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Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:37 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
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    The United States’ Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that Brent crude oil prices will average $71 per barrel in 2018 and $68 a barrel in 2019. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Bonny Light crude oil has maintain an international price of $73.44 per barrel, higher than the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket price of $73.35 per barrel.
    The price of Nigeria’s Bonny Light is higher than the Nigeria’s $51 per barrel benchmark for 2018 budget.EIA in its Monthly Oil Market report for May, expects oil prices to decline in the coming months because global oil inventories are expected to rise slightly during the second half of 2018 and in 2019.The updated 2019 forecast price is $2 a barrel is higher than in the May forecast, which sold for an average price of $77 a barrel, an increase of $5 per barrel from April and the highest monthly average price since November 2014.

    Even though the 2019 oil price forecast is higher than it was in the May monthly report, EIA expects oil prices to decline in the coming months because global oil inventories are expected to rise slightly during the second half of 2018 and in 2019.According to EIA, expected inventory growth results from forecast oil supply growth outpacing forecast oil demand growth in 2019.

    EIA currently forecasts global petroleum and other liquids inventories will increase by 210,000 barrels per day (b/d) next year, a factor that, all else being equal, typically puts downward pressure on oil prices.Most of the growth in global oil production in the coming months is expected to come from the United States.

    EIA projects that U.S. crude oil production will average 10.8 million barrels per day for full-year 2018, up from 9.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017, and will average 11.8 million bpd in 2019.

    The agency noted that if the 2018 and 2019 forecast annual averages materialize, they would be the highest levels of production on record, surpassing the previous record set in 1970.EIA expects that OPEC crude oil production will average 32.0 million b/d in 2018, a decrease of about 0.4 million bpd from the 2017 level.

    The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, expressed optimism that the price of crude oil would rise to a level that is neither too high nor too low.The Minister said though crude oil appears to have fallen into bad times because of prevailing low price and the campaign against the use of fossil fuels for environmental reasons, the product would soon rise up to take its place as the prime global energy source.

    Waxing poetic message on the current crude oil prices recently, Kachikwu stated: “My name is oil, those who are kind to me call me black gold. Those who hate me call me crude.“I worry for my future; everyone now talks down on me. Even farmers who trembled at the sight of my name are now strategizing against me.“And all my beneficiaries, me have they abandoned, all because producers have lost their tracks. But I will rise again, and when I do, I will take no prisoners.

    “I will new technologies control; I will my supremacy confirm; I will my respect regain.“And my pricing, not too low, not too high; but I will not allow prices to humiliate me. All of you in OPEC, APPA, GCEF and all such bodies who have shown me no respect recently, soon, you’ll eat your words.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:31 AM - Forum: Health - No Replies
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    The Secretary of the Bida Local Government Area in Niger State, Suleiman Sheshi, confirmed on Monday that 10 persons have died in the cholera outbreak in the area.

    According to him, 60 cases have been reported at the Umaru Sanda General Hospital in Bida.

    Sheshi, who doubles as the Health Director at the LGA, said he had visited some health centers in the area and confirmed that the centers had patients with cholera.

    “Prompt action on our part will without save lives of patients who are presently critical points,” he stated.

    Just last week, three Persons were confirmed dead as a result of cholera outbreak in Lokoja Local Government of Kogi State.

    The Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Health, Kolawole Johnson noted that the ministry recorded 17 suspected cases, which consist of nine Males and eight Females.

    The outbreak according to the Permanent Secretary occurred in Kabawa community a remote area in the State Capital.


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:23 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    President Muhammmadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Bauchi State over the windstorm disaster.

    This was contained in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, on Monday night.

    Shehu quoted Buhari as saying that the government and people of Nigeria stood with the state, as it struggled to manage the fallout of the double tragedy.

    “Nigerians stand in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.

    “As a fellow human being, I understand your pains and inconveniences as you struggle to pick up the pieces and rebuild your lost houses, schools, markets and places of worship. This is not something you bargained and we are powerless against the fury of nature.

    “On behalf of myself and my administration, my heart goes out to the victims of this disaster and I pray to God to replenish their losses,” he said.

    DAILY POST reports that about 30 people were feared dead, following heavy windstorm in Bauchi metropolis and environs late on Saturday.

    The storm, which wrecked the state capital, also affected other towns and villages in the state.


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:19 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    Leaders of Islamic State (IS) are sneaking battle-hardened extremists from Syria into Nigeria.

    According to UK Sun, some of the fighters were reportedly sent to the Middle East for training in a “chilling exchange programme”.

    The tabloid claimed that the insurgents are trained for possible attacks in Britain.

    It also report quoted sources as saying the strong links between Nigeria and the UK will make it easier for IS to send its killers to Britain.

    “It is feared IS will exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK,” the report read.

    Isaac Subi, a group captain, who has been fighting terrorism, said IS has an exchange programme of fighters.

    “They come and train their fighters here and some of our insurgents too are granted access to their training in Yemen and Syria, acquiring those skills and they come back and teach others,” he said.

    “They have their exchange programme of fighters. Their poisonous attack has already ended in horror attacks on British streets.

    “There are hundreds of fighters. It’s a virus that spreads across our borders. Their action leaves trails of blood and tears and sorrow,” he added.

    Meanwhile, Charles Calder, Britain’s defense adviser in Abuja, said ISIS could be a threat to the UK mainland if unchecked.

    “In time, unchecked, it could present a threat to both UK interests and conceivably the UK mainland,” Calder said.

    “Sending small, handpicked teams out to military training hubs across the country was the best way to prevent Nigeria from collapsing.

    “Brits has so far trained 35,000 military personnel in Nigeria and commanders say they are now performing better on the frontline.

    “The UK has teams training Nigeria’s air force, army , naval special forces and the equivalent of the SAS.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:15 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    The remains of John Iheanacho, who was kidnapped and murdered by suspected kidnappers around Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State have been recovered by men of the IGP Intelligentce Response Team.

    Two among the four suspects involved in the kidnap and murder of Iheanacho, a senior staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC, led officers of the IGP Intelligence Response Team to a forest where they buried their victim in a shallow grave in Abia state.

    Information available to DAILY POST shows that John Iheanacho who was the President of Eastern Zone of Investment Cooperative Society Limited was shot by his abductors and taken to an uncompleted building in a community in Ndoki, Oyigbo Local government of Rivers state where he died of bullet wounds.

    Commander of the IGP Intelligent Response Team, Abba Kyari who is a Deputy Commissioner of Police told newsmen that Samuel Ikechukwu Alexander, popularly called Pillar, Chima Mark, Stephen Iniobong and Teddy Ifeanyi had collected ransom in dollars from their victim before killing him.

    DCP Abba Kyari said the four-man criminal gang who hail from Southern states of Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Rivers State had also abducted two female victims, alongside John Iheanacho, who were raped an made tobpay 1.5million naira each before their release.

    The Paramount ruler of Omuoshi in Ndoki community in Oyigbo, Eze Friday Oscar also spoke to newsmen shortly after the recovery of the deceased.

    He said, “It is shocking to know that this kind of thing happened in my community.

    “I noticed some movement in the community and later some police came here for investigation and told me what happened. I gave them my word that I will support them to any length to uncover whatever happened.

    “Here we are with this kind of discovery.”

    The remains of the senior staff of NNPC, John Iheanacho has been deposited in the mortuaty.


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:06 AM - Forum: Naija Diaspora - No Replies
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    The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Stefanou Pontesilli says no fewer than 1500 Nigerians are serving jail terms for various offences in Italy.

    Pontesilli who made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Abuja said the number was huge.

    ”In Italy we have about 1500 Nigerians in jail for various offences. It is a big number.

    ”We sometimes send them back to Nigeria once they finished their terms because they have not behaved well,” he said.

    He, however, denied reports that Italy sometimes send Nigerian migrants to Libya.

    ”Never, we never sent anyone not even one single person to Libya.

    ”Some Nigerians are stuck in Libya because they were never able to cross over to Italy, but all those who went to Italy no one, not even one was ever sent back.

    ”All Nigerians who have reached Italy and are behaving well have no problem.

    ”Not one of them not even one has heard of being sent back to Libya,” he said.

    According to him, thousands of Nigerians unable to cross from Libya to Italy have been stuck in Libya.

    ”Thank God the government is doing a lot to repatriate them through chattered flights.

    ”Thanks for the help from the European Union and the International Organisation for Migration that are slowly repatriating them back to Nigeria,” he said.

    The envoy said that the relationship between Italy and Nigeria remained stronger.

    ”That is why Italy has been doing so much on the migration by saving tens and thousands of the Nigerians’ lives when crossing the Mediterranean.

    ”Authority has been doing so much by taking them to Italy, feeding them, getting them jobs, giving them house and trying to give them a new life,” Pontesilli said.

    He said that Italy had also done a lot in trying to help Nigeria maintain security and stability.

    ”This to Italy is very important, the stability and the security of Nigeria is our foremost consideration.

    ”We think that without a stable secure country there cannot be development.

    ”So that’s why we stand strongly behind President Muhammadu Buhari trying to establish a strong, safe and stable Nigeria.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 06:01 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    A female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was over the weekend gang raped by a 15-man gang of robbers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

    It was learnt that the robbers carried out the dastardly act after they invaded the ‘Corpers Lodge’ at Yenizue Gene, a suburb of Yenagoa, about 3am, June 17th.

    According to reports, the armed robbers overpowered the neighborhood vigilantes who are usually armed with only sticks and machetes.

    Residents of the community later rescued her after the robbers raped her in turns, News Telegraph reports.

    The corps member is currently in a critical condition at the hospital after residents took her to the hospital.

    A vigilante, simply identified as Tonye, said the police were alerted but there was little they could do because the area had been thrown into darkness by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC).

    “The security men were also afraid of running into an ambush,”Tonye said.

    The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Asinim Butswat, could not give details of the incident.

    He said the command was yet to receive any information about the incident.


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 05:58 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
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    The Lagos State police command has foiled attempt by kidnappers to abduct a Deputy Comptroller of Customs, her younger brother and her son during the weekend.

    It also said it arrested two suspected members of the kidnap gang.

    During preliminary investigation, one of the suspects, Olugbenga Kehinde Ojo was discovered to be a former driver to the female Customs officer’s uncle.

    The kidnappers had posed as businessmen and contacted the Customs officer’s brother, Barrister Theophilus Yisa, on phone, informing him of a business proposal.

    They invited Theophilus to a meeting around Lekki, to finalise the supposed deal.

    However, Theophilus, as gathered, contacted the Commander, Area D, Akinbayo Olusoji, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, with a view to informing him of the deal before hand, should anything go amiss.

    Suspecting that the supposed businessmen had a sinister motive, the Police ran a quick check on one of the callers, Yomi Odudare, only to discover he had been on their wanted list.

    On the meeting day, Saturday, some policemen in plain clothes accompanied Theophilus to Fara-park, Ajah, where Odudare was arrested.

    During investigation, the suspect confessed to being a member of a kidnap gang. He claimed never to have met Theophilus or any member of his family before.

    He also disclosed that his gang’s intention was to kidnap Theophilus, his Customs officer sister and her son. He revealed that the idea to kidnap the trio was orchestrated by one Olugbenga Kehinde Ojo.

    On the Police’s directive, Odudare put a call through to Ojo, asking him to come to a designated point, that he had successfully abducted the lawyer.

    When unsuspecting Ojo arrived the scene, he was subsequently arrested.

    The suspects, as gathered, took the Police to a shanty surrounded by water at Eleko, along Lekki/Epe Expressway, where they intended to keep their victims hostage.

    Confirming their arrest, the Lagos State Police Public Relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, disclosed that the suspects intended to kill the victims had they succeeded in their plan.

    According to Oti , “it was the agreement of both suspects that in order to avoid the mistakes of the notorious kidnapper, Evans, the moment any of their potential victims sights Olugbenga Ojo, a former employee of the Deputy Comptroller’s uncle, that person must be killed because they all know him.

    “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, wishes to use this opportunity to advise Lagosians to be wary of people who call them out for lucrative business deals, as it might turn out to be a ploy to kidnap or harm them.

    “He assures that the Command will remain proactive in the fight against crimes in the state.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 05:51 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
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    Nigerian fashion influencer and celebrity stylist, Toyin Lawani, has said men have a tendency to cheat in relationships because of their polygamous nature.

    According to her, every man is entitled to about 10 women.

    She also slammed women who think they can play both the roles of a dad and a mum in their kids’ lives, saying “To all the idiot mums that think a father’s space can ever be replaced by a mother’s space in their kids lives, get this ehn? You can never grow manhood.

    “Best believe and start acting right. Even if the father of our kids are dead beats? Ehn? You have to make it work for the future; for the sake of the child who didn’t beg you to be born.

    “Every man is entailed to 10 women. Even pastors cheat. Our world is corrupt. Just make it work for your kids sake,” she write on her Instagram handle.’


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 05:44 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    France and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has said he has become “the most-criticised player in the world”.

    Pogba set a record for the most expensive transfer when he joined United from Juventus for £89.3million in 2016 and has frequently come under criticism for not living up to his price tag.

    The midfielder has been in and out of form in his two seasons with United, insists he is a target for critics.

    “It seems I have less right than others to make mistakes,” Pogba told Telefoot.

    “It’s funny, I went from being the biggest transfer in the world to the most-criticised player in the world. The critics will always be there. That’s football.

    “When I was little with my friends, we always used to take the mickey out of each other, saying, ‘You were good, you were bad.’ It’s what happens on every football pitch, and I treat the criticism now like I did when I was playing on the street as a kid.

    “I’m out there having fun — and that’s the only answer I can give to all those people who criticise me or think I am this or that. It’s not a big deal. Everybody has opinions.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 19-06-2018, 05:41 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    Harry Kane netted a stoppage-time winner, as England began their 2018 World Cup campaign, with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday night.

    The Tottenham Hotspur striker had opened scoring in the 11th minute, after pouncing on a loose ball inside the area.

    However, Tunisia levelled throughwhen Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled in the area, a decision backed up by a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.

    Ferjani Sassi tucked away the penalty, despite Jordan Pickford getting a fingertip on it.

    Kane had a claim for a spot kick waved away, before he headed in the winner in added time.

    The win puts the Three Lions in second place in Group G, behind Belgium who hammered Panama 3-0 in the earlier game.


Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 05:16 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies

  • Following a disappointing start at the FIFA World Cup happening in Russia, a Nigerian fan has burnt his Super Eagles' jersey. 

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    The man burning the Super Eagles' jersey
    A Nigerian football fan has set his Super Eagles' jersey on fire.

    The disappointed fan took to social media to show off the unfortunate act as a result of Super Eagles' last Saturday's poor performance against Croatia in their opening game at the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia.

    Many Nigerians, including Media personality, Emmanuel Ugolee have condemned the act calling it an unpatriotic behaviour. Ugolee reacted on his Instagram thus:

    "Without giving an excuse for a dissappointing outing, the public bashing on the eagles is even more dissappointing.

    Nigeria lost her 1st match. So what? Even with that loss, is she not better of than heavy weights Holland & Italy who are but mere spectators to the tournament? Should Ghanians and South Africans hang their players for keeping them away from all the fun? 

    Germany, 4 time winners, also lost their opening match. Did any Argentine or Brazilian expect a draw? Like life, the game is full of disappointments and embarrassing moments. 

    No man alive is immune to such times. The reaction of those around you when it is your turn to temporarily be down should be very closely observed because nothing better reveals who deserves or is undeserving of your company after the storm. 

    With the slightest fall there are those [like the culprit responsible for this video] who would very immediately distance themselves from you and at the next opportunity tarnish your image with a verbal deliberation on your weaknesses both real and imagined. Spreading doom with no sense of hope. 

    When you find people like this near you. My brother please run. They are like a wicked mum who beats her child for loosing a school race. How do you go from wearing a jersey proudly on the 16th to burning it on the 17th? Clear fake love. Same goes for any who has been using hate speech on the boys."


    Angry Nigerian man sets his jersey on fire after the Super Eagles lost to Croatia #Russia2018⚽ #worldcup
    A post shared by LIB - Linda Ikeji Blog (@lindaikejiblog) on Jun 18, 2018 at 4:36am PDT

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 04:34 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A naval officer has shocked people with his unbelievably criminal act after going haywire and stabbing a woman to death.[Image: Dead-hand.jpg]File photo

    A naval rating, Yusuf Owolabi, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly stabbing a woman, Taibat Badru, to death in Egan, a riverine community in the Ojo council area of Lagos.
    According to Punch Metro, the naval rating, who was said to be the son of a factional traditional ruler in the community, allegedly stabbed the woman with a knife on a clear Friday afternoon.
    The 55-year-old was confirmed died at a general hospital.
    Punch Metro reports that the suspect was arrested by policemen attached to the Ilemba Hausa Division on Saturday and was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
    It was learnt that an aide to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly had petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who ordered the arrest of the suspect.
    A community source said the incident was caused by a tussle for the position of the baale of the village, lost by the suspect’s father, Moshood, to a member of the deceased’s family.
    The development reportedly pitched members of the two families against one another.
    According to the source, the suspected killer rating, who was recently deployed in Lagos from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, arrived in the village in company with a friend.
    The source added that the suspect, who was armed with a knife, got himself drunk before he picked a fight with the son of the deceased woman, named Quadri.
    Quadri reportedly invited his mother into the clash and the woman was stabbed to death.
    The source said, “The family members of Moshood and his rival always fight one another. There was a time the house of Moshood was set ablaze by the people of the village over this matter.

    “But the fight that led to the death of the woman started between the naval man and Quadri, the son of the deceased.

    “Quadri ran into their house to inform his mother about the scuffle and as the mother rushed out, the suspect brought out his dagger and stabbed her in the back.

    “When efforts to stop the blood gushing out of the woman failed, they rushed her to the Alimosho General Hospital at Igando where she eventually died.”
    The Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Musbau Rasak, said the woman was his sister.
    The Lagos State Police Public Relaions Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.
    He said, “A naval rating with no 815/448, Yusuf Owolabi, aged 24, son of the factional baale of Egan and one other at large, went to Egan community and used a knife to stab one Tohbat Badiru, aged 55 years, in her back. She bled to death on her way to the general hospital. The suspect has been arrested and detained.”

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 04:27 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A Nigerian man has shared a rather shocking video showing some men committing suicide after losing bets in China.[Image: suicide1.JPG]The scene of the sad incident

    Mokwuelum Ifeanyi, a Nigerian man who lives in Guangzhou, China, has shared videos of two men who committed suicide separately.
    According to Ifeanyi, the men killed themselves after allegedly losing all their money which they betted on the world cup match between Germany and Mexico.[Image: suicide1.JPG]
    What Ifeanyi shared on Facebook

    It will be recalled that yesterday, defending champions Germany made a disastrous start to their bid to win back-to-back World Cups with a 0-1 shock defeat by Mexico.
    Hirving Lozano’s strike helped Mexico beat , Germany, 1 – 0 in their Group F match at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
    Despite facing some sustained late pressure, Mexico held on to inflict a first World Cup defeat on Germany since they lost to Spain in the 2010 semi-final.
    This was also the first time a German side had lost their opening game of this tournament since 1982, when West Germany were upset by Algeria.[/size][/size]

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 04:11 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • In what will come across as a really shocking development, a man has ended up getting crushed to death by his mother's coffin during her burial. 

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    The coffin begins to fall as onlookers scream at the funeral in Indonesia

    An Indonesian man was killed when his mother's coffin fell from a funeral tower and crushed him during a service on the island of Sulawesi.
    Samen Kondorura, 40, died when pallbearers lost their footing carrying the coffin up a bamboo ladder in the Parinding valley in North Toraja district.
    The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian - an ornately carved tower where the dead are placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites.
    'As the mother's coffin was being raised to the lakkian, suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, the coffin fell and hit the victim,' Julianto Sirait, chief commissioner of the Tana Toraja resort police, told AFP.
    Graphic video from the scene shows the ladder slip just as the casket enters the tower, sending the men tumbling several metres to the ground where the victim is crushed by the coffin.
    Horrified onlookers rush to the men's aid but Kondorura died later in hospital.
    Sirait said the accident happened because the ladder was not properly reinforced but the family has declined to press charges.
    The body of Kondorura is now resting alongside his mother Berta, he added.
    When ethnic Torajans die, local residents hold elaborate funerals that can last for days and involve music, dance and the sacrifice of water buffalo.
    Watch the shocking video below:

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 04:08 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A Lagos landlord has been reported to have suddenly slumped and died just minutes after disagreeing with his own tenant. 

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    Abiodun Bolarinwa, a landlord in Lagos, has died after a disagreement with his tenant, Shadrach Enim, on Chris Matthew Street, in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State.
    Punch Metro reports that the duo on Saturday had a hot exchange of words, during which the men abused and threatened each other.
    A few minutes afterwards, Bolarinwa was reported to have slumped and died.
    It was learnt that the tenant was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police, with the allegation that he had a hand in the landlord’s death.
    The cause of the fight had yet to be ascertained as of press time.
    The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations into what actually transpired were ongoing.
    He said, “The story is confirmed. The landlord and the tenant had a misunderstanding that degenerated into a verbal abuse on Saturday, around 6.20pm.

    “According to the report from the division, there was no physical contact. The landlord, Mr Abiodun Bolarinwa, slumped and died. The corpse has been taken to a mortuary for autopsy. The tenant is in custody pending the conclusion of investigations.”

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 04:05 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • A young man has been given the beating of his life after allegedly getting caught having an affair with his aunt and murdering his mother. 

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    A young man identified as Agaezichi Ogbonna, has been arrested by police officers in Abia after committing an unbelievably criminal act.
    The young man reportedly killed his own mother over a love affair he was having with a blood relative who happens to be his own aunt, at Akpaa Mbato community, Obingwa council area of Abia State.
    Local reports show that the 22-year-old suspect was said to have been having a love affair with his mother’s young sister, but his mother, Blessing, warned against the relationship, describing it as a taboo in Igbo land.
    On this fateful day, Obinna had allegedly spent the night with his lover. However, troubled brewed when his mother, the late Mrs. Chinyere Ogbonna, spotted her sister leaving her son's room on Saturday morning.

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    Mrs. Chinyere Ogbonna is said to have raised alarm calling the attention of the community to the sacrilegious relationship her son has been keeping with a blood relative.
    This however did not go down well with Obinna as he was said to have jumped out of the room, landed his mother several punches on the face and all over her body which threw her into coma. She gave up the ghost on arrival to a nearby medical facility.
    When they realized that the woman had died, the two ‘love birds’ fled, but Obinna was arrested by youths who handed him over to the soldiers stationed at the community.
    The suspect who was beaten after being stripped unclad - has been handed over to the Police.[/size][/size]

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 04:03 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies
  • The long arm of the law has finally caught up with three criminal pickpockets after they tried to rob a policeman in Lagos. 

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    The Lagos State police command has arrested a 28-year-old suspected pickpocket, Ndubuisi Nsuka, and two other members of his gang while attempting to steal from a policeman.

    The Imo State indigene and his accomplices – Saheed Shittu and Usman Abubakar – belonged to a syndicate, which specialised in using a tricycle to dispossess commuters of their valuables.

    According to Punchng, while Abubakar rode the tricycle, Nsuka and Shittu allegedly pretended to be passengers and stole from their victims. Luck ran out on them on Tuesday when they attempted to rob a policeman.

    The officer, who was going to the office on Tuesday, boarded their tricycle. He was about to enter the tricycle when some people cautioned him. They told him that the men were notorious for stealing from passengers.
    He, however, boarded the tricycle. When they wanted to steal from him, he did not struggle with them and he did not reveal his identity because he was in mufti. When the tricycle approached the Zone 2 command headquarters, he asked some officers at the command to arrest them.

    During interrogation, they initially pretended that they did not know each other. The officers, however, dialled the number of one of them on the other person’s phone and it brought out his accomplice name.

Posted by: slimsaint - 18-06-2018, 03:53 PM - Forum: Naija Directory - No Replies

  • A judge of an Owerri high court in Imo State has ordered MASSOB leader to be remanded in jail for disobeying the order of the court to appear before it. 


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    Founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has been sentenced to one month in prison by a judge of an Owerri high court in Imo State for disobeying the order of the court to appear in a case in which he is plaintiff.

    Presiding Justice Kemakolam Ojiako made the order in the civil case, HOW/265/2013, between Uwazuruike (plaintiff) and Barr. Chigozie Iheama and others over a land dispute.

    Ruling on the motion on notice filed on July 6, 2017, by C.K. Okorie, counsel to the defendant, praying the court to commit the plaintiff/contemnor to prison for disobeying the order of the court, Ojiako ruled that, “The plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby found guilty of contempt/disobedience to the said order of court made on April 2, 2017.

    “That the plaintiff, Chief Raphael Uwazuruike, is hereby committed/sentenced to prison custody and shall be so detained for a period of one month from the date of his commitment to prison.”

    Ojiako also restrained Uwazuruike, his agents, privies or servants from entering into the said land pending the determination of the action.

    The judge adjourned proceedings to July 10, 2018.

    However, Emmanuel Chukwuka, counsel to the MASSOB/BIM leader, said that they had earlier appealed the contempt proceedings at the Appeal Court, which was slated for hearing on October 2, 2019, but the judge has continued with the contempt proceedings.

    “The ruling of the court has been appealed at the Court of Appeal but Justice Ojiako insists he will continue with the matter, rather than stay proceedings in the matter, as is the normal practice,
    ” he said

Posted by: Watchtower - 18-06-2018, 07:04 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
  • [Image: Capt.-Muhtar-Usman.jpg]

    A fresh controversy has emerged over the total number of passengers that travelled the Nigerian airspace and ticket fares generated in 2016 and 2017, especially the harmonised figures recently released by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
    The apex regulatory body disclosed 15 million international and local passengers in 2016, with a total of N422.4 billion in ticket sales.

    2017 recorded 14.1 million passengers, with N505 billion in ticket sales.

    Stakeholders, however, faulted the new revenue estimates, alleging a shortfall in excess of N400 billion in the two years under review, with attendant shortchange of the mandatory five per cent charges that go to five regulatory agencies from ticket sales.

    The stakeholders, who blamed under-disclosure of earnings as one of the reasons for the poor funding of the critical agencies, urged the Minister of State for Aviation, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the National Assembly Aviation Committees to separately set up investigation panels to look into the issues.

    By statutes in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Acts (CAA) 2006, the NCAA is tasked in part 12 (1) to collect, on behalf of itself and four aviation agencies, five per cent charges on all airlines passengers’ ticket sales, air chartered services charges, cargo freight charges and so on.

    The collection is for the security of infrastructural systems, and services and human capital development of related operations in the aviation sector.

    The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), for instance, gets 23 per cent of the five per cent collection; Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) gets three per cent; Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) is allotted seven per cent; and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) shares nine per cent. The rest is allocated to NCAA.

    In the wake of the furore that greeted the discrepancies between the NCAA’s estimates and those of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)/Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for 2017, the NCAA came up with harmonised figures.

    These were presented by the Director of NCAA’s Consumers Protection Unit, Dr. Adamu Abdullahi, at a breakfast meeting, organised by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative in Lagos.

    According to Abdullahi, a total of 10.7 million local and 4.3 million international passengers were recorded in 2016, while 2017 pooled a total of 10.1 million local and four million international passengers.

    Consequently, local routes earned N79.5 billion, while international routes earned N343 billion in 2016.

    For 2017, it was N93.6 billion for local and N411.6 billion for international ticket sales. Year 2016 earned a total of N422.4 billion in ticket sales, while 2017 recorded N505 billion.

    Stakeholders are worried that the revenue estimates did not match the average cost of tickets when multiplied by the traffic disclosed.

    There is also a shortfall when compared with figures disclosed by both the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the National Association of Nigerian Air Travel Agencies (NANTA).

    From the 2017 figures, for instance, if each of the two million international outbound passengers pay an average of N350,000, that would amount to N700 billion in ticket sales, compared to NCAA’s N411.6 billion, ditto for local passengers.

    If each of the five million outbound passengers pay an average of N18,000 per ticket, that would amount to N90 billion in ticket sales.

    The total is N790 billion, compared to NCAA’s N505 billion.

    In fact, NANTA’s president reiterated at the forum that foreign airlines operating in the country alone amassed about N503.3 billion ($1.4 billion) in travel ticket sales in 2017.

    The NCAA, however, denied disparities in figures and revenue, claiming not all passengers ended up using the tickets during the year under review.

    The Spokesperson for the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, had earlier said the apex regulatory body stands by its estimates, because “the figures are verifiable and are harmonised by all relevant aviation parastatals, government agencies and handling companies.”

    Adurogboye explained that the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) is not based on the total tickets sold, but only on flown tickets. This is unlike FAAN that computes its Passenger Service Charge (PSC) on all categories of passengers flying through the airport.

    He said: “Furthermore, five per cent TSC applies to all tickets originating from Nigeria with the exclusion of diplomats, tickets sold offshore, infants’ tickets and staff tickets. These are all classified as non-taxable tickets.

    “The authority, hereby, states categorically, that there is no consultant(s) commissioned to collect revenue on its behalf. Payments have since been automated, while processing and data analysis for both international and domestic airlines are handled by NCAA staff.

    “The automation process is a transparent system that obtains billable data directly from the reservation system of the airlines. On the international route, IATA is responsible for billing and collection of revenue, which is remitted into NCAA’s TSA account.”

    But the Secretary General of Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative, Group Capt. John Ojikutu (rtd), said while one might agree with the NCAA that not all those who bought tickets would have used them within the reviewed periods, and that others could have changed their travelling plans and got their fares refunded, “what is very clear is that the passengers recorded by FAAN are known as those who passed through the passengers access control and screening point into the aircraft; they are those recorded by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) as persons onboard, and they are those I believe, in the words of the NCAA Director of Consumer Protection Unit, as harmonised passenger traffic figures.”

    Therefore, the harmonised figures given by NCAA are deemed to have utilised or expended their purchased tickets, he said.

    Ojikutu added that the approximately four million international passengers and 10 million domestic passengers are those who bought tickets and have expended their purchased tickets.

    He reasoned that should considerations of about 10 per cent be allowed for those that did not use the tickets from about two million outbound passengers, that leaves 1.8 million passengers to consider. Minus the fares of First and Business Class passengers, if all passengers pay the same fare of about N350,000 per person, “the figure you get in any of the two years cannot be less than N650 billion as earnings on international passengers, not N411 billion or N501 billion, as provided by NCAA for 2016 and 2017.”

    “Shortfalls of more than N240 billion and N150 billion, respectively, for the two years, without adding the shortfalls on the domestic airlines figures, are huge. Similarly, if we consider that each of the five million outbound domestic passengers paid N18,000 again, without factoring the First and Business Class passengers’ fares, the earnings cannot be anything less but more than N90 billion.

    “The total tickets sales earnings for each of the years can, therefore, not be less than N740 billion. And the NCAA five per cent tickets sales charges for each of the year cannot be less than N37 billion.

    “Overall, the shortfalls are huge and the government, through the NCAA, is losing an average of about N20 billion annually on TSC and CSC, and government has lost more than N100 billion between 2013 and 2017,” he said

    The Secretary General said further that it is high time the NCAA came clean on these irregular figures.

    “NCAA should be courageous enough to ask the airlines to show evidence for the balance of over N300 billion annually on tickets sales, otherwise, NCAA must take responsibility for all the shortfalls.

    The minister, the FIRS and the National Assembly Aviation Committees of both chambers must take the matter very seriously,” Ojikutu said.


Posted by: Watchtower - 18-06-2018, 07:00 AM - Forum: Law & Order - No Replies
  • [Image: 160316N.-BombBlast-Scene.jpg?fit=800%2C600&ssl=1]

    A massive explosion left 32 persons dead and 84 others injured in Abbachari, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State at the weekend as the orgy of violence in the North-east showed resilience in spite of desperate military efforts to restore peace in the region.

    There were conflicting reports about the cause of the explosion. While the police command in the state suggested a terrorist action, but still investigating, some residents suspected it might have resulted from military artillery strike.

    The military, however, denied causing the incident, hanging it on six suicide bombers, who it said detonated the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that sent the victims to their early graves.  

    According to a witness, Malam Buba Shettima, however, said two separate bomb blasts occurred in Shuwari and Abbachari, at about 8:30p.m.

    “The whole of Damboa was shaken by the unfortunate incident. We all scampered for safety as the blasts were coming from different directions. There were bodies everywhere.

    “We suspected that the many deaths recorded were a result of the military artillery,” he said.

    Another local from the area, Mohammed Hassan, who corroborated the claim, said, “About 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, an attack suspected to be from an artillery killed 31 innocent people in Damboa Shehuri and Abachari. The attacks came from two separate directions. My house was among some of the houses destroyed.”

    The Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Rogers Nicholas, denied the claim that the Army was responsible for the blasts, saying the killings were caused by suicide attacks and not military artillery.

    “There was nothing like an attack from the military artillery. You can see the pictures of six female bombers who detonated their explosives and as a result, 20 persons were killed while others were injured,” he said.

    Rogers urged the people of the area to disregard the claim that the victims were killed by the military and not by suicide bombers.

    The District Head of Damboa, Modu-Zannah Maina, who described the incident as “shocking and disturbing,” said the attack was perpetrated by female suicide bombers.

    He lamented that a lot of people that were affected were mostly children, adding that many victims were injured. “We are here in this hospital to check our people affected by Saturday’s bomb blasts. So far, the victims have been responding to treatment,” he said.

    The Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Demian Chukwu, supported the view of the military that the explosion was probably the handiwork of Boko Haram terrorists.

    He said in a statement yesterday, “On Saturday, at about 20.45hrs, an explosion occurred at Abachari area, in the outskirt of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

    “At the sound of the explosion, personnel of the Nigeria Police and members of the Civilian JTF mobilised to the scene and discovered 20 dead bodies and 48 injured persons in a suspected terrorist attack.

     “The wounded and the dead were evacuated to a hospital while the scene was sanitised by a deployment of police EOD unit.

    “Investigation is ongoing to unravel the nature of the attack.”

    The Chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, who also confirmed the incident, said the agency had deployed its personnel to evacuate wounded persons to the hospital for quick medical attention.

    According to her, “Our team has been deployed to render life-saving support to the victims of the blast. As you can see, they have been tirelessly working with ICRC since morning to evacuate the injured from the airport to the hospital.

    “We are all saddened by the unfortunate incident that occurred in Damboa.” 

    Meanwhile, six years after they were forced to flee their homes by the Boko Haram sect, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) from northern part of the state went back home to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Fitr. Many of them had been in IDP camps in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State after their flight.

    The return of the IDPs could be traced to the successes recorded by the Nigerian troops, which is currently leading a military operation tagged: ‘Operation Last Hold’ in the area.

    A statement yesterday by Army Headquarters spokesman, Brig-Gen Texas Chukwu, in Maiduguri, said the Eid prayers were observed in the Headquarters of Guzamala Local Government Area, adding that the returnee IDPs were assisted back to their communities by the troops of Operation Last Hold.

    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, had launched the operation with a-four month mandate to clear Boko Haram terrorists from northern Borno and its environs and ensure that the IDPs safely return to continue their farming and other livelihood engagements.

    THISDAY gathered that troops of Operation Last Hold on clearance operations in some communities in northern parts of the state had cleared farmlands and Lake Chad islands of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for displaced persons to resume farming and fishing activities in the liberated communities.

    The cleared farmlands are located in eight local government areas of Gudumbali (Guzamala), Mobbar (Abadam), Marte, Gubio, Kala/Balge, Ngala, Gubio and Monguno. 

    These eight councils were attacked and destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists between 2012 and 2016, with massive loss of lives and property.

    Encouraging the resettlement of over 2,000 IDPs who returned from their camp in Maiduguri back to their communities last Thursday at Gudumbali, the council headquarters of Guzamala Local Government Area, Buratai said the operation was aimed at clearing all farmlands in the area of explosives and remnants of insurgents to ensure a smooth movements of IDPs from their camps to their communities, and to provide very safe environment for normal life to continue.

    Buratai, who was represented by Chief of Operations and Training, Army Headquarters, Maj-Gen David Ahmadu, said:  “This operation is to move IDPs from camps to liberated communities to resume their farming and other economic activities in eight councils and Lake Chad Islands.”

    He noted that with the clearance of farmlands of explosives planted by insurgents, farmers could now return to their communities, as peace had returned, saying that the operation also included the launching of house cleaning and rebuilding of destroyed houses.


Posted by: Watchtower - 18-06-2018, 06:39 AM - Forum: Naija Diaspora - No Replies
  • [Image: Dana-Loesch.jpg?fit=800%2C600&ssl=1]

    Dana Loesch, a United States spokesperson on gun ownership and the Second Amendment, has dissed a Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie for attempting to redefine chivalry as a concept, and therefore advised her to concentrate on Nigeria’s problems.

    In her view, Chimamanda would do better by dissipating her energy on the many ills in her country, Nigeria, citing particularly the disturbing rate of genital mutilation.

    Loesch, who responded to Chimamanda’s appearance on the Today Show, where she spoke against what people consider acts of chivalry, which in her opinion was subtle sexism, said Chmamanda’s position exposed her limited understanding of the idea of chivalry.

    While on the Today Show, Chimamanda had said, “I think gestures like holding the door shouldn’t be gender-based. I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me. But I hope they’re not doing it because of this sort of idea of chivalry.

    “Because chivalry is really about the idea that women are somehow weak and need protecting. But we know that really, there are many women who are stronger than many men.”

    However, convinced that Chimamanda did not understand the concept of chivalry, Loesch said she should focus more on the ills in her nation such as genital mutilation.

    “I don’t think she understands quite the concept of chivalry, which was a code of conduct for gentlemen. With all due respect to Chimamanda – and I’m familiar with her – I think it’s a luxury of third-way feminism to complain about holding doors open for people, where her country, Nigeria, ranks top in the world for female genital mutilation, which I think is far more of a disservice to women and far more suppressive than someone courteously opening the door for someone else.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 18-06-2018, 06:36 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
  • [Image: Nigerian-Stock-Exchange.jpg?fit=800%2C600&ssl=1]

    Thirteen commercial banks quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) raked in N655.669 billion from fees and commission income last year, figures compiled by THISDAY from the full year 2017 audited results have shown.

    The amount realised by the banks represented an increase by 11 per cent, compared with the N591.987 billion they realised in 2016.

    Analysts have predicted that the financial institutions would be aggressive in fees and commission income as they continue to contend with the reduced yields on treasury bills.

    The fees and commission income by the banks were derived from account maintenance fees, fees from electronic banking channels, ATM charges, letters of credit commission, remittances fees, card-based fees, fees from brokerage commission, financial advisory fees, among others.

    The results reviewed by THISDAY were those of Zenith Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, FBN Holdings Plc, Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Sterling Bank, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Ecobank, Wema Bank, Union Bank and Diamond Bank.

    According to findings, while Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), because of its spread in the continent, recorded the highest fees and commission of N143.799 billion in 2017, up from the N124.759 billion it made the previous year, it was followed by Zenith Bank Plc, which posted fees and commission income of N90.143 billion in the year under review, up from the N68.444 billion the previous year.

    Also, UBA which posted fees and commission income of N82.937 billion in the review year, higher than the N73.199 billion the bank realised in 2016, just as FBN Holdings posted fees and commission income of N74.453 billion in the review year, higher than the N71.360 billion recorded the previous year; while Access Bank Plc garnered N56.674 billion as fees in 2017, higher than the N55.440 it recorded in 2016.

    In the same vein, while Stanbic IBTC reported net fees and commission of N59.089 billion in 2017, up from N52.154 billion the previous year; GTBank got N42.922 billion as fees and commission income in 2017, up from the N39.403 billion it attained in 2016; and Diamond Bank also made N37.068 billion in the review year, compared with the N41.432 billion it got the previous year.

    Similarly, whereas FCMB reported fees and commission income of N21.630 billion, higher than N17.683 billion in 2016; Fidelity Bank posted N18.229 billion fees and commission income in the review year, as against the N20.557 billion it recorded in 2016; Sterling Bank’s results also showed an improved fees and commission income of N12.876 billion in 2017, higher than N10.788 billion the previous year.

    Also, Union Bank’s results showed fees and commission income of N10.2017 billion was recorded by the bank in 2017, as against the N10.577 billion it made in 2016; while Wema Bank posted fees and commission income of N5.642 billion in 2017, from N6.191 billion the previous year.

    Fitch Ratings had stated that Nigerian banks might find it difficult to sustain their profitability this year, given the decline in net treasury bill issuance by the federal government.

    It pointed out that Nigerian banks were highly reliant on net interest income to remain profitable, saying treasury bills was an important source of the banks’ profitability in 2017.

    In addition, Fitch stated that its 2018 rating outlook for the Nigerian banking sector was negative, forecasting that some tier two banks would struggle to remain profitable this year.

    “We expect falling treasury bill yields and lower issuance to put pressure on Nigerian banks’ profitability in 2018,” it said.

    Also, Moody’s Investors Service in its latest outlook on Nigerian banks also noted that the declining yields on government securities would dampen banks’ core earnings.


Posted by: Watchtower - 18-06-2018, 06:26 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
  • [Image: Sam-Brownback-696x497.jpg]

    U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Nigeria on Monday to meet with stakeholders on how to enhance religious freedom in the country.

    Brownback, during the one-week visit, would meet with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups, according to the Office of the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State.

    “Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Abuja, Kaduna, and Lagos, Nigeria from June 18 to 22.0

    “Alongside Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, Ambassador Brownback will meet with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups.

    “The Ambassadors will also tour the National Mosque and visit a refugee camp,” the Department said.

    Brownback, while presenting the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom in May, said religious freedom in Nigeria needed to be protected.

    “My plan is to travel to Nigeria next month to talk with leaders – government leaders, religious leaders, Christian and Muslim leaders – to talk about what we can do to move forward, to reduce the level of violence, to open the way for religious freedom taking place in that country.

    Brownback said much progress needed to take place for the government to secure the right of religious freedom.

    “And remember, our effort is for religious freedom for everybody, regardless of faith, or even if you’re a person without faith, but that you are free to do with your own conscience whatever you choose and that no government has the right to interfere with that.

    “But the government has the right and the responsibility to protect that religious freedom right, and that’s what we’d be pushing with Nigeria,” the envoy said.


Posted by: Watchtower - 18-06-2018, 05:05 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: Alhaji-Tanko-Yakasai.jpg]

    Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has given reasons some members of the National Assembly will backpedal in the reported plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

    According to him, some of the lawmakers will need the help of the party and the support of their governors and the President in their bid to return for another term and so would not want to involve themselves in the impeachment processes.

    Yakassai also spoke of the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, alleging that Buhari is aware of the actions of the police and is using the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris to trouble the Senate.

    Speaking on the alarm raised by a former President Olusegun Obasanjo that President Buhari is trying to harm him, Yakassai told Sun that Obasanjo may go through the same trial as Saraki.

    He said, “If the police can go and arrest a senator and put him in their wagon, isn’t that enough indication that a lot can come thereafter. Now, the Senate President is placed in a situation where he has been implicated by some suspects who are under pressure from the police.

    On the impeachment threat by the legislature, Yakasai said, “Minority would have their say, but the majority would have their way. What is the position of the majority in the National Assembly? It’s what we should see.

    “Everybody must not think alike, but then we have to look at the position of the majority. The joint meeting of the National Assembly has given us an idea of where the pendulum is tilting towards in the coming days.

    “The problem with the National Assembly in this regard is this…the president, by Obasanjo’s declaration, is the leader of the party. And the governors in their respective states are the leaders of the party.

    “Now, we are approaching the primaries of the parties where some of the members would like to be endorsed. So, I will not be surprised if some of them who are looking for support from either the president or the governors are unwilling to partake in any move to check some of these things.

    Of Obasanjo and the allegation of pending harassment by the Buhari government, Yakasai said, “If his alarm was before the Senate President’s episode, I would have held some reservation regarding it. But you remember that the Senate President on the floor of the Senate indicated that armed robbers arrested in Kwara State were being transferred to Abuja.

    “He also alerted the Senate that he learnt from the governor of Kwara that they were being forced to implicate him. And a few days afterwards, the Senate President was invited by the police and the police said that it was in connection with the armed robbery incident.

    “Ordinarily, I doubt that a man in the person of the Senate President, with amount of privileges and resources at his disposal long even becoming the Senate president and also taking into consideration also the resources he must have inherited from his father, the reputation of his family and his own reputation as a former governor, that he would allow himself to get involved in armed robbery.

    “In addition, you would recall that the Inspector General of Police had recently said that the Senate president did not like him. I read it in the papers.

    “I am aware that Obasanjo is openly opposed to the second term of Buhari and some of the government functionaries, particularly those who are connected to the next election – the police, the security operatives, INEC – have blind loyalty to the person of President Buhari.

    “I would not be surprised, therefore, if the alarm raised by Obasanjo becomes true. I now tend to believe him rather than disbelieve him in the light of what has just happened to the Senate President.”


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