Monday, December 11, 2017

Army claims Buratai was not injured by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has claims reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, was wounded in an alleged ambush by Boko Haram terrorists as false.

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations in a statement on Saturday said Gen.Buratai was not ambushed, urging the public to disregard report of ambush on any of its troops in the northeast.

The statement reads “The Chief of Army Staff has not been involved in any ambush. In any case, there was no any recently reported ambush against any of our troops anywhere let alone in the North East.

“Nothing has happened to the Chief of Army Staff, he is hale and hearty and conducting his official duties diligently.

“The gallant troops are currently dealing decisive blows on the Boko Haram Terrorists in the Lake Chad area.

” Over 60 of the terrorists have either been captured or neutralised in the last 3 days. The Nigerian Army is also closing up with the political Boko Haram terrorists and their collaborators.

“They will soon be exposed and the law will take its course against them.”


Yobe gov suspends LG boss over N38m Hajj fraud

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved the suspension of the Chairman of  Potiskum Local Government, Alhaji Moh’d Musa, over misappropriation of Hajj fund.

According to a statement issued by the Press Secretary in the governor’s office, Shuaibu Abdullah, the governor acted after the recommendations of an investigative committee set up by the House of Assembly.

He said an investigative committee was constituted by the Assembly following a report by the Pilgrims Commission, which indicted the embattled chairman and some council officials to have misappropriated N38.9 million 2017 Hajj fare paid to the local government by 33 intending pilgrims.

“His suspension was as a result of the report from the Pilgrims Commission, which confirmed that 33 potential pilgrims from Potiskum Local government, who paid to perform the 2017 Hajj could not do so because the fund deposited with the council was misappropriated by the chairman and other persons,” Abdullah said.

Others indicted by the report and house committee included the Hajj collector for the local government and the council’s former treasurer and director of personnel management.


Binis are settlers in our land, we will defend our territory with our blood – Ijaw leaders

THE Ijaw in Okomu,  Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday, declared that. contrary to the claim by the Binis that they own all the land occupied by the Ijaw in the state, the Binis are actually the settlers in their land, vowing that they will use all they have to protect their territory.

They accused Edo State government and the palace of the Oba of Benin of an attempt to  deny them of their ancestral rights and ownership of Okomu land.

The Ijaw then admonished Binis to read the historical background of the entire Ijaw land in Edo State as written by a Bini son, Dr Egharevba, adding that they will find out that the land belongs to the Ijaw.

Chief Sunday Ajele, the Fiyewei of Okomu Kingdom, explained the position of the Ijaw while speaking to journalists in Okomu. He listed the moves to deny them their rights to include their denial of a  permanent seat on the Board of Directors of Okomu Oil and Rubber Plc, reportedly approved by the Presidency for Okomu Kingdom, the discriminatory employment policy against indigenes of Okomu in the last 40 years by the state government and the refusal of Osse Rubber Company, located in their land, to visit their host community because of pressure from the Edo government on the firm to recognise Udo, a neighbouring Benin settlement.

He said: “The administrative headquarters of Ovia South West Local Government Area, which controls  Okomu and Benin area of the council, is nothing but an outpost of the Benin Empire; it has been the viceroy of the Benin monarch and that of Edo State government in carrying out repugnant policies against the people of Okomu Kingdom by using the staff of the local government, who are of Benin descent, to indulge in illegal and immoral act of change of company names located in Okomu Kingdom to reflect Benin ownership by adding the Benin settlement of Udo.

“Thus companies formally incorporated with only Okomu as host community now carry the affix, Okomu Oil Plc – Okomu-Udo; Osse Rubber Estate Osse-Udo; and Okomu National Park – Araukhan-Udo”.

Ajele, flanked by other chiefs and indigenes of the area, asserted that provocation by Edo State government and the Benin monarch led to the conflagration   of July 30, 2015 between the Okomu community and Okomu Oil PLC, which necessitated the intervention of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) after the state Peace and Conflict Committee failed to remedy the situated.

In a reaction, however, the Oba of Benin, through his Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Desmond Agbama, said it is wrong for the Ijaw whether from Gelegele of Okomu, to claim that the forest reserves and the land accommodating various companies in the area belong to them.

He said the entire Okomu area is part of Benin Kingdom with one paramount ruler,  the Oba of Benin, adding that, by so doing, it is natural that any royalty accruing from such must go to the state government and whoever is the traditional ruler overseeing the entire place.


Imo House Crises: Lawmakers trade words over Nwosu endorsement claim

The crisis rocking the Imo State House of Assembly may be far from over as the Speaker, Dr. Acho Ihim, has distanced the lawmakers from the recent endorsement of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the next governor of the state by 2019.

The Chairman, House Committee on Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission and Niger Delta Development Commission, Henry Ezediaro, representing Oguta state Constituency, had last week announced Nwosu’s  endorsement by the lawmakers.

Ezediaro, who claimed that the House had endorsed Nwosu, who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, as the best person to succeed Okorocha in 2019 had also maintained that all his colleagues were party to the endorsement.

But the embattled House said it was only concerned with its constitutional mandate of making laws for the good of the citizens of the state and not in the business of endorsing anybody for any political office.

It therefore described the claim as “mind-boggling” and unbecoming of an honourable lawmaker.

The Speaker, who reacted through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo, on Sunday  said, “I am constrained to debunk the news making the rounds that the lmo State House of Assembly has unanimously endorsed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the next governor of lmo State come 2019. Uche Nwosu is one of our own and is eminently qualified to contest the governorship of our dear state.

“No doubt, he is a member of the APC and a citizen of lmo State and these therefore give him the right to vote and be voted for. However, it needs be made clear that at no time did the members of the lmo State House of Assembly which comprises elected members of the APC and the PDP meet and endorse Ugwumba  Uche Nwosu as our preferred  governorship  candidate  or any person for that matter.

“The job of elected members of the House of Assembly is to make laws and make resolutions at the plenary that will impact positively on the lives of the people of lmo State. Endorsement of candidates for whatever position is not part of it.

“Each member is at liberty to have preference for any aspirant of their choice but certainly not a House matter. Its therefore mind-boggling that a distinguished  honourable member  is quoted to have granted a press interview  declaring that  the 27 honourable members have endorsed  Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.”

The Speaker’s aide added, “Yes, power comes from God and He gives it to whosoever He wills and if Ugwumba is favoured by God for this job then so be it. It is the duty of the APC as a party to produce a candidate and if that candidate is Ugwumba Uche Nwosu  then the Honourable  members of the APC extraction  are duty bound to support the candidate.

“In the light of the foregoing, l want to believe  that Hon  Henry  Ezediaro  who is at liberty  to  personally  support  whoever he wants to support  was quoted out of context by saying the entire 27 members have endorsed   Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and even donated 27 buses also went further  to dare  Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha.

“The entire lmolites are, therefore, advised to discountenance the said publication as that  of course  is the figment of imagination of the writer and has no bearing with the lmo State House of Assembly  and her revered  members.”

However, when contacted, Ezediaro remained adamant on the controversial endorsement, insisting that, “if the House leadership says it is not in support of the endorsement does it reduce the fact that majority of the House members met and endorsed Nwosu as the next governor? We are standing on our decision and very soon I am going to make the names of the said members public.”


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fayose attacks Buhari for refusing to punish ‘killer herdsmen’ in Adamawa

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of refusing to take actions against killer herdsmen.

Fayose said this on Tuesday in a condolence message to those killed in fresh attacks in Adamawa state by Fulani herdsmen.

“Today, my heart goes to the families of those people killed in Adamawa by herdsmen. It appears that herdsmen have replaced Boko Haram in that state and one wonders why the president is always reluctant to take actions against the herdsmen,” he said via his Twitter handle.

DAILY POST reports that Fulani herdsmen had on Monday attacked two communities of Lawaru and Dong in Demsa Local Government Area, Adamawa State.

The attack came after a widely rumoured report of Fulani herdsmen lurking in the area, Sunday night.

Fayose, who was in Adamawa, to commiserate with the state government, said Buhari had deliberately turned deaf ears to the excesses of his Fulani kinsmen.


It’s time to move away from blame games, Amaechi charges current APC administration

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, on Tuesday disclosed that it was high time the current administration moved away from its constant apportioning of blame to past administrations.
Amaechi advised that it was time for the administration to get to work to achieve its mandate.
The minister made this declaration while receiving the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Finalisation of the Draft National Transport Policy (NTP).

According to Amaechi, “What we assure Nigerians is that under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, we would do everything possible to ensure that we maximise the resources that the president by way of budget releases to each ministry.”
He said: “I agree with those who said we should stop criticising the last government and that we should do our own.

He added: “We need to leverage on what we know. People are shouting intermodal transport; I went to the new airport in Singapore and I didn’t find one person at the airport. As you walk in, technology takes over.

 “Also, they said in the next few years, they would introduce driverless cars. We should also think outside the box about how to improve our transport sector and think less about how sun and moon affects the sector or building more bus stops.
“We should see how much investment we can put in the area of ICT. Intelligent transportation should not be ignored.”

Amaechi while speaking further, said: “Usually, people take experts’ contributions for granted but the fact is experts know better and if we don’t come to you, who would we go to?
“We will go through it and I will direct the Permanent Secretary to give a copy to the Minister of State for Aviation while I read a copy. Once we are through and we share our views, we will take it to cabinet for approval”.

He however, assured the committee that the next way forward concerning the policy implementation, saying: “I assure you that we would take the next step you want us to take.”
Earlier, the chairperson of the Committee, Mfon Usoro, hinted that the adoption of the policy would make Nigerian economy stronger.

He added that the adoption and implementation of the NTP by all tiers of government would lead to a stronger Nigerian economy and a profitable future for the entire transportation service sector and for the many sectors that rely on transportation in a diversified economy.

According to Usoro, “This final draft of the National Transport Policy contains a set of progressive, political ideas, goals and vision for a responsive, integrated and affordable transport system that is capable of meeting Nigeria’s current and future transport needs.”

She said: “We the individual of committee, individually and collectively attest to this draft NTP as a FEC-ready document and remain committed to defend its content.
“Our wish is for the document to receive an accelerated attention by the approval of the authorities,” Usoro concluded.


My son is 27 and his wife 26, Soyinka corrects critics

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in Lagos, on Tuesday, raised the alarm that some people are trying to use him to start a tribal war in the country.

This was as he castigated the social media on reportage of the wedding of his son, Tunlewa, to Nneka Ekechukwu, which took place in June.

Soyinka bared his mind at the Freedom Park, during the presentation of two books, “Between Defective Memory and the Public Lie” and “Green Cards, Green Gods,” under intervention six and seven series.

“There are people who think they can use me to start a tribal war in this country,” Soyinka said, recalling that such was not the first attempt as a lecture he delivered in Harvard two years ago was deliberately misreported to achieve such dastardly aim.

Soyinka, while condemning the reportage of the said wedding by the social media, said some people were trying to get at him by painting the wedding in bad light.

According to him, his son and Nneka had become victims of other people’s viciousness, querying whether it was a crime now for people to get married.

He decried the reports which put his son’s age at 20, marrying a 30-year old woman, describing it as a pure lie.

The Nobel laureate said “Tunlewa is 27 years old while Nneka is 26.”

Soyinka further accused the social media of concocting another lie that he refused to attend his son’s wedding in the first place and that he had to be persuaded to do so, describing the report as offensive.