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Buhari summons Tinubu over rift with Ambode
Thu, 13 Sep 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly summoned the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to Abuja yesterday over the latter’s rift with Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

A reliable source from the party told The Guardian that the APC Governors’ Forum urged Buhari to appeal to Tinubu not to disgrace one of their own.

Before the closed-door meeting between both men, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, national vice chairman of APC, South West, Chief Pius Akinyelure, and others were said to have expressed concern over the conflict and its effects on the party’s chances of winning the forthcoming governorship election.

The media aid to the national leader, Mr. Tunde Rahman, however, said he was not aware his principal was summoned to Abuja on the matter. “Honestly, I am not aware,” he affirmed. Pressed further to speak on the rift, he said: “If the governor said there was no rift, it means there is none.”

Another source in the party disclosed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also making frantic efforts to intervene and had travelled to Lagos to meet the governor and Tinubu.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, however, said he would confirm the movement of his principal.

The state chairman of APC, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, meanwhile, told reporters yesterday that the party would be fair to the three aspirants seeking the governorship position.

He noted that the events in the Lagos chapter showed democracy in action. “You can’t trample on people’s right; you can’t stop anybody from expressing intention to contest as stipulated in the constitution. It is left for the party members to decide their candidate through direct primary. All the three governorship aspirants are going to participate in the primary. If three people have taken forms, it means the party will decide whom it wants. APC is a disciplined party,” he said.

The Lagos chairman of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr. Abiodun Dabiri, said: “Unless the citizens of Lagos move against godfatherism through their votes in the next governorship poll, some elements would continue to determine who governs them. This development is a pointer to the fact that our votes have not been counting, otherwise, I wonder why personal issues between two individuals will continue to determine the direction we go.”

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meanwhile has ­approved the transmission of three executive bills to the National Assembly, with a view to enhancing the country’s electoral process.

The bills are: Electoral Offences Commission ­and Tribunal Establishment Bill, Constitution Alteration Bill 2018, and El­ectoral Act Amendment Bill 2018.

Briefing reporters afte­r the council’s meeting chaired by Buhari, Minister of Justice and Attorney General­ of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami­ said the d­ecision was the outcome of a report of t­he Electoral Reforms Committee headed by fo­rmer Senate President Ken Nnamani.

The AGF, who was joined­ at the briefing by Minister of Budg­et and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma, said the passage of the bills would ensure the independence of the country’s electoral body. The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) will also no longer be ­subject to control by any authority, he said.

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IPOB, security agencies set for showdown
Thu, 13 Sep 2018

States in the southeast geopolitical zones will tomorrow experience a total, partial or no lockdown at all, depending on who gains the upper hand in a showdown between security agencies and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The secessionist group had ordered people in the region to observe a sit-at-home tomorrow in protest against an alleged suppression by the Federal Government.

But the Army, Police, Air Force, Civil Defence Corps and operatives of the Department of State Services responded yesterday with a show of force and a pledge to deal with any member of the group who breaches the peace.

In Umuahia, the Abia State capital, a heavily armed detachment took off from the Central Police Station (CPS) in a long motorcade and drove through Garki to Ossah Road-Michael Okpara Square. It proceeded to Abia Tower (Expressway) and then returned to CPS through Bank Road-Afara-Umuahia (Nnamdi Kanu’s village) and Aba Road.

Another joint patrol also traversed the streets of Enugu, Enugu State, assuring residents that any intimidation by IPOB would be crushed.

“With this exercise, we are clearly sounding a note of warning to troublemakers to steer clear of the entire southeast and other places under 82 Division Areas of Responsibility. We want the existing peace in the southeast to continue unhindered. We will not fold our arms, as members of the security community in this state and the entire southeast, and watch some misguided individuals or groups molest and intimidate innocent and law-abiding citizens,” said Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu.

Addressing journalists at the end of the Umuahia exercise, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ogbizi, said: “Our coming together is a signal of our resolve to confront any event that may rear its ugly head before, during and after September 14. The Federal Government has proscribed IPOB and there are many laws in place. The group should not dare the law because we shall apply the rules of engagement in dealing with it.”

But IPOB dismissed the patrols as “laughable”, saying it has set up a “compliance unit” to ensure no one flouts its directive.

A statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, reads: “Any person or persons found outside on September 14, 2018 will be recorded as an enemy of Biafra and dealt with accordingly. Such person or persons, along with their families, will face the eternal wrath and consequences of their actions. This IPOB generation will not forgive any act of treachery capable of derailing our march to freedom.

“Lest we forget why we must sit at home on the 14th, there is the need to constantly remind ourselves that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB leader), the only man brave enough to confront the Fulani caliphate’s expansionist tendencies; the man who sacrificed everything we all hold dear, in order to liberate us from bondage, is still missing.

“Are we going to forget so soon that our wives, mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers were shamefully humiliated by a northern Fulani police commissioner in Owerri only a few weeks ago? No governor or socio-cultural leader rose up to that occasion to condemn the abominable and sacrilegious incarceration. Instead, these shameless men we call governors have decided to hand over their states to Fulani military and police commanders to do their dirty jobs for them.”

IPOB added: “Some of those killed during Operation Python Dance II, last year, are yet to be properly identified and buried. But here we are again, confronted by another Operation Python Dance. Mass graves litter Biafraland that require urgent international investigation, another reason why we must sit at home.

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IGSR trains 388 violent youths in Plateau
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Institute of Governance and Social Research (IGSR), Jos, has trained 388 violent youth from three local governments of Bokkos, Mangu and Pankshin.
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ADC set to dethrone Osun APC, deploys 90-man campaign committee
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
In its avowed determination to wrest power from the incumbent All Progressives Congress in the Osun State gubernatorial poll scheduled for September 22, 2018…
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Awele Elumelu joins global health leaders for vaccine coverage
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
GAVI Champion for Africa and Founder, Avon Medical Practice, Dr. Awele Elumelu, has joined other global health leaders at a photo exhibition organised by GAVI…
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Benue Assembly suspends three council chairmen over financial misconduct
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Benue State House of Assembly (BSHA) has approved the suspension of three local council chairmen for three months over gross misconduct, financial misappropriation…
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Army cautions Kaduna residents on shooting exercise
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Depot Nigerian Army is to conduct a shooting exercise for its 77 regular recruits at Falgore Forest Base Camp along Tudun Wada-Falgore-Saminaka Road bordering Kano in Kaduna State.
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Bridge Academy champions #GirlSuperPower campaign
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
In response to the latest United Nations data, which reveals an increase of over six per cent in the number of girls out of school in just one year, Bridge International Academies…
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Osun trains 5,000 youths at OYESTech II
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
About 5,000 Osun youths have graduated from the second phase of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme Technology (OYESTech II).The initiative…
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For stripping woman in market, monarch gets 12 months jail term
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
A magistrate’s court in Egbe, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State has sentenced a traditional titleholder, Chief Stephen Fogbonjaiye, the Ologun of Agidi-Ododi…
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