Police Storm Badoo Cultist Group Hideouts, Arrest Over 100

Men of the Lagos State Police Command in conjunction with the Oodua People’s Congress-OPC, and Local vigilante groups have raided the hideouts of notorious cultist group “Badoo”, arresting over one hundred suspected members.

A  source in the Police revealed  anonymously  that the arrests are connected to the recent closed-door meeting held between top Police authorities in Lagos, the OPC leader- Gani Adams, and other local vigilante groups last week.

Did Buhari comprehend Ishaku this time? By Emmanuel Bello

In case you missed what Governor Darius Ishaku said the other day on the Fulani herdsmen crisis, let me attempt a paraphrase of it. He said, “while we would continue to work for peace, it is pertinent to point out that the federal government has to fine tune its response style. You can’t be swift in responding to crisis in one place and go deaf and blind in another. The central powers have to agree if they indeed work and care only about a fraction of Nigerians or indeed have the whole country at heart.” It was the ultimate rebuke yet from any governor of northern extraction to a federal government many dare not join issues with.  Even Governor Ayo fayose couldn’t have said it in this more refined way but the Taraba helmsman nailed it. And with that etched his name in gold. The setting too where this was said was also very symbolic. Ishaku said this before none other person but the formidable minister of interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau, easily regarded as the face of amorphous dreary cabal within the Presidency. The retired general had stormed Jalingo last week with pomp and pageantry. He came in with the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Ostensibly, it was all part of the rapid  response of the Federal Government to the Sarduana crisis. Before Danbazau, there was the GOC from Jos. General Benjamin Ahanato had also came in charging like a red eyed bull. He was almost frothing at the mouth as he struggled to quickly accuse the state government of genocide. Ahanato was joined in that bid by the duo of Minister of Women Affair Senator Jummai Aisha Alhassan and Senator Yusuf Yusuf of the central zone. It was a week of crucifixion as everyone of the Abuja based politicians tried to out do themselves in the art of condemning Gov. Ishaku.

The usually calm and politically correct governor probably couldn’t take it anymore. And when Danbazau added his own brand of condescending observations on the need for the state government to work for peace, it appeared to be the last straw.  The governor saw an opening there to bare his fangs.  Looking into Danbazau’s battle scarred face, Darius Ishaku bellowed with the voice carrying the mandate of millions of Tarabans. He spoke not for himself but for the teeming populace he represents. But he also carried with him the history, sociology and world view of a people who are known for their courage, fearlessness and resistance to all oppressors. If Danbazau thought he could bambozzle the governor, he had another thought coming. Governor Ishaku was unfazed as he made his acerbic, scathing and totally damning rebuke. It was a retort like no other that spoke the minds of many Nigerians who have helplessly watched as Fulani herdsmen wreck havoc in the polity. As a surrogate, I was really proud of the governor. Nigeria has become a dictatorship. People don’t say what’s on their mind anymore and some don’t even have anything on the minds to say anymore. Courage and boldness are two qualities you hardly find. Beyond the Wikes and Fayoses, political platitudes couched in stifling officialese is the norm. No one wants to ruffle no feathers with out of the box statements.

Not DDI (the governor’s moniker meaning Darius Dickson Ishaku)! He delivered a profound statement without any coloration. What he did was to cut to the chase and tell power a truth it didn’t want to hear. Ishaku said he was happy that “federal might” still existed after all. It was bitingly sarcastic as it was acerbic. The presidency would remember that Governor Ishaku had tried to reached it when the southern Taraba crisis raged. Ishaku had warned that Boko Haram or elements like that were regrouping in Suntai Daji- a remote outback of the Taraba wilds. While Fulani herdsmen took turns at finishing off whole communities in the southern zone, the federal government remained indifferent. As soon as the crisis went to a different zone, the FG swung into action. The governor said this sort of selective responses only give room for critics to authenticate their doubts and update their fears.  He reminded the FG to see the entire country as its oyster. Then he said what was clearly the icing on the cake: that all lives matter irrespective of who they are.

With this, even those who never cared about a certain Governor Ishaku became his fans overnight in the state and across the nation. A new voice of reason was born devoid of the crudity or ethnic bias of others. Ishaku’s was measured, mature and profound. Today, he’s being hailed as the emerging rallying point of the new resistance movement of those against oppression and all forms of discrimination based on tribe and faith. Unknown to Governor Ishaku too perhaps, he has just got inducted into what is arguably the northern resistance hall of fame.

Bello is the Senior Special Assistant to Gov Ishaku on Public Affairs.

 

Gov Sani Bello Calls For Synergy Among Security Agencies

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has commended the Comptroller General, Nigerian Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede for repositioning the Service in line with international best practices and for national interest.

Governor Sani Bello stated this when he had an audience with the Comptroller General at the Nigeria Immigration Service, Headquarters in Abuja.

The Governor said in less than two years the Comptroller General has taken steps that placed Nigerian Immigration Service both in the eyes of Nigerians and International community,  as an institution poise to deliver fast, efficient, transparent and people –friendly service to all.

“ Let me commend your effort in repositioning Nigerian Immigration Service in line with global best practices and for national interest.  Your effort in building a responsive Service through introduction of key policies such as the ‘Immigration regulation 2017’, Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, (PBEC) and e-documentation and unified identity card for officers and men, is a welcome development.”

Governor Sani Bello who said that the new direction taken by Babandede would keep the nation’s  borders safe from trans-border  criminals  and suspected terrorists elements, also acknowledged effort of CGI in improved welfare and capacity building for NIS personnel.

Governor Sani Bello then urged the Comptroller General to continue to partner with all  security agencies and  other strategic stakeholders both in Nigeria and across the globe.

“As you take steps to reposition NIS, I urge you to continue to synergize with other security agencies and strategic stakeholders. Inter-agency cooperation is very essential . Hence , the need for joint operations and information sharing.”

In his response,   the Comptroller General, Nigerian Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede thanked Governor Sani Bello for the visit and promised to continue with reforms  for better service delivery to Nigerians and international community.

 

Youthful Exuberance And Loss Of Sense Of Shame, By Akowe John-Duke ‘Selime

What is actually wrong with this generation?

In the wake-up of the societal catastrophes and hubbubs of the 19th century which broadcasts the credo in the death of God and the decadence of morality down to this day, the meaning of survival as seen in the life of men seems to have taken another name as the atypical and uncharacteristic have now converted the normal and usual to the detriment of the absolute and conjectural relation of men to the divine.

This is a generation whose rakishness was superbly echoed by Saint Pope John Paul II of blessed memory, in his post-synodal exhortation, “Reconciliatio et Penitentia” (1984) as “the loss of the sense of sin”, giving credits to secularism. In this, the ugly face of secularism and relativism is enthroned, as man becomes the God of himself and judge of his own actions.

An action is now said to be right in as much as it corresponds to the interest of the self without any reference to its positive or negative influence on the other. Here, egoism is promoted and altruism is thrown into the trash-can and consumed by flames.
This is a generation that glories in man’s achievements in science, politics and economics without little or no reference to the Grand Creator of all things, God. It is an age where man tries to explain the physical out of the spiritual- an age of scientism and secularism.

Consequent upon the evils and social disorders of this generation, the place of the youths in the society begs to be redefined as they find it difficult to grow well in virtue and right judgement. But should we actually put the blame on the youths?
Today is not what it used to be, there has been a drastic change in character and formation among the youths in our today’s community. A writer recounts that the Nigerian youths today have grown beyond reason and commonsense. None of them see anything wrong in what they do.

There is a great decline in discipline as the call for obedience has already been laid on the line. Children esteemed their parents, elders, and all above them in the hierarchical scale in the past. On the contrary, today children have no respect for their elders and causing them to lose the respect of themselves. Not all are guilty however, but some are. What is the issue with this generation of youths? Is youthful exuberance actually an excuse for sin?

There is essentially nothing to be skeptical about the manner the present-day youths conceive sin. This is because of its obvious reasons in the world today. I must remark that there is a great eclipse of religious worldviews, emanating from the secularistic-spirit which has resulted to a great loss in the sense of shame.

It is in this light that the concept of sin has been restructured or modernized just with the notion of flowing along with others. Anyone who does not do what his or her mate is doing is well thought-out to be a neophyte. How can we salvage this loss in the sense of sin?
In reality, what is stirring the future of Nigeria in the face these days, is far-off from what the status quo has been in the past. The today’s youths are never fretful of the style of their clothing. They do not even consider whether it is shameful or to some extent, unbecoming of the very fundamentals of the nature of man or it promotes it. All of this happen in the name of fashion, thereby making fashion a tormentor of the sacredness of man.
The high rate of obscenity and indecent dressing among the youths in our churches today is another problem posing the Nigerian society. I still cannot fathom the reason the Nigerian youths prefer to wear clothes that expose their confidential body parts. Some of them do it just to seek attention among the congregation, while some do it just to look for life partners. This is very common among the female folks. They anticipate days of worship to put on see-through clothing and enticing apparels so they can seek the attention of men. This is a despicable act that must be checked.
What about the manner at which young boys, even girls, smoke cigarettes on the streets? Even if we say that smoking of cigarettes among the youths is an issue that affects countries worldwide, the case in Nigeria is a peculiar one. I think it is high time the Nigerian Government puts in place a comprehensive regulation to reduce the affordability and accessibility of tobacco products. Go to the streets, you will even find youths smoking pipes, hookahs, smokeless tobacco, or bidis freely without fear of what impact it makes on the growing community. These things were done in the dark before, but it has become a common practice for everyone, even children of about eight years and above are not left out of this menace.
I can still link the great intake of tobacco to cultism in our Nigerian society. Cultism is one term that has been ingrained in the essence of people in this part of the world. I have seen and heard of cult groups release irreversible loss, agony and discomfort on our youths, families and society at large. Someone once shared that before a young man can say he is a man in our today’s society, he would have to blend himself with a cult group. What a total loss in the sense of the sacred!

I am also sure that someone cannot be a cultist without killing people. Go to the streets now, you would find small boys parading themselves everywhere and causing trouble in the community all for the seek that they are cultists. Victor E. Dike in his article “Understanding Cultism and the needs of Youths” argues that “the environment that an individual interacts with shapes the person’s behavior”. That is a valid statement. But I still blame the youths for allowing themselves to be influenced by their corrupt societies. One man can begin the transformation in the society. You must not do what others do.
Sometime ago, I was walking along the street and I heard a group of little girls of about 14 to 16 years of age arguing in a very loud voice. I was keen to know what the argument was about. To my greatest dismay, these little girls were arguing about their relationships with boys and who had the finest of boys. They did this without a sense of shame. In fact, they were pleased with what they were saying. This is to show you the rate at which our youths today have lost the sense of shame. It is now a thing of pride for a little girl of 14 years old to say she has a lover. What a world we are into!
Are we going to talk about sexual immorality among the youths? Sexual promiscuity is now the order of the day. It would not be a mistake to say that the dignity of some women has long been thrown away. Young men, also, do not have control over their libidos any longer. Is there a way out? Yes, there is, Jesus Christ is the way. Young ones would need to surrender themselves to Jesus and obey what the bible instructs.

If we say charity begins at home, then every parent should take up the responsibility of aiding their children to properly channel their young excitements to positive doings.

John William Fletcher, popularly called English Divine, a playwright and the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day, puts it clearly when he said; “charity and beating begin at home”. I think each home should try to create adequate time for their children. Parents, these days do not carry out their primary functions of nurturing and forming their progenies into becoming responsible fellows. We should not be quick to forget the biblical injunction on if the foundation is destroyed, the righteous can actually do nothing. Parents can strongly begin to inculcate the necessary moral values on their children. The book of proverbs says “train your child in the way he should go, and when he or she is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22: 6)

Good governance is required for the growth and development of every nation. Since the youths occupy a prominent place in every nation, then there is a paramount need for the government to allocate much to the needs of the youths. I think if there is employment for the youths in Nigeria, the restiveness which has led to the great loss in the sense of shame would not be there. This would also go a long way into eradicating poverty in the country.

With quality education too, they youths would come to know that indecent dressing and other immoral acts are evil inclined. The youths would become responsible and dress decently to church celebrations and social events. At that point, the right value is promoted and enhanced.

The school teachers have a great role to play in the right character formation of the youths, this is because a teacher is a person of different responsibilities and jobs blended into one. The point is that a teacher is a moral educator. Teaching is not a profession but a calling per say. A teacher has the power to pass not only knowledge but skills and right attitudes. I think teachers need to be calculated and astute in their conducts, because the youths see them as models.

It is also true that one of the causes of youthful exuberance in the society is the influx of information gadgets. I know that information plays a vital role in capital progression. I also think that the youths on their own should use the information they get from the media positively. That information should be able to instill in them the very fact that the future belongs to them and that it must not be destroyed by them. They should be able to understand that the future and its nature is hinged on the decisions and selections they make now.

The House of God is a moral community, it is a place of prayer and not a fashion show center. The youths must be encouraged, at all times, not to put on those half-clothes to church celebrations. They must also learn not to be carried away with their phones during church service. This is where church leaders come in. Church leaders should be able to correct the immoderations of the youths whenever they come for church services.

Finally, the holy writ says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.  Youths of our days need to fear and reverence God. I know that living as a youth can be very difficult because of peer pressure. But living a godly life as a youth pays more than living as a worldly youth. Youths must have to seek God now that they are young, for tomorrow might be too late. If this is done in sincerity, youthful exuberance would be properly channeled and there would not be a loss in the sense of shame in the society as we have it now.

Fr. Akowe John-Duke ‘Selime is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria.

 

Raids: Ex VP Sambo Fears ‘Incriminating Object’ May Be Planted Against Him

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has finally raised the alarm over repeated raids on his Kaduna residence by security operatives.

Sambo who spoke through a statement by Umar Sani, his media adviser, said the raid on his unoccupied residence at  Alimi Road, Kaduna late in the afternoon  of Wednesday, the 28th of June 2017 was the fourth time  “the residence was searched within a period of six months and on each occasion valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed.”

The statement said further, “The recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence blocking all entry and exit points, in a commando-style and coming along with a bullion van speaks volumes of the clandestine intention of the security operatives. It is therefore worrisome to note that the consistency with which the searches occurred and the intervals between them portrays a desire of a fault-finding mission. We are apprehensive that a repeat of such episode will not be surprising if an incriminating object is planted in his residence in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him.

Titled: “The Infamous Raid On The Residence Of The Former VP,” the statement reads thus in full: “In the late afternoon of Wednesday, the 28th of June 2017, the Alimi Road, Kaduna un-occupied residence of the former Vice President Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON, was invaded by security operatives armed with a search warrant, who conducted a forensic search of the entire residence.

“Initially, we were at a loss as to their identity but later discovered that they were operatives from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). This raid brings to four the number of times the residence was searched within a period of six months and on each occasion valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed.

“It is worthy of note to state that no such brazen attempts were made at any point, either at his Link Road Kaduna residence, or his Abuja apartment, which he presently occupies.

“As the visit of the operatives was unscheduled, the reasons for the search were not specifically stated. However, the outcome of the search was made known. At the end of the whole exercise, the officers, who carried out the search were satisfied that nothing incriminating was found.

As a law-abiding citizen, the former Vice-President did not raise any alarm in the previous invasions in view of the fact that he has nothing to hide.

“The recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence blocking all entry and exit points, in a commando-style and coming along with a bullion van speaks volumes of the clandestine intention of the security operatives. It is therefore worrisome to note that the consistency with which the searches occurred and the intervals between them portrays a desire of a fault-finding mission. We are apprehensive that a repeat of such episode will not be surprising if an incriminating object is planted in his residence in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him.

“It is against this background that we wish to draw the attention of the unsuspecting members of the public to this phenomenon. The desperation of some of the security agencies is glaring by the number of times such searches were conducted and still counting. We hope it is not a way to try to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.”

Official Blames Fire Incident At Federal Secretariat On ‘Electric Spark’

A fire incident has been confirmed at  the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, on Saturday.According to a statement by Mrs  Boade Akinola, director, media and public relations, Federal Ministry of Health the incident occurred on the corridor of the third floor, wing B of the Federal Ministry ‘s headquarters.

She said “An electric spark from cables and wires resulted in a small fire on the corridor of the third floor, wing B of the Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters this morning.

“The private security outfit in charge of the premises swung into action and also contacted the fire service which responded immediately and put off the fire.

“There was no damage to any government property neither did it affect any of the offices in the building.

“Media teams from certain outfits have independently accessed the building and recordings are available” she said, obviously  seeking to convince members of the public that it was a minor incident.

GWASA Launches Back To School Campaign in Kano

By Abdullahi Muhammad Hamisu

Gwagwarwa Students Association (GWASA) has launched its very promising program tagged “Back to School Campaign”. During launch  some officials of the association marched together with pupils and students on streets that were cutting through Rafin Sale, Bulbula, Haye, Riga and Dorawa,  at Gwagwarwa  ward, in  Nassarawa local government of Kano state metropolitan.

The chairman of (GWASA) Educational committee, Aliyyu Abdullah Muhammad said it was something that the community has never seen before. So, naturally, they came out and fed themselves with loaves of curiosity.

“The purpose of the program was to call the attention of parent and community stakeholders in Gwagwarwa Quarters to send their children back to school, especially the orphans, the secondary drop out and those who were less privileged to normal school system”, he said.

And he added that the association (GWASA) was going to strengthen its existing relationship with headmasters, principals and education stakeholders of the community to ensure the success of its program.

Isa Muhammad lungun ruwa, a resident of bulbula in Gwagwarwa ward, also a member of the board of trustee of GWASA, stated that due to the mass failure of student in West African Examination council (WAEC) in Kano state, Gwagwarwa ward had decided to form an association since 2004 that would minimize the mass failure through creating an extra moral lesion and establishing a relationship with the educational stakeholders at Gwagwarwa ward, in Nassarawa local government.

The patron of the association, a resident of Rafin sale, Alh Nura Hamisu said we would give all the needed support to them (GWASA), in order to see that the program achieve its success.

“The community stakeholder should work together to find a solution to the problem”, he added.

Speaking while the campaign, an elder of the community Alh Garba  Bala said the root of this problem was lack of discipline and respect.  However, if there was  discipline and respect for elders, they would be able to control the younger ones in such way that they stay or going back to school, by this way so that the problem would be solved.

The rally made many stopovers at the homes and joints of some members of Gwagwarwa community. Important people like Dagacin Gwagwarwa, Alh Sanusi Aliyu, Magajin Garin Gwagwarwa, Alh Nuruddeen Lawan, Chairman K’ungiyar Raya Garin Gwagwarwa, Engr Alh Sani Roba identified with the campaign. Also, Hon Nura Memai, Mal Musa Inuwa a lecturer with FCE (T), Bichi, and a patron of the association, Alh Nura Hamisu, Mal Ukasha Mu’az a vice principal, Hon Mustapha Maikano, Alh Garba Bala and Mal Isa Lungun Ruwa welcomed and promised to support the initiative.

 

Nigeria, Chad Meet on War on Terror Campaigns As Security Agencies Hold Exercise

The Nigerian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and his Chadian counterpart, Lieutenant General Mohammad Ibrahim Saed, are in a crucial strategic meeting today(Wednesday) , aimed at improving the synergy between Nigeria and Chad, on the ongoing operation against Boko Haram Terrorists and other criminalities, in the Lake Chad Basin Region.

On his part, General Olonisakin stated that the meeting which is a mutual consultation would enhance cooperation between the two Armed Forces towards clearing the Region, of Boko Haram Terrorist activities.  While the Chadian Chief of Defence Staff reiterated the commitment of the Chadian Military to the common cause of fighting terrorism and all forms of criminalities in the region.

A statement by Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters said this meeting underscores the efforts of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

General Olonisakin  thus  assured  all Nigerians and the International Community that, the Nigerian Military would continue to sustain and improve its strategy and operational procedures through the Multinational Joint Task Force and Operation Lafiya Dole, to bring lasting peace to the North East and Lake Chad Basin Region.

Meanwhile, the Armed forces and security agencies in Nigeria held the first edition of joint route march exercise nationwide today.  Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, appreciated the participating agencies for turning out enmasse to show the resolve of the Military and Security Agencies to work together in securing our Nation.

Represented by the Chief of Defence Research and Development Bureau, Air Vice Marshall Benjamin Nweze, the CDS urged the participants to continue in the spirit of unity and togetherness exhibited during the exercise.  He urged the officers and men to continue to discourage          inter-agency rivalry and misunderstanding between personnel, saying that; “We are all working towards the same goal of ensuring a safer and indivisible Nigeria”

He added that all agencies are important and needed one another to succeed.  He pointed out that the quarterly exercise would promote and reduce avoidable friction in the discharge of the statutory responsibilities of security agencies.

The slogan for the exercise, is “TOGETHER WE ARE”;a. Protecting Lives and Property; b. Ensuring unity and Progress; c. Supporting Democracy; d. Upholding the Constitution; and  e. Defending National Interest.

 

 

APC Debunks Fayose’s Claim, Insists Buhari Making Robust Recovery

The ruling All Progressives Congress,APC has debunked the claim by Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose  as the party insists, President Muhammadu Buhari who is on medical vacation in London is recovering robustly.

Speaking with newsmen Friday in Abuja, APC national  Chairman,Chief Odigie Oyegun said ,“We are glad to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari is recovering in a very robust manner. We hope he takes it easy and when he comes back, I have no doubt at all that we will have a new and active period of activities.”

Oyegun spoke after a meeting of the party with the Progressive Governors’ Forum  in Abuja.The chairman’s remarks were evidently in tandem with the assertions of Buhari’s  wife, Aisha B who said her husband was recovering fast  upon her return from London  recently.

Earlier in the week, Fayose  claimed that Buhari had been on life-support for about twenty days.He said the president needed prayers.

Before Oyegun’s counter- assertion, the Buhari Media Support Group had said Fayose’s statement was a pack of lies.

Food Security: Benue, Thailand, Intensify partnership on rice production

By Yemi Itodo

Governor Samuel Ortom, on Friday, received a delegation from Thailand, where some Benue youths are undergoing training in modern ways of rice production and processing.

The Thailand delegation visited Ortom, at the Governor’s lodge, Abuja, in company of two of the trainees on exchange programme in the foreign country, to present the report of the course to the Governor.

Ortom appreciated the academic programme and said it would add value to the agricultural development of Benue State

He said the training of youths on rice farming and processing would go a long way in enhancing food sufficiency.

“The training, when completed, would equip the benefiting youths with innovations on mechanized farming”, Ortom said.

He further charged the trainees to be of good conduct and eschew all forms of indiscipline in order to succeed and make the state proud.

Earlier, Charge’ d’ Affaires of the Royal Thai Embassy who led the delegation, Mr Sakeson Sarobol, explained that the programme is a ‘train-the-trainers’ course as the trainees are expected to return to the state and train other youths on rice faming and processing.

Mr Sarobol said the commitment shown by the Ortom administration in sponsoring youths to acquire the agricultural training was a good beginning for the state.

He assured the Governor that Thailand would not breach the industrialization alliance in order to make Benue the leading state in rice production in Nigeria.