The Lagos State Police Command is on the
trail of a suspected burglar who allegedly
posted his picture on the Instagram account
of his victim.
The suspect, whose name had yet to be
identified, mistakenly posted the picture with
one of the phones reportedly stolen from the
victim, Sam Abimbola. According to Punch, the suspect had sneaked
into the victim's residence on Ago Palace
Way, Okota, Lagos, at about 3am on
Tuesday, carting away phones, a laptop and
The burglar was said to have gained entry
into the apartment through the kitchen.
He also reportedly made away with
Abimbola's wife's jewellery and the identity
card of his sister-in-law, who lived with the
While lamenting the loss, Abimbola reportedly
got a c all at about 7am from a friend, who
alerted him to a picture posted with one of
the stolen phones on his (Abimbola's)
Abimbola told Punch correspondent that he
had woken up around 5am to prepare for
work when he discovered the house had been
He said, "I slept around 2am on that day and
my sister-in-law woke me up around 5am,
saying that her bag was scattered in the
living room. That was when I discovered that
a burglar had entered into my apartment. He
cut through the window and got access into
the house through the kitchen.
"He entered into my bedroom, stole my
passport, laptop, two phones – a Samsung
Note 5 and a Samsung tablet – my sister-in-
law's ID card and her money. The burglar
also stole my wife's accessories and took
some bottles of water from the fridge.
"I don't know the extent of what was stolen
from my wife's valuables because she was
not around. He ransacked a bag where my
credentials were but fortunately, he didn't go
"Around 7am, he mistakenly posted his
picture on my Instagram account with my
phone. I am sure he must have used the
phone to take the picture.
"I have reported to the police at the Ago
Palace division and some of the policemen
said he was a known face at a joint in the
The sister-in-law, who did not want her name
in print, urged the police to track down the
suspect and bring him to book.
"I am certain he was the one who attacked
our house. He could not have sold the phone
to somebody before 7am when he posted the
picture," she added.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations
Officer, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the
burglary to our correspondent, said the police
were on the trail of the suspect.
Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, added
that the Commissioner of Police, Fatai
Owoseni, had instructed the division to
transfer the case to the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad at the command headquarters in Ikeja.
She said, "The victim reported the matter at
the station and the police will ensure that the
suspect is tracked down. The CP has
instructed that the case should be transferred
to SARS in Ikeja for discreet investigation.
The Lagos State Police Command is on the
while on stage with her.
The ecstatic fan who flew all the way from
Nigeria to Vancouver, Canada to see the
"Hello" crooner perform on Thursday, July
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has
stressed that he is ready to spend big if the
right candidate becomes available.
The Emirates side secured the services of
Granit Xhaka before Euro 2016 to get their
transfer business underway and have since
brought in promising youngsters Takumo
Asano and Rob Holding to further add to
Wenger has received his fair share of
criticism for his failure to bring in a high-
profile centre-back and striker, though, as
their Premier League rivals have spent big.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal boss has made it
clear the Gunners are not done on the
transfer market themselves just yet either.
"We are very active. If we find the right
candidates then we will spend the big
money," Wenger told the club's official
website after the 1-1 friendly draw with
"We have already spent big. Overall we have
made a big investment already but we are
"I wouldn't like to come out on names
because if you don't get them afterwards,
people ask why. We are active, very active
every day and it's not over. Today we are on
July 22 and the transfer market finishes on
August 31. You know that a lot happens in
the last week, so it's a long time to go, but
we are active and we are working.
"Until now, nobody has spent more on a
transfer than we have in this country. Even if
[Paul] Pogba might fly from Italy to England
today, I don't know..."
A total number of 250 ex-members of the
youth vigilante, Civilian-JTF, who had been
supporting the Nigerian military in the fight
against Boko Haram, have concluded
military training and have been fully
inducted into the Nigerian Army.
The newly-recruited troopers on Friday
stormed the Government House Maiduguri,
on a "thank you" visit to the state governor,
Kashim Shettima. They appreciated Mr.
Shettima for helping them to be enlisted into
The new soldiers, all clad in their combat
fatigues, marched into the government house
amidst cheers from their fellow Civilian-JTF
Benjamin Solomon, the leader of the team
and commander of the parade, addressed
the governor at the government house.
"We are here to say thank for making us
become soldiers of our great country. We
thank the president and we thank our father,
the Chief of Army Staff, who ensured that we
are soldiers today," said Mr. Solomon.
"We are very many in the state and we are
pleading that others too be given the same
opportunity to become soldiers as well. We
also have graduates among us who could
also be given an opportunity to serve as
officers of various military and paramilitary
services. To us, it is now time to serve our
country by laying down our lives to protect
its territorial integrity"
"The emergence of the Civilian-JTF is a
game changer in the fight against Boko
Haram," said Governor Shettima.
"One major issue that needs to be reported
is the once strained relationship that existed
between the people of our states and the
military. But with the emergence of the
Civilian-JTF the relationship became cordial.
When the historical epoch of the Boko
Haram insurgency is being written, the
Civilian-JTF will have a chunk place of
"Today the one time stick-carrying youths
have now become a thing of fear to the well
armed Boko Haram who fear them more
than even the conventional military.
"I thank the president of the country, and the
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General
Tukur Buratai, for helping us to absorb our
gallant youth into the Nigerian Army.
We are not going to stop at this; we are not
going to get tired in going after all the
service chiefs as we are going to keep
knocking on their doors until all our Civilian-
JTF members are into various military and
He called on the soldiers to be proud
ambassadors of Borno State.
"Don't bring us shame while you are out
there serving the country. We would have
preferred all of you to be deployed to Borno
state; but since you are the Nigerian Army
soldiers and not Borno soldiers, we bid you
to go to wherever you are posted and deal
with all enemies of the country the way you
dealt with Boko Haram terrorists," he said.
Earlier, the state attorney general and
commissioner of justice, Kaka Lawan, had
said that other batches of the Civilian-JTF
would soon be absorbed into the Nigeria
Police and other agencies.
He said 30 of the youth vigilante had
already been taken by the Department of
State Security (DSS) as junior personnel.
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose on
Friday said he would not stop being vocal in
his criticism of the All Progressives
Congress-led government despite attempts
to keep him silent.
Fayose was the guest on a personality
programme on Fresh FM in Ibadan where he
alleged that APC had deployed powers
within its reach to intimidate him because of
his criticism of the Federal Government.
He said "I am being persecuted because I
am vocal. Why some of us are talking today
is because if we betray the masses, God will
not forgive us. That is why people like us
have to exhibit courage to speak the truth.
And if you notice, they are leaving no stone
unturned to cage me from commenting, but
that cannot be possible. They cannot win
"I can't keep quiet, they can't shut my
mouth. I am being persecuted but
unfortunately I am becoming more popular.
To this government, anybody in APC is
considered as saint, but PDP people are
rogues. That's why you see some of our
people crossing to their side and
immediately, they become saints."
The governor claimed to be the last man
standing, adding that people like Femi Fani-
Kayode had been kept quiet and that the
next step for the APC government was to kill
the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria.
"What I want Nigerians to ask the Federal
Government, which is currently prosecuting
some people over alleged fraudulent
campaign money, is that who financed their
own election campaign or where did they get
their own funding for the election?"
Speaking on the money found in his account
during the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission's investigation, Fayose said the
money credited to being in his account was
N300m, which was on fixed deposit, and
N82m in cash deposit.
He said, "The money in my account is
N300m, which I made public in my asset
declaration form. That is why the court,
which is the last hope of a common man,
freed my man who was in their net and the
court even awarded a N5m damages against
the government. We can't continue like this.
"My concern has always being that economy
must be the priority of any government.
People are hungry, the economy is bad. The
brake of our economy has relapsed. No
business seems prospective again. It's not
about the vehicle but the driver, it is about
the head. The hardship is getting harder.
Nigerians are not investing in the economy
because of fear, same things as foreigners.
There is threat on the capital.
"The APC presidential team campaigned
with a private jet, is that free? They also
spent heavily for their elections, where did
they get their money? People are
complaining seriously in the country, as for
me, we have entered one chance with this
current government. They took us into a lift,
closed the door and they switch off the
source of power supply, that is exactly what
is really happening," said Fayose.
The National Agency for Food and Drugs
Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has in
its recent operations in Gembu, Taraba
State, impounded unregistered drugs worth
The impounded drugs included Tramadol
and Sildenafil combination.
Joseph Asikpo, the state coordinator of the
agency, made this known at a media
briefing in Jalingo on Friday.
According to him, the drugs were evacuated
in 20 sacks and seven cartons from some
hidden stores in the area.
He said that the Tramadol and Sildenafil
combination was an unregistered drug used
by people in the area to enhance sexual
"The problems associated with Tramadol
alone outweigh its benefits because its
indiscriminate use causes serious bodily
"This is because the drug has addictive
tendency and it is responsible for several
violent behaviour we see on the streets
today," Mr. Asikpo said.
The coordinator said that other illegal drugs
seized included banned Analgin and
Gentamycin injections, fake Swidar and
Ampiclox tablets, fake Mixagrip, different
brands of Nimesulide, among others.
He said that the agency had imposed
administrative charges on Amatex, Emmy
CY and Aleke patent medicine stores in the
area for being in possession of the illegal
Mr. Asikpo said that the patent medicine
stores must pay the charges, assuring that
the illegal drugs would be destroyed soon.
The coordinator vowed to sanction any
trader found selling any banned consumable
in the state.
"We are continuously carrying out mop up
of commonly used but banned products such
as Crusader, Mekako, Montclaire and Amirah
soaps and other mercury containing
"These products are causative agents for
skin cancer and kidney problem," Asikpo
He advised the general public to always
check the expiration dates and NAFDAC
registration number of products before
Mr. Asikpo appealed to consumers to always
report anyone found selling expired drugs or
beverages to the agency for quick action.
Reports gathered Friday indicate that the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are
mulling over suggestion brought before it by
managers of two coaches in Milutin
Sredojevic and Alain Giresse for the job of
Super Eagles Technical Adviser.
Sredojevic populary referred to as Micho
presently handles the national team of
Uganda who are close to securing
qualification for next year's Africa Cup of
Nations and has in the past been linked with
the job of the Nigeria senior national team
with some reports suggesting that the Serb
was closed to being named as coach of the
team before Sunday Oliseh was appointed.
46 year old Micho was also on the shorlist
of Serbian coaches initially linked with the
vacant job before Paul Le Guen who later
rejected the job was recommended by the
Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football
His case we gathered was brought to the
NFF by an agent who currently works with
the Nigeria senior national team and after
the failed attempt to engage Le Guen,
contact has once again resumed over his
On the other hand 63 year old Alan Giresse,
a French manager who has been coaching in
Africa since 2001 with stints in Morocco
with FAR Rabat and as well as the national
team of Gabon, Mali and Senegal.
The highly experienced Giresse was
recommended to the NFF that is set to name
a foreign technical adviser in the next 7
days for the Eagles who are currently under
the tutelage of local coach Salisu Yusuf.e
The first drug designed to help to prevent
HIV transmission in people at high risk of
infection was approved for use in the
European Union on Friday.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA)
approved the use of the drug Truvada for
pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in
combination with safer sex practices.
The London based agency said that PrEP is
recommended by the World Health
Organisation (WHO). "The drug will help
people who do not have HIV but who are at
high risk of infection with HIV to lower their
chances of becoming infected when they are
exposed to the virus. "The oral drug should
be used in combination with condoms as
part of an HIV prevention strategy.
"Truvada was previously approved for use in
the EU as part of drug cocktails designed to
treat people infected with HIV,'' the WHO
said. The WHO estimates that some 36.7
million people worldwide were living with
HIV at the end of 2015.
The new Chairman of the Senate Committee
on Petroleum Resources (Downstream),
Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara), said yesterday
that Senate President Bukola Saraki owes it
a duty to respect his party, All Progressives
Congress (APC), on issues affecting the
"We are in power.It is our own time and we
should be accorded all the necessary
cooperation. We should be seen to respect
the party," Marafa, spokesman for the anti-
Saraki Unity Forum in the Senate told State
House correspondents yesterday after a visit
to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was responding to a question on whether
Thursday's reshuffle of some Senate
Committees would now bring an end to the
bad blood generated by Saraki's emergence
as president contrary to the APC's preferred
He said though the exercise was normal in
the legislative arm, it was largely part of
reconciliation between the All Progressive
Congress (APC) and Saraki.
His words: "I think reshuffling of committees
is not new in any parliament. What made
that of yesterday (Thursday) a little new is
the circumstances of the emergence of this
leadership and what followed.
"What happened yesterday (Thursday) is a
result of the efforts the party has been
putting in for reconciliation in the last few
He said peace has returned to the Senate.
"Yes, as long as the party comes in and the
will of the party is respected. We are not at
loggerhead with anybody. It is not like we
He described Saraki as "one of my very
close friends and seniors in the 7th
"What you saw happenis what I will describe
as loyalty to the party. The constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognizes
only the party, it doesn't recognize any
Asked whether the Unity Forum would now
withdraw the suits its members filed against
Saraki in the light of the committee
reshuffle,Marafa said: "We didn't go to court
because we didn't like the faces of those
that emerged, but this is the will of our
"During the 7th assembly, we accorded the
ruling party at that time the utmost
cooperation and we knew the committees
that we were given that time.
He likened the relationship between the
executive and legislative arms to that
between a husband and his wife, and
expressed optimism that the crisis between
his state governor, Abdulaziz Yari and the
State House of Assembly will soon be
"So there is nothing new as far as I'm
concerned. We belong to the same political
party and we are one. We are on top of the
situation and we are trying to calm the
nerves and look at the problem from its
root," he said.
" We will resolve the issues amicably. By
our tradition and culture, Zamfara has never
had that kind of problem."
He ruled out any possibility of the Senate
impeaching President Muhammadu
Buhari,saying no serving senator is even
contemplating any such move.
Munich's main train station has been
evacuated and metro and bus transport in
the city suspended on police orders.
The decision followed the killing of at least
six persons by gunmen, who attacked a
shopping centre in the city.
Three gunmen were involved in the shooting,
according to a police statement, citing
"We suspect terrorism," a Munich police
spokesman told AFP.
The shooting spree began before 1600 GMT
at a McDonald's restaurant and continued
on a nearby street before the gunmen moved
into the OEZ shopping centre, a police
Europe has been on alert for terrorism in the
wake of a string of attacks including
bombings in neighbouring France and
The OEZ shopping centre, which opened in
the 1970s near the city's Olympic stadium,
was surrounded by armed police and
emergency vehicles, while a helicopter
"There is a major police operation under
way in the shopping centre," Munich police
said on Twitter, urging people to avoid the
Emergency vehicles were seen in the streets
outside, as shoppers rushed away from the
mall, some carrying children in their arms.
"Attention — avoid the neighbourhood
around the OEZ. Stay in your homes. Leave
the street," the Munich police tweet said.
Germany has so far escaped the kind of
large-scale jihadist attacks seen in France.
But the shooting comes just days after a
teenage asylum seeker went on a rampage
with an axe and a knife on a regional train
near Wuerzburg, also in Bavaria on Monday,
injuring five people, two of them critically.
One victim is still fighting for his life, the
hospital treating him said Friday.
The Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu
Masari yesterday faulted the agitation of the
Niger Delta Avengers and rated them as
He said he suspected that the Avengers
might have been part of a threat by some
Nigerians to make the country ungovernable,
if a particular candidate did not win the
2015 presidential election.
He said it was possible for the nation to
survive without oil.
He also said about N73billion was missing
from the state coffers between 2007 and
2015 without anyone accepting
He said the state had handed over some
documents to the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) as part of the
ongoing probe of the looting of the state.
He said he was not investigating his
predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, contrary
to insinuations in some quarters.
He said out of all the contracts awarded by
his predecessor in eight years, only one
bordering on a N1.7billion drainage for
Katsina metropolis was being looked into.
Masari, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja,
at a point soliloquized, "what are they
He said: "As people, we must survive and
live. With the crisis in the Niger Delta, we
can wake up and see that not a dollar is
coming from oil. Are we going to die? It is
impossible. Let us start looking inward. We
did it before, we can do it now.
"I believe, I still believe and I'm still
convinced that when we do the right thing,
not only in Katsina State, but across the 36
states, we will survive the storm and there
will be no more dependence on any one
"Any single commodity you depend on, when
the price crashes, you will feel the impact. I
think your friends outside Nigeria should be
very lucky. If you go to Angola, you can't
see effect of the low price because they
don't totally depend on oil.
"For those of us who are able to go to Saudi
Arabia, we see these things. Almost 80 per
cent of the capital projects have stopped. It
is not only in Nigeria.
"But in our own case, coupled with when the
prices start to pick up to about $40, then we
have the criminals calling themselves
Avengers. Avenging what?
"They said before election that if a particular
candidate did not win, they would make
Nigeria ungovernable. So what is coming
now is not new, but Nigeria will survive it.
There are countries without oil. Has Japan
oil? Do Malaysia, Singapore, India have oil?
Are they not surviving or thriving?
"If there is determined leadership, these
things are doable. Most of the problems
confronting us as a state are beyond
Masari disclosed that about N73billion was
missing from the state coffers between 2007
and 2015 without anyone accepting
He clarified that the state was not
investigating his predecessor, Alhaji Shema,
contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
He said the state was only tracing the
N73billion withdrawn mostly in cash from
the treasury by some government officials
without any project done.
He said: "About N73billion was missing
from the state treasury. The way it
happened in Katsina, I won't say it was
criminal, it was too clever. They withdrew
this money in cash and sometimes they
went to dump part of it in empty houses
without knowing those who came to clear
"None of the government officials involved
has officially accepted that the money was
missing. We have empanelled a commission
of inquiry under the Commission of Inquiry
Act to ascertain who were the recipients of
these looted funds.
"The EFCC also came, we gave them some
documents. So, there is an allegation of
missing N73billion and we have created an
opportunity for state officers involved to
clarify. We cannot be fairer than that."
Responding to a question, Masari said he
was not probing his predecessor, Alhaji
He added: "We are not really investigating
our predecessor. What happened is that they
handed over their handover notes; we also
helped them in the transition committee. The
transition committee made some findings.
Some money that came into government
coffers went out of government coffers.
These funds didn't go into any project or
any service of the government. We are
asking where is the money (N73b)?
"If you are investigating government,
certainly contractors will be involved? Is
there any contractor that has been invited in
Katsina State to explain what he has done
on a particular project over the pricing of a
particular project but we did not do that.
"What we are saying is this amount of
money left government coffers and ended
with some people. All we are saying is these
people who collected this money should
come and tell the people where the money
"I think all the money we are asking about is
over N73 billion. So they have the right to
interpret anything, but the fact of the matter
is that we are not probing the work they did.
"What we are asking for is we have seen the
money (N73billion) that came in and went
out, where is that money? If there is any
project they did with the money, let us see
it. If there are certain percentages of work
they did with the money, let us see. That's
all we are saying."
The governor said out of all the contracts
awarded by Shema, only one bordering on a
N1.9billion drainage for Katsina Metropolis
that was being looked into.
He said the contract was about the
management of ecological funds from the
He said: "The only contract that we asked of
was the one given for drainage in Katsina
State. The contract was given at N1.99
billion and the contractor collected 90 per
cent of the payment. He has collected over
"He said he had done the job with the best
material. We got an independent person to
do an assessment of the job. We said he
should be as generous as possible but he
valued the contractor's maximum work at
"The contractor has abandoned the site. The
money given to him was not covered by any
bank guarantee or insurance guarantee. It
was just given to him. We said, if you
cannot complete the work as designed, this
money was collected from the Ecological
Fund account in Abuja, return it.
"There are so many petitions from
concerned individuals in Katsina even before
we assumed office about that particular
"This is the only contract during Shema's
administration that we are looking at,
nothing else. Why? There was a design
produced and presented here which formed
the basis for the Federal Government to give
money to the state from the Ecological Fund
and the same amount was given to a
different contractor. He did not do the job.
He collected the money and disappeared. If
you cannot complete the job, send the
money that was given to you".e
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama,
on Friday said that there were no urgent
need to evacuate Nigerians in South Sudan
as there are no immediate threats to their
lives and property.
Onyeama, who stated this while briefing the
newsmen on the just concluded African
Union (AU) meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, said
that Nigerians in Juba were not under any
threat, as contacts with them are made
regularly and situation being assessed.
The minister said that most Nigerians doing
businesses in the crisis-ridden country have
returned to their location due to the cease
fire agreed upon by the warring parties.
Onyeama, who said that Federal Government
did not abandoned Nigerian in the war ton
country as reported by some social media,
said that there was no immediate threat to
the lives of Nigerian citizens in the place.
"As you know, we have large numbers of
Nigerians in South Sudan when the fighting
broke out, they took refuge in the Nigerian
embassy in South Sudan and there were
calls for evacuation.
"We took certain steps including putting in
place some form of logisdtics in the
ministry as one or two countries also
evacuated their citizens.
"We got in touch with National Security
Adviser and the Ministry of Defence to
explore the options in evacuating some of
"And of course, we are in touch with the
Nigerian embassy in the country, there is a
relative calm and peace in the country
because the parties involved in the crisis
have agreed to a cease fire," he said.
He also explained that, "Nigerians held up in
the embassy have now gone back to their
normal businesses and we were advised by
the embassy that the war had passed and it
was no longer necessary to take such
Onyeama said that although the situation
could degenerate again, the situation was
being monitored adding that Nigerians in
Juba will be protected.
"We are on top of the situation and in touch
with the UN peace and Security Commission
to protect Nigerians and the Nigerian
embassy in South Sudan.
"We will do everything possible and we are
ready to do more to evacuate Nigerians," he
The fighting broke out on July 7, in Juba,
South Sudan, the world's newest country.
Hundreds of people, mostly soldiers, have
been reportedly killed in the fighting between
rival armed groups since then, raising fears
of a slide back into all-out conflict.
Report says that uneasy calm has returned
to South Sudan's capital, Juba, last Tuesday
after five days of fierce fighting between
troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and First
Vice-President Riek Machar.
The relative calm comes after the two
leaders ordered a ceasefire and directed all
commanders to lay down arms and report to
their unit bases.
No fewer than 272 people have been killed
in the renewed fighting that threatened to
plunge the world's youngest nation into war.
The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission on Friday released a former
Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator
Iyiola Omisore, after 19 days in detention.
It was learnt that Omisore was released on
bail by the commission after meeting his bail
The former deputy governor, who was
declared wanted by the EFCC in May, was
arrested on July 3, 2016 after N1.310bn was
traced to the accounts of five companies
allegedly belonging to him.
The money was said to be part of the N4.7bn
allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of
State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro
and his two sons, Gbolahan and Babajide.
The N4.7bn was said to have emanated from
the account of the Office of the National
Security Adviser in 2014 and then transferred
to the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan
McNamara, a company in which Obanikoro's
sons are the signatories to its bank account.
Omisore allegedly received the funds in four
tranches from Sylvan McNamara between
July and August 2014, a few weeks before
the Osun State governorship election which
A document detailing the transaction showed
that the money was paid into accounts of
three companies allegedly belonging to
A detective at the anti-graft agency
explained, "On July 9, 2014, N150m was paid
into the bank account of Sawanara at First
Bank. On August 1, 2014, N300m was paid
into Sawanara Limited.
"On August 8, 2014, about N160m was paid
into the bank account of Fimex Gilt Limited
domiciled at UBA. On the day of the election,
August 9, 2014, N350m was paid into the
First Bank account of Metropolitan
Omisore had, however, denied receiving any
money from the ONSA.
The former deputy governor had also sued
the EFCC for N10bn and prayed a Federal
High Court in Abuja to grant him an order of
perpetual injunction restraining the
"defendants (EFCC) either by themselves,
their agents, officers, servants, privies or
otherwise however called from making such
or similar defamatory publication of and
concerning the plaintiff (Omisore) to any
person or persons."
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the anti-graft
agency will soon charge Omisore alongside
Mr. Abiodun Agbele, an aide to Governor
Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
Agbele is alleged to have received N1.219bn
from Obanikoro on behalf of Fayose during
the build-up to the June 21, 2014
governorship election in Ekiti State.
A source at the EFCC said, "We have already
started putting the charges together because
we have virtually completed investigations
and we are lining up witnesses against them.
They will be charged for fraud very soon."e
Nine people were killed and 16 wounded in a
shooting rampage at a Munich shopping
centre. Investigators found the body of the
suspected shooter, who appears to have
acted alone and then killed himself. Police
say the gunman was a German-Iranian 18-
year-old who was not previously known to
Here is what we know:
– What happened? –
A shooter opened fire at a McDonald's
restaurant and continued onto a street
before entering the Olympia (OEZ) mall near
the Olympic stadium in Munich. The
shooting started shortly before 1600 GMT,
with authorities initially saying witnesses
reported seeing three gunmen. Police said
the man likely acted alone.
Nine people were killed in the shooting that
began early Friday evening, with 16 injured,
Munich police said on Twitter.
The authorities had earlier reported a higher
number of injured people. A video posted on
social media appeared to show a man
dressed in black walking away from the
McDonald's while firing repeatedly on people
as they fled.
Authorities evacuated the main train station
in the city of some 1.4 million, while metro
and bus transport services were suspended
in the wake of the assault, but have since
resumed. The shopping centre, which
opened in the 1970s and bills itself as
Bavaria's biggest, was surrounded by armed
police, while a helicopter buzzed overhead.
The Olympia mall is near the stadium for the
1972 Olympics and the athletes' village,
which was the site of the massacre of 11
Israeli athletes by the Palestinian Black
– Who was the gunman? –
Munich police said the shooter was a
German-Iranian 18-year-old from Munich
whose motive was "completely unclear".
"The perpetrator was an 18-year-old
German-Iranian from Munich," police chief
Hubertus Andrae told reporters after the
The shooter had dual citizenship and "no
criminal record". "The motive or explanation
for this crime is completely unclear," he
added. A police spokesman had earlier told
AFP they suspected "terrorism" in the
rampage, while German news agency DPA
quoted police as warning of an "acute terror
Police initially believed there could be up to
three assailants. But Andrae later clarified
that two others who had been thought to be
linked had "absolutely nothing to do" with
the attack — and that they were simply
fleeing the scene of the crime. Europe has
been on alert in the wake of a string of
attacks including bombings in neighbouring
France and Belgium. The carnage came on
the fifth anniversary of right-wing fanatic
Anders Behring Breivik's massacre in
Norway that killed 77 people.
– Train attacks –
The violence happened just days after a
teenage asylum seeker went on a rampage
with an axe and a knife on a regional train
in Germany on Monday, injuring five people,
two of them critically. Interior Minister
Thomas de Maiziere said the teenager was
believed to be a "lone wolf" attacker who
appeared to have been "inspired" by the
Islamic State group but was not a member
of the jihadist network.
The assailant had arrived as an
unaccompanied minor in Germany in June
2015 and had been staying with a foster
family in the region of the attack for the last
two weeks. In May, a mentally unstable 27-
year-old man carried out a knife attack on a
regional train just southeast of Munich,
killing one person and injuring three others.
– Migrant influx –
Bavaria became the main gateway for
hundreds of thousands of migrants and
asylum seekers arriving in Germany. Hate
crimes and attacks against migrants
exploded after arrivals spiked to more than
one million last year, mostly from the Middle
East and Africa. Some 923 offences against
refugee shelters were reported in 2015,
compared to 175 the previous year,
according to figures from the interior
ministry. Of these, 177 were acts of
violence, up from 26 in 2014.
Rumours have been flying in that Popular
yoruba movie actress/ producer Lola Alao
has converted from Christianity to islam,
and she took to social media yesterday to
make an announcement to confirm the
Her words below...
"Salaam alykun to all my wonderful
friends and fans, May almighty Allah
grant u all your heart desires. i just
want everyone to know that i was
born in to a Muslim home my late
father's name is Lasisi Alao, so i
reverted back to my root through
Alhaji Yusuf Adepoju (Acadip). May
almighty Allah bless him and all my
wonderful friends and fans…. Thanks
love you all.. Rohdiat Omolola Alao
Hillary Clinton on Friday tapped Tim Kaine,
a popular Spanish-speaking senator from
the swing state of Virginia, to be her running
mate in the White House showdown against
"I'm thrilled to announce my running mate,
@timkaine, a man who's devoted his life to
fighting for others. -H," the presumptive
Democratic nominee tweeted. The 58-year-
old senator swiftly tweeted his response,
saying: "Just got off the phone with Hillary.
I'm honored to be her running mate. Can't
wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!"
Kaine, an experienced foreign policy hand
who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations
and Armed Services committees, could help
Clinton bring in two key voting blocs:
Hispanics and the battleground state of
Politically a middle-of-the-road Democrat,
he is also seen as helping the former
secretary of state win over votes from
reluctant independent male voters. Widely
seen as a safe choice for Clinton in a brutal
election race, Kaine emerged as a
frontrunner in the veepstakes because he
ticks so many boxes.
Clinton put out a series of tweets heaping
praise on the senator, known for his affable
manner as well as his expertise on matters
of defense and foreign policy. "@timkaine is
a relentless optimist who believes no
problem is unsolvable if you put in the work
to solve it," Clinton wrote. "@timkaine's
guiding principle: the belief that you can
make a difference through public service."
One of the tweets included a five-point
graphic highlighting the senator's youthful
spell on a Jesuit mission in Honduras as
well as his track record in fighting
homelessness, discrimination and gun
violence, in expanding early childhood
education and in fostering a positive
business environment in Virginia.
The pick comes just days before the start of
the Democratic National Convention in
Philadelphia, where Clinton — and now
Kaine — next week are to be elevated as the
nominees to the party's presidential ticket.e
The Abia State chapter of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the
certificate of return given to Dr Uche Ogah
by the South East Commissioner of
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC), Lawrence Nwuruku, is fake.
Speaking with newsmen in Umuahia while
displaying the two certificates of return
given to both Ogah and Governor Okezie
Ikpeazu, the publicity secretary of Abia PDP,
Chief Don Ubani, said that the certificate in
Ogah's possession is a mark of desperation
Ubani said the certificate of return given to
Ikpeazu has two dates on which the
governorship elections were held, which
were 11th and 25th of April 2015, for both
the main election and the supplementary,
while Ogah's has only the 11th April, 2015
date, being the one for the main election.
He said the difference in the dates resulted
from the fact that on the day of the main
election, no one emerged as the governor,
which led to a supplementary election being
held on the 25th, which produced Ikpeazu as
The former information commissioner of the
state alleged that Ogah's desperation to
become governor through illegal means led
to INEC making mistakes.
"They also went ahead to order his
immediate swearing-in which has caused a
lot of trouble in the state," he said.
Ubani said that Ogah never campaigned or
participated in any phase of the election
"We as a party in the state hold strongly
against the intention of INEC and Dr. Ogah
to misinform the people about Ikpeazu,
which is baseless," he said.
Ubani added: "It is a known fact that
Ikpeazu has been a civil servant as the
General Manager of Abia State Passenger
Integrated Manifest/Safety Scheme and the
immediate past Deputy General Manager of
Abia State Environmental Sanitation
Authority in charge of Aba zone."
"By virtue of being a civil servant, his tax
was deducted at source. Therefore, those
saying that he did not pay his tax were
either being funny or they are being out of
tune with the realities on ground concerning
"This is a question of conspiracy, which can
only do one thing, which is distraction, as
INEC was just being mischievous by
declaring election inconclusive for a
supplementary election to be held on the
25th of April, which produced Ikpeazu as the
Ubani noted that the Federal High Court
Owerri had vindicated the governor on the
authenticity of his tax certificate as a public
servant as well as declared him as the duly
elected Governor of Abia State.
He insisted that alleged misinformation on
the tax documents presented by the governor
Ogah's spokesman, Emma Iheanacho,
however, described the allegation as
baseless and senseless, adding: It is a cry of
a people that have fallen and doing every
thing possible to rubbish the good image of
another person. How can any right thinking
person say that the certificate issued by
INEC on the instructions of a competent
court in the land is fake?That tells you that
they have lost it all. They can never bring
Also reacting to the allegation, Ogah's legal
officer, Monday Onyekachi Ubani said: "It is
laughable because INEC has disassociated
itself from that fake news circulating in the
social media as no hard core news media
have carried the baseless rumor. INEC has
threatened legal action against any media
platform or individuals championing such
malicious story without facts.
"The falsehood peddlers will have to produce
that INEC Source to prove their case, stating
that such baseless falsehood peddled on a
social media by the camp of Dr Okezie
Ikpeazu makes a mockery of the group and
their candidate.Dr. Uche Ogah remains the
authentic bearer of the Original INEC
Certificate of Return as the one issued to Dr
Okezie Ikpeazu is deemed cancelled in law.
"It is advised that it is high time Dr Okezie
Ikpeazu vacate the governorship seat
honorably and stop the childish hiring of all
manner of charlatans who are financially
induced to pay fake solidarity visits.
Faceless groups with their solidarity visits
based on financial inducement cannot
change the eight lies of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu
that are already before the court of law."e
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has
told the various groups agitating for self
determination in the south east to perish the
dream, saying that Ndigbo are stakeholders
in the country and have no reason to break
away from the union.
The group made the remark during the Igbo
Unity Summit held at Owerri, the Imo State
In a statement signed by the chairman of
the states' chairmen, Mazi Alex Okemiri, the
group condemned the Independent People Of
Biafra (IPOB) for describing the Owerri
summit as a Jamboree, noting that such
description for a gathering of eminent Igbo
leaders was very unfortunate.
They advised IPOB to respect Igbo leaders
and their fathers who fought to bring Ndigbo
to their present status.
"Ndigbo are joint landlords of Nigeria and
cannot leave it for anybody but will only
continue to seek for justice, equity and fair
play for all Nigerians in general and Ndigbo
"Our attention has also been drawn to the
antics of a group, which styled itself as Igbo
Wuotu. It also parades itself as south east
elders and recently threatened to invade the
Government House in Umuahia to remove
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
"Nigerians, Ndigbo and Abians should
disregard the group. It is not one of the Igbo
groups recognised by the apex Igbo body,
Ohanaeze Ndigbo. It is therefore an illegal
group. Security agents have the moral duty
to fish out those behind the group as they
are inciting the public and causing confusion
in the polity. We also call on Dr Okezie
Ikpeazu not to be deterred by the antics of
the group and their sponsors.
The groups called on the people of Abia
State to continue to pray for a speedy
resolution of the legal battles the governor is
facing so that "he will not be distracted
again in his effort to reposition the state."r
Barely a week to the July 30 inconclusive
rerun in Rivers State, the office of the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) was bombed yesterday in Bori-Ogoni,
the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland
and the seat of Khana Local Government
Area of the state.
Rivers Elected Councilors Forum in the 8th
Legislative Assembly, through its Secretary,
Ekine Nkrokeokia, accused desperate
politicians of being behind the arson, and
urging security agencies to ensure thorough
The elected councilors described the
bombing of INEC office as very unfortunate,
condemnable, wicked and ungodly, while
accusing desperate politicians of trying to
create unnecessary tension and crisis in the
state, thereby preventing the election of
Also speaking, the state Chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Felix
Obuah, through his Special Adviser on
Media, Jerry Needam, accused members of
the All Progresives Congress (APC) in the
state of bombing the INEC office in Bori, in
view of their unpreparedness for the polls.
But, the state Chairman of APC, Chief Davies
Ikanya, through the party's Publicity
Secretary, Chris Finebone, declared in a
telephone interview that Obuah, Needam and
other members of the PDP in the state
should be held responsible for the arson,
insisting that APC members were fully
prepared for the elections.
The rerun will hold in eight LGAs, spread
across the three senatorial districts of the
Investigation yesterday in Port Harcourt
revealed that the INEC office was bombed in
the early hours of Friday by yet-to-be
The Rivers Police Public Relations Officer,
Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of
Police (DSP), disclosed that investigation
into the incident had been ordered.
The PDP chairman claimed that bombing of
the INEC office was part of APC's plots to
ensure that the July 30 rerun was
postponed, alleging that the party (APC) was
not ready for the elections.
"It is another deliberate action by the APC to
create a state of insecurity, not only in
Khana LGA and the Ogoni area, but in Rivers
State as a whole, apparently to justify their
demand for the postponement of the
election, having realised that its candidates
in the election from the area will not
succeed in the poll.
Interestingly, Governor Nyesom Wike, while
addressing the party's supporters on
Thursday at the Rivers East senatorial
campaign rally at Okehi, Etche LGA of the
state, declared that anyone posted to Rivers
State, with the aim of rigging the elections,
should inform his family the location of his
hidden wealth, stating that the person would
face the treatment reserved for armed
He accused the INEC Chairman, Prof.
Mahmud Yakubu, of concluding plans to
postpone the rerun, allegedly in deference to
the fear of defeat expressed by the
leadership of Rivers APC.
Rivers APC's Publicity Secretary, yesterday
in Port Harcourt, asked to stop threatening
"The callous and mindless mudslinging by
Wike is true-to-type, especially when he
wants to stir the water muddy, in order to
create a smokescreen to perpetrate his evil
machinations. The potpourri of blackmail,
threats and empty bravado are all part of
his curious style of politics."
Condemnations have continued to trail
the delay by the Nigerian authorities in
releasing funds to the country's
contigents, billed to participate in the
2016 Rio Olympics, holding in Brazil
between August 5-21, 2016.
Some Nigerian athletes billed to
participate in track and field events at
the Olympics, on Friday, took to various
social media platforms and online
crowd-sourced funding platforms to
solicit for funds to fly them to the
Some of the athletes who could not hide
the shame of missing out in the
competition, after about four years of
preparation, owing to delay in releasing
funds for them, begged well-meaning
Nigerians to come to their rescue.
The athletes were American-born
Nigerian sprinter, Regina George;
Nigeria's fastest man and 100m
Champion, Seye Ogunlewe jnr.
George specialises in the 400metres. She
represented Nigeria at the 2012 Summer
Olympics and was the silver medalist at
the African Championships in 2012.
George who tweets via
@DivaOnTheTrack took her request of
$4,000 to a crowd-sourced funding
She wrote: "To all my family friends and
fans thanks for being here for me
through the good times and bad times.
This year it's been hard financially for
me but it wouldn't have been possible
without your support.
"I just been told that we will have to pay
our own way to the Olympics this year.
Sadly this is such short notice for me to
come up with the money.
"They (Sports authorities) also promised
a refund but I'm still waiting for many
refunds promised in the past. I been
through a lot of obstacles this year and
through it all I made my SECOND
Olympic team. I don't want to stop now
after I earned a spot to represent my
country (Nigeria) in the Olympics. Any
donation will help my situation. This will
not go unnoticed and I'm truly grateful
for my supporters."
At the time of filing this report, George
had gotten about $640 from spirited
On his part, Ogunlewe who tweets via
@seyeogunlewe said: "Just so every one
knows. We all got that message saying
we should get our own tickets to Rio,
It would be recalled that President
Muhammadu Buhari, had last Tuesday,
while hosting the Olympics contigents in
Aso Villa, assured that his administration
would ensure that the fund budgeted for
the Rio Olympics is released without
Vanguard could not ascertain if the said
fund has been released as at the time of
filing this report.
GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo
state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, flagged off his
campaigns in Edo South senatorial
district yesterday, with Governor Adams
Oshiomhole calling on the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to
investigate the award of road contracts
in Ovia North East and Ovia South west
estimated at several billions of naira
whenPastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was
Secretary to the state Government under
Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos
and Chairman, National Campaign
Council of the All Progressives Congress
(left); Mr. Godwin Obaseki, APC
Gubernatorial candidate in Edo State and
Governor Adams Oshiomhole during
Governor Ambode's visit to Edo State,
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GOVERNORSHIP candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo
state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, flagged off his
campaigns in Edo South senatorial
district yesterday, with Governor Adams
Oshiomhole calling on the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to
investigate the award of road contracts
in Ovia North East and Ovia South west
estimated at several billions of naira
whenPastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was
Secretary to the state Government under
Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Oshiomhole who urged the people of the
state not to vote a self-confessed cultist
into power, also called on the EFCC to
commence prosecution of Ize-Iyamu,
who agreed to the EFCC that he collected
N700m presidential money, asserting
that he lacks the credibility to run for the
governorship of this state.
Ize-Iyamu had in an online video
interview disclosed how he was
suspended from the University of Benin
for being a member of the pirate
Confraternity just as he denied being
involved in the acid attack against one of
the students of the university then.
However, Obaseki who addressed the
mammoth crowd at the APC rally in
Benin City, said unlike the PDP who
acquired lands for themselves, his
government will give land to farmers to
cultivate, saying that with or without
crude oil, Edo state will survive like a
nation not a state.
Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Pius
Odubu, who urged the Benins to embrace
their son Obaseki, declared that "APC
victory is non negotiable because the
Comrade Governor has worked in the
nook and cranny of Edo state therefore
this is the time of punish PDP and vote
Obaseki into power".
Other leaders who spoke includes Chief
Samson Esemuede who recently dumped
the PDP for the APC, Charles Idahosa
and state party chairman, Anslem
Vowing tor create jobs for the people of
the state, Obaseki said "We will make
sure we have a government that will use
the money of the people for the people.
So we will make sure that we will
continue to run an open, efficient and
responsible government. Edo people in
the Diaspora send more money to Edo
than we spend in our budget, it tells you
how well our people are doing all over
"We have more interests in ensuring that
the people of Edo state is one in which
the people come first. We want to take
sure that our people are economically
strong and the way to do it is to attract
investment, industries. We will create
jobs and the minimum we will do in the
first four years is 200, 000 jobs".
"My priority will be women
empowerment. Two months ago we gave
micro loans to 15, 000 women, during
my tenure that number will increase
significantly. I want to assure you that
along with our wives, we will not
disappoint you" he stated.
Oshiomhole who insisted that Ize-Iyamu
will lose woefully in this election,
narrated that "In the books of the Edo
state government, Pastor Ize-Iyamu as
SSG, he signed the minutes where they
claimed billions of contracts to dualize
the road from Okada junction to Okada
town, they even claim to have graded
internal roads in Okada town. Today,
they collected that money in full but the
job was never done and the EFCC has
not investigated that job.
"It will have to be investigated. Now that
the new IG is investigating the death of
Harry Marshal, and Bola Ige, EFCC must
come back and investigate all the jobs
which Ize-Iyamu and co claimed to have
done which they did not do, I will show
them the records, the location and they
will see for themselves how much was
taken and nothing was done. I have the
signature and minutes where they
claimed to have awarded the Siluko road
and Teachers House. Any time they were
broke they will say further amendment to
"Altogether, Ize-Iyamu and co took
billions of naira in the name of solving
the flood problem at teachers house but
the job was never done. Inspite of their
monumental crime against the people of
the state, they privatize the resources of
the state. I will challenge them whether
they carry the genuine Bible or not. with
Ize-Iyamu as Chief of Staff to Lucky
Igbinedion, the very first executive action
that took in 1999-2000, was to dismiss
all the serving Permanent Secretaries in
Edo state, whether they were in Edo
Central, North or South."
Political associate of late Dr. Chuba
Okadigbo, Mr. Melville Ebo has advised
those calling for the restructuring of the
country not to stampede President
Muhammadu Buhari into taking rash
decisions on the issue. Ebo who was a
one-time South-East Zonal Secretary of
the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP), stated this during an interaction
with the newsmen in Abuja.
He said that the serious issues Buhari
met in office necessitated the need for
support to the President by all Nigerians
in order to give the country a new
"But for Buhari, corruption, impunity in
business, politics, education and social
life, would have destroyed the Country",
Ebo said. Ebo also said that while
discussions on the future of Nigeria were
desirable, the proponents of restructuring
must never distract the President from
the serious issues on ground as he
insisted that all Nigerians would be
losers if the country disintegrates. He
described most of the apostles of
restructuring as 'fifth columnists' who he
said were laying mines for the President
and at the same time, waiting in the
wings to contest for political power. Ebo
called such people ''dishonest agitators"
who according to him, were not
genuinely committed to the advancement
of the country. Ebo further advised Biafra
agitators to retreat for what he called an
introspection on the progress the Igbos
had made since after the civil war. He
warned that this progress must never be
toyed with by those he said had no clear
agenda on the future of Ndigbo. He
expressed the view that it would favour
the Igbos most if Nigeria survived as a
united country since, according to him,
Nigeria's large size would mean a large
market for Igbo businesses across the
HUNTED ex-militant leader, Government
Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, said
yesterday, that his family and associates
were under siege by security agents, who
allegedly treated roughly his 84-year-old
father, in Kurutie community, Gbaramatu
Kingdom, Warri South-West Local
Government, resulting in the amputation
of his lower limbs, two weeks ago.
Tompolo, in an open letter to President
Muhammadu Buhari, which he indicated
might be his last, said the continuous
harassment and intimidation was getting
out of hand, and he does not deserve it.
He said after the military invaded Kurutie
and brutalized his father, sympathizers
managed to rescue him to Warri, where
the hospital admitted him.
"Sadly, one of his lower limbs was
amputated two weeks ago. From the
doctor's report, it will be a thing of
miracle if he survives this incident. Is
this 84- year- old man also a member of
the Niger Delta Avengers that they
brutalized to the point of death,?" he
He alleged that the harassment and
intimidation was carried out by the
Nigeria Army, Navy and Department of
State Services, DSS, in connivance with
two chieftains of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, in Delta State, Chief Ayiri
Emami and Chief Michael Johnny.
"I have not heard of anyone that was
treated like this even in the volatile North
Eastern part of the country. I have said it
in many occasions that the issue I am
having with the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) will not lead
to violence or resort to destruction of
pipelines and other oil facilities, because
I have a good case," he maintained.
Ayiri, Johnny debunk Tompolo's claim
Contacted yesterday, Chief Emami
dismissed the allegation by Tompolo,
saying he was not behind his ordeal.
He asserted: "If the security agencies are
doing their job, I support them, I owe
Tompolo no apology. All I know is that
they are causing damage to the country
with the bombing of pipelines and if they
want the security agencies to stop
disturbing them, they should stop
blowing up pipelines."
"To me, the security agencies are not
even doing enough to stop the pipeline
bombings, they should get to the root of
the matter and stop the perpetrators," he
Chief Johnny, who spoke to Saturday
Vanguard on phone denied that he was
responsible for the arrest of any person
by the security agencies. He also said it
was not true that he threatened the
secretary of the Ijaw People Deve-
lopment Initiative, IPDI, Daniel Ezekiel on
phone for allegedly revealing the names
of informants that led soldiers to arrest
a Tompolo associate, Monday, in Warri.
They harassed pregnant woman with gun
Tompolo, who also dismissed their
denial, continued: "The latest victims of
this unwarranted, misdirected and wicked
act are Hon. Simeon Bebenimibo, a
member of the Delta State Waterway and
Land Security Committee and a driver of
one of my aides, Mr Ebipade Kari, who
was on an errand with a little baby."
"The baby was thrown out from the
vehicle, as the driver was beaten up by
your men, as he was asked the
whereabouts of his boss. That was not
all; the military men stormed the house
of one of my younger brothers, and
harassed his pregnant wife with guns
pointed at her.
"The duo who were arrested are
presently in the custody of the Nigerian
Army, Effurun. Before this incident, the
Navy went to the apartment of another of
my aide, picked up his heavily pregnant
wife as he was out of town, and kept her
for 24 hours in the Navy Base before
"The mode of operation is that the
military command usually camo-uflages
associates of two APC leaders with
military uniforms and they go from door
to door with a long list of names and
addresses of my family members and
associates with the intention of arresting
them," he said.
He asserted: "Your Excellency Sir, it
could be recalled that this was how the
military went to Oporoza town on
Saturday, May 28, 2016, at about 2.00
am, and held the community hostage for
one week. During that midnight invasion,
the military carted away valuables worth
several millions of naira, desecrated
worship centres and took away the
symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu
people from the Egbesu shrine."
Is this because I supported Jonathan?
Tompolo stated: "Your Excellency Sir, I
have been wondering since the beginning
of my travails at your instance whether
this is part of the fight against corruption
in Nigeria? Or was it because I supported
my kinsman, former President Goodluck
Jonathan in the 2015 general elections? I
thought everyone in Nigeria has the
liberty to support whomever he or she
deemed fit in an election."
"And as Dr Jonathan bravely accepted
the outcome of the election, which
brought you in as President of Nigeria
today, I thought you will heal wounds as
the father of the nation.
In addition, it was on this premise that I
visited you immediately after your
swearing-in ceremony to pledge my
loyalty and readiness to work with your
THERE was misapprehension yesterday over
the statement from President Muhammadu
Buhari on Thursday that the Federal
Government was holding dialogue with
militants in the Niger Delta region to end
pipeline bombings as the foremost militant
group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA and other
groups denied such talks. The bombings
have devastated the economy.
President Buhari, while speaking with the
outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria,
Mr. Michael Zinner, at the Presidential Villa,
Abuja, confirmed that government was in
dialogue with Niger Delta militants towards
putting a stop to pipeline vandalism and
violence in the region. He said the
negotiations were done through oil
companies and law enforcement agencies.
Besides the militants, former national
chairman of the Traditional Rulers of Oil
Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria,
TROMPCON and paramount ruler of Siembiri
Kingdom, Delta State, HRM Charles Ayemi-
Botu and the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, said it
was disappointing for the government to say
that oil companies and security agents were
the ones engaged in the negotiation.
However, the Centre for Peace and
Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, welcomed
what it said seemed like a volte face on
dialogue by President Buhari but urged the
President to engage critical stakeholders of
the region, and not just militants.
FG talking to mercenaries – Avengers
Niger Delta Avengers in a swift reaction to
President Buhari's statement that
government was talking to Niger Delta
militants through the oil companies and
security agencies, said: "Our attention has
been drawn to media reports that the
President is in touch with Niger Delta
agitators, including the Niger Delta Avengers.
But the truth is that we are not aware of any
Their spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo who
issued the statement, said, "If there is any
such peace talk, it means the President is
talking to their mercenaries set to disturb the
genuine struggle of the agitators. President
Buhari led government is not sincere to the
Nigerian people and their foreign allies".
According to NDA, "If we are to engage in
any peace talks, we made it clear that the
international community must be part of it.
The President knows our demands. Therefore,
the government should stop deceiving the
international oil companies, the general
public and the international community."
Stop the joke-Ayemi- Botu
Responding to Buhari's declaration, HRM
Ayemi-Botu said: "The statement credited to
President Buhari to the outgoing German
Ambassador that 'we are talking with the
militants' as widely published in the
electronic and print media gave us some
hope and temporary relief ."
"But the fact that Mr. President further stated
that it is the security agencies and
multinational oil companies that are doing
the talking or negotiating with the militants,
while the militants on the other hand stated
that government was not talking with them,
gives me cause for worry. More so, they blew
up a PPMC pipeline some days ago,"
The monarch said, "it sounds like a cat and
mouse game because security men are
hunting for them up till Thursday in Warri.
So, how can they be discussing. Militants
cannot negotiate with security agents. Or is it
the oil companies which the militants have
asked to stop operating and quit their areas
of operations that are dialoguing with the
militants, "the royal father asked.
He asserted: "My candid appeal to Buhari is
to take the bull by the horns and emulate late
President Umaru Yar' Adua to appoint
prominent personalities, including traditional
rulers, opinion leaders and chiefs to dialogue
on the protracted Niger Delta issues with a
view to having lasting solution.
"Apparently, a situation whereby the
President is telling the world that security
agents and oil companies are delegated or
mandated to dialogue with the militants may
not work. We should call a spade, a spade,"
President's advisers should advise him well-
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, in a
statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Eric
Omare, said: "The government should stop
deceiving Nigerians and the international
community about talks with Niger Delta
militants on how to stop attacks on oil
facilities in the Niger Delta region."
"It may not be right for the President to say
that his government is negotiating with Niger
Delta militants through oil companies and
law enforcement agencies during the farewell
audience with Mr. Michael Zinner, the
outgoing Ambassador to Germany on
Thursday, the 21st of July, 2016.
"It is even embarrassing for the President of
an independent nation such as Nigeria to say
that it is oil companies that are negotiating
for peace with Niger Delta agitators, which in
effect amounts to surrendering a lot to
international oil companies," the council said.
It added: "The IYC wonders if Nigeria is back
to pre-colonial and independence Royal Niger
Company days where international
companies govern Nigeria. The point must be
made that the issues at stake are completely
beyond the capacity of oil companies to
"For the umpteenth time, the IYC call on the
aides and advisers of President Buhari to
properly advise him on how to solve the
current hostilities in the Niger Delta region
and equally display a determination to
resolve the problem as his predecessors did.
"Only a sincere and holistic dialogue with the
people of the Niger Delta region which is
aimed at addressing the remote causes of
recurrent militancy can bring permanent
peace to the Niger Delta region. This can only
happen when President Buhari as the political
leader of Nigeria come down to the
negotiation table," IYC said.
Avoid jamboree- CEPEJ
Speaking through its national coordinator,
Sheriff Mulade, CEPEJ, thumbed up the
federal government for going ahead with the
peace talks, but cautioned against "engaging
the militants alone in the peace parley."
"We suggest that critical stakeholders should
be identified and engaged by the government,
otherwise government would create more
rooms for other pseudo militant groups to
"CEPEJ wants the government to hold town
meetings with the communities and address
their social problems and also talk to the oil
firms, and find out their relationships with the
communities. The engagement should be
more comprehensive, beyond the militants.
''If the government wants to truly resolve the
issues, it should involve critical leaders and
not political stakeholders; otherwise it will be
another jamboree and failed attempts. The
fundamental issues are clear: the people of
the Niger Delta need development and
remediation of their environment, which has
been devastated by years of oil and gas
exploration and exploitative activities," the
It added: ''the politicians are the beneficiaries
of the system. When they are fraternizing
with the militants on one hand, they want to
end militancy on the other. That is why we
said the government should not make it a
political talk; rather Niger Delta stakeholders
at the grass-roots should be involved,"
The NGO condemns in strongest terms the
continued bombings of oil and gas
installations by the rampaging Niger Delta
Avengers (NDA) after a lull in their nefarious
activities, saying that the renewed bombings
have affected the gains recorded in recent
weeks, and caused more damage to the
environment, the only heritage of the people.
"The Center is of the opinion that the
continued bombings of oil and gas facilities
were not doing the region any good, rather
they were adversely affecting the environment
and slowing down the economy.
"We reiterate our appeal to militants in the
Niger Delta to sheathe their swords and allow
peace to reign as no development can take
place in an environment wrecked by conflicts
and environmental degradation," CEPEJ
What Buhari said
The President , who gave the confirmation of
dialogue with militants through the Senior
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu, while granting farewell
audience to the outgoing Ambassador of
Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zinner, at
the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the talks
were being done through oil companies and
law-enforcement agencies and was aimed at
finding lasting solution to insecurity in the
He also said that his administration was
studying the instruments of the Presidential
Amnesty Programme inherited from the
previous administration with a view to
carrying out commitments made that were
"We understand their feelings, we are
studying the instruments, we have to secure
the environment otherwise investment will not
come. We will do our best for the country,"
Shehu quoted the President as saying.
Naira at the inter-bank foreign exchange
market in the last one week has forced the
Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to intervene
yesterday to stem the slide.
The apex bank was said to have offered
about USD5.0 million each to dealers
amidst scarcity of foreign currency which
of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator
Ahmed Makarfi has inisisted that the
forthcoming convention of the party would
produce leaders for the party that would be
elected and not anointed by some forces.
Inaugurating an 88 man committee on the
zoning of the party's position in Abuja
Friday, Senator Makarfi said the era of
limiting the party's position to few
individuals was over as the party would
print as many forms as aspirants are ready
to show interest.
"It is not going to be anointing, it is going
to be an election. So we are not printing
only one form for each office. And the
committee has seven days to submit its
report," Makarfi said.
"It doesn't make sense at all for the
chairman ship of the party and the
Presidency is zoned to the North. In party
politics all sections should have a fair
representation. That was why the entire
zoning arrangement was jettisoned" he
Makarfi explained that with the quality of
personnel in the committee "Whatever
decision you make will be widely accepted
by all. I do not see you coming up with
recommendation that would be quarried.
Open the political landscape and not
restricting the chairmanship of the party to
Gowon has paid tribute to the first elected
governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix
Ovuodoroye Ibru, who died on March 12
this year aged 80. In a statement yesterday
containing his tribute, General Gowon
described late Felix Ibru as a very serious
intelligent and business-minded person.
shopping mall in Munich , Germany ,
reports on social media say. In a video
posted online, people can be seen
running out of the building to seeK shelte.
Delta Avengers (NDA) on Friday
denied being in talks with Nigeria's
government to end attacks on key oil
facilities that have cut output and
President Muhammadu Buhari said
on Thursday his administration was
negotiating with the rebels through oil
companies and security agencies.
But the NDA said on its website that
the "truth is that we are not aware of
any peace talks".
"If there is any such peace talk, it
means the president is talking to their
mercenaries set to disturb the
genuine struggle of the agitators," it
The rebels have previously scoffed at
claims they are involved in back-
channel discussions and accused the
government of not being sincere.
"If we are to engage in any peace talk
we made it clear that the international
community must be part of it," the
"The president knows our demands.
So they should stop deceiving the
international oil companies, the
general public and the international
Meanwhile the Ijaw Youth Council
(IYC), an umbrella body for youths in
the southern Niger delta region, also
dismissed the government's claim of
"President Buhari and the federal
government of Nigeria should stop
deceiving Nigerians and the
international community about talks
with Niger Delta militants on how to
stop attacks on oil facilities in the
Niger Delta region as this is highly
ridiculous and laughable," the IYC
said in the southern port city of
The group said it was "embarrassing"
for Buhari to say oil majors were
negotiating on behalf of government
as "the issues at stake are
completely beyond the capacity of oil
companies to resolve".
The Avengers have claimed a string
of devastating attacks against the
state-run Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) as well as oil
majors Shell, Chevron and Eni since
The attacks have reduced output at a
time when Nigeria is struggling with
low global crude prices which have
hammered government revenues,
weakening the naira currency and
pushing up inflation to near 11-year
The rebels want oil majors to leave
the Niger delta, blaming them for
contributing to widespread poverty
and under-development of the region.
They also seek self-determination for
the oil-producing states in the delta.
On Thursday, the new group
managing director of the NNPC,
Maikanti Baru, met chief of defence
staff General Gabriel Olonisakin in
Abuja and appealed for military
support to secure facilities.
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