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Vanguard Newspaper 12 February 2021

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Why FG won't

allow fresh

protests — LAI



VOL. 27: NO. 64270 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021


ong>Gandujeong> ong>tacklesong> ong>elong>-ong>Rufaiong>


on insecurity in North-West

•Foreign herders holding Nigerians to ransom, says Ortom•Stop herdsmen before

they plunge Nigeria into civil war •Ban foreign Fulani herders, says ong>Gandujeong>



From left, Mrs Zainab Momoh, Abdulrasheed Momoh (first Son); Philip Shaibu, Edo

State Deputy Governor; Donald Duke, former Cross River State Governor; Mrs Oseni Elamah

and others at the funeral service for the late Prince Tony Momoh, at Grailland Temple, Iju

Hills, Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Akeem Salau. SEE MORE PICTURES ON PAGES 14 & 15.


People queue to sign the condolence register at the residence of

Late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, First Civilian Governor of

Lagos State, in Ilupeju, Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Kehinde





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#EndSARS: Why FG won't allow

fresh protests — LAI MOHAMMED

•Warns security agents ready for any eventuality•Don’t cause trouble, LASG

warns protesters•No protest’ll hold at Lekki tomorrow, Lagos CP vows•No

going back, organisers declare•Reconsider on protests, LCC begs protesters

By Soni Daniong>elong>, Northern Region Editor,

Olasunkanmi Akoni & Juliet Umeh

ABUJA — The protests under the

Federal and banner of the

Lagos State #ENDSARS movement.

governments yesterday Mohammed, who

warned organisers of pointed out the atrocities

#OccupyLekki protests visited on the country

to desist from their and Nigerians during the

action slated for violent #EndSARS

tomorrow or face their protests of last October,


warned: “Any further

Aside from both resort to violence in the

governments, Lagos name of #EndSARS will


Police not be tolerated this time.

Commissioner, Mr.

Hakeem Odumosu, also

advised the protest

organisers to have a

rethink but the

organisers insisted that

they would not be

intimidated into backing


The organisers of the

protest had said earlier

in the week that it was

meant to counter the

pronouncement of Lagos

State Panong>elong> on

#EndSARS protest

which gave Lekki

Concession Company,

operators of Lekki Toll

Gate, the all-clear to

restart operations.

This is even as another

group of protesters

vowed to counter the

#OccupyLekki protest to

save Lagos from further


Speaking on the

planned protest at a

media briefing in Abuja

yesterday, Minister of

Information, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, said the

Federal Government will

not fold its arms and

allow another round of

Security agents

ready, says FG

“The security agents are

ready for any eventuality.

A situation in which six

soldiers and 37 policemen

were murdered in cold

blood by hoodlums will

not repeat itsong>elong>f. The

attack, looting and razing

of 269 private and public

property will not happen

again. The killing of 57

civilians will not be reenacted.

“Let me be clear: While

peaceful protests are the

constitutional rights of

Nigerians, violent

protests are not. At this

time, the chances that

any peaceful protest will

be hijacked are very high.

“Based on the

intong>elong>ligence at the

disposal of the Federal

Government, some

Nigerian activists have

linked up with others

outside Nigeria,

including subversive

ong>elong>ements, with a view to

destabilizing the country.

We cannot and must not

allow this to happen.

“Never again will the

Federal Government

allow the kind of violence

that was perpetrated

across the country under

the guise of #EndSARS

last October. Never again

will anyone or group be

allowed to destroy cities or

to kill and maim innocent

citizens, including


The National Security Adviser General Babagana Monguno (RETD); Chief of

Army Staff Major Gen Attahiru Ibrahim; Representative of the chief of Naval

Staff. Com. Christian Ezekobe, The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall

Isiaka Amao and the Chief of Defence Staff Maj Gen Lucky Irabor, after a

General Security Appraisal Committee meeting at the Office of the National

Security Adviser in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

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security agents, under

any guise.

“The #EndSARS

campaign last October

started as a peaceful

protest against police

brutality. As a government

that bong>elong>ieves in the


right of

citizens to engage in

peaceful protests, the

Federal Government did

nothing to hinder the

protests for as long as

they remained peaceful.

“Not only that, the

Federal Government

moved swiftly to accede to

the five-point demands by

the #EndSARS

campaigners which are

immediate rong>elong>ease of all

arrested protesters; justice

for all deceased victims of

police brutality and

a p p r o p r i a t e

compensation for their

families; setting up of an

independent body to



investigation and

prosecution of all reports

of police misconduct

within 10 days; in line

with the new Police Act,

psychological evaluation

and retraining (to be

confirmed by an

independent body) of all

disbanded SARS officers

before they can be

redeployed; and an

increase in police salary,

so they are adequatong>elong>y

compensated for

protecting the lives and

property of citizens.

“Unfortunatong>elong>y, despite

the acceptance of the

demands, the protesters

misread the Federal

Government’s respect for

the rule of law and

defiantly continued to

demonstrate and occupy

a public facility, even

after a curfew was

declared by Lagos State


“This led to a series of

actions that culminated in

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Mr & Mrs

By Cynthia Alo

On appointment of ex-service chiefs as ambassadors (5)

On what criteria? These people

were accused of war crimes and

many calling for their investigation

by ICC. Under their watch, terrorism

and banditry thrived. Nnamdi Kanu

left Nigeria even when his travong>elong>ling

documents were seized by govt. An

American was kidnapped by

bandits and no one knows how

American soldiers came, rescued

him and left. Citizens have been killed

for just protesting and waving flags;

EndSARS, IPOB and Shiites come

to mind.

—George Moore,

Political Analyst

According to the

Federal Civil Service

rule, military personnong>elong> are

also expected to retire at 60

years or after putting in 35

years of service. The exservice

chiefs spent 36-40

years in service, far above

their retirement age. I think

from the above, this is not a

right decision. We need

young and active people

with fresh and productive


—Jesse Ugwunwa,

Debt collections Manager

Wong>elong>l, making the exservice


ambassadors is like

putting an old wine into

a new bottle because the

bottle is not what we go for,

but the content and the

taste still remains the same.

I think the PMB only did

that to cover up their

shame. You know what

retirement without honour


—Kizito Omenukwa,


Maybe putting

their levong>elong> of

exposure into

consideration, one can

understand where the

president is coming

from. However, he

should also consider that

they were removed for

incompetency. Let’s

watch and see how they

will represent us across

the globe.

—Ebuka Solomon,


Saddening! This is

what happens when

you’ve promised people

who support you during

ong>elong>ection heaven on

earth. You can never

hold them accountable.

If not, why would you

dismiss service chiefs

for incompetency and

now make them





This is an international

embarrassment. PMB’s

action is tantamount to

rewarding incompetence at

the expense of the nation’s

global image and

perception. I think PMB just

wants to shiong>elong>d them from

being investigated and

prosecuted by the ICC

already probing the

atrocities and crimes

against humanity which

they committed.

—Chime Chinedu,

Political Analyst

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behead farmer

in Imo

By Chinonso Alozie



operatives in Imo State are

working round the clock to

unravong>elong> those behind the

beheading of a farmer, Isreal

Ihenacho, around Orodo market

in Mbaitoli Local Government

Area of the state.

It was gathered that

Ihenacho’s lifong>elong>ess body was

discovered by those going to

market, Wednesday, with some

parts of the body allegedly

removed by the suspected


One of the villagers said:

“Those who discovered the

lifong>elong>ess body were going to early

morning market business.

“We are not happy that this

kind of thing is happening in the

community. We are just going to

the market to song>elong>l some farm

products, which we produced

from our farms only for us to see

a dead body without head and

even the breast as we were told.

“We think some group of

ritualists have entered our

community and something must

be done about it now. This is

completong>elong>y bad for this


Some parts of the body, which

the eyewitness, said were cut off

were his head, manhood,

including left side of his breast.

“This man was also a palm

wine tapper and we don’t know

why he was the target. This is

wicked I must say,” the

eyewitness said.

However, the state Police Public

Rong>elong>ations Officer, Orlando

Ikeokwu, said the state

Commissioner of Police, Nasiru

Muhammed, had ordered

investigation into the matter.

2 dead, 16

others injured

in Kano

auto crash

By Bashir Bong>elong>lo

KANO —Two people were,

yesterday, confirmed dead in

an auto crash along the Kano-

Kaduna highway.

It was also gathered that the

accident, which occurred at

Tasharkofa village, left 16 other

persons with injuries.

Sector Commander, Federal

Road Safety Commission, FRSC,

Zubairu Mato, who confirmed

the incident in Kano, said the

accident occurred on Wednesday

as a result of overspeeding

leading to tyre burst and collision

between the two vehicles, a

Toyota with number plate: MSA

943 XA and a commercial bus.

He said: “On Wednesday, at

about 07:05 a.m we received a

distress call and we quickly

dispatched our personnong>elong> to the

scene of the incident to rescue

the victims.

“The victims who lost their

lives were adult males while the

remaining 16 victims sustained

serious injures.

“The victims were evacuated

to Kura General Hospital where

the doctor on duty confirmed two

dead while 16 other victims are

currently receiving treatment at

the hospital.”

Scores injured as transport unions clash in

Lagos •Leaders trade blame over cause of fight

By Evong>elong>yn Usman &

Esther Onyegbula



were disrupted at the ever-busy

Obalende area of Lagos, yesterday,

following a violent clash between

members of National Union of Road

Transport Workers, NURTW, and the

Road Transport Employees

Association of Nigeria, RTEAN.

Dangerous weapons, including

guns, were used during the freefor-all.

Commuters scampered for

safety in the ensuing fracas to avoid

being hit by stray bullets, while

motorists hurriedly made U-turns.

Vanguard gathered that there had

been an ongoing move to take over

parks in contention by one of the

parties, an action that had taken both

parties to the Police in Lagos

command and the Force

Headquarters, Abuja.

It was gathered that a meeting

between members of the unions was

fixed for yesterday at the Force

Headquarters, Force Criminal

Investigations and Intong>elong>ligence

Department, Alagbon. The fight

reportedly broke out at Obalende

while the meeting was ongoing.

Leaders of both parties blamed

one another for the cause of the fight

when Vanguard contacted them.

The media aide to the Chairman,

NURTW, Lagos Chapter, Mr Jimoh

Busari, told Vanguard that members

of RTEAN invaded his union’s park

early yesterday and attacked his

members, in a bid to forcefully take

over the leadership.

He said but for the intervention of

other members of his union and the

Police, the situation would have

gone out of hand.

He said: “Those arrested were all

RTEAN members. They were the

ones that came to attack us. Our

members were not among those

arrested. We’re peaceful people.”

However when the Chairman of

RTEAN, Alhaji Mohammed Musa,

was contacted, he described the

situation as unfortunate, stating

rather that NURTW members

attacked his men.

Musa explained that out of the

21 units in Obalande, RTEAN had

only two while the rest were being

manned by NURTW.

He said: “We have been operating

in these two units without rancour.

Yet NURTW wants to take over the

only two units we are occupying.

"NURTW reported the matter at

Kam Salem Police formation, we

were invited there and after hearing

our side of the matter, some of our

boys that were earlier arrested were

rong>elong>eased. Later, they reported us to

the IGP Monitoring Unit, we went

there, explained our part and we

were exonerated from blame.

"Last month, our union was invited

by the CP Maritime Police for the

same investigation into the two

parks. again, we explained our


"They went to the FCID. Both

parties were asked to come by 11

am today (yesterday). When our

members went to work in the

morning, one of the leaders of

NURTW organised their members

to attack our members.

"Out of the whole local

governments in Lagos State,

RTEAN operates in only six, which

are Badagry, Ojo, Amuwo, Epe,

Ikorodu and Surulere. We are lawabiding


Normalcy, however, returned in

the area at about 11 am, following

intervention by policemen from the

•6 persons arrested as Police mount surveillance

Suspects arrested.

Rapid Response Squad,

RRS, and those from the

Area ‘A’ Command, Lion


At press time, policemen

on foot and vehicular patrol

were patrolling the area

while shop owners, who

had closed up for the day,

resumed business.

Six arrested

Six persons, according to

the Lagos State Police

Public Rong>elong>ations Officer,

CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi,

were arrested in connection

with the fracas.

He said: “Based on

prong>elong>iminary findings, the

crisis that occurred today

(yesterday) was between

transport unions in the area

and no life was lost. Six

suspected hoodlums have been

arrested and handed over to state

CID, Panti, Yaba for discreet


However, the Commissioner of

Police taking charge.

Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has

warned that the command will not

condone any act of lawlessness and

criminality in the state. He, however,

directed the Area Commander, Area

A, Lion Building, ACP Bode

Ojajuni, to intensify efforts on

flushing the hoodlums out of the

area and on Lagos Island in


Herdsmen strike in Ogun community, kill

two villagers •Abiodun reads riot act, deploys task

By James Ogunnaike



suspected to be herdsmen,

yesterday, struck in Yewa North

Local Government Area of Ogun

State, killing two villagers in an


The suspected herdsmen

reportedly laid an ambush for the

villagers around 5 am on the Owode

Ketu-Ijoun-Tata Road where they

killed the two villagers.

A source revealed that the victims

were shot in the chest and head

regions, by the attackers.

The source added that the corpses

of the victims, identified as Isiaka

Apesin and Oguntosin Adebayo,

were later discovered in the bush

and evacuated by the police from

Eggua Divisional Police


Confirming the incident, Youth

Leader of Owode-Ketu town, Sina

Olaleye, said the duo were on their

way to the market when they were

ambushed and killed.

He said the corpses had been

evacuated by the police. He,

however, lamented the incessant

attacks by the herders and called

on the state government to rescue

Ketu people from the menace of

force to Yewaland

violent herders.

Olaleye added that the attackers

were later located by the police in

the bush with assault rifles and other

dangerous weapons, but the police

were unable to arrest them.

The Baale of the town, Sanya

Fabuyi, said Owode-Ketu had been

under the siege of herders, pointing

out that the latest attack was one of

many unprovoked attacks that had

led to the death of many indigenes

of the town.

“As I speak, my town is under the

siege of herdsmen. My people are

living in fears, we are at the mercy

of these marauders. Those who

carried out this latest attack, I was

informed, had bulletproof vests on

and carried AK-47 rifles. Even, police

are hong>elong>pless to approach them in the

bush where they were located after

the attack.," he said.

When contacted on phone,

spokesperson of Ogun State Police

Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi,

confirmed the incident.

Oyeyemi, who said no suspect has

been arrested in connection with the

incident, explained that the police

with the support of local vigilance

group, hunters and youths, have

gone on the trail of the suspects from

the Eggua and Igbogila ends of

the bush.

Abiodun reads riot act,

deploys task force to


Meanwhile, Governor Dapo

Abiodun of Ogun State, yesterday,

read the riot act to perpetrators of

violence in Owode-Ketu, Eggua,

Igan-Alade and Igbogila areas of

the state, saying his administration

would leave no stone unturned in

curtailing the activities of brigands

in the state.

This was just as he deployed a

special task force comprising

Police and other security agencies,

including the Department of State

Service, DSS, and local vigilante

groups, with representatives of

other stakeholder entities in the

crises-prone areas of Yewa-North,

Imeko-Afon and Yewa South

Council Areas of the state.

Abiodun directed that

investigation be sped up and

concluded so that indicted persons

could be charged to court and

prosecuted in the interest of justice.

He said: “The government will

leave no stone unturned in

checking the activities of brigands

and criminals in this state."

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Hoodlums stab 98-yr-old woman to death in


By Ikechukwu Odu

NSUKKA—A decomposing

body of a 98-year-old woman

identified as Oyibo Ogidi, was

discovered, Tuesday morning, at her

Amafor residence in Ovoko, Igbo-

Eze South Local Government Area

of Enugu State.

The childless woman, according

to family sources, was last seen on

Friday when she visited her ailing

brother in the neighbourhood.

The deceased’s nephew, Victor

Father in court

for allegedly

assaulting son’s

school principal

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO—A 35-year-old

father, Adeyeni

Adeyeye, who led his son to

beat a school principal in Ile-

Ife, was yesterday, arraigned

by Osun State Police

Command before a

Magistrates’Court in the

town for assault.

Adeyeni Adeyeye was

docked before Magistrate A.

Adebayo on six counts

bordering on conspiracy,

assault, breach of public

peace and stealing.

Police prosecutor, ASP

Abdullahi Emmanuong>elong>,

disclosed that on Monday,

February 1, the defendant

conducted himsong>elong>f in a

manner likong>elong>y to cause a

breach of public peace at

Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife

and beat one Sanusi Ademola

around 19:30 am.

He added that Adeyeye

conspired with others now at

large to assault the said

Sanusi, a principal at the

school, and tore his shirt.

He added that the

defendant and his

conspirators now at large

assaulted one Awoyeye

Olayide by hitting her with a

fist and stole her purse

containing the sum of


Emmanuong>elong> added that the

defendant also stole

Olayide’s car key and office

keys, saying the offence

contravened sections 249(d),

351, 383, 390(9), 451 and 516

of the Criminal Code, Laws

of Osun, 2002.

The defendant pleaded not

guilty to the six counts

slammed against him by the


Defence counsong>elong>, Mrs

Oluwatosin Ademola urged

the court to admit the

defendant to bail in the most

liberal terms, saying the

defendant would not jump


Adebayo admitted the

defendant to bail in the sum

of N1million with one surety,

adding that the surety must

be a civil servant of grade

levong>elong> 12 and adjourned the

matter till March 3, 2021, for


Onyeke, who confirmed the

devong>elong>opment to Vanguard, said the

family got the news of her death

through a neighbour, who was

perceiving unpleasant odour from

the deceased’s residence, went

close and discovered her dead


Onyeke further said the woman

would have been killed by

hoodlums, who stabbed her on the

neck, covered her face with her

clothing, before carting away her

handset and other valuables.

He added that apart from the deep

cut on her neck, all her body parts

were intact.

Onyeke also said: “She lived

alone in her apartment because she

didn’t bear any child. When we got

the news of her death, we were

shocked because she was not sick.

We rushed to her residence only to

discover that her decomposing body

was already smong>elong>ling.

“I discovered that her face was

covered with a cloth. However,

when I uncovered her, I noticed that

she was stabbed on the neck region

and left to die in the pool of her blood.

It was such a shocking revong>elong>ation.

“At that point, we rushed to the

Igbo-Eze South Police Division to

make our report about her death.

After the inspection of her remains,

the policemen confirmed that she

was murdered and vowed to fish

out the perpetrators.

“Her remains have been

deposited at the Bishop Shanahan

Mortuary in Nsukka metropolis.”

Meanwhile, members of the

community, who spoke to Vanguard

on condition of anonymity,

expressed worry over recurrent

cases of murder in the rustic

community. They recalled that a 55-

year-old man, identified as Joseph

Ogbonna, was equally murdered

in his sleep in the same community

last April.

NABBED: Arrested suspected cultists who have been terrorising residents of

Ita Oluwo area of Ogijo, Ogun State being paraded by the police, yesterday.

Boko Haram kills 3 soldiers, injures 2 in

Goniri, Geidam attacks

By Kingsley Omonobi

THE Nigerian Army said,

yesterday, that three soldiers

were killed and two others

sustained injuries when Boko

Haram terrorists attacked troops

providing security for road

construction along Goniri-Kafa

supply route and Geidam town

and not 20 soldiers as reported

in the social media.

Director of Army Public

Rong>elong>ations, Brig-Gen

Mohammed Yerima, said the

allegation is “false/fake and

basong>elong>ess aimed at discouraging

the public and demoralising

troops on the untiring efforts in

the overall fight against

insurgency. There was no attack

where 20 soldiers were killed in

the entire Theatre.

“For the records, recent events

that occurred within the Theatre

were professionally reported

and documented by the

Nigerian Army, which includes

the attack on troops providing

security for road construction

workers along Goniri-Kafa

Main Supply Routes, MSR, on

February 5 2021 and the recent

attack on Geidam on February

9, 2021, which were all

decisivong>elong>y dealt with and


“The attack on the troops

along the road construction site

and the attempt to infiltrate

Geidam town by the terrorists

were swiftly and professionally

cleared by the dogged Mobile

Strike Teams (MSTs) and

ong>elong>ements of 159 Task Force


“However, regrettably three

gallant soldiers paid the

supreme sacrifice while two

others sustained injuries and are

receiving treatment at our

medical facility.

“The BHTs and ISWAP are on

the run and desperate for foods,

drugs and logistics from soft

targets for survival as their

camps, routes and enclaves

have been destroyed, blocked

and manned by troops of

Operation “Tura Takaibango.”

Army nabs CJTF

member over fake


Meanwhile, one Umar

Muhammed has been arrested

by the Nigerian Army for

allegedly sharing fake

information on the alleged

killing of soldiers in Borno by

Boko Haram.

Muhammed, 29, alleged that

Boko Haram fighters killed five

soldiers and also abducted

many others when workers

•Army nabs CJTF member

over fake report

were repairing ong>elong>ectricity

facilities along Maiduguri-

Damaturu road last Monday.

He shared the fake report on

February 8 during an

operational tour of troops’

locations in the theatre, by the

Chief of Army (COAS), Maj.

Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

A military source disclosed

that Muhammed, who was

identified as a Civilian JTF

member at Shehuri-North in

Maiduguri Metropolitan

Council, was arrested at his

residence by security


He added that the suspect

allegedly shared the false

information, knowing fully wong>elong>l

that it could create panic in the

minds of citizens.

“This kind of fake news can

create false impressions in the

minds of many. From the

suspect’s post, it is clear that the

idea behind it was to sabotage

the good efforts of the Military,”

he said.

The suspect claimed, during

a prong>elong>iminary investigation, that

his account was hacked by

anonymous persons to send the

fake report.

The Deputy Director, Army

Public Rong>elong>ations, Col Ado Isa,

in a statement, described the

report as “fake and misleading.”

GST examination:

8 Ebonyi varsity

students in

coma as





By Peter Okutu


than eight students of

Ebonyi State University,

Abakiliki, are presently in coma

following overcrowding they

experienced while writing their

General Studies, GST,

Examination on Wednesday.

The examination was said to

be computer-based and the hall

of the examination was

overcrowded, leading to the

suffocation of the affected


Protesting the devong>elong>opment,

students of the institution,

yesterday, barricaded the

Abakaliki-Enugu expressway.

As the students protested the

deficiencies affecting their

wong>elong>fare along the expressway,

efforts by the Police, Army and

other security agencies to

disperse them proved abortive

as they only decided to listen

to the Deputy Governor, Dr

Kong>elong>echi Igwe.

Addressing the protesters, a

student leader, Iteshi Freedom,

wondered why 3,000 students

would be cramped into a hall

to write an examination.

“3,000 students both new and

carryover were in a hall to write

an examination. The

management is yet to confirm

any death. We are here to show

anger. The university has been

underfunded. So, we want the

government and management

to address anti-student policies.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) the

issue that triggered the present

demonstration is the

uncoordinated manner the

exam was coordinated. The

issue is that management and

government should liaise to

build halls. If not they should

continue the paper and pen

exams if they are not able to

conduct it in a computerised


Addressing the students later,

the Deputy Governor, Dr Igwe,

assured the students that issues

affecting them will be

addressed within one week.

He said: “This morning, the

CP informed us that there were

issues in the university. It is not

right. Nobody should subject

you to any inhumane situation

like this. The governor is not in

the state. He said I should talk

to you and that whatever your

problems are, you should give

him one week to resolve all.

“He has to come and make an

official pronouncement on all

the matters raised. There is no

one issue you raised here that

will not be addressed. All the

directors of the university are

hereby removed.”

The Public Rong>elong>ations Officer of

the university, Mr Patrick Itumo,

said the management was still

having a critical meeting as

regarding the devong>elong>opment and

cannot authoritativong>elong>y confirm if

any student died during the

ugly episode.

8 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021



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Aborisade sues Buhari, AGF over

herdsmen’s criminal activities


lawyer, Femi Aborisade, has

dragged President Muhammadu

Buhari and Attorney-General of

the Federation before a Federal

High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo

State, over the criminal activities

of herdsmen in communities in

Oyo State.

He prayed the court to direct

the President to arrest,

investigate and prosecute

suspected armed herders,

suspected armed robbers and

suspected kidnappers, who

commit criminal trespass, rape,

murder, armed robbery,

kidnapping and other criminal

offences in Ibarapa Central,

Ibarapa East, Ibarapa North,

including Igangan, Atisbo, Irepo,

Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola,

Oorong>elong>ope, Olorunsogo, Saki East

and Saki West local government

areas of Oyo State.

Other respondents in the suit

are Governor of Oyo State,

Attorney General of Oyo State

and Oyo State Commissioner of


Aborisade, who is from Ibarapa,

in the suit said that as a result of

the violent attacks, several

people have been killed while

many others have been shot and

macheted by the assailants,

particularly in the

aforementioned Local

Government Areas making up

Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun

geographical areas of Oyo State.

According to him, “Owing to

several violent attacks by armed

kidnappers and bandits, I have

not been able to visit members of

my family living in Itasa, in

Iwajowa Local Government Area

of Oyo State for the past one year.

“The armed gangs and bandits

have violently attacked many

farmers and dispossessed them

of their farmlands inIbarapa

Central, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa

North, including Igangan; Atisbo,

Irepo, Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa,

Kajola, Oorong>elong>ope, Olorunsogo,

Saki East and Saki West Local

Government Areas of Oyo State.

“Scores of women and girls

have been abducted and raped

by the armed gangs and bandits

in the aforementioned Local

Government Areas making up

Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun

geographical areas of Oyo State.

“The Police Stations in the said

Local Government Areas of Oyo

State have failed or refused to

arrest and prosecute the members

of the armed gangs terrorising law

abiding persons in Ibarapa

Central, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa

North, Including Igangan;

Atisbo, Irepo, Iseyin, Itesiwaju,

Iwajowa, Kajola, Oorong>elong>ope,

Olorunsogo, Saki East & Saki

West Local Government Areas of

Oyo State.”

Aborisade, through his

counsong>elong>, Mr Femi Falana, SAN,

meanwhile, wants the court to

order the respondents to adopt

adequate measures to ensure the

protection of the life and property

of every person in Ibarapa

Central, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa

North, Including Igangan;

Atisbo, Irepo, Iseyin, Itesiwaju,

Iwajowa, Kajola, Oorong>elong>ope,

Olorunsogo, Saki East and Saki

West Local Government Areas of

Oyo State forthwith.

FG offers employment,

scholarships to 110 ex-NYSC


By Luminous



Government, yesterday,

offered automatic employment in

the Federal civil service to 110

former members of the National

Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who

distinguished themsong>elong>ves in

community devong>elong>opment service

during their service year.

President Muhammadu

Buhari announced this at the

virtual President’s Honours

Award for corps members of the

2018 and 2019 sets, which hong>elong>d

in Abuja.

The President also offered the

awardees scholarships for the

pursuit of post-graduate studies

up to doctoral levong>elong> in any

university in the country as wong>elong>l

as cash rewards.

He directed the rong>elong>evant

government agencies to ensure

timong>elong>y implementation of all the

incentives for the award


Urging the honourees to

sustain the patriotic zeal that

earned them the award, the

President said: “It is noteworthy

that the young men and women

being honoured have excong>elong>led in

the four cardinal programmes of

the Scheme, namong>elong>y: Orientation

Course, Primary Assignment,

Community Devong>elong>opment

Service and Winding-up/Passingout,

which formed the basis of

assessment for the Honours


“On behalf of the Government

and the good people of Nigeria, I

heartily congratulate those

honoured on standing out from

their peers in order to merit the

honour being bestowed upon


“You have proved yoursong>elong>ves

worthy ambassadors of your

respective families and the

National Youth Service Corps. I

am very proud of you and

confident that the Award shall

spur you to greater service to the

Nation and humanity,” he said.

President Buhari further

stressed that the NYSC has

remained a bastion of national

unity and integration by exposing

our youth to diverse cultures and

traditions, thereby making them

appreciate our similarities and


Service wide vote, biggest fraud in

Nigeria, says Senate

....Asks new auditor general to forward report from 2015

By Henry Umoru


yesterday, took a swipe

at the executive on service

wide vote, which it

described as the biggest

form of fraud in the country.

It also asked the office of

the Auditor General of the

Federation, AuGF, to probe

the disbursement and

utilisation of the vote.

Speaking, yesterday, in

Abuja, when the newly

appointed Auditor General

for the Federation, Adolphus

Aghughu, appeared before the

Senate Committee on Public

Accounts for screening,

Chairman of the committee,

Senator Matthew

Urhoghide, PDP, Edo South,

asked him to forward to the

Senate report on the service wide

vote from 2015 to date.

Urhoghide, who noted that the

service wide vote, which rose to

N198.7 billion in the 2018 budget,

now stood at N758 billion in the

2021 budget, as allocated by the

Federal Government, adding

that it must be investigated to

ascertain if the vote was actually

solving the problem as it ought

to be for contingency provisions.

He said: “The fund is the

biggest fraud because it is not

Oil exploration drops by 150%, as rig

count stands at 6 —Report

By Udeme Akpan

Herders/farmers clash: Govs plan emergency meeting to

address problem

By Henry Umoru


the 36 states of the

federation, yesterday, resolved to

hold an emergency meeting to

come up with solutions to the

problem of herders/farmers

clashes, banditry and kidnapping

across the country.

In a communique issued at the

end of the 25th virtual

meeting,,signed by the Nigerian

Governors Forum, NGF,

Chairman and Ekiti State

Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi,

the governors noted that the

problem had become very

worrisome, following the renewed

kidnapping, rape, killing and

destruction of property.

The governors said they

strongly condemned what they

described as criminality and the

ethnic profiling of a particularl

ethnic group in the country.

They also spoke on the need

for the country to transition into

modern systems of animal

husbandry that will replace open,

night and underage grazing in

the country.

According to the governors,

state governments are

encouraged to put in place

systems to accong>elong>erate the grazing

initiative of the National Livestock

Transformation Plan and

audited. Service wide vote is the

biggest fraud in Nigeria. It is

meant to meet unseen situation.

‘’Nobody gives account on

service wide vote. Standing

committees of the Senate do not

know any thing about its


Service wide vote is

contingency fund in the national

budget under the control of the

Federal Ministry of Finance.

Meanwhile, the Acting Auditor

General has assured the

lawmakers that he would look

into the issue of non-auditing

of service wide votes.

Also yesterday, the Senate

urged the Acting Auditor

General of the Federation to

ensure that when confirmed,

THERE are indications

that oil exploration has

dropped by 150 per cent in Nigeria

in the past year, due mainly to

the prolonged dong>elong>ay in the

passage of the nation’s

Petroleum Industry Bill,

PIB, into law.

The PIB, still before the

ranching in the country.

The Communique read:

“Following an update from

governors on the various

initiatives taken by state

governments to address the rising

insecurity in the country due to

the activities of herdsmen,

members reached a consensus on

the need for the country to

transition into modern systems

of animal husbandry that will

replace open, night and

underage grazing in the country.

‘’State governments are

encouraged to put in place

systems to accong>elong>erate the grazing

initiative of the National Livestock

Transformation Plan and

ranching in the country.

“The Forum respects the right

he would chase after the big

spenders whose accounts were

not audited, despite the fact that

the office audits the account

of the federation.

The big spenders, according to

the Senate, include the Nigerian

National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC, Nigerian

Ports Authority, NPA, Nigerian

Maritime Adminisration and

Safety Authority, NIMASA, the

Army, among others.

Speaking further, Senator

Urhoghide, who asked Aghughu

to brief the committee on how he

would audit the fund, said: “You

should tong>elong>l us how you are going

to audit this service wide votes.”

Answering the committee,

the Acting AuGF told the

National Assembly, aims at

restructuring the industry, as wong>elong>l

as putting in place competitive

legislation, targeted at

encouraging investment in the


But a copy of the Organisation

of Petroleum Exporting

Countries, OPEC February 2021

report, obtained by Vanguard,

showed that the rig count, a major

of abode of all Nigerians and

strongly condemns criminality

and the ethnic profiling of crime

in the country in an effort to frame

the widespread banditry and the

herders- farmers crisis.

‘’In the light of the economic

and security risks that have

arisen from these circumstances,

the Forum resolved to urgently

convene an emergency meeting

of all governors.

“The chairman of Northern

States Governors’ Forum, NSGF,

and governor of Plateau State,

Simon Bako Lalong, provided an

update on steps taken by

governors of the 19 northern

states and cautioned against the

tagging of ethnic groups based

on the misbehavior of a few

criminally-minded individuals."

VISIT—Chief of

the Naval Staff,

Rear Admiral

Awwal Gambo

( l e f t ) ,

presenting a

souvenir to

Ebonyi State

Governor, Chief

Dave Umahi,

during the


courtesy visit to

the Naval


in Abuja,


senators that the agency lacked

the constitutional powers to audit

Nigerian National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC, Central

Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Nigerian

Ports Authority, NPA, and other

big spenders among the

government agencies.

The nominee, while

responding on why the office of

the Auditor General has not

been able to carry out an audit

on the big spender, said: “For the

big spenders, it is the

constitution that has issues. By

virtue of 1999 constitution, we

will just provide list of what we

need for them and they will make

their choice. If they decline to

give to us, we have no power to

compong>elong> them.

index of measuring activities in

the industry, stood at six in

January 2020, indicating a drop

of 150 per cent when compared

to 15 recorded in the

corresponding period of 2019.

This showed that operators,

including the International Oil

Companies, IOCs, and their

indigenous counterparts have

not invested much in exploration,

which could have resulted in the

making of additional oil and gas

finds, reserves, and production


Consequently, the nation’s oil

reserves remain unchanged at 37

billion barrong>elong>s per day, against the

40 billion barrong>elong>s target by 2025.

However, The Minister of State

for Petroleum Resources, Timipre

Sylva, had recently promised that

the PIB would be passed in April

2021, barong>elong>y two months away to

enable the government to

achieve set objectives, including

attracting new local and

investments into the industry.

The Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila, had also

announced that the bill would be

passed in April 2021, adding that

consultations on the bill will

transcend the public hearing.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021 — 9

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Herdsmen attack: Soyinka flays

police report, narrates ordeal

BRIEFING: From left; Group Head, Corporate Services, Hope PSBank, Cletus Igah; MD, Hope PSBank,

Ayotunde Kuponiyi; Chief Marketing Officer, Hope PSBank, Kathleen Erhimu and, Group Head, Corporate

Communications, Unified Payment Services Limited, Fong>elong>ix Edionwe during the press conference to kick start the

free registration exercise for National Identification Number (NIN) by Hope PSBank in Lagos, yesterday.

Why we're yet to unfreeze #EndSARS

campaigners’ bank accounts — MALAMI

•Govt had nothing to act on to freeze #EndSARS campaigners’ bank accounts

— Falana •Says CBN must desist from jumping into political arena


Attorney-General of

the Federation and Minister of

Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN,

has given reasons the federal

government was yet to obey the

court order to unfreeze bank

accounts of 20 #EndSARS


Malami, who spoke on Sunrise

Daily, a Channong>elong>s TV programme

monitored in Lagos yesterday,

Malami said the Federal

Government’s decision not to

unfreeze the bank accounts

immediatong>elong>y was because it was

still weighing options as allowed

by the law on such matters.

On October 15, 2020, Godwin

Emefiong>elong>e, governor of the Central

Bank of Nigeria, CBN, directed

banks to place a Post-No-Debit

order on the accounts of 20

persons linked to the #EndSARS

campaign.Three weeks after,

Mike Aondoakaa, counsong>elong> to

CBN obtained an ex parte order

from the Federal High Court in

Abuja to freeze the bank accounts

of the #EndSARS campaigners

for a period of 90 days.

At the expiration of the 90-day

order on February 2,2021, CBN

moved to extend the period but

later withdrew the application on


It was on this note that Ahmed

MOMAN calls for national dialogue on fuong>elong> subsidy

By Udeme Akpan



Association of Nigeria,

MOMAN, has called for a

national dialogue as fuong>elong> subsidy

rises due mainly to the increased

price of crude oil in the

international market.

The price of Nigeria’s Bonny

Light rose from $59 to $60.52

yesterday, thus widening the levong>elong>

of fuong>elong> subsidy currently being

borne by the Federal

Government, through the

Nigerian National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC.

However, speaking virtually on

‘’After Deregulation, What

Next?’’ in Lagos, yesterday, Mr.

Adetunji Oyebanji, Chairman,

MOMAN, said: “With a fully

deregulated downstream

Mohammed, a judge of the

Federal High Court in Abuja,

ordered the unfreezing of the

bank accounts.

But speaking on the

programme yesterday, Malami

said: “We need to take in a lot of

factors with particular reference

to the compliance with the court

order and within the context of

striking a balance, the options

that are available are multiple.

“One, the consideration of or a

possibility of wholehearted

compliance with the court order;

that is, comprehensive,

unconditional compliance with

the order rong>elong>ating with the

unfreezing of the #EndSARS


“But, that does not take away

the right of government to give a

further consideration when the

need arises, a consideration, for

example, of excising the right of

appeal against the order, if the

need arises, coupled with the

right of stay of execution of the

order or perhaps, application of

variation of order, among others.

“While the government has

chosen to exercise those rights

and, indeed, an appeal of

variation of the court order or an

appeal for setting aside the order

or perhaps stay of execution of

the order, you cannot within the

context of the rule of law adjudge

the government as operating in

breach of the order.

“It all depends on, for example,

where parties unilaterally settle

for arrangement or the order is a

product of settlement

arrangement. I think the

possibility of considering options

associated with appeal of

variation of the order or setting

aside the court order may not

necessarily come into play.

“But where it indeed is product

of contentions between the party

‘A’ saying, ‘this is the way it is’,

and the other party saying no,

‘this is the way it is’, the court will

now decide to make a ruling one

way or the other.

‘’So, the right of appeal, right of

application to set aside the court

order or perhaps, maybe a staying

of execution of the order may

come into play.

“It all depends on the

prevailing circumstances. It is the

prevailing circumstances that

determine what decisions, what

provision, what direction the

party involved in the suit or the

party affected by the order will

consider as the next line of action

to take.

Speaking on the same

programme, counsong>elong> to the

protesters, Mr. Femi Falana,

•As Bonny Light price hits $60.52 per barrong>elong>

industry, the natural fear and

anticipation of Nigerians is the

increase in the price of

transportation, food items, and

the attendant economic


‘’Solutions to these challenges

can only emanate from a

collective resolve by all

stakeholders to face up to these

challenges together. We must as

a national debate and share

pragmatic and realistic initiatives

to mitigate the impact of a pump

price increase that could follow a

fully deregulated downstream.

“We stand with Nigeria and

Nigerians through this difficult

time and support the Federal

Government’s promise to pass

the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB

this year and fully deregulate the

petroleum downstream sector.

‘’The benefit of a liberalized

downstream is the most visible

means of growing the economy

in the medium to long term.

Nigeria can become the refining

hub of West and Central Africa

and eventually the whole of

Africa if we stick to this path of

investing in new refineries,

adopting a cost optimization

initiative, building an

environment that promotes

competition, and creates a

sustainable petroleum sector.

‘’These actions would lead to

increased employment, reduced

poverty, and reduced social

inequity. We must take

advantage of the opportunities

SAN, said the Federal

Government had nothing to act

on to freeze the accounts of the

protesters, saying the

devong>elong>opment was a violation of

constitutional provisions which

guaranteed the rights of

Nigerians to protests.

Falana also asked CBN to stay

out of politics and stick to the

business of banking.

Noting that the apex bank

went out of its way, Falana said:

“I do hope that sufficient lessons

have been learnt, particularly by

CBN to desist from jumping into

the political arena by attempting

to freeze the accounts of people

who are involved in the struggle

one way or the other against the


He argued further that CBN

misled the court into bong>elong>ieving

that some grave offences had

been committed, which would

require time to investigate.

He, however, noted that no

offence was committed and that

no attempt was made by CBN to

investigate any individual.

The lawyer urged CBN to be

more circumspect in the future,

adding that the individuals

whose accounts were frozen will

be going to court to challenge

the “gross violation” of their

rights to their property.

brought by the African

Continental Free Trade Area

agreement, AfCFTA, and fully

benefit from our barrong>elong>s of crude,

getting the maximum value it can

bring Nigeria.

“MOMAN is calling for a

national discourse among all

stakeholders including

Government, Labour, Civil Society

Organizations, the Organized

Private Sector, and operators, not

on the merits or demerits of petrol

subsidy removal, but on the

initiatives that can be taken to

ease the impact of the subsidy

removal on the most vulnerable

in our society.

“The public, which includes the

downstream operators, are key

stakeholders in the Nigerian oil

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Victor



Professor Wole

Soyinka, has said his

property was attacked by

herders and ‘mad cows’,

contrary to police report on

the incident.

Soyinka in a statement

rong>elong>eased from his Kemta

Housing Estate residence,

Abeokuta, Ogun State,

yesterday, titled: “Mad

Cows and Even Madder

narratives,” cautioned the

police against making

frivolous statements.

The statement read: “The

most distressful aspect of

my recent interaction with

cows and herders is that it

has created a most

unwanted distraction from

the ongoing life and death

Nigerian narrative.

“One has to take time off to

deal with distortions and fake

versions, while students are

being reportedly waylaid and

killed and/or kidnapped in

Ondo and farmers are being

slaughtered in my own state.

‘’In short, the killings

continue, even as panong>elong>s are

being launched to enquire

into immediate past human

violations. For those who

truly seek details of the Ijegba

incident, I hereby affirm that

I was never physically

attacked; neither did I attack

any cows. The cows and

herders did, however, attack

my property – and not for the

first time.

“The police need to be very,

very careful, learn to be

straightforward with public

information. Failure to

adhere to that obvious, basic

form of conduct means that

the public will lose total

confidence in security

agencies and constantly

bypass them in times of civic

unrest, no matter how trivial

or deadly.

“How on earth could the

police claim that my property

was not invaded by cattle? It

was. My groundsmen knew

the drill and commenced the

process of expong>elong>ling them.

“Fortunatong>elong>y, I was then

driving out and was able to

lend a hand by vehicle

maneuvering. Both cattle

and gas industry. We bong>elong>ieve that

as a country, we have and should

move beyond the debate on the

arguments for the removal of

petrol price subsidies.

‘’The discussion we should be

having today is how best to

maximise the benefits of the

removal of price controls and

subsidies while minimizing the

adverse effects of this action on

our citizens.”

On cost reduction, he said: “In

line with the recently launched

Nigerian Upstream Cost

Optimization Program, NUCOP,

efforts must be made to reduce

costs of production,

administration, and governance

throughout the petroleum value

chain in the Nigerian petroleum

sector, (particularly) the

downstream, in order to promote

efficiency and competitiveness

within the industry and ensure

value creation for all consumers.''

and herdsmen were flushed

out of my property.

“Once they were outside

the gates, I came down from

the vehicle and beckoned

the herdsmen to come over.

At first, they pretended not to

understand, then, as I

approached, fled into the


“We, thereupon,

“arrested” the cows,

confining them to the

roadside, while I sent my

groundsman, Taiye, to the

police to come and take

over. Since they took rather

long in responding, I

summoned a replacement and

proceeded to the police station.

On the way, we met a

detachment, turned round,

and together we returned to

the scene of crime.

“The police wanted to

commence combing the

bush for the fugitives but I

stopped them – what was

the point? Keep the cows, I

advised, and the owner will

show up. Of course, that

owner eventually did. I

thoroughly resent the police

version which suggests that

the cows never invaded my

home: home is not just a

building, it includes its


“It was not a stray cow, or

two or three. It was a herd –

we have photos, so why the

lie? It is so unnecessary,

unprofessional and

suspiciously compromised. The

police suggest that I have

nothing better to do than to go

accosting cows on the public

road – to what end?

‘’ If the police demand

proof, the next time such an

invasion takes place, I warn

that there will be no lack for

cadaver affirmation and the

police will be officially

invited to join in the

ensuing suyafeast.

“So please, let us get

serious!. Getting serious

means seeking a sense of

urgency, ways of

terminating mayhem,

impunity, and the homicidal

culture being imposed on us

through some near cultic

business minority who just

happen to trade in cattle.

“It means not giving up

on peaceful solutions, but

also being prepared for the

worst. Those of my line of

thought have been working

on various ways of

sensitizing the nation to the

very real and imminent

danger issuing from this cattle


“The menace, I repeat,

challenges us as a cohesive

entity and as communities of

free individuals, committed to

the dignity of existence.

Cattle imperialism under any

guise is an obscenity to


“So let me serve notice that

we are about to commence a

process of public sensitization;

we hope even the police will

join hands with the agenda

as it progresses.

“A special practical plea: now

that the railways are being

resurrected, let us make

cattle wagons a priority. I

grew up with the regular sight

of those practical

conveyances. It is time to

bring them back.”

10 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Buhari, Lawan, Tinubu, Gbaja, NPAN, NGE,

NUJ, others mourn as Jakande dies at 91

•How he died – Seyi, son •Buhari, NUJ, NPAN, Afenifere, Osoba, Lawan,

govs, others shower tributes •Lagos NUJ names Light House after him

•Jakande was last of the titans —Tinubu •Oyetola condoles Sanwo-Olu,

Lagos govt over Jakande's death •To be buried at Volts and Gardens, Ikoyi 4

pm today •NGE mourns its pioneer president •It’s a monumental loss


By Clifford

Ndujihe, Dapo

Akinrefon, Henry


Olasunkanmi Akoni

& Olayinka Ajayi


tears and tributes were literally

opened for Elder statesman,

media icon and first civilian

Governor of Lagos

State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode

Jakande, who passed on, yesterday,

at 91.

The former minister of

Works died exactly 163 days

to his 92nd birthday.

Apart from old age rong>elong>ated

challenges, Alhaji Jakande

did not show signs he was

going, a devong>elong>opment that left

members of members of his

family mouth agape.

Explaining how his father

died, Seyi Jakande, the third

son of the late venerated politician

and Awoist also known

as Baba Kekere, said: “He

had his breakfast this morning

and went back to sleep.

At about 11 am, we noticed

that he wasn’t breathing.

After confirmation, the medical

doctor, he said he was


‘’My father was a song>elong>fless

leader, somebody that bong>elong>ieves

in service to humanity.

He displayed that throughout.

He did everything he

could possibly do in every

given capacity. He lived a

Lagos of his dream, he was

Governor of Lagos State from

1979-1983, he did his best in

that capacity and like he always

said everything is by the

grace of the Almighty Allah

not by his power. He died at

age 91.”

As sympathisers trooped to

Alhaji Jakande’s Ilupeju Lagos

home, yesterday, to symapthise

with the family,

President Muhammadu Buhari,

Senate President Ahmad

Lawan, Chief Olusegun

Osoba, the Nigeria Union

of Journalists, and the Newspapers

Proprietors Association

of Nigeria, NPAN, showered

tributes on him.

Leaders who eulogised Jakande

include Governors

Babjide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

and Hope Uzodimma of Imo

State, Chief Ayo Opadokun,

Chief Olabode George, and

Major General Tajudeen


To be buried at

Volts, Gardens,

Ikoyi 4 pm today

The ong>elong>der statesman will be

buried today at 4 pm at Volts

and Gardens Ikoyi after

pre0burial prayers at 2 Bishop

Street, Ilupeju Lagos at 9

am, according burial arrangements

announced by his committee

of friends.

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Known as committee of

friends of LKJ, members of

the body include Prof. Abisogun

Leigh, Engr. Kamal

Giwa, Prince Bayo

Oshiyemi, Alhaji Gani

Owolabi Dada, Mrs. Omolara

Abeke Vaugh, and Alhaja

Latifat Olufunke Gbajabiamila.

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Jakande lived for

the good of others

— Buhari

Mourning Jakande, President

Buhari in a statement

by his Special Adviser on

Media and Publicity, Femi

Adesina, said the deceased

lived for the good of others.

The statement: read: “President

Muhammadu Buhari

bong>elong>ieves former Governor of

Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande,

lived for the good of

others, state and country, and

his legacy of standing for all

that was right for humanity

would be long remembered.

“The President, while condoling

with family, friends

and associates of the ong>elong>der

statesman, affirms that his

imprint on the commercial

nerve centre of the country,

Lagos State, which was the

former national capital, will

continue to awe and inspire,

reminding everyone of the

strength of character and sacrifices

of the visionary leader.

“President Buhari notes

contributions of the first civilian

Governor of Lagos State

and former Minister of Works

to the growth of democracy

and good governance in the

country, describing him as a

patriot, whose wisdom will

run through generations, especially

in putting people first

in devong>elong>opment plans.

“The President joins government

and people of Lagos

State, Nigerian Union of

Journalists, and Nigerian

Guild of Editors, in mourning

the veteran journalist,

praying that the almighty

God will receive his soul and

grant him eternal rest.”

Ensuring good

governance best

way to immortalise

Jakande, says


Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a

condolence message signed

by his Chief Press Secretary,

Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said

the late Jakande will remain

one of the best public office

holders in the political history

of Nigeria based on how

he transformed Lagos State

and Nigeria during his tenures

governor and later Minister

of Works.

He described the deceased

the as an epitome of

honesty, dedication and song>elong>flessness,

who used his ong>elong>evated

positions for the betterment

of the people he


Sanwo-Olu said Jakande

left impeccable records in Lagos

State and that is why he

remained till date, a reference

point for governors in Lagos

and other parts of the country.

“Alhaji Jakande popularly

referred to as ‘Baba Kekere’

brought a lot of devong>elong>opment

to Lagos State as governor

between October 1,1979 and

December 31, 1983 in line

with the five cardinal programmes

of the Unity Party

of Nigeria (UPN), founded

by the late sage and former

Premier of the Western Region,

Chief Obafemi


“On behalf of the Government

and people of Lagos

State, I want to express my

sincere and heartfong>elong>t condolences

to the family, friends

and associates of the late Alhaji

Lateef Jakande as wong>elong>l

as members of the progressive


“No doubt, the death of Alhaji

Jakande is a colossal loss

to Lagos State and Nigeria.

He made lots of positive impact

and contribution during

his lifetime to the growth of

our dear State by introducing

housing and educational

programmes that targeted

the poor, building new neighbourhood

primary and secondary

schools and providing

free education for all.”

“Baba Jakande within his

four years in office established

the Lagos State University.

His government constructed

over 30,000 housing units,

which were of great value to

the masses.”


personified best

in journalism

— Osoba

In his tribute, Chief Olusegun

Osoba, said: “Jakande

will be remembered in history

as a personification of the

best in Journalism and a political

colossus. He single

handedly founded both the

Newspaper Proprietors’ Association

of Nigeria and the

Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

“He was the first black African

Chairman of the International

Press Institute made

up of Publishers and Editors

all over the world.

“He was a foundation member

of both the Nigeria Union

of Journalists and the Guild

of Editors. He was an astute

politician who left giant footprints

wherever he had the

opportunity to serve at state

and federal levong>elong>.

“As Governor of Lagos state,

he ran a daily “political clinic”

where citizens consulted

him on issues. “In Yoruba parlance:

‘Iroko Tree as wong>elong>l as

an Elephant has fallen”.

NPAN mourns

its founding


Newspaper proprietors

said they received with shock

the death of their founding


In a statement by Kabiru A

Yussuf (president) and Alhaji

Mohammed Idris (general

secretary) titled: ‘’NPAN Pioneer

President Drops the

Pen,”NPAN said: ‘’It was

with great shock that we

learnt of the passage today,

Thursday, February 11, 2021,

of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande,

the first civilian governor

of Lagos State. He was


''Between 1969 and 1979,

Alh. Jakande, midwifed the

Association from infancy and

it is to his eternal glory that

the NPAN became the octopus

that it is today.

Austere, song>elong>fless, people

oriented, Alhaji Jakande

transferred these core values

from newspapering / newsroom

into politics and acquitted


He became a reference

point for performance not just

in Lagos State which he

served as a governor but

across the country. He was

also Minister of Works under

the Abacha administration

It is on record that Alhaji

Jakande throughout his tenure,

lived in his personal

house in Ilupeju area of Lagos

and also used his personal

car, apart from other

landmark projects consummated

by his administration.

''While we commiserate

with members of the pen fraternity,

his immediate and

political families as wong>elong>l as the

Lagos State Government, on

this irreparable loss, we could

not but ask our today's politicians

to learn from the life and

politics of Alh. Jakande and

emulate his modesty, song>elong>flessness

and passion for the people.

The nation has lost a

great patriot, advocate of good

governance and democracy.

Nigeria has lost one

of its exemplary

political leaders


Senate President Ahmad

Lawan said with the death

Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Nigeria

has lost one of its exemplary

political leaders and administrators.

In a statement yesterday by

his Special Adviser, Media,

Ola Awoniyi, Lawan who noted

that Alhaji Jakande lived

a long and inspirational life

that found fulfilment in the

service of humanity, said that

the deceased made sterling

contributions to the devong>elong>opment

of journalism In Nigeria

before replicating his indong>elong>ible

footprints on the political

and economic devong>elong>opment

of Nigeria with his

landmark achievements as

the first ong>elong>ected governor of

Lagos State.

NGE mourns its

pioneer president

“Also, the Nigerian Guild of

Editors, NGE, in a statement

by its President, Mustapha

Isa, said

‘’on a day one legend of the

profession was interred, journalism

lost Alhaji Lateef Jakande,

a pillar of the profession

and poineer President

of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.’’

“The guild said ‘’Jakande's

death is particularly painful

because it is coming at a period

when the NGE has already

lost too many of its

members and founding fathers,

including Malam

Wada Maida, Ben Egbuna,

and latong>elong>y, Prince Tony Momoh.“

The NGE is, however, consoled

by the fact that Jakande

left his mark on the sands of

time as a journalist of repute,

publisher, media entrepreneur,

politician, administrator,

governor, minister, statesman

and conscience of the


“The NGE recalls with nostalgia,

and gratitude, the role

of Jakande, not only in the

empowerment of journalists,

through his John West publishing

group, but also in the

establishment and sustenance

of the Nigerian Institute

of Journalism (NIJ).

“The Guild also feong>elong>s very

proud of Jakande's achievements

as the first civilian governor

of Lagos State, especially

his impactful projects in

public Housing, Education

and infrastructure devong>elong>opment

which remains a reference

point for good governance

till this day.’’

It’s a

monumental loss


Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

has described the

demise of a former governor

of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef

Jakande, as a monumental


The Speaker said he was

personally touched by the

death of Jakande, who he described

as a man of peace,

who lived all his life serving


Gbajabiamila said that the

deceased’s invaluable contributions

to making Lagos

what it is today would never

be erased, noting that the

former Lagos governor was

an embodiment of progress.

“Lateef Jakande’s death is

a personal loss to me because

he was a father to us all, and

a strong political ally to my

mother, Alhaja Lateefat Gbajabiamila.

We will never forget

the role he played in the

economic and political existence

of Lagos State, especially

when he served as governor

between 1979 and 1983.’’

Jakande was last

of the titans


Former Lagos State Governor,

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,

described the Jakande as the

last of the political titans.

According to Asiwaju,

Papa Jakande "could appropriatong>elong>y

be described as the

last of the titans ranking with

the likes of Chief Obafemi

Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe,

Chief Adekunle Ajasin,

Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief

Bola Ige, Chief Olabiyi Onabanjo,

Alhaji Balarabe

Musa, Alhaji Aminu Kano,

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PRESENTATION—Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (second right); his deputy, Rauf

Olaniyan (second left; front row); Chairman, Oyo State Negotiating Committee on the

Resolution of the lingering crisis on the Ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of

Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Prof. Ayodeji Omole (right); a member of the committee

and Special Counsong>elong> to Governor Makinde, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN (left; front row),

and other panong>elong> members, during the presentation of the committee's report to the

governor, at the Governor's Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Arms-bearing herders now to be treated

as armed robbers in Ondo

• As govt approves ranches, grazing areas

• Approves employment of 500 additional Amoteku personnong>elong>, 20 more operational vehicles

• South-West no longer safe, Afenifere raises alarm

• We are ready for registration, data capturing, Miyetti Allah tong>elong>ls Ekiti govt

Dayo Johnson & Rotimi




government, yesterday,

announced further measures to curb the

spate of herders/ farmers clashes in the

state by approving a bill for the rearing

and grazing of livestock across the state.

Among others, the bill bars bearing of

arms by herdsmen, and violators shall

be treated as armed robbers.

Information and Orientation

Commissioner, Donald Ojogo, and

Attorney General and Justice

Commissioner, Charles Titiloye,

disclosed this at a briefing, after

the weekly State Executive

Councils, SEC, meeting in Akure.

Titiloye, among others, said: “The

State Executive Council, chaired by

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, approved

the bill for a law to regulate rearing and

grazing of livestock in Ondo State. The

law is also to provide for the establishment

of ranches and other matters connected

thereto. The objective of the law is clear.

It is to prevent the destruction of farm

crops, community ponds, settlement and


“Secondly, the bill is to prevent clashes

between herders and farmers and as wong>elong>l

to regulate and support the growth of

livestock and farming and manage the

environmental impact of open livestock


“ And part of the law is to make it an

offense for anybody involved in this

business to carry gun either in the forest

or anywhere. Herders are not to be seen

with any weapon. Violating this will be

tantamount to act of armed robbery. And

it is also punishable under this law. While

certain areas are going to be designated

by the governor for open grazing, other

areas will also be designated for


“Those areas designated for grazing,

cattle are free to grade freong>elong>y in those

areas without moving out of the zone

while the areas designated for ranching

can only accommodate herds of cattle in

small numbers. To that extent, you are

to get a prior consent of the communities

that owns the land before ranches can

be built.

“This is another phase of

implementation of the order given by Mr

Governor that herdsmen should vacate

the forest reserves that we bring to bear

in Ondo State, the use of modern

technology in rearing of livestock, not

the other way livestock strays easily

along the street, roads and wherein

hoodlums, kidnappers now hide under

the business to disturb the ordinary

citizens of the state.

500 more Amotekun

personnong>elong>, 20 more

operation vehicles

On his part, Ojogo said among others,

“the state executive council, noted the

immense efforts and fruitful activities of

Amotekun and gladly approved the

procurement of the 20 operational

vehicles aside the approval for the

recruitment of additional 500 personnong>elong>

into the security outfit.

“The mandate of the cabinet is to

retrace these two key issues. The cabinet

noted the efforts of the Governor towards

stemming the rising spate of crime and

insecurity across the state. Council

noted the efforts of Amotekun, we noted

with dong>elong>ight that Amotekun has made

efforts and requires the supports of the

citizenry and residents of the state.

Ban on Okada


The commissioner said: “The ban on

Okada is still in order. The cabinet decided

and reinforced that this ban should be

reinforced. Okada is mostly used to

perpetrate crimes. The ban of movement

of Okada beyond 6pm is reinforced.”

Afenifere raises alarm

over safety of South-


Meanwhile, the Pan- Yoruba Sociocultural

Group, Afenifere, has raised the

alarm over the safety of people in the

south west, saying they are now

completong>elong>y unsafe following the spate of

insecurity in the region.

Its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, at

a briefing in Akure, among others,

said “The Fulani orchestrated

insecurity has taken over the Southwest

and people cannot sleep with their two

eyes closed, our women are being raped

and people are being killed on a daily

basis including Obas on the street. Our

governors are not giving lawful orders.

Even the President aides are saying you

can’t chase herders out of the forests.

“We are completong>elong>y unsafe. Look at a

whole noble laureate, last weekend he

was trying to ask the president what to

do about herdsmen, three days later they

took over his house in Abeokuta.

“And somebody was saying that

Soyinka’s house was unfenced. Go to

London, go to America, you will see a lot

of unfenced houses. Will they go and be

keeping cows there because they are not

fenced. General Theophilus Danjuma,

(retd) has already told us two years ago

that if we are not ready to defend

oursong>elong>ves, they will kill us one by one.”

We are ready for

registration, data

capturing —MACBAN

Meantime, Chairman of the Miyetti

Allah Cattle Breeders Association of

Nigeria, MACBAN, in Ekiti State, Alhaji

Adamu Abache, has advised Ekiti State

government to embark on mandatory

registration of Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti.

Abeche said the bio-data should be

done at the local government areas where

the herders live and carry out business


According to him, “The government

must know where we live and where we

do our businesses and whoever

perpetrates criminal activities can be

traced, arrested and handed over to

the police”.

Abache, who ordered his members to

expose any herder seen perpetrating

crime in the state, noted that revealing

the identities of herdsmen with criminal

tendencies would protect the integrity of

herders doing legitimate businesses in

Ekiti and disabuse the minds of

Nigerians that all herdsmen were


The MACBAN leader spoke in Ado

Ekiti, yesterday, during a security

meeting organised by the Ekiti State

chapter of the Police

Community Rong>elong>ations Committee,

PCRC, for all ethnic nationalities in the


He said: “Fulani herdsmen living in

Ekiti are for peace and we will continue

to live together with our hosts in peace.

Our own support will always be to the

government of the day for all of us to

enjoy peace.

“But the government should hong>elong>p us

by providing Identity Cards for all

members, because the herdsmen are

facing a lot of challenges in the forests

regarding identification.

Take your pick guys...the choice is yours!

Fool na fool...age no matter!

Pepper don enta my head oo!

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Pabic as explosions rock Rivers PDP

secretariat during LG poll’s primaries

By Davies



There was panic in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State,

yesterday, as twin

explosions rocked the

secretariat of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

the state.

It was gathered that two

dynamites exploded during

the councillorship primaries

of the party, which was

holding at the party’s

office on Port Harcourt-Aba


It was learned that the

dynamites were detonated

by suspected unidentified

bombers, who stormed the

office in an SUV around


A source at the party’s

office when the explosions

went off and did not want

his name in print said party

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faithful, who were around

the secretariat to support

their preferred candidates,

scampered for safety

following the blasts.

The source claimed that

the dynamites must have

been detonated by

members of the party, who

were aggrieved that their

preferred candidates were


The source noted that

candidates, who were not

popular were being

imposed on wards and

LGAs as candidates for the


However, at press time,

spokesman of the party in

the state, Tambari Sydney,

did not pick calls made to

his phone.

Also, the Public Rong>elong>ations

Officer of the Rivers State

Police Command, Nnamdi

Omoni, said he was not

aware of the devong>elong>opment

when contacted.

Brown, Pere Luke, Emameyan condole with Okowa

on father's death

By Gab Ejuwa &



FORMER Chairman of

Udu Local Government

Area, Dong>elong>ta State, Chief Jite

Brown; Second Vice

Chairman of Dong>elong>ta State

Council of Traditional Rulers,

Pere Luke, Kalanam Vlll and

Ambassador Rolex

Emameyan, Chief Operating

Officer of Rolex Emameyan

Foundation and Rox Mny

Entertainment, have

condoled with Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of Dong>elong>ta State

over the demise of his father,

Pa Arthur Okowa.

Brown, in a condolence

message, urged Governor

Okowa, his immediate family

and the good people of Owa-

Alero, Ika North East Local

Government Area of the state

to take solace in the fact that

late Pa Okowa lived a glorious

life worthy of emulation by all.

According to him, “this

attribute can be attested to in

the quality of life and character

of Governor Okowa, who had

displayed so much

leadership discipline and

commitment to service of God

and humanity.

“It’s our prayer to be able to

live to bury our aged parents

and I pray God to grant the

soul of the deceased eternal

rest and also give the family

the fortitude to bear the

irreplaceable loss.”

The Pere of Akugbene-

Mein kingdom in a

statement, said: “I, on behalf

of my immediate family and

the entire Akugbene-Mein

Kingdom condole with

Governor Okowa over the

death of your bong>elong>oved father,

who died at 88.

“The death of your father

was received with great shock

and disbong>elong>ief against the

background that I was with

him in his country home

precisong>elong>y on January 8, 2021,

and we had useful

conversations bothering on

the wong>elong>l-being of our dear

state. Little did I know that it

was my last encounter with

him on mother earth.

“As devastating and heart

breaking death is, we are

consoled by the fact that he

lived a fulfilled life worthy of

emulation by the upcoming

generations. I pray the

Almighty God grant you and

the family the strength and

fortitude to bear this

irreplaceable loss and grant

his soul eternal rest.”

Meanwhile, Ambassador

Rolex Emameyan, in a

statement, yesterday, said:

“The whole team is

saddened by the news of your

father’s passing. Our

thoughts and prayers are

with you and your family.

“His blessed soul is now at

peace. May our condolences

We’re not at war with Wike, IYC

cautions against attacks on gov

By Davies



Ijaw Youths Council, IYC,

Worldwide, has said it was

not at war with the Rivers

State governor, Nyesom

Wike, disassociating itsong>elong>f

from a statement that the

governor had no rights to

stop violent protests in the


IYC in a statement in Port

Harcourt by its President,

Timothy Igbifa, said: “The

council at no time authorised

the statement, which tried to

bong>elong>ittle the Rivers State

governor, downplay his

powers and create an

impression that the IYC is on

a collision course with

Governor Wike.

“We listened carefully to

the governor when he

received the Sole

Administrator, Niger Dong>elong>ta

Devong>elong>opment Commission,

NDDC, Effiong Akwa, who

paid him a courtesy visit on

February 2, 2021.

“Wike specifically said the

NDDC was not the birthright

of any ethnic nationality

(including his Ikwere ethnic

group). The governor also

said he would no longer

tolerate protests capable of

causing problems and crisis

in the state.

“The Governor of Rivers

State is not and will not be

against genuine and nonviolent

protest any day any

time. The council makes bold

to say that IYC is not at war

with the Rivers State


“The governor’s remarks

were in line with the position

of the IYC’s leadership that

the NDDC bong>elong>ongs to the

entire Niger Dong>elong>ta. It was also

in harmony with the resolve

of the council not to heat up

bring you comfort, and may

my prayers ease the pain of

this loss and fortify you

spiritually and mentally to

continue your work as the


CASH GRANT: Surulere 1 Federal Constituency beneficiaries of

Federal Government cash grant being attended to by officials after the

flag off of the event by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila, at the Teslim Balogun Stadiun, Surulere, Lagos yesterday.

the polity and destabilise the

region with unnecessary

politically motivated protests,

which can degenerate to


“We had earlier said the

council would adopt other

means of peaceful agitation

to actualise our objectives

while protest could be

deployed as the final card on

the table. Even if at any time

we agree as a council to

protest, we must consult all

stakeholders including

governors and make our

intentions known to security


Court sacks SPDC Cluster Devt Board in


By Davies



A High Court sitting in

Isiokpo, Ikwerre Local

Government Area of Rivers

State has set aside the

purported appointment,

song>elong>ection and inauguration of

Emohua Cluster

Devong>elong>opment Board that

oversees the community

devong>elong>opment projects of Shong>elong>l

Petroleum Devong>elong>opment

Company, SPDC, in the


RA Nwoka, counsong>elong> to

Chief Friday Ordukwu,

Elder Samuong>elong> Assor and the

Elijah Didia, who were the

claimants in the suit, had in

the suit, prayed the court to

set aside the purported,

appointment, song>elong>ection,

nomination inauguration and

recognition of Egbeda

Community Trust members

and Emohua Local

Government Cluster

Devong>elong>opment Board which

APC registration exercise:

PDP mocks party, says it

has nothing to offer


State chapter of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, has

called on all its members and

the general public to continue

to resist all entreaties by

merchants of falsehood and

propaganda to cajole them as

they wobble through their

registration and revalidation


A statement in Benin City,

yesterday, by the party’s state

Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris

Nehikhare, said it had

observed with keen interest

the ongoing “registration and

revalidation exercise” of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, in Edo State.

“The APC in Edo State was

balkanised in the run up to

the governorship ong>elong>ection in

2020, when EPM faction that

represents less than 13 per

cent of the party membership

is now for all intents and

purposes, the soul of the

dying party. Edo people have

not forgotten the havoc

caused by the EPM in 2020.

“Edo PDP must

congratulate Edo people for

the matured and civilised

manner they have

responded (or should I say,

not responded) to the APC

cry and appeal for people to

come out to register and

revalidate their membership.

“Our investigation has

revealed that though they

started their desperate call for

were done on November 8,


The council noted that

while the suit was pending

at state High Court in Isiokpo,

SPDC in connivance with

other defendants went ahead

to recognise the illegality,

hence their decision to

petition the court.

However, the trial judge,

Justice L. Nyodee, after

hearing from both counsong>elong>,

said all parties shall maintain

the status quo with respect to

all the subject matters of the

suit as at October 24, 2018.

registration and revalidation

by asking people to go and

register at designated polling

units, they had to abandon

that directive and are now

hawking their party cards

door to door in our villages,

communities and towns.

"Edo people did not only

reject them at the polls on

ong>elong>ection day, they are once

again rejecting them.

“We are informed that the

registration clerks at the units

reported that it was

unendurable for them to sit

at designated polling units

day-in day-out and are

unable to receive anyone for


“They even reported that

when people come to these

registration centres, it is to

mock them and recite a long

list of APC failures, instability,

leadership greed, infighting,

failed and unfulfilled


“Edo people must reject in

its entirety, the party called

APC or any other alias they

may wish to be known. They

have nothing to offer.

“Isn’t it absurd and

laughable that a party that its

members refused to be

proclaimed at the state House

of Assembly because they lost

out in the power struggle to

produce the speaker will

have the audacity to call on

Edo people to come and

register with it as members?”

My administration has done

wong>elong>l in one year — Gov Diri

By Samuong>elong>


Y ENAGOA—Governor

Douye Diri of Bayong>elong>sa

State has said his

administration has done

creditably wong>elong>l one year

after assuming office

regardless of the numerous

challenges it faced.

Diri at an interactive

session with media

professionals in Yenagoa,

recounted his stewardship

in the period under review.

He enumerated a number

of projects being executed

by his administration and

lauded the media for the

objective reportage of his


According to him,

contractors have been

mobilised to resume work

on the West and Central

senatorial districts roads.

He said contract for the

federal Yenagoa-Oporoma

road started by his

predecessor was reviewed

upwards to about N27

billion, including

construction of a bridge to

link the road to Oporoma in

the central flank of the state.

According to him, “N1

billion was rong>elong>eased for the

ongoing rehabilitation of all

the internal roads in the

capital city as wong>elong>l as reawarding

of the contract for

construction of Phase 2 of

the Gloryland Drive Road

from the Ecumenical Centre

in Igbogene to link the

Amassoma Road.

He also said work was

ongoing on the Igbogene-

Bayong>elong>sa Palm outer ring

road as contract for the job

had been re-awarded.

On the eastern flank, the

governor said his

government had awarded

the contract for reconstruction

of the collapsed

Elebong>elong>e bridge in addition

to the Imiringi bridge, which

was almost completed and

slated for commissioning

this weekend.

Fiong>elong>ding questions, he

directed the Works and


Commissioner to inspect the

Ernest Ikoli/NUJ Press

Centre with a view to giving

it a facong>elong>ift.

Commending journalists

in the state for their support

to his administration, the

governor also directed that

the DiriBoost scheme be

extended to media

personnong>elong> in the state.

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FIDAU PRAYER: From left— Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission; Mrs

Olufunso Amosun, wife of former Governor of Ogun State; Dr Remi Abeere; Mr Musiliu Smith, former Inspector

General of Police and Mr Waheed Kazeem, Deputy Inspector General of Police (retd), at the 8th-day Fidau

prayer for late Alhaja Sadiat Abeke Erogbogbo, mother of Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Ikorodu on Sunday.

Photo: Lamidi Bamidong>elong>e

Registration: APC not ready to leave power

in next 30 years —Imo speaker

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—THE Speaker of

the Imo State House of

Assembly and chairman, Technical

Committee, APC Revalidation/Registration


Paul Emeziem, yesterday, said

that the All Progressives Congress,

APC, has more than thirty

years to stay in power.

Emeziem spoke at the Imo

APC party secretariat along

Okigwe road in Owerri, when

the Imo APC committee for

revalidation/registration exercise

led by Godwin Anaughe,

visited the secretariat.

The speaker said that APC

has many decades to stay in

office both in Imo State and

the federal levong>elong> because of

quality foundation of governance.

He said: "This registration is

an opportunity to showcase

many good the APC is known

for and for Nigerians to have

another opportunity to join the

train for moving the country


"APC membership card is a

ticket to prosperity, a ticket to

join a party that does not discriminate.

We are asking the

people of Imo and Nigeria to

hold unto this opportunity. I

want to say this: APC is not

ready to leave power in the next

30 years and even more. So, be

a member of APC and continue

to enjoy the dividends of democracy."

On what the APC government

has done in terms of

achievements to continue to

stay in office, the speaker said:

"The APC government has little

or nothing to do with propaganda.

The second Niger

bridge in Igboland is nearing

completion and when you go

there, you see it yoursong>elong>f.

"The noise of building the

bridge has been a noise for

decades and today, the APC

government is making it a reality.

Just like in Imo State,

Court sacks Udeogu-led Ebonyi PDP

caretaker c'ttee

since the government of Hope

Uzodimma came into power,

what we have seen all along

are quality construction of

roads.Just imagine the ongoing

quality construction on the

Owerri/Okigwe and Owerri /

Orlu roads, that is what the

APC stands for. What the APC

government both at the federal

and state levong>elong> do is to give

value to governance."

Also speaking, the Imo State

Chairman of the revalidation

and registration

exercise, Godwin Anaughe,

Ugwuanyi inaugurates state water corporation




eanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu

State, yesterday, inaugurated

the newly constituted Board of

the State Water Corporation,

headed by a foremost consultant

in the water industry and the

first Managing Director of the

corporation, Mr. Innocent O.

Diyoke, to vigorously drive the

state government’s sustained

programmes towards ensuring

adequate supply of potable water

in the state.

Inaugurating the board, Gov.

Ugwuanyi, represented by his

deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, disclosed

that his administration,

since its inception, has made

concerted efforts in tackling the

challenge of water supply in the


Some of the efforts, according

the deputy governor, include

the initial injection of N100 million

to increase the output of

water supply to Enugu metropolis

as wong>elong>l as the N170 million

used for the maintenance of

water facilities at Ajali and Oji

River water schemes, to further

boost supply.

Mrs. Ezeilo who stated that

Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration

captured the rehabilitation

of the 9th Mile Crash Programme

Water Supply

Scheme with solar powered

boreholes, in the 2021 budget,

disclosed the state government

recently awarded a N600 million

contract for the project,

aimed at boosting potable

water supply from Oji River,

Ajali and Iva Valley water

schemes to Enugu metropolis

and environs, when completed

Ṙevealing that the state government

targets production of

40,000 cubic meters of water,

the Deputy Governor highlighted

other efforts of the

present administration to also

include the commencement of

AFD-funded 3rd National Urban

Water Sector Reform

By Peter Okutu


Court sitting in

Abakaliki, Wednesday,

sacked the Fred Udeogu-led

Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP) Caretaker Committee

in the state.

The Court which described

their existence as illegal

and unconstitutional,

ordered the Independent

National Electoral Commission

(INEC) not to recognize

the purported caretaker

committee constituted

by the national leadership

of the PDP in Ebonyi


The Court further maintained

that the dissolution of

the Ebonyi State Executive

Committee, SEC, of the PDP

was illegal and cannot


The order followed a suit

instituted by Barrister Nnachi

Okoro, the Legal Adviser

of the Barr Onyekachi

Nwebonyu-led PDP executive

in Ebonyi State, that was

dissolved November last

year by the national leadership

of the PDP, in the wake

of the defection of Governor

Project, the integration of Adada

Water Scheme and rehabilitation

of other water schemes

as wong>elong>l as reticulation, drilling

of new boreholes with storage

facilities across the state.

“His Excong>elong>lency, Rt. Hon. Dr.

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, sometime in

2019, while receiving the humanitarian

arm of The Church

of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints, donated the sum of N5

million to ten communities in

the state, representing

N500,000 each, as their counterpart

funding for water

projects”, she added.

Responding on behalf of other

members of the newly inaugurated

board, Mr. Diyoke expressed

their gratitude to Gov.

Ugwuanyi for finding them

worthy to serve the state in such

a tasking responsibility, and assured

him that “we will do our

best to meet the requirements

and expectations of the people

of Enugu State with respect to

water supply”.

said: "Everything has been

going on smoothly. We have

had trainings for the local personnong>elong>

and they have started

work and we have discovered

that in Imo, the APC is united.

We noticed that the governor

of the state has united the

members and we are enjoying

the process.

"We have even asked for additional

members. We also

thank the governor for setting

up a technical committee to

assist us in achieving our aim.

There is no discrimination and

exclusion. Everybody is wong>elong>come.

Our exercise will take

place in 3,523 booths"

David Umahi to the All Progressives

Congress, APC.

The Plaintiff, Okoro, had

in the Suit, argued that his

purported removal from office,

as the Legal Adviser of

the PDP by virtue of the dissolution

of the purported

State Executive Committee

of the party without fair hearing,

was contrary to the party's

constitution and the constitution

of the federal republic

of Nigeria and urged the

court to so hold.

The presiding Judge, Justice

Aluko Akintayo, in a

three- hour judgement, ruled

that the purported dissolution

of the Executive Committee

of the PDP in Ebonyi

State which led to the removal

of the Plaintiff, was not

only absurd, but inconsistent

with the provisions of the

party's constitution as wong>elong>l as

the constitution of the federal

republic of Nigeria.

Justice Akintayo noted that

the party acted harshly without

any evidence of wrong doing

against the Plaintiff, adding

that the defection of Governor

David Umahi to the APC

was in exercise of his fundamental

human right of freedom

of association and cannot

be a justifiable ground to

remove the Plaintiff from office.

Akintayo hong>elong>d that the PDP

failed to prove before the court,

its allegations of anti-party activities

and attempts to destabilize

the PDP levong>elong>led against

the Ebonyi State Executive

Committee of the party.

According to the judge,

even if there is truth in the allegations

against the Ebonyi

State Executive Committee

of the party, it was unfair to

have dissolved them including

the Plaintiff, without giving

him fair hearing.

Obi to new Bishop of Mbamili:

Continue promotion of education


DIG Okoye joins APC few days

after retirement

By Vincent



spector General of Police,

DIG, Cong>elong>estine Okoye,

who retired from the force

few days ago after 35 years of

service, has joined the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in his

Awka- Ward 3 in the Anambra

State capital.

Okoye said his reason of joining

APC was because his state,

Anambra and the South East

geopolitical zone cannot continue

to be in the opposition

in the affairs of the country.

He said: "Anambra and

Igbo need to be at the centre

of what is happening in Nigeria.

We should stop deceiving

oursong>elong>ves with APGA because

it cannot take Anambra and

South East anywhere.

" I am in the party as a partner

in progress and I will be

more interested in the area of

THE VICE Presidential

Candidate of the People's

Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019

ong>elong>ections, Mr Peter Obi, has

expressed joy at the consecration

of the Bishop-ong>elong>ect of

Mbamili Diocese, Anglican

Communion, Rt Rev Obiorah

Uzochukwu, at All Saints Cathedral,


The event which was presided

over by the Primate of Nigeria,

Anglican Communion,

His Grace Henry Ndukuba,

saw to the coming together of

clergy men, political leaders,

captains of industries and

men from all walks of life.

Addressing newsmen after

the event, Obi reaffirmed his

membership of Mbamili Diocese.

He said he discovered

the perculiar needs of the Diocese

when he was the governor

of Anambra State and,

decided to take up the membership

of the Diocese to hong>elong>p

contribute to its growth.

Obi congratulated the newly

consecrated Bishop of

Mbamili Diocese, Rt Rev

Obiorah Uzochukwu, while

expressing hope that he will

take the Diocese to greater

heights. He also rejoiced with

the people of Mbamili Diocese

while urging them to remain

prayerfully supportive

to their spiritual leaders.

Obi appealed to the new

bishop to continue the promotion

of education in the

diocese as his predecessor

admiringly did, noting that

such a remote area needs the

assistance of the Church, otherwise

most of them would not

have access to education.

"No one takes the honour

upon himsong>elong>f, but it is called

by God. I pray that the grace

of God that has singled Bishop

Uzochukwu out for the

spiritual leadership of

Mbamili Diocese will aid him

to take the Diocese to a new

levong>elong>", Obi prayed.

Ikpeazu'll be the last PDP gov in

Abia —APC

By Ugochukwu



the 2023 governorship

poll in Abia State, the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

has stated that it is fully determined

to oust the ruling

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, from power, stressing

that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

would be the last governor

to rule the state on the

platform of the PDP.

State Chairman of the

APC, Donatus Nwankpa,

who stated this at Mgboko

Umuoria, Obingwa council

area after the APC national

Membership Revalidation

Committee revalidated the

membership of a former

APC governorship aspirant,

Friday Nwosu; charged the

ong>elong>ectorate in the state to sack

ruling PDP in the state.

In his words; “We are determined

to remove everything

that has to do with PDP

in all political positions in

Abia State in 2023. We want

to use this registration to

prove that APC is the largest

political party in Abia

strategies on how to win the

ong>elong>ection and bring Anambra

APC to the centre."

The Anambra State chairman

of the Caretaker Committee

of APC, Basil Ejidike,

who led other members of

state working committee and

members of APC registration

and revalidation exercise

committee to witness the declaration,

said Okoye would be

a great asset to the party.

According to Ejidike, time

had come for Anambra State

to join national politics.

He added: "We cannot continue

to be on the sidong>elong>ines.

APC has done so much for

South East and Anambra

State in the area of infrastructural


"South East has never had it

like this and the only way we

can get more is to join the

mainstream and 2023 will be

a sure banker for Igbo as regards

producing the Nigerian


State and in the South East.

We're the largest and latest

growing state chapter in the

whole nation.

"We're getting big names

that have made impact in

the society. There are many

other big names we'll register

next week that'll hong>elong>p to

prove to you that PDP has

no hiding place in

Abia. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

will be the last PDP

governor in Abia. It's a task

that must be fulfilled. We

only beg our leaders to hong>elong>p

unite us and not allow their

names to be used in dividing

our party."

Earlier, Maigari, who is

the Chairman of the APC

national membership revalidated

committee, urged

Abia people to mobilize other

people to register, revalidate

and change the political

landscape of the state

come 2023.

"Bring people to come and

register and revalidate massivong>elong>y

in APC so that APC

will have the largest number

in Abia and South East.

We're also praying that

come 2023, APC will flush

out the existing PDP government

in Abia State".

14 Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021


Funeral service for former Minister of Information and a founding father of All Progressives Congress,

APC, Prince Tony Momoh hong>elong>d at Grailland Temple, Iju Hills, Lagos yesterday. Photos: AKEEM SALAU.

From left; Mrs Zainab Momoh; Abdulrasheed Momoh (first son of the deceased); Mr. Philip Shaibu,

Edo State Deputy Governor and Mr. Donald Duke, former Cross River State governor.

Hajia Becklas Imianvan, immediate younger sister to Late Prince

Tony Momoh (left) and Princess Ashong>elong>ee Momoh (deceased daughter.)

Tafa Zibiri-Aliu, younger brother of Tony Momoh's wife (left)

and Imianvan Sylvester (in-law.)

From left; Prince Jubril Momoh, Adams Gadi, Gani Momoh and Peter Egwuatu.

Abdulrasheed Momoh, 1st son of late Prince Momoh and his family.

Cross section of guests at the burial ceremony.


Beatrice Ayi

(left) and




Hon Fong>elong>ix

Ughiovhe (left)

and Yahaya

Momoh, Chief

of Staff to Late

Prince Tony


Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021 —15


Funeral service for former Minister of Information and

a founding father of All Progressives Congress, APC,

Prince Tony Momoh hong>elong>d at Grailland Temple, Iju Hills,

Lagos yesterday. Photos: AKEEM SALAU.

From left: Messrs Sola Adeyegbe; Ikechukwu Unegbe and Akin Orebiyi.

Messrs Gambo Aliyu (left) and Azubuike Okpalaoka.

Messrs Victor Itotoi (left) and Bala Yesufu.

From left; Messrs Alozie Emmanuong>elong>; Joseph Anyali and Olusegun Faremi.

Impeachment: Democrats insist capitol

attackers were answering Trump’s call

Democrats making the

case for Donald Trump’s

conviction for inciting the

deadly attack on the U.S.

Capitol on Jan. 6 focused on

Thursday on the former president’s

role in assembling and

inflaming the rioters and the

damage wrought in the rampage.

As the third day of Trump’s

Senate impeachment trial got

underway, the House of Representatives

lawmakers serving

as prosecutors provided

examples to illustrate how he

explicitly summoned his supporters

to Washington on that


Democratic congresswoman

Diana DeGette told the

senators - serving as jurors in

the trial - that the rioters’

“own statements before, during

and after the attack made

clear the attack was done for

Donald Trump and to fulfill

his wishes.”

“This was not a hidden

crime,” DeGette said. “The

president told them to be

there, so they actually bong>elong>ieved

they would face no punishment.”

DeGette showed video featuring

one rioter tong>elong>ling another

as they entered a congressional

office: “He’ll be

happy - what do you mean,

we’re fighting for Trump.”

The Democratic-led House

on Jan. 13 charged the Republican

former president with

inciting an insurrection by

exhorting thousands of supporters

to march on the Capitol

as Congress gathered to

certify Democrat Joe Biden’s

ong>elong>ection win.

Democrats face a difficult

task in securing a conviction

and in barring Trump from

ever again holding public office,

given his continued popularity

with many Republican

voters. Trump has expressed

interest in again running for

president in 2024. A twothirds

majority would be needed

to vote to convict, which

means at least 17 Republican

senators would have to defy


While some Republican

senators have said that the

House managers are presenting

their arguments wong>elong>l,

many hold fast to their position

that Trump should not be


Republican Senator Marco

Rubio told Fox News that

while the Jan. 6 attack was

“horrifying,” impeachment

was not appropriate given

that Trump was no longer in


The nine House managers

are arguing that Trump

planted the seeds for the riot

by encouraging violence and

making false claims that the

Nov. 3 ong>elong>ection was stolen

long before Jan. 6.

“All of these people who’ve

been arrested and charged,

they’re being hong>elong>d accountable

for their actions. Their

leader, the man who incited

them, must be hong>elong>d accountable

as wong>elong>l,” DeGette told the

senators. “But ... you don’t

have to take my word for it

that the insurrectionists acted

at Donald Trump’s direction.

They said so.”

Myanmar coup: US announces sanctions

on leaders

US President Joe Biden

has approved an

executive order to impose

sanctions on the leaders of

Myanmar’s coup.

The measures will be

focused on military leaders,

their family members and

businesses linked to them.

Steps are also being taken

to block access by the

military to $1bn (£720m) of

government funds hong>elong>d in

the US.

The sanctions come as a

woman who was shot in the

head during protests against

the coup fights for her life at

a hospital in the capital Nay

Pyi Taw.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing

was hurt on Tuesday when

police tried to disperse

protesters using water

cannon, rubber bullets and

live rounds.

The wound was consistent

with one from live

ammunition, rights groups


Tens of thousands have

turned out in street protests

against last week’s coup,

which overthrew Aung San

Suu Kyi’s democratically

ong>elong>ected government in the

South East Asian country -

also known as Burma -

despite a recent ban on

large gatherings and a night


There have been reports of

other serious injuries as

police have increased their

use of force, but no deaths

so far.

Biden called for the coup

to be reversed and for the

rong>elong>ease of civilian leaders

including Ms Suu Kyi.

“The people of Burma are

making their voices heard

and the world is watching,”

he said, vowing to take

further action if needed.

“As protests grow, violence

against those exerting their

democratic rights is

unacceptable and we’re

going to keep calling it out,”

he added.

Meghan wins privacy battle against

‘dehumanizing’ tabloid paper

President Nguesso seeks fourth term in Congo

The authorities in Congo-

Brazzaville have submitted

the names of eight presidential

aspirants to the constitutional

court for validation

ahead of the 21 March ong>elong>ection.

President Denis Sassou

Nguesso will face seven challengers

including former Finance

Minister Mathias

Dzon and Guy-Brice Parfait

Kolong>elong>as, the son of a former

Meghan, the Duchess of

Sussex, said on Thursday

a British tabloid had been

hong>elong>d to account for its “dehumanizing

practices” after she

won a privacy claim against

the paper for printing extracts

of a letter she wrote to her father.

Meghan, 39, the wife of

Queen Elizabeth’s grandson

Prince Harry, sued publisher

Associated Newspapers after

its Mail on Sunday tabloid

printed parts of the handwritten

letter she sent to her estranged

father, Thomas Markle,

in August 2018.

Last month, her lawyers

asked Judge Mark Warby to

rule in her favour without the

need for a trial which could

have pitted her against her

father, who gave a witness

statement on behalf of the paper

and who she has not seen

since her wedding in May


Warby ruled the articles did

breach her privacy, but said

some issues rong>elong>ating to her

copyright of the letter would

have to be settled at a trial.

The newspaper said it was

considering an appeal.

prime minister.

Nguesso, 77, is seeking a

fourth term. He has been in

power since 1979, except for

a five-year period after losing

ong>elong>ections in 1992.

Others in the presidential

race are Albert Oniangue, a

former aide-de-camp of

Nguesso, former MP Joseph

Kignoumbi Kia Mbougou,

customs official Anguios

Nganguia Engambe, MP

“After two long years of pursuing

litigation, I am grateful

to the courts for holding Associated

Newspapers and The

Mail on Sunday to account for

their illegal and dehumanizing

practices,” Meghan said

in a statement.

She said the tactics of the

paper and its sister publications

had gone for too long

without consequence.

“For these outlets, it’s a

game. For me and so many

others, it’s real life, real rong>elong>ationships,

and very real sadness.

The damage they have

done and continue to do run

deep,” she said.

Meghan wrote the fivepage

letter to Markle after

their rong>elong>ationship collapsed in

the run-up to her glittering

wedding to Harry in May

2018, which her father missed

due to ill health and after he

admitted posing for paparazzi


In two days of hearings last

month, her lawyers said printing

the “personal and sensitive”

letter was a “triple-barrong>elong>led”

assault on “her private

life, her family life and her correspondence”

and plainly

breached her privacy.

Michong>elong> Mboussi Ngouari

and Deve Mafoula, a 38-

year-old aspirant.

The largest opposition

group, the Pan-African

Union for Social Democracy

(UPADS), has said it will

boycott the polls.

The constitution was

changed in a referendum in

2015 to remove term and age

limits. Nguesso’s victory in

2016 was marred by violence

and allegations of fraud.

16— Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

The Fulani problem


RECENTLY mentioned

the widespread fury that

is being generated by rogue

Fulani herdsmen who rape,

pillage, kidnap and kill; and

I said that because some

Fulanis have been extremong>elong>y

kind to me over the years, I

cannot join those who have

decided to hate all

Fulanis…even though I am

the product of Ogoni and Igbo

“rebong>elong>” families that

enthusiastically participated

in the Biafran Civil War, in the

hope of “liberating”

themsong>elong>ves from the North

once and for all.

Now, 50 years after my

people lost the war, my social

circle includes many

Northerners. And, sure, there

are Southerners who befriend

Northerners purong>elong>y or partly

because they think that they

might be useful (ong>elong>ite

Northerners, Fulani Muslims

especially, undoubtedly have

clout and can often provide

access to juicy business


Juicy business


I, however, acquired my

Northern pals sincerong>elong>y,

because I liked them. And I’m

increasingly aware of the

redemptive power of

friendship…in the sense that

it can be a force for good

beyond the warm personal

interactions that take place

between individuals.

Many natives of the South

and Middle Bong>elong>t have never

had an opportunity to meet a

decent Fulani, never mind

bond closong>elong>y with one. And I

don’t blame the unexposed -

shong>elong>tered villagers in remote

rural hamlets in particular -

for viewing all Fulanis with

intense suspicion whenever

toxic “alien” herdsmen go on

the rampage.

But the more exposed

Southerners and Middle

Bong>elong>ters who know from

personal experience that not

all Fulanis are evil have a

duty to loudly say so at a time

when an ethno-rong>elong>igious

crisis is boiling.

Having said all this, the

primary responsibility for

conflict resolution lies with the

Fulani leadership - which

Can anyone please

explain to me why

the Nigerian

Maritime and

Safety Agency,


Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, are

dominated by

northerners when

the North has no


really needs to cut the crap.

President Muhammadu

Buhari is the main culprit.

Whether he dong>elong>iberatong>elong>y set

out to encourage

misbehaviour or not, his body

language has greatly

emboldened the Fulanis who

have bad intentions; and there

is no doubt that the herdsmen

palaver has escalated under

his watch.

And it’s not just about today

or herdsmen either. It’s also

about Fulani leaders (and

their cap-doffing non-Fulani

sidekicks) cockily ignoring

basic principles of fairness

and carrying on like arrogant,

greedy conquistadors since

time immemorial.

Can anyone please explain

to me why the Nigerian

National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC, is

dominated by Northerners -

•Fulani leaders with Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-ong>Rufaiong>

or why so many Niger Dong>elong>ta

Devong>elong>opment Commission,

NDDC, and Presidential

Amnesty Programme

contracts go to Northern

mandarins or their fronts -

when oil comes from the South

and northerners are not more

educated or commercially


Can anyone please explain

to me why the Nigerian

Maritime and Safety Agency,

NIMASA, and Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, are

dominated by northerners

when the North has no


I am not saying that

northerners should not benefit

from maritime or hydrocarbon

resources. It is not their fault

that there is no big water or

big oil in their part of the

country. And since Nigeria is

a nation rather than a

collection of autonomous

My governor

IHAVE fulsomong>elong>y praised

Nyesom Wike on this page

before because he can be

professional and productive

and compassionate. But I am

extremong>elong>y upset with him at

the moment.

Firstly, why on earth did he

have to spend $1 million on a

flashy and totally unnecessary

Maybach luxury car at a time

when so many Rivers people

and Nigerians are struggling

to survive?

Secondly, why did he dash

N500 million to his colleague,

Governor Tambuwal, when a

market in Sokoto State was

destroyed by fire at a time

when many impoverished

ong>elong>ders and former Rivers State

government employees have

not received a dime of the

severance payments and

pensions to which they are


regions, every geopolitical

zone should gain from

Nigerian resources,

regardless of the origins of

those resources.

But there is a huge

difference between accepting

a reasonable percentage of

the booty and always trying

to grab the lion’s share!

Niger Dong>elong>ta states already

receive 13 per cent derivation,

so I’m not really bong>elong>lyaching

about the money aspect per

se. I just want to point out that

the Fulani leadership needs

to change its attitude, which

is irritating at best and

downright offensive at worst.

I think it was Machiavong>elong>li

who said that it was better to

be feared than loved. And this

statement is true within

certain contexts. But there are

no absolutes within the

context of the human


It is sometimes better to be

loved. It is also worth noting

that victims cease to fear

bullies when they realise that

bullies can be overcome. Or

when desperate victims

decide that they have nothing

more to lose and would rather

die than keep tolerating


Long story short: Many

tribes in Nigeria (especially

the three main tribes) are or

have been problems, in one

way or another.

But for now, we are focusing

on Fulanis because they are

in the spotlight. And the

bottom line is that the

grasping, insensitive Fulani

leadership may soon discover

that there are some

advantages associated with

being loved rather than


at a time when he

needs to be more

prudent with

funds that do not

bong>elong>ong to him?

If Nigeria were

a proper

democracy - as

opposed to a

c r i m i n a l

conspiracy that is

run by and for the

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If Nigeria can learn basic

lessons, so can Africa

THERE is a widespread

bong>elong>ief that Africa’s

problems are basically

leadership. It does not seem it

can be otherwise because it is a

continent of paradoxes;

naturally the richest part of the

earth, yet the poorest. But such

unscientific analysts could not

have read How Europe

Underdevong>elong>oped Africa as

brilliantly presented by Walter

Rodney whose young life was

terminated by a bomb.

Just as Africa had the wretched

of the mind like Jean Bedong>elong>

Bokassa leading us, so have we

had brilliant minds like Nong>elong>son

Mandong>elong>a and world class leaders

like Kwame Nkrumah. We

produced chilling butchers like

Idi Amin and Mobutu Sese Seko,

but they were like apprentices to

King Leopold II and Adolf Hitler.

We can disagree about

leadership, reasons for universal

poverty in a world of plenty,

ideology and transformational

leaders, but what is not in dispute

about Africa is that we are a

continent beset by unending

conflicts. The African Union, AU,

might also have reached that

conclusion by dedicating a

separate structure in its

headquarters to its Peace,

Security and Political Affairs

Commission, PSC.

Peace and security are perhaps

the oxygen the continent needs to

continue breathing because some

three quarters of it is embroiled

in one armed conflict or the other.

The Boko Haram insurgency

which Nigerian leaders allowed

to fester, has consumed a lot of

time, resources and lives of

people in Nigeria, Niger,

Cameroun and Chad while

similar terrorists groups have

taken two thirds of Mali and

significant portions of Burkna

Faso. Terrorism is also claiming

lives and limbs in Somalia and

neigbouring Kenya.

The West turned prosperous

Libya into a basket case with at

least four governments, while

Central Africa has been in

turmoil for about six decades.

Sudan and South Sudan, Egypt,

Ethiopia and Mozambique are

infected by armed conflicts while

Morocco would not allow peace

reign in Western Sahara. The AU

has tried to steer the continent

towards peace by devong>elong>oping a

programme to ‘Silence the Guns

by 2020’. Four years ago, Big

Brother Nigeria decided to give

the peace process a boost by

seeking to head the PSC.

Its candidate was one Ms.

Fatima Kyari Mohammed. It

was one of the most scandalous

and most embarrassing

decisions of the Muhammadu

Buhari government because its

candidate for this very important

position, was unknown not only

in the AU, but also in Nigeria.

Fatima who? The search engines

could give no more information

than was available. She had read

economics in some school in

Costa Rica, and, for experience,

had worked in the subsidiary of

a limited liability company in

Nigeria. For a position that

demanded some horse power,

Nigeria presented an ant; for a

post that required an ong>elong>ephant, it

presented a squirrong>elong>. It just did

not make sense and the rest of

the continent must have made

Nigeria the butt of jokes.

The lion Nigeria decided to

pitch its cub against was the

incumbent PSC Commissioner,

Ambassador Smail Chergui,

former Algerian Consul General

to Geneva, Ambassador



Plenipotentiary to the Russian

If Nigeria can look

back at its 2017 folly, restrategise

and return

with a way forward in its

quest for leadership in

the AU, so can Africa

Federation, and Ambassador to

Ethiopia. For those who

understand the workings of the

AU, it is actually the African

ambassadors in Ethiopia who

conduct the day-to-day business

of the AU and take decisions inbetween

the meetings of the

Foreign Ministers and Heads of

State. The ong>elong>ection was a

disgraceful outcome for Nigeria.

At the AU Summit this week

which ended on February 7,

2021, Nigeria contested for the

same post. But apparently it had

learnt from its 2017 joke; this

time, it put up a real candidate;

Ambassador Bankole Adeoye

was like a winner even before the

votes were cast.

A distinguished career

diplomat with over 35 years

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experience, he had served as a

Minister Counsong>elong>lor in the

Nigerian embassies in Brazil,

Paraguay and Bolivia; was

former Ambassador to Ethiopia,

Nigeria’s Permanent

Representative to the AU and

United Nations Commission for

Africa. A known advocate for

Africa’s Regional Integration

and Partnership, Bankole was

thrice Chairperson of the African

Union Peace and Security

Council in 2017, 2018 and 2019,

a position which afforded him

invaluable experience working

with United Nations Security

Council and the European Union

Commission on Human Security.

He led AU fiong>elong>d missions to the

Lake Chad Basin in 2017 and

South Sudan in 2018. Also,

Bankole serves the Addis Ababa

Diplomatic Community as coconvener

of the Group of Friends

on Children affected by Armed

Conflict, GoF-CAAC. I have

attended a few AU summits and

have some experience in the

intricacies that are AU ong>elong>ections,

including protest or absentee

votes, but Bankole’s candidacy

was so formidable that all 55

African countries voted for him.

It is like scoring a hundred percent

in a tough examination.

Apart from the prospects of a

Bankole headship of the PSC

having the potentials of

vigorously driving the war

against terrorism and conflicts

in the continent, Nigeria and pan

African countries need to give

him strong backing because the

AU may potentially be weaker in

the next few years. First, wily

France is known to back the AU

Commission Chairperson, Mr.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, who was

re-ong>elong>ected for another four-year

term. As we know, France has

been playing a destabilising role

in the West African economic

integration, including its

strenuous efforts to sabotage the

evolution of a common currency,

the Eco in the region. Also, in

comparison to Mr. Faki, a former

Chadian Prime Minister, his

predecessor, Dr. Nkoasazana

Dlamini Zuma was a fiercong>elong>y

independent-minded and

pragmatic leader.

Secondly, President Fong>elong>ix

Tshisekedi of the highly

destabilised and politically

unstable Democratic Republic of

Congo, DRC, is the new political

Chair of the Union for 2021. His

predecessor, President Cyril

Ramaphosa of South Africa,

came from a politically stable

and economically stronger

country which could withstand

pressures from foreign countries.

Also, the short term does not offer

much comfort as Tshisekedi’s

successor-designate for next year

is President Macky Sall of

Senegal who along with

President Alassane Quattara of

Cote d’ Ivoire are identified with

France’s continued stranglehold

on West African economy.

If Nigeria can look back at its

2017 folly, re-strategise and

return with a way forward in its

quest for leadership in the AU, so

can Africa. In my view, the AU

priority areas are five. The first

is silencing the guns and

restoring peace. Secondly,

allowing the will of the people

prevail, especially on needs,

ong>elong>ectoral choices and good


Thirdly, in the face of

underdevong>elong>opment, poverty,

enslaving debt servicing and the

crippling COVID-19 pandemic,

there is the need to rebuild the

economy, giving priority to

human devong>elong>opment like

education and health rather than

exploitative ‘market forces’.

Fourthly, driving integration

through the African Continental

Free Trade Agreement which

became operational last month.

The fifth is implementing the

liberating AU 2063 Agenda.

Is COVID-19 a rich man’s disease?


SINCE March 2019, when the

World Health Organisation,

WHO, declared coronavirus, a.k.a

COVID-19, a pandemic, it has

continued to wreak havoc across the

world: weakling the health care

system, disrupting businesses and

bringing about a completong>elong>y new

norm in social interactions.

At the peak of its reign, the pandemic

brought the entire world to its knees,

forcing countries to impose a total

lock-down with its attendant

challenges. It was such a trying

moment for a bewildered world.

Toward the last quarter of 2020, there

appeared to be a bit of respite, making

many nations to progressivong>elong>y rong>elong>ax

hitherto stringent COVID-19 protocol.

Gradually, things began to return to

normalcy, as people began to piece

together the ruins of their businesses.

At last, the worst is over! So we all

thought. How wrong!

From the blue came a more menacing

variety of the pandemic. Now

popularly referred to as the second

wave, the new brand of the deadly

virus, experts say, is more dreadful and

ferocious, giving its victims very little

chances of survival. Now, across the

world, the fear of the second wave of

COVID-19 is the beginning of wisdom.

It is, however, puzzling that in the

midst of the pandemic’s vicious

resurgence, many still see it as a ruse,

while others simply term it a ‘rich

man’s disease’. Ironically, this view is

not only being spread among the

uneducated, a few ong>elong>ite also nurse it.

For instance, in March 2020, Governor

of Mexico’s Puebla State, Luis Miguong>elong>

Barbosa, said: “If you are rich, you are

at risk, but if you are poor, you are


In Nigeria and, indeed, many African

countries, many people who reside in

high density areas are yet to come to

terms with the monstrous nature of the

pandemic. They still live carong>elong>essly,

claiming, without scientific proofs, that

the virus only seeks the rich to devour.

But then, is this really the case?

Is COVID-19 actually a rich man’s

nemesis? Are the poor totally immune

from the infection as being claimed?

To start with, historically, pandemics

rage more among the poor, but in the

case of coronavirus, being a high-class

import infection - carried in by business

men and tourists returning from trips

abroad, the rich, obviously, appear

more vulnerable.

Therefore, looking at it from this

perspective, the rich certainly stands

the risk of contracting the disease. This,

perhaps, explains, especially in the

case of Nigeria, why the ong>elong>ite seem to

be the earliest casualties of the


Thus, it is safe to establish that at the

outset, COVID-19 could be considered

a rich man’s disease, considering it was

imported by the supposed rich who

contracted it abroad. But then, it didn’t

take long before the equation quickly

changed and the disease became an

all comers affairs.

It was not long before a pattern of

spreading the disease from the rich to

the poor and vice-versa emerged. That

marked the beginning of a new phase

in the spread of the disease, which

experts refer to as community


In countries where it recorded

greater casualties, COVID-19 neither

spared the rich nor the poor. It killed

To prevent a spike in

COVID-19 cases and forestall

our healthcare system being

overwhong>elong>med, we all need to

take responsibility and follow

strictly hygiene practices

without taking such social stratification

into consideration. The truth, thus, is

that the pandemic seeks both the rich

and poor to destroy. Hence, the earlier

proponents of the basong>elong>ess assertion

that the unseen monster is only after

the rich jettisons such wild claim, the

better for them and the entire society.

Please, get it right: COVID-19 knows

no social boundaries! For that reason,

we need to come to terms with the

reality of what we are contending with.

This is not the time to make unfounded

statements. Such will only compound

the situation. The appeal, here, is for

compatriots to take personal

responsibility for their health.

The ultimate responsibility for our

safety lies in our hands. It is quite

absurd to read about certain people

holding some high society party amid

a vicious pandemic. If we continue with

such ‘I don’t care’ (unconcerned)

attitude, we will not only hurt our

families, but we will hurt others too.

According to history, the Spanish flu

of 1918 claimed many lives in the first

wave, but as soon as the lock-down was

rong>elong>axed people began to party again

and quickly overlooked hitherto

treasured protocols. Sadly, before they

could come to terms with it, the second

wave had claimed ten times more


To prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases

and forestall our healthcare system

being overwhong>elong>med, we all need to take

responsibility and follow strictly

hygiene practices. Wear your facemask

appropriatong>elong>y. It is not a chin mask!

Adhere to social distancing rules, wash

hands regularly and keep to all safety


We should not frustrate the

government’s effort in containing the

virus via unfounded conjectures and

carong>elong>ess attitude. Let us all take

responsibility for keeping everyone


•Ogunbiyi is Deputy Director, Public

Affairs, Ministry of Information and

Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja

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WITH at least 14 vaccines now in

play, it is not surprising that powerful

nations such as the USA, EU, UK,

Russia, China and others have rushed

to stockpile them for the benefit of

their citizens. This is more so as these

countries, despite their sophisticated

healthcare systems, have been

severong>elong>y affected by the coronavirus nations are left behind and running

scourge in terms of number of people the risk of buying at exorbitant prices.

infected and fatalities.

The WHO has been criticised for

The scramble for available vaccines many failures since the pandemic

should be approached with caution to emerged in China in December 2019,

avoid what the World Health but it has been very proactive in efforts

Organisation has correctly termed to ensure that vaccines and other

“vaccine nationalism”. According to treatment options are equitably

the World Economic Forum, WEF, available to countries irrespective of

“vaccine nationalism” occurs when the size of their pockets.

countries push to get first access. In April 2020 it initiated the Access

“The richest nations have secured to COVID-19 Tools, ACT, Accong>elong>erator

billions of COVID-19 doses, while which designed the COVID-19

devong>elong>oping countries struggle for Vaccine, COVAX, in partnership with

supplies”. Many of the advanced GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the Centre

countries end up stockpiling far more for Epidemics Preparedness

than they may need while the poor Innovations, CEPI, and others to

Need to avoid ‘vaccine nationalism’

ensure that all countries will have

access to vaccines. This has attracted

156 economies so far.

We commend the WHO and

partners for this initiative whose

importance can never be understated.

This is the first worldwide pandemic

in the globalised era.

Visionaries like Bill Gates warn that

perhaps more vicious pandemics

might be here pretty soon. We must

use the experience of the COVID-19

pandemic to adjust the world’s

mindset towards a greater tendency

to share resources rather than

monopolise them.

We must put more emphasis on our

common humanity rather than the

supremacy of the highest bidder.

It is in the interest of all that vaccines

go round where they are needed

irrespective of financial power.

If the pandemic is allowed to fester

in some corners of the world, the risk

of mutations to more dangerous

variants will increase and we may live

with this pandemic for much longer

than necessary.

The WEF has even determined that

richer economies will have to spend

$119 billion per annum if the $25

billion required to make vaccines

universally available is not realised.

We are all in this COVID-19 war

together. To effectivong>elong>y eradicate it in

record time, we must continue to close


We must continue to share efforts

and resources, knowing that whatever

is allowed to go round will always

come round.


Buhari, Adamu and perils of the police force


THERE is growing concern in the

country regarding the ever changing

nature of operations of public rules and the

implications for all of us. As important as

the Constitution and other legal instruments

are, the public institutions that have a great

bearing on the day-to-day life of the country

and its people. Appropriate and efficient

institutions – the civil service, the health

service, local government mechanisms, the

Police – are vital to the efficient conduct of

public life.

It is a matter for great regret that we have

neglected these institutions and diminished

their authority and the autonomous spaces

they had for the sake of greater political

control; the politicisation of the Police is no

exception. Politicisation of the police is

putting policing of the nation at risk. The

tradition of policing is in danger from

political interference that is alienating the

police from the public.

When officers join the police force they

swear an oath of allegiance to the

Constitution, not the President or any head

of government and are expected never to be

servants to those in government – until now.

The past five years were characterised by

images of the way in which the Nigeria Police

Force has been made to put government

targets before serving the public. These

targets result in promotions to top offices

with the predictable result that officers lower

down the scale come under pressure to

concentrate on whatever is targeted, to the

neglect of other things.

Following the extension of the tenure of

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed

Adamu for another three months by

President Muhammadu Buhari, the leading

theme on most discussion tables today is

the politicisation of the Nigeria Police,

especially since 2015 and with a new

constitution which removed most of the

autonomy that institutions like the Police


At the centre of these discussions is the

structure of the Police Force – recruitment,

training, placements, promotions, the

principle of seniority, the lack of leadership

in the face of political pressure and so

on. Although the President has the

discretion to appoint, remove and extend

appointments, the new Police Act, which he

signed, limited the act of extending tenure

The President lacks the

power to reabsorb a retired

police officer back into the

NPF through a purported

tenure extension, which is not

contemplated by law

rendering Buhari’s action a clear violation

of the Act.

Beyond the apparent brutal violation of

the guidong>elong>ines contained in the Police Act

2020, Buhari’s action is as wong>elong>l

unconstitutional as it negates the essence of

the Constitution and statutes that aim to

regulate orderliness, conducts and actions.

The extension of the expired tenure of the

IGP without due process, therefore, is not

only unconstitutional but illegal as wong>elong>l by

contravening Section 216(2) which

stipulates that: “Before making an

appointment to the office of the Inspector-

General of Police or removing him from

office, the President shall consult the Nigeria

Police Council.”

Paragraph 27 of the third schedule to the

1999 Constitution states: “The Nigeria Police

Council shall comprise the following

members: (A) the President who shall be the

Chairman; (B) the Governor of each State

of the Federation; (C) the Chairman of the

Police Service Commission; and (D) the

Inspector-General of Police.”

By these citations, it follows that when the

tenure of a serving IGP expires on the

ground of completing the mandatory 35

years of service, he cannot be asked to

continue in office beyond his mandatory


This is because an IGP who has served the

mandatory years of service ceases to be a

member of the Nigeria Police Force from

the date of the completion of his service and

Adamu ceases to be a member of the NPF

from February 2, 2021.

And by virtue of Section 215(1)(a) of the

Constitution and Section 7(3) of the Police

Act, 2020, only a serving member of the

Nigeria Police Force can be appointed as

IGP; Adamu, having completed his

mandatory years of service on February 2,

2021, cannot be appointed as IGP from

outside the force.

Clearly, the President lacks the power to

reabsorb a retired police officer back into

the NPF through a purported tenure

extension, which is not contemplated by law.

The President cannot appoint an IGP or

extend the tenure of a retired IGP without

the advice of the Nigeria Police Council,

which in this case has not met to consider,

let alone approve such tenure extension.

More dangerously, the extension has

already cracked the ranks of Nigerian police

officers with many toeing the thinking of

the public that a new IGP is desperatong>elong>y

needed to rekindle the long-lost morale of

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officers and men after the carnage

experienced as a result of the #EndSARS

protest and the peak of embarrassment that

came with the abduction of hundreds of

school children in Katsina without trace for

six days.

The evolving scenario is a confirmation

that we may not find a solution to the

problem of insecurity in the country if the

present attitude towards crime control

continues. With this, staff morale will further

nose-dive because there are so many odds

operationally against IGP Adamu who was

supposed to vacate office and allow fresh

ideas into the Force.

The explanation that Buhari needs ample

time to song>elong>ect the new IG of police further

complicates the situation by lending

credence that the man in the Villa may lack

the necessary knowledge of what he is

expected to do at this time.

This action is bound to drastically kill the

ambition of other officers who are also

qualified for the office by making it appear

as if it is only the retired IGP Adamu that is

qualified for the job.

There are cogent worries that Buhari, with

this action, dong>elong>iberatong>elong>y intends to humiliate

a particular set of persons on the succession

list because two years were enough for

government to have fished out an ong>elong>igible

successor from the list of legitimate

competent claimants.

Going by this, it becomes expedient for

President Buhari to move to reclaim his

statesmanship by rectifying this

monumental breach of the nation’s

governing laws lest he would go down in

history as one Nigerian leader that ran the

most disrespectful government for the rule

of law and constitutionality.

•Osadebe, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Benin City, Edo State

Banks’ borrowing from CBN falls 98% to N15bn

...CBN’s interest earnings drop 75%

By Elizabeth Adegbesan


IN apparent reflection of the

excess liquidity in the banking

system, banks’ borrowing

from the Central Bank of Nigeria

(CBN) through the Standing

Lending Facility (SLF) fong>elong>l by 98

percent, year-on-year (YoY), to

N15.95 billion in November 2020

from N662.44 billion in November


Consequently, the apex

bank’s interest earnings from the

SLF fong>elong>l sharply by 75.6 per cent

to N90 million in November 2020

from N370 million in November


On the other hand, banks’ deposits

into the regulator’s Standing

Deposit Facility ( SDF) grew

YoY by 64 per cent to N726.98

billion in November 2020 from

N443.63 billion in November


Disclosing this its economic report

for November 2020, the

CBN said: “Deposit Money

Banks (DMBs) and merchant

banks continued to access the

standing facilities window to

square liquidity positions in November


“The trend at the CBN standing

facilities window showed

more frequency at the SDF window,

compared with the SLF, due

to the banking system liquidity

surfeit. “Applicable rates for the

SLF and SDF stood at 12.5 per

cent and 4.5 per cent, respectivong>elong>y.

“Total request for the SLF

granted from November 1-26,

2020 was N15.95 billion, made

up of N3.15 billion direct SLF

and N12.79 billion Intraday

Lending Facilities (ILF) converted

to overnight repo. Daily

average was N2.66 billion in 6

transaction days from November

1-26, 2020.”












120.95 -2.03

1,754.00 +15.00

15.84 -0.15

61.49 +0.40

60.52 +0.63

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

0.6803 0.6903 0.7003

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 11/02/2021

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Peace Ibadin of National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC); Susie Onwuka of Federal

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC); Adebimpe Ihekuna, Group Head,

Product & Market Devong>elong>opment and Bukola Oluyadi, Acting Group Head, Customer Value Management

& Strategic Communication, both of Polaris Bank at the 1st draw of the on-going Polaris

Save & Win Promo in Lagos.

On SDF, it stated:”Total interest

earned was N0.09 billion.

Total SDF granted, during

the review period, was

N726.98 billion with a daily average

of N38.26 billion in 19

transaction days from November

1-26, 2020.

SRGI 2.0: FG to move from revenue collection to

tax compliance

By Yinka Kolawole

THE Federal Government

is set to shift focus from

revenue collection to tax compliance

under the second

phase of its Strategic Revenue

Growth Initiative (SRGI 2.0).

Minister of Finance, Budget

and National Planning, Mrs

Zainab Ahmed, stated this yesterday,

at a webinar on economic

outlook organised by

Dong>elong>loite, an audit, consulting

and corporate finance company.

She said in order to drive the

economy towards recovery, the

government is adopting

two major fiscal initiatives

- the 2020 Finance

Act and SRGI.

According to her,

SRGI is a mechanism

for enhancing fiscal revenues

from 6 to 15 percent

of gross domestic

product (GDP) by 2023.

She said the second

phase of SRGI, which

will include a partnership

with state governments,

will soon be


On the planned

adoption of SRGI 2.0,

Ahmed said a consultative

session will be hong>elong>d

to determine areas of

improvement, adding

that the government will

shift focus from revenue

collection to tax compliance

in SRGI 2.0.

She stated: “We would

all have a consultative

process to see what has


worked and what has not. But I

can tong>elong>l you that we have already

decided that we must add a thematic

area that centres around tax

administration and tax compliance.

“We noticed during the period

that revenue collecting agencies

are busy measuring their performance

on revenue collection rather

than tax compliance. We want to

shift focus to tax compliance because

when you shift to tax compliance,

revenue will follow it. And

compliance goes on the side of the

tax collector and the revenue agencies.

That is one of the new things

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY12, 2021 — 19

we want to add in SRGP 2.0.”

Ahmed said the federal government

is working towards making

Nigeria an industrialised nation in

the next five years, as wong>elong>l as reducing

the country’s dependence

on crude oil.

“We have a long way to go

and it is not going to be an easy

journey for us. This over-dependence

did not start today. We

have started doing that by

recalibrating our budget to reduce

the rong>elong>iance on oil revenue

and if you look at the Nigerian

GDP, the contribution of the oil

and gas industry has been on the

decline,” she added.


Oil exploration drops by 150% in Nigeria — Report

By Udeme Akpan

THERE are indications that oil

exploration has dropped by

150 per cent in Nigeria in the past

year, due mainly to the prolonged

dong>elong>ay in the passage of the nation’s

Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB into


The PIB, still before the National

Assembly, is aimed at restructuring

the industry as wong>elong>l as putting

in place competitive legislation,

targeted at encouraging investment

in the industry.

But a copy of the Organisation

of Petroleum Exporting Countries,

OPEC February 2021 report, obtained

by Vanguard, showed that

the rig count, a major index of

measuring activities in the industry,

stood at six in January 2020,

indicating a drop of 150 per cent

when compared to 15, recorded in

the corresponding period of 2019.

“Daily request ranged from

N31.30 billion to N45.10 billion.

Cost incurred on SDF in the

month stood at N0.12 billion.”


This showed that operators, including

the International Oil Companies,

IOCs, and their indigenous

counterparts have not invested

much in exploration, which

could have resulted in the making

of additional oil and gas finds,

reserves, and production capacity.

Consequently, the nation’s oil

reserves remain unchanged at 37

billion barrong>elong>s per day, against the

40 billion barrong>elong>s target by 2025.

However, The Minister of State

for Petroleum Resources, Timipre

Sylva, had recently promised that

the PIB would be passed in April

2021, barong>elong>y two months away to

enable the government to achieve

set objectives, including attracting

new local and investments into the


The Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Femi

Polaris Bank’s

promo produces

61 winners

POLARIS Bank said that the

its nationwide Save & Win

promo has produced the first set

of winners, including the first

millionaire, Mr. Lucky

Okunzuwa, a customer with its

Akpakpava branch, Benin, Edo


The bank in a statement said

that other 60 lucky customers who

also emerged from across the six

geo-political zones, won

N100,000 each during the draw

which was hong>elong>d at its headquarters

in Lagos. The promo which

ends in April 2021 is designed to

enrich Nigerians with a N26 million


The winners emerged through

a transparent draw witnessed by

officials of the Federal Competition

and Consumer Protection

Commission, representatives of

other regulatory agencies, as wong>elong>l

as customers and rong>elong>ations of the

winners. The draw was conducted

using a hybrid media

technology which enabled in-premises

event whilst over 600 customers

logged in through the

bank’s virtual network and social

media handles.

The promo is designed to make

millionaires of everyday Nigerians

by encouraging current and

prospective customers to save a

minimum of N10,000 monthly, for

any three consecutive months

within the promo period, starting

from November 2020 to April

2021, to qualify and be part of the

winners of the promo.

The first millionaire of the promo,

Mr. Okunzuwa, said, “I am very

dong>elong>ighted at winning one million

naira in the Polaris Bank’s Save &

Win Promo. It was like a dream,

when I was told but this is a reality.

The money will go a long way

in supporting my small business

to grow. I also make a commitment

to continue to save more. I sincerong>elong>y

thank Polaris Bank for this

novong>elong> initiative.”

Speaking at the unveiling of the

winners, Polaris Bank’s Executive

Director, Lagos Business, Mr.

Segun Opeke, while offering his

congratulations, said the event

was significant because it was a

testament of Polaris Bank’s unwavering

commitment to impact

and enrich the lives of Nigerians,

while noting that the reward is

aimed at encouraging more

people to save and invest their


Gbajabiamila, had also announced

that the bill would be

passed in April 2021, adding that

consultations on the bill will transcend

the public hearing.

Neverthong>elong>ess, Victoria Ibezim-

Ohaeri, Director, Spaces for

Change, who also stressed the

importance of the early passage,

said: “The Petroleum Industry

Bill (PIB) 2020, a proposed law

that seeks to introduce far-reaching

industry reforms in the Nigerian

oil and gas sector. Among

other objectives, the bill aims to

establish good governance, best

practices, and ease of doing

business in the industry by clarifying

roles and responsibilities

of officials and institutions, enable

frontier exploration, mandate

improved environmental

compliance, and transform

NNPC into a commercially viable


20 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Nigerian bandits have their cake and eat it

THE fight against terror in Nigeria

has been a theatre of the absurd.

What began as a tiny spark of itinerant

fanatics taking a pledge against Western

education mutated into a full-fledged

non-state army currently ranked as the

third deadliest globally. Yet, banditry is

another fast-growing franchise.

State response has also been as

bewildering as it has been absurd. It has

ranged from denial to extra-judicial

killings and from regional joint task

forces to the use of prayer warriors and


And when you thought absurdity had

reached its limits, a new idea has been

added to the toolbox: compensation to

bandits as incentive for them to lay down

their arms.

We don’t know how big, yet. But if what

the wong>elong>l-known Islamic cleric, Sheikh

Ahmad Gumi, is saying is anything to

go by, bandits in Zamfara State, North

West Nigeria, may expect a big payout

as compensation to stop the killings.

It’s weird that killers, and not their

victims, should demand compensation.

It’s even weirder that the mediator can

actually bring the matter to the public,

thinking that after years of paying ransom

and bribes without results, compensation

might finally set us free from criminals.

It’s the victim’s nightmare recompense:

A loved one is murdered, and then, you

watch the perpetrator of the crime paid

compensation by the state that is

supposed to have prevented the crime

in the first place.

Gumi didn’t say how much

compensation. But anyone who has seen

videos of the bandits dressed like the

Taliban, armed with automatic weapons

and caches of live rounds strapped to

their bodies, would know that they’ll

need to be paid handsomong>elong>y to forgo

their lifestyle of audacious criminality.

As Gumi finished his meeting with over

500 of the bandits in some forest area of

Zamfara recently, he said he was sure

that if the bandits got some money, and

perhaps amnesty to the bargain, they

would lay down their arms and we can

live happily ever after.

I don’t know where the good cleric got

that idea from. Perhaps he wasn’t

listening or didn’t bong>elong>ieve the chairman

of a local government not far from where

he met the bandits, who said the

community had paid bandits N200m in

ransom, yet things only got worse.

It’s not only the local government

chairman that has been paying bandits

without results. Governor Bong>elong>lo

Matawalle has also been paying the

bandits – one million naira here, two

there – a herd of two or three cows to

start them off and a place to lay their

heads. Lucky folks.

But the governor’s token, often

targeted at rank-and-file bandits, has

proved to be nothing compared to the

huge piles of cash the kingpins make

from ransom and the pleasure they get

from killing for sport.

How much is too much?

How much more can a distressed,

impoverished state pay bandits to lay

down their arms?

If the price was in human lives, the

bandits should have had enough by now.

According to a BBC report in July, in the

last decade since banditry became a

major industry in Northern Nigeria,

8,000 have been killed in the states of

Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Zamfara alone.

The highest death toll has been in

Zamfara, with a record topped only by

Borno State in the North East, where

killings by Boko Haram are in a savage

class of their own.

Apart from the cost in human lives,

which means nothing to the bandits, the

price in misery for the living has been

just as high. Thousands have been

maimed, traumatised, displaced and

impoverished by the bandits reducing

the state, which is bigger in size than

Bong>elong>gium, to a shong>elong>l of its once thriving


About two years ago, the state set up a

committee headed by a former Inspector

General of Police, Mohammad

Abubakar, to get to the root of the


The committee found out what most

people already know but brought

figures, faces and insights that

established beyond a doubt that banditry

was not just a wong>elong>l-organised crime, it

was also the most prosperous industry

in Zamfara.

According to the committee, the

However wong>elong>l-meaning

Gumi’s intentions may be, it

rubs salt in the injury of the

thousands of bereaved families

to suggest that those who killed

their loved ones should be

compensated for the bestiality

criminal gang had made more than

N3billion from 3,672 rong>elong>atives of victims

and the gang also had a network that

covered even traditional rulers and

influential persons in the state. The

committee recommended that a judicial

panong>elong> should be set up to investigate

those involved in the crime.

After the public outrage that followed

the report, the bandits took a recess, and

government went to sleep. The bandits

have since returned in full force killing

over 1,000 people last year alone and

raping and looting scores of villages in

daylight. Journalist, Kadaria Ahmed,

said in a video broadcast by the BBC,

that “every day, we bury between 30, 40

and 50 people.” With a police-civilian

population ratio of 1:1,500 in Zamfara,

the communities are on their own.

Perhaps that was why Gumi, who is

from Zamfara, took it upon himsong>elong>f to

mediate with the bandits. But where did

the talk about compensation come from?

The playbook

Gumi is obviously copying from former

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s

playbook on the Niger Dong>elong>ta crisis. But

the militants in the Niger Dong>elong>ta, however

despicable and obnoxious, were

Nigerians. The bandits,

especially those in the

Zamfara area, are mostly

armed Malian caravans that

have taken advantage of

weak policing and porous

borders to infiltrate the

country largong>elong>y through


They have slowly but

steadily built themsong>elong>ves into

an occupying force, routing

whole communities along

their path, planting flags at

one time, and collecting taxes

and levies from local

communities whose rulers

sometimes pledge their

loyalty to survive.

A village ong>elong>der told

Amnesty International that

he received a call from bandits to tong>elong>l all

villagers close to the forest to vacate their

homes and farms and come and pay

levies. “He said the only way they’d

allow the villagers to continue staying

is if they paid them five million naira,”

Amnesty reported the man as saying.

Ransom is a way of life in Zamfara.

Whatever Gumi’s motivation, however,

it’s important to remember that Yar’Adua

did not offer compensation to the

militants. He offered them amnesty in

exchange for laying down their arms.

And even that amnesty was justifiably

opposed on the ground that it would

form the basis in future for criminal

gangs to hold government to ransom.


That precedent has come back to haunt

us. Today, there are other franchises of

official capitulation and indulgence like

Governor Nasir El-ong>Rufaiong> of Kaduna State

paying off criminal herders who lost

their cows, while turning a blind eye to

other members of the community who

were actually the victims.

However wong>elong>l-meaning Gumi’s

intentions may be, it rubs salt in the

injury of the thousands of bereaved

families to suggest that those who killed

their loved ones should be compensated

for the bestiality.

If the bandits have squeezed N3 billion

from victims’ families and are not

satisfied, if they have extracted over N200

million from just one out of 14 local

governments and are not satisfied, if

they have rustled cows and looted farms

and yet won’t lay down their arms, it’s

obvious that nothing short of a seat in

the Government House, Gusau, along

with the state’s cheque book, all presigned,

would appease them.

And for what? What did they lose for

which they should be compensated or

what offence did the thousands they

have killed commit that their memories

deserve such brazen indignity?

It’s time to end the nonsense and

confront the bandits head-on. I’m

shocked that President Muhammadu

Buhari’s government is not outraged by

the billions of naira paid out to bandits

for nothing, not outraged by bandits most

of whom have been officially described

as foreigners collecting ransom from

citizens. And it is clearly not outraged

that bandits who have received more in

ransom than the government uses to

maintain internally displaced persons,

still want compensation on top of


They want to be paid not just for the

atrocities for which they ought to be hong>elong>d

accountable, but also because they think

that they deserve a flag for making

themsong>elong>ves a parallong>elong> government.

Where does that happen?

If we don’t end the nonsense now,

nothing stops another group of violent

rogues from some part of the country

from stealing, looting, murdering – even

making a secession bid – and then

staking a claim for compensation.

Zamfara is a crime scene. Buhari

cannot entertain any suggestion,

however wong>elong>l meaning, that those who

have monetised criminality should be


:Vanguard News

LG polls: Uwabuofu

kicks over

invalidation of

running mate's


By Ochuko Akuopha


candidate of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Ukwuani Local Government

Area, Dong>elong>ta State for the March 6 council

ong>elong>ections in the state, Mr. Chidi Uwabuofu,

has said that his running mate, Mr. Onah

Onyeka, was never at any time, a card carrying

member of the Allied Peoples' Movement,

APM, as being peddled in some quarters.

Reacting to the purported invalidation of

Onyeka's candidacy by the Dong>elong>ta State

Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC,

on the grounds of dual nomination, Uwabuofu,

in a statement, said he (Onyeka) "was never in

any way, a councillorship candidate of APM".

Disclosing that the leadership of APM had

forwarded a petition requesting DSIEC to

disqualify Onyeka, Uwabuofu said: "In the

petition, APM claimed that Mr. Onah was

nominated as their candidate on the 5th of

January 2021 as against his nomination as

my running mate on January 4th 2021.

"Mr. Onah couldn't have requested to

represent APM after emerging as the Vice

Chairmanship candidate of the APC. On this

cause, we remain firm and in all acceptance

agree that this purported invalidation by

DSIEC is nothing but a malicious and

fraudulent attempt at winning an ong>elong>ection

through the back door.

"Mr. Onah Onyeka was never screened as a

councillorship aspirant and by virtue of his

absence in the screening, he was supposed to

be disqualified as a councilorship candidate

having not presented himsong>elong>f to be screened

for that purpose as required by DSIEC.

"However, despite an affidavit by Mr. Onyeka

to the effect that he is not a member of APM

and not running for any ong>elong>ection under the

party, which was received and acknowledged

by DSIEC on Monday 19th January 2021, it is

shameful to note that the body still went on to

publish his name as a successfully screened

candidate of APM. Is this not fraudulent?

"The same DSIEC successfully screened Mr.

Onah as a Vice Chairmanship aspirant on 13th

January 2021 and published his name as a

successful candidate to become the running

mate of Chidi O. Uwabuofu come 6th March

2021. This was after Mr. Onah appeared to be

screened by DSIEC and presented his

documents to the ong>elong>ectoral body."

NANS passes

confidence vote on

Ag Auchi Poly


By Ozioruva Aliu

AUCHI—THE National Association of

Nigerian Students, NANS, has passed a

vote of confidence on the Acting Rector of the

Auchi polythenic, Engr Mustapha Zubair for

his outstanding leadership style since he

assumed office as the head of the institution.

The Vice President of NANS, Special Duties,

Comrade Odiahi Ikhine stated this during the

opening ceremoney of the Auchi Poly week hong>elong>d

in Auchi, Edo state.

Ikhine said that the entire students of the

institution and the leadership of NANS are

impressed with the devong>elong>opmental stride and

leadership style of the acting rector.

He said: "We are very much impressed with

what we saw on ground here as regard to

Covid-19 protocols on the campus which had

the best installation in place among all the

tertiary institutions in the entire state.

"I am dutifully passing a vote of confidence

on your person and the leadership role in this

institution," he said.

On the forthcoming SUG ong>elong>ection of the

polytechnic, Ikhine said the NANS body were

on ground to monitor the ong>elong>ection.

Earlier, the Acting Rector, Engr. Zubair,

thanked the Students’ Union Government for

the cordial rong>elong>ationship with him and the

Management of the Institution.

He called for the same cordial rong>elong>ationship

for the incoming Students’ Union


"Poly week is part of activities in our School

calendar and it is an opportunity to usher in a

Furore over ‘10-point agenda’ for Birnin Gwari,

dreaded enclave of criminality in Kaduna

•Kaduna State Govt didn’t author the agenda — Gov El-ong>Rufaiong>

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021—21

Zamfara gov urges colleagues

to dialogue with kidnappers

By Umar Yusuf


wave of kidnapping and

other criminal activities across the

land, Governor Muhammad

Mutawalle of Zamfara State has

suggested that the only option left

for governors of the affected states

is to engage the bandits and

kidnappers in dialogue for

everlasting peace.

He said: “Only recently such

dialogue with the kidnappers in

Zamfawa State led to the

denouncing of kidnapping by six

kingpins and the surrender of

about 42 assorted rifles and over

6000 arms and ammunition.”

Mutawalle, who spoke in Yola

while on a working visit to

Adamawa State said he will

continue to encourage the use of

dialogue to achieve the much

needed peace in the state arising

from the menace of kidnappers

and bandits.

Continues on page 23

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

WHO drew up the now

controversial 10-Point

devong>elong>opment agenda for Birnin

Gwari, the enclave for criminality

in Kaduna State? This is the

question that begs for urgent

answer as the controversial

‘agenda’ continues to trend online,

while the authors remain


At first, some ong>elong>ements attributed

it to the Kaduna State

Government given the lofty

contents of the agenda. But the

State Government has since

denied authorship of the document,

thereby raising more questions on

the originality of the contents and

spirit of the agenda.

In spite of the doubts generated

by the document titled: “All for

Kaduna State”, protagonists of the

plan went ahead to splash the contents

online, claiming that the 10-

point agenda was aimed at addressing

unemployment and the

security challenges in the area.

The authors of the document,

apparently to draw attention of

government to the devong>elong>opment

needs of Birnin Gwari, which has

become notorious for banditry,

kidnapping and robbery in recent

years, drew up what looks like a

utopian devong>elong>opment scheme for

the area:

•Kaduna State government is

setting aside 5,000 square

kilometres to build the largest

cattle ranch in Africa in Birnin


•Kaduna State governor has

•Troops in combat operation against bandits in Birnin Gwari

reached an agreement with Al

Rayan Islamic Bank to open an

animal feed compounder at Birnin


•Kaduna State government has

reached a deal with the New York

Giants Leather & Suede Jackets

Company to open a manufacturing

facility in Kaduna;

•Kaduna State government has

successfully wooed Nestle to open

a dairy plant in Zaria;

•Kaduna State government shall

be opening Africa’s largest abattoir

in Kafanchan. It shall be funded

with an Islamic Finance loan;

•Malaysian Islamic bank CIMB

has agreed to loan Kaduna State

$5bn to build an intra-state light

railway programme. This will

engage up to two million youths

over a five year programme;

•Kaduna State will open at least

two technical training colleges in

each of its 23 local government


• At the Birnin Gwari ranch there

shall be a disarmament centre

where all armed herdsmen and

bandit can hand in their weapons

Widows of military personnong>elong> cry out over unpaid benefits

•recount ordeal with children, send SOS to military authorities

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

THEY came out in their

numbers to witness the last

Armed Forces Remembrance Day

cong>elong>ebration in Makurdi and with

much nostalgia managed to cheer

the galant display of the military

personnong>elong> on parade at the event.

This, before the demise of their

spouses, was their constituency.

They were wives of soldiers who

lived in barracks across the

country and still shared the fond

memories of life in the barracks.

But the death of the husbands have

left them in bewildered and

pondering how life has been so

unkind and unfair to the women

•Mrs. Nsima Amos •Mrs. Victoria Elijah •Mrs. Grace Adah •Mrs. Patience Adejoh

who managed the home front

while their late husbands defended

the nation in war fronts.

Today fate has dealt them the

devastating blow of struggling for

survival with their children. And

according to them, their situation

has been worsened by the failure

and nonchalance of those whose

responsibility it is to avail them the

benefits accruable to the

dependents of these former


In their respective accounts to

Arewa Voice, the widows in

emotion-laden voices appealed to

the military authorities to give

them reasons to still rong>elong>ish every

moment their husbands spent in

the armed forces by ensuring the

prompt payment of their benefits

to augment their livong>elong>ihoods and

support their families.

They also appealed to the

military authorities to put in place

a scholarship scheme for children

of the late ex-servicemen to assist

in checking incidents of out of

school children of the late service


For Mrs. Nsima Amos, a mother

without prosecution;

•As from henceforth, Kaduna

State will match Michaong>elong>

Okpara’s policy of spending 45 per

cent of its annual budget on

education; and

•Kaduna State government will

open a 1,000-square kilometre

solar farm in Makarfi. It will have

Continues on page 22

four from Akwa Ibom State, her

late husband served at the Nigeria

Army School of Military

Engineers, NASME, Makurdi. She

said: “My husband was a Master

Warrant Officer, MWO,

Emmanuong>elong> Amos. He died

September 16, 2013 in active

service during the crisis in Jos and

life has not been easy with us since

his death.

“Some of my children have

finished school, and some are still

in school. Our pain is that some of

the entitlements we are supposed

to get after my husband’s death

have not been paid up till now. His

group life insurance has not been

paid. Nobody is tong>elong>ling us why we

cannot get the entitlements almost

eight years after his death.

“I have been going to Army

Headquarters over the matter but

they keep tong>elong>ling me to be patient,

but life has been unbearable for

us. Taking care of the children in

the absence of my husband has

been a herculean task.

“At the moment we live outside

Continues on page 22

22 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

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

Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Devong>elong>opment, arriving Maroua in the Republic

of Cameroon, towards the voluntary repatriation of 9,800 Nigerians of Borno origin, who are among

46,000 Nigerians taking refuge in Minawao camp in Cameroon.

Fear grips Plateau farmers as bird flu strikes again

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

JOS – The resurfacing of the

avian influenza virus otherwise

known as bird flu in Plateau State

has left poultry farmers counting

their losses as the virus spreads

across poultry farms in the state.

The poultry disease, which had in

the past ruined many poultry

businesses had abated as the state

did not record any outbreak since

2019 but the resurgence of the virus,

is now causing panic among poultry


Arewa Voice counted five farms in

the state which have been hit by the

outbreak, with owners claiming they

have lost thousands of birds in the

Furore over ‘10-point agenda’ for

Birnin Gwari

Continues from page 21

an adjoining factory that

manufactures panong>elong>s with the view

of providing employment for at

least 20,000 people.

While the design looks

attractive to the undiscerning, the

state governor, Malam Nasir ong>elong>-

ong>Rufaiong>, has come out boldly to deny

the authorship of the plan,

claiming instead that there should

be more security operations to

clear Birnin Gwari of criminals

to allow for the takeoff of

economic activities in full swing.

El-ong>Rufaiong> made his feong>elong>ings

known regarding the document in

a tweet he posted on his verified

handle and made available to

Arewa Voice. "Malam Nasir

pushes for more security

operations to enable economic


Editor: Soni Daniong>elong>


Wole Mosadomi, Minna

Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin

Bashir Bong>elong>lo, Kano

Aliyu Dangida, Dutse

Umar Yusuf, Yola

Ibrahim HassnWuyo, Kaduna

Peter Duru, Makurdi

Marie-Therese Nanlong, Jos

Abdul Murtala, Kano

Femi Bolaji, Jalingo

David Odama, Lafia

Charly Agwam, Bauchi

Boluwaji Obahopo, Lokoja

process. Battling with high the cost

of maintaining their farms amidst

the economic downturn occasioned

by the COVID-19 pandemic, poultry

farmers said they are being

threatened with the presence of the

highly virulent strain of the disease.

To curtail the spread, rigorous

sensitisation is presently being

carried out for farmers to step up

the bio-security measures in their

farms, even as appeal is being made

for them to insure their farms.

In one of the farms in Dong

community, Jos North LGA, where

over 3,000 birds were affected and

the farm sealed, the farm owner,

Rachaong>elong> Ochenyi, is appealing for

assistance to enable her to return to

take-off in the Birnin Gwari area.

Efforts to make the area a hub for

mining and agriculture have not

yet reached the lofty targets being

falsong>elong>y peddled as KDSG’s 10-

point plan for solving banditry.

KDSG did not author or issue the

said 10-point plan which contains

untrue claims about contacts and

agreements with partners. The

public should note that all KDSG

major events and policy

statements are clearly announced

on official platforms."

Prior to the 10-point plan

controversy, a heated debate had

ensued in the state over the

renaming of the state-owned

university, Kaduna State

University, KASU. Those pushing

the idea claimed that the

university had been renamed after

Magajin Gari Sambo, who was

an icon from the Mallawa ruling

House in Kaduna State and used

his position to promote education

at all levong>elong>s while alive.

According to records, the first

primary school in Kaduna was

established during his reign and

he was also among the pioneer

teachers of Western education in

the region. But the management

of KASU has denied the change

of name of the institution,

describing it as the handiwork of

mischief-makers. A statement by

Samuong>elong> Manshop, Registrar of

KASU, urged the public to

disregard the information and

described it as the handiwork of


Widows of military personnong>elong> cry out over unpaid benefits

Continues from page 21

the barracks and I am doing a

temporary job with the Federal

Medical Centre in Makurdi to

support the children. I appeal to

the military authorities to look


Although it was not ascertained

at the time of this report if her farm

has been insured she narrated that

the loss had left her devastated,

saying: “I lost over 3,000 birds. The

bird showed signs of sickness and

we took them for culture for three

days but before the result came out,

they all died at once. My investment

is gone. I need hong>elong>p to get back to

business,” Ochenyi lamented.

However, the State Chief

Veterinary Officer, Dr. Spak Shaseet,

said the outbreak is suspected to be

imported from a South West state

through egg traders. But he did not

give any specific figure of bird deaths

apparently not to create panic and

create room for massive

compensation claims by the

farmers. She said: “So far, five farms

have been affected, all in Jos North

LGA. Four farms in Dong and one

inside the town. We are not rong>elong>easing

any figure now so that we don’t

create panic. “Again, if we rong>elong>ease a

contrary figure to what government

will have for compensation, it will

be a problem but the figure is in

thousands because in one farm

alone, over 3,000 birds were lost. The

outbreak is still on just as we are

sensitising the farmers on what to

do in order to mitigate the spread

Insurgency: Saint Theresa’s church builds 86 houses for

IDPs in Adamawa

By Umar Yusuf

WITH attacks by Boko

Haram terrorists on the

increase in the North East states of

Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno

and Yobe, the number of homong>elong>ess

or internally displaced persons has

grown rapidly in the last 10 years of

the insurgency.

And, with hundreds of thousands

driven out of their homes and from

work in the region, the story of

agony, joblessness and homong>elong>essness

now fill the air. The internally

displaced persons, IDPs, cut across

rong>elong>igious divides as both Muslims

and Christians, and even nonbong>elong>ievers

of the two rong>elong>igions are

found in the IDP camps.

In fact, places of worships of the

two faiths have been targets of

attacks by the Islamic

fundamentalists. Apart from the

rong>elong>igious perspective, the casualties

into the cases of widows of late

servicemen, ensure that

entitlements are paid without

dong>elong>ay as wong>elong>l as put in place a

scheme that can hong>elong>p us train our

children in school because some

of our children are now dropping

out of school because of lack


On her part, Victoria, wife of the

late Private Samuong>elong> Elijah said her

late husband served the army for

five years before he was killed in

active service in an ambush by

gunmen while on a trip with his

then boss. She said: “In 2012 he

travong>elong>led with his Commander

from Enugu to Abuja and on the

way armed men attacked and

killed him on that trip.

“We had three children before

his death. Two of the children are

in secondary school but I

withdrew our last child from

school because I cannot afford to

pay her school fees. My first child

is 15 years, the second is 13 while

our last child is nine years. At the

moment I live in an uncompleted

building with my children. Life

has not been fair to us but we are

toiling on and we need hong>elong>p to

carry on.”

and losses.

“Major steps to be taken are

standard protocol because if we

suspect and confirm a farm is

infected with avian influenza, we

seal off the farm to curb movement:

nothing goes in and nothing goes

out of the farm. After sealing, we depopulate

by killing the birds and

burying them. We decontaminate

the farm and everything in it, then

we disinfect the entire farm and the

surroundings and seal the farm for

some time so that the virus does not


“In 2016, the strain of the virus

was H5N1, which is highly

pathogenic. In 2019, the outbreak

was mild with the H5NA strain but

we are currently battling with the

H5N1, which is very virulent and

has affected five farms in a short

period,” the officer said.

Speaking on the measures to curb

its spread, he added: “We heard of

its existence in Kano; we quickly got

across to the Poultry Association of

Nigeria to tong>elong>l its members to be

alert. We always advise farmers to

insure their farms in case of any

outbreak. We advised poultry

farmers to adopt strict bio security

measures and register with rong>elong>evant

authorities to protect themsong>elong>ves

from losses.”

cut across both genders, though

there are records of male deaths.

This is even as women and children

continue to bear the brunt of

kidnapping, sex-rong>elong>ated violence of

rape, sodomy and unwanted

pregnancy among under aged girls,

while male kids have been

conscripted as child soldiers.

The IDPs range from day-old

persons to the very aged persons as

communities are uprooted from

their original abodes. Pregnant

women have been known to dong>elong>iver

children within the IDP camps. As

at today, internally displaced

persons cut across gender, age,

rong>elong>igion and all economic and

social status, as paramount

traditional rulers and big time

entrepreneurs are also being

numbered among the IDPs.

Internally displaced persons camps

are in Malkohi, Fufore, NYSC

camp and Saint Theresa Catholic

Mrs. Grace Adah, a mother of

seven children in her account said:

“My late husband was in the 1978

set. My husband was Warrant

Officer, WO, Adah Patrick who

retired in 2013 and died March

2017. Since his death I have not

received his entitlements. I went

to Abuja severally for that reason

but nothing has been done.

Nobody is also giving me any

reason why we must be subjected

to this pain after my husband

served his country meritoriously

as an air force personnong>elong>.

“I am pleading with the military

authorities to passionatong>elong>y look

into our travail and ensure that

we get the entitlement that should

come to us after his death. Also

our children are eager and

interested to get enlisted into the

force in order to hong>elong>p our families

but it is almost impossible for

them to get recruited. My children

have tried severally to get enlisted

but because we do not know

anybody to hong>elong>p us they are never


“I am begging the authorities to

do something in that regard. Aside

removing the bottlenecks that

dong>elong>ay the payment of entitlements,

our children should be availed the

right of first refusal whenever there

is recruitment so that the interested

ones can join the armed forces

without hitches just like their


Also, mother of four, Mrs.

Patience Adejoh, recalled that her

late husband, Sergeant Paul

Adejoh, died in Maiduguri when

her last child was two years and

four months. She said: “My late

husband died on July 10, 2014 in

Maiduguri where he went for an

operation. It is God that has been

taking care of us since his death. I

do petty trading to support my

family but it can barong>elong>y take care

of the needs of my children and


“Since his death we have been

making efforts to get all his

entitlements paid. His gratuity

was paid but his life insurance is

presently an issue. When we make

efforts to have the military

authorities pay us they keep

tong>elong>ling us there is a problem while

we continue to suffer. Our children

are dropping out of school and

feeding our families is also a

major challenge, especially with

the present economic downturn.

“I am pleading with the military

authorities to hong>elong>p us because our

husbands served the country wong>elong>l

and those of us they left behind

deserved to be treated better.”


Disturbed by the growing number

of people in these camps, the

Archbishop of Yola Diocese and

Chairman of the Christian

Association of Nigeria, CAN, in

Adamawa State,Reverend Stephen

Dami Mamza has commenced the

construction of 86 houses for IDPs

families in the State.

The cleric, while on an inspection

visit to the IDP settlement at Sangere

Margi, said the rationale behind

building the estate is to fully resettle

the displaced persons and equip

them with source of livong>elong>ihood.

He said: "We are here in Sangere

Margi where we are building a

housing estate for Internally

Displaced Persons that are living in

St. Theresa's Cathedral. So we have

come to see the progress of the work

because we intend to have the IDPs

brought to these houses by the grace

of God in the month of April."

How Zamfara governor, NGO rescued stranded

16-year-old almajiri from Mali

•Sent to study Islamic education in Senegal but trekked for 5 months

to Mali in search of hong>elong>p

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

BUT for his intervention of the

Zamfara State Governor,

Bong>elong>lo Muhammed Matawallen

Maradun, the life of a 16-year-old

boy would have remained in

jeopardy and uncertainty. The

Barden Hausa and Shettiman

Sokoto, played a major role in

finding out about the condition

and safe return of Fatihu

Muhammed Tukur, who was

stranded in Mali for over four


Tukur, who hails from Kaura

Namoda Local Government Area

of Zamfara State, was taken to

Kaulaha, Senegal to pursue

Islamic education. But after

arriving the area and finding it

unattractive to ply his trade there,

young Tukur absconded from his

Arabic School in Kaulaha

Senegal and trekked to Mali, a

journey which took him five

months to reach Mali.

Tukur was suffering and left on

his own while he struggled to find

his feet in the foreign land. He

was a shadow of himsong>elong>f. But once

the fate of the young lad was made

known to him, the Zamfara State

governor moved into action to

bring him back to his fatherland.

Perhaps, his condition would

have remained unknown if not for

the information that was provided

by a non-governmental

organisation, Child Protection

Network. The NGO rong>elong>ayed the

information about the boy's fate

to the governor and requested for

urgent intervention to rescue him.

While presenting the boy to the

governor, the Zamfara State

Coordinator of Child Protection

Network, Alhaji Bachiri Sarkin

Fulani Bungudu, explained that

Fatihu Muhammed Tukur, would

not have been seen and rescued

without the active support of the

state government working with

his organisation.

Bungudu said the report of the

whereabouts of the boy was

communicated through Zamfara

State Office of Child Protection

Network which liaised effectivong>elong>y

with the Zamfara State Ministry

of Women, Children and Social

Devong>elong>opment for possible

Continues from page 21

Mutawalle who spoke in Kuva-

Gaya of Hong local council while

commissioning phase two rural

roads of the 347.6 kilometres

rural access roads and river

crossings traversing the 21

councils in the state, applauded

the devong>elong>opmental strides

recorded by his colleague,

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri. He

said: “I have been saying the best

solution and option to tackle

banditry is to seek for dialogue

with bandits.

“If really we want to end

banditry, we have to sit on a round

table and negotiate because

through dialogue and

reconciliation we are able to

secure the rong>elong>ease of many people

•Zamfara State Governor, Bong>elong>lo Muhammed Matawallen

repatriation of the young boy

from Mali.

The coordinator added that the

efforts of the organisation in

ensuring the safe return of Fatihu

Muhammed Tukur were

supported by the state

government and other

stakeholders both in Mali and


While receiving the boy,

Governor Matawallen Maradun

expressed appreciation to the

Zamfara State CPN and the

women affairs ministry for

working tirong>elong>essly to bring back

the young boy to be reunited with

his family.

The governor, however,

expressed dismay over the

attitude of some parents who take

their children abroad in the name

of Islamic studies without having

adequate arrangements for their

stay. He said the trend is

contributing immensong>elong>y to poor

upbringing of children and

breeding of social vices by the

children instead of the education

they are seeking for.

Governor Bong>elong>lo Matawalle

directed that proper counsong>elong>ling

be given to the boy in order to

ascertain his health status before

being reunited with his parents.

Zamfara gov urges colleagues to dialogue

with kidnappers

who were under captivity of

kidnappers. The dialogue is for

those of them (bandits) who are

willing to repent, but those that

refused to take path of dialogue,

we fight them. This is just using

carrot and stick approach."

Earlier, in his address, Governor

Fintiri said the projects were in

fulfilment of his campaign

promises to enhance critical

economic growth in the state.

Fintiri assured the people in the

state that his administration will

complete all ongoing projects

scattered across the communities.

Cordinator of RAMP 2, Zubairu

Adamu Vandi, maintained that

628 youths were recruited by his

organisation to maintain all rural

roads constructed in the state.

The governor pledged to

support the boy to pursue both

Western and Islamic education.

By Demola Akinyemi



petroleum products may hit

residents of Kwara State as from this

weekend as the state chapter of

Independent Petroleum Marketers

Association of Nigeria, IPMAN,

said its members will from today

suspend sale of fuong>elong> and petroleum

products to members of the public

in the state.

The association said its action is

informed by the recent unfriendly

policy of the Pipong>elong>ines and Product

Marketing Company, PPMC, a

subsidiary of the Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Chairman of IPMAN in the state,

Alhaji Abdulateef Kamaja, while

addressing a press conference in

Ilorin, yesterday, said stakeholders

were not duly consulted before

rolling out the NNPC recent e-

payment policy tagged customers

express payment that “directs

marketers to provide some other

prerequisites like bulk purchase

agreement renewal, BPA, the

procurement involves high cost and

a lot of bureaucratic bottlenecks.”

Alhaji Kamaja, therefore, urged

the PPMC to rescind the decision,

noting that it is too sudden as the

marketers were not consulted.

He added: “The implementation

was also so sudden that no marketer

could have made any effort to

comply with NNPC guidong>elong>ines.

This, to us, is viewed as a means to

paralyse IPMAN members’ efforts

to contribute to national economic

devong>elong>opment. Before the

introduction of the present policy

there had been many paid tickets

from marketers running to billions

of Naira in the coffers of the NNPC

which were not attended to.

"Several factors like network

failure and inability of marketers

to have code payment militated

against the former procedure. It is

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021 — 23

Insecurity: Gov Ortom deserves commendation not

vilification —Middle Bong>elong>t group tong>elong>ls Friends of Buhari

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

THE Middle Bong>elong>t Movement

for Justice and Peace,

MBMJP, yesterday, said Governor

Samuong>elong> Ortom of Benue State

deserved commendation and not

attack by pro-Buhari groups for

his call on the president to take

urgent steps to address the

worsening insecurity in the


The MBMJP cautioned that any

attempt to vilify the Benue State

governor who spoke the minds of

Nigerians would further confirm

the fears of most Nigerians that

the presidency had taken sides

with armed herders.

Convener of MBMJP, Comrade

Joe Bukka, in a statement in

Makurdi, said those behind the

media outing against the Benue

State governor had done more

harm than good to the image of

the Buhari Presidency.

The statement said: “We read

the media statement by the three

groups who came under the

Friends of Buhari to vilify the

Benue State governor for recently

advising President Buhari to act

fast to save the country from

activities of armed herders who

are gradually plunging this

country into a major civil crisis.

And our question is: what offence

did the governor commit by that

honest and timong>elong>y advice? In the

Middle Bong>elong>t we know Governor

Ortom as one of the very few in

this country who speak the truth


“A man who in the last few years

has given his all even to the

detriment of his safety and wong>elong>lbeing

to champion the call for

ranching in Nigeria which is

Fuong>elong> scarcity looms in Kwara, as IPMAN plans to

stop distribution of petroleum products

hereby wished that the current

directive is abrogated pending a

proper consultation and

dong>elong>iberation with marketers. It is

imperative for the NNPC to

always consult with the

marketers before bringing up

any policy as this will ensure

harmonious and peaceful

rong>elong>ationship between it and the

marketers who act as the bridge

to the consuming masses."

Kalu ong>tacklesong> govs on insecurity

in Nigeria

By Boluwaji Obahopo

FORMER Governor of Abia

State, Senator Orji Uzo

Kalu, has tasked serving

governors to do more in tackling

insecurity in Nigeria, stressing

that they have more roles to play

than the Federal Government in

this regard.

The Senator who gave the

challenge when he visited

Governor Yahaya Bong>elong>lo of Kogi

State at the Lugard House in

Lokoja on Wednesday, said that

rising cases of kidnapping,

banditry and armed robbery

across the country in recent times

have become worrisome,

pointing out that the governors

were in the best position to

effectivong>elong>y remedy the situation.

He praised Governor Bong>elong>lo’s

giant strides in ensuring the

security of lives and property of

Kogi people since assumption of

office, describing the

devong>elong>opment as worthy of

emulation by his colleagues

across the country.

In his words: “Kogi State is

most peaceful under the

leadership of Governor Yahaya

Bong>elong>lo. The harmonious

coexistence among the various

ethnic groups in the state is

worthy of emulation

He also lauded Governor

Bong>elong>lo’s efforts in empowering the

gradually becoming a sing-song

all over the country, deserves

commendation and not

vilification from any quarter.

Moreover, he spoke the minds of

majority of Nigerians on the state

of our country. So, attacking him

is obviously confirming to

Nigerians that the Presidency is

shiong>elong>ding armed herders who are

daily killing, maiming and

tormenting Nigerians.

“For the avoidance of doubt, any

media attack on Governor Ortom

who is regarded in the Middle

Bong>elong>t as the only mouthpiece of the

ordinary man in government will

be counter-productive as it will

further demean and discredit the

Presidency in this part of the


"And for the purpose of clarity

we must point out that testimonies

abound that the Governor, aside

championing the cause of the

people, has and is still dong>elong>ivering

dividends of democracy to the

people of Benue State.

“Contrary to the claims of

Buhari’s Friend, Governor Ortom

has done so much in the areas of

infrastructural devong>elong>opment,

construction of schools, roads,

hospitals, ong>elong>ectricity, water

projects, payment of salaries and

pensions and the provision of

security for the people many of

who were displaced from their

ancestral homes by armed herders

and have been abandoned in IDPs

camps by the Federal


youths and giving them the

opportunity to serve in


“The job of a governor is most

desirable in the hands of the

youths because they are expected

to dong>elong>iver or perform better being

in the active productive sector. I

became the governor of Abia

state at 39 and to God be the

glory I made my mark in the


He, therefore, called on the

people of Kogi State to continue

to support Governor Bong>elong>lo in his

exemplary leadership roles to

bring the needed democracy

dividends to everybody in the


Responding, Governor Bong>elong>lo

expressed dong>elong>ight with the words

of encouragement and

motivation from Senator Kalu on

how he is leading the state on the

right path since he came on


Bong>elong>lo described Kalu as a

detribalised and true Nigerian.

He also appealled to him not to

be tired of preaching peace and

unity to all Nigerians.

On the ongoing APC

Registration Membership and

Validation exercise, Governor

Bong>elong>lo disclosed that the party is

making progress as no fewer than

25 million people have joined the

larges party in Africa.

24 —Vanguard

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, , 2021

ALHAJI (Barr.) AbdulAzeez

Alatoye is the Amir (President)

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at,

Nigeria. Alatoye who is the founder

and Senior Partner of Ascension

Consulting Services, an Associate

Member of the Chartered Institute of

Arbitrators (UK); in this interview says

there is gross injustice in Nigeria which

according to him, has exacerbated the

presence of violence, killings and

clashes here and there.

The Ahmadiyya leader who is also

a Fong>elong>low of the Chartered Institute of

Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Fong>elong>low,

Nigeria Institute of Management also

advised governors of the South-West

states to unite against the criminal

ong>elong>ements in the society; just as he spoke

on issues of vaccines among others.

Farmers-herders clashes in

South- West

God wants us to do justice at all

times; it is by so doing we will have

peace. If these two are present, there

will be good governance. If you look

at the purpose of governance as stated

in the constitution, which is all about

the security and wong>elong>fare of the people,

in line with what God wants. So, if

public office holders had been just in

their approach, if they had shown

concern about the security and wong>elong>fare

of the people, we would not have these

incessant clashes, killings and

violence here and there because

justice and peace are the

fundamentals that make up

devong>elong>opment even in advance

countries. Regrettably, the problem is

bad governance. We should govern

people with utmost sincerity and

justice. We need to recognise the right

of everyone irrespective of party

affiliation or ethnicity. Once

individual right is respected, there is

no need for anybody putting gun on

the head of another person. The

absence of peace we are seeing today

is as a result of injustice in the society.

The Prophet was reported to have said

that justice and peace are twins,

wherever you find justice, you find

peace and wherever you find injustice

violence becomes the order of the day.

Jumadal Akhirah 29, 1442 A.H.

Gross injustice sparking violence, clashes,

killings in Nigeria

•Urges South-West govs to unite against criminals

•Ahmadiyya has effective structures that care for members world-over

•Says: Covid-19 vaccines should not go the way of palliatives

Acts of governance over time are

replete with high rate of injustice

and that is why we find oursong>elong>ves

in this mess. For me, this is a major

challenge than what people are

thinking of.

The solution

The solution to our problem is

contained in the message of His

Holiness to Mr. President. This is

to dispense justice and see

everyone as equal before Allah. It

is our own duty as leaders to ensure

justice is done to all classes of

The message of our

Holiness, Huzoor is

apt to these three

categories. Huzoor is

preaching all over the

world about peace. He

has written to some

Presidents in the

world about justice

and peaceful

coexistence and he has

written several books

on the same topic


I will advice Mr. President in the

most respectful manner to focus

on this aspect. Without justice,

there cannot be peace. Let people

have confidence that the

government is doing what is right.

There is widespread opinion that

government is protecting the

criminal Fulani herdsmen, more

so people feong>elong> because they are

from the tribe of Mr. President. So,

Mr. President needs to be more

careful in dealing with the issue at

stake. He needs to address the issue

Alhaji AbdulAzeez Alatoye, Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria

and call the people to order. If he

does that with sense of fairness and

justice to all sides of the issue,

people will have confidence and the

matter will be resolved.

Right to song>elong>f-defence

The right to song>elong>f-defence is Godly,

and it is constitutional. You cannot

fold your arms and allow somebody

to kill you. No. It will be ungodly to

do that. But on the other hand, we

don’t want a breakdown of law and

order. People have the right to song>elong>fdefence.

I was wondering when

some say people don’t have the right

to defend themsong>elong>ves in a situation

like this. What kind of law is that?

Somebody had gone to kill people

with his AK47, then the police and

all other security agencies kept

quiet, the government was also

silent and you want others to fold

their arms and watch them killed

the same way on their own land?

No! It is absolutong>elong>y wrong. You

cannot expect them to submit to the

killers to be killed and take over

their land. That is wrong! That is

why we are saying government and

its agencies that are supposed to

secure the lives and property of

people for which they are being

paid, should do their job with

outmost sincerity. The Police must

do their job with justice. If there is

no peace, there may not be a

country. You may not be able to stop

people from song>elong>f-defence because

it is part of life.

When the Holy Prophet was

attacked in Makkah, he moved to

Madinah, and when the enemies

came to Madinah to attack him

again, he rose in song>elong>f defence. People

from South-West are not calling for

war, they want peace, and they don’t

want to be killed. Some set of

criminals came with AK47 and

killed people, yet government is not

doing anything about it and you

say people cannot defend

themsong>elong>ves? It is unacceptable. But

in fairness, Mr. President may not

be aware of what is going on. I have

listened to him a lot of times, so I

do not bong>elong>ieve he knows what is

going on.

But he reads newspapers and

he gets briefs from his aides....

It is only what you want the leader

to know that he knows most times,

unlike in those days when he goes

out on his own. If he knows, he

would have taken different


Advice to South-West

Governors on insecurity

I will give credit to the Ondo State

governor. His position is clear but

people quoted him wrongly or

grossly misunderstood him. He is

not chasing Fulanis away and he is

not fighting a tribe. What he is

saying is that criminals should

leave the forest. All criminals

should leave the forest. You mess

up everything if you put Fulani or

any tribe. The forest is a reserved

area and by the law, it is wrong for

anybody to go there without a

permit. The forest is under the


The beauty of today

Today is special. “ Jumat and New Year day converged

to issue the noblest day that match our life's journey with d

Jumat and New Year blessings.“ May the beauty of today

hong>elong>p us dare to attain the highest levong>elong> of the possible.“ May

the powers of our faith preserve each of us in the goodness

of deep obeisance that enliven humbleness which fasten each

of us to the fear of Allah; nudging us to forever do good

deeds that, in the highest, pleases Allah.“ Happy Jumat

and Happy New Year. 'eyo

— Dr. Adewale Adeeyo, OON

•His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

supervision of the government through

a ministry. No individual goes there for

hunting or anything without a permit.

He was misquoted as saying Fulani

should leave the state. Fulani in those

days we know, never carried AK47, they

were known with a long stick which they

use in controling their cattle and we have

been living peacefully with them. This

problem started about five to six years

ago and I’m aware some people are

attributing it to mercenaries brought in

for ong>elong>ection purposes and after the

ong>elong>ection, they refused to go back. They

are the ones that have AK47, not our

own Fulanis. Nigerian Fulanis only

carry sticks. Now, it is very difficult to

get them out of the country.

The governors of the South-West

states should come together and speak

with one voice that they are only after

criminals in the region. All other

governors in other regions should come

together to provide security and wong>elong>fare

for their people. The effort will be to

support the police in achieving security

and peace in all regions. Unfortunatong>elong>y,

most of the governors do not want to

talk because of their 2023 ambition. It

is about criminals and not about Fulani.

I will never come against the Fulani,

Igbo or Hausa. Tribe is not the issue

here. It is wrong to attack any one

created by God. But all of us are

supposed to be against all criminals.

The pandemic and activities of the


Yes, the pandemic has taught us a great

lesson. We have consistently been

following the instructions of Huzoor.

He has been guiding us on what we need

to do at all times, to obey the rules, the

health authorities and observe all

protocols in order to protect our people.

We have lost a number of people to the

pandemic. One happened recently

which shook us greatly. We still have a

couple of people affected by Covid-19

undergoing treatment in different

hospitals. Also, it has slowed down the

businesses of our members.

The positive aspect of it is that it

makes us get closer to Allah. Nobody

knows when death will come. Awareness

about death escalated and people

engage in more spiritual activities to

get closer to God more than before.

We thank Allah that our prayers are

granted and we will continue to pray

that Allah forgives those who lost

their lives and accept them as

martyrs and grant quick recovery

to those at various Covid centers.

Increase in prayers and getting

closer to Allah is one of the

positive side of the whole thing.

We can also do a whole lot without

converging in large numbers. The

use of technology such as zoom

meeting and host of others have

hong>elong>ped us to continue our business

lives without physical presence no

matter the distance. That is

fatastic. It also opened our eyes to

how we can plan and reach our

people. We have a structure and it

was put to test and the result was

wonderful. We have the Sadaqat

Committee in every Jamat in

Nigeria, and in terms of

distribution, using our network

system, it worked effectivong>elong>y and

we could get to every member in

any part of the country. We zoned

the whole of the country into 56

circuits but now it has increased

to 58. We have heads for all the

circuits and under them are towns

where our jamaat are located.

Each of the towns is headed by a

President and each of the

Presidents also has executive

committee. The committee knows

the addresses of all our members.

We have an addressing system

which we use for our monthly

subscription; we know where all

our members live. We got in touch

with those who were having

challenges and send money to

their accounts using the same

structure. Sending food items

might be difficult because of the

distance. You cannot send food

from Lagos to Enugu or Sokoto

for example. We sent funds to

them and we did not have any

complaint of not getting to

everyone that needed it. We also

looked at the size of family so that

we can be just in distribution of

the funds. I also kept asking the

circuits heads if there was any

complaint from anywhere, and

the result was excong>elong>lent. If we got

any, we quickly addressed it. We

thank God. This can be replicated

by the government. In doing

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Emi-nasta Travong>elong>s and

Tours, Alhaji Ahmed Yong>elong>low

Abubakar has disclosed that

his company has led no fewer

than 75 Nigerian pilgrims to

perform Umrah in the Holy

land since January 2021 when

the ban on international umrah

was lifted.

Alhaji Abubakar in a chat

with Facing Kaaba recently

said the group had done two

trips with 50 and 25 pilgrims

successfully without any hitch.

He said the first group

arrived the Kingdom on

January 19, 2021 and finished

just as the second group

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He came out first in a health, law, finance and


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of the Year award organised by Nigeria (MMPN) led by Alhaji candidate among the shortlisted

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We’ve led 75 Nigerians on Umrah in the last three

weeks —Eminasta Travong>elong>s

arrived the on January 26,


He also disclosed that the

company is already planning

for lifting of another group

in February with Ethiopian

Airline insha Allah.

Eminasta Travong>elong> & Tours

LTD is one of the leading tour

operators in Kano, Nigeria,

providing comprehensive

services for groups and


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first established in the year

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The Chairman/CEO, Eminasta

Travong>elong>s and Tours Limited, Alhaji

Ahmed Yong>elong>low Abubakar.

Fulanisation, Zakat

Institution, Hijab, Covid-19

and Muslims, Leadership

concept in Islam, Death as an

inevitable end, the Sanctity of

Arabic language, Islam and

International Politics, etc.

have been beautifully

presented by him.

The Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji

Zikrullah Kunle Hassan and his commissioners and some management staff received

members of the Independent Hajj Reporters who paid him a courtesy visit in his

office, Hajj House, Abuja Wednesday.

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Gross injustice sparking violence,

clashes, killings in Nigeria

Continues from page 24

that, we have to get the local governments right, or ong>elong>se it won’t work. The

chairmen at the local government levong>elong> and their councillors have to know

where everybody is living. That is how we can take care of them at critical

times like this. So, Covid-19 challenged us and tested our structures and it

worked effectivong>elong>y for us.

Sevice to humanity

The jamaat focuses on the spiritual, moral and socio-economic

devong>elong>opment of our members, but the Humanity First is an NGO of the

jamaat which focuses on entire humanity. They did very wong>elong>l by polling

resources together during the pandemic to hong>elong>p the masses. They distributed

tons of bags of rice, beans, among other food items to this environment and

others. They went from street to street and from one household to another to

distribute it even to non-Muslims. Some began to wonder that they never

knew Muslims were as good as this. Only what they know is the erroneous

perception of terrorism. However, other activity of the Humanity First such

as the school was slowed down because they couldn’t move to various areas.

We couldn’t go about supplying people boreholes and other essentials. We

couldn’t even go on inspection. A few days ago, a team from Humanity First

called me that they wanted to go on inspection in Oyo North; I had to tong>elong>l

them to hold on for a while for government to sort out the criminality going

on in some parts of the state. These are some of the impacts.

Annual Jalsa salana

Yes, the 2020 Jalsa Salana could not hold because of the pandemic, my

message would have been to three categories of people. Our members,

humanity world-over and goverments. To our members, they should be more

prayerful and encourage people to be Godly. Also, I enjoin all Muslims and

humanity in general to always do justice and be fair to one another. We are all

calling on only one God, one way or the other; so, there is need for peaceful

coexistence. Thirdly, I implore the government to do justice at all times. The

message of our Holiness, Huzoor is apt for these three categories. Huzoor is

preaching all over the world about peace. He has written to some presidents

of countries in the world about justice and peaceful coexistence and he has

written several books on the same topic. This would still have been my

message to all. Let us pray that the pandemic is over before the end of the

year, so that we hold our Jalsa Salana. If not, we would not put the life of

people at risk even if it is only one. We will not do that.

•Alhaji AbdulAzeez Alatoye, Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria

How Covid-19 vaccines could be distributed

The government should be fair and just in the distribution. We have a very

robust channong>elong>. We have 36 states including Abuja, and under these states, we

know the number of local governments we have. We also have the chairmen

of these local governments, as wong>elong>l as counsong>elong>lors who represent their wards.

So, this structure is a good framework that can get to every household, but

politicians here are not accountable to anybody. His Holiness says every

public office holder must be accountable to people and God. If you are not

accountable to people, you will be accountable to God some day. We have a

good structure; all we need is the fear of Allah by all public office holders.

With that, these vaccines will be distributed with ease. As it stands now, it may

be very challenging because people are not looking at it from the standpoint

of being accountable to the people and fear of God. Drawing a queue from

the distribution of the palliatives, when it came, people were not aware. The

governor gives the food to somebody to distribute, he takes some for himsong>elong>f,

his family and probably his friends and send the remaining to the market to

song>elong>l. He arranged the media and get photographs and video of a few

distribution and he comes back to tong>elong>l Mr. Governor, “Everything went very

wong>elong>l and said all Nigerians have been fed.” The example of the Minister who

told the President that all Nigerians received the Covid-19 palliative, and

people began to crucify her, but in fairness to her and according to her record,

she had rong>elong>eased all the items to the states for onward distribution to Nigerians.

It didn’t get to the people but stocked somewhere in various states. The

Prophet said that any leader, who deceives his followers, should be looking

for his place in hong>elong>l. There is no leader who steals even a pin and expects to

find himsong>elong>f in paradise. No, it does not work out that way. You can deceive

men, you can’t deceive God. My advice to the government is to work on the

addressing system so that they know where every Nigerian lives such that

they can go there and drop whatever palliative by the door.

Apart from the pandemic, it will hong>elong>p the government in boosting the

internally generated revenue as wong>elong>l as the security system. We would have

been able to know who are Nigerians and who are mercenaries and there

would be peace.

New Service Chiefs

I really don’t envy them. It is a very difficult position for them right now. But

with the fear of God, they can achieve a lot. I know it may be difficult for them

fighting the herdsmen, because that will amount to fighting the government.

They are professionals, but they are handicapped. We can only be supporting

them with prayer, and with the fear of God, they can do better. They should do

the right thing for the sake of God and not for sake of money or their own

song>elong>fish interest.

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Photos: Kehinde

Gbadamosi & Bunmi Azeez

Chief Lawan Fadina signing the condolence register.

From left: Mr. Tunde Olalere, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, General Secretary;

Mr. Leye Ajayi, Chairman, NUJ Lagos State Council, widow of Alhaji Jakande,

Alhaja Abimbola (right), with Mrs. Adebolajoko Majekodunmi and Alhaja Idowu

Oladeji, during a condolence visit to the Late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande's

house, first civilian governor of Lagos State, who died yesterday, in Ilupeju,

Lagos, yesterday.

Chief Ayo Opadokun signing the condolence


From left; Deji Jakande, and Mr Seyi Jakande (children), and Mr

Ali Muzibau, a friend.

Nureni Akinsanya, member, Lagos State House of Assembly (left)

and Funmilayo Tejuoso, former member, of Lagos House of Assembly.

A cross section of sympathisers.

Another cross section of sympathisers.

Mr. Leye Ajayi, Chairman, NUJ Lagos State Council, signing

the condolence register.

The Akuba Classics entertaining guests at the Late Jakande House.

30 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

NDNAF seeks better deal for Niger Dong>elong>tans

in Amnesty office

By Emmanuong>elong>




Dong>elong>ta Nonviolence

Agitators Forum, NDNAF, has

decried what it called unlawful

and indiscriminate posting of

Niger Dong>elong>tans out of

Presidential Amnesty Office.

The group, in a protest letter

to the Director-General

Bureau of Public Procurement,

BPP, and copied to the Office of

the National Security Adviser,

NSA; the Director, Department

of State Service, DSS, FCT

Command; the Commissioner

of Police, FCT Police Command

Headquarters; the Interim

Administrator, Office of the

Presidential Amnesty

Programme, and the National

President, Ijaw Youth Council,

IYC, Worldwide, said displaying

deep hatred for the people of

Niger Dong>elong>ta region on whose

sufferings and blood the

Presidential Amnesty

Programme was established, was


For them, the continuation

of such practice will amount to

a direct affront and provocation

to the peace loving people of

the Niger Dong>elong>ta region and

could lead to a breach of peace.

The group argued that, ‘‘since

the establishment of PAP, the

people of the Niger Dong>elong>ta have

never collectivong>elong>y called or

protested against non-Niger

Dong>elong>tans, who are working in any

of the interventionist agencies of

the Niger Dong>elong>ta region.

‘‘This does not in any way

suggest that the people of the

region are not aware of the

staff formation in other similar

agencies like the North East

Devong>elong>opment Commission,

NEDC, where only

Northerners are staffed.

''It will surprise you to know

that even as countless none

indigenes from other regions

occupy managerial and

sensitive positions in Niger Dong>elong>ta

agencies. It is sad that the people

of the region have continued to

be the target of subjugation by

some ethnic bigots,’’ it said.

We won’t be intimidated by your dong>elong>ay tactics, host

communities warn SEEPCO



Communities of the Kou

Kingdom in Bayong>elong>sa and Dong>elong>ta

states have warned the

management of Sterling Oil

Exploration & Energy Production

Company Ltd, SEEPCO, that

they would not be intimidated by

the dong>elong>ay tactics of the company

to evade full implementation of

the Global Memorandum of

Understandin (GMoU) it entered

with them on July 30, 2014.

They insisted that the

resolution reached on December

14, 2020 at the Governor’s Office

Annex, Warri, between officials

of SEEPCO, Dong>elong>ta State

Government and the host

communities must be honoured

or operations of SEEPCO will be

shut down.

Chairman of Agge Federated

Communities, German Irou, who

addressed newsmen at Asaba,

Dong>elong>ta State after a meeting

convened by Dong>elong>ta State

Government, with a view to

fashioning out a new GMoU

between SEEPCO and Agge

Federated Communities, stated:

“SEEPCO has been deviant and

displayed nonchalant attitude to

several agreements reached.

Government directed SEEPCO

to pay us the months they are

owing and ensure the

generating sets are put into use

within 21 days. Government

directed SEEPCO to introduce

Yade Barge Operators Limited and

DeepFront Line Shippers

Limited to Agge Community

within one month.

Dong>elong>ta State Government also

asked SEEPCO to upwardly

review Anchorage/Palliative

monthly payment to us and to

pay N100 million to Agge

Community for dong>elong>iberatong>elong>y

refusing to operate without

GMOU from 2018 till date, but

the company has yet to comply.''

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Chinye Fidong>elong>ia. Former documents

remain valid. General Public,

Authorities concerned please take



I was formerly known as


MADUAGWU. Now wish to

be known as KELVIN



documents bearing my former

name remain valid, general

public please take note


I, formerly known as. MISS.


now wish to be known as MRS.


documents bearing former names

remain valid general public please

take note.



I, formerly known as Momoh

Blessing Natasha, now wish to be

known and addressed as Chukwuma

Elizabeth Blessing. Former

documents remain valid. General

Public, Authorities concerned

please take note.


I, formerly known as Onyeso Zinzy

Ijeuru, now wish to be known and

addressed as Osula Zinzy Ijeuru.

Former documents remain valid.

General Public, Authorities

concerned please take note.


I, formerly known as Miss Isiwe

Happy, now wish to be known and

addressed as Mrs. Kenebi Happy.

Former documents remain valid.

General Public, Authorities

concerned please take note.


I, formerly known and addressed as

miss EGAMANA Ayedime

Faith. Now wish to be known and

addressed as Mrs AKPAMI Egamana

Faith. All former documents remain

valid. The general public should

please take note.


I, formerly known as Silas

Chukwujekwu Albert, now

wish to be known as Okpatu

Albert Chinekwu. All former

documents remain valid.

Authorities concerned and

general public to please take



I, formerly known as Oji

Ajiroghene Edith, now wish to

be known as Ekwejunor-

Etchie Ajiroghene Edith. All

former documents remain

valid. Authorities concerned

and general public to please

take note.


I was formerly known as NKECHI

ANENE, now wish to be known


TOOSWEM. All documents

bearing my former name remain

valid, general public please take



I, formerly known as MISS.


wish to be known as. MRS.


All documents bearing former

names remain valid general public

please take note


That I wish to correct my name that

was wrongly spong>elong>t in my BVN as


instead of ABOYO


which is my correct name. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid. General public

please take note.

I formerly known as Miss

Okpoikibo Joy Oyinkoro now

wish to be known and addressed as

Mrs Oghenegueke Joy Oyinkoro.

All former documents remain valid.

General public please take note.

I, formerly known called and

addressed as MISS EMARUVIA

GLORIA now wish to be known

called and addressed as MRS

OKPAKO GLORIA. All documents

bearing my former name remain valid.

General public please take note.

This is to confirm that the names

Ejinyere Tega Destiny and Ejinyere

Destiny refer to the same person. I

now wish to be known as Ejinyere

Tega Destiny. All former documents

remain valid. General public please

take note.

I, formerly known called and

addressed as AKHAROH


be known called and addressed as


AKHAROH. All documents bearing

my former name remain valid. General

public please take note.


I formerly known and addressed as

Miss Ohiambe Dorcas Omameri

Otome, now wish to be known and

addressed as Mrs Otome Otone. All

former documents remain valid,

general public take note.

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I, formerly known as Chief

Blessing Erhiawarie

Oborevwori, now wish to be

known as Chief Blessing

Erhiawarie. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take



I, formerly known as Eunice E.

Emaremiru, wish to be known

as Eunice Morigho. All other

documents remain valid.

General public take note.


I, formerly known as Miss

Ogochukwu Blessing, now wish

to be known as Mrs Andrew

Blessing. All documents bearing

my former name remain valid,

general public please take note


I, formerly known as Grace Ese

Kani, now wish to be known

as Grace Ese Jehovah. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid, general

public please take note





I, formerly known as Miss My name was wrongly written I, formerly known as I, formerly known as Miss

Atam Martha Nwamaka, now

Mebaghandun Amonetsone

as Eghong>elong>e Akwavbiokpene,

Okpegwa Caroline Gold, now

Vctoria, am also the same

wish to be known as Mrs. Aigbe instead of Eghong>elong>e Rex

wish to be known as Mrs.

person known as

Martha Nwamaka. All Akwavbiokpene. All

Ekamah Caroline Gold. All

Mebaghandun Vctoria. All

documents bearing my former documents bearing my former

documents bearing my former

documents bearing my former

name remain valid, general name remain valid, general name remain valid, general

name remain valid, general

public please take note. public please take note. public please take note. public please take note.





I, formerly known as Miss This is to notify the general public I, formerly known and

I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Ugwu

Ejimogu Chigozie Rosequeen, that my name Agbode Chinasa addressed as Ekeigwe Esther

Blessing Chinenye now wish

now wish to be known as Mrs

Obumneme Ani was wrongly stated Onyinye now wish to be

to be known and addressed as

so in my BVN and that the correct one known and addressed as Mrs

Micheal Rosequeen Chigozie.

Mrs Aguozor Blessing

is Agbedo Ani Chinasa Obumneme. Orizu Esther Onyinye. All Chinenye. All former

All former documents remain

All former documents remain valid. former documents remain documents remain valid.

valid. General public should Banks and general public please take valid. General public please General public please take

please take note.


take note.



I, formerly known as Miss


I, formerly known as Amazene


I, formerly known as Miss


I, formerly known as Miss

Scholastica Chinaza

Queen, now wish to be known

Onokpasa Ufuoma Ruth now Omunu Anthonia, now wish to

Onyeanusi, now wish to be

wish to be known as Mrs be known as Mrs Okuguni

known as Mr. Scholastica as Amazene Queen Agbanase.

Okoro Ufuoma Ruth. All Anthonia Omunu. All former

Chinaza Okafor. All former All former documents remain former documents remain documents remain valid.

documents remain valid.

General public please take

valid, general public please valid. The general public should General public please take


take note.

please take note





I, formerly known and I, formerly known and

I, formerly known and

I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Christiana addressed as Miss Isisheri

addressed as Miss Oaikhena

addressed as Miss Akwue

Afeghetse Abache, now wish Hong>elong>len Grace, now wish to be

Ofure, now wish to be known

Favour, now wish to be known

to be known and addressed as known and addressed as Mrs.

and addressed as Mrs.

and addressed as Mrs. Sylvester

Mrs. Christiana Afeghetse Oyatoki Hong>elong>len Grace. All

Arasomwan Ofure. All former

Otabor. All former documents former documents remain

Favour. All former documents documents remain valid.

remain valid. General public valid. General public please remain valid. General public General public please take

please take note.

take note.

please take note.






This is to confirm that the This is to confirm that the names I, Paul, Peace Oghenefegho hereby I, formerly known as Miss Angong>elong>a

names Tom Imonieroh and Okpala Benedict and Okpala states that my name is both written Omoyear Bright, now wish to be

Thomas Imonieroh refer to Georginal Nneka refer to one and the as Paul, Peace Oluwatosin and Paul, known as Mrs. Angong>elong>a Iremise

one and the same person. I

same person. I now wish to be

now wish to be known and

Oghenefegho Oluwatosin on my Egwuenu henceforth. Former

addressed as Tom Imonieroh. known and addressed as Okpala

documents. Former documents documents remain valid. General

All former documents remain Georginal Nneka. All former

remain valid. General public please Public, to whom it may concern

valid. General public please documents remain valid. General

take note.

public please take note.

take note.

should please take note.





I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Miss Ben I, formerly known as Ifeanyi I, formerly known as Miss

Edafe Rosong>elong>ine, now wish to Idorenyin, now wish to be Anoka Preston, now wish to Okosi Lilian Ifeyinwa, now

be known as Mrs Rosong>elong>ine known as Mrs Umukoro

wish to be known as Mrs

be known as Ifeanyichukwu

Onyeabo Lilian Ifeyinwa.

Kingsley Omojevwe. All Idorenyin. All documents Anoka Preston. All

All documents bearing my

documents bearing my former bearing my former name documents bearing my former former name remain valid,

name remain valid, general remain valid, general public name remain valid, general general public please take

public please take note. please take note.

public please take note. note.






I hereby confirm that the

I, formerly known as

I, formerly known as Miss

I, formerly known as Miss Ugwoke

name; Osaze Osato and Iyarhe

Augustine, Veronica, now wish

Enaifoghe Tawa Queen, now Nwamaka Jane Vanessa, now wish

to be known as Augustine,

Philomena is the same person, wish to be known as Mrs to be known as Mrs Amorighoye

Veronica Nsemeke. All but now wish to be address as Sheidu Tawakalitu Queen. All Nwamaka Jane. All Former

documents bearing my former Iyarhe Philomena. Former documents bearing my former document remain valid. General

name remain valid, general documents remain valid. name remain valid, general public, banks, and concern

public please take note. General public take note. public please take note.

institution should please take note.





I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Aguim This is to confirm that the name

Victoria Omonigho Abanum, Adewusi Oluwaseyi Sholaye, Chinenye Marygloria, now Kingsmartins Destiny Anieziokpor

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

wish to be known as and Kingsmartins Destiny Ifeanyi

Okechukwu Chinenye

Victoria Omonigho Ogugu. All Georgewill Oluwaseyi Sholaye.

refer to me. I now wish to be known

Marygloria. All documents

documents bearing my former All documents bearing my

as Kingsmartins Destiny Ifeanyi.All

bearing my former name

name remain valid, general former name remain valid, remain valid, general public former documents remain valid.

public please take note. general public please take note. please take note.

General public take note.



I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Isikaku I Formerly known as I, formerly known as Miss

Addisi Ruth Oluwafunmilayo.

Onovwod Omamuzo Jude,

Nkiruka Joy, now wish to be

Moore Rabi James, now wish

Now wish to be known as Mrs

Now wish to be known as

Akano Oluwaseun Victor Ruth known as Azaka Nkiruka Joy.

to be known as Mrs. Abu Rabi

Onovwod Jude. All former

Oluwafunmilayo. All former All former documents remain

James. All former documents

documents remain valid

documents remain valid

valid general public please take

general public please take

general public please take remain valid general public




please take note.


I, formerly known as Kong>elong>vin

Agiliga Maduagwu, now wish to

be known as Kong>elong>vin

Chukwuemeka Maduagwu. All

documents bearing my former

name remain valid, general

public please take note


I, formerly known as David

Mong>elong>ody Eyewogwa

Amorighoye, now wish to be

known as Amorighoye David

Eyewogwa. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Agbata

Chinenye Jane, now wish to

be known and addressed as Mrs

Nwankwo Chinenye Jane. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Kehinde

Egbe, now wish to be known

and addressed as Mrs. Kehinde

Awani. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Ebeye

Gladys, now wish to be known

and addressed as Miss Olayemi

Gladys. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Asika

Precious John, now wish to be

known as Asika Precious

Chetam henceforth. Former

documents remain valid.

General Public, to whom it

may concern should please

take note.


I, formerly known as I,

Orighomisan Jennifer Jakpa,

now wish to be known as

Orighomisan Jennifer Afolabi.

All documents bearing my

former name remain valid,

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Veronica

Nkiruka Iheagwara, now wish

to be known as Veronica

Nkiruka Ordor, by marriage. All

former documents remain

valid, general public take note.


I, formerly known as Ailenotor

Peace Ikhanse, now wish to be

known as Ailenotor Peace

Aihomon. All former

documents remain valid,

general public take note.


I, formerly known as Miss

Nkechinyere Chioma Njoku,

now wish to be known as Mrs,

Nkechinyere Chioma

Agbasimere. All former

documents remain valid,

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Nkechi

Anene, now wish to be known

as Blessing Nkechi Tooswem.

All documents bearing my

former name remain valid,

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Miss

Isiakpere Akporoghenebor

Andra, now wish to be known

as Mrs Ohwovoriole Andra

Akporoghenebor. All former

documents remain valid any

authority it may concern and

general public to take note.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Deborah

Chisom Ozonyia now wish to

be known and addressed as Mrs

Deborah Chisom Ani. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Dennis

Okofu Victory Ejime, now

wish to be known and addressed

as Mrs. Chukwudumebi Victory

Ejime. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Emmanuong>elong> Berty

Chioma, now wish to be

known and addressed as

Liberty Chioma Dakat. All

former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.


I, formerly known as Miss

Imarah Ese Elfreda, now wish

to be known as Mrs Ikaka Ese

Elfreda. All documents

bearing my former name

remain valid, general public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Unwana

Solomon Jonah, now wish to

be known as Bright Kong>elong>vin

Emmanuong>elong>. All documents

bearing my former name

remain valid, general public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Frederick

Augustina, now wish to be

known as Hitler Augustina.

All documents bearing my

former name remain valid,

general public please take



I, formerly known as Miss

Oyekwu Joy Ojoshegbe, now

wish to be known as Mrs,

Obaro Joy Ojoshegbe. All

former documents remain

valid, general public please

take note.





I, formerly known and addressed as

Adenuga Mojisola Bisoye, now

wish to be known and addressed

as Bamigbaye Mojisola Bisoye.

All former documents remain Valid.

The general public should please

take note.



I, formerly known and addressed as

Chizoba Mary-Rose Charles, now

wish to be known and addressed as

Chizoba Mary Rose Ozoemena . All

former documents remain Valid. The

general public should please take



I, formerly known called and

addressed as Miss Iduh Chioma ,

now wish to be known called and

addressed as Mrs Ehiosun Chioma.

All documents bearing my former

name remain valid. General public

please take note.


That I was formerly known and

addressed as MISS ANIGBOGU

NJIDEKA, now wish to be known

and addressed as MRS


HENRIETTA. All my former documents

still remain valid;

Banks and general public take note.


I formerly known, called and

addressed as EZEANI


wish to be known, called and

addressed as MRS IGWE


former documents remain valid.

Banks, General public to take note.


That I formerly known called and

addressed as MISS. DORATHY

ANTHONY UKPA. That I now wish

to be known called and addressed as


documents bearing my former name

remain valid. General public please

take note.


That I formerly known called and

addressed as MISS. GODFREY

PATRICIA GRACE. That I now wish

to be known called and addressed as


IFEYINWA. All documents bearing

my former name remains valid. Banks

and general public please take note.


I, Enehizena Orobosa Michaong>elong> wish

to state that the names Enehizena

Endurance, Enehizena Michaong>elong> and

Enehizena . E. Michaong>elong> bong>elong>ongs to

one and the same person. I now wish

to be known called and addressed as

Enehizena Orobosa Michaong>elong>. All

documents bearing any of these names

remain valid. The rong>elong>evant authorities

and to whom it may concern please

take note.


I, formerly known and

addressed as Ighemuno

Samson Akpore now wish to

be known and addressed as

Akpore Samson. All former

documents remain valid.

General public take note.


I, Formerly known and addressed as

Ebisire Rita Ogheneruemu now wish

to be known and addressed as Mrs

Odogwu-Chima Rita Ogheneruemu.

All former documents remain valid.

General public take note.


I, formerly known as Udegbuna

Chiamaka Olivia, now wish to

be known as Onyedili

Chiamaka Olivia. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take



I, formerly known and addressed as

Adekanbi Oluwatobiloba Janet,

now wish to be known and

addressed as Babarinde

Oluwatobiloba Janet. All former

documents remain Valid. The

general public should please take



I, formerly known and addressed as

Chizoba Mary-Rose Ugwoke, now

wish to be known and addressed as

Chizoba Mary Rose Ozoemena. All

former documents remain Valid. The

general public should please take



I, formerly known and

addressed as Mr Urezi

Kenneth Agadaigho now wish

to be known and addressed as

Engr Urezi Agadaigho. All

former documents remain

valid. General public take



I, formerly known and addressed as

Ema Emmanuong>elong>, now wish to be

known and addressed as Ema

Sunday Jack . All former documents

remain Valid. The general public

should please take note.


I, formerly known and addressed


wish to be known and addressed

as EUNICE MORIGHO. All other

documents remain valid. General

public take note.


That I formerly known called and

addressed as MISS. FAVOUR


now wish to be known called and

addressed as MRS. FAVOUR


documents bearing my former name

remains valid. General public please

take note.


I, formerly known as Ekeoma Prisca

Ifunanya now wish to be known as

Nwogu Prisca Ifunanya. All

documents bearing my former name

remain valid. The rong>elong>evant

authorities and to whom it may

concern please take note.


I, formerly known and addressed as

Miss Leide Ediseimi, now wish to

be known and addressed as Mrs

Okoro Ediseimi. All former

documents remain valid. General

public take note.


I, Formerly known and

addressed as Edemer

Josephine Odirin now wish to

be known and addressed as

Oviebor Josephine Odirin.

All former documents remain

valid. General public take



I, formerly known as Miss

Ruth Ayedi, now wish to be

known as Mrs. Ruth Kansese.

All former documents remain

valid. General public please

take note.


I, formerly known as Mrs.

Agbuyi-Idio Enite Evong>elong>yn, now

wish to be known as Miss Oniore

Enite Evong>elong>yn. All former

documents remain valid.

General public please take note.


I, formerly known as Abigal

Haruna, now wish to be known

and addressed as Charity T.

Haruna. All former documents

remain valid; general public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Mary

Thomas, now wish to be known

and addressed as Yuwana

Thomas. All former documents

remain valid; general public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Miss

Bashiru Kafilat Ayinke, now wish

to be known and addressed as

Mrs. Shotobi Kafilat Ayinke. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Usman

Bashir, now wish to be known and

addressed as Bashiru Hashimu.

All former documents remain

valid; general public please take



I, formerly known as Mohammed

Awwal Sani, now wish to be

known and addressed as Awwal

Muhammad Sani. All former

documents remain valid; First

Bank Plc and general public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Miss

Onwuchekwa Oyinyechi Cynthia,

now wish to be known and

addressed as Mrs. Chris-Okeke

Onyinyechi Cynthia. All former

documents remain valid; NYSC and

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Miss Joyce

Onojuvweruo, now wish to be

known and addressed as Mrs.

Joyce Oghenevwogaga. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Ilouno

Uchechukwu Lucy, now wish to

be known and addressed as

Onwe-Bright Uchechukwu Lucy.

All former documents remain

valid; general public please take



This is to confirm and certify that

Caesar Ise-Job and Ise-Job

Kopona Caesar is one and same

person but now wish to be known

as Ise-Job Kopona Caesar. All

former documents remain valid.

General public take note.


I, formerly known as Yunusa

Umar Yunisa, now wish to be

known and addressed as Eriko

Yunusa. My correct date of birth

is 28/10/1994. Not 11/07/1990. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Obioma Luke

Chidi, now wish to be known as

Asuoha, Obioma Luke. My

Correct Date Of Birth is 07/10/

1990 and not 01/01/1990. All

former documents remain valid.

General public to take note.


I, formerly known as Hauwa

Yusuf, now wish to be known and

addressed as Mary Musa. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as

Mohammadu Basiru, now wish

to be known and addressed as

Abubakar Sadiq Amadu. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Egborode

Akpabome Juliet, now wish to be

known and addressed as

Ikpedavid Akpabome Juliet. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I, formerly known as Olorunfemi

Tobi Kemi, now wish to be known

and addressed as Balogun

Oluwatobi Kemi. All former

documents remain valid; general

public please take note.


I, formerly known as Ibrahim

Haruna Haruna, now wish to be

known and addressed as Ibrahim

Haruna. All former documents

remain valid; general public

please take note.


On my Bank Verification Number

(BVN) my name was wrongly

written as Prince Owghe Inyang

instead of Prince Inyang. My correct

name is Prince Inyang. All documents

bearing my former name remain valid,

general public take note.


I, formerly known as Miss John-

Uko Anna Idongesit, now wish

to be known and addressed as

Mrs. Ozor Anna Idongesit. All

former documents remain valid;

general public please take note.


I hereby confirm that Omoniyi

Adeola is the same person as

Omoniyi Iyabo Adeola.

Henceforth wish to be known as

Omoniyi Adeola Iyabo. All former

documents remain valid; general

public please take note.


This is to certify that my name

was wrongly written as Okeke

Asonye Dike. While my correct

name is Okere Asonye Dike. All

former documents remain valid.

General public take note.


I, formerly known as Alhassan

Sabo, now wish to be known and

addressed as Alhassan Haruna

Sabo. All former documents

remain valid; general public

please take note.


I, formerly known as Audu

Martha Maichibi, now wish to be

called and addressed as Audu

Martha Jatau. DOB From 03/02/

1992 To 03/02/1995 All Former

documents remain valid Any

Authority concern and the

General public to please take note

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021 -- 33

UAE suspends Air Peace

flights from Nigeria

THE government of the

United Arab

Emirates UAE, as part of

what it described as

COVID-19 measures,

has suspended Nigerian

airline, Air Peace, from

operating inbound

passenger flights to the


However, flights

bringing Nigerians back

from UAE are not


In a statement by the

management of Air

Peace, yesterday, among

others, said: “The

management of Air

Peace wishes to notify

the flying public that the

UAE government has

UPU decries insecurity in

the country

THE Urhobo Progress Union,

UPU, has decried the

levong>elong> of insecurity in the

country, noting that it was

apparent the current security

architecture cannot cope with

the current challenges.

UPU President General,

Olorogun Moses Taiga, who

addressed newsmen,

yesterday, said “The levong>elong> of

insecurity in Nigeria has

become worrisome. From

Sokoto to Zamfara, Katsina,

Taraba in the North, down to

Ondo, Edo, Oyo and our

bong>elong>oved Dong>elong>ta, particularly

Urhobo land, in the South,

this story is the same:

kidnappings, armed robbery,

cult wars, killer herdsmen,

farmers-herdsmen clashes

and communal strife.

“ It is apparent that our

current security architecture

cannot cope with the current

challenges. While we await

the impact of the change of

guards in the military, there

is a present and major need

By Jimitota Onoyume


and Itsekiri Leaders

Forum has condoled with

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of

Dong>elong>ta State over the passage

of his father, Pa Arthur

Okowa, saying his rich

counsong>elong> gathered over time

from service to the state

and the nation at different

levong>elong>s would be greatly


A statement by Chairman of

the body, Chief D. Etaluku,

the first Vice Chairman, Chief

Edward Ekpoko and Second

Vice Chairman, Bare Etolor ,

prayed God to grant the

governor and his family the

strength to bear the painful



I, formerly known as Igbokwe

Junior Collins, now wish to be

known as Igbokwe Collins

Osewer. All former documents

remain valid. General public

please take note.


I, formerly known and addressed as


to be known and addressed as


documents remain valid. General

public please take note.

stopped the airlifting of

Nigerians from Nigeria

to UAE, as part of its

COVID-19 measures.

“However, flights

bringing Nigerians back

from UAE are not

affected. To this end, Air

Peace flights from UAE

(Sharjah-Dubai) to

Lagos, is not affected.

Normal flights shall

resume when the

restriction is lifted from

February 28, 2021.

“Our esteemed

customers, whose flights

are disrupted by this

devong>elong>opment, can send a

mail to us via


for a possible


for a total overhaul of the

policing system in Nigeria. A

police structure with a central

command is no longer

effective and appropriate to

tackle our current internal

security challenges.

“Consequently, the UPU

reiterates its call for state

police and community

policing to enable each state

and community deal with its

peculiar security challenges.

Already all forms of security

outfits are springing up in

states and communities to

deal with their peculiar

security situation.

“The executive and

legislature need to move

faster and formalize the

decentralization of the

policing architecture in

Nigeria, as we have in the

United States, the United

Kingdom and other big multiracial

or multi-ethnic

countries like Nigeria, before

the current haphazard

springing up of security

outfits degenerate into


Ijaw, Isoko, Itsekiri leaders forum

condoles Okowa, calls for peace

The forum also called for

peace in Isoko, saying

communal grievances should

be resolved through legal

means, not resorting to song>elong>f


The statement said, “The

Forum has followed the

communal crises in Isoko

Nation vis-à-vis Ozoro/Oleh

and Igbide/Emede feuds that

have led to loss of lives and

properties. These crises are

unnecessary and we

condemn it in its entirety.

“Communal grievances

should be addressed through

appropriate legal means and

not resort to song>elong>f-hong>elong>p. It will

not hong>elong>p any person.

“The leadership of the Ijaw,

Isoko and Itsekiri Leaders

Forum hereby appeal to all

parties to the crises to

embrace peace and dialogue

and co-operate with the Dong>elong>ta

State Government and

security agencies in their

efforts at resolving the crises.

“We commend the Dong>elong>ta

State Government and wong>elong>lmeaning

Isoko leaders for the

steps taken so far in bringing

peace to the areas,” the group


In a rong>elong>ated devong>elong>opment,

the Itsekiri Leaders of

Thought, ILoT, an apex

Itsekiri forum has also

condoled with Governor

Okowa over the death of his

father in a statement by the

Chairman , Chief Ekpoko and

the Secretary,

34 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

PRESENTATION: From left; itong>elong> customers, Borire Mary, Nnaji Catherine, Chinoye

Okonkwo and Idedemise Victoria posing with the cars gifted them by itong>elong> in

appreciation of their contribution to itong>elong>'s success in 2020, at an event hong>elong>d in Lagos.


Oyinlola: Prince, soldier and politician @ 70



Seest thou a man diligent in his business?

He shall stand before Kings, he shall not stand

before mean men — Proverb 22 vs. 29.

IN truth by any socio-economical –

political classification, the man

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, himsong>elong>f is of blue/royal

blood as a Prince, but by the experience/history

of his life as an orphan from childhood, he has

definitong>elong>y had to learn to climb

to the top. There is no doubt a

comprehensive tribute of the

man Olagunsoye Oyinlola

can’t but be voluminous,

however, since my interactions/

knowledge of Prince

Olagunsoye Oyinlola is less

than half of his 70 years, this

may not be a sufficiently

wholesome tribute. Although

by some twist of fate, one had rong>elong>ated to the

Oyinlolas for over 50 years, my cousin (sister

Shade - nee Ayodong>elong>e) who used to baby sit my

brother, now Dr. Femi, when we were kids and

mummy was busy at her chores later married

late Prince Duro Oyinlola and Egbon Dipo

Oyinlola (now Dr. Dipo Oyinlola) was a

classmate and very close friend to my late Bros,

Tunde Oyegoke at Osogbo Grams.

In the very early sixties when I entered

Government College, Ibadan, Bros Dipo was

at the Ransome Kuti College of Education. He

and Bros Tunde used to drill me during

holidays in the Sciences. Bros Tunde was

particular about Mathematical Sciences

whilst Bros Dipo about the Life Sciences.

There’s no doubt the duo have a positive

influence on my academics but before long

they both ong>elong>oped to Europe: Bros Tunde

Oyegoke to the UK to study Engineering and

Egbon Dipo to USSR to study Medicine

(coincidentally in the same university where I

entered the year he graduated).

Then Col. Oyinlola the Millitary

Administrator (Milad): The military man

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, however, was not in my

radar of interactions until he was a MILAD in

Lagos State. Those were the Abacha years.

Prior to that I was an SDP member of the

National Assembly, NASS, and a June 12

activist before we were kicked out, hence I saw

the IBB/Abacha subjugation of democracy by

Kakistocracy as an aberation and regarded

most military people in power then as

predatory political

power usurpers, He was

dictators and

unpatriotic ong>elong>ements.

This feong>elong>ing was

further fuong>elong>led when

during the


conference my Apo

usually soft

spoken and

seemed never

easily provoked

or angered

Residence was

bombed ostensibly because of my bimonthly

newspaper articles calling the Abacha Junta

to vacate Aso Rock Villa for MKO Abiola.

Shortly after the bomb blast, I was drafted

into a seven-man group of Southwest (SW)

constitution conference members to meet with

the (SW) MILADS. I pleaded to be excused

from the group but Dr. Bode Olajumoke, the

late Chief Dayo Abatan and the then Minister

of State for Agriculture, the late Prof. Demola

Adesina insisted I should be in the group to

represent Osun State.

Dr. (now) Senator Bode Olajumoke was

chairman of the group. Contacts were made,

the MILAD of Lagos State (Col. Oyinlola) was

due in Abuja and a meeting was arranged with

him in his hotong>elong> suite at Abuja Sheraton &

Towers. Col. Oyinlola requested we should be

punctual for the meeting because he had earlier

arranged for another meeting about two and

half hours after our meeting.

I had expected the meeting was going to be

with a garrulous, bossy ITK (I too know)

military officer but surprisingly Col. Oyinlola

was of a humble disposition and a very good

discussant even anecdotal rather than being

angry in responding or contributing to what

might be considered condemnation and

provocative comments on the Abacha

government or functionaries. That meeting

thereby ended amicably rather than abruptly

and he invited us to join him at dinner with

those he had told us were scheduled to meet

•Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola @70

him two and half hours after our meeting

started. Dr. Olajumoke in his closing remarks

fong>elong>t it would be uncharitable if our meeting

were to prevent him from honouring the earlier

scheduled meeting he already told us about.

But Col. Oyinlola passionatong>elong>y appealed that

it was a dinner meeting with Chief Oba

Otudeko and two others at one of same

Sheraton Hotong>elong> & Towers restaurants. He

instructed his aides to ensure that the dinner

table be arranged for 12 people instead of for

himsong>elong>f and three other people as earlier


Oyinlola the politician: This second phase

of interaction was to begin years later when

the now Brig. Gen (retd) Oyinlola was the Osun

State PDP candidate for the gubernational

ong>elong>ection against the incumbent AD governor -

Chief Bisi Akande in 2003. The PDP primary

that ushered Brig. Gen. (retd) Oyinlola in as

our candidate was either tumultuous or

rancorous depending on which faction of the

party members bong>elong>onged. It is common sense

that in any political contest a party divided

within itsong>elong>f, ununited and in disarray stands

little or no chance of victory.



Therefore, efforts needed to be made to

soothe frayed nerves and reconcile different

factions of the party. A Peace and

Reconciliation Committee was inaugurated

by our leader and ong>elong>der statesman, Chief S.M

Afolabi. Dr. Yemi Faroumbi was appointed

chairman and I was appointed secretary. The

task of that committee was to interact with the

major dramatis personnae of the different

factions in the party. Details of the modus

operandi of that committee are too ong>elong>aborate

to be the subject of this write up; essentially we

met with different leaders of the different

tendencies privatong>elong>y until we reached a stage

when we arranged for joint meetings. The

chairman, Dr. Faroumbi’s place was in Ibadan

and it was agreed that the meetings should be

hong>elong>d at my residence in Osogbo.

At the meeting Brig Gen. (retd) Oyinlola,

unlike many politicians, was usually very

punctual. He neither ate nor drank anything.

He was usually soft spoken and seemed never

easily provoked or angered. Even when others

appeared angry or shouted at him, he would

neither smile nor frown but calmly and

sometimes anecdotally made his remarks.

Gladly to the glory of God and thanks to the

maturity, discipline and sense of party loyalty

of those leaders, tension was reduced and Osun

PDP went into the 2003 ong>elong>ection as a

united front against the AD; the gentleman

military officer Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola

won to become Governor of Osun State. It was

interesting to observe how the governor ong>elong>ect’s

private residence became “Mecca” to all sorts

of persons and lobbyists, while some others

became “emergency golfers” so as to have

access to Prince Oyinlola.

Invariably some of these opportunists/

lobbyists along with some other genuine

dedicated PDP members got appointed by

Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola at one levong>elong>

on the other in the government of Osun State.

To be concluded on Monday

•Dr. Oladimeji is former member, House of

Reps and PDP chieftain in Osun state

Continues from Page 5

the hijacking of the

protests by hoodlums who

p e r p e t r a t e d

unimaginable violence

in Lagos and other cities

across the country.

“The trillion-Naira

destruction of Lagos, in

particular, remains too

fresh a wound.

Hundreds, including the

youth, lost their

livong>elong>ihoods to the wanton

attacks in Lagos. The

burnt wreckage of public

buses that were wantonly

set ablaze by rampaging

hoodlums remain in

their positions as a sad

and gory reminder of the

unprecedented attacks.

The city is still reong>elong>ing

from the war-like


“For those who are

using justice as an alibi for

another round of

destruction, let me say

this: As we speak, the

judicial panong>elong>s of inquiry

set up across the country

to receive and investigate

complaints of police

brutality or rong>elong>ated extrajudicial

killings, with a

view to dong>elong>ivering justice

for all victims of the

dissolved SARS and

other police units, are

continuing with the


Desist from


tomorrow — FG

“In Lagos, the Judicial

Panong>elong> of Inquiry has an

added responsibility of

investigating the

incident of October 20 at

the Lekki Toll Gate. Like we

have said many times,

anyone who has any

information on the alleged

shooting or purported

massacre at the Lekki Toll

Gate, including the

names and addresses of

those who were

purportedly killed, should

head to the panong>elong> to give

it such information. “This

is how to enhance the

search for justice, not by

rabble-rousing or

engaging in media

shows. We, therefore,

strongly warn those who

are planning to reoccupy

Lekki Toll Gate on

Saturday to desist.

“We know that many of

those who have been

loudest on social media in

advertising the plan to

reconvene in Lagos on

Saturday are not even in

Nigeria. They are

ong>elong>sewhere around the

world, fanning the embers

of violence and inciting

gullible people back

home. No one should fall

for their antics.

“No government

anywhere will allow a

repeat of the kind of

destruction, killing and

maiming wrought by the

vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews

#EndSARS: Why FG won't allow

fresh protests — LAI MOHAMMED

hijackers of #EndSARS

protests last year. After all,

only one policeman - (plus

four others) - was killed

in the invasion of the US

Capitol in January, yet the

FBI has continued to hunt

down and prosecute the

perpetrators. No life is

more important than the


“The Federal

Government is also keenly

watching the role being

played by the various

social media platforms in

this renewed clamour for

violence in the country.

“Recall that the social

media platforms that

eagerly nudged on the

#EndSARS protesters,

until the situation got out

of hand, are the same

ones that quickly pulled

the plug on even their

own President when the

chips were down in their

own country. I hope we

have all learnt our lessons.

If we allow them to

destroy our country, we

will bear the brunt.”



protest — LASG

Also warning against

the protests yesterday,

Lagos State government

urged youths not to

protest at the Lekki

tollgate tomorrow.

The Lagos State

Commissioner for

Information, Gbenga

Omotosho, who made the

appeal during an

interview on Arise TV,

pleaded with the

protesters not to “cause

trouble” in the state,

adding that there was

nothing to warrant a fresh

protest in Lagos.

He said: “We all saw

what happened in

October last year, how

some of the iconic

buildings in Lagos were


“We saw how human

lives were wasted,

including policemen and

nobody prays for that kind

of thing to happen in

Lagos again. Because of

that, the Lagos State

government has been

suing for peace.

“We have been meeting

traditional rulers, youth

organisations, civil

societies, and people we

think can influence things

for us not to have the kind

of thing that happened in

October last year.

“As it is now, Lagos will

require peace to grow our

economy. We need peace

for Lagosians to display

their creative skills.

“Nobody wants to go

back to the scene of

October 2020. We are

appealing to both sides

not to cause trouble in

Lagos so that we can

continue to focus on the

economic and social

issues that are facing us.

“We have COVID-19, all

manners of things that

are coming up that the

state government is

tackling. This is going to

be a big distraction. We

are appealing to both

sides. Lagos bong>elong>ongs to all

of us.”

We won’t allow

any protests

— Lagos Police


Similarly, Lagos State

Police Commissioner,

Hakeem Odumosu, said

yesterday that the

command would not allow

the protests to take place.

“Allowing both groups to

carry out their planned

protests will be counterproductive.

No protest in

any guise will be allowed

to take place on Saturday,

February 13, 2021

(today),” Odumosu


Threats won’t

deter us,

organisers vow

Insisting on the protest

yesterday, organisers of



#OccupyLekki protest at

Lekki toll gate listed the

ban on crypto-currency as

one of the reasons for the

protest, beyond the ruling

of Lagos Judicial Panong>elong>.

In a statement, titled

“EndSARS Season 2, Why



#OccupyLekkiTollGate on

Saturday –

Campaigners,” issued in

Lagos yesterday, the

organisers explained that

they were undaunted by

threats by security

operatives and counterprotesters

under the aegis

of #DefendLagos.

The statement read:

“After committing

genocide by killing scores

of people who were

peacefully protesting at

Lekki Toll Gate and other

parts of Lagos, Governor

Sanwo-Olu and other

oppressors want to spit on

the dead and dance on the

blood of the innocent by

reopening the yahoo gate

to be collecting money


“We say NO! We are

undaunted! We will be

occupying Lekki Toll gate

again, starting from

Saturday February 13. We

urge all wong>elong>l-meaning

Nigerians to return all the

barricades as our rulers

have shown that they can

never change. Since the

#EndSARS, they are yet

to effect any of the

promises. Police brutality

is still raging and SARS

is still operating.

“Despite overwhong>elong>ming

and highly compong>elong>ling

evidence showing how

several protesters were

shot by the military, no

single military personnong>elong>

has been brought to book.

“Deaths have been

established and many

victims of the Lekki

shootings have surfaced,

yet neither the victims or

families of our deceased

colleagues have got


“After close to five

months of sitting, the

judicial panong>elong> meant to

inquire into the Lekki

massacre has refused to

dong>elong>iver justice to victims of

the Lekki massacre, most

of whom have either lost

their limbs due to gun

wounds or have become


“Despite overwhong>elong>ming

grounds of involvement of

Governor Sanwo-Olu and

ex-army chief, Buratai, in

the Lekki massacre,

neither of them has been

brought to book. President

Buhari instead appointed

them ambassadors, so

they won’t be arrested and

prosecuted for genocide

and war crimes at The


“Despite #EndSARS,

police brutality and extrajudicial

killings continue

unabated. Government

has refused to provide

employment for young

people, yet they went

ahead to ban the most

promising source of

income of young people

— cryptocurrency.

“Nigerians are

extremong>elong>y poorer and yet

the cost of food is on the

high side, with increased

cost of ong>elong>ectricity that only

produces darkness. Petrol

price is being increased as

marketers want it at N190

per litre.

“Nigerians are no

longer secure in any part

of the country. When they

are not being harassed or

extra-judicially murdered

by police, they are being

kidnapped, maimed or

killed by bandits.

“Today, the life of cows

has become more valuable

than those of Nigerians,

even as our streets and

communities have fallen

to the rule of kidnappers

and bandits.

The Nigerian

government now

negotiates and enriches

terrorists and bandits,

while chasing after and

Vanguard, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021—35

arresting, shooting and

killing protesters.

“It is to this end that we

call on you all to come out

en masse to demand not

just justice for victims and

fallen heroes of October 20

killings but that all

involved in this heinous

criminality be brought to


‘’Come out to demand

the right to life and to exist

in a country that respects

our rights as citizens,

abhors police brutality/

extrajudicial killings,

provides us with security,

decent jobs with good

wages and other such

socio-economic rights that

come with being a


LCC appeals

Meanwhile, Lekki

Concession Company

Limited, LCC, operators of

the toll gate, yesterday,

appealed to Nigerians

planning to stage a protest

at the Admiralty Circle Toll

Plaza tomorrow to rescind

their decision.

It said another protest at

the toll gate has the

potentials of repeating the

disruptions people suffered

last year, in the aftermath

of the #EndSARS protest,

explaining that it

approached the Lagos

Judicial Panong>elong> of Inquiry for

permission to repossess the

facilities in order to halt

further losses in its


Managing Director of

the company, Mr. Yomi

Omomuwasan, who made

the appeal, said: “We

have latong>elong>y been made

aware from media reports

that two groups,


and #DefendLagos/


are planning to

demonstrate at our

already destroyed

Admiralty Circle Toll

Plaza on Saturday,

following the decision of

Lagos Judicial Panong>elong> of

Inquiry to hand the Toll

plaza back to us.

“It was in a bid to halt

further losses to our

operations, especially

given our subsisting

financial commitments to

local and foreign

institutions, that we




AMAECHI MEETS OSINBAO—Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (R) with

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi when Osinbajo met ministers at

the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

approached the Lagos

Judicial Panong>elong> of Inquiry

for permission to

repossess our facilities.

“Our intent with the

request was to enable us