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26 Jun 2019

Corps Member Kidnapped By Boko Haram Still Missing As Peers Pass Out

A National Youth Service Corps member, Abraham Amuta, who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April, is still in captivity as thousands of others in his batch prepare for their passing out parade on Thursday, marking the end of their compulsory service year.

Amuta, who is a Batch B Stream I of the 2018 NYSC set, was abducted with three other members of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram on their way to Chibok to distribute relief items to internally displaced persons and evangelise.
Amuta’s housemate, Success Ezeanya, had tweeted, “Abraham Amuta is a corps member serving in Maiduguri. He was abducted by Boko Haram two weeks ago. He went for evangelism with a pastor from his church – Living Faith. He is an only son. Let’s not forget him in our prayers.

“He is a Batch B Stream I corps member serving in Maiduguri, Borno State. It’s been over two weeks now since he went missing in Maiduguri. Some people claiming to be Boko Haram have called and claimed to have abducted him. Please retweet until the Federal Government sees this.”

The NYSC confirmed the passing out of corps members in a statement posted on its Facebook account on Friday.

It said, “The management of the National Youth Service Corps has approved the passing out of the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream I corps members for Thursday, 27th June, 2019. The event will be low-key.”

According to the statement, the events include the release of passing-out corps members by employers on Tuesday, the signing of final clearance by zonal Inspectors and administration of questionnaire on those passing out on Wednesday, and the distribution of certificates of national service to deserving corps members at local government level on Thursday.

It added, “The Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, wishes the out-going corps members a successful winding-up and passing-out exercise and the best in their future endeavours.”

Another NYSC member, Value Akhigbe, who served in Plateau State, had been reported missing on December 11, 2018, two days before he was to participate in his passing out.

The House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development, in May, called on Ibrahim to investigate the circumstances surrounding Akhigbe’s disappearance.

Ibrahim promised to do everything within his power to find out how the corps member went missing in collaboration with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

Ghana Deports Almost 20 Nigerian Yahoo Boys

No fewer than 17 Nigerians have been deported from Ghana for allegedly committing offences in the country, involving in cyber crimes, known in Nigeria as 'Yahoo Yahoo'.
According to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), it said 29 people were arrested in Ho, the Volta Regional capital but 17 were found involved in criminal activities.

The Ho Municipal Police Commander, DSP Anthony Danso, said after their arrest, they immediately handed the suspects over to immigration service to determine their status and finding shows that only 12 out of the 29 Nigerians were found to be legal residents of Ho.

Danso continued that those that were found to be legal residents were immediately freed to continue their various work and activities, adding that some house owners in the country are afraid to lease their apartments to some Nigerians.

Item recovered by the police are 20 mobile phones, 33 laptops, two television sets and other electronic gadgets.

Pregnant Window Cries Out As Enforcement Officers Kill Her Husband

The wife of a petty trader allegedly killed by enforcement officers of Department of Public Transportation (DOPT) in Calabar, Cross River State capital, Mrs Mary Michael Eyo Essien has cried out for help, lamenting that no government officials has visited them since the incident happened.

“Ever since my husband was killed on Friday, none of the government officials visited me, they have neglected and abandoned me and my four little children,” she lamented.
Late Michael Eyo Essien was allegedly crushed to death by the enforcement officers who packed his goods (Phone accessories and other items) into their vehicle. In an attempt to zoom off, they allegedly crushed the victim to death.

Speaking in an interview with DAILY POST at her resident of No 22 Edibe Edibe Street, Calabar, the wife of the victim said her late husband was an indigene of Okurikang in Odukpani local government area of the State.

“He hailed from Okurikang in Odukpani local government area of Cross River State and over thirty years old. We married in Lagos State in 2007, we had 4 children, 4 boys and I am with 4 months pregnancy now.”

Narrating the incident, Mary said, “I was at home when my husband’s sister came to our house and told me that my husband had been crushed to death by DOPT vehicle. The sister said they beat my husband mercilessly and his goods were packed into their vehicle.

“The sister begged them, my husband also begged them and those in the market begged them too but they ignored them. My husband told them that he uses the proceeds from the goods to look after the children.

“That he paid his house rent with the proceeds from the sales of his goods, takes care of his four children and even his wife who is four months pregnant, but they did not mind all these. They impounded his goods and he still begged them. The driver drove the vehicle close to him, crushed him to death and zoomed off,” she wept.

While sobbing heavily, she said, “No government official visited us, nobody from DOPT, the corpse was dumped at the General Hospital, Calabar by the Police on Friday, June 21st when the incident occurred and on Saturday, his brother went to the hospital and paid money before the corpse was dressed and taken inside the mortuary.

“We have four children, Wisdom Michael Eyo Essien, 12-years-old, Promise Michael Eyo Essien, 10 years, Joseph Michael Eyo Essien, 7 years and Joshua Michael Eyo Essien – 2 years. Wisdom was about to start secondary school while I am four months old pregnant,” she stated.

Also speaking, the younger brother to the victim, John Effiong said that they had the same mother but different father. “I am a brother to the deceased; my name is John Effiong and I’m 21, a Keke Driver from Ikono local government area in Akwa Ibom State.

“I was at a mechanic workshop and got a call that I should come to the house. Our sister was with him in the market and when I came to the house, I was told that my senior brother died and that DOPT killed him.

“I went to the Post Office with my brother’s wife, she slumped on the way. We heard different stories, but when I asked my younger sister who was with him, we were told that he was killed by DOPT. My sister went to the market to collect N50 for her transport when DOPT came.

“My sister and my brother begged them, others too begged them but they ignored them. The DOPT workers hijacked his wheelbarrow with his goods into their vehicle but he was still begging them, the driver of the DOPY vehicle now drove towards him and crushed him to death.

“Since then, we have not seen any government officials, nobody from the government came and condoled with the family, the children are crying, nobody cares about them nor visits them, the wife is not working.

“Government should help the family, train the children and pay compensation to the family, the house rents of the victim is expiring very soon, the rent is N3, 000 a month

“He sold phone and its accessories including, phone chargers etc. He was in Lagos doing the same business and we came back in 2017 to Calabar. He his loss his father in 2009 and it’s only our mother that is alive,” he said.

The Director-General (DG) of DOPT, Godwin Nyiam lamented the incident and said he has handed over the suspects, the DOPT driver and two other workers to the Police for further investigation.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo confirmed that the suspects have been arrested and they are in police custody.

Wike Scraps Amnesty Programme In Rivers State

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the state will no longer operate an amnesty programme.

The governor said this when he received the Ekpeye Traditional Rulers from Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Wike said some cultists or criminals who turn in their arms still go back to committing the crime after being granted amnesty, hence the reason for his decision.

He said: “I am being very careful about Vigilante Groups in all the Local Government Areas because of what OSPAC is doing. They are now going beyond their boundaries.

“We will reintegrate OSPAC into the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. Anyone who wants to support the security structure should join the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. We will not approve Local Vigilante for different Local Government Areas”.

“Some of the criminals may pretend to have repented, only for them to renege after re-arming themselves.

”Rivers State Government will no longer operate an amnesty program since many of the criminals reneged during the first exercise.

“We granted amnesty in the past and some boys went back to crime, for now, we are doing what is called, ‘Bending Over’, If they renege, the law will take its course.

“When the court bends you over, it will be difficult for you to renege.”

Kimono Suffers Heavy Backlash Over Body Shaping Kimono

American television star Kim Kardashian has sparked debate in Japan by naming her new line of shapewear “Kimono,” prompting some to accuse her of disrespecting the traditional outfit.

The pop culture icon unveiled the new “Kimono” line on Twitter, revealing she had been working for a year on the underwear to offer “solutions for women that actually work.”
But the announcement garnered mixed reaction both at home and in Japan, with some offering their criticism on Twitter using the hashtag #KimOhNo.

“She’s been to Japan many times. I’m shocked. She has no respect,” tweeted one user in Japanese.

“I like Kim Kardashian, but please pick a name other than kimono if it’s underwear,” wrote another.

“The Japanese government should file a protest against Kardashian,” wrote a third.

Kimono literally means “something to wear,” while Kardashian’s use of it appeared to be a play on her first name. The new line’s website offered no explanation, and Kardashian has yet to respond to her online detractors.

And not everyone was opposed to the name, with some users arguing it could offer a chance to promote a traditional outfit that is declining in popularity even in Japan.

Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women.

And while the elaborate outfits might appear to have little in common with the snug garb being offered by Kardashian, kimonos are not only often hugely expensive but known for being hard to wear.

Women frequently hire experts to dress them in kimono because the outfit requires seemingly endless nipping, tucking and strapping.

BREAKING NEWS: A US War Against Iran Will Be Short - Donald Trump Boasts

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he hopes the US does not go to war with Iran but if it did, America’s use of force would be overwhelming.
In an interview on Fox Business News, Trump was asked if America is going to go to war with Iran.

“Well, I hope we don’t but we’re in a very strong position if something should happen. We’re in a very strong position. It wouldn’t last very long, I can tell you that. And I’m not talking boots on the ground,” Trump said amid acute tensions between the two countries.

Details soon.

NNPC Begins Oil Exploration In Benue State

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will commence oil exploration in Benue state next month.

As the exploration begins, Benue State Government has assured management and staff of security and safety of its staff.
Governor Samuel Ortom gave the assurance during a Government House, Makurdi when the NNPC exploration team led by Dorathy Umoetok, Executive Director, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) visited him.

Represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu, Ortom said the government would put in place the needed security measures to guarantee the safety and unhindered work of the team.

He expressed delight Benue State constitutes 70 percent of the area in the Benue believed to contain hydrocarbon and called on people of the state, particularly residents of Makurdi, Guma, Ohimini, Gwer West, Apa, Agatu and Otukpo local government areas where the exploration work will take place to receive the team warmly and avail them of every assistance.

Ortom, who charged traditional rulers and council chairmen from the affected areas to help provide the needed peaceful atmosphere for the team to work, warned the government would deal squarely with anyone or group of people in any community that constitute obstacle to the exploration work.

NNPC’s team leader, Dorathy Umoetok explained the visit was a follow-up to a previous exercise by the out-going NNPC Group Managing Director Engr. Dr Maikanti Baru last year to seek the guarantee of the safety and security of the lives of the exploration team so that they could commence work.

Umoetok, who expressed joy that the security situation in the state has changed tremendously, said the atmosphere is now good for exploration work.

He disclosed the NNPC has already concluded the aerial surveillance, drawn the aerial maps, and done the interpretation and other activities leading to the actual exploration.

She said the NNPC does not toy with the safety and security of members of its team, and solicited from the government and traditional rulers in the 7 local government areas a guarantee of their safety and security, assuring that the communities have many things to gain from the partnership with them.

Speaking for the traditional rulers, the Tor-Lobi, Chief Moses Anagende and the Aganwu of Apa/Agatu Intermediate Area, Chief Baba Odangla, pledged the full support and cooperation of the traditional institution and the people to the team.

There's Nothing Wrong About It - Presidency Speaks On Amosun's Illegal Importation Of 1000 AK-47 Guns

The presidency last night dismissed an allegation that former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, illegally imported massive weapons and ammunition into the country, saying preliminary investigation by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, showed that there was no sinister motive in the former governor's action.
An online news portal, Premium Times, had published a story on Monday night, claiming that Amosun imported without appropriate permits, 1,000 AK47 assault guns and four million rounds of ammunition.

But a presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a text message response to THISDAY's enquiry, said following a preliminary investigation by the police boss, the presidency did not think Amosun had sinister motive in importing the guns and ammunition.

"The IG of police, Adamu Mohammed has undertaken a preliminary investigation [and] is issuing a statement on the issue of those guns in Ogun State. At this early stage, we don't think that there is anything sinister about the whole issue," he stated.

Last night, however, Amosun in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Rotimi Durojaiye, denied handing over the alleged large arms and ammunition, stating that all its arms importations were authorized by the presidency under former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Although he acknowledged that upon the winding down of his government, he handed over some ammunition and armored vehicles to the Ogun State Police Command, he denied that guns were involved in the exercise.

"Not a single AK 47 riffle was handed over at the event," he said.

The media aide explained: "It is important to stress that this was not the first time that Senator Amosun, whilst in office as governor and former chief security officer of Ogun State would be handing over security assets to the police. The particular exercise of 28 May, 2019 was done openly in the full glare of the public and the media to ensure accountability, guarantee transparency and judicious use of the assets.

"In May 2011 when Senator Amosun assumed office, the biggest challenge that confronted Ogun State was insecurity. Political assassinations, unnatural and unexplained deaths were prevalent. In Ogun East for instance, which comprised of 9 of the 20 LGAs at the time, the entire business and financial institutions architecture had become comatose as no bank or such institutions could open for business in the entire senatorial district.

"Cultism, kidnapping for ransom, violent crime and tertiary institutions related criminality stank to high heavens. Ogun West was totally ravaged by cross border banditry, unbridled smuggling and economic sabotage. Ogun Central, though relatively calmer, had its fair share of the very low security index that our state had sunk at the time. No resident, in good conscience, could sleep at night with two eyes closed. "In the World Bank Ease of Doing Business, 2010, Ogun State was ranked as Number 35 out of 36 as industries and corporations fled the state in droves.

Buratai Tasks Journalists On Patriotism In Reporting

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has appealed to journalists to put Nigeria’s interest first in their reportage.

Buratai made the appeal in Maiduguri, at a dinner for National Executive members of Nigeria Association of Women journalists (NAWOJ) on an on- the- spot assessment of the security situation in the North East.
The COAS, who was represented at the event by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, Chief of Logistics (Army), said: “I am giving you a message today, let your colleagues know that whenever they put down something about the military on paper, they should ask themselves if it is in the interest of the nation.

“Many times we fail to understand that some of these issues we feed the public are fueling this crisis that we are working so hard to bring to an end.”

Buratai thanked the national leadership of NAWOJ for taking out time to see for itself the situation in the Northeast, where he said returning peace to the area “is a job being done for Nigerian women and children.

He said in spite of intermittent attacks, the security situation in the zone is “acceptable’’.

He pledged the Nigeria Army would collaborate fully with NAWOJ in its sensitization drive to give the girl child, youths and women in the North East hope for a better future.

National President of NAWOJ, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, told Buratai that the women journalists were in Maiduguri to see for themselves; and tell the world that peace had returned to the zone.

“People have asked me; Why Borno? I tell them, we have our sons, our brothers, our cousins and husbands there who are fighting to make Nigeria safe.

“Women are getting free from violence and rape, socio-economic activities are gradually returning,’’ Omowole said.

The NAWOJ president said the association would ensure that the efforts of the military in tackling the insurgency were not hampered by negative media reports.

Dead People Are Expensive - Kingsley Moghalu Mocks Bauchi Governor's N2.3bn Used For Burial

Kingsley Moghalu, presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, has mocked the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar for claiming to have used N2.3 billion for burial.

Moghalu lamented that some politicians steal public funds using the name of the dead.
Recall that the Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed had accused his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar of spending a whopping sum of N2.3 billion to buy shroud (likkafani) and decking wood used in grave (iccen kabari) for Muslim burials in the state.

In an interview with journalists in Bauchi at the weekend, the governor’s spokesman, Ladan Salihu had alleged that the said funds were spent between January and May, 2019.

Salihu had explained that over N900 million of the money was spent in buying Muslim shroud, a white cloth used for wrapping dead bodies, while over N1.4 billion was used to buy the wood for decking graves during burial.

Reacting, Moghalu described the dead people as expensive.

In a tweet, he wrote: An aide to former Bauchi State Gov Mohammed Abubakar has reportedly said Bauchi didn’t spend N2.3 billion for burial materials in a state cemetery as alleged by activists, [“only”] N1.2 billion. Expensive dead people indeed. Some politicians steal even in the name of the dead!”
 
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