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Rivers crisis: Amaechi writes Jonathan, Mark, Tambuwal, PSC
OVERNOR Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State yesterday tabled before the Police Service Commission (PSC) a catalogue of ‘sins’ allegedly committed by the Commissioner of Police, Mr.Mbu Joseph Mbu, in the political crisis in the state, and why the security chief must be posted out of Port Harcourt. The governor in the petition, copies of which were sent to President Goodluck Jonathan, Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, Senate President David mark and House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, accused Mbu of openly taking sides with those who are out to bring down his (Amaechi’s) government. He also said the security situation in the state has been on
•Demands removal of Rivers CP Mbu
Yusuf ALLI, Managing Editor, Northern Operation a free fall since Mbu assumed office last February. The result, according to him, is the erosion of public confidence in the force. He told the Chairman of the PSC, Sir. Mike Okiro, that the only way to restore the confidence of the people of the state in the Police is to remove Mbu from the state. The petition, dated July 9, 2013, came 48 hours ahead of the setting up of a police panel by IGP Abubakar to probe the involvement of police personnel in last Monday’s fracas on the floor of the Rivers State House of Assembly and his warning to political actors to
seek civilised and decent means of resolving their differences. On the same day, President Jonathan, in a statement from China, denied involvement in the crisis and asked all PDP members in the state “irrespective of their current affiliations or loyalties,to comport themselves with greater restraint while efforts continue to resolve exisintg differences and restore internal harmony to the state.” Amaechi , in his petition, said: “On February 13, 2013, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu was posted to Rivers State as the 31st Police Commissioner in the State. His predecessor, Mr. Mohammed Ndabawa, had served in the state for barely nine months before his re-
placement with Mr. Mbu. “I was sworn in as Governor of Rivers State on October 26, 2007. I have worked with four Commissioners of Police prior to Mr. Mbu’s posting to Rivers State, during which period Rivers State witnessed a steady decline in insecurity and a gradual return of peace to our state. “Mr. Mbu is the fifth and present Commissioner of Police in Rivers State since I became Governor. Prior to him, I had worked with Mr. Felix Ogbaudu, Mr. Bala Hassan, Mr. Sulaiman Abba and Mr. Mohammed Ndabawa. “Regrettably, since after his assumption as Commissioner of Police in February 2013, the security situation began to deteriorate due largely to his ap-
•Special guest of honour, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State (middle); the Chairman Board of Trustees of Obafemi Awolowo Institute of Government and Public Policy (AIGPP), Chief Adebisi Akande (right) and Dr Tokunbo Dosunmu Awolowo (left) during the International Conference on Leadership and Governance in Africa held at AIGPP in Lekki, Lagos... yesterday. PHOTO: Omosehin MOSES
Injured Rivers lawmaker to be flown abroad for treatment
HE Rivers State factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Felix Obuah, has said that arrangements have been concluded to fly abroad, for better treatment, the injured anti-Amaechi lawmaker, Michael Okechukwu Chinda, who represents Obio/Akpor II constituency. Speaking in Port Harcourt yesterday, he also called for thorough investigation, arrest and prosecution of the lawmakers and others involved in attempted murder in the Rivers State House of Assembly on July 9. The Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, however, declared yesterday that the “intimidation and madness” in Rivers State must stop forthwith. The five anti-Amaechi lawmakers: Chinda, Kelechi Godspower Nwogu (Omuma), Evans Bapakaye Bipi (Ogu/Bolo), Martins Amaewhule (Obio/Akpor I) and Victor Ihunwo (Port Harcourt III), are loyal to the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike. The pro-Wike legislators on July 9 attempted to impeach the Speaker, Otelemaba Dan Amachree, to pave the way for the even-
tual removal of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), but was resisted. The resistance led to exchange of blows by the lawmakers and their supporters in the main chambers of the House of Assembly, with injuries sustained by Amachree; the leader of the House, Chidi Lloyd, a lawyer, who represents Emohua constituency; and Chinda, leading to the breaking of the mace. The “rebel” lawmakers hurriedly made Bipi the “new speaker,” and as he was making his acceptance speech, Amaechi stormed the Assembly with Amachree, other loyal lawmakers and their aides, resulting in free-for-all, with the speaker (Amachree) eventually presiding and adjourning sitting indefinitely. On July 10, the Assembly was sealed off by the police, when the five anti-Amaechi lawmakers, in a 32-member House, attempted to sit, with the main gate of the expansive premises taken over from 6 am by the governor’s supporters, who were later confronted by Wike’s loyalists, led by Bipi. Soldiers and policemen had to use teargas to dis-
perse the protesting youths, with some of the teargas canisters landing in the Government House, Port Harcourt, which angered Amaechi, who declared that the state was under siege. Soldiers and the two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) in Government House, Port Harcourt were eventually withdrawn by the Commanding Officer of the Elele Barracks in Rivers State without official communication, and was widely condemned. The House of Representatives had to take over the functions of the Rivers Assembly and called for the redeployment of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, whom they accused of taking sides. Okocha said: “Nigerians need to stand up against this madness of impunity, harassment and intimidation in Rivers State. It is the only panacea for our democracy.” Obuah, however, stated that the only way to prevent a reoccurrence of the barbarism exhibited on the floor of the Rivers State House of ssembly on July 9 was to ensure that those indicted in the attempted murder were brought to book. He said: “We are calling for the immediate investigation
of Governor Amaechi’s role in the saga, the immediate arrest and prosecution of Chidi Lloyd, Governor Amaechi’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) and his Aide-deCamp (ADC), for carrying out the despicable act to impress their paymaster. “Not even in the worst democracies of the world can a lawmaker willfully premeditate and position to hack a fellow lawmaker to death, as Chidi Lloyd did to Hon. Michael Okechukwu Chinda. “Up till now, neither Governor Amaechi nor Chidi Lloyd and their bloodthirsty accomplices have been invited for explanation by the relevant security agencies, over the attempted murder. “Chidi Lloyd is yet to realise that parliamentary immunity from prosecution over speeches made on the floor of the House of Assembly, does not guarantee a deliberate attempt to kill or cause bodily harm on his colleagues or any other person, within the Assembly complex. “Hon. Chinda is lying critically ill in a private hospital in Port Harcourt; where series of surgery have been performed to save his life, •Continued on Page 5
proach to the discharge of his responsibility as Commissioner of Police.” Amaechi said Mbu, soon after he assumed of office, “began to withdraw police security attached to principal officers of the state for reasons that were different from those given by the Assistant Inspector General of Police of Zone 6 during a visit to me. “Police security attached to the Governor, the Speaker, the Attorney General and key judicial officers were withdrawn without prior notice or justification. “This was followed by a daily redeployment of divisional police officers and heads of department who understood the security dynamics of the state and had held their offices with great commendation. “A review of the posting and deployment of Divisional Police Officers in Rivers State within the last three months, can attest to this fact. “Mr. Mbu then proceeded to undermine the security structure which the State Security Council had put in place and which had proven to be most efficient in the last six years. “Specifically, he immediately terminated the joint police/ army patrol, which had been used as a formidable strategy to check violent crime of kidnapping, armed robbery and car snatching in Rivers State. “All efforts to make him understand the peculiar security challenges in the state that had necessitated the integrated approach to security were rebuffed by him. “While still making efforts to persuade Mr. Mbu to appreciate the peculiar challenges of the state and adopt a cordial working relationship, which the state had enjoyed with his predecessors, Mr. Mbu began to exhibit conducts consistent with partisanship in the discharge of his official duties.” Amaechi then proceeded to ask for Mbu’s redeployment from Rivers State, saying: “The Nigerian Police is a people’s police and should not be seen to be partisan. One of its ideals is to show respect to constituted authority and support the Chief Executive’s effort to protect lives and properties. “The actions and comments of Mr. Mbu have shown that he is unwilling to support me to protect lives and properties of everyone in Rivers State. He has compromised our regular Security Council meetings, leading to reluc-
tance on the part of other members to speak up during the meetings and therefore rendering the meetings ineffective. “Besides his disparaging comments and discussions of security matters with scant regard for decorum, he has destabilised the security apparatus in the state, thereby supporting the return of some of the key actors in the cult wars that engulfed the state from 2004 up till 2007. He itemised Mbu’s partisanship as follows: 15/4/2013: Justice Ishaq U. Bello of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory gave the most talked about and challenged judgment where he assumed jurisdiction and declared Bro. Felix Obuah as Chairman of PDP Rivers State. 15/4/2013: The same day, the Commissioner of Police (COP), Mbu Joesph Mbu, dispatched five (5) troopers and over 25 policemen to takeover and seal the State PDP Secretariat and prevented Chief G. U. Ake and other members of his Executive Committee from entring the building, even to take their personal effects. (Note that the police was not a party to the suit and was not specifically charged to enforce the judgement, not being the Sheriff of Court) 19/4/2013: The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu, addressed a press conference/ briefing where he said, among others: “We are supposed to obey the court judgment. We are here to enforce the law. For now, judgment has been given and we stand by that judgment until there is a contrary order. Anybody or group of persons that attempts to cause tension in the state will be dealt with ruthlessly.” Note: The Police were not party to the suit. 22/4/2013: Rivers State House of Assembly suspended Obio/ Akpor Local Government Council Chairman and councillors based on a petition bordering on allegations of financial impropriety and other fraud related allegations. The suspension was in accordance with the Rivers State Laws. 23/4/2013: The Caretaker Committee led by Mr. Chikaodi Dike was constituted and sworn in. •Continued on Page 4
Money laundering: Court convicts Governor Lamido’s son
MINU Sule Lamido, son of the Jigawa State governor, was yesterday fined $10,000 by the Federal High Court in Kano for money laundering. The sum represents 25 per cent of the $40,000 which Aminu,34, was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of laundering. Justice Fatu Riman ordered the convict to forfeit the amount which he failed to declare to the Customs at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on December 11, 2012 , on his way to Egypt. He was said to have declared only $10000 of the $50,000 he had in his possession, an action said to be in violation of Section 12 of the Foreign Exchange (Monitor-
Yusuf ALLI, Managing Editor, Northern Operation and Kolade ADEYEMI, Kano ing and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Cap F34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section 2(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 2(5) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011. He was arraigned on February 4, 2013 but he pleaded not guilty. In the course of trial, which got underway on April 19, 2013, the prosecution called four witnesses and tendered documents which were admitted as exhibits, while the defence called two witnesses.
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Rivers sliding into anarchy, MOSOP warns T HE Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has stated that Rivers State is fast drifting into anarchy, declaring that the shameful crisis in the state was caused by political intolerance. It warned that if nothing was urgently done by the Federal Government and security agencies, the crude oil and gas-rich state would return to the dark days of uncontrollable, politicallymotivated gang violence, which once crippled social and economic activities in the state. MOSOP, through its President, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, noted that the deepening crisis was taking a dangerous dimension and must immediately be “frontally and holistically tackled”. It also decried the return of militancy, cult activities and violence, which had become things of the past in the state, describing the situation as worrisome.
Bisi OLANIYI, Port Harcourt
The umbrella organisation of Ogoni people said: “The ugly development goes beyond mere presidential and PDP’s hierarchical denials of involvement in the avoidable impasse in the Rivers chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “It requires immediate, practical and decisive steps to put an end to the crisis, including ensuring security of lives and property in the state. This will be the only way to reassure and rebuild the confidence of the people. “We have taken this position in view of the events of the past couple of days, occasioning reemergence of gangs taking over some strategic streets in Port Harcourt, cult rivalry and violence. “This situation is troubling and should be roundly condemned and should motivate collective action against it.
“That some calm has returned to the state capital may not amount to an end to the sad events, as the current development may not be a guarantee for enduring peace, if strategic security approaches, including addressing the root cause of the crisis, is not adopted now. “If the truth must be told, the crisis has been a function of crass political intolerance. It is a shame that over time, the integrity and maturity of our politicians have been put to test and on all the occasions, they have failed.
“While we would not consider political leadership competition as unhealthy, we make bold to question the do-or-die approach that our politicians have been adopting in outdoing one another. It is this tendency that is responsible for the present condemnable situation in Rivers State. “This has also regrettably manifested in the lack of transparency, resulting in partisanship in PDP’s response to resolving the crisis in its Rivers State chapter.” MOSOP also stated that it found it difficult to rationalise attempts by
national chieftains and other pronounced stakeholders of the PDP to distance themselves from the situation in Rivers State. It warned that violence and intolerance were illwinds that would blow no one any good at a time the Niger Delta people were yet to fully recover from the implications of past militancy and related activities, which it said led to divestments from Rivers state. The Ogoni umbrella organisation declared that no environment of insecurity and instability could inspire progress and
prosperity, stressing that the solution lies in refraining from actions that are capable of compromising and undermining peace. It called on all the persons involved in the crisis to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance. MOSOP also admonished all lovers of peace and friends of Rivers State not to turn a blind eye to the happenings in the hitherto peaceful state, stressing that their peace efforts would help in saving people’s lives and property.
...NLC blames insecurity on police commissioner •Pledges support for Amaechi
IVERS State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, has come under fire for the worsening security situation in the state. His posting has been linked to the insecurity the residents of the state have had to grapple with in the past weeks. The Chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Chris Oruge, stated this when he led a delegation of NLC members and activists on a solidarity visit to the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday. He lamented the current insecurity in the state, saying that the people are not sure of getting protection from the police, as the state had become a den of former militants known for criminality. He said: “The security of the state has gone down since the posting of the almighty Mbu. Mbu has become another former INEC Chairman for us and everybody now is sleeping with one eye open. “All the militants, the bad boys who had left this state have recovened and have been doing what they are doing. The result of their actions is on those of us who have no security, have nobody to protect us except the Almighty God.” He, however, assured Governor Amaechi that the NLC leadership and members in the state would continue to support him as he faces stiff opposition from his political detractors.
“We are here to make our point and to tell you that labour is solidly behind you, and we will continue to support your government. Since this crisis in the state, we have not heard anybody saying that Amaechi’s administration has not done well in Rivers State. So, we are completely at a loss as to what the problem is about,” he said. He commended the governor for building a good relationship with labour unions in the state and restated their displeasure at the current turn of events in the state. “I equally want to bring to your notice that labour is not happy with what is happening in the state presently, where hooligans have taken over the whole place, a peaceful state since you came,” Oruge said. Responding, Governor Amaechi thanked the labour leaders for the solidarity visit, saying he would continue to stand by the people of the state and ensure judicious use of funds for their well-being. He said: “Let me thank you for the solidarity visit. It encourages me that at least you have the support of the people and not the support of the elites. Whether the elites support you or not, it is good. But what is important is the support of the people, because power belongs to God actually. But you are God’s agents on earth with power, because it is through you that we exercise those powers. “So, I thank you and I assure you that I will continue to stand by you and by the Rivers people, and we will continue to do the right thing. I believe that the public money is for the public and it’s for the public good.”
•Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left) in a handshake with Prof. Theophilus Oladapo Ogunlesi, during the latter’s 90th birthday celebration in Sagamu, Ogun State yesterday, while Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, watched with interest.
Rivers crisis: Amaechi writes Jonathan, others •Continued from Page 2 06/05/2013 Groups of hired thugs and ex-militants, wielding and brandishing dangerous weapons, invaded the Rivers State House of Assembly and sacked the members from the premises, preventing them from sitting. Note that the Rivers State Police Command Headquarters is almost opposite the Assembly Complex. The Commissioner of Police and his officers were in the police headquarters and were unperturbed, allowing the thugs and hoodlums to conclude their actions. The Policemen attached to the Assembly watched, unconcerned until the siege was over. 22/4/2103 and 07/5/2013 On both dates, the Okirika Local Government Chairman, Barr.Tamuno Williams, appeared on Channels Television in Lagos to talk about the PDP judgment and the crisis in the state. 09/05/2013 Two days after the television programme, the Commissioner of Police ordered the withdrawal of the Mobile Policemen attached to the
Okirika Local Government Council and the orderly attached to the Chairman of the Council. Note: Okirika LGA is one of the most volatile LGAs in the state, and is a security flash point. Peace had returned to this LGA but in recent times, there have been renewed cult activities and a couple of cult related killings 10/05/2013 The Commissioner of Police addressed a press conference in his office at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt , where he accused me of bribing and paying The Nation newspaper to attack and cast aspersions on him, and demanded an apology from me and the newspaper. 11/05/2013 The security details attached to Chief G. U. Ake were withdrawn by the Commissioner of Police, following solidarity visit to Chief Akeby, the LGA PDP Chairman. 12/05/2013 Two Civil and Human Rights groups – the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL) and the Human Rights Alliance – demanded Mr. Mbu’s imme-
diate removal for lying against the media organisation, The Nation newspaper, and for accusing it of slanting its reports against the Rivers State Command on the crisis in PDP, Rivers State. Anyakwee Nsirimovu, IHRHL’s Executive Director and Ken Atsuwete, a Port Harcourt-based lawyer, spoke for the groups and called on Mr. Mbu to apologise to The Nation newspaper and to me over the allegation. 12/05/2013 Hon. Justice H. A. Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt ordered the Police to vacate the barricade at the Obio/Akpor Council Headquarters to allow the Caretaker Committee members and Council workers access into the Council and to provide security for the Council. The Commissioner of Police publicly announced that the Police wiould not withdraw from the Council, making it clear that he would pick and choose which court orders to obey. 14/05/2013 The Commissioner of Police ordered a complete withdrawal of policemen from the Council, contrary to the order
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of court which clearly stated that it should provide security to the Council. This paved way for criminal activities in the council. His decision to withdraw the policemen was communicated to neither the Caretaker Chairman nor the Council. Same day, within 30 minutes of the withdrawal of the policemen, the power generating house at the Council was set on fire while policemen attached to Rumuokoro Police Station watched unperturbed. It is important to mention that this Police Station shares boundary with Obio/Akpor Council Secretariat. As soon as the power house was set on fire and documents carted away from some offices, the Police returned and sealed up the premise. The Obio/Akpor Council remains sealed up to date with the police in occupation of same, notwithstanding the order of the Court. On the same 14/05/2013, an aide to Chief G. U. Ake was murdered at Erema, in Ogba/Egbema/ •Continued on Page 5
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Jonathan has no hand in Rivers crisis, Presidency insists
HE Presidency yesterday again insisted that it is not involved in the political crisis that has engulfed Rivers State. Speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, noted that President Goodluck Jonathan was neither the judge that gave the ruling concerning the River State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chapter nor a member of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC). According to him, the crisis in the state was borne out of the internal wrangling of the administration of the governor. He said: “It is mischief to say that the President is behind the crisis in Rivers State. The President cannot be part of the crisis in that state. He is a man of peace. “The problem in Rivers State is the internal wrangling of the administration of the governor. It is sad that when there are crises in the assembly, the governor will physically drive to the House of Assembly to partake in the crises. “We have seen the videos, the CSO to the governor, the ADC and the orderly were right inside the chambers, partaking in the bout. We saw the Majority Leader of the Amaechi group who was wearing a white dress and was using the mace to beat people. The video is clear. “Immediately after, he left the House of Assembly and went to the Government House and laid down in a bed in the Government House Clinic, pretending.”
Augustine EHIKIOYA, Abuja
Gulak continued: “The fact is in this crisis of Rivers State, the governor should be held responsible because if he did not go physically to the House of Assembly, those guys won’t have been emboldened to be beating people there. “Moreso, that his security aides were right inside the chambers, the sacred chambers, which ordinarily nobody is allowed to enter apart from the members. So, I repeat that Amaechi should be held responsible for what happened. “He should not drag Jonathan’s name into this matter. Rather, it is the President that is the victim of Amaechi’s mischief plan. He is claiming the state is under siege and that the commissioner of police is against him whereas the CP physically warned him not to go physically into the House of Assembly. “In Nigeria, we have seen crises in Houses of Assembly before. There was a time Adamawa State House of Assembly was closed for three months because of crisis; we did not see the governor drive physically into the assembly. Thereafter, the issue was resolved. “The way out is for all parties to abide by the constitution. There is separation of powers in the constitution. We have the judiciary, legislature and executive. When there are crises in
the House of Assembly like this, the governor is not supposed to physically partake in the crisis, driving down and using his security aides to physically partake is wrong. “We in the PDP have put machinery in place to see that this crisis is resolved once and for all if the governor is still in the PDP, because what we have seen is opposition members talking.”
Replying Prof. Wole Soyinka, he said: “Soyinka, without knowing the facts, just went public to blame the President and his wife for what is happening in the state. He is an elder statesman. I don’t want to join issues with him. But I will say that he should be responsible. “I am not aware of any plan to impeach the governor and the President is not aware
even if there are such plans. But what I know is that the House of Assembly intended to change their leadership. Rightly or wrongly, they have a constitutional right to do it if they have the majority. “But that will not warranty a governor to physically come to the assembly and physically partake in the fight. “There is no PDP faction, there is only one PDP in the
Rivers State Executive. Party issues are left for the party leadership to handle, and the NWC has briefed us properly. And they have state executive, and that was by the court judgment. “The President is not the judge. Neither is he in the NWC. Every citizen has the right to go to court if aggrieved. Until it is upturned on appeal, the judgment is still valid. There are no factions.”
The Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii (right) and the Registrar, Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, Mr Wiltshire Johnson, during the latter's working visit to NAFDAC's corporate headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
Amaechi writes Jonathan, Mark,Tambuwal,IGP, others over Rivers political crisis •Continued from Page 4 Ndoni LGA. Note that both Chief Ake and Bro. Obuah hail from the same LGA as the murdered aide. 17/05/2013 The Commissioner of Police summoned the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Otelemaba Dan Amachree, to appear before him on Monday, 20/05/2013. This was following an open letter written by the Speaker to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the political crisis in Rivers State. The Commissioner of Police said the Speaker and Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff, Government House, were invited for further questioning following their outcry about a plot to assassinate me and my principal supporters in the State. He stated that no court would save them. 20/05/13 Mr. Mbu addressed a press conference during which he referred to me as a tyrant and a dictator. His specific comments were “Our Governor is very tyrannical; he is a dictator. He wants everybody to say ‘yes sir’ to him and I said I would not say so. I am a professional.” 22/05/13 Government House and major streets of Port Harcourt were invaded by a group led by prominent militia leaders, Ateke Tom and Solomon Ndigbara, wearing branded Tshirts and openly displaying weapons led to a blockade of Government House. In consequence of this invasion, a visiting team of distinguished senators, led by H.E. Ike L. Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate, were unable to leave the Government House through the entrance and had to leave through an alternative exit. 26/06/13
Mr. Mbu directed his men to restrain over 500 people from the Orashi region from paying a courtesy call and solidarity visit to me at Government House. Port Harcourt, which led to a near crisis. 09/07/13 “Following intelligence reports, security was enhanced within and around the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex. At about 09.00 hours, Mr. Mbu invited some of the personnel and directed that the security formations should be demobilised. In consequence of this failure of security at the instance of Mr. Mbu, hoodlums invaded the premises and chambers of the House of Assembly. The attendant fracas led to injury to persons, including members of the House. Upon the receipt of this information, I went to the Assembly Complex with my security details to rescue members of the Assembly. Thereafter, the House proceeded to sit and conduct its business for the day. Further information reaching me in the presence of Mr. Mbu necessitated my inviting him to accompany me to the Assembly Complex, which he declined. On the advice of my security, I stayed back and directed that they should monitor the situation.” Amaechi said Mr. Mbu is “not desirous of assisting us in our quest for a crime-free and peaceful Rives State. It is also evident that he lacks the appropriate mien and disposition required of such a highly placed officer of the law and is unable to appropriately perform his functions as Commissioner of Police in Rivers State. “I would therefore wish to respectfully request for his redeployment from Rivers State in the interest of the people of the State and to restore the confidence of the people of Rivers State in the impartiality of the Nigerian Police.” The governor expressed fears
that the state might slide back into the 2003-2007 security challenge if the current situation is not reversed. His words: “The problem that engulfed the Niger Delta region between 2003 and 2007 has its root in the crisis in parts of Rivers State in 2003/2004, which pitted leaders of several local militias and cult groups against one another in a supremacy battle. “The turbulence was such that residents of the state could not move from one community to the other or from one part of Port Harcourt to another for fear of becoming victims of the needless carnage between the warring groups. “Despite the intervention of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in October 2004 in what became known
as the ‘first Amnesty programme, the crisis eventually spread to other States of the Niger Delta and assumed a different dimension that took the ‘second amnesty programme’ and the determination of the Rivers State Government insistence on the enforcement of law and order to bring it under control. “One of the major casualties of the 2003/2004 mayhem was the Nigeria Police Force whose officers and men suffered death, humiliation and lost morale because at some point during the crisis, the police failed in the discharge of its duties and eventually became victims of their inactions. “With this benefit of hindsight, I have since assumption of office as Governor of Riv-
ers State treated the security of lives and property as priority. “The Rivers State Government under my watch invested massively in training, equipping and providing logistics support for the Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies to enhance their capacity to discharge their duties. “It is in furtherance of this that I write to bring to your attention certain developments in Rivers State that are undermining the security of lives and property of residents, dwellers and businesses.” Amaechi explained why Rivers State’s security should not be allowed to degenerate. “It is the largest on-shore oil
producing State and the headquarters of Nigeria’s hydro- carbon industry. It is also home to Nigeria ’s only Oil and Gas Free Zone as well as several Offshore oil and gas fields. In addition, Rivers State hosts multinational Oil and Gas Companies, Shell Petroleum Development Co (SPDC), MOBIL, AGIP, CHEVRON and many others. “ Rivers State is the second largest economy in Nigeria after Lagos State. During the inglorious days of the militancy, Rivers State was the fault line and bore the brunt of the Niger Delta militancy wars. Those scars are still very evident. The Nigerian Constitution recognises the Governor as the Chief Executive of the State.” •See full text of letter on Page 56
Injured Rivers lawmaker for treatment abroad
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stitch his broken head and nose, among other bodily injuries. “It is indeed dramatic to see Hon. Chidi Lloyd lying on a hospital bed, pretending to be ill, when indeed he used the House’s mace to hit Hon. Chinda, who doctors are battling to save his life.
“It is Rivers PDP’s position that the attempted murder, deplorable and barbaric acts of Chidi Lloyd and Governor Amaechi’s personal aides be thoroughly investigated and appropriate sanctions given, if the very basic essence of legislative business in a democracy is
not to be undermined. “The PDP and Rivers people will no longer fold their arms and watch the rain of terror on the entire state by a few persons, whose inordinate ambition to hold on to power has frenzied them to go berserk.” The factional chairman also urged Rivers people, especially PDP members,
to remain calm and go about their normal activities without fear. He condemned the resolution of the House of Representatives to take over the functions of the Rivers House of Assembly, while describing the call for the redeployment of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, as uncalled for.
Nigeria loses 150,000 barrels per day as Shell shuts major oil pipeline
HELL Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has shut a major pipeline in Nigeria for the second time in less than a month after locating another leak on the line repeatedly hit by oil thieves, the company said yesterday. The shutdown of the Trans Niger Pipeline will result in a cut of about 150,000 barrels of oil per day in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Nigeria’s total output has been at around two million barrels per day. The joint venture Shell operates in Africa’s biggest oil producer on Thursday “shut in the 24-inch Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) as a result of a confirmed leak on this line at the BomuBonny section at Owokiri,” it said, naming an area of southern Nigeria. “With the 28-inch TNP already shut in for removal of illegal
Bukola AFOLABI oil theft connections, a total of about 150,000 barrels per day of oil have been deferred.” The British-Dutch company said details were unclear on the latest incident, “but the TNP has been variously targeted by crude oil thieves in recent months and shut down several times to enable the removal of theft points.” Crude oil theft is a major problem in Nigeria, with estimates that the country loses some $6 billion in revenue per year as a result. Such theft can involve thieves tapping pipelines to syphon crude for sale on the lucrative black market. It can lead to explosions, fires and oil pollution.
Bisi OLANIYI, Port Harcourt
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Leaders, ideologies and development
AST Wednesday the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a $ 1.1 bn low interest loan deal with the Chinese President Xi Jinping during a state visit to China. The loan is for infrastructure development and particularly for roads , airport terminals in four Nigerian cities and a light rail line in Abuja. In Egypt which is in political and socio economic turmoil, with both the opposition and the formerly ruling Muslim Brotherhood disagreeing bitterly with the electoral plans and strategy of the leader of the interim government, put in place by the army which killed 51 pro – Morsy demonstrators in front of the army barracks where he was being detained recently, the US went on to honor a contract to deliver 4 F-16 planes to the Egyptian army now running Egypt by proxy. These two events namely a state visit to consummate an infrastructure contract and an arms sale to an army truncating democracy in a foreign land by a nation that calls itself the champion of global democracy and the market economy, open a pandora box on the quality of leadership in these nations as well as the manner of ideas or ideologies these leaders pursue in driving the economic development of their nations. Let me first of all mention some clichés that are relevant to these two events and the nations involved. With regard to China the Chinese leader noted that the development of their two nations had brought about the visit and their growing economic relations and ties and ended with a Nigerian proverb that - a man cannot sit down alone to plan prosperity. On Egypt which is in the throes of two revolutions now, with no end in sight, the Egyptian masses are learning the hard way that a revolution like Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung said sometime is not a tea party. On the arms sale to the Egyptian army the Egyptians again are learning that bread and butter politics take precedence over democratic rights and norms, at least where US intervention in foreign lands are concerned and this is not the first time the US will show its hands this way in Middle East politics. Given the state of Nigerian infrastructure the new China loan deal is much needed and the visit may well be quite worth the while. But of what use is infrastructure if it is not well maintained, which really is the sad story of Nigeria’s economic development. The Chinese definitely provide a welcome alternative to the endless questions and conditionalities of the IMF but at least they should have asked how and what happened to our infrastructure facilities especially our Tin Can Island Port and its access road, the Apapa – Oshodi Express Way which is as unpliable as it is a death trap to all traffic going to the port or passing by it on a daily basis. Secondly President Xi and President Jonathan could have been brought together by the mutual quest for the development of their two nations but their background and culture on the use and maintenance of infrastructure are at variance. China has a history of building infrastructure like roads and airports to open up China starting from the time of Mao and this has continued after Mao died in 1976. Since then China has opened up its economy from a planned to a mixed one with the acknowledgement by the Communist Party , which runs China proudly affirming that its economic ideology is Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Unless the Chinese have some ulterior motive therefore, they should put in place an after - sales service condition for the delivery of the infrastructure involved in the loan deal. Unless of course too they are confident that we do not have the quality assurance ca-
pacity to vet whatever infrastructure type they give us with the loan which is a low interest one anyway. Anyway still, the Chinese need our oil because of their huge population the largest in the world, and they need our infrastructure to open up our nation too to have access to our minerals but then the low interest rates may be a Greek gift as the Chinese are a very commerce and profit oriented nation just like the Americans they are competing with to dominate the world economy. Already , it is estimated that China’s demand for our oil will rise to ten times the present level at 200,000 barrels per day by 2015 which will be 10 times the present Chinese demand for our oil . Which brings us again to the Nigerian proverb quoted by the Chinese president that a man does not sit down alone to plan prosperity. This may be a Nigerian proverb and I wonder about its origin but it really does not reflect the Nigerian situation in any context. This is because in Nigeria leaders don’t really plan for prosperity. They stumble on it and call that good fortune which they are not ready to share with any one. Which again reflects the nature of our political competition and economic management of our resources. Our presidential system vests power in the presidency at Aso Rock from where the largesse trickles down to the states and local government while the ruling party indulges in the enjoyment of power in the best syndrome of the winner - takes - all embroidered by the determination never to lose any election by all, or any means while still in government. Which really is a pragmatic way of perpetuating power and since there is really a lacuna in terms of theory or knowledge to formulate a working ideology to govern, you are welcome to call that, the average Nigerian leader’s working ideology. Notwithstanding its obvious flaws, the Nigerian leader or politician still feels superior in terms of ideology to his Chinese counterpart. That will explain why the Nigerian contingent to China must have been surprised at the use of a Nigerian proverb by the Chinese president . This is because Nigerians don’t regard Marxists as democrats but as dictators and this is really true in a way. The Chinese Comminist Party which runs China has a membership of one million people and it is lording it over 1.4 bn Chinese people. China is a one party state and
Our presidential system vests power in the presidency at Aso Rock from where the largesse trickles down to the states and local government while the ruling party indulges in the enjoyment of power in the best syndrome of the winner - takes all embroidered by the determination never to lose any election by all, or any means while still in government
Nigeria runs a plural democracy although one party has been in power since 1999 . The Communist party in China has five - yearly party national conferences and a decadal change of leaders which just brought in Xi Jinping as president and Li Keqiang as Premier. Right now in Nigeria there is a debate on whether the Nigerian president will contest again in 2015 or continue for 6 years if a constitutional amendment goes through .In China there is orderliness in succession albeit dictatorial and not as democratic as in Nigeria. But the Chinese Communist Party plans a lot for the prosperity of its people and it does it severely alone and without competition. Yet it has made China a world power in terms of high quality infrastructure such as it is giving Nigeria a loan for . My concern is that China should not stop at giving loans for infrastructure but make a condition for maintaining the infrastructure imperative for giving such a loan to Nigeria. While one may be forgiven for calling China’s mixed economy and Marxist government a dictatorship and Nigeria’s presidential system a unitary democracy, as distinct from the federation it purports to be, one is in a real quandary on what to call the effervescent street democracy emerging in Egypt, where the army has become a referee of sorts in the political imbroglio. Egypt was a dictatorship under Housni Mubarak who guaranteed stability funded by the US yearly donation to the Egyptian coffers for the peace Egypt Anwar Sadat made with Israel’s Menachem Begin on his historic visit to Israel. That peace made enemies for Sadat till he was assassinated at a military parade by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood whose member Mohammed Morsi was elected recently as President of Egypt only to be deposed again by the military and replaced by an Interim president. In two years therefore Egypt has moved from a Mubarak dictatorship to a full blown democracy with Morsi and now with the incarceration of Morsi Egypt has become an explosive diarchy. But then there is still no end in sight as both the opposition and elected government have rejected the future election plans of Interim leader Adly Mansour and the Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to fight to finish till the deposed Morsi is reinstated while the army keeps watching . Predictably as usual in the past the army will mow down protesters as it has done in the past in the name of national security and will return to power . Undoubtedly, Egyptians have learnt bitterly that the US does not hate the Egyptian army when it comes to contracts especially expensive military jets like F16 . That is why the US still supports the tyranny of the House of Saud’s monarchy in Saudi Arabia. That is why it still sold F16s to the Egyptian army mowing down Egyptian politicians and demonstrators goaded to the streets by Obama’s Cairo speech a couple of years ago. For Egypt and its demonstrators, democracy activists and actors therefore, the horizon is bleak and bloody. Democracy has become an expensive ideology in Egypt and sooner than later the army will make it an expedient and disposable commodity. Which really will be a great pity as it seems so so inevitable.
returned home from work the other day and met my semi-literate neighbour fuming. In his hand was the exercise book of his 10-yearold son and pupil of a popular primary school in the area. “Nonsense! Arrant nonsense!” he yelled repeatedly. The son’s answer to a social studies question was marked wrong by his teacher and the poor man was livid with rage. The pupil had been asked the full meaning of ATM and he put it as Automated Trouble Machine. The teacher insisted that the correct answer is Automated Teller Machine, but my neighbour believed he was being mischievous. “What are those empty contraptions if they are not automated troubles? They are either permanently out of service or they tell you they cannot dispense money after you have spent hours on the queue,” he fumed. Not even my intervention persuaded him that his ugly experience could not give his son the liberty to change the meaning of ATM from what everyone else knows it to be. Of course, I knew where the poor man’s anger derived from, as I have also fallen victim to the machines on numerous occasions. While the ineffectiveness of ATMs has been a general problem, my experience with the ones on the premises of a branch of a first generation bank with which I operate an account in Ota, Ogun State has been particularly traumatising. Ironically, there are no fewer than six ATMs on the bank’s premises. A notice at the entrance advises any
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Automated teller machines or automated trouble machines?
customer withdrawing an amount less than N100,000 to use the machines, but it is almost as sure as daybreak that they will disappoint. It must have been a policy at the bank that only one of the half a dozen machines must function at any particular time. Hence you will always find a queue of customers as long as the unaided eye can see. And some of those who wait for endless hours are there to withdraw sums that can barely take them home. Customers’ plight has been compounded by the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria to outlaw the N100 service charge imposed on those who use the ATMs of other banks than the ones they operate accounts with. Apparently in protest against the CBN directive, most of the ATMs of banks that proved to be more efficient in the past now tactically decline payment non-domiciled customers by telling them that the issuers of their ATM cards are inoperative. In the circumstance, the customers of most of the first generation banks are more or less restricted to the largely inefficient ATMs of their banks. I experienced one of my most frustrating moments on a Saturday last month. My wife needed to make a pot of soup and approached me for money. Realising that I did not have a dime on me, and knowing that the ATMs at my bank are designed to frustrate and disappoint, I approached a branch of one of the second generation banks to use their ATM, but it told me that the issuer of my card was inoperative. I went round the branches of some other banks, but the situation was the same. Left with no choice, I went to the branch of the bank I operate an account with and met a queue of desperate customers numbering more than 50. Left with no choice, I joined the long queue and waited for my turn. But I soon realised that the only machine that functioned could only
dispense N1,000 per transaction. The customers had agreed among themselves that no individual should perform more than three transactions, which meant that the maximum amount any of us could withdraw was N3,000. I remained patient on the queue only for the machine to indicate that it could no longer dispense cash, with just two people left in my front. Of course, I returned home crestfallen. But my real frustration occurred two days later when I checked my account’s balance and realised that one of the ATMs I tried earlier had debited my account without dispensing cash. Last week, one of the ATMs of the bank in question added embarrassment to the streak of pains it has inflicted on me. I had gone there to
Last week, one of the ATMs of the bank in question added embarrassment to the streak of pains it has inflicted on me. I had gone there to withdraw the sum of N20,000. Unknown to me, one of the N1,000 notes dispensed by the machine was fake
A cocktail of shamelessness
UST when you think you have seen it all, something simply pops up like a thunderbolt to jolt you to the reality of the count less surprises that abound in this land. For as long as I can remember, the question is not how we sunk this low but about whether we are doing anything to get out of this self-inflicted agony. I have always maintained that, collectively, we are the architects of the gripping stagnation that has been the lot of this nation. Perhaps, we are too self-conceited, too ethnically-biased and too laid back to understand why this country must be reclaimed from the hands of the vagabonds in power—the so-called VIPs of Nigeria. If, after thirteen solid years of uninterrupted democratic governance system, Nigeria could still be buffeted with the kinds of sordid tragic impulses witnessed in the last few months, then we need to redirect the compass of this democratic journey before it consumes us. Or do we lack the moral compass to demand that, in a democracy, the ultimate power should be devolved from the self-seeking, rapacious few and rest with the people? Our brand of democracy is wobbly today because the braggarts in power have woefully failed to subject themselves to its ethos. It is no secret that democracy without the rule of law is nothing but an empty shell. Unfortunately, what we have treasured in the last thirteen years is an empty shell laden with violent attack on the national psyche. In the crazy melee to play politics by the whim, we have dealt our Constitution a fatal blow. We kicked it in the groin. We have replaced constitutional democracy with a culture of impunity that gives the President and state chief executives the power of life and death. It is, therefore, not strange that quite an appreciable number within this fold flagrantly abuse power with sardonic glee. The military may have left the scene after many years of misadventure in government houses but it is clear that those who took over are yet to wean themselves of the same jackboot mentality of that era. Our modern day ‘democrats’ have become more brazen in the art of giving the Constitution a brutal sidekick! And that is a shame really. And it is not as if anything has significantly changed in the last thirteen years. As I settle down to craft this, our tertiary institutions are in dire straits. In one fell swoop, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU); the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) are either on strike or threatening to embark on one. Primary and secondary school teachers are on strike in some states over non-implementation of agreements on salary increment. What it means is that our educational system, which has continued to relapse, may just be on a free fall with the way the relevant authorities have been bumbling the negotiations. It is the same old story in the power sector where, after billions of dollars have been pushed down the turbines, all the citizens get to see is a megawatt of darkness across the nation. It has gone so bad that we are no longer sure of regular electricity supply in the rainy season. It used to be that good in those days of yore. And it is not as if the ‘technocrats’ in that sector are not doing anything to save the situation. No, they are doing their utmost best to wrestle the ‘witches and wizards’ that have plagued the sector for years. Apart from seeking help from China as part of the presidential entourage to the land of the sun, one can only hope that Prof. Chinedu Nebo would seize the opportunity provided by the long
withdraw the sum of N20,000. Unknown to me, one of the N1,000 notes dispensed by the machine was fake. I did not realise it until I got to a filling station and paid the attendant after buying N3,000 fuel. But as I made to enter the car and drive off, the young lady approached me and said, “Excuse me sir.” She handed out one of the N1,000 notes I had just given to her. I thought that I had overpaid her by N1,000 and she was being honest to return the money. But with disarming calmness, she said, “No sir, you did not overpay. I’m returning the money because it is fake!” The embarrassment can only be imagined. Fake N1,000 note from ATM? Exasperated, I threatened to return to the bank the following morning to challenge them for loading fake naira notes in their ATM. But my wife reminded me that I could be setting myself up for further embarrassment because I had no way of proving that the controversial note was dispensed by their machine. Before I knew it, she said, I would be the one to prove to the police that I am not a member of a fake naira syndicate. I saw the sense in her counsel and backed out. As I write, the money lies at my bedside, untouchable and “unspendable”. Happily, there have been reports of plans by the House of Representatives to probe the ugly trend. The lawmakers will also do well to take a holistic look at the ineffectiveness of the machines, which informed sources say are always grounded because they are bought in the refurbished form after they had been used and discarded by foreign banks. Without any shade of doubt, the ATM is one of the greatest human inventions designed to ease the pains associated with withdrawing money over the counter. But in Nigeria, it seems to be adding more to customers’ troubles than solving them.
trip to ask his counterpart in Chinko-land how he was able to battle the witches and wizards through technical depth. Now, the House of Representatives has introduced another dimension to our power crisis. The lawmakers said we should blame the ancestral epilepsy on the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr.NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, for refusing to “release money allocated to the power sector.” No one is asking what became of the fortunes thrown at the problem by the Olusegun Obasanjo government. Well, maybe we will begin to see the light when Nebo begins the process of exorcising the demons, witches, wizards and the goblin called corruption! In thirteen years of democratic jamboree during which our leaders continue to hug the sky in search of investors, medical tourism gulps billions of dollars yearly. While ordinary citizens die from common ailments, it has become commonplace for politicians to treat toothache in foreign lands. While iconic Nelson Mandela is being treated at a South African hospital, those who fleece our common wealth travel to the end of the earth to seek medical checkup at tax payers’ expense. We may have signed treaties and agreements to obtain soft loans from the Chinese government to develop infrastructures in the aviation, road and transport sectors but we are not unmindful of what happened to past MOUs. Didn’t the Chinese sign similar agreements with Obasanjo? Question is: how many soft loans at whatever years’ moratorium make a humongous debt for generations yet unborn? For how long would we be running, cup in hand, for a bailout by the Chinese despite the resources that we have failed to annex at home? The point is: we derail by the day because the demi-gods in power have failed to realise that there should be limits to their insatiable quest for power and freebies. Those who claim to know President Goodluck Jonathan well would readily vouch for his commitment to the principles of democracy and rule of law. They call him a democrat through and through. They say evidence of his tolerance could be gleaned from the way he has been steering the ship of state. Not that we have not encountered turbulence but we are having a smooth sail because this first Ph.D. holder at Nigeria’s highest level of governance has been fair to all. That fairness, I assume, was responsible for the ‘peaceful resolution’ of the internal wrangling in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum where a candidate that scored 16 votes got a presidential nod as chair over the one that got 19 votes! It is also responsible for the queer math-
Our brand of democracy is wobbly today because the braggarts in power have woefully failed to subject themselves to its ethos. It is no secret that democracy without the rule of law is nothing but an empty shell. Unfortunately, what we have treasured in the last thirteen years is an empty shell laden with violent attack on the national psyche
Yomi Odunuga E-mail:yomi.odunuga @thenationonlineng.net SMS only: 07028006913 ematical calculations at the Rivers State House of Assembly where five lawmakers attempted to unseat 27 of their colleagues after Abuja barked and roared last week! To be honest, I would have contributed my July salary to the President’s 2015 campaign fund if Dr.DoyinOkupe had not washed Jonathan’s hands of the Rivers’ show of shame. Only that, this time, he did it with outright disregard for our sensibilities. I understand that some people must be seen to be doing their jobs as rabid dogs. But must it be done with brazen ignominy. In describing Rivers State Governor, RotimiAmaechi, as ‘too small an entity for the President to fight’, Okupe confirmed our fears that Jonathan would stop at nothing until the embattled governor is completely crushed and sacrificed as a burnt offering in the deadly political battle towards 2015. Contrary to what he says, it is obvious that the Presidency has deployed its “immense constitutional powers against” the democratic institutions in the state just “to achieve personal goals.” And that, we must remind Okupe, would not be the first time Jonathan would use the power to rout a perceived enemy. Or has he forgotten the fate suffered by former Governor Timipre Sylva? What other power could have propelled five renegade lawbreakers to unleash mayhem and ride rough shod over 27 lawmakers with the full backing of security agents? So, the safest alibi Okupe could offer was the fact that Jonathan was far away in China attending to matters of national interest? Pray, where was he when the NGF was torn right through the middle and why did he give full support to the Jonah Jang gang of impersonators? Can someone tell Mr.Okupe to tell his illogic to the marines? He is surely not expecting us to see Jonathan among the horde of legislative bandits before we can pin him down to the laughable drama playing out in Port Harcourt! Though I am inclined not believe all that he said in his sanctimonious canticles from China wherein he advised the parties in the Rivers’ crisis “to comport themselves with greater restraint”,I love the diplomatese of a President struggling to distance himself from the raging war than the raw verbiage Okupe spewed. Anyway, it is quite painful that, in spite of repeated outcry, it has become difficult to disentangle the Presidency from the sickening madness in Rivers State. Don’t ask me why this is so. Already, there is general consensus that Amaechi would be smitten in this fight with Abuja heavyweights. But it will be presumptuous for some persons to think that they would come out of this show of shame smelling like the best scented flower. Many fingers would be burnt! If they are in doubt, let them learn from the grave mistakes of the Obasanjo era. On this matter, I couldn’t agree less with my Facebook friend, FunmilayoFiberisima, who posted on her wall: “A symbol of authority in the hands of fools turns to wood.” Deep, very deep indeed.But do they understand?
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Some of the refugees at the Pilot Central Primary School camp in Langtang
Yusuf AMINU-IDEGU, Jos
Hon. Beni Lar (3rd right) and NEMA officials in Lantang
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Relief materials presented by NEMA in Langtang
Victims of the Lantang crisis listeningto NEMA officials
Plateau State Deputy Governor, Amb. Ignatius Longjan
STF move their weapons to Langtang South to combat insurgents
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The late Subair
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His grief-striken mother surrounded by sympathisers
â€˜ Muili, his brother
Children of the deceased
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‘We extorted money from victims by threatening to assassinate them’
• Dolapo, Olasunkanmi and Adeniji
Asked why he was arrested, he said: “My cousin, Taiwo Akindurodemi, a student of Open University, Ibadan Satellite Campus, Oyo State, came to our house on holiday and got information regarding our neighbour’s house girl. “Taiwo told me that he threatened a man named Mr. Femi Owolabi and his wife, telling them that they were the ones who killed their late house girl and claimed that she hung herself. He said he told them that somebody had paid him N5 million to expose the couple, but he and his gang members decided that they should collect N5.5 million from the couple and halt the plan to expose or assassinate them. “I was part of the discussion. Taiwo deceived me by showing the pictures of how the late house girl was hanged, and I believed him. But I did not follow them to carry out the threat. The mistake I made was not reporting him to the police because I did not take him serious. I just printed my pictures and left the photo lab. On how Taiwo got the mobile phone number of Mrs. Owolabi with which they called her, he said: “I do business with Mr. Owolabi and his wife. I use invoice when I buy something from them and use invoice to give them receipt. Her phone number is always in the invoice. “I also charge my phone in the ﬂat. And since we all live together, they have access to my phone and could pick the phone number of the woman from there. Besides, the woman’s mobile phone number is on the internet and the
n Ebele BONIFACE n PERATIVES of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command have unmasked a gang that specialises in threatening its victims with death letters. Describing the gang's mode of operation, a police source said the members go out to study the background of their targets in order to ascertain their ﬁnancial conditions. They then ﬁnd out about any criminal incident, like murder, suicide, human trafﬁcking, kidnapping, arson, fraud or armed robbery, which has just occurred in the area and call their targeted victims in the area on the phone to tell them that they (targets) were involved in the crime and that they have enough evidence to convince the police about it. They would then tell their victims that somebody had paid them a certain sum, usually in millions of naira, to implicate or assassinate them. But they would also tell the victims that they had decided to shelve the plan to assassinate or implicate them if only they are willing to pay a sum higher than the one they had already received. The gang members, the source said, were also in the habit of drafting threat letters, which they pasted at the door or gates of their victims. They would then start trailing their victims, calling them on the phone to let them know that their movements were being monitored and could be killed like a fowl. Having created sufﬁcient fear in their victims’ minds, they would give them an account number to pay a speciﬁed amount into. Once the money is paid, they share it and leave their victim alones. Penultimate Wednesday, a member of the gang was arrested on Lagos Island as he went to collect one of such monies from a bank. The suspect was later transferred to SARS’ ofﬁce on the orders of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko. The ofﬁcer in charge of SARS, Mr. Abba Kyari, a superintendent of Police, was said to have led the team and arrested two other members of the gang. But the gang’s leader, Taiwo Akindurodemi Sunday a.k.a. Taye, was still at large at press time. The arrested suspects include Dolapo Olowu a.k.a. Junior Pastor (38), Olasunkanmi Areago (20) and Adeniji Ochuko (33). Narrating his role in the gang, Olowu said: “I am a native of Ode-Irele village in Irele Local Government Area, Ondo State. I was arrested at about 5 pm on June 3, 2013, as I was coming back from our church, Kingdom Covenant of Christ Fellowship (KCCF), where I acted as a junior pastor.”
gang can pick it from there. I discussed with them, but I did not conspire with them to threaten Mr. and Mrs. Owolabi.” Narrating his own role, the second suspect, Olasunkanmi, said: “I am from Abeokuta in Ogun State. I am also a student of J15 Performing Arts at Ibadan. I am studying Script Writing. What surprises our victims is that we call and tell them what they are doing at the particular time we call them. We tell them where they live and the colours of their cars. “Taiwo came sometime in June and met us in school. We reside at Ijokodo area of Ibadan. Taiwo is a student of Open University. He told us that an incident occurred on Lagos Island where he lived. He said a woman killed her housemaid and hung her to make it look like suicide. Taiwo had been threatening the woman before he met us. He said he told the woman to pay him N500,000 so that he would not expose her. “To convince us that he had been threatening the woman on the phone, he called her in our presence and she picked the call and said he should not call her again; that she would send the money on Friday unfailingly. That was on a Wednesday. “Around 3 pm, Taiwo again loaded my Etisalat and his MTN phones. He put his phone on speaker for us to hear his discussion with the woman. He told the woman that if she failed to send the money by Friday, he would post the girl’s picture to many police stations in Lagos. “When he exhausted his credit, I used my own phone to call the woman. We all talked to the woman one by one. The woman kept telling us to calm down, assuring us that there would be no problem. “Later, Taiwo told us that he had pasted a threat letter on the woman’s gates, saying: ‘You know everything that happened in the house. You killed your housemaid and pretended that she committed suicide by carefully hanging her after killing her. We were paid N5 million to expose or kill you, but if you pay more, like N5.5 million, we will not carry out our threat.’
I do business with Mr. Owolabi and his wife. I use invoice when I buy something from them and use invoice to give them receipt. Her phone number is always in the invoice. I also charge my phone in the ﬂat. And since we all live together, they have access to my phone and could pick the phone number of the woman from there
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At 80, Chief Badru Akanni Olaogun cuts the image of a man two decades younger. He entered primary school at 16, an age some of his contemporaries were already planning to enter university. But two successive double promotions, however, ensured that he spent only four years in primary school. A lawyer, life bencher and until recently a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, he has put more than four decades into legal practice in Nigeria. But the Octogenarian is not particularly happy with the state of the nation’s judicial system. He speaks about it and other related issues in this interview with SEGUN AJIBOYE. Excerpts:
Why I never applied to become SAN –80-yr-old Body of Benchers member Olaogun
after receiving double promotions twice. I ﬁnished my primary education within four years. Praise be to Allah that my record at the school has remained unbroken till today. Thereafter, I proceeded to write entrance examination for secondary education…… You entered primary school at 16. You must have been the oldest in the class. How did this make you feel? I didn’t feel anything at all. I had a vision about what I wanted for myself. It was only in the infant class that I might have felt anything. By the time I got double promotion to standard two and later to standard four, most of the people there were about the same age with me. But even if the people I met there had been same as the infant class, I wouldn’t have bothered much because, like I told you, I knew what I wanted for myself, which of course didn’t make me think like a baba (old man) among the children. But when we went to London for further studies, there were people who were older than me in the same class. There was this particular man, before he decided to read Law, he had been headmaster of a school in Nigeria for 20 years. We were also in the same class at the Law school. Were your parents still
How does it feel to clock 80 years? feel great. It is surely God’s gift. Some people are 60 but they look as if they are 90. You’ll deﬁnitely feel great if you are 80 and you can still do some of the things that I do. I delivered a lecture recently. It was a lecture organised by the Nigerian Bar Association. At the end of the lecture, I sat down, and it was only those at the high table that knew that I was 80. The people rose and clapped when the chairman of the event announced that the guest speaker is over 80 years old. I really thank God for His blessings. I also observed you still drive yourself. Is there any health regime you follow? I still drive myself, though I still use my driver. But whenever it is convenient for me, I choose to drive myself. All my cars are automatic gear, and I have good eyesight. But, of course, the only problem is the Lagos trafﬁc. But if it were in Abeokuta, I could drive for longer period without any problem. There is a photograph in which you wore a native police uniform. Were you in the police force at the time? The photograph was taken when the Queen of England visited Nigeria in 1958. At the time, the government called on Nigerians to join the police as special constables in order to augment the security for the period of the visit. When the announcement was made, I showed interest and applied. We wrote a qualifying examination in which I was told that I scored 90 per cent. The police boss advised that I joined the police, but I refused because I have never liked uniforms. I volunteered to serve because I saw it as a service to fatherland. What growing up like? I am the last child of my parents. My father was a farmer while my mother was a trader. My mother brought me to Lagos in 1944 to live with my uncle. The plan was for me to learn a trade because I had already passed the school age at the time. But I have always been fascinated with education. With self-help, it took me less than a few months to master the ABD Alawiye, which was the foundation of the Yoruba orthography. Soon after, I bought the English Primer books, which I ﬁnished in another record time. And so, in 1948, I was taken to the Olowogbowo Methodist School in Lagos to be interviewed for the infant class. The funny thing is that I was 16 years old at the time. I passed out of primary school in a record time
The funny thing is that I was 16 years old at the time. I passed out of primary school in a record time after receiving double promotions twice
alive when you returned to Nigeria after you ﬁnished studying Law in London? No. As a matter of fact, my father died before I travelled in 1946, and my mother died while I was in England in 1959. Were you the ﬁrst person to go to school among your siblings? I was not the ﬁrst to go to school. But I was the ﬁrst in the family to qualify as a lawyer. You were described as a life bencher in your biography. What does that mean? Life Bencher is the highest statutory body of lawyers, to put it simply. For example, the Chief Justice of the Federation is the highest judicial ofﬁcer. But if she does anything wrong, the body of Life Bencher will try her and can punish her if found guilty. Reading through your biography, one is amazed at the caliber of people who commented about you. But unlike most people, you have an air of humility around you. What is responsible for this? There is a Yoruba proverb that warns against pride. The moment you begin to say ‘it is me’ all the time, you will get to a point where nobody will respect you anymore. Like I told you, I was at a function recently, and some people came to greet me. Some of them were judges, and I didn’t even recognise them anymore. But when I told them I no longer recognised them, one of them said, ‘But you signed my form when I was to enter the Law School’. For me, that is the greatest honour you can get. Can you recall your ﬁrst case in court? It is so difﬁcult for me to remember that. That was about 45 or 46 years ago. At that time, there was no Court of Appeal. All we had were the Magistrate Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court. I had a ﬁeld day in the magistrate court at the time. A case that I can remember was the Agege riot case in 1978. I defended six soldiers who were charged with murder, and they were discharged and acquitted. Another one was a case of a Warrant Ofﬁcer in the Army. He killed a man with his car while driving. Because at that time, my ﬁrm was retained by 4th Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army, I had to defend him. He too was discharged and acquitted. There were several of such cases my ﬁrm handled for the army. Can you recollect your contemporaries? Let me start with those who
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‘You’ll weep for Nigeria if you see the number of petitions against lawyers’ is no way I would have allowed a plea bargain in my court. But that is not to say that I don’t a have the milk of human kindness inside me. But we shall look at each case on its merit. What’s your impression of the Nigerian judicial system today, compared to what obtained in those days? It is a completely different story. At that time, it was a thing of joy and pride to your family to wear the wig and gown. It was even a bigger joy for you to go inside the court to argue n u g n o u la g o cases. And when you •Chief O •Chief Ola entered the court, the judge would respect you, because you too respected the judge. The atmosphere inside the Continued from page 19 courtroom would make even the lawyers to shiver, not to talk were at the Law School with me. The immediate former Chief of people who are not lawyers. It was a period you saw judges Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Musdapha, was my classmate at the at their very best. It is just like monarchs. You could not just Law School. Justice Ayo Salami was also my classmate. Justice walk up to a judge and shake hands with him or hug him. Ogebe, who retired from the Supreme Court, was also my They were so revered that they looked like another species of mate. Justice Ibrahim Abdulahi and I were together in human beings. It was fantastic in those days. England. We came back to Nigeria and attended the Law But these days, things have degenerated to a level that can School together. make you sick. You can see what is happening these days, Goodie Ibru and I were partners for 12 years. We ﬁrst met in judges being probed, judges being removed or suspended. I England. But because of his name, Ibru, I thought he was from have been a member of the disciplinary committee of the bar one of the East African countries. But we met again at the for many years. But I resigned recently. I told them that I have Nigerian Law School in Lagos, and I concluded that he was had enough. here because there was no law school in his country. But as Why did you resign? time went on, we became closer. Both of us lived in Apapa at I resigned because I didn’t see any hope in the horizon. You the time. see, before you are called Are you a Senior Advocate of Nigeria? to the Bar, your No, I am not. I didn’t apply for it. application form must be Why? signed by two benchers. I Again, this is something that I said about 15 years ago. I said get these application I didn’t apply for SAN because it has been bastardised. They forms on my table on a no longer give it to people on merit. And if you look at the daily basis. Sometimes I number of lawyers who have bad press, most of them are get angry and send them SAN. You know I told you I was a member of the disciplinary away because you see a committee of the NBA for many years. You need to see the graduate who cannot number of petitions and you’ll weep for this country. spell his father’s name In the same vein, I refused to be a judge. I have been offered correctly. You’ll be twice, but I refused. The ﬁrst was at the Federal High Court in surprised to ask a Lagos. graduate who is on his Why did you refuse? way to the Law School In those days in the 70s, a judge’s take home pay was about about his local N13,000. But I knew that I could earn much more than that in government, and he says, my private practice. Again, I cannot live a regimented lifestyle, ‘Sorry sir, let me go and because as a judge, there are places that you cannot go. But the ask my momsie.’ You most important reason is that I am too strict as a person. There again ask ‘what is the
There is nothing like plea bargain in our judicial system. All these are the result of corruption
nationality of your father?’, and he writes ‘Nigeria’. But when you ask him about the nationality of his parents, he answers you, ‘Nigerian’, and add ‘sorry sir, I forgot to put the ‘n’ when I was ﬁlling the form. It is that bad. It is very unfortunate. They don’t know anything, and they are coming to the Bar. I was in a courtroom in Ikeja a few weeks ago. While I was waiting for my case to be called, I saw this young lady. She was one of the ‘lawyers-in-waiting’. She sat at the rear, drinking something from a bottle while the case was going on. In our days, that was contempt of court. She would have been made to come out and stand in front until the end of the case. What happens is that most parents these days compel their children to read Law because they want to have lawyers in their family. What you get in cases like these is round pegs in square holes. You ask a lawyer to write a letter, and he cannot write it correctly. A letter is something that I started writing before I left the primary school. And here is somebody who has passed through secondary school and university, but still fumbles in writing a letter. Is plea bargaining part of our judicial system? There is nothing like plea bargain in our judicial system. All these are the result of corruption. I have always said it that if you ﬁnd a judicial ofﬁcer guilty of corruption, such ofﬁcer should be executed. I had an uncle who is late now. One day, I ran into him at the federal secretariat where he had come to collect his pension. I nearly wept on that day. These are people who spent their youth to serve the country, and they now come to queue to collect what they have laboured for. It is very pathetic. What can be done to correct all these anomalies? There will be a change if we have somebody who has the courage to speak the truth. The present CJ, I knew her in Maiduguri in the 70s when she was a magistrate. You can see that there is a gradual change now. But unfortunately, she cannot be there forever. What happens when she leaves ofﬁce? One of my philosophies is that a drastic problem requires a drastic resolution. Aloma is the ﬁrst female CJ, and she is being praised for doing some good things. How does this make you feel as a man? Her case is comparable to what Dora Akunyili did at NAFDAC. There were several men before she got there. But what did they do? Let us pray for Nigeria. You look like someone who is in love with culture. How true is this? Of course, I love Yoruba culture. I respect our culture and traditions and I have very high regards for them. But again, all these have been eroded in the 20th and 21st Century Nigeria. How do you relax? My weekends are spent indoor, except I have a social function to attend. Even that is rare these days. I still go to work. But I have had to reduce that too since 2012. I leave at about 9 am to allow the trafﬁc to get light. I leave the ofﬁce at 3 pm every day. I make sure that I listen to the 7 pm news on television at home. Are you a chief? Yes, I am the Mayegun of Egba land.
‘How we extorted money from victims by threatening them with assassination’ Continued from page 18 “We asked Taiwo whether he had evidence that the woman was the one who killed her housemaid and he said yes. We demanded for the evidence and he said he had the girl’s picture where they killed her and where they tactically hanged her to deceive the police and members of the public. He even said he was there when the woman beat up the housemaid till she died and was later hung to make it look as if she committed suicide. “Taiwo asked us whether it was possible for a girl who committed suicide to have her legs touching the ground when she is dead. We asked him to produce the picture, but he cleverly told us that the pictures were with one of the photographers who snapped the late housemaid at the scene of crime. “Two days later, I called the woman, but surprisingly, Taiwo had removed the SIM card he used to call the woman. He has four SIM cards. When I called the woman and asked her about the money she promised to give us, she said we should not worry; that she would not fail us. “I then told her that Taiwo had handed the job over to me and that I would send my bank account name and number to her. I sent the bank account name and number of my brother, but I did not tell him the purpose for it. “We later received an alert indicating that N100,000 had been paid. Taiwo had earlier got another alert for N50,000. “It was my street brother, Suleiman
Hassan, who went to the bank to withdraw the money, not knowing that the police had laid an ambush for him. The moment he withdrew the money, he was arrested, handcuffed and whisked away to the police station. “He later called me from the police station to come and bail him out. The moment they (policemen) saw me, they gave me a handshake. They later interrogated me and gave me a paper to write a statement. After that, they threw me into the cell. They were searching me as if I had an explosive device on me.” Confessing his role, the third suspect, Adeniji, said: “I am from Beere, Ibadan South West, Oyo State. I am a 200 level
Law student of Open University. I was sleeping in my house when I received a call from Taiwo that I should send my account number and name urgently. I asked him why he was in a hurry to collect it and he said his uncle wanted to pay N200, 000 into the branch of a
bank close to my school. “I sent my account number to him immediately, not knowing that he had another thing in mind. He later called back and said he had something to tell me. I cut off the phone. He later called me again and I lied to him that I did not have enough credit to call him back. He then told me that the money he wanted to collect from the woman living opposite their house was N500,000, and that he was in lingo with his youngerr brother in Lagos. I asked whether he was actually telling me the truth and he said yes. He later came to my house in Ibadan. As he was
with me in my house, somebody called him on the phone. I asked who it was and he said it was his younger brother, Dolapo, adding that he (Dolapo) was the one giving him information if policemen came to the street. He later said that Dolapo, Olasunkunmi and one other member called Soldier had collected N500,000 from the woman. “Taiwo has four SIMs. I did not have access to the SIM, otherwise I wanted to use the SIM to call the woman and explain how my account name and number got into the hands of the gang members, to prove that I never intended to be part of the plot. I was unlucky. I am a victim of circumstance beyond my control. I didn’t give them my account name and number to enable them to withdraw that kind of money. We are friends, but I never knew that they were criminally minded.” The Public Relations Ofﬁcer of the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braids, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said it is the latest pattern of crime where hoodlums falsely claim that they were paid to kill or expose their victims, with the intention to defraud or falsely obtain money from them. She appealed to members of the public who come across the suspects to alert her ofﬁce with phone number 08129151603 or the public complaint Bureau situated at Police Public Relations Ofﬁce, Lagos State Police Command, No 1, Oduduwa Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos for immediate action. She advised members of the public to be security conscious at all times.
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reached my friend limit on my first Facebook profile, Adoela Agoro late 2011 and I had to change the name to Adeola Agoro I and I promptly opened another profile naming it Adeola Agoro II. I learn a lot from my Facebook friends and they too learn from me. I must
From you to me I love your site in The Nation newspaper. More grease to your elbow – John Ogah. •People love you for what you are and your contribution to the upliftment of so many homes and lives. Keep it up but welcome more friends. Test your popularity. – Ayodele Agbaje. •Good morning ma. it’s been so long you’ve been on Facebook ma, hope all is well. I believe you are fine because any human being that rises against you will prepare food in live and eat in the grave and you will grow in spirit, grow materially, grow finacially. More wisdom, more understanding and more knowledge. Your good work will never spoil. Please take care ma and remain blessed. Its me - Boyenle Olajide, 07033636900. •I love you ma! - Emmanuel Iorhanakaa. •I’m always hopeful each time I see your posts, I’m happy to have a courageous person like you as a friend. Keep your head up and stay strong. - Kemisola Ogunleye.
Lost contacts •Please madam help me locate Chiamaka Justina Chukwu, a graduate of IMT Enugu, Bus Admin/Marketing. She is married. Thanks. - Monarch Emma Chimere (Igwe). •Kindly link me up with wife or any child of late Wole Odebunmi from Ile Oluji who died in an an accident while in Okene some years back. I need to return something he left with me as a friend back to the family. All efforts to trace any of his family has failed, please- Engr Lawal/ 08037874082.
Nice weekend to my Facebook friends however confess that I often neglect them when doing this page. So, today, I’m using some of the chats and comments from my Facebook
Is it possible to fall in love with someone you have never met? Laura: Good morning ma. I have a problem with my relationship. Adeola Agoro II: Go on, let’s share it. Laura: There is a guy whom I love so much. He is in Sweden and we have dated for six months. I havn’t seen him before but he has seen me when I was small before he travelled. Adeola Agoro II: Yes... I’ reading, go on. Laura: I got to know him through my sister and we dated for six months Adeola Agoro II: What is the problem with the relationship? Laura: He asked me to go to his family for them to know me, which I did. He broke up with me for no good reason. He blocked me on FB and stopped my number from calling him. His family loves me so much they have talked to him but he gave them a deaf ear. The cause of the problem is we were chatting one day when he told me that he wanted us to be chatting once a month. I asked him why and he told me that’s the way he wants it. But he used his brother’s name to chat with me on FB. I told him while I was chatting with him online that he said we should chat once a month and he was using his brother’s name to chat with. Adeola Agoro II: You want to hear the truth? Laura: Yes ma Adeola Agoro II: It is certain he could be married and doesn’t want this online relationship to spoil what he has. Why on earth would he be hiding you or hiding to chat with you under another name if not that he is trying to protect a more serious relationship? Laura: That’s true. He told me he has a son with a white woman but they are not married and they don’t live together. Adeola Agoro II: You’re a very fine girl,
I can't imagine being a pastor's wife Hi Aunty Deola, I sent you a message, maybe you didn't get it. I'm 22 years and I'm dating a guy of 23, I love this guy so much, he has the qualities that I want in a guy and he is a pastor and he also loves me and cherish me more than anything. But what happen is that I can't imagine myself that I'm going to be a minister's wife, I don't like the profession. He can't change; he is already deep
world. I have changed the name of the young woman who asked for advice to Laura to protect her identity, but all other names are real. Is it pos-
sible to fall in love with someone you have never met? Well, that was the question Laura posed and my views are here below. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
into this pastor thing. Please help me, I don't know what to do, I don't want to lose him. me. My dear, I don't understand you o. Somebody wants to work in the vineyard of God and you think he will change that in the name of love! You're wrong baby! If his passion is to preach the word, then it's either you make up your mind to follow him up that path or you gently walk out of his life.
Anyway, there is still enough time to see where this relationship is headed. At 23, he still has a long stretch time before he makes the decision to get married. Also, he still has a lot to learn about being a pastor. So, in all the time lying between you both, he might find a sweet church girl who won't mind to marry a pastor, or who knows, you might have changed your mind about not wanting to marry a pastor and be looking forward to be called 'Mummy G.O'.
DONATION: Gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos, Akinyegun Owolabi Salis (left), presenting ICT equipment worth N1 million to the Lagos Mainland Division of the Boys Scout of Nigeria. Receiving the equipment are Asst. Divisional Commissioner, Emmanuel Odogun, Yeye Akinyegun Olabisi Salis, and Joy Roberts, Asst. District Commissioner, Lagos Mainland Scouts in Lagos.
so I will advise you not to waste your time chasing shadows. Most of these people abroad may not have valid residence papers except they marry citizens. At this point in his life, he is most likely to be trying to face the most important thing he’s abroad for - making a living. You may mean a lot to him emotionally, but he has to use his head in order to stay aboard poverty in a foreign land. Laura: I’m madly in love with him ma, I don’t know what to do. There was a time he told me that he would like his parents to go and pay my dowry, I said no, that I haven’t seen him, that we should wait till
he comes back. Adeola Agoro II: So many of our men abroad would really love to marry our girls, but I just explained to you the difficulties some of them experience to you. His intentions may be noble, but when reality comes knocking, they must follow it. On your part, yes, it is normal to fall in love with that man who professes love. For a young girl like you, it is even sweeter that he’s abroad and you may be thinking about the opportunities before you should he invite you to join him, but you have to face the reality on ground - he has constraints that may mar his chances abroad if he gives in to passion instead of proper reasoning and financial reality. Laura: Ok i just have to move on with my life. Adeola Agoro II: I guess so. Read me in The Nation this coming Saturday and get more hints for your concern. Please read some feedback below: 1. Yes it’s extremely possible to love someone you have never met. My boyfriend and I met online, and we did not meet for 5 months. I was totally in love with him long before we ever met. Now we have lived together over 3 years and we are extremely happy together. The heart knows no boundaries, no state lines, and no distance. You can love across the street or across the country it doesn’t make a difference. What you need to do is tell this person how you feel about them, so that they know how you feel, and find out if they feel the same way about you. 2. Don’t expect it to be easy though, relationships are harder than anything you see in the movies and long distance rela-
tionships are harder still. Your Mr. Right may not even be the one in Sweden, he could be living on the other side of town right now. But yes, it does happen, and it is entirely possible that it could happen to you. 3. Maybe one of you doesn’t want to feed the relationship with just skype and emails for years until maybe you can move. I’d say the chances are higher if you’re living in the same country with hi long term. 4. After you weigh up the logistics the expense and the sheer hassle you’ll soon find the notion of romance wears off. Ok...you fantasize about meeting and falling in love with someone from another country but why does he have to be Irish? It shouldn’t matter to you where the person is from and long distance relationships are hard and frustrating (especially when neither of you can move to live together). 5. Men in Sweden men are no better than men living in Nigerian. A lot of those abroad are disrespectful, sleazey, fat and ugly and very broke. Honestly I wouldn’t advise you to waste your life and time on him. Trust me.
I want to be a columnist, what does it entail? Ifeoluwa Adewuyi Tosin: Aunty A2, please ma, I want to be a columnist, what does it entails? I wish to b one.I love writing but I wouldn’t knw if its gud enof. Please help me out. Adeola Agoro: ‘What does it entail?’, you meant to write, I’m sure, not ‘what does it entails?’. First of all Ifeoluwa, you have to be very proficient in the language you’re using to express yourself. Then you must find an area of interest that will also interest other people. Are you looking at writing on crimes, society, gossips, religions, health, tourism or what? You must decide which area you are very good at and begin to write. To convince any editor about your ability to write, you would be expected to submit up to 10 articles of the piece you’re going to be writing on. The next step would be to take your articles to media houses of your choice and talk to editors. If you’re good enough and there is space for you in the paper, you wouldn’t need to worry – you’d be added to their list of columnists faster than you could ever imagine. In all, I wish you the best.
From left: Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Aderemi Abdullateef Ibirogba and ACN stalwart, Hon. Bola Adeyemi Smart during the wedding ceremony of Hon. Kolawole Otun’s daughter at Alagbado LCDA, Lagos State
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This is how 35,000 troops crossed. Just one sneeze or cough could capside the canoe
Adekunle dringing from his steel helmet after the attack at the airport. From left: Dan Ato, (NAF) Adekunle, Kunle Elegbede, Alabi-Isama, Akinrinade, Filani (NAF)
Alabi-Isama (middle) briefing Col. Obasanjo (right) on plan of Operation Pincer 2. Col. (Father) Pedro Martins (left) was there
My boat that saved Danjuma, Adelanwa and Domkat Bali from being ambushed and killed in 1976 Dimka’s coup
Biafran soldier who killed Isaac Boro at Okrika in 1968 PHOTOS: From Gen. Alabi-Isama’s memoir: The Tragedy of Victory
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For the Ezaa, it signifies an end of a planting season, especially the planting of yam and the beginning of the consumption of new yam. Yam is so celebrated in the Ezaa land and the Igbo culture because yam is regarded as the king of crops
•Yams on display during the festival
HE New Yam Festival of the Igbo ( Iwa ji in Igbo language) is an annual harvest festival by the Igbo people held at the end of the rainy season in early August. The Iwa ji Festival (literally “new-yam eating”) is practised throughout West Africa (especially in Nigeria and Ghana) and other African countries and beyond, symbolizing the conclusion of a harvest and the beginning of the next work cycle. The celebration is a very culturally based occasion, tying individual Igbo communities together as essentially agrarian and dependent on yam. Yams are the first crop to be harvested and are the most important crop of the region. The evening prior to the day of the festival, all old yams (from the previous year’s crop) are consumed or discarded. The next day, only dishes of yam are served, as the festival is symbolic of the abundance of the produce. Traditionally, the role of eating the first yam is performed by the oldest man in the community or the king (igwe). This man also offers the yams to God, deities and ancestors. It is believed that the position bestows the privilege of being intermediaries between their communities and the gods of the land. The rituals are meant to express the gratitude of the communities to the gods for making the harvest possible, and they are widely followed despite more modern changes due to the influence of Christianity in the area. The day is symbolic of enjoyment after the cultivation season, and the plenty is shared with friends and wellwishers. A variety of festivities mark the eating of new yam. Folk dances, masquer-
The New Yam Festival, Iwa ji, is an annual harvest festival by the Igbo people held at the end of the rainy season in early August. The Iwa ji Festival symbolizes the conclusion of a harvest and the beginning of the next work cycle. In this write-up by OGOCHUKWU ANIOKE, he writes on how the Ezaa have used the festival to foster peace and unity amongst the people. ades, parades and parties create an experience that some participants characterize as “art”; the colourful festival is a spectacle of exhibited joy, thanks and community display. Palm oil (mmanu nri) is used to eat the yam. Iwa ji also shares some similarities with the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival, as both are based on the cycles of the moon and are essentially community harvest festivals. In recent times, the celebration, which used to be the greatest festival of the year in most communities in Igboland, has become endangered. In fact, some communities have stopped celebrating it except by a handful of the people who do so quietly.
Two major reasons have been blamed for this. The coming of western education and Christianity, especially as the celebration was seen as a pagan or traditional religion celebration.
•Activities during the festival
•Some Ezaa indigenes during the festival
However, in the land of Ezaa Ezekuna in Ebonyi State, the new yam festival known as Oke Aku Festival is still revered and celebrated with pomp and grandeur. The festival marks the com-
mencement of a new calendar year for the Ezaa. Ezaa are a north eastern Igbo sub-group in south eastern Nigeria. The Ezaa are direct descendants of Ezekuna and his wife, Anyigo. They are, therefore, often referred to as Ezaa Ezekuna. Ezaa people live in virtually all three senatorial zones of Ebonyi State and beyond, but are concentrated in Ezaa North, Ezaa South, Onicha, Ishielu and Ohaukwu local government areas and even in some parts of Enugu State. Onueke is the ancestral headquarters of the Ezaa, one of the most populous clans in Ebonyi State of Nigeria, hence the Oke Aku Festival takes place in the town. The traditional Ezaa in these areas still return to Onueke to offer sacrifices to the graves of their progenitors. Coincidentally, Sacred Heart Parish, Onueke serves as the headquarters of Christianity for Ezaa Catholics. Onueke has been quite important, politically speaking. It used to be the headquarters of the old Ezzikwo Division. It was also the headquarters of the old Ezaa Local Government Area. Right now, it doubles as the headquarters of the Ezaa South Local Government Area and Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone, comprising Ezaa South, Ezaa North, Ishielu and Ikwo local government areas. Onueke derives its name from the famous Eke Imoha, one of the oldest and biggest markets in Ebonyi State. The Eke Imoha Market is central to the economic life of Ezaa people. This is where the people sell their rich agricultural produce. Mainly farmers, the Ezaa produse yams, cassava, rice, cocoyams, and many other crops in abundance. These food crops, along with many other modern wares, are bought and sold in the Eke Market which is held every four days. The other markets in the Ezaa area include Awho, Nkwo, and Oryie. Eke is considered the first and biggest of these markets.Hence during this year’s celebration, the traditional rulers asked the person responsible for the recent facelift given to the market. And when the Chairman of the Ezaa South Local Government Area, Laz Ogbee, indicated that he was the one responsible, the traditional rulers immediately gave him a chieftaincy title of Ochia Aha 1 of Ezaa Ezekuna. The seriousness and tenacity of purpose with which the people of the area have held on to the festival and their other traditions and customs
is seen as a welcome development by Hon. Ogbee, himself a proud Ezaa man. “It is good that we the Ezaa have continued to celebrate the Oke Aku Festival, especially in this era when serious efforts are being made to ensure that the Igbo language does not go into extinction”, said Hon Ogbee. For the Ezaa, it signifies an end of a planting season, especially the planting of yam and the beginning of the consumption of new yam. Yam is so celebrated in the Ezaa land and the Igbo culture because yam is regarded as the king of crops. The 2013 celebration was no different to that of previous editions. It was indeed a gathering of who is who in the Ezaa nation as well as invited friends across the nation during the grand finale at Ezaa Cultural Centre, Amana, Ezza South Local Government Area. In attendance where the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, members of the National Assembly and State Assembly from the state and captains of industry. According to Hon Ikeuwa Omebe, “the celebration for ages has never failed since it was instituted by Ezekuna, the ancestral father of Ezaa people centuries ago. The 2013 was very significant in the sense that it was happening at a time when Governor Martin Elechi wants to reenact those cultural practices and virtues that could make Ebonyians greater than they can imagine through his attitudinal change policy which emphasises achieving a purpose in life through good character”. On the significance of the festival, Omebe noted that no one dares harvest or sell new yams unless the festival takes place or else there will be fatal repercussions. “If there is no Oke Aku, we can’t sell or eat new yam anywhere in the Ezaa land. If you do, then you are to experience deaths in your family. People will start dying gradually, so many unusual things will start happening in that person’s family”,Ombe said. Historically, Ezaa have to celebrate it first before any other clan in the old Abakaliki block. This is because Ezekuna, their progenitor is believed to be the eldest of the four sons of Anakewhaliki among the four major clans in the bloc, the other three being Izzi Nodo, Ikwo Noyo and Ezekoma, otherwise known as Agba.
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Jades ups the ante in Abuja
ITHIN the last couple of years, the Nigerian hospitality industry has witnessed a kind of steady growth with the current atmosphere of peace under a democratic polity. With the robust hospitality climate, the drive to acquire a certain per cent of the market share has seen some of the unbranded hospitality outfits coming up with new and innovative services. The latest is a new hospitality outfit,Jades Hotels, billed to open today in Wuse Zone 5, Abuja. The opening of the 60room hotel, according to the management of the hotel, would be performed by Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State. However, knowing the competitive nature of the hospitality market in Abuja, the hotel general manager, Mr. Varun Sivanandan, said Jades was set to revolutionize the industry with certain innovative signature services. The hotel general manager, who was upbeat about the official opening ceremony, said it would offer the hotel the opportunity to showcase its new approach to customer satisfaction and the running of hospitality business. Sivanandan, an Indian and graduate in hospitality management with added exposure of managing top rated hospitality outfits in India and Dubai, spoke on his desire to take Jades Hotels to the next level. He explained that even though he was new in the Nigerian hospitality industry, he said guests satisfaction was the key thing, anywhere in the world in the hospitality business. His words: “I have had experience in a four-star hotel in India and at the international level. I can take Jades to the next level. I am a degree holder in the hospitality.” The hotel is a mixture of luxury and business. The hotel’s facilities cut across different categories just to cater for an eclectic market. Many believe that the hotels in Abuja are too
Ife people celebrate Oranmiyan Festival
‘ •Mr. Sivanandan many, leading to cut-throat competition. On this, Sivanandan disagreed. He said: “There is what we call segmentation in hospitality, and competition in the industry is a welcomed development. It is difficult for the customers to get value for money with services in the hotels without competition. The mere fact that you have hotels being in short supply when you have major events in Abuja has to do with hotels being in short supply. Still the market is open. Operators of hotels would always find their on level when it comes to services and tariff. We have a class and we have out target market here in Abuja.” According the manager, the hotel intends to build a solid reputation based on personalized service.
•Mud house of Ezekuna. Behind is the ultra modern cultural centre built by Ebonyi State Government
There is what we call segmentation in hospitality, and competition in the industry is a welcomed development. It is difficult for the customers to get value for money with services in the hotels without competition
“We serve each of our customers, according to his or her needs. We will not serve the way we serve the other person because you have different personalities. So it is segmented according to the needs of every guest. That is why we go an extra mile to serve you. “One of the things we do to give you personalized service is gueridone service, that is, we can prepare a mile with the chef standing in front of you. For example, you ordered for eba, they will just prepare the meal right in front of you. These are part of the innovations we are bringing to the industry. “There is a certain level of satisfaction for you to see that the food you are going to eat is not being brought from the back of the house,
but it is prepared right in front of you. “We also have special delicacies from the different parts of the country. We will also celebrate Nigerian cuisines. We have delicacies like isie ewu, ugba and pepper soup of all kinds. We will also do continental cuisines. We will have specialty dishes from different parts of the world. “We are planning to do different theme nights at the pool side areas. In Abuja, we have all types of customers. The theme nights would try to cater for different segments of the market at any given day. One, for example,during India Night, the cuisines and setting for the night would be Indian. The same applies to other nationalities. “There are many hotels in Abuja, but there is still space for more. The market is not saturated as some people wrongly believe. Once you are ready to offer something special to the industry, there would be room. That is what we intend to do. “We also have a Wifi for our in-house guests. We also have free gym for in-house guests. There is a certain category of massages that is free for in-house guests. We really want to make the difference in Abuja,”he said. He vowed that Jades would not be a flash that would fade off a few years after throwing its doors open. This, the hotel intends to achieve through aggressive training of its staff and maintenance of facilities.
RANMIYAN was one of the seven sons of Okanbi, the only child of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba. The legend, Oranmiyan, despite being the grandson of Oduduwa was the pioneer Alaafin of Oyo. He was famed as a strong enigmatic leader who led his people into a path of greatness that lasted several centuries, leaving a heritage that lasts till today. After establishing Oyo, he left and conquered the Benin people and again founded the Benin Kingdom. After several wars and •Oba Sijuwade conquests, Oranmiyan returned to Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba and was the sixth Ooni of Ife. He later joined his ancestors. The place where the staff of Oranmiyan lies in Ile-Ife, Osun State is now a centre of tourist attraction. This great legend that has continued to shape the destiny of a race deserves to be celebrated as a unifying force for the Yoruba people. Oranmiyan is a unique name that has occupied a column of Yoruba history as a warrior, conqueror and legend. An organization committed to the development of Tourism in Nigeria, FLABSY Travels & Tours has received the approval of the Ooni of Ife, Alaiyeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, to organize a festival which would bring all Ife indigenes and the entire Yoruba at home and in diaspora like Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, United States of America etc. together and use the platform of the festival to identify and bring to the fore a unique and binding tradition for the Yoruba people, utilise the platform to propagate Oranmiyan as a central figure in Yorubaland and explore all creative means to ensure that through the festival celebrations, Oranmiyan staff becomes a tourist haven, ensure that the festival is enlisted in the calendar of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and the World Tourism Calendar, achieve a top-ofthe-mind festival event for Odun Oranmiyan and create awareness for Ife indigenes at home and abroad use the platform to drive investment opportunity to Ile-Ife.
•NCPC boss, Mr. Opara, with the medical team
NCPC boss inaugurates medical team
HE Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara, has inaugurated the Federal Medical Committee for the 2013 Christian pilgrimage exercise. Inaugurating the committee in his office in Abuja recently, the NCPC helmsman charged members of the committee to maintain high sense of integrity and honesty in the discharge of their assignment. He urged them not to be involved in any manipulation, but should ensure that honesty and integrity are considered always. His words: “Let us agree that in honesty and integrity that we are able to give all”. Mr. Opara stressed that the knowledge of man is limited, but only God has the ultimate knowledge, hence the need for the medical personnel to depend completely on God’s direction and not their own professional knowledge. Consequently, he urged them to always give praise and appreciation to God for what he has done and what he will do in the characteristics of David in the Bible. The NCPC boss scored the performances of the past federal medical committees in the last three and four years high, thus he tasked them to maintain the same tempo if possible to surpass their records.
Tantalizers forges ahead
ANTALIZERS Plc, quick service restaurant chains, is cur rently carrying out massive remodelling of its stores, all in a bid to serve its customers better. Determined to reposition the brand and deliver value to its customers, the phase revamping exercise has been completed in the Victoria Island, Tejuosho, Akoka and Lekki stores. The most recent addition is the one at Allen Avenue. The interior of the store now carries an attractive, cozy and exciting look. Homely and comfortable, the dining experience will also be one to remember as the store now boasts of a rich array of breakfast menus in addition to delicacies like asun In a statement in Lagos, Promotion Manager, Tantalizers Plc, Mr Toluawa Oyetayo, said: “Work is currently ongoing in three outlets in Ibadan and two in Abuja. The revamping exercise underlines the company’s passionate and tireless drive to give her customers the best in terms of ambience, quality meals and services.” Tantalizers Plc currently has outlets spread across Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Akure, Ondo, Ado- Ekiti, Ilorin, Ijebu Ode and Abeokuta, while the company is set to break new grounds in the next few months.
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Understanding the family (2) D
Dear Reader, Last week, I started a teaching on Understanding The Family, and we examined the family unit and marriage relationship. This week, we will be examining, Marriage Versus Family. Marriage Versus Family Fredrick K. C. Price said, “Marriage is a divine ordinance. Without marriage as a divine ordinance, you cannot have a family. You may have a group of people living in the same house, but you cannot have a family. You will have a living arrangement, but not godly relationships.” In other words, if there is no marriage, there can be no family, because there is a decent order and process to follow in establishing a family. The Bible admonishes us: Let all things be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). The marriage relationship, though essential to the family unit, differs from family relationship. Let’s see how: Firstly, marriage is between two parties, man and woman, husband and wife. It is between two people of the opposite sex only. It is important to make this point very clear here, especially in these “modern” days of “same sex marriages”. Even though same sex marriages may be acceptable to the society, it is not acceptable to God. For: … Male and female created he them (Genesis 1:27). Therefore shall a man …cleave unto his wife… (Genesis 2:24). Notice the words “male”, “female”, “man”, and “wife” in the above scriptures. These all point to two people of the opposite sex, not same sex. God is a God of details. To have God’s kind of marriage, things must be done His own way. Following the crowd and doing what everybody else is doing can never make for success in marriage. Caution! Caution!! Caution!!! God warns in His
Health Matters With DR MIKE OYAKHIRE 08170268670 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Continued from last week Major types of Human Breast milk Colostrum; This could appear, yellowish and thick. It begins to flow almost immediately after the placenta is expelled. About 60 to 100mls may be produced per day and under normal conditions, flow lasts for a period ranging from 4 to 5 days The foremilk colostrum is produced by the breast immediately after a mother has her baby. It is rich in minerals and antibodies. The hind milk colostrums is produced at the beginning of breast feeding. It has high fat sugar content, but has a high concentration of sugar. Colostrums is rich in protein Colostrums is replaced by transitional milk which is light, more plentiful Full milk production is expected to start flowing by day 5 , up till the 8th day but normally by the 2nd week mature breast milk will have begun to come steadily. It is not uncommon for mature breast milk to appear much later. It is usually grayish white or bluish white in colour. Components of Human breast milk Water—86%, Fat—-3.5% Lactose--7-9% Protein—0.8—0.9% Ash--0.2% Others include , growth factors—insulin like growth factors-1, scatter factor etc, breast milk contains bile salt lipase, glycoconjugates, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, monovalent
ions-Na, and k . citrate, phosphates and micelles of casein are also present. These are all necessary for the proper growth and normal development of a child. The developing brain requires plenty of omega 3 oils to properly build and interconnect the nervous tissue. These are present in amount and conformation specific to humans. With regards to intelligence, ability to read, understand and recall, settle down and solve mathematics, Children growing on breast milk irrespective of age, sex, race and given similar opportunities and background will do better than those fed with artificial, non human milk. Can a mother produce Acidic breast milk? PH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity (potential of Hydrogen). It is available on a scale of 14, where 7 is taken as neutral, equivalent to the PH of pure water . Increasing values represent a tendency towards alkalinity as opposed to decreasing values which signify tendency towards acidity. The normal PH of Breast milk falls within the range 7.35 -7.45 and is alkaline. This favours the growth of the lactobacillus bacterium. Excessive intakes of caffeine, not caffeinated beverages have been implicated in breast milk, Ciga and very strong cigarettes can have similar effects. Heavy exercise leave the blood stream with high levels of circulating lactic acid. When this occurs, breast milk which is formed from blood takes it’s share of the acidity. Diets which exclude fruits and vegetables but heavy on meat and fats have also been implicated. In these
Word: …Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (homosexuals), nor abusers of themselves with mankind … shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). To go against the Word of God, makes life to be against you! The scriptures cannot be broken. To attempt to break scriptures, is to be broken in life. Those who make light of God’s Word are naturally victims in life. Secondly, marriage is a covenant, resulting in a fusion, a blending, and a lifelong relationship between one man and one woman. The husband and wife relationship is established by covenant. Marriage is not just a good idea, it is God’s idea. God instituted it; it is divine. It is not a cultural thing, but a scriptural thing. It is not a product of man’s arrangement, but God’s arrangement. A family tie, however, is a common ancestral or associational bond resulting in a connecting cord between the individuals within that same family. Its existence is not necessarily by their own volition. That is, you really have no say in deciding which family to belong to. And Judah said unto his brethren … he is our brother and our flesh... (Genesis 37:26-27). Thirdly, marriage is by choice; each party chooses to become bonded. In a family, however, each member is bonded as a result of their common ancestry, whether or not they choose to. In Genesis 28:2, Isaac told Jacob his son: Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother. The marriage relationship in which you find yourself, is a product of your choice, and choices are so important. To a great extent, they determine the flavour of our lives. On the other hand, the family into which you are born, is not a product of your choice. The relationship between children and parents is established by birth. You do not choose who your father or mother would be, before you are born. Or did you? You cannot change your father, neither can you change your mother. Nonetheless, the good news is that God never makes mistakes. Whatever family you are born into is not accidental, God did it on purpose, and it is for your good. Don’t ever wish you were born into another family. The family into which you are born is the best, for you to fulfil your reason for existence. Get excited! You are born in due season.
Don’t ever despise the family into which you were born. No matter the challenges there, God might have sent you there for such a time as this. As you handle those challenges effectively, you will emerge a champion. Fourthly, marriage is the foundation for the family. A marriage is entered into by choice, and then grows into a family unit. The principles that keep the marriage standing, must flow into the lifestyle of family members. This is because in a marriage, an individual makes a choice for him/herself. But in establishing a family, the individual is bringing loved ones and more individuals together, to partake of the either healthy environment created or painful experiences being endured (Genesis 47:9). Marriage and family are meant to be enjoyed, not endured. God is still in the business of making successful your marriage. He will restore and help you to make things right again, when you accept Him through His Son Jesus Christ and become born again. If you will like to be born again and begin to enjoy God’s help and peace in your home, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me with Your blood. Deliver me from sin and satan, to serve the living God. I believe You died for me and on the third day, You rose that I might be justified. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into your Kingdom”. Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: email@example.com Tel. No: 08141320204; 07026385437; 07094254102 For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Making Marriage Work, Marriage Covenant, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Health matters of children
Breast milk and breast feeding situations, babies may not accept breast milk with expected or sustained enthusiasm, and are likely to lose weight. The alkaline PH of normal breast milk favors the growth of lactobacillus but kills off pathogenic bacteria Common Conditions Where Mother Cant Breastfeed Her Baby. There are some conditions that may cause a mother to not breastfeed her baby or stop doing so. Only a few are stated here; Mothers on anticancer agents, Methotrexate, Vinblastine, Alkaloids, etc Those on Some prescription drugs. Parlodel(bromocriptine), Tetracycline, Flagyl, Aspirin ,etc. Presence of some conditions such as, open Tuberculosis, neuropsychiatric conditions- puerperal psychosis, drug induced psychosis, herpes Alcoholics are usually not expected to be successful in providing any reasonable level of care to their children. Specific Advantages Of Human Breast Milk Human breast milk contains ingredients required for the proper development of the human brain. Breast milk contains high amounts of arachidonic acid (ARA ) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These have been implicated in the proper development of the brain and the retina of the eyeCognition ( the mental faculty or process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition, or perception) is comparatively lower in brains developed with milk other than Human breast milkHuman breast milk provides more energy with minimal metabolic waste products just as the growing child requires. Lactose concentra-
tion is 50% higher, in human breast milk .In addition, it contains the type of protein baby can easily digest, without harm to kidney, the developing brain and liver. Energy from lactose, fat and cholesterol are the good types and in the right proportion. IRON – baby gets 50% iron when given breast milk but only 10% from artificial milkAllergenecity- is lower in breast milk, parents with family history of bronchial asthma will do well to avoid Animal sources of breast milkImmunology- lactoferin, lymphocytes, macrophages, lysosymes are represented in higher percentages Common Problems Soreness and engorgement are common but harmless problems. How they can be handled are usually discussed during antenatal visits.Abscess/mastitis. When pus is present in the breast with fever, you go the Hospi-
tal so it is cut open (Incision and Drainage). Only then will antibiotics work.Pesticides, dioxins, metals, can be found in breast milk. Be careful what you swallow.Beliefs— careless talk can interfere with successful breast feeding, mind who you listen to.Can A Child Refuse Breast Milk/Fail To Suck?Child may not be well, check for fever, look at the mouth, see your DoctorNipple problemsPoor personal hygiene——bad odour distorts pheromonesAcidic breast milk —Exessive production of lactic acid from exercise, caffeine ingestion, too much acid fruits in the diet RECOMMENDATIONS Ideally, support for a woman who has doubts about breast milk or breast feeding should begin at the third trimester of pregnancy, through health education, usually by nurses and
midwives, who have themselves, had adequate training. During visits for immunization, enquiries can be made with respect to bowel movement, urine making, bowel movements, and child examined by weighing Feed on demand, let baby stop feeding on one breast before you change Weaning?Don’t stop suddenly, give baby time to learn to eat and digest and your body time to get adjusted to gradual return of the see saw relationship between the principal hormones-prolactin, estrogen and progesteroneWhat not to give to children of breast feeding ageNo peanuts, fats, raw vegetables, seasoning until 3-4 years.No egg white , wait until he reaches 12 month, think of allergy.Avoid rushing to buy Antibioticsmay predispose your baby to Bronchial problems or what may be difficult to separate from Bronchial asthma.Does the child have abdominal problems, points to anywhere in the abdomen,—rule of 3— 3hrs a day, 3days a week, for 3weeks. Then think of Colicsee your Doctor.
Health Matters Quiz Corner Continued from last week
7. Blata orientalis and periplaneta Americana are the biological names of two domestic living organisms. a. What would a senior level biology student call them? b. Of what value are these names to a competent house wife? 8. Country in the continent of Asia is about to begin banking of stored breast milk; a. what possible changes do you expect, when breast milk is stored in cold breast milk bank b. Name two problems that could frustrate the successful establishment of a breast milk bank in Nigeria c. What major medical problems do you expect in a child given breast milk stored under unfavorable banking conditions? 9. Heart problems have become common in the Nigerian African. The Kano
Nwankwo Heart Foundation has been assisting patients who have enough money to carry out some of the lifesaving corrective procedures; those who are poor are left to die. Problems frequently arise in the post op period, and revision surgery are often more complicated than the first. Anatomical variants are capable of throwing even the best surgeon off balance, no matter how sophisticated the facilities at his disposal. Concerning the Heart, a. What is the usual case in coronary artery Anatomy, when a Human Heart is described as Right Coronary Artery Dominant? b. Which of the coronary arteries supply more cardiac tissue and why? c. What are the clinical implications of this for the cardiothoracic or Heart surgeon, who is not trained in minimally invasive, fluoroscopy guided techniques?
To be continued
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Dealing with major depressive disorder: Electric shock therapy Continued from last week
Alternative Therapies For Depression We have discussed the treatment of mild depression through psychotherapy and drugs. Other attempts to treat mild depression usealternative approaches such as yoga, hypnosis, acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic processes, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, and massage. Treatment at-
tempts should always be with the consent and collaboration of the subject. Depression in some women can be related to sudden hormonal changes. These changes cause mood changes that are often part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), postchildbirth, and postmenopause. Postmenopausal women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may
RAIN activity, including cognition or thinking, is physically mediated through chemicals called neurotransmitters or nerve chemicals. Such chemicals transmit information, signals, and experience. Scientists recognize that clinical depression in patients is associated with changes in certain brain chemicals. These chemicals include serotonin (also called 5-HT), norepinephrine (also called nor-adrenaline), and dopamine - that all have chemical structures known as monoamines. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a group of antidepressant drugs. They were produced by a process called rational drug design. These designer drugs act by increasing the availability of serotonin at its cellular sites of action thus enhancing its neurotransmitter function. SSRIs are used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety and personality disorders (social anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder,and eating disorders), posttraumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. SSRI drugs are widely manufactured and used in different countries all over the world showing the universality and high incidence of depression. Examples of SSRIs (with their trade names) are (from Wikipedia): •Citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Cipram, Dalsan, Recital, Emocal, Sepram, Seropram, Citox, Cital) •Dapoxetine (Priligy) •Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex, Esertia) •Fluoxetine (Depex, Prozac, Fontex, Seromex, Seronil, Sarafem, Ladose, Motivest, Flutop, Fluctin (EUR), Fluox (NZ), Depress (UZB), Lovan (AUS), Prodep (IND)) •Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Fevarin, Faverin, Dumyrox, Favoxil, Movox, Floxyfral) •Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat, Sereupin, Aropax, Deroxat, Divarius, Rexetin, Xetanor, Paroxat, Loxamine, Deparoc) •Sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral, Serlain, Asentra, Tresleen) It takes about 6-8 weeks of treatment for the body to adjust to SSRIs and for the antidepressant drug action to have full effect. During the first 1-4 weeks adaptation phase various side effects may be observed - from head ache, nausea and vomiting to strange dreams, tremors, mania, and suicidal ideation, depending on the particular drug being used and the individual patient that is being treated. Suicidal behaviour may be seen in children or adolescents given such drugs therefore they are very risky if used for MDD in this age group. Many of SSRI side effects disappear by the 6th week. Sexual dysfunction is a major problem caused by SSRIs during long term use in about a third of patients and this side effect is seen after the adaptation phase and can last long after the drug is discontinued or may become permanent (this is called post SSRI sexual dysfunction). The affected patients may manifest loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, or anorgasmia (no orgasm). Couples need to be aware of this. Increased risk of bleeding is another side effect of SSRIs. Antidepressants are strictly controlled drugs and you should never try to obtain them without a doctor’s prescription and expert monitoring of the effects on you.
have fewer symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, and osteoporosis and therefore better mood. Depression is a medical condition that happens to any human being. Don’t let the world get on top of you, depressing you. As we grow older, we learn to displace the world and be on top of our own lives.Before you get to a stage of depression that possibly no psychotherapy or drug or
electric shock can undo, this little poem reminds us that life is full of antidepressants: Antidepressants A little more love. True friends to relate. A caring spouse. A lot less hate. A satisfactory job. A safe neighbourhood. Responsible government. Each person understood. A comfortable home. Sane religion. A free mind.
A right position. Loyal colleagues. A day at a time. An eye on the future. A quote, a rhyme. A mountain, a flower. Some music, a feast. Diversion from fear. Being great, being least. A happy hour.
Antidepressant drug therapy
If a pregnant woman needs to take an antidepressant, she must know that: “SSRI use during pregnancy is associated with an increased rate of miscarriages, birth defects, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, newborn behavioral syndrome, and possibly long term behavioral problems. The risk of spontaneous abortion is increased about 1.7 fold” (Wikipedia). Also, the drug taken by the mother reaches the baby in the womb and the baby could be born with neonatal abstinence syndrome , a withdrawal syndrome caused by the baby missing the drug, just as happens to drug addicts when they cannot have their drug. Antidepressants can produce dangerous effects when used together with other drugs or certain food components such as alcohol. SSRI drugs affect the liver enzymes that degrade various drugs leading to toxic effects of those drugs. You should discuss your diet and existing drug use with your doctor before startinganti depressant drugs. Because of the possibility of side effects, antidepressant drug treatment begins with small doses of a chosen antidepressant drug which may be increased safely or the patient is switched to another drug (trial-and-error approach). The medical history of antidepressant drug use indicates more harm than good. This is possibly because of some inappropriate use of these drugs in the initial two decades of their introduction into clinical practice. Many depression cases that could have been resolved by psychotherapy and other means were too quickly resorted to drug use. The ease of conviction of the general populace through aggressive or clever advertising shot the drugs into unparalleled popularity. Ignorant demand by patients took over rational prescribing by doctors. The universality of depression as a health problem makes antidepressant drug production lucrative. All major drug manufacturers have their own brands. SSRIs are amongst the most widely advertised and prescribed drugs in the world. Who doesn’t end up with personal problems? Taking a drug is easier than going for psychotherapy
or counselling. Prescriptions are often patient driven through the effects of television advertisements that tell you: “depression hurts” or end with: “ask your doctor if (drug) is right for you.” Such adverts can make patients ignore psychotherapy and have brought billions of dollars profit for the drug manufacturers. Over-diagnosis of depression is a recognized issue and care should be taken against unnecessary use of antidepressant drugs. However suicide rates from cases of major depressive disorder that are not treated are also alarming. The low and unpredictable efficacy (less than 50% of patients may benefit) and serious side effects of these drugs should be well explained to patients. In the past in developed countries, disappointed and hurt patients have often sued the manufacturers of antidepressants and demanded financial compensation. For example, since 1992 when the Food and Drug Administration approved paroxetine (Paxil) in the US, about 5,000 people in the US have sued Glaxo Smith and Kline, the manufacturer. All the major manufacturers of antidepressants: Johnson and Johnson, Abbott, Eli Lilly, Astra Zeneca, and Pfizer have also been subjected to law suits. “According to projections compiled by Thomson Reuters Pharma, worldwide sales of antidepressant drugs are expected to drop by more than half in the next four years. While antidepressant drugs raked in $15 billion in 2003, they are expected to fetch less than $6 billion by 2016” (http:// w w w . n a t u r a l n e w s . c o m / 035444_antidepressants_drug_sales_alternatives.html). The SSRIs considered safer with their approximate US prescription rates in 2010 are sertraline (Zoloft, 33 million), citalopram (Celexa, 28 million), fluoxetine (Prozac, 24 million), and escitalopram (Lexapro, 23 million).It is believed that more than 220 million prescriptions of antidepressants were made in 2010 in the US, some patients going from one drug to another. Statistics in developing countries are not clear. Apart from the popular SSRIs, the follow-
Endless prayer. Dr. ’Bola John is a biomedical scientist based in Nigeria and in the USA. For any comments or questions on this column, please Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07028338910
ing drug groupsare also used as antidepressants: •serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs, e.g. desvenlafaxine (Prostiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Ixel, Savella), and venlafaxine (Effexor) •norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (e.g. atomoxetine (Strattera),reboxetine (Edronax), and viloxazine (Vivalan) •erotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitors (SARIs, e.g. etoperidone (Atxiomin, Etonin),nefazodone (Serzone, Nefadar), and trazodone (Desyrel) •tricyclic antidepressants (TCA)s, e,g, amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), clomipramine (Anafranil), doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil),trimipramine (Surmontil), desipramine (Norpramin), nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl, Noritren), and protriptyline (Vivactil) •-HT-prodrugs (such as tryptophan) •Nonepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion (Wellbutin, Zyban) Other antidepressant drugs include tianeptine (Stablon), a drug that appears to work though modulating 5-HT, dopamine, and glutamate in the brain and may have less severity in side effect than SSRIs. It is useful for depression with anxiety. Amineptine (Survector) works through dopamine and norepinephrine and has fast acting antidepressant effect but it is known to cause liver toxicity and severe acne. Agomelatine(Valdoxan, Melltor, Thymanax) has less sexual side effects than SSRIs andpromotes sleep. It acts through 5-HT and melatonin cellular mechanisms in the brain. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) inhibit the enzyme monoamine oxidase that destroys monoamines dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine after their function. MAOIs were the early antidepressant drugs that were widely used. Selegiline is still used and is produced as a transdermal patch, Ensam. Moclobemide is another MAOI that is still used. Antidepressant substances include nicotine as transdermal patch and caffeine. In Germany, concentrated extracts of St John’s wort (botanical name: Hypericumperforatum) are commonly prescribed for depression. Different from controlled prescription drugs, St John’s wort is a herbal medicine that can be purchased as an over-the-counter medication in various parts of the world without prescription. Dr. ’Bola John is a biomedical scientist based in Nigeria and in the USA. For any comments or questions on this column, please Email email@example.com or call 07028338910
THE NATION, SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
The laureate at 79
“Could Wole be said to be a lucky young chap? Yes, but only to the extent that, among his contemporaries, he was one of the few that had the rare fortune of being born and bred in an academic milieu. His father was the headmaster at Saint Peter’s School in Ake parsonage in the era when religion and education were two sides of the same coin. ‘Essay’, as the headmaster was fondly called, had passion for books and gave the child Wole his first communion at the altar of Literature”. “He toiled and moiled for the entrance examination to the University College while working at Medical Supply Centre in Lagos immediately after his secondary education. He was not prepared to be a mendicant in a foreign land. He, with other colleagues, chose site jobs for holidays - bartending, bricklaying, portering - whatever job could earn some pounds!”
recall the two extracts from my piece, Wole Soyinka in Retrospection, published in ThisDay in 2006, for two reasons. First, to commend the few governors that have, once again, opened access to mass knowledge acquisition through the introduction of functional free education in their states. Just as Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s name is today written in gold, I have no doubt that Future Nigeria will reward them accordingly. I shudder to imagine if Wole had been born to a family that neither had the interest nor the wherewithal to send him to school. After all, it was the era when schooling was not only prohibitive, but of secondary consideration to majority of parents. Just imagine how many Wole Soyinkas must have been lost to ignorance until 1955 when the then Premier of Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, launched Free Universal Primary Education. It will amount to a disservice to industry and perseverance, if the reader is allowed, inadvertently, to run away with the impression that the Nobel Laureate was born with a silver spoon in his mouth or destined to become a literary icon. This accounts for the second extract. Prof Wole Soyinka was either at the nadir of his spirits or full of rage while he wrote his acceptance speech as the first winner of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership. It must be frustrating and soulcorroding for the Awo Laureate, after decades of struggle against military tyranny and its civilian variants, to be confronted with religious extremism, now threatening to annihilate the country. The heart ace of the Nobel prize winner, however, is not the unconscionable violence that is now consuming the country like harmattan twigs, but that this is a product of “wrongful silence and inertia. The folding of arms and the buttoning of lips when leadership – and not merely localized – desperately needed to lead and inflict exemplary punishment on violators of the freedom of belief, and existence of others.” We need not get this far. The activist had lamented at many fora “the delinquent silence of religious and community leaders where the religious rights of others were trampled upon, often terminally.” “Nothing new is happening in this nation,” declares the playwright, “only the final suppuration of a boil that has been left to fester… Yes, we missed such intensity of conviction, such stern, uncompromising denunciation when individuals, with or without public profile, were being systematically mown down for alleged religious offences, some of which took place, not even within our borders but in remote, frozen regions as the Scandinavian nations or the United states.” The poet then proceeded to cite instances of “The knives, the cudgels, the matchbox and burning tyres that decapitated Akaluka, that incinerated the female teacher and invigilator Oluwaseesin and a host of others, including school children and infants, at the slightest or no provocation…” Impunity, of course, begets impunity. Through indifference, inertia, covert glee, etc, the leadership of the troubled regions of the nation sowed the wind and is now reaping the whirlwind. The tolerated monster has now grown to consume not just its sympathisers, but the very scaffolding of our yet uncompleted structure of nationhood. Soyinka cautions, however, that “Making up for past derelictions is not a sectional task, but a collective undertaking. Protection of our hard won Freedom – against any threat – is the imperatives of our times.” The Awo prize winner proposed a strategy of containment that would include “raining down enlightenment leaflets instead of bullets. It is the minds that need most desperately to be bombed as part of state strategy. The airwaves need to be bombarded with counter indoctrination to what has already
taken hold of the minds of these addicts of the untenable.” While acknowledging the collective responsibility we all share at this period – and I believe it is our shared obligation - he urges those whose religion is being desecrated to be in the forefront of firing the intellectual weapons of counter indoctrination, “a sustained campaign of re-enlightenment, beamed at that ultimate battleground – the mind.” Yes, it’s a battle that can be won with resounding success. Education – in all forms must now be used to rescue Religion, promote its true teachings. Governments must invest in functional free education. Leaders across the nation should learn from one another on religious accommodation so evident in some parts of the country, which naturally, ultimately and inevitably must lead to peace and prosperity, under the banner of democracy. My intellectual avatar has spent over 50 years in the trenches. He craves a free and democratic nation, where religion will be strictly “a private engagement with unseen forces, where and however they are held to manifest themselves, and by whatever names they are known.” He wants a world that “adopts a position that refuses to countenance Religion as an acceptable justification for, excuse, or extenuation of – crimes against humanity.” He’s however not against religion but its abusers. He, for instance, decries unnecessary quest for religious parity such as the Pilgrims’ Board even when nothing in the theology of the religion “makes pilgrimage mandatory to any destination in the world.” He hankers after the sanctity of the rule of law – that Law should be above everyone. He wants Power and Freedom, which are locked in enduring, infinite struggle with change only in “the personnel, the tempo and intensity of struggle” (as against Marx’s finite view), to “come to that accommodation where Power is transmuted into Authority, Authority as a commodity that is earned, ceded to the management organs of society, not brutally exacted under whatever guise.” This is the best gift the country, nay the world, can give our one-man literary institution, intellectual tornado, democracy icon, human rights campaigner and a theologian of the Religion of Freedom, the Awo Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, as he celebrates his 79th birthday today. Opeyemi, a journalist, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NATION, SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
THE NATION, SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
‘Request for the redeployment of Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu from Rivers State Police Command’ • Text of Amaechi’s letter to Jonathan, Police, others 9thJuly, 2013
Mr. Mike Okiro Chairman, Police Service Commission Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Dear Sir, PREAMBLE
The problems that engulfed the Niger Delta region between 2003 and 2007 has its roots in the crisis in parts of Rivers State in 2003/2004 that pitched leaders of several local militias and cult groups against one another in a supremacy battle. The turbulence was such that residents of the State could not move from one community to the other or from one part of Port Harcourt to another for fear of being victims of the needless carnage between the warring groups. Despite, the intervention of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in October 2004 in what became known as the ‘first Amnesty programme. The crisis eventually spread to other states of the Niger Delta and assumed a different dimension that took the ‘second amnesty programme’ and the determination of the Rivers State Government insistence on the enforcement of law and order to bring it under control. One of the major casualties of the 2003/2004 mayhem was the Nigeria Police Force whose officers and men suffered death, humiliation and lost morale because at some point during the crisis, the police failed in the discharge of its duties and eventually became victims of their inactions. With this benefit of hindsight, I have since assumption of office as Governor of Rivers State treated the security of lives and property as priority. The Rivers State Government under my watch invested massively in training, equipping and providing logistics support for the Nigeria Police and other law enforcement agencies to enhance their capacity to discharge their duties. It is in furtherance of this that I write to bring to your attention certain developments in Rivers State that are undermining the security of lives and property of residents, dwellers and businesses. For purposes of this communication it may be necessary to restate the following obvious but critical facts. 1) Rivers State is one of the 36 States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 2) It is the largest on-shore oil producing State and the headquarters of Nigeria’s hydro- carbon industry. It is also home to Nigeria’s only Oil and Gas Free Zone as well as several Offshore oil and gas fields. In addition, Rivers State hosts multinational Oil and Gas Companies, Shell Petroleum Development Co (SPDC), MOBIL, AGIP, CHEVRON and many others. 3) Rivers State is the second largest economy in Nigeria after Lagos State. 4) During the inglorious days of militancy, Rivers State was the fault line and bore the brunt of the Niger Delta militancy wars. Those scars are still very evident. 5) The Nigerian Constitution recognises the Governor as the Chief Executive of the State. CONSIDERATIONS 1) On February 13, 2013, Mr.Mbu Joseph Mbu was posted to Rivers State as the 31st Police Commissioner in the State. His predecessor Mr. Mohammed Ndabawa had served in the State for barely nine months before his replacement with Mr. Mbu. 2) I was sworn in as Governor of Rivers State on October 26, 2007. 3) I have worked with four Commissioners of Police prior to Mr Mbu’s posting to Rivers State during which period Rivers State witnessed a steady decline in insecurity and a gradual return of peace to our State. 4) Mr. Mbu is the fifth and present Commissioner of Police in Rivers State since I became Governor. Prior to him, I had worked with Mr. Felix Ogbaudu, Mr.Bala Hassan, Mr.Sulaiman Abba and Mr. Mohammed Ndabawa. 5) Regrettably, since after his assumption as Commissioner of Police in February 2013, the security situation began to deteriorate due largely to his approach to the discharge of his responsibility as Commissioner of Police. 6) Mr. Mbu, shortly upon assumption of office began to withdraw police security attached to principal officers of the State for reasons that were different from those given by the Assistant Inspector General of Police of Zone 6 during a visit to me. Police security attached to the Governor, the Speaker, the Attorney General and key judicial officers were withdrawn without prior notice or justification. This was followed by a daily redeployment of divisional police officers and heads of departments who under-
• Mbu • Amaechi
stood the security dynamics of the State and had held their offices with great commendation. 7) A review of the posting and deployment of Divisional Police Officersin Rivers State within the last three months, can attest to this fact. 8) Mr. Mbu then proceeded to undermine the security structure which the State Security Council had put in place and which had proven to be most efficient in the last six years. Specifically, he immediately terminated the joint police/army patrol, which had been used as a formidable strategy to check violent crime of kidnapping, armed robbery and car snatching in Rivers State. 9) All efforts to make him understand the peculiar security challenges in the State that had necessitated the integrated approach to security in the State were rebuffed by him. 10) While still making efforts to persuade Mr. Mbu to appreciate the peculiar challenges of the State and adopt a cordial working relationship, which the State had enjoyed with his predecessors, Mr.Mbu began to exhibit conducts consistent with partisanship in the discharge of his official duties. 11) The following evidences partisanship: 15/4/2013: Justice Ishaq U. Bello of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory gave the most talked about and challenged judgment where he assumed jurisdiction and declared Bro. Felix Obuah as Chairman of PDP Rivers State 15/4/2013: The same day, the Commissioner of Police (COP), Mbu Joesph Mbu despatched five (5) troopers and over 25 policemen to takeover and seal the State PDP Secretariat and prevented Chief G. U. Ake and other members of his Executive Committee from entry into the building, even to take their personal effects. (Note that the police was not a party to the suit and was not specifically charged to enforce the judgement, not being the Sheriff of Court) 19/4/2013: The Commissioner of Police Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu addressed a Press Conference/Briefing where he said among others: "we are supposed to obey the court judgement. We are here to enforce the law. For now, judgment has been given and we stand by that judgement until there is a contrary order. Anybody or group of persons that attempts to cause tension in the State will be dealt with ruthlessly" Note: The Police were not party to the suit. 22/4/2013: Rivers State House of Assembly suspended Obio/Akpor Local Government Council Chairman and councillors based on a petition bordering on allegations of financial impropriety and other fraud related allegations. The suspension was in accordance with the Rivers State Laws. 23/4/2013: The Caretaker Committee led by Mr.Chikaodi Dike was constituted and sworn in. 06/05/2013 Groups of hired thugs and ex-militants, wielding and brandishing dangerous weapons invaded the Rivers State House of Assembly and sacked the members from the premises, preventing them from seating. Note that the Rivers State Police Command Headquarters is almost opposite the Assembly Complex. The Commissioner of Police and his officers were in the Police Head Quarters and were unperturbed, allowing the thugs and hoodlums to conclude their actions. The Policemen attached to the Assembly watched,unconcerneduntil the siege was over. 22/4/2103 and 07/5/2013 On both dates, the Okirika Local Government
Chairman, Barr.Tamuno Williams appeared on Channels Television in Lagos to talk about the PDP judgment and the crisis in the State. 09/05/2013 Two days after the Television programme, the Commissioner of Police ordered the withdrawal of the Mobile Policemen attached to the Okirika Local Government Council and the orderly attached to the Chairman of the Council. Note: Okirika LGA is one of the most volatile LGAs in the State, and is asecurity flash point. Peace had returned to this LGA but in recent times, there have been renewed cult activities and a couple of cult related killings 10/05/2013 The Commissioner of Police addressed a press conference in his office at Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, where he accused me of bribing and paying The Nation Newspaper to attack and cast aspersions on him, and demanded an apology from me and the Newspaper. 11/05/2013 The Security Details attached to Chief G. U. Ake were withdrawn by the Commissioner of Police, following a solidarity visit to Chief Akeby the LGA PDP Chairmen. 12/05/2013 Two Civil and Human Rights groups – the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL) and the Human Rights Alliance – demanded Mr.Mbu’s immediate removal for lying against the media organisation, The Nation Newspaper and for accusing it of slanting its reports against the Rivers State Command on the crisis in PDP, Rivers State. Anyakwee Nsirimovu, IHRHL’s Executive Director and Ken Atsuwete, a Port Harcourt based lawyer, spoke for the groups and called on Mr.Mbu to apologise to The Nation Newspaper and to me over the allegation. 12/05/2013 Hon. Justice H. A. Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt ordered the Police to vacate the barricade at the Obio/Akpor Council Headquarters to allow the Caretaker Committee Members and Council workers access into the Council and to provide security for the Council. The Commissioner of Police publicly announced that the Police will not withdraw from the Council, making it clear that he would pick and choose which court orders to obey. 14/05/2013 The Commissioner of Police ordered a complete withdrawal of the Policemen from the Council, contrary to the order of court which clearly stated that it should provide security to the Council, this paved way for criminal activities in the council. His decision to withdraw the Policemen was neither communicated to the Caretaker Chairman nor the Council. Same day, within 30 minutes of the withdrawal of the Policemen, the power generating house at the Council was set on fire while policemen attached to Rumuokoro Police Station watched unperturbed. It is important to mention that this Police Station shares boundary with Obio/Akpor Council Secretariat. As soon as the power house was set on fire and documents carted away from some offices, the Police returned and sealed up the premise. The Obio/Akpor Council remains sealed up to date with the police in occupation of same not withstanding the order of the Court. On the same 14/05/2013, an aide to Chief G. U. Ake was murdered at Erema, in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA. Note that both Chief Ake and Bro. Obuah hail from the same LGA as the murdered aide. 17/05/2013 The Commissioner of Police summoned the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly,
Rt. Hon.Otelemaba Dan Amachree to appear before him on Monday, 20/05/2013. This was following an open letter written by the Speaker to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the political crisis in Rivers State. The Commissioner of Police said the Speaker and Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff, Government House were invited for further questioning following their outcry about a plot to assassinate me and my principal supporters in the State. He stated that no court will save them. 20/05/13 Mr. Mbu addressed a press conference during which he referred to me as a tyrant and a dictator. His specific comments were “Our Governor is very tyrannical, he is a dictator. He wants everybody to say yes sir to him and I said I will not say so. I am a professional.” 22/05/13 Immediately after the departure of the AIG and Mr. Mbu from my office, an invasion of Government House and major streets of Port Harcourt by a group led by prominent militia leaders – Ateke Tom and Solomon Ndigbara wearing branded T-Shirts and openly displaying weapons led to a blockade of Government House. In consequence of this invasion, a visiting team of Distinguished Senators led by H.E. Ike L. Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate were unable to leave the Government House through the entrance and had to leave through an alternative exit. 26/06/13 Mr. Mbu directed his men to restrain over 500 people from the Orashi region from paying a courtesy call and solidarity visit to me at Government House. Port Harcourt, which led to a near crisis. 09/07/13 Following intelligence reports, security was enhanced within and around the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex. At about 09.00 hours, Mr. Mbu invited some of the personnel and directed that the security formations should be demobilized. In consequence of this failure of security at the instance of Mr. Mbu, hoodlums invaded the Premises and Chambers of the House of Assembly. The attendant fracas led to injury to persons including members of the House. Upon the receipt of this information, I went to the Assembly Complex with my security details to rescue members of the Assembly. Thereafter, the House proceeded to sit and conduct its business for the day. Further information reaching me in the presence of Mr. Mbu necessitated my inviting him to accompany me to the Assembly Complex, which he declined. On the advise of my security, I stayed back and directed that they should monitor the situation. DECISION SOUGHT The Nigerian Police is a people’s police and should not be seen to be partisan. One of its ideals is to show respect to constituted authority and support the Chief Executive’s effort to protect lives and properties. The actions and comments of Mr. Mbu have shown that he is unwilling to support me to protect lives and properties of everyone in Rivers State. He has compromised our regular Security Council meetings leading to reluctance on the part of other members to speak up during the meetings and therefore rendering the meetings ineffective. Besides his disparaging comments and discussions of security matters with scant regard for decorum, he has destabilized the security apparatus in the State thereby supporting the return of some of the key actors in the cult wars that engulfed the State from 2004 up till 2007. Sir, it has become evident that Mr. Mbu is not desirous of assisting us in our quest for a crime free and peaceful Rives State. It is also evident that he lacks the appropriate mien and disposition required of such a highly placed officer of the law and is unable to appropriately perform his functions as Commissioner of Police in Rivers State. I would therefore wish to respectfully request for his re-deployment from Rivers State in the interest of the people of the State and to restore the confidence of the people of Rivers State in the impartiality of the Nigerian Police. While wecommend your efforts at ensuring that you reduce insecurity in our country, we look forward to your prompt action. Pleasebe assured of our utmost regard. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON Governor, Rivers State. cc:
His Excellency,Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan, GCFR, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency, Dr. David B Mark, GCON, Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency, Rt. Hon AminuW.Tambuwal, CFR, Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
THE NATION, SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
AJOR Hamza AlMustapha, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the late General Sanni Abacha, was discharged and acquitted yesterday over the June 1996 murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola by the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos Also freed with him was his co-accused, Alhaji Lateef Sofolahan. Both of them were released from Kirikiri Maximum Prisons immediately after the judgment and they were driven away in an SUV. Their discharge, a year and seven months after they were sentenced to death by a Lagos High Court, was predicated on what the Appeal Court called lack of circumstantial evidence linking the duo with anyone for conspiracy to kill the wife of the late Chief M.K.O.Abiola. Reactions to their freedom were mixed with Kudiratu’s son,Abdul,calling the judgment “a stab in my heart,” while the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC),Dr.Fredrick Fasehun, and former Police Commissioner in Lagos,Alhaji Abubakar Tsav,described it as justice at long last. In reversing the High Court
Kudirat Abiola’s son kicks as Appeal Court frees Al-Mustapha, Sofolahan ...14 years after Segun AJIBOYE/ Precious IGBONWELUNDU/ Kolade ADEYEMI,Kano judgment,the Appeal Court, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the earlier verdict a dismay. Justice Rita Pemu, who read the lead judgment, held that there was no direct circumstantial evidence that AlMustapha conspired to murder Kudirat Abiola. The prosecution ,she said , failed to establish the charge of conspiracy and murder against the appellants, and described the 326-page judgment of the lower court as a dismay. Pemu held that it was foolhardy and unreasonable for the lower court to have so swiftly convicted the appellants when it was very evident that the prosecution had a bad case. She spoke of a huge shadow of doubt in the case of the prosecution which ought to be resolved in favour of the appel-
lants, adding that the prosecution also failed to call witnesses to give evidence in the case based on investigation, but relied on evidence from contradictory and unsubstantiated statements of the star witnesses which were unreliable. Pemu said: “In a criminal trial, the burden of proof is beyond reasonable doubt and this is a chain that cannot be broken. “The prosecution listed four witnesses PW 9, 10, 11 and 12 as witnesses which it intended to call in the trial to give evidence based on investigation, but never called any of them. “PW1 (Dr Ore Falomo) testified before the lower court that the bullet extracted from the forehead of the deceased was white and of a special kind, but the prosecution failed to tender the bullet as exhibit and this was fatal to their case. “The prosecution also called PW4 (Investigating Police officer) who investigated the death of the deceased, but af-
ter 12 months of examination in chief, this witness disappeared into the thin air and was never produced for crossexamination by the defence, as he never showed up in court. This rendered the evidence of the police officer inconclusive as it denied the defendants their right to fair hearing, and no reasonable court can safely make a conviction on such inconclusive testimony. “PW2 (Sgt. Rogers) and PW3( Mohammedd Abdul), in their confessional statements to the police, said they were enjoined by the first appellant to murder Kudirat, but this statement was later retracted by them in court. “They told the court that they were cajoled by the prosecution to indict the appellants, with a promise to give them material compensation (money, houses). This is a contradiction in the testimonies of the witnesses.It raises doubt in the case of the prosecution, and it is unimaginable that the lower court did not expunge
•Maj. Al-Mustapha (middle) after his release from Kirikiri Maximum Prisons in Lagos ...yesterday
Court adopts NIMASA, NLNG settlement terms
Federal High Court, Lagos, yesterday en tered a consent order in the dispute between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigeria LNG Limited. Justice Mohammed Idris gave the verdict after parties informed him they had reached an amicable settlement in the meantime. NLNG's counsel, Olawale Akoni (SAN), withdrew the contempt proceedings against the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN). The court subsequently struck out the contempt charge, and dismissed those of the other defendants, including the contempt charge against NIMASA, for being defective. The letters, which formed the basis of the judgment, were dated July 5 and July 12, 2013. NLNG and NIMASA agreed the agency will immediately revoke the detention order of NLNG vessels and release them. The revocation will be subject to NLNG making the payments to NIMASA. NLNG was owing NIMASA a total USD158million. The firm has paid $20million out of the total sum.
•Firm agrees to pay FG Joseph JIBUEZE The July 12 letter said: "Subject to NLNG continuing to make payment for all applicable NIMASA levies (three per cent NIMASA levies and Sea Protection levy), NIMASA undertakes not to detain NLNG-owned or chartered vessels. “NLNG undertakes to pay outstanding levies attributable to the FOB and Cabotage vessels if they fail to make payment within three months of the date of this letter. “Going forward, NIMASA is at liberty to collect these levies directly from the FOB and Cabotage vessels without further recourse to NLNG.” The letter, signed by NLNG Managing Director, Babs Omotowa, said the firm's payments will continue to be made without prejudice to the legal rights of all parties to seek appropriate judicial interpretation and resolution up to any level allowed under the constution. He added that NLNG has already made payment of $20million to NIMASA for the
three per cent NIMASA levy. “This sum will be deducted from the amount stated as due in your (NIMASA) letter. “As agreed between NIMASA and NLNG, an oral application shall be made to the court today (yesterday) by our lawyers which shall not be opposed by NIMASA lawyers and other lawyers in the ongoing suit to allow for the above payments to be made,” Omotowa wrote. After the case was called, NIMASA's lawyer, Mike Igbokwe (SAN), informed the court about the agreement and asked that the letters be adopted by the court as consent order. He said: “My Lord, there have been some positive developments in respect of this suit and the applicants which had let to exchange of correspondence and telephone discussions between the plaintiff (NLNG), the first defendant (Attorney-General) and NIMASA and which were conveyed to the second defendant (Global West) counsel. “The discussions involved counsel for all parties. I have before me a letter dated 12th
July 2013, written to NIMASA by the plaintiff containing the agreement that had been reached between the plaintiff and NIMASA which the Attorney-General and Global West had already been informed about. “We have agreed that the contents of this letter which NIMASA and the plaintiff intend to start implementing today should form the basis of a consent order to be made by the Honourable Court." Akoni confirmed the agreement and did not raise any objections. “On the basis of the letter, we urge the court to make a consent order. On behalf of the plaintiff, I confirm that the parties have had discussions and there have been exchange of correspondence,” he said. Attorney-General's counsel, Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), and Global West's lawyer, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), both confirmed the agreement reached in the letter and did not raise any objections. Ruling, Justice Idris said: “The letters dated July 5, 2013 and July 12, 2013 are hereby made the consent order of this court." He adjourned till September 19 for mention.
this evidence. “For an offence like murder, I wonder why the Nigerian police did not do a proper investigation. “Jabila, who was initially arrested as a co-accused, was later called prosecution witness, witnesses who ought to be called were never called, the bullet extracted was never tendered before the court. “The prosecution’s case has gapy loopholes; there are more questions than answers. “Once there is doubt in the case of the prosecution, as in the instant case, it must be resolved in favour of the accused, and this doubt is accordingly resolved in favour of the appellants. “One thing is clear, Kudirat was shot, but the big question is who pulled the trigger? Certainly not the appellants. This court is not interested in the politics of the matter nor in sentiment. “There was no need for the trail judge to consider the politics of any party, she should have observed that the evidence was wishy-washy. She allowed herself to be caught up in the web of the conflict while the police allowed itself to be caught up in the web of injustice. “It is my view that the lower court left the matter to chase shadows. I find nothing in this case which sufficiently links the appellants with the commission of the offence. It is preposterous that in a 326-page judgment, the lower court was only concerned with securing a conviction at all cost. “Just as God is no respecter of person, so also is this court. I hereby order that the appellants be discharged and acquitted, while the conviction and sentence of the lower court is hereby set aside. The appeal is hereby allowed. “It is unfortunate that he has been incarcerated since 1998 on a baseless indictment without evidence. Presidng Justice Amina Augie and Justice Fatima Akinbami concurred with the lead judgment . The duo’s detention and trial lasted over 14 years. Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos High Court had,on January 30 2012, found them guilty of conspiring to commit the offence. Al-Mustapha and Sofolahan approached the Appeal Court, contending that the death sentence handed down by the lower court was unwarranted, unreasonable and a manifest miscarriage of justice. Al-Mustapha’s relations and friends shouted “Al-Akbar” as the court delievered its verdict. Reacting to yesterday’s decision of the appeal court,son of the late Kudirat Abdul, said the judgement was like a stab in his heart. “I missed my mum as much as a little boy. This judgment is like a stab in my heart,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “As a grown-up, I am no longer bitter, but the problem is that this might continue to happen to other people.This is an injustice in our system and I pray that our leaders should do the right thing,” he said. Retired Anglican Bishop of Akure Diocese, the Right Reverend Bolanle Gbonigi, urged restraint and advised Nigerians to examine the judgment carefully before passing comments.
His words: “I have to be careful about my comments. The judges must have examined the arguments of both parties and looked into documents presented by the parties before passing their judgment. Judgments should not be based on sentiments. Though if you consider the terrible roles he played, you would want to fault the judgment. But judges don’t base their verdicts on sentiments.” Founder of the OPC, Dr. Fredrick Faseun, said the judgment was in order and should be commended. Faseun, who had publicly campaigned for Al-Mustapha’s release, said the judgment is proof that “Nigeria is emerging from the forest of lies and falsehood. The attribute that has kept a Nigerian in captivity for 14 years without charges has been broken.” Speaking in the same vein, former coach of the Golden Eaglets, Fanny Amu, said the ruling had rekindled his confidence in the country. He said: “Hamza AlMustapha’s release has reconfirmed my confidence in Nigeria. I have never lost hope in law and justice in this country. With the judgment by the three wise women, I will rather call them the three wise men, it further confirms to all that law still exists in this country. It shows that we cannot just do anything and expect to go scot-free with it.” Al-Mustapha’s elder brother, Bashiru Hamzat, said: “We have long seen the lapses and still do not know why the lower court entered that judgment. My brother has been incarcerated for 15 years, a lot of injustice has been done to him and our family, but we thank God some of us are alive today to witness this day. “I just hope that the Nigerian nation will look into situations like this and remedy it to ensure it does not happen to another Nigerian.” The National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, condemned the Appeal Court ruling, describing it as a setback for democracy and justice in the country. “ I fear that rulings like this one may go a long way in creating the wrong impression in the minds of the ruling class that they can get away with anything. We condemn the ruling in its entirety,” Otunba Adams said. Alhaji Tsav was happy at the judgment saying: “Justice has taken its course. The man has suffered enough. The ruling is the right judgment that you should expect. The man who pulled the trigger is not standing trial, so what do you want to prove by prosecuting the wrong man.” Mr. Yinka Odumakin, spokesman for the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), described the judgment as a big blow to criminal justice in Nigeria. “After Al-Mustapha was duly convicted by a lower court, it is so painful that he has been acquitted,” Odumakin said. The state Chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Mr Ehi Omokhuale, also described the judgment as unfortunate, while the President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, hailed it, saying it had renewed his hope and faith in Nigeria.
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Jonathan has no hand in Rivers crisis, Presidency insists
The Presidency yesterday again insisted that it is not involved in the crisis engulfing Rivers State. Speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, noted that President Goodluck Jonathan was neither the judge that gave the ruling concerning the River State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chapter nor a member of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC). According to him, the crisis in the state was born out of the internal wrangling of the administration of the governor. He said: “It is mischief to say that the President is behind the crisis in Rivers State. The President cannot be part of the crisis in that state. He is a man of peace. “The problem in Rivers State is the internal wrangling of the administration of the governor. It is sad that when there are crises in the assembly, the governor will physically drive to the House of Assembly to partake in the cri-
Eric IKHILAE, Abuja ses. “We have seen the videos, the CSO to the governor, the ADC and the orderly were right inside the chambers, partaking in the bout. We saw the Majority Leader of the Amaechi group who was wearing a white dress and was using the mace to beat people. The video is clear. “Immediately after, he left the House of Assembly and went to the Government House and laid down in a bed in the Government House Clinic pretending.” Gulak continued: “The fact is in this crisis of Rivers State, the governor should be held responsible because if he did not go physically to the House of Assembly, those guys won’t have been emboldened to be beating people there. “Moreso, his security aides were right inside the chambers, the sacred chambers, which ordinarily nobody is allowed to enter apart from the members. So I repeat that Amaechi should be held re-
sponsible for what happened. “He should not drag Jonathan’s name into this matter. Rather, it is the President that is the victim of Amaechi’s mischief plan. He is claiming the state is under siege and that the Commissioner of Police is against him whereas the CP physically warned him not to go physically into the House of Assembly. “In Nigeria, we have seen crisis in Houses of Assembly before. There was a time Adamawa State House of Assembly was closed for three months because of crisis. We did not see the governor drive physically into the assembly. Thereafter, the issue was re-
Eric IKHILAE, Abuja State, where shots were fired at Akunyili’s vehicle and a man identified as Emeke Onuekutu killed. The trial court upheld his no-case submission and also quash the two counts. The prosecution took the case to the Court of Appeal, Abuja. The appellate court held in the prosecution’s favour, forcing Nnakwe to appeal to the Supreme Court. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, who read the lead judgment yesterday, held that the fiat issued to Afe Babalola by the AGF was in order and that the Abuja High Court has jurisdiction over the two counts even when the alleged offences were committed outside Abuja. “On collective deduction of Section 4(2)(b) of the Penal Code Act, read along with Section 134(a)(b)(c) and (d) of the Criminal Procedure Code Act as well as Section 301 of the Constitution, the only authority that can issue a fiat to prosecute the charges inclusive of counts three and four, is the AGF. “This is especially the offences having, by operation of law, automatically become those that were committed
ETAINED former Di rector, Pension Ac counts Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Sani Teidi Shuaibu, and one other person got reprieve yesterday as a Federal High Court in Abuja granted them
within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) upon the entry of the appellant into the FCT. Counts three and four of the charge that took place in Agulu, Anambra State automatically become offences committed in the FCT as soon as the appellant entered the FCT. “Counts three and four are a continuing manifestation of the acts in counts one and two which took place in the FCT,” the judge held. The judge also faulted Nnakwe’ argument that Afe Babalola needed a fresh fiat to prosecute the appeal. Justice Ogunbiyi held that the single fiat issued by the AGF for the prosecution of the case covers all aspects of it, particularly when the appeal was an interlocutory one. The judge upheld the jurisdiction of the Abuja High Court to try the charge and ordered that hearing should continue before the court in relation to counts three and four of the charge. Justices Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, Christopher Mitchell ChukwumaEneh, Olukayode Ariwoola and Kumai Bayang Aka’ahs, who were on the panel that heard the appeal, agreed with Justice Ogunbiyi’s position.
PDP shifts mini-convention
HE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resched uled its special national convention for August 31. It will be preceded on August 24 by Southwest congress in Ibadan, the Chairman of the PDP Convention Committee, Professor Jerry Gana, announced yesterday in Abuja. He told reporters that the new dates were necessitated by the ongoing Ramadan fast. Guidelines for the Southwest congress and the national convention are to be released on Monday. The committee chairman added that nomination forms earlier purchased by aspirants to the various positions remain valid. The forms are expected to be returned to the committee 14
Gbade OGUNWALE, Assistant Editor, Abuja days before the convention. Meanwhile, the convention committee appears to be at loggerheads with the remaining members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) headed by the PDP national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. Gana and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who is the secretary of the convention committee, were reportedly denied entry into the Abuja residence of the party’s national chairman on Thursday. The two party stalwarts were said to have gone to Tukur’s residence for consultations on issues relating to the
Replying Prof Wole Soyinka, he said: “Soyinka, without knowing the fact just went public to blame the President and his wife for what is happening in the state. He is an elder statesman. I don’t want to join issues with him, but I will say that he should be responsible. “I am not aware of any plan to impeach the governor and the President is not aware even if there are such plans. But what I know is that the House of Assembly intended to change their leadership. Rightly or wrongly, they have a constitutional right to do it, if they have the majority.”
“But that will not warrant a governor to physically come to the assembly and physically partake in the fight. “There is no PDP faction. There is only one PDP in Rivers State Executive. Party issues are left for the party leadership to handle and the NWC has briefed us properly and they have state executive and that was by the court judgment. “The President is not the judge, neither is he in the NWC. Every citizen has the right to go to court if aggrieved. Until it is upturned on appeal, the judgment is still valid. There are no factions,” he stated
Alleged pension fraud: Court grants ex-director, one other N500m bail
Attack on Akunyili: Supreme Court orders Nnakwe’s trial
businessman, Marcel Nnakwe, charged with the attempted murder of former Director General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, Dora Akunyili, lost yesterday in an effort to quash the charges against him. The Supreme Court, in a judgment, dismissed Nnakwe’s appeal for lacking in merit and ordered him to return to court to be tried over the alleged attempt on Mrs Akunyili’s life and the murder of another person. Nnakwe was arraigned with seven others, including his son-Nnamdi Nnakwe before an Abuja High Court in 2004 on a four-count charge of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder. At the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, he made a no-case submission and urged the court to quash counts three and four of the charge. He queried the jurisdiction of the court to hear the two counts and the powers of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to issue fiat to the chambers of Afe Babalola SAN and Co to prosecute the charge on the ground that the alleged offences of attempted murder and murder took place in Agulu, Anambra
solved. “The way out is for all parties to abide by the constitution. There is separation of power in the constitution. We have the judiciary, legislature and executive. When there are crises in the House of Assembly like this, the governor is not supposed to physically partake in the crises, driving down and using his security aides to physically partake is wrong. “We in the PDP have put machinery in place to see that this crisis is resolved once and for all, if the governor is still in the PDP because what we have seen is opposition members talking.”
party convention. They were reportedly kept outside the gate after security men at the gate told them that Tukur was not at home and that they could not enter the chairman’s expansive premises. Gana neither confirmed nor denied the report, saying that as party leaders, they were not expected to be discussing party issues on the pages of newspapers. “It’s true that the Deputy President of the Senate and I went to the chairman’s house to see him. But we will not take issues on that because we respect our party chairman. We are not going to discuss our party issues on the pages of newspapers,” Gana stated.
Eric IKHILAE, Abuja bail. Teidi Shuaibu, Omoefe Uduesegbe and nine companies are being tried on a 22count charge bordering on conspiracy and allegedly defrauding the pension funds of about N6 billion. Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in a ruling, granted them bail at N500m each, with two sureties, who must possess landed property in Abuja worth the bail amount. The judge held that having regard to the nature of the charge, the sureties must be reliable, resident in Abuja, present the title deeds of their property for the court's verifi-
cation and must depose to affidavit of means. Justice Ademola also ordered the accused persons to submit their international passports to the court, and where such passports had been released to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), they should be retrieved and deposited with the court. The judge ordered that on no account should the accused persons travel abroad without the permission of the court. He adjourned to October 23 for the commencement of trial. A count in the charge reads: “That you, Dr. Sani Teidi Shuaibu, former Director, Pension Accounts, Office of the
Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria, Udusegbe Erik Omoefe, Gozinga Enterprises, Uthathak Nigeria Limited, Krasiva Nigeria Limited and Riba-lle Petroleum Limited at various times in 2009, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired together to obtain by false pretence and with intent to defraud from Pensions Account Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria various sums in the aggregate amount of N1, 951, 592, 000.00 and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.”
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Ekitiparapo Lagos meets
Why we appointed Tinubu LAUTECH T Chancellor –Ajimobi, Aregbesola HE governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has explained the reason why the owner-state governments of Oyo and Osun appointed the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, as Chancellor of the uni-
Foursquare Gospel Church inaugurates new district HE General Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church of Nigeria, Reverend Felix Meduoye last Sunday In Lagos, inaugurated a new district into the church fold, known as Oregun district. The auspicious event which attracted dignitaries from different denominations of christiandom, took place at The Grandeur Events Centre at Oregun. The new district is the fourth to be carved out of the original Ikeja district which is presently under the headship of district overseer, Pastor Dayo Adewumi. According to Pastor Adewumi, Akute district was the first to be carved out of Ikeja district in 2007. "That was followed by Ifako district in early 2010, then came Magodo-Ibafo in July 2012 and now Oregun district on 7th of the seventh month, 2013." There was a loud sound of joy as the church congregation gathered at the church's permanent site at Billingsway road, next to Christ Embassy building. Reverend Felix Meduoye said his heart was filled with joy as he witnessed this great day come to be. During the two in one ceremony, the new church building was declared open with the cutting of a giant sized cake which was tastefully designed in the model of the proposed Oregun district headquarters, that will eventually be built on the church grounds. The second part of the ceremony, was the installation of the pioneer Oregun district overseer in the person of Reverend Rotimi Andu.
Osun introduces new technology in road construction SUN State Government has introduced a new technology in which road paving could be done without the use of asphalt. The state is the first in the country to discover the new technology, said to be environmentally friendly and cost effective in comparison with alternatives. The new polymer technology in road pavement is a liquid concentrate that is diluted with water and sprayed on the road instead of asphalt. The Special Adviser to the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola on Works and Transport, Engr. Oladepo Amuda, disclosed this while speaking with journalists during his on-the-spot assessment of Ejiwumi Street in Osogbo, capital of Osun State where the technology was first demonstrated.
versity. He made this known at the 8th inauguration ceremony of LAUTECH Governing Council held in the school on Friday. According to the governor, Senator Tinubu possessed an international network that would impact positively on the school and lift it to an international level which was envisaged for it by its founding fathers. He also commended the Governing Council being inaugurated as comprising eminent Nigerians who had made their marks in all walks of life. Governor Ajimobi noted that the ingenuity and the pedigree of the governors of the two
owner states had halted the crises that had hitherto almost consumed the institution before their advent. While expressing the commitment of the two ownerstates to making LAUTECH a world class institution, the governor also stressed the need for the university to take its pride of place in the comity of universities as a world-class institution. Governor Ajimobi congratulated the new Governing Council members on the appointment and charged them to use their intellectual endowment to lift the institution to greater heights. The governor told the audi-
ence that he was not in conflict with his predecessor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala who hailed from the university town, stating that, in the administration of Oyo State, the people could decipher the character and quality of both personalities in the administration of the state. Also speaking, his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola charged the governing council to run the institution in such a way that it would impact positively on the society. He particularly charged them to proffer solutions to some of the problems currently confronting the country such as youth unemployment, lack of
power supply and lack of potable water supply. This, he said, was the only way the university could justify its establishment and actualize the dream of its founding fathers. Governor Aregbesola also charged the council to mobilize resources for the university as against the past system which saw the institution depending absolutely on the two owner states as the only source of revenue. In his acceptance speech, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Professor Wale Omole thanked the visitor-governors of the university - Ajimobi and Aregbesola - for the appointment.
HE general meeting of Ekitiparapo-Lagos has been scheduled to hold at Osun Hall of Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday July 14, 2013 by 3pm. Ekitiparapo-Lagos is the foremost sociocultural association of Ekiti indigenes in Lagos State. According to the Publicity Secretary of the association, Olabode Ajayi, the meeting is a forum where all members have the opportunity of contributing to the discourse on Ekiti State development and other issues affecting the state. It also addresses the welfare of the members of the association and it is open to all bonaﬁde indigenes of Ekiti State residing in Lagos State and environs. During this meeting, a notable member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele will be on the hot seat to give account of his stewardship in the House and interact with the members of the association in a questions and answers segment. All members are expected to attend the meeting.
Aregbesola turns sod on Osogbo East bye-pass today NOTHER milestone is to be recorded on Saturday (today) as Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola turns the sod on the 18 kilometer Osogbo East Bye Pass dual carriageway marking the beginning of construction activities of the very unique N14.5bn road project. A statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the Governor as expressing that the emerging network of new roads in Osun will boost economic activities in no small measure. Coming less than two months after the flag-off of the Gbongan-Akoda dual carriageway, the construction of this road will ease traffic logjam in the state capital thereby making passing through Osogbo to other towns easier and aiding economic activities.
•From right: Wife of Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun; mother of the graduand, Mrs. Adeoluwa; Graduand, Oyindamola Adeoluwa; father of the graduand and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ogun State, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Mrs. Amosun's daughters, Anjeolaoluwa and Ayomide and the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Amosun on Youth Development, Mr. Segun Adesanya, at the graduation ceremony of the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, where Oyindamola graduated with a ﬁrst-class, recently.
Adekunle Fajuyi's wife, Eunice, dies at 84 n Sulaiman SALAWUDEEN, Ado-Ekitin HE wife of the late Military Governor of old Western Region, Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, Eunice Ayodele Fajuyi yesterday died in her sleep. Her husband, Adekunle Fajuyi, was killed in the July 29, 1966 military coup alongside Maj. Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi, then Military Head of State. According to the deceased's only son, Donald Olufemi Fajuyi, Fajuyi's widow, who died around 6:45 am at the family house, Okesa area of AdoEkiti, capital of the state, would have turned 85 on 27 July. Meanwhile, the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has expressed regrets on the death of Mrs Eunice Ayodele Fajuyi. Governor Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, said although losing Mama Fajuyi at this time is painful, he is consoled that the deceased lived a fulfilled life. Fayemi described Mama Fajuyi as religious, God-fearing, compassionate, generous, tolerant and selfless. He noted that her death marked another watershed in the annals of the clan "which is synonymous with sacrifice and patriotism." The Governor hailed the endurance and perseverance of Mama Euniice who had endured the absence of her hus-
band for 47 years. He also praised the late Madam Fajuyi for being a good custodian of the Fajuyi Museum built and inaugurated by the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He said, "We shall all miss Mama Fajuyi's wisecracks, sharp memory and good counsel. She conducted herself with utmost sense of humility despite having the privilege to have served as the wife of the
•Fayemi, deputy mourn Military Governor of the old Western Region. "Mama lived a fulfilled life, she lived a life worthy of emulation and we should all be consoled by that. "On behalf of the government and the good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with the entire Fajuyi family and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss". The deputy governor of the state, Prof Modupe Adelabu
and wife of the state governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi were among the early callers at the home of Col Adekunle Fajuyi to commiserate with the family over the death of their partriach. They were received by Mr. Femi Fajuyi, his wife, Lanre and Mrs. Eunice Tomi-Lawson, who is the chairman, Organising Committee of the 85th Birthday Anniversary of the deceased.
Ekiti Reps return Opeyemi as leader n Victor OLUWASEGUN and Dele ANOFI, Abujan O N O R A B L E Opeyemi Bamidele has been returned as the leader of the Ekiti State representatives in the House of Representatives. The development followed the intervention of the leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the House. It will be recalled that the National leader of the Party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu had earlier enjoined all parties involved to resolve the issue amicably. In a statement yesterday, the Minority Leader and leader of the ACN in the House of Representatives, Femi Gbaljabiamila said the removal and subsequent re-
…Ekiti ACN replies Faseun over comment instatement was a sign of how cohesive and ideologically ingrained the ACN is at all levels. He said: "On Tuesday July 11th, the Ekiti Caucus in the House of Representatives met to consider issues bordering on the leadership style of Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, following which he was removed as the Ekiti caucus leader". Saying that the removal generated a lot of interest by colleagues and the larger ACN Caucus of the House, the Minoroty Leader added, "Consequently at a meeting between the Ekiti Caucus and the ACN House leadership on Thursday July 12th and after representations
were made by Hon Bamidele and Ekiti members. "The matter was exhaustively discussed and it was resolved that in the spirit of reconciliation and in the best interest of the Party, the status quo ante be maintained and Hon Opeyemi Bamidele should be returned and is hereby returned as the leader of the Ekiti Caucus of the House of Representatives. "The Party in the House remains one united family, strong as ever," he added. Meanwhile, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Ekiti State chapter has condemned the comments by the National Chairman, of
the newly floated Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Dr Fredrick Fasehun, over the removal of Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele as Chairman of the Ekiti Caucus in the House of Representatives, by his colleagues. Dr Fasehun, who is also the founder of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), had in a statement, faulted Opeyemi’s removal and asked the leadership of the ACN to guarantee the safety of House of Representatives member. The ACN, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Mr Segun Dipe, however, asked Dr Faseun to stay clear of the internal activities of the party.
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Yobe spends N14.9b on capital projects n Duru JOEL, Damaturun
OBE State Government on Friday approved the sum of over N14.9 billion naira for the execution of capital projects across the state. Yesterday's approval is the highest in the life of this administration. Briefing Journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting, the state Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Goni Fika, disclosed that the sum N13.1 billion was set aside for road construction. According to him, some of the road projects approved by the council include, the 36 KM Gadaka to Godowoli road with 45 meter bridge at Ngeji, Yunusari to Yusufari road with distance of 50 KM, 20 KM Kafiya to Yunusari road, rehabilitation of 40 KM Girgir to Karage road, as well as the construction
of access road at the Sani Abacha Specialists Hospital in Damaturu, the state capital. “We are aware of the first phase of the 55 KM Kanamma to Kafiya road, which kicked off in December 2011. The 20km link between Kafiya and Yunusari is the second phase. This will connect a number of communities hitherto extremely difficult to reach”, Goni Fika said, and added that “Council feels an additional twelve new ambulances would effectively improve referral cases and mobile clinic services in the state health care delivery.” The Council, he also disclosed, set aside the sum of N441million for the transportation of 6000 metric tons of Urea fertilizer from Lagos to Damaturu, as well as the procurement of additional 2, 400 metric tons of NPK fertilizer for the 2013 cropping season at the cost of N351million.
• Cross-Section of 677 displaced victims of armed robbery, comprising 232 women, including 30 pregnant women; 380 children and 65 men. They ﬂed their villages in Faskari Local Government Area and relocated to Faskari Model Primary School in the council's headquarters, for fear of reprisal attack, after two of the suspected armed robbers were killed.
2015: S’East group threatens Jonathan, no vote for you unless… n Ugochukwu UGOJI-EKE, Umuahian Group, the Supreme Council of Igbo Youths (SUCIYO), has threatened to derail the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 if he
HIV/AIDS prevalence drops in Niger n Jide ORINTUNSIN, Minnan IGER State HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has dropped from 6.2 to four percent, with 32, 552 people living with the deadly disease in the state, Director General of the State Agency for Control of AIDS (NISACA), Alhaji Baba Umar, has disclosed. He told newsmen in Minna yesterday that, of the people living with the killer disease, 20,598 are on care and support treatment, while 17, 944 are on Antiritroviral treatment. He, however, said that despite the size of the number of the people living with HIV/AIDS, the prevalence rate of the disease dropped by 2.2 percent in the last one
year. Attributing the feat recorded to the availability of health centers, drugs for patients, aggressive campaign and awareness creation by his agency, Umar noted that many people are now willing to coming out to be tested and to know their status. The DG recalled that in 2007, when he assumed office at the agency, only 58 people came out to be tested, out of which 13 tested positive, adding that the awareness created has drawn people out of their closets to be tested, thereby helping the agency in its task of fighting the scourge. He said, "I must commend the state governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu for taking the pilot seat in the campaign. He did not only
make it as a point of duty to enlighten people about unprotected sex at any public function but also made himself available at three different public functions for HIV/AIDS tests". He further said that 25 health facilities are equipped to give comprehensive treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS, while there are 128 Primary Healthcare Facilities that give Prevention of Mother to Child Treatment (PMTCT) across the state. Umar also disclosed that 70 of the pregnant women tested out of 108,280 women under PMTCT were tested positive, saying the high respond recorded from the side of the pregnant women had aided in reducing the rate of maternal and infant mortality in the state.
Three kids of same parents die in Kaduna building collapse n Tony AKOWE, Kadunan HREE children from the same parents died yesterday when their building, a two-storey building, located along Hadejia road, collapsed. Three others from the same parents and a little baby were rescued alive at about 12.00 midnight from the collapsed building, which incidentally belonged to their late grandfather, whose name was given as Alhaji Shittu Titilola. The children were said to have returned from school a few minutes before the building, located a few metres away from the Kaduna Central market collapsed. Rescue workers were said to have worked throughout the night searching for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed
building. A little baby was said to have been found sleeping inside a Michelin tyre when he was brought out of the building. "Yes an infant was rescued around 9 pm alive. The boy was among the people that were trapped in the rubbles. Around 11: 30 four children were also pulled out and were all rushed to hospital for treatment," an eyewitness told The Nation. The baby was said to be in a good condition, as he suffers no injury and has since been reunited with his mother who was earlier rescued immediately after the building collapsed. The three children rescued from the building are said to be receiving treatment at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna,
while the bodies of the three dead children have been deposited at the mortuary. The names of the three dead children were given as Sulaiman (15), Maryam (13)and Kadir, while those that survived are Taye, Kehinde and Idowu.
did not carry out any meaningful development in the South East states on or before 2014. The group made the threat when it rose from a meeting held in Umuahia, the Abia State capital. SUCIYO regretted that in spite of Mr President’s promises to develop the zone and the sustained patience by the people, the South Eastern states have not experienced any meaningful development in terms of infrastructure, sharing of political offices and upholding of Federal Character principles in job allocation and employment under President Jonathan’s
government. They stated this in a communiqué made available to journalists in Umuahia after the more than fifteen hours deliberation. The group, which described itself as the apex mouthpiece of the Igbo Youths, expressed displeasure at the trend of lack of development in the South East zone, stating that it was an ugly situation. According the group, based on the aforementioned reasons, they have resolved to start mobilising Igbo Youths across the nation against the likely ambition of President Jonathan to seek for a second term in office if nothing was
FG, S’East, S’South partner on boy-child school dropouts n Ugochukwu UGOJI-EKE, Umuahian HE Federal Government, South-East and SouthSouth governments have launched a sensitisation programme on the need to jointly fight the war against the ever increasing boy-child out of school syndrome. Speaking during the programme in Umuahia, the leader of the sensitisation team, Professor Emeka Ezeonu, said that the Federal Government was worried when the United Nations released a figure of 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria. Prof. Ezeonu said this has necessitated the Federal Government to set up an 18-man committee headed by Prof. Victor Peretomode to integrate out-of-school children with a particular reference to boychild from the two zones. He said that the Federal Government, through the state governments in the two geo-political zones is to provide
participants with a skill-based education that can guarantee their self-reliance and the ability to contribute to the economic development of the areas. The team leader said that the Federal Government intends to set up a fee-free model vocational school, adding that it will be equipped with boarding fa-
the state, Yomi Awoniyi, who paid visit to the family of the deceased, appealed to people of the state to be at alert, warning that they should not disregard the prediction that the year would witness heavy rain and flooding. The deputy governor, who was accompanied by members of the Flood Management Committee, said the state government is concerned about the rising
cilities in each of the states in the two zones. Responding the Abia State governor, Chief Theodore Orji commended the effort of the Federal Government for coming up with the initiative, adding that the state government would give the programme all the support it will need to succeed.
2015: Group makes case for Erewa, Aganbi group, Proper Inheritance Political Associates (PIPA), has called on Dr. Meyiwa Erewa and Mr. Andrew Aganbi to contest the Warri Federal House of Representatives slot and Warri North Local Government chairmanship slot respectively in the forthcoming elections. In a statement jointly signed by the chairman of the group, Chief Sam Eyengho (The Tieyemewei of Gbaramtu kingdom ), secretary, Mr. Pekia Egodo and PRO, Mr. Eugene Eyube, said: “the call becomes necessary because right
Woman, 75, drowns in Kogi n Muhammad BASHIR, Lokojan RAGEDY struck yesterday in the Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State when a 75-year old woman drowned after a heavy down pour. The woman, Amina Zakari, was said to have drowned in a drainage, which was said to have been flooded. The deputy governor of
done in the zone fast. The National President of the group, Mr Odii David, who inaugurated the local government council coordinators of the organisation in readiness for action, asked them to be ready in implementing the decision of the council whenever they are called upon to do so. The Igbo youth group said that the only infrastructure noticeable in the zone is the military, police, navy and prisons, stressing that despite the huge support Mr. President got from the South East that the zone has nothing to show for it.
water level in the Rivers Niger and Benue, and called on the people to move away from floodprone areas. Sensitizing the people on the need to relocate to higher ground, Awoniyi also commiserated with those whose properties were destroyed during the havoc caused by the rain, saying his visit which is aimed at creating awareness.
now what the Warri Federal constituency needs is a pragmatic and realistic grassroots politician that feels the pains, yearnings and aspirations of all in the constituency; politician that will give quality and robust representation that will ensure dividends of democracy. “Since the inception of this new political dispensation in 1999, the House of Representatives seat has not been occupied by any politician from Warri South Local Government Area. Justice, equity and fair play demands that in 2015 Warri South should produce the next member, House of Representatives in the Federal Constituency. And the person that best fits the position will be Dr. Meyiwa Erewa because he is an experienced, loyal and faithful party member.” The group appealed to the two gentlemen to heed to their call to enable them join forces with all progressives in Warri Federal Constituency to make their mission successful, adding that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan should prevail on the DSIEC chairman to allow a level playing ground for all aspirants, for their mission to be a complete one.
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Coalition marks Ngige’s abduction 10 years after
EN years after the ignoble abduction of sacked former governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, by persons yet to be prosecuted, Anambra multiparty coalition has lamented that the perpetrators are still walking the streets freely. The lamentation of the group came on the heels of the ten years anniversary
•Says culprits must be prosecuted Nwanosike ONU, Awka
celebration of the abduction yesterday in the state. The group contended that should the crime be swept under the carpet, it would be setting a negative precedence and institutionalising brigand-
age and gangsterism in the Nigerian polity. Addressing reporters at Marbel Arch Hotel Awka, yesterday, venue for the Anambra liberation day luncheon, the chairman of Anambra multiparty coalition, Chief Ben Oranusi stated that those involved in
the 2003 mayhem in the state should be brought to book. According to him, “this is ten years that these people committed this crime and since then, nobody has been prosecuted for abducting a sitting governor. We cannot go on like this, people must
account for their sins against the state and the society. “These people today walk along the streets freely without fear and nobody is talking about it and they have not been prosecuted. The Federal Government should not allow such illegality to thrive in our country; one wonders if Anambra State is a banana republic.” Oranusi further noted that the celebration was a time for reflection on the growth and development of Anambra State. He added that the coalition is also celebrating itself for standing behind Ngige from the day he left office as governor to date. However, in a release from Senator Chris Ngige and made available to reporters in Awka yesterday, he used the opportunity to announce that he had concluded his consultations over the 2013 gubernatorial election. He said that due to pres-
sures from well-meaning Anambra people, he had offered himself to serve the state in any capacity that it deems proper. The release said: “Considering the barrage of requests from well-meaning people of Anambra origin, this July 10 2013 will mark the end of consultation and ruminations on whether to run or not. “But in all, I rededicate myself serving them in any capacity they deem fit, God bless the land of Anambra people.” The Secretary of the multiparty coalition for Ngige 2013, Chief Okonkwo Okom, noted that the liberation of Anambra State on July 10th 2013, was as a result of the risk Ngige took to salvage the state. He stated that come March 17, 2014, Ngige would return to the Government House, Awka to complete the good work he started in 2003.
5,000 root for APC in S'East •Annie Okonkwo to members: deliver Anambra for party •Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Comrade Patrick Ikosimi, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) at a meeting between the NUT and the state government on the Teachers Special Allowance... yesterday.
Ebonyi varsity female student found dead in her room
ISS Miracle Eze, a 25-year-old Mass Communication student of Ebonyi State University (EBSU), has been found dead in her room at Ishieke campus of the university. Miss Miracle, a 200 Level student was found lying faced down and naked by the men of Nigeria Police Force, Ishieke Division, following a report by other students living in the same Henriv Lodge wih her. It was gathered that she had returned to the hostel at night to prepare for her General Studies (GST) examination slated for the day she was found dead (Tuesay,
Ogochukwu ANIOKE, Abakaliki July 9). But the door and windows were locked from the inside till Wednesday night when friends started looking for her after she failed to turn up to take the examination. When the police finally broke open her iron door, the only thing found around her decomposing naked body which laid motionless on the floor were the GST text and exercise books she used while reading. It was also discovered, when the police tried to cover her naked body, that she was burnt on the stomach; fuel-
ing suspicion that she might have died of electrocution. Miss Miracle who hailed from Nsukka, in Enugu State, according to sources in the hostel, returned to the hostel crying uncontrollably and intimated one of her female friends that she was being stalked by a male student, simply identified with the alias “Alhaji” who had allegedly been demanding to have a love affair with her, but she reportedly declined because she had a fiancé who had already gone to her family for formal introduction. It was further gathered that while she was still explaining the issue to her
friend, the said Alhaji called her phone number and she was instructed not to answer the call. Later in the evening, the said Alhaji allegedly visited her and left, after which the ugly incident occurred. Meanwhile, Miracle’s corpse has since been moved to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) mortuary. The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sylvester Igbo confirmed the incident to our reporter, adding that for now the police were still investigating the matter to be sure that the girl died of natural causes or otherwise.
Hotel, venue of the summit in a Toyota Coaster bus were dispersed by armed mobile policemen who flooded the place to forestall the breakdown of law and order. The summit which commenced immediately after, amidst tight security was attended by chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party
(PDP), including Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Minister for State Foreign Affairs Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Imo State Chairman of the PDP, Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), Dr Chris Asoluka, Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, former Minister of Interior, while the Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep-
Anxiety as youths disrupt Imo political summit
HERE was palpable tension yesterday in Owerri the Imo State capital when youths stormed the venue of the heavily publicised Imo Political Summit and chased away some of the participants who had arrived earlier for the event. The aggrieved youths demanded outright cancellation of the summit which they said clashed with the burial of the late National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Donald Onukogu who died in a ghastly car accident alongside four others. Speaking with The Nation, the acting president of the National Association of Imo Students (NAISS), Celestine Uzoma, maintained that the holding the summit on the same day the youths were mourning, was tantamount to insensitivity to the plight of the youths. He insisted that, “If they have the good of the youths on their agenda, they should have rescheduled the sum-
Okodili NDIDI, Owerri mit and commiserated with the youths in a day the entire country was mourning with Nigerian students and we won’t allow the summit hold.” The Chairman of the Imo State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), John Nwakama, questioned the rationale behind the summit, stating that, “it is another gathering of those corrupt politicians that plundered the resources of the state.” Also speaking, the Chairman of the Imo State Youths Parliament, Comrade Thank-God Samuel, said the summit was conceived to plot how to disrupt the current peace and development going on in the state by a group of politicians who have been recycled at the detriment of the good people of the state. However the youths, numbering over 500 who stormed the All Season’s
ver 5,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday in a voice vote rejected their membership of the other political parties that merged to form APC and accepted to be henceforth addressed as APC members in Anambra State as directed by the National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso. The party members had besieged Emmaus House, Awka as early as 8: am until the arrival of the party national officers about 3: pm to get first-hand information from the visiting national officers of the party led by National Vice Chairman South, Senator Annie Okonkwo on the successful registration of the party with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) three days ago. APC, therefore, vowed to start from the October local government election in the state to show its strength in the country, followed by the governorship election billed for November 16th this year. It insisted that it was taking over South East since the party recognised the strength of Ndigbo in constituting its national officers. Other leaders including Senator Annie Okonkwo, Deputy National Chairman,
Odogwu EMEKA ODOGWU, Onitsha South; National Women Leader, Sharon Ikeazo; National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso ; Deputy Financial Secretary, Sony Chukwu were in attendance. Also in attendance were National Welfare Officer, Emma Enukwu; governorship aspirant on Action Congress of Nigeria platform, now APC, Mr Godwin Ezeemo; Secretary, Constitution Committee, Hon Obi Igwedibia ; Deputy National Youth Leader, Uzoma Igbomma ; Chairman South East, Dr Ayim Nyerere; Dr Mike Areh, Chief Jerry Nwakobi, among others . Addressing the party members, Senator Okonkwo reiterated that Ndigbo, particularly Anambra peopel own the party and should do everything possible to deliver the local government and governorship elections in the state this year to appreciate the large members of the National Executive of the party from the state. He commended the APC governorship aspirant, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, even though Senator Okonkwo addressed him candidate, and other party members in the state for honouring the invitation.
Obi presents 300 security vehicles to Anambra communities
OVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State, will today present about 300 fully fitted security vehicles to 177 communities in the state. While each community will receive a minimum of one vehicle, some will receive more than one, depending on their size and population. It was gathered that Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka will receive the highest highest number as a result of their commercial status and high population density. Industrial hubs in the state will also receive more than one vehicle. In a release made available
Odogwu EMEKA ODOGWU, Onitsha to the press by the state Commissioner for Information, Chief JeoMartins Uzodike, said the gesture was part of a cocktail of measures devised by the state government to maintain the security the people are comparatively enjoying. He said that the measure was also necessary to sustain the inflow of foreign direct investment the state was now witnessing under the government of Governor Peter Obi. The release further stated that the vehicles were all
manufactured and kitted by INNOSON Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi, as a means of urging other Nigerians to patronise not just INNOSON, but other indigenous manufacturing companies in Nigeria. The Commissioner revealed that the next set of official vehicles for Governor Peter Obi had already been ordered from INNOSON. In addition, he said the vehicles for traditional rulers, refuse disposal heavy vehicles were all procured from INNOSON. “By the end of this year, the state would give school buses
to all the secondary schools in Anambra. These, too, have been ordered from INNOSON,” the Commissioner said. On the maintenance of the vehicles, the Commissioner assured that everything, including the insurance had been taken care of. He also said that the state government had started subsidising the cost each community pays for their vigilance group, even while calling on the vigilance group to always bear in mind that they were ultimately under the authority of the police.
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SPORT EXTRA ASIAN PRE-SEASON TOUR
Mourinho drops Mikel for Moses
UPER EAGLES’ and Chelsea holding midfielder John Obi Mikel was excluded in coach Jose Mourinho’s squad that travelled out to South East Asia for their pre-season tour, while compatriot Victor Moses made the trip. The travelling squad list made available on the club’s official website revealed that the Nigerian star who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Turkey will not be part of the Blues’s preparations for the coming season. Accompanying Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff during the first leg of the tour in Thailand will be a star-studded group of players including 17 full internationals, plus a selection of the promising young talents being developed by the club and all three new signings Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer.. First stop is Bangkok where the players will take part in a week-long training and attend coaching clinics in the local community before the
first match of the tour next Wednesday. After that the capital cities of Malaysia and Indonesia will host the Blues for further games. The travelling squad: Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer,
Jamal Blackman, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Tomas Kalas, Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Josh McEachran, Marco van Ginkel, Ramires,
Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Andre Schurrle, Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku, Sam Walker, Nathaniel Chalobah, Lucas Piazon, Islam Feruz.
OPERATION BEAT REMO STARS
Enyimba refunds slashed salaries From Tunde Liadi,Owerri NYIMBA of Aba players and officials who had their salaries slashed in the month of May have had it refunded when they were paid the month of June emoluments recently after the team performed exceedingly well since the start of the second stanza of the Globacom Premier League. The Peoples Elephant who are a force to reckon with in the national league were quite unpredictable at the commencement of the 2012/ 2013 season despite having a very good pre season programme. This made the management of the club to take a punitive measure of reducing by half the salaries of both players and officials aimed at halting the poor results recorded. But an elated player of the club who spoke anonymously expressed his joy when he received an alert of the salary for the month of June with the slashed money also included. “We are happy and we shall continue to do our best for the interest of Enyimba. I can confirm to you that the slashed salary has been refunded and all other players have confirmed it. We shall go for our match against Remo Stars full of optimism that we can beat them. We shall put all that we have got to it to ensure that Enyimba wins a trophy this year,” the player said excitedly. Enyimba faces Remo Stars in the 2013 Federation Cup in Lokoja on July 17. They are aiming to win the competition that they last won in 2009(1-0 win over Sharks) despite playing in the final of three of the last four competitions. They lost to Kaduna United and Heartland in 2010 and 2011 finals respectively.
Table tennis player targets Commonwealth, All Africa Games
ANIYU ASHIMIYU, a table tennis bronze medallist at the 2012 National Sports Festival in Lagos, on Thursday expressed his determination to represent Nigeria at the Commonwealth and the All Africa Games. Ashimiyu, 22, a player with Lagos State, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after his routine training at the Knock-Up-Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. “My set goal is not limited to national tournaments in Nigeria; I am sincerely passionate about representing my distinguished country in
Africa and in the world. I am determined to represent Nigeria at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. “I do not need to relent in my aspirations. The National Sports Festival is not the end of life; I need to move up and fly the country’s flag high in international competitions. I strongly believe that it is hard work and determination that will get me there, which is the reason behind my constant training and commitment,’’ he said. Ashimiyu said that, although, he could only
2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
NBF official calls for massive support for boxers
AGUDA BABATUNDE, an official of the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), on Thursday appealed to well-meaning individuals to support the country’s boxers as they prepare for the forthcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Babatunde told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that with such support, the boxers will be spurred to perform well at the Games. NAN reports that the 20th Commonwealth Games is slated to hold in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3. Nigeria would be participating in 6 events, which include boxing. “Presently, we don’t have any support from either the government or anyone. But if there is some support, I can assure you we are going to have
nothing less than two gold medals from the Commonwealth Games. “Everything is in our favour; we have an abundance of boxing talents in the country, even the new scoring system in boxing favours us and our style of boxing. Just a little push in form of support and I can assure you that our boxers will bring home medals and do great things,’’ he said. Babatunde told NAN that the boxers were capable of excelling if adequately supported. “With enough support, everything will fall into place, because we have natural talents without limitations, being tall or short doesn’t matter. As long as you meet your weight category, if you are taller or shorter, you use your own advantage or strategy to undermine your opponent,’’ Babatunde said.
settle for bronze at the 2012 festival, his profile had risen then with his regular training. The 22-year-old player urged sports administrators in the country to ensure the provision of facilities for the growth of the sport, to encourage existing and upcoming athletes. “Sports administrators must come out with full commitment to restore the glory of table tennis in Africa and beyond by providing good facilities for training, across the country. Good training facilities will boost athletes’ morale and increase the zeal and passion for the game; it will even attract upcoming players to give their very best,’’ he said. Ashimiyu, who urged corporate organisations and philanthropists to support the game’s development, also appealed to foreignbased players to donate kits for the use of players, so as to encourage them.
Adeniyi panel and the Eagles •Continued from back page winners’ medals to the Champions League one won last year. Abramovic put his money where his mouth is when he likened Europa Cup to a consolation prize for not wining the Champions League, in Chelsea’s case, it was theirs to retain the trophy they won last year, which they didn’t. The ethos of camping is not new to our players. It is what obtains in their clubs and they dare not step outside what the rules stipulate. We must call their bluff. We were witnesses to how Lionel Messi dumped Barcelona to join his mates in Beijing for the Olympic Games. We also saw how Argentina granted Tevez’s request to be excluded from the squad despite being the captain. I hope no attempt will be made to get the players’ input. When they join European clubs, they are handed the club’s manual, which they obey. The players need 75 per cent national team appearances to secure their jobs with every new season. So, why do we flinch anytime the Eagles sneeze? Many of our hitherto stubborn stars lost their contract when they couldn’t secure 75 per cent national team appearances. The hydra head called indiscipline has destroyed the Eagles. Otherwise, why would John Mikel Obi challenge Stephen Keshi over the choice of Vincent Enyeama before the game against Spain at the Confederations Cup? Mikel won’t attempt that with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea? Is anyone surprised that the coaches didn’t do anything to Mikel? Mikel’s audacity in questioning the coaches’ judgment in picking Enyeama ahead of Austin Ejide may have been informed by the flagrant manner in which the chief coach treats his employers. The code of conduct should streamline the dos and don’ts for both players and coaches. But the NFF must have a department whose duties should include interfacing with the players after playing for the country to find out how they are faring. This idea where we use the players and dump them whenever they are injured is chiefly responsible for the way they behave in camp. This code of conduct must include the coaches. It is sickening to hear that one of the assistant coaches sells wrist watches to players at exorbitant prices. It is a common tale in the Eagles camp that one of such transactions went awry, such that one of the players confronted the assistant coach. The shouting match between both men ensured that they were not on speaking terms while in camp in Faro, Portugal. The rift extended to South Africa, culminating in the axing of the player from the Eagles’ squad till date. Eagles’ players receive guests (most times their pimps) in camp because their coaches don’t lead by example. If a coach houses a friend in the camp, the players won’t see anything wrong in paying for rooms (for girls) in the hotel where they reside. What this simply means is that the code of conduct shouldn’t be for only the players. The coaches too must be told their limits. It is uncouth for the coaches to deride their employers in the international media. This idea of the minister intervening after a coach has divulged information to the foreign media must stop. If the coach cannot explore all the channels of seeking redress on any issue, he should throw in the towel. Nigeria will not cease to be a sovereign nation if we don’t play soccer. Coaches and players cannot be bigger than Nigeria. What is it that these crop of players and coaches want to do for Nigeria that hasn’t happened before? Common Adeniyi, et al, it is time these players and coaches got some lessons in life after football. This show-of-shame must never happen again.
Umeh, Manu salute Imoke on Calabar camping
HE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as well as the Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Manu Garba (MFR), have described the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke (CON) as an exceptional father-figure following his tacit approval for the Golden Eaglets’ camping in the idyllic Calabar Municipality yet again. The Canaan City as Calabar is fondly called, is the adopted home of the Golden Eaglets since 2011 where they grinded impressive run of results including three home wins against Niger, Guinea and Mali on their way to finishing as
runners-up at the last CAN Under-17 Championship in Morocco. It is as a result of this as well as implementation of the avowed Cross River State Sports Development policy, that the amiable Governor Imoke on Thursday sanctioned a twomonth camping for the Nigeria Under-17 national team ahead of the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE. He told a delegation led by NFF 1st Vice President, chief Mike Umeh that he had utmost confidence in the capability of the team to go all the way at the World Cup in October much to the delight
of everyone. “Governor is an extremely wonderful person,” chief Umeh said again on Friday. “We at the NFF appreciated his generous support to the programmes of the NFF particularly the hosting of Super Eagles matches and the camping of our dear Golden Eaglets time and again.” Also, speaking on the development, Manu said Senator Imoke’s magnanimity to the Golden Eaglets is second to none, praying that God grant him good health and many more fruitful years on earth after his recent 52nd birthday anniversary.
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NAHCO plans N25b new capital issue for diversification •Equities close with 0.15% gain
IGERIAN Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc plans to raise about N25 billion from the capital market to finance its expansion into other African markets and businesses. Shareholders of the company yesterday approved the new capital issue. Shareholders mandated the board of directors to explore any single or combination of equity and debt issue instruments to raise funds from the Nigerian capital market and beyond. Chairman, NAHCO, Mallam Suleiman Yahyah, said the net proceeds from the new capital issue would be used to finance the company’s diversification into other African countries and pursue strategic interests in power and Free trade Zone. He said the company has been granted a 10-year licence to operate ground handling and cargo services in Liberia while it is working on similar agreements in three other African countries. He said that the aviation handling and logistics company’s power sector subsidiary, Nahco Energy and Power Limited (NEPL), was
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on course to obtaining electricity distribution licence under the ongoing Federal Government’s privatisation programme. NEPL was among those pre-qualified for financial bid for Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company. Assuring shareholders on the prospects, Yahyah noted that NEPL has a new technical partner, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, a subsidiary of India’s Reliance Group, which has been working with it on the Kaduna bid strategy. He pointed out that the company’s N2 billion-investment in ultra-modern warehouse in Lagos has started to impact on its performance as it handled 100,498 tonnes of cargo in 2012 compared with 85,300 tonnes in 2011. He said the company has been able to sustain good performance in spite of operating challenges. According to him, turnover rose from N7.142 billion in 2011 to N7.404 billion in 2012 while profit after tax stood at N732 million compared with N807 million in 2011. He noted that the decline
in profit was a reflection of the full implementation of the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) and the necessary adjustments and impairment that resulted from the changes. Shareholders commended the payment of dividend of N369 million, which translated into a dividend per share of 25 kobo. Meanwhile, aggregate market capitalisation of all quoted companies inched up by 0.15 per cent yesterday as equities sustained five-day bullish run during the week. Total market capitalisation of equities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) increased from N11.821 trillion to N11.839 trillion. The main index at the stock market, the All Share Index increased marginally from 37,327.67 points to 37,382.49 points. UAC of Nigeria (UACN) recorded the highest gain of N3.95 to close at N58.50. Seven-Up Bottling Company followed with a gain of N2 to close at N55. Nigerian Breweries gathered N1.44 to close at N165. On the other hand, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria recorded the highest loss of N6.03 to close at N54.27. CAP dropped by N2.90 to close at N48.50 while Cadbury Nigeria declined by N1.93 to close at N52.60 per share. Total turnover stood at 245.96 million shares worth N2.94 billion in 5,022 deals.
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SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013 TRUTH IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM VOL.7, NO. 2545
If the president said 16 is greater than 19, how come those who see themselves as doing his bidding will not take the joke too far by wanting to impeach their speaker with only five in a 32-member house of assembly?
T’S that time of year again that I find to have so much meaning and beauty. To me Ramadan is so much more than fasting from dusk till dawn or feasting during Iftar. Not only is it a time when I endeavor to increase my Taqwa/Iman, become more charitable and strengthen my knowledge of the Holy Qur’an, it is also a time that I become closer to Allah and have a closer relationship with the Qur’an. Many of us who celebrate Ramadan take journeys at this time of the year and this Ramadan I want to take a journey on how I can get the most benefit from the opportunity Ramadan affords me and I want to encourage anyone who wishes to come along on this journey in making this Ramadan one of great triumph and blessings. In my Ramadan journey this year, I wish to, first and foremost, give top priority to knowing and understanding the true contents and message of the Qur’an. And also, I wish to take a moment to reflect on which aspects of my life; my routine, attitude, personality or behavior I need to improve on and what my plans are for changing for the better and bringing myself closer to the Islamic standard. An important part of this journey for me is to be as charitable as I can possibly be. When possible, every time I see people in anguish and poverty, every time my eyes fill with tears at the sight of senseless killings, blown up bodies, devastation and displacement of innocent people, I will open my purse and give charity. I will remember to forego some of my necessities in order for provide for those who are in more need than me. I will also opt not to spend money on frivolous things and luxuries so that those who are in more need than me and my family can be helped through my charity. Insha Allah, in my journey, I will sleep early after praying Ishaa and Taraweeh and go to bed with a clear and conscious intention of fasting the next day. Then, I will get up well before Suhoor time, thanking Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala for giving me life and then I hope to make special Du’aa for the mercy of Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala on our Ummah. From the start and right to the end of Ramadan, I will try not to sleep after Fajr, but instead study the Qur’an. In the last ten days of the Ramadan, I will go to bed with the intention of getting up early for Tahajjud prayers. Throughout the day, for the duration of the Ramadan, I will find time to revise and re-learn the Soorahs and Aayaat I already know. Once that is completed, I will learn at least one Aayah a day from a Soorah that I do not already know. Insha Allah, I will be extra kind, understanding, accepting, considerate and supportive to
My Ramadan journey
When we fast, we are already resetting our metabolism by the protracted, long overnight fast, as well as the daily fasting. Our metabolism resets and our body begins to change the way it operates. There is no need to consume excess food at Iftar, dinner or Suhoor, but we usually do
my non-Muslims friends and neighbors. I will listen to them, carry them along and find ways to have them participate in the blessings of Ramadan by sharing my food and gifts with them. I will counsel myself on my temperamental nature and strive to become calmer. I will try very hard to be forgiving to all those who have offended me, my family or my community. I will clear my heart from anger, suspicion and grudges. For the full duration of the Ramadan, I will kick at least one of my bad habits and make a
special effort to speak only to add value and to say only what is meaningful and useful. When I do not have anything useful to talk about, I will remember Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala through the beautiful and peaceful words taught by the Rasul (SAW), while paying attention to their meanings and feeling the impact of the words on my heart, my mind, my thoughts and my attitude. Ramadan is a spiritual cleansing month not only for the soul but also for the body. It is said in a Hadith that the Prophet (SAW) said we should leave 1/3 of our stomach for water, 1/ 3 for air, and 1/3 for food. Therefore, this Ramadan, in addition to my spiritual journey, I will be going on a health and weight loss one as well. While I embrace Ramadan for its spiritual benefits and all the positives that it represents, it really is an excellent opportunity to shed some extra weight. It can be very tempting to devour anything and everything edible during Iftar, but the tendency of this is putting on more weight than one had to begin with and becoming unhealthier. When we fast, we are already resetting our metabolism by the protracted, long overnight fast, as well as the daily fasting. Our metabolism resets and our body begins to change the way it operates. There is no need to consume excess food at Iftar, dinner or Suhoor, but we usually do. And when we do that, our body thinks it is in a state of famine and will store everything we eat as fat, because it is worried about food supply. Furthermore, eating once a day scares our body and our body starts to shut down and slow down our metabolism. A diet that is less than a normal amount of food intake but bal-
— Tunji Adegboyega
anced is sufficient enough to keep us healthy and active during the month of Ramadan. I know for me personally, each Ramadan in the past, I have always had a tendency to overeat during Iftar. But this year, I want to be disciplined, eat healthy, eat slowly, avoid binge eating at night, listen to my stomach when it is comfortably full and practice constraint. I know Ramadan is not about losing weight, but I would like to use this opportunity, to address my issue of gluttony and use control and constraint on what I eat. It is nice to have support and encouragement whilst we fast during Ramadan and as part of my Ramadan Plan, I will be sharing my plan of improving myself, my spirituality and my health and diet, which I hope to follow during Ramadan, on my Facebook https:// www.facebook.com/hannatu.musawa, my Twitter https://twitter.com/hanneymusawa, and my web site www.hannatumusawa.com (In the Blog section under Hanneyz Honneyz), should anyone wish to follow along with me.On these threads and forums, I hope we can share advise, Dua’s, thoughts on how we are coping, share things we want to improve on and share the things we are grateful for in our lives. Furthermore, on these sites, for the duration of the Ramadan, I will post the balanced diet plan and menu for the low fat, high energy healthy meals I hope to eat in order to avoid the Ramadan extra weight gain. If anybody wishes to follow this diet plan and come on this health and weight loss journey with me, you are welcome to do so. I will try to make the menu detailed and provide alternatives and recipes where necessary on the forums. However, while Ramadan is an excellent opportunity for overweight people to lose weight, please note that underweight or marginally normal weight people are discouraged from losing weight during Ramadan. If, like me, you have decided to make this a meaningful and triumphant Ramadan by moving closer to Allah and identifying areas requiring improvement in your life, may Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala assist you and bless you for taking this step in your life. If one can succeed this Ramadan in living as planned by the true tenants of the Quran, one will be able to look back and rejoice and feel inner joy and true happiness knowing that their Eid day will be the day of celebrating rewards from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala. As we begin this journey for Ramadan, I wish each and every person welcoming this Ramadan a Blessed, fruitful, safe and peaceful month. Ramadan Kareem and Ramadan Mubarak!
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Adeniyi panel and the Eagles
HE buzz in town about the Super Eagles is the code-of-conduct panel. A commit tee has been inaugurated to investigate what led to the show-of-shame in Namibia. I want to commend the Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi for being democratic in handling this disgraceful act. Abduallahi was at the centre of attempts to pacify the Eagles to board the aircraft for Sao Paulo, Brazil, while he brings the cash to settle the rift occasioned by the revolt in Namibia. Abdullahi, we were told, also interacted with the team’s coach to get them to board the aircraft. The coach said he couldn’t convince them, much to the minister’s consternation, especially for a man who thumbs his chest as a disciplinarian. There was also the story of the players asking the minister to send a commitment text message before they could board the aircraft. These Eagles have really gone mad. Of course, the minister knows who among the players and coaches are the ring leaders, having interfaced with all the parties in the row. The minister could have taken a decision based on his personal findings. He has however chosen to look at the matter holistically and proffer the panacea to avert recurrence. The problem with sports management in this clime is the penchant for policy
summersaults than implementing existing policies to resolve systemic flaws that have inhibited growth in the industry. In the case of our football administration, several white papers have been churned out. Sadly, the exit of the initiator of each panel gives rise to another panel on the same issues, which invariably makes the whole exercise a charade. Another problem is that we are always emotive in dealing with matters concerning the Eagles. They can do no wrong. They are super humans who must be treated differently as if they are the only ones who bring honour and glory to their fatherland. We have spoilt the Eagles such that they now tell us what they want. Our players see the exercise of playing for us as a favour not a privilege. This is the distinguishing line between us and the rest of the world. We treat them like sacred cows and seek their views before taking decisions on them. The Eagles have maliciously accused NFF men of short-changing them without verification from the appropriate quarters. Each time the Eagles misbehave, especially with the issue of their bonuses and entitlements, it always seems as if they know that the money is with either the NFF or the National Sports Commission (NSC) chiefs. Many would argue that they are adults and should be treated as such. But the way they have put their personal interest above
that of the nation has made us the laughing stock in the comity of football nations. One is, therefore, excited with this probe. I just hope that the panel will recommend stiff sanctions for those found to be culpable. It is only when culprits are reprimanded that we can stop this nonsense. NFF has been burdened by the unproven stigma of shortchanging the players. This panel’s findings and resolutions would go a long way to restore confidence from the corporate world. NFF has problems sourcing for cash independent of the government because of the poor image it has from the malicious but unfounded allegations of fraud from players, coaches and other stakeholders. In other climes, the country is bigger than the players, no matter who they are. Rules are spelt out and players made to abide with them or opt out of the camp. There are no ceremonies because there is a system that churns out better and younger players. Before the Segun Adeniyi panel sits, it must get the government to tell us how much it wants to spend on the Eagles before, during and after competitions. We want to know where their commitment lies, distinct from the quarterly subventions the government appropriates to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The Presidential Task Force (PTF) headed by Rivers State governor Chubuike Amaechi – does he have time for sports nowadays? -
did well to motivate the players with funds sourced from the business sector. Amaechi used his clout to get cash to ease the process of Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Today, we are told that the PTF deployed part of the cash it generated to building a befitting secretariat for the NFF. I digress! We got to this brouhaha because the PTF constituted to galvanise the team through private sector participation is otiose. It was the PTF that jacked up the bonuses by providing half of the $10,000 while NFF pays the other. It must be said that the increase was done during major competitions in 2010 (Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup), making it imperative to ask why $10,000 should be paid for a qualifier? Shouldn’t there be a difference between what you earn from qualifiers and that of the tournament proper? This is where the players have shown their hand of mercantilism because, in their clubs, they don’t earn the same bonuses for domestic competitions and international. Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovic, for instance, stated categorically that he would not pay the players for winning the 2013 Europa Cup diadem like he did when they lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy. Abramovic’s statement didn’t stop Chelsea from winning the Europa Cup. Instead, it galvanised the players to add the
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