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Viral Video: Customs Detains 4 Officers Over Man’s Death At Shagamu Interchange, Ogun State

 

Steve Agbota

 

Following the alleged killing of one Godwin Onoja by operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, (FOU) A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Sunday in Ogun State, the service has detained four of its officers over the incident.

In a press statement obtained by our correspondent, the national Public Relations Officer of the command, DC Joseph Attah, said the service was in touch with the bereaved family of the deceased.

According to Attah, the Comptroller General of the service, Hameed Ali (rtd), has set up a panel led by the Zonal Coordinator, to investigate the killing and vowed that any officer implicated in the killing would be dealt with accordingly.

Recall that a Customs officer, ASCI Destiny Onebamho, on Sunday shot dead a Customs friend in a heated argument with members of a passenger bus in an attempt to intercept bales of used clothing.

However, the Customs spokesman said: “Following the unfortunate incident on Sunday February 17, 2019, at Sagamu Interchange involving Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, which led to the death of a fellow citizen, Mr. Godwin Agada Onoja, the Nigeria Customs Service has continued to maintain close contact with the bereaved family.

“We are pained by this sad development and share the grief of losing a fellow compatriot in a seemingly avoidable circumstance. We are and will continue to take every necessary step that will cushion the pain associated with losing a dear one. Consequently, the Comptroller-General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), has directed a thorough investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident with the view to ensuring that justice is served.”

The PRO who assured that the outcome of the panel would be made public for all Nigerians, further stated that the officers whose rifle discharged would also face the panel as soon as he was fit.

“In line with this directive, the investigation panel headed by the Zonal Coordinator Zone A, ACG Kaycee Ekekezie, has interrogated and detained four members of the patrol team.

“The panel could not immediately conclude the investigation because the actual officer (ASCI Destiny Onebamho) whose riffle discharged is presently receiving medical attention as a result of attack following the unfortunate incident. He will face the panel as soon as he is fit to do so, to enable the panel to conclude investigations and recommend appropriate action(s).

“NCS is a reputable organisation known for integrity and responsibility. In line with our corporate values, we will not shield any operative found wanting in this ongoing investigation. The service appreciates the public concern and strong emotions drawn from the viral video with narratives that created various opinions.”

Nigerians will recall that in 2017, the service made public its investigation and dismissal of five officers implicated in the illegal release of the 661-pump action rifles from Apapa Port. The dismissed officers were immediately handed over for prosecution alongside the importer and agent. A prosecution is ongoing at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos.  (The Sun)

 

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Teenager Impregnated By Own Father, Gives Birth In Benin, Seeks Help For Her Education |RN

 

Tony Osauzo, Benin

 

A 13-year-old girl who was impregnated by her father has given birth to a baby girl at Central Hospital in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The teenage mother, who put to bed last Saturday, was said to be in Primary Six when her father put her in a family way and was taken into protective custody by the Edo State government.

She is the eldest daughter of her 42-year old father, Friday Moses, who hails from Cross River State but lives in Edo State.

The randy father, who was a commercial motorcyclist, reportedly started having sex with her daughter at the age of seven after the death of her mother.

Following the incident, an Edo State Family Court in October last year, sentenced the man to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine.

The teenage mother in a chat with journalists said she would like to continue with her education and become a medical doctor.

She disclosed that at the time she was impregnated by her father, she was yet to write her First School Leaving Certificate examination, adding that she would be happy if her education is supported by good-spirited individuals.Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the Benin Central Hospital, Dr. Philip Ugbodaga, has directed the management of the hospital to cancel the medical bills of the teenager.

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Dr. Ugbodaga announced that the hospital was in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to take proper care of the teenage mother and her baby, pointing out that subsequent assistance for the victim would come as the situation arises.   (The Sun)

 

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Mahmood To Buhari: “You Are Wrong, Mr President, There Is Electoral Law” |RN

Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that contrary to the directive President Muhammadu Buhari gave to the police and the military to shoot ballot box snatchers, culprits of electoral violence would be punished in accordance to the Electoral Act.

Although Part VIII, Section 129 (sub IV) of the Electoral Act stipulates that anybody who snatches or destroys any election material shall be liable on conviction to 24 months imprisonment, President Muhammadu Buhari had revealed during an emergency national caucus meeting that he had ordered security agents to shoot on sight anyone caught in the act.

However, reacting to the directive during a media parley to update Nigerians on the progress made by the commission ahead of this weekend’s poll, the electoral INEC boss said: “The position on the shoot-on-sight order is that the violators of the Electoral Act should be punished according to the provisions of the Electoral Act.”

Yakubu had equally reacted to the trending speculation on the invitation of the commission’s officials by the Department of State Services (DSS), the INEC chairman dismissed such arrest.

“No commissioner of the commission was picked up by any security agency. No house of any commissioner of the commission was raided. No commissioner of INEC has been picked up by the security agents. The particular commissioner you are referring to as mentioned in the social media is, as we speak, in his office in the commission. Similarly, no director was picked up by any security agency,” he insisted.

While giving an update on the readiness of the commission for the poll, he said: “Let me, therefore, present to you the level of implementation so far achieved. By Monday evening, all issues relating to the delivery of the materials were identified and virtually addressed. Ballot papers, result sheets and a host of non-sensitive materials are now in location across the 37 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (PCT).

“Our state offices commenced the process of inviting stakeholders to the Central Bank of Nigeria to examine the retrieved materials deployed last week and to witness the dispatching of materials according to local government areas (LGAs). This is ongoing at the moment and is expected to be completed today Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

“The movement of materials to LGAs for batching according towards and polling units shall take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 21, 2019. A11 Registration Area Centres (RACs) are to be activated by 9.00am on Friday, February 22, 2019. Personnel and materials should be at the RACs by mid-day on Friday, February 22, 2019.

“Refresher training for ad hoc personnel should take place at the RACs on Friday, February 22, 2019. Personnel and materials must arrive at the polling units latest 7 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The opening of polls nationwide will take place at 8 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

“You would recall that in my address to stakeholders, I mentioned that we intended to reschedule the elections for just 24 hours to enable us to deliver the final batch of sensitive materials for the elections. However, our ICT team notified us that it would require more time to reconfigure the Smart Card Readers (SCRs) in time for the elections.

“Let me explain why. The SCRs are configured to only open for use at 8 am on election day, and to automatically shut down by 10 pm. This is designed to forestall any illegal use of the SCRs before the appointed time of elections. There are roughly 180,000 SCRs to be deployed for the elections and the ICT team said that they would require 5-6 days to complete the configuration. 1’m glad to say that as at today, about 98 per cent of the SCRs have been reconfigured and we are confident that by tomorrow all would be ready, which is a day earlier than scheduled,” he said.  (The Sun)

 

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Buhari Orders DSS To Arrest INEC Federal Commissioners In Charge Of Operations, Others |RN

 

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By Ike Offor, Editor

Buhari is planning to sabotage and shift further the rescheduled February 23rd Saturday election and has directed DSS to invite and detain the Federal Commissioner of INEC in charge of operations Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu. Though the chairman or head of Operations and Logistics is the alleged Buhari’s niece, Mrs Amina Zakari, she is not in the picture here and the question remains why.

The Refusal of INEC to go ahead with staggered elections during the aborted Feb 16 election which ruined Buhari, APC rigging plan is the reason for the new offensive action against INEC to intimidate them into submission.

This was contained in the press release from CUPP, which was delivered by their Spokesman, Mr Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.

In the statement CUPP called upon all Nigerians to rise up against this ongoing  tyrannical leadership abuse and madness which have the potentiality to throw Nigeria into electoral violence that will enable Buhari execute his lawless order that security agents publicly begin killing of people under the guise of ballot snatching.

Also, he said that the idea to detain the Federal Commissioner today was on the sole instigation of the former DG of the DSS, Lawan Daura, who still runs the agency by proxy and convinced Buhari to allow the use of the DSS to clampdown on INEC to force them to do their bidding or sabotage rescheduled election and stop it from holding.

The statement reads as follows:

Buhari planning to sabotage and shift Saturday election with instruction to DSS to massively arrest all INEC top leadership who refused to be compromised. DSS acting Buhari script to detain Prof Ibeanu INEC Commissioner in charge of  operations to make room for  her sister Amina Zakari to take charge of operations or emerge acting INEC Chairman if Buhari and APC succeed in sabotaging Saturday election and forcing INEC chairman out

It is also very interesting to see that the head chairman of operations, who is reportedly Buhari’s niece, Mrs Amina Zakari is not in the picture in all these discussion of election postponement. Why is she not being reigned in for her lack of competence if the fault came form oeprations and logistics? Why is being sidelined here and not even mentioned by all quarters, rather members of her department are being harassed by DSS and the president.

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BREAKING: N5bn Loot In DSS By Buhari’s Relatives Bursted, Whistblower Goes Public |RN

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By Ike A. Offor,  Editor

This is a grand scale corruption that has been busted in the DSS, the Department of State Secret Service.  The five-men gang, also known as the Aso Rock cabal are involved in the looting of N5bn, which was initially slated to be double the amount until the unfortunate sacking of DSS Chief, Lawan Daura by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The name of the whistleblower is Mr Jackson Ude, who is not in Nigeria and now wanted by the DSS to secretly come into the country to investigate the DSS treasury without going public to avoid them being exposed in this critical time of the election.

 

According to Mr Ude, the DSS want him to fly into Nigeria any day or anytime and he would be given unfettered access to the DSS account department to scrutinise their finances .

The four family members of President Buhari who are involved in this grand case of corruption are the ex-Chief of DSS, Mr Lawan Daura,  Babagana Kingibe, Abba Kyari and Isa Funtua and Mamma Daura.

 

According to Mr Jackson Ude, these five men have also vowed to make sure that Buhari is returned back to power in this next Saturday election. This obviously is to help them be in charge and permit them more time and years to loot more.

They do not want the whistleblower to go public citing obvious national security but Mr Ude has refused bluntly and wants to drop the ball on them.

According to Mr Ude, he has been called thrice in a day by the DSS and he said that they are panicking because they know that he has detailed information about the scandal in the agency and they obviously do not want him to go public with his facts.

At some point the DSS via the Director of Operations want to know who is paying him to expose them. The DSS claimed that he is jeopardising the national security and heating up the polity especially now during the elections.

Few months before the former DSS Chief was sacked by the Acting President, he had prepared the budget for the DSS and he created a special package for the operation of the secret police for the 2019 general elections.  Perhaps, a ploy to embezzle this said amount using a false secret police operation unit.

 

Lawan Daura requested  for N10 billion to be spent by the DSS for the elections. Initally, Mr Lawan wanted N7bn but Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, Isa Funtua asked him to inflate it to N10bn. He did inflate it to amount they requested and the N10bn budget was approved.

Not long after the budget was approved, Mr Lawan and DSS incident of invasion of the Senate caused the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to axe him.  This created a problem for the five-men gang, who now have a problem on how to extricate their loot from the accounts of the agency.

 

 

The sacking of Mr Lawan by Yemi Osinbajo got the cabal very angry because this has made it difficult for them to remove their loot from the DSS budget as previously planned.  Also, if someone else who is not the original clique to the plan takes over the leader of the DSS, it will be impossible for them to take the money out.

When the Bayelsa-born Matthew Sayeifa was appointed, the cabal never wanted him to last in that position because they had their eyes on the N10bn loot. So, they did everything to get him sacked as soon a Buhari, who was on medical vacation in London returned back to Aso Rock.

Few weeks back, Mr Lawan Daura launched a plan and made a move to get a cut from the N10bn and he made the request to the current DSS DG Bichi and was rebuffed. He then went to the trio Abba Kyari, Babagana Kingibe, Isa Funtua who then summoned Bichi and demanded for the loot.

DSS Boss, Bichi still put up a resistance but Babagana Kingibe, Isa Funtua and Lawan Daura and exerted more pressure on him. Helpless Bichi finally agreed to offer them N2bn. The trio refused bluntly rather asked for N5bn. Mr Bichi caved in and directed the release of N5 billion to the cabal. They smiled away with N5bn meant for the election budget for the DSS.

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Abba Kyari, Babagana Kingibe, Isa Funtua and Lawan Daura have all shared the N5 billion leaving the entire DSS with only N5 billion for election operations.

The current DSS boss, Mr Bichi is threatening to resign due to this scandal. The rank and file of the agency are all grumbling .

The top officers are doing their best to suppress the story to avoid destroying the morale of the DSS officers.

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Kajuru Killings: Kaduna PDP Guber Candidate Charges El-Rufai To Fish Out Killers

Noah Ebije, Kaduna

 

Kaduna State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Isa, Mohammed Ashiru, has called on the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, to fish out the perpetrators of the latest killings in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

Governor El-rufai had on the eve of the postponed presidential election, announced that 66 persons were killed in a reappraisal attack in the area.

This has since generated a lot of reactions from various quarters, blaming the governor for allegedly reopening old wounds at such a critical time in the nation’s history.

Ashiru in a statement which he personally signed and made available to journalists on Monday condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the crisis.

“It is with an absolute shock that I received the news, broken by the Kaduna State governor, of the murder of many people in some settlements in Kajuru Local Government Area of our dear Kaduna State.

“This unfortunate incident is not only an unwanted addition to the list of the past similar ones but is also a clear indication that insecurity still remains a huge challenge in some parts of Kaduna State.

“I urge the Kaduna State government and all the relevant security agencies to ensure that the criminals who carried out the killings are fished out and brought to justice. This will require a tremendous determination and demonstration of a sense of justice and fairness on the part of the authorities whose responsibility is to not only deal appropriately with the perpetrators of such acts but to also forestall their recurrence.

“The fact that the loss of human lives has been confirmed makes the whole issue terribly shocking. The act clearly smacks of callousness and a descent into barbarism.

“I, therefore, wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, people of Kajuru Local Government Area as well as the government and the entire people of Kaduna State over this unfortunate incident. It is my fervent prayer that Almighty God who created those souls will expose the perpetrators of the heinous act.

“Let me quickly remind my dear good people of Kaduna State of the need to embrace peace and eschew violence so that the diversity with which Almighty God has endowed us can be harnessed for the good of all of us. Our state is big, bountiful and rich enough to accommodate all of us; all we need to do is to continuously remind ourselves of the fact that resort to violence has never benefitted us as a people. In fact, such an act which results in the loss of human lives diminishes us as a people.

“We should, therefore, endeavour to come together, regardless of political, religious or ethnic differences, to let the world know that we are committed to ridding our state of violence and at the same time willing to live as the true brothers and sisters that we have always been.

“While I once again condole with the bereaved families, I also wish to reassure everyone again that my bid to clinch the governorship of Kaduna State is driven by both an immense concern for our people and a total determination to rescue the state from misrule.”  (The Sun)

 

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I Owe My Appointment To Buhari, Not Saraki – Lai Mohammed |The Republican News

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says he owes his appointment as minister to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else.

In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, the minister said it was “laughable’’ that anyone would seek to take credit for his appointment.

Mohammed was reacting to a statement by Dr. Doyin Okupe the Special Adviser (Media) to the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, in which he gave credit to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki for the minister’s appointment.

The minister said that the entire statement by Okupe, “is nothing but fiction writing, for which he deserves a hall of infamy award (in the fiction writing segment).

“Not one of the claims he made in his statement is true.’’

Mohammed challenged Okupe to make available to Nigerians any evidence he might have to support his assertion that the President sought the permission of Saraki to appoint him as minister.

“We understand that Dr. Okupe’s cheap attempt at mud-throwing is nothing but a proxy fight, rooted deeply in the politics of Kwara State.

“We are aware that Okupe’s boss is feeling the heat emanating from the `O To Ge’ (enough is enough) movement in Kwara.

“ And that even the strongest of men will become disoriented and disillusioned at losing the support of a people who once venerated them to high heavens.

“But that is a self-inflicted wound for which Okupe’s boss, an acclaimed slave master, has no one but himself to blame,’’ Mohammed said.

The minister said he was very proud to lead the ‘O To Ge’ movement that is set to finally bring down the Berlin Wall of political hegemony in
Kwara State and send Okupe’s boss into political oblivion.

He said the movement will also free Okupe himself from merely being his master’s voice, so he can fully devote his time to his new-found pastime – fiction writing.  (The Sun)

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