Between Tinubu And Buhari: The Modern Day Afonja And Alimi

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Between Tinubu And Buhari: The Modern Day Afonja And Alimi, By Reno Omokri

The present trials of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the colossus of the South-West is not surprising to those who have vision. I saw it coming and that was why over two years ago, precisely on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, I wrote a back page op-ed in ThisDay newspaper titled “From Battleground to Common Ground” and in that piece, I said:

“A comrade is not for what you are for, neither does he share the same interests as you. A comrade is simply one who is against what you are against. In other words, you are bound by a common enemy.

This article was written by Reno Omokri. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The All Progressives Congress, is a party founded on this premise.

Those who are enemies of the president (Goodluck Jonathan) and the PDP gathered together to form a party whose foundation is their common enemy.

They share no ideological connection, neither are they friends. In actual fact, they may even hate each other, only that they hate the president and the PDP more and are wiling to temporarily suppress their hatred for each other in other to gang up against their common enemy.

In my experience, it is better to have a party built on common interests than to have one built on a common enemy. This is because as even a political novice will tell you, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies only permanent interests.

Now, if the above is true, what would happen to a party that is built on a common enemy?

Parties built on this foundation last only as long as the enemy is in power. Once their enemy is no longer in power the party disintegrates.”

It does not matter if you hate Reno Omokri’s guts, but ask yourself if what I said has not turned out to be the truth.

In the space of just a month, Bola Tinubu has been deliberately demystified and treated with such contempt that even those who he considered his worst enemies find themselves feeling sorry for him.

But he should have seen it coming!

The unraveling of Bola Tinubu actually began on the June 3, 2016, when President Muhammadu Buhari publicly and right in Tinubu’s face told him at a reception the president held for members of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa that the All Progressives Congress had no such position as a National Leader.

I know this because a Senator who attended the function called me almost immediately after the event and told me about how the hall descended into almost pin drop silence after the president made that assertion.

I can assure my readers that President Muhammadu Buhari would never have made such a remark prior to the 2015 elections. But who needs a piece of toilet paper after it has done its job!

That remark was the signal that sleeper agents within the APC were waiting for to begin the unraveling of the masquerade.

Teaching him a lesson in Ondo State is only the beginning. Bola Tinubu’s comeuppance is not yet complete in the eyes of his traducers.

And then look at the way he is portrayed in Professor John Paden’s biography of the president. Paden portrays Tinubu as a desperate power monger who kept throwing himself at Buhari only to be rejected at each instance. Tinubu, see how low you have fallen!

I do not know why Bola Tinubu is angry at Paden. Did he not read that this is an official biography?

Paden was not there during the horse trading. The book was written with the cooperation of President Buhari. The things he wrote about Tinubu were the accounts he was given by the president.

So Tinubu should call a spade a spade. President Buhari merely told the world what he really thinks of Tinubu.

And look at all the men around President Buhari who got to where they are on the back of Tinubu. Has anyone of them come out to speak in his defense? Where is Vice President Osinbajo? He can blame Jonathan but cannot defend his benefactor. Where is Fashola? He can come up with excuses for giving Nigerians darkness but cannot speak up for his Oga? Lai Mohammed is nowhere to be found. Perhaps he is too busy dressing up masquerades or looking for a parastatal under him to loan him some money!

At the end of the day, after all the terrible things the propaganda wing of APC said and did to Ayo Fayose and Femi Fani Kayode, who came to the help of Tinubu but the two men demonised by the very same propaganda machinery that Tinubu helped set up?

And as for Tinubu, I cannot imagine why someone will write a book and insult you in it and still invite you to the launch and you agreed to go simply because he is a president.

Even worse, they asked you to write a review for the book and you did! Is this the same Tinubu that was so mouthy under Jonathan? Look at how he has become a chihuahua today. Lord have mercy!

Tinubu! Your brand of Afonja is too much!

Did you not see what ex-President Goodluck Jonathan did with the so called Leadership Award. You do not honour a gathering designed to reduce you with your presence. As the late kakanfo MKO Abiola would say “a man who allows his head to be used to break a coconut may not live to eat it”!

Even the well respected Pastor Osinbajo cannot even publicly come to your defense and tell the truth of how you helped him secure his exalted office. Yet he is the chief beneficiary of your generosity.

My advise to you, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is this: a woman who continues to make herself available to a man that only remembers her when he needs her services to satisfy his lustfulness should not be surprised when her own children deny that she is their mother!

Finally, going forward, before labeling people like Ayo Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode as enemies, remember that it is better to be insulted with the truth than flattered with a lie.

Reno Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and Why Jesus Wept and the host of “Transformation with Reno Omokri.”

This article was written by Reno Omokri. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Between Tinubu And Buhari: The Modern Day Afonja And Alimi

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Between Tinubu And Buhari: The Modern Day Afonja And Alimi, By Reno Omokri

The present trials of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the colossus of the South-West is not surprising to those who have vision. I saw it coming and that was why over two years ago, precisely on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, I wrote a back page op-ed in ThisDay newspaper titled “From Battleground to Common Ground” and in that piece, I said:

“A comrade is not for what you are for, neither does he share the same interests as you. A comrade is simply one who is against what you are against. In other words, you are bound by a common enemy.

This article was written by Reno Omokri. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The All Progressives Congress, is a party founded on this premise.

Those who are enemies of the president (Goodluck Jonathan) and the PDP gathered together to form a party whose foundation is their common enemy.

They share no ideological connection, neither are they friends. In actual fact, they may even hate each other, only that they hate the president and the PDP more and are wiling to temporarily suppress their hatred for each other in other to gang up against their common enemy.

In my experience, it is better to have a party built on common interests than to have one built on a common enemy. This is because as even a political novice will tell you, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies only permanent interests.

Now, if the above is true, what would happen to a party that is built on a common enemy?

Parties built on this foundation last only as long as the enemy is in power. Once their enemy is no longer in power the party disintegrates.”

It does not matter if you hate Reno Omokri’s guts, but ask yourself if what I said has not turned out to be the truth.

In the space of just a month, Bola Tinubu has been deliberately demystified and treated with such contempt that even those who he considered his worst enemies find themselves feeling sorry for him.

But he should have seen it coming!

The unraveling of Bola Tinubu actually began on the June 3, 2016, when President Muhammadu Buhari publicly and right in Tinubu’s face told him at a reception the president held for members of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa that the All Progressives Congress had no such position as a National Leader.

I know this because a Senator who attended the function called me almost immediately after the event and told me about how the hall descended into almost pin drop silence after the president made that assertion.

I can assure my readers that President Muhammadu Buhari would never have made such a remark prior to the 2015 elections. But who needs a piece of toilet paper after it has done its job!

That remark was the signal that sleeper agents within the APC were waiting for to begin the unraveling of the masquerade.

Teaching him a lesson in Ondo State is only the beginning. Bola Tinubu’s comeuppance is not yet complete in the eyes of his traducers.

And then look at the way he is portrayed in Professor John Paden’s biography of the president. Paden portrays Tinubu as a desperate power monger who kept throwing himself at Buhari only to be rejected at each instance. Tinubu, see how low you have fallen!

I do not know why Bola Tinubu is angry at Paden. Did he not read that this is an official biography?

Paden was not there during the horse trading. The book was written with the cooperation of President Buhari. The things he wrote about Tinubu were the accounts he was given by the president.

So Tinubu should call a spade a spade. President Buhari merely told the world what he really thinks of Tinubu.

And look at all the men around President Buhari who got to where they are on the back of Tinubu. Has anyone of them come out to speak in his defense? Where is Vice President Osinbajo? He can blame Jonathan but cannot defend his benefactor. Where is Fashola? He can come up with excuses for giving Nigerians darkness but cannot speak up for his Oga? Lai Mohammed is nowhere to be found. Perhaps he is too busy dressing up masquerades or looking for a parastatal under him to loan him some money!

At the end of the day, after all the terrible things the propaganda wing of APC said and did to Ayo Fayose and Femi Fani Kayode, who came to the help of Tinubu but the two men demonised by the very same propaganda machinery that Tinubu helped set up?

And as for Tinubu, I cannot imagine why someone will write a book and insult you in it and still invite you to the launch and you agreed to go simply because he is a president.

Even worse, they asked you to write a review for the book and you did! Is this the same Tinubu that was so mouthy under Jonathan? Look at how he has become a chihuahua today. Lord have mercy!

Tinubu! Your brand of Afonja is too much!

Did you not see what ex-President Goodluck Jonathan did with the so called Leadership Award. You do not honour a gathering designed to reduce you with your presence. As the late kakanfo MKO Abiola would say “a man who allows his head to be used to break a coconut may not live to eat it”!

Even the well respected Pastor Osinbajo cannot even publicly come to your defense and tell the truth of how you helped him secure his exalted office. Yet he is the chief beneficiary of your generosity.

My advise to you, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is this: a woman who continues to make herself available to a man that only remembers her when he needs her services to satisfy his lustfulness should not be surprised when her own children deny that she is their mother!

Finally, going forward, before labeling people like Ayo Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode as enemies, remember that it is better to be insulted with the truth than flattered with a lie.

Reno Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and Why Jesus Wept and the host of “Transformation with Reno Omokri.”

This article was written by Reno Omokri. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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NYSC: Corpers Protest Non-Payment Of 4-Month State Allowances In Sokoto

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The 2015 Batch `B’ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Sokoto State have protested the non-payment of their four months state allowances amounting to N49.04 million.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesting Corps members were being owed state allowances between July and October 2016.

READ ALSO: 65 Corpers Repeat Service Year As NYSC Observes ‘Low-Key’ Passing Out Ceremony Nationwide

The Corps members, who concluded their service year on Thursday, marched from the NYSC Secretariat at Kalambaina, Sokoto, to Government House.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, who received them on behalf of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, pleaded with corps members to be patient.

READ ALSO: Discharge Certificate: NYSC Issues Important Notice To ‘Relocated’ Corps Members

Garba assured the protesting Corps members that the money would be paid latest Oct. 7.

The Chairman of NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Ladan, confirmed the story.

Ladan told NAN in Sokoto on Friday that “as we speak now, the payment for the months of July to September, 2016 is ongoing, adding that the amount involved was N36.78 million.

”The money for the month of October, 2016 amounting to N12. 26 million will drop into NYSC account from the Ministry of Finance anytime from now.”

The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr Thomas Yamma, also confirmed the story when he addressed newsmen in Sokoto on Friday.

NAN reports that, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal recently jerked up the monthly allowances being paid to the corps members.

READ ALSO: NYSC Releases Mobilization Timetable For 2016 Batch B | See Dates Here

The Corps members were being paid minimum of N5,000 to maximum of N50,000 monthly depending on their disciplines.

(NAN)

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DSS Operatives Invade Judge’s Residence, Allegedly ‘Rough-Handled’ Wike

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Pandemonium ensued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Saturday morning as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police besieged the house of a Federal High Court judge and allegedly assaulted a sitting governor.

DSS Operatives Invade Judge’s Residence, Allegedly ‘Rough-Handled’ Wike

DSS Operatives Invade Judge’s Residence, Allegedly ‘Rough-Handled’ Wike

According to The Punch, the security operatives had stormed the residence to arrest the judge Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

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It was also gathered that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, arrived the scene, only to be harassed by the operatives.

According to the spokesman for the governor, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike was pushed around by the DSS and policemen.

He said:  “The illegal failed abduction was led by Mr. Tosin Ajayi, Rivers State Director of the Department of State Services and Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr. Francis Odesanya.”

“The operatives of DSS reportedly rough-handled Governor Wike, pushing him around and injuring his hand. A few of the operatives cocked their rifles and threatened to shoot the Governor.

“They were irked by Governor Wike’s arrival at the scene shortly after the failed abduction process began. It was learnt that Governor Wike received security information on the illegal moves, minutes after the operation started.

“The security operatives blocked the entrance of the residence of the Federal High Court judge at about 1am on Saturday morning, claiming that they were acting on orders from above. As they dragged Governor Wike, they insisted that they must be allowed to leave with the judge.”

It was also learnt that the houses of two Justices of the Supreme Court – Justices Walter Onnoghen and Sylvester Ngwuta – as well as two judges of the Federal High Court, Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba, were invaded by the DSS for several hours overnight.

The raid occurred on Friday night into early Saturday morning as the operatives surrounded their houses before breaking in at 1am on Saturday.

After the raid, Justice Ademola was taken away at about 5am. Sources say the DSS operatives came with doubtful search warrants bearing incorrect names.

The DSS is yet to officially make any comment on why it invaded the houses of the judges as it is yet to have a spokesperson.

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We Left The Owerri Refuse Deliberately To Punish Indigenes – Imo State Government

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The Imo State Government has confirmed that the mountain of refuse along Douglas Road, Owerri was deliberately abandoned.

This was done to get back at the indigenes who have been fighting the current administration under Governor Rochas Okorocha.

The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Samuel Onwuemeodo, said this during an early morning public accountability phone-in programme anchored by Hot 99.5 FM, Owerri.

“Government deliberately abandoned the refuse along Douglas Road, Owerri, to get back at Owerri people who have been battling the state government, over the relocation of the market”, Onwuemeodo said. Adding that “Owerri people must be made to understand that they cannot eat their cake and have it.”

He further explained that “there is a court order restraining government from tampering with the market and this also explains why we left the refuse.”

Some citizens called into the programme and described the abandonment of the huge refuse as “a damnable plot to inflict hardship and disease on the people and not to respect a court order.”

One caller who identified himself as Amanze, wondered why and how a government should deliberately inflict pain and disease on its people, in a democracy. “From what the Governor’s Press Secretary has said, it is now very clear that the palpable hatred which Owerri people have been complaining about is real,” Amanze said.

While recalling that Owerri used to be the cleanest city in Nigeria, Amanze added that “the Governor must hate Owerri so much to allow this level of devastation and dirt in the city.”

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On the first of October, a priest of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Rev. Canon Uche Chinamerem, posed in front of the heap of refuse dump to celebrate the country’s independence.

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What To Do With A Rep Like Jibrin?

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What To Do With A Rep Like Jibrin?, By Azu Ishiekwene

It is said that if two wrongs don’t make a right, then try a third. I suspect that a good number of the members of the House of Representatives share this view.

They would find out soon that the third wrong is actually the hangman.

This piece was written by Azu Ishiekwene. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The House had no business suspending Abdulmumin Jibrin for one day, much less, for one whole legislative year. Yet in desperate pursuit of collective self-survival last week, they set aside common sense, precedence and law and drove what they hoped would be the final nail in Jibrin’s political coffin.

That was a mistake they would regret.

Jibrin is a nuisance, a snitch of the worst kind. But he is also a man on assignment. Constituents in Kuru/Bebeji, who hoped he would make their voices heard and use his position to bring them relief from misery, voted him to the House of Representatives for a second term.

Given his humble beginnings, there was no reason to expect that he would forget where he’s coming from. The former students’ union leader, who made his break by selling his second-hand BMW to publish a book on President Olusegun Obasanjo’s foreign policy and staging the launch in Ghana, knows a thing or two about poverty. Although he had more than a helping hand from former governors Rabiu Kwankwaso and Abdullahi Adamu, he often vowed that he would never forget his constituency – mostly the poor he left behind.

But like politicians who routinely mince their words to make them easier to swallow, Jibrin put himself first. He lived the good life, often driving about in convoys that would make former Governor Peter Obi look like a Boys Scout.

The first time Jibrin’s constituents would hear his voice loud and clear was when he was removed as chairman of the “juicy” appropriation committee. The assignment he was on was mostly for himself.

Had he remained in his post, he would not be singing like a fowl with a broken beak, squawking endlessly about incredible tales of graft and corruption of which he unashamedly admitted being a part of.

The House does not need to give Jibrin a bad name to hang him. He is already hanging by his own tongue and public admission of guilt. The argument that he was suspended for disrespecting the House by refusing to honour the invitation of the Ethics committee is not only insufficient, it cannot stand constitutional test.

Jibrin may be a self-confessed crook, but believe me, his is not only the crook of his constituents, he’s also the crook of a public fed up with the shenanigans of the National Assembly.

As Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila rightly said – though I wonder where he was when the debate about the suspension was going on – there’s no reasonable interpretation of the constitution that gives lawmakers the right to “suspend” any member when constituents have not recalled such a member or the courts have not ruled their election invalid.

The House has conveniently forgotten that it is not its right to discipline its members that is at issue here, but the inalienable right of the constituents who elected him to be represented and to participate fully in the business of government.

We’ve seen this before in 2010, when Dino Melaye and “The Progressives” challenged their suspension and ejection from the House for allegedly disrupting proceedings. On that occasion, the court ruled that the House had trampled on the right to fair hearing of Melaye and co.

In Jibrin’s case the injury to his right to fair hearing is even more grievous. He had gone to court to challenge his trial by ordeal, only for the same House, which by its own rules exclude itself from matters before the court, to punish him for not appearing before its committee over the same matter in court.

The House is obviously concerned about its reputation, or more specifically, about airing its dirty laundry publicly. But there’s really no laundry to air. Year after year of bitter squabbles over allowances, perks and privileges, our lawmakers have stripped themselves in the public glare, without shame and without remorse, leaving nothing but a grotesque sense of entitlement.

We have become used to seeing them the way they are, warts and all.

Jibrin has challenged the leadership of the House to release the details of its budget for 2016. That is the crux of the matter. The answer is not to throw him out of the House and hope that that will silence him once and for all. Instead, the House should publish its current budget – or the media should demand it – to show Jibrin’s constituents that he is unfit to retain his seat.

The House cannot assume the power to punish, as it applies to this case, by default.

There’s a bigger danger in all of this. The way the matter is going, the public will get so wrapped up in the fine points of law that the fraud, which neither Jibrin nor the House leadership has so far denied, will slip through the cracks.

Whatever the House decides to do with Jibrin, and trust me there’s not much they can do about him, citizens and budget monitoring groups like BudgIT, must insist that the National Assembly should publish its 2016 budget and be prepared to go the whole hog – including going to court under the FOI Act – to make it happen.

If we let politicians, they would at best treat this as another circus, or at worst as a family affair. With another budget cycle just around the corner, this scandal would be a terrible thing to waste.

Azu Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the Board of the Paris-based Global Editors Network.

This piece was written by Azu Ishiekwene. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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What To Do With A Rep Like Jibrin?

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What To Do With A Rep Like Jibrin?, By Azu Ishiekwene

It is said that if two wrongs don’t make a right, then try a third. I suspect that a good number of the members of the House of Representatives share this view.

They would find out soon that the third wrong is actually the hangman.

This piece was written by Azu Ishiekwene. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The House had no business suspending Abdulmumin Jibrin for one day, much less, for one whole legislative year. Yet in desperate pursuit of collective self-survival last week, they set aside common sense, precedence and law and drove what they hoped would be the final nail in Jibrin’s political coffin.

That was a mistake they would regret.

Jibrin is a nuisance, a snitch of the worst kind. But he is also a man on assignment. Constituents in Kuru/Bebeji, who hoped he would make their voices heard and use his position to bring them relief from misery, voted him to the House of Representatives for a second term.

Given his humble beginnings, there was no reason to expect that he would forget where he’s coming from. The former students’ union leader, who made his break by selling his second-hand BMW to publish a book on President Olusegun Obasanjo’s foreign policy and staging the launch in Ghana, knows a thing or two about poverty. Although he had more than a helping hand from former governors Rabiu Kwankwaso and Abdullahi Adamu, he often vowed that he would never forget his constituency – mostly the poor he left behind.

But like politicians who routinely mince their words to make them easier to swallow, Jibrin put himself first. He lived the good life, often driving about in convoys that would make former Governor Peter Obi look like a Boys Scout.

The first time Jibrin’s constituents would hear his voice loud and clear was when he was removed as chairman of the “juicy” appropriation committee. The assignment he was on was mostly for himself.

Had he remained in his post, he would not be singing like a fowl with a broken beak, squawking endlessly about incredible tales of graft and corruption of which he unashamedly admitted being a part of.

The House does not need to give Jibrin a bad name to hang him. He is already hanging by his own tongue and public admission of guilt. The argument that he was suspended for disrespecting the House by refusing to honour the invitation of the Ethics committee is not only insufficient, it cannot stand constitutional test.

Jibrin may be a self-confessed crook, but believe me, his is not only the crook of his constituents, he’s also the crook of a public fed up with the shenanigans of the National Assembly.

As Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila rightly said – though I wonder where he was when the debate about the suspension was going on – there’s no reasonable interpretation of the constitution that gives lawmakers the right to “suspend” any member when constituents have not recalled such a member or the courts have not ruled their election invalid.

The House has conveniently forgotten that it is not its right to discipline its members that is at issue here, but the inalienable right of the constituents who elected him to be represented and to participate fully in the business of government.

We’ve seen this before in 2010, when Dino Melaye and “The Progressives” challenged their suspension and ejection from the House for allegedly disrupting proceedings. On that occasion, the court ruled that the House had trampled on the right to fair hearing of Melaye and co.

In Jibrin’s case the injury to his right to fair hearing is even more grievous. He had gone to court to challenge his trial by ordeal, only for the same House, which by its own rules exclude itself from matters before the court, to punish him for not appearing before its committee over the same matter in court.

The House is obviously concerned about its reputation, or more specifically, about airing its dirty laundry publicly. But there’s really no laundry to air. Year after year of bitter squabbles over allowances, perks and privileges, our lawmakers have stripped themselves in the public glare, without shame and without remorse, leaving nothing but a grotesque sense of entitlement.

We have become used to seeing them the way they are, warts and all.

Jibrin has challenged the leadership of the House to release the details of its budget for 2016. That is the crux of the matter. The answer is not to throw him out of the House and hope that that will silence him once and for all. Instead, the House should publish its current budget – or the media should demand it – to show Jibrin’s constituents that he is unfit to retain his seat.

The House cannot assume the power to punish, as it applies to this case, by default.

There’s a bigger danger in all of this. The way the matter is going, the public will get so wrapped up in the fine points of law that the fraud, which neither Jibrin nor the House leadership has so far denied, will slip through the cracks.

Whatever the House decides to do with Jibrin, and trust me there’s not much they can do about him, citizens and budget monitoring groups like BudgIT, must insist that the National Assembly should publish its 2016 budget and be prepared to go the whole hog – including going to court under the FOI Act – to make it happen.

If we let politicians, they would at best treat this as another circus, or at worst as a family affair. With another budget cycle just around the corner, this scandal would be a terrible thing to waste.

Azu Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the Board of the Paris-based Global Editors Network.

This piece was written by Azu Ishiekwene. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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JAMB Report: Why UNILORIN Is Most Preferred Varsity Among Nigerian Students

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Earlier this week, the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) in Kwara State, emerged the ‘2016 university of first choice’ among student-applicants in Nigeria.

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A survey ‘painstakingly’ carried out by the Economic Confidential, using computed and analyzed details as approved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on preferred first university of choice in 2016, showed that Unilorin had the highest student-applicants of 103,238 students, with male student-applicants of 51,082 and female student-applicants of 52,156.

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Using the report as gathered from JAMB, the Economical Confidential inferred that applicants seeking admission into universities considered academic stability, popularity, affordability, available facilities and quality of lecturers as part of their check-list before making choices in their applications.

In a list of 40 federal Universities in the country, Unilorin was rated number one followed by the University of Benin, with student-applicants of 81,363 made up of 39,729 of male applicants and female applicants of 41,571.

Ahmadu Bello University, Northwest Nigeria is third in the ranking while the fourth and the fifth are University of Nigeria Nsukka and Bayero University, Kano both South-East and North-West Nigeria respectively.

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Speaking on the development to Premium Times, JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed that the students’ checklist as outlined in the report was not determined by the Board.

He said: “JAMB has no way of determining these factors from information available to us through the frequency of schools chosen by Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates.”

“What we do each year, is to roll out data on the institutions with the highest number of applicants.

“For some years now, the University of Ilorin has been topping that chart, this does not mean that the school is the best in the country. It just shows students’ preferences.”

“We only have access to the number of students who choose these schools. We cannot determine why they do so. UTME candidates are not asked why they choose schools.”

“For instance, if we have 1.6 million candidates applying through JAMB and 120,000 candidates choose University of Ilorin as first choice, automatically it becomes the most popular choice for that year, that is how we arrive at our data.”

As said by the spokesperson of JAMB, it remains unclear why applicants prefer the Kwara-based federal university ahead of others, but what remains clear is that:

  1. Unilorin is one or perhaps the only institution in the country that hardly embark on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike actions – a problem that has plagued many federal universities in the country.
  2. As a result of this, the university was said to have one of the fastest academic calendars of all institutions in the country.

Also, Nasarawa State University, Imo State University, Kaduna State University, Delta State University and Adekunle Ajasin University were the most popular state university choices for 2016.

While Covenant University, Afe Babalola University, Babcock University, Igbinedion University and Bowen University are the most popular private university choices for 2016.

READ ALSO: UI, The Only Nigerian University In Top 1,000 ‘Varsities Ranking In The World’

The University of Ibadan, which was recently placed at 801 in the 2016/2017 global ranking of 1,000 universities carried out by Times Higher Education (THE), was spotted at number 8.

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Lekki Wife Paid Assassins N600,000 To Kill Her Husband

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Lagos State Police Command have arrested a middle aged woman for allegedly planning to murder her husband.

The woman, who is said to be a resident in the Lekki area of the state pid the sum of N600,000 to suspected assassins to help her end her husband’s life.

Commissioner of Police for the State command, Fatai Owoseni confirmed the incident, adding that the woman was among 25 suspected criminals arrested by the command in two weeks.

Commissioner Owoseni refused to disclose the identity of the woman, saying it would jeopardize investigation, but confirmed that one of the hired assassin had confessed to the crime.

“He said that the woman paid him N600 ,000 to eliminate her husband. We are currently on the trail of the assassins,” he said, explaining that the woman was picked up after a suspect was arrested and he named her as the person who contracted him to kill her husband.

According to him, the suspect and the woman would be charged to the court soon.

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NUT Wants Death Penalty For Lagos School Kidnappers

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday called on the National Assembly to hasten the law prescribing death penalty for kidnappers.

The National President of the Union, Mr. Michael Alogba-Olukoya, said this on Thursday after two teachers and four pupils were abducted from the Lagos Junior Model College in Epe. He described the development as ‘a bad omen’ and called on the government to go hard on kidnappers.

“It is a bad omen and the security operatives should swing into action. We believe in the ability of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to secure the release of the pupils, their teacher and the vice-principal.

“Let us prescribe the death penalty for kidnappers. If anyone attempts kidnapping, let the person be killed. We have to go a little bit harsh on them. Yesterday, it was Kaduna and today it is Lagos. Now that bunkering and robbery are no longer viable, criminals have resorted to kidnapping. The Nigerian government has to rise to the occasion.”

Five gunmen and a woman had invaded the Lagos Junior Model College as they were rounding up the morning assembly. Five of the kidnappers had guns while the sixth member held a cutlass. They kidnapped six victims, including the Vice-Principal, Mr. A.O. Oyesola; the English Language/Civil Education teacher, Mr. Lukman Oyerinde; and four Junior Secondary School 1 pupils.

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JSS Student Arraigned For Stealing N200; Using Charm On Colleagues

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Sadiq Adegbite, a student of Junior High School, Ogudu, Lagos, was on Thursday arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in the state, for allegedly stealing N200 from a fellow student and also using charm to harass other colleagues.

The accused, an 18-year-old, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and disorderly conduct.

READ ALSO: No Penetration: NDLEA Denies Torturing Baba Suwe

During court session, the prosecutor, Lucky Ihiehie, disclosed that the complainant, a 15- year-old student of the same school, came to Ogudu Police Station to report the incident.

Addressing the court, Ihiehie said that while the complainant was returning from school at Emmanuel Street, Ogudu, he was accosted by Adegbite and some of his friends – now wanted by the police.

He said: “They were harassing him and searching his pockets for money and they even beat him up.

“They dispossessed him of his N200 transport fare which was the only money he had in his pocket.

“A senior student came to the complainant’s rescue and the accused brought out some charms from his pocket to scare them before the police came.”

The prosecutor added that the friends of the accused bolted upon sighting the police.

According to him, the offences contravened Sections 166 (d), 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

In his respond, the accused pleaded not guilty, while his counsel, Olusegun Aghahowa, pleaded with the court to grant him bail on liberal terms considering his age.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, O. Sule-Amzat, admitted the accused to a bail of N10,000 with two sureties, one of who must be a blood relation of the accused with an evidence of gainful employment.

The case was adjourned to November 1 for trial.

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WAEC: Why We Withheld 2016 WASSCE Results In 13 States

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has faulted the failure of the governments of 13 states to pay the backlog of fees owed as the reason it decided to hold on to the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results of its candidates.

READ ALSO: WAEC To Mark Scripts Electronically | To Start With Nov/Dec WASSCE

The council also flayed at the unconcerned attitude of the 13 states’ governments to honour the agreement reached by both parties in the wake of the examination, saying that it signalled a ‘symptom of bigger problems.’

Speaking to The Punch on Wednesday, the Public Relations Officer of the council, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, who refused to mention the names of the debtor states, stated that the affected states are owing WAEC a total of N2 billion.

READ ALSO: WAEC Releases May/June 2016 WASSCE Results

Ojijeogu, however, bared that eight of the debtor states were from the north, while three and two states were from the South-South and South-West geo- political zones of the country, respectively.

READ ALSO: WAEC: WASSCE Timetable For 2016 Nov/Dec Exam | Download Here

The PRO also said that some of the states owed the council since 2014, adding that an agreement was reached early this year for the debtor states to pay 40 per cent of the total cost of the 2016 examination as a requirement for their pupils to sit for the examination.

He continued: “They reneged on the agreement we had during registration. We agreed that they should pay 40 per cent of the registration cost and pay the rest later. We used the payment to offset the backlog because some of them have owed us since 2014.

“We even told them to give us Advance Payment Guaranty from reputable banks, but one of the states brought a document from a branch of a commercial bank, not even from the headquarters of the bank. We were lenient last year and we released the results. But, if you leave it to some of them, they will not pay for five or 10 years. We will not do that this year. That is our leverage and we cannot go bankrupt because of them.’’

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Troops Foil Suicide Bombers Attempt, Kill Two Near Military Base In Gwoza

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on Thursday foiled an attempt by three female suicide bombers to attack a military location at Gwoza, Borno state.

The Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement that the suicide bombers came into Gwoza through Pulka axis at about 12.57 p. m.

READ ALSO: Troops Intercept Suicide Bomber In Borno State

The statement read:

TROOPS AVERTS ANOTHER SUICIDE BOMBING IN GWOZA

Today, Thursday 6th October 2016, at about 12.25pm, 3 female suicide bombers attempted to attack a military location at Gwoza, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State.

The suicide bombers who came through Pulka axis were sighted by members of vigilante from a distance and alerted the troops about the impending catastrophe. The very observant vigilante also noted that the women looked suspicious; walking awkwardly with bulging hijab and distinct from other female farmers.

When the suicide bombers noticed that they were being observed, they hurriedly  ran towards troops aiming to detonate it on them. The troops neutralized 2 of the female suicide bombers, while the other ran back into the bush but was pursued. Unfortunately, a soldier sustained injuries due to the impact of the explosion. The wounded soldier is currently receiving treatment at a military medical centre and he is in stable condition.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman

Acting Director Army Public Relations

Gwoza, which is the rockiest part of Borno State, is about 135km south-east of Maiduguri, the state’s capital, and about 60km away from Bama.

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Nigerian Gov’t Withdraws Charges Against Saraki, Ekweremadu

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The Nigerian government has withdrawn the charge of criminal conspiracy against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The motion was supported in an affidavit filed by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme, on Thursday, before the High Court of Federal Capital Territory.

READ ALSO: Alleged Forgery: Buhari, Saraki In Heated War Of Words

In the motion, Mr Loveme held that the counsel to the Federal Government on the matter, Aliyu Umar, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on September 30, in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, informed him that he had studied the case diary and “had decided to amend the charge in the manner stated on the face of the motion paper”.

Consequently, the litigation officer stated that he had filed an amended charge.

 “That I depose to this affidavit in good faith believing same to be correct to the best of my knowledge and information and in accordance with the Oaths Act Cap 01 laws of the Federation of Nigeria,” he said.

Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were first arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu on June 10, 2016.

READ ALSO: Trial On Alleged Forgery: Saraki, Ekweremadu, Others Plead Not Guilty

However, based on the amended charge, only Maikasuwa and Efeturi would face prosecution.

The first charge against the two civil servants, is that of Criminal Conspiracy punishable under section 97 (1) Penal Code Act ( Northern States) Federation Provisions Act, 1960, Cap 345, laws of the Federation 1990 as amended.

It read that: “ Salisu Maikasuwa and Benedict Efeturi, on or about the 9th day of June 2015 at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court agreed to do an illegal act, to wit to make the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended without the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria which act was committed by yourselves and that you thereby committed the offence of criminal conspiracy.”

The two officials are also accused of fraudulently amending the 2015 Senate Standing Orders without the authority of the 7th Senate “ with intention that the Senators elect of the 8th Senate would believe that the said Senate Standing Orders 2015 ( as amended) was made by the authority of the 7th Senate of the Federal republic of Nigeria.”

The duo are accused of forging a document punishable under section 366 of the Penal Code Act ( Northern States) Federal Provisions Act, 1960, Cap 345, Laws of the Federation 1990 ( as amended).

READ ALSO: Saraki, Ekweremadu To Be Arraigned Next Week On ‘Forgery Allegation’

The federal government also accused them of giving false information with the intention to mislead the public.

The Court had on September 28 adjourned the matter to Friday, October 7 for commencement of hearing.

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Tinubu’s Travails And Oyegun As A Metaphor For Buhari

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Tinubu’s Travails And Oyegun As A Metaphor For Buhari, By Majeed Dahiru

The gradual but steady demystification of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, by forces within the APC; a party he contributed immensely to build, actually started with his failed attempt to be vice president. This was followed by his failed attempt to have his preferred candidates elected into the leadership of the APC dominated National Assembly.

This piece was written by Majeed Dahiru. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

As if these were not enough, his former protégés (Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi etc) with whom he has apparently fallen out, were appointed ministers into the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, against what may have been his recommendations. In all of these, he maintained a dignified silence on the role of the party and by extension the presidency by assuming all was well. However, he was pressed to cry out when his last forte of influence appears to be threatened – the APC structure of South West. Asiwaju is beginning to lose grip of his power base and he can’t afford to keep quiet and watch his political fiefdom taken away.

In all his political travails, Tinubu has often blamed his perceived enemies within the party. He blames the National Assembly saga on the excessive ambition of Bukola Saraki, the man who emerged as senate president over his preferred candidate, Ahmed Lawan. However, indications began to emerge that there could be a powerful but invincible hand behind his many political misfortunes, when again his preferred candidate for the substitution of the late Abubakar Audu, in the inconclusive November 2015 Kogi state gubernatorial election, James Faleke was dropped by the party under pressure from powerful quarters and instead fielded Yahaya Bello, the first runner up in the primaries that produced Abubakar Audu. Political watchers described this event as a measure by certain Northern elements in the presidency to keep Tinubu’s sphere of political influence away from the Northern region. The Jagaban got the message and retreated to his original zone of South-West.

This time, as he had always done, he attempted to influence the emergence of his preferred aspirant, Dr. Segun Abrahams as the candidate of the APC for the Ondo state gubernatorial election. He must have hoped he would easily emerge as the flag bearer of the APC and with power of federal incumbency go on to win the election proper. Alas, this was not going to happen. This time around, his opponents had the apex leadership of the party on their side and so it was that his candidate was defeated in a most spectacular manner, but not without controversies. Unable to take this humiliation in his own domain, Tinubu cried out.

This time he blamed the national party chairman of APC, John Oyegun for his latest loss. He called for his outright resignation over what he described as his lack of integrity and sound judgment. However for those who understand the politics of a presidential system of government, the party leadership is ultimately loyal to the president. Tinubu may have realised this fact. Therefore, his naming of Oyegun as the cause of his problem is only a metaphor for President Buhari.

What is happening in the APC is only a repeat of what happened in the PDP. The political astuteness of retired military men in politics, especially those who belong to the first, second and third generations of British trained army officers, who also had the privilege of ruling this country as military heads of state, have often been under-estimated by their civilian counterparts to their detriment. Their basic military training imbibes in them a messianic complex which makes them feel superior both in motives and actions in all their activities. Nobody leads them except one of their own. The art and science of coup plotting, which propelled them to power, requires more strategic planning and precise execution than a democratic election. They are masters of intrigue and power play. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo completely supplanted the so called founding fathers of PDP and dominated the politics of the former ruling party. Muhammudu Buhari, the politician, commonly mistaken for a statesman, is the real opponent and rival of Tinubu and not, Saraki or Oyegun or any other individual. Buhari is fully aware of the vulnerability of Tinubu and his politically exposed flanks. Buhari is aware of the fact Tinubu’s political successes outside Lagos State was achieved not by mass following, but with strategic partnership with powerful politicians in the South-West and beyond (Amosun in Ogun, Ajimobi in Oyo, Oshiomhole in Edo) etc. These are men of power and influence in their own rights whom Buhari can easily forge alliance with outside Tinubu.

The fact that Buhari narrowly won Lagos State (with less than two hundred thousand votes) and the PDP clinching six out of twenty seats in the House of Representatives clearly showed that the Jagaban is not politically invincible after all.

Muhammadu Buhari is one of Nigeria’s most successful politicians. He is the master of the game of minds which is very important in politics, because perception is all that matters. In the build up to the 2015 general elections, Buhari was able to forge alliances with a broad spectrum of diverse political interest groups which included the good, the bad and the ugly. He cuts the image of an apolitical figure that was out to help salvage a country drifting apart. He disguised his considerable personal resources (five houses and a home in Abuja) and came across as a poor man. He cleverly hid the luxurious lifestyle of members of his nuclear family with a Spartan outlook. While maintaining an anti-corruption posture, he successfully covered up his extreme sectional tendencies, which in fact is at the root of corruption. This largely explains the contradictions in the personality of Buhari and the double standards that characterises the actions and policies of his administration. The result of this very successful maneuvering was a massive moral and financial support from the Nigerian people; men and women, poor and rich, Christian and Muslim, old and young, across party divides. He is set to supplant Tinubu’s dominance in the party and like Obasanjo in PDP, he will succeed in APC. Tinubu is the honorary leader of APC but Buhari is the real leader and Oyegun and every other person know this.

What will be the result of this power tussle within the APC? The same result of the power tussle within the former ruling party – implosion and disintegration. The only difference is that, while it took PDP sixteen years to implode and loose power at the centre, it will take a shorter time, possibly after just four years, for the APC to lose power at the centre. Whereas, Obasanjo of the PDP was helped a great deal in his political domination by his impressive performance in government, Buhari will be hampered by his less than average and lack-lustre performance.

Majeed Dahiru, a public affairs analyst, writes from Abuja and can be reached through dahirumajeed@gmail.com.

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Troops Intercept Suicide Bomber In Borno State

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Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman says that today at about 6.30am, Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole intercepted and neutralized a male suicide bomber at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.

The acting Director of Army Public Relations  said in a statement that the terrorist attempted to infiltrate the troops forward defences at Jidari Polo general area but was intercepted and his bomb with which he strapped himself with was detonated.

Usman said the terrorist came in through Alidawari village about 4 kms ahead of Jidari, strapped with a heavy Improvised Explosive Devices vest.

He said the vigilant troops, on sighting him, laid in wait for the intruder and then ordered him to stop. The insurgent, he said, refused vehemently to stop despite several warnings and challenges.

“A marksman neutralized the suicide bomber.  The combined team of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device, safely detonated the IED-laden vest on the suicide bomber,” he said.

 

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Sultan Receives Tuface In Sokoto; Proclaims ‘Hell For Suicide Bombers’

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Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, on Wednesday, said all “suicide bombers are going to hell.”

Tuface And Annie Idibia Visit Sultan of Sokoto

Tuface And Annie Idibia Visit Sultan of Sokoto

The monarch made this statement, while receiving popular Nigerian singer, 2Face Idibia, at his palace.

The Sultan said religions abhor killings, and that Islam and Christianity preach peace and love among their faithful.

According to him, no human being can claim to love God without loving his neighbour.

“Religion is a personal choice of an individual. Therefore, nobody can force any religion on anybody. Suicide bombers are going to hell,” he said.

He urged Idibia to continue using his talent to promote peace and peaceful coexistence among Nigerian youths.

The monarch also admonished youths never to allow selfish preachers and politicians use them to realise their inordinate ambitions.

Idibia had earlier promised to continue using his talent to promote peace and peaceful coexistence among youths.

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65 Corpers Repeat Service Year As NYSC Observes ‘Low-Key’ Passing Out Ceremony Nationwide

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has carried out this year’s annual passing out and winding up ceremony for the 2015 outgoing Batch ‘B’ stream ‘I’ corps members nationwide.

READ ALSO: Discharge Certificate: NYSC Issues Important Notice To ‘Relocated’ Corps Members

A total of 7,298 corps members are expected to pass out of the service year in the 2015 Batch B. Out of that number, 4,080 corps members will be passing out as stream I, while the rest are stream II and will be passing out on November 4, 2016.

READ ALSO: NYSC To Start Corps Members’ Biometric Verification In October

Speaking at a ‘passing out’ ceremony on Thursday at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Abuja, the Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure, disclosed that about 65 of the corpers will not be passing out due to one reason or the other.

He said: “For now, only the 2015 Batch B stream I is passing out and they are 4,080. “The rest of them who are in the 2015 Batch B stream II will pass out on Nov. 4, 2016.

“About 65 of them will not be passing out due to one reason or the other. These corps members are likely to face an extension of their service year.

“One corps member died during the service year from an auto crash. Some corpers distinguished themselves by embarking on developmental projects during the service year; they will be honoured by the FCT Minister in November.’’

Represented by Mr Adewoye Omotayo, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Kazaure added that the scheme held back the yearly ceremony due to current economic challenges facing the country.

“It was a decision made to ensure that all corps members remain safe. On a day like this there is usually a lot of movement of corps members and to prevent any problem from arising we decided to hold back any ceremony.

“The ceremony was also stepped down nationwide because the 2015 Batch B set of corps members were divided into streams I and II. We cannot hold double ceremonies for them just a few weeks apart,” Kazaure said.

READ ALSO: NYSC Releases Mobilization Timetable For 2016 Batch B | See Dates Here

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Former VC Of University Of Ibadan, Professor Bamiro Shot In Ibadan

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Professor Femi Bamiro, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan was shot on Tuesday night in Ibadan by unknown gunmen.

Details about what happened or why it happened are still sketchy, but the Professor was reportedly attacked around his Ibadan home and shot in the leg.  He was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where he is said to be responding to treatment.

Bamiro

Professor Femi Bamiro was the 10th vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan between 2005 and 2010 and a predecessor to the immediate past VC, Isaac Adewole, who is now the Minister of Health.

The University’s Director of Communication, Olatunji Oladejo, confirmed the incident, adding that the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic of the school, Prof. Gbemisola Oke, and the Registrar, Olujinmi Olukoya, had visited him at the UCH.

He said, “I can confirm to you that our former vice-chancellor, Prof. Bamiro, was shot on Tuesday night. There is no detail of the shooting for now. The school’s DVC, Academic and Registrar have visited him at UCH on behalf of the school. What I can say further is that we are thankful to God that he is responding to treatment. We are in touch with the hospital management whom we trust to offer the best treatment to the former VC.”

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Nigerian Pastor Performing Fake Miracles Exposed By Hidden Camera

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A Nigerian pastor during a crusade has been exposed as he was filmed performing a fake miracle by a man with a hidden camera.
The man with the hidden camera wrote:
“Please share this so people will learn to look up to God instead of men who claim to be called by God. I was at the event live and this is not hear say. They have paid gangs who work with them. I have always suspected him so I went with my hidden Camera.
Pay attention to 2:20–2:40 minutes section of the video, you will notice a young man drop a black polyethylene bag in front of the sick man from where two dead lizards popped out from. I saw what happened and I didn’t want to embarrass them so I had to quietly follow the boy who dropped the lizard to question him in private and collect his number.
I made him my friend and over a period of 2 weeks, I bought his trust and he confessed to me that the priest pay up to 15k per deal and that they were about 7 working for him. He confessed of sneaking into peoples compound at night to bury charms which the same Man of god who sent them will unearth the next day or whenever they come for covenant breaking.
According to Mr. Gabriel Nwachukwu who has had prior dealings with him;
“l know this Priest very very well and he’s fake!!! He was invited to my own compound l mean my own blood elder sister invited him for family deliverance on August 12th 2012 in Ogbor ugiri community, lsiala Mbano. after my elder brother’s mysterious death. And he did the same thing he did here, he took us to our backyard and began to dig the ground, at a point he began to pour water into the hole in the ground and asked us to close our eyes, face up and pray. few seconds later he asked us to open our eyes and look, without digging the hole any further he asked his servant to pour back some of the sand into the hole and then asked him to open the hole again, as he was removing that same sand from the same hole, he brought out something tied with red clothe.
“The red clothe was still shiny and fresh,,,,Haba,,something buried for a long time?? And they put it inside their bag…God knows l and my immediate elder never believed it……He said he knew the person that did it and that he will tell us his name the next day during our family meeting but he did not come to our house rather he asked his boys to come and carry the working materials they left in our compound and didn’t tell us the name of the person that did the evil, even when we went to his fake adoration ground at somewhere in Ehime Mbano, that same day, he refused talking to us, told his boys to tell us that he was busy and till today he never told us anything or come to our compound or community.
“Before he was claiming a catholic priest, before the Catholics denied him then, he proclaimed himself an Anglican priest, which my mother still has his fake amalac (calender) of Anglican priesthood, in her room and the Anglicans also denied him, he now claims to a catholic priest under East American catholic church……isn’t that funny?”
Watch the video below.

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Secondary School Student Arraigned For Stealing N200 Using Charms

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An 18-year-old JSS3 student of Junior High School, Ogudu, Sadiq Adegbite, allegedly stole N200 from a fellow pupil and used charm to harass other colleagues.

The accused was on Thursday brought before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos and is now facing three counts of conspiracy, stealing and disorderly conduct. The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, said the complainant, a 15-year-old student of the same school, came to the Ogudu Police Station to report the incident.

Sgt, Ihiehie said while the complainant was returning from school at Emmanuel Street, Ogudu, he was stopped by the accused and some of his friends who are now at large. “They were harassing him and searching his pockets for money and they even beat him up. They dispossessed him of his N200 transport fare which was the only money he had in his pocket.”

“A senior student came to the complainant’s rescue and the accused brought out some charms from his pocket to scare them before the police came” The prosecutor said.

The offences contravened Sections 166 (d), 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. However, the accused, Sadiq Adegbite, pleaded not guilty. His counsel, Olusegun Aghahowa, pleaded with the court to grant him bail on liberal terms considering his age.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, admitted the accused to a bail of N10,000 with two sureties, one of who must be a blood relative of the accused with an evidence of gainful employment.

The case was adjourned to November 1 for trial.

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22 Top Officials Axed Over Budget Padding | Buhari Has Letters Implicating Jonathan Of Corruption

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There are strong indications that a total of 184 civil servants were disciplined for their different roles in the padding of the 2016 budget.

This revelation was brought to light in a book authored by Prof. John Paden – a Buhari authorised biography – ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, and presented to the public on Monday.

Author of the book, Prof. John Paden in a handshake with President Buhari as former heads of state Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo look on

Author of the book, Prof. John Paden in a handshake with President Buhari as former heads of state Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo look on

Out of the 184 officials, Paden, in the book, revealed that 22 were dismissed from service.

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According to him, the president viewed the padding as an attempt to frustrate his administration’s innovations, hence his decision to wield the dismissal stick on those found culpable.

The author wrote, “Buhari himself was frustrated by earlier padding of the budget by bureaucrats in some of the ministries.

“This was interpreted by the Buhari team as an attempt to scuttle the innovations proposed by the President by inflating their costs.

“When Buhari found out, he was reported to be angry and ordered a purge of the ministries involved from the Director-General down.

“Twenty-two top officials were dismissed, including the budget director. In all, 184 civil servants were disciplined.”

The book also stated that Mr Buhari is in possession of some letters, written by former President Goodluck Jonathan, to request “off-budget funds.”

According to The Punch, the former president in some of the letters, had requested “off-budget funds”- which means as funds not provided for or included in the regular Federal Government budget; funded by sources other than the federal budget.

The author captured the travails of the former office holders in Chapter 20 of the book, which is titled ‘Corruption and law in military procurement’.

The author wrote: “The fact that Buhari was enlisting the help of international community in the probes lent weight to the seriousness of his effort – and also meant that alleged offenders had nowhere to hide.

“Would the trail lead to former President Jonathan himself? As of the early months of 2016, it appeared that the EFCC was not going after Jonathan. Nor was it going after former President Obasanjo.

“The question of the stability of the entire political system seemed at stake.

“In addition, a number of senior military officers, who had served as Heads of State – from Babangida to Abubakar – seemed off-limits.

“Indeed, rumours swirled that if the probes went after senior officers, they might push back because they had extensive networks in the active military services.

“At the same time, the knowledge such heavyweights possessed could well be traded for immunity and would help to illuminate the patterns and sources of corruption.

“Buhari had letters in his possession showing Jonathan’s requests for off-budget funds. But Buhari’s larger purpose was not to put former high-level officials in jail.

“Rather, it was to retrieve stolen funds and to change the political culture of the country.”

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Gunmen Storm Lagos School, Kidnap 2 Students, Officials

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A group of heavily armed men stormed Government Model College, Igbonla, in the Epe area of Lagos State on Thursday morning and abducted four persons in the school.

The incident took place just as the students were observing early morning prayers in the assembly.

According to reports, the kidnappers, who arrived on speedboat – shooting sporadically into the air – had initially took four pupils, with the vice-principal and a teacher and headed for the waterway.

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While two pupils were rescued by a police team, the gunmen escaped with two other pupils, a teacher and the VP.

Confirming the abduction, the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, stated that the police has mobilised a team on aerial surveillance of the area.

“The command, the navy, the SSS, the army and the marine police are all involved in the search,” Owoseni said.

Also speaking on the development, Wale Raji, a lawmaker from the state, who was informed about the incident after the House resumed plenary today, was compelled to bring it to the attention of the House and, by extension, the country.

He said: “I am just learning that a group of kidnappers struck today in my constituency where they kidnapped students and principals.”

More details to be added as the story develops…

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3 Persons Burnt To Death For Kidnapping Newborn In Imo State

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Three suspected kidnappers were set ablaze by an irate mob in Ezelu Okwe in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State after they allegedly abducted a newborn baby boy on Wednesday.

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A source in the community, who witnessed the incident, revealed that the suspected kidnappers were apprehended after they forcefully snatched the newborn from the mother.

The source said: “They kidnapped the baby boy and took to their heels immediately. The traumatised mother raised the alarm immediately, which caught the attention of some youths around. The youths quickly intervened, caught the three of them and burnt them alive.”

The source, who craved for anonymity, also stated that the angry youths meted out jungle justice to the alleged kidnappers as a deterrent to others after a similar incident had taken place in the community penultimate week when kidnappers stole a baby from the mother.

The source continued: “The youths were angered by the fact that a baby girl was stolen in the community two weeks ago. They wanted the killing of the kidnappers to serve as a deterrent to others.”

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, in the state, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said he was awaiting full details from the LGA Divisional Police Officer.

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Army ‘Successfully’ Captures Boko Haram Terrorists’ Last Strongholds In Northeast

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The Nigerian army has said its troops are currently consolidating on the successful capture of several areas in Northeast Nigeria, adding that the war on Boko Haram terrorism is almost coming to an end.

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Speaking on Wednesday to newsmen in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor stated that the capture of the terrorists’ last stronghold was a pointer to the level of success recorded by the army.

The Major General also averred that the success was achieved not without cost, as the troops lost both lives and equipment.

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Army Captures Boko Haram Terrorists’ Last Strongholds

Irabor said that since the September 27, capture of the areas, the army had consolidated its position by keeping the place safe.

He said: “As you know, Malamfatori is in our kitty; our troops are consolidating on the capture of Malamfatori, Abadam and Gashigar.

“The last time we met I told you that we were looking forward to capturing these areas which were the last strongholds of the Boko Haram terrorists, that we have done successfully.”

“Let me state that our capturing the area is not without cost, we have lost both lives and equipment.

“But what I can tell you is that even though we lost a few soldiers, those wounded are in stable conditions in hospital, the few of the equipment damaged have been repaired and returned to service.”

The theatre commander attributed the loss to the use of Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs by the terrorists.

“In the cause of the operation, we have the issues of IEDs which the terrorists used on the road which cost damage to our vehicles.

`By and large we have cleared them from the area.”

“But that does not mean that we will not hear from the Boko Haram terrorists again.

‘’No; there are other areas that we have not completed our operations, places like the Sambisa Forest.

“Of course there are several aerial bombardments going on right now that I will not want to talk about, there are other areas our troops are carrying out operations too,” Irabor said.

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