Nigerian Govt is After Ekweremadu – Ohanaeze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has accused the Nigerian Government of being unfair to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who is being jailed in the United Kingdom, UK. Ohanaeze’s spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia, accused the Federal Government of being after Ekweremadu. Ogbonnia wondered why the Federal Government would confiscate Ekwereamdu’s properties amid his travail in the UK. A UK court had sentenced Ekweremadu to nine nine years in prison for organ trafficking and harvesting plot. However, Ogbonnia accused the Federal Government of doing nothing to help Ekweremadu. A statement by Ogbonnia reads: “They did not treat him like someone who has served meritoriously in this country. “Rather, while he was facing the travails, the federal government came out with charges and allegations of corruption and seized his properties. “This is a man who has been around you, walked with you for years and when he needed your help, they were busy talking about auctioning his properties. “All those things indicated that it was not only the UK court that was after him, but the FG was also after him.”

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Nigerian Government Extends Deadline For NIN-SIM Card Linkage By Three Months

The government of Nigeria has extended the deadline for the ongoing national identification number and subscriber identity module (SIM) integration to March 31, 2022. Meanwhile, a total of 63.97 million lines were disconnected in one year amid the National Identity Number-Subscriber Identity Module data verification. This was based on data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commissions. The NCC data revealed that the total number of connected lines in the country fell by 21.79 per cent to 229,582,206 in October this year from 293,554,598 in October 2020. Within the period under review, the number of connected lines was highest in August 2021 (328,114,538) and lowest in September 2021 (229,467,077). The number of active lines fell from 207,578,237 in October 2020 to 191,618,839 in October 2021, a 7.69 per cent decrease (15,959,398). According to the commission, 37,963,367 connected lines were inactive as of October 2021, down from 85,976,361 in the same month last year. Telecommunication companies in the country have been losing subscribers since the Nigerian Government began the linking of NIN with SIM cards. “Mobile subscribers declined by 7.6 million to …

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FEC Approves 20% Salary Upgrade For Police Officers

The Nigerian Government has approved a 20 per cent increase in salaries for personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, according to a report by The PUNCH. Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, disclosed this to State House Correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). He added that the increase will take effect from January 2022. According to Dingyadi, the upward review is a product of the issues raised during the #EndSARS protests in October 2020. He said the move is meant to boost the morale of police personnel across the country. Details later… Source

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FG has turned lecturers to farmers, taxi drivers, says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Tuesday, lamented that the Federal Government has turned its members to farmers and taxi drivers. The ASUU accused the Federal Government of a deliberate attempt at impoverishing university lecturers by its blunt refusal to implement the Memorandum of Action signed with the union in 2020. The coordinator of ASUU Lagos Zone, Comrade Adelaja Odukoya stated this while addressing journalists at the end of the zonal meeting of the Union, held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Odukoya, flanked by the branch chairmen from the zone, said academic members “are being impoverished by the Federal Government.” The Union tackled members of the National Assembly for earning between N1.5million and N1.3million monthly to the detriment of professors with N416, 000 monthly take-home. The ASUU Lagos coordinator declared that there is no going back on its planned strike action unless the government meets with its demands. He lamented poor remuneration of ASUU members, saying the Federal government has turned lecturers into farmers and taxi drivers. Odukoya in a statement, titled, “Our pay …

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UK-based Intending Nigerian Couple Kick Against Omicron Travel Ban After N8million Wedding Plans In Nigeria

Emmanuel and Urenna Okonkwo, a United Kingdom-based intending couple, have lamented how the travel ban slammed on Nigeria by the British authorities over the spread of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 will disrupt their wedding plans. It was learnt that the intending couple arrived in Nigeria to tie nuptial knots on December 29 but after inviting over 600 people, they were now doubtful if the wedding would go ahead. According to them, they have already spent £15,000 (N8,700,000) but are now anxious that their family and friends in the UK might not grace the wedding, due to costs that are involved after the UK placed Nigeria on red list. MyLondon reports that with Nigeria placed on the UK’s red list, whoever leaves England to celebrate with them faces a £2,285 (N1,325,300) per person hotel quarantine bill. The couple based in Blackheath, South-East London, were hoping to be joined by friends and family, but said they have not been able to sleep due to worries. After picking December for the traditional wedding because their family would already be flying back home …

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What I told IPOB leader Kanu during meeting, by Kalu

Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has reminded the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu that his actions and utterances have consequences for his people. The former Abia State Governor said he visited Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). In a statement on his Facebook page, Kalu said he met Kanu in good health. The senator said: “This afternoon (yesterday), I visited my brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody, Abuja. I met him in good health and care and we discussed as ‘Umunne’. “In 2001 when I was governor, I made his father Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu and since then the family has been very close to me. “I understand that Nnamdi has an insane amount of people rooting for him back home and I encouraged him to consider the consequences of certain actions and utterances for the sake of the same people. “Even though my ideology and his ideology are totally different, God has made us brothers and we can’t run away …

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EFCC Moves To Seize Over N500Million Linked To Ex-Bauchi Government Secretary

According to a report by SaharaReporters, the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday reserved order on the application by the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which prayed for the final forfeiture of the sum of $899,600 (Eight Hundred Ninety-nine Thousand, Six Hundred Dollars), linked to a former Bauchi State Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ibrahim Ahmed Dandija. Justice Zainab Abubakar gave the ruling to grant the prayer of the EFCC which sought the final forfeiture of $899,600 (N514 million at the parallel market rate of N572 to $1) till January 31, 2022. Justice Folashade Giwa Ogunbanjo had on December 4, 2019, given judgment in the interim forfeiture of the sum upon an ex parte application by the commission, which asked that the money be retrieved from an apartment at Sigma Apartment, 1 Embu Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja be confiscated to the Nigerian Government, being suspected proceeds of illegal activities. In granting the application, the court directed the EFCC to publish the Order of interim forfeiture for any person interested in the funds …

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Nnamdi Kanu’s trial won’t weaken Biafra struggle, IPOB tackles Garba Shehu

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said the rendition of its Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in Nigeria will not weaken its cause, but would rather destabilise the country. This is IPOB said by ‘kidnapping’ and ‘renditioning’ Kanu, the country committed an international crime, adding, “The world doesn’t need any further proof that IPOB is a peaceful movement.” The secessionist group stated this in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, a copy of which was made available to The PUNCH, on Tuesday. The group was reacting to a statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rted), Shehu Garba, on Sunday night, that the arrest and trial of Kanu, would lead to the end of the IPOB. But the group in the statement, said, “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the ranting and laughable statement from Garba Shehu, the SSA Media to President Buhari saying that the extraordinary rendition of IPOB leader …

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Again, EFCC Grills Former Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu Over Alleged Money Laundering

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday quizzed former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, according to SaharaReporters. Ekweremadu was grilled for alleged fraud and failing to explain how he came to own 22 properties in Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, SaharaReporters has gathered. EFCC sources said Ekweremadu was interrogated for several hours in Abuja and allowed to go home later. He is expected to return to the commission for further questioning at a later date. “Ekweremadu returned to the EFCC to offer explanations on how he acquired many choice properties in Nigeria, United States of America and United Arab Emirates. “He was with us two weeks ago and also on Monday,” a source said. This comes three years after Ekweremadu fell ill during interrogation by operatives of the anti-graft commission. The politician in 2018 took ill after some hours of questioning at the EFCC office in Abuja and was released to seek medical attention. He was reported to have exhibited symptoms of high blood pressure. The Nigerian government …

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Imo Governor, Uzodinma Recruited Some Hoodlums To Attack People To Implicate Us – IPOB

Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo state has been called out by the Indigenous People of Biafra. IPOB accused Uzodinma of recruiting thugs to attack his own people. IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, alleged that the Imo governor’s plan is to implicate the pro-Biafra group. Powerful stated this while reacting to the decision of Southeast governors to end it’s sit-at-home order in the region. According to IPOB, the sit-at-home order was the only way people of the region can express their displeasure over the brutality by the Nigerian security agents. However, Powerful told Daily Post on Wednesday that the group would clampdown on Individuals enforcing the Monday sit-at-home which has been cancelled. “South-East governors cannot stop the wishes of the people because they have failed the masses and sit-at-home is the only way our people show their displeasure and that they are tired of Nigeria and its security brutality in our territory. South-East governors have no stand to stop it,” he said. “IPOB can only stop sit-at-home because they initiated it. We stopped Monday sit-at-home because we found out the implications …

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It’s insane for govs living big, riding choice cars to say there is no money for pensioners – Ubani, NBA public interest section chairman

In this interview with VICTOR AYENI, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law, Dr Monday Ubani, speaks on the failure of governors to pay gratuities and pensions regularly In Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Kano States, among others, there have been reports of state governors owing pensions. In Enugu State, for instance, many retirees said the last time they received their gratuities was in 2010. What is your assessment of the plight of pensioners across the country? It is very unfortunate that we still have the issue of pension liabilities after the enactment of the Pension Reform Act by (Olusegun) Obasanjo’s regime. You will remember that president Obasanjo enacted an Act called Pension Reform Act 2004, also called Contributory Pension Fund, meaning that every employer would contribute a certain percentage of the basic salary and allowance of their employees and it is compulsory. The money will be deposited with pension fund managers who actually ensure that pensions are taken care of. We assume now that these people we are talking about are those who …

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Fraud: EFCC Seeks Forfeiture Of ₦20 Billion Kogi State Salary Loan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has approached a court seeking the forfeiture of N20billion salary loan allegedly diverted by the Kogi state government. It was learnt that the money was diverted into an interest-yielding account. Recall that the EFCC had accused Yahaya Bello led government of diverting the N20 billion bailout secured by the state government to pay workers The money was put in Sterling Bank, with the account name: Kogi State salary bail-out account. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is now seeking a court order to ensure the money is forfeited and returned to the coffers of the Nigerian government. The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos presided over by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on Tuesday adjourned till 15 October 2021 hearing of all applications in respect of the money. At the hearing of the matter, counsel for the Kogi State government, Prof. Sam Erogbo, SAN, told Justice Aneke that his client had filed processes against the interim order granted by Justice Ringim, and that the EFCC had equally filed a reply to the same. He …

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Nnamdi Kanu: FG absent as Abia court adjourns case till Oct 7

The High Court of Abia State on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the case involving the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, till October 7, 2021. The vacation judge, Justice K. C. J. Okereke, took the decision as the Federal Government of Nigeria and five other respondents in the case have yet to file their responses to the suit brought before the court by Kanu, challenging the alleged infringement on his fundamental rights by the Nigerian government. In the suit, no HIH/FR14/2021, the respondents include the Federal Government of Nigeria (1st), Attorney General of the Federation (2nd), Chief of Army Staff (3rd), Inspector General of Police (5th), Director General, State Security Services (7th) and three others. The PUNCH had reported that Kanu, through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, on September 7, asked the court to award him N5bn as damages for the breach of his fundamental human rights which began with the 2017 extrajudicial attempt on his life in Abia, his involuntary flight to safety/exile, his abduction in Kenya, and his extradition to Nigeria. He had …

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UN protest: ‘FG planted IPOB banner among Yoruba Nation agitators’, Akintoye tackles Presidency

The Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination has faulted the Nigerian government for linking its ongoing Million-Man Freedom March at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, the United States of America with the Indigenous People of Biafra. The PUNCH had reported that Biafra and Yoruba Nation agitators started a march at the UN headquarters in New York on September 14. The march coincides with the ongoing UN Assembly, where Nigeria’s president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and other World leaders are expected to attend and give addresses. “Rattled” by the continuous protest by the agitators, the Presidency threatened to deal with Yoruba Nation agitators based on their alliance and association with IPOB, an organisation tagged designated as a “terror group”. Reacting, Akintoye in a statement by his Communications Manager, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, alleged that the “Nigerian Government planted IPOB banner in the March venue with the hope of using it to discredit the agitation for Self-Determination before World leaders”. He described the statement credited to the Nigerian Presidency as an “unintelligent attempt” to paint the peaceful demonstration black because it …

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‘You Are The Real Terrorist, You Don’t Deserve To Be Nigeria’s President’ – US Army Veteran To Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has been attacked by a United States Army veteran and human rights activist, I. J. Onuigbo. According to her, Buhari is a terrorist and doesn’t deserve to be Nigeria’s President. Her reaction follows the recent rearrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, by the Nigerian government. Onuigbo alleged that Buhari is the ‘real terrorist’ who turns a blind eye to the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen while using force on those fighting against the oppression of the Igbo people. She noted that Buhari hates Igbo people passionately and has refused to learn from leaders of advanced countries where he goes for his medical trip. She said, “So Buhari knows how to catch terrorists, I am shocked. I can’t believe that Buhari knows how to catch terrorists but it seems that it is only the Igbo terrorists that Buhari knows how to catch. “Buhari, why haven’t you caught the terrorists in your backyard? Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen rampaging and killing people incessantly in Nigeria but you left them and …

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Nigerians Will Be Angry If Nnamdi Kanu Escapes Again – Arewa Youths

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has stated that Nigerians would be angry if the Federal government allows the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to flee the country following his rearrest. AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima cautioned the Nigerian government against allowing a situation that would lead to Kanu escaping again. In a chat with DAILY POST, Shettima warned that Nigerians would be angry with the Federal Government if the IPOB leader escapes again. Asked about the possibility of Kanu escaping again, Shettima said: “Escaping? I doubt it, the Nigerian government cannot take that kind of risk because if they do that Nigerians will be angry. I’m sure they would not do that.” Kanu had in 2017 jumped bail granted him by Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court, fleeing the country. The IPOB leader was, however, rearrested a few weeks ago and repatriated back to Nigeria to continue his trial. On Tuesday last week, he was brought before Justice Nyako who remanded him in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS. …

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