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Friday, 23 March 2018

Olisa Metuh's Trial: Call Your Appointees To Order - PDP Tells Buhari

Olisa Metuh's Trial: Call Your Appointees To Order - PDP Tells Buhari

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call some of his appointees to order over alleged interference in Olisa Metuh’s trial. Metuh, a former spokesman of the party, is facing trial for alleged corruption.

He urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria to protect the judiciary and the courts from the direct interferences of the officials. The party said it found it surprising that interference were manifesting in Metuh’s case even after the court had adjourned indefinitely on his application to be allowed to travel to the UK for surgery.

It wondered why the court had continued to refuse Metuh’s application for medical leave even as his condition had degenerated.

According to PDP, it is on record that people facing similar charges at the Federal High Court are granted leave to travel for medical check-ups and other sundry reasons, but Metuh’s application has been deferred indefinitely.
Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans Again Loses Application To Dismiss Kidnapping Charges

Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans Again Loses Application To Dismiss Kidnapping Charges

The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has dismissed applications filed by Chukwudumeme Evans Onwuamadike, seeking to quash two separate charges of kidnapping filed against him by the Lagos state government. Justice Adedayo Akintoye, in her ruling, on Thursday held that the applications lacked merit and therefore dismissed them.

It was the third occasion that Evans would fail in his attempt to get the various charges filed against him quashed. He had got the same verdict from Justices Hakeem Oshodi and Oluwatoyin Taiwo, before whom he also has pending charges.

In her ruling on Thursday, Justice Akintoye rejected the argument by Evans’ lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, that the charges against his client were defective and amounted to an abuse of court processes.

Contrary to Ogungbeje’s contention, the judge also held that the proof of evidence filed by the prosecution in support of the charges disclosed enough material to warrant the trial of Evans and his co-defendants.

Citing sections 152 and 153 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015, the judge added that the charges did not constitute an abuse of court processes.

Having dismissed Evans’ applications, the judge adjourned till May 7, 2018 for commencement of trial. The first of the charges has Evans are Joseph Emeka, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba as defendants. The defendants in the second charge are Evans, Joseph Emeka, Linus Okpara and Victor Aduba.
Father Kills Only Son Over Cashew Nut Ownership In Enugu

Father Kills Only Son Over Cashew Nut Ownership In Enugu

A 60 year old man in Enugu has allegedly killed his only son over ownership of cashew nuts, the police have said. The force on Thursday said it had commenced investigations into the case involving father, Hyacinth Ilo and his son.

Spokesman of the police in the state, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said the incident happened on March 21. The incident was said to have occurred at Obinetiti Isikwe village in Achi community in Oji Rivers.

"Hyacinth Ilo, 60, allegedly had an argument with his son, Izuchukwu Ilo, the police said.

"In the ensuing argument over cashew nut ownership between them the father allegedly hit his son with a stick on the back of his head who immediately slumped and died.

"On noticing that he has died, the father went further to bury him in a shallow grave inside his compound."
Buhari Directs Police, Soldiers, Other Security Agencies To Stop Killings

Buhari Directs Police, Soldiers, Other Security Agencies To Stop Killings

Nigeria’s commander in chief President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday charged security agencies to stop the incessant killings by suspected herdsmen. Buhari, while also directing the nation’s security outfits to bring all criminal elements to their kneels, urged them to improve their strategies on intelligence gathering, surveillance and accuracy in deployments.

The president said these during an official visit to Zamfara state, Northwest Nigeria. He held an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of recent attacks in the state. More than 40 people were killed in the state last month in an attack on Birane, Zurmi area.

"As far as I am concerned, our security agencies have recorded some successes, but they need to do much more,” Buhari’s top media aide Femi Adesina said in a statement.“They are not to oppress anyone, but they have to gather and send intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen."

"I have come here to commiserate with you over the loss of lives and property. We will continue to do our best to improve the security situation. However, those committing atrocities live with you. Some of these people are not reported because you don’t trust the security outfits, instead, you report back to the criminals. We should give priority to security," he said.
Bill Gates Spots Loopholes In FG’s Economic Plan, Urges Buhari To Focus More On Education, Health

Bill Gates Spots Loopholes In FG’s Economic Plan, Urges Buhari To Focus More On Education, Health

The Co Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr . Bill Gates, on Thursday said the Federal Government's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan was not reflective of the people's needs. He also said the country would do better with strong investments in health and education, rather than concentrating on physical infrastructure to the detriment of human capital development.

Gates spoke alongside the Chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, at a special session of the National Economic Council held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The theme of the event was the role of human capital investment in supporting pro-poor and economic growth agenda. The council, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has all the 36 state governors, relevant ministers and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria as members.

Gates stated, "Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth, with the fourth worst maternal mortality rate in the world ahead of only Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad. One in three Nigerian children is chronically malnourished. "In upper middle income countries, the average life expectancy is 75 years. In lower middle income countries, it's 68; in low income countries, it's 62. In Nigeria, it is lower still, just 53 years.

"The Nigerian government's Economic Recovery and Growth Plan identifies investing in the people as one of three strategic objectives. But the execution priorities don't fully reflect people's needs, prioritising physical capital over human capital. People without roads, ports and factories can't flourish. And roads, ports and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can't sustain an economy.”

He added that investment in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in the people to anchor the economy over the long term. He noted that Nigeria's approach placed more priority on physical capital over human capital development. Gates stated that Nigeria had “unmatched economic potential and what becomes of that potential depends on the choice Nigerian leaders make.”

According to him, available statistics show that Nigeria “still looks like a low income country.”He, however, said the country would thrive if the government was ready to invest in health, education and opportunities, warning, "If you don't, however, then it is very important to recognise that there will be a sharp limit on how much the country can grow. ”

He assured the government that his foundation was eager to support it to make “Nigeria a powerhouse that provides opportunities for all its citizens. ”Citing the gains Nigeria had recorded in the immunisation against polio, Gates urged the government to pursue human capital development with the same vigour to achieve the desired results.
Pray God's Will Be Done In My Life...Christian Dapchi Girl Under Boko Haram's Custody Tells Parents

Pray God's Will Be Done In My Life...Christian Dapchi Girl Under Boko Haram's Custody Tells Parents

Parents  of the only Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram  are hopeful that she will return home.

Leah Sharibu, a SS 1 pupil, sent a message to her mother that the family should pray “for the will of God to be done”.

President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the government would not abandon her.

Leah, the only Christian among the 110 girls kidnapped on February 19, was not released along with 104 others on Wednesday.

Five of the girls died on the day they were abducted.

Leah’s mother, Mrs Rebecca Sharibu, fainted when she was told on Wednesday that her daughter was not released.

Mrs Sharibu told our reporter yesterday that her daughter sent a message that the family should pray for God’s will to be done.

Mrs Sharibu has not lost hope that her daughter would return. She vowed to continue to pray for her to be released.

She said:  ”The released girls told us that the insurgents insisted that my daughter must renounce her religion. But she told them she had no single knowledge of Islam and could not be a Muslim.   She was then left out of the Dapchi trip. They told her that any day she accepts Islam, she will be released.

”Leah, we were told was left behind with three Boko Haram women but she sent the message through her mates that we should pray for the will of God to  be done in her life”.

She urged the Federal Government to negotiate for her daughter’s freedom, saying:

”So I plead that the government and the negotiation team should revisit the terms of the agreement to ensure the release of my daughter. Everybody has his religion and no one should be compelled to practice a religion he or she never wishes to”.

Leah’s father Nathan Sharibu thanked the Dapchi community for standing by him and his family.

He described his relationship with the people of the community over the years as excellent,  adding: “For all the years I have stayed in this community, the people have accepted me as their son. I feel very much at home here with my family. I will forever be grateful to this community”.

Yesterday, the community prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead girls.

They called on the government to ensure Leah’s unconditional return.

Buhari said his administration would not relent in its efforts to bring Leah back.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said Buhari was conscious of his duty under the Constitution to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of faith, ethnic background or geopolitical location. “He will not shirk this responsibility”, Shehu said.

The statement reads: “The President is equally mindful of the fact that true followers of Islam all over the world respect the injunction that there is no compulsion in religion.

“To this effect, no one or group can impose its religion on another.

“His heart goes out to the isolated parents who must watch others rejoice while their own daughter is still away.

“The lone Dapchi girl, Leah, will not be abandoned.

“President Buhari assures the Sharibu family that he will continue to do all he can to ensure that they also have cause to rejoice with their daughter soon.”

The Presidency confirmed that Buhari will receive the girls today at  noon .

They have been receiving treatment in Abuja since they got there on Wednesday following their release.
Kogi State Governor Reacts To Sen Dino Melaye's Latest Video

Kogi State Governor Reacts To Sen Dino Melaye's Latest Video

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Thursday reacted to a video of Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, saying he has been roundly defeated and cannot do anything.

Dino Melaye. in the recently released video on Instagram was seen singing, dancing and mocking the governor.

Speaking with State House correspondents on the sidelines of the expended National Economic Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Bello claimed that he had not seen the video as he was too busy to listen to a noise maker.

Bello said, “I don’t know there is any such video from anybody, I am not aware. Maybe, you may tell me what the video is all about, I am not aware if there is any such video.

“You see Kogi state is a very complex state and I took it over when things were really bad and I am doing my best to ensure that we give quality service to the good people of Kogi state.

“So any noise maker out there is just disturbing himself. So I just focused on the job as the executive governor of Kogi state, and I am doing my best and the people of Kogi state really appreciate my services to them.” he stated

On the recent attack in Kogi, he said, “It was a very pathetic situation where about 12 people were killed and I visited that place. It is a place that was neglected by their own people and it was unfortunate that that incident happened and we have constituted Judicial Panel of Inquiry to look into the immediate and remote cause of that attack because this is not the first time that an attack is happening in that particular area.

“In 2014 it happened where lives and property were destroyed but thank God with the support of the military, police and other security agencies were able to quickly move into action and then that particular incident had been stopped.

“As we speak arrests are being made and investigations are on and by the time the Judicial Panel of Inquiry comes up with its own findings and recommendations, l am sure there will be a lasting solution to that crisis.

On People’s Democratic Party (PDP) allegation that the rescued Dapchi girls is an arrangement, Bello said, “I think Nigerians are happy with Mr.President for the good job that he is doing for being proactive and for the quick response by the military and other security agencies in rescuing our Dapchi girls, I think it is a good job that they have done and I really congratulate Mr. President, I congratulate the APC, I congratulate the government and good people of Yobe State, I congratulate the girls and their parents and I congratulate Nigerians.

“By the grace of God such effort is being made to ensure that the remaining Chibok girls are brought back. You will recall that when Mr. President came, probably the APC might have arranged the kidnap of Chibok girls then. So I think those that are accusing APC or our government of arranging such a kidnap are insensitive to the parents, to the children and to Nigerians. We shouldn’t push politics to certain level. So we should congratulate ourselves and I am sure such incident will not repeat itself in the country.”