Boko Haram fighters on Wednesday opened fire on the convoy of Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno State, SaharaReporters confirms.
SaharaReporters quoted Security sources to have said that the insurgents attacked the convoy of Zulum at Baga town.
The attack comes three months after Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of the state, was attacked by the sect along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway.
According to the online media platform, at least five persons including three policemen were killed in the incident.
BREAKING: Senator Buruji Kashamu Is Dead
The Senator for Ogun East in the 8th Senate, Senator Buruji Kashamu has died of COVID-19 complications in Lagos.
OrientalTimes gathered that Kashamu died at the First Cardiologist Hospital, Lagos, where a former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari died.
Senator for Bayelsa East and media entrepreneur, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce took to Twitter to share the news on Saturday evening.
Murray-Bruce wrote, “I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19.
“Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable.
“He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.”
I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19. Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable. He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss. pic.twitter.com/OJGIt0VK3n
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) August 8, 2020
Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Others Visit Southern Kaduna Over Killings
The leadership of the various Nigeria’s sociopolical organizations, including Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum on Saturday paid a solidarity visit on the people of Southern Kaduna over the incessant killings in their communities.
This is coming as youths from the troubled Southern Kaduna stormed the state capital with “enough is enough” protest, grounding activities at the junction of the Kaduna Refinery and Petroleum Company (KRPC).
The delegations who announced a collective donation of N2m to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at the Gonin-Gora camp, renewed their call for restructuring of Nigeria.
Speaking at the IDPs camp after visiting some of the affected communities in Southern Kaduna, National Chairman of PANDEF, Air Commodore Idengesit Nkanga (retd), said they were in Kaduna to identify with the ‘long suffering people of Southern Kaduna’.
PANDEF Chairman said, “The overall leader of the PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark has asked that we come along with the delegation of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum to identify with you all at this time and season, to encourage that the season will never remain like this.
“He (Clark) said we should encourage you that even if you don’t see us from afar, it doesn’t mean that you are not on our minds. So, we are here to demonstrate our support. This is not the best of times. This is not the kind of forum we would have loved to come and share with you.
“We are here principally to assure you that those of us on the other side of the Niger – the South-South people are with you in spirit, soul and flesh,” he said.
Taking his own turn, Spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who accused the Presidency of serving as the mouthpiece of the attackers of Southern Kaduna people, said the delegation were in the state, to commiserate with the natives who had been under “genocide.”
According to him, for the authorities to say that the attackers were out for revenge, means the government knows the attackers.
Odumakin said, it is unfortunate that, security operatives looked the other ways while genocide was being carried out on the Southern Kaduna people and “the people are being told that the killing was a revenge”.
According to him, “We are here today to say that the God almighty will bring justice to the land. Those they killed will not be killed in vein.
“Who are these people and who spoke for them and who did they complain to? Whoever said that type of thing, knows where the attackers are coming from.
“Our position is that for the South-south, Southwest, Southeast and the Middle Belt, whatever attacks one, attack all. So, the attacks against Southern Kaduna, is an attack against all of us. That is why we are here this afternoon to commiserate with you,” he said.
Also, the National President of the Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, Dr. Onyia Nwodo, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to safe the country from an imminent collapse following the spate of insecurity in the country
Nwodo, who was represented on the occasion by the President of the Ohaneze group in Kaduna, Chief Ben Churchill-Aniekwena said, “It is quite pathetic and sad. We feel what you feel, but God is watching.
“At this stage, may I draw the attention of all the state apparatus of coercion; I mean the Inspector-General of Police, other security forces, the judiciary and the Commander -in – Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful to safe this country from total and imminent collapse. Enough is enough.”
President of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr. Pogu Bitrus in his remarks said Nigeria needs some critical changes. He therefore renewed the call for the restructuring of the country where power would not be too concentrated on the federal government.
He said argued that, the people of Southern Kaduna would not have suffered persistent attacks currently experienced, if they were under the native police.
He said that, “We have been crying for restructuring of this country. If there were native police, will they allow this people to kill you? No. But we have everything centred in the Federal Government – police, military and others. So, they don’t have commitment to you. That is why we are crying for restructuring so that we can be defended by our people.”
Expressing appreciation to the visitors on behalf of Southern Kaduna, National President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Hon. Jonathan Asake, said the visit marked a genuine concern for humanity and love for his people.
Asake noted with regrets that instead of the authorities to tackle the genocide on Southern Kaduna, both the state and federal governments were busy justifying it.
“I want to use this opportunity to say thank you to our brothers from the South-south, South-west, Southeast and of course, the Middle Belt that have found time to come to Southern Kaduna to commiserate with us as the continues onslaught on our communities; the invasion on our communities and the genocide that have been going on,” Asake said.
Meanwhile, the Southern Kaduna protesters who earlier stormed the major highway connecting the state capital with Kaduna South Senatorial zone, dressed in black attires to depict a mourning mood.
They accused both the federal and state governments of not working their talk to end what they called “genocide” in their area.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read, “end killings in Southern Kaduna”, “we cannot continue like this”, “Southern Kaduna lives matter”, “government has failed us”, “allow us to defend ourselves if you can’t” among others.
They however vowed not to retreat until some of them who were picked by the police are brought back.
Confirming the arrest of an unspecified number of the protesters to our Correspondent, Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Muhammad Jalige said, the arrest were made because there was no prior notification of the procession.
“Yes some of them were arrested because they did not inform us about the protest. I cannot tell you how many of them were picked now but i will get back to you later,” he said.
NDDC Acting MD, Pondei Lists Contracts Allegedly Paid For ‘Under Duress’ To Get Budget Approval
Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has listed some contracts the commission allegedly paid for under duress before its 2019 annual budget was approved.
Pondei who alleged that some lawmakers, especially members of adhoc Committees have held the Commission hostage over the years with the annual budget approval, also disclosed that they were arm-twisted to pay for some contracts that “were never done or sometimes, never completed.”
In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media, Edgar Ebigoni, the contracts and benefiting firms were listed as follows;
Kith Global Ventures Ltd; Remedial Works at New Ogorode Roads Lot 3, at the cost of N493,684,169.00 and paid on the 17/03/2020, 301 Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Nja Road to Akoku Uno Lot 1, at the cost of N350,027,919.80 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Cracked Stone Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Ajaolubeti Road Environs Lot 2 at the cost of N394,010,952.10 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Collincrystal Energy Ltd; Emergency at Benin Township Road Lot 7, at the cost of N 431,053.035.20 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Collincrystal Energy Ltd; Emergency at Benin Township Road Lot 3, at the cost of N361,357,276.20 and paid on the 17/03/2020 and Grapik Ltd; Emergency at Umudee Internal Road, at the cost of N207,673,107.70 and paid the 17/03/2020.
Others were, Southland Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Umuduru Chukwu Umuorlu Road, at the cost of N518,409,089.30 and paid on paid on the17/03/2020. Southland Constr. Ltd; Remedial Works at Umuduru, at the cost of N519,949,949.10 and paid on the 17/03/2020.
Grandfox Global Services Ltd; Emergency at Ope Road Okigwe LGA, at the cost of N580,438,578.00 and paid on the 17/03/2020. Collincrystal Energy Ltd; Emergency at Benin Town Road Lot 6, at the cost of N348,853,184.60 and paid on the 7/03/2020 and Crism Constr. Building Ltd; Emergency at Eziama Osuama International Roads Isiala Mbano LGA, at the cost of N561,592,377.80 and paid on the17/03/2020.
Also paid were, Argento Ltd; Emergency at Benin Township Road Lot 4, at the cost of N382,805,411.60 and paid on the 18/03/2020. Two Rocks Cont. Ltd; Remedial Works at New Ogorode Road Lot 4, N500,875,848.00 and paid on the 18/03/2020. Elkan Zibson Ltd; Emergency Repairs of failed and unmotorable sections of Ezumoha Internal Roads Isiala Mbano LGA, at the cost of N531,150,414.29 and paid on the 19/03/2020. Cracked Stone Constr. Ltd; Remedial works on Failed and Unmotorable sections of Benin Township Road Lot 8, at the cost of N417,806,787.01 and paid on the 19/03/2020. PDH Global Logistics Ltd; Emergency Repairs of Failed and Unmotorable sections of Umuezuo Umuagbavu Road Remedy Failed and unmotorable sections of Chikwe Orlu Street Environment, at the cost of N543,247,587.35 and paid on the 20/03/2020. Aritel Oil and Gas; Remedy Failed and Motorable sections of Chikwe Orlu Street Environment, at the cost of N550,100,132.34 and paid on the 24/03/202.
Dis Concept and Solutions Ltd; Urgently Remedy Failed and Un motorable sections of Jessy and Jenny Road off peter Odily Road PHC, at the cost of N476,794,367.22 and paid on the 26/03/2020. Ogugo Concept and Solutions Ltd; Emergency Repairs of Failed and Unmotorable sections of Environs Yenagoa LGA, at the cost of N300,029,695.14 and paid on the 26/03/2020. Webster Global ventures Ltd; Instruction of emergency Repairs of failed and unmotorable sections Benin Township Road Lot 2 Oredo LGA, at the cost of N357,242,054.35 and paid on the 26/03/2020. Webster Global ventures Ltd; Remedial Works of Failed and unmotorable sections of Akuku Illah Road Oshimili North LGA, at the cost of N 463,489,890.13 and paid on the 26/03/2020 and Webster Global ventures Ltd; Remedial Works of failed and Unmotorable sections of New Ogorode Road Lot2 Sapele LGA, at the cost of N 466,416,380.71 and paid on the 26/03/2020.
The statement added;
“This blackmail scheme explains why the 2019 Budget of the NDDC was passed by the NASS Committee in March, 2020”, adding that, “we are talking about a budget that was billed to expire in May, 2020. This implication is that the management of the NDDC had only five weeks, to implement the budget of one fiscal year, and present a performance report on the same budget.
“This scheme has continued to play out, because as at this Month of August 2020, the budget of the NDDC for the 2020 fiscal year has not been passed by the Joint National Assembly Committee on NDDC. Sadly, nobody seems to care to ask questions because people are falling for the well-scripted smokescreen playing out in the two Chambers of the National Assembly.
“This document, is among the many others tendered before the NASS Committee, which never saw the light of the day, and which the NDDC Committee were never allowed to speak on, when they eventually appeared before the Committee, during the public hearing. It was based on this evidential claim that the IMC of NDDC staged a walk-out, on the first day they were to testify before the Committee.
“The details of this list can be verified from the Central Bank of Nigeria, through a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request.
“Indeed, the same allegation informed the reason all well-meaning Nigerians urged the Committee Chairman, Hon. Tunji-Ojo to recuse himself from the Chairmanship of that hearing. This is in keeping with the Nemo judex in causa sua, which is a Latin phrase that upholds the principle of natural justice that no one can judge a case in which they have an interest”.
“It is very unfortunate that against all objective appeals and moral persuasions, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, alongside some other accused members of the House Committee on NDDC, proceeded to hold a public hearing, which was initially slated for two days, being the 15th and 16th of July 2020, but which effectively ran till 20th of the month, only for him to decide, at his own pace and time, to recuse himself from the hearing, on the last day, an action which cast a dark shade on the entire public.
“This is because, the same reason for which he recused himself on the last day was enough for him to steer clear from the matter, ab initio. The foregoing points to a clear fact that the Committee set out to do a bidding, that was never in the interest of the public. They obviously needed a public hearing to tell the public what they wanted the public to hear, rather than the facts of the matter.
“The Spokesperson the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, on a National Television Programme, recently, admitted publicly, that Contractors often approached Chairmen of the House Committees and the members, to use their office to compel MDAs to pay them. This definitely should be the new height of the abuse of the oath of office they swore, not to allow their personal interest interfere with the discharge of their official duties.
“Recall that since these allegations were first made by the Acting Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh on National Television, Hon. Olubumni Tunji-Ojo has not deemed it fit to discountenance the allegations by way of a law suit.”
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