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Igboho Arrested Alongside Wife, Cannot Be Extradited To Nigeria —Lawyer |The Republican News

Chief Yomi Aliu, the lawyer to Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has revealed why his client who was arrested on Monday evening in Benin Republic cannot be extradited to Nigeria.

The lawyer also revealed that the Yoruba nation agitator was arrested alongside his wife,  Ropo Adeyemo by the security operatives in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Igboho has been on the wanted list of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS, since July 1 when his house was raided in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The DSS had accused him of stockpiling arms and attacks of security operatives among other crimes.

There are reports that Igboho may be extradited to Nigeria and handed over to the DSS that had declared him wanted.

But Aliu said the agitator cannot be arrested because he is a political offender.

According to him, there is a treaty between Nigeria, Togo and Republic of Benin that any political offender unlikely to get justice at home should not be extradited to home country.

Aliu said lawyers in Benin Republic would be engaged to defend Igboho’s rights against extradition.

Aliu, in a statement, said: “It is a shocking news that Nigerian Government has gotten Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho Oosa arrested by INTERPOL in Republic of Benin notwithstanding the political nature of his offense and what the DSS earlier said that they refrained from arresting him so as not to overheat the polity of Southwestern Nigeria.

“The Extradition Treaty of 1984 between Togo, Nigeria, Ghana and Republic of Benin excluded political fugitives. It also states that where the fugitive will not get justice because of discrimination and/or undue delay in prosecution the host country should not release the fugitive.

“Now, Article 20 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to which the four countries are signatories made agitation for self-determination a fundamental right to be protected by all countries. This made Chief Sunday Adeyemo a POLITICAL OFFENDER who cannot be deported and/or extradited by the good people of the Republic of Benin for any reason.

“Secondly, that he cannot get Justice or even be killed is apparent in how those arrested in his house were detained for more than 21days now without access to their lawyers. Even the wife among them could not change her undies for 21days! Which inhuman treatment can be more this?

“Again another wife of our client Mrs. Ropo Adeyemo, a German citizen, has been arrested together with her husband in Cotonou. What offence has she committed to warrant this?

“We urge the good government of the Republic of Benin and international community, especially Germany, to rise up and curb the impunity of the Nigerian Government by refusing any application for extradition of our Client who already has application before ICC duly acknowledged.”

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S’East Governors To IPOB, MASSOB: Give Us Six Months To Negotiate With FG |The Republican News

South-East Governors Forum

By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

South East Governors have appealed to agitators for self-determination in the region to halt hostilities and allow them negotiate solutions to age-long grievances with the Federal Government within six months.

Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Dave Umahi, who demanded for understanding and time from the agitators, also said only those who want the current state of insecurity and killings to persist would oppose the recent ban on open grazing by governors of southern states.

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Ebonyi Governor Umahi spoke on Thursday while featuring on the regular Ministerial Press Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

The Southeast has for years been a hotbed of separatist activities with the Movement for the Actualisation of Biafra (MASOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leading the charge against the Federal Government.

The Governor noted past governments failed to properly deal with the issue of marginalisation, giving rise to MASSOB and IPOB).

Cross section of the South-East governors and Ohanaeze Chieftains during meeting

He said: “I have offered along with governors to our youths, present your demands in prints and hand over to us.

“There’s no region in this country today that you know does not have one thing or the other against the federal government, but we cannot sit down to discuss and that’s what you have demanded from our youths whether banned or unbanned in so far as you are from southeast.

“Let us see your demands, let us see your grievances and give us six months to engage the federal government to address all these because I believe in dialogue.

“I believe that we can sit down as a people to discuss and find our differences, and we can learn from our differences and also we can together discuss how we can strengthen our operation as a people.”

Describing IPOB as “a child of necessity,” Umahi said: “Now, the ESN is also a product of IPOB.

“You can see how this has multiplied but the point remains that from the onset of matter, the past governments did not address the matter properly because when your children cry for any reason, you have to find out what is the problem, what are the reasons and you fix it.

“I think those people were so badly ignored and that should not have been. And so, what is happening today with regards to IPOB in the Southeast is not a product of this government per se, but it is a product of national governments that didn’t address the matters from the ontset.”

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NEC Affirms Nigeria’s Unity, Seeks For Consultation Over Agitations, Denys Printing Of Naira For March Allocation |RN

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

NEC STRONGLY AFFIRMS NIGERIA’S UNITY, DIRECTS STATE-BY-STATE CONSULTATIONS

■ Unanimously debunks claim Naira was printed to support March allocation



Welcoming recommendations of a national townhall meeting on Enhanced Security and National Unity recently held in Kaduna, the National Economic Council (NEC) rose from its monthly meeting today strongly affirming the unity of the country, emphasizing that staying as one country remains the best option for Nigeria.

The Council’s position was among resolutions adopted at the 4th 2021 meeting of NEC, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which also had in attendance State Governors, FCT Minister and the Central Bank Governor. Also at today’s meeting were the Finance, Transportation, Information, Aviation and Water Resources Ministers, and the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

While emphasizing the need to address the problems of agitation in parts of the country, Council noted that “these agitations are common with countries with huge and diverse populations like ours and it is important not to allow the minority to hijack the mainstream of opinion.”

The Council also directed States “to hold consultations and dialogues on the issues and report back by the next meeting of Council so that a firm position would be taken on the recommendations of the Townhall many of which it already welcomed.”

NEC urged all States (even where there are no agitations) to hold wider consultations to have diverse opinions on the burning issues, taking into consideration local peculiarities and report back to NEC the outcome of the consultations.

The Council resolved that after the planned State-wide consultations a national consensus would be reached on the recommendations of the national town hall meeting held in Kaduna which included the adoption of State Police among other matters.

Taking a position on the alleged printing of N60 billion after receiving presentations from the Minister of Finance and the Central Bank Governor, the National Economic Council (NEC) stated that the claim as reported in the press is outrightly false, affirming that no money was printed to shore up allocation for the month of March.

The Governors, having critically reviewed the matter, unanimously expressed satisfaction with clarifications made by the NGF represented by its Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Finance Minister, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.  While the Finance Minister categorically debunked that Naira was printed to back up allocation last month, the CBN Governor fully supported the position of the minister, and the Chairman of NGF also noted that he knew no such thing happened at all.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS 115TH NEC MEETING:

BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING MINISTER TO BRIEF ON FINANCE UPDATES:

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning gave update to Council on the under listed accounts as follows:

1.     EXCESS CRUDE ACCOUNT (ECA)

Balance as at 22nd April 2021 stood at N72, 413,008.60

2.    STABILIZATION ACCOUNT

Balance as at 22nd April, 2021 was put at N23,299,008,799.06

3.    NATURAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT

Balance as at 22nd April, 2021 was N77, 742,012,342.87

BUDGET SUPPORT
On the budget support facility, Finance Minister observed that the deductions for repayment by States are meant to resume in May. The Governors however requested for an extension considering the economic challenges in the States.

The Central Bank Governor explained the technical challenges involved should there be a further postponement of the deductions. The Vice President then directed that a meeting be held soon after today’s NEC where the issue would be properly considered and a decision reached.

The VP will chair the meeting and the Governors would be represented by Governor Kayode Fayemi, while the Finance Minister and the Central Bank Governor both of whom attended the meeting today will also participate.

Council also received a presentation on the current status of water, sanitation, and hygiene services level across the country as revealed by the 2019 WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH-NORM II) survey jointly carried out by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and National Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with UNICEF.

Under the 2019 survey, six modules were adopted: (1) Households, comprising Water Quality assessments and household WASH; (2) Water Facilities, (3) WASH in Educational Facilities, (4) WASH in Health facilities and (5) WASH in Public places (markets and motor parks), and (6) Water Utilities and Consumer Satisfaction Survey.

Key findings from 2019 WASH-NORM survey:

The percentage of the population with access to basic water supply services has steadily increased from 67% in 2015to 68% in 2018, and 70% in 2019. In terms of population figures, these changes equate to about 9 million more people gaining access to basic water supply services between 2018 and 2019. However, only14% of the population has access to safely managed drinking water supply services, which means that up to 171 million Nigerians are still off the SDG target 6.1.

On access to sanitation, indicators across the country show a slight improvement as 44% of the population were found to have access to basic sanitation services in 2019 compared to 42% in 2018. Only 17% of the population use improved sanitation facilities that have proper handwashing facilities with soap.
The number of people practicing open defecation marginally changed from 24% in 2018 to 23% in 2019 meaning that about 46 million people are still defecating in the open.

About 27% of markets and motor parks have access to basic water supply services. Accessibility of persons living with disabilities is very low at 17%. About a quarter of markets and motor parks (24%) have access to basic sanitation services and slightly more than half (53%) of markets and motor parks do not have toilets for public use.
28 out of 36 States plus FCT have urban water utilities out of which only 16 are functional and producing water for the people.  The functional 16 State Water Agencies (SWA) have a total number of 1,171 water works which 41% is operational.

Council, therefore, welcomed the key findings from the 2019 WASH-NORM survey and noted that the Ministry has commenced the third round of WASH-NORM Survey in 2021 and is hereby urging all the States and FCT to support the process.

PRESENTATION ON NATIONAL AVIATION INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PLAN, PROSPECTS OF LEVERAGING PRIVATE SECTOR CAPACITY ON INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY SENATOR HADI SIRIKA, MINISTER OF AVIATION

The Minister stated that the Federal Ministry of Aviation is saddled with the overall responsibility for the formulation and management of aviation policies and was given the following mandates:

1.     Conclude the Concession of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (Lagos), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Abuja), Aminu Kano International Airport (Kano) and Port-Harcourt International Airport (Port-Harcourt).

2.     Implement a plan for effective maintenance and optimal use of Airport facilities across the Country.

3.     Ensure and facilitate the Establishment of a National Carrier.

4.     Actively collaborate with the Private sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerian youths.

5.     Implement a strategy towards the realization of Mr. President’s June 12 promise to take 100 Million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1.     Concession of four International Airports – Lagos, Abuja, PH and Kano

2.     Implement a plan for effective maintenance and optimal use of all Airport facilities across the Country

3.     Ensure and facilitate the establishment of a National Carrier

4.     Actively collaborate with the Private sector to create a large number of well-paying jobs for Nigerian youths

5.     Implement a strategy towards the realization of Mr. President’s June 12 promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years

Council Resolution:

The Minister should make available copies of the presentations to states so that Council will have a fuller understanding.

PRESENTATION ON THE PROGRESS REPORT OF RAIL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA BY RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI, HONORABLE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

Council was informed on how Rail Development was stalled in the 60s until 1986, when the Federal Government of Nigeria commenced the construction of 326 km standard gauge (1,435m) rail lines phase 1 from Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri.

Furthermore, rail infrastructure development halted until the present Administration came on-board and brought to reality the railway modernization plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) by commencing the implementation of the 1,367 km Lagos – Kano railway lines. The outcome of the present government intervention includes:
Completed and made operational the 186 km Abuja – Kaduna Standard gauge rail lines;
Commencement of 185.5 km Lagos-Ibadan new Double standard gauge rail lines in 2016 and is almost completed;
Completed and made operational the 302 km Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri standard gauge rail lines; and
Connected the Apapa Ports by Rail, while that of Warri Port has been concessioned.

THE 25 – YEAR RAILWAY STRATEGIC VISION
The Federal Government in its determination to revive and modernize the Railway System in line with the 25-year Strategic Vision, adopted a Systematic dual approach.

This entails the rehabilitation of the entire existing narrow gauge lines simultaneously with the development of standard gauge lines.

The Ministry/NRC is rigorously following the strategic vision in developing its short and medium-term plans
KEY CHALLENGES

Finance

Inadequate Funding

Operational challenges
Insufficient locomotives, coaches and wagons, leading to congestion
Obsolete Machineries and workshop equipment
Access to only two seaports and none to airports
Lack of capacity to recover encroached premises and rental debts from government organisations

Security
Porosity of rail corridors and level crossings
Vulnerability of outdoor Signalling & Telecommunication installations to vandalism

Legal and Legislative
The Railway Act of 1955 does not encourage Public Private Partnership.

Council welcomed the presentation and looked forward to further collaboration with the FG on this matter.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
22nd April 2021

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Ijaw Nation Not Part Of Oduduwa Republic Agitation, Remove Us From Your Map —Ijaw Youths

by  Kess Ewubare

– Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has faulted the inclusion of the Ijaw nation in the agitation of Oduduwa Republic

– The group said those demanding Oduduwa Republic should leave Ijaw lands out of their agitation

– The IYC, however, said it is not opposed to the aspiration of Oduduwa’s self-determination movement

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has distanced the Ijaw nation from the agitation of Oduduwa Republic. Guardian reports that the chairman of the IYC transition implementation committee, Kennedy Olorogun, in a statement said those clamouring for Oduduwa Republic should leave the lands and territories belonging to the Ijaw nation out of their agitation.

The group said Ijaw lands and territories cannot be part of the clamor for Oduduwa Republic.

Olorogun said the IYC is not opposed to the aspiration of Oduduwa’s self-determination movement but stated that Ijaw lands and territories should be left out of the composition of the Oduduwa areas.

The group said it was unacceptable for the promoters of Oduduwa to include Ijaw territories in Edo and Delta in the agitation.

“The Ijaw territories of Egbema, Okomu, Gbarai, Olodiama and Furopagha in Edo and Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Isaba, Egbema and Diebiri in the Warri Federal Constituency of Delta, which was included as part of the Oduduwa Republic, are not Yorubalands, but owned by Ijaw people,” it further noted.

The IYC called on the promoters of the Oduduwa Republic to, henceforth, desist from including those areas as part of their Oduduwa agitation. (Legit.ng)

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Despite Agitation, Nigeria Won’t Break Up, Says Gowon |The Republican News

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Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd)

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Monday, said despite the agitations in the country and other developments threatening the unity of Nigeria, the nation’s youths would keep the nation together.

Gowon spoke at the 50th-anniversary programme of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, a forum moderated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

A N152.5m project, executed to encourage youth involvement in agriculture, was also declared open as part of the anniversary.

At the event were the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who represented acting President Yemi Osinbajo; the Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake, who represented Governor Abiola Ajimobi; and the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

Others at the ceremony were the President, African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; Chief Joe Makoju, who is the Special Adviser to President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; and other dignitaries from across Africa.

Asked if he was scared about the unity of Nigeria, Gowon said, “I am not scared for the unity of the nation. I have confidence in Nigeria and the youths of this country that they will make sure that they take over and do better than we left for them.

“I have no fear that all these rantings and so on, no; I have confidence that the youths of this nation will keep Nigeria going and make it greater. Diversity is our source of unity and strength.”

According to Gowon, Nigeria is at a great disadvantage in agriculture and food production because the average age of its farmers is 60 years.

He stated that there must be concerted efforts to trigger the interest of the nation’s youths in agriculture.

Gowon said, “The average age of farmers in Nigeria is 60 years; soon, they will pass on and that includes me. We have to encourage the younger ones to be interested in agriculture so that they can take over from the older generation that has been feeding the nation. This is what happens in Europe, America and China today and we must encourage it in Nigeria.

“During our time, agriculture was the main thing and plans were made for agro-allied development. We started to clear big areas for agriculture and inviting the federal and state governments, private sectors and even individuals to get involved in agriculture.”

In his speech, Obasanjo urged African countries to increase their interest in all aspects of agriculture and research while effort must be made to engage more women in agriculture.

The former President agreed with Gowon that Nigerian farmers were ageing, saying it was important to make agriculture attractive to the nation’s youths.

He stated, “Looking back, lITA has been a major blessing to the continent of Africa. In the past 50 years, the institute’s research has helped to avert major disasters that plagued African staples, including cassava and maize.”

Obasanjo added that Nigeria must commit itself to growing and eating its own indigenous foods, while also calling on the Federal Government to develop policies that would enable agriculture to grow and thrive.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Ogbeh, said Nigeria was heading for 450 million in population, arguing that feeding such a large population would be tough but possible.

“At over three per cent growth per annum, we are reportedly heading for 450 million persons by the year 2050; but feeding 450 million is tough though not impossible.

“If China and India did it, we too can. So, as we move on, we must reflect on the challenge of the quantity of output and quality of consumption. And to achieve this, we urge you (IITA) to engage in more research,” Osinbajo said.

The AfDB President, Adesina, commended IITA for contributing to agriculture in Africa.

“At the African Development Bank, we have decided to work with amazing institutions to help drive Africa’s agricultural sector transformation. The bank will be investing $24bn in agriculture over the next 10 years to help turn agriculture into a business all across Africa.

“Our goal is to ensure that Africa feeds itself within 10 years and unblocks the full potential of its agriculture,” he said. (Punchng.com)

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Peter Obi Blames Agitations On Poverty, Hunger |The Republican News

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              Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi

Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has identified poverty and hunger as main causes of agitations by ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Obi said this in Calabar during the 7th lecture organised by the Bridge Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by a former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke.

The foundation was established in 2011 by Imoke to inculcate entrepreneurial skills in young citizens.

The theme for the 2017 edition was ‘Made in Nigeria: Local production, global market.’

Obi, who spoke on the topic, ‘Leadership and Integrity,’ said that some of the agitations across the country had gone beyond control because Nigeria lacked visionary leaders.

He cited Boko Haram in the North-East, militancy in the Niger-Delta, the Independent People of Biafra in the South-East and farmers/herdsmen clash as some of the challenges facing the country today.

Obi said, “Nigeria has the resources and potentials of becoming the greatest country in the world; but, the country lacks visionary leaders.

“Today, we have different forms of agitations in Nigeria because the people are poor and hungry. The leaders have lost touch with the led.”

He commended Imoke for sustaining the foundation for seven years, adding that capacity building for youths was one of the ways of curbing youth unemployment in the country.

Earlier, Imoke said the objective of the foundation was to groom and encourage youths to take the leadership role and have the basic knowledge of becoming entrepreneurs.

“The foundation provides a valuable platform for young people to be inspired by the success stories of youths in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, who are scaling the hurdles and challenges of growing up,” he said. (Punchng.com)

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