Crime Politics

Jangebe Abduction Will Be The Last – Buhari

Buhari said new measures had been developed by the federal government to bring an end to all forms of criminality in the nation.

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that Friday’ s abduction of students from Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, will be the last to happen.

The president’s statement was relayed on Sunday, through Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, who led a high-powered delegation to sympathise with the people and government of Zamfara over the abduction.

He said new measures have been developed by the federal government to bring an end to all forms of criminality in the nation.
“The President is saddened by the abduction of the students from Jangebe and reassures you that the government has all the resources and wherewithal to contain these criminals,” he said.
Buhari also commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara’s efforts against armed banditry and promised a continued support to bringing lasting peace.

“The federal government will continue its partnership with Zamfara government and its citizens in resolving the security challenges facing the state,” Buhari said.
In his response, Gov. Matawalle appreciated Buhari and the federal government’s concern, saying very soon the abductees would regain their freedom.

“I strongly believe in the president and his effort in fighting all forms of insurgence and urge him to improve on the nation’s security.
”This is by ensuring synergy among the security agencies so that confrontations with criminals can be coordinated on ground and air simultaneously,” the governor said.
Other members of the delegation were the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar-Faruk and Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

Over 300 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata-Marafa Local Government Area of Zamfara State were abducted when gunmen stormed the school in the wee hours of Friday.

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Crime Scandal

Abuja Businessman Paid Fulani Herdsmen N200,000 Each To Keep Off His Land

Mr. Akintayo Adaralegbe, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of T. Pumpy Concept LTD, Abuja’s largest estate development company, has resettled scores of Fulani men on his estate land in phase 24 Lugbe. Mr. Adaralegbe, who gave an average of N200,000 to each of the 52 Fulani households, said his gesture was made in good faith in an attempt to give them a fresh start and address their problems.

The original allottee had been compensated for phase 24 of his Land, and bags the farmers had been compensated previously. During a recent meeting with the various Fulani leaders on the property, they expressed their gratitude for the T. Pumpy boss’s kind gesture and promised to vacate his land in a month to allow for further development of the property.

Mr. Adaralegbe in a chat with reporters noted that he believes in peaceful resolutions of issues and happy at how it ended in harmony.

He did, however, state that he preferred the new approach because “anyone could have been in their shoes,” adding that “anyone could have been in their shoes.” Top celebrities such as actor Femi Adebayo, Ayo Ajewole(woli Agba) Sulaiman Alao Malaika, and Femi Oladele recently visited Adaralegbe, who is known for his good heart (solar).

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Pirates Confraternity Knocks Nigerian Government Over Banditry, Demands Decisive Action

The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has berated the Nigerian government and states in Northern Nigeria for allowing bandits to have free rein in the region.

According to the organisation, it is not enough for the government to rejoice over the release of schoolchildren without ensuring that the perpetrators face consequences for their actions.

It has, therefore, demanded a clampdown on bandits and kidnappers terrorising northern Nigeria.
The group in a statement by the NAS Capoon, Mr. Abiola Owoaje, titled: ‘Bandits Siege on Nigeria: Enough of the Empty Rhetoric’, stated that the recent abduction in Kagara in Niger State and Jangebe in Zamfara State “has again put in sharp focus the deteriorating security situation in the country, and the discernible scandalous incapacitation of government and security agencies in tackling the issue of terrorism and banditry in northern Nigeria.”

Owoaje who noted that Nigerians have had enough perfunctory statements which remain largely ineffectual, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and give “appropriate marching orders to security agencies to arrest the unbridled decline into anomie, especially in northern Nigeria.”

“The bandits through their activities have declared war on Nigeria and its people. Therefore the Nigerian government must respond robustly and decisively to put an end to this cyclical show of shame. “Terrorist bandits have invaded Nigeria from within and the government and its security agencies cannot continue this comatose rhetoric of zero effectual action. Kidnapping under the guise of banditry has become a lucrative industry in Nigeria. It is utterly defeatist to negotiate with or appease the criminal elements behind it. Is ransom reward not the purpose of kidnapping in the first place? So how exactly does the government think that delivering ransom and red carpet celebrity to criminals will stop the criminality?

“We call on the Federal Government and the various state governments to end all forms of negotiations directly or by proxy with these reprehensible gangs and clamp down on them using legitimate and determined compelling force of law and justice. It is incumbent on the Nigerian government to make it clear in unmistakable actionable terms that it would no longer condone the kidnapping of schoolchildren and other citizens by crushing these networks of terrorists, kidnappers, and bandits.”

“While the release of the kidnapped schoolchildren of Kagara and Jangebe is cheering news, the government must deploy all necessary forces towards apprehending these criminal elements and put them on trial for their crimes against the Nigeria state. This is what is expected of serious leadership. Appeasement hardly discourages criminality. It only rewards the murderers. In the same vein, rhetoric is not a viable solution for defending the territorial and security integrity of a country.

Nigerians have had enough of the rhetoric. Nigerians are fed up with this continued disregard for the life and security of Nigerians,” Owoaje said.

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CBN Governor confirms adjustment of naira to N410/$1 at official market

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has confirmed that the naira has depreciated at the official market to N410 against the dollar.

This disclosure was made by Emefiele, while speaking at a special summit on the economy organized in collaboration with the CBN and Chief Executive Officers of banks on Friday, February 26, 2021, in Lagos.

Emefiele said the drop in crude oil earnings and the associated reduction in foreign portfolio inflows significantly affected the supply of foreign exchange into Nigeria.

He said, “In order to adjust for the decrease in the supply of foreign exchange, the naira depreciated at the official window from N305/$ to N360/$ and now hovers around N410/$.’’

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Sports World News

U.S. Soccer Abolishes Kneeling That Started Over Police Brutality And Racism

United States Soccer on Saturday voted to end a ban on players kneeling during the national anthem, something they have done to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

More than 70 percent of the members of U.S. Soccer’s ruling body voted to scrap the policy requiring players to “stand respectfully” during the song. About 30 per cent voted to keep the policy in place.
“We know that this is a very divisive issue within our country and throughout the world,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone told reporters. “So I was not surprised that our membership was not 100 per cent one way or the other.

The U.S. women’s national team stood as a group during the anthem prior to their SheBelieves Cup game on February 21 after some knelt in the tournament opener on February 18.

Team members said they were past the protesting phase of the anthem debate but still committed to fighting to end systemic racism.

National Football League player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice.

Other players joined him until team owners banned the practice. That policy was reversed in 2020 during a wave of national protests over racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in May.

In June, U.S. soccer’s board of directors voted to repeal the no-kneeling policy, which was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in 2016.

That board vote required confirmation by the wider U.S. Soccer governing body, which it received on Saturday.

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Corruption Crime Politics

Breaking: Kidnapped Zamfara Schoolgirls Released

The kidnapped schoolgirls of Government Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State have been released and are currently in the palace of the Emir of Anka waiting for transportation to Gusau, the state capital.

Details shortly…

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You can’t impose levies on Computer Village, Court stops Tinubu’s daughter

The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has stopped daughter of former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from imposing levies on traders at the Computer Village in Ikeja.

Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, who is the Iyaloja-General of Lagos had introduced levies on traders at the Computer Village a year ago.

The court also stopped Mrs. Bisola Azeez, Mr. Adeniyi Olasoji, Nofiu Akinsanya, Tony Ikani and the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State from going ahead with the levies on traders at the market.

A fundamental human rights suit number ID/9039MFHR/19 was instituted against the five respondents by the five major stakeholders at the Computer Village.

The stakeholders are The Registered Trustees of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria; Registered Trustees of Phone and Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria; Registered Trustees of Phone Parts and Accessories Dealers Association of Nigeria; the Registered Trustees of Association of Caterers, Food and Drinks Vendors of Ogunbiyi Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos and Registered Trustees of Ikeja Books, Stationeries and Computer Association and Azeez Olunrin.

According to the judge, Justice Yetunde Pinheiro, the 2nd and 3rd respondents’ imposition of levies on the applicants was illegal, null and void and therefore amounted to a violation of their fundamental rights.

Pinheiro ordered the first to fifth respondents by themselves, agents, levy collectors howsoever called from imposing levies and/or fines on the members of the 1st to 5th applicants at the Ikeja Computer Village in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State.

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Crime Politics

Chibok Community Contributes Money To Meet Shekau, Save Pastor Given One Week Ultimatum

The Chibok community in Borno State, including residents, family, and church members of Pastor Bulus Yakuru has contributed money as a ransom and plans to meet Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, to secure the life of the pastor who has been given a one-week ultimatum to live.

PurpleWorld gathered that elders in the Chibok community are presently calling for help to get to Shekau, after having raised the money to ensure that Yakuru, whose family and church members are “seriously distressed” was not killed by the insurgents.

Top elders in Chibok confirmed to SaharaReporters that Pastor Yakuru was married with three children, and his wife had terrible depression and was desperately hoping he was not killed by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Last Friday, the pastor cried out in a video sent by the Boko Haram to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Borno State government, and the Christian Association of Nigeria from the terrorists’ den, begging that he had been given one week to live.
Yakuru had said he was in pain and would like to be reunited with his family members, church, and relatives.

The Boko Haram struck Pemi village in Borno, only about 20 kilometres from Chibok, on December 24, 2020, during which the pastor was taken away.

A Chibok top community elder told SaharaReporters that some money had been raised by all of the stakeholders as a ransom, and they were planning to meet Shekau’s men to deliver it for Yakuru’s life.

He said, “Before we saw that video, we had started to take action to contribute money together. We have raised a substantial amount of money as ransom for our beloved pastor. When we saw that video, it only added to our depression. We want to meet Shekau or his men to give them the money. Please, let them collect the ransom and spare Pastor Bulus.
“Anyone who can help us to reach out to Shekau and his camp should inform them that we have ransom to pay and we plead that Pastor Bulus is not killed after one week as they said. We have the ransom. We are ready to pay it. Bulus’ wife has been in crisis. I still saw her last week and she had serious depression.”

Chibok was where the Boko Haram abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014 – some of whom have yet to be released till date.
The terrorists in the video had started a countdown over Yakuru’s life, whom they promised to kill if their demands were not met.

The threats of the insurgents could not be taken lightly as they killed three nurses and a worker with the Action Against Hunger, a humanitarian organisation last year, under the same circumstance – a murder which attracted only condemnation from both national and international organisations.

“Today is the last day I will have the opportunity to call on you in your capacity as my parents and relatives in the country. Anyone who has the intention should help and save me. Please release me from this pain,” Yakuru had stated in the video released by Boko Haram last Wednesday.

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Photonews: Popular Nigerian Music Producer, Dokta Frabz, reportedly shot dead in the US

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Driver Who Knocked Police Officer Off Lagos Bridge Remanded In Badagry Prison

The Lagos State police command on Friday arraigned a driver who knocked a police officer off the bridge along International Airport Road on February 24.

The accused, 38-year-old Sunday Okodo, was arraigned before an Oshodi Mobile Court on six counts of driving against traffic (wrong-way driving), resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, reckless and dangerous driving, driving with an invalid driver’s license, and attempted murder.

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You are not bigger than My government —Buhari warns Bandits

Our primary objective is to get all the school hostages safe, alive and unharmed.
We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits.

A hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.
Let bandits, kidnappers and terrorists not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution.

Let me say this again: We will not succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who target innocent school students in the expectation of huge ransom payments.

State Governments must also review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles. Such a policy has the potential to backfire with disastrous consequences. States and Local Governments must also play their part by being proactive in improving security in and around schools.

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The Zamfara State Government has said the number of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, is unknown.
Armed men broke into the school around 1am on Friday.
There are reports that over 300 students were abducted from the school.

But speaking with Daily Trust, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau Anka, said the exact number of abducted students is yet to be ascertained.
“We are yet to verify the exact number of the students kidnapped. Security operatives have launched a manhunt for the criminals.”
“They went to the school with vehicles. Some of the girls were made to trek. We are on top of the situations as all contacts and efforts are being made to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls,” he said.

The abduction happened hours after the state government said some repentant bandits had surrendered their arms.
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has been pushing for a dialogue with bandits for peace to reign.
The federal government is yet to react to the latest kidnap incident.

When students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, were abducted on February 17, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed security agencies to ensure their immediate release.
However, the victims are still in captivity.

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Angry NAF vows to expose sponsors of terrorism

Widow of Flying Seargent Olasunkanmi Olawunmi reacts during the burial of her spouse, among the seven air officers who died on Sunday in a Beechchraft King Air B3350i crash, in Abuja…yesterday.

Nigeria Air Force (NAF), yesterday, vowed to expose and fight sponsors of extremism in the country. They made the pledge as the remains of Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama and six other officers of the Force, who died in a plane crash last Sunday, were buried at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Gadzama reportedly battled hard and ensured the ill-fated NAF plane, Beechraft KingAir BB305i, did not crash into a residential area before he finally lost control of the jet and it crash-landed, killing him and others on board.

The others were Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (co-pilot), Flying Officer Michael Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) specialist) and Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS specialist), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS specialist), Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS specialist), and Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (onboard technician).

The bodies were accorded full military honours with the traditional 21-gunshot salute and were lowered into graves at exactly 1 p.m.
It was an emotional event as colleagues of the late officers, including the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, wives and family members of the deceased, wept uncontrollably.

Amao described the deceased officers, as courageous heroes in whom the Force had so much confidence, saying the Nigerian Air Force would do everything to ensure the officers did not die in vain.

His words: “The loss of these confident, courageous and professional young officers and airmen must spur the rest of us not only to rededicate ourselves to the service of our Nation but also to resolve that we shall relentlessly expose and fight all agents of destabilisation and extremism in our society. We must throw everything we have into this fight to ensure that our departed colleagues did not die in vain.

“The untimely death of these promising gentlemen occurred on Sunday, February 21 in Abuja, while on active duty in service to our Fatherland. I must confess that, even at this moment, NAF is still in palpable shock and grieving deeply over the loss of our gallant and courageous heroes, in whom we had so much confidence, with our expectations now suddenly and painfully cut short.”

Amao, who succumbed to emotions intermittently, while reading his address, added that the death would spur officers to rededicate themselves to the task of defending the nation and remaining loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He described the officers’ death as a huge loss to the NAF and the entire nation, saying they would be greatly missed and fondly remembered for their invaluable services to the nation and humanity.

“Today, as our late colleagues go to their final resting place, may the Lord be with them forever and may they rest assured that the Nigerian Air Force and indeed the nation will remain ever grateful to them for their service and sacrifice.
“To the families of our deceased brothers, our prayers are with you at this time, as also those of people from everywhere, both within and outside the country. The overwhelming show of love, solidarity and support from everyone is a clear indication that the nation, and indeed the entire globe, shares in this grief with you,” he said.
He said appreciation for the officers was evident in the volume of condolence messages and visits by personalities, including the President, leadership of the National Assembly, governors, ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, among others. He urged them to be consoled by the knowledge that the entire nation grieved with them on the loss of their loved ones.

The presiding priest and Director of NAF Chaplaincy, Reverend David Dogo Gani, described the death of the officers as a trying moment in the history of the country and prayed for grace to remain focused on God, as the only succour in times of trouble.

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Bandits I met not responsible for school girls abduction – Sheikh Gumi

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, an Islamic scholar, said the abductors of the Zamfara schoolgirls were not the bandits with whom he had recently engaged in the Zamfara forests.
Dailytimes reported that bandits stormed Jangebe Government Secondary School about 1 am Friday in Talata Mafara Local Government Area and kidnapped over 300 female students.

Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs of Zamfara, confirmed the abduction but was unable to confirm the number of abducted students as at press time.

In a short telephone interview with The Government, Gumi said the kidnapping was carried out by a Zamfara splinter group of bandits.
The Islamic scholar, who claimed to have reached out to the bandit leaders he had recently encountered, categorically said, “They were not behind the kidnap of the girls.”

Sheikh Gumi simply said, “maybe,” when asked if he would go to Zamfara to meet the bandits for talks and plea for the release of the school girls.

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Crime Politics

Buhari rules out amnesty for bandits, says ‘it’s time to treat criminals as criminals’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday ruled out any possibility for granting amnesty to armed criminals terrorising the country, saying his government will continue to deal decisively with bandits, kidnappers and insurgents.

The President made the declaration on Thursday while declaring open the a joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government in Kaduna State.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the President said it is time to treat criminals as criminals and stop ethnic profiling.
According to him, the security challenges confronting the nation, has slowed down the emancipation of Nigerians from poverty and economic deprivation, hence he has already directed the security chief to develop plans to end criminality in the land.
While reiterating that, his government will continue to deal with insurgents, bandits and kidnappers, Mr Buhari said he has already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly security situation where the lives of Nigerians continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.

According to the President, “I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence need to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.
“This meeting is coming at a time when the nation is making steady progress in addressing the many challenges impeding developmental and progress. We are providing critical infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports among others which are critical to economic prosperity of our people as well as opening up economic opportunities for our citizens to pursue legitimate aspirations that grow the economy.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation. The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.

“I expect that at this meeting, your Forum will also discuss and devise ways of building stronger collaboration with the security architecture and the people in defeating criminality across the region and the nation at large.

“It is pertinent to note that the increased realization of our security, democracy and development indices are inextricably linked are inextricably linked. Democracy and rule of law promote stability and in turn reinforce the power to assert freedom and economic progress of our people.

“Government also notes with satisfaction the deliberate actions of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum of inclusivity in addressing the challenges of governance and national development. This is demonstrated in today’s event, wherein the Forum intends to receive and deliberate on the reports from Committees that were put in place to critically look at certain challenges of the region.

“I urge that these crucial and robust reports should be assiduously studied and implemented without delay. This is because we are not short of policies, but often faced with challenges of implementation. You will be leaving a landmark in ensuring that the record reports are not left to rot on the shelves but used for the good of all,” Mr Buhari advised.

In attendance at the meeting were Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, while others were represented by their deputies.

Traditional rulers in attendance include; the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, Shehu of Borno, Umar Ibn El-Kenemi, Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, Etsu Nupe, Yahaya, Emir of Zazzau and Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, among others.

The Federal Government’s delegation included Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, who represented the Senate President and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu among others.

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Leader can even be called upon to rule again after losing election – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given reason a politician could be called to come back to lead the people after losing an election.

Recall that Jonathan lost his second term bid to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

According to the former Nigerian leader, the way leaders are perceived while in office canq play a major role in their political career.

Jonathan stated this on Wednesday when he met the representatives of political parties from The Gambia at the closing of a two-dayq consultative retreat for political parties.

He charged African leaders to always pay attention to the way the majority of perceive them and their policies while in office.

He said for this reason, even after they lose elections, they can be called back to rule again by popular demand.

“Whatever a leader is doing, he needs to understand the fact that the perception of his policies and decisions would be a critical factor to be considered because he is thereq for the people,” Dr. Jonathan said.

“A leader can be doing all the right things to be done for nation-building, but if the perception among the people does not match what he is doing, then he can never go very far in politics.

“But when a leader is doing his best for his people and the perception is right, he might even lose an election due to misunderstanding, but when the perception is right, he can even be called upon to come and rule again .”

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Corruption Politics

BREAKING: Youths shut down Nigeria Governors’ Forum headquarters in protest

Hundreds of youths under the umbrella of Nigerian Youth Union (NYU), and others have shut down the headquarters of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in protest.
The Youths in their large numbers barricaded the NGF office located at Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, as early as 9am denying staff and guests opportunities to access the office.

Their peaceful action temporarily caused pandemonium as commuters were forced to take alternative routes to their homes and offices.

President of the Union, Chinonso Obasi, who led the protest said the decision to stage the protest to drive home their message to the governors after the expiration of their ultimatum to the Governors to rise to the occasion of quality primary healthcare services to Nigerians.
The youths occupied the gate of the NGF office for several hours, insisting they be attended to by the Director General of the NGF or any other senior member of the Forum.

After few hours of peaceful protest, their letter of request were received by the Secretariat of NGF with a promise to expedite the process of reviving the primary health care system.

Details later…

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Lagos Residents Detain Ikeja Electric Vehicle, Officer Over Billing

Some residents of Osundairo area of Agege, Lagos have held a staff member of Ikeja Electric hostage over hike in electricity tariff and estimated billing.

The residents, who claimed to have been disconnected for about a month, said they were shocked when the Marketing Manager of IE, Dopemu office, brought to the community electricity bills for the month on Tuesday.

In expressing their anger, the residents seized him and his operational vehicle as they demanded immediate rectification of the hike in their electricity tariff.
It was gathered that the marketing manager was rescued hours after police officers were deployed to the area to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

The residents, however, refused to let go of the operational vehicle as they insisted that IE must stop exploiting them through estimated billing and hike in electricity bills.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, one of the residents who simply identified himself as Mayowa, bemoaned the exploitative nature of the electricity distribution company.

He noted that despite the irregular and poor power supply experienced in the area, the electricity distribution company brings a fixed bill of N25,000 monthly for each household.

He said: “For more than a month now, we have not had electricity in Osundairo after some electricity poles fell.

“They said they would fix it but it took them weeks for them to fix it.
“After that, they came back at night to disconnect us before restoring power in the area.
“We have not had power supply for one month now, and they are bringing a bill of N25,000. That is why we decided to hold the marketing manager down.”

Another resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, lamented the hike in electricity bills.
He alleged that the IE officials, as well as some top officials from the company, usually come to the community to oppress and victimise residents.

“They bring estimated bills for us every month. Even when our pole fell and we didn’t have electricity, they brought the same N25,000 as electricity bill for us.
“IE officials don’t read our metres, they just bring a monthly bill of N25,000 whether we use electricity or not.

“This is not good, we want the government to help us look into this and stop this estimated billing,” the resident said.

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Killings by bandits mostly accidental —Sheikh Gumi

Popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi said bandits were pushed by circumstances and only killed for “revenge”.

He said the bandits have only killed a “few” people accidentally.
Of late, Sheikh Gumi has been seen in photos holding talks with notorious bandits in the forests of Zamfara, Niger and other states. He had also advocated blanket amnesty for the bandits like was done for the militants in the Niger Delta region.

He said, “I choose to call them (bandits) militants because they are fighting an ethnic war. They are kidnapping to get money. Look at the case where they released a bus full of people, they were asking for N500 million but now, they freed them with mere negotiations for free. Nothing was paid. Even one of them victims’ father called me to thank me.”

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FG gives private individuals the go ahead to start building, operating or maintaining federal roads

Private individuals are now permitted to build, operate or maintain assets on some federal highways that are up for concession, the federal government has said.

The arrangement is under the new highway development and management initiative (HDMI). The Nation gathered that the initiative is contained in a new document on how the partnership would be executed.
The document released by the federal ministry of works and housing and signed by Boade Akinola, its director of press and publicity. The FMWH said the concession process will be classified into two categories — value-added concession and unbundled assets approvals.

For the value-added concession, the road pavement and entire right-of-way will be on concession for development and management by the concessionaire. While for the unbundled assets approvals initiative, “approvals/permits are issued for individual assets on the right-of-way on a build, operate and or maintain basis”.

It was gathered that already the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had received the Outline Business Case Certificate of Compliance to the commence procurement process for the concession of 12 federal highways.

This implies that individuals would now be permitted to develop and maintain assets on the economically viable federal highways in order to boost the economic activities on the roads. The FMWH stated that the aim was to provide adequate highway services through the development of revenue-generating assets along the highways.

The concession of the roads may also signify the return of toll gates as concessionaires will have to recoup their investments.

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Crime Politics

Extend amnesty to bandits in South, everyone with gun —Gumi

Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Sunday said the amnesty he proposed for bandits in the North should be extended to the Fulani involved in kidnappings in the South.

Gumi, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, also said the bandits involved in kidnappings were not foreigners, but Nigerians.

The prominent cleric had after a meeting with bandits in Zamfara State forests two weeks urged government to grant them amnesty.
He also met bandits along Kaduna-Abuja road, which had witnessed a series of kidnappings and killings.

After the kidnapping at Kagara, Niger State on Wednesday, Gumi also visited the state and held a meeting with some bandits.

Justifying his call for extension of amnesty to the South, Gumi said everyone carrying a gun should also be included for the country to have a fresh start.

He noted that northern governors, except Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had accepted his reaching out to bandits in the North.

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Hushpuppi: New details emerge on how dinner with Blac Chyna exposed alleged fraudster

There’s an unfounded claim that Hushpuppi would have gotten away with scamming but he caught the attention of the US Feds after he tried to impress American socialite,Blac Chyna.

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, was arrested in June 2020 in Dubai and extradited to the US.

According to the US Department of Justice, Hushpuppi was charged with “laundering hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a US law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.”

It later emerged that Huspuppi also allegedly conspired with 3 North Korean computer hackers to steal more than $1.3 billion from companies and banks in the U.S. and other countries, federal prosecutors in the US said.

Now, there are claims Hushpuppi might have gotten away with all that for much longer, but he started hanging out with Blac Chyna and this drew the attention of US federal agents.

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Headies Award: Full list of winners at The Headies Award

  • 1 Milli – Davido By Director K
  • Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni
  • Niniola – Addicted
  • Praiz – Under The Sky
  • Mayorkun – Geng
  • Bad Boy Tims – MJ
  • Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi
  • Ladipoe and Simi – Know you
  • Moelogo – I wonder
  • Falz – Bop Daddy feat. MS Banks
  • Fireboy DML – Tears, laughter and goosebumps
  • Roots – The Cavemen
  • Omah -Lay
  • Wizkid
  • Simi – Duduke
  • Fireboy – Apollo
  • Ilbliss Goretti – Country
  • Master KG
  • Fireboy DML
  • God’s Engineering – AQ
  • Nobody- DJ Neptune feat. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
  • Wizkid
  • BEST R&B SINGLE – Fireboy DML

14th Headies: Omah Lay wins Next Rated category, Dedicates Award To Victims Of Lekki Tollgate Shootings

Singer, Omah Lay has emerged the winner of the Next Rated category at the 14 edition of the Headies music awards.

In the category, which is of interest to lots of fans, the nominees includes

Tems, Oxlade, Omah lay, Bella Shmurda.

Oxlade and Bella Shmurda walked with Omah Lay to collect the award which he dedicated to the victims of the Lekki shootings.


Abducted Kagara Schoolchildren, Others May Regain Freedom Today —Sheikh Gumi

Influential Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, said on Saturday that the kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren might be released today.

Bandits, donning military uniform, had around 2am on Wednesday invaded Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and whisked away 27 pupils and 15 staff members after killing a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil.

The incident has created nationwide agitation and worries over the safety of the kidnapped pupils and school staff members, who were whisked away into the bush by the bandits.

In an interview on Saturday, Gumi, who has been in talks with the bandits in the forest, told Sunday PUNCH that there was a possibility that the abductees might regain freedom today, given ongoing talks between the government and the bandits.

The cleric, who recently held a parley with some bandits in Zamfara State forests and consequently called for amnesty for bandits, told one of our correspondents that the negotiation for the release of the schoolchildren and members of staff was slowed down due to logistics.

According to Gumi, the negotiation does not involve payment of ransom.
Speaking on the phone with one of our correspondents on Saturday, Gumi said,
“What I hear from (our contact) is that they are still negotiating to release them (schoolchildren and staff members) and hopefully, hopefully, we will get them today (Sunday), hopefully.

“Up till now, they have not been able to identify the boys, who (did the kidnapping). You know they are splinter groups. So, when you are dealing with groups like that in a vast area, with no communication, no road, then it has to be slow. But the main actors are ready to negotiate and stop the kidnapping altogether.”
Asked if the negotiation involved money,
Gumi said, “No, no; it does not. If it involves money, it means the same criminality.

They are saying these are our conditions and we will stop this thing. So, negotiation is ongoing and their demands are being looked into, which are very simple.”
According to Gumi, the bandits are mainly asking the state to release their comrades in the custody of security agencies.

He explained, “They have just four people in detention and they are asking for them.
They also need assurance and that is why we are calling for amnesty for them.

They have been fighting for a long time; it’s been more than eight years.
“These people are fighting for their existence because when they go to town they are lynched, when the police see them on the road, they arrest them; sometimes they are executed extrajudicially, so they took arms against the state.
When you give them amnesty, all of them will drop their weapons.”

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BREAKING: Six Feared Dead As Nigerian Air Force Plane Crashes In Abuja

PurpleWorld gathered that the aircraft departed Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 10:33 am with six persons on board, including 2 crew members.

Details later…


14thHeadies: Next Rated, Artiste Of The Year top social media buzz

The 14th edition of music awards, Headies is holding Sunday and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is going to be a virtual event.

While the event itself is trending, fans are clear on which categories of the award are of interest to them.
The categories are the Next Rated Artiste and the Artiste Of The Year category.

In the Next Rated category, nominees include Tems, Omah Lay, Bella Shmurda and Oxlade.

For the Artiste Of The Year award, the nominees are Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Mayorkun.

Twitter user, Biyi tweeted, “The #14thHeadies will be a virtual event due to COVID restrictions. Who’s going home with the Next rated Plaque tomorrow?”

Another user, Amarachi reacting to the nomination for the artiste of the year said, “This is tight but these people here don top chop award. Biko leave it for my Mayorkun. He has done a lot to my music list #14thHeadies.”

Twitter user, Chibuike has favourites and doesn’t mind if either wins. He tweeted, “If Mayorkun win Artiste of the year he would acknowledge Davido saying “I learnt from the best”. If OBO should win he would dedicate the award to Mayorkun and other 30BG members. Whichever way it plays out they both win. #14thHeadies # 30BG # davido

Bryson Cole tweeted, “Tomorrow, I’ll sit in the comfort of my room and watch my favourite artiste win the next rated award at the 14thHeadies.


Benin Republic Ready To Be Nigeria’s ‘37th State’ – Minister

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, had expressed readiness for his country to be part of Nigeria.

Onyeama, who stated this shortly after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Aurélien Agbenonci, said the Beninoise president gave the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks back.

“The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in reality, Benin should be the 37th state of Nigeria,” he said.

“We should really be one. They charged us to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”

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US Reveals How Hushpuppi Laundered Money For North Korean Bank Hackers

New details have emerged about the case against Instagram influencer, Ramon Abbas, fondly referred to as Hushpuppi.

According to the United States of America’s Department of Justice, Hushpuppi laundered money for North Korean hackers.

The revelation was made known when federal prosecutors in Los Angeles unsealed a case against one Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, for his role as a money launderer for the North Korean conspiracy, among other criminal schemes.

Alaumary agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering, a charge contained in criminal information filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles on November 17, 2020.

Alaumary was a prolific money launderer for hackers engaged in ATM cash-out schemes, cyber-enabled bank heists, business email compromise (BEC) schemes, and other online fraud schemes.

Alaumary is also being prosecuted for his involvement in a separate BEC scheme by the United States Attorney’s Office for Georgia’s Southern District.

During Alaumary’s confession, he fingered Hushpuppi as one of his co-conspirators.
The document read in part, “Concerning the North Korean co-conspirators’ activities, Alaumary organized crews of co-conspirators in the United States and Canada to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations, including from BankIslami and a bank in India in 2018.

“Alaumary also conspired with Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, aka ‘Ray Hushpuppi’, and others to launder funds from a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.

“Last summer, the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles charged Abbas in a separate case, alleging that he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from BEC frauds and other scams.”

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Players, Officials Of Adamawa United FC Robbed At Gun Point Around Benin-Ore Expressway

Players and officials of ADAMAWA UNITED FC were robbed at gun point around Benin- Ore expressway last night at about 11.45pm on their way to their week 11 NPFL fixture against MFM FC in Lagos. (BSN Sports Reports)

According to report, their phones,
feeding monies and other valuables were taken away by the criminals.
The team driver was also abducted in the process and as at press time, no one knows his whereabout.