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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Flying Eagles Qualify For Africa's U20 Nations Cup..Beat Mauritania 5-0

Flying Eagles Qualify For Africa's U20 Nations Cup..Beat Mauritania 5-0

The Flying Eagles, yesterday, secured qualification to next year’s Africa U-20 Nation’s Cup to be hosted by Niger Republic, after thrashing their Mauritanian counterparts, Al-Murabitun 5-0. The match was played at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos.

Two goals in the first half and another three in the second half was all the Flying Eagles needed to seal their participation in the bi-annual continental championships.Wasiu Alalade opened scoring in the 11th minute, but the team had to wait till the 33rd minute for the second goal of the encounter, which came through Nazifi Yahaya.

At beginning of the second half, the Eagles continued mounting pressure and were rewarded in the 47th minute when Yahaya got his second, and the country’s third.The sustained pressure thrilled the fans and in the 72nd minute, Aniekeme Okon added to the goal tally.

The Coach Paul Aigbogun-led side glided till the 90th minute when Mahmoud Abdullah brought down Okon inside the box and Afeez Are converted the resultant penalty.Reacting to the victory, captain of the Flying Eagles Ikouwen Udo, said the team had no choice than to qualify after the promise made by the Rufus Giwa-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), First Vice President, Obinna Ogba.

“We had no choice after our vice president told us to go and win earlier today. Don’t forget that he assured us that our winning bonus has been restored and we were therefore condemned to win,” Okon stated.Ogba, who lead the delegation, had earlier visited the players at their camp, where he informed them that the Giwa-led NFF had restored their match bonuses, and made a personal pledge of N500,000 per goal scored.
I Am A successful Single Man....Dino Melaye

I Am A successful Single Man....Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye, is popularly known for his array of cars and dress sense. In this interview with Ledership Newspaper, he reveals that he is successfully single and talks about other personal things about him that may not be known.

You seem to have a glamourous lifestyle given your dress sense and collection of automobiles…

Anyway, I would say that my dress sense and collections of cars is a passion. I wear things that look nice on me and I try to look smart. Different people have different passion. For some, homosexualism is their passion and they can spend any amount of money on it. For some, diamond is their passion and they can spend any amount of money on it. If you argue with me, you can ask Diezani. For some, blood is their passion, occultism, and they can spend any amount of money to get blood. For some, it’s bikes and for some, it’s cocaine. So, if my passion is automobiles, I should not be castigated for it. I have no regrets. For me it’s a passion and looking good for me it’s a hobby. Are you aware that people talk about your living style? I don’t feel perturbed at all and it doesn’t get to me at all because I know that whatever I’m driving and whatever I’m wearing are not products of corruption.

The little God has provided for me is not ill-gotten and I should be able to spend my money the way I feel without forgetting that I need to take care of the needy and poor and that I’m doing graciously. What designers do you patronise? I patronise different designers depending on what it is. For clothing, I have designers that I appreciate. Shoes, I have designers that I appreciate. Belts, I have designers that I appreciate. Watches, I have different designers that I patronise even slippers. So, it depends on what kind of fashion gadget or ornament I’m wearing. Specifically, what designer wristwatch and belt do you patronise?

For watches, I have different types of designers. Out of all my brands, I really love Franck Muller, I love Patek, Felipe, I love Rolex watches and I also appreciate watches like Jaypad. For my belt, most of my belts are Ferragamo and Versace belts. What kind of music do you listen to? I listen to all kinds of music but I love traditional music because it teaches more sense and lessons. More importantly, I listen to gospel music. Why do you subscribe to your type of fashion? Because it’s more original to look yourself. It’s more original for you to wear what your think makes you happy than to copy someone. So, Dino is not a photocopy. I’m original and I initiate my own style. Where is your favourite tourist destination in Nigeria? I enjoyed Jos before it became volatile.

I love the climate, I love the weather, I love the serenity of the town, and I love the mountainous nature of the communities around Jos. I also enjoy the Obudu Cattle Ranch. I enjoy the Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi. I have visited Olumo Rock more than three or four times. So, this country is blessed with a lot of tourist attraction places of historical relevance. Gidan Makama in Kano is another good place I visit often. What is your relationship with the entertainment industry in Nigeria? I appreciate Nigerian artistes in Nollywood, music industry and comedy. Nigerian artistes are the best in the world.

I appreciate them, I promote them where I can, I associate with them, I encourage them and I would say I respect them. What do you eat? Initially, some years ago I do not pay particular attention to what I eat but when I crossed 40, I started regulating my meals. Now, I’m on special diet not because I’m sick but because I need to be healthy. So, I eat healthy things, I take more greens now, I take more of vegetables. In fact, I do little or no starch. Again, I stopped taking red meat, I do more of sea foods and fish. I’m quite particular now about my meals. It’s a little portion. I’m trying to work on my three packs now to become six packs. Favourite colours? White, blue, and red in that order. Tell us about your family sir? My family is great, my family is wonderful.

 I love my kids to the moon. My kids are my friends. I have a wonderful family, a God-fearing family. And again, I’m successfully single. How do you relax? I read books, I do a lot of exercise, I go to the gym. When time permits, I watch movies and I write a lot. I love to travel, I love to spend time on the mountain, I love to spend time by waterside, I listen to music and I play soccer.

Source:Leadership Newspaper

Sports Minister Solomon Dalung Escapes Death In Motor Accident

Sports Minister Solomon Dalung Escapes Death In Motor Accident

A convoy conveying the Minister of sports and youth development, Bar. Solomon Dalung, was involved in a ghastly motor accident on Gombe-Bauchi highway, at about 12 noon on Saturday.

The accident, which occurred in Akko, about 22kms to Gombe town from the Gombe state airport Lawanti, reportedly left one person dead, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries. The accident occurred while a delegation led by the acting President National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Mayor Chinedu, picked the minister from the airport to witness the 2018 Unity Convention and election of new officials of NYCN taken place in Gombe.

An eyewitness who was at the scene attributed the accident to recklessness of drivers in the minister’s convoy who chose to occupy the entire road. The source said that following the reckless occupation of the centre of the road, a driver of a 406 peaugeot vehicle heading to Bauchi, was rattled he then lost control and headed for a head on collision with a Toyota hummer bus in the convoy, he said while trying to dodge the hummer bus however, hit a Toyota Prado Jeep, conveying the acting president of NYCN at the rear part close to the passenger seat. Fortunately, the acting president was reportedly sitting in the front seat.

Meanwhile, when the bus hit the Prado jeep it lost control and crashed into other vehicles. He said the Peogeot when a blazed, the driver got burnt and died instantly, while 3 other occupants were rescued. According to him the Prado jeep conveying the President and some officials of the NYCN, with the Hilux and hummer bus somersaulted repeatedly into a nearby bush, leaving the occupants of the ill-fated vehicles with wounds. It was learnt that immediately the incident occurred, the minister, responded with concern, by visiting the rescued victims, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), and the state specialist hospital in Gombe.

Sources said the victims were rescued by Gombe state special Marshalls and some officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

During a visit to the hospitals doctors and other medical personnels were seen busy attending to the victims.

While speaking at FMC, the officer in charge of Gombe state Marshals, Sunday Jika, denied the version of the story that the accident was caused by the minister’s convoy. He said the accident was caused by the 406 driver, who he claimed that he was epileptic. The state Public Relations Officer of the FRSC, said he could not confirm the accident and casualties involved he then promised to get back to our reporter as soon as he obtains details on the accident. As of the time of this report, he was still being awaited.

It was however gathered from sources in the hospitals that 20 persons were involved, one got burnt and died instantly while 19 others are receiving treatment.
AMCON Set To Publish Names Of 350 Millionaire Debtors This Week

AMCON Set To Publish Names Of 350 Millionaire Debtors This Week

AMCON said it would publish names of recalcitrant debtors this week, noting that the names of the debtors numbering 350 would be published in batches.

Kuru said: “We have done it before and we will still do it again. You will see it this week. We are going to publish the names again. Maybe not the 350 key people at the same time, but by installments.

“Already, last week we advertised, advising people to come and talk to us so we can have an understanding. But we are already compiling the lists and we will release the first batch this week, and we will continue to release them.

“As an organisation , we are not under any obligation to keep anybody’s exposure in secret. The only way we can keep it secret is if you come and negotiate with us, otherwise, we are going to publish it. Those who honour the invitation to come, won’t have their names published, but those who refuse to come will have their names published.”

Similarly, Kuru revealed that AMCON was currently proposing amendments to the provisions of its Act and planned to conclude the process before the end of the year. He explained that the amendment was expedient to add clauses necessary to accelerate its efforts at asset recovery and remove the ones impeding its ability to achieve targets.

“We had a retreat with the National Assembly and I can tell you they’ve been extremely supportive. They recognise the fact this is a national issue and as such, they are worried and they are working with us at every point.

“We have gone very far and, hopefully, before the end of this year, we would get the act amended, God willing. We’ve put in all the clauses that will help us in the last lap of the journey. I may not be here, but the journey must be completed.”
We Are Not Part Of Nigeria Air..AMCON

We Are Not Part Of Nigeria Air..AMCON

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has dismissed insinuations that it is planning to use the assets of Aero Contractors and Arik Air, two troubled airlines under its management, to establish a national carrier.

The Managing Director of AMCON, Mr. Ahmed Kuru made the clarifications in an interview recently, noting that it even made no sense to create a national carrier from a crisis-ridden airline.

He dismissed suggestions that the takeover of Aero and Arik was part of a plan to merge the two airlines and convert them to the national carrier.

Kuru said he was never invited “to discuss any plan to convert or merge the airlines’ assets for the purpose of establishing a national carrier.”

Kuru said: “Nigerians like conspiracy theories. We love conspiracy theories. If today AMCON is going to use Arik and Aero to create a national carrier, there will be any apology around it because the assets belong to AMCON.

“Such plans will be hidden and it will be in the interest of the organisation. However, there has never been any discussion – formally or informally – about converting those assets into a national carrier.

“Nobody has ever invited me or called me to talk about the idea of the national carrier or bringing AMCON’s assets to establish a national carrier. Number two, even if I had been called, I would have advised against it.

“You do not want to create a national carrier with all the problems you have in Arik and Aero. How can you set up a national carrier from crisis? AMCON is not part of any national carrier plans. It’s not even in the national interest to do that.”

The Minister of State, Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika had said the proposed national airline for the country would be unveiled in December. Sirika disclosed this in a statement by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Media and Public Affairs, James Odaudu.

He said there “is no doubt that the issue of national carrier for Nigeria is very close to the hearts of both the government and the people, which is the reason it has taken the option of a Public Private Partnership with the belief that it was the only way to deliver a national carrier that would stand the test of time.”

But preparatory to the actualisation of the national carrier proposal, there have been speculations that Aero and Arik are being slated as the airlines whose assets the government would convert to achieve the purpose.

AMCON, however, insisted that it was not part of such arrangement, though confirming that its plan “to divest in Aero and Arik were in top gear.”

Specifically, Kuru pointed out: “For Aero, we have gone very far. We are almost concluding. For Arik, we’re almost 55 per cent (near completion). Like I always say, if the owner as of today comes to tell us, ‘OK, take this money,’ we’ll give consideration to that.

“We will not take over any business and give it to somebody that we know will just rubbish it. However, we believe that there are certain businesses based on the amount that the people will pay for those businesses, they will not play with it.

“Therefore, it is important to us that Arik and Aero survive because they are very strategic airlines. That is why we are ensuring that we get very good buyers – people that are strong in the industry; people that can add value to it. We have gone very far. For Aero, we have gone 90 per cent. For Arik, we are around 55 per cent.”
You Don't Deserve A Second Term,Ex Coupist Col Nyiam rtd Tells Buhari

You Don't Deserve A Second Term,Ex Coupist Col Nyiam rtd Tells Buhari

Col Tony Nyiam (rtd) is a pro-democracy activist and acclaimed mastermind of the 1990 Gideon Orkar coup d’état against the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida.

In this interview with Sunday Sun, he speaks on the crisis of governance in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the unending bloodletting in the country and restructuring, among other topical national issues.

As we approach 2019, I want you to look at the political situation in the country and tell me your fears. Amidst opposition, the incumbent president is re-contesting and this has engendered so much tension and coalitions have emerged?

Let me begin by thanking you for this opportunity. The question you are talking about is important. One of my greatest fears is that Nigeria’s greatest national security risk is ironically the present Commander-in-Chief (C-in- C) of Nigeria’s Armed Forces. Is this not daily becoming obvious? Instead of President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief to be the chief protector of Nigerians, he has by his own repeated omissions and commissions become the most disturbing national security risk that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nigerians in general will be making a mistake in giving him a second chance. President Muhammadu Buhari is undoubtedly the most incompetent, despotic, and above all, a Commander-in-Chief who undermines the rule of law. As if this is not bad enough, President Buhari’s double standard in tackling the invasion of innocent Nigerians’ farming families by Fulani herdsmen/foreign militias makes him complicit in undermining our national security.

Buhari’s obvious ignorance of the inadequacy of the organogram or structure of Nigeria’s security management, and rigidity or refusal in restructuring the already fractured foundation of the society is itself a key disrespect of our national security architecture. People are talking of sectoral restructuring, but they forget that all this sectoral restructuring will go nowhere unless what they are anchored on is restructured first. There are many examples of Buhari’s incompetence. A recent example is the security failures in the management of APC National Convention. Remember, when he was speaking, hoodlums from Imo, Delta took over. They came in, attacked people; in other words, they never learnt from the experience of Ekiti primaries which was just a few weeks before.

That was enough warning for a ruling party to have done its homework well and prevent the security breaches we saw at the convention. Secondly, that a C-in-C would do nothing after sending the Inspector-General of Police on an errand and he did nothing and went to somewhere else. These are the two classical examples of his incompetence. We have found ourselves in a scary national security situation. The president’s model of governance is that of scare tactics. This is based on exploitation of fear. Before he visited my state – Cross River; to intimidate me, the Navy demolished my fence which bordered the Navy Reference Hospital, which he commissioned. They demolished it and my agent asked them why they were demolishing it? They did it at night. They said they were afraid that someone may climb the wall to shoot him while there. I said alright, as a citizen; I would take it in my stride. After that visit, I sent my boys to rebuild it, but the Navy refused them. All this was towards intimidating me, but I will not be intimidated. I will not be intimidated from continuing two things: To defend the defenseless Nigerians, especially Middle Beltans who are being killed. Secondly, I must continue to cry out that for the first time in our history, the heads of security agencies in our country are 80 per cent from two ethnic groups – Fulani and Kanuri. The two ethnic groups are related to him by blood. His government’s scare tactics is consistent with the logo of his party which they share with the covens, witches and wizards. What do Nigerians expect from a scarecrow like figure carrying a broomstick which is the symbol of witchcraft as the symbol of his party? One does not have to be a master interpreter of symbology to know the symbology of APC.

Under the watch of Buhari, it is inevitable that we shall continue to have the bad omen which we are experiencing. Lest we forget, bad omen or phenomena are seen as a sign of future bad events. The broom stick which APC makes a duty to parade is used as a means to achieve magical fight. Hence you see the depiction of the overriding broomsticks in the unprecedented killings of innocent Nigerians and loss of lives in natural disasters during the period of President Buhari’s rule. They are clear evidence of the bad omen that will visit Nigeria if he gets back to office. A good example of the cruel irony of those who are taking advantage of his incompetence, lack of attention to details is the one by an APC aspirant to Edo Assembly and a nurse for that matter, Josephine Iyamu, who openly campaigned for women rights while secretly engaging in child sex trafficking and forcing young girls to swear to oaths and rituals. She has just been sentenced in the UK. There is a war by Fulani herdsmen militia against the Nigerian majority of Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo , South-South, and Middle Belt original land owners.
Why do you think we have this land grabbing instinct among Fulani herdsmen?

First of all, we must realize, as the president himself has said, that the issue of environmental impact, the desert expansion means that the only land that is fertile is located in these areas. Also, Nigeria is so unfortunate that even where the Fulani are in the majority, which is in Guinea, they have never been allowed to govern because all the other smaller ethnic groups ganged up against them, saying they are too clannish and refused them to govern. But they through Othman Dan Fodio got the caliphate and they see Nigeria as their land. They believe and they have been lucky. There had been no Hausa man who had been head of state of Nigeria. When it comes to sharing “camps” Fulani takes and dumps the Hausa man. And if you watch, the killings going on in Zamfara, it’s against the Hausa. In Kaduna State, the Kaduna South, which is the home of Zamani Lekwot and Martin Agwai is the theatre of killings. In Kaduna North, when you hear of killings in Birnin Gwari, it is because it is not a Fulani place.

What is the solution to this endless bloodletting?

One of the first steps that is imperative is that APC as a party must have the courage to dump Buhari as their candidate. He is a bad product to sell. It is evident in how people are leaving the party. If we go by his own evidence, after so many things instigated by him against Saraki, he has now admitted that Saraki is a man of due process. To that extent and by extension, he has placed him as a man who believes in rule of law. Unlike himself, Saraki is the candidate they should go for, or Tambuwal, or a Middle Belt person. APC has a choice to change itself. Alongside these changes, they should embrace a new level of politicking and performance. With these changes, APC will not give us the bad omen which they have been giving to us. It is imperative that all our critical stakeholders in nation building have started to forge a patriotic front and working in concert and unity to achieve the desired ends. People like Ayo Adebanjo, John Nwodo, the Sultan of Sokoto who have been working tirelessly behind the scene, the Oni of Ife, Oba of Benin, Obi of Onitsha, Obong of Calabar, Gbon Gwom of Jos, Gen. T Y Danjuma, and former heads of state are well positioned to take this initiative to arrest the drift into national disaster. Incidentally, people like Junaid Muhammed are all included in this task. APC may fare well without Buhari as candidate. The new chairman, Oshiomhole and his National Working Committee, NWC, the governors of the party and other stakeholders in APC must see it as a duty to drop Buhari as their candidate so as to make APC a force to be reckoned with in next year’s election. They should go for a respectable and healthier candidate and avoid gerontocracy as we have seen in Buhari.

In making this recommendation, does it mean you don’t have confidence in the R-APC?

No. Instead, I want a healthy election with good candidates on both sides. What I am saying is that APC should give us a good candidate that will vie against the PDP, for Nigerians to make a choice, so that we can make a good choice for the country. I still insist that Buhari is a bad choice for the party. Why am I saying that? Buhari is not in power. The real president of Nigeria is his geriatric uncle, Mamman Daura, followed by the leader of the Think-Tank that advises him – Babagana Kingibe. Then his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari steps in, who in effect is the hand of Mamman Daura in that order. There is a 4th man in that hierarchy. That, I won’t like to mention his name. There is hardly any policy you don’t see the hand of this cabal in. In all this, Buhari is number five. This cabal appears lacking in necessary courage to stop the reliance on working with an inappropriate structure and doing things in a way that is not working out. The calls for the sack of the service chiefs are in my view, a vote of no confidence on Buhari. It is in order. The service chiefs are not commanders. Our constitution makes President Buhari the chief executive officer of the Armed Forces. The Nigerian masses are like shareholders in the Nigerian project while he sits atop as the chief executive officer. The service chiefs are like the director of corporate affairs, or director of human resources. They prepare materials for the chief executive which are approved by him. To this extent, I am saying that service chiefs are not the first line of authority, otherwise, the military; if they had not wanted to be ambiguous would have said army commanders. To say that you leave the commander-in- chief, who is the executive commander and say you are sacking his aides is inappropriate. Have you not heard the adage that an army is as good as the commander? If an army of lions is commanded by a sheep, it will not move. So, why are Nigerians lacking the courage to say it as it is, rather they are dodging the issue as usual. The issue of sacking the service chiefs is not dependent on Buhari, and even if you sack the service chiefs, there will be no change. The template that is in place is such that any man that takes over will face the same problem. Even if Buhari gives his orders, which he has never given, we won’t get the desired result. The last time he gave orders to deal with the herdsmen was when President Trump gave him marching orders, when he told him that they are killing Christians. That was the first time he came back and showed a semblance of taking action and he visited Benue. He has never given the kind of orders he gave against IPOB.

Why has he not done that?

Let me answer it this way. It is very obvious. President Buhari without doubt, as I said earlier, is the most incompetent and nepotic head of state ever in Nigeria. He is pretending to be condoning the Fulani herdsmen who are fighting to use his reign as a window of opportunity to grab the high-yielding land in Nigeria. All the river basins around the River Benue and River Niger, down to Agatu, Igede, and down to Nsukka , Enugu; Delta, Edo; all that rich areas, they want to use the time of this man to grab them. If not, why would a president who means well advise the people of Benue to live in peace with their killers? Secondly, when he was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury in London to diffuse the tension and killings, he said the killings were by ex-Libyan militias/ soldiers. That is another version. Recently, he blamed the politicians for the killings. For a commander-in-chief who has daily and weekly intelligence briefings not to know who is attacking us shows that he knows more than we do and is pretending? The DG DSS, at a conference I attended sometime in February organized by the Senate, before the Senate he said most of the arms they found with the herdsmen came from military and police armouries. The whole place was quiet. The only person that spoke was the IGP who said it was only a few from the police. With all this, do you need an oracle to tell you that Buhari is not serious about the killings? Even the governor of Plateau State, who I would say is a willing tool, by rushing to the cabal to condemn the grazing land law in Benue had his own mayhem when he was recently visited by the killers. Those who still think that they can sheepishly follow Buhari will soon see how ungrateful he is. An example of who they should learn from is a man called Sule Hamman, a very brilliant Fulani man who was the brain box that stood with Buhari all through the years.

Buba Galadima who has come out now with R-APC is another example of how the man can be ungrateful. The other person they should learn from is my courageous friend Asiwaju Tinubu. Without him, Buhari would never have smelt that office, but see how he was treated in the first two and half years of his regime. The third person is Obasanjo – the betrayal of Obasanjo. The fifth person is Gen. T.Y Danjuma who had financed, advised and stood by him all through the years. At a time, there were two people who were the closest to Buhari. They are T.Y Danjuma and Tunde Bakare. Where are they now? Anyone who thinks they can give Buhari a chance has a lot to learn. Let me tell you a story which will reflect on what I am trying to say. It is popular with the Hausa. It is about a snake. A snake was about to be engulfed by fire. The snake cried out for help and a man passing by stopped and said, if I help you , I hope you will not turn round to bite me? The snake said no, and the man rescued it. The snake turned round and bit the man, and when the man was asked, he said it is the nature of the snake. This story was told to me by a former military governor just to remind me that if the Southerners don’t know, they should learn. I asked in my book; True Federal Democracy or Awaiting Implosion? I wrote it in 2012 and already you can see it happening. In other words, without restructuring, these things will continue.

Who is afraid of restructuring?

Let me say this. The extant 1999 Constitution is an outcome of what Prof Abiola Ojo described as ‘successful legislation which begets its own illegality.’ We need the people to determine the constitution in place of imposters who framed the current constitution in use. I refer our lawyers to what is called Principles in Ethics, and in essence jurisprudence. The principle states that a law can be broken to achieve a greater good. This is a principle my Catholic Rev Father brought to my notice. St Thomas Aquinas expanded this principle. I am saying that Nigerians should have the courage of setting aside this present constitution. Those who are benefiting from the present situation will always oppose restructuring. Luckily for us, people are daily realizing that we won’t make any progress without restructuring. Only the other day, Governor Dickson of Bayelsa spoke with Ango Abdullahi on it. A critical Think-Thank led by Sule Hamman and other scholars from the North-West has come up to support restructuring the country. Let me ask this question. What is the way out for a people whose socio-economic power had been hijacked, especially when the powers of the usurpers had been legalized? A people, whose socio-economic and even political power had been forcefully colonized, will do anything to reclaim their power. As rightly captured by His Eminence, Rt Rev Gbonigi in his book, he said sensually centered insurgencies are bound to rise from time to time with our present over-centralized quasi-democratic governance. He goes on to explain that this is why well-meaning Nigerians have agitated and will continue to agitate for true political and fiscal federalism. We have a situation, according to a comedian, where the Federal Government is ruling without an agreed ruler.

We have a political system which incubates and produces crooks as leaders. This leads to the next question: Why is the biggest fighter against corruption not fighting against the corruptive system that begets corruption and the corrupted idea of federalism that we are operating. Can institutionalized corruption in Nigeria be effectively done in a way without an address of the underlying conditions which are the root causes and means of sustenance, and above all, the cover up of institutional graft? If the present situation where the Federal Government is exploiting Niger Delta resources and value added tax in Lagos, if it is not institutionalized corruption, then what is it? With the mother of all corruptions, the outcome of governance will most likely be crooked. The independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is only independent by name as I have said many times.

There is no serious constitutional basis for the electoral commission to be free from the president’s control.
How does this impede on the 2019 general elections?

The INEC chairman has to do more to correct the impression and allegation that as we speak, over one million PVCs have been printed and given to Nigeriens to cross Buhari’s town, Daura. No wonder a rail line is being built from Daura to Niger. If you doubt this allegation, recently, scores of Nigeriens were arrested by the Navy in Kogi and were found with PVCs, which were for the Ekiti governorship election.
Can we have your thoughts on state police? How best can it be achieved?

State police is imperative and obvious. Before I go further, let me make a distinction. There is what is called low intensity war as we have now with the killings. In the Nigerian case, they become high intensive due to the level of arms. We have now, both wars from external and within us. We have enemies within us. While we have very good defense architecture against external threats by conventional armed forces, what we don’t have is security architecture to deal with unconventional troops. We have beaten Boko Haram in conventional warfare. We have not beaten them in unconventional warfare. This is why they are still bombing. On top of

this, we now have Fulani herdsmen who are using mercenaries from abroad as the president confirmed, to attack us. We should learn from the American experience after 9/11. We should begin the concept of homeland defense. In America, while they have federal armed forces, they have national guards in the states. The police are basically to enforce law and order. When it comes to military defense of any community, it is always a paramilitary or military force. The Americans believe that for internal; the national guards in the states come in handy. So, we need state guard. Enugu State, for example, should have Enugu State Guard made up of Enugu indigenes or residents. The arms they carry are made up of small fire arms to defend. But they will not have long range arms. We can no more depend on the centre. In India, when the Chinese threats were going through the Himalayas to attack Indian communities, the Indians started ethnic police in addition to the federal security set up. So, we need National Guard to serve as a buffer between the police and the armed forces. Part of the canons of restructuring says that states should be more autonomous, and should have control of their resources.
To what extent do you think that Buhari’s protracted illness has impacted on his alleged incompetence?

I don’t want to talk about the illness because that is the burden of every mortal. Buhari has never been competent. A commander-in-chief that cannot even be obeyed by the police? In his public positions, his deputies have always been the ones in charge. The late General Tunde Idiagbon did the whole work in his first outing as military head of state. At the 3 Div of the Army where I served under him, the brainbox, and the person who did the whole work was Col Chris Igbokwe. Chris Igbokwe was actually the man who led the tanks to stop Dimka’s coup. But because he was an Igbo man, he was put down and the glory was given to another person. It was Chris Igbokwe who stopped Dimka’s coup. Remember that there were even doubts about which side Babangida was. Babangida was the one who went to see Dimka and talked to him. But the person that mobilized troops to stop the coup was Chris Igbokwe. He eventually became a Col GS, something like Chief of General Staff to Buhari when we were in 3 Div of the Nigerian Army. Now, he has been hijacked by a cabal and the only person there who has some thinking capacity is Kingibe, but he is more interested in Kanuri and Fulani agenda than Nigeria.
Where do you think Nigeria is heading to, given the attitude of the politicians, the polarization, killings, electoral problems and other negative tendencies?

It is heartwarming that many people of goodwill are rising to the challenge. Obasanjo, Danjuma, the christian communities, muslims and many others. I know that the Sultan of Sokoto is working tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria is saved from the doomsday. Many a time, the young man is misunderstood because of what the Fulani herdsmen are doing. Many of the eminent Fulanis feel that what is being done in their name is terrible. You see the Hausa rising to draw a distinction between them and the Fulani. This goes to show that Nigerians are now waking up. For a long time, Nigerians have been asleep or have been hypnotized that they do not see danger. The danger that lies ahead is that if Buhari gets a second term, Nigerians should know that the bad omen, the killings of innocent farmers, and natural disaster in which lives are lost in hundreds under president Buhari’s watch will continue.

It is now left for them to do the needful and safeguard human lives and halt the agenda of enslavement of fellow human beings. The arrogance of Miyetti Allah is baffling. When Nigerians are asking for the service chiefs to be sacked, they are pushing that the service chiefs should be retained. This means they are now determining the direction of the government, though I don’t think the service chiefs are the problem. I think Buhari is the problem.

Source:Sunday Sun Newspaper
Police Finally Arrests 19 Year Old Boy That Murdered Girlfriend In Benin

Police Finally Arrests 19 Year Old Boy That Murdered Girlfriend In Benin

A jealous teenager, Master Junior Omo Shaba, 19 has been arrested by the police in Benin for brutally killing his lover, Miss Matilda Odiri, 18.

The hot lover reportedly stabbed the young girl to death inside his room at Akugbe Street, Off Sikuko road, Ogida, Benin City, last Sunday, July 15 at about 11 pm and dumped her remains by the roadside in the middle of the night.

The deceased was said to have gone to her boyfriend’s house where she was expected to pass.

An allegation of infidelity levelled by the green-eyed lover boy against the visitor was said to have degenerated into a fierce argument.

In a counter-accusation, the girl was said to have also expressed resentment over her boyfriend’s returning home late as he was already seeing another girl. In a fit of anger, he allegedly stabbed her with a knife in her right breast.

The killer boyfriend who is now in police custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Benin, was said to have fled to Aduwawa area of the Edo state capital to evade arrest but his furious father gave him up. He was arrested that same day by policemen.

The Edo State Police spokesman, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor said that the killer loverboy confessed and admitted that he did murder his lover and dumped her body on the street to cover up his evil deed after an argument ensued between them in the night.

Nwabuzor noted that the suspect admitted to having killed his girlfriend with a knife which she used to peel some oranges they took that night.

The spokesman said it is a case of murder and Shaba would soon be arraigned in court after the completion of investigations.