Boko Haram: Night Markets Resurface In Maiduguri 3 Years After Cessation

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Night markets have resurfaced in Maiduguri, the economic hub and capital of Borno State, nearly three years after they ceased to exist due to Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the markets, which disappeared in 2012, at the summit of Boko Haram insurgency in the state, started resurfacing a few months ago, following the gradual return of peace and the removal of military checkpoints by authorities.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Army Re-opens Maiduguri-Gamboru Highway After 3 Years Of Closure

A correspondent of the agency, who went to scout the city on Saturday night, noticed that there was large-scale trading in markets located in Bulumkutu, Wulari, Gomari, Gwange, Customs and other areas.

The commodities sold included fresh meat, fish, grains and other perishables.

Also, there were local tea sellers popularly called “maishayi”, bean cake sellers and even fried grasshopper sellers in some of the markets.

During interview, Ibrahim Yusuf, a meat seller at Customs night market, said the return of the market had brought great relief to his family.

He said: “we thank God that the markets have return; this allows us to operate here for some time in the evenings; it is a thing of joy for us who cannot afford to rent shops at the Monday market or Gamboru market.

“Our customers are mainly labourers who earn daily wages who usually pass through this market to buy food items for their families before heading home.”

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21 Boko Haram ‘Collaborators’ Arrested In North-East Nigeria

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Troops of the Nigerian Army on Saturday arrested 21 persons suspected to be ‘Boko Haram terrorists collaborators’ in North East Nigeria.

READ ALSO: 300 Boko Haram Militants Slaughtered In Borno State

This was made available to newsmen in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

In the statement, the spokesman said those arrested were “persons involved in aiding and abetting this heinous crime in the Theatre of Operation.”

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Kills 11 Persons In Borno | Spiritual Leader Arrested

It said that the collaborators who, in the guise as cattle rustlers, sabotage Nigeria by funding the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in causing mayhem in the country.

The statement read: “As part of measures to stem the tide of livestock rustling which serves as another means of funding Boko Haram terrorists activities, Operation Lafiya Dole, in conjunction with other security agencies has taken measures to stop the criminality.

“These measures have led to the arrest of some persons involved in aiding and abetting this heinous crime in the Theatre of Operation.

“So far, 21 suspected persons have been arrested.

“Preliminary investigation and profiling of the suspects (have) commenced.

“Such actions by these unpatriotic elements are likely to jeopardize our collective efforts of clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in our country.

“Although investigations are ongoing, it is important to state that this is a warning to all those collaborators that aid and abet terrorism in the north east generally and Borno State in particular, to desist forthwith.

“The Nigerian Army and indeed Operation Lafiya Dole would not tolerate such acts of sabotage from anybody.

“Meanwhile, the general public is hereby encouraged to report any known or suspected illegality with regards to Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the Security Agencies.

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NPFA Plans Protest Over Death Of Shooting Stars Defender, Izu Joseph

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The Nigeria Professional Footballers Association (NPFA) has said it has plans to stage a protest regarding the killing of Shooting Stars FC defender, Izu Joseph.

The Secretary-General of the organisation, Austin Popo said he believes Izu was ”murdered in cold blood”.

The Nigerian Army has since claimed that the footballer was found close to a cultist shrine when he was shot.

Popo claimed that he had personally visited the scene of the incident to make his own research before coming to his conclusion.

I went to Okaki village with colleagues in order to establish the facts on the murder of Izu,” he said. “I was informed the soldiers had come to raid a shrine close to where Izu was murdered in cold blood. But to my greatest surprise, there was no shrine at all close to the stream.

Popo disclosed that the NPFA is to commence a protest in the coming week.

He said, “Justice is all that we ask for. It’s very sad that the soldiers who are meant to be securing lives and properties now derive joy in killing innocent civiliansWe have written to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the house of representatives sports committee. Next week, we are going to commence our protest


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”Tinubu Is An Experienced Politician, But A Bad Student Of History” – Aribisala

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Columnist and social commentator, Femi Aribisala, has described a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as an experienced politician who has a bad knowledge of history.

READ ALSO: All Government Institutions Are Corrupt – VP Osinbajo

In an interview with Saturday Punch, the iconoclastic pastor opened up on the alleged conspiracy against Tinubu by some Northern politicians within the APC.

When asked: What do you think about the alleged current travails and conspiracy against Tinubu by a suspected cabal in the North and the presidency?

His words: Tinubu is an experienced politician, but a bad student of history.  In 2011, he formed an alliance with Abubakar Atiku and the People Democratic Movement, who represents a more progressive part of the North, but could not prevail against the colossus of the PDP.  Therefore, in 2015, he entered into an alliance with Buhari and the core North, which has never even had any progressive pretensions.  There is nothing progressive about President Buhari.

Everything about the president’s politics was smoke and mirrors.  He commanded the support of a significant number of the Northern poor, in spite of the fact that there is absolutely nothing in his CV about advancing the interests of the poor.  He is a conservative politician opposed to any restructuring of Nigeria’s polity through a national conference.  His only claim to popular appeal is a questionable belief that he is anti-corruption.

It was only a matter of time before uneasy bed-fellows of the APC came to logger-heads.  Once the election was won, the APC started falling apart.  The PDP wing of the party conducted a coup and hijacked the National Assembly.  Now the organs of the party have been wrenched from Tinubu’s Action Congress of Nigeria.  As we get closer and closer to 2019, the fighting will become more vicious and more incendiary.  I don’t expect the APC to survive.

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Aisha, Welcome To The Club Of Wailing Wailers

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Aisha, Welcome To The Club Of Wailing Wailers, By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

Shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on May 29, 2015, two phrases became very popular in the Nigerian media and social media space. They are: “Witch-hunt” and “The wailing wailers”.

This piece was written by Ahmed Oluwasanjo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Those who felt that Buhari was only on a mission to settle old political scores, using the anti-corruption campaign as a cover, labeled the Buhari-led government’s anti-corruption war a mere witch-hunt. Consequently, Mr. Femi Adesina, on his assumption of office as Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, labelled those who held such view as “wailing wailers”.

The Room President Buhari Really Needs Now

Thanks to Mr. Adesina for bringing to the knowledge of those of us who were born many years after reggae maestro, Bob Marley and The Wailers released a debut album titled, The Wailing Wailers in 1965. No doubt, Mr. Adesina added one phrase to our political lexicon.

Like wildfire, the moment Mr. Adesina labeled Buhari traducers as “the wailing wailers,” the phrase gained wide usage in the Nigerian political landscape. At first, the label seemed quite fitting.

However, along the line, ardent supporters of Buhari – extremists who hold the view that the president could and would do no wrong – made it the official label for anyone, group or organisation that dared to criticise President Buhari, regardless of how strong and valid their views were.

This is undemocratic. Why should yesterday’s wailers become fanatical and irrational hailers the moment they have their own in power? In fact, failing to speak out against the anomalies they once criticised past governments for when the government they are supporting is repeating the same mistakes is sheer hypocrisy.

However, in spite of the intolerant and irrational nature of some fanatical Buharists, there are individuals, groups and media outfits that have not failed to speak out against the mess going on in the Buhari-led administration.

The Unaired Part Of Mrs Buhari’s Interview, By Jaafar Jaafar

With due respect to other media platforms, without minding being labelled as the media wing of the wailers, Premium Times and Sahara Reporters stand tall for their intermittent investigative exposés on the disconcerting anomalies of the change administration Nigerians voted for, a disappointing failure despite its proclaimed mantra of being a change from all that went before. Some of these include different stories unraveling corrupt elements in Buhari’s government, including the three different recruitment scandals in public institutions; the unfortunate plight of internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) starving to death in their camps due to the diversion of their provisions by some kleptomaniacs, etc.

Amplifying these stories, veteran columnists have objectively written on different occasions to criticise, correct and offer wise counsels to the government without minding being labelled. Unfortunately, spatial constraints retrain me from mentioning their names.

However, Buhari lovers – those who have eschewed common sense for sentiments, have automated responses to stories that reveal anomalies in the Buhari-led government. Their common arguments are: “The president cannot be everywhere to handle all matters”. “We cannot expect Buhari to fix the system overnight”. “Besides, where were you wailers criticising Buhari today when Goodluck Jonathan’s government messed up the system…”

Interestingly, sixteen months after President Buhari assumed office, the number of wailers has greatly increased, as the government appears to be too slow and lacking in direction. To make things worse, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has publicly joined the wailing wailers’, blatantly complaining that her husband’s government has been hijacked. She said that if things continue the way they are, she might not support her husband in the forthcoming election.

I could imagine Mr. Adesina, the hawks in the Buhari government and the fanatical Buhari hailers on the streets squirming as they read the excerpt of her interview in the news.

‘My Wife Belongs To My Kitchen’ – Buhari Reacts To Aisha’s ‘Controversial’ BBC Interview

But why is Aisha wailing now?

Let’s face it: Where was she when children of politicians were given appointments in public institutions through the back door? Why couldn’t she wail on behalf of unemployed Nigerian youth who were not given a fair chance to apply for such appointments? Or does she feel that her advocacy for the appointment of IDPs – Internally Displaced Politicians – into her husband’s government is more important than advocating for fairness in recruitment into public institutions, which affects young Nigerians who contributed their energy, time and resources to her husband’s electoral success?

If I may probe further, had the Internally Displaced Politicians Aisha felt worked for her husband’s electoral success been appointed, would she be wailing? Why does she think that those she is advocating for are different from the hawks she claims have hijacked her husband’s government?

Unpacking President Buhari’s Perspective On Women

Politicians have always being the problem and not the solution in Nigeria. Besides, in a country of 180 million people, Aisha and Muhammadu Buhari cannot expect to know every appointee.

Somehow, Aisha’s stance is more political than altruistic. The difference, perhaps, is that she is conscious of the mass rebellion that looms should her husband fail. For this, I think history would be fair to her.

In time past, we had a first lady who collaborated with a cabal to keep the country running for months without a substantive president. There was another first lady who publicly admitted that her husband failed in his first tenure and therefore deserved to be given a second chance to repeat his failure. Perhaps, Aisha is proving to be different somehow.

Anyway, Aisha is highly welcomed to the wailers club.

Ahmed Oluwasanjo writes from Abuja.

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Obanikoro Appears Willing To Refund N785m Stolen Fund

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Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence, appears willing to refund the money he allegedly collected from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).

READ ALSO: Obanikoro Spends First Night In Detention As EFCC Grills Ex-Minister

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is accusing the embattled senator of collecting N785 million from ONSA while in office.

READ ALSO: Ekiti Poll: Obanikoro Admits To Giving Fayose N2.3Bn

However, there are strong indications that his close pals and associates are rallying around him to raise the funds as a first step to secure his bail.

Sources close the polity say Obanikoro is targeting N100 million as the first instalment of the refund.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The ex-minister has been cooperating with detectives and he appears willing to refund some cash out of the N785 million traced to Sylvan McNamara.

“I think his associates and friends have rallied around him, having discovered that the bulk of the cash from ONSA went to Fayose and Omisore.

“I think he might initially refund N100 million to get bail reprieve in order to prevail on others who benefited from the N785 million to repay the slush funds.

“The refund is one of the issues delaying the granting of bail to the ex-minister.”

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All Government Institutions Are Corrupt – VP Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the current administration’s fight against corruption will touch every sector in the society because all government institutions in the country are corrupt.

The VP made the assertion on Friday at the 2016 convocation ceremony of the Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state.

READ ALSO: What Osinbajo Told The ‘Just Released’ 21 Chibok Girls [Full Speech]

According to Osinbajo, re-orientation is key in the fight against corruption in the country.

His words: “I have a great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption. Sometimes in 2002, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission where he let the court realise that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation.

“All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious reorientation. That is why ABUAD is a great university because it teaches knowledge, character and morality. So, value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption.

“That is why the Federal Government is intervening, because if we refuse to act, every facet of the country will fail.  We must act fast and deal with the situation as quickly as possible.”

The vice president also urged the graduands to be honest and trustworthy, and to acquire skills beyond the scope of their disciplines.

He continued: “You must be trustworthy and honest apart from being skillful and resourceful to be able to make a great impact in the future ahead of you.”

“You must reflect on the values they have inculcated in you in the institution and be conscious of the fact that Nigeria, your country, must be great, which can be achieved with your contributions.”

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Woman Stabs Fiance To Death With A Few Weeks To Their Wedding

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The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 23-year-old lady, Abosede Omolare, for allegedly stabbing her fiance, Sadiq Dauda, to death during an argument.

The Public Relations Officer for the Ogun State Command, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, told reporters in Abeokuta on Friday that the suspect was engaged to marry Dauda in December. He also said that the suspect committed the crime at Onirugba street in Ijebu-Ode on Tuesday and was arrested on the same day.

According to him, the incident followed a minor disagreement between Omolare and Dauda over allegations of mismanagement of funds from the gas business which the couple ran together. The suspect claimed that her late fiancé beat her up and sent her away and she only returned to the house because his mother promised to intervene.

Mr Oyeyemi said “She stated that immediately she got home, her fiance descended on her, beat her mercilessly and broke a bottle with which he threatened to stab her. She admitted that it was then she took a kitchen knife and stabbed him on the rib.” He added that Dauda, who was bleeding profusely, was carried to Igbeba Divisional Police Post in Ijebu-Ode and then rushed to the Ijebu-Ode General Hospital by policemen where he died on Wednesday.

The PRO said the case had been transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department for further investigation.

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Nigerian Hairstylist Based In Brazil Arrested At Lagos Airport With Cocaine

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A 30-year-old Brazil-based Nigerian hairstylist has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country.

The suspect, Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma, was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Friday.

Officials discovered that the suspect’s brassiere was filled with narcotics when screening passengers coming off a South African Airways flight. If the suspect had succeeded smuggling in the drug into Nigeria, she stood to reap the sum of N1 million from her sponsors.





The NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Commander Ahmadu Garba said in a statement “A thirty year-old lady by name Nnaji Juliet Ijeoma was arrested on her way from Brazil following the discovery of 535 grammes of cocaine hidden inside her brassiere. The incident is being investigated and she will soon be charged to court.”

The suspect, a Diploma holder in Mass Communication, said in her statement that that she smuggled the drugs because she needed money.
Her statement read: “I work as a hair stylist in Brazil where l reside for the past two years. I studied mass communication but because of lack of job, I work as a hair stylist in Brazil. I was approached to smuggle cocaine to Nigeria and I accepted because of the money involved. I needed money for my personal problem. The drug was prepared inside brassiere and given to me to put on. I did not know how it was packaged. My role was to smuggle the drug to Nigeria and collect the sum of one million naira.”

The NDLEA boss added that efforts are ongoing to unmask other suspected members of the syndicate who are working with International Drug Trafficking Organisations in Brazil.

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“Reject Hollywood Call And Get Married Instead” Islamic Scholar Tells Rahama Sadau

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Kaduna-Born Kannywood actress Rahama Sadau was banned from the Hausa film industry two weeks ago after she appeared in a romantic music video with Jos musician, ClassiQ.

Her appearance in the music video was said to be ‘immoral’ by the Hausa film industry as she was seen hugging and cuddling with the artiste.


Rahama Sadau and Classiq in a music video

When news of the ban broke, it was met with outrage and condemnation from social media and word got to US-based Nigerian film maker, Jeta Amata who together with International star Akon invited the actress to the set of their new film in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Now, a Kano-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, has suggested that the Kannywood star turn down the Hollywood invitation.


In an open letter addressed to Rahama on Facebook in Hausa, Sheikh Daurawa described the problem the actress had with Kanywood as trial from God to test her faith. He added that Islam agrees with people being told to mend their ways when they make a mistake. The cleric went on to suggest that marriage would be better for the actress.


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The Room President Buhari Really Needs Now

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The Room President Buhari Really Needs Now, By Gimba Kakanda

At first, like every sane Nigerian, I took President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to his wife’s criticism of his government as a joke. And even agreed with Mallam Garba Shehu’s description of it as such on Twitter, that “(President Buhari) was obviously throwing a banter.” But the president’s unnecessary restatement of that misogynistic caricaturing of his wife in a subsequent interview, clarifying that indeed “she belongs in my kitchen, my living room and the other”, was devastating. And this was done as guest of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, a woman who manages a country more prosperous than his and ranks higher than him in the global political equation. Yet that wasn’t a clue to keep his patriarchy to himself.

This piece was written by Gimba Kakanda. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

The tragic thing is, what Mrs. Buhari said wasn’t even damaging. It was an explicit praise of the president, which was why I endeavoured to understand her interviews on BBC in Hausa and then in English as a PR stunt developed to exonerate the husband. For what could be a more convenient inference from her claim that the government has been hijacked by strangers and opportunists? I even likened her guts to that of her fictional American counterpart, Mrs. Claire Underwood, reputed for audacious ambition and manipulation of events to secure her husband’s political capital. “House of Cards” fans will get this analogy.

Unpacking President Buhari’s Perspective On Women

For a president serially accused of nepotism and parochialism, Aisha’s interviews, in my initial interpretations, seemed like strategic PR for President Buhari. Her criticism only portrayed him as he once described himself, that he “belongs to everybody…” All the things she said, intended to be a criticism of her husband, only projected a favourable image of the man.

For a fact, Aisha wasn’t speaking for me, probably not for anyone outside her circle of partisan elite. She was speaking for those who deserved or expected rewards for supporting Buhari. The hunger addressed in the BBC interview isn’t really that of the masses, but that of a part of the Nigerian elite who aren’t eating as they had anticipated. So, following her logic, democracy is intended to be a grand house party for friends and family of the celebrant – the president.

The Unaired Part Of Mrs Buhari’s Interview, By Jaafar Jaafar

Shouldn’t this have been explained by the president’s media managers as validation of the man’s famous declaration of belonging to nobody even though he belongs to all? Aisha Buhari’s argument could’ve been valid if she hadn’t based a point on Buhari inviting strangers and opportunists to his government. She painted her husband as naïve, and that his government has been hijacked. Before him was an opportunity to describe her outrage as a misunderstanding of his magnanimity.

Perhaps the president was not disturbed by the media backlash that trailed his initial degrading response to his wife because patriarchy is a way of life in his country, and expressions as his aren’t interpreted as wrong and unacceptable here. We shouldn’t be fooled, millions of us like this male-privileging social order, even if we can’t make the delusion of that grandeur public. Amongst ourselves, and deep within us, there’s a maddening patriarchal tendency obvious in our reactions when we see a car badly driven, a lady living alone, a lady over 30 who is unmarried, a lady heading a big public institution. Like all privileges, men see this patriarchy as birthright, something hard to unlearn. Like that racist who can’t imagine a world of all equal. And it would be foolish to praise the president for publicly shaming us all.

‘My Wife Belongs To My Kitchen’ – Buhari Reacts To Aisha’s ‘Controversial’ BBC Interview

Buhari has goofed by degrading his wife in the eyes of the world, and he should apologise to her. But her outrage over his approach to governance was harmless. There’s nothing wrong with the president of Nigeria appointing citizens he didn’t know, or had never ever met, which seems to frighten his wife the most. That’s a partisan concern, not a national problem. If anything, we should commend the man for refusing to reward only those who supported him as expected by his wife and her ilk. It’s one thing to say Nigeria isn’t functioning as promised by the APC, it’s another to say it’s so as a result of existence of “strangers” and “opportunists” in the government.

I May Not Support You In 2019 Election – Aisha Warns Her Husband, Buhari

As we await the next episode of the first family’s rumble, the president needs a retreat to reflect deeply on the legacy he intends to leave behind, and the impact of this politically incorrect example he advertised in his reaction to his wife. Buhari used to be a flawless model to some partisans, and their intellectual allies could have written the story of his struggles and named it “The Best President Nigeria Never Had” if he had lost the 2015 Presidential Elections. Today, he’s falling down the popularity bar, and the speed with which this is happening is the only motivation he needs to sit up. It’s likely he may not have company in the “other room” soon, so what he really needs is a space to reflect—a Reflection Room. May God save us from us!

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This piece was written by Gimba Kakanda and was first published on Premium Times. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Septuagenarian Dupes Redeem Church Of N1.6 Million

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A Septuagenarian was on Friday arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court for allegedly duping the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

The accused, Adewale Murtala, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.

READ ALSO: Mum Murdered Son After He Discovered Her Affair With His Grandfather

The 71-year-old man was accused of duping the Church’s branch in Osun province of the sum of N1.6 million.

During court sitting, the Prosecutor, Mr. Taiwo Adegoke, told the Magistrate, Mrs Halimatu Bashiru, that the suspect committed the offence in February 2012 at Temidire Estate in Osogbo.

The prosecutor claimed the accused fraudulently obtained N1.6 million from Pastor Alade Samuel for a piece of fake land – claiming that the plot of land bought by the pastor for the Church from the accused person belonged to another person.

According to Adegoke, the offence contravened sections 419 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code cap 34 vol.11 laws of Osun, 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, and his Counsel, Mrs Oketade Olufunke, prayed the court to grant bail to the accused with liberal terms.

READ ALSO: Sex Worker Arraigned For Selling Daughter For N60,000

In her judgement, the Magistrate granted bail to the septuagenarian in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties in like sum.

The Magistrate also averred that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, attach an affidavit of means and evidence of tax payment.

She said the sureties must also produce two passport sized photographs, before adjourning the case till December 21, for hearing.

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Malaria Claims 48 Lives In Sokoto State

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An outbreak of malaria has claimed no less than 48 lives in Gandu area, Sokoto North Local Government of Sokoto State in the last one month, a medical practitioner said on Friday.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Scientist In ABU Develops New Malaria Vaccine

According to the Officer in Charge of Kofar Kade Clinic, Mrs Rabi Ahmed-Gandi:

“These deaths were recorded out of the 382 patients who were hospitalised in during the period under review.

“The problem had hitherto reached an epidemic level, although it had subsided now.”

She made the disclosure in Sokoto when she received the second consignment of free anti-malarial drugs from the State Government.

Mrs Ahmed-Gandi also attributed the problem to the contamination of the environment sequel to the prevalence of toxic refuse heaps.

She, however, lauded the state government for its swift intervention, saying that it has helped to stabilise the ugly situation.

Speaking also on the development, Dr Balarabe Kakale, the state Commissioner for Health, said that the state government had provided essential drugs and medicament to the area.

He also added that health personnel have also been dispatched to the affected area to augment the staffers at the clinic.

He said, “The Ministry has also commenced a fumigation exercise against mosquitoes.

“In the same vein, sanitary inspectors have been deployed in the affected areas to help in the cleanup.

“They are also conducting social mobilisation campaigns on the need for the residents to ensure environmental and personal hygiene.

“We are also partnering the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Protection Agency, to team up and evacuate the killer-heaps of refuse.”


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BREAKING: EFCC Re-Arrests Femi Fani-Kayode

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arrested a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode on Friday, October 21, 2016.

The former Minister of Aviation was re-arrested by detectives of the premier anti-graft agency around 1.55pm outside the premises of a Federal High Court on Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The apprehension of Fani-Kayode is not unconnected to the 17-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion filed by the commission in Abuja against him.

Fani-Kayode, who was in court for his trial over an alleged fraud of ‎N4.9bn, was re-arrested shortly after he stepped out of the court premises.

READ MORE HERE: Gov. Fayose Intervenes As EFCC Detains Fani-Kayode’s Wife and Baby

His re-arrest is coming barely days after the commission had ordered the detention of his wife; Mrs. Precious Fani-Kayode in Ado Ekiti.

On Monday, Mrs. Fani-Kayode, who was in Ado-Ekiti as a guest of Governor Ayodele Fayose, had gone to Access Bank branch in Ado Ekiti around 3pm for transactions when she was detained by officials of the bank acting on the orders of the EFCC.

In a statement issued on Monday night by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC blamed her attempt to withdraw money from an account which the agency had frozen for her arrest.

READ MORE HERE: ‘Why We Detained Fani-Kayode’s Wife And Baby’ – EFCC

A statement the ex-minister’s wife reacted to with a rebuttal.

More details to be added as the story develops…

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CBN-NYSC Loan: 310 Youths Get N3 Million Each

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The first batch of three hundred and ten youth entreprenuers have benefited from loans under the CBN-NYSC-Heritage Bank Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP).

The funds were disbursed to the beneficiaries, comprising serving and ex-Corps members, at a ceremony, which took place on Thursday at the Central Bank Headquarters, Abuja.

They were given loans of up to three million naira each at single digit interest rate.

In his address, the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said other applicants are at different stages of completing their loan documentation process.

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

Emefiele, who was represented by the Deputy Governor; Corporate Services, Suleiman Barau, recalled that the YEDP was introduced by the Bank in March 2016 as part of efforts to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

He noted that the programme was also to ensure that the creative energies of the over 64 million Nigerian youths are harnessed to stimulate growth, address restiveness and promote economic development.

He added: “To realize this objective, the Bank, in partnership with the NYSC and Heritage Bank, began the pilot seven months ago to inspire and harvest the entrepreneurial abilities of Nigerian youths towards creating over one million direct jobs by 2020”.

The CBN Governor also announced the commencement of the YEDP with other Deposit Money Banks such as Sterling Bank and Fidelity Bank in a bid to fast track the process of identifying budding young entrepreneurs and broaden the scope of the entire programme.

He said that the programme was open to 18 to 35 years-old serving corps members, graduates or artisans.

He added that “to overcome the bottleneck of collateral requirements for loans, the beneficiaries’ academic and NYSC certificates, third party guarantees and movable assets are allowed as acceptable collateral under the Programme.

“The programme has a revolving fund with target to create more than one million direct jobs.

“We encourage all Nigerian youths that are interested in being their own boss to apply online through the participating banks.”

Speaking on the occasion, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, thanked the CBN for supporting efforts to empower the youths.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo, said since the commencement of the programme, the Bank had worked assiduously with the CBN and the NYSC to develop guidelines and holistic risk management framework to protect its integrity and sustainability.

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Sekibo, who spoke through Mrs. Mary Akpoborne, said from the 4,000 applications received, 1,200 were shortlisted and taken through at a 3-day Enterprise Development Training at selected NYSC Orientation camps across the six geo-political zones of the country.

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Kitchen, Living Room And The Other Room, By Azu Ishiekwene

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Kitchen, Living Room And The Other Room, By Azu Ishiekwene

I feel sorry for the First Family. In a recession where everything seems down, gossip about the Buharis is obviously the new stimulus. And it’s trending as if our recovery depends on it. It all started with the interview that First Lady Aisha Buhari granted the BBC Hausa Service.

She said outsiders had hijacked the government, expressed the fear that we might soon witness the rebellion of 15 million voters, and warned that if her husband did not change course, she would not campaign for him in the next election.

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

Aisha’s comment caught fire, leaving the public sharply divided but with party insiders firmly behind her.

On one side are those who describe her interview as the anguished cry of a genuinely concerned wife, woman and citizen. While it may seem that she burned her husband at the stake, her sympathisers insist that she could not have granted the interview if she still had his ear. It’s the Nollywood equivalent of A Desperate Housewife.

Unpacking President Buhari’s Perspective On Women

The “hijackers” (three or four in number, according to Aisha) not only seized Buhari from his loyal base and from the public, they have also seized him from his wife. Her patriotic duty was to cry out to retrieve her husband for herself and country. She should therefore not be judged by the unintended consequences of her action, but by her pure, redeeming motive.

Nonsense, say those on the other side. There’s nothing altruistic about Aisha in the interview. It’s the outburst of a woman who has refused to come to terms with the fact that her husband had said, from the beginning, that he would have no place for the Office of First Lady. An additional personal slight, they say, might be the failure of her nominees – mostly party insiders – to get government appointments.

Yes, she campaigned for her husband but did she do so only to throw him under the bus at a time when he needs her support the most? Does she even need to talk about not campaigning for Buhari in 2019 when she had already given the opposition a long stick to beat him?

I don’t know what Aisha thought the morning after. A few insiders have even suggested that the BBC interview was not a mistake; that she knew exactly what she was doing. I think it was a mistake. Even though we all like to get high on gossip about the Joneses, let the spouse who would like to be at the receiving end of a public rebuke by their wife or husband raise his hand.

The Unaired Part Of Mrs Buhari’s Interview, By Jaafar Jaafar

I’ll come to Buhari’s response about the kitchen, the living room and the other room later.

It is convenient to create a hashtag standing by Aisha, or to argue that she had to do what she did for the millions of increasingly frustrated voters who brought her husband to power. But since this spat broke out, I’ve struggled in vain to find a spouse who would like to be in Buhari’s shoes. I’ve also looked in vain for the equivalent of this feud in recent history.

Of course, there’s plenty of it in beer parlour gossip. How Maryam Babangida purportedly charged at her husband, then military president, shortly before his pulling-out parade on his last day in office and mocked him along the corridor in the Villa for not being man enough to fend off Sani Abacha and other hawks who wanted him out.

Another example was the purported feud amongst Obasanjo’s wives and the former president’s futile battles to scrap the Office of First Lady. Rumours of how Bishop John Onaiyekan used to settle domestic quarrels between former President Jonathan and Dame Patience and how the dame fought hard to secure her territory from encroachment by some well-endowed intruders around the Villa.

But nothing like this. Not even at the height of Jonathan’s famous cluelessness as he danced on the verge of a self-inflicted electoral defeat did Patience call him out publicly.

‘My Wife Belongs To My Kitchen’ – Buhari Reacts To Aisha’s ‘Controversial’ BBC Interview

Buhari’s response did not help matters. He probably meant it as a joke, something to take the sting out of the public response to his wife’s interview. But it was all wrong and indefensible. For a Nigerian president to say – in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defence Minister, Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (both women) – that his own wife belongs to “the kitchen, the living room and the other room” is as tasteless as Donald Trump’s locker room joke.

That comment should not have been conceived or even made in a locker room.

It is troubling that Buhari’s family – his last line of defence – has become the butt of popular jokes at a time when his government is struggling. I cannot count how many articles I have read in the last one week – quite a good number by spouse beaters, couples whose marriages are collapsing and survivors of many failed marriages – all purporting to teach Buhari, a grandfather and a man married for decades, how to keep his home.

Regardless of his casual attempt to brush it off, Buhari must be asking himself how it came to this.

As Leo Tolstoy said, every family is different in its own way and endures its misery in its own peculiar way. We all go through rough times, believe me. It is not the time to suggest, as Senator Roland Owvie did in his interview with Vanguard, that Aisha should return to her parents in 24 hours or to insinuate, as Femi Fani-Kayode has done, that Buhari is possessed of resident demons in the Villa.

We feel badly let down, no doubt, and I believe that we should hold the First Family to a much higher standard. But before we post those sunny photos suggesting that our own marriages are made in heaven, perhaps we should remind ourselves that the Buharis are just human. Let’s find a place in our hearts to judge less harshly and to forgive more freely.

I May Not Support You In 2019 Election – Aisha Warns Her Husband, Buhari

I would like to think that Aisha intended to save her husband, and that Buhari intended to correct his wife, too. Regrettably, the rest is fodder.

Can we get back to the bread and butter issues, please?

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

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

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2016 Recruitment: Navy Releases Names Of 2,850 Successful Candidates | Check Yours Here

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The Nigerian Navy has released the list of 2, 850 successful candidates for its 2016 Batch 25 Recruitment Exercise which was conducted as from 15 August to 12 September, 2016 at Navy Town, Lagos.

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A statement signed by Commodore Christian Ezekobe from the Naval Headquarters, read:

 “A total number of 2850 candidates were successful in the exercise.

“However, they are to be trained in two batches (Batch A and Batch B).

“While successful candidates in the first batch will commence training on 6 November 2016, Batch B will commence training on 21 May 2017.

“Consequently, candidates who participated in the final selection interview held on the date stated above are advised to log on to Nigerian Navy recruitment portal with effect from Wednesday 19 October 2016.”

The successful candidates are to check their results and other requirements for their training at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School Onne, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Read below as published on the official website of the Nigeria Navy:

The under listed candidates were successful in the 2016 Nigerian Navy Recruitment Exercise conducted nationwide. The candidates are to report for training in 2 different batches at the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne Port Harcourt as follows:

Candidates that fail to report 7 days after the indicated dates will be disqualified. Furthermore, all candidates are to report with the following:

  • Original and photocopies of credentials.
  • Six (6) passport photographs.
  • Two (2) white vest T shirts.
  • Two (2) white singlets.
  • Two (2) pairs of navy blue shorts.
  • One pair each of white and brown canvas shoes.
  • Personal items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, underwears, toiletries, cutleries etc.
  • Two (2) black skin tight for females.
  • Two (2) set of civil dresses (English/Traditional).
  • Two (2) navy blue bed sheets.
  • Two (2) navy blue pillow cases.
  • Two (2) pairs of swimming trunks.
  • One plastic bucket.

All the items listed above will be checked before any candidate is admitted to commence training.

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Nigeria Customs Fires 29 Senior Officers

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The Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday announced the dismissal of 29 senior officers for various acts of gross misconduct.

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The affected officers are among 44 senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security, a statement signed by Custom’s spokesperson, Wale Adeniyi said.

The statement read:

“Twenty-nine (29) Senior officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been dismissed for various acts of gross misconduct. The dismissed officers are among forty-four (44) Senior officers who were punished for actions capable of compromising national economy and security.

“Ten (10) other officers were retired from Service, while the appointment of one (1) was terminated. Four (4) officers were given written warnings to be of better conduct while another 4 officers who were investigated and tried for some offences were exonerated. Four (4) of the officers who got the hammer were of the rank of Deputy-Comptroller of Customs, while five (5) were Assistant-Comptroller. Others were seven (7) Chief Superintendents of Customs and four (4) Superintendents, among others.

“Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd) had made it clear upon his assumption of duties that the Service will not compromise on Corruption and Indiscipline among the officers corps. In line with this, the structure and process for investigation of offences was strengthened to handle cases reported promptly and professionally. “We will give all officers fair hearing in line with the principle of natural justice. We will however insist that sanctions be punitive, not only to match the offence committed, but to serve as deterrent to others”, the CGC remarked at Management meeting convened to consider the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the cases.

“The process leading to the actions taken on the officers was painstaking in line with the Public Service Rules (PSR). All the officers were served with Queries indicating offences committed, before they made appearances before the Special Investigation Committee. The Committee’s recommendation was discussed and approved by the Customs Management. The recommendation was thereafter referred to the Presidency for ratification, in the absence of a substantive Board for the Nigeria Customs Service. All the officers affected in the exercise have been communicated accordingly.

“The Comptroller-General warned officers that punitive sanctions will continue to be used to discipline officers who refuse to embrace change.

“Officers affected in this exercise were investigated for involvement in improper examination and release of containers without proper documentation and payment of duties, illegal release of goods in advance before the arrival of vessels, collection of bribe to release prohibited items, release of export prohibitions, fraudulent sale of seized items, use of fake certificates and bribery to secure auctioned goods.

“Last week, seventeen (17) Junior officers were similarly dismissed from service for offences like bribery, drug addiction, use of fake certificates and absence from duty.”

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Religious Leaders, Monarchs, Others Grace Coronation Of Oba Of Benin

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The coronation of the Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom is ongoing in Edo state as royal fathers, religious leaders, retired army generals and members of the State Executive Council grace the venue amidst tight security.

Religious Leaders, Monarchs, Others Grace Coronation Of Oba Of Benin

Religious Leaders, Monarchs, Others Grace Coronation Of Oba Of Benin [Twitter: Dave Osas]

The dignitaries started arriving Urhokpota as early as 8.00 a.m. amidst tight security within the Oba Ovoramwan Square.

The sitting positions have been made by the coronation planning committee with names of expected guests pinned to the specially designed chairs.

At the time of filling this report, President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the diplomatic corps, among other respected personalities, are still being expected.

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Some of the early arrivals are Eze Ogbunechende of Ezema Olo, Chairman of Enugu Council, Charles Airhvbere, Parry Osayande, Augustine Obiora Akubese, the Catholic Archbishop of Benin City, among others.

Also, members of the Diplomatic Corps are among dignitaries already seated at the coronation venue of Mr. Erediauwa as the 39th Oba of Benin Kingdom.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of countries whose diplomats are present include Great Britain, Namibia, Senegal, Italy, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Spain.

Oba Of Benin’s Coronation Scheduled For October 20

Others are Denmark, Sweden, Tanzania, Sao Tome, South Sudan, Argentina, Botswana, Angola and Albania.

The Crown Prince is expected to walk from the Usama Palace few kilometres to Urhokpota, where he will be crowned by the Ezama Chiefs led by Oliha.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole is expected to present him with staff of office after which the Oba will unveil the new crest before the public.


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Buhari Sends Names Of 46 Nominees To Senate For Confirmation As Ambassadors

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of 46 nominees to the Senate for confirmation as ambassadors.

This was contained in a letter forwarded to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and read on the floor of the plenary on Thursday, October 20.

Among the nominees are Pauline Tallen, Olorunibe Mamora and Musa Ibeto – a formerly nominated minister before his nomination was withdrawn in 2015.

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Also nominated are Yusuf Tugar, Usman Bugaje, Suleiman Hassan, Nurudeen Mohammed, and Jamila Ahmadu-Suka.

The president had earlier on June 9 sent a list of 47 new career ambassadors to the Senate for confirmation.

That list included Obinna Chukwuemeka, Salisu Umoru,Iyang Udoh Iyang, Okeke Vivian Nwanaku, Liman Munir, Edem Jane Ada, Mohammed Hassan Hassan, Martin Young Cobham, Janet Molegbo Olisah, Itegbuoye Sunday, Olatunde Adesesan, Lilian Ijekwu, Onu Manaja, and Tulahi Isa.

Also on the list were Ngozi Ukeje, Bello Kazaure Husseini, Enoch Pierre Ducci, Garba Baba, Usman Bakori Aliyu, Umar Zainab Salisu, Momoh Seidu Omeiza, Kadiri Audu, Balogun Hakeem, Nosa Ahmed, Ibrahim Isa, Bankole Adegboyega Adeoye, Ibidapo Obe Oluwasegun, Ogundaro Sakirat, Eric A. Belgam, and Ateru Haliru.

The remaining nominees were Ramota Bulima, Musa Mamman, Kabiru Bala, Adamu Shuaibu, D. A Agiv, T.K Gonglong, Ibrahim Hamza, K.C Nwachukwu, Q.R Wolu, E.K Oguntuwase, A.I Paragauda, L.A Gasharga, Olufemi Abikoye, Abubakar Ibrahim, Rabiu Kawu, Odeka Janet Bisong and Adekunbi Habeebat.

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Troops Kill 4 Cattle Rustlers, Arrest 3 Kidnappers

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Troops attached to 1 Division, Nigerian Army, on Wednesday embarked on a raid on armed bandits and kidnappers’ hideouts in Zamfara and Kaduna states during which four cattle rustlers were killed.

The spokesperson of the Army, Col. Sani Usman, made this disclosure known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

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The statement said the troops, deployed under the ‘Operation Sharan Daji’ a special military campaign aimed at dislodging all camps and hideouts of armed criminals, also arrested three suspected kidnappers at some bushy locations in Kaduna State.

It added that the operation, which was carried out on October 18 was a “raid on livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camp at Barikin Daji forest near Masafa village in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.”

“During the operation, the troops killed 4 bandits, recovered a motorcycle and destroyed all the camps at the forest.”

“Similarly troops of the same formation, in conjunction with local vigilante also carried out similar operation at the notorious livestock, armed bandits and kidnappers’ hideout in Anchau forest, Kubau Local Government Area, Kaduna State same day.

“During the operation, 3 kidnappers, Umaru Buje, Sanusi Shuaibu and Samaila Ibrahim were arrested by the troops.

“The arrested persons are currently being interrogated.”

Aside Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and cattle rustling have, in recent times, become another major threat to national security.

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Nigeria Set To End Disparity Between Polytechnic And University Graduates

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In an attempt to finally put an end to the academic disparity between polytechnic and university graduates, the Federal Government has stated that it will soon introduce a National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF).

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Announcing the plan on Wednesday in Lagos, the Rector of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Margareth Ladipo, at the 30th pre-convocation news briefing, said the framework was still being formulated by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and would be adopted as soon as the paper work was completed.

With the framework in place, she said polytechnic graduates would write an examination which would place them at par with their counterparts in the university.

She said: “The Federal Government is working on the framework, the unions are also working on it and very soon, everything will be okay.

“If you go to developed countries, the framework is the way to end disparity between the HND and B.Sc.

“It is all about competency in education and on the job.

“Once you are skilled, if you have HND, by the time you take the NVQF examination and if you are more skilled than the person with the B.Sc., you are better.”

“The disparity will eventually be removed and there will be no problem again.

“For lecturers, they are not happy about the disparity because they are all parents and want the disparity to be removed.

“I want to assure that the only way it can be removed is to embrace skills acquisition.

“YABATECH is a centre for the United Nations Entrepreneur and Vocational Centre (UNEVOC) established to improve the skills of our youths.

“When our graduates pass through the centre, they do not have to look for white collar jobs.’’

On the upgrade of YABATECH to a degree awarding institution, the rector said the process was ongoing.

She added that a committee had visited the college to assess the facilities and staff strength.

The rector said that the college had also improved on its manpower, noting that many of the lecturers were PhD and Masters Degree holders.

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Unpacking President Buhari’s Perspective On Women

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Unpacking President Buhari’s Perspective On Women, By ‘Tope Oriola

President Muhammadu Buhari’s comments about the proper role of the first lady overshadowed his recent visit to Germany. Buhari was asked to respond to the explosive interview granted the BBC by the first lady, Aisha Buhari. Mr. Buhari stated that: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room. I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition”. Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, was quick to respond that the president was merely joking. To be fair to the president, his demeanour did suggest that he was joking. Nonetheless, jokes are indicative of a person’s state of mind and worldview. Therefore, that would not have minimised the inappropriateness and damage of his comments.

This piece was written by Tope Oriola. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

As I returned to the initial draft of this article, I read that the president had granted an interview to Deutsche Welle, a German broadcaster and was asked to flesh out his earlier comments. This time, there was no garb of humour. Buhari argued that: “I am sure you have a house. You know where your kitchen is. You know where your living room is. And I believe your wife looks after all that even if she’s working”. He dug deeper into the quagmire when asked if he thought “that is your wife’s function?” Buhari stated that: “Yes, to look after me”. Once again, oga patapata cannot be saved from himself despite Garba Shehu’s best effort to spin the narrative.

READ ALSO: The Unaired Part Of Mrs Buhari’s Interview, By Jaafar Jaafar

This is another self-inflicted PR disaster. Buhari had in a space of two days clearly embarrassed himself and disgraced Nigeria. To argue otherwise is to accept that his anachronistic views represent our perspectives. It is quite ironic that the initial comments were made in the presence of the female leader of Germany, the European powerhouse. His tone deafness and decision to reassert the comments demonstrate once more that President Buhari is out of depths vis-à-vis the substance and optics of governance in late modernity. Given that Buhari was widely acknowledged as the best among the major candidates in the 2015 presidential elections, he is doing an excellent job of making Nigerians a laughing stock around the world.

It appears that Buhari would have genuinely made a “fine” 19th century leader. President Buhari ought to have, prior to the press conference, prepared for a barrage of questions about the first lady’s comments. Leadership means preempting and preparing for multiple eventualities. He ought to have had a nuanced answer to the simple question about Aisha Buhari’s comments. The follow up interview with Deutsche Welle was, in fact, worse than the initial comments. He just does not get it!

President Buhari appears completely lost in the labyrinth of technological advancement, the dizzying and frenetic ideational change and tectonic shifts in gender relations and the peculiar rhizome called globalisation. The world was much simpler in his hay days. Mr. President, times have changed and certain practices and discourses are no longer acceptable. For instance, anyone who tries to offer his or her son as sacrifice as Abraham attempted to do in the Bible will be sentenced to a long prison term.

‘My Wife Belongs To My Kitchen’ – Buhari Reacts To Aisha’s ‘Controversial’ BBC Interview

There are three major factors that may help understand Buhari’s views on the role of the first lady. First, like all of us, Buhari grew up within a specific socio-cultural background and discursive milieu. Comments on women’s roles and “place” are constituted by and constitutive of broader social relations. Buhari’s comments expose the challenges facing women in Nigeria in general and northern Nigeria, in particular. Some may recall the case of 13-year old Zahharau Babangida, who was arrested in December 2014 after abandoning a suicide vest in a taxi. Zahharau claimed that her father donated her and her mother to Boko Haram. Of course, this was a fundamentally gendered “gift”. The incident, just like Buhari’s perspective on women, accentuates women’s social positionality relative to men and symbolises where power resides. As I argued in a recent peer-reviewed publication in “Studies in Conflict and Terrorism”, we are dealing with a cultural climate in which women and young girls are perceived as expendable material, beasts of burden and/or objects of pleasure. These issues encompass entrenched undervaluation of the girl-child, presumption that parents’ basic responsibility is to prepare a girl-child for marriage and that a wife is an appendage to the husband.

Read Full Text Of Aisha Buhari’s Interview With BBC That Got Buhari, Everybody Talking

The fecundity of the socio-cultural context within which the president’s comment was made is evident around us. This context allows a senator of the Federal Republic to have prepubescent brides. I recall boarding a domestic flight with the senator a few years ago. He carried one of his daughters in his hands as she slept. I kept wondering right behind the seat of the senator: Why does he hold his daughter so lovingly and yet marries other people’s daughters before they reach maturity? When will he marry her off? Will she be allowed to attain her capabilities in life?

Contrary to what some of my highly educated female research participants in the North have told me, I am not convinced that such attitudes are absent in the South. I think the difference is in degrees and not in kind. Gender discrimination is real in the whole of Nigeria.

Some have pointed to Buhari’s age as a contributory factor. I respectfully disagree. The fact that Buhari is in his 70s is not the problem; the problem (and this is my second prognosis) is that he has learnt very little since his military government was toppled. The president would do well to reduce the hangers-on, and find time for critical reflection. I am also tempted to remind the president, as I did the Senate president, in November 2015 that it is imperative to find time to read books. I have always maintained that there is no expectation that a leader must know everything but a leader has to be a mop of knowledge.

Those who claim to be leaders but for several months or years never find the time to read a book are merely deceiving themselves. The emptiness of such persons is generally transparent. It manifests in governors organising mass weddings for impoverished citizens rather than implementing policies to create employment in the private sector or buying aircrafts despite unpaid salaries of civil servants. We know them by their priorities. They are marked by intellectual vacuity, confusion over basic issues and failure to grasp the zeitgeist of the time (discourses, local and global issues, how to talk about an issue and how not to).

The president also needs to be teachable. Returning to the airwaves to contradict Garba Shehu is a glaring indication that Buhari is giving some of his relatively more reasonable handlers a hard time.

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Buhari’s comment is a testament to the quality of those who are governing Nigeria in the 21st century. We are in deep trouble. They seem to have the mindset of the middle ages; the arrogance of the untutored and the shallow braggadocio that comes from having learned little of substance. Mr. President, no serious person talks like that anymore. Please, keep trying hard for the benefit of our country. But in trying, kindly make efforts to be a good listener and learn from those who are paid to advise you.

‘Tope Oriola is professor of criminology at the University of Alberta, Canada. Twitter: @topeoriola

This piece was written by Tope Oriola. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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PHOTO: Police Arrest Men Who Tried To Deposit Photocopied Naira Notes

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Officers of the Rivers State Police Command yesterday on October 18, 2016, arrested three suspected fraudsters in connection with circulating fake currency notes.

The fraudsters had tried to deposit photocopied N500 and N1000 notes in a new generation bank when they were arrested. The arrested suspects were two men and a woman, Andrew Ogah, Ozoemena Okeke, and Helen Ozoemena Okeke. They were arrested when Mr. Andrew went to deposit the money in the bank.



Investigation is ongoing at the Division as the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations is completed.

Confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Omoni Nnamdi said “The Commissioner of Police, CP. Francis M. Odesanya, advises the public to be careful with the antics of these criminals whose stock in trade is to defraud unsuspecting customers and clients. And also, to be weary of the existence in circulation of fake naira currencies, especially within the Mgbuoba Area of Port Harcourt.”


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My Wife Is Dating My Pastor, Angry Husband Tells Court

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Mr Kolawole Okeeyi, a businessman, on Wednesday approached the Igando Customary Court in Lagos to terminate his 31-year-old marriage, accusing his wife of infidelity.

The father of five told the court “My wife is having an affair with my pastor, I got to know when I did not have credit on my phone and wanted to use her phone to call our pastor to report her for starving my mother of food. I picked her phone and I saw on the screen “sent message”. I mistakenly clicked on it and the message opened, I saw several love messages my wife sent and received from our pastor. I showed her the messages when she came in, but she begged me, I seized the phone and later confronted our pastor with those text messages, but he told me to do my worst.”

I also caught her with my brother in a hotel in Oyo State; I wanted to ignore them, but I later confronted them so that they will not deny later,” he said.

It didn’t end there, as Mr Okeeyi also said his wife was after his life and that he had been attacked on two occasions. “On Aug. 20, 2013, I got to the front of my gate, as I honked for my children to open the gate, suddenly three men jumped down from a motorcycle, pointing a gun at me. But for the timely intervention of the police, I would have been killed. When I entered my house, I told my wife what happened, but she did not say anything.”

“Four months later, while coming from work, three men intercepted me, pointing a gun at me to come down and enter the booth, I complied and they drove me off. But luckily for me, my phone rang, one of them picked it, the caller addressed me as pastor and said that I should come to the church early that I will be ministering, but I am not a pastor. One of the guys said that they should not kill me that I am a pastor; that in the bible God said that they should not touch his anointed or do his prophet harm. After a hot argument among them, they stopped the car, stripped me naked and absconded with my car. A good Samaritan gave me clothes to wear. When I got home, I told my wife again about the incident, but she said nothing.”

“That same 2013, my only three buses that plied Port-Harcourt, Akure and Abeokuta were involved in accident and were condemned, I again informed my wife, but no response from her,” he said.

He begged the court to dissolve his marriage that he was no longer in love with his wife as he felt his life was no longer safe. However, his wife Funmilayo, a 43-year-old trader, denied all the allegations saying she was not having an affair with any man.

“Those text messages on my phone were forged; I never sent nor received any love messages from our pastor. My husband saw me and his brother in a hotel, but we are not dating, his brother just followed me to book for a room when I went for a burial in Oyo State. “

The mother of five pleaded with the court not to grant her husband’s wish as she was still in love. The Court President, Mr Adegboyega Omilola, adjourned the case to Nov. 29 for further hearing.

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