FIFA names their final three for The Best Men’s Player Award
Virgil Van Diyk
FIFA names their final three for The Best Men’s Player Award
Virgil Van Diyk
There was tension on Monday at the Government House in Awka, Anambra state when the people of Ezinator Community in Awka South local government area blocked the gate of over town union crisis.
They alleged that some people in their area who claimed to be close to the State Government had postponed the town union election three times, adding that the situation had become embarrassing and worrisome to them.
Though it was a peaceful protest security operatives blocked them from crossing the Government House gate.
The protesters, numbering over 100 including the women, the aged and the Youths were led by one of their High Chiefs, William Onwu.
Some of their placards read: “Governor Obiano please help us in the hands of tyrants in our Community, we are peace loving people like our Governor, we will keep supporting your administration, they have postponed our election three times without any reason ” among others .
The leader of the protesters, Chief, William Onwu, said the community would want the town union election held on October 7th, 2019 to appease them, having postponed it three times without any reason.
He said: “We have held our youths for so long and if this election fails to hold, sincerely speaking, no body should be blamed on what the outcome will be at the end.”
He further alleged that the whereabouts of the community’s N40 million choose your project from the Governor was still missing till date, adding that the community was lagging behind in so many things in the state.
However, Governor Willie Obiano, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Chieftaincy and Town Union Affairs, Lady Vera Okonkwo, assured them of amicable settlement.
She said the governor, being a peace- loving person, would not want his subjects engaged in any destructive behavior.
He commended the community on their comportment without resorting to violence.
According to Okonkwo: “We are going to make sure that the election is held in your community, this government will make that no one is favoured.
” Our Governor is one who believes in democratic process and therefore will not like to do anything that will bring rancour and violence in his state. We thank you for your peaceful conduct,” she said
The Multinational Joint Task Force in collaboration with the national Air Task Force on Sunday destroyed and neutralised equipment and terrorists of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in parts of Borno and Chad Republic.
The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, who disclosed this in a statement from its Headquarters N’Djamena – Chad on Monday said that the terrorists’ weapons, ammunition and logistics were destroyed in Tumbum Rego during the weekend.
Antigha explained that air interdictions conducted by MNJTF and national Air Task Force successfully attacked and killed several fighters and knocked out equipment on Saturday.
According to him, the attack was launched as the terrorists prepared to launch an offensive on troop’s location.
Antigha said that the battle damage assessment had indicated that the air interdiction had a devastating impact, as pockets of ISWAP build up, adding that logistics hidden under trees in Tumbum Rego were destroyed.
He added that ISWAP assets in Mallam Zuberu and Alagarno were also targeted and neutralised.
According to him, improvised explosive devices planted by ISWAP operatives in Layi Koura area of Nguigmi in Niger Republic were also discovered and defused by troops.
“It would be recalled that in the past couple of weeks, ISWAP suicide bombers struck in Kaiga – kindjiria; a rural community in the Republic of Chad as well as Gubio in Borno.
“This was in an effort by ISWAP to revamp its dream of establishing a caliphate in parts of Northern Nigeria and other areas of the Lake Chad Basin.
“This blow by the MNJTF will further plunge the leadership and followership of ISWAP into more despair,” he said.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has taken a swipe at the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, for what they called his mere rhetoric and political statements without action.
The university teachers said they doubted the ability of the Minister to transform the education sector and scored him low in his first tenure in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
ASUU spoke against the backdrop of a statement credited to the President Buhari, that he would use education to end poverty. Describing it as a political statement, the union said the president lacked the commitment to use education to solve the challenges of poverty in the country.
“The minister is not different from his employer (the president). Nigerians do not need the president to tell them what has been proven by serious countries as a way to edge out poverty.
“Beyond uttering such statement, President Buhari and his team through their education policies have shown hatred to fund and offer Nigerians qualitative education,’’ ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Deji Omole, said in a statement.
Omole noted that Adamu had made several political statements in his first term which he never acted on, recalling that the minister had promised to declare a state of emergency in the sector without action. He insisted that the country will and cannot develop beyond the quality of education offered by the government to its citizens. Omole said:“He (Adamu) is back to a familiar terrain. We are also in that same terrain.
He spent more than three years in his first term and made so many political statements which were never implemented. “One of such statements was the fact that they were going to declare state of emergency in the education sector and till he left office in his first term that was not done.
“In fact, there was no attempt towards that direction. Rather than moving towards declaring state of emergency, what we saw was further reduction in the budgetary allocation to education.
“I don’t think anyone should expect any radical change from what happened to education in his first term and from what is going to happen. “The administration has demonstrated its hatred for education by constantly reducing the budgetary allocation to education. Most of their policies are anti-university. “For example, in UI today, it is almost impossible to recruit new staff, meanwhile people are dying as a result of excess work and people are retiring and you are not employing new people.’’
The statement added:“So I don’t expect sharp departure from what it used to be. He does not need to tell us. We all know. All the developed world have been able to solve their problems through education and that is why we have always been engaging different governments that the only antidote to poverty is putting adequate attention to educating the masses.
“No nation can ever grow beyond the quality of education given to its citizens. Nobody will come from America to develop Nigeria.
“Nigeria can only be developed by Nigerians themselves and they can only develop if they have quality education to grow the economy. So it is not enough to make a political statement, you must follow it up with action.”
Immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has challenged anyone with evidence of corruption against him to go public.
Yari said this on Sunday at his home in Talata Mafara when he received leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Igbere TV reports.
He said: “I challenge anyone who says I personalised government property or funds within and outside the country while as governor to come forward and expose me.”
The former governor and two other firms linked to him are being accused by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) of receiving various funds belonging to the Zamfara State Government through their accounts with two commercial banks.
Yari, however, said: “As a governor, my business was to spend money which is what I did, but that was in line with the development of the state and for the benefit of the good people of the state.
“We as true believers know that any action that comes for or against us is from Allah and those who think they can neutralise, break or bring us down cannot succeed.
“When we first won elections in 2011, we had no government at either federal, state or local government levels and we consolidated this with our second term in office, so l know that hope cannot be lost now that we have government at the centre, at the local government and at the wards levels.”
Yari returned to the state on Saturday after performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
In a desperate move to stop killing of people by bandits, Southeast governors have banned AK-47 rifles and other lethal weapons among herdsmen in the five states just as their counterparts in the Southwest are meeting in Ibadan on Monday on a new security architecture.
The Chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State, disclosed this move at the end of their meeting attended by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, Service Chiefs in the zone, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other stakeholders. The governors also restated their commitment to the continuous joint air operation in the zone to flush out bandits from the forests.
Among others, the governors outlawed movement of herdsmen from state to state and urged security forces to implement their decisions. Umahi said: “We also agreed that we have to put measures in place to restrain movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one state to another, which is a source and point of conflict with the natives and farmers. “We also restrain the movement of cattle and herdsmen from coming to communities across farmland. We commend Enugu State governor in the establishment of Forest Guards which was a decision of Southeast Governors.
“We encourage the remaining Southeast governors to launch theirs. Southeast governors have banned herdsmen who move about with AK 47 guns and cutlasses and we want our security agencies to implement same.’’
“Southeast governors would like to write to Mr. President to request for a meeting with him and all the security chiefs on security to douse tension in the region,” Umahi said. Meanwhile, Southwest governors, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and other service chiefs will meet in Ibadan today (Monday) to find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the zone.
The meeting will discuss issues and strategies to be adopted in addressing security challenges in the geo-political zone. Royal fathers, elder statesmen, leaders of socio-cultural groups and other key stakeholders are expected at the summit.
The governors are already floating a joint security patrol and surveillance of the zone under the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission (DAWN).
A pastor with the Deeper Life Bible Church, Mr. Tunde, has reportedly committed suicide at the Mowe area of Ogun State after being defrauded of N600,000.
The incident, which occurred on Friday, threw the whole Atala community into confusion.
According to people in the community, Tunde started a Thrift Contribution business two years ago, after he was sacked from his former company.
On the fateful day of the incident, the deceased sent his wife on errand, but before she returned, Tunde had emptied a bottle of Sniper into his mouth. The wife returned to meet him writhing in pain.
The wife later told people that she returned to find Tunde writhing on the ground. She raised the alarm, alerting other members of the community.
Tunde was rushed to a private hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
New Telegraph learnt that after Tunde was confirmed dead, his wife wept uncontrollable. Some residents described the pastor as an easy going person in the community.
One of the neighbours, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was in his apartment on the fateful day, when he heard the cries of Tunde’s wife. He noted that the woman was screaming for help, causing him and other tenants to dash out.
The neighbour added: “I have not heard the woman scream in that manner before. It was unusual. It was when I and other neighbours rushed towards her that we saw the husband on the ground, writhing in pain. We rushed him to the hospital. It was when we got to the hospital that we discovered that he took Sniper.
“The doctor said there was nothing he could do at that particular time. We lost him. The deceased was working in a reputable organisation before he was sacked. In order not to remain idle, he took to thrift collection, and he was doing well. But he was defrauded of his clients’ money. I believe that he took his life because he didn’t want to be put to shame. But killing himself was not the solution. I pray his soul will rest in peace.”
Another neighbour, who gave his name simply as Bayo, said: “The death of the pastor was unfortunate. I believe if he had shared the issue with some of his co-pastors, at the church, they probably would have come to his aid. But the action he took was not the best solution to the problem. I pray that God will receive his soul and take care of the family he left behind.”
The ongoing Xenophobic attarians and other foreigners has seen properties including cars belonging to Nigerians being set on fire.
The attack on properties belonging to Nigerians occurred just after the South Africans allegedly raided the Nigerian embassy in the country. It was further learnt that some Nigerians are currently hiding in bushes due to the violence meted out by South Africans.
This is coming after a protest staged by Taxi drivers over the murder of their colleague turned violent.
The cabbie was shot dead after he alongside other Taxi drivers reportedly confronted suspected drug dealers in the community in bid to clean the city’s streets. It was also learnt that some police officers were involved in the sale of the drugs.
The incident led to a targeted attack on foreigners majorly Nigerians. Shops belonging to Nigerians were also looted after the incident
One of the 80 Nigerians on the publicized FBI list who were arrested by the United States authorities last month has been granted bail of $75,000 (₦27, 000,000).
Ifeanyi Agwuegbo was one of the main suspects among the at least 77 Nigerian indicted by the FBI on the 22nd of August.
Some among the 77 Nigerians on the list have been arrested while the FBI and EFCC in a joint operation named “Operation Wire Wire” are tracking the rest that are not yet nabbed.
Preliminary bail application of Agwuegbo which was heard by an American magistrate, Peter Bray, on the 27th of August wasn’t granted because he was not immediately able to meet the requirements for his bail to be granted.
He was directed to make a payment of $75,000 (#27. 2 million). He was to provide at least $5000 deposit out of the whole money. He was also to provide a guarantor whose signature must be taken before he could be released.
He was remanded in custody for his inability to meet all these conditions immediately.
The Niger State Police Command has paraded one Bose Isaac for selling an abducted baby boy for N300,000.
The suspected child trafficker was planning her escape at the time of her arrest following a missing person complaint made by the father of the victim, Gambo Shua’ibu of Cikin-Gari village on August 24.
Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar said the suspect was arrested by a team of policemen attached to the Kagara Division. According to him, Bose Isaac confessed to abducting the boy and taking him to a woman in Ogun State who promised to give her the sum of N300,000 in return.
The suspect who claimed that she needed the money to sort out “family problems” said the buyer is yet to fulfill her own side of the bargain.
“I abducted and sold the little boy for N300,000 to a woman in Ogun State, who was desperate to have a child of her own,” she told Punch.
Asked why she sold another person’s child, she said, “It was the work of the devil and poverty in the land that made me find myself in this hopeless situation.”
The Police spokesperson further added that police is working tirelessly to arrest the buyer of the abducted boy while concluding its investigation to arraign the suspected trafficker in court.