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Ake Group Replies Amaechi’s Critics



The Chief Godspower Ake-led faction of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  has described as myopic the latest tantrums by the Felix Obuah-led group over taking over of the criminal prosecution in the trial of Leader of the state House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Lloyd, by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wogu Boms.
The Ake-led group, reacting through its state Publicity Secretary, George Ukwuoma-Nwogba, stated that the Obuah state Executive could raise an eye-brow over proper, legal and judicial procedures adopted and recognised by a court of competent jurisdiction and Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), gives much insight into the degree of lawlessness the group wants to establish in Rivers State.
It dismissed as baseless claims of bias levelled against the State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Hon. Boms whose sole ‘sin according to the statement was to defend the Nigerian Constitution, which empowers a state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to assume authority over a criminal proceeding in his state.
The Ake group further expressed shock at Obuah’s seeming claim of being more knowledgeable in Law and Jurisprudence than the Honourable Justice of the High Court and Nigeria’s most senior lawyers, including the lead counsel on the side of the Nigeria Police.
“Our position on this,” Ukwuoma-Nwogba maintained, “is that those learned counsels deserve not such disparagement and slight. Rivers people were unaware that Obuah had turned into a legal czar as to cast aspersion on the Bench and Bar, forgetting how he came in as factional chairman of PDP when the whole world knows the truth.
“On the call for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate the Amaechi-led administration, state House of Assembly, Honourable lawmakers and wife of the Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, we make bold to state that this is not the first time neither the last that such calls would come from Obuah’s men.
“But our worry is that the EFCC has once more shown that it could turn into a tool for political witch-hunt of perceived political enemies. We sincerely wished it was not so. However, the facts before us speak to the contrary,” the Ake-led group said, adding the Amaechi administration remains the only government in the history of Rivers State which had initiated projects in every nook and cranny of Rivers State as acknowledged by all, including  international, national and local stakeholders have scored very high.
“Governor Amaechi has nothing to hide as long as it is in the domain of the fiscal responsibility of the administration he has run since 2007. The state’s financial books are clean and open for scrutiny any time either by the EFCC or any other agency, local or international,” the Ake group stated.

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Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan, Others Brainstorm On Insecurity



Rising insecurity and agitations for secession by different ethnic groups across Nigeria has attracted the attention of elder statesmen and other national leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was organised by Interfaith Initiatives for Peace jointly led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and the National Peace Committee chaired by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).

Reporters were barred from taking part in the closed-door meeting, expected to proffer solutions to the ongoing security challenges threatening the peace and unity of the country.

It was also an exploratory meeting on pressing issues of national unity, security, peace, integration, economic revitalisation and development, women and youth welfare and general progress.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Tor Tiv, Prof Ortese Iorzua James Ayatse, Emeritus Cardinal John Onaiyekan; President General (Ohanaeze Ndigbo), Prof George Obiozor; and Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; were all in attendance.

Others sighted at the meeting are President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba; CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola; JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede; Etsu Nupe, Yahya Abubakar; former Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, among several political and traditional rulers at the meeting.

Elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, also attended the event at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, but could not participate in the meeting because he could not climb the staircase to the meeting room.

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Fighting Corruption Difficult In Democratic Setting, Buhari Laments



President Muhammadu Buhari says fighting corruption in democratic setting is a difficult task to accomplish.

The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise Television which was televised, yesterday.

According to him, the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected president six years ago.

He, however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption when he was military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

The president frowned at the way and manner local government system was being managed, saying the local government administration was almost non-existent in the country.

He cited situation where state governors continued to starve the local governments of funds saying “in a situation where N300million is allocated to local government and they are given N100million is not fair”.

On activities of bandits and kidnappers particularly in the North-West and North-Central zones, Buhari said he had given the police and Armed Forces the instructions to be ruthless with bandits and vandals terrorising innocent citizens across the country.

He stated that he had told the security agencies to treat bandits and other criminals in the “the language they understand.

“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.

“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand.

“We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.

”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public.

“If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble.

“We are already in enough trouble. So, we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,’’ he said.

On farmers/herders clashes, the president said the problem had persisted because old cattle routes and grazing areas had been violated by development, adding that those who had taken over such traditional arrangements would be dispossessed.

On the fight against insurgency, Buhari dismissed the assertion that majority of Boko Haram members were foreigners.

According to him, the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians, saying this was further corroborated by Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The president stated that his administration had done a lot to fight the terrorists and insurgents but the problem in the “North-East is very difficult.”

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Igboho Declares June 12 Day Of Protest, Warns Buhari



Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared June 12 as day of protest for Yoruba nation agitators.

The self-acclaimed Yoruba activist said the agitators will hold ‘peaceful rallies’ across the South-West region on Saturday, June 12.

Igboho, who spoke through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, in a live video programme aired, last Wednesday night, called on South-West governors to cooperate with the peaceful protesters during the exercise.

He warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to attack the agitators.

He said, “Let us warn the Federal Government that if there is bloodshed this weekend, the international community is watching, if the military kills any Nigerian this weekend, it is going to be very hot.

“The Yoruba nation rally will go ahead in every part of Yoruba land and the rest of the country where it will hold.

“Red alarm will begin on Friday. People should stock up food Items from Friday night.

“We are not backing down this weekend; we are ready to take back what belongs to us.”

He also enjoined agitators to ‘fast’ on Friday.

This is coming after NANS under the leadership of its National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, had declared June 12 as National Day of peaceful protest to call on the government to act decisively towards addressing insecurity.

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