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Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 20, 2019
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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki laments as he cant nominate somebody for federal appointment and make critical decisions.

Godwin Obaseki laments while speaking with members of the Benin Community resident in the Federal Capital Territory at Edo State Lodge, Abuja, on Friday.

He said:

“I have endured so much as a Governor. As a governor have not been able to even nominate somebody for a federal appointment and mean while federal appointment are made everyday. I cant be governor and not a governor, I should be able to make decisions which are in my view and in the best interest of Edo State. If your children are fighting and you cannot settle them, then what authority do you have.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 20, 2019
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A commendation service/night of tributes was held in Lagos on Friday for late Funke Olakunrin, daughter of chairman of Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Mrs Olakunrin, 58, was fatally shot by masked gunmen between Kajola and Ore along the Ondo-Ore Road on Friday last week while travelling to Lagos.

She was the second daughter of the Afenifere leader.

Present at the night of tributes were her husband, children, friends and old schoolmates.

Among the guests were Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu; former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, and former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Speaking at the event, Tinubu described the late Mrs Olakunrin as an exceptional woman whom he shared ideas with from time to time ranging from politics to family matters.

The former Lagos governor said her attackers did not kill her spirit, praying that God will be with the family she left behind.

Olakunrin will be buried in Akure, Ondo State on July 22.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 20, 2019
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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Friday described the late Mrs Olufunke Olakunrin as a woman of exceptional character. He urged Nigerians to emulate her virtues.

At the commendation service held for her at Harbour Point, Victoria Island, he said Olakunrin gave her best to humanity.

According to him, Olakunrin was closer to the ordinary people than the rich and the mighty, noting that she did her best to better lives of those who came her way.

He said the deceased was full of compassion and quick to forgive those who crossed her path.

“To know Funke is to know an exceptional human being. People will also attest to her goodness and nobleness. She cared for the poor more than she cared for the rich. She came to be an honour to her parents any family. “This bright star was taken from us in the most terrible way.

“Funke and I shared great moments and I benefitted immensely from her wisdom. This bright star was taken away from us in a very terrible manner. “I pray that the Almighty God will give the family and the father the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 18, 2019
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Gboyega Oyetola, the governor of Osun state, says he felt very ridiculed when he contested the state governorship election with a person like Senator Ademola Adeleke popularly known as the Dancing Senator, in September 2018.

Speaking while receiving the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) led by Yemi Farounbi in his office earlier today July 17th, Governor Oyetola suggested that Adeleke ought to have been screened out of the governorship race.

“The country’s electoral system is weak, especially regarding the screening of candidates which gave room for somebody like Ademola Adeleke to contest for governorship seat of the state. Sometimes when I sit down and realise that I was actually contesting with Adeleke, who is best at dancing, I felt ridiculed, very ridiculed. It would have been a tragedy for our state if the whole thing had turned the other way round.

“Anybody that is seriously concerned about the development of the state would at least be interested in whoever is going to pilot the affairs of the state.

“One wonders why the country’s electoral laws would have allowed that guy to even contest in the first instance. We don’t have control. Even in the north where we believe they’re disadvantaged in terms of education, they put in the best always. See whoever goes for any political office in the North is always the best of their stuck.” Governor Oyetola said


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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Today, the Independent National Electoral Commission described the 48-compact disc evidence tendered by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as empty and lacking in probative value.

According to reports four of the video clips played at the Presidential Election Tribunal court hall included ‘countdown of Osun Decides,’ a production of Channels Television, with Seun Okinbaloye as host. In the production dated February 8, Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom, had talked about the readiness of the electoral body to transmit the February 23 general elections electronically.

The second video was a clip of the postponement of the general elections by INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood while the third video was a clip of AFEX Nigeria training of INEC ad-hoc staff on electronic result transmission. Similarly, the briefing by the Nigerian Army authority on the status of President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged certificate saga completed the four materials shown in court.  Counsel for the petitioners, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, had led the spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Segun Showunmi, to tender the materials before the five-man panel of justices.

During his cross-examination by counsel for INEC, Yunus Usman, SAN, Showunmi agreed that the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom was not a spokesman for the Commission. Usman also made the witness to confirm that the chairman of the electoral body only expressed the hope of the Commission to transmit results of the general elections electronically, but that it was actually done.

Usman was of the view that the video clips front-loaded by the witness had nothing to do with the February 23 general elections. Showunmi attested to Usman’s question by saying that the four clips were events that preceded the election. The other clip was on the President’s certificate controversy, as the Army confirmed that Buhari had West African Examination Certificate with credits in English Language, History, Geography and a pass in English Literature.

Meanwhile, counsel for Buhari, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, had tendered a video clip dated February 6 where chairman of the Commission hinged the possible transmission of the election electronically to the signing of a new Electoral Act. Drama however ensued as the petitioners’ legal team refused to allow their system to be used to play the CD. In the circumstance, Izinyon filed an oral application for adjournment to allow his team bring their system and screen to continue with the cross examination of the witness.

Justice Mohammed Garba went ahead to adjourn the proceedings until July 16 for continuation. Earlier, the petitioners had presented three of their witnesses, totaling about 40 of them out of the 400 that were listed to testify so far. On their parts, Babagana Kukawa, Hon. Abana Pogu, Suleman Mohammed, Local Government Area Collation Agents for PDP had alleged over-voting, vote-buying, and violent disruption of the election in their various states.

When they were crossed examined, the witnesses were unable to back up their allegations with documentary evidence.  The counsel to INEC had reminded them that their signature on Forms EC8C (results transmitted to the local government areas) were approval of the exercise at polling units and ward levels across their states.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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A graduate of Insurance from the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, Olabode Oyaremi, was on Monday, July 15, 2019 convicted of criminal impersonation and sentenced to four months in prison.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, arraigned him before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division.

The 24-year-old was arrested on March 23, 2019 at Kolapo Ishola Estate, Akobo area in Ibadan by operatives of the Commission for internet-related offences. He was subsequently brought before Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Judicial Division.

He fraudulently represented himself as one Angelina Kimberly, an American nurse, via an e-mail angelinakimberly126@gmail.com to perpetrate online fraud.

His actions contravened Section 22 (2) of Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.

Based on evidence gathered against him by investigators, he entered into a plea bargain agreement with the EFCC, and pleaded “guilty” to the one-count charge.

Due to the guilty plea, counsel for the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi, prayed the court to convict him in accordance with the plea bargain agreement.

The presiding judge upheld the prayer and pronounced him guilty as charged and sentenced him to four months in prison.

The court also ordered Oyaremi to restitute the sum of $3,600 (Three Thousand, Six Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim, through the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He will equally forfeit his Apple laptop, Toshiba laptop, one Samsung Galaxy Luna Pro, one iPhone, one Nokia phone, one Apple watch, and one Smile 4G internet modem to the Federal Government of Nigeria, being items he bought with the proceeds of his fraudulent Act.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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The Presidency has appealed to Nigerians to stop politicising the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

 

Mrs Olakunri was killed last Friday July 12th along the Benin-Ore expressway, with many attributing her death to the activities of criminal herdsmen.

 

A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) today Monday July 15th, the Presidency said it has noted public concerns on the unfortunate attack leading to the death of daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

“The President has already issued a statement expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Funke Olakunri and followed up with a telephone call. The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has in addition, paid a visit to the grieving family in Akure, Ondo State.

“Her death is a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. It is incumbent on all leaders across the country to consider their language and its potential consequences. Insecurity is an issue that Nigeria must face together as one nation – united.

“Times of tragedy like these are not the time for politics. It reveals only disrespect for the departed and her family. And we hope that those who stand in positions of influence recognise and understand this.” the statement read.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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On Monday July 15th. Governor Seyi Makinde made public his asset, calling on any interested members of the public to verify the same with the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The Governor who was at the CCB said he visited to get his copy of the form duly signed as an attestation that anyone could assess the document through the freedom of information Act on details of his asset, just like he promised to do during the campaign period.

“I came here to collect the photocopy of the form that I signed in fulfillment of my campaign promise to the people that I will declare my asset publicly and release the document to the public.

“I will encourage all the members of my cabinet to do the same thing but in as much as they stay within the ambit of the law, I will encourage them to do the same.” the governor said.

Details of the assets as contained in the CCB 1 deposited with the bureau in the name Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde, which was declared at the High Court of Oyo State, on May 28th 2019, indicated that the Governor is worth about N50billion in assets.

The assets declaration form, marked OYSE/2019/001 contained details of cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), household items, share and bonds owed by the Governor, his wife, Omini Makinde as well as his companies.

According to details of the asset form made public by the Chief Press Secretary to Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Governor of Oyo State had cash at hand and in the bank worth N234, 742,296.01, as at May 28, 2019.

In dollar terms, the Governor has cash valued at $30,056.99 as at the same date.

Properties, including the developed and undeveloped as well as household items indicated on the asset forms, showed that the Governor is worth N2, 624,800,500 (two billion, six hundred and twenty-four million, eight hundred thousand, five hundred Naira) as at the date of asset declaration.

In Dollar terms, the Governor also declared properties, developed and undeveloped as well as household items valued at $4,400,000 (four million, four hundred thousand dollars only.

In South African Rands, the Governor declared buildings and household items worth four Million, four hundred and fifty-seven thousand, five hundred and fifty-four and four South African Rands.

The houses declared by the Governor include nine buildings in Nigeria, two in the United States of America and one in South Africa.

One of the properties in the United States is described as “jointly owned.” The details showed the current value of Makinde’s companies stand at N48, 150,736,889 (forty-eight billion, one hundred and fifty million, seven hundred and thirty-six thousand, eight hundred and eighty-nine Naira), with 33,730,000 units of shares as at May 28, 2019.

The Governor also has existing Bonds (Eurobond) worth $3,793, 500 as well as shares, debentures and other securities valued at N120,500,000 (One hundred and twenty million, five hundred thousand naira).

The companies listed by the Governor include Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited; Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited; Makon Oil and Gas Limited; Makon Group Limited, Makon Construction Limited and Makon Power System Limited.

The asset declaration form indicated that Governor Makinde’s four companies have additional assets denominated as loan notes including Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited (N1.7 billion); Makon Power System Limited (N148.4 million); Makon Oil and Gas Limited (N341 million); Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited (N1.159bn) totalling N3.389 billion.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Buhari on the insecurity has vindicated the party’s position.

Obasanjo, on Monday in another open letter to President Buhari, lamented about the state of the nation, while calling for urgent actions to tackle Nigeria’s challenges.

Reacting, the PDP in a statement signed by Kola Ologbodiyan National Publicity Secretary, on Monday, described Obasanjo’s open letter as patriotic and prove that President Buhari has failed as the nation’s chief security officer.

The statement read: “The party notes that President Obasanjo’s letter reechoes its numerous caution against the violations, insensitivity, impunity, vindictiveness, divisiveness, intolerance and dangerous sectionalism that characterize the Buhari administration and which are jeopardizing our national unity.

“The PDP urges President Buhari to read between the lines and listen to the voice of reason from well-meaning Nigerians at this moment. Our party is deeply worried that our nation, which grew in leaps and bounds in all sectors before the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over in 2015, is now dangerously sliding on all fronts under President Buhari, who has shown crass incompetence in managing our national affairs.

“The PDP maintains that had President Buhari heed wise counsel to rejig his parade and respect the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians in the national interest, our nation would not have been on this dangerous bend. The fact remains that President Buhari has not demonstrated the capacity to lead a nation as complex as our Nigeria. Events have shown that he cannot handle our diversities and ensure a united and equitable country that guarantees fairness, justice and space to all citizens without fear or favour.

“The PDP, therefore, counsels President Buhari to listen to the pulse of our nation; accept his failure and seek help from other well-meaning Nigerians so as to take back our nation from this imminent precipice. The party also calls on all Nigerians across the divides, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political leaning, to close ranks, eschew all primordial and parochial interests and work together for the stability of our dear nation.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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The Fulani socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has called on President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent remarks on insecurity in the country.

The group said the former President in his open letter to President Buhari released today July 15th, accused Fulani herdsmen of being the root cause of insecurity in the country.

The former President in his open letter, said it is quite unfortunate that criminality has now been attached to the Fulani tribe because President Buhari is from the Fulani extraction.

”The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship. Perception may be as potent as reality at times. Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue”.

Reacting to the content of his letter, the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh, in an interview with newsmen, said the Fulani should not be blamed for the rate of insecurity in the country.

“The fact that there is insecurity, I don’t think the Fulani are responsible for it. The narrative that we are responsible for the insecurity is even the problem we have with the Nigerian state.  When any crime happens, even before there is an investigation, people rush to the press and start accusing Fulani herdsmen. Herdsmen are supposed to be carrying herds of cows but if somebody is a criminal or an armed robber, he should be treated as such.

But if Obasanjo, in particular, having ruled this country for so many years and with his network of security contacts, both locally and internationally, has information, I think he can volunteer it” he said

He went on to call on the Federal government to immediately arrest Obasanjo who he accused of attempting to destabilise the government.

“The earlier they get him (Obasanjo) arrested and dealt with, according to the laws of the land, the better. He doesn’t mean well for the country. We just elected a new government; we have a National Assembly that was just inaugurated. Nobody needs any conference, except they are pushing for something else. The unfortunate thing is that intellectuals like Wole Soyinka are also joining the bandwagon of these discredited politicians. But our worry is that they seem to associate every crime that happens now to the Fulani, simply because the President is a Fulani man. We are just waiting and watching carefully because we are not demanding too much from the Nigerian state. All we are saying is give us space to graze our animals. That is not difficult.” Saleh said.