Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Saturday 27th June 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Saturday 27th June 2020

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Ex-Oyo State Governor, Ajimobi, To Be Buried On Sunday

The remains of late former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, will be interred on Sunday, 28th June at his Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi Central Mosque, Oke Ado.
Strict COVID-19 protocols are to be adhered in light of the current circumstances of our national health challenges. 

Details of a larger funeral gathering will be announced where more of his well wishers will have the opportunity to pay him their respect, the family said.

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Many Corrupt Nigerians Now Keep Their Loot In Ghana, Says EFFC Boss, Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has said that many Nigerian looters are hiding in Ghana.
Magu disclosed this when a delegation of the Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics visited the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
He said the commission was putting resources together to go after the treasury looters and recover the country’s wealth stashed in the neighbouring West African nation.
Magu also urged Nigerians to disregard reports about him and the commission, saying the EFCC activities are transparent. 

He said, “Corruption is a borderless crime. We are putting our resources together to allow us go to Ghana without restrictions and recovery our stolen property back home.
“I am appealing to Nigerians to trust the commission with relevant information about corrupt practices in the country.
“There are a lot of looters hiding in Ghana. We are already talking, we will bring them back. We will go bring the assets back to the country.
“We follow the international best practice when it comes to areas of investigations, tracing of looted assets, recovering looted assets. We all have our records.
“We are aware that we have ruffled many feathers. We have touched the untouchables and we have dared lions in their dens. We are doing all these, not because we love dangers and death, we are doing them because we value the comfort and development which anti-corruption brings.
“We value good lives for our fellow men and women and we value better future for all our children. The costs of fighting corruption may be grave, but the costs of not fighting it is more deadly.
“This is why we continue to call on every Nigerian to enlist in the anti-graft war. A good war is a war that is waged by the majority for the good of all.”

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BREAKING: Police Confirm Kidnap Of Nine Commuters In Ondo

The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the kidnap of nine commuters along the Akoko Road in the state.
Tee-Leo Ikoro, spokesperson for the police in the state confirmed the incident on Friday in Akure. 
Ikoro said the hoodlums waylaid a Toyota Sienna vehicle and marched all passengers into the bush. 

He added that the passengers were travelling to Lagos when they were seized at a bad spot at Isua in Akoko South-East Local Government Area of the state. 
According to him, the police was already working with some local hunters in the area to track the hoodlums and abducted victims. A family member of one of the victims revealed that the kidnappers has been asking for a ransom of N100 million.

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Shiites Defy Nigerian Security Forces, Hold Massive Protest In Kaduna

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Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria held a protest in Kaduna State on Friday to demand the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and wife, Zeenat.
Anti-riot policemen had on Wednesday in Abuja dispersed the protesting Shiites with teargas and water cannons in a similar protest.
The movement had vowed not to be deterred in the demand for justice irrespective of the intimidation by the police and other security agencies.
Speaking during the protest, Sheikh Aliyu Tirmizi said the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari had continued to trample on the rights of Zakzaky and Shiites in the country. 

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He posited that the President had derailed from the teaching of Prophet Muhammad.
He said, “Most people, after the gross flagrant abuse of power by the military on Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers couldn’t express their condemnation, choosing to remain silent since the military excesses didn’t affect them directly.
“This explains why for the past five years we have been explaining how this Buhari regime has trampled upon the rights of Sheikh Zakzaky and his followers, demanding that citizens condemn this repression and call for the release of our leader unconditionally.”
He insisted that members of the movement, despite proscription by the Nigerian Government, would continue to protest and demand the release of El-Zakzaky.
The movement had accused the Kaduna State Government of resorting to delay tactics in the prosecution of their leader in order to continually keep him in prison.

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Reject APC, PDP In 2023, Arewa Consultative Youth Forum President, Yerima, Tells Nigerians, Describes Buhari As Failure

Alhaji Shettima Yerima, the President of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF)

National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shetima Yerima, has said President Muhammadu Buhari had failed to secure and pilot the affairs of the Nigerian nation well.
Yerima in an interview with journalists in Kaduna enjoined Nigerians to reject any candidate sponsored for the presidency on the platform of All Progressives Congress or Peoples Democratic Party in 2023 and opt for a fresh political group that will provide a platform for Nigerians to produce a new, intelligent and honest leader.
He said Nigerians, especially the Northerners have virtually gained nothing from the Buhari-led administration and don’t have any basis to vote for either PDP or APC in 2023. 

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He said his group was working on a broad-based political platform, which will transform into a new political party that they will sponsor a presidential candidate to give Nigerians fresh lease of life different from what all existing political parties can offer.
He said, “Right from when Buhari was President-elect that it took him six months to select those that will serve in his government as his ministers, I knew that something was wrong because somebody who has been aspiring to be president since 2003 should have a template that will assist him to choose those that will work with him, but Buhari spent six months looking for who to be ministers in his government and he ended up with worst set of ministers.”
Speaking further, Yerima said both Bola Tinubu and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State were not credible candidates that Nigerian’s should vote for in 2023.
He added, “In my life, I was severally penciled to be killed by government agents and military juntas, I was severally arrested and detained because of my belief that there should be democratic government in Nigeria, or that Nigerians should be given dividends of democracy, as such, I will not allow or be part of an arrangement that will allow Tinubu or a civilian dictator like el-Rufai to be president in 2023, even Atiku that wanted to be president in 2019 should go home and rest.
“The Southerners thought IBB annulled June 12 for Northerners to continue to be in power. Far from that, they annulled Abiola’s election because of their selfish desire to remain in power and it has nothing to do with the ordinary Northerner who massively voted for Abiola and rejected Bashir Tofa even in Kano.
“I, Shetima Yerima, as of today does not have political role model. President Muhammadu Buhari was the man that naturally should be Nigeria’s Mandela because of the massive goodwill people gave him in 2015 but unfortunately, Buhari has failed, and in 2023 we may campaign on the basis of restructuring Nigeria so that power will go back to regions, slightly different from parliamentary also differently from the American presidential system of government.”

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ECOWAS Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay 244 Soldiers Dismissed In 2016

The West African regional court, ECOWAS Court of Justice, has ordered the Nigerian Government to pay the arrears of the salaries of 244 soldiers dismissed from service in 2016, a report by PUNCH said. 
A summary of the verdict released by the court’s information department on Friday stated that the judgment was delivered on Thursday.
It was stated that the court had in an earlier judgment delivered on May 15, 2019 declared the process of dismissal of the 244 soldiers as flawed and a violation of their right to work and fair hearing. 
 

The court on Thursday delivered a supplementary judgment in which it reviewed the earlier May 15, 2019 verdict to include the order for the payment of the dismissed soldiers their entitlements, which was committed in the said previous verdict.
A three-man panel of the court presided over by Justice Gberi-Be Ouattara, therefore ordered the Nigerian Government to pay all arrears of monthly allowances, salaries and other entitlements of the applicants up to January 2016.
In the judgment, which was delivered by Justice Keikura Bangura, the court held that the decision to review the earlier judgment after listening to the parties to the parties in the case and considered the documents tendered.
Issuing the fresh order, the court said, “The judgment of the court in ECW/CCJ/JUD/21/19 delivered on May 15, 2019, is hereby supplemented with an additional paragraph no (vi).”
The court however, rejected the request of the soldiers for an order directing the government to reinstate them.
“The court did not omit to give a decision on reinstatement of the applicants in the original judgment,” the court ruled.
The applicants had filed the supplementary application on June 14, 2019, urging the court to make an order mandating the respondent (Nigerian Government) to immediately reinstate them, including to their respective ranks, having found that their dismissal without arraignment, prosecution, and sentence by a duly constituted court-martial is illegal, null and void.
They also asked the court for an order directing the respondent to pay their monthly salaries and other allowances from the whole of 2015 and such other months until the date the judgment is enforced.

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Armed Robbers Attack Gas Station In Ondo, Kill Attendant, Injure Another

Footage from a CCTV obtained by SaharaReportershas shown how a four-man armed robbery gang shot dead a petrol attendant, Bola Akale, at Farbas Oil, a popular filling station in Akure, Ondo State, on Wednesday at about 8:30pm.
It was gathered that the armed robbers stormed the petrol station and dispossessed the attendants on duty of all money made from sales for the day.
Another attendant identified only as Kazeem was shot on the leg by the robbers during the operation. 

Kazeem is said to be receiving treatment at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Akure at the moment.
Tee-Leo Ikoro, spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, confirmed the incident, adding that two of the robbers had been arrested.
Ikoro said the robbers also snatched a motorcycle used in carrying out the operation at the petrol station.
He said, “The one bearing James among the robbers has confessed to the crime and told us that he took concoction a few minutes to the operation and the substance made him lose his sense of reasoning.
“He confessed that the sum of N20, 000 was shared to him by his colleagues which he intended to use to travel to his village in Akwa Ibom State.”

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Ministry Of Humanitarians Affairs Gives N-Power Recruitment Slots To Senate President, Other Lawmakers Ahead Of Ordinary Citizens

Nigerian Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has given slots to Nigerian lawmakers in the ongoing recruitment for N-Power.
N-Power is one of the schemes in the National Social Investments Programme introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to address the challenges of youth unemployment by providing a structure for large-scale and relevant skills acquisition and development while linking its core and outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy.
The scheme has however, been embroiled in irregularities following the commencement of the second tenure of the President when the ministry was created to handle the programme. 

Nigerian Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The ministry had announced that its registration portal will reopen for registration out of which 400,000 beneficiaries will be taken from the application pool.
However, SaharaReporters gathered that the ministry has allocated about 50,000 slots to federal lawmakers and other politicians across the country.
As the portal for the registration opened today, SaharaReporters gathered that the lawmakers printed registration forms of N-Power, which they shared among their cronies.
This would not only thwart the vision for the creation of the scheme but also deny ordinary Nigerians the opportunity to partake in the scheme.
Some of the lawmakers, who received slots under the corrupt scheme include President of the National Assembly, Ahmad Lawan; Senator Abdul Ningi; and Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Suleiman.

Recall that the lawmakers had in April piled pressure on the minister, Sadiya Farouq, to give room for their intervention in the NSIP.
The lawmakers finally had their way to benefit from the conditional cash transfers in the country as well as other schemes under Farouq after a meeting with her.  

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Managing Director Of Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, Abubakar Mu’azu, Refuses To Vacate Office Three Weeks After Tenure Expiration

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Tension is mounting in the Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, a federal agency in Yola, Adamawa State, following the refusal of its Managing Director, Abubakar Halilu Mu’azu, to vacate office three weeks after the expiration of his tenure.
According to documents seen by SaharaReporters, Mu’azu’s tenure as MD of the agency officially expired on June 6, 2020.
But rather than quitting his position despite receiving official communication from the Director of Human Resources of the agency, Murtala Modibbo, Mu’azu has stayed put after telling anyone who cares to listen that President Muhammadu Buhari will reappoint him to the same office. 

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The document seen by SaharaReporters reads in parts, “I wish to draw your attention to the content of a circular ref. no. SGF.50/5.11/C.2/268, dated 4th December 2017.
“The circular is on end of tenure processes for heads of extra ministerial departments, directors-general, chief executive officers of parastatals, agencies and government owned companies and succession guidelines.
“For your information and necessary action, attached are copies of the two letters for ease of reference.”
However, our correspondent gathered that Mu’azu is being backed by a godfather in the Ministry of Water Resources, who has assured him of reappointment.
When contacted, Mu’azu confirmed that his tenure had elapsed but that he would not vacate office because he was sure of reappointment by President Buhari.
Information Officer of the agency, Ahmed Isa Mbamba, who spoke on behalf of Mu’azu when contacted by our correspondent, said, “The tenure of our MD ended on the 6th of June 2020 no doubt about that but he has since been assured of reappointment.”
SaharaReporters gathered that the situation has since left an atmosphere of uncertainty in the agency as both employees and management staff don’t know what to do next. 

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How Kaduna Vigilance Group Killed 17-year-old Boy Over Alleged Phone Theft

The police in Kaduna State have confirmed the death of a 17-year-old boy in Zaria while being interrogated by the State Vigilance Service over alleged theft of a cell phone.
ASP Muhammad Jalige, spokesperson for the police in the state, confirmed the incident on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Jalige said the commander of KadVS at Jan Labule, Kofar Doka Unit in Zaria, Alhaji Abubakar, and six others had been detained at the Police Divisional Headquarters in the town. 

He added that they would be transferred to the Police Command in Kaduna for further investigation. 
Father of the victim, Mallam Aliyu Dauda, of Filin Mallawa, Zaria, told journalists on Friday that his son, Muhammad-Sani Aliyu, died while being interrogated by KadVS over alleged phone theft.
Dauda said the incident occurred on Wednesday at about 2pm at Jan Labule, Kofar Doka Unit of the service.
He said one Auwalu, a butcher, alleged that his late son stole his phone.
“As a father, I questioned him over the issue but he insisted that he knew nothing about the phone.
“I later requested my friend, Abubakar Dan-Bakano, to question him about the phone. He (late son) maintained his earlier stand that he did not steal any phone.
“While Abubakar Dan-Bakano was questioning my late son, the complainant Auwalu, arrived with personnel of vigilance service, who took him to their office at Jan Labule, Kofar Doka, Zaria, where he lost his life during interrogation,” he alleged.
Dauda said that the body of his son was laid on the ground at the KadVS’s office until police arrived at the scene.
Hannatu Muhammad, mother of the victim, said that those responsible for the death of her son should be fished out and brought to justice.

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