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VOL. 27: NO. 642276 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

KAGARA COLLEGE ATTACK:

How bandits killed student,

abducted 42 PRINCIPAL 5

•We won’t pay ransom to bandits, they'll use money to buy more arms GOV BELLO •Orders immediate

closure of boarding schools in 4 LGAs •Dispatches security officials to state •We’re trailing the abductors

ARMY •NSCDC may deploy personnel to schools, says Ag. Commandant-General •Attack on college

unfortunate UNICEF •NAPTAN, NUT, NANS slam government

Zamfara

senators,

Reps urge

Buhari to

grant

amnesty to

repentant

bandits in

N-West

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Declare 8

state of

emergency

on insecurity

in Nigeria

now, Senate

tells Buhari

SCREENING OF SERVICE CHIEFS...

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Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Adm. Awwal Gambo; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal, Isiaka

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ceaselessly.

According to him, it was

in the process one of their

colleagues, identified as

Benjamin Doma, was hit in

the head by a bullet and

died on the spot.

He said some of the

bandits were also dressed

in the school's uniform to

deceive the students,

lamenting that security men

did not respond on time.

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Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi, and Director-General of Budget Office, Mr. Ben Akabueze,

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How bandits killed student,

abducted 42 PRINCIPAL

By Kingsley

Omonobi, Wole

Mosadomi,

Johnbosco

Agbakwuru, Dirisu

Yakubu & Adesina

Wahab

ABUJAAt least

one student was

killed early

yesterday by bandits, while

27 others and 15 staff of

Government Science

College were also

abducted at Kagara in Rafi

Local Government Area of

Niger State.

Three of the 15 staff

abducted were teachers,

while the remaining 12

were family members of

staff of the school.

The attack, which

occurred around 2:00am,

compelled the state

government to close all

boarding schools in four

local government areas,

including Rafi, Mariga,

Munya and Shiroro, where

the bandits have been very

active in the last two weeks.

Coming barely five days

after bandits hijacked a

passenger bus owned by

the state’s transport

company and kidnapped

its occupants, the incidents

caused President

Muhammadu Buhari to

deploy security chiefs to the

state to begin search for the

kidnapped students and

their teachers. He also sent

a delegation, comprising

the National Security

Adviser, NSA, Babagana

Monguno, Inspector-

General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu,

Minister of Police Affairs,

Muhammad Dingyadi,

Minister of Interior, Rauf

Aregbesola, and his

Information and Culture

counterpart, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, to meet with

the state governor Sani

Abubakar Bello.

It also compelled the

Senate, at yesterday’s

plenary, to urge President

Buhari to declare a state of

emergency on insecurity in

the country.

How it happened,

by school principal

Explaining how the attack

happened yesterday, the

Principal of the college, Mr.

Aliyu Isah, said: ‘’The

bandits forced the gate

open, came to my

apartment, held me and

asked me to lead them to

the hostel.

‘’They told the students

not to run, that they were

soldiers, because two of

them were dressed in

Army camouflage, while

one was in black. Some of

the students managed to

run into the bush, as the

bandits started shooting

sporadically.’’

One of the students who

managed to escape the

attack, said the bandits

chased them, shooting

Why I shut

schools

Gov Bello

Confirming this to

journalists in Minna

yesterday, the state

governor, Alhaji Abubakar

Sani Bello said one student,

Benjamin Doma, was shot

dead during the attack.

He disclosed that there

were 650 students on the

enrolment list at the time of

the attack, adding that 27

were abducted.

The governor, who

decried the incessant raid

of some local government

areas of the state in the past

few weeks, ordered

immediate closure of all

boarding schools in four

local government areas,

including Rafi, Mariga,

Munya and Shiroro.

He insisted that all the

boarding schools in the

areas would remain closed

until security improved.

The governor, however,

ruled out payment of

ransom to the bandits to

secure the release of the

abducted students and

staff. He also said the video

making rounds in the state

where some bandits were

celebrating the abduction of

passengers of Niger State

Transport Service, NSTA,

bus that was attacked on

Sunday is genuine.

The bandits demanded

N500 million ransom to

release the kidnapped

passengers.

“Government will not pay

ransom to secure the

release of those abducted.

It is not in the policy of

government to pay ransom,

as the bandits use the

money to buy sophisticated

weapons and cause more

harm.

"We have noticed that the

bandits use such money to

buy arms and ammunition

to further empower

themselves

"However, government

will do all within its powers

to see to the release of those

kidnapped and we will also

be ready to support and

assist repentant bandits,"

the governor declared.

He said government is

concerned over the recent

bandit attacks in the state

which had got more brazen

and daring.

He, therefore, called for

immediate intervention

from the Federal

Government to rescue the

students and other

abducted persons from the

hands of the bandits.

He said: "We are deeply

concerned at these sad

events and are asking the

Federal Government to

deploy every necessary

resource, while we will look

at all options, both kinetic

and non-kinetic, to ensure

the safe return of the victims

of both incidents as we will

not rest or sleep until we

bring them back to their

families.

Tension high

"Tension is high and the

situation is very serious. We

are saddened by all these

developments. We have

been having attacks before

and we have been working

to settle it but these past

few days, the attacks have

been so daring. We pray

that God will show us the

way of getting them back

safely.”

Reacting to the attack

yesterday, President

Muhammadu Buhari gave

marching orders to security

agencies, to as a matter of

urgency, ensure immediate

and safe return of all those

abducted by the bandits.

Buhari tasks service

chiefs on rescue

operation

The President in a

statement issued by his

Senior Special Assistant on

Media and Publicity,

Mallam Garba Shehu, in

Abuja, said: “Following

these reports, the President

has directed the Armed

Forces and Police, to ensure

immediate and safe return

of all the captives.

“The President has also

dispatched to Minna,

Niger State, a team of

security chiefs to coordinate

the rescue operation and

meet with state officials,

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By Yinka Latona

On arrest of Lekki Tollgate protesters by Police (4)

The action of the security

personnel at the Lekki

Tollgate wasn’t honourable

and civil. These protesters

were unarmed and harmless

for crying out loud! What a

good leader would do is to

beckon on the leaders of this

protest and engage them in

meaningful conversation

instead of arresting them.

Even if there was going to be

any arrest at all, it could have

been done in a civil manner.

Mr. Yemi Olayiwola,

Manager

That Nigerians decide

to be law-abiding is not

a reason for government to

take us for granted. We have

seen the reaction of Nigerian

government to killer

herdsmen, kidnappers,

bandits, Boko Haram etc

who decided not to be lawabiding.

Government is now

harassing us with security

personnel.

Ifeoluwa Bankole,

Marketer

As much as I would not

encourage violence, at

the same time, freedom of

expression should not be

tampered with. The last

protesters at the Lekki

Tollgate were harmless and

were just there to express

their concerns over the

resolution of the panel which

they were not satisfied with.

Hence, government needs to

hear them rather than

beating and locking them up.

It’s not acceptable.

Mr.Gbenga Oludaisi,

Publisher

Iwas surprised seeing

the way some of the

protesters were being

harassed by the police.

These guys were unarmed

so why the intimidation? I

wish such zeal is being

used to fight insecurity in

the country. We expect the

police to provide security

for the protesters so that

hoodlums don’t hijack it.

Yemisi Oluwagbemi,

Financial Manager

We all know that we have

freedom to protest but my

question is; are we going to be

able to manage it so that it will

not result to carnage because

we all know the end of the

EndSARS protests. Lives and

property were destroyed. Also,

government should not stop

people from protesting, rather,

they should engage and listen

to these youths then there won’t

be need for protests.

Mr. Dare Ajiboye,

BSN Secretary

It is just so pathetic seeing

the way Police are

clamping down heavily on

the few protesters that

turned up. We saw some

beaten with sticks and their

posters confiscated. One

young man who said he was

an observer was taken away

in a Black Maria and his

camera seized. I don’t

understand what this

country is turning to.

Mrs. Tope Jones,

Teacher


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One dead as

fire razes 620

houses in

Borno IDPs

camp

By Ndahi Marama

M AIDUGURINOfewer

than 620 makeshift

houses were destroyed by fire

at Customs House Internally

Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp

in the outskirts of Maiduguri

metropolis, Borno State.

A child also lost his life while

two old women sustained

injuries during the inferno.

It was gathered that the fire

outbreak, which started around

8:30 am, yesterday, consumed

almost all parts of the camp

before it was put off by the

combined efforts of the IDPs,

security agents and officials of

the federal and state fire service.

Four hours later, another fire

broke out in another part of the

camp destroying many of the

makeshift tents.

The Camp Manager of

Customs House, Mallam

Usman Mohammed, said the

cause of the fire was not yet

known, however, an

investigation had commenced

to find out the actual cause of

the fire

He said the affected IDPs are

from Dikwa Local Government

and currently in dire need of

assistance.

Grandma

arrested for

causing

blindness of

4-year-old

granddaughter

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO

A

grandmother, Funmilayo

Olalere, has been arrested for

allegedly causing the blindness

of her 4-year-old granddaughter

at Amondo village, via Ile-Ife,

Osun State.

The State Commissioner for

Women and Children Affairs,

Mrs Bukola Olaboopo, who

disclosed this, yesterday, in

Osogbo, said the woman while

beating the girl with a broom, had

a broomstick stuck into the girl’s

eye.

She added that instead of

taking the girl child to the

hospital, the woman kept her at

home and was applying early

morning urine and palm oil in

her eye till she lost her sight.

“A grandmother, Funmilayo

Olalere, was arrested at Amondo

village, Ile-Ife, Osun State for

causing blindness of a fouryear-old

girl while beating her

with a broom.

“A broomstick stuck into her

eyes in the process, rather than

take the child to the hospital, she

kept her at home administering

early morning urine and palm

oil till the girl lost the sight.

The woman, the commissioner

added, has been confined to the

state’s women clinic to go

through a series of training on

child care and protection in line

with the Child Right Laws of the

state.

4 policemen, 7 villagers killed as ISWAP

attacks Yobe community

FOUR policemen and seven

villagers were killed, yesterday,

when suspected members of Islamic

State in West Africa Province, ISWAP,

attacked Bayamari in Yobe State.

The insurgents were said to be

fleeing from the Sambisa forest

following recent onslaughts by the

armed forces in the area.

Dungus Abdulkarim, police

spokesperson in Yobe, who

confirmed the attack, said he is not

authorised to provide details yet.

The policemen, sources, said were

protecting the villagers when the

insurgents struck.

The source said: “The policemen

were on alert and tried to engage,

but were overpowered by the

insurgents who were tens in

number. Villagers started running

as the insurgents shot sporadically,

and not less than seven people were

hit.”

Another source said some of the

fleeing insurgents are now setting

up makeshift camps in the area,

from where they allegedly launch

attacks on the villagers.

Although in the past weeks, the

military has recorded successes in

the fight against the insurgents,

communities in the north-east

continue to come under attack.

Mohammed Yerima, the army

spokesperson, did not immediately

respond to a message seeking

development on the attack.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Yerima,

PROTEST: Residents of Akpabuyo Local Government Area in Cross River State

blocking the main gate of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company during

their protest over non supply of electricity to the area for more than one year in

Calabar, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

Wife kills husband for receiving phone

call from mistress in Ondo

•Man beats 42-year old wife to death in Lagos

By Dayo Johnson

Akure & Esther

Onyegbula

A

housewife, Queen Beatrice,

has reportedly killed her

husband, Emmanuel lkukuni, with

a plank for allegedly receiving a

phone call from another woman in

her presence in Omotosho,

Okitipupa council area of Ondo

State.

Also in Lagos, one David Idibie

is currently in police custody for the

murder of his wife, Juliana Idibie,

at their residence over matrimonial

issues.

Sources in Omotosho, Ondo

State said lkukuni slumped after

his wife hit him with a plank and

before help could come from their

neighbours, he gave up the ghost.

An eyewitness said: “By the time

the neighbours could rush the

husband to a nearby hospital he

had died."

Speaking to newsmen, a sister

to the deceased, Imoleayo Ikujuni,

confirmed that the wife challenged

her late brother for calling another

lady in her presence.

She said: “During the fight, she

hit him with a plank and he died

instantly. They have arrested her.

The suspect has been transferred

to the State Criminal Investigation

and Intelligence Department,

SCIID, in Akure for further

investigation.”

A family member of the deceased

said the corpse has been deposited

at the mortuary for autopsy.

Contacted, the state police image

maker, Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the

report, saying that police detectives

have commenced an

investigation.

Man beats 42-year old

David Idibie, alleged killer

of wife.

wife to death in Lagos

Meanwhile, the Lagos State

Police Command is currently

investigating one David Idibie for

the murder of his wife, Juliana, in

their residence at Joado Street, Oke

Ira Nla, Ajah area of Lagos.

It was learned that the 42-year

old Juliana had engaged her

Director Army Public Relations, said

Nigerian troops have eliminated

terrorists who attacked villagers in

Yobe.

He said: “The troops engaged the

terrorists with fierce volume of fire

and neutralised two of them in the

process while some escaped with

gunshots wounds.

“ The gallant troops are in pursuit

of the enemies and have continued

to dominate the general area.”

Court remands student over alleged murder of

lecturer in Benue

AChief Magistrates’ Court in

Makurdi, yesterday, ordered

that Jeremiah Nnamdi, a student of

the Federal University of

Agriculture, who allegedly

murdered a lecturer, to be remanded

in prison.

The police charged Jeremiah with

criminal conspiracy, armed robbery

and culpable homicide punishable

under sections 6(b), 1(1)(2)(a)(b) of

the Robbery and Firearms Act, 2004

and 222 of the Penal Code Laws of

Benue, 2004.

When the case was mentioned,

husband, David, in a hot argument

on certain matrimonial issues and

in the process, she slumped and

sustained a severe head injury on

February 16, 2021, at about 10 pm.

While lying in her pool of blood,

the angry husband refused to

rescue her until she gave up the

ghost.

Confirming the incident,

spokesperson, Lagos State police

command, Mr Adejobi

Olumuyiwa, said the police

operatives attached to Langbasa

Division, Ajah, who were informed

of the incident by a neighbour of

the couple, raced to the scene,

arrested the suspect and evacuated

the corpse to the mortuary.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of

Police, Lagos State, Hakeem

Odumosu, has condemned the act

and vowed to work with other

relevant government agencies and

non-governmental bodies to tackle

domestic violence to a standstill in

the state.

Commiserating with the family

and friends of the deceased on her

untimely death, Odumosu

promised to make sure justice is

done in the case.

Chief Magistrate Vincent Kor did

not take the plea of Nnamdi for lack

of jurisdiction.

Kor ordered that the defendant be

remanded in Makurdi prison.

He ordered the police to return

the case file to the Director of Public

Prosecutions for legal advice.

Kor adjourned the matter until

April 5, 2021 for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel,

Sgt Friday Kanshio, told the court

that Mr Victor Hemba, Managing

Director of JS Tarkaa Foundation,

Makurdi reported the case at the

‘B’ Division Police Station, Makurdi

on November 28, 2020.

Panic in Alvan

Ikoku CoE as

lecturer slumps,

dies in class

THE Management of Alvan

Ikoku Federal College of

Education, AIFCE, has confirmed

the death of a senior lecturer, simply

identified as Mr Echetama, who

slumped and died in a lecture hall

on Tuesday.

Acting Public Relations Officer of

the college, Mr Joseph Okwulehi,

who confirmed the death to

newsmen in his office, yesterday,

said the Provost of the college was

engrossed in a series of emergency

meetings over the issue.

He said the management had

advised the staff and students of the

institution to be calm and wait for

official position of the institution on

the issue.

“I can confirm to you that a senior

lecturer slumped in a classroom on

Tuesday and was confirmed dead

at the Federal Medical Centre,

Owerri.

Echetama, until his death, was a

senior lecturer at the Department of

Business Education.

Meanwhile, the development has

forced students to keep away from

lectures over an emerging rumour

that the sudden death of the lecturer

was connected to COVID-19.

Students were seen on

Wednesday vacating school hostels,

while others fled the school

premises for the fear of contracting

the dreaded virus.

Some of the students who spoke

to NAN said they decided to avoid

lectures when the rumour emerged

that the lecturer died of Coronavirus

complication.

A final year student of the

institution, Mr Frederick Anyanwu,

said the development has forced

lecturers to suspend lectures.

He said students decided to keep

away from the college until the issue

is sorted out.

Another student in the

department of economics, Mr

Okechukwu Eze, said the

development has caused skeletal

activities in the institution

He told the court that the security

supervisor discovered a corpse by

the gate of the foundation, which

was that of Dr Karl Kwagher, a

lecturer at the University of

Agriculture, Makurdi.

The prosecution said during

investigation, Nnamdi, was

arrested in Abuja where he went to

sell the car stolen from the deceased.

He added that Nnamdi confessed

to the crime and told police

detectives that his initial intention

was to threaten the victim with a

make-believe gun and rob him of

his Toyota Venza with number plate

RSH 746 NY.


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Offa bank robbery: How we killed 11

persons Suspects

By Demola Akinyemi

AT the resumed hearing of Offa

bank robbery case at an Ilorin

high court, yesterday, suspects in a

recorded video clip told the court

how they killed no fewer than 11

citizens during the operation.

It would be recalled that the

robbery incident occurred in Offa on

April 5, 2018, during which more

than 30 persons were reportedly

killed, including police officers

while several millions of naira were

carted away.

The suspects, Ayoade

Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye,

Adeola Abraham, Azeez Salawu

and Niyi Ogundiran, who have been

standing trial in the case, were also

present in court.

At the resumed hearing, the

prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi

Jacob, called the seventh witness,

one John Nwoke, a Police Inspector

and a cinematographer attached to

the Force Public Relations Unit,

Abuja.

In his testimony, Nwoke

presented a DVD video to the open

court that contained the confessional

statements of the defendants.

In the video, all the defendants

except Ayoade Aknnibosun

said they shot dead 11 persons, who

were hauling stones and other

missiles at them after the operation.

One of the suspects, Ayoade

Akinnibosun, also narrated how a

dismissed police officer, Michael

Adikwu (now late), sold the robbery

idea to him, adding that he, in turn,

conscripted his other four

accomplices.

Akinnibosun, who claimed to be

the ring leader in the video, revealed

that he owned the two vehicles used

in the incident.

He said one of the vehicles, Lexus

sport utility vehicle, SUV, was given

to him as empowerment by the then

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah

Ahmed, as he was the leader of a

political liberation movement in

Kwara South.

How we operated

Said he: “I came into contact with

the dismissed policeman (Adikwu)

through a revenue collection staff.

After the meeting with Adikwu, I

relayed to Ibikunle Ogunleye, who

also relayed same to Adeola

Abraham otherwise known as Adex.

“On the fateful day of April 5, 2018

the five of us moved from Oro,

Irepodun Local Government Area

of the state to Ajase-Ipo where we

parked the SUV under a tree and

we all drove in the Mercedes Benz

to Offa.

“At Offa, we parked in front of the

Total filling station where late

Adikwu was waiting for us in a black

Audi car.

“There was also a Nissan Premera

car parked in front of us at the Total

filling station where some other

people that came with Adikwu were

waiting. Shortly, thereafter, Adikwu

handed over a sack to me containing

five AK-47 rifles.

“As the commander of my gang, I

distributed the guns and directed

every member to take their position.

I positioned myself at the

roundabout leading to Igosun from

Offa.

Adikwu didn't

give us a dime

“After the robbery, Adikwu did not

give us a dime. He only promised

to call me when it is time to share

the loot. We all hurriedly left the

community. On getting to Ijagbo,

Oyun Local Government Area, our

vehicle screeched to a halt awaiting

Adikwu who came and collected the

five AK-47 from me.”

How I got the Lexus SUV

On how he got the Lexus SUV,

Akinnibosun said: “I got the vehicle

because I used to mobilise people

for election in the state. The car had

not gotten a plate number before I

was arrested. I was using the sticker

of the then-Senate President,

Bukola Saraki, as the plate number.

This is because he was the political

leader of the state.”

Also speaking, the 2nd defendant,

Ibikunle Ogunleye, revealed he was

traditionally positioned at the

FirstBank premises in the metropolis

before Adikwu dragged him to the

Offa police station.

He added that he shot dead two

people, who were trying to escape

at the gate of the police station,

adding that Adikwu and his gangs

fired many shots at the station killing

scores of policemen in the process.

“Adikwu on entering the station

announced that 'police relieved him

of his job, but I have come on a

revenge mission.’ He then handed

over 10 AK-47 taken from the police

armoury to me, which I took into his

Audi car.”

In their testimonies, Adeola

Abraham, Azeez Salawu and Niyi

Ogundiran said they had not

handled a rifle before the robbery

incident.

However, Abraham, Salawu and

Ogundiran confessed to have shot

dead five and two persons

respectively to prevent being stoned

to death by members of the public.

Presiding Judge, Haleemah

Salman, adjourned the case till

March 15 and 16 for the

continuation of trial.

ADULTERATED COSMETIC: Some officials of National Agency for Food and

Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC search a shop accused of selling

unwholesome and adulterated cosmetic product called Funbact A-Triple Action

cream, in Margaret Umahi International Market, Abakaliki, yesterday.

Students foil attempt to abduct teacher

in Ughelli

By Perez Brisibe

UGHELLIAn attempt to

kidnap a female teacher of

Oviri-Ogor Secondary School in

Ughelli North Local Government

Area of Delta State was, yesterday,

foiled by some students of the school

and other youths in the community.

The victim (name withheld), a

Geography teacher in the school,

had resumed for the afternoon

session when she was accosted by

the armed hoodlums, who forced

her back into her car and attempted

to drive off, but some students raised

the alarm, chased the hoodlums,

who abandoned the victim in the

car and fled into the bush.

The incident is coming three days

after an inspector of police, Nimmgel

Nwangwang, was killed by a gang

of hoodlums at the church premises

with his AK-47 rifle and 30 rounds

of ammunition taken

away.

Giving details of the

incident, an SS2 student

of the school, who spoke

on condition of

anonymity, said: “She

had just arrived at the

school premises for the

afternoon session when

two of the kidnappers

accosted her and forced

her into her car.

“Initially, we thought

they were parents who

had come to enrol their

wards for the ongoing

JSS 3 examinations. But

upon sensing what had

happened, we

immediately raised

alarm and with the

assistance of some

youths from the

The abandoned car.

community, we chased them and they were

forced to abandon the vehicle and the teacher

inside, but the kidnappers went away with her

bag, phones and other personal items.”

Smugglers attack Customs operatives, injure 3 in Lagos

By Providence

Adeyinka

SMUGGLERS,

yesterday,

attacked officers of the Federal

Operations Unit, Zone A of Nigeria

Customs Service, NCS, injuring

three officers for the second time in

two weeks.

The incident took place along

Aradagun end of Badagry-Seme

expressway with both sides

exchanging gunshots.

A statement by the unit’s Public

Relations Officer, Theophilus

Duniya, said the smugglers

mobilised mobs to attack their

officers, who were able to repel the

attack and moved the intercepted

smuggled items to the unit

headquarters in Ikeja.

Duniya stated: “At about 5 am on

Wednesday, daredevil smugglers

attacked a patrol team of officers of

Federal Operations Unit Zone A,

who were on lawful duty.

“The officers, who were on routine

patrol, intercepted vehicles fully

loaded with smuggled frozen

poultry products as well as foreign

used vehicles also known as

tokunbo along Aradagun end of

Badagry-Seme expressway.

“Our officers after the interception

and attempt to evacuate the

Banditry: Don’t

be cowards,

defend

yourselves,

Defence

Minister tells

Nigerians

By: Kingsley

Omonobi

ABUJAThe Minister of

Defence, Maj. Gen.

Bashir Magashi (retd), has

said it is the responsibility of

every citizen to be at alert

amid the insecurity in

Nigeria.

Magashi made the

disclosure during a chat with

journalists as relayed in a

video posted on Twitter by

AIT.

He said people should

show that they are not

cowards by defending

themselves, noting that the

operations of bandits are

sometimes carried out with a

few rounds of ammunition to

cause fear on the citizenry.

According to him, “It is the

responsibility of everybody

to keep alert and to find

safety when necessary. But

we shouldn’t be cowards.

“At times, the bandits will

only come with about three

rounds of ammunition, when

they fire shots everybody

runs.

“In our younger days, we

stand to fight any aggression

coming for us.

“I don’t know why people

are running from minor

things like that. They should

stand and let these people

know that even the villagers

have the competency and

capabilities to defend

themselves.

‘Our own duty is to ensure

that no Nigerian is hurt, and

we are capable of protecting

the integrity of this nation

and we’ll continue to do it

even though we are so

stretched.”

Commenting on whether

the Nigeria government

should permit citizens to

carry arms, Magashi said:

“Even in the developed

countries, they are still

debating on it, whether to

continue or not. But I don’t

advise Nigeria to start

issuing firearms for personal

use.”

smuggled items to the office were

attacked by mobs mobilised by the

smugglers.

“The mobs attacked our officers

with dangerous weapons such as

broken bottles, stones, petrol bombs

as well as assault rifles. As the mob

attack ensued, there was a crossexchange

of gunfire; three of our

officers sustained various degrees

of injury, perhaps among the mob

as well."


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WORKSHOP:

NDDC Interim

Administrator,

Efiong Akwa (left),

in a chat with BPP

Director, Training

and Research,

Adebowale Adedokun,

during a

two-day workshop

on Public Procurement

Reform, at

the Hotel

Presidential, Port

Harcourt. Behind

them is NDDC's

Director of Procurement,

Ndudi

Enebeli.

Declare state of emergency on insecurity

in Nigeria now, Senate tells Buhari

By Henry Umoru

ABUJATHE Senate

has asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to urgently

declare a state of

emergency on the insecurity

in the nation.

The call came against the

backdrop of renewed cases

of kidnapping, armed banditry,

insurgency and other violent

crimes. It also condemned

in very strong terms, yesterday’s

abduction of students

and teachers of Government

Science College, Kagara, Niger

State, by armed bandits.

The Upper Chamber equally

urged President Buhari to

immediately consider and

implement the recommendations

of the Senate Ad-Hoc

Committee on Nigeria’s Security

Challenges made on

March, 17, 2020, as a holistic

response to the mounting security

challenges across the

country.

Yesterday’s resolution of the

Senate, titled, “Abduction of

Students and Teachers of Government

Science College,

Kagara: Need for urgent action.”,

was sponsored by Senator

Mohammed Sani Musa,

All Progressives Congress,

APC, Niger East. The abduction

of the students and teachers

of the college took place

in the early hours of yesterday.

Senator Musa, who came

under Order 42 and 52 of the

Senate Standing Rules 2015 (

As Amended), said, among

others, ‘’The Senate notes with

sadness, and great concern,

the recent terrorist attack and

abduction of students at Government

Science College,

Kagara, Niger State, by gunmen

in the early hours of today

(yesterday)

“Further notes that the bandits

were dressed in military

uniforms when they attacked

the boarding school, overpowered

the security guards

before whisking away some

of the students, and killing

one; “Aware that the exact

number of students kidnapped

are not yet known as

headcount was being conducted

in the school as we

speak to ascertain the actual

number of missing students;

but the school has a population

of over 1000 students.

“Further aware that the security

agencies were able to

detect the coordinates of the

area the students were taken

to, and have started tracing the

bandits’ movement, while security

aircraft have been seen

hovering in the air to track the

location of the students.

“Aware that section 14 (2) (b)

of the Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria, as

amended stipulates that the

welfare and security of citizens

shall be the primary responsibility

of government; thus

government at all levels owe

the people the duty to provide

adequate security;

“Aware that the recent attack

and abduction of school children

at Government Science

College, Kagara, Niger State,

is coming on the heels of yetto-be-resolved

Kankara abduction

of 300 students which

took place at Government

Science School, Kankara,

Katsina State, Chibok Girls in

2014, and abduction of about

100 school girls at Government

Girls Science and Technical

School, Dapchi, Yobe

State in 2018.

“Concerned that like the other

incidents of school children

abduction that took place in

Chibok and Dapchi, several

years back, if no immediate

action is taken to rescue Kagara

School Students, their

fate may be sealed in the hands

of terrorists; and

“Further worried that Niger,

Katsina and many other states

in North-west And North-central

Nigeria are now bedeviled

by Bandits attacks. The

bandits Kill and kidnap at

will, despite the large deployment

of police officers and

soldiers to the affected states;

“Notes also that on Sunday,

February 14, 2021, many

commuters and passengers

numbering 57 were abducted

in Kundu, all within the same

area and yet to be released.”

In his contribution, Deputy

Senate Whip, Senator Sabi

Abdullahi, APC, Niger North,

said the kidnappers and bandits

were emboldened by the

successes being recorded in the

state in recent time, saying

about 100 people had so far

been kidnapped in the state.

According to him, the forest

from the FCT, which extends

to Niger up to Zamfara State,

is being used by the criminals.

He added that the fact that

the bandits have invaded Niger

State was an indication

that the safety of lives and property

of FCT residents was being

threatened.

In his remarks, President of

the Senate, Senator Ahmad

Lawan, who described the

kidnap of the students as unfortunate,

said the security

agencies had challenges of

personnel and funds.

Lawan, however, underscored

the need for the military

and security agencies to

work in collaboration with the

various state governments towards

securing schools situated

in the northern part of

Nigeria where abductions remained

predominant.

He said: “I believe there is

need for something new; a

different initiative on especially

how to protect our

schools. And, let me be a little

bit clear about the incident of

abducting students from

schools.

“Almost all incidents of abducting

students from schools

happen in northern Nigeria,

and we all know how much

efforts our leaders of yesterday,

probably right from independence,

made to ensure

that children go to school in

northern part of Nigeria.

“With incidents like this, we

will be reversing all the gains

that were made in convincing

parents and wards to take their

children to school.

“So, there’s need for our security

agencies and government

to ensure that we come

up with a strategy of ensuring

security in schools, because

with this spate of kidnapping

or abductions, definitely

there’ll be that negative adverse

effect on the desire and

willingness of parents to allow

their children to go to

school.

“The consequences of not

going to school are better imagined

in 21st century Nigeria

or 21st century world. So,

the service chiefs-designate

have their work clearly cut

for them. Part of what they are

supposed to carry on board is

how to secure our schools, in

addition to so many other

challenges that they have to

deal with.

“I believe that states have to

be carried along, because the

schools belong to the states.

So, that partnership and cooperation

between the security

agencies and the states must

be adhered to, so states can

cooperate fully with security

agencies of government.

“With that, the whole country

will be praying and waiting

for our abducted children

to be returned back to their

parents secured and well.”

Buhari

By Henry Umoru

A BUJAFORMER

Federal Commissioner

for Information and South

South Leader, Chief Edwin

Clark, has pleaded with President

Muhammadu Buhari to

urgently restore peace and

trust to the country.

According to him, President

Buhari should give Nigerians

a country where citizens are

treated equal, irrespective of

tribe, region and religion, especially

in the area of appointments

and allocation of

federal positions.

Addressing a virtual press

conference in Abuja yesterday,

the elder statesman, who said

he would wish to be buried in

a peaceful atmosphere when

he dies, noted that the call on

the President to engender

peace and trust in the country,

has become very imperative,

considering the fact that he

was voted by Nigerians.

Clark said: “I sincerely and

honestly wish to appeal to our

dear President Mohammadu

Buhari to restore peace and

trust to the country because

he was voted for, by Nigerians.

I wish to add that President

Jonathan conceding defeat

in 2015 was not a mark

of cowardice or inferiority, but

because he believes in the unity

of this country called Nigeria

where all Nigerians

should have equal right to

occupy any position.

‘’It is rather unfortunate to

see the Northern governors

being in confused state, making

contradictory propagandist

statements without facing

the realities. “All I am appealing

to these Northern governors

is to spend more time with

their people in their states,

encourage the children to go

back to school. No one else

can do it for them.

‘’They should follow the footsteps

of the six military governors

who devoted their time

in improving the lot of the

children and building infrastructure

in their states. They

never flaunt themselves on the

people. They were very humble

and respectful. “All Nigerians

believe in Nigeria, and

they are ready at any time to

co-operate with Mr. President

to attend any meeting to discuss

the affairs of the country,

and the way forward. And on

personal note, I will be 94

years in May this year. ‘’When

I die, I want to be buried by all

well-meaning Nigerians in a

peaceful atmosphere. To my

fellow Nigerians, let us sink

our differences, salvage our

country, because we do not

have any other country to go

to. Let us settle our political

and religious differences.”

Clark also lampooned the

Kaduna-based, Islamic cleric,

Sheik Ahmad Abubakar

Gumi, asking him to desist

from equating the Niger Delta

agitation for resource control

and environmental justice

with the activities of the

armed bandits operating in

the North West region of the

country. He noted that the

two scenarios were entirely

different and accused Gumi

and his co-travellers of envy,

ignorance and mischief.

He, however, commended

the peace efforts of Gumi and

the other northern elites, saying

that going into the forests

to persuade the bandits to

drop their arms and desist

from further attacks on communities,

killing and maiming

fellow citizens was a step

in the right direction.

He recalled how he and other

leaders in the Niger Delta

embarked on a similar mission

during the heat of the militancy

in the region.

He said: “The attempt to

equate the Niger Delta Amnesty

with the northern bandits

is not only criminal, but

unconscionable. The whole

idea of comparing the Niger

Delta militants who are exposed

to all kinds of diseases,

illnesses and deprivations, as

a result of oil exploration, with

people whom we are told are

not Nigerians but entered the

country illegally, is very inhuman.

“Some Nigerians who

live outside the Niger Delta,

who are not affected by the

pollution going on in the Niger

Delta, but whose lifestyle

is supported and sustained by

the resources of the Niger

Delta behave like the imperialists,

who live by the proceeds

of the colonized.

Insecurity, poverty in Nigeria out of control Labour

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJATHE

Nigeria Labour

Congress, NLC, yesterday

at its National Executive

Council, NEC, meeting in

Abuja, lamented the precarious

state of insecurity

and economic woes in the

country.

President of NLC, Ayuba

Wabba, who noted that hardly a

day passes without one negative

report of citizens either kidnapped

or abducted for payment of

ransom, said Nigeria had never

been enmeshed in the grips of

insecurity as it is at present.

“In the past two years or so, we

have witnessed an intense

resurgence of terrorism, armed

banditry, kidnap-for-ransom,

militancy and resource conflicts

all over the country,’’ he said.

He said the country was

also faced with the challenge

of criminals who hide under

the camouflage of pastoralists

to commit all sorts of crime

against Nigerians, adding

that the mindless bloodletting

and misery were pushing the

country to the precipice.

In a communique read at

the end of the meeting, Wabba

said: “There is no day in Nigeria

that one form of violent

crime or another is not reported.

Many Nigerian citizens

have been forced by the

large scale spread of rural and

urban violence to abandon

their homes.

“Millions of Nigerians have

become refugees in their own

land. Many Nigerians yet to

flee their homes have literarily

become prisoners in their

own homes as criminals have

forced us into a state of perpetual

tension and apprehension.

“Kidnap for ransom has

been elevated to the status of

jungle enterprise. The crime

of kidnapping has become a

no respecter of persons as the

low and mighty are all vulnerable.

Workers are also victims.

Many of us no longer

Restore peace, trust to

Nigeria, Edwin Clark tells

feel safe both at work and at

home.

“Perhaps, even more worrisome

is the cataclysmic path

that the current state of insecurity

in Nigeria leads to. In

response to the absence of a

firm state response to the persistent

confrontations between

herdsmen and farmers,

many Nigerians are beginning

to resort to self-help.

“The tunes, discordant reactions

and counter-reactions

from these informal frequencies

have constituted in themselves

new grand threats to the

security, stability and sustainability

of the Nigerian project.

“We cannot fold our arms

and watch Nigerians engage

themselves in ethno-religious

squabbles. The dangers are

too significant to ignore.

“When the security situation

in the country started getting

out of hand, we called for the

rejig of the leadership of our

national security apparatus.

This call was neglected until

things deteriorated abysmally.

Now that we finally

have new sets of service chiefs

in place, we demand that the

lapses of the old be identified

and corrected.

“We call for a new verve of

zeal and commitment in the

war against terrorism, banditry,

kidnapping, communal

unrests and clashes. We must

never get to that point where

we surrender the initiative and

paraphernalia of sovereignty

to autonomous state actors.”

On the economic front, Labour

noted that the emergence

of COVID-19 has stripped Nigeria

of its dignity, so much

so that it was becoming increasingly

difficult for the government

of the day to manage

the attendant consequences.

He alluded to insinuations

by the International

Labour Organization

that the virus has wiped off 225

million full time equivalent

working hours from the labour

market. In all, 114 million

jobs were lost temporarily

and a further 33 million

jobs disappeared permanently

due to COVID-19.


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2020 BUDGET MANIPULATION:

ICPC mops up N142bn, indicts

51 health institutions

MEETING: Rotimi Olukorede, Chairman, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB),

Lagos Area Committee (LAC); Fatai Adegbenro, Executive Secretary/CEO, NCRIB; Adelagun

Okanlawon, Executive Director, Technical, Linkage Assurance Plc, and Ayo Akande, Past Chairman,

LAC, during the NCRIB - LAC general meeting recently, in Lagos.

Reps grill new service chiefs, insist Nigeria

must overcome security challenges

By Levinus

Nwabughiogu

ABUJATHE House

of Representatives has

commenced the screening of the

new service chiefs appointment

recently by President

Muhammadu Buhari.

The President had written to

the House, requesting the

screening of the new military top

shots.

This is the first time the House

will be embarking on such

exercise as it had always been

done by the Senate.

The appointees include Chief

of Defence Staff, Major-General

Lucky E.O Irabor; Chief of Army

Staff Major-General Ibrahim

Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff Rear

Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo

and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice

Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amao.

In his opening remarks at the

meeting yesterday, the

Chairman of the ad-hoc

commitee for the screening,

Babajimi Benson, said the

screening was in accordance with

provisions of Section 18 (1) of the

Armed Forces Act, Cap A20 Law

of the Federation of Nigeria 2004

which required that the

nominees be confirmed by the

National Assembly.

He added that the committee

will be thorough and grill the new

service chiefs on areas of personal

skills and experience, insurgency

and general insecurity,

personnel welfare, among others.

He said: “We are here today

(yesterday) to perform the

screening of the nominees as

part of the legal confirmation

process. From the inception

of this 9th House of

Representatives, national

security has been discussed

more than 200 times at plenary.

‘’Yet the nation is still grappling

with diverse and increasing

security challenges, despite some

successes recorded by the gallant

men and women of our armed

forces.

‘’While I appreciate there is no

single magic solution, I believe

the kind of leadership provided

to our armed forces is part of the

solution mix.

“Mr President presented these

nominees for confirmation in

accordance with the provisions

of Section 18 (1) of the Armed

Forces Act, Cap A20 Law of the

Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“I can assure you that the

nominees will be grilled on

questions covering a wide range

of subjects. Areas which they will

be questioned include

professional skill and experience;

$11M FRAUD: U.S. court sentences Invictus

Obi to 10 years imprisonment

A

U.S. court has

sentenced Obinwanne

Okeke, also known as Invictus

Obi, to 10 years in prison.

Okeke was sentenced for his

involvement in a computerbased

intrusion fraud scheme

that caused approximately $11

million in known losses to his

victims.

According to court documents,

the 33-year-old operated a group

of companies known as the

Invictus Group based in Nigeria

and elsewhere.

The Acting U.S. Attorney for

the Eastern District of Virginia,

Raj Parekh, while sentencing him

on Tuesday, said: “Through

subterfuge and impersonation,

Obinwanne Okeke engaged in a

multi-year global business email

and computer hacking scheme

that caused a staggering $11

million in losses to his victims.

“Today’s sentence further

demonstrates EDVA’s and

FBI’s worldwide reach in

vigorously pursuing justice on

behalf of American victims

and others and holding

international cybercriminals

accountable, no matter where

they commit their crimes.”

From approximately 2015 to

2019, Okeke and others engaged

in a conspiracy to conduct various

computer-based frauds. The

conspirators obtained and

compiled the credentials of

hundreds of victims, including

victims in the Eastern District of

Virginia.

Other details provided by the

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the

Eastern District of Virginia,

revealed that Okeke and other

conspirators engaged in an email

compromise scheme targeting a

company – Unatrac Holding

Limited, the export sales office for

Caterpillar heavy industrial and

farm equipment.

“In April 2018, a Unatrac

executive fell prey to a phishing

email that allowed conspirators

to capture login credentials.

“The conspirators sent

fraudulent wire transfer requests

and attached fake invoices.

Okeke participated in the effort

to victimize Unatrac through

fraudulent wire transfers totaling

nearly $11 million, which was

transferred overseas.

“Additionally, Okeke engaged

in other forms of cyber fraud,

including sending phishing

emails to capture email

credentials, creating fraudulent

web pages, and causing other

losses to numerous victims,” the

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the

Eastern District of Virginia

revealed.

Okeke was arrested by the

Federal Bureau of Investigation

(FBI) at Dulles International

Airport while leaving the US for

Nigeria.

However, after months of

denying his involvement in the

crime before a federal judge in

the U.S. and argument of

jurisdiction, he pleaded guilty to

the allegation of conspiracy to

commit wire fraud and agreed to

cooperate with American

authorities last year June.

“The FBI will not allow

cybercriminals free reign in the

digital world to prey on U.S.

companies,” said Brian Dugan,

Special Agent in Charge of the

FBI’s Norfolk Field Office.

“This sentencing

demonstrates the FBI’s

commitment to working with our

partners at the Department of

Justice and our foreign

counterparts to locate

cybercriminals across the globe

and bring them to the United

States to be held accountable.”

Nigeria’s war on terror and

insurgency and insecurity in

general; funding of the military;

strategic security knowledge,

vision of the nominees and

welfare of military personnel

“We are aware of the many

sensitivities around national

security matters and because of

our desire to robustly engage the

nominees to a good level of

granularity across many subject

areas; we have decided to

conduct these vigorous

exchanges behind closed doors.

“This will not only help protect

national security, but more

importantly, also give the

nominees the freedom to respond

more adequately,

comprehensively and

expansively without any fear of

an unwitting exposure of

sensitive information.”

Benson stated that the exercise

would shift to closed-door session

where individual questions will

be asked.

He promised to turn in the

report to the House by next

week, assuring that the House

must ensure the nation fixed its

security challenges.

“After my opening remark; the

nominees will have the

opportunity to state their vision

and aspiration for their respective

roles. We will then be conducting

the screening individually for

each nominee (in closed

sessions).

“Over the next days, we will

compile our notes, deliberate fully

and extensively as a committee

and submit our report and

recommendations to Plenary

next week.

“It is my hope that the frank

and constructive engagement

we will have today (yesterday)

with the nominees will be the

flavour of future encounters and

will continue if they are confirmed

by the National Assembly.

‘’National security requires an all

government approach. We in the

House of Representatives will

continue to engage constructively

with the government and provide

any support needed to strengthen

the hands of our gallant men and

women in uniform to successfully

secure this nation and provide the

peace and stability needed for

economic growth and development

of our country.”

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A Independent BUJATHE

Corrupt

Practices and other related

offences Commission, ICPC, said

yesterday it successfully mopped

up excess cash totalling N147

billion which some Ministries,

Departments and Agencies,

MDAs, illegally diverted from the

2020 budget as personnel cost.

Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji

Owasanoye, SAN, who disclosed

this at a one-day interactive

session with directors of finance

and accounts, as well as internal

auditors of key agencies of the

Federal Government, added that

investigation by the commission

also revealed that 51 health

sector Institutions were involved

in budget manipulations.

According to him, a summary

of findings from the 51 health

sector Institutions showed that

they had, among other things,

engaged in padding of nominal

rolls, widespread misuse of

personnel cost allocation on nonpersonnel

related expenditure,

especially on outsourced services,

to the tune of N4.5 billion, and

fraudulent diversion of funds

through manipulation of account

numbers of beneficiaries on the

GIFMIS platform.

He said ICPC found that the

institutions had unspent excess

balances to the tune of N4.86

billion despite abuses and misuse

of their budgetary allocation.

Prof. Owasanoye noted that

ICPC had, as part of its 2019

System Study and Review of

MDAs, also mopped up N42

billion (personnel cost), after it

was issued a warrant to do so by

the Minister of Finance.

“The Minister of Finance,

through findings of the

commission of the wrong

application of personnel cost on

overhead and capital item, issued

a negative warrant to mop up

excess cash in the personnel cost

of the MDAs to forestall further

misapplication of funds.

“Similar Warrant was issued in

2020 totaling N147 billion which

was a huge savings to

Government. The Year 2020 has

been a challenging year with the

devastating effect of COVID-19

leading to low revenue, low crude

sales, low economic activities and

recession among others, hence

the importance of blocking

leakages and wastages within the

system,” the ICPC boss added.

He said the commission, as part

of its statutory mandate, had in

the past few years been

conducting systems study and

review of MDAs.

“The overall objective of a

system review is reform of the

systems and procedures of public

agencies with a view to

identifying and eliminating,

preventing, blocking and

obstructing opportunities for

corruption.

“To achieve this, the exercise

targets detecting areas of

vulnerabilities, actual

weaknesses, leakages and

corruption risks and to

recommend ways of

strengthening these systems and

removing the discretionary

gaps and such opportunities

for both individual and

institutional malfeasance

on our public resources.''

Banditry: Buhari summons

Zamfara governor

•Northern govs should embrace RUGA

to curtail criminality - Matawalle

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

AMuhammadu BUJAPRESIDENT

Buhari

yesterday summoned the

governor of Zamfara State, Bello

Mattawale on the security

situation in the state.

This came as the Governor

reiterated his position for dialogue

with bandits to curtail the

incessant kidnapping and loss of

lives.

Besides, the Governor said

allowing herders in the country

to be migrating from one place to

another would continue to

worsen the security situation.

Speaking to State House

correspondents after meeting

behind closed doors with the

President at the Presidential

Villa, Abuja, the Governor

confirmed that he was summoned

to brief President Buhari on the

security situation in the state.

He said the strategy used by

his administration to check

insecurity has yielded positive

results and he urged other

northern state governments to

actively pursue the

establishment of RUGA in their

states to put an end to inter -

state movement of cattle.

While noting that herders move

in search of pastures, he said his

state has provided RUGA with

necessary facilities for herders,

adding that if other states should

do the same, the crises caused

by Fulani movements would

become a thing of the past.

On the purpose of his visit, he

said: “I was called by Mr President

and I am here to brief him on

some issues pertaining to security

in my state.

“We discussed much about

them and I briefed him. All the

supports needed from him, he

assured that we are going to get

all the supports. I appreciate his

effort for making me proud of what

he has been doing for the state.

“In terms of security,

particularly in Nigeria, everybody

knows what is happening today.

But in Zamfara, we thank Allah

for giving us that achievement

because even today, about 358

special police force were deployed

to the state to tackle some

challenges.

“We are on course and I believe

that you have heard about it

because before, Zamfara was

almost a flashpoint of bad

reportage, kidnappings, killings

and so on. But today in Zamfara,

we are witnessing little peace in

the state. We thank Allah for that.

“Banditry is something I

inherited. It was ongoing for

almost eight years in the state

but due to my initiative of

dialoguing with them, now

Zamfara is very calm.''


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News

Ignore video condemning Ondo

Judiciary, Chief Judge

Chief Registrar

By Dayo Johnson

AKURECHIEF Registrar

of the High Court of Justice

in Ondo State, Mrs. Bolatito

Ajibade, yesterday, asked the

public to discountenance the

video condemning the Ondo

State Judiciary, the justice sector

in Ondo State and the Chief

Judge, Justice Olanrewaju

Akeredolu.

A step brother to the Chief

Judge, Olupelumi Fagboyegun,

had accused Justice Akeredolu

of illegally detaining him for three

years for going to their father’s

house.

Justice Akeredolu had since

disowned Olupelumi, saying

Dredging: Ajah community

petitions Sanwo-Olu

L AGOSLANDLORDS

and residents of Tunde

Afolabi Street, a residential area

in Ajah area of Lagos State, have

petitioned Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu on the illegal and

reckless activities of sand

dredgers in the community.

This is as the association said

the sand dredgers have used their

trucks to destroy roads, disrupt

movements, and instill

psychological trauma on

landlords and residents of the

street, adding that the operators

are daily frustrating the

administration’s urban renewal

programme.

The petition, filed on behalf of

the association by its solicitor,

SkyFall Partners and signed by

Cookel Oke George, urged the

government to deploy the state’s

special task force and KAI Brigade

to curtail the excess activities of

some persons are using him

against her family.

But in a statement, the Chief

Registrar said that the so-called

Olupelumi was out “to tarnish

the image of the Judiciary and

dent the well-earned integrity of

the fountain of justice in Ondo

State.”

The statement reads: “It has

come to the notice of the Ondo

State Judiciary that someone

who called himself Mr. Olupelumi

Fagboyegun made several

allegations against the

Honorable Chief Judge and third

arm of government in Ondo State

particularly as it relates to judicial

dispensation and administration

of justice.

the dredgers and their trucks

in Ajah, especially on Tunde

Afolabi Street.

The petition reads: “We are

solicitors who act on behalf of the

Landlord and Resident

Association of Tunde Afolabi

Street, Ajah, Lagos. First and

foremost is to commend Your

Excellency for the giant strides

you have attained which have

been evident in various sectors

of our beloved Lagos State. The

most recent of them all is in the

area of housing in Lagos HOMS

Lekki Phase II, on Wednesday,

January 27, 2021.

“Be that as it may, we must

bring to the attention of Your

Excellency, a state of emergency

in one of the regions which

experienced an enviable urban

renewal. It is the Ajah region and

more particularly, Tunde Afolabi

Street.

Fintech firm unveils Woli Arole

as brand ambassador

LAGOSA

financial

technology firm, Fintech,

and a brokerage firm, TigerWit,

have unveiled Woli Arole (Toyin

Bayegun) as their brand

ambassador.

The foreign exchange trade

giant, based in the United

Kingdom, presented Woli to

newsmen in Lagos, after the

signing ceremony, describing him

as 'accessible because of his

character, and he has been a very

long-lasting brand.”

Stating the choice of Arole,

Director of TigerWit Africa, David

Onaolapo, said:

“His work ethics, personality

and character speak for him. But

Lagos ex-dep govs, others

reject plan to merge Badagry

with Alimosho

By Olayinka Ajayi

L AGOSFORMER

deputy governors of Lagos

State, Mrs. Sara Sosan, Mrs.

Idiat Adebule, leaders of the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

local government chairmen and

traditional leaders in Badagry

division, have rejected the

proposed bill in the Lagos State

House of Assembly to merge the

Badagry division with the

Alimosho federal constituency.

Speaking on behalf of the

I’ll like to come from the angle of

who we are as a brand. It is about

why are we different.

We have a platform that’s built

on a secure blockchain system,

where every transaction made is

protected, secured and

immutable.”

Also, TigerWit’s Head of

Marketing, Kennedy Adetayo

said: “Arole is a strong person. In

terms of commercial value, he’s

one of the most commerciallyaccepted

brands across Nigeria.”

In his acceptance speech, the

new TigerWit Brand Ambassador,

Woli Arole, said he was not carried

away by the name of the firm or

their partnership with Premier

League champions, Liverpool FC.

Badagry division, Prince Adio

Oluwa, in a communiqué, said:

“The people of Badagry division

as represented by our traditional

rulers, community leaders, the

political leaders and different

professional groups of Badagry

division reject the proposed redelineation

of the long-existing

and the historical structure of the

divisions in Lagos State.

“Badagry division is strongly

opposed to the proposed merging

of the present Badagry division

with Alimosho federal

constituency which is presently

in Ikeja division.”

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CONDOLENCEFrom left: National Publicity Secretary, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation,

Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin; widow of the late former Lagos State governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande,

Alhaja Abimbola, and National Treasurer, Chief Supo Shonibare, during a condolence visit by

Afenifere to Jakande’s family, in Lagos yesterday.

Herdsmen/farmers clashes: Use

drones to monitor flash points,

Majeobaje tasks S-West govs

By Dapo Akinrefon

& Ola Ajayi

LAGOSSome elders of

the South-West,

speaking as the Majeobaje

group have advised

governors in the region to

make use of drones for

aerial surveillance to check

rising inter-ethnic feuds in

the affected states, just as

former deputy National

chairman of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Bode George, yesterday,

urged President

Muhammadu Buhari to

rescue Nigeria from the

brink of chaos, noting that

the clashes between

herdsmen and farmers,

especially in the South

West, can only be quelled

with the ban on open

grazing.

Similarly, a coalition of

Yoruba groups and

organisations in the

Diaspora, Yoruba One

Voice, YOV, has expressed

concerns over the

breakdown of security in

many zones, just as it called

for the massive deployment

of security forces in the

zone, especially Oyo State,

where many innocent

citizens were recently killed

and displaced, following an

ethnic conflict in Shasha

area of the state.

Rescue Nigeria

from the brink

Speaking during a press

briefing titled: ‘We Must

Withdraw from the Brink’,

George expressed worry

that governments at all

levels were fast losing grip

on the protection of lives

and property, adding that

this was not the time for

ethnic or sectarian

jingoism.

He said: “This is the time

that President

Muhammadu Buhari

should demonstrate a

rallying unifying

leadership to bring all our

people together. Surely, this

is not the time for ethnic or

sectarian jingoism. This is

the time for healing. This

is the time to mend the

broken places and rectify

the pervasive wrongs. Our

people have been living

together in peace and

harmony for more than 100

years even before the

colonialists imposed the

rule of gunpowder.

“The widening spread of

banditry, the reckless

shedding of innocent blood,

the bitter murderous

clashes between farmers

and herdsmen, the loose

brigandry - have virtually

made all corners of our

society insecure,

vulnerable to the rule of the

cudgel and machete.

“Governance everywhere

is fast losing its grip on the

first principles of protecting

lives and properties. From

Sokoto to Lagos, from

Ebonyi to Borno, from

Katsina to Ogun and from

the Savanah to the rain

forest, lives are daily cut

down without the culprits

being brought to pay for

their crimes. Road users are

kidnapped, brutalized,

exposed to un-imaginable

kinds of cruelty and then

forced to pay ransom.

“We must restructure the

Nigerian entity to ensure its

survival as a nation. There

are so many aberrations

thwarting equitable

governance in our country.

The centre is too

encumbered with many

responsibilities. It is

overburdened, stressed

with unnecessary functions

that ought to be devolved

to the states.

“Our federation is only a

federation in name, it is

more of a unitary system,

barking out Command and

Control like a military

hierarchy.”

Use drones to

•Rescue Nigeria from the brink,

Bode George tasks Buhari

check interethnic

crisis

S-West leaders

Similarly, the South West

elders, who spoke under

the aegis of Majeobaje

movement after its

emergency zoom meeting

to discuss series of

interethnic clashes in the

South-West, called for the

immediate de-escalation of

ethnic rumblings by all

sides.

In a communiqué jointly

by its convener and team

leader, Publicity and

Sensitization, Messrs

Akintayo Akin-Deko and

Yomi Layinka respectively,

the elders also called on the

governors to give more

support to the Western

Nigeria Security Network

codenamed Amotekun in

their various states.

The communiqué reads:

“While our South-West

governors have improved

in the handling of security

matters, a lot more still

needs to be done especially

by way of more support for

an urgent capacity

development for

Amotekun. For example,

their herculean task would

be significantly facilitated

by the urgent deployment

of drones for aerial

surveillance across the

forest reserves and

highways of the South-West

states.”

YOV seeks

deployment of

security

personnel in Oyo

On its part, the YOV, in a

statement by its Secretary-

General, Dr. Sina

Okanlomo, strongly

condemned the violence

and provocation in Shasha,

adding that the incident

might be deliberately

designed to subdue the

Yoruba nation.

The statement reads: “The

spate of hostilities and

unwarranted attacks

against us (Yoruba) clearly

shows that our affable trait

is being taken for granted.

“We are aware that some

politicians are covertly

sympathetic to the killer

Fulani herdsmen in the

South-West, but it was a

surreal experience for us to

see the governor boldly

supporting their evil acts in

the public.

“That a governor who

took the oath to protect and

preserve the constitution of

the Federal Republic of

Nigeria is now an apostle

of lawlessness and killings

only show the caliber of

those leading Africa’s most

populous country.

“He has in one breath

conceded that Fulani

herdsmen carry AK 47

and at the same time

encouraging all to do

likewise. The statement

is uncouth, insensitive

and despicable

especially against

families and people that

have been at the

receiving end of these

killer herdsmen. This is

simply a path to anarchy

from the governor

“Based on his support

for herdsmen’s free

movement around the

country with

sophisticated weapons,

we declare him unfit for

any leadership position

and we support calls that

he should apologise to

all well-meaning

Nigerians.”


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Gridlock on Apapa-Oshodi expressway, testerday.

Apapa gridlock: Sanwo-Olu’s traffic team

helpless, as miscreants take over

• Motorists trapped for hours

• We’re talking with stakeholders Lagos govt

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

LAGOSTHERE seems to be no

respite in sight on the chaotic traffic

situation along the Apapa-Oshodi

expressway in Lagos, as all entry and

exit points on the route from Ijesha to

Berger Yard end of the expressway were

on lockdown, yesterday, due to the

activities of recalcitrant truck drivers and

miscreants.

Unfortunately, the new Lagos State

Traffic Management Team, created by

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saddled

with the responsibility of controlling traffic

along the axis, has left motorists at the

mercy of miscreants and commercial

motorcyclists, popularly called Okada

riders.

This development resulted in a gridlock

on the expressway that lasted for several

hours.

The new Traffic Management Team

is headed by Special Adviser to the

Governor on Transportation, Mr. Toyin

Fayinka, with General Manager, Lagos

Traffic Management Authority,

LASTMA, Mr. Jide Oduyoye, as one of

FEC, Senate pay last respect to Jakande

By Henry Umoru,

Johnbosco Agbakwuru &

Prince Okafor

ABUJATHE Federal Executive

Council, FEC, and the Senate,

yesterday, paid their last respect to former

governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef

Jakande, who passed away recently,

honouring him with a minute's silence.

Secretary to the Government of the

Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha,

just before the commencement of the

34th virtual council meeting, presided

over by President Muhammadu Buhari,

at the Council Chamber, Presidential

Villa, in Abuja, called on members to

stand up in honour of the departed.

The late Jakande served in the Federal

Executive Council during the military

era, between November 1993 and March

95, as Minister of Works and Housing.

Lagos senators ask

Buhari to name

Gwarimpa Estate

after him

Similarly, the Senate, which also

accorded Jakande a minute's silence,

described him as a true progressive who

the members.

The chaotic situation, which was said

to have started building up from 11 am,

degenerated and led to a standstill on

the expressway.

Also, the road leading to Kirikiri from

Otto Wharf was taken over by truck

drivers forcing oncoming vehicles to

divert to alternative routes.

Miscreants were seen molesting

motorists trapped in the traffic, extorting

them despite the presence of few

policemen on ground, who looked the

other way.

A Vanguard staff was also

harassed by a group of miscreants who

swooped around his vehicle, forcefully

demanded money and threatened to

vandalise his vehicle.

Narrating his ordeal, the staff said: “I

had to part with N1, 000 before I was let

off especially in the presence of some

policemen around the spot.”

Trucks were also parked along the only

entrance leading in and out of

Vanguard‘s Corporate Headquarters at

Berger Yard.

Angry motorists, however, accused

policemen deployed to control traffic of

failing to control the chaotic traffic

situation, noting that they were busy

collecting ‘tolls’ from the truck drivers,

who were in haste to get acres to depot.

The present situation resurfaced on

Monday, February 15, 2021, after few

days of sanity.

Meantime, at the time of writing this

report, vehicular movement was still at

a standstill.

Motorists could not navigate through

the three alternative roads that led to

the expressway, outward Apapa, as

tankers took over the entire axis forcing

other road users to a halt.

I’m not aware of

traffic gridlock

Fayinka

When contacted, the leader of the

traffic management team, Mr. Fayinka,

said: “I’m not aware of the gridlock

situation in Apapa today (yesterday).

Nevertheless, I will dispatch our traffic

team to the troubled spot to restore

sanity.

“We have been talking with

stakeholders on the need to find a lasting

solution to the gridlock in the axis.

Please, bear with us.”

• As Lagos senators ask Buhari to name Gwarimpa Estate after him

• Jakande was a leading light for Yoruba nation Afenifere

used his position to change the lives of

the people.

Meanwhile, Senators from Lagos State

asked President Buhari to name

Gwarimpa Estate in the Federal Capital

Territory, FCT, after the former Lagos State

governor.

Senator Olamilekan, Adeola who

spoke on behalf of his colleagues, noted

that Jakande, as Minister of Works and

Housing, conceptualised the

construction of the estate, considered to

be the largest in West Africa.

Jakande was a

leading light for the

Yoruba nation

Afenifere

On its part, the pan Yoruba sociopolitical

organization, Afenifere,

yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the

family of late Jakande in Lagos.

The group extolled the legacies of

Jakande, who they described as a true

lover of the masses.

Supo Shonibare, who led the team,

said: “Jakande’s record is yet to be met

by any politician. His leadership aided

the development of Lagos State.

Ado-Odo to construct monarch’s new

palace on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

LAGOSOLU of Ilaro and

Paramount Ruler of Yewa land, Oba

Kehinde Olugbenle, and the Olota of

Ota, Oba Adeyemi Abdulkabir

Obalanlege, will lead Federal and State

government officials and hundreds of

obas and traditional rulers across

Yorubaland to the ancient town of Ado-

Odo for the ground-breaking ceremony

of Olofin Adimula, Oba Abdul-Lateef

Akanni’s ultra-modern private residence,

A member of the organising committee

and senior lecturer at the Lagos State

University, Ojo, Dr. Olakunle Ogundele,

while speaking on the upcoming event,

said: “In recent times, our town had

witnessed many challenges. However,

this event demonstrates the commitment

of sons and daughters of Ado-Odo to

embrace peace and development

championed by our Kabiyesi who has

doubled his commitment to the peace

and development of Ado-Odo and

Aworiland.”

Celebration extended to the maternity

wards!?

Who send you? Don't take us back to the

DNA wilderness oo!

Gbegiri+ewedu+amala+bokoto+a sweating

bottle of...hmmmm! Olojukokoro!


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LAUNCHING: From left: Chief Operating Officer, LATC Group, Gbolahan Shaba; Marketing

Manager, Brand-Co, Olusayo Osinbowale; CEO Brand-Co, Wonuola Okoye; Strategic/Executive

Assistant to CEO, Brand-CO, Tejumade Tejuoso, and Commercial and Business

Intelligence Manager, Brand-Co, Adepoju Adeleke, during the official launch of the

Adidas Stores across the country, in Lagos.

Amaechi, Aguma’s Rivers APC factions

at war over S-Court ruling

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT

The Tuesday’s Supreme

Court judgment in Abuja on

who leads the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Rivers State

has ignited another round of

crisis in the party.

Whereas the faction of APC

loyal to the Minister of

Transportation, Chibuike

Amaechi, said the Supreme

Court ruling has vindicated

them that Igo Aguma and his

supporters were impostors, the

Aguma’s group said the court

did not affirm the sacking of

Aguma.

However, there was

jubilation in the camp of the

Transportation Minister over

claims that the apex court

affirmed the sack of Aguma.

But the spokesman of the

party in the state, Ogbonna

Nwuke, in a statement in Port

Harcourt said the Supreme

Court’s decision threw out the

claim of Aguma to the

chairmanship of the APC

Caretaker Committee,

describing it as a welcome

development.

Nwuke said the APC has

been vindicated by the ruling

of the apex court, adding that

Igo Aguma’s quest for power,

relying on the manipulation of

the law ended as a mere

academic exercise.

He said: “The truth has

come to light. The truth is that

Aguma did not have the locus

standi to declare himself as

chairman. It also

demonstrates that the trial

judge, who planted Aguma as

chairman of the Caretaker

Committee erred in law in

reaching that decision.

“We have always known that

Igo Aguma and his cotravellers

were out to waste the

time of the court. We are glad

that the Supreme Court has

seen through the antics of the

pro-Abe group and

accordingly thrown out the

matter.

“The APC national

secretariat acted well within its

powers when it appointed the

Caretaker Committee headed

by Isaac Ogbobula.”

Aguma camp reacts

But, Livingstone Wechie,

Media Adviser to Igo Aguma,

acting/Caretaker Committee

Chairman of APC Rivers State,

noted that the Supreme Court

only struck out the

applications, which the

counsel prayed the court to

strikeout.

Wechie said: “The Supreme

Court at the instance of Emeka

Etiaba, SAN, leading the legal

team representing the

appellant, Aguma, granted his

request to withdraw our

earliest appeal to the Supreme

Court on the grounds that it

has become statute-barred

being a pre-election matter.

“Etiaba informed the court

that the appellant had two

motions. The first of the two

being a motion on notice

seeking a stay of further

proceedings at the lower court

PAP poor funding: A-Ibom ex-militants

threaten resumption of hostilities

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO

FORMER

agitators under the

aegis of Akwa Ibom Exmilitants

Forum, have

threatened to resume

hostilities over the Federal

Government's poor funding

of the Presidential Amnesty

Programme, PAP.

Chairman and Secretary of

the Akwa Ibom Phase 11, Ex-

Militants Forum, Imoh

Okoko and Mr Sunny Affiah

in a statement in Uyo,

lamented the lack of

provision of funds to PAP to

enable it carry out its

responsibilities, noting that

the Federal Government has

not paid stipends and school

fees to ex-agitators in

vocational training centres

within and outside the

country for some time now.

They stressed that the

prevailing peace in Niger

Delta could only be sustained

by empowerment and

training of repentant

militants, and warned that

failure to do so could push

them to return to the creeks.

They said: “It is a wellknown

fact that the peace

enjoyed in Niger Delta today

depends on the sustenance

filed on July 15, 2020, and the

second was a motion ex-perte

seeking to serve the first

respondent by means of

substituted service.

“ Etiaba announced that the

two applications had been

overtaken by events hence his

application to withdraw both

applications and they were

struck out accordingly by the

Supreme Court.

“Thereafter, Etiaba, for the

appellant, also informed the

court that the third respondent,

Adams Oshiomhole, had a

preliminary objection

challenging his appeal on the

grounds that it was a preelection

matter and therefore,

is statute-barred. Etiaba

informed the court that, that

being the case, and having

of PAP.

‘’The Forum, therefore,

unanimously calls on the

President and other relevant

authorities not to play politics

with the amnesty programme

but to adequately fund it to

enable its leadership

considered the state of the law,

he was persuaded that indeed

the appeal is a pre-election

matter and the Court has

ceased to have jurisdiction to

handle the Appeal and for that

reason alone, the Court should

strike out the matter.

“It was opposed by Tuduru

Ede, SAN, counsel for Isaac

Ogbobula, who raised the issue

that the decision may affect the

other appeals before the court

as the issue of pre-election is

being canvassed therein.

“The court told him that they

are treating the appeal

currently before them and he

should make his arguments in

the other appeal and that the

reason, Etiaba SAN presented

is tenable before the court.

Moreso, he is at liberty to

withdraw his appeal. The court

subsequently granted the

request by Etiaba to withdraw

the appeal and struck it out.”

implement the rehabilitation,

reintegration and existing

phases of the programme

successfully as well as pay

contractors handling various

projects in the zone to sustain

the fragile peace in Niger

Delta today."

Owie congratulates new

WTO boss, Okonjo-Iweala

FORMER Chief Whip of

the Senate, Senator

Rowland Owie, has

congratulated former

Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi

Okonjo-Iweala, on her

emergence as Director-

General of the World Trade

Organisation, WTO.

Okonjo-Iweala was a

Minister of Finance who led

Nigeria’s economy to exit the

Paris Club debt obligations

during her first term as

minister in the administration

of former President

Olusegun Obasanjo.

In a statement, Owie said

he was elated to hear of the

emergence of Okonjo-Iweala

as WTO boss after a very

highly competitive and

protracted process.

He described Okonjo-

Iweala as a brilliant,

competent, world-class

economist and international

development expert whose

works over the years had

distinguished her on the

global stage.

The ex-Senate Whip stated

that the appointment of

Okonjo-Iweala has broken

the 26-year-old jinx of a female

becoming head of the WTO,

adding that she is the first

African to lead the global

trade body in its 26-year

history.

“I am excited to hear of the

emergence of an illustrious

daughter of the Mid-West,

Okonjo-Iweala, as the

Director-General of WTO.

“Your appointment indeed

bears eloquent testimony to

your competence and

experience as a renowned

economist and international

development expert."

LG polls: Delta CJ swears in

tribunal chairmen, members

By Festus Ahon

ASABAAHEAD of the

March 6, 2021 local

government elections, Delta

State Chief Judge, Justice

Marshall Umukoro,

yesterday, swore in chairmen

and members of the Local

Government Election Petition

Tribunal for the three

senatorial districts.

Umukoro, at the swearingin

ceremony in Asaba,

charged chairmen and

members of the tribunal to

discharge their duties

without fear or favour, urging

them to uphold integrity.

He said: “All eyes shall be

on you. I advise that each

panel must work as a team.

The chairman is the leader

and he is expected to accord

members their deserved

respect, as respect is

reciprocal.”

On the period for an

election petition to be filed,

Umukoro said: “An Election

Petition shall be filed within

21 days after the declaration

of the results of the election.

An Election Petition Tribunal

shall deliver its judgment

within 180 days from the date

of filing of the petition.

“An appeal from a decision

of an election petition tribunal

shall be heard and disposed

off within 90 days from the

date of the delivery of the

judgment of the tribunal.”

Edo PDP holds unity meeting

to infuse APC defectors

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY AS a way

of integrating members of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, who followed Governor

Godwin Obaseki out of the

party, the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in Edo State,

yesterday, held a meeting it

christened 'Consolidated

Meeting.'

There have been reported

internal wranglings between

the PDP members and the

former APC members that

joined, which led to agitation

in some quarters that the

leadership of the PDP should

be dissolved to bring in new

members.

The meeting, yesterday,

was chaired by the state

chairman, Dr Tony

Aziegbemi, which had in

attendance members of the

state working committee as

well as former APC state

working committee members

led by Anselm Ojezua.

A statement by the state

Publicity Secretary of the PDP,

Chris Nehikhare said the

meeting was called a

consolidated meeting

“because it is the first time the

erstwhile state working

committee of the APC that

resigned its membership of

APC to join PDP was formerly

meeting with the PDP state

working committee.”

Delta High Court dissolves

motor park c'ittee

By Festus Ahon

ASABA A Delta State

High Court sitting in

Asaba has dissolved the Delta

State Management

Committee on Public Motor

Park and Land Transportation,

popularly known as Up Delta,

declaring it illegal, null and

void.

State chapter of the National

Union of Road Transport

Workers, NURTW, had

dragged the governing

council of the Delta State

Management Committee on

Public Motor Park and Land

Transportation to the court,

challenging

its

constitutionality allegedly by

the state Commissioner for

Youth leaders protest over

abandoned Bomadi poly project

By Chancel

Sunday

BOMADIYouth leaders

in riverine communities

of Delta State, yesterday,

converged on Bomadi,

headquarters of Bomadi

Local Government Area of the

state, and trooped into major

streets in a peaceful protest,

calling on Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa to revisit the

seemingly abandoned

Bomadi Polytechnic project.

The youth leaders,

including members of Ijaw

Youth Council, IYC, and

community youth presidents,

who carried placards with

Transport.

Tony Kanayo, for himself and

on behalf of the members of

NURTW Oshimili South “A”

branch, Asaba, is claimant while

the state Commissioner for

Transport, Delta State, Attorney

General and Commissioner for

Justice, Delta State, Governor

of Delta State, Chief Francis

Arhiyor (for himself and on

behalf of the members of Delta

State Management

Committee on Public Motor

Park and Land Transportation,

and Commissioner of Police,

Delta State are defendants in the

suit.

Trial judge, Justice D Maidoh,

while delivering the judgment,

dissolved the constituted

management committee.

various inscriptions, such as

“Governor Okowa, Sen.

James Manager, Nicholas

Mutu, Oboro Preyor, bring

back our polytechnic.”

Speaking for the protesters,

chairman of IYC, Kerebiri-

Mein Kingdom, Mr Wolo

Okeren, said: “The aim of this

protest is to draw

government’s attention to the

abandonment of Bomadi

Polytechnic project.

“The Polytechnic project

has been abandoned for

many years despite the fact

that the law setting it up had

been passed into law by the

Delta State House of

Assembly in 2015."


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WTO: Ohanaeze, ADF, Ikpeazu, Ohuabunwa,

Orji congratulate Okonjo-Iweala

By Anayo Okoli,

Dennis Agbo &

Steve Oko

APEX Igbo socio-cul

tural organization, Ohanaeze

Ndigbo and Alaigbo

D e v e l o p m e n t

Foundation,ADF, amongst

other groups and personalities,

have poured encomiums

on the newly appointed Director

General of World Trade

Organization, WTO, Dr.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that

her appointment has once

more proved that the only way

to advance the course of humanity

and compete favourably

in the global community

is through an unwavering

commitment to competence,

fairness and excellence.

National Publicity Secretary

of Ohanaeze Ndigbo,

Alex Ogbonnia in a congratulatory

message said that the

group received with immense

joy the news of her historic

emergence because she was

the first African and first woman

to clinch the enviable position

since the WTO came into

existence in 1995.

"The Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Worldwide, led by Ambassador

Professor George A Obiozor

uses this opportunity to

thank President Muhammadu

Buhari and all Nigerians

for all the supports given

to Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-

Iweala.

"Nigerians will always recall

with nostalgia, the various

economic reforms that

Okonjo Iweala introduced

into the Nigerian financial institutions

as a Minister of Finance.

We, in Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Worldwide wish you a successful

tenure of office as the

Director-General of the World

Trade Organization," Ogbonnia

said.

On it's part, Chairman of

ADF Media and Publicity

Bureau, Abia Onyike stated

that Okonjo-Iweala's ascendancy

was not only historic

but a landmark development.

"To become a leader of one

of the three international economic

regimes in the world,

namely the World Bank, International

Monetary

Fund(IMF) and World Trade

Organization (WTO), is not a

small achievement.

"The ADF is convinced that

you have the great pedigree

and orientation to discharge

your duties diligently to the

service of humanity to usher

in a new era of global trade

and economic prosperity.

"There is no doubt that Ndigbo,

Nigeria and Africa would

benefit from your leadership

of this important global economic

institution," Onyike

said.

In her encomiums, wife of

the Governor of Abia State, Dr.

Nkechi Ikpeazu, described

her appointment as an inspiration

to Nigerian women.

Mrs. Ikpeazu said: "Dr.

Okonjo Iweala's emergence

as WTO Director General was

not a fluke but a product of

dedicated, focused career-oriented

life which demonstrated

the awesome capacity that

women have in achieving excellence

"Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala is a

positive lesson about balancing

between a happy family

life and a successful career; her

being a mother of four children

and a successful development

economist at the top

VISIT: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (left) and the new Commandant,

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Enugu State Command,

Commandant, Valentine Ezenyimuru, when the latter paid a courtesy visit to the

governor, at Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

of the echelon".

Mrs. Ikpeazu recalled that

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala's 25-year

stint at the World Bank where

she rose to the number two

position as well as her stewardship

as two-time minister

of Finance and of Foreign

Affairs in the Nigerian Government,

was due to "hardwork,

perseverance and

forthrightness".

She said the story of Okonjo

Iwela "buttresses the fact

that women are capable of

reaching any height they set

their mind to".

In their congratulatory

messages, Senator Theodore

Orji representing Abia Central

and his Abia North counterpart

in the eight senate,

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa

expressed delight over the appointment

which according

to them will mark a new

dawn in the global economy

and international trade.

Senator Orji in a statement

by his Chief Liaison Officer,

Hon. Ifeanyi Umere, described

Okonjo-Iweala as "a

proud Abian and an accomplished

African whose ingenuity

and expertise in global

economy is unmatched".

He said the former Finance

Minister had distinguished

herself in various public positions

she occupied both at

home and at the global arena

Ṫhe former governor recalled

with delight various

contributions by Okonjo-

Iweala in drawing the economic

road map for Abia during

his administration.

He said he was confident

that the global economy

and international trade

would witness tremendous

boom under the watch of

Okonjo-Iweala as the WTO

boss.

Ohuabunwa also in a

statement described Okonjo-Iweala

as " a pacesetter

and the pride of Africa".

The former Speaker, ECO-

WAS Parliament who also

described the appointment as

well deserved, said Okonjo-

Iweala would bring to bear

her wealth of experience and

professional acumen in economic

management.

Ohuabunwa described the

former World Bank Director

as a competent hand

for the job considering her

intimidating resume.

He recalled that as the

Minister of Finance and

the Cordinating Minister

for the Economy, as well as

other sensitive positions

held by Okonjo-Iweala in

the past, she distinguished

herself with excellence.

Ohuabunwa said he had

no doubt that Okonjo-

Iweala would bring to bear

her array of experience, enterprising

spirit and integrity

in finance management

as well as global contacts

and international diplomacy.

He prayed for God's wisdom

and guidance in her new

assignment which he said

would mark a watershed in

the global economic recovery

efforts and international

trade.

Herders/farmers crisis: Iwuanyanwu

calls for peaceful co-existence

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRIAN

elder

statesman, Chief Emmanuel

Iwuanyanwu has

called on the political leaders

to apply caution in handling

the crises from the herders/farmers

ravaging the

country.

Iwuanyanwu spoke at his

Glass House along Orji road

in Owerri yesterday, when he

received the 2023 presidential

support group of the Bauchi

State governor, Bala

Mohammed, led by Mr.

Marshal Kunoun.

Iwuanyanwu said he would

be praying that there would

be no repeat of civil war in

Nigeria following the tension

the herders/farmers crises

have generated in the country

Ṫhe elder statesman in his

short message to Governor

Mohammed's support group

said: "Our leaders must act

with caution in handling

present issues of farmers and

herders disrupting the peaceful

coexistence of Nigeria.

"We saw what happened in

this country during the Nigeria

civil war and it is our

prayer that nothing like that

must happen in this country

again."

He added that "Bala Mohammed

is a long time friend

and has the capability to rule

Nigeria but he must consult

widely. I know Mohammed

is committed to a united Nigeria,

as it is better to have

one united Nigeria as God

has a purpose of bringing us

together as one nation."

Earlier in his remark, the

leader of the group, Kunoun,

said: "Our movement is part

of our collective efforts to support

a credible candidate for

2023 presidential election. We,

the coalition of civil society

for transparency and good

governance consulting for

support of Governor Bala

Mohammed for President in

2023 has visited Chief Emmanuel

Iwuanyanwu in Owerri.

"Our main purpose is that

Governor Bala Mohammed,

is credible and has national

acceptability to be the president

of Nigeria and we are

here to seek support and advice

from the elder statesman

and life member, Board of

Trustees of the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP.A support and

mobilization from people like

him is a guarantee of the realization

of our quest for good

governance come 2023."

2023: Udeogaranya wants APC,

PDP to zone Presidency to S-East

By Vincent

Ujumadu

A

FORMER PRESIDEN

TIAL aspirant in 2019 on

the platform of All Progressives

Congress (APC), Chief

Charles Udeogaranya, has

advised both the ruling APC

and the main opposition People’s

Democratic Party, PDP, to

urgently commence the process

of zoning the 2023 presidency

to the South-East.

Udeogaranya, an Ohanaeze

Ndigbo chieftain, noted

that early dissemination of

information of such a noble

and patriotic deed would further

energise candidates from

the zone to oil their programmes

for Nigeria, particularly

in this critical time.

Udeogaranya maintained

that further assurance that the

presidency would be zoned to

the area would thoroughly

prepare the candidates for the

job, adding that doing so

would help the aspirants to

come out with sound sustainable,

nationalistic programmes.

He lamented that failure of

clear-cut developmental

agenda has been the bane of

leadership from the time of

former presidents who ruled

Nigeria in the past beginning

from Tafawa Balewa to President

Muhammadu Buhari.

“Check out all that had governed

Nigeria in the past, be

they civilians or military men;

they were at one point or the

other, merely dragged into

presidential office by some

power brokers. Virtually all of

them had no clear-cut agenda

for sustainable governance.

And the result is what we are

Stop turning Nigeria into religious economy Obi

ONITSHATHE Vice

Presidential Candidate of

the People's Democratic Party,

PDP, in 2019 elections, Mr. Peter

Obi, has called on christian

leaders to resist the seductions

of 'prosperity gospel devoid

of hardwork', which, he

said, has gradually turned our

nation to a society without

values, honesty, hardwork, integrity,

etc, but rather spread

the gospel that promotes good

values in society..

Obi made this call at All

ENUGUTHE new Com

mandant of the Nigeria

Security and Civil Defence

Corps (NSCDC), Enugu State

Command, Commandant Africa

Valentine Ezenyimuru,

has commended Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi’s peace and

development initiatives, stressing

that he was impressed to

observe that a lot of people

were flooding into the state because

of the enduring peace

and good governance entrenched

by the governor.

Speaking when he paid a

maiden courtesy visit to Gov.

Ugwuanyi at the Government

House, Enugu, yesterday,

Commandant Ezenyimuru,

also applauded the governor

for the cooperation and support

his administration has

continued to extend to the security

agencies in Enugu State,

to ensure that the existing

peace and good governance

in the state are sustained.

The NSCDC Commandant,

who was accompanied by his

Saints Cathedral, Onitsha on

Wednesday, during the recent

opening ceremony of the

Standing Committee Meeting

of Church of Nigeria, Anglican

Communion, which saw

to the gathering of about 1000

delegates, including the Primate,

Archbishops, Bishops,

Chancellors and Lay delegates,

from across the country.

In Obi’s words: "We have

gradually turned to a religious

economy, rather than

seeing happening in Nigeria

today.

“No matter how successful

these past presidents would

claim, I will remind them that

judging by the quantum of resources

available to us about

30 years ago, we are supposed

to be nearly at par with

China or some countries that

are currently doing well today.”

Speaking on why he insists

the Nigerian state should allow

an Igbo person to lead

Nigeria and watch things

happen, he cited how prominent

men and women of Igbo

extraction are making waves

globally.

“At the moment, the World

Trade Organisation (WTO)

has just made Mrs Ngozi

Okonjo-Iweala as its Director-General.

That is just one

out of the many Igbo persons

making wave globally, yet the

Nigeria political power brokers

insist they cannot find a

quality candidates in the

whole of Igbo land to lead

Nigeria more than 50 years

after the civil war.

“For our information, the

Igbo have great men and

women capable of leading

Nigeria to the path of greatness.

We have them in the persons

of Prof. Charles Soludo,

Mr Peter Obi, Chief Nnia

Nwodo, Prof. Bart. Nnaji, Prof.

Pat Utomi and even my humble

self. These men have what

it takes to offer quality and

dynamic leadership to rescue

Nigeria in these trying times.

“I, therefore, sincerely appeal

to the leadership of the

mainstream political parties

to do the right thing for this

nation, by zoning the 2023

presidency to the South-East.”

NSCDC boss hails Enugu govt on

peace devt

management team, equally

thanked the governor for his

hospitality and accommodating

spirit, saying: “Because of

the peace that rules in Enugu

State, people are flooding into

this state. You (Ugwuanyi) said

that Enugu State is in the

hands of God and you are attracting

peace unknown to

you”.

Speaking further, Commandant

Ezenyimuru disclosed

that “through intelligence

gathering, one of those

we interviewed told me that it

is only in Enugu that they can

sleep with their two eyes

closed; that they have not seen

a peaceful state better than

Enugu State”.

The new Commandant

who informed Gov. Ugwuanyi

that the essence of the visit

was to formally introduce

himself to him, assured the

governor of his cooperation

and support towards the full

actualization of his administration’s

sound vision for the

state, especially in the area of

peace and security.

productive economy. Go to

different churches today, you

hear things like 'receive your

car keys'! You then see people,

who should be more concerned

about contributing to

a more productive economy,

falling for such distractions.

Let the church rise up and

spread the true gospel of hardwork,

diligence and honesty",

Obi appealed. He urged everyone

to continue to preach

hardwork and discipline for

societal growth and development.


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NUC approves 7 new academic

programmes for FUPRE

By Etop Ekanem

THE

National

Universities Commission,

NUC, has approved seven new

academic courses for the Federal

University of Petroleum

Resources, Effurun, FUPRE,

Uvwie LGA of Delta State.

The letter of approval by

Director of Academic Planning,

Dr Noel Saliu, on behalf of the

Executive Secretary, Prof.

Abubakar Racheed, to the Vice

Chancellor of the Federal

University of Petroleum

Resources Effurun, FUPRE.

He named the courses to

include B. Eng. Civil

Engineering and B. Eng.

Computer Engineering.

Court dismisses suit against WAEC

over sack of Edo company worker

BENIN

CITYAN

Edo State High Court

sitting in Benin City has

dismissed a suit against the West

African Examination Council

(WAEC) over the purported

dismissal of a former staff of Bendel

Insurance Company, Oriabure

Patrick, who was the claimant in

the suit marked B/116/2017.

The claimant claimed he was

dismissed from work because of

the negligence of WAEC in not

issuing him his complete result

and demanded for N200 million

special damages and N5 million

general damages, adding that he

was dismissed because the

company “discovered that his

Others are, Masters in

Environmental Policy and

Regulation; B. Sc. Statistics; B.

Eng Petrochemical Engineering;

B.Sc. Science Laboratory

Technology and B. Eng. Natural

Gas Engineering.

The approval was sequel to a

successful resource verification

exercise carried out by NUC.

The letter of approval informed

the Vice Chancellor, Prof.

Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, that the

Executive Secretary has

approved the establishment of

the full-time mode of the

following undergraduate and

postgraduate programmes to be

run in the main campus of the

university, effective 2020/2021

academic session.

Makoko residents get free

medical aid courtesy HEAI

By Juliet Umeh

RESIDENTS

of

Makoko, in the Yaba area

of Lagos, have received free

medical attention for various

ailments, courtesy of Health

Empowerment African Initiative,

HEAI.

No fewer than 100,000 persons

benefited from the 2-day medical

outreach to the waterfront

community.

The residents were tested for

hepatitis, HIV, blood sugar level,

blood pressure among others.

The Coordinator, HEAI, Mr.

Uzor Ezechukwu, said the rate

of people suffering from hepatitis

B was worrisome.

According to him, “Almost all of

them are having hepatitis B and

for the children, it is skin rashes

and malaria. This is possible

because of the dirty waters

around here since the people

defecate in the same water they

swim.”

He noted that the rate of HIV

infection in the area was very low

but most of the pregnant women

tested had high blood pressure.

Explaining the choice of Makoko,

Ezechukwu said; “They don’t

have a single doctor or a chemist

shop, and we are here to close

the gap as an NGO. Where the

government cannot reach, NGO

steps in to fill up the gap. “We are

especially grateful to our

generous donors and the

community for being gracious

hosts, especially to the Baale

Shemede for help in sensitising

the community.”

He commended the volunteers

including the medical personnel

that supported the initiative.

statement of result was

incomplete as some papers the

claimant wrote were missing” and

he was given three months to

regularise which he accused the

examination of not doing.

But in his ruling, Justice Victor

Oviawe ruled that the claimant

was not able to prove his case

that he was dismissed because of

WAEC’s negligence but that his

employer said he was removed

because of reorganisation in the

company.

He said: “Accordingly on the

1st issue for determination, I find

and hold that the claimant has

not proved his claim on the

preponderance of evidence.''

Talod Ocean Airfreight bags

WCO Certificate of Merit award

ABUJAA Lagos-based

freight forwarding firm,

Talod Ocean Airfreight Limited

has clinched the World Customs

Organisation (WCO) Certificate

of Merit Award.

The award was presented by

the Comptroller General of the

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),

Colonel Hameed Ali (retd) at the

just-concluded International

Customs Day Celebration which

took place in Abuja.

It was a moment of joy as

freight forwarding

practitioners, friends,

business associates and wellwishers

across the country

poured encomiums on the firm.

They also poured accolades on

the Managing Director and Chief

Executive Officer (CEO) of the

firm, Aare Hakeem Olanrewaju.

Apart from being the pioneer

Vice Chairman of the maiden

Governing Council of the Council

for the Regulation of Freight

Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN),

the Talod Ocean Airfreight

Limited helmsman was also the

Chairman, Governing Council of

the CRFFN during its second

tenure.

The Certificate of Merit Award

was presented to Olanrewaju by

the Secretary General of WCO,

Mr. Kunio Mukuriya at an

impressive ceremony at the

Federal Capital Territory

(FCT), Abuja recently.

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Akpata, G.O. Ewulomi Divine Church and Rev. Okeko Anthony during the funeral service for Late Mrs

Mariam Aduke-Ohunene Otubu by the Church of the Lord, Agege at Agege Stadium in Lagos.

Zamfara Senators, Reps urge Buhari to grant

amnesty to repentant bandits in N-West

By Henry Umoru

A

B U J A

SENATORS and

members of the House of

Representatives from Zamfara

State yesterday called on

President Muhammadu Buhari,

to grant amnesty to repentant

armed bandits from the North

West geo-political zone of the

country.

At a briefing, the Zamfara

National Assembly Caucus who

are members of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, claimed

offering the repentant armed

bandits amnesty like in the case

of Niger Delta agitators would

encourage them to contribute

positively to the society.

Briefing on behalf of the

lawmakers, Deputy Senate

Minority Whip, Senator Sahabi

Ya’u, Zamfara North, flanked by

Senators Hassan Mohammed,

PDP, Zamfara Central and

Hassan Anka Lawan, PDP,

Zamfara West, argued that it had

become very imperative for the

amnesty to be granted the

bandits.

He said among others, “We

appreciate our security forces

who have keyed into this

peace policy. We are grateful

to everyone in Zamfara, who

have provided support for the

Insecurity: Tiv in diaspora urges

NASS to legislate against open

grazing to stem crisis

By Peter Duru

M

A K U R D I

MEMBERS of Tiv

extraction in the diaspora on the

aegis of the Mutual Union of Tiv

in the United Kingdom,

MUTUK, has called on the

National Assembly to urgently

legislate against open grazing in

Nigeria to end the raging

herdsmen crisis in the country.

The group argued that the law

as obtained in other climes should

be devoid of tribal and sectional

leanings to restore peace and

trust amongst the citizenry.

The Publicity Secretary of

MUTUK, Salome Biam, in a

statement on behalf of the

President, Dr. Kohol Iornem

yesterday in Makurdi observed

that “civilized nations have long

embraced ranching as a way of

rearing cattle and we believe that

is the way forward in restoring

peace amongst farmers/

herdsmen in Nigeria.

“It’s an indictment on the

Federal Government to be giving

flimsy excuses while allowing

increasing killings, rape,

kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen

to spread from the middle belt

Southward.

“Nigerians have never

witnessed such an

unprecedented spate of killings

since the civil war ended and

the nefarious activities of

the marauding Fulani

herdsmen are attributable

to this state of insecurity.

“We need not say; the primary

responsibility of the government

as enshrined in our

constitution is the protection

of lives and properties and failure

of these basic responsibilities is a

call to anarchy.”

Sex scandal: Kano Hisbah Board

moves to probe against official

KANOTHE

Kano

State Hisbah Board,

yesterday set up a five-member

committee to investigate alleged

sex scandal involving one of its

officers.

A team of policemen in Sabon

Gari, Fagge Local Government

area, arrested the Hisbah official,

in charge of änti-begging unit,

with a married woman in a hotel

on Monday.

The Board’s Chairman, Mallam

Harun Ibn Sina revealed that a

committee has been set up to

investigate the matter and given

three days within which to submit

its report to the board for necessary

action. According to him, the

Board would sanction the officer

should he be found guilty.

“But if the outcome of the

investigation or the

recommendations are beyond the

power of the board, it will forward

it to the appropriate authority for

necessary action,” he stated.

The officer was said to have

been arrested following a

success of this peace initiative

and also call on the federal

government of Nigeria to

borrow a leaf from the Zamfara

peace initiatives to achieve

national peace.

“It is our belief that the

Federal Government should

offer amnesty to those

repentant bandits in the

North West region, because

we are convinced that these

repentant bandits should be

encouraged to contribute

positively to society.

“This conviction comes on

the heels of a similar success

recorded in the Niger Delta

when the late President

IGP deploys 302 MOPOL, Special

Forces to combat Kaduna bandits

By Ibrahim Hassan

K Police ADUNATHE

authorities have

deployed 302 officers and men of

Mobile Police, Counter Terrorism

Unit, CTU, and Police Special

Forces under the auspices of

Operation Puff Adder II, to

combat bandits and other

complaint lodged by the

husband of the woman with

whom he allegedly had an affair

in the hotel.

Umaru Yar’Adua granted

amnesty to repentant bandits

in that region.

“Today, the story in that once

troubled area is clearly not the

same. The amnesty worked

perfectly by turning the

criminal minded into

productive elements and they are

usefully contributing to the

society in various fields of

endeavor.

“Today, the attacks on critical

infrastructures including oil

installations, pipeline vandalism,

and adoption of expatriates in the

region have drastically reduced

courtesy of the Amnesty

programme.

criminal elements in the state.

They would be drafted to Birnin-

Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, Chikun and

Kajuru Local Government Areas

of the state.

El-Rufai, who flagged off the

deployment of the troops, urged

them to consolidate on the gains

of Operation Puff Adder 1, by

helping restore peace in Kaduna.

Represented by the State

Commissioner for Internal

Security and Home Affairs, Mr.

Samuel Aruwan, Governor el-

Rufai, told the troops that, the

state was facing security

challenges ranging from banditry,

kidnapping, cattle rustling,

armed robbery,etc.

ADVAN CMO forum hosts business

leaders on strategic leadership

THE Advertisers Association

(ADVAN) is hosting

business leaders in discussions

on ‘Strategic Leadership in

turbulent Times’ today.

The event will assemble top

Nigerian CMOs and CEOs to

debate requisite leadership

capabilities in disruptive times.

The ADVAN CMO Forum was

birthed out of a need to provide

the nation’s business leaders

with a platform to hold

meaningful discourse on ways to

better navigate the fast-changing

marketing communications and

business landscape.

The platform had hosted

several pertinent conversations

on effective marketing and

business leadership for the

future.

The 2021 conversation will be

led by the CEO of Airtel Nigeria,

Mr. Segun Ogunsanya and the

CEO of the WFA, Mr. Stephan

Loerke and will provide valuable

tutelage on efficacious leadership

in chaotic times.

Speaking on the motivation for

the year’s focus, Mrs Bunmi

Adeniba, Acting President of

ADVAN said; “Creativity,

innovation and best strategies

will be meaningless in

turbulent times without a

strong cohesive driver, more than

ever before strategic leadership

is requisite for business

sustainability and growth.”


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18TH MATRICULATION CEREMONY OF NIJ

The 18th matriculation ceremony of Nigerian Institute of Journalism, held at NIJ campus, Ogba yesterday. Photos: Akeem Salau.

From left: Mrs Omohwovo Odomero, Principal Librarian; Dr Adeboye Ola, HOD,

General Studies; Mrs Patricia Kalesanwo, Acting Registrar; Mr Gbenga Adefaye,

Provost; Dr Dele Omojuyigbe, Deputy Provost; Mr Mike Osuji, HOD, Mass

Communication and Mr Jide Johnson, Director of Special Programme, all of NIJ.

Cross section of management staff of NIJ

Cross section of newly admitted Higher National Diploma (HND )students

Cross section of newly admitted National Diploma (ND) students.


16 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

WHEN

President

Muhammadu Buhari said

recently that Nigeria’s ‘elite’ were

‘harassing’ his government, I

instinctively wanted to defend him.

I may be his arch-critic, but I don’t

want his government harassed

unfairly.

But then, I asked: Is the

allegation true? Is President

Buhari’s government unfairly

harassed? The answer is no! Why?

Well, let’s examine both the

allegation and the evidence.

On January 31, after revalidating

his membership of his party in his

constituency in Daura, Kastina

State, President Buhari said the

Nigerian elite had always unfairly

harassed his administration.

Here’s how he put it: “No, Nigeria’s

elite are not interested in rating the

competence, but they are interested

in harassing us with all the efforts

we are making.” President

Buhari’s constant refrain is that he

inherited a “state of decay and rot”

but has “worked so hard with

limited resources” to make things

better.

But how true are these claims?

Well, any objective assessment or

fact-checking will show that while

President Buhari indeed met a bad

situation on the ground, he made

things worse through bad policies,

unwise actions and, indeed,

inactions!

Of course, it would be grossly

unfair and inaccurate to say that

President’s Buhari administration

has achieved nothing in its nearly

six years in office. In truth, there

are some positive achievements

that one can attribute to his

government. I would mention

three.

First, as we have seen this week,

history will record that it is under

President Buhari’s administration

Pity President Buhari, victim of

‘harassment’ by Nigeria’s elite

that a Nigerian, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-

Iweala, became the first African

and first woman Director-General

of the World Trade Organisation.

Of course, Okonjo-Iweala’s global

profile and the new US President

Joe Biden’s endorsement, not

Nigeria’s influence, clinched the

victory for her. Yet, President

Buhari deserves credit for

nominating her and standing by

her candidacy through thick and

thin. It’s a big diplomatic victory

for Nigeria, and Buhari!

Second, the Buhari

administration has made some

progress on infrastructure,

particularly railways, albeit

almost entirely debt-funded, with

Chinese money and firms being

front and centre of it. But the

government’s claim of a “rail

revolution” has some truth in it;

the railways, Buhari’s pet

infrastructure, are, indeed, being

resuscitated.

Third, President Buhari has

signed into law several critical

bills that had gestated and

languished for so long. Notable

among these are the Companies

and Allied Matters Act, CAMA,

2020, which replaced the 30-yearold

Companies and Allied Matters

Act of 1990, and Nigeria’s firstever

Federal Competition and

Consumer Protection Act 2018.

These laws are not perfect but,

given how long we talked about

the need for them, their enactments

by Buhari’s administration are

significant, and to his credit.

But here’s the rub. All these

achievements are easy wins. None

of them requires great

competence. For instance, any

president can nominate a citizen

for an international job, even if he

lacks the international clout to

secure victory for him or her. Dr

Okonjo-Iweala said in one

interview that while the Nigerian

government provided basic

assistance, she relied mainly on

her own resources and global

contacts to campaign for her

selection, and, as we know, without

the election of President Biden she

wouldn’t have got the job.

Equally, any president can sign

contracts with China for rail

constructions, given how willing

China is, in pursuit of its strategic

Belt and Road Initiative, to fund

and build railways overseas.

Infrastructure socialism, where

government solely funds

infrastructure projects through

borrowings, without private

financing, is no real achievement.

Finally, any president with

parliamentary majority can secure

the enactments of bills and sign

them into law.

So, President Buhari has picked

the low-hanging fruit. Not a bad

thing, but he completely comes a

cropper on his key election

promises. In a democracy, elected

politicians are judged by their

manifesto commitments. In 2015,

President Buhari ran on a

platform of economic revival,

national security and anticorruption.

But on each of these,

he has, now nearly six years in

power, failed woefully to deliver on

his promise.

The economy is, today, a lot

worse than what Buhari inherited

in 2015. Since then, the economy

has entered into a recession twice,

making him a two-recession

president. Under his government,

Nigeria became the “poverty

capital of the world”, and business

failures, capital flight and

unemployment have skyrocketed.

And why? Because of bad policies,

such as the CBN’s recent ban on

cryptocurrency, that have choked

private sector dynamism and

killed investor confidence.

What about national security?

Well, Nigeria faces greater threats

to its security and internal

cohesion today than it did before

Buhari became president in 2015.

Sadly, instead of understanding

Structured MSMEs: The ease of doing business with government

By TIMI OLUBIYI

IN today’s turbulent business

environment, predominantly with the

economic recession, inflation and the

disruptive novel coronavirus, COVID-19,

pandemic, strategy becomes the main

source of competitive advantage for

businesses and organisations. However, for

a strategy to be meaningful, a business must

have a reliable, working and organisational

structure. The fundamental problem that

occurs in most businesses, particularly the

nano, micro and small-sized enterprises in

the country is that they operate informally,

and how to establish a successful and

profitable enterprise in a way to satisfy the

common and personal interest is

complicated. I am delighted to correctly

inform you that this issue revolves around

sound business structure planning. Hence,

when a business and its activities are divided,

organised, coordinated and controlled

without duplications and is hassle-free, it is

said to be structured.

Organisational structure can be seen as

ways in which responsibilities and power

are allocated and work procedures are

carried out in a business by operators and

workers. From context observation small

businesses in Nigeria are rarely structured;

usually, they have a small working group

and face-to-face communication is

frequent; this generally undermines

formality, business growth, and productivity.

A point to note is that this informal

arrangement is prevalent in the country and

is a worrisome culture amongst startups and

small businesses.

Thus, this piece is to share the importance

of business formalisation and the need to

have organisational procedures, established

rules and responsibilities assigned,

regardless of the business size, employee size,

revenue generation, or the range of the

business function. Having a business

Nigeria faces greater

threats to its security

and internal cohesion

today than it did before

Buhari became

president in 2015

incorporated or registered at the Corporate

Affairs Commission, CAC, and setting up a

business account in a commercial bank are

only the starting points of formalisation of

business; structure involves a whole lot

more.

The idea of structure in a business is for

efficiency and effectiveness because it affects

the safety of assets, fund-raising, taxation,

customer experience, governance and

engagements. The smooth continuation of

any business upon ownership change or

succession and the financial information of

the business is also affected by the structure

in the business. Business requires structure

chiefly for continuity, growth and

profitability. In my view, the efficiency of a

business can be measured by how well the

business is structured. Therefore, for a

business either large, small, or nano to fulfill

its purpose and have a mechanism

constructed to achieve the purpose, a

functional structure has to be in place in the

business. More importantly, functional

structure affects business operations in two

ways. First, it provides the foundation on

which standard operating procedures and

routines rest. Second, it determines which

individuals get to participate in which

decision - making processes, and thus to what

extent their views shape the business

operations.

To substantiate the perennial issue of

informality and lack of structure among

businesses, a survey was conducted on

MSMEs in Lagos State, the commercial

nerve centre of the country(The computer

village Ikeja, Alaba International Market,

and within some market associations -Auto

Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers-

ASPAMDA- and Balogun Business

Association) to get more insights. The survey

revealed that a large percentage of close to

97.4 per cent of the respondents who are

business owners and SME operators have

organic structure (no accountant, no

operating software, no technology usage, no

rules and procedures) in their businesses.

With the survey, a high number of poorly

run businesses with little or no structure

were identified and this is a huge challenge

to business continuity.

Some of the issues they face as a result of

this informality include high employee

turnover and hiring problems, low

productivity, high number of low skilled

staff, lack of bookkeeping and, in most cases,

no accounting or customer/sales data.

However, such data could be used to gain

insights into sales, profitability, patronage

and for strategy, implementation to stay

ahead of the competition. More so with such

data sets (business and customers) if

available, it can help to identify areas of

weakness and strength of the business and

also ensure no part of the business operation

or customer experience is overlooked. With

The efficiency of a business

can be measured by how well

the business is structured

good structure, businesses can provide

exceptional customer service experience and

audited financial statements useful for

government procurements, services and

public contract qualifications.

For a business to have a good structure

these components: the board, the

management, business goals,

vision,operations, governance, accounting,

bookkeeping, human resources and

technology usage have to be defined.

Because they have significant effect on the

way the organisation performs its activities

and if one component does not fit, the

performance of the whole business will be

hindered. For instance, improper

accounting systems and bookkeeping can

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and tackling the root-causes of

insecurity and ethnic and religious

tensions in Nigeria, the Buhari

administration is resorting to

demagoguery, blackmail and

threats.

Recently, the Presidency said

there was a plot to launch a smear

campaign against President

Buhari to portray him as

“pandering to ethnic and other

primordial tendencies”. But where

is the “smear”? Truth is, Buhari is

not a unifying president. His

actions and inactions are at

variance with his rhetoric on unity.

For instance, he is instinctively

more sympathetic to the

herdsmen’s cause than the farmers.

This week, President Buhari said

he would not “allow” ethnic and

religious violence, but that sounds

like as a coded threat against

communities being terrorised by

killer herdsmen, who have acted

with impunity over the past five

years, arguably emboldened by a

seemingly sympathetic and

protective president.

Finally, Buhari’s last election

promise: anti-corruption. Despite

nearly six years of a much-hyped

anti-graft war, the recent verdict

of Transparency International says

it all: Nigeria is the second most

corrupt country in West Africa! Say

no more!

President Buhari said that

Nigeria’s elite are not interested

in rating the competence of his

administration. No, they are! But

their objective assessment shows

that, apart from picking the lowhanging

fruit, the Buhari

government lacks the vision and

competence to move Nigeria

forward. If President Buhari sees

pointing that out as “harassing”

his government, well, it’s fair and

well-deserved!

result in financial disaster for a small

business or even cause a business failure. In

addition, governance structures and

leadership are equally important because

they are the frameworks that can help

businesses achieve long-term success for all

their stakeholders.

Significantly, to improve the structure and

efficiency of a business the most central

formalisation tool available is the

technology and the organisational chart. We

live in an age of high technology

development in various sectors and

industries, this increasingly improves the

adoption of automation for businesses and

is, therefore, a more logical way to support

business structure. Business structure with

technology will reduce operational cost,

provides standardised procedure,

accountability and clear reporting, among

others.

For several reasons, large firms may have

a comparative advantage over small

businesses mainly on business and

organisational structure. Nano, micro and

small businesses are poorly structured all

across the country; therefore formality and

adequate structure are advised for business

sustainability and growth. It is also apparent

that SME operators need to adopt good

governance, prepare a financial statement

as at when due, and keep proper records.

It will help such small businesses take

other opportunities such as taking part in

government services,procurements, Public

Private Partnership, PPP, and contract

exercises. Recall, government is the biggest

procurer of goods and services; operating

in the public sector space should be a target,

however, it requires adequate formality and

structure. If this part of your business is

sorted it will be easy to identify and qualify

for opportunities within the government and

public space.

Continues online:www.vanguardngr.com

•Dr. Olubiyi, an entrepreneurship &

business management expert wrote via,

drtimiolubiyi@gmail.com


From Kankara to Kagara, hypocrisy

defines government

ANYONE who watches the

trending video of heavily

armed bandits taunting Nigeria

and its doddering leadership and

emotionally assaulting passengers

of the Niger State Transport

Authority, NSTA, bus without

feeling sorry for the country must

be subhuman. The victims were

abducted in the Yakila district of

the Rafi Local Government Area

of Niger State on February 15. I

had goosebumps watching babies

crying, women frantically

pleading, men humiliated and

resigned to fate, and of course, their

tormentors, having the fun of their

lives, celebrating their successful

haul of human cargo that will soon

translate into millions of naira.

The Niger State governor,

Abubakar Sani Bello, has

confirmed the video and the N500

million ransom already demanded

by the bandits. The video

graphically illustrates how low the

country has sunk under President

Muhammadu Buhari’s watch. It

depicts the helplessness of

Nigerians in the face of the

existential threat they collectively

face. Under Buhari’s watch, it is

sorrow, tears and blood, as the

Afrobeat legend, Fela, would say.

But the consolation is that

Nigerians, South of the Niger, have

also resolved never to roll over for

the hoodlums from the North ever

again.

I had resolved last week to stay

off the tomfoolery of the Nigerian

elite, having come to the inevitable

conclusion that they are dyed-inthe-wool

hypocrites, set in their

adulterous ways. They have no

fidelity to the common good. But

it is extremely difficult, if not

impossible, to stay aloof when an

issue is existential threat -

Nigerians are at that dreadful

moment when many are

increasingly questioning whether

their lives have meaning, purpose,

or value in their own country.

We are at that scary juncture

where though bandits have become

existential threat, yet the Northern

elite, like the ostrich, are burying

their heads in the sand, pretending

that by so doing the country’s woes

will be wished away. On Tuesday,

Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad

Gumi, the chief ideologue of the

Fulani supremacist agenda, was on

the Africa Independent Television,

AIT, where he made the bold-faced

claim that bandits learnt

kidnapping from Niger Delta

militants. That is a lie.

To dissuade terrorists from

maiming and killing fellow

citizens, he doubled down on his

vexatious demand that they be

granted amnesty and handsomely

compensated if they

magnanimously agree to be

persuaded to lay down their arms.

To them, we, the lesser mortals,

don’t have the right to live

peacefully or otherwise. It is a

privilege at their whims and

caprices.

The hubris is suffocating. Rather

than address the issue of insecurity,

what you hear from the Northern

elite is this condescending

admonition to the rest of the

country not to provoke their wrath.

Rather than telling their brothers

to stop the kidnappings and

senseless bloodletting, they are

angry that Nigerians have the

audacity to call them out. They are

enraged that other Nigerians have

the guts to push back on their

brazen expansionist agenda.

Why would a governor from the

South demand that Fulani

herdsmen be flushed out of the

forests in his state? They are

enraged that non-state actors like

Sunday Igboho would dare

challenge the suzerainty of the

Fulani and defend their people in

the face of government’s shameful

abdication of its primary

responsibility which is the

protection of lives and property of

the citizens.

They are deploying every trick in

the book to deflect the blame from

themselves. In all their posturing,

they do everything to shield

President Buhari, the man on

whose watch the country is going

to the dogs, from any blame.

Curiously, a people that long ago

elevated to an art the tendency of

blaming the group for the sins of a

few are today crying foul that

Nigerians are blaming herdsmen

Any country that

chooses to pamper

bandits and reward,

rather than punish

criminality, pays a very

stiff price

for the mayhem across the country.

They are now saying that crime has

no ethnicity, which is true. But

remember the egregious lie of

branding the January 15, 1966

coup an Igbo coup?

Yes, that is the hypocrisy that

rules the land. They pretend not to

know what happened on that

fateful day - a group of army

officers, the majority of who were

Igbo, on their own planned a coup

without consulting ordinary Igbo

people in the street. Yet, they

conveniently branded it for the

singular purpose of exacting

maximum revenge on the Igbo.

Over 55 years after, that lie has

persisted and it is at the root of all

the injustices meted out to the Igbo

in Nigeria. Yet, these same people

are protesting loudly that

Nigerians are calling out those

who have turned Nigeria into a

huge killing field.

Why shouldn’t those terrorising

Nigerians be identified ethnically?

If they are Igbo, will the Sheikh

Gumis of this country do

otherwise? Now that it has been

established beyond doubt that

Fulani bandits are behind the

mayhem, why should we shy away

from saying so? Gumi

acknowledges that those he met

with in the Zamfara forests are

Fulani and those who Governor

Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State

went to West African countries to

pay ransom after they killed his

people in Kaduna were Fulani.

Any country that chooses to

pamper bandits and reward, rather

than punish criminality, pays a

very stiff price. Criminals are

emboldened when they

are treated with kid

gloves. So, while Sheikh

Gumi is busy demanding

amnesty for people, most

of them non-citizens, who

have made Nigeria a hell

for citizens, the bandits

struck again on

Wednesday. This time, it

was at the Government

Science College, Kagara

in Rafi local government

of Niger State. The

bandits who struck at

about 2.00 a.m., killing

one student, Benjamin Doma,

whisked away 27 others, three

teachers and 12 family members.

The Kagara abduction is coming

less than three months after

gunmen abducted hundreds of

students of Government

Secondary School, Kankara in

Katsina State. Though the number

of abductees as confirmed by

Governor Bello are fewer, this is

the first time that a student will be

killed at the crime scene and

teachers taken hostage. Of course,

the governor has not only shut

down the school with about 650

students, he has also ordered that

all boarding schools in Rafi,

Mariga, Munya and Shiroro local

government areas of the state be

shut until further notice.

With this incessant pillaging of

schools, how can parents yield to

persuasion to enroll their wards?

Yet, this is a region that has the

highest number of out-of-school

children globally and the few that

agreed to go to school are being

kidnapped, killed and

dehumanised by bandits. What a

tragedy! The reactions are the

same. It is all déjà vu. Governor

Bello, pretending to be the tough

cookie that he is obviously not, told

journalists on Wednesday his

government will not pay ransom

to the bandits. But he is prepared

to support and assist repentant

bandits. Who is fooling who?

Senators making their usual

noise, called on Buhari to declare

a state of emergency and

implement their various

recommendations on how to

tackle the escalating insecurity

across the nation. Buhari described

the kidnapping as brazen and

cowardly even as he dispatched a

team of security chiefs to Minna,

the Niger State capital, to

coordinate the “rescue” operation.

Buhari’s Senior Special

Assistant on Media and Publicity,

Garba Shehu, said the president

assured the security chieftains of

the support of his administration

and urged them to do all that can

be done to bring an end to the saga

and “avoid such cowardly attacks

on schools in the future”. Wasn’t

that exactly what he said after the

Kankara kidnap saga?

The Minister of Defence, Major

General Bashir Magashi, assured

that the Kagara abductees will be

rescued with the same strategy

used in Kankara. Put simply, they

will negotiate with the bandits, pay

hefty ransom to secure the release

of the victims. That was the

Kankara strategy. Magashi said

Nigerians have a responsibility to

ensure adequate security, insisting

it is not the responsibility of the

military alone.

“We shouldn’t be cowards.

Sometimes the bandits come with

about three rounds of ammunition

and when they fire shots everybody

will run. In our younger days, we

stood to fight any form of

aggression,” he said. Isn’t that

interesting coming from the same

government that will shoot down

anyone who tries to stand up to the

impunity of bandits? Hypocrisy

truly defines this government.

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Edo govt seals 23 sawmills over

illegal logging

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITYEDO state

government yesterday sealed 23

Saw Mills for being in possession of

279 illegal logs which are believed

to have been harvested from several

forests without permission from the

necessary quarters.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry

of Environment and Sustainability,

Mr Lucky Wasa told journalists that

the illegal logs were felled and taken

away from Edo State Forest Reserves

at odd hours and vowed that the

culprits would be brought to book.

Wasa also said that Forest Officers

and Uniform Field Staff would

henceforth be running shifts to curtail

the activities of these illegal loggers.

He called on saw millers and lorry

owners “not to accept illegal logs as

the full weight of the law would be

brought to bear on any defaulter.”

The Permanent Secretary solicited

the support of saw millers and timber

contractors in the state to partner

with the state government in “the

state government’s afforestation

programme.”

In the same vein, he said 242 logs

stolen from the creeks of Edo State

being carted away to a neighbouring

state have been intercepted by a crack

team led by the Head of Log Control,

Mr. Felix Edokpayi adding that the

logs are currently in the custody of

the Marine Police.

Meanwhile, the Edo State

Government has convened a

meeting to be held this week for all

Saw Millers in Benin City. The

meeting which is at the instance of

the Secretary to the State

Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie

is part of efforts at curbing the

activities of illegal loggers in the

state.

Ijaw group urges court to deliver justice

on Gelegele matter

By Jimitota Onoyume

WARRIA group , Izon-Ibe

Dragnet has enjoined a State

High court in Benin, Edo state to do

justice on a matter involving Gelegele

community in its judgement.

Spokesman of the group, Mr

Itebetebe Bandua , in a statement

made available to the Vanguard in

Warri, Delta state , said there were

allegations that a retired Justice was

making frantic effort to interfere with

the court process on the issue.

Continuing, the group urged the

court to ignore alleged external

pressure to subvert justice on the

matter.

Establishment of 3 varsities: Delta

Assembly holds public hearing, Friday

By Festus Ahon

ASABADELTA State House of

Assembly will on Friday 19th

February 2021, hold public hearing

on three bills forwarded to it by the

State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa

seeking legislative backing for the

establishment of three new

universities in State.

The Chairman, House Committee

on Education, Mr Charles Emetulu

in a statement, named the Bills to

include the Delta State University of

Education, Agbor establishment Bill,

Delta State University of Science and

Agriculture, Anwai, establishment

Bill and Delta State University of

Science and Technology, Ozoro,

establishment Bill.

The statement said the public

hearing scheduled for 10am at the

Press Center, Delta State House of

Assembly Complex, Asaba, is in

pursuant of the mandate to the

Committee for inputs from critical

Ochor lauds Okowa, Aguoye

rehabilitation of federal roads

By Ochuko Akuopha

OBIARUKUDEPUTY Speaker

of the Delta State House of

Assembly, Rt. Hon Christopher

Ochor, has commended Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa, and the State

Commissioner for Works, Mr. James

Agoye for the initiative to embark on

the repairs of bad portions of the

federal road that connects Agbor-

Uwrhonigbe-Umutu-Obiaruku-

Abraka-Eku federal road.

Making the commendation while

inspecting the road, Ochor said the

pains experienced by the people using

the road had been much as it could be

visibly noticed on them.

“I commend the State Governor,

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and the

Commissioner of Works, Mr. James

Agwoye for the efforts to restore the

economic activities along the Agbor-

Uwrhonigbe-Umutu-Obiaruku-

Abraka-Eku road, with the

commencement of the repairs that the

“We are reliably informed of

attempts to subvert justice against

Gelegele people on a matter before

the State High court in Benin City.

We will resist it. No manipulated

judgment will be accepted. Any

attempt to grab our land through

manipulated legal processes will be

rejected. “We want to make it crystal

and abundantly clear that no part of

Gelegele will be ceded to anybody

through illegal judgment and any

attempt to upturn justice against the

Gelegele people who are the

Aborigines will be resisted with brute

force,” he said.

He said the entire Ijaw nation was

following development on the issue ,

stressing that the state High court

should ensure justice was served.

stakeholders and other interested

members of the public in the making

of the proposed law.

Those expected to make written or

oral contributions include; State

Commissioners for Higher

Education, Basic and Secondary

Education, Technical Education, the

Vice Chancellor of Delta State

University, Rectors and Provosts of

Delta State Polytechnics and

Colleges of Education, Civil Society

Organizations, Proprietors of

Private Educational Institutions in

Delta State, Professional Bodies, and

Private Sectors, among others.

The statement added that "all

memoranda should be enclosed in

sealed envelopes, marked 'A bill for

a law to establish three universities

in Delta State, addressed to the

Chairman, House Committee on

Education, Delta State House of

Assembly and to reach the

Committee Secretary on or before

the date of the public hearing."

governor had directed to be done on

the bad portions of the road.

“This road as we all are aware is a

major economic and social gateway

to the state, as it connects the people

living along that route to the state

capital, Asaba, to the main

commercial centre in the region,

Onitsha, and the commercial city of

Delta State, Warri.

"Since some portions of the road

went bad, travelling along it had been

hell for both the communities along

that route and the commuters, both

vehicles and man. It had been terrible.

I have to thank his Excellency for

acting promptly before the coming

of the next rainy season.”

The deputy speaker called on the

contractor handling the repairs to

ensure the job is delivered based on

best industrial standard and to be

completed before the next rainy

season so as not to disappoint the

government and the people of the

state.

C

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18 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

NEARLY 24 years after the exit of the

Afrobeat legend and progenitor,

Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Kuti (1938-

1997), best known as Fela Anikulapo

Kuti musically, the world has continued

to acknowledge his sterling

contributions as a prodigy and pioneer.

The late maverick musician was on

Wednesday, February 10, 2021,

website. Winners of the nomination will

nominated for induction in the 2021

be inducted in May 2021 at the 36th

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside

Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

15 other international artistes or bands

Induction Ceremony in Cleveland,

comprising Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush,

Ohio.

Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Iron

To be considered eligible for

Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole

nomination, artistes or bands must have

King, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage,

released their first commercial

Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren,

recording at least 25 years ago. As at

Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick.

Fela's death on August 2, 1997, it had

This is the first time Fela is being

been 28 years since he released "The

nominated to the prestigious Rock and

'69 Los Angeles Sessions" on the Wrasse

Roll Hall of Fame. Usually, fans will

Records label. It was a re-issued album

vote for up to five nominees daily from

recorded in 1969 while Fela Kuti was

the day of announcement, February 10

living in Hollywood performing six

till April 30, 2021 via the Rock Halls

Inducting Fela in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

nights a week at the Citadel de Haiti on

Sunset Boulevard which was run by

Bernie Hamilton.

We wonder why Fela was not

nominated during his lifetime and for

24 years after his death, given that the

Abami Eda (the strange being) had met

and even surpassed the criteria for this

nomination before and long after his

death.

A multi-instrumentalist, bandleader,

composer, political activist, philosopher

and pan-Africanist, Fela was the

pioneer of Afrobeat, an African music

genre combining traditional Yoruba and

Afro-Cuban music with funk and jazz.

He bestrides other nominees like a

colossus and, therefore, more than

deserves to be inducted.

Fela is also currently rated the sixth

most worthy 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of

Fame nominee after Todd Rundgren,

Carole King, The Go Go's, Tina Turner

and Mary J. Blige.

Apart from being the only African to

be nominated, which is unique, Fela

convincingly fulfills the two main

objectives of the award – a

demonstration of unquestionable

musical excellence, talent and

significant impact on the development,

evolution and preservation of Rock &

Roll through Afrobeat.

There are other significant senses in

which Fela is unique. All Fela's music

were created by him; he never remixed

anyone's music, including his own, and

he never repeated themes.

OPINION

Sustainable population growth and realities of climate change

BY NOSIKE UDUEZUE

Teach your children what we have

taught our children, that the earth is

our mother, whatever befalls the earth

befalls the sons of the earth Chief

Seattle of the Suquamish tribe to the

United States president, Franklin

Pierce in 1854.

CLIMATE change is caused by

global warming. The simple

meaning is that the temperatures we

have today are higher than what we

had previously. These higher

temperatures are caused by green

house gases which include carbon

dioxide (CO 2

), methane (NH 4

),

nitrous oxide (NO 2

),

chlorofluorocarbon(CFC), etc.

These higher temperatures have

given rise to changes in rainfall

patterns, ice melting at the poles which

has led to rise in sea levels, resulting

in coastal flooding of low lying areas.

Changes in rainfall patterns have

resulted in some areas having limited

rainfall, giving rise to draught and

desertification whereas other areas

now have excess rainfall, giving rise

to flooding, flash flooding, river

flooding.

Human population growth is a major

contributor to global warming given

that man exploits the earth resources

for energy (fossil fuels), agriculture

(land degradation, deforestation and

use of pesticides, etc). More people

will demand more energy, more food

and more exploitation of the earth’s

resources and more production of

green house gases.

According to the United Nations

Population Fund, UNPF, human

population grew from 1.6 billion to 6.1

billion people in the 20th century. It

took 100 years for world population to

hit 6.1 billion. During that period

emission of carbon dioxide, the leading

green house gas, grew 12-fold. With

world-wide population expected to

surpass nine billion over the next 50

years, environmentalists and others are

worried about the ability of our planet

If we cannot stabilise climate

and we cannot stabilise

population, there is not an

ecosystem on Earth we can

save

to withstand the added load of green

house gases entering the atmosphere

and wreaking havoc on the

ecosystems.

Several summits and protocols have

been held on climate change and

global warming. These include the

Kyoto Protocol and Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, UN

Framework Convention on Climate

Change, UNFCCC.

These mainly discuss how to reduce

the production of green house gases;

they have not actually emphasised

population growth. A quick study will

show that the developed countries who

produce most of the green house gases

have very low population growth rate.

For instance, Asia accounts for 0.87 per

cent, Africa: 2.49 per cent, Europe: 0.06

per cent and North America: 0.73 per

cent.

This may be why population has not

been seriously emphasied. However,

developing nations like Nigeria with

2.6 per cent growth; Ethiopia, 2.4 per

cent; Egypt, 1.8 per cent and Congo

DR, 3.2 per cent must do something

because apart from generating green

house gases, they may be generating

poverty with low GDP. But whereas

population growth is stagnant or

dropping in most developed countries

(except USA due to migration), it is

rising rapidly in quickly

industrialising developing nations.

According to the United Nations

Population Fund, UNPF, fast-growing

developing countries like India and

China will contribute more than half

of global carbon dioxide emission by

2050 leading some to wonder if all the

efforts being made to curb the US

emission will be erased by other

countries’ adoptions of the US longheld

over-consumptive ways.

Human population growth is a major

contributor to global warming. Man

exploits the earths’ resources for

energy (fossil fuels), agriculture and

accommodation, (soil degradation and

deforestation). In the case of

deforestation the trees that could have

utilized carbon dioxide in

photosynthesis are cut down to make

room for agriculture and building

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spaces.

Population, global warming and

consumption patterns are inextricably

linked in their collective global

environmental impact, reports the

Global Population and Environment

Programme, GPEP, at the non-profit

Sierra Club. As developing countries’

contribution to global emission grows,

population size and growth rates will

become significant factors in

magnifying the impact of global

warming.

According to the Worldwatch

Institute, a non-profit think-tank, the

overriding challenges facing our

global civilisation are to curtail climate

change and slow down population

growth. Success on these two fronts

would make other challenges such as

reversing the deforestation of the

earth, stabilising water tables and

protecting plant and animal diversity

much more manageable, reports the

group. If we cannot stabilise climate

and we cannot stabilise population,

there is not an ecosystem on Earth we

can save.

Many population experts believe the

answer lies in improving the health of

women and children in developing

nations. By reducing poverty and

infant mortality, increasing women and

girls access to basic human rights

(health care, education, economic

opportunities), educating women

about birth control options and

ensuring access to voluntary family

planning services, women will choose

to limit family sizes.

•Uduezue, a social commentator, wrote

from Abuja


IMF backs CBN on Cryptocurrency ban

By Emma Ujah, Abuja

Bureau Chief

MONEY MARKET

THE International Monetary

Fund (IMF) has expressed

support for the directive of the

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

that banks should close all accounts

related to cryptocurrency

transactions.

However, the IMF cautioned the

Federal Government (FG) against

increasing the tax rate in a bid to

generate more revenue, saying,

this is not the right time for such a

move.

IMF Resident Representative for

Nigeria, Mr Ari Aisen, stated this

yesterday while speaking at a special

virtual press briefing on the

recently published 2020 Article

IV IMF Staff Report for Nigeria.

Commenting on the CBN directive

on crypto currencies, he said

that there is global concern for

some of the uses of crypto currencies

which include illegal transactions

such as money laundering

and drug trafficking.

According to him, many central

banks in the world have taken similar

policy decisions similar to the

one taken by the CBN.

Debt/DGP Ratio

The Resident Rep said that

Nigeria’s Debt/GDP ratio has not

reached a level of overt concern,

but added, it is important to ensure

that the Debt to Gross Domestic

Product (Debt/GDP) is not allowed

to reach a level that would

make it unsustainable.

He added that it is important to

manage borrowed funds properly

for the economic benefits of the

nation.

Aisen said, “What is most important

to be monitored is the ratio of

debt service to revenue,’ noting

that the nation’s revenue profile

was very low and therefore not

enough to meet budgetary expenditure

provision.

“If there is one policy that has to

be a top policy priority it is how to

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YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

RAND

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1,755.00 -5.00

16.93 +0.20

63.70 +0.35

61.86 -0.65

379 379.5 380

527.7954 528.4917 529.188

461.1293 461.7377 462.346

426.8018 427.3649 427.9279

3.5958 3.6006 3.6053

0.6805 0.6905 0.7005

545.3257 546.0452 546.7646

58.6479 58.7257 58.8035

101.0424 101.1757 101.309

26.2077 26.2423 26.2768

CBN Exchange rate as at 17/02/2021

•Cautions against hike in tax rate

ECONOMY

Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 19

MEETING From left: Amos Azi, Chairman, Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST), Lamido

Yuguda, Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Albert Otesile, member

IST and Ibrahim Boyi, Executive Commissioner Corporate services, SEC during a meeting

between SEC and IST in Abuja.

raise revenue,” he said.

Not time to raise tax rate

He however said, “this is not the

right time to raise the tax rate. The

government should rather

strengthen its tax administration by

expanding the tax base and block

leakages.”

He urged the Federal Government

(FG) to take more concerted

steps towards the diversification of

the economy, and end the depen-

Ehingbeti: Experts urge government to maintain

digital policy consistency

By Babajide Komolafe

TECHNOLOGICAL experts

at the ongoing Lagos State

Economic Summit, Ehingbeti,

have stressed the need for governments

to maintain policy consistency

for technological innovations

to drive development as

Nigeria is gradually adjusting to

the realities of the fourth industrial

revolution.

They spoke at the plenary session

on “Unleashing Disruptive

Innovation for Development”.

Speaking during the session,

the Commissioner for Economic

and Budget Planning who is also

a Co-chair of the summit, Mr.

Samuel Egube explained

that Ehingbeti

was “about Lagos and

not the state government.

It is about the

state to take certain actions

and it is also to encourage

the private sector

to take actions”.

Commenting on a

strategy that must be leveraged

to lay the foundation

for the Fourth Industrial

Revolution in

the state, Mr. Joseph

Tegbe, Partner, Head of

Advisory, KPMG said:

“Fiscal tax incentives

and tax waivers are important

for technological

innovators. Really,

research and development

incentives for technological

innovation

have not been fully

implemented in this

country. This is something

we need to look at

especially for young

startups that are leveraging

creative technology and unleashing

innovation. Tax waivers

even for local technological

manufacturers are extremely important”.

“One thing that is also very critical

is government consistency. We

can put waivers in place, incentives

in place; but if you implement

tax and incentives in the

first or two years, there is a reversal

of policy. That will mean

three step forward six steps backward”.

“There is nothing more detrimental

to policy than inconsistency.

There should be clarity in

policy, and once there is clarity,

then you can hold all parties to

their responsibilities”.

On her part, Alice Tomdio of

Paystack, said there should be a

massive drive to get young people

involved at an early age, “If we

want to transform Lagos, the idea

starts from school. You need to

make people see that this is viable,

possible and there is value in working

with software companies.

“It means a change in social attitudes

and change in culture and

teaches people that startups are

good. There is a need to create

awareness on building, creating

and working in startups to

change,” she stated.

While the Managing Director,

Flying Doctors Nigeria, Dr. Ola

Orekunrin, was of the opinion that

the nation had placed too much

emphasis on tertiary education

without allowing industries to

drive its educational sector, he

stressed that, “we need more industry

participation to drive our

educational systems. “We

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

AFRICAN Trade Unions

have called on the newly appointed

Director General of the

World Trade Organisation (WTO),

Dr Okonjo-Iweala, to ensure that

global trade agreements promote

workers’ rights, eradicate poverty

and guarantee sustainable industrial

development in the world.

They made this appeal in a congratulatory

message to the new

WTO Director General, signed

by the Vice President,

IndustriALL Global Union, IGU,

Africa, Issa Aremu, and Joseph

Montisetse of South Africa’s National

Union of MineWorkers

(NUM), and also Co- Chairman,

the African

Council

of the

Global

Union.

According

to the

African

Unionists,

given her

impeccable

credentials

as

finance

and foreign

Mindence

on oil exports as the nation’s

main foreign exchange earner.

He said that the volatility of oil

price has made the commodity too

much of a risk for any country to

depend on it for its forex earnings.

should have a more flexible transition

to work for secondary

school exit, and closer relationship

with industry. We put too

much emphasis on tertiary institutions

in the first place, there

should be some programme that

allows people to learn in the

evening, while working during the

days,” she maintained.

NDEP appoints

Falade as new CEO

NIGER Delta Exploration & Pro

duction Plc, a foremost Independent,

Integrated Energy Company

in Nigeria, has announced the appointment

of Mr. Adegbite (Gbite)

Falade as its new Managing Director

and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Falade joins NDEP with 25

years of impactful and extensive experience

across multiple sectors and continents

in the energy sector. He succeeds

the pioneer Managing Director,

Dr. Layi Fatona, who in an interim

position, had supported the running

of the affairs of the company since

October 2019.

A First Class (B.S.c) graduate (1995)

of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

from the University of Ibadan, he

also holds an MBA from Warwick

Business School, Coventry, in the

United Kingdom. Gbite has in the past

14 years served in various Senior Executive

positions in the Oil & Gas, Power

and Services sectors, with responsibilities

for Engineering, Operations,

Project Execution, Commercial, Client

& Stakeholder Management,

Strategy and Enterprise Development.

He was previously the Managing

Director and Group Chief Operating

Officer at Oilserv Group of Companies

based in Port Harcourt. Prior to

that, he had served variously as General

Manager, Portfolio Development

and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

at Oando Energy Resources as well as

Executive Director, Oando Gas &

Power. He was also the Petroleum Economics

Discipline & Portfolio Lead for

Shell EP, Africa.

According to the Chairman of

NDEP, Mr. Ladi Jadesimi, “With a

nimble and proven technical management,

a young but competent operating

workforce and a mature Board of

Directors, Gbite will be charged with

leading the company in a well-charted

and structured manner, to deliver the

continuation and, indeed, enhancement

of our historical steady growth.”

WTO: African trade unions set agenda for

Okonjo-Iweala

•Mr. Falade

ECONOMY

ister and record performance at

the World Bank, Dr Ngozi’s appointment

was earned and deserved,

beyond gender.

The continental workers’ movement

said it was time for what it

calls “alternative trade policies

that must take into account the

needs of working people around

the world, inclusive of economic

growth and sustainable development.

Consequently, they advised that,

“The new WTO’s Director General

must be guided by the history of

WTO in Africa which has in many

respects fostered de-Industrialization

and job losses through uncritical

wholesale dismantling of

protection for domestic industries.”


20 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Okonjo-Iw

onjo-Iweala

as WTO TO DG

By Victoria Ojeme “We also

thank the WTO

Secretariat

s t a f f ,

translators and

the press who

worked really

THE Federal Government

on Monday said that the

selection of Dr Ngozi

Okonjo-Iweala as the Director

General of the World Trade

Organisation (WTO) was the

right choice.

Minister of Industry, Trade

and Investment, Otunba

Adeniyi Adebayo in his speech

delivered via zoom at the

Special General Council

Meeting of the organisation in

Geneva, Switzerland, said the

process of selection was not

only transparent but the credit

for the resulting success must

go to the entire membership

and to the TROIKA.

According to him, “Nigeria

wishes to express profound

gratitude and deep

appreciation to all the

members, who one way or the

other, assisted Dr. Ngozi

Okonjo-Iweala during the

campaign period. Thanks also

goes to all the regional

groupings in the WTO for

granting audience and support

during and after the exercise.

Timeline

Okonjo-

Iweala:

Taking the

baton of

leadership

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

THE journey to the

World

Trade

Organization, WTO, began

with eight candidates vying

for the daunting position, in

June 20,2020. These

contenders were Britain’s first

post-Brexit international

trade Secretary, Liam Fox,

former Saudi economy

minister Mohammed al-

Tuwaijri and Kenya’s former

WTO General Council chair

Amina Mohamed. Others

were from Egypt, Mexico,

Moldova, Nigeria and South

Korea.

Okonjo-Iweala contended

with seven others for WTO

leadership.

Finally, in February 15,

2021, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

was appointed to take the

baton of leadership starting

from March 1,2021 to head

the World Trade

Organisation.

hard in

supporting and

providing

updates to

members and

the general

public on the

DirectorGeneral

selection

process.”

The Minister

in a statement

by his Special

Assistant on

Media, Ifedayo

S a y o ,

described Dr

Okonjo-Iweala as one of the few

on the global stage that enjoy

high recognition in view of

charismatic leadership

qualities and proven records of

excellence and integrity, along

with international political

connections.

Okonjo-

Iweala

Okonjo-

Iweala as

WTO Leader:

What the

Governors,

other Nigerian

leaders are

saying

GOVERNOR Godwin

Obaseki, Edo State

“I felicitate with Dr. Ngozi

Okonji-Iweala, former

Minister of Finance, on her

emergence as the first African

and first female Director-

General of the World Trade

Organisation (WTO) in its 25-

year history.

“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, a fine

economist and international

development expert has in

time past spearheaded

several World Bank initiatives

as a former Managing Director

(Operations) and possesses a

bundle of skills and

experience required for this

elevated role.

“As a two-time finance

minister in Nigeria, Okonjo-

Iweala left indelible marks as

an astute manager of the

nation’s economy and

resources.”

DR.

Ifeanyi

O k o w a ,

Governor of Delta

State

"On behalf of all Deltans, I join

He stressed, “We believe that

the new Director-General will

lead this organization to

achieve its purpose and

mandate.”

He assured that the new

Director General of WTO

would not disappoint the

all Nigerians in

congratulating one of our

most renowned citizens,

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, on her

emergence as the next

Director-General of the

World Trade Organisation.

"Over the years, we have all

followed your growth and

celebrated your noteworthy

achievements. This is why, as

you begin your new role at

the helm of the WTO, I want

you to know that you have

the unwavering support of

both your home state and

your country".

HOPE Uzodimma,

Governor, Imo

State

"I join Nigerians all over the

world to congratulate a

distinguished Nigerian, Dr.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her

appointment as the next

world Trade Organisation,

WTO, Director General.

"Today, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

has made global history as

the first woman and first

African to lead the

international trade body, the

WTO. This is indeed a feat we

are very proud of.

"Winning the keenly

contested position is a

testament of doggedness,

resilience and tenacity of the

Nigerian Spirit.

"It is my firm belief that

she’s equal to the huge tasks

ahead which are to reform the

WTO, create a fair trade, equal

opportunities and prosperity

for everyone".

"I congratulate her once

again and cheers to greater

heights".

organisation and all those who

worked to make the

appointment a reality, saying,

“You will find her as a servantleader

who will always listen to

you and work with you to

achieve a common purpose.”

“She also assured that she

would work hard, with the

support of members, to uphold

the image and integrity of the

WTO as a multilateral institution

that was established to serve

members equally.

“As a reformer, she has

undertaken to work with

members on the WTO reform

agenda, including the urgent

need to address the impasse of

the Appellate in the Dispute

Settlement Body in order for the

WTO to be more focused,

achievement oriented and

acceptable to all members.

New initiatives with the

support of members will be

introduced to source for more

funds from other multilateral

financial institutions in order to

assist members in building their

capacity to fully comply with

their obligations and new trade

initiatives in the WTO.

COVID-19 lockdown: Gov't made no

provision for gender matters Oyekunle

By Funmi Ajumobi

FORMER

Executive

Director, Kudirat

Initiative for Democracy,

KIND and CEO, Wellbeing

Foundation Africa, Amy

Oyekunle, speaks to WO on

why the fight against female

genital mutilation, FGM, and

other sources of GBV cannot

be stalled.

How have we fared?

The Agency that is

supposed to enforce it is

NAPTIP, however, they work

in collaboaration with several

ministries, departments and

agencies like the Police,

Ministry of Women Affairs,

Ministry of Education, Health

, Civil Society etc. It is a

multitask ,,..to ensure they

are creating awareness,

implementing and enforcing

the Act.

In terms of how far we have

gone from the legislative

point of view, we have made

some milestones but it is not

enough. Though we have

states that have passed

Violence Against Persons

Prohibition

Act,

implementation is always a

challenge. VAPP was created,

designed, developed and

passed but it didn’t have the

prerequisite backing because

it doesn’t have budgetary

connotation, there is a bit of

misunderstanding around

clarity of implementation.

There is simplification of

roles at some point which is

one of the challenges we have.

Importantly, awareness

creation

among

communities, among states

where this heinous act is

practice is not enough.

Amy Oyekunle

Ending GBV specificly FGM is

one of those things we have to

come together in achieving.

What is really missing in many

of our analyses is the political

will. Political will should first and

foremost recognize there is a

challenge. Do we have law and

policy that support it at the

states and local government

level? How are we changing the

social behavior because it is

human beings that perpetrate

the act and because human

beings do it, there is a rationale

behind it. Many people hide

behind culture but a very few

people question why. This is

hidden behind patriarchy; we

want to suppress woman

sexuality, stop them from being

promiscuous, we want to make

sure our women and girls behave

in certain ways without

questioning what that rationale

is. If we don’t question it, then

there is a problem.

When the lockdown began, we

saw that the reason a lot of

violence was happening was that

SDG target to totally

eliminate FGM is 2030.

With the Pandemic

ravaging the world, what

is the hope despite the

little progress being

made by Civil Society? Continues on page 23


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3 women die, teenagers, children displaced

as LASG demolish 400 houses

...As homeless residents urge Sanwo-Olu to bring out culprits

We'll eliminate e women

stereotyping in ad

industr

try - AAAN President

By Princewill Ekwujuru

Homeless school children during protest in Alausa, calling on

Gov. Sanwo-Olu to come to their rescue

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

ABOUT three aged

women have

reportedly died while

teenagers and children have

been displaced due to the

demolition exercise carried

out by the Lagos State

Taskforce on Monday

February 8, 2021 in Oke-

Egan Community, Kayetoro

by Eleko junction, Ibeju-

Lekki, Lagos, Vanguard

learnt.

The demolition exercise

which started around 4 am

lasted for 15hours as the

demolition task force team

did not spare any building in

the community.

The residents including

women, aged people,

pregnant women, teenagers

and children were among

over five hundred family

members who were sent into

the cold weather on the

streets of Lagos.

WO gathered that about

three women have

reportedly died while some

others are receiving

treatment at different

hospitals in Lagos due to the

shock encountered during

the demolition process.

Speaking on the issue, Mr.

Oluwadare James, one of the

displaced residents lamented

that about three women have

died and many children have

been displaced.

“As I am speaking with you,

three women have died;

some children as well as

many aged people are

receiving treatment at

different hospitals.

Another resident, Mr. Etim

Odiase said, “Some of the

female teenagers are being

sexually harassed on the

streets because their parents

have nowhere to go. Children

can no longer go to school.

“Our challenge is enormous;

we have been wandering on

the streets since the

demolition exercise. We have

become homeless, no

shelter, we cannot even go to

our places of work.

“You will agree with me that

the country is faced with

security threats. We are also

experiencing a second wave

of COVID-19 and now,

children and aged people have

been displaced and become

homeless in their homeland.

It is pathetic”, he lamented.

Another resident, Mrs.

Funmilayo Igbekoyi shared

her pains with WO, “I am

pained seriously and it is a

shame that the government

that has failed to provide

shelter for her citizens has

decided to wreak havoc on

them by demolishing, their

life saving investment.

A-80-years old woman who

is also a resident in the

community, Mama as she is

fondly called, said, “I built my

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provision for gender matters Oyekunle

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victims were locked down with

their oppressors of the crime.

In Kenya and other countries,

these people have been given

some other roles to do because

cutting jobs for many people is

a way of life. They get paid for

it. They re-orientate and train

them by opening their eyes to

the dangers that it has on

women and girls and they

taught them how to question it.

So many of them have taken to

other professions. So it is

multicity of roles.

What happened in Kenya is

what is regarded as a best

practice. We are different from

Kenya, though the same Africa.

From the research done in

2017, it shows that some states

that FGM is prevalence are

Osun, Ekiti, Kwara, Oyo, Ebonyi

etc. Ebonyi had a law and they

made it in such a way that they

engage traditional community

heads, women at the

community level which shows

this is a terrible practice and

not just that, there is also a fine

and if caught, such person will

go to jail. The problem we have

is that traditional rulers and the

community heads are the ones

pushing it with different

approach that it can no more

be done in their communities.

house at old age and now the

Lagos State Government has

demolished my only means of

livelihood. This is wickedness

and callous”, she pained.

In his contribution, Pastor

Abiodun Ajayi called the

Lagos State Government to fish

out the people that carried out the

illegal demolition.

“From our finding, the

demolition was a kangaroo

exercise. It was done under a

guise and the culprit should be

brought to book because there

was no reason for the demolition,”

he said.

Another resident, Mr. John,

called on the government of

Lagos State and all other

stakeholders to rise up and

address the injustice melted

on the residents.

It may or may not be working

but there is a zero tolerance in

Ebonyi to FGM.

In other states like Ekiti, with

her excellency Bisi Fayemi,

they had have passed laws,

constituted the family court

that anyone that commits this

act is taken to court

immediately and there is a jail

term for committing the act

which is 3 -13 years or so..

They are also engaging

traditional rulers, women

leaders and different

associations.

I know that traditional birth

attendants are being trained in

Lagos and they have a strong

criminal law against domestic

violence and other kinds of

actions against women and

girls, though has not passed

VAPP Act.

Your message...

Women issues are hunman

rights issues. We can not move

the country forward without

meaningful inclusion of

women and girls. Every state

right now should have passed

VAPP. That shows political

will.

For civil society, they should

continue in what they are

doing and amplying the voices

of women and girls

everywhere. For women and

men, FGM is criminal.

IN this chat with the

President of the

Association of

Advertising Agencies of

Nigeria (AAAN) Mr. Steve

Babaeko, he spoke basically

of plans by the Association to

empower, visions for the

industry post COVID-19 and

how it tends to tackle other

challenges facing the

industry. Excerpt.

What will you say is the

impact of COVID-19 on the

advertising industry since

March 2020?

The economy that governs

the advertising industry

cannot be looked at, at the

micro economy of the

country. So let’s say since

March 2020, in the last two

quarters of last year

Nigeria’s economy

contracted about 6.1 percent

to the extent that the World

Bank projected that by that

contraction Nigeria may be

headed towards the worst

economic recession in over

four decades, that is how bad

it was in over 40 years. You

can see that a whole lot of

clients about 27percent of the

Nigeria working population

lost their jobs which are

almost about 21 million

people.

So if you look at it, the client

took a major knock, and once

the client sneezes then you know

that the whole advertising

industry will catch cold. So all

of the whole spillover effect of

some of the clients that either

closed shop or cut

budget impacted the bottomline

for the advertising industry

completely.

The major distribution

market could not function, so

if your supply market is

totally shut down of course

there was also the total shot

down of the economy.

So if you are importing

concentrate, or importing

anything you couldn’t even

go anywhere because there

was no flight so all of these

affected the industry

severely, and you could tell

that our industry struggled

throughout last year.

Like I said, I am an

incurable optimist, and am

hoping that we can quickly

see a turnaround in 2021 that

will help us move the

industry forward.

What percentage of the

industry would you say you

lost during this period?

What is that figure?

Honestly, it is difficult for

me to say. I do not want to

sound like a data illiterate

that will look like throwing

figures all over the place. I

will just say permit me,

before the end of the first

quarter this year we will

come out with how much. I

Steve Babaeko

do not want to put anything on

the air that cannot be verified.

As an association what are

you doing to mitigate the

impact of COVID-19 on the

industry?

We are doing a lot at the

Executive level. I am only

blessed to have the calibre of

people I have. A lot of very

strong people with good ideas,

putting our heads together for

instance we are in the process

of engaging with the Bureau for

Public Procurement at the

government level to register

AAAN so that going forward any

communication that the

government wants to do, the

AAAN as a registered

government body would be

given the opportunity.

One, what it does is that we

have seen instances in the

past where the government even

actually patronizes foreign

agencies or foreign Public

Relations firms. So we are trying

to lobby the government so that

they can give us priority. I

mean if we need to save the job

of our people it starts with the

government itself patronizing

an organization like ours that

has 90 percent of Nigerians

within the labour force.

We are also trying to

sensitize clients by putting a

kind of breakfast session

with them, may be working

through the organization

just to sensitize them to

know that this is the time for

us to come together

exchanges ideas and see how

we can cushion the effect on

our members. So those are

the two basic plans we have

for members.

What are your plans for

women in your sector and

what initiatives have you

put down for them?

Speaking of some of the

major activities we have lined

up this year, we do have some

activities including women in

advertising program. We

have already collaborated

with Street Project who has

instituted a new initiative

called the Sister Amazon.


22 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

•A policeman arresting one of the protesters during last Saturday's Lekki Tollgate protest in Lagos.

#Occupylekkitollgate: Police

response shows no sign of

reform LAWYERS

IN response to the decision by the Lagos State #EndSARS panel to reopen the

Lekki Tollgate, some youths last weekend held another protest at the location.

Before the protest, police authorities had warned that they would arrest anyone

that contravened the Lagos State COVID-19 law, which prohibits any gathering

of more than 50 persons. In keeping to the threat, security personnel dispatched

to the venue arrested and dehumanized many of the protesters. Many of them

were beaten, kept in dehumanizing conditions before they were eventually

arraigned before a court and granted bail.

Law and Human Rights in this edition sought the views of lawyers on the way

law enforcement agencies treated the protesters and if it suggests that they had

learnt any lesson in terms of respect for constitutional right of citizens to protest.

By Henry Ojelu &

Onozure Dania

Police action still crude,

primitive, malicious

Quakers, SAN

Norrison Quakers, SAN, in his

response, said: “I do not think our

law enforcement agencies have

learnt any lessons. If what we saw

on the internet is anything to go

by, it means they are still very

crude, primitive and willfully or

maliciously refused to propel

themselves in international best

practices in terms of strict adherence

to human rights particularly as

regards human dignity. Most of

the people arrested were hauled

into vehicles, topless and without

due regard to the COVID-19

protocols.

“The Attorney-General of Lagos

State should be commended for his

professional intervention in

addressing the infractions we all

observed. Our law enforcement

agencies need reorientation on how

to safeguard citizens’ sacrosanct

constitutional rights. They must

move away from the mindset of

pleasing their superiors and

understand that citizens’ rights

must be respected.”

They learnt nothing

from previous protests

EDITORIAL

Innocent Anaba

( Editor)

Ikechukwu Nnochiri

Henry Ojelu

Onozure Dania

Odubela, SAN

John Odubela, SAN said: “The

law enforcement agencies,

particularly the Police, are meant

to protect the people carrying out

peaceful protests as their rights to

such peaceful protests are

guaranteed by the Constitution of

the Federal Republic of Nigeria

1999 as amended. So, they do not

have any power to be arresting

people who are on peaceful

protests. To me, that was a complete

abuse of power and abuse of the

rights of the protesters and the

power of the Police.

“If the video clips that I saw of

the people arrested on that day are

genuine, then with greatest respect,

our Police authorities have not

learnt anything from the last

EndSARS protest. I think our

government needs to introduce, if

it’s not yet in their curriculum, a

special course and or training

which any officer or rank and file

must pass creditably in order to be

shortlisted and admitted into the

Police. The government or the

Police authorities must also design

a method of monitoring the police

officers in compliance with

respecting the rights of the

citizens.”

Officers involved in

high-handedness

should be punished

Ojo

Activist and lawyer, Gbenga Ojo

said: “The Police have learnt

nothing and have forgotten

nothing. The Lagos Commissioner

of Police agreed that much, that

was why he ordered investigations

into the matter. A step in the right

direction and I hope that, it will not

be swept under the carpet. If those

involved in the high-handedness

are punished, it will serve as

deterrent to other policemen in

future. I don’t know the training

and orientation of low rank officers

in the police but they have no

regard for the rights of the citizens.

Intimidation, arrest and detention

are their stocks in trade. Despite

everything said and done, the

police have learnt nothing and

forgotten nothing.

“My personal conviction from

experience is that, unless the

reckless police officers are made to

pay part of damages awarded

against police authorities on

account of breach of fundamental

human rights of the citizens, there

will not be any meaningful

changes. The officers will keep on

doing it because they are sure they

will lose nothing. They have to lose

something like demotion or

termination or something;

otherwise there will not be any

meaningful changes. There is need

for a comprehensive review or

overhauling of policing in Nigeria.”

Protest only way to call

govt to order

Asemudara

On his part, Ige Asemudara said:

“Apparently, the police have learnt

nothing. We have said it repeatedly

that the right to peaceful protest is

constitutionally guaranteed and

cannot be taken away from

Nigerians or anyone at all. The

truth is that our leaders have

derailed and there is no one to call

them to order except through

protests. So, if we shut that window

too, we are calling for anarchy. I

must add that Nigerians should

The truth is that

our leaders have

derailed and there

is no one to call

them to order

except through

protests

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always review their strategies in any

social or political engagements,s

including protests so that we don’t

lose the steam.

Flaws in justice system

congenital Awe

Babatunde Awe noted: “I don’t

think the police have learnt

anything and this is an indication

that the flaw in our justice

enforcement system is congenital.

It is not just dust that has gathered

on efficient and rights-centric

enforcement but a deep rot

requiring an amputation and

possible replacement of the

fundamental deficiencies in our

law enforcement structure.

“The entire system must be

scrapped and a new one built from

scratch. There is no salvation for

our law enforcement as it is

currently constituted. I’m not just

speaking about the police but every

single law enforcement system and

mechanism existing in this country.

It is like a building whose

foundation is rotten and

compromised that someone is

wasting time painting. It is an

absolute misconception of the

issue.”

Govt not serious with

Police reform

Onwukeme

Maduka Onwukeme observed:

“The #EndSARS protest was an

attempt by people of my generation

to say no to police brutality and the

mismanagement of the country. I

never expected any change from

the law enforcement agencies until

such a change is initiated by the

members of the political elite.

“At the recent Lekki Tollgate

protest, it was the government that

unleashed the police to violently

and brutally attack protesters. So,

the police cannot change until the

government takes police reforms

seriously and stop using the police

to abuse the rights of Nigerians.

By Onozure Dania

FOREMOST

LegalTech

company, LawPavilion

Business solutions Ltd., has

disrupted law reporting and

Electronic Legal Research in

Nigeria by releasing an

application, PrimSol Lite that

allows judges and lawyers carry

out electronic legal research

seamlessly on WhatsApp.

The app which ensures that no

lawyer in Nigeria is left behind

in adopting technology in this

new normal, functions with

minimal internet connectivity,

giving rural dwellers some

reprieve.

Managing Director of the

company, Ope Olugasa, said the

aim of the new app is to help

stakeholders in the legal industry

attain optimal productivity in this

new normal.

Olugasa said: “LawPavilion

chose to integrate one of its

flagship products with

WhatsApp. This is because in

addition to the wide acceptance

that WhatsApp enjoys, it requires

minimal internet access to

function, and is easy to operate.

LawPavilion is now giving users

access to search judgments of the

Supreme Court and Court of

Appeal from 1960 till date,

through WhatsApp.”

Olugasa added that legal

research has never been this easy

and affordable because with

Rights of protesters

must be protected

Akanike

Jitobo Akanike said: “Through

democratic practice, the citizens

donate their rights to a minute

number of citizens to run the daily

affairs of law and order in the

society. It does appear those given

such opportunities run the state as

their personal business.

Government today is operating by

the rule of force which has eaten

deep into our system. A good

government should be sensitive to

the yearnings of the citizens. This

is the way to go. The British citizens

voted for the United Kingdom to

leave the EU.

The sovereignty of the people

should give directions to

government on the way to go,

unfortunately, what we are

witnessing today, is the sovereignty

of elected government over the

citizens, that is why government

use such words as “government

will not tolerate” any opposition to

their policies which are anti-citizens

constitutional rights.

The voice of the people over the

Lekki Tollgate is that it should be

pulled down. The people of this

country must not give up in their

quest to retrieve their constitutional

rights in non-violent way from its

elected government officials in

order for us to build our nation.

It is, therefore, very wrong for the

law enforcement officers to be so

enthusiastic to brutally run over

people protesting over insensitive

government decisions.

Government though should find a

way to balance the equation.

The constitutional rights of the

citizens are the responsibility of

government to protect at all times.

I believe the more our democratic

practice is sincerely deepened, the

constitutional rights of the citizens

should be sacrosanct, good or bad,

the governor should protect and

respect citizens' constitutional

rights That is the way to go in

modern nation-states trending all

over the world. Nigeria cannot be

an exception. Nigeria as the hope

of the black race in Africa and all

over the World should lead by

example.

LawPavilion disrupts legal research,

puts Law Reports on WhatsApp

PrimSol Lite and for a token,

lawyers can focus on being

productive instead of being busy.

He said that the future belongs

to those who prepare for it today,

adding that the law firms that

were able to upscale despite the

unprecedented challenges

brought by the COVID-19

pandemic are those who have

equipped their law firms with the

appropriate technology.

He, however, stated that upon

a survey conducted by

LawPavilion, it was observed that

the advantages brought by the

efficient use of appropriate

technology seems to be accessible

and enjoyed by only lawyers/

law firms in the urban areas or

areas with relatively stable

internet connectivity.

According to the survey,

majority of the law firms that

were able to cash-in during the

pandemic are those that have

access to good internet

connection.

Regrettably, internet

connectivity in Nigeria still has

low coverage and is particularly

slow outside the major cities.

Following this discovery,

Olugasa said the organsation felt

that lawyers and judges outside

the urban areas, who are affected

by very unreliable internet

access, yet need to offer premium

legal services to their clients,

should have something to fall

back on.

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Oil workers pick holes in provisions of PIB

Stories by Victor

Ahiuma-Young

AS Nigerians continue to

look forward to the

passage of the protracted

Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, oil

workers in the sector have

faulted some of the provisions

of the bill currently before the

National Assembly, NASS.

Under the aegis of

NUPENGASSAN, a fusion of

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and

Natural Gas Workers,

NUPENG, and its Petroleum

and Natural Gas Senior Staff

Association of Nigeria,

PENGASSAN, the oil workers

among others, lamented that at

first, “The bill, if left the way

it is, has excluded the female

gender from occupying the

office of the Minister of

Petroleum,” as clearly stated in

Section 3 (1) (K) (i-ii)."

Similarly, the workers

frowned at sections 54 and 57,

that deal with Transfer of Assets

and Liabilities, as well as

Transfer of employees and

conditions of service. Section 54

(1), says that “the Minister ; and

the Minister of Finance shall

determine the assets, interests

andliabilities of NNPC to be

transferred to NNPC

L i m i t e d o r i t s

subsidiaries and upon the

identification, the Minister shall

cause such assets, interests

and liabilities to be transferred

to NNPC Limited.”

Also, Section 57 (1) notes

that“Upon incorporation of NNPC

Limited pursuant to section 53

of this Act, employees of

NNPC shall be deemed to be

employees of NNPC

Limited on terms and

condtions not less favourable

than that enjoyed prior to the

transfer of service and shall be

deemed to be service for

employment related

entitlements as specified under

any applicable law.”

However, according to

NUPENGASSAN: “NNPC and

Minister are government

officials, and same of same.

We are concerned over

the practicability of having

NNPC LTD operating side by

side with NNPC as a

corporation with respect to

assets and liability transfer.

They should be specified

timelines within which assets

and liability shall be determined

and transferred. Th workers of

NNPC LTD should maintain

their jobs in the new NNPC Ltd.

including their years of service

and entitlements in line with the

provision of the law.”

NUPENGASSAN also made

strong case for the inclusion of

NUPENG, PENGASSAN,

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC

and Trade Union Congress of

Nigeria, TUC in the Board of

NNPC Limited.

Duplication of

regulatory agencies

The oil workers also faulted

the proposed duplication

of regulatory agencies as

stipulated in Part III, contending

that “There is need for a single

regulatory model

which would increase the

*A cross section of oil workers relaxing ahead of next tasks

ease of doing business in

Nigeria especially for all the

operators by having a onestop-shop

regulatory agency;

all the functions of the

'Govs using ASUSS to destabilize NUT'

NIGERIA Union of

Teachers, NUT, has

accused some unnamed state

governors of using Academic

Staff Union of Secondary Schools,

ASUSS, to destabilise the union.

Speaking in the wake of ASUSS'

claims that a judgment of the

Supreme Court has given it the

right to organise and unionize

secondary school teachers under

the ASUSS, President of NUT,

Muhammed Nasir Idris, who

spoke through his Deputy

President, Kelvin Nwankwo,

debunked the claims of ASUSS

and challenged the group to

make the judgment public.

He said: “A research found out

that ASUSS came into being as a

result of ill-luck in the elections.

Some of them fielded themselves

in the NUT elections, but maybe

because they were not qualified,

their antecedents did not qualify

them to lead and they lost and

they thought the best way to do it

was to break away and then set

up an illegal organisation to

extort money from unsuspecting

secondary school teachers.

“I want you to find out these

people do not have any fixed

address. No, they don’t have any

fixed address. In addition, one of

the other characteristics of a trade

union is that they can call for

strike, they can go into industrial

dispute if they are not satisfied

with the way the government is

treating their members. But this

group has no such power.”

On whether ASUSS could go

on strike, he said no, they cannot.

That is why we are saying some

people are using them; especially

some state governors that are not

ready to perform their duties by

paying salaries. The Bible says a

worker is worthy of his wage. But

these people (governors) are

denying the teachers these

aspects of their constitutional

rights. Therefore, they will quickly

say, 'okay, if you go on strike, I

will call this group and they will

continue teaching.' We are

harming ourselves!

Department of Petroleum

Resources, DPR, Petroleum

Products

Pricing

and Regulatory

Agency, P P P R A

How I wish ASUSS members

could come back to their senses

and know that they are doing

themselves a very big harm. I

want to urge us to know that the

law says no other union should

exist where a union already exists

in a particular trade. The extant

provision of the Third Schedule

Part A No. 26 of the Trade Unions

Act CAP.T.14 LFN 2004 which

provides: Nigeria Union of

Teachers shall exercise

jurisdiction over: “Teachers

employed in educational

institutions of all types, but

excluding Universities,

Polytechnics, Colleges of

Education and other tertiary

institutions,” as severally

established by the Registrar of

Trade Unions, that Nigeria Union

of Teachers, NUT is the body that

is statutorily registered to

organise teachers in primary and

secondary schools in Nigeria.

A Trade Union or Association

which has not been finally

registered and certificated by the

Registrar of Trade Unions even

though it might have concluded

most of the processes required to

obtain registration, hold no claim

THE Federal Government has

urged civil servants to shun

corrupt practices in the discharge

of their duties.

Permanent Secretary, Federal

Ministry of Labour and

Employment, Dr Yerima Peter

Tarfa, gave the advice while

flagging off the workshop on

Anti-Corruption and Whistle-

Blowing Policy organised for the

Directorate Level officers of the

ministry.

He urged them to complement

the efforts of government in

curbing corruption, by adopting

transparent and anti-corruption

practices in the conduct of

government businesses.

He explained that the workshop

was born out of the need for civil

servants to properly understand

corruption and whistle-blowing

and Petroleum Equalisation

Funds, PEF may be put under

the new regulatory commission.

This will increase the

funding for frontier exploration

of being a union.

Warning to teachers

With this provision of the Trade

Union Act, we call on all teachers

of secondary schools in Nigeria to

disregard the baseless claim by

ASUSS as no such matter of

membership of Secondary School

Teachers was before the Supreme

Court and the status of NUT in

unionizing teachers of primary

and secondary schools remains

sacrosanct and backed by the

Jurisdictional Scope of trade

unions as contained in the Trade

Union Act CAP T.14 LFN 2004 cited

above. And that is why we are

saying, 'my dear secondary school

teachers, this enlightenment is to

let us know. We are all educated,

we all know the law, we know when

something is legal and when

something is illegal.

We should be careful so that

people should not be taking our

little money illegally from us. They

will tell you; no! they are not

collecting check-off dues, we are

collecting levies. Are you supposed

to pay levies every month? You are

not supposed to pay levies.

FG urges civil servants to shun corruption

policy, and how they could

collectively and individually

support the efforts of government

in checking corrupt practices.

The Permanent Secretary

emphasised the need for civil

servants to key into the anticorruption

war of the

government, which is “one of the

operational mantras of the

present administration” and “an

integral part of the crusade for

national rebirth and social

regeneration.”

Tarfa noted that corruption

goes beyond financial crimes to

include other forms of

malpractices in the conduct of

government duties such as acts of

omission, negligence and

commission in the discharge of

duties.

He added that attitude to work,

and development. As cr itical

stakeholders in the oil and

gas industry with a matrix of

remuneration born out of

numerous collective bargaining

agreements (Collective

Bargaining Agreement,

CBA), the services of the

representatives of these Unions

(NUPENG and PENGASSAN)

in the Board should not be

undermined.

They also demanded the

inclusion of NUPENG and

PENGASSAN into the

midstream gas infrastructure

fund governing council.

C o n t i n u i n g ,

NUPENGASSAN also

demanded the inclusion of

Petroleum Training Institute,

PTI and Federal University of

Petroleum Resources, FUPRE

in the bill.

They also queried the

Section 99 (6) which states

that: “The Minister may revoke

a licence or

lease, where a nondefaulting

holder under

subsection (1) (b) of this

section, fails to – (c) take

responsibility for

the payment of rents,

royalties, taxes, production

sahres, profit shares or other

contractual payments to

Government of the defaulting

holder under the licence or

lease; Or (d) comply with

any other obligation under

the licence or lease in a

manner that may result in the

revocation of the licence or

Lease pursuant to section 96

of this Act.

(e) - Where there is a

revocation of licence, the

Commission shall ensure

that all personnel obligations

are settled.

They asked for the insertion

of “funding of Petroleum

Training Institute, PTI, and

FUPRE, Effurun via 1% of

the Annual Training Budget of

International Oil Companies,

IOCs. History has shown

that wherever there’s

revocation of licence (Case

study, Pan Ocean), personnel

bear the brunt.

They contended that there is

“need to improve funding for

PTI and FUPRE, established

primarily for the purpose of

training Nigerian manpower

for the industry.”

manner of interaction with

stakeholders, both internal and

external, all contribute directly

and indirectly to corrupt

practices.

The Director, Special Duties

and Projects Department of the

Ministry, Dr Martina Nwordu,

stated that the objective of the

workshop is to create

awareness among the

directorate level officers in the

Ministry on the dangers of

corrupt practices and their

roles in the delivery of their

duties towards curbing the

menace.

The other objective is to

stimulate interest in the

participants to disseminate the

content of the workshop to their

colleagues and peers in their

various departments and units.


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26 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

•Picture of Shasha market violence

•Picture of Shasha market violence

OYO: Untold story of

Shasha market clash

*How Nigerien triggered crisis

*Arson uncalled for Shasha community leader

*We can’t estimate what we’ve lost to the crisis

*Don’t take laws into your hands Makinde

By Ola Ajayi

I BADANRIVALRY

between Hausa and

Yoruba traders at Shasha

market in Akinyele Local

Government Area of Oyo State

has been a perennial problem.

From time to time, there have

been skirmishes over the control

of parts of the market.

Some years ago, there was a

minor crisis over collection of

fees in the market. While the

Yoruba control parts of the

market, their visitors agitate for

a part.

All this while, there was never

a time that the

misunderstanding assumed the

proportion of this latest crisis.

Vanguard gathered that apart

from vehicles, motorcycles and

shops that were torched,

unspecified number of people

were killed during the crisis.

Also, over 3,000 people,

including children, were

displaced.

Last Friday, before the crisis

started, business in the market

started with its usual hustle and

bustle. Suddenly, a common

misunderstanding between a

pregnant woman and a man

from Niger Republic soon

snowballed into killings, looting

and arson.

What triggered the crisis

There are divergent claims

over what actually caused the

crisis. While some of the traders,

who are resident in the area,

claimed that the crisis was

triggered by a Hausa man who

hit one Adex with a charmed

ring which paralysed him and

eventually led to his death, a

girl who claimed to be at the

spot of the crisis said the man

that started the fight was not a

Hausa man.

How Nigerien triggered

crisis

She alleged that the man at

the centre of the crisis is from

Niger Republic.

She said in a viral video, “I

was at the spot when the fight

started. Tomatoes belonging to

a Niger man littered the

frontage of the shop of a

pregnant woman who insisted

that the man must pack the

tomatoes and wash her stained

shop.

“They were arguing when a

Yoruba man intervened. His

intervention soon led to a hot

argument during which the

Yoruba man slapped him. The

Nigerien returned the slap and

the Yoruba man fell.

“He was rushed to the

hospital where he was

confirmed dead. People were

even saying how just one slap

could kill someone. That was

how the crisis started. But one

man who recorded the scene

claimed it was a Hausa man.

We should be careful about

what we say and post.”

Arson uncalled forShasha

community leader

But a community leader in

Shasha, Amusa Akinade said:

“For me, the arson that trailed

the death of a cobbler in the

market was misdirected and

uncalled for. It is sad that the

group that was responsible for

the death of the man was still

going about setting houses and

shops ablaze.

Narrating how it started, he

said: “It all started with the

argument that ensued between

a pregnant woman and a Hausa

man. A cobbler who came

around to pacify them was

struck with a magical ring and

later died the next day. This

triggered the crisis.

Government should act fast.

“Those who are causing

trouble are now mocking us.

They said if Shasha is no longer

It all started with

the argument that

ensued between a

pregnant woman

and a Hausa man.

A cobbler who came

around to pacify

them was struck

with a magical ring

and later died the

next day

•Shasha market violence

habitable, they would relocate

to nearby community. We want

an end to violence in Shasha. I

have told our people to maintain

peace. Nobody should engage

in violence but we want the

Hausa to sheathe their sword.

“But, come to think of it, why

has urgent and proactive action

not been taken? Who is the

government afraid of? They are

beating about the bush. The

people are now saying that they

would relocate from Shasha to

Iroko. Should we be doing this

to ourselves as a people?”

When Vanguard called one of

the leaders in the market simply

identified as Alhaji Ciroma, he

said it was true that 'we buried

some of our people on Sunday.'

Ciroma, whose voice was

hoarse as a result of the trauma

told Vanguard: “Yes, it is true

some of our people were buried

on Sunday. Even now, we are

still looking for others.”

He faulted the report of a

certain special adviser to

Governor Seyi Makinde on the

crisis saying it didn’t reflect

what actually happened.

Vanguard also gathered that

about 3,000 people were

displaced and are now taking

shelter with their people in

other parts of the city.

Also, a man from the other

side of the crisis who did not

identify himself said some of

their people have been killed

during the crisis.

“Do you know that we lost one

popular man, Adex, and others

whose whereabouts we don’t

know as of now.

“Almost all our shops have

been burnt by arsonists. We

cannot estimate what we have

lost to the crisis. Those who

sustained injuries cannot yet be

determined until the tension is

over.”

A reliable source told

Vanguard that some people

were being escorted out of the

trouble spots by security agents

to Moniya area of the city while

some reportedly relocated to

Mokola area of the city.

Peace returns to market

Meanwhile, peace has

returned to the market but there

was a handful of people under

a tree discussing the crisis.

Unlike Friday and Saturday

when both human and

vehicular traffic were

paralysed, some trucks loaded

with tubers of yam were seen

coming from Shasha-Ojoo end

of the road to Sango.

But, some truck drivers who

were afraid of being caught up

in the crisis sold their tomatoes

at giveaway prices before

getting to the market and

headed back to Ilorin-

Ogbomosho road.

Governor Makinde sues for

peace

Meanwhile, Governor ‘Seyi

Makinde has promised that his

government will ensure that

justice is served on all the

victims of the crisis that erupted

between Hausa and Yoruba

residents of Shasha Market of

Akinyele Local Government,

Ibadan, at the weekend.

The governor disclosed that a

judicial panel will also be

inaugurated to investigate the

crisis, adding that Peace and

Security Committees will also be

put in place in all the zones of

the state with a view to

addressing the grievances and

ensuring justice is served.

A statement by the Chief Press

Secretary to the governor, Mr.

Taiwo Adisa, also quoted the

governor as appealing to angry

residents of the area to sheathe

their swords, warning that

whenever the people see the

potential dangers of words and

actions, they must take

precautions, saying: “It is time

to think about our selfpreservation.

It is time to put

Oyo State first.”

Governor Makinde, who

maintained that contrary to

news circulating in the social

media, the state government

has been able to bring the

situation in Shasha under

control, stated that the situation

has been de-escalated since

around 2 p.m. on Saturday, “a

curfew was put in place and

there has been no further unrest

since then.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 27

Agony as herdsmen overrun

Ogun communities

By James Ogunnaike

Aand BEOKUTAAGONY

sorrow enveloped

Yewa axis of Ogun State as no

fewer than 13 people were killed

by hoodlums suspected to be

Fulani herdsmen in different

communities scattered across

Yewaland in the last one week.

The gory incident started in

Oha, Imeko-Afon Local

Government Area of Ogun State,

as one Dele Olowoniyi was

hacked to death by Fulani

herdsmen in the mid-night of

Saturday, 6th February, 2021

while receiving fresh air in front

of his hut in a farm settlement

located in Oha.

About two days later, two other

persons were also killed in an

ambush by people suspected to

be herders at Owode-Ketu while

going to market.

In Asa, three persons were

killed, while four persons were

killed at Ebute Igbooro and

about nine other persons

sustained varying degrees of

injury from the mid-night attack.

At Agbon in Yewa North Local

Government Area of the state,

three farmers were killed in

another attack by the herders.

In Agbon-Ojodu, Orile

Igbooro, property including

houses, cars and motorcycles

were destroyed.

Speaking on the sad incident,

the Village head (Baale) of Orile

Igbooro, Tajudeen Akorede, said

four members of the community

lost their lives, including

children, to the suspected

herdsmen while nine others are

still in the hospital receiving

treatment from injuries.

He said the attackers came in

the dead of the night when

everybody was asleep. "No, we

just heard sounds of gun in the

dead of the night. We didn’t know

what to do. We were perplexed.

"In my community, the herders

set some houses, vehicles and

motorcycles ablaze. We cannot

go to our farms again."

He appealed to government to

station security operatives in

Orile Igbooro to enable the

villagers who fled in the wake of

the invasion, to come back.

Narrating how her husband

(Olowoniyi) was killed, the

widow, Rasheedat Olowoniyi

said she was peeping through

the curtains inside their hut and

watched in disbelief as herdsmen

macheted her husband to death.

She said: “I could not shout or

raise alarm in order not to attract

attention of the killer herdsmen

to myself and my son.”

“The herdsmen stormed the

farm settlement with guns and

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•Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle

cutlasses on motorcycles.

“The herdsmen were 18 in

number and stormed the farm at

about 12am with six motorcycles

and started shooting

indiscriminately when they got

to the farm in order to scare the

people.

“We had slept that day but my

husband decided to sleep

outside. My son and I slept in

the room. I was inside when they

killed him. They first started

shooting; it was the gunshots that

woke me up. I opened the

curtains slightly and I saw them.

They came in six motorcycles and

three people were on each

motorcycle.

“He was dragged on the floor.

They beamed torchlight around

to see if anybody was watching

but I dodged behind the curtains.

I watched as they took his phone

and wallet and tied to his waist

and ransacked his pocket for

money. They spoke Fulfulde.

That was what made me know

that they are Fulani.”

Rashidat said that her late

husband had about two months

ago complained to the Fulani

community after some cattle

reportedly ate his farm crops. She,

however, said the Fulani

community apologised to him,

unknown to them that they

planned to attack him later.

“He challenged the Fulani on

why they allowed their cattle to

eat his crops. He told them that

his farm was not in the bush. They

begged him and everything was

settled. That was about two

months ago,” she said.

Speaking on the incesant

killings in his constituency,

member of Ogun State House of

Assembly, representing Yewa II

State Constituency, Wahab

Haruna Abiodun Egungbohun

berated the Federal Government

under the leadership of President

Muhammadu Buhari, on how he

has been handling the security

of lives and property of the

people.

The lawmaker said the

senseless killing by the Fulani

herdsmen in Yewa area of the

state is becoming unbearable as

people in his constituency can no

longer sleep with their two eyes

closed.

He said on Thursday, some

communities in Yewa North, that

included Owode Ketu, Ijoun,

Eggua, Igan-Alade and Tata

were reportedly ambushed by

the herdsmen and killed two

villagers.

“On Friday night again, heavily

armed men entered Orile-

Igbooro village in Yewa North

and no fewer than four villagers

were killed, some houses were

also burnt down while many

people were left with various

degrees of injuries. It is clear that

these herdsmen are behind the

attacks.”

Ketu Constituency II has often

witnessed violent attacks

stemming from disputes between

the herdsmen and the farmers.

“Security is said to be a right of

every citizen but reverse is the

case in Ketu. We are not treated

with fairness. Our farmers can’t

go to farm, we can’t sleep with

eyes closed. The Governor

should empower other security

agencies now,” he lamented.

“It is sad that no single herder

has been arrested since security

agencies have been fighting

insecurity in my Constituency.

“It is sad that our people in

villages in this part of the state

have not been able to sleep since

last night. Villagers are now

outside, setting up bonfire and

•Burnt property

ready to defend their village."

Addressing residents of the

affected communities, the

Commissioner for Information

and Strategy, Abdulwaheed

Odusile, appealed to them not

to take law into their hands, but

to allow the security agencies

and the traditional rulers handle

the situation.

He called for peaceful coexistence

among the indigenes

and people from other ethnic

groups living in the state.

The Information Commissioner

appreciated the royal fathers in

Yewaland for dousing the tension

that arose as a result of the attack

from the herdsmen, calling for the

sharing of necessary information

that would lead to the end of the

crisis, as the state government

was poised to finding a

permanent solution to the crisis

in the state.

We need Amotekun in

OgunYewa monarch

Reacting to the senseless

killings in his domain, the Olu of

Ilaro and Paramount ruler of

Yewaland, Oba Kehinde

Olugbenle, called for immediate

setting up of the Amotekun Corp

•Another burnt property

in the state.

He urged government to

involve traditional rulers in

selecting its operatives who know

their terrain.

He said: “I want to plead with

the governor to commission the

Amotekun Corp. When doing

this, all critical stakeholders

including the traditional rulers

should be involved in

recommending people who

know the terrains. Round pegs

should be put in round holes”,

he advised.

The monarch also advocated for

the inscription of owner’s name

on each cattle, maintaining that

this would help in identifying the

owner in event of destruction of

farm by cattle.

On his part, the Eselu of Iselu,

Oba Ebenezer Akinyemi, traced

the history of the crisis to cattle

feeding on farmers’ produce and

called for the creation of ‘grazing

zone’.

On his part, the State

Commissioner for Police, Edward

Ajogun, noted that policemen

have been deployed to the

affected areas as government has

given security agencies the

wherewithal to bring peace to the

areas.


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DPR demands refund for 2m barrels of crude

from Shell

THE DEPARTMENT of

Petroleum Resources,

DPR, has scored a bull's eye

in compelling Shell Petroleum

Development Company,

SPDC, to refund

2,081,678 barrels of crude

oil said to have been fraudulently

reallocated from

June 2016 to July 2018 via

discrepancy in metering.

Crude oil theft either

through deliberate false

metering by some oil majors

or illegal bunkering by cartels

is rife in the Nigerian

oil and gas sector with Nigeria

ranking as the second

country with highest rate of

oil theft, only next to Mexico

Ṅigeria has reportedly

lost millions of barrels of

crude oil yearly resulting in

loss of revenue. It was gathered

that President Muhammadu

Buhari, apparently

piqued by the development

and in tandem with

his anti-corruption crusade

had ordered a clean-up of

the messy system with a

clear instruction to the DPR

to stop the crude oil theft

and bring the perpetrators

to book.

The President's stance

was said to have been necessitated

by the need to

plug leakages and widen

the nation's revenue base to

fund the budget. This latest

development is seen by industry

watchers as a critical

intervention and milestone

mediation by DPR.

The DPR, having discovered

crude oil metering discrepancies

in Shell operations

had in a letter (Ref.:

DMR/CTO/COA/COM/V.5/

230) dated December 14,

2020, demanded that Shell

refunds the over two million

barrels of crude oil illegally

reallocated between June

2016 and July, 2018.

The letter referenced: "Reallocation

of Bonny Terminal

gross Volume from June

2016 to July 2018 based on

Comparison of Metered

Gross between the Coriolis

Meter and LACT Unit Installed

on the NCTL."

Coriolis flow meter and

the Lease Automatic Custody

Transfer, LACT, Unit are

both measuring systems

used to meter crude oil but

they have often been manipulated

by some oil companies

to short-change the

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crude production ecosystem.

Shell confirmed the illegality

and discrepancy in

metering and in a letter dated

8th February, 2021

agreed to comply with the

DPR directive to refund the

stolen crude. The Shell letter

addressed to the Director,

DPR and referenced

SPDC-COM-2021-00951

reads in part:

"We note your directives as

contained in the above-referenced

letter and wish to

confirm that the Shell Petroleum

Development Company

of Nigeria Limited

(SPDC) will implement the

refund of the 2,081,678 barrels

of crude oil from the

Trans Niger Pipeline, TNP,

injectors (SPDC, TEPNG,

NDPR, and WSPOL) to the

Nembe Creek Trunk Line

(NCTL) injectors (Aiteo,

Belemaoil, Eroton and

Newcross) over the period

from end of January 2021 till

November 2021 in accordance

with Schedule 111 as

contained in the DPR letter

ref: DMR/CTO/COA/COM/

By Perez Brisibe

Uschool GHELLIPRIMARY

teachers in

Ughelli, headquarters of

Ughelli North Local Government

Area of Delta State, under

the aegis of Basic Education

Staff Association of Nigeria,

BESAN, haven taken to

the streets over what they described

as the non-implementation

of the 30 percent minimum

wage.

The protest which crippled

academic activities in all the

primary schools in the council,

resulted in the pupils returning

home from their respective

schools.

Clad in red and black attires

with placard bearing inscriptions

such as; "We need our

minimum wage," "Promote

graduate teachers in primary

schools," and "Pay us our minimum

wage," they vowed to

embark on an indefinite industrial

action if the state government

fails to address the

issue.

V.5/230 dated December 14,

2020." The Shell letter was

signed by Steve Okwuosah,

Business Relations and JVC

Excellence Manager.

It was learnt that both DPR

and Shell had been going

back and forth on the matter

with Shell recommending

further dialogue and engagement.

This was said to

have angered the management

of DPR which, driven

by patriotism, had insisted

on nothing but refund by

Shell, prompting the initial

terms of further engagement

recommended by Shell to be

rejected by DPR.

In a DPR letter dated January

28, 2021, a response to

Shell letter of January 14,

2021, the DPR stated:

"Please be informed that we

are unable to accept your

request for further engagement

on the matter due to

your failure to implement

the refund of 2,081,678 barrels

of oil from TNP injectors

to NCTL injectors as directed

by the Department.

"As you are aware, the refund

volume is a function of

Addressing newsmen at the

Ughelli North secretariat,

BESAN representative, Rev

Egbinine Michael flanked by

some of the placard bearing

protesters, said: "We are protesting

because of the minimum

wage that the state government

promised to pay primary

school teachers since

2019 which has not been paid.

"The minimum wage has

been approved by the Federal

Government and the state government

has promised us several

times, months and years

and in January, 2021, they

promised us again, but nothing

happened. And until we

hear from the government, we

will not hold the chalk because

we are human."

On his part, secretary of

BESAN, Alakpa Moses said,

"The primary school teachers

have been denied their minimum

wage whereas our colleagues

in the secondary

schools are enjoying it. For

over 15 months now, we have

been suffering because the

state government has refused

production reallocation (for

June 2016 to May 2017) in

order to effect correction for

the initial water allocation

to NCTL injectors with Coriolis

meter (by SPDC)

which was rejected by DPR

vide our letter Ref: DMR/

CTO/COA/COM/V.3/102

and dated February 9, 2018,

because it was contrary to

statutory requirements.

"Accordingly, you are directed

to note the following:

Ensure total compliance

with the directives communicated

to you via our letter,

Ref: DMR/CTO/COA/COM/

V.5/230 dated December 14,

2020.

" Your December 2020

Schedule 1B for Bonny Terminal

Network and the resultant

stock certificates issued

to the affected companies

are unacceptable. You

are to therefore, with immediate

effect, adjust the

schedule 1B and re-issue

the stock certificates to the

relevant TNP and NCTL

injectors, to reflect the production

adjustments for the

months."

Primary Sch teachers protest non-implementation

of 30% Minimum wage

to implement the minimum

wage even after we have written

several letters."

Addressing the protesters at

the Ughelli North secretariat,

the council's Chief Admin

Officer, Mr Ufuoma Orere

said that the council was facing

a similar situation and

that the state government had

stepped into the matter to ensure

that the issue was resolved.

Capital city devt:

Wike approves

contract for 2

flyovers in Port

Harcourt

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT

HARCOURT

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State, has approved

contracts worth N12.4

billion for the construction of

two more flyovers in Port Harcourt,

capital city of Rivers

State.

The approval given at the

State Executive Council,

EXCO, meeting involved one

800 meters long flyover bridges

to be sited at intersection of

Olu-Obasanjo Road and Port

Harcourt Aba Expressway

popularly called "Waterlines

Junction."

The other flyover bridge will

be at the intersection of Olu-

Obasanjo and Ikwerre Road

up to the Azikiwe Street and

at 1km long projects intended

to ease city traffic as with

previous five still ongoing and

the very first one, Rebisi flyover

already commissioned

and under use.

State Commissioner for

Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi in

post EXCO meeting briefing

said, the approval was sequel

to two memos his ministry

presented to the council on

need for the construction of

the flyovers.

He said, "The memos were

approved and consequently

the government of Rivers State

will be awarding two contracts

to the Julius Berger Nigeria

PLC for the construction

of two flyovers."


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Court blocks Shell’s accounts in 20 banks

over alleged oil theft

By Innocent Anaba

A

FEDERAL High

Court sitting in Lagos

has granted an interim

Mareva injunction directing

20 commercial

banks in the country to

block Shell Petroleum

Development Company

of Nigeria Ltd, SPDC,

accounts in a bid to recover

the cash value of

more than 16 million barrels

of crude oil allegedly

diverted by the oil giant

from AITEO Eastern

E & P Company Ltd.

Trial judge, Justice

Oluremi Oguntoyinbo

gave the order following

an ex parte application

by AITEO Eastern E & P

Company Ltd against

SPDC, Royal Dutch Shell

Plc, Shell Western Supply

and Trading Ltd,

Shell International Trading

and Shipping Company

Ltd and Shell Nigeria

Exploration and

Production Company

Ltd.

The 20 banks where the

Shell companies operate

accounts in Nigeria are

also respondents in the

suit.

AITEO’s application

was brought by Kemi

Pinheiro, SAN leading

other senior lawyers.

Justice Oguntoyinbo

directed the 20 banks to

“ring-fence any cash,

bonds, deposits, all

forms of negotiable instruments

to the value of

$2.7 billion and pay all

standing credits to the

Shell companies up to

the value into an interest

yielding account in

the name of the Chief

Registrar of the court.”

The court said that

Chief Registrar is to

“hold the funds in trust,”

pending the hearing of

the motion and determination

of the motion on

notice for interlocutory

injunction filed before it

by AITEO.

The court also restrained

the defendants

or their agents/privies

from presenting to the

banks “Any mandate or

instrument for the withdrawal

of any money and

/or funds standing to the

credit of any of the accounts”

of the defendants

kept/maintained

“at any of the named respondent

banks without

first preserving/ringfencing

the sum of

$1,251,305.5 or its equivalent

in any other official

currency including but

not limited to the naira

and/or pound sterling

being the value of the

plaintiff’s 1,022,029 barrels

of crude oil (at the

rate of $79.50 per barrel

as stated in the Department

of Petroleum Resources,

DPR, letter dated

July 8, 2020.”

The defendants were

further restrained from

presenting to the named

banks any mandate or

instrument for the withdrawal

or any money

and/or funds standing to

the credit of any of the

accounts of the five defendants

kept or maintained

at any of the

named respondent

banks and or their

branches without first

preserving and or ringfencing

the total sum of

Abia LG shuts 2 schools over violation

of approved calendar

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

U MUAHIATHE

Chairman of Obingwa

council area of Abia

State, Chief Michael

Nwoke, has ordered the

closure of two schools

over non compliance with

the government approved

school calendar for the

2020/2022 session.

In a statement signed

by the Secretary to the

council, Bestman Eruba,

the Chairman identified

the two schools as Total

Education Academy, Eke-

Owerri and Holy Family

Secondary School, Mgboko

Umuoria, and directed

parents and guardians to

come and take their children

and wards home on

or before 12pm, Wednesday,

February 17, 2021.

He explained that academic

activities for second

term will begin on March

1, 2021 and warned the

management of the affected

schools to comply with

the directives or face additional

sanctions.

The chairman further

tasked the Covid -19 taskforce

in the area to ensure

that all Covid -19 Protocols

are put in place in the

affected schools.

The Chairman directed

the Education Secretary of

Obingwa LGA to ensure

that all these directives

are complied with as all

private schools in the area

must operate in line with

the Abia State School System

and calendar.

“The Executive Chairman

of Obingwa LGA,

Hon. Micheal Ibe Nwoke

has directed the immediate

closure of the following

schools till March 1,

2021; Total Education

Academy (TEDA)- Eke-

Owerri, Obingwa LGA

and Holy Family Secondary

School, Mgboko

Umuoria, Obingwa LGA.

“The closure order is

over the violation of Government

approved school

timetable for 2020/2021

School calendar. The

Chairman directs all parents

and guardians whose

children and wards are

currently schooling at Total

Education Academy,

Eke- Owerri and Holy

Family Secondary School,

Mgboko Umuoria to come

and take them home between

now and 12pm tomorrow

Wednesday, February

17, 2021. The management

of the affected

schools are advised in

their own interest to comply

with these directives

to avoid additional sanctions.”

Mbadiwe's son joins APC in Imo

THE SON of the First

Republic Minister,

Kingsley Ozumba

Mbadiwe's son, Greg

Mbadiwe has joined the

All Progressive Congress,

APC, in Imo state.

Mbadiwe's son joined

in the ongoing registration

as new member of

APC, yesterday at his

Arondizogu in Ideato

North Local government

area of Imo State.

According to governor

Hope Uzodimma, "The

ruling All Progressives

Congress APC has no

doubt been experiencing

overwhelming influx of

Imo sons and daughters

Southeast as they respond

to the call to register/revalidate

our membership

in service to the

State and the Nation.

"Ambassador Greg

Mbadiwe can be referred

to as a good player in the

field of politics and I am

happy and I want to commend

the Statesman for

his decision to serve the

state and Nation under

the ruling party APC.

"The statesman, Ambassador

Greg Ozumba

Mbadiwe, son of the late

Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe

(Nigerian nationalist,

politician, statesman and

First Republic Minister of

the FRN) and ex Nigerian

Ambassador to Congo

has expressed joy being

a member of the All Progressives

Congress in service

to the people of Imo

State and the Nation at

large."

Present at the registration

exercise were the Imo

state deputy governor,

Placid Njoku, State chairman

of the APC, Macon

Nlemigbo among others.

$2,700,583,779,75 or its

equivalent in any other

official currency comprising

of $799 million.

The sum is “he

amounts claimed to have

been paid in this suit by

the plaintiff to the five

defendants for the acquisition

of the Nembe

Creek Trunk Line

(NCTL)pipelines and

the

assets;

$389,631,877.76 being

the total amount claimed

in this suit as having

been lost by the plaintiff

arising from the leakages

in the NCTL and the

degraded conditions of

the

NCTL;

$578,951,901.99 being

the total amount claimed

in this suit as having

been lost by the plaintiff

arising from the crude

theft/larceny in the

NCTL; $933,000,000 being

the total amount

claimed in this suit as

having being expended

by the plaintiff for the repairs

of the pipelines

and acquisition of the

equipment including

well-heads, generators

and pumps as well as replacing

the flow lines

within the NCTL.

“That pending the

hearing and determination

of the motion on notice

for interlocutory injunction,

the named

banks whether by themselves,

director, managers,

officers or howsoever

are restrained in the

interim from accepting,

honouring or giving effect

in any manner howsoever

to any mandate,

cheque or instructions

presented by all the five

defendants whether by

themselves or through

their agents or privies for

the withdrawal of any sum

of money and/or funds

standing to the credit of all

the defendants kept and

or maintained at any of the

named banks and or their

branches without first preserving

and or ring-fencing

the sums as ordered

in prayers 1,2,3 and/or 4

above.”

Justice Oguntoyinbo further

directed the respondents

banks “to pay any

sums of money standing

to the credit of the defendants

within 48 hours of

the service of the order of

this court up to the sum/

value of the amounts stated

in prayers 1,2,3, and

4 above into an interest

yielding account in the

name of the Chief Registrar

of this court, who

is to hold same in trust.

“Pending the hearing

and determination of the

motion on notice for interlocutory

injunction,

the respondent banks are

directed to sequestrate

and/or ring-fence any

cash, bonds, deposits,

all forms of negotiable

instruments or chose(s)

in the action due to or

standing to the credit

sum/value of the

amounts stated in prayer

1,2,2 and/or 4 above.

“That pending the

hearing and determination

of the motion for interlocutory

injunction,

the named banks are directed

to file within 48

hours of service of the

order of this court on

them returns of the statement

of account of the all

the five defendants maintained

with them as at the

date of the order of this

court, such returns to be

verified by affidavits.

When the matter came

up on Monday, the court

was informed that the

defendants had filed an

application seeking to

discharge the order.

The judge adjourned

further proceedings till

February 24, 2021.


30 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

‘Why I am starting secondary school

education at 38’

By Demola Akinyemi

SHE is married with young

children but up until now,

never had the opportunity of a

formal education. It was not until

few years ago that she attended

Adult Education class to at least

be able to read and write a few

things. But her resolve has always

been to acquire formal education

at least to the level of being able to

speak the English Language

fluently.

Why is she interested in doing

that? Most of her friends with

whom she grew up had the

opportunity of going to school to

the point of being fluent in English

and that became her driving force

- she wants to be able to

communicate in the language too

Welcome to the world of Mrs

Folashade Alabi, 38, popularly

called Mummy Shade. She is a

fashion designer and sews small

bags that are used as gift items in

ceremonies.

NUC okays law

programme for

Caleb varsity

THE National Universities

Commission, NUC, has

given approval to the full–time

mode of the LL-B Law programme

for Caleb University, Imota, Lagos

State.

The development is contained in

a letter from the Council, dated

February 10, 2021 and signed for

the NUC Executive Secretary by

Dr. N.B Saliu, Director of

Academic Planning, following the

earlier resource verification of the

Council’s Panel of Experts to the

university with a view to accessing

the human and material resources

available for the establishment of

the programme.

The letter further stated that the

Executive Secretary had

considered and approved the

establishment of the full-time

mode of the LL-B Law programme

to be run in the Magodo City

Campus of the university with

effect from 2020/2021 academic

session.

The approval, which does not

cover the part-time mode of

delivery of the programme,

according to the NUC, shall bear

only the approved titles and

nomenclature and that any change

would require the approval of the

commission

In his reaction, Proprietor of the

university, Dr. Ola Adebogun, said

he was particularly happy about

the development, noting that the

huge infrastructural development

and quality of lecturers at the

College of Law would make it

second to none in no distant time

He stated that the approval given

to the university’s law programme

was an indication of the rising

profile of the institution, the

credibility of its academic and cocurricular

programmes and the

university’s actual and potential

impact on the wider society.

Madam Alabi is not yet

proficient in English Language and

had to speak with our

correspondent in Yoruba

Language, but her determination

to make a success of her ambition

By Adesina Wahab

THE Academic Staff Union of

Polytechnics, ASUP, Zone A,

has faulted the decision of the

Federal Government to convert

the Rector of the Federal

Polytechnic, Bida, Dr Abubakar

Dzukogi, to a sole administrator

after he has duly retired from

service.

The union said such a step by the

Federal Government is against the

dictates of the Polytechnic Act of

2019. ASUP, in statement signed

by the Zonal Coordinator, Dr

Kasim Ibrahim, said the

conversion of the Rector to sole

administrator of the institution

was not only against the

Polytechnic Act of 2019, but setting

a bad precedence in the running

of polytechnics in the country.

The union insisted that the

tenure of Dr. Dzukogi, who retired

as the rector of Bida Poly in June

2020, ended on February 15, 2021,

after he attained the retirement age

of 65. Bida Poly management last

week said those agitating for the

appointment of a new rector after

February 15 were doing so out of

mischief and stressed that the

tenure of Dzukogi as the sole

administrator would end in 2022.

However, ASUP said it was

forced to express displeasure at the

reappointment of Dr. Dzukogi for

four years even when it was clear

is not in doubt.

According to her: “One major

thing that really drove me to

attempting this is seeing my friends

with whom I grew up, speaking

English Language very fluently. I

couldn’t at all and it bothered me

a lot, so I made up my mind to go

back to school.”

Though she had earlier attended

Adult Education school, where she

was able to learn to read and write,

her inability to speak English

remained a big concern.

In her drive towards achieving

her ambition, she made her

•Mrs. Folashade Alabi in her school uniform. INSET: Mrs. Alabi in classroom with her school mates

Bida Poly rector's tenure: ASUP asks FG to

comply with Act

•Says sole administrator unknown to law

abinitio that he had less than four

years to proceed on retirement.

"We consider this not only as

aberration but an error of

commitment perpetrated against

the spirit and letter of the

Polytechnic Act." According to the

union, Section 8, subsection 2a1

of the Act stipulates that

"qualifications of the persons who

may apply for the post, shall be a

By Demola Akinyemi

THE Naval Officers Wives

Association, NOWA, has

reiterated its commitment to

ensuring academic excellence of the

students of Navy schools across the

nation so as to make them a future

reference point for academic

attainments.

The outgone National President of

the association, Dr. (Mrs.) Theresa

Ibas, stated this in Offa, Kwara State

during the official inauguration of a

12-room storey building built by the

association for the students of the

Navy Secondary School, Offa. She

said that provision of modern facility

in the area of good accommodation

for students would no doubt enhance

their learning and boost their

academic excellence.

Dr. Ibas also said that there was no

investment in education that is too

Chief Lecturer in the polytechnic

sector."

The union further observed that

Section 14, subsection 4 which

provides for the retirement, clearly

states that: "Notwithstanding

anything to the contrary contained

in the Pensions Reform Act, the

compulsory retirement age of staff

of the polytechnic shall be 65 years,

and Section 16, subsection 4 in

unambiguous terms states that

"there shall be no sole

administrator in any polytechnic

in Nigeria."

intention known to a family friend,

who was excited about the idea and

took her to meet an official in the

Kwara State Ministry of

Education. So, instead of starting

from JSS1, she was placed in JSS

2 at Ilorin Grammar School along

Sawmill Area of the state capital .

The determination to achieve her

aim didn’t make her bother about

her size and age among other

pupils in her class who are not

even up to her children’s age. She

is very excited about the

cooperation she has been getting

from the pupils and even the

cordiality. She has commenced

the learning of English Language,

Mathematics, Social Studies

among others and she’s enjoying

it.

Her words: “I have children at

various levels of education, that

doesn’t bother me because it is my

own personal life ambition. I am

happy to inform you that all of

them including my husband

supported my plan to return to

school.

“I have been longing to go back

to school but there was no time for

me, but thank God I am finally

here now to learn. I have attended

adult education school where I

obtained my first school leaving

certificate. By the grace of God, I

am enjoying my studies here in

school. The students here are very

happy to see me in their midst and

there’s cordial relationship

between us.

“My dream is to learn, I want to

be able to speak English Language

fluently like my friends, many of

them are educated. When I finish

my education, whatever God wants

me to use the certificate for, He will

provide then.

“I wish to be like them, I mean

my friends. I advise the younger

ones to face their studies squarely

and to obey their parents. They

must not play away their precious

time. Parents should also allow

their wards to learn because there’s

profit in learning in school.“

Her class teacher, Motunrayo

Busari, in an interview with

Vanguard Learning, applauded her

comportment, which shows her

readiness to learn, describing it

as excellent.

She added: ”The woman is

courageous and brilliant

considering the way and manner

she assimilates the teachings.

She has copied all the notes and

she’s coping.“

The Principal, Mr

AbdulRahman Akeyede, also said

her experience is a big life lesson

for others. He said: “Acquiring

education does not have age limit,

it is better late than never. Before

our very eyes, she will finish her

education. When there life, there

is hope.”

Officers' wives donate hostel accommodation to Naval School

much to boost the academic

excellence of the students, pleading

for more unalloyed support and

contributions from stakeholders.

She said: "I am delighted to state that

as part of NOWA's core vision, the

Association has over the years

contributed immensely to the

positive image of the Nigerian Navy

through her philanthropic activities

and in the area of education.

"Accordingly, in her efforts to

impact positively on the academic

welfare of her students and on the

image of the Nigerian Navy in

general, NOWA embarked on the

construction of this 12-room storey

building hostel accommodation.

The conception of the project was

borne out of the need to address the

increasingly acute accommodation

and space problem the school was

facing. The rising students’ strength

signaled the need for more facilities,

and as such, it became necessary to

embark on the project to ensure that

the learning environment was

improved by easing the

accommodation need of our

students.

"So, within the limited resources

at NOWA’s disposal, this 12-room

storey building hostel

accommodation was built. In the

same vein, NOWA has also

completed the building of a similar

structure at her secondary school in

Calabar and the project will be

commissioned soon. Thus, with this

trend of achievements, I am rest

assured that the Association will

continue to complement the efforts

of the Nigerian Navy in the provision

of welfare facilities nationwide,

thereby positively touching the lives

of naval personnel and their families,

including those of communities

where NOWA has establishments. "


Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 31

When students are no longer safe

in schools

NEWS ANAL

ALYSIS

By Adesina Wahab

ON the night of April 14, 2014, some

innocent girls at a secondary school in

Chibok, Borno State, were abducted from the

school by Boko Haram insurgents. The

number of the affected girls was given as 276.

They were sitting for their West African

Examinations Council papers. Up until now,

no fewer than 112 girls are still missing, as

only some of them were able to escape or were

released after negotiations with their

abductors.

Not long afterwards, girls in another

secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State were

also kidnapped, thus opening another chapter

in Nigeria's battle with insecurity.

On December 13 last year, over 300 students

were also abducted by bandits at Government

Science College in Kankara, Katsina State,

the home state of President Muhammadu

Buhari. Just yesterday, another set of bandits

stormed the Government Science College,

Kagara, Niger State taking away some

students, their teachers and some other

innocent persons. One of the students was

reportedly killed in the attack.

Are students no longer safe in their schools?

Why are the bandits targeting schools?

Nigeria does not have an enviable record when

it comes to out-of-school children, ours is the

highest in the world, over 15 million.

Incidentally, most of the OSC are found in

the North and this is where the assault on

schools and education is now rampant. The

schools being attacked are boarding schools

set up to encourage parents to send their

children to school, as such such schools are

local model schools. Many of the stakehoders

have blamed the government for the poor state

of security in the country, saying the main duty

of the government is to provide safety for the

people by protecting them and their

properties.

Parents' view

The National President of of the National

Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria,

NAPTAN, Haruna Danjuma, expressed the

grief of parents on the recurring ugly incidents.

He told Vanguard Learning: "We are so

disturbed about the development. When the

Federal Government wanted to reopen

schools, we told them that it is not only

reopening schools that matters but the security

and safety of lives of the people involved. We

don't know where we are, and where we are

heading to.

"Something is wrong somewhere. The

situation is very scary. And the responsibility

is on all the tiers of government and

particularly on the Federal Government. If

the President can empower the state govenors

to handle security matters in conjunction with

military top shots in their domains including

the Commissioners of Police, the situation

could be better.

"These criminals are now targeting our

children to make easy money. Our children

have become objects of bargaining. This is

another form of coronavirus disease. Some

parents are now wary of allowing their

children to go back to school."

Students' opinion

The Southwest Coordinator of the National

Association of Nigerian Students, NANS,

Kappo Olawale Samuel, opined that the

government has not got the issue of security

right in the country. He said: "The Presidency

just changed the service chiefs, but nothing

really has changed as far as security is

concerned. I think we need to declare a state

of emergency in the security sector. This kind

of development is a great disservice to

education. It is discouraging the students, the

teachers and the parents. The government

should live up to the expectation of the people

with regards to the protection of lives and

properties in the country. It is really

disheartening."

What the teachers are saying

Also speaking on the matter, the Lagos State

Chairman of the NUT, Otunba Adesina

Adedoyin, said what is happening is a

reflection of the insecurity in the country at

large. "It is unfortunate and ungodly that

bandits have taken students to be pawns in

their hands. Though we are teachers, we are

parents too and with the way things are going,

anybody can fall victim. It is the duty of the

government to protect the citizens whether

young or old.

"If the government does not want the people

to take the law into their hands, it must do the

needful. This trend of targeting schools must

be stopped. The schools they go for are

boarding schools and there are reasons why

the government provide boarding facilities in

the schools. This is becoming really serious, "

he said.

While security is an issue that involves

everybody, the government has a big role to

play as it controls the security apparatus and

must do the needful before things get out of

hand

•Prince Olusegun

Adeniyi, STEAM

Coordinator, Caleb British

International Schools,

Lekki, Lagos and Mrs.

Omoluwabi-Okechukwu

Bose, Head of School,

Business Section, Caleb

British International

School, Lekki, Lagos,

during an advocacy

programme for free

planting and combating

deforestation geared

towards reducing global

warming, held at the

school premises.

NOUN gets new study centre in Anambra

By Nwabueze Okonkwo

ANEW National Open

University Of Nigeria,

NOUN, study center located

at Isulo community in

Orumba South South Local

Government Area of

Anambra State has been

inaugurated by the Vice

Chancellor of the university,

Professor Abdalla Uba

Adamu. The study center was

built by Isulo Development

Union, IDU, with part of the

N20 million community

choose your project initiatives

of Governor Willie Obiano’s

administration and handed

over to NOUN authorities as

a study center.

Inaugurating the

facilities, Adamu,

represented by Professor

Uduma Orji-Uduma,

Deputy Vice Chancellor

(Academic) of the university,

commended Isulo

community for its vision,

efforts and commitment

towards the establishment of

the study center, noting that it

would go a long way in

offering some job

opportunities to indigenes of

the area. Adamu disclosed

that NOUN has over 100 study

centers and about 500.000

students across the federation,

stressing that the establishment

of the university was part of

laying foundation for the future

generations while it offers

unique opportunities for

people.

The traditional ruler of the

town, Igwe Felix Maduka, in

his speech, noted that the

study center was a significant

development in the

community, urging youths to

grab and maximize the

opportunity by enrolling in it.

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News

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Fake news: Minister petitions IGP,

demands investigation

ABUJAMINISTER of

Youths and Sports Development,

Mr. Sunday Dare,

yesterday, petitioned the Inspector-General

of Police to

investigate one Sylvanus

Ofekun for criminal defamation

and incitement capable

of threatening national security.

Dare in the petition by his

lawyers, submitted to the Inspector-General

of Police on

February 16, 2021, said that

Ofekun who goes by the moniker

"Sleeky Sly" on social

media, criminally alleged

that the Minister was daily

benefitting from Lagos Concession

Company, LCC, operator

of the Lekki Toll Gate,

which has been at the center

of the #EndSARS protests.

NDLEA partners Shippers Council on better

service delivery at the ports

THE NATIONAL Drug

Law Enforcement Agency,

NDLEA and the Nigerian

Shippers Council, NSC, have

agreed to collaborate on ridding

the Nigerian Ports of

criminality, remove operational

bottlenecks and corruption.

This was the consensus

between the two critical

stakeholders in seaport operations

during a courtesy visit

by the Executive Secretary/

Chief Executive Officer of the

NSC, Mallam Hassan Bello

to NDLEA Chairman/Chief

Executive, Brig. General Mohamed

Buba Marwa (Rtd.).

In his remarks, Marwa

commended NSC for the

bold steps taken to modernize

operations at the Ports. “In

the era of round-the-clock

operations, your digitalization

of activities at the Ports

is commendable. I would like

to assure you that we at

NDLEA are committed to ideals

of Ease of Doing Business.

This can be appreciated from

our last seizure of 43 kilograms

of Cocaine in a ship

which berthed at Tin Can Island

Ports and the promptness

of our subsequent actions after

due diligence.

“Our mandate is to prevent

and detect drug criminalities.

Most other criminalities, be it

terrorism, kidnapping, assassination

and a host of others

are traceable to drug abuse.

The seaport is one of the trafficking

routes. As we undertake

the task, we will move

with greater efficiency”, Marwa

assured.

Speaking earlier, Bello said

the recent appointment of

Marwa has inspired confidence

in the NDLEA operations

and that this has been

validated with increased drug

seizures across the country.

“We know you as an agent of

change. You are a transformational

leader and you have always

given your best to the

The petition reads in part:

"Our client was, therefore, surprised

when one Sylvanus

Ofekun also known as Sleeky

Sly published unfounded and

baseless allegations of corruption

against our client through

direct reference and innuendo.

Ofekun is a sports journalist

who currently plies his

trade with Kiss FM Radio Station,

Abuja. The summary of

the allegations were to the effect

that our client was receiving

constant revenues from

the Lagos Concession Company,

LCC, who are the managers

of the Lekki Tollgate.

"Our client was, therefore,

alleged to have deployed governmental

resources to reopen

the Tollgate for personal

profit. According to the publication,

evidence of our client's

receipt of funds from

LCC could be found in bank

statements which were attached.

A cursory look at the

said bank statements will

show that the transactions

contained therein are between

LCC and Loatsad Media

and our client's name did

not appear in any of the transactions.

"The facts as can be gleaned

from the public records available

at the relevant government

agencies that our client

has since 2017 relinquished

all interests he had at Loatsad

Promomedia Limited (as

it was then known as) and

stepped down from its Board

of Directors. It is, therefore,

clear that not only were the

allegations false, they were

published with malice aforethought

with the intent to disparage

our client."

country. We are not surprised

at what you have been able

to achieve in barely three

weeks that you assumed

leadership”, Bello noted.

He said “there is no better

time than now for NSC and

NDLEA to forge this synergy

because of the growing

need to promote transparency,

accountability, ensuring

predictability and eliminate

bottlenecks.” He noted that

“Our operational efficiency at

the nation’s seaports will impact

the ranking of Nigeria

in the Corruption Perception

Index of Transparency International”.

He stressed that

the onerous task of NDLEA

is recognized by NSC as well

as globally adding that

NDLEA is a product of international

convention. He

sought for collaboration between

the counter-narcotic

agency and other agencies

operating at the ports to curtail

disjointed operations.

NDDC collaborates with BPP on procurement reforms

THE NIGER Delta Devel

opment Commission,

NDDC, is collaborating with

the Bureau of Public Procurement,

BPP, to train management

and procurement liaison

officers on ways to change

and reform the Commission’s

procurement processes.

The NDDC Interim Administrator,

Mr. Efiong Akwa, who

spoke at a two-day workshop

on Public Procurement Reform

at the Hotel Presidential,

Port Harcourt, said that

the training would fully arm

them with the sound principles

of public procurement.

Akwa said: “The workshop

is the first necessary step to

redirect our procurement processes

and ensure compliance,

transparency and consequently

better service delivery.”

He expressed confidence

that the required reforms in

NDDC would be achieved

when management and liaison

officers involved in public

procurement applied the

right principles in their various

departments.

The NDDC Chief Executive

Officer said that apart from

deepening collaboration with

the BPP, the workshop would

rekindle stakeholders' confidence

because it signified

concerted efforts to improve

the Commission's procurement

practices.

He affirmed that as a procurement

entity of the Federal

Government, the NDDC

was required to carry out public

procurement since it derived

at least 35 per cent of its

funds from the Federal Government’s

share of the Consolidated

Revenue Fund.

Akwa assured that he

would ensure that all procurements

in the NDDC were

carried out in line with the

provisions of the Public Procurement

Act, 2007.

He noted: “Public procurement

in the NDDC had many

challenges in the past, ranging

from the interference of the

political class in public procurement;

user departments

taking over the duties of the

procurement unit; as well as

inadequate storage facility for

procurement documentation.”

As a result of these challenges,

he said, the BPP in its

recently concluded procurement

audit exercise on the

NDDC, wrote on the issues

noticed in the procurement

processes, and recommended

that procurements in the

Commission should be carried

out in line with the provisions

in the law.

The NDDC boss stated that

the anomalies and challenges

regarding public procurement

in the Commission, had

been addressed, assuring

that the Interim Administration

would ensure that all the

recommendations of the BPP

were carried out.

In his remarks, the representative

of the Director-

General of BPP, Engr. Aliyu

Aliyu, said the bureau was

willing to partner and assist

the NDDC to achieve its goals

of facilitating the development

of the Niger Delta region.

He emphasised the need

for procurement to be carried

out professionally, commending

the NDDC for organising

a training to ensure compliance

with the extant laws in

its procurement activities.

Aliyu noted that the highlevel

training would enable

the NDDC directors and liaison

officers to meet the

challenges of the public procurement

reforms.

Speaking earlier, the

NDDC Director of Procurement,

Mr. Ndudi Enebeli,

said that the workshop was a

platform for a fresh effort at

sanitising the Commission’s

procurement processes.

He declared that the twoday

training would help the

directors and relevant officers

to ensure that due process

was followed in all public

procurements at the Commission.


32 Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Woman gives birth to 5 babies as

husband cries for help

.Says they are owing over N257,000 hospital bill

By Chioma Obinna

WHEN Edo state-born

Ewanle Omage, 35,

and his wife, Foyeke, who

hails from Osun state were

blessed with a set of

quintuplet after six years of

agonising childlessness,

their joy knew no bounds.

Right from when Foyeke,

also 35, was confirmed

pregnant, the couple had

begun planning to

welcome their bundle of joy.

Fortune smiled on the

couple on the 18th of

January 2021 when she

was delivered with a set of

quintuplet - three girls and

two boys at the Lagos State

University Teaching

Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos.

While the arrival of the

babies - Mary, Moses,

Angela, Priscilla and

Miracle - brought joy into

their home, it also brought

frustration. For the couple,

the development is a total

mixed bag of blessings.

While the family is

thanking God for

beautifying their home with

children, they are also

lamenting their lack of

finances to cope with the

responsibilities of taking

care of five babies at the

same time.

Ewanle, a Level 8 officer

with the Rubber Research

Institute of Nigeria in Benin

City narrated that to

adequately care for his

enlarged family, he would

require more than 10 times

his monthly salary.

Ewanle told Healthy

Living that the babies were

conceived through IVF, a

technique which has

continued to help couples

with fertility challenges.

“The children are in

sound health. Although

they were in the incubator

for two days and the

hospital did not allow

people to visit the hospital.”

He confessed that never

in their wildest imagination

did he and his wife

anticipate that caring for

babies would be so

financially draining and

emotionally demanding.

The five babies who are

healthy and growing very

fast, eat voraciously. To be

well fed, they need to

consume plenty of infant

formula daily, but because

of hardship, their ration is

restricted to just one tin per

day.

Further, Ewanle

lamented: “It has not been

easy taking care of these

babies. As you are putting

one to sleep, another one

is crying. As we speak, we

have five persons including

my wife in my house taking

in care of them and my

salary cannot cope with the

daily expenses after the

expenses during the time

Foyeke Omage in the hospital with her set of quintuplet. Inset is Ewanle Omage,

her husband and father of the quintuplet.

of pregnancy and birth.”

Although broke and

struggling, Ewanle and his

wife are however grateful

for the gift of their babies

“We waited over six years

without a child but we

trusted God and our Pastor

was with us every step of

the way. The experience

was so tough during that

period many people

stigmatised us even a

woman insulted my wife

that she couldn't give birth,

coupled with our financial

challenges.

“We were called different

names, some persons even

said we would not be able

to have children, but today,

we have our own children

not just one but five at a

time. With these ones, we

cannot even think of

having any other baby with

this economic hardship.

Ewanle who resides at

No. 5 Barnabas Ejide close

off Kola Ogundeji Street by

Orelope bus stop, Egbeda

Lagos said their pastor was

so helpful.

“My Church played a big

role in our lives. I am proud

to be a member of

Foursquare Gospel

Church, Olugbede Street

Egbeda. I thank them all,”

he added.

Narrating his experience

during the birth of the

children at the LASUTH,

he said: “I had confidence

in them as a Teaching

Hospital but somehow, I

was also scared because

they told us they had never

attended to such number

since the hospital was

established. I was also

afraid because of the

money to pay the bill

because we are not rich.”

Ewanle was not far from

the truth when he said he

was afraid of the bill. Right

now, the couple still owes

the hospital. “No one

picked our bill. We have

paid the little we have and

we still owe N257, 350 as

we speak.”

He explained that during

the time his wife was

admitted they paid over

N1.0 million and at

discharge, the total bill was

N957,350 for just

discharge.

“My wife was on

admission from 8th

December 2020 to 29th

January 2021. During that

period, we spent over a

million,” he stated.

Ewanle is appealing to

good spirited Nigerians to

come to his aid and ensure

the survival of his babies.

“We need help from the

Federal, State

governments, Non -

governmental

organisations, religious

leaders, and corporate

organisations for the

upkeep our babies.

Further, he advised

couples seeking the fruit of

the womb not to quit trying

but hope in God and follow

their medication as directed

by their doctors.

If you are touched by the

story of Ewanle and

Foyeke Omage, kindly

send your donation to

Account Number:

6019995905, Fidelity Bank,

Account name: Mr Omage

Ewanle or call

07060813361 for more

details..

Makoko residents get

free medical aid

courtesy HEAI

By Juliet Umeh

RESIDENTS

of

Makoko, a slum in the

Yaba area of Lagos, have

received free medical

attention for various

ailments,courtesy of

Health Empowerment

African Initiative, HEAI,

during a 2-day medical

outreach to the waterfront

community of over

100,000 people.

The residents were

checked for hepatitis,

HIV, blood sugar level,

blood pressure among

others.

The Coordinator, HEAI,

Mr. Uzor Ezechukwu,

said the rate of people

suffering from hepatitis B

was worrisome.

"Almost all of them are

having hepatitis B and for

the children, it is skin

rashes and malaria. This

is possibly because of the

dirty water around here

since the people defecate

in the same water they

swim in.”

He noted that the rate

of HIV infection in the

area was very low but

most of the pregnant

women tested had high

blood pressure.

Explaining the choice of

Makoko, Ezechukwu

said the reason was to

offer back to humanity

because there's no

medical care in the

community.

"They don't have a

single doctor or a chemist

shop, and we are here to

close the gap as an NGO.

Where the government

cannot reach, NGO steps

in to fill up the gap.

"We are especially

grateful to our generous

donors, and the

community for being

gracious hosts, especially

to the Baale Shemede for

help in sensitising the

community.”

He commended the

volunteers including the

medical personnel that

supported the initiative.

In the view of the

Medical & Strategy

Director, HEAI, Dr. Uzo

Abakporo, there is a high

burden of communicable

and non-communicable

diseases in the

community.

"At HEAI, and through

the SlumDoc initiative, we

aim to foster deep

partnerships with

communities like this and

contribute to improving

access to health and other

services to aid them in

improving their quality of

life. This will in turn

contribute to broader

societal gains," Abakporo

added.

Also, the founder of the

NGO, Dr. Joy Abakporo

said: " I founded HEAI to

improve the capacity of

Africans to take full

responsibility for their

health through improving

education, awareness,

and literacy especially.

Many of the residents of

Makoko are low-income

earners in the informal

service sectors, living in

unhygienic conditions.

The community is densely

populated, with poor and

overstressed facilities and

inadequate water and

electricity supplies.

There are no

appropriate waste

disposal facilities and

proper drainage. Personal

hygiene habits are very

poor; open defecation is

widely practiced.

Emmanuel Opara to be inducted into medical, biological

engineering elite

NIGERIAN Scientist,

Dr. Emmanuel

Chukwuemeka Opara, has

been admitted into the

Fellowship of the American

Institute of Medicine and

Biological Engineering,

AIMBE.

In a letter, the AIMBE

confirmed that Opara, who

is a Professor and Graduate

Programme Director,

Regenerative Medicine/

Biomedical Engineering,

Wake Forest School of

Medicine, has been elected

to its College of Fellows.

Opara was nominated,

reviewed, and elected by

peers and members of the

College of Fellows for

exceptional contributions to

use of alginate microbeads

for cell therapy and drug

delivery.

Born in Lagos, of Igbo

parents in 1951, Opara

attended the Government

College Umuahia, and the

University of Nigeria

Nsukka, where he studied

biochemistry, graduating in

1976.

He later studied at the

University of Surrey, and

earned his PhD at the

University of London

Medical College in 1983,

with a year's fellowship in

Endocrinology at the Mayo

Clinic in the United States

in 1986.

Opara is a world

acclaimed expert on

Cellular transplantation of

living cells, and has done

extensive, ground breaking

work in the new frontier

area of Biomaterials,

Biomechanics, Biomedical

I m a g i n g ,

Immunomodulation,

Tissue Engineering and

Translational Cancer

Research.

His work in organ

systems pathophysiology

has drawn wide acclaim in

the scientific community,

particularly in the

bioengineering of a

bioartificial Pancreas.

Opara has taught widely

including at Virginia Tech,

and the Duke University

College of Medicine. His

appointment as a Fellow of

the American Institute of

Medicine and

Biotechnology suggests

continued affirmation his

groundbreaking work on

his way towards the Nobel

Prize.

The College of Fellows is

comprised of the top two

percent of medical and

biological engineers in the

country.

The most accomplished

and distinguished

engineering and medical

school chairs, research

directors, professors,

innovators, and successful

entrepreneurs comprise the

College of Fellows.

AIMBE Fellows are

regularly recognised for

their contributions in

teaching, research, and

innovation, and have been

awarded the Nobel Prize,

the Presidential Medal of

Science and the

Presidential Medal of

Technology and

Innovation.

Many also are members

of the National Academy of

Engineering, National

Academy of Medicine, and

the National Academy of

Sciences.


YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

Aquarius: Once again, you’ll have the needed opportunity to

assert yourself to the administration of others. Both love and financial

success can be yours with efforts. Reason with your tried and

trusted friends.

Pisces: You can make it a successful day with positive approach

on your part. You will be in a better position to defuse tension

within your working arena. Try to be more ambitious.

Aries: Yes! You’re not scared a bit even, when opposition and/or

competition come your way but, if you give in to diplomatic approach,

you’ll fare better today.

Taurus: Pressure that came your way suddenly will give way

unexpectedly, today, to the betterment of your course. The more

financially ambitious you are today, the better for you. Be steadfast.

Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 33

L E I S U R BE

TAKE HEART ELLA RANDLE

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there

is no happiness without action.”

-William James -

There is an unlimited supply of joy from within,

when we tap into this awareness, there is contentment

and peace. You’ll begin to notice how

much goodness, love and thoughtfulness there is

in the universe. - Ella Randle -

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

You cannot

work for

food when

there is no

food for

work. ~African

Proverb

Gemini: You sincerely believe in intelligent argument or discussion.

And if you allow your ability to be

diplomatic come to play today, you’ll be better for it. Enjoy your

love life.

Cancer: You’ll tend to become both creative and persuasive to

the administration of others. Then those who’ve been resisting

secret love may slip suddenly and become excited.

Leo: Even if opposition persists, supports you are getting from

the influential people will be enough to see you through. Yet, the

more cooperative you are the better.

Virgo: Your creativity quotient within your working arena will

today be enhanced. You’ll be blamed if you keep official issues

secrets from your challenges at work.

Libra: After a few tension soaked days, you’ll have the needed

opportunity to look through windows of the world and have your

way as well. Magnetic and/or magic days is predicted for lovers

today.

Scorpio: Even if you continue to work under pressure via increased

workload, you will have good results to show for your

efforts today. Be steadfast.

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

By Kola Fayemi

Sagittarius: Better than yesterday. And the more co-operative

you are today the better for you. Those of you travelling for love are

in for an exciting day.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O.OLAIDE

Capricorn: Those of you willing to let go hard feelings at work

are for a progressive day to the betterment of your finances. Let go

yesterday, move ahead.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL our date and place of COUNSELLING

birth to the Astr

tr

Send your dat

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

WHO ‘AM I?

WITHIN me, I am a kind hearted person but sometimes, I tried

fighting the weakness in one and got myself confused. Why? Kindly list

out how the planets lined up when I ws born and tell me who am I.

Abubaka, Minna.

Dear Abubaka,

Scorpio is truly powerful while Libra is lenient, that is why you occasionally

get confused, especially as there was no planet at home when you

were born.

YOUR HOROSCOPE DATA

Day of Birth = Sunday

Sun Sign = Scorpio. Sun in Zero Degree of Libra

Moon Sign = Libra: Moon in 5th Degree of Libra

Mercury in 12th Degree of Scorpio

Venus in Zero Degree of Sagittarius

Mars in 1st Degree of Aquarius

Jupiter in 29th Degree of Cancer

Saturn in 10th Degree of Scorpio

Uranus in 27th Degree of Cancer

Neptune in 25th Degree of Libra

Pluto in 26th Degree of Leo

North Node in 8th Degree of Capricorn

South Node in 8th Degree of Cancer

No planet in earth spar sign, one in available, two

in fire, three in air, four in cardinal, fixed and

water star signs hosted five planets each.

PHYSICAL INFLUENCE = 50%

NON-PHYSICAL INFLUENCE =50%

PLANET AT HOME = NONE

ANALYSIS OF THE HOROSCOPE DATA

You are both an intelligent and emotional person. And as there was

planet at home when you were born, too many ideas will always struggle

for prominent place in your mind, thus decision making is difficult but

most times, your intelligence comes to the rescue.

Certainly, you appear to other as a gentle person who can be mistaken

for soft fellow but your inner-self is the personality with a steel like will

power. You are the consistent type who may find it difficult to change once

you have made up your mind as indicated by distribution of the planets as

written out in

paragraph two of this exercise.

One major challenge you have been battling for a very long time is

constant worries, some times, necessarily and the other time, uncalled for,

as indicated by conjunction Mercury and Saturn formed when you were

born.

Placement of your natal Sun (basic self head) and Moon (your subconscious

self) in Scorpio and Libra

respectively are indications of your being mainly Scorpio born person and

partly in Libran. And that is to say basic characteristics of both Scorpio and

Libra are highly pronounced in you.

Then, you are spiritually gifted; if you don’t develop it is another thing.

VIRGINIA

dadadekola@yahoo.com

HOME & ABROAD

By Lawrence Akapa


34Vanguard, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2021

Continues from Page 5

community leaders, as well

as parents and staff of the

college.”

President Buhari assured

of the support of his

administration to the

Armed Forces in their brave

struggle against terrorism

and banditry and urged

them to do all they could to

bring an end to the incident

and avoid such cowardly

attacks on schools in the

future.

"Our prayers are with

families of the victims of this

attack," the President said.

Similarly, a federal

government delegation

arrived Minna yesterday,

and assured the people of

the state that all steps will

be taken to ensure

immediate and safe release

of the abducted students

and staff of the college.

Minister of Information

and Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, who led the

delegation, said they were

in the state for a first-hand

information of what had

happened.

He commended the state

government over the steps

already taken towards

rescuing the students and

others, vowing that the

Federal Government will

not surrender its

sovereignty to criminals.

National Security

Adviser, Major-General

Babagana Monguno, retd,

in his own remarks, also

assured that all steps will

be taken to secure the

release of the students and

others.

He said there would be a

confluence of efforts,

including political and

military, to resolve the

issue.

The NSA said President

Buhari is determined to

apply whatever it would

take to ensure safety of lives

and property of people of

the country.

Inspector-General of

Police, Mohammed

Adamu said a lot of strategy

had been put in place to

deal with the situation,

adding that the rate of

banditry and kidnappings

in the country has

remained an issue of

concern to the Federal

Government and promised

to forestall it.

He stated that the Police

is working in synergy with

other security agencies

within the communities to

Naira depreciates to N410/$ in I&E

window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The naira yesterday depreciated to N410 per dollar

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

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the window rose to N410 per dollar

from N409.67 per dollar on Tuesday, translating to

33 kobo depreciation of the naira.

The volume of dollars (turnover) traded in the

window rose by 34 percent to $40.79 million from

$30.44 million on Tuesday.

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How bandits killed student, abducted 42 PRINCIPAL

ensure that the kidnapped

students as well as others

kidnapped last Sunday in

the state-owned

commercial bus along

Zungeru-Kontagora road

were freed unharmed.

The IGP said in order to

ensure the state was kept

peaceful and the criminals

dealt with, the police have

deployed four units of Police

Mobile Force men to the

state, stressing that they are

now working with the

Department of State

Services, DSS, to reinforce

security in the country.

We’re trailing the

abductors

Army

Brig. Gen. Mohammed

Yerima, Director of Army

Public Relations stated that

“the Nigerian Army in line

with its constitutional

mandate wishes to

reassure the general public

that troops in operational

synergy with sister security

agencies are in hot pursuit

of the criminal elements in

order to ensure safe return

of the kidnapped victims.

"Furthermore, the NA

also wishes to call on

members of the general

public to provide actionable

information to security

agencies that would lead to

the arrest of these criminal

elements," he added.

Reacting to the attack,

Acting Commandant-

General of Nigeria Security

and Civil Defence Corps,

Mr Hilary Kelechi Madu,

did not only condemn the

recent spate of attacks and

abduction of school

children in the country but

also lamented that the

development has dented

the image all security

agencies in the country.

He said the Corps will

consider deployment of

some of its personnel to

beef up security in schools,

adding that this will be

done in collaboration with

other security agencies.

Madu noted that the task

of securing the country was

not only for Civil Defence,

Police, or the military but

also the public.

Madu, who spoke at his

maiden meeting with top

management of the Corps,

at the headquarters of

NSCDC, in Abuja, said:

“What we are doing is to

collaborate more with other

sister agencies, share

intelligence and deploy

more people to schools.

"The only thing is that the

staff to be deployed in the

whole of Niger State is not

there. Thank God that the

Federal Government is

allowing us to do

recruitment every year

now, so, by the time we

recruit more men, we will

have more people to

deploy to schools. But that

is not going to be an

excuse.

“It is a dent on all the

security agencies in

Nigeria that criminals can

enter a school and abduct

children.’’

Most unfortunate

UNICEF

Reacting to the attack in

a statement, the United

Nations Children Fund,

UNICEF, described it as

most unfortunate and

unacceptable.

"UNICEF is aware of

reports that yesterday

morning, armed men

attacked Government

Science College in Kagara,

in Niger State, Nigeria.

According to unconfirmed

reports, many students are

unaccounted for, though it

is not yet clear how many.

"UNICEF condemns in

the strongest possible terms

any attack on a school and

calls for the immediate and

unconditional release of

any child who may be

missing, and the safe return

of the students to their

families.

"UNICEF is deeply

concerned about these

reported acts of violence.

Attacks on schools are a

violation of children’s

rights. Children should feel

safe at home and at school

at all times – and parents

should not need to worry

for the safety of their

children when they send

them off to school in the

morning.

"We acknowledge the

efforts being taken by the

government of Nigeria for

the safe return of missing

children."

Stakeholders

react

Also reacting yesterday,

critical stakeholders in the

education sector, including

the National Parents

Teachers Association of

Nigeria, NAPTAN, the

Nigeria Union of Teachers,

NUT and the National

Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS, charged

the Federal Government to

decentralise security

issues.

The National President of

NAPTAN, Haruna

Danjuma, said parents are

very disturbed by the

incessant kidnap of their

children and wards,

adding that it should be

nipped in the bud now.

"We are so disturbed

about the development.

When the Federal

Government wanted to

reopen schools, we told

them that it is not only

reopening schools that

matters but the security and

safety of lives of the people

involved. We don’t know

where we are, and where

we are heading to.

“Something is wrong

somewhere. The situation

is scary, and the

responsibility is on all the

tiers of government,

particularly on the FG. If

the President can empower

state governors to handle

security matters, in

conjunction with military

top shots and

commissioners of police in

their domains, the situation

could be better.

“These criminals are now

targeting our children to

make easy money. Our

children have become

objects of bargaining. This

is another form of

coronavirus disease. Some

parents are now wary of

allowing their children to go

back to school, “ he said.

The South-West Coordinator

of NANS, Kappo

Olawale Samuel, opined

that the government has not

got the issue of security

right in the country.

“The Presidency just

changed service chiefs, but

nothing really has changed

as far as security is

concerned. I think we need

to declare a state of

emergency in the security

sector. This kind of

development is a great

disservice to education. It

is discouraging students,

teachers and parents.

“Government should live

up to the expectation of the

people with regards to the

protection of lives and

properties in the country. It

is really disheartening, “ he

said.

Also speaking on the

matter, Lagos State

chairman of the NUT,

Otunba Adesina Adedoyin,

said what is happening is

a reflection of the insecurity

in the country at large.

He said: “It is unfortunate

and ungodly that bandits

have taken students to be

pawns in their hands.

Though we are teachers, we

are parents too and with the

way things are going,

anybody can fall victim. It

is the duty of the

government to protect the

citizens, whether young or

old.

“If government does not

want the people to take the

laws into their hands, it

must do the needful. This

trend of targeting schools

must be stopped. The

schools they go for are

boarding schools and there

are reasons the government

provide boarding facilities

in the schools. This is

becoming really serious.’’

It will be recalled that on

December 13, last year, 344

students of Government

Science College, Kankara,

Katsina State, were

abducted by bandits and

released on December 17

after a series of

negotiations with the

bandits.

Then, NAPTAN, NUT,

NANS and others charged

the government not to allow

such a situation recur.

PDP, Atiku condemn

Kagara abduction

The Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, yesterday,

expressed worry over the

spate of abductions in the

country, particularly,

yesterday’s reported killing

of a student and

kidnapping of students of

Government Science

Secondary School, Kagara,

Niger states by bandits.

The PDP in a statement

signed by its spokesman,

Kola Ologbondiyan, tasked

security forces to go after the

outlaws and rescue the

children unhurt.

The statement read in

part: “Nigerians were jolted

by Tuesday’s coordinated

bandit attacks, kidnapping

and killings in several

communities in Niger state.

“Bandits were reported to

have on Tuesday, moved

from village to village,

supported by a helicopter,

as they pillaged our

compatriots, sacked major

highways and held

communities in Niger State

hostage for several hours

without any counter

attack.

“The PDP describes as

revealing that while the

people of Niger State and

Nigerians in other states

were under attack by

bandits, All Progressives

Congress, APC leaders,

including those in Niger

State, were busy pursuing

their party’s phony

membership re-registration

exercise, instead of rallying

security and rescue efforts

for the people.

“This probably explains

why the APC never raised

a strong voice against what

has become a national

calamity. Instead, APC

leaders are patronizing the

bandits and making

excuses for them.

“Our party charges the

APC to speak out on these

reports and take immediate

steps to settle their political

mercenaries, return them to

wherever they brought

them from and bring an

end to these gruesome

attacks on Nigerians.

“While commiserating

with the victims of the Niger

attacks, the PDP tasks the

security forces to go after the

bandits as well as rescue

the Kagara school children

before any harm comes

upon them.”

Atiku reacts

Meanwhile, former Vice

President, Atiku Abubakar

has called on the Federal

Government to rise to the

occasion and defend

Nigerians from senseless

assault by bandits and

kidnappers.

Condemning the Kagara

abduction, the Wazirin

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Adamawa in a statement

he personally signed said

“the spate of insecurity in

Nigeria is now beyond

alarming. It has gotten to

crisis levels, especially

when it involves children

and other minors.”

The statement continued:

“Now is not the time for

fingers to point in blame.

Our nation needs solutions.

We have now seen that

paying ransom and

allowing criminals to profit

from their criminality is not

a solution. When you

reward crimes, the end

result is more crime.

“The only long term

solution to the insecurity

challenge Nigeria is facing

is to end the reign of

impunity. The Federal

Government must enforce

the laws of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria against

abductions and

kidnappings, by

apprehending the

criminals, trying them and

making an example of

those convicted, to serve as

a deterrent to others.

“Also, we must be

proactive. We cannot wait

for these abductions to

happen and then go into

reactive mode.

“I therefore call on the

Federal Government to

declare all secondary and

primary schools in the

affected states and zones,

as federal protected zones,

and post armed military

personnel at all schools for

24/7 protection.”

SERAP reacts

Kolawole Oluwadare,

deputy director Socio-

Economic Rights and

Accountability Project

(SERAP) said today:

“Nigerian authorities

must locate and ensure the

safe release of many

students and teachers

reportedly abducted by

armed men who attacked

the Government Science

College Kagara, Niger

State. We’ll hold the

Federal Government to

account if the students are

not urgently rescued.”

“The abductors must be

arrested and brought to

justice. Victims must be

granted access to justice.”

“The incident, which

started at about 2:00am on

Wednesday, suggests that

Nigerian authorities are

failing to live up to their

commitments to provide

safe a learning

environment.

“Some teachers and

family members were also

reportedly abducted by the

gunmen. The operations

started from the staff

quarters and ended in the

students’ hostels, and in

the process, one student

was reportedly killed while

others were wounded.

“The gunmen reportedly

gathered some staff and

students at a place for hours

before moving them out of

the school premises to an

unknown destination.

They wore military uniform

and entered the school

premises, which has about

1000 students, and

overpowered the security

guard.”


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UK’s Prince Philip hospitalised

By Henry Ojelu with

agency report

The Duke of Edin

burgh was admitted

to hospital on Tuesday

evening “as a precautionary

measure” after feeling

unwell, Buckingham Palace

has said.

Prince Philip, 99, was taken

to the King Edward VII

Hospital in central London,

the statement added.

A palace source told the

BBC the duke travelled by

car to the hospital, where

he was admitted on his

doctor’s advice.

He had been feeling unwell

for a few days, but it

was not related to coronavirus,

the source added.

They said the duke - who

celebrates his 100th birthday

on 10 June - was “in

good spirits” in hospital,

where he is expected to

remain for a few days of

observation and rest.

The Queen, 94, has remained

at Windsor Castle.

Earlier, she spoke by telephone

with the First Sea

Lord, Admiral Tony

Radakin, about the work of

the Royal Navy at home

and abroad.

Last month, the palace

announced that Prince

Philip and the Queen had

received Covid-19 vaccinations

from a household

doctor at Windsor Castle.

The couple has been

spending the recent lockdown

in England at Windsor

Castle with a small

household staff, nicknamed

HMS Bubble.

They celebrated Christmas

quietly at their Berkshire

residence, instead of the traditional

family gathering at

Sandringham.

A No 10 spokesman said

Prime Minister Boris

Johnson sends his “best

wishes” to the duke as he

“undergoes a few days of

rest in hospital”.

On Wednesday morning,

Prince Charles and the Duchess

of Cornwall - who have

both received Covid jabs - visited

the Queen Elizabeth

Hospital in Birmingham and

chatted to patients who were

also getting their vaccinations.

Unveiling a plaque to thank

NHS staff, the Prince of Wales

said the country owes them

“an enormous debt of gratitude”

for their work during the

pandemic.

UN to question UAE over Dubai

ruler’s daughter ordeal

The United Nations

has said it will raise

the detention of Princess

Latifa, the daughter of

Dubai’s ruler, with the

United Arab Emirates

(UAE).

Princess Latifa has accused

her father of holding

her hostage in Dubai

since she tried to flee the

city in 2018.

In secretly recorded videos

shared with the BBC,

Princess Latifa said she

feared for her life.

The footage prompted

global calls for a UN investigation,

while the UK said

the videos were “deeply

troubling”.

“We are concerned about

it,” UK Foreign Secretary

Dominic Raab said on

Wednesday.

He said the videos

showed “a young woman

Myanmar coup: Mass protests

defy military

Hundreds of thou

sands of people have

protested across Myanmar,

staging some of the biggest

anti-military rallies since the

1 February coup.

Drivers in Yangon staged

a break-down protest,

blocking key roads as loosely-organised

civil disobedience

grew.

In Mandalay, security

forces fired shots near the

railway station. At least one

injury was reported.

Demonstrators are demanding

the release of

Aung San Suu Kyi and other

elected civilian leaders

following the coup.

A day earlier Ms Suu Kyi

had been handed a second

criminal charge. The military

repeated its promise to

hold fresh elections and relinquish

power, though

many protesters remain

skeptical.

The developments came

after the UN special rapporteur

for Myanmar, also

known as Burma, warned

of potential violence by the

military.

There were no reports of

major trouble on Wednesday,

but footage on social

media showed several

rounds fired by security forces

near Mandalay railway

station. It was not clear

whether live ammunition

was used.

Reports say protesters

had been trying to prevent

an army supply train from

leaving. Railway workers

said they were forced at

gunpoint to drive the trains.

Protests took place in a

number of other cities and

towns. In the capital, Nay

Pyi Taw, engineers, doctors

and teachers joined forces

to show defiance against

the military.

A campaign on social

media calling for protesters

to deliberately block roads

in the country’s main city

started gaining traction early

on Wednesday. I

in deep distress”, adding

that the UK would watch

any developments from the

UN “very closely”.

But when asked whether

sanctions could be imposed,

Mr Raab said: “It’s not clear

to me that there would be

the evidence to support

that.”

Prime Minister Boris

Johnson also said the government

was “concerned”

but would “wait and see

how [the UN] get on” with

their investigation.

The Office of the UN High

Commissioner for Human

Rights has said it would soon

question the UAE about

Princess Latifa.

“We will certainly raise

these new developments

with the UAE,” spokesman

Rupert Colville said. “Other

parts of the UN human rights

system with relevant mandates

may also become involved

once they have analysed

the new material”.

Meanwhile, a spokesman

said the UN Working Group

on Arbitrary Detention

could launch an investigation

once Princess Latifa’s

videos have been analysed.

“We are hoping [a UN investigation]

will be decisive

in finally getting Princess

Latifa released,” Rodney

Dixon, a lawyer who presented

the case to the UN,

told the BBC.

U.S. charges 3 North Koreans in

$1.3 bn hacking spree

The United States has

charged three North

Korean computer programmers

with a massive hacking

spree aimed at stealing

more than $1.3 billion in

money and cryptocurrency,

affecting companies from

banks to Hollywood movie

studios, the Department of

Justice said on Wednesday.

The indictment alleges

that Jon Chang Hyok, 31,

Kim Il, 27, and Park Jin

Hyok, 36, stole money

while working for North

Korea’s military intelligence

services. Park had

previously been charged in

a complaint unsealed in

2018.

The Justice Department

said the hackers were responsible

for a wide range

of criminal activity and

high-profile intrusions, including

a retaliatory 2014

attack on Sony Pictures

Entertainment for producing

“The Interview” movie,

which depicted the assassination

of North Korea’s

leader.

The group is alleged to

have targeted staff of AMC

Theatres and broken into

computers belonging to

Mammoth Screen, a U.K.

film company that was

working on a drama series

about North Korea.

The Justice Department

also alleged that the trio

participated in the creation

of the destructive WannaCry

2.0 ransomware - which hit

Britain’s National Health

Service hard when it was

set loose in 2017.

The indictment pins the

blame on the hackers for

breaking into banks across

South and Southeast Asia,

Mexico, and Africa by penetrating

the financial institutions’

networks and abusing

the SWIFT protocol to

steal money. They’re also

alleged to have deployed

malicious applications from

March 2018 through September

2020 to target cryptocurrency

users.

Falcons new coach Waldrum eyes

top World Cup finish

Super Falcons new coach Randy

Waldrum has said he has been

pleased with the “tons of talents” in

the team and said he believes that

with the right preparation they can

always enjoy top finishes at the World

Cup.

“Moving forward, the Falcons have

to enjoy a deep run at the World Cup,

we have to play to win at the World

Cup,” the American coach stated.

“Year in, year out, Nigeria have to

be in the top-4, and then anything can

happen.

“The consistency of finishing high

has to be top priority.

“There’s a method and a plan to

this.”

The new coach said he was pleased

with the array of talent on display in

the Falcons training, but still insisted

on expanding the player pool to let in

more younger players as those from

D’Tigers

qualify for

2021 FIBA

Afrobasket

D’Tigers became the

first team to qualify for

the 2021 FIBA

A f r o b a s k e t

Championship after

defeating South Sudan

75-70pts on a chilly

evening in Monsatir,

Tunisia.

The team avoided a

last minute scare

against a physically

imposing opposition

thanks Obi Emegano

who stretched D’Tigers

lead to 5 after South

Sudanese opened a one

gap lead in the dying

minutes of the game.

Currently ranked

number one in Africa,

the Mfon Udofia led

side held their heads

high to grind out a

well-deserved win, 18-

9, 20-21, 19-18, 18-21.

Usual suspect, Ike

Iroegbu emerged the

highest scorer for the