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Abia: Stop Accusing Orji Kalu, Group Tells Abaribe

Abia: Stop Accusing Orji Kalu, Group Tells Abaribe

A pro-unity group, Aba Frontiers Forum (AFF) has cautioned the Minority leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe against heating up the polity in Abia state.

Reacting to allegations made by Abaribe in his new book, “Made in Aba”, the group faulted Abaribe for making unsubstantiated claims and unguided utterances.

In a statement on Thursday, the group’s coordinator, Nkem Chike, asserted that Abaribe emerged deputy Governor out of Kalu’s patriotism and magnanimity.

He stressed that Kalu as a mortal was not perfect neither was Abaribe perfect during Kalu/Abaribe’s administration in Abia state.

Chike admonished the minority leader to show appreciation to the Kalu dynasty for giving him the opportunity to serve as Deputy Governor.

He also noted that derogatory utterances and unguided statements credited to Abaribe are unpatriotic, uncivilized, uncalled for, and capable of jeopardizing the relative peace in the political space in Abia state.

Chike, however, emphasized the need for Abians to close ranks for the benefit of the people.

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Fire Guts Onitsha Plastic Market

Fire Guts Onitsha Plastic Market

A fire outbreak has occurred in the early hours of Friday at the Onitsha plastic market in Anambra State.

In a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Haruna Mohammed, the fire broke out at about 1:50am on Friday.

Mohammed said that no life was lost and that investigation has commenced unraveling the circumstances that led to the fire outbreak.

The statement read: “On 5/3/2021 at about 1:50 am, there was a fire outbreak at a plaza located at the plastic market by Amobi Street, Onitsha in Anambra State.

“Police operatives led by DPO CPS Onitsha SP Ifeanyi Iburu quickly mobilised to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent looting and further catastrophe.

“Fire Service was equally contacted and they responded promptly. The fire was extinguished with the help of firefighters and other sympathizers in the area. No loss of life and no injury have been reported. An investigation is ongoing to ascertain the extent of damage and circumstances surrounding the incident.

“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP Monday Bala Kuryas, appeal to the public to always apply safety precautions especially by switching off all electrical appliances in their homes, shops and workplaces when not in use in order to avert similar ugly incidents which could also lead to loss of lives and injuries especially during this harmattan period.”

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Senegal Shuts Down Private Television Stations

Authorities in Senegal have suspended two private television stations for allegedly focusing on protesters, leading to the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.

The closed channels include Sen Television and Walf Television.

Senegalese authorities announced Thursday that they had suspended for 72 hours two private televisions, guilty according to them of having broadcast the images of the disturbances caused by the arrest of the main opponent in power, Ousmane Sonko.

Earlier, clashes erupted between Sonko supporters arrested on Wednesday and security forces in the southern town of Bignona in the Casamance region.

Senegal's opposition leader Ousmane Sonko greets supporters on his way to court in Dakar on March 3, 2021. © Seyllou, AFP

Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko greets supporters on his way to court in Dakar on March 3, 2021. © Seyllou, AFP

The government confirmed the death of one person in the riots.

Mr Sonko is accused of raping a woman at a massage parlour.

He denied the allegations, saying the allegations were politically motivated.

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JUST IN: Nigerian Air Force Appoints New Spokesman

JUST IN: Nigerian Air Force Appoints New Spokesman

The Nigerian Air Force has announced the appointment of Air Commodore Eddy Gabkwet as the new Director, Public Relations and Information.

Naija News reports that Gabkwet replaces Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola, who is now the Chief of Policy and Plan.

Until his appointment, Gabkwet serves at the Nigerian Air Force War College, Makurdi, Benue State.

Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has revealed that he warned the federal government about the insecurity currently rocking most parts of the nation.

Naija News reports that Governor Wike said this during the commissioning of the Government House clinic in Port Harcourt.

Wike has re-emphasized that the insecurity in Nigeria will persist until the federal government apologizes to the state.

He also berated the All Progressives Congress-led government for abandoning Rivers State during its trying time of insecurity.

“In 2015, when we came on board there was so much insecurity in the State. I was shouting, I went to the federal government, I said, look give me Special Forces as I hear you give to others they said no, that I was killing APC people.

“So, I came back and told our people and that we need to pray that this insecurity will pervade the whole of Nigeria and Nigeria will not know what to do again.

“And I told them that if they do not apologize to Rivers State, they will never see peace. And that is what is happening in the country today; because they felt this State should go down.

“Today what is happening in Kaduna, today what is happening in Borno, today what is happening in Ondo, what is happening in all the areas. But Rivers State is peaceful,” Wike said.

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FG Finally Endorses Pinnick’s FIFA Ambition

FG Endorses Pinnick’s FIFA Ambition

The Federal government has officially endorsed the ambition of the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick to become a member of the FIFA Executive Council.

Addressing a press conference at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Engineer Nebolisa Anako who represented the minister, Sunday Dare said “Pinnick’s ambition would further reposition Nigeria in the global football map where we have made remarkable inroads”.

He further said the government is confident that if elected, the NFF president will be a great ambassador of the country.

The minister not only pledged his support but assured him that the Federal Government and indeed all Nigerians would lend their support. Amaju’s bid is not just for Nigeria, but Africa’s quest to assert her position as a strong voice in world football.

“As a FIFA Council Member, Mr Pinnick will also be automatically a Member of the CAF Executive, which gives Nigeria a voice at both global and continental levels. This is not a Pinnick project, but a Nigeria project.

“If countries like Guinea and Madagascar can have people in the FIFA Council, there is no reason why a big football–playing nation like Nigeria shouldn’t,” he said.

In his submission, Pinnick who was represented by the NFF’s 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his usual strong support for the NFF and Nigerian Football generally since coming into office.

Pinnick is aiming to be the third Nigerian to occupy that post after the Late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo and Dr. Amos Adamu.

Elections into the FIFA Executive Committee will come up in Rabat, Morocco on Friday, 12th March during the 43rd Ordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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Court Sets Aside Forfeiture Order Against Saraki’s Properties

Court Sets Aside Forfeiture Order Against Saraki’s Properties

The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday set aside an order of interim it made against former senate president Bukola Saraki‘s properties in Ikoyi.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Liman held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to show that the funds used to purchase the property were proceeds of corruption.

The judgment came after counsels to the EFCC and Saraki, Nnaemeka Omewa and Kehinde Oguwumiju respectively, adopted their written addresses for and against the making of the final forfeiture order sought by the EFCC against Saraki’s properties.

In its judgment, the judge held that the essence of an interim forfeiture order is to prevent the suspect from doing away with the property.

According to the judge, the EFCC had, in its affidavit in support of its motion for final forfeiture, stated that the properties sought to be forfeited were purchased with a personal loan Saraki obtained from Guaranty Trust Bank.

The court agreed with Saraki’s lawyer that the burden of proof for final forfeiture is on the preponderance of the evidence.

The court said the EFCC had failed to show that the monies used to purchase the properties were from the Kwara State Government House account.

The evidence of the transactions presented by the EFCC was in respect of transactions made after he had purchased the property and the proceeds used for the purchase were legal, that is loans, the court further held.

Finally, the court held that the EFCC failed to prove its entitlement to the relief of final forfeiture of Saraki’s properties, accordingly dismissed the application, and vacated the interim forfeiture order it made on October 21, 2019.

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Allegation Of N3.7bn Fraud Is False, Kogi Govt Replies PDP

Allegation Of N3.7bn Fraud Is False, Kogi Govt Replies PDP

The Kogi State Government asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop playing politics with the lives of the people of the state.

The government was reacting to the call by the PDP for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Governor Yahaya Bello over an N3.7bn fraud allegation.

In a statement on Wednesday, Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, denied revelations of N3.7 billion money laundering by an anti-graft body, the Anti-Corruption Network.

Fanwo said PDP was involved in its “usual comedy show”, adding that a particular former senator was doing well in the acting profession.

The commissioner said that the rising profile of Governor Bello was intimidating and a threat to the opposition.

He said: “The rising profile of the governor is already a threat to the opposition. They felt they could slow him down.

“It is one of their comedies. They just need to separate the reality in government from the Nollywood they have joined.

“Like everyone, we are seeing it as another comedy. Our former Senator is doing well in his industry.

“He just needs to tell EFCC that he was acting a fiction. That will complete the process.”

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Probe Yahaya Bello Over N3.7bn Fraud Allegation, PDP Tells EFCC

Probe Yahaya Bello Over N3.7bn Fraud Allegation, PDP Tells EFCC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over an N3.7bn fraud allegation.

In a statement on Wednesday by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said asked the EFCC to probe revelations of N3.7 billion money laundering by an anti-graft body, the Anti-Corruption Network.

The party noted that the revelations by Anti-Corruption Network showed that Governor Yahaya Bello has failed to develop the state and has impoverished the state.

The PDP also asked governor Bello to speak up on allegations of shady deals including allegedly “using certain officials of the Kogi State government as well as private individuals and firms to siphon, launder and cart away billions of naira meant for the development of Kogi State.”

The statement read in part: “The APC poster boy should answer to revelations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he laundered over N3.7 billion in addition to billions of naira allegedly laundered through other individuals.

“Governor Yahaya Bello is demanded to provide answers to revelations made by the anti-graft body, which is in the public domain, that he has been laundering billions of naira in several tranches through the award of contract to ‘non-legal persons’ as well as ‘inactive companies’ with no transaction descriptions and due process certification.

“Also, Governor Yahaya Bello should answer to allegations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he siphoned billions of naira through award of contracts, without due process, to Southbridge Integrated Services Limited to the tune of N624 million, in addition to five other companies which allegedly got between N22 million N129 million, respectively.

“It is indeed disheartening that such funds were monies meant for infrastructure development, provision of healthcare, education facilities, road construction, payment of salaries and pension and other benefits, which have been deprived the people since the inception of the Bello administration.

“Against this background, our party calls on the EFCC, under its new leadership, to immediately commence investigation by inviting all those mentioned in the report as well as prosecute any individual or company indicted in the matter.”

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Increasing Rate Of Divorce In Abuja, Other States Traced To Use Of Kayan Mata

The increasing rate of divorce in Abuja and other states in the country has been linked to an aphrodisiac popularly know as Kayan Mata which is used to ‘snatch lovers and husbands’.

Kayan Mata which mean women things in Hausa is a product used for sexual intercourse and love enhancer among couples as it possesses the power to improve their affections.

However, the product has been misconstrued and abused by women who are in desperate need of man or cash.

A dealer identified as Halima Faruk in a post on Youtube noted that the product is made of herbs usually obtained from India and some African countries.

“The product makes your sex organs extremely very sweet, so sweet that when your man tests another woman, the woman would taste soar to your man.”

“When you use the product and sleep with your man, he can never get the good sensation from another woman except you, and that will make him keep coming for you.”

“To know the effectiveness of the product, swallow some particles of it and take sugar, you will find out that sugar is no longer sweet, the way sugar tastes in your mouth, is how other women would be to your man.”

According to her, Kayan Mata is of different types. She identified one as an ATM that has the capacity of compelling men to release cash and property they never wished to give.

Recall that an Abuja-based lawyer, Annebrafa, recently disclosed that more than 4,000 couples applied for divorce in the Federal Capital Territory in less than two months.

“4,000 divorce applications in Abuja already and the year just started.”

“Some of these marriages are less than a year old. What is really happening,”? She tweeted.

A female resident of the Federal Housing, Lugbe Abuja who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation said, “I got to know about this demonic product recently after it had ruined my marriage.

“My husband who used to love me more than anyone suddenly lost his affections for me. He no longer sees me as his wife.”

“His strange attitudes towards me and the children are quite worrisome. He is always going out without disclosing his destination and that has continued for a very long time now.”

Another woman identified as Mrs Monica noted that she is set to file for divorce owing to her husband’s strange attitude.

“Will I continue in this condition and die because of marriage? I don’t think it is worth it.”

“I had noticed that a strange person penetrated into my marriage when he (husband) started hiding to pick calls and refused to disclose his phone security pin to me, but when I confronted him, we almost fought.”

“He does not even sleep at home any more. Someone must have pierced him down with Kayan Mata. I am sure it is not ordinary,” she lamented.

Young ladies have seen the product as a means of extorting men or snatch married men from their wives.

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Soldiers Feared Killed As Bandits Attack Military Base In Katsina

Soldiers Feared Killed As Bandits Attack Military Base In Katsina

Bandits have killed some soldiers in an attack on a military outpost in Marina, Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State on Thursday.

A resident of the area, who spoke under condition of anonymity, told DailyTrust, that the attack happened around 1 pm.

According to the resident, the bandits had laid an ambush for the soldiers in their outpost when they went for an operation in a nearby forest and opened fire immediately the soldiers returned to the posts.

Unknown to the soldiers, the bandits had laid an ambush in their outpost. The bandits opened fire immediately the soldiers returned to the posts.

“It is unfortunate because the soldiers were just returning from another operation, where they made tremendous success, combing the forests for the bandits, only to be waylaid in their base,” he said.

Another resident, however, said two of the bandits were killed during the gun duel.

As of the time of filing this report, the military or the police authorities have yet to confirm the report.

Meanwhile, Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, on Thursday said if the government can pardon coup plotters under the military regime, then bandits should enjoy the same benefit under democracy.

Gumi while responding to the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna said there is need to pardon bandits for Nigeria to enjoy peace.

Gumi added, “Even those that instigated civil war, the civil war that millions of people died, were pardoned. I see no reason why we cannot accept their (bandits) repentance and give them amnesty.”

The cleric further stated that he did not betray Christian soldiers when he met with bandits.

He added that CAN misunderstood him, because the video that went viral about his discussion with the bandits was distorted and the actual message was manipulated.

Gumi said, “You ask why do we give them amnesty but they told us specifically that they are ready to drop their arms and they don’t want to be pursued with legal actions after they repented.”

“If the country could pardon coup plotters who committed treasonable offences in the era of military administration, the bandits can as well enjoy similar forgiveness even better under democratic rule.”

These people in the bush, who have taken arms; they are criminals. I wonder who is not a criminal. Since Nigeria forgave coup plotters, forgave those that killed. Even those that instigated civil war; civil war that millions of people died, I see no reason why we cannot accept their repentance.”

“Since that is the bottleneck and it is only the Federal Government that can give them that leverage. Strangely, we found out that they are victims too. They were victims of profiling. So many of them were arrested and punished just for looking like herdsmen.”