Sahara Reporters Latest News Sunday 2nd December 2018

Sahara Reporters Latest News Sunday 2nd December 2018

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target=_blank>Nigerian Govt’s No-Work-No-Pay Threat Against ASUU Is ‘Boko-Haramic’, Says Student Group

The Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo Liberal Attacks (ANSA) has said the Federal Government’s threat of ‘No Work, No Pay’ against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike is the “highest form of insensitivity and irresponsibility”.
This was contained in a statement by the organisation on Saturday, in which it accused the Federal Government of “destroying public tertiary education in Nigeria”.
ASUU had commenced an indefinite strike on November 4, 2018 to demand proper funding of Nigerian universities.

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However, a a memo dated Thursday, November 29, 2018 sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to University Vice Chancellors had noted that the Federal Government would enforce the ‘No Work, No Pay’ rule on the ASUU members.
Meanwhile, ANSA condemned the move by the Federal Government, stating that it is “a bad indication”.
The statement read: “The attention of the Alliance has been drawn to the threat of ‘No Work, No Pay’ by the FGN to the striking lecturers, ASUU. We regard this ’empty threat’ as the highest form of insensitivity and irresponsibility of the Buhari-led APC Government. This, to us, poses a bad indication that the FGN is seriously ready to destroy the public tertiary institutions. It is so bad a government is dealing with intellectuals in this draconian manner.
“The use of all manners of violent approach to engage teachers who have been dedicated to their jobs and patriotic enough to call the attention of the government to the rotten state of the public tertiary institutions is uncivilized and absurd to say the least. This action of the government we find very insulting to our lecturers who have displayed more patriotism than both Buhari and all anti-people political office holders joined together.
“We vehemently condemn this ‘BOKO-HARAMIC’ approach of the government of the day to murder the intellectual capacity of our dear nation and expose us to more economic and political tsunami, instead of working to make up this sector where it has massively failed.
“It is important to know that education is the only way a serious minded government can build its intellectual property viz-a-viz the economy. That is the reason UNESCO sounds that Nigeria and other developing countries earmark at least 26% budgetary allocation to education sector.
“Importantly, we also enjoin the ASUU, COEASU, and ASUP to immediately begin to unite these struggles, form a united front just like the Joint Health Staff Union (JOHESU) with the students’ movement and declare a National Day of Mass Actions to ensure that we unitedly and collectively save the public education from these attacks of neo-liberalism.
“We hereby reiterate our position that the Federal Government of Nigeria immediately and unconditionally honour the agreements with ASUU, COEASU and other striking Unions for their demands are our demands.
“We are fully in solidarity with the striking lecturers until the FGN meet the demands of ASUU and Nigerian students. We call on the mass of students to join the mass action called by ANSA on Monday in Abeokuta to force the government to act.”

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target=_blank>Experts Urge Nigerian Govt To Take Religious Extremism Seriously

Experts on religious extremism have urged the Federal Government to take religious extremism in Nigeria more seriously.
Mahfouz Adedimeji, a social critic who was the guest speaker at a seminar organised on Saturday by the Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC), said religion has been politicised in the country to cause crisis.
Making a presentation on the topic: ‘Religions as a Catalyst for Peace Building, National Integration and Conflict Management in Nigeria’, Adedimeji decried the population re-grouping of global religious sects, noting that “conflicts have been given different names based on the various views of liberal, radical and neo-liberal perspectives”.
He identified models of conflict management to include: conflict avoidance, compromise, collaboration and accommodation, stating that “religion has given rise to violence in the country and the world in general, with adherents using power, illiteracy and intolerance”.
Using Iraq as a case study, veteran broadcaster, John Fiegener, said: “The IMN through its activities is tilting towards the same pattern of al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and if nothing is done to urgently contain the group, it will plunge the nation into a catastrophe of immense proportion.
“Nigerian authorities need to take more concrete steps in this direction as it is already stretched by Boko Haram insurgency.”
He also called on Nigerians in their own interest to support government’s effort aimed at securing the nation.
An international expert on religious extremism, Don Pathan, warned the Nigerian authorities to act fast in designating the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) a terrorist organisation before it is too late.
According to Pathan, the group’s activities poses a great threat to the sovereignty and the authorities’ continuous indifference towards the sect by tolerating IMN like every other religious group is akin to “playing with a keg of gun powder”.
Dr. Oliver Tersoo Agundu, a senior lecturer at the Benue State University said: “The IMN as fundamentalists do not believe in individualism, liberty of personal choice or plurality of thought. They do not encourage or enter free debate; they deny others the right to express their own views freely and they cannot tolerate anything which they perceive is going against their faith”.
He also called on Nigerians to support government’s effort aimed at securing the nation.
The high point of the event was the presentation of a book titled: ‘Terror in the Caliphate’, written by Evangelist Sunday Attah.
The book chronicled the violent activities of the group as a terror organisation and called on Nigerians to understand the group better than social media posts, which many rely on to pass judgement.

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target=_blank>Atiku Jets Out Of Nigeria After Finally Getting US Visa

A United States of America visa has been issued to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to The Cable, a family source confirmed that the former Vice-President has been issued the visa.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is also said to have played a “critical role” in getting the visa.
There had been speculations that Atiku could not enter the US due to allegations of bribery linked to a former US congressman, William Jefferson.
Although Atiku has maintained his innocence, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has made continued references to the visa issue.
On Thursday, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information, had cautioned the US on granting visa to Abubakar, stating that the move could be seen as taking a bias position on the 2019 general election.

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In October, Gbenga Daniel, Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCO), had claimed that Atiku had received “signals from American officials” to apply for visa.
When questioned on the matter on Friday, Brussel Brooks, Public Affairs Officer (PAO) of the United States of America in Lagos, also refused to speak on the matter, maintaining that Atiku’s visa status was confidential.
However, Atiku is said to have left Nigeria for the UK, where he will spend some time before going to the US.

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target=_blank>Ex-Acting DSS DG Seiyefa Appointed Pro-Chancellor Of Niger Delta University

Matthew Seiyefa, who only recently retired as the acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), has been appointed as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Niger Delta University.
Seiyefa was appointed acting DG of the DSS by Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as acting president in August 2018.
Seiyefa’s appointment came after the sack of Lawal Daura as DG for breach of national security.

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A statement by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa Commissioner for Information and Orientation, noted that Seiyefa takes over from Professor Steve Azaiki, who has since resigned his position to run for the Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the statement, Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, has also approved the appointment of Captain Olubunmi Jari Williams as the Managing Director of Bayelsa Airport Company Limited.
Both appointments are with immediate effect.

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target=_blank>After Jimi Agbaje’s Outcry, Lagos CP Says Vandals Of Campaign Posters Will Be Arrested

Edgal Imohimi, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has ordered the arrest of anyone caught vandalising posters of political parties across Lagos State.
The commissioner’s order was contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, sent to SaharaReporters on Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, Jimi Agbaje, Lagos governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had posted a video on Twitter, lamenting the destruction of his campaign billboards across the state. Early this morning our boards were vandalized and removed just as campaign commenced. Some of our deployment staff were also threatened with violence and warned to desist. pic.twitter.com/Ub7RPo6tq4— Jimi Agbaje (@jimiagbaje) December 1, 2018

However, the Police restated its commitment to addressing the situation and has scheduled a meeting with chairmen and candidates of political parties in the state for December 5, 2018.
The statement read: “Lagos State, CP this 1st day of December, 2018, at about 0915hrs, received a complaint from the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, to the effect that his campaign boards were vandalized and removed by unknown persons.
“The complainant went further to post his concern on social media alleging the vandalisation and removal of the aforementioned items.
“To this end, the CP directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Yaba, to set up a monitoring team comprising the Command’s Riders Unit, to daily monitor and arrest anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.”
The commissioner has also directed invitation to be sent to all party chairmen and their candidates for a meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Police Officers Mess in GRA, Ikeja.
The Police PRO said it is “to further drive home the fact that there is no alternative to peace and the need for all political parties, their candidates and supporters to shun acts capable of breaching the public peace”.

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target=_blank>JUST IN: OPC Founder Frederick Fasehun Is Dead

Frederick Fasehun, founder of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) is dead.
He was admitted to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, on Tuesday, but passed on in the early hours of Saturday.
He was 83 years old at the time of his death.

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E2%80%99-absence-home-suspected-robbers-leave-note%E2%80%99we%E2%80%99re-coming-back-o-goodluck%E2%80%99 target=_blank>Angered By Victims’ Absence From Home, Suspected Robbers Leave A Note:’We’re Coming Back O !!! Goodluck’

Frustrated by the absence of their victims from home, suspected robbers penultimate Saturday left a note threatening to come back.
The incident happened at Grace Estate, in Iyesi area of Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, after the robbers broke into a three-bedroom apartment when the occupants were away from home.
The robbers were said to have made attempt to enter the apartment through the main entrance to the building, but they could not open the main door.
It was said that the robbers broke into the building through the ceiling of an adjoining flat and carted away one of the electronic gadgets in the house.
They were also said to have made attempt to break into the rooms, but the doors were too strong for them to unlock or vandalise.
Apparently frustrated over their not too successful operation caused by the absence of occupants of the building, the hoodlums were said to have left a note promising to return at no given date.
The note sighted by our correspondent reads: ‘’We are coming back o !!! Goodluck.’’
The incident was reported to the Obasanjo Farm Police Division, Ota.
It was learnt that policemen from the division visited the scene, while the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the station had directed his men to embark on constant patrol and surveillance of the community to keep the gang in check.
Speaking with The Nation, the owner of the building, Mr Dare Ogunyombo explained that he was away from home for some days with his family, when the gang visited his residence.
He said: ‘’ The suspected robbers visited my residence while I was away from home with my wife and children. They ransacked the house and scattered everywhere.
‘’I noticed that they fruitlessly tried to force their way into my apartment through the main door to the building. They however broke the ceiling of the next flat and entered my apartment through the roof, while they carted away a satellite television decoder in the living room.
‘’They also made attempt to enter my room but the door was too strong for them to unlock or break. I guess they were in a hurry to rob and because they were frustrated, they left a note on the table threatening to come back for me and my family.’’
Contacted, the spokesman of Ogun State Police Command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi promised to revert to our correspondent. But he was unable to so at press time.

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target=_blank>Okorocha Suspends AG, Orders Arrest Of Bank Managers Over Salaries

Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has ordered the suspension the Accountant-General of the state, Mrs. Stella Udogwu and ordered the arrest of branch managers of Ecobank and Access Bank over non-payment of November salaries of the local government workers.
A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwemeodo, said the suspension was with immediate effect. He said the governor had directed that the October and November salaries of the staff be paid at the same time in October, adding that the governor had believed that the directive was carried out accordingly, only to be told that it was not adhered to.
The statement quoted the governor as giving the directive when he attended an event to mark the 40th year anniversary of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) in Owerri.
The statement said that the governor ordered that the November and December salaries be paid on Monday since December 1and 2 are not working days. He equally announced a Christmas bonus of N10,000 each for workers and N2.5m as car allowance for each of the Local Government Directors of Administration and General Services.

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target=_blank>16-Yr-Old Kills 32-Yr-Old Girlfriend For Dating His Brother

A teenager, Idrisu Muhammadu has allegedly killed his girlfriend, Fatima Isah, after she abandoned him and dated his brother.
The incident happened at Evutagi village in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger State.
The late Fatima,32, was said to have told Idrisu that he was too young for her to marry, and instead started dating his elder brother.
Speaking with The Nation, Idrisu confessed that he had been struggling with his elder brother over who should marry Fatima, before killing her.
He explained that he was driven by jealousy to kill Fatima with a matchete, during which his elder brother who was with the deceased at the time of the attack fled ran for his dear life.
Idrisu said: “I have told my elder brother to leave her (Fatima) for me, because I have made marriage proposal to her. But my brother would not listen to me and he kept on seeing her.On the day of the incident, I saw them (his elder brother and Fatima) together and I lost my temper and killed her.
“Look at what it has resulted to, I am now a murderer, I am going to spend all my life in jail at the age of 16, it is unfortunate. If I had known, I would have allowed Fatima to be, after all marriage is not by force.If care is not taken, I am going to be executed and I will rot in hell for trying (to forcibly) take what is not meant to be mine,” he lamented.
Contacted, the police spokesman, Mohammad Abubakar, confirmed the incident, noting that the suspect had confessed to killing the late Fatima.
‘’The suspect’s threat to Fatima to stop seeing his brother or be killed had been going on for three years, sadly, no one took him serious. Now, this is the result,’’ Abubakar added.
He said the suspect would be arraigned in court after the completion of investigation.

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New Terror Group Takes Over Sokoto Community, Imposes Levies On Residents

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Residents of Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State, have opened up on why an armed group is currently imposing compulsory levies on them and punishing the defaulters. Reports broke out on Friday that some armed group carrying sophisticated weapons is currently in control of the council by applying ‘strange laws’ and punishing defaulters.
A resident of the area, Mallam Bello Tangaza, who spoke with Saturday Sun on the development said that the armed group was invited by the leaders of the communities few months ago. He said that though only ten members of the armed group were invited for security purpose, but they have ended up mobilizing others to terrorise the communities.
“What actually happened was that our communities were infringed by the activities of armed bandits from Zamfara State; we were inundated with cases of kidnappings, cattle rustling and our Nigerian securities were not doing much to curtail the situation,” Tangaza said. “So, our people were fed up and decided to contact these people, whom we all known as vigilance group. “The invitation became necessary when some armed bandits kidnapped our community leader (village head). This group came to our land during last Salah celebration (Eid el-Kabir). They came after police failed to rescue the victims. Our leader was rescued alive and we also recovered all our cattle and sheep earlier stolen by these bandits.
“Along the line, we accommodated them and even gave out our daughters to them in marriage. We also agreed to be contributing some stipends for their welfare since they are now our guests as security guards. All these were pre-arranged on just mutual understanding and in appreciation of their defence drive. But suddenly they broke this understanding and started going beyond their bounds. Now, they are forcing us to pay some levies without our volition. They have turned against us,” Tangaza explained.
Another resident who pleaded anonymity said the group who are Arabic in nature were nationalities of Mali, Libya and Sudan. “These people are now moving from home to home with assorted weapons, preaching Islamic teachings, forcefully collecting alms (Zakat) and flogging defaulters. People with cows pay as high as N500 and those with rams are paying N200,” he said.
The Local Government Information Officer, Bala Ibrahim Gidan-Madi confirmed that the State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Murtala Mani, has visited the communities as part of effort to beef up security measures.
Also Sokoto police spokesperson, Cordelia Nwawe, confirmed to journalists in Sokoto yesterday that the police would address the media as soon as the commissioner returned from the area.
The Director General on Media and Publicity to the State Governor, Mallam Abubakar Shekara, had earlier confirmed the report on behalf of the state government.
However, the Nigeria Police Force has said the people sighted between Sokoto and Niger border were not bandits but herders from Mali, their wives and children with their cattle, camels and donkeys.
According to the police, “they come to same area annually from Mali to Nigeria border area in search of water for their cattle. The herders did not enter the Nigerian territory before they went back since on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and no attack on any person or damage to farm crops was recorded.
“The Force therefore enjoins the people of Sokoto State and environs not to panic but to go about their law duties without any fear or apprehension.”

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