Lame: FG, PDP is Abdicating Security Responsibility

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 Former Minister of Police Affairs and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, has described the Federal Government’s move to blame insecurity on the opposition as an abdication of its responsibility. Lame, who also advocated the creation of State Police in the country, spoke during an interview with newsmen in Bauchi yesterday, and observed that apportioning insecurity blame to the opposition clearly indicates that the federal government has faltered in its job.

“The purpose of government is to provide security of lives and property, and the federal government is the custodian of instrument of security in the country. For them to say that they are blaming the APC, it means they are failing in their jobs. The PDP is abdicating its own responsibility”, he said.
He wondered how the federal government allows a situation where people are being killed every day and nothing seems to be happening to reverse the trend.

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Chibok girls: Obasanjo has access to Jonathan

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has access to President Goodluck Jonathan to make inputs towards rescuing the schoolgirls taken captive by Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School in Chibok on April 14, the Federal Government has said.

The Chairman, National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, stated this while answering questions from journalists on Obasanjo’s claim that he could help resolve issues with members of the terrorist group.

Obasanjo had, in a BBC Hausa service on Thursday, said he could help reach out to the insurgents for the release of the girls, but regretted that the Federal Government had not yet given him the green light to act.

Omeri said it was not proper for him to join issues with Obasanjo, but added that as a former President, he had the opportunity to make inputs into governance.

Omeri said the purported abduction of 20 Fulani women near Chibok was doubtful as troops had claimed that no such report had been received.

He said, “It has been confirmed that there is no police report to the effect that Fulani women have been abducted.

“This story may likely be part of the general misinformation being peddled to create the impression that the insurgents are inaccessible.

“We wish to announce that surveillance and patrols by land and air activities of troops are still on-going in the entire mission area of the North-East and other parts of the federation to curtail the activities of terrorists and armed groups.

“There have been occasional encounters necessitating continuous cordon and search in many locations. In the same vein, consultations and contacts are still on-going with partners who have offered to support Nigeria’s endeavours to resolve the issues on the abduction of the Chibok girls as well as terrorism generally.”

Against this background, he added that the Nigerian military had been discussing with its counterpart from Sri Lanka in addition to other countries.

Omeri added that as part of government’s commitment towards ensuring adequate security of schools, a workshop for security awareness for public and private schools had been scheduled for Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja.

Meanwhile, a group, Muslim Rights Concern, had urged President Jonathan to give Obasanjo the go-ahead to secure the release of abducted Chibok girls.

The group, in a statement issued on Friday by its Director, Prof. Isaq Akintola, said that the primary responsibility of a government was the protection of lives and property.

The group said, “MURIC urges President Jonathan to expedite action on the matter now before it is too late. The Federal Government should be happy that it is an ex-president of Nigeria who has seized this initiative and not any of the former presidents of the United States or an ex-Prime Minister of Britain. It remains the pride of Nigeria if we are able to resolve this kidnap saga in-house. It will also be the pride of the African continent.”

Obasanjo had on Thursday in an interview with Hausa service of BBC, said that he could reach out to the violent Boko Haram sect over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the sect.

He, however, regretted that the Federal Government had yet to give him the go-ahead.

MURIC said, “We consider this development as light at the end of the tunnel. We are however astonished that the Federal Government is yet to come to fully comprehend the far-reaching implications of the Chibok girls imbroglio. Time is running out fast.

“We remind the Federal Government that the primary responsibility of governments is the protection of lives and properties. The buck stops at the table of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”

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Violence erupts at APC convention in Nigeria

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Violence erupted yesterday at the secretariat of the Convention Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abuja.

Two APC members were beaten up by some delegates of the party from Abia and Ebonyi states while policemen looked on. One of them who was labeled as “Ngige boy” was stripped naked near the secretariat along Emeka Anyaoku Street, Area 11 Abuja.

Investigations by Vanguard revealed that the fighting erupted between delegates of different factions of the party from Abia and Ebonyi States. Some of the aggrieved delegates from both states who spoke to Vanguard alleged that although they were democratically elected as delegates for the party’s convention, they had been denied accreditation by the Convention Committee headed by Sokoto State Governor Alhaji Aliyu Wammako with Senator Chris Ngige as secretary.

APC National Convention: Convention Committee Members Senator Olorunbe Mamowora discussion with Senator Chris Ngige and others at the Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

One of the delegates from Abia State who identified himself as Uche Emeka accused Ngige, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, former National Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and National Vice-Chairman of the party for the South-East, Mr Nyerere as being responsible for their plight.

”We were reliably informed that Ngige and Okorocha have instructed that our Chairman who is Fabian Okonkwo and the rest of us from Abia State should not be accredited.

”We have been calling to inquire and we also have it on good authority that they are directly responsible for this. Our state chairman, has been making calls to find out what is wrong, but no answer has been provided,” he said.

Another delegate from Ebonyi State who identified himself as Christian Ali, told Saturday Vanguard he was the secretary of the party in Ishielu local government.

He said,”There are two factions of APC in Ebonyi. One is led by Chief Ogbonnaya Onu while the other is led by Senator Julius Ucha and because of that, there seems to be a power tussle between the two of them.

”We conducted the state congresses and elected Hon Ben Nwobasi who belongs to Senator Ucha’s camp as chairman. Accreditation tags have not been handed over to us because the trio of Ngige, Ogbonnaya Onu and Okoroacha directed that the congress in Ebonyi be re-conducted.”

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Governor Fashola pays condolence visit to Dora Akunyili’s family ( Photos)

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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos today visited the family of the late former Director General of NAFDAC, Dora Akunyili to condole with the family Dora left behind

Mrs. Akunyili, also a former Minister of Information, died in an Indian hospital last week after a 2 year battle with cancer.

 

 

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Sex Denial : “My husband turned me into an unused spare tyre” – Sexually starved woman laments and request divorce

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A woman in Oyo has had her 8-year marriage dissolved by a court after she accused her husband of starving her of sex.

Nike Omodiminiyi said her husband, David only spent time making love with his first wife and had no time for her.

Their marriage, which produced two children, was thus ended by a Customary Court sitting in the Mapo area of Ibadan, the state capital.

The Tribune reports:
The court president, Mr Henry Agbaje, said he had no option than to end their marriage due to the couple’s irreconcilable differences.

According to him,”all attempts to pacify Nike not to quit the marriage have failed.”He also referred to David’s statement where he said he made efforts at reconciling with his wife but all was to no avail.

“I hereby put an end to the union between both of you “David shall pay a monthly feeding allowance of N5, 000 for the upkeep of the two children,’’ Agbaje said.Nike told the court that David turned her to an “unused spare tyre’’ in their matrimonial home.

“He already had a wife before he married me and he’s regularly satisfying her sexually. “I can’t endure the loneliness and sexual starvation any longer.“He doesn’t need me; he’s just wasting my time and life”“Even though I have two children for him, I’ve made up my mind to leave him and move on with my life,” she said.

But David, while responding, denied abandoning her. “I have done all I could to satisfy and pacify her, but she has remained adamant,” he stated

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Ousted Governor Sanusi Lamido moves into emir’s palace

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on a horse ride to the palace (top right) and his subjects welcoming him to the palace in Kano… on Friday

Barely five hours after the police vacated the palace, the new emir, Sanusi, was led into his new home by a retinue of armed policemen, palace guards, friends and other well-wishers. Sanusi stepped into the building for the first time since he emerged emir close to a week ago.

The new emir was earlier prevented from gaining entry into the palace by security officials who were allegedly acting on instructions from Abuja. The journey to the palace began from the Kano State Government House, Kano, by 3.30pm.

Sanusi drove into the palace in the official vehicles of the emirate via a newly constructed gate built in his honour in line with tradition.

He had led some of his subjects during Juma’at prayers at the state House where he admonished them to fear Allah and love one another.

The new emir also led other Muslims in late evening prayers inside the palace mosque after which dozens of his subjects watched in admiration as palace guards gave him traditional gun salute.

In his Friday sermon to the congregation, the new emir called on all Muslims to fear God in all their dealings.

Sanusi promised to be fair, just and transparent in the discharge of his responsibilities.

The new emir said that Allah gave power to whom he wanted and that he might not be the best among the candidates, but God had chosen him to lead.

Sanusi also appealed to Muslims to always return to God in time of difficulties for divine intervention.

The emir said “I urge Muslims to draw my attention to whatever wrong I have committed, for I know that to err is human, but to forgive is God.”

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I fed Tinubu everyday throughout our election campaign–Bucknor-Akerele

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Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele spent three years as the deputy governor of Lagos State before she fell out with the then governor, Bola Tinubu. In this interview with Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Gbenro Adeoye, she talks about her reservations about serving as Deputy Governor of Lagos State and sundry issues

Why did you dump law which you studied to practise journalism?

It was not a sudden change; it was something that I was always interested in. Law and journalism are not so different from each other because you ought to have enquiring mind. In fact, I was invited to study journalism. I can’t remember who invited me, but I think it was somebody in the High Commission because they were looking for people for broadcasting. At that time, they were setting up the Voice of Nigeria and that was why they thought I would be interested because I was doing programmes for the BBC. At that time, they knew that I was a broadcaster and therefore thought that it would be a good idea. They were recruiting people. In those days, people went to universities and different places to recruit people, unlike now when they tell you to apply online.

But did you ever practise law at all?

No, I didn’t practise law.

Do you have any regrets that you never practised law?

None whatsoever because I still find the knowledge very useful even at the Confab. I was on the committee for judiciary, law and human rights and I functioned well. In fact, I was made the vice chairman of that committee because I was the most qualified lawyer of that committee at that time. Though, I still do some consulting. I still consult legally, yes.

At the time you were a senator, you were the only female in the senate. Were you intimidated by the men?

No, not at all. When I was studying law, I think there were only four of us girls in a class of about 90 or 100-plus men. So if I didn’t feel intimidated studying law, then there was no reason why I should feel intimidated in the senate.

What led you into politics?

Well, I come from a political family. The Egbe Omo Oduduwa was formed in my father’s house in London. (The late Obafemi) Awolowo was the secretary before they brought it to Nigeria and my father always thought that women should be in politics. He thought that without women in politics, the country would not move forward. So he encouraged me to go into politics.

But when you were called to serve as the deputy governor of Lagos State, did you have any form of reservations?

Well, I did have reservations because Senator Bola Tinubu and I were both in the senate and I knew his character. Therefore, I had reservations but the leaders of the party persuaded me to be his deputy. You know, there were two caucuses in the party at that time. There was the Afenifere caucus and then there was the Justice Forum caucus. The leaders felt that since the Afenifere people were really the builders of the party- they were the NADECO and they were the ones who pioneered the AD- and that if I didn’t accept, then they would have nobody who they could call their own in government at that time. So that was why I was persuaded to accept to be the deputy governor.

You said you had some reservations, are you saying that you regret being his deputy?

No, I don’t regret being his deputy and at the same time, I do regret. I don’t regret because it was an experience. It teaches one about life. It teaches one about people’s personalities. But I do regret being his deputy because there were so many things which could have been done which were not done correctly.

What are some of those things?

In governance, but for the benefit of Lagos State, I would not mention them because I was part of the cabinet and I don’t have to go into that. But really and truly, unless the government or whatever we were doing was to be towards commercial purposes, it should not be done. Then there was the question of borrowing which I didn’t agree with. And so many things like that which I felt were not in the interest of the state.

It was reported that you once called him a rascal.

I don’t think I ever used such a word.

The report is online in which you were quoted as saying “the rascal called Tinubu” and that his party- the APC- should be voted out of Lagos State.

Well, I believe we should get APC out of Lagos State because I do not believe that APC government is honest. I think a lot of its governance is done on the pages of newspapers and on television screens and not real governance. And also, I don’t think that they are governing in the interest of the people. If you look at it, what have they really done for the ordinary man? They’ve broken down markets, rebuilt and driven all the original people in the markets out. They have given the markets out at huge sums of money. The ordinary woman who was in the market before selling pepper can’t afford millions of naira to buy a stall. So what are they doing in the interest of the people? Then there is the question of the toll gates. You add one lane and then you build a huge toll plaza to collect money from the people, what is that doing to help the people? When that road was built originally, there was no toll on it. And if you are adding just one lane, I don’t see why you should be tolling it. For instance, they claim they are building low cost houses, but can any low income earner buy a house for N29m? So, these are the things. Then concerning the schools, they are building all these so-called millennium schools, and yet the ordinary schools are in dire state- the windows are falling off, there is no roof. It’s all being reported in the papers, so what sort of governance is that?

Some still say that you left the defunct Alliance for Democracy primarily because of Tinubu, is this the case?

Well, yes because he took control of the party and everybody who was not ready to kowtow to his whims and caprices was regarded as an enemy. So, the best thing was to leave.

Do you think he’s in charge of Lagos, even beyond his party?

Oh yes, he’s very much in charge. I don’t think anybody in All Progressives Congress does anything without him. He chooses the candidates, his daughter is Iyaloja of Lagos. Even in other states, he’s in control. I think his son-in-law is in the House representing Ekiti State and his wife is in the senate. So he is very much in control. And already, he is bringing somebody called Ambode out to be the governor of Lagos State. He brought (Babatunde) Fashola out, so what are you saying he’s not in control? He’s very much in control.

Is that an admission that your party, the Peoples Democratic Party, will have no chance in the next election in the state?

I don’t think so because the PDP has now woken up to the fact that APC is a fraudulent government and that the government is not being run in the best interest of the people if you go to the streets, most people are not happy with APC government. And the local governments are not functioning because my local council development area here is full of people literally doing nothing and collecting money for doing nothing. We collect our garbage ourselves and pay for it because it’s not being done by the local government. We mend our roads when they are bad ourselves, we clean our gutters by ourselves. So what exactly is happening?

Let’s get something clear now before we continue. Were you impeached or did you resign because there is still some sort of controversy concerning that?

I resigned on December 16, 2002.

Are you saying whoever is saying that you were impeached is lying?

It’s a complete lie. I resigned. And my letter of resignation is there (with the government). I still get my pension.

Did you have problem with the former governor of Lagos primarily because you weren’t submissive because that’s what some people say?

I don’t know what you mean by being ‘submissive.’ Was I supposed to kneel down and greet him every morning or what? All that was the media hype put out to try and justify whatever action he wanted to take. The point was that Tinubu did not want somebody from Afenifere with him in government; that’s basically what it was. And so, all sorts of lies were told in the media to justify whatever they thought they were doing.

Some people also said that you were too ambitious and that this led to a collision with Tinubu?

What ambition? If I was ambitious, would I have accepted to be deputy governor? I would not. I was ready to work with him but he wasn’t ready to have anybody work with him because he had his own agenda. And the agenda was to take over the party from the leaders of the party who formed the party. It was because I refused to join in that agenda that the quarrel really started because anybody who does not agree with Tinubu is his enemy.

So have you forgiven him?

Well, I don’t know what you mean by have I forgiven him. As I said, if I was so ambitious, I wouldn’t be his deputy. When we were campaigning and all that, he was eating my food everyday. I was providing what we ate on campaign because we campaigned together. We rode in the same car everyday but really and truly, basically, he had his ambition of becoming vice president which he told me about and I felt it was rather premature for us to be thinking about such things when we had not even been sworn into office. So that was the basic problem between us, that he wanted to take over the party in order to achieve his ambition.

You said that you still get your pension. But isn’t that contradicting your claims that you were being owed your entitlements?

I’m being paid pension but I’m not getting any of my other allowances, contrary to what they are saying in the papers. But in fact, I’m in court with the Lagos State Government as a result of not being paid all my entitlements. And therefore, I cannot comment on that.

Well, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information was quoted as saying recently that the bone of contention was that you were demanding for a set of new vehicles every three years, which he said the state could not afford.

At least, there is a law. How can I be demanding for something outside the law? I am a lawyer myself. And therefore, I believe in upholding the law. All I’m asking for them to do is to uphold the law which they themselves passed through the State House of Assembly. That is all I’m asking them to do- to uphold the law. And they are the ones who wrote the law. I’m not asking for anything other than what is in the law and they have not given me all that is in the law. But as I said, I don’t want to comment because I’m in court.

Looking at what the law states and in the light of the bill generating controversy in Akwa Ibom State, which reviewed benefits for former governors and deputy governors in the state, don’t you think this set of people which includes you are being unfairly given too much at the expense of taxpayers?

Well, let’s put it this way, for four years, you leave your business and everything and you’re not allowed to do anything else but serve your nation. I believe like every other public servant, you should be remunerated. I assume that the bill (generating controversy in Akwa Ibom) was recommended by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission. In fact, it is the commission that recommends what should be paid to public office holders and I think that that directive was given because it did not want people who had served the nation to fall into penury. After all, if you had been living in a government house and then suddenly, you’re out of office, and if you had been honest and not stolen any money, and you have served your nation faithfully, I think that is why the commission made those recommendations in Akwa Ibom State. If you read the Lagos State law, in fact, it says free medicals should be provided (for former governors and former deputy governors). Now the Governor of Akwa Ibom (Goodswill Akpabio) has since come out to say that what the law was saying is not that past governors should be given N100m every year, but that medical expenses at any given time should not exceed N100m. I mean if any of the former governors falls ill and has to go for cancer treatment abroad, for instance, it’s going to cost that sort of money. So I think that was the provision being made but the governor has since come out to explain and withdraw the law because the way it was being portrayed was that he would be given N100m every year. It’s not every year that former governors would incur medical expenses in any case. For instance, I am someone who is very healthy, I hardly incur medical expenses.

Most of the critics of these laws are criticising them based on the fact that civil servants who spend 35 years in service end up getting stipends, which they have to queue for or which are even unpaid in some cases. So how does that measure up with past governors who only spent four years?

Well, I’m still looking for my entitlements too.

Yes, but they are not comparable.

Well, you see , there is something basically wrong in our society. How can somebody who has worked for 35 years at the end of it all, not get paid their stipends? And usually, you will find that it’s not government that is not paying, it’s the civil servants who are sitting on other civil servants’ entitlements and would not pay. So, I think the civil servants should examine themselves and change their attitude. I was in government and I saw the suffering of pensioners. And these are people who are old and have worked all their lives and should be entitled automatically. In other countries, you don’t ask pensioners to come and queue up for identification until they drop down dead on the queue. They go to any post office and collect their pensions. I would give you an example, a former Chief Judge of Lagos State (once) approached me and told me he had not been paid his pension. So I wrote to the pensions office that Justice so-so-so and so has not been paid his pension, please correct the problem. Then according to him, they wrote to him and asked him to come. When he got there- this was a man in his 80s- they asked him to go to the pensions office which was on the fourth floor or something and there was no lift. So you see, there is something basically wrong with the way we organise ourselves and do things in this country and treat those who have served the nation. I think a change of attitude should come amongst the civil servants themselves. They send these pensioners from office to office and collect bribes from them. I mean, it’s a disgrace. And we must find a better system of administering pensions so that people who have served this nation don’t suffer. Then of course, there is no pensions review. I will give you an example, somebody who was a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria told me that his pension was N4,000 a month. Obviously, they had never reviewed the pension. I mean, what can anybody do with that? So we have to rethink our idea of how we treat our elderly people who have served the nation.

Talking about change that you mentioned now, do you really think that PDP has a chance in Lagos State?

Oh yes, I think so. People are fed up with APC. Talk to anybody on the streets, they have had enough. There are so many taxes, levies and people are not seeing value for money in this government.

Do you think the party is corrupt?

Well, if it isn’t corrupt, then how come some of the leaders of the party have acquired so much property in Lagos State? What did they have before they went into office and what do they have now? People should ask how all these people acquired their wealth. So if it is not by corruption, then they should tell us how they acquired their property.

Many Nigerians believe that the PDP-led Federal Government has not fared better.

Well, Jonathan is not popular because the media is in the hands of a few corrupt people who pay the media to make Jonathan unpopular. They pay the media to publish all sorts of negative things against the president. In the South-West, projects are being given out to one company, Hitech. Go and find out who owns Hitech.

You didn’t really achieve much as a deputy governor, could this have been because you were part of a government that was not concerned about the plight of the people?

I wasn’t given the chance. That is what it was because as I said, if somebody brought an idea which was not Asiwaju’s idea, it would be brushed aside.

Did you bring some ideas that he killed?

Yes. For instance, this electricity project that they did, originally, I sold the idea to Tinubu. I said, ‘look, let us get Siemens to do it.’ But the next thing I knew, they went and got Enron (corporation). They brought badges and all sorts of things. Enron in the end, you know the scandal involving Enron in America. The badges they brought here, are they generating electricity? There is a problem. In fact, I remember when (Olusegun) Obasanjo came to Lagos and he said, “look, these things are rusting already.” But it was all brushed aside. You see, I’m sorry, the press glorifies people, maybe because they throw money around. But the press won’t go deep and find out the main problem. If people are talking about governors and governments being corrupt, then find out the corruption. What are they doing that is corrupt and bring it to the public domain. But instead, they don’t. A lot of these people who are rogues are being projected to us as some sort of superman heroes, which is wrong.

You’ve spoken about APC but many people commend Fashola as performing well in Lagos. It’s obvious you don’t agree with that view.

Well, Fashola is a nice man, but I’m not really impressed by his government. He is planting flowers, yes. And he’s making the place beautiful, yes. And the elite love flowers. They love the environment to be beautiful and there is nothing wrong with that, but what is he doing for the ordinary man? That is my main concern. I’m not saying you shouldn’t make the environment beautiful, but at least, you should serve the ordinary man. Give them decent schools for their children, give them water to drink, give them hospitals and health centres to go to, provide places for the ordinary mechanics where they can carry out their daily living without being harassed. Provide markets for the ordinary people at an affordable price, for example, the woman selling pepper or whatever. Provide housing for people at an affordable price. Now, all these are not being done and that is what I have against the APC. It is always shouting on the pages of newspapers but we don’t see anything concrete being done for the masses.

After you left your position as the deputy governor of Lagos, nobody heard about you again, were you discouraged?

No, I was not discouraged. I’m still very much in politics. If you come here every Tuesday, there is PDP meeting going on in my house here. I’m still very much in politics.

But you never aspired for any position since then?

No, because of the amount of money that people need now to contest. There is no way I can raise that sort of money even if I sell all my property. I can’t get that sort of money to contest for any post.

What if the APC appeals to you to come today, would you rejoin some of your old party members there?

Why should they appeal to me to come to APC? I’m sure Tinubu will never appeal to me to come to APC.

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NIGERIA: Kwankwaso Reduced Kano’s Throne to Party Politics, Says FG

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 The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku yesterday accused Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of reducing the Kano Emirate’s throne to a subject of partisan politics, with the selection of former CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir.

Also yesterday, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan sternly warned the Kano governor over his comments linking President Goodluck Jonathan to the protest in the state following the emergence of Sanusi as Emir.

Meanwhile, the new Emir eventually moved into his palace yesterday afternoon after operating from the Government House for six days due to the protests that followed his appointment.

Maku in a press statement yesterday challenged Kwankwaso to explain to Kano people, the role played by the leadership of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the selection of the new Emir.

He also alleged that Kwankwaso was responsible for the riot that followed the selection of Sanusi and he should face the consequences. Instead of attempting to shift blame to the President.

"Governor Kwankwaso should face the anger of his people and leave President Jonathan and the Federal Government alone. Kwankwaso as it is well known to the public, went on a highly politicized selection process, turning the ascension to the throne of Kano into a partisan political enterprise during which prominent APC leaders and some governors moved to Kano reportedly to influence the outcome," he said.

Maku added that the result of Kwankwaso's politicised selection was the outpouring of anger and protests in the ancient city with unfortunate breakdown of law and order.

He said Kwankwaso should singularly be held responsible for the violence in his state.

"Successions to other traditional institutions in other parts of the North in recent years have not witnessed the kind of public anger and protests and violence that greeted the exercise conducted by Kwankwaso at the Government House in Kano," he added.

The Minister cautioned that the Presidency should not be dragged into the succession crisis raging the city.

According to Maku, it is a known fact that the appointment of traditional rulers is within the purview of state governments and “it is surprising why Kwankwaso has chosen to drag the name of the President into the succession crisis rocking the Kano Emirate.”

Maku continued: "Instead of throwing tantrums and casting aspersions on imaginary enemies, Kwankwaso should face the people of Kano and explain to them the role he and APC leaders played in the imbroglio."

The Minister described as desperate and paranoid the alleged campaign of calumny by Kwankwaso against the Federal Government and President Goodluck Jonathan.

He added that the Police in Kano had offered explanations on why officers and men were deployed to guard the palace.

The minister said: "The recent outbursts of Kwankwaso have lent credence to the observations in some quarters that the governor is now afraid of his own shadow as the people of Kano become increasingly impatient with his years of one-man rule under which he imposes his will on the state in total disregard of the wishes of the people of Kano.

"His altercation with the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero shortly before the Emir’s death is a case in point.  Governor Kwankwaso has no respect for anyone; not even for the traditional institution of his own state.  After the recent denial of freedom of choice for the people of Kano by imposing local government chairmen and councillors on them, he then took on the late Kano Monarch, shortly before his demise.

"The police authorities in the light of the violent opposition to the highly political selection process of the new Emir of Kano only helped to restore law and order and to protect the historic palace of the throne of Kano from being razed down or destroyed by irate and aggrieved people of Kano. To turn round to blame President Jonathan or the Federal Government for the crisis is the height of delusion and irresponsibility on the part of Governor Kwankwaso.  He is the architect of the crisis and violence and if he has a conscience, he should examine his role in these entire unfortunate and needless crisis he has plunged the ancient city of Kano and its respected traditional institution into in recent weeks.

“The federal government however urged people of Kano to remain peaceful and law abiding and to shun recourse to violence in spite of the highhandedness of Governor Kwankwaso and his associates in the selection of a new Emir.”
Adesiyan chides Kwankwaso…

Meanwhile, the Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan also sternly warned the Kano State Governor over his recent comments linking President Jonathan to the protest in Kano following the selection of Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.

Adesiyan admonished the governor to “guard his utterances which is undermining the office of the president.”

Kwankwaso had on Wednesday accused Jonathan of sponsoring the protest that greeted the appointment of a former Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor as the Emir of Kano.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Wale Akinola, the minister described Kwankwaso's accusation as unfortunate.

According to the minister, no responsible governor could raise his voice and abuse the sitting president with a view to scoring a cheap political goal.

"It is rather unfathomable that Kwankwaso could use the protest that followed the appointment of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano as an opportunity to insult the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria the way he likes. His recent outburst is an indication of a failed governor who acts against the will of the people.
"Have you ever seen the opposition party insulting the President of the United States of America or the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom or Chancellor in Germany? It is only in Nigeria that those who lack patriotism like Kwankwaso can insult the president at will.

Rather than reflect and ever remain grateful to PDP for giving him the platform to become a governor and a minister, Kwankwaso now has the audacity to abuse the president.

“While I recognise the inalienable right of citizens to hold opinions and identify with political platforms of their choice, I find it very difficult to understand the type of bitterness that has taken hold of an elected person like Kwankwaso who hugely benefited from the PDP on which platform he was twice elected governor in addition to being appointed minister.

“Kwankwaso has not only shown his aversion to the unity of the nation but also the agenda of his party, the APC, to attack well-meaning individuals and leaders as a means of causing confusion among Nigerians and destroying our oneness as a people.

"Police have the mandate to protect the lives and property of every citizen of Nigeria and Kano State cannot be an exception. When there is protest, the Police should be able to protect people's lives so that it will not lead to a major crisis. That was what the police did in Kano to stop the youths who were dissatisfied with the appointment of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. But instead of appreciating the efforts of security agents in bringing about peace in the state, Kwankwaso was abusing our president.

"I think Kwankwaso needs to be educated on the role of Police and other security agencies in the society as well as the functions of the President of Nigeria in order to give him an insight on their operational procedure."
Sanusi moves into palace…

In a related development, the new Emir of Kano, after reported interventions and horse-trading, yesterday relocated to the palace after he led the first Friday prayer at Government House Jumaat mosque.

In a sermon to the congregation, the new emir called on all Muslims to have the fear of God in all their dealings.

Sanusi also pledged to continue to exhibit high sense of transparency, fairness and treat everybody as equal.

He said: “God gives power to whom he wants and though I may not have been the best among the candidates but God has chosen me to lead."
It was also observed that the new emir departed Kano Government House at about 3.30pm for the palace in a long convoy of well wishers supporters and palace guards.

Sanusi who drove into the palace in the official vehicles of the emirate, entered into the palace through a new gate erected for him as part of the tradition.
Sanusi had been conducting affairs of his new office as Emir of Kano from the Government House as there were riots and siege on the palace by security agents.
Unconfirmed reports say some respected traditional rulers from the northern part of the country had to intercede for the security siege on the palace to be lifted, making it possible for him to move to the palace.

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Ubah’s N21bn Debt: AMCON Pays Access Bank N16bn Final Settlement

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The Asset Management Company of Nigeria AMCON has intervened in the bitter feud between Chairman of Coscharis Motors, Cosmos Maduka and Ifeanyi Ubah’s Capital Oil and Gas Industries over the N21 billion debt owed Access Bank by Ubah’s firm which was guaranteed by Coscharis.
Investigation by THISDAY’ revealed that AMCON has paid Access Bank N16 billion of the N21 billion debt as full and final settlement, leaving a shortfall of N5 billion and accumulated interest of over N6 billion which was borne by Maduka.
The payment by AMCON followed an agreement reached by the feuding parties.
THISDAY further gathered that Maduka, in a deal brokered by AMCON, after some hesitation, finally accepted the full and final payment of N16 billion from AMCON which had taken over the controversial businessman’s liabilities from this particular transactions and others that had massed huge debt.

Sources close to AMCON and Maduka disclosed that the agreement had been signed and sealed and that payment had since been made to Access Bank by AMCON who last year took over Ubah business known as Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited at 1, Capital Oil Close, Westminster; Ibru Jetty Complex, Ibafon Apapa, Lagos State.

The source said Maduka initially did not want to sign the deal “because it amounted to losing over N11 billion, but when he looked at the monthly interest of about N300 million being accumulated by the loan, he had to sign and walk away from the lingering crisis.”

The source alleged that Ubah successfully used the judiciary to frustrate the case against him. “It is so painful. But this is the reality of the country we now live in.”
The source said further: “Maduka had to sell the bulk of his shares in Access Bank to make up the difference and fully settle the debt. It is a big lesson that he learnt from the crisis. There was huge pressure on him to accept the AMCON deal, even from government quarters. He had to budge and move ahead with his life.”

Maduka had accused Ubah and his company of fraudulently diverting the petroleum products financed by Access Bank under the joint venture agreement between Capital Oil and Coscharis Motors Limited.

It alleged that products worth N21 billion was not delivered by Ubah and that the Capital Oil boss failed to return the money.
In the heat of the crisis, a London High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, placed a worldwide order (mareva injunction) against the assets of Ubah and his company, Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, following a suit filed by Access Bank.

At a point, Ubah was arrested and detained for nearly ten days before he was released. This was based on Maduka’s complaint to the Special Fraud Unit of the police.

In a counter move, the Capital Oil boss sent a petition to the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, alleging threats to his life. He demanded the arrest of Maduka over the alleged threat.

The letter reads: "We are solicitors to Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd. and on whose behalf and mandate we write this petition.
We write to formally inform you about the libelous publications against our client and also threats to his life by Chief Cosmas Maduka of Coscharis Group.
“Our client informed us that sometime in 2011 he entered into a business transaction with Maduka. The business was flourishing until Maduka became dissatisfied with the outcome of the business, consequent upon which he has filed a petition to your office.

“While your men are investigating the matter, which is purely a civil contractual relationship with its attendant rights and liabilities, Maduka went on air – Channels Television and AIT – to slander our client.

“He called our client all sorts of names ranging from a thief to an international fraudster. As though that was not enough and still not allowing your men to do their job, Maduka took four pages in some national newspapers libelled our client and repeated his slander.

“Our client's life is now being threatened as he receives anonymous calls urging him to pay those he owes, while also receiving text messages from unknown persons demanding that he must share the ‘loot’ apparently in reference to Maduka's allegation that he (Ubah) duped him of billions of naira.

“May we point out that our client has neither been convicted of any crime by any court law nor has he been adjudged liable for any breach of contractual business relationship with anyone, including Maduka."

Ubah’s counsel asked the IG to cause the arrest of Maduka, investigate the libellous publications and cause him to write a letter of apology within seven days or face legal action.

He also asked the IG to warn Maduka to desist from further libelous publications against his client pending the conclusion of the police investigation and pending court case or he risks contempt of court.
There were other court cases by the parties involved in the feud, including that of the Mareva injunction against Ubah granted by the UK court. It was granted sequel to an application by Access Bank Plc, aimed at preserving the assets of Capital Oil pending the determination of the suit brought before it by the bank.

Also restrained then, alongside Ubah and Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, were Rofos Navigation Limited, Xifias Navigation Limited, Heli Navigation Limited and Tutbury Maritime Limited.

The order of the UK court was given three days after Ubah and his company obtained a similar injunction in Nigeria restraining the bank and Coscharis Motors Limited from interfering with his assets.
The court, presided over by Justice Cooke, ordered that until the return date or further order of the court, Ubah and company, Capital Oil, must not remove from England, Wales or any other part of the United Kingdom, any of their assets which are in England and Wales valued at over $133 million or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of their assets up to the same value.

The injunction covers the following assets: The property and assets of the respondent’s business known as Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited at 1, Capital Oil Close, Westminster; Ibru Jetty Complex, Ibafon Apapa, Lagos State; or the sale of the money, if any of them have been sold.

The court further directed that Ubah and Capital Oil should within seven days of service of the order swear and serve on Access Bank’s solicitors an affidavit of all their assets worldwide exceeding £50,000 in value whether in their own names or not and whether solely or jointly owned, giving the value, location and details of such assets.

It noted that failure by the respondents to comply with the orders of the court would be tantamount to contempt of court.
The court also spelt out other consequences, which the respondents would face should they fail to comply with the orders to include being fined or have their assets seized.
The court further added that Ubah and officers of the company could be sent to prison and their assets seized should they fail to obey the orders.

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Post 2015: Nigeria Off Track on MDGs Attainment, says Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) has said that Nigeria was off track in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 deadline. It called on the Federal Government to recognise the developmental role of local government as a partner in the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Secretary General, CLGF,  Mr. Carl Wright stated this yesterday in Abuja at a briefing on the resolution and suggestions arrived at the end of four-day meeting by the organisation in the country.
Wright said that Nigeria’s active contribution to early consultations on the post 2015 process through the support of the United Nations (UN) system was welcome development.

He noted that the provisional new goals include many areas which related to local government and its core responsibilities like education, health, sanitation among others.
He said: “The session reflected on the increasingly developmental role of local government and the importance of ensuring that local government is recognised as a partner in the implementation of the new SDGs.
“Nigeria is off track in meeting the MDGs, many of which happen at the local level and must be mindful of the need for better integration between levels of government, mainstreaming support within budgets, and improving transparency and accountability.

“Surveys undertaken in Nigeria as part of consultations on the SDGs demonstrate that local people prioritise seeing corruption tackled, local governance, local governance improved and jobs created. A strong and enabling legal framework is essential to enable local government to undertake this role effectively”.
Wright stressed that SDGs should be built on MDGs and the proposed goals relating to good governance, tackling corruption and job creation, as well as the emerging principle of localising would reinforce the earlier emphasis on social development and poverty eradication.
He also pointed out that there was need for the elimination of encroachment on local sources and build local government’s capacity to improve internally generated revenue.
Also speaking, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki said the outcomes of interactions during the forum's meeting had been so enriching.

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