Sunday, November 23, 2014

WE ARE AGREED ON THIS SIMPLE FACT ... INTEGRITY AND UPRIGHTNESS COUNTS : Soyinka: Nigeria Needs a Non-corrupt Leader ... ThisDay

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The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that Nigeria needs a non-corrupt leader at this point in her national history.
Soyinka’s assertion was as one of the highlights of the Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual cultural event in his honour, which was held at the Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta from November 18 to 22.
“Nigeria needs a leader who is indifferent to material acquisition; one who is not ashamed of admitting his mistakes and has humility,” he said.
He also condemned the air of right of incumbency which pervades Nigeria’s political sphere and the misuse of power which, he said, has entrenched “new patterns of inequality and injustice.’’
While chronicling the socio-political events in Nigeria before and after independence, the celebrated writer observed that Nigeria still grapples with impunity and corruption just as it did under the military rule.
Having compared what happened in post-Apartheid South Africa and the state of affairs in post-Biafran period in Nigeria, Soyinka remarked that Nigeria has not moved beyond that tumultuous event because the nation has not confronted some truths about her nationhood. He charged Nigerians not to seek for perfection but sincerity in leadership.
Soyinka paid tributes to Late Justice Kayode Esho, describing him as an incorruptible judge who did not succumb to pressure to subvert the course of justice.
He also eulogised great academics such as late economist, Prof. Ojetunji Aboyade whom he described as “an unusual Vice Chancellor” that contributed to nation building.

AND WHAT DO WE SAY ABOUT THIS? : Photo: 75-yr-old impregnates 13-yr old girl in Oyo; Says he's ready to marry her ... CrimeReports

75 year old Pa Muse Alabi is  currently at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Oyo State Police Command, for defilement of a 13-year-old girl (name withheld) allegedly committed by the old man, and which has resulted in pregnancy.

Crime Reports learnt that Pa Alabi was doing carpentry work for a lady under whom the victim was an apprentice. The young girl seized the opportunity to tell Pa Alabi to build a safe for her. After giving her the safe, Pa Alabi wooed the girl and she agreed to his proposal. After the first sexual intercourse they had, it was learnt that the suspect gave the girl N200. When she also demanded for a handset, he gave her N1,500 to buy i-tel phone.

Four days after, they made love again. Both times were in September this year.In an interview with Crime Reports, Pa Alabi admitted having s*x with the girl and the paternity of the baby. He also agreed to marry her and take care of her and the baby when born. According to the man who lives at his family house at Oje area,

“I am a carpenter and I still work till the present time. I even take roofing jobs. I am very strong.I have two daughters and a son. My first wife gave birth to the female children but had to be taken away by her people when she developed mental illness. My second wife is the mother of the boy who is an SSS3 student but she has left for another man. Currently, I have no wife.” 

 So how does he satisfy his sexual needs when it looks as if he is very active?

“I don’t go looking for any woman. I usually have sex with any of the married women who like me and come to me for s*x. This is not always though.”

 Speaking on how he came in contact with his victim, the elderly man said

: “I used to do carpentry work for her boss who sells tailoring materials. That was where I knew her. One day, she asked me to help her build a safe in which she could be keeping her money. When I finished it, I asked her to come to my shop for the safe late one evening and I gave it to her.

“She used to pass by my shop whenever she was going home and used to stop by to greet me. On a particular day, I expressed my interest in her and she promised to think about it.She later consented and on one of the days she stopped to say hello to me, we had sex when I had an urge. And it was mutual. About five days after the first time, we had sex again and she stopped coming.

“One day, she came to me and told me that her grandmother said she was pregnant. She stopped coming again and I didn’t see her again until policemen came to arrest me.”

When asked whether he knew that his action was in contravention of the law, Pa Muse replied that he didn’t know, describing the outcome of his relationship with the young girl as “an act of God”. He said:

 “Mistake has no master. I pray that God should forgive me.”

The suspect said he doesn’t use any sex performance enhancement drug before making love to a female

 “I don’t take any herbal drink for enhancement of sexual performance. They are alcoholic and I don’t take alcohol as a good Muslim. I observe my five-times-daily prayers faithfully.”

Pa Alabi said he was ready to take responsibility over the pregnant girl and the baby she is expecting.

 “I can take care of her adequately. I have a nephew who is a medical doctor and he has promised to help too,” he stated.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor however said that the suspect would be charged to court.

A PATHETIC DESPERADO ... SO THE IGP IS ON HIS OWN? : NASS drama: Jonathan did not order Police to assault lawmakers — Abati ... DailyPost

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The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, has distanced the President from the Thursday fracas at the national assembly where lawmakers were teargased by the police.
In a recent interview with selected journalists, Abati said the determination of President Jonathan’s administration, if re-elected, is to continue to take Nigeria forward.
He stated that in four years, the President had been able to transform the economy and the people’s lives in many ways.
According to him, “President Jonathan stated that in his speech. If you look at that speech, he indeed spoke like a statesman. He focused on issues unlike some other persons who have indicated interest in the office of the President. He did not use his speech to insult anybody and a lot of people have praised the maturity and the statesmanship that the President demonstrated. He thanked Nigerians for the opportunity that they have given him. He went on to outline what his administration has done in various sectors of the economy, how this administration has been able to turn Nigeria into a favourite investment destination and the largest economy in Africa and how, under his watch, the scope for human expression and freedom have been very well expanded.
“That is why in the later part of his speech, you will find key words about his vision for the future: it is a vision of continual progress, it is a vision of expanded opportunities, it is a vision that will further empower Nigerian youths, it is a vision of a country that will remain a leading country and a top nation in various aspects including sports, science, communications and technology. It is about looking forward. The whole of that speech is a continuation of his conversation with Nigerians”.
The presidential spokesman frowned at the recent advice by Muslim cleric, Sheikh Gumi who advised the president and Buhari to back out of the race.
He said, “Sheikh Gumi is completely wrong in terms of his advice to President Jonathan. I read the interview too but he did not say categorically that the President has not done well in terms of performance. He alleged that the President is divisive but anyone in this country will know that that allegation is completely incorrect. The bulk of his comment is based on the challenge of Boko Haram, that is the insecurity in the country. He did not deny the fact that this administration has been able to transform the country in many ways, but he was alleging that this administration is aiding and abetting Boko Haram and that the administration is divisive. Anybody who is objective will see that President Jonathan cannot be blamed for the challenges of insecurity in the North Eastern part of the country. It is an inherited problem.”
Speaking on the recent show of shame at the national assembly, Abati said, “The matter is being investigated; we should await the outcome of the investigations and so I urge that we should all refrain from saying anything that may be prejudicial, partisan or uninformed as some people are already doing, which may then turn out to be incorrect. But I can tell you that President Jonathan did not authorise any form of assault on the National Assembly. He did not. He has no hand in it. The police authorities themselves have said that they acted on their own, based on information that some thugs were planning to cause mayhem and compromise the safety of lawmakers”.

TERROR STRIKES IN BORNO : 'Boko Haram' kills 48 Nigerian fishermen near Chad ... BBCNews

Aftermath of a Boko Haram attack in Kano state, 15 November 2014
Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram have reportedly killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad.
A fish traders' group said some victims had their throats slit whilst others were tied up and drowned in Lake Chad.
The attack took place on Thursday, but the news took several days to come to light because Boko Haram has destroyed mobile phone masts in the area.
It was the second major attack in two days by Boko Haram.
In Thursday's attack, the traders were on their way to Chad to buy fish when militants blocked their path near the village of Doron Baga, some 180km (112 miles) north of Maiduguri in Borno state.
Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fish sellers' association, said the militants had used no guns.
"The attackers killed their victims silently without the use of the gun to avoid attracting attention from the multi-national troops," he told AFP news agency.
Troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger have been deployed to the area and have a base at Doron Baga, but the military task force has had little impact, says the BBC's Will Ross in Lagos.
On Wednesday, Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village of Azaya Kura, also in Borno state, killing at least 45 people.
In this attack too, victims' hands were tied behind their backs and their throats were slit. The attack was apparently aimed at punishing the community after four insurgents were pointed out to soldiers and were shot dead.
Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.
It has stepped up attacks against civilian targets since the Nigerian military launched an offensive against the group last year.
Map showing Maiduguri in Nigeria

AS JONATHAN GOES FOR THE JUGULAR, THE SYMPTOMS OF DESPERATION MADE MANIFEST : BATTLE FOR LAGOS IN 2015 SSS raids APC secretariat ... Arrests 26 Data Agents, Security Guards at Opposition Party’s Secretariat in Ikeja ... Pulls Down Gates ... Destroys Over A Dozen Computers, Servers ... Why We Raided APC Office - SSS ... SundayTrust

A combined team of security operatives from the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian Navy yesterday morning raided the Lagos office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and arrested about 26 persons, party officials and eyewitnesses said.
During the raid on the party’s office at Bola Ajibola Street in Ikeja, that lasted almost two hours, the security men also vandalized computers and other office equipment, APC said.
Eyewitnesses said the team arrived at the area around 6.30am in about five unmarked vehicles, wearing Nigerian Navy camouflage and DSS uniforms, before making their way in after rounding up security men guarding the premises.
The Nigerian Navy has, however, denied taking part in the operation, promising to investigate allegations of involvement by its personnel, but the DSS confirmed the raid.
APC, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said members of the security team were drafted from Abuja on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan to carry out assignment which the APC said was reminiscent of the infamous 1972 Watergate scandal in the United States.
Mohammed said 23 data agents of the party and three security guards who were working inside the building which served as the party’s data centre were whisked away after the raid, describing the operation as an act of “terror and brigandage was unleashed on a legitimate operation of a leading national party.”
“They came without a search warrant for the premises. Over 50 security operatives drafted from Abuja operations blocked the two major street entrances to the APC data entry centre, pulled down the gates and spent over 2 hours ransacking and vandalizing the centre.
‘’More than a dozen computers were destroyed. The server was also vandalized along with other equipment in the building. Just like the Watergate scandal in the USA, the state-sponsored security operatives apparently acting at the behest of the ruling PDP government turned the office upside down, and pulled out and vandalized everything in sight,” he said.
‘’Saturday’s attack is another one in the string of attacks and illegal actions of the PDP-led administration. The attack was unwarranted and unjustifiable. To attack one of the offices of the opposition party, APC, where legitimate operations of the party were being undertaken is an act of fascism and totalitarianism. To the point of brigandage, the invasion of the APC centre is an assault on the APC and its entire membership across the country.  It must not go unpunished,’’ APC said
The party said that it had received prior information about an impending attack on a purported secret warehouse belonging to one of its leaders Bola Tinubu, but its dismissed it because there was no such secret facility.
“We dismissed such plan because there was no ‘secret warehouse’ anywhere and also because we never imagined that the government will attack the offices of an opposition party in a constitutional democracy. Obviously, we underestimated the desperation of the Jonathan administration and its worsening proclivity to impunity.
However, the Nigerian Navy yesterday denied that it officers took part in the operation at the APC office, saying it was non-partisan and would investigate allegations of its personnel’s involvement.
A statement issued by the Command Information Officer of the Western Naval Command, Lieutenant Commander Abdulsalam Sani, said the Navy had not deployed any of its personnel to any political party’s office.
“I want to assure you that the Nigerian Navy has zero tolerance to indiscipline and unruly behaviours to the general public. If confirmed that Nigerian Navy personnel are involved in this undesirable behaviours they will be sanctioned and appropriate punishment will be awarded.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, confirmed the raid, saying it was conducted based on a tip-off that some persons were using the office to hack into the system of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce permanent voter’s register.
She said the operation was supported by an appropriate search warrant.
 “A source sent a petition to us that they were using that office to corrupt INEC computer systems and hack into the network so that they can replicate permanent voter’s cards.
“We watched the place for two weeks and got a valid warrant from the court to search the office. When we got there, we saw over 50 computers.
“The building in question has no signboard indicating that it is APC office. We monitored the place for about two weeks after the petition before we got in. When we got in today (Saturday), we saw over 50 computer sets with about 18 staff.
“Other political parties have signboards and signposts indicating that it is their office. There was nothing indicating that it belonged to a political party.”

NOW THAT THE HUNTER IS HAUNTED : 200 Reps sign impeachment motion – Osagie ... SundayTrust

Not fewer than 200 members of the House of Representatives have endorsed a motion seeking to institute impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan, House minority whip, Rep. Samson Osagie, has said.
Osagie (APC Edo), told Sunday Trust in Abuja that they have far exceeded the number required by the constitution to serve president Jonathan impeachment notice.
Members of the House began collecting signatures for a motion against the president last Thursday following a siege on the National Assembly by police.
Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and other lawmakers were locked out of the parliament building for hours and had to scale the fence but on getting inside the complex, they were tear gassed by police.
The House was reconvened to consider the emergency rule extension in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, a request forwarded by the president but police laid siege to the National Assembly preventing lawmakers and workers from gaining access into the building.
Members had on Thursday commenced collecting signatures after a motion on the matter was tabled by an MP from Kano State.
Osagie told Sunday Trust that there are over 20 impeachable offences against the president which include, “gross incompetence in the administration of the nation, mismanagement of the nation’s resources resulting in untold hardship on the citizens and inability to recover stolen funds from various ministries and agencies”. Other offences according to Osagie are: “unconstitutional use of security agencies against perceived opponents, non-implementation of the budget, entrenchment of corruption and defiling of the institution of the legislature among others.
“The constitution said we need only one third of members of the National Assembly to serve the president impeachment motion and I can confirm that we have surpassed that number,” Osagie added.
He said the constitution says the president can be impeached if he is found guilty of gross misconduct and that the offences he enumerated constitutes gross misconduct.

SOUTH AFRICAN MONEY LAUNDERING/ARMS DEAL REVERBERATES : EXCLUSIVE: Revealed: The Nigerians aboard jet that smuggled $9.3 million arms money to South Africa ... PremiumTimes

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A private jet that conveyed $9.3 million cash from Nigeria to South Africa for an arms deal between the two countries, had Nigerian crew members, and passengers from Israel and Austria, new documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES in Johannesburg have shown.
There were three Nigerians aboard the plane, the documents show.
PREMIUM TIMES obtained the manifest of the jet that transported the huge sum, and has confirmed the identities of the passengers and crew who delivered the controversial package.
South Africa seized the money early September, accusing the Nigerian government of violating its laws regulating the transfer of cash.
Another payment by the Nigerian government for arms to combat the extremist Boko Haram sect, was also confiscated. The second transfer, totalling $5.7 million, was wired through the banks.
The South African ambassador to Nigeria was later quoted as saying the money had been returned to Nigeria, a claim that has yet to be verified.
Details of the first transaction, revealed by a South African newspaper, City Press, said an Israeli and two Nigerians were aboard the airplane that transported the sum to Lanseria airport in South Africa.
The first tranche of the money was conveyed to South Africa on September 5 in two plastic bag suitcases and two hand luggage aboard an airplane belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.
While the Nigerian government confirmed the transactions, it denied violating any foreign law. The government also refused to provide the names of those aboard the airplane.
In its report, widely quoted in the Nigerian media, City Press said the Israeli passenger, Eyal Mesika, had the key to the combination lock of the suitcases. The paper also said two Nigerian passengers were aboard the plane. It quoted South African law enforcement officials.
The report however did not reveal the identities of the Nigerians, and South African officials also declined to provide those details to PREMIUM TIMES when contacted from Nigeria by telephone.
In an investigation that involved visiting South Africa, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained documents showing details of the transaction, including the flight manifest of the airplane.
The listing shows that beside Mr. Mesika, the only Nigerians on board the aircraft were crew members.
The other two passengers who conveyed the cash were Austrians, the manifest shows.
The two Austrians are named, R. Wolfgang and M. Michael.
The flight crew members of the Project Eagle Air jet with flight number: N808HE were Ojongbede R.T (captain), Fejoku U, (flight officer) and George E.E (flight attendant).
The listing contradicts reports that the other passengers were Nigerians, a claim that set off an intense controversy after the All Progressives Congress, APC, accused a former militant leader, Dokubo Asari, of being one of those aboard the plane.
The APC relied on unverified reports by some news websites [not PREMIUM TIMES] in making the false claim.
Mr. Asari denied the allegation and threatened legal action against Lai Mohammed, the spokesperson of the APC.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES at the time, Mr. Asari threatened to physically assault Mr. Mohammed if he failed to get justice in the courts.
“After all the South Africa People have given the names of people on the plane and if by next week we go to court and the court is being manipulated not to give me justice, I will resort to self-help,” he said.
“I have the capacity to resort to self-help. I will not give anybody any apology because if a man has mouth to malign me then I can use what I have to fight for myself.”