• : Tension looms in Enugu community as Fulani leader threatens 'fire and brimstone' over killing of cows

    31/Dec/2016 // 17106 Viewers


    PARIS, DECEMBER 31, 2016: (DGW) Reports say fresh crisis is brewing in Enugu State as a result of non-compensation to Fulani herdsmen who lost cattle to alleged invaders at Aku community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state, Nigerian Tribune has reported.

    While speaking to journalists, the chairman of the Fulani South East Cattle Owners Association, Ardo Saed Baso, said the delay in compensating the cattle owners in Aku community was an injustice meted to them, stressing that it was high time the authorities looked into the matter.
    People talk about how cattle are destroying farmland and crops but nobody now talks about where  cattle were recently killed by unknown persons at Aku community in Igbo-Etiti.
    “Nobody wants to investigate the killing our cattle at Aku. We want them to compensate the owners of the cattle. We are not happy. Tell the government we are not happy because of what happened to our people at Aku community,” he said.

    The outburst of the Fulani leader came just as tension was rising following the death of two persons in a bloody clash between Igbo and the northerners at Gariki Market in Enugu, last Wednesday.

    Barso said the owners of the killed cattle were going through untold hardship because of the loss they incurred, urging the state government to wade into the matter before it escalated to different dimension .

    Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the Gariki Market as heavily armed anti-riot policemen were seen guarding the area on Friday, even as the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, said the command deployed anti-riot policemen to Gariki market immediately to stop the situation from escalating.

    “Two persons were confirmed dead during a clash between an easterner and a northerner over an alleged misunderstanding that arose between them in the evening at the Gariki Awkunanaw Market.

    “Security has been beefed up in the area by the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Douglas AgboSnleni, to avoid escalation and breakdown of law and order, just as a full scale investigation has commenced into the incident,” the police spokesman added.

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  • VIDEO: Sad story of how Nigerian girls were moved out of Nigeria,duped, abandoned, frustrated in N'Africa in return for better life overseas

    31/Dec/2016 // 545 Viewers


    PARIS, DECEMBER 31, 2016: (DGW) AS the year 2016 draws to its close in a few hours, a year which has been marked by many ups and downs in the lives of Nigerians thus prompting the desire to leave the country in search of greener pastures abroad, a certain young girl of Yoruba extraction narrated her ordeals about how she was swindled out of her money up to the tune of half a million naira in a bid to arrive the United State.

    The victim by name Nafisat Omobolanle, an auxiliary nurse back home in Nigeria spoke on behalf of two others thought her dream of getting a better life has been realized when she was introduced to one Latifah Sanni who in turn introduced her to her husband, Alhaji Muritala Sanni with whom she eventually parted with the sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000).

    Under cloudy circumstances, she was along with two others who had also parted with over N500,000 were told their documents could not be processed in Lagos, Nigeria and Kano was made a better option. 

    They had no alternative but to comply and departed for Kano. On arrival in Kano, they called the number given to them by Alhaji Sanni and a certain man of Hausa extraction came down to take them in his car to an unknown destination who again made contacts on the phone with another unknown man.

    Fear according to Nafisat gripped her at this junction which resulted in inquiries as to where they were being taken to. She asked that they be allowed to disembark but the man at the wheels (driver) refused and warned that they were, in fact, driving past a Boko Haram enclave there in the desert city of Kano.

    Watch the video below for the rest of the pathetic story:


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  • Atiku speaks again, tells northern elders restructuring of Nigeria Is Inevitable, he's not a prophet of doom

    31/Jul/2016 // 3986 Viewers


    Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has again reiterated that the restructuring of the country’s system was inevitable.

    Atiku, who said this at the Memorial Conference of the former military Governor of the defunct Northern Region, Late General Hassan Usman Katsina on Saturday, said the fragile unity of the country was being threatened with sentiments.

    The Adamawa-born politician advised the North not to shy away from the negotiation table but should be present to have input and know how it moves in the interest of the region and the country at large.

    According to him, “I am not trying to be a messenger of doom but to alert us to the serious challenges ahead if we do not take immediate corrective actions both in our economics and our politics”.

    He stressed that devolution of more powers and responsibilities to the federating units with the resources extended to them, will be helpful to the economic and socio-political recovery as well as development of the North in particular, as Nigeria needs same.

    Atiku advocated for a revisit of the current geopolitical zones to becoming the federating units to stop the clamour for creation of additional states as the federating units can decide to have as many local authorities as it deems.

    Adding that, “as our history has shown, a strong centre does not translate to a strong and better base. We should begin to think strategically about how to develop this region (North) as a collective and our states in each geopolitical zone should embark on how to work together to share responsibilities”.

    He noted that, it is a mistake for the North to think that restructuring of the polity will be a mistake, pointing out that, as long as the federal government continues with overriding power; there will remain instability.

    The former Vice-president affirmed that national integration is achievable in Nigeria when we (North) do the little things that will help in that regard including intangibles as values, ideology and sense of investment that help to foster sense of national integration; “these are more effective than forcing or bribing people to stay together”.

    “I suggest we resolve today to support calls for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation in order to strengthen its unity and stabilize its democracy. I believe that restructuring will eventually happen whether we like or support it or not”.

    “The question is whether it will happen around a conference table, in a direction influenced by us (Northerners) and whether we will be equal partners in the process. Or, will it happen in a more unpredictable arena and in a manner over which we have little influence?

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  • Corruption scandal, confusion rocks APC-dominated House of Representatives

    31/Jul/2016 // 468 Viewers


    Accusation and counter accusations continue to trail the alleged padding of 2016 by members of House of Representatives.  In the past few days the House of Representatives was enmeshed in crisis, with Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House Representatives and Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman, House Committee on Appropriation trading accusations  over  the inflation of the assembly’s budget. The issue has generated a lot interest in the polity with some condemning the action while others regard the accusation as a needless distraction by Hon. Jibrin.

    Former  President Olusegun Obasanjo who was alleged to have visited President Muhammadu Buhari  on the matter, stated that the information had confirmed his earlier statement that National Assembly was dominated by thieves and urged President Buhari to be vigilant and ensure that he do doesn’t just sign any document sent to him from the assembly.  He said, “The President should be very vigilant. Whatever he should not pass, he should not pass.”

    The former President also advised that it was time to elect people of integrity into the National Assembly, to avert embarrassing incidences of corruption in the process of lawmaking. It would be recalled that Obasanjo in a letter addressed to the leadership of both red and green chambers in January this year lambasted members of the National Assembly accusing them of greedy, impunity and corruption. Obasanjo lamented that members of the two chambers had failed to show understanding in the midst of the economic downturn occasioned by the drop in the price of oil at the international market.

    The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has also joined organisations and individuals calling for an independent investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) into the alleged N40 billion 2016 budget padding by the National Assembly.

    In a statement signed by Adetokunboh Mumuni, executive director, SERAP, the group urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to allow the anti-graft agencies investigate the allegations of the budget padding by the leadership of the National Assembly for the House to save its name.  Recently, SERAP has come out to condemn the  plan by members of the National Assembly to amend the constitution in order to allow some principal officers to enjoy immunity and pension.

    However, Senator Ali Ndume, senate majority leader, believes that National Assembly has power to make amendment to budget appropriation. He said, “I do not know where the issue of this budget padding we are talking about is coming from. If we are not to tinker with the budget as submitted by the President, then there would not have been the need to submit it to the National Assembly.

    “We have the constitutional duty to add, subtract and adjust. That was what was done. This is the first time we did a budget that was collectively produced in the sense that it was done in such a way that the Senate, House of Representatives and the Executive played different parts.

    Similarly, the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, has said that  the former Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin, solely worked on the 2016 budget. Rep. Chris Azubuogu, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, told newsmen in Abuja that Jibrin’s allegations against the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara were baseless.

    “As members of the Committee on Appropriation, we want to state categorically clear that the ousted chairman’s action does not in any way reflect the position of the committee. “We wish to state that we totally dissociate ourselves with all the calculated plot to pull down the integrity of the leadership and members of the 8th House of Representatives,’’ Azubuogu said.

    AccordingAzubuogu, after collating reports of the budget from various standing committees of the house, Jubrin failed to present the report to the committee for deliberation.

    From every indication it means the federal government is set to investigate the alleged budget padding. Independent gathered that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, while confirming the setting up of a probe team, said the panel would determine the criminal roles played by those involved in the budget padding and how much money was hidden away and the agencies of government involved in the budget scam.

    But Chief Goddy Uwazuruike, a lawyer and president, Aka Ikenga, has warned the federal government to be careful in the way it handles the mater so that it would not result into unwarranted meddling of executive in what is purely a legislative matter.

    Uwazuruike said the caution was not an indication to shield any member of the legislature from probe over allegation of corruption but to remind the government in following constitutional procedure in whatever step it intends to take on the matter. He said, “Constituency projects are what endear the hearts of lawmakers to the people of their constituencies and they are passionate on the issue.”

    In its reaction, Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural organisation has said that the allegation of budget padding has rubbished the claim of fighting corruption by Buhari’s government. In a communiqué at the end of the group’s meeting, Afenifere expressed disappointment in the behaviour of the lawmakers despite the existence of anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “This has reinforced our long-held view that treating the symptoms of corruption without dealing with it as a whole, we will not achieve much because if the incentive in town that people have to steal money no matter the corruption you are fighting, people will still continue to do this kind of thing; and this is what we have seen in this budget padding.

    “It is like seeing pick-pockets who are operating where armed robbers were being shot. The imperative of this for us is that Nigeria must restructure at this moment.

    “We need a new model of governance that puts governance at the question of service, development and not personal pursuit which the present structure offers.”

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  • Borno boils again as B'Haram invade 4 LGAs,technical assistance, irregular payment of salaries dampens soldiers' morale

    31/Jul/2016 // 1769 Viewers


    Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist group being steadily routed by the military in the northwest part of Nigeria, may be inching their way back into some of the places where they had been displaced.

    Local sources informed that the terrorist few days ago invaded some communities in the Borno North Senatorial District, affecting four local governments namely Mobbar, Guzamala, Abadam and Kalabage, and the military have been battling frantically to dislodge them without doing much collateral damage to the residents.

    The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman has, however, dismissed the development as non-existent.

    The report of the invasion of the four local governments was coming amid reports of inter-agency rivalry among defense agencies, absence of what sources term as ‘technical assistance’ and irregular payment of allowances to members of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF, in the North East war theatre.

    Indications that the terrorist group was becoming more daring after a long lull emerged with last week Thursday’s attack on United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) humanitarian convoy while travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, and as Federal Government has often stated in its war on terror such incidence may not be a one off sneak attack by a fleeing insurgent group.

    Rather, the ambush of the aid workers may just be a further indication of a gradual resurgence of virulent fundamentalist group. Bama, the area where the aid workers were ambushed, had been liberated by army before the 2015 election.

    The attack on UNICEF who were protected by security convoy say observers, speaks volume of a new found confidence in Boko Haram’s ranks. The last week attack of the UN workers came amid sporadic shootings in three local government areas.

    Though unconfirmed by Army Information Unit’s apparent stone walling on the matter when Independent sought its comment, it was reliably gathered that towns like Mobbar, Guzamala, Kalabage and Abadan are still under attack by Boko Haram insurgents.

    Like Bama, Abadan too, was liberated alongside more than 22 towns and local government, by the Nigerian Special Forces along with the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF that included Niger, Chad, Cameroun and Benin Republic armies.

    Experienced security observers suggest that Boko Haram’s latest effrontery may just be an attempt to staking for more territories. The terror group is believed to be engaging the army in sporadic shooting at different locations.

    The effort, says a source, is an offensive manoeuvre meant to spread the army thin.

    “It is what guerrilla groups do when they realize that they are outmanned, outgunned and do not have the arms sophistications of their opponent,” explained a retired military intelligence officer who spoke to the newspaper.

    The sources also added that the report of the attack in such a short period of time is quite surprising and distressing given that army appeared to have thoroughly degraded the capabilities of the terror group barely a year ago.

    A clear testimony to this was the official Defence Headquarters, DHQ’s release dated March 16, 2015 with reference No: DHQ/ABJ/901/32/DDI.

    In it, the army claimed: “Troops Finally Rout Terrorists from Bama and Last Stronghold in Yobe.”

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  • Ekweremadu must be removed to enable our party grow & capture S/East - APC

    31/Jul/2016 // 3572 Viewers


    PARIS, JULY 31, 2016: (DGW) THE  South East caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress has vowed to work with the party to facilitate the  removal of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu from office to enable the party gain foothold in the south east and boost the party's chances in future elections in the region.

    They are of the opinion that while Ekweremadu remains the Deputy Senate President APC will never do well in the south east and therefore join forces to facilitate his removal.
    A leading party member from the zone, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution said, “We are not ignorant, we know that the new Senator from our zone, being a green horn and the only one, cannot unseat Ekweremadu.

    “We will be willing to trade him in for a grade (A) ministry and a choice committee.

    “Ekweremadu’s continued stay as the Deputy Senate President may hamper the growth of the APC in our zone.”

    When contacted, the party’s National Vice-Chairman in charge of the South-East, Emma Eneukwu, said he was at a zonal meeting and was not in a position to take questions.

    However, a chieftain of the party and member of the South-East caucus, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said, “To be honest we candidly advise Ekweremadu to step down for our brother, Sen. Ben Uwajumogu.

    “His first excuse for usurping the APC’s slot was to represent Ndigbo. Now that Ndigbo has secured a Senate seat, good conscience and equity demands his voluntary exist.”

    Okechukwu, who is now the Director General of the Voice of  Nigeria, in response to a question on why he was pushing the ethnic card, said, “He (Ekweremadu) is the one who boasted with the ethnic card. Honour dictates his exist simple and short.”

    Also a member of the Senate APC caucus, Senator Adesoji Akanbi (Oyo-South), who is also a member of the anti-Saraki Senate Unity Forum,  said the party was weighing its options on how to handle the Ekweremadu issue.

    He told one of our correspondents, “The leadership of the APC will decide on who replaces Ekweremadu only after the party has succeeded in sacking him. But I think (the Majority Leader of the Senate) Senator Ali Ndume is qualified to replace Ekweremadu.

    “The party will come up with several options and at that point in time, the replacement will surely come from the party. Nobody will move against the party. The party will liaise with us and we will all agree.”

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  • Top Secret: Atiku, Mimiko in secret parley, plot new party, joint ticket to dislodge APC in 2019

    31/Jul/2016 // 583 Viewers


    Apparently dissatisfied with the suppressed musings in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the perennial crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), key figures in both parties are mulling what a source called ‘a strong third force’.

    If ongoing secret consultations are fruitful, the third force is a new political party ahead of the 2019 presidential election that would witness the pairing of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, as presidential candidate and running mate respectively, Sunday Telegraph gathered. Curiously, while Atiku, with eyes glued to the presidency, belongs to the APC, the Ondo State governor is of the PDP and indeed, a key figure in the resolution of the crisis in the opposition party.

    Mimiko’s tenure will lapse in February 2017. According to a highly placed source, the new party will emerge in the last quarter of 2017, even as a positive outcome (for the PDP) of the November 2016 governorship election in Ondo State is the likely template for the permutation.

    As part of the plan, a meeting between the former vice president and former presidential candidate and national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, might hold in a couple of weeks, barring the unforeseen.

    The source said the SDP is one of the options being stratified by the duo of Atiku and Mimiko, if the idea of a fresh political party appears cumbersome. Falae, an Afenifere chieftain from Ondo State and political benefactor of the governor, is expected to mobilize the pan Yoruba organisation across the South-West as a ‘counter force to the existing power equation in the region’.

    The source said, ‘’Like a nation in want of leadership, proper leadership and a new dawn will soon face the country because what Nigerians are getting is not what they bargained for. The change Atiku, Mimiko meetingmantra appears to be fading and some persons are beginning to think otherwise.

    ‘’As it was in the run up to the last presidential election, whereby hitherto antagonistic persons came together for a common cause and installed the current government, we are looking at the possibility of mobilizing all and sundry to rescue the nation from nepotisim.

    ‘’From all indications, the current leadership has failed the nation and if you read what a North West leader said in an interview today (yesterday), you need no one to tell you that we require a drastic political direction.

    ‘’In the process, anything can happen, including the registration of a new political party or reviving an existing one because in all the major parties, that is PDP and APC, there are problems.

    ‘’So we are going to reach out to our major political bloc, the Afenifere, as well as some of the Third Republic SDP governors who are now sidelined in the two parties.” Asked about the possibility of a new party flourishing in the South West, when the current vice president hails from there, the source said it was immaterial.

    ‘’That is immaterial. As far as some of us are concerned, whether he is VP or not, Osinbajo does not have the political sagacity of the Ondo State governor. I ask, can a Buhari or whoever and Osinbajo APC ticket beat an Atiku/ Mimiko ticket?

    ‘’They can longer deceive our people because the truth has come out. They shouted restructuring before election and abandoned it after their victory. Are these people trustworthy? Definitely, a counter force to the existing power equation in the region is about to be reinvigorated’’, the source said.

    ..Any role for Kuku as Ondo guber race test-runs plot ?

    Sunday Telegraph gathered that as a possible inroad and sustenability in the South West, the former vice president was partly instrumental to the choice of the immediate past Ondo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, as Governor Mimiko’s preferred candidate of the PDP for the November governorship election. Atiku and Jegede are friends, the latter having resided in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, for almost two decades and has been a personal friend and counsel to the former vice president.

    The opposition from a section of the party’s leadership notwithstanding, Jegede looks good to emerge as the PDP candidate and he’s reportedly groomed to prepare grounds for the new party if he becomes governor.

    Mimiko is said to have also successfully planted his loyalist, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, as South West chairman of the PDP even as he has opened discussions with self-exiled former presidential aide, Kingsley Kuku. Governor Mimiko, it was gathered, has sent a delegation of state government officials to Kuku in the United States of America, where he is currently based, to firm up details of the governor’s overtures.

    Details ares still sketchy as at the time of this report, but it was gathered that Kuku has reportedly insisted that he should be picked as Jegede’s governorship running mate to have his support.

    Sunday Telegraph learnt that in the ensuing permutation, Kuku, of the Ijaw extraction, has promised to leverage on his links with his kinsmen, the largest ethnic group in the South South cutting across Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa- Ibom, to mobilize for the envisioned party and make an Inroad into the troubled Niger Delta.

    Kuku had declared his intention to be governor before fleeing the country, following manhunt for him my the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial Atiku, Mimikoimpropriety as head of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme.

    Atiku has maintained, on many occasions, that he remains a committed member of the APC, but reports have been rife since the beginning of the year that the former vice president has severally complained of being sidelined in the affairs of the party.

    His subtle but controlled criticism of the present government has been noticed in the last few months just as he has secretly embarked on a nationwide consultation with his political associates with a view to redirecting his political future.

    It will be recalled that Atiku drew the ire of the Presidency and leadership of APC as, aside decrying lack of focused leadership, he openly canvassed for the restructuring of the country, an idea President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, have discredited.

    Although it could not be independently confirmed, Atiku was reportedly summoned and cautioned by the national leadership of the APC for his various utterances in the media.

    He was said to have equally protested against the return of the erstwhile chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, to the APC.

    Atiku and Ribadu, both from Adamawa State, have had several running battles.

    While Ribadu held sway at the EFCC under former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku was dislodged from the then ruling party, the PDP, in the run up to the 2007 presidential election.

    Reports have it that the former anti corruption czar, an elder brother of the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, was encouraged to join the party by the First Lady and former president, Obasanjo, who is yet to mend fences with his estranged former deputy for over 10 years now. - New Telegraph

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  • Unconditionally free KANU, International Covention, Nigerian Constitution allows for self-determination - Ohaneze insists

    31/Jul/2016 // 8859 Viewers


    Following the continued detention of the Biafra Radio director, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government, a group, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has demanded the immediate release of the activist, saying it is long overdue.

    It would be recalled that Kanu, who is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had been in detention after he was arraigned in court by the Federal Government.

    Speaking on his continued detention, President of the OYC, Mr. Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said by releasing the pro-Biafran activist,it would help in calming frayed nerves across the South-East and the South- South region.
    He said: “The continuous detention of Kanu is in no small measure contributing to the volatile security situation in Southern Nigeria.
    “On so many occasions, several agitating groups have given his detention as one of the many reasons behind their activities.”

    Isiguzoro in a statement he issued in Enugu, said: “In the light of the above, we urge the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to give peace a chance by enabling an atmosphere of dialogue.

    “Both the international conventions and the Nigerian Constitution allow for selfdetermination. However, we insist that such much be done with due regard to the laws of the land. We, therefore, urge the present government to unconditionally free Kanu from detention.

    “The government should take our assurances that we shall make efforts that no one take up arms against the government. We say this because the IPOB, to which Kanu is a member, has remained non-violent and peaceful.”
    In the same vein, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied receiving the sum of N20 million from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Abia State, Dr. Uche Ogah, over the lingering governorship seat tussle in the state.

    The President General of group, Gary Enwo-Igariwey, in an interview yesterday, described the allegation as baseless, saying anybody with prove should come forward and substantiate it.

    According to Igariwey, the shooting that occurred at the Ohanaeze secretariat which caused a scare during a meeting last week was an issue between the two warring factions of the youth wing of Ohanaeze which, he said, they were trying to resolve.

    The president general stated that trouble ensued when the National publicity secretary of the youth wind, Obinna Adibe, who belong to the Arthur Okafor-led faction, allegedly came with policemen from the Enugu State Area Command to arrest one of the youth leaders, Alex Okemiri.
    “I will sue anybody who wants to rubbish the good name of Ohanaeze to court. No crisis in Ohanaeze but only in the youth wind which we are about resolving. No any Ohanaeze took money from Uche Ogah as alleged,” he said.

    Meanwhile, members of the IPOB have commiserated with the defunct leader of Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Chief Asari Dokubo, who lost his first wife to a motor accident on her way to Ibadan.

    In a statement made available by the spokesman for the group, Mr. Emma Powerful, urged Dokubo and his family to bear the irreparable loss.

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  • NLC issues stern warning to Gov Okorocha, says he's overstepping his bounds

    31/Jul/2016 // 2328 Viewers


    Imo State Chairman of the Ni­geria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Austin Chilakpu, has declared that Governor Rochas Okorocha does not have the power to determine working days in the state contrary to what the Nigeria constitution has already prescribed.

    Okorocha had last Friday during an interactive session with Journalists disclosed that the state executive council was considering slashing the working days from the normal five days to three to avail civil servants in the state the op­portunity of engaging in other businesses to earn extra in­come to augment their salaries.

    NLC Chairman, in his reac­tion, said the slashing of the constitutionally prescribed working days was beyond the powers of any state govern­ment including that of Imo State.

    According to him, the In­ternational Labour Organiza­tion has prescribed 40 working
    Hours from Monday to Friday which is what the Nigeria con­stitution has adopted, and as such could not be altered on the whims of the Imo State Gover­nor.

    The NLC boss further point­ed out that public holidays rec­ognized by the Federal Govern­ment are listed in the calendar, noting that what the Imo State government was trying to do was to subvert the laws of the country.

    “Claims by Governor Okoro­cha that Imo State pays the high­est salaries in the entire Southeast is not correct because the workers in the state receive the same min­imum wage paid by other states and it is not a gift but as a result of negotiation. There are states that pay more than Imo State. I don’t know why the governor always tries to borrow negative examples,” Chilakpu queried.

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  • Budget Padding: Bubble finally bursts, read what DSS did to Reps Appropriation Committee Secretariat

    31/Jul/2016 // 727 Viewers


    The secretariat of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation is now a no go area.

    The office, located  in Room 16,White House at the National Assembly Complex ,was sealed off yesterday by security men as claims and counter claims  intensified  over alleged padding of the  2016 budget by principal officers of the Green Chamber of the NASS.

    Staff and members of the committee were denied access to the office by a team of four security men said to be from the Department of State Security (DSS).

    The DSS is the latest of the security agencies after the Police to wade into the controversy over padding of the 2016 budget by the House.

    Sacked chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, sparked the controversy when he alleged that he was fired by Speaker Yakubu Dogara because he refused his bidding and that of Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun; Majority Whip Alhassan Doguwa; and Minority Whip Leo Ogor  to pad the budget to the tune of N40b.
    Dogara and the rest have denied the allegation, saying it was Jibrin that padded the budget, hence his removal as committee chair.

    They wondered why he kept quiet until his sack before making his allegations.

    The sealing of the committee office yesterday came on the heels of allegation by Jibrin that Dogara stormed there and removed computers and some other materials for the purpose of stalling investigation.

    Jibrin reportedly visited the SSS Headquarters on Friday to brief the agency about the budget padding scandal rocking the House.

    He also asked EFCC and ICPC to commence investigation into the crisis with a view to prosecuting those involved.

    The new chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Mustapha Dawaki (APC, Kano), however, told reporters yesterday that there was no such thing.

    Dawaki, reading from a July 29, 2016 letter from the Clerk of the Committee, Abel Ochigbo, to the acting Clerk, House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, said: “The Secretariat is intact and has not been threatened anyway. All records are also intact and safe – both software and hardware.

    “In addition, no staff in the secretariat of the committee has been subjected to any form of threat, intimidation or harassment from any quarter whatsoever.”

    Contrary to Dawaki’s claim, however, Ochigbo and his staff were denied entry into the office by the security men.

    When the Clerk sought to know why he could not enter his office, the security men told him to seek an answer from ‘above’.

    Ochigbo then left in frustration only to return to ask on whose instructions the security men were acting.

    Dawaki, at his press conference, declined to answer any question on the allegation that nine members of the Appropriation committee were bribed by Speaker Dogara to disparage Jibrin.

    Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Mr. C.I. D Maduabum who was named by Jibrin as having shared the $20000, had earlier on Friday dismissed the allegation as a lie.

    Some vested interests are apparently cashing in on the development to divide the House.

    A member who pleaded anonymity yesterday accused Dogara of coercing some members into supporting him in the crisis.

    The source said the plan of the Speaker was to divide the House by sending hate-inducing text messages to members.

    He forwarded  to reporters a text message said to have emanated from Dogara’s camp which said: “Plot to destabilize the leadership of the House of Reps has taken a new dimension as the AGF working with Gbajabiamila, Jibrin & SGF has drafted charges to arraign & detain principal officers of the House so that the transparency group who recently met with Tinubu’s wife will effect a leadership change with Gbajabiamila as Speaker & Jibrin as Deputy.

    “This is why Jibrin did not mention Femi in his allegations. The 8th House won’t be anybody’s rubber stamp. We will resist them like the Senate resisted them.”

    The source said the message was to turn members against Jibrin and those mentioned in the text.

    He said:”This intention is to malign those accused in the text so that members would see them as enemies.

    “They want to turn us against one another , especially those seen as belonging to Transparency Group and even against the leadership of the party.

    “What have those not in the National Assembly that were mentioned got to do with this fight?

    “We are searching to reposition the country. These allegations are coming out from within us, yet they want us to believe that they are coming from outside.

    “Isn’t that absurd?

    “We will not allow it. God has revealed this and it is up to us to help ourselves by standing for the truth.”

    Also yesterday, a group National Youth Council of Nigeria petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the alleged padding of the 2014 budget with about N418m worth of contracts by Abdulmumin Jibrin.

    The petitioners said that Jibrin, while serving as House Committee Chairman on Finance, padded the budget with projects domiciled under the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and other agencies.

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