‘Police Are Working’, Nigerians React To SARS Operative’s Arrest Over Extortion

Inspector Charles Omotosho holding a copy of his statement of bank account which confirms the alleged extortion of N5,000.  

‘Police Are Working’, Nigerians React To SARS Operative's Arrest Over Extortion
Inspector Charles Omotosho holding a copy of his statement of bank account which confirms the alleged extortion of N5,000.

 

Nigerians have commended the police for arresting one of their personnel who was accused of extorting a lady in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The suspect, Inspector Charles Omotosho, who is an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), was said to have forcefully collected N5,000 from the victim.

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The lady had taken to Twitter to condemn the development, an act which prompted the Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) to investigate the incident.

In a news bulletin on Friday through an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Abayomi Shogunle, the PCRRU disclosed that Omotosho was consequently removed from front-line police duties and taken into custody.

It added that a copy of the officer’s statement of bank account was obtained and the entry of the said transfer was discovered therein in the course of a preliminary investigation.

While some Nigerians have lauded the police for the action taken against the suspect, other narrated their ordeal allegedly in the hands of SARS operatives.

A screenshot of the complaint as received by the Police PCRRU via Twitter

 

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Magu Charges Nigerians To Take Ownership In Corruption War

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu   The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu

 

The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has charged Nigerians to take ownership of the fight against corruption.

Magu stated this on Tuesday while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

“I want to appeal to Nigerians to take ownership of the fight against corruption,” he said. “This is the only way we can ensure victory. I assure you that victory shall come.”

The EFCC boss believes that the anti-graft war should not just be left in hands on the government and its agencies alone.

“This fight against corruption is about Nigeria. It should not be left to the anti-corruption agencies to pursue this issue.”

According to Magu, there is no sacred cow in the war against corruption as his agency is beaming its searching to unravel more corrupt cases and pursue the conviction of pending cases.

For instance, in the case against a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ayo Oke is still ongoing with more investigation ongoing on the verge of completion.

He stated further: “The investigation is on and will be concluded very soon. I am telling you there is no sacred cow.”

His comments come seven months after President Muhammadu Buhari relived Oke of his appointment, four years after heading the NIA.

His sack is connected to the EFCC’s discovery of a huge amount of foreign and local currencies in a residential apartment in the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Days after the EFCC made the discovery, the NIA had claimed that the funds belonged to it and that it was meant for a covert operation. Meanwhile, the apartment in which it was found was later discovered to allegedly belong to Mr Oke’s wife.

In suspending both men, the President set up a three-man panel headed by the Vice President, with the Attorney-General of the Federation and the National Security Adviser as members, to investigate the allegations against both men.

Similarly, Magu vowed not to relent in the case of an embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, whose whereabouts still remain unknown.

Maina was declared wanted by EFCC for an alleged N2billion pensions biometric scam in November 2015, a 24-count bothering on procurement fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

He reportedly disappeared from public glare only to resurface in October 2017, to take charge as an Acting Director in the Ministry of Interior with his return sparking reactions and outrage.

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‘Stop Playing Emperor Nero While Nigeria Burns’ – Peter Obi Warns Political Leaders

Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, has called Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority, to stop behaving

Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State, has called Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority, to stop behaving like Emperor Nero, whom he said history recorded as fiddling while Rome was burning.

Obi spoke on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the centenary celebration of Christ the King Parish Aba and the 57th annual Diocesan Synod of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Umuahia.

Explaining, Obi said that as Nigeria has accumulated a debt of 70 billion Dollars after only 10 years of the country’s debt being written off. He also said that Nigeria has 10 million out of school children, thus breeding future disillusioned citizens that would become militants, kidnappers or members of Boko Haram in the years ahead.

Obi also said that “while things are becoming increasingly difficult in the country, those in authority, totally alienated from the people, keep doubling the cost of governance rather than reducing it.”

Obi advised the Church to stop honouring those that manifestly contributed to the problems in the country. He submitted that a country bedeviled by such hiccups should be at work on how to repair the damage rather than engaging in frivolities.

The former Governor, who spoke amidst applause, advised Ministers of God to call those in authority doing badly and correct them after which, failing to heed the advice, they should admonish them from the pulpit. He said that all hands must be on deck in the business of retrieving the country from those that have hijacked it.

In his speech, His Grace, Raphael Opoko, the  Methodist Archbishop of  Umuahia, who said he was instrumental to how Obi re-built Onitsha when he was there as Bishop, said that Nigerians need a crop of leaders like Obi “to carry out reconstructive surgery on the country and make her healthy again.”

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165 Nigerians Make Voluntary Return From Libya

A total of 165 Nigerians in Libya have voluntarily returned to the country. The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed

A total of 165 Nigerians in Libya have voluntarily returned to the country.

The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos Cargo area at  9:45 p.m on Thursday, with the assistance of the International Organisation for migration.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) zonal coordinator, Yakubu Suleiman received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government from the IOM Head of Mission in Nigeria, Enira Krdzalic.

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Krdzalic pointed out that that IOM, with assistance from the European Union, has repatriated 7,746 Nigerians back to the country.

She asked the Nigerian government to enhance efforts in the provision of employable opportunities to the returning youths.

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EU to assist 7,831 Nigerian returnees from Libya

The European Union (EU) says it has so far facilitated the safe return of about 7,720 Nigerians who voluntary accepted

The European Union (EU) says it has so far facilitated the safe return of about 7,720 Nigerians who voluntary accepted the opportunity to be ferried back home last month from Libya and other places abroad.

The EU Ambassador and Head of delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, who disclosed this during a media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja said another batch of 111 were scheduled to arrive Lagos on Thursday.

Mr Karlson said about 50 per cent of the returnees were Edo State indigenes, while another 15 per cent come from Delta state.

He said those who accepted to travel home under the arrangement between the EU and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) were guaranteed start-up funding for opportunity to pick the pieces of their lives and restart their future with some vocational training activities.

The ambassador said the EU was engaging the Nigerian government on how to stem the wave of irregular migration and human trafficking.

Part of the engagement, he said, was the signing of a Common Agreement on Migration and Mobility in 2016, while EU was funding programmes to help Nigeria better manage the menace of migration as well as address its root causes.

Irregular migration and mobility, he noted, were big priorities to the EU, and should be tackled as collective responsibilities, in view of the abuse of human rights and people in distress who need urgent assistance and support.

“Some of the people who volunteered to come back home have difficulties coming back to face their families. Some support was packaged by EU to help their reintegration into society. Many of them are in need of assistance,” Mr Karlsen said.

The deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Richard Yang, who was also at the briefing said the EU would partner with IOM to render assistance in four areas.

“On their return, they will be granted some seed money of about €100,” he expalined. “We (the EU) will counsel and identify the vulnerable people, particularly those psychologically affected as a result of being victims of human trafficking.

Cross section of evacuated Nigerians living in Libya arriving Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday (7/1/18).0103/7/1/18/Chidi Ohalete/TA/NAN

“We will identify individuals interested in setting up some businesses or go into some vocational activities, or other interested in coming together in cooperatives to set up businesses.

“Then, we will work with their state or local governments, along with agencies like National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the towns of their origin to ensure capacity building for them.”

Expressing commitment to address the emergencies of the people in distress and find the right recipe for the future, Mr Yang said the EU has already reached out to its Nigerian partners on how to find lasting solutions to the problem.

He said the concern was how to ensure Nigerian youth were given opportunity to job creation as well as adequate information about the risks of irregular migration to Europe for greener pastures.

Apart from trying to double access to student visas for exchange of students between Nigeria and Europe, Mr Yang said the EU has also accorded serious consideration to investment in youth and job creation by establishing trust funds focus on them.

Besides, he said, the delegation was promoting increased investments of European banks in Nigeria, including a $20 million equity participation announced recently by EIB in the Development Ban of Nigeria to stimulate growth, employment and youth engagement.

On the controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), Head of Trade & Economics Section of the delegation, Filippo Amato, said the delegation was continuing with the dialogue with the parties concerned.

“We want to continue engaging with everybody on the potential benefits in opening up markets, providing technical assistance and creating market accessibility in a manner that it does not become hostile to infant industries, opportunities of youth employment, but an opportunity to develop those industries and access to the market.

“We are continuing the dialogue with all stakeholders on the EPA to ensure that decisions are taken based on clear scrutiny of benefits, advantages and disadvantages to all parties.

”We believe it shall create opportunities for businesses in Nigeria to develop. But we listen very carefully to all the concerns. It is a legitimate interest to ensure Nigeria is developed and the youthhave opportunities to be employed, Nigerian industries are not exposed to unfair competition, but to thrive,” Mr Amato said.

‘Get Ready To Sack Buhari Come 2019’ – Obasanjo Tells ‘Third Force’ Members

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, on Saturday,April 28, 2018, called on members of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement,

Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, on Saturday,April 28, 2018, called on members of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, to be battle ready to take over power in 2019, stressing that they should propagate the need for all qualified electorates to obtain their Permanent Voters Card, PVC, ahead of the poll.

Obasanjo made this known at the inauguration of the Oyo State Chapter of the movement, held at Trans Amusement Park, Ibadan, stressing that the members should have it in their hearts that in the struggle to redeem Nigeria, they would be threatened.

“Everybody must be determined to rescue Nigeria, it may not be easy, however, the God who performed wonders sometime ago, will again perform wonders. We have (seen), in this country, where five political parties endorsed a single person and God was laughing and knew what he would do. If we are leaving everything to God, we must do our best. Get your PVCs and encourage others.”

He emphasised that in view of this, they should be focused and determined, stating that only cowards run away from the war front. He, however, assured them that as the founder of the movement, he would not neglect them when he is needed.

“Take note, they will threaten you, but don’t be discouraged. It is only cowards who run away from the war front. Having gone this far, I won’t leave you dry. Get your PVC. I don’t think anybody can threaten me again. Remember I have been to prison for an offence I do not know anything about,” Obasanjo emphasised.

The founder of the movement reiterated that the group was established to rescue Nigeria from its present worrisome condition after deep thought and reasonable consultation, stressing that “this time we have started to do things right.”

Obasanjo had urged President Muhammad Buhari in a public letter not to seek reelection in 2019, saying the president had failed.

The former leader said the ruling APC and main opposition PDP were no options for the country, and vowed to lead a “third force” to put a new administration in place.

“I don’t think at my age, I should continue to complain and not find solution. It came in my statement on the 3rd of January that CNM was made out of the reality of the situation in Nigeria, deep thought, and reasonable consideration. CNM is to find solution to the situation we have found ourselves.”

Obasanjo also noted that if anybody wants this situation to continue, such person needs his head examined, pointing out that such characters should not be seen as friends of the masses nor of the country at large.

“If anybody wants this situation to continue, his head must be examined. Those of you who have been victimized by the situation and want the situation to continue can’t be friends of Nigeria.”

He also disclosed that at the appropriate time the movement will go into alliance with other movements of like minds. He tasked the executive of the movement across the country to ensure that the youth are given pride of space, with a view that they should be given 30 percent and women 30 percent in all organs of the movement.

In his welcome speech, Olayiwola Olakojo, the state coordinator of the movement, noted that Mr. Obasanjo is a force to be reckoned with in all ramifications, one who loves democracy and Nigeria as a nation, with his heart.

‘He is indeed our Messiah. Kindly reflect on all his involvements in all governments, globally and nationally. He is indeed the father of modern Nigeria. As the foremost statesman, he has always wanted the best for Nigeria. His comments and observations on the past and present administration are just for the progress and development of our country,” Mr. Olakojo, a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, said.

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Open Letter To Mr. President: Nigerian Youth Are The Best In The World [MUST READ]

Sir, Let me quickly acknowledge your contributions to the Nigeria project ever since you assumed power almost three years ago

Sir,

Let me quickly acknowledge your contributions to the Nigeria project ever since you assumed power almost three years ago despite your old age and health challenge. You have done your best at every point in time but it’s obvious that this job is becoming very hard to execute, and this call for concern among every responsible citizens of this great nation.

Few days ago, while you were answering questions during a Commonwealth Business Forum in London which presented you with uncommon opportunity to project Nigeria to the entire world, you intentionally de-marketing Nigerian youths as worst product while canvassing for investors in an international fora  Mr. President, this is saddening, nefarious, unexpected and disheartening.

It’s crystal clear that your statement was a big insult to the collective youth of Nigeria who strive hard every day and night in order to make life meaningful for themselves. The fact remains that the larger percentage of Nigerian youths are hardworking, dedicated and also committed to make Nigeria better in all ramifications. Nigerian youths have recorded tremendous success in major areas of lives despite hard and hash economic policies of any government at any point in time. The youth of Nigeria are specially made, they are talented, creative, intelligent and responsible. Our nation’s youths have demonstrated doggedness, and are always found every where doing everything legally possible that could make them great in the future. Nigerian youths are unique specie who never because of the failure of any government fold their hands and doing nothing while expecting comfortable life!

Your excellency, it’s an abuse of our sensibility as young people, who ought to have been held in a very high esteem as the glorious future of our country for you to have referred to us as lazy and uneducated in an international gathering. To put the record straight, there has been no time in history where the Nigerian youths demanded for free things from her government, NEVER! For a very long time ago, more than four decades, Nigerian youths have been struggling through thick and thin in order to make a life!

Just like the bible says, “Out of the abundance of heart, mouth speaks”. Mr. President, you have x-rated an act of irresponsibility and emptiness when it comes to reasoning on critical issues. Your utterances has showed your incompetence once again! It’s a big disgrace to our Nation and also a big embarrassment to all youth put together.

It’s a known fact that no country in the whole universe is without blemish, ever since the time of creation, nations and people have been facing serous challenges. As a matter of fact, that is while there is an institution of government put in place to look into all these and proffer solution from time to time. No matter what the situation may look like, it’s a duty of every sensible and responsible leader to create a blissful atmosphere for his people and protect their interest at all time not subjecting them to international disgrace.

At this juncture, I want you to apologise to all Nigerian youths and withdraw that cocky statement before it’s too late.

I am proud of the Nigerian youths, for we are the best in the world. Nigerian youths are hardworking, intelligent, responsible, creative, talented, resilient, productive, serious, industrious, reliable, brilliant, law abiding, and resourceful!

We are the hope of the future!

God bless Nigeria!I

Sam Akinwale!
CEO,
Positive Life Foundation (Nigeria)

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Presidency Decries Fake Zahra’s Facebook Account Insulting Nigerians

File photo: Zahra Buhari   The Presidency has distanced President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, from a purported Facebook account insulting

Presidency Decries Fake Zahra's Facebook Account Insulting Nigerians
File photo: Zahra Buhari

 

The Presidency has distanced President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, from a purported Facebook account insulting Nigerians.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement on Friday accused those he described as “merchants of mischief” of taking their antics against the first family further by creating a fake Facebook account in the name of Zahra.

According to him, the fake account is conspicuously different from the authentic one and was used to post a message on April 17, 2018, at 9.07 a.m.

Adesina said a picture of President Buhari, with snowflakes all over him, and being welcomed to a foreign country was used, alongside a message on the said Facebook account.

The message read, “Children of God, here is a 75-year-old man walking in the snow without cardigan just to rescue the battered economic status of Nigeria and some of you senseless people feel he travels too much as if he travels for partying or merrymaking. God bless Nigeria. Please share…”

The President’s spokesman, however, rejected the said account, noting that it does not belong to Zahra as claimed.

He also urged members of the public to be wary and see through the intentions of those behind the fakery.

Adesina said such person(s) seek to attract odium to the first family and also do not mean well for the country.

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BREAKING: Group Holds Rally In Support Of Buhari In London

A group of Nigerians are currently standing in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom rallying in

A group of Nigerians are currently standing in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom rallying in Support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Members of the groups are expressing support for the Buhari-led administration adding that the President is resetting the country on the part of growth and development.

Stephen Kifordu from Delta State who is the leader of the group spoke with Channels Television.

He said there is no credible alternative to President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo in the 2019 election noting that the group represents the aspiration of many Nigerians who want progress for Nigeria.

Details Shortly…

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Nigeria Youths Are Not Lazy – PDP Replies Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, replies President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that Nigerian youths, by their demonstrated industry, cannot in any

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, replies President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that Nigerian youths, by their demonstrated industry, cannot in any way be described by anybody as lazy.

Nigerians find it extremely shocking that President Buhari could make such a false, derogatory and unpatriotic comment against our citizens at a time the nation was looking up to him to properly present our potentials to the global business community.

It is alarming that at every international event, the President makes it a favorite past time to de-market, paint and denigrate our dear nation and her citizens in very negative light, an indication that he has stopped believing in Nigeria.

Mr. President’s latest salvo is totally unacceptable and must be condemned by all right-thinking people to avoid further verbal assault against our country, particularly at international fora.

How can President Buhari describe Nigerian youths as lazy, when they have proven, without doubt, to be one of the most industrious sets of individuals across the world?

Here is a President, whose administration has in its three years of governance, contributed nothing towards providing opportunities for our youths and who has not initiated or implemented any development project or set up any industry to provide jobs for our aspiring youths.

Here is a President under whose watch, factories and businesses have shut down resulting in over 24 million job losses and under whom no meaningful foreign direct investment has been attracted to the country.

This is a President who daily watches Nigerian youths sweating on menial jobs under very strenuous conditions on the streets of Abuja, Jos, Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Bauchi, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Onitsha and other major cities, yet he unsympathetically described them as lazy.

These are the same set of Nigerians who, upon being afforded the right opportunities in other countries of the world, are known to have excelled in various fields of endeavour.

Nigerians can now see that when the PDP accused President Buhari of de-marketing our nation, we were not playing politics. It is however saddening that after de-marketing his own generation, President Buhari is set to destroy the future of younger Nigerians.

We ask, now that President Buhari has gone ahead to denigrate our youths, who form the bulk of our workforce, as lazy and lovers of freebies, how can he expect any foreign investor to bring in investment into our country?

Most disheartening is that these are the same young persons who form the highest demography of voters that put their confidence in him in 2015. Now they are receiving the short end of the stick from the President.

Our final take is that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, have done enough harm to our dear nation and there are no signs that they will change their stance. Nigerians, especially the youths, must, therefore, spare no thoughts in their resolve to vote them out in 2019.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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