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Showing posts with label politics. Show all posts

Saturday, August 17, 2019

JUST IN: Drama At Airport As DSS Wheels El-Zakzaky Through Back Door

JUST IN: Drama At Airport As DSS Wheels El-Zakzaky Through Back Door

Journalist Set Cameras But Not Allowed To See El-zakzaky Returned From India

BREAKING: Drama At Airport As DSS Wheels El-Zakyzaky Through Back Door



There was a drama at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Friday as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) sneaked in the embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat.

On arrival, he was taken through the Presidential Wing by the operatives, preventing journalists to have any contacts with the couple. 
Journalist Set cameras but not allowed to see el-zazaky returned from India
Journalists present at the airport were asked to set their cameras at the arrival lounge of the International Wing but were not allowed to see him. 

It was gathered that the officers drove an ambulance to the tarmac with a wheelchair to pick up the detainees. 

The leader of the sect arrived in the country a few minutes ago after their contentious medical trip to India.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Shiites Reveal Real Reason El-Zakzaky Returned To Nigeria After Refusing Treatment

Shiites Reveal Real Reason El-Zakzaky Returned To Nigeria After Refusing Treatment

Shiites Reveal Real Reason El-Zakzaky Returned To Nigeria From India

The actual reasons behind the emergency return of the Shiite leader, a.k.a "The Islamic Movement in Nigeria(IMN)", Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky from India.

The religious group explained that Elzakzaky refused medical treatment because it was being imposed by the Nigerian security forces in collaboration with their Indian colleagues.

It would be recalled, it was earlier reported that El-Zakzaky had suddenly returned to the country reason being that he wasn't granted the desired treatment.

IMN declared that they are absolutely disappointed with the development while adding that there is no way they would have trusted the Nigerian Government.

The revelation was obtained from the newsmen through the Shittes' media forum President, Ibrahim Musa.

Musa added “The impasse was a sequel to the refusal of the Sheikh to succumb to the imposition of Medical treatment by the Nigerian security forces in collaboration with their Indian colleagues.

“The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse.

“The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place and did whatever to stop it by all means possible.

“The Islamic Movement is completely not happy with the latest development.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

See Three Things Obasanjo Mentioned That’ll Make Nigeria Great

See Three Things Obasanjo Mentioned That’ll Make Nigeria Great

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has identified three spiritual instruments that will make Nigeria great.
See Three Things Obasanjo Listed That’ll Make Nigeria Great

The former military and democratic leader stated this at the 2019 National Altar of Praise and Prayer for the Nation, entitled: ‘As in the Days of Jehoshaphat,’ taken from II Chronicles 20:22, held at Molete Baptist Church, Ibadan.

Obasanjo, who was represented by Dr Doyin Okupe, stated that only prayer, praise and faith in God will get Nigeria back on track to greatness.

He said Nigeria needs these three spiritual instruments to overcome the myriad of socio-economic and political challenges besetting the country.

Doyin Okupe said: “I identify with the theme of this event, which is ‘As in the Days of Jehoshaphat,’ taken from II Chronicles 20:22.

The theme is all about praise, prayer and faith in God. With praise, prayer and faith, God will surely heal our land, reshuffle it and prosper this nation.”

“I believe in the sovereignty of God and helplessness or lack of capacity of man to gratify the enormity of His grace and mercy over us.

“For everything that God brings to us, 90 per cent of it, we are not even aware of.

“But the only thing we can give back to Him is praise. That is all he demands and desires from us,” he added.

(NAIJANEWS)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

El-Zakzaky Arrives In India For Medical Treatment

El-Zakzaky Arrives In India For Medical Treatment

Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has arrived Delhi, the capital city of India for medical treatment.
El-Zakzaky Arrives In India For Medical Treatment

The Islamic Movement In Nigeria (IMN) leader and his wife, Zeenat, were received by medical doctors and wheeled into the hospital.

El-Zakzaky who is on a trip to India for medical treatment had earlier made a stopover in Dubai.

The spokesperson of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) told Channels TV that Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife made a stopover at Dubai International Airport this early on Tuesday morning at about 4:00 am.

Depature At Abuja Airport
El-Zakzaky alongside his wife and other security personnel left Nigeria on Monday night aboard an Emirate Airline number EK2614.
El-Zakzaky Arrives In India For Medical Treatment

El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja earlier on Monday, following the order of a Kaduna State High court which granted them leave to undergo treatment at an Indian hospital of their choice.

This followed an application by El-Zakzaky’s counsel and human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), to allow them to travel for treatment as a result of their deteriorating health condition.
(ChannelsTv)
Government Accuses Labour Unions Of Delaying Implementation Of New Minimum Wage

Government Accuses Labour Unions Of Delaying Implementation Of New Minimum Wage

Government has attributed the delay in the implementation of the “Consequential Adjustment” of the N30, 000 new minimum wage to the unrealistic demands of labour unions.
nment has attributed the delay in the implementation of the “Consequential Adjustment” of the N30, 000 new minimum wage to the unrealistic demands of labour unions.  Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.  Egbule explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments.  He said, “Labour is asking for consequential adjustment and government in its wisdom had made budgetary provision for an adjustment of N10,000 across the board for those already earning above N30,000 per month.  “However, the unions have refused this offer, saying that because the increase in minimum wage from 18,000 to N30, 000 was 66 per cent, therefore they want 66 percent increment across the board.  “We told them that the minimum wage was not raised from N18, 000 to N30, 000 through percentage increase but as a result of consideration of economic factors including ability to pay.  “However, we said that if they want consequential adjustments in percentage terms, we will use a percentage that when applied will not exceed what has been provided for in the budget.  “Labour is currently stretching out and eating up the time that people could have used in benefiting from the adjustment because the new minimum wage was implemented since April.  “My advice is for labour to accept the terms for now and prepare to fight for the harmonisation of salaries that is coming up."

Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

Egbule explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments.

He said, “Labour is asking for consequential adjustment and government in its wisdom had made budgetary provision for an adjustment of N10,000 across the board for those already earning above N30,000 per month.

However, the unions have refused this offer, saying that because the increase in minimum wage from 18,000 to N30, 000 was 66 per cent, therefore they want 66 percent increment across the board.

“We told them that the minimum wage was not raised from N18, 000 to N30, 000 through percentage increase but as a result of consideration of economic factors including ability to pay.

“However, we said that if they want consequential adjustments in percentage terms, we will use a percentage that when applied will not exceed what has been provided for in the budget.

“Labour is currently stretching out and eating up the time that people could have used in benefiting from the adjustment because the new minimum wage was implemented since April.

“My advice is for labour to accept the terms for now and prepare to fight for the harmonisation of salaries that is coming up."

BREAKING: El-Zakzaky Departs Nigeria Amidst Tight Security

BREAKING: El-Zakzaky Departs Nigeria Amidst Tight Security

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has now departed Nigeria for India where he will be receiving medical treatment.
Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has now departed Nigeria for India where he will be receiving medical treatment.
FreshReporters News understood that he travelled in company with his wife, Zeenat, and other family members amidst tight security on Monday evening.

The IMN leader has been in detention for over two years despite court orders for his release.  

He will be receiving medical attention in an Indian hospital, according to his lawyer, Femi Falana.

A source at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, confirmed the departure.

“The airport is tensed as we speak. No one knows what will happen but they have secretly taken him inside the aircraft – Source said.

 “The NIA is also involved, they are the ones taking him there and they have departed.”
(Saharareporters)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Peter Obi Rejects Report US Denied Him Visa

Peter Obi Rejects Report US Denied Him Visa


Peter Obi Rejects Report US Denied Him Visa

Peter Obi, the vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last Nigeria's election has denied the viral news that the United States refused to issue him the country's visa.

Obi, who is the ex-governor of Anambra State made this revelation through his media adviser, Valentine Obienyem.

His adviser had revealed that Peter Obi is presently in the United States on the invitation of highly-placed officials.

Other details below:
Obi is a good brand such that organisations and countries are satisfied to associate with him because he has proven to be a
highly responsible person and politician.

“Those peddling the rumour are the same people that are exasperated by the honour coming his way and are desperately trying to associate his name with one crime or untoward action not purely out of hate, but out of the desire to prove that he is human and can sin a
little.

“Regrettably for them, Obi will not be caught in the web of their wickedness and intrigues because he is simply living his life without
pretences.”

Obienyem has slammed individuals spreading such information, stressing that Peter Obi has exhibited high managerial acumen and superlative performance as the governor of the state.

Obienyem further added, “One wonders why anybody should think in terms of Obi being denied a visa.

“Could it probably be because of his (Obi’s) superlative performance in Anambra State, which saw him leaving N75bn in the treasury for his successor; building a teaching hospital from the scratch; paying over N37bn in arrears of pension and gratuities since 1999; returning of schools to the Church and offering them massive support.”

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PDP Wins All 8 Seats In Bayelsa LGA Election

PDP Wins All 8 Seats In Bayelsa LGA Election

PDP Wins All 8 Seats In Bayelsa LGA Election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the eight local government areas of Bayelsa, in the just concluded election organised by the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC), on Saturday, August 11.

It was gathered that Bayelsa has eight LGAs, and it won all as the All Progressives Congress (APC), did not partake in the election, because of some alleged irregularities according to them.

The returning officer, Frank Ebikumor, on Sunday in Yenagoa announced that Dengiye Ubarugu of the PDP polled 42,539 votes to defeat ADC, who polled 1,031 votes in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA. In Southern-Ijaw, the returning officer, Dr Nwiwu Johnson announced that Nigeria Kia of the PDP scored 107,150 to defeat AD, who scored 2,489 votes.

 In Ekeremor LGA, the returning officer, Dr Victor Ayibatonye, announced that Chief Perekeme Petula emerged winner with 62,529 votes, as other parties had no vote. Also, in Sagbama LGA, where Governor Seriake Dickson hails from, the returning officer, Dr ThankGod Apere, announced that Alah Embeleakpo, had 96,468 votes as other parties had no vote.

 In Brass LGA, the returning officer, Timothy Ogiaba, announced that Victor Isaiah of the PDP scored 28,667 votes, while LP scored 2,948 votes. Ogbia LGA, Ebiye Ogoli, the returning officer, announced that Turner Ebinyo of the PDP scored 17,661 votes to defeat ADC, who scored 1,017.

While in Yenagoa, the returning officer, Dr Good-head Abraham, declared that Uroupaye Nimizuoa of the PDP scored 98,831 votes to defeat Lawrence Kwokwo of ADC, who scored 636 votes.

In his remarks, Dr Remember Ogbe, the BYSIEC chairman, said the process was peaceful in all the areas where elections were conducted.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign coordinator in Zamfara state in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Bature Sambo, and other top officials of the APC have reportedly left the party. Sambo and other top APC officials defected on Thursday, August 8, to the PDP in a ceremony in the Gusau Government House.

Others who dumped the APC reportedly included the current board chairman, National Hospital Port Harcourt, Alhaji Muktari Anka; the immediate past commissioner for youth development, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed; the immediate past special adviser, Alhaji Ibrahim Ajala, and over 6,000 other APC supporters.

Sambo reportedly said he decided to join the PDP because of the performance of Governor Bello Matawalle within a few months of his administration.
(Legit)
Xenophobia: Buhari, South African President To Meet In October

Xenophobia: Buhari, South African President To Meet In October

Xenophobia: Buhari, South African president to meet in October
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will meet with South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa in October for talks on trade and the security of citizens, Nigeria’s presidency said.

FreshReporters News understood that Buhari accepted an invitation to visit the South African leader to discuss “recurrent issues concerning well-being of the Nigerian community in South Africa, and the need to promote trade and investment,” Garba Shehu, a Nigerian government spokesman, said in an emailed statement.

He said that a specific date wasn’t given.

Dozens of Nigerian have been killed in South Africa in anti-immigrant attacks, drawing outrage from the Nigerian Parliament in Abuja.

A bi-lateral commission will also be inaugurated during the visit tasked with implementing cooperation agreements on energy, transport and security made in 2016 during a state visit to Nigeria by former South African President Jacob Zuma: Shehu.

Nigeria and South Africa vie as the continent’s biggest economies, with trade between the two nations doubling to 4.5 billion dollars  in 2018 from the previous year, according to Bloomberg estimates.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Buhari, President Conde celebrate Eid il-Kabir In Daura

Buhari, President Conde celebrate Eid il-Kabir In Daura

Buhari, President Conde celebrate Eid il-Kabir in Daura
President of Guinea, Prof. Alpha Conde was on Saturday accorded a warm welcome by President Muhammadu Buhari and members of Daura community in Katsina State.

According to a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, President Conde is in Daura for Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

He said the the visiting President would attend the Eid prayers with President Buhari on Sunday and be treated to the traditional Durbar display at the palace of the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk.

Shehu disclosed that President Conde would also be conferred with a traditional title by the Daura Emirate.

The Guinean President, who was earlier received by the Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, ”was greeted by excited, young members of Daura community and colourful horse riders at the helipad close to President Buhari’s country home.”

The presidential aide stated that Conde’s visit would provide an opportunity to reinforce strong relationship between the two leaders and both nations, and for them to engage in discussions on bilateral and global matters.

It will also provide an opportunity for the visiting President to share in the rich history of Daura, which is the linchpin of Hausa society, ethnically,” he added.
Revenue Formula: Govs To Demand 42% Of Federal Allocation

Revenue Formula: Govs To Demand 42% Of Federal Allocation

Ahead of the review of the revenue sharing formula scheduled to start on Thursday, there are strong indications that state governors may demand 42 per cent of the federal allocation as against the 26.72 per cent they currently get.
Revenue Formula: Govs To Demand 42% Of Federal Allocation
The governors are also asking that the share of the Federal Government be slashed from the current 52.68 per cent to 37 per cent, while requesting that the share of local governments be increased from the current 20.60 per cent to 23 per cent in the new formula.

The Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Mr Elias Mbam, had on Tuesday revealed that the commission would set up a committee in the coming week to review the revenue sharing formula for federal, states and local governments due to the current economic realities.

The current revenue sharing formula was designed during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who ruled between 1999 and 2007.

But, ahead of the inauguration of the review committee on Thursday, a highly placed source privy to the pre-meeting discussions among governors told one of our correspondents on Thursday that the governors might adopt the recommendation of a report earlier submitted by a sub-committee set up by the forum to review the formula.

The source, who asked not to be named, said, “A committee was set up by the forum and that is the position of the forum on the matter of the revenue formula. The sub-committee met as far back as 2011 and it was made up of six governors, headed by the then governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

“The members were Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State; Sullivan Chime of Enugu State; Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State.

“From the report they submitted to the forum, they recommended that the Federal Government should now get 35 per cent; states should get 42 per cent  and local government should get 23 per cent. That was the recommendation and that is what we have continued to push for.”

When asked what the governors based their proposal on, the source said they looked at their quest to be able to pay the minimum wage; the need for more resources to fight insecurity and the decaying infrastructure in their domain, which, according to him, the states do not have the funds to address.

He said, “The governors noted that managing states today is becoming very expensive and they mentioned the issue of security. Even though there is a central police system, the responsibility is falling on state governments to inject funds to help the agencies and so they have been involved in one way or the other.

“The cost of securing the states has simply become more expensive and the burden is now heavy on the states. The population has also increased over time and these people are in the respective states.

“So, when the governors said they needed some adjustments done with the revenue formula in order to defray the increase in the minimum wage, the new formula I mentioned to you was the formula they were referring to. The report was adopted and it was sent to the Federal Government but nothing was done about it.

“During the negotiation for this minimum wage, the governors again presented their position. They were initially reluctant to agree to the N30,000 but eventually, that was why they said if it (minimum wage) must be implemented with ease, there must be an adjustment, and so the report was again sent to the Federal Government but nothing was done about it.”

When asked if the NGF would stick to the 2011 recommendation, he said, “I’m tempted to say yes, because there had been no cause to reconstitute another committee to review it, so even though it’s relatively old, as far as we are concerned, that is the official position.”

“Yes, we know there has been this talk about states boosting their IGR and that they should be able to use that to take care of their recurrent expenditure, but the infrastructure for making that happen is not there.

“If there is no security and the states are not safe,  how do businesses make money and how do you generate revenue from them? The management of the power sector is still substantially controlled at the centre and so if you can do something as a state to address the power problem, it could change a number of things.

“On one hand, they are called the chief security officers of their states but on the other hand, the resources they need to make it happen are inadequate. So, we looked at all of these to arrive at that formula and that is our position.”

State governors had at the National Economic Council meeting on January 18, 2019, renewed their call for a review of the nation’s revenue sharing formula, saying it was necessary for them to be able to pay the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage.

At the meeting, which comprised state governors and some key Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government and chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, an official privy to the NEC meeting, said, “The governors are asking for a review of the revenue sharing formula and government is looking at that. The Minimum Wage Technical Advisory Committee that was inaugurated recently is also looking into the revenue sharing formula.”

Over time, the formula has generated controversies and remained a key factor in the clamour for true federalism or restructuring.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to release Mr Omoyele Sowore and 26 other protesters arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest on Monday.
#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

FreshReporters News had recalled that the CEO of Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections was arrested in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos.

The protests held on Aug. 5 in some states of the federation, with security agencies arresting some protesters.

While Sowore was moved to Abuja on Sunday and currently being detained in the custody of the DSS, 26 other protesters have been arraigned in a Lagos court.

NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson in a statement on Wednesday said the right to peaceful protests, assembly and association is fully guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under sections 39 and 40.

According to him, the NLC view the violent attack on the peaceful protesters by security forces as a total violation of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

“Besides, peaceful protests against perceived anti-people government policies is one of the critical fundamental rights that expands the entrenchment and growth of democracy.

“Sowore and other protesters were not carrying arms against the state and we therefore demand their immediate release unconditionally.” : NAN reports.

President Buhari Orders Army Headquarters To Investigate Killing Of Three Police Officers In Taraba

President Buhari Orders Army Headquarters To Investigate Killing Of Three Police Officers In Taraba

President Buhari orders Army Headquarters to investigate killing of three police officers in Taraba
President Buhari has directed the Defence Headquarters to commence immediate investigation into the killing of three police officers and a civilian by men of the 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the National Security Council, presided by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja today August 8th.

 “The council also decided that the unfortunate incidents in Taraba State in Ibi, a committee will be setup under the Defence Headquarters to critically look into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.’’

Recall that the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement released yesterday August 7th, said Police Operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), came under sudden attack by soldiers along Ibi–Jalingo Road on August 5th. According to Mba,  police team were in the state to effect the arrest of  a notorious kidnap kingpin named Alhaji Hamisu.  Mba said the Army officers saw them effecting the arrest, attacked the police officers and released the arrested kidnapper.

He added that three Policemen comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.

The Nigerian Army has however denied the allegation. A statement from the Army headquarters earlier today, said the military officers thought the police officers were kidnappers.

 (LIB Blog)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Nigeria, US To Mobilise $300m For Agribusiness

Nigeria, US To Mobilise $300m For Agribusiness

Nigeria, US to mobilise $300m for agribusiness
Represented by Andrew Kwasari, Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of the Vice President, Osinbajo noted that “the synergy between the US, the Federal Government and the states is a way for the future.”

The USAID Contractor of the FTF Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, Adam Saffer, explained that Nigeria had tremendous opportunity to take advantage of the arable land in the country, abundant water, human resources, fertile soil and many other things that should make Nigeria not only self-sufficient but also the food basket of the region.

He said, “FTF Activity in order to help Nigeria reach the target is working with financial institutions, investors, agro data, processors and other businesses and producers to create a more enabling environment to attract those finances and investors.”

“With a more efficient agribusiness sector, food generation, better income and more inclusiveness of women and youth, we can end up with a better quality food at a lower price.  Our activity is trying to activate $300m from the investors, from the banks and from the finance institutions to make this happen.”

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, said the US government would work with  Nigeria to improve the ease of doing business in the agriculture sector, mitigate the risks to lending institutions and promote investment opportunities for agribusiness to expand and scale up their operations.

Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, told reporters that Kebbi was doing a number of things to key into the programme to unlock the agricultural potential of the state.

“In the last five years, we have recorded significant improvement in yields in many commodities particularly rice where we have seen yields increasing from as little as one tonne per hectare to an average of five to six tonnes per hectare. We have similar increases in other crops like soya beans and millet,” he said.


Also speaking, Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, called on the US to assist Nigeria with the requisite technology to tackle some of the challenges associated with food production and preservation in the country.

The $15.7m Agribusiness Investment Programme aimed to facilitate the growth of existing private sector agribusinesses and work with producer organisations in the rice, maize, soybean, aquaculture, and cowpea value chains to increase Nigeria’s food security status and foster job creation opportunities.

Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi and Cross River States are targeted under the initiative.
(Punch)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sowore Rejects Food From DSS, Remains In High Spirits In Detention

Sowore Rejects Food From DSS, Remains In High Spirits In Detention

Sowore rejects food from DSS, remains in high spirits in detention
Omoyele Sowore was arrested by the DSS for allegedly threatening Nigeria's harmony [Twitter@YeleSowore]
You might have missed the previous news where Governor Wike Of Rivers says Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In his state read it full HERE

Sowore has called for the release of Nigerians arrested by authorities while protesting on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate, has called for the release of RevolutionNow protesters who were arrested by security agents during demonstrations on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Sowore was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, August 3 for calling for nationwide protests against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Also Read: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

The Sahara Reporters founder accused the current government of badly managing the affairs of the country and called on Nigerians to reject the wickedness of the establishment.

After the DSS picked him up on Saturday, the agency accused him of threatening the harmony of the nation by plotting to overthrow a democratically-elected government.

Despite the warnings of security agencies against the protests, many staged demonstrations in a few states in the country on Monday, leading to a crackdown that involved many arrests in Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Cross River.
Sowore rejects food from DSS, remains in high spirits in detention
Police officers clash with RevolutionNow protesters in Surulere, Lagos on Monday, August 5, 2019 

When he was allowed to meet with members of the Take It Back Movement late on Monday, a defiant Sowore called for the release of those arrested, according to a report by Sahara Reporters.

"I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday," he said.

Also see: the secret video of how DSS came fir Sowore

The activist turned politician said he was bothered by the crackdown on Nigerians who were merely expressing their civil rights through peaceful protests.
Even though he noted that he was being treated well in detention, he has refused to eat meals given to him by the DSS.

Take It Back spokesperson, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, said the movement has been granted permission to deliver food on a daily basis to the detainee who she said remained in high spirits.

In its condemnation of the RevolutionNow protests, the presidency said only an electoral process determines a change of government, not a forceful overthrow.

Buhari won re-election in the February presidential election in which Sowore contested and performed woefully.
Many Nigerians have condemned his arrest and called for his release from detention.

They include Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana, and former presidential candidates, Dr Oby Ezekwesili and Atiku Abubakar.

Onamusi-Kpiasi said the Take It Back movement will continue to agitate for Sowore's release as well as that of its other comrades whose voices the "oppressive regime" has tried to silence.
Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Governor Wike said that Rivers State is not part of the RevolutionNow protest and whatever illegal agenda it seeks to pursue.
Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

The Governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest”.

He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the RevolutionNow protest and also take all necessary steps to prosecute such persons.

Governor Wike urged parents to ensure that their children are not misled by agents of the march to participate in the illegal protest.

“All council chairmen are directed to be at alert. If they suspect any illegal gathering, they should report to the security agencies for immediate action “, Governor Wike said.

(ChannelsTv)
ECOWAS Meets To Review Status Of Corruption Fight

ECOWAS Meets To Review Status Of Corruption Fight

ECOWAS meets to review status of corruption fight
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament is meeting on Tuesday over the status of implementation of the protocol on the fight against corruption in the sub-region.

The meeting of the Joint Committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and Gender, Women Empowerment, Social Protection, Legal and Judicial Affairs will  hold from Tuesday to Saturday in Ouagadougou.

The theme of the meeting is “Status of Implementation of ECOWAS Protocol A/P3/12/01 on the Fight Against Corruption: ECOWAS Parliament’s contribution thereto”.

The protocol on the fight against corruption was signed in Dakar on Dec. 21, 2001, and adopted by the Authority of Heads of State and Governments.

The protocol is to join the efforts of states in the fight against corruption by adopting preventive and suppressive measures against persons who engage in acts of corruption in the exercise of their public and private functions.

Mr Eyesan Okorodudu, Head, Democracy and Good Governance Division of ECOWAS Commission, said the meeting was part of the commission’s effort to talk to the parliament on the level of implementation of the relevant part of the protocol.

He said that there were many aspects of the protocol the commission would  want to push for parliamentarians to implore the executive arm of government to exercise more political will to make operational.

Okorodudu said that one key protocol was Article 5, which is the preventive measures.

“Under the preventive measures, we are looking at measures that will ensure transparency, efficiency in procurement processes, disposal of goods, works and services, recruitment of personnel into public services that is very interesting to us.”

According to him, ECOWAS Protocol A/P3/12/01 on the Fight Against Corruption is designed toward preventing corruption within member states.

“The protocol is actually designed to promote and strengthen our development among the state parties in their efforts towards preventing corruption and also creating opportunity for state parties to have bilateral relations.”

He said the article aims “to harmonise efforts in promoting accountability and transparency around integrity governance processes.

“Till date, we have nine member states that have signed, it means the protocol has come into effect.

“It’s gone beyond the threshold about eight but when you have nine that have  signed, it has come into force.

“What should concern most of the member states is that it’s already enforced which means all the state parties in the region should start enforcing the contents provided in the protocol..”
(NAN)
#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

The Democracy Watch Africa, which describes itself as an umbrella body of over 30 civil society organisations in West Africa, have staged a counter-protest against the #RevolutionNow movement.

Members of the group took to the streets in Lagos on Monday, August 5, and headed to the seat of power in Alausa as they called for caution over the planned protest by the coalition led by Omoyele Sowore and others.
#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

Josephine Okpara, one of the leaders of the group, read a speech in which she demanded for the expulsion of Amnesty International.

The protesters accused the organisers of the #RevolutionNow movement of acting against the interest of Nigeria and its citizens.

 They lamented that the #RevolutionNow protesters were acting “under the active support of some external forces that are bent on destabilising the country.

#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition
“The planned protest is a grave misdemeneur that must be viewed from the prism of treason against the Nigerian nation as there are from all indications no justification whatsoever to warrant such despicable act under whatever guise,” the group said.

 It was earlier reported how fierce-looking soldiers and armed policemen, on Monday, August 5, forcefully dispersed members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged at the National Stadium in Surulere area of Lagos state.

The Cable reports that the protesters who arrived at the stadium around 7am for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium.

(Legit)

Monday, August 5, 2019

JUST IN: Court Grants El-Zakzaky Permission To Travel Abroad

JUST IN: Court Grants El-Zakzaky Permission To Travel Abroad

The embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky has been granted leave to travel out for treatment.

JUST IN: Court Grants El-Zakzaky and wife Permission To Travel Abroad

A Kaduna High Court on Monday has ordered the President Muhammadu Buhari regime to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, so that they can seek medical treatment in India.


Zakzaky had been in custody since 2015 when he was arrested after he and his followers blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai in Kaduna State.