2019: Buhari, Osinbajo To Participate In Live Tv Programme Wednesday

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Wednesday participate in a live televised two-hour presidential town-hall programme.

The programme which will hold at 8:00pm (Nigerian time) on 16 January will hold at Ladi Kwali Conference Center, Ballroom of Sheraton Hotel Abuja.

In a statement by Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, attendance to the townhall programme is strictly by invitation.

“All guests are expected to be seated by 7:00pm,” he said in the statement.

The presidential series, which is titled “The Candidates”, is designed by the organisers to have both the Presidential and their Vice Presidential candidates of selected political parties on stage at the same time and at different dates to take questions from the moderator, Kadaria Ahmed and from the general public through various platforms.

The programme would be broadcast live on NTA, which shall in turn provide the live feeds to other partner stations like TVC, Wazobia TV, Oak TV and on all Radio Nigeria stations.

It will also be streamed online at dtv.media to enable Nigerians in Diaspora to participate.

President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo are also the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming presidential elections on 16 February 2019.

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Aisha Buhari’s Campaign Team Organises Competition For Young Creative Nigerians

The women and youth presidential campaign team of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that it is organising a creative contest for young Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections.

This was disclosed by the director of media and strategic communication of the campaign team, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin during a press briefing on Monday, January 14.

Jibrin, a member of the House of Representatives from Kano state, heads the directorate of media and strategic communication of the campaign team.

He called on young creative Nigerians to submit art pieces in various formats depicting an achievement of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration that has impacted their lives positively.

His words: “Let me use this opportunity to inform creative Nigerians that the women and youth presidential campaign council media and strategic communication committee would be sanctioning a competition calling for Nigerians from various works of life to submit art pieces in various formats – graphic designs, videos, drawings, paintings depicting an achievement of the President Buhari administration that has impacted their lives positively using the hashtag #APCWayContest

“Submissions would be made over a period of time and would be curated from online postings to be identified with the hashtag. “Upon submissions, a jury would be expected to review the submissions and chose the best 50 of which a prize money would be awarded to them.

“The aim of this competition is to promote the achievements of the president and give it ownership among everyday Nigerians while also promoting the committee.”

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President Buhari Appoints Mohammed Adamu As New IGP

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Mohammed Adamu  as the new Inspector General of Police.

This was disclosed on Tuesday after outgoing IGP, Ibrahim Idris, and Adamu met with the President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

After the meeting, Adamu thanked President Buhari for his appointment and promised to restrategise to effectively tackle kidnapping and other security challenges in the country.

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NGF Congratulates Ag. IGP Adamu Mohammed Lafia

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) wishes to congratulate Mr. Adamu Abubakar Mohammed (aka Adamu Mohammed Lafia, within police circles) on his new appointment as the Acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat believes that this appointment is well deserved considering the personal accomplishments of the man.

Adamu Mohammed Lafia had occupied the office of the Director of Peace Keeping operations, led the Enugu Police Command as Police Commissioner and was AIG in charge of Zone 5.

Until his appointment, he was at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) as a directing staff. Adamu Mohammed Lafia is reputed to be a man of impeccable character.

Apart from heading Police formations at their most strategic levels in Nigeria, Adamu Mohammed Lafia had also risen to the apex of international policing in Lyon France, where he rose through the hierarchy of the organization to ascend the exalted position of the Vice President of INTERPOL, a position he held for years with distinction.

In his words, the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr. Asishana B Okauru said “I am absolutely sure that Adamu Mohammed Lafia would bring professionalism and true leadership to policing in our country”.

Okauru, who had worked with several notable police officers during his time as the Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) further added that “I can attest to his solid pedigree and rich experience. He is arguably the most qualified serving police officer at this time, to occupy the very sensitive office of the Inspector General of Police”.

The NGF sincerely wishes that the new top cop would harness all his experiences from his previous offices, at home and abroad, with dexterity and a fervent drive to curb crime, ensure peace in the entire country and once again propound the policing principles that will lead Nigerians to believe that the police, is your friend.

abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

Head, Media and Public Affairs

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ICC Drops War Crimes Charges Against Laurent Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo.

He had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed election in 2010. Post-election violence left 3,000 dead.

Mr Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara.

He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC.

ICC judges ruled that he had no case to answer because the prosecution had failed to prove several charges against him. They have ordered his immediate release.

The violence in 2010 in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest cocoa producer, came after Mr Gbagbo refused to accept that he had lost a disputed election run-off to his rival, Alassane Ouattara.

The violence saw 500,000 people displaced

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FRSC To Begin Enforcement Of Speed Limit Devices On Private Vehicles

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Tuesday, said it would soon begin the enforcement of speed limit devices installation on private vehicles.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the FRSC introduced the use of the speed limit device in 2016 to reduce the incidents of accidents and loss of lives.

However, the enforcement of compliance with the installation began on Feb. 1, 2017, with articulated trucks.

Mr Philip Ozonnandi, the FRSC Unit Commander in Ore, Ondo State, told NAN in Ore that private car owners were now required to install the device to avoid having their vehicles impounded.

Ozonnandi said that commercial vehicle owners had already started complying with the order for installation of the speed limit devices, adding that ‘’private vehicle owners should follow suit.

“We implore vehicle owners, especially private vehicle owners to install the speed limit devices on their vehicles in order to reduce road crashes in 2019.

“The enforcement will begin very soon at an undisclosed time and any erring motorists will face the consequences,” he said.

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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Buhari Salutes Fallen Heroes

The 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day climaxed with a Wreath Laying Grand Finale at the National Arcade in Abuja on Tuesday with members of the Armed Forces and the Diplomatic Corps paying respect to the fallen heroes.

The event commenced with prayers offered for the repose of souls who died in active service by clerics from the Christian and Islamic faith.Prayers were also offered for their family members and the onward protection of members of the Armed Forces including those at the front line of battles.

A minute silence was held in honour of the fallen heroes.The President and Commander – in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari the government delegation to perform the Wreath Laying Ceremony.

The event witnessed the attendance the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, Hon Min of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello, National Security Adviser, Maj Gen Babagana Muguno (rtd), Members of the Military Widows Association, National President of NAOWA, Hajia U.K Buratai and a host of other dignitaries.

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is an annual event organised by the Ministry of Defence in partnership with the Federal Government to honour soldiers who died during the 1st and 2nd World War, the Nigerian Civil War and those fighting insurgency.

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FG Awards Scholarship To 3 Young Scientists

The government has granted full scholarship up to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) level to three young scientists who came tops at the 2018 Young Nigerian Scientists Presidential Award Competition.

The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari said this while declaring open the Technology and Innovation Expo 2019 in Enugu, South-east Nigeria. President Buhari commended the creativity and competitive spirit of the Candidates; Master Okeke Obianuju from the Federal Capital Territory, Master Fafemi Daniel from Kwara State and Master Joshua Mark from Akwa Ibom State who emerged first, second and third respectively.

He said; ”Nigeria’s greatest resource is human capital and this administration will continue to support human resources development which is richly embodied in our youth who make up tens of millions of incredible talented persons, constantly pushing and striving towards greatness.”

“The future of Nigerians belongs to our youths and it behoves on government to create the enabling environment for them to develop to the fullest their potentials. We will harness their energy and their talents to make Nigeria achieve true greatness” the President stated.

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Atiku Breaking Peace Accord…Inciting Anarchy – BMO

Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been accused of inciting his followers to anarchy in the run up to the election. 

Making this accusation in a press statement in Abuja yesteday, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) also accused Atiku Abubakar of contravening the terms of the peace accord signed by all Presidential candidates at the instance of the National Peace Committee.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said Atiku Abubakar’s recent posturing “is a blantant exhibition of bad faith.

“When the former Vice President and his party failed to show up for the agreement signing ceremony on a flimsy excuse, we raised an alarm that it was because they were not prepared to commit themselves to terms of the accord.

“Rather than focus attention on convincing Nigerians that Atiku Abubakar could do better than what President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have done in only three and half years, they have resorted to character assassination and inflammatory comments.

“It all started with pushing lies and false news to paint the President and his family in bad light. Now the PDP Presidential candidate is subtly instigating his supporters to anarchy having realised that  majority of Nigerians are favourably disposed to re-electing the President”.

“So for us at BMO, it is not surprising because this is what they had in mind when they initially refused to endorse the agreement”

The group also noted that Atiku, who few months ago, said he would focus on issues, has in recent times been launching personal attacks on the President and government institutions.

This, it says, is with a view to discrediting all institutions that would be involved in the forthcoming elections.

 “With about a month to the Presidential polls, the opposition candidate has, directly and through proxies, been attacking President Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police.

“The plan is clearly to discredit the President and relevant institutions in the run up to the election as well as instigate opposition supporters to resort to violence even before the first ballot is cast.

“Or how can anyone describe a situation where a former Vice President would boldly, without facts, tell PDP social media influencers that President Buhari is bent on stealing votes on February 16.

“He also alleged that the President was out to manipulate the electoral process by ensuring that ‘his relative’ collates the results even after INEC had cleared the air on Amina Zakari and her role at the National Collation Centre.

“Does it not amount to paving way for violence once it is clear that the outcome of the election does not favour him, as it is obvious from the manner the PDP is losing key members and its campaign losing steam?

“What is more shocking is that the PDP Presidential candidate through his supporters few days ago warned Anambra state governor Willie Obiano to stop campaigning for President Buhari.

“If this is not a call to violence by the militant arm of the opposition against a political leader for expressing his democratic right, we wonder what it is”, BMO said.

The group consequently urged former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and other members of the National Peace Committee to call PDP and its Presidential candidate to order.

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Kwara: APC’s AbdulRazaq Holds Door-to-door Campaign

— as party knocks Saraki for playing victim’s card

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend embarked on a snap door-to-door mobilisation of voters in the state capital Ilorin, pledging to ensure people’s welfare takes the front seat if he is elected. 

AbdulRazaq had attended a programme organised by one of his support groups in Karatu Alanamu ward in the state capital when he suddenly alighted from his vehicle and began a shop-to-shop mobilisation of voters on the street.

“We appeal to you to vote us and we will never disappoint you. We share your aspirations and frustration and we join you to say O To Ge (enough is enough),” he said, as he exited an automobile kiosk in the sprawling Adabata area of the ancient town. 

The AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organisation, meanwhile, has called on the Kwara State government to stop its purported bid to pull down the APC billboards, saying however that the O To Ge movement had long been ingrained in the consciousness of the people of the state.

It insisted that the billboards were erected after all legal procedures had been followed and that the excuses by the government that they constituted environmental hazards were mere afterthoughts. 

“We call attention to the fact that this is a state government under the control of Senator Bukola Saraki who shouts ‘democracy is under threat’ each time he or his lackeys are called to account for their conducts.  The only time democracy is being threatened is when his excesses are checked by law enforcement agencies! Democracy is safe and good when his goons go after opposition in Kwara or when he suspends fellow lawmakers who disagree with him,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the governorship candidate, said in a statement on Saturday. 

The campaign organisation also knocked senator Bukola Saraki for allegedly playing a victim card with his recent press conference in which he accused the police of haunting him and his supporters. 

The statement said a careful look at the political history of Kwara would suggest that Saraki was only crying wolf to draw attention away from the violent nature of his politics from 2003. 

“Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed should stop exposing himself to public ridicule. We challenge him to tell his boss Sen Bukola Saraki to first initiate a bill in the Senate to declare all political billboards in the Federal Capital Territory and indeed Nigeria an environmental menace,” the statement added.

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”I Forgot To Declare My Assets” – Onnoghen

Embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Walter Onnoghen has attributed his failure to declare his assets to forgetfulness.

Onnoghen is scheduled to face the Code of Conduct Tribunal(CCT) on Monday, January 14th for failure to declare his assets after his appointment as CJN.

According to Premium Times, Onnoghen said in a statement made to the CCB that he ”forgot to update his asset declaration, after the expiration of his 2005 declaration”.

The CJN, and Nigeria’s most senior official in the judiciary said he thought that the form SCN 000015 filed in December 2016 was enough to cover for the declaration of his assets.

A group, Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative filed a petition against Onnoghen for the non declaration of assets.

The group further alleged the CJN of failing to declare ownership of some illegal accounts outside the shores of Nigeria.

The group headed by Denis Aghanya said its petition was necessitated by the closeness of the 2019 elections and the importance of the judiciary before and after the elections.

It said the petition was submitted “bearing in mind the imminence of the 2019 elections and the overwhelming role of the judiciary both before and after the election.”

Onnoghen in his response to the petition said in a statement on Friday, January 11th;

“My asset declaration form numbers SCN 00014 and SCN 00005 were declared on the same day, 14/12/2016 because I forgot to make a declaration of my assets after the expiration of my 2005 declaration in 2009. Following my appointment as acting CJN in November, 2016, the need to declare my assets anew made me to realize the mistake.

“I then did the declaration to cover the period in default. I did not include my standard charted bank account in SCN 000014 because I believed they were not opened.

“I did not make a fresh declaration of asset after my substantive appointment as CJN because I was under the impression that my SCN 000015 was to cover that period of four years which includes my term as CJN.”

Onnoghen was sworn in as Nigeria’s CJN on the 7th of March, 2017. 

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IGP Approves Establishment Of More Police Formations

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has approved the establishment of three new area commands and five new police divisions in Ilorin, the  Kwara State capital, to further boost security activities.

The new area command offices will be cited at Oja Oba, Surulere and Kulende while the new police divisions would be located at Seriki Kaun, Shao Garage, Hajj Camp, Oke Foma, Pakata, Gaa Akanbi and Jimba Oja.

The Inspector General of Police disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin at the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigeria Police School Public Relations, Kulende.

The Police Force Public Relations Officer, DSP Jimoh Moshood made the announcement of the new police formations at the event on behalf of the police boss.

He said the police hierarchy under the Inspector General of Police leadership is working round the clock to protect the lives and properties of all innocent citizens and appealed to Nigerians to continue to be law abiding.

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