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Oshodi LG chairman speaks on rumoured death of NURTW boss, Lagos violence

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Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Idris Muse-Ariyoh, on Thursday debunked news on social media that there was crisis in Oshodi, TOPNAIJA.NG reports.

Muse-Ariyoh described as “fake news” the rumour that MC Oluomo is dead.

Rising from a security meeting, Muse-Ariyoh called on the people to remain calm and go about their normal business.

Those at the meeting included the three Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), representatives of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the State Environment and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), the Elewu of Ewutuntun Oba Shakirudeen Adesina Kuti and Secretary to the Local Government.

“It’s no longer news, the fracas that occurred at the Mega Campaign flag off of the All Progressives Congress(APC) at the sky power playground, GRA, Ikeja on Tuesday 8th January ,2019 in the battle for supremacy among the top echelon of NURTW which claimed a life and
many injured.

“There are insinuations and misinformation on the state of security in Oshodi. I have come to address the press to erase every doubt and restore confidence back in the mind of the people that Oshodi- Isolo Local Government is safe as haven.

“Men of the security are on red alert to prevent any breakdown of law and order that may occur due to the incident which affected Alhaji MC Oluomo (Lagos State NURTW Treasurer), a resident of Oshodi.

“People should go about their businesses likewise those on transit as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos state , CP Imohimi Edgal has assured me of his men competence and readiness to forestall any breakdown of law and order in Oshodi and his environs.

“Alhaji Akinsanya Musilu has been hospitalised and he is recuperating fast and he will soon be reunited with his family.

“Let me use this medium to sound a strong warning to those planning to cause crisis based on what happened to have a rethink as the government won’t condone any act capable to bring unrest in the community.

“Anyone caught in the act will not go unpunished. Oshodi is calm, peaceful and I urge everyone to continue to be law abiding, continue with their legitimate business while parents and guardians should warn their wards from any act of lawlessness,” Ariyoh said

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Michelle Obama encourages Greta Thunberg after Trump’s mockery

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Michelle Obama, Former US First lady has encouraged 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg with words of advice after the 2019 TIME personality of the year was mocked on Twitter by US president Donald Trump.

 

On Thursday, President Trump called out Thunberg on Twitter after TIME magazine named her as their personality of the year following her numerous public speeches and activism towards climate change despite her young age.

According to Trump, Thunberg has serious anger issues and has to ‘chill’.

“Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!” Trump wrote.

The teenager in response showed class as she used Trump’s jibe against her as her new Twitter bio. Michelle Obama then reached out to the teenager via Twitter.

“Don’t let anyone dim your light,” the former first lady wrote on Twitter to Thunberg.
“Like the girls I’ve met in Vietnam and all over the world, you have so much to offer us all.”

 

Without mentioning Trump’s name, Obama added, “Ignore the doubters and know that millions of people are cheering you on.”

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Stop all charges against Sowore now, Falana warns Malami

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Earlier today, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Human rights lawyer mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), to withdraw pending criminal charges against his clients, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.

 

Falana said in a statement that there was no evidence to get the ‘RevolutonNow’ protests conveners convicted. He was reacting to an announcement by the AGF office on Friday that a letter had been sent to the Department of State Services to hands off the case involving Sowore and send the case files to his office.

The operatives of the DSS invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja to rearrest Sowore on December 6. The rearrest, which led to the disruption of court proceedings presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, came less than 24 hours after Sowore and Bakare were released from custody where they had been held for over four months.

Falana said the court invasion by the DSS was what prompted the AGF to take over the prosecution of his clients. He, however, noted that despite the directive by the AGF for the DSS to hands off the case, the DSS was still bent on fishing for evidence to file fresh charges against his clients.

He stated, “Convinced that the pending case would collapse like a pack of cards, the SSS is currently fishing for evidence to nail Sowore.

“In spite of the directive of the AGF to hands over the case, the SSS subjected Sowore to a four-hour interrogation yesterday (December 12, 2019). The entire interrogation pertained to Sowore’s alleged links with the proscribed Boko Haram sect, IPOB, and IMN which he vehemently denied.

“At Sowore’s instance a member of the legal defence team, Mr. Abubakar Marshal, witnessed the marathon interrogation. The plan is to charge Sowore with terrorism as a follow-up to the unsubstantiated allegations of a presidential media aide.

“In the light of the foregoing, we urge the AGF to file a nolle prosequi motion to end the macabre dance which has exposed the country to avoidable embarrassment.”

He insisted that the action the AGF had so far taken on the prosecution of Sowore and his co-defendant was not a takeover “because it was the AGF that filed the case of September 20, 2019, and farmed it out to Dr. Hassan Liman, SAN”.

He added, “But in view of the violent invasion of the court by the armed operatives of the SSS the AGF has decided to sack the external prosecution team and have the case prosecuted by the Department of Public Prosecution.”

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FG suspends operation of Turkish Airlines in Nigeria

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended the operations of Turkish Airlines in the country due to repeated cases of poor passenger treatment by the international carrier.

 

It gave the directive through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, directing the airline to suspend its operations until it was ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that could transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time.

 

It was gathered that the government’s directive came as a result of recent cases in which the airline failed to bring in passengers into Nigeria together with their checked-in baggage. In a letter to the airline by the acting Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Abdullahi Sidi, which was made available by the Federal Ministry of Aviation in Abuja on Thursday, December 12th the authority expressed displeasure at the incidents, which it said had been going on for over two weeks.

 

Sidi said the incidents had become so bad that most recent Turkish Airlines flights arrived in Nigeria without more than 85 per cent of passengers’ baggage on board.

He said,

“Our airport authority has been facing a serious crisis controlling the passengers at the airport whenever they arrive without their baggage. This issue has made passengers to carry out several mob actions at our airports and it is a great threat to our airport facilities.  

“In view of all these, and a series of meetings held with the Turkish Airlines personnel, which did not yield any solution to this problem, the NCAA is therefore left with no option than to direct Turkish Airlines to suspend its operations into Nigeria until such a time when the airline is ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that can transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time.  

“If no remedial action is carried out by your airline, this suspension shall be effective from the 16th of December, 2019.”

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Nigerian man returning from China slumps, dies at Lagos airport

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A passenger, identified as Chukwuma Anthony Ezeh, on Wednesday slumped and died at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

An official source at the MMIA, Lagos arrival terminal told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the passenger slumped on arrival from China and died while waiting to collect his luggage.

Ezeh, according to information on his passport, was 47 years old at the time of the incident.

The spokesperson of the Police MMIA Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, who confirmed the incident to NAN at about 9.25p.m. on Wednesday, said the passenger came on board Ethiopian Airline.

According to him, the incident happened at about 3:15p.m. and the deceased was confirmed dead at the MMIA Clinic.

“While walking at the arrival hall the man slumped and died,” he said.

Alabi added that Ezeh’s corpse had been deposited at the Air Force Base Hospital mortuary.

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Court sacks Ooni of Ife’s second in command, orders replacement

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A state high court in Osogbo, Osun state, has sacked Idowu Adediwura, Obalufe of Ife, the second in command to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

The case which was presided over by Justice Foluke Awolalu on Wednesday will see the Oa replaced within 21 days.

Obalufe, the traditional prime minister of Ife, is next in rank to the Ooni. Abayomi Elugbuji, on behalf of himself and the Aga ruling house, had filed a suit challenging the installation of Adediwura.

In the suit, he argued that the installation of the sacked monarch was not in accordance with the provisions of Ife chieftaincy declaration of 1957.

While giving the judgement, Awolalu held that going by the Ife chieftaincy declaration, it was not the turn of Ajagbusiekun ruling house, where Adediwura hails from, to produce the obalufe.

She said it was the turn of Aga ruling house to fill the position, asking that Adediwura should restrain from parading himself as the Obalufe from henceforth.

The judge directed Ogunwusi to replace Adediwura with Elugbuji from the Aga ruling house within three weeks.

Babafemi Akande, Elugbuji’s counsel, described the judgment as “sound and clear”.

“The law is very clear, nobody is above the law and no one is below it. So, the judge gave the judgment in accordance with the dictates of the law,” he said.

This is the second major ruling affecting traditional rulers in the south-west in the last three weeks.

Last month, the supreme court sacked Samuel Adebayo-Adegbola, a monarch with the title “Eleruwa of Eruwa” in Oyo state.

The court had held that Adegbola was not a member of the ruling house whose turn was it to produce the successor of Bolanle Olaniyan, to the previous Eleruwa, who died in 1994.

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45 political parties call for Igbo presidency in 2023

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The Equity Group, a combination of 45 political parties on Thursday called on the South–East and politicians of Igbo extraction to work together to produce the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, come 2023.

The National Chairman of the group, Mr Okey Chikwendu, made the call at a news conference in Abuja. According to him, the total exclusion of Ndigbo from national leadership equation has become matter of grave concern to well-meaning Nigerians.

Chikwendu said the Igbo deserve visionary treatment and should be given space to produce the next president. According to him, Igbo presidency will work assiduously towards genuine national unity given their spread and investment in all the nooks and crannies of the country. “Historically and geographically, Nigeria sits on a tripod namely: North, East and West. R

“Under both variants of civilian/democracy and military government regimes that have ruled in the post-independence Nigeria (since 1960), Ndigbo of the present South-East Geo-Political Zone have literally been “political on-lookers’’.

“The apparent total exclusion of Ndigbo, an important part of the national tripod from the national leadership equation, has become quite a troubling matter of grave concern to well-meaning Nigerians,” he said. Chikwendu called on all patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians to supports and partner the Igbo on this cause, come 2023.

In the same vein, one of the National Leaders of Equity Group, Mr Frank Igwebuike, stressed that to promote equity, justice and fairness it was the turn of an Igbo man to take over the mantle of power as the president comes 2023. He said, “it is not within the power of the incumbent president to hand over power to anybody, it is the turn of the Igbo man to become the president putting into consideration many variables.

“We are calling on Nigerians to have a rethink. We must talk of the real unity in diversity,” he said. Another leader of the group, Mr Godson Okoye, also stressed the readiness of the Igbo to take over the mantle of leadership by the end of the present administration. “There is no disunity in the Igbo as perceived in some quarters; this must be achieved for us to say there is unity, equity, justice and peace in this country,” he stressed.

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Former AMCON chairman, Muiz Banire finally speaks up on his replacement

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Former chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Muiz Banire who has finally spoken on his replacement says he was disturbed after the news broke.

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari implemented the amended AMCON law by replacing Banire with Edward Adamu, deputy governor for corporate services at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

In an article published by The Sun, Banire said he was in London when he received the report that a new chairman had been appointed at AMCON.

He said he got disturbed by the insinuations which made the rounds over the development.

“News about this development came to me while in London in the middle of a crash education programme,” Banire said.

“Interestingly, I was disturbed with complaints and murmurs by some people who read lots of insinuations into the development and were apparently in a mourning mood, as if disengagement from a political appointment was tantamount to bereavement.

“The grumbling from the supposed well-wishers underscores the problematic aspect of Nigerians as a people who see appointments into political offices as open sesame to riches and an opportunity for self-enrichment.

“Whereas, in saner climes, political offices are seen as opportunities to serve humanity, to the glory of God, in Nigeria, it is seen as an opportunity for self-enrichment.

“My days in AMCON as chairman were dominated by pressure I gladly entertained with all sense of responsibility in order to be able to serve my people.”

Banire added that people do not bother if political officials succeed in their duties, but they would rather see the appointment as an opportunity for self-enrichment.

“Once an appointee is relieved of his appointment, mournful glares compete on burrowed foreheads, languid expressions of personal losses dominate discussions among beneficiaries or intended beneficiaries of loot from a public office recently lost,” he said.

“Lots of motives, from ethnicity to religion, to personal scores and political intrigues are adduced as reasons why the appointor must have terminated the appointment or disengaged the public office holder. In my situation, messages of consolation and clear condemnation oozed from some mouths the moment it was announced that a new nomination had been made.

“It was a terrible distraction as I was struggling to imbibe as much as possible from the highly intellectually resourceful lecturer that was handling the on-going session. Calls came into my phone in torrents. Loads of messages poured into my phone with the constant flashes of light from the mobile gadget constituting a needless distraction until I had to switch it off.

“That you were considered worthy to serve the public in an elective or appointive office is an opportunity to give your best to the community to the benefit of the living and in preparation of a decent living for the yet unborn generations. It must not be regarded as a kingship on which someone should expect life tenure.

“In fact, as may be recalled, during the resistance to my nomination at inception, I clearly made this point that “I am not jobless and, therefore, not in search of any appointment.” I only owe the nation my service whenever called upon and I have the capacity to deliver.”

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Man arrested for killing his 3-year-old son in Kano

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A 40-year-old man identified as Musbahu has been arrested for killing his 3-year-old son in Kano

The Kano State Police Command confirmed the arrest through the spokesperson of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna.

He explained that the incident happened on Thursday at Mahaukaci Quarter in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State.

Haruna said the suspect was in police custody and will be charged to court after the investigation.

Speaking to the press, the suspect, who admitted to have committed the crime, said he did it to save his son and himself from embarrassment as the child was born out of wedlock and he has nobody to take care of him.

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Abuja-Kaduna highway now safe, El-Rufai says

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Kidnapping on Abuja-Kaduna highway has substantially reduced and the highway is now safe for roadusers, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Thursday.

The Governor made the remark at an inter-agency security meeting held in Kaduna.

Early this year, Kaduna state was in the news for the wrong reasons due to rising cases of kidnapping, communal clashes, and rural banditry.

At some point, the Kaduna-Abuja highway and Birnin-Gwari road became a no-go area for motorists largely due to the incessant abduction of travellers and residents.

But El-Rufai said the kidnappers terrorising the highway have been substantially degraded and defeated by security agencies, and therefore declared the road safe for motorists.

At the security meeting, which involved officials from the Police, Army, Nigerian Security and  Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and others, El-Rufai expressed happiness that no one has been kidnapped on the highway in the last two and a half months.

He attributed the success to the enhanced level of collaboration and coordination among security agencies.

However, he urged them to sustain the inter-agency collaboration while also assuring that the State Government is committed to complementing their efforts through logistics support, mobility, hardware and other means

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British PM, Boris Johnson wins huge mandate for swift Brexit

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British PM, Boris Johnson wins huge mandate for swift Brexit

The Brexit palaver in the UK is looking to come to an end as Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis.

The Brexit divorce represents Britain’s biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world’s fifth-largest economy adrift from the vast trading bloc and testing the integrity of the United Kingdom.

For Boris Johnson, who had faced gridlock in parliament and focused his campaign on a vow to “Get Brexit Done”, victory was a vindication. “The people of this country have given us tonight a huge great stonking mandate,” he told activists at Conservative Party headquarters, according to a recording published by Buzzfeed.

“They’ve given us this mandate of course because they want us to do one thing, which you all know, they want us to get Brexit done.” Nearly half a century after Britain joined the EU, Johnson faces the challenge of striking new international trade deals, preserving London’s position as a top global financial capital and keeping the United Kingdom together.

In a political earthquake in England, the Conservatives won large numbers of seats in the opposition Labour Party’s so-called Red Wall, traditional working-class heartlands once hostile to Johnson’s party.

Brexit, which has shattered old party loyalties and divided Britain along new fault lines, was the cause of the shift. In the Red Wall, a majority of voters favoured leaving the European Union and rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ambiguous stance on the issue.

In a symbol of the change, the Conservatives took Sedgefield, once held by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Labour’s most successful leader. U.S. President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Johnson. “Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT.

This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U.,” Trump wrote on Twitter “Celebrate Boris!”

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