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The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls

Reform of criminal justice system sacrosanct -SGF

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Appeal Court sacks Senate spokesman, Adeyeye

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Reps probe PPMC, PPPRA over disparity in fuel price As Nigeria loses $42bn to crude oil theft in 10 years

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New Commissioners of Kano State taking their oath of Office before Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (left), during the swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday in Kano.

Border Closure: Customs intercepts 55 fairly-used vehicles pAGE 7

Buhari never relegated Osinbajo -Presidential aide pAGE 6

FEC approves N58.5b for Niger, Kwara link road pAGE 3


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R-L: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha during Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

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Buhari felicitates with Ogunkoya on his 85th birthday

L-R: President/ CE, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (Guest Speaker at the event); and Group Executive Director, President’s Office/ Group Chief Risk Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Dr. Adenike Fajemirokun at the Dangote 2019 Group Risk Management Department and Office of the President Retreat, yesterday in Lagos.


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By Lawrence Olaoye

Reform of criminal justice system sacrosanct, says SGF

Police arrest notorious kidnapper, car snatchers in Zamfara

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he Federal Government has reiterated its commitment towards reforming criminal justice administration and promotion of the rule of law to protect the right of citizens The Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN, made this known at the National Workshop on the Implementation of Sections 29, 33 and 34 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 for North-West zone in Sokoto State. Apata said the Act has provided a broad legal framework for more effective cross sector collaboration and oversight between and amongst agencies to ensure that violation of human rights by security agencies is reduced to the barest minimal. On the overview of the Section 27; 33 and 34 of the ACJA, Apata said, the sections are very fundamental in the sense that all the activities in the prisons are well recorded, streamlined and brought to a co-ordinating sector which is the office of the AGF, to ensure that nobody is arrested without trial and all that are arrested are documented. “More often, issues regarding to prison decongestion boarders on not having a proper

documentation and data. These sections, are to ensure that those data are well articulated to ensure that at the end of the day, cases of human right abuses as well as prison decongestion are attended to. Highlighting the silent features of the sections, Apata said that section 29 ensures Quarterly report of arrests to the Attorney-General of the Federation and other authorized agencies, a record of all arrest made in relation to federal offenses or arrest within Nigeria. He informed that section 33(1) indicates that the Police is to report to supervising Magistrate, the cases of all suspects arrested without warrant within the local limits of their stations whether suspects have been released or not, while Section 34(1) mandates the Chief Magistrates to visit the detention centers within his territorial jurisdiction, examine records of arrests and grant bails where necessary. “ The promotion of these provisions no doubt, is aimed at promoting access to justice, reduce human abuses and other forms of ill treatment of suspects at police stations and detention facilities of other security agencies in violation of their fundamental rights as enshrined in 1999 constitution as amended and other international human

rights protocols. “The violation of human right by security agencies has negatively affected public perception and onside cue in the security agencies and indeed, the criminal justice system. “The workshop is aimed at, that the content of the administration of criminal justice act, 2015 is well implemented. You will find out that government lays more emphasis and premium on rule of law and all organs associated with rule of law. “The ACJA has some areas in which there is a need for implementers to come together to see how it could be looked into, to ensure that human rights abuses are reduced to the barest minimum so that rule of law is prevail in Nigeria. “The workshop is to essentially bring the implementers together, rub mind together and look at the templates on how to move the ACJA to the next level. ''The next level is to ensure peace and tranquillity, that human right abuse is reduces, the prisons are decongested and that the act put in place are well implemented. In his goodwill messages, the Governor of Sokoto State, Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said that the state adoptation of the Act is part

of efforts to ensure speedy dispensation of justice. The governor, who was respresented by the Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Sulaiman Usman SAN, informed that the Act which was signed into law by the state on May 28, 2019, is termed Sokoto State Administration of Criminal Justice Law, AJCL. Further in his speech, the governor commended the federal government on the birth of ACJA, adding that the criminal justice system hitherto lost its capacity to respond to the wishes of the people in curtailing the wave of crimes, but with the Act in motion, victims of crime will be taken care of and offenders bring to justice. “ The Sokoto state administration of criminal justice law, 2019, which was signed into law on the 28th May, 2019, has 514 sections and its divided into 50 parts” Some Members of the state Justice reform team includes: The Independence Corrupt Practices and other related crime Commission(ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) Director Civil Litigation (DCL), Civil Registry High Court, Sokoto.

ICPC launches 30 anti-corruption clubs for Jigawa students From Mika'il Tsoho, Dutse


he Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission (ICPC) has launched 30 anti-corruption clubs for secondary schools students in Jigawa State. The ICPC commissioner in charge of Kano Zone who was represented by his director,

Alhaji Umar Muhammad Inuwa disclosed this while launching the clubs at Dutse Model Secondary School Jigawa State. He explained that ten students were picked from 30 selected secondary schools that formed 300 members of 30 clubs. The commissioner maintained that, the formation of clubs is aimed at helping the students

know about the dangers of corruption and to learn how to shun it. “ As the leaders of tomorrow, ICPC decided to create awareness among our teeming youths including secondary school student on danger of corruption and how to fight against it in our communities, “ he said. According him, ICPC in

collaboration with Jigawa State government intend to work together and reduce the level of corruption practices across the 27 local government areas in the state. He then urged the selected students to apply the knowledge acquired at the training on their various schools to ensure a better Jigawa State in the future.

resident Muhammadu Buhari has joined family, friends and professional colleagues of Prof. Layi Ogunkoya in celebrating his 85th birthday today. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President congratulated him for a life dedicated to the search and promotion of knowledge, advancement of human skills, and contribution to national development. The President felicitated with the scholar, who identified his strength early in research, turning a professor in 1979, spending more than 35 years in the service of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and working as Interim Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University, where he restored normalcy to the institution. President Buhari urged Prof. Ogunkoya to take pride in the wisdom he has imparted to many over the years, especially in his field of Chemistry, the immeasurable, multiplier effect it has had on the nation and the world, affirming that the foundation of every society is laid on dedicated scholars like the former Vice Chancellor. The President greeted Ogunkoya for setting up a foundation that would further strengthen and propagate his philosophy of building society through good and quality education. He prayed that the almighty God will bless the renowned scholar with longer life, and sustain his fountain of wisdom to keep inspiring upcoming students and researchers.

FEC approves N58.5b for Niger, Kwara link road

By Lawrence Olaoye


he Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N58.488 billion for the construction of Bid-SachiNupeko road and Nupeko-Patigi bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara States. The Council was chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who briefed alongside his counterparts in the Ministry of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said the project was to link Niger and Kwara together and facilitate connectivity from southwest to the north central and the north of Nigeria. According to him, the project Fashola was awarded in 2013 but was terminated for nonperformance, revaluated and awarded. He said: “It didn’t have a bridge then so we have added

the bridge now and approved for N58.488 billion and is expected to take 30 months to complete.” Pantami informed the council about Nigeria’s successful outing at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition competition that took place last month in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He disclosed that Nigeria emerged top in the artificial intelligence category where 73 countries participated. “This is an annual event where exhibition and completions are usually organised and conducted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and it is the largest ICT event in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This event is a very strategic one. It is an attempt to promote technology most importantly, countries attend the event to showcase their intellectual capacity, their startups, the potentials they have and the young innovators they are grooming. “I led the Nigerian delegation and we went there with 10 startups form Nigeria, who were

10 young innovators from the country, whom we selected through an open competition in which 168 persons participated after fulfilling all the requirements. “We chose the best 10 out of them and we made sure each geopolitical zone was represented. So six out of the 10 we took to Dubai were from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria while the remaining four were selected strictly based on their expertise. “One of the start-ups we attended the event with is called ‘Chiniki Guard.’ It is an artificial intelligence application that has been developed to monitor, track and report suspicious activities in public places like shopping malls and office spaces. For instance, if someone enters your office without your permission, it will record that automatically. Also, when the person picks something from that office, it will be communicated to the security in real time. With that real time, it will be communicated in video and image forms and the security will be able to follow up or intercept that crime.

“It has been developed by a young man form Katsina State by name Abdulhakim Bashir and it emerged the global best in the most celebrated and biggest category, that is artificial intelligence. A total of 750 people participated in that category from 73 countries and Bashir happened to be the best among them. We feel this should be celebrated by all Nigerians and this tells us that we have the capacity to become a digital importer globally in future,” he stated. The minister added that Nigeria also did well with another robotic applications used to interface between doctors and their patients, named as 24/7 medics. “With this facility, doctors would be able to assess the situation of their patients, without them travelling for medication because even surgeries are now being done virtually,” he said. The Minister said the cabinet and all Nigerians are proud of the global recognition accorded the two applications.

5 students died in Kogi varsity killings -Police


he police in Lokoja on Wednesday said five students and not 13 students, as earlier reported, were killed at the Kogi State University, Ayangba. The command’s Public Relations Officer made the clarification in Lokoja. Mr Aya, in a statement, listed the casualties to include Justice

Keke, a 300-level student of Physics Department who was killed in the campus after a theatre production on November 1. He also said that a yet to be identified corpse was found in an uncompleted building behind the university on November 2. The police spokesman said Abdrulraman Usman, a 200-level student of History Department

was killed at his father’s lodge on November 3. “On November 3, two corpses, identified as that of Oloruntoba Godwin, a 400 level student of Geo/Planning Department and Ajileye Richard, a 200 level Accounting student, were seen inside the bush behind Harbor Bay Hotel. “These give a total of five

persons killed and not 13 as reported by a section of the media,” Mr Aya said. He said that the state Commissioner of Police, Akeem Busari, had urged the citizens to disregard the misleading reports and be focussed on how to ensure a lasting peace. Mr Busari also assured the people of the police’s readiness

to provide a secured environment for all eligible voters to exercise their franchise without fear of intimidation and molestation during the November 16 governorship elections. He also promised to deal decisively with any political thug or hoodlum who might want to disrupt the electoral process. (NAN)


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Gov. Bello invites EFCC to probe $181m IDP loan From Yakubu Minna.



he Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the $181 million alleged Islamic Development Bank (IDP) loan to determine if the money has been released into government account or not. He made this known during the official flag-off of the APC 2019 local government council election campaign in Minna, where he declared that none of such money had entered into the coffers of his government. Making reference to the allegations made by former Governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu that the Governor should

explain how it spent a $181 million loan from the Islamic Development Bank, Bello insisted that it is only the EFCC that can come in to clear the air about the issue. Former Governor Aliyu sometimes two weeks ago, had accused the government of not utilizing the $181 million IDB loan which had entered into the government's account after he had left the office. According to Aliyu, the loan was meant for the dualization of the Minna-Bida road wondering Aliyu why the government did not utilize the money for the purpose it was meant for urging the people to place a demand on the government to give an account of the money and the purpose it was expended for. "I went to Jeddah in the

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to seek an interest-free loan to dualize the Minna-Bida road, but by the time the Money came I have left office in 2015." Governor Bello, however, based on the allegation on the loan meant for fixing Bida Minna road, stated that his administration did not meet any money in government account when they came into office neither has there been any money of such received by his government. "For this, we are inviting the EFCC to come and probe this government and the other government to see who is lying among us. But I still say that we did not meet anything in the account. EFCC should come and find out if the money has been released from that time till now. "The National and State

Assembly has approved the but they are yet to receive it. The money has not been released but if Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu said it has been released, EFCC should come and investigate who has taken the money." The State All Progressive Congress APC, Chairman, Engineer Mohammad Jibrin Imam in his speech to the party loyalists not to relent in ensuring that the forthcoming local government elections for the 25 chairmen and councilors of 274 wards are won by the party. He commended the state government under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for his political will and focused in piloting the affairs of the state thus far while urging him to continue to complement in the recorded achievements.

L-R: Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state receiving a publication titled National Strategy for Public Service Reform ( BPSR) from the Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reform,  Alhaji Dasuki Arabi, during a courtesy visit by a delegation from BPSR, at the Government House, yesterday in Gombe.

Katsina CJ warns judges against corruption From Lawal Sa'idu Funtua, Katsina


he Katsina State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, has warned judges in the state to shun all forms of corruption while discharging their duties or face the wrath of the law. Danladi gave the warning yesterday in Katsina at the opening ceremony of two-day workshop for Principal/Senior Shari'a Court Judges in the state, organized by the State Shari'a Commission. "Judges should avoid corruption because the CJ and Grand Khadi will not spare any judge found wanting" he warned . He added "You should

understand that you have a lot of burden on, whenever a case is brought before you, try to do justice on what is clear to you," he said. He, however, said that the judiciary was facing some challenges which included inadequacy of judges to handle cases and increasing population. "We know that there are a lot of case pending before courts. "Yet, people should continue to go to courts to seek for their rights rather than taking law into their hands," he said. In his remarks, the Grand Khadi, Al-Hafiz Mika'il, commended the state government for supporting the Shari'a

Commission, which assisted immensely in uplifting the Shari'a law in the state. Mika'il said that the commission would set up committee that would screen preachers who would preach in congregations like market places. Also speaking, the State Attorney-General, Ahmad Elmarzuq, urged judges to intensify efforts toward dispensing justice to people without fear or favour. "You should remember the oath you have made that you will be fair to all without favour while discharging your duties," he said. El-marzuq, who represented Gov Aminu Masari, said that the new Penal Code Laws are now

working in the state. He added that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) has also been domesticated and now being implemented in the state. He commended the cordial working relationship between the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary arms of government. The Shari'a Commission's Secretary, Alhaji Magaji Liman, explained that the workshop would provide additional knowledge to the judges in the course of their duties. He therefore urged the participants to pay attention and learn what they would be taught during the workshop.

Local content: Reps commend Fashola over compliance By Mashe Umaru Gwamna


he House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has commended the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola for ensuring compliance with local content in the execution of road projects in the country. The commendation was made during the public hearing on a petition written by the Abak Community on the ongoing reconstruction work of Abak Ekparakwa-Eke-Ikot - Abasi Road in Akwa Ibom State. The Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Jerry Alagboso commended the commitment of the Minister in ensuring that contractors complied with local content as provided in the executive order two for support for local content in procurement of goods and services. The Committee also urged the Minister to henceforth engage more with the beneficiary community of any road project in order to make them understand what is involved around the whole project being executed in their community in order to avoid a misguided and ill informed insinuations. The Minister, in reaction to the accusation of the community for noncompliance with the local content, explained that the employees engaged by the company were largely indigenous people which were over fifty in number, adding that materials such as laterite, sand and cement were also locally sourced. This was contained in a statement signed by Assistant Director Press,Salisu B. Haiba,said that Fashola also presented pictorial evidence of the conditions of the road in question, and explained that some sections of the road were largely motorable consequently, only rehabilitation work were necessary there. He said that the company was working according to specification as contained in the contract agreement which stated for reconstruction of the 20 kilometers failed part of the road and rehabilitation of the remaining motorable 15 kilometers The Minister who commended the passion of the community on the project, however advised the community to consider the long term benefits of the road such as easy movement of goods from their farms to market, attraction of investment and employment generation that would be derived from the completion of the project instead of concentrating on the short term benefits that they could get from the work. Fashola further said that his Ministry has a clear course of behaviour of monitoring projects closely to ensure quality control and compliance with specification as he is receiving monthly updated reports from states' controllers of the ministry. The Abak Community had alleged in their petition that the contractor was not working according to specification because the contract given to them was to convert the road to a dual carriage way. They also accused the company of not ensuring local content in their work.

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By Christiana Ekpa


he House of Representatives yesterday resolved to investigate the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited, PPMC and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA over an alleged disparity in price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS. This is just as the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has alerted Nigerians that crude oil and refined product worth $41.9 billion were stolen from Nigeria in the last ten years. The resolution of the House followed a motion entertained at Wednesday plenary, sponsored by Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun and Dokun Hon. Abubakar Hassan Fulata, titled "Need to Check the Discriminatory Practices of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency against the Independent Petroleum Marketers on the Sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)". The lawmakers had told the House that the petroleum agencies who are subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC, supplied products at different prices between the major marketers and independent marketers, calling on the House to investigate the matter. The motion read: "The House notes that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the distribution of petroleum products in the downstream sector of Nigeria's Petroleum Industry; "Also notes that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPRA) is also a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation saddled with the responsibility of fixing prices for petroleum products in Nigeria; "Aware that there are two blocks of marketers in the downstream sector of the nation's petroleum industry, namely the Major Marketers and the Independent Marketers; "Disturbed that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited, being the coordinator of petroleum products distribution in the downstream sector, is selling the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to the two blocks at different prices, selling the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to Major Marketers at N125.65k per litre and selling to the Independent Marketers at N133.28 per litre; "Concerned that since members of the two blocks are selling the products to retailers in the same market, the discriminatory prices


Reps probe PPMC, PPPRA over disparity in fuel price

*As Nigeria loses $42bn to crude oil theft in 10 years have been affecting the participatory capacity of the Independent Marketers in the market as well as impoverishing them against their counterparts in the sector; "Desirous of the need to check the discriminatory practices of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited in order to give all concerned marketers a sense of belonging". Adopting the motion, the House mandated the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to investigate the matter with a view to ensuring a uniform pricing regime for all concerned marketers and report back within four weeks for further legislative action. On oil theft, NEITI urged the government to embrace oil fingerprinting technology, comprehensive metering infrastructure of all facilities, and other creative strategies to combat the growing menace of theft of Nigeria’s crude oil and refined petroleum products. In a Policy Brief titled “Stemming the Increasing Cost of Oil Theft to Nigeria”released yesterday in Abuja, NEITI alerted the nation that crude oil and refined product worth $41.9

billion were stolen from Nigeria in the last ten years. A breakdown shows that the nation lost $38.5billion on crude theft alone, $1.56billion on domestic crude and another $1.8billion on refined petroleum products between 2009 and 2018. The Agency further expressed concerns that in the face of current dwindling revenues, paying priority attention to curb oil theft in the country’s oil and gas industry has become both necessary and urgent to expand revenue generation. The NEITI Report further disclosed that Nigeria losses an average of $11million daily which translates to $349 Million in a month and about $4.2Billion annually to crude and product losses arising from stealing, process lapses and pipeline vandalism. “While figures from government put the loss at between 150,000250,000 bpd, data from private studies estimate the figure to be between 200,000-400,000 bpd. This implies that Nigeria may be losing up to a fifth of its daily crude oil production to oil thieves and pipeline vandals”, the report said. On comparative analysis of the

size and implication of the losses to the country’s current dwindling revenue profile, NEITI renewed its appeal to the government to curb oil theft to reduce budget deficits and external borrowing. The transparency agency stated that the value of crude oil and allied products so far lost are equal to the size of Nigeria’s entire foreign reserves.“Stemming this haemorrhage and leakages should be an urgent priority for Nigeria at a time of dwindling revenues and increasing needs”, the report stressed According to the NEITI report, what the country lost in 20 months in fiscal terms is “Enough to finance the proposed budget deficit for 2020; in 15 months to cover total proposed borrowing or increase capital budget by 100% and in five months to cover pensions, gratuities and retirees’ benefits for 2020”. NEITI added “In terms of volume, 138.000 barrels of crude oil was lost every day for the past 10 years, representing 7% of average production of two million bpd. Nigeria lost more than 505 million barrels of crude oil and 4.2 billion litres of petroleum products between 2009-2018. What is stolen, spilled

or shut-in represents lost revenue, which ultimately translates to services that government cannot provide for citizens already in dire need of critical public goods”. The report further identified other effects of oil theft to the nation to include: pipeline vandalism, criminal sabotage, illegal refineries in oil producing communities, which threatens the safety and livelihoods of the environment where these illegal refineries operate. The Director, Communications and Advocacy, NEITI, Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji in a statement said, the agency also recommended operational, security, legal and global governance instruments to combat crude theft. Among them is efficient response and containment time in checking oil theft and pipeline vandalism, urgent review of the status of various security organizations currently involved in crude pipeline and product surveillance. The report also called for forensic investigation into the activities of syndicates operating in the oil and gas industry, given the increasing rate of stealing and sophistication of the illicit trade.

Some officials of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) attending to pensioners, during the on-going North Central Parastatals Pension Verification Exercise, yesterday in Jos Plateau State. Photo: NAN  

Appeal Court sacks Senate spokesman, Adeyeye From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the election of spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye. The Appellate Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Senator Biodun Olujimi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP) as winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23. The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as winner of the February 23 , 2019 National Assembly election. However, Mrs Olujimi challenged the result of the election

at the tribunal on the grounds that she scored the highest number of votes cast. In her petition, Senator Olujimi asked the tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by massive riggings and irregularities. In her written address, the petitioner claimed that the election was not conducted in substantial

compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Acts, having been allegedly fraught with all manners of irregularities. Meanwhile, the tribunal in its judgment nullified elections in some polling units and declared Mrs Olujimi the authentic winner of the polls. Dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, both Adeyeye and his

party, APC filed a petition at the Court of Appeal asking it to set aside the ruling of the tribunal. However, while delivering a unanimous judgment on Wednesday at the Appellate Court in Kaduna State, Justice Uzor Anyanwu upheld the judgment of the tribunal and ordered INEC to issue fresh certificate of return to Senator Biodun Olujimi.

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Buhari never relegated Osinbajo – Presidential aide By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu


he Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Babajide Omoworare, has said President Muhammadu Buhari did not relegate Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by travelling without handing over to him. Addressing journalists in Abuja, Omoworare said the president did not undermine the office of the Vice President, saying that the president is free to perform his functions from anywhere in the world. “Contrary to the claims by some individuals and groups,

the President has not in any way undermined or relegated the office of the Vice President. He has no reason to do so. “I don’t think there is any way or manner that the office of the Vice President has been relegated. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can work from anywhere he is in the world,” he said. “The only case where people could raise issues is when a president is ill and was unable to communicate his absence to the National Assembly, he said. Speaking also, El-Yakub assured that the federal government is committed to transparency, accountability and

preventing revenue leakages in government. He said the partnership between the National Assembly and the Executive will ensure that the Petroleum Industry Bill also receives the necessary importance it deserves from both parties. For the proposed JanuaryDecember budget cycle, he said it is not the cycle that will make the budget work but ensuring that there is timely releases and execution of projects. “I have also mentioned the fact that part of the revenue that was drawn that goes into this budget and the finance has captured some of the revenues that we expect. I like to differ with you on the fact

that the capital budget is being released. “Mr President gave a directive that N600 billion be released so as to make the 40 per cent implementation of the capital budget. The Minister of Finance has disbursed this money and he is disbursing this money. The budget will work because it affords us proper planning,” he said. He also said infrastructure projects have suffered before because budgets were signed towards the middle of the year. “It is raining season and therefore they can’t even access the funds because the work cannot be done on major roads, bridges and even power projects.” Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Idris Ahmed Wase (right) with Plateau State Students of Nigerian Law school Abuja, during their visit to National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Fashola: Roads not bad By Lawrence Olaoye


inister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that Nigerian roads are not as bad as being variously portrayed. The minister, while responding to questions from newsmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council

(FEC) meeting chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, described reports on Nigerian roads as mere hypes. Asked to justify several billions on Naira being approved for road construction by the Council, Fashola said "I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad".

The minister explained that but for funding challenges, most road projects would have been long completed. He also stated that some parts of the country faced peculiar issues like high water table, which made construction in the rainy season difficult. He mentioned the SouthEast and South-South among

areas with such difficulties. The minister added that the ministry and contractors were waiting patiently for the rains to subside so that they could return to sites. Fashola assured Nigerians of massive mobilization of contractors for roads rehabilitation ahead of the Yuletide season

NPDC puts out fire at oil facility By Osaigbovo Benin



he Nigerian Petroleum D e v e l o p m e n t Company,(NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC has put out a fire at Well 18T, OML 20, Egbema West in Imo in three weeks. Mr Mansur Sambo, the Managing Director of NPDC made this known during the 2019 health, Safety and Environment week held on Wednesday in Benin City. Sambo noted that the fire incident in Egbama Community in Imo occurred far away from NPDC oil well head, adding that the fire incident did not happen as a result of NPDC operations. "What happened was that all the oil that was been vandalized came out of the ground. The most interesting thing is that we took care of it in record time without any fatality," he said Sambo explained that it took the resilience and professionalism of NPDC personnel and professional divers from indigenous contractors to contain the inferno within three weeks. According to him, putting out fire of that magnitude usually take up to seven months but in this case NPDC achieved the feat in record time, despite the challenging environment. The Managing director during the event pledged to continue to uphold best global acceptable safety measures in its operations. “we need to sensitize our staff because in the environment we operate, we deal with heavy equipment”. “NPDC is the exploration and production of the upstream sector and this event is very significant being the watchdog of safety. “All these equipment need to be handled in a globally acceptable manner. Safety is a global concern because there is no price to life and property. According to Sambo, no matter what you are paid as insurance, you cannot recover once you lose them.

Reps reject move to abolish Post-UTME By Christiana Ekpa


embers of the House of Representatives on Wednesday resisted moves to abolish the Post Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination Post- UTME. The motion sponsored by Hon. Ademorin Kuye, (APC, Lagos) titled "Need to Stop Post JAMB/UTME Examination in Nigeria’s Higher Institutions: was hotly contended. Kuye, while moving the motion noted that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) was established in 1978 and saddled with the responsibility of conducting matriculation examinations for

entry into tertiary institutions; " Also notes that JAMB appoints examiners, moderators, invigilators, members of the Subject Panels and Committees and other persons with respect to the matriculation examinations and other matters incidental thereto in order to place suitably qualified candidates in tertiary institutions; "Aware that Nigerians pay for Senior School Certificate Examinations (W ABC and NECO) through either internal or external registration and also pay to purchase JAMB/UTME forms to enable them sit for the examination to gain admissions into higher institutions of their choices;

"Disturbed that after payments and undergoing rigorous registration and examination processes as final step to gaining admissions into Higher Institutions, the said Higher Institutions subject students to another internal examination/test called POST UTME/ JAMB on payment of yet another fee." He said all these were done without any consideration for indigent parents and students. According to the lawmaker, the same Higher Institutions repose trust in the examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) and accept the results presented

by students without subjecting them to another round of examinations; He noted that the proceeds therefrom are not accounted for "which leaves room for manipulation and exploitation and lack of acceptability of the fund generated." The motion was supported by Reps Abdulmumuni Mohammed (APC, Kano,) Benjamin Kalu, (APC Abia), Adebayo Balogun, (APC, Lagos) and Benjamin Chinedu, (APGA Anambra) and Sam Onuigbo PDP Abia) However, other members disagreed with the resolutions that amongst other things urged all higher institutions in Nigeria to henceforth stop the post UTME/ JAMB screening


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DPR seals 13 illegal petrol stations in Akwa Ibom


he Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket Field Office, in Akwa Ibom has sealed 13 filling stations for acts of illegality and non-renewal of licenses in the state. The DPR Operations Controller in the state, Tamunoiminabo KingsleySundaye, disclosed this on Wednesday in Uyo during a routine surveillance on petrol stations. Mr Kingsley-Sundaye said the filling stations were sealed in Uyo, Essien Udim, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Etim, Ika Local Government Areas of the state. He explained that out of the 13 stations sealed, seven were sealed for non-approval to build or operate the stations while six did not renew their licenses. “Seven of them do not have approval to build filling stations. “The team of DPR on routine surveillance went out to some areas in Akwa Ibom to ensure compliance in terms of standard, safety engineering standard and operating standard,” he said. The operations controller said the department had given prior warning to defaulting stations but they were recalcitrant and refused to comply with guidelines and standard of operations. “There are some people who are adamant and they feel the system is weak or the government is weak to make them to obey the law. We will continue to do what is right,” Mr Kingsley-Sundaye said. He said the department collaborated with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to arrest defaulters of oil and gas in the state in October. He noted that after the arrest, a good number of the defaulters came back to do the right thing while two petroleum marketers, who were arrested, refused to do the right thing. Mr Kingsley-Sundaye added that those petroleum marketers who built filling stations without approved licenses would be sanctioned and prosecuted in the court of law. “The department will approach court of law to prosecute the defaulters in the state. “If your license expires, the law states, you don’t have the authority to continue doing such business. “When you continue to operate illegally, it is a criminal matter but not a civil matter and the law enforcement agency will assist us to do what is right. “It is cheaper for you to obey the law than to break it,” the operation controller said. He advised some of the petroleum marketers to approach DPR if they wanted to build filling stations or site oil and gas facilities in the state. Mr Kingsley-Sundaye said the department would continue to give the petroleum marketers guidelines, directives and advised them to always follow them to do the right in their operations. He said the department was compiling a list of all illegal filling stations in the state, stressing that DPR would partner State Government to demolish them. (NAN)


Police arrest notorious kidnapper, car snatchers in Zamfara From Ibrahim Sidi Muh'd, Gusau


he Zamfara State Police Command has succeeded in the arrest of a suspected notorious kidnapper alongside five car snatchers and a syndicate of motorcycle snatchers terrorising the state in possession of numerous motorcycles and cars suspected to be stolen. Parading the suspects at the Police headquarters Gusau, the state capital yesterday, the state Commissioner of

Police, CP Usman Nagogo said, operatives from the Command have succeeded in the arrest of a suspected kidnapper identified as Alhaji Aliyu Riskuwa in Bukkuyum local government area of the state with possession of 4 suspected stolen motorcycles. The Commissioner said, the suspect has been on the Command's top list of most wanted kidnappers terrorising legitimate livings across the zone and the state at large who confessed involvement in a case of kidnapping 3 persons at the

house of one Alhaji Babuga of Kairu village and demanded the sum of 20 million naira ransom. In the same light, CP Nagogo has displayed a suspected syndicate of car snatchers led by a notorious armed robber identified as, Mohammed Dahiru, who used Emeka Pastor as fake name alongside 4 others whose style of nasty operations were rape before robbing their victims. It would be recalled, the notorious Mohammed Dahiru was once imprisoned by the court

over his involvement in a case of killing former Commissioner of Land and Survey, Alhaji Ibrahim Sani Bakura and was granted amnesty under prerogative by the present administration. Among the exhibits recovered by the Police in possession of the armed robbery hand include, mark rout pistol breech with two (2) Round of live ammunition,Toyota Hillux belonging to NDE office, Zamfara State andToyota Corolla amongst other exhibits also suspected to be stolen.

L-R: Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Central Business District (CBD), Prince Anofiu Elegushi; Gov. Babajide SanwoOlu of Lagos State; and General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Osanyintolu, during the Governor’s visit to the scene of the fire incident at Balogun Market on Lagos Island Yesterday.  Photo: NAN

Border Closure: Customs intercepts 55 fairly-used vehicles


he Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday said it had intercepted 55 fairly-used vehicles smuggled into the country since the border closure on August 20 this year. The Customs Spokesman in Seme, Abdullahi Hussaini, said in a statement that the seizure was part of the tremendous

achievements recorded by the command in its anti-smuggling operations. “The command within the period of the exercise intercepted 55 fairly used smuggled vehicles with DPV values worth millions of naira,” the customs spokesperson said. Mr Hussaini described as baseless and unfounded reports on social media alleging that

officers were collecting money in order to allow passage of fairly-used vehicles into the country despite the border drill. He urged members of the public with tangible evidence that could assist the Command to tackle any recalcitrant to come forward for the benefit of all. Mr Hussaini also advised social media users to do proper

investigation before making such serious allegations in order not to dampen the morale of officers in the discharge of their duties. He said NCS has introduced palliatives to help those whose vehicles were impounded or without duty and were willing to pay duty to approach the nearest Federal Operations Unit to the pay their duty.

Insecurity: El-Rufai, stakeholders brainstorm on solutions From Kaduna




aduna State Governor , Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday held closed -door meeting with stakeholders to find solutions to the insecurity bedeviling the state.

The state Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs,Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday The statement explained that details, security measures was taken by the state government in the three local government

areas and the state at large. “The heads of security agencies also took turns to reel out their operations and current state of security in the three local government areas. “The traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders in the meeting made their submissions while

heads of the security agencies responded with planned operational strategies which were unanimously adopted. “The House of Representatives and State Assembly members and other stakeholders also made comments at the meeting,"the statement reads.

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Over 2.2 children to receive measles, meningitis immunization in Benue From Uche Makurdi



ver 2, 152, 745 million children are to be immunized in second round of integrated measles and meningitis exercise in the state. The Executive Secretary, Benue State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Bem Ageda who disclosed this yesterday at a press conference in Makurdi, said that out of the number, about 1.2 million children ages between 9 and 59 months are expected to be immunized against measles, while 1.1 million children between the age of 12 and 59 months would be immunized against meningitis. Dr. Ageda explained that the Benue state government has made available about N30 million, while UNICEF has contributed about N92 million towards the success of the exercise. He also, noted that the state Governor had already approved the release of the sum to ensure that all logistics are in place ahead of the commencement of the eight day programme slated for 16th-23rd November, 2019 which will be flagged off by Governor Samuel Ortom in Gbajimba, Guma local government area. Also speaking at the occasion, the Director, Disease Control and Immunisation, State Ministry of Health, Joseph Korave said about 1,743 teams have been trained for the exercise. He explained that each team which is made up of three vaccinators, three recorders, one crowd controller, one community mobiliser would be sent to each of the 277 wards in the state to carry out the exercise from 7am to 2pm daily. Korave also said an emergency response team has been trained to take care of issues that may arise during the programme. He noted that the team have been equipped with some sort of first aid kit; Adverse Event Following Immunity (AEFI) kit to tackle any emergencies that may arise during the exercise, adding that services and vaccines are free. He warned that anyone found engaging in any nefarious act, would be sanctioned, It was that about 2.5 million vials have been made available by UNICEF and the Federal Government (FG) to ensure the success of the programme in the state.

FG commences seamless land acquisition process, says Perm. Sec. By Mashe Umaru Gwamna


he Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has commenced the harmonization of all procedures of land acquisitions and transfers nationwide. This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Housing, Muhammad Bukar at the on-going 8th Meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development

taking place in Abuja. The Permanent Secretary explained that the process for harmonization was to create seamless access to acquiring lands and promote home ownership targeted at low and middle income earners in the country. A statement signed by Stephen Kilebi, Deputy Director(Press and Public Relations) Muhammad Bukar further stated that the Ministry in conjunction with Federal

Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) was focusing on rent-toown or rental purchase scheme and the Cooperative Housing Programme for the construction of mass housing units for interested citizens. He urged participants to brainstorm diligently on issues submitted in the memoranda from states, to present appropriate recommendations to the council. Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA),

Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa stressed the need to develop the housing sector to enable Nigerians that wish to own their houses, do so with little or no strain. He noted that the biggest problem to home ownership was lack of financing. He added that the council meeting offered a great opportunity to proffer solutions to the perennial housing deficits in the country and come up with strategies to ensure availability of credit facilities to those who need them.

Former Governor of CBN, Charles Soludo (left); Chairman of the Occasion, Pascal Dozie (3rd left); Chairman of Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa (2nd left); and other dignitaries, during the opening of 2019 Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN  

Nigerians Society of Engineers tasks members on best practices From Femi Oyelola Kaduna


igerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has called on its members in Kaduna State to brace up for best profession practices that will help in addressing the problems of infrastructures dilapidation in the state. The Chairman of Kaduna Chapter of the Society, Engr Nasiru Dallatu Umar Stated this during the Annual General Meeting held in Kaduna

yesterday. He said the Society will ensure that all registered Engineers who are members of Society give their best services to their clients. He added that Nigerians Engineers will be involve in the attempt to revamp the economy of the country. Engr Nasiru Dallatu Umar however, called on the government to carry Nigerian Engineers along because they are among the best

brain in the world. He expressed dismay over practices of some organizations who preferred foreign Engineers to the Nigerians. Engr Nasiru Dallatu Umar who supervised the election of new Executive Officers to work with him congratulates the elected members, asking them to see their victory as call to service. Those elected are Engr Rachel S. Ugye-Ama Vice Chairman,. Engr

Aghwotu A General Secretary, Engr Patrick Assistant Gen. Secretary, Engr Samson Arege Bawa Treasurer. Others includes; Engr Ibrahim Bello Technical Secretary, Engr Ojo Emmanuel Adedayo Assistant Technical Secretary, Engr Abdulwahab Hafis Publicity Secretary,.Engr Christy Abraham Financial Secretary, and Engr Dr Shuaibu Ochetengwu Yakubu ExOfficio.

Katsina:NDE graduates 416 youth in skills acquisition From Lawal Sa'idu Funtua, Katsina


he National Directorate of Employment NDE, under the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme, EBTS, has resettled 416 graduates with tools and cash to enable them unlock their potentials and boost job creation in the country. The scheme was initiated to offer young school leavers the opportunity to receive employable skills and experimental learning experiences that transfer hard and soft landscaping skills to

them on-the-job. Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan, the NDE Director General in a keynote address at the occasion in katsina, commended the employment outlook of the scheme, stressing that, the opportunity would provide the graduates to contribute their quota to the development of the state and the nation at large. The NDE boss represented by Alhaji Abdulkarim Yahaya Sirika, the state NDE coordinator, said the graduates are equipped with in-demand skills sought for in the construction industry and

open to diverse opportunities to provide services to projects in the sector. While commending the vibrant budding entrepreneurs for their sense of responsibility, independence, self-realization and the capacity for selfactualization and fulfillment, the Director General urged them to imbibe the culture of discipline, perseverance and good customer relations to reap the benefits. "Remember in your subconscious that these loans must be repaid as at when due in accordance with the loan

repayment schedule for others to benefit". He also appreciated the 214 landscaping service providers trainers who assisted to impart knowledge and expressed the readiness of his agency to partner with development organizations to create the desired employment opportunities for the teeming youths. Highlights of the occasion include the disbursement of the starter packages to the graduates of the sum of between N83,500 and N123,100 to enable them embark on their different skills.

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Social protection: DFID launches platforms for media, CSOs in Jigawa From Mika'il Tsoho, Dutse


n an effort to actualise the implementation of Social Protection Policy in Jigawa State, the Department for International Development (DFID) with support of Jigawa State government has launched a platform for Media and Civil Society Organisations. Speaking at the launching of the platforms, the ACF sector manager, social protection and inclusion in Jigawa State, Kauna Eretie Abara said the policy will improve the lives of Jigawa people particularly women and children. According to her, the platforms would develop and design a plan for stronger engagement with high level stakeholders to fast track the development of inclusive and accountable social protection policy in the state. Kauna added that, the Action Against Hunger (ACF) on their part, they would all their best to ensure the full implementation of the social protection policy through the use of CSOs and media for a better Jigawa State. She then seek support from the stakeholders particularly the executive, legislative , CSOs and media practitioners for the actualisation of the design goals.

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Ganduje warns commissioners against corruption From Edwin Olofu, Kano


ano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has warned the newly sworn-in Commissioners that his administration will not condone any act of corrupt practices, urging them to be sincere and focused. Ganduje who handed down the warning shortly after assigning portfolios to the new Commissioners at Indoor Sports Hall, Sani Abacha Stadium, reminded them of the Kano state anti-corruption commission which is ever ready to beam

its searchlight on any erring Commissioner. He urged them to remain focused, honest and work together with their Permanent Secretaries for the overall development of the state. Ganduje urged them to ensure effective implementation of the yearly budget so as to actualize the Next Agenda of his administration. The new commissioners were allocated the following portfolios Muhammad Garba, Information; Murtala Sule Garo, Local Government Affairs; Engr. Muazu Magaji, Works and

Infrastructure; Bar. Ibrahim Muktar, Justice; Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, Community and Rural Development; Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, Environment ;Nura Mohammed Dakadai, Budget and Planning; Shehu Na’Allah Kura, Finance and Economic Development; Dr. Mohammed Tahir Adamu, Religious Affairs. Others include; Dr. Zahara’u Umar Mohammed, Women Affairs and Social Development; Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, Health; Sadiq Aminu Wali, Water Resources; Mohammed Bappa Takai, Science, Technology

and Innovation; Kabiru Ado Lakwaya, Youths and Sports; Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure, Higher Education; Ibrahim Ahmed Karaye, Tourism and Culture; Muktar Ishaq Yakasai, Special Duties; Mahmoud Muhammad, Commerce and Industry; Muhammad Sunusi Saidu, Education; and Bar. Lawan Abdullahi Musa, Housing and Transport. He also announced that the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna retains his portfolio as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Edo youths embrace NDE training By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin


ifty (50) unemployed youths in Edo have began three months training on Agricultural livestock production and distribution. The training which is under the Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme, was organised by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and designed to help provide more profitable farm and promote environmental stewardship. The Director General of the NDE, Mr. Nasir Mohammed who declared the launch of the training on Tuesday in Benin, assured that the programme would involve arable and livestock production. Mohammed, who was represented by Acting State Coordinator, Mrs Ayo Edegbai, assured that the training would enhance quality of life for farm families and Communities. He encouraged participants to key into the programmes, adding that Agriculture and its value chain would put food on their table and make them to live above poverty as well as eventually be employer of labour. "The Agricultural training will be a landmark also a great milestone in its employment generation and poverty eradication in the nation. "The diversification of economy which is a major policy of Federal government gives agriculture a pride of place right now. "We all now know the agricultural sector can easily mop up the unemployable situation in our land", he said

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Deaconess Grace Isu-Gekpe; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello; and the Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, when the Minister of Information and Culture paid a courtesy visit to the FCT Minister on the forthcoming Abuja Carnival 2019, which comes up from Nov.23-25.

Etsu Nupe applauds FG over Bida Basin oil exploration From Yakubu Minna.



tsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar on behalf of his domain has appreciated the visit and the commitment of the federal government efforts towards the actualization of the long dream of the state of discovering oil in the inter land while awaiting it’s confirmation. He made this known when the Director of Department of Petroleum Resources DPR, Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Shakur paid a sensitization visit to the Etsu Nupe at Wadata Palace in Bida yesterday who assured to enlightened his people on the project and the need for synergy, cooperation and support in realizing the long awaited dream of his people while applauding the good will of federal government and commended the state government for its efforts. The royal father told his subjects that there was no cause for alarm,appealed for their cooperation and support in times of security and otherwise for

successful operations. He then handed over one of the reports from some groups on Bida Basin to the Director for more information adding that he was also a member of the state government committee of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai who had earlier submitted its report and recommendations to state government sometimes ago. The Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR headquarters, lhaji Ahmed Rufai Shakur in his speech told the royal father and his subjects at Bida about the mission of the Federal government and DPR who is the regulator of upstream, midstream and downstream of Oil and Gas in the country as the interface was aimed at sensitization of the affected communities of the Bida Basin activities. Shakur reiterated the determination of the government for the processes that could lead to the discovery hence DPR is on top of Bida Basin as funds would be made available for the project through data gathering and

analysis noted that the first face of data gathering has been launched and now on the second face of sensitization. He explained that the third face would be survey of those local governments and communities from Niger and Kwara states respectively however needed the enlightenment of the people in the domain not to panic due to the insecurity experienced in the recent past in the country when they see aircrafts flying at a very low latitude. “Please don’t fear it’s a survey going on not Boko Haram as they may envisaged” he stated. Earlier speaking, Operations Controller of Niger State Department of Petroleum Resources DPR, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara while speaking to some journalists in Minna, reiterated that the reality of the Bida Basin will soon take effect. Jankara disclosed that the prospect of Bida Basin was first identified at Southern Bida mapped out over 50 years ago with 13 blocks in Niger and 2 blocks

from Kwara states within no fewer than 15 local governments respectively. He noted that environmental factors to be taken in to cognizance blamed the Niger Delta crisis on the negligence on the part of government and the citizens as few individuals cornered what was meant for the people of those communities which must be avoided. Engineer Jankara explained that those blocks were to ascertain the quantity so as to established for the drillings while charging the communities and residence of the areas to remain calm by given maximum cooperation during the team survey. He stated that “Oil exploration should be a blessing rather than course depends on the utilization of its resources by human beings” he said. Jankara stressed on the. need for its social responsibility programs like health Care facilities, scholarship, employments, water supply and other social amenities to impact on the lives of the people of the communities.

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#RevolutionNow protests: Lack of service stalls Sowore's trial


rial of the convener of #RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore and his codefendant, yesterday stalled as prosecution failed to serve the defence with all the documents it intends to tender in the case. In the matter before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the federal high court, Abuja, the FG preferred Sowore and his codefendant, Olawale Bakare of seven- count charge bordering on committing conspiracy to commit treasonable felony contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act. When the matter was called up for commencement of trial, counsel to the defendants, Femi Falana (SAN), objected to the commencement of trial. Falana protested that he had no access to his client while in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) to adequately prepare for his defence. While noting that the defendants had perfected their bail conditions imposed on them by the court, Falana said counsel can have unfeterred access to the defendants to take instructions from them and prepare for their defence if they are released. “In the circumstances, we will be asking for an adjournment to enable us take full instruction from our clients, so that we can fully prepare for our trial,'' Falana prayed. Objecting to the application for adjournment, the prosecution counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), told the court that the SSS, at no point in time restricted counsel from having access to the defendants. “We cannot deny counsel access to the defendants because it is their constitutional rights. “Falana never come to the office of the SSS and was denied



L-R: Deputy leader of the House of Representatives Hon. Peter Akpatason, deputy whip of the House Hon. Nkiruka Onyejocha and Chairperson, women in PENGASSAN Comrade Evelyn Amaka Ijeoma, during a courtesy visit by PENGASSAN women to the deputy Whip, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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access to the defendants. The defendants have ample time and opportunity to prepare for their case,'' Liman stated. He urged the court to allow the prosecution to open its case. Reacting, Falana reminded the court that on September 24, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court granted Sowore bail, the SSS did not only refused to obey the order of the court, but also threatened to report the judge to the National Judicial Council (NJC). He said he was in SSS office without been attended to and even when he sent text messages to the SSS boss of his presence to see his client, he was never replied, and added that he attempted ten times to see his client without success. According to Falana, the prosecution was not ready to commence trial as they intended to take their witnesses in camera without formally applying to the court. “We were told that Liman applied to the Deputy Chief

Registrar of the Court to take their witnesses in camera and consequently, they have already brought the screen. “The application was granted behind us. Based on the indulgence, the prosecution confidently brought protective screening instrument which are before the court”, he said and added that the prosecution cannot decide for the court how proceedings should go in a matter. The court then summoned the DCR of the court, Femi Ekperobi for clarification on the issue and however turned down request for adjournment by the defence and ordered the defence to call its first witness. Giving a summary of the case of the prosecution, Liman said evidence will be led to prove the allegations against the defendants. “The prosecution will show how Sowore mobilised, under the #RevolutionNow, with the purpose of bringing down a legitimate government elected in

accordance with the constitution of the country”. He alleged that Sowore recruited the second defendant as coordinator for the revolution schduled to take place on August 5, 2019. “The prosecution will also lead evidence to show how the first defendant used Sahara Reporter media conjecture to commit the offence of Money Laundering. “Witness will be called and documentary evidence will be presented, inclusive of video recordings of activities of the defendants towards the actualisation of the revolution”. Falana, at this point informed the court that he was not served with the documents the prosecution intended to tender, especially, the statement of the witnesses and that of the defence as well as the video recordings. As a result, the court adjourned the matter till December 5 and 6 for commencement of trial and ordered that all necessary documents the prosecution intends to tender should be

served on the defence. The DSS on August 3, 2019 arrested Sowore for calling for a revolution through a protest scheduled to hold on August 5. It also accused Sowore of cybercrime offences in violation of section 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention) Act, by “knowingly” sending “messages by means of press interview granted on Arise Television network which you knew to be false for the purpose of causing insult, enmity, hatred and ill-will on the person of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” It also accused Sowore of money laundering offences in breach of section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 by alleged transferring by means of swift wire, various sums of money from his United Bank of Africa Plc account with number 3002246104 into Sahara Reporters Media Foundation’s account with Guaranty Trust Bank in order to conceal the origin of the funds.

4m Nigerians face acute food insecurity – FAO


he Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has said that about 4.02 million people in Nigeria are currently faced with acute food insecurity. The FAO Country Director, Suffyan Koroma, said this during the presentation of October 2019 CH Analysis’ outcome for 16 states and the FCT, on Tuesday in Abuja. Mr Koroma said the food security situation report released by the World Food Programme and FAO noted that there had been significant improvement in the food security situation in the country. “The cadre harmonised analysis of acute food insecurity situations,

carried out in 17 northern states, indicated that over four million Nigerians would be in the food crisis phase or worse off between October and December,” he said. The FAO country director listed the 17 states to include Jigawa, Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Niger, Kebbi, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara, Adamawa, Plateau and Sokoto as well as the FCT. He said the report also projected that about 5.94 million people in the country would be in food crisis phase or worse off between June and August 2020, if nothing was done. Mr Koroma averred that food insecurity in the Boko Haramravaged Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

states had significantly reduced from 5.2 million between June and August 2017 to 2.9 million between June and August 2019. This, he said, was due to the efforts of government and massive intervention of the humanitarian communities, without which the situation would have worsened. Mr Koroma stressed the need for government to not only sustain the conduct of CH analysis, but also put in place measures to institutionalise the CH process, as part of the early warning signal in the country. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Umar, in his remarks, said that attaining

food and nutrition security remained the cardinal objective of the present administration. According to him, his ministry remains resolute in supporting initiatives geared towards attaining the mandate. “The ministry is hopeful that the information articulated from this cycle will remain relevant in forming government and stakeholders’ decisions, particularly on the factors driving acute food and nutrition insecurity during the projected period. “We are equally hopeful that possible recommendations will be provided to ameliorate the identified challenges,” Mr Umar said.(NAN)

Stop this siege operation


he House of Representatives and create a siege mentality in the has kicked against “Operation citizenry. Worse, he said the risk of Positive Identification”, which abuse was very high. The House resolved to ask the the army is scheduled to commence Friday, Nov. 1, across the country. army to stand down the operation The aim is for Nigerians to show and in its place “develop a pro their valid identification papers. people strategy in confronting The papers they are asking to see the nation’s security challenges”. include the voter’s card, national It urged President Muhammadu identity card, driver’s licence, Buhari, as the Commander-inChief of the Armed and the international Forces, “to review passport. They hope these the situation and documents would help stop the army from to distinguish between the law abiding citizens and Operation Positive commencing planned operation.” terrorists. Identification” hasn’t Firstly, let us say The military claimed gone down well with that we at Peoples last month that people many Nigerians. Daily appreciate of the north-east region Their elected the enormity of the were cooperating with representatives, burden the army has troops by showing their mainly in the House, had to bear in the valid identity documents. have attacked it counter insurgency For that reason, they because there are campaign. As the said the exercise would be conducted nationwide too many negatives. largest of the armed Sept. 25 to “checkmate It said Tuesday that forces, it sees more rather than mete bandits, kidnappers, battles than the others out to Nigerians a and it has suffered a armed robbers, ethnic militia, cattle rustlers treatment meant for high toll in personnel equipment. as well as other sundry “conquered persons”, and the army should Recently, it said the criminals across the various regions of “go on the offensive protracted campaign Nigeria.” Already troops against Boko Haram has compelled it to “spiritual are carrying out crime insurgents.” House consider warfare” in addition fighting operations such Minority Leader, to the conventional as “Ayem Akpatuma” in Ndudi Elumelu, to the the north-central; “Egwu brought up the matter approach Eke” in the south-east as “a point of order of security challenges. and “Crocodile Smile”’ national importance However, much as we encourage thinking in the south-south and outside the box, we southwest. abhor any measures However, “ Operation Positive Identification” hasn’t gone that would turn law abiding down well with many Nigerians. citizens into suspects and infringe Their elected representatives, on their guaranteed right of free mainly in the House, have attacked movement on their own soil. We it because there are too many fear that this is what “Operation negatives. It said Tuesday that Positive Identification” will end up rather than mete out to Nigerians doing, even though unintendedly. a treatment meant for “conquered Secondly, taking on this new task persons”, the army should “go on supposes that the army is ready for the offensive against Boko Haram it in terms of personnel and funds. insurgents.” House Minority But far from it. During its 2020 Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, brought budget defence in parliament, the up the matter as “a point of order army complained its allocation of national importance”. He wasn’t enough. Thirdly, where said the House should stop the are the police in this, whose main planned military action because responsibility is ensuring internal it would “strip Nigerians of security? OPI begs too many their constitutionally guaranteed questions and should be stood freedom of movement.” According down until it has been well thought to him, it would “militarize society” through.



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Governor Badaru’s appointment of 54 Special Assistants in Jigawa By: Adamu Muhd Usman.


he entire media has been awash with commentaries on appraisal and chains of criticism on the appointment of 54 Special Assistants by governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state. Though, I am not governor Badaru’s spokesman or one of his cabinet members, but am a citizen of Jigawa state and the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution accorded me the right and privilege to write and express my opinion on this issue including others affecting my stateJigawa. Some people, especially those outside Jigawa state condemned the appointment because of the sheer size of the aides, though no law in the land prohibits a governor from making such appointments, and governor Badaru was not the first governor to appoint many aides in his cabinet. Previously, there was a governor who appointed over 150 aides. Appointing many aides is a political advantage to him and reducing unemployment. Jigawa is a rural state with few opportunities including the culture of extended family, the remuneration of one aide to the governor will have a multiplier effect of hundreds of people especially in the rural areas. Some observers also criticized Gov. Badaru for appointing one aide each for his 3 wives, but I do not see anything wrong with that, as far as they are capable, and can meet the requirements in their job description as well as having what it take to serve in that capacities. I It is a gender sensitivity; also the appointees will be advising the Governor’s wives, and in return, the wives will advise their husband on feminine issues especially the girlchild-education, maternal and infant mortality. Some pundits are of the view that, this will assist the government to revisit Haifuwa Lafiya Scheme which was introduced by Sule Lamido administration in the state. Some people, who are mostly apolitical, questioned the appointment of the Special Assistant on streets light. Well, the motive behind those portfolios may be linked to former Governor Sule Lamido’s wisdom on rural development - during the tenure of Sule Lamido administration, he provided the 27 local government headquarters in the state with streets light which made the towns look like big cities. This also helps security of lives and properties in the towns but because they were neglected and no proper and constant maintenance, most of the streetlight became nonfunctional. The situation is very worrisome and has also put fear in the minds of ordinary citizen in terms of basic security especially in the nights. Appointing an aide to assist the governor to overlook the affairs of the streets light will bring proper inspection, management and regular functioning of the streets lights.

Sometimes, some actions of public office holders may appear irrational from afar, but a closer look of the actions may provide deep and sensible reasons why the action was taken. To this regard, I extol governor Badaru for the appointment of special assistants on wheat, rice, crop production (other crops), irrigation, cluster and conflict resolution. As governor Badaru promises and preaches agricultural production in the state of small and medium scale, as one of his agendas he will solely concentrate on. So, we still hope that, farmers in the state will continue to enjoy the maximum support in crop production, including the use of mechanized farming system in order to encourage and support livestock farming system which will go along the way to reduce or stop clashes between the farmers and the Fulani cattle breeders as Sule Lamido did. Furthermore, Gov. Badaru should be commended for the appointment of special assistant on the desert encroachment. Climate change is a global issue; serious governments are concern about it. Moreover, desert encroachment is one of the hazardous environmental issues facing Jigawa state. The special assistant on Drug Abuse and rape which will go along the way to checkmate, reduce or halt social vices and immorally in the land especially among the young generation. How I wish, the governor has also appointed an aide on flood and water disaster, which is also one of the environmental problem facing Jigawa state both in urban and rural areas, especially farming communities. In a nutshell, we hope the government will give all necessary cooperation, power and support to all the aides in order to discharge their responsibilities diligently, effectively, efficiently, sincerely and heatedly. We still hope sensitization workshops, seminars and other events would be organised in order to educate, enlighten, entertain, encourage and intimate the general public most times through the media (print, electronics, online and social/new media) on the need to know why Jigawa state require these kind of political appointments and how the SAs will discharge their responsibilities Lastly, we hope and pray the appointees will be God fearing, committed, dedicated, upright and up and doing. What gives people hope and meaning is the pursuit of meaningful and noble purpose. And one of the simplest and easiest ways to change your people and the society is to assist or help others achieve their dreams. Stephen R. Covey once said “The environment you fashion out of your thought, your beliefs, your ideas, your philosophy us the only climate you will ever live in. The key is not spending time, but in invest it” Jigawa of my dreams Adamu writes from KafinHausa, Jigawa state



PEOPLES DAILY, thursday November 7, 2019

PEOPLES DAILY, thursday November 7, 2019



Nigeria, good governance and the anti-corruption struggle

Why most students fail at first year in varsity



By Nuhu Ribadu

o be called to serve in this respectable position out of millions of people is an honour, and to be plucked out of hundreds of equally qualified persons among stakeholders is even a greater honour and demonstration of trust your principal, the governor, has in you as individuals. By the same token, it means you are in a position of double trust — public trust and that of the person who trusts you to help him discharge his mandate. As political and administrative heads you have to recognise and appreciate your current positions. You are now leaders. You have a burden of steering the ship of the state as heads of different organs of the government. The generality of the people are also looking up to you to provide solutions to the myriad of socio-economic and political challenges faced by the people. Collectively, you constitute the highest decision-making body of the state. You have to always remember that what you do or did not do as decision-makers in your ministries, or collectively as a council, would have far-reaching implication on the lives of all indigenes and residents of this state. As key appointees, you are also the closest set of persons to the governor. You are his first line of lieutenants in whom he places his trust to help him discharge his responsibilities. Just like you cannot afford to fail the people, you can also not afford to fail the governor who brings you into his government to help him. Helping the governor does not mean urging him on into every of his heart desires, no. It means helping, sometimes even against himself, by ensuring that whatever he does is done in accordance with the rule of law and in the overriding public interest. What the people who queued under the sun to vote for the government wants from the administration is good governance. Nothing less. Imperatives For Good Governance What then is the good governance that everybody expects you to provide? To a large extent we all have fair idea of what constitutes good governance because, as intelligent beings, we all know when things go wrong, and therefore, when they are good as well. In the case of governance, it is good when it is honest. Honesty is at the heart of good governance. It means that those given public responsibilities are honest to themselves, and to the people. What does it mean to be honest to oneself? Being honest to yourself means sincerity. It means you honestly believe in what you do or say. It is in being honest to yourself that you promise what you believe you can deliver. It means offering advice to the governor or taking decision based on what you believe is the truth and actual position of things. To be honest to yourself is to know your limits and means and operate within them. It also mean you reign in yourself from indulging in practices that at the end of the day may land you in big trouble. After being honest to yourself you have to also be honest to the public. Honesty to the public constitutes safeguarding public trust believing, as you should, that you are only a representative of the collective good and commonwealth. This, in turn, supposes that you as a public officer jealously guard what belongs to the people and ensure that it works for them in the best possible way. This is the foundation for good governance. There should be deliberate decision on your part

to ensure that every penny of public fund is judiciously used for the good of the people. This starts with the budgeting process. You have to ensure strict compliance with budgetary provisions and make sure all releases and disbursements are strictly accounted. This is what will build public trust in the government and provide you with the needed support to do your work. It also has farreaching implications for peace and stability in the state. As leaders at your levels, it is your responsibility, as part of your good governance delivery, to ensure enforcement of the rule of law. Respect for the rule of law is a fulcrum for good governance. You have to ensure strict enforcement and hold people accountable for violations. In every position you find yourself always ask: What does the law says? Adopting this posture will not only help the state, you will be the ultimate beneficiary when it comes to reckoning at a latter day. You will be glad you stick to the rule of law. A key law enforcement role in relations to good governance is compliance with, and demand for transparency and accountability. As the first step, you have to acquaint yourselves with the laws because it is only when you know the laws that you can apply them. You should remember that ignorance of the law is no excuse for infractions. Where there are deficiencies in the laws, you should introduce sunshine laws that make government business more transparent and accountable. This is not a difficult assignment. Already, there are a number transparency laws and mechanisms that you can easily adapt for this purpose. The significance of transparency is cannot be over-emphasised. When there is transparency, there is less room for direct stealing. When the public officer is guided by codes of probity and accountability, there would be less cases of abuse of office and where there is due process in government business; there would be value for money and curb in sharp practices. It is your duty and responsibility to stop embezzlement. But you cannot stop embezzlement until you personally set precedence. You have to make personal vow and commitment to not be corrupt. With this, you will find your staff falling in line. With your own commitment to rule of law and due process, you can demand for the same conduct from others. The discussions above paint a scenario for prudence, probity, transparency and accountability. With that solid background in place, the stage would now be set for the fruits of good governance to manifest. These fruits come in the form of improved life condition for the people. It means provision of basic infrastructure that would catalyse development; roads, potable water, electricity, et cetera. It also extends to quality human services such as education and healthcare delivery. Now, the antithesis to good governance is corruption. Corruption is a cancerous virus which deprives the society of all forms of development. Over the years, Nigeria groans under the weight of corruption and, at one point or the other, we have all found ourselves in a situation of lamentation and wonderment. We wonder why we are this poor. Why our people wallow in poverty, why we cannot get it right with electricity, for example, or even be able to attend to our healthcare and education needs. The answer to all these is in corruption. The problem is that successive persons in positions of leadership often give more attention to what they can get out of the system, than what they can do to better the system. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, you are now in that exact spot for which many others have passed through. You have to ask yourself, what do I do differently?

If you ask me, the answer will be: eschew corruption. We have spent too much a time abusing corrupt leaders in this country and lamenting our situation for any of us to indulge in corruption when given the opportunity. Corruption has deep-seated place in our lives that it has since become an existential issue. Corruption affects our most basic human rights; the rights to live and move freely. With corruption nobody is safe in the society, no matter how highly placed. If you think you are safe because you move around with armed security, remember you have your loved ones that are vulnerable to those consequences. Where there is endemic corruption, you cannot have a good police or the military to effectively protect the citizens. It also has other ripple effects that can as well be fatal. When, for example, corruption deprives the people of access to good drinking water, it can lead to outbreak of preventable diseases. In the absence of, or lack of well-equipped hospitals, it would also means those afflicted cannot receive good attention and may ultimately die from the consequences of corruption at different levels. A major damage corruption does to a people is breeding inequality. When there is clear inequality in the society, and poor wealth redistribution mechanism the only obvious consequence is insecurity and dangerous disaffection. We see this manifests time and again at different places. Corruption also erodes legitimacy in governance by eroding trust in leaders among the followership. Often times you find people too distrusting of their leaders that they are lethargic in meeting their important civic duties to the state, like payment of taxes or even voting in an election. Where also justice becomes corrupted and only works for the rich, you find less and less people resort to the formal law enforcement structures. Instead of going to the police or the courts, some people would rather take the laws into their own hands in form of jungle justice and any other shortcuts to justice. It is your responsibility as leaders to fight all this. Why Fight Corruption? The consequences of corruption highlighted earlier make fighting corruption a very important business that we should all pay attention to. The first and most important commodity for a leadership is legitimacy and support of the people. Nothing earns you that trust and legitimacy more than adopting anticorruption posture and making visible commitment to use the public resource for public good. Your first duty, if you ask me, should be around such efforts. As a government, you have to demonstrate that commitment to the people and that readiness to serve the people whole heartedly. We are not in very good times economically. This, coupled with the increasing challenge of population burst, means only one thing: leaders must ensure prudent management of the scarce resource to confront the competing challenges facing our society. You should not allow the scarce resource to be plundered by selfserving and selfish few. The posterity is there to judge you. But you don’t just fight corruption or stop it by words of the mouth. You have to take practical steps towards making sure your system is cleaned up and positioned for optimal performance in a transparent way. Look at your existing laws and provisions to audit accountability measures already in the system, those that you do not have work quickly towards implementing them. Most importantly, sanitise your budgeting and procurement processes. Oftentimes, politically exposed

persons like you fall for the traps of the law because while you work, sometimes genuinely out of ignorance or in a rush to deliver results, you disregard laws guiding procurement and government contracting. You should make sure you do not fall into that. Whatever you are going to do, follow it through and make sure you stick strictly with the due process. Aside procurement fraud, one area you should also look at is payroll fraud. This has become so rampant. At various government levels manipulating the payment vouchers to steal from the treasury has become widespread. Thankfully, there are modern techniques of weeding out some of these ghost names on the payroll. You should emulate technologies like the IPPS employed by the federal government in this respect. Productivity, or lack of it, is another important corruption area. Oftentimes, people take pay for jobs they never did. You have to fight indolence and redundancy as a way of ensuring that the public get value from what is paid for workforce. In some cases, the workers need motivation for to work hard from you as leaders. If you are indolent as a commissioner or permanent secretary, or you are often out of your duty post, your staff may not behave any different. Conclusion Leadership is everything when it comes tackling corruption in public service and ensuring good governance. It is you as leaders that can set the tune for others to follow. The role of leadership is illustrated by the example of the herdsman. It is the herdsman that takes the lead and paves the road for his herd to follow. He clears the path and confronts every possible danger ahead of the cattle. The herd takes after him and it is because they see and believe in his sacrifices and leadership, the cattle follow him to wherever he sets his feet. Personal example is therefore key to trendsetting in the quest for probity and integrity in public service. A leader with soiled hands has no moral basis to question his subordinates. And when the leader is involved in dirty deals it becomes a free for all. Modern and quality leadership is therefore the bedrock of whatever may happen in the quest to tackle the menace of corruption. You have to be conscious that for many of you, this is just the stepping stone of public service, not the end. If you manage it very well and come out intact from this, the horizon maybe endless for you. Falling into the temptations and banana peels of office could also mean denting your record or terminating your career prematurely. You should always have this at the back of your mind. You should therefore aspire to make name for yourself for all the good reasons. You should be a star performer who will walk with shoulders high in the streets of Gombe and anywhere else, not someone who will bring shame to himself, his family and associates. When you are good everybody would want to associate with you but when you spoil your name, everybody will run away from you, and you will be left to carry your cross. Let met at this juncture warn that with the current regimes of law enforcement and transparency mechanism, you cannot hide any wrongdoing. You are literally naked and whatever you do can be traced easily by agents of law. You should also remember that you will almost certainly be subjected to investigations at the end of your sojourn. You have a duty to ensure you are not caught on the wrong side of the law. Nuhu Ribadu was the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Public office holders, media assistants and their obligations By Jerome-Mario Utomi


he never-ending manner with which public office holders appoint assistants to handle information/ media responsibilities have become canonical proof that proper information management is the life wire of every business. For most of our political history, it used to be Minister for information, at the federal levels, and Commissioners for information (state levels). But today, exciting progress is being made in this direction. As we now have not Minister for information, Commissioners for information and Chief Press Secretaries but Senior Special Assistant (Media), Senior Special Assistant Media (Technical), Special Assistant (Media), Special Assistant (information gathering), Special Assistant (Print Media) and Special Assistant (Electronic Media), in most of the government offices at both Federal and state levels. In concept and reality, the shift has without any shadow of the doubt gained momentum. And it’s obvious that media practice in this democractic era can no longer be seen in such a simple and unitary manner, the way it was before May 1999. However, in discussing the obligations and usefulness of Media Assistant’s proliferation in our democratic space, two sets of reactions come into view. To some, the development looks good in words but useless in action. Aside from shooting up the cost of governance, it has in ttheir views, evidently manifested that such appointments were never targeted at improving information flow between the government and the governed, but a ploy to settle political jobbers-as Nigerians have in recent years witnessed appointments into such office people with neither interest in or minimum prerequisite to function in that capacity. Acting on the basis of the above assumptions, it’s not by any means surprising that the second group-which, of

course, constitutes a greater number; argued that Media Assistant in their estimation is but mere robber stamped positions used to falsely launder the image of public officers without recourse to, or adherence with the ethos of the media profession. In fact, the best-known example and by far the most serious logic, employed by the group to drive their argument home is that; when these so-called media assistants are faced with embarrassing facts about their principals, instead of admitting their boss’s wrong-doing as expected of a well-trained information manager, they fall back on data that is hardly objective, generate inferences that can never be described as explicit. And the conclusion they reach is usually self-serving. Though I sympathize with the awkward position in which these men and women (media assistants) are placed, I cannot disagree with the position canvassed. Particularly, when one remembers that power, in the consideration of an average public officeholder in Nigeria is nothing but an opportunity to protect personal interest, as against what is obtainable in developed countries where power vehicle for effecting political, social, economic and cultural changes in the country. Substantially, away from the fact that every society/profession needs some shared values to hold it together, an important distinction to make is that the concerns of this piece in absolute terms are whether and to what extent has the media assistants’ attitude helped the nation; deepen information dissemination, enrich democracy and promotes peace and unity among Nigerians of different culture, ethnicity, culture and religion?; how far such positions have helped inculcate and reinforce positive political, cultural, social attitudes among the citizenries-as well as create a mood in which people become keen to acquire, skills and disciplines of developed nations. And most importantly, how efficiency and effectiveness have the occupiers of these positions

been in analyzing trends, predicting their consequences, and counselling political office holders? Clearly, having seen this controversy from both sides, I truly believe that there are countless numbers of reasons why media assistants position in most public offices appear both unnecessary and unproductive. But, perhaps, understandably, the major one centres on the fact that communication from public officials/ offices are ‘self-undermining and often always reputed for encouraging complacency as constituents perceive issues raised by the government as already being handled or the priority often always not in conformity with the will/opinion of the people on the action later taken’. Also as a sidelight, if an effort is dedicated to understanding the basic reasons why the existing system is currently accepted and its fundamental assumptions not challenged? More critical questions will emerge. For instance,; are the media Assistants in the first place aware that; every decision they make while discharging their responsibility require value judgement? Are they truly aware that different decisions bring different results; that all decisions have consequences that are direct and indirect, intended and unintended, short term and long term? Are they conscious that their decisions affect others; that those decisions may influence thousands of people’s opinions on a political issue? Do the Media Assistants have the philosophy to challenge the nation’s political and economic logic, and capacity to pursue the theory of governance in order to effectively inform their principals? Finding answers to these questions will have farreaching implications on both the public officials and the entire Nigerians.As it is laced with the capacity to compel public office holders, engineer socioeconomic prosperity that will be people-purposed while propelling the masses to work together for the greater good. To get started beginning with the last question, it is

a pedestrian knowledge that most of these appointees instead of telling their principals what the real issues are or encourage them to keep promises that gave them victory, curtail the challenges confronting the people and promote consensus politics, they (media Assistants) encourage divisiveness, uphold autocratic tendencies, endorse/promote media trial of political opponents. And in most cases become propagandists using radio, television and the internet as outlets to relentlessly false feed Nigerians. Lamentably, in these failures, there are silent points they failed to remember. Most profound of those points is the time-honoured saying that the viability of democracy depends upon openness, reliability, appropriateness, responsiveness, and a two-way nature of the communication environment; that democracy depends upon the regular sending and the receiving of objective signals; that the function of the media is very high? It is almost holy. It ought to serve as a forum for the people, for it is through the media that the people may know freely what is going on. And to misstate or suppress the news is a breach of trust. Finally, one urgent skill government media handlers must internalize is the teachings by Chris Argyris, Professor emeritus, Havard Graduate School of Education, that aides can intelligently criticize their Bosses by stating; their criticism in ways that they believe are valid-but prevents others from deciding for themselves whether their claim to validity is correct; Two, by not including the data that others could use to decide for themselves whether the illustration was valid; and, by placing their conclusion in such that disguises their logical implications. Jerome-Mario writes from Lagos, Nigeria; via;

By Emmanuel Onyekwere ear of failure is one tendency that is innate and predominant in every human being irrespective of how influential or powerful, and no matter how much a person has achieved there is this inevitable “failure-phobia” in him/her, people avoid failure even to the most ignoble degree of it. Failure however does not mean the same to everybody, to every person it has a meaning which is peculiar to him/her, but instantaneously it instigates a negative feeling in everybody. No definition would be given to failure to make it appealing to the ear. It is something every sane person is afraid of and tries in different capacities to avert. No one wants to be known as a failure hence no one dreams or plans to fail. The aspiration of every student is the opposite of failure, which means graduating with a good grade (first class). So many factors are responsible for the failure of students at their first year (in the University) but the contributions of the students are apparent and massive (thereby speeding up the rate at which they fail). The new students (freshers) fertilize the factors that pull them down and prevent them from doing well in their first year in the University. The factors that militate against the success of first year students are numerous that I cannot dare mention all in this piece otherwise it would become voluminous, indecipherable and uninteresting hence the most common factors are as follows; • Peer pressure, Impressive/Irrelevant reading, Abuse of freedom, Trusting the untrustworthy, Low self-esteem among others. PEER PRESSURE I intend not to restrict Peer pressure to just pressure from your mates and colleagues but it extends to the pressure coming from your seniors in the department and faculty. As a fresher, they will tell you a lot about the department, the lecturers and the courses; how wicked and parsimonious some lecturers are. The misleading part of it is that they would tell you a course you can never pass or even if you pass, it would be with a very poor grade (does it mean you must fail because they failed). A fresher under such pressure otherwise called orientation may never do well. A second aspect of it is the pressure that comes from peers, your fellow fresheners (claiming to know the school system even better than those that have spent couple of years in the University). They know everything about academics and almost everything you do is wrong. As a result of this many fresheners begin to

doubt themselves; you are no longer convinced about yourself, they make you feel amateur, your ‘wonderful’ ideas are no longer celebrated. You’ve totally lost confidence in your abilities. At this point you’d start keeping malice with yourself, condemning yourself and the good things God endowed you with. This is when you begin to chase shadows. IMPRESSIVE OR IRRELEVANT READING Impressive reading is the type of reading you do knowing for sure that you are not really reading anything but reluctantly continued because you want to impress someone; you want to be called the ‘Guru’, book warm’, ‘bookish’ and so on. You forfeit your night rest reading when you know you don’t understand when you read at night. The level and time of understanding differs, some read and understand at night while some do so during the day, some read for longer period of time while some can read for shorter period of time and still grab everything. Not everybody can read throughout the night (otherwise called TDB; i.e. Till Day Break); my former roommate tried it and after the TDB he slept and missed the Exam for which he did the TDB, funny right? Irrelevant reading on the other hand is the habit of reading outside the scope of the study in hand. Because you want to be called ‘Prof.’ you’d carry heavy textbooks that are voluminous and irrelevant to your present course of study, you end up learning nothing and asking unconstructed and extraneous questions in class. ABUSE OF FREEDOM Freedom they say intoxicates even more than strong wine. First year students abuse the freedom they have; freedom to go to any place of their choice and come back at wish and do whatever they want; this freedom however poses a huge threat to their level of concentration in school. Away from home, just you and your independence, boyfriends and girlfriends, making new friends, sleeping whenever and wherever you want to, parties and drinks; all of these distract freshers and their inability to manage them appropriately has a negative impact on their first year result. It is disgraceful that a first year student who is yet to see his/her result already has girlfriend/boyfriend, go to parties and clubs and drink out their senses; what would be your excuse if you fail? Secondly, it would either be because the fresheners are frenzied with been independent, the university party life and all the new exposures, they then slack off in school and in studying they lose focus. Also it could be that they are not ready to take University seriously or

they are too immature to manage life away from home. They find it difficult to balance social life, freedom, and responsibilities of the school. They are either mentally or emotionally unprepared, but many of them are just lazy and take the university as one big party and don’t like the lecture side of it (as many would say “school sweet but na exam spoil am”). TRUSTING THE UNTRUSTWORTHY It is among freshers that you find the ‘serious students’ who have no time for God: they are always in class trusting so much in their intellect which then makes serving God an extra burden and mere waste of time; “the school should be bookish and not religious” while your colleagues are in class reading you are in church; “what a waste of time” many would say. Anything you do without God is just same as going to farm without cutlass trusting your bare hands to cut down those giant trees in the farm. Some believe their success to be dependent upon the amount of time they spend in class rather than with God; you need God as much as you need to read. In most cases, it is not just that the freshers are irresponsible or easily distracted by everything going on around them, it may as well be as a result of the new lifestyle and educational change that many of them find very difficult to adapt to. Many of them fail to understand that University classes are different from secondary school classes. I have come across intelligent students who could not learn how to learn. You have to learn from lectures, talk to lecturers and ask questions where necessary and relevant, if you are not prepared, you have to adapt and learn how to be prepared (pretty quick) or you will be left behind. Higher education is more than just what you learn in the classroom, it’s about maturity and learning how to learn. LOW SELF-ESTEEM After 2 to 3 weeks in school many freshers lose confidence having seen fashion, the beautiful faces, the so called intelligent ones and the big boys and girls, they start denigrating themselves, having seen those who cat-walk better than they do, those high-class ladies with eye-catching make-ups, guys with better swag; expensive clothes and shoes. This new feeling drives them crazy, they start chasing shadows and desiring to be like a certain individual and behave like a certain person. Some even forget why they are where they are; aspiring to obtain a degree in the science of imitation at the detriment of their academics, they lose their self-esteem and sacrifice their modesty at the shrine of immorality and their vision and mission at the

altar of lust just because they want to ‘belong’. Many of the freshers are intimidated by the saucy words and remarks of the old cargos in the university. The freshers are often called Jambites, JJC, village boys or girls and many other comments meant to cage their spirits and limit their potentials as new students. All of the above have no effect except we decide to work by them or regard them as important, when you disregard any saucy comment, trust me it will never come back to hurt you but when you allow them they will incapacitate your potential and affect your personality even when you claim to have forgotten them they keep re-echoing, constantly reminding you that: you are in part one oo, you are Jambite ooo, you are JJC and so on, and by that you compromise and desist from doing the needful. According to statistics, only an infinitesimal 20% of first year students do well. This is not peculiar to Nigeria; it is same in Africa, Europe and even many developed countries. A French Psychologist said, “in my first year in the University, we were over 500 students but in the second year, we were just a bit more than 100, what happened to the other 400?” He categorized the reasons into two; The external factors (they are beyond the will of the student) and The internal factors (which the students can definitely act on). These are also factors that can make you fail in your first year, the first is not knowing why you are in that particular department. This write-up is not for those who enroll into the first course they can think of just to get pocket money from parents or those who enroll to benefit from the “student” status (registering for almost all the scholarship schemes available just to get grant) or those who have accepted the fate of being “failures” or those who enroll while waiting for ‘something better’; these categories of students are sure to fail, my advice is not for them but rather for those who sincerely want to succeed but don’t manage to pass their first year well because they are missing something. Your ability to decide on leaving secondary school, the course you want to study at the University is imperative but accepting any course you were offered as if it were the best and work towards it as you would if offered your desired course is paramount. Emmanuel Onyekwere is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Jungle Justice and case for sustaining Nigeria’s institutions By Mike Imafidor


have followed with nostalgia, the recent and ugly trend resurfacing in Nigeria; where people deliver judgements, and execute same on the streets without any sort of trials. Death penalties are now being dished and served hot like “akamu” on a hot afternoon in Sokoto. Only recently, young boy was beaten and burnt to death in Lagos. On the morning of Friday, 2nd of December 2016, two persons, alleged to be armed robbers were also lynched and burnt in Anambra. Numerous cases abound such that time, space, and memory will fail me if I begin to mention. Just pause and take a moment to reflect; if you find yourself in a position of being robbed, and you could overcome the robber and apprehend him, what will you do? Let’s go further by assuming this was your third experience with robbers and in the earlier experiences they had succeeded. I can’t assume what you will do, but one thing I know, if you hand over this robber to the appropriate authority – which is the best thing to do-, you will feel unsatisfied, because you do not trust the system to deal appropriately with the issue. The big question that then bugs my mind is “whose responsibility is it, to develop the required trust for the system”. When you see well known burglars and thieves parading your street on a Sunday morning, only after being arrested the Thursday before, having been caught in the act. How would this influence your trust for the system to deal with deviant behaviours that are against the social contract we all signed for? Can this lead us to the natural state of mankind as described by Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan, where life was “poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. My sense is that our institutions have failed in checkmating societal ills and thus stimulating

a return to a “banana republic”. Much of Nigeria’s history is replete with falling living standards, armed conflicts, political disorder, health challenges, and poor state of human development. This provides a prima facie case, and an indictment on poor institutions of governance to adequately deal with, and manage societal ills. As early as 1989, the World Bank had in its long-term perspective study argued that of Nigeria’s development problems are underlined by a crisis of weak institutions; and more specifically, a governance challenge. Past and even present development performance indicators reveal that the country lags greatly behind most developing countries within Africa and even beyond. This is despite implementing series of economic reform agendas in which their direct impacts were to stimulate development in the country. The World Bank Global Development Report (2016), puts Nigeria as one of the top ten (10) countries in the world with the highest number of poor. With a poverty rate of 46 percent, Nigeria is put only ahead of three countries -Madagascar, Mozambique and Congo Democratic Republic. In Nigeria, economic rents, which perpetuate on the cover of ethnicity and religious bigotry take precedence over productivity. The unbridled taste to promote corruption and the redistribution of wealth in favour of certain ethnic and political groups is a pure manifestation of the inability of institutions in Nigeria to play its expected role. In the Nigeria context, it is very common to hear such phrase as the “Nigerian factor”. This factor simply implies that standards have been reduced or compromised by the basic institutions in service delivery. This factor has also succeeded in making nonsense of

accountability in the country. This factor has worsened and weakened institutions, such as the legislative, executive and the judicial institutions where rule of law and the devotion to formal rules are not strictly observed; where political patronage is typical practice, where the independence and professionalism of the public sector has been weather-beaten and where civil society lacks the means, or the will to bring public pressure to bear. According to the Fund for Peace – which is an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit research and educational organization-, a failed nation is characterized by social, political, and/ or economic failure. In their 2016 rankings, Nigeria is the 13th most fragile state in from 17th in 2014 out of 178 countries listed. Nigeria scores 103.5, out of a maximum score 120 (being a totally failed state) and falls in the same group of “high alert” countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Pakistan, and Guinea. Although the credibility of the FFP’s methodology has been called into questions, the results present a real cause for concern, given the recent happenings and trends in the country. When institutions, which are supposed to be at the apogee of nationhood, are now being slaughtered on the altar of corruption, weak governance, ethnicity, and religious bigotry, what you get is the lynching and burning to death of a seven year old boy in Lagos on the 16th of November 2016, of two alleged armed robbers in Anambra on the 2nd of December 2016, in Aluu community on the 5thof October in 2012, the Zaria Massacre on the 12th of December 2015, and a whole lot of similar occurrences that are happening daily. In the words of Chinua Achebe, things are indeed “falling apart”, and the centre is losing its grip unconsciously.

The role of institutions in the peaceful progress of a state and stemming this ugly tide cannot be over emphasised. They are the very foundations of our democracy and are at the core of any reform or policy. Some studies have even shown that nations with strong institutions are two times as efficient and grow three times as fast, in per capita terms, as countries with weak institutional endowments. Daron and Acemoglu in their award winning book “Why Nations Fail”, also pointed out the key role institutions play in the survival and growth of a state. They noted that the quality of institutions overrides geography and integration (i.e., international trade) in explaining crosscountry income levels. Going forward while few economist have argued that governance reforms in strengthening institutions should not be the priorities of African countries such as Nigeria, since according to them, to trigger economic growth and development in Africa, a ‘big push’ is needed, and that it requires massive investment in support of infrastructure and health care. While this argument might seem tenable in Nigeria where massive infrastructural investment is required to grow businesses, weak and extractive institutions cannot provide the platform for investment to incubate to the desired value. For this nation to move forward, and not just in circles as its currently being observed, it is imperative that we reawaken our institutions; by this I mean not just the governmental institutions of the legislature, executive, and the judiciary, but also the very fundamental institutions -values, norms and cultures- of our families and local communities. Mike is a Research and Policy Analyst with Adams and Moore Nigeria.


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Policeman killed as building collapses in Lagos


he front section of a sixstorey building gutted by fire on Tuesday in Lagos Island collapsed, killing a policeman at the scene, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Part of the building located at 43 Martins Street, Lagos Island, collapsed around 8:30p.m. as firemen continued spirited efforts to extinguish the inferno. NAN reports that part of the

burning building collapsed on the policeman, severely injuring one of them while trying to control the surging crowd. Confirming the death, Olanrewaju Elegushi, Special

Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Lagos Central Business District, told NAN that the policeman died in hospital following injuries sustained in the building collapse.(NAN) Some former lecturers from Cross River State College of Education and College of Health Technology, protest alleged illegal sack, demand re-instatement into service and payment of their September and October 2019 salaries, at the State House of Assembly, yesterday in Rivers state. Photo: NAN

NDE trains 50 Niger youths in poultry farming in Niger From Yakubu Minna



he Niger State National Directorate of Employment NDE has commenced on the training of 50 unemployed youths in Niger state on poultry farming to be self-reliant. Niger State Coordinator NDE

Alhaji Abdulmalik Abubakar Liman made the disclosure at the orientation ceremony for 2019 batch of the beneficiaries in Minna, Niger State. He added that, the training is to boost the total production of poultry in the country, and to provide job opportunity to the teeming unemployed youths in

the country. Liman who said the 50 youths cut across graduates and undergraduates are beneficiaries of the first phase, adding that "in Poultry business, the market is there for you except you are not ready." According to him, 200 day old birds are to be given to the trainees

to handle as practical for eight weeks of maturity to ascertain their level of understanding of how to handle birds. Responding, the beneficiaries who took turns to thank the organizers, said they are optimistic that the training will yield positive result and create employment opportunity to them

Border closure: Rice millers make brisk businesses in Gombe


ome rice milers in Gombe State say they have recorded increased sales and patronage since the closure of the border by the Federal Government. The News Agency of Niger (NAN) reports that the Federal Government shut borders with neighbouring countries of Benin Republic, Cameroun and Niger Republic since August. President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 28 at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7) in Japan said the closure was due to massive smuggling activities, especially of rice at the country’s borders. A survey carried out by NAN correspondent revealed that many of the rice millers who hitherto shut down businesses had reopened while others formed themselves into clusters to process rice in large quantities. According to them, the

decision by the President to close the border remains the best for the agricultural sector as it has enhanced local processing of rice in large quantities. Umar Na-Abu, the former Chairman, Rice Millers’ Association of Nigeria, Gombe State chapter told NAN that the closure was a good measure to boost employment and local production. According to him, Nigeria has the capacity to feed itself. “May God bless President Buhari for this initiative. We now supply rice to different parts of Nigeria, especially the South and there are more jobs here for everyone except you do not want to work. “We have left this place before but today we have all returned and we mill over 10, 000 bags every day. “I mill over 1, 200 bags per day now with my machines as against

50 before. I sell with different prices depending on their types. “We sell for N13, 000, N14, 000 and N15, 000 per 50 kg. Now, we are taking a lot of youths off the street,’’ he said. Another miller, Abubakar Mohammed, said that from the time the border was closed, his business had witnessed a lot of expansion and massive employment of youths who had started working for their money. “Before the closure, we most times do not work at all and when we come here to work, we just mill between 15 and 20 bags. “But now we mill over 60 per day and we want to further expand. “We see the call to close the border as the best agriculturefriendly decision ever taken in recent times. This is commendable. When President Buhari came on board in 2015, he helped the farmers.

“Now farmers through loans have produced enough paddies. We have a lot of rice that are not being consumed but now we are getting huge money from the business; so we thank Mr. President,’’ he said. Also speaking, Adamu Usman said the business of rice milling had witnessed a boom as more persons were now joining the business and there was no issue of competition because the market is available. He called on the Federal Government to put up modalities to ensure that those who might want to undermine government’s effort were stopped. Mr Usman, however, urged the government to also look into the issue of pow Auwalu Abari, a rice distributor from Gombe, said Nigeria had enough rice that could cater for the country even if borders were to remain closed for five years. He added that interest in farming had now increased..(NAN)

Okowa proposes to spend N389bn in 2020 fiscal year From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba


elta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday presented 2020 fiscal year budget of N389,190,799,362 billion saying that it was a" budget of ‘Sustained Development’ for Deltans. Okowa who expressed commitment to infrastructural development in the state at the state House of Assembly, explained that the 2020 revenue and expenditure estimates were based on a Medium Term Expenditure Frame Work ( MTEF), which projected a $57 benchmark price for crude oil at production levels of 2.18million barrels per day,10.36percent annual inflation,3.60percent projected real GDP growth and an exchange rate of N305 to the US Dollars. On recurrent expenditure, the Governor disclosed that the sum of N171,549,384,315 would be spent, while the provision for capital expenditure of N217,641,415,047 would represents 44.08percent, recurrent expenditure and 55.92 percent capital expenditure that are consistent with the provision of "Stronger Delta" to spend more on projects and programmes that will impact directly on the social economic wellbeing of the people of Delta State. On roads and physical infrastructure: Okowa said that the sum of N84,54 billion was provided for the ministry of works in 2020 fiscal year, adding the state government would continue to reposition the educational system to equip the youth population with the skillset needed for the new world of rapid change and digital revolution, emphasizing that during the first tenure of his administration, the state government completed the rehabilitation and equipping of the six technical colleges in the state, accreditation of all the trade subjects by the National Board For Technical Education ( NBTE) in 2018 as plans were under way for the establishment of additional Technical Colleges in the remaining 19 local government areas of the state. He warned against the challenges ahead of 2020 year considering the sliding effect of the economy, and called on Nigerians to prepare against the difficult times that may befall the country come 2020, adding that at least 70 percent of the provision from the budget envelopes ( Capital limits) are not to fund the relevant budget lines for: Certified Jobs already listed, awaiting payment, Certified Jobs yet to be listed for payment, jobs executed awaiting certification at the MDAs , contract awarded which are currently being executed by the contractors, while the balance 30percent would be applied to very critical, essential and key capital projects with measurable socio economic value.


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Senate to review penalty for gas flaring in Nigeria By Musa Adamu


he Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Gas to immediately review and recommend upwards penalty for defaulters of Nigeria’s Gas flaring laws. The upper chamber reached the resolution after consideration of a motion titled: “The need to monitor the Nigerian Flare Commercialization Programme towards ending Gas Flaring by 2020.” The Senate, accordingly, directed its Committee on Gas, Chaired by Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta South), to monitor the implementation of the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP). It also urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts to diversify from crude oil to natural gas production. Sponsor of the motion, Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West), while drawing the attention of the Senate to laws against flaring of associated natural gas in Nigeria, lamented the manner in which such laws are disregarded by International Oil Companies operating in Nigeria. According to the lawmaker, Section 3(1) of the Gas Re-injection Act introduced in 1984, states that “no company engaged in the production of oil and gas shall after January 1, 1984 flare gas produced in association with or without the permission in writing of the minister.” Apiafi who bemoaned the huge revenue loss due to unrelenting gas flares in the country, disclosed that in 2018 alone, according to data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Government recorded a revenue loss to the tune of N197 billion from a total of 215.9 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas flared. She noted further that “Nigeria has the largest Natural Gas Reserve in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. “Nigeria’s gas reserves are about three times the value of her crude oil reserves with a value of around 202 trillion cubic feet (TFT) of proven Natural gas reserves, but despite having the largest gas reserves in Africa, only about 25 percent of these reserves are being produced or under development today.” The lawmaker added that the lack of enforcement of the laws on gas flaring in previous years is thwarting the Federal Government’s projected deadline of 2020 to end routine associated gas flaring. In a similar move, the Senate on Wednesday also moved to end modern slavery in Nigeria. Accordingly, the upper chamber mandated its Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ministry of Health, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to set-up a joint technical team to promote inter-agency cooperation for effective intelligence sharing. The upper chamber also urged the newly established

Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking-inPersons (NAPTIP) and other relevant government agencies to intensify surveillance towards curbing modern slavery. The Senate also directed the Ministry of Health to, as a matter of urgency, provide relief materials to the recent victims of trafficking and modern slavery. These were part of four resolutions reached by the upper chamber sequel to the consideration of a motion sponsored by Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna Central). Uba noted that in 2019 alone, over 300 persons, including 77 children, were discovered by the police in chains in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Thursday, September 26.

L-R: Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo and Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, during the Federal Executive Council meeting, at the Presidential Villa, yesterday Abuja. Photo: NAN

Sexual Harassment: Senate proposes 14-year jail term for offenders By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


ough time awaits Randy lecturers in tertiary institutions in Nigeria as Senate Wednesday, proposes 14year jail term for them in the new bill against sexual Harassment which was passed for second reading. This was as the upper legislative chamber also passed for second reading, the executive bill on Finance forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 8th of last month during the 2020 budget presentation. The bill against sexual Harassment sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo - Agege and 105 other Senators, seeks for an Act to

Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019” has 27 clauses. The bill proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine for any educator who commits sexual offences in tertiary institutions. The bill defines sexual offences as including: sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances. Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the

breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student. Senator Omo-Agege, in his lead debate, said “the most effective way to deal with the offence of sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions is to penalise the very impropriety of the act, with or without consent.” According to him, sexual harassment must be defined in

tertiary educational institutions as statutory rape with strict liability for offenders to be prosecuted easily. On the extension of the bill to primary, secondary schools, worship centres and work place, Omo-Agege said doing so will not be necessary because the Criminal and Penal codes already adequately deals with these categories with sufficient clarity. He, however, stressed that the bill prescribes expulsion for students who falsely accuse educators of sexual harassment. He said, “An educator whose character is maligned is at liberty to sue for defamation under the law of defamation which is well-settled in our jurisprudence and needs no duplication in this bill.”

Reps want immediate release of Justice Nwosu By Christiana Ekpa


he House of Representatives on Wednesday tasked Nigeria Police and other security agencies to ensure immediate release of Justice Chioma Nwosu of Court of Appeal, Benin Judicial Division of Edo State. This followed the adoption of a motion of 'Matter of urgent public importance' sponsored by Hon. Luke Onofiok who frowned at the incessant attack on judicial officers and their families. Worried by the development, the House urged Nigeria Police to apprehend and prosecute the kidnappers as well as increase protection and security around all the judicial officers and their families across the country.

In his lead debate, Hon. Onofiok informed the House that Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu of the Court of Appeal, Benin Judicial Division, was kidnapped in brutal circumstances during which his Police orderly was shot dead and taken to unknown location till date. Piqued by the recurring cases of kidnap of judicial officers across the country, Hon. Onofiok harped on the need to beef up security of judicial officers who are charged with the fundamental responsibility of interpreting laws, adjudicating and resolving disputes, conflicts and controversies between persons (natural and artificial). According to him, "the House further note that the responsibility involves presiding over serious criminal matters and politically

charged casees; convicting and passing sentence on hard criminals including drug dealers, kidnappers and murderers "The House is aware the exercise of this responsibility by judicial officers helps to maintain and preserve stability, peace and equipoise in the polity and protect and safeguard the rights of citizens. "The House is conscious of the risks and dangers associated with performance of judicial responsibility on the lives of judicial officers and their families and the necessity for judicial officers to be provided a safe, comfortable and conducive environment to operate "The House of disturbed that judicial officers are becoming preys in the hands of criminals and the security of their lives and that of their

family is under serious threat "The House is concerned that some weeks ago, Hon. Justice Abdul Dogo of Federal High Court, Akure Division was kidnapped on his way to discharge his official functions and was later released after spending some days in kidnappers' den. "The House is worried that just few days after the release of Hon. Justice Abdul Dogo, Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu of the Court of Appeal, Benin Judicial Division, was kidnapped in brutal circumstances where His Lordship's orderly was shot dead and the whereabouts of Hon. Justice Nwosu is not known until now" The motion was unanimously adopted when it was put into voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Idris Wase who presided over the plenary.

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PDP youth vanguard worried over vacant post By Lateef Ibrahim


group, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Youth Vanguard (PDP-NYV), has expressed worries over the delay in filling the vacant position of the Deputy National Chairman, (North) of the party. The position has been vacant since February, this year. The group specifically wondered why the national leadership of PDP has refused to ratify the choice of Senator Suleiman Nazif Gamawa, as the new Deputy National Chairman, North, despite the fact that the by party stakeholders from Bauchi State, where the position was micro-zoned to, had since endorsed him. Speaking in Abuja yesterday, the National coordinator of the PDP-NYV, Ambassador Ibrahim Bala Aboki, said, "we want to use this opportunity to urge the NWC to ratify the nomination of Senator

Suleiman Nazif Gamawa, as the new Deputy National Chairman, North of our Party in line with the constitution of the PDP." Aboki recalled that the last occupant of the office, late Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa was suspended and later expelled from the PDP in February 2019, as a result of anti-party activities, stressing that he later died after joining the All Progressives Congress (APC). While noting with regrets that the office has been vacant since February 2019, the national cordinator of the group cited section 47(6) of the PDP Constitution, 2017 (as amended) under the title-Tenure of Office of Party Officers- which states thus: “Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the Party, the executive committee at the appropriate level shall appoint another person from the area or zone where the officer originated

from pending the conduct of election to fill the vacant seat”. He added, "In line with the above provisions of the Party Constitution, the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the State Exco and other stakeholders of the Party habe unanimously nominated Senator Dr. Suleiman Nazif Gamawa, from the same Local Government where Senator Babayo hales from as his successor for the office of the DNC, North. "The State Executive Committee meeting that nominated Senator Nazif as the new Deputy National Chairman, North of the PDP was held on April 18, 2019. "Consequently, the PDP Bauchi State Chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, on behalf of the entire stakeholders of the Party in the State, has informed the

NWC through a letter dated April 23, 2019, on the nomination of Senator Nazif as replacement for Senator Babayo. "We also wish to refer the National Working Committee of our Party to Section 47(1) of the Constitution of the PDP, which stated thus: “All National, Zonal, States, Local Government Areas and Ward Officers of the Party shall hold office for a term of four years and shall be eligible for reelection for another term and no more”. "The office of the Deputy National Chairman, North is zoned to North East and micro zoned to Bauchi State for a period of four years and has been vacant since February 2019. It is only proper for the NWC to do the needful in order not to leave the office vacant for too long", he said. Aboki stressed that Senator Suleiman Nazif Gamawa is a Grassroot and astute politician, a

friend and defender of the youth who has left indelible footprints in the sands of times in most of the offices he held in the past and will continue to support the progress of the PDP and Nigeria. Senator Nazif was, at various times chairman, Senate committee on Labour and Employment and Chairman, Senate committee on INEC. He was also the Deputy Chairman, Senate committee on Establishment and public Service amongst others.

Reps to probe N126.03bn unclaimed dividends, withholding tax

Reps minority leadership: Chinda, Onyema, others to face discipline By Christiana Ekpa


he House of Representatives on Wednesday referred four members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House to the Ethics and Privileges Committee over alleged "gross abuse of collective and individual privileges" of members. The lawmakers are Hon. Kingsley Chinda, Hon. Chukwuma Onyema, Hon. Umar Barde and Hon. Muraina Ajibola, are to appear before the committee. This followed the adoption of a a motion on 'Breach of Legislative Privilege', sponsored by Hon. Ben Igbakpa, who accused the four lawmakers of breaching section 60 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which empowered the House to regulate its own procedure as well as House Standing Order 1 (1 & 2). Going by the resolution passed by the House during the Wednesday plenary session which was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase, the affected members are to appear before the House Committee on Eth-

ics and Privileges to explained their roles in the allegations. In his lead debate, Hon. Igbakpa said: "it is common knowledge that on July 3, 2019, the Honourable Speaker, in line with Order 7 Rule 8 of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives (which empowers the Minority Parties to nominate their leaders), announced the Minority Leaders of the House. This was consequently published in the Votes and Proceedings of the same date "In spite of this Mr. Speaker, some members of this House, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, Hon. Chukwuma Onyema, Hon. Umar Barde and Hon. Muraina Ajibola parading themselves as PDP caucus leader, Deputy Caucus Leader, Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip have been issuing public statements outside the nomenclature of this House; misleading the general public and causing confusion and disaffection in the House of Representatives "This is a gross abuse of our collective and individual privileges," he informed the House".

How NASS, Executive are collaborating over insecurity -Lawan By Musa adamu Ikechukwu Okaforadi



resident of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday disclosed that the National Assembly and the Executive are collaborating on the best ways to tackle the issue of kidnapping and insecurity in the country. Lawan made disclosure in his remarks on a motion titled: “Urgent need for Security Agencies to intervene in the increased rate of kidnapping in the riverine areas of Ogun East Senatorial District and Securing the Waterways.” The motion was sponsored by Senator Lekan Mustapha (APC, Ogun East). According to Lawan, there is an ongoing collaboration between the National Assembly and security agencies to seek alternative ways of finding a permanent solution to the lingering situation of kidnapping and insecurity across the country. Identifying funding as a

major setback in the fight against insecurity, Lawan said the legislature with the support of the executive arm of government would explore the possibility of sourcing for funds separately from what was budgeted for security agencies in the 2020 budget. He warned that relying solely on budgetary provisions for security agencies would make it impossible for the Federal Government to tackle the challenge of insecurity across parts of the country. Lawan further disclosed that the National Assembly had requested the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, to come up with a proposal for the acquisition of drones that would be deployed across the country to facilitate the arrest of kidnappers. He said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had also received the nod to devise a means of tracking kidnappers through active mobile numbers used in the course of negotiations.

The Senate President, who disclosed plans by the Federal Government to launch a National Emergency Call Centre, said an emergency phone number was already activated for the purpose of contacting the various security agencies in times of distress. “In the last one month, I’ve been holding regular meetings with security agencies, including the Ministers of Communications and the Federal Capital Territory. “What we are trying to do is to get a better and result-oriented approach to fighting kidnapping and insecurity. “We have insisted that no amount of resources will be too much because we need to protect our people and secure the country. “It will remain a pipe dream if we continue to ask investors to come to Nigeria; even those in Nigeria will not invest properly if the security situation remains very dicey. “This is something that the National Assembly will have to do together with the executive arm of

government. We have to look for something out of the ordinary for funding. “We have to go out of our way to look for resources outside the national budget. If we can release seven billion naira to Distribution Companies (Discos) or Generation Companies (Gencos), nothing stops us from looking for such money to address the security situation of the country. “We have already given a request for the NSA to come up with the different designs and models of drones. We hope there should be drones properly deployed to ensure kidnappers are arrested. “We have to find a way to be able to track kidnappers through phones. We should have launched the National Emergency Call Centre with a specific number about two weeks ago. “We have tried to reconcile all security agencies to have one specific number instead of separate and different ones. We want the emergency call centres to


he House of Representatives yesterday moved to investigate the N126.03 billion unclaimed dividends, withheld tax and its effects on the country's economy. The resolution followed adoption a Motion brought on the floor of the House on Wednesday by Babangida Ibrahim (APC, Katsina). Ibrahim, while presenting Motion, told the house that, there is the need to investigate the rising value of unclaimed dividends, unremitted Withholding Tax on the dividends and their effects on the Nigeria's economy. He noted that the continued increase of unclaimed dividends over the years and the unremitted withholding tax on dividends is having a negative effect on the economy. According to him, the value of unclaimed dividends in 1999 was just N2.09 billion, but the value increased from N5.1 billion to N103.1 billion between 2002 and November 2016. He further disclosed that almost three years after the 8th House of Representatives intervention, the value of unclaimed dividends as at March 2019 stands at N126.03 billion. He therefore noted that, measures should be taken to address the issue in order to build confidence in Nigeria's economy to attract Foreign Direct Investment. The House after deliberations and contributions from other members, the House mandated its Committee on Capital Market and Institutions to investigate the issues and their attendant effects on the Nation's economy and report back within Six (6) weeks for further legislative action.

According to him, the action of the four lawmakers "violates Section 24, Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 as well as extant provisions of the Standing Orders of this House." To this end, Hon. Igbakpa urged the House to "investigate this and bring the perpetrators to book." While ruling, Hon. Wase referred the matter to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges for further legislative action. However, in a swift reaction, Hon. Chinda declared that he remained "the PDP Caucus leader in the House with the authority and consent of the party". According to him, "PDP is a registered Political Party and a creation of Law and not the Rules of the House. PDP has its leaders in units, communities, amongst students, traders, Professionals and parliamentarians. These leaders are recognised by the party as such "I have the mandate of the PDP to act as its Leader in the House". L-R: Acting Director, Projects, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Cario Ojougboh; Acting Director, Administration of NDDC, Mr Ibanga Bassey; Acting Managing Director, Mrs. Joi Nunieh and Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, during a visit by the Acting Managing Director and Interim Management Committee of NDDC to the Gov, yesterday in Port Harcourt. Photo: NAN  

By Christiana Ekpa Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state (3rd L), his wife and Chairperson of State Agency for the Control of Aids (SACA), Mr Tamunominini Makinde (4th L); Deputy Governor, Mr Rafiu Olaniyan (2nd L) and other government officials, during the inauguration of SACA by the governor, yesterday in Ibadan. Phtoo: NAN


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Senate asks NAPTIP to set up task forces to end modern slavery in Nigeria By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


he Senate on Wednesday urged the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to set -up State Task Forces to fight against modern slavery and child trafficking in Kaduna and parts of the country. The call is sequel to a motion by Sani Uba (APC Kaduna) and 13 other senators on urgent need to address prevalence of Modern slavery in Nigeria. Presenting the motion at plenary, Uba said 300 persons including 77 children were discovered by the police in chains on Sept 26 in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He said 147 persons comprising children were also rescued from an illegal religious rehabilitation center on Oct 19. According to him,11 persons were rescued from two unauthorised rehabilitation centres in Zaria, Kaduna on Oct 22. He said apart from the scars inflicted on their bodies, of some of the victims, some had

been sexually abused, while three people died in custody. He said that the Global Slavery Index (GSI) 2018 indicated that the population of people in slavery in Nigeria was 1,384,000. He said the major causes of modern slavery in Nigeria was the prevalence of poverty which ignites the pull factors of high level of illiteracy, ignorance, joblessness and poor living standards. He said the NAPTIP was established to prevent protect, prosecute and partner with regional and international organisation to eliminate the cause of modern slavery. He said the slow judicial processes and insufficient funding to cover NAPTIP's activities had hindered the ability of anti-trafficking agencies to implement legislation, arrest and prosecution of traffickers. Concerned that Nigeria may not attain the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, passed by member States in 2015 on eradication of forced labour, modern slavery and end child labour by 2030. The Senate further urged the Federal Minis-

try of Humanitarianism Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Developments, NAPTIP to intensify surveillance to cub modern slavery. The senate also urged the Federal Ministry of Health to provide relief materials and other necessary supports for the victims of modern slavery. It also mandated its Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) NAPTIP, Nigerian Police Force, (NPF). Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) other agencies to set up a joint technical team. The team according to the resolution of senate would promote inter agency cooperation, deepen synergy for intelligence sharing to eradicate modern slavery human trafficking and end child labour by 2030. The senate further urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure the NPF adheres to global best practice by discouraging parade of victims of modern slavery. The senate also called for increased budgetary allocation for NAPTIP to aid the agency in preventing and eliminating modern slavery in Nigeria.

Politics Adamawa Assembly approves 23 commissioner nominees From Umar Dankano, Yola


ll the 23 commissioner nominees sent to Adamawa House Assembly by Governor Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri have been screened and confirmed yesterday. Conclusion of the three day rigorous screening of the nominees by the law makers informed the approval of their confirmation. The House plenary presided over by Speaker, Aminu Iya-Abbas, went into a committee of a whole after which the Majority Leader, Hammantukur Yettisuri, moved motion for the nominees approval and was seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader, Japhet Kefas, before the speaker put it to voice-votes for the unanimous approval. Among those approved are Adamu Atiku, the eldest son of the Presidential candidate of PDP in 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar and the Adamawa State Secretary of PDP, Abdullahi Prambe. Others are the only three women in the list, Wilbina Jackson, Justina Nkom and Lami Patrick. There is also a medical professor, Prof. Isa Abdullahi and the INEC Administrative Secretary in Taraba State, Mohammed Umar. Earlier in his submission after the screening, Speaker Iya Abbas urged the commissioner nominees to be loyal and support to the Assembly when posted to their various Ministries. Abbas said history have shown some commissioners whenever given offices by the Executives, they don't even respect Assembly's resolutions which always put them in a bad light before the legislature.

Reps fast-track lawmaking process to prevent delay legislation

By Christiana Ekpa


he House of Representatives are taking steps towards fast tracking the process of lawmaking devoid of unnecessary bottlenecks and delay that have characterized the current system. To this end, the House on Tuesday passes through second reading the 'Act Authentication Act', Cap. A2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. It is comprised of 4 clauses. Leading the debate on the general principles of the amendment bill, the sponsor, Hon. Benjamin Kali (APC, Abia), noted that the law which was enacted in 1961 to provide for the authentication and recording of Acts of the National Assembly has outlived its usefulness in the 21st century Nigeria, and thus requires urgent rejigging to meet current challenges of legislation. He said: "The Act, among other things; prescribed certain duties to be performed by the Clerk of the National Assembly in preparation for, and including, the presentation of bills to the President for his assent." "The enactment took effect on the 1st of January, 1962. Challenges of the Extant Acts Authentication Act Our legislative process is a thorough, painstaking and lengthy one and rightly so. "To ensure that the finest laws always emanate from these chambers, bills are caused to pass through three readings including scrutiny at the committees before they are finally assented to by the President. In the process, input is taken from the general public, specialized and technical committees and sector stakeholders. "They are allowed to participate in the process leading to the final piece of legislation. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, laws are made to address gaps, issues and problems in our society.

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam


hree (3) -year old Umar Sani (not real name), can now heave a sigh of relieve and play with other children in his community, considering his rapid transformation by Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). When Umar was 6 months old, family feud forced his mother to abandoned him with no proper care. The 6 months old at the time was left in the care of his octogenarian grandfather, Modu Baba, from Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State. The octogenarian told our reporter that Umar’s mother initially abandoned him with his father ofter their squabble which ended in divorce. But that the father could not take care of him because he was physically challenged and battling for survival. Considering how his disability will affect the growth of the child, Umar’s father handed over the boy in to the care of his aged father in order to provide succour for the baby. But the father who was displaced when insurgents raked Dikwa local government was caring for the baby in Bolori Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp. In the IDP camp, Umar’s grand father worked as a security guard to earn money that will enable him provide for his grandchild Umar, whom he said was growing very thin and losing weighed, with protruding stomach. He didn’t know that the changes in his grandson were signs of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). The grandfather who spoke in Hausa said, “when I took him, Umar was strong and healthy, playing endlessly with other children. After sometime, I noticed he was growing thinner and could not play the way he used to; as each day passes by, his health challenges were increasing and his rips could be counted from a distance. Also, his stomach was becoming bigger and he could hardly stand on two legs without any support. At that time, I knew something serious was wrong with him, but the problem was that I didn’t know exactly what was wrong with him. In that confused state of mine, I took him to a UNICEFsupported medical clinic in the IDP camp, where I was told he was suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. I also saw other children with similar condition as Umar’s. There, the health officials commenced treatment on Umar with Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). “He took the RUTF for some months, and was back on his feet. I am very happy now because he is not sick anymore. He is also fat and playing the way he used to. There is no more health challenges as he eats and drink without any problem. Meanwhile, nutrition experts said the miraculous Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), is a fortified peanut butterlike paste containing fats, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, proteins and essential micronutrients. They said a vast majority of children with severe acute malnutrition respond extremely well to treatment with RUTF. “It ensures rapid weight gain in severely malnourished children and has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children over the years. Malnutrition causes irreversible brain damage and compromised intellectual capacity in adulthood, leading to reduced productivity and an estimated 16% loss in the Growth Domestic product.” Also, statistics revealed that an estimated 2.5 Million Boys and Girls under the age of 5 Suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) every year in Nigeria.

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Malnutrition: How RUTF saved 3 year old Borno community boy from dying

Before RUTF Unfortunately, 50 children are diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition every day at various communities and camps for IDPs in conflict-ravaged Borno State. According to Nutrition Sector annual projections, an estimated 371,000 Boys and Girls under the age of 5 in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states will suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a lifethreatening condition. According to the latest Nutrition Survey, the prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) among Boys and Girls aged below 5 Years is 11% in Borno, 13% in Yobe and 6% Adamawa, indicating state of emergency according to World Health Organization classification. The Nutrition Sector estimates that there will be 258,950 Boys and Girls aged below 5 Years suffering from SAM in 2020 in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. To ensure the provision of comprehensive treatment, N5 billion is needed to procure 258,950 cartons of RUTF for SAM treatment. These consistent challenges and disturbing statistics made the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), to commit N18.5 billion to address the deteriorating nutrition-related crisis in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states from April 2019 to March 2020. The fund is expected to succeed in eight areas notably communitybased management of acute malnutrition, infant and young child feeding practices, micro nutrient supplementation, health, child protection, water and sanitation hygiene, early childhood development and surveillance. A Nutrition Specialist, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Aminu Usman, who made this known at a two-day media dialogue on Integrated and Timely Response to Nutrition-Related Humanitarian Needs, in Borno State recently, said the money was needed to enhance the purchase of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. While noting that a lot has been achieved in addressing the challenges of malnutrition in the region, he raised concern over new cases of severe acute

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malnutrition due to influx of new arrivals of internally displaced persons, lack of access to hard to reach areas and late presentation of malnourished children whose parents were ashamed to seek treatment. “DFID has committed a total of £41 million (N18.5 billion) to address the deteriorating nutrition related crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states from April 2019 to March 2020. According to him, the Borno project, tagged "flexible integrated and timely (FIT) Project: Multi-sectoral nutrition project" is aimed at detecting emerging/deteriorating nutrition-related crises in the state through an agile nutrition surveillance system, providing timely response through the implementation of an integrated basic nutrition package. He said the Yobe project which is tagged "working to Improve nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN), is aimed at improving maternal and young child nutrition in the north. Usman further informed that DFID has also donated the sum of N18.5billion for

After RUTF

procurement of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in three Northeast states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. He further stressed that there is need for a robust contigency plan to absorb any shock in the affected areas as nutrition sector report has estimated that 258,950 children will be affected by severe acute malnutrition in 2020. "There is a gap of N4.4 billion needed to necessitate the procurement of ready to use therapeutic food for severe acute malnutrition treatment in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states". Usman further urged the government to ensure increased funding to meet the nutritional needs of the citizens especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as there had been an influx of IDPs which further exacerbated the already poor nutrition situation in that part of the country. He said despite the DFID intervention, malnutrition is still at an emergency level in the region, requiring more funding from state governments. However, Sanjay Kumar Das, Nutrition

Manager for UNICEF Maiduguri Office said despite the emergency situation in the northeast, the situation is improving. He said some of the things that increases malnutrition in those states include; food insecurity, poor hygiene and poor health care services. “ With poor healthcare services in these states, there is also increase in childhood illnesses which must be addressed to provide a brighter future for children. “Malnourished children are prone to diseases. Also, there is increase in under five mortality. We need more investment, to solve the problem. And there is need for continuous sensitization and education of the population to be aware of the dangers posed by malnutrition.” He said that insecurity has also denied people access to quality healthcare and food. To ensure success, a military medical personnel familiar with the region who does not want her name in print said a state of emergency in the northeastern part of the country is necessary to address malnutrition. “They need health services. Also, there is massive destruction in the north east, we need to cry out now to address this. Majority of women don’t know how to properly take care of their children. Most are teenage mothers. They need skills on how to train babies and feed them with breast milk. They need basic skills and need to do their best. Women need health care and capacity in the society.” Speaking on the critical situation in the northeast, she said a lot needs to be done to stamp out the rampant cases of malnutrition in northeastern states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa. “There is high rate of illiteracy here and young girls are being married without any formal education. There is need to ensure that these young girls are educated so as to enable them take care of their children. We need a lot of sensitization in this part of the country so as to address these challenges.” The military officer said there is need for adequate investment in nutrition, which she said will help reduce the negative trend of malnutrition and tackle the issue of stunting, wasting and obesity to its minimal level". She said poor food security, sub-optimal water, as well as poor water hygiene and sanitation has further fueled poor nutrition in Nigeria. "Malnutrition is an emergency situation in Nigeria, we need an integrated approach from all sectors to tackle this emergency". "Malnutrition has led to almost 50 percent deaths in children, high mortality rate, irreversible brain damage and compromised intellectual capacity in adulthood as well as over 16 percent loss of the nation's gross domestic product". “Malnutrition can be curbed through creating sustainable and resilient food system, providing nutrition related education for all, monitoring food fortification and ending conflicts, providing free food supplement to children and pregnant women. The illiterate population can get the right information through continuous education and counselling of caregivers on how to adequately feed their children and wards.”

NCC commended for deactivation of unregistered SIM cards, 35% broadband penetration, Others

L-R: Engr.. Bako Wakil, Director Technical standard and network Integrity NCC, Mohammed C. Babajika, Director Policy Competition and Economic Analysis NCC, representing the Executive vice chairman NCC Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Alhaji Mujtaba Abubakar Abbba, (Falakin Kano) Representing the Emir of Kano, Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye Board Chairman NCC, Liman Victor Liman, acting Chief Regulation/ Director General, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, during the Sensitisation workshop for Communications Industry, Stakeholders on the Implications of the African Continental free Trade Area (AFCFTA) Initiative, at Bristol Hotel, yesterday in kano.

By Etuka Sunday


he Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the success recorded in the deactivation of unregistered SIM Cards, 35% broadband penetration and operators compliance in payment of fines as well as remittance of the amount to the government. Pantami gave the commendation in his office in Abuja during the Presentation of the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Mr Adeleke Moronfolu Adewolu by the NCC. He has however, directed the commission to force Network Mobile Operators (NMO) to reduce the price of data, and stop illegal deductions of data in five days. Pantami wonders why countries with lesser population will have lower data tariff than Nigeria with over 200 million population, therefore, called for the downward review of the tariff. “I commented last time on the issue of illegal data deduction. I was not really convinced with the explanation. Please go sit down and review that issue. Review the price of data. It is very important. And I want to get a feedback of that report in the next five working days. Because the complains from Nigerians are beyond what I can handle as at today. People are complaining and it happened to me,” he said. The minister why sharing his own personal experience said, “I recharged my phone, my data line used it and I believed that what I used was not up to 20% of what I purchased. So that is an issue that is very important” He charged NCC to facilitate the penetration and expansion of 3G and 4G and urged the Commission to design a target on how mobile operators can expand penetration of 3G and 4G in the country. Pantami stated that government is aware of the challenges the mobile operators experience in their business such as vandalism and issues of Right of Way (ROW). “The way we pursue the mobile operators to do what is right, we should also work together to protect their interest and resolve the challenges operators face,” he said. Pantami slso said that “the main agenda of NCC is to protect the interest of customers and our priority is to protect Nigerians.” He charged the new Commissioner to use his experience and support the board to fight corruption, noting that the success of NCC and the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is the success of Nigeria. The Minister noted that the mandate of the Ministry has been expanded towards improving the economy of the country through ICT hence, there is a need to work together for the progress of Nigeria. Meanwhile, Commissioner Adeleke pledged to work by supporting the NCC’s Management and Board for the overall interest of the country. The Oath of Office was administered by the Director, Legal Unit, Ministry of Communications, Mrs Oluwagbemisola Ajibade. Amongst those in attendance are: the Chairman of the Board of NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye and Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.

Nigeria loses $42bn to Crude Oil Theft in ten years -NEITI By Etuka Sunday


igeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has urged the government to embrace oil fingerprinting technology, comprehensive metering infrastructure of all facilities, and other creative strategies to combat the growing menace of theft of Nigeria’s crude oil and refined petroleum products. In a Policy Brief titled “Stemming the Increasing Cost of Oil Theft to Nigeria”released yesterday in Abuja, NEITI alerted the nation that crude oil and refined product worth $41.9 billion were stolen from Nigeria in the last ten years. A breakdown shows that the nation lost $38.5billion on crude theft alone, $1.56billion on domestic crude and another $1.8billion on refined petroleum products between 2009 and 2018. The Agency further expressed concerns that in the face of current dwindling revenues, paying priority attention to curb oil theft in the country’s oil and gas industry has become both necessary and urgent to expand revenue generation. The NEITI Report further disclosed that Nigeria losses an average of $11million daily which translates to $349 Million in a month and about $4.2Billion annually to crude and product losses arising from stealing, process lapses and pipeline vandalism. “While figures from government put the loss at between 150,000250,000 bpd, data from private studies estimate the figure to be

between 200,000-400,000 bpd. This implies that Nigeria may be losing up to a fifth of its daily crude oil production to oil thieves and pipeline vandals”, the report said. On comparative analysis of the size and implication of the losses to the country’s current dwindling revenue profile, NEITI renewed its appeal to the government to curb oil theft to reduce budget deficits and external borrowing. The transparency agency stated that the value of crude oil and allied products so far lost are equal to the size of Nigeria’s entire foreign reserves.“Stemming this haemorrhage and leakages should be an urgent priority for Nigeria at a time of dwindling revenues and increasing needs”, the report stressed According to the NEITI report, what the country lost in 20 months in fiscal terms is “Enough to finance the proposed budget deficit for 2020; in 15 months to cover total proposed borrowing or increase capital budget by 100% and in five months to cover pensions, gratuities and retirees’ benefits for 2020”. NEITI added “In terms of volume, 138.000 barrels of crude oil was lost every day for the past 10 years, representing 7% of average production of two million bpd. Nigeria lost more than 505 million barrels of crude oil and 4.2 billion litres of petroleum products between 2009-2018. What is stolen, spilled or shut-in represents lost revenue, which ultimately translates to services that government cannot provide for citizens already in dire need of

critical public goods”. The report further identified other effects of oil theft to the nation to include: pipeline vandalism, criminal sabotage, illegal refineries in oil producing communities, which threatens the safety and livelihoods of the environment where these illegal refineries operate. On the environment, the NEITI policy brief remarked that the impact and implication of oil spills is monumental, degrades the environment and negatively affects the livelihoods of host communities. The report examined the reasons for increase in incidence of crude and product theft and reviewed current containment strategies; These include, inadequate legal sanctions to serve as deterrent, stringent laws, deployment of technology designed to swiftly detect, localize and cut off flows to specific pipelines as soon as leakages occur. The Director, Communications and Advocacy, NEITI, Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji in a statement said, the agency also recommended operational, security, legal and global governance instruments to combat crude theft. Among them is efficient response and containment time in checking oil theft and pipeline vandalism, urgent review of the status of various security organizations currently involved in crude pipeline and product surveillance. The report also called for forensic investigation into the

activities of syndicates operating in the oil and gas industry, given the increasing rate of stealing and sophistication of the illicit trade. “Curiously, the volume of losses does not particularly reflect the rate of pipeline breaks for the corresponding years, suggesting either that the criminals are becoming more efficient, or crude theft is occurring increasingly elsewhere. This may require further probing”, the report remarked. It also suggested that Government should reconstitute a special security task team for Nigeria’s oil and gas assets, with a specific mandate to minimise crude theft and vandalism. “This task team should include the oil companies and technical expertise in relevant fields. Command and control responsibility should be manned by professional intelligence personnel. The key mode of operation should be based on seamless communication to improve response time. The command and control should have direct real time access to information produced by the leak detection and localisation systems installed and operated by the oil companies,” NEITI added. The Policy Brief contains graphic information and data on the cost of oil theft to the country as well as other farreaching recommendations in the areas of security overhaul, country engagements, diplomatic approach, stopping markets for stolen crude and refined products, measurement infrastructure as well as strengthening sanctions and enforcement mechanisms.


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'FG will break 40 Years Jinx of Mambilla Hydro Electric Power project'

By Etuka Sunday


resident Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to the actualisation of the Mambilla Power project which was conceived more than forty years ago. The Special Adviser Media and Communications to the Minister, Aaron Artimas in a statement said, The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman and his Water Resources counterpart, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu stated this during a visit to the Chinese embassy in Abuja. The ministers described the Mambilla project as one of the legacy projects of President Muhammadu Buhari, which

must be executed during his current tenure. Accompanied by the Minister of State, Power, Jedi Goddy Agba, the Ministers requested the Embassy to impress on the China EXIM Bank to expiate action on the release of the project loan for the commencement of work. The Minister of Water Resources said the environmental impact assessment exercise on the project was being carried out while a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Taraba State government for the payment of compensation to owners of land at the project site. On the release of an interim fund of two hundred million dollars by the Nigerian

Sovereign Investment Agency, Suleiman Adamu assured that the Ministry of Justice was already working on a comfort letter to the China Eximbank as part of the Federal government's commitment. Adamu also assured that although arbitration was still ongoing with a previous investor on the project, the government was ready to indemnify any funds agreed after the arbitration without affecting the loan agreement with EXIMBANK. Weighing into the discussion, the Minister of Power, Engr Sale Mamman assured the Ambassador that the Chinese government had nothing to fear as the government was working to remove any impediment which could pose any threat

to the delivery of the project. Mamman insisted that the Chinese government had enough influence to impress on EXIMBANK to hasten the process as the project could not be frustrated by any arbitration. In his response, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian assured that his country does not encourage white elephant projects. He advised the Ministers to encourage the direct participation of the Chinese government or companies in some of its projects so as to reduce much borrowing and facilitate easier execution of projects. He said the EXIMBANK was already investing over $2.6 billion in various projects in Nigeria, including the Abuja greater water project, airport expansion and the Abuja-Lafiya-Makurdi highway project. He assured that although the Chinese government would not push the EXIMBANK, it would try its best to impress on the bank to meet its commitments.

14 firms jostle for OML 119 Redevelopment Financing


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Women empowerment: 'Make AMAC model for others'- UN Agency tasks Candido By Stanley Onyekwere


he Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, have been implored to make the Council a model for other local government areas (LGAs) to follow, in the quest for women empowerment in the society. This charge was given by the UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria, Comfort Lamptey, who noted that if stakeholders don’t start empowering women from the grassroots, they cannot go anywhere as a nation. Lamptey spoke when the UN agency

decorated and honoured the AMAC Chairman as a ‘HeForShe’ champion for his contributions to women empowerment in the council. She noted that the organisation had been observing his administration’s effort at supporting and encouraging women to have a voice in governance. According to her, when women at the grassroots were supported and given an opportunity to govern, the whole society stood a chance to benefit from it. While commending the council boss for going above the 30 per cent affirmative action accorded to women, she however, urged him to do more.

“This honour is to commend and also to encourage you to do more as our goal is to have a 50 per cent affirmative action for women. “I also want you to create an enabling environment that will be conducive for women to work to their full potential. “This is what leadership is all about because if we don’t start from the grassroots, we cannot go anywhere as a nation. “ So, I want you to make AMAC a model for the rest of Nigeria,” she stressed. Responding, the AMAC, who appreciated the organisation for the honour, reiterated his commitment to

empowering women and promised to work more with them in the council. Candido disclosed that his administration has 23 female appointees operating in different capacities within the council. According to him, "any society that does not recognise the contributions of women in governance is due to fail because they play a significant role in development. “This is because women stand out in honesty, modesty, transparency, simplicity and dignity and I cherish them for that." It was gathered that the UN Women's HeForShe campaign aims to engage at least 1 billion men and boys on gender equality.

By Etuka Sunday

I Private thermal power plant

How we saved over $3bn from Arbitrations -NNPC By Etuka Sunday


igerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has saved over $3billion from arbitrations, the Corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, has disclosed. Mallam Kyari dropped the hint Tuesday in Abuja when he engaged staff of the corporation in a Town Hall meeting that also involved the participation of the corporation’s outstation-staff. The NNPC GMD gave kudos to the Management of the corporation’s Legal Division for the save, saying its due diligence accounted for the feat. A statement by the Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Samson Makoji quoted Mallam Kyari to have urged the corporation’s workforce to redouble their efforts to ensure that the nation reaps bountifully from its vast hydrocarbon resources which the National Oil Company has the mandate to superintend. He charged that it was imperative for the corporation to increase its level of efficiency, reduce cost and increase revenue across value chain of its businesses within the shortest possible period. The GMD seized the opportunity of the event to update members of staff on the recent NNPC Top Management retreat

which prescribed a five-step approach for the corporation to attain global excellence via the TAPE agenda (Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence). He listed the steps to include: Well defined processes benchmarked to Worldclass Oil & Gas company requirements, Right cost structure that guarantees value realization and profitability, Goals, priorities and performance guarantee, Suitable governance structure for strategic business units and Entrenching team work and collaboration with all key stakeholders. The NNPC GMD took stock of his tenure, noting that some remarkable successes had been recorded within the period. The achievements, he explained, included: attainment of over 2billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit reserve, completion of Phase1 of Port Harcourt Refinery Rehabilitation exercise, Discovery of Oil in Kolmani River-II Well and the Reopening of OML 25 flow station after two years of inactivity as a result of community issues between the host community/Belema Oil and Shell Petroleum Development Company. The achievement, he noted, also included; Signing of novation agreement with Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to formalize the transfer of OMLs 60, 61 and 63 to the Nigerian Petroleum Development

Company (NPDC), Execution of a funding, technical services agreement and alternative financing deal worth USD 3.15billion for OML 13 and USD876million for OML 65. Others are; Signing of USD2.5billion prepayment agreement with Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) for Upstream gas supply for trains 1-6, Finalization of the 2018 audit of the NNPC Group and improved engagement with key stakeholders, notably, the National Assembly. Kyari commended the NNPC workforce for dedication and constructive feedbacks which, he said, had gone a long way in shaping the successes recorded thus far. During the event, the GMD also launched the banners of the corporation’s Downstream company, the NNPC Retail Limited, with a view to positioning the company as a market leader in the products distribution subsector in the Country Comrade Mathew Duru, the NNPC Group Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) pledged the commitment of staff members to the aspirations of the NNPC Management. Similar sentiment was expressed by Comrade Paul Idache, NNPC Group Chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

n furtherance of the transparency agenda of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, the corporation has publicly opened bids from 14 companies for the financing and redevelopment of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 119. OML 119 is operated by the Upstream subsidiary of the corporation, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC). Speaking at the public opening of bids for the Funding and Technical Services Entity (FTSE) which held Friday in Abuja, the GMD said OML 119 was one of the corporation’s critical projects which aligns wholly with the Federal Government’s aspirations of boosting crude oil and gas production, growing reserves, and monetizing the nation’s enormous gas resources. The GMD who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, Engr. Faruk Sa’id, stated that the selection process for the potential FTSE was transparent and in strict compliance with extant laws and overriding national interest, adding that it was also in tandem with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the TAPE agenda of the NNPC. In his remarks, the Group General Manager, Supply Chain Management, Mr. Abdulhamid Aliyu, assured the companies that the selection process would remain transparent and fair. OML 119 is a twin offshore block made up of Okono and Okpoho Fields located approximately 50 kilometers offshore south-eastern Niger Delta.

Students of JSS Jikwoyi in FCT entertaining guest with song and poetry, during the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), 13th National Stakeholders Forum, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Dutse-Alhaji: FCT Traffic Team clears construction wastes By Stanley Onyekwere


arely, five days after the demolition of perimeter fences and other encroachments on the Dutse Alhaji road, in Bwari Area Council, the FCT ministerial task team on traffic free flow has cleared construction waste from the road. Our correspondent reports that Team worked with bulldozers, Payloader and evacuation trucks during the exercise. It was observed that the Team in collaboration with officials of the Abuja

environmental protection Board lead Town planner Kaka Bello and some senior development control department officials, carried out the clean up exercise. Speaking to newsmen during the clean up exercise, the chairman of the Task team, Ikharo Attah said the exercise was to further widen the road, which is experiencing slow vehicular movement due to ongoing construction works there. Attah pointed out that, " with the evacuation of the waste the road is now widened to accommodate more moving vehicles at a time, which will help reduce

the time spent in traversing the area". Also, the chairman warned the banks and owners of commercial property along the road not to reopen the illegal entrances which were sealed over contraventions of the land use act, which affect the free flow of traffic. Recall that the Team last weekend pulled down parts of the perimeter fences of a commercial bank and some other business premises located by the roadside on the busy Dutse-Alhaji axis connecting Bwari and other adjoining towns to the city centre.

The removal exercise followed tge expiration of a seventy-two hour ultimatum to the owners of the affected property, had directed them to use their approved entrance point which was in street behind. The property owners were also directed to close their current entrance, which is a violation of the approved building plan. Also, the bulldozers dismantled several makeshift structures within a shanty on the street, just behind the commercial properties to ensure their owners easily access their plots.

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Relatives of the victims look at a burned-out vehicle in which four people were killed

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack A 13-year-old survivor of the attack by suspected Mexican drug cartel gunmen on a convoy of US Mormons hid six siblings in bushes before walking 23km (14 miles) to get help, his family said. Eight children survived Monday’s attack in northern Mexico in which three women and six children were killed. Five of the children have bullet wounds, US media report. The victims are members of the LeBaron family, linked to a Mormon community that settled in Mexico decades ago. Mexico’s security minister said the group could have been targeted accidentally as a result of mistaken identity. However family members have said the community, known for speaking out about cartel violence, had received threats in the past. Sonora state in northern Mexico is being fought over by two rival gangs, La Línea, which has links to the larger Juárez cartel, and “Los Chapos”, which is part of the Sinaloa cartel. Mexican investigators on Tuesday said one person had been arrested and was being investigated for possible links to the attack. The suspect was found in the border town of Agua Prieta with a haul of weapons and two gagged hostages inside a vehicle, the Associated Press reported. How did the children escape? A group of three mothers and their 14 children set off in three cars from the community La Mora in Sonora state on Monday morning. The women had been travelling together “for safety reasons”, a relative told CNN. Ms Langford Johnson was killed but her baby daughter Faith survived Shortly after leaving, all three of their cars were at different points ambushed by gunmen near Bavispe. Devin Langford, 13, was travelling with eight of his siblings and his mother in one vehicle. His mother, Dawna Langford, was killed along with two of his brothers in the attack. The teenager escaped with six of his siblings and hid them in bushes. He then walked for six hours to the community’s base in La Mora,

relative Kendra Lee Miller wrote on Facebook. One of Devin’s sisters, nine-year-old McKenzie, then left the remaining five siblings and walked for four hours in the dark after Devin failed to return. She was later found by rescuers. Who are the other victims? Five of the victims - 30-year-old Rhonita Maria Miller and her eight-month-old twins Titus and Tiana, 12-year-old Howard Jr and 10-year-old Krystal - died after their car was targeted by gunmen. At some point, the vehicle caught fire and exploded. Christina Langford Johnson, 31, was also killed in a third vehicle. Her seven-month-old baby, Faith Langford, survived the attack. She was found on the floor of the vehicle in her baby seat. Ms Langford Johnson reportedly got out of the vehicle with her hands raised to ask the attackers to stop shooting but was gunned down, witnesses said. After Devin alerted the community, members armed themselves, intending to set out for the scene of shooting. But they decided to wait for reinforcements after “realising they would be risking death, since there had been continual shooting for hours, all over the mountains near La Mora”, Ms Miller said. Faith was found 11 hours after the attack by community members. The survivors, including the children with gun injuries, were then transferred to get medical help and eventually were airlifted to the US city of Phoenix. In a tweet President Donald Trump described the victims as a group of “wonderful family and friends” who had “got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other”. What has the reaction been? Mr Trump said he stood ready to offer support to combat the problem of cartel violence and “do the job quickly and effectively”. The FBI has reportedly offered to assist Mexican authorities in the investigation. Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said Mexico would act with

“independence and sovereignty” in pursuing the criminals behind the attack. Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, governor of the state of Sonora, described the perpetrators as “monsters”. Julian LeBaron, a cousin of one of the women, demanded answers. “We want to know exactly who was behind this, why they did it and from where they are, and we need that information to be true,” he told Mexican radio. “We don’t know who would attack women and children.” The victims were members of a community called Colonia LeBaron which was founded by a breakaway Mormon group in the first half of the 20th Century after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the US started cracking down on polygamy. The mainstream Mormon Church publicly rejected polygamy - the custom of having more than one spouse at the same time - in 1890 and after that some groups who wished to continue the practice broke away. The Colonia LeBaron community now includes both Mormons and Catholics who have settled there. Members are known for standing up to local drug gangs and speaking out about the high levels of cartel violence. It has about 3,000 members, some of whom practise polygamy. While local media say the convoy of cars may have been mistaken for that of a rival gang, the LeBaron community has been targeted by the cartels in the past. In 2009, Erick LeBaron was kidnapped for ransom. The community took a stand and said it would not pay for his release as that would just encourage future kidnappings. Erick LeBaron was eventually released without a ransom being paid. But months later, his brother Benjamin was beaten to death. Benjamin’s brother-in-law was also killed. In 2010, Julian LeBaron published an article in the Dallas Morning News calling for Mexicans to stand up against organised crime. Mr LeBaron also told Mexican radio on Tuesday that his family had received threats. “We reported the threats, and these are the consequences,” he said.

ongressional Democrats have announced the first public hearings next week in their inquiry that could seek to remove President Donald Trump from office. Three state department officials will testify first in the televised hearings which have previously been held behind closed doors. The inquiry centres on allegations that Mr Trump’s administration withheld aid to Ukraine to prod it to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden. Mr Trump denies any wrongdoing. Three key House committees have already heard private testimony from more than two dozen witnesses. The first public witness next week will be Bill Taylor, acting US ambassador to Ukraine. He has already told the inquiry that Mr Trump, a Republican, wanted Ukraine to investigate former US Vice-President Joe Biden, who is now a Democratic White House contender. Mr Taylor spoke of an “irregular, informal channel of US policy-making” that had “fundamentally undermined” relations with Ukraine. Also scheduled to testify publicly next week are former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and career state department official George Kent. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is leading the inquiry, told reporters on Wednesday that an impeachment case was building against the president. He said: “We are getting an increasing appreciation for just what took place during the course of the last year. “And the degree to which the President enlisted whole departments of government in the illicit aim to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent.

The UN’s human rights chief said the missile attack could amount to a war crime


deadly missile strike on a migrant detention centre in Libya was carried out by a fighter plane from a foreign country, according to a confidential UN investigation seen by BBC Arabic. No country is named but a source with knowledge of the inquiry said it was focused on the United Arab Emirates. The UAE did not comment when approached by the BBC. July’s attack killed 53 migrants and injured 130, and was described as a potential war crime by a UN official. Most of those killed at the Tajoura migrant detention centre, east of the capital, Tripoli, are believed to have been sub-Saharan Africans attempting to reach Europe from Libya. The UN’s human rights chief said the missile attack could amount to a war crime It was the highest publicly reported death toll from an attack since the Libyan National Army (LNA) began a fresh offensive in April to topple the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. “This attack may, depending on the precise circumstances, amount to a war crime,” UN

A spokesman for the Egyptian Army said it did not want to comment on a report before it had been published. The UN report says the Mirage jets were using two airbases: Jufra and al-Khadim. In 2017, the UN said the UAE had built up the air base at al-Khadim and provided air support to Gen Haftar’s forces. The confidential report concludes it is “highly probable” the air strike was carried out using precision-guided missiles by a fighter jet “operated by a [UN] member state acting in direct support of HAF [Haftar Armed Forces]”. The report does not name the state as it says evidence is still being gathered. The UAE and LNA did not respond to repeated BBC requests for comment. “If there is concrete evidence of direct military intervention by outside countries, then that is totally unacceptable, and needs to be investigated at the most senior levels,” said the former UK ambassador to Libya, Peter Millet. There has been an arms embargo on Libya since 2011. In August 2019, the UAE signed a commitment to stick to the embargo along with the UK, US, France and Italy.

Ethiopian asylum seeker denied life-saving dialysis in South Africa

Alem Ereselo’s lawyer says she has been “very weak” since the dialysis was cut


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High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said at the time. The UN Special Mission in Libya told the BBC it had shared the co-ordinates of migrant centres with both sides in the conflict to prevent them from being hit. The GNA said in July the attack had been carried out by a fighter plane from the UAE. The LNA, under Gen Khalifa Haftar, initially said it had bombed a legitimate target but later denied being involved. A panel working for the UN Security Council has spent months trying to establish who was behind the attack. BBC Arabic saw a confidential report which will be presented to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The report cites evidence from a confidential source saying “an unknown number of Mirage 2000-9” fighter jets were operating from two airbases inside Libya at the time of the strike. Emergency workers dealt with the dead and injured after the strike on Tajoura The UAE and Egypt, which have both backed the LNA, have a large number of Mirage fighter jets.

n Ethiopian woman says she has been denied life-saving medical treatment in South Africa because she is an asylum seeker. Alem Ereselo suffers from kidney failure but was taken off dialysis after a court ruling last month. Her lawyer said it was a “death sentence”. Doctors told Ms Alem earlier this year that they were terminating her treatment because of her asylum status. But the high court ruled that it was “not only” for

this reason. How did it begin? Ms Alem began suffering from kidney failure at the beginning of this year and now needs dialysis until a kidney transplant becomes available, her lawyer says. The 36-year-old was receiving the treatment which removes toxins and excess fluid from the blood - at the Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. But she was notified in two letters in April that it would end. In a list of possible reasons for the decision, the hospital highlighted an option saying: “You are not a South African citizen and do not possess verified documents pertaining to refugee status or permanent citizenship.” The letters, seen by the BBC, also referenced the limited number of slots for the procedure and the “increasing population in need of dialysis”. Why is asylum status linked to dialysis? Ms Alem, an Ethiopian national, has been living in South Africa for more than nine years. Her application for asylum was rejected, but she is still

awaiting final judgement on her appeal to get refugee status. Her lawyer, Jessica Lawrence, told the BBC she was being denied the treatment based on a policy preventing asylum seekers in South Africa from receiving chronic dialysis, which is not considered emergency healthcare. “They terminated the dialysis because the Department of Health policy is that asylum seekers are not entitled to chronic dialysis. She needs a kidney transplant but asylum seekers are not entitled to transplants” without ministerial approval, she said. In the high court case last month, the hospital said it was not able to offer the treatment to nonSouth African citizens or permanent residents because of a shortage of resources, according to local media reports. “We have limited numbers of... slots to accommodate transplant-eligible South African patients; and the treatment lasts on average for three to five years,” one doctor said, adding that such treatment is “expensive to maintain”.

How an ex-death row inmate freed himself from jail


former death row inmate in Kenya has told the BBC of his joy at having graduated with a law degree from the University of London. William Okumu, one of several inmates or former inmates who graduated at a ceremony last Thursday at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme: Quote Message: I think the whole world now knows that something good can come out of trash. I think the whole world now knows that something good can come out of trash. Quote Message: There is no English word that has been invented to explain how I feel.” There is no English word that has been invented to explain how I feel.” Mr Okumu, who is in his mid-thirties and was released from jail in May , said the law degree had changed his life. He was able to use the legal skills he gained while studying as a prisoner to defend himself and others. He said his motivation to pursue law was the realisation that his sentence had been due to his lack of a proper understanding of the law as he did not have legal representation during his original trial. After a 2017 Supreme Court ruling that said the death penalty was “inconsistent” with Kenya’s constitution, Mr Okumu, who was in jail for robbery with violence and handling stolen property, had the opportunity to represent himself in court to argue that his original sentence had been too harsh. A judge agreed and commuted his sentence to 10 years, which he had already served. He was able to do all of this thanks to the African Prisons Project (APP), a charity which operates in more than 15 countries on the continent, helping prisoners get access to justice. There are more than 50,000 prisoners in Kenyan jails, the majority of them who are petty offenders living in overcrowded cells, according to the online database World Prison Brief. Poverty and low education levels among inmates often mean that many are unable to access legal representation. Despite the 2017 Supreme Court ruling, a provision for the death penalty still exists in Kenya’s criminal law – though no death sentence has been carried out in East African nation since 1987. Source: BBC

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At least eight people wounded in stabbing attack near tourist site in northern Jordan


lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said. The incident in Jerash, one of the country’s most visited destinations, threatened to cast a shadow over the vital tourism industry. The wounded included three Mexican tourists and a Swiss woman, according to a spokesman for Jordan’s Public Security office. Along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including two security officers and a bus driver, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested. The office said two

people, a Mexican woman and a Jordanian security officer, were in serious condition and airlifted to the capital, Amman, by helicopter. Jerash is roughly 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital. Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the attack occurred during a guided tour and confirmed that one person was seriously wounded and said a second was in surgery. “The Jordanian government has supported us throughout this,” he tweeted. Swiss authorities did not immediately comment. Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheatre and a

columned road. In one video, a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish. “It’s a dagger, it’s a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!” One woman is seen lying on the ground, with much blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an apparent leg wound. There were no immediate details on the identity of the attacker or his motives. But residents of the Jerash refugee camp, which is inhabited by Palestinians whose families left the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Mideast war, denounced the attack. “We condemn the terrorist attack that was carried out by a coward in Jerash,” they said in a

signed letter quoted on a government newspaper’s website. Jordan’s economy relies heavily on tourism, and Islamic militant groups and other attackers have in the past targeted tourist sites to embarrass the government or harm the valuable industry. The Jordanian tourism sector has enjoyed a strong rebound over the past two years. In 2005, triple hotel attacks killed at least 23 people, while the following year a British tourist was killed when a gunman opened fire at Roman ruins in Amman. More recently, a 2016 attack by the Islamic State group killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.

orth Korea on Wednesday expressed anger over a planned joint military drill between South Korea and the United States, calling it a declaration of confrontation against the communist state. In a statement carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency, an official from the North Korean foreign ministry claimed the military maneuver, if held, would be a violation of an agreement reached at the first summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore last year. “The U.S. move to stage a war exercise that we oppose, at a sensitive time such as now when the entire world is concerned about the future of DPRK-U.S relations, only shows the true nature of the U.S., an imperialist nation that destroys global peace and safety and considers military strength as a solution to all problems,” the statement said. The statement came one day after officials here and Washington said the allies

would skip their annual joint air exercise, called Vigilant Ace, and instead hold a scaledback drill. The annual military drill was launched in 2015 but was called off last year amid denuclearization dialogue with North Korea. Trump and Kim met again in Vietnam this year for their second bilateral summit, but the talks ended without any deal. Efforts to resume the U.S.North Korea dialogue are now under way, but their latest working-level talks, held in Stockholm early last month, again ended without any apparent progress. “The U.S. announcing plans for a joint air exercise only one month after the DPRK-U.S. working level talks in Stockholm collapsed cannot be but understood as a declaration of confrontation against our nation,” the statement said. “No person in the world thinks the invasive nature of a war exercise changes just because the name of the exercise changes,” it added.

Jordanians detained by Israel for months freed after diplomatic crisis


iba al-Labadi spent six weeks on hunger strike in protest against her detention Two Jordanians whose detention by Israel for months sparked a diplomatic crisis between the two countries have been freed and transferred to Jordan. Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri were held after entering the occupied West Bank in August and September. Israel said it had prevented attacks by Palestinian and Lebanese groups. Last month, Jordan withdrew its ambassador to Israel in protest at the pair’s detention, while Ms Labadi

spent six weeks on hunger strike. Apart from Egypt, Jordan is the only Arab country to have made peace with the Jewish state. However, relations remain delicate. Ms Labadi, 24, and Mr Miri, 29, were stopped by Israeli border police after passing through the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge crossing, the only land route connecting Jordan, the West Bank and Israel. They were held under a controversial system known as administrative detention, which allows suspects to be detained without charge or trial for six-month intervals and can be renewed indefinitely.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Turkey ‘detains dead IS leader’s wife’


urkey has captured a wife of former Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. On Tuesday Turkey said it had detained Baghdadi’s sister in Syria. Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US special forces on his compound in north-west Syria last month. His death was hailed as a victory for US President Donald Trump, but critics argue that IS remains a security threat in Syria and elsewhere. Last week the jihadist group confirmed Baghdadi’s death and named a new leader. What did Erdogan say? Speaking in the Turkish capital Ankara, Mr Erdogan said he was revealing the capture of Baghdadi’s wife for the first time and also said Turkey was holding the dead IS leader’s brother-in-law. “The United States said Baghdadi

Rasmiya Awad is believed to be one of the sisters of the ex-IS leader killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this,” Mr Erdogan said, referring to details of the raid made public by US officials.

“But, I am announcing it here for the first time: we captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria.” Rasmiya Awad is believed to be one of the sisters of the ex-IS leader On Tuesday Turkish officials said the arrest of Baghdadi’s sister Rasmiya Awad would yield valuable intelligence about IS. The arrest was reportedly made on Monday in an area of Aleppo province now under Turkey’s control. Ms Awad was found in a trailer, where she was living with her husband, daughter-in-law and five children, a Turkish official told AP news agency, adding she was being interrogated on suspicion of involvement with an extremist group. Experts say the town where Ms Awad was captured is a known smuggling route for IS families. What happened to Baghdadi?

President Trump announced his death at a press conference at the White House on 27 October. Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest after fleeing into a tunnel during a US raid on his hideout in Idlib province, Mr Trump said. US President Donald Trump announced the death of Baghdadi at an extraordinary press conference Grainy footage of the raid released by the US military shows helicopters firing at gunmen on the ground as they fly towards a compound where Baghdadi is hiding. On landing, US special forces commandos blew holes in the walls of the compound and called on Baghdadi to surrender, the military said. But he fled into a tunnel and detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children he had taken with him. Mr Trump said DNA tests had been carried out to verify Baghdadi’s identity, confirming his death.


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NESREA commissions new field office in Nas. state By Mashe Umaru Gwamna


ational Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency(NESREA), has commissioned it’s new field office in Lafia,Nasarawa state. Governor of Nassarawa state,Engr. Abdullahi Sule,said that,government is ready and committed to reposition the stage of environmental challenges in state. He made the disclosure yesterday in Lafia,the Nassarawa state capital,during the official commissioning of the new office complex of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency(NESERA), donated by the state government. Engr.Sule, represented by the Commissioner of Special Duties,Bashriu Aliyu stated that,NESERA was established in Nassarawa state since 2008,needed an office space for the agency. He pointed out that,government provided a land to NESERA in the state for the construction of a new edifice which we have today gathered to witness its commissioning. “I have no doubt that this building will provide conducive office for accommodation management to staff and to facilitate the efficient execution of the effective functions of the Agency. According to him. “It is our hope and expectation that NESREA is now positioned to enable it carry out its statutory mandate”,Engr. Sule maintained . He further explained that,environmental challenges constitute the front burner of government policies and programmes. While,noting that people living around Karu-Mararaba axis, Lafia metropolis and other urban settlements are faced with the challenges of dumping of refuse and the attendant waste management. “Let me take the liberty of this occasion to state that Nasarawa state like any other states in the country is faced with its own share of challenges”. He also reiterated the commitment of this Administration to continue to pursue the provision of the desired conducive working environment for the realization of our set objectives. “We will sustain our endeavour in ensuring a serene and hygienic environment.” Also,government has involved the private sector in the management of solid waste, as well as resuscitated the monthly environmental sanitation exercise. “We are also committed to the establishment of more dumping sites and to embark on regular sensitization to ensure prompt disposal of waste and attainment of clean environment”.

L:R-DeputyDirector Press NESERA, SuleOyofo, Director General NESERA,Prof. Aliyu Jauro,Commissioner Special Duties Nassarawa State,Bashriu Aliyu and Madaki Lafia,Alhaji Isyaka Dauda at the official commissioning of NESERA State office yesterday in Lafia. Pixs :By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

He also assured NESREA that Government will look into the request and respond accordingly. Earlier,Speaking at the commissioning of the new office ,Director General/Chief Executive NESERA,Prof.Aliyu Jauro,said that the Nasarawa state office was very important and key to him”because it marks the day we are refurbished state office in Lafia” “the Agency was established in October, 2008, in Lafia, needs refurbished for a long time now,we needed to give our staff a benefiting accommodation for them to function

effectively in the State”. Consequently,stated that his agency has 33 regulations to ensure compliance and with environmental issues in Karu,Mararaba axis,we are going to ensure strict compliance to the regulations. “We have a lot of Environmental problems in those axis ranging from flood,lack of waste management,blockage of drainages and dumping of building materials by the road. “We are going to achieve that through sanitation and waste management control,with the

NESERA new Act,the agency is going out to sanction violators to ensure that we have a clean and healthy environment for state. People in the state should compliance with our regulations for the betterment of environment, the environment is ours, we have to take care of it,”Jauro emphasized. The DG also thanked the government of Nassarawa state for donating the state field office to the agency and appealed with government to provide more support to them such as vehicles among other.

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Sport. “When I say to you that I didn’t see it drop more than three times in a half hour, I’m not kidding. He used left foot, right foot, knee, the back of his neck, on his head. “I couldn’t believe it. Gordon comes up to me, midway through the session, and asks ‘have you been watching this kid?’ I said ‘yes, can you believe it? Call him here’ So he calls the kid over and he is all shy. “I speak French, so I asked him ‘how old are you?’ He said ‘I’m 12’. ‘Can you do this with the big ball?’ We threw him the ball and he started to juggle it,” adds Comitis, now in charge at South African top flight club Cape Town City. “It was absolute wizardry. Our players were standing around and starting to cheer him. We asked him if he could play. He said, ‘yes I can play’. “So we got him into the five-a-side game and our guys couldn’t get the ball off him. He was so quick. He was knocking the ball off, it was just an amazing thing to see in a kid so young.” Months of paperwork Comitis felt he had discovered a gem and decided to act straight away.

Guinea’s Seydouba Soumah began his career in South Africa at Ajax Cape Town

“When we finished training, I asked ‘where do you live?’ We took him, and with all the Ajax players, in the bus, I went to see his mother and asked her, ‘can I take your boy back to South Africa? I’ll adopt him as his guardian’,” he continued. That initial meeting led to protracted negotiations with Soumah’s elder brothers and other family members but they were intrigued by the prospect of the young Seydouba joining the Ajax academy. “It took me months of paperwork, going through the immigration process, the guardian process. He was already 14 when he finally

Now 28, Soumah has been playing in club football in Europe for almost a decade and represented Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. But his route to a successful professional career came through a chance meeting with the South African club Ajax Cape Town when he was just 12 years old. It was in 2004 when Ajax competed in the African Champions League away against Fello Star in Conakry. The club’s then owner John Comitis travelled with the squad, then under coach Gordon Igesund, who was later to become South Africa’s national team boss, and remembers the day like it was yesterday.

arrived in Cape Town,” Comitis explained. “We stuck him in the under-15 team, After one training session, we moved him to under17s. Literally one training session, it was so obvious how good he was.” Guinea’s Seydouba Soumah began his career in South Africa at Ajax Cape Town “A year or two later (Turkish-born coach) Muhsin Ertugral had joined Ajax and he stuck Soumah in the first team at the age of 16.” But Ertugral left soon after and Soumah did not win subsequent coaches at the club, who felt he did not work hard enough off the ball, and so he played sporadically and started to stagnate “But let me tell you this kid could play. He is the kind of player that a team can afford to carry. You’ve got to back him because he’s got the magic, the rest can work around him.” A move to Europe Comitis loaned Soumah out to two other Cape Town clubs for senior experience and then when the youngster had a chance for a trial in Slovakia, he reluctantly agreed he could go. “I let him go to get a chance, although as his guardian he still called me for advice. I couldn’t deliver for him even though I knew what he could do. I can’t tell coaches ‘play him’. I was really frustrated. And all my coaches missed it,” he said. At Nitra, some 100km from the capital Bratislava, Soumah made an immediate mark. “I checked the contract, it was small but decent money. Eventually he played himself into a massive transfer when Slovan Bratislava, the biggest clubs in that country, came to sign him.” At Slovan, Soumah was top scorer, won titles and burst into the Guinea national team. Since then he has played in Israel and now in Serbia with Partizan where he combines with Nigeria Umar Sadiq in a dangerous attack. “Quite a story,” says Comitis, who had hoped to travel to Manchester to watch Soumah play but chose to watch his South African club Cape Town City in action following the sacking of Benni McCarthy. Source: BBC





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THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To create, enhance and sustain opportunities for the development of Nenu. 2. To promote peace, harmony and unity in Nenu.




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EGBEREMIRI DEVELOPMENT FORUM Niger State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public that the under listed abandoned/recovered items are in police custody. The command therefore urge anybody with genuine claim of ownership to come forward with relevant particulars. DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS 1. One Scrap Bajaj Motorcycle with Chases MD2A18A224GWH87763 2. One Scrap Honda Motorcycle with Chases GLOJA2590JH020388 3. One Scrap Boxer Motorcycle with Chases MD2A18A28GWK62024 4. One Scrap Honda Motorcycle with Chases BLOJ2590KVO27403 5. One Scrap Mahindara Motorcycle with Chases MCDKT1BI4GIKO4659 The command wishes to state that failure to come forward with the claim of the ownership within 14 days of this publication will have no alternative than to dispose them through public auction by Innocent Humble Integrated Company.


This is to notify the general public that the above mentioned Association is in the process of applying for registration under PART C of the Companies and Allied matters Act 1990 The Trustees are 1) MICHEAL ROLLINS-ONYEKACHI ARUNGWA … CHAIRMAN 2) TONY ANYANWU 3) ONWUMERE BRUNO CHINEDU 4) REV (FR) BONAVENTURE AKWARANDU 5) CHRISTOPHER CHUKWUEMEKA IBE-PORTER …MEMBER 6) AMAKIRI ONYEMA EDWARD …MEMBER 7) OSUAGWU GODWIN ENYINNA

Any objection to the proposed registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja within 28 days of the application






AIMS/OBJectives(1) To promote forest security and community safety. (2) to foster wildlife protection and conservation. (3) facilitate activities that boost ecotourism for sustainable development.




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PUBLIC NOTICE END TIME REVIVAL TRACT AND EVANGELISM OUTREACH The General Public is hereby notified that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part ‘C’ of b Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. Pastor Godwin Chinasa Ebbi---Founder. 2. Brother Uzoma Obiyor---Secretary 3. Brother Joshua Ebbi---Treasurer. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.To proclaim the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. 2. To publish and distribute gospel tracts. 3. To promote revival and awareness of the second coming of Our Jesus Christ. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days h this publication. Signed: Solicitor

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Aims and Objectives a) To bring together all Sons and Daughters of Egberemiri in a single body for mutual recognition and cooperation for the development of Egberemiri community in all aspects b) To work together and cooperate to develop Egberemiri community c) To advocate and undertake specific developmental projects in the community. d) To organize empowerment programs for the weak and vulnerable in the community like the disabled, widows and indigent youths.


AIMS/OBJectives(1) To advance humanitarian welfare services using new innovations and ideas to execute programs and activities. (2) to promote the welfare of children in need arising from poverty, diseases and social injustice by bringing about positive change in the social structure of the society for a better tomorrow.

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The General Public is hereby notified that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part ‘C’ of b Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990. TRUSTEES: (1) PATIENCE PEDERSEN (2) MATHEW SABASTIAN JOSEPH (3) PAMELA UDOAKANG. Aims 1. To promote the welfare activities and alleviation of poverty and related challenges among indigent Nigerians in rural communities. 2. To provide support for persons in academic, financial, humanitarian and other support as a non governmental organisation. 2. To source for and partner with individuals, organizations, government at both local, national and international level to carry in issuing grants, scholarships, to promote education at all levels. 3. To sponsor, promote and undertake humanitarian services which shall be for the general welfare of indigent Nigerians. 4. To issue loans, grants, donations, contributions and carry on other business to aid, support or finance the businesses, and as well, promote well-being of people. 5. To organise seminars, symposiums etc, as an avenue to educate Indigent Nigerians in rural communities on healthy living habits. 6. To create the means for providing medical, monetary and educational assistance to Nigerians who lack access to the foregoing. 7. To carry on any and every other acts that are incidental and consequential to the success and actualisation of the above objects.

PUBLIC NOTICE AL-IHSAN BALSUMA 2 ORPHANAGE HOME This is to notify the general public that the above Name has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, for registration under part ‘C’ of companies and Allied Matters Act. 1990. THE TRUSTEES: (1) SHEIK IBRAHIM HASSAN AHMED-CHAIRMAN (2) ALH. NUHU MOHAMMED-VICE-CHAIRMAN (3) BAR. ADO ALI-SECRETARY (4) ALH. ANAS USMAN MUHAMMED-MEMBER (5) HAJ. BINTA SALIHU-MEMBER (6) HAJ. UMMU BABA AHMED-MEMBER (7) HAMIDA DIMKA-MEMBER (8) AHMED ADAM HASSAN-MEMBER (9) YUNUS YUSUF MUHAMMAD-MEMBER. AIMS/OBJectives(1) To cater for the less privileged. (2)to build the minds of young persons and sensitize them for a better society. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication Signed: M.O. USMAN, ESQ.


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PUBLIC NOTICE Association of Northern women entrepreneurs

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED ThAT THE ABOVE named has applied to the coperate affairs commision for CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES ,and AMMENDMENT OF ITS CONSTITUTION under part c of the company and allied matters ACT 1990 Old trustees: Karima Ahmad Sani Aishatu Muhammad Binji Aishatu Ibrahim Dankani Halimatu Muhammad Bande Maryam Abubakar Koko Mairo Hassan

New trustees: Aisha Usman Na’Allah Rukayya Abubakar Tunga Re-elected trustees: Hafsat Sahabi Dange Asabe Usman Kabir Faridah Hamzat

AMMENDED ARTICLES ARE Article 3, 4 & 6 of constitution be amended, REASON in order to reposition the association to better service and impact

Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days h this publication.

Any objection to this APPLICATION should be forwaded to the registra genetral coperate affairs commision plot 420 tigris crescent maitama abuja withing 28 days of this publication

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Stories By Amaechi Agbo


igeria early Wednesday crashed out of the the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Brazil after losing 1-3 to Netherlands in their Round of 16 clash in Goiania in a match that finished in the early hours of Wednesday in Nigeria, can report. To reach the knockout stage, the team had come from behind twice to beat Hungary and Equador but lost to Australia in the group stage. The conceded 6 goals and scored 8 in the group stage a statistics many feared were not good enough going into the knockout phase. On their part, the Dutch lost their first two matches of the competition and only got into the knockout stage thanks to their 4-0 defeat of USA in their final group phase encounter, while Nigeria topped Group B following wins over Hungary and Ecuador and shock defeat to Australia.

The Golden Eaglets’ untidy habit of conceding early in their games proved ill –advised this time, as Sontje Hansen scored in the fourth minute and then followed up with two more goals to render Olakunle Olusegun’s goal from a blistering shot in the 12th minute of no effect. A game of very high intensity at the Estadio Olimpico was decided by tactical awareness, silky skill, economic football and good organization, with the Eaglets doing most of the running but failing to get their passes right in the critical zone. They were also guilty of wayward shooting. After Olusegun cancelled Hansen’s first goal, the Nigerian youngsters had themselves to blame for Hansen’s second, which arrived no thanks to sloppy defending of a free kick in the 15th minute. A poorly cleared ball fell at the feet of the gifted Hansen at the edge of the box, and he let fly a rasping drive that goalkeeper Daniel

Jinadu had no answer to. Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi got a poor touch on the ball from Ibrahim Sa’id’s cross in the 22nd minute and a stinging Sa’id shot was parried by the Dutch goalie 11 minutes later. In the second half, Charles Etim’s good shot in the 54th minute only rattled the Dutch goalkeeper, and four minutes later, Akinkunmi Amoo should have done better when he had only the opposing goalkeeper to beat. Coach Manu Garba introduced Divine Nwachukwu and Ibraheem Jabaar while withdrawing Peter Olawale and Sa’id, but Nigeria could find no way back into the game in the manner they did against Hungary and Ecuador in their first two matches. Rather, 11 minutes from time, the Video Assistant Referee spotted a handball by Clement Ikenna as Nigeria defended another Dutch onslaught, and Hansen swept the ball past Jinadu for Netherlands’ third goal.


he Confederation of African Football has picked Senegalese official Issa Sy as referee for next week’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Benin Republic in Uyo. Sy will be assisted by compatriots Nouha Bangoura (assistant referee 1), El Hadji Abdoul Aziz Gueye (assistant referee 2) and Fatou Thioune (fourth official) at the encounter scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, from 5pm. The Day 1 clash in the qualifying series will also see Munkaila Nassam Adam from Ghana as match commissioner while Kria Samir Bouzareah from Algeria will play the role of referee assessor. Nigeria will welcome back skipper Ahmed Musa from injury, with defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Abdullahi Shehu and Bryan Idowu, as well as midfielder Mikel Agu and forward Samuel Kalu also returning. The Super Eagles, bronze medallists at the 32nd AFCON finals in Egypt this year summer, will then fly to Maseru on Friday, 15th November for the Day 2 clash with the Crocodiles of Lesotho, billed for the artificial turf of the Maseru-Setsoto Stadium as from 6pm Lesotho time (5pm Nigeria time) on Sunday, 17th November.

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Draws for 7th edition of Dreamland/ Embassy of Hungary Cup released By Amaechi Agbo


he draws for the 7th edition of the Nigeria’s most successful youth development football programme, Dreamland/Embassy of Hungary U-19 Football championship have been released, can report. In the draw made Sunday, hostilities will commence on 12th of November while screening of teams will be done on 11th at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja. Among the 12 participating teams, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is dominant with four clubs/academies, Abia State and Delta have two clubs each while Lagos, Enugu, Plateau, Delta, Anambra, are represented by one club respectively. The Participating Teams are: Dreamland Football Academy, Abia State – Defending Champion; Galadima Football Academy, Abuja; Dynamic Football Club, Lagos State; Squad 1 Football Academy, Abuja; Right2win Football Academy, Abia State and FC Chimoski Academy, Delta State. Others include: Hooke Sports Football Academy, Abuja, Dosad Football Academy, Anambra State; MTA Football Club, Enugu State; IB Sporting Dreams Football Club, Abuja, Ejele Football Academy, Delta State and Jazzy Stars Football Club, Plateau State The 12 teams are paired in three Groups A, B and C. in Group A are Dreamland Academy, Jazzy Stars FC, Hooke Sports Football Academy and Ejele Football Academy. In Group B are Squad One Football Academy, MTA Football Academy, Galadima Football Academy, and Dasad Football Academy. Group C is made up of IB Sporting Dreams, FC ChimaskyAcademy, Right2win Football Golden Eaglets Academy and Dynamic Club. In the opening match, Tuesday, November 12, defending champions, Dreamland will tackle Jazzy Stars by 8am while Squad will tackle MTA by 9:30am. In other matches, IB Sporting Dream will take on Chimasky by 11am. It is Hooke Sports vs Ejele by 12:30pm. 3:30pm will see Galadima battle Dasad while the last match for the day will be between Right2win and Dynamic by 4:30pm.


layers and officials of the Beach Soccer National Team, Supersand Eagles, will jet out of the country on Friday to Paraguay for this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals. The two –time African champions picked a ticket for the 10th edition of the global finals after finishing second behind Senegal at the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations staged in Egypt in December last year. This year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will hold 21st November – 1st December in Asuncion, capital of Paraguay. Match venue is the ‘Los Pynandi’ World Cup Stadium, named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion. “We are travelling early to Asuncion in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that will take place in Asuncion, 12th – 16th November. After the tournament, the team will continue intensive training ahead of our first match against Portugal on 22nd November,” Team Administrator, Sunday Okayi, told The pre-competition tournament will involve Oman, Tahiti, Paraguay, Nigeria, Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal and one other team to be confirmed. Nigeria, winners of the African title in


2007 and 2009, and quarter –finalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, have a mountain to surmount in Group B against Brazil (ranked world number one), Portugal (ranked world number two) and Oman (ranked number 14 in the world). Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world. Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on 21st November. After their first game against Portugal on 22nd November, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on 24th November and then against Brazil two days later. Head Coach Audu Adamu ‘Ejo’ has listed veterans Abu Azeez and Victor Tale in his final squad of 12, with Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Emeka Ogbonna, Godspower Igudia, Dami Paul and

Taiwo Adams also in. Godwin Tale (Victor’s younger brother), Egan-Osi Ekujimi, Babatunde Badmus, Godwin Iorbee and Hameed Kareem are the other names on the list. 2019 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP GROUPS Group A: Paraguay, Japan, Switzerland, USA Group B: Uruguay, Mexico, Italy, Tahiti Group C: Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Russia Group D: Brazil, Oman, Portugal, Nigeria

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PUBLIC NOTICE MALAM NA’AMARE CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990, (CAP C20, LFN 2004). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Abdullahi Muhammad - Chairman 2. Sadisu Muhammad 3. Saminu Muhammad 4. Muhammad Abdullahi Muhammad 5. Tasiu Muhammad 6. Aminu Muhammad Aims and Objectives 1. Enhancing the competitiveness of Almajiri by harnessing the opportunity of collaboration and partnership with individual, public and private sector. 2. Promoting Almajiri Enterprise Education through Focus Enterprise Lab (FELAB). 3. Deepening Financial inclusion and social security. 4. Promoting Islamic research. 5. Educational and Human Development. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary


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Organising Committee for FCT FA Competitions has 8 members, Finance Committee has 3 members. Players Status and Ethics and Fair play Committee have 4 membership each. The inauguration of the committees will take place in two weeks’ time. Meanwhile 2019 FCT FA League will kick off November 13th, 2019 while the draws for the tourney will be conducted on Thursday 7th, November 2019 at the FA Secretariat. Chairman of the Association, Mohammed Mouktar who made this known enjoined all registered clubs, stakeholders to be present at the FA secretariat at 11:00 am to witness the draws that will produce the 2019 champions. “Right from day one, our aim is to develop the round leather game in the nation’s capital, discover new talents at the grassroots and provide a platform which will expose them to the world. No doubt, talents are everywhere in Nigeria but we want to make FCT the pacesetter in grassroots football development.” FA chairman told BSN Sports “Football stakeholders, and clubs are invited to the draws venue where the 34 registered clubs will know their group’s foes. We have mapped out strategies to make the 2019 edition different from what we use to see.” He concluded.



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The Media and Public Relations Committee is headed by Andrew Abah whereas Security is overseeing by Daniel Kwaji. Women Football Committee is headed by the only female board member in the FA, coach Ngozi Eze. Salihu Kolo is in charge of Area Council Football Development Committee. While Wakali John oversees Youth and Development, the Referees Committee has Hasimu Adamu as chairman. Chairman of Marketing and Sponsorship Committee is Nuel Anosike; Organsing Committee for FCT FA Competitions Committee is chaired by Musa Garba just as Godwin Bamigboye is the chairman of Strategies Studies Committee. The Chairman of Protocol Committee is Pascal Dogo. Players Status Committee is chaired by Patrick Bassy while Ethics and Fair play Committee is headed Salihu Kolo. The following committees, Technical and Development, Women Football, Marketing and Sponsorship, have 6 members each. Media and Public Relations, Youth Development and Protocol and Ceremonial Committees have 7 members respectively. Committees with 5 members include Security, Referees and Strategies Studies. Whereas


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at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Saturday and SuperSport United are playing Bidvest Wits in another key Premier Soccer League match on Friday night. Cape Town City had first said they would release defender Keanu Cupido but then changed their minds, in another blow to coach David Notoane. The PSL did postpone second division matches for the weekend to allow Notoane to have at least 12 players with him on the plane when the squad left Johannesburg on Monday. A 13th will arrive some 24 hours behind the rest in a stroke of good fortune for Notoane after captain Tercious Malepe was sent off on Sunday playing for his top-flight club Chippa United, which brings with it an automatic two match ban and so he misses out for his club this weekend, and has been released to travel to Egypt.


THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.John Olusola Balogun-president 2.Oludayo Yetunde Balogun-secretary 3.Oluwabusayo Oluwadamilola Ola 4.Pastor Abayomi Joseph Fatimehin 5.Reverend Maurice Olushola Adaramodu 6.Oluwayemisi Abimbola Obafemi

FCT FA sets up 14 committees for football development, as league kick off etermined to pursue his drive in ensuring that football development in the Federal Capital Territory is given a massive boost, the Chairman, FCT Football, Association, Adam Mohammed Murktah has set up 14 different committees to chart the way forward, can report. The 14 committees are: Technical and Development, Finance, Media and Public Relations, Security, Women Football, Area Councils Football Development, Youth Development, Referees and Marketing and sponsorship. Others are Organising Committee for FCT FA Competitions, Strategies Studies, Protocol and Ceremonial, Player Status and Ethics and Fair play committees. According to a release by the FCT FA Secretary, Haruna Ilerika, former Flying Eagles coach, Abimbola Samuel is the head of Technical and Development Committee while Bwari Area Council Chairman, John Gabaya heads Finance Committee.



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South Africa arrive for U-23 AFCON with 12 players outh Africa arrived in Egypt on Tuesday for the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on Friday, with just 12 players They are due to open their campaign, of what is also the qualifiers for the men’s Olympic football tournament, against Zambia on Saturday with just 15 players available. South Africa’s top clubs refused to release their players before Monday, when the FIFA window for international matches begins. The South African Football Association (Safa) fail in its bid to get the clubs to release players early. However instead of finding replacements Safa has taken a gamble in naming players from Cape Town City, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United in their 21-man squad for the tournament, knowing that they would not be freed up for the weekend. Chiefs and Pirates meet in the Soweto derby



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Iheanacho's goal nominated for Leicester City Award


eicester City have nominated Kelechi Iheanacho's strike in a 3-1 win against Burton Albion for the Goal of The Month prize for October 2019. Iheanacho was given a rare start in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup last week against Burton where he scored the opener after seven minutes. Jamie Vardy’s goal against Burnley and Ayoze Perez’s three goals against Southampton were among the goals nominated for the award.

Oliseh Turns Down Waasland Beveren Offer


ormer coach of Nigeria's Super Eagles Sunday Oliseh has turned down a job offer from Belgian topflight division Waasland Beveren. Oliseh claims the financial terms of the offer was not suitable for him to take. “I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right offer because what I got from a team currently one place above the relegation spot could be better," Punch reports. “It’s quite good because it’s close to my family but the financial terms are not suitable for me.” Oliseh has been out of management since he parted ways with Fortuna Sittard in 2018. The 45-year-old had earlier in September turned down a mouthwatering offer worth €3m annually with another €1m in bonuses to manage an unnamed Turkish second division club because he still wants to be with his family.

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overnor Abu-Lolo’s initial exposé of some of the sordid entrails of his predecessor’s corruption table manners, would soon prove merely a foretaste of what he really had in stock for this flippantly irritable grand-unclein-law of his, Dr. Babangida Aliyu. The Feral High Court in Minna would thereafter order an interim forfeiture of some of the former Governor’s fixed assets including raw cash, -seizures which an EFCC suit had claimed were proceeds of corruption involving a couple of billions from the State’s Ecological Funds. A couple of Multi-acred Farmlands, exquisite chateaux, cozy resorts here and there and some sleek multi-million naira jeeps and limousines purportedly acquired from the filthy fats of the ‘Power State’, were parts of this interim forfeiture. And this was after Dr. Aliyu had earlier been arraigned by the same anti-corruption agency along with his former Commissioner/Chief of Staff, namely the ‘once-brother-inlaw-to-have-been’, or PDP’s now twice-defeated flag-bearer Umar Nasko, before the High Court in Minna, on a separate seven count charge of fraud involving another sum of N2 billion. But as mister hare is said proverbially to be crossed more with the one that hangs it’s dead body into town than it is with the one that kills it at the hunt, neither of the suits of EFCC alleging humongous corruption against him may have unnecessarily perturbed Dr. Aliyu as much as the humiliatingly exhibitionist manner by which he was twice luridly brought to court, did. Abu Lolo had made sure the former Governor was Black-Mariad to court swarmed by a tumultuous crowd of Nigerlite rank-and-file on foot, motorbikes and keke napeps even as they allegedly pelted and yelled condemnable, day-of-reckoning obscenities at his predecessorgrand-uncle-in-law. But those who forget history, it is said, are often condemned to repeat it. Dr. Aliyu too, after assuming office in 2007 had treated his predecessor, the late Engineer Abdulkadir Kure with no less ignominy. He did not arraign Kure before the regular courts; but he had instituted a public inquiry to recover billions allegedly stolen by Kure, even though many sympathizers of the former Governor –without necessarily denying that Kure was guilty as charged- had said that Dr. Aliyu was more interested in publicly humiliating his predecessor than he was in genuinely recovering looted State money from him. And so, just as

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THURSDAY Column WITH Mohammed Adamu (08035892325 sms only) Dr. Aliyu was publicly pelted and called a ‘thief of the Niger’ under the governorship of his grandson-in-law, Abu Lolo, so too had Kure previously been pelted and called the ‘Robin Hood of the Niger’ under the suzerainty of his own successor-brother-inlaw, Dr. Aliyu. By the way, you should ask me: ‘Mohammed, did you say that Aliyu was Kure’s brother-in-law?’ Yes, I did. Kure too, was part of that unending layers of ‘in-law-ship’ and ‘granduncle-ship’ linked to the everexpanding ‘grand-patriarchship’ of the Abdulsalamis and the IBBs.’ By sibling affinity, if not by consanguinity The late Kure was related –through Dr. Aliyu- to the Abdulsalamis, because one of Kure’s younger sisters, of the same father and mother, is married to one of Dr. Aliyu’s younger brothers, also of the same father and mother. And so, as Dr. Aliyu is ‘uncle-inlaw’ and ‘uncle’, respectively to Abdulsalami and his wife Fati, which I had earlier shown to also make him ‘grand-uncle-in-law’ to their ‘Governor-son-in-law’, Lolo, the late Kure himself was Dr. Aliyu’s brother-in-law and by a curious customary extension too, he was Abdulsalami’s ‘uncle-inlaw-at-large’ (my creation). See? It can thus be seen that the power gladiators on the Niger have always been connected one way or another to each other. Or how else would you have known that both Dr. Aliyu and the late Engineer Kure –even as they were once openly at each others’ jugular, politically- they were both conjugal and political affines of the Abdulsalamis, and were thus equally entitled to the protection of the ‘grand patriarch’ himself, or -by necessary implication the protection- of the grandest patriarch of all, namely IBB, to whom Abdulsalami is in habitual deference. Or again, how else would you have known that Dr. Aliyu and Abu Lolo who are both also conjugal and political affines of the Abdulsalamis in virtually all the ramifications of the word, can still, when it comes to politics, go after each other’s jugular? When Governor Aliyu defied all kinship entreaties (including his mother’s) to let go of Kure’s jugular during the public inquiry,

Aliyu’s mother (who you must keep in mind is also mother to Kure’s sister’s husband) resorted to matriarchal troubleshooting in the hope of thawing her Governor-son’s obduracy. And it was such pleasant irony that an octogenarian mother of an incumbent Governor, Dr. Aliyu, doubling also as mother-in-law to her incumbent Governorson’s predecessor, Kure, had to be the one to run pillar-to-post importuning the intervention of one and all to save the extended family from political in-fighting; including she went to Minna Prison, they said to calm and to assure Kure’s two henchmen (one, IBB’s blood brother and closest Aide, and the other, Kure’s uncle and political godfather) who were already in the remand while the inquiry was on. And when even this matriarchal intervention of the Governor’s mother had failed to assuage Dr. Aliyu’s intransigence, Kure, it was said, was advised to resort to bruising kindred nerves, a joker which worked perfectly by blackmailing Dr. Aliyu to call off the inquiry. And what did he do? -at all subsequent hearings a desperate Kure had made sure to rope in the name of an entrenched Niger State contractor, General M.I. Wushishi , -another distant paterfamilias of the Babangidas and the Abdulsalamis. All three Generals hailed from Wushishi, a town historically administered jointly with Zungeru, by a common traditional ruler. And when Wushishi appeared at the next hearing and was booed as the ‘contractual thief of the Niger’ by Kure’s loyalist, esprit de corps and jus sanguinis required that the patriarchs immediately put an end to this ‘wasan karya qafa’. And they must’ve screamed in unison: ‘cut, cut, cut….’! By the way, these same patriarchs on the Niger who had left Kure to his own desperate devices while under Dr. Aliyu’s stranglehold, had made as much gaping wounds on the State’s economy under Aliyu’s eight years of patrician corruption, as they did under Kure’s corruptly gratuitous bazaar, eight years earlier. But the same are allegedly, even more selfindulgently involved now in the

tragic, do-nothing administration of their clueless son-in-law, Lolo. Confirming the fact that every government on the Niger has an uncanny ability always, of beating its predecessor hands-down only in corruption and bad governance. And the question in fact arises: how far can the incumbent Governor, Abu Lolo go in his current judicial effort to recover the State’s patrimony from his grand-uncle-in-law, Dr. Aliyu without risking again, a repeat of ‘forgotten’ history? Given the obvious fact that Dr. Aliyu is not one not to cave in under judicial scrutiny, we may yet witness another round of a former Governor tactically implicating the patriarchs in his judicial ordeal, to free his windpipe from the stranglehold of his successor. Or can Governor Abu Lolo afford to allow a court subpoena on any of his patriarchal fathersin-law? This is the way that kinship cookies always crumble. And maybe it is the reason that the former Governor, Aliyu has recently started throwing careless allegations around about some financial wrong doings against his grand-son-in-law, Lolo. It may be to let his own niece (Fati) and his nephew-in-law (Abdulsalami), know that if they allow their Governor-son-in-law, (Lolo) persist in throwing pebbles at his fragile glass house, well then, they should beware the boulders that he (Aliyu) their ‘uncle’ and ‘unclein-law’ may soon be throwing, in the direction of their even more delicately fragile ‘glass house’. If Dr. Aliyu had let go of his brother-in-law, Kure’s jugular in deference to the patriarchs who are his political godfathers, why should not Abu Lolo let go of his grand-uncle-in-law, Aliyu’s jugular in deference to the same patriarchs who are his parentsin-law? Concluded

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