Strike: ASUU Goes Tough On FG, Vows To Resist Hike In Tuition Fees In Nigerian Universities

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The President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, has vowed that the union will resist any attempt to increase tuition fees in the country’s public universities.

While speaking in an exclusive chat with Premium Times, the ASUU president also assured that the union will embark on an industrial action if the federal government fails to meet its demand on adequate funding of the institutions and payment of salaries.

He said: “We will not tolerate any attempt to increase tuition fee, we are against telling people to pay more, even the current fees, we are still fighting them, we as a body have always stood against fee increment and we will continue to stand against it.”

The statement by the union leader is coming on the back of reports of a possible increase in tuition fees in universities by the federal government.

Mr Ogunyemi also stated that the union has been engaging the federal government since November 2016 on issues rocking the university system.

“The truth is there are lots of issues rocking the system. We have made our position known to the federal government; we have also written to state governments who have refused to give subvention to their universities,” he said.

“Some of them cannot sustain one university and they go on to establish two or three, compounding the issues.

“We have given the government till June ending to attend to our needs, if the government does not call us by June ending we will convey a meeting to take our position.

“However, we are trying to engage the government but if they don’t invite us to a meeting before June ending, we will still take our position on whether we are going on strike or not.

“But that will not be like early July but middle or late July, that is if they don’t heed to our demands which includes payment of salaries, funding, research and lots more”.

When asked if ASUU would initiate a meeting with the federal government, he said “We will not initiate any meeting if they don’t call us, we can’t initiate meeting.”

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2 Reported Dead As Suicide Bombers Attack University Of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) On Eid-el-Fitr Night

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The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that two persons were killed after the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on Eid-el-Fitr night came under a series of attacks as suicide bombers detonated their explosives at different locations including the security office.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isukwu, who informed journalists on the Borno Police Whatsapp page, said that he was at the scene of the incident at about 12:05 a.m. on Monday.

He said, “At UNIMAID only one male suicide bomber died. Three university security personnel were injured. One later died.”

The police spokesman who also confirmed that there were other suicide attacks in Maiduguri on Sallah night promised to give further details.

Danjuma Gambo, a professor in the Mass Communications department of the university, who is also the spokesperson of the institution, confirmed in a BBC Hausa broadcast on Monday morning that three suicide attacks took place in the university last night.

Also speaking, a member of the youth vigilante in the town said that the suicide attack was not targeted at the university alone.

He said: “There was suicide attack at Zannari, a community close to the university at about 10:30 p.m .”

Inhabitants of Maiduguri after celebrating a hitch-free Sallah could not go to sleep on Sunday night as sounds of bombings and shootings rented most part of the night and early hours of the dawn.

Premium Times reported that the city vibrated with the first blast, which occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Immediately after it was confirmed that it was from the university campus, another explosion occurred at exactly 11 p.m.

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2 Reported Dead As Suicide Bombers Attack University Of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) On Eid-el-Fitr Night

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The Borno State Police Command has confirmed that two persons were killed after the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) on Eid-el-Fitr night came under a series of attacks as suicide bombers detonated their explosives at different locations including the security office.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isukwu, who informed journalists on the Borno Police Whatsapp page, said that he was at the scene of the incident at about 12:05 a.m. on Monday.

He said, “At UNIMAID only one male suicide bomber died. Three university security personnel were injured. One later died.”

The police spokesman who also confirmed that there were other suicide attacks in Maiduguri on Sallah night promised to give further details.

Danjuma Gambo, a professor in the Mass Communications department of the university, who is also the spokesperson of the institution, confirmed in a BBC Hausa broadcast on Monday morning that three suicide attacks took place in the university last night.

Also speaking, a member of the youth vigilante in the town said that the suicide attack was not targeted at the university alone.

He said: “There was suicide attack at Zannari, a community close to the university at about 10:30 p.m .”

Inhabitants of Maiduguri after celebrating a hitch-free Sallah could not go to sleep on Sunday night as sounds of bombings and shootings rented most part of the night and early hours of the dawn.

Premium Times reported that the city vibrated with the first blast, which occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Immediately after it was confirmed that it was from the university campus, another explosion occurred at exactly 11 p.m.

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FG Cautions MDAs Against Inflating Personnel Budgets Ahead Of 2018 Fiscal Period

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a warning to the chief executive officers of all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) against inflating their personnel budgets for the 2018 fiscal period.

The caution is contained in the 2018 Personnel Budget Call circular issued and personally signed by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

The circular with reference BD/2000/EXP/S.651 was sent to the Chief of Staff to the President, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President, all ministers, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, all service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

Others are the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, all chairmen of commissions, all permanent secretaries/heads of extra-ministerial departments and the Auditor-General for the Federation.

The caution is aimed at checking cases of ghost workers as well as reducing the rising wage bill, which accounted for about N1.88tn or 63 per cent of the recurrent non-debt expenditure of N2.99tn in the 2017 budget.

Senator Udoma further said since the Federal Government had commenced the preparation of the 2018 budget, the circular was issued to provide special instructions to all the senior officials of government agencies charged with the responsibility of preparing and submitting their personnel budgets.

The circular read: “The payroll templates for all MDAs have been prepared using applicable salary structures as approved by the NSIWC.

“Therefore, you are required to complete the personnel template in line with extant rules and regulations. Only persons employed in the public service of the federation should be on the nominal roll.

“Staff due for retirement as of December 31, 2017 should not be included on the nominal roll. Please, check this carefully as violations will be treated as wilful introduction of ghost workers.

“A list of all members of staff due for retirement as of December 31, 2017 must be attached separately with your submission to the Budget Office of the Federation. The list will be cross-checked against the existing nominal roll with the BOF.”

The minister also told the head of agencies of government that they were to assign non-regular allowances only to employees who were clearly entitled under the terms of service.

He added:  “The MDAs are required to reflect appropriate grade level/step for all the workers, including provisions for annual increments.

“The MDAs are not required to provide for promotions of their workers taking effect from January 1, 2018 because such promotions cannot be predicted with certainty.

“Any new hire/recruitment included must be supported with all necessary approvals, including prior clearance by the BOF for the MDAs to recruit new employees. This is to ensure provision of adequate funds for their emoluments.”

He also said, “Consultants, contract workers and legionnaires should not be included on the nominal roll as they are not permanent and pensionable members of staff of the Federal Government.”

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FG Cautions MDAs Against Inflating Personnel Budgets Ahead Of 2018 Fiscal Period

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a warning to the chief executive officers of all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) against inflating their personnel budgets for the 2018 fiscal period.

The caution is contained in the 2018 Personnel Budget Call circular issued and personally signed by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

The circular with reference BD/2000/EXP/S.651 was sent to the Chief of Staff to the President, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President, all ministers, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, all service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

Others are the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, all chairmen of commissions, all permanent secretaries/heads of extra-ministerial departments and the Auditor-General for the Federation.

The caution is aimed at checking cases of ghost workers as well as reducing the rising wage bill, which accounted for about N1.88tn or 63 per cent of the recurrent non-debt expenditure of N2.99tn in the 2017 budget.

Senator Udoma further said since the Federal Government had commenced the preparation of the 2018 budget, the circular was issued to provide special instructions to all the senior officials of government agencies charged with the responsibility of preparing and submitting their personnel budgets.

The circular read: “The payroll templates for all MDAs have been prepared using applicable salary structures as approved by the NSIWC.

“Therefore, you are required to complete the personnel template in line with extant rules and regulations. Only persons employed in the public service of the federation should be on the nominal roll.

“Staff due for retirement as of December 31, 2017 should not be included on the nominal roll. Please, check this carefully as violations will be treated as wilful introduction of ghost workers.

“A list of all members of staff due for retirement as of December 31, 2017 must be attached separately with your submission to the Budget Office of the Federation. The list will be cross-checked against the existing nominal roll with the BOF.”

The minister also told the head of agencies of government that they were to assign non-regular allowances only to employees who were clearly entitled under the terms of service.

He added:  “The MDAs are required to reflect appropriate grade level/step for all the workers, including provisions for annual increments.

“The MDAs are not required to provide for promotions of their workers taking effect from January 1, 2018 because such promotions cannot be predicted with certainty.

“Any new hire/recruitment included must be supported with all necessary approvals, including prior clearance by the BOF for the MDAs to recruit new employees. This is to ensure provision of adequate funds for their emoluments.”

He also said, “Consultants, contract workers and legionnaires should not be included on the nominal roll as they are not permanent and pensionable members of staff of the Federal Government.”

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Eid-El-Fitr: Prominent Nigerians Berate Buhari For Issuing Audio Message In Hausa

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Several prominent Nigerians have reacted to a voice message issued by the Presidency on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, who on it, communicated to citizens for the first time since he left the country for the United Kingdom 50 days ago.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the voice message was released on Sunday to debunk reports that the President was suffering from speech impairment.

There have been reports in the social media claiming that the President is suffering from speech impairment and memory loss.

However, the audio clip, which is the President’s voice message to Nigerians on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr, was aired in Hausa language.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had, in a statement on Saturday conveyed the message of the President to Nigerians.

In the one minute and three seconds speech which was also aired on BBC, Buhari had said:

“I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan. My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr:

“May the lessons of Ramadan, namely piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and the needy, be with us for all time.

“I, again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen. We should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less-endowed nations.”

However, several Nigerians have shared mixed feelings about the message from the president with some civil rights organisations and prominent individuals lashing at him for speaking to Nigerians in Hausa.

The Punch quoted a member of the House of Representatives during the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, as saying:

“Other than propaganda, I wonder what they (President’s handlers) intend to achieve by putting out such an audio clip (message) at this time. The President needs our prayers and we sincerely pray for his quick recovery and safe return.’’

Also, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, said  Buhari’s statement failed to address the issues of concern in the country, describing the audio message as flat.

Its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said he expected the President to have cautioned Arewa youths against their ultimatum to the Igbo, noting that instead, Buhari simply danced around the issue.

He said, “The statement is so flat; it did not address specific issues on the ground. In view of what is going on in the country now, I would have thought he would have appealed to those, who are issuing notices to quit against some other tribes, to desist from doing such a thing.

“He was talking about reckless speeches. What constitute reckless speeches? I think he should have been more specific in terms of what we are facing now because the country is under stress.”

“It’s like the Acting President (Yemi) Osinbajo addressing the nation in Yoruba because he is a Yoruba man.

“Addressing the nation at this time in Hausa does not bring inclusiveness. I don’t think it’s good enough for the President of a multi-ethnic nation to have made a national address in the language spoken by a section of the country.”

Also, a former Special Assistant on Social Media to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Reno Omokri, on his Facebook page, while reacting to it, drew comparison between Buhari and Nnamdi Kanu.

Omokri, while condemning the president for addressing Muslims in Hausa, said:

“In a country, whose official language is English, President Muhammadu Buhari broadcasts his Sallah message in Hausa! Would Trump (whose origin is German) address America in German? So what about all those Nigerians who can’t speak Hausa?

“Ideally, the President should have spoken in English first; then, if he feels like it, he may also speak in Hausa. The way he spoke only in Hausa makes it seem as if he is only concerned with those who gave him 97 per cent of the votes while those who gave him five per cent can take a hike!

“How would the rest of the country have felt if President Olusegun Obasanjo had released a Christmas broadcast to Nigerians in Yoruba or if President Goodluck Jonathan had done so in Ogbia?

“How can a national leader address Nigerians in a sectional language? Nigeria has never had a leader as divisive as Buhari! There is no difference between President Buhari and Nnamdi Kanu.

“President Buhari is the President of all Nigeria; he is not the President of only those who can speak Hausa! This is an outrage! (The late) President Umaru Yar’Adua also spoke to the BBC News by telephone. He is Fulani, like President Buhari; yet, he spoke in English because he was President of all of us!”

In its reaction, a civil society organisation, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, said the President’s use of Hausa in his salah message was discriminatory as more than half of the population would not understand him.

The CDHR President, Malachy Ugwumadu, stated:

“The lingua franca of Nigeria is not Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba or Ibibio, but English. Therefore, while we appreciate that the President is not in the best of health condition, it is far-fetched that he would communicate on this occasion in a language that is not understood by more than half of the population. That was not well advised.

“This is a heterogeneous society, where we have over 200 indigenous languages. I think the President should focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. If he mustered the energy to talk at all, he should talk in a way everyone would understand. It is not proper.’’

Also lending voice on the development, the umbrella group for the Igbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, declared that Nigeria had descended to the level of a ‘Banana Republic’, if the President could address Nigerians in Hausa.

This is even as the Ijaw Youth Council expressed surprise that Buhari, whom it noted Nigerians had been eager to hear from, spoke in Hausa in his sallah message.

IYC spokesman, Mr. Henry Iyalla, said, on Sunday, that it would be difficult for Nigerians to agree that the President was actually the person that spoke to Nigerians on the BCC.

But the Arewa Consultative Forum said Buhari’s Eid-el-Fitr message was a good development in view of recent happenings in the country.

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Pastor Adefarasin’s Church, ‘House On The Rock’ Engulfed In Flames (Watch Video)

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A section of the Abuja branch of the “House on the Rock” Church in the Federal Capital Territory was gutted by fire earlier today.

It is understood that a building in the church, which was founded by Pastor Paul Adefarasin, was visibly ablaze while fire fighters were struggling to put out the flames.

Although the flames have now been put out, the extent of the damage incurred by the flames is not known.

This is even as the cause of the fire could not be ascertained.

The incident was also confirmed to pressmen by the pastor of the church, Edbert Abebe, and the commandant of the FCT Command of the fire service, Aderemi Olusola.

They also noted that there were no casualties and that investigation would commence immediately to ascertain the cause of the fire.

“There was nobody in the building, we are not actually meeting in this section of the building; we are meeting in some other section. We will have to carry out investigations to find out what exactly caused the fire but we can’t speculate,” Pastor Abebe said.

Speaking to NAN, a member of the Church said that the main building had not been in use for a while now as renovation work was going on.

Also lending voice on the incident, a twitter user Abayomi Shogunle said that there were 7 fire-fighter trucks at the church premises trying to put out the fire.

Shogunle further supported his claim with a video of the burning church on Twitter.

House on the Rock was founded in December 1994 by Pastor Paul A. Adefarasin in Lagos, Nigeria.

The ministry was established to be a vanguard 21st century Church with a vision of empowering believers for the fulfilment of their God-ordained destinies.

Since its’ inception the Church has grown far beyond the borders of Lagos, with over 40 daughter Churches and missions in Nigeria and across the globe.

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NYSC Corps Member Shot Dead In Bayelsa

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A 30-year-old serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have been dispossessed of his money, other valuables and then shot dead by gunmen, suspected to be robbers, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, an official said.

Mr. Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer at the Bayelsa Command, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Butswat said preliminary investigation showed that the killing was cult related adding that detailed investigation was ongoing to unravel those behind the dastardly act and apprehend them.

He further added that the incident occurred on Saturday evening on Melford Okilo Road, INEC/Kpansia area of Yenagoa metropolis.

The victim, Samuel Collins, was a graduate of Engineering from the University of Benin.

Collins was accosted by the hoodlums at INEC Road junction on his way to the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board’s office on Isaac Boro Expressway, where he was undergoing training.

According to eyewitnesses at the scene, the young man was gunned down when he tried to drag his phones and valuables with his assailants.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Collins was shot by the gunmen at a close range on his head.

He said the bullets from the hoodlums’ guns shattered the victim’s head resulting to massive loss of blood out of his brain.

The gunmen abandoned the lifeless body of their victim, fled the scene after collecting his phone, money and other valuables.

The 30-year-old victim gave up the ghost after struggling with death for some minutes before help could come his way belatedly.

Some of his friends described Collins as an easy-going and brilliant young man.

They also confirmed that the Police had since removed his body and deposited it at the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

NAN quoted them as saying that arrangements have been made to take his remains to his hometown, Port Harcourt, Rivers for burial.

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Is Osinbajo Right That “Nigeria Is Indissoluble”?

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Is Osinbajo Right that “Nigeria Is Indissoluble”?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

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The acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, stated categorically that: “Nigeria is indissoluble,” while addressing State sovernors in Abuja. Over the past few weeks, he had been addressing traditional, ethnic, religious and political leaders in a spirited effort to reduce divisive tensions in the country.

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

Recent tensions exploded following the so-called Kaduna Declaration in which a Northern youth coalition asked all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria to leave the region. The Northern group was responding to repeated calls by certain Igbo groups for secession. Other groups have also joined the fray, condemning and threatening others, and creating a climate of the apparent process of dismantling the country.

It is in this context that the acting president has been engaging leaders and appropriately counselling that: “We must not allow careless use of words to degenerate into crisis.” I completely agree with his key message that: “Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted” and that we should all beware that reckless words and actions can push us along the path leading to more bloodshed or even to war.

At this time, it is important that our leaders, and indeed all of us, come out and condemn hate speech, divisiveness, and above all the politics of brinkmanship. The fact of the matter is that there is no country in the world that does not face the risk of break-up and decomposition. Anthropologists tell us that the Somali are the most pure “tribe” in the world, all of whom are descendants of one line, and yet it is one of the most divided nations in the world today. What we know from history is that nations survive not because they are composed of the same group but because they create conditions that favour staying together.

Nigeria is confronting a number of critical political challenges that are raising serious questions about its identity and survival as a democratic federal republic. First, there has been a significant rise and expansion of sectarian conflicts, both ethnic and religious. The sustained crisis provoked by the Boko Haram insurgency has also been particularly unsettling for the country. The phenomenon of rural banditry related to cattle rustling and violent conflicts between pastoralists and farmers have virtually ended the “Pax Nigeria” established by the British between 1903 and 1915 in rural Nigeria. Increasingly, people are feeling threatened about killings in their homelands.

As rural peace recedes, the federal character politics in the country has been used to discriminate against millions of citizens labelled as settlers in most parts of the country. Violence has repeatedly been the outcome of conflicts between “settlers” and “indigenes” in various parts of the country. As more Nigerians live in areas where they are not considered indigenes, the feeling of exclusion is spreading. Following the 2015 general election, the insurgency in the oil producing Niger Delta has returned and sabotage of oil facilities has escalated. The revival of Biafran secessionism also took its élan within the context of all these political challenges.

Nonetheless, we should not panic too much about current political developments. Nigeria was amalgamated into a single political community in 1914 for economic, not political, reasons. That act of 1914 had limited objectives – the amalgamation of administration and finance to enable the system balance the books. In 1939, regional autonomy was reinforced with the division of the country into three regions. Since then, Nigerian politics has had a very strong ethno-regional character and the political elites have always sought to exploit it for their political ends. At every point when the political classes felt their interests were at stake, they have not hesitated to play the trump card of secession.

It should be recalled that in the 1950s, virtually all Nigerian parties saw themselves as political expressions of ethno-regional associations with the Action Group (AG) in the West evolving from a Yoruba cultural association – Egbe Omo Oduduwa, the Northern Peoples’ Congress (NPC) emerging from the northern cultural association, Jamiyar Mutanen Arewa and the National Congress of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) which started as a national party but later narrowed its social base to a cultural association – the Igbo State Union.

These ethno-regional elite blocs struggled against each other in seeking to configure federalism to their advantage, often using the secession threat. It was the Sardauna of Sokoto who first referred to the amalgamation of the Nigerian provinces as “the mistake of 1914”.

That was in the early 1950s, when he flagged the secession banner, because he felt that Southern politicians were unwilling to understand the attitudes of the Northern elite towards independence. The Sardauna’s position was that the Northern elite would not rush towards independence if it meant replacing European domination with Southern domination.

In the 1950 Ibadan Constitutional Conference to review the Richards Constitution, a representational ratio of 45:33:33 for the North, West and East was proposed. Northern politicians felt threatened by this arrangement and the then Emir of Zaria articulated their position clearly – the North must have 50 percent of the seats or secede from the country. In May 1953, after Northern politicians had been ridiculed in Lagos for opposing the AG motion for self-government in 1956, the Northern House of Assembly and the Northern House of Chiefs met and passed an eight-point resolution that amounted to a call for confederation and separation.

In the 1954 Lagos Constitutional Conference, it was the turn of the AG to demand that a secession clause be inserted in the Constitution. The move was opposed by the NPC and NCNC. In 1964, following the census and election crises, Southern politicians were getting disenchanted with their future in Nigeria. Michael Okpara, the premier of the Eastern Region directly threatened in December 1964 that the East would secede. Okpara went ahead to establish a committee under his Attorney General to work out the modalities for a declaration of secession by Eastern Nigeria. When Ojukwu finally decided to embark on the course of secession three years later, he had a ready-made plan waiting for him.The transition from threats to an actual attempt at secession first emerged from the Niger Delta.

On February 23, 1966, Isaac Boro decided that he was not ready to live in a Nigeria that was ruled by Igbos. He therefore declared the Independence of the Niger Delta Peoples’ Republic following the first coup and the establishment of the Ironsi regime. Boro had become very disturbed about perceived Igbo domination of Eastern minorities since his days as a student activist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His Republic lasted for only twelve days, the time it took the police to round up his rag-tag army of 159 volunteers. Isaac Boro and two of his colleagues were charged for treason in March and condemned to death in June 1966. Boro was eventually released at the onset of the Nigerian civil war, when he joined the federal side and was killed in battle in 1968, fighting for the liberation of Rivers State from Biafra, on the platform of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The civil war of 1967 to 1970 was, of course, the most serious threat to the existence of Nigeria as a country and it led to the loss of over a million lives. In my view, the present problems confronting the polity are to some extent less intense than the crisis engendered by the census, elections and coup d’états of the 1960s.

The second most intense period of political crisis followed the annulation of the June 12th, 1993 elections and the determination of the Abacha dictatorship to continue in power as the sole candidate for the five “leprous” political parties. To address the concerns, General Abacha had announced in his 1995 independence address the introduction of a modified presidential system in which six key executive and legislative offices will be zoned and rotated between six identifiable geographical groupings; North-West, North-East, Middle-Belt, South-West, East-Central and Southern-Minority. Abacha died and the transition led to the emergence of the Fourth Republic.

The reality of Nigerian politics is that fears of domination of one zone over the others played a central role in convincing politicians of the necessity of a federal solution. The First Republic, which operated essentially as an equilibrium of regional tyrannies, was however characterised by the domination of each region by a majority ethnic group and the repression of regional minorities. Indeed, the central problem that has been generating the steady rise of ethno-regional tensions and conflicts has been the supplanting of Nigeria’s federal tradition by a virtual Jacobin unitary state that emerged under a long period of military rule. Its for this reason that I believe we should continue the tradition of the search for restructuring. Following that path might reveal a surprising outcome – that we have actually been restructuring since 1914 and that process rather than structure might be our problem.

A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

This article was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. 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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Federal Government Declares Nigeria Free Of Meningitis

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The Federal Government has declared Nigeria free from the latest ‘Type C’ deadly Cero Spinal Meningitis (CSM).

The declaration comes after the CSM claimed almost 2,000 lives in the country since its outbreak in late 2016.

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In a statement issued on Saturday, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said with the decline in Meningitis cases, the 2016/2017 Meningitis outbreak was over and the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) responding to the epidemic has been stepped down.

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He further added that the outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks and the affected States have recorded much fewer new cases.

In the last four weeks, he said, “no Local Government Area has reached outbreak alert threshold. By the 16th of June 2017 when the EOC was stepped down, a total of 14,518 suspected cases of meningitis were reported from 25 states, with 1,166 deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 8%.”

Ihekweazu explained that NCDC, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and partner organisations worked assiduously to reduce the impact of the outbreak on affected communities.

According to him, the NCDC established a National EOC, which coordinated the national outbreak response.

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This, he said, included the deployment of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to the most affected States to strengthen surveillance, case management, laboratory capacity and risk communication.

Ihekweazu said: “The planning process to prevent future outbreaks and ensuring better preparedness for the next epidemic season has begun. Laboratory capacity has been improved with the recent operationalisation of the new National Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa, Abuja with support from the Federal Ministry of Health, the US CDC and the World Health Organisation.

“NCDC is also coordinating a network of laboratories across the country to improve case confirmation capacity. National guidelines towards responding to future outbreaks are being developed together with ongoing continuous awareness campaigns, keeping the general public informed. Workshops to improve preparedness are also being organised.”

The NCDC boss  stated that the reactive vaccination campaigns led by the NPHCDA were successfully conducted in Zamfara, Sokoto, Yobe and Katsina States. The state governments were fully engaged in conducting these campaigns to ensure that the vaccines reached the most at-risk population.

He said: “While NCDC has stepped down the Emergency response, the work never stops – we will continue to work 24/7 to ensure the protection of all Nigerians against infectious disease threats. We recognise our leadership, the Honorable Ministers of Health and the leadership of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency for the joint support during the outbreak.

“We are very grateful to the Government of Zamfara and Sokoto States for their excellent leadership during the outbreak. We also thank our partners including the World Health Organisation, Africa Centre for Disease Control, as well as the US Centers for Disease Control and its implementing partners –

African Field Epidemiology Network and the University of Maryland Baltimore – for their generous support in the implementation of outbreak response activities.”

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Evans: Nigerian Police IG Advocates Death Sentence For Kidnappers

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Friday, advocated for the imposition of death sentence or life imprisonment on convicted kidnappers.

The IGP made this known on Friday while speaking at a dialogue session he held with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Abuja.

ALSO READ: Kidnap Kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law

The discussion was specifically on the case of recently apprehended billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike a.k.a Evans, as the police chief added that the kidnap kingpin should be used to set an example to youths on risk inherent in such criminal venture.

He lamented that Evans “has changed the face of kidnapping in this country”, saying the fact that he collected $1million ransom on six different occasions, was enough to lure some youths into the illegal business.

Therefore, the police boss said there was urgent need to review existing laws on kidnapping with a view to ensuring stiffer punishment for the perpetrators.

Evans: Notorious Kidnap Kingpin Leads Police To Detention Camps, “Where He Kept His Victims”

Idris further said that a total of 2000 kidnap suspects are currently in police custody, insisting that the least sanction for kidnappers should be life imprisonment.

His words: “We should start looking at punishment and the possibility of establishing special courts to address issues of kidnapping.

“On daily basis we are arresting hundreds of suspects. We should look for a way to review our laws and impose sanctions like we have in some states like Anambra, Lagos, Kano and Imo.

“We need to review those punishments, we should have a time frame for conclusion of trial of suspects”.

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BREAKING: Soldier Working With Kidnap Kingpin Evans Arrested By Nigerian Police

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The operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have arrested a soldier, Lance Corporal, Victor Chukwunonso, who worked as a gang member of the notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike aka Evans.

It is understood that Chukunonso with Army No: 09/NA/64/6317 is attached to the Nigeria Army Band Corps, Abatti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos.

ALSO READ: Kidnap Kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law

The Punch gathered that he was arrested on Saturday by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team.

Meanwhile, there are very strong indications that Evans, a billionaire kidnap kingpin, who had successfully coordinated and masterminded several high profile kidnappings and armed robberies within Lagos, Anambra and Enugu States, may get a life imprisonment or death penalty sentence.

Evans: Notorious Kidnap Kingpin Leads Police To Detention Camps, “Where He Kept His Victims”

This is after the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 which prescribes Life Imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State.

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Literally, the bill, which was passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on January 5, provides death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.

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Naira Stabilises As CBN Injects Another $240m Into Forex Market Ahead Of Eid-el-Fitr

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected the total sum of $240 million to the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) for spot and forward deals on Friday, June 23, 2017.

The apex bank injected the dollars for the last trading day of the week and ahead of June 26 and 27, 2017 holiday declared by the federal government to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr.

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TheCable also quoted the CBN, on Friday, as confirming the sale of forex to dealers in the bureau de change (BDC) segment of the market to meet the needs of low-end forex users.

Speaking on this, Isaac Okorafor, the acting director, corporate communications at the CBN, said the $240m figure released to the Retail SMIS included deals initiated in the course of the out-going week.

While expressing delight at the stability in the forex market, Okorafor said the bank remained very optimistic that its goal of exchange rate convergence is fast becoming a reality, adding that the CBN was committed to ensuring liquidity in the forex market.

Last week, the apex bank, in its interventions, injected about $831.5 million in the inter-bank Forex market and released figures indicating that the Bank had boosted transactions at the Investors’ & Exporters’ (I&E) segment of the market to the tune of $2.2bn.

Meanwhile, the naira has continued to maintain its stability in the forex market, closing at an average of N365/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Friday, June 23, 2017.

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Rivers Governor Wike Sacks All Members Of His Cabinet

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has sacked all members of his cabinet, less than 48 hours after the State’s commissioner of information Austin Tam-George resigned.

Tam-George had tendered his resignation less than 24 hours after Harrison Iheanyichukwu, the state commissioner for works, was sacked.

“I wish to resign my appointment as commissioner for information and communication with effect from today, June 23, 2017,” his resignation letter read.

“I have handed over officially to the director of administration in the ministry.”

He further thanked Wike for the opportunity given him to serve the state.

However, while no reason was given for the dissolution of the cabinet, a statement issued on Saturday by Wike’s special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, read:

“Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has dissolved the State Executive Council. The governor directed all former commissioners to hand over to their respective Permanent Secretaries.”

“Governor Wike thanked the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.”

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Rivers Governor Wike Sacks All Members Of His Cabinet

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has sacked all members of his cabinet, less than 48 hours after the State’s commissioner of information Austin Tam-George resigned.

Tam-George had tendered his resignation less than 24 hours after Harrison Iheanyichukwu, the state commissioner for works, was sacked.

“I wish to resign my appointment as commissioner for information and communication with effect from today, June 23, 2017,” his resignation letter read.

“I have handed over officially to the director of administration in the ministry.”

He further thanked Wike for the opportunity given him to serve the state.

However, while no reason was given for the dissolution of the cabinet, a statement issued on Saturday by Wike’s special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, read:

“Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has dissolved the State Executive Council. The governor directed all former commissioners to hand over to their respective Permanent Secretaries.”

“Governor Wike thanked the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.”

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CBN Warns Against Abuse Of The Naira | Offenders Liable To N50,000 Fine Or 6-Month Imprisonment

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cautioned members of the public against ill handling of the nation’s currency, adding “that if you are hawking and abusing naira, you will pay fine of N50,000 or risk six months imprisonment or both.”

According to the Assistant Director, Currency Operations Department of the apex bank, Benedict Maduagwu, the cost of maintaining the naira note was expensive.

Maduagwu, who made this known in Lagos on Friday while addressing the media at the ongoing CBN Fair with the theme, “Promoting Financial Stability and Economic Development”, said presently, the huge cost of currency management in the country has grown more than that N192 billion in recent times.

Daily Sun quoted him as saying: “CBN is promoting the cashless policy because we discovered that the way currency is being handled and abused could cause some diseases. So the efforts in the cashless policy and also the public sensitisation is to tell people how to handle our naira, how to carry clean naira; these are all aimed at reducing the huge cost of currency management.

“In the recent times, we have carried out what we call sting operations on those that illegally hawk our naira, which is a crime. The CBN’s stand is very clear, that if you are hawking and abusing naira, you will pay fine of N50,000 or risk six months imprisonment or both.”

“The way currency is being handled, it is being abused and the cost is huge. As at 2005 to 2010, it was over N192 billion and as i speak it is more than that.”

According to him, there are interventions under the CBN, which are promoting the wellbeing and also diversifying the economy like the Anchor Borrowers Scheme.

He added: “We have N220 billion MSME intervention scheme and about 60 per cent of it is reserved for women. We also have it for the crippled, we also have the youth development empowerment programme, which has to do with corps members that have served. They can access it and have N3 million as part of efforts to reduce unemployment in the country.”

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Any Attempt To Arrest Arewa Youths Will Lead To Problems – Junaid Mohammed

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A Second Republic lawmaker and Northern elder statesman, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has warned that the arrest of Arewa youths over the quit notice to Igbo would lead to crisis in the region.

The Northern elder statesman gave the warning while speaking with Saturday PUNCH on Friday.

According to him, the Federal Government demonstrated irresponsibility in its selective handling of the threats from the southern and northern regions of the country.

His words: “The threat to arrest the youth, in my opinion, is not only counter – productive but also inappropriate.

“This is because ideally, with the position of things, every Nigerian has the right to live and conduct their businesses in any part of the country.

“But the Federal Government left their toes behind when they allowed the IPOB, which is being financed by the Igbo political and business elites both in the country and in the Diaspora to be issuing statements freely.

“Therefore, any attempt to arrest Arewa youths will lead to problems. I am resident in Kano State and the last time the Kaduna State Government brought up the issue of arrest, there would have been violence if an attempt to arrest anybody by the police had been made.”

Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of Northern Elders Council, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, blamed the Federal Government for not tackling the threats by the IPOB on time, pointing that it led to the present crisis.

He said, “I believe that the Federal Government was somewhat late in addressing the threats issued by the Igbo.

“These threats by both the North and South are unconstitutional and illegal because every Nigerian has the right to live and work in any part of the country he or she chooses.

“I think the Igbo should not allow a man, who was not even born during the civil war to incite violence in the country. Both the Hausa and the Igbo are well travelled traders and if this country splits today, that opportunity is gone, a market of 180 million people. All the regions will suffer for it.”

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University Of Ibadan (UI) Reopens On July 2 | Exams Begin July 4

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The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced July 2 for the re-opening of the institution for normal academic activities.

In a statement issued by the Director of Public Communications, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, the‎ first semester examinations for the 2016/2017 academic session will start on July 4.

ALSO READ: University Of Ibadan (UI) Shut As Students Protest

The Senate of the University of Ibadan, has decided to recall its undergraduate students, who were asked to vacate the institution ‎on May 29 to resume academic activities, he said in a statement.‎

He said the Senate’s decision taken on Friday followed the consideration of the interim report of an Ad-hoc Committee on the students’ crisis.‎

The statement read: ‎“By this decision, the 2016/2017 first semester examinations will commence on Tuesday, July 4 in the various faculties of the university.

“All students will be allowed into the examination halls on presentation of their course registration forms on which their passport photographs are affixed.

‎“Senate notes that the conduct of examination is dictated by senate and not the students’ union executive council as all activities of the university are guided and regulated by the University of Ibadan Act.

‎“‎An  implementation machinery may soon be set up to engage students on the modalities‎ for the use of hotplates and other unauthorized electrical appliances.”

On May 29, the university was shut down after a protest following a ban on the use of hotplates and other electrical appliances in the halls of residence in the institution.

The students also protested the non-issuance of identity cards to students before the examination.

“The‎ students are expected to arrive on the campus as from Sunday, July 2, 2017,” Mr. Oladejo said.

Meanwhile, a Students’ Union leader, however, said the students would resist the resumption unless the issues that led to the closure are resolved.

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Senator Melaye Drags INEC To Court, Wants Recall Process ‘Halted’

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In a judicial bid to save his seat, Senator Dino Melaye, on Friday dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking an order restraining the electoral body from conducting any referendum aimed at recalling him.

The INEC had in a statement on Thursday said it had formally informed Melaye of petitions filed by its constituents to recall him and fixed July 3 to begin the recall process.

However, Melaye in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/587/2017 filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja said the process undertaking by his constituents was unconstitutional because it is malicious and fraudulent.

INEC Receives Signatures Asking For Recall Of Dino Melaye From Senate

In an Originating Summons he filed through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, the embattled lawmaker prayed the court to declare that the petition presented to INEC for his recall was illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, invalid, null and void and of no effect in law.

He also wants the court to void the recall process on the grounds that it was commenced in breach of his fundamental right to fair hearing.

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The suit was filed along with an affidavit of urgency, urging the court to assign the case to a judge and be granted an accelerated hearing.

The affidavit of urgency deposed to by a litigation secretary in the law firm of Ozekhome, Mr. Usman Salihu, states, “That he has also asked for injunctive relieves restraining the defendant from acting on the said petition.

“That except this matter is assigned and granted accelerated hearing, the res in issue in this matter might be destroyed.

“That this court is urged most humbly to assign this suit as a matter of grave urgency and grant accelerated hearing therein.”

In an unprecedented exercise, voters in Kogi West Senatorial District signed a petition for Mr. Melaye’s recall on June 10.

Should Melaye’s recall succeed, he would be the first senator ever recalled in Nigeria’s history.

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18 Feared Dead As Taraba Police Arrest 8 Over Sardauna Killings

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The Taraba State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of eight persons in connection with the killings in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr  Yunana Babas, also told newsmen in Jalingo that 18 persons had been confirmed dead while several villages were destroyed.

While the commissioner added that the terrain had made access to the area difficult to determine the exact level of damage, Daily Trust quoted locals in the area as saying that more bodies were being recovered after the attack.

It was gathered that soldiers visited Mayo Ndaga and Dorofi Gbamga, in the early hours of Friday, where a number of corpses were recovered.

Those trapped and the injured were brought to Gembu, headquarters of the local government area, and are being given medical attention while camps have been set up for displaced persons.

It is understood that the attacks came simultaneously and continued for days with Militiamen believed to be from Mambilla invading several villages and settlements across the Mambilla plateau, killing many people and set houses ablaze.

It started in the evening of Saturday, June 17 when the militia attempted to invade Ngouroge town but were timely blocked by soldiers from the 20 Battalion, Serti.

However, it was gathered that they moved towards Gembu, headquarters of the local government, and attacked a settlement near Likitaba village and killed some people including their cows.

 

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WAEC Announces New Fees For Collection Of Certificate

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has urged GCE candidates to endeavour to collect their certificates within four years of writing the examination as any delay beyond that will attract custody fee.

Demianus Ojijeogu, the Head of Public Affairs Department (WAEC), Nigeria disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, commonly referred to as WAEC GCE, is usually taken in November/December every year.

Mr. Ojijeogu said: “the normal charge for the certificate is N3, 500 and only payable by those whose certificates were issued between zero and four years.

“But from five to nine years is N8, 500; 10 to 14 years N13, 500; 15 to 19 years N18, 500 while 20 years and above will be charged N23, 500.

“These charges are (for) custody fee; for keeping the certificates for so long because it occupies space in our office. It will also serve as a deterrent to others.

“I don’t know the reason why people will sit for exams and their certificates are ready yet they will not come for collection. What was the essence of the certificate in the first place?’’

He also said that requirements for collection of the GCE certificates within Nigeria were an application letter, sworn affidavit from the High Court, online result print- out, one passport-size photograph, photo card and identity card.

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Supreme Court Sacks Nigerian Senator “Abubakar Danladi” And Lawmaker “Herman Hembe”

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The Supreme Court has sacked Abubakar Danladi, a senator representing Taraba North in the Nigerian Senate.

The apex court also declared Alhaji Shuaibu Lau, as the senator to represent Taraba North. The court gave the orders while delivering judgment in the appeal filed by Lau.

Lau had challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal that upturned his victory during the primary elections, that he was wrongfully substituted.

The apex court ordered him to refund all salaries and allowances earned in the Senate within 90 days.

It also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate issued to Danladi and issue a fresh certificate of return to Lau.

Mr. Danladi was sacked by the Supreme Court on the same day a member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe, was also sacked by the apex court.

Mr. Hembe, who represents Vandikwa/ Konshisha constituency of Benue State was not the valid candidate of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, the court ruled.

The court also ordered that Mr. Hembe be replaced with Dorathy Mato, who was declared the right winner of the APC primaries.

It is also understood that Mr. Hembe was ordered to return all the salaries and allowances he received as lawmaker since he was sworn in in 2015.

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DSS Foils Massive Plots By Terrorists To Cause Mayhem During Eid-El-Fitr Celebration

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has uncovered and foiled a massive plot by suspected terrorists to carry out a coordinated attack in some major cities and states – including Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri – during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

In a statement on Friday signed by Tony Opuiyo, the DSS said, “The past few weeks, this service has uncovered a sinister plot by terrorist elements to stage series of coordinated attacks using explosives on different cities across the country.”

Opuiyo, an operative of the service, who made the disclosure in Abuja, said two suspects — Yusuf Adamu and Abdulmuminu Haladu — were arrested in Sokoto in connection with the plot in the early hours of Friday.

According to the statement, Mr. Adamu and his accomplice were to command the operation in Kano.

“However, the Service had earlier arrested the facilitator of the Kano attack, an explosive expert by name Bashir Mohammed at Unguwar Barnawa, Shekar Madaki, Kumbatso LGA, Kano State on June 20”.

“Their plan, together with others now at large, was to assemble the explosives and use them on select targets during the Eid-el-Fitr Celebrations”.

“Their aim was to hit on soft targets such as markets, public parks, public processions, recreation centres, as well as worship centres especially the Eid Praying Grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration.  The latest plan by the terrorists was to unleash mayhem on Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna and Maiduguri,” the agency said.

The agency said during the arrest of Mr. Mohammed in Kumbotso, Kano, a search was conducted at his residence where it recovered “Eight (8) AK-47 rifles, Twenty (20) fully loaded AK-A7 magazines, Twenty-seven (27) hand grenades, Seven hundred and ninety-three (793) rounds of live ammunition.”

One gas cylinder, three laptops, one mobile phone, a motorcycle, a car, and a printer were also recovered.

The DSS also said it uncovered plans by the terrorists to infiltrate the ranks of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, which has been demanding the release of its leader Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, held without trial since December 2015.

“This is in an attempt to assume a formidable cover to unleash violence and evoke a complete state of chaos in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja during the group’s Qudus Day Procession/Rally scheduled for Friday in Abuja and several States in the Northern parts of the country”.

“Sequel to this, the Service is warning members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to desist from staging any form of procession or demonstration as the terrorists will seize the opportunity to unleash mayhem”. Mr. Opuiyo said.

Meanwhile, the federal government has earlier declared Monday and Tuesday next week as public holidays for the Islamic festival.

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IPOB Leader Kanu Gives Condition For Election To Hold In Anambra State, South East (Watch Video)

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that if the Nigerian Government does not agree to conduct referendum for Biafra, there will not be any form of election in the Southeast during the 2019 general elections.

The embattled leader also added that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state will not hold if the federal government fails to conduct a referendum on Biafra.

Nnamdi Kanu Defiles Court Order, Addresses Pro-Biafra Crowd (Watch Video)

“If the federal government does not agree with us on a date for referendum, there will be no elections in the southeast, we are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra state,” Kanu said.

Speaking from his father’s palace in Afara Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia state, Kanu threatened that members of his group might also boycott the 2019 general election.

Biafra: Nigeria Could Seek Revocation Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail

He also said that “Nigerian government should build as many prisons as possible to jail all Biafrans because there is no going back and we are ready to go there unless the federal government gives us Biafra.

“In 2019, the whole of Biafra land will not vote for any president. There will be no senator, there will be no house of reps, there will be no house of assembly and there will be no councilor-ship elections in Biafra land if the federal government fails to call for a referendum.

“We are not like any other people. People like us don’t come twice. That’s why I know that with the last breath in this very body that Biafra will be restored. There’s nothing anybody can do about it. Tell them that’s what I said. Nobody on this earth can stop Biafra.”

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IPOB Leader Kanu Gives Condition For Election To Hold In Anambra State, South East (Watch Video)

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that if the Nigerian Government does not agree to conduct referendum for Biafra, there will not be any form of election in the Southeast during the 2019 general elections.

The embattled leader also added that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state will not hold if the federal government fails to conduct a referendum on Biafra.

Nnamdi Kanu Defiles Court Order, Addresses Pro-Biafra Crowd (Watch Video)

“If the federal government does not agree with us on a date for referendum, there will be no elections in the southeast, we are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra state,” Kanu said.

Speaking from his father’s palace in Afara Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia state, Kanu threatened that members of his group might also boycott the 2019 general election.

Biafra: Nigeria Could Seek Revocation Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail

He also said that “Nigerian government should build as many prisons as possible to jail all Biafrans because there is no going back and we are ready to go there unless the federal government gives us Biafra.

“In 2019, the whole of Biafra land will not vote for any president. There will be no senator, there will be no house of reps, there will be no house of assembly and there will be no councilor-ship elections in Biafra land if the federal government fails to call for a referendum.

“We are not like any other people. People like us don’t come twice. That’s why I know that with the last breath in this very body that Biafra will be restored. There’s nothing anybody can do about it. Tell them that’s what I said. Nobody on this earth can stop Biafra.”

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