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Cecilia Ibru: Sanusi persecuted me thinking I wanted his job at CBN

Cecilia Ibru, former chief executive officer of the defunct Oceanic Bank, says she was persecuted by Lamido Sanusi, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), because he thought she wanted his job.

In an interview with Saturday Punch, Ibru said Sanusi, the emir of Kano, also ordered for the withdrawal of her personal driver and security personnel.

In 2010, a federal high court in Lagos had convicted and sentenced Ibru to six months in prison on a three-count charge bordering on financial fraud.

The former bank CEO said she accepted the offer for plea bargain because she was fed up with the trial and wanted peace of mind.

“For me, they just wanted the banks. An envious fight does not end, but that is a big story that I would prefer to write about later. You find that when people knock you down, they don’t expect you to get up again. So, when you get up, they have mixed feelings,” Ibru said.

“I won’t say betrayal, including (Lamido) Sanusi (the then Governor of the Central Bank) himself, but people that I thought would come and help me did not do so. However, God raised other people to help me.

“He (Sanusi) thought I wanted his job but I didn’t. I was offered the position, but I said no.

“Remember I said I was planning to retire in March of the following year to go and stay with my husband. When he (Sanusi) was appointed, I congratulated him. He even told me at that time they had not given him a letter and I told him not to worry that it would come.

“Back then when I was in office, if I was at home, you wouldn’t find a parking space in my compound; it was always filled with cars and people who wanted one favour or the other from the bank. But after that episode, everywhere became empty.”

Ibru, however, reiterated that she has forgiven the people she helped while she was in office but deserted her when the corruption trial began.

The court had ordered the assets and shares worth N191 billion traced to Ibru be forfeited and managed by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

The former Oceanic bank CEO was reported to have bought shares in 298 unlisted and listed blue chip companies with depositors money including assets in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, the United States of America and some countries around the world.

Investigators had told the court of how Nanashettu Bedell, 51-year-old nanny of Cecilia also known as Nanashetu P. Abdulai, was used as a conduit through which the ex-CEO allegedly siphoned  N30 billion of depositors’ savings.

Eddie Ugbomah, veteran filmmaker, is dead

Eddie Ugbomah, a veteran filmmaker during the 70s and 80s, has died.

Adebayo Thomas, director general of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) broke the news on Saturday.

Thomas is also the chair of the Chief Eddie Ugbomah Medical Fund Committee.

Ugbomah, who received a national honour from the federal government for his works, died at 78 after a long illness.

In recent times, he had pleaded for help to raise funds to treat a brain ailment.

He was scheduled for surgery on Monday.

In October 2018, his family first sent out an appeal for fundraising revealing that he was suffering from high blood pressure.

There was also an attempt to raise N50 million from the sale of his autobiography, ‘Eddie Ugbomah by Eddie’, in January to cover for his medical bills but it did not materialise.

Ugbomah said he got interested in filmmaking at 17 when Charlton Heston, now deceased American actor, visited Glover Memorial Hall in Lagos.

Heston had said it was a shame in 1959 that Nigeria had no film industry and this led to the formation of Edifosa Film Enterprise, Eddie’s film production outfit.

The holder o officer of the order of the Niger (OON) directed and produced films such as the ‘Rise and Fall of Oyenusi’ in 1979, ‘The Boy is Good’, ‘Death of the Black President’ and ‘Apalara’.

Breaking: Terrorists seize Pakistan’s five-star hotel

A five-star hotel in Pakistan’s Balochistan province is under siege by at least four armed terrorists who forced their way in on Saturday.

The Pearl Continental Hotel, situated in the port city of Gwadar was identified as the target of attack, in a report by Pakistan’s news agency.

There are at least three to four terrorists inside with weapons, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported, quoting a police officer.

There was no immediate reports of casualties.

“At around 4:50 pm (local time) we got reports that there are three to four armed men in PC Hotel,” Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai told Dawn.

Gwadar, in the southern edge of the Pakistan’s resource-rich province of Balochistan, is a strategically important city for the country and the development of the city’s deepwater port was funded by China.

Court order on new emirs belated, says Kano govt

The Kano State Government said on Saturday that the court order purportedly stopping the inauguration of the four emirs in Kano was belated as the emirs were appointed on Thursday 9 May.

Beside, the government said it was yet to receive the order restraining Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje from further action.

Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje said the court order was reportedly issued around 5pm on Friday May 10, 2019, a day after the new emirs had formally accepted their appointments.

His statement suggested that the inauguration of the emirs of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi would go ahead on Saturday as planned.

“Letters of the Notification of Appointment were written from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, since Thursday, May 9, 2019 and were despatched to the concerned Emirs the following day Friday, May 10, 2019, in the very early hours of the day,” Anwar said.

The letters dated May 9, 2019, had reference SSG/REPA/5/A/86/T and were addressed to the newly appointed Emirs.

Each letter read: “In accordance with the power conferred on the Governor by the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Amended Law 2019 (1440 AH) which provides the creation of more Emirates.

“ I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR for your appointment as First Class Emir of (Bichi) (Karaye) (Rano) (Gaya) Emirate.”

Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Bichi

According to the statement, all the four new emirs had formally accepted the appointment.

It explained that the new Emir of Karaye, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II forwarded his acceptance letter at about 12 noon on Friday, that of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Il around 10:15 am while the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and the Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, forwarded theirs at 10am and 10:30am respectively.

The statement therefore said the ceremony expected to hold at the Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, this Saturday was merely for the new emirs to thank the Governor for appointing them

Official: ANC wins South Africa’s election with 57.51%

The final tally of the South African election is out, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC), winning 57.51% of votes cast.

The website of the Electoral Commission, which showed 100 per cent capturing of the 17 668 318 votes cast, showed that the ANC polled 10 026 047 votes, which is less than the 11 million votes won in 2014.

Analysts said the electoral performance was the worst since the party came to power in 1994, with legendary Nelson Mandela as president.

The biggest opposition Democratic Alliance got 3,618,992, representing 20.76% of the votes, also lower than the 22.2 per cent or the 4 million votes won in 2014.

ANC rebel, Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Party came third with 1,881,331 votes, representing 10.79 per cent of the votes cast. In 2014, EFF got 6.35 percent of the votes.

With 26,779, 025 people registered to vote, turnout was estimated at 65.99 per cent.

According to the electoral body, 235,449 votes were voided in the 22,924 of the voting districts captured, out 22,925.

76.2 % or 1.3 million scored below 50% in UTME, 49,245 results withheld

About 76.2 per cent of the 1,792,719 candidates who sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination(UTME) scored below 50 per cent.

Professor Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) made the revelation when he released the results of the examination held over five days in April.

According to Oloyede: “361,718 candidates scored between 180 and 199 as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484 scored between 160 and 179 as against 455,898 last year.

“410,844 candidates scored between 140 and 159 as against 346,825 recorded in 2018 while also 99,463 scored between 100 and 139 as against 64,712 in 2018.”

Oloyede said results for 49,265 candidates are being withheld by the JAMB. He said 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice and 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.

A 15 year-old boy, Ekele Franklin from Imo scored the highest mark of 347 in the examination. He was followed by Emmanuel Chidebube, a 16-year-old from Abia. He scored 346, while Isaac Olamide, a 17-year-old from Osun came third with 345.

In all 2,906 candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in 2018 and 57,579 candidates scored between 250 and 299 as against 64,120 in the 2018 results.

Oloyede said 366,757 candidates also scored between 200 and 249, which is a significant improvement from the 2018 results.

The results of the examination were delayed by JAMB, following incidents of malpractice by candidates.

Oloyede recalled various infractions ranging from rogue Computer Based Centres (CBT) owners, multiple registration, manipulation of biometrics and deliberate destruction of power sources during the examination.

How First Nation Airways MD secured N1.7bn loan with fake documents

An Ikeja Special Offences Court has been told how Managing Director, First Nation Airways, Mr. Kayode Odukoya secured a loan of about N1.7billion with fake documents.

A prosecution witness, Mr Patrick Ogo, on Friday told the court that Odukoya secured the loan from Skye Bank with a forged document.

Ogo, a Legal Officer with Polaris Bank, formerly Skye Bank, testified at the beginning of the trial of Odukoya over alleged N1.7 billion theft.

He was led in evidence by a lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by Mr Anselm Ozioko, prosecuting the case.

The legal officer, who is the first prosecution witness, said that Odukoya, the alter ego of Bellview Airlines and First Nation Airline (the second and third defendants) had, from 2007 to 2012,

He obtained various loan facilities from the bank. He said: “As at December 2016, he obtained facilities accumulating to about N3.4 billion and 2.4 million dollars. At the point of the first application for these facilities, the defendant undertook to avail the bank of some collateral.

“The collateral include properties at 29 and 30, Oduduwa Way, Ikeja, and No. 35, Ladipo Babaye St., Ikeja, which the first defendant alleged belonged to him. On the basis that the property belonged to him, the bank disbursed the loan facilities to the defendants. When the bank commenced mortgage of these properties with particular reference to the property at No. 29, Oduduwa Way, Ikeja,  with registration No. 33 on page 33 volume 1011 at the Lagos State Land Registry, Alausa, it was discovered to be false. Relying on same, the bank wrote to the Land Registry to confirm the registered number as furnished by the defendant and the bank received a response that the referred number does not exist in the record to the referred property.”

The prosecution witness said that the bank, upon receiving feedback from the Land Registry, contacted Odukoya who provided a memorandum of loss, a sworn affidavit, police extract and a March 8, 2013 publication of National Mirror newspaper.

Ogo informed the court that page 50 of the newspaper publication declared that the title document of the property was missing, stating that whoever found the document would be rewarded handsomely. He said that further investigations by Polaris (Skye) bank revealed that the registration number of the property was fake and that Odukoya had used the same property as collateral for another loan from another bank.

“The bank’s internal investigation in respect of that property showed that the registration number of that property was Page 5, Vol. 5 of 1011, which the first defendant had used as collateral. The bank thereafter instructed its external solicitor to petition the EFCC as regards the act of the defendant. The instructed solicitor also wrote to the defendant referring to the converted sums of the bank which were earlier stated as N3.4 billion and 2.4 million dollars. The defendant responded that the referred amount was not involved but rather it was N1.7 billion. Subsequently another petition was written by our lawyer to the EFCC to carry out investigation on the fraudulent act of the defendant of obtaining the bank’s money by false representation of facts.

“Investigations were carried out which consequently made me to make statements to the EFCC in respect of the suit,” Ogo said. The witness said that the loans were granted to Odukoya because his application inferred some urgency for the funds to run the operations of First Nation Airway and Bellview Airlines. “My lord, when Bellview Airlines Ltd. was in operation, it started banking with Skye Bank Plc in 2006/2007. First Nation Airways came onboard with the same alter ego of the first defendant, and upon the application of Skye Bank, there was a memorandum of understanding wherein First Nation Airways took over the outstanding indebtedness of Bellview Airline.

“The money has not been returned to the bank, my lord, till today. This money is about N1.7 billion according to the defendant,” the Polaris Bank representative said. The EFCC is alleging that Odukoya committed forgery, use of false document and perjury on March 21, 2013, in Lagos.

According to the prosecution, the defendant forged the memorandum of loss of Lagos State Certificate of Occupancy registered as No. 33 at page 33 volume 1011 at the Lagos State Land Registry, Alausa, Lagos, in order that the document be acted upon as genuine. The forged document was alleged to be  in respect of a property located at No. 29, Oduduwa St., Ikeja, GRA, Lagos.

Odukoya is also alleged by the EFCC to have used the false document, and also gave false information on oath, concerning the loss of the certificate of occupancy at the Lagos State Land Registry. The anti-graft commission also alleged that on Oct. 7, 2016, Odukoya stole and dishonestly converted to his own use, N1.7 billion belonging to Skye Bank Plc. The alleged offences violate Sections 85, 86(1) 278(1)(b), 285, 361(1),(a) (b), 363 and 364(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. However, the defendant, who was arraigned on March 15, 2018, pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge of forgery, use of false documents, perjury and stealing. Justice Mojisola Dada adjourned the case until June 24 for continuation of trial. (NAN),

Moody’s report lists reasons why Diamond Bank failed

Moody’s, a global advisory services firm, has released an in-depth report analysing the factors that led to the downfall of Diamond Bank (which recently merged with Access Bank).

The report, released on May 8, also stated that Access Bank is strong enough to reduce the risk of default for former Diamond Bank creditors.

Diamond Bank went from making profits of N28.5 billion in 2013 to making losses of around N9 billion in 2017. The now-consumed bank merged with Access Bank in March 2019 after seeing a sharp increase in the volume of its non-performing loans.

Diamond Bank's shareholder structure and profits from 2013-2017
Diamond Bank’s shareholder structure and profits from 2013-2017

“Diamond aimed to become the leading retail bank in Nigeria, and took on excessive risk as it pursued its objective,” Moody’s said.

“The bank’s NPLs (all loans overdue by more than 90 days) reached 42% of gross loans in 2017 (Diamond has not yet reported its 2018 results). The bank’s provisions against these NPLs were low at only 19%, weakening the quality of its capital, while high credit losses eroded its profits.”

Analysing the reasons for Diamond Bank’s failure, Moody’s pointed out bad leadership, poor risk management, the board’s lack of independence, and the high volume of turnovers within the board.

Here are all the reasons why Diamond Bank failed, according to Moody’s.

1. Bad leadership and poor risk management

Diamond Bank’s goal to become the largest retail bank in Nigeria saw it loan money to businesses who could not pay back. It did not attract enough corporate borrowers who are a major moneymaker for banks and it loaned more to the oil and gas sector than the central bank thought was prudent (52% versus 20%). So, when oil prices fell in 2015 and 2016, the bank was badly affected.

Diamond Bank oil and gas lending
Diamond Bank oil and gas lending

Diamond Bank’s weak governance structure, Moody’s says, “compromised the board’s ability to determine the bank’s risk appetite, and rigorously interrogate management over strategy.” As a result of this, Moody’s believes that the board did not place enough emphasis on risk management with the bank biting more than it could chew.

The bank’s leadership made several bad decisions that led to the decline of profits and ultimate loss in 2017. After making profits of less than N5 billion in 2016, the bank fell far to losses of N9 billion the following year. Many in the board no longer trusted in former CEO Uzoma Dozie.

In late 2018, Thenewsmatrics and Proshare published a letter written by the former chairman of Diamond Bank, Seyi Bickerstheth, highlighting how the bank’s major shareholder, Carlyle Group’s Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund (CSSAF) DBN Holdings, wanted Dozie out.

“A key shareholder CSSAF DBN Holdings demanded an immediate removal of management principally the CEO but the Board favoured a less drastic approach to minimise disruption and also enable the Board secure new leadership,” Bickerstheth wrote in the letter.

“After several discussions, the CEO of the Bank, who is also a representative of the second largest shareholder Kunoch Ltd agreed to resign effective January 3, 2019, but would not tender his letter to confirm his verbal notification.”

Bickersteth, who is also CEO of financial advisory and consulting giant, Accenture, later led a revolt that saw five directors quitting the board in disgust citing the need to protect their individual reputations.

2. The board lacked independence

There were not enough independent directors on the Diamond Bank board and this resulted in a lack of effective board oversight.

“By the end of 2017, only one of Diamond’s 13 board members met the Nigerian SEC’s definition of independent (another had retired in August),” Moody’s reported.

The Dozie family was the second biggest shareholder in the bank, directly controlling 5% and another 9% indirectly through its investment firm, Kunoch Ltd (14% in total). The biggest shareholder, Carlyle Fund, controlled 18%.

A member of the founding family held the CEO role between November 2014 and March 2019 when it merged with Access Bank. During this period, profits fell by 78% in 2015 and bank deposits shrank by 22% between year-end 2014 and 2017.

“We believe Diamond’s board failed to provide an effective check against the bank’s management team,” Moody’s said.

Adding that “Board independence is important because it makes it more likely that management strategies are subject to rigorous questioning, reducing the risk of directors ‘rubber stamping’ management decisions.”

3. High turnover within the board

Not only did the high rate of turnover erode the board’s independence, it also created instability.

Between 2009 and 2019 when it merged with Access, Diamond Bank had three different CEOs and three different board chairmen.

According to the Moody’s report, “While new board members can make a positive contribution to a bank’s governance by bringing fresh insights and experience, the new appointees at Diamond tended to lack sufficient knowledge of the bank.

“The board’s high membership turnover, therefore, hindered its oversight role.”

All of these factors contributed in a variety of ways to the fall of one of Nigeria’s most promising financial institutions.

Rivers lecturer: How I was abducted and raped inside the forest

A female lecturer in one of the tertiary institutions in Rivers state has narrated how she was kidnapped and raped inside a forest in the state.

According to The Nation report,  the victim narrated her experience at the 6 Division of the Nigerian army in Port Harcourt.

The woman spoke of how kidnappers invaded her residence in the state capital two weeks ago.

She said they came for her husband but since they could not find him in the house, she became the target.

Accompanied by her husband, the victim narrated how she suffered in the forest of Emohua local government area of the state before she finally escaped.

“I was in my house in Port Harcourt on April 30, 2019. I was alone with my children and my husband’s cousin. They were sleeping in the room. I was washing with machine at the balcony,” she said.

“Since it was around 8pm, there was a programme I always watched on Zee World. As I was washing my clothes, I was watching the programme. The main gate was locked, but the protector was open, since I had to go downstairs to get water.

“I was in the living room, when I noticed that the protector opened slightly. I was wondering, because if my husband returned from work, he would hoot and I would have to go and open the main gate for him. I was wondering who was there. The other person who was supposed to come back from work was sleeping. The next thing I saw was the key to the main door opened. Then I saw two guys first pointing a gun at me. One of them cocked the gun and he asked after my husband, but I said he had not closed from work. He then angrily asked why he had not closed from work at that time. I told him I wouldn’t know. He asked me to cooperate, otherwise they would finish me, saying they were not playing with me.

“He asked for my ATM card and PIN. I gave him. He asked if I had money in the house, I said no, but I had gold, which could be sold for N50,000, but they rejected it. One person took our television, another took the laptop. I was tying a wrapper with spaghetti top, since I was in my house. They then asked me to follow them. One of them asked me to get a dress, but they did not let me leave the living room.”

The woman said after giving her a dress to put on, they requested her car keys and she handed over to them after which she was taken away in a commando style.

“They put me in my vehicle and as they were about to drive out, they found it difficult, because of the space we share with our neighbour and they were hitting my neighbour’s fence. My neighbour came out and I said I was in trouble,” she said.

“Maybe he did not see me. The kidnappers put my head under the car’s seat and they drove off. I did not know the direction they followed. We then got to a place that was not motorable. So, we had to come down.

JOURNEY INSIDE THE BUSH

“That was how we started the journey inside the bush. I asked them what I did, but they did not respond. That day, they paid me salary. I told them to let me give them the salary that was transferred to me. One of them then gave me an account number, which I forwarded my salary, N59,000 to. As we were still going inside the bush, he called someone to confirm if the person had received the alert. “We later saw river that got to my knees. The leader pulled his trousers, but I had to carry my dress up.

That night, we spent about two hours in the bush, just moving around and I was barefooted, because they did not allow me to wear slippers, thereby giving me injuries. They later blindfolded me and we got to a place where they said that was where we would stay that night.

‘HOW I WAS RAPED’

I slept on bare ground in the open forest. “The next morning, out of the two of them that followed me inside the bush, one of them left, remaining one, who told me that if I did not cooperate with him, to allow him to sleep with me, that four other persons would come in the afternoon and they would have me, but if I allowed him to sleep with me, he would let me go. I told him I would not be able to do it. Where I was still sitting on the floor, he masked himself with his dress and he raped me. Later in the afternoon, I stood there and I cried. If I shouted, I would not have received help. It was indeed a bush. Although , I could hear the sound of passing vehicles. “When it rained heavily, we were all under the rain. I was completely wet.

They removed their clothes and had only their boxer shorts. After the rain, they cleaned themselves and wore their clothes. That was the only dress I had and I could not go naked. I was so cold. “Later in the day, another one came and he asked me if I would eat, but I said I was not hungry. He said I should eat, in order not to die in the forest. He said if I died, they would still collect the ransom. They later brought packed food: fried rice with two fried meat, and sachet water with orange juice for me, but I could not eat, because I did not have appetite. I just managed to take the sachet water and the two pieces of meat.

“The elderly one that came seemed nicer. He said they would never rape their victims, but I told him the other one had already raped me. He was surprised and went back to ask him. He confirmed raping me. He said in their culture, it was forbidden and that before they would let me go, they would do something. I told them I am a Christian and I would not be part of it. I said I had forgiven him and left him to God. He said when they got to our house, if they had seen N500,000, they would not have carried me.

N5 MILLION RANSOM SLASHED TO N3 MILLION

He said teachers’ money (ransom) was N5 million, but if my husband could raise N3 million, they would let me go. “Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, they asked of what I would eat, but I said I was not hungry, but I asked them to call my people. They then called my husband, but he was calm and he said he had no money again, since they had collected the over N100,000 he had, with the ATM card.

That was when I knew that they had collected the money. I begged them to let me go, but they asked me to shut up, claiming that I was talking too much. “When they noticed that I was very cold, they said they would take me to where I could warm myself. We then went further into the bush. We slept on three benches overnight. Early the next morning, we left the place. As we were about changing location, one of them said he was not comfortable with where he was going. We then went back to where we were on Wednesday.

“While we were there, I had strength and I knew that members of my church were praying for me. I knew that my God would not let me down. I told God that after all my suffering, the kidnappers would not take the requested N3 million from my husband. They said my husband promised to call them before 12 noon on that day to drop the ransom. So, they were happy.

THE ‘LONG WALK TO FREEDOM’

One went to sleep, while the other took his phone and went away. I waited for a while, the one that went to make call was not coming,. I did as if I wanted to urinate but the one that was sleeping did not ask me to come back. I saw it as an opportunity to escape. That was how I ran away. “God helped me in the bush and I was following the sun, but I was seriously injured and bleeding. I later came out of the bush and I saw a road. I did not know where I was. I was stopping vehicles, but the dress I wore was so dirty. So, no vehicle was stopping for me.

I then saw two guys in a vehicle, they helped me. By that time, the soldiers were already looking for me. They stationed a check point by Choba Bridge (near UNIPORT). The soldiers saw me and put me in their vehicle and brought me to Bori Camp (the base of 6 Division of Nigerian Army) in Port Harcourt. They subsequently embarked on investigation . That is my story.”

Three of the arrested suspects were identified as Uche Iberi, 21, an indigene of Rumuakwude in Emohua LGA of Rivers; Destiny Kemka, 21, also from Rumuakwude; and Chile Worlu, 36, from Emohua LGA.

They were later arrested by soldiers of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt and handed over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The lecturer was able to identity the one who raped her.

Kano Emirates: Court restrains Ganduje from taking further action

Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo on Friday granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from taking any action to legitimise the four new emirates he created.
The four new emirates are Rano, Bichi, Gaya and Karaye.

The order followed a suit filed by one Rabi’u Sule-Gwarzo challenging the decision of the governor to create the four additional emirates in the state.
The presiding Judge, Justice Nasiru Saminu, gave an interim injunction directing all parties involved in the suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Saminu also gave an order directing the governor and Government Printer to stop the publication and release of the law that created the four new emirates.

The Plaintiff in the suit is Rabiu Sule-Gwarzo while Kano State House of Assembly Speaker is the first defendant.
Similarly, the Kano State House of Assembly is second defendant, Clerk, Kano State House of Assembly is the third defendant and Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, is the fourth defendant.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is the fifth defendant while the Kano State Government Printer is the sixth defendant.

The presiding Judge fixed Wednesday, May 15, for hearing of the motion on notice.

The state government had earlier planned to present appointment letters to the new emirs on Saturday, May 11, at Kofar Mata Indoor Sports Hall.

Moghalu: Ganduje bastardised Sanusi’s throne to quash independent voice

Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 election, says Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, bastardised the throne of Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, for political reasons.

Speaking at the Sikiru Kayode Adetona third annual professorial chair lecture, held on Friday at Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, Moghalu said traditional rulers ought to be selected by the citizens and not the governors.

“We have seen something happened recently in Kano state, that is the emir of Kano’s throne has been balkanised and bastardised. We know why; it is to quash an independent voice, so this raises the question of the roles of traditional rulers,” Moghalu said.

“The government should no longer appoint traditional rulers. Let the traditional rulers be selected by their community and recognised by the government.

“In a restructured Nigeria, with a new constitution, traditional rulers should have a formal role, that is, advisory roles. This is what we should do. We cannot make traditional rulers errand boys for politicians and when they refuse to play that role we begin to play around with them.”

Moghalu said what we have in Nigeria is not democracy but a ritual that occurs every four years where the political cabals return themselves to power using things that look like the structures of democracy.

In his lecture, titled “Grassroot Governance: The Soft Underbelly Of Nigeria’s Political Architecture,” he said “without good leadership, you cannot have good governance”.

He said the local government should be scrapped because the real issue of the failure of local governance in the country is as a result of “the long-delayed constitutional restructuring of Nigeria”.

“We need to empower our people to demand good governance, accountability,” he said.

“Without restructuring Nigeria, It will be very difficult to get local governance in Nigeria. What we should do is that there should be two tiers of governance in Nigeria; the national government and the sub-national government where the latter can then create whatever structure they deem appropriate at the local level.

“The question of constitutional restructuring must be addressed. We as citizens, who elected them, should take responsibility for the failure of our government because if you want a restructured Nigeria, then you should vote for a government that believes that Nigeria is not working and needs constitutional restructuring.

“The reason we are still missing it in over 60 years is that we still haven’t got good leadership.”

Remi Sonaya, presidential candidate of KOWA Party in the 2015 election, said politics is supposed to give services at the local level.

She said Nigeria is still in the throes of unsettling aftermath of election and many of us are despairing about democracy.

Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state who was represented by Yetunde Onanuga, his deputy, said the lecture has continued to set the tone for public lectures that have shaped the political sphere in the last three years.

“We need to keep bringing topical issues to the front burner of national discussions towards aiding the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria but also towards enhancing the unity and sovereignty of our dear country,” she said.

“The choice of the subject matter for this year’s event is both apt and contemporaneous in relevance. It is important at this point to note that the challenge of the Nigeria political experience since the return of democracy is how to ensure the percolation of dividends of democracy down to the grassroots.

“Our democratic journey can only become firmly rooted while we also experience a socio-economic boost if only critical attention is paid to the grassroots.”