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« on: July 30, 2021, 09:46:23 AM »
There are strong indications that Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, may be deported to Nigeria.
Upon his deportation, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force would arrest him, a security source confided in our correspondent.
However, the activist’s lawyers have kicked against the move, saying that it was against international law.
Sources in Benin Republic told our correspondent on Thursday that Benin Republic was not ready to engage in diplomatic crisis with Nigeria.
One of the sources, who work with Benin’s INTERPOL National Central Bureau, told The PUNCH that charges against Igboho were punishable by deportation, fine or imprisonment.
The security officer revealed that “our intelligence gathering showed that it is unhealthy to jail Igboho here (Benin Republic).”
The senior NCB officer added, “Yes, he was detained for fresh charges. While he was initially with Brigade Criminelle facility, he made useful confessions. His lawyers also know that he is guilty of irregular migration.”
Another official said: “The least punishment Igboho can be given is to be deported to the country he came from (Nigeria) if found guilty. The Nigerian authorities can take over from there if they wish.”
An official of the Department of State Services confirmed to our correspondent that “Yes, he is wanted. We have the mandate to arrest him if he steps into Nigeria. That is not hidden.”
When contacted, counsel for Igboho warned Benin Republic against deporting the activist, stating that was dangerous and against international law.
One of the activist’s lawyers said he was aware that the FG is putting pressure on Benin Republic “through the backdoor to deport Igboho at a time that will only be known between the security operatives of the two countries.”
When contacted, Pelumi Olajengbesi, a Nigerian-based counsel for Igboho, said the plan would fail.
He said, “I am aware that the Federal Government through the former Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai is making effort to get him deported. We can say that clearly.
“So, far the facts available before the court have nothing to do with Nigeria government.
“We have nothing to worry about because the Benin Republic government has shown that it will operate within the precinct of the law. For us, we believe that Igboho is a criminal of conscience who has taken effort to liberate his people.”
Also, Olasupo Ojo, the Coordinating counsel for Igboho, warned that deporting Igboho for Nigeria to arrest him was against international law.
“It is illegal under international law to send back somebody who escaped to save his life. You cannot send him to the country where there is ample evidence that his life is at stake, endangered. It will bounce back heavily on Benin Republic if they do that,” he said.
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:41:28 AM »
The Federal Government has released the sum of N2.5 billion for compensation to pave ways for remedial works to be carried out on the deplorable Eleme-One Section of the East West road.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who made this known after a meeting with the management of RCC, the construction firm handling the projects directed the firm to start work by Friday.
He, therefore, appealed to protesting Niger Delta youths to vacate section 3 of the East-West road to enable contractors commence work.
According to him, “The essence of this protest is to draw the attention of the government to the road, now we are here allow us to commence work.”
Akpabio acknowledged that the youths were right to stage a protest over the delay.
The Minister who disclosed that the federal government has released additional N2.5 billion for payment of compensation to property owners along the road corridor regretted that the initial N4.5 billion budgeted for compensation could not meet up with demands.
He disclosed that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has also budgeted another N35 billion to support the project, adding that the ministry has channeled funds met for over 304 projects into the East-West road project.
He further disclosed that the Ministry has proposed an extra-budgetary intervention for inclusion of the East-West Road Sections I-IV in the 2020 SUKUK Issuance Programme of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Debt Management Office.
This according to him is part of the efforts made by the Ministry to access adequate funding for the completion of the East-West road project.
The Minister explained that the initial contracts for dualization of the 338km road linking Warri to Oron through Kaima, Ahoada, Port Harcourt, Ogoni and Eket Townships (Section I-IV) was initially awarded in four sections to four different contractors in 2006.
“It is well known that Section I (Warri-Kaima covering Ch. 0+000-Ch. 87+400 and Section III) and Section III (Onne Port Junction – Eket covering Ch. 15 + 000 – Ch. 99 + 000) have been duly completed by Messrs Setraco Nigeria Limited and Messrs. RCC Nigeria Limited respectively” he added.
He maintained that the section IIIA (Port Harcourt Onne Road Junction, covering Ch. 0 + 000 – Ch. 15 + 000 was not part of the contract initially awarded in 2006 because it was in good condition having been dualized earlier, noting that “over time, the Port Harcourt – Onne Port Junction portion had progressively deteriorated as a result of heavy axle loading, flooding and is no longer serviceable for the current traffic volumes.
”Therefore, the Ministry had to award the contract for additional works to Messrs RCC Nigeria Limited to upgrade the Port Harcourt Onne Port Junction”.
He further stated that due to poor annual budgetary provisions, the contract for upgrading of Section IIIA awarded in 2014 could not commence until the Ministry paid the contractors the full mobilization Advance in 2020.
“The condition of the road deteriorated during the period of delay and there has been serious encroachment on the right-of-way initially delineated for the road.
“With the review of the initial contract scope of works and contract unit rates imperative, specific measures for addressing the contingent site conditions militating against the progress of work were scheduled by the Ministry.
He said these include the initial design for interchange bridges at Onne Junction which is to be substituted with a flyover bridge, but due to space constraints caused by the newly constructed Power Sub-Station which cannot be relocated due to higher cost implication.
“A new flyover bridge has also been designed to replace the interchange bridge initially designed for Refinery Junction amongst others.”
The minister further reiterated the commitment of the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the East West highway dualisation project by 2022.
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:35:14 AM »
Abia State chapter of APC has said a chieftain of the party was since 2018 suspended from the party following series of anti-party activities.
Speaking with ABN TV on Thursday, the State Secretary of the party in Abia, Barr Perfect Okorie said Chief Emenike was suspended in 2018 after an investigative panel found him guilty of hobnobbing with PDP to sabotage the effort of the APC.
According to the State Secretary, Chief Emenike did not appeal his suspension which bars him from taking part in any activity of the party in the state.
Following an SWC and Exco meeting of the APC in Umuahia on Thursday, the party said the 2018 suspension of Chief Emenike was reinforced.
The party said Emenike's suspension has been communicated to the national leadership of APC, Cautioning him against taking part in activities of the party.
The party called members to desist from dealing with Chief Emenike, warning him to stop intruding in the committees of APC.
The party also passed a vote of confidence on its chairman in the state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, applauding him for stabilizing the party.
His vote of confidence follows a motion moved.
All efforts made to reach the embattled Chief Ikechi Emenike proved abortive as at the moment of this report.
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:27:58 AM »
Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to consider holding the 2023 general elections on the same day.
He said this would reduce cost and rigging.
Kalu said the presidential election, National Assembly, governorship and House of Assembly elections are better held simultaneously on the same day rather than holding them on different days.
A statement he personally signed in Abuja reads: “INEC should conduct the 2023 elections same day as staggered elections are unnecessarily expensive. The conduct of the elections in different days gives room for rigging, thuggery and several vices. It also puts the lives of the voters and INEC officials in intense danger.
“When elections are conducted on the same day, popular candidates will emerge because everyone will be busy in their polling units and zones, unlike on different days. The cost of running two days’ elections will also reduce.
“To deepen our democracy, we need to get the elections right. When leaders with genuine interests of the people are voted to power, they provide exceptional leadership and infrastructure to their people.”
Kalu, a former Abia State governor and first-time senator, was, in June, bestowed with the prestigious Senate award for constituency development in recognition of his impressive representation and expeditious implementation of constituency projects in his Abia North at the Senate Press Corps 2021 award ceremony.
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:14:37 AM »
"Abba is one of the bravest cops in Nigeria and I will not believe these crazy allegations levelled against him - FFK defends Abba Kyari after his indictment in the Hushpuppi fraud case
Former Minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has thrown his weight behind DCP Abba Kyari, who has been indicted in the Hushpuppi fraud case by the U.S government.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California, Abba Kyari, a high-ranking Nigerian police officer who has received multiple honours, was one of six people indicted over an elaborate scheme to defraud a Qatari businessperson of more than $1 million, masterminded by celebrity fraudster, Ramon 'Hushpuppi' Abbas.
Femi Fani-Kayode, however, says Kyari is a super cop that has risked his life protecting Nigerians from murderers and terrorist, and that he won't condemn him, unless he sees any evidence to the contrary.
Sharing photos of the DCP, FFK wrote;
A super cop that has risked his life protecting us from kidnappers, murderers & terrorists all these years& that has arrested more criminals than any other is accused of taking bribes from a yahoo boy & scammer all the way from America & we are expected to believe it? Not me!
Abba is one of the bravest, brightest and best cops in Nigeria and I will not believe these crazy allegations levelled against him or condemn him unless I see any evidence to the contrary.
He has proved himself over and over again when it comes to catching criminals and I do not believe that he is one himself. If he were he would not have such an excellent record in combating crime.
Nigerians seem to take delight in believing and assuming the worse about their best. That is part of our problem: we love and celebrate the evil but we despise, hate and seek to pull down the righteous and good.
As far as I am concerned there are as many crooked, bent & killer cops all over the world as there are good ones & America has its fair share of both.The only people that ought to take pleasure in reading this crap about Abba are the kidnappers and terrorists in our country.
Allegations are a dime a dozen and an indictment does not amount to a conviction: show me the evidence or keep your mouth shut forever. I urge Abba to continue the good work he has been doing and not allow himself to be distracted by his numerous detractors. This is a deep conspiracy to destroy his career and it will not work.
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:09:01 AM »
The Federal Government has been urged to have a rethink and consider the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference in order to tackle insecurity and other myriads of challenges confronting the nation at the moment.
Three delegates to the conference, who spoke in separate interviews with Daily Independent, also believe that the report of the conference, which was convened by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 will go a long way to reducing the disunity and sectional agitations in the country as well as save Nigeria from disintegration.
Those who spoke with Daily Independent are Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Afenifere national leader; Comrade Joe Okei-Odumakin, president, Women Arise, and Senator Anthony Adefuye, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
While handing over the report to President Buhari in 2015, Jonathan who said he couldn’t implement the report due to shortness of time, had said the document if implemented will help smoothen grey areas in the polity.
However, in an interview he granted in 2016, President Buhari said the conference report is for the archives and has refused to implement it since then.
It would also be recalled that before now, the current Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, had at several fora called on President Buhari to implement the report of the conference. He has, however, been silent on the issue since his appointment over a year ago.
Speaking on the significance of the 2014 conference, Adebanjo said if President Buhari is sincere about finding solution to the killings in the country, then he should consider the report, which, according to him, is the panacea to the myriads of problems confronting the nation.
He argued that a return to the 1960 constitution and consideration of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference would help in the desired restructuring of the country and its return to federalism.
Adebanjo, who said that the report was a by-product of the articulated deliberations of the 492 delegates to the conference, added that the composition of the conference was a true reflection of the country’s structure.
He said rather than consign the report to the archives as President Buhari has done, he can remove certain aspects he is not comfortable with and add certain things he feels will be better for the country rather than dumping the report in its entirety.
“We discussed restructuring at the 2014 national conference and we considered all laws that were in existence in Nigeria. There were 600 resolutions and we agreed to return to status quo. The only challenge is that President Muhammadu Buhari put aside the recommendations.
“If he (Buhari) is serious about addressing insecurity in the country, he has no choice than to implement the report. If he is serious that this country must not break under his rule, then he should implement the report”, Adebanjo said.
Also speaking, Okei-Odumakin, who was a delegate to the conference alongside her late husband, Yinka Odumakin, said the refusal of the Federal Government to implement the recommendations has been a major setback to the country.
She said, “The refusal of the Nigerian government to implement the recommendations of the 2014 national conference has been a major setback, in the quest for solutions to the myriad of our national challenges.
“Today, we live in a country that has become dangerously polarised along religious and ethnic divides, which were some of the key areas, where the conference made far-reaching recommendations, towards its solution.
“The question of true federalism remained unanswered despite all the promises of the president and his political party before being elected in 2015. Any serious government committed to finding solution to many of Nigeria’s problem, majorly created by the refusal to restructure the country, must consider the recommendations of the national conference, which in my opinion, has the capacity to address some of these challenges, to a reasonable extent”.
Echoing their views, Adefuye said the report of the 2014 confab, if considered, will solve most of the problems in the country today.
“If the present National Assembly can access the conference report and dialogue on it, it will solve most of Nigeria’s problem. If you look at that conference, most decisions were unanimous"
“I am not saying everything that is within there should be implemented. But I am very sure that 99 percent of the things there, if implemented will make Nigeria a better place to be”, he said.
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:04:59 AM »
The Federal Government has on Thursday reduced gas to power prices from $2.50 to $2.18 with immediate effect.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this while declaring open the 2021 Gas Sector Stakeholders (Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK Gas Pipeline Project) Forum held in Kano.
Buhari represented by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said the reduction have been communicated to the relevant stakeholders for compliance.
According to him, “Following the successful negotiation between the Federal Government and the organized labour unions and the detailed review of the Gas pricing framework in Nigeria, the price of Gas to power has been reduced from $2.50 to $2.18 with immediate effect.
“The outcome of the negotiation and reviews have been communicated to relevant stakeholders,” he stated.
The President said the completion of the project would help in revitalizing the industries and create more jobs opportunities in the benefitting states which include kano, Kaduna and Nasarawa states.
“The project is the focus on facilitating increase Gas Penetration in the Northern part of the country, especially the AKK pipeline corridor of FCT, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Niger, Nassarawa and other
“Therefore the forum is geared towards sensitizing the entire northern parts of Nigeria of the upcoming opportunities to bring both new and hitherto moribund companies back to life.
“Kano State alone is dotted with several industrial parks. These and others in other states justify the need to optimize value creation from these industries.
“Experts estimate that it will take at least two to three years to rehabilitate and position these industries for optimal performance. Thus, today’s collaboration with all stakeholders is geared towards kick-starting the required activities that will guarantee full usage of the delivered gas through the AKK pipeline when completed.
“Today’s event reinforces our commitment to realizing the inherent potentials of Gas usage as the National Catalyst for Achieving Economic Diversification from Crude oil and transition fuel from fossil fuels of today to the renewable energy of tomorrow.
“It is this commitment that informed our support and commission of two gas-powered plants, vessel pipeline operated in Kano State in December 2020 in achieving the uninterrupted delivery of over 30 megawatts of power supply to the industrial hubs.
“Our successful collaboration and the completion of the AKK in 2023 will significantly enhance Mr President’s vision and current drive for increase domestic gas utilization as the mainstay for nationalnindustrialization, increase foreign investment, government revenue growth and ultimately provide more job opportunities for Nigerians,” Buhari stated.
On his part, the Group Managing Director, GMD of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, said they were working assiduously in ensuring timely completion of the project.
Kyari said that some of the equipment has already been delivered to Nigeria from abroad.
He said the AKK project when completed will provide about 1 million jobs.
In his speech, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State said the AKK project will help immensely in reviving over 200 industries in Kano which have been in slumber for a long time.
He said his administration had taken bold steps that would enable the project to be completed successfully, saying the people of Kano State would benefit from the project especially in the aspect of boosting their businesses.
Meanwhile, the stakeholder’s forum was themed “Optimizing the Economic Development Capacity of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano”AKK” Gas pipeline Project”.
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:59:39 AM »
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to arrest DCP Abba Kyari, over his connection with a serial internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, Newspremises reports.
A top source in the EFCC who spoke with SaharaReporters however said no arrest can be made by the agency since Kyari is a police officer and that the case was not within the capacity of the EFCC but for the police to handle.
"FBI has contacted EFCC, asking that we arrest Abba Kyari but we told them that it is a police matter" the source in the EFCC said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has ordered an internal review of all the allegations levelled against Kyari by Hushpuppi.
The suspected internet fraudster who was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 allegedly told the FBI that he gave a bribe to Kyari to facilitate the arrest and imprisonment of a member of his online fraud gang identified as Chibuzo Vincent. Kyari has however denied this allegation.
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:53:53 AM »
The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, has blamed traditional rulers, politicians and other stakeholders for the growing banditry, insurgency and other vices in the country.
The Minister stated this on Thursday during a one-day security summit by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State
Represented by his Special Adviser Technical, Almed Jibrin, the minister spoke on the theme, ‘The Nigerian National Question: Implications for National Unity.’
He accused stakeholders of apparent compromise on security.
He said, “The political and traditional elite at the local level are a most times not present in their constituencies and therefore create the vacuum that insurgents, terrorists and bandits fill in the administration of local authorities.
“What about the failure of our religious and opinion leaders who do not provide counter narratives to be misguided religious zealots, as well as sustainable engagement of local population by regional and community leaders?
“What appears to be the most apparent is the lack of efficient intelligence system or lack of will to utilize the provided intelligence in carrying out security operations by the military and para-military agencies, as all security stakeholders appear to be compromised by the insurgents in the Northeast as well as bandits/kidnappers in the Northwest and North Central.”
He called on those instigating violence in the country to desist forthwith.
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:47:33 AM »
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has successfully recovered N5.4 billion for the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.
Professor Muhammad Nasir Sambo, the Executive Secretary, NHIS, disclosed this on Thursday when he led the management of the agency on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the EFCC, Jabi, Abuja.
Prof Sambo said “In total, the EFCC has been able to recover about N5.4 billion for us out of the N12.085b that has been trapped.
“This is a monumental achievement and that is why we will ensure that we remain good partners to the EFCC,” he said.
Prof Sambo commended the EFCC for the recoveries and assured that every kobo recovered will be judiciously utilized.
He also used the opportunity to update the EFCC on the reform efforts at the NHIS, which include the recruitment of health professionals to enhance the capacity of the Scheme to respond to the yearning of subscribers and other stakeholders in the sector.
Responding, the Executive Chairman, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, who was represented by the Director of Operations, Abdulkarim Chukkol, reiterated the Commission’s resolve to work with the NHIS in achieving universal health coverage.
“The EFCC has no choice but to work with you, to make you succeed. We will always see to it that the investigation that we are doing, we will continue with it; we are happy that it is yielding result and all the monies or funds that are recovered are being put to good use.
So we will not relent in our efforts to see that each and every kobo that is lost is recovered for the benefit of the country,” he said.
« on: July 29, 2021, 07:05:46 AM »
The Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has appealed to protesting Niger Delta youths to bear with the Federal Government, assuring that the Ministry is taking adequate intervention steps to addressing the deplorable state of the Eleme-Onne Section soon and ensuring the completion of the project by 2022.
Akpabio disclosed this while meeting with the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality Stakeholders recently to appeal for peace and calmness by the youths in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Babayo Ardo informed that, with the review of the initial contract scope of work and contract unit rates imperative, specific measures for addressing the contingent site conditions militating against the progress of work were taken.
Conveying the efforts being made by the Federal Government through the Ministry on the progress of work on the upgrading of 15km Port Harcourt to Onne Port Junction Section lllA of the ongoing East-West Road Dualization project contract, the Minister noted that the initial contracts for dualization of the 338km road linking Warri to Oron through Kaima, Ahoada, Port Harcourt, Ogoni and Eket Townships (Sections 1-1V) was initially awarded in four sections to four different contractors in 2006. “lt is well known that Section 1 (Warri - Kaima covering km. 0+000-Km.15+000 was not part of the contract initially awarded in 2006 because it was in good condition having been dualized earlier”
He noted that “over time, the Port Harcourt - Onne junction portion had progressively deteriorated as a result of heavy axle loading, flooding and is no longer serviceable for the current traffic volumes. Therefore, the Ministry had to award the Contract for additional works to Messrs RCC Nigeria Limited to upgrade the Port Harcourt Onne Port Junction”.
He further stated that due to poor annual budgetary provisions, the contract for upgrading of Section IIIA awarded in 2014 could not commence until the Ministry paid the contractors the full mobilization Advance in 2020. The condition of the road deteriorated during the period of delay and there has been serious encroachment on the right-of-way initially delineated for the road.
The Minister informed that the Ministry has proposed an extra-budgetary intervention for inclusion of the East-West Road Sections I-IV in the 2021 SUKUK Issuance Programme of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Debt Management Office, this is part of the efforts made by the Ministry to access adequate funding for the completion of the East-West road project.
It is in pursuance of this objective that the Ministry stepped down 345 projects and committed N10 billion in the current 2022 budget lwhile Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) made provision of 10 billion in the 2020 annual budget and another N25 billion in 2021 budget to impact positively on the rate of progress of work on the East-West road he stressed.
The Minister therefore urged the Ogoni Youths, relevant stakeholders and Niger Deltans “to exercise patience with us as the Ministry is committed to bringing succour to the People of the Niger Delta Region.
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:59:02 AM »
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a lawyer to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said the British government has a hand in his alleged “abduction”.
Ejiofor made the accusation while speaking on Arise TV’s Morning Show on Wednesday.
He also accused the British Government and the British High Commission of not doing much to help Kanu despite him being a British citizen.
Ejiofor claimed the Commission has not visited the IPOB leader since he was brought back to Nigeria.
He noted that unlike Kanu’s 2015 arrest when the Commission was regularly visiting him while in detention, the British Commission is paying lip service to helping him this time around.
He said: “I can confirm to you that British High Commission is not doing much about this case. I can confirm to you that there is every likelihood of connivance in what happened to my client.
“Because some times in 2015 when my client was arrested I know how they were keeping in constant communication with him and visiting him regularly both when he was in DSS custody and when he was transferred to prison.
“But as of yesterday, a British national was arrested and till date they have not visited him even when we have officially notified them of the situation.
“As at the time he was arrested, he was arrested as a British national because he had renounced his Nigerian citizenship over five years ago. And they are still talking about offering him consular services,” he said.
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:53:30 AM »
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo.
The couples are currently being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja, sources in the anti-graft agency told PREMIUM TIMES.
Although details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife were sketchy as of press time, the sources said their arrest relates to an alleged breach of trust and misappropriation of funds allegedly perpetrated during the former governor’s eight-year administration as Nasarawa State governor.
Mr Al-Makura served as Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected into the National Assembly as Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District.
When contacted, the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said he was yet to be briefed on the development.
When contacted for his comment, the ex-governor’s spokesperson, Danjuma Joseph, said he was not aware of the arrest.
“His Excellency left Lafia (Nasarawa State capital) for Abuja this morning. I am not aware of such arrest,” Mr Joseph said.
The former governor, until Wednesday, has never been known to be facing EFCC probe.
The EFCC had, in fact, been helpful to the ex-governor’s family when a suspected fake investigator allegedly tried to defraud the then sitting governor in 2018.
The suspect, Mohammed Momoh, was said to have while posing as a “private investigator from the villa” approached Mr Al-Makura’s wife with a proposition to help stop a purported investigation of two accounts belonging to the governor.
Mr Momoh, who was arraigned before an FCT High Court, reportedly claimed that he came across information regarding the two accounts that had been under investigation since 2011 and also intercepted mails of an investigation report purportedly sent to First Bank by the EFCC.
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:46:52 AM »
Against the backdrop of insinuations that United States’ lawmakers are putting pressure on the President Joe Biden administration to halt the delivery of the remaining six Super Tucano Aircraft and subsequent sale of military hardware to Nigeria, security sources have said the Federal Government was not perturbed as all necessary agreement indices reached on government-to-government basis were adhered to.
According to the reports, the lawmakers’ opposition was based on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s perceived human rights abuse, the #Endsars protests of 2020 that ended in crisis and banditry.
Reports had noted that US lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for delayed clearing of another batch of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters and accompanying defence systems to be sold to the Nigerian military to further strengthen the country’s fight against terrorism.
The deal is worth $875 million according to US officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter.
Nigeria/US militaries now closer— US envoy
Meanwhile, the US Chargé d’Affaires, Kathleen FitzGibbon, had stated on Tuesday, during an inspection of the six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, that the aircraft represented a historic level of cooperation achieved between the US and Nigerian militaries.
She said: “Beyond the new hardware that you see on this runway, this programme has brought our two militaries closer in formal training, professional development, air base construction, logistics planning, and negotiations.
“We are proud to partner with Nigeria in its ‘whole of government’ approach to end violent extremism and ensure a more stable, prosperous country for all Nigerians.”
On her part, US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard had welcomed the pilots and aircraft to Massachusetts, during the first leg of their trans-Atlantic flight to Nigeria.
The next six aircraft are scheduled for delivery later in September this year.
A statement by the US Embassy Authorities said: “The Super Tucano platform for Nigeria is the United States’ largest Foreign Military Sales programme in Sub-Saharan Africa, valued at almost $500 million.
“This programme follows the Department of Defence’s ‘Total Package Approach’ model and includes spare parts for several years of operation, contract logistics support, munitions, and a multi-year construction project to improve Kainji’s infrastructure.
“The Super Tucano is a dual-pilot turboprop aircraft built as a workhorse combat air platform, equipped for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and for precision air-to-ground strike missions.
“Through this programme, the U.S. Air Force’s 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, trained Nigerian pilots and maintenance crews to U.S. standards.
“Training also emphasises the Law of Armed Conflict and Civilian Casualty Mitigation, which are fundamental principles of the Nigerian military’s professional education and training.
“With the A-29 Super Tucano purchase, the Nigerian Air Force also has become a founding member of the U.S. Air Force’s ‘Combined Light Attack Experiment,’ which is developing Light Attack global best-practice tactics and doctrine for the 21st century.”
However, senior security sources told Vanguard that allegations of atrocities being cited as reasons by the lawmakers have not been proven.
Therefore, they said, the allegations cannot be used as a front to halt pre-existing negotiation and understandings on the purchase of military hardware.
The US government is solidly behind Nigeria’s effort to free the country of myriads of security challenges, especially banditry, kidnapping and ISWAP/Bọkọ Haram terrorism.
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:40:19 AM »
Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has urged Nigerians residing in London to “smoke” President Muhammadu Buhari out.
Omokri urged the 200,000 Nigerians in London to smoke Buhari out because he has not been seen.
He made the appeal in a tweet demanding Buhari’s whereabouts in London.
Omokri stressed that the Abuja House in London was under close watch.
Buhari had on Monday departed Nigeria for London.
The Presidency had said the president is expected to participate in an education summit and also visit his doctors, while in London.
On Tuesday, there were pictorial evidence that Buhari arrived at the Stansted International Airport, London at about 11:20pm (local time).
However, Omokri in a tweet, wrote: “Nigerians in London,
“I am counting on you to help me smoke the tyrant. We are up to 200,000 in this city.
“Does it mean none of us can fish the man out from whatever hole he is hiding? We have 24/7 intel on Abuja House. He is not there. Where is Buhari?”
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:34:20 AM »
THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for travelling to the United Kingdom to attend a virtual conference.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP Kola Ologbondiyan described the president’s trip as appalling and a waste of the country’s scarce resources.
He accused the president of “trying to hide his private appointment with his doctors under the virtual meeting apparently in a bid to launder his consistent failure to honour his pre-2015 campaign promise not to embark on medical tourism if elected President.”
He noted that President Buhari had no justification to travel to far-away London since the meeting was virtual, or for a medical checkup, which he could have done at home.
He said that the president’s action had confirmed the stand by the majority of Nigerians that “he is wasteful, thinks only about himself and cares less about millions of citizens, who do not have access to foreign medical treatment, but who are dying daily because the government has crippled our health sector.
“Moreover, is it not atrocious that Mr. President is more interested in going to London for a virtual education summit when hundreds of students, who ought to be beneficiaries of the meeting, are languishing in kidnappers’ dens, with the Buhari administration taking no concrete steps to rescue them and end incessant abduction of students in Nigeria?”‘ he further said.
The ICIR had reported on Monday that the president left the country for the UK to attend the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (2021-2025), a programme that was supposed to be attended virtually.
The president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina said that Buhari would also use the occasion to meet with his doctors in an issued statement.
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:27:10 AM »
APC congresses under threat as S’Court declares Buni’s chairmanship illegal
The judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election is threatening the All Progressives Congress local and state congresses starting on Saturday, The PUNCH has learnt.
Our correspondent gathered on Wednesday that although the APC was going ahead with the congresses, it feared that some members could challenge the exercises in court since the Supreme Court in its judgment had declared the chairmanship of Mai Mala Buni illegal.
It was learnt that apart from the disagreement over planned consensus arrangement, the Supreme Court judgment had worsened the party’s woes.
A member of the APC’s national caucus, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said although the party was going ahead with its congresses, members were worried and divided about the implications of the judgment.
The party chieftain explained that the judgment had “called to question the legality of the caretaker committee.
“We are dealing with a combustible issue. All the seven Supreme Court Justices agreed on the constitutional point that a sitting governor cannot hold the dual elective position of governor and party national chairman.
“Now, it was not only the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, that escaped being removed by the whiskers due to no fault of his, it was also our party.
“If the opposition had had the presence of mind to join Mai Mala Buni as party to the suit, we would all have been done for. Our aggrieved members and our opponents have surely learnt one of two things from this.
“The next time anyone goes to court to challenge decisions taken by our national caretaker committee the story will be different.”
One of the conveners of The Progressive Youth Movement, a pressure group within the APC, Mohammed Audu, told our correspondent on the telephone, that the party leadership would be putting the party at risk should it go ahead with its move to foist a consensus arrangement on state chapters when ward congresses begin on Saturday.
He said, “We are members of a progressive political party and should lead the way in promoting democracy at all times. The consensus arrangement for us is an aberration.
“Party members must not be muscled out of contesting for party positions under the guise of consensus, let those who feel they are popular and have what it takes to occupy any office be allowed to test their popularity, that is all we ask.”
However, the National Secretary of the party’s caretaker committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, while inaugurating congress committees for the state chapters at the APC National Headquarters, on Wednesday, said the caretaker committee had the right to recall them.
Akpanudoedehe said, “I urge you to keep the interest of the party first and foremost within your hearts. The success of this exercise depends so much on you, the unity of our party also depends on the outcome and the outcome essentially depends on your handling of issues and the overall conduct of the exercise. ,,
“Do not forget that, the CECPC reserves the power to recall the team or any of its members whose conduct is below expectation, after all, he who hires, can also fire.
“You’ve been urged to encourage consensus arrangements, where possible. Article 20 of our party’s constitution and the guidelines for the congresses shall be your guide.”
In what appears to be a subtle threat against party members, the party secretary delivered a message from the National Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
He said, “May I also offer some words from our National Chairman and Governor of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni for our party faithful, he said that I should remind our party members through this avenue, that a political party is an organisation of persons who have subscribed to the ideals and rules of the group, and such rules include internal mechanisms for handling and solving disputes.
“Therefore, the practice of running to the public space without exploring the internal mechanism of conflict resolutions is not only unhealthy but an affront to the constitution of the party. So, going forward, it should be stopped.”
In response, Spokesperson for the Concerned APC Members, Abdullahi Dauda, advised the party leadership to take a cue from the Supreme Court judgment and quickly convene a national convention to elect a new party leadership.
He said, “Yes, we are happy as party members that we did not lose another governor via the court like we did in Zamfara in 2019 but we cannot deceive ourselves. Illegality cannot take us anywhere.
“The truth is that Buni and members of the APC caretaker committee were not elected but they are occupying elective positions which the Supreme Court today affirmed is illegal.
“We have also seen the grounds on which our members in Zamfara State have gone to court to challenge the dissolution of the state caretaker committee.
“In one of the grounds, they are asking the court to in view of provisions of Article 14.1 of the APC Constitution which lists powers of the National Chairman of the party and the National Executive Committee, determine whether the caretaker committee, a committee set up by NEC can perform a function which even NEC has no power to carry out.
“NEC does not have the power to dissolve any state chapter, it is only the National Working Committee that has such powers.”
In a statement titled, “Why Mai Mala Buni Should Step Down, an Abuja based legal practitioner, Kayode Ajulo, noted that the Supreme Court, while dismissing the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the Ondo governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, by a split four-three decision, held that the APC erred in law by allowing a sitting governor preside over its affairs.
Ajulo said, “Without prejudice to the ratio decidendi of the majority decision of the Court, it is imperative to state prestissimo and very clearly too that with the unanimous position of the apex court that it appears the actions of the APC in permitting a sitting governor as the interim chairman of the party is in violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is my sincere view that the Interim Chairman of the All Progressive Congress should immediately step down.
“My humble but cosmic review of the judgment comes with an indication that the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, has to vacate his seat, as the Chairman of APC with immediate effect.
“The provision of Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is clear and unambiguous to the effect that “The governor shall not, during the period when he holds office, hold any other executive office or paid employment in any capacity whatsoever.”
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:21:49 AM »
The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, secured the conviction of one Abubakar Abdulbashit Opeyemi, a final year student of the University of Ilorin, and two other undergraduate students charged with offenses bordering on love scam and internet fraud.
The two other convicts are Alimi Abiodun and Idowu Rasaq Olarewaju, who are students of the Kwara State University, KWASU, Molete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, respectively.
Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin convicted and sentenced the three undergraduates to various jail terms after the court found them guilty of various offenses preferred against them by the EFCC.
The three convicts, who were arraigned on separate charges pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against them.
In his judgment on the cases today, Justice Abdulgafar while relying on the plea of guilt entered by the defendants and the various exhibits tendered against them held that the prosecution succeeded in proving its case beyond reasonable doubts.
Consequently, Abdulbashit Opeyemi was sentenced to six months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for one year. The judge also ordered that the convict's iPhones, HP Laptop which were used as instruments in committing the crime and a draft of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) which he raised as restitution be forfeited to the Federal Government
In sentencing Abiodun, the judge gave him three months imprisonment on count one and one year imprisonment on count two, which shall be suspended for one year. He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone and the sum of N352, 000 (Three Hundred and Fifty-Two Thousand Naira) draft raised by him (the convict) to the Federal Government.
For Idowu, Justice Abdulgafar sentenced him to six months imprisonment, which shall be suspended for six months. He also ordered the forfeiture of his (the convict) 2014 Toyota Venza, 2 iPhones, HP Laptop, the sum of N404, 414.93 (Four Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Ninety Three Kobo) in his First Bank account to the Federal Government.
“The sentences are without option of fine”, the judge added.
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:15:16 AM »
An Imo State High Court sitting in Owerri has declared Chukwuma Umeoji as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State, asking the Independent National Electoral Commission to recognise him as such.
Justice B. C. Iheka made the declaration on Wednesday in the order he issued on the suit filed by Chike Dike against the Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Grand Alliance and Jude Okeke, as the first, second and third respondents, respectively.
A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Chukwuma Soludo, had emerged the candidate of the Victor Oye-led APGA faction loyal to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State.
But Justice Iheka, in his judgment on the case with Suit Number: HOW/543/2021, declared that, “The plaintiff’s claims are hereby dismissed.”
The judgment, a certified true copy of which our correspondent sighted, partly read, “The third defendant is entitled to consequential orders, and I declare and order as follows: that the third defendant is a valid member of the second defendant and, therefore, based on Article 7(4) of the Constitution, the second defendant is entitled to all the rights and privileges pertaining to such membership.
“That the National Convention of APGA held at Owerri, Imo State, 31st May, 2019, is valid, lawful and in accordance with the orders of the court and the law.
Justice Iheka further ruled that, “the suspension of the former National Chairman of the party, Edozie Njoku, is valid and subsisting, and in compliance with the party constitution.”
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:09:19 AM »
The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his
wife, Zeenat, have been released from Kaduna Correctional Centre after they were acquitted and discharged by the Kaduna State High Court on Wednesday.
According to their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), they have left Kaduna for an unknown destination.
Justice Gideon Kurada of the Kaduna State High Court had earlier acquitted and discharged the Shiites leader, El- Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat Ibrahim who had been standing trial in the court for the past four years.
In a judgment delivered on Wednesday, Justice Kurada upheld the no-case submission filed by Zakzaky’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), saying the witnesses presented by the prosecution counsel had been unable to establish any connection between the charges and El-Zakzaky.
El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, were standing trial on eight counts bordering on alleged culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of the public peace, among others.
The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
The couple had been in detention since 2015, after IMN supporters clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna.
Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had filed a no-case submission and asked the court to dismiss the charges levelled against them as there was no criminal case so far that has been established against the defendants by the Kaduna state government.
The Judge in his judgement held that the charges filed in 2018, under the Kaduna State Penal Code, 2017 over offences allegedly committed on or about December 12, 2015, are incompetent and amount to an abuse of court process.
On the no-case submission filed by the defendants, the court resolved all the eight issues raised therein in favour of El-Zakzaky.
On count one, which bothered on conspiracy, it held that there is no single shred of evidence from which conspiracy can be inferred and that there is no single shred of evidence from which conspiracy can be held to have emanated.
On counts two to seven, the court held that for there to be abatement, there must be evidence of persons abated.
“That on the authority of PATRICK NJOVENS VS THE STATE the element of abatement and ingredients constituting the offences abated must be proved conjunctively. that there is no evidence of anybody abated or anything done to invite any person to commit an offence on December 12, 2015.
“That all the witnesses were grandiosely discredited by the Defense counsel during cross-examination.
“That no credible evidence led that can be competently relied upon... that the no-case submission of the Defendants finds merit and they are hereby discharged and acquitted,” one of the lawyers quoted Justice Kurada as ruling.
During the last sitting, Falana prayed the court to rule in favour of his clients and dismiss the charges levelled against them, saying there was no criminal case established against them so far by the Kaduna State Government.
The prosecuting counsel, Dari Bayero, had presented 15 witnesses, who testified against the defendants, and among them were two army officers, a retired director of State Security Service (SSS), also known as the Department of State Services (DSS), police officers and a medical doctor.
Meanwhile, SaharaReporters reported on Tuesday that a member of the Resource Forum of the IMN, Mohammed Ibrahim, stated that the members of the group were certain that justice would be served and that their leader, El-Zakzaky would be freed from prison on Wednesday.
Ibrahim said members of the group were patiently waiting for the court to establish a ”no-case submission" regarding the charges levelled against their leader, who has been detained and assaulted since 2015.
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:53:33 AM »
The Zamfara State House of Assembly has given the Deputy Governor, Barrister Aliyu Gusau, a 48-hour ultimatum to appear before it over allegations of official misconduct levelled against him.
He is to appear before the House over a political rally conducted on July 10, amid banditry attacks on Maradun communities within the same period under review.
This is coming barely a month after the deputy governor refused to join the All Progressive Congress (APC) with Governor Bello Matawalle who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on June 29.
Following his refusal to defect to the APC, Matawalle warned that he will not tolerate a disrespectful attitude from Gusau.
The Federal High Court, Abuja on July 19 restrained the Zamfara House of Assembly and the Chief Judge of the state from taking steps to impeach him.
Tuesday’s extension followed a motion moved by the Deputy Leader, Nasiru Bello Bungudu to explain why he held a political rally in the recent wake of killings in the state.
The deputy leader moved the motion under matters of personal explanation and prayers of the House and seconded by Hon Shafi’u Dama Wanke representing Gusau II constituency.
In his prayers, the Deputy Leader drew the attention of Speaker and his colleagues on the House resolution of July 14 where the House resolved to invite the Deputy Governor to appear in person.
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:44:20 AM »
There is tension at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Supreme Court justices are set to make their pronouncements on the subsisting petition over the mandate being exercised by the sitting governor in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Checks revealed that the candidate of the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede had proceeded to the apex court to challenge Governor Akeredolu declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner of the October 10, 2020, Ondo State governorship election.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital had last June dismissed the appeal filed by the PDP Governorship candidate against the pronouncements of the Election Petition Tribunal.
Reading the judgement, Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua, said the case filed by Jegede lacked merit.
A source at the party secretariat told Nigerian Tribune that barring any unforeseen development, the apex court may hear the appeal, take adopted written addresses from both parties and proceed to deliver its verdict later in the evening today (Wednesday).
Jegede is challenging the eligibility of Governor Akeredolu (SAN) on the grounds that his nomination letter was signed by his counterpart from Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni who incidentally is the Chairman, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC put in place at an emergency National Executive Committee of the party, last year, a sequel to its dissolution of the National Working Committee led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The Nigerian Tribune source revealed that the party leadership and stakeholders are worried that any pronouncements by the Supreme Court that declared Governor Buni ineligible would have reverberating effects on the party and could mar its chances in next general elections.
He maintained that unless the apex court sustained the verdicts of both the lower tribunal and Appeal court, any contrary decision would mark the end of the party.
“This case is more than the Ondo State governor; it is a case that has the potency of obliterating the entire APC structure in the country.
“I can tell you honestly that even though many of us are unhappy with the way the governor is treating issues, the case at the Supreme Court is beyond him as an individual. It has more to do with the integrity of the party.
“If the verdict goes contrary to what the lower courts have decided, it means that we cannot come out of the crisis until 2023.
“The implication is that our chairman has to vacate his seat, all he had done before would be null and void, especially all our candidates who won elections within the period he has held the office shall vacate their seats.
“By far more important is the fact that the last registration exercise carried out would be deemed to be useless and by implication, APC has no members. So this is a precarious situation that we all pray not to happen to our party.”
An aide of Governor Akeredolu who craved anonymity, however, told Nigerian Tribune that his principal does not entertain any fear over the pending Jegede suit before the apex court.
“The case will be decided on its merit. The Tribunal and the Appeal Court decided the case in our favour. We aren’t having sleepless nights over Jegede’s circus show.”
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:38:41 AM »
The Crisis rocking the Opposition People Democratic Party, PDP may soon be coming to an end as Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike was visited by Ex-Vice President and former Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday.
POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that both men have been at loggerheads over control of the Party. It was widely rumoured that Wike was aggressively scheming to maintain control of the party’s structure in order to pave way for his friend, Aminu Tambuwal to clinch the party ticket in 2023.
Atiku on the other hand has been resisting such moves and fighting back. The development even led to a rift between Wike and his bosom friend/National chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.
However, with Tuesday’s meeting in Port-Harcourt, all those differences seem to be set aside and sorted. According to a reliable source privy to details of the meeting, Wike was even heard saying: “If Atiku can manage and unite his Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba wives he will surely unite Nigeria.”
Former Kogi West senator, Dino Jonah Melaye was also present at the meeting. Photos below;
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:32:03 AM »
The Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN), has condemned the leadership of Afenifere over the comparison of Sunday Igboho to Prophet Muhammad.
The association said it was wrong for the Yoruba group to liken the travails of Igboho to that of any of the prophets of God.
DAILY POST recalls that Afenifere had yesterday likened the travails of Igboho who is currently on detention in Benin Republic to the persecution and subsequent migration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
But, Oyo State Amirah of FOMWAN, Dr. Bushra Oloso, while speaking warned individuals and associations to desist from likening the botched plan by Igboho to escape to Germany through Cotonou, Benin Republic to the travails suffered by some Prophets of God in the hands of oppressors.
Oloso insisted that it was wrong for anyone to compare Igboho’s travails to God’s ordained migration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.
Oloso in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, on Tuesday, insisted that her statement became necessary following the stories credited to the Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr Jare Ajayi on Monday.
She said, “Most of Allah’s Messengers if not all emigrated at one time or the other.
“However, the migration of Prophet Muhammad differed from other Prophets because it was the beginning of the establishment of full Islamic practice by the early Muslims.
“At Medina, Prophet Muhammad established the best nation ever raised and from there Islam was embraced by many nations and tribes.”
Oloso admonished Afenifere not to over glorify Sunday Igboho to the extent of conferring the status of the saviour of the Yoruba people on him just as Allah appointed His Prophets to liberate their people from the shackles of one oppression or the other.
While stressing that Islam promotes the oneness of Allah as well as love amongst people of different creeds and tribes across the globe, Oloso appealed to Nigerians to avoid fanning the embers of ethnic, tribal and religious crises which could further aggravate the present delicate situation in Nigeria.
She called on the federal government to bring all ethnic, religious and tribal groups and agitators across the country together for a national discourse where an array of social problems militating against the existence of the country would be discussed, addressed and resolved.
« on: July 28, 2021, 09:08:11 AM »
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed sadness over the rising cases of post-harvest losses of agricultural produce in Nigeria which he blamed on poor storage, poor rural infrastructure and non-automation of food processing.
Osinbajo said this on Tuesday in his remarks delivered virtually at the preparatory meeting of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.
The Pre-Summit is a prelude to the culminating global event scheduled for September 2021, in Rome, Italy.
Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, revealed this is a statement titled, ‘Why we are transforming our food systems, by Osinbajo’.
He was quoted as saying, “Post-harvest losses in Africa, and particularly in Nigeria, are more than 20 per cent of production for several food groups.
“This is due mainly to poor storage, poor rural infrastructure and non-automation of food processing, amongst other things.
“The situation in many African countries is given increased urgency with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to growing levels of acute food insecurity.
Post-harvest losses have reduced, says AFAN
“This is of great concern to all of us, especially if we recall that before the pandemic, the prevalence of severe food insecurity was as high as 22 per cent.”
He said that transforming Africa’s food system would require the active mobilisation and prioritisation of both public and private investments.
This, he said, explained the resolve of the Federal Government in complementing existing development plans, sectoral strategies, and prioritising investments in specific innovations and technologies to transform food systems in the country.
Speaking about ongoing efforts, the Vice President said the Nigerian government was committed to addressing the drivers of food insecurity such as food inflation, changing consumption patterns and climate change, amongst other things.
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