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Agbakoba: Tinubu must sack Buhari’s Service Chiefs urgently*Why all Nigerians must accept new President now



To Olisa Agbakoba, former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), nothing short of the immediate sacking of all the Service Chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police (IGP), appointed by former President, Muhammadu, would be enough, as a quick action on the road to reclaiming Nigeria.

Short of terming them as totally useless, the veteran activist and pioneer President of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), who was a guest of The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television on Wednesday, said all the principal officers in the nation’s security architecture, including the police, failed woefully.

It was also a day he prescribed that the President moved immediately to secure the unity of the country, which he acknowledged was in tatters the eight years Buhari was in power, saying Tinubu must rely on regional socio-cultural groups like Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Middle-Belt Forum (MBF), to cement the wide gulf Buhari left.

Hear him: President Tinubu, has gone through four processes – aspirant, candidate of his party, President-elect and now President. In spite of all challenges in court, I think all Nigerians must now endorse him as constitutionally approved, pending whatever happens in the electoral tribunal. I like the fact that he said that he asked for the job. There are a lot expected of him.

“One, the country is so divided that nothing can happen without President Tinubu first uniting Nigerians. I will suggest that he should call a meeting of the sub-nationals, the Afenifere, the Ohanaeze, because these guys, have a very stronghold on their ethnic sub-nationalities. If that happens and it is successful, that then pushes the way forward for him to now unleash a couple of big programmes.

“One, is insecurity. I’ll say that all Service Chiefs should honourably resign – all of them including the IG of police, because they’ve not done well. President Tinubu cannot carry on with these Service Chiefs. We need to create a new security infrastructure. Actually, the last real security infrastructure, was propelled by Prof. (Bolaji) Akinyemi. I was then at the NIIA (Nigerian Institute of International Affairs) and I took part in writing the SSS (State Security Service) bill. Unfortunately, it has turned out to be a behemoth.

“But we must change the security infrastructure, we must change our military doctrine and we now need to consider the theory of irregular warfare. The bandits – Boko Haram, IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) – they’re all fighting irregular warfare. And I see our soldiers using conventional means. That’ll not work. I want the President to take that into account.

“Another issue, is the one concerning the economy. There’s no money. The debt to revenue ratio is horrible. If you earn a N100, you’re spending N100 to pay debt. So, there is nothing you can do. Quickly, he must look for how to generate revenue. I’m sitting here in Apapa. This is a goldmine. The port here produces N20billion everyday, which is about N8trillion, which is about a third of the economy, yet, this place is abandoned. I like to see the President propel it through the National Assembly an emergency rejuvenation bill for Apapa. It may cost N10-15billion, but it will be worth it, because we get a lot of money from Apapa.

“There are 56,000 projects that are uncompleted. We’ll like to see legislation go to the National Assembly so that those broken projects will be quickly completed and bring out money for us. In the maritime economy, which has been glossed over by all Presidents of Nigeria, he needs to form a central and key part of the President’s agenda. I need to see a President appoint a Minister of Maritime Affairs. Nigeria is a very huge country. Outside oil and gas, the maritime sector is the second largest. Yet, there is no Minister. There is a Minister of Aviation, which is smaller than maritime industry. This is what ought to be done. Analysts have shown that the maritime sector can produce up to N7-8trillion revenue a year. So, you see, I’ve just told you – N20billion from the ports, another N8trillion from the maritime sector. That’s N16trillion.

“Then, we need to talk about limited government. The government is simply too big. We need to talk about anti-corruption. The anti-corruption process is not working. I’ve challenged the constitutionality of the EFCC. The EFCC is a behemoth, it needs to be dismantled. Mr. (Abdulrasheed) Bawa needs to go, because what he’s doing is not attracting confidence. He needs to go. He’s always fighting battles with everybody. Now, he’s fighting with (Bello) Matawalle. So, he needs to go. We need to see Mr. Bawa step aside so that the anti-corruption process can be seen to be genuinely fought by the President. So, all the guys who took part in the old government, should honourably step down. We need to have a break.”


Imo massacre: Armoured vehicles procured for police used to rig elections – LP



Labour Party, palpably in anguish at the slaughter of eight soldiers in Imo State on Tuesday by some rampaging gunmen, has raised questions over the whereabouts of the nine Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) Athan Achonu, it claimed its governorship candidate for the November 11 election, repaired and donated to the authorities in the state.

The party, all but called out the leadership of the Imo State Police Command, to whom they claimed the equipment were handed over, alleging that the last time they APCs were seen was during the last general elections, where they were used by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party in power in the state to snatch ballot boxes for candidates in the national and state assemblies.

The claim, was made when Nick Opara-Ndudu  and Nnaemeka Onyeka Obiareri , chieftains of the party appeared as guests on The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television to sell the candidacy of Achonu, whom they said would never have allowed the type of insecurity in the state to endure under his watch.

Both men, who said that Achonu, whose highest political office so far, was his short stint in the Senate, where he served via the 2015 election before he was removed through the courts, remained the only solution not to the insecurity, in the state and even the South East,  but the one to rescue the people from years of underdevelopment from poor leadership.

Obiareri, spokesman of the LP in the state, argued that if the APCs had been in place, Tuesday’s incident in which the military men were killed alongside some policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), would probably not have happened, said a check on the social media would reveal how they were used by party men of the APC for rigging the 2023 general elections.

He said: “The military men that were killed if they had armoured vehicles patrolling, they wouldn’t have been shot by those criminals. Athan Achonu, go and confirm from Innoson, paid hundreds of millions of naira to Innoson, Innoson is still alive, you people can still go and interview him, to repair nine armoured vehicles for the police. Five were supposed to be in Okigwe zone. Till today, we don’t know where those nine armoured cars are.

“If you go to Youtube, you’ll see Youtube record of members of the House of Assembly in Imo State using those APCs to carry ballot boxes. It’s there on Youtube, you can search it out. What Athan Achonu will do is very simple. Every local government area will have one humvy vehicle for the police. Police stations had been totally burnt in Imo State and Athan repaired most of those police stations.

“Then, there will be community vigilante. We’ll train those 50 youths per community – train them, equip them and arm them. They should guard their communities. When you have over 50,000 hectres of land, reclaimed from the bandits, and you have youths who are not only just farming, but who are trained to protect their communities, they’ll do the job.

“Then, we have to set up a security trust fund. Ndi-Imo are not scared. As at today, there are some communities in Imo State, where bandits – unknown gunmen, are ransacking and collecting levies from the communities. Basically, Athan Achonu will provide training, recruitment for people donated by the communities. Communities know those who are the terrible ones in their midst. And I tell you, in six months, they will flush them out.”

Opara-Ndudu, who dismissed the claim by the state governor, Hope Uzodimma that the carnage and other killings in the state were politically-motivated, blamed the governor for misplacing his priorities and failing to provide jobs for the teeming youth population in the state, questioning why nobody had been arrested and prosecuted fully in the courts if the insecurity in the state was all about politics.

Hear him: “The security problem has to do with objective conditions in the state. The young people are frustrated. The government is not making any investments in the areas that are required. We’re busy pursuing projects that are designs in deception. Look at the roads that are being done in Imo State, you know for you to deal with the problem of poverty and other economic challenges, you have to deal with the problem of infrastructure.

“In Imo State, the government has dedicated all of its time and half of its time to reconstructing federal roads without any attention – little or no attention paid to the rural areas. If you go to length and breadth of Imo State – Ngor Okpala, Ezinifte Mbaise, even in the governor’s local government – everywhere in Imo State, you find that the rural areas are looking desolate and abandoned.”

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Police find body of missing female student dumped in the bush, vow to get killers



Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), command, have vowed to fish out the killers of a university student, Blessing Karami, whose body was said to have been picked up from the bush days after she was declared missing on September 11.

The FCT police, which released the painful news on Thursday, said in a statement by its spokesman, Josephine Adeh that the remains were found in the woods in the Karimu area of the city.

The police spokesman acknowledged that her disappearance was reported to the police authorities last,  Thursday, September 14 added that 26-year-old Blessing, a student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), was declared missing after leaving her place of work in Garki, Abuja.

She said in the statement: “The body of Blessing Karami Moses, a 26-year-old woman who had been missing since September 11, 2023, was tragically discovered in a wooded area in Karimo. Her disappearance was reported to the authorities on September 14, 2023,” the statement read.

She said Commissioner of Police, FCT, Haruna Garba, had directed that command should conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, adding: “While we are working closely with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to facilitate the respectful retrieval of the decomposed remains acknowledging the sensitive nature of this task, we will continue to provide updates to the public as our investigation progresses.”

Adeh, a Superintendent of Police (SP), also commiserated with Blessing’s family and loved ones over the incident.

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Ogun cult massacre: DSS raid home, pick up PDP lawmaker, five others



Damilare Bello Mohammed, a serving member of the Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA), is currently telling operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) his side of the story, after he was picked up over his alleged involvement in the rival secret cult clashes that occurred in Sagamu town.

Mohammed, recently elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Sagamu State Constituency 1, was picked up on Wednesday by the agency over the incident in which at least eight persons were killed last weekend during the violent clash in the town, alongside five other suspected cultists allegedly involved in the cult violence.

The five other suspects; Debbo Animashaun, Bamidele Saheed, Ismaila Onitire, Adewale Otesanya and Tobi Owoade, were arrested by the DSS operatives during a sting operation after a tip-off at the early hours of Thursday within the residence of the lawmaker.

Lekan Adeniran, spokesman to Dapo Abiodun, the Ogun State governor, announced the development in a statement on Wednesday, saying the secret police tracked the six suspected cultists to the official residence of the lawmaker.

Accusing the lawmaker of providing shelter to the cultists, Adeniran, said in the statement, that the suspects were presently undergoing interrogation in DSS custody after many dangerous weapons, including guns, were recovered from them.

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