Anambra State association of keke marwa has raised alarm over an alleged extortion and harassment from revenue agents, in Onitsha the state capital.
The angry and United protesters, marched through the street of Awka, to the office of the Department of State Service and police headquarters.
Speaking with Journalists, the leader of the protest, Dede Uzor, explained briefly how himself and his colleagues have constantly been harrassed and paying through their nose, illegal revenues and tickets, alleging that, most times, they are been manhandled with dangerous weapons.
"Government directive is that we pay a total of N 200 daily as ticket for the Owerri /Main Market route
In fact , Anambra State Government public notice issued on October 6, 2016 and signed by Hon. Uchenna Okafor, Special Adviser to the Governor on Internally Generated Revenue, clearly stated that what the keke operators are supposed to pay N 200, which is for keke IGR and ASWAMA ticket as one ticket for N150.00 and Ministry of Local Government traffic toll of N50”
He added, "The government further warned that anyone who dares to flout this directive and sell above the government approved rate will be made to face the wrath of the law. The public notice also spelt out seven fees that must not be collected.
"However, above the two tickets approved by the government, illegal revenue agents and touts issue extra 10 tickets for which no tickets are issued.
The result is that instead of N200 the keke drivers are supposed to pay daily, they end up paying more than N 2,000 per day. Three notorious touts who are behind the illegal tickets and who feed fat from this process should be arrested”
Addressing the protesters, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, assured them that the police would investigate their complaints, urging them not to take the laws into their hands.
Umar however, told the operators that sometimes, they would be the people who would shield the same people they had turned around to complain against.
"We urge you to cooperate with us ; we promise you that any person who commits any crime in this state will not go unpunished.
Speaking , the Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Leo Nwuba, promised that he would take their complaints to the attention of the state government.
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President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country later today, after receiving medical attention in London.
The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.
President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017.
He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge.
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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has appointed acting chairmen for the National Pension Commission, the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.
A statement from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation signed by a Permanent Secretary, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi, said that the appointees were to resume in acting capacity, while they await their confirmation by the Senate.
Adebiyi said that Alhaji Ali Usman and Dr . Mohammed Isah were appointed the new Acting Chairmen of the National Pension Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau respectively.
The statement also named Prof. Bolaji Owosanoye as the Acting Chairman of the ICPC.
The statement read,“To ensure that there is no vacuum in certain important federal institutions, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN ), has directed that the appointees should resume duty in acting capacity only, pending the confirmation of their appointments by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria"
Also appointed are: Mr Funso Doherty (Acting Director General), Mr. Manasseh T. Denga (Acting Executive Commissioner), Abubakar Z. Magawata (Acting Executive Commissioner) , Ben Oviosun (Acting Executive Commissioner) and Nyerere Anyim (Acting Executive Commissioners ) all of the NPC.
Osinbajo also named Murtala Kankia, Emmanuel E. Attah, Danjuma Sado, Ubolo I. Okpanachi, Ken Madaki Alkali, Prof. S .F. Ogundare, Mr. Ganiyu Hamzat, Saad A. Abubakar and Dr. Vincent Nwanli as acting members of the CCB.
Following a dawn attack, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) has decided to relocate its annex office handling sensitive cases.
Also, while the Nigeria Police Force intensified its investigation of the attack, the anti-graft agency was fingering high-profile suspects.
But the EFCC has started overhauling security in all its offices nationwide including the headquarters in Abuja.
According to findings by our correspondent, the EFCC opted to relocate its office from 30, Harper Crescent in Abuja after a review meeting on the recent attacks on its operatives and office.
A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “As part of the implications of the attack on our annex office and constant death threats to our operatives, we have reviewed our security routine.
"We have decided to relocate the office which was attacked to a safer place in Abuja. This relocation is with immediate effect.
"The Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has also directed all Zonal directors of the commission to beef up security in all offices and facilities.
"The commission had taken the steps in anticipation of the early completion of its headquarters.”As at press time, no suspect had been arrested in connection with the Wednesday attack on EFCC annex office.
The top source added: “The police force is handling the probe, we have left everything to their detectives to handle. We cannot be a judge in our own case.”
But the source said the EFCC was suspecting some high-profile suspects under investigation and some Politically Exposed Persons.
The source said: “We are working on clues implicating some some high-profile suspects and some Politically Exposed Persons.
"Some of these high-profile suspects had tried to influence EFCC leadership and operatives without any success.“We cannot be intimidated under any guise at all. We will pursue all cases to logical conclusion.”
Some unknown gunmen, who invaded the annex office of the EFCC, also dropped a death threat note for a senior investigator, Ishaku Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has charged leaders on the continent to work towards ensuring Africans solve their problems themselves.
Using Nigeria as an example, Osinbajo said the country was containing the Boko Haram insurgency and tackling the humanitarian crisis in the northeast at the same time.
According to him: “That is a theme that has gone through the African Union and it is very resonant that we must solve our own problems; that African can solve its own problems and I think African nations have begun to demonstrate that.
"We have shown in Nigeria that whatever problems we have, we can resolve them. We are doing so in the north-east, we are doing so with the humanitarian condition and all of that.
"We are saying that we can take leadership in various respects, leadership in our economy, handle the commanding heights in our economy, be directly involved in the destiny and future of our countries. And I think the point that he (Kagame) made is an important one and it’s one that is being demonstrated all over Africa.”
Twelve suspected kidnappers including a woman, arrested by the police in connection with a kidnappers’ den at Ile-Zik Bus Stop in Ikeja, were on Friday remanded at Ikoyi Prisons on the orders of a Lagos magistrate.
Chief Magistrate Tajudeen Elias said the accused are to remain behind bars pending a legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).
The “Ile Zik 12 men” were brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court on a three-count charge of conspiracy, attempted kidnap and possession of arms and ammunition. The bus stop is named after a four-storey building built by the first President of Nigeria, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Barely a week before, another kidnappers’ hole was discovered at Ijaiye area on the Oshodi-Sango-Abeokuta Highway.
The accused are Hakeem Ogundele, 32; Noah Samuel, 25; Ayomide Olatunji, 44; Felix Matthew, 34; American Obodoyibo, 42; Shola Elemo, 32; and Adijat Mudashiru, 32.
Others are Tunde Akanji, 41; Adeoye Adekeye, 38; Patrick Onwubufor, 65, Samuel Iyede, 50; and Bright Amankwa, 36.
Colonel Lawan Gwadabe is a retired Nigeria army officer who, along with a few others, formed the bulwark of the military power ring and protective rampart that propped the Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha juntas before he ran into trouble for allegedly plotting to topple the latter, whom he served as Personal Staff Officer and Commandant, Brigade of Guards in 1995.
In a recent interview, Lawal recalled his bitter experience with late head of state and military dictator, General Sani Abacha, and why he was absent for a very long time.
"If you recall the years 1995 – 1999 was a troubling period for me and all those who were detained by the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha for what turned out to be a phantom coup plot. Naturally, it was wise for me to remain within my space.
While the episode of the alleged coup plot of 1995 has become part of our national history, it was, however, pertinent to note that the entire conduct of the investigations and the trials were a complete charade. The findings and the judgments delivered at best were a manifestation of the descent of Nigeria into medievalism. Truth was the greater casualty, at the expense of our country and its future.
We were released on the 4th of March,1999 and one of the greatest lessons I learnt from the entire charade is that, no matter how long it takes, the truth must prevail over falsehood. It also strengthened my resolve to continue to be fearless and outspoken against all kinds of unfairness, injustice, oppression and intimidation.
Unfortunately tragedy struck in the year 2000 barely before I could fully adjust myself to freedom, when fire gutted our house at night and several people died, including my beloved wife and son (may their souls rest in peace). That singular incident coming after the great agony of our trials and tribulation was to say the least, very devastating.
It took me a very long time to recover from the shock, to the extent that public parley became a secondary issue. However, as a Muslim I take consolation in the fact that the Almighty Allah said in Qur’an 3:145“That no one dies unless Allah permits. The term of every life is fixed" But contrary to what you said, I was quite visible during my tenure as the Chairman of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
Now with my membership of New Arewa Vision Initiative, I am sure from time to time, I would be participating in national discourse. My background training teaches that we only talk when we have an important contribution to make" He said.
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