The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 22nd May, 2015

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May 29 Handover: No Facts From Jonathan On Fuel Crisis – Buhari

The president-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday, lamented that the out-going administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has failed to provide the in-coming government with all the necessary information needed for a smooth take-off next week, particularly on how to tackle the current fuel scarcity in the country.

The President-elect spoke on a day the Senate directed its committees on Petroleum Resources ( Upstream and Downstream ) to immediately commence investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the fuel crisis in the country.





APA Drags Okorocha To Tribunal, Claims Votes Cast Outnumbered PVCs Collected

A new dimension has crept into the current struggle to wrest the governorshipl election victory from Governor Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to a petition, EPT/IM/GOV/2/2015, filed before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal by the candidate of African People’s Alliance, APA, Mr. Charles Osita Nnadi, claimed, among other allegations, that the total number of votes cast in most polling units in the state outnumbered the total number of registered voters, as well as the total number of eligible voters, who collected their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, and the total number of accredited voters.



Success Of 2015 Polls Proved Doomsday Prophets Wrong – Jega

Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, said the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections proved doomsday predictions wrong.

He also attributed much of the problems faced by the commission during the elections to attitude of the political class, unsettled legal framework and apathy among the electorate.



Final Year Student On Excursion Slumps, Dies

The academic environment of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo town, Ondo State, has again been thrown into mourning as a final year student of the college, Timilehin Akinsiku, slumped and died while on excursion to a tourist centre in Osun State.

Three workers of the institution, including a couple, Pastor Folorunso Akinseye, Mrs Beatrice Akinseye and another Pastor Festus Akinsoyinu Fadakinte and seven others had died in an auto crash at Kajola village, near Ore, two weeks ago.

The final year student was said to have died while on excursion to Erin-Ijesa waterfall in Osun State with other students and executive members of the Student Union Government, SUG, of the institution.



Ejigbo Market Torture Victim Demands Justice

Mrs. Ajoke Agomo, who was tortured alongside two of her wards for allegedly stealing pepper, yesterday, appealed to an Ikeja High Court to do justice to their case.

Agomo made the plea while testifying at the trial of 10 persons accused of committing the crime at the Oba Morufu International Market in Ejigbo, in Lagos, on Feb. 11, 2013.

The  defendants are being prosecuted before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions.



With Buhari, God Has Visited Nigeria – Okafor, Rep-elect

Chike Okafor, a former Commissioner for Finance in Imo State says that people of questionable pedigree may not make Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet list. He also spoke on other issues. Excerpts:

‘We need a President who is    ready to fight corruption.   Working with the right people in the legislature is also important. We need to have a President, who will work with the legislature and judiciary to fight corruption.  Apart from that,  we need to have the right leadership in the states and local governments who must also be on the same page with the right leadership at the federal level. God has visited Nigeria through the election of Buhari, we know his antecedents and have no doubt about his capacity.’



Royal Fathers Task President-elect On Constitutional Empowerment

Traditional rulers across the states have tasked President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on constitutional empowerment of traditional institutions, just as they sought for the appointment of a special adviser to the president on Chieftaincy Affairs to enhance grassroots governance.

This was part of the deliberation at the opening ceremony of the 8th National Development Summit of Traditional Rulers in Abuja yesterday with the theme, ‘Consolidating Nigeria’s Peace and Unity in Democratic Advancement’.

The summit is a dominant non-political forum of traditional rulers, inaugurated in 2008 by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to foster friendship among the traditional rulers to foster unity, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence between various ethnic groups.

In his address, chairman, Summit Governing Council, Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso Abe 1, regretted that royal fathers fanned embers of disunity during the just concluded general elections instead of preaching peace to their followers.



May 29 Handover: IGP Orders Security Beef-up In Public Places

Barely one week to the official handover of power to the All Progressives Congress (APC) president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, by the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, the inspector general of police, IGP Solomon Arase has ordered security beef-up in vulnerable points and critical infrastructure.

Arase directed zonal assistant inspectors general of police, AIGs and command commissioners of police, CPs to intensify security around key points such as mega filling stations, major hotels, national/ state houses of assembly complexes and the Eagle Sqaure.

According to a statement signed by the force spokesman CP Emmanuel Ojukwu and made available to LEADERSHIP Friday, the order became imperative in a bid to ward off possible plans by insurgents to carry out widespread violence and coordinated attacks on these installations and public places ahead of May 29, 2015, inauguration.



Assassins Kill SSS Officer In Delta, Police Arrest 23 Suspected Armed Robbers, Cultists

Unidentified gun men believed to be hired assassins have on Wednesday, allegedly killed an officer of the state security service (SSS) in Asaba, Delta State.

Reports said the officer was shot dead while doing his official work around Okpanam community by the unknown gunmen who after the evil acts, disappeared into the thin air.

It was reliably gathered that the SSS killing may have been informed by the 2015 elections where he played some inexplicable roles.

Identified as Joseph (surname withheld), our informed source said the assassins trailed him right from the location of his primary assignment until he was allegedly shot close to his abode in Okpanam Community.

Unconfirmed sources said the officer at his abode was instructed to step out from his privately owned car before they rained bullets on him. But the Police Public Relation Officer in the State, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the killing of the officer, said calls were made to his family members by the assassins, informing them that they are not assassins but kidnappers and were demanding N10 million.

DSP Kalu stated that the ransom demand baffled everyone in the know, disclosing that it was a cover to kill him while assuring that security agents would do their best to fish out the assassins.



2 Houses Set Ablaze After Passenger Slaps Okada Rider To Death

A mob set two buildings ablaze after a motorcycle passenger reportedly slapped the rider to death with an object suspected to be charms at Iyana Ira, in Ijanikin area of Lagos State.

LEADERSHIP investigation showed that when the commercial motorcycle operator stopped in front of the passenger’s residence, on Wednesday evening, an argument ensued over the payment of N50.

The passenger was said to have entered his apartment and came out with the suspected charms and slapped the rider with it.

The operator allegedly fell and gave up the ghost, instantly.

A police sergeant, attached to the department of criminal investigation, Panti, Yaba, who spoke under the condition of anonymity disclosed that immediately the man killed the operator, he took to his heels, to evade arrest or being mobbed.

He said angry people, who witnessed what transpired, said the mob set the residence of the suspected killer ablaze.

He said the mob also went to the residence of his mother and in the same vein set it ablaze, rendering many residents homeless.



Gunmen Kidnap Septuagenarian Mother Of Reps Member-elect In Benue

Gunmen, believed to be hired kidnappers have abducted a septuagenarian mother of a House of Representative Member-elect for Buruku Federal constituency, Hon. Orker Jev in Mbaya community of Buruku Local Government Area of Benue state.

The victim, Mama Mwuese Jev, was also beaten to stupor by the abductors. The assailants escaped with the woman through the popular Achigbe-Tse-Kucha road and dismantled a roadblock manned by the vigilante group in Mbayion area of Gboko LGA.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the abductors, who kidnapped the old woman on Wednesday night at about 9pm, came to the village home of the lawmaker in a red Toyota Corolla vehicle.

It was further gathered that the yet-to-be identified gunmen shot sporadically in the air to scare the villagers before they finally forced the old woman into the car.

The kidnappers, in their attempt to flee, engaged the police in a gun duel at Yandev round about in Gboko but they however escaped.

The House of Representatives member-elect, Hon. Orker Jev, son of the abducted woman confirmed the incident yesterday but however said, the kidnappers are yet to contact him.

“I don’t know what they want yet, nobody has contacted me on my mother’s whereabouts or what they want to do with her,” he noted.



‘Oil Workers Strike: Production Not Totally Shut Down’

Oil production in all the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)-operated joint venture assets across the country is still ongoing despite the strike action embarked upon by oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), LEADERSHIP Friday has learnt.

This is even as it was confirmed yesterday that normal work activities has resumed at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja, where striking workers had, on Wednesday, prevented staff and senior management officials from entering the premises.

The workers are protesting the transfer of the operatorship of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 to two indigenous companies, claiming the move would affect the fortunes of the NPDC and its staff.

But contrary to reports that oil production has been totally shut down across all NPDC operated acreages, a reliable source within the corporation told LEADERSHIP Friday that production was still ongoing.



How We Survived Boko Haram Attacks In Sahara Desert – Returnee IDPs

The Boko Haram victims, who had been devastated by insurgency before the crises erupted, lived in Baga of Borno State, earning their livelihood through fish business. Those who were lucky to escape lost virtually everything in the crises that annihilated thousands including women, children and properties worth millions of naira.

At the Hajj Camp in Birnin Kebbi, where the returnees were camped after being evacuated from Sokoto, LEADERSHIP Friday met a pathetic scene as they came out from the vehicles which conveyed them. The women, children, aged and youths all looked pale, tired, hungry and devastated from the horror of Boko Haram barbarism.

Some of the victims who narrated their ordeal in the hands of Boko Haram, described how they were trapped in Baga, Borno State forcing them to flee to Niger Republic and the inhuman treatment of Niger Gendarmes towards them, how many of them died in the desert as a result of lack of food and water and how a pregnant woman died after giving birth to two children in the bare desert as they were fleeing from the insurgency.

30-year-old Mohammadu Auwali, from Kamba in Kebbi State, married with two children, had lived in Baga for over three years and was a fisherman before Boko Haram struck. Auwali spoke about how he survived Boko Haram attack. “At around 6 am after the morning prayers as we were about to leave the mosque, over 500 Boko Haram insurgents attacked us in Karanga village. We managed to escape with our lives but many innocent souls were killed and our properties destroyed. We were lucky to have jumped into the river to escape. We managed to reach a town called Kadira in Niger Republic, where the residents assisted us with clothes, slippers and a small quantity of food to eat. Just after one day in Kadira, their soldiers gathered us in one place and asked us to leave because, according to them, they do not trust us as Boko Haram members might intermingle with us. We left for another place called Lelewa through canoes. It was a really terrible situation for us; we didn’t have money to hire transport with our families- mostly women and children and all our properties had either been seized or destroyed,” he said.



Lagos Residents Groan As Fuel Scarcity Worsens

Motorists and residents of Lagos, who use petrol to power their generators, have cried out about the difficulties they are encountering while struggling to get the product.

Our correspondent, who monitored the situation in different parts of the state on Thursday, reported that the number of filling stations that had the product to sell was reducing daily, while the few ones that had petrol in stock were capitalising on the scarcity to make excessive profits at the expense of consumers.

Many filling stations have stopped selling the product on the excuse that they have no stock.

It was observed that the few stations that had the product in stock had very long queues of motorists and other consumers, who had to wait for hours to buy the product, thus compounding the already chaotic traffic situation in the metropolis.

As a result of this, most of the filling stations were selling petrol for as high as N150 per litre instead of the official price of N87 per litre.



Poultry Farmers Lament Killing Of 1.4million Birds

Poultry farmers in Nigeria have said that the industry lost a total of 1.4 million birds to avian flu which affected 18 states in the first quarter of 2015.

The farmers revealed this during the third edition of the Poultry Summit organised by the Poultry Association of Nigeria in Lagos recently.

According to the association, the outbreak of the epidemic started manifesting at the end of 2014 but was fully confirmed in January 2015.

Speaking during the summit themed, ‘Change, repositioning the poultry industry for greater demand’ the National President, PAN, Dr. Ayoola Oduntan, said the industry was attacked by multiple challenges ranging from the avian influenza to insecurity in the North East which affected the marketing of the farmers’ products, the devaluation of the naira which affected the cost of input and persistent egg and chicken glut which resulted in low price of chicken.

He added that the situation was made worse by unavailability of soybeans and groundnut.

He added, “This coupled with heat stress, non-availability of funds, inadequate infrastructure such as power supply and bad roads, multiple taxation and many more.”



Henry Igwe

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