Buhari’s social media aide, Onochie lists 51 Nigerians killed under PDP

A new media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Lauretta Onochie, has stirred another controversy by listing 51 Nigerians allegedly killed under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government in its 16-year rule in the country.

Lauretta Onochie has been a controversial figure in the administration of President Buhari, most times hitting the opposition PDP and its functionaries hard in the ai oak media.

Onochie, who reeled out the names with dates on her official Twitter handle, admonished Nigerians to vote for Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, noting that the country cannot come back to a period of blood orgy.

She tweeted: “SOME ASSASSINATIONS AND UNRESOLVED MURDERS DURING THE DARK YEARS OF PDP, 1999 – 2014

“When it became obvious that some of the criminals who killed Catholic Priests and worshipers in Benue were Christians, and not Fulani herdsmen as shared in churches, men of God that incited religious hatred on their pulpit are since banting about soccer”…@JesuisNaija.

While many kidnap kingpins have been busted by men of the Nigerian Police and alleged suspects of murder cases arrested and arraigned before court of competent jurisdiction under the three years of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), that cannot be said to have occurred under the 16 years of PDP led government.

NOTABLE ASSASSINATIONS BETWEEN 1999 – 2014

1 The late Bola Ige, a former Attorney General of the Federation was shot dead in his bedroom in Bodija, Ibadan on December 23, 2001.

2 Similarly, Chief Aminasaoari Dikibo, PDP Deputy National Chairman was ambushed near Asaba in daylight and was murdered in October 22, 2004.

3 The gruesome cold blood murder of Dr. Harry Marshal on March 05, 2003

4 Janet Oladape, PDP leader in Odigbo LGA clubbed to death by gunmen on August 13, 2002.

5 Alhaji Ahmed Pategi, Kwara State Chairman, PDP, murdered at Aiyetoro, in Kogi State, on the 15th of August, 2002.

6 Barnabas Igwe, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and his wife, Abigail Igwe, murdered on the 1st of September, 2002.

7 Victor Nwankwo, younger brother of Arthur Nwankwo, founder, Eastern Mandate Union (EMU) assassinated on August 29, 2001.

8 Momoh Lawal, relation of Akaaba, former Chairman, Okene LGA in Kogi killed on March 5, 2001.

9 Odunayo Olagbaju, member, Osun House of Assembly, killed in Ile-Ife on December 21, 2001.

10 Chimere Ikoku, former Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, was killed in his residence in on 20th of October 2002.

11 Dele Arojo, PDP guber aspirant, was killed by unknown assailants in Lagos on November 25, 2002.

12 In February, 2003, Chief Ogbonnaya Uche, All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) senatorial candidate in Imo State was assassinated.

13 Theodore Agwatu, Principal Secretary to the Governor of Imo State, was killed in February 2003.

14 Mrs. Emily Omope, an Alliance for Democracy (AD) Woman Leader died in March, 2003 at University College Hospital, Ibadan after an acid attack in December, 2002 by unknown persons.

15 In February 2003, Ogbonnaya Uche, ANPP senatorial candidate for Orlu was killed in his home residence by unknown gunmen. Killers are yet to be found till date.

16 Andrew Agom, A member of PDP Board of Trustees and former boss of Nigeria Airways, was also killed on March 4, 2004. Agom was on the entourage of the former Benue State governor, Senator George Akume, when he was killed.

17 Death moved to the South West on May 15, 2005 with the murder of leading financier of Oronmiyan Group, a socio-political organization, Alabi Okoju, at Gbongan, Osun State by assassins.

18 In July 2006, Lagos PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Funsho Williams was killed at his Dolphin Estate home in Ikoyi.

19 Former World Bank consultant and PDP guber aspirant in Ekiti State, Dr. Ayo Daramola, was also murdered in 2006.

20 Kehinde Fasubaa, a look a-like twin brother of Taye Fasuba, then Ado-Ekiti LG Chairman was killed on January 03, 2009. Taye Fasuba himself escaped death in 2004.

21 Dipo Dina, fell to the bullets of assassins On Monday, January 25, 2010 around Covenant University, Ota. The late Dina was defunct Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate in 2007.

JOURNALISTS WERE NOT SPARED

Unlike now that we are all free to tweet nonsense at President Muhammadu Buhari, in the years under review, your freedom to life as a journalist, after excising your freedom of speech was not guaranteed. – @JesuisNaija

1 Godwin Agbroko, Chairman, ThisDay Editorial Board was assassinated on December 22, 2006.

2 Another ThisDay journalist, Abayomi Ogundeji, was murdered on August 17, 2008.

3 Bayo Ohu of Guardian Newspapers was shot dead on a Sunday, September 20, 2009 by a gang of 5 men and a woman in his home in Egbeda, Lagos. Bayo Ohu was working on the certificate forgery story of former Customs Controller General, Abdullahi Dikko before his murder.

4 Igwe Nwankwo was shot dead on February 15, 2000 in Anambra State.

5 Nicholas Okhuakhua was shot dead in June 2000, in Lagos.

6 Mohammed Shuaibu was shot dead in September 2000, in Lagos.

7 Obatou Mumbo was shot dead on October 17, 2000 in Onitsha.

8 Idowu Braimoh was shot dead on November 5, 2000 in Ondo State.

9 Joseph Osayande was shot dead on December 4, 2000 in Benin State.

10 Chief Layi Balogun was shot dead on December 10, 2000.

11 Monday Ndor was shot dead on August 19, 2001, at Port Harcourt.

12 Onyebuchi Ede was shot dead on August 23, 2001 in Ebonyi.

13 Chibueze Idah was shot on August 23, 2001, in Ebonyi.

14 Ogbonna Odimbaiwe was shot on August 23, 2001, in Ebonyi Shot.

15 Ifeanyi Nnaji was shot on August 23, 2001 in Ebonyi.

16 Odunayo Olagbaju was shot on December 20, 2001 in Ife, Osun State.

17 Eyo Eyo was shot on April 2002, in Calabar.

18 Ifeanyi Igbokwe was shot on April 18, 2002 in Lagos.

19 Musa Dayo was shot on May 9, 2002 in Bauchi State.

20 Christopher Ogbonna was shot on May 26, 2002.

21 Maria-Theresa Nsa was shot on June 11, 2002 in Cross River State.

22 Chief and Mrs. Barnabas Igwe were shot on September 1, 2002 in Onitsha, Anambra State.

23 Ogbonnaya Uche was shot on February 8, 2003 in Owerri, Imo State capital.

24 Theodore Agwatu was shot on February 22, 2003 in Owerri.

25 Marshal Harry was shot on March 5, 2003 in Abuja.

26 Bala Mai-Haice was shot on March 17, 2003.

27 Ajibola Olanipekun was shot on June 21, 2003 in Ibadan.

28 Dikibo was shot on February 6, 2004, in Delta State.

29 Lateef Olaniyan was shot on July 16, 2005 at his Ibadan residence.

30 Peter Eboigbe was shot on August 11, 2005, in Benin, the Edo State capital. AND

“THERE’S MORE. We don’t WANT to go back to a period of blood orgy.”

Nigerians won’t be deceived, PDP is a damaged product —APC

There appears to be no end to the brickbats between Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On Wednesday, APC threw the latest mud as it described the PDP as a damaged product that could not be trusted with power by Nigerians. It also accused it of allegedly marketing fake news, and using hate speech as a major tool in its 2019 campaign strategy.

The various allegations were made by the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a press release he released in Abuja. Among others, he said:

“PDP cannot pull the wool over the eyes of the good people of this country. It can cry wolf for all it cares, Nigerians won’t be deceived. PDP remains a damaged product showing no regret for its retrogressive old practices which brought the country to its knees in terms of our infrastructure, economy, security, values and standing among nations of the world.”

He added, “Disturbingly, the country’s main opposition – Peoples Democratic Party – and its discredited agents have continued to deploy the loathsome strategy of fake news, misinformation and distortion of facts as focal campaign strategies for the 2019 elections.

“It is instructive to the electorate that no lessons have been learnt by the prodigal party. It is indeed clear to the electorate that the PDP is not a party to either be trusted or taken seriously as it has missed out on the opportunity to apologise and show remorse for the cruelty it wrought on our country while in power. What we witness instead is its weekly disgraceful and embarrassing shadow chasing through fake news and spuriousallegations.”

The party warned that fake news and other deceitful strategies must be rejected if the country was to avoid a descent into chaos.

“The consequences of fake news are often dire as it inflames perceived divisions in our communities, fuels hate speech, leads to violence and distorts democratic processes, among others,” Issa-Onilu said.

Flooding raise price of cocoa by 21%

The price of cocoa beans in Nigeria has jumped by 21% in the last three weeks due to fears that the output of the commodity may be cut by as much as 7% because flood ravaged farmlands.

Cocoa is Nigeria’s second largest export after oil, with the country ranking joint fifth cocoa exporting in the world with Cameroon.

Price per metric ton rose to N700,000 ($2,282.36) from N580,000, as buyers scrambled for the beans, as the Cocoa Association of Nigeria, CAN, put the decline of output on poor weather conditions.

Speaking on the decline, the National President of CAN, Sayina Rima, said: “The high incident of this year’s rainfall has cut down our 2017-2018 production by seven percent.”

The International Cocoa Organisation, ICCO, estimated Nigeria’s production to reach 240,000 metric tons in the 2017-2018 output.

CAN however fears that a decline in cocoa output could lead to a drop in the country’s position among the leading cocoa producing countries.

According to Rima, high humidity led to the outbreak of Black Pod, a fungus disease this year, adding that the flood has made it difficult for farmers to sun-dry their cocoa beans properly.

“The combination of these factors has led to a decline in our production when compared to that of last season,” Rima explained.

Speaking also, Mr. Zacheaus Egbewusi, the chief executive officer of an agro-commodity inspection company based in Lagos, said farmers do not have adequate sunlight to dry their beans and this has resulted in the scarcity.

According to him, farmers are unable to maintain the quality of their cocoa beans, as machine-drying , which is not easily available in most rural areas, reduces the flavour of the beans.

Asa teams up with lifestyle brand to honour African fashion icons, brands

Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist, Asa, will team up with fashion and lifestyle brand Spice TV for the maiden launch of the SPICE LIFESTYLE HONOURS: an event that seeks to pay homage to African fashion icons and brands.

The event which also aims to celebrate players in the fashion and lifestyle space on the continent will be staged in the first week of December and it will be powered by XCHANGE- a consortium of event promoters led by Soundcity CEO Tajudeen Adepetu.

The SPICE LIFESTYLE HONOURS will also usher in five other events including the Wizkid “Made In Nigeria” and the Wizkid Exclusive VIP Experience !, with both events slated to be staged at the Eko Atlantic City and the Eko Hotels Convention Centre respectively.

It will be followed by the Urban Music Festival, which will witness the convergence of Nigerian music stars and the Afrobeat Festival which will be headlined by Femi and Seun Kuti according to the organisers.

The line-up of events will be capped with the return to Lagos of one of the biggest music awards on the continent, the Soundcity MVP Awards which will showcase and reward the best African talents in January 2019.

Telecom giants MTN, Airtel eye mobile banking licence

Telecommunication giants, MTN and Airtel have concluded plans to obtain mobile banking licence from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as they prepare to enter the financial services sector with a bang.

The companies are also believed to have formed subsidiaries that will handle the operation of their mobile banking licence.

With the mobile banking licence, the telcos would be able to offer customers more financial services on their phones, including paying for goods and services, and withdrawing money from recognised payment service agents on the roadside.

However, going by CBN’s guidelines, they are not allowed to collect deposits or give out loans, though it is expected that they may partnership with banks to be able to offer more services in the financial sector.

The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, confirmed his company’s move for mobile banking license to BusinessDay, saying that Airtel “already has a name for its subsidiary company that will operate as a payment service bank to carry out basic mobile money services such as funds transfer and payments.”

Also, Rob Shutter, MTN Group CEO, also told Reuters, Tuesday, that the group ‘‘will apply for a mobile banking licence in Nigeria and plans to launch the service next year.”

He said further: “We will be applying for a payment service banking licence in Nigeria in the next month or so, and if all goes according to plan, we will also be launching Mobile Money in Nigeria probably around Q2 of 2019,”

It would be recalled that the CBN, on November 2, 2018, published the draft policy guideline, for payment service banking by non-banks in order to help drive the country’s national financial inclusion strategy goal of 80 percent inclusion by 2020.

NNAMDI KANU: Court orders Abaribe, 2 others to pay N100m in 2 months

The three sureties to the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, have been given two months to pay the sum of N100m each for inability to produce the missing Biafra separatist in court.

The order was given by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to the sureties, including Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode and Emmanuel Shallom Ben.

Kanu is currently being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony before the court.

Justice Nyako also amended the conditions of the bail the court granted Kanu in April 2017.

Kanu might have been considered a fugitive following his disappearance after a military invasion of his residence in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, in Abia state, on September 14, 2017.

The Nigerian army subsequently carried out a military operation code-named, “Egwu Eke (Operation Python Dance 2)” to quell what was described as growing threat to security by pro-Biafra agitators, especially IPOB members in the zone.

The IPOB leader was reportedly sighted in Israel after a video of him at Wailing Wall recently went viral.

The three sureties who guaranteed his bail had been made to sign a bail bond of N100m each which was backed by their landed assets whose documents were deposited in court.

But with the amendment ordered by the court on Wednesday, they are now required to deposit cash of N100m in the bank account of the court.

Justice Nyako ruled that the three sureties had two months to pay the sum of N100m each into the court’s account.

The judge reiterated that the order directing the sureties to pay the money was an order of interim forfeiture.

March 28 has been fixed for the hearing of the motions filed by the sureties to challenge the duties imposed on them to produce the IPOB leader.

Oshiomhole not fit to continue in politics let alone being chairman of a party – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has described Adams Oshiomhole as no longer qualified to remain in politics let alone continuing as chairman of a political party.

Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, was quoted to have said that Saraki should resign his position as the Senate President on moral ground having dumped his former party, APC.

But Saraki who spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of the sixth remembrance prayer for his late father, Dr Olusola Saraki, when reminded of Oshiomhole’s comment, said the APC chairman has no locus standi to talk about morality in today’s Nigeria’s politics.

Decending hard on Oshiomhole while recalling allegations of corruption that have beleaguered the APC national chairman following the party’s primaries Saraki said the former Edo State governor must be a joker.

“That must be a joke coming from Oshiomole talking about moral ground. I think Oshiomole has no locus standi to talk about morality today. Oshiomole is somebody who we have been told had been collecting not even Naira but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors. I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics not to talk about being a chairman of a party.

“I remember in those days I have left that party, even Oyegun, they never accused him of something like this. I’m sure the President, based on integrity, knows the right thing to do. So, on moral ground, he cannot speak on moral ground,” he said.

Saraki who also spoke on the coming Saturday by-election in Irepodun /Ekiti /Oke Ero /Isin federal constituency of Kwara State, lamented huge deployment of policemen and sudden change of divisional heads of police in four local government areas for the by-election.

He said, “You see, the mistake we sometimes make, we forget that Nigeria is a big nation in this global world, not only in the context of Africa. We provide leadership. An action that we take that tries to suggest that we are not civilised with rule of law and processes, doesn’t augur well with the image. Today, the President is the President of ECOWAS likewise the Chairman of INEC as chairman of electoral bodies in Ecowas, even show that we are a responsible country.

“So, when the Inspector General of Police(IG) begins to do things like this without following due process, it is not good for our country. And that is what we always stand for. And all those who are supposed to caution him should ensure that due process is followed in things like this

“We have been doing bye-election here, I have never seen where the Divisional Police Officers( DPOs), are being transferred. We have been doing bye-elections here, I have never seen where 200 or 300 security personnel are being deployed. It is not about Kwara, it is about the country. It is about how the world sees us. It is about how we provide leadership in the continent.

“And we keep on saying that people like these are not doing the President any good. The people at the end of the day will speak, and they should allow people to exercise their rights, vote in peace and vote their wishes and should not do anything that creates fear or break law and order.

“In spite of all these, I see PDP winning the election because we are on ground. There is no doubt about it. If you go round, you will know who is on ground. And you will see that in the results. They should allow people to exercise their rights”.

National Insurance Commission decries low capital base of Nigerian insurance companies

The low capital base of insurance companies in the country has adversely affected their capacity in the business, the Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Alhaji Mohammed Kari has said.

According to him, because of the low capacity of insurance companies in the country, my multinationals and high networth individuals in the country now engage in double insurance to stay safe.

This involves insuring assets locally to meet local content and also insure offshore due to the inadequate capacity of local insurers.

According to Kari, multinationals and high net worth individuals choose to pay for double cover because they don’t thrust local operators’ capacity.

Kari said in an interview with Vanguard: “A lot of the big clients in Nigeria still do double insurance. First they insure to meet the requirement of the local content. However, they still insure abroad independent of their local insurers. So, they prefer to pay insurance twice because they don’t trust local operators’ capacity.”

Blaming the current capital level of insurance companies for the problem, Kari said the current capitalisation regime was introduced 13 years ago, which he said is against obtains in other financial sectors.

He said: “The current capital of insurance companies was increased thirteen years ago. Which financial sector leaves capital stagnant for thirteen years? In the last ten years, microfinance banks license have been reviewed five times. That is how a financial sector operates and to a large extent a responsible operator should do these things without regulatory prompting.

“We are the weakest link in the Nigerian economy and now we are going to be less capitalized than mortgage guarantee banks with N6 billion and less capitalized than microfinance banks with N5 billion. How can an insurance company that insures the aviation sector have capital less than that of microfinance banks? We should wake up.

“Some insurance operators argue that capital is not important. If capital has no function, how come banks bought over insurance companies that used to be owned by insurance companies?

“Insurance anywhere in the world is the mobilizer of funds and provider of security. You cannot provide security if you don’t have capital. How can you approach a microfinance bank of N5 billion and tell them you want to give them protection. What is your capital?

“The claim you pay and the liability you hold is a function of your financial ability. Check any jurisdiction in the world, insurance companies are more capitalized than banks. Breaking the electricity supply jinx

“Insurance companies own virtually all the financial sector in the world. They fund infrastructure because they have long term funds to fund long term business. If the insurance industry don’t need capital, why are they the weakest link in the financial sector?

“We have had three regulators in Africa who had come to understudy the Tier Based Minimum Solvency Capital, TBMSC, structure because they loved it and they are thinking of introducing it in their market.”

Kari however noted that the TBMSC policy is just a document with a name because the regulator has always been implementing it directly in the past.

NYSC: Anambra Corps Members Moved To Ebonyi, Imo Over Lack Of Facilities​

He said the present site which was owned by the Anglican Church had become grossly inadequate considering the number of prospective corps members posted to the state.

Prospective corps members, who were supposed to do their national service in Anambra State were moved to Ebonyi and Imo states due to lack of adequate camping facilities.

Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Anambra, made the disclosure during the closing of camp for 2018 Batch C orientation exercise in Umunya Temporary Orientation Camp on Monday.

Aremu said Anambra was the only state in the South-East geopolitical zone that did not have permanent orientation site.

He said the present site which was owned by the Anglican Church had become grossly inadequate considering the number of prospective corps members posted to the state.

“Sadly, corps members deployed to Anambra will be holding their orientation course in Imo, earlier this year, Anambra corps members were dislodged to Ebonyi and Imo states.

“This is because Anambra is the only state in South-East of Nigeria without a permanent orientation camp.

“I wish to seize this opportunity to appeal to the vibrant private sector in Anambra to complement the efforts of the state government towards delivering the orientation camp in Umuawulu/Mbaukwu for 2019 Batch A,’’ he said.

Aremu added that the posting of the corps members was guided by the scheme’s policy and requests from deserving employers which fitted into the human capital development strategy of the state government.

He disclosed that the corps members had been trained with fitness drill and entrepreneurial skills as well as the ways and culture of the people to enable them contribute maximally to the communities they were posted for primary assignment.

Governor Amosun speaks on Adams Oshiomhole’s alleged detention

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Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has dismissed rumours that he and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo are the ones behind the alleged detention and questioning of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

According to reports, Oshiomhole was detained and questioned on November 4th by the Department of State Services (DSS) over the fallout of the APC primaries.

 

Speaking with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari last night at the Presidential Villa, Amosun said he did not have such capacity.

“I think you are giving me an oversight role. I am not a security person; so, clearly, that question will probably not be for me. I don’t hide under a finger and fight; if there is need for me to put my views across, you know by now, I will do it.”

Amosun also said that all that needed to be said about the APC crisis had been said; hence no need to sound like `a broken gammaphone’ saying it was not true that he was having problem with the leadership of the party.