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12 Dec 2019

28 Family Members Burnt To Death Ghastly Accident

No fewer than 28 persons said to be members of the same family were reportedly burnt beyond recognition in a fatal auto crash that occurred on the Bauchi-Kano federal highway in Bauchi State.
The PUNCH learnt that the crash occurred in the early hours of Thursday.

The Corp Commander, Bauchi Sector Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Abdulrazak Najume, confirmed the accident to our Correspondent.

Speaking to our Correspondent in a telephone interview, a relation of the victims, Abdullahi Yamadi, confirmed the incident and described it as “very sad.”

Yamadi, who is the Secretary, North-West Zone of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, said the deceased were all his relatives.

He said they were on their way to Yola, Adamawa State, when the  incident occurred.

He told The PUNCH: “Yes, the accident is true and all of the deceased are my relatives.

“They were traveling to Yola, Adamawa State, for a visit when the unfortunate incident happened.

“You know, after the harvest and at seasons like this, people travel to visit loved ones resident in different places; and that was where they were going to.

“They left Dutsinma, Katsina State, and they had left Jigawa State and were within Bauchi State when their vehicle had a head-on collision with another vehicle.

“They were 29 in the vehicle and all of them died except the driver, who survived.

“This is a very sad news and very pathetic for 28 people from the same family to die in an accident in one day.

“It is really sad.”

The FRSC Corp Commander Najume said the accident involved two vehicles — a Peugeot J5 Bus and a Toyota Hiace Bus.

“The 18-seat Hiace bus had number plate ZRM-91XA, while the number plate of the second vehicle couldn’t be ascertained, as it was burnt beyond recognition,” Najume explained.

He said he led FRSC officials to the scene of the crash at about 6.49am for a rescue operation.

“Yes, the accident is true. The accident occurred at Gubi Gari Village, along Bauchi-Kano highway.

“The driver of the Hiace bus was sleeping and he suddenly woke up to see the oncoming vehicle, but he lost control and had a head-on collision with the J5.

“Immediately the crash occurred, the two vehicles caught fire and all of them, including the passengers and the cows, were burnt beyond recognition.

“It was only the driver of the Hiace bus that survived, with serious injuries.

“In all, 28 people — 24 in the Hiace bus and four in the J5 — were burnt beyond recognition.

“We could only identify that four of them were males, while the sexes of the others could not be ascertained because they were burnt beyond recognition,” the FRSC commander narrated.

Najume said the charred bodies and the lone victim who sustained serious injuries were taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for confirmation and treatment, respectively.

Nagode Aisha Buhari For Punching Garba Shehu, Mamman Daura’s Shoe Shiner

Aisha Buhari has proven herself before now as an amazon and woman of courage and character. When in October 2016 President Buhari said Aisha "belongs to my kitchen, and my living room and the other room", a good percentage of Nigerians (men and women) lambasted him for demeaning and derogating women. In response, President Buhari stubbornly maintained that his wife belongs in the kitchen even in the face of national outcry. He added that Aisha should stay out of politics.
Unfortunately for President Buhari and the people around him who claim to be speaking on his behalf even without his knowledge, Aisha has stayed in politics and has fired again. This time, she has accused her husband’s nephew, Mamman Daura, of giving out orders for the scrapping of the office of the First Lady. In the allegation, Aisha accused her husband’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, of ordering for the scraping the office of the First Lady without the President’s knowledge. By this statement, Aisha Buhari is clearly saying that Garba Shehu is shining Mamman Daura’s shoes.

By speaking up on the cabal that hijacked her husband’s administration, again, Aisha Buhari is demonstrating an act of rare courage that encapsulates the theme of the 2017 International Women’s day “Women in the Changing World of Work. Aisha Buhari remains a model for Nigerian girls and women. For daring to voice the genuine concern of most Nigerians, Aisha Buhari should be seen and celebrated by Nigerian women (as well as men) as a symbol of courage.

In this latest sucker punch, Aisha Buhari stated that even with the scaping of the office of the First Lady by Shehu Garba and the real powers behind Buhari, she has raised funds to run her humanitarian programs. Aisha Buhari is building momentum for the effective implementation of the goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; ensuring inclusive and quality education for all, promoting lifelong learning and celebrating extraordinary women.

I am particularly thrilled by the power and stubborn determination exhibited by Aisha when on his return in October, he publicised and cleared the air on the many rumors that took over social media on some incidents in Aso Rock. Aisha Buhari, thus, did the job that Shehu Garba is paid to do.

Shehu Garba and Femi Adesina, who ordinarily should know better, have been celebrating imprisonment of press freedom in Nigeria. The media team of the Nigerian Presidency is grossly incompetent and has been displaying a blurred vision. Vision blurred by intellectual dullness and moral depravity.

This was clearly on display from the allegations Aisha Buhari leveled against Garba Shehu whom she accused of attempting to sack her media crew and getting them suspended for doing their job. Shehu Garba and Femi Adesina who recently claimed that millions of Nigerians do not care about Omoyele Sowore’s illegal detention have brought more shame and disgrace to the President and the office of the President they are paid to manage. Shameful.

As Aisha Buhari, rightly pointed out, “in saner climes, Garba Shehu would have resigned immediately after going beyond his boundaries and powers.” But no, Shehu Garba will not resign.

The culture of affirmation as opposed to challenge being displayed by the likes of Shehu Garba and Femi Adesina is disturbing and by some measures, offensive. Be it laziness or narcissism, there is little excuse for obviously well paid and well-educated professionals to relax into tired inertia. They deceive themselves and those around them that Nigeria is being moved in the right direction by this administration. Thus, the future of Nigeria is being threatened by sloppy thinking as superstitious nonsense spread its tentacles.

Aisha’s sucker punch of Shehu Garba as a person with not just intellectual dullness but one that also has intellectual dishonesty should be worrying to all supporters of President Buhari, myself inclusive.

To paraphrase Cyril Connolly, Garba Shehu with all his talents has now condemned himself to second-rate thought and the degrading job of shinning Mamman Daura’s Shoes. He has shown himself to be intellectually lazy and shallow: peddling ignorance as an actual governing alternative. It is very interesting watching Garba Shehu descend to the lowest level of a sycophant shining Daura’s shoes in other to keep his job.

Thank you, again, Aisha for being courageous in exposing the dangerous men that are endangering Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy.

Nagode Aisha!

@Churchillnnobi

JUST IN: 18 People Die In Ondo Road Accident

Eighteen persons were on Thursday reported dead in a ghastly motor accident along Benin-Ore express road in Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The accident, according to sources involved two vehicles.

It was learnt that many passengers also injured and they were rushed to hospital for medical attention.

The state Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Rotimi Adeleye who confirmed the incident, however, said four persons died in the accident.

Residents around the vicinity and other road users were said to have insisted that 18 persons died in the road crash, while others in the two vehicles sustained serious injuries.

The two ill-fated vehicles were said to be coming from the South East and heading to Lagos before the accident occurred.

Eyewitnesses linked the carnage to wrong overtaking by one of the drivers of the vehicles on the bridge after Warri Park in Ore.

The two damaged vehicles were said to have been taken to FRSC office in Ore.

The FRSC commander said the accident was caused by high speed and wrong overtaking by the driver.

Adeleye cautioned driver against high speed and impatience while on the highway.

BREAKING NEWS: Senate To Probe Rearrest Of Sowore By DSS

The Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the recent alleged invasion of court by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to rearrest the publisher of Saharareporters and convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.
This resolution followed a point of order moved by the Senator representing Ekiti Central, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Senator Bamidele coming under order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, drew the attention of the upper chamber to the alleged invasion of a Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

He said that the Senate cannot afford to gloss over the matter as direct representatives of the people.

He called on the Senate to mandate its committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate the matter to enable the upper chamber draw conclusion based on facts.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said since the matter concerned the judiciary, the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Bamidele should investigate the matter and report back in one week.

Details shortly…

Sanwo-Olu Threatens To Ban NURTW In Lagos State

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has threatened to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) if the members do not conduct themselves well. The governor said this yesterday on a television programme, where he maintained that his administration was committed to delivering his Greater Lagos vision.
Sanwo-olu said, “The NURTW is a national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). It is a registered trade union.“Like other unions, they are under the supervision of the state government. We regulate and supervise them. They would be proscribed if they don’t conduct themselves well.”

He said his administration had recorded a lot of achievements in the last 196 days in the area of security, adding that he would stay up late monitoring the security situation in the state.

“At a period like this – going to the end of the year, criminal activities are usually on the increase because people usually want to do things to make quick money. We are working on salvaging the situation. We have a new Commissioner of Police who has hit the ground running from the first day he came in.”He revealed that by 2020, the state government would build a new control and command centre, as well as instal over 2,000 cameras across the state.

Said he, “One of the things that we realised that is happening everyday in the world is that security is also going tech; you need a lot of devices to monitor all of it.

“Next year, we are building a new control and command centre as part of our safe city project, as part of our megacity security deliverables. We will have up to 2,200 high definition (HD) cameras across the state.”The governor also gave an overview of his plan for the environment and called for measures to prevent a situation that could lead to population explosion.He noted that one of the efforts by his administration was to appeal to residents to ensure they register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for proper capturing and planning.

“Thousands of people come into the city without plans, and we do not have any border control to mitigate this.A lot of people come into Lagos and they really don’t even have a place (to stay). They do not have a means where the next meal is going to come from; they do not know where they are going to sleep and that’s the reality,” he added.

Akpabio withdraws from Akwa Ibom senatorial rerun poll

Former Senate Minority Leader and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has withdrawn from the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District rerun election.
In a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and dated December 2, 2019, Akpabio said as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, a huge responsibility has been placed on him that he found difficult to abandon.He urged the party to write the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in line with sections 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 and submit a replacement for him.

A Court of Appeal had ruled in November this year that a rerun election should be held in some parts of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District.Akpabio had challenged the declaration of Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the February 23, 2019 election.

See What IPOB Said About Punch Changing Buhari's Title To "Major General"

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday, commended Punch Newspaper for changing Muhammadu Buhari’s title from President to “Major General.”
IPOB said the newspaper took a tough stand against what it described as “autocracy and military-style repression” and “insufferable contempt for the rule of law” of the cabal allegedly controlling Buhari.

The group made the disclosure in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful.

According to IPOB: “On December 11, 2019, the Punch newspaper took a tough and admirable editorial position against what it called “autocracy and military-style repression” and “insufferable contempt for the rule of law” of the Cabal that is ruling in the name of Buhari.

“While we commend the Punch for this courageous act, we must not fail to go down the memory lane to recall how Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has, in his broadcasts, vigorously criticized what is generally referred to as the ‘Lagos-Ibadan axis’ media in Nigeria.

“The Punch’s editorial shows that what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been saying about the complicity and docility of the so-called Yoruba media in this era of Fulani impunity is beginning to sink in. We can only hope that the editorial board of Punch will stay the course and reject any financial inducement like Ray Ekpu did at the Newswatch after Dele Giwa was killed with a parcel bomb.

“We also hope that the Punch did not belatedly adopt this stance just because the Yoruba people are now feeling this serial tyranny that had started with the Igbos and Biafrans since 2015. To demonstrate its sincerity, Punch should walk-back and begin to chronicle all the horrid acts of impunity of this regime. It should go beyond the current travails of Sowore.

“Many people are still being detained and killed illegally, of which IPOB continues to bear the brunt of it. It has now been extended to Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, whose home was illegally invaded and burnt down, with many innocent souls extra-judicially executed in the process.

“Going forward, Punch must follow-up on its new toga by revisiting its shameful coverage of the horrible events of 14th September 2017. It was and remains a pivotal date in the history of journalism in Nigeria, because that was the day Nigeria media sold their conscience to Satan by reporting garbage and outright lies while innocent people were being killed in cold blood.

“It was so sad to see the entire mainstream media using their platforms to propagate damaging falsehoods and anti-IPOB narrative issuing from the murderous Fulani cabal that has been controlling the Buhari presidency since its inception in 2015.

“Today, the Yoruba race is being humiliated like never before and Punch appears to have realized this and finally got around to listening to the log-running admonition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It is hoped that, from now onwards, the rest of the Yoruba media, including Channels Television, Tribune, The Nation newspaper and particularly Sahara Reporters will toe the same path.”

JUST IN: Electricity Staff Suspend Nationwide Strike

Barely 24 hours after nationwide strike embarked upon by Electricity staffs to draw Federal Government’s attention to the plights of its members, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has reportedly suspended its strike action.
According to reports, this suspension was announced shortly after a meeting with officials of the Federal Government where the union agreed that it would discontinue the one-day-old strike action.

The National President of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero confirmed the outcome of the meeting to Newsmen and added that the workers’ grievances were conclusively addressed.

He said that all the concerns of the union and its members were addressed at the talks which lasted till the wee hours of today.

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“ We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed but we are awaiting implementation.
Meanwhile, our strike action is suspended,” Ajaero said.

Following the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum issued by NUEE to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to implement their demands, and the failure of the minister to dialogue with the union before the ultimatum which lapsed midnight Tuesday, a nationwide blackout was imminent as electricity workers began indefinite strike Wednesday morning.

The strike action led to the shutting down of most of the offices of Distribution Companies (Discos) across the country

Buhari Reacts To The Killing Of Over 60 Soldiers By Insurgents

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, condemned the terrorist attack in Inates, western region of Niger Republic, near the Mali border, which resulted in the killing of 67 military personnel, with 34 people still unaccounted.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, the Spokesman for the President, Buhari expressed deep shock and sadness over the heinous and despicable attack by terrorists that reportedly crossed in from neighboring Mali.

Buhari expressed Nigeria’s solidarity with the government and people of Niger Republic in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Stressing Nigeria’s strong condemnation of this terrorist act, President Buhari reaffirmed the resolve of his administration to continue working closely with countries neighbouring the Sahel and the Sahara, as well as international partners, to defeat the roving terrorists creating havoc in the sub-region.

”On behalf of myself, the government and people of Nigeria, I send our deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, the government and the people of Niger Republic following this dastardly attack.

”We offer prayers for the repose of those murdered and for the safe recovery and return of those who are still to be accounted for,” said the President.

News In Pictures: Mo Abudu Launches N10bn Ebonylife Place

Nigerian Billionaire filmmaker, Mo Abudu has opened her newly completed Ebonylife place studios which is a multi-billion Naira structure.
The studio, which also has a cinema and other important film making facilities, will be among the first in Nigeria with several investments.

Mo Abudu has already sealed her place and status as one of the top filmmakers in Nigeria with the opening of this new studio.

More will be expected from Ebonylife which has already established an exclusive partnership with DSTV for the distribution of her content across Africa though the Ebonylife TV channel.

The studio is Africa’s first Black Global Outfit, and Abudu has also shot 3 films earning close to a billion Naira with Netflix.

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