Archives September 2023

‘One-chance’ victim dies in Abuja after hospital insists on police report before treatment

Greatness Olorunfemi, a one-chance victim and member of the Yali network in Abuja, has tragically passed away after a popular government hospital in Maitama, Abuja, allegedly denied her treatment for not providing a police report.

According to a report by Peoples Gazette, it was learnt that the victim was severely injured after being thrown out of a vehicle along the Maitama-Kubwa Express by “one chance” robbers on Tuesday.

When taken into the facility for immediate care, she was allegedly denied treatment because a police report was not provided.

A witness identified as West Robinson, narrated in a video, with the victim lying on the floor, that he and some bystanders had rushed her to the hospital, where she died after being denied treatment.

“Unfortunately, the nurses that were on duty when this woman was brought in, and the medical doctors there refused that this girl should be taken inside.

“Unfortunately, within 20 minutes, the young girl died while we were still there because now the man that helped her said we should not drop the corpse on the floor, so we started calling the emergency services, and they told us that they were going to send some policemen down,” he narrated.

He said police officers arrived at the hospital in a Hilux van with another victim stabbed in the head after boarding a cab to Kubwa.

“This same hospital refused to take this man. In fact, what happened yesterday, the 26th of September, was like chaos, so the policemen were all angry and said they should take the man to the national hospital, so they left, so while we were still there, they brought another victim again that has been stabbed and attacked by these one chance people,” Mr Robinson added.

When contacted, The Gazette’s reporters were asked to seek approval from the management board through a letter before information on the incident could be shared.

Meanwhile, DSP Josephine Adeh, the police spokesperson for FCT, said an investigation was ongoing into the rejection of the victims by the health facility.

Although police reports were prerequisites for treating victims in the past, this was annulled years ago. The hospital’s action violates the National Health Act, which criminalises the demand for police reports before administering treatments to gunshots or accident victims.


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Kano gov appoints 116 new special assistants

Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of additional 116 Senior Special Assistants.

This is contained in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Malam Bature Dawakin-Tofa, in Kano on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had earlier appointed 94 Special Assistants, thus bringing the total number to 145 aides.

Only nine women were among the 116 newly appointed aides announced by the governor.

They include: Hauwa Halilu, Senior Special Assistant, Library Board; Hauwa Gadonkaya, Senior Special Assistant, Primary Health Care (PHC); Nadiya Fagge, Senior Special Assistant, Special Assignments- PPS; and Asiya Mukhtar, Senior Special Assistant, Women Education,
Binta Salisu,.

Also, Binta Salisu was appointed as Special Assistant, Radio/Women; Mufida Rashid, Digital Media; and Hauwa Halilu, Library Board.


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Emefiele to regain freedom after alleged N50bn plea bargain deal with Tinubu’s govt

The embattled former Central Bank Governor, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, is set to be released from the detention of the Department of State Services (DSS) after his plea bargain with the President Bola Tinubu’s administration has been concluded, SaharaReporters has reported.

According to the online newspaper, it was gathered that the non-prosecution plea bargain for Emefiele was being premised upon the former governor’s willingness to return N50billion which he had allegedly corruptly amassed.

SaharaReporters understands that the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi, has signed the non-prosecution plea bargain and it is waiting for Tinubu’s approval.

The newspaper had in August reported that Emefiele faced 20 counts of conspiracy and procurement fraud levelled against him by the Nigerian government. He had on August 17, 2023, been brought to court under tight security.

“The exclusive deal has been finalised awaiting Tinubu’s order. Tinubu is expected back in Nigeria this weekend after a medical visit to France. The DSS traced N72billion to a series of accounts which Emefiele had planned to use for his Presidential run. Also, $70million he hid with a couple who specialised in helping him to do round tripping was discovered,” a top source revealed to SaharaReporters on Friday.

“The federal investigators have traced ownership of Polaris bank to Emefiele. As well as several other banks he used people to set up,” the source revealed further.

SaharaReporters had in August reported how the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed against the DSS and the AGF at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by two brothers of Emefiele was withdrawn.

The court’s vacation judge, Justice Emmanuel Okpe, had struck out the suit after the applicants through their lawyer informed the court of their decision to discontinue the case.

The online newspaper had reported that the suspended CBN governor’s siblings – George Emefiele and Okanta Emefiele, had filed separate ex-parte motions at the court seeking order of the court to enforce their fundamental rights.

It had also been reported that the trial of Emefiele was stalled at the High Court of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following his plan to enter into plea bargaining to get soft-landing.

It was learnt from lawyers involved in the case that Emefiele opted to enter into plea bargaining with the prosecution team.

“The matter is not coming up; they are finding another way to resolve the matter and give him soft-landing,” one of the lawyers had said.

“They are moving to negotiate plea bargaining.”

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Strike: Aviation unions set to ground airports operations nationwide

Flight operations and other allied businesses across the country’s aviation sector may be totally grounded should the labour unions make do with their threats to embark on an indefinite strike over the hardship caused by the federal government’s subsidy removal policy.

According to information reaching Saturday Tribune, all the unions in aviation sector including the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), National Union of Air Transport Employees  (NUATE) and others have reached out to all aviation workers at all the airports to withdraw their services in line with the directives from the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide strike over the hardship caused by the oil subsidy removal.

As at Friday evening, all the aviation unions at their different meetings had mobilised all the workers in readiness to block all entrances leading to the airports particularly the international ones to prevent the take-off of all flights including foreign flights.

In a circular issued by NUATE  on Friday evening titled: ‘Notice of Total Withdrawal of Services’, signed by the General Secretary, Comrade Ocheme Aba, with copies sent to Commissioner of police, airport command, director of state Security Service, airport commandants and director of aviation security, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), NUATE directed all workers to stay away from work as from 3rd October 2023 indefinitely until otherwise directed by the NLC.

The circular partly read; “By this notice, all the aviation agencies and companies are informed of the development and should advise their clients/customers accordingly to afford travel rearrangements. All workers shall comply fully.”


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Uncle arrested for allegedly raping 10-year-old, 4-year-old nieces in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Police Command has apprehended one Mr. Adamu Sani for allegedly raping two of his nieces, aged 10 and 4, in the Karu Local Government Area of the state.

DSP Ramhan Nansel, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, made the disclosure during a press conference held in Lafia on Friday.

The announcement was made while parading 29 suspected criminals apprehended for various crimes across the 13 local government areas of the state.

Ramhan explained that the arrest was carried out after the Mararaba ‘B; Division received a complaint about the rape of two minors.

“Recently, a complaint was lodged at Mararaba ‘B’ Division, detailing a harrowing incident where two young girls aged Ten (10) and Four (4) years were allegedly raped by their Uncle.

“The girls were left in the custody of Mr. Adamu Sani, the younger brother of the complainant, while their parents were out trying to make ends meet. The perpetrator warned them not to inform their parents about the assault.

“In response to the complaint, Police operatives swiftly swung into action, apprehending the suspect. The investigation into this distressing matter is currently ongoing.”

Nansel, while parading other suspected criminals, disclosed the arrest of two other suspected rapists who allegedly raped an 8-year-old girl in an uncompleted building in the Akwanga LGA of the state.

He added that their arrest was possible due to painstaking efforts by officers of the Command.

“On 05/09/2023 at about 3 pm, a complaint was lodged at Akwanga Division that, the duo of Abdullahi Ibrahim and Muhtari Abdullahi conspired and lured an 8 years old girl into an uncompleted building where they took turns to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

“Reacting to the unsavory development, Police operatives immediately launched a manhunt for the suspects and got them arrested. They have confessed to the crime.”

The Police spokesman warned all criminal elements in the state to leave without further delay, adding that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded at the State Criminal Investigation Department.

(Daily Post)

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Police uncover criminal hideout in Kaduna, nab 18 suspects

The Nasarawa State Police Command has nabbed 18 suspected kidnappers from different locations within the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure during a press briefing in Lafia, the state capital, on Friday.

Nansel revealed that two suspects were apprehended while attempting to acquire additional ammunition and firearms, maintaining that the law enforcement’s proactive approach to curbing criminal activities led to the success of the operation.

Most of the suspects have reportedly confessed to their involvement in the crimes and are actively cooperating with the police.

Ramhan further noted that investigation has led to the discovery of a criminal hideout in Wassa village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where arms were successfully recovered.

He added that, based on intelligence, the police have arrested suspected kidnappers operating in Nassarawa-Eggon, Akwanga, and Kokona Local Government Areas of Nasarawa state.

The police also paraded four others for suspected involvement in cult activities. Four guns, 11 rounds of ammunition, and a vehicle were among the exhibits recovered from criminal hideouts.

The PPRO attributed this successful operation to the collective support received from members of the public, traditional rulers, other security agencies, and the media.

He, however, said that investigations are ongoing and upon conclusion, the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.

(Daily Post)

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Stop using banditry to conduct illegal mining in Nigeria – FG warns foreign entities

The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has warned foreign operators who sponsor banditry in order to execute illegal mining in the country.

Oladele Alake, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, disclosed this in a statement on Friday by the Ministry’s Head of Press & Public Relations, Alaba Balogun.

Alake issued the warning when a delegation of the Nigeria-China Chamber of Mines led by its National President, Dr Olugbenga Ajala, paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

Alake said that the Ministry is committed to establishing a multi-agency task force that will end the activities of illegal miners and their collaborators.

He reiterated that the government has given illegal miners 30 days to become legitimate to continue their trade.

The Minister said this would help “to streamline and structure the Small-Scale Artisanal Miners for maximum yield to the Federal Government.”

He said, “The government will come down firmly on these unscrupulous foreign operators sponsoring banditry to perpetrate illegal mining: let me use this medium to appeal through you to tell those sponsors to desist or face the full wrath of the law.”

(Daily Post)

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Oct 3 indefinite strike imminent as NLC, TUC shun parley meeting with FG

The organized labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trace Union Congress, TUC, on Friday, shunned an emergency meeting with the Federal Government scheduled for 3 pm at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

DAILY POST reports that The Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, had called an emergency meeting with the leaders of organized Labour at the Conference Room of the Office of the President’s Chief of Staff.

It was learnt that Friday’s meeting was designed to persuade the labour movement against implementing its planned nationwide strike from Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

DAILY POST recalls that on September 26, the NLC and the TUC announced plans to commence an indefinite strike on October 3 over the economic hardship occasioned by fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government.

On Friday, the organized labour and affiliated bodies started mobilizing members in compliance with the proposed strike.

The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, and the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals have all announced plans to join the strike.

Also, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions’ Employees announced its intention to participate in the strike.

Similarly, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the National Union of Electricity Employees said they would join the indefinite strike announced on Thursday.

The implication is that the Nation’s economy will be shut down if the planned strike takes effect.

The development comes when Nigeria is battling with the crumbling Naira at the foreign exchange market, exchanging at N985/$ at the parallel market and soaring inflation of 25.80 per cent in August.

(Daily Post)

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Nigerian Dailies: 10 talking points this Saturday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Dailies:

1. The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Friday, dismissed the petition brought before it by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege. The tribunal presided over by Justice A.C. Ahuchaogu dismissed Omo-Agege’s petition for lack of merit.

2. The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Moses Sule has been sacked by the state election petition tribunal. Sule, who was elected on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, platform in the last election, was sacked alongside Danjuma Azi, a member representing Jos North-West constituency in the assembly.

3. Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the current spate of coups across the African continent shows that democracy needs to be ”rejigged” and put in a proper direction. Jonathan made this known during a Democracy Dialogue 2023 organised by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) with the theme: “Breaking New Grounds In The Democracy Development Nexus in Africa” in Yenagoa.

4. A Federal High Court in Kano on Friday ordered the Kano State Government to pay the Incorporated Trustees of Eid Grand Shop Owners the sum of N30 billion as compensation for the unlawful demolition of their properties. The judge, Samuel Amobeda, who gave the order, said the action of the Kano State Government against the applicants was barbaric and unconstitutional.

5. The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa has said that the military will flush out bandits and terrorists from the country. The CDS made the commitment on Friday in Kaduna when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Uba Sani at the government house.

6. A former Acting National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Chief Alani Bankole has stated that democracy is not the best system of government for Nigeria. Bankole spoke on Friday shortly after he was unveiled by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, as the Apena of Egbaland at the Ake Palace, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

7. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has charged the All Progressives Congress, APC, to come clean on the desperation by its lawyers in the United States to conceal certain vital details regarding the academic records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Chicago State University (CSU) from the public. The opposition said this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, on Friday.

8. The decision of the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike, to sack the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company Managing Director, Najeed Abdulsalam, caused protests in Abuja. Staff of the company protested the sack of the agency’s MD on Friday.

9. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Delta State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last election says he plans to challenge the ruling of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed the election of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori. Omo-Agege said this in a statement he personally signed on Friday in Asaba.

10. The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Akwa Ibom State, on Friday, upheld the election of Pastor Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the validly elected governor of the State. Delivering judgement in the suit numbered EPT/AKW/GOV/01/2023, which sought to nullify the election, the tribunal headed by Justice Adekunle Adeleye upheld the preliminary objections bothering on jurisdiction and non qualification of the 2nd Respondent, and declared that Eno was eminently qualified to run for the election.

(Daily Post)

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Tinubu, Sultan seek Nigerians’ support, urge NLC, TUC to shun planned strike

President Bola Tinubu has called for the support of the citizens as Nigeria marks its 63rd Independence anniversary celebration.

Represented by the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, at the Public Lecture and Special Juma’at Prayer with the topic: “Renewed Hope In The Face of Socio-economic Challenges in Nigeria: Islamic Model”, the president said Nigeria in its journey of nationhood has not done badly when compared to other countries of the world.

He said Nigeria can only succeed if the leaders and the led come together to bring prosperity to the country furthered that the government has been working on how to bring relief to Nigerians through the N500 billion released to bring succour to Nigerians through palliatives which have commenced in some states of the federation.

“We should all thank Allah for being able to make us witness this very very important anniversary which is the 63rd year of our nationhood. And that we should further congratulate all of us on this very important anniversary. And that we should realise the fact that our country when compared to other countries that got independence about the same time we have done very well while others have done better than us. Therefore as we celebrate this anniversary we should use this period as a time reflection: what have we done successfully and what are our failures? That is why the theme of the topic of this lecture delivered by Prof Luqman is very germane. We should look forward to where we have succeeded and look at our failures so that we can make amendments in order to bring prosperity to our nation.

“It is a time that we have to make and also contribute as individuals and as collective people of this country in making sure that we all work hand in hand with the government of the day in bringing prosperity to this country.

“The Sultan has said and I want to emphasize as well that the government is doing everything within its powers to make sure it brings succour to the entire people of this country. On this note, the government has gone ahead to provide funds of N500 billion in order to bring about a package of palliatives to bring succour and to reduce suffering being experienced as a result of the removal of the oil subsidy. Already some amount of money has been disbursed to the states and the process of delivering this palliative has started and more and more will come later in with what is contained in the package. Therefore we need to give support to the government and pray for the government. The task of leading the nation does not reside on the shoulders of the leaders alone. It is something that lies on the shoulders of all of us. Therefore not let us not look at it as government alone. It is only if you pray and support us that we will achieve our desire to make this nation greater.

“The Sultan also talked about the issue of strike and NLC. Please, I also call on behalf of the president and the entire government that is not the time for a strike. It is too early. Let’s dialogue. Let’s sit together. Let’s understand ourselves and let us look at the prevailing situation in the country. How we mend this country, the challenges ahead and the current challenges. It is only through dialogue that we will be able to solve our problems collectively. May the almighty make this country a place of prosperity and continue to be a land of economic Eldorado.

…Sultan, Oluwo Too

The Sultan of Sokoto and the President, the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Nigeria and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, have called on the organised labour to have a rethink about the proposed strike slated for next week Tuesday, October 3, 2023. The monarchs, while pleading with the labour unions to give the government more time for dialogue, said the strike would inflict more pain and suffering on Nigerians. They however called on the government to find ways of providing the needs of every Nigerian.

According to Sultan, “People are impatient and we have every reason to be impatient because our lives matter. The government must find every way and means to ensure that there is food on the table of the common man and that is why (the leaders) they are elected. As I have said and I have this fervent belief that the president is a listening president and when issues are taking place he will look at such issues. And that is why I’m an advocate of dialogue. I don’t believe we should embark on this strike in the next couple of days because the common man will suffer more than the leaders you are targeting. President Tinubu will not know because he is in The Villa where everything is at his comfort. So is the SGF. So is the Deputy Senate President. I think I’m the only one who would feel that there is a strike because people will come to me. My house must open I can’t ask anybody to go out.

“The common man will suffer the more and that is why we are against anything strike from anybody. Give the government the chance to see what they can do. Give them (the government) a couple of months and see if they are honest enough. If they are not we are the ones who will even come out and say look, this government has failed. You cannot assess a government within the first three months, it is not possible because there is no government in the first place. They are just settling down.

“They are still in the court distractions here and there. So for God’s sake, for Allah’s sake, for peace to reign in our great country, anybody that want to go on strike should have a rethink and allow the government to call these people at state level, at the national level, at every level to discuss some of these issues. But of we see things going wrong, we will even be the one to say go on strike. Strike add woes on the common man. There is no electricity, there is no transport, there is no fuel. If you shut everything down, how will there be development? We are talking of social economy challenges. How do you face these challenges when you don’t have anything?

“We are clamouring for those that want to go on strike to have a rethink. Let the government give them another opening, let them give government too another opening and see how they can sit together. Unfortunately for me, I have been involved in this dialogue since 20007 whether it is ASUU or what I have been part of this and I know what transpired. We will be worse off than we are now than we will be in the next couple of months if this strike holds. And that is a fact. But if you feel you don’t love this country and you want the country down, then you can do what you think is right for you but for us, it is not right and I will keep on saying it,” the Sultan stated.

“I believe the government has good intentions and plans and I believe they will do their best for the country. This government came with a passion for the country and I believe this country will be great.

“I’m appealing to the NLC and other labour unions to shelve their strike and allow the government to work. A lot of things have been damaged. And things that have been damaged must be repaired. We have to be patient for that repair work to be done.”

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