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Insecurity: Obasanjo hosts Fulani leaders in Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo hosted leaders of the Gan-Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), an umbrella group for Fulani organisations, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Saturday.

Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere, Dayo Adewole, son of former minister of health who was recently kidnapped in Oyo state, were among those in attendance.

Sale Bayari, GAFDAN national chairman, led delegates of the association, drawn from south-west states, Kogi and Kwara states to the meeting.

Obasanjo said Adewole’s son was invited to the meeting to narrate his ordeal, adding that the essence of the meeting was to proffer a solution to the killings and kidnappings across the country.

“We are all in darkness, all of us, we are in the darkness. We need to be in the light. I want to learn from you; I hope you will learn from me too. And at the end of the meeting, we will be able to proffer solutions to the happenings in the region,” Obasanjo said.

Journalists were later asked to leave the venue of the meeting but a communique was issued hours later.

The communique said the ex-president conveyed the meeting as part of his efforts to understand and facilitate the mitigation of the insecurity and criminality that is pervading south-west states and Nigeria.

It said all the participants agreed that there was need to find a solution to the rising insecurity in the land.

“It is critical for us as a people to start talking to each other with a view to find the practical solutions to deal with the challenges. One of the problems worrying the society is the problem of cover-ups and denials by both community and public institutional leadership that ought to expose these problems and deal with them,” the communique read.

“Stigmatization and victimization of a group of people, in this case the Fulani is of grave concern. The Fulani have both good and bad people. The action of bad Fulani should not be taken against all the Fulani.

“Fulani are also victims of kidnapping, banditry, cattle rustling and loss of property etc. There are other tribes who feel so in Yorubaland, and there are Yoruba who feel so in other geo-political regions of Nigeria. So the idea of moving tribal groups en masse from one geo political region to another is inpracticable and should not be talked about by leaders. g. We have to work as one community through our various efforts and responsibilities to protect and safeguard the interest of the community.”

Edo Assembly crisis is shameful, needless scandalum magnatum — Obahiagbon

The Senate has joined the House of Representatives to give the Edo State governor an ultimatum to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the state’s House of Assembly. You should be worried that all these are happening in your state. Why do you think these are happening? 

To say one is worried is to put it mildly. The circumambient ambience that has necessitated the threatened taking over of the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly by the National Assembly is not only maniacally bewildering, it’s also opprobriously embarrassing. There was certainly no need to have resorted to politics of Machiavellianism, philistinism and apacheism in a glaringly unconstitutional inauguration of a microscopic minority and thus estranging the majority members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly from the process and expect it won’t provoke a situation of political and sociological topsy-turvydom. The proclamation letter and all events thereafter fell short of both legal and conventional requirements. The operative sections of the constitution I respectfully submit are both Sections 91 and 96, and what exists just now against the backdrop of a community reading of those constitutional provisions is an illegal contraption. Section 91 of the constitution is to the effect that a House of Assembly should be composed of not less than 24 members and not more than 40 members whilst section 96 of the constitution is very diaphanous as to the fact that a quorum can only be located within the context of one third of all members of the House of Assembly. So you can see that the so called inauguration of June 17th within the context of the hereinbefore recited provisions of the constitution only succeeded in constituting at best an alawada parliament in Edo State and certainly not a validly inaugurated parliament.

Where do you think the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is in all these? You are his person, where is your sympathy too?

I have been really shocked when I hear and read all manner of commentators reducing the House of Assembly roforofo in Edo State to a so-called surrogate battle between the APC National Chairman and Mr. Governor. That view is not only jaundiced and politically astigmatic but it’s also a reductio ad absurdum and patently ad hominem. The national chairman of APC is only concerned with the integrity of the process both in Edo and Bauchi states and can’t be bothered who the process throws up as Mr. Speaker. He could not give a damn from day one who became the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly until Hon. Victor Edoror was foisted upon him willy-nilly by a deprecable concatenation of events that still gives me mental pabulum and heebie-jeebies.

Do you think traditional rulers should be involved in getting a solution to this crisis?

I have nothing against that if it is the open sesame out of the self-inflicted political phantasmagoria but let me quickly mention that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is at peace with everybody and still perceive of everyone as members of his political family, the needless provocations notwithstanding.

In the event that the National Assembly carries out its threat to take over the Edo Assembly, what do you think will be the reaction of the people of Edo State to such a step?

With the exception of members of the political class whose views are blinkered by the sheer weight of their political piazza, a vast majority of Edo State citizens are fully aware that the June 17th fiasco was a macabre dance which took place at an ungodly, nocturnal and un-parliamentary hour (at least the Commissioner of Police corroborates this position in his testimony before the Senate investigative committee) where some members-elect dressed like they were in a disco hall disc jockeying, and this vast majority of Edo State citizens are therefore overwhelmingly desirous of a complete reversal of the June 17th putrescence. It is my sincere desire however that the Edo State government does the needful as requested of it by the National Assembly and stave off the taking over of the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly by the National Assembly for that will attract us a national obloquy.

 

Is it not a shame that this crisis is happening in a state where all the 24 members belong to one party?

It is not only a shame but also a depreciable scandalum magnatum at that. It’s very funereal and chilling that we have been deprived of the ecstasy flowing from our legislative suzerainty by needless political brinksmanship and impetuous excrescences.

What do you think is the way out of this crisis?

The way out of the crisis is a return to the path of constitutionality and legality by issuing a fresh proclamation. Let’s forget about splitting legal hairs for we all knew the naked and unadorned facts of what truly happened on that day in question. This should be a time for sober reflection and a call to fore the camaraderie of our political brotherhoodness. It is a time for those in Osadebe Avenue (government house) to recall with fond memories the love Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has extended to all of them. It’s time for my senior brother, Mr. Governor to recall that himself and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole once enjoyed a chummy relationship which was the envy of some of his new friends now and that these new friends didn’t give him a chance but for the unalloyed and intrepid support of the Comrade National chairman of APC. It’s time we all go back to our national leader and shame political opportunists and contractors. Is it too late? I don’t think it is.

Nigerian Tribune

Blackout in Port Harcourt as TCN disconnects DisCo

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disconnected two 33kV feeders belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) from the national grid.

In a statement on Friday, John Oyi, PHED’s corporate communications manager, said this has thrown some sections of Port Harcourt, Rivers state into darkness.

He said the areas affected by the blackout are: state secretariat, government house, UTC area, BMH, Amadi flats, Moscow road, forces avenue and the entire Port Harcourt township.

On Monday, the TCN had suspended the electricity distribution company (DisCo) due to a financial infraction and directed the transmission service provider (TSP) to disconnect the feeders.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria has disconnected two critical feeders belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company in the early hours of Friday, August 2, 2019,” Oyi said.

“The feeders are Borikiri and Secretariat 33kV lines with 8 No. outgoing 11kv feeders.

“A letter on non-compliance and financial penalty from the TCN was received by PHED on July 3, 2019, wherein the TCN alleged that PHED had breached the market rules.

“PHED also appeared before the TCN committee to make its positions known.

“Regardless of the above, PHED has already made payment of her outstanding debt to TCN, despite huge outstanding debt by electricity users, a situation that has put PHED in a financial quagmire.

“PHED’s customers in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states are owing N161.7bn as at close of business in June 2019. Based on the above, social and economic activities, including those on essential services such as the hospitals, security agencies, banks, Ministries Department and Agencies, Government House and ordinary man on the street have been paralysed.”

The DisCo said it is making efforts to bring the situation under control.

Police declare planned #RevolutionNow protests treason

The Nigeria police force has described the ‘Revolution Now’ movement as an act of treason and terrorism.

In a statement on Saturday, Frank Mba (pictured), police spokesman, said the movement is a “revolution march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

He warned citizens to desist from joining the planned protest, adding that its sole aim is to “force a regime change in the country”.

“The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land,” Mba said in the statement.

“While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the Force wishes to note that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of ‘revolution’.

“Needless to state that Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, exercised periodically during various cycle of elections.

“The Force therefore warns the organizers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathizers of the group ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’ to, in their own interest, steer clear of any such planned protest, demonstration, acts of incitement and proposed ‘revolution’, as the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any individual or group engaged or found participating in the above planned criminal act.”

According to organisers, the ‘Revolution Now’ movement aims to protest “bad governance” in Nigeria.

The movement, spearheaded by a number of activists in the country, has scheduled a nationwide protest from Monday.

One of its leaders. Omoyele Sowore who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the just concluded elections, was arrested in the early hours of Saturday

UNILAG warns of admissions scam

The University of Lagos (Unilag) has advised members of the public to be cautious about matters concerning placements into the university to avoid falling prey to admission fraudsters.

The advice is contained in the newsletter of the institution obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on Friday in Lagos.

According to the university, registration of candidates for screening for placements in various undergraduate programmes in the institution for the 2019/2020 academic session has been scheduled for between Aug. 1 and Aug. 21.

To this effect, the university said it had yet to offer any admission to any candidate.

“It has come to the notice of the university authorities that some unsuspecting members of the public seeking placements into the institution are being defrauded and issued fake admission letters by a fraudulent group of persons.

“The group claims to work in the purported Office of the Registrar, (Academics). This is a scam, as there is no office with such nomenclature in the University of Lagos.

“Those letters did not emanate from the University of Lagos, as it is only the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board that is saddled with the responsibility of issuing admission letters for undergraduate programmes.

“Members of the public are, therefore, advised to follow due process, be cautious and vigilant, to avoid falling prey to admission fraudsters,” Unilag said.

It added that the institution’s website, www.unilagedu.ng and its other official social media platforms were the only authentic online sources of information on its admission.

“Undergraduate admission letters are not issued online by the university on these platforms.

“In addition, the institution’s admission personnel do not meet with prospective students at locations different from the admissions office situated on the second floor of the Senate House of university,” it added.

BREAKING: Police rescue four other kidnapped RCCG pastors

 

The Ogun State Police Command said it has rescued four other victims abducted on Thursday around J3 forest on Ogbere road, in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.

One of the victims, Mrs. Ibelegbo Chidimma was rescued earlier on Saturday

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed the rescue effort in a terse statement.

He said, “The remaining four victims have been rescued unhurt by men of Ogun State police command.”

Thenewsmatrics had reported that Oyeyemi had earlier  listed the names of the five people abducted as: Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, and Ibeleji Chidinma.

The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Friday morning disclosed that five ministers of the church on their way to the Ministers’ Conference were kidnapped on Thursday night.

Zenith upgrades mobile banking app

Zenith Bank Plc. has upgraded its mobile banking application to ensure its services are more aptly suited for the lifestyle needs of its customers.

The upgraded mobile app has an improved user interface and more offerings such as QR payments, biometric sign-on for android users, and a help menu for prompt challenge resolution to guarantee a more rewarding bank experience.

Speaking on the launch of the new Mobile App, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said the new features were designed to ensure a truly amazing experience that will further create value for its teeming customers.

To download the Zenith mobile app, customers need to uninstall the former application to be able to install the new one. The Zenith mobile app is available for free download on the android and IOS app stores by following this link https://ww.zenithbank.com/smartlink.

Zenith Bank Plc is recognised as one of the most innovative financial institutions in Nigeria and was adjudged as the most customer- focused bank in Nigeria for the Retail and SME segments in the 2018 KPMG Annual Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey (BICSS).

BREAKING: Police rescue one out of five abducted RCCG pastors

The Ogun State Police Command in the early hours of Saturday, said it has rescued

Deaconess Ibelegbo Chidinma, one of the five victims kidnapped at J3 Area in Ogbere,Ogun State, on Thursday.

The Command in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the victim who was rescued unhurt, is with the Police at the Command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.

Abimbola assured that the remaining four abductees would be rescued from the kidnappers den safe and sound, based on the ongoing effort of men of the Command.

On Friday,  five people said to be pastors of RCCG were kidnapped while travelling in a commercial vehicle from the Eastern part of Nigeria to Lagos.

Hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers stopped their vehicle and took them into a thick forest.

The Ogun Police Command said it had located area where the kidnappers were with the help of an helicopter on the directive of the IGP to comb the area.

While the PPRO assured that the victims would be rescued through technical operation that would not jeopardized the lives of the victims.

The statement said, “The Ogun State Police Command has rescued Mrs Ibelegbo Chidinma the only woman amongst those abducted on Thursday unhurt.

“The woman who is a Deaconess of The Redeemed Christian Church of God regained her freedom in the early hour of today 3rd of August 2019, and she is currently at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta where arrangement is being made to take her to the Redemption Camp.

“Efforts is on top gear to rescue the remaining victims as the kidnappers who kept them in separate locations were changing their locations from time to time within the forest.”

DSS arrests Sowore over planned protests

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 elections.

He was said to have been picked up in the early hours of Saturday and taken to the Lagos head office of the secret police on CMD Road, Magodo, Ikosi, Ketu.

At 1:25am, the activist tweeted: “DSS invades Sowore’s.”

Omoyele Sowore@YeleSowore

DSS invades Sowore’s

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SaharaReporters, Sowore’s online outfit, said his phone was forcefully seized before the arrest.

“An eyewitness confirming that his phone was forcefully taken from him,” SaharaReporters said in a report.

“He also tweeted ‘Ja p’, confirming his phone must have been seized while trying to raise the alarm about his arrest.”

The medium said the arrest and detention of Sowore are not unconnected to “#RevolutionNow, a series of planned protests against bad governance in Nigeria” scheduled for Monday.

Sowore has been actively involved in the plans for a nationwide protest.

Hours to his arrest, he had tweeted: “All that is needed for a #Revolution is for the oppressed to choose a date they desire for liberty, not subjected to the approval of the oppressor.”

Omoyele Sowore@YeleSowore

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The DSS is yet to make any comment on Sowore’s arrest.

Meanwhile,  Sowore’s driver has narrated how operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the activist.

In a social media post, the driver, who refused to disclose his identity, said Sowore was picked up in a “gestapo manner”.

“At around past 1am, the armed men knocked on the door. I noticed immediately that these knocks were strange. And didn’t open. I looked and I saw men armed to the teeth,” he wrote.

“They started forcing their way in like armed robbers. But I knew they were DSS men, knowing fully well the attention RevolutionNow has garnered. Sowore wanted to open at first but I immediately told him who they are. He retreated and like magic, he was not in the room when they forced their way in- 8 of them.

“That was when he managed to tweet. By this time, I had been beaten and handcuffed. Phones were snatched from me. An order to block all exits came from the leader when Sowore was not found inside. He was later arrested at the gym in a gestapo manner and dragged after a bit altercation.”

Narrating how he rushed to pick Sowore’s car when the cuffs were off his hands, the driver said the security operatives later threatened to shoot him for trying to prevent Sowore’s arrest.

“I quickly seized that opportunity to drive his car (I drive him) to block their SIENNA and Hilux they came in. They hit the Lexus Jeep like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves,” he wrote.

I followed them immediately till we got to CMD road around Ketu when one of them came down from the Sienna car and corked his gun, threatening to shoot me. I had to escape at that point.”

Sowore, a presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), had tweeted hours to his arrest that; “All that is needed for a #Revolution is for the oppressed to choose a date they desire for liberty, not subjected to the approval of the oppressor.”

Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, did not immediately respond to message seeking updates on the arrest.

RCCG pastors’ abduction: Police release names of victims

The identities of five people suspected to be pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen at Ogere, Benin-Ijebu-ode-Sagamu have been released.

The spokesperson of the ogun state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who spoke to the press confirmed the abduction.

The Cable reported that Oyeyemi listed the names of the five people abducted as: Chidioze Eluwa, Chiemela Iroha, Okoro Ohowukwe, Ndubuizi Owuabueze, and Ibeleji Chidinma.

The general overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Friday morning disclosed that five ministers of the church on their way to the Ministers’ Conference were kidnapped on Thursday night.

Adeboye, who said this while speaking at the church Ministers’ Conference holding at the Redemption Camp in Ogun, appealed to the congregation to pray for the release of the captives.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, deployed detectives from the Force Headquarters to hunt for the killers of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, a Catholic priest in Enugu state.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba in a statement on Friday, August 2, in Abuja said the IGP had ordered massive manhunt for the killers of the priest.

The priest, who was shot dead on Aug. 1 by unknown gunmen, was in charge of St. James the Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka, Enugu state.

UBAmarketplace2019 puts Abuja on lockdown, Whizkid named ambassador

 

Some 20,000 guests who attended the UBAmarketplace 2019 were left in awe and full of commendation for United Bank for Africa and REDTV as they revelled in a great line up of activities during the two-day event which was held on the July 26th and 27th at the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja.

The UBAmarketplace event, which took place on the sidelines of the 2019 edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum – the largest gathering of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa, provided the attendees and participants with a huge platform to get everything in one place, UBA said in a statement.

Guests and participants were able to network, while being engaged with a series of entertainment, panel sessions, fashion, fun, comedy, relaxation and shopping.

At the event, they also had the unique opportunity to meet with some of their favourite stars and celebrities.

The major highlight at the marketplace was the unveiling of Africa’s international Afropop artist, Ayo Ibrahim Balogun aka Wizkid as the new brand ambassador for UBA.

Just before the big announcement, Uzoka and Wizkid had sat in a fireside chat themed “Suits and Stars, Afropop meets High Finance” where they discussed issues regarding finance and the creative industry in Africa.

The UBA GMD explained that as a major driver of employment for the youth, the critical role of Small and Medium Scale businesses in the development of any economy cannot be overemphasized.

Uzoka said, “UBA is a bank that is interested in the growth of SMEs as well as youth empowerment and we have done many things in the past in this regard. We have partnered with the Tony Elumelu Foundation to support the youths across Africa who we know are the future of our continent’s economic renaissance.”

Continuing, Uzoka said, “And so today, we are unveiling Wizkid as our brand ambassador to show our unrelenting support for SMEs and to further create a platform for them to thrive. This is a strong collaboration that will help us as an institution to propel our dream of making Africa a truly self-sufficient economy,” Uzoka noted.

In his response, Wizkid, who sought for increased support of financial institutions for the African entertainment industry, expressed his profound excitement with the partnership, adding that the UBA brand shares his passion to make every child and youth in Africa have the opportunity to thrive.

He said, “It is my passion and my biggest dream to help the youth and to build schools around Africa, and this partnership, I believe, is a step towards that direction; UBA and Wizkid, now let’s change the world.”

In a separate panel, Richard Mofe Damijo, the top Nollywood icon, Movie producer/director, Tunde Kelani , Cynthia Nassardine, a top actress from Cote D’ivoire, Ayoola Ayolola sat with the CEO UBA Africa, Mr. Victor Osadolor in a movie panel session to discuss the theme ‘The Big Picture: Business of film making’.

The movie session wch was moderated by Bola Atta, UBA’s Group Head, Corporate Communication and Executive producer for the Bank’s REDTV, deliberated on how entrepreneurs from the creative and film making industry in Africa can benefit from the opportunities in the world of finance. Music was not left out as Dj Cuppy, Dj Neptune, Pheelz the Producer and UBA’s Chief Credit Officer, Franklin Erebor discussed on the theme ‘Booth to Bank: How the beat becomes the profit’.

Uzoka speaking at the market place opined that with the series of events, UBA has touched base with small business owners and will continue to positively affect the lives of entrepreneurs doing business in its countries of operations and beyond’. “I think everyone realises the fact that we need to prioritise the private sector. We need to encourage entrepreneurship and the African youths. This is the driving factor and the major reason why we are organising an event of this magnitude’ he said.

Other side attractions at the Redzone was the screening of the Lion King Movie and Bling Lagosians by REDTV; fashion shows by up and coming African designers; treasure hunts, as well as a Founder’s Day pitch event, where beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation were presented a platform to pitch their businesses, with a grand prize of a grant courtesy of UBA.