Resignation is not enough’ – EFCC told to arrest ex-CJN, Tanko Muhammad immediately

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been told to arrest former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad immediately.

This was after Muhammad resigned as the CJN on Monday, citing health issues.

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, said the resignation of Muhammad was not enough to clear him of corruption allegations levelled against him by the 14 justices of the Supreme Court.

In a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA’s national coordinator, the group reminded Nigerians that 14 Supreme Court justices had recently petitioned Tanko and alleged diversion of their welfare funds.

Before his resignation, Tanko denied the allegations, but HURIWA, which had earlier asked the National Judicial Council and the Code of Conduct Tribunal to probe him over the weighty allegations by the justices, maintained that the retired CJN must not be allowed to walk away freely.

President Muhammadu Buhari has since sworn in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

And reacting to the development, HURIWA’s Onwubiko applauded the swift action of the President to have sworn in Ariwoola as the acting CJN.

He, however, said, “The resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria is not enough; the EFCC and the ICPC must swing into action, investigate, then if a cause of acton is ascertained, then arrest and prosecute him over the corruption allegations levelled against him by the 14 justices of the Supreme Court if a prima facie evidence exists.

“Jistice Tanko must be prosecuted just as his predecessor, Walter Onnoghen, who was probed and later removed on a controversial note following some allegations against him which was probed by both the NJC and the CCT.

“The investigation and probable prosecution of Tanko, if indicted, will set a precedent that Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade is not a joke unless it is a joke.”

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Ministerial Appointment: Udi and Akwa Ibom’s Umana Proves Amaechi as a Truly Selfless Leader – Eze

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….Congratulates and Urges Ministerial-Nominees to Remain Focused and Visionary for Nigeria’s Journey to Success

….Congratulates Ikenga for a Well Deserved Appointment

…. Pleads with Other Members of Amaechi Political Family to be Hopeful for a Better Tomorrow

 

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, member of the APC Legacy Projects Media Team and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New  People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the emergence of the Ministerial nominees from Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States, Udi Odum and Umana O. Umana as befitting rewards for good statesmanship by President Mohammadu Buhari, in his quest to deliver greater democratic dividends to Nigerians and accomplish the mandates of his administration within time.

 

In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, Chief Eze said the nominations pioneered by former Presidential aspirant, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi – the immediate past Minister of Transportation and the most outstanding Minister in the annals of history, has further solidified the establishment of the former Rivers Governor as the future of this country’s political emancipation and development, given his accommodating and sagacious leadership, moral inputs to national development and enduring legacies both as the Governor of Rivers State and as a Minister.

 

The party Chief said Amaechi’s inputs to what the APC/Buhari administration has achieved is very visible even to the blind and for some of those who are today enjoying and benefitting from the APC administration to feel that Amaechi should be kicked out from the system are  desperate wicked.

 

“The high level conspiracies to ensure that Amaechi leaves the seat of power not minding all his inputs are sheer wickedness. I am however convinced that God has not abandoned Amaechi and that very obvious fact should be the most important thing to those who may be pained over the plots against him.”

 

“As a matter of recompense, most of those involved in the high level conspiracies against Amaechi are reaping the fruits of their actions and the ex-Minister is not moved as he awaits for God’s direction about his future.”

 

Eze noted with happiness that the nomination of Hon. Odum Udi and Chief Umana O. Umana as Minsters of the Federal Republic of Nigeria once again put Amaechi not only as a rare, selfless Leader but a true caring Leader.

 

Highlighting that though many maybe disappointed about the latest nominees with the feeling that appointments are only meant for those from their tribes or class, Eze restated that Amaechi is one honest and detribalized Nigerian who plays down tribal sentiments with the strong believe that appointments should be meant for trusted, competent and loyal human beings.

 

The appointments of Hon. Odum Udi and Chief Umana Okon Umana, Eze said came to the duo as a surprise as none of them was expecting such exalted office.

 

“With these nominations, no matter what may be the thought of anybody, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has placed himself amongst selfless and caring Leaders of our time”.

 

Eze further highlighted that Hon. Udi is a classical example and description of what loyalty is all about and based on his perseverance and loyalty to the political family of Amaechi, he has today reaped the fruits of all his sacrifices over the years.

 

Eze quoted Dr. Ugoji Egbujo as stating that “…in few weeks time, this young man will be 50 who became a champion for his people.  Leaving primary school at 14 and finishing secondary school without a good result could have produced a deviant in the creeks. But not Odum Udi. He trudged on into business and farming. Toil and faith in God,  living and farming in the creeks, yielded dividends. A generous and caring man, unaffected by urban drift, Odum Udi developed into a local community organizer. As his business blossomed, the thirst for self-improvement led him to start studying again. He rewrote NECO in 2000.

 

His exceptional leadership abilities were identified fairly early by his political party. Governor Peter Odili appointed him the caretaker chairman of Abua/Odual Local Government Area in 2003. After a one-year stint as chairman, he gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt to study Management. But his people, amongst whom he lived, yearned for his leadership. In 2008, he was elected chairman of Abua/Odual LGA. In 2009, the tenacious man graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a bachelor’s in management sciences. A consummate community manager, Odum Udi forsook the city and lived and worked in the creeks. In 2011, he was re-elected executive chairman of the local government area. In recognition of his exemplary services, the state decorated him as the best-performing local government chairman in 2008-09.

 

Two-time award-winning executive chairman of Abua/Odual LGA and three-time decorated caretaker committee chairman, Odum Udi is a champion of community organizing. Hungry for self-improvement, he continued his studies. In 2012, he earned a postgraduate diploma in Management.”

 

In Rivers State politics, for you to be recognized or acknowledged you have to join the group of betrayers but not Hon. Udi who has been consistent and one of our very best in as much as CRA’s political family is concerned through the grace of God Amaechi as a the people’s Leader fetched this great asset to replace him as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

 

Throwing more light about this engima in the politics of Rivers State, Lady Obiabin Alice Onukwugha a seasoned Journalist based in Rivers State who is from the same Local Govt Area with this great Philosopher King of our time stated in her article titled, “Udi Odum: The Messiah you don’t know”

 

In 2012, Abua/Odual was hit with the worse flood. It coincided when Hon Odum was Chairman of Abua/Odual local government area of Rivers State.

 

Communities in Odual were submerged, because it’s surrounded with rivers and creeks both from Nembe and Ogbia in Bayelsa state and the Orashi River in Rivers State. Odual is a hybrid kingdom.

 

As a man who cared for his people, Hon Odum, then local government Chairman, sent boats to evacuate the people of Odual to Abua Central where he provided a camp for them with his own resources.

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Being the selfless leader that he is, Hon. Odum, distributed every bit of what was sent, never siphoning or embezzling anything as is the most cases we hear today. Even when some relief materials came months the people had returned to their Communities, the communities still got them. And while at the camp, Hon Odum provided the best comfort for the people, not letting them lack anything.

 

Permit me to observe here that after the administration of Hon. Odum, there have been constant flooding, in Abua/Odual except for last year (2021). But never had any other administration in the area done what Hon Odum did.

 

Recently, when some committees were formed in the APC, I poured out my heart asking when an Abua/Odual man will ever be appointed into such high-level stakeholder committee of a party. But praise God the answer is here.

 

Hon Odum is not just a loyalists, he is a strategist, a performer, a square peg in a square hole, who will definitely bring the needed change in whatever ministry he will be assigned to. As for the Abua/Odual people, our time for political emancipation is now.

 

To the Rt. Hon. former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, while I cannot speak for the Abua/Odual people, I still ask for permission to say on behalf of our great people, thank you. Thank you for choosing one of our own. Thank you for rewarding loyalty, thank you for recognizing hard work. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Alua. GOD BLESS YOU!”

 

This is the man that the Peoples Leader Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi misunderstood by many who don’t know him risked to appoint a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria thereby given hope to rest of the faithful members of his team that the future is very very bright no matter the odds.

 

Eze further highlighted that in recognition of the sufferings and sacrifices that Amaechi made in establishing the APC in the South South region of Nigeria and as the South South Leader of APC, he was given the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari to also nominate a Minister from Akwa Ibom and he nominated yet another great Giant in the politics of Akwa-Ibom, Chief Umana Okon Umana a close associate of Amaechi and a man who loves to thread where tigers are afraid to pass.

 

Umana, according to records, was born August 20, 1959 in Calabar, Cross River State. He is a renowned economist and politician.

 

He has held the positions of the State Director of Budget; Permanent Secretary Budget (October 2000 – August 2003) and Hon. Commissioner for Finance in Akwa Ibom (Aug 2003 – May 2007). He was the immediate past Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government (June 2007 – July 2013).

 

He has a degree in Economics in University of Calabar (1980) and an MBA (Finance) 1987. He has attended specialized management courses and these include the Senior Executive Program (2002) of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business as well as the Senior Executive Program (2009) of the London Business School.

 

Umana served as Secretary to the State Government when Godswill Akpabio was governor of Akwa Ibom State. Incidentally, the Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), He was governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State during the 2015 election, which was won by incumbent Governor Udom Emmanuel.

 

Eze encouraged those who have continued to stand faithful with the political family of Amaechi to remain undeterred as Amaechi is not one that forgets those who have stood with him only that as a human being, he cannot reach all his supporters at the same time but with time, no matter the odds, he will get to most members of his team.

 

Another classical example of a befitting reward for loyalty is the appointment of Hon. Ikenga Chibuike, a one man army that all efforts to influence him to betray Amaechi remained a dream in the eyes of those who were assigned for this devilish task as a Director of National Inland Waterways (NIWA) from 2022 to -2025.

 

According to Eze, Hon. Chibuike was amongst a special class of leaders from Rivers State nurtured by Amaechi right from the University. Others in this class include Nwuke Anucha, Dakuku Peterside, Sunny Obowu, Gabriel Pidomson, Temple Amadi, Obed Chinda to mention but a few.

 

This one man soldier was from 1998/99 the Ikwerre-APP party chairman and by 2000 appointed the Special Assistant to the commissioner, Culture and Tourism.

 

From 2000-2005 he was appointed Commissioner, Public Affairs/Political Clearance. Rivers state Independent Electoral commission and by 2007-2011 Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Government House, PH

 

In appreciation for his love excellence, he was in 2008-2011 appointed the Secretary, Greater Port Harcourt Land Acquisition Committee and by 2012-2014 Special Assistant(Admin) to the Managing Director/CEO, NDDC

 

By 2014, Ikenga was appointed Chairman, Ikwerre Local Government (Care-Taker) and from 2017 till date, maintained his position as the Leader of Party (APC), Ikwerre Local Government

 

Finally Amaechi saw to his appointment as a Director, National Inland Waterways (NIWA) from 2022 -2025

 

Apostle Eugene Ogu a highly respected Christian Leader in Nigeria and the Spiritual Head of the Amaechi’s political family in affirming the trustworthiness of this great political Oroko stated, “it is my prayers, that God bless this great grassroot mobilize and indomitable political icon and defender of his people,and one that refuses to throw in the towel in betrayal of his master and principal Amaechi,as others are doing, sitting hunger and leak of appointment as reasons for their actions.”

 

Testifying about the benevolence and greatness of this special Gift to Nigeria, Eze postulated how AMAECHI’S SEEDS ARE GERMINATING ACROSS THE WORLD.

 

According to the report posted by Barr. Eli Sogbeye, “Odeobi Ekpar, Son of a local farmer in Abua Odual LGA of Rivers State. His life and that of his family changed for the better when he won Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency’s (RSSDA) Scholarship to study in Canada during the Rotimi Amaechi era as Governor. Today he just moved in to his own house in Ontario Canada.

 

Thank You Amaechi, father of both rich and poor kids. Many of these guys (Amaechi beneficiaries) are today scattered all over the world.

 

God Bless Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.”

 

I just pray and that Politicians should use political offices to change the lives of ordinary members of the public.

 

Eze finally congratulated and urged the Ministerial-nominees to remain focused and visionary for Nigeria’s Journey to Success..

 

Let me urge those who have deserted Amaechi for one reason or the other to be informed that the future is still very bright for those who have resolved to stay with him not minding the odds.

 

Ends

 

Signed

 

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

 

APC Chieftain, member of APC Legacy Projects Media Team & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP

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How did a banished prince from Benin ascend to the throne of the Ile-ife Edo Kingdom?

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Benin Was the first Igodomigodo and Greater than Ife(Oduduwa) Igodomigodo kingdom Was the greatest Ogiso and the first King in West Africa Region to receive foreign traders. The Last Ogiso Son who was to succeed his father was banished from Edo and arrived Yoruba kingdom and was crowned as the king of Ile Ife. Izoduwa in Edo Language is corrupted to Oduduwa in Yoruba understanding. The Powerful Kingdom in Nigeria and the first Empire recognized by foreign traders were (Ubini) Edo Kingdom. Edo King capture many towns such as Eko which is now Lagos and also capture Ijebu Edo Kingdom was stretched from Ijebu and Lagos to the Republic of Darhomey which is now changed to the Republic of Benin. Respect for the priestly functions of the oni of Ife was a crucial factor in the evolution of Yoruba ethnicity. The Ife model of government was adept and derived its military strength from its cavalry forces, which established hegemony over the adjacent Nupe and the Borgu kingdoms and thereby developed trade routes farther to the north.
Edoland established a community in the Yoruba-speaking area east of Ubini before becoming a dependency of Benin Kingdom at the beginning of the 14th century. By the 15th century, it became an independent trading power, blocking Ife’s access to the coastal ports as Oyo had cut off the mother city from the savanna. Political and religious authority resided in the oba (king) who according to tradition was descended from the Ogiso dynasty in Benin Kingdom. Benin, which may have housed much inhabitants at its height, spread over large square km that were enclosed by concentric rings of earthworks. By the late 15th century Edo Kingdom was in contact with Portugal (see Atlantic slave trade). At its apogee in the 16th and 17th centuries, Edo encompassed parts of southeastern Yorubaland and the western parts of the present Delta State.
IGBO STATES
The Nri Kingdom in the Awka area was founded in about 900 AD in North Central Igboland. The Nsukka-Awka-Orlu axis is said to be the oldest area of Igbo settlement and therefore, the homeland of the Igbo people. This ancient kingdom is still considered the cradle of Igbo culture. The Nri people are children of the historical and mythical divine king Eri (founder of Aguleri of the Umueri clan on the Anambra river valley). It was a centre of spirituality, learning, and commerce. They were agents of peace and harmony whose influence stretched beyond Igboland. The Nri people’s influence in neighbouring lands was especially in Southern Igalaland and Benin kingdom in the 12th to 15th centuries. As great travellers, they were also business people involved in the long distant Tran Saharan trade. The development and sophistication of this civilization are evident in the bronze castings found in Igbo Ukwu, an area of Nri influence. The Benin kingdom became a threat in the 15th century under Oba Ewuare. Since they were against slaves and slavery, their power took a downturn when the slave trade was at its peak in the 18th century. The Benin and Igala slave-raiding empires became the main influence in their relationship with Western and Northern Igbos their former main areas of influence and operation. Upper Northwest Cross River Igbo groups like the Aro Confederacy and Ohafia peoples, as well as the Awka and Umunoha people, used oracular activities and other trading opportunities after Nri’s decline in the 18th century to become the major influences in Igboland and all adjacent areas. This includes parts of Igalaland and places west of the Niger river indirectly affected by the Benin kingdom.
YORUBA KINGDOM
Historically the Yoruba have been the dominant group on the west bank of the Niger. Of mixed origin, they were the product of periodic waves of migrants. The Yoruba were organized into patrilineal groups that occupied village communities and subsisted on agriculture. From about the 8th-century adjacent village compounds, called ile, coalesced into numerous territorial city-states in which clan loyalties became subordinate to dynastic chieftains. The earliest known of these city-states formed at Ife and Ijebu. The latter city was fortified by a wall and ditch known today as Sungbo’s Eredo around 800 AD. Urbanization was accompanied by high levels of artistic achievement, particularly in terracotta and ivory sculpture and in the sophisticated metal casting produced at Ife. The Yoruba placated a luxuriant pantheon headed by an impersonal deity, Olorun, and included lesser deities who performed various tasks. Oduduwa was regarded as the creator of the earth and the ancestor of the Yoruba kings. According to myth Oduduwa founded Ife and dispatched his sons to establish other cities, where they reigned as priest-kings. Ife was the center of as many as 400 religious cults whose traditions were manipulated to political advantage by the oni (king).
THE NORTHERN KINGDOMS OF THE SAVANA
Trade was the key to the emergence of organized communities in the savanna portions of Nigeria. Prehistoric inhabitants adjusting to the encroaching desert were widely scattered by the third millennium BC, when the desiccation of the Sahara began. Trans-Saharan trade routes linked western Sudan with the Mediterranean since the time of Carthage and with the Upper Nile from a much earlier date, establishing avenues of communication and cultural influence that remained open until the end of the 19th century. By these same routes, Islam made its way south into West Africa after the 9th century AD.
By then a string of dynastic states, including the earliest Hausa states, stretched across the western and central Sudan. The most powerful of these states were Ghana, Gao, and Kanem, which were not within the boundaries of modern Nigeria but indirectly influenced the history of the Nigerian savanna. Ghana declined in the 11th century but was succeeded by Mali Empire which consolidated much of western Sudan in the 13th century. Following the breakup of Mali a local leader named Sonni Ali (1464-1492) founded the Songhai Empire in the region of middle Niger and western Sudan and took control of the trans-Saharan trade. Sunni Ali seized Timbuktu in 1468 and Jenne in 1473, building his regime on trade revenues and the cooperation of Muslim merchants. His successor Askiya Mohammad Ture (1493-1528) made Islam the official religion, built mosques, and brought Muslim scholars, including al-Maghili (died c. 1505), the founder of an important tradition of Sudanic African Muslim scholarship, to Gao. Although these western empires had little political influence on the Nigerian savanna before 1500, they had a strong cultural and economic impact that became more pronounced in the 16th century, especially because these states became associated with the spread of Islam and trade. Throughout the 16th century much of northern Nigeria paid homage to Songhai in the west or to Bornu, a rival empire in the east.
KANEM BORNU EMPIRE
Bornu’s history is closely associated with Kanem, which had achieved imperial status in the Lake Chad basin by the 13th century. Kanem expanded westward to include the area that became Bornu. The mai (king) of Kanem and his court accepted Islam in the 11th century, as the western empires also had done. Islam was used to reinforcing the political and social structures of the state although many established customs were maintained. Women, for example, continued to exercise considerable political influence.
The mai employed his mounted bodyguard and an inchoate army of nobles to extend Kanem’s authority into Bornu. By tradition, the territory was conferred on the heir to the throne to govern during his apprenticeship. In the 14th century, however, dynastic conflict forced the then-ruling group and its followers to relocate in Bornu, where as a result the Kanuri emerged as an ethnic group in the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The civil war that disrupted Kanem in the second half of the 14th century resulted in the independence of Bornu.
Bornu’s prosperity depended on the trans-Sudanic slave trade and the desert trade in salt and livestock. The need to protect its commercial interests compelled Bornu to intervene in Kanem, which continued to be a theater of war throughout the fifteenth and into the sixteenth centuries. Despite its relative political weakness in this period, Bornu’s court and mosques under the patronage of a line of scholarly kings earned fame as centers of Islamic culture and learning.
THE HAUSA STATES.
By the 11th century some Hausa states – such as Kano, Katsina, and Gobir – had developed into walled towns engaging in trade, servicing caravans, and the manufacture of various goods. Until the 15th century, these small states were on the periphery of the major Sudanic empires of the era. They were constantly pressured by Songhai to the west and Kanem-Bornu to the east, to which they paid tribute. Armed conflict was usually motivated by economic concerns, as coalitions of Hausa states mounted wars against the Jukun and Nupe in the middle belt to collect slaves or against one another for control of trade.
Islam arrived at Hausaland along the caravan routes. The famous Kano Chronicle records the conversion of Kano’s ruling dynasty by clerics from Mali, demonstrating that the imperial influence of Mali extended far to the east. Acceptance of Islam was gradual and was often nominal in the countryside where folk religion continued to exert a strong influence. Nonetheless, Kano and Katsina, with their famous mosques and schools, came to participate fully in the cultural and intellectual life of the Islamic world. The Fulani began to enter the Hausa country in the 13th century and by the 15th century, they were tending cattle, sheep, and goats in Bornu as well. The Fulani came from the Senegal River valley, where their ancestors had developed a method of livestock management based on transhumance. Gradually they moved eastward, first into the centers of the Mali and Songhai empires and eventually into Hausaland and Bornu. Some Fulbe converted to Islam as early as the 11th century and settled among the Hausa, from whom they became racially indistinguishable. There they constituted a devoutly religious, educated elite who made themselves indispensable to the Hausa kings as state advisers, Islamic tribunes, and teachers.

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The police in Delta State have detained Mr. Volt Gabriel, 33, for reportedly killing his 20-month-old son Godspower Gabriel.

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A 33-year-old man, Mr Volt Gabriel, has been arrested by the police in Delta State for allegedly beheading his 20- month- old son, Godspower Gabriel, for ritual purposes, Delta Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ali has said.

The police Commissioner said the incident occurred at Peanut Junction, Obeh village, Edo State.

Ali, in a statement, said a woman Mrs Success Oduwa 24 yr old reported the disappearance of her son to the police.

He said the victim’s mother sought the whereabouts of her son from her husband after a fruitless search, who lied that the boy was with his sister in Warri.

He said a police team at Warri “B” Division swung into action and arrested the suspect.

He said the suspect confessed to having murdered the child using a hack saw and burying the head by a palm tree while throwing away the headless body.

According to Ali, the suspect claimed he was instructed in a dream by a man to kill his son, and that he will become wealthy if he rubs his head with his son’s blood…

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Fr. Odia, an abducted Catholic priest from Edo, was killed as local teenagers caught the perpetrator.

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The mass server who was earlier reported to have died reportedly survived the gunshots and has just exited the theatre at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, while the abducted Catholic priest in Ikhabigbo, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, has reportedly been killed by his abductors (ISTH).

 Meanwhile brave youths who chased the kidnappers were able to apprehend one of the suspected kidnappers who in the cause of the confrontations injured several persons including a woman said to have been hit by a stray bullet but survived it.

A leader of the community who did not want his name mentioned for security reasons said late last night that “Our boys pursued the kidnappers into the bush and they killed one of our boys but the mass servant who was shot is in Otibhor (ISTH) right now and he just came out of the theater and he survived it, it was the vigilante that died. Our boys went after them and were able to arrest one of the kidnappers who has confessed to the crime and he is presently at the Area Command of the Police in Auchi.

After the incident, our boys surrounded the area and they started shooting anybody, they even shot a woman that was coming from the farm after they killed the vigilante member, they shot so many people. Everybody in our village is a warrior, when they killed the vigilante, the people mobilized and started pursuing the kidnappers with their bare hands.”

Meanwhile a statement by the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Rev. Fr. Peter Egielewa while announcing the killing of Fr. Odia said “With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest  Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning 26th June 2022 at about 6.30am in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State.

   “Until his death, Fr Odia was the Administrator of St Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo and also the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School Jattu. He was aged 41.  May his soul rest in peace.

“Burial arrangements will be announced by the Diocese later.”

   When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor while confirming the developments, said he was expecting detailed briefing from the police in the area

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You don’t understand how government works, Okowa warns the APC.

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Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta and vice presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state criticised every action taken by his administration because it lacked a solid grasp of governance.

The governor remarked in a Friday press conference that the main opposition in the state was being malicious in its comments because of ignorance after touring ongoing developments at Dennis Osadebey University in Asaba.

The Administrative Building, Vice Chancellor’s Lodge, Faculties of Environmental Studies and Agriculture, Lecture Auditoriums, and the University’s Main Gate were among the projects inspected.

By December 2022, when the projects would have been finished, Okowa guaranteed that the university would have a new look.

According to him, when people in Lagos and Abuja say that they are not seeing what we are doing, it is either that they don’t come home or that they just want to be wicked in their ways.

“There is a lot going on in our three new universities and we are proud that we took this decision because the new universities have admitted no fewer than 5,000 students within one year of their approval.

“We have also commenced the construction of two hostel projects in the university to accommodate students and it will be useful to us during the National Sports Festival holding in Asaba in November,” he said.

On the N25 billion loan for oil palm farmers in the state, he explained that it was not a direct loan to the state government, adding that the government was only acting as guarantor to the farmers.

“It is not a direct loan to the state government; it’s unfortunate what critics are saying because they need to be informed and if they had listened at the House of Assembly when it was brought before the lawmakers, the letter was very explicit.

“We have an economic team and when we are satisfied with a plan, we go through the State Exrcutive Council and then to the House of Assembly for approval.

“We are only like a guarantor to the farmers, the oil palm farmers in the state. The loan is to the farmers but the state is acting as a guarantor to them.

“In Akwa-Ibom and Edo States, they have borrowed far more than what our people are asking for.

“This particular loan is from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to the oil palm farmers association in Delta State for the development of about 17,700 hectares of oil palm and It’s going to be monitored but somebody needed to guarantee it for them and that is just what we have done.

“In guaranteeing them, we followed the same process of approval and that is what we have done,” the gôvernor said.

He added that when the letter was written to the House of Assembly, the intention was clearly stated, but that the APC in the state cashed in it as it did with everything, without a clear understanding of what was going on.

“They just jump at everything, they want to criticise everything and I think it is poor knowledge on their part and that is the truth.

“I am wondering that if people are thinking of stepping into governance and they have the kind of mindset that they have in Delta State then it’s unfortunate but they are not going to have the opportunity to govern Delta State because we know them and we know ourselves.

“When some of them rise up to talk we know them because we have been in this state before and we know what each and everybody represents.

“So, I try not to talk about persons but they continue to say things that ordinarily they shouldn’t say but if you don’t want to appreciate good works then you should keep quiet and that is what I expect of them.

“I say so because Deltans appreciate what we are doing and I will like to thank all Deltans because they have continued to partner us to achieve peace and through that peace we are developing our youths, building roads and developing infrastructure in several places.

“Perhaps, when they come around they just restrict themselves to their immediate environment, otherwise they would have seen a lot of things going on.

“If they find their way to the riverine areas, they will possibly respect what we have done in those areas because a lot of our villages that were abandoned before are now liveable cities in the riverine areas.

“The loan they are talking about is a farmers’ loan and we are actually as a state government just guarantors to the loan,” he stated.

On pensions, Okowa said that only eight states were currently running the Contributory Pension Scheme in the country as 16 states had exited.

He said that the state government inherited a huge backlog of past services as a result of the pension scheme but was doing a lot to defray it.

“When we came into government in 2015, we were owing about N100 billion as past services or accrual services.

“We were able to investigate the sum and it eventually came down to about N88 billion and since then we have been paying N500 million mobthly and we have paid over N36 billion over time.

“Whether we are going to complete the payment within my tenure, that I can’t tell but we will continue to do our best.

“Even when we know the difficulty, we have refused to exit that scheme just as other states have done because it would have been much easier to exit and continue with the old pension scheme.

“But we believe in the interest of workers and we want the workers to be able to benefit and we will continue to do what is right.

“We have also made a provision of N20 billion from the proposed bridging finance to see what we can pay down for the past services,” he stated.

On politics of 2023, gôvernor said that he would not leave any work undone and encouraged Nigerian youths to embrace the PDP, adding that Nigerians would gain from the success story of the Atiku-Okowa ticket.

“Here in Delta we have focused a lot on our youths and women because they are very important in this nation.

“The entrepreneurial, vocational and technical education programmes that we have had have all been geared towards taking our youths off where they were left in pains and take them out of penury and make them self-sufficient by giving them skills that can make them to stand on their own.

“We didn’t just provide them with starter packs, we monitor and mentor them and a lot of successes have been recorded and this we will export to the larger Nigerian nation.

“Reading through the Atiku’s document ‘My Covenant With Nigerians’ what we are doing for our youths here in Delta is clearly captured in his Human Capital Development programme.

“Most other candidates are just busy talking, they don’t even have a working document, they are talking just to impress people and that is not the Nigeria that we need today.

“You just tell us where we are and what you intend to do not just to tell us what the challenges are but also the pathway to get us out of the present challenges and all that is contained in the Atiku’s document,” Okowa added.

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In Benue, troops neutralise three bandits and capture four kidnappers.

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According to the Defence Headquarters, during recent operations in Benue, the Operation Whirl Stroke forces captured four kidnappers, killed three bandits, and freed a kidnapped victim.

Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the director of defence media operations, announced this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said the troops had on June 24 arrested four suspected kidnappers at Igumale Council Ward of Ado Local Government Area of the state.

He gave the identities of the suspects as Alhaji Abdullahi (18), Sale Hassan (22), Usman Abdullahi (20) and Ibrahim Iliyasu (23).

According to him, all arrested criminals have been handed over to the police for necessary action.

Onyeuko said the troops also conducted a raid at a bandits hide out at Mbahuwuhe village in Utange council ward in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.

He said the operation led to the killing of three bandits and the rescue of a kidnapped victim who was on blindfold in the hideout with injuries.

According to him, the rescued victim is presently undergoing treatment.

“Several items including a motorcycle, and two cell phones among others were recovered before the hideout was brought down.

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Alleged organ harvesting plot: Ekweremadu, wife remanded in UK police custody

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Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and his wife Beatrice, were, yesterday, remanded in the UK Police custody, after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.

The UK Metropolitan Police had, in a statement confirming the arrest of the couple, said the duo were charged to court, following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.

According to the Metropolitan Police, the investigation was launched into the allegation, after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation, in May 2022.

A statement by the police department said: “A child has been safeguarded and we are working closely with partners on continued support. As criminal proceedings are now underway, we will not be providing further details.”

The statement read: “Beatrice Nwaneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting. They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today (yesterday).”

Allegations of human trafficking
At the court hearing on yesterday, Prosecutor Damla Ayas said: “It is a conspiracy in relation to human trafficking offences for the purposes of organ harvesting. The victim in this case is 15 years old. They, the couple, were interviewed at the police station. Both of the defendants have provided a prepared statement.

“Mr. Ekweremadu, in his prepared statement, denied allegations of human trafficking. He said ‘at no stage has he arranged transport for anyone with intention to exploit them.’ His wife similarly denied the allegations in her prepared statement, the court heard.”

The prosecutors also told the court that “the Ekweremadus’ have a daughter, who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for quite some time. They told the court that it is believed that the plan was to use an organ from the boy on their daughter, who appears to need a kidney transplant.”

Ekweremadu and his wife had separate legal representations and prayed the court to release them on bail, but their prayer was, however, dismissed by the Magistrate. The couple has surrendered their passports to the UK government.

The couple was arrested at Heathrow airport, on their way to Istanbul, Turkey and, according to the prosecutors, it is believed that they were on their way to procure another organ, as they were unable to harvest the organ of the boy. The prosecutors also stated that $20,000 was found on Ekweremadu.

According to sources, the red flag that stopped the organ from not being harvested came after the boy truthfully disclosed his age to the doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in the UK. The doctor reportedly cancelled the procedure.

The boy was taken from his family who, according to the prosecutors, treated him like a slave, after he escaped and found his way to the Police, where an investigation started, leading to the arrest of the couple.

Visa application
In a letter by Ekweremadu addressed to the Visa Section of the British High Commission, Abuja, dated December 28, 2021, acknowledging support for the visa application by alleged victim, Ukpo Nwamini David, for the purposes of undergoing medical investigation for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu.

The letter reads: “ I am writing in support of the visa application made by Mr. Ukpo Nwamini David, who is currently having a medical investigation for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu. David and Sonia will be at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and I will be providing the necessary funding. I have enclosed a statement of my account.”

Court hearing
In his defence at the court hearing, Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Gavin Irwin, said: “There is no question this is a serious allegation. Mr. Ekweremadu is a member of the Senate in Nigeria. He has previously held an even more senior role as deputy president of the senate.

“He is a member of the bar in Nigeria. He is a principal in a law firm that bears his name. Those issues taken together go way beyond him being a person of good character…rather that he has led a blameless life as a public servant.” Mr. Irwin added that the allegations were “nothing short of preposterous”.

Antonia Gray, representing Mrs. Ekweremadu, in her opening defence, said: “She has never been complicit or involved in any alleged illegal trafficking of any young person. She is a financial accountant, with an unblemished record.”

In her application for adjournment, Ms Ayas said: “In respect of these offences, Attorney General’s consent is required and the Crown require 14 days for that to be obtained.”

In a short ruling, Magistrate Lois Sheard said: “These are serious allegations and these matters are now adjourned until July 7, 2022, back here at Uxbridge.” Ms Sheard remanded both defendants into custody, ahead of their hearing.

Ekweremadu and his wife may face life imprisonment if found guilty and convicted to maximum sentence under the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015).

UK’s Modern Slavery Act
The act partly reads: “Under s 2, an individual commits an offence if they arrange or facilitate the travel of another with a view to that person being exploited. It is irrelevant whether that person consents to the travel, or whether they are a child or an adult.

“Under s 3 of MSA 2015, exploitation includes: slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour; sexual exploitation (which involves the commission of an offence under s 1(1)(a) of the Protection of Children’s Act 1978 (indecent photographs of children), or Pt 1 of SOA 2003 (eg, rape or sexual assault); removal of organs where a person is encouraged, required or expected to do anything which involves the commission of an offence under ss 32 or 33 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (prohibition of commercial dealings in organs and restrictions on use of live donors); securing services etc by force, threats or deception; securing services etc from children and vulnerable persons (eg, physically or mentally ill or disabled).”

It further stated that anyone found guilty of “human trafficking is liable, on summary conviction, to 12 months’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine,” adding that “on conviction on indictment, the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.”

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Alleged organ harvesting scheme: According to Ekweremadu’s attorney, he has led a blameless life.

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Gavin Irwin, lawyer to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, told Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court that the Senator had led a blameless life and that the allegations against him were “nothing short of preposterous”.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, were yesterday, remanded in the UK Police custody after they were arraigned before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court for alleged conspiracy to facilitate the travel of another person for organ harvesting.

The UK Metropolitan Police had, in a statement confirming the arrest of the couple, said the duo were charged to court, following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.

 

According to the Metropolitan Police, an investigation was launched into the allegation, after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation, in May 2022.

A statement by the police department said: “A child has been safeguarded, and we are working closely with partners on continued support. As criminal proceedings are now underway, we will not be providing further details.”

The statement read:  “Beatrice Nwaneka Ekweremadu, 55 (10.9.66) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.

“Ike Ekweremadu, 60 (12.05.62) of Nigeria is charged with conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting. They have both been remanded in custody and will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court later today (yesterday).”

Allegations of human trafficking

At the court hearing on yesterday, Prosecutor Damla Ayas said: “It is conspiracy in relation to human trafficking offences for the purposes of organ harvesting. The victim in this case is 15 years old. They, the couple, were interviewed at the police station. Both of the defendants have provided a prepared statement.

“Mr. Ekweremadu, in his prepared statement, denied allegations of human trafficking. He said ‘at no stage has he arranged transport for anyone with the intention to exploit them.’ His wife similarly denied the allegations in her prepared statement, the court heard.”

The prosecutors also told the court that “the Ekweremadus’ have a daughter, who has a kidney-related disease and has been on dialysis for quite some time. They told the court that it is believed that the plan was to use an organ from the boy on their daughter, who appears to need a kidney transplant.”

Ekweremadu and his wife had separate legal representations and prayed the court to release them on bail, but their prayer was, however, dismissed by the Magistrate. The couple has surrendered their passports to the UK government.

The couple was arrested at Heathrow Airport, on their way to Istanbul, Turkey and, according to the prosecutors, it is believed that they were on their way to procure another organ, as they were unable to harvest the organ of the boy. The prosecutors also stated that $20,000 was found on Ekweremadu.

According to sources, the red flag that stopped the organ from not being harvested came after the boy truthfully disclosed his age to the doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in the UK. The doctor reportedly cancelled the procedure.

The boy was taken from his family who, according to the prosecutors, treated him like a slave, after he escaped and found his way to the Police, where an investigation started, leading to the arrest of the couple.

Visa application

In a letter by Ekweremadu addressed to the Visa Section of the British High Commission, Abuja, dated December 28, 2021, acknowledging support for the visa application by the alleged victim, Ukpo Nwamini David, for the purposes of undergoing medical investigation for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu.

The letter reads: “ I am writing in support of the visa application made by Mr. Ukpo Nwamini David, who is currently having a medical investigation for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu. David and Sonia will be at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and I will be providing the necessary funding. I have enclosed a statement of my account.”

Court hearing

In his defence at the court hearing, Ekweremadu’s lawyer, Gavin Irwin, said:  “There is no question this is a serious allegation. Mr. Ekweremadu is a member of the Senate in Nigeria. He has previously held an even more senior role as deputy president of the senate.

“He is a member of the bar in Nigeria. He is a principal in a law firm that bears his name. Those issues taken together go way beyond him being a person of good character…rather that he has led a blameless life as a public servant.” Mr. Irwin added that the allegations were “nothing short of preposterous”.

Antonia Gray, representing Mrs. Ekweremadu, in her opening defence, said: “She has never been complicit or involved in any alleged illegal trafficking of any young person. She is a financial accountant, with an unblemished record.”

In her application for adjournment, Ms Ayas said: “In respect of these offences, Attorney General’s consent is required and the Crown require 14 days for that to be obtained.”

In a short ruling, Magistrate Lois Sheard said: “These are serious allegations and these matters are now adjourned until July 7, 2022, back here at Uxbridge.” Ms Sheard remanded both defendants into custody, ahead of their hearing.

Ekweremadu and his wife may face life imprisonment if found guilty and convicted to maximum sentence under the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015).

UK’s Modern Slavery Act

The act partly reads: “Under s 2, an individual commits an offence if they arrange or facilitate the travel of another with a view to that person being exploited. It is irrelevant whether that person consents to the travel, or whether they are a child or an adult.

“Under s 3 of MSA 2015, exploitation includes: slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour; sexual exploitation (which involves the commission of an offence under s 1(1)(a) of the Protection of Children’s Act 1978 (indecent photographs of children), or Pt 1 of SOA 2003 (eg, rape or sexual assault); removal of organs where a person is encouraged, required or expected to do anything which involves the commission of an offence under ss 32 or 33 of the Human Tissue Act 2004 (prohibition of commercial dealings in organs and restrictions on use of live donors); securing services etc by force, threats or deception; securing services etc from children and vulnerable persons (eg, physically or mentally ill or disabled).”

It further stated that anyone found guilty of “human trafficking is liable, on summary conviction, to 12 months’ imprisonment and/or unlimited fine,” adding that “on conviction on indictment, the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.”

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Ekweremadu: International passport of organ donor reveals he’s 21

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Fresh reports obtained from the international passport of David Ukpo Nwamini, the supposed organ donor to the daughter of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu revealed he (Nwamini) is 21 years old.

The travelling passport disclosed that Nwamini is 21-year-old, however, an investigation by Metropolitan Police claimed he is 15 years old.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, were arrested and detained in the United Kingdom for allegedly trafficking Nwamini for harvesting organ for their ailing child suffering from kidney failure.

They were arraigned before Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court but denied bail.

Ekweremadu had written the United Kingdom High Commission ahead of the visit and backed Nwamini’s visa application on the claim that he was coming to the United Kingdom for medical investigation in regard to an organ transplant.

However, it appeared that the boy was inappropriate to be a donor on the account that he claimed that he was 15 and was trafficked to the United Kingdom by the Ekweremadus.

However, evidence now available through his travelling passport has shown that Nwamini is actually 21, having been born on October 12, 2000.

The revelation of his age as 21 is expected to bring succour to the politician and his family held by the Metropolitan Police in the UK.

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