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‘It’s a horror story’ — ACF condemns death of 5-year-old pupil ‘killed by proprietor’ in Kano


The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned the death of Hanifa Abubakar, a five-year-old pupil who was allegedly killed by a school proprietor in Kano.


The pupil was kidnapped in December and her abductors had demanded N6 million ransom.


On Thursday, the police in Kano arrested Abdulmalik Tanko, Abubakar’s proprietor, who allegedly abducted and killed her.


In a statement on Saturday by Emmanuel Yawe, the forum’s spokesperson, ACF called on governments at all levels to take urgent steps to curb the menace of anti-social behaviour and criminal acts in schools across the country.

“The Arewa Consultative Forum wishes to express its shock and revulsion over the anti social and criminal acts going on in Nigerian schools,” Yawe said.


“These border on bullying, murder, kidnappings, homosexuality, cultism etc.

The latest of these cases of horror is the alleged kidnap and murder of five-year-old pupil, Hanifa Abubakar by her teacher Abdulmalik Muhammed at a private school in Kwanar Dakatar in Kano state.


“This is a horror story comparable to what happened in December last year when Sylvester Oromoni a 12-year-old student of Dowen College was bullied and then tortured to death by his fellow students because he refused to join them in their cult activities.

“The Arewa Consultative Forum would like to call the attention of the authorities to this new epidemic of drugs, brutality, cults and death which is taking over all schools across the country and endangering the lives of our daughters and sons and the future of our country.


“These horrors are not limited to private schools. But we are particularly concerned about what goes on in private schools because they take their students as commodities which should be traded for money.


“This is a horrible trend that will not only destroy the future of these innocent children but that of our Nigeria. We call on our governments to step in forcefully and nip this trend in the bud.”


The ACF also warned the government to save the children who have been trapped in the web of inhumanity.


Real reason Sunday Igboho should not be released – Seriki Fulani

The Seriki Fulani of Ibarapaland, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, has opposed the release of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho.

Abdulkadir, who was evicted from his Igangan residence, said he opposes Igboho’s release due to his daring nature.

The Seriki Fulani had relocated to Ilorin, Kwara State after Igboho issued an eviction notice to Fulanis in Igangan.

Abdulkadir lamented that Igboho carried out his eviction notice without relevant authorities challenging him.

He noted that there are criminals among Yorubas just like Fulanis; hence the government should fish out such elements.

“For those seven days, the state government sent 14 police officers to us and they were guiding us but the police officers were overpowered by Sunday Igboho’s men. This is why I don’t support the call for the release of Igboho.

“I am sure he must be regretting his actions now. Any Nigerian can live in any part of the country and I have always said that there are criminals everywhere. There are criminals among Yoruba just like we have among the Fulani people. This is where we expected the government to come in and fish out those who are criminally minded,” he told Daily Trust.

Igboho has been detained in Benin Republic after he was arrested at Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou.

The freedom fighter was arrested while on his way to Germany in July 2021.

He had fled Nigeria to Cotonou after the Department of State Services, DSS, declared him wanted.

The Nigerian secret police had declared him wanted after weapons were discovered in his Ibadan residence during a raid.


Nnamdi Kanu denies drawing Biafra map, blames IPOB’s detractors


The National leader of the outlawed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Friday berated detractors accusing him of drawing a map of Biafran land.


The leader of the group, Kanu cautioned detractors to desist from misinforming and deceiving the general public.


He gave the warning in a statement signed by Emma Powerful and made available to journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.


The statement reads in parts: “Our attention has been drawn to the blackmail being sponsored by our detractors that IPOB has drawn the Biafra map. We, therefore, want to debunk such fallacious narrative. We did not draw any Biafra map.


“We understand that some people in the coastal region of Biafra are misinformed and deceived with false information that IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and Igbo have drawn the map of Biafra. It is false and intended to set us against ourselves. The issue of the Biafra map should not generate any heat because we know ourselves.


“Igbo people never conquered any tribe in the old Eastern region because our fathers saw themselves as one family, and today IPOB and Nnamdi KANU have towed the peaceful steps and accommodating spirits of our fathers. Being part of BIAFRA will never be by coercion but a voluntary matter through referendum.


“Any tribe or ethnicity who doesn’t want to be part of Biafra will never be forced to do so. Such tribes are free to go on their own but you must conduct a referendum for your people to decide their fate on the agitation for Biafra.


“We can attest that Igbo people never fought against any tribe in olden days because Igbo believe in (Onyeaghala Nwanne ya and Ibiri Kamu biri) (live and let live). Again Ijaw tribe and other tribes in the old Eastern region including Mid Western region are Igbo brothers and sisters today, tomorrow and forever.


“Igbo are not going to force anybody or tribe to join the fight for Biafra freedom. Let every tribe try what they can to wake up for their freedom because freedom is good and remains the best for all of us.


“No tribe in the old Eastern region and Western region should allow themselves to be deceived because Nnamdi KANU and IPOB did not draw any map for Biafra. Instead, we are staking our precious lives for all and it is the sacrifice we ought to pay for the realization of our freedom and independence.


“We are staking all we have for this freedom project, without Igbo tribe being in the forefront of this struggle the struggle would have been a thing of the past and we must continue until freedom is totally achieved” the group stated.


Benue Youths hail Gov Ortom over recent update on security, anti-grazing law

The Benue Youth Forum, BYF has lauded Governor Samuel Ortom over his recent comments on amended Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.

It was gathered that the governor, during an interview with Arise TV on Friday, said the law which was recently amended with stiffer penalties has recorded successes in the battle against insecurity in the state.

According to the new law, owners of animals impounded within the state will pay the fines of N50,000, N10,000, N5,000 and N1,000, respectively, per cow, sheep, goat and bird or poultry for violating the law as amended.

Reacting to Ortom’s interview, the Benue Youths, in a statement issued and made available to newsmen on Saturday by its president, Terrence Kuanum, said the governor was right in all his exposition during the interview.

The statement reads, “The Governor was right when he said the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue State has been successfully enforced with great achievements recorded. It is true as the Governor stated that the spate of armed Fulani herdsmen attacks has reduced with only a few cases of violations of the law still being witnessed in the border communities.

“It is absolutely correct that President Muhammadu Buhari is not ready to solve security issues in the country, otherwise why would he be insisting on reopening cattle routes when the three regions in the country have banned open grazing? It is a clandestine support from him to the altracious killings by the armed Fulani herdsmen”.

According to the group, Ortom spoke the minds of the majority of Nigerians particularly the Benue people when he said that the day President Buhari decides to end the attacks on innocent people by suspected herdsmen, the menace would become a thing of the past.

The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to come down from his high ego horse and listen to critical stakeholders like Governor Ortom who have been offering viable solutions for fixing security, economy and other critical issues to move the country forward.

“Lastly, we urge the Buhari administration and its agents to focus on their mandate of providing leadership to alleviate the suffering of the people and desist from vilifying and castigating true nationalists and patriots like Governor Samuel Ortom.

“The President’s poor handling of the economy has made Nigerians poor and hungry, with a high rate of unemployment and a staggering debt profile. Nothing is working and we citizens of this country cannot wait for the expiration of an insensitive administration of the Buhari led Federal Government before we raise our voices”.


Rumoured bomb blast at Al-Qalam University in Katsina fake

The management of Al-Qalam University, Katsina has dispelled trending reports on social media that the Institution’s campus was bombed on Friday.

The disclaimer was made in a press statement issued by the Head of Public Affairs of the university, Atiku A. Atiku.

Atiku described the purported bomb blast trending on social media as “unfortunate, unfounded, fake and misleading.”

He called on “the general public to disregard the fake information, assuring that the University is completely safe.”

On what actually transpired, Atiku said, “the tyre of a moving truck along Dutsinma Road busted around 8.30pm but mischief makers capitalized on the incident to say that there was a bomb blast inside the University.”

Atiku, however, noted that efforts are ongoing to fish out the source of the purported rumour which threw the campus and its environment into confusion.


2023: Zone presidential ticket to South, coalition urges parties


A group, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups, has urged political parties to zone their presidential ticket to the South in the spirit of fairness and equity.

The coalition said it had been mobilising young Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voter Cards ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the coalition President, Bassey Williams, said the North has had its fair share of the nation’s leadership and should therefore yield the presidency to the South.

He said, “We have watched with keen interest various agitations across the zones of our federating units and we come up with the agenda of championing and clamouring for power shift to the South come 2023.

“There is no doubt that the North has had its fair share of the country’s leadership and now, it is time to zone the Presidency to the southern part of Nigeria, which in our opinion, deserves it.”

According to Williams, the political parties cannot exist without the nation and national interest should override the personal interest of those clamouring for the North to retain power in 2023.

 “Let it be known that there won’t be either the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party if there is no country called Nigeria. The national interest must override the personal interest of those pushing the parties to jettison the conventional rotation agenda on the Presidency,” he submitted.

The group noted that the nation was already overwhelmed by insecurity and other social and economic challenges, warning politicians not to compound her woes.

Meanwhile, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum comprising Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Pan Niger Delta Forum, described the groups and individuals opposed to the zoning of the presidency to the South in 2023 as enemies of Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chief Chairman SMBLF, Dr E. K. Clark; Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, and President, Middle Belt Forum, Dr Pogu Bitrus, on Tuesday.

SMBLF said the persons involved in the call against power rotation were only fanning the embers of dissent and disunity, adding that such could worsen the crisis in the country.

The group stated that the suggestion that the 2023 presidential contest should be left open to every region of the country was borne out of infantile political irrationality, noting that no region lacked credible and competent persons.


Muslim commissioner sponsors building of CAN secretariat in Osun


Bola Oyebamiji, commissioner for finance in Osun and the Balogun Musulumi of Ikireland, has sponsored the building of a secretariat for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Irewole LGA in the state.


Speaking at the unveiling of the secretariat on Thursday, Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, commended Oyebamiji for his efforts and urged Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance.


According to Punch, the CAN president expressed delight that the commissioner has shown a good example for others to emulate.


“Bola Oyebamiji is someone my family has been very close to for the past 20 years and he has always been like this,” Ayokunle said.


 “He is a very good and tolerant man to everybody, no matter your religion. I have always known him to be partaker in the work of God be it in the church or mosque.


“I must say this is laudable. This is what we have been preaching — harmonious relationship between all religions. It is exactly what God wants. This is the only way we can achieve true peace in our nation. It is nice to know that the sponsor of this project for CAN Irewole is a devout Muslim. This gladdens my heart so much.”


Ayokunle appealed to Nigerians to realise that the country will be a better place for everyone to live if peace and tolerance is given a chance.


Also speaking, Amos Ogunrinde, the Osun CAN chairman, said the gesture is what individuals should emulate, as it will go a long way in enhancing religious tolerance.


Explaining why he sponsored the building of the secretariat, Oyebamiji said he was motivated to embark on the project by Adegboyega Oyetola, governor of the state, who he described as someone with a good heart.


He added that he took on the project because he believes it is a service to humanity which is exactly what God preaches.


He also urged well-meaning individuals to extend the hand of love and fellowship to their fellow humans in a bid to make the world a better place.


CBN to commence e-invoice for import and export transactions Feb 1


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will commence an electronic invoice (e-invoice) for all import and export operations from February 1.


An e-invoice is a digitally-delivered invoice issued, transmitted, received, processed, and stored in a specific standardised format.


O. S. Nnaji, CBN director, trade and exchange department, disclosed this in a circular titled ‘Guidelines on the Introduction of E-Evaluator, E-Invoicing for Import and Export in Nigeria’.


According to the circular, e-valuator and e-invoice would replace the hard copy final invoice as part of the documentation required for all import and export transactions.


Furthermore, it said import and export operations would require the submission of an electronic invoice authenticated by the Authorised Dealer Banks (ADBs) on the Nigeria single-window portal – Trade Monitoring System.


The apex bank noted that the new regulation aims to achieve accurate value from import and export items in and out of the country.


“Effective February 1, 2022, all Import and Export operations will require the submission of an Electronic Invoice (e-Invoice) authenticated by the Authorised Dealer Banks on the Nigeria Single Window portal – Trade Monitoring System (TRMS),” the statement reads.


 “This new regulation is primarily aimed at achieving accurate value from import and export items in and out of Nigeria.


“The system would operate on a Global Price Verification Mechanism guided by a benchmark price.


“The benchmark price is the actual spot market price obtainable at the time of consummation of invoicing, in that market where the goods are traded.


“Imports and exports with unit prices that are more than 2.5 per cent of the verified global checkmate prices would be queried and will not be allowed for successful completion of either form M or Form NXP as the case may be.”


In November, CBN had also automated Form A for invisible transactions and NCX form, used for non-commercial exports on the trade monitoring system.


Uzodinma does not have what it takes to govern in a democracy. – Okorocha

The former governor of lmo State and Senator Representing Imo West senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has said Gov Hope Uzodinma does not have what it takes to govern a people in a democracy.

He said the government in Imo is a counterfeit of what a state government should be.

Okorocha made the assertion on Friday in a press release signed by his Special Adviser Media, Sam Onwuemeodo and made available to newsmen in Owerri.

He said” Imo State and her people have not known peace since Chief Uzodinma became governor. They have only been hearing stories of killings, arson, kidnapping, invasion, rituals. What they never witnessed when the righteous ones were in power or on the throne.

“Governor Uzodinma and his government have become itching experiences Imo people won’t forget in a hurry. The government has made Imo people see their ears with their eyes. And the daily prayer on the lips of every sincere Imo man or woman has been, “may this nauseating cup run over

“During my governorship for 8 years, militancy was a big issue in the oil-producing areas of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta. I didn’t begin to supervise the killings. As a leader of his people, I employed and deployed diplomacy and got that problem solved.

“But under Governor Uzodinma, the killing of Imo people seems to have become the rule, instead of the exception. And the government is not regretting the killings, but only labouring to justify them.

“Under my administration, the opposition was encouraged to function unhindered. Every part of the state was alive and bubbling. Today, no part of the state is functioning. They are after the opposition. And they are not humble about their cluelessness and ineptitude.”

Reacting to news of the 11-year-old boy, Somtochukwu who lost his life during the relocation of EkeUkwu market, Okorocha said trying to justify the mindless and gruesome murder of innocent youths, men, women, and traditional rulers under his governorship portrays him as one who came to destroy and not to build.

Recall that Gov Uzodinma had through his Information Commissioner, Mbadiwe Emelumba said, Okorocha ordered the killing of the 11-year old boy during the relocation of the Ekeukwu market in Owerri.

Okorocha said they failed to tell their audience what was the co-relation between the relocation of the Ekeukwu market and the death of the young lad.

He said trying to use intimidation and deceit to explain away the traumatic experience his government has brought to Imo people, will not work.


Insecurity: I will crush all terrorists – Buhari assures

President Muhammadu Buhari has again vowed to crush terrorism before leaving office.

Buhari said the Nigerian Armed Forces, under his watch, will crush terrorists and criminal gangs operating in Kaduna State and across the country.

He spoke at a State Banquet to commemorate his official visit to the state

The president’s latest promise is contained in a statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu on Friday.

Buhari applauded the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government for the support extended to security agencies.

The President said, ‘‘I wish to assure the people and government of Kaduna State that the Federal Government is doing its utmost to contain and crush the terrorists that have been menacing our citizens and their property in parts of the country.

‘‘On behalf of the Federal Government, I commend the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to respond to the demands of development.

‘‘The relationship between our tiers of government represents an instance of successful collaboration between the national and state governments for progress, peace and prosperity.

‘‘I urge Malam Nasir El-Rufai to push on and not relent in his efforts to accelerate change and progress in Kaduna State.”


PVCs issued in 2011 don’t need revalidation, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says all permanent voter cards (PVCs) issued by the commission do not require revalidation.


A message stating that PVCs issued in 2011 need to be revalidated has been circulating on social media platforms.


But in a statement on Friday, Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, said voter cards issued in 2011 can be used to vote in future elections — without revalidation.


“The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC in 2011 and after can be still be used by their respective owners to vote in all elections, including the upcoming Federal Capital Territoy (FCT) Area Council Elections, the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections, as well as the 2023 General Election,” the statement reads.


“To be sure, PVCs issued in 2011 and after do not need any revalidation.


“It is also not true that the Commission will use the so-called ‘New Card Reader’ for the 2023 General Election.


“What the Commission intends to use is a multi-purpose gadget, known as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED). It is currently being used for the physical registration of voters. During an election, it will facilitate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which provides for both fingerprint and facial authentication.


“The device will also be used to upload individual polling unit election results to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real time on election day.


“The general public should therefore disregard the fake news making the rounds that the PVCs issued in 2011 need revalidation. There is no need to revalidate any PVC issued by INEC for election purposes.”


INEC’s clarification comes days after Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos and presidential aspirant, had said the PVCs in the possession of citizens have expired.


He, however, later apologised for the statement and for any confusion it may have caused. 


2023: They’re planning to compromise security, INEC to gain victory – Afenifere UK raises alarm

Afenifere groups in the United Kingdom and Europe have alleged plans by some politicians aspiring for top offices in the 2023 general elections to compromise security agents and the electoral body in a bid to manipulate their ways into victory.

The group which made this known in a statement issued on Friday by its Secretary, Engr. Anthony Ajayi insisted that restructuring is the only solution to the current crisis rocking the entire nation.

Afenifere urged eligible voters to explore the 2023 elections in order to deepen democracy and enhance the frontier of true federalism in the country.

Parts of the statement reads, “We know already that politicians are going to use restructuring for their campaigns, so Nigerians should scorn anyone that will use restructuring as a campaign issue again. They have taken us for a ride for too long.

“They are also banking on palliatives and money at polling units to buy their way into office. They are already perfecting arrangements to compromise security agents and the judiciary including INEC officials to ensure their victory come 2023.

The statement said the idea of restructuring is aimed at making sure that the country has a balanced national development, unity and peaceful co-existence, urging Nigerians to be ready to vote and ensure that their votes count.


FG should fight oil bunkering same way it is fighting insurgency – Wike

Rivers State Governor has criticized the federal government for being “indifferent” in the fight against soot in the state.

The governor accused the federal government, which he said controls the oil industry and the security agencies of being unresponsive to the soot pandemic and the damage it is inflicting on the health of the residents of Rivers State.

Wike made the claims during a meeting with traditional rulers and the 23 local council chairmen in the state at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday.

Governor Wike said the federal government was meant to fight illegal bunkering in the state the same it intends to fight insurgency in the north east.

He said “I should think that the way the federal government intends to fight insurgency, is the way they should fight illegal oil bunkering, because it is a sabotage on the national economy. Very big sabotage. It affects our own revenue.

“If we are supposed to produce 2 million barrels for example, we are now producing 1.2 million. And in that 1.2 million barrels, it affects Rivers state because we are not producing up to the number we are supposed to produce, and then we can’t get the money to do whatever you want us to do.

“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to see how this thing can be stopped. As I speak to you, nobody has called me from the Federal Government to say how they can support us. But that is not my business. My business is the health of my people. I will not because the federal government is not interested to stop it, therefore my people should die. If everybody dies, who are you going to govern?”

The governor, therefore, urged the traditional rulers to join the fight against the operators of illegal oil refineries and mobilize members of their Community Development Committees and the youths to work together in dislodging them from their domain.


Lagos gets new Police Commissioner


The Lagos State Police Command has a new Commissioner of Police. He is CP Alabi Abiodun Sylvester.


This follows the deployment of Hakeem Odumosu to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.


Hakeem Odumosu was recently promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.


Alabi’s deployment to Lagos was contained in a police wireless message dated January 20, 2022.


“The posting is with immediate effect,” the police signal read in part.


Hanifa Abubakar: Buhari reacts to murder of 5-year-old girl in Kano


President Muhammadu Buhari has told the police to be adequately prepared to ensure that murdered five-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar gets justice in court.


The Police in Kano had arrested two suspects, Abdulmalik Mohammed and Hashim Isyaku over the abduction and killing of a five-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar.


Abubakar was buried in a shallow grave and her remains was discovered at private school premises in Kwanar ‘Yan Gana, Tudun Murtala Quarters, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State by the police.


The suspects, Abdulmalik Mohammed and Hashim Isyaku had abducted Hanifa on December 2, 2021, and took the victim to a hideout where they contacted her relatives and demanded a ransom of N6m.


Mohammed was Hanifa’s private teacher and having realized that the victim recognized them, the suspects poisoned her to death, butchered her remains and buried it in a shallow grave.


Reacting to the development on Friday, Buhari expressed the nation’s condolences to the family of Hanifa whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in Kano after near two months of fruitless search.


The President in the same breath has praised the work of the police and the secret service in unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of Hanifa, and particularly for the arrest of her teacher and his other accomplices suspected of the child’s kidnap and murder.


President Buhari said the family and the whole nation which followed up on Hanifa’s travail every day since her disappearance in December last year were hoping for the girl to have been rescued alive and well, adding however that the very thorough and painstaking detective operation by the law enforcement bodies, leading to the discovery of the corpse and the arrest of the suspects who have already made confessions was commendable, calling it an achievement that should instill more public confidence in the authorities.


“When breakthroughs like this happen, people will talk differently of law enforcement,” said the President.


President Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the little school girl and urged her parents to bear the sad loss with courage and fortitude in God.


The President urged the Police and Ministry of Justice to uphold the integrity of the detective work that busted the case by preparing well and presenting a good case that will earn the respect of the court.


NLC gives Kogi govt 14 days ultimatum over non-implementation of minimum wage

The Organized Labour in Kogi State has issued a 14-day fresh ultimatum to the Kogi State Government to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage or it will embark on indefinite strike action.

Addressing a press conference in Lokoja on Friday, shortly after the meeting of labour leaders, the Kogi State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) Comrade Onuh Edoka lamented that, the current administration in the state led by Governor Yahaya Bello has not added any value to workers since it came on board in 2016.

The NLC Chairman noted that the committee on the minimum wage set up on 14th February 2020 by Governor Bello had refused to submit its report for the implementation of the new wage and its consequential adjustment of 23 percent.

Edoka added that Bello’s administration has refused to cashback promotion arrears for workers and has continued to pay percentage salaries to Local Government workers and pensioners in the state without considering the present economic hardship. 

He explained that the strike action will take effect after the expiration of the two-week ultimatum which begins from 25th January 2022.

Explaining further, Edoka said,” The house has resolved that all workers of Kogi State should note that an ultimatum will be served on the State Government as from 25th January 2022. And to this end, the ultimatum served on the Government will be 14 days ultimatum. And after the 14 days’ ultimatum, all workers of the state will proceed on indefinite strike action.

“It was equally resolved that this government has not added any value to workers since the inception of this administration on the following ground. This government has not implemented promotion with cash backing for Kogi workers since its inception. The last promotion that was implemented in Kogi State was in 2013. To this end, Kogi workers have been on the same salary which they have been upon since 2011.

“It was equally resolved that the value not added to Kogi workers include none payment of leave bonus, none implementation of annual increment. At the end, the livelihood of Kogi workers has always been the same making the workers completely poor.

”It was equally resolved in this house that the percentage salary paid to Kogi workers at the Local Government level, inclusive teachers, pensioner’s and health workers be brought to an end with immediate effect.

“It was equally resolved in this house that in view of this, the Kogi State Government should ensure that labour is engaged in fruitful discussion or else nothing will stop the strike action as it ought to be as the ultimatum will begin on the 25th and it will expire on the date therein”.

He emphasized that the planned industrial actions will cover all categories of workers in Kogi State.

”Once you are a State Government worker or Local Government worker, you must be part of this strike. It is so annoying that since 2020 when a committee was put in place to return its report within four weeks, it has turned to become exactly two years. The union in this state and the entire leadership, including workers have continued to show understanding to the government of the day that is why we never allowed any dispute”.

While apologizing to Kogi workers for not yielding to their call to embark on industrial action in the last two years, Edoka said all efforts to meet with the government to improve the welfare of workers had proven abortive.

“It is an understanding to show peace, and understanding for any leadership to succeed. But this has been eroded by the actions of the Kogi State Government” he said.


#JusticeForHanifa: Father of deceased girl demands justice as Aunt attacks suspect

There was a mild drama at the Kano Police Command during the parade of the principal suspect in the killings of a five-year girl, Hanifa.

Her father, Abubakar Abdussalam, who was in the crowd of onlookers appealed to the immediate prosecution of the suspects.

Abdussalam while in tears screamed, “kill this bastard now, please don’t spare him, please I beg you in the names of Allah”.

This is even as more revelations surrounding the death of Hanifa Abubakar emerged Friday that the little girl was killed using rat poison worth N100.

The principal suspect, Abdulmalik Tanko who claimed he was the proprietor of the school where the child attended said he killed the girl owing to his financial constraints as he was indebted to the owner of the structure which housed the school.

The principal suspect and father of three, made the confession when he was paraded before newsmen at the Bompai police headquarters on Friday.

The suspect said he demanded a ransom of N6 million but was paid N100,000, which, he claimed, was used to settle his teachers.

Meanwhile, an Aunt of the deceased child, who was in physical distress was seen attacking the suspect and raining curses at him for the murder.


AMCON takes over Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company over insolvency

The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria has announced the takeover of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Ltd due to insolvency.

The development was relayed to members of staff in a memo signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Engr John Ayodele, which was made available to members of staff.

A staff of IBEDC, who pleaded anonymity, also confirmed the development to newsmen stating that the staff were made aware of the development on Thursday.

However, Ayodele, in the memo assured staff of job security.


Gov Makinde mourns as 3SC loses General Manager, Balogun


Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Friday, described the death of the General Manager of the Shooting Stars Supporters’ Club, Mr. Rasheed Balogun, as sad and shocking.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the football chief, who was described as hard-working and committed, noting that his death will leave a huge vacuum in football management in the state.

A statement by Moses Alao, Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, quoted the governor as commiserating with the immediate family of the late 3SC GM, management, and players of the Oluyole Warriors and the people of Oyo State on the death of Mr. Balogun.

According to Makinde, the death of Mr. Balogun came at a time the 3SC needed his experience and expertise the most, having just guided the team to the coveted promotion to the Nigeria Premier Football League.

He said, “The news of the death of my brother, Rasheed Balogun, the General Manager of the 3SC, came as a shock. It is sad, but we can only submit to the will of Allah SWT.

“I express my heartfelt condolences to his family, the management and players of the 3SC, and all residents of Oyo State and pray to Allah, SWT, to forgive his sins and grant him Aljanah Firdaus.

“Mr. Balogun was a committed administrator and a hard-working man. He gave his best to ensure the success of our darling Oluyole Warriors, working hard with our government to navigate the road to its promotion to the NPFL.

“His death at this time means that the 3SC has lost an experienced hand and an individual with huge expertise.

“It is my prayer that God grants us all the fortitude to bear his death.”


Biafra: ‘Nigerian Army set out as Pythons to terminate Nnamdi Kanu’s life’ – Abia court

The Abia State High Court has accused the Nigerian Army of attempting to “terminate” the life of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Justice Benson Anya held that the Nigerian Army set out as “pythons” to terminate Kanu’s life.

Recall that the Nigerian Army had in 2017 invaded Kanu’s residence in Afaraukwu, Abia State.

This was after Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court granted the IPOB leader bail in the same year.

Following the invasion, the IPOB leader had fled to Europe.

But the IPOB leader, through his Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, had filed a fundamental human rights suit against the Nigerian government.

Among other things sought, Kanu prayed the court to declare the invasion of his residence by the Nigerian government as illegal and an infringement of his fundamental human right.

Ruling on the suit, the judge described the action of the Nigerian Army as notorious hence the Nigerian government should tender an apology.

The judge’s ruling was made public on Friday by Kanu’s Special Counsel via a tweet.

“It is the view of this court that the Army set out as pythons to TERMINATE the life of Nnamdi KANU. The military invasion of his home at Afaraukwu Ibeku is so notorious that this Court cannot turn a blind eye to it. He deserves an apology & compensation,” Justice Benson Anya said.