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Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman technically knocked America’s Colby Covington out to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight 245 title.

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ “TKO-ed” the ‘American Chaos’ at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday morning.

He knocked Covington out in 4 minutes 10 seconds of the fifth round to defend his title.

Usman, who defeated Woodley in March at the UFC 235 to become the UFC welterweight champion, got his 15th-fight win streak against Covington.

He has now won 11 UFC appearances.

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CAN knocks CJN for advocating Shari’a…says he’s a reckless jurist Sun, 15 Dec 2019 12:33:56 +0000 The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says the call for an amendment of the constitution to accommodate certain ‘peculiarities of Shari’a’ by Ibrahim Muhammad, chief justice of Nigeria(CJN), is reckless and insensitive.

In his speech at the 20th annual judges conference in Kano last Wednesday, Muhammad also asked that the language of instruction in Shari’a law at universities should be Arabic and not English.

The CJN was represented by Muhammad Danjuma, the Grand Khadi of Niger state, at the event.

In a statement on Saturday, Samuel Kwamkur, national director of legal and public affairs, CAN, described the CJN’s statement as “the most reprehensible, reckless and insensitive statement (ever) made by a public officer, a jurist and the head of Nigeria’s judiciary”.

“CAN observes that the CJN has neither denied any of the reports attributed to him nor has he clarified it. No person or association has come out with a contrary opinion. We, therefore, regard it as a settled fact: the CJN did indeed say it. And much more, he meant it,” he said.

“He called for amendment to alter Nigeria’s current constitutional status to be religiously inclined – inclined towards one religion – Islam. Clearly, this looks like the path to making Islam a state religion.”

“Related cases are the heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force who chose to cite specialised universities in their home areas using public funds. Perhaps, the CJN is reinforcing the same mentality, this time using religious self-indulgence.

“But then, we may pause and ask ourselves the following questions: are these actions by the military chiefs and the pronouncement of the CJN deliberately synchronised to promote regionalism and religious bias?

“Are we seeing the implementation of part of a much bigger plan to turn the country into one behemoth of a region and also one grand religion?”

“Is Nigeria about to witness the sure move toward becoming an Islamic state and the possibility of the country being forcibly transformed into a Shari’a state?

“Could all these be part of the motivation for calling for laws that could stifle any national debate or crush opinions that are branded as hate speech and for the regulation of the social media?

“Was the CJN already speaking on behalf of those who are conspiring to allow Islam to dominate and subjugate other faith? Was this agenda the reason Justice Walter Onnoghen was crudely and hastily removed and Justice Tanko hastily sworn in as the CJN?”

“If the less educated, those who are not enlightened, the mischievous and the politically extreme can tinker with such permutations, certainly not a man of the learning, age, experience, exposure and publicly centered personality as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“Does his position speak positively of a man who can still be trusted to hold the judiciary together as belonging to one nation with one people of various opinions, religious convictions and political persuasions?”

The 1999 constitution prohibits the adoption of any religion by the state or the federal government as state religion though it makes provision for the creation of Shari’a courts — its application is limited to personal law.

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How Borno governor aborted plot by Fayemi, El-Rufai to sack Oshiomhole Sun, 15 Dec 2019 12:30:28 +0000  

It was supposed to be a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, but some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors had other plans – the removal of National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.

It took the swift intervention of Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum to kill the plot hatched by Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

Zulum was said to have spilled the beans when he saw that the quartet wanted to use the other governors to get the President’s backing for Oshiomhole’s removal, The Nation learnt on Sunday.

Sources said he told the President that El-Rufai, Fayemi, Bagudu and Badaru, among others, want to hijack the party leadership because they want one of them to be president in 2023. The quartet see Oshiomhole as an obstacle to the project.

”It is all about 2023. They want a pliant person as chairman, someone they can manipulate. That is why they want Oshiomhole out”, he told a stunned President Buhari, adding: ”They want to hijack the APC for selfish reason”. The President agreed to the meeting after being told by the El-Rufai group that the governors wanted to see him on an issue of national importance.

The four governors told their colleagues that the President wanted to see them penultimate Thursday. They informed them about the meeting late on Wednesday, ostensibly to make it difficult for them to attend. Apparently wary of the quartet’s motive, the pro-Oshiomhole governors shelved other state matters and travelled to Abuja.

At the meeting, the President sought to know the governors’ mission.

El-Rufai responded that the governors have resolved that Oshiomhole should go because he is not running the party well. He said they came to inform the President about their plan.

Zulum and other pro-Oshiomhole governors were stunned by the disclosure. Other pro-Oshiomhole governors at the meeting were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Gboyega Oyetola (Osun). Zulum countered: ”Who are the APC governors with you? Where and when did we meet to agree that the national chairman should resign?” he asked El-Rufai.

He told the President that the governors were told he wanted to compare notes with them. Zulum said they were shocked to hear that El-Rufai and those with him asked for the meeting.

A source privy to the meeting and how it went said Zulum told the President to be wary of the four governors.

He told the President that El-Rufai and his collaborators had sinister motive. Zulum revealed that Bagudu once pleaded with him to support former Zamfara State Governor Abdulazeez Yari in his (Yari) bid to replace Oshiomhole. He challenged Bagudu to deny it.

Oyetola told the President that what El-Rufai said was a figment of his imagination. ”No APC governors meeting took place where it was resolved that Oshiomhole should be replaced”, he said.

The source also quoted Zulum as saying: “Mr. President, you see all these governors seeking the removal of Oshiomhole are doing so because they are aspiring to be President in 2023. This is why they are calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Must we destroy the party because of presidential ambition? I think we should be careful.

“I believe our National Chairman is a fair and equitable leader. I have never met him, yet he allowed due process in the party which made me to emerge as the governorship candidate of the APC in Borno State. He knew me during the presidential campaign in our state. He has never asked me for a favour.”

It was gathered that Zulum enjoyed the backing of Oyetola, Abiodun and Sanwo-Olu.

“The anti-Oshiomhole governors were glued to their seats as the President left”, the source added.

It was learnt that Zulum received “follow up telephone calls from some of the anti- Oshiomhole governors.

He reportedly told one of them: “I know what I am doing, I am not running anybody’s errand. I am not only a PhD holder, I am a Professor. Having attained professorial level, I am knowledgeable enough to know the right thing.”

But the anti-Oshiomhole governors are not relenting in their mission.

They have been strategising on how to woo about 120 members of the the APC National Executive Committee (NEC).

They are either looking at ex-Governor Yari or a former aspirant for APC chair, Mr. Sam Jaja.

A party source said: “I think they are peddling Yari, the choice might be Jaja eventually. They know Yari loves ego boosting and he has a lot to spend. If Yari is their ultimate choice, they will meet their match in President Buhari, who believes the ex-Zamfara governor must account for his tenure in the state. Buhari has refused to stop the investigation of Yari despite the entreaties of some of these anti-Oshiomhole governors.

“It also does not add up for the President to come from the North-West and the party chairman from the same zone. Yari is just a smokescreen.

“If they are able to convince Jaja to replace Oshiomhole, they must be running the errand of a third force.

“Some of these governors, their allies and foot soldiers are so petty to the extent that they are deploying huge cash to remove Oshiomhole. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is having a running battle with Oshiomhole, is said to be one of those funding the project. They have offered some NEC members as much as N500,000, and even infiltrated the National Working Committee ( NWC) of the APC by dangling N10million to N20million to the members. Those offered the huge cash were from both North-Central and South-West.

“A member of the NEC said he was offered N100,000 but he will collect the balance after the removal of Oshiomhole.”

It was learnt that the aggrieved governors have shifted base to the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ovie Omo-Agege, who is a staunch backer of Oshiomhole.

They are throwing the presidential ticket to him as a bait, if the 2023 presidency is zoned to the South-South.

“Omo-Agege is wiser, he is presently a Deputy President of the Senate and the South-South leader of APC. His future will take care of itself”, a source said.

As at press time, Oshiomhole’s camp has started fighting back with about 90 NEC members ready to ”sink or swim” with him.

A member of the NWC said: “It is not only the governors that make up the NEC. Out of about 120 members, we have 36 from the National Assembly, state chairmen of APC and non-NWC members among others.

“And some governors have started backing out of the plot having realised that the proposed removal of Oshiomhole has to do with the presidential aspiration of some of their colleagues.”

While El-Rufai, Badaru and Bagudu are said to be banking on power likely being retained in the North, Fayemi is said to be either eyeing a joint ticket with El-Rufai or a presidential slot, if power shifts to the South in 2023.

Fayemi and El-Rufai are close to Oshiomhole, but because of their ambition, they are determined to sacrifice him, an APC insider said. They visit Oshiomhole regularly and pretend that they are with, the source added.

El-Rufai was said to have sold a dummy to his colleagues that he is ”the only one who can read the body language of the President”.

He was said to have told them ”the body language of the President is that Oshiomhole must go”

The confidence exuded by el-Rufai was said to have informed the deployment of huge cash, ranging from N500,000 to N10million, as bribes to the APC NEC members.

Despite the huge war chest, about 90 NEC members have signed up to ”sink or swim” with Oshiomhole.

Findings revealed that at the prompting of El-Rufai, the anti-Oshiomhole governors had tried four times in the past two months to get him out to no avail.

They made the attempts at the November 21 National Caucus session; the November 22 NEC meeting; the emergency session of the Progressives Governors Forum in Abuja; and the December 5 session with the President.

APC stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha were said to have saved the party from sinking into a deeper crisis at the APC Caucus meeting on November 21.

It was learnt that when Tinubu moved a motion to raise a National Reconciliation Committee, Oshiomhole unwittingly called for a counter-motion.

But with Badaru raising about 22 defects in the party’s Audit Report, those who wanted the party intact (like Boss Mustapha) quickly waded in.

It was the same SGF who rescued the party at the November 22 NEC meeting when he doused tension by telling members that the President had a tight schedule, which led to the abrupt adjournment of the session.

Buhari, who had been fully briefed about the governors’ plot, was said to have given nothing away with his inscrutable countenance.

Although Buhari had asked the aggrieved governors to “follow due process and adhere to the constitution of APC in effecting any change”, the intelligence at his disposal about their plot was rated as “disturbing” before the NEC meeting.

His address at the NEC meeting, according to a source, was a “subtle warning” to the ”coup plotters.”

Unknown to the El-Rufai group, intelligence had picked up his audience with the APC chairman some hours before the NEC session.

The source said: “Pretending to have met Oshiomhole as a long-standing friend, El-Rufai asked the APC chairman to resign to avoid being disgraced at the NEC meeting.

“Oshiomhole, however, snapped by asking him the basis for his resignation having led the party to secure a comfortable majority in the National Assembly and put in place good leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives to assist the President to achieve his agenda. He also said the party has won more states in recent elections.

“The National Chairman of APC put El-Rufai to task in a manner that made him look ordinary. Oshiomhole was emphatic in telling El-Rufai that he will not resign.”

“He (Oshiomhole) said: ‘There is nothing to this office, I am a leader who knows when to quit if I have committed infractions. I know the standard all over the world, I am not an exception’. This is what he told El-Rufai.”

Investigation revealed that Oshiomhole had to take on El-Rufai because he had reposed “much trust” in the Kaduna State governor only to hear that he is one of those plotting against him.

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Egbe Amofin picks Adesina as South West candidate for 2020 NBA election Sun, 15 Dec 2019 11:54:00 +0000 Lawyers in South West Nigeria under the aegis of Egbe Amofin on Saturday picked Mr Dele Adesina SAN out of five contestants as its official candidate for the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in 2020.

Already, the race of who will succeed the Paul Usoro SAN administration began immediately after the Association’s Annual General Conference which came up last August. Usoro and his administration is expected to leave office at the next annual conference in August 2020

NBA presidency follows the principles of zoning between the North, West, and East. Edo and Delta States are regarded as part of the West while the South South States of Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Cross Rivers are regarded as part of the Eastern Zone.

In the Zoning formula of the Association, the next president is expected to come from the West. Already many candidates have signified their intention to run. This includes Abuja based lawyer, Chief Muyiwa Akinboro SAN, Mr Awoniyi Alabi based in Osogbo, Lagos based Dr Tunde Ajibade, Olumide Akpata,and Adesina Ogunlana.

However, the Egbe Amofin leadership, fearing the disgraceful loss of it suffered in 2014 has decided to be firm and present, and endorse only one candidate for the presidency of the Association. Three members of the Egbe namely Dele Adeshina SAN, Funke Adekoya SAN, and Niyi Akintola SAN contested for the position in that year. Because they could not agree amongst themselves, the three lost to Mr Augustine Alegeh SAN from Edo State. The Egbe Amofin regarded the loss as not only shameful but avoidable.

In order to prevent a re occurrence, the Egbe met in August 27, 2019 in Lagos and decided to re invigorate and strengthen the union for the common good of South West lawyers. It was also decided that the Egbe will present only one candidate for the presidency in 2020. Present at the meeting were leaders like Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, Mrs Priscilla Kuye, Chief Tunde Ajomole former Chairman, Body of Benchers, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo SAN, Chief Felix Fagboungbe SAN, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe SAN, Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN Attorney General of Lagos State all chairmen and secretaries of the 26 branches of the association in the South West.

The meeting which was chaired by Mrs Kuye, a past president of the association resolved to unite in the interest of all South West lawyers, strengthen the association, and present only one candidate for NBA 2020 presidential elections. The meeting was adjourned thereafter and a new date of October 26, 2019 was slated for another meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State.

At the well attended meeting, a committee was set up to look at all candidates vying for the position and recommend one candidate that the Egbe will support and endorse for the election. The committee was chaired by Chief Akintola and comprised all NBA branch chairmen in the South West. Akintola was himself a contestant in 2014. The meeting then adjourned till December 14, 2019 for the report of the Akintola committee.

Delivering the report of his committee on Saturday at the Afe Babalola Bar Centre, Ibadan, Akintola said that it set up certain yardsticks a candidate must possess to qualify. The yardsticks include that such a candidate must have a good and standard practice, must have leadership skills, must be a person who is receptive to the generality of members, must have experience in general law practice and must be exposed. Such candidate must also have played a significant role in the NBA as a professional body. He must also be a person of integrity without any corruption case against him. He must also have widespread appeal in other zones of the association.

He said having considered all these, the committee then voted. According to him, Adesina came out tops.

He said further that the committee also went into history came up with some facts. His said in history of producing NBA leadership by SouthWest, Lagos-Ogun zone has produced the President of NBA seven times, Ondo-Ekiti zone two times, while Oyo -Osun has produced only once.

 He therefore recommended a fresh start of zoning from 2020. Oyo-Osun  will produce the president next time zoning favours South West in 2026. While Lagos-Ogun will follow suit. He thereafter said that his committee chose Adesina above other candidates as Egbe Amofin’s sole and official candidate in the 2020 NBA presidential elections.

The Chairman of the occasion then call on the house to comment and adopt the committee’s report. Mr Ayotunde Ibitoye from Ile-Ife branch moved the motion for the adoption of the report, while it was seconded by Adetunji Osho from Akure branch.

Chief Olanipekun who chaired the occasion thereafter called on one of the contestants, Aare Muyiwa Akinboro to comment on the proceedings. Akinboro in his comments said he accepted the decision of the Egbe in good faith. “What is paramount to me is that a Yoruba man must emerge as the next president of the NBA. As a son of the Egbe Amofin, I accept this decision and announce my withdrawal from the NBA presidential race forthwith. My name will never be mentioned in history as a person that prevented the progress of the Yoruba race. I hereby promise my support and loyalty to my brother, Adesina that the Egbe Amofin has chosen”.

The hall exploded in jubilation and a standing ovation was given to Akinboro. Olanipekun thereafter called on one of the elders, Chief Abiodun to pray for Akinboro. It was a solemn and emotional moment as the septuagenarian gave heartfelt prayers, not only to Akinboro, but also every member of the association that participated in this unity of the Yoruba lawyers after a long time.

Chief Olanipekun directed all members of the committee who are also Chairmen of all branches in the South West to sign their report. “This report will be forwarded brothers in Eastern Bar Forum, Arewa Forum and and the Midwest as the position of Egbe Amofin”

Adesina thereafter gave his acceptance speech. He thanked Akinboro, saying “you are the real hero of the people. He promised not to disappoint the members and also strengthen the Egbe Amofin further..

Adesina had been in the race for three times. He was asked by the Egbe to step down for Mr Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, now the governor of Ondo State in 2008. He had a good performance in 2014 but lost due to the disunity of the Egbe.

If he wins, Adesina is expected to bring his expertise and experience to bear in the affairs of the administration. He was the General Secretary of the NBA between 2002 and 2004, when Chief Olanipekun was President. That era, apart from the Also Aka-Bashorun administration in 1986 was regarded as the golden era of the bar, when NBA influence in the affairs of Nigeria was well respected.

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Sun Newspaper explodes as EFCC, Police move to seize office Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:07:17 +0000 Sun Newspaper has confirmed that officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with heavily armed policemen on Saturday, stormed the corporate headquarters of The Sun Publishing Limited at 2, Coscharis Street, Kirikiri Industrial Layout, Apapa, Lagos.

A statement signed by the management said the officials put up a notice for staff and the general public to keep off the premises.

The EFCC officials, who came in a white Toyota bus with registration number, ABUJA BWR-644GA, wrote on The Sun’s fence, “EFCC, keep off.”

They also advised staff to collect their personal belongings from the office as they will come back to seal the premises completely.

The management said: “We do not understand the legal basis for this EFCC action. It is on record that there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court with Suit No: SC/546/2018 wherein The Sun Publishing Limited appealed against the Judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal on the interim forfeiture order made against it by a Federal High Court in 2007 based on ex parte proceeding. The Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution were duly served on EFCC by the bailiffs of the Court.

“It is also pertinent to state that EFCC vide a letter written by Counsel to The Sun Publishing Limited, dated 22nd May, 2018 and duly received by one Caleb Peter on behalf of Rotimi Jacobs & Co. was further put on notice of the pending appeal at the Supreme Court and advised to stay action in the matter pending the hearing of the Motion for Stay of execution and the appeal.

“Again, it is instructive to state that The Sun Publishing Limited was not a party to the case of EFCC vs. Orji Uzor Kalu & 2 Others, so we do not see why the Judgment, in that case, should lead to attempt to seal The Sun Publishing Limited premises.

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Police arrest singer, Duncan Mighty for allegedly defrauding Imo govt of N11m Sat, 14 Dec 2019 13:06:25 +0000 The Imo State Police Command on Saturday said it had arrested popular singer, Duncan Mighty, over alleged N11m fraud.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that the artist was arrested following a petition by an upcoming artist, M2.

The police spokesperson said, “On December 14, operatives of the command arrested popular music artist, Duncan Mighty, on an allegation of fraud.

“This followed a petition written by an upcoming rap artist, M2, who claimed that the Imo State government led by Owelle Rochas Okorocha, through the office of the SA on Entertainment, entered into a deal with Duncan Mighty to manage, promote, arrange Collaboration with other top artists and sign M2 under Young Wealth record label owned by Duncan Mighty.

“As a result, an agreement was reached and a fee of N11,000,000 was paid to him. However, since collecting the payment he refused to fulfill his own part of the deal.

“Sequel to the petition, the artist was arrested, and he affirmed having such agreement and collecting the fund, but said he can only refund the money if the contract is terminated, he was then released on bail on self-recognition.

“Consequently, a letter was received by the representative of the former Governor, terminating the contract to enable him to refund the money, and since then he absconded, and all efforts made to reach him proved abortive.

“In view of the above, a warrant of arrest was issued that led to his arrest at the early hours of this morning.”

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Philip Osondu dies at 48 Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:32:30 +0000 Philip Osondu, who was the star boy of Nigeria’s Under-17 Golden Eaglets’ exploit in Canada in 1987, is dead.

He reportedly died in Belgium at the age of 48 after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.

According to the Nation, Osondu was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.

Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team.

In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union.

He got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.

Osondu was born on 28 November, 1971. He played in Belgium for teams, including RSC Anderlecht and RWDM.

Osondu played in his native Nigeria for El Kanemi Warriors when RSC Anderlecht brought him to Belgium in 1988. The attacker was seen as an emerging football talent and was transferred to Anderlecht that was a promising team. A year later, the 18-year-old striker made his debut at the highest level in an away match against Germinal Ekeren in 1989 playing under coach Aad de Mos.

However, there was a lot of competition at Anderlecht with players like Luc Nilis, Luis Oliveira, Marc Van Der Linden and Gert Verheyen which made Osondu appear barely at the games. Between 1990 and 1992 the Nigerian was also loaned to neighbors RWDM.

When RWDM got Osondu, coach Hugo Broos gave him more playing opportunities. For the first time in the First Division, he also found the back of the goal. Osondu scored his first goal in a 4-1 win over Beerschot VAV. A year later Broos left for Club Brugge and was succeeded by Ladislav Novák. This led to fewer opportunities to play for Osondu, which in the summer led to his return to Anderlecht.

In 1994, Osondu moved to second division club La Louviere, where the small and technically gifted striker scored five times in twenty matches. A season later he swapped La Louvière during the winter break for Union Saint Gillis, where he completed the rest of the season. Afterwards he played several years for Diegem Sport and FC Merchtem 2000.

Osondu, who was regarded in his own country as a great talent and also received high praise as a youth international, could never fulfill his potential in Belgium.

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JUST IN: Malami orders DSS to hands off Sowore’s trial …takes over case Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:02:42 +0000

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has ordered the Department of State Service, DSS, to hands-off the prosecution of detained pro-democracy activist and convener of RevolutionNow Protest, Omoyele Sowore.

The AGF, in a statement that was made available to newsmen by his media aide, Dr Umar Gwandu, on Friday, said he directed the security agency to forward the case file in respect of charge pending against Sowore before the Federal High Court in Abuja, to his office.

Malami further directed the Federal Ministry of Justice to immediately take over the prosecution of all charges against Sowore, in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He said the Federal Government was committed to respecting the sanctity of the rule of law, protecting the virtues of human rights and ensuring speedy dispensation of justice in the matter.

“As part of deliberate efforts to probe emerging issues related to the recent imbroglio related to Omoyele Sowore’s case and for speedy dispensation of justice, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has requested that the case file in respect of charge pending before the Federal High Court, Abuja be forwarded to his office”.

In the statement, Dr Gwandu said the request for the transfer of the case to the office of AGF Malami was contained in a letter dated December 11, 2019 and addressed to the Director-General of the DSS, National Headquarters, Abuja. The Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, SAN, who signed the letter, refereed to an initial letter the DSS wrote to the AGF on September 9, 2019.

“The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice upon a further review of the case has directed the immediate takeover of the prosecution of all charges in respect of Omoyole Sowore by the Federal Ministry of Justice in line with the provisions of Sections 150(1) and 174 (1) (a-c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)”.

It said the letter requested the DSS DG to “promptly forward all the case files” in respect of Omoyele Sowore to the office of the AGF and Minister of Justice.

Sowore, who was the presidential candidate of African Action Congress, AAC, in the last general election and publisher of an online news outlet, Sahara Reporters, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare (aka Mandate), are answering to a seven-count treasonable felony charge. They were in the charge marked FHC/ ABJ/CR/235/2019, accused of conspiracy, money laundering, cyber-stalking and insulting President Buhari.

Though the defendants perfected all the conditions the court gave for their bail, the DSS declined to release them, claiming that no surety came forward to receive them. Following a 24 hours ultimatum trial Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued for their release, DSS, temporarily freed them from detention last week Thursday.

The agency subsequently re-arrested Sowore the next day within the court premises after his trial was adjourned till February 11, 2020. Circumstances that surrounded the manner in which he was re-arrested, which involved the invasion of the courtroom by alleged operatives of the DSS, has continued to attract condemnation for the security agency.

Though DSS claimed that its officers were not involved in the court invasion saga, insisting that they waited and arrested Sowore outside the court premises, however, counsel to the defendants, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, insisted that the agency was involved.

Malami earlier disclosed that the Federal Government had commenced its investigation into the matter. Similarly, the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, on Thursday, called for the setting up of an Independent Judicial Commission of Enquiry to unravel those behind the courtroom invasion. Sowore was arrested on August 2 in Lagos and later transferred to Abuja for prosecution, after he called for a nationwide protest against perceived maladministration by the President Buhari-led government.

Despite his arrest, the protest held in various parts of the country on August 5, with security operatives clamping down on some of the participants.

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Smart Adeyemi: Banks that shunned me now queue to offer loans now I’m in Senate Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:44:53 +0000

Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West) said on Wednesday that banks that denied him credit to run businesses are queuing to offer him free loans in his home since he returned to the Senate.

Contributing to a motion on the raising case of unemployment in Nigeria, Adeyemi said, “Banks in Nigeria contribute in no small measure to the problems of unemployment in the country.

“Yesterday, I was in my house and four different banks came to me, telling me to fill forms and take money just because I am back in Senate. These are the banks I spoke to some months back to give me facility to run my business but they were not forthcoming,” he said.

He said that many small-scale industries and graduates with business ideas are approaching Nigerian banks for facilities to finances businesses without success, “and in most cases, the banks asking for high interest rate of up to 40%”

The sponsor of the motion, former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu, described the rate of unemployment in the country as a time bomb about to explode.

He noted that the rising unemployment was the reason for insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, cybercrimes and other vice bedevilling the country.

He urged the Federal and states governments to declare state of emergency on the sector and provide employment to youths in Nigeria.

“Also, government should initiate a sustainable fund that will provide stipends to unemployed youths” he added.

Lending voice at the debate, Senator Istifanus Gyang, said the plight of unemployed youths is a trauma of despondency and hopelessness that government must swiftly address.

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Blackout looms as electricity workers begin strike Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:17:17 +0000

A nationwide blackout appears imminent as electricity workers began an indefinite strike this morning.

The industrial action is declared under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE)

The union said the decision to down tools remained the only option since there was no dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the lingering industrial crisis in the sector.

Assistant Secretary General of NUEE Anthony Sule said the 21-day ultimatum given to Minister of Power Saleh Mamman expired at midnight on Tuesday.

Sule, in a statement issued in Jos, the Plateau State capital, said the union had no option but to commence an indefinite strike.

The statement said: “The ministry of power has failed to resolve some issues affecting members of the union since 2013 when the power sector was privatised especially issues that with the over 2,000 disengaged former PHCN workers and their pay off.”

Some of the unresolved issues are illegal transfer of union properties to power investors and the alleged refusal by some distribution companies (DisCos) to remit deducted contributory pension of their members of staff to pension managers.

He added that these issues were contained in a memo to the minister dated 7th November, 2019.

Last night, General Secretary of NUEE Joe Ajaero said it was regrettable that the Ministry of Power failed to respond positively to the strike notice .

Ajaero said the only response from the ministry was the letter sent to the union on the November 18. He said tin the letter, the minister assured the union that something would be done immediately he settled down.

He said after waiting, the union again wrote the minister on the December 6 but up till yesterday, nothing had been done.

“The strike letter was sent to the Ministry of Power and there was one letter they wrote, saying the minister is not in the country and that he is still studying the situation. They said the minister would look into everything, that is all,” he added.

He said the union made sure that it sent its letter to all the relevant authorities in the power sector, including security agencies.

He also told The Nation that the strike notice was published in one of the national dailies to ensure that no one would claim not to have seen it.

“I can assure you, the strike will commence any time from now,” he vowed

Ajaero said the union had given more than enough opportunity for dialogue on the issues but that nothing was forthcoming from the government.

A power sector consultant who pleaded anonymity, said yesterday that the GenCos and DisCos were in dire need of N1.2 billion bailout to improve services.

He also said one of the stakeholders, the Eko Distribution Company, had reached out to the union showing areas it had complied with its workers’ demands.

Ajero said notwithstanding the efforts of the Eko DisCo, its services would still be affected since generation companies supply electricity to DisCos.

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You have sinister motives, Presidency replies Punch again Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:46:03 +0000

The Presidency has issued yet another response to Punch over its protest against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

After the newspaper announced that it had taken the decision to henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said the action is a proof of press freedom in the country.

However, hours after Adesina responded to Punch, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, issued another statement where he accused the newspaper of bias.

Shehu ignored the allegations Aisha Buhari, the first lady, levelled against him.

In a statement on Wednesday, Buhari’s wife had accused Shehu of disrespecting her family, saying he ought to resign.

She had alleged that Shehu had been taking instructions from Mamman Daura, the president’s nephew, alleging that there had been times the presidential spokesman carried out actions that Buhari is unaware of.

But Shehu did not make reference to the issue which trended on social media, focusing only on Punch which he said had hatred for Buhari.

He wondered why the newspaper did not call former President Olusegun Obasanjo a general when he led the country between 1999 and 2007.

Buhari and Obasanjo are the only men who have ruled Nigeria as military heads of state and civilian presidents.

“The reported new editorial policy of the Punch Newspapers to address President Muhammadu Buhari as Major General in his official title and refer to his government as a regime instead of administration, comes to us as totally curious and utterly incredible,” Shehu said.

“The paper claimed that it is changing President Buhari’s official title to General because of his government’s alleged disregard for the rule of law.

“Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for that is his title, and he was indeed a Major General, but today retired from that position and now twice democratically elected president of Nigeria – is not the choice of Punch Newspaper’s editors and owners, that is clear.

“He is, however, the two-time electoral choice of the voters of Nigeria, those very people who Punch Newspapers described this morning as “lethargic”: a disdaining epithet apportioned to decent, hard-working, everyday Nigerians for not agreeing with, and for not having voted in line with their publication’s editorial and political opinions.

“Punch’s editorial today is, however, entirely in line with holding and exercising the right of free speech and freedom of the press, as my friend and colleague, Femi Adesina said earlier today.

“Femi, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity said the fact the Punch can insult the President in a front page editorial and they go home to sleep, peacefully, is the best testimony to the prevalence of the freedom of the press and of expression in the country.


“In countries around the world where this right does not exist, newspapers do not publish articles such as the one Punch did today; nor do they get to express political opinions contrary to that of government. The exact freedoms Punch claims are missing are self-evident here – in print, on the internet – for all Nigerians and the whole world to see.

“There is nothing wrong with expressing contrary opinions to this government – nor being in opposition to the president: this is the right of very Nigerian.

“However, calling for the armed overthrow of the democratically elected administration is a different matter entirely: this Punch has in no way done – but others who they seek to defend, have. There is the difference. Punch: oppose the government as much as you want to.”

He said while the newspaper is entitled to its opinion, it has no power to “throw insults at the good voters of Nigeria for not agreeing to your choice at the last election”.

“It is not within the power or rights of a newspaper to unilaterally and whimsically change the formal official title or the designation of the country’s President as it pleases,” Shehu said.


“It is unprecedented and absurd in our recent political history. The Punch never changed President Olusegun Obasanjo’s title from the President to General Obasanjo, despite the latter’s refusal to comply with Supreme Court judgment, ordering him to release N30 billion of Lagos State local councils funds.

“When General Ibrahim Babangida who wasn’t democratically elected assumed the title of President, why didn’t the Punch challenge him or address him by any title it so desired?

“In fact, IBB closed media houses for several months and years, including Punch. But the paper didn’t stop addressing him as President, despite the fact that he wasn’t elected. It is obvious that the Punch newspapers are playing partisan opposition politics which has nothing to do with journalism.

“The Constitution of Nigeria recognises the President as the formal official title of the occupant of that office. Can the Punch newspapers, in their hubris address the President as Prime Minister as it pleases?

“Is it within the paper’s responsibility or power to change the official title of the man who occupies the office of the President? Does that mean any newspaper is free to address the Comptroller General of Customs a Colonel rather than his official title?

“The Punch newspaper should separate journalism from partisan politics. What it is embarking upon is purely political and it is designed to play to the gallery and cause confusion.

“Punch Newspaper’s double standards in cuddling some of our past dictators and their open contempt for President Buhari clearly show that the paper has sinister motives for its current curious editorial judgment. Its personal hatred for and animus towards President Buhari should not be allowed to becloud its good judgment.”

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Femi Adesina: Calling Buhari ‘major general’ is proof of press freedom Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:22:38 +0000

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says the decision of PUNCH to refer to the president as a “major general” is proof of press freedom.

In an editorial entitled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our stand”, on Wednesday, the newspaper said it will also refer to the Buhari administration as a regime until it purges itself of ”contempt for the rule of law”.

”As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy and military-style repression, PUNCH (all our print newspapers, The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, PUNCH Sports Extra, and digital platforms, most especially will henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law,” it said.

But responding hours after the editorial went viral, Adesina said Buhari earned the rank, adding that all over the world retired military personnel are now “democrats”.

“A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.
Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,” Adesina said.

“All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them.

“Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve.”

The Buhari administration has been criticised for its application of extra-judicial means in matters.

In October, 2016, agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) invaded the residences of judges in the dead of night knocking down doors.

Also, there have been arrests and detention of citizens by the secret police without regard to the verdicts of the courts on the cases.

Omoyele Sowore, pro-democracy activist, was rearrested last Friday — less than 24 hours after he was released on Thursday. He had spent 124 days in detention before of his brief release.

No charges have been filed against him since he was re-arrested, but he has been held for more than 48 hours against the law, which states that a person shall not be detained for more than 48 hours without an order of a court.

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Fresh Crisis rocks Presidency as Aisha Buhari attacks Mamman Daura, Garba Shehu Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:42:31 +0000

Nigeria’s First Lady has accused a close relative of President Muhammadu Buhari of issuing a presidential directive behind her husband.

Aisha Buhari, in a statement she signed and sent to Daily Trust newspaper, accused Mamman Daura of issuing a directive to a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, not to recognise her office.

Buhari had before his election in 2015 said he would not allow for the office of the First Lady. During Buhari’s first term in office, the presidency repeatedly referred to Mrs Buhari as the ‘wife of the president.’

However, after the president’s re-election, Mrs Buhari released a statement saying she should henceforth be referred to as the First Lady and her office as the ‘Office of the First Lady’.

Since then, the presidency has referred to Mrs Buhari as the First Lady and President Buhari has also assigned official aides to her office.

On Wednesday, however, Mrs Buhari accused Daura and Shehu of undermining her office.

“Nigeria’s development is hinged on the ability of public officials to execute their mandates professionally, and to be shining examples in their various areas of endeavor. It is not a good sign when officials abandoned their responsibility and start clutching at straws,” the first lady wrote in the statement she sent to Daily Trust.

Her spokesperson, Suleiman Haruna, confirmed that Mrs Buhari authored the mail.

“As spokesperson of the President, he has the onerous responsibility of managing the image of the President and all the good works that he is executing in the country. Rather than face this responsibility squarely, he has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the compact that the President signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015 and 2019.

“To make matters worse, Mr. Shehu has presented himself to these people as a willing tool and executioner of their antics, from the corridors of power even to the level of interfering with the family affairs of the President. This should not be so. The blatant meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions of those that he serves.

“We all remember that the chief proponent appropriated to himself and his family a part of the Presidential Villa, where he stayed for almost 4 years and when the time came for him to leave, he orchestrated and invaded my family’s privacy through a video circulated by Mamman’s Daughter, Fatima, the public was given the impression that on arrival into the country I was locked out of the villa by Mr. President. Garba Shehu as Villa Spokesperson, knew the truth and had the responsibility to set the records straight, but because his allegiance is somewhere else and his loyalty misplaced, he deliberately refused to clear the air and speak for the President who appointed him in the first place.

“Consequently, his action has shown a complete breakdown of trust between the First Family and him.

“Mr. Shehu was privy and part of the plan and it’s execution and he was shocked when he realized that I had publicized my return to Nigeria on October 12, 2019 and cleared the air on the many rumors that took over social media, a job he was supposed to do but kept mute to cause more confusion and instability for his Principal and his family. “Garba then, vented his anger on the National Television Authority (NTA) Management insisting that the media crew to my office must be sacked. He succeeded in getting them suspended for doing their job. I had to intervene to save the innocent staff from losing their means of livelihood by involving the Department of State Services (DSS) in order to ascertain roles played by key actors in the saga.

“It is at this late hour that I recall, sadly, that it was the same Garba Shehu who claimed that the government will not allow office of the First Lady to run. He was later to confirm to one of my aides that he was instructed to say so by Mamman Daura and not the President. This antic attracted the anger of Nigerian women. He didn’t realize the fact that First Lady’s office is a tradition which has become an institution. ” Today, even without a budget, I am able to run my humanitarian programmes. In saner climes, Garba Shehu would have resigned immediately after going beyond his boundaries and powers.


“The latest of his antics was to wage a war on the first family through an orchestrated media campaign of calumny by sponsoring pseudo accounts to write and defame my children and myself.

“Based on Garba Shehu’s misguided sense of loyalty and inability to stay true and loyal to one person or group, it has become apparent that all trust has broken down between him and my family due to the many embarrassments he has caused the Presidency and the first family. We all have families to consider in our actions and therefore it is in the best interest of all concerned for Garba Shehu to take the advice of the authority, given to him sometimes in the first week of November, 2019,” Mrs Buhari wrote.

Mrs Buhari has repeatedly complained about the influence of Mr Daura in the villa and on her husband.

She once accused him and others of hijacking her husband’s presidency and threatened not to support Mr Buhari’s second term bid.

Daura is one of the closest confidants of the Nigerian leader and is considered one of the most powerful unelected officials in government.

Efforts to reach Mr Shehu for his reaction was unsuccessful on Wednesday morning.

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Punch Newspaper goes tough, to stop addressing Buhari as President Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:16:02 +0000

The management of Punch Newspaper has taken a bold decision to protest against the failure of the Buhari administration to obey court orders and rule of law.

The management of the paper in an editorial on Wednesday vowed to henceforth stop addressing the administration and the President as a democratic institution but rather identify him as a military dictator with the prefix of Major General (Rtd) and his government as a military “regime” across of its platforms in solidarity with the rule of law.

The paper also advised Nigerians to stand up for their rights and stop “their supine acquiescence to oppression”.

According to the editorial, “The entire country and a global audience are rightly scandalised by the unfolding saga over Omoyele Sowore and the unruliness of the SSS and the government; but it is only a pattern, a reflection of the serial disregard of the Buhari regime for human rights and its battering of other arms of government and our democratic institutions.

“PUNCH views this tendency and its recent escalation with serious concern, knowing as the great thinker, Edmund Burke, said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Nigeria had trod a path, a veritable obstacle course, where repression, especially under military jackboots, was a malignant presence and this attracted heroic resistance by ordinary people, civil society groups and the press.

“PUNCH will not adopt the self-defeating attitude of many Nigerians looking the other way after each violation of rights and attacks on the citizens, the courts, the press and civic society, including self-determination groups lawfully exercising their inalienable rights to peaceful dissent.

This regime’s actions and assaults on the courts, disobedience of court orders and arbitrary detention of citizens reflect its true character of the martial culture. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) ran a ham-fisted military junta in 1984/85 and old habits obviously run deep. Until he and his repressive regime purge themselves of their martial tendency therefore, PUNCH will not be a party to falsely adorning it with a democratic robe, hence our decision to label it for what it is – an autocratic military-style regime run by Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

“As a symbolic demonstration of our protest against autocracy and military-style repression, PUNCH (all our print newspapers, The PUNCH, Saturday PUNCH, Sunday PUNCH, PUNCH Sports Extra, and digital platforms, most especially will henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s, Major General, and refer to his administration as a regime, until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law, ” the statement read.

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EFCC arrests FIRS director over N5m bribe Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:49:08 +0000

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested Abumere Joseph Osagie, deputy director, regional tax office, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, in a case of abuse of office and bribery.

The suspect was picked following a complaint about his attempt to extort a university proprietor of N5m according to a statement posted on EFCC’s website.

Osagie and one Jamila Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Senator Ahmed Datti, the Chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and gave him a tax assessment of N20,029,496.00 through a letter of intent, which he paid.

However when he requested for the assessment certificate, they refused to oblige him. Instead they allegedly demanded for N5m gratification. All pleas by him fell on deaf ears. Consequently, he petitioned the EFCC, and was advised to play along.

Consequently, marked N5m was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation. Ojora was arrested after she collected the N5m. Her confession led to the arrest of Osagie .

The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC, and documents recovered.

Investigations continue.

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Buhari appoints Edward Adamu, CBN deputy gov, as AMCON chairman Tue, 10 Dec 2019 13:15:15 +0000

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Edward Adamu, deputy governor for corporate services at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as the chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

This was contained in a letter sent to the senate by the president on Tuesday.

The letter dated December 9 reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.

“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

Edward replaces Muiz Banire as head of the corporation.

Banire was appointed in July 2018.

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Gbajabiamila advocates declaration of state of emergency in Nigeria’s education sector Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:56:19 +0000

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at the weekend in Lagos said that the time has come to declare a state of emergency in the education sector of Nigeria.

This is just as other eminent Nigerians Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Wale Babalakin SAN, Chief Bode George, former Attorney General of Lagos State, Alhaja Wonu Folami and others joined him to discuss the parlous state of education in the country.

The occasion was the 80th anniversary lecture of the Crescent Bearers, a Lagos based Islamic Organization founded in 1939 for the purpose of the development of the Muslim child through education.

Amongst the founding fathers was the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, the late Justice Atanda Fatayi-Williams, Mobolaji Odunewu, S.M Onigbanjo, IAS Adewale,Ola Aboaba, N.A Kekere-Ekun, M.R.B Ottun, R.A Gbajumo, Ade Thanni, K.B Shomade, T.A.B Oki, K.A Fashola, S.A Olorunnisola, and Hamzat Balogun.

A cross section of eminent Nigerians at the event.
According to the Chairman, Alhaji Wahab Babatunde Dabiri, ” the primary objective was to promote the acquisition of western education by Muslims for their collective improvement and upwardly social mobility in a colonial society where Muslims experienced marginalization”.

Also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Crescent Bearers, Alhaji Lateef Femi Okunnu SAN, said that “at the time all the founding fathers of the Crescent Bearers were born, there was not a single Muslim Primary or Secondary School in Lagos, or elsewhere in Nigeria. But like bigger Islamic organizations of that era, the Bearers foister lofty ideals of Islam in pursuit of educating the Muslim child, and also in defence of Islam”.

In his keynote address as special guest, Hon Gbajabiamila decried the state of education in the country. “It is important that we all join hands together to address the decline and rot in the education sector if we want to give our children the best education can offer,” he said.

The Speaker noted that education is not a privilege but a fundamental right of the Nigerian child and therefore obligatory for all, particularly the government to give.

The INEC chairman, Prof Yakubu who delivered the annual lecture went down memory lane on the history of education in Nigeria. The lecture was titled ” Education as a resource for growth and development of a nation: The Nigerian case”.

Bearer Oluwakemi Adekunle Pinheiro SAN, General Secretary, Crescent Bearers, and Master of Ceremony at the event
Babalakin in his contribution said that Nigerian Universities should be able to fund themselves as government no longer has the capacity to do so. “The mindset of the universities is from the oil boom era where they believe government must fund everything,” he said, adding that if government must declare education as a fundamental human right as canvassed by the Speaker, it must be ready to fund it, and not do so only by word of mouth.

He said that Nigerian youths faca the danger of not knowing what good education is. According to him, anyone in that is not in the late 40s to mid 50s age bracket cannot claim to have enjoyed good education in Nigeria. The youths may therefore continue to believe that what they have is education and pass it on to the next generation.

Former governor of Ondo State and a political chieftain, Chief Olabode George quoted the popular saying ” education makes a people to govern but absolutely impossible to deceive”. He then said that rather than talking about the troubles in the sector, there must be a way out in terms of solutions.

Alhaja Folami said that the fundamental problem of education is the content. “We produce graduates that cannot adapt to modern challenges. They therefore roam the streets looking for 9-5 jobs.

She cited modern technological inventors like Facebook and Alibaba that may not have tasted university education. She therefore stressed on the need to “strengthen our technical education”.

She said most Chinese and Indians working in Nigeria are only technical people who never tasted university education, yet they are doing well in Nigeria.

The Crescent Bearers include former Managing Director, Habib Bank, Mr Akin Kekere-Ekun, Chairman Calverton Group, Mr A.M Makanjuola, former Attorney General of Lagos State, Adeniji Kazeem SAN, Mr Gbolahan Elias SAN, Mr Oluwakemi Pinheiro SAN who was Master of Ceremony,Hon. Segun Oki, an aviation consultant, and a host of others.

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Your reign is over, Nnamdi Kanu tells Tinubu…tips Sowore Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:40:03 +0000

People of Biafra (IPOB), has declared that the reign of Bola Tinubu as Yoruba leader was over.

Kanu made the remark while insisting that Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement has taken over as Yoruba leader.

The IPOB leader spoke during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra yesterday.

Describing Sowore as the “new face of Yoruba liberation”, Kanu stressed that the activist would be made the next face of Yoruba land anytime he steps out of prison.

Kanu said: “Let me tell Tinubu this, your reign as the leader of the Yoruba people is finished, Sowore is the new face of Yoruba liberation.

“Sowore is the new Yoruba leader. Any day Sowore steps out of prison, he would be the next face of Yoruba land.

“Sowore will come out and he would lead his people to freedom. Sowore should go and fight for Oduduwa, Nigeria is useless.”

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‘He assisted with the recovery of N769bn’ — things to know about new FIRS chairman Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:36:39 +0000

The name, Muhammad Nami, surfaced in the public space sometime in 2017 when he was announced a member of the presidential committee on audit of recovered stolen assets.

All the years, Nami seemed to have been in private practice, and until his recent nomination as chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nami was managing consultant of Manam Professional Services.

Two years after school, in 1993, Nami had chosen a career path when he joined PFK, an accounting firm, where he rose to the position of a senior consultant in charge of tax management and advisory services.

President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the reasons he set up the committee on audit, which Nami belonged, was to check corruption. At the inauguration of the committee in 2017, the president emphasised the resolve of his administration to pursue a strong anti-corruption policy and to trace and recover stolen assets using all legal and diplomatic resources at our disposal.

The findings and recommendations of the committee, the president had said would be carefully examined and given due consideration with a view to implementing the recommendations.

The president would go on to commend the committee for their dedication in the “important service to our nation and in preparing the report.”

Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, had disclosed that Nami worked with two other members of the presidential committee, Olufemi Lijadu and Gloria Bibigha, in recovering N769 billion.

The new chairman of FIRS is a tax, accounting and management professional with three decades of practical working experience in auditing, tax management and advisory and management services.

He attended Bayero University, Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology (1991) and a master’s of business degree (2004) respectively.

He is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria and Associate Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.

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CAN directs churches to honour Bonnke Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:16:29 +0000

The Christian Association of Nigeria has directed churches across the country to announce the death of German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke and honour him with a minute silence.

The renown cleric died last Friday at 79.

CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle in a statement on Monday praised the deceased for the great sacrifice he made in Africa, describing him as “a true father of faith, a soldier of Christ who never allowed any distraction to sway him from preaching the authentic gospel.”

He said Bonnke did not only take the world by storm with the undiluted word of God, but equally “brought many in darkness to the light of the gospel.”

The Christian leader said, “We are confident, however, that he has gone to be with the Lord where joy shall never end for a full rest. His was a life of purpose and great meaning.

“It is our prayer that after we have finished our works here on earth, we shall join with him and other saints at the feet of Christ where we would never be separated again.”

He added, “We urge all churches in Nigeria to announce the home call of Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in their churches and observe a minute silence in the remembrance of his great love to see Nigerians saved through the Gospel of Christ.”

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