Council Polls: Edo PDP replies APC


Our attention has been drawn to the cries of a desperate government that PDP plans to disrupt its illegally planned LG elections.

We want to state categorically that the purported plan as alleged by The STATE government is a figment of the imagination of The STATE government.

We have challenged the elections, the composition of EDSIEC and the validity of the EDHA to cut short the election notice from 90 to 45 days.

As a law abiding party, we have taken our concerns to court and are confident that our concerns will be addressed.

APC in Edo is scared of its shadow. APC should look inwards As It is common knowledge that their imposition of candidates has created serious rancour within the party and threatening the security of the state.

We implore the security agencies to be wary of the APC state government diversionary tactics as a desperate party like APC will do anything to gain sympathy and attention.

Signed

Chris Osa Nehikhare

SPS PDP EDO STATE

EDSIEC: NOT FIT TO CONDUCT LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has resolved to challenge the recent amendment of the Edo state local government Electoral law by the State House of Assembly even as it condemned the composition of the state electoral commission.

Chairman of the party in the state Chief Dan Osi Orbih addressing reporters after a stakeholders meeting at the Party secretariat in Benin City, the Edo state capital said that the party was heading to the court on the basis of three issues and as such will not participate in the charade.

1. “the Edo state house of assembly cannot validly amend the Edo state local government Electoral law to abridge the length of notice of poll stated in section 30(1)of the electoral act, 2010 as amended having regard to paragraph 11 and 12 of Part 2 of the second schedule to the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as (amended)”.

2. “No valid local government election can be conducted in Edo state without giving the claimant and other stakeholders the mandatory 90-days notice of poll stated in section 30(1) of the electoral act 2010 (as amended).

3. According to Orbih, the court would also determine whether, “the amendment to the Local government law made by the Edo State house of assembly on 12th Dec. 2017 was done in violation of the mandatory provisions of the rules of the Edo state house of assembly on law making process in the house and section 100(2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The PDP chairman said the party decided to seek legal redress on the matter to help put an end to the unending impunity being orchestrated in Edo state and the country by the ruling All Peoples Congress, APC.

He also frowned at what he called the undemocratic guidelines the APC has made available to its members to the effect that party members who have held positions as Councillors or worked as civil servants in their local government should and cannot aspire to elective offices as Councillors or Chairmen.

He then urged all aggrieved APC members in the state who feel disenfranchised as a result of the guidelines to seek legal redress since the guidelines do not only negate the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but even the Constitution of the APC as a party.

The PDP chairman who rejected and objected to the composition of the Edo state Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC with Professor Eke Orobator as Chairman called on all its members whom he said are card carrying members of registered political parties in the country to disqualify themselves.

It will be recalled that Prof Eke Orobator, was a member of the last EDAIEC and was the presiding officer in the rerun Esan North East Local Government Election in 2013 when election results were announced even though counting and collation were in progress.

Meanwhile Chief Orbih has reminded the EDSIEC of its N13million debt to the PDP arising from a Court of Appeal ruling on November 13 2015, upholding an earlier order of the High Court, which was also in its favour.

The party chairman wondered why EDSIEC has refused to pay this debt which was the amount it illegally demanded from PDP candidates before clearing them to contest for the office of chairmen and councillors in the 2013 Local government elections in the state.
“We want our money” chief Orbih demanded, “EDSIEC and Orobator cannot be Tax and revenue collectors on behalf of Edo State government”

In a related development the Inter-party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC, has aligned itself with the submission of the Edo PDP on the abiding of the notice of poll for the Edo state local government arguing that it puts all other parties besides the ruling APC in a disadvantage.

Chairperson of IPAC in the state Comrade Tracy Agoi said in a statement that the State house of assembly and all concerned should do the needful by properly reconstituting EDSIEC and allowing of the mandatory 90- days notice of poll as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

Easy ways to get business permit, expatriate quota in Nigeria, by Barr Chinedu Okpi

Expatriate quota/business permit is consent in writing issued by the Minister of Interior on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to an applicant company (be it a joint venture wholly foreign or Nigerian owned) to employ a foreign expert to a specifically designated job description. To put it more aptly Expatriate quota slots are granted to a company registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and not to individuals. Therefore it is the duty of the company and not that of the employees to obtain an expatriate quota.
Expatriate quota has been divided into two and they are:

1. PERMANENT UNTIL REVIEWED (PUR) which is issued to the Chairman of the company as well as the Managing Director.
2. TEMPORARY which is reserved for the position of a Director and other designated job descriptions.
The requirements for expatriate quota business permit are as follows:
• Application on the letter headed paper of the company addressed to The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Interior Old secretariat Area 1 Garki Abuja.

2. Certificate of incorporation: is the legal document issued upon completion of the registration of a company by the Corporate Affair commission of Nigeria. The reason for the demand of this document by the Ministry is to ascertain the fact that such company was properly registered and also to make certain that the Name and R.c. No. on all submitted documents tally with the one on the Certificate

3. CAC Form 2 and 7 or CAC1.1: Form CAC 2 or 2A (used for post incorporation activities at the commission) is used to determine whether the share capital of the company is up to N10000000 (Ten Million Naira). It is imperative to note that an application for grant of an expatriate quota to a company will fail if the authorized share capital of the company is not N10000000 (Ten Million Naira) or above. On the other hand Form CAC 7 or 7A(used for post incorporation activities) is utilized for the purpose of determining the Nationalities of the directors as well as to know if they are resident in Nigeria. Form CAC 1.1 is the most recent CAC Pre-incorporation form that has taken the place of both Forms CAC 2 and 7 as well as 2.1 and 4. Therefore it is important to note that Form CAC 1.1 came into use on the last day of March 2017 therefore confining all other forms to the vestige of the past.

4. Memorandum and Articles of Association in corporate governance is a fundamental document that defines the kind of business(es) the company undertakes as well as the duties and responsibilities of the directors to the board and the shareholders. It is a fundamental requirement for applying for an expatriate quota because it is used to determine all requisite licenses that should accompany the application. For instance if a company is engaged in the oil and gas sector the Memorandum and Articles of Association will state that fact and the Ministry will ensure that the applicant has complied effectively with the Local Content Act 2010. Same is applicable to all other regulatory agencies in Nigeria.

5. Certified Feasibility Report: This requirement is important because it is used for the assessment of the practicality of the proposed business venture by the issuing authority.

6. Tax Clearance Certificate: is a written notification from Federal inland Revenue Services that the applicants tax affairs are in order as at the date on the issued certificate. For a new tax payer obtaining a Tax Identification Number is paramount and other documents such as certificate of incorporation and Form CAC 3 (Notice of registered address) ought to be furnished to FIRS

7. Bank Reference letter: is simply a letter from a bank where you have an account stating you are a customer for a certain period of years. For the purpose of applying for an expatriate quota in Nigeria the letter must contain the fully information: Full Name and contact of bank Date account was opened Name of company having the account and address General recommendation as to character business qualifications etc Name of Officer and title and Date the letter was issued.

8. Lease agreement or Certificate of Occupancy of the business premises of the applicant company is one of the most important documents required for the grant of an expatriate quota in Nigeria. The Rationale behind this constraint is that the Ministry have it in mind to ensure that all applicants preserves the Geographic development plan of the environment their business is located. Thus for illustration a company engaged in the production of lethal material will not be granted an expatriate quota if their registered address in a residential location

9. Joint Venture agreement is required in case of partnership with a foreigner

10. Certificate of Capital importation is a legal document which provides customers with statutory evidence of capital inflow/investment into a Nigerian company. It also facilitates the repatriation of dividends and capital to the foreign investor.
The following documents are required for the issuance of Certificate of Capital Importation of cash as equity investment:
• Letter from the customer requesting for CCI
• Board resolution authorizing the investment (from the Nigerian Company)
• A copy of the Nigerian company’s certificate of incorporation
• Tested SWIFT telex copy stating amount and purpose of inflow
• Name and address of foreign investor (to be provided by the Nigerian company).
• Registration number and date of registration of investors
• Nature of Business of Investor
• Sector of Operation of the beneficiary


11. Proposed salary Job description designation and qualification of
expatriate.

Fees for Expatriate quota and Business permit
1. Processing fee – N30 000
2. Online registration – N51 000
3. Business permit- N100 000
4. Each quota position – N30 000 (i.e. 30k x No. of quota required)

To enhance your chances of securing the exact number of expatriate quota slots a company requires it’s crucial for the applicant to double the number of slots so required in the application letter. To be precise if a company desires to secure 5 foreign experts it’s basic to apply for 15 slots so that after all reductions by the Minister the intended 5 slots will be approved to the company.
Please note that a company can only pay for any specific number of slots approved thus if more than 5 slots is approved from the example given above the company reserves the right to reject the ones in excess.
Author Bio: Barrister Chinedu Okpi is a legal practitioner in Abuja with 7 years post call experience in Corporate and Commercial Law Practice. He can be reached via phone: 07069279374 or send an e-mail to: chika.chike86@gmail.com

Lanmodo launches First 100% Automatic Car Tent in Nigeria


The first official Lanmodo trading partner – Lanmodo Nigeria, dealers of Lanmodo worldwide automatic car tent in West Africa has launched its product – Auto Car Tent in Nigeria.

The launching which took place on Monday, 22nd of January 2018, marked Lanmodo Nigeria as the first to introduce such fully automated car tent product in the country.

According to LanmodoNigeria MD, Mr. Jude Ibodje,“the aim is to make car owners feel very comfortable even when their cars are packed outdoors without fear of weather related issues such as harsh sun orheavy rain”

This product is being marketed by Blue Marble Mercantile Trading Ltd

The Lanmodo Auto car tent is suitable for all kinds of cars. It is made of fiberglass which makes it sturdy and can protect your car from birds dropping, leaves, dust or accidentally falling objects.

The installation of lanmodo auto car takes30 seconds and it does not leavescratches on your car In other words, the safety of your car is 100% guaranteed.

Mr. Ibodje also added that “I’m so excited about the launching of this product. This is a ‘must-have’ for all car owners- all you have to do is to press the wireless remote and it automatically opens.”

Expect bombardment of oil facilities, Niger Delta Avengers tell FG

Niger Delta Avengers has said it
would begin another round of violent
campaigns against oil companies in Nigeria in a few days ’ time .
“ This round of attacks will be the most
deadly and will be targeting the deep sea
operations of the multinationals which
include Bonga Platform, Agbami, EA Field,
Britania- U Field , Akpo Field, ” the Niger
Delta Avengers said in a statement posted
on its website on Wednesday .
About 17 attacks carried out in 2016 by the
Avengers and other militant groups in the
oil- rich Niger Delta were partly responsible
for a slump in Nigeria ’s oil output , which in
turn plunged the country into a recession.
The group had threatened to launch
“ Operation Red Economy ” on oil facilities in
November 2017 but was dissuaded by the
leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum
(PANDEF ), set up last year to chart a way
forward with the Nigerian government .
While resource control has been at the
heart of the agitations of many militant
groups in the Niger Delta, the NDA, is this
time around demanding for the country ’ s
restructuring.
“ While promising a brutal outpour of our
wrath, which shall shake the coffers of the
failed Nigerian nation, our demand
unambiguously is for the government to
restructure this country ,” it said in the
statement signed by its spokesperson
Murdoch Agbinibo .
The group also insisted on the control of
“ our resources and directly use them to
better our lot instead of being enslaved and
made to beg before crumbs are released in
a dress rehearsal – like manner to
intervention agencies that are ineffective at
addressing our challenges. ”

Anambra: Dubious officials to be handed over to security, says Obiano

The Governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano has warned that any commissioner, civil servant or government official in the state found to be involved in any act of corruption or fraud would be made to face the full weight of the law.
To this end the Government has put measures in place to fish out bad eggs in the administration.
In a statement on Tuesday in Awka the Anambra state capital, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Media and Strategic communications, Prince Oliver Okpala quotes the Governor as saying that his administration would not shy away from prosecuting and committing such corrupt officials to prison.
According to the statement Governor Obiano who was addressing top government officials said the year 2018 was one that the administration would embark on a lot of work that would impact positively on the lives of the people.
The Governor vowed that any member of the work force to implement his development agenda found wanting would be swiftly handed over to anti corruption agencies.
He said “thorough checks and monitoring would be mounted on the activities of serving government officials in order to fish out the corrupt or fraudulent ones for immediate prosecution by ICPC and EFCC.”
According to the Governor, with the new mandate given to him by the electorate to govern them for the next four years he would ensure that the welfare of the masses are given top priority like never before.
The Governor gave assurance that it would not be business as usual and therefore called for change of attitude by workers in the state.
Governor Obiano added that he would work harder during this his second term to justify the confidence overwhelmingly reposed in him by the people.
The Governor who promised to lead by example particularly charged permanent secretaries in all ministries to live up to expectations or be shown the way out.
The Governor said he would embark on morning visits to government offices to assess the level of commitment.
Governor Obiano frowned at the activities of the staff of the state ministry of lands whose mode of operations he said portrayed elements of shadiness.

PHOTO NEWS: DG, ATIKU AGENDA 2019 IN A MEETING WITH ATIKU

Director General of Atiku Agenda 2019, Chief Emeka Kalu (ECK) pay courtesy visit to former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and presidential hopeful for 2019, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The meeting held today in Abuja.

With him are some executive members of the organization.

EDOCSO Calls For Anti-Open Grazing Law, Cautions Land Encroachers in Edo

Due to recent killings, maiming and destruction of properties in some parts of the country arising from Farmers and herdsmen clashes, Edo Civil Society Organization(EDOCSO) has called for the enactment of anti-open grazing law in Edo state.

The Coordinator-General EDOCSO, Comr Omobude Agho, made the call over the weekend in Benin city, during the General Assembly and Feast of Solidarity of the organization.

Comr Agho added that, Edo people can not sleep with their two eyes closed as a result of such clashes by the warring parties over land, hence the need to enact a law to protect citizens.

EDOCSO Coordinator-General who called on cattle rearers to own ranches for their cows as obtainable in other part of the world, appeal to the state governor, Godwin Obaseki to protect citizens, which according to him is the primary responsibility of government.

Meanwhile, the Comr Agho led EDOCSO has called on those that are encroaching into the state property to cease from doing so, especially that of Ogba zoological garden and the Benin Technical College.

The civil society organization stated, the government is bent on reclaiming landed property encroached on, adding, the group will assist the state towards achieving it as such belongs to Edo people.

(The Nigerian Observer 15/1/2018)

Court dissolution of 9 Mobile Board stalls planned sale

The Friday, 12th January ruling of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, nullifying the Ex Parte Order earlier issued on 3rd July 2017 approving the appointment of an Interim Board for Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service (EMTS), has put a hold on plans to sell the company.

EMTS is the fourth largest telecommunications service operator in Nigeria. The nullification follows dismissal by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, the Preliminary Objection filed by United Capital Trustees Ltd in response to the application by Spectrum Wireless, a shareholder of EMTS, for a nullification of the Ex Parte Order of the court, which it claimed was obtained by misrepresentation of facts that alienated its interests in the company.

It will be recalled that the Interim Board of EMTS which has the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the financial and telecommunications services regulators in Nigeria, had recently received bids from about 5 bidders in its intended sale of the company which was to be concluded by 31 December, 2017, but recently moved to 16 January, 2018.

Analysts believe the order will affect the proposed plan to sell off the troubled company, which was supposed to be wrapped up next Tuesday (16th January), which has the support of the CBN and the NCC.

However, the development has not gone down with subscribers to the network, who are worried since the company presently has no constituted board and is like sheep without shepherd.

It is believed that the trouble in the company will affect subscribers trust in the company, whose troubles started last when Etisalat pulled out, and the company was renamed 9 Mobile.

BIAFRA AND THE BAKASSI BOYS-PERFECT CHECKMATE FOR HERDSMEN

In the 1990s while I lived in Aba, the crime rate became unbearable and affected most of the people including my clients who were shoemakers at Ariaria Market operating their businesses in the Shoe Line called Bakassi Line, off the Old Express Road Aba. The criminals called themselves “the mafia” and were so bold that they could enter any premises or shop and kill, maim, rape and steal any amount of money and walk away.

They were little boys and youths but raped both young and old women (even women older than their mothers) and stole every money in the shops and houses in broad day light. They would just enter the shops and houses and ask the owners to surrender all the money to them. They collected the money with ease. They would not stop there but would rape every woman in the house. We continued to cry and pray, holding night vigils in prayer and calling upon God and the Police in Aba to help us.

The Police did not help us but something happened in 1998 which I realised to be an answer to our prayer. Some of my clients at the Bakassi Shoe Line held a secret meeting to kill the mafia boys by themselves without waiting for the Police anymore. They did not inform anybody. I did not know their plans. They bought the sharp head-cutting machetes and hid them in their shops. On a certain day when the mafia boys came to “collect” the money as usual, the shoemakers rose up spontaneously with their machetes and killed many of them in the Ariaria market. There was uproar in the market as many traders locked up their shops and fled before the Police could arrive. It was war between the mafia boys and the Shoemakers at Bakassi Line. The mafia boys did not expect the attacks and therefore fled. The Shoemakers pursued them to their houses. The war did not end there. They went from house to house combing out the mafia boys from their hiding places and cut off their heads, sometimes in the presence of their parents! The Shoemakers became known as Bakassi Boys named after their Shoe Line in the Ariaria Market.

What we thought was a small matter expanded in its operation when the Bakassi Boys decided to extend their war to all the evil men and evil women in authority, in government, in businesses, and in all other socio-political and economic activities in Abia State. They became a government unto themselves and set up a court in the Ariaria Market where they tried the suspects. They went from place to place arresting suspects. Many people in Abia State received them with joy and gladness as they could do what the Police failed to do. They converted the old burrow-pit along the Expressway behind the Market into an Execution Pit. Any suspect tried and condemned by their court was taken to the burrow-pit and slaughtered. To the Bakassi Boys, it appeared there was no difference between small crime and big crime. What a civil court could classify as a misdemeanour attracting 3 months’ prison sentence could become an offence under the Bakassi Boys punishable with instant death by machetes. Initially everything was going well in accordance with the original vision to sanitize the society and exterminate the menace of crime. However, as many people began to refer cases to the Bakassi Boys instead of going to the police and civil courts, the original vision was compromised. What started as a glorious revolution became a curse to us and many people began to complain.

Aba started getting worse. Politicians took over the Bakassi Boys to settle political scores with their political enemies. The whole city was left in ruins. The fear of insecurity returned. There was no government presence. The following year in 1999, Ralph Uwazuruike came up with his MASSOB, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. It was a big Biafran movement. He came to an uncompleted building at 175 Faulks Road Aba and declared the Republic of Biafra and hoisted the Biafran Flag. MASSOB set up its own government and targeted Petrol Stations selling fuel at exorbitant prices and also engaged in settling cases for people with civil disputes.

While the Bakassi Boys had their Court in the Ariaria Market, MASSOB had many Courts at various uncompleted Buildings in Aba. It appeared they had special interests in using uncompleted Buildings for their courts. We therefore had two functional and effective non-official governments in Aba run by Bakassi Boys for criminal matters and MASSOB for civil matters. There was failure of Government in Abia State. The Federal Government of Nigeria sent its army and police to kill the MASSOB members because they were preaching for the secession of Biafra.

Aba was destroyed again. The Bakassi Boys were unchecked. They became a law unto themselves. They engaged in unorthodox and unusual method of fighting crime by the use of “spirits” and “juju”. Nobody was safe as their “spirits” or “juju” could condemn any person and nobody could question the “spirits”. As lawyers, we believe that every crime must be proved beyond reasonable doubt otherwise the Judge may condemn an innocent person. As a Pastor, I know there are lying spirits. At this time, some of us began to think and seek for the best solution. This was when we advised some members of the Abia State House of Assembly to pass a Bill into law creating the Bakassi Boys as a Government Security organ to fight crime under proper guidance and regulation. This advice was accepted and the Bill was passed into Law creating the Abia State Vigilante Services (aka Bakassi Boys) in the year 2000. The Boys became very effective and professional in their operations. In the same year, the Anambra State Governor invited the Bakassi Boys to help in eradicating serious crimes at Onitsha. He also adopted the same law and passed the Bill into Law as Anambra Vigilante Services Law. The Imo State Government also followed afterwards.

Therefore, the Bakassi Boys is a lawfully constituted regional security organ of government to protect the lives and properties of the people of the East. It is a regional army or regional police backed up by State Law. We do not need any other law but I will recommend that other States in Biafraland which have not adopted the Bakassi Boys Vigilante Law should pass the Bill into Law in their Houses of Assembly.

I further recommend that the existing Bakassi Boys Vigilante Law should be amended so that the Boys will be given more powers to defend the Eastern Region against the aggression of the Fulani Herdsmen. The Bakassi Boys should be given more training whether locally or in foreign countries in community policing and modern security defence system. Defending the lives and properties of the Easterners also includes defending us from the menace and attacks of the Fulani Herdsmen. If the Fulani Herdsmen think that they know how to cut off people’s heads and massacre the people in their farmlands, the Bakassi Boys can cut off the heads of the Fulanis better, lawfully and professionally. They are our regional police or regional army created by our State Law. Let us make use of what we have now. The Bakassi Boys are legal and must be used now to protect the East. Every reader should forward this message to the members of the Houses of Assembly in Biafraland.

Emeka Emekesiri, Esq., Barrister & Solicitor, is the Chairman of MOBIN, the Founder and Vision Bearer, Indigenous People of Biafra.