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Foundation rejects Kano Sharia death sentence, appeals to US for intervention

President of One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has appealed to the Government of the United States of America to intervene in the Sharia Court judgement sentencing a Nigerian musician based in Kano, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death over blasphemy.

In a letter addressed to the Ambassador, Embassy of the United States of America, in Abuja, Eholor termed the judgement an outright violation of the Nigerian constitution, due to the imposition of state religion over national laws.

Making reference to public outrage over the development, Eholor said the United States should prevail on Kano State Government and the Nigerian Government to stop the illegality.

The letter read “We write to your office to request your urgent intervention on the sentencing of a Nigerian citizen, Yahaya Sharif- Aminu to death by a Sharia Court for blaspheming against Prophet Mohammed.

“The Judgement has generated condemnation from well meaning Nigerians home and abroad, including civil society organizations.

“The judgement is also an outright violation of the Nigerian constitution, which forbids religious policing in section 10, which prohibits the practice of a State Religion in any part of Nigeria, and section 38 which guarantees the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, including freedom to change religion and belief.

“We urgently appeal to you to prevail on the Government of Kano State, led by Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje and the Federal Government of Nigeria through all necessary diplomatic means to grant the victim of this repulsive judgement a pardon.

Thank you in advance.

Chief Patriot Patrick Osagie Eholor

President, One Love Foundation”.

APAPA GRIDLOCK: FG Agrees To Move Cargo By Barges To Onitsha

Heads of maritime agencies in Nigeria have agreed to work on modalities for the movement of cargo by barges from Lagos Ports to Onitsha in Anambra State so as to ease traffic in Apapa.

Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this at a recent meeting of all heads of maritime agencies in Lagos.

Mr. Jamoh said the meeting constituted a committee to produce a work plan for the 24-hour port system, and agreed to carry communities around the port environments along in order to ensure safe operations within the port vicinities and beyond.

“Our focus is also to ensure containers are moved by barges to dry ports outside the port environments. All these would help in the efficiency and effectiveness of our ports.”

Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, also emphasised the need for an intermodal transport system in and around the port environments.

She said Nigeria must prioritise intermodal transportation to reap the benefits of shipping and port activities.

Hadiza Usman said the heads of maritime agencies agreed to work with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to facilitate movement of cargo from the ports by rail.

Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Dr. George Moghalu, said safety formed a major part of the discussion.

One Love Foundation hails Emeka Kalu as he clocks 50

A philanthropic and civil rights organisation, One Love Foundation has felicitated with the Chairman of Stercoll Group, Chief Emeka Kalu as he clocked 50 years old.

One Love Foundation said in a Press Statement that Kalu has proven himself to be an astute statesman and freedom fighter who has played a major role towards the development of the country.

The Statement, signed by its founder and chairman, Patriot Patrick Eholor, also wished Dr Kalu a great life ahead. Eholor, who was the then Deputy National Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, also described Kalu as a wonderful friend.

It said in parts; ‘Dr Emeka Kalu, you have proved to be a great friend of truth and justice, which One Love Foundation stands for, since our paths crossed in the struggle to liberate this country.

“Wonderful friend, you have never relented in speaking the truth, standing up for the truth and fighting for the truth. That’s what is required in today’s challenging situations facing our dear country Nigeria. We have no doubt that with a man like you, there is still hope that Nigeria will be great again.

“Happy birthday sir. Please remember that in this Golden Age of your life, the future lies ahead of you to help in making life meaningful for the coming generations”.

Ooni joins in campaign against BBNaija, says Nigerian youths have lost their way

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has joined in condemning the Big Brother Naija, popular reality show that has taken a lot of investment of the time and money of Nigerian youths and many times, their parents also.

The money-spinning event, which sees the winner in the show going home with mouth-watering amount of money and other fabulous items, is believed to generate an equally staggering profit, for its organisers through sponsorship and deals with telecommunication companies.

But the monarch is joining other parents in the country, who are appalled by the contents, including the participants having raw sex before beaming television cameras, to ask for the abatement of the programme.

Conveying his misgiving according to a statement signed by Comrade Moses Olafare of the Directorate of Media and Publicity of Ooni’s palace, on Thursday, the monarch Oba was said to have spoken against the programme, while playing host to scores of Nigerian youths from all parts of the country under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.He reportedly told the group:

“The youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance. Big Brother 9ija reality show has been misrepresenting the goodness of the Nigerian youths.

“I am not pleased with the low participation of the country’s teeming youths in leadership. In the last general election, the total number of vote cast is around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother 9ija reality show. This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.

“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerians Youths! Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laugh and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?

”The monarch, while suggesting a reality show which will project the country’s values, charged his visitors to work out plans on the show which will be called, The Big Nigeria Reality Show.

He said: “The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several field of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak. This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models.”

NBC swoops on Nigeria Info 99.3 FM, slams N5million fine on the station for having Mailafia on air

For airing the controversial interview of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailaifa, where he made a damning allegation, including that a northern governor is a Boko Haram commander Nigeria Info, is to cough out a whopping N5m to the National Broadcasting Commission as fine.

The agency, which is the regulatory body for the broadcast industry in Nigeria, said allowing the interview, amounted to unprofessional conduct, as Mailafia, did not substantiate his revelations with facts and that the other parties were not given the opportunity to rebut him.

Entitled, The National Broadcasting Commission Fines Nigeria Info 99.3 For Unprofessional Broadcast, noted that they viewed the interview with great concern, as the station provided its platform for the guest, Mailafia, “to promote unverifiable and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder.”

Incidentally, Mailaifa, who was a guest to the Department of State Services (DSS), on Wednesday, over the same matter, has vowed not to retract the statement, where he also warned that the bandits currently killing people across the country, were going to launch a war on Nigeria in the next two years and that their plot was with the connivance of the government in power.

He had maintained in the Monday edition of popular morning programme, Morning CrossFire that those carrying out the killings in Southern Kaduna, were no different from Boko Haram, which decade-old campaign had claimed thousands of lives and that their activities enjoyed official cover.

He had said in the controversial interview: “Some of us also have our intelligence networks. I have met with some of the bandits; we have met with some of their high commanders – one or two who have repented – they have sat down with us not once, not twice.

“They told us that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are one and the same. They have a sophisticated network. During this lockdown their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.

“They were moving ammunition, moving money, and distributing them across different parts of the country,” the former Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress said during the programme.

Mailafia, who was subsequently invited by the DSS, had reported to the Jos office the agency at about 12:48 pm, accompanied by his lawyers, Pius Akubo, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and Yakubu Bawa, amid a crowd of supporters, who came in solidarity and did not leave till the end of the session.

Addressing the crowd, he said: “We had a lively and intense interview over a radio interview I granted. That interview which was meant for an FM radio station, some just picked the clip — a small section of the 55 minutes broadcast — and put it on social media and it went very very far all over the country, raising a lot of concerns.

“What I want to say is that, yes, all of those words were made by me. You know if the whole of the 55 minutes was played out, the context of what I said in a small clip that went viral would have become clearer.

“I know that I should have taken more care to corroborate some of the information I received, but perhaps some of it was uncorroborated. I was in no position to follow them to the camp to corroborate what was going on.

“But I am not a sensationalist, I am an economist and a central banker; by nature we are not given to sensation. Let me make it clear: I am a humanist; I am a man of peace. Even my name, Mailafia, means a man of peace.

“From the bottom of my heart, I love our country dearly and I abhor all the killings and violence which the innocent people of this country have been subjected to. I pray that Nigeria will never experience another civil war.

“The most elementary duty of government is to protect its citizens. When a government fails to protect its citizens, to protect little children, that is a serious matter. Any innocent boy or girl that is killed is my own child.

“I love Nigeria. Like Mandela, let me say if need be, I am prepared to give my life for Nigeria.

“One of the greatest compatriots of this country, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, observes that no country can survive two civil wars. One civil war is bad enough. I also pray that the killings will stop in Zamfara, in Daura, in Katsina, in Birnin Gwari, in my beloved southern Kaduna, in the whole of the middle belt, in Borno, Adamawa and other places,” he said.

“Let us join hands together to build a new country. Let us work together to save our country and I pray that all of us will do our part to maintain the peace and make sure that our country makes progress.

“I want to thank the officials of the state department. They have done a tremendous job. They treated me professionally. I have not been rough handled and they have been very, very fair and gracious to me.”

Advancing its position on Thursday, the NBC said: “The National Broadcasting Commission has noted with grave concern, the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30am and 9.00am.

“The station provided its platform for the guest, Dr. Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiable and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder.

“Dr. Mailafia Obadia’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, were devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

“3.1.1 No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity;

“3.1.2 Broadcasting shall promote human dignity, therefore, hate speech is prohibited;

“3.3.1 (a) The broadcaster shall ensure that any information given in a programme, in whatever form, is accurate;

“3.3.3.1(b) The Broadcaster shall ensure that all sides to any issue of public
interest are equitably presented for fairness and balance;

“3.11.1(a) The broadcaster shall ensure that language or scene likely to encourage or incite to crime, or lead to disorder, is not broadcast;

“3.11.1(b) No programme contains anything which amounts to subversion of constituted authority or compromises the unity or corporate existence of Nigeria as a sovereign state;

“5.4.1(f) The Broadcaster shall not transmit divisive materials that may threaten or compromise the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state.

“Consequent on these provisions and in line with the amendment of the 6th edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.

“This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.

“The Commission wishes to put it on record that it will not hesitate to suspend the Broadcast Licence of broadcast stations that continue to breach the Code.

“Stations are, by this statement, admonished to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate sanctions.”

You’ve No Right To Beg Sen. Kalu’s Intervention On Aro Road, Ex-council Boss Tells Ohuabunwa

A former Chairman of Arochukwu local government area of Abia State, Chibuike Jonas, former Chairman has taken a swipe at former senator for Abia North, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa.

This is in reaction to the request made by the former lawmaker at the weekend during the burial of Mr. Jumbo Offor in Arochukwu.

Ohuabunwa had asked Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, the current Senator for Abia North and Senate Chief Whip to use his office to repair the road leading to Ihechiowa from Arochukwu. This however did not go down well with Mr. Jonas who queried the moral ground for which Sen. Ohuabunwa is demanding such.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt the former local government chairman stated that Sen. Ohuabunwa was a member of House of Representatives for eight years, accusing him of neglecting the road. He further observed that while Sen. Ohuabunwa was in the Senate for 4 years, he could not repair the road for which he is begging for Sen. Kalu’s intervention.

Mr. Jonas further said the burial ceremony where the people were in a mourning mood was not a perfect avenue to make such demand. He added that Sen. Kalu has started work on the road, expressing regret that it has not been completed due to the demise of the contractor handling the project.

According to the former council boss, Kalu has expressed commitment to complete the project in no distant time. He further urged Sen. Ohuabunwa to go back and apologize to the people of Abia North over what he called poor performance during his stay in office, advising him to make good of his office if re-elected in the future.

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Gregory University Uturu Flags-Off Tree Planting Campaign

The management of Gregory University Uturu has launched an aggressive tree planting campaign aimed at reducing deforestation, increasing oxygen level in the environment and enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the campus.

Speaking during the formal flag-off event of the campaign, Vice Chancellor of the face paced institution, Prof Augustine Uwakwe stated ” the vision of management is to create a people- friendly smart environment devoid of unhealthy pollutants and by so doing encourage knowledge assimilation”.

According to Prof Uwakwe, the objective is to realise an eco green campus environment that will be conducive for the smooth conduct of all forms of schorlary activity.In his words,”this campaign is part of the larger vision borne by the Chancellor of our university,Prof Gregory Ibe, which has found expression in the initiation of many contemporary life-enhancing and health-supportive products, including such anti COVID-19 herbal solutions as Sniff-Sniff, Adonis Yellow,Hybrid Fuelless Generator, Sanitizing Chamber and Furnaces.

Shading more light on the tree planting campaign, the university Farm Manager, Ikechukwu Emezue, stated that his unit had nursed different species in order to realise the objective of raising a total of 1000 trees during the first phase of the exercise.

The exercise witnessed the symbolic planting of trees in different parts of the campus by members of the university management led by the Vice Chancellor.

PHOTOS: South West Governors perform Pass Out Parade for Amotekun Security

Yesterday, governors of the South West Stats of Nigeria performed a colourful ceremony for the Amotekun Security outfit.

The Amotekun army was adorned in very colourful red military regalia and leopard skin belts.

The Amotekun qmwas launched to undertake the issue of community policing in the South West region of Nigeria by the governors.

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REVEALED! How Northern Governor Heads Boko Haram, to launch civil war in 2022

Mailafia Obadiah, former African Democratic Congress, ADC, presidential candidate, has exposed the alleged plans of Boko Haram for Nigeria.

Obadiah, who was a former deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, alleged that Boko Haram insurgents are plotting to start a civil war in Nigeria by 2022.

He disclosed this during an interview on Nigerian Info while speaking on the Southern Kaduna killings.

Obadiah said Boko Haram insurgents are also planning to invade and kill prominent Nigerians in their homes in urban cities.

He claimed this would be done after they have wiped out Nigerians in the rural areas.

According to the former presidential candidate, the insurgents are planning to carryout this act in phases.

Stressing that a Northern governor was the overall Commander of Boko Haram, Obadiah disclosed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has a hand in the killings in Southern Kaduna.

When asked about the killing in Southern Kaduna, Obadiah said: “We have good reasons to believe that government is part and parcel of the killers. The body language of this administration shows clearly that they have a hand in the killings, no doubt about it.

“Let me make some revelations because some of us have our internal security networks, we have met with some of the bandits high Commanders who have repented and they told us that one of the Northern governors is the Commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“Boko Haram and bandits are one and the same, they have a sophisticated network, during the lockdown their planes were moving up and down with ammunitions, logistics, money and distributing them in different parts of the country.

“They are already in the rain forest of the South, they are everywhere. The told us that when they finish this ruler killings, they would move to phase two.

“In phase two, they will go into the urban cities, moving from house to house killing prominent people.

“I can tell you this is their game plan and by 2022, they want to start a civil war in Nigeria.”

Details of Abia PDP Congress, as Alwell Okere emerge state chairman

The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has elected a new executive with a Former Speaker Abia House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Alwell Asiforo Okere as the State Chairman and Hon. Obinna Nwachukwu as deputy.

The Chairman polled a total of 2,105 votes while his Deputy Obinna Nwachukwu garnered 2051 votes.
Addressing party faithfuls at the end of the the State Congress of the party held at the Umuahia Township Stadium, Governor and leader of the party in the State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu congratulated the newly elected PDP State Executive and Working Committee on their emergence. He also thanked the Chairman of the Electoral Committee and his team for a job well done and reminded the incoming executive of the PDP that the party is one family.

According to the Governor , despite winning elections in the past, the tasks of winning elections cannot be taken for granted and therefore charged the new executive to ensure that the party grows from strength to strength in order to continue recording electoral victories.

In that regard, the Governor charged the new executive to begin work immediately, traversing every nook and cranny of the State and reminding party faithfuls of the need to cooperate with the new party leadership in the State. He said he has no doubt that the new Chairman is capable of leading the party to the path of victory and disclosed that the State PDP is willing to help the party at the national level to regain power.

The Governor, who said that PDP seems to be the only hope of the people called on aggrieved members of the party to seek redress within the available channels in the party.

Announcing the results, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Rt . Hon. Kenneth Okon thanked the Governor for his patience and appreciated the delegates for conducting themselves accordingly.

Earlier, National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) stressed the need for peaceful running of the party by the new executive and urged them to take the party to the next level, especially as the party was getting ready for the next general elections.

Also speaking earlier, the acting Caretaker Committee, PDP Abia State chapter, Chief P.C Onyegbu called on the new State executive to run a unified party devoid of rancour and ensure no factions exist as it was in the outgoing executive.

Other State officers that emerged were;

Zonal Chairman, North: Chief Amah Abraham

Zonal Chairman, Central: Hon. Chukwu Ezebuiro

Zonal Chairman, South: Chief David Chigbu

State Secretary: Barr. David Iro

Assistant Secretary, North:Ndubuisi Ukaegbu

Asst. Scretary, Central: Prince Obinna Okey

Asst. Secretary, South: Rich Nwagbara

State Treasurer: Prince Ben Okezie

Asst. Treasurer North: Chief Isaac Elekwa

Asst. Treasurer, Central: Obioha Nwosu

Asst. Treasurer, South: Chukwudi Dike

State Financial Secretary: Chinyere Onuoha

Assistant Financial Sec: Chief Emmanuel Awa

State Legal Adviser: Barr. Dan Nkaru

State Assistant Legal Adviser: Barr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Nwangwa

State Publicity Secretary: Chief Fabian Nwankwo

Assistant State Publicity: Godfrey Ogbonna

State Auditor: Hon. Gabriel Okereke Elendu

Assistant State Auditor: Prince Arthur Ajuzieogu

State Organising Secretary: Chief Victor Ebere

Asst. Organising Secretary, North: Ndubuisi Onugo

Asst. Organising Secretary, Central: Barr. Obinna Nwaogwugwu

Asst. Organising Secretary, South: Barr. Eze Onwunma

State Woman Leader: Lolo Christy Emenike

Asst. Woman Leader, North: Mrs Nwaoma Mgbeoye

Asst. Central: Mrs. Gloria Agumuo

Asst. South: Mrs. Ogbonna Best

State Youth Leader: Chief Patrick Onwuka

Asst.Youth Leader, North: Hon. Mba Akuma

Asst.Youth Leader, Central: Okpokpo Christopher

Asst. Youth Leader, South: Okechukwu Chinedu

Ex-officio members:
Mrs. Comfort Wamanta
Mrs. Love Onina,
Peter Nwaokonko,
Nduka Nwarisara,
Sunday Nwakudo
Madubuike Onochie.

The event which attracted many party faithfuls including the Deputy Governor, Speaker and members of the State Assembly, Members of the National Assembly, Local Government Party executive among others featured taking of oath of office and observation of a minute silence in honour of the late PDP State Chairman, Sir. Johnson Onuigbo while delegates wore facemasks in line with the NCDC guidelines.