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Showing posts with label politics. Show all posts

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Wole Soyinka Blasts Presidency Over Sowore's Rearrest

Wole Soyinka Blasts Presidency Over Sowore's Rearrest

After the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore the convener of RevolutionNow movement by the department of state service (DSS). The noble laureate, Wole Soyinka has told President Muhammadu Buhari to "rein in your wild dogs of disobedience ".

Wole Soyinka Blasts Presidency Over Sowore Rearrest


In a statement on Friday, Soyinka described Sowore’s rearrest as a degradation of the judiciary.

Soyinka said;

Only yesterday, in my commentary on the ongoing Sowore saga, I pointed out the near-perfect similarity between plain crude thuggery and the current rage of court disobedience. Little did I suspect that the state children of disobedience would aspire to the level of the African wild dogs on a pack hunt.
 I apologize for underestimating the DSS capacity for the unthinkable. I reiterate the nation’s concern, indeed alarm, about the escalating degradation of the judiciary through multiple means, of which disobedience of court orders is fast becoming the norm.
May I remind this government that disobedience calls to disobedience, and that disobedience of the orders of the constitutional repository of the moral authority of arbitration – the judiciary – can only lead eventually to a people’s disregard of the authority of other arms of civil society, a state of desperation that is known, recognized and accepted as – civil disobedience.
It is so obvious – state disobedience leads eventually to civil disobedience, piecemeal or through a collective withdrawal of recognition of other structures of authority. That way leads to chaos but – who set it in motion? As is often the case, the state, unquestionably. Such a state bears full responsibility for the ensuing social condition known as anomie.
It has become imperative and urgent to send this message to President-General Buhari: Rein in your wild dogs of disobedience. And for a start, get a trainer to teach them some basic court manners!

Sowore and Olawale Bakare were rearrested on Friday by DSS operatives at the federal high court in Abuja, less than 24 hours after they were released on the order of the court.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Centre Advocates PR To Tackle Civil Unrest, Strikes

Centre Advocates PR To Tackle Civil Unrest, Strikes

Centre Advocates PR To Tackle Civil Unrest, Strikes

The Centre for Public Service Productivity and Development, says effective application of best practices in public relations can reduce civil unrest, industrial strikes and enhance national productivity.

In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Mr Chris Egbu, a faculty member of the centre, said the position was reached by participants at the end of the International Public Relations and Protocol Conference, taking place between Dec. 2 and Dec. 6, in Accra, Ghana.

Egbu said participants at the conference also emphasised the need to harmonise the international protocol code by countries.

“It was observed that recent conflicts between Presidents of foreign super powers are due to non-adherence to best practices in international public relations and protocol.

“Tensions at bilateral talks among countries can be reduced if leaders of delegation observe a protocol that states “never say no while reacting to proposals expressed by their counterparts,’’ he said.

Egbu suggested that answers such as; “we will give thought to the matter; we may get back on the matter in due course’’, would be more civil and produce better results.

He said some open confrontations caused by remarks at bilateral talks could be avoided by more diplomatic responses.

Also according to the statement, Rita Rockson, Team Lead, Le Papillion Core of Ghana, called on public relations professionals to cut through the online clutter with arguments that are persuasive, believable and actionable.

Rockson said the power, value and influence of public relations had never been in greater need than now.

According to her, current unrest and crisis in most countries leading to sustained demonstration and civil unrest underscore the need for public relations in a democratic society where people have freedom to debate and make decisions.

It said participants urged organisations to train and retrain their public relations professionals to ensure peace and harmony in the community, the marketplace, the home, the workplace and the voting booth.
(NAN)
BREAKING: Drama As DSS Re-Arrests Sowore, Bakare In Court (VIDEO)

BREAKING: Drama As DSS Re-Arrests Sowore, Bakare In Court (VIDEO)


BREAKING: Drama As DSS Re-Arrests Sowore, Bakare In Court (VIDEO)

The Department of State Service, DSS, on Friday re-arrested pro-democracy activist and convener of the RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare (aka Mandate), where re-arrested at the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja, barely 12 hours after they were released from detention on the order of the court.

Armed operatives of the secret service swooped on the defendants after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned their trial till February 11.




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Though lawyers and supporters of the defendants tried to resist their arrest, over 100 armed operatives of the DSS bundled Sowore and Bakare out of the court premises in a commando style at about 10:45am.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

BREAKING!!! Sowore Finally Released After Third Court Order

BREAKING!!! Sowore Finally Released After Third Court Order

BREAKING!!! Sowore Finally Released After Third Court Order

DSS Releases Sowore After 125 Days Of Illegal Detention.

According  to Saharareporters;
He was released on Thursday evening after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time.

Rights Activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore has regained freedom more than three months after he was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Sowore was arrested and charged to court by the Nigerian government for planning a nationawide tagged #RevolutionNow.

He was released on Thursday evening after the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release for the third time.

Sowore is expected to appear in court on Friday for commencement of trial.

More details soon....

NASS Appropriation Increased As Senate, Reps Pass 2020 Budget

NASS Appropriation Increased As Senate, Reps Pass 2020 Budget

The two chambers of the national assembly, the senate and the house representatives have both passed 2020 budget with an increase. It is learnt that the National Assembly is the major beneficiary of the increase.

The President proposed N10.33Trillion while the Appropriations committees on both Chamber recommended N10.59Trillion.

Breaking: NASS Appropriation Increased As Senate, Reps Pass 2020 Budget

According to the breakdown of the increment of N263billion, the national assembly increased it's budget from N125billion to N128billion

The House on Thursday passed harmonized version, which Senate had earlier passed.

A motion to ensure that the budget runs from 1st of January to December 31st 2020 was also passed by the House.

While commenting on the increment, the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Muktar Batera explained that it is to ensure social intervention.

The new budget appropriated N110billion for the Judiciary, Niger-Delta Development Commission got N808 billion.

In the same vein, the Senate also increased Oil Benchmark Price to $57 per barrel as against the proposed $55 but maintained the daily Crude Oil Production rate at 2.18 million per barrel, GDP Growth Rate 2.93 per cent, Inflation Rate 10.81 per cent and Exchange Rate 305/US$1 as proposed by the Executive.

While Presenting the report, Senator Jibrin Barau said the increase of N90bn in the budget is to cater for security challenges in the country, packages for lawmakers and support for Zamfara State.

It can be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari presented the budget on 8th October ,2019 which the 9th Senate said it would pass the budget before end of the year in order to revert the nation’s financial year to run from January to December
Breaking: APC Senator And Former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu Bags 12 Years Jail Term

Breaking: APC Senator And Former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu Bags 12 Years Jail Term

Orji Uzor Kalu, the former Governor of Abia state has been found guilty with two other of N7.65bn fraud.

Kalu’s co-defendants are his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and Udeh Udeogu, who was Director of Finance and Accounts at the Abia State Government House during Kalu’s tenure as governor.

Breaking: APC Senator And Former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu Bag 12 Years Jail Term

The APC Senator bag a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment for N7.65bn fraud, among other multiple sentences ranging from 3 years to 5 years on 27 counts.

Kalu's two other accomplices were also found guilty of N7.65bn fraud. Justice Mohammad Idris convicted them of multiple sentences between 10 and 3 years.

In the same suit, the judge also ordered that Slok be wound up and its assets forfeited to the Federal Government.

5Years In Office: Buhari Fails To Award National Honours

5Years In Office: Buhari Fails To Award National Honours

5Years In Office: Buhari Fails To Award National Honours


According to a report by The PUNCH, President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to host the hitherto yearly conferment of national honours since the inception of his administration in 2015.

Buhari, who assumed office on May 29, 2015, failed to host the investiture in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As of the time of filing this report on Wednesday, there were no signs that such a programme will hold this year.

The national award, which is instituted annually, has as its objective to recognise and honour citizens and friends of Nigeria who have distinguished themselves in their various endeavours and contributed immensely to the development of the nation.

The last time the conferment of the yearly awards took place was on September 29, 2014 when former President Goodluck Jonathan conferred different categories of national honours on 313 persons, bringing the total number of beneficiaries as of that time to 4,737.

Jonathan also decorated Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo with the national honour of Grand Commander of the Niger on May 28, 2015, a day before he handed over to Buhari.

On June 12, 2018, Buhari posthumously conferred the highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola.

He also conferred the second highest national honour, the GCON, on Abiola’s running mate in the election, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; while he also honoured the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, with the same award posthumously.

Besides these, Buhari has failed to continue the yearly tradition of conferment of national honours which started in 1963.

This is despite the fact that budgetary provisions were made for the event for some of the affected years.

The item is always one of the items captured under “national events” category in the yearly budget of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Other events in that category include the annual Democracy Day and Independence Day among others.

When contacted on Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, did not answer the calls made to his telephone line.

As of the time of filing this report, he also has yet to reply the text message sent to him on the matter.

The SGF, Boss Mustapha, also did not reply the text message sent to him after his lines kept indicating that it was busy when our correspondent attempted to get his comment.

Recall that The PUNCH had reported on December 26, 2017 that Buhari failed to hold the event for two years.

When contacted that time, Shehu directed our correspondent to the Office of the SGF saddled with the responsibility of organising the investiture.

While the Office of the SGF did not explain why the investiture did not hold in 2015, it claimed that preparation for the 2017 edition was underway.

The event however did not take place that year.

The PUNCH reported then that the 2016 national honours’ investiture was stalled by the ill-health of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, while Buhari refrained from conferring the awards in 2015 because he inherited a list of nominees considered not credible.

In the case of 2016, the government official said a list had already been prepared by the Office of the SGF.

He said the list had been submitted to the Chief of Staff to the President for the President’s approval.

He however said Kyari’s illness stalled the process.

The former SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal, had, in April 2016, reconstituted the Committee on National Honours Award.

The former SGF had stressed that the combined investiture ceremony for the 2015 and 2016 National Honours Award would be held in 2016. It did not hold.

At the last national honours award, held on September 29, 2014, Jonathan had honoured 313 persons for distinguishing themselves in their various fields of endeavours.
Make Sense Or Not? - Makinde Appoints Kano Indigene As Aide

Make Sense Or Not? - Makinde Appoints Kano Indigene As Aide


The Governor of Oyo State . Seyi Makinde has appointed Alhaji Ahmed Murtala who is an indigene of Kano State, as his Special Assistant on Community Relations I.

Make Sense Or Not? - Makinde Appoints Kano Indigene As Aide
His Excellency Executive Gov. Makinde, Oyo State

He also appointed Mr Femi Josiah as Special Assistant on Community Relations II.

Makinde further approved the appointment of Dr Olufunmilayo Salami as Special Adviser on Health while Chief Jacob Adetoro was named as Chairman of Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers.

A Government House statement said the governor named 14 Constituency Liaison Officers, representing each of the state’s 14 federal constituencies.

According to the statement, Murtala hails from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State and had his primary and secondary school education at St. Brigid Boys School, Mokola, Ibadan and Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan, respectively.

The statement also said: 
“He (Murtala) will serve as the bridge between the Oyo State Government and the Hausa/Fulani community as well as other northern groups scattered across the state.

“Dr Salami until her appointment as Special Adviser on Health was a health consultant to the state government.

”She was a United States of America-based Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician.

”Gov. Makinde charged the new appointees, whose appointments took effect from Nov. 27 , to see their appointments as a call to service and urged them to discharge their duties with absolute loyalty, dedication and diligence.” 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ex-lawmaker, Eddie Mbadiwe Urges For A Renewed Governance

Ex-lawmaker, Eddie Mbadiwe Urges For A Renewed Governance


Dr Eddie Mbadiwe, former lawmaker in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, called for more efforts in ensuring good governance in Nigeria through improved transparent and accountable leadership.
Mbadiwe said this in an interview in Abuja while analysing two of his books namely: “Stunted Nigerian Dreams” and “A Scientist in Parliament.”

He explained in “Stunted Nigerian Dreams”, that it was time for Nigerian leadership to move away from the trivialities of funfair and luxuries but see power as trust, especially the governors.

“A situation where a governor basks in adulation and vain glory, praise singing by deprived crowd who are unemployed, hungry and angry is nothing but cosmetic governance.

“Could the governors please take a cue from the President, who is unfazed by this nonsense, we need some degree of quiet and candour in the polity,” the author said.

FreshReporters News reports that the author stressed the need for a prosperous country, where food and job security would be nonnegotiable.

According to him, education should be made compulsory for all to rescue the country from the doldrums of insecurity.

He said that people who did not go school were threats to peace in the society.

Mbadiwe scored most political parties low in terms of administrative excellence since the inception of democracy in 1999.

He called for timely preparation of budget in Nigeria as being done in other climes.

“It is cosmetic to delay budgets in the country compared to the U.S where budgets were prepared in two years in advance.

“Members of our parliament have been at courses at Johns Hopkins in collaboration with the Capitol, so this is not new to them.”

The author urged the lawmakers  to utilize the knowledge gained at such forum to bear in preparing budgets.

He said that his involvement in politics was aimed at bringing the desired change in the system for an incorruptible Nigeria.

Commenting on another of his book, ’A Scientist in Parliament”, the author explained that the book was his story of his contributions in the legislature for the common good of Nigeria.

The author called for transparency and honesty as watchwords in all forms of leadership both in Executive or Legislature.

He,however, cautioned people to shun unfounded rumours against members of the National Assembly, especially in terms of their remunerations.

The former lawmaker said distortions of facts and propaganda about the lawmakers’ remunerations are caused by lack of information; a development he stressed must be quickly addressed.

He reminded politicians that politics was not a means of self enrichment but a means to impact on the lives of the people positively.

Mbadiwe, a scientist turned politician, urged politicians to write their names in gold by leaving indelible legacies for generations unborn than engaging massive loots.

It was reported that Mbadiwe was also one-time member, old Imo House of Assembly and was in the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015.

He said his two books; “Stunted Nigerian Dreams and “A Scientist in Parliament” are compendium of his personal vision, experience and involvement in the Nigerian political system.
NAN
Group Sues Buhari, CJN Over Supreme Court Appointment Of Justices

Group Sues Buhari, CJN Over Supreme Court Appointment Of Justices

Group Sues Buhari, CJN Over Supreme Court Appointment Of Justices

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Ibrahim Muhammad have been dragged before the Federal High Court in Abuja over the nomination of four justices for elevation to the Supreme Court.

A group, the Access to Justice (A2Justice), wants the court to stop the process for violating applicable judicial guidelines. Also named as respondents in the suit are the Senate, the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).

The NJC, on October 23, recommended the appointment of Adamu Jauro, Emmanuel Agim, C. Oseji, and Helen Ogunwumiju as Supreme Court justices.

Through its lawyers Jude Ogodi and Joseph Otteh, the A2Justice are contending that the FJSC and the NJC failed to comply with the established judicial appointment procedures. It said they circumvented aspects of the rules designed to make the recruitment process transparent, fair, merit-based and competitive.

According to the group, the NJC and FJSC also failed to disclose information that would enable interested persons to monitor how the recruitment exercise was done.

A2Justice said the suit was part of advocacy to reform judicial appointment processes and ensure compliance with the Revised NJC Guidelines and Procedural Rules for the Appointment of Judicial Officers of All Superior Courts of Record in Nigeria, and the National Judicial Policy 2016.

It said the instruments were made and adopted by the NJC to address the opacity, influence-peddling, and nepotism that characterise judicial appointments.

“Both instruments intend to provide a level-playing field for all eligible persons interested in serving in judicial offices, whether they are currently serving as judges/justices, or are in private practice or in academic institutions,”
It said.

The plaintiff seeks a declaration that the FJSC did not fully comply with Guidelines, particularly with respect to calling for expression of interest in the vacant positions.

It alleged that the FJSC also did not notify the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) of the vacancies nor call for nominations before it drew up the list.

The plaintiff seeks an order quashing the list of candidates submitted by the FJSC to the NJC for consideration as Supreme Court Justices.

“Several attempts by Access to Justice to ascertain the extent of compliance…using the Freedom of Information Act drew blank. The respondents failed to respond to its enquiries relating to the process adopted for the selection of potential appointees.

“The FJSC chose to conduct its recruitment in an opaque and unaccountable manner, in outright violation of the 2014 Appointment Guidelines,”
The group said.
 Atiku Sues Buhari's Aide, Onochie, Demands N2.5bn Damages

Atiku Sues Buhari's Aide, Onochie, Demands N2.5bn Damages

 Atiku Sues Buhari's Aide, Onochie, Demands N2.5bn Damages
Atiku, Onochie

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has showed up at the registry of the FCT High Court in Maitama where he signed his witness deposition on oath in a libel suit against Lauretta Onochie, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku was accompanied by his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who filed the suit on his behalf, to the office of the Commissioner for Oaths where he signed the deposition in the suit asking for a N2.5billion in damages.

FreshReporters News reports that Atiku, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the February 23 poll, sued Onochie for her alleged libelous tweet via her Twitter handle on May 7.

The post allegedly suggested that Atiku was on the watchlist of security operatives in the United Arab Emirates and had travelled to shop for terrorists in the Middle East.

Atiku, in his statement of claim accompanying the suit, stated that after writing a letter to Onochie demanding for apology and retraction, she further made “another derogatory publication and also published same globally online on the social and other print media” against his person on May 20.

He denied the allegations contained in the said publication which he described as “a figment of the imagination of the defendant”, but said it portrayed him “as an evil man, mentor of terrorists, someone who has links with terrorists, and a person who is interested in destabilising the peace and unity of Nigeria”.

He urged the court for a declaration that the publications made by Onochie via her social media accounts on May 7, and May 20, 2019, concerning him “are utterly false, baseless, unfounded and defamatory of the Claimant, and injurious to his reputation.”

He also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further posting such “offensive and libelous material or any other form of defamatory statements against his person”.

The suit has not yet been assigned to a judge for hearing. 
Sowore And Bakare Say FG’s Request For Their Transfer To Prison, Frivolous

Sowore And Bakare Say FG’s Request For Their Transfer To Prison, Frivolous

Sowore And Bakare Say FG’s Request For Their Transfer To Prison, Frivolous

Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his co- detainee, Adebayo Bakare , described the Federal Government’ s application for their transfer from the custody of the Department of State Service to prison as frivolous , vexatious and unarguable, PUNCH reports.

They said the fresh application filed by the government before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja was meant to frustrate the court’s order for their release from DSS custody .

They also described the application filed on behalf of the Federal Government by the prosecuting counsel, Hassan Liman ( SAN) , as contemptuous for being a contravention of the order directing the DSS to release them from custody .

This is contained in their notice of preliminary objection filed before the court to challenge the Federal Government ’s fresh application .

Sowore and Bakare are being prosecuted before the court by the Federal Government on charges of treasonable felony instituted against them in the wake of their call for # RevolutionNow protests across the country to demand better governance.

The DSS continues to hold them in custody since August when they were arrested, despite separate court orders directing their release from custody .

The latest of the court orders was the one issued by Justice Ojukwu on meeting the bail conditions imposed on them after their arraignment.

They argued, through their legal team led by Mr . Femi Falana (SAN) , that the application for their transfer from the DSS custody to prison, showed that there was no genuine interest to prosecute them.

Grounds of the application reads; 
“ The application was filed by the Complainant/ Applicant to frustrate the execution of the order of release of the 1st and 2nd defendants /objectors from the custody of the State Security Service made by this Honourable Court on November 6, 2019.

“ There is no genuine intention to prosecute the 1st and 2nd defendants by the complainant /applicant as the statement of witnesses this Honourable Court ordered to be availed the defence team is yet to be issued and served .

“ The grounds upon which the complainant’s / applicant’ s application is hinged are frivolous, vexatious, contemptuous , manifestly unarguable and unknown to law. ”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Presidency Speaks On Exit Plan For N-Power Beneficiaries

Presidency Speaks On Exit Plan For N-Power Beneficiaries

Presidency Speaks On Exit Plan For N-Power Beneficiaries]

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment, Mrs. Maryam Uwais has disclosed that the federal government has adequate exit plans for N-Power beneficiaries.

According to her, the plans had been carefully mapped out long before the scheme was moved to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster and Social Development.

Speaking specifically on the exit plans, Mrs Uwais said: 
“We have had meetings with Central Bank of Nigeria on different loan options for the N-Power beneficiaries after exiting the scheme.
“We have discussed with the Minister of Finance on some funding via the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

“We have also met with state governors to employ beneficiaries from their own states. The goal is to give N-Power beneficiaries a smooth exit on graduation,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

She also gave assurances that there are no plans to restructure or frustrate the scheme, noting that beneficiaries will be paid their allowances and other benefits.

“The National Social Investment Office is not aware of any plan to restructure or frustrate the programmes.

“Our operations have been very transparent. For every payment to the beneficiaries of all the social investment programmes, the ministry is fully involved in all the processes,” she said.
Kogi: Keyamo Says Buhari’s Enemies Have Lost Power

Kogi: Keyamo Says Buhari’s Enemies Have Lost Power

Kogi Senatorial Poll: Keyamo Says Buhari’s Enemies Have Lost Power

The Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has congratulated Smart Adeyemi for winning the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election.

FreshReporters News reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared APC’s Adeyemi the winner of the Kogi west senatorial election.

The returning officer of the election Olayinde Lawal declared Adeyemi winner at the end of the rerun on Saturday, November 30.

According to the INEC returning officer, Adeyemi polled 88,373 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Dino Melaye of the PDP who got 62,133 votes.

Reacting in a post on his Twitter handle, Keyamo said commiserated with Dino Melaye on his ouster as Senator representing Kogi.

He wrote:

“Congratulations to my friend and brother, Senator Smart Adeyemi and commiserations to my friend and brother, Senator Dino

“God Almighty has just shown us that PMB became President in 2015 because He alone decreed it.

“Those who felt they made him President in 2015 & planned to ‘unmake’ him in 2019 have all lost power one by one yet PMB is still standing strong and will finish his second term by His Grace.”
Saraki Reacts As Court Orders Forfeiture Of His Houses In Ilorin

Saraki Reacts As Court Orders Forfeiture Of His Houses In Ilorin

Saraki Reacts As Court Orders Forfeiture Of His Houses In Ilorin



Anti-graft agency is playing politics and spreading falsehood in its cheap attempt to witch-hunt and intimidate a perceived enemy.

LIB blog reports that the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki has reacted to an order issued by a Federal High Court in Lagos for the forfeiture of his two houses in Ilorin, Kwara State's capital.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, the former Governor of Kwara state averred that EFCC's claim that the two properties designated as Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, were built with proceeds of fraud is outrightly false as they were partly built by the Kwara State Government pursuant to the Third Schedule of the Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) Law 2010.

Saraki also alleged that the anti-graft agency is playing politics and spreading falsehood in its cheap attempt to witch-hunt and intimidate a perceived enemy.

The statement read in part:

“The EFCC’s claim that the Ilorin property was built by any proceed of fraud is outrightly false. The fact is that the Ilorin property was built partly by the Kwara State Government pursuant to the Third Schedule of the Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) Law 2010 while Dr. Saraki personally funded the remaining cost of the building.

“There are existing letters from the Office of the Head of Service of Kwara State notifying the former Governor (Saraki) of the State Government’s compliance with the State Pension for Governor’s law and the one indicating his intention to bear the cost of the additional expenditure that will arise from building the property to his desired taste dated 25th January 2012 and 8th February 2012 respectively.
“The construction of the building did not commence until the last few weeks of Dr. Saraki’s tenure as Governor and the bulk of his contribution to the funding were made with cheques. Where cash was involved, this was mainly in 2012 and 2013, more than a year after he had left office as Governor.

“It should also be noted that the land on which the house is built is not a government allocated land.

“One can only see that EFCC is playing politics and spreading falsehood in its cheap attempt to witch-hunt and intimidate a perceived enemy.”

He expressed surprise that the EFCC “could not even hide its penchant for abusing the nation’s judicial institution as it engaged in forum shopping when it filed a suit in Lagos on a property situated in Ilorin.

“We will like to restate our earlier position that Dr. Saraki will contest this matter in court at least to further attest to his belief in the rule of law, the sanctity of the courts and their enduring readiness to do justice in all matters and to all persons.

“Let it be known that the usual claim by the EFCC that its actions were directed against corrupt elements does not apply to Dr. Saraki because he is a man who at every point in his public service has sought to institute transparency and accountability in governance.”

Recall that the EFCC claimed that it uncovered monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011 when Saraki was the governor of the state, as it sought the forfeiture of the properties. 
'I Will Support The Hate Speech Bill If Its First Victims Are Buhari, Tinubu, Lai Mohammed, El-Rufai, Festus Keyamo & Amaechi' - FFK

'I Will Support The Hate Speech Bill If Its First Victims Are Buhari, Tinubu, Lai Mohammed, El-Rufai, Festus Keyamo & Amaechi' - FFK

'I Will Support The Hate Speech Bill If Its First Victims Are Buhari, Tinubu, Lai Mohammed, El-Rufai, Festus Keyamo & Amaechi' - FFK

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, says he will throw his weight behind the controversial hate speech bill if the first victims to be sanctioned are President Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Nasir El-Rufai, Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Amaechi for the ''hateful words they have spoken over the years.''

Fani-Kayode's Tweet Below;

'I Will Support The Hate Speech Bill If Its First Victims Are Buhari, Tinubu, Lai Mohammed, El-Rufai, Festus Keyamo & Amaechi' - FFK

Monday, December 2, 2019

''Congratulating Smart Adeyemi Is Like Congratulating An Armed Robber'' Dino Melaye Releases Another Song (Video)

''Congratulating Smart Adeyemi Is Like Congratulating An Armed Robber'' Dino Melaye Releases Another Song (Video)

DinoMelaye releases another song after his defeat at the Kogi West Senatorial district election by his opponent APCs Adeyemi

Dino Melaye has released another song after his defeat in last Saturday, November 30th rerun election in the Kogi West Senatorial district election, LIB reports.

Dino who is well known for his hit song, Ajeku Iya,  shared a video of himself singing the new song just as he tweeted that congratulating the winner of the election, APC's Smart Adeyemi, is like congratulating an "armed robber" after an operation.

Dino maintains that the election was rigged in favour of APC.

''Congratulating Smart Adeyemi Is Like Congratulating An Armed Robber'' Dino Melaye Releases Another Song (Video)

''Congratulating Smart Adeyemi Is Like Congratulating An Armed Robber'' Dino Melaye Releases Another Song (Video)

Watch a clip of him singing below:

Ogun State Government To Lock Houses Without Toilet Facilities, Arrest Landlords

Ogun State Government To Lock Houses Without Toilet Facilities, Arrest Landlords


Ogun State Government To Lock Houses Without Toilet Facilities, Arrest Landlords


The Ogun State government says it will to lock up houses without toilet facilities and arrest the landlords to face punishment.

This comes after an outbreak of cholera hit Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, Kuto and Idi-Aba areas of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, killing five persons.

According to Dr Adesanya Ayunde, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Governor Dapo Abiodun’s directive takes effect from this week.

“Government will soon send its workers to inspect houses across the state. Any house owner who fails to provide toilet in his house will be made to face the consequences,” the Permanent Secretary stated.

Dr Ayinde said upon confirmation of the outbreak in the state, the government had swung into action to spot the index case through a thorough investigation in the suspected areas.

He revealed that out of the five deaths reported in the news, only one was taken to a government health facility, which helped officials to trace and get information on the other four victims.
Dino Melaye Reveals Next Line Of Action After Failed Election

Dino Melaye Reveals Next Line Of Action After Failed Election

Dino Melaye Reveals Next Line Of Action After Failed Election
Ex- Senator, Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye Reacts To His Defeat At Kogi Rerun, Reveals Next Line Of Action

FreshReporters News gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the Kogi West Senatorial supplementary election, Dino Melaye, has condemned the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Melaye described it as “Magic results.”

In a series of tweets, the former Senator vowed to contest the results, stressing that “illegality shall never stand.”

Dino wrote: 
“16 out of 24 units where the supplementary election was conducted today in Kabba/Bunu LG has been cancelled. This speaks volumes of the disaster called election.

“A situation where APC agents were the ones issuing INEC result sheets at the pooling units is phenomenal.

“I am very proud of the electorate in Kogi West. You voted me today but prepared results were already in place. We will fight to the end. illegality shall never stand. Magic results everywhere.- SDM.”

It was reported that Olayinde Lawal, the returning officer of the Saturday’s supplementary election had declared Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner at the poll.

The APC candidate got 88,373 votes to defeat Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his closest challenger, who polled 62,133 votes.