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Reasons why we invaded Okorocha’s house – EFCC

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives invaded the Abuja residence of Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, because he jumped bail and refused to accept court processes from the commission.

The EFCC said this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday.

The anti-graft agency said Mr Okorocha jumped an administrative bail he was granted and has also evaded his corruption trial.

“In the circumstances, the Commission is left with no option than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial,” the EFCC said.

NE recalls that operatives of the EFCC stormed the residence of Mr Okorocha in the Maitama area of Abuja to arrest him on Tuesday.

This medium was gathered from sources at the location that the operatives arrived at Mr Okorocha’s home at about 11:30 a.m.

The former governor is being investigated by the anti-graft agency for allegedly stealing state funds while in office. Now a senator, Mr Okorocha is also a presidential aspirant of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Abuja residence of a former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Abuja residence of a former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Mr Okorocha had alleged that the siege at his residence was to prevent him from attending the APC screening exercise for its presidential aspirants.

He said this while briefing journalists during the siege on his house.

He was later arrested and whisked away by EFCC.

Read the Press release below

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today May 24, 2022, arrived at the Maitama, Abuja home of a former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, to effect his arrest.

The move followed the refusal of the former governor to honour invitations after jumping the administrative bail earlier granted him by the Commission.

EFCC had on January 24, 2022, filed a 17-count criminal charge bordering on diversion of public funds and properties to the tune of N2.9billion against Okorocha.

The case was assigned to Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja but attempts to arraign Senator Okorocha were twice stalled owing to the absence of the ex-governor who evaded service of processes.

At the last adjourned date, March 28th, 2022, Justice Ekwo before adjourning until May 30th, 2022, had warned that it was “the last adjournment I shall grant in this matter”.

In the circumstances, the Commission is left with no option than to effect the arrest of Senator Okorocha and bring him to trial.

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Gunshots, tear gas as security operatives disperse crowd at Okorocha’s residence

 

Security operatives are currently shooting to disperse the crowd at the residence of Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had besieged the residence of the senator to arrest him.

 

Okorocha, former governor of Imo, had, however, declined to go with the EFCC operatives.

 

Some of his supporters had later arrived his residence and protested the presence of the security operatives.

 

But while this was on, the protesters were asked to leave but they refused, after which the security operatives fired into the air.

 

Aside from the protesters, journalists and workers at the lawmaker’s house were sent away from the premises.

 

More to follow…

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Enugu Guber: Ekweremadu denies agreement on Peter Mba

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has denied ever agreeing to drop his guber ambition and work for Mr. Peter Mba.

Ekweremadu, who is in the Enugu governorship race, is currently in Court seeking to invalidate the list being used for the ongoing primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday, a former Governor of the old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo had said he met with the lawmaker on several occasions and that he had agreed to toe the path of peace and work with Mba, who he named as the right person to succeed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

However, Ekweremadu has come out to deny ever making such concession.

In a statement signed by Hon. Charles Asogwa, the Director-General, Ikeoha Campaign Organisation, he said Nwobodo’s claims should be ignored.

The terse statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a news report where a statement was credited to His Excellency, Senator Jim Nwobodo, to the effect that Senator Ike Ekweremadu has adopted and stepped down for Barr. Peter Mbah as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2023 general election.

“This is false and should be disregarded.”

It was reported that the PDP governorship primary election would hold tomorrow, Wednesday.

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Gunshots, tear gas as security operatives disperse crowd at Okorocha’s residence

 

Security operatives are currently shooting to disperse the crowd at the residence of Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had besieged the residence of the senator to arrest him.

 

Okorocha, former governor of Imo, had, however, declined to go with the EFCC operatives.

 

Some of his supporters had later arrived his residence and protested the presence of the security operatives.

 

But while this was on, the protesters were asked to leave but they refused, after which the security operatives fired into the air.

 

Aside from the protesters, journalists and workers at the lawmaker’s house were sent away from the premises.

 

More to follow…

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Gunshots, tear gas as security operatives disperse crowd at Okorocha’s residence

 

Security operatives are currently shooting to disperse the crowd at the residence of Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had besieged the residence of the senator to arrest him.

 

Okorocha, former governor of Imo, had, however, declined to go with the EFCC operatives.

 

Some of his supporters had later arrived his residence and protested the presence of the security operatives.

 

But while this was on, the protesters were asked to leave but they refused, after which the security operatives fired into the air.

 

Aside from the protesters, journalists and workers at the lawmaker’s house were sent away from the premises.

 

More to follow…

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EFCC finally arrests Okorocha after forcefully entering his home

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Rochas Okorocha, former Imo governor.

 

He was whisked away at 6:48pm on Tuesday.

 

The senator representing Imo west had earlier declined to be taken away by the operatives, insisting that he will not submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant.

 

But security operatives had broken the entrance doors to get into the home of the former governor.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, said they were at the house in order to bring the former governor to stand trial before a federal high court in Abuja.

 

At the residence, things took a different turn after supporters of the Imo west senator thronged the premises, singing and chanting Okorocha’s praises.

 

The security operatives then fired into the air after the supporters refused to leave when they were asked to.

 

The operatives also chased everyone away, including staff of the senator and journalists.

The EFCC had, on January 31, filed a 17-count charge against the former Imo governor before a federal high court in Abuja.

 

According to the EFCC, the former Imo governor who is seeking to contest the presidency, allegedly conspired with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and five companies to steal N2.9 billion in public funds.

 

Aside from Okorocha, other defendants listed are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

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EFCC finally arrests Okorocha after forcefully entering his home

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Rochas Okorocha, former Imo governor.

 

He was whisked away at 6:48pm on Tuesday.

 

The senator representing Imo west had earlier declined to be taken away by the operatives, insisting that he will not submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant.

 

But security operatives had broken the entrance doors to get into the home of the former governor.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, said they were at the house in order to bring the former governor to stand trial before a federal high court in Abuja.

 

At the residence, things took a different turn after supporters of the Imo west senator thronged the premises, singing and chanting Okorocha’s praises.

 

The security operatives then fired into the air after the supporters refused to leave when they were asked to.

 

The operatives also chased everyone away, including staff of the senator and journalists.

The EFCC had, on January 31, filed a 17-count charge against the former Imo governor before a federal high court in Abuja.

 

According to the EFCC, the former Imo governor who is seeking to contest the presidency, allegedly conspired with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and five companies to steal N2.9 billion in public funds.

 

Aside from Okorocha, other defendants listed are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

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EFCC finally arrests Okorocha after forcefully entering his home

 

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Rochas Okorocha, former Imo governor.

 

He was whisked away at 6:48pm on Tuesday.

 

The senator representing Imo west had earlier declined to be taken away by the operatives, insisting that he will not submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant.

 

But security operatives had broken the entrance doors to get into the home of the former governor.

 

In a statement on Tuesday, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, said they were at the house in order to bring the former governor to stand trial before a federal high court in Abuja.

 

At the residence, things took a different turn after supporters of the Imo west senator thronged the premises, singing and chanting Okorocha’s praises.

 

The security operatives then fired into the air after the supporters refused to leave when they were asked to.

 

The operatives also chased everyone away, including staff of the senator and journalists.

The EFCC had, on January 31, filed a 17-count charge against the former Imo governor before a federal high court in Abuja.

 

According to the EFCC, the former Imo governor who is seeking to contest the presidency, allegedly conspired with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and five companies to steal N2.9 billion in public funds.

 

Aside from Okorocha, other defendants listed are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

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Enugu Guber: Ekweremadu denies agreement on Peter Mba

Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has denied ever agreeing to drop his guber ambition and work for Mr. Peter Mba.

Ekweremadu, who is in the Enugu governorship race, is currently in Court seeking to invalidate the list being used for the ongoing primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday, a former Governor of the old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo had said he met with the lawmaker on several occasions and that he had agreed to toe the path of peace and work with Mba, who he named as the right person to succeed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

However, Ekweremadu has come out to deny ever making such concession.

In a statement signed by Hon. Charles Asogwa, the Director-General, Ikeoha Campaign Organisation, he said Nwobodo’s claims should be ignored.

The terse statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a news report where a statement was credited to His Excellency, Senator Jim Nwobodo, to the effect that Senator Ike Ekweremadu has adopted and stepped down for Barr. Peter Mbah as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2023 general election.

“This is false and should be disregarded.”

It was reported that the PDP governorship primary election would hold tomorrow, Wednesday.

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Gunshots, tear gas as security operatives disperse crowd at Okorocha’s residence

 

Security operatives are currently shooting to disperse the crowd at the residence of Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west.

 

Earlier on Tuesday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had besieged the residence of the senator to arrest him.

 

Okorocha, former governor of Imo, had, however, declined to go with the EFCC operatives.

 

Some of his supporters had later arrived his residence and protested the presence of the security operatives.

 

But while this was on, the protesters were asked to leave but they refused, after which the security operatives fired into the air.

 

Aside from the protesters, journalists and workers at the lawmaker’s house were sent away from the premises.

 

More to follow…

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3150 people paid for my APC presidential form, one man donated yams– former minister, Nwajiuba

 

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, a presidential hopeful, says about 3,150 Nigerians contributed money to purchase his N100 million All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form.

 

The expression of interest form costs N30 million while the nomination form is N70 million.

 

Nwajiuba, a former minister of state for education, was the first presidential hopeful of the ruling party to secure his form.

 

Speaking in a chat with journalists in Abuja on Monday, Nwajiuba said he’s not sponsored by the bigwigs but by ordinary Nigerians.

 

 “I must agree with you that we have a monetised politics, but I can assure you that we have a President Muhammadu Buhari elected who didn’t have money,” NAN quoted him as saying.

 

“I am only presenting myself to serve, I am not sponsored by the oil industry, so the only people who can sponsor me are Nigerians; 3,150 people made contributions and we bought these forms.

 

“I have members of the house of representatives from 1992 who endorsed me, even before they contributed money.

 

 “Some have paid N1,000 each, one man from Nasarawa gave me 150 yams from his farm to sell, people are investing with the hope that there may be a new Nigeria.”

 

The former minister said he would abide by his party’s decision if the working committee of the APC opts for a consensus candidate.

 

He, however, said the recent meeting by the south-east presidential hopefuls didn’t result in choosing a consensus candidate.

 

He said the region is not short of capable and intelligent minds that can lead the country.

 

“The south-east does not want to arrive at a consensus. The south-east wants to work with Nigerians,” he said.

 

“We have only seven presidential aspirants from the south-east in the APC and that is very small, but I am sure out of these seven, we have those in their 70s and in their 60s.

 

“We have those in their 50s, we have every type you need. Nigeria must have the full breadth of Igbo diversity.

 

“Any type you need, Igbo people have it, so what we said yesterday was that anyone that is chosen, we are going to back him or her.”

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Why I reconciled with Matawalle -Ex-gov Yari

 

A former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, said his decision to reconcile with Governor Bello Matawalle was in the interest of the people.

 

Speaking with Journalists in his residence in Talata-Mafara on Monday, Yari said he did not reconcile with Matawalle because of any political position.

 

He said, “I didn’t reconcile with Governor Matawalle simply because I want to attain a certain political position. But having thought of the implications of our sour relationship with the people of the state, I realise that, reconciliation is the best option.

 

“It is often said that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that will suffer, as such, we have decided to close our ranks and come together to move our state forward.”

 

He, therefore, called on his supporters to embrace the reconciliation process and work together with Matawalle’s loyalists in order to move the state forward.

 

Yari stressed that he would soon organise a town hall meeting with his supporters in order to enlighten them on the importance of the reconciliation.

 

Meanwhile, thousands of APC stakeholders have been trouping to the former governor’s residence to express their support for the reconciliation process.

 

Among those who visited Yari were the state and the federal lawmakers, the Secretary to the State Government, Head of Service and Commissioners.

 

Others were the Permanent Secretaries, Directors General and Heads of parastatals.

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‘I’m under hostage’ – Okorocha cries out as EFCC invades his house

 

An All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha has allegedly been held hostage.

 

Okorocha made the remark in reaction to the presence of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in his Abuja residence.

 

On Tuesday, EFCC operatives besieged the Imo West Senator’s residence in the Maitama area of Abuja.

 

Okorocha in reaction to their presence claimed the men of the anti-graft agency invaded his residence without a warrant of arrest.

 

Speaking with Channels Television, Okorocha said: “I am under hostage I would say, the EFCC is at my house both the back and the front.

 

“I would say, I have enquired if they have an arrest warrant nothing, and I am supposed to be getting ready for screening.

 

“I don’t know what is really happening, It is unfortunate that this is happening here.”

 

Okorocha vowed to hold a press conference on the matter, adding that EFCC banned journalists from gaining access into his house.

 

“I am trying to address a press conference, Of course, the EFCC cannot stop the press from coming into my premises. They are inside my compound but the press is coming inside my house to interview me, they can’t stop them, he insisted,” he said.

When asked if he would be submitting himself to the anti-graft agency, the presidential aspirant said, “I’ll be here until I know what it is, because this is something serious, I want to see an arrest warrant or a court order”, he added.

 

Operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed Okorocha’s residence on Tuesday, barricading it, and ensuring that none of the members of Okorocha’s family would be allowed to leave the compound until they produce the former governor.

 

Ongoing Battle With EFCC

The EFCC had filed a 17-count charge to the tune of N2.9 billion against Senator Okorocha. in late January.

 

Okorocha, in the charges filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, was accused of conspiring with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and five companies to steal from the public coffers.

 

Others listed as respondents to the suit were Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

 

The charges were filed about the same time Senator Okorocha was declaring his intention to run for the office of the president in 2023.

 

The accused persons were alleged to have stolen the said amount belonging to Imo State and local government areas in the state in contravention of the Money Laundering Act 2011.

 

The charges claimed that the stolen funds were diverted between October 2014 and February 2016 from the Imo State Government House’s account and Imo State Joint Local Government Project’s account.

 

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State would ask the EFCC to stop further action against Senator Okorocha until the determination of the case before it.

 

Senator Okorocha had through his lawyer, Ola Olanipekun (SAN) approached the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Stephen Pam to seek the enforcement of some orders, earlier made in his favour in a case between him and the anti-graft agency.

 

The court also prohibited the EFCC from investigating or carrying out any other action against the former governor, while asking the anti-graft agency to release his international passport and travel documents.

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Nigeria is a complex country, but not difficult to manage – Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria shouldn’t be seen as a difficult country.

 

He said this on Monday while speaking with journalists after a meeting with three governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Samuel Ortom of Benue.

 

Obasanjo said Nigeria’s challenges require joint efforts, adding that whoever desires to rule the country has to be someone of courage.

 

“I had ceased to be a partisan politician, I don’t belong to any political party, but if politics is about the welfare of the people, I cannot cease to be a politician, because I must always seek the welfare of the people,” he said.

 

“And, of course, you all know what the situation of Nigeria is and anybody who doesn’t know that is either not a Nigerian or is not being truthful to himself or herself. As I often said, no one individual can say ‘yes I can do it’, because the situation in Nigeria today, we need all hands, all Nigerian hands on deck to restore Nigeria and that is what Governor Wike is saying to me.

 

“Courage, he doesn’t lack it, and if you have courage and you have conviction to speak your mind, well, we have a saying in this part of the world that ‘a person, who speaks the truth all the time may not even get a mat spread for him’, because you will incur the displeasure of people.

 

“Of course, we cannot get unity if there is no justice, if there is no fairness, if there is no equity. And when you have the basic ingredients that will bring unity and inclusiveness, then, all other things will take their position. You will remove conflict, you will be able to deal with this pernicious issue of insecurity and of course, the issue of economy and the wholesomeness of the society.

 

 “The issues he raised are the issues that are dear to my own heart for unity and stability of Nigeria. There is one thing that I believe in and I have always said it over and over again; Nigeria is a complex country, but Nigeria is not a difficult country. If we are sincere and fair to ourselves, it is not a difficult country to manage and I wish him well.”

 

On his part, Wike said the visit was to consult with the former president.

 

“We have come to consult our leader — to consult somebody who has presided over the affairs of this country, not just as a president, but also as a former military head of state,” he said.

 

“The kind of experience he had and the passion he has for this country, coupled with his continuous preaching on unity and peace, is something to be emulated.

 

 “This country requires somebody who has the courage; somebody who can take a firm decision and somebody who wants to unite Nigerians and that is what we think that we should do.”

 

Wike added that if elected as the president of Nigeria in 2023, he would unite Nigerians and also take the issue of security seriously.

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Hoodlums attack Osun governor’s campaign train, journalists injured

 

Suspected political thugs and hoodlums on Monday attacked the campaign train of the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

 

The thugs also attacked the bus of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) ,which was in the convoy of the governor.

The attack of the Osun NUJ correspondent chapel bus took place at Arapajo area of Gbongan and the hoodlums which attacked the governor’s campaign train also blocked all passing vehicles and

 

The hoodlums eyewitnesses explained were armed with axes, pots, stones and sticks.

 

In the ensuing mayhem, about ten other vehicles were destroyed.

 

When the NUJ correspondent chapel bus was hit, some occupants of the bus sustained varying degrees of injuries.

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Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

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Blasphemy: Drama as Abuja RCCG members stage protest with sealed lips

 

There was drama at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Central Parish) in Abuja on Sunday as members protested against the killing of Christians in Nigeria over alleged blasphemy with their lips sealed with sellotape.

 

The protest which took place after the Sunday service at the Central Parish in Wuse 2 area of Abuja was led by the Regional Pastor of the Parish who refused to give his name to journalists.

 

Another Pastor of the church said the decision not to speak on the protest was an “order from above.”

 

The protesters who declined to speak to journalists had their mouths sealed with sellotape claiming it was a silent protest against killings in the name of God.

 

A presidential aspirant for the 2023 election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member and Senior Pastor of the RCCG.

 

Some inscriptions on the placards carried by them included, ‘Stop the killing! God is watching’; ‘No killings in the name of religion’, ‘Don’t defend the indefensible’; and ‘Let’s live together in peace.’

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria had called for a nationwide protest over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

Some Muslim colleagues of Deborah alleged that she blasphemed their religion, for which she was stoned to death before setting her ablaze.

The killing elicited international outcry while the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the metropolis to restore order.

 

Violence also erupted on Friday in Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State over alleged blasphemy.

 

Trouble reportedly started in Bauchi following a social media post by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department Warji Local Government, Rhoda Jatau, which was considered blasphemous to Islam.

 

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle, however, instructed Christians in the country to be discreet in carrying out the protest in view of a threat by an unknown Islamic group to do a counter-protest.

 

He urged church leaders to do the protest by carrying placards within the premises of their local churches or CAN secretariats.

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20m farmers in Africa to benefit from AfDB initiative to avert food crises

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

About 20 million farmers on the continent are expected to benefit from an emergency food production fund project by the African Development Bank this year.

The project, which seeks to avert any looming food crises that may come as a result of the global geopolitical tensions will ensure that staple foods are cultivated annually to serve the continent.

President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina disclosed this to journalists in Accra at a breakfast meeting ahead of its annual meetings in Ghana.

“The Russian war in Ukraine has led to new challenges for Africa, especially in terms of high energy prices, high fertiliser prices, and disruption of food imports. With 30 million tonnes of food imports, especially wheat and maize that will not be coming from Russia and Ukraine. Africa faces a looming food crisis,” he said.

He cautioned that Africa does not need bowls in hand, but needs seeds in the ground.

He maintained that Africa should not be begging for food; but rather must produce its own food, adding that there is no dignity in begging for food.

“That is why the African Development Bank Group, and the African Union Commission, developed the Africa Emergency Food Production Plan. The plan will provide 20 million farmers with improved seeds and fertilisers, as well as other farm inputs, to produce 38 million metric tons of food, worth $12 billion.

This will include 11 million metric tons of wheat, 18 million metric tons of maize, 6 million metric tons of rice, and 2.5 million metric tons of soybeans” he assured.

The AfDB last week also launched a $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Plan to help Africa produce food to avert a looming food crisis.

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20m farmers in Africa to benefit from AfDB initiative to avert food crises

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

About 20 million farmers on the continent are expected to benefit from an emergency food production fund project by the African Development Bank this year.

The project, which seeks to avert any looming food crises that may come as a result of the global geopolitical tensions will ensure that staple foods are cultivated annually to serve the continent.

President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina disclosed this to journalists in Accra at a breakfast meeting ahead of its annual meetings in Ghana.

“The Russian war in Ukraine has led to new challenges for Africa, especially in terms of high energy prices, high fertiliser prices, and disruption of food imports. With 30 million tonnes of food imports, especially wheat and maize that will not be coming from Russia and Ukraine. Africa faces a looming food crisis,” he said.

He cautioned that Africa does not need bowls in hand, but needs seeds in the ground.

He maintained that Africa should not be begging for food; but rather must produce its own food, adding that there is no dignity in begging for food.

“That is why the African Development Bank Group, and the African Union Commission, developed the Africa Emergency Food Production Plan. The plan will provide 20 million farmers with improved seeds and fertilisers, as well as other farm inputs, to produce 38 million metric tons of food, worth $12 billion.

This will include 11 million metric tons of wheat, 18 million metric tons of maize, 6 million metric tons of rice, and 2.5 million metric tons of soybeans” he assured.

The AfDB last week also launched a $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Plan to help Africa produce food to avert a looming food crisis.

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Anambra community accuses monarch of murder, petitions IGP

 

The traditional ruler in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, has been accused of allegedly killing one Phillip Dilibe from Umugama Village, Ukwulu.

This is contained in a petition to the police boss by the solicitor to the deceased, Obinna Modebelu.

The petitioners called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Akali, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators, bring justice to the deceased, and prevent breakdown of peace.

According to the petition written by the law firm, Obinna Eloka Modebelu And Associates, and made available to journalists in Awka on Monday, the late Dilibe was said to be on his way home in the company with his friends when they were accosted by men on two motor bikes who forced them into the bush along Ukpo/Ukwulu road and attacked them with heavy sticks and cutlasses.

Part of the petition captioned ‘Murder, threatening violence, occasioning conspiracy and conduct likely to cause breach of peace’ read, “Late Dilibe died after he was stabbed with screwdriver on his face while the other three persons sustained serious injuries.”

The petitioners said the late Dilibe became a target after he objected to the way the traditional ruler of the town was meddling and trespassing on portions of community land.

The traditional ruler was alleged to have committed the crime on May 4, 2022.

“The deceased was dumped in the bush off the express road and the other three persons were driven off to an uncompleted building where ransom was collected before they were left to go,” the petition stated.

It added, “We are using this opportunity to plead with the IGP Usman Baba Akali to use his good offices to immediately intercede in this case so that justice will prevail for the deceased who died unjustly by bringing the murderers to book, while also ensuring that your good offices and integrity will not be rubbished in the mud by name droppers.”