Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:34

SUSPECTED SOLDIER ALLEGEDLY SHOT TANKER MOTOR BOY FOR OBSTRUCTING HIS VEHICLE

A gunman suspected to be a military personnel has shot dead a motor boy at a car wash along Sam Ewang Estate, Abeokuta alleging that the fuel tanker the boy was working with blocked his passage. 

The killer was said to have brought his Sienna car to the car wash and on completion of the wash approached the motor boy for need to look for his boss to remove the truck for him to leave. 

The trailer with registration number  TTD 456 XA with inscription NIPCO,  was also brought to the car wash centre for washing and parked opposite the centre awaiting when there would be a space to park.

The driver was said to have taken a stroll within the vicinity,  when the gunman approached the motor boy sitting inside the truck. 

The motor boy,  identified as Aro was said to be pacifying the man to enable him look for his boss, the driver of the tanker when the suspect pulled out a gun shooting the motor boy on the region of his heart at close range, killing him instantly while he ran away. 

According to eyewitness account,  the man wore a Camouflage knicker with a mufty top.

He was said to have claimed to be a military man while dragging with the victim.

 

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:32

2015 POLL: HOW PATIENCE JONATHAN WORKED AGAINST HER HUSBAND

...New book chronicles her many fights, gaffes, troubles that alienated the North, made her husband look weak and ill-suited for the office of President

If all the people who worked for President Goodluck Jonathan were to be assessed for the roles they played prior to and during the last presidential election in 2015, his wife, Dame Patience, would certainly get a top prize for campaigning rigorously for her husband to emerge victorious.

She did not only criss-cross the length and breadth of Nigeria mobilising women and men to vote for Jonathan, but also spoke aggressively to win their hearts to do the needful.

However, a new book, “Against the Run of Play: How an incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria”, written by Segun Adeniyi, Editorial Board Chairman of Thisday Newspaper, which was unveiled in Lagos on Friday, faults the strident and deft roles played by the former First Lady, blaming her for unconsciously arming the opposition to defeat her husband.

According to Adeniyi, the President was hardly one year in office when the First Lady had an explosive encounter with the Speaker at the time, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and the then Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

On a simmering note, Dame also had altercations with the then Senate President, David Mark and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha among others, over suspicion they were eyeing the Presidency.

Adeniyi quotes Dame Jonathan as telling Tambuwal: “You this Hausa boy, you want to bring down the government of my husband; you want to disgrace him out of power? Una no fit! God no go allow you.”

As confirmed by David Mark, “Tambuwal and Ihedioha, who were actually working with him to promote the Jonathan Presidency, were seen as political enemies and in the war of attrition that ensued, the presidency unwittingly sowed the seeds of opposition in the National Assembly. Since the PDP was pushing Tambuwal away, the opposition began to embrace him”.

 “The problem arose because the first lady kept alleging that Tambuwal had presidential ambitions and for that reason, could not be relied upon to support her husband.

“I guess she had the same fear about me even when she never said it to my face. She once accosted Senator Joy Emordi to say, ‘Joy, I hear you are the manager of David Mark Presidential Campaign Organisation’, which was a baseless accusation

“I had to meet the President to clarify issues with him, So, I would say it was President Jonathan and his wife, who radicalised Tambuwal and turned him into a political foe,” Mark pointed out in the book.

Recalling another potential political ally, which Dame Jonathan drove into the hands of the opposition and unconsciously helped to work against Jonathan, Adeniyi captured how the former first lady started attacking the then Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, over land matters in Okrika, where she hails from, embarrassing the governor before her natives. This was barely six months in August 2010 after Jonathan had been sworn in as President following the death of YarÁdua in February of that year. 

The author says, “In the course of a two-day visit to Rivers State, Dame Patience Jonathan engaged then Governor Amaechi in an open altercation in Okrika, her home town. The governor was explaining why there would be some demolitions in the town to make way for new schools proposed by the state Government when Dame snatched the microphone from him and shouted, “Listen, you must listen to me!

“A clearly embarrassed Amaechi stood still while Dame Patience Jonathan railed at him, “I want you to get me clear. I am from Okrika, I know the problems of my people. So, I know what I am talking about. I do not want us to go into crisis. We are preaching peace and we must maintain peace at any time. But what I am telling you is that you always say you must demolish. That word ‘must’ you use is not good. It is by pleading. You appeal to the owners of the compound because they will not go into exile. Land is a serious issue”. 

By the time the first lady was done, she had whipped up sentiments within the community against Amaechi’s plan.

“From that day, the battle-line was drawn between the two as Mrs. Jonathan made it clear she would not tolerate a governor from her state who would not bow to her. And it was not in Amaechi’s nature to be easily muzzled.

But President Jonathan  tried to downplay the rift between him and Amaechi, contending that  he did not have any trouble with Amaechi and that the disagreement was rather between his wife and the former governor.

Jonathan declares, “Amaechi’s problem was not with me but with my wife and at one point I tried to reconcile them”.

Amaechi retorted, “I am happy that President Jonathan told you about my problem with his wife but he apparently did not tell you the whole story. The question you should ask yourself is, why should a governor have problem with the wife of the president? The simple answer is that I could not surrender my mandate to a woman in Abuja, even if such a person was the wife of the president. Also, I could not possibly grant questionable demands that would make me betray my oath of office. I won’t say more than that for now since I am also writing my memoirs but that was basically my sin with Dame Patience Jonathan.

As if this was not enough, Mrs. Jonathan stoked further fire of alienation against her husband in the North shortly after the 279 Chibok girls were seized by Boko Haram in April 2014. Contrary to the sympathy expressed by the world towards the kidnap of the school girls, Dame rather gave the impression that the event was stage-managed to embarrass Jonathan and his administration.

 “After the kidnap of Chibok girls, Dame Jonathan also threw spanners into the works while the military was battling to find the missing girls and further drew opium for the Jonathan administration rather than add electoral value to him.

The book reports: “While the management of the crisis by the military had begun to put credibility in serious doubt, the bigger problem for Jonathan came from the home front.

“In what she framed as a plot to discredit her husband, Dame Patience Jonathan told a group of visiting women led by the PDP National Women Leader, Mrs. Kema Chikwe, “We the Nigerian women are saying no child is missing in Borno State. If any child is missing, let the governor go and look for them. There is nothing we can do again”.

“Holding court, the first lady denounced the wife of the Borno State Governor and she said the Borno authorities should be held accountable for what happened. She then launched into a monologue.

“I told the governor’s wife to call the parents of the abducted children; she did not honour it till today. The next thing I saw was women demonstrating on the streets. Now again, before Friday, my protocol officer called her and she gave 100 percent assurance that she will be here on Friday. Now again, she is not here. Because she is the mother of Borno, she is the mother of those children and I am the grandmother.

“She should feel more concerned. But she is not. I and the Nigerian women are calling her but she is not here.  It is left for you. If you tell me you are not pained, why should I cry more than the bereaved? If I do so, the world will ask me questions.

“You people are playing games. This thing will not help us. After today, if these Borno people say we should not help them, you Nigerian women should not go out to demonstrate because they are playing games. You can keep it in Borno and let it end there. The police came with their own people; the army came with their own; WAEC came with their own people but the Borno government came with a few. No parent is here to tell us that a child is missing. They cannot produce whose child is missing…” 

The author goes  further: “The tirade climaxed in a bizarre mix of self-pity and contrition that had Mrs. Jonathan dabbing at her tears while uttering the infamous refrain that immediately went viral, “You want to kill my husband; you want to make me a widow before you go and rest. My God will never make me a widow. Diaris God o! Diaris God o!”

 “Apart from Dame’s mangled attestation to the existence of God, she also widened the lexicon with a phrase that became an instant sensation, “Na only you wake come?

“Shortly after the tirade by Mrs. Jonathan, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, released a video, admitting abducting the helpless girls. 

“In this ‘stranger-than-fiction’ situation, the opposition didn’t have to do much to shape the narrative against the Jonathan administration.

Latching on the gaffes committed by the former first lady, the opposition party spokesman, Lai Mohammed and current Information Minister, descended heavily on the first family apparently to score some political points.

Mohammed said, “Apparently, the first lady believed, as she revealed on public television and as it has been insinuated in certain quarters, that the girls’ abduction was a ruse aimed at embarrassing her husband, hence neither she nor her husband took the whole tragedy seriously. That explained their delay in acting,” Lai Mohammed, APC spokesman at the time, said.

“Now that the Boko Haram terrorists have claimed responsibility for the abduction and even threatened to sell the girls, the nation hopes that the first lady and her husband now believe this is no politics,” Mohammed added.

Warning that the melodrama highlighted by the shedding of made-for-television tears would not bring back the girls to their parents, Mohammed cautioned that, by usurping the President’s constitutional role, Dame Patience Jonathan was making her husband look weak and ineffective in conducting the affairs of state, and also making Nigeria the butt of jokes in the international community.

The book also alluded to the defeat of Jonathan at the 2015 poll to the utterances to those close to the former president, chief among them being his wife, Patience.

It quotes the former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, as accusing the former first lady of insulting the North with incendiary language, thereby alienating them from Jonathan during the election.

According to the Chief Servant, Mrs. Jonathan made sneering remarks against the north, by saying “Our people no dey born children wey dem no dey count. Our men no dey born throw way for street; we no dey like people from the other side”, an apparent reference to the concept of Almajiri common in the region.

 Beyond the negative things she reportedly said about the North, Dame Jonathan is also quoted by the book to have done little to help the perception of her husband’s presidency through her activities and utterances.

It says, “Yet, the failure to control his household was not only a big negative for Jonathan, it was lending credence to the 2012 WikiLeads report that his wife has a more forceful personality than him and that he has little or no control over her.

It also pointed out that Jonathan did not rein in her wife despite knowing the limit of her educational and social standing.

“Despite being conscious of the educational and social deficits of his wife, Jonathan failed to insulate her from making a mockery of his position. For instance, in the course of a PDP rally in Calabar, Cross River State, on 2nd March 2015, Dame Patience Jonathan urged PDP members to stone anyone that promised change, which was the APC slogan. 

“Anyone that come and tell you change, stone that person", the First Lady could be heard telling the crowd in a video clip that immediately went viral. “Anybody that tells you change, tell that person, carry your change and get away", she added.

To worsen matters politically for Jonathan, most of the provocative speeches by her wife were made a few weeks and months to the general election, which really offended voters, particularly in the North, where her husband needed support most to coast home to victory.

One of such provocative speeches, which did little or nothing to Jonathan’s support base, was delivered by Dame Jonathan at the PDP Women Presidential Campaign Rally in Kogi State, a northern town, a few days to the presidential election, when she described the then APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, as being brain dead.

She said poignantly in Pidgin at the rally attended by thousands of people in Lokoja, the state capital, “Wetin him (Buhari) dey find again? Him dey drag with pikin mate. Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata” (What does Buhari want again? He is jostling for power with someone young enough to be his son.  Old man whose brain is completely dead!).

Apart from that speech, which left some of the attendees at the rally confused, others felt bad and confused. 

The author compares the provocative speech by Dame Jonathan to that given by Aisha Buhari, who, according to him, was persuaded to enter the political field to campaign for her husband and how her message resonated with everyone because of calmness, beauty and poise.

“While Dame Jonathan was provocative, Mrs. Aisha Buhari’s emergence on the campaign trail had won huge support for her husband. In a riposte to Dame Jonathan, she said, “The wife of the President is supposed to be a mother to all Nigerians, regardless of political affiliation. So, for her to say northerners are almajiris who beg for alms is sad. What is disturbing Patience is the large size of the north and we thank God for our population,” Aisha Buhari replied Dame Jonathan.

Summing up the feeling within Jonathan’s camp and the PDP just before they went into the crucial election in 2015, Adeniyi submits: “In hindsight, many PDP leaders believe Jonathan’s wife did incalculable damage to the aspiration of Jonathan through her utterances in the course of the campaigns. As the former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu points out, “the way Dame Patience Jonathan kept insulting the North made it difficult for people to openly identify with the PDP for fear of being attacked. For instance, three weeks to the election, Dame Jonathan said people from the region usually dump children on the streets,” the former governor fumed. 

In summing up, the author concluded that a combination of factors unconsciously orchestrated by both Jonathan and his wife, Dame, cost him the presidency. 

Adeniyi says: “From the manner in which he handled his failed bid to install a Speaker of the House of Representatives in June 2011, to his inability to discern how much Nigerians detest leaders  tainted with the brush of corruption, to futile attempt to dabble into the Nigerian Governors Forum Chairmanship election and how that eventually led to ill-will and a split within the ruling party, to the unfortunate Chibok ‘Waka-Come’ theatrics and several other gaffes by his wife, Jonathan gave ample ammunition to the opposition to define him in a manner that left many to conclude that he was ill-suited for the job of President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Azubuike Ishekwene, outstanding Nigerian journalist and one-time Editor of The Punch, who reviewed the book, had this to say about the defeat of Jonathan: “To make matters worse for Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience, seemed to have a talent for courting controversies and behaved, almost from the beginning, as if she and her husband were on a joint ticket.

Would it have been possible for those close to the first family to avoid or better manage the actions and inactions of Dame Patience Jonathan to give the Jonathan government a better image and solid footing to complete its terms? Perhaps, history and time, the ultimate judge, will provide the answer in the near future.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:29

BUHARI'S HEALTH: PRESIDENCY RULES OUT RESIGNATION

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The Presidency has ruled out the possibility of President Muhammadu Buhari resigning his position over his ill health as being suggested by some Nigerians.

 In an interview with journalists in Lagos on Friday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said those calling for the President’s resignation were merely expressing their opinion.

According to him, the views of over 15 million Nigerians that voted for the President were more important than such opinions, while expressing confidence that God would fully restore Buhari’s health.

The President returned from medical vacation to the United Kingdom on March 10, where he spent 49 days. And since his return from vacation, Buhari has been absent at some Federal Executive Council meetings, including that of last Wednesday, where Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided. 

It was learnt that the President needed some rest and had “asked that all the files on his table be brought to him at his official residence in the Presidential Villa.”

Adesina had attended the launch of the book, “Against the Run of Play,” written by Olusegun Adeniyi, Chairman, ThisDay Editorial Board and former Special Adviser, Media to  late President Umaru Yar’Adua. 

The President’s absence from public functions for weeks now, has heightened public concerns about the President’s state of health with some Nigerians calling for Buhari’s resignation should he be unfit to deal with the rigours of office.

 When asked if the President would yield to the calls for his resignation by some Nigerians over his poor health, Adesina said, “Well, it is an opinion, but don’t forget that about 15 million people elected the president so if one or two people expressed their opinion, will their opinions override that of 15 million people who voted for him? So those who are expressing their opinions have rights to their opinions.”

Adesina, however, expressed confidence that through prayers of Nigerians, God would fully restore Buhari’s health.

He said, “Yesterday there was still a press briefing saying there is no need for apprehension. God spared the president. In the first place, he said he had never been as sick as he was before, the same God that spared him will also ensure that he returns to full health. Nigerians prayed, God answered. Nigerians are still praying, God will still answer. That is all we believe.” 

Meanwhile, President Buhari was on Friday absent at the Juma’at service held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Juma’at has been the only public function attended by the President in the last three weeks.

The President has been joining Muslim faithful for prayers inside a mosque near his office since he stopped attending the service at the National Mosque, Abuja. 

Three state governors who probably had planned to join Buhari for the prayers were however present.

The governors who attended the prayer session included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara); and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:25

'HERDSMEN WORSE THAN BOKO HARAM', SAYS SOYINKA AFTER CATTLEMEN INVADED HIS HOME

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One of the domestic staff members of Professor Wole Soyinka has confirmed that herdsmen brought their cattle to graze at the surroundings of the Nobel laureate’s residence in Ilugun Village, Abeokuta.

The domestic worker, who refused to give his name, disclosed this to journalists on Friday at the residence of the playwright, located in a serene forest far away from Ilugun village and Kemta Estate.

 He said the herdsmen had on Saturday, April 15, 2017, come with their cattle to graze at the frontage of Soyinka’s house.

He said that was the second time they would come with their cattle to graze around the residence. 

He said the Nobel laureate was the first to discover the footmarks of the cattle at the stream area, when the herdsmen came the first time. 

But during their second coming on Saturday, April 15, the domestic staff added that they had to chase the herdsmen away.

He said, “Yes, it is true that the herdsmen have invaded this place (residence) twice. The last time they came was on Saturday, April 15. 

“They came directly to graze around the house and we had to chase them away.

 “Nobody saw them the first time they came, it was after they had gone that, Prof. (Soyinka) saw the footprints of the cattle and drew our (Domestic staff) attention to that.

“But when they came the second time, they met us and we chased them away and since then, we have not seen them again.”

However, Ogun Police Command said the case of the invasion of the Nobel laureate’s home had not been reported to them.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “I have called the Divisional Police Officer, Kemta Police Station, and he told me there was no such report made at the station.”

The invasion was made public by the 82-year-old scholar on Friday while speaking at a forum in Freedom Park, Lagos.

“We are living in dangerous times. My home is under invasion… From Imeko to Abeokuta is under invasion by herdsmen", TheCable quoted Soyinka as saying.

“This is a deliberate act of provocation. The trespasses have been frequent, we have reported to the police, but government is taking security lightly.

“We need to wake up the government, let them know the seriousness of the issue on ground; these herdsmen are worse than Boko Haram.” 

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:21

PRESIDENCY SPEAKS ON RECRUITMENT SCANDAL IN SSS

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The Presidency on Friday responded to report on the lopsidedness in the latest recruitment exercise to by the State Security Service (SSS).

PREMIUM TIMES had on Friday morning reported how SSS loaded its agency with more people from the North than from the South of Nigeria in its 2016 recruitment.

So lopsided was the hiring that more people were employed from President Muhammadu Buhari’s Katsina State (51) than from all the South-east states combined (44). Katsina is also also the home state of Director General of SSS, Lawal Daura.

A breakdown of the newly commissioned cadet officers on geopolitical basis revealed that 165 are from the North-west, about four times as many as those who were picked from the South-south (42).

The figures for the other zones are North-east 100, North-central 66, South-west 57 and South-east 44.

While confirming this newspaper’s report to be true, the presidency claimed the recruitment details were analysed out of context. 

The presidency’s reaction was made through an unnamed official who only discreetly distributed a statement to select journalists. But that is not the usual means of reacting to media reports and public outrage by the presidency. 

The unsigned statement said the secret police deliberately employed fewer southerners to correct previous 

'inequity’ against the northern part of the country.

The government did not however provide details of which states were under-represented and to what extent.

But our sources in the administration and the SSS debunked the claim as “an afterthought.”

Our sources challenged the Director General Daura to release the nominal roll of the agency’s  entire personnel by states.

“That way, we will know if there was any imbalance in the representation of any state in the SSS", one of our sources said. 

"But I can tell you that the claim that Katsina and the other northern states were under-represented is false.

“The presidency should be bold to launch an enquiry into this matter. Nigerians should stoutly resist this attempt by the presidency to cover up the matter.” 

The presidency statement said the way the SSS conducted its controversial recruitment was not unusual, as other security agencies often engage in corrective measures to balance past lopsidedness. 

“In an organisation that is very sensitive and an important one for national cohesion and stability,” such as the State Security Service, SSS, “there is always the need to ensure balance in recruitment and manning,” the presidential source said in the statement.  

"This is also true of institutions such as the Army, the Navy and Air Force.”

The statement added that the SSS had to contravene the doctrine of federal character to recruit more people from the south when new cadets were admitted between 2015 and 2016 to balance representation.

But another of our sources said the SSS DG, Mr. Daura, is famous within the Service for his pro-North posturing. 

“He is currently spending billions to build a training school in Katsina, and he has told close friends that before his departure from the SSS, he would ensure the agency is dominated by personnel from his part of the country,” the source said.

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DSS RECRUITMENT WAS A CORRECTIVE EXERCISE

In an organisation that is very sensitive and an important one for national cohesion and stability such as the Department of State Services, DSS, there is always the need to ensure balance in recruitment and manning. 

 This is also true of institutions such as the Army, the Navy and Air force. Where such balancing in line with Federal Character is breached, the need arises from time to time, to find a way of redressing such inequity.

This is the true story of the recruitment, about a year-and-a-half ago in the DSS in which states that were short-changed in previous recruitments were awarded slots to enable them achieve a fair representation. This is what happened.
 
The report in circulation by the Premium Times though true, was taken in isolation of the context it was done. An investigative medium such as that one should have done a better job of this. 
 
It is important to emphasise that it is in the interest of peace, stability and the general well-being of the nation that all component units are fairly represented in organisations such as this. Where this comes short, efforts must be made to correct such lopsidedness as the DSS did between 20145 and 2016.
 
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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:09

NNAMDI KANU RELEASED FROM PRISON

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Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu  was released from Kuje Prison on Friday after perfecting what was thought to be tough bail conditions.

Kanu was brought from Kuje Prison to the Federal High Court Abuja to sign the necessary bail papers.

The process, which took about 10 minutes saw Kanu emerging with smiles from the court in company of his sureties and relatives. 

Earlier, his lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, his three sureties, Chairman, South East Senate caucus, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu signed his bail bond. 

Justice Binta Nyako had on Tuesday 25 April, admitted Kanu to bail on health grounds.

Nyako, in her ruling said that one of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction, such as a senator.

He was also to produce a highly respected and recognised Jewish leader and a highly respected person, who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja.

Nyako ruled that each of the sureties would deposit N100 million each.

In addition to the bail conditions, Kanu was barred from attending any rally or granting any form of interview.

Kanu who is standing trial on allegations of treasonable felony along with three others, has been in detention since October 2015.

Until his arrest in Lagos, he was director of UK-based radio station, Radio Biafra.

He was charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. 

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was  granted conditional release by Chief Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja High Court.

Kanu’s father, His Royal Highness, Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, rejected the bail conditions, saying their son should be released unconditionally.

But apprehensions that the bail conditions were insurmountable were extinguished by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), who said all the conditions had been met.

Abaribe said on Friday in Abuja that he and two others had signed the bail bond for Kanu and that they were hopeful that he would be released. 

“I came to the Federal High Court to sign the bail bond for Nnamdi Kanu according to the conditions given by Justice Nyako for his bail, part of which was that a senator will sign for him", Abaribe said.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:06

ILE IFE CRISIS: MONARCH, PASTOR, 4 OTHERS REMANDED IN PRISON

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A traditional ruler in Ile-Ife, the Alapoje of Apoje, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi and a Pastor, Mr Taiwo Fakowajo, were among six suspects ordered to be remanded in prison custody by an Osogbo High Court for alleged involvement in a bloody clash on March 8 between the Hausa settlers and Ife indigenes in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

They were arraigned in court along with Eluwole Akeem; Jimoh Sakiru; Daniel Olarenwaju and Bamidele Elurisanmi after two earlier postponements. 

The suspects were arraigned on a 14-count-charge of murder, armed robbery, arson, stealing, conspiracy, illegal possession of firearms, disturbance of public peace, assault, among others.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Simon Lough, told the court that the accused persons conspired to murder 46 people on March 6, 7 and 8 2017 at Sabo area in Ile-Ife, Osun state.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons conspired to inflict injuries on 96 people with the use of knives, cutlasses and broken bottles.

The accused persons were also accused of committing arson by setting shops belonging to 21 people and police vans on fire. 

Lough alleged that the suspects robbed 27 people and stole properties worth millions of naira during the three days of the clash.

However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the 14 charges leveled against them.

The defence counsel, Mr. Muritala Agboola, applied for bail of the suspects, praying the court to be liberal on the bail conditions. 

Agboola told the court that the accused persons were ready to stand trial, maintaining that they were still presumed innocent until they are proved guilty by a court of law. 

The presiding judge, Justice Akano, rejected an oral bail application, directing the defence counsel to provide formal bail application for all the accused persons.

The judge, who ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody, adjourned the case till June 14, 15 and 16, 2017 for hearing.

The Nation

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 08:03

TRUMP SAYS HE MISSES LIFE BEFORE HE BECAME US PRESIDENT

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US President Donald Trump has been talking about his previous life and how surprised he is that his new job at the White House is not less taxing. 

He "loved" his old lifestyle because he "had so many things going", the former property mogul told Reuters news agency from his desk in the Oval Office.

"This is more work than in my previous life," he said. "I thought it would be easier."

Mr Trump's comments on being president have been ridiculed on social media, with many quick to share their surprise at his, well, surprise.

It has been more than a century - of days - for Mr Trump and what better time for the president to reflect on his moments in his "own little cocoon", as he put it?  

"I do miss my old life," he said. 

From some observers, the president, as a former reality TV show host with a "huge" amount to learn in his new job, was displaying honesty in the interview, which was to be encouraged. 

But for many, the comments revealed a lack of understanding of the challenge of being president.  

Some offered Mr Trump advice he may not be eager to follow.

"I know how Trump feels," one user tweeted. "I also loved my previous life before he was elected."

And then there were those who asked what might make Mr Trump's life even more difficult, such as possible impeachment if Congress one day decides he has conflicts of interest that are too great.

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Friday, 28 April 2017 10:59

TRACE OFFICER MACHETED WHILE CARRYING OUT DUTIES

An officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, Atan division was today assaulted resulting in bodily injury. 

The officer was cut with a cutlass at Atan junction where the operative was said to be carrying out his lawful duty.

The assailant involved has been arrested and handed over to the police at Atan Police Station while the officer attacked is presently receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Ota.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ogun State Dr. Olumide Ayeni has assured the prosecution of any suspect or culprit involved in the attack of the officer.

He directed that the details of the incident be duly sent by the police to the necessary quarters to allow the law to take its toll.

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Friday, 28 April 2017 08:54

NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT BUHARI'S HEALTH - PRESIDENCY

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President Muhammadu Buhari's doctors have advised him to take things slowly as he recovers from an undisclosed illness, and there is no need to worry about his health, his spokesman said on Thursday. 

Buhari did not attend a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, choosing to rest and work from home.

That triggered speculation about his health and his ability to run Africa's biggest economy and most populous nation.

 Wednesday's was Buhari's third consecutive absence from the weekly meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Garba Shehu said Buhari's decision not to attend the meeting was last minute, otherwise he would have notified his cabinet and Nigerians.

 Buhari, 74, returned home in March after nearly two months' medical leave in Britain and said he would need more rest and health tests. Details of his medical condition were not disclosed.

"President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London. Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation," Shehu said in a statement.

"Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria."

Shehu said the president received daily briefings on activities of government and met regularly with his vice president.

Osinbajo, a lawyer who is seen as more business-friendly than Buhari, has played an active role in driving policy changes, chairing cabinet meetings during the president's medical leave.

Shehu said Buhari was spending most of his time in his private residence which is equipped as an office, adding that he had gone through the worst period of his recovery in London.

Reuters

 
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