Friday, 12 August 2022

Soludo Suspends LGA Chair Over Wife’s Mysterious Death

Soludo Suspends LGA Chair Over Wife’s Mysterious Death

 


The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has suspended the Transition Committee Chairman of Nnewi North Local Government Area, Mbazulike Iloka.

The state government suspended the newly-appointed TC Chairman over circumstances leading to the de¶th of his wife, Mrs Chidiebere IIoka, barely a few days after his swearing-in as Nnewi North LGA TC chairman.

Iloka, who is popularly known as Mba Mba, was suspended over the huge outcry generated by the circumstances of his wife’s death last Sunday.

It was gathered that the deceased slumped and di*d after serving her husband’s breakfast, but neighbours and those who knew the couple suspected that Iloka may have k!lled his wife, as he allegedly had a record of consistently battering her.

The signs of violence were said to have also been found on her body, while a huge wound on her head aroused suspicion, leading to the public outcry over her de*th.

The suspension letter was signed by the Anambra State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Tony Nwabunwanne, and made available to journalists on Friday.

In the letter, the embattled chairman was asked to hand over to the head of Local Government administration to avoid interfering in the investigation.

The letter quoted that the TC chairman was suspended over the massive outcry, including alleged possible homicide.

The letter with the title, ‘Letter of suspension from office,’ read, “Following the sad news of the de*th of your wife, late Mrs Chidiebere Iloka on 7th August 2022, there has been a massive outcry over the circumstances leading to her de*th, including alleged possible homicide.

“While you are presumed innocent until the completion of investigations, it has become imperative that you step aside to allow unfettered investigation and justice.

“Consequently, you are directed to step aside and to hand over the affairs of the local government to the head of local government administration, not later than 12th August 2022, until further notice.”

Iloka was only recently appointed local government chairman and had only been in office for about a week before his suspension came.


Thursday, 11 August 2022

Family Releases Obituary Of Late Ada Ameh

Family Releases Obituary Of Late Ada Ameh

 Funeral arrangements of the late Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh have been released by her family.

The obituary which is signed by Friday Ameh highlights the activities leading to her interment at her family compound in Ogobia, Otukpo Local Government Area, Benue state.

According to the obituary, a novelty match and a candlelight service will be held in her honour on August 19 in Lagos.

Another candlelight service will be held on August 25 in Benue State after which her remains will be interred in her family’s compound on August 26.

Ameh di*d on July 17 in Warri after battling a mental illness.


Six Police Officers K!lled, Govt Imposes Curfew As Protests Turn Bloody In Sierra Leone

Six Police Officers K!lled, Govt Imposes Curfew As Protests Turn Bloody In Sierra Leone

 About six police officers were k!lled in anti-government protests in northern and western Sierra Leone on Wednesday, the head of police said on Thursday.

Two officers were k!lled in the capital, Freetown, three in the northern town of Kamakwie and one in the northern city of Makeni, police inspector general William Fayia Sellu confirmed.

Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many people died as protesters threw rocks and burned tyres in the streets out of frustration at worsening economic hardship and other issues.

The West African country, which has been struggling with rising inflation and a fuel crisis, imposed a nationwide curfew from 3 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) in a bid to stem the violence, Reuters reports.

“As a government, we have the responsibility to protect every citizen of Sierra Leone. What happened today was unfortunate and will be fully investigated,” said President Julius Maada Bio on Twitter.

In addition to the three bodies at the mortuary, a Reuters reporter saw another civilian body on a street in eastern Freetown.

However, the police chief and spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Moreso, some videos on social media showed large crowds of protesters and piles of burning tyres in parts of the capital, Freetown. 

Other footage showed a group of young men throwing rocks on a street filled with whitish smoke.

“People are upset about the country’s justice system which is sickening, daily price rises and economic hardship,” said Daniel Alpha Kamara, a university student.

The violence started at around 10:30 a.m. local time, he said, when he saw clouds of tear gas rising up outside his dormitory room.

“These unscrupulous individuals have embarked on a violent and unauthorised protest which has led to the loss of lives of innocent Sierra Leoneans, including security personnel,” said Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh in a video address.

“The government hereby declares a nationwide curfew. The security sector has been authorised to fully enforce this directive,” the VP said. 

Regional political and economic bloc ECOWAS said it condemned the violence and called in a Twitter post for “all to obey law and order and for the perpetrators of the violence to be identified and brought before the law.”

Discontent has been boiling over for a number of reasons, including a perceived lack of government support for ordinary people who are struggling, said Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah, a constitutional lawyer and governance activist.

“There has been little empathy from the central government to encourage folks that they see them suffering and that they understand these are tough economic times,” he said.

Long-standing frustration has also been exacerbated by rising prices for basic goods in Sierra Leone, where more than half the population of around 8 million lives below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

Earlier on Wednesday, internet observatory, NetBlocks said Sierra Leone faced a near-total internet shutdown during the protests, with national connectivity at 5% of ordinary levels.

On Tuesday, the national security coordinator asked the armed forces to be prepared to back up the police from August 9-12, warning of a “potentially volatile security situation”, according to an internal letter shared widely online.


No Going Back On Yoruba Nation ,As Sunday Igboho Issue Quit Notice To Terrorists In South West

No Going Back On Yoruba Nation ,As Sunday Igboho Issue Quit Notice To Terrorists In South West

 


Igboho said the activities of Fulani militias lately have made Yoruba people to regret being hospitable and generous. 

Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has issued a warning to Fulani terrorists in the six South-West states of Nigeria to leave before it is too late.

Mr Igboho issued the fresh notice in a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Oluyomi Koiki, titled 'You Cannot Take Over Yoruba Land Just As The Northern Part Of Nigeria Has Been Taken Over By Fulani Terrorists.'

He alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari has done nothing to stop k!llings by Fulani herdsmen. 

Igboho said the activities of Fulani militias lately have made Yoruba people to regret being hospitable and generous. 

He asserted that Yoruba people would break away from Nigeria and reclaim their sovereignty as they were before the British colonialism, stressing that it is their God-given right. 

According to him, there is no going back on their quest for the self-determination of Yoruba Nation.

The statement reads in part; "I, Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho. I am a Yoruba Nation self determination activist. And Yoruba Nation must stand. No going back. 

"President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that we Yoruba people are friends with the Hausa people. This is true, we are friends with Hausa; Igbo; Kanuri and all other ethnic groups.

"But we retain and maintain our Indigenous nationality that we were created by Almighty God. We have "Omoluabi" in our nature.


This is why we have shown great hospitality to anyone that comes as a stranger to our Yoruba Land.


"The activities of the Fulani (Both Nigerian Fulani and most especially the foreign Fulani according to Federal Government of Nigeria) lately, had made us wanting to regret both our hospitality and generousity. The British that amalgamated Northern and Southern Nigeria together, knew we are not the same".


"We Yoruba are not fools, we know that Nigerian resources come mostly from Southern Nigeria. Yet the Southern Nigeria that are used and still being used to develop the Northern Nigeria are now being extended to their brothers in Niger Republic. Yet, the foreign terrorists from Niger Republic and the environs are surrounding our forests, kidnapping; k!lling and wreaking havoc on Yoruba People. We know what the Fulani did to you Hausas".


"All the Emirs in the North are Fulani and all the Governors are Fulani as well. We know vividly how they systematically subdued and conquered the Hausas in their land. But let them know now, we are Yoruba. "Ije ti a je tete enikan o gbodo je dagunro", no it is impossible and Fulani would soon realise that. This is why Yoruba Nation is no going back".

"We know we were not the same in regards to culture; history; beliefs and values and even our georgraphy. So must we rule over one another. Let everyone manage their own territory as created by God. Not the British creation Called Nigeria. 

"The killings; maimings; loss of income and damage to Yoruba people's landed properties. Enough is Enough. We know these k!llings are nothing to the Fulani but it means a lot to we Yoruba people. And that is why President Muhammadu Buhari had kept quiet on the Fulani k!llings. The President has done absolutely nothing to stop these k!llings.

"We know President Muhammadu Buhari is the Patron of all the Fulani worldwide. But Yoruba Land can never be conquered by Fulani.

"President Muhammadu Buhari was reminding Nnamdi Kanu and the Igbos of the massacre they carried out during the Biafra War. The President should know that this can never be repeated again in any of our Land. We have all woken up to Fulani Agenda."

"The Middle Belt people are also being k!lled. Everyone knows who is behind all these atrocities and President Muhammadu Buhari is their Life Patron.

"So, we Yoruba are pulling out and reclaiming our Sovereignty as we were before the British Colonialism.

"It is our God given right. And there is no going back on our quest for Yoruba Nation self determination." 

"I want to issue warning to all the terrorist Fulani (Home and foreign Fulani) in Yoruba forests to leave now before it is too late.

"When the 'Alale Yoruba' fully begins, most of you would not live to tell the story," the statement added.


Anambra Man K!lled By Wife's Lesbian Partner

Anambra Man K!lled By Wife's Lesbian Partner

 


A man identified as Ikechukwu Onuma popularly known as ‘Ayaaya Onye-Obodo’, has been stabbed to death by his wife’s female lover.

The unidentified woman k!lled the husband, who was a staff of the College of Health, Onitsha, stabbing him to death with a knife.

It was gathered that the incident happened at the deceased residence, along Ogboli road, Onitsha, Anambra State, on Tuesday, at 9:20pm.

The deceased came home unannounced on Tuesday night to meet his wife in bed with another woman, making it out.

Sources in the area said his wife, unknown to him was a lesbian, and had been keeping a female sex partner.

The lady was said to have quickly attacked the man with a kitchen knife, stabbing him to death, during an argument, in a bid to silence the deceased.

According to the source, “The news has been everywhere in Onitsha today. People are so surprised how Ayaaya was k!lled.

“He was a very handsome guy, and he is an admin staff at the college. How his wife left such a handsome young man to become a lesbian to the point of bringing sexual partners to the house is still a wonder.”

Another source said, “Ikechukwu is a very popular guy in the neighbourhood. He was also known as ‘Onye Obodo’. He got married to his wife in 2019.”

The police authorities in Anambra State confirmed the incident, saying that the lesbian partner has been arrested.

The state Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, said, “We have a suspect in custody and the Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State CID for proper investigation.

“Preliminary information showed that the suspect stabbed the victim in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital before he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“What brought about the suspect’s action has not been ascertained, meanwhile investigation has just begun.”


Two More Suspects Linked To Owo Attack Arrested

Two More Suspects Linked To Owo Attack Arrested

 The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said two additional suspected terrorists linked with the Owo attack have been arrested.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, had during a meeting with media executives and editors on Tuesday announced the arrest of some suspected terrorists including the mastermind of Owo attack.

Ereporter reports that armed men stormed the St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June 2022 and k!lled no fewer than 40 worshippers.

However, in a statement on Thursday, the Director of Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, said the duo of Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris were arrested at the Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA in Ondo State during a joint operation with the DSS, Police .

The statement was titled , ‘Arrest of two additional suspected terrorists in connection with the Owo Catholic Church on June 5,2022.’

It read, “Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff during his parley with media executives and editors yesterday, Tuesday 9 August 2022, informed of the arrest of 4 terrorists among those who carried out the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June 2022.

“They were arrested through a combined operation by military and DSS personnel at Eika, Okehi LGA, Kogi State on 1 August 2022. Those arrested include Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi.

“Barely few hours after the disclosure by the CDS of the arrest of four of the Owo Catholic Church attackers, two additional ISWAP terrorists, who were also connected to the attack on the church were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA, Ondo State yesterday, August 9 2022.

“The arrests were made through the collaborative effort by military and DSS personnel. The suspects are Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris. ”

He, however, said that Abdulhaleem, alongside other high profile ISWAP commanders, had previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene LGA, Kogi State , which led to the death of many.


2023: Gov Akeredolu Says Obi Or Tinubu Good As President

2023: Gov Akeredolu Says Obi Or Tinubu Good As President

 


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said that it is alright if Peter Obi of the Labour party or Bola Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress wins the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking on Channels Television program, Politics Today, he maintained that for fairness, the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari should come from the South.

“If you listen to my lecture, I said if Obi is elected, that would be alright; if Bola Tinubu is elected, that would be alright. For me, it must come to the south.

“Since 1999, there is an understanding that we move from north to south, rotate the presidency, and that if today, we have people who want to deploy what I will call manipulation of our people on religious basis to think you can change it, then we should not accept it,” he said.

Regarding the Muslim-muslim presidential ticket of the ruling APC, Akeredolu was asked if he would have backed it in an opposition party.

He maintained that he will, adding that competence is what matters in politics.

“When you talk about religion, I am saying religion should have no part to play. Competence, knowledge, and your track record should come to play in this instance,” he responded.



MASSOB Calls Delta Gov ‘Emergency Igbo Man’

MASSOB Calls Delta Gov ‘Emergency Igbo Man’

 


 The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Uchenna Madu, Thursday, said the claim by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to be of the Igbo extraction is politically motivated.

Uchenna in a statement said, “Because of his nomination as Atiku’s running mate, he now feels that he is representing the position of Ndigbo.

“MASSOB wish to remind Governor Okowa that Ndigbo are wiser now. Okowa is not representing Ndigbo. The political stake of Ndigbo is no longer in PDP.

“Governor Okowa cannot accept what he openly denied. Ndigbo are not fools.

“Gov Ifeanyi Okowa in his subjection to the Fulani-dominated federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has massacred hundreds of non-violent pro-Biafra agitators and other innocent youths of Delta State in Asaba, Ogwasi Ukwu, Agbor, Kwale, Umunede, Warri, all in his state.

“The blood of innocent youths shed on the streets and villages of Delta State will avenge.”

Recall that Ohanaeze Ndigbo earlier described Okowa as ‘an illustrious Igbo son’. Ohanaeze stated this when it congratulated him on his emergence as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

It was gathered that Gov Okowa is a registered member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.


Obi Replies Tinubu: Call Your Supporters Not To Attack Me If You Wanted Issue-Based Campaign

Obi Replies Tinubu: Call Your Supporters Not To Attack Me If You Wanted Issue-Based Campaign

 Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, has responded to the call for an issue-based campaign by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart.

Tinubu’s campaign organization had on Wednesday asked Obi to caution his supporters against spreading lies and denigrating its candidates.

Bayo Onanuga, the director of media and communications of the campaign, urged Obi and other presidential aspirants to desist from mudslinging and focus their campaigns on issues of good governance.

Onanuga, without providing evidence, accused Obi’s supporters of faking a letter attributed to Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, allegedly asking Tinubu to support Obi’s presidential bid and take care of his health.

“We have come to a point where it becomes imperative to tell Obi to show leadership. He should disavow his supporters who are employing fake news and disinformation as deliberate tools to deceive and poison the minds of unsuspecting Nigerians,” he had said.

But re-joining, Obi’s media adviser, Valentine Obienyem, said the Labour Party presidential candidate had always been an advocate for campaigns that are centered on important issues rather than name calling or trivial issues.

Obienyem, however, tackled the Tinubu campaign organisation over its attempt to attribute the fake Nana Akufo-Addo letter to Obi’s supporters,

According to him, it was wicked of the Tinubu campaign organization to link Obi’s supporters or group to the letter without providing evidence.

He also noted that if Tinubu was interested in issues-based campaigns as canvassed by his team, his supporters would not have taken to newspapers to publish opinion articles aimed at tarnishing Obi’s image.

Apparently referring to an opinion article titled ‘Obi-tuary’, where the writer, Sam Omatseye, who is an associate of Tinubu deeply criticized Obi, Obienyem said such articles with “offensive titles” do not suggest that the APC presidential candidate has an interest in campaigning on issues.

Obienyem also described Omatseye’s attempt to link Obi’s campaign to IPOB as the height of mischief.

“We know that things are not well in Nigeria. We know of the agitations in different parts of the country, our principal has always said what he would do with such organizations to stop their agitation and bring them back to Nigeria as one happy family. Rather than others say what they will do, they are here creating more problems by trying vainly and wickedly to link their fellow contestants to some of those organizations,” he added.


Adura Ti Nfi Aṣẹ Mi Mulẹ Ninu Kristi - Prayers Affirming My Authority In Christ

Adura Ti Nfi Aṣẹ Mi Mulẹ Ninu Kristi - Prayers Affirming My Authority In Christ



I have redemption in Christ (Rom. 3:24).

I reign in life by Christ (Rom. 5:17).

I am alive unto God through Christ (Rom. 6:11).

I have eternal life through Christ (Rom. 6:23).

I am a joint heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17).

I am sanctified in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2).

My body is a member of Christ (1 Cor. 6:15).

I have victory through Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).

I triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14).

I am a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

I am the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).

I have liberty in Christ (Gal. 2:4).

I am crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20).





Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Prayers Video: Adura Ope Si Olorun (Prayers of Thanksgiving To God) by Olatuja Gabriel-Wealth Outreach for Jesus Christ

Prayers Video: Adura Ope Si Olorun (Prayers of Thanksgiving To God) by Olatuja Gabriel-Wealth Outreach for Jesus Christ


Father in Jesus name

I worship you you for your loving kindness.

Thank you for the grace you have given me.

Thank you for your outstretched arms for me.

Thank you Lord for your wonder and Miracles in my life.

Thank you for the successes I have recorded this year.

Thank you for the increase and your marvelous blessing.

Thank you for the sound health that you bestowed upon me and my loved ones.

Thank you for safety at every moment.

I worship you God in Jesus name.

I bless your name for the expansion and increase that I'm experiencing.

Thank you for loading me daily with your blessings.

Glory and honour be to your name in Jesus name.

I bless you oh God for the divine increase.

Thank you for the uplift and breakthroughs.

Thank you for the gift of life.


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Terrorists Release Seven More Train Passengers

Terrorists Release Seven More Train Passengers

 


The terrorists that attacked the AK-9 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28, have released another seven hostages, including a family of six and a woman.

The identities of the released family of six are Abdubakar Idris Garba, his wife, Maryam Abubakar Bobo, and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba, who’s 10 years old.

Others include Fatima Abubakar Garba (7), Imran Abubakar Garba (5), and youngest Zainab Abubakar Garba, who is only one and half years old.

Abubakar Idris Garba, a staff of the National Assembly Service Commission, is the son of a former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue States.

Also released is a 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan, who was said to have been released due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

Although Tukur Mamu, Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald and Media Consultant to a controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, withdrew as one of the negotiators, he confirmed the release of the seven hostages to journalists in Kaduna.

Mamu said the seven were released following the intervention of his principal, Gumi.

According to a statement by Mamu, disturbed by the flogging of the hostages, Gumi for the first time in four months of the abduction saga, reached out to the terrorists with the message of Allah, “to consider the release of the poor children and their innocent parents.”

He said throughout their captivity in the hands of the terrorists neither the National Assembly Commission nor the members of the National Assembly intervened for the staff of the commission and his family.

Mamu, however, noted that with the efforts of Sheikh Gumi and the support of a serving Senator from the North, the family of six regained their freedom.

The statement read partly, “Disturbed by the gory videos images of four teenage children belonging to the same family he saw in the last video released by the attackers of the AK9 Train, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi for the first since the abduction of the innocent passengers of that train over four months ago, has reached out to the abductors through his Media Consultant, sent Allah’s messages to them and consistently pleaded with them to consider the release of the poor children and their innocent parents.

“It was learnt that the health condition of two of the teenage children has deteriorated since the flogging incidence that affected their helpless father. A total of additional seven hostages were therefore released on Wednesday.

“The husband of the four kids is a staff of the National Assembly Commission. There was no intervention from the Commission or NASS on his behalf since the travails began.

“This is to confirm to the world that due to Sheikh Gumi’s efforts and with the support of a serving Senator from the North (a God-fearing personality that doesn’t have any relationship with the hostages) who chose to remain anonymous that all the family of six have regained their freedom on Wednesday morning.

“Also released is a 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan, who was said to have been released due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

“Sheikh Gumi had also prayed for the immediate release of the remaining victims and urged the government to intensify efforts towards achieving that. He said the delay in releasing the remaining victims is unnecessary and one that is achievable once the right approach has been taken.”

Meanwhile, no mention of whether ransom was paid or not for the release of their hostages. The terrorists had demanded N100m per each victim before they would be released, which the victims released so far had allegedly paid.

The terrorists have continued to release the hostages who had spent more than four months in captivity.

With the release of the fifth batch of seven hostages on Wednesday, 28 victims are still in the custody of the terrorists, having set free 33 hostages.

Our correspondent reported that terrorists had earlier released 11 victims in the first batch, seven victims in the second, three in the third, five victims in the fourth, and seven hostages released in the fifth.

On 28 March 2022, terrorists planted explosives devices along the rail track. When the Abuja-Kaduna bound AK-9 passenger train approached the point, the device exploded, causing the train to derail, leading to the de*th of eight passengers.




Gombe Gov’t Launches ‘Operation Hattara’ Task-Force

Gombe Gov’t Launches ‘Operation Hattara’ Task-Force

 Gombe State government has launched a security task force code named, “Operation Hattara,” to boost security in the state.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya stated this Tuesday while declaring open the first Gombe State Peace and Security Summit with the theme, ‘Mitigating Contemporary Security Challenges for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development.”

The event was attended by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, among heads of other security agencies.

Yahaya said the task force was established in order to consolidate the gains of his administration’s policies and programmes to address youth restiveness.

He said 500 youths had been engaged as Gombe State Security, Traffic and Environmental Corps (GOSTEC) to support the statutory agencies in the state in maintaining law and order.

He explained that the summit would provide an opportunity for security personnel, government officials and other strategic stakeholders to evolve new measures to achieve lasting peace and stability.

The governor who pointed out that Gombe was relatively secure and peaceful, however, added that the state was not immune to and insulated from happenings in other parts of the country.

He said the state has had its own share of local security threats fuelled by political thuggery, youth restlessness and unemployment which led to the emergence of the notorious ‘Kalare’ group.

Yahaya added that his administration was able to contain the menace of political thuggery and youth restiveness to the barest minimum through the combined efforts of the political class, security agencies and community leaders.

The IGP who pledged his support said the police were working towards deepening the engagement of the concept of community partnership in crime control.

Our correspondent reports that the governor in company of the IGP inaugurated operational vehicles provided by the state government to maintain law and order in the state.


Kano Hisbah Police Shave Off Pupils Hair For Being Unislamic

Kano Hisbah Police Shave Off Pupils Hair For Being Unislamic

 


Personnel of Islamic police, Hisbah in Kano have forcibly shaved off the hair of some secondary school pupils in the state for being ‘unIslamic'.

Some of the pupils were also punished for dressing in ways the officials consider to be offensive to Islam.

In some pictures seen, officials of the Islamic police could be seen shaving off the pupils’ hair on the school premises.

Despite condemnation from Nigerians, the Hisbah group has continued its push for an Islamic agenda in the North.

The agency, established to enforce Sharia law has banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenets of Islam in some states in the North.

A barber and his customers were in 2021 arrested for giving and having haircuts which were considered to be offensive to Islam.

Hisbah officials are also notorious for destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.

After it was knocked by the public for being silent on the photographs of the bridal shower of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter-in-law, Hisbah responded by prohibiting the sharing of the bridal shower photographs.

It was reported in 2021 reported that some Nigerians highlighted Zahra's gown, part of which was made from a transparent material, while others pointed out that she did not have her hair covered as is expected of Muslim women.

The Kano State Hisbah Board has also banned the use of mannequins by fashion houses, stores, boutiques and tailors to display clothes.

Hisbah Commander-in-Chief, Ustaz Harun Muhammad Sani Ibn Sina, had said the use of mannequins by tailors, boutique owners and others contravenes the provision of Islamic injunctions.

He added that the agency would educate offenders on how Islam frowns on the use of mannequins. He said offenders would be arrested and prosecuted.


Lagos-Ibadan Traffic: Miscreants Rob Motorists, Police Deny Abduction

Lagos-Ibadan Traffic: Miscreants Rob Motorists, Police Deny Abduction

Suspected hoodlums, on Tuesday, reportedly attacked some motorists at the Long bridge and Kara ends of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the miscreants, who struck around 6am, robbed people going to work, as the police described reports of abduction on the road as fake news.

It was gathered that the gang exploited the gridlock caused by the ongoing reconstruction of the expressway.

A banker, Ibrahim Odebunmi, said he had to abandon his car to join others fleeing the scene.

He said, “I can’t really say the exact time, but I know it was after 6am. We were in the traffic around the Mikano company area and vehicles were moving slowly. We just saw people running backward and shouting ‘run’. So, I put off my car, picked the keys and phones and started running.

He said motorists stopped running when a man urged them to face the gang.

“So, we stopped running and started moving inward Lagos. What we heard was that they (bandits) jumped over the bridge. I heard someone saying he saw one of them with a laptop,” he added.

A cleric, Gbenga Obaleye, who shared his experience on Facebook, stated that he witnessed the attack around the Kara Cattle Market.

He said when those that scampered to safety returned, they discovered that their money, ATM cards, phones and other valuable items had gone missing.

“This is not to spoil any tribe. Members in my church were coming from camp this morning at 5.30am. The Fulani came out from Kara where they used to sell cows. 20 people have been taken into the bush, that little bush,” he stated.

In another post, he said, “Please, be careful at Kara. Fulani have been kidnapping people. God just saved a family in our church now. Please, don’t start rushing home from camp. Let it be like 7.30am.”

A cleric, who identified himself only as Pastor Adebayo in a voice note that went viral on Tuesday, said the incident happened around 6.20am.

“Right in front, they were taking people away. I had to escort my wife away from the incident which I did by behaving as if I was a bandit abducting someone and leading the person into the bush. That was how we were able to escape.

“By the time we came back to pick up our car, they had ransacked it and carted away our bags, laptop, phone and others. They masked up and were with guns and machetes.”

Adebayo claimed that he reported the matter at the Ogba Police Station in Lagos.

However, another eyewitness, Pastor Wilson Simire, who also abandoned his vehicle on the road, told our correspondent that nobody was kidnapped.

He said, “One guy said he lost his laptop. The slippers I was putting on, I had to abandon them, and I don’t know where they are right now.

“I cannot identify them (attackers) but they were young men. They just came and started hitting glasses with cutlasses and shouting. People began to panic and ran out of their vehicles.”

He said he had no reason to report to the police because “nothing was stolen from me.”

T he Warewa Divisional Police Officer, Abdulfathi Ogunsanya, said he was not aware of any abduction.

The DPO, however, said one person lodged a complaint about his missing phone and other valuables.

“Only one person came to lodge a complaint that he was attacked and that his diary, ATM card and phone were taken from him,” he added.

Ogunsanya directed our reporter to the state police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, for further comment.

Oyeyemi, a Superintendent of Police, in a statement, described the report of the abduction of 20 people as fake news.

He said, “In order to dispel the wicked rumour which is capable of causing panic in the mind of the public, the command wishes to inform the public that the said news is nothing but fake and a lie from the pit of hell.

“There is nothing like kidnapping of one, talkless of 20 persons at the Kara bridge or anywhere along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“Those behind the fake news are mere mischief makers, who always derive joy from causing unnecessary panic in the mind of innocent members of the public.”

The police spokesman noted that in view of the road construction in the axis, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered a 24-hour surveillance patrol of the area to checkmate the activities of hoodlums who might want to take advantage of the traffic to perpetrate evils.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the motorist who claimed to have reported at Ogba “must have been redirected to Ogun State since the purported incident did not happen in Lagos.” 

INEC Denies Recognised Akpabio, Lawan As Senatorial Candidates

INEC Denies Recognised Akpabio, Lawan As Senatorial Candidates

 The Independent National Electoral Commission has denied recognising Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senate President Ahmad Lawan as candidates of the All Progressives Congress.

Both Lawan and Akpabio had contested the APC Presidential primaries.

However, after losing, both of them were listed as senatorial candidates by the APC, but INEC refused to recognise them.

On Tuesday, there were reports that the two had finally been recognised by the commission.

Responding in a statement titled, ‘Spurious Allegations in Respect of Nomination of Candidates in Some Senatorial Districts’, the commission said it had not recognised them.

In the statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, the commission said the matter was still in court and it would maintain the status quo.

“For the record, the commission has not recognised any of the two personalities as a senatorial candidate.

“We call for responsible reportage as against the unwarranted attack on the commission and its officials over a matter than can be easily fact-checked,” the statement read.

The commission said a certified true copy of Form 9C was uploaded by the APC and received by the Commission on  June 17, 2022 when the nomination portal closed was presented.

It explained that the Form EC9 submission of names of candidates by political parties is the form uploaded by parties on the INEC nomination portal.

“The forms of the two personalities in question were not published by the commission. The decision of the commission triggered legal actions which are still ongoing. It therefore defies logic and common sense to go around and submit doctored documents purportedly recognising the duo as candidates when the matter is clearly sub-judice,” it said.


Wike’s Romance With Tinubu’s Men Rattles Amaechi’s Base

Wike’s Romance With Tinubu’s Men Rattles Amaechi’s Base

 There are strong indications that the Rivers State All Progressives Congress led by immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is angry about the romance between the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu’s men; and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Wike has in recent times been meeting with some APC chieftains, including Tinubu’s allies. On Monday, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was invited by Wike to inaugurate a road project.

The Rivers governor also invited former Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to inaugurate some projects in his state.

Earlier, some APC governors led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, had also met Wike in his state amid his feud with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

However, sources close to Amaechi, told The PUNCH that the romance between Wike and Tinubu was disrespectful especially since it was public knowledge that Wike and Amaechi were political foes.

They also accused Tinubu of supporting Senator Magnus Abe who recently dumped the APC to run for governor on the platform of the Social Democratic Party.

An associate of Amaechi who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said, “The APC leaders have been coming to Rivers State to lobby Wike and make all manner of promises to him. These people never came to Rivers even when the party was having a crisis.

“They should not forget that Amaechi came second in that presidential primary and is still the leader of the APC in Rivers State. Rather than rally around him, they have been romancing Wike. Tinubu is among the sponsors of Magnus Abe who has defected to the SDP.

“Magnus Abe is Tinubu’s boy. He is always with Tinubu. Even after joining the SDP, he is still with Tinubu and has promised to work for Tinubu’s campaign. Yet they cannot caution him.”

The source stated that Atiku might begin to woo Amaechi soon if quick action was not taken.

Speaking with The PUNCH,  an APC chieftain, Chukwuemeka Eze, said he was not aware if Atiku had begun reaching out to Amaechi.

Eze, however, said if Amaechi decides to join the PDP, then Tinubu should be blamed.

He added, “If Amaechi decides to rejoin PDP, it may not be of his own making but due to the acts and attitude of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and managers of his campaign team coupled with the new style of leadership of those currently running APC.

Amaechi’s neglect

“Let me state unequivocally that the manner and ways Amaechi and his political Team are being neglected both in the formation of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and most of the activities of the party since after the APC Presidential Convention is not the best way to treat a leader with the stature or status of Amaechi. You don’t do that.

“To worsen the situation, the manner in which Tinubu and his associates continued to associate with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State without any consultation with Amaechi or any member of his political family is not only sad but very unfortunate.”

Eze said Amaechi remained an institution in Rivers State politics and that anybody or political leader who feels he can undermine him is doing that at his or her own peril.

He recalled that Amaechi as the Director-General of the Presidential campaign that orchestrated President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat in 2015.

“Based on his rating, I will not be shocked if Atiku Abubakar is wooing him based on the fact that the two leaders are not only very close associates politically and but have remain great partners in the progress of this country so I have nothing against such a union,” he said.

When contacted, the Rivers State APC Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, told The PUNCH that Wike was desperate for an alliance with Tinubu and the APC to remain relevant after 2023.

 Commenting on the romance between Tinubu’s men and Wike, he stated, “In politics, the concentric circles of conspiracy are numerous. Sometimes they overlap and other times they are incongruent. But very often, the end result is one – how to appropriate political power at the expense of others or competitors. Therefore, in the instant case, whether it is Asuwaju that is going after Governor Wike or the latter that is courting Asuwaju, the end result is how to survive 2023 general elections and remain politically relevant thereafter.

We know that the desperate party or side in the entire calculation is Wike. Reason is that head or tail with Atiku, he’ll lose. Assuming without conceding that Atiku wins, he’ll surely put away Wike in a cold manner. Wike understands this. In a scenario where Asuwaju/APC wins, Wike deserves the grace of God to walk free. He needs the protection post 2023 so badly. Therefore, it is clear that Wike is the one chasing after Asiwaju/APC and not the opposite.

Whether asked if the romance was a slap on Amaechi, he stated,  “I have a biblical verse as an answer. ‘Thou sayest!’

Also in a chat with The PUNCH, the Deputy spokesman of the APC in the Rivers State, Darlington Uwauju, said Amaechi was one of the few political leaders that could be trusted and that he would not leave the APC for the PDP.

The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Cornelius Ojelabi, said anyone was free to visit Wike as he was not Tinubu’s enemy.

On Tinubu’s alleged link to Magnus Abe’s defection, he said,  “I don’t know anything about that. All I know is that politics is a game of numbers. When you are in a contest, you just have to approach all that is approachable and solicit support.”

On whether he sees the possibility of Wike forming an alliance or crossing over to the APC, Ojelabi responded, “It is all about passion and you know Wike has a passion for politics. Wike was part of the southern governors who came to Lagos State before now and said that the Southern governors won’t support any presidential candidate from the North.”

Punch 

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Military Arrests Owo Church Attackers

Military Arrests Owo Church Attackers

 


The Defence Headquarters said it has arrested the terrorists behind the attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, who made the disclosure during a parley with media executives at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said the criminals were arrested in collaboration with other security agencies.

Terrorists attacked the Catholic Church during a Sunday Mass and opened fire on the worshippers, resulting in the death of over 30 persons.

The incident happened on June 5.

Again, Ondo Amotekun Intercepts 168 Suspected Invaders With 40Motorcycles

Again, Ondo Amotekun Intercepts 168 Suspected Invaders With 40Motorcycles

 


Another 168 suspected invaders with dangerous charms, who hid themselves and 40 motorcycles beneath cows hauled in two trucks, have been intercepted by men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed “Amotekun.”

Our correspondent reports that this occurred four days after the corps intercepted 151 alleged charm-wielding invaders near Sango along Akure/Ado road.

The suspects were paraded on Monday evening at the headquarters of the corps by the Commander of Amotekun Corps in the State, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye.

Adeleye said that they were stopped near Itaogbolu-Iju in the State’s Akure North Local Government Area after an Amotekun squad became suspicious of their activity.

The Amotekun Commander added that despite their claims that they were picked up in groups along the road and had no destination, investigation had shown that they were traveling from the States of Jigawa and Kano.

“Cows are on the upper floor, motorcycles are wrapped and disassembled in the middle, and 168 people are resting down on the lower floors, so if you’re not observant, you won’t see them.

“Upon interrogation, many of them do not have an address of where they are going, nobody invited them and we are becoming curious of these invasions.

“I called it invasion because you see over 100 able-bodied men concealing themselves under animals, it shows they are up to negative motives.

“As a Nigerian, regardless of the geopolitical zone, you have the right to lawfully go to any part of the country, but it is the unlawful part we are contesting. When you now move in a suspicious way, that would amount to criminality, that is where it puts you to question,” he said.