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PDP: Dapchi parents in pains but Buhari feasting in Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning parents of the kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls to their fate.

The party said while the parents are wailing, the president is “busy feasting” with chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.

A total of 110 students of Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state, were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents who raided the school last week.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said while the girls are still missing, Buhari and his party chieftains are busy with re-election agenda.

“It is appalling that while the parents of the 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls are still wailing and insurgents driving into deeper recesses, the president and his party men are busy feasting in the presidential villa and plotting their 2019 campaigns; of course, with funds meant for the well-being of the people and our nation,” the statement read.

He added that Buhari’s mandate of protecting lives had been reduced to a “cosmetic dispatching of ministers and persons with no knowledge of security, on mere fact-finding missions”.

Ologbondiyan said: “Today, Nigerians are daily slaughtered and taken as captives because those who have the direct mandate to protect them are more interested in 2019 re-election ambition while the citizens are left to whatever fate befalls them.

“Nigerians are worried that he has now allowed himself to be holed in the safety and luxury of the presidential villa while citizens are being slaughtered and taken captives by marauders and insurgents.

“Painfully, Nigerians are yet to see any concrete action taken by the Buhari presidency to apprehend the perpetrators of the gruesome killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Adamawa, Borno, Plateau, Nasarawa and Yobe, among other states, where our citizens are being hacked down by marauders and insurgents.”

The PDP, therefore, urged Buhari and the APC to understand that Nigerians “now know the truth” and “can no longer be swayed by propaganda and false claims with which the APC hoodwinked the nation in 2015”.

Church members celebrate birthday of death row inmate, Rev King

Diehard followers of Chukwuemeka Ezuego alias Rev. King, the erstwhile  General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, who is now on death row at Maximum Kirikiri Prison, Lagos are having fun celebrating his birthday and have splashed nothing less than N7.3m on newspaper adverts alone.

Rev King was sentenced to death by hanging for the torture and murder of some members of his congregation. He has been waiting for his turn with the hang man at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison pending the time Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode decides to sign his death warrant.

However on Monday (yesterday ), his devotees took 13 full colour pages in ThisDay newspaper to mark the birththday of the man they see as the all-in-all.

A full colour page in ThisDay Newspaper, costs as much as N562, 500 bringing the total cost of the adverts to N7,312, 500.

The devotees all spoke highly of Rev King, stressing that he has the magical wand to efface problems facing the nation.

“Dr. Rev King is the only reason that we are alive today. He is equally the only reason many families are alive today. He is the only man that can resurrect the Nigerian nation, corruption, shame and poverty and elevate it to be among the league of the nations on planet earth.

“Daddy you must live and reign forever and ever in Jesus Christ name, amen”, Engineer Sotobechukwu King said, stressing that he rejoices with Rev King on his birthday.

From: Rev. Mrs Ngozi Onyiliagha King, Min Chidozie, Amarachukwu, Ogechukwu, Chukwuemeka and Chukwuamaka, a family of bishops, the message is, ”Thank you sir for your love, protection, provisions, divine favour, guidance, open door,etc, you are the great I am, the ancient of days”, the family said.

Besides, CPA Maranhao/ Curitaba branches described him as god in the midst of men.

“Daddy, your birthday has brought joy to the entire universe at large, your birthdays brightens all that concerns us both spiritually and physically including our families, business and academics etc, thanks sir our Dady G.O for coming on earth to dwell among men”, they said.

Rt Rev Chudi King called him Daddy. “Without you, we are in darkness; because of your presence in our lives, we have overcome the witches and wizzards attacks, poisons, motor road accidents, armed robbers, gunmen, assassins, kidnappers, death of all types, barreness, poverty, sickness, etc.

“Daddy you sceptre of authority cannot be challenged no matter their gang-ups, after their frame up in 2006, the branches of your kingdom rose from six branches to over 200 branches in the whole world now, and yet continues to expand, the wicked struck the shepherd and more sheep are gathered instead of scattering, showing you are 100 percent righteous. All their fallacious accusations, may god almghty help the true Nigerians to locate you so that our country will be healed of all her sickness and disease”, he said.

The women were not left out. The entire members of St Faith Women, said his irrevocable love “upon us has made our lives meaningful.

“Daddy, we are incomplete without you. Daddy, you are true shepherd who cares for his flock. The power of satan and his agents have been broken permanently in our lives because of your divine message… It is glaring in our lives today that so many of us women who were pronounced baren by scientist are mothers with kids, today. We love you Daddy”, he said.

Othes who also eulogised him include Oke John King, chinedu Anyanwu King, Hyacint Ikechukwu King, Wealth King, Sunday Onyebuchi King, Uchenna Mmaduakor king, Nnabuife Abuah King, Catherine Ndidamaka King, Chinwuko King, Ekwutsi Osita Ezemwkonna King, Super Business Class and the Super Labourers, all spoke in glowing terms of the man who is on death row.

#DapchiGirls: Nigerian Army reacts to leaked DIA memo warning of possible Boko Haram attacks

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday reacted to a newly-published memo which indicated that the Defence Intelligence Agency put the military on the notice about possible Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Yobe States, some days before insurgents stormed a school and possibly abducted more than 100 girls.

The Army said the memo, published by Sahara Reporters on Tuesday afternoon, was an attempt to bolster a narrative that the military was negligent in its counter-terrorism duties which consequently resulted in the successful attack on Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram on February 19.

The February 6 memo, signed by Emmanuel Aladeniyi, a brigadier-general, warned of impending attacks, especially suicide bombing, in public places, such as the University of Maiduguri, markets, mosques and parks.

It also said that Boko Haram was plotting an abduction of 17 citizens for suicide missions and a separate mass abduction of citizens for other deadly missions such as the use of Personnel-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) “using especially Golf cars with registration numbers from states of the North.”

“It is very crystal clear” that the memo “does not corroborate the argument and narrative Sahara Reporters is attempting to sell to the public,” Onyema Nwachukwu, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, said in a statement to media houses on Tuesday afternoon.

”For one, the memo was a general warning about possible Boko Haram activities in Maiduguri and Damaturu, Borno and Yobe capitals, respectively, and did not include any specific or even general reference to Dapchi or facilities within it.

“The content reflects general intelligence alert, to which we cannot conveniently situate the attack on Dapchi, one of the several towns in Yobe State,” Mr. Nwachukwu, a colonel, said.

Secondly, Mr. Nwachukwu said, the date on the memo was February 6, 2018, nearly a month after the troops had been moved from Dapchi to Kanama, about 125 kilometres North-east of Dapchi on Nigeria’s border with Niger. The troops were moved to Kanama on a reinforcement after Nigerian soldiers came under heavy firepower there.

“As at the time of that redeployment, there was no imminent threat on Dapchi,” he said. “Rather, the threat was on Kanama where the insurgents were carrying out attacks along the Nigerian-Nigerien border.”

Mr. Nwachukwu’s statement reaffirms the details he gave earlier, which included the fact that the Nigerian Army 159 Task Force Battalion was moved from Dapchi to Kanama on January 10, exactly 40 days before the invasion of the girls’ school in Dapchi on February 19.

The military has come under public criticism since Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State first raised the allegation on February 24 that the military abruptly withdrew from Dapchi a week before the attack.

But the military rejected the claim first on Sunday night and again yesterday, saying soldiers left Dapchi about six weeks before the attack and had a compelling reason to do so.

Mr. Nwachukwu said the police were placed in charge of security operations in Dapchi, which he said had never been attacked before January 19 and was never under any imminent threat of Boko Haram.

The police have rejected the allegations, saying the military did not ”formally hand over the security of the town to them.”

The Army insisted that the police should be responsible for communities that have never been attacked before by insurgents, like Dapchi, and communities that were once Boko Haram strongholds but had since been liberated.

“Our role is to defend the territorial integrity of the country. It’s the role of the sister security agencies to protect the civilian population whenever we have liberated a community from insurgents,” Mr. Nwachukwu said.

He said the police did nothing to repel the attack despite having a division in Dapchi.

Both the police commissioner in Yobe, Sunmonu Abdulmaliki, and the force spokesperson in Abuja, Jimoh Moshood, did not respond to enquiries seeking comments about when the police first heard of the attack and how they responded.

Buhari congratulates ace film maker, Tunde Kelani at 70

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday joined the media and entertainment industry in congratulating renowned movie producer, Tunde Kelani, on his 70th birthday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President felicitated all family members, friends, professional colleagues and the fans of the artiste.

He noted that Kelani started out as a journalist before mastering the art of storytelling through the stage and tube, and rising steadily to become one Nigeria’s foremost directors and producers in Nollywood.

The statement read, “The President commends Kelani’s uncanny story telling skills and his ability to breathe life into scripts and translate literature to movies, thereby enhancing understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the country and consistently updating the narrative of a unified and progressive nation.

“As the ace producer turns a septuagenarian, President Buhari believes the rising profile of the Nigerian film industry around the world testifies to the hard work, creativity and passion of artistes like Kelani, who toiled earnestly to attract global viewership, recognitions and awards.

“The President affirms that Kelani, through sacrifice, discipline and diligence, has contributed immensely to national development, especially his mentoring of younger Nigerians in the film industry.

“President Buhari prays that God will bless Kelani with good health and strength to continue in his noble trade.”

US Treasury slams sanctions on Nigeria, others for terrorism

The United States Treasury Department has added one organisation in Nigeria and other six organisations in Africa and Asia to its sanctions list for global terrorism.

Two individuals — including Abu Musab Al-Barnawi of Nigeria and Mahad Moalim of Somalia — were also added to the list for their connection to the Islamic States, the US Treasury said on Tuesday.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said on its website that at the group level, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Somalia, Nigeria and Tunisia were on the list.

“The additions include ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-West Africa, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao,” Reuters quoted the OFAC to have said.

The US State Department said in a separate statement that, including the latest additions, it had designated 40 Islamic State leaders and operatives dating back to 2011 under an order aimed at denying them access to the US financial system.

“These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 75-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, has made significant progress toward that goal,” the statement said, using a common abbreviation for Islamic State.

This effort “is destroying ISIS in its safe havens, denying its ability to recruit foreign terrorist fighters, stifling its financial resources, negating the false propaganda it disseminates over the internet and social media, and helping to stabilize liberated areas in Iraq and Syria so the displaced can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives,” the statement added.

Islamic State fighters were driven last year from all the population centers they occupied in both Syria and Iraq, but Washington still considers them a threat, capable of carrying out an insurgency and plotting attacks elsewhere.

On February 9 this year, the OFAC took action targeting ISIS’s global facilitation network by designating three individuals and three entities as Specially Designated Global Terrorists pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

These actions are part of a continued whole-of-government effort to identify and expose individuals and entities that provide support to ISIS and advance the violent terrorist group’s operational activity. As a result of today’s designations, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to the US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

“The Administration is committed to defeating ISIS wherever it operates, denigrating its illicit revenue streams, and pursuing all financial conduits,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker .

Dapchi abduction: Nigerians hold you accountable, Dogara tells army, police

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, asked security agencies to take responsibility for failing to stop the abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe, on February 19.

He said that the buck-passing between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force was unacceptable.

In a statement by Mr. Turaki Hassan, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Dogara said rather than trading blames, the security agencies should strengthen inter-agency collaboration towards rescuing the girls.

He said that the statements credited to the Army and the Police in which they tried to exonerate themselves from any culpability in the unfortunate abduction of the girls from their school were highly condemnable.

“This is unacceptable and the House of Representatives, and indeed Nigerians, will hold the security agencies responsible. They all bear responsibility for this unfortunate incident.

“The traumatic experience of the Chibok abduction which is still fresh in our minds should have served as a warning signal to security agencies to provide adequate protection to all schools in the North-East.

“I want to use this medium to console the parents of the abducted girls and the entire Dapchi community over this unfortunate incident.

“I also urge all Nigerians and people of goodwill from all over to pray for the safe return of the girls,” Dogara said.

(NAN)

Two men in court for blocking Gov. Bello’s convoy

Two men, Ahmed Abdullahi, and Nura Musa were on Tuesday arraigned in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly blocking the convoy of  Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Abdullahi, 37, and Musa, 23, both of Asokoro, Abuja, are facing a count of public nuisance.

The prosecutor, Adeniyi Oyeyemi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on February 24 at Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

He said the defendants unlawfully parked their car and blocked the road and sat unconcerned until the security of the governor came down to arrest them.

The prosecutor said during a search of their vehicle, a bottle of codeine was found.

He said that the offence contravened Section 183 of the Penal Code.

The defendants pleaded not guilty, while the Magistrate, Emenisi Ebiwari, granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 each and a surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case until March 15 for further hearing.

(NAN)

Lagos shuts 20 hotels, events centres, over tax evasion

The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service has shut 20 hotels, restaurants and event centres because of their failure to remit taxes.

The Director of Legal Services of the LIRS, Mr Seyi Alade, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeriaon the sidelines of a tax law enforcement exercise, conducted in Lagos on Tuesday.

Alade said the affected firms owed the State Government a total of N295.49 million, adding that the state had started full enforcement of all aspects of the tax laws on tax defaulters.

He named some of the shut facilities as Bienvenue suite Ltd., Ajaxbel Hotel, Mayor Hotel, Lafun suites, Darahamson Guest Palace, Mozarella Hotels, among others.

According to him, sealing of hotels and other facilities will be eradicated, due to the coming into operation of the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption (Fiscalisation) Regulation, 2017.

He said the new regulations had made it mandatory for all hotels, restaurants, event centres and other entities liable to consumption taxes, to allow integration of the Electronic Revenue Assurance Systems (ERAS).

“ERAS is a software application or device that issues invoices and receipts to consumers, bearing a unique QR code, detailing the items and/or services ordered and in an embedded automation of consumption tax remittance in real time.

“It is a measure that will allow the LIRS to have efficient oversight of all sales transactions undertaken through these entities.

“The system offers transparency to the entire management and operational system of the entities and it is also of immense benefit to the tax collecting agents.”

According to Alade, this is not a new law, but a compliance machinery with the existing Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law of Lagos State, towards aligning with global best practice in the use of technology and automated solutions.

He noted that the system was long in operation in countries like Kenya, Rwanda, among others, adding that Lagos State could adopt it to enhance effectiveness of its taxation and revenue generation system.

He warned that failure to be integrated into the ERAS platform was an offence punishable with fines and jail terms upon conviction by court.

He appealed to business entities liable to consumption taxes to endeavour to be integrated into the ERAS platform and ensure prompt remittance of taxes to avoid disruptions to their businesses.

(NAN)

My presidential ambition still intact — Donald Duke

A former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, on Tuesday said he had not backed down on his presidential ambition.

Mr. Duke made the statement in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the speculations that he had dumped the aspiration were untrue.

Mr. Duke said he had not officially declared for the number one seat in the country for strategic reasons.

“Sometime ago, I said I will run for the presidency of the country if the opportunity presented itself.

“Yes, my presidential ambition is still intact, I am only waiting for the opportunity to present itself to make the right move,’’ he said.

Asked on what platform he would run, especially as he was a member of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s inspired “Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM)’’ , he said it was too early to decide.

He, however, said he was still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“I am still a member of the PDP, at the same time a member of the coalition which is not a political party.

  • “The coalition will definitely align with a political party to achieve its goals, otherwise it will make no sense.

“I can’t say yet the platform on which I will run if the opportunity presents itself. We are still watching and will take the right step at the right time,’’ he said.

On the spate of abductions and killings in some parts of the country, Mr. Duke described the situation as disturbing.

He urged the relevant authorities to confront the problem head on for the peace and stability of the nation.

(NAN)

Why Nigeria dropped on TI corruption perception index – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria dropped in only one of the indices used by Transparency International (TI) in corruption perception for 2017.

While the country scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100 but with a rank of No. 148 out of 180 countries surveyed — a significant 12 places below where it was the previous year.

Osinbajo said on Tuesday while speaking at an event organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and the ministry of justice that the Buhari administration is making progress in the fight against corruption.

“It is also important to note that the main reason for Nigeria’s decline in the Transparency International 2017 corruption perception index is that Nigeria recorded a major drop in score on just one out of the nine international recognised indeces used by Transparency International to ascertain perceived levels of public sector corruption from the perspective of experts and business people,” he said.

“So the the drop recorded was in just one out of the nine recognised indexes. The index in question scored Nigeria low on the economy intelligence unit country’s risk service with the decline from 37 points to 20. This is an index that analyses the risks of financial exposure in countries.

“The question to be asked then is what changed so dramatically between 2016 and 2017? As we speak, the budget for 2018 is under public scrutiny at the National Assembly, the allocation and use of public funds is guided by the budget and represents one of the key areas of consultations and interaction between the two arms of government, that is the executive and legislature.

“The endless number of probes and the use of public funds going on both within the executive and the legislative arms, underscores the transparency of this government and its intention to ensure that funds are used for public purposes.”

Represented by Ade Ipaye, deputy chief of staff, the vice-president said the administration is recording progress in the fight against corruption.

He said the report should not be seen as a setback but an opportunity to continue building on the “many successes” that have been recorded by the government.

“What sets Buhari’s leadership apart from others is the prudent and transparent management of national resources,” he said.

“Thus, despite up to 60 percent drop in revenue, we have by stopping grand corruption, make the highest capital spent in the history of Nigeria, in the sum of N1.3 trillion in 2017.

“The dialogue couldn’t have come at a better time because only recently, Transparency International released a report suggesting that Nigerian declined in the perception index for reasons which I will discuss shortly.

“We are firmly of the view that real progress is being achieved in the fight against corruption in Nigeria, and perception may indeed lag behind reality. But as the saying goes, perception is sometimes stronger than reality, so we have to keep up the good fight until the full effect of our efforts can be clearly seen and perceived.

“In that regard, the ranking of Nigeria by the 2017 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, released on February 21st, 2018, should not in anyway be seen as a setback but rather as an opportunity to continue building on the many successes that have already been recorded by this government in all the key sectors.”

On his part, Itse Sagay, chairman of PACAC, said corruption could not be fought by lip service.

“Fighting corruption cannot be lip service. You cannot be corrupt and be talking against corruption, it ridicules the whole exercise and the spirit of that struggle,” Sagay said.

“And so we should purge ourselves of corruption so that we can stand on firm ground to speak. Some might have been corrupt in the past but if you purge yourselves then you are welcome.”

APC extends Oyegun’s tenure by 12 months

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended the tenure of the national working committee (NWC) of the party led by John Oyegun by 12 months.

The decision was taken at the national executive council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday.

Speaking at the end of the NEC meeting, Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, said the extension would take effect from June 30.

“The NEC met today and major decisions in line with the constitution of the party. We all aware that the tenure of current NWC and the executive members of this party both elected and appointed come to an end June this year,” he said.

“Considering the time left for the party to conduct all the congresses and conventions and considering that our leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been charged with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved members of our party, we cannot afford to approach the general election with more disputes and crises adding that party have decided on line with article 13 which empowers the NEC to carry out the functions of its convention and the NEC has decided to extend the tenure of current NWC other executive committees at various levels for another 12months starting from June 30th.”

It had been reported that pro-Buhari governors impressed it on the president that it was better to elongate Oyegun’s tenure than risk a new convention that could further fracture the party.

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling party, had accused the chairman of sabotaging his efforts to reconcile aggrieved members of the APC.

But speaking at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday, Bello said governors and many members of the ruling party have confidence in Oyegun.

Dapchi schoolgirls: FG releases details of 110 victims, sets up probe panel

The Federal Government on Tuesday released the names and details of the missing 110 girls following the attack on Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, who disclosed this in a statement, said Babagana Monguno, national security adviser, has convened a committee.

He said the committee, which will be chaired by a military officer of the rank of major-general, comprised one senior provost each from the army, the navy and the air force.

Mohammed said the list of the missing students was handed over to him by the Yobe state government.

He said that out of the 110 missing girls, eight were in JSS1, 17 in JSS2, 12 in JSS 3, 40 in SS1, 19 in SS2 and 14 in SS3.

The girls’ ages range from 11 to 19 years.

He said the list which contained the contact address and phone number of each missing girl, was verified by a 26-member screening committee.

The minister said Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff, has relocated to Yobe to personally supervise search for the girls.

The list

 

S/NO YEAR GROUP TOTAL NUMBER OF MISSING STUDENTS
1 JSS 1 08
2 JSS2 17
3 JSS3 12
4 SS1 40
5 SS2 19
6 SS3 14
Total 110

COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF MISSING STUDENTS

S/NO NAME OF STUDENTS AGE CLASS
Text 1 Text 2 Text 3 Text 4
Text 1 Text 2 Text 3 Text 4
2 Fati Muhammed 11 years JSS1
3 Fatima Modu Aisami 12 years JSS1
4 Fatima Abdullahi Ali 12 years JSS1
5 Salamatu Garba 13 years JSS1
6 Adama Garba 12 years JSS1
7 Hadiza Ali 11 years JSS1
8 Aisha Adamu Alkali 11 years JSS1
9 Hadiza Muhammed Musa 14 years JSS2
10 Fatima Usman 14 years JSS2
11 Rabi Yahaya Tela 13 years JSS2
12 Zainab Usman 14 years JSS2
13 Fanna Muhammad 13 years JSS2
14 Zainab Mohammed Bama 13 years JSS2
15 Fatima Yahaya 13 years JSS2
16 Amina Yahaya 13 years JSS2
17 Maryam Aliyu Mabu 14 years JSS2
18 Fatima Ishaku Aliyu 13 years JSS 2
19 Habiba Nuhu Dan-Inuwa 14 years JSS2
20 Zainab Bukar Abba 14 years JSS2
21 Fatsuma Ali 14 years JSS2
22 Salamatu Isiyaku 14 years JSS2
23 Hauwa Bulama 14 years JSS2
24 Rabi A. Nasir 14 years JSS2
25 Khadija Sule 13 years JSS2
26 Aisha Muhammad Aminami 14 years JSS3
27 Aisha A. Maina 14 years JSS3
28 Fatima Bashir 14 years JSS3
29 Fatima Muhammad 14 years JSS3
30 Fatima Aji Hassan 15 years JSS3
31 Hadiza Sale 14 years JSS3
32 Khadija Suleiman 15 years JSS3
33 Walida Adamu 15 years JSS3
34 Maimuna A. Hassan 14 years JSS3
35 Maryam Ibrahim 14 years JSS3
36 Zainab Abubakar Yakubu 13 years JSS3
37 Amina Haruna 15 years JSS3
38 Falmata Wakil 15 years SS1A
39 Maimuna Musa 16 years SS1A
40 Sahura Jibrin Muhammad 15 years SS1A
41 Fatima Bukar 16 years SS1A
42 Hajara Yahaya Tela 15 years SS1A
43 Hajara Ali 16 years SS1A
44 Maryam Adamu Muhammad 14 years SS1A
45 Fatsuma Muhammad 15 years SS1A
46 Hauwa Salisu 14 years SS1A
47 Amina Adamu 16 years SS1B
48 Zara Musa 16 years SS1B
49 Aisha Abba Aji 16 years SS1B
50 Fatima Alhaji Ari 15 years SS1B
51 Aisha Alhaji Deri Dokta 16 years SS1B
52 Maryam Usman Sale 15 years SS1B
53 Hassana Gambo 15 years SS1B
54 Hauwa Usman 16 years SS1B
55 Hajara Muhammad Gidado 16 years SS1B
56 Zara Muhammed Lawan 15 years SS1C
57 Khadija Grema Dabuwa 15 years SS1C
58 Aisha M. Wakil 15 years SS1C
59 Amina Abubakar 16 years SS1D
60 Fatima Modu Abubakar 15 years SS1D
61 Fatima Ibrahim 16 years SS1D
62 Zara Grema Dabuwa 15 years SS1D
63 Maryam Adam Kontoma 15 years SS1D
64 Falmata Wakil 16 years SS1D
65 Maimuna Umar Alhassan 15 years SS1E
66 Hajara Adamu Abubakar 15 years SS1E
67 Aisha Modu Bamba 16 years SS1F
68 Bintu Yerima 16 years SS1F
69 Zara Grema 16 years SS1F
70 Fatima Adamu 16 years SS1F
71 Fatsuma Abubakar Jambo 16 years SS1F
72 Maryam Mustapha 15 years SS1F
73 Fatsuma Abdullahi 15 years SS1F
74 Aisha Usman 15 years SS1F
75 Fatsuma Ibrahim Isa 16 years SS1F
76 Fatima Hassan Mustapha 16 years SS1F
77 Leah Sharibu 16 years SS1F
78 Maryam Bashir 17 years SS2A
79 Maryam Muhammed 17 years SS2A
80 Maryam Ibrahim Adam 16 years SS2A
81 Hauwa Manuga Lawan 16 years SS2A
82 Hauwa Saidu Abubakar 17 years SS2B
83 Falmata Alhaji Inuwa 16 years SS2C
84 Zara Muhammed 17 years SS2C
 85 Fatima Muhammed 16 years SS2C
86 Maryam Usman 16 years SS2C
87 Aisha B. Danjuma 18 years SS2C
88 Aisha Mamuda 16 years SS2D
89 Zara Tijjani 16 years SS2D
90 Aisha A. Adamu 16 years SS2E
91 Fatsuma Sani 17 years SS2E
92 Fatima Usman 17 years SS2E
93 Amina Abdullahi 18 years SS2F
94 Aisha Kachalla 16 years SS2F
95 Maryam Kalwuri 17 years SS2F
96 Bintu Usman 17 years SS2F
97 Fatima A. Grah 18 years SS3C
98 Habiba Musa 18 years SS3C
99 Hajara Karumi 18 years SS3C
100 Karima Inusa 18 years SS3C
101 Falmata A. Audu 18 years SS3C
102 Hafsat A. Grah 18 years SS3D
103 Fatima Makinta Liman 19 years SS3D
104 Aisha Muhammad Jakusko 18 years SS3D
105 Hadiza Muhammed 18 years SS3D
106 Hauwa Mohammed Idris 18 years SS3E
107 Aisha M. Bukar 18 years SS3E
108 Hadiza Abubakar 18 years SS3F
109 Fanna Muhammed Modu 17 years SS3F
110 Maryam Muhammed 18 year SS3F

 

 

Nnamdi Kanu, wife spotted in Ghana

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been spotted by security agents in Ghana, according to a report by The Cable.

There has been controversy over the whereabouts of the IPOB leader who was last seen in public in September 2017 before the military launched Operation Python Dance II — apparently to quell the agitation for the breakaway of south-eastern Nigeria.

Since the military raided his home in Aba, Abia state, there has been speculation that he was arrested and might have been killed.

At some point, Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state, said Kanu was in London.

His court trial for treason has stalled and Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senator who served as Kanu’s surety when he was granted bail after spending 18 months in detention, has sought to be dischargedfrom the obligation after his disappearance.

However, security sources have suggested that Kanu was ferried to the Niger Delta creeks by militants at the height of Python Dance II, from where he found his way to Ghana by sea.

He is regularly seen at Kenzo Bar and IBG saloon in Accra, disguised in face cap and usually in company with his wife, Uchechi.

Kanu is said to live at an area called Cantonment, also in Accra, at an estate called “Arabella”.

He regularly patronises suya joints in remote parts of the city, according to the sources.

If confirmed, this will lay to rest speculations on the fate of the IPOB leader.

His brother once asked the military to release his “dead body” if he had been killed.

Okorocha joins Senate race

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has finally joined the list of governors who have declared their interest in running for elective positions in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

Mr. Okorocha had earlier declared that he would neither run for Senate nor for President in 2019, but would be keen in who succeeds him.

However, the governor, while speaking at an event on Monday, said he had decided to run for Imo West Senatorial District in 2019 general election, the Sun newspaper reported Tuesday.

Mr. Okorocha said it would be a disservice to the nation if he failed to contest considering his “wealth of experience” as a governor for eight years.

Mr. Okorocha, who has stirred controversies with many of his decisions as governor, said his participation will also increase the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

South East leaders of the ruling APC had earlier endorsed Mr. Okorocha to lead the Southeast Zonal Campaign Council of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

“I have decided to run for the Imo West Senatorial zone because if I don’t, bad people will take the position. If my name appears on the ballot paper as contesting for the Senate, it will boost APC’s chances in the state. And many from my zone have said they will not contest if I am interested,” Mr. Okorocha said.

The governor also reaffirmed his earlier endorsement of his chief of staff and son in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor.

“If Uche Nwosu will be home for governor, I will tell the deputy governor to go to the Senate.

“I told you earlier that my interest is the Presidency but since President Buhari will be contesting in 2019, I decided to put my ambition on hold until he completes his tenure,” he said.

FG to implement new national minimum wage in third quarter of 2018

A new national minimum wage will be implemented from the third quarter of 2018, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said.

He disclosed this at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Abuja on Monday.

According to the minister, “Well, we all know the economic situation of the country as of today. The negotiation committee has members from all the tripartite bodies, which means the government cannot force its way.

“The committee has received memoranda from all the critical stakeholders and should begin the implementation of a new minimum wage in the third quarter of this year.”

Earlier in the month, the NLC made a request to the tripartite committee on minimum wage to increase the wage to N56,000 for the least paid worker.

Also, the Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, earlier in the month, said though no provision was made concerning the minimum wage in the 2018 budget, the Federal Government would prepare a supplementary budget that would take care of the increase in workers pay after the new minimum wage proposal has been approved.

Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigerian Labour Congress, at the 40th anniversary celebration, said labour would resist the schemes of those who are working against the realisation of the new minimum wage within the government.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, assured the NLC that lawmakers were prepared to support the payment of living wages to workers in the country and encouraged them to negotiate on the worker’s living wages.

Punch newspapers reported that a statement by the speakers’ media office said,

“The major challenge facing the organised labour today is to negotiate a meaningful national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

“I wish to lend the support of the House of Representatives to the ongoing efforts to secure not only a living wage for the Nigerian worker, but also to ensure that in retirement, workers are sufficiently taken care of.

“The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.”

In October 2017, members of the House of Representatives called for a review of the current national minimum wage to at least N30,000.

The current minimum wage is N18,000 and was brought to effect in 2011 and lawmakers have argued that no Nigerian worker can survive on that.

At the anniversary on Monday, Mr. Wabba highlighted that the labour movement was ready to participate in the political activities of 2019.

He said the Labour Party will be resuscitated with a view to provide a veritable platform for labour activists to seek elective positions.

“It was because of this understanding that we created the Labour Party. We are not yet disillusioned with developments within the party as we are mindful of the obvious fact that each organisation has its peak and low periods in its natural process of growth.

“We, therefore, call for unity of its members and urge all workers to register, claim it, control and have it as their party.”

The president, Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Kaigama, also charged labour activists to develop more than just an interest in politics.

He said that it is only when labour wrestles power from career politicians that it would be empowered to better the lots of the working masses.

Airports perimeter fencing to be captured in 2019 budget – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is making plans to erect perimeter fencing at airports across the country to improve safety and security of aircraft and passengers.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, disclosed this to journalists in Lagos on Tuesday.

Mr. Yakubu said the managing director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, had assured that funds to embark on the construction of the perimeter fences would be captured in the 2019 budget.

She said:”The incidence of runway incursion is a threat to safety, which remains a great concern to FAAN.

“The incident at Akure airport where cows entered the runway is being addressed. The animals gained access to the restricted area through a gap on the perimeter fence.’’

According to her, engineers from FAAN are already at the Akure airport to fix the collapsed section of the fence.

She also disclosed that as part of measures to further strengthen the security of the airports across the country, FAAN had stopped the renewal of On Duty Cards (ODCs) for former workers of airlines and FAAN.

According to her, this is to ensure strict personnel monitoring and make sure that only people designated to be in restricted areas are able to gain access to such areas.

Mr. Yakubu explained that all security measures had been reviewed, while 10 vehicles were recently added to the ones on the ground to enhance runway patrol.

Buhari directs ministers to inaugurate boards of parastatals

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all ministers to inaugurate the boards of various parastatals under their supervision.

The president issued this directive on Monday through a circular signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The circular directed all ministers to proceed with the inauguration of the boards on or before Friday, March 9.

Reports of the inauguration exercise is expected to reach the Office of the SGF not later than March 16, the circular said.

President Buhari had in December 2017 appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 board members.

This was the largest set of appointments since Mr. Buhari assumed office at the end of May in 2015.

However, the appointments sparked a controversy as some deceased persons were among those appointed.

A scrutiny of the names showed that at least three died after Mr. Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29, 2015.

Mr. Mustapha said the directive was given following the approval of Mr. Buhari for the Federal Government to publish the membership of Boards of Parastatals under various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He said the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation also went further to streamline the constitution of the boards in accordance with the statutes and had conveyed the lists of the chairmen and members to the various ministers.

According to the circular, ministers must ensure proper documentation before the inauguration. The updated Curriculum Vitae (in soft, hard copy) and means of identification should be forwarded to this office for record purposes.

“Where the law provides Institutional Representatives should be Civil Servants not below the rank of Director in relevant MDAs, for effective reporting,” the circular stated.