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The Police in Ogun State have arrested a couple for allegedly tying up their seven-year-old daughter in a sack and dumping her by a roadside to die.
The police said they suspected the couple wanted to use the girl for some rituals.
The police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this on Monday, gave the identities of the suspects as Nasiru Adeyemo and Idayat Adeyemo.
‎”The Ogun State Police Command has arrested one Nasiru Adeyemo ‘m’ and his wife Idayat Adeyemo ‘f’ for making an attempt to use a seven-year-old girl Abibat Arike Adeyemo ‘f’ for ritual purpose,” he said.
Mr. Oyeyemi said the suspects were arrested after the police were alerted to a strange load dumped by a road side in Asabala area, along the Papalanto/Sagamu road in the state.
He said the divisional police officer for Owode Egba, Shehu Alao, immediately led a team of his officers to the scene and untied the load in a white rice bag sack.
“Surprisingly, it was a seven-year old girl, whose one of her right-hand fingers had been cut off,  tied and put inside the sack and dumped at the road side since Friday 11/08/2017,” Mr. Oyeyemi added.
The police spokesperson said the team found that the girl was still alive and quickly took her to an hospital for medical attention.
“It was when she regained consciousness that she informed the police that her father and stepmother were the ones who cut off one of her fingers before tying her and put her inside the sack and dumped her inside the bush for her to die there.”
He said upon the information from the victim, the police launched a manhunt for the girl’s father and his wife, both of whom were arrested in the evening of Sunday.
Mr. Oyeyemi said the duo are currently undergoing interrogation, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, had ordered the transfer of the case to the Anti-Kidnapping/Cultist section of the police for further investigation and prosecution of the suspects.
There was drama at the Edo State House of Assembly when the Speaker of the House, Mr Justin Okonoboh, was impeached, following an impeachment notice signed by 16, out of the 24-member assembly.
The former principal officer of the House representing Akoko Edo I, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, was elected as the new Speaker.
Three other members were said to have appended their signatures to increase the number to 19.
The new leadership of the House also said that Okonoboh, his deputy, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie; and the former Majority Leader, Mr. Foly Ogedengbe, had been suspended for three months.
But Ogedengbe described the impeachment as illegal, adding that the House did not form a quorum.
The House had only reconvened after 26 days of break for oversight functions when the incident occurred.
It was gathered that on the resumption of plenary, Emmanuel Agbaje, read a letter of a vote of no confidence on the floor of the House.
The member representing Etsako West II, Mr. Sylvanus Eruaga, was said to have asked Okonoboh to vacate the exalted seat, a development that led to a fight among some of the lawmakers in the chambers.
Okonoboh was, however, said to have left the seat after much pressure, leaving Eruaga to sit as Speaker pro tempore.
Efforts by another member of the House, Magnus Igbas, to prevent the removal of Okonoboh was said to have been heavily resisted by some of his colleagues, who also descended on him.
It was also learnt that Adjoto was later elected as the new Speaker after he was nominated by Eruaga.
The Assembly workers were locked out while the impeachment lasted.
There was also a heavy presence of security operatives around the premises to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.
The federal government on Sunday assured the UN of its commitment to respect and safeguard diplomatic status of the organisation’s personnel and property in Nigeria.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement by its acting spokesperson, Jane Adams, said that the assurance was sequel to the military search of the UN premises in Maiduguri, Borno on August 11.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon, had on August 11 expressed concern over the unauthorised search of a UN base for humanitarian workers in Maiduguri by security forces.
The Ministry expressed the federal government’s regret over the incident noting that government recognised its obligations under international humanitarian law and principles which protect all humanitarian organisations.
“The federal government, however, noted with satisfaction the success of the collaborative efforts by Nigerian Army, Borno governor and UN team in Nigeria.
“It also noted efforts to re-establish trust, confidence and cooperation, between Nigerian Army and UN in Maiduguri.
“The federal government appreciates the vital support being provided by UN and other humanitarian organisations in addressing the humanitarian crisis in the north-east of the country,” the spokesperson said.
She said government would continue to take all necessary measures to respect and safeguard the neutrality of these institutions and the diplomatic status of the UN personnel and property in Nigeria.
A former governor of Bauchi State, Mr Isa Yuguda and his supporters, including a one-time National Organising Secretary of PDP, Mr Umaru Dahiru, have joined Green Party of Nigeria (GPN)‎.
Others who followed Yuguda to his new political abode included a former minister,‎ Mr Habibu Aliyu and his former commissioners and campaign directors across the state.
Speaking to journalists in Bauchi, yesterday, Yuguda’s spokesman and former Commissioner for Information, Mr Salisu Ahmed Barau, said the former governor announced his decision to join GPN at a meeting held in Jos, on Saturday.
“At that meeting, Yuguda announced to the people that based on the recommendations of a committee set up to assess the viability of any political party that he may join, he finally settled for Green Party of Nigeria,” he said.
He said the Jos meeting was held after series of consultations with Yuguda’s supporters in Bauchi and other places across the country.
“The series of consultations across the spectrum of supporters, elders, youths, women and others gave room to what transpired in Jos.
“We held series of meetings in Jos and Abuja where we came face to face with all the political parties. A consensus was reached which gave birth to our meeting in Jos yesterday,” he added.
The former commissioner said that Yuguda’s exit from PDP gave rise to a lot of politicking and realignment with a view to finding a political solution to issues in Nigeria and Bauchi State in particular.
It is not yet clear whether the ex-Bauchi governor will vie for the presidency under his new political party
Yuguda as member of PDP served as Minister of Aviation under former President Olusegun Obasanjo and as governor for two terms also on the platform of the party.
He briefly left PDP for the defunct ANPP in the run-up to the 2007 general elections after he was denied the governorship ticket of the party. Yuguda, however, returned to the PDP shortly after he was elected on the platform of ANPP.
In 2015, his dream of going to the Senate under PDP was shattered when he was defeated by Mr Ali Wakili of APC.
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Barring any last minute change, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has resolved to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike after its extensive deliberation that lasted three days.
The lecturer's union which held its meeting at the University of Abuja from Friday, has directed all her members against going to teach or involving themselves in any academic activity.
A statement signed by ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said all means of negotiation had been exploited before the decision on an indefinte strike was reached.
Although the statement is expected to be made public at a press conference in Abuja on Monday morning, a top member of the union disclosed the resolution of the meeting and content of the statement to PREMIUM TIMES.
ASUU had earlier asked its branches to conduct referendum among members on whether or not an indefinite strike should be called.
The Abuja meeting which ended in the early hours of Monday reviewed the overwhelming position of the branches to proceed on the strike and adopted it.
The lecturers have complained of poor funding of universities, part-payment of salaries of lecturers and the kidnap of two lecturers of the University of Maiduguri by Boko Haram.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the kidnap of the lecturers, members of an NNPC-led oil exploration team in Lake Chad Basin.
About 44,000 companies have so far been delisted from the database of Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, while 1.5 million companies have been registered, Economic Confidential has reported.
Registrar General of the CAC, Mr Bello Mahmud, disclosed this in an interview in Abuja.
He said the development was sequel to several breaches of the Companies and other Matters Act, CAMA, and other extant regulations of the commission, notably, late and outright refusal to file returns.
“So far there is an improvement and a current ratio of 45 percent. We are still checking on company records especially in terms of compliance for those who have not been filing.
If we discover you are not a going concern, the law establishing us gives us the power to delist from our database.” he said.
“If we discover and write you first, second and third letter without reply, we now deem it that you are not a going concern and we delist you from our database.
So far, the first batch we delisted were about nine thousand (9000) And in the second batch about thirty-five (35,000) totalling 44,000 firms delisted from our database and is still ongoing”, he said.
Mahmud noted that “unfortunately, these companies are “briefcase” companies because when you check on the addresses given, you won’t find them. We are still compiling the list and before the end of this year you will see more delisted companies”, he said.
He also stated that about 1.5 million firms have so far been registered by the commission.
Speaking on the clampdown on touts and illegal use of business names, the CAC boss said touts are no more in the premises of the commission “because if you can do it yourself you don’t even need to hire a lawyer and that is part of what the government has told us to do.
If you want to register your company now, you can do it yourself.”
“Just go to our portal and create an account for yourself. If you cannot do it on your own, then contact a lawyer, chartered Secretary or an Accountant. And these people can file documents on your behalf.
Only these categories can access our portal and your very self. Touts have been completely eliminated,” he disclosed.
He said as part of efforts by the government in instituting the Ease of Doing Business, the commission has reduced filing fees to make it easier for people.
“For anybody registering a company of one million to half a million, we have reduced such fees by fifty per cent. And from five million to any amount, we have reduced them by 25 per cent to encourage Ease of Doing Business”, he said.
He told the Economic Intelligence Magazine that the development had resulted in the loss of revenue to the commission, adding that “you know we don’t receive any allocation from the government. What we generate here is what we use for our operations.”
On the Commission’s feat in information technology to drive the registration process, Mahmud said the “trend now is information technology(IT). You can’t do any online registration now as I told you without the use of IT. Our operations are ICT-based.”
“As we speak, anybody can register in both United States and United Kingdom without necessarily coming to Nigeria. You can file from anywhere in the world and you cannot do that if we are not ICT-based.”
He disclosed that the only challenge the commission has now has to do with old records that have not been captured.
“If you want to make a search on old records, you have to come to us physically. But we are doing all we can to upload them so that you can search without coming to us, and that would be done gradually in the coming months.”
“If you ask us online, a Certified True Copy(CTC) would be made available to you and payment online.
He added that there are ongoing projects to make the operations run smoothly and that has to do with the online registration.
“We now have regulations and requirements which were not there before.
The regulations are now online and anybody can go there and see our requirements. And by the presidential order, our fees and procedures are all online.
If you go to our website you will know how long it will take you to register and get CTC when you apply for them.
That is where we are heading to. And even if we are not able to get you at the stipulated time frame, we will equally let you know”, he said.
Opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, says Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is not in charge of the country.
It said actions taken by Acting President had shown that power was not handed over to him contrary to claim by the Presidency that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari ceded power to him (Osinbajo) before leaving Nigeria for London on medical trip more than 90 days ago.
Spokesperson for the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke with one of our correspondents on Sunday, wondered why the Acting President had refused to assign portfolios to the two ministers sworn in more than two weeks ago.
Adeyeye, a former minister of state for works, observed that the action of the Acting President indicated that he was just a figurehead.
He said, “The Acting President is not in charge of the country. He is not in charge of anything. This is why nothing is moving forward.
“How do you explain a situation where two of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from the people and the National Assembly have not been assigned portfolios?
“He is not in charge. He is a mere figurehead and cannot do anything. The cabals are still in charge. That is why nothing is moving forward in this country.
“The two ministers are just idle. They have no offices, nowhere to resume to and nothing to do. What is the essence of their being sworn in then? They are ministers without portfolios.
“It is a constitutional breach on the side of the government because each state ought to have a minister each. Now, these two states had been without ministers for long and after you reluctantly appointed them, you refused to give them offices. “
The ministers are Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Mr. Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State.
Twenty days after Osinbajo administered the oath of office on the ministers, they have yet to be assigned portfolios.
Ocheni and Hassan were inaugurated on July 26, 2017, in Abuja.
Their inauguration came after another long delay since May when they were screened and cleared by the Senate.
It also took a resolution and an ultimatum issued by the House of Representatives for the ministers to be inaugurated.
Adeyeye said it was apparent that All Progressives Congress was not ready to rule, adding that it won the 2015 presidential election in error.
He asked Nigerians to be patient, adding that 2019 would soon come when new elections would be held.
Meanwhile, Members of the House of Representatives on Sunday called on Osinbajo to assign portfolios to the two new ministers.
Some lawmakers observed that the delay was abnormal and asked Osinbajo to take the necessary action by assigning portfolios to the ministers.
One of the lawmakers, who is from Lagos State, Mr. James Faleke, noted that the ministers seemed to be idle, a development that he said defied explanations.
He also stated that the ministers were appointed on the basis that there were vacancies in the Federal Executive Council to be filled.
Faleke added, “I don’t think that this is the way things should be.
“The 1999 Constitution is specific on the issue of representation of each state in FEC. Kogi and Gombe states were left out for a long time.
“Now that the ministers have been appointed and Acting President has inaugurated them, they should be given portfolios.
“They were not idle before they were appointed ministers; they were doing something. But, now they are left hanging.
“We urge the Acting President to hasten the allocation of portfolios to these ministers.”
Another member, Mr. Karimi Sunday, recalled that Osinbajo told the nation the day he inaugurated the ministers that they would be assigned portfolios “shortly.”
Sunday said he did not know how long it would take for the Acting President’s shortly to come to reality.
He said, “It s surprising what is happening these days. It would appear that this government is confused.
“It took months after Ocheni and Hassan were cleared by the Senate for them to be inaugurated.
“There was even a resolution by the House of Representatives for the Acting President to inaugurate the ministers.
“What the Presidency has done is partial compliance with the resolution of the House.
“So long as the ministers have no portfolios, it is still a case of saying no ministers. Nothing really has changed from the situation we had before their inauguration.
“The Acting President knows the right thing to do and he should do it.
“Let him not forget that Nigerians will remember that it was during his time as Acting President that two ministers existed, who had no portfolios.”
However, another member, Mr. Johnson Agbonayinma, said in as much as it was important to assign portfolios to the ministers, not doing so right away did not mean that they were not useful to the government.
Agbonayinma said it was possible that Ocheni and Hassan reported to Osinbajo daily and Osinbajo assigned duties to them to perform.
“Sentiments or complaints should not come in yet.
“Are we sure that the ministers are just sitting at home and not doing anything? Do we know whether the Acting President consults them and assigns some responsibilities to them?
“Let us be cautious for now,” he added.
Ocheni was nominated as a replacement for the late James Ocholi, who died in a car crash.
Ocholi was Minister of State for Labour and Employment before he passed on.
Hassan, on the other hand, is a replacement for Mrs. Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment before she was appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of United Nations.
When contacted on the telephone on Sunday, Senior Special Assistant to Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said portfolios would soon be assigned to the two new ministers.
He however did not give a specific time that it would be done.
Akande also did not give any reason why the exercise is being delayed.
“Very soon, portfolios will be assigned to the new ministers,” he simply said.
But another Presidency official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told one of our correspondents that the exercise was being delayed by a major cabinet reshuffle being planned by the government.
He said it would not be proper to assign portfolios to the two ministers now and then effect the cabinet reshuffle shortly after.
“The truth of the matter is that there is going to be a major cabinet reshuffle soon.
“The thinking is that there is no need to assign portfolios to the new ministers now. It will be done soon,” the official said.
The July 12 Supreme Court ruling declaring Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic Chairman of the Peoples' Democratic Party has been described as a victory to democracy and a proof of hope in Nigeria's Judicial System.
The Deputy Secretary of the PDP in the United States of America, Mr. Olufemi Babawande stated this in a Press Statement issued to congratulate the authentic chairman and all loyal members of the PDP, charging them to see the judgement as a lifeline that must be used to turn the fortunes of the party around.
He advised that the PDP must  now conduct its affairs in a renewed way and fashion capable of providing Nigerians with the desired opposition needed to help improve and advance the Nation's Democracy as well as alleviate the sufferings of the people.
Babawande encouraged Senator Makarfi to work on mechanisms that would bring back together all the party stakeholders in order to sustain its internal democracy and forestall it's shortcomings of the past.
Associating with his root in Ogun State, the Deputy Scribe who congratulated the State PDP under the leadership of Alhaji Sikirulai Ogundele and its numerous members on the outcome of the court ruling enjoined the political party to consolidate on the gains by evolving a party of inclusiveness that would bring together a solid team of stakeholders like the former PDP Governor of the State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel popularly called OGD.
He said "OGD is a great leader whose wealth of experience would be much more needed to steer the ship of the party away from troubled waters to safety and progress for all and sundry.
Babawande also acknowledged, the numerous support and efforts of a member of the House of representatives, Otunba Oladipupo Adebutu whom he described as a credible personality that could save the state from the hands of an inconsistent, wasteful and failing governance of the APC.
He commended the State chairman, Alh. Sikirulai Ogundele for his perseverance and tenacity while the imbroglio lasted, urging other members to sheath their swords by forgiving recalcitrant but repented members and welcome them back into the PDP.
Babawande also assured of the support of the PDP in the United States of America towards creating an enabling and thriving Nation where the people are proud of being Nigerians.
National vice president of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), South-South zone, Eddie Bekom, died on Sunday at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, where he was receiving medical attention following injuries he sustained in a domestic gas explosion.
His wife and one of their sons also died from injuries they also sustained in the explosion.
Mr. Bekom was a staff of Cross River Broadcasting Service, Ikom.
The gas explosion occurred at the home of his neighbour in Ikom some weeks ago and affected his entire household and a neighbour.
The family members had been under intensive care at the hospital, with three of the children still on admission. One of the three remaining children is still in critical condition at the hospital.
In a statement signed by its Ebonyi chairman, Chukwuemeka Opara, SWAN expressed regret that all efforts made to save Mr. Bekom’s life, after the death of two of his family members, failed.
“In this moment of utmost grief, we commiserate with the entire SWAN family and pray that God gives us all and the entire Bekom family the fortitude to bear these irreparable losses.
“We use this opportunity to thank the Ebonyi state government for pledging to offset the entire bills of treating the Bekom family, the management and staff of FETHA, SWAN members, other journalists among others who prayed and made financial contribution.”
In Osogbo, the Osun State capital, a thirty nine year old woman, Mrs Omotayo Salawudeen has confessed to killing her late husband Alhaji Salawudeen Hakeem.
Mrs Salawudeen made the disclosure while being interrogated by journalists during the police parade of criminals at the Police Headquarters in Osogbo.
The suspect, who said they had been married for seventeen years also confessed that she had sexual intercourse with her late husband before killing him.
She explained that she chocked her late husband with pillow after the sexual intercourse , while one Dolapo who she had earlier contacted for the job stabbed Alhaji Salawudeen to death.
The woman who had three children for the late husband said she could not give any particular reason while she murdered the father of her three children .
Her accomplice, twenty four year old Oladapo Dolapo, who was engaged by Mrs  Omotayo Salawudeen, confessed that he actually stabbed the late Salawudeen while the wife covered his head with pillow until he died.
He explained that the suspect contracted him to punish her husband by killing him, with a promise to give him whatever he requested, if the operation  succeeded.
Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye hinted  that one Mr.Salawudeen Adesina Jimoh of number 3, Engineer Adesina Salawu street, Osogbo came to the station on May 12, 2017 and reported that on the same day at 3:00am that two unknown men entered into his brother’s house located at No 11, Adeniran Street, Alleluyah Estate, Osogbo and stabbed him  to death with a knife, with nothing carted away.
Paraded alongside were Friday Augustine (28), Ojo Tifase (19) and 60 year old Augustine Adepegba arrested as suspected armed robbers with two unregistered Bajaj Motorcycles, single cut to size barrel, damaged local made pistol, four empty sell of AK 47 amonition and one cultlass recovered from them as exhibit.
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