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Atiku react to report of his son refusing to isolate himself.

...my son did not attend PDP rally

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to reports that his son refused to isolate himself upon return.

Atiku had on Sunday revealed that his son tested positive for the deadly disease.

He said he has been moved to Gwagwalada specialist hospital.

But reports on Monday emerged that Atiku’s son attended a popular club in Abuja, as well as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s rally that was held in Ibadan.

But reacting Atiku in a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe debunked the reports.

Describing the reports as a ‘false narrative,’ Atiku said his son returned to the country on 17th March via Switzerland from some business engagements in France and Switzerland and isolated himself when he returned to Abuja.

He urged Nigerians to disregard the ‘perfidious information that his son accessed open location.

The statement reads, “The clinical case attended a private meeting of six (6) persons same day in Lagos, stayed in his private house for the night and took an Aero 5.20pm flight to Abuja on the 18th.

“The case did not travel with his family or any other but travelled alone by Emirates Airline.

The case wore face mask as a precautionary measure since his arrival in Nigeria.

“The case did not show symptoms of infection and voluntarily placed a call to NCDC on arrival in Abuja late on the 18th to inform them he had returned from COVID-19 prone country and desired to be tested.

“On the 19th, NCDC took his blood sample which result came positive on the 20th. He subsequently went into self-isolation to protect his family within his own house.

“Meantime his son has since tested negative while his wife’s result is being awaited. The two persons are currently in self-isolation.

“We urge members of the public to disregard the perfidious information that the case accessed open location. He was not at Play Lounge nor any other club in Abuja as being mischievously bandied about.

“The case neither attended the Friday Jumu’a prayers nor any social gathering until his evacuation to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital on the 20th where he is being treated and managed.

“We thank Nigerians for their prayers and support through this difficult time. Once again, it needs to be restated that the risk and danger of #COVID19 is real.”


Visa Ban: Nigerian govt. hold rally in U.S

…Nigeria is a nation of progressive people who are there to add value

A Federal Government team on Tuesday visited the U.S. state of Delaware to campaign against the recent immigrant visa restriction on Nigeria and seek development cooperation.

The delegation, led by the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also comprised the Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe.

At separate meetings with top officials of the Delaware state government, the Nigerian delegation denounced the immigrant visa restriction on Nigeria by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Those visited were the Governor of the state, Mr John Carney; Mayor of the City of Wilmington, Mike Purzycki; President of the Wilmington City Council, Hanifa Shabazz, and some Delaware lawmakers.

Trump had cited Nigeria’s alleged noncompliance with U.S. information sharing and security protocols at airports as grounds for the policy, which came into effect on Feb. 21.

The policy has suffered condemnation from a section of the U.S. media and politicians, including Joe Neguse Neguse, a Colorado Democratic federal lawmaker.

Dabiri-Erewa said Nigeria ought not to be in the list, citing the enormous contributions of its nationals to the development of the U.S. economy, a fact acknowledged by her hosts.

She rallied the support of the governor, the Wilmington mayor and council president, and the lawmakers for the ban to be lifted.

The NIDCOM CEO said that the information-sharing and security gaps cited by Trump were already being addressed, adding that Nigeria had started capturing the biometrics of passengers arriving in the country at points of entry.

On development, the NIDCOM boss said that Nigeria and Delaware had a lot to gain from economic and educational cooperation as well as cultural exchange, among others.

She told the Nigerian community present, that government had initiated policies and programmes to harness their huge potentials for national development.

Also speaking, Akande-Sadipe said that NIDCOM in collaboration with the House Committee were out to change the bad narrative about Nigeria and build bridges of cooperation.

“ When we build bridges it leads to development and at the end of the day the narrative changes.

“Nigeria as a nation is not what people see on TV or what they have read on social media. Nigeria is a nation of progressive people who are there to add value,’’ she said.

Both officials invited their hosts to the 2020 edition of the Door of Return programme scheduled to hold in Badagry, Lagos, from Oct. 21 to 25.

In separate reactions, the Delaware officials welcomed the idea of economic cooperation and cultural exchange with Nigeria.

They lauded the contributions of the Nigerian community to the development of the state.


Edo: NYSC, Editorial C.D.S group road work on health awareness – Accident occured

The program started with an opening speech from omolewa oyebode, from the charity CDs group rendering a vote of thanks to hon. Eghe Ogbemudia and the Local government inspector Mr. Nosa, Ogboghodo for his support towards the success of the program.

The presentation of award was done by the A.D. before the supposed walk on health awareness to Hon. Eghe Ogbemudia, the vice chairman of NYSC Egor local government.

Photo of Olua pupils

The Editorial CDS group in conj. With the Egor Local Government chairperson, V.P and L.G.I led a street walk to sensitize the people of the local government and it environs of Lassa fever, it’s causes, control and prevention.
The walk kick started at about 10:30am, with the local government chairperson with her entourage from the local government all in attendance, the nysc LGI was also on ground with all Editorial CDS group members.

The troops left the Secretariat, into the environs of the Egor Local government area down to Olua nursery and primary school. The aim of this road work is to sensitize the community, especially the pupils of Olua primary school on the outbreak of the Lassa Fever Virus, Its Causes and prevention. several placards were held high and also chorus of corps members saying *we don’t want Lassa Fever in Egor and help us put an end to the virus*. Some of the placard contained different messages, like *”we don’t want Lassa Fever in our state, wash your hands regular, keep your environment clean and safe, Lassa is deadly”*

The troops arrived Olua nursery and primary School in Uselu, the V.C. Mrs. Eghe Ogbemudia addressed the pupils, she told them to always wash their hands with handwash or soap and water. And also these children were taught how to wash their hands. They were also told to abstain from burning bushes.

Coming back from Olua nursery and primary school in uselu, an accident occured, involving a car and a truck at uselu market in front of access and zenith bank on the centre of the U-Turn.

Vice Chairman, Egor Local Government, Hon. Eghe Ogbemudia

NobleReporters learnt that there was no casualties but the car was damaged.

The Chairman, Egor local government move closer and other officials at the incident area.

N.Rs saw the owner/lender of the car crying and angry. He was unsettled.

President, Egor Editorial CDs Group

After the sensitization that took place in Olua nursery and primary School, the troops headed for the Uselu Market where the V.C. addressed the traders on the importance of keeping the environment clean, usage of rat killers and proper disposal of dead rats.

The LGI also gave the market women the hand washing gesture and taught them how to properly wash their hands.

Corps members took pictures with Olua pupils

The group all headed back to the Secretariat at around 12pm , were the V.C., L.G.I and the.president of Editorial group gave the summary of what the walk was about. Afterwards, refreshments were made available for the corp members courtsey of the chairperson.


Editorial CDs corps member speaking on Lassa fever

Vice President, Egor Editorial CDs Group (Left) | C.L.O (Right)
P.R.O, Egor Editorial CDs (Left) | Vice President, Egor Editorial CDs Group (Right)


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RCCG Rally – Call on Buhari to resign

We commend the leadership and members of Redeemed Christian Church of God for exercising their constitutional rights as enshrined under Sections 38, 39, 40 and 41 of the 1999 constitution by taking to the street to protest against rising insecurity and wobbling economy in Nigeria.

It is unfortunate that the backward President Muhammadu Buhari regime considers every criticism unpatriotic. The biggest disservice of the regime is its clamp down on human rights, free speech and press freedom.

It is worthy of note that by virtue of S 33 of the 1999 constitution, every Nigerian has right to life and that right cannot be illegally taken away. It is for this purpose that Section 14 (2) of the constitution provides that ‘the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’. Where government is failing in its primary responsibilities as prevalent today, patriotic citizens of goodwill must protest and register their displeasure against such anomaly.

We wish to remind President Buhari that if he find it hard to perform his constitutional duty of protecting the lives and properties of citizens, it is very lawful for him to resign as provided by S 306 (1) and (3) of the constitution. Otherwise, the National Assembly should take the bull by the horn and commence impeachment proceedings against him in accordance with S 143 of the constitution.

It is our considered view that there is no more time for Nigerians to sit on the fence or fold their arms over the incompetence of this administration. We hereby call on all Nigerians to raise their voices and demand for the resignation of the president.

Tope Akinyode is a human rights lawyer and National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum


Yawa as lunatics join Operation Amotekun’s solidarity rally

There was a mild drama on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti when two popular mentally-deranged persons fondly called ‘Ijoba’ and ‘Ayo kolokolo’ joined different groups under the auspices of Yoruba World Congress to stage a solidarity rally in support of the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’.

The scene played out at Okesa junction when ‘Ijoba’ and ‘Ayo kolokolo’ joined the solidarity march and were welcome by stakeholders amidst enthusiasm.

Participating in the solidarity rally were members of the Ekiti State Council of Elders, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Agbekoya, Odua’s People Congress, Hunters Group of Nigeria and some civil.

Also in the rally were members of the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS), Vigilance Group of Nigeria, Yoruba Koya, Man ‘O War, Oodua Union, and Ekiti Council of Elders.

The participants converged at the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital around 7: 30am and took off for the rally around 10:45am.

They took a long walk from Fajuyi park through Okesa junction, Ojumose to the popular Erekesan market and Ijigbo junction all within Ado-Ekiti metropolis, with the participants chanting solidarity songs in support of ‘operation Amotekun’.

The participants were accompanied on the march by the police, operatives of Department of State Security and their counterparts from the State Security Services, and Nigeria security and Civil Defence Corps.

It was a general consensus among the stakeholders that the Amotekun initiative has berthed permanently in the southwest region and that it was not formed to fight Fulani herdsmen, except the unruly and destructive ones.

Speaking with newsmen at Fajuyi park before the march moved to other parts of the state capital, Coordinator of the rally, Pastor Praise Ayodele, said the joint security arrangements was a child of necessity to check the high incidences of kidnapping, banditry, and other security challenges facing the southwest zone.

“Amotekun has come to stay in the southwest Nigeria. We are not fighting anybody. The security of our people is very important. We are to do this to support our governors that we are happy with Amotekun.

“It is sad that our people were being killed and kidnapped and many of these carnages were without arrests. We are daily in fear of being killed and these and many more are the reasons for the formation of Amotekun.

“On the proscription of Amotekun by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, we are of the opinion that the Minister only expressed himself as a private citizen who is entitled to his own opinion.

“We charged our governors to remain focused, we advise our leaders to desist from politicising Amotekun and that our security should be of priority”, he said.

Ayodele urged all stakeholders in the region to support the security initiative since it was purposely fashioned to complement the conventional security architectures in ensuring safety of lives and property.

Also, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Internal Security and former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, said: “the Amotekun is for easy identification of all visitors to Ekiti and southwest . It is sad that Malami made pronouncement over issue he knew nothing about. He spoke as if he didn’t know the level of insecurity in this zone.

“Some of these evil doers besieged even our towns, killed the people and destroyed everything on the farm. Amotekun will work in their localities and it is not about fighting anybody”.

Similarly, the Coordinator of Oodua Union, Hon Femi Robinson and leader of Ekiti Hunter, Chief Taiwo Bamisile pointed out the need for a local security formation that respond to the security threats pervading the Yoruba’s nation since the conventional security agencies have failed to guarantee security of lives and property.

The leaders of Agbekoya and Vigillance Group of Nigeria, Chief Sunday Omoyajowo and Mrs Suwebat Aliu respectively, said the southwest leaders maintained a united posture about Amotekun and that nothing will change this stand, adding that “Amotekun won’t render the police useless, because security is a function of everybody, so we appreciate our governors for this initiative”.

The Secretary General of Ekiti Council of Elders, Chief Niyi Ajibulu, regretted that people can no longer move around as a result of increased insecurity, saying the current situation occasioned the need for the formation of Amotekun’ as a pramatic regional approach to tackle the menace.

“We have to be vigilant in this zone. Amotekun has landed and we must cooperate with them. Whoever that is averse to the formation of this outfit is satanic,” he said.

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Tinubu praised uzodinma on his victory

…says really round him

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday urged the people of Imo to unite and work toward a brighter future under their new Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma.

Tinubu made the appeal in a statement congratulating Uzodinma on his victory, the people of Imo and all Nigerians who believed in justice and sought the truth.

“The time has come for the people of Imo to unite and work toward a brighter future under Uzodinma.

“For the new governor, the real work begins now. He must dedicate himself to establishing a government that transforms the fortunes of the people,” he said.

The APC leader noted that the Supreme Court’s proper and fair decision in declaring Uzodinma as the rightful governor of Imo was indeed a victory for truth and justice in Nigeria.

“Foes of justice and democracy had engineered a plot by which the improper and wilful exclusion of over 200,000 valid votes cast for Uzodinma would deny him the office the people of Imo had chosen him to fill.

“The wrongful exclusion of such a vast number of valid votes threatened to turn the Imo governorship election into an unfortunate rejection of the sovereign will of the electorate.

“It is imperative that this injustice be corrected and in line with its responsibility, the Supreme Court carefully reviewed the case.

“Recognising the obvious impropriety and unfairness of the exclusion, the apex court objectively and impartially ruled in favour of the people and in support of democracy.

“The Supreme Court prudently and judiciously rose to the occasion as the defender of our constitution by rendering the only judgment that could protect the democratic rights and collective will of the people of Imo,” he said.

Tinubu said the decision underscored the role of the courts in safeguarding democracy and bolstered public faith in the integrity of the judiciary to fulfil its vital mission.

He said it proved that the court had both impartiality and integrity to pursue justice and follow the evidence wherever it might lead.

He commended Uzodinma for his determination in pursuing the case to the end.

“I applaud his faith that the judicial system will ultimately restore justice.

“Where others might have given up, he continued relentlessly in his pursuit of justice.

“His perseverance has now been rewarded with the restoration of his mandate.

“In effect, Imo’s new governor lived up to his very name, Hope. Indeed, Hope never gave up hope,” Tinubu said.

According to the APC leader, the Supreme Court has now spoken and its decision is final.

He said there was nothing to be gained from speculation or second-guessing.

Tinubu urged Uzodinma to reach out to those who opposed him.

He said he must let them know that he bore no grudges and sought only good for all people of the state.

He urged former Gov. Emeka Ihedioha and his supporters to take solace in the fact that Uzodinma conducted a spirited and vibrant campaign.

“I hope that he and his supporters will now respect the ruling of the court.

“There remains a place for them in working for the betterment of the state.

“For prosperity, democracy and social harmony to reign, both the new and outgoing governor and their supporters must recognise that the electoral contest is over.

Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma.

“Now is the time to come together for the welfare of the people.

“It is our hope that Imo emerges from this process to shine as a beacon and an exemplar of progressive good governance under the banner of the APC,” Tinubu said.


Access Bank Plc rally in Cameroon’s market

Nigerian banking group Access Bank just created a subsidiary in Cameroon. With an initial capital of about XAF14.5 billion, the new subsidiary’s headquarters will be in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital.

The administrative board of this subsidiary is constituted of seven members with only one Cameroonian, the legal notice published for the creation indicates. These members are Patience Melone, Iyabode Soji-Okusanya, Fatai Oladipo, Abraham Aziegbe, Ibukunoluwa Odegbaike, and Elliz Nzo Azu.

Created for a duration of 99 years, the bank has chosen Price Water House Coopers as its external auditor and will operate in the management of current accounts, savings collection, checks payment and credit granting.

As required by the rules in force, the launch of Access Bank Cameroon’s activities in Cameroon is still subject to the issuance, by the Ministry of Finance and the banking commission COBAC, of various legal notices and authorizations to the bank’s shareholders.

If it succeeds in launching its subsidiary in Cameroon, Access Bank Plc will become the 16th commercial bank to operate in the country and will meet one of its compatriots, United Bank of Africa (UBA), on that market. Let’s note that it is entering the Cameroonian market some years after the departure of another Nigerian group, Oceanic Bank International namely.

Some years ago, Oceanic Bank International took over 54.5% of Union Bank of Cameroon’s (UBC) assets saving it from bankruptcy. However, in 2011, Ecobank had to buy Oceanic Bank International’s assets in UBC, which is a well-rooted bank in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon.

Let’s note that last January 15, 2019, Access Bank Plc’s executive director Victor Etokwu announced that apart from the Cameroonian subsidiary, the banking group would create subsidiaries in two other African countries this year. The banking group will then have 18 subsidiaries in Africa.