EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram Released Video Of How It Overran The Army In Kumshe

Boko Haram has released a video footage of its raid on a Nigerian military formation in Kumshe, Borno State, at the weekend.

In the latest propaganda video released by the Abubakar Shakau faction of Boko Haram, its fighters were seen assembled and driving Hilux vans painted in military colours, wielding assault rifles, as they attacked a military facility in ‘Kumshe’, Borno State.

The attack took place “at 5pm last Sunday, the 4th of November,” a spokesman of the group said.

The attack apparently happened barely 24 hours before ISWAP, a rival faction of Boko Haram, raided a military base in Kukawa Local Government, where dozens of soldiers were reported killed or missing, and lethal military equipment carted away by the terror group.

As the Shekau faction has not been as brazen as ISWAP in the last couple of months, this video may be an attempt by the group to prove that it is still very potent.

The video, nine minutes and 27 seconds long, showed the fighters moving in a convoy of trucks and other fighters on foot, in a fire fight with the military.

The images also showed arms and ammunition it claimed to have seized during the attack and other personal belongings of soldiers, including a photo album with pictures of the leadership of the military, including the photo of late Major General Idris Alkali who was killed recently in Jos and his corpse found in a well.

The group also said its leader, Abubakar Shekau, has featured in a video that will be released soon.

Culled from SaharaReporters

Fayemi Revoked Shop Allocations To Ekiti Traders

Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, has ordered the immediate cancellation of the allocation of more than 800 shops at the multi-billion naira new Oja Oba Market in Ado Ekiti.

The governor also ordered that those who had paid be refunded, as long as they showed proof of payment.

This was disclosed in a statement by Olayinka Oyebode, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, issued on Thursday.

NAN reported that the market, adjacent to the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo, was reconstructed after the demolition of the old market that was razed by fire about three years ago.

Construction works at the new market — the largest in the state — had reached about 80 per cent completion at the expiration of the tenure of former Governor Ayodele Fayose ended last month. In August 2018, Fayose had commenced distribution of the shops to those who had expressed interest.

However, according to the statement by the new administration, the cancellation was made after Fayemi inspected the facilities of the market earlier during the week.

The statement read: “It has been discovered that the market complex is not ready for use. A structural evaluation of the complex shows that some considerable construction works are required to fix the inherent structural defects which have made the buildings unsafe for use.

“As this process would take some time, the governor has, therefore, directed that the process of allocation of shops be stopped immediately. The governor also directed that all subscribers with proofs of payment for shops in the market should be refunded.

“The ministries of works and commerce have consequently been ordered to work out a seamless arrangement for the market’s completion and allocation.”

Reps Ordered Buhari To Sack NEMA DG For ‘Embezzling Over N33billion’

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Mustapha Maihaja as Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for allegedly mismanaging more than N33 billion.

The lower chamber had inaugurated an ad hoc committee to probe NEMA’s operations under Maihaja; and when it turned in its report on Thursday, it recommended his dismissal.

Nigeria’s emergency operations hardly pass any test of investigative reporting regarding scale of funding compared to the quality of relief available to victims of disasters and insurgency.

In December 2016, an undercover investigation exposed how government and emergency-aid officials were piling more misery on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by stealing foodstuffs and other relief materials meant for their well-being.

Buhari Declared State Of Emergency On Water, Sanitation And Hygiene Sector

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.

In a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president maintained that the action became imperative as it will reduce the hig prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country, which has caused preventable deaths.

Buhari described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water service and sanitation as “disturbing” while committing to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan.

The statement read: “Access to piped water services which was 32% in 1990 has declined to 7% in 2015; access to improved sanitation has also decreased from 38% in 1990 to 29% in 2015. Our country now ranks No 2 in the global rating on open defecation as about 25% of our population are practising open defecation.

”WASH services at the rural areas are unsustainable as 46% of all water schemes are non-functional, and the share of our spending on WASH sector has been declining from 0.70% of the GDP in 1990 to about 0.27% in 2015, which is far below the 0.70% at the West African regional level.”

The President also noted that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets (6.1 & 6.2) for WASH are more demanding as they require WASH services to be provided in adequate quantity and quality on premises at affordable prices, while adding that a new approach has to be taken to achieve it.

Buhari called on all state governments to work with the new provision to achieve the SDG targets for WASH by 2030.

”It is on this premise that I fully endorse the decision taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in April this year to declare a state of emergency on our WASH Sector.

”I call on all state governments to complement this effort by according the sector similar recognition to enable us work together to achieve the SDG targets for WASH by 2030.”

Breaking News :Atiku Approved N33,000 Minimum Wage For All 100,000 Staff On His Payroll

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has approved N33,000 as minimum wage for all staff in his conglomerate.

Mohammed El-Yakub, Managing Director of Gotel Communications, Atiku’s media outfit based in Yola, confirmed this to SaharaReporters on Thursday, saying “the N33,000 new salary scale, which takes effect from November 2018, includes domestic servants and all categories of workers on the former VP’s payroll.

El-Yakub said over 100,000 people are currently drawing salary on a monthly basis from the former Vice President.

Following the recommendation of N30,000 as minimum wage by the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government, Atiku had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse the figure.

Senate Adjourns Plenary For APU Conference

The Senate has adjourned its plenary session till Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

The adjournment was to enable the lawmakers participate in the 73rd African Parliamentary Union (APU) conference.

At the session on Thursday, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu led principal officers into the chambers, after which the prayers were taken and the day’s proceedings began at 11:02am.

Senator Bukar Ibrahim moved for the approval of votes and the Wednesday proceedings, and was seconded by Senator Suleiman Nazif.

The plenary session for Thursday lasted less than 30 minutes and the plenary was adjourned.

The APU conference is being held at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secretariat in Abuja.

Corruption: PDP Urges NIA, DSS, Interpol to Track Oshiomhole

November 8, 2018

Press Statement

Corruption: PDP Urges NIA, DSS, Interpol to Track Oshiomhole
…Mocks APC For Habouring Corrupt Persons

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and INTERPOL to help track down the factional National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, believed to be on the run outside the country since his reported interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged corruption charges.

The party notes that Adams Oshiomhole’s swift flight out of the country, at the heat of the investigation, is suspect and goes to confirm allegations that the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency is shielding him from prosecution for fear that his investigation would implicate certain interests at the Presidency and the APC.

It is ludicrous that the APC, in its lying proclivities, believes that by dismissing Oshiomhole’s arrest as a rumour and aiding him to momentarily flee the country, it would succeed in getting him off the DSS hook as well as sweeping the matter out of public discourse with its famished broom.

No! Nigerians are already aware that Oshiomhole has not denied his investigation including his reported confession that the Presidency was in the loop of all his actions.

The PDP had always cautioned Adams Oshiomhole of his unbridled arrogance, lust for power and alleged embezzlement of public funds for which he must surely have his day in the hands of the law.

The PDP therefore demands that APC and the Buhari Presidency must immediately produce Adams Oshiomhole to face investigation and prosecution in our courts.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

Entrepreneurship key to unlocking Africa’s economic devt — Tony Elumelu

Five thousand African entrepreneurs, private and public sector leaders and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem convened in Lagos on October 25, 2018 for the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum.

The event, which is the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs in the world, is a unique opportunity for bringing together young business talent, creating dynamic networks and transmitting the message to policymakers that a vibrant and responsible private sector will deliver economic transformation. Now in its fourth year, the Forum marked the graduation of the 2018 cohort of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, following a rigorous nine-month period of training, mentorship and funding, which brought the total number of beneficiaries of the Programme to 4,470, with over 300,000 applications received to date.

One of the highlights was the unveiling of TEFConnect, a revolutionary digital community that brings together the complete entrepreneurship ecosystem across Africa and beyond, including entrepreneurs, investors and the broader business community on one platform, connecting them digitally with three vital elements for success – capital, market and business tools. Commencing with a series of goodwill messages from key stakeholders in the investment, governmental and development communities, the event featured a pitching competition, panel discussions, as well as a vibrant interactive session between President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and the entrepreneurs, moderated by TEF Founder, Elumelu.

Parminder Vir, CEO, TEF, also unveiled the TEF Impact Documentary, featuring success stories of the Tony Elumeluu Entrepreneurs. Elumelu reiterated his commitment to championing Africa’s economic development by supporting and training a new generation of entrepreneurs, whose successes can transform the continent, delivering opportunity, job creation and social impact. He stated: “Our Foundation and its unique approach of training, mentoring and funding has proven that entrepreneurship is the key to unlocking economic transformation of our continent.

I believe so strongly that success can be democratized and if we can match ambition to opportunities, this extraordinary generation can achieve anything. “With TEFConnect, we have created a tool that provides a digital platform to host ideas, champion success and demonstrate Africans ability to use the most advanced technologies to take charge of their economic destinies.”

President Akudo-Addo underlined the importance of galvanizing the broad entrepreneurship eco-system, calling on public sector representatives to encourage, support and replicate the work of TEF in their respective regions

2019: Don’t Stop Politicians From Snatching Materials, NYSC Officials Warned Corps Members

The Director-General Brigadier-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Suleiman Kazaure, has advised corps members that will be deployed for 2019 general elections against stopping politicians from snatching materials.

Addressing corps members yesterday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Darkingari, Kebbi State, Kazaure advised:”If politicians want to snatch election materials from you, don’t drag issues with them. Help them carry it to their vehicle to avoid problems”.

He also warned corps members against bribe taking during the elections, saying “You are not covered by any immunity; anybody caught violating the Electoral Act is going to face the full wrath of the law”.

Kazaure, who was represented by a deputy director at the Evaluation Department of the  NYSC Headquarters, Mrs Victoria Ango, also told the corps members: “You are the future leaders. So, don’t lose your life for politicians.

He said the NYSC had assisted in the successful conduct of elections across the country; while the election security committee had ensured corps members’ safety.

He said the scheme had set up a security committee to come up with mechanisms to monitor corps members during elections.

He said: “INEC will also train corps members on how to discharge their electoral duties during the polls”.

NYSC State Coordinator Mr Usman Barde commended corps members for complying with camp rules and regulations

Senate Denied , Moves Funds From 30 MDAs To Finance 2019 Polls​

The burden of funding the 2019 general elections has been shifted to 30 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by the Senate.

Against its earlier resolution on the sources of funding the budget, the Senate yesterday considered the MDAs as capable enough of taking care of half of the N242.2billion needed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to execute the polls.

The other half of the money, according to the Upper House, would come through supplementary budget, solely from the Service Wide Votes.

The Senate went ahead to name the MDAs and the specific amount of money that should be come through virement from each of them.

The resolution followed a motion by the chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, at plenary.

In a voice vote, the Senate resolved that half of the election budget would be sourced from the MDAs, while the other half would come from the Service Wide Votes.

Consequently, the sum of N121.122billion would be sourced from the Service Wide Votes, while N121.122billion would come from the MDAs.

A breakdown of the amount to be sourced from the MDAs showed that N25.527 billion  would come from Power, Works and Housing; N12.6billion – Water Resources; N11billion – Agriculture and Rural Development.

Others are N10.238billion – Education and N8billion-Health; N8.9 billion- Budget and National Planning; N7.5 billion – Science and Technology; N6.7 billion-Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); N7billion – Trade and Investment; N2.7 billion – Labour and Employment among others.

There was, however, a twist to the consideration for the budget as Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) raised objection to the N27.3billion allocated to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for the conduct of the elections.

He said that it was unjustifiable to allocate such huge amount of money to the NPF, in view of the fact that many Nigerians were “battling with hunger.”

Goje countered Melaye’s observation, saying the amount had been approved and that the only change was the source of funding.

“I want to correct the impression created by the last speaker. There is usually massive deployment during elections.

“The amount may even be too small because you’re going to have policemen in every polling unit,” Goje said.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said that while there was nothing wrong in ensuring funding for election, the implementation should be investigated.

The Senate consequently mandated the committees on Police Affairs and other security agencies to investigate how the police applied funds for the 2011 and 2015 general elections and report back in two weeks.

The Senate had approved the sum of N242.2 billion for the 2019 general elections.

Of the amount, N189 billion was earmarked for INEC and N9.5 billion for office of the National Security Adviser.

Others were N10.2 billion – Department of State Security (DSS), N5.6 billion – National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), N27.3 billion – NPF and N2.6 billion – Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

. . . Probes Social Intervention Fund, SURE-P

Meanwhile, Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have insisted that if President Muhammadu Buhari’s social intervention programme fund should be probed, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) be investigated as well.

Consequently, the Senate yesterday resolved to investigate the alleged misuse of the social intervention programme fund and also to probe how funds allocated to the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) were used.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by the Senate minority leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti, PDP) on alleged deployment of funds under the social intervention programme to buy Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to ensure re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Olujimi who exhibited copies of signed forms used by an alleged beneficiary of the intervention fund, claimed that beneficiaries were made to attach their PVCs before they could benefit from the fund.

She said that it was unfortunate that the social intervention fund created for the benefit of every Nigerian was allegedly being manipulated to buy PVCs for Buhari’s re-election bid.

Olujimi who came under Order 42 (personal explanation) urged the Senate to investigate the issue as a matter of urgency.

She said that the upper chamber should insist that the social intervention fund must not be used for political purposes.

Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, described the allegation as completely unfounded.

As Lawan made to disabuse the minds of his colleagues about any untoward use of the fund, the Senate erupted with shouts of point of order.

Attempts by Saraki to control the situation failed for some moment.

He gave Senator Melaye the floor to move his point of order.

Melaye said that Olujimi’s motion should first be seconded before contributions would be made.

The house was divided along party lines. Lawan requested for protection and to be allowed to make his points.

Saraki said that Lawan should be allowed to speak.

Lawan said that “I listened attentively to the motion by Senator Olujimi.

“I want to say that the social intervention programme of this administration is transparent.

“For the first time in the history of social intervention programmes in Nigeria we have proofs that anywhere you are in Nigeria, you can apply” he added.

The shout of point of order continued.

Senator Albert Akpan (Akwa Ibom North East) took the floor to raise Orders 49 and 52.

Akpan reiterated Melaye’s position that Saraki should first allow Olujimi’s motion to be seconded.

He added that contributions in support of the motion should be taken after which those opposed to the motion should take the floor.

Saraki could take none of that. He said that Lawan should be allowed to conclude his contribution.

Lawan said that the social intervention programme of the government is computer-based which made it simple for Nigerians to apply wherever they were.

He urged the Senate president to be above board and blind to the debate.

Lawan added that Olujimi should tender the document she has while the investigation should be party blind.

At this junction, Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano North, APC) moved for additional prayer in Olujimi’s motion to include the investigation of the SURE-P.

The Senate adopted the prayer and resolved to probe  both Social Intervention Programme and SURE-P.

FG Renames Black Maria, Approves N1.5bn For New Van’s.

The vehicles used for conveying inmates from prisons to courts will now be known as Green Maria instead of Black Maria following the approval for name change by the Federal Government.

A bill has also been transmitted to the National Assembly for the renaming of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) to Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) to give it a new image.

The Minister of Interior, General AbdulRahaman Dambazau, disclosed this to State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dambazau said the renaming was to reflect the current thinking on the rehabilitation of inmates in the country.

The minister said the FEC has approved N1.5bn for the purchase of 116 vehicles for the prison service to fast-track the administration of justice in the country.

Dambazau said due to the challenge of vehicles, the dispensation of just was being delayed, saying justice delayed is justice denied.

“There are over 5,000 courts and 240 prisons. Daily, we need to convey inmates awaiting trials to these courts. For speedy dispensation of justice, we need the vehicles. If there are no vehicles, there will be problem. Justice delayed, is justice denied,” he said