Trust Fund To Provide 900,000 Jobs In Lagos

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The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) has disclosed that it will provide 900,000 jobs and support 100,000 medium scale enterprises in the state from now till 2019.

This disclosure was made by the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Akintunde Oyebode, during the Fund’s planned workshop for business owners in the state.

Daily Trust quoted him as saying that the development was necessary in order to create a viable business environment in Lagos.

He further explained that the agency was also mandated to provide training and job placements for the unemployed; mentorship for business owners and improvement of the policy environment to ensure a conducive operational environment for small businesses in the state.

Oyebode noted that the workshop was targeted at the LSETF beneficiaries who qualify for export because of the goods they produce, adding that the agency intended to provide business support, advisory services and access to new markets for all its beneficiaries.

“That is why we have partnered with the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to help achieve this. In addition to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council sessions, we will also have facilitators from the Nigerian Customs Service and NAFDAC,” he said.

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Militants Kill Three Policemen, Four Residents In Ogun Community Raid

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At least three policemen and four residents of waterside local government area of Ogun state have been reportedly killed after suspected militants stormed the area.

The Punch reports that the police officers attached to the Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery Squad, lost their lives over the weekend, while trying to release a Chinese expatriate abducted by the gunmen.

The policemen had engaged the gunmen in a fire exchange when they lost their lives while a resident was also hit by a stray bullet and died on the spot during the gun duel.

The assailants also attacked the home of a businessman, identified as Chief Rafiu Daramola, and carted away N4.7m.

Speaking on the incident, a community leader, said the three policemen and one resident were killed in Odi Omi, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun states.

He said, “The militants kidnapped a Chinese expatriate. As they were leaving with their victim, the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad engaged them in a gun battle. The gunmen, however, shot dead three policemen and an indigene. The corpses were later removed and deposited in a morgue by the police.”

It was gathered that three residents were shot dead before they left the area.

The Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the killing of the three residents, said the slain policemen were not from the state command.

He said, “They invaded the businessman’s house, but our policemen were able to repel them. At the end of the encounter, we arrested one of the suspects, while their operational vehicle was recovered.

“The suspect is helping with investigation. The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Iliyasu, has deployed some special units of the police, including men from the Federal SARS, Mobile Police Force, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, and other conventional policemen, in the scene to ensure security of lives and property.”

 

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Presidency Dismisses Reports On Resignation Of Abba Kyari And Lawal Daura

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The Presidency has denied the reports making the round that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, have resigned, describing the resignation rumour as “mere distraction and pure mischief’’.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the clarification in an interview with journalists on Sunday.

Mr. Shehu, who frowned at the report, which went viral on social media and some online news, said the Chief of Staff left Abuja on Saturday for China on presidential assignment and would be back by the middle of the week.

He also added that Daura was busy with his work.

The presidential spokesman said: “The report is pure mischief. What I can tell you is that the President sent the Chief of Staff Malam Abba Kyari to China on an assignment.

“He left on Saturday and we are expecting him by the middle of the week.

“The DG DSS who spoke with me a few hours ago is busy on his job. Nothing to indicate resignation.

“I think these are mere distraction.’’

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3 Female Suicide Bombers Die In Maiduguri

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The Borno State Police Command has said that three female suicide bombers were on Monday intercepted in Maiduguri, the State capital.

Boko Haram: 2 Nigerian Army Generals Escape Death In Borno

It is understood that the female bombers, who attempted to enter the city through Mamanti village in Jere Local Government Area at about 5.10 a.m, were shot dead before detonating the explosive devices strapped to their bodies.

The state police commissioner, Damien Chukwu, said one of the bombers detonated her bomb which claimed her life but the other two were shot dead while trying to flee.

While stating that there was a foiled suicide attack on the troubled town, the commissioner said:

“Borno State Police Command information just received indicates, today (Monday) at about 0510hrs, three female suicide bombers attempted to enter Mamanti village Jere local government area.

“They were intercepted by Civilian JTF. In the process, one of the bombers detonated IED strapped to her body killing herself alone. The other two tried to escape but were shot dead by security personnel on duty.

“EOD mine drafted to the scene to sanitise and render the area safe. Normalcy is restored.”

This is coming a day after troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in Southern Kaduna recovered large cache of arms.

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20 Feared Dead In Renewed Clash Between Akwa Ibom, Cross River Communities

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At least 20 people have been feared dead on Sunday in Oku-Iboku, Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State following an attack by hoodlums from Ikot Offiong community of Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross River State.

Daily Sun reports that the hoodlum – believed to be youths from Ikot Offiong – stormed the community in Akwa Ibom with machine guns which they mounted on their speedboats besides other rifles.

It is also understood that they came with hand grenades to attack their victims, which resulted in scores of deaths and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

Speaking on the incident, Dr. Demson Ekong, a native of Oku Iboku, told newsmen in Uyo that some of those killed included women and children.

Ekong said nine corpses of fishermen had earlier been recovered on Saturday and more corpses were still being recovered as at yesterday afternoon.

He said: “Ikot Offiong people and those Cross River State Government hired to exterminate us came to our area two days ago, and killed many fishermen, women and girls who were returning from farms. We are still recovering the corpses, but as at yesterday, we recovered nine, excluding those killed on Friday.

“They mounted machine guns on their speed boats and shot sporadically at their targets. The soldiers guarding the border between Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, escaped for their lives. It was after some hours that they called for reinforcement and during the time of military reinforcement, the boys were still firing for over 30 minutes before they finally fled.

“Apart from those killed, they also took away seven persons alive to a fishing settlement near Ibom Le’ Meridien Hotel in Uruan Local Government Area and burnt down the entire settlement. Three of the boys dived into the river and escaped to a village in Uruan community, where they were shown the way back to Oku Iboku.’’

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Of Aristocratic Rebels And The Tyranny Of Tradition

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Of Aristocratic Rebels and the Tyranny of Tradition, By Chris Ngwodo

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Whenever the sole or main argument in favour of an institution, a practice, or a position is “tradition”, it is at that point that we find power at its most disconnected from reason, authority at its most alienated from justice, and the status quo at its most degenerate. This axiom is relevant now in the light of the debate sparked off by the recent interventions of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Recently, the Emir has drawn attention to the abysmal socioeconomic indices of Northern Nigeria, attributing them to failed social policy and has called for an intellectual revolution and urged Northern Muslims to reclaim their faith from those that use it as a cultural alibi for the sustenance of retrogressive practices that have kept the region mired in a crisis of development for decades.

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

Among the reactions to the Emir’s critiques have been vociferous condemnations of what some have termed his activist posturing and hypocritical grandstanding. The crux of the criticisms leveled against him seems to be that his serial interventions in the public space are in breach of some code of aristocratic decorum and protocol long established by tradition. His traducers claim that the Emir is dabbling in politics and is being far more vocal than the constraints of his exalted office permit. In so doing, he is violating tradition and culture, and bringing the throne into disrepute.

This particular strain of attack on the Emir – let us call it “the tradition argument” – should be closely interrogated. Culture and tradition are perhaps the most powerful enablers of sociopolitical evil on our shores. They are marshaled as unimpeachable license for impunity and sustained injustices. In Northern Nigeria, the cultural alibi has been used to justify and rationalise a host of social plagues ranging from the rejection of western education and the preponderance of child marriage to the sentencing of children to a life of destitution as almajiris, the subjugation of women and the denial of girl child education.

The Cultural Alibi

To be sure, the cultural alibi operates all over Nigeria. In the South-East, it was used to disinherit females and bar women from rightfully inheriting their late fathers’ estate until 2014 when the Supreme Court ruled that such practices as enshrined in Igbo law and custom were discriminatory and in conflict with the constitution. A cursory examination of the cultural alibi whenever and wherever it is invoked indicates that it is no more than a shield for securing feudal privileges and protecting predatory patriarchy.

It is precisely for this reason that the attempt to muzzle the Emir on account of some misbegotten sense of propriety must be challenged. Culture, like society, is not static but dynamic and constantly in flux. Tradition refers to the behavioural constraints that elites at any point in history impose on themselves and on their society. Culture and its components, including religion, customs and conventions, are existential subroutines that are devised and revised over time. People may be products of their culture but culture itself is also produced by people. Consequently, culture and tradition are not eternal bequests and are neither sacrosanct nor unquestionable. They can be rationally evaluated, refined and discarded where necessary in favour of higher behavioural codes. Wherever culture is projected as anything other than a man-made construct, then that is a sign of the guardians of the status quo reaffirming their aversion to any possibility of progress that threatens their outsized privileges.

Those who warn that the Emir risks being deposed by the Kano State governor for his recent “politically incorrect” statements are ironically affirming the inexorably dynamic and ever-changing nature of the society and her institutions. Emirs were once very powerful overlords of the Native Authority system. Yet in the space of decades, the Emirs were stripped of their corrupt Yandoka police, their courts and prisons, and now serve at the pleasure of state governors. Kano itself existed for hundreds of years before it became an emirate. It has evolved from a city-state to an emirate to the capital city of a state in the Nigerian federation. All these historical transitions have altered her social and political institutions and will continue do so. Whatever their powers, the guardians of the status quo cannot stop the march of time.

Women in Northern Nigeria could not vote until 1979. Before then, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba, the irrepressible activist whose life-long vocation was the political mobilisation of women, endured several brutal physical assaults by thugs for the criminal effrontery of being a woman and a political activist. Times have changed and they must continue to change for the better. The argument that “this is how we have always done it” as a basis for perpetuating retrogressive ideas and curbing divergent thinking, is untenable. If mere longevity of practice was sufficient to confer legitimacy, then we would still be confronting emirates steeped in warfare and slavery.

It is also telling that apparently more people have been angered by the Emir’s comments than the evils to which he has drawn attention. For instance, there has been no comparable backlash against the governor of Zamfara State who attributed the outbreak of meningitis to divine punishment for fornication – a pungent example of how politicians deploy bankrupt theologies to deflect attention from their dereliction of duty.

Some say that the Sarkin Kano’s commentaries amount to washing the North’s dirty linen in public. This is the “rufe asiri” argument (figuratively in Hausa, the avoidance of candour). However, this argument is akin to locking the stables long after the horse has bolted. Before our very eyes, the contradictions within Northern society sired one of the world’s most sadistic terrorist groups which has murdered tens of thousands people, laid waste to vast swathes of the North-East and left legions of orphans as a lost generation that could prolong what is already a multigenerational insurgency. Boko Haram’s use of children as bombers and warriors is an obvious metaphor for how the cultural alibi has despoiled Nigerian posterity. Boko Haram is the monstrous manifestation of the rabid anti-intellectualism, misogyny and religious intolerance to which the Emir and likeminded voices have been drawing attention. The time for “rufe asiri” is long gone. The putrid underbelly of the cultural alibi is staring us in the face.

A Lineage of Radical Dissent

In many respects, Sarkin Kano’s interventions (which predate his ascension to the throne) situate him firmly within a very historical tradition of radical dissent and inquisition by introspective aristocratic insiders. A thread can be traced from Sanusi’s engagements all the way back to Abdullahi Dan Fodio’s scathing condemnation of the newly installed rulers after the Jihad, for abandoning the revolution’s commitment to social justice and education and their remorseless self-aggrandisement.

More contemporarily, Mallam Aminu Kano and the Northern Elements Progressive Union and its Second Republic successor, the Peoples’ Redemption Party, essayed similar polemical attacks on the aristocratic classes and the tyrannical native authorities. In a statement on August 1, 1950, NEPU lamented that “for a population of some 15,000,000 people…there is only one missionary-trained doctor who is a Northerner, while there is no single engineer, economist, lawyer, educationist.” The party demanded “mass and compulsory education for all Northern youths of school age” and called for the establishment of “many more elementary schools, secondary schools, technical institutions and teacher training colleges to be opened in the North.”

It is permissible to read the Emir of Kano’s recent critiques of Northern socioeconomic conditions as a reboot of NEPU’s analysis from over fifty years ago. Obviously, the North is not as bereft of professionals as it was in 1950 but there is no doubt that relative to the growth of the general population, it still records alarmingly high human capital deficits that suggest that too little has changed since then.

Another prefiguration of Muhammadu Sanusi II was the radical historian Yusufu Bala Usman whose trenchant thesis on the political manipulation of religion in Nigeria by the ruling class remains depressingly current and is probably the single most acute explanation for the crisis of development in Northern Nigeria. Many Northern political elites sell a vision to the underclass of their need to adopt a formulaic plebeian piety that supposedly simulates the pristine virtue of a thoroughly mythical version of Seventh century Arabia. In contrast, the aspiration the ruling classes have for themselves is rarefied access to the marvels of 21st century Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is an instantly recognisable old-fashioned swindle in which the powerful prescribe holiness for the poor and hedonism for themselves.

Long before he ascended the throne of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as he was then known, had condemned the opportunistic adoption of a brand of Sharia law that targeted the poor and the weak such as teen mothers and cattle thieves and left the edifice of decadent power and social inequity unscathed. In calling for Islam to be reclaimed, the Emir was drawing attention to something Usman had diagnosed in the late 1970s – the cynical manipulation of religious symbols for self-serving populist mobilisation.

This then is the intellectual tradition of which the Sarkin Kano is presently the most vocal torchbearer. (Senator Shehu Sani also grew up in this tradition). In ideological terms, Mallam Aminu and Dr. Usman were leftists, while the Emir is evidently to the right of these two iconic agitators. But at the beginning of his career as a public intellectual, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was a Marxist and only within the last fifteen years did his ideological conversion to neo-liberalism occur. Even so, his emphasis on social justice, women’s rights, mass education and his critiques of fraudulent religious populism in the North have been consistent.

It has been said that the controversy over the Emir’s engagements reflects the longstanding dichotomy between the worldly Yan boko (western-educated Northerners) and their more insular conservative traditionalist counterparts and their struggle for the soul of Northern Nigeria. From the perspective of the radical progressive tradition of which Mallam Aminu Kano and Bala Usman were luminaries, this controversy represents a different sort of ideological polarity. As their fellow ideologue, Balarabe Musa, the Second Republic Governor of Kaduna, declared in June 1981, “We do not belong to the retrograde North of feudalists, slaveholders, crooks, parasites and foreign agents. We are of the cultured North of democracy, liberation and social progress for all the people of Nigeria.” The intellectual lineage to which the Emir of Kano belongs would perceive his travails in the light of the multigenerational struggle between “the retrograde north” and “the cultured north.”

A man as self-possessed and opinionated as Sanusi was never going to be gagged and blindfolded by the alleged protocols of his office. The tension between free spirited intellection and conservative decorum was inevitable. Both the throne and its occupant are testing each other. Mallam Aminu and Usman were resisters who renounced their aristocratic pedigree in order to more effectively resist the status quo. The Sarkin Kano may well similarly walk the path of class suicide.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Some of the Emir’s critics argue that given his access to people in high office, he should be availing himself of those private channels to deliver his counsel to reigning politicians. The simple response to this is that governance is neither a secret society nor a covert operation. The public deserves to be aware of all alternatives to extant policy. The fact that a figure of the Emir’s stature is highlighting these issues can galvanise both civil society and the government. It also has not escaped attention that some of those now accusing the Emir of being a prima donna had no such complaints when the previous administration was the subject of his barbs.

While the accusations of financial recklessness leveled against the Emir merit a response, different matters must not be conflated. The Emir has raised issues of grave existential consequence for Nigeria from which we must not be distracted. It is only fair to ask if these allegations of impropriety would have surfaced if Sarkin Kano had held his peace. Would his stewardship of the Kano Emirate Council treasury have become an issue if he had not ruffled conservative feathers and offended fragile political and “socio-cultural” sensibilities? How many cases of feudal overindulgence are out there obscured by a veil of conspiratorial silence all because the perpetrators have refused to break ranks and rock the boat of the conservative status quo?

Rarely, if ever, have the financial dealings of an emirate council been dragged into the public domain even though such treasuries have long been unobtrusively opaque. It would be naïve in the extreme to assume that any malfeasance in this secretive administrative sphere is limited to Kano. Even so, if this leads to greater openness and transparency, it would aid the cause of institutional reform. The Emir will answer his accusers but the issues he has highlighted are of a far grander scale and urgently demand attention. This is one instance in which, despite our penchant for personalising issues, the messenger must pale into irrelevance and the message must take centre stage.

This rather needless controversy raises a secondary question. If traditional rulers are not expected to draw attention to inconvenient facts, as the Emir of Kano has done, and are meant to simply carry on in cloistered indifference to pervasive social dysfunction, then why do they exist at all? If traditional rulers cannot speak truth, and are meant to be complicit in the ruination of the society, why do we need them? What is their purpose? Despite their hoary veneer, traditional institutions are man-made institutions and whatever is formulated by man can be deconstructed by man. In a republic with aspirations to democratic egalitarianism, traditional rulers are a contradiction in terms and a dubious anachronism. Perhaps, Sarkin Kano’s attempt to question the status quo and reinvent the emiral institution will go down as either the alternative or the prelude to its ultimate extinction.

Chris Ngwodo is a writer, consultant and analyst.

This article was written by Chris Ngwodo. 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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Kano Plans Compulsory HIV Test For Intending Couples

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The Kano State government has said that plans are underway to come up with a law that would compel couples to undergo HIV screening before marriage.

The state government, through the Hisbah Board, and in collaboration with the Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (KSACA), also said that when the drafting of the bill is completed, the two organisations would submit it to the state House of Assembly, through the Ministry of Health for enactment as a law.

Speaking on the development, the Director General of KSACA, Dr. Bashir Usman, also explained that the proposal would include screening for sickle cell and hepatitis, adding that the gesture would save many lives, as well as, make the state epidemic-free.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed a Pre-marital Medical Examination Enforcement Law for intending couples, giving a window of three months and two weeks as a deadline for medical checkup before marriage.

The House also sets aside a fine of N200, 000 or one year imprisonment, or both, for any health facility, health worker or any person that issues a false result, adding that whoever assists in the issuance of such result would be liable for conviction.

The new law states that “HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and genotype tests, which will be conducted simultaneously for both parties in an approved health facility, and the result explained to them by a qualified doctor, is to be kept confidential, and to be handed by the parties over to the person who is to conduct the marriage contract in the presence of witnesses.

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Customs Plans To Officially Deploy E-Auction Platform For Nigerians

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has said that it would in the coming days officially deploy electronic auction platform for Nigerians.

Mr Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer, NCS, made this known on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that interested Nigerians who wanted to be part of the system should approach the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to acquire the Tax Identification Number (TIN).

He said: “I told you earlier that the electronic auction platform is ready and undergoing a User Acceptability Test (UAT).

“In a matter of days, it is going to be officially deployed for Nigerians.

“Those who want to be part of this system should approach the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to acquire the tax Identification Number (TIN). That is what it takes, they should get that ready.”

Speaking on the bonded terminal licence, Attah said that the Service was ready to license operators who secured a N50 million bank bond to operate a vehicle terminal.

He said that the Service was ready to begin issuance of licence, adding that there were already positive responses from the public.

“A lot of people have indicated interest and the process is ongoing.

“ NCS is ready for the issuance of licences to people who are interested.

“What it takes is for interested persons to acquire a big land, fence it and have Customs section within; a workstation with connectivity and computer system that can easily connect to the Customs server.

“Such person will also be required to enter into a bank bond of N50 million.

“He or she will now apply through the Customs Area Comptroller of the command that he wants to site the terminal to the Comptroller General,” he said.

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Nigerian Troops Recover Large Cache Of Arms In Southern Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed in Southern Kaduna have recovered large cache of arms, an official said on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Boko Haram: 2 Nigerian Army Generals Escape Death In Borno

The recovery, it was learnt, occurred three days after the army launched a special operation, `Harbin Kunama II,’ to flush out armed bandits from the area.

The special operation, Harbin Kunama – `Scorpion Sting,’ was launched in Kaura Local Government Area of the state on April 19.

Speaking earlier today, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, who said the recovery was made on Saturday, added that the arms and ammunition were discovered when troops embarked on cordon and search of Gwaska, Dangoma, Angwan Far and Bakin Kogi general area of Southern Kaduna State.

He listed them as 73 dane guns, four locally made rifles, one locally made machine gun and one locally made pistol.

Others were 260 cartridges, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 63 rounds of 9mm ammunition, one locally made small machine gun magazine and a pair of worn out military boot.

Usman also said that some quantities of assorted improvised ammunition and pyrotechnics hidden in dug out pits were recovered.

“While efforts are ongoing to track down the owners of the arms and ammunition, it is imperative to state that the good people of the area have been very supportive and cooperating with the military which led to these unprecedented findings.

“Similarly, in Sector 1 of the operation which covers Kano State, troops in conjunction with other security agencies are carrying out operations in suspected armed bandits camps in Falgore forest,’’ he said.

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Senator Isiaka Adeleke Dies At 62 | Body Returns To Hospital For Autopsy

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Isiaka Adeleke, a senator in the current 8th Assembly, and a three term senator representing Osun West senatorial district, has been confirmed dead.

He died at the age of 62 at Bikets Hospital in Osogbo, the Osun state capital after suffering a heart attack according to family sources.

It is understood that he was preparing to run for the Osun governorship election in 2018 before his death on Sunday morning.

The All Progressives Congress (APC through its twitter handle: @APCNigeria) also confirmed his death.

Meanwhile, confusion ensued in Ede, the home town of Isiaka Adeleke, as his lifeless body was returned to the Ladoke Akontola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, for an autopsy.

This is against the expectation of sympathisers who waited as the body was earlier being prepared for burial, according to Islamic rites.

Sources close to the incident said that the autopsy option will be being taken following rumours that he was poisoned at a political meeting on Saturday.

He was born as Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke  in Enugu on 15 January 1955 to the family of Senator Ayoola Adeleke and Esther Adeleke.

He started his primary education at Christ Church School, Enugu before moving to Ibadan. He had his secondary  education at Ogbomoso Grammar School and later went to the United States for his university education.

He was Chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Pro-Chancellor And Chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

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Boko Haram: 2 Nigerian Army Generals Escape Death In Borno

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Two Generals of the Nigerian Army escaped death on Saturday after their convoy encountered and cleared four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists along their way from Bama to Gwoza.

Army Chief Buratai Opens Up On War Tactics Used Against Boko Haram Jihadists

This disclosure was made by Brig.- Gen. Sani Usman, the Director Army Public Relations, in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Sunday.

The statement read: “The Chief of Administration, Nigerian Army headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Alkali and the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu were returning from an operational visit to troops involved in clearing of insurgents when they encountered the devices.”

“They encountered the four clustered IEDs buried at a crossing point along Banki Junction and Pulka road, about six kilometres to Firgi in Borno State.

“The Explosive Ordinance Device team, however, were able to quickly detect the deadly IEDs and safely extracted and detonated the device.

“The two senior officers were on operational visit to troops of 26 Task Force Brigade deployed for Operation Lafiya Dole currently engaged in Operation Deep Punch.

“The team among other places visited 112 Task Force Battalion Pulka”.

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Ebonyi Elections: PDP Wins All Chairmanship, Councillorship Seats

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the chairmanship seats of the 13 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi in the Saturday local council polls.

The Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), Mr Jossy Eze, who announced this on Sunday at the commission’s headquarters in Abakaliki, also said that the opposition party won all the councillorship seats in the 171 wards of the state.

PDP Harvests Over 800 APC Members In Akwa Ibom

Eze added that seven political parties participated in the elections out of the 40 registered parties in the state including the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC)

“The other parties that contested in the elections include: African Democratic Party (ADC), African Peoples Party (APA) Merger Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP) Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP).

“The PDP’s candidate in Abakaliki LGA, Emmanuel Nwangele won with 65, 036 votes, Ogbonnaya Oko-Enyim won in Afikpo LGA with 55, 808, Eni Uduma-Chima-Afikpo South 50, 894, Juliet Nwaogbaga—Ebonyi, 54, 527 and Nora Aloh—Ezza North, 58, 423 votes.

“The PDP candidate in Ezza South LGA, Sunday Ogodo won with 50, 576 votes, John Nnabo—Ikwo, 77, 132, Henry Eze—Ishiellu, 68, 263, Ude Ogbonnaya—Ivo, 28, 787 Paul Nwogha—Izzi, 84, 088, Clement Odaa—Ohaukwu,84, 088, Nkechi Iyioku—Ohaozara, 55, 698 and Felix Igboke—Onicha,59, 698 votes,” he said.

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LG Elections: INEC To Distribute Voter Cards In Lagos On April 29

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will begin distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State on April 29, for the local government elections.

The spokesman of the electoral body in the state, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, said on Saturday that the distribution of the cards was in preparation for the July 22 local government elections.

He said: “INEC will as from Saturday, April 29 begin distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in all the 245 Registration Areas in the state.

“This is purely for the purpose of the Local Government elections coming up soonest in the state.

“The exercise is for those that have registered before but had not collected their PVCs. It will last for five Saturdays starting from Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 27.”

He added that any eligible resident who is in doubt of the Registration Area of the Polling Unit he or she registered can contact the Electoral Officer for the local government.

The spokesman, also said: “The nationwide Continuous Voter’s Registration (CVR) exercise will commence throughout the state as from April 27 and remains continuous all the year round.

“The CVR will be in all the 20 INEC local government offices in the state between the hours of 9am and 3pm, excluding public holidays.

“All residents that have reached the age of 18 years after the last registration exercise are to come out and register.

“Also, all registered voters who have their Temporary Voters Cards but whose names are not on register of voters and those that are above 18 years but could not register in the last registration exercise are eligible to register.”

He said that registered voters who were seeking transfer of the PVC could also come for registration.

The INEC had on Wednesday announced plans to begin a nationwide continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local government areas of the federation.

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Presidential Committee Releases Details For Probe Of SGF Lawal, NIA DG, Ayo Oke

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has released details of how the committee raised by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, plans on carrying out its mandate.

Speaking on behalf of the VP, his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, in a statement, on Saturday, said that the committee would “invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases.”

READ MORE: Buhari Bows To Pressure, Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal, DG NIA, Ayodele Oke

Akande added that the panel would “obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.”

Mr. Osinbajo said the panel “will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour” and submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline given to it.

The statement read in full.

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WORK OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIVE PANEL

The Presidential Committee ordered earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke has commenced its work in earnest.

President Buhari on Wednesday established the three-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with Attorney-General & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Munguno as members, to investigate allegations of legal and due process violations made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases. All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings.

The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

April 22, 2017

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Presidential Committee Releases Details For Probe Of SGF Lawal, NIA DG, Ayo Oke

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has released details of how the committee raised by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, plans on carrying out its mandate.

Speaking on behalf of the VP, his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, in a statement, on Saturday, said that the committee would “invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases.”

READ MORE: Buhari Bows To Pressure, Suspends SGF Babachir Lawal, DG NIA, Ayodele Oke

Akande added that the panel would “obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases.”

Mr. Osinbajo said the panel “will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour” and submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline given to it.

The statement read in full.

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WORK OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INVESTIGATIVE PANEL

The Presidential Committee ordered earlier this week by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe certain allegations against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Mr. Ayo Oke has commenced its work in earnest.

President Buhari on Wednesday established the three-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with Attorney-General & Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Rtd Major General Babagana Munguno as members, to investigate allegations of legal and due process violations made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.

In the discharge of its work, the panel is expected to invite all relevant officials and private individuals who may be connected to both cases. It will also obtain and scrutinize documents that may throw some light on the issues raised in both cases. All its proceedings will however be in closed sessions to avoid speculations, allow for full disclosure and enhance the pace of proceedings.

The panel which is expected to submit its report to the President at the expiration of the 14-day deadline, will conduct it’s work with utmost diligence and without fear or favour.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

April 22, 2017

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South Africa-Based Nigerian Pastor Tim Omotoso Arraigned For Allegedly Molesting Over 30 Girls

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It was a starling scene at a South African airport on Thursday as the nation’s police arrested a Nigerian pastor, Tim Omotoso, accused of sexually molesting over 30 girls in his congregation.

The 58-year-old Omotosho, the senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International, an interdenominational ministry, based in Durban, who was arrested inside the toilet at the Port Elizabeth Airport shortly after his flight landed, was arraigned in court on Friday and was denied bail.

According to South African newspaper, The Herald, he is likely to spend 12 nights behind bars.

It is understood that the miracle worker, who cures the sick, reforms criminals and lives like a rock star in one of South Africa’s richest suburbs, had arrived Port Elizabeth airport around 3 pm from Durban where his church is situated.

“Within minutes of the first passengers disembarking, police rushed on to the tarmac. But Omotoso was seen walking into the toilets minutes earlier, accompanied by a woman,” the paper said.

The police alleged that Mr. Omotoso over the years trafficked about 30 young girls from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal where he allegedly exploited them sexually.

It was further gathered that he allegedly handpicked the girls and instructed them to live in his house where they were forced to have unprotected sex with him.

Meanwhile, he appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday where his case was postponed to May 3.

Mr. Omotoso, who is the founder of a 24-hour satellite TV station, Ancient of Days Broadcasting Network (ADBN), which is aired across the Caribbean, Africa, Mexico, Middle East, Europe and the United States, is married and has three children.

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South Africa-Based Nigerian Pastor Tim Omotoso Arraigned For Allegedly Molesting Over 30 Girls

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It was a starling scene at a South African airport on Thursday as the nation’s police arrested a Nigerian pastor, Tim Omotoso, accused of sexually molesting over 30 girls in his congregation.

The 58-year-old Omotosho, the senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International, an interdenominational ministry, based in Durban, who was arrested inside the toilet at the Port Elizabeth Airport shortly after his flight landed, was arraigned in court on Friday and was denied bail.

According to South African newspaper, The Herald, he is likely to spend 12 nights behind bars.

It is understood that the miracle worker, who cures the sick, reforms criminals and lives like a rock star in one of South Africa’s richest suburbs, had arrived Port Elizabeth airport around 3 pm from Durban where his church is situated.

“Within minutes of the first passengers disembarking, police rushed on to the tarmac. But Omotoso was seen walking into the toilets minutes earlier, accompanied by a woman,” the paper said.

The police alleged that Mr. Omotoso over the years trafficked about 30 young girls from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal where he allegedly exploited them sexually.

It was further gathered that he allegedly handpicked the girls and instructed them to live in his house where they were forced to have unprotected sex with him.

Meanwhile, he appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday where his case was postponed to May 3.

Mr. Omotoso, who is the founder of a 24-hour satellite TV station, Ancient of Days Broadcasting Network (ADBN), which is aired across the Caribbean, Africa, Mexico, Middle East, Europe and the United States, is married and has three children.

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Fraudsters Confess To Spending N20m To Hack JAMB Registration Portal

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Some fraudsters have confessed to spending over N20m to construct a radio platform with which they hacked into the registration portal of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), The Punch reports.

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The suspects, who were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), were caught while perpetrating certain irregularities in the ongoing registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations of JAMB, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, said:

“These registration thieves deployed fake biometric capturing mechanisms and super-imposed registration slips just to satisfy the curiosity of innocent candidates that their registration was successful.”

“And on the day of examination, such candidates’ data would either be edited, or not found on the JAMB data base.

“Such candidates would not be verified during the examination proper.”

The JAMB spokesman further said that the fraudsters were arrested variously in Oyo, Ogun and Maiduguri by officers and men of the NSCDC and brought to Abuja.

During their interrogations in Abuja, Benjamin said, the suspects gave startling revelations of how they conducted their operations.

“While being paraded in the presence of the Commandant-General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Mohamadu, the fraudsters confessed to numerous registration infractions that JAMB couldn’t imagine.”

“Some of these registration suspects are Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres owners licensed by JAMB to conduct registration exercise for the candidates planning to take the forthcoming UTME,” Benjamin said.

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Army Chief Buratai Opens Up On War Tactics Used Against Boko Haram Jihadists

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tukur Buratai, has revealed that the lessons he learnt from the Bangladesh National Defence while on course had been very useful in the counter insurgency operations in the North-East.

The COAS, a lieutenant general, made this known in Lagos, on Saturday when he received the Bangladesh Army Chief of Staff, Abu Shafiul Huq.

Buratai further stated that the lessons are partly responsible for the success being recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

“The Bangladesh experience in counter insurgency is something that I brought to bear in the efforts to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram since my appointment as the Chief of army staff,” he said.

According to him, he attended the Bangladesh National Defence course in 2008.

He urged military around the world to take the issue of insurgency and terrorism seriously because they were difficult battle to overcome.

“Counter insurgency should be of utmost importance to armies across the world. Armies in particular bear the brunt as they confront terrorists in very difficult terrain and indeed, sometimes within the population.

“It is a very, very difficult experience and it will continue to be difficult but it – insurgency can be countered through the use of intelligence.

“Counter insurgency is at best an intelligence operation,” he said.

Earlier, Mr. Huq, a general, commended the Nigerian army for the success recorded in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

He said both his country and Nigeria had a lot of experience and knowledge to share in counter insurgency operations.

 

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PDP Harvests Over 800 APC Members In Akwa Ibom

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More than 800 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, on Saturday, defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).‎

The APC Chairman in the council area, Mr. Aniefiok Ekah, who led the defectors to the PDP, said the defectors had ‎endured severe hunger in APC and could therefore no longer continue to tolerate such.

‎While submitting every document belonging to APC in his possession for destruction, Ekah, however, pleaded with the PDP not to treat the returnees as outcasts.

He explained that some of them left PDP in 2015 due to cheating by some party leaders who allegedly refused to protect their interests.

His words: “This is the membership register, registration forms and every other item in my possession.

“They were all given to me by APC, please burn them to ashes, there is nothing like APC again in Nsit Ubium.

“We left PDP in the first place because of cheating, middle men were short-changing us of what was meant for party supporters, but we have suffered so much hunger in the APC.”

Apparently elated, the state Chairman of PDP, Mr. Paul Ekpo, while receiving the defectors, lauded them for the bold steps taken and pledged to fully integrate them into the PDP family.

Ekpo said that PDP in the state would continue to accord importance to the interest and welfare of members, adding that the deflectors would be fully integrated into the party.

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ULC: Congress Seeks N96,000 Minimum Wage For Nigerian Workers

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The United Labour Congress (ULC) on Saturday reiterated the union’s demand for N96,000 minimum wage for workers in the country.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Northern Coordinator, ULC, John Gimbason, said the proposal was realistic and realisable considering the current inflation in the nation’s economy and in view of workers’ contributions to the nation’s building.

Gimbason, who doubles as a former Kaduna State NLC chairman, made this known while inaugurating a ULC 12-member State Executive Council on Saturday in Kaduna.

He said that the new Labour Centre had opened negotiations with the Federal Government on the proposed N96,000 minimum wage, assuring members that the proposal would soon yield fruits.

Gimbason frowned that while workers are overburdened with lots of responsibilities, they receive stipends as monthly salaries, even as some others do not receive their wages for months.

He further flayed at the Kaduna State government’s plan to sell off government quarters to the highest bidder, saying that it was unacceptable and calling for the reversal of the decision.

The Northern Coordinator also pleaded with the 25 unions under the ULC to give their maximum cooperation to ensure that workers in both public and private sectors were treated with human face.

Meanwhile, the State Chairman of the ULC, Ephriam James, in his inaugural speech, said the council would ensure that workers in the state were liberated to earn salaries they deserve.

NAN reports that NUPENG, NUBIFIE and NUEE officials were among notable associations that attended the inauguration.

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NYSC 2017 Batch A Registration: How To Make Payment On Portal Using Remita Pay Engine

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NYSC 2017 Batch A Registration: How To Make Payment On Portal Using Remita Pay Engine

The Registration for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the 2017 Batch A programme has begun.

The NYSC on its website called on prospecting corps members to obtain copies of their call-up letters on the NYSC portal with N4,000.

HOW TO MAKE PAYMENT ON NYSC PORTAL USING REMITA PAY ENGINE

The PCM should go to the portal home page and follow the following steps:

STEP 1

Click on “already Have Account”-Click here to login.

STEP 2

PCM enters Email id and password to login

STEP 3

PCM clicks on “click here to make payment”.

After a successful login,The PCM will click on “Proceed to Payment,” once the payment confirmation page is displayed, the PCM will be redirected to Remita Payment Engine with various payment options.

Option A: For Cards and Wallet Payments;

PCM clicks on “Pay now with Cards or Wallets”

PCM provides card details, pin and any other information required and if the transaction is successful, the redirect URL is loaded status of the transaction..

Option B Paying in any Bank Branch:

Copy the RRR number generated by NYSC portal and take to any of the approved banks. Click on “see available bank branches” to view the banks.

After making the payment at the bank branch, the PCM can check payment status on the URL: https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc1/TransactionStatus_remita PCM inputs transaction reference number/email id or phone number used in Registering online. Click on “continue” to query Remita and view the transaction detail?

Click on “Get status” to view the details of payments.

Meanwhile, here are NYSC online registration support lines below..

S/NO     NETWORK           NUMBER             REMARKS

1              MTN      08147869429

2              MTN      09038034460

3              MTN      08102790538      MESSAGES ONLY

4              ETISALAT             08092142661

5              ETISALAT             08092142614

6              ETISALAT             08092142616

7              AIRTEL  07019190810      MESSAGES ONLY

8              AIRTEL  07019190812

9              GLO       07056726960

10           GLO       07056726961

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Sanusi The Radical, Sanusi The Emir

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Sanusi the Radical, Sanusi the Emir, By Jibrin Ibrahim

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My column of June 16, 2014 was entitled “Sanusi II and the Prospects of Radical Emirship”. I started the article with an apology to my teacher and mentor, Professor A. D. Yahaya who taught me that the idea of radicalism and emirship were completely antithetical. The Northern aristocracy, he taught us, were incorporated into the British system of Native Administration to oppress the people as it has been so well expressed in Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU’s) Sawaba Declaration published in Kano in August 1958, parts of which reads as follows:

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.

“That the shocking state of social order as at present existing in Northern Nigeria, which is due to nothing but the family compact rule of the so-called Native Administration; That owing to the unscrupulous and vicious system of administration by the family compact rulers, which has been established and fully supported by the British imperialist government, there is today in our society an antagonism of interest, manifesting itself as a class struggle, between the members of the vicious circle of Native Administration on the one hand and the ordinary talakawa on the other hand.”

Of course at that time, the Native Administration led by Emirs controlled the police, prisons and the courts and were therefore directly exercising state power. Today, traditional rulers do not exercise state power but do exert substantial influence over their domains. The appointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II to the throne of Kano presented, I argued at that time, and my views have not changed, a unique opportunity of an Emir exercising radical influence on his society. It was an opportunity for the emirship to reconcile with its original mission of the Jihad of 1804, which was the struggle against injustice and oppression and establishing a political system that will serve the interest of the talakawa.

No one should be surprised that Sanusi II does not act as other Emirs do, after all Emirs are not normally radicals. Emir Sanusi has lived a life of intense radical intellectual engagement, which has over the years evoked strong reactions of support or disagreement among interlocutors. For example, when he was being proposed as governor of the Central Bank in 2009, there was a passionate debate in the country. One Nebukadineze was excited at the idea of a radical occupying the position. Sanusi, he explained is not only qualified to be Central Bank’s governor, he is a Nigerian in whom every progressive Nigerian must find a partner to uplift our nation from the doldrums.

The Sanusi Lamido Sanusi that he knew personally (in the 1980s) was a Marxist and a protégé of the late Dr. Bala Usman. He added that Sanusi’s intellectual depth is unquestionable; his numerous writings bear witness to this assertion. He is a Muslim in whom non-Muslims have a friend. He is not into proselytising or into fostering Islamic supremacy. He adheres to his religion with an open mind. Above all, he never shies away from confronting the hypocrisy of Northern politicians who use Islam to mislead the downtrodden masses of the North.

In his own reaction to Nebukadineze’s accolades, Ikenna Anokute argued that: “This Taliban (Sanusi) with a Bachelors Degree in Sharia (at Sudan of all places) is an unlikely candidate to head Nigeria’s Central Bank. Simply put, he’s not qualified. He’ll undo what Dr. Soludo took years to build. He will undo the recapitalisation. He’ll radicalise, if not Islamise, the Central Bank. I fear that his religious belief will cloud his judgement in monetary policies and it is a mistake to ask him to replace a foremost Economist. It will be a BIG shoe to fill. Nigeria is about to face decline in foreign investments…” Since his days as a student in Ahmadu Bello University, controversy has never accepted to be far away from him.

Sanusi’s stewardship of the Central Bank was impressive and since I am a fan of the Emir, let others speak. “We were fascinated by the CBN Governor, and impressed by the tough, decisive and transparent actions that he and his colleagues had taken in Nigeria in a way that many Americans wish had also been done here with the leaders of financial institutions that benefited from tax-payer funded bail-outs.” Hon. Gregory W. Meeks, Chairman Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade of the United States Congress. “In the last 18 months that Mallam Sanusi has been in office, he has salvaged a crumbling Nigerian financial sector, including implementing reforms that have put Africa’s most promising market back on the map for investors globally.” Global/African Central Bank Governor of the Year 2011 by The Banker magazine – a publication of Financial Times of London. “Nigeria’s reformist central banker Lamido Sanusi is not afraid of bold gestures to keep economic growth on track – and remind investors of policy intent. He has Nigerian banking reforms under his belt (and lenders aware of the need to finance productive economic activity).” The Lex Column of the Financial Times (November 23, 2011).

I started this article with the Sawaba Declaration, which spoke of “the shocking state of social order in Northern Nigeria” in 1958 and today Emir Lamido in 2017, 59 years later, is also speaking at every opportunity of the shocking state of the social order and for doing that he is being presented as the villain. Sawaba means freedom and my Emir says let’s question ourselves about how we allowed the North-East and North-West of Nigeria to remain so poor 57 years after independence. In his speech last week at the third anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls, he said as follows. “The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the UNDP in 2015 published data on the incidence of poverty in Nigeria showing that, on average, 46 percent of Nigerians are living in poverty. This is based on the UN’s Global Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index, which, focuses on education, health and living standards. Although this average is in itself bad, it masks even more serious internal inequalities and incidences of extreme poverty by region and gender. So, for example, the South-West of Nigeria has less than 20 percent of its population living in poverty, while the North-West has more that 80 percent of its population living in poverty. In the North-East the figure is 76.8 percent. Over 90 percent of the people in Yobe and Zamfara States are living in poverty, compared to 8.5 percent in Lagos and around 11 percent in Osun and Anambra states.” When an Emir is indignant at this level of poverty 57 years after independence (Sawaba), that Emir is a hero. All our hero has received however is a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing his voice.

The radical agenda that HH Sanusi II has sought to address have been the promotion of education in general and girl child education in particular. Primary school enrolment for the North-West and North-East is less than 30 percent and successive leaderships in the zone have failed to educate their people. They love talking about the virtues of the Sardauna of Sokoto but have refused to act like him in actively promoting formal education with vigour and determination. On health, the campaign for eradication of polio and the prevention of VVF caused by the marriage of young girls who are not physically mature has been crying out for support from traditional authorities. We should salute the Emir that takes on this agenda. At the anniversary lecture, the Emir said: “My engagement with issues of gender and opportunity for women did not begin when I became Emir, and my current engagement with forced marriages, domestic violence, arbitrary divorce, property and maintenance rights for women etc. is not new.” Indeed, the radicalism is in him.

Kano is an important State in Nigeria and God has given the State a radical Emir who has the intellectual skills, princely training, religious knowledge and cosmopolitanism to provide progressive leadership. Since he ascended the throne, he has been a father to all, irrespective of ethnic, religious or political affiliation. His social agenda has been aimed at uplifting the people. I conclude this piece with his words. “The poor people for whom you fight are voiceless by necessity. Those of us who are fortunate to be part of the elite and who choose not to speak for them are voiceless by choice. We want to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the pain of being insulted and abused on social media. We want to hold on to the small comforts of our status. We want access to power and to be seen as friends of those in power and members of our inner-circle. We are afraid of being destroyed by ruthless state machinery. We have a morbid fear of being isolated, of not belonging to an exclusive club close to power.” May this voice of the talakawa continue to articulate their interests!

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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Buhari Approves Boards For Federal Polytechnics, Colleges Of Education In Nigeria (FULL LIST)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the governing boards of the 21 federal colleges of education in the country.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, the boards are statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation in the institutions concerned.

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He stated that in making the appointments of the chairpersons and members of the respective boards, the president, apart from ensuring geopolitical spread, was also guided by the stipulated requirements for such appointments.

He noted that the requirements were in each of the Acts establishing the institutions, adding that appointees were required to, in addition to other requirements, be people of impeccable integrity, with reasonable commitment to teacher education.

The minister said the affected federal colleges of education and their respective chairmen are as follows: Abubakar Galadima; Federal College of Education, Oyo; F.G. Ibrahim, Federal College of Education, Asaba; and Saidu Isa, Federal College of Education, Osiele-Abeokuta.

Others are S.L. Abubakar, Federal College of Education, Kano; Lawan Bukar, Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu; Sa’ad Abubakar, Federal College of Education, Okene; Hassan Al-Badawi, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe; and Aminu Mikailu, Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku.

Also in the list are Aminu Gwarzo, Federal College of Education, Kontagora; Bello Lafiagi, Federal College of Education, Zaria; Ibrahim Garba, Federal College of Education, Pankshin; and Alex Hartt, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.

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Some others are Almona Ise, Federal College of Education, Yola; E.O. Adegbite, Federal College of Education (Technical), Potiskum; Iyabo Anisulowo, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau; and Iheneacho Obioma, Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka.

Others are Danjuma Sulai; Federal College of Education, Katsina; Ibrahim Bello, Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichir; Anthony Obi, Federal College of Education, Obudu; N.C. Ohazurike, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo; and Hassan Lawan, Federal College of Education, Umunze.

Mr. Adamu said that the new governing boards comprising chairmen and members of the federal colleges would be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon.

Mr. Adamu also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the governing boards of all the 25 federal polytechnics in the country.

He said the boards are statutorily responsible for the governance and overall policy formulation for the institutions concerned.

He said in making the appointments of the chairpersons and members of the respective boards, the President, apart from ensuring geopolitical spread, was also guided by the stipulated requirements for such appointments.

He said the appointment was in line with was contained in each of the Acts establishing various institutions.

He added that each of the appointees was required to, among others, possess a minimum of a National Diploma and be a person of impeccable integrity with a strong commitment to technical education.

According to him, the affected Polytechnics and their respective Chairmen are as follows: J.T. Orkar, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Afikpo; Michael Oloko, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi; and Austin Adeze, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.

Others are Yalwa Tahir, Federal Polytechnic, Bali; Abubakar Dantata, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi; Muhammad Yakya, Federal Polytechnic, Bida; Mohammed Abubakar, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu; and Nasir Yauri, Federal Polytechnic, Ede.

Also, Eddy Olanipekun, Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe; Ibrahim Liman Sifawa, Federal Polytechnic, Idah; Abubakar Sadauki, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro; Odey Ochicha, Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji and Kingsley Alagoa, Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.

He also appointed Bassey Usang Bassey as head Federal Polytechnic, Mubi; Godwin Sogolo, Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa; Edwin Ogunbor, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri; Osekula Zikora, Federal Polytechnic, Offa and Lasbury Amadi, Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

Others are Ucha Julius, Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny; Ike Udabah, Federal Polytechnic, Ukana; Abayomi Daramola, Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Kazaure; and Yusuf Hassan, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna.

Also in the group are: David Adewunmi, National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi; Ismail Biodun Layi Oni, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin-Kebbi; and Lateef Fagbemi, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba.

Mr. Adamu said that the new governing boards comprising the chairpersons and members of the polytechnics would to be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon.

(NAN)

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Police Rescues Two Turkish Workers Kidnapped In Akwa Ibom

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The Akwa Ibom Police Command has said that its operatives have rescued the two Turkish nationals kidnapped on April 9 in their hotel rooms at Eket, Eket Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, The Commissioner of Police, Donald Awunah, said that the two expatriates were rescued along Oron/Calabar creeks on April 19.

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Awunah added that the Turkish citizens are staff of BKS Construction Company in Onna Local Government Area.

He said that five suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime.

“It will be recalled that on April 9, two Turkish nationals were kidnapped and taken to the creeks of Calabar/Oron waterways.

“Following sustained police activities in the waterways, deployment of technical platform, cultivation of actionable intelligence and skillful professional negotiation, the two Turkish gentlemen were released on April 19, 2017.

“The victims of crime have been reunited with their colleagues after medical assessment.

“Five suspects have been arrested and further investigation is ongoing,” Awunah said.

The commissioner said that the suspects would be arraigned after investigation.

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