello

Matawalle of Zamfara State, for

granting amnesty to bandits

terrorizing the state.

According to the minister, the

Federal Government would not

stop any governor from

addressing the security

challenges in ways peculiar to his

state.

Zamfara State governor had

granted amnesty to Auwalun

Daudawa, a notorious bandit who

led his gang to abduct over 300

schoolboys from Government

Science Secondary School,

Kankara, in December last year.

The amnesty programme

which involves de-radicalisation

of criminals and their

reintegration into the society has

been embraced by the Federal

Government and some state

governments.

For instance, the Federal

Government granted amnesty to

600 repentant Boko Haram

terrorists last year, a development

that attracted nationwide outrage

with civil society organisations

censuring the government for

pampering ruthless and

bloodthirsty marauders who were

supposed to be punished after

committing unprintable crimes in

ong>Nigeriaong>’s North-East states, of

Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Recall that Governor, Nasir El-

Rufai of Kaduna State, also

faulted the proposition of

renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh

Abubakar Gumi, who after

meeting with some bandits in

Zamfara, asked the government

to grant them amnesty like was

done for militants in the Niger

Delta region.

However, Mohammed who

spoke on AIT’s ‘Kakaaki’, said the

nature of the problem differs from

state to state and the governors

as chief security officers of their

states were in the best position

to deploy the best solutions to

tackle the issues.

He insisted that there was

nothing wrong with granting

amnesty to criminals if the

purpose was to restore desired

peace in affected areas.

Mohammed said: “When you

are fighting insurgency, you use

both kinetic and non-kinetic

means). Granting amnesty to

notorious drug barons, militants

is not a new thing, it is not unique

to ong>Nigeriaong>.

“You need to be in the shoes of

the Zamfara State government

or governor to appreciate what

the issues at stake are (and) why

he has done that. Don’t also

forget that the state governors

are their own chief security

officers. When you are dealing

with insurgency, kidnapping,

banditry, you are interested in the

bigger picture; how do we restore

peace? If granting amnesty to

one notorious kidnapper is going

to give me peace in my state, I

might take that decision. If

granting amnesty to one

repentant warlord would help me

capture a thousand bandits, I

might take that decision.''

Zulum, others storm Cameroon for repatriation of 9,800

refugees

By Ndahi Marama

M AIDUGURI

GOVERNOR Babagana

Zulum of Borno State, alongside

officials of Federal Ministry

of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster

Management and Social

Development, has stormed

Marwa in the republic of Cameroon,

to facilitate the voluntary

repatriation of no fewer than

9,800 Borno State refugees who

are among 46,000 ong>Nigeriaong>ns taking

refuge in Minawao camp in

Cameroon.

The 9,800 Borno refugees

constitute the first batch of

citizens who had shown

willingness to return to resettlement

houses built by

Borno Government in Bama

and Banki towns.

Zulum arrived Cameroon on

Restorium Capital launches

credit enhancement, project

funding services

By Nkiru Nnorom

IN a bid to increase

productivity among

businesses and boost

infrastructure development in

the country, Restorium Capital

Limited, an Investment banking

and project development firm,

said it is launching trade finance

and credit enhancement services

for importers and manufacturers

as well as project financing as it

re-enters ong>Nigeriaong> market.

Additionally, the company said

it would also launch stock loan

funding for publicly traded

securities on the ong>Nigeriaong>n Stock

Exchange (NSE), for a minimum

loan of $1 million dollars.

The Managing Director/CEO

of the company, Omotayo

Adeola, disclosed this at a virtual

press conference to announce

the re-launch of the company’s

services in ong>Nigeriaong> after exiting

the country five years ago.

She disclosed that Restorium

Capital was set up with a view to

assisting prospecting businesses,

governments and corporate

institutions achieve their

objectives by linking them with

various developmental and

investment funds in Europe,

America, and Asia.

She added that ''the company

currently works with alliance

partners that provide equity and

debt financing for corporates from

$20 million and above and Public

Private Partnership projects from

$100 million and above.''

According to her, the company

also provides funding for

humanitarian projects that make

profits in the areas of social

housing, agric business,

renewable energy, and waste

to wealth.

Merger'll make CAP Plc leader

in paints industry MD

THE

Managing

Director of Chemical and

Allied Products (CAP) Plc, Mr.

David Wright, has said the

company will emerge the biggest

player in the paints industry in

ong>Nigeriaong>, controlling 14.9 percent

total market share following its

proposed merger with Portland

Paints and Products ong>Nigeriaong> Plc.

Already, the companies

have secured an approval-inprinciple

from the Securities

and Exchange Commission

(SEC) and no objection

obtained from the Federal

Competition and Consumer

Protection Commission, and

Federal Inland Revenue

Service for the merger, while

shareholders of both companies

are expected to ratify the plan at

a separate Court-Ordered

Meeting to be held on

February18, 2021.

Tuesday evening and yesterday

led ong>Nigeriaong>n delegation to a tripartite

meeting on repatriation

where agreement was signed

among ong>Nigeriaong>, Cameroon and

the United Nations High Commission

for Refugees in Marwa,

northern Cameroon.

Governor of Cameroon’s

far north, Mijinyawa Bakare

hosted the meeting.

Before traveling to Cameroon,

Zulum had series of meetings

with ong>Nigeriaong>’s Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama,

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,

Disaster Management and

Social Development, Hajiya

Sadiya Farouq, Federal Commissioner,

National Commission

for Refugees, Migrants and Internally

Displaced Persons, Sen.

Basheer Mohammed, and relevant

ambassadors with all meetings

aimed at following all established

procedures towards

lawful repatriation.

Speaking at the virtual Facts

Behind the Merger Presentation

on the ong>Nigeriaong>n Stock Exchange

Exchange, Wright said the

company plans to complete the

process in first quarter (Q1) 2021

after obtaining final regulatory

approvals.

He explained that the proposed

merger presents value

maximising opportunities for

shareholders of both companies,

adding that the merger would

result in a diversified revenue

base and a broader distribution

capabilities for the enlarged

entity.

According to him, post-merger,

the enlarged CAP Plc would

boast of 26 product offerings

across the decorative, industrial,

marine and protective segments,

with presence in 32 states of the

federation and distribution

network rising to 91 stores.


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PRESIDENT Muhammadu

Buhari rejected National

Assembly resolutions and public

demands to sack his utterly inept

service chiefs. Suddenly, on

January 26, President Buhari

tweeted: “I have accepted the

immediate resignation of the

service chiefs.” But, akin to a

“golden handshake”, he promptly

nominated them as “non-career

ambassadors”. Was there a special

relationship between the ex-service

chiefs and the president, or were

they simply outstanding?

The Presidency said it’s the latter.

In his tweet, President Buhari

thanked the former service chiefs

for “their overwhelming

achievements in our efforts at

bringing enduring peace to

ong>Nigeriaong>”. And, in a statement

justifying their ambassadorial

nominations, the Presidency said:

“The President is rewarding hard

work and exceptional sacrifice by

a set of military leaders who gave

their best to the nation and will be

remembered for their contribution

to the security and survival of

ong>Nigeriaong> as one nation.”

In self-congratulatory

statements, the ex-military chiefs

blew their own trumpet. Lt-General

(retd) Abayomi Olonisakin, former

chief of defence staff, said: “Under

my leadership, the military

reclaimed all territories controlled

by Boko Haram.” Then, Lt-

General (retd) Tukur Buratai,

former chief of army staff, said:

“The ong>Nigeriaong>n Army under my

leadership was able to achieve a

great feat in the fight against

insurgency in the country.”

This is incredibly condescending

and insulting to ong>Nigeriaong>ns. Which

country were President Buhari and

the former service chiefs talking

about? Were they talking about

ong>Nigeriaong> where, despite multiple

Beyond new service chiefs: ong>Nigeriaong>

needs a truly professional military

declarations of victory by

government, Boko Haram

continues to act with impunity,

seizing army bases and

slaughtering soldiers and

civilians? Were they describing a

country where armed bandits,

notably killer herdsmen, have

ravaged villages and killed

thousands of innocent ong>Nigeriaong>ns?

According to the Global Terrorism

Index, ong>Nigeriaong> was the third least

peaceful country in the world in

2020, a position it has held for

years!

Recently, the Gombe State

governor, Muhammad Yahaya,

said: “ong>Nigeriaong> is facing the worst

security challenges in its history.”

President Buhari himself told the

new service chiefs: “We are in a

state of emergency”! Despite being

declared “technically defeated”,

Boko Haram’s daringness scares

the living daylights out of ong>Nigeriaong>’s

soldiers. The Financial Times

recently noted: “Large parts of

country, particularly in the North-

East and North-West, are outside

of government control.” Truth is,

soldiers often run away from Boko

Haram insurgents.

The military’s weakness is not

due to poor funding or equipment.

According to Global Firepower

Index 2001, ong>Nigeriaong> has the fourth

most powerful armed forces in

Africa after Egypt, Algeria and

South Africa, in terms of budget,

manpower and equipment, and

ranks 35th in the world. Of course,

any military can be better funded

and equipped, but there’s no excuse

for the gap between military

funding and capability in ong>Nigeriaong>.

In a well-researched study last year,

ong>Nigeriaong> faces no

apparent external

threats but can’t tackle

internal threats to its

security

Dr. Temitope Abiodun, a scholar

at the Institute for Peace and

Strategic Studies, University of

Ibadan, found stark evidence of a

mismatch between funding for

ong>Nigeriaong>’s military, which is about

$2bn annually, and its

performance.

But why? Well, according to the

findings, corruption tops the list,

with military personnel enriching

themselves “by diverting public

funds meant to fight terror and

insecurity”. Then, there are

politics, bad leadership and poor

governance in the military

hierarchy. While the top brass

enrich themselves, the soldiers in

the battlefield are neglected,

engendering low morale among

the rank and file. Indeed,

according to some media reports,

soldiers are resigning from the

army.

Sadly, President Buhari

condones the culture of mediocrity,

incompetence and impunity at the

leadership cadre of the military,

which harms the entire forces. By

keeping the underperforming

service chiefs beyond their sell-by

dates, he sent a message that poor

performance was tolerable, and by

rewarding them with

ambassadorial nominations for

non-existent “overwhelming

achievements”, he showed that he

puts personal loyalty above

competence.

But here’s the key question: If the

former service chiefs failed to

achieve their military objectives,

in terms of ong>Nigeriaong>’s security

situation, why were they so

indispensable to President Buhari

and why did he treat them with

such deference after their belated

resignations? The answer may lie

in what Buratai regarded as one

of his achievements. The former

army chief said that under his

leadership, the army “ensured that

democracy was supported and

protected”. How? One

interpretation could be that he

foiled coup plans.

Indeed, in 2017, Buratai

announced alleged coup plans,

saying that “some individuals have

been approaching some officers

and soldiers for undisclosed

political reasons”. Since then,

there have been many coup scares,

including ahead of Buhari’s

second inauguration. The coup

rumours seemed baseless, and I

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wrote about them. But if, indeed,

the former military chiefs foiled

coup plots during their tenures,

that’s commendable, and it’s

probably why, despite their poor

operational performance, Buhari

wanted to keep them in office.

But “supporting and protecting

democracy” is more than loyalty

to the president. When President

Trump incited insurrection against

the US Capitol in January, the US

Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a

statement saying: “The U.S.

military will obey lawful orders

from civilian leadership.” Truth be

told, there’s no guarantee that

ong>Nigeriaong>’s military will obey only

lawful orders. I mean, elections

are heavily militarised in ong>Nigeriaong>,

with soldiers used to intimidate

voters and rig elections. The

military is also used to suppress

legitimate agitations through

coded operations like “Operation

Crocodile Smile” and “Operation

Python Dance”, and to crack down

on peaceful protests, as the Lekki

shootings showed.

For years, Amnesty International

has accused ong>Nigeriaong>’s military of

committing war crimes and crimes

against humanity. The Presidency

denies this, but the perception is

rife. The US won’t sell certain

weapons to ong>Nigeriaong> precisely

because of concerns about human

rights abuses by the military.

Every country needs robust

military capability to tackle

internal and external threats to

security.

ong>Nigeriaong> faces no apparent

external threats but can’t tackle

internal threats to its security.

Sadly, its coercive arm is weak

against insurgents but strong in

suppressing legitimate agitations.

ong>Nigeriaong> needs truly professional,

sophisticated and apolitical armed

forces!

Kukah: Crucify him! But why?

By KIIKPOYE K. AARON

THE Christmas Day homily by the Bishop

of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Dr.

Mathew Hassan Kukah, has generated a lot

of reactions from government and sectarian

circles. Some of the reactions, particularly

those by Muslim groups, are so harsh that one

wonders if a fatwa is not about to be

pronounced on his head.

Expectedly, Christian groups have risen in

defence of him. Mr. Lai Mohammed, the

Minister for Information was the first to fire

the salvo. In his attack, which in my opinion is

borne out of a deliberate obfuscation of facts

in the service of defending the indefensible,

Mohammed, speaking on behalf of the

Federal Government, accused Bishop Kukah

of stoking the embers of disunity, sectarian strife

and calling for violent regime change of a

democratically elected government.

He warned religious leaders to ‘refrain from

stigmatising the leader they never supported

anyway, using well-worn and disapproved

allegations of nepotism or whatever.’ Similarly,

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, President of the Muslim

Rights Concern, MURIC, interprets Bishop

Kukah comments as reckless, inflammatory,

unguarded, a denigration of Islam as a violent

religion and call for a coup.

The Coalition of Northern Group threatened

to drag Kukah to the International Criminal

Court, ICC, stating that his sermon amounted

to inciting hatred against Northern Muslims.

A calm reading of Bishop Kukah’s message

and the reactions thereof leads me to wonder

whether and why Bishop Kukah deserves to be

crucified.

Although Bishop Kukah’s homily has

received wide circulation and, therefore,

somewhat superfluous to restate it here, it is

nonetheless necessary so to do, if not for

anything else, at least to place my argument

in its proper perspective. Against the

background of conditions strikingly

symptomatic of a failed state, namely: a

generalised sense of insecurity, leading to

unwarranted loss of lives, livelihoods and

property, a collapsing economy, social anomie

and much else, Bishop Kukah, in his message

aptly tiled ‘A Nation in Search of Vindication

called on the priesthood to stand before the

‘mercy seat of God and plead the cause of our

great country.’

He encouraged the congregants, and by

extension, ong>Nigeriaong>ns to not despair in spite of

conditions that inspire hopelessness. In other

words, the real essence of the Christmas Day

message was to rekindle hope among a people

whose circumstances bespeak hopelessness.

But simply invoking hope was not enough.

Bishop Kukah needed to attempt a diagnosis

of how we got here.

In his characteristic broadmindedness,

Bishop Kukah did not say that violence at

Christmas began with the Buhari

administration. He traced it to the Christmas

day bombing at Madalla, that is to say when

President Goodluck Jonathan, a

Christian, was at the helm of affairs in the

country. But of course, things have got worse

under Buhari, a fact that may be traceable to

the pathologies that define the Buhari

administration.

Among such pathologies are corruption,

which in his words, has ‘metastasised’;

nepotism, which has led to placing Northern

Muslims in all sensitive positions with the intent

to ‘reinforce the foundations of Northern

hegemony which has produced the opposite

consequences.’ These Northern Muslims in

sensitive positions have been retained in the

same positions for so long in spite of their

manifest under-performance in those

positions.

Even worse, he further points out that

government appears to be in ‘suspended

animation’, without direction, much like a ship

without a rudder. He observed that there would

have been a coup or civil war if a non-Muslim

President had done a fraction of what Buhari

has done and gotten away by his nepotism.

This is the summary of the content of Bishop

Kukah’s homily that has generated the

reactions set out in the opening paragraph of

this article.

To return to the posers raised earlier, why the

furore over Bishop Kukah’s message? Does he

deserve the tirade of abuses and threats that

have come his way? What has he said that is

exactly novel? More to the point, what has he

said that has not been said by other

Muslim men of conscience from the Northern

half of the country? Is there anything in the

content of that homily that does not reflect the

lived experience of ong>Nigeriaong>ns or is it simply

the usual case of the truth hurting?

In my considered opinion, there is nothing

in the content of Bishop Kukah’s message that

is untrue or substantially new that ong>Nigeriaong>ns

have not been lamenting for so long. Since

Buhari came to power, a time-tested principle

of ‘Federal Character’ found under the Third

Schedule of the Constitution has long been

jettisoned. The Federal Character dictates that

What baffles me is the uncanny

knack for government

spokespersons to deny what is

obvious even for the blind to see

in the filling of positions in the public service,

conscious efforts must be made to reflect the

diversity that defines us. His first attempt at

composition of cabinet in his first term showed

a high level of lop-sidedness: North West 13

(43per cent), North East 6 (20 per cent), North

Central 3 (10 per cent), South-South 5(17 per

cent) South West 3 (10) and South East 0 (0 per

cent).

Key cabinet positions are occupied by people

related to the president by blood, marriage or

by faith. There was a time that the National

Security Council was almost Hausa-Fulani

that it was even doubtful if taking minutes in

that meeting needed to be done in the English

language and not Fulfulde.

Further, this administration has presided

over the recruitment into the Directorate of

State Service that was overwhelmingly

lopsided in favour of the North. More

specifically, of over 1300 cadets recruited in

September 2020, only 97 were from the South.

The same has been reported of recruitment

and posting in the ong>Nigeriaong>n National

Petroleum Corporation and indeed any

Federal agency for that matter.

Quite sadly, there is no attempt to replace

these largely incompetent appointees even

when it is obvious to the blind that they have

been best at doing their jobs poorly well. The

case of the recently removed security chiefs is

quite telling here. Almost all of them are

Muslim Northerners. They have been there

for a reasonable time enough to succeed or

fail. It is clear that they have failed woefully as

far as the war on terror is concerned. In spite of

their manifest failures, no one deems it fit to

replace them even as the North is gradually

becoming a graveyard of dry bones.

All we hear is a Lai Mohammed, a Femi

Adesina, or a Garba Shehu or a Lauretta

Onochie, issuing a statement expressing shock

in the aftermath of every mayhem unleashed

on hapless citizens by Boko Haram or

herdsmen or bandits or hoodlums. Away from

recruitment, how does a government justify

double standard as state policy? I make this

point with reference to government’s policy

on gold mining in the North side by side the

extant law on natural resource extraction in

ong>Nigeriaong> as epitomised by the Presidential

Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative, PAGMI, by

the Buhari administration.

This policy prepares artisans in the North to

mine its gold and sell it to the Central Bank of

ong>Nigeriaong> at international prices. This is

happening in the same country that artisanal

refineries in the Niger Delta are regularly set

ablaze and the environment, degraded because

it is illegal for artisans to refine oil in the Niger

Delta. The idea is to prosper the North while

the Niger Delta remains poor in the midst of a

resource that generates the wealth of the

nation.

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•Prof. Aaron teaches Political Science at

the University of Port Harcourt.


Deodorising evil in the name of peace

ISLAMIC cleric Sheikh

Ahmad Gumi is a man with a

lot of clout in his neck of the woods.

A retired army officer and a

medical doctor who decided to be

a full-time Islamic preacher, his

people put much stock in whatever

he says. So, when he embarked on

a self-assigned mission of talking

his Fulani kinsmen holding sway

in the ungoverned spaces of the

North West out of banditry,

ong>Nigeriaong>ns paid attention. So far,

he has been to Kaduna, Zamfara

and Sokoto states.

Emerging from the forests of

Shinkafi, Sububu, Pakai and

Maradun in Zamfara State where

he engaged with outlaws who have

declared war against the State last

week, Gumi has riveted ong>Nigeriaong>ns

with tales of a people who have an

axe to grind with their fellow

citizens and their government. The

bandits, he told us, unfurled a

catalogue of grievances,

threatening there will be no peace

until their demands are met by the

ong>Nigeriaong>n State they claimed

abandoned them.

The Islamic cleric thinks they

have a point, concluding that they

are victims of the base conducts of

unconscionable state actors. He

also came to another conclusion.

Judging from what he saw in the

forests, the ong>Nigeriaong>n State has no

chance of defeating the bandits

militarily and, therefore, they have

no choice than to negotiate for

peace on the bandits’ terms.

Most of these people who are

holding ong>Nigeriaong>ns to ransom,

Gumi said, are stark illiterates with

no education whatsoever; but he

thinks, nevertheless, that since they

took up arms because of injustice

allegedly done to them, then, “if

they should be called upon and

talked to, they could be persuaded

to embrace peace.”

“They were victims of violence so

they took arms to protect

themselves. Wherever they are as

cattle herders, they face problems

with farmers; we saw what

happened in Oyo, how their homes

and cattle were burnt. These people

live in huts while those killing them

and destroying their homes live a

better life,” Gumi said. He

canvassed for amnesty for those

who want to lay down their arms

as was done for the militants in the

Niger Delta region. Schools and

skills acquisition centres should be

built for them.

“Let there be peace; you all have

a legitimate concern and

grievances and I believe that since

the Niger Delta armed militants

were integrated by the Federal

Government and are even in the

business of pipelines protection, the

Federal Government should

immediately look into how

something like that will be done to

the Fulani to provide them with

reasonable means of livelihood,

including jobs, working capitals,

entrepreneurship training,

building clinic and schooling,”

Sheikh Gumi told the bandits in

their lair.

And to the rest of ong>Nigeriaong>ns, he

said: “We cannot abandon them. I

have a picture of some little girls

that are drinking water from the

same stream with animals. They

have no social amenities; no

hospitals and we are here talking.”

In an interview with Daily Trust,

Gumi admitted that those he met

in Zamfara forests were Fulani

herders. Expectedly, Zamfara State

Governor Bello Matawalle is

happy and so is the Federal

Government that has publicly

endorsed the cleric’s efforts.

“When you want to resolve an

issue like this, you use lots of back

channels,” Minister of Information

and Culture Lai Mohammed said.

“Again, it is not unusual for a

respected cleric to have the

confidence of (approaching)

outlaws or bandits…. So, it is not

unusual for him to act as a bridge

between government and the

outlaws in an attempt to find

solution.”

Surprisingly, Kaduna State

Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who has

been an advocate of Gumi’s

appeasement rhetoric of

negotiating and paying ransom to

bandits, disagrees. Rather than

amnesty and compensation for

them, he calls for their elimination.

Speaking in an interview with the

Hausa Service of the British

Broadcasting Corporation, BBC,

on Monday, el-Rufai declared that

any bandit arrested in Kaduna

Who offended the

Fulani in ong>Nigeriaong>? Why

should a people be

compensated after

killing people and

destroying their homes?

State will be killed, insisting that

“the state is at war with bandits”.

El-Rufai said anybody who

believes that a Fulani herdsman

that is used to making millions of

naira from kidnapping will stop is

deceiving himself. “Anybody that

thinks a Fulani herdsman that is

engaged in kidnapping for ransom

and is earning millions of naira

would go back to his former life of

getting N100,000 after selling a

cow in a year, must be deceiving

himself.”

He may well be correct. Before

going into the forests to meet the

bandits, Gumi was told by the

chairman of Shinkafi local

government that they had paid

over N200 million ransom to the

bandits. If a local government has

paid that much, imagine how

much the bandits are making from

the state government and the

entire region. And to imagine that

there are little or no consequences.

No bandit will give up such a

lucrative business on a platter of

Sheikh Gumi’s ridiculous

platitudes.

Gumi’s ad-hominem fallacy

which has become the battle cry of

other Fulani ideologues such as

Prof. Usman Yusuf, former

Executive Secretary of the

National Health Insurance

Scheme, NHIS, and Adamu

Garba, the CEO of IPI Solutions

ong>Nigeriaong> Limited and a former

presidential aspirant under the All

Progressives Congress, APC, in the

2019 elections, is disingenuous

and dangerous.

To contend as Sheikh

Gumi and his cotravellers

are doing

that the bandits are

angry because they

have been grossly

offended, and their

livelihoods taken away

is to play fast and loose

with the facts. Who

offended the Fulani in

ong>Nigeriaong>? Why should a

people

be

compensated after

killing people and

destroying their homes?

In the last one week since after

Gumi came back from the

Zamfara forests, bandits have

killed well over 43 innocent

ong>Nigeriaong>ns and wounded many

others in Kaduna State alone. On

Saturday, 24 people were killed in

an attack on Ungwan Gajere,

Kutemeshi ward, Dankyawai,

Janbala, Kishisho, Gwagwada-

Kasaya, Agwa and Bugai, in

Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi

and Kauru local government

areas. That attack was launched

barely 72 hours after gunmen

killed 19 persons in Birnin-Gwari

and Kajuru local government

areas.

So, what did the victims do to

deserve death? And what kind of

peace is Gumi talking about here?

How can reward and

compensation for banditry

engender peace? Can there be

peace without justice and equity?

Who compensates the victims that

have been driven away from their

ancestral homes and are living in

IDP camps all over the country?

Who compensates the women that

have been made widows and

children who have been orphaned?

And make no mistake about this.

Sheikh Gumi said those he went

to the forests to talk to are Fulani.

So, the identity of those

committing these atrocities is not

hidden. Of course, it cannot be all

Fulani but that does not detract

from the fact that the fire of this

crisis that is threatening to

consume ong>Nigeriaong> was lit by them.

To draw a moral equivalency

between Fulani bandits and Niger

Delta militants or Indigenous

Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, activists

as Sheikh Gumi and his ilk are

trying to do is a fallacy that is

unbecoming. It is as foolhardy as

"comparing apples and oranges."

The Fulani don’t own every inch

of the ong>Nigeriaong>n soil as some of

them claim.

If the goal of this violence is to

cow other ong>Nigeriaong>ns into

submission, it will fail. Why?

Because no ethnic nationality has

the capacity to impose its will on

the rest of the country. If this

madness persists, particularly

“now that the war is on our

doorstep”, as Nobel Laureate,

Professor Wole Soyinka, said this

week, there will be mobilisation.

That is exactly what Sunday

Igboho is doing in the South West.

Nobody wants to be a slave in his

country. That is as intolerable and

unacceptable to Soyinka as it is to

anyone else.

Whatever will make a man like

Soyinka to declare that: “Whatever

it takes, I stand ready to contribute

in any way and I have made my

governor understand this, we are

here not just to live in but to live in

dignity. Right now, our dignity is

being rubbished,” is a serious

matter. Incidentally, many

ong>Nigeriaong>ns have come to that

inescapable conclusion.

If I were Sheikh Gumi, rather

than being an ideological prop to

bandits, my message to the Fulani

herdsmen would have been: Please

don’t provoke a war you have no

chance whatsoever of winning.

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APC registration: Not possible for

individual to hijack exercise Ajobena

•Urges support for Omo-Agege

By Festus Ahon

ASABANATIONAL Caucus

member of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, AVM Frank Ajobena

(retd), Wednesday said it was

not possible for a person to hijack

the party Registration and Revalidation

exercise in Delta State.

Ajobena in a telephone interview

with the Vanguard, urged the Minister

of State for Labour, Mr Festus

Keyamo and other stakeholders

of the party to rally round the

Deputy Senate President, Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege to grow the party

in the State.

He insisted that it was difficult

for one person to know everybody

that would be registered in the 270

Federal wards in the State, describing

the outcry against the exercise

by Mr Festus Keyamo as

mischievous.

While urging Mr Festus Keyamo

to concentrate on his Ministerial

job and stop playing divisive politics,

he said there was the need for

all of them to be united and work

towards bringing people into the

party.

Ajobena who expressed dissatisfaction

at the number of persons

Court adjourns Edo communities'

boundary dispute

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITYAN Edo State

High Court presided over by

the Chief Judge of the state, Justice

(Mrs) Esther Edigin has adjourned

a suit involving two neigbhuoring

communities; Egbiri and

Okhoromi over their disputed

boundary.

The defendants in the suit B/361/

19 opened their case with the testimony

of Chief John Edosomwan

before calling two other witnesses

chief Igbinowaye Idiagbonhia

from the Oba palace and

Okhoromi youth leader Mr Lucky

Osadiaye.

Under cross examination from

the claimant counsel, Idiagbonhia

said five persons including

himself were sent by the Benin

monarch to plant a tree called

Ikhinmwin as a natural beacon

between both communities but told

the court they were not shown any

existing boundaries.

The second witness Mr Osadiaye

tendered a recording from a local

television station which the court

viewed.

Counsel to Okhoromi commu-

that turned out at Orogun when the

Deputy Senate President, Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege revalidated his

membership of the party, said he

expected to see many of other political

leaders and stakeholders

there but "only few persons were

there", adding that "the grassroots

were well represented."

Continuing, he said: "What are

we really dragging? The sky is big

enough for all of us to fly. There

can be only one leader at a time.

As at today, Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege is number five in the hierarchy

of leadership of the country as

Deputy Senate President and he is

our leader in Delta State".

Ajobena disclosed that the party

has been planning the registration

and revalidation exercise since

2019, adding that the exercise was

meant to build on the strength of

the party in the country.

The National Chairman of the

Registration and Revalidation

Committee, Abubakar Sani Bello

who is also the Governor of Niger

State, Wednesday announced the

suspension of the exercise in Delta

state, siting seeming disagreement

amongst leaders of the party in the

State.

Amnesty: Ex-militant leader urges

peace, seek support for Dikio

By Chancel Sunday

BOMADIEx-militant leader

under the Presidential Amnesty

Programme, PAP, Para Ekiyes,

has tasked youths to maintain the

prevailing peace in the Niger Delta

region.

Para, who is Egbesu priest of Esuku

Kingdom, Burutu local government

area of Delta state, gave

the task this week during a peacebuilding

tour to various communities

in the region.

He noted that the coordinator of

PAP, Col. Milland Dikio’s plan to

execute the programme to a logical

conclusion was a welcome development

to beneficiaries and

Niger Delta region at large.

He appealed to community folk

to give the needed support to Dikio

to enable him fulfil his plans for

the region.

Addressing the people of Tuomo,

nity Chief Peter Uwadiae said the

case of the defense which ought to

have ended would continue at the

adjourned date.

On his part counsel to Egbiri

community, Dr. Monday Oseghale

alleged that the video played in

court was doctored

The tussle between Egbirhe and

Okhuoromi communities which

commenced three years ago was

preceded by a Judgment by Oba

Erediauwa in 2010, asking both

communities to maintain old

boundaries which both parties

agreed to, with the palace emissary

identified as Avbiogbe pegging

the Ikhinmwin tree as a natural

beacon.

However, following the dissolution

of Community Development

Associations (CDA) by Oba Eware

II in 2016, Okhoromi community

allegedly refuted the boundary demarcation.

Palace later directed that the old

boundary, the tree of demarcation

would be replanted on the agreed

demarcation and urged the Egbiri

people to add five plots to the 100

by 100 to make six plots.

Hearing in the suit has been adjourned

to the 15th of February

2021.

headquarters of Esuku Kingdom

in Burutu council area, Delta state,

he advised youths to avoid unnecessary

protests, kidnapping and

pipeline vandalization, which he

described as distractions to development.

“There is hope of logical implementation

of the amnesty programme

under Dikio because the

man has decided to work for his

people despite all distractions.

“So, this community-to-community

tour, preaching peace in the

region is for the good of our people

which Dikio himself is aware

of. We should avoid unnecessary

protests, kidnappings and pipeline

vandalization”, he said.

In his response, Tuomo CDC

chairman, Mr Binebai Tomke,

thanked Ekiyes and the amnesty

office for the good plans for beneficiaries,

stressing his leadership

would maintain the prevailing

peace in Tuomo and environs.

C

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18 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

TENSION has been building up

in Lagos State over the intention of

some angry youths to stage

#Occupy Lekki Toll Gate p rotest in

response to the imminent reopening

of the toll plaza by the Lagos State

Government.

Another group had announced its

plan to stage a counter #Defend

the purpose of setting up the panel

Lagos and #Dem No Born their

had not been achieved.

Papa Well protests at the same

The move for the protest gathered

venue, thus setting the perfect stage

momentum in the social media on

for possible violence and breakdown

the perception that if the Toll Plaza

of law and order.

is reopened without first getting

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of

justice for the #EndSARS protesters

Inquiry into the Lekki Toll Gate

killed and injured there, the purpose

shootings of October 20, 2020 headed

of the panel will be lost and the

by Justice Doris Okuwobi, had last

tragedy swept under the proverbial

week Saturday February 6, 2021,

carpet.

ordered reopening of the plaza which

We call on both sides to shelve their

has been idle for two and half months.

protests in the interest of public peace

Some members of the panel led by

and to avoid the obvious unpleasant

rights activist, Ebun Olu Adegboruwa,

consequences.

SAN, had opposed the reopening, as

Prevention is better than cure. There

Please, shelve #Occupy Lekki Toll Gate

is no way these protests can hold

without violent clashes taking place.

The sabre-rattling being deployed so

far shows that forces that feed fat

on crises are already at work.

This same interests had

unsuccessfully tried to twist the

peaceful #EndSARS protests last year

(which was later hijacked by

hoodlums) as an ethnic attack on

Lagos.

We must do everything in our power

to avoid a showdown of this nature

because it will only worsen ethnic

suspicions and lead to more

destruction of lives and government

and private property by hoodlums.

Lagos State has not yet recovered

from the hijacked #EndSARS

protests which cost it billions. The

mindless looting of shops which

wrecked thousands of businesses

and led to massive job losses will

be re-enacted in the wake of any

further protests. We must desist

from giving the criminals and

merchants of mischief chance to

carry out their evil agenda.

Meanwhile, the LASG should keep the

reopening of the toll plaza on hold.

The concerned youths should listen

to Adegboruwa and others

representing them at the Panel who

are also calling for a shelving of the

protests because the Panel is yet to

conclude its assignment.

With the cooperation of all sides,

justice for the dead and injured is

possible, while the Lagos State

Government is given maximum

support to rebuild the state.

Poverty and government in deficit

By YINKA OLAITO

IN economics, we learn a little about

balance of trade. This can either be

surplus or negative. A surplus is when

a country’s export value is greater than

its import and a deficit occurs when the

country becomes a major consumer

leading to higher import and lower or

zero export.

As the name implies, a deficit will do

a lot of damage to the economy or

balance of trade as a whole. This may

likely affect a country’s per capita

income in the long run. Yes, this may

not be the only factor but it may

contribute to it.

When a country continues to run at a

deficit, the tendency or urge to borrow

will increase over time. A borrower, they

say, is often at the mercy of the lender.

Borrowing may enhance the influence

of poverty over the country or citizens’

value.

Poverty, when it becomes fully blown,

does a lot of damage to the individual’s

psyche. Thinking pattern and

worldview of a very poor person is often

pitiable. A poor person has little choice

to pick from.

A poor person’s life can be cut short

with stuff that should not. An

insignificant disease that can be treated

fast with little or no money will become

epidemic with a capacity to destroy

thousands of lives in a blink of an eye.

A poor family often longs for the good

things of life without fulfilment.

Decision-making processes are often

affected by inability to ‘send money on

an errand’.

ong>Nigeriaong>’s situation has not been

different from the outlook presented

above. Since 2015, ong>Nigeriaong>ns have been

‘romancing’ the singsong: ‘ong>Nigeriaong> is

running on deficit.’ Oil prices dropped

sharply, and since this is what the

nation depends on heavily, everything

had taken a nosedive.

Quality of life on the street has been

moving from bad to worse although

ong>Nigeriaong>ns keep hearing of billions of

Naira being shared to alleviate the

poverty in the land.

ong>Nigeriaong>ns were told that Northerners

became major beneficiaries of these

palliatives because the region is the

worst hit. But pray, a journey through

the Northern region did not show any

evidence of a change that citizens had

been promised.

Things seemed alright until the

COVID-19 pandemic broke out last

year. ong>Nigeriaong>ns and Africans at large

were lucky enough as the first wave

did not do the level of damage the

naysayers forecasted.

There were no dead bodies on the

streets, among other predictions. But

while some advanced nations decided

to lock-down for safety reasons,

ong>Nigeriaong>n government tried to do same

but could not sustain such luxury.

ong>Nigeriaong> tried the first two weeks of

lock-down but as the second two weeks

lock-down was introduced in the

middle of April 2020, it became obvious

that it was not practicable.

The level of poverty in the land and

the reality that majority of the people

OPINION

live from hand to mouth, through daily

earnings, made continued lock-down

ineffective.

Many of the affected citizens,

especially in Lagos, began to rob and

maim others whom they perceived were

better than them. Government had to

quickly stop the lock-down rule while

trying hard to mitigate the effects of

poverty in the land.

A poor mindset, wherever it is found,

is a huge liability. While many

advanced nations took good care of

their citizens during the lock-down

with lots of support measures, our own

palliatives found their way into the

Why is it difficult for the

present administration, which

has been in power since 2015,

to find a remedy to the deficit

till date?

storehouses of notable politicians. It

took the EndSARS confusion for

ong>Nigeriaong>ns to see the level of depravity

poor mindset had caused the so-called

politicians who should use their

positions to alleviate the problems of

the downtrodden.

The second wave of the COVID-19

is doing a great damage in ong>Nigeriaong> and

Africa. The second wave seems deadlier

and affects almost everyone. Poor and

the middle class, if that truly exists,

inclusive.

Hospitals are now filled to the brim.

Our health capacity and infrastructure

are overstretched. The pandemic is

ravaging like wild fire and it is killing

more in terms of numbers than its first

outbreak.

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Few private health institutions with

little capacity to handle the pandemic

had become shylock over time. Private

health institutions in the urban centres,

from inception, had never been pocketfriendly.

Bills are given based on where

you work or patient’s economic status

rather than being based on the disease.

I have been authoritatively informed

that a patient with symptoms of

COVID-19 has to part with a minimum

of N3.5 million deposit for admission.

Where would an average ong>Nigeriaong>n get

this? So the numbers of death continued

to be on the rise, but this is usually

under reported. What a shame of a

nation!

Government had considered and

threatened a lock-down but that seems

like the barking of a toothless bulldog.

While other countries with enough

power to provide basic amenities for

the entire citizenry had declared a lockdown,

ong>Nigeriaong>n government knows the

implication of lock-down, so the best

option for being in deficit is to allow

people to die in droves.

The question is: How long shall this

continue? Why is it difficult for the

present administration, which has been

in power since 2015, to find a remedy

to the deficit till date?

How long will ong>Nigeriaong>ns keep hoping

for better days while the best of its

brains are leaving the country daily for

greener pastures and the remaining

are allowed to die cheaply?

•Olaito, a media and communications

specialist with deep interest in policy,

diplomacy and development, wrote from

Lagos.


Foreign trade rises 3% to $7.7bn in November CBN

*Trade deficit falls 5.02%

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

ECONOMY

NIGERIA’s foreign trade rose

Month-on-Month (M-o-M)

by three per cent to $7.76 billion in

November 2020 from $7.53 billion

in October 2020.

The slight increase in trade was

driven by a six per cent increase in

exports, which exceeded the 1.2 per

cent growth in imports.

Consequently, the country’s

trade deficit fell 5.02 per cent (M-o-

M) to $2.08 billion in November

2020 from $2.19 billion in October

2020.

The Central Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>

(CBN) disclosed this in its Economic

Report for November 2020.

The apex bank stated: “On M-o-

M basis, the value of aggregate external

trade increased by 3.1 per cent

to $7.76 billion in November 2020

compared with $7.53 billion in October

2020.

“The development reflected increased

export of goods and higher

demand for import, particularly raw

materials, as economic activities continued

to rebound. However, when

compared with the corresponding

period of 2019, it indicated a 23 per

cent decline.

“Aggregate export increased by six

per cent to $2.84 billion in the review

period, above $2.67 billion in

the previous period, due largely to

increase in the export of crude oil

but moderated by the decline in other

non-oil products.

“Available data showed that the

value of crude oil export increased

by 9.0 per cent to $2.31 billion in

November 2020, above $2.13 billion

in October 2020. This was, however,

38 per cent below the $3.72 billion

in the corresponding period of

2019.

“Gas export, on the other hand,

decreased by 3.1 per cent to $0.31

billion in November 2020, relative

to the $0.32 billion in October 2020.

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CFA

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61.49 +0.40

59.89 +0.43

379 379.5 380

524.4981 525.1901 525.882

459.5375 460.1438 460.75

425.317 425.8781 426.4392

3.6171 3.6219 3.6266

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545.4506 546.1702 546.8898

58.7506 58.8286 58.9065

101.037 101.1703 101.3036

25.7978 25.8318 25.8658

CBN Exchange rate as at 10/02/2021

Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY11, 2021 19

Corpreneuship: from left, Regional Manager, Unity Bank Plc, Mr Michael Akerele; Star Prize

winner of the Unity Bank Corpreneurship Challenge, Ms Evelyn Esumai; State Coordinator,

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) FCT, Hajiya Wahil Isa; and Garki Area 3, Unity Bank

Branch Manager, Mr Idris Usman during the CORPRENEUSHIP challenge for 2021 Batch B

Corps Members at the Kubwa Orientation Camp in Abuja

“Crude oil and gas components

remained dominant and accounted

for 94 per cent of total export.”

On import it stated: “Merchandise

import also increased by 1.2

per cent to $4.92 billion in November

2020, above $4.86 billion in October

2020, due to increase in the

importation of raw materials for domestic

production.

“Consequently, a lower trade deficit

of $2.08 billion was recorded in

November 2020, relative to $2.19 billion

in October 2020.

Post pandemic: Business leaders eyes transformation

with strategy reset EY Report

By Peter Egwuatu

AS companies continue to

navigate the current

COVID-19 pandemic environment

and its unprecedented

disruption, business executives

have began to reset their strategies

with eyes on achieving

corporate transformation.

This is one of the highlights

of the 23rd edition of the EY

Global Capital Confidence Barometer

survey (CCB23), released

by Ernst & Young, EY.

Commenting on the

outcome of the survey,

Damilola Aloba, EY Partner,

Strategy and Transactions

(SaT), noted

that for many business

leaders, the emergence

of the COVID-19 pandemic

and the resultant

economic shock, have

acted as existential

threats to their businesses.

ECONOMY

According to

Damilola, the C-suite

has responded by resetting

their strategies and

making far-reaching

changes with a focus on

transformation. These

bold moves are now fueling

an optimistic

mindset and a strategic

agenda firmly focused on

capturing growth opportunities.

Companies

plan to not only restore

performance levels, but

to also make the necessary

investments to reframe their

future.”

According to the report, 23 per

cent of business leaders who

participated in the survey expect

return to pre-pandemic levels

of profitability in 2021, while

44 per cent expect return in 2022,

marking improved sentiment

among the C-suite compared to

CCB22 (March 2020).

In terms of geographical prospect

for growth 39 per cent of the

respondents expect Europe to generate

the most growth and opportunities

over the next three years,

followed by Asia-Pacific with 30

per cent and the Americas with 24

per cent.

In terms of factors that could put

growth prospects at risk, 29 per

cent of the executives cite impact

of the COVID-19 pandemic

as the biggest threat while 19

per cent cite the changing global

economic environment, and 14

per cent indicate climate change

as top threat.

The report further revealed that

geopolitical challenges have

forced 81 per cent of respondents

to alter their strategic investment

plans in the past 12 months.

Nearly two-thirds or about 64 per

cent of the respondents said they

have delayed a planned investment,

while more than a third

about or 36 per cent have terminated

their plans altogether.

MARITIME

Unity Bank’s Corpreneurship Challenge rewards

NYSC members

UNITY Bank Plc has awarded cash

prize of N4 million to 12 NYSC

members that emerged winners in its

flagship business plan competition,

Corpreneurship Challenge

The winners emerged during the final

business pitch in the fourth edition of the

contest for NYSC 2020 Batch B corps

members, which took place simultaneously

across four NYSC camps in

Lagos, Ogun, Benin, and Abuja recently.

The cash prizes included a N200,000

business grant for each of the second runner

up, N300,000 business grant for the

first runner ups and a star prize of

N500,000 for each of the four winners.

Some of the winners include Evelyn

Esumai, Aisosa Erica and Ozuoka

Moses in Abuja camp, while Akomolade

“The gradual pick-up in economic

activities resulted in higher imports

for industrial uses and infrastructural

upgrade. Thus, the rising importation

of raw materials during the review

period resulted in a M-o-M increase

in non-oil import.”

MONEY MARKET

Blessing, Okafor Augustine and Edokpayi

Harrison emerged the winners in the

Benin camp. In Lagos, Moses Bolanle,

Iran-Ola Oluwosulu and Zainab

Muhammed emerged winners to claim

the cash prizes.

The initiative attracted massive interest

among the corps members, as over 300

applications were received but only forty

were shortlisted for the pitching session

from where the twelve winners emerged.

The contestants’ business plans which

ranged from fish production, poultry farming,

fashion, piggery to beverages were

assessed on originality, marketability, future

employability potential of the product

and knowledge of the business. Recall

Ports & Cargo

Terminal records

6% growth

By Godfrey Bivbere

PORTS & Cargo Handling Ser

vices Limited, a subsidiary of

SIFAX Group and concessionaire

of Terminal C, Tin Can Island Port,

Apapa, has said that it recorded

12,153 Twenty Equivalent Units,

TEUs of containers throughput representing

six per cent increase last

year compared to 2019.

This is even as the foremost terminal

operator said that it is targeting

300,000 TEUs in the 2021 business

year.

Managing Director, Ports & Cargo

Handling Services Limited, John

Jenkins, noted that while the target

is ambitious, it is achievable in

view of the company’s impressive

2020 performance, despite the

myriad of challenges that the maritime

sector confronted in 2020.

A statement signed by Corporate

Communications Officer of Sifax,

Philips Ojo noted that in 2020; the

terminal recorded an increase of

12,153 TEUs to cap at 242,195

TEUs as against 2019’s figure of

230,042 TEUs.

The statement further noted that

the full import figure rose from

109,367 TEUs in 2019 to 122,243

TEUs while the export of empty containers

also witnessed an increase

from 94,041 TEUs in 2019 to 96,

605 TEUs in 2020.

However, the terminal operator

recorded a decline in its full export

which dropped to 23,347 TEUs last

year from 26,634 TEUs in 2019.

Jenkins said: “Despite the harsh

business terrain occasioned by the

COVID-19 pandemic, terrible state

of the port access roads and some

other hurdles, the terminal still recorded

this impressive performance.

“This is down to proactive business

strategy, committed staff, supportive

leadership, and loyal clients.”

Jenkins further explained that

in order to boost the terminal’s

efficiency, barge operation was

given utmost priority with the

creation of two dedicated points

at the quayside where the barges

load and offload with dedicated

cranes. He noted that the barge

operation has helped in the decongestion

of the terminal.

He said: “We now achieve a

minimum of 8,000 TEUs for our

barge operations on a monthly

basis. This has greatly improved

the terminal’s business offerings

and bring great relief to our customers

who have had to endure

the biting consequence of port

congestion primarily caused by

poor access roads and the ongoing

road construction.”

With all the strategies and

modern equipment put in place

at the terminal, Jenkins said the

company would meet the target

of 300,000 TEUs set for itself in

2021.

that Unity Bank debuted the Entrepreneurial

Development Initiative in 2019,

to specifically target corps members, as

part of efforts to contribute to job creation

in ong>Nigeriaong>.

Speaking during the finale, the Group

Head, Retail and SME Banking, Unity

Bank Plc, Mr. Olufunwa Akinmade,

said the competition was to encourage

more youths with clear entrepreneurial

intentions to expand or start profitable

ventures.

“The grants are not a loan and we

want the money to be directed towards

profitable ventures. First, you must learn

that making mistakes is part of business.

It is important to constantly think

about the challenges you will face. Put

the same energy you all have displayed

in preparing for this contest in your businesses

as you face your post-service year

ahead.


20 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Solution to

insecurity lies with

enforcement of

rights Obayuwana

DR Osagie Obayuwana, a human rights

activist, was the former Attorney-General

and Commissioner for Justice in Edo State under

the administration of Adams Oshiomhole. In this

interview, he spoke on security challenges in the

country and how it can be tackled using the law.

Excerpts:

By Gabriel Enogholase

What is your reaction to the

issue of herdsmen killings in

the country and the attitude

of the Federal government to

the problem?

What happened in Ondo

State is more of an emotional

reaction to this platitude of

issues. I think it was a good

point that it promotes dialogue

and ultimately we are heading

to the point of ranching. The

point that has been made

severally is that ong>Nigeriaong> is not

even ranked among the

countries in the world that

produced milk. Cows can be

slaughtered even in the North

and frozen.

There are articulated trucks

when fish are distributed. So

why not same for cattle? If you

can have articulated trucks

that are frozen, you can also

have railway coaches that are

frozen. I think the situation

calls for creativity on the part

of those responsible for public

administration in this country.

There are instances where

most of the arrested

herdsmen are released

immediately. How do you

assess the roles played by

security agents in this regard?

I will not completely rule that

out because one of the criticism

we have put up against the

system of law enforcement

agents were drawn from

colonial policies . The Colonial

policy of divide and rule was

such that soldiers and

policemen were prevented

from serving in the area where

he comes from or state of

origin.

There are serious draw back

to that. Policing is also about

knowing the nooks and

corners of the state or area and

ability to relate with local

people with the rules of

cultural banners. The

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policemen who were sent

seems not to have any form of

commitment. To them, it is just

a posting. So, the logic during

the colonial time was that

when our people rose up

against the colonial order, the

policemen that will be asked

to quell such a protest will

have no identification with

the Local populace. So they

can implore maximum

brutality in doing that on what

you have talked about, which

suggest away from where

there tend to be a means of

identification.

I will put the blame squarely

on the President. The

President’s speech to the

nation after he was sworn in

during his first term in 2015

was that he belongs to nobody

and yet he belongs to

everybody which seems to

suggest that he was a father

to all.

The criticism after six years

especially when vacancies are

being filled and appointments

made, the pattern that has

emerged has not been

consistent with that. It is a

great abuse for law

enforcement agents to believe

that they can confer immunity

on people based on the

language they speak and the

religion that they subscribe to.

It is a terrible injustice to the

spirit of our founding fathers

because we are supposed to

be pan Africans,

Internationalist.

The matter has gone beyond

the duties of the police. I think

we should be sending

battalion of soldiers to the

forests. Those who are found

to had illegally possessed fire

arms should be arrested and

charged. If we are really

serious about rooting out

criminalities from our

highways and forests, it is not

a challenge that cannot be

surmounted. Even in the

Sambisa forest, we can send

battalions there.

The government is half

hearted in the way they are

dealing with the Boko Haram

and so also in the way they

deal with the herdsmen,

bandits, kidnappings and

other security challenges.

What aspect of the

constitution do you think

should be amended to

forestall the looming crisis in

the country?

First and foremost, we

*Dr. Osagie Obayuwana

always call for justifiability of

Chapter 2 of the Constitution,

which should be enforceable

as a matter of law. That is the

chapter of the constitution that

provides for social, economic

and cultural rights. Part of the

challenges we are facing as far

as security is concerned,

stemmed from the level of

poverty in all parts of this

country.

Wandering herdsmen

It is the availability of the

wandering herdsmen because

the herdsmen that you see are

not children of the owners of

the cattle.

They are people who are

entitled to have their own

family and lead a settled life.

There is a right to healthcare,

right to religion, right to rest

and leisure, right to aspire to

the good things of life, but the

average herdsmen is denied

of those rights. Those who

own the cattle lives in the cities

and so, the herdsmen, and the

bulk of them don’t have

families. A few of them takes

their families with them that

are perpetually in the move.

So, how does that relates to

the right education of the

child? How does that relates

The matter

has gone

beyond the

duties of the

police. I think

we should be

sending

battalion of

soldiers to the

forests

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to the right of dignity of the

wives? So, we talked about

ranching, feeding the cattle is

a business expense. Why

should the cattle owners send

herdsmen into the bushes by

hook or by crooks to feed their

cattle, yet when the cattle is

sold, the herdsmen are

supposed to go back to render

account.

Those who idolized the

violation of the rights of

herdsmen, who are victims,

enjoyed these rights in the

sedentary lives they live in the

cities. So, it is where chapter

2 of the constitution is laid

justifiable and our people are

enlightened across boards to

appreciate that these rights

belongs to us all, that is when

the issues will be addressed

fundamentally.

Do you think that the

country has learnt any lesson

from the EndSars protest?

Again, I think the issue

should be placed squarely on

the shoulders of the

presidency. I was pleasantly

surprised when the Vice-

President at the on-set of the

protest, read the situation

properly and apologized to the

youths. He told the youths,

yes, we are sorry, gentlemen

and ladies, and we know we

have fallen out of your

expectations, give us the

opportunity to address these

issues.

I think it was to the credit of

the Inspector-General of Police

at that time to say all your five

points demand, have been

accepted. But when the youths

presented the issues in their

fullness, it presents leakages

between police brutality and

unemployment. Government

lost patients with them and

that was how we saw Lekki

and the attempted use of

armed thugs in Benin here not

by the police but by thugs that

were instigated. That was the

scenario that replicated itself

in Lagos, Abuja and many

parts of the country.

The consequences of that is

that the lessons was that the

police was humbled and even

embarked on a mild protest by

refusing to receive complaints

and all of that with the onslaughter

of the leaders of the

protest movement which

underscores the lessons that

would have been learnt. So,

what we have witnessed is

that we are back to the

situation of police brutality

and taking of lives. So,the kind

of synergy we expected from

the civil society groups and the

police to address the issue

was lost.

What lessons do you think

ong>Nigeriaong> should learn from

U.S. election where the

judiciary stood against being

armtwisted?

It is strength of character.

America is in the process of

redeeming itself from the dirt

of the destruction that former

President Donald Trump

placed ; even they say that

the law is an ass in the sense

that arguments can be raised

to a predetermined

conclusion, they have a date

with history and the level of

their reasoning can be

subjected to critical analysis.

A judge that throws away his

self respect by trying to

appease the person that

appointed him or her is a

disgrace to the system of

administration of justice.

Donald Trump appointed so

many judges, sometimes it

can be said that he has a

premonition that he would

later have to rely on the

judiciary, but those judges

sworn to uphold the law.

This is a great contribution

to the administration of justice.

Judges are not to be holding

to the litigants before them,

they close their eyes to the

facts and the law. That is what

is expected of our judges on

this country. Not only that, it

is also expected of our

commissioners of police and

our legislators.

There was a situation when

the National Assembly

especially the House of

Representatives invited the

president to address them on

security matters, the man said,

it was optional and that was

the end of the matter. So, our

system is founded in checks

and balance and the National

Assembly is supposed to put

the Government on its toes.

It does not suggest that

there should be war, but there

are occasions which the

situation calls for which the

legislatives must stand for the

Rule of law, otherwise, what

we are facing in this country

is dictatorship.

What is your take on moves

by some state governments to

deny non indigenes from

holding sensitive positions in

their states?

It is unconstitutional and it

will be a terrible blight on the

records of such governors.

Don’t forget that late Dr.

Nnamdi Azikwe won an

election in Ibadan that a

Northerner was the Mayor of

Enugu, and a Benin man was

the mayor of Port-Harcourt, so,

it is a call to service. If a man

or woman had served to attain

the position of the oldest long

serving judge, why would you

at that point bring ethnicity

and tribalism into the fore? So,

it is disgraceful.

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By Funmi Ajumobi

As the world marks the

annual International Day

of Zero Tolerance for Female

Genital Mutilation, FGM, in

the context of COVID-19, with

the theme, ‘No Time for Global

Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act

to End Female Genital

Mutilation.’ the ong>Nigeriaong>n

government appears indifferent,

while the unwholesome

practice continues unabated.

WO engages stakeholders:

By now, FGM should

have ended Onah

Margaret Onah is Executive

Director, Safehaven Development

Initiative, an NGO based

in Lagos and Calabar. She works

with vulnerable women, girls,

such as sex workers on their

human rights, HIV/AIDS, gender

violence and Female Genital

Mutilation at grassroots levels.

"If I’m going to rate us, I can say

we have gone up to 45 per cent.

The ong>Nigeriaong>n government does

not see Female Genital

Mutilation as a serious issue the

way they are attacking COVID-

19 or HIV. They don’t release

money for the work to be done.

Most of the funding to end this

heinous act against women and

girls is donor funds.

"By now, we thought FGM

should have ended in ong>Nigeriaong>

but there is not enough

awareness because of funding.

Some communities are aware

about the dangers and yet, they

still do it. They still believe it is

their tradition and their culture.

"The UNFPA and UNICEF are

the ones that have big and concentrated

projects they are doing

on FGM and despite that, they

are not everywhere."

Policies, UN figures

"have policy in ong>Nigeriaong> against

FGM, Violence Against Persons

Prohibition Act, VAPP. How many

states have validated it? Have

they ever implemented it? Have

you ever heard in a community

where somebody was arrested

because the person cut the

daughter?

"When you take such a case to

the judiciary, they always

postpone the hearing until you

By Boluwaji Obahopo

WIFE of the Kogi State

Governor, Mrs. Rashida

Bello, during the week, commenced

the distribution of

working tools to women as vocational

empowerment.

This is coming as the governor’s

wife admonished pupils

and students in the state to give

priority to their educational pursuit,

said education still remained

the panacea to development.

Mrs. Bello stated this during

another round of her “Back To

School’ programme, where she

distributed free educational materials

to students and pupils.

She said the gesture was in

line with her belief in education,

urging the students not to

buggle the opportunity giving

to them to learn.

She said learning will stimu-

FGM: It’s attack on our

sexuality, stakeholders cry out

A girl child undergoing genital mutilation

get weary. What we need to do is

the printing and re-printing of the

law in local languages that people

will understand and if anyone is

caught, the law should get them

prosecuted. If this is done, people

will sit up.

The highest used to be Ekiti,

Oyo, Osun, Imo, Ebonyi. Lagos

is being used as a control state

because each clan and

community has family members

in Lagos. We believe that those

coming from every other state

are practising it in Lagos.

I disagree with UN on the

prevalence because the South

South states of Cross River

State, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Rivers,

Delta and Edo have high

prevalence as well and they are

not working in those states.

In those states, when their

daughters want to get married,

in the night of their bride price

payment, they cut them. It is

only NGOs that are working

there but the government is not

doing anything to stop them.

Before we went to those communities

in Cross River State,

every woman had been circumcised.

FGM and childbirth

It is done because they want

to cut the sexuality of women;

they want the woman to be

faithful to her husband. What

is then the function of the

clitoris they are cutting off from

the woman? It helps the

woman to have sexual

pleasure. It helps the woman

in child birth.

When the woman is about to

deliver, the clitoris expands

and allows the baby to come

out easily but when it is not

there, you see the woman

pushing and struggling to

give birth for hours or days.

Both the mother and the child

may get tired and die or one

of them can die in the process.

Men and FGM

campaign

So, FGM is one of the

causes of child mortality in

ong>Nigeriaong>. Men should know

and be aware that clitoris

helps both the man and

woman to have sexual pleasure.

Sexual pleasure is a

fundamental human right for

both male and female and this

mutilation has made a lot of

women unable to have sexual

satisfaction and they are sad

about it.

If you talk to 20 women on

the street today, 10 out of

them that have been circumcised

will tell you they don’t

have sexual pleasure. Men

should be part of this campaign.

When a man goes to marry

from Cross River or Edo and

Kogi First Lady asks students to place priority on education

late their intellect and thinking

faculties, stressing that sustainable

growth and development

can only be achieved through

adequate and continuous pursuit

of knowledge.

She decried the negligence of

students towards learning,

which she averred had negatively

impacted on ong>Nigeriaong> development

process.

She said: “I’m doing this today

because I know the value of

education. These education

materials will help to bring relief

and convenience to your

educational pursuit.

“I, therefore urged you to be

of best behaviour. Place priority

on your education, help

your parents after school, and

avoid all social vices.”

The wife of the governor urged

them further not to give room

for frivolities or engaged in social

vices, rather, they should

Wife of Kogi State Governor,

Mrs. Rashida Bello.

engage in activities capable of

sharpening their intelligence

and reasoning.

She said she wouls continue to

contribute her quota towards

giving supports to quality education

in the state.

She, however, urged parents

and teachers to ensure that

aside the academic learning,

the students and pupils are

well looked after, as they represent

the future leader.

Speaking in one of the

schools visited, Headmaster

of LGEA Primary School,

Rahama, Okehi council area,

Momoh Jimoh expressed

happiness for the gesture,

said first lady’s efforts had

complemented her husband

thematic blueprints on education.

She said the education materials

are a great contribution

to the promotion of education

in Kogi State, and

urged the first lady not to relent

in doing more.

Speaking at the empowerment

ceremony in Okene,

headquarters of Kogi Central

senatorial district, she said

she would continue to champion

economic empowerment

of women in the state.

Materials for genital mutilation

Margaret Onah

on the night of the bride payment

when they want to circumcise

her, he should be able to

refuse it. Some women have pus

in their vaginal throughout their

lives because of circumcision.

Success stories

When Safehaven Development

Intiative, SDI, started in 2006, we

discovered two communities in

Cross River first and we worked

with the community leaders. They

requested for us to redefine their

culture where bride's clitoris is cut

on the night of bride price payment.

We redefined it as Alternative Right

of Passage Without the Cut.

In 2009, we have the first party on

the Alternative Right of Passage

Without the Cut ceremony

where, for the first time, 40 girls

were not cut. There and then, we

agreed that we cannot be waiting

for the communities because

they always have this ceremony

done at the end of the year.

Individual families can celebrate

their girl without cutting

her and since then, they have

been maintaining it. We have

been working with a local

government area for the past four

months and the community

leader has told them that anybody

caught will give a cow. Nobody

wants to give out a cow because

of the cost, so no one is

practising it in that community.

In September 2019, a community

also stood up and signed

that they were not going to do it

anymore but they only

demanded money for kola. Other

communities there also publicly

declared that they don’t want to

do it anymore. We have about 13

communities which have

publicly declared they don’t want

to do it again because of our campaign

in Cross River State.

Between male and female

circumcision

The male cutting is beneficial to

the male because if it is not done,

it can lead to infection.

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Akeredolu shares BRECAN’s journey,

urges vaccination against cervical cancer

•As All Saints College wins BRECAN’s inter-school arts competition

WIFE of the Ondo State

Governor and

Founder Breast Cancer Association

of ong>Nigeriaong> BRECAN,

Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-

Akeredolu, shared her breast

cancer story. She said hers

was a lone voice in the wilderness

as nobody wanted to be

associated with BRECAN at its

formative stage.

She stated this while addressing

student participants

drawn from different schools

across Oyo State during the

Inter- School Arts Competition

held at the Law Hub,

Ibadan organised as part of

activities marking 2021

World Cancer Day by the Oyo

State Chapter of BRECAN.

Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu,

who acknowledged the

contributions of individuals,

groups and most especially

volunteer students who

through advocacy raised funds

for BRECAN’s activities, said

the journey has been tortuous

and rewarding as more lives

have been impacted.

While noting that the arts

competition was the second of

its kind in the history of

BRECAN in promoting

breast cancer awareness, she

said BRECAN is now set to

help eliminate incidence of

cervical cancer which she

noted can be eliminated one

hundred per cent.

On why women have continued

to die needlessly because

of the disease, Mrs. Akeredolu

identified ignorance as one of

the major causes, saying: “It

is shocking that some still assume

it is a spiritual attack

and only present when it is

too late.”

Mrs. Akeredolu, while

By Esther Onyegbula

ANon-Governmental Or

ganisation, Lift Above

Poverty Organisation,LAPO,

has called on the Federal and

state governments to provide

cancer treatment support for

indigent individuals due to

the high cost of managing

and treating the ailment.

Honestus Obadiora, Executive

Director, LAPO NGO,

made the call during a

sensitisation and awareness

rally organised by LAPO in

Igando area of Lagos State.

Obadiora, represented by

Sandra Asowata, Head,

Ondo State First Lady and Founder, Breast Cancer Association of ong>Nigeriaong> BRECA,

Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (middle), Chairperson of BRECAN Oyo State,

Mrs. Tolu Taiwo (5th left) with the participants during the Inter-school Art

Competition in Oyo State for students of secondary schools, themed: "Hope, a

message to cancer patients," organised by BRECAN, Oyo State chapter as part of

activities lined up by BRECAN to mark this year’s World Cancer Day, at the Law

Hub, Ring Road, Ibadan on Tuesday.

stressing that cervical cancer

can be eliminated through

vaccination, said it’s high

time parents are educated on

the need to give consent to

the vaccination of their children

against Cervical Cancer.

She also urged the students

to be breast aware and

be breast health advocates

wherever they find themselves.

In her goodwill message,

Olori Adejumoke Adeleye,

Olori Olubaka of Okaland,

commended Mrs. Akeredolu

for initiating BRECAN. The

Olori said Arabinrin

Akeredolu’s committment to

the cause is laudable and will

remain a ray of hope to many.

She prayed for wisdom and

grace for survivor of 24 years

to continue in her service to

humanity.

The climax of the event was

the presentation of prizes to

winners. All Saint’s College

came first in the competition

followed by Seed of Life

College while the third

position went to Lead City International

College.

Earlier, Promise Ihieze while

speaking on the theme of the

programme: “Hope,” said the

arts competition was their own

way of sending the message

of hope across to survivors

and bringing attention to the

cause.

Earlier, the state Chairperson

NGO advocates cancer treatment

support for indigent ong>Nigeriaong>ns

LAPO NGO, Western Region,

said the awareness, which

was centered on Cervical,

Breast and Prostate Cancer

was part of activities to mark

the 2021 World Cancer Day.

She noted that LAPO was

committed to the empowerment

of poor and vulnerable

people in ong>Nigeriaong> through

the implementation of innovative

financial and non-financial

development programmes.

According to him, the organisation

believes that poverty

is further reinforced by

diseases and vice versa and

has therefore been involved

in community health improvement

across the country.

”As a development organisation,

LAPO is concerned

that cancer is now a major

cause of morbidity and mortality

in ong>Nigeriaong> with over

100,000 persons diagnosed

every year of which about 80

per cent die due to late detection.

”Globally, 9.6 million people

die from cancer every year

even though over 80 per cent

of cancer cases are preventable

with early detection while

40 per cent of the disease can

be eradicated by lifestyle

changes."

for Oyo State BRECAN, Tolu

Taiwo, in her Welcome Address,

acknowledged all those

who have been pillars of support

to BRECAN over the

years, noting that there is still

more grounds to cover.

Other dignitaries in attendance

include Bashorun

Arogunjo and his wife,

BRECAN members from

across the state among others.

FGM: It’s

attack on our

sexuality,

stakeholders

cry out

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That is why any man that is not

circumcised can easily pass

infections to his partner. When

the foreskin of the penis is removed,

it helps to keep the

place clean and it won’t harbour

dirts but men that are not circumcised

can easily infect a

woman with HIV and other diseases.

It is the clitoris of a woman that

is supposed to give her sexual

pleasure and to also help her

during childbirth that is cut off.

Violence Against Persons Prohibition

Act, VAPP, was enacted

in May 2015 by former

President Goodluck Jonathan

when he was leaving the office.

Some states adopted it but

many have not. All those states

that are recognised to be prevalence

in FGM have adopted it

but they are not implementing

yet.

Women in

Town

Planning

holds

inaugural

meeting in

Lagos

By Etop Ekanem

The Association of

Women in Town Planning,

Lagos State Wing, recently

held its inaugural

meeting at The ong>Nigeriaong>n Institute

of Town Planners, Lagos.

Speaking at the occasion,

Chairman of the Interim

Committee of the association,

Lagos State Chapter,

Mrs Gertrude Adenekan,

advised members to let sisterly

love permeate, adding:

“We have to let sisterly love

permeate. We have to be

thoughtful, value, and appreciate

and care for one another.

We have to be friends

in spite of our differences. We

should complement each

other.

“It is known that the warmth

of friendship can stop stress

even in the most intense moments,

it decreases the chance

of cardiac arrest or stroke. It

can also look younger than our

real age. Let us trust one another,

let us not hate someone

because they tell the truth,

bruise our ego or because they

do things differently. Let us

work together for our general

spiritual and physical wellbeing

and the progress of our

profession.”

She said the idea of setting

up a Women’s Group of Town

Planners was first mooted by

Mrs C. K. George in the mid

1990s, “in hindsight, I was naively

against it. I didn’t see

any difference between females

and males in professional

life. Maybe because I

had then never suffered discrimination

in the Lagos State

Civil Service where I worked.

In her key note address, the

Guest Speaker, Mrs Tinuke

Olaoye, who spoke on the

topic, “Strength of Leadership,”

said leadership does not

require position of post, adding

that everyone has the capacity

to be a leader.

She said: “If you are the

chairman or chief executive of

any organisation that gives

you the extra ground to display

your leadeship skill. It

starts from believing in you.

We are all leaders and how we

comport ourselves with or

without position or title is extremely

important.”

On his part, National President

of ong>Nigeriaong>n Institute of

Town Planners, NITP, Mr

Olutoyin Ayinde, said:

“Women group in a very

strong group and any civilization

that does not understand

their importance is likely to be

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Amidst Senate trials, Georgia begins probe into Trump

effort to overturn polls

By Henry Ojelu with

agency report

Despite ongoing trial of

Donald Trump at the

Senate, Prosecutors in Fulton

County, Georgia, are

now investigating his attempts

to overturn the

southern state’s 2020 presidential

election results.

Fulton County District

Attorney Fani Willis has sent

a letter asking state

government officials to preserve

documents, including

those related to then-

President Trump’s call to

Republican Secretary of

State Brad Raffensperger

pressuring him to “find”

more votes.

During the call, Trump

is heard saying to

Raffensperger: “I just

want to find 11,780 votes,

which is one more than we

have. Because we won the

state.”

“This letter is notification

that all records potentially

related to the administration

of the 2020 General

Election must be preserved,

with particular

care being given to set

aside and preserve those

that may be evidence of attempts

to influence the actions

of persons who were

administering that election,”

said the letter dated

February 10.

This matter is of high priority,

and I am confident

that as fellow law enforcement

officers sworn to uphold

the Constitutions of

the United States and Georgia,

our acquisition of information

and evidence of potential

crimes via interviews,

documents, videos

and electronic records will

be cooperative.”

Representatives for the

county prosecutor’s office

and for Trump did not immediately

respond to requests

for comment by Reuters.

On

Monday,

Raffensperger’s office

opened its own probe into

Trump’s January 2 phone

call pressuring him to overturn

President Joe Biden’s

November 3 victory in the

state based on unfounded

Ghana shuts down parliament after 168

lawmakers, staff contract COVID-19

Ghana has shut down

its parliament for

three weeks owing to the

rising COVID-19 cases

among lawmakers and

staff.

No fewer than 17 members

of parliament and

151 supporting staff have

been infected with the

virus.

A surge in cases had

forced the parliament to

limit its sittings to Tuesdays

and Thursdays

with entry permitted to

only MPs and staff

needed for those days.

Alban Bagbin, speaker

of the house who announced

the closure on

Tuesday, said the

legislature would be in

recess until March 2 to

make way for “disinfection

and sanitisation of

the premises”.

I have, in consultation

with leadership, decided

that sitting of the house

be adjourned for three

weeks,” Bagbin said.

Bagbin said the parliament’s

appointments

committee will continue

to meet to consider the

ministerial nominees of

President Nana Akufo-

Addo who was re-elected

in December.

Last Monday, the Ghana

Medical Association

(GMA) said seven

doctors have died of

COVID-19 in the

country.

Five of the doctors reportedly

died in 2020.

Frank Ankobea, its

president, had said the

association would

recommend “extra

restrictions” to Akufo-

Addo if the rate of

infection continues to

rise.

Booking any kind of

summer escape became

an even bigger gamble

for millions of British

people on Wednesday as the

the government warned that

even staycations could be

under threat until vaccinations

are completed.

After officials previously

signaled that a foreign trip

may not be possible during

2021, UK transport minister,

Grant Shapps, says that

even a break on home soil

may now be out of the question.

The news came after the

nation’s health minister,

Matt Hancock, announced

that arrivals to the UK who

lie about visiting a destination

on its Covid “red list”

may face up to 10 years in

prison or a £10,000 ($13,800)

fine.

“Until we know the route

out of lockdown, which we

can’t know until we have

more data, more informavoter

fraud claims, saying

any further legal efforts

would be up to the state’s

attorney general.

Trump and his allies repeatedly

espoused unfounded

claims that Biden

won the election through

voter fraud, leading to the

deadly January 6 Capitol

occupation to stop Congress

from certifying the

results.

The country has reported

73,003 cases and 482

deaths since the pandemic

began.

EU’s von der Leyen admits vaccine

rollout failures

The EU was late to

authorise Covid-19

vaccines and “still not

where we want to be”, European

Commission President

Ursula von der Leyen

has said.

She also acknowledged

the EU had been overconfident

about production targets

being met amid delays

at factories.

The Commission chief has

come under fire for the EU’s

slow vaccine rollout.

There is anger that the

bloc has fallen behind countries

like the UK, where

UK warns all vacations could be

canceled for 2021

more than 12 million people

have already received the

jab.

But Mrs von der Leyen

was adamant that ordering

vaccines collectively on behalf

of member states was

“the right thing to do”.

Meanwhile pharmaceutical

group AstraZeneca has

said it will join forces with

German company IDT Biologika

to produce more

vaccines for Europe.

Producers of vaccines including

the Oxford-Astra-

Zeneca and Pfizer-BioN-

Tech jabs have postponed

delivery of some of the EU’s

order because of capacity

and supply issues.

tion on vaccines as well,

please don’t go ahead and

book holidays,” Shapps said

during a BBC interview early

Wednesday.

He went on say it was too

early to paint a clear picture

about what restrictions would

be in place by summer, advising

travelers to sit tight and

“do nothing” until things are

clearer.

The warning will be as a

disappointment to many UK

holidaymakers, who had

hoped that the nation’s

speedy coronavirus vaccine

rollout would pave the way for

vacations abroad later in the

year.

However, Shapps has

stressed that the UK, which

has administered more than

13 million Covid-19 jabs, will

have to wait for other destinations

to “catch up.”

The UK, which has one of

highest Covid-19 death rates

in the world, with nearly four

million cases and 114,066

fatalities as of February 9, has

been stepping up border restrictions

due the emergence

of new variants of the virus

found in the UK and Brazil.

From February 15, UK and

Irish residents arriving from

countries on the UK’s “red

list,” which includes South

Africa, Portugal, the UAE and

most of South America, will

have to buy a “quarantine

package” for £1,750 ($2,400,)

that includes accommodation

in a government-approved

hotel, transport to the accommodation,

and Covid-19

testing. All other travelers

who have visited these countries

10 days prior to traveling

to the UK, which is currently

under a third national

lockdown, are banned from

entering.

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KILLER HERDSMEN:

Why Yoruba should protect themselves

SUNDAY IGBOHO

•Our people now live in fear in the S-West

•Yoruba monarchs secretly invited me to rescue the region

•I can’t be intimidated; I only fear God

•Only a Yoruba bastard won’t support my cause

•We’re not waging war against Fulani

•Report of me fighting Boko Haram without govt support is fake

•Sunday Adeyemo

By Deola Badru

YORUBA rights activist,

Chief Sunday Adeyemo,

also known as Sunday

Igboho, in this interview

conducted in the Yoruba

language, declares that the

Yoruba race can only protect

their lives and property by

themselves from criminal

herdsmen. He also speaks on

other sundry issues.

Excerpts:

What is the way out of farmers/

herdsmen clashes in the South-

West?

I have said it many times,

government alone cannot provide

security. The Yoruba people need

to first take their security into their

hands. They should learn to

provide their security in any way

they deem fit, without first waiting

for the government.

But how did we get to where

we find ourselves now? If the

government at various levels had

taken proactive steps, they

would have nipped the crisis in

the bud before it snowballed into

this.

We can’t continue to live in the

fear of the unknown in

Yorubaland. Enough is enough.

Where was the government when

the killer herdsmen were killing

innocent people in Yorubaland?

How many of the killer herdsmen

have they brought to book?

I will not wait till foreigners kill

my people before I do the right

thing. I will continue to fight for

the cause of justice till I die. I can’t

be intimidated by anybody; I only

fear God Almighty.

South-West people must rise

with one voice to resist killer

herdsmen. We are fighting for the

course of the Yoruba race, not

about sentiment. Anybody is free

to live in any part of the country

but must do so with the laid down

rules and regulations.

We can’t accommodate you in

Yorubaland and you begin to kill

our people on their property. If

the government wants peace,

they have to speedily act to avert

further crises. The only solution

for now, is for the people to take

their security into their hands.

Some prominent people from

the region are not on the same

page with you on this struggle,

why?

(Smiles). Any Yoruba who is

against this noble cause is a

bastard. We did not just start this

if not for the incessant attacks on

our people in the Ibarapa and Oke

Ogun areas of Oyo State. Yoruba

people are no longer safe in their

land.

In the North, they can behead

a Yoruba man for slapping a

Hausa/Fulani not to talk of

destroying their farmlands. You

will recall the case of ‘Oko Oloyun’

(a popular herbal medicine

practitioner) who was killed

during a visit to his country home.

He was killed at Igbo Ora. The

Police said they would unravel

the facts behind his killing but till

now, the matter has not been

unraveled. That killing would be

a year this month.

Another illustrious son, Dr. Fatai

Aborode, returned from overseas

and cultivated farmland in

Igangan. He employed about 300

people. When his farm was

plundered by cattle, he

complained to the Seriki Fulani.

A few days after, killer herdsmen

kidnapped him, tied him and

butchered him. Nothing was

done and no arrest was made.

With all these, if any Yoruba is

against my agitation, such a

person is an enemy to the Yoruba

cause. I only need sincere people

to support my cause not agents

of disunity.

Don’t you think you need the

support of traditional rulers and

other influential voices in the

region for your efforts not to be

in vain?

(Laughs) The majority of the

traditional rulers are supporting

me. They secretly invited me to

rescue them, but they can’t say it

in public when the government

refused to do the right thing. They

are just suffering in silence. I was

called upon to liberate them. They

are all in support of me. I can’t

do it without their consent.

There is no more fear of civil

war regarding the cause that I am

fighting. Those who thought that

such could happen had the fear

because they have hidden

agenda. We are not waging any

war against the Fulani people.

Our fear is that our leaders are

friends of the Fulani, who know

the herdsmen, who are criminals

in our midst. Our appeal to the

Fulani is to bring the killer

herders in our midst to book. We

have the right, as Yoruba people,

to fight for our freedom.

You’ve visited Ibarapa in Oyo

State, moved to Ogun. When are

you visiting other states in the

region especially Ondo where

the governor recently gave

issued quit notice to herdsmen

in government forest reserves?

Once they call on me, I am fully

ready to heed their call. I am

fighting for the Yoruba cause, not

my cause. We must liberate our

people.

Are you not afraid that

government may move against

you?

They have started that already.

I know Yoruba people are behind

me. They have frozen my bank

accounts because I am fighting

Our appeal to

the Fulani is to

bring the killer

herders in our

midst to book;

we have the

right, as

Yoruba people,

to fight for our

freedom

for a just cause.

I will not relent. I must achieve

my aims by putting an end to

criminality in Yorubaland. If they

refuse to release my account,

there will be a serious protest

across the South-West. Our

people are living in fear of

criminal herdsmen. They are

afraid that the herdsmen might

attack them.

Who are those sponsoring

your agitation? We allegedly

learned Chief Rashidi Ladoja is

backing your campaign to rid

Yorubaland of criminal

herdsmen. Is this true?

I don’t need such a backing,

Baba Ladoja is not sponsoring me

and there is nothing like that. Just

like what Senator Femi Ojudu

said about me. I have told

journalists that he is a mere

stooge and a slave to his

conscience.

What is your advice to South-

West governors, traditional

rulers and opinion moulders in

the region?

We can work in harmony with

the South-West governors since

they recognise the fact that we

have the fundamental right to

secure our people and to protect

their rights.

The problem is that those in

between us and the government

are the ones creating undue

tension. We are sure that if the

South-West governors can feel the

pulse of the people who are

feeling the heat from the killer

herdsmen, we believe that they

would rise to the occasion and do

the needful.

Our traditional rulers are the

custodians of our culture and

heritage in Yorubaland. As the

situation of things is now, I thank

our royal fathers for their efforts.

I thank all the Yoruba Obas

starting from the Awujale of

Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; I

thank our father, the Alaafin of

Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and

also thanks to our father, the Ooni

of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. I

must pay obeisance to the Awujale

for his fearless and dogged spirit

and courage. They all want peace

in Yorubaland.

Do you have any political

ambition?

(Laughs) Is there anything

more honourable than what I am

doing for the Yoruba cause? I am

not going into politics and I am

not doing this to seek any form of

popularity. It’s a natural cause.

I am not afraid of anything or

anyone but God. God is the

owner and controller of every soul.

No human being can kill me, it’s

only God who can kill me.

What is your admonition to the

Yoruba race on this struggle?

We Yoruba people should be

united and stop playing politics

with the lives of our people. We

deserve to be united, so I preach

unity of purpose among the

Yoruba people.

We should always speak with

one voice. Yoruba people should

be protected from killer

herdsmen. That’s my message,

nothing more. The struggle

continues.

You were alleged to have said

you could fight Boko Haram

without government support..

(Cuts in) It is a total fabrication

and sensation which the journalist

who orchestrated it failed to

substantiate beyond a reasonable

doubt.

I never, at any point in time

said that. The report is fake news.

•Sunday Adeyemo: We can’t continue to live in the fear of the

unknown in Yorubaland


Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 31

INSECURITY: Residents now pray, fast before traveling in S-West

•Travelling on the highway is a serious risk NURTW

•Sanity’ll return to our roads soon Osun, Ogun, Ondo Amotekun Commanders

By Dayo Johnson, Dapo

Akinrefon, Shina Abubakar

& James Ogunnaike

THE fear of Fulani herdsmen

is now the beginning of wisdom

in the South-West as commuters

and drivers now resort to

prayer and fasting before setting

out on their journey.

Several unpleasant encounters

with highway criminals by both

drivers and commuters have left

travellers to conclude that they are

no longer safe in the South-West.

Also, there is a general fear in

the mind of travellers because of

the spate of kidnapping, armed

robbery and other criminalities

on the roads.

Travellers and motorists, who

spoke with Vanguard, expressed

worry over the safety of the roads

in the region.

Despite the coming on board of

the Western ong>Nigeriaong> Security Network

codenamed Amotekun, motorists

feel they are not safe on the

highways.

We embark on prayer session

before travellingCommuters

A trader in Osogbo, Comfort

Kehinde, disclosed that whenever

she intends travelling out of the

state, she embarks on a prayer session

in the church.

She noted that the fear of wanting

to travel is enough to increase

her blood pressure than the travelling

itself as her husband and

children regularly warn her of the

dangers on the road.

She said: “Whenever I intend to

travel, I am always faced with two

fears, banditry and kidnapping.

From the time I board a car, till I

get to my destination, it is always

perpetual fear.

“Sometimes, I embark on fasting

and prayers a week before I

travel for fear of being kidnapped

or robbed by bandits.”

Also speaking, a commuter from

Ogun State, Mr. Rotimi

Olanrewaju, described travelling

on ong>Nigeriaong>n roads as a nightmare,

putting into consideration

the high rate of insecurity in the

country.

According to Olanrewaju, the

incessant kidnappings, killings

and other forms of insecurity on

the nation’s highways had put

fear in the minds of the people.

He said: “The fear of kidnapping

and armed robbery, among

others, have enveloped major

highways, especially in the

South-West. This is gradually affecting

the socio-economic activities

in the region.

“The Federal Government

should beef up security on ong>Nigeriaong>n

highways to reduce the incessant

kidnapping, banditry and

armed robbery that have become

EDITOR: Dayo Johnson (08033509763)

Deputy Editor: Dapo Akinrefon 08023844928

CORRESPONDENTS:

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Abeokuta

•Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide

Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo)

a daily occurrence.”

Also speaking with Vanguard, a

lawyer and rights activist,

Morakinyo Ogele said that the

state of insecurity in the region

has assumed a frightening dimension.

Ogele lamented that the catalogue

of the evils perpetrated by

the herdsmen in the region remains

countless.

He said: “It is no longer news

that some criminal Fulani herdsmen

are daily wreaking havoc in

the South-West.

“The cocktails of their criminal

activities are unprecedented; the

Yoruba never witnessed this

atrocities being perpetrated by the

Fulani herdsmen.

“Travelling from one town to

another or any state in the South-

West, you need fasting and prayer

before you set out on such journey.

“Chiefs, students, market

women, farmers, Obas are not

spared in the hands of these satanic

messengers.

“We must prepare ourselves to

face any killer and those who are

criminally-minded among the

Fulani.

“I, therefore, call on the people

in Yoruba land to brace up for selfdefence.”

Travelling on the highway is a

serious risk NURTW

On his part, Chairman of the

National Union of Road Transport

Workers, NURTW, Ijetu unit,

Kamorudeen Agbowo, lamented

the state of insecurity on the roads,

especially in the aftermath of the

EndSARS protest.

Agbowo said: “Travelling on the

highway is a serious risk, there are

some routes that some drivers will

not dare to go, especially, Ikare,

Ekiti, Kogi and Abuja routes for

fear of kidnapping and banditry.

“After the EndSARS protest, the

roads were more vulnerable to

attacks as the protest exposed

police weaknesses, thereby, energising

criminals.”

The NURTW chairman in Ondo

State, Comrade Jacob Adebo said

his members need protection as

criminal herders attack and kidnap

them with impunity.

He said: “Our members now

pray for safety, not that they don’t

pray before, but this kind of

prayer is because of the present

security situation in the country.

Nobody is safe again. We are all

living in fear.

“But with the recent development

in Ondo State as regards the

quit notice to herdsmen occupying

the government forest reserves,

I think with time, travellers

would heave a sigh of relief.”

Sanity’ll return to our roads

soon – Osun, Ogun, Ondo

Amotekun Commanders

But assuring travellers and

drivers of their safety, the

Amotekun Corps Commandants

for Osun, Ogun and Ondo states,

said they are doing everything necessary

to secure the highways

across the region.

When contacted, the Amotekun

Commandant in Osun State,

Brig.-Gen. Bashir Adewinmbi

(retd), said the corps is not

working in isolation but

collaborating with other

Amotekun in the region to return

sanity to the roads.

Adewinmbi said: “We are aware

that the roads are not safe but we

are working to improve the situation.

Part of our plan is to establish

patrol spots across our roads

in collaboration with Amotekun

in other states and security agencies.

“We are also exploiting areas of

common interests with our partners

and very soon, sanity will

return to our roads.”

No cause for alarm - Ogun

Amotekun Commandant

Also speaking, the Amotekun

Corps Commandant in Ogun

State, Mr. David Akinremi, allayed

the fear of residents of the

state as well as travellers, especially

with the current insecurity

challenge facing the South-West.

Akinremi said: “The Amotekun

in Ogun State has taken off because

I have been appointed as

the Commander of the Corps. I am

sure a lot of things were considered

before the appointment and

to the glory of God, I have taken

over.

“We are prepared, we are taking

our time to ensure that we get

the best available grassroots men

who will be able to function adequately

towards achieving the

vision and purpose of establishing

the agency. We have been

given the go-ahead to commence

recruitment and we are working

out modalities to ensure that we

have quality men in line with the

Ogun standard of excellence.

“I want to assure our people that

they don’t need to entertain any

fear. We have come to serve them.

Our people have no cause to fear,

we are on top of the situation. Notwithstanding

that operatives have

BIZARRE: Envy led my wife to

kill her step-son Husband

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO Abdulwasiu

Musa, the husband of a

woman who poisoned her 3-yearold

son has told Vanguard how

envy led to his wife’s action.

Unfortunately, the action cost

the little child his life.

Before the unfortunate incident,

the family was living

harmoniously. Mariam, who is a

senior wife, from Benin in Edo

State came to participate in the

younger wife’s graduation

ceremony after completing her

apprenticeship in hairdressing.

On the said day, Mariam, the

younger wife and their husband

were all in their respective rooms

when she decided to take laws

into her hand by offering her stepson

a drink laced with herbicide.

According to her husband, four

of us were at home when the

incident happened.

Speaking to Vanguard, Musa

said: “Roqeeb came into the room

not taken off, we are doing some

strategic work underground on

the security situation on hand, not

just within the state but in the

South-West as a whole.

“We assure of protection of lives

and property for everybody living

in the state. Wherever you come

from does not matter. What is important

is that we must live together

in an atmosphere of peace

and harmony and respect of the

rights of all.

“There is no security without

human beings and no human beings

without security. It is a symbiotic

relationship. The work of

security agencies, at whatever

level, cannot be done without the

support of the people. That is why

we want to build a people-oriented

organisation.”

We’re rooting out criminals

elementsOndo Amotekun

Commandant

Also, the Commander of

Amotekun in Ondo State, Chief

Adetunji Adeleye said the corps

has set up an outfit tagged:

Operation Clean Up to root out

criminal elements across the state.

Adeleye said over 120 suspects

have been arrested by the Operation

Clean-Up team within the last

two months.

The Special Adviser to the governor

on Security Affairs, Alhaji

Dojumo said: “As I talk to you, we

have created flashpoint across the

three senatorial districts and deployed

security patrols including

military personnel and federal

highway patrol to those places.

“We have military checkpoints,

safer highway patrol to areas

where criminal elements operate.

“We have them between Owo/

Ose highway, Akure/Ogbese

highway, USO/Owo highway and

other flashpoints in the Northern

Senatorial District.

“In the Southern Senatorial

Districts, we have checkpoints and

have deployed security personnel

to Akotogbo, lgbekebo,

Okitipupa, Erinje, Ilutuntun, Ore,

Omotosho and other areas.

“In the Central Senatorial

District, our security personnel

are at home to cover the district.”

and told me his stepmother,

Mariam, gave him drinks to take

but I never suspected any foul

play until later when the boy fell

sick.

“Having seen the suffering the

little boy was subjected to; she

called me and confessed that the

drink she gave him was

poisonous as it contained

herbicides.

“I never thought she could do

that, she is based in Benin, Edo

State where she was doing her

business and she came all the way

from there to participate in the

younger wife’s graduation

ceremony.

“She always plays with the boy

so, there was no way one could

have suspected she could poison

him until she confessed to it.

“I don’t think I treated her

differently, she is not based here

in Ede, but she has her own room

in the house; and I also discharge

my responsibility to her.


32 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Stories by Victor

Ahiuma-Young

THE clamour for the unionisation

of the ong>Nigeriaong> Police Force,

NPF, was one of the highlights of

the mass sensitization of the public

on Community Policing in Lagos,

few days ago.

With the theme “Understanding

Community Policing: A Framework

for Action”, the programme attracted

top echelon of the ong>Nigeriaong> Police,

government officials, lawyers,

Labour leaders, religious leaders,

traditional rulers, civil society

organisations, youths, among other

stakeholders.

Speaking at the programme

organised by the NPF in

collaboration with Unite Consult

Limited and C.O. Luke & CO, a

former Vice President of ong>Nigeriaong>

Labour Congress, NLC, and Vice

President IndustriALL Global

Union, IGU, Issa Aremu, contended

among others, that NPF needed to

be unionised to effectively address

issues affecting its rank and file

among others.

According to him, “NPF must

unionize just like in South Africa,

but the personnel do not go on

strike. The NPF must have a forum

where personnel can express

themselves, talk about their welfare,

and interest. It is the union that can

speak for the personnel. With a

union, NPF personnel can bring

to the public, their frustration, pains,

anger, needs among others that

cannot be individually, or as a group,

bring to the public domain.”

Aremu who is also the immediate

past General-Secretary of the

National Union of Textile, Garment

and Tailoring Workers of ong>Nigeriaong>,

NUTGTWN , insisted that ong>Nigeriaong>

must acknowledge and reward

gallant policemen and women

while sanctioning criminal elements

within the force.

He said: “Members of the force

should be re-oriented, better trained,

adequately remunerated, motivated

and accorded dignity for them to

offer patriotic services to the citizens.

Policemen are working men and

women who must be paid. The

Wages and Salaries Commision

should quckly implement the

directive of President Muhammadu

Buhari on this.”

High unemployment,

high crime rate

According to Aremu, the high rate

of unemployment in the country was

a major contributor to the high crime

rate because the army of ablebodied

jobless men and women

especially the youths, would

definitely find solace in crimes.

He argued that with mass

unemployment, no amount of

policing with the latest technology

could solve the nation’s security

challenge, and demanded for

massive revival and setting up of

industries at all levels to keep

millions of idle hands gainfully

employed.

Aremu said: “ong>Nigeriaong> must

urgently create economic

opportunities for the youths to reduce

opportunities for criminalities. With

just over 300, 000 police workforce,

ong>Nigeriaong> with 200 million people has

the lowest police per capita in the

world. With open unemployment of

as many as 50, the best of equipped

police cannot halt the outrage of idle

youths. There is the need for a New

Social Compact. It is important to

strive for a broad-based social

compact that goes beyond party

politics and involves civil society, the

state and the private sector, in liaison

with the international community to

*Policemen on duty.

08052202308 (sms only)

Labour seeks unionisation

of ong>Nigeriaong> Police Force

•Says high unemployment equals high crime rate

reinvent industries and create jobs

for the youths.”

Support police

to protect you

The IGU Vice-President called on

stakeholders to support the ong>Nigeriaong>

police, saying “in my over threedecades

trade union work, I have

witnessed the good and the bad of

the ong>Nigeriaong> Police Force. But on the

whole, strengths of the police force

are far more than the negative. In

any case, as we have seen after the

#ENDSARS peaceful protests were

captured by God-knows them, it was

clear that the worse of public policing

is better than gang of self-serving

hoodlums. We must consolidate the

gains of existing police force while

we must help to reposition it for the

current challenges.

“It is time ong>Nigeriaong> reinvented

community policing to curtail the

menace of insecurity. No country in

Africa has vibrant communities with

tested leaders like ong>Nigeriaong>. But too

long period of military dictatorship

has destroyed associational life of

dialogue and consultation.

Community policing is a timely

complimentary approach to

overcome the challenges of

insecurity.”

He called for involvement of “all

stakeholders and communities

represented by local governments,

churches and mosques, workforce

in formal and informal sectors in

organised unions, youths and

women organisations as well as all

pan-ong>Nigeriaong>n civil society

organisations. Community policing

is a practical way of democratising

policing in a democratic system.

“Organised labour hereby calls for

all inclusive bi-partisan approaches

to eradicate violent crime. Current

discordant views among some

governors are unhealthy and

unhelpful. If elected state actors

operate separately, certainly forces

of banditry would defeat all of us

collectively.”

The IGU Vice-President added

that the police should be

strengthened to perform its

constitutional mandate of ensuring

security, stressing that “insecurity is

a national challenge and not

peculiar to any tribe or region but

must be addressed by the

cooperation of all. Only criminals

would profit from unconstitutional

profiling of criminals and their

victims instead of calling them for

what they are; criminals.”

Bearing of arms

On her part, Lagos State NLC

Chairman, Funmi Sessi, called for

massive recruitment, training and

deployment of community police

personnel to bridge the personnel

gap at the community level.

She, however, expressed concern

that community police personnel

would not be armed to confront

armed criminals, warning that this

would make them ineffective.

The NLC chairman also

expressed worry that the personnel

to be recruited as community police

would not earn salaries and that

their job would be voluntary,

arguing that would lead to lack of

commitment.

Sessi pleaded that all stakeholders

in the community should be carried

along on all issues concerning

community policing including

recruitment, training and

deployment to engender confidence

and support from the community.

Our fears over excessive fiscal deficit NECA

NIGERIA

Employers’

Consultative Association,

NECA has said though there is

nothing wrong in using fiscal deficit

in addressing the critical

infrastructural gaps, but warned that

inappropriate management of the

accumulated debts over the years

on recurrent expenditures is

detrimental to any economic growth

Reacting to the International

Monetary Fund, IMF's advice to

ong>Nigeriaong>, to among others, reform

economy and cut reliance on oil,

Director-General of NECA, Dr

Timothy Olawale, said: “Fiscal

deficit occurs when government

budgetary expenditures are in

excess of its revenue during a

budget cycle. Traditionally, the

country’s budgetary provisions over

the years have been tremendously

dominated by deficits.

“As much as we aligned our

thoughts towards using the fiscal

deficit in addressing the critical

infrastructural gaps,

appropriateness in management of

the accumulated debts over the

years on recurrent expenditures is

detrimental to any economic

growth.

“We believe that excessive

dependence of any economy on

accumulation of debts, domestic or

foreign, can hamper economic

growth in the long term. As the case

in our country, where most of

government revenues are used to

settle past loans, the result will be

fewer funds to invest in critical

infrastructure and creation of jobs.

“NECA has, in time past,

suggested the need to slow down

in accumulation of debts, we

advocated for conception of policy

framework towards opening up the

economy in addressing

improvement in the revenue side

while reducing continuous

borrowings. It is worrisome to note,

that the country has consistently

struggled to achieve its revenue

targets in funding annual budgets.

“Some of the policy options

suggested include cutting down on

the recurrent expenditures,

reduction in the high level of public

debts, restructuring of the joint

venture oil assets with international

companies in order to boost finances

as well as selling off or concession

of its assets that are lying fallow and

moribund. Proceeds from it should

be channeled into financing annual

budget deficits.

“With the unpredictable nature of

global oil prices and development

in usage of alternative sources of fuel

and modern technology, it is more

appropriate to hasten the process

of diversification of the non-oil

economy in expanding the revenue

sources away from oil. It is obvious

that revenue from non-oil is more

feasible than the oil revenue. We

applaud the initiative of the fiscal

authority around the 2021 Budget,

which appropriates 30 per cent of

its revenue to oil sector and 70 per

cent to non-oil revenue.”

COVID-19:

UNDP, ILO

advocate social

protection for

informal

workers

THE COVID-19 pandemic

has accentuated a focus on

vulnerabilities of informal

economy workers in sub-

Saharan Africa.

Together, they represent 86

and 92 per cent of men and

women’s total employment

respectively, and nearly 9 in 10

young workers.

These workers are also a large

share of the 82 per cent of sub-

Saharan Africans without

access to social protection.

While not all workers within

the informal economy are poor,

most are highly vulnerable to

poverty, with limited means to

cope with the economic, social

and health impacts of the

pandemic.

In recent years, African

governments have made

significant efforts to develop a

range of contributory social

protection schemes covering

workers in the informal

economy. The new UNDP

study, Informality and Social

Protection in African Countries:

A Forward-looking Assessment of

Contributory Schemes, provides

an overview of extension

practices in Africa through seven

country case studies - illustrating

the range of emergent design

practices. These include

extension of legal and effective

coverage; improvements in

quality of benefits and services

provided, introduction of new

schemes; making informal

workers’ contributions more

sustainable while remaining

affordable and flexible; and

leveraging digitalization to

simplify administrative

procedures.

The report raises the urgent

need to scale up innovative

approaches to expand coverage,

ensuring that emerging schemes

have greater financial

sustainability through a mix of

contributions from employers and

businesses along the supply

chain, workers and public finance.

Schemes must be designed in a

gender-sensitive manner to

correct gender inequalities in the

labour market. While social

protection is an important

component in protecting informal

livelihoods, it should be

considered within an integrated

package of measures that can

generate greater and more secure

incomes and job quality.

“Although many African

countries have introduced

temporary measures to protect

incomes and livelihoods of

vulnerable population during the

current pandemic, there is urgent

need to protect all workers

regardless of their employment

status. COVID-19 recovery

strategies give us one way out, to

use social protection tools to fight

inequality in Africa,” said

Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant

Secretary-General and Director,

Regional Bureau of Africa, UNDP.


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34 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

SSANU/NASU strike: No to another shutdown of

varsities NANS, NAPTAN

By Adesina Wahab

AFTER the prolonged shut

down of the nation's

universities due to the outbreak of

the coronavirus disease and the

industrial action by members of the

Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU, the university

system is again reeling under the

weight of another strike courtesy of

members of the Senior Staff

Association of ong>Nigeriaong>n Universities,

SSANU, and Non-Academic Staff

Union of Educational and

Associated Institutions, NASU.

The two unions, acting under the

aegis of the SSANU, NASU Joint

Action Committee, JAC, have

embarked on an industrial action

since last Friday, threatening the

smooth operations of federal

universities in the country. Some of

their demands are in line with what

ASUU also went on a nine-month

strike for, while some are even

against ASUU as a union.

Among the issues that tally with

ASUU's agitation is the call to

discard the use of the Integrated

Personnel and Payroll Information

System, IPPIS, to pay them and the

call for better funding of education,

while SSANU and NASU are

accusing ASUU members of

usurping their roles by heading some

departments meant to be headed by

non-teaching staff.

However, the most contentious of

the issues raised by the non-teaching

staff is how the N40 billion

earmarked for the payment of

Earned Allowance would be shared

among university workers. SSANU

and NASU are accusing ASUU of

shortchanging them in the sharing

formula. Teaching staff are

reportedly collecting 75 per cent of

the sum with the rest for the nonteaching

staff.

Lagos reiterates adoption of COVID-19

safety protocols in schools

By Mary Obaebor

IN a bid to prevent further spread

of COVID-19 in the state as

public and private schools have

resumed academic activities, the

Lagos State Government has

reiterated that schools must adopt

and strictly adhere to all safety

precautionary and preventive

protocols of the federal and Lagos

state governments.

The Director-General, Lagos State

Office of Education Quality

Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni,

who gave the warming, also advised

both public and private school head

teachers and administrators as well

as parents to adopt prompt

preventive measures to avert

COVID-19 infection in schools.

The DG who affirmmed the

position of the state government on

the matter, stated that health and

safety guidelines which include the

provision of soap, wash hand basin,

alcohol-based hand sanitizers,

thermometer and instructional

safety signs, must be adhered to.

Wearing of face mask and

maintaining social distancing must

also be strictly observed to avert

further spread of the virus.

She further stated that school

administrators have the

responsibility of ensuring total

compliance because evaluators

from the Office of Education Quality

Assurance would be visiting schools

to monitor compliance.

Urging schools to access online

learning support and distance and

•Project head, Dr. Kayode Oyende; Principal, Odogbolu Junior Grammar School, Mr. Odukoya; Secretary

to Set of 1975-1980 and Mr. Segun Bonojo at the commissioning of a borehole donated by the 1975-1980

set recently to the school.

blended learning system that would

help depopulate students in

classrooms and ensure proper sitting

arrangement in line with social

distancing, Seriki-Ayeni advised

school administrators to have in

place, sanitation managers that

would ensure that all environmental,

safety and health protocols are

observed.

"Since we are supporting schools

holistically, we encourage school

administrators to visit

www.oeqalagos.com to download:

Guidelines for the Prevention and

Management of COVID-19 in

Schools and Boarding Facilities,

LASG Emergency Guidance for

Public and Private Schools, Self-

Assessment and Safety Checklist for

Reopening of Schools, LASG Child

Safety and Protection and OEQA

Rapid Assessment Tool.

"These will guide and enhance safe

and seamless learning during this

time as well as help take key

decisions that will help influence and

reposition the COVID-19 and post-

COVID-19 pandemic school system,"

she stated.

The JAC, led by the National

President of SSANU, Comrade

Mohammed Ibrahim and the

National Secretary of NASU,

Comrade Peters Adeyemi, is

expected to meet the Federal

Government delegation led by the

Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige,

today, as their previous meeting

ended in a deadlock.

However, critical stakeholders in

the system, namely: the students and

their parents/guardians, are strongly

opposed to another shutdown of the

university system, saying the

consequences would be too dire on

education as a sector.

What students want:

The South-West Zonal

Coordinator of the National

Association of ong>Nigeriaong>n Students,

NANS, Comrade Kappo Samuel

Olawale, chastised the government

for playing with the education of

ong>Nigeriaong>n youths and inadvertently

toying with their future.

"The Federal Government should

know that education is the bedrock

of the country and its economy. In

that wise, the government should

know how to placate workers in the

sector and make them play their roles

with joy in their hearts.

"When we have a situation like this,

Nothing personal against AGF Yabatech ASUP boss

THE Chairman of the

Academic Staff Union of

Polytechincs, ASUP, Yaba College

of Technology, Yabatech chapter,

Mr Remi Ajiboye, has said he has

nothing personal against the

Accountant-General of the

Federation, or any staff in his office

when academic session has become

unstable and unpredictable because

of incessant strike actions, it is the

students that bear the brunt and the

loss. Students should be seen as

critical in the sector and should be

treated as such. As a country, if we

see education as important and vital,

we will treat it as such. And until we

begin to do this, we have a very long

way to go.

"The unions too should be

considerate. What they do affect their

children too. I know it is not all of

them that have their wards in foreign

schools. They should look for a

common ground, a midpoint to meet

with the government.

"For the unions to think they can

get all they are demanding is raising

a false hope. They must consider the

economic situation in the country

and what everybody, government

inclusive, are passing through," he

said.

Parents' view: The National

President of the National Parent

Teacher Association of ong>Nigeriaong>,

NAPTAN, Mr Haruna Danjuma,

expressed sadness at the new wave

of strike after all everybody went

through last year.

"It is like our universities are not

happy with our children and do not

want to help them. To me, it seems

they delight in wasting the precious

time of our children by embarking

on endless and needless strike

actions.

"There is no justification for this

strike. To me, it is an act of sabotage.

It is a way to sabotage the

government and the educational

system as a whole. Why didn't they

make their demands when ASUU

was making their own? If they did

that then, the government would have

looked into all the cases at once.

"The non-teaching staff did not

make their demands then because of

the needless rivalry the unions are

involved in. That is the same thing we

see occasionally too in the health

sector. This must stop. It is an act of

sabotage," he stated.

The ongoing strike may affect the

post-UTME test being planned by

some universities beginning from this

month. Already, the plan by the

management of the University of

Lagos, UNILAG, to hold its postponed

51st convocation later in the month

is being threatened as well.

USAID launches new Early Grade Learning Book in local languages

By Adesina Wahab

THE United States Agency for

International Development,

USAID, and the ong>Nigeriaong>n

Educational Research and

Development Council, NERDC,

have jointly launched the new Igbo

and Yoruba early grade reading

materials titled Ka anyi guo! and Je

ká kawe! respectively.

These resources expand the

availability of quality local

language teaching and learning

materials for reading in ong>Nigeriaong>,

targeting all Igbo and Yoruba

speaking primary grade 1 to 3

learners in the Southern regions.

“Teaching children to read in a

language they understand equips

them with a powerful tool for lifelong

learning.

“Building foundational reading

skills accelerates English language

acquisition and other skills and

contributes to developing a new

generation of leaders equipped to

and that his recent comment about

the workings of the Integrated

Personnel and Payroll Information

System, IPPIS, was quoted

wrongly.

The ASUP boss said this in

reaction to the controversy the

comment that he was paid N4,000

help ong>Nigeriaong> meet the challenges

ahead," USAID Mission Director,

Anne Patterson, said in a virtual

launch ceremony.

Developed by the Research and

Development Council with support

from the USAID Northern

Education Initiative (NEI) Plus

activity, the new Igbo and Yoruba

curricula will be available for any

interested state to adopt, print, and

distribute with their own resources.

The curriculum is tailored for a

21st Century audience of emerging

readers, rich with culturally relevant

stories, colourful pictures, genderbalanced

representation, and a clear

sequence of content that gradually

builds upon the abilities of each

learner as new skills and

proficiencies are acquired.

Let’s Read promotes active learner

engagement, comprehension and

critical thinking through three levels

of instruction that ensure learners

develop critical skills necessary for

sometime last year as monthly

salary generated. "I will like to state

sincerely that I was misquoted. My

statement on this matter was not

directed at anyone or any unit of

government. Any inconveniences

generated from this is indeed

regretted," he said.

all aspiring readers: phonemic

awareness, phonics, fluency,

vocabulary and comprehension.

The comprehensive curriculum

package includes learner textbooks

and workbooks, teachers’ guides,

and storybooks for practice in school

or at home, all available at no

expense for download.

Bauchi and Sokoto, the first two

states supported by NEI Plus,

remain positive models and

resources for states recently

adopting an evidence-based early

grade reading curriculum.

Since October 2015, NEI Plus has

delivered over seven million

teaching and learning materials to

more than one million primary

grade 1 through 3 learners in 2,500

formal schools.

In his remarks, the Minister of

State for Education, Chief

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, thanked

USAID and others for the initiative.

"The Federal Ministry of Education

recognises efforts of the project in the

last four years to improve literacy in

Northern ong>Nigeriaong> through its

innovative early grade reading

program (Let’s Read! Mu Karanta!).

I am aware that USAID-NEI Plus

has improved reading skills for more

than 952,565 pupils, trained 9,600

teachers, and distributed more than

six million teaching and learning

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30,000 benefit from Commonwealth scholarship

awards in 61 yrs

By Joseph Erunke

THE Federal Government has

said a total of 30,000 scholars

in the country have so far benefited

from the Commonwealth

Scholarship awards between 1959

and now. Majority of the

beneficiaries, according to the

Minister of Education, Mallam

Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this,

made significant contributions to

ong>Nigeriaong>'s development. The

minister spoke at the opening

ceremony of the 2021/2022

nomination Interview for

Commonwealth Scholarships and

Fellowship Plan, CSFP, in Abuja.

Speaking through his

representative, who is also the

Permanent Secretary in the ministry,

Arc. Sonny Echono, Adamu noted

that the award of scholarship would

be strictly guided by the criteria set

by the Commission with high

priority to relevance to national

development. While noting that

education remains critical to

accelerating economic growth,

engender social change, create a

stable polity and improve the quality

of life of the ong>Nigeriaong>n citizenry, he

said these could only come to

fruition through human capital

By Mary Obaebor

THE Moses Orimolade

University, MOU, being

floated by the Cherubim and

Seraphim Unification Church

Worldwide, will soon take off.

This was disclosed by the

Supreme Head of the church, His

Most Eminence, Prophet Solomon

Alao, while briefing the press

recently.

“I am proud to say that our

members are playing significant

roles in philanthropy and making

positive impacts to make ong>Nigeriaong>

a better place and this will

continue. It is also my pleasure to

inform you that apart from various

primary and secondary schools we

have in various parts of the country,

our Moses Orimolade University

will not only stand but will soon

run.

“We trust in God that this

university will be unique and will

not just be another university but

a citadel of learning conceived to

development.

Adamu said: "Applications shall

be graded based on Academic

Merit, Quality of Research Proposal

and Development Impact on

completion of the study as PhD

candidates. However, it is

imperative to state that the CSC's

Selection criteria give high priority

to applicants that demonstrate the

strongest relevance to national

development. It is worth mentioning

that since the inception of the

Commonwealth Scholarship

Award in 1959, more than 30,000

scholars have benefited and

majority of the award holders from

ong>Nigeriaong> have returned to make

significant contributions to the

development of the nation, mostly

in the tertiary institutions.

"To this end, the Commission's

mandatory regulation for scholars

is to acquire the requisite knowledge

as well as skills, and return to their

respective home countries at the end

of the award period to make

meaningful impact in their various

fields of study to achieve multiplier

effects. It is in the realisation of this

objective that the CSC adopted a

scholarship policy aimed at

ensuring greater and equitable

access to higher education by a

Moses Orimolade University to

take off soon Alao

By Elizabeth Osayande

IN a bid to encourage children

to be creative, explore and to

believe in themselves, the Founder,

Eplaymuseum, Linus Seidougha,

has donated over 200 exercise

books, dozens of pencils, ball

pens, textbooks, mathematical

sets, poster colours, school bags

and other school items to children

in the FESTAC area of Lagos.

The arts lover and promoter

said for some years now, he has

decided to celebrate his birthday

by reaching out to children in poor

neighbourhoods.

According to Seidougha, "I

believe education is one of the

most important gifts that can be

given to any child in this 21st

Century. Based on the United

Nations Sustainable

Development Goal 4 which

encourages inclusive and

be unique and to be ranked

amongst the best in the world.

“At this stage, I wish to

specifically thank all those that

God has been using to finance the

project and the members of the

Project Implementation

Committee and the Moses

Orimolade Supervisory

Committee for their sacrifices to

give humanity one of the best

institutions of higher learning in

the world,” he said.

Alao said work on the site of the

university in Omu Aran, Kwara

State was over 75 per cent

completed.

He expressed the hope that the

university would start functioning

before the end of the year and that

the National Universities

Commission, NUC, would

accredit the courses to be offered.

On what the tuition regime

would be, Alao gave the

assurance that it would not be out

of reach of ordinary ong>Nigeriaong>ns.

equitable quality education and

to promote life-long learning

opportunities for all, "providing

these materials is a way of

encouraging these children to be

studious and supporting their

parents that are making effort to

ensure they have a better future.

Young people can get inspired by

any little thing and we never can

tell the long way this support can

go for these children.

"It is just like we are trying to

light their candles and they may

also be light to others in the future

if they are in position to do so.

"During the programme, we had

drawing/colouring activities,

dance competition, spelling bee

and a segment where the children

talked about what they want to be

in future," he said.

Speaking on Eplaymuseum, he

explained that it is an online

greater number of qualified citizens

of the Commonwealth membernations."

He added: "The education sector

has been saddled with the

responsibility of propelling our

country to the realisation of her

development goals so as to become

one of the top economies of the

world, and the improved access to

quality education is, no doubt,

critical to the attainment of our

national goals and global

competiveness."

The Director, Federal Scholarship

Board, FSP, Ndajiwo Asta, who

disclosed that due to the COVID-19

•Moses Orimolade University...taking off soon

THE Bunmi Adebayo

Foundation, BAF, has

announced the launch of the Tech-

Relevant Teacher, TRT project,

having received $52,725 as grant

from Coca-Cola Foundation to

train over 200 schools in virtual

teaching and technologies.

The Foundation, a non-profit

organisation that works to

improve the learning outcomes of

primary education in ong>Nigeriaong>,

during a press briefing in Lagos,

said the initiative is aimed at

training school leaders and

teachers from 200 low and middle

cost schools in virtual teaching

skills and technologies.

The Programmes Director, Femi

Martins, said the project would

lead to empowering

pandemic some candidates in 2020

were asked to defer their scholarship

to 2021, said only PhD candidates

would this year be nominated except

otherwise decided by the

commission.

"This year, due to the challenges

posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,

some selected candidates for last

year were advised to defer their

scholarship to commence in 2021.

Hence, this year, we have been asked

to nominate only a specific number

for PhD, but no Master's candidates,

though not a permanent decision by

the commission.

"It is important to inform you that

30 schools with content

production suites, improve the

learning experience in primary

school situated within the

neighborhood with increased

number of out-of-school children,

due to the aftermaths of the

COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking further on the project,

he reiterated the Foundation's

commitment to improving

learning outcomes through their

works with teachers and school

leadership.

He emphasized that all children

deserved to have quality

education, irrespective of their

backgrounds.

"We are always deliberate about

our school leadership approaches

because they are critical factors

that affect teachers, pupils and

their performance, and the quality

of educational institutions we

Old students donate borehole to alma mater

the awards are very limited in

number compared with the large

number of applications received

each year. This year, approximately

three hundred and fifty (350)

candidates applied through the

Electronic Application System, EAS.

The value of the award per awardee

depends on field of specialisation

and it is adjudged to be sufficient,

with provision to spouses if

indicated, thus making the award

scheme the most competitive and

prestigious in the world."

According to her, out of the 336

offers made to 54 Commonwealth

countries with an average of six per

country, ong>Nigeriaong> received 24 awards

due to the high quality of candidates

presented, the figure was out of the

4,424 candidates who applied

through the Electronics Application

System.

BAF gets $52,725 Coca-Cola grant, launches project

By Elizabeth Osayande

Why children should be allowed to create, explore Founder, Eplaymuseum

platform that promotes creativity

and education.

"On our blog, we share what

children create at home and

encourage the days of their little

beginning. We strongly believe

that children should be given the

opportunity to explore and create.

In this way they develop their

brain cells and have solid self-

By Elizabeth Osayande

OLD students of Odogbolu

Grammar School,

Odogbolu, set of 1975-1980

recently donated a borehole to the

school as part of efforts to give back

to their alma mater. The borehole

project, led by Dr. Kayode Oyende,

was inaugurated in the presence of

the current principal, Odogbolu

Junior Grammar School, Mr. A.O.

Odukoya; some old students and

esteem.

During the first edition of my

outreach, we used this same

location because it is around

where I live. I cannot be going out

to the popular Makoko because

most people go there, whereas I

have people around me in need of

my charity."

current students in the school

premises.

Odogbolu Grammar School,

Odogbolu, is a co-educational

school established by the Odogbolu

Community in 1957. It was initially

a boys only school, but when female

students from the town were finding

it difficult to secure admission to

secondary schools elsewhere, it was

made a co-educational school in

1979-80 set and has remained so.

build.

"It is also important to build

school leadership competence in

exploring technology to operate

sustainable and enrich learning

experiences of the pupils," he said.

Speaking on the grant, the

Acting Board Chairman of the

Foundation, Mayowa Ogunnusi,

appreciated the Coca-Cola

Foundation, while also noting

that the grant "will directly impact

600 teachers and indirectly

benefit thousands of teachers

across ong>Nigeriaong>."

He also revealed that BAF

would set up a learning content

production suite for 30 schools so

that they would independently

develop quality content for

teachers and learning.

"There will be hands-on

exposure and training in

educational technology and how

they can use different tools and

techniques for virtual teaching."

Ogunnusi, however, reiterated

that the program was free as the

"application

portal,

www.bunmiadebayofoundation.org/

trtp, opened from the midnight of

February 3, 2021 and closes on

February 16."

Speaking on behalf of the

company, the Head, Public

Affairs, Communications and

Sustainability for Coca-Cola

ong>Nigeriaong> Limited, Nwamaka

Onyemelukwe, emphasised the

company's focus on the

development of the ong>Nigeriaong>n

educational sector through its

CSR partnerships and other

projects.

She also lauded the TRT

initiative, while imploring low

and middle cost schools in the

country to take maximum

advantage of the initiative to

"further enrich your teachers and

students academically and

technically."


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News

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

VISITGovernor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State (right), with the Minister

of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, during the

latter's visit to the Governor's Office, in Kaduna, yesterday.

COVID-19: UI

bans students'

accommodation

on

campus

By Adeola Badru

I MANAGEMENT B A D A N

of

the University of Ibadan,

yesterday, banned the

allocation of students into

the institution’s halls of

residence.

In a statement by the

university’s Director of

Public Communication,

Mr. Olatunji Oladejo,

noted the information

trending on the social

media, indicating that the

university has published

allocation of students into

their respective halls of

residence and students are

expected to make

payments.

The statement reads: “The

University, hereby, wishes

to inform the new students

and the general public to

disregard the information

as students registration

portal has not been opened.

Kindly beware.

“Management wishes to

restate as contained in the

university’s Official

Bulletin No. 4353 of 14

January 2021 entitled:

‘Approved revised

academic calendar for 2018/

2019 as follows: In

approving the Calendar,

Senate noted the

prevailing circumstances

occasioned by the second

wave of the COVID-19

pandemic and the need to

comply with the protocols

established for the control

of the spread of the

pandemic.

“It, therefore, agreed that

the 2020/2021 first semester

lectures will be delivered

online. In this regard, “No

student will be

accommodated on

campus.

“New students are to

please note that the

opening of the registration

portal and the orientation

programme for 2020/2021

session will commence on

or before Saturday, 20

February 2021.”

CONFABFrom left: Coordinator, North-East, Arewa Youth Federation,

AYF, Malam Zarewa Sageer; President of AYF, Comrade Adamu Matazu;

National Vice President, North-West, AYF, Dr. Hamza Talbs, and Secretary

to Vice President, North-West, Alhaji Yahaya Garba, during a news

conference passing a vote of confidence on the leadership qualities of the

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, at AYF Secretariat, in

Abuja, yesterday. Photo: NAN.


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problem and should have

declared "national

emergency" against

insecurity as it did to tackle

the spread of COVID-19 in

the country.

Olujimi said: "We are in

denial, else, we would

have declared insecurity a

national emergency just like

we did for COVID-19.

Right now, we are an

endangered specie. People

are going into homes to

abduct, to rape. Herdsmen

are everywhere. We have

spoken severally and

nothing has been done.

Posterity beckons.

"We should declare

insecurity a national

emergency so that

everybody will start to work

on it as we are working on

COVID-19. The figures

that are coming out of

insecurity are sure higher

than the figures from

COVID-19, the deaths are

more.”

‘Foreign herders

have wreaked

havoc for more

than 20 years’

In his contribution,

Senator Bulkachuwa

Adamu Mohammed (APC,

Bauchi North), narrated

how foreign herders often

cross through his border

constituency into ong>Nigeriaong> to

sack farmers.

According to

Bulkachuwa, the attack by

these foreign herders on

local farmers have been on

for at least 20 years, a view

attested to by the Senate

President who noted that

the problem had lingered

for a long time, even in his

own state, Yobe.

Also contributing,

Senator James Manager,

(PDP, Delta South), called

for the arrest and

prosecution of culprits,

even as he asked how

many had been arrested

and prosecuted so far.

He queried: “It’s sad that

we only talk here and it

ends like that. How many

of these criminals have been

arrested and prosecuted?

In his remarks,

President of the Senate,

Ahmad Lawan, warned

politicians against

ethnicising the insecurity in

the country, warning that

doing so is capable of

inciting bloodshed among

the various ethnic groups

in ong>Nigeriaong>.

According to him, the

issue of insecurity remains

one the National Assembly

will continue to debate, as

it affects the welfare of

ong>Nigeriaong>ns.

He emphasized the need

for more funding for the

military to enable it tackle

the widespread insecurity

in several states across the

geo-political zones, as a

result of the growing

activities of Boko Haram,

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ong>Nigeriaong> ong>failingong> on account of

insecurity SENATE

bandits and kidnappers.

He said: "There’s no

better investment today in

ong>Nigeriaong> by government,

than making more

resources available to our

security agencies because

security is the major thing

that government can do to

change the lives of the

people for the better."

Lawan, who further

warned politicians against

making unguarded

comments capable of

burning the country and

dividing ong>Nigeriaong>ns along

ethnic lines, said the fight

against criminality remains

the responsibility of security

agencies.

“Recently, in most parts of

the country, political

leaders have decided to

throw caution to the winds.

We must be careful about

what we say because the

people listen to us as their

leaders.

"So, if we appear to be

divisive, they will find

justification in taking

actions that all of us will

regret. Nobody is saying

the situation is okay; it is

not. If you have criminals

occupying areas they

shouldn’t be, of course, the

security agencies must take

the necessary steps to

ensure they address the

situation.

"But these are criminals,

and that is a specialized

criminal activity. All other

criminals must be flushed

out, otherwise, how do we

have peace?

“We have to address

criminality, we have to

defeat criminality, but we

also have to nip in the bud

that desire and excitement

sometimes of people

speaking as champions of

their tribes and ethnic

groups."

Senate

resolutions

After the argument and

counter-argument, the

Senate resolved to urge the

President to direct the

National Security Adviser,

NSA, and the new service

chiefs to overhaul the

country’s security

architecture.

It also urged the security

agencies to monitor the

country’s forests and

combat the proliferation of

small and light arms into

the country.

The Senate equally asked

governors of the 36 states

to key into the Federal

Government’s National

Livestock Transformation

Plan, NLTP, which had

been a subject of

controversy since it was

mooted in 2018.

Govt has failed

the people

Gbaja

Meanwhile, speaker of

the House of

Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila, said

yesterday that the

incessant killing and

kidnapping of ong>Nigeriaong>ns

signified government’s

failure in its obligations to

the people.

He also faulted the

creation of new institutions

of government, calling

instead for reform of

existing ones and phasing

out of those no longer

useful to the economy.

According to him,

creating new institutions or

agencies has helped shoot

up cost of governance.

Presidency keeps

mum

When contacted to react

to the statement from the

House of Representatives,

the Senior Special Assistant

to the President on

National Assembly

Matters, (House of Reps)

Umar El-yakub, said he

was yet to get the full story.

He said: "I have not heard

that yet. I don’t have the

full information of what was

said. I will only react when

I have the full details of

what was said."

Efforts to reach Minister

of Information and Culture,

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for

comments proved abortive,

as calls to his numbers were

unreplied. A text message

sent to his phone lines were

also not replied.

But Gbajabiamila, who

stated this while

welcoming members of the

House from their 2020

Christmas and New Year

break at plenary, urged all

hands to be on deck in

tackling the security

challenges in the country.

"The security and welfare

of the people shall be the

primary purpose of

government. With these

words, the constitution

obligates all of us who swear

to serve in government to

do everything to protect the

lives and property of all

citizens and promote their

well-being above all else.

"This obligation is central

to the governing contract

between the government

and the citizenry. Every

time a citizen going about

his business is killed or

kidnapped, loses his

property or livelihood, we

have failed in our

obligations.

"From the abundance of

these failures has emerged

a culture of self-help in

matters of internal security

that portends grave danger

for our nation’s continued

existence.

"If ever there was a time

for us to put aside all other

considerations, especially

the petty concerns of

partisanship and politics, it

is now. If ever there was a

time to set aside our

differences of tribe and

religion to focus on a

concerted effort to defeat

the challenges of

insurgency and banditry,

communal violence, and

the violent struggle over

land, that time is now.

"The forces that threaten

our lives and property, our

sovereignty and

nationhood, do not make

any exceptions based on the

God we pray to or the

language of our native

tongue. From every region

and state, citizens of every

tribe and religion have

suffered and will continue

to suffer the pain of death

and the grief of loss until

we put an end, once and

for all, to the terrors of

banditry, insurgency and

malignant crime in all

forms.

‘NASS doesn't

control Army,

Police’

“Here in the National

Assembly, we do not

command any armies or

control the police.

Command and control of

our nation’s security

infrastructure is an

exclusively executive

responsibility. Yet it is to us

that our constituents look to

when the forces of darkness

descend to disrupt their

lives, often irreparably.

‘’We have to reconcile the

obligations we owe to our

people with the

constitutional limitations

under which we operate.

But we will not shirk from

our role as advocates for the

forgotten voices, and we

will continue to exercise the

appropriation and

oversight authority vested

in us to hold to account

those who bear direct

responsibility for the

protection of all our nation’s

people."

Gbajabiamila also gave

hints of plans by the House

to tinker with the

Administration of Criminal

Justice Act and the

Trafficking In Persons

(Prohibition) Enforcement

And Administration Act to

reflect the current realities.

He added that the Police

Service Commission

Reforms Bill would also be

completely processed by

the House.

Continuing, he said:

“Honourable colleagues,

Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 41

the true test of

government is in our

ability to protect the most

vulnerable among us. We

cannot separate the goal

of economic prosperity

from the ambition to

ensure that all our people

live in a just society free

from abuse of power and

protected by a justice

system built on fairness

and the rule of law.

‘’Therefore, we will

shortly begin considering

bills to amend the

Administration of Criminal

Justice Act. We will follow

up with a long-overdue

review of the Trafficking In

Persons (Prohibition)

Enforcement And

Administration Act and

other legislation that seek

to deliver a justice system

that works for all.

“Last year, we initiated

legislative action in the

House of Representatives to

build a more effective

framework for policing

accountability. That process

is ongoing, with the Police

Service Commission

Reform Bill currently

making the way through

the legislative process.

‘’We will ensure that a bill

shortly emerges from the

House of Representatives,

without compromising any

of the objectives that

necessitated our

intervention in the first

instance.’’

The speaker also called on

the members to brace up for

the work ahead in the new

legislative year, saying

“Honourable colleagues,

we begin this new year

with a renewed

commitment to legislative

action that drives the course

of progress and brings us

closer to achieving the

highest aspirations we

hold for our nation.

‘’We begin with renewed

determination to achieve

better oversight of

government spending

priorities through a

collaborative effort with the

executive arm of

government and with civil

society. And we remain

dedicated to the lofty, yet

clear ambitions we

articulated in our legislative

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agenda when we resumed

in the 9th Assembly.’’

On creation of new

institutions to raise

government spending,

Gbajabiamila said: “In the

2021 legislative year, we

will focus the attention of

the House of

Representatives on bills

and motions that improve

ease of doing business and

unlock economic potential

by stripping restrictive

regulation and ending

predatory regulatory

practices that deprive our

young people the

opportunity to conquer

new frontiers.

‘’In this age of

technology and

innovation of daring and

enterprise, we cannot

risk implementing

policies that handicap

our ability as a nation to

participate in new

markets and profit from

emerging industries.

“At this time, I will crave

the House’s indulgence to

raise a matter of urgent

importance. It has become

more difficult with each

appropriation cycle for the

government to meet its

obligations. The exploding

recurrent cost of

governance demands that

we be more circumspect

in the priorities we pursue,

particularly regarding

Establishment Bills in the

National Assembly.

“At a time of reduced

revenue, with pre-existing

and worsening

infrastructure deficits

requiring significant

investments, we cannot

afford to keep establishing

more institutions that

impose a permanent

liability on government

income.

‘’I am not unmindful of

the realities that often

necessitate such

legislation, yet we cannot

ignore the facts that lie

before us. Let us work

together to reform and

strengthen the institutions

already in existence, and

remove those no longer fit

for purpose. I believe most

sincerely that this is the

pathway to a legacy that

we can all be proud of.”


42 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

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I, formerly known as

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as IKPEDAVID AKPBOME

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Ajile are one and the same, now wish

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now wish to be called and

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News

Petroleum

releases new

date for NIPS

By Ediri Ejoh

ASylva, BUJATIMIPRE

the Minister of

State for Petroleum

Resources, has announced

June 6 to 10 as new date

for the 2021 ong>Nigeriaong>n

International Petroleum

Summit, NIPS.

“We have had to reconsider

the dates in light

of the current global

pandemic,” Sylva said in a

special video broadcast on

some television stations

and which was also shared

by the Petroleum

Ministry’s official social

media handles.

The theme of the summit,

“From crisis to

opportunities: New

approaches to the future of

hydrocarbons” aims at

charting the way forward

for Africa’s oil and gas

industry in the post-Covid-

19 pandemic era.

The Minister of State for

Petroleum Resources said

that “while it has been a

challenging year for the oil

and gas industry due to

the impact of the COVID-

19 pandemic, the crisis

also provides us with the

opportunity to re-define

our industry for

transformative moments.”

The COVID-19

pandemic has indeed

engulfed the global

economy especially the

oil and gas industry. The

global level travel bans

along with grounding of

international flights led to

heavy reduction in

consumption of aviation

fuel across the globe.

Partial and complete

lockdown strategy which

was used to deal with the

pandemic further

curtailed industrial and

commercial activities

thereby reducing

consumption of fuel

further and pushing the

oil prices down to $23.36

at a point.

"Let us all, therefore,

come together under the

platform of NIPS 2021 in

our quest to return to the

attractive industry

performance that lifted the

entire economy over the

years,” Sylva added.

James Shindi,

Managing Director,

Brevity Anderson, event

producers of NIPS said

that “economies are going

through challenging

times and one of the

sectors that has witnessed

significant challenges is

the oil sector, globally and

in Africa.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 43

VISIT: From left

Governor of Ebonyi

State, David Umahi;

his Yobe State

counterpart and

Chairman, APC

Extraordinary

Convention Planning

Committee, CECPC,

Alhaji Mai-Mala

Buni and Chief of

staff to the Yobe

State governor,

Alhaji Abdullahi

Yusuf Gashua, during

the visit of Ebonyi

State governor to the

APC National

Secretariat, in Abuja

yesterday. Photo:

Gbemiga Olamikan.

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Security: group rues insecurity in Edo,

killing of US-based Prince

By Ozioruva Aliu

BEIN CITY AS the se

curity situation in Edo

State continue to deteriorate

with the reported killing of

three suspected armed robbers

in a gun duel with the

police shortly after they

killed a businessman and

robbed several passersby, a

socio-political group, Afenmai

Patriotic Development

Association, APDA, made

up of sons and daughters

from Edo North senatorial

district has condemned the

recent kidnap and subsequent

killing of a United

States of America based

businessman, Chief Dennis

Abuda.

Abuda was recently kidnapped

in Ahor near Benin

City on his way to Lagos

from Fugar his hometown

to catch his flight back to the

US. He was killed by his

abductors, who thereafter,

still collected ransom.

A statement in Benin City,

yesterday by President and

General Secretary of the

group, Chief Kennedy

Izuagbe and Lucky Anyia

called on the state government

to improve security in

the state and empower local

vigilante groups to complement

the efforts of the

Delta commences demolition of illegal

structures under high tension, natural

waterways

By Onozure Dania

THE DELTA State Govern

ment has commenced the

demolition of illegal structures

and unauthorized

buildings built under high

event will take place on August

21, 2021.“

"Hopefully, by then the

current challenges of the

Covid-19 pandemic would

have given way to a freer and

more assured environment,’’

he said.“

He described his late father

as a “huge pillar of support,”

and said that he

would miss his wise counsel.

“On behalf of the Okowa

family of Owa-Alero, Ika

North East Local Government

Area, I wish to thank

all who have taken time to

commiserate with us on the

death of my beloved father,

Sir Arthur Okowa.

"Ever since the news of his

demise, our family has been

overwhelmed by the outpouring

of goodwill from a

wide spectrum of political,

business, religious leaders

as well as the mass of ong>Nigeriaong>ns.“

"My siblings and I are

deeply grateful for the show

of solidarity, which have, in

no small measure, helped us

conventional security

agencies.

They said, "The association

leadership calls on

the Edo State Government

to immediately step up its

security apparatus particularly

on major highways

across the state. We also

note with dismay the incessant

harassment of Edo

indigenes, especially

farmers who can no longer

engage in their farming

businesses as their women

are raped and their men

killed in their farms.

"APDA implores the Edo

State government as a matter

of urgency to empower

local vigilantes to compliment

the efforts of the ong>Nigeriaong>n

Police Force, who

appear to be overwhelmed

by the sheer guts of these

suspected Fulani herdsmen.

"We believe that empowering

the local vigilantes

would mean that from Ibillo

to Igarra, from Igarra to

Auchi, from Auchi to Warrake

to Afuze, Ewu Road

through Uromi to Agbor,

Okpilla through Auchi to

tension wires, natural waterways

and access routes in Asaba

and environs.

State Commissioner for

Lands, Surveys and Urban

Development, Mr Churchill

Amagada, who supervised the

demolition exercise at the land

on the extreme axis in the state

Okowa appreciates ong>Nigeriaong>ns, holds private burial

for late father

A SABAGOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State, has expressed appreciation

to ong>Nigeriaong>ns for their

condolences and show of

love on the passing of his father,

Sir Arthur Okowa.

The governor, in a statement,

thanked all those who

came to condole with him

and those who called or sent

messages of condolences to

him and his siblings.

“He announced that because

of the second wave of

Covid-19 pandemic, the

family had resolved to hold

a private burial for their late

patriarch sometime in February

2021, adding that a

“Celebration of life” would

be held in his honour in August

2021, subject to the slowing

down of the pandemic.

According to Okowa, “In

view of the second wave of

the Covid-19 pandemic in

the country, we have opted

to hold a private burial ceremony

sometime this month,

while a Celebration of Life

to cope with Papa’s passing.

Although he died at what

may be considered a good

old age, the death of someone

so dear cannot but leave

one with a sense of void.

"My late father was a

strong pillar of support all

through my political/public

service career. I drew immeasurably

from his fountain

of knowledge and wisdom,

and he was very passionate

about the growth

and development of our beloved

Delta State.

"As a family, we will greatly

miss his physical fellowship

but we thank God that

he lived a good and full life;

he has etched his name in

gold with his legacy of hard

work, selfless service, discipline,

godliness, love for others/community,

and passion

for positive, lasting change.

"Once again, I thank all

those who have called, visited,

prayed for us and issued

statements in solidarity with

our family. May God richly

bless you," the governor added.“

Ehor to Benin City and other

communities would discourage

the murderous attacks

by these suspected

killer herdsmen.

"APDA equally uses this

opportunity to call on the

Federal Government to

look into the architecture of

the ong>Nigeriaong>n Immigration

Services as in the past, Fulani

herdsmen used to be

very friendly to the extent

that people always visited

their camps to buy furadinono.

However, modern

day Fulani are now seen

wielding AK 47 riffles. How

did the AK 47 wielding

Fulani find their ways into

the ong>Nigeriaong> territory? This

and many other questions

are begging for answers."

capital saw the pulling down

of structures built without

government approval.

The commissioner represented

by the Area Planning

Officer, Mr Charles Egba said,

demolition notices had been

served to owners of such structures

and buildings five years

ago in line with laid down

procedures but thus were ignored.

He said structures blocking

natural water ways resulting

in flooding whenever it rained

were all pulled down while illegal

shops were also removed

as such structures over

time had defaced the beauty

of the state capital.

Amagada noted that the

demolition exercise would be

carried out in different parts

of the state in line with the urban

renewal programme of

the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

administration as well as to

restore the Asaba master plan.

He emphasised that the

Delta State government was

determined to strictly comply

with all urban and town planning

development laws as the

construction of buildings without

government approvals

had denied government of

revenue.

Some residents commended

government for taking the

bold step in addressing the issue

of illegal structure with the

demolition exercise as it

would help restore the beauty

of the state capital and check

flooding necessitated by

buildings built on water channels.

Ndokwa union election: LNP

President urges indigenes to

elect credible leaders

By Henry Ojelu

A SABAPRESIDENT

of League of Ndokwa

Professionals, Chief Tony

Amechi has urged indigenes

of the Ndokwa ethnic

region in Delta State to

elect credible leaders into

the tribe's union.

Amechi in a statement

ahead of the Ndokwa Neku

general election schedule

for February 13, 2021, noted

that the Ndokwa nation

was on the verge of extinction

due to years of marginalisation

and requires leaders

with vast experience and

sought character to reposition

the region.

Amechi, the Ajuwa of

Aboh Kingdom said people

of the tribe must not repeat

past mistakes of electing

individuals whose only interest

is amassing wealth to

the detriment of the region.

He said: "As the Ndokwa

Neku union elections come

OSPAC seeks govs' adoption as

South-South security outfit

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT

ONELGA Security

Planning and Advisory

Committee, OSPAC, a local

vigilante group in Rivers

State has urged the governors

of the South-South

states to adopt the body as

a security outfit for the geopolitical

zone in view of the

security challenges in the

nation.

OSPAC also tasked the

Chairman of Emohua Local

Government Area of Rivers

State, Tom Aliezi, to review

the disbandment of the

outfit in the council, noting

that the development has

returned security treat to the

East-West Road.

Commander-General of

OSPAC, Mr Kingsley Ogwumike,

made the call at

the headquarters of OSPAC

in Omoku, ONELGA,

while reacting to security

lapses in the region and

some misconceptions about

the body.

Ogwumike noted that

OSPAC has all it takes to

restore sanity in all states of

Ogoja Paramount King dies at 84

By Emma Una

CALABARTHE Para

mount ruler of Ogoja

Kingdom, Ntol George Ibembem

has passed on at the

age of 84.

Ntol Ibembem, passed on

at the University of Calabar

Teaching Hospital,

UCTH, on Monday night.

Paulin Ibembem, daughter

of the prominent king

told Vanguard on phone

that "My father died yesterday

in Calabar. He had

tooth ache and went to extract

the tooth but after extracting

it, his blood pressure

went up and he died."

Ntol Ibembem, who was

an educationist and sports

lover gained prominence in

up this weekend, I wish to

implore all delegates for

the election not to be

swayed by the posturing of

manipulative aspirants or

self-serving characters

around the leadership

space in Ndokwa but look

out for candidates with pedigree

and positive track

records.

"This is an opportunity to

make a difference through

socio-cultural networks

from where a clearing

house for the pursuit of

leadership in Ndokwa land

will emerge.

"We must begin to rebuild

Ndokwa land from all

fronts, develop iconoclastic

leadership precedents in

our socio-cultural groups,

communities and cooperative

societies to enforce excellent

representations in

politics, secure good governance

templates and rejig

residual strategies for

charismatic embellishments‘‘.

the region if they were allowed

to operate, calling for

a wider recognition in the

oil-rich region.

He said: "I think it is important

for the Governors of

South South to buy into the

establishment of OSPAC as

security outfits for the zone.

It is our wish to spread to

the six state of the region.

"Governors of South-West

came together and formed

their own. I think if such

development comes up in

South South, it will be a

welcome development. We

are working in synergy with

security operatives to bring

lasting peace in areas we

are operating.

"As OSPAC, we are ready

to sacrifices our life and time

to ensure that there is sanity

in every community, local

government and state

where we go. We can return

sanity in the region."

Ogwumike expressed regrets

over the disbandment