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(Nigeria) Enugu Anglican archbishop holds church service amid COVID-19 lockdown.

…dares Police.

says, no police can stop him.

Anglican Archbishop Holds Church Service Amid Coronavirus, Dares Police To Stop Him

Bishop of Enugu Anglican Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, yesterday, dared the police by holding church service.

Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma said the Province will not shut any of its branches over the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said shutting the church at a time like this would mean giving the devil an opportunity to ravage the people and the country, Sun News reports.

Chukwuma faulted the order of government to close churches and places of worship. He said it is unfortunate and wrong to categorise church and worship centres with drinking parlours, night clubs, markets and companies.

The cleric said he would not shut the churches because he is not the owner, as the church belongs to Jesus Christ, adding that if people were stopped from “running to their God in worship in a time like now the whole world is in confusion, where would they run to for safety, help and deliverance?”

He also warned that attacking the church will not bring a solution but will only make matters worse. He advised that there was a need for the country to continue to seek divine solution to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishop, who was reacting to the disruption of worship in some Anglican churches in Enugu, warned security operatives to stop discouraging members of the Anglican Church from worshipping in their church buildings, insisting that he had ensured that all hygienic protocols and social distancing practices were kept for the good of the people.

Bishop Chukwuma said, according to Sun News: “I have told them (Police) not to try it again unless they want more trouble for themselves and their families. There is no way you can ask the church of God to stop when we need prayers to bring healing upon the land, especially when we are faced with a problem as serious as coronavirus that has defied every human solution.

“It is wrong on the government to send police after worshippers. I think if they are serious, what they should do is to ensure that the hygiene protocol is kept, that the social distancing order is also kept, while encouraging those at the altar to pray the country out. What can man do under this circumstance without God? What can even the President or our scientists do in this trying time without God? It is wrong for people to think that we will not find answers to what has befallen us through prayers. So, I want to warn that whoever is behind the disruption should stop in his own interest.

“The last thing I will do at this time is to close the doors of my church building. In my Cathedral, we worshipped today and we will observe all the Palm Sunday and Easter activities. I will worship on Monday, Thursday as well as the Easter Sunday. It will be sad on anybody who tried to stop us because. We’re doing what we are supposed to do.”


COVID-19: Men full Onitsha market, attack traders who increase prices of food items. (Nigeria)

A group of irate men in Onitsha, Anambra State reportedly went into town today to attack traders who increased prices of food items.

According to reports, a female trader was used as an example for other traders as a big bowl of her garri was thrown away by the said men who were not happy that she hiked the price of her goods with over a 100% increment from N500 to N1500.

A Facebook user identified as Jestymoore Nnokwa who shared the story wrote;

“Today In onitsha, igbo boys went into town to see those wicked and cruel market women selling food items at exorbitant prices, unfortunately for this Garri seller, she was selling Garri of N500 for N1500 and the boys threw everything away on the ground. They were upset with what they saw in the market today in onitsha market.


54 prisoners missing after Mass jail break in Iran.

Iranian security forces are searching for 54 escaped inmates following a prison break over which four guards were arrested, Iran’s state news agency reported on Sunday.

“Some prison guards were summoned and four of them were arrested and others released on bail,” Mojtaba Shirouzbozorgi, a judicial official in Kurdistan province, told IRNA.

According to the agency, 74 inmates escaped from Saqqez city’s prison on Friday, 20 of whom have so far either turned themselves in or been captured.

On March 19, 23 prisoners escaped from another jail in the western city of Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, hours before the start of Iran’s New Year celebrations, IRNA said.

They reportedly escaped during the night while guards were making preparations for a New Year amnesty.

The escapees had been serving a maximum of one-year sentences, the agency said, denying that dangerous criminals were at large.

There were also prison riots in Hamedan and Tabriz provinces, and Aligoudarz city in Lorestan as authorities prevented escapes.

Hamedan’s prosecutor told IRNA that the unrest there was “over the excuse of the coronavirus outbreak.”

One inmate died and another was injured at the riot in Aligoudarz prison.

Around 10,000 prisoners are expected to be released in the New Year amnesty, according to Iran’s judiciary.

The move aims to “reduce the number of prisoners in light of the sensitive situation in the country”, a judicial spokesman said, making no explicit reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran’s judiciary has also temporarily released 100,000 detainees in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease, the spokesman said on Sunday.

According to the latest official toll, the virus has killed 2,640 people in the Islamic republic, ranking it among the world’s worst-affected countries.


NGF congratulate Tinubu as he turns 68.

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has joined families, friends, well wishers and political associates of National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bola Tinubu, to congratulate him as he turns 68.

The chairman of the Forum and Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong, described the former Senator and two-term Governor of Lagos State as one of Nigeria’s finest politician.

Lalong in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham on Saturday in Jos, described Tinubu as a personality worthy of note.

He said he is a man who understood the best way to connect with the people and canvass for their interests.

“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a leader who serves with diligence, courage and compassion in such a manner that he clearly articulates and canvasses for issues that directly affect the people.

“He has remained consistent in advocating for matters that unite Nigerians and also promote the economic development of the country,” he said.

The chairman acknowledged the contributions of the celebrant as the national Leader of the APC and one of its founding fathers, saying he continued to provide exemplary leadership for the ruling party.

He noted that the politician, ensured he maintained harmony among members of the party.

Lalong urged the APC leader not to relent in upholding the path of cooperation and collaboration among different segments of the Nigerian society.

“This will enable the nation overcome the challenges of insecurity, religious intolerance, corruption and economic sabotage,” he said.

The NGF chairman prayed for more years of good health and prosperity for the APC leader.

NobleReporters gathered that Mr Bola Tinubu was born on 29th March 1952.


Kebbi college expel students over lesbianism.

The Kebbi State College of Science and Technology in Jega has expelled four female students for engaging in lesbianism.

Confirming the incident to journalists, the Provost of the institution, Alhaji Aminu Dakingari said the female students were caught red-handed by the school’s security personnel and cleaners.

It was further revealed that two of the students are from Kotangora in Niger State while two others are from Kebbi and Sokoto respectively.

However, the four students owned up to indulging in lesbianism and were eventually expelled from the institution.

“The students confessed to the committee that they committed the crime and we just have to expel them from the school”, Dakingari said.

“They resorted to threatening my life through text messages but the security agents were able to rescue me from them,” he added.


Nigerians react as Ogun govt. arrest pastor who had more than 50 members – say ‘Go and arrest Oyedepo.’

The Ogun state task force this morning shut down the Apostolic church in Sagamu, and arrested the presiding pastor for flouting the order of the state government not to have more than 50 persons in any gathering.

The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, issued the ban as part of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

A twitter user who witnessed the moment the police stormed the church and effected the arrest of the pastor and sealing of the church, shared a video online.

Meanwhile Nigerians are asking why the same taskforce did not go to Ota where billionaire clergyman, David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, held a service this morning with more than 50 persons allegedly in attendace.


ATM allegedly robbed in UniOsun {Video}

An ATM in University of Osun state (UniOsun) was allegedly burgled last night by thieves who carted away the money in it.

A video of the burgled ATM was shared on social media by a student of UniOsun who claims some thieves were responsible for the act.

No information on whether or nor the robbers have been caught as it looks like the burgled atm was noticed this morning


Primary school pupils contesting for SUG positions went viral. {Photos}

Some pupils of a primary school in Abuja have gone viral on social media with their campaign strategy for their school’s Student Union Government election.

Twitter user, Brian who shared photos of the pupils’ campaign banners revealed that one of the prospective candidates bought a water dispenser for the school, while another pupil took the campaign to a radio station.

Sharing the photos, he wrote ;

This will be the best song you’d listen to today: Kayode – Sideguy – Click Here
This is a primary school SUG election campaign in Abuja

One parent bought extra water dispenser for all the classes as part of campaign.

Another went to radio to campaign

Today is their manifesto. Na waoh


University of Lagos suspend 51st convocation. (Reason)

Four days after it announced a four-day programme to marks its 51st convocation, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has suspended the events, scheduled to start on March 9.

A circular on the institution’s website signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez, who announced the cancellation, gave no reason.

But a leaked memo to the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Ochono, noted that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the varsity’s Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, had informed the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu in a letter dated March 2, that the programme was not approved by the his board.

The letter titled: “Re: Invitation to the 2019 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Lagos” reads:

“The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O. Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the University.

“I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vice-Chancellor to suspend the convocation and ensure full compliance with due process.”

On Wednesday, The Nation reached out to UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Toyin Ogundipe, and the Deputy Registrar, Information and Protocol, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, to confirm rumours of the postponement of the convocation but got no response.

However, when this reporter called her on on Thursday, she confirmed the postponement and said the University would release its official statement Thursday night.

“I did not respond to your message because I did not want to. The convocation has been postponed. We will send an official statement tonight,” she said.

The Prof. Ogundipe-led management and the Governing Council have been at loggerheads on the running of the university.

Last year, the Education ministry and the House of Representatives had to reconcile both parties.


Comic: Husband given right to divorce wife always chasing him with knife

…wife accused him of battery

A Customary Court in Igando, Lagos granted a request by a businessman, Mr. Daniel Abiodun, to divorce his wife, Temitope, for always threatening his life with a knife.

Dissolving the union, the President of the Court, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, said that since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court was left with no option than to grant him his wish.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr. Daniel Abiodun and Mrs. Temitope Abiodun dissolved today. Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife. Each of you should go your separate ways unmolested; the court wishes both of you well in your future endeavour,” he said.

Koledoye ordered Daniel to be responsible for their children’s’ feeding, medical and school fees.

Earlier, the 56-year-old businessman had earlier approached the court to terminate the 16 years marriage, accusing his wife of threatening to kill him.

“My wife always picks a knife to stab me whenever we have any misunderstanding. Whenever I run for my dear life, she will chase me with the knife. I can no longer sleep with my two eyes closed. I am afraid she may stab me to death one day and I don’t want to die,” Daniel told the court.

According to the petitioner, Temitope always disrespects and embarrasses him in public.

“My wife fights me both at home and in the public; our neighbours have known us for our frequent fightings. On many occasions, she tore my clothes into pieces. I do not even have peace of mind; I am always afraid,” he added.

The embattled man begged the court to end the marriage because he was tired of it and no longer in love with his wife.

“Please, terminate our marriage before Temitope sends me to an early grave,” he pleaded.

Responding, Temitope denied all the allegations and accused Daniel of battery.

“My husband turned me into a punching bag. He derived pleasure from beating me at any slight provocation. I have scars on my body as a result of his assault on me,” she said.

The 42-year-old trader pleaded with the court not to grant her husband’s wish for the dissolution of their marriage because she still loved him. The mother of three said she never threatened her husband’s life.

“I was only using the knife to scare him away from beating me and not to stab him,” she told the court


Just in: North will destroy – Emir Sanusi

…87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria are in North

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has said that Nigeria’s Northern region will destroy itself if it doesn’t change.

Speaking on Monday in Kaduna during an event to commemorate the 60th birthday celebration of governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai, Sanusi said that real development will continue to elude the North except the leaders rise up and do the right thing.

He said, “The real change in the North will come from those considered mad people because you look around and say if this is the way we have been doing things, and this is where we have ended up, maybe we need to do things differently.

“If the North does not change, it will destroy itself. The country is moving on. If we don’t listen, there would be a day when there would be a constitutional amendment that addresses these issues of quota system and federal character.

“The rest of the country cannot be investing, educating its children, producing graduates and then they watch us, they can’t get jobs because they come from the wrong state, when we have not invested in the future of our own children.

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi

“You cannot be happy about 87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria being in the North. You can’t be happy with millions of Northern out-of-school children. You can’t be happy with nine states in the North contributing almost 50 per cent of the entire malnutrition burden in the country.

“You can’t be happy with the Boko Haram problem. You can’t be happy with all the issues.”


Kwara: NYSC coordinator place youth in charge to curb corruption

The NYSC Coordinator in Kwara, Mrs Esther Ikupolati, has urged Corps members and youths in general to shun any act of corruption in all their endeavours.

Ikupolati made the appeal on Friday in Ilorin while addressing corps members at an anti-corruption rally jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The rally tagged: “Nigerian Youths walk against corruption”, was attended by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and Speaker, Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Salihu Danladi,

According to her, corruption is the root of all the problems bedevilling the country, adding that until corruption is totally uprooted from the social fabric of the nation, the youth will continue to suffer the consequence.

“Corruption is the root of all the problems we can talk about in this country, people not getting jobs, all this insecurity, all have its root in corruption.

“The security challenges the country is facing today and other vices have their roots in corruption. To rid the country of corruption, we have to start from the youths,” Ikupolati said.

AbdulRazaq, who stopped to address journalists in front of the Government House, commended EFCC and the Zonal Coordinator, Mr Isyaku Sharu, for the good work they are doing in fighting corruption and recovering looted funds for the state.

AbdulRazaq said the N8 billion that EFCC recovered from looters and handed to his government was used to kick-start the 2020 budget.

He said his administration has zero-tolerance for corruption and pledged his total support for EFCC to effectively fight corruption.

The governor appealed to the corps members to live a life devoid of any social vice and particularly shun corruption.

He promised to host the corps members passing out on March 5 to a dinner at the government house to thank them for being good ambassadors.

The governor, accompanied by the NYSC Coordinator, the EFCC zonal head, and the Speaker, took part in the walk against corruption from the beginning of the EFCC office and returned to terminate at the same office.

The walk took the people through Ahmadu Bello Way, to Challenge in Murtala Mohammed Road down to A Division of the Nigeria Police.

The train turned to Ilofa Road, turning left after Civil Service Clinic down to Offa road and up to Flower Garden back to EFCC office.

Speaking after the walk, the NYSC coordinator said over 2,000 corps members participated in the walk against corruption.

She described the rally as a huge success and commended the corps members for their orderliness throughout the exercise.

Ikupolati said NYSC collaborated with the EFCC to organise the rally because of the NYSC DG’s passion for anti-corruption.

She declared that the walk against corruption would achieve the objective as many of the corps members would go back to their places of primary assignment to continue the sensitisation.

“The rally is a huge success, and for the governor to stay to the end is enough motivation for everybody particularly the corps members,” Ikupolati said.


Justice sule charges Agba Jalingo N10m bail

Justice Sule Shuaibu of the Federal High court in Calabar, Cross River State, has granted the bail application of journalist and rights activist, Agba Jalingo.

Agba who is the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arrested on August 22nd 2019, over a report alleging that Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state. He is standing trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony and attempt to topple the Cross River State government.

While ruling on his bail application, Justice Shuaibu set the bail bond at N10 million with one surety in like sum. The judge ruled that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and his address must be physically verified. Also, he must show means that he will be able to forfeit the bail bond.

”The surety is expected to deposit N700,000 cash with the registrar of the court who will then pay it into an interest yielding account with a commercial bank” while Jalingo must seek the permission of court to travel out of the country if he wants to travel.

Agba Jalingo must deposed to an oath that he will be available in court while he and his surety must present two passport photographs.”

Last week, the Cross River State government took over prosecution of the matter despite denying allegations that the Governor, Benedict Ayade, was behind Jalingo’s ordeal. The trial had drawn local and international attention with several individuals and organisations demanding his unconditional release


UN to end Libyan war

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday evening passed a resolution aimed at ending the Libyan conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report put the total casualty figure at no fewer than 2,280, comprising 2,000 fighters and 280 civilians, by mid-January.

Coming after weeks of diplomatic consultations in the 15-member council, the United Kingdom-drafted resolution sailed through with 14 votes to zero, with Russia abstaining.

Among other provisions, it mandates a multinational operation to oversee a ceasefire in Libya and demands an immediate end to the supply of arms to both parties in the conflict.

The resolution also demands a commitment to the cessation of hostilities by all parties without preconditions, in line with terms agreed by their representatives at the Berlin conference in January.

However, observers have expressed doubt it will be respected, citing the failure of earlier resolutions including a UN arms embargo being flouted even by members of the council.

The Libyan war is between the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a loyalist of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, and the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

It escalated in April following the launch of an offensive by the LNA to topple the weak government formed after the fall of Gaddafi in 2011.

The resolution came hours after LNA forces blocked UN flights from operating to and from Libya, thereby hampering humanitarian and peace efforts, and fuelling doubts about the UN’s ability to end the fighting.

However, it reaffirms strong support for the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and recognises the key role of the African Union and the League of Arab States to end the fighting.


Shocker: Hyena escaped imo zoo

The General Manager of the Imo State Geological Garden, Francis Abioye, has alerted the public in the state of a dangerous hyena on the prowl which escaped from the zoo in the early hours of Monday.

According to Abioye, the big hyena escaped after digging a hole from the cage it was kept.

Three other smaller ones also escaped with the big hyena from the dug hole but they have been captured and locked in a safer cage, according to the General Manager.

Abioye has expressed his fears that the hyena may have found its way outside the premises of the zoo as a result of a broken fence pulled down by some indigenes of Nekede, where the zoo is located.

It would be recalled that the zoo manager had earlier raised the alarm on activities of some members of the host community of the zoo who pulled down part of the fence of the zoo over alleged encroachment.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relation Officer, Orlando Ikokwu said he is yet to be briefed on the incident. But, however, promised to act accordingly if confirmed.

#Newsworthy. ..

Gov. Okowa praised Gov. Fayemi as he turns 55

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Sunday congratulated his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Olukayode Fayemi, who clocked 55 years on Feb. 9.

Okowa’s felicitation was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika and made available to newsmen in Asaba.

He extolled Fayemi for his tremendous contributions and outstanding accomplishments in the service of his state and country.

Okowa noted that Fayemi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain was an accomplished politician.

”He was first elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2010 and lost re-election bid in 2014 and became the Minister of Solid Minerals Development from 2015 to 2018 until he was re-elected as Governor of Ekiti State.

“In May, 2019, he was elected Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum,” he said.

Okowa said that as a former minister, Fayemi contributed significantly to the growth of revenue from exports in the Mining sector from 2016 to 2017, contributing seven per cent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to him, the sterling contributions of Fayemi to the promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Nigeria are legendary and worthy of commendation.

“Your impressive political and developmental achievements in office have placed your name on the sands of time as a leader worthy of commendation.

“The people of Ekiti State can attest to your doggedness, commitment and steadfastness in state craftsmanship as exemplified in the modest achievements through the implementation of your well-articulated social-welfarist blueprint known as the Eight-Point Agenda.

“In the contemporary politics of Nigeria, Kayode Fayemi has become a household name as an emerging nationalist and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I congratulate a gentleman of honour and an outstanding personality.

“A leading light of this generation, a consummate politician of our time and a courageous democrat on his 55th birth anniversary,” he said.

Okowa thanked the Almighty God for his life which had been marked by outstanding accomplishments and enduring fulfilments.


IPOB, Kanu promise to hunt down CP Okon’s children

Fugitive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from his safe haven in London has threatened to deal with the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon should there be any killing on 14 February when his parents would be buried in Afaraukwu.

In a message on Facebook, Kanu downgraded the commissioner and called him ‘Inspector Okon”.

He wrote: “If Inspector Okon and his commanders come to my father’s house to kill anyone on 14th February 2020 at my parents’ burial, we will hunt down their children,” posting Okon’s photograph along.

Kanu’s threat was the latest in the battle of wits between the security agents and Kanu’s followers in IPOB as the burial date of the parents gets nearer.

Okon in an interview on 7 February warned IPOB members to steer clear of the burial.

“Do you think we will sit down here and allow IPOB to participate in the burial? Whoever thinks along that line is fooling himself. IPOB will dance during the burial and the police elephants will dance too.

“I have already reached out to the traditional prime minister of Afaraukwu (Nnamdi Kanu’s community) and told him that if they want the burial to go smoothly and for police to give them security, they should tell IPOB not to near the area not to talk of participating in the burial. If they fail to adhere to what we’ve told them, that means they do not want the burial to go on smoothly because we are going to scatter the place.

“IPOB is proscribed by the Federal Government. I, as the Commissioner of Police in Abia cannot sit here and allow any proscribed group to operate anywhere in this state. I am saying this again for emphasis that there is no way police will allow a proscribed group to participate in the burial of the King and Queen of Afaraukwu simply because they are the parents of their acclaimed leader, we will not allow that and we cannot take anything for granted in the face of abundant intelligence on threat by IPOB.

“If the burial committee writes to police to provide security during the burial, we will oblige them on the condition that they will guarantee us that IPOB will never, ever be part of the burial, IPOB will never get near there, in fact that IPOB will never, ever enter Umuahia. That police will not see any Biafra flag, IPOB insignia or IPOB member disguising as Jewish or Zionist Church members”.

Following the interview, Ohanaeze Youth Council(OYC) issued its own warning asking the police to keep off the burial.

President of OYC, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka warned that any move by the police to disrupt the event in Afaraukwu, Abia state would be resisted by his group.

“We in OYC see this tough talk and boastful outburst from the police boss in Abia as reopening the wounds of the Nigeria-Biafra war, which was declared “no victor, no vanquished” by the then Nigerian military government.

“Okon’s deadly outburst at this point, if not dragging Nigeria back to the repeat of the 1966 crisis, is capable of causing chaos and anarchy in the country. As worrisome and shameful as this could be at this hour, we are compelled to advise Mr Okon that no reasonable security agency launches or deploys a crime fighting system where there is no crime.

“Any move to disrupt the burial or launch ‘Operation Elephant Dance’ by the Nigeria Police Force would be solely viewed as an act of conventional war against Ndigbo, and we must resist it with anything within our reach.”

Kanu’s kinsmen, expecting some trouble, have asked IPOB members to keep away from the burial.

The Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North council area of Abia State last week Wednesday declared members of the Indigenous People of Biafra personae non gratae at the burial of the parents of Nnamdi Kanu, their founder.

Kanu’s younger brother also echoed the warning.

The burial of His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Meme Sally Kanu is slated for 14 February in their country home, Isiama Afaraukwu community in Umuahia local government area of Abia state.

President General , Afaraukwu community, Chief Ikechukwu Ndubueze, who briefed the media on the preparations for the burial, said the community wants a peaceful burial for their late monarch and his wife.

“What we are doing is a traditional burial. The entire Afaraukwu community wants a peaceful burial. We have been meeting with the security agencies in the state. What we are doing is not an IPOB affair, we are only burying our late monarch and his wife. They should allow us bury our dead. Afaraukwu is a peaceful community”, he said.


Gov. Fayemi Clocks 55; Nigerians Felicitate

The Governor of Ekiti State of Nigeria, John OluKayode Fayemi clocked the age of 55 today, February 9th.

Fayemi, a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State previously held the office of the Governor of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014. He resigned as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development on 30 May 2018 to contest for the Ekiti State governorship election for the second time, an election perceived to be a battle between himself and his political rival, Ayo Fayose.

The people of Nigeria, home and abroad, political appointees, friends, and family have rejoiced with the Governor to celebrate his birthday.

Here are some felicitations below;


NSCDC speaks on salary deduction [Details]

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has denied allegations that it tampered with the January salaries of its personnel.

The denial is contained in a statement released by the outfit’s spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, on Sunday in Abuja.

Some personnel of the paramilitary body had accused the NSCDC of pilfering with their salaries following observed shortfalls in the January salaries.

But Okeh, in the statement, stated that the deductions were made by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, through the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).

He explained that the affected employees were overpaid in December 2019 due to a “system error” hence the deductions to recover the over-payment.

He said: “The attention of the corps management has been drawn to diverse allegations of fraud and misappropriation of funds by a number of aggrieved personnel who felt shortchanged due to some deductions in their salary.

“This is coming barely one week after the payment of January salary by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, through IPPIS.

“The corps wishes to set the records straight that the business of salary payment is that of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and not the management of the NSCDC.

“It is unfair to accuse the corps leadership of tampering with salary of personnel at a time management is making concerted effort to ensure better welfare packages for the personnel. That has consistently been his priority.

“The deductions were carried out exclusively by IPPIS to recover all funds overpaid by them to some staff in December due to system error.

“Now, IPPIS has deducted the over-payment in full and returned the same to government coffers in January,” he said.

The spokesman cautioned NSCDC personnel against rumor-mongering, urging them to always verify information from the right sources.

“The allegation of fraud and embezzlement of personnel salary is totally unfair, baseless and unfounded and therefore, should be disregarded.

“The deduction is not peculiar to the NSCDC and other paramilitary services. It also affected some core civil servants.

“IPPIS office is open for anyone who may require further clarification,” he said.


Operation Amotekun: Don’t delay bill – S/West urge govs

The Houses of Assembly of states in the South-West, comprising Oyo, Osun, Lagos, Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states, have said they will give accelerated hearing to the bill on the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as Operation Amotekun, as soon as it is presented to them by the Executive.

They therefore urged the governors not to delay in sending the bill to them for consideration and passage into law.

The governors of the six states in the South-West had, in a response to the spate of killings and kidnapping in the region, launched Operation Amotekun on January 9, 2020 in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to provide security for their people.

They had at a summit convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria in June 2019 agreed to set up the initiative, before it was eventually launched in January 2020.

Meanwhile, few days after the launch, which received commendations from many eminent persons in the region and beyond, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, described the initiative as illegal, adding that his office was not consulted before the governors went ahead to launch the initiative.

He had said, “The setting up of the paramilitary organisation called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law. The law will take its natural course in relation to excesses associated with organisation, administration and participation in “Amotekun” or continuous association with it as an association.

“It is important to put on record that the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice was not consulted on the matter. If it had, proper information and guidance would have been offered to ensure that Nigeria’s defence and corporate entity are preserved at all times.”

The AGF’s position had been greeted with severe criticisms, with many eminent lawyers faulting the AGF for describing it as illegal. They, however, advised the governors to send a bill on the initiative to their respective state’s Houses of Assembly to give it legal backing.

The governors had also threatened to approach the court if the Federal Government continued to oppose the initiative. But following a meeting the governors had with the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; the AGF and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, they resolved to come up with a framework that would provide backing to the regional security outfit.

Sequel to this, Attorneys General and Commissioners for Justice of the six states on Friday confirmed they had concluded work on the draft bill for the smooth running of the regional security network.

Each of the Attorneys General is expected to present the draft bill to their respective state executive councils for approval, after which the documents would be sent to each of the six Houses of Assembly in the region for it to be passed and subsequently signed into law by each of the governors.

Speaking to one of our correspondents on Saturday, the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, said the Assembly would not mind cutting short their recess to attend to Amotekun bill to ensure its speedy passage.

Owoeye, who spoke through his Press Secretary, Kunle Alabi said that the bill would receive speedy attention once they receive it from the executive.

He said, “The Speaker has promised that the bill will be given speedy attention whenever it is ready for the lawmakers. Like other important matters of state, the lawmakers will be ready to attend to it.

“Recall that during the crises in some local government areas early in the year, the lawmakers cut short their recess to attend to the matter. The Amotekun bill will enjoy the same attention once it comes. The lawmakers will not mind cutting short their recess.”

Also, the Oyo State House of Assembly said the bill could be passed into law within two or three weeks if it’s presented to the House on Tuesday.

The Assembly’s Chairman of Media and Information Committee, Kazeem Olayanju, said, “When the bill on Amotekun will be passed into law in Oyo State depends on how soon the executive arm of government brings the bill to the House of Assembly. The House normally sits on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“If they bring it on time, it will be passed on time. Normally, a bill passes through four stages. The bill is expected to pass through the first three stages in the Assembly before being sent to the governor for his assent, and that is the fourth and final stage. If they bring it on Tuesday, for instance, it may scale through first reading on Thursday. It may be in the Assembly for two weeks before being sent to the governor.”

Olayanju added, “This will give the state the opportunity to enjoy the full value of the security outfit.”

On his part, the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye, also said the bill would not be delayed by any of the legislative bodies in the region.

Afuye said, “When we receive it, definitely it’s going to be given expeditious treatment. This is a coordinated western states’ matter, we, the speakers are meeting and we are sensitising everybody, every legislator in the South-West to the need to make it a priority.

“If it gets to us, I can assure you that it will be treated.”

He explained that even through the bill would still pass through the normal legislative process, it will be given accelerated hearing.

He added, “We have to study it and it has to pass through first and second readings, then the passage of the bill. It has to go through the legislative process. I can assure you that it is not going to be delayed.”

Similarly, the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, said the Assembly would also give speedy hearing to the bill once it is transmitted to them.

Oluomo said the speedy hearing would be aided by the fact that there had been a law related to the bill.

He added, “The state Assembly needs to amend a law that created ‘So safe Corps’ as a state security outfit for Amotekun.”

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, could not give timeline for the passage of the bill.

Obasa, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, said the bill would go through the public for their input before it could be passed into law.

He added, “So far, we have not seen anything. We are waiting for when the bill will be brought to the parliament so that we know what to do.”

Osun gov meets lawmakers, promises early presentation of bill

In a related development, the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has met with the members of the State House of Assembly where he promised to present a bill on Amotekun ‘‘soon.’’

At the meeting, which was held on January 29, Oyetola was said to have sought the cooperation of the lawmakers, vowing that the commissioner in charge of the ministry of justice was working with his colleagues in other five states in the region to draft the bill.

A member of the State House of Assembly, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said the states were working with Development Agenda for Western Nigeria to draft the bill.

He said, “The bill is going to be uniform. Our governor met with us (the lawmakers) on January 29. Though we have had series of meetings on it at committee levels and groups, the governor had told us that the bill was being drafted.

‘‘The bill is being worked on by the Attorneys General and DAWN commission. Thank God the Federal Government is no longer against it. We will soon get it and I can assure you that we will get it passed as soon as it is ready.”

Asked how the operation would be funded, the source added that the governors would likely submit supplementary budget on it.


Insecurities: CAN President warn Nigerians, say ‘Enough is Enough’

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has warned that insecurity has pushed Nigeria to the tipping point even as he said CAN would no longer take further attacks on its members. Ayokunle who spoke exclusively with Saturday Sun in Abuja, declared that despite all the suggestions that CAN had given to the government, it appeared that the government was not taking any of them.

He concluded that having been given everything to curtail the insecurity in the country, excuses were no longer permissible within the prevailing circumstances, saying that enough is enough.

Asked what he will tell President Buhari and security chiefs over the development, Ayokunle said: “I will tell them that they should sit up and drive away all the insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, Boko Haram and all those that are troubling the nation. They have been given everything to do it. They have the military, all our common wealth, our resources; they are with them, to use to give us peace in this nation. No excuse any longer for failure.”

Amongst other issues, Ayokunle opened up on the 2023 presidency, disclosing the candidate that CAN will throw its weight behind. He spoke with AIDOGHIE PAULINUS.

In what ways can CAN team up with the Federal Government to fight the spate of insecurity across the county?

Well, we do not have the military with which CAN can team up. But CAN, number one, can be praying for the nation for God to guide the military chiefs and the commander-in-chief himself to take right decisions on how to overcome the insurgency.

Number two, CAN can give advice due to what we hear from people and the people affected by the insurgency, what they say. But the government must be ready to listen. We can work together if the government does not see objective criticism as antagonistic or opposition.

In your previous meetings with the president, is it that you have not been suggesting ways to tackle insecurity to him?

We have been, but you know those in power know what they will take from what you say. We have told them, number one, to investigate the sources of the ammunitions of the insurgents. I don’t think any step has been taken over the years since we have been emphasising this.

Number two, we have advised the government to investigate and find out the people who are financing this terrorism, especially within our nation. Number three, we have told the government to rejig the security chiefs. If illegal immigrants are entering the country with ammunitions, what is Immigration doing? What was the Customs doing that allow these people to come in and with ammunitions that they are not permitted to bring into the country? Don’t we have law enforcement agents that would have prevented this from happening right from the beginning? We have given lots of pieces of advice, but it depends on what you want to take.

Why do you think the President is not taking to the advice and put them into action?

I don’t know. I think that question should be better put to him.

Considering what has been happening recently, people have been saying that there may be a religious war. Is CAN praying against this?

Religious war? You better pray that you don’t have religious war in the nation because the religious war will not spare anyone. So, it is not about CAN being afraid. It is about everybody working against anything that comes near a religious war. It spares no one. Go and tell them in Northern Ireland. Go and ask them in Sri Lanka and other places where religious war happened. It is a total devastation because you see brothers killing brothers, parents killing children; religious war is very brutal.

So, where do you think the insecurity and what is happening in the polity is leading the nation to?

If care is not taken, if the government does not address it squarely, if they will be telling us that they are no longer bombing, they are beheading, then it is going to lead to total annihilation of the entire country if care is not taken.

The recent spat between the government and CAN after–

There was no spat. We only told them to do what they were supposed to do. If they call it spat, it means that they were not ready to listen to Godly admonition. There is nothing like spat.

Is CAN considering supporting a Christian for the presidency in 2023?

We are going to support a righteous person, somebody with the fear of God.

If that is so, is CAN looking towards the Vice President whom CAN obviously have a soft spot for?

CAN is not God. CAN is praying for the right man to emerge, the right man at the center of God’s heart.

So, it is not Osinbajo?

The right man; it can be Osinbajo, it can be any other person.

And if it is Osinbajo, don’t you think that will pitch him against his godfather, Tinubu, who is also interested in the race?

I am not God, I have told you. I don’t know who that will be, alright? I don’t know about godfather, I only know about Heavenly Father. I know about Heavenly Father, not godfather.

What is CAN’s view about the North agitating for the presidency in 2023?

That is left to Nigerians to decide.

As the father of all Christians in the country, at this all-important moment, what advice do you have for Christians who are troubled day and night, from north to south and across the country?

The Bible says “A time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a service for God.” Jesus told his followers in John Chapter 16. He said they should not be moved. In the world, you will face persecution and tribulation, but He says in me, you will have peace. Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world for you – John 16:33. So, I will tell them to be of good cheer. Even if they suffer, they suffer for Christ and great is their reward in heaven. However, they should be steadfast. They should be unmovable. They should continue to abound in the work of the Lord.

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle

If you see the president and the security chiefs today, what will you tell them?

I will tell them that they should sit up and drive away all the insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, Boko Haram and all those that are troubling the nation. They have been given everything to do it. They have the military, all our commonwealth, our resources; they are with them, to use to give us peace in this nation. No excuse any longer for failure.