Security operatives have clamped down on crossdressing young men who have allegedly defrauded wealthy men in Lagos, Zamfara, Jos, and Rivers.
Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Iliyasu Omika looked every inch like a woman until he was unmasked by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command as a 22 -year-old man.
From ‘her’ breast, shape and movement, Iliyasu, a resident of Tungan Maje, in Mpape, a suburb in the FCT, could compete for a Miss World pageant without any suspicion.
He belonged to the growing number of young men (cross-dressers) who posed on the streets, clubs and brothels in like ladies in Abuja to snooker unsuspecting randy men.READ ALSO: Living next to a brothel
Cross-dressers are people who wear clothing of the opposite sex and it is now considered a method of scamming as some of the men that dress like women dupe rich men that they meet at bars and hotels.
It is reported that security operatives have clamped down on some crossdressing young men who have allegedly defrauded wealthy men in Lagos, Zamfara, Jos, and Rivers presenting themselves as women.
It is a growing trend that has already spread across the country. For instance, the Lagos State Police recently arrested a19-year- old Ogunleye Idris, who posed as a lady in order to get money from men.
The Ogun State born Idris, was reportedly apprehended by police, in a bar in Surulere area of Lagos, where he had as usual, dressed like a man, waiting for a prey. According to reports, “by sheer stroke of luck, a man(names withheld) reportedly walked into the bar in the company of two other ladies. But he was said to have been attracted to Idris who gave him an inviting look. But Idris attitude was said to have raised the man’s suspicion, when he attempted to fondle with his breast. Out of curiosity, the man reportedly managed to touch Idris’ breast, where to his surprise, a sachet water fell off from the brazier. This caused an uproar, following which Idris was subsequently arrested.”
This practice is now becoming a common occurrence in the nation’s capital city where able young men dressed like ladies and await potential customers.
Before Omika was arrested on November 5, 2018 in Abuja, the FCT Police Command said it was on the trail of other young men after reports of such nefarious acts from the public.
Spokesperson of the Command, Anjuguri Manza, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said “on November 5, 2018 at about 0500 hrs based on information, Police operatives from Mpape Division arrested one Iliyasu Omika ‘M’ 22 years of Tungan Maje at a Brothel in Mpape.
“The suspect who disguised as a Lady to lure men at nightclubs for amorous relationships was arrested after his supposed client raised alarm upon discovery that he was actually a man and not a woman as he claimed.”
Manza who cautioned men to be and wary of the likes of Omika out there, said he would be charged to court for attempt to defraud and attempt to breach public peace.
Residents are worried that if not checked by security agencies, it is capable of turning the city to the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah.
Pastor Emmanuel Akawe, of a new generation church lamented that “the act is ungodly, abominable capable of eroding the moral fabric of the nation and turning Abuja into another Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Another resident, Paul Jock told who spoke with Daily Sun called on security agencies “to arrest the situation before it would gain currency for the sake of millions of unemployed youths, who may want to follow the ugly footsteps.”
He further called on the Federal government to create job opportunities for the teaming youths sofas to keep them engaged as “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”READ ALSO: Succour for unemployed youths, others
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Tony John, Port Harcourt
A 35-year-old man, identified as Achibong Patrick, has strangled his four children and killed himself in Rivers State.
The incident occurred, on Tuesday, in Alesa community, in Eleme Local Government Area of the state around 1:00a.m.
According to information gathered, Patrick, who hailed from Ogoja in Cross River State, after he had killed his four children, locked up their remains and set the house ablaze.
Further information gathered said that Patrick had earlier chased his wife away from house in the night, locked his door and strangled his children.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni, has confirmed the development to journalists, saying that corpses of the four children and their father had been taken for autopsy.
Omoni said the landlord of the house, whom he simply identified as Gomba, had reported the incident to a police station in the area.
He noted that the children, who were eight, five, three and a year old, were killed and locked up in the room before the house was set ablaze.
Omoni said, “On the early hours of today (yesterday) the landlord of Mr. Patrick, Mr. Gomba, reported the incident to the police.
“The corpses of the five people have been sent to the mortuary for autopsy. The reason for the action has not been ascertained,” the PPRO stated.
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Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Presidency has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s declaration that he would support his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential election, as a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.
Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that whoever Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant, as the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months.
Obasanjo had, while declaring his support for Atiku, said that he would not be neutral in the 2019 general elections because the country was being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity.
Shehu, in his reaction, told State House Correspondents that, “Former president Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day.
“When it pleases him, he brings God into the matter and uses that as his excuse for whatever position he has chosen,” he said.
The presidential spokesman added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to express a completely different stance after a day or two.
“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore.
“We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,” Shehu said.
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Linus Oota, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, passed into law a bill for a law to Provide for Self Accounting of the state House of Assembly for effective legislation and service delivery.
Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, announced the passage of the bill after the Majority Leader, Alhaji Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North) moved a motion for the passage of the Bill for a law to Provide for Self Accounting of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly and for Other Matters Connect Therewith.
The Speaker said that the purpose of the bill was to grant real financial autonomy to the state’s House of Assembly.
According to him “Sometime ago, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, graciously signed into law the financial autonomies of both the Legislative and Judicial arms of government of various states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“In view of the above development, this House saw the need to further give effect to this gesture by providing modalities for the smooth, effective and efficient implementation of the financial autonomy by drafting this bill.
“Which has gone through some stages of legislation, hence the need for it’s passage.
“The purpose of this autonomy is to grant real financial autonomy which will now be called Nasarawa State House of Assembly Financial Management Law.
“And there shall be a Fund Management Committee of the House, which comprise of six members.
“That the committee shall comprise of Speaker as Chairman, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, the Chief whip, the Clerk of the House and the DFA as members.
“That the Clerk shall serve as members/Secretary of the committee ,”the speaker’s said.
Earlier, Mr. Peter Mbucho (PDP-Akwanga North), the Minority Leader of the House seconded the motion moved by the Majority Leader.
Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti
Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has canvassed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in the February 16, 2019 presidential election.
Egbeyemi said Ekiti State has a brighter future under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government which is executing key capital projects in the state for the benefit of the people.
The deputy governor, who spoke at a public forum in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said the APC-led Federal Government was carrying out a rail line project that will connect Ekiti with Osun states.
A statement, on Wednesday, signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, quoted the deputy governor as assuring the people of more capital projects and empowerment programmes that would change their lives if President Buhari is re-elected in the 2019 presidential poll.
He disclosed that Governor Kayode Fayemi was instrumental to the inclusion of Ekiti in the rail project noting that when completed, the project would boost the local economy and attract more investment.
The deputy governor also urged the people of the state to vote for all APC candidates in the 2019 general elections to help the party implement its manifesto for the benefit of the masses.
Egbeyemi continued, “All I want you to do for us is to pray for this government and to support us. This is the first time Ekiti will be in connection with the Federal Government.
“By February, there is going to be an election and we want every Ekiti man and woman to support us by voting for Buhari.
“Once that is done, you have a man up there and he is one of the best. I don’t need to tell you that Kayode Fayemi is one of the closest governors to President Buhari.
“I want to tell you before March or April, you will know what will be coming to this state by the grace of God.
“The rail line that is coming from Osogbo, it was through the efforts of Kayode Fayemi that Buhari included Ekiti in the project.
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“Ekiti was not in the project but Buhari said Ekiti must be included asking why Ekiti was not having rail line.
“There are more goodies that will come from the Federal Government but we must vote APC and ensure that Buhari returns for second term.”
Egbeyemi also spoke on efforts of the Fayemi administration to reduce unemployment through a knowledge-based economy with the Knowledge Zone coming on stream.
He said: “Anyone from Ayegunle and Esunmo side, if they are here, they will know that we have been to those places for inspection and ground work. We are bringing something to that place and when it comes, you will know.”
Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has signed the 2019 General Elections Peace accord.
But the signing was not without a mild drama between her and the Convener of the National Peace Committee and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev’d Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah.
Ezekwesili arrived at the Kukah Center, Wuse 2, Abuja, at 10:05a.m, where the committee office is domiciled.
Present at the signing was the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Richard Young.
The Secretary of the Secretariat, Rev. Fr. Atthah Bakindo, read out the terms of the agreement to Ezekwesili which included running issue-based campaigns at national, state and local government levels and a pledge to refrain from campaigns that will involve religious incitement, ethnic or tribal profiling both by the candidates and all agents acting in their name.
Ezekwesili wanted to make a speech before signing the agreement, but Fr. Kukah objected.
Kukah insisted on keeping to the format of the accord so that different treatments would not be given to different candidates.
But Ezekwesili asked to know if it was the same procedure that was followed by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, during the signing, adding that she wanted to ensure that all candidates were treated equally.
Speaking after the signing, Ezekwesili called on President Buhari to sign the 2018 Electoral Amendment Bill without delay.
She said the President could not rush to sign the peace accord, but refused to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018.
“The first thing that the President needs to do in order to build trust amongst all candidates is to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 into an Act.
“Because he has not done that, I find it very strange that he quickly was at the event yesterday (Tuesday) to sign the peace accord.
“It is contradictory. He needs to be exemplary in all the things that he does. He cannot confuse the system by taking one measure that mills out another measure. That is not the way to go,” Ezekwesili said.
On why she did not sign the agreement, on Tuesday, Ezekwesili said there was no communication to her and could not have been at an event where she had no communication.
Speaking earlier, Kukah apologised for the inability of some candidates to sign the agreement, on Tuesday.
Kukah, however, said the National Peace Committee had at its disposal, documentary evidence of invitation extended to candidates.
“Our doors are open and we are really very sorry for whatever may have happened, but we have documentary evidence that we did send out our communication to the offices of all the 91 political parties and we have evidence that our correspondence s were received,” Kukah said.
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The glory of the latter days and an entrenchment of a new breed of Cherubim and Seraphim members was the focal point of discussion as The Saviour’s Ministries Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide, Ago Igbala Orisunmibare holds its annual adult anniversary and thanksgiving services.
As early as 11:00 am, Sunday, 9th of December 2018, all roads led to The Saviour’s Ministries Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide Pro Cathedral National Headquarters located at 155 Obafemi Awolowo Way Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja Lagos as the area witnessed an unusual and unprecedented human and vehicular traffic.
Their aim was to go and celebrate the 2018 Adult Harvest and Thanksgiving Ceremony with a notable man of God, His Eminence Primate Dr. Solomon ‘Niran Aluko, the Baba Aladura and Founder of the church.
The ceremony witnessed the influx of notable personalities from the Political, Business and Religious sector of the country into the brand-new church auditorium to celebrate the Thanksgiving service with the prominent man of God.
In his welcome address, Primate Aluko said the thanksgiving service is to celebrate the breaking of a new dawn in the church which is the promise of the Latter Glory.
“ The theme, ‘Latter Glory’ connotes the glorious manifestation of God’s hands in our lives.
“I implore everyone who is present at this Thanksgiving to make this theme your watchword as you go into the new year by doing the will of God always.
“This anniversary is not about making merry alone but also to evaluate our spiritual life and that Godly prosperity is permitted by our creator hence the theme Latter Glory which connotes glorious manifestation of God’s hands in our lives that superseded every previous situation in our lives” he said.
Chairperson of the Harvest Committee, Supt. Apostolic Mother Abosede Osinowo, in her address, thanked everyone who made the event the huge success that it was.
Speaking on the Harvest anniversary, Osinowo said, “We as members of Cherubim and Seraphim anytime from July always have a ceremony called the Annual Adult Harvest Anniversary.
“It is an avenue to showcase the goodness of the Lord in our lives all through the year and to express gratitude to God for his mercies, it is a time to celebrate, dance and make merry.”
Speaking on how the harvest committee arrived at the title of ‘Harvest of Latter Glory’, Osinowo went biblical to explain that the promise of God was that the Glory of the Latter-days would be greater than that of the former and that what is witnessed in the present day Cherubim and Seraphim is a strong departure from what used to be the norm in the past.
“What has happened in the past in the church will be nothing to compare with what God is going to do in our midst very soon.
“We are a new breed of Seraphs which is a clear departure of what used to be the situation in the past. We flaunt ourselves in the Lord and make the whole world see that we are a new generation of Christians who have been blessed by God, well dressed in sparkling white garments which is our signature dress code and not the smelly ones of the past.
“We make the whole world to see the glory of God in our lives and that we serve a living God as a lot of good things has been happening in our church lately and it is just a tip of the iceberg, we are marching into the new glory which is the latter glory,” she said.
In the sermon of the day, the preacher, Archbishop Michael Olufemi Akinsola took members of the church on an enthralling journey into the word of God. Speaking on the theme ‘The Latter Glory’, Rev. Akinsola urged every member of the church to brace up for the break of a new dawn in the church which will take the church to the height it deserves as the first truly Pentecostal church in the country.
“I think it is time for people to know the truth about the Cherubim and Seraphim church, for so long the church has been treated as an outcast because of lack of knowledge that the church is the first true indigenous Pentecostal church in the country.
“So, an enlightenment message like this will go a long way in changing the perception of people about the church,” he said.
Speaking also on the forthcoming general election in the country, Akinsola urged all Christians to go out enmasse to vote for the right candidate.
“A new election year is fast approaching, so I want to urge every Christian to ensure that they go out there to vote and vote their conscience and not be swayed by material things,” he concluded.
To further underscore the new change in the Cherubim and Seraphim fold, the church launched its new Sunday School Manual for the year2019.
Midway into the service, the Supreme Head (C&S) Unification Church of Nigeria, His Most Eminence Prophet Dr. Solomon Alao made his majestic entry to celebrate with one of the leading members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria.
Soon, it was time for the thanksgiving ceremony proper. All the invited guests and members of the church all trooped out to honour God with their substance.
When it was time for Apostolic Mother Osinowo’s turn to do her thanksgiving, the atmosphere became charged with joy as the whole church rose in unison to celebrate with her as she danced, sang in the presence of the lord.
At the end of the thanksgiving ceremony, invited guest and all the church members were treated to a sumptuous array of local delicacies while a guest artist was on the music stand to render sonorous music as the crowd danced away into the night. It was a befitting climax to a glorious ceremony.
The Saviours Ministries Cherubim & Seraphim Church today has branches across the world including America and the United Kingdom.
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Guests were later treated to wide range of foreign and African delicacies immediately after the solemn thanksgiving service which attracted not a few from all walks of life.
Many notable men and women of the clergy were in attendance at the glamorous event. Among them were famous leader of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Genesis International Parish, Alagbado, Lagos State, Prophet Israel Oladele, otherwise known as Genesis, Lord Bishop Femi Adepoju of JASFEM international ministry, Apostolic Mother Idowu Philips – a veteran actress- and various many spiritual heads of Christian denominations in the country.
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Two people have been killed in pre-election violence in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, as early campaigning is marred by clashes between armed rivals that has left scores injured.
More than 100 people have been hurt in violence on the campaign trail since Monday, when candidates from the two major parties hit the hustings ahead of the December 30 poll.
Police said two supporters from the Awami League, the ruling party headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, died from injuries sustained in brawls with opposition rivals late Tuesday.
Mobs armed with knives and batons faced off at a rally in Noakhali, a southern district, where a pro-government demonstrator was seriously injured Dailymail reported.
“He died on the way to the hospital. Some 30 to 35 people were also injured in the conflict,” Mahmud Nasir, the deputy district police chief, told AFP.
In central Faridpur district, another pro-government demonstrator was beaten to death by opposition supporters from the Bangladesh National Party, police said.
“He was rushed to hospital but declared dead by doctors on arrival,” Faridpur police chief Jakir Hossain Khan said.
The 2014 election was also marked by political violence.
Hasina won that poll unchallenged after the BNP boycotted it, saying the vote was rigged.
The opposition decided to contest this election but says ruling party thugs had interfered with their campaign rallies.
It has already accused police of jailing hundreds of its cadres in a pre-election sweep.
The BNP’s organising secretary, Ruhul Kuddus Talukder, was arrested Wednesday after a court ruled he could not contest the poll.
The party also blamed the police for the death of one of their campaigners in Dhaka, who fell to his death from a rooftop. Police denied the allegations.
Hasina, whose tenure has been marred by allegations of rights abuses and creeping authoritarianism, is seeking a record fourth term in office.
Her chief rival, BNP leader Khaleda Zia, is behind bars on graft charges and the opposition is yet to field a candidate against Hasina.
Around 100 million voters have registered for this ballot later this month.
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Paulinus Aidoghie, Abuja
Former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has finally signed the 2019 General Elections Peace Accord.
Atiku signed the document in the full glare of members of the Peace Committee headed by a former Head of STate, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), in Abuja.
He was accompanied to the ceremony by National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus and other party stalwarts.
Egypt has restricted the sale of yellow vests ahead of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising, to stop demonstrators copying French protesters.
Safety equipment dealers can only sell the vests wholesale to verified companies that have gained police approval, retailers said.
Officials have asked shopkeepers to report anyone trying to buy the clothing.
French protesters donned the vests in anti-government demonstrations.
Originally objecting to a proposed fuel tax rise, protesters soon reflected a wider discontent about President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.
After four weeks of violence, President Macron offered a minimum wage rise and tax concessions.
Protesters outside France, including in Belgium and the Netherlands, have also adopted the clothing, while British news site The Independent reports a “red vest” movement has been launched in Tunisia.
Egyptian state media has stressed the violence of the French movement to scare any potential copycat demonstrators.
The revolution that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak began on 25 January 2011 and authorities fear protesters could try to mark the date as they have in previous years.
One man, Mohamed Ramadan, has been detained for 15 days and accused with disrupting public order and possessing yellow vests after making light of the restrictions in a Facebook post, his lawyer said.
Meanwhile, some shopkeepers were made to sign a paper promising not to sell the clothing.
BBC reported the sale restrictions will be in force until the end of January.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn into office for a second term in June, vowing to stop “violence, terrorism, and extremism”.
But human rights groups have accused him of trying to crush all political dissent in Egypt.
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THE Police Command in Lagos state has arrested 58-year-old commercial motorcyclist, named withheld, for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old daughter.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Edgal Imohimi, confirmed the arrest on Tuesday in Lagos while addressing newsmen on various arrest made by the command.
“The Command Gender Unit is investigating a case of defilement reported by a 14-year-old girl against her father of Charismatic Road, Abule, Berger, Ikorodu, Lagos.
“According to the survivor, after her father, a security man and commercial motorcyclist had defiled her, she reported the case to her mother who did not believe her and warned her not to tell anybody.
“She added that because of her mother’s inaction, she ran away from home and sought refuge in the home of her father’s friend,” he said.
The commissioner said that the victim had been referred to Mirabel Centre for medical examination.
Imohimi also said that the Gender Unit of the command had commenced investigation into a case of defilement at Selewu area of Ikorodu in Lagos.
He said that the case was reported by one Mrs Obinna, on behalf of her 6-year-old daughter, against a 64-year-old carpenter of the same address as the complainant.
“During investigation, it was revealed that on Dec 3 at 10 p.m, the suspect took the survivor into his room and inserted his fingers into her private part.
“However, her mother noticed that her daughter was unnecessarily irritated and withdraw, so she began to ask her questions and she revealed to the mother what her uncle, name withheld, had done to her,” he said.
The commissioner said that investigation was ongoing on the cases, adding that the suspects would be charged to court soon.
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United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said: “I will contest that vote with everything I have got.”
She said a new prime minister would have to scrap or extend Article 50, the mechanism taking Britain out of the EU on 29 March, “delaying or even stopping Brexit”.
Conservative MPs will vote from 18:00 GMT to 20:00 GMT.
A result is expected an hour or so later BBC reported.
The BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said a delay to Brexit was “a vital part of the case the prime minister’s supporters will be making” as she faces the confidence vote.
Mrs May said changing Conservative leader would “put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it”.
“A leadership election would not change the fundamentals of the negotiation or the Parliamentary arithmetic.
“Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division just as we should be standing together to serve our country. None of that would be in the national interest,” she said in her statement.
She said she was making progress in her talks with EU leaders and vowed to “deliver on the referendum vote and seize the opportunities that lie ahead”.
The Conservatives had to build a “country that works for everyone” and deliver “the Brexit people voted for”, she said.
“I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister and I stand ready to finish the job.”
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The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered.
One of those who submitted a letter, former minister Owen Paterson, said: “She is sadly determined to stick to her deal which is not going to get through the House of Commons, and worse, if it did get through the House of Commons, she would lose the support of the DUP, which triggers a general election.”
Mrs May, who has been prime minister since shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated.
It is thought the result of the secret ballot could be announced as soon as 21:00 GMT Mrs May needs to get a majority in her favour to win it.
If that happens she cannot be challenged for at least another year.
If Mrs May does not win the vote there would then be a Conservative leadership contest in which she could not stand.
There is also an option that even if Mrs May won – but not overwhelmingly – she may decide to stand down as party leader.
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Sokoto, on Tuesday, remanded a 19-year-old carpenter, Abdulmalik Abubakar, who allegedly stole 15 yards of Brocade valued at N105, 000 and N200, 000 cash.
The police charged Abubakar with house trespass and theft.
The Chief Magistrate, Nuraddeen Bello, who gave the order, adjourned the case until Dec 19, for further mention.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Monday Kennedy had told the court that the case was reported at the Ungwuan Rogo Police Station, Sokoto by the complainant on Dec 6.
Kennedy alleged that Abubakar broke into the house of Alhaji Bilyaminu Shehu at the Tudun Wada area of Sokoto and stole N200, 000 cash, 15 yards of brocade valued at N105, 000 and two cellphones.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 97, 349, 288 of the Penal Code.
After the charges were read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty.
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Former Senate President, Ameh Ebute, has replied the convener of Northern Elders’ Forum, NUF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, on his recent assertion that the region will not vote President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, had, while speaking to newsmen in Zaria as part of activities to mark his 80th birthday, also advocated for a return to parliamentary system of government, stressing that the system was more accountable than the presidential system.
Responding to Abdullahi’s submission, Ebute in a rejoinder on Wednesday, insisted that the NUF chairman would not decide for the entire north.
The former lawmaker warned Abdullahi to retract the “shameful public statement” credited to him and retrace his steps, or risk running NEF as a one-man show.
The rejoinder reads:
I am extremely pained to publicly address Professor Ango Abdullahi on a matter I consider very important for regional cohesion and the stability of Nigeria.
However, in the prevailing circumstances, I have no choice than to do the needful in view of his recent vitriolic comments against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and his 2019 reelection bid.
No doubt, Prof. Ango Abdullahi is a respected academic, elder and son of the North. He is a brilliant man and the fourth indigenous Vice Chancellor of the premier and prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria. I deem him a reference point anytime, Northern history comes into focus.
Ango’s convening of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) was a laudable initiative embraced by all of us. We sensed reason in his explanations of why elders of northern extraction should have a common platform where they could congregate, brainstorm on issues affecting the north, lobby the central government to solve them and play advisory roles to the younger generation and the government when necessary.
We perceived these issues as very important and germane, hence the respected Alhaji Maitama Sule, (may his soul rest in peace) a former Ambassador to the United Nations, an Danmasanin Kano, agreed to serve as NEF’s pioneer chairman. That was the veneration NEF attracted.
With other prominent northerners such as Wantaregh Paul Unongo a former minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, serving as NEF’s Vice Chairman, alongside an array of other officials, NEF was run purposefully and meaningfully in consonance with its original idea to which we were all signatories.
We have never had issues within NEF because we adhered strictly to its core mandate, doctrine and operational principles of neutrality and non-partisanship.
But it appears we are reversing ourselves now, after the demise of Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule. NEF’s leadership has fallen on Prof. Ango Abdullahi. I regret to say, he is not dispensing this leadership in consonance with the core operational principles of NEF to which we all subscribed and have observed religiously over time.
For clarity sake, I wish to remind the NEF convener that NEF has not met in recent times and adopted a common position on the rejection or acceptance of the reelection bid of President Buhari or any other candidate vying for the office of the President of Nigeria in 2019.
The public statement credited to Ango in all ramifications came to me as a rude shock. And I dare say, it is an abuse of his right to freedom of speech by aligning his personal thoughts with a group, which is not part of his thinking on the matter canvassed.
Already, there are dissenting voices against this apparent insensitivity and absurdity as propagated by Prof. Ango Abdullahi. We cannot accept anybody’s personal desire to drag NEF into public ridicule or partisanship, except Ango wishes to be its sole owner, as convener, chairman, secretary, publicist and the rest.
Thus far, I completely and faithfully align myself with the position of objection to Prof. Ango Abdullahi’s posture by my other Northern elders, majority in silence, but others vocal like the trio of Maj. Gen. Paul Tarfa, Capt. Basir Sodangi and Sani Daura.
I find it pertinent to state that even the issues raised by Prof. Ango Abdullahi’s abhorrent statement such as insecurity, underdevelopment and poverty in the North under the Buhari Presidency are interrogated from a porous, biased and self-serving perspective.
We all acknowledge that the North and indeed, Nigeria deserves to be freed from the tethers of these nagging problems. What has baffled me is the deliberate refusal of Prof. Ango Abdullahi to critical and holistically assess the situation with an open and uninfluenced mind.
I cannot accept, much like many other northern elders that insecurity in the country is worse under President Buhari. It was worse when our President mounted the saddle of leadership in Nigeria in 2015. President Buhari started from ground zero, but has made commendable progress over these problems.
The failure of the likes of Ango to see and appreciate the efforts and energies channeled into decimating and defeating Boko Haram insurgency in the North only conveys a personal hatred against the Buhari Presidency.
I expect Ango and those in his camp to speak to leaders of thought in the North. They should be concerned with engaging and dissuading their youths who are excitedly serving as hirelings to exacerbate the insecurity situation in the country in order to reverse the gains already recorded by the Buhari Presidency. Ango and co-travellers should not find this as a platform to castigate and vilify President Buhari.
President Buhari has taken steps to address the massive youth unemployment across Nigeria, including the North, with the N-Power jobs, even if we pretend not to see his laudable agricultural policies which have created millions of jobs with three years of his administration.
Prof. Ango Abdullahi cannot be preaching to us underdevelopment of the North at this material time because it is a culture sustained for decades. In spite of it, President Buhari is prudently and fairly distributing meagre national resources in solving underdevelopment issues across Nigeria. The North has gotten its fair share, just like other regions in the country.
President Buhari is the political leader of Nigeria and not that of the North alone as Prof. Ango insinuates. It is senseless for Ango and cohorts to expect that Buhari superintends over skewed sharing or distribution of Nigeria’s commonwealth in favour of the North. As elders, I believe this disposition and thinking is faulty.
I am highly uncomfortable with Prof. Ango Abdullahi’s excessive mouthing in public domain in the guise of speaking for NEF. Our duty as elders is to encourage leaders to sit-up where we perceive lapses, as against outright partisan campaigns against leaders as Ango delights in doing.
Prof. Ango Abdullahi should retrace his steps. If President Buhari fails to grant NEF audience to discuss these issues, why is the public platform he has used in vilifying the President, not used as channel of advice to Mr. President? It speaks of a personal agenda, which I am encouraged to say, has missed the target.
Other northern elders like me, at both personal and collective level, will keep supporting President Buhari on his redemption mission of Nigeria. We have seen and felt the positive impact of his administration. Where he is lacking, we would rather advise him privately. So, the attempt by Ango to bifurcate NEF with his personal political agenda is reprehensible and unacceptable to the rest of us.
Like others, I stand, with President Buhari and the excitement of Prof. Ango Abdullahi to mask under NEF will not change it.
I advise him to retract this shameful public statement credited to him and retrace his steps, or risk running NEF as a one-man show.
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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Chairman Progressive Governors Forum, said he received the sad news of the death of the former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, with shock and disbelief.
In his condolence message to the family he expressed through his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, he described Ikedife as a selfless leader who made sacrifices in the overall interest of Ndi-Igbo in particular and Nigeria as a nation.
The governor recalled that when Ikedife was the President-General of Ohanaeze, he demonstrated high level of exemplary leadership qualities to the acknowledgement and delight of both Igbo and non-Igbo, alike.
He regretted that his death came at a time his wisdom and wealth of experience both as a leader and as a good Christian are mostly needed.
The governor also extended his Condolences to the President of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo and his team, and the family of the late Patriarch, praying God to grant his soul eternal rest and give the family the Spiritual and Physical strength to bear his loss.
Joe Effiong, Uyo
A former chapter chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected with more than 20,000 members of the party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, have raised alarm over threat to his life.
Addressing a press conference, in Uyo, on Tuesday, the former chapter chairmen who spoke through their former chairman of chairmen, Mr. Joseph Amah said they and other defectors were molested, on Monday, on their way back from the rally by hoodlums allegedly sponsored by their former party.
The former state chapter chairman and ward officers of the APC said the former party chiefs, who recently diverted their support base to Governor Udom Emmanuel, told the press that the former chapter chairmen of Nsit Atai, Eket, Ikot Ekpene and other former APC stalwarts were harassed and intimidated.
“Our members in their thousands trooped out and colourfully celebrated their freedom from political oppressions and unending impunity, as practiced in the APC.
“Thereafter, as our people were heading home joyously to share the good news of redemption with their kith and kin, they were molested on the road by hoodlums sponsored by the APC”.
“In Nsit Atai, the former chapter chairman’s vehicle was attacked and his tyres destroyed, in Ibesikpo Asutan, Eket and Ikot Ekpene, the former APC stalwarts were harassed and intimidated.
“This ugly situation is most reprehensible and must be totally condemned.
“This press conference is to alert the entire public that if anything bad happens to us, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Obong Nsima Ekere, Uyo Nathaniel and Chief Sunny Ibanga should be held responsible.
“Having not yielded to their pressures to remain in their evil political coven, they have resorted to threats and violence.
“In the days ahead, we will expose the contents of the play book of the APC and how they hope to overrun the state with federal might,” the statement read.
Amah also said their suspicion and the names mentioned were based on earlier moves, threats and phone calls to prevent them from defecting from the APC, having been tired of “the systematic deceit, strategic economic demobilisation and share lack of focus by the leadership of the APC.
“Prior to yesterday’s event, there were spirited moves to prevent us from holding the event but we gallantly marched on, knowing that the true measure of a man isn’t where he stands in moment of comfort and conveniences. Our members in their thousands trooped out and colourfully celebrated their freedom from political oppression and unending impunity, as practiced in the APC,” he added.
As at the time of filing this report, neither the APC or Akpabio’s camp was yet to react to the allegation.
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THE police on Tuesday arraigned a 26-year-old man, Afeez Adekanmbi, in an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing two cell phones valued at N40,000.
Adekanmbi, a resident of Ajibola Street, Alapere, pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov 7 at Ogudu Road and on Dec. 7 at Ramat, Ogudu GRA, in Lagos.
Ihiehie said that one of the complainants, Jolasun Oyekunle, told the police that the accused pretended to be an engineer and was called to set up musical equipment for their end of the year party at Ramat Ogudu GRA.
He said that Oyekunle had given his Infinix cell phone to his co-teacher to keep, but the accused collected it with the pretense of playing music and ran away with it.
Ihiehie said that the accused was, however, caught.
The prosecutor said that the accused had earlier stolen a Gionee P5 phone on Nov 7 at Ogudu Road from one Mr Chinedu Uzor at God is Able Evangelical Church when he assisted Uzor to fix their band stand.
He said the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 285 stipulates a three-year jail term on conviction.
The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, granted Adekanmbi bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Kubeinje adjourned the case until Jan 23, 2019, for mention.
Ecuador’s congress on Tuesday named a 35-year-old radio broadcaster and economist as the country’s new vice president, a week after his predecessor resigned amid an investigation into payments she received as a legislator years ago.
Otto Sonnenholzner became the third person to hold the post under President Lenin Moreno, who took office last May.
His predecessor, Maria Vicuna, who had previously been urban development minister, replaced Jorge Glas last year while he was investigated in a corruption scandal centered on Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
“I will always put the national interest above personal interests,” Sonnenholzner said during his swearing-in ceremony, adding he had known Moreno for nine years Reuters said.
Moreno earned former leftist President Rafael Correa’s endorsement during his campaign but has since fallen out of Correa’s favor by pursuing market-friendly economic policies.
Lawmakers aligned with Correa voted against Sonnenholzner’s designation, which passed with 94 of the chamber’s 128 votes.
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A 32-year-old estate agent, Michael Osilama, who allegedly defrauded a customer, Miss Helen Okereafor, of N960,000, appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday.
Osilama, who resides at Gowon Estate, Egbeda near Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretences and stealing.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 13 at Oba Elegusi Estate, Ajah in Lagos State.
Ihiehie said the accused collected N960, 000 from the complainant, Okereafor, as rent charges for a two-bedroom apartment, but failed to remit it to the landlady.
“The complainant paid the sum of N960,000 covering: caution fee, house rent, agency and agreement fees to the accused on April 13 who claimed to be the agent managing the property.
“She moved into the apartment on April 18 but the landlady ordered her to move out because she had not received any money from the agent.
“Since then, the accused has refused to pick phone calls from the complainant.
“Also, all efforts made by the complainant to locate the accused failed until she sighted him at Iyana Ipaja and raised an alarm,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 stipulates a three-year jail term for offenders.
The magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Jan 23, 2019.
Paulinus Aidoghie, Abuja
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will, on Wednesday, at noon, sign the 2019 General Elections Peace Accord in Abuja.
Recall that the former vice president had missed out on the signing ceremony on Tuesday in what the PDP claimed was lack of receipt of invitation for the event.
Earlier, same Wednesday, presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, had signed the agreement.
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