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Sex For Mark Scandal: Students Jailed For Unlawful Detention Of Disgraced Lecturer |RN

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Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

A magistrate court sitting in Ekpoma, Esan West LGA in Edo State, has sentenced two graduates of Ambrose Alli University, sisters Judith Ivie Okosun and Juliet Obehi Okosun, to jail for unlawfully detaining and indecent assault on Dr Peter Otubu, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronics.

Chief Magistrate Maltina Iluobe, in charge sheet No: MEK/18C/2012, committed Juliet Obehi Okosun to two years imprisonment for unlawful detention of an indecent assault on Otubu.

The other student, Judith Ivie Okosun, was convicted to a one-year jail term for the unlawful detention of the plaintiff in connection with a sexual harassment scandal, which led to the dismissal of Dr Otubu over seven years ago.

The first and second accused persons were convicted with an N20,000 fine on count 4, which bothers on indecent assault, while Juliet Obehi Okosun (sister to first accused) was found guilty on count 8, for the unlawful detention of Otubu.

The court recalled that Juliet Obehi Okosun (second accused person) had admitted in her evidence before the court that she had the key to the apartment where (first accused person) Judith Ivie Okosun unlawfully assaulted Dr Otubu, who was held hostage and stripped naked in their one-room apartment in a private female hostel near the University on the 17th of July, 2010.

In count 8, the court ruled that the failure of Juliet Obehi to open the door of their living room and release Dr Otubu, who was made to write a cheque of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) to Judith Ivie, counted as an inhuman treatment against Otubu under the circumstances.

The court specifically established that in the recorded video clip, which was posted on the internet by one Oziengbe, now at large – that the second accused person had told the court that she was in possession of the key to the apartment where Dr Peter Otubu was held, making her liable for conviction with an option of a N30,000 for unlawful detention.

Chief Magistrate Maltina Iluobe, however, discharged and acquitted Judith Ivie Okosun and Juliet Obehi Okosun (who were both undergraduate students at AAU at the time they were charged in court) on counts 1, 5, and 6, which bother on conspiracy and stealing and frivolous petition against Dr Peter Otubu, following the failure or the prosecution to prove the case to the court.

It also discharged and acquitted the 3rd to 7th accused persons: Esther Ogbeide (21), Samson Ogbeide (32), Igbudu Samuel (42), Ojeabulu Eghosa Clement (37) and Aruya Ohis Williams (24), for lack of substantial evidence.

The court revealed the failure of Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) to provide calls log of conversations between the first Principal Witness (Dr Peter Iluobe) and some of the accused persons, as required by the prosecution to prove his case.

The court, however, frowned on Dr Otubu’s conduct, saying he “suffered from the sins of immorality to have gone to the room of his student which resulted in the show of shame,” humiliation and torture which left his career in ruins.

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The judgement went on to say that:

“This court is of the view that there is a very strong conspiracy and set up against the Dr Peter Otubu, even though the defence counsel had submitted before the court that suspicion does not amount to a conspiracy.

The court also held that “throughout the length and breadth of the case, there is a thread which runs through a criminal procedure of the case against the accused persons.

“Therefore, I hold that count 1 has not been proven as required by law.

“For count 2, the first and second accused persons had testified that the allegations were communicated to the school authorities about the show of shame.

“I believe them in this because, judging from the position of the Principal Witness (PW1) and the first accused person, the whole truth was found and doctored, such situation is highly embarrassing to him as a lecturer, his family and the University Community,” the court said.

The court also confirmed that the Institution had launched an internal preliminary investigation into sexual harassment allegations by Judith Ivie Okosun against Dr Otubu, who was Judith’s elective course lecturer and had solicited sex from her in exchange for passing his course and graduating.

Responding, counsel to the defendants, Mr Olayowola Afolabi, concurred with the judgement on sexual promiscuity of PW1 as “a show of shame”.

But he pleaded with the court for clemency for the convicted persons on the ground that they were first offenders, stressing that the second convict is a nursing mother.

“The first accused person, my lord, is about to get married. I had to plead with the husband to allow her to come to court.

“My lord, the first and second accused persons were first offenders.

In his words, “my lord also has the option to caution the convicts in view of the circumstances. My lord is a woman who knows where the shoe is pinching us.

“So, my lord, I am pleading. Literarily, my lord, I am on my knees.

“It is a show of shame for the lecturer to come to the house of his student.”

Having heard the submission of Mr Olayiwola Afolabi, counsel to the defendants, the court handed down an option of fine to the first and second accused persons in lieu of imprisonment.

On his part, Dr Peter Otubu said the judgement had vindicated him, clarifying however that he was not sacked but dismissed by the management of AAU to enable him to prove his innocence.

“I am okay. The principal suspect, Ivie Okosun and her sister, Juliet Obehi Okosun have been jailed. Whether they were given an option of fine or not,” he said.

“To correct the erroneous impression, I was never dismissed from AAU, my appointment was terminated based on the video that was posted on the internet”, Otubu explained.  (The Sun)

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This Is Why You Cross Your Legs |The Republican News

Ari Notis
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For many, sitting cross-legged is a second-nature posture. But a look at regions around the world—and even our own history—reveals that nurture, not nature, is responsible.

If you’re from a western culture, there’s a good chance that, upon sitting, you cross your legs in some way or another. Maybe you’re the type to instinctively overlap them at your feet. Or maybe you’re a diehard yogi, and regularly sit Sukhasana (colloquially, “criss-cross applesauce”). Or maybe you’re a devout figure-four (ankle rested on the opposite knee) or European-style (knee on top of and flush against the opposite knee) sitter—the two most common postures. There’s also a good chance that you haven’t given a single thought as to why you sit the way you do.

“Your body is designed to move,” says posture expert Dr Steven Weiniger, author of Stand Taller Live Longer: An Anti-Aging Strategy. “When you cross your legs, you’re trying to improve the mechanics of the lower back and take the strain off.” Put another way: you’re trying to mitigate discomfort in all its forms. Weiniger breaks discomfort into two broad categories, low-grade (your leg’s asleep) and high-grade (“Oh, my god, I’m in agony!”). Shifting into a cross-legged position is your mind subconsciously preventing your body from ending up in high-grade discomfort.

But more than just in the name of boosting comfort, crossing your legs is a learned behavior—particularly regarding which side you do it. As a study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science revealed, people who cross their right leg over their left more than double those who cross the other way around. “That’s the way they are, and that’s the way their body has moulded,” says Weiniger. “It’s not just the hips—its the whole body muscle system. Think of a shirt that you twisted a bit, and how that now has crease lines on it. It’s doing the same thing but on multiple layers of muscles.”

At the same time, consciously crossing your legs can be a total a power move. Just look at the Oval Office. You’ll find extensive documentation of U.S. presidents—including John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and Jr., Bill Clinton, Barack Obama—sitting European-style, whether during interviews, meetings, or post-service conferences. In a certain way, this makes sense: crossing your legs takes up more space than sitting regularly—and taking up more space is seen as dominant. “If you run into a coyote or-or something like that—in the woods,” says Weiniger, “in general you want to make yourself look bigger, not smaller,” to project dominance.

But the question remains: Should we all be crossing our legs so much?

According to research in Blood Pressure Monitoring, regularly assuming a crossed-leg position—be it figure-four, European-style, or any variation—can cause your BP levels to spike by more than 6 percent. It’s also horrible for your posture; crossing your legs puts undue pressure on your peroneal nerve, or the part of your nervous system responsible for sensation from the knees down, and can also stretch out your piriformis, or the muscle that helps your hips rotate. (Making matters worse: the piriformis muscle, says Weiniger, is right above the sciatic nerve, and when that gets pinched or compromised in any way, serious high-grade discomfort is imminent.) Finally, per Johns Hopkins Medicine, keeping your legs crossed while sitting can purportedly cause varicose, or “spider,” veins (though some experts believe that it’s the act of sitting itself, crossed-legs or not, that causes the condition).

For his part, Weiniger recommends simply being mindful of how much time you spend sitting cross-legged. “It’s easy for someone like to me says, ‘Hey, every X amount of time, you need to move,’” says Weiniger. “But everybody’s body is different.” In other words, if you set a timer to uncross your legs every ten minutes, but you’re feeling low-grade discomfort at the eight-minute mark, feel free to shift your legs.

Or consider the standing desk. Trust me: it’ll work wonders on your back—and help you burn nearly 100 calories per day.   (Source: Life)

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No ‘Absolute Protection’ From Russian Cyber Attack, GCHQ Warns British Public |RN

By Edward Malnick
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Britain’s spy agencies cannot offer “absolute protection” against Russian cyber attacks and are instead focused on preventing assaults that would “most impact on our way of life”, in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, GCHQ warns today.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency’s cyber defence unit, says it is a matter of “when not if” Britain faces a “serious cyber attack”.

He added that its focus is now on building “resilience” in “the systems we care about the most”, believed to be Britain’s power and water supplies, internet and transport networks, and health service.

This newspaper understands that senior representatives of utility, transport and internet firms and the  NHS, have attended intelligence briefings at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), on the specific methods – known as “attack vectors” – being used by  Russia  to target Britain’s critical national infrastructure, following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury last month.

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Separately, the NCSC is understood to have written to the Government setting out urgent actions that departments and individual officials should take to protect Whitehall from cyber assaults.

These are in response to retaliatory measures against the Kremlin following the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury with a nerve agent last month.

Today, Mr Martin, the NCSC’s chief executive, publicly confirms that GCHQ is on “heightened alert” for “follow-up activity” following the Salisbury attack – an explicit link the agency fell short of making when it issued an unprecedented joint warning with the FBI last week about cyber attacks by the Russian Government.

“Turning off the lights and the power supply by a cyber attack is harder than Hollywood films sometimes make out,” he writes.

“But, we’ve seen enough malicious cyber attacks across the world, including against UK health services by a North Korean group last year, to know how services can be disrupted.

“Absolute protection is neither possible nor desirable; it’s about having more resilience in the systems we care about the most, those where loss of service would have the most impact on our way of life.

“We have said that it is a matter of when, not if, the UK faces a serious cyber attack. So last week we presented detailed plans to Government departments about the priority areas where the NCSC will work with them, industry and law enforcement to improve the cyber resilience of the most important systems.”

This newspaper understands that in addition to setting out the “priority areas” it will focus on protecting from attacks, the NCSC provided the Government with fresh advice on preventing attacks, based on the latest intelligence about attempted intrusions by Russian hackers.

The advice is believed to have ranged from highly technical measures that should be taken by particular departments, to more basic preventative steps that could be adopted by all civil servants.

Separately, the agency is understood to have called in representatives of organisations involved in the UK’s critical national infrastructure, for a series of briefings on ongoing activity in recent days, with the sessions including information on the warning signs to look out for, and advice on how to guard against the threats.  (The Telegraph)

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Fresh Attack: Fulani Herdsmen Raid Benue Communities, Kill 10 |RN

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John Charles

Some suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded six communities in Saghev council ward of the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State where 10 persons were reportedly killed.

The residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attacks started in the late hours of Friday till the early hours of Saturday.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the communities attacked included Tse Abi, Tse Ginde, Tse Peviv, Tse Ikyo, Agenke and Gbenke.

The suspected Fulani herdsmen were said to have stormed the villages in military uniform, shooting sporadically and setting houses ablaze.

One of the residents said, “This is the second time since yesterday (Friday) these herdsmen would attack these villages. As I speak with you, 10 dead bodies have been recovered. As of 2.04pm; gunshots could still be heard, while several houses were burnt down.”

The attacks occurred barely two days after the state Acting Governor, Benson Abounu, raised the alarm of planned attacks on five communities in the state.

The state government, however, urged the authorities concerned to live up to their responsibilities to avert the planned attacks on Benue.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja, during an interview with our correspondent, said after the state security council received the report of the planned attacks, the officials immediately swung into action by taking a critical look at the report and came to the conclusion that there was a need for the reinforcement of all the security apparatus in the state.

He said, “The security reports further revealed that some of the mercenaries were camped in Rukubi in Nasarawa State, close to Benue, where they have earmarked five different locations in Benue State to launch possible attacks simultaneously.

“We have written to the Inspector-General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja. We have also informed the Chiefs of Army Staff, Air Staff and the Director-General, Department of State Services and other relevant security agencies.

“We believe that they will act fast to chase these mercenaries out of our state and also help to end the herdsmen killings in the state.”

The commissioner urged the communities to protect themselves by cooperating and collaborating with all the relevant security agencies in information sharing and local intelligence gathering.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, said he had yet to be briefed on the attacks.  He promised to respond after consulting with the necessary local authorities.  (Punch)

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2019: Nigerians Must Be Ready for Revolution, Says Balarabe Musa |RN

By ONWUKA NZESHI

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Former Governor of Kaduna State during the Second Republic, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, is one politician who is down to earth any time he airs his views on the state of the nation. In this interview with ONWUKA NZESHI, he delves into various contemporary political issues. Excerpts…

 

What is your take on the recent apology rendered by the PDP to Nigerians?
It is a sensible political reaction to the allegations against them. What the PDP has done is sensible. It improves its image in the eyes of the public. It means they can admit mistakes and hopefully, they can correct the mistakes.

But the ruling party has dismissed the apology as a hoax that should not be taken seriously
No. The thing is this, APC should not say a thing like this because whatever mistakes PDP made, the APC is making the same mistakes, with even more serious consequences for the country.

Are you saying that Nigerians should forgive the PDP for its mistakes?
Yes, honestly, we should forgive them. They should give them another chance. But that doesn’t mean that I am supporting the PDP or supporting the APC. No. I am just being fair to them and everybody.

What is your reaction to the Third Force springing up outside the main political parties?
We have been having such political coalitions with various names, particularly after the Second Republic, but let us give them a chance too. Let us not dismiss them with a wave of the hand but let us be careful in dealing with them. They have not promised us what their predecessors did not promise us. For instance, we’ve had groups that proposed mega alliances and mega parties and those who promised to change Nigeria in various ways.
Apart from this Obasanjo group, there is still another group which has not appeared but maybe they are afraid of appearing. They are a group of secessionists from both the North and South. These groups include the Afenifere in the South West; the Middle Belt Forum in North Central and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) in the far North.

These are socio-cultural organisations in different regions. Why are you calling them secessionist groups?
Of course, they are all secessionist groups. If you know the history of every one of them including the Ohaneze, you will agree with me that they are secessionist groups. I am telling you what they are in reality. In the case of ACF, they are not so vocal about it but you know they have been secessionists right from the beginning. They don’t openly call for secession from Nigeria but they want Nigeria on their terms and if they can’t get it, they must secede. The same thing with the Afenifere; the same thing with Ohaneze Ndigbo and the other groups. The philosophy of these groups is that their ethnic or regional agenda must come first and Nigeria comes second. If they can’t get Nigeria on their terms, they will rather break away.

This is strange. Do you really believe that these groups are not socio-cultural organisations?
They are more than socio-cultural organisations; they are basically secessionists. They wear the toga of the socio-cultural organisation but basically, they are secessionist groups because, for them, it is not Nigeria first. It is their area first, Nigeria second. That is the truth.
I know you are surprised at what I have said but that’s the truth. The political parties are the only groups working for Nigeria. No matter how much you dislike the PRO, APC and the other political parties, they don’t champion the cause of one particular area, they champion the cause of one united Nigeria. I call them secessionist groups because they want a Nigeria created only on their own terms.

What could be responsible for people placing sectional interests above national interest?
It is a major challenge. Every country has nearly the same problems as we have in Nigeria but other concentrates on their national interest first and whatever sectional interest they have is secondary because they know that they need to have a country first before they pursue their individual interests. For instance, if Nigeria breaks up, do you think there will be anything left in Nigeria?
If the secessionists, particularly the ACF, Ohaneze and Afenifere, the three biggest groups; if each of them gets what they want then what will be left of Nigeria? If the ACF does not get Nigeria on its terms, they could secede. But after that what are they going to do? Is there really anything new they can bring to the table? After all, they have been involved in the governance of Nigeria right from the beginning. I think you know the leaders of these groups, ask them what contributions have they made when they had the opportunity to preside over the affairs of Nigeria. The same thing you should ask the Afenifere. Most of them have been involved in Nigerian politics right from the beginning. What have they done specifically for the West?
I will give you an example. We have now a political party solely for the East and that is APGA. What have they done for the East particularly? It is a regional political party based on ethnic sentiments. The party has even won governorship election in Anambra State and has been ruling the state since the party was formed. Can they point at anything significant that the party has done in furtherance of the interest of the South East more than the other political parties? I mean other parties such as NPN, PDP, APC and so on. Can they name any distinguishing achievement of any of these ethnic and secessionist groups? No. Nothing.

How do we get over this sectionalism and enthrone nationalism in Nigeria?
First of all, let us have a true Nigeria. The root cause of all these is the social, economic and system controlling all developments in the country and the political leadership produced by the system.
Both our economic and social systems are based on self-interest first and public interest is secondary or even non-existent. Let us change the system and the political leadership produced by the system. We need to have a system based on public interest first and enlightened self-interest, second.
In addition, let us by any means possible work towards free, fair and transparent elections capable of establishing a legitimate government in Nigeria.
Thirdly, let us begin the whole process by re-defining the leading role of the government in the economy to ensure peace, justice, equality, the dignity of the human person and progressive even development of the whole country. These are possible things to achieve and if we do these things, then we will be able to eliminate these divisive tendencies.
All countries that are advanced in terms of national unity, peace and progress have done what I suggested that we should do. If we adopt this approach we would have eliminated a lot of problems confronting us as a country.
Even the advanced countries have not solved all their problems but that has not resulted in the collapse of those countries or made it impossible to develop. Take for example Britain, Germany, United States and the rest of them, have some of these sectional tendencies but it has not made it impossible to govern with national unity, democracy and progress.

What is your reading of the political dynamics that will shape 2019?
Unless we work hard; unless those of us who are conscious enough, who have the vision, who are committed and who want to see a united, democratic and progressive Nigeria, make every sacrifice to bring these dreams about, the present negative state of the nation will continue until it leads to… well, we hope a constitutional revolution. If the constitutional revolution becomes impossible, we may have a proletarian revolution. These are the realities of life.

How do we achieve this constitutional revolution?
We should aim at solving our problems to avoid a distraction or disruption of social order. We should face our problems with a constitutional revolutionary approach. Constitutional revolution is possible, by which I mean, let the National Assembly, states houses of assembly and even the legislative arms of the local government councils be really what they ought to be. Let them work for the people and not for themselves. Let them be revolutionary in their work and by so doing they can bring about changes in the constitution which will enable us to solve our problem constitutionally or legally and without disruption of social order.
But if this becomes impossible, then the inevitable will happen which is a proletarian revolution. Check the history of all the advanced countries particularly the western countries we know are better: Britain, France, United States, Germany etc. They are today what they are because they got themselves involved in a constitutional revolution. Remember what happened in these countries before they got to where they are today. The American Civil War, during which they fought over two issues -slave trade and British colonial policy. Britain itself had to deal with a monarchy to enable parliament to function. The same thing happened in France and Germany. These were revolutions but constitutional ones.

If we are to embark on a constitutional revolution in Nigeria, what issues should we be tackling?
The issues are so many. The issue of restructuring will be part of it. Whether there is a revolution or not, restructuring is a normal thing. The only mistake in Nigeria is the misuse of the idea of restructuring which unnecessarily frightens some people. Every person who wants to know whether he is going accordingly or not; everybody who wants to find out whether what he is doing is right or wrong will have to review it. Restructuring means reviewing a system. For instance, we have lasted 100 years since the creation of Nigeria. We have adopted various types of government, adopted so many policies but now we see a lot of problems like corruption and waste of economic resources, political anarchy and the rest of them. Why should we keep suffering in these problems for 100 years without going back to find out what went wrong? How can we change things for the better? That is simply the goal of restructuring. It is only the political manoeuvres who want to manipulate things for selfish purposes that have made the idea of restructuring bad and frightening. But in truth, it means a holistic review of the state of the nation. What is wrong with that?   (New Telegraph)

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Army Wanted To Meet Kanu’s Father Before Invasion, Says Eze Ajomiwe |RN

By Correspondents

●Monarch told us he decided to rest following invasion – Eze Dick

 

The controversy surrounding the health and whereabouts of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Eze Israel Okiru Kanu, and father of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is yet to settle. The monarch has not been seen since September 14, 2017, when soldiers invaded his palace in search of his son. While the chairman of Abia State and South-East Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze Eberechi Dick, said that Eze Kanu is alive, the chairman of Umuahia North Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Philip Ajomiwe, insisted that the whereabouts of IPOB’s leader’s father is unknown, adding that nobody knows the state of his health too.

Since the invasion of the palace apparently in search of the leader of the IPOB last year, neither the monarch, his son nor wife had been seen nor heard from. Eze Dick who spoke to Saturday Telegraph on the telephone regarding the whereabouts of his colleague said: “We wanted to see him in person; we inquired and found that he is alive.”

However, the traditional ruler of Oriendu, Eze Ajomiwe, who said the last time he spoke with him was early on the day of the invasion, also revealed that the army had scheduled a meeting with Eze Kanu to which he had already agreed before his palace was invaded on that fateful day.

“After speaking with him the army invaded the place later that day and that was the last till today,” he said. According to the chairman of Abia and South East Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Dick, “Eze Kanu told us that the stress of the operation was too much on him that he decided to rest.” Eze Dick, however, observed that: “The local government traditional rulers council where he belongs has not told us he is missing. They have not told us anything happened to him, otherwise, we would have raised the alarm at the state and south-east zonal council of traditional rulers.”

The council chairman said that Eze Kanu spoke to the chairman of the advisory council of Umuahia North council of traditional rulers, who happens to be Eze Ajomiwe, about his health in response to the inquiry. Though he said that the Afaraukwu monarch was alive he, however, admitted that the monarch’s whereabouts are not known. He could not say where he was taking the rest.

He also reaffirmed the position of the traditional rulers over their colleague. “We don’t dabble in the problem of the son, but only about our colleague. Our traditional ruler is dear to us, whatever the son is doing with the Federal Government is not our concern. His son is a man and should be held responsible for his actions.” But Eze Ajomiwe said that the last time he spoke with Eze Kanu was the day of the invasion.

“The last time I spoke with Eze I. O Kanu was on the day of the invasion. I spoke with him earlier that day to discuss the decision of the traditional rulers who sent me to invite him to a meeting.” According to Eze Ajomiwe, he was sent by the chairman of the Abia and South East Council of Traditional Rulers as the chairman of the Umuahia North Council of traditional rulers under which Eze Kanu operates, to Eze Kanu for a meeting with the governor and the Commanding Officer of Ohafia Brigade. “When I spoke with him he said he was ready to abide by the position of the traditional rulers. Unfortunately, before the day of the meeting the army struck and since then I have neither heard from him nor spoken to him.”

He confirmed that a number of people were killed during the invasion but could not say whether the monarch, his wife and son were among the dead. He said he reported to the traditional rulers his discussion with Eze Kanu and his response on the day of their meeting but that was after the army had gone to destroy the place.

Eze Ajomiwe said that all the efforts made as Eze Kanu’s colleagues in Umuahia North Council as to his whereabouts and health had not yielded the desired result even as the army has refused to say anything. “As I am speaking to you I don’t know where he is. We have appealed to the army to tell us. If he is in their custody they should let us know, if he is dead they should release his corpse to us. It’s only in Nigeria this kind of thing can happen. I lived in the French capital for 15 years, you hardly see the army on the streets as you have in Nigeria. It’s only in Nigeria that somebody can be sent to do what is against the law. How can the army send me to Eze Kanu only to invade his palace before the day of the proposed meeting? Why did they send me if they knew they would invade the palace? A traditional ruler of my reputation and honour.”

Eze Ajomiwe said Nigeria needs prayer of deliverance just like the Esther in the Bible fasted and prayed against the destruction of Mordecai and the Jews by Herman. He said the army should be held responsible for the health and whereabouts of the traditional ruler. “Nigeria is in a dilemma; Nigeria needs prayer of deliverance,” he said.

The Umuahia North traditional rulers’ council chairman expressed disappointment with the turn of events. “Now look at what they are doing to Eyinnaya Abaribe, (who stood as one of the sureties for the IPOB leader), asking him to produce Nnamdi Kanu. What kind of country is this? They knew that Kanu would come to court and they would do to him what they wanted yet they invaded the palace and turned around to ask Abaribe to produce him, this is unthinkable.” On the efforts being made to know the condition of their colleague, Eze Ajomiwe said: “As traditional rulers, we can’t fight the army. We don’t have AK 47, but we have appealed and are still appealing to them to tell us the whereabouts of Eze Kanu.

They are in the position to know.” Eze Eddy Ibeabuchi, the traditional ruler of Okwulaga Afaraukwu and the immediate past chairman of Umuahia North Council of traditional rulers, Eze Kanu’s neighbour, corroborated Eze Ajomiwe’s position. He said efforts made so far to know the whereabouts and health status of the traditional ruler had not yielded a positive result. He disclosed that the efforts made so far by the people of Afaraukwu over the monarch’s health and whereabouts have failed but they have not given up. Also, like Eze Dick, Eze Ibeabuchi could not find any connection between the disappearance of the traditional ruler and the activities of the group which his son led.

“We are making effort, we have written an open letter and communique to Mr President, written and published by Afaraukwu concerned citizens and I know I signed that communique. And we don’t really know where our king is and we don’t know what the Federal Government is doing because we know Nnamdi Kanu is our son. I was watching him when he was carrying on with IPOB and I never saw him one day with arms. Generally, the constitution allows people to express their feelings and that was what I saw Nnamdi Kanu doing.”

“The way the Federal Government handled the matter, as far as I am concerned, was not quite good. Moreover, he was on bail, if the Federal Government wanted to do anything they would have allowed him to come to the court, probably, they had one reason or the other not to grant him bail, not to come and kill so many people in that place. They killed so many people there. I know. I went to that compound after the episode and I saw where so many people were killed and you cannot say where the corpses are today.”

Eze Ibeabuchi said: “As for the state of his health, we don’t know. I don’t know, if I know I will tell you. The question should be asked from the army that invaded that place, they should tell us the whereabouts of that man. If the man is hiding, I don’t know, I have not seen him since that time. We have written an open letter to the president which was published by so many newspapers requesting to know the whereabouts of Kanu himself and the father and mother. We don’t know their whereabouts.” He lamented that there had been “no response from any quarters till today.” “We have not given up, we are consulting. We want to approach the state governor because that’s the chief security officer here.

We are making effort to approach him, I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome though we have booked an appointment with him several times; probably he has been very busy. He has not granted us the appointment, so we are still waiting. I know if we meet him, definitely that’s one of the things we are going to confront him with, he should tell us.” Eze Ajomiwe added that he as the chairman of Umuahia North Council of traditional rulers, comprising traditional rulers from Ibeku and Ohuhu clans, he led them to the palace of Eze Kanu after the invasion to demand his release from the army either dead or alive. “The media even helped us to publish the demands contained in the communique.”  (New Telegraph)

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Buhari’s Best Not Good Enough For Nigeria, Says Sheik Gumi |RN

By Akeem Nafiu and Lanre Odukoya

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  • Your views are personal –Keyamo

 

The Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari’s Campaign Organisation for 2019 presidential election, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described comments credited to Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, as nothing more than a personal opinion. Reacting to Gumi’s comment that the best of President Buhari has not been good enough for the country, Keyamo, in a telephone chat with Saturday Telegraph, disclosed that the cleric does not represent the views of the generality of ordinary Nigerians. Keyamo further said it would have been appropriate for Gumi to use available facts about the state of the economy and efforts of Buhari’s administration in tackling insurgency as the yardstick for analysing how the government has performed.

“I don’t think that view as respected as it is, represents the views of the generality of ordinary Nigerians. I would have expected the Sheik to present his views from a detailed analysis of the state of the economy and measures taken by the present administration to curb insurgency. “Nigerians have gone beyond the era of blanket criticism. We have gone beyond that stage.

After a criticism, Nigerians will want to know how best to tackle a situation being criticised better,” the lawyer said. Sheik Gumi, who made the assertion during an interview with Saturday Telegraph, noted that President Buhari administration is doing his best, but the best he can offer is not good enough for the country. “It is like a student I used to have. He studies, do his homework and reads but when the exams come, he fails. The problem is not that he is not trying but that was his capacity.

“The same thing is the problem of the present administration. Truly, they are doing their best, but their best is not good enough. What they need to do is to give chance to someone with the capacity to deliver,” Sheik Gumi had said. On the President Buhari’s assertion that much Nigerian youth are lazy, Keyamo, who agrees to be among the youth in Nigeria, asked: “What is wrong with what Mr President has said?” “Those who are saying they are not lazy are correct, they are not lazy. We are only saying some of them are lazy. Why is it that we try to be overly politically correct in all our statements? Why can’t we tell the truth? Do you want to say you don’t know that there are many youths who want to be earning stipend every month without working? We cannot be running away from the truth because we don’t want to offend anybody”.  (New Telegraph)

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