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Again, Police in Accidental Discharge, Kill Two, Injure Others

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 Acting IGP, Mohammed Abubakar 

By Chiemelie Ezeobi

“Once more, the Police have killed innocent persons in circumstances that are far from crime control. Although it little shocks Nigerians anymore that the Police killed innocent persons, yet, it deepens the slur to which the image of the Police Force is often dragged each time it occurs. And many are the times indeed.

In a recent incident, four policemen attached to the State Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), were said to have been more than tipsy, having spent hours carousing at a Night Club, Monalido Club, Kalakuta road, off Creek Road, in the Apapa district of Lagos State.

In foggy circumstances, the Police men who were said to have escorted a certain sailor, one Captain George¸ to the club last Saturday, as they usually did in the past, had gone into the club with their loaded weapons.  The police officers are two corporals and two inspectors.

Eyewitness account said the Lagos socialite had gone to the club to unwind with his escorts; and stayed till the wee hours of the next day however, as they were about to leave, the escorts were said to have fired their guns purportedly into the sky in sheer mark of revelry, having lost full control of their emotions.

The shooting surprised the club members and many of them began to run helter skelter for shelter from the flying bullets. But two persons, one Azubuike Benedict and a lady simply identified as Joy were not as lucky as the bullets hit them on the stomach and neck respectively.  Others were inured. One of them, Darlington, received a bullet on his knee.

THISDAY further gathered that the police officers were fond of shooting sporadically into the air to celebrate while their boss sprays money on fun seekers anytime they came to the club to unwind. Observers are thus worried at the flippant excuse at which live bullets are expended by policemen. Another question raised by this incident is on why the police would go into a club with their guns when they face the danger of being inebriated?

Speaking to THISDAY Thursday in Apapa, friends of Azubuike called on the appropriate authorities to see that justice is served. Narrating the scenario, one of the deceased’s friends, Deji Nathaniel, said he was hanging out with Azubuike when another mutual friend showed up and asked them out to Monalido to unwind. It turned out to be Azubuike’s last outing ever. Azubuike hails from Kwale in Delta State.

According to Nathaniel, the 39-year-old father of Esther (6-years-old) had just come back two months ago from Italy where he resides.  Described by friends as an all round entertainer and mentor, the death has shocked all who knew him.

Nathaniel said: “We were all together that day when I stepped out. The next thing I knew, a lady rushed to me and told me that Zuby (their pet name for him) had been shot dead.  When I got to our spot, I was told he had been taken to Lagoon Hospital for treatment.

“I rushed there only to see Zuby lying in a pool of his own blood. Even though he was in pains, he was still talking. He asked me to hold his hand which I did and was assuring him that he would survive. He complained that his stomach was hurting him because he was shot in the ribs.”

Nathaniel said he held the hand of the deceased until he was rolled into the theatre for surgery and about five hours later, they got a call to announce his death.

“When we took him to the hospital, they demanded for N1million before treatment would be carried out. We quickly rallied round and raised N800, 000 before treatment commenced.

“First they gave him four pints of blood but it obviously was not enough as the hospital told us that they needed six more pints. We went around to different hospitals to get that. It is painful that despite all our efforts, Zuby still died.”

According to Nathaniel, the said Captain George had stormed the club with his ash coloured Toyota Forerunner Jeep with registration number FST950AJ while his escorts were in a white Hilux truck.

“We want the authorities to do something about this matter and not sweep it under the carpet because this has been Captain George’s modus operandi. He comes into the club with his escorts and after they have enjoyed themselves, he would throw wads of cash in the air while his escorts will also shoot into the air in joyous mood.”

One of the victims, who was identified as Darlington, who was lucky to have survived the gunshot on his knee was brought to THISDAY after treatment to narrate his account.

According to him, they were catching their fun when the stillness of the night was broken by sporadic gunshots. He said while the fun seekers quickly dispersed, he took cover but was hit all the same.

He demanded that, “the police officers who did this should be brought to book since they are known. I was lucky the bullet did not kill me.”

Also speaking to THISDAY, one of the petty-traders around the club precinct, one Gbenga, claimed the policemen were drunk and as result fired their guns even though no one threatened them or their boss.

He said: “Captain George is a very popular face at the Monalido Club and so that day, he had come as usual to the club and as they were leaving, his police escorts shot sporadically into the air. The bullets killed two people instantly and injured so many people.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, a superintendent of police, had confirmed the incident but said he could not say if the policemen were drunk as alleged.

He said: “The incident happened quite alright but we do not know if the policemen were drunk. From what I deduced from the information reaching me, the shots were accidental.

“The police officer in question tried to shoot his gun up in the air but his gun jammed and hit his hand thereby bringing the gun down. It was in the process that two people were killed.”

Jaiyeoba said investigations are going to ascertain what truly happened as well as secure the arrest of the two fleeing officers.

The two arrested officers have since been handed over to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Muhammed Muazu, of Apapa Police Division.

It would be recalled that on assumption of office, the acting IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, as part of his reformatory agenda for the police, had ordered the withdrawal of all approved police escorts from private individuals and corporate bodies across the country.”

Source: Thisday Newspapers

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Police Arrest Robbers, Cable Thieves, Recover Arms

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Acting IG Abubakar
By Ernest Chinwo and Chiemelie Ezeobi
“Lagos State Police Command Tuesday said it had arrested some armed robbery suspects and cable thieves within Victoria Island, Surulere and Satellite Police Stations, recovering arms, ammunition and stolen cables respectively.
In Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, came a report that a policeman escaped death by the whiskers Tuesday, when armed robbers stormed an old generation bank in Eligbolo, Obio/Akpor local government area of the state, seizing two rifles from policemen.
But confirming the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, a superintendent of police (SP), said at about 4p.m, a team of policemen attached to Victoria Island Police Station intercepted an armed robbery operation in their jurisdiction.
He said the robbers had attempted to rob a man of his vehicle close to the 1004 Housing Estate before the police chanced on them.
While other members of the gang fled upon sighting the police, one Gbenga Otenaike, a resident of No.20, Thomas Adeniji Adele road, was however arrested  with a toy pistol found on him.
Also, another armed robbery suspect who was identified as Uche Obi was arrested and arms recovered from him by police operatives from the Satellite Police Station.
The spokesman said the suspect were arrested by operatives who were on a stop and search duty at Maza-Maza motor park along the Mile 2 Badagry Expressway. During the search, three locally made barrel pistols with three live cartridges were found and recovered from him.
In a related development, five persons were also arrested at Alaka Bus Stop by operatives attached to the Surulere Police Station in connection with NITEL cable vandalisation.
The suspects, one Gafaru Gbadege, Morufu Ogunyinka, Aminu Taofeek, Kazeem Lawal and Kazeem Soweta, were said to be conveying the stolen cables in a commercial Volkswagen bus when they were caught.
Jaiyeoba said the three cases had been transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, for further investigation before prosecution by the appropriate authorities.
Meanwhile, the policeman was shot on the leg while the robbers dispossessed security operatives on duty of their rifles during the operation.
Witnesses said the hoodlums forcefully entered the premises of the bank at about 2am yesterday in an attempt access the bank’s vault.
The state Commissioner of Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, confirmed the incident, but said the robbers did not succeed in the operation.
Speaking later during an interactive session with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Indabawa explained that one of the policemen on duty at the bank was able to prevent the armed robbers from gaining access to the bank vaults.
“There was an attempt by a group of armed robbers to rob the bank at about 2pm on Monday, but they (hoodlums) did not succeed in getting to the vaults, but they took away two of our arms and we are investigating the matter.
In another development, one person was confirmed dead and another injured in a fatal accident along the Oshodi-Apapa Expre-ssway, involving a heavy duty vehicle (truck) and a motorcycle.
According to the report, the truck’s yet-to-be identified driver with registration number XL 990 EPE had hit the motorcyclist, one Eric Njoku with a pillion and he died on his way to the hospital.”

Source: Thisday Newspaper

Gunmen Attack Plateau Village, Kill 7

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By Seriki Adinoyi and Chiemelie Ezeobi

 

About seven people were feared killed in their sleep in an attack in the early hours of yesterday by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Rinyam Tahoss village of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The killing however came on the heels of a fresh bomb scare which occurred simultaneously in different parts of Lagos State jolted residents, prompting the state Police Command to beef up security in the affected areas.

It was also gathered that 10 others, who reportedly sustained serious injuries, were currently in critical condition at the Vom Christian hospital.

THISDAY learnt that the herdsmen, who laid ambush at various strategic parts of the village fired gun shots into the air to scare the villagers, and subsequently began to attack them in their sleep.

An eye witness said after two hours of uninterrupted operation, the assailants bolted away before the arrival of men of the Special Task Force (STF).

Among the seven people killed were four adult and three children

Confirming the incident, member representing Riyom constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Daniel Dem, said: “The attack has become a daily occurrence today alone seven  people were shot death and several others are receiving treatment of gunshot and machete cuts at the Vom Christian hospital. I want to appeal to my people to remain calm and not to take the laws into their hands as appropriate measures are being taken to bring to an end the senseless killings.”

The lawmaker lamented that despite the fact that the local government was under state of emergency, people are being killed on a daily basis and called on the security personnel deploy to the area to be proactive.

In a related development, THISDAY gathered that the bomb scare occurred at Dominion Store and the E-centre housing Ozone Cinema, both in Sabo, Yaba, area of the state.

Whilst police operatives and men of the state Anti-Bomb Squad stormed the area for a search, the residents of the area took to their heels out of fear. Residents of the state have been forced to cope with the incessant bomb scares that erupts in different parts of the state.

While the search was going on in Yaba, some policemen numbering about 15 had stormed the office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, to tighten security.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, said mischief-makers were the ones sending threat messages in the state. He urged members of the public not to panic as measures have been put in place for their safety.

The presence of the policemen had disrupted the Google New Media Certification Workshop, which took place at the massive hall of NAN media centre.

Source  :Thisday Newspaper

‘Why doctors were fired’

Gov Fashola Gov Fashola

 

The Lagos State government yesterday defended its decision to lay off striking 788 doctors.

It said the decision, though painful, was necessary and taken for the public good. The government also ruled out any further negotiation with the sacked doctors, saying those interested in abiding by the rules could appeal for consideration.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris who spoke yesterday denied that hospitals in the state were totally grounded by the doctors’ strike, saying 746 doctors were at work providing qualitative medical service and saving lives. Those ones are to be joined by the newly employed 373 medics, he added.

Dr. Idris, who spoke at the  secretariat in Alausa said: “though every employee has a right to down tools to call attention of his employer to his plight, that shouldn’t be at the expense of the laid- down rules and at the expense of innocent people’s lives,” adding, “we must restore health services back to our facilities and prevent deaths.”

He said the government bent over backwards to accommodate the excesses of the striking doctors while exploring all avenues for dialogue. He regretted that the striking doctors remained adamant.

The Commissioner said as part of the avenues that was employed to resolve the differences, the leadership of the House of Assembly held a meeting with both parties, noting that the striking doctors insulted members of the panel and the meeting ended abruptly.

He said newly employed doctors would blend with the others to provide qualitative and efficient service.

Idris said government was open to dialogue but noted that preserving  the lives of Lagosians was paramount.

Dr. Idris said the government would not be intimidated by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) with its utterances and threats of legal action against the government.

He said having taken a bold step to employ new doctors to take over the vacant positions, there are presently about 1,059 doctors to attend to patients in need of medical attention.

Dr. Idris described the threat by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to revoke the licences of the newly recruited doctors as mere intimidation; saying only the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has the power to decide on discipline in the the medical profession. . “The NMA does not grant Medical licences; it is the MDCN that grants medical licensces. And granting of the Medical licences is subject to your qualification in the medical school”, he said.

He added that the NMA ought to be an association of medical professionals who should uphold the dignity of the profession.

Head of Service (HOS) Adesegun Ogunlewe  said officers dismissed from service have no place for negotiation. He said they could only appeal to the governor for reconsideration.

Ogunlewe said it was “cruel and callous” of the doctors to neglect their patients and embark on an illegal strike. He said government had met some of the issues they raised.

The HOS said the doctors by their action, violated rules and regulations, leaving the government with no option but to salvage the situation. He said: “If you go on an illegal strike, it is as good as someone who absented himself from work without permission and there are laid down rules for that.

“I released a circular to bring the attention of all workers to the Trade Dispute Act and it was clear that government intended to henceforth enforce the content of that Trade Dispute Act, the consequence of the illegalities of their actions is what they are reaping now.

“The state government holds all health workers in very high esteem including doctors. However, in a democracy, the rule of law must always prevail , particularly in a public service where we have age-long rules and regulations that have been guiding the performance of every member irrespective of their performance within the service”.

Source: The Nation

#Nigeria #Lagos Tanker Drivers Get 4 Days to Quit Apapa-Oshodi Express Road

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By Gboyega Akinsanmi

 

 
Lagos State Government Thursday  issued a four-day ultimatum to all articulated vehicle drivers to desist from unauthorised parking along Apapa-Oshodi expressway or face harsh punitive measures.

 

The gridlock caused by the tankers has virtually brought to a halt economic activities on the axis, forcing the closure of many businesses.

The state government issued the ultimatum after an emergency meeting with the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) Wednesday night.

 

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, who led his counterpart in the Local Government Ministry, Mr. Ademorin Kuye, and Chairman of the state Taskforce on Special Offence Unit, Mr. Bayo Sulaiman, to the meeting, said enforcement would commence next Monday.

Opeifa said the state government could no longer watch and fold its arms to allow such display of lawlessness in the state, adding that the tanker and trailer drivers who failed to comply would have their vehicles towed.

 

He said the state government “wants you to do business but it does not want you to inconvenient others. Enough is enough. We want to make sure the Apapa expressway, all through to Ijora bridge is free of traffic”.

“We want to see that the road that leads to Tin Can is also free and that the police station at Ijora to Port is free of traffic. We want to see that tankers on Creek Road are evacuated so that the road can be free,” he added.

 

He added that “all shanties under Liverpool bridge should be cleared. We seek your cooperation to ensure that your people remove their vehicles from the road. Those people whose towing vehicles have broken down on the road should also remove them”.

According to him, “we want to fix Wharf road, Creek road and the Apapa-Oshodi expressway. We also want access to Beach land estate.  Vehicles obstructing residents’ movement to the estate should be removed.”
Opeifa said the taskforce, officials of the Kick against Indiscipline (KAI), the state Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and other government agencies had been fully mobilised for the onslaught on the tanker drivers if they failed to evacuate their vehicles from the road by Sunday midnight.

 

Last Sunday, Fashola visited Apapa area and expressed disgust at the high level of nuisance perpetrated by the tanker and trailer drivers and vowed to dislodge them to allow smooth flow of traffic in the area.

Also speaking, Sulaiman said all routes to Apapa must be free, adding that tanker drivers should not cultivate the habit of parking their vehicles on the road as his men were ready to swing into action.
But Kuye appealed to people trading under the bridge at Liverpool to vacate the area as the place was known to harbour criminal elements in the state.

 

He said tanker and trailers drivers should not endanger the lives of people in the area as Apapa served as one of the hub of business activities of the nation.

It was gathered that representatives of the various unions at the emergency meeting agreed to comply with the ultimatum issued by the government.

Source :Thisday

#Nigeria PHCN workers on strike over ‘unpaid salaries’

May 4, 2012 by Stanley Opara
Minister of Power, Prof. Bart NnajiMinister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji
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Workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria in Lagos State commenced another round of strike on Thursday due to the non-payment of four months’ salaries to those who were not cleared after the recent biometric verification exercise.

Our correspondent learnt from some of the workers that the result of the biometric exercise conducted by the Ministry of Power for PHCN members of staff categorised some of them as ‘ghost’ workers, a situation that led to the stoppage of their salaries since February.

Some of the workers, who spoke to our correspondent at the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, said the ministry had promised to pay them the outstanding salaries, but had consistently defaulted.

The General Secretary, National Union of Electricity Employees, Mr. Joe Ajaero, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone, said the aggrieved workers, whose names were omitted from the result of the biometric verification exercise, had not been paid since February.

He said Lagos had the highest number of those affected, hence the commencement of the strike in the state.

Ajaero said, “The chief executive officers of the PHCN firms once said they had been asked to pay the affected workers. But when asked recently, they said they were asked to stop the payment.

“We are currently meeting in Abuja. The issue was raised and we are working towards resolving it.”

The Chairman, NUEE, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company Zone, Mr. Lawal Adewale, also confirmed to our correspondent that affected members had not been paid salaries for four months.

“About 153 workers were affected at Ikeja and Oshodi distribution. The consultant that did the biometric exercise labelled them as ghost workers. I can authoritatively tell you that there is no ghost worker at the Ikeja distribution zone. The strike will definitely continue until we are answered,” he said.

When our correspondent contacted the ministry, a media aide to the minister, Mr. Cdon Adinuba, said some of the workers refused to partake in the biometric verification exercise.

“That was why we appealed to them on several occasions to submit themselves to the exercise. The minister even told them that he had to submit himself to the exercise to get his pay. Despite all these, some refused to do it,” he stated.

ACN slams PDP over comment on Fashola’s celebration

Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) blamed the criticism of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the governor’s celebration of his days in office on ignorance.

The party accused the opposition party of afflicted by misplaced belief that it will exert non-existing strength and acceptance with the people of the state.

In a statement, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Igbokwe, berated the PDP -led Federal Government of having nothing to show more than 12 years in the saddle. He noted that with resources of over N100 trillion it had not better the lots of the people.

He said: “Thinking it will gain relevance by denying that the ACN government in Lagos has recorded immutable milestones in its stay in power, the party advises the PDP to first go and atone to Nigerians for prosecuting the destruction of a rich and vibrant country than making ignorant statements with the hope that it will make impact in capturing Lagos is a wild dream.

“We know that in making that spurious allegation, Lagos PDP misconstrued these celebrations, which are no more than fruitful engagement with vital stakeholders in Lagos, the PDP was ruled by the belief that the celebration was tantamount to the many revelries and wild orgies the party has made of a fundamental principle of state policy since 1999. “We want to educate them that what they are childishly labouring to criticise are meaningful forums that offers the governor an opportunity to report to select stakeholders and take their feedback.” It is understandable why such would not appeal to a party that sees power merely as opportunity to wine, dine, make merry and share booty.

“While we insist the PDP that has excelled in ruining Nigeria these past thirteen years of unrestrained destruction, is the least qualified to talk about performance in government, we want to let Lagos PDP know that Fashola is celebrating milestones Lagosians will ever see as a golden era in the annals of the state’s history. “We want to let the PDP know that unlike their party and its so-called governments that are seized with unending profligacy, the celebration of days by Fashola’s government are only meant as strategic engagement forums between the governor and different segments of the Lagos society.” We want to educate them that what they call celebrations are no more than sessions of strategic engagement where the government renders account and takes important input from these critical stakeholders for the betterment of Lagos.

“In the celebration of his first 100 Days, Fashola engaged the youths, in his 900 Days, he engaged the Artisans. In his 1,000 Days, he engaged the Public Service, while in the 1,100 Days, he engaged members of the diplomatic community. In the 1,200 Days, Fashola engaged the Organised Private Sector, while in the 1,300 Days to 1,700 Days, he engaged the general public. in the 1,800 Days, he engaged the professionals and we dare say these meaningful engagements has improved transparency in the governance of Lagos.”

Igbokwe further said: “Lagos ACN wondered how the PDP, which recently exported the culture of idleness and slothfulness to Lagos by closing down the city on a busy working day for a meaningless jamboree where public fund was freely lavished, now feeling so uncomfortable about such periodic engagements, as Fashola’s celebration of his days in office . “We know that reporting back to the people does not matter to the PDP. Neither does it care about drawing input from the people to improve governance. “We know that the Lagos PDP is struck by a credibility crisis and the complete lack of home support it enjoys in Lagos, has led it to believe that ranting ignorantly over issues it hardly understands will give it electoral currency that will engineer a miraculous takeover of Lagos. “Lagosians know so well about PDP to fall for its antics. At least the wreckage they have left in Nigeria these past thirteen years is enough to warn any person that would wish to give the PDP hemlock a second look. We want to assure them that Lagosians are wiser to their antics.”

Source : The Nation


How to rebuild Nigeria, by Tinubu

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By Yomi Odunuga,

Former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has listed five pillars on which a new Nigeria must be rebuilt.

The eminent politician called for concerted efforts to combat grinding poverty with which 70 per cent of Nigerians are grappling, security of life and property, electoral reforms, independence of the judiciary, and true federalism in all its ramifications.

He spoke in Abuja at A Morning of Reflections, an event for the 50th birthday of the publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Mr Sam Nda-Isiah. The event was chaired by former Chief of Army Staff Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma.

The former governor noted that though many people have blamed prolonged military rule for the nation’s woes,  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed in the past 13 years at the centre to address the problems.

Asiwaju Tinubu said Nigerians should blame the ruling party for what he described as “not a mere failure but a very woeful one”.

He identified some of the ills plaguing the polity and clogging its progress.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Leader listed these as violence in parts of the North, inter-religious strife, inter-ethnic clashes and rising demand by ethnic nationalities, almost across the board, demanding a re-worked federation of Nigeria.

According to him, the solution to these challenges lies in the convocation of a national conference.

Tinubu said: “We must talk, and the time is now! There is no crisis in talking with one another and discussing our problems as a people, towards finding workable solutions.”

He saw the urgency in addressing the nation’s woes collectively, saying: “The nation balances at the edge of the precipice while standing on its weaker foot. Nigerians, in my view, need a conversation or what has been canvassed as a national conference.

“What we see is a serious decline in almost all facets of our national life. We see more corruption, the type that will make past corrupt governments look saintly. We see spiralling unemployment figures, poor electricity supply, general insecurity. We see brazen electoral manipulation. We are confronted with a judiciary that can no longer dispense justice and that is fast losing the confidence and trust of the people, because of too much executive pressure, especially by the ruling party.”

The former governor noted that the most potent danger to the democratic polity was the shackling of the judiciary by rigging judicial procedures in electoral disputes and hounding respected jurists because they would not dance to partisan music.

He cited the case of Justice Isa Ayo Salami, the suspended President of the Court of Appeal.

“The most glaring example of this has been the government’s attempt to cut short the career of one of our illustrious jurists, Court of Appeal President Justice Isa Salami. What was his crime? Refusing to put his sense of justice on sale. For this, they tarnished his name and plotted to end his career. They rumoured that he was in the pockets of the ACN. This is a terrible lie against a good man.

“His verdicts were not for the ACN. They were for justice. However, those in power could not tolerate his impartiality. They sacrificed one of Nigeria’s finest jurists to send a blunt message to other jurists: go against our wishes and you shall lose those robes you hold so dear.”

The former governor added that the same partisan sleight-of-hand has doomed adjudication in election disputes, with the controversial 180-day limit that has denied many aggrieved politicians justice.

“By restricting to 180 days the period in which election cases and disputes must be concluded,” Tinubu warned, “the National Assembly has denied Nigerians electoral justice. It places a moratorium on justice and denies Nigerians one of the fundamental rights enjoyed under a democracy.”

He urged the Federal Government to implement the report of the Justice Muhammadu Uwais report on electoral reform, if the government is serious about ending persistent electoral heists.

Tinubu said: “Our nation and our people have never sunk so low in despair and despondency, as we are today. I will be blunt. I will be political. The PDP-led Federal Government appears to be incapable of confronting the problems of this country.

“A nation must be led either democratically or through dictatorship of any form or guile. We have experienced dictatorship. We have blamed leaders; we have blamed the system. We fought for democracy, which we won. They gave it to us. A particular party has been in power, but what have we got? It’s been lamentation, poverty, lack of motion, sorrow, excuses and lack of development. These are challenges for us to address.

“The elder statesmen are here. They could have sat back in their rocking chairs, drinking fura de nono, eating  their slices of bread, whether it’s made of cassava or whatever.

“But if they are still coming around to help us, let us face the challenges. It’s about action to correct this nation.”

Courtesy – The Nation

Prove your denial, cousin tells Omisore

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A former Executive Secretary of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State and a cousin to the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Iyiola Omisore, Mr Abayomi Omisore, has the former seantor  to apologise to the people of Osun State over his purpoted threat to attack the convoy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The former senator has denied the report.

Addressing reporters at the weekend at the secretariat of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Iwo Road, Osogbo, the state capital, the former council scribe advised his cousin to respect the office of the governor.

Abayomi, who insisted that the former senator’s denial was not enough, urged him to show proofs that he never  vowed to attack the governor’s convoy.

According to him, the ideal thing for senator to do is to prove the denial beyond doubt in the interest of the Omisore family.

He said: “I cannot deny the fact that we are cousins, but I am distancing myself from that reckless statement. The Omisore family is noble, peaceful and dependable. So, the reckless utterance cannot be seen as the voice of our family. Our father was a great educationist, who built the Oranmiyan Grammar School in Ile-Ife in 1958 and another great school in Jos in 1967. I am sure if he does prove his denial now the Omisore family will soon come out with a position on the matter.”

The former council secretary said Aregbesola made himself a mentor to many young politicians in and outside Lagos, because of his visionary leadership and selfless service.

Abayomi said the governor’s safety is important because of his contributions to the polity.

 

by Adesoji Adeniyi- The Nation

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