Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Thursday 16th January 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Thursday 16th January 2020

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Defend Your Ancestral Land, Ooni Of Ife, Wole Soyinka Tell Nigerians

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, have asked Nigerians to rise up and defend their ancestral land since the Muhammadu Buhari-led government was idling in protecting the lives of citizens.
The duo made the declaration in a statement on Wednesday after a meeting in Ogun State.
They said the selective approach of the Nigerian Government to security in different parts of the country points to an internal colonisation agenda, which is happening with the nod of the government. 
The statement reads in part, “The present development is not new, nor has it lacked warnings. 
“Numerous times, voices have been raised, and resistance mounted against the evolution of internal heirs to external colonialism, be this manifested by a military elite or by religious or economic groupings which flaunt their scant recognition of, or respect for human dignity, civic rights and sanctity of human life. The state has cultivated the art of looking the other way – until forced to confront reality.
“In this regard, the recent ultimatum delivered by a sectarian order to the president of this nation to set up the so-called RUGA cattle settlements across the entire nation within a stipulated time, despite national outcry, should be acknowledged as entitlement under the bounty of freedom of expression. In return, we exercise ours, and call upon Nigerian nationals across state demarcations to defend the sanctity of their ancestral lands. This birthright has never been annulled, not even under colonial occupation.
“We have in mind destructive forms of social transactions that characterise groups such as nomadic cattle herdsmen, and their umbrella groupings in the nature of Myetti Allah.”

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Mompha Ran Illicit Bureau De Change -EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, better known as Mompha, ran an illegal bureau the change, which he used to defraud people.
Tony Orilade, spokesperson for the EFCC, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. 
The anti-graft agency said the fourth prosecution witness, Enu Matthew Obun, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, told a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, presided over by Justice Abdullahi Liman, that the suspected Internet fraudster ran an illegal bureau de change with his company Ismalob Global Investments Limited.
EFCC is prosecuting Mompha alongside the company on a 14-count charge bordering on cyberfraud and money laundering to the tune of N33bn.
Mompha, who is the first defendant in the matter, is alleged to have used the company to launder funds, part of which he used to acquire properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness, a compliance officer with the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering of the EFCC, told the court that on November 15, 2019, the commission requested from SCUML the regulation and compliance status of the company and that “upon inspection, it was discovered that Ismalob is not registered with the SCUML.”
He further stated that “From the database search in the office, there is no information on Ismalob Global Investment Limited and all the transactions that were done in the company’s account between December 14, 2015 and January 25, 2018 are not on SCUML’s record.”
Justice Liman adjourned the matter until February 26, 2020 for continuation of trial.

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BREAKING: Imo Gets New Governor As Uzodinma Is Inaugurated

Hope Uzodinma has been inagurated as governor of Imo State.
This followed a ruling by the Supreme Court for the Independent National Electoral Commission to announce him as governor.
INEC had earlier in the day presented him with a Certificate of Return in line with the order of the apex court. 

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JUST IN: INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Uzodinma

The Independent National Electoral Commission has presented Certificate of Returns to Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State.
The electoral commission presented the certificate to Uzodinma in line with the order of the court.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state.
The court also ordered that INEC should withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and issue Uzodinma a fresh one.
Delivering the ruling, the court held that INEC had cancelled some electoral votes in polling units Uzodinma had won. 

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ALERT: Mob Riot Ongoing In Jakande, Lekki, Citizens Getting Attacked And Robbed

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There is a riot happening at the moment at Jakande in Lekki area of Lagos.The Nigerian Police Force is yet to arrive at the scene of the incident at the time of filing this report.A mob angry over the invasion of Jakande Market by the Lagos State Task Force are attacking citizens, properties and shops in the area.More to come…
 

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Go Back To Sleep, Amotekun Is Here To Stay, Wole Soyinka Tells Nigerian Government

 
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said that the regional security of South-West states, “Amotekun”, which was created to protect citizens in the area due to government failure to do so, has come to stay.The Nigerian Government on Tuesday declared the outfit illegal, saying the power to provide security lies on the executive list only and not on the concurrent list. 
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Soyinka said, “Those who said Amotekun is illegal should go back to sleep. 
“Amotekun has come to stay. I even think we should start moving from Amotekun to Awosikun. Let’s deal with the issue of hunger.” 

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We’ll Not Issue Certificate Of Return To Uzodinma Yet -INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it cannot issue Certificate of Return to Senator Hope Uzodinma until it has received a court order.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday declared Uzodinma as winner of the March 2019 governorship election in Imo State and ordered the electoral body to issue him a Certificate of Return immediately.
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, on Wednesday said that the commission will issue the Certificate of Return to him as soon as it is served with the enrolled order.
Oyekanmi said, “Please be informed that the commission is yet to be served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgment, therefore we cannot issue the Certificate of Return to the APC candidate yet. 
“However, once the commission receives the enrolled order, the CoR will be issued.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Petroleum Equalisation Fund Manager, Goody Nnamdi, Indicted By EFCC For Fraud Returns To Position With Benefits Fully Paid

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Goody Nnadi, a General Manager of Corporate Services in Petroleum Equalisation Fund, who was indicted in December by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for corruption has been reinstated to his position with his benefits fully paid.
On December 20, 2019 a Federal High Court in Abuja granted final forfeiture of his property, which included a plaza and many residential properties in Abuja after the EFCC proved that the property where gotten from corrupt practices while in office. 
Nnadi, who has been declared as a corrupt public official by the court, was paid an upfront sum for 2020 amounting to N15,862,172.
He also received N61,343,402.06 from the Nigerian Government as monetisation for his mortgage loan.
Nnadi, SaharaReporters gathered was being shielded by powerful forces within the Presidency, making it impossible for the board of the PEF to suspend him. 

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Nigerian Forced To Work Without Pay In Lebanon Regains Freedom

 
 

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A Nigerian mother, who was forced to become a home help without pay in Lebanon, has regained her freedom.
Gloria Bright left her two children on October 25, 2019 to teach English in the Middle-East country but found a different job description awaiting her.
She said, “The experience wasn’t a nice one in Lebanon; they take advantage of some ladies. I just want to thank God for bringing me back home safely.
“I left October 25, 2019 to work and I was told that I’ll teach English to the children there but when I got there, it was a housemaid work.”
Her version of the tale has however, been denied by a representative of the travel agency that processed her departure.
Channels Television quoted Adetuni Sanusi as saying that Bright knew what awaited her and was fully compliant.
She stated, “When she got to Lebanon, we kept in touch with her, she was in communication with us, the agency and that she was happy that everything is going fine and the family she was working for are fine.
“I was shocked to hear her say that she was asked to go over there to teach in Lebanon.”
Bright’s rescue comes less than a week after another Nigerian trafficked to the country was set free.

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Amotekun: Ondo Governor Reminds Malami He Has No Power To Make Laws

 
Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said in an interview with Channels Television that laws are not made in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Akeredolu, who was reacting to the pronouncement of the AGF, Abubakar Malami, that the creation of Amotekun was illegal, said the South-West number one citizens will respond when Malami provides relevant portions of the constitution that oppose the creation of the outfit.
He said, “One thing is clear, laws are not made in the office of the Attorney-General; he can only interpret the laws and give positions of government on matters relating to the law.
“When he comes out with relevant portions of the law on the matter, we will consider it and respond adequately as the law stipulates.”
Akeredolu, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said the governors had not yet met to discuss about the declaration of the AGF.
He added, “We have not met, but I can assure you that when we meet, we will adequately respond to the position of the AGF.”
 

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