Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Friday 10th July 2020

Sahara Reporters Latest News Today Friday 10th July 2020

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Dismisses Petition By PDP, Others, Affirms Yahaya Bello As Kogi Governor

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Saturday affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State after dismissing four appeals challenging his victory at the November 16, 2019 poll.

In separate judgments all of which were unanimous, the five-man panel of the court led by Justice Adamu Jauro dismissed the appeals filed by four political parties challenging the governor’s reelection in the November 2019 governorship poll.
Those, who filed the appeals were the Peoples Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party, Action Peoples Party and Democratic Peoples Party.

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Pantami Confirms Owning Houses In Abuja, Denies Buying Any Property Since Becoming Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has confirmed that two of the three houses published by SaharaReporters belongs to him.
He however, said he had never bought any house for his wives after he assumed office as minister

Pantami claimed that he had occupied one of the apartments since January 2017 before he was appointed minister while the other one was a house he rented since December 17, 2019. 
The minister disclosed this in a statement by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, in Abuja while reacting to publication.
The statement reads, “For the purpose of setting the records straight, the honourable minister has not purchased a single property anywhere in the world in the period he has been in office as a minister. One of the apartments in the images published is one which the honourable minister has occupied since January 2017, more than two years before becoming a minister, while the other one is a house he rented since 17th December 2019. Two of the images are not even known to him.” 
However, the minister’s defence appears to have caused more damage as Nigerians on various social media platforms continue to condemn his double standard of pretending to be a saint when he is not one.PHOTONEWS: @MBuhari’s Minister Of Communications, @DrIsaPantami Living Large In Abuja, Purchases Three Houses In Wuse For His Three Wives | Sahara Reporters SEE MORE PHOTOS: pic.twitter.com/zJ54W4Yegh— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) July 3, 2020

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Minister Isa Pantami Abuja Houses And The Lies Used To Cover Mores Lies By Mashood Musbau

Dear Beloveth Uwa, 
In response to your unprofessional and not so well researched response to your bosses corrupt behavior. I will make it easy for you by putting clear and concise questions for you to respond to with facts, not every nigerian is gullible like the followers of your boss on social media. So respond to SR with the following since you called them liars:
– You boss moved two is wives location to be disclosed from Kado and Lifecamp to the two location excluding Maitama, so when did he move to the house you claimed it was 2017?
– Who did he pay the rent and when, you can forge the documents but you will only be stating the obvious about that contractor?
– He spends a year and half or less in the University in Saudi, how much was his salary? 
– You claimed he was a business man, state the business he was doing, did he sell dates from Saudi Arabia or what?
Please Nigerians will not be fooled by your lack of professionalism, Dr Malam Sheikh Pantami can do justice to himself by finding someone else to respond with better convincing facts. Your response only implicated him more and it would have been better if your kept quite. 
Long live Nigeria and every soul will taste death. Today where is Baru or Kyari and many (May their shortcomings be forgiven). So the minister cannot continue to use the religion for worldly gains and try to use the northern Muslims and trolls he pays via some northern journalist to quite down the truth. 
Mashood Musbau (Just a concerned youth that wants a good Nigeria)

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E2%80%98shielding%E2%80%99-military-officers-involved Group Attacks Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Malami, For ‘Shielding’ Military Officers Involved In Killing Of Three Policemen

The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre has accused the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, of shielding the soldiers involved in the release of Bala Hamisu, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume.
On August 6, 2019, some soldiers attached to 93 battalion Ibbi-Takum Road, led by Tijjani Balarabe, a captain with the Nigerian Army, attacked some policemen, who arrested Wadume.
Three policemen and two civilians were killed during the incident, while Wadume was set free.

After his rearrest, Wadume had confessed that some officers of the Nigerian Army assisted him to escape when he was initially arrested.
The office of the AGF later took over the case from the police but the soldiers were not brought to the court for trial.
RULAC in a statement by its Executive Director, Okechukwu Nwanguma, said that nearly one year after the incident, Malami was still talking about allowing the army to court-marshal the culprits and conclude its internal process.
The statement reads, “On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation, when confronted by state house correspondents after a federal executive council meeting at the presidential villa, over his reason for withdrawing from the charge sheet, names of army officers indicted for the murder of 3 IRT operatives and 2 civilians in Taraba on August 6, 2019, said it was not true that his office is shielding the indicted army officers.

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“He said the authorities were only giving time to allow the established processes to be consummated. He said he withdrew the charges against the soldiers to allow the army to court-marshall them and conclude its internal process. He attempted some further clarifications to his defence which the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre considers woolly and absurd. 
“The AGF’s attempt to rationalise his action amounts to sheer sophistry; an unconvincing afterthought which fails to exculpate him from his scandalous attempt to shield murder suspects from justice, for whatsoever reason.
“Today, nearly one year after this tragic and scandalous incident, someone is still talking about ‘allow(ing) the army to court-marshall them and conclude its internal process’. How long does a court martial or other so-called internal processes take?  The truth is that the AGF found himself in an inescapable corner and had to willy nilly offer some excuse. Ab initio, he never appeared inclined- from his speech and body language- to allow the indicted army officers face trial.

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“Why didn’t the AGF offer this same lame excuse weeks before now in response to the public outrage and questions regarding his decision to remove the names of the indicted army officers from the charge sheet which the police filed before his office decided to take over prosecution? Why has the Chief of Army Staff not responded to the IGP’s request on him, several months ago, to release the indicted army officers for trial? 
“The only thing that will convince Nigerians that the AGF and the Chief of Army Staff are not in cahoots in a scheme to shield the indicted army officers from justice is for the Chief of Army Staff to recall the army officers from the various locations he posted them after the crime and release them for trial while the AGF immediately restores their names to the charge sheet and immediately arraign them, alongside their alies in crimes, for trial.” 

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Indonesian Immigration Officials Allegedly Torture, Kill Nigerians Over Expired Visas

Facts on how Nigerians living in Indonesia were allegedly tortured and killed by the country’s immigration officials over expired visas and documents have come to light.
SaharaReporters gathered that the officials barged into victims’’ houses to effect arrest, forcing them to pay ₦450,000 before they are released.

The exercise was said to be carried out daily targeting mainly Nigerians with the aim of extorting money from them.
It was gathered that those, who could not cough out the money, were tortured with many dying in the process.
Those unable to raise the money are compelled to call their family members for them to find a means of sourcing the funds.

SaharaReporters gathered that a Nigerian identified as Chukwueze was tortured to death while in the custody of Indonesian immigration officials because he could not raise the money demanded as a bribe.
A source, who spoke with SaharaReporters said, “We are passing through hell here in Indonesia. The immigration officials are killing us because of expired visa. They come into our houses to arrest us and force us to pay N450, 000.
“If you don’t pay the money, they will ask you to call your relatives to raise the money.

“Last Monday, one Nigerian died in their custody because he had no money to pay. He died due to the torture he was subjected to by immigration officers.”
Recall that some Nigerians recently staged a protest at the Nigeria Embassy in Jakarta over alleged discrimination and targeted raids by Indonesian immigration officers.

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Activist Accuses Delta Police Of Complicity In Alleged Illegal Child Adoption By Government Officials

A right activist, Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho, has called on the Delta State Police Command to account for all exploited children transferred to the officials of the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs from 1991 till date.
He said the call was aimed at saving the lives of children, who are now regular victims of trafficking through illegal adoption by government officials in the ministry in connivance with the judiciary.

Aghogho condemned the police for involving in unethical and unprofessional conduct in the transfer of exploited children including suspected orphans from police stations within and across the state to some government officials in Delta.
The activist made the call in a statement on Friday over the incessant cases of illegal adoption by a group of people in government without following laid down procedures.
He maintained that the Delta State Child’s Right Law prohibited the collection of money or reward for child adoption except with the sanction of the court.
The statement reads, “It would be recalled that the Area Command Office, Warri, Delta State Police Command had unethically and unprofessionally issued a document dated 2/8/16 reference number AR: 3000/DTS/ARC/WARRI/VOL 39/85 transferring twelve exploited  children from the Area Command Office, Warri, to the Social Welfare Officer, Effurun, and same were allegedly  trafficked.”
Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Delta State Police Command, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, while reacting to SaharaReporters’ enquiry on the matter and whereabouts of the children transferred by police to various orphanage homes, said it was not the duty of police to do follow up on adopted children once they had been transferred.
SaharaReporters had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Benin Zonal Office, was currently investigating one Emmanuel Zimi Dolor and the Chief Judge of Delta State, Justice Marshal Umukoro, including officials of the Delta State Ministry of Women Affairs and judiciary on the alleged child trafficking.

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Armed Bandits Kill Two Persons, Abduct Four Others In Fresh Katsina Attack

Gunmen on Thursday attacked some villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing two persons and kidnapping four others in the process.
SaharaReporters gathered that the bandits attacked Kandawa Village where they killed one Nuru Lawal before rustling an undisclosed number of cattle.

They also abducted four villagers – Basiru Lawal, Rukayya basiru, Yau Isah and Nana Bello – but Lawal escaped when the bandits were operating at Shekawa Village.
Another man named Aminu Mai Unguwa was killed during an attack on Dan Alhaji Village.
Katsina State had in recent months been grappling with security challenges posed by kidnappers, bandits and rustlers.
In June, bandits attacked communities in the state, killing at least 100 persons.

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Ondo 2020: PDP Disqualifies Two Aspirants, Clears Others Ahead Of Governorship Primary

Nine Ondo Governorship PDP aspirants screened by the party’s National leaders

The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday disqualified two out of the nine aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket ahead of the Ondo State governorship election on October 10.
The party however, cleared the remaining seven aspirants after checking their credentials in fulfilment of its rule.

Nine Ondo Governorship PDP aspirants screened by the party’s National leaders

The two aspirants disqualified by the party are Mr Bamidele Akingboye and Mr Godday Erewa.
Those cleared include Eyitayo Jegede, Agboola Ajayi, Banji Okunomo, Bode Ayorinde, Boluwaji Kunlere, Olusola Ebiseni and Eddy Olafeso.
The PDP has fixed July 22 for its governorship primary election in the state.
Yakubu Dogora, Chairman of the screening panel and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, disclosed the names of those screened at the end of the exercise.
He stated that the disqualified aspirants could approach the appeal committee, which will commence sitting on Monday.
SaharaReporters gathered that the two disqualified aspirants were screened out over conflicting names on their certificates.
A source close to one of the aspirants told our correspondent that they were ready to approach the appeal panel over their disqualification.

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E2%80%99 Central Bank Of Nigeria Devalues Naira By 5.3 Per Cent At Currency Auction, Confirms SaharaReporters’ Story

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The Central Bank of Nigeria devalued the naira at one of its currency auctions, according to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said in its latest report.
The weakening comes after Governor Godwin Emefiele announced last month that the bank plans to unify its multiple exchange rates to improve the transparency of its currency-management system.
At an auction for importers on Friday, the CBN asked that bids for foreign exchange be made at N380 per United States dollar compared with N360 previously, the people said.

Isaac Okorafor, spokesperson for the CBN, didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone or reply to messages seeking comment.
The bank previously devalued the currency in March when it adjusted the official peg against the dollar to N360 from N307.
There’s another rate for investors and exporters known as the nafex window, which acts as a spot-rate for the naira.
The nafex — which has been relatively stable around N388 per dollar since mid-May following a recovery in oil prices — was introduced in 2017 as a way of wooing back foreign investors spooked by an economic crisis, without formally devaluing the currency.
The naira also trades widely in the black market, which Emefiele has said is illegal and is sold by the regulator to companies and individuals at varying rates.
Investors and the International Monetary Fund have long called for Nigeria to merge its multiple exchange rates, saying the absence of a single rate creates confusion and deters foreign investment.
On Thursday, SaharaReporters had exposed how the CBN deliberately prevents naira from appreciating against the United States dollar.

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EXPOSED: How Central Bank Of Nigeria Deliberately Prevents Naira From Appreciating Against United States Dollar

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According to documents seen by SaharaReporters, the apex bank, which has refused to disclose the exact foreign remittances it has received from 2016 to 2018, deliberately stocks the US dollars it receives on behalf of Nigerians to trade them off through crooked means.
The CBN, it was gathered, was warehousing the dollar component of remittances in foreign banks, thereby making it impossible for the naira to appreciate against the dollar in the foreign exchange market.
“The CBN wants to continue to sabotage the national economy through dubious regulations and that was why it banned banks and other foreign exchange dealers from paying foreign currencies to recipients of foreign remittances.
“Thus, by warehousing the dollar component of remittances in foreign banks, the CBN has made it impossible for the naira to appreciate against the dollar in the foreign exchange market,” a financial expert with deep knowledge of the fraud going on in the apex revealed.

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