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Buhari arrives Maiduguri for re-election continuous campaign

By NewsDesk,

The President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri on Monday morning in continuation of his re-election campaign activities, a day after former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, attacked him in a letter directed at the present government.

It was reported that Buhari who arrived the state capital early enough was received by Mr Adams Oshiomole, the Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC); National Security Adviser, Maj. -Gen. (rtd), Babagana Monguno and the Minister of State Works, Alhaji Baba Shehuri.

As confirmed, other dignitaries that received the president were Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, members of the national and state House of Assembly and other party leaders.

The president is expected to address a gathering of party supporters at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, to drum up support for his re-election bid.

Meanwhile, hundreds of party supporters with posters thronged streets of the metropolis to welcome the president and display solidarity.

Before Buhari’s arrival, The Borno State Government had declared Monday as public holiday to enable residents welcome the president.

Candle light inferno consume Jimoh Ibrahim’s mother-Eyewitness 

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Revelations have started emanating on reasons for the mysterious inferno that claimed life of Business tycoon and  lawyer, Jimoh Ibrahim’s mother, Theresa.
The revelation came hours after the mysterious inferno that engulfed the building on road 3 house B8 in Victoria Garden City, VGC Lagos, destroying property worth millions of Naira.
Eyewitness at the scene while narrating what allegedly transpired disclosed that the inferno emanated from a candlelight on Saturday.
He added that the fire which started at about 2am was due to a candle lit in one of the rooms where the 76-year-old was holding an individual prayer session.
The eyewitness explained that the deceased was said to be a devoted Christian who held tenacious to prayers.
He noted that the candle was allegedly lit for a vigil session within the house which started on Friday night.
“It was actually caused by a candle light within the room. Before the inferno, there was a vigil ongoing in the room and candlelight was used during the exercise.”
Earlier, Director, Lagos Fire Service, Musibau Rasaki, who also confirmed the investigation, disclosed that after the emergency call came in, Lekki fire station was immediately deployed to the scene.
“On their arrival, they met the fire alive and was been battled by the VGC emergency team. Understanding the importance, they joined them.”
Rasaki, who spoke through the Public Relation Officer, Amodu Shakiru, disclosed that the fire which apparently started at about 2am on Saturday, exceeded the VGC fire fighters’ capacity which resulted to call.
The director hinted that with their sophisticated equipment’s, the fire was later put out.
“After extinguishing the inferno, we saw a body within the house and recovered it. When we made enquiry, we were told it was the remains of Madam Theresa Jimoh.
“I do not know who her son was. But her body was recovered after we had put out the fire from the building completely,” he added.

Lagos policemen in fear over CP alleged fight back, hand-pick posting

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Days after a mid-drama reported to have played out at Lagos State Police Command between CP Imohimi Edgal, and Commissioner of police, Explosive and Ordinance Department (EOD), Kayode Egbetokun, over handing over of office, personnel have begun to express feeling of no confidence on the CP, who they claimed has tactically started going after their colleagues alleged of supporting his recent redeployment out of the state.

Their fear of the CP, since his return to the state, was centered on an alleged recent hand-pick redeployment of officers who were said to had expressed personal views on Edgar’s redeployment out of Lagos.

The policemen fear came barely a week after Egbetokun, who was expected to replace Edgal, resumed at the command for commencement of operations, but was prevented by the CP, arguing that the signal that announced his redeployment has been reversed.

Before embarking on the alleged tactical moves, Edgal, after his return, visited various formations including Rapid Response Squads (RRS) where he tasked personnel to re-dedicate selves towards boosting standard of security by going after any criminal in the state.

But against the CP’s visit to the formation were reported unconventional redeployments which had brought palpable fear among policemen in the state.

Aside those already redeployed, The Guild gathered that the commissioner has also commenced compilation of another fresh list of officers to suffer same fate after their stance on his redeployment.

The Guild gathered that about seven District Police Officers (DPOs) have been allegedly redeployed without official signal to the posting; rather, they learnt about the development through radio connected to all police stations.

According to sources close to the CP, the tactical move was to ensure Edgal removes policemen loyal to Egbetokun from the system.

One of the sources closed to the command disclosed to The Guild that officers were marked as loyalists of Egbetokun, linking their visit to the command on Tuesday to mean otherwise .

Through phone, the source disclosed the CP first target was a police women, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Yetunde Cardoso, identified as loyalist of Egbetokun, transferred from the State Criminal Investigative Department (CID) to Area ‘L’ Command in riverine axis.

The source hinted that Cardoso must have been redeployed due to her relationship with Egbetokun, adding that, the CP went as far redeploying the woman personal assistance, also to the riverine axis of the state.

Another police officer at the State Command disclosed that the DPO of Ogudu, who was never at the command during the mid-drama nor visit the command after Edgal redeployment was announced, also suffered same fate.

The source disclosed that there was never an official signal from the command on DPO’s redeployment, rather, he learnt of his new post through the command central radio, an announcement that caused panic within the station.

A policeman, who was not affected by the move, explained to the Guild that redeployment in Nigerian Police was normal and were often embarked upon to boost security.

But for another officer, such development could have different thing should such action be carried out to witch-hunt officers.

When calls were put through to the affected officers to have their reactions over the matter, they declined to comment, saying, their status do not have privilege to discussing with newsmen.

Meanwhile, Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, who spoke contrarily to the allegation, debunked the assertion, claiming that the Commissioner could never embarked on such, rather has majorly concentrated on policing within the state.

Oti stressed that redeployment of personnel was an internal affairs that does not concern the public, saying, any officer panicking must have embark on an act against the law.

300,000 applicants purchase 2019 JAMB UTME forms in seven days

By News desk

Barely seven days after Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) commenced sales of 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms, no fewer than 300,000 candidates has registered for the exercise.

The board commenced registration of candidates for the 2019 all Computer Based Test (CBT) on Jan.10 and it would close on Feb. 21.

JAMB Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who disclosed the statistics to newsmen on Friday in Lagos, said that this was coming a week after the commencement of the registration exercise.

According to him, the registration so far has been seamless, and the board is happy with the development.

“We are happy with the way the process is going; we hope it will continue this way

“So far, we have registered over 300,000 candidates as at Thursday.

“We are happy there have not been issues because so far, there is just a tiny gap between the number of candidates that have acquired the e-pin and that of those that have registered,” he said.

Meanwhile JAMB had insisted that all candidates with issues of biometrics must go over to Abuja for it to be rectified.

“I want to reiterate the fact that only the Registrar of the board has the sole right to attend to such issues.

“Any candidate who may have issues with the capturing of his or her finger prints at their respective points of registration will need to come down to our office in Abuja.

“This will require the Chief Executive to do it himself for the purpose of security,” Benjamin said.

This, however, was contrary to calls by some stakeholders urging the board to set up special centres in every state of the country to tackle issues.

The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) had argued that asking candidates with biometric issues to travel all the way to Abuja to get such issues sorted out was too demanding, citing dangers of transportation, fares, among others.

Second Deputy National President of the Association, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, said that most parents were barely struggling to get money to get their children and wards registered.

Ogunbanjo said that for those with such biometric issues, travelling to Abuja was an additional burden.

Niger Police deploys 1,711 personnels for Buhari’s visit

By News desk

Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Niger State, Nigerian Police has deployed 1, 711 security officers to provide adequate security before, during and after the one day visit.

The President’s official visit to Niger scheduled for for Saturday Jan. 19, was part of the ongoing campaign ahead of forthcoming election.

Niger Commissioner of Police, Dibal Yakadi, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Friday, said that an effective operational order on how to provide security at each of the places that the President was expected to visit had since been issued to the officers deployed for that purpose.

According to him, Buhari was expected to inaugurate the Baro River Port, Presidential Lodge at Baro in Agaie Local Government Area , as well as launch the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Presidential Campaign rally at the Trade Fair Complex in the metropolis.

He said that the command had taken concrete security measures to ensure a peaceful visit.

”We have mobilised sufficient armed personnel with modern working facilities to provide security cover for our president during and after the visit.

”We have since embarked on “Operation Show Force” with other security agencies to show our preparedness for the August visitor.

The Commissioner warned politicians and party supporters against thuggery before during and after the visit.

According to him, the police will arrest and charge to court, any politician or youth caught perpetrating violence.

He said that the police would not fold their hands and watch any politician or group of youths carry arms before, during and after the visit.

Yakadi added that the command had been proactive in responding to emergency calls across the state at all times.

”I wish to also solicit the cooperation of the public through the provision of timely and useful information to all divisions of the command across the state with a view to helping us respond to distress calls on time,’ he added.

Police confirms River Governor’s aide kidnap

By News desk

The Nigerian Police has confirmed kidnap Special Adviser to River State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Lands and Survey, Dr. Anugbom Anuoha, by unknown gunmen in military uniform.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO River State, Nnamdi Omoni, who made the confirmation in a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday, explained that the incident occurred yesterday at about 8:30 pm at an unnamed hotel in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“This is unfortunate and as a command we are touched by this development and will go all out to ensure his speedy and timely release.

“The Commissioner of Police (CP) has given a marching order to all the Tactical Units, including the IGP Monitoring Unit, to work round the clock and ensure that the victim is released in record time.

“Contacts have been made with sister security agencies and other stakeholders in this direction,” the command’s spokesman said.

The police public relations officer appealed to the general public, to avail the command of useful information that could lead to unconditional release of the governor’s aide.

“The public is hereby assured that there is no cause for alarm as the already existing peace in the state will be sustained,” he said.

FG mulls Atiku’s prosecution over Bank PHB collapse

By News Desk

Plans were on the way by Federal Government to alleged prosecute Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over the collapse of former Bank PHB.

The Federal Government argued that Atiku has questions to answer over slush funds that led to Bank PHB collapse.

 

Allegation against the PDP candidate came barely 24 hours after his media aide, Paul Ibeh, confirmed he had arrived United State and will meet Nigerian Business communities.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who briefed State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja, said Atiku would offer explanations to Nigerians once he returned from his trip to the US.

“In any event, any time Abubakar returns home, he has questions to answer following the fresh evidence that we have that he benefited from slush funds that led to the collapse of the former Bank PHB.

“The document we have shows that he benefited to the tune of N156 million from that slush fund.”

Mohammed said that the  paper which is in his possession  started from an internal memo on  Jan. 13, 2009,  which reads, “please refer for discussion your requested overdraft in favour of Atiku Abubakar for N156 million and deliver same to me.

“Please note that it must be delivered today(Jan. 13). On the same date, another memo was generated to confirm—please confirm that the amount stated below be issued from Claremont Management Services account.”

He said there was clear evidence of the account mandate in the name of Atiku Abubakar.

“We also have a copy of the Cheque in which the sum of N156 million was issued to Atiku Abubakar dated Jan. 13, 2009 and of course we also have statement of account within that period that confirms that this sum was actually paid into his account,’’ he said.

According to him, there is fresh evidence as to Abubakar’s involvement in the collapse of Bank PHB, which he owes the electorates and Nigerians explanation

Abubakar recently alleged President Muhammadu  Buhari’s family members co-own Etisalat Nigeria, Keystone Bank which was formerly Bank PHB.

However, he said  it remains the prerogative of the US government to issue visa to anyone it deems fit.

“Let me say right away  we are not perturbed one bit that Alhaji Atiku Abukakar was able to secure visa to the US; as a matter of fact, he can go ahead and get the US Green Card. That will not save him from imminent defeat in the forthcoming election.

“I want to remind Abubakar that the elections will be right here in Nigeria and not in the US.”

 

Ambode’s N500m works out Edgar return, Presidency, new IGP, Idris major players

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

A last minute order that had Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, announced redeployment suspended, may not had served as a good development among police officers within and outside the state, particularly within public domain, after last week incident reported to had claimed lives.

The action, to politicians of bigwigs, who understand the implication, after a drama over office control ensued between Edgar and Acting Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, who was earlier directed to take over the command, may be a bad omen for Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) at the forthcoming election.

In their conclusion, the development was evidence that one of the party’s member was deliberately working against Lagos APC to deliver the state to opposition.

Besides, circumstances surrounding last minute change of order, as linked to the Force Headquarters in Abuja, was alleged to have been orchestrated by Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, whom was claimed to had monetarily induced immediate past Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, his successor, Adamu Muhammed, alongside an undisclosed aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, in order to have Edgar return, back to Lagos police command.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode (right), presenting a souvenir to Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, during the I.G’s visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

As gathered from Nigerian Police Commission, Ambode was said to had visited Abuja on Monday, not for political business as usual, but to perfect the commissioner’s redeployment reversal, and that N500 million was placed on table in exchange for the deal.

It was also learned that the former IGP connived with his successor, the newly appointed police boss, to make the earlier directives ineffective, on learning that his request for tenure elongation was turned down by the president.

Perhaps, investigation by the Guild, after a mild drama between Edgar and Egbetokun at the Lagos Command yesterday,  further revealed that Ambode’s visit to Abuja was not coincidence with Edgar’s appearance at the force headquarter on Monday, but to work out the latter way back to Lagos.

Through the moves, it was discovered that the governor had since after APC primary election in the state, recently, not been on same page with his party and those who campaigned for him to ensure he wins 2015 gubernatorial election.

It would be recalled that Ambode and the commissioner of police relationship was reported, with the latter been alleged of undermining the state security system to favour the opposition.

The raised concerns against the duo were from alleged role played by Edgar during primary election and that of free for all encounter among hoodlums, recorded during Lagos APC campaign flag-off, the situation of which was linked to breach of security at the venue.

In our exclusive report barely a week ago, the Guild reported that both Ambode and Edgar may be actively involved in undermining the party’s efforts to furnish the campaign venue with needed adequate security.

However, mixed reactions among political parties, over yesterday’s development, particularly from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Lagos, held that Edgar’s redeployment suspension was targeted at aiding electoral manipulation and that the move could put Lagos in bad light during forthcoming election.

Furthermore, they claimed that Edgar may aid violence during election due to his alleged involvement in recent crisis at the Lagos APC campaign flagged off and relationship with Ambode.

For APC members in the state, who separately spoke to the Guild over the action, the embattled commissioner should not be allowed to control police affairs in Lagos and that his return to the state pose danger on lives.

A source from the police, who pleaded not to be mentioned, considering sensitive nature of the issue, disclosed that Edgar return to Lagos came with price from the state governor, whom he said wanted to retain the commissioner based on personified plans and otherwise moves.

He hinted that the plan to return Edgar to Lagos was perfected after Ambode visited Abuja on Monday and secretly danced to monetary demands of former IGP who had learnt of his tenure elongation denial.

The source added that Idris, who was said to have been lobbying APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, for tenure elongation, backtracked on his earlier directive to redeploy Edgar after Ambode placed on table substantial amount of money.

“The action was as a result of Idris’ expectation that his tenure elongation request would be granted, but met otherwise.

“From what I know, about five people are involve in the process, and Ambode’s fund was shared by Idris, new IGP, and one of the President’s aide.”

Another source from the force headquarters, who also spoke under anonymity, explained that the process leading to Edgar’s redeployment reversal emanated from the presidency in conjunction with Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu, who was said to have been discreetly supporting Ambode’s moves.

He explained that the plan was to ensure former IGP reverse the order, so as to prevent any suspicion before leaving office, while Muhammed maintains the status quo on Edgar, confirmed to be his course mate,  as commissioner of police in charge of Lagos command.

However, a source from Lagos police command indicated that officers from the premises were not satisfied with Edgar’s return and that they believed senior officers at the Force headquarters must have manipulated the process to aid the return.

He stated that some of his colleagues, who had had encounters with Edgar, expressed displeasure after news on the commissioner’s returned filtered in, particularly the superiority display between the commissioner and Egbetokun.

Apart from police personnel within the Command, who expressed displeasure over the action, Lagos APC senior members also condemned the development, alleging Ambode of making moves to deliver the state to PDP.

They alleged that the governor’s body language after suffering defeat during primary election in the state was an obvious indication that he was no longer interested in APC and that he had since been working secretly against the party.

One of the party member from the governor’s office revealed that Ambode had since after his defeat been at par with the state APC and its EXCOs, particularly the party’s governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom was reported to had not enjoyed goodwill from the governor.

He stated that the Ambode had embarked on desperate moves to deliver his office to another party since his party, APC, denied him chance to contest for second term

“Some of us have persuaded him to accept the party’s decision and work with Sanwo-Olu. But he refused and promised to fight on.

“From what I know, there are some people who have wrongly been advising him on reasons he needed to retaliate and ensure the party does not retain the seat,” he hinted.

In another revelation, a civil servant disclosed to The Guild that the state governor had intentionally allowed power crisis within state secretariat to linger than expected after refusing to approve funds for procurement of gas to power the Independent Power Project (IPP), forcing civil servants to leave work earlier than expected.

“The governor has done worst than good lately. I do not understand reasons for his actions. He has deliberately shutdown government because what is the essence of the ministry that is opened for operation and yet the staffs do not have power supply to perform their duties.

“The power supply crisis has lingered for over six weeks without solution in sight. This is part of the punishment he felt he can inflict on us.”

Also in the metropolis, a staff of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), hinted that gridlock had returned without any plan from the governor to ameliorate the challenge which could reduced if larger percentage of traffic lights erected across the state functions effectively.

Another top civil servant, who did not want his name in print because he was not authorised to speak, stressed that rather than address gridlock challenge, the governor however directed Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO), LASTMA, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC)  to intensify enforcement machinery across the state.

He said: “85 percent of the traffic lights are down begging for repairs. Also, the streets lights on major and inner roads have malfunctioned. And weeks after, no one is talking about fixing them.

“While we are awaiting plans to address traffic, the governor issued a strict directive to VIO, LASTMA, LAGESC and other enforcement agencies to intensify their activities which can further discredit APC in Lagos.”

In our effort to have clear evidence on the said Ambode’ N500 million and  those involve, a reliable source from the APC national leader’s house confirmed the transaction and also listed Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, among people assisting Lagos state governor in working against the party.

He said that leaders from the party were aware of both Ambode and the CP underground countered role against the party but decide to treat it silently and that they may call the governor to order or take necessary action, should he fails to adjust, so as not to allow more damages.

“Tinubu is aware of everything that transpired on Monday in Abuja and he was phoned while Ambode was lobbying with N500 million, to have his friend back to Lagos”.

“Listed of the people within the police, including the former IGP, the new and another person from villa, and others involve, got to him before the deal was completed”, he added.