The police in Adamawa have arrested 200 Cows for invading a farmland at Yolde-Pate in Yola South Local Government Area. Adamawa police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that the incident occurred on Saturday. “In collaboration with the district and village heads in the area and timely intervention of police and other vigilante members, the situation is now under control.” Abubakar said. He applauded the affected farmers for exhibiting maturity by not taking the law into their own hands. He also commended the herdsmen for accepting responsibility for the destruction by their cattle and their commitment to pay for the damages. He said that all the aggrieved farmers were shortlisted for possible compensation while the arrested cattle were handed over to the District Head of Yolde Pate for safe keeping
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command, has deployed more than over 1,000 personnel to hotels in the state to arrest hoteliers engaging nude dancers. The Commandant, Mr Wasiu Adeyinka-Ayinla, made the disclosure in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Monday. He said that the personnel – intelligence officers – were already at their duty posts. “Our intelligence officers are currently in various hotels day and night to arrest hoteliers who engage in strip dance,” Adeyinka-Ayinla said. He said that the corps collaborated with other agencies to carry out the operation. The commandant warned hoteliers in the state against keeping guests with questionable characters. He reaffirmed the commitment of the corps to fighting pipeline vandalism and other acts capable of tarnishing the image of the state and Nigeria. Kwara Assembly summoned proprietors of hotels in the state on Aug. 15 over an allegation of nude dances in the hotels. The complaint was lodged to the Assembly by some religious leaders.
Many people were killed on Sunday evening when suicide bombers detonated their explosives around Muna Garage General Area of Maiduguri metropolis of Borno state. Muna garage has been a fearful area following incessant attacks and bombings by insurgents. The area is located north east and about five kilometers drive to Maiduguri city which has witnessed series of deadly attacks by insurgents. A police personnel attached to one of the Jere Divisions told our source in Maiduguri that “heavy explosions occurred around Muna Garrage at about 7pm with serious casualties on civilians and the suicide bombers. “Many were feared dead and injured and were evacuated from the scene”. The Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku, is yet to comment on the latest attack. A renewed attacks by insurgents took place in surrounding villages of Borno and Yobe states in the last one week with killing of officers and men of the Nigerian Army in Sassawa village and other road ambushes which claimed many lives.
Nigeria Has raised the alarm over the rising cases of organ harvesting in the guise of ritual killings in some parts of the nation. Organ harvesting is the illegal removal of human organ or tissue without a person’s consent; generally to be sold on the black market for organ transplants. The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has, therefore, resolved to commence investigation into illegal human organ harvesting. The Director General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed this in Abuja recently, that cases of organ harvesting was complicated but would carry out full investigation in order to bring perpetrators to book. “NAPTIP has decided to begin full investigation because most of the times, other law enforcement agencies go out, they will come to tell us that the suspected organ harvesting is a ritual murder. “And we have resolved to carry out our independent investigation because the law gives us the power to do that and we have strong reasons to believe that these are cases of organ harvesting. “When that is established after our investigation, we will go after everyone found involved with the full arm of the law” she said. The director general said that NAPTIP under her watch would continue with its mandate of fighting all forms of human trafficking in the country. Organ trafficking is a form of human trafficking and is an organized crime. According to the UN Gift Hub, organ trafficking falls into three categories. Traffickers who trick the victim into giving up an organ for no cost; con artists who convince victims to sell their organs, but who do not pay or who pay less than they agreed to pay; and doctors who treat people for ailments which may or may not exist and remove the organs without the victim’s knowledge.
An economic expert, Charles Nwekeaku, has advised the Federal Government to follow due process in getting the forfeiture of monies in accounts without Bank Verification Numbers(BVN) to the government. Nwekeaku, an Associate Professor at the Nassarawa State University, Keffi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. The Federal Government recently instituted an action in a court for the forfeiture of any balance in bank accounts without BVN. An interim order of forfeiture was granted by the court on Oct. 17 for the various Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to show cause within 14 days why the balances in such accounts should not be forfeited. The current practice is that banks only permit deposits into such accounts without withdrawal. Therefore, if the Federal Government succeeds, the money is forfeited permanently. According to Nwekeaku, some Nigerians opened accounts before the introduction of BVN and may have travelled outside the country. “Some of these people may have one impediment or the other that has kept them away, so it will be unfair for government to just opt and request they forfeit their funds. “I think even if the government wants to do that, government should take due process; government should make diligent effort to inform the people accordingly. “Government should also find out the kind of agreement people had with their banks when they opened the accounts and if they were not initially informed about the BVN, they should be given sufficient time,’’ he said. Nwekeaku said any rash decision now by the government would be considered retroactive, in the sense that BVN wasn’t an issue when those accounts were opened. He said that government should make conscientious effort to ensure the people were informed about the implications of not doing the BVN registration before such rash actions were taken. “I know the BVN issue is over a year now but you will agree with me that there are some people who travelled out of Nigeria and haven’t come back since then. “There are also some who are hospitalised, they have been bed ridden for a long time, making them unable to do the BVN. So do you expect them to forfeit their funds? “So I think any rash decision now by the government will be considered as breaching the fundamental human rights of the people and that is not good for our democratic nation,” the don said. On the proposed Dangote Refinery, Nwekeaku said it was a welcome development as it would help in growing the country’s economy and increase its GDP. Nwekeaku said it was impressive that individuals in the country were thinking of going into the business of refining crude oil which was not the case in the past. He noted that the norm of exporting crude without adding any value to it had not helped the country as it had increased the rate of unemployment in the country. The don said that if refineries were built and were functional, it would add value chain and generate more employment for the youth in the country. Nwekeaku said,“ a number of people have got licences to build refineries but for one reason or the other they don’t want to do that, so for Dangote to have taken the move, it is a welcome development. “And we believe that if the refinery is put in place, it will generate much employment opportunities; it may equally reduce the cost of petroleum products in the country. “Also the unit price of petroleum certainly will reduce and I think it will go a long way to improve the economy. “Therefore, government should encourage more individuals to go into establishing private refineries and I believe when that is done, it will help to stimulate the economy.’’ (NAN)
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Leadership Team of the Directorate of State (DOS) hereby inform all Biafrans to distance themselves from the information contained in a recent press release by an Igbo-centric organization that goes by the acronym “MOBIN.” According to this group of Igbo folks, the full name of their “Igbo-only” organization is Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN). These Igbo folks initially launched this Igbo-centric MOBIN as a political wing of a faction of IPOB led by another group of aged Igbo men collectively called Supreme Council of Elders of IPOB. At the point of their public unveiling, this Igbo-centric MOBIN announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with another Igbo-only political party called United Progressive Party (UPP). However, in the recent press release of 28th of October 2017 and signed by Mr. Emeka Emekesiri Esq, MOBIN has now changed their allegiance to yet another Igbo-only party called All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). The DOS would have simply ignored this press release issued by what looks like a group of political hacks and opportunists from Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland but three reasons compelled the DOS to make a response. First, the DOS wants to continually emphasize that Biafra is not about the Igbos only. The nation of Biafra comprises the entire South-East and South-South geo-political regions plus Idoma in Benue state and Igala in Kogi state. It is shameful and disgusting for MOBIN to identify Biafra as having a population of 70 million (referring to Southeast/Southsouth/Idoma/Igala) in bullet-point #2 of their press release, only to pigeon-hole Biafra into an “Igbo Nation” as stated in bullet-point #4 of the same press release. What message is MOBIN trying to convey to Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, the Alabo Edi Abali of Kalabari Kingdom, who has littered his Facebook Page with messages affirming his Biafranism? By making Biafra an Igbo-only affair, what impression is MOBIN creating in the minds of family members of General Phillip Effiong, Brigadier Willie Archibong, Col. Nsudoh, Lt. Col. Frank Okilo, Mr. N. U. Akpan, Mr. Okon-Okon Ndem, HRH Frank Opigo, Mr. Ekukinam Bassey, Mr. Ignatius Kogbara, Dr. S. J. Cookey, and many other notable Biafrans who are not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland? Second, the entire Biafrans, through the authority invested in the DOS, have determined that they will no longer participate in the Nigerian political process but will rather welcome a process that will lead to a United Nations-mandated and supervised Referendum on Biafra. By participating in Nigerian political process, MOBIN is unwittingly endorsing the Nigerian fraudulent constitution which lied that Nigerian citizens enacted, made, and gave the said constitution unto themselves. How can MOBIN reconcile their claim to restore Biafra with Section-185(1), Schedule-7, and Section-2(1) of that very fraudulent constitution? Is MOBIN aware that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable as long as they recognize and obey all the provisions of Nigerian Constitution, especially Section-2(1)? It appears that MOBIN is unaware that Section-188(2b) of that fraudulent constitution shall be activated if any Governor ventures into Biafra restoration process because doing so will be a violation of Schedule-7, Section-1(2) and Section-2(1) of the same fraudulent constitution. The third reason for responding is because MOBIN lied in their assessment of the current alcoholic governor of Anambra state who has reversed all the gains made in the state prior to the coming of his Administration. The DOS strongly advise everyone to access and read an open letter to the current governor of Anambra state written by a Southeast-based Human Rights Organization called INTERSOCIETY. The open letter can be accessed through any of the following links: http://www.intersociety-ng.org/component/k2/item/298-anambra-electorates-demand-for-governance-scorecard-of-your-excellency%E2%80%99s-1st-term-government http://www.allnewsandreports.com/intersociety-writes-open-letter-to-obiano-demands-performance-score-card/ While the DOS and entire Biafrans are not interested in the Nigerian political process, we must make sure that lies, innuendos, and propaganda by groups such as MOBIN are exposed, deconstructed, and destroyed. The socioeconomic lives of Biafrans can never be improved as long as the fraudulent constitution of Nigeria exists. Section-4(2) and Schedule-2 (Part-1) of that fraudulent constitution alone are enough to bring Biafrans to lives of servitude and destitution. Do we need to remind MOBIN that it is an impossible task to insert clauses in the constitution that would allow Biafra to exit Nigeria considering Section-9 of that fraudulent constitution which gives undue advantage to the Arewa region of Nigeria when amending the constitution? This is why the DOS-led IPOB became a member of a coalition platform called Lower Niger Independence Movement (LONIM) which has a roadmap that includes UN-mandated and supervised Referendum that will lead to the restoration of the nation of Biafra where a constitution shall be generated and approved by the ordinary citizens. The Biafran constitution will be a contrast with the Nigerian scenario in which General Abdulsalami Abubakar single-handedly wrote the fraudulent constitution and forced it down the throats of Nigerians and groups like MOBIN. In conclusion, the DOS reiterates that Biafra is not an Igbo-only affair as being postulated by the Igbo-centric MOBIN. Also, Biafrans are not interested in the political process of Nigeria because doing so will give credence to the fraudulent constitution. Finally, Biafrans are enjoined to give their maximum support to LONIM as the coalition platform working steadily and steadfastly for the restoration of the nation of Biafra through a UN-mandated and supervised Referendum. MOBIN can mobilize as much Igbo political hacks as they can muster but that is not the concern of real patriotic Biafrans because all Biafrans have determined that the restoration of the nation of Biafra is a divine project whose time has come and is, therefore, unstoppable, unquenchable, irreversible, and irrevocable. Long live IPOB, long live LONIM, and long live the nation of Biafra!!! Signed Barrister Emma Nmezu Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya Spokesperson for IPOB Spokesperson for IPOB
Nigerians have been urged to retrace their steps and return to God before the situation of the country gets out of hand. The Founder and President of Christ for Africa Ministry International, Apostle Bukky David said this during an exclusive interview with our reporter. Apostle David who noted that Nigerians have forgotten God and taken the management of the country into their hands, implored them to return to God as a river disconnected from it source, cannot survive. "The situation of the country has gone beyond what human being can handle, we need to go back to God and pray, we need to retrace our steps, when a river is disconnected from it source, it will dry up. We have taken it from God, saying we can handle it and that is why he is looking at us, if we can all go back to God, from the rulers to the ruled, God is ready to help us." The General overseer also posited that another solution to the country's problems is putting credible people in official posts and not people who would monetize such posts. Speaking on the church first anniversary with the theme, "God of calling". The convention is an annual programme which comes up every second week of December.He said" For the anniversary, we are expecting Gospel Christian association of Nigeria, Osogbo chapter, Pastor Ayorinde and Pastor Bimbo from Lagos and other anointed men of God. Government officials are also expected and we are working towards inviting the Governor." Pastor David also listed the achievements of the church which include the dead being made to hear, the dumb speaking and the dead being brought back to life."When I received the call, when Jesus appeared to me, he told me to take healing to the nations of the earth and it has been happening, blind eyes have been opened, dead brought back alive, people just think Bible is just a newspaper, a comic, that it is just a but it's not just a story. "By the grace of God, a boy came back alive and deaf has heard and dumb has spoken in this ministry, also we have healed HIV and these things are on record, we have them on videos. "The last time I traveled to Dubai, there was a man that has been booked for operation but by the grace of God and our encounter, the operation was cancelled and the man is hale and doing fine. Apart from that, we have been bringing lives from the darkness into light." Apostle David added. He however stated that the challenge of churches in Nigeria is the rate of fake pastors. "The major challenge facing pastors in Nigeria, apart from leadership challenges, is the rate of fake pastors but thank God CAN is checking that, they are checking those not registered and it helping."
The Chief Executive, Stroke Action Foundation, Mrs Rita Melifonwu, said on Saturday that stroke was the leading cause of death and disability globally. Melifonwu in Abuja, ahead of the World Stroke Day 2017, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29. According to her, the day provides an annual opportunity for stakeholders to coordinate awareness and advocacy campaigns to reduce the burden of stroke at global, regional and local level. Melifonwu explained that stroke is an attack on the brain that occurs when the flow of blood is interrupted by a blood clot or broken blood vessel. She said every two seconds, stroke attacks a person in the world regardless of age, gender, education, religion or economic background. “The ailment is currently an epidemic in Nigeria; this is because presently its prevalence rate in the country is estimated at 205,200 each year, “The World Stroke records showed that one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime, however, this year; the foundation would be focusing on risk awareness and prevention. “We are calling on all individuals, families, communities, health professionals and governments to raise awareness of key stroke risks and take action to prevent stroke,’’ Melifonwu said. She identified the risk factor of stroke as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet, high cholesterol, excessive alcohol intake and lack of stroke awareness. Melifonwu said that stroke could be prevented if necessary precautions are taken, adding that most Nigerians are unaware of the cause and symptoms of stroke as well as how to respond when it occurs. She mentioned that early recognition of signs of stroke, changes in lifestyle, health check, risk factor management and early intervention through stroke awareness, could make a difference and substantially improve outcomes. Melifonwu, however, urged the Minister of Health and Commissioners for Health in all state ministries to encourage citizens to engage in a ‘walk and run against stroke’. An activity she said was scheduled on World Stroke Day Oct. 29, to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity in stroke prevention.
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari on Saturday called on the Nigeria Peace Corps to be vanguard of peaceful co-existence for more development to be attained in the country. The monarch made the call in his message at the presentation of the award of excellence to the National Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Mr Dickson Akoh in llorin. The award, which was at the Instance of the Ilorin Emirate Youths Integrity Vanguard, was received by the Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps in Kwara, Mr Lukman Yekinni on behalf of the National Commandant. Sulu-Gambari, represented by the Balogun Afin of llorin, Alhaji Mohammed Nuhu, noted that no meaningful development could be attained in an atmosphere of chaos and acrimony. The emir urged the Nigerian Peace Corps to ensure peace and unity. He advised the corps to play a complementary role with other security outfits in the state so that peace will always reign supreme in all parts of Kwara and Nigeria in general. Sulu-Gambari advocated for more enlistment of the indigenes into the Nigeria Peace Corps as a way of minimising unemployment among youths. The emir praised the foresight of the llorin emirate youths vanguard for initiating the award and advised other social organisations to emulate them. Alhaji Ahmed Ayinla, Guest speaker and a Lecturer at the Kwara State College of Education, emphasized the relevance of peace as one of the indices needed in any society for economic growth and development. Ayinla charged the Nigeria Peace Corps to further complement on the peace and harmony for development to be attained. One of the founders of the llorin youth vanguard, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Aiyelabegan, urged the Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps in Kwara to abide with norms and traditions of the state and ensure that peace reigns at all times The state Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Mr Lukman Yekinni, pledged to intensify efforts toward ensuring peaceful co-existence among the people in the state.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as one that is rotten and covered with scandalous corruption. The governor alleged that there was a grand plot to release another set of Chibok girls to shift the attention of Nigerians from the various scandals rocking the government. He added that the claimed recovery of $85m as part of funds allegedly looted from the Malabu oil deal and conclusion of negotiation with Switzerland on the return of $321m recovered from the late Military Head of State, Gen. Muhammad Abacha family were a diversionary tactic. According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose stated this while addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Friday. He said, “When was this $85m recovered? Has the money been paid into the Federation Account? Didn’t Buhari claim that Abacha did not steal a penny? They are just trying to divert the attention of Nigerians as they have always done. “While the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is still being confronted with the ‘Mainagate’ global shame, the Senator representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isa Misau, yesterday, came with yet another bombshell that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, gave two Sports Utility Vehicles to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari. “Even though the police have said the vehicles in question were meant for the police personnel in the convoy of the wife of the President, Nigerians will like to see records of such vehicles provided for the security personnel of previous First Ladies. Most importantly, what happened to the promise made by the President not to operate the Office of the First Lady? “In the last one month, Nigerians have been confronted with messy revelations like the fraudulent reinstatement of Abdullahi Maina, who was declared wanted for corrupt practices by the International Police Organisation after he was dismissed from office by the Civil Service Commission in 2013 for allegedly committing N2.1bn pension fraud while in office.” Fayose also pointed to the reinstatement of the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, who was accused of corruption by the Senate, unceremoniously removed from office and declared wanted as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos. He also pointed to the appointment of Ahmed Gambo Saleh; the Supreme Court Registrar, who was indicted for fraud as the Secretary of the National Judicial Council and Secretary of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee. He said, “Today, the President’s claim to integrity is under serious question, with his men dancing naked in the market square. “While I await yet another scandal in what has become a government of one week, one scandal, I ask our President what has happened to the report of the committee that investigated the $43m discovered in an apartment at Osbourne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos? “What happened to the DSS indictment for corruption of the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Investigative Panel set up by the President? “Who is the owner of the LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, inside which the EFCC claimed that it found the N448.8m cash? “Who brought the five sacks in which the EFCC claimed it found N49m cash to the Kaduna Airport? “What happened to the probe panel on the alleged N500m bribery said to have been paid to the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, by officials of the South African-owned telecommunications company, MTN, with the intent to influence government to discontinue its heavy stance on the $5bn fine imposed on the company?”