Ekiti: Election not free, fair — APC

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The APC at the end of the first meeting of its National Working Committee, NWC declared the just-concluded election as neither free nor fair as it claimed that the process that led to it was skewed to favour PDP.
The party said it had as such directed its members and officials who were arrested or limited in the days leading to the election to seek legal redress.

A communiqué of the meeting issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated thus:
”In order to prevent a recurrence of what happened in Ekiti, especially the militarisation of the process, the harassment and intimidation of citizens, especially those in opposition, my party has decided to challenge in court some of these constitutional breaches and will also encourage our leaders and supporters, who were arrested, harassed and intimidated to seek the enforcement of their fundamental rights that were recklessly abridged by the security agencies.”

He further stated that: “We believe that the events leading to the D-Day in Ekiti negate the principles of a free, fair and credible election. From the militarisation of the election to the police attack on our supporters, arrest and detention of our leaders across the state and the use of huge funds to induce voters, the federal authorities skewed everything in favour of the PDP.”
According to him: “With thousands of armed troops, police, state security and civil defence personnel deployed to Ekiti, the state was simply under a total lockdown.

APC planning mayhem in Ekiti  — PDP
Responding to the APC communiqué yesterday, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said the APC was about to resort to what he claimed were the party’s old behaviour as he claimed the party was set to cause mayhem in Ekiti State.

Noting that the communiqué of the APC demonstrates their ‘preference for anarchy and blind homage to nihilism and destruction of the democratic order’, Metuh said: “The APC has once again confirmed that it is nothing but a chaotic organisation, totally averse to democracy and orderliness. It has shown that it is a party of desperate, frustrated and violent individuals promoting a Janjaweed ideology.”

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NIGERIA: 15 men gang rape 16-yr-old girl in Rivers

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PORT HARCOURT — POLICE have arrested members of a 15-man gang that allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in Gbuga area of Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, told newsmen, yesterday, at the Police headquarters in Port Harcourt that the girl allegedly attended a party organised in the area, adding that she took a glass of strong drink offered her by one of the rapists which made her pass out before she was allegedly raped by 15 men.

He said: “The victim reported that she attended a party at Ogbuga Street in Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt organised by one Tina.

“While at the party, she was given a glass of strong drink by Tambari Dumlesi. That was the last memory she had before she was raped by 15 men. She woke up to find herself in torn boxers and with swollen privates.

“The victim has since been taken to the Police clinic for check up and treatment while three suspects have been apprehended. Investigation is still on.”

 

Police nab ritualist

He said his men also arrested a ritualist and kidnapper in Igwuruta area of the state, adding that a human skull was among items recovered from him.

According to the Police Commissioner, the suspect confessed that the human skull was that of a lady he allegedly murdered for money rituals.

He said: “The Special Anti Robbery Squad responded to a tip-off and led a combined team to arrest a suspect of cultism, kidnap and ritual killing in his home in Igwuruta, Rivers State on June 24, 2014.

“At the point of his arrest, the suspect was discovered to be in possession of two locally made pistols, live ammunition and a human skull. These were recovered from him.

“Upon subsequent investigation, it was revealed that the skull was that of a lady murdered by the suspect and his gang. The suspect also owned up to using the skull as a medium to get rich, claiming that the skull speaks to him and provides him with 10, 20, 30 Naira notes after special sacrifice.

“The suspect has since confessed his membership of the brutal cult group, Dey?well.”

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NIGERIA: Our close shave with death — Abuja blast survivors

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ABUJA—As outrage from within and outside Nigeria continues to trail last Wednesday’s bomb blast in Abuja, which claimed 22 lives and left 50 others injured, some of the survivors have narrated their close shave with death.

The Department of State Service, DSS, on its part disclosed that security agencies actually obtained intelligence reports two weeks ago that the terrorists planned to attack a busy shopping mall or market in Abuja. Major markets in the city were virtually deserted, yesterday, following the bomb blast.

Taxi driver cheats death
A taxi driver, who identified himself as Malachy Odo, said he was caught up in the midst of the ravaging fire after the bomb exploded at the car park of Emab Plaza.

He said: “I had arrived at the plaza in my cab minutes earlier. After the last passenger alighted from the cab, I was reversing when I heard the explosion. My car went up in flames, and I struggled to pass through the window and in the process my left hand caught fire.  As I was running for my dear life, broken glasses pierced my feet. I was later rushed by rescuers to Maitama General Hospital.”

Another survivor, Mrs Mary Andrew, said she was lying on the ground beside her groundnut tray, while waiting for buyers at the entrance of Emab Plaza, when the blast occurred.

According to her:  “I was lying down when the bomb exploded, and my baby was also with me. After the blast, I discovered that three of my fellow groundnut sellers were dead. I was very lucky, I was not hurt, and I thank God for saving my life.”

I was covered with broken glasses —Olasupo

Samuel Olasupo, who sells and repairs mobile phones at Emab plaza had this to say: “I was about to take step out of my shop to the gate to buy corn, when the bomb exploded. I was thrown to the floor and my body was pierced by pieces of glass. When I recovered from the impact of the blast, I gave glory to God.” He said the bomb-laden car was said to have been parked at the entrance of the plaza for more than 30 minutes with nobody inside.

Daniel Itodo said he was still searching for his cousin, 24-year-old Bassey Bassey, who hails from Cross River State. Bassey, who was said to be the first child of his parents was working with a pharmaceutical shop at the plaza.

“I was at home when I heard about the bomb blast at Wuse II, and I remembered that my cousin, Bassey  Bassey was at the shopping plaza. I rushed to the pharmacy where  he was working at Emab plaza, near Banex. I was told that about three minutes before the bomb blast, my cousin left with a customer that came to the pharmacy to  buy some drugs. Since then his phone has been switched off and he is nowhere to be found. I have gone to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital and National Hospital, where I saw health officials attending to some injured people brought to them, and I learnt four persons were in the intensive care unit.  But I was not allowed to have access to them. I went to Garki Hospital and I could not see him there.”

He continued: “I went to Maitama General Hospital where I  saw up to 10 dead bodies. Four could not be identified because the bodies were charred. One of the bodies was without a head, with intestines packed on one side.

“The parents are yet to be informed because we have not seen him dead or alive. We are still searching for him. I will meet with the manager of the pharmacy to know whether the customer was alive or both of them died and for the management of the pharmacy to tell us the exact story about our brother’s whereabouts.

“I want the government to step up security, because it is very painful as innocent Nigerians are daily becoming the objects of attacks. The security agencies should improve on their strategies because these terrorists are spreading fast across the country.”

Another eyewitness who spoke to Vanguard identified himself as Joseph Okonkwo. Okonkwo who said he is a journalist said his office was located at Emab Plaza. He said he writes for Legis Magazine based in Abuja.

Said he: “As I was  entering Emab Plaza, yesterday (Wednesday), I  walked past a particular shop I normally go to which is close to the gate. I later saw the person I went to visit and discussed with him after which I suddenly heard a big bang. A lot of things flew into the air. I saw a lot of smoke.

“I began to run and  when I was about to jump a fence, I  saw some people  whose skin had been peeled by the heat generated by the blast. They were trying to jump too. Everybody ran to the back side because the explosion occurred at the gate.  Some people who were close to me were affected by the blast. The impact of the blast is still disturbing me. I was psychologically affected but physically okay.”

Speaking to news men at the scene of the blast yesterday, the FCT Commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr E.C.Ewurum confirmed that some suspects were arrested by security operatives at the scene of the explosion. He said they had been taken away for interrogation. He also said three ambulances involved in rescue operations had already taken the  dead and injured victims of the blast to different hospitals within the city.

My close shave with death

“My name is Ikechuku Iba, aka Ogbologbo. I am a taxi driver in Abuja,  my park is at Emab plaza and everybody in the plaza knows that I always stayed at the exact spot where the bomb went off yesterday. That was where I usually parked my car, waiting for passengers. But thank God, on Wednesday, 30 minutes before the bomb went off  my sister phoned me to come. I was reluctant at first because it was the peak of activities but I later decided to go. Just 30 minutes after I left the Plaza, the bomb went off.  Thank God I wasn’t around and thank God  I went to Asokoro to see my sister. A lot of people were calling me to ask whether I was involved because they all know I was always there.

“There was a particular boy I saw being taken to the hospital and I knew the mother as a banana seller, I used to buy banana and groundnut from her but she was caught up in the blast and she died. I knew so many others who died. When I went to Maitama hospital yesterday to check people, I recognised about four people but some people were badly burnt”.
On whether there was any of his friends missing,  he said: “There was one Mallam Shehu who used to sell fruits at Emab plaza; we have been looking for him since the blast but we are yet to locate him, and  Saheed, who sold provisions had his two legs cut off; the woman that used to sell banana, who we called Mama Bobby died in the blast. One Mama Charity also died as well as one Hausa man that used to sell  guava. So many other people  died.
“We are still looking for one of our drivers whose car was completely burnt in the blast, his name is Ukpu.  We have checked Maitama Hospital, he is not there.

We got intelligence report of plans by terrorist to attack— DSS
24 hours after the bomb blast, the Department of State Services, DSS disclosed, yesterday, that security agencies got intelligence report two weeks ago showing that terrorists planned to attack a busy shopping mall or market in Abuja.

Deputy Director Information, Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, who made the disclosure, said “when we got the report we had to go from one shopping complex to another telling people to be more security conscious and vigilant. Every day since the report, our surveillance teams went round the motor parks, markets, supermarkets, trying to ensure that the instruction we left behind were strictly adhered to.

“Yesterday (Wednesday), the surveillance team was here (Emab Plaza) up till about 12:30pm observing, monitoring. When they discovered that the security people here were enforcing what they were told, the team retreated.” She urged Nigerians to continue to give security agencies information that will help them stop the terrorists in their track.

Also speaking, Force Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba advised managers of big companies and owners of cinemas and busy shopping malls to help by instituting a strong access control regime and also install CCTV cameras.

Mba reiterated the importance of shielding hawkers from entering shopping malls saying, “it’s also good to keep away hawkers from busy places, because hawkers attract people which make the target softer”.

We’ll defeat the terrorists — Sambo
Meanwhile Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo, yesterday, condemned in strong terms, the activities of terrorists saying “this cowardly and unjust act will be defeated; evil can never be sustained”.

The Vice President, who was accompanied by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Senator Ayim Pius Ayim; the Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Mohammed; the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro and the Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide spoke when he visited the scene of the bomb blast.

Reiterating Government’s commitment towards fighting terrorism, Sambo said: “Mr. President will not leave any stone unturned until we defeat this terrorism. Terrorism cannot survive in Nigeria or any part of this country. We are doing everything to ensure that within the shortest possible time, this will become a matter of the past”.

Another victim dies, 52 injured, 34 vehicles damaged
One of the injured, who was at admitted at the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, of the National Hospital is dead. Vanguard investigations across the major hospitals in Abuja, yesterday also revealed that the number of those injured was 52.  The police told journalists at the scene of the blast that only 17 people were injured.

Specifically, the Director-General of the FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss said the 52 injured victims are spread across five hospitals in the FCT: Maitama has a total umber of 36 victims, Wuse Hospital, 7; National Hospital 6; Garki Hospital 2 and Turkish Hospital 1. It was equally learnt that while 17 vehicles were completed destroyed , a total of 34 were damaged.

Major markets deserted
A visit by Vanguard to major markets in the Abuja metropolis showed that they were virtually deserted as very few traders ventured to open their shops. Customers also preferred to shop at neighbourhood shops. Most affected were: Wuse, Garki, Utako.

The Head, Corporate Affairs of the Abuja Market Management Limited, AMML, Mr Innocent Amaechina, who spoke to Vanguard on phone yesterday, said the scanty market activities in the FCT was quite natural because of the explosion  the previous day.

But he advised that rather than panic at the development, residents should be reassured that government was on top of any possible security breach in the markets.

“The fact is that people are afraid naturally because of what has happened and people are becoming more security conscious especially after the bombing of Emab plaza.”

He said the agency is in close collaboration with security agencies to see that markets in the FCT are safe for Abuja residents.

US, EU condemn Abuja bomb blast
The United States (US) and the European Union have also condemned the bomb attack at the Emab Plaza, Abuja, describing it as heartless act.

The US in a statement issued yesterday, by its embassy in Abuja, said:
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and call on all Nigerians regardless of region or religion to join in and support efforts to put an end to this evil against humanity,” it enjoined.

The US said it remained committed to supporting Nigerians in their struggle against violent extremism “and to helping the Government of Nigeria as it works to counter these threats to citizens and its national called on the Federal Government to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. The EU in its statement said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the bombing of a shopping centre in Abuja, killing 21 people. This attack is the latest in a long series of violent acts terrorising the Nigerian population.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims. As demonstrated by the increased support we have provided recently, the EU stands with the government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violence, and for the rule of law and human rights,” it said.

NBA asks FG to step up efforts to end terrorism
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in its reaction yesterday, urged the federal government to intensify its efforts towards ensuring an end to the current reign of terror in Nigeria.

The association, in a statement it issued in Abuja yesterday, signed by the National President of the association, Chief Okey Wali, SAN, read: “The Nigerian Bar Association received with shock the sad news of bomb blast in Emab Plaza, located at Wuse II area of Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja on June 25, 2014 which resulted in the unfortunate and untimely death of 22 persons and left many more injured.

“This latest bomb explosion in Abuja is only part of a series of sporadic bomb blasts in some parts of Nigeria.
“The NBA outrightly condemns this bomb blast, which has caused deaths and grievous bodily injuries to many Nigerians.

“There can never be any justification for these dastardly and brazen acts of carnage.
“This latest bomb explosion brings to the fore the need for the Federal Government of Nigeria to intensify efforts in bringing these acts of terrorism and insurgency to an end.”

CAN, Catholic Church condemn blasts
THE Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and the Catholic Church has also condemned the bomb blast, saying that these activities of Islamic fundamentalists have brought untold embarrassment to the nation.

In two separate reactions last night, Secretary General of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake and the Director of Social Communications at the Lagos Archdiocese, Monsignor Gabriel Osu were unanimous in pleading with the Federal Government and especially the security agencies to fashion tactics in dealing with themenace, admonishing that the leadership of the Church has been restraining Christian youth to avoid plunging the nation into a huge conflagration we may be able to contain.

Asake maintained that the Federal Government has done a great deal to stamp out the renewed wave of terrorism in the country, “but they still need to do more since these Islamic jihadists have refused to respect the sanctity of human life.”

According to him, there is the urgent need to effectively monitor the nation’s borders and stop these foreign muruaders because “I am yet to believe that Nigerians will mindlessly bomb their fellow brothers in these dastardly manner and still able to sleep at night.”

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Imo 2015: My plans, prospects and preparations

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Broadcast journalist and politician, Senator Chris Anyanwu was a refreshing face on Nigerian television in the early eighties with her unique reportage of the National Assembly, and subsequently, her gripping narratives of the dynamics of  the international energy market. Trained in American journalism schools, Anyanwu following her days at the NTA and stint as Commissioner for Information in the mid eighties,  made a unique incursion into print journalism with the introduction of The Sunday Magazine, TSM in the early nineties before anchoring her media dreams on radio with the establishment of Hot FM at the turn of the century.
With a heart of steel encased in physical frame of unfading beauty, the journey to success was not always smooth for Anyanwu. It was especially so for her when beauty and brain collided with the brawn of the Sanni Abacha regime at the peak of that regime’s bastardisation of human values.
Senator Anyanwu has lived to tell her story which has since progressed through two terms in the Senate and is now focused on an anchor at the Imo Government House.
Following a morning walk out session and over a breakfast of fruits, she spoke on her time in the Senate and the continuing plea of Ndi Imo for help. Excerpts:

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

ALMOST eight years in the  Senate now. How has it been?
It’s been good. It’s been good. The Senate has been very satisfying for me in one sense and that is the fact that I have been able to lobby for projects going to the East, especially Imo State. I have always said that Imo State and the Southeast have been very underdeveloped even in the years that the Nigerian Federal Government was investing in industries and institutions, but not much was done in my state.

So, we have a situation where people go to school and after that go to Lagos, go to Abuja and even to other places where the opportunities are more. But that does not make for development, rather it dries it of useful manpower and the ripple effect of a large income earning population is not felt. You know if people are working there, paying taxes there and buying there, it will trickle down to the ordinary people and lead to advancements but we haven’t felt it because there have been very few opportunities.

Now with me in the Senate what we have been trying to do is to try and lobby the Federal Government to bring projects, and we are talking about the basics like roads, water, hospitals and we have moved on to the higher levels and talking about employment, building institutions that can employ people or prepare people for self employment or employment elsewhere.

Building institutions

That is where we are and to that extent I can say that it has been satisfying for me because I have been able to do a few of those and made my contribution.

What would you describe as your most challenging experience in the Senate?
The challenge has been that you don’t pass laws by yourself. You may have all the enthusiasm, you may come up with one million bills, but at the end of the day it has to follow a process that is so sluggish. The fact that you pass a bill in one chamber does not guarantee that it will be passed in the other chamber. You have to have them passed in both the House and the Senate and it has to be done within a time frame that allows you to also go to the president and secure his assent.

The very sluggish process of passage of bills in the Nigerian legislature is very challenging if not frustrating, not just to me, but for most legislators. I wish there was some way of quickening the process of passage of bills. You see, it takes a lot of work to get meaningful bills. Often you have consultants, you have lawyers, a lot of research goes into them and these are things we think can have very meaningful impact on the people.

Is there any particular bill you proposed that has been so affected?
Off course! In the last assembly, my Sexual Offences Bill which was unanimously passed by the Senate did not go through the House and that journey was wasted.

It began the journey again in this assembly, now it has again gone to the committee in the Senate but the question again is if it gets a third reading in the Senate will it go through the House in the life of this assembly?

And here is a bill that would have provided a legal framework to deal with Boko Haram and others who prey on young Nigerian girls.

If you have strong laws punishing those things it is going to be a restraint on others, but you see that bill is stuck somewhere.

One of the most important bills that I have been part of is the Occupational Health and Safety Bill. The bill is the answer to the abuse of Nigerian workers in the work place. It is a law protecting the Nigerian worker in the workplace and the workplace starts from a home where you have a given number of people, small businesses where people are exposed to all kinds of situations. Even in the farms where farm helps are spraying chemicals unprotected, building construction sites where people are working without helmets and all that.

The Senate has passed that bill for more than one and a half years now and it has been sent to the House but the House has not responded and has not even scheduled.

Why has the House not responded?
I don’t know, maybe it is their own internal administrative issue or they have a number of bills, I don’t know.

You have covered the National Assembly as a reporter and now you are a senator. Is there a change in your perception of the National Assembly? Is it really a place that flows with Ghana Must Go?
Well that was not my perception. In my time as a correspondent I didn’t see it as a place that free money went round at that time. At that time democracy was quite new and the quality of people in the National Assembly was not quite as high as the people you have now. Then, you saw a number of people who were out of place and the debate was not as rich.

So, when you saw those who spoke well and debated intelligently, they were the superstars and you were in awe of such persons.

Debating intelligently

At that time you had a lot of farmers and all sorts of people in the House of Representatives and people whose backgrounds did not really prepare them well for the job and so, you saw them following their leader and doing whatever their leader said they did, but now, you have young men and women who know their onions and who have been educated well and who have quite some experience.

In the Senate you have phenomenally well experienced and well prepared people but if in the end the result as good as has been expected, then there must be something in the internal processes that makes it impossible for us to get the best out of these people.

You are chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy. Has the Navy under your oversight made any contribution to the war in the Northeast?
We are not supposed to reveal all these, but the navy from the beginning has been involved in anti-terrorism because the navy has a corp of personnel that I want to say are the best trained for anti-terrorism and they were trained by American Navy SEALS. They have been there and they are there and they are contributing and play a very pivotal role.

Are you concerned over what some regard as the early retirement age of Nigerian military officials?
I personally, have very serious concerns over this issue. A lot of our strong men, a lot of our well prepared officers and men are being sent out of the force because they have reached the age of retirement and we spent a lot of money training many of these people abroad and we don’t get to use them.

I think we have to do something so that well trained persons can be retained in the system and institutional memory that is necessary to have continuity and to make progress can be preserved.

In the last three years that I have been chairman of navy we have had three chiefs of naval staff. That’s too much. For a nation that is facing challenges you cannot afford to continue to change leadership that rapidly because each time you change, you lose momentum.

 Any particular challenge you face being a woman in the Senate?
No! Absolutely no! Let me tell you the first time I became conscious that I was a woman was during the time of Abacha when I was arrested and when a soldier said you are a woman. Before that when I worked in NTA, I used to fly in helicopters, I used to go in ships and do all sorts of things and did jobs that many of my male colleagues were a little bit afraid to do.

In the Senate there is no such thing as a man or woman there, it is the job.

You have returned to the PDP in Imo State.
Yes.
Is it different from the PDP you left in 2007?
Times change and the atmosphere changes.
The headship changes and they bring to the table their own ways of doing things, so I would not be surprised if it has changed since the leadership has changed.

People were surprised that after you helped to enthrone an APGA governor that you ditched the party?
But you have to look at the dynamics and one would be stupid not to respond to the internal dynamics or even the external dynamics.

Even the governor we voted in is no longer in APGA. He has ditched APGA and is now in APC. You know he never had any strong loyalty to APGA or any party and I will not be surprised if he ditches APC tomorrow. I left as a matter of pragmatism and in the overriding interest of my constituency.

Are you satisfied with the government you helped to install?
I don’t like to discuss the government or Rochas. I don’t believe in harassing people in government. I could be part of bringing you to power, but once you are seated there I leave you to do your job. If you succeed, you take responsibility.

If you fail, you take responsibility. If that government fails, he will have only himself to blame because both myself and Imo people have left him to his own devices. He has enjoyed more peace than any governor we know in the history of Imo State. Not because he is a superstar or superman.

Not because he even deserves it, but because let us leave him and see what he can do. I will not even engage in assessing him when the time comes, Imo people will assess him.

There is hearsay about your intention to vie for the governorship. Is it true?
Yes! I am studying that possibility, I am consulting the people of Imo State. I am looking at Imo State, what the situation is there, what needs to be done and I am studying at how I can contribute to a greater Imo State. Yes, I am looking at that right now.

What is driving this aspiration?
Imo needs help.

You think you are in the best position to offer this help?
I believe so. I believe I am ready, I believe I have been well prepared for this, I believe I have the passion to drive this, I believe I have the knowledge, the exposure, and the capacity to do this.

It is not about money. I hear some people boasting that they have the deep pockets to get the governorship.
That is absolute and total nonsense. The people that say this provoke an inquest into the source of their deep pockets. If a guy has never worked in his life, if a guy did not inherit wealth, if a guy is not known to have a huge account when he entered the political sphere and now he has deep pocket to prosecute this, you ought to ask, where is this money coming from? It is only in Nigeria that such asinine statements can be taken without proper and immediate investigation.

You cannot reap off a people and use the money to buy them and then spend four years to recover the investment and that is what is going on.

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JUNE 12: I didn’t betray Kokori, says Osoba

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A former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has dismissed claims in some quarters that he betrayed a former Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Kokori, during the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

He also noted that had Kokori not survived his incarceration, he (Osoba) would have been blamed.

Osoba, who said this in Lagos at the launch of a book, Frank Kokori: The Struggle for June 12, regretted that those enjoying the benefits of June 12 struggle today were not among those who fought in the struggle.

He said: “I am here to celebrate Kokori and my survival too. It was alleged that I gave Kokori up. Thank God he survived. Otherwise I would have been blamed.

“Only 49 of us signed the document when NADECO was formed behind the late Moshood Abiola. The youngest of us then was Labaran Maku, the Minister of Information.

“My name would have died with Kokori. I know nothing about how he was betrayed and lured out to be arrested.”

In his remarks, former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was represented by a former Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr. Dele Alake, said: “In spite of Kokori’s incarceration and torture, he remained a symbol of consistency, perseverance, responsibility and a galvaniser of oil workers who staged massive protests for the emancipation of Nigerians.

“I am aware of his role in the struggle for June 12 actualisation. I thank and appreciate him for the role he has played and is still playing for the enthronement of genuine democracy in Nigeria.”

The book is a memoir which gives account of the June 12 struggle. He noted that he wrote the book to showcase the heroes and gladiators who helped Nigeria achieve democracy, but were neglected in the present political dispensation.

“The book is a candid account of my roles and the roles that other heroes played in the quest to revalidate the June 12, 1993 presidential election,” Kokori stated.

Also speaking, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was represented by Mr. Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, commended Kokori for the book, saying that no better person could tell the story of June 12.

The book reviewer, Mr. Kayode Komolafe, Deputy Managing Director of ThisDay newspapers, described it as distinct from other books on June 12.

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NIGERIA: Babangida, Obanikoro, IGP, for Muslim Media Ramadan lecture

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Prominent Nigerians are expected to grace the ninth Ramadan lecture of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) on peace and leadership on Sunday in Abuja.

MMPN chairman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said in a statement on Sunday that the lecture would hold at National Mosque Hall, Abuja on Sunday June 29, starting from 11 a.m.

While Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger State was slated as the chairman, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, Minister of State, Defence would be the father of the day and Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector-General of Police as Special Guest of Honour.

The lecture which was ninth in the series,
Entitled: “Peace and Leadership: The Missing Link” will be delivered by the duo of Prof. Musa AbdurRaheem of University of Ado-Ekiti and Malam Nurudeen Lemu.

Other guests expected at the occasion are the FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed as Chief Host, while Prof .Ishaq Oloyede, Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) would be the Spiritual father of the day.

Others were Director-Generals of Voice of Nigeria, Malam Abubakar Jijiwa, FRCN, MalamLadanSalihu, federal lawmakers, Islamic scholars, members of the public and the media. Balogun said in the statement that the choice of the topic was to proffer solution to the current challenges in the country as it affects Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

He said all stakeholders including religious groups, security agencies, scholars in various fields and students have been invited to grace the occasion.

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Ekiti: PDP, APC break truce as parties resort to war

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The euphoria that greeted the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in last weekend’s Ekiti gubernatorial election turned sour yesterday as partisan bickering and recrimination surfaced from the winners and losers of the election.

While the victorious Ayodele Fayose slammed the vanquished incumbent, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, for pretence in his quick concession of victory, saying it was a publicity stunt, he also cautioned Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos not to further provoke Ekiti people with supposedly derogatory remarks.

PDP, APC grandstand in Senate
The bickering over the Ekiti election, which also surfaced in the Senate chambers where PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC senators exchanged hot words over the conduct of the election, was also conveyed in communiqués by the two parties. At the end of the first meeting of its newly- constituted National Working Committee, NWC, APC condemned the process of the Ekiti election as badly skewed in favour of the PDP just as the PDP in a riposte flayed the APC of planning mayhem, saying the party was set to return to its bad ways.

Fayemi not picking my calls again —Fayose
Fayose in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that although Fayemi at the weekend conceded publicly and congratulated him, the governor had not picked calls from him since then.
“The governor said I am conceding to defeat. Let me be realistic with you, there is a difference between propaganda and reality. I have been calling the governor since after our meeting but he hasn’t picked the call.

“If you read all papers now, he said I will create local governments before I go; how do you reconcile these things? I am not a propagandist, I am a realist. The governor says he will do employment before he leaves; that means you want to create problem for the incoming government.”

“Their party said we are still studying the ink used by INEC; it is the governor that conceded, not our party,” he said.
Fayose recalled that in 2003, his predecessor, Mr Niyi  Adebayo, also conceded defeat but went ahead to conduct a mass recruitment though he had only six months remaining in his tenure.

“I respect the governor; he is our leader, up until the 15th of October, he remains our leader but I want to appeal to APC not to play propaganda with sensitive issues like this.”

“If the governor says I am not going, his party too must make pronouncements otherwise I do not mind them going to court.
“The court will ask you: ‘it is usually the incumbent that rigs, why would somebody who is not an incumbent now rig and defeat you in your ward?

He said that none of the APC Senators or House of Representative members, including former governor, Mr Segun Oni, won in their polling booths.
Fayose commended Fayemi for the bold step taken in conceding defeat, though it was meant to induce public sympathy.
He said though he would run an inclusive government, he would only work with those who were willing to work with him.

Fayemi spoke with Fayose yesterday, says aide
However, a senior aide of Governor Fayemi, however, denied the accusation that the governor had cut off communication with the incoming governor, saying that both men spoke yesterday morning on telephone.

The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also defended the creation of new local governments, saying it was a process that commenced last January and would come to an end by endorsement of the state House of Assembly.

Ekweremadu to the rescue as tempers rise
Meanwhile, the timely intervention of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, stopped APC and PDP senators from exchanging blows as tempers rose yesterday over the outcome of the just-concluded Ekiti election.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Senator Andy Uba, had, while relying on Order 43 of the Senate Standing Order, commended the electoral body for conducting what he described as the most credible election in the country.

Senator Uba, who also commended the people and government of Ekiti State for the peaceful conduct of the election, further praised the security agencies for ensuring adequate security during and after the election and urged all the relevant stakeholders that contributed to the success of the polls to carry on with the same spirit in subsequent elections.

But it was too much for Senator Babafemi Ojudu, (APC, Ekiti Central) who drew the attention of the Senate to the fact that Senator Uba’s younger brother, Chief Chris Uba had led the Police to cause havoc during the election.
Senator Ojudu said: “My colleague (Andy Uba) had already read Order 43, I don’t need to repeat it. I will like to commend the governor-elect of Ekiti State and my governor for accepting the result of the election.

“But I want to say here, Mr. President, that my colleague who stood here to talk, his younger brother Chris Uba, led police to the hotel and smashed all the doors of the hotel…”
He was immediately stopped by PDP senators who shouted at him to sit down.

Senators Smart Adeyemi (PDP, Kogi West) and Philip Aduda, (PDP, FCT) led the PDP senators in stopping Ojudu, leading to a rowdy uproar before Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at the session overruled Ojudu, using Order 43 that prohibited discussion of controversial issues in the Senate.

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FG flags-off distribution of WAAPP-seeds in Niger state

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture  has flagged- off the distribution of the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAPP)-assisted Certified and Foundation Seeds of rice, maize, sorghum and seed yam.

The flag off was performed by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mrs. Asabe Asmau Ahmed  recently at Doko Town, in Lavun Local Government Area, Niger State.

Mrs.Asabe, commended WAAPP for improving agricultural productivity in the ECOWAS countries and for encouraging integrated development of agricultural research with a view to generating innovations and promoting diffusion throughout the sub-region.

She commended the WAAPP-Nigeria, for complementing the efforts of the Federal Government in its Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA), saying that WAAPP’s programmes have contributed to the reduction in the national seed shortage through a multi-pronged investment in the seed sector.

Mrs. Asabe advised farmers to partake in the on-going registration of farmers exercise under the Growth Enhancement Support (GES), scheme to enable them access and benefit from the collection of the farm inputs through the GES scheme, which is designed for small-holder farmers.

Earlier in his remarks, the National Coordinator of West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), Prof. Damian Chikwendu, said that WAAPPs aims to make agriculture more productive and sustainable, especially with its priority in the area agricultural commodity value chains in Nigeria which include rice, aquaculture, poultry, maize sorghum, cassava, yam and selected fruit such as mango.

Prof. Chikwendu, stated that in each of these commodities, WAAPP supports the whole gamut of the value chain, from seed breeding/research to production, post-harvest processing and marketing.

He said WAAPP produced and distributed to farmers across the country 432.5 metric tons of improved maize seeds, 434 metric tons of improve rice and 150 metric tons of improved sorghum seeds.

The National Coordinator said the seeds allocated to various states were assigned to the ADPs to keep in custody for the farmers, saying that Niger state received certified seeds (rice 91.8MT, Maize 24.35MT and Sorghum 1 MT), Foundation seeds (Rice 4 MT, Maize 3 MT, Sorghum I MT and Seed yam 10,139 tubers)

The Chairman Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Yakubu Eyagi, on behalf of the recipients of the improved and foundation seeds, thanked the Federal Government for ensuring that good quality seeds (certified and foundation seeds) were made available to small holder farmers at affordable price through the GES.

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Nigerian teenager dies after trying to save a drowning girl

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A 13 year old Nigerian boy, Ricky Osagie, from Warrenstown died on Saturday June 21st following a brave attempt to try to save a girl who had got into trouble swimming in a man-made pond at Waterville Hall residential complex in Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland on Friday June 20th.

According to Irish Mirror, a friend of Ricky’s, a teenage girl, got into the water and was almost drowning when Ricky and another female friend jumped into the pond to try to save her. The other teen girl who jumped in to help also now had difficulties in the pond, and it was up to Ricky to save both girls. Which he did. Paramedics were called and all three teens were taken to the hospital. The two girls survived, but Ricky died the next day.

Ricky Osagie was a teenage soccer sensation whose dream was to represent Ireland, his distraught father, Kelly Osagie told the Sunday Irish Mirror. He said Ricky was a hero because he knew he was risking his life when he went into the water as he couldn’t swim.

“He was trying to help someone else. That’s what happened. My son died a hero. He went in and then that was it. My son is gone but a girl is alive because of him. He always smiled and was happy all the time. He was such a fantastic footballer. We have trophies everywhere in the house. Ricky was going to play for Ireland, that’s what he said he was going to do. He had so many friends. He is a hero, a real hero. I want the world to know what my son did. He was a man.”

He really is a hero! Rest in peace Ricky. Such a sad story!

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PDP Can Never Win Rivers State —APC

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 •Says loss of Ekiti will make party stronger
 
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, has dismissed as a fluke, last Saturday’s dislodgement of the party by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the governorship election in Ekiti State.
 
“This development, which was unexpected, does not portend anything any danger for the APC in 2015, especially in Rivers State. The Ekiti election has come and gone and we have learnt our lessons which will ensure better outings in other elections. That election will go a long way to unite and strengthen us the more to present a better APC to Nigerians for the battle to rescue and reposition Nigeria gets hot,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said.
 
Dr. Ikanya, who was responding to enquiries on the fate of APC in view of what happened in Ekiti, emphatically declared in a statement he issued today in Port Harcourt: “It is erroneous to think that what happened in Ekiti affects or will affect Rivers State politics come 2015. The factors that led us losing Ekiti are well known but totally different from the reality in Rivers State. No matter the challenges or odds, Rivers remains an APC State. I am supremely confident that the good people of Rivers State will renew their covenant with APC with a landslide in 2015.”
 
The Rivers APC Chairman gave an idea of how the party would run the 2015 elections and obliterate PDP in the state. “One thing going for us in River State is that we have a President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP whose hatred for our state and her people is legendary not minding that he is from our sister state Bayelsa and our in-law and we gave him the highest number of votes that made him the President. Our campaign strategy will be centered on this hatred, which has manifested in the hounding of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the ceding of our oil wells to Bayelsa and Abia states and refusal to direct Akwa Ibom to pay us the proceeds of our oil wells she kept for many years. Mr. President has also refused to site any meaningful project in Rivers State, so how can we support him or any PDP candidate in 2015?
 
“In any case, the feats of the Amaechi administration are enough to give us victory in future elections. These feats, which are well known, include making Port Harcourt the World Book Capital City, eradication of militancy, dogged fight for the oil wells and other rights of Rivers State and her people, as well as award-winning achievements in Education, Agriculture, Health, etc.”
 
Dr. Ikanya said that, in addition to all these, “we will ask the good people of Rivers State to make their choice of the characters and vision of those in PDP (insecurity, ungodly, etc) and the vision and characters in APC (godliness, security and concern for the future of our state). These are the issues for Rivers State to use to decide which of the parties governs River State come 2015.”

He concluded by advising APC faithful in the state not to panic or fear about the future of the party, as “Rivers people have since adopted APC as the party of their choice and there is nothing the doomed PDP or any other party can do about that.”

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