Gov. Ahmed Calls On FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Drug Abuse

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on drug and substance abuse in the country.

Speaking during a courtesy call by the National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharmacist Ahmed Yakassi, on him at Government House, Ilorin, he said the country is faced with major challenges such as increased crimes, including kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and insurgency, largely induced by abuse of drugs usually among youths.

The Governor said the right steps must be taken by governments at all levels towards curbing the menace of drug abuse which is spreading across all strata of society like a cancer and must be arrested before it becomes malignant.

Alhaji Ahmed said drug abuse goes hand in hand with violence, stressing that the most theatres of violence and crime in the world have associated problems of drugs and substance abuse.

The Governor said a tripartite arrangement between governments, regulatory authorities and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) should be instituted to form platforms to dissuade youths from drug abuse, especially the misuse of over the counter and prescription drugs

According to him, “the level to which our youths have imbibed this habit of drug abuse is getting to an alarming rate at all levels; at the basic education level, at the secondary level, at the tertiary level, it is a very serious situation.

“It will require all hands to be on deck. Everybody will be involved in advocacy and in ensuring that all areas that contribute to the use of drugs are properly handled to give us a better society”.

Governor Ahmed said the administration will improve the numbers of PSN in the state and ensure proper drug dispensation to users in the state hospitals.

Earlier, the National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharmacist Ahmed Yakassai said their association was engaged in fighting fake and counterfeit drugs in the country and ensuring that there is sanity in drug administration in the country.

Acquitted Policeman In Apo 6 Killing, Danjuma Ibrahim Promoted To AIG

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has decorated Commissioner of Police (CP) Danjuma Ibrahim with his new rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), after being acquitted over alleged killing of five traders and a woman in 2005 at Apo, Abuja.

He was suspended from duty and charged on allegation of extra-judicial killing alongside Othaman Abdulsalam, Nicholas Zakaria, Baba Emmanuel, Ezekiel Acheneje and Sadiq Salami as co-defendants for felony.

An FCT High Court Presided by Justice Ishaq Bello discharged and acquitted Danjuma who was the first accused person, while Emmanuel and Acheneje were sentenced to death.

In December 2017 shortly after his acquittal was promoted from the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to the rank of Commissioner of Police.

Daily Trust gathered that he was since then been on course in Jos, Plateau state, today he was decorated to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police along with CP, Istafanus Shettima and CP Jimoh Omeiza Ozi-Obea.

Others decorated from the rank of DCP to CPs, include, Bello Yahaya, Mukaddas Garba, Dasuki Galandanchi, Fave Semali and Sadiq Abubakar.

Source: Daily Trust

Enough Is Enough, Emefiele Must Go: 8 Reasons Staff Want CBN Governor Sacked – Part 2

In the first part of this report, this medium gave a background into why the staff of the Central Bank Nigeria, CBN are calling for the sack of the bank’s chief, Godwin Emefiele.

The report, which emanated from an open petition by some concerned staff of the bank espoused 8 reasons including promotion laced with nepotism and favoritism, massive fraud and contract scam and massive forex scam and malpractices among others.

This second part of the report highlights the individual reasons which the staff based their petition on. Read the first part of the report here. Enough Is Enough, Emefiele Must Go: 8 Reasons Staff Want CBN Governor Sacked – Part 1

Recruitment Spree For The Connected Alone

One of the key issues the staff are aggrieved for is concerning the recruitment exercise going on in the bank. While these recruitment are being done without due process, only the children, relatives and friends of influential Nigerians and top government officials are considered.

“The governor had embarked on recruitment spree since his assumption of office and even alarmingly after President Buhari was sworn to office on May 29, 2015. The incompetent corrupt governor has used this channel to effectively enjoy patronage and secure his job by employing children and nominees of powerful men in government both of the executive arm, National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission,” the petition reads.

“Continuing, the petition said “he has so far employed over 2,500 employees without conducting any pre-employment tests or interviews, some of whom failed drug tests, and had either third class degrees or deficiencies in O’levels.

Abusidiqu confirms that reports of the recruitment scam in the CBN has been public knowledge since 2015 and that despite the outcry that trailed several reports exposing the recruitment, the bank management has continued to recruit candidates tied to influential or highly placed Nigerians without following due process.

Few weeks ago, Abusidiqu reported the continuous recruitment going on in the bank where the bank management as a way of concealing the identities of beneficiaries introduced the use of code numbers as against the names of the employees.

The bank had previously used the beneficiaries’ first names and their father’s middle names to hide the real identities of politically motivated recruitment. For instance, the bank listed Maryam Atiku as “Maryam Abubakar.” In another case, the bank entered the name of the son of Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, as “Nagode Abdulrahman.” In other instances, the bank used the maiden names of hired persons instead of their married names.

Billions Spent On Purchasing Properties For Senior Bank Officials

The concerned staff also cited the fraudulent acquisition of 4 houses for Deputy Governors in Maitama at the cost of over N12 billion in contravention of the monetization policy as well as the N10billion spent in renovating the house of the governor which was purchased and fully furnished by the former governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano.

Abusidiqu had exclusively reported the purchase of the houses in 2015, barely six months after the incumbent governor took over the management of the Central Bank from Mrs Sarah Alade, who acted as the CBN Governor upon the suspension of Sanusi Lamido.

Four houses with three of it located in the rich hub of Maitama and 10 units of houses located in Wuse II were purchased for the Directors and Deputy Directors of the bank respectively by the governor, Godwin Emefiele. This is in spite of the fact that the Deputy Governors and Directors were already living in eye popping mansions at the expense of the poor masses.

A total of N17billion was said to have been spent in the purchase of the 10 houses in wuse II at a unit price of N1.7billion whereas, the properties were said to have been advertised at N520 million per unit before the CBN indicated interest in purchasing the properties.

EXCLUSIVE: Billion Naira Fraud: CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele Spends Nigeria Money On Needless Mansions [Photos]

The bank staff said in spite of the spending of this huge fund, the Committee of Governors had paid themselves the sum of N500million housing grant on assumption of office and as well as the fleet of over 8 luxury cars for each of them.

“The Governor also spend close to N10 billion renovating an already existing house on Colorado Street, Maitama which was built just 4 years before he took office by Julius Berger. The Governor and his 4 deputies live celebrity lifestyles while the hardworking staff of the bank live on loans and more loans,” the staff said.

The staff further added that there “was the acquisition of houses at No 1, Monrovia Street, Wuse 2, for Directors of the CBN at the cost of N17 billion not minding that the house were advertised by the developer for N5 billion before CBN came into the picture. This is also against the monetization policy of the Federal Government as the Directors are paid housing allowances.”

Deliberate Refusal To Wade Into Crisis Rocking Some Financial Institutions

CBN staff are outraged over the refusal of the Central Bank governor to wade into the massive undercapitalization issues, liquidity and collapse facing some financial institutions. The staff view the action as resulting to the banking sector becoming a shadow of itself.

The staff cited examples in Aso Savings and Loans Limited, Skye Bank, and Fortis Micro-finance bank, all of which they said have been facing serious banking issues in recent times.

In the case of Aso Saving and Loans Limited, the staff said the CBN under Emefiele fraudulently granted the financial institution bailout in the sum of N10billion even when same was not required by the bank. The fund is alleged to have been diverted into the personal accounts of some politicians including that of Shamsudeen Bala, son of former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Bala Mohammed.

The diversion of the fund which was allegedly done on the instruction of the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele is said to have gone down the drain as no single kobo of the money originally meant to be a loan to Aso Savings and Loans Limited has been paid back to the Central Bank of Nigeria, the staff alleged.

Additionally, Aso Savings and Loans is reportedly in financial crisis with over N20billion of depositors fund misappropriated in the last two years without necessary actions from the CBN management until recent times when it is becoming obvious the scam can no longer be hidden.

As we write this, Aso Savings and Loans has gone under the past two years with over N20 billion of depositors funds without any action by the CBN or against the CBN for its complicity in the matter. Poor depositors don’t have access to their deposits yet Emefiele continues to enjoy praises from the villa.”

The staff also justified the deliberate refusal to take actions on the crisis rocking some financial institutions with the crisis in Fortis Microfinance Bank which they said has gone bankrupt.

“Of recent, is the crisis brewing in Fortis Microfinance Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost and largest Microfinance Banks. Fortis has technically gone bankrupt with huge deposits belonging to individuals and other financial institutions. The bank is dead and it seems Emefiele is ready to pretend all is well as in the case of Aso Savings.”

The staff also made mention of Skye Bank Plc, where the former Managing Director, Tunde Ayeni allegedly defrauded the bank to the tune of N150 billion, but has been left to roam the street a free man when the CBN management ought to have forwarded his case to the appropriate security agencies.

They claim that the various examinations and forensic investigative reports on the alleged fraud are available in supervisory department of the bank. 

Massive Forex Scams and Malpractices

Allegations of massive forex scams and malpractices also tops some of the reasons the CBN staff want Emefiele sacked.

The staff accused the CBN Governor of creating artificial scarcity of forex and single-handedly decides how the forex is allocated at the CBN rate of N307 per dollar, an avenue they said he uses in settling people in Government who later round trip and sell at market rate of N365 per dollar. This position according to the staff was corroborated by a former Governor of the bank in addition to details already in the knowledge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), nothing has been done to date.

The staff specifically mentioned various forex malpractices involving Directors, a retired Deputy Governor in charge of Economic and Policy and Godwin Emefiele himself. Details of some of these malpractices which we have obtained independent of the staff petition will be available in our subsequent report.

Little wonder, the call for the sack of the CBN governor especially as regards the sale of forex to cronies at CBN rate has been on since 2015.

In one of his call for Emefiele’s sack, Peregrino Brimah describes him thus “He is a cabal fraternal banker who has maintained and added several layers of taxation on Nigerians even through the banking system in a ponzi-type scheme: tax to deposit, tax to withdraw, stamp tax, tax per mile and other illegal bank taxes on the masses’ own money, unheard of across the world.”

“The only people the governor has favored are politicians and the cabal whose investments he secures and who he promises unfettered access to CBN rate dollars for their refinery and other private projects while he denies the masses and small businesses any access to same. His policies have been directly implicated in the loss of 1.5 million jobs the past year and the current Nigerian recession.”

Also in 2017, civil society groups protested against the CBN governor with a demand for his resignation after accusing him of manipulating Forex tradings and illegally funding Federal Government budget and short-changing the Money Deposit Bank’s reserve ratio at the expense of the Masses.

“Forex Trading has been illegally turned to an exclusive business of the friends and family of those in power as against the principle of banking which allows for professionalism in trading and ensuring circulation to the business community for import and export of goods and services that will have direct positive impact on the economy and the people, spokesperson of the group, Fasipe Oluyemi said”

“We have again taught that the CBN will allow a level playing ground for all real stakeholders especially business community to access FOREX for trading, but they have aided the government cronies to horde it, and make it very expensive for them to in turn make huge profits upon trading. These are the factors that have made the prices of goods and services in the country to be very high and expensive, most times unaffordable.” “We shudder at the high impunity and knavery at which the CBN has carried on this illegality in this dispensation, playing lip service to the change mantra of Buhari’s government. This is another clear demonstration that the government and the CBN is double mouthed, playing double standards about corruption-free Nigeria.”

Although, the CBN in a statement by the Director, Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, said the allegations were “false and fabricated” and accused the groups of being paid agents of some ”selfish interest groups and enemies of the Nigerian economy,” staff of the bank said manipulations of forex trading and its attendant illegalities are still very much rufe under the management of Godwin Emefiele.

In the third part of this report, other reasons the CBN staff gave in the call for the sack of Godwin Emefiele will be further highlighted. Watch out.

Peace Corps Bill and National Assembly Shenanigans- By Ayobami Akanji

“ I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” – Alexander the Great
In 1994, a certain Dickson Akoh founded a group called the “Nigerian Leadership and Marshall Corps” (NLMC). As the years passed, he mooted the idea of a name change and, finally, in 1998, he settled for Nigerian Peace Corps, which he registered as a non-governmental organization.
The non-governmental organization is modeled after a similarly named volunteer programme in the United States of America – the National Peace Corps Association with a volunteer strength of 220,000 and yearly budget of $410 million.

However, a non- governmental organization, which prides herself as having solution to the menace of employment in the country, is fighting to be taken over by a government she registered with to be non-governmental organization.
The purveyors of this Corps sometimes or delude themselves on the insalubrity of this exercise, neglecting the reality of duplicity of roles that signing the bill into law will birth. Reading the Peace Corps Bill, one will realise that it has, in the first place, given the game away. It shows how the Peace Corps will duplicate the functions of seven existing organizations, the police and Civil Defence Corps inclusive.
This is enough reason to withhold presidential assent, as no reasonable President would enjoy superintending over warring security agencies. What is even more comical is the serious attention it is receiving from members of the National Assembly, who are aware of the current economic realities in the country but would rather play politics with the bill. Suddenly, they have realised the dangers of unemployment.
They have made existential researches into unemployment and instead of creating bills that will aid state governors to exploit their natural resources, they brilliantly proffer Peace Corps as the solution. They say it will reduce unemployment!
These same legislators refused to confirm nominees into vacant positions in the CBN because the President preferred to keep the face of a man they do not want to see. In an era where scarce resources are being committed to fill infrastructural deficits, where paying salaries in some states is as hard as passing a camel through the eye of the needle, one wonders if these positionss are indeed patriotic or individualistic. In any case, an online media alleged that some senators were given 500 slots in a yet to be confirmed organization.
Reading the interview the promoter of the Corps, Mr. Akoh, granted a media house, one realises the financial nightmare the organisation would create for government. He said none of the staff is paid less than N40,000 a month. With a staff strength of more than 113,000, the monthly wage bill would be about N4.5bn, or N50bn annually.
This is roughly equivalent to a third of Bauchi State’s N168bn 2018 budget and a quarter of Katsina’s N211bn budget. It’s unexplainable how people in the hallowed chambers will allow this bill to be passed without scrutinizing the attendant problems. While unemployment is an issue, you don’t solve a problem by creating another.
 You don’t jump up forgetting that the ground isn’t a nice place to land carelessly. It takes a lot to build a nation, it takes nothing to destroy it. The Federal Government is planning to raise the minimum wage in September. Arm-twisting the President into signing this bill will deny Nigerians the delivery of dividends of democracy. A responsible parliament should help in building the nation, not fighting for things that will jeopardize her financial stability.
Ayobami Akanji is a strategist and lives in Abuja

The Most Common of Causes Wrongful Death in the World

By legal definition, wrongful death is the death of a person caused by another due to negligence and carelessness or with the intent of doing so. While most wrongful death is due to accidents, many also involve other circumstances such as wrong medication prescription or defective machine parts.

The number of wrongful death is increasing every year, and as mentioned, there can be numerous causes for its occurrence. To give you a clearer view, we have compiled the most common causes of wrongful death all around the world.

Medical Malpractice

When a person is admitted in a healthcare facility, the duty of care is placed in the hands of doctors, nurses, lab technicians, therapists, radiologic technologists, psychologists and other members of the healthcare team. Such duty of care involves the provision of quality care to assist the individual during the phases of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Unfortunately, medical malpractice is not uncommon in the field of health. Medical malpractice occurs if the physician or any healthcare provider breach their duty and provide care not acceptable against standards, which leads to the injury or in the case of wrongful death, the death of the patient.

There are different types of medical malpractice, including the following:

  • Surgical and anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Faulty medical equipment
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Wrong medication prescription
  • Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis

Automobile Accidents

A good percentage of wrongful death suits are due to automobile accidents. According to the data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2015, over 35,000 people died in the US due to accidents on the road. Often, surviving family members file wrongful death claims against the liable party, which can include drivers of other vehicles, roadway agencies, and automobile manufacturers.

Many car accidents are due to the carelessness or recklessness of drivers and others are due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather and sudden tire blowouts. No matter the situation, it is always good practice to keep your eyes and focus on the road when driving as distracted driving is one reason for car accidents that could lead to wrongful death.

Another type of accident that can fall under this is that involving commercial trucks. Obviously, the mere size and weight of a truck are enough to cause a serious injury or even death when it is involved in an accident. In cases of accidents where the truck driver is held liable, the trucking companies and manufacturers also share the liability.

Workplace Accidents

Another common cause of wrongful death that’s widespread around the world is accidents in the workplace. Dangerous workplace environments expose employees to hazards and risks that could lead to injuries and death. Untimely death in the workplace is often due to burns, slips, falls, explosions, and faulty equipment.

While accidents can happen in any working environment, workplaces that pose the greatest risk to workers include construction and mining sites and manufacturing companies. If an employee dies due to a work-related accident, the family can file a wrongful death claim against the employer. Work-related accidents are not unprecedented, so the best way to avoid them is to establish and implement a good safety program.

Product Liability

Aside from the more common causes such as accidents and medical malpractice, wrongful death is also caused by product liability. When a company sells a product to the public, it is assumed that the said product is safe for the public’s use or consumption. Several laws exist to protect the buying public against dangerous or defective products.

If, in any event, a customer dies due to a defect in the manufacturing or design of a product, the manufacturer, distributor, and retailer can be held liable for it. The family of the decedent may file a wrongful death claim against the liable parties.

Criminal Activities

Another common reason for wrongful death is criminal activities by individuals committing illegal acts. The wrongdoer can be trialed in a criminal court or a civil court through a wrongful death suit. The person may, in fact, be convicted of the crime before the decedent’s family members can file a civil claim for wrongful death as the district attorney is the one who handles the criminal suit.

What To Do?

Family members who have lost a loved one due to the intentional or negligent act of another person through any of the following causes discussed here may file a wrongful death against the responsible individual. The family can receive monetary compensation for the damages incurred including the following:

  • Medical and hospital expenses of the decedent
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship
  • Damages to the property
  • Any ongoing financial expenses
  • Mental suffering, grief, and emotional pain

So there you have the most common causes of wrongful death around the world. If one of your loved ones died a sudden, untimely death, it is surely difficult to see the responsible party get away with it. Filing a claim for the wrongful death of a beloved family member can be a long, emotionally-charging experience, especially if you do not receive support from a reliable attorney. To get access to the services of an expert wrongful death lawyer, click here.

Joanne Reed

Joanne Reed has been writing about law and business for almost a decade, and is currently writing her next big law project. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching games if she has free time.

Alleged Anti-Party And The Travails Of Governor Tambuwal, By Usama Dandare

Political party is perhaps a major tool for bringing together various political interests, talents and resources for the purpose of wining elections. This has been the tradition all over the world, especially in countries that embrace democracy. In 1960 when Nigeria gained independence, it was joyous in the minds of Nigerians that at least the era of colonialism has gone for good, thus giving them the magnanimous opportunity to freely participate in electoral process without foreign control. Heartbreakingly, despite several decades of independence, political parties in Nigeria are still enmeshed in internal haggling, making a whole mess of democratic process.

That inter party activities by political stakeholders in Nigeria, whether before, during and after elections often attract huge discourse among social commentators, especially in the current political dispensation leaves one to wonder if genuine politicians with national interests really exists in this part of the world. Evidences abound that some leaders elected on the platform of the ruling APC hobnob with members of the opposition PDP against the dictates of their party and even openly show more loyalty to their political friends outside their party compared to the direction their political party wishes and shows brazen disregard towards the party leadership.

Of interest is the recent happenings in the political theatre of Sokoto State where the state governor, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, is being widely accused of anti party activities. His recent hobnobbing with members of the opposition PDP and open victimization of own party members further add credence to the critical point of the day. This development generated several hot debates within and outside the state, hence the need to pen down this piece.

Let’s remember not to forget that Governor Tambuwal was a product of the PDP who in 2011 became the Speaker of the House of Representatives against the directives of the PDP. The People’s Democratic Party in order to maintain the party’s zoning and power sharing agreement, gave the Speaker’s office to the South-west zone and announced Hon. Mulikat Adeola-Akande as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, but Tambuwal mobilized members from the then opposition ACN, ANPP and CPC to dim the influence of his own party. Through a mild drama on 6/06/2011 that ensured on the floor of the hallowed chamber, Tambuwal decked in a safari suit and a bowler hat emerged the Speaker of the House with the help of the opposition at the detriment of his party the PDP. If there’s anything called anti-party, this is where it all began.

At the heat of 2015 general elections, Tambuwal who was then the Speaker of the House of Representatives, under the platform of the then ruling People’s Democratic Party, joined forces with the opposition APC to humiliate PDP in exchange for a gubernatorial ticket under the opposition platform. Tambuwal during a preliminary session announced his defection to the APC just days after pledging his total support to the ruling PDP, this was after months of galvanizing support for the opposition. The timing and nature of his defection provided the slab on which PDP was mercilessly slaughtered during the March 28 presidential polls.

Having gotten the APC gubernatorial ticket for Sokoto governorship race through sabotaging his party and having rode to victory on the crest of President Buhari’s unprecedented popularity, chanting the APC’s mantra of ‘change’ in 2015, Tambuwal first reward for his new party was to plot a coup against the party’s wish and in flagrant disregard for the party’s celebrated political mores. While the APC settled on Femi Gbajabiamila as its preferred candidates to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tambuwal using his influence as the immediate past Speaker of the House connived with some few APC lawmakers and several others from the opposition PDP to install Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker against the directives of APC national leadership.

Going down the memory lane, it was a common knowledge that shortly after the 2011 general elections, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, deterred by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had already started galvanising support for former House Leader, Hon Mulikat Adeola-Akande to become the speaker of the past 7th National Assembly. But Hon. Gbajabiamila rushed to Tinubu with the name of Tambuwal, he persuaded Tinubu to accept Tambuwal for the office of the speaker. Before doing so, Tinubu spurred Gbajabiamila on whether Tambuwal can be trusted and then the former assented.

This was why Tinubu stood against all odds and made sure all ACN members voted Tambuwal as the speaker of the 7th assembly. But in 2015, when Tinubu and APC settled on Femi Gbajabiamila as the speaker of the 8th assembly, Tambuwal stampeded several state governors into cajoling members from their state to vote against Gbajabiamila and ultimately against Tinubu’s choice. In an honest manner, Tambuwal, if not being the traitor he is, shouldn’t have moved against Tinubu not only because of the role he played in his emergence as Speaker in 2011 but because of his influence to secure the Sokoto governorship ticket for him. But alas, Tinubu was betrayed by a serial betrayer.

As the APC wrestle with the pang of Tambuwal’s perfidy, the Governor once again drew more blood from the chancre he inflicted on his party by openly hobnobbing with staunch PDP members, and more recently the appointment of unapologetic PDP members into his government at the expense of his own party members. His close tie-up with sworn enemies of President Buhari and APC speak volume of his readiness to do to APC what he did to the PDP. His undeniable close association with Attahiru Bafarawa cannot be overlooked, so also that of Governor Wike of Rivers State and several others. His recent meeting with the likes of James Ibori, Governor Wike, Emeka Ihedioha, Governor Okowa of Delta State, Sule Lamido and the rest barely three days after the National Convention of the People’s Democratic Party is also an Indicator to what the governor is up to.

Additionally, there were reports that when President Buhari was away receiving medical attention in London. Governor Tambuwal was among others wishing the president death, he even went round the country lobbying to be made the vice president to Yemi Osibanjo insisting that the president will not return alive. To his profound dismay, President Buhari returned alive and more healthier than ever. To show his unhidden disappointment, Tambuwal refused to join his colleagues to welcome the president at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and also refused to send any goodwill message. Just days back, the president while speaking at a town hall meeting in Jos acknowledged the fact that some people went lobbying to be made vice president while he was in London but they ended up getting disappointed upon his return.

Now that it’s becoming obvious that President Buhari is not going to die before 2019 and he’s all set to clinch the 2019 APC presidential ticket, meaning there’s no vacancy for the office of the vice president. Tambuwal backed by some powerful forces is now weighing on the possibilities of clinching the presidential ticket under the opposition PDP, the party he betrayed in 2015. With the help of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Sule Lamido and some other PDP Governors, Tambuwal is already working on how to return to the party he dumped ahead of the 2015 elections, simply to satisfy his selfish political ambition.

If not for the hitches brought about by some anti-Tambuwal elements within the PDP, Governor Tambuwal would’ve by now became a PDP member. Some forces within the PDP are uncomfortable with Tambuwal, in view of the role he played in the loss of power by the PDP in 2015, especially the defeat of former President, Goodluck Jonathan. And some Jonathan Associates who are now PDP Governors have vowed to stop his bid to secure the PDP Presidential ticket by all means, despite making an unwritten agreement between him and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Other anti-Tambuwal elements believe that, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tambuwal was used by the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, to destabilize the PDP, giving the ACN control of the House from 2011 to 2015. Other PDP Governors and leaders also believe Tambuwal’s candidature will be difficult to sell in the South-West, because of the role he played in the defeat of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, in the Speakership race in 2015. Whatever the case may be, Governor Tambuwal is ready to repeat to APC what he did to the PDP.

With the foregoing, one need no soothsayer to agree that Governor Tambuwal is indeed a serial defector of dishonorable character. Within few years, he defected from the ANPP to the DPP, then back to the ANPP, then to the PDP, later to the APC and now planning to go back to the PDP. From his antecedents, Tambuwal can no longer be trusted and should never be. The APC as a party should wake up and know they have in their midst a traitor from the PDP who went against the directives of his party and robbed the party of the fourth most prestigious office in Nigeria.
It’s very clear from his body language that he’s lost affection for the APC, so the most honourable thing for him is to resign from the party and go back to where he belong. Else, APC should show him the way out before it’s too late. A traitor like him must not be trusted. If Tambuwal can betray PDP, the party that picked him up from nobody and made him who he’s today, in exchange of a mere gubernatorial ticket; it’ll only be a matter before he betray APC, a party he met on the street, for a presidential ticket. Ultimately, he should not be trusted.

Usama A. Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto.

Reno Omokri Is A ‘joke’, Struggling For Relevance – By Adefemiwa Oluwole

I never saw this coming, that someday Reno Omokri will get into a competition with Nigerian comedians just to make a joke. But in his case, he is just down right boring. He wouldn’t get a grin from Nigerians speak less, a smile.

Just when you thought Reno cannot hit a new low, he digs the ground and goes for it, there is no stopping him in the abyss.

Asserting that President Buhari’s son, Yusuf, has more guards than Dapchi schoolgirls is lame, colourless and ludicrous.

Have Reno Omokri ever heard of Google? I doubt it because if he has he wouldn’t launder his stupidity and ignorance in public saying things that a four-year old should know.

One would think, Reno who once worked at the Presidency will know these little things, instead he goes public exuding a high level of ignorance and a nauseating sense of political blindness. I understand that Reno is pained that he is not the son of the president but it is unfair to take it out on Yusuf.

World over, it is known that the President, Vice President and even close family members have Secret Service agents watching and protecting them.

They are sometimes referred to as the ‘First Family’ and their security is of immense importance to the country.

But that is BREAKING NEWS to Reno. For a second, one would like to know what he did when he worked in the Presidency? Was he just galivanting around the building wondering what wonderful work of art it was, or was is office restricted to his Twitter account alone?

He should have asked questions if he needed clarification rather portray Nigerians as ignorant people, given that people across the globe could be reading his hogwash and wondering are Nigerians still in medieval times?

If Reno had taken some minutes to check up the mandate of Nigeria’s State Security Service, he would have saved all of us this embarrassment.

Anyways, I have taken the pains to do that job for him. According to the Wikipedia page of the Nigerian State Security Service, “The mission of the SSS is to protect and defend the Federal Republic of Nigeria against domestic threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of Nigeria, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to both federal and state law-enforcement organs. The SSS is also charged with the protection of the PresidentVice PresidentSenate PresidentSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesState Governors, their immediate families, other high ranking government officials, past presidents and their spouses, certain candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, and visiting foreign heads of state and government. The SSS has constantly adapted to various roles necessitated by evolving security threats in Nigeria including counter-terrorism and counter-insurgent.”

There you go, Reno. A little research could have been helpful being lazy would only cause you to make wrong assertions and accusations unless you have deliberating come up with one of your pranks again.

Thank your stars that the Nigerian Cybercrime Act has been taken with a pinch of salt, else you would be having conversations with some stern-looking Nigerians behind bars.


By Adefemiwa Oluwole, a public affairs analyst, wrote from Akoka Lagos

Gov. Ahmed Signs Bill Prohibiting Production, Sales And Consumption Of Alcohol

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has signed a bill prohibiting production, sale, and consumption of alcohol in certain areas.

Ahmed gave his assent to the Ilorin Township (Prohibition Against the Production, Sale, and Consumption of Liquor in Certain Areas) Law, 2018, as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Under the law, no person will be allowed to produce, sell, store or openly consume alcohol within specified areas in the metropolis.

The bill stipulates that any person who contravenes the provision of this law shall be guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100, 000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

Gov. Ahmed Signs Amended Governor/Deputy Governor Pension Bill Into Law

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday signed into law an amendment bill stopping payment of pension to former governors and deputy governors during any period they hold political or public office.

The State House of Assembly recently passed by the bill following consideration of a report presented by the Chairman, House Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Emmanuel Abodunrin.

With the signing of the amended law by Governor Ahmed, former governors and their deputies shall not be entitled to pension and other benefits whenever they hold a political or public office, according to a statement by his senior special assistant on media and communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede.

Similarly, the governor gave his assent to the Ilorin Township (Prohibition Against the Production, Sale and Consumption of Liquor in Certain Areas) Law, 2018 as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Under the law, no person will be allowed to produce, sell, store or openly consume alcohol within specified areas in the metropolis.

Any person who contravenes the provision of this law shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six month or both.

Osinbajo Erred On Magu’s Portfolio In EFCC

By Ajayi Bamidele

The attention of notable Nigerians has been drawn to a statement credited to the Nigerian vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, describing Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha Magu as the most senior staff of the Economic and Financial crimes commission, which is false.

The lies in the position of the vice president who is expected to uphold the true tenets of democratic principles; to represent the desires of the people in the fight against corruption and injustice – being the scourge that is ravaging the nation’s political system, should be exposed in the interest of the citizenry.

The much-expected protection of the rule of law and respect for the three arms of government should prevail over the jaundiced comments of the vice president, who has compromised himself with his tenacity to protect the embattled acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Maju.

The statement of the vice president was an indication that the present administration was bent on sticking with an individual who the Nigerian Senate declined to confirm as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.
Contrary to what the vice president said, Mr. Magu Mustapha Ibrahim happens to be the most senior police officer posted to serve in the EFCC on secondment, but that does not make him a staff of the commission.

Setting the record straight, the EFCC is an establishment of an Act of the National Assembly, and the Commission has 3 internationally recognized and trained serving directors – position that is equivalent to Assistant inspector General of Police (AIG) in the Federal civil service ranking.

Suffice to say as well that the Commission has at least 20 serving deputy directors who are staff of the EFCC, a rank that is equivalent to that of a Commissioner of Police (CP) in the Nigerian police Force.

The Commission also has additional 20 Assistant Directors who are equivalent to the rank of a Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Nigerian Police Force, that is the category where the embattled Acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha Magu belongs to.
Social commentators now wonder why the federal government should leave out over 43 personnel senior to Magu, according to the federal civil service ranking and appoint a junior rank as the chief executive. Perhaps, to spite his superiors working in the Commission.

Another school of thought also argues that why were these people trained with taxpayer’s money without being given the corresponding leadership responsibility to practicalise for the benefit of the country the knowledge acquired from their oversees’ trainings? Doesn’t it mean that the investment in their training was a waste?

The EFCC has come of age. I suggest that the 3 internationally respected directors who are at the rank of AIG, and 20 deputy directors and additional 20 assistant directors, should henceforth be allowed to start piloting the affairs of the Commission.

I make bold to say that the continuous posting of police officers who are supposed to be assisting their colleagues in the fight against insurgency in the North-east and maintaining law and order – to head the EFCC should stop. They should concentrate on their constitutional responsibility, rather than posting them to the anti-graft agency that has more capable hands to produce the much-needed results in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

I suggest further that the Act of the National Assembly that establishes the EFCC should be reviewed to allow professionalism to prevail so that core technocrats in the field would be allowed to man different positions without prejudice.

My advice goes to the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to reconsider his position on Magu.

It is high time the Commission’s capable hands were allowed to lead in the executive carder, because I know the VP is a promoter of due process and someone that would not ordinarily support injustice.

In as much that I know it is not a crime to labour and become a senior personnel in an organization, so do we expect the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to allow peace to reign in the EFCC and allow one of the 43 senior personnel to Magu who is even not a staff of the Commission to start piloting the affairs of the anti-graft body.

A thought echoed in my mind that what’s so special in the EFCC that Mr. Magu refused to return to his core employer’s duty: the Nigerian police force. I want to suggest if Mr. Magu Mustapha Ibrahim likes the EFCC, he should resign from the Nigerian police force and apply to be a staff of the EFCC.

I urged the National Assembly to amend the act that established the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to enable it function effectively whereby the position of the chief executive of the Commission would be ceded to one of the most ranked officers in the Commission.

This would bring about dedication and commitment to the cause and reduce grumblings among the staff where a junior officer from another agency would be brought to superintend the operations of a Commission that has internationally acknowledged technocrats in crime fighting and anti-corruption.

The Presidency and the National Assembly are hereby called upon to act fast and address this injustice meted out to the top officers of the EFCC, who have served and contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Commission.

Defence Headquarters React To Ekweremadu’s Comment On Military Take Over


1.?The Defence Headquarters wish to respond to a comment by the Deputy President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesday 7 March 2018, regarding the Nigerian Military, while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, representing Kogi Central. In his comments among others, the Distinguished Deputy President of the Senate stated “The Problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over, let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue”.

2.?This statement may appear cautionary and sincere in the atmosphere of discourse, it is however derogatory to the Army used in the expression and by extension to the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The statement in the true sense has the capacity to denigrate the Nigerian Military in every ramification including it’s loyalty to the President Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the confidence of the general public to defend Nigeria’s democracy. In the light of this; the Defence Headquarters wish to state clearly that, the Nigerian Military has come of age and is in tune with best international military practices of complete and total subordination to democratic governance.

3.?In this regard, it is worthy to remind the general public about some key measures among others that guaranteed the present sustainable status of politically unambitious members of the Armed Forces:
a.?Shortly, after the transition from a military to a democratically elected government in 1999, officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, who were quasi-political, were honourably eased out of service. This was done to avoid indoctrination of other officers in the Military in order to enable the democratic government commence a re-professionalisation process of the Armed Forces. The process commenced in collaboration with international organisations such as the United States Armed Forces and the British Military. By 2009, from the basic military training institutions through units and formation reorientation programmes to top management workshops and seminars for the military, it became clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been re-professionalised to be totally subordinate to political leadership and democracy in the Country.

b.?In addition, the Nigerian Military began to take the lead at ensuring that the West African Sub Region is stable democratically through military diplomacy and physical actions where it is highly desirable and supported by ECOWAS. The case of the Gambia last year is still fresh in our memories, where democracy was enforced by an ECOWAS Military Coalition led by the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under the focused and abled leadership of Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General AG Olonisakin (NAM).

c.?Furthermore, the present crop of personnel in the Armed Forces of Nigeria right from the Service Chiefs to the men; are made up of the balance of re-professionalised officers and fresh intakes from 1999, who do not nurse political ambitions. They are fully committed to their oaths of allegiance to serve their fatherland Nigeria, with total submission to our democratic government.

4.?Defence Headquarters hereby assures the international community, Nigeria’s democratic institutions and the general public, of its unalloyed loyalty to the President Commander in Chief, provision of all necessary support for the sustenance of our democracy and carrying out our constitutional roles. Therefore, the apprehension by the Deputy President of the Senate should be totally disregarded.

5.?Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Please disseminate to the general public.

Brigadier General
Acting Director Defence Information
8 March 2018

Kwara To Complete Osun State Boundary Road – Gov Ahmed

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has announced his government’s decision to link Aran-Orin Township road in Irepodun Local government area of the state to Osun State boundary.

Gov Ahmed made this disclosure on Wednesday at Aran-Orin during the inspection of ongoing projects in Irepodun and Ekiti Local Government areas of the state.

According to the governor, his government had already constructed 3.6kms Aran-Orin road out of six kilometres, saying that the government would construct the remaining 2.4 kms to link Ila town in the neighbouring Osun State.

Governor Ahmed who also inspected Oke-Opin Township road in Ekiti Local Government, Ipetu-Rore-Arandun road in Irepodun Local government area, said the quality of works done on the roads were in consonance with funds released for the respective projects.

Gov. Ahmed also directed immediate rehabilitation of Oke Opin – Epe Opin community bridge to control erosion in the area.

According to the governor, “the Infrastructure Development Fund established by this government has made funding of our projects much easier”.

“I’m very impressed with the quality of work done and I can assure everyone that all the projects will be taken to completion levels by this government”.

Gov Ahmed promised that no part of the state would be left out in the provision of infrastructure for even development of the state.

At the Kwara State University, Ekiti Campus, Gov Ahmed assured Kwarans that the project would be completed by October this year, promising that the campus would begin academic activities immediately after the completion of the project.

Gov Ahmed explained that the establishment of the campus would further open opportunities to students seeking admission into the University.

He explained that the establishment of the campus would further open opportunities to students seeking admission into the University.

Abdulwahab Oba
Chief Press Secretary
to the Kwara State Governor

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