Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Governor Soludo Should Prepare For War In Anambra Henceforth For Establishing Ebubeagu – IPOB

Governor Soludo Should Prepare For War In Anambra Henceforth For Establishing Ebubeagu – IPOB


 Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to unleash war against the Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo over alleged activities of the operatives of the South-East security outfit codenamed Ebubeagu in the state.

Recall that IPOB had accused Governor Soludo of using secret militia and Ebubeagu security operatives to “recklessly and unjustifiably murder innocent citizens” in the state for having paintings or tattoos on their body.

On Wednesday, IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, warned the governor to caution the secret militia and the Ebubeagu operatives in the state or be ready to face its battle soon.

IPOB asked Soludo to find out what was happening in Imo and Ebonyi states because the governors, Hope Uzodinma and David Umahi, refused to stop the operation of Ebubeagu in the states.

According to the statement, IPOB reiterated that “Soludo the governor of Anambra State had secretly set up the Ebubeagu security outfit simply to begin a covert elimination of IPOB members, now it is clear that the governor wants to turn the peaceful state of Anambra into flame and nobody should blame IPOB because we contributed more than 80% to the peaceful environment that our people are seeing in Anambra State today and Soludo will not be allowed to destroy this present peaceful state of affairs.”

The group stated that “Soludo must be held responsible for whatever happens in Anambra State going forward if he continues to use his Ebubeagu militia to be profiling Biafrans and eliminating them because they have paintings or tattoos on their body. If he believes that he has now established himself and continues to use these murderers against innocent Biafran civilian population then IPOB wishes him good luck. The atrocities of this evil security outfit are very pronounced in Nnewi, Idemili South and North including other important towns and communities in Anambra State.”

The statement added that “IPOB wants to advise Soludo to ask those governors in the Southeastern states, especially Imo and Ebonyi States what is happening in their states because they refused to heed to the genuine advice proffered to them by IPOB against setting up this Ebubeagu security outfit.

“ESN security network must be prepared because for these criminals created by Soludo they are abducting and k!lling many of us and we must not give anyone any opportunity or room to use Biafraland and the lives of Biafran to further their political ambition and curry favour from the Fulani Caliphate. We are not only in charge but we must be seen to take charge without looking backwards.

“Prof. Soludo should prepare his bunch of k!llers for the battle ahead, we advised you to caution those in charge of them to stop tampering with anybody suspected to be IPOB members or sympathizers but you refused to do so because you think that IPOB is responsible for criminalities going-on in your state.

“Soludo should be informed that IPOB does not compromise when it comes to our agitation for freedom and the wellbeing and security of Biafrans. We shall definitely act to protect our people and our land to demonstrate to the global community that IPOB is not happy in respect of the numerous kidnappings and k!llings of IPOB members in Anambra State. Now it is very evident what your true intention of setting up Ebubeagu and nicknamed or renamed them AVG.

“Those k!llers you handed over these criminals to command for the sole purpose of kidnapping, torturing and murdering innocent Biafrans and IPOB family members will soon pay dearly for their crimes, just watch the next line of action from IPOB.”

Sahara Reporters 

Students Will Disrupt Political Campaigns – NANS

Students Will Disrupt Political Campaigns – NANS


The National Association of Nigerian Students on Wednesday vowed to disrupt political campaigns billed to start later this month in driving home their point for the Federal Government to end the ongoing strike.

The PUNCH had on Tuesday reported that the students union rolled out a new timetable for its nationwide protests.

In the timetable, signed by the ‘President-Elect’ of the student body, Usman Barambu, dated Monday, NANS scheduled the protests to hold zone by zone, from its Zone A to Zone F, with Abuja being the location for a final protest.

The protests, which have already begun in September, will run till October 11, 2022, after which Barambu will lead the “Abuja shutdown.”

NANS is protesting the prolonged strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

But addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the Chairman, NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Olumide, reiterated the students’ commitment to sustained protest until the government resolves with ASUU.

According to him, NANS will continue to ground all the nation’s public assets from roads to airports if the federal government fails to resolve with the leadership of ASUU in no distant time.

He said, “For those misconstruing our struggle, we call on them to see reason with Nigerian Students and join us in the struggle to save public education in the country.

“The leadership of NANS demands a better deal for the education of the Nigerian masses because most of the children of the privileged few now study either overseas or in Private Universities established with our common wealth across the country by the same set of people we entrusted to govern us. This is more reason they will continue to turn deaf ears to the demand by ASUU for improved standards and conditions of learning in our public higher institutions.

“Our blocking of access to public roads and ports is just a warning. If the government fails to conclude all the negotiations and agreement with ASUU within the frame of two weeks, they will witness more protests and rallies all over the country, they will also witness the annoyance, anger, and frustration of Nigerians Students who have been at home for the past Seven months.

“As we promise them that we will not allow any political campaign to hold across the country until we are back to class. This government has pushed so many Nigerians Students into depression. We say enough is enough; we can no longer bear the brunt of this avoidable crisis in our nation’s public ivory towers again.”


15million Nigerian Out-of-school Children Turned To Labourers – Employment Minister, Ngige

15million Nigerian Out-of-school Children Turned To Labourers – Employment Minister, Ngige

 Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that child labour has become a scourge in Nigeria as no fewer than 15 million children across the country have been turned to labourers under the current President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Ngige, who confirmed that statistics by the International Labour Organization (ILO) revealed that in 2020, there were about 15 million child workers in Nigeria warned that if there are no mitigating strategies, it could increase by the end of this year.

The Labour Minister said this on Tuesday at the National Children Conference commemorating the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), with the theme “Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour.”

Peoples Gazette quoted Ngige as saying that “In Nigeria, child labour has become a scourge. Several children find themselves on the streets, forced to make a living, with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments.

“Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as of 2020, according to the ILO, with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022.

“Sub-Saharan Africa has seen 19.6 per cent of all African children in child labour and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work. This is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world.”

According to the minister, the labour ministry spearheaded the implementation and enforcement of the National Action Plan on Child Labour, Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking in workplaces.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long-term development and safety of children worldwide. As a result, families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions, among others.

“Also, the households needed to employ various means for survival; this meant that children were forced to go into the streets to bring income, exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults.”

He therefore noted that the current government and the International Labour Organisation are calling for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle the issue of the 15million child labour in the country.

Wike Camp Insist PDP Chairman, Ayu Must Step Down, Pull Out Of Atiku Presidential Campaign

Wike Camp Insist PDP Chairman, Ayu Must Step Down, Pull Out Of Atiku Presidential Campaign


The internal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has deepened as members loyal to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, have pulled out of the campaign council of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Members of Governor Wike camp on Wednesday, while announcing their discontinuation with the Atiku’s campaign council insisted that the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, must resign.

According to them, Ayu must resign to allow for an acting National Chairman of Southern Nigeria extraction to emerge and lead the party’s National Campaign Council for Atiku in the 2023 general elections.

This is coming in spite of the vote of confidence passed on the Ayu-led National Working Committee by the recent meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party.

The members of Wike camp said that the resignation of Ayu whose hands have not been clean is necessary in order to ensure equity, justice and unity in the party.

Their decision came after their meeting held at the country home of Governor Wike, in which PDP members including the founding members of the party, Governorship candidates, former Governors, former Ministers and leaders of the party from across the country in a resolution read by former Deputy National Chairman, Olabode George maintained that their position is not negotiable.

They noted that Ayu’s continuous stay in office as the party’s National Chairman undermines the constitution and unity of the party.

They further accused Ayu of compromise, especially in the role he played during the conduct of the party’s May 28 and 29 presidential primary in Abuja.

They also pointed out that their support for Governor Wike is not because he lost the Presidential Primary election or that he was not picked as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the party but their stance for equity and justice in the party.

With the campaigns for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria set to kick off in the next few days, the latest development is surely another setback for the PDP in its quest to win the 2023 general elections.

Muslim-Muslim ticket: APC risks losing poll, says Dogara

Muslim-Muslim ticket: APC risks losing poll, says Dogara

 A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Tuesday, said the adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 presidential election is a fruitless political effort doomed to end in failure.

Dogara expressed his views in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at a summit tagged, ‘Meet The Church’ organised by the Nigeria National Christian Coalition with the theme, ‘The role of the church in nation-building.’

He said, “In their convoluted posturing, they have placed state-building ahead of nation-building; a task never before achieved in history and we need no seer to tell us that such an endeavour is guaranteed to end in failure. No divided people have ever built any civilisation.

“I am so elated that today’s church in Nigeria has shaken off the beast of the complacency of the past into fire by speaking up and resisting measures adopted by some political platforms that will hamper nation building.

“In a manner that negated the fundamentals of nation building, such as shared identity, values and visions, the APC adopted the same-faith ticket in a country that has never attained nationhood.”

According to him, long before the adoption of the same faith ticket, the church had warned against the party through the Christian Association of Nigeria, Catholic Secretariat, ECWA and so many other Christian organisations.

Dogara said, “These warnings were not only ignored but dismissed in one fell swoop by the APC presidential candidate who strangely believes that he can build a strong, secure and viable nation-state without first forging a shared identity, vision and values for our people; thereby enabling us transit from citizens of a country into a nation of people with strong shared identity and values.

 “To demonstrate that the church is right, it is not alone in condemning the same-faith ticket. Other prominent Islamic clerics and Muslim leaders have also spoken in the same light.”

Nigerians Will Shock Political Parties In 2023 Election - Obaseki

Nigerians Will Shock Political Parties In 2023 Election - Obaseki

The Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called on political leaders across the country to step up and assuage the pains of Nigerians on many fronts due to poor governance and inefficiency or expect a surprise from the electorate in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

Obaseki on Tuesday noted that Nigerians are fed up with the inefficiencies and failures of government officials and other representatives, and would reject the same if nothing is done to change the narrative.

He said the people are closely watching the political situation in the country and are ready to shock political parties with their new political orientation.

Obaseki said, “I am sure that we are all watching the development in the country very closely, particularly the evolving political development. It’s clear now that Nigerians are getting fed up with the government and those that represent them in government. We can see that in their reactions on social media and where their actions and emotions are heard.

“For us as a government and representatives of our people, we will be hurting ourselves if we ignore the changes that are coming, and believe that things are still the same. We will all be shocked, as we are beginning to see.

“People are now beginning to realise that they need to demand more from people in government and those managing their resources and common wealth; people will go out to vote their choice or interests.”

The governor added, “No political party today can beat its chest and say they will win or have a clear victory in the next election in the country.

“We are lucky in Edo State because we saw it coming, and have laid down the roadmap and anticipated it coming but our challenge is that many people don’t believe it; thinking we have time and things will still happen the way they usually do".

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

2023 Presidency: Wait For Another Time, Orji Kalu Tells Igbo

2023 Presidency: Wait For Another Time, Orji Kalu Tells Igbo

 The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, says it will be difficult for any Igbo to win presidency without zoning the seat to the South East.

Kalu, while briefing reporters at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Tuesday, said presidency is not a regional issue and could only be won with the support of other geo-political zones.

He, therefore, urged his fellow politicians from the South East eyeing the highest office to wait for another time when major political parties would agree to zone the ticket to the region.

He also enjoined the Southeast to vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming elections, adding that the region would be the biggest beneficiaries of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s presidency.

Kalu said, “Presidency is not a regional issue. I asked the political parties to zone the presidency to the South East. When they didn’t do that, and since presidency is not a regional issue, I had to withdraw.

“I have no problem with Igbo man being president. But we have to do it with other Nigerians. If we don’t do it with other Nigerians, it is not going to work, no matter how popular you are. It’s president of Nigeria, not president of Igboland.

“I’m an Igbo man to the core. I’m also a Nigerian to the core. If anyone from the Southeast would have been nominated for presidency, I would have been the one. So, it’s a party business. I have no grudges against anybody who is running.

“So, it is not personal. It is political and party. This thing is about party winning elections. I have chosen to be in APC. Why will I vote against Tinubu? It’s madness, and I’m not going to do it. Elections go along party line, not along tribal line.

“For me, we will wait for another time and see how all Nigerians will agree to zone the presidency to the Igboland. But for now, our presidential candidate is Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu is a strategic leader, he will make his presidency beneficial to the Igbo. The Igbo will be the biggest beneficiaries of Tinubu’s presidency.”

Stop K!lling And Destroying Imo State Residence, Communities - Catholic Diocese Warn Nigerian Govt

Stop K!lling And Destroying Imo State Residence, Communities - Catholic Diocese Warn Nigerian Govt


The Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma, has condemned the extrajudicial k!llings and bombing of Igbo communities and markets especially in Imo State by Nigerian security agencies led by the Nigerian Army.

Bishop Ukwuoma stated this in a release sent to journalists on Tuesday, in reaction to the Saturday's invasion and bombing of Orsuihiteukwa community in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State by troops of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.

Titled; "Stop Further K!lling of Innocent People And Destruction of Livelihoods,"

 The Catholic Bishop warned that atrocities committed by Nigerian security agencies against the Igbo people in Imo communities describing as vicious and a calculated attempt to destroy the people and subjugate them to servitude.

The cleric stated, "On Saturday September 17, 2022, armed men alleged to be government security agencies invaded Orsuihiteukwa community in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.

"This exercise resulted in the death of some people and the burning down of Eke Ututu market which is the economic mainstay of the people of Orsu Local Government Area and other surrounding communities.

"I have severally in the past condemned the wasting of human life either by state or non-state actors. I still maintain the view, that human life is sacred and should be respected (Exodus 20:13.) Violence begets violence and the circle continues. Genuine dialogue remains the answer. My sincere condolences go to ALL families who lost loved ones during this painful incident. May the souls of these our brethren rest in peace.

"The burning down of Eke Ututu market has added another sad dimension to our existing bad situation. The inhabitants of this area are petty traders and subsistent farmers who live basically from hand to mouth. They go to the market to sell their produce and buy food for the day to feed their families.

"With this market destroyed and their means of livelihood dislodged, I am struggling to answer the following questions: What security threat did Eke Ututu market pose to the society?

"Did the perpetrators of this mayhem think of how many indigent people who depend on this market for their main source of livelihood? Did they think of the number of children who will have nothing to eat because their parents have lost their sources of income?

"Did they think of the resources burnt especially during this economic hardship? Did they think of the psychological trauma these local inhabitants will go through due to the violent act?" he queried.

While he condemned the k!llings and the destruction, called for an unbiased investigation with a view to unravel those behind this atrocities and the real motive behind it.

"I strongly condemn the destruction of Eke Ututu market. The burning down of this market has negatively touched the very core of the existence of these people who may be changed to a life of misery given the present economic strangulation we are in.

"I appeal to government authorities to investigate this incident and take necessary steps to prevent reoccurrence. Finally, I appeal to all to remain steadfast in our prayer for peace in our region."

Dismissed Officer Of DSS Leads Nine Others In Bullion Van Robbery In Abia

Dismissed Officer Of DSS Leads Nine Others In Bullion Van Robbery In Abia


A dismissed officer of the Department of State Services (DSS), Prosper Israel, alongside nine other suspects, has been arrested for allegedly robbing a bullion van in Abia State.

Israel and the nine accomplices were reported to be part of a 14-man robbery gang that ambushed a bullion van near the Ntigha junction along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway on July 26, 2022.

During the robbery, a cash officer of a new generation bank was k!lled on the spot while the suspects carted away an unspecified amount of money from the bullion van.

Three police personnel escorting the bullion van sustained life-threatening wounds while one of the robbers was k!lled by the security men during a gun duel.

Parading the suspects, Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Janet Agbade, said the arrest was the reward of months of painstaking efforts and investigation.

“I carefully studied their modus operandi and set up a special intelligence technologically-led Investigative squad with a clear directive to arrest and recover weapons used by the deadly armed robbery gang.

”Consequently, the Investigation used systematically commenced operation, applying speed and accuracy, and on different locations and days, arrested the following callous armed robbery gang," the CP said.

Those arrested alongside Israel are: Adesoji Adeniyi from Ondo State; Nnamdi Nwaosu, also known as “Prophet”; Chinwendu Israel from Abia.

Others are Nwachukwu Albert from Delta State; Felix Ajaja from Ondo State; Moshood Opeyemi, from Osun State; and Matthew Christmas also from Delta.

Among the suspects also were Azubuike Amaefula from Abia; and Monday Samuel from Delta State.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG); 13 AK-47 rifles; one cut-to-size double barrel gun with five live cartridges; 84 AK 47 magazines.

Other items recovered are two improvised explosives dynamites; a Mercedes Benz mini truck used in concealing firearms; and N10,184,000 cash.

The Commissioner of police said the suspects, during interrogation confessed that they placed the bullion van on surveillance for two months before striking.

According to her, efforts were being made to trail three other members of the gang still at large.

Why APC Presidential Candidate, Tinubu Is Staying Away From Live Interviews – Keyamo

Why APC Presidential Candidate, Tinubu Is Staying Away From Live Interviews – Keyamo


The Minister of State for labour and employment, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council spokesperson, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said that the APC’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is avoiding the media and live interviews because campaigns for the 2023 general elections have not started.

Keyamo said that when the time comes, Nigerians “will hear from Tinubu again and again.”

Speaking with Vanguard, the minister said, “Campaigns have not started. The nation will hear from him again and again and again.”

Recall that since his emergence as the APC’s presidential candidate in June, the former Lagos State governor has stayed away from media chats, press conference or any live interviews.

Meanwhile, his counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, and the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, have featured on several TV, radio, press conferences and other live interviews.

Recall also that rather than attend the last Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference in August, Tinubu sent his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.

This has generated discussions about his readiness and health status ahead of the 2023 elections.

Lagos Teacher Jailed Seven Years For Sexual Harassment

Lagos Teacher Jailed Seven Years For Sexual Harassment

A 31-year-old teacher, Idowu Daniel, was on Monday, sentenced to seven years imprisonment by an Ikeja Special Offences Court for sexually assaulting his 16-year-old student within a school premises.

The convict was charged with defilement.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo held that the prosecution failed to establish the charge of defilement against the convict, as the victim failed to show up in court to testify.

She said the confessional statement by the defendant, which was made voluntarily, showed that he sexually assaulted the minor.

“The defendant admitted to have fondled the breast of the victim twice and tried to have sex with her but he could not penetrate as she was a virgin.

“The defendant is hereby convicted on the charge of sexual assault of a child,” she held.

In his allocutous the convict pleaded for mercy when he was asked if he had anything to say.

“My lord, I am very sorry for what happened. I promise it will not happen again,” the convict told the court.

The judge also lashed out at the convict for touching the survivor in a suggestive way, adding that he would have gotten life imprisonment if the minor had testified in court.

“You are a teacher and you were touching the breast of your student. You would have gone for life imprisonment if the victim had come to court to testify.”

Justice Taiwo, who had earlier sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment, however, increased his jail term to seven years without an option of fine after saying that he had been in custody for three years.

The convict, who lives at the Abule-Egba area of Lagos, was tried for a charge of defilement. Daniel was 28 years old when he committed the offence on June 27, 2019, at 9.25a.m.

He unlawfully had carnal knowledge of his student in the biology laboratory at Anastasia Comprehensive College, Abule-Egba, Ikeja.

He was remanded sometime in July 2019, by Chief Magistrate Olufunke Sule-Amzat, in Kirikiri Prisons.

ASUU Dismisses Universities Resumption Order, Says Strike Unshakeable

ASUU Dismisses Universities Resumption Order, Says Strike Unshakeable

 The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday dismissed resumption notices by university authorities directing students to appear for lectures amid the seven-month strike.

The organisation said its strike remained unshakeable as those institutions were still under lock and key.

The Vice President of ASUU and its former branch chairman at the University of Jos, Dr. Chris Piwuna, said these in an interview with The PUNCH.

He was reacting to the announcement by Public Relations Officer of Imo State University, Owerri, Ralph Njoku, that it had pulled out of the ASUU nationwide strike and consequently asked its students and staff members to resume school on Tuesday, September 20.

According to him, IMSU had decided to pull out of the lingering strike in the interest of the students and staff of the institution.

“Yes. It is true. We have asked students to resume immediately. Lectures start on Tuesday. We are doing this in the best interest of our students and staff. We are not only pulling out of the ASUU strike but also asking everyone to return to school,” he said.

But Piwuna mocked the Universities saying ASUU would remain unshaken.

He said, “I don’t know why these people will never learn their lesson. Is the PRO of the University a member of our union? Does he have the mandate to speak for our members? Did we consult with him or his VC (Vice Chancellor) before we embarked on the action? They are incurable interlopers.

“Let us hear from our branch chairperson. Let them not waste the time of our students and parents.

“They said the same thing about Gombe State University, Yobe State University, Kaduna State University and the rest. Those institutions are still under lock and key. Our strike is unshakeable .

“Our members remain resilient and single minded about our overall goal to rescue our public Universities from the clutches of the neo-liberal, neo-colonialist.”

The Punch 

APC Youth Rejects Yahaya Bello As Youth Coordinator

APC Youth Rejects Yahaya Bello As Youth Coordinator

 A youth group under the aegis of Presidential Support Council, has rejected the appointment of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, as the National Youth Coordinator of the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign council for the 2023 general election.

The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu had approved the Bello’s appointment to lead youths of the party into the presidential campaigns which is expected to kick off September 28, 2022.

Speaking during a press conference in Lafia on Monday, the national leader of the group, Kassim Muhammad, said they were not in support of the appointment because it was to be given to a person not more than 40 years of age.

The group then urged the Kogi State governor to openly reject the offer in order to pave way for youths of the party to also contribute their quota to the presidential campaign council.

He added that Governor Bello, who was a presidential aspirant in the recently conducted primary election of the party, should rather be given a higher role to play in the campaign council instead of occupying the Youth Coordinator position.

Muhammad, a former member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly said, “There are capable youths within the party who have the capacity and capability to handle that position in the Presidential Campaign Council, and that would have given Nigerian youths a better hope in the incoming APC administration under Bola Tinubu.

“We recognise the antecedents of Bola Ahmed Tinubu to grow and develop youths. He has done well to several youths across the country who are today great men and women, and doing well in their various endeavours.

“But appointing a serving governor into a position that should be occupied by a youth is unacceptable. Governor Yahaya Bello is too big for such a role, so the appointment should be reconsidered.

“The party and its presidential candidate should give the youths an assurance that the incoming government will be that of inclusivity, and the only way to do that is to ensure that a youth is given the National Youth Coordinator position. 

“Nigeria’s latest population estimate stood at 198 million, and half of the population is made up of the youths between ages 15-40. So the youths should be given top priority by any leadership in the country for inclusivity.

“We have over 300 youth groups under the Presidential Support Council, and we have all decided that we are not in support of Governor Yahaya Bello to lead the youths into the APC presidential campaigns for the 2023 general election.”

Monday, 19 September 2022

Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Seeking Tinubu, Obi’s Disqualification

Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Seeking Tinubu, Obi’s Disqualification


A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party seeking the disqualification of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu; and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi.

The suit challenging the legality of the substitution of the running mates for Tinubu and Obi was dismissed on Monday on the grounds that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit and that the suit was a gross abuse of the court process.

Justice Donatus Okoronkwo also noted that all the reliefs sought by the PDP were not grantable.

The PDP is claiming that the Electoral Act 2022 did not make provision for a “placeholder” or temporary running mate and that the replacement of running mates is not applicable to Ibrahim Masari and Doyin Okupe.

PDP is also contending that Tinubu and Obi can only qualify to contest the 2023 presidential election with Masari and Okupe, as their respective running mates.

The PDP further claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission lacked the power to accept any withdrawal or substitution of Masari and Okupe without the APC and Labour Party conducting fresh primaries to substitute Tinubu and Obi, amongst others.

Obi had selected Okupe as his placeholder to beat INEC’s deadline but later replaced him with Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Similarly, Masari was also the placeholder for Tinubu but the APC candidate later substituted him with the ex-governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.

Also in the race with Tinubu and Obi is PDP’s Atiku Abubakar, amongst other presidential candidates.

Kidnap kingpin, Evans jailed For 21 Years Imprisonment

Kidnap kingpin, Evans jailed For 21 Years Imprisonment


A kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, were on Monday sentenced to 21 years imprisonment.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos State gave the judgement.

The two convicts were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos. 

They were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers.

Details shortly 

2023: Peter Obi Lacks Capacity To Solve Security Challenges  ― Oshiomhole

2023: Peter Obi Lacks Capacity To Solve Security Challenges  ― Oshiomhole


Two-term Edo State governor and former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has claimed that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, lacks the capacity to address the security challenges facing the country.

Oshiomhole made the declaration on Sunday while speaking at the Youth Conference of the party held at the weekend in Abuja.

He noted that as serving governor in Anambra, the LP candidate was overwhelmed by the nefarious activities of a dreaded gang, known as the Bakassi Boys.

He said: “For those of you who are social media warriors, there are issues here that you need to speak to. Go to Google and look at the first six months of Governor Obiano administration in Anambra State. What you will find on Youtube, is Governor Obiano demolishing houses of kidnappers and those who were then referred to as Bakassi boys and Bakassi girls.

“Who was the governor when Bakassi developed and who solved the problem? So, if a man could not solve a security challenge in his own state, which requires courage. How can he convince you that he will solve security challenges all over Nigeria? “Don’t take it from me, go to Youtube and find out the first six, nine months of Governor Obiano and ask yourself, who was his predecessor, it will tell you it’s, Peter.

“If he has solved the security problem, will Obiano be using bulldozers to demolish houses of kidnappers, Bakassi boys, Bakassi girls, bandits?”

Earlier in her own presentation, the wife of the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate and Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, called for the integration of women and youths in the ruling party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) is expected to make an official declaration on party campaigns for elective offices on September 18, 2022.

Nigerian Students Protest, Block Lagos Airport Road Over Prolonged Strike ASUU

Nigerian Students Protest, Block Lagos Airport Road Over Prolonged Strike ASUU

 Students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South West zone, on Monday blocked the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, protesting against the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The students who were blocked by security operatives from gaining access to the airport took over the road, preventing traffic flow both inward and outward from the facility.

The protesters were led by NANS National Taskforce Chairman, Olumide Ojo; Vice President, External Affairs, Akinteye Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Giwa Yisa Temitope; Zone D Coordinator, Adegboye Emmanuel Olatunji; Deputy Senate President, Ekundina Elvis; Ondo JCC Chairman, Omotosho Surprise; Lagos JCC Chairman, Olusesi Tolulope Samson; Ogun JCC Chairman, Kehinde Damilola Simeon and Oyo JCC Chairman, Adeleke Quadri Abidemi.

The students, in their hundreds, demanded an immediate end to the strike which has entered its seventh month, urging the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers to enable them to return to class.

They could be seen singing and dancing on the road, creating gridlock on the busy road.

In what appears to be an attempt to forestall the protest, SaharaReporters gathered that the students were earlier intimidated by armed police officers.

“We have taken over the road already despite the rainfall, they mobilised lots of security operatives to tame us but nothing shall shake us until our students resume back to class,” NANS Zone D coordinator, Adegboye told SaharaReporters.

Rivers Man Arrests Teenager For Refusing Sexual Advances

Rivers Man Arrests Teenager For Refusing Sexual Advances

 A man simply identified as James, has allegedly arrested a girl, 17, in Rumuokwuta Obio’Akpor, local government area of Rivers State, for refusing his sexual advances after giving her money severally.

Trouble started when the man was said to have brought policemen from Kala Police Division to effect the girl’s arrest, at Best Man Estate, in Rumuokuta.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the teenager identified as Miss Faith, said she usually does pedicure for the man, saying the later usually ask her to keep the change after paying for services rendered.

She said, “James came to arrest me in my shop today. I have being cleaning his nails and each time he comes to my shop, I will clean his nails and he will tell me to keep the change.

“He gave me money sometimes and he never told me the reason why he was giving me these money, until when he finally told me to follow him to a hotel one day, but I refused. I told him I couldn’t go to a hotel with him because he is a married man. Since then he had been telling me to sleep with him, but I refused.

“He then decided to bring policemen to my shop today to arrest me. They took me to the station and asked me to write a statement on how it happened and I wrote everything down.”

When approached by newsmen, James, simply said the DPO had intervened in the matter.

The spokesperson for the Rivers State Police command, SP Grace Koko, told our reporter that the girl had left with her parents after the DPO listened  to both parties and warned the man to stop harassing the girl based on her age.


Chinese Lover Allegedly K!lls Girlfriend In Kano

Chinese Lover Allegedly K!lls Girlfriend In Kano

 Tragedy struck in Kano on Friday when a Chinese man whose identity has yet to be known trailed one Ummukhulsum  Buhari, popularly known as Ummita to her residence in Janbulo and allegedly murdered her for unknown reason.

Sources told our correspondent that the murder of Ummukhulsum, said to be the girlfriend of the Chinese, occurred at the popular Janbulo quarters in Kano.

It was gathered that the Chinese trailed his victim into her room at Janbulo and allegedly slit her throat. Some persons were said to have apprehended the culprit before security agents arrived at the scene.

The Chinese was said to have been captured on a close circuit camera standing in a pool of blood believed to be that of his late girlfriend inside her room.

In a viral video making the rounds in Kano, police were seen moving the Chinese man away in their Toyota Hilux van, while preventing an angry crowd from attacking him.

Efforts to get the comment of the state police spokesperson, Abdullahi Kiyawa, on the matter were futile. He neither picked his call nor responded to a text message sent to his mobile as of the time this report was filed.