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Kebbi monarch blames insecurity on homosexuality

Muhammadu Bashar, Emir of Gwandu, says homosexuality is one of the reasons for insecurity in the country.

Bashar, who is chairman, Kebbi council of chiefs, said this while addressing Muslim faithful after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital, on Sunday.

He said Nigerians have been ignoring God’s commands and adopting satanic behaviours as homosexuality, rape and lesbianism.

“The society today is bedevilled by cases of rape, homosexuality, lesbianism, kidnapping and rampant killings which resulted into the present insecurity Nigeria is faced with,” he said.

“I give glory to God for giving us the opportunity to witness another Sallah. The present ills in our society is also due to indiscipline and too much love for material wealth.”

He said the country would continue to be unstable until Nigerians stop committing sin against God.

The emir also charged the people to give to the needy, adding that those who were able to sacrifice animals during the Sallah should endeavour to share the meat with those who could not afford.

In 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan had passed a law banning homosexuality in Nigeria.

 

Eid-el-kabir: Reps minority caucus want Sowore released

The Minority caucus of the House of Representatives, has  called for the release of  political activist, Mr Omoyele Sowere, in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

In a goodwill message to Muslims on the celebration, the Minority Leader, Rep. Tony Elumelu, said although the challenges facing the country were enormous, they could be surmounted if government rallied all Nigerians to work together as one people.

Sowore, the 2019 Presidential Candidate of  African Action Congress (AAC), was arrested and detained for organising the ‘RevolutionNow’ protest to demand for major reforms in the country.

“The house minority caucus felicitates with Muslim faithful at Eid-el-Kabir, we call on our Muslim brothers and sisters to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to pray for  peace and wellbeing of our nation.

“There is need to reflect on and imbibe the exemplary legacies of Prophet Mohammed, especially his life of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

“In the same vein, we urge President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of Sowere, in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir and in deference to democracy,” Elumelu said.

He noted that Nigeria was facing enormous economic and security challenges and urged the Federal Government to direct attention, energy and state resources toward surmounting them.

Elumelu said the expectation was that the government would rally Nigerians across political, religious, and ethnic divide to work as one people to deal with the challenges.

He called on Muslims to pray for peace and security in the country and to imbibe qualities of peace, forgiveness and sharing as practised by Prophet Mohammed. (NAN)

Lekki strippers: We’ll make Tekno a scapegoat, says FG

The Federal Government has promised to bring sanity into the social lives of citizens and stop the debasement of humanity and the pride of Nigerian women by making scapegoats of some persons.

The government was reacting to the controversial music video by a popular musician, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno, with scenes of four semi-nude women dancing in a moving van on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos.

The artiste, in the four-minute video, was seen throwing money suspected to be dollars at the young women.

The government expressed disappointment that despite ongoing investigations into the anomaly, Tekno went ahead to release the offensive video.

In the official music video for the song, ‘Agege,’ which was released on Thursday, Tekno was seen in the moving van performing to the camera with the half-clad women dancing seductively.

A statement on Sunday by the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Segun Runsewe, said Tekno would be made a scapegoat “to teach others a serious lesson.”

According to him, the NCAC is committed to exposing proponents of such kind of offensive sights and videos in Nigeria, while security agencies will be briefed to place Tekno on their watch list, “because his conduct is a threat to national security.”

Runsewe said he got hundreds of telephone calls and SMS from Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora, who queried why such immorality would be allowed in the country.

He stated, “We commend the police for arresting Tekno for the shameful misconduct. The same person, who was granted bail on health grounds has gone ahead to release the controversial video. We are now warning him to desist from this shameful conduct, which is not part of our culture.

“No single person is bigger than Nigeria; whether he likes it or not, we are going to use him as a scapegoat to send strong signals that this government does not tolerate nonsense and immorality, but discipline, which is our moral principle.

“Since the offensive Tekno scam video came to the limelight, I have received hundreds of telephone calls and SMS from Nigerians at home and others in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and other parts of the world querying why such anomalies would be tolerated in Nigeria.

“Now that he has released the shameful video when investigation is still ongoing, we are going to inform security agencies to place him on their watch list, because his action is a threat to national security and a bad influence on Nigerian youths.

“We are committed to exposing proponents of this kind of offensive sights and videos. We warn that nudity is not part of our culture and should not be tolerated. The Federal Government will henceforth fish out clubs for nude dancers across the country for their promoters to face prosecution.”

Section 134 (a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, stipulated that an indecent act in a public place would make both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.

Section 136 also states that any person, who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public, commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to three years imprisonment.

Transporter refunds N2.2b overpaid into his account

Managing Director of Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Dr Maduka Onyishi has returned N2,219,500,000 paid into his account. The money was refunded in the presence of reporters and other stakeholders.

A cheque bearing the overpaid amount was received on behalf of First Bank by the Business Manager, Commercial Banking, Kokelu Ben and Branch Manager, Unity Bank, Enugu Branch, Mrs. Ifeoma Eleanya.

Explaining how he discovered the money in his First Bank account, Onyishi said he had requested $3 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), through Unity Bank, only to be paid $10 million, which is about N3,219,500,000, representing an excess of N2,219,500,000.

He said: “The amount they paid in was N3,219,500,000, but my money there is N1,000,000,000, so the balance is not mine. I said I cannot invest this money and be profiting from another person’s sweat, and I can’t also keep it. I can’t keep $7 million that doesn’t belong to me.

“I told my bank to pay money into my account that I want to take $3 million but they paid $10 million instead. I called them and informed them of the overpayment but they said the $10 million was mine.

“I told them they failed to give me a statement of my account even when I demanded for it severally. I discovered later that the amount was even more than what we are talking about because there was another person I asked the bank to pay who they paid extra.

“I made enquiries and they told me that I should wait until when it was time for banks to reconcile accounts to find where the error stemmed from. I waited for a month and no one called me. I told the devil that he is a deceiver and a liar. He knows that I need money now, that is why this thing is happening now.

“That’s why I invited First Bank and Unity Bank and reporters. I said let me give the money to First Bank, if they find out that the money is mine, they should return it. If it belongs to Unity Bank or CBN, give it to them. If it is your own, keep it. So, I am giving this money to you to keep on trust.”

He called on the management of CBN, Unity Bank and First Bank to look into the origin of the money and such leakages could come with dire consequences for any commercial institution.

Ben, in his remarks, said: “I don’t have any official thing to say but I must state that Dr Onyishi is a man of integrity. When we look into the situation, we will advise him on what happened and how to remedy this situation’’.

Manchester United take Chelsea to 1965 as Man City, Liverpool thrash opponents

Manchester United delivered a counter-attacking masterclass to demolish a new-look Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford Stadium with a blistering second-half performance.

This was United’s biggest Old Trafford win over Chelsea since 1965.

A brace from Marcus Rashford and further goals from Anthony Martial and newcomer, Daniel James proved decisive against a young Chelsea team coached by new manager and club legend, Frank Lampard.

Chelsea dominated the first quarter of the match, Tammy Abraham hitting the post with a fierce angled shot while De Gea saved from Mason Mount.

Man United would, however, score against the run of play in the 18th minute through Marcus Rashford.

The 21-year old was brought down in the box by Kurt Zouma after breaking loose in the box on the counter. The fleetfooted wing forward dispatched the spotkick to hand the Red Devils a 1-0 lead.

It was all Chelsea onward as the unlucky Blues dominated United’s midfield and kept creating chances. Emerson Palmieri hit the bar with a fierce shot at the back post, while Jorginho and Ross Barkley were both thwarted by De Gea who preserved the home side’s lead at the interval.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys would improve in the second half and on the hour, scored two goals in two minutes to seal the game 3-0 on the counter.

Andreas Pereira’s cross was converted by Anthony Martial from three yards, while Pogba’s exquisite ball over the top freed Rashford who finished with aplomb for his second goal of the game.

Man United would put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal from £15 million new signing, James. From another counter-attack, Martial freed Pogba behind Chelsea’s leaky defence, and the Frenchman laid it off for 19-year old James to finish off the move with a deflected strike.

In other games, the top two from last season, Manchester City and Liverpool both thrashed opponents, West Ham and Norwich City respectively.

At West Ham, Raheem Sterling bagged a hattrick as Pep Guardiola’s EPL Champions won 5-0 at the London Stadium.

In a game dominated by the VAR system newly introduced to the league this season, one of Sterling’s goals was chalked off for an arm on the wrong side of the offside line, while Sergio Aguero’s saved penalty was retaken- and he scored- due to VAR penalising a West Ham player for encroaching the area as Aguero dispatched the missed penalty.

Liverpool, second last season, could only score four in their own opener, with goals from Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino helping the UCL winners to a 4-1 win at Anfield Stadium.

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Wilfred Ndidi played all 90 minutes as his Leicester City team was held to a 0-0 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers at home.

His Nigeria teammate, Kelechi Iheanacho, was however rooted to the bench for 90 minutes.

It was a worse situation for Leon Balogun at Brighton and Hove Albion, the central defender was not in the 18-man team that thrashed 3-0 win at Watford.

Isaac Success was, however, a 75th-minute substitute in the game but the sturdy winger could not salvage the game for the Hornets who were picked apart by the Seagulls of Brighton.

At Everton, new £40 million signing, Alex Iwobi, was not listed for the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace following his last-minute deadline day move from Arsenal.

RESULTS
Liverpool 4-1 Norwich
Leicester 0-0 Wolves
Watford 0-3 Brighton
Burnley 3-0 Southampton
Everton 0-0 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United
West Ham 0-5 Man City
Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal
Man United 4-0 Chelsea

 

Robbers invade police barracks in Delta

Suspected armed robbers have dispossessed residents of the “B Police Barracks” along Benin-Onitsha expressway in Asaba, Delta state, of their belongings.

The SUN quoted some of the residents as saying the suspects have been taking advantage of the darkness at the barracks occasioned by lack of electricity supply to carry out the act.

The transformer serving the barracks was reportedly vandalised about two months ago.

“Since then, robbers have been coming here to dispossess us of our property. We have lost power generating sets, handsets laptops and personal effects to the dreaded thieves,” a female resident was quoted as saying.

“There is uncleared vegetation at the other side of the barrack, through which they gain access to the barrack. They have been tormenting us lately. They come through the bush, and because there is no power supply, everywhere is always dark, so we cannot see them coming in.”

Another resident reportedly said they contributed N3,000.00 each to fix the vandalised transformer but that, since one month ago that they took the step, nothing has changed.

“Our lives are under serious threat as a result of darkness which the hoodlums are taking advantage of. We are very worried at the moment. We have not heard anything since we contributed money to fix the vandalized transformer,” the person was quoted to have said.

The residents appealed to the state police command to investigate the matter and “save us from the hands of these tormentors”.

However, Adeyinka Adeleke, commissioner of police in the state, dismissed the issue of robbery but admitted that the barrack had been in darkness due to the vandalised transformer.

Report: Taraba ‘kidnap kingpin’ paid N1.5m ransom for an abducted soldier

Soldiers who opened fire on three policemen in Taraba state were ordered by a captain, New Telegraph quoted sources as saying.

The officer is believed to be part of those benefiting from the largesse of Hamisu Wadume, the suspected kidnap kingpin whom the police officers had gone to arrest.

A source was quoted as saying the wanted kidnap suspect, who has been generous to soldiers in Ibi, paid a ransom of N1.5 million when one of the soldiers was kidnapped few months ago.

While the police had accused the army of killing their men and freeing Wadume, the army said soldiers mistook the policemen, who were on a covert operation, for kidnappers.

Since the incident happened, the police and army have had exchanges, with police asking the army for the whereabouts of the kingpin who had already been arrested before the soldiers struck.

According to the army, the officers, who were members of the police’s intelligence response team (IRT), were shot over refusal to stop at checkpoints mounted by the soldiers.

But the newspaper quoted sources as saying the policemen had earlier encountered the soldiers at the three checkpoints, and they had introduced themselves, stating what they came for.

“They even chatted, joked and exchanged pleasantries,” one of the sources reportedly said.

“The arrest was made within 20 minutes and while they were returning, soldiers at the first and second checkpoints asked them if they were already through. The soldiers and operatives know one another, but the phone call from a top military personnel changed everything.”

The policemen, the newspaper said, were taken unawares, and they lost control of their vehicle which somersaulted under the torrents of gunshots.

The source said: “When the operatives got to Ibi town, they booked their arrival at the police station and proceeded with assistance from a policeman attached to them in the state headquarters, Jalingo, to trace and arrest Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, who is wanted because he is linked to several kidnappings in Taraba State, including a recent kidnapping in which N100 million was collected as ransom.

“After arresting Wadume, the operatives were heading to police headquarters at Jalingo, when gang members of Wadume, who are close to an army captain serving in Ibi town, called the army and told him that his friend had been kidnapped. Without any verification or inquiries, the army captain ordered his men along the highway to ambush the policemen.”

Sagir Musa, army spokesman, did not immediately respond to a message seeking his reaction over these allegations.

However, sources said the captain has been arrested.

Following President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, the defence headquarters has constituted a seven-man panel to probe the killings.

Gunmen break into female hostel in UI

Armed men broke into Abubakar Abdulsalam post-graduate hall of residence at the University of Ibadan in the early hours of Sunday.

A witness told TheCable that the incident occurred around 2am, disclosing that laptops, jewellery and other valuables were carted away by the attackers.

The witness said two male students who were not aware that the suspected robbers were operating in hall were attacked “and it was very bloody.”

He said the invaders were armed with guns, machete and axes.

“It happened around 2am. They went to the female block. We have blocks for female and two for male. They got in through a window,” he said.

“They couldn’t operate for long. When they called, we quickly raised alarm from the guys block. They tied some of the security men that we have. They beat some of them.

“They went from room to room to take their laptops and jewellery. Those people came in with guns, machete, axe. It is an unfortunate incident.”

Corroborating the story, a female student said the armed men who were six would have attacked her but for the intervention of university’s security team.

“They started robbing from the first floor and robbed like two rooms in the second floor. They were like six in number. What actually woke me up was the doors that they were banging. It was so loud,” she said.

“The security men said they were armed with guns but we saw cutlass. They tied one security man but the other was able to escape. He was the one that alerted UI security team.

“They stole phones, systems and an iPad. A guy who came out with his iPhone to check what was happening was robbed. When they left, the guy tracked the iPhone to Zik hall.

“When he was going to the hall, I guess they knew he was coming and he was stabbed. Another guy was also stabbed on his head also. We were so scared.”

The incident is coming weeks after gunmen invaded Obafemi Awolowo hall, also a female hostel in the university.

APC, Lawan urge Nigerians to be steadfast in nation building

Senate President Ahmad Lawan urged Nigerians to be steadfast in the process of nation-building, as they join the rest of the world to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

Lawan in his Sallah message enjoined Nigerians to always remember their shared heritage and destiny of national greatness and be guided by the Nigerian spirit of firm confidence as they tackle the contemporary challenges of nation-building He also congratulated Muslims from Nigeria who joined their brothers and sisters in participating in the rites of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Muslims, he stressed, should remember the purpose of the celebration, which is to commemorate the trials and triumph of Prophet Ibrahim.

“I urge all to take inspiration from the exemplary virtues demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity and obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority.”

The Senate president is currently in the Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage.

Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Nigerians to shun disruptive and divisive utterances and actions emanating from some unpatriotic quarters lately.

The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said that in the spirit of the Sallah celebration, Nigerians should learn to exhibit the pan Nigerian spirit anywhere they find themselves.

“As we celebrate the Sallah feast with family, friends and loved ones, Muslim faithful and indeed all Nigerians are implored to show love to neighbours and cater for the less privileged around us,” he said.

He added: “In our national life, Eid ul-Adha is a reminder for us to make our individual and collective sacrifices for the well-being, unity, peace and development of our dear country, Nigeria.

“We must therefore shun the disruptive and divisive utterances and actions emanating from some unpatriotic quarters lately.

“In our private capacity, official duties, wherever we find ourselves, we must all exhibit the pan-Nigerian spirit. We should embrace our country’s diversity and harness it for good. We must see every Nigerian as a brother. We should take advantage of his strength, help him with his weakness. That is the only way we can grow as a country.”

Ganduje bars district heads from Sanusi’s durbar

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has ordered some district heads in the state not to attend Kano Durbar.

A durbar is festival that holds during eid el Kabir and eid el Fitri celebrations. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the emir and his entourage on horses.

In a statement signed by Abba Anwar, chief press secretary to the governor, Ganduje asked them to celebrate the festivity in their respective emirates.

“Against some calls circulating in the social media, that all district heads were directed to attend Hawan Daushe at Kano emir’s palace, the Kano state government has directed all Hakimai to attend Hawan Daushe at their respective emirates.

“It is therefore directed that, district heads from Bichi emirate should attend their Hawan Daushe with the first-class emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, District Heads from Rano Emirate should attend Hawan Daushe with their first-class Emir Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo).

“All district heads from Karaye emirate should attend Hawan Daushe with their first-class Emir, Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II, all district heads from Gaya emirate should attend Hawan Daushe with their first-class emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir and those district heads from Kano emirate are also directed to attend Hawan Daushe with their first-class emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II.”

The governor had earlier had earlier attended prayers led by Sanusi at the Kofar Mata Central Eid ground in Kano metropolis.

Politicians, businessman and key personalities also attended the prayers meant to commemorate the Eid-El Kabir celebrations.

Ganduje and Sanusi fell out shortly after the 2019 elections. The monarch was said to have opposed the reelection bid of Ganduje who went after him when he secured a second term.

He had split the Kano emirate into five, leaving Sanusi with 10 of the 44 local government areas he had control over.

The monarch was also indicted by a panel which probed corruption allegations levelled against him. Sanusi had denied all the allegations.

Gunmen abduct College Provost in Benue

Gunmen have abducted the Provost College of Education, Katsina Ala, Tsavwua Gborigyo.

The provost was said to be travelling on Kwande – Vandeikya road when the gunmen waylaid his car and forcefully took him to an unknown location.

At press time the management of the college said his abductors were yet to open discussion with the family.

Katsina Ala is located in Benue north east senatorial zone and had been under armed bandits, who kill and rob with reckless abandon in the last three years.

Despite the heavy presence of men and officers of Operation Whir Stroke (Army troops) at road blocks in the yam town, criminal activities have been unabated.

Kidnapping, armed robbers and killings have become daily occurrences in Katsina Ala town thus making most Igbo traders relocate to other safe areas for business.

Police spokesperson Kate Anene confirmed the report and said investigations had commenced into the incident.

Why I don’t take Holy Communion in other churches – Adeboye

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has declared it is an aberration to take Holy Communion during the day, which explains why he doesn’t take Holy Communion in other churches.

Adeboye spoke at the Holy Communion service at the just- concluded 67th convention of the church at the new auditorium at the Redemption Camp. 1, 850 pastors were ordained and 109 children born- 56 boys and 53 girls at the convention, which ended with so much excitement.

Adeboye, who preached on the importance of the Holy Communion in line with the theme of the convention which is And God Said, noted it is an aberration for any church to take the Holy Communion in the day.

He pointed out that it is the Lord’s Supper which by implication should be taken at night adding “the first time the Passover was taken in the Bible, it was taken in the night on the eve of the Israelites freedom from Egypt. Jesus also took it in the night with his disciples.”

He said that whenever he is invited to some churches and they are serving Holy Communion in the day, he would decline taking simply stating: “I am fasting”.

Adeboye posited that taking of the Holy Communion at night is symbolic. “Tears may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. The night period is symbolic. It means the end of sorrow.

“It means the end of suffering. It means the end of stagnation. The supper is taken in the night and not in the day.”

He explained further the Holy Communion is a serious matter and should not be taken unworthily.

“Many are eating it unworthily that is why they are experiencing so many things they should not experience.

“You can’t come to the Lord’s Table and bear grudges and harbor hatred in your heart against your brother or sister. You will be doing yourself a great harm,” he said.

In his sermon to the newly ordained Pastor of the church, the Assistant General Overseer of the church in charge of Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola challenged them never to despair as they go about in task of evangelising the world for Christ.

He said that preaching the gospel message is task that must be carried out as Christians await the second coming of the Lord.