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Family helpless as man pours more than $100K into romance scam

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New Zealand – Two siblings have spoken about the heartache of watching an elderly loved one stubbornly pour up to $100,000 into a Nigeria-based romance scam despite their protests.
The pair did not wish to be named, believing the toll the story would take on relationships within the family would be too great, but told the Herald about how their father, who is in his 80s, faithfully sends large sums of money to a woman in Nigeria every month.
And there was nothing they could do to stop it.
The octogenarian had been making transactions for more than two years.
The siblings told the Herald they felt utterly powerless to intervene.
“It’s heartbreaking all around for all his kids,” his son said.
They felt their late mother had worked hard for the money and “didn’t get to enjoy it really”.
Their father had shut himself off from the whole family so he can carry out this addiction, he said.
“It’s incredibly frustrating – we have sort of lost a father and a grandfather.
“We’ve sat down with him, we have talked to him, we have showed how a lot of what she says on her Facebook page is not true – where she went to school and things, the university is non-existent.”
But he still believed the relationship was legitimate, he said.
“He will say things like ‘she can tell how I am feeling just by the sound of my voice’.
“Of course she can – that’s her job.”
Emotionally he had been wrapped around her little finger, he said.
“She’s just bleeding him dry.
“My father send her gifts all the time to her address in Nigeria.”
One of the rooms in his house was locked to conceal the presents he planned to send her.
“It’s things like a lot of jewellery – because we can see by his bank records that he has been going to Michael Hill.”
Perfumes, chocolates, food, handbags and shoes – “you name it, he sends it”.
“She is a real person because she skypes with him all the time.”

The age gap between the pensioner and his Nigerian pen pal was just over 40 years.
“He believes she’s in love, but she won’t come to New Zealand or anything like that.”
The family questioned why she would never visit, but the pensioner would turn his back on them rather than respond.
“Deep down I believe he knows he is being scammed.”
He had sold some of his valuables to send her more money, he said.
“It’s his money, he can pretty much do what he wants with it.”
Unless he was in a coma, the family could not control his finances, he said.
But they did worry about how he would get by on a pension in the years to come.
“It’s pretty hard to get by just on that.
“Eventually, he is not going to be able to support himself.”
His daughter also told the Herald it was difficult to watch unfold and that it was sad there was absolutely nothing the family could do to help.
“Extremely frustrating, but you either drive yourself crazy over it or… it is what it is unfortunately.
“There is nothing you can do.”
They had no way of knowing where the money was going, whether it was all going to this woman or to something more sinister, she said.
“He’s now in a situation where she demands money.”
He did not feel like he can say no, she said.
“Not that it’s threatening or anything – I can’t explain it.” – New Zealand Herald

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Why APGA As A Political Party Must Not Die (III) By Law Mefor

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Ndigbo, going by early census projections should number 30m and 50m globally. This population is more than the population of so many big countries like Argentina and Australia, to mention a few. We are therefore not talking of just an ethnic group but a whole race .

 

There is an important Igbo adage, which, translated, goes thus: who does not know where the rain started beating him will not know where he took shelter. The historical tour de force taken in these foursome treatises is to connect our past with the predictable future. Like Socrates said, an unexamined life is not worth living. Men of the future must not only understand their past but also the forces that forge the present.
Socrates’ claim that the unexamined life is not worth living makes a satisfying climax for the deeply principled arguments that Socrates presents on behalf of the philosophical life. The claim is that only in striving to come to know ourselves and to understand ourselves do our lives have any meaning or value. Ndigbo, going by early census projections should number 30m and 50m globally. This population is more than the population of so many big countries like Argentina and Australia, to mention a few. We are therefore not talking of just an ethnic group but a whole race that is so poorly organized politically and fragmented.
The resourcefulness of Ndigbo to survive and grow everywhere they find themselves has always attracted mixed expressions. They are described as ‘innovative’ and ‘entrepreneurial’ and at other times they are seen as ‘over-ambitious’ and ‘domineering’, especially by the other ethnic nationalities who tend to fear the fast pace of progress and success of Ndigbo living in their local communities.
Such oddities have made Ndigbo in Nigeria to be endangered species, more or less, grossly misunderstood and even sometimes dreaded by their neighbours. This is not wolf crying but a stark reality. Professor Chinua Achebe summarized it thus: “The one thing all Nigerians are united about is their hatred for the Igbo”. Even if Chinua Achebe was being a bit extreme, his remark is not far-fetched.
Many Igbos have tried to rationalize their existential threats away. Yet, these threats are mutative and clear and present dangers, and keep repeating themselves in many forms with their dangerousness remaining strikingly the same.
The most recent should be the Quit Notice given to Ndigbo living in the North by northern youths under the watch of their elders. Where the said Quit Notice was given was in an official facility and till date, there is no official disclaimer of the quit notice from the northern elders. Rather than call their wards to order, they gave tacit approval by acquiescing to the rascally call in both body language and not so muted declarations. It is their inordinate reaction to the unarmed struggle of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.
After Nigeria’s independence, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe celebrating, said: my stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life’s work is done. My country is now free. On AIT, daily, Zik is featured still saying: “It does not matter to me who becomes Nigeria’s first prime minister… so long Nigeria is free, I am satisfied.” Soon after Zik made that historic declaration and the nation gained independence, he had cause to later lament against replacing British colonialism with indigenous colonialism championed by the Hausa-Fulani. Zik’s fear, which has been fully fulfilled, made nonsense of all his sacrifices to liberate and keep Nigeria one.
For me and to most Igbos, Zik and Ojukwu were possibly the greatest Igbo men that ever lived. Zik of Africa represents the ultimate urbane, cosmopolitan Igbo possibility, Emeka Ojukwu representing the zenith of Igboness and its can-do spirit. The inimitable Emeka Ojukwu, barely 33 then, particularly led Ndigbo and the old Southeast to resist extermination already being delivered to them in installments in pogroms repeatedly visited on them before the genocidal Nigeria-Biafra Civil War that claimed millions.
Frantz Fanon unforgettably said, each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.

George Orwell of the famous Animal Farm also said: “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it”. But the truth, if carefully and objectively canvassed, can sometimes engage even a base mind. For truth to set Ndigbo free, they need to know which falsehoods have been holding them down. It is better canvassed even where its unpleasantness is the obvious result.
Of verity, only the truth shall set Ndigbo free; free from internal colonialism(as Zik feared) and free from economic dependence outside Alaigbo and from want and insecurity. Only the truth can bind their wounds and ensure an enduring, equitable and progressive polity, where the best can strive to become better and weak made strong and offered bragging rights of belonging to one of the greatest and biggest of the Black Race. The Nigeria project is still worth it and for Ndigbo to really have a usable stake in it; they have to be fully politically organized. APGA is that natural political platform.
The Igbo Presidency Project is also a political possibility, desired by so many but canvassed by so few, which is also possible only if Ndigbo are better politically organized. The perception held by Nigerians, especially those who fought in the Nigeria-Biafra war, is that the Republic of Biafra, as conceived and propagated by General Emeka Ojukwu was ingenious.
To some, it was also disingenuous and was nothing but a fiasco and a disaster, especially when factors like international alliances and big oil politics are considered. But fact is: it was a war for survival more than it was a war for territorial integrity. That is why Biafra is not dead at least as an idea; Biafra can never die. All Igbos are Biafrans regardless of what they individually antithetically profess for fear or for their private economy and security!
Gowon’s bland declaration of No Victor No Vanquished and the ambiguous and amorphous 3 Rs – Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction – proved to be mere lip service. The praying general even left out the most important R, namely: Reintegration. Ndigbo indeed need a political platform (APGA) to call their own if they will negotiate from a position of strength how best to weave and mesh again into Nigeria.
Instructively, on December 01, 2015, Vanguard newspaper reported the wartime Nigerian military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, as saying: “A Nigerian President of Igbo extraction is desirable in 2019, after President Muhammadu Buhari. An Igbo presidency will boost the unity of Nigeria”.
Another military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida had equally said in an interview about the same time that he would back an Igbo for the presidential seat if he finds a credible personality. The sincerity of these two eminent Nigerian leaders may be yet unascertainable but the issue they canvassed cannot be diminished or wished away. It is the main object of this treatise to point that APGA can serve as the bargaining chip in giving Nigeria a President of Igbo extraction.
Ostensibly, the Nigerian-Biafra Civil War, 6 July 1967 – 15 January 1970, was a war fought to counter the secession of Biafra from Nigeria. Within a year, the Federal Military Government surrounded Biafra, capturing coastal oil facilities and the city of Port Harcourt. The economic blockade imposed during the ensuing stalemate led to severe famine – accomplished deliberately as a war strategy as enunciated and promoted by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. To Awo, the resultant deaths of about 2 million Biafrans, mostly women and children who were never involved in combat, were justified. After all, according to him, in war, all is fair, even dying more from imposed starvation and diseases than from bullets and bombs!
Emeka Ojukwu became the embodiment of Igbo struggle for emancipation and thus became deified in the minds of his people. After the war, their survival spirit resurrected in Enugu Rangers Intl Football Club of Enugu. Rangers was more than a football team to Ndigbo and till today, that feeling lingers in the older generations. It was a rallying point for the defeated Biafrans and where they continued the war in other forms.
For good measure, just reminisce on the rapturous roars whenever Rangers entered the stadium in single file led by captain Christian Chukwu those days, those spotless all-white outfits giving a god-like aura. Such Rangers regulars like Ezeani, Damian Odoh, alias Araby Cho-cho, a hard-tackling defensive midfielder, Nwosu at left-centreback, Ihechukwu Ezidinmma, Mecha at left back, Ufele (RB) and Chukwu (RCB), the legendary Emmanuel Okalla was in goal to inspire confidence in Ndigbo of immediate postwar.
In midfield, the defensive anchorman was the powerfully built Nwabueze “Bulldozer” Nwankwo; the playmaker was Kendo Illodigwe; on right wing, Emeka Onyedika(built like a tank and mercurial at full darting touchline runs), on the left wing, Ogidi Ibeabuchi; Matt Obianika and Chimezie Ngadi were forwards. These men were more than footballers to Ndigbo those days and they left a legacy that helped Rangers to remain the only Nigerian team yet to go on relegation.
The only thing reminiscent of Rangers after the war was the coming of APGA. Somehow, because the PDP moored in the Southeast before it, the zone serving it as real anchorage has not fully materialized.
You can see that Emeka Ojukwu easily emerging and sustaining as the face and soul of APGA is rooted in its origin and essence and none other could have done it in his place even though he was not a founding member.
The clarion refrain, ‘APGA bu nke anyi’ simply means that APGA is the political party Ndigbo can truly call their own. It does not however make APGA an Igbo party per se. It is just a party where Ndigbo cannot be shunted out as they did to Dr. Alex Ekwueme and more recently, to Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, in the PDP.
The concluding Part Four is on the task before the Dr. Victor Oye APGA leadership, going forward. The wars of attrition and all the intraparty feuds have to stop to pave way for the urgent task of rebuilding the Party.


• Dr. Law Mefor, is a concerned APGA member; Tel.: +234-803-787-2893; email: drlawmefor@gmail.com.

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THE SINCERITY OF APGA’s RESTRUCTURING AGENDA.

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The anachronistic federal system of government being practiced in Nigeria today has apparently marginalised more ethnic nationalities than intended by past military regimes which actually distorted real or fiscal federalism practiced in the country before the violent overthrown of the country’s First Republic in 1966.

The distortion of federalism in our country was made imperative by the command structure of the military juntas who ruled Nigeria for more than twenty years out of about fifty nine years of Nigeria’s independence since 1960. The 1979 and the amended 1999 Constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with which the country was governed in the Second and the present Fourth Republics respectively were actually written under military regimes. Therefore, the Nigerian version federalism has a lot of army influence. Besides, the first President of Nigeria in the present republic, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Dr. John Gbor, are retired army generals. They may not have been completely debriefed of their military orientation, hence their inability or reluctance to return Nigeria to practice of true federal system of government as was the case in the country before the first military coup. Again, many of the political players today were retired military officers and their associates. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a retired customs officer. He therefore has paramilitary background.

The oil boom in the 1970s soon after the Nigerian Civil War also contributed to the adversity suffered by federalism in our country. With too much petrodollars in the coffers of military regimes which were in charge of the federal government and its federating units, state governments became lazy and shirked responsibility of internal revenue generation. This was because state governments unfortunately began to rely entirely on the federal government to get allocations for capital and recurrent expenditures.

Now that foreign exchange is dwindling fast as a result of decline in oil prices, production and sales, the federating units are feeling the heat.

IT THEREFORE BECOMES ESSENTIAL FOR NIGERIA TO RESTRUCTURE AND RETURN EFFECTIVELY TO PRACTICE OF TRUE FEDERALISM, IN WHICH STATES OR ECONOMIC ZONES, AS IS BEING CHAMPIONED BY THE ALL PROGRESSIVES GRAND ALLIANCE, APGA, SHOULD BE IN TOTAL CONTROL OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN THEIR DOMAINS.

Notwithstanding his military background, the APGA presidential standard bearer, General Gbor, who has apparently debriefed himself of military influence, believes that state or economic zones should be compelled by law to remit certain agreed percentages of their internally generated revenues to the central treasury, to be used for the common good and statutory services of the federation. General Gbor’s view is unambiguously written in his mission statement entitled; MY COVENANT WITH NIGERIANS, with which he plans to govern the country if his joint ticket with Chief Jerry Chukwueke, succeeds in the February 16, 2019 presidential election.

As a matter of fact, further constitutional amendments is imperative so as to restore genuine autonomy to the states. Under this arrangement, Bills such as the anti-grazing laws passed by some state governments especially in North Central Nigeria would be made meaningful, implementable and sustainable. Cattle Ranching which is in vogue in the developed world and many predominantly muslim Arab countries should be vigorously encouraged and promoted in Nigeria.

This will definitely form part of the Restructuring Agenda of the All Progressives Grand Alliance. Unlike the PDP and APC, APGA sincerely believes that fiscal federalism would promote the principles of justice, equity and fairness in the country and ultimately guarantee enduring peace, unity and socioeconomic prosperity of Nigeria, especially in a post crude oil economy.

Vision Gbor/Chukwueke 2019 Team.

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IGP reverses self, recalls Imo CP

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The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday caved in to pressure from governorship candidates in Imo State and recalled the redeployed Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi.
This was two days after the State Commissioner of Police and all the senior Police officers in the state were transferred out of the State in an unprecedented shakeup in the Command.
Governorship candidates of political parties in the state had described the mass transfer as a ploy to manipulate the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Also recalled were three Deputy Commissioners of Police and eleven Assistant Commissioners of Police redeployed to various states by the IGP.

The IGP had on Wednesday transferred the Imo State CP, Galadanchi to Bauchi state and posted the current commissioner of Police in charge of the Kogi state Command, Ali Janga to the state.
But 48 hours after the IGP cancelled the controversial transfer.
It was gathered that a signal came on Friday morning stating that all the transferred police officers should return to their former offices with immediate effect.
When our correspondent visited the Police Command headquarters in Owerri, Police officers were in a happy mood as they discussed the development.

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Names of APC presidential campaign team for women, youths out

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The names of the team for APC Presidential Campaign for women and youths have been announced by Mr Suleiman Haruna, the Director of Information to Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja.
The teams would be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the State House Conference Center by 2:00pm.
The team would ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the February general elections.
The names included wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the Vice President Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, and other prominent women, youths, artists, politicians, businessmen and women, serving and retired top public officers, among others.
1. EXECUTIVE TEAM LEADERS
1. H.E Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari ……………… Chairperson
2. H.E Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo …………… Co-chair
3. H.E. Mrs. Adejoke O. Adefulure ………. Vice Chair (South)
4. H.E. Mrs. Mairo Al-Makura…………… Vice Chair (North)
5. Haj. Salamatu Baiwa Umar – Eluma……… National Coordinator
6. Barr. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagu ……….. Dep. Nat. Coordinator – South
7. Haj. Binta Muazu …………………….. Dep. Nat. Coordinator – North
2. ZONAL LEADERS
1. H.E. Mrs. Rashida Bello……………… North Central
2. H.E. Mrs. Hadiza M. Abubakar………… North East
3. H.E. Dr. Zainab Bagudu……………. … North West
4. H.E. Mrs. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha South East
5. H.E. Mrs. Florence Ajimobi…… …… South West
6. H.E. Mrs. Judith Chibuike Amaechi … South South
3. ADMINSTRATIVE SECRETARIAT
1. Dr. Hajo Sani
2. Dr. Nasir Ladan
3. Zainab Kassim
4. Rose Audu
5. Fatima Rafindadi
6. Dr. Nasiru Ajoge
4. ADVISORY COUNCIL
1. Solomon Dalung
2. Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd)
3. IGP Suleiman Abba (Rtd)
4. Brig. General Lawal Jafaru Isa
5. General Abubakar Alkali
6. General Buba Marwa
7. H.E Sen. Ali Modu Sherrif
8. H.E Orji Uzo Kalu
9. Dr. Mohammed Mahmud
10.H.E. Dame Pauline Tallen
11.Haj. Naajatu Mohammed
12.Professor Pat Utomi
13.Dr. Nasiru Ladan
14.Col. Abdallah (Rtd)
15.AIG Sani Ahmed Daura (Rtd)
16.Prince Tonye Princewill
17.Festus Keyamo SAN
18.Muiz Banire SAN
19.Barr. Obla
20.Amb. Justice Muhammadu Dodo
21.Amb. Mohammadu Rimi Barade
22.Amb. Aminu Dalhatu
23.Amb. Aminu Iyawa
24.Amb. Baba Jidda
25.Amb. Yusuf Tuggar
26.Amb. Deborah Iliya
27.Amb. Suzanne Aderonke Folarin
28.Amb. Ayuba Ngbako
29.Amb. Oji Nyimenuate
30.Mr.Terry Waya
31.Rear Admiral Dutse James
32.Alh. Bashir Ibrahim
33.Alh. Nasiru Danu Dan Amanar Dutse
34.Al Amin Kamselem
35.H.E Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi
36.Engr. Ife Oyedele
37.Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande
38.Gen. India Garba
39.Hon. Kawu Sumaila
40.Hon. Umar Dambo
41.Senator Abu Ibrahim
42.Chief Sam Sam Jaja
43.Colonel Mohammed Abdul (Rtd)
44.Engr. Samuel Ajagbe
45.Hon. Igo Aguma
46.Chief Precious Osaro Ngelale
47.Saleh Ahmadu
48.Alh. Bello Isa Bayero
49.Chief Felix Idiga
50.Dr. Noble Abe
51.Patrick Pascal
52.Longes Anyawu
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55.Yewande Amusan
56.Engr. Umar Abubakar
57.Rilwanu Umar
58.Alh. Mohammed Sani Musa
59.Agatha Benson
60. Alh. Rabiu Isyaku Rabiu
61. Hon. Ahmed Wadada
62. Chief Rapheal Ikurusi Sambo
63. Saidu Uba Malami
64. Sani Sarkin Gobir
65. Gambo Lawan Kareto
66.Suleiman Umar
67.Dr. Cairo Ojougboh
68.Chief Emma Ejiofo
69.Dr. Betty Nnadi
70.M.B. Shehu
71. Bello Waziri
72.Chief I. Mokelu Onwa
73. Amb. Fatima Adfa
74. Gbemi Saraki
75. Wada Ibrahim Kawu
76. Mrs. Fatima Balla
77. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagu
78. Sen. Abubakar Umar Gada
79. Faruk Salim
80.H.E Sullivan Chime
81.Sen. Ovie Omoagege
82.Rt. AVM Terry Okorodudu
83.Hadi Ukashatu
84.Mustapaha Habib
85.Comrd. Garba Mustapha (4+4)
86.Dr. Macaulay Aigbe Ojeaga
87.Alh. Gambo Lawan Kareto
88.Ahmed Gulak
89.Jessica Ine
90.Sen. Ini Okori
91.Scott Tommy
92.Alh. Bashir Ibrahim
93.Maimo Mohammed
94.Sen. Andy Uba
95.Alh. Sani Anka
96.Iro Dan Puloti
97.Engr. Iliya Saleh
98.Sen. Bello Tukur
99.All APC SSAs, SAs, PAs, to the President
A. DIRECTORATE OF OPERATIONS
1. Dr. Mohammed Mahmud
2. Haj. Salamatu Beiwa Umar Eluma
3. Dr. Nasir Ladan
4. Dr. Ibrahim Dauda
5. Bala Usman
6. Barr. Mary Eta
7. Haj. Sadiya Farouk
8. Eng. Aliyu Aziz
9. Hadi Uba
10.Dr. Kamal Mohammed
11. Zainab Kassim
12.All APC Women Leaders at all levels
13.All APC Women/Female Heads of government agencies and Parastatals
14.All APC Female Candidates
15.All APC Youth leaders at all levels
B. ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS OF APC: At all levels
C. DIRECTORATE OF CONTACT & MOBILISATION
Director: Hon. Nasiru Ali Ahmed
Dep. Director: Barr. Mary Etta
1. Mrs. Alayangi Sylva
2. Mrs. Unoma Akpabio
3. Mrs. Saida Bugaje
4. Ms. Joy Nunieh
5. Mrs. Olufunsho Amosun
6. Haj. Nana Shettima
7. Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola
8. Chief. Kemi Nelson
9. Mrs. Umana Umana
10.Haj. Zuwaira Bakori
11.Hon. Ahmed Rufai
12.Alh. Mohammed Nma Kolo
13.Mrs. Nsidem Roberts
14.Barr. Mohammed Bello Mustapha
15.Barr. Kabiru Dodo
16.Haj. Ladidi Bawa Bosso
17.Fatima Mohammed Faruk
18.Sam Edem
19.Jonah Okah
20.Halima Buba
21.Hindatu Danmalam
22.Sadiq Ahmed
23.Terfa Robert Swem
24.Mrs. Abdul Aziz Yaradua
25.Maimuna Yahya Abubakar
26.Saadatu Dogon Bauchi
27.Iman Suleiman Ibrahim
28.Hafsat Musa
29.Zainab Buba Marwa
30.Alh. Al Amin Kamselem
31.Ibrahim Mo Allah Yidi
32.Salamatu Jibril
33.Hon. Inna Galadima
34.Lydia Gora
35.Hon. Asabe Vilita
36.Hailmary Aipoh
37.Maryam Salihu
38.Hussaina Kurfi
39.Salima Makama
40.Daniel Amokachi
41.Tina Adike
42.Zainab Jafaru Isa
43.Shattu Bazza
44.Laila Danbatta
45.Aisha Gana
46.Halima Ben Umar
47.Dr Salma Kolo
48.Haulatu Yahaya Karami
49.Amina Abdu
50.Mrs Ali Adamu
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52.Kareen Mohammed
53.Mrs. Hadiza DanBazzau
54.Mrs. Yasmine Dalhatu
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57.Aisha Dada Ismail
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59.Barr. Murtala Isa
60.Aliyu Ibrahim
61.Musa M/Madori
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63.Baffa Saleh
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70.Jamil Abiola
71.Helen Bendiga
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73.Mrs. Elima Peterside
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75.Barr. Zubaida Damaka
76.Hon. Amina Dalhatu
77.Jamila Adodo
78.Barr. Tala Anthony
79.Dr. Mike Whelagi
80.Dr Safiya Mohammed
81.Alhaji. Naim Bawan Allah
82.Belema Dikibo
83.Tunde Amady
84.Ibrahim Audu Mato
85.Ibrahim Bagudu
86.Mohammed Albashir
87.Hon. Enyi C. Enyi
88.Minabowan Baro
89.Muhammad Sale
90.Etito Emmanuel
91.Osivwe Otega
92.Collins Mukoro
93.Haj. Ambaru Sani Wali
94.Jelili Adams
95.Hon. Mrs Lorember
96.Hon. Sara Kegnen
97.Hon. Ann Itodo
98.Hon. Ojonugwa Achimugu
99.Hon. Abdullahi Musa
100. Iyabo Adebisi
101. Alhaja Laide
102. John Taiwo
103. Hon. Ambali Abiodun
104. Eleojo Veronica Sadiq
105. Abisetu Ozioma Salihu
106. Sefia Abbas
107. Hon. Omotayo Oduntan Oyeledu
108. Hon. Akinpelu Johnson
109. Evang. Caroline Nagbo
110. Victoria Olowoleni Tayo
111. Abdulkarim Fatima Allah Dey
112. Princess Joy Oguche
113. Haj. Rakiya Ahmed
114. Amina Mohammed (Lentena)
115. Dr. Sam Ankeli
116. Haj. Fatima Danjuma Goje
117. Hon. Comfort Alege
118. Fatima Mohammed ( Mama GMB)
119. Jamilu Yusuf
120. Uche Franklin Opara
121. Charles Akabueze
122. Barr. Aliyu Yusuf Shehu
123. Hon. Mustapha Fanarambe
124. Ali Manchester
125. Balaraba Madugu
126. Eng. Arafat S Yero
127. Hon. Nasiru Maikano
128. Sani Aliyu
129. Abdullahi M Bature
130. Haj. Rabi Gambari
131. Maryam Garba Bagel
132. Haj. Nana Fatima Tsokwa
133. Hon. Micky Kassim
134. Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya
135. Hon. Magaji Dau
136. Hon. Ayo Omidiran
137. Hon. Mohd Tahir Mongunu
138. Hon. Haliru Jika
139. Hon. Raph Nanna
140. Hon. Abdullahi Kontagora
141. Hon. Aliyu Betara
142. Hon. Peter Akpatason
143. Hon. Samaila Sulaiman
144. Hon. Abu Sarkin Yamma
145. Hon. John Dyegh
146. Hon. Austine Chukwu
147. Ibrahim Shehu Naira
148. Yusuf Danladi
149. Alh. Hussaini Baba
150. Otunba Bimbo Ashiru
151. Arc. Ranti Odesile
152. Fatima Mohammed
153. Iliyasu Hamidu
154. Hajiya Rabi Ishaq
155. Shamsuddeen Giwa
156. Onyemauche Nnamani
157. Dr. Ike Odikpo
158. Mathew Iduriyekenwen
159. Chief Jerry Joe
160. Dakuku Peterside
161. Dame Julie Okwah – Donli
162. Stella Okotete
163. Kabiru Kamba
164. Chief Ezekiel imiya
165. Sadiq Yamaltu
166. Daniel Onjeh
167. Saadatu Bokane
168. Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi
169. Dan Asabe Kakanda
170. Dr. Dominic Bako
171. Hon. Zanwa Liman
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The body of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s Second Republic President has left the National Hospital Abuja for Sokoto.
The former leader who had received an avalanche of tributes from political foes and friends will be buried today in Shagari village in Sokoto state.
He died on Friday at the hospital at the age of 93.

Among the late tributes today was that of Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa, who said Shagari’s selfless service to the nation was exceptional.
Badaru, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) through his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Alhaji Bello Zaki, said the country has missed an elder statesman.
“ He served this country as a classroom teacher, a legislator, a minister and at the exalted position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“ Apart from this rare feat, Shagari served the traditional institution as the Turakin Sokoto, Ochiebuzo of Ogbaland, the Ezediale of Aboucha and the Baba Korede of Ado Ekiti,” the governor said.
Badaru commiserated with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, President Mohammadu Buhari, the immediate family of the deceased and all Nigerians.
Shagari was the President of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983 under the defunct National Party of Nigeria.

Captain Bala Shagari and his son Bello Shagari at the National Hospital in Abuja

President and Founder of The Albino Foundation, Mr Jake Ekpelle (R) condoling with retired Capt. Muhammad Bala Shagari (L), the first son of the First Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, at the National Hospital in Abuja on Saturday

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Statement by the Anambra State Commissioner for information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, on new measures which the state government has adopted to boost peace and security.

1. To make Anambra remain the safest and most peaceful state in Nigeria which will help realize the vision to make it the foremost investment destination in the country, the Anambra State government is increasing its air surveillance during the Christmas and New Year period.
2. Helicopters to patrol all parts of the state are being deployed. The helicopters will sometimes fly at low altitudes. This is to enable the pilots and other security agents flying with them to have a bird’s eye view of the security situation in every place.
3. They will monitor the movement of individuals and even cattle. They will also monitor motor traffic. They will provide reports constantly to appropriate agencies for prompt action.
4. The state government, therefore, urges the people of Anambra State and individuals and groups passing through the state not to panic or be afraid. The ubiquitous presence of helicopters is in their interest.
5. The helicopters are the latest in a series of far-reaching measures which the Willie Obiano administration has adopted to make the Christmas and New Year celebrations most rewarding for our people, as they travel in their millions from all parts of the world to their homeland, often accompanied by friends and well wishers.
6. The state has in the last one week seen a large number of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) operated by specially trained officers of the Nigeria Police Force. The APCs are deployed to the streets of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi. They work side by side with well-manned security vans and cars which are well equipped.
7. The government also wishes to inform all Ndi Anambra that it is about to start the installation of the most advanced Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the world in the three leading cities in the state. The installation will be in conjunction with the Boston Innovation Centre in Massachusetts, United States. The agreement for the supply of the special CCTVs and the subsequent installation was signed between the Boston Innovation centre and the Anambra State government when Governor Obiano visited the United States last October to see for himself how our state could benefit more from advanced research and innovation, for which Massachusetts is world famous.
8. After the pilot scheme in Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi, the sophisticated CCTV cameras will be installed in other parts of the state. The devices will assist Ndi Anambra secure important public assets like electric facilities which are vandalized from time to time. The task to reposition Anambra in the international community has started in earnest, and Ndi Anambra are enjoined to continue to support the state administration as they have always done admirably.
9. As we join the rest of Christendom to mark the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ and to observe the beginning of a new year, Ndi Anambra should not panic at the unusual presence of helicopters, APCs, security vans and cars as well as state of the art CCTV cameras because they are being deployed for the benefit of all.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

Signed

C. Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment.

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It gives me great pleasure to be here for the formal commissioning of the new Terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. This event represents yet another significant milestone for International air travellers in and out of the Federal Capital Territory.

2.     You will recall that on the 25th October, 2018, I commissioned Port Harcourt International Airport Terminal. During the event, the Honourable Minister of State (Aviation) stated that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal, Abuja would be completed and ready for commissioning before the end of the year. Today, that promise has been kept. I wish to commend the Honourable Minister and his team for a job well done.

3.     With the commissioning of this Terminal, Nigeria is moving towards achieving and meeting global aviation standards in facilitation, passenger processing and service delivery in tandem with international best practices.

This Administration recognises aviation as a catalyst for economic growth and as such will continue to encourage and support the actualization of projects that will place Nigerian Airports amongst the best in the world.

4.     This event today, reflects Government’s deliberate policy to sustain the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure. We are gradually closing the infrastructural deficit bedevilling our country.

5.     I am happy to note the progress being made in both the airports and sea ports on the implementation of the Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business. Government officials manning these gateways are to sustain the momentum and ensure travellers in and out of the country have the best of experience as a necessary complement to the ultra-modern terminal.

6.     Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Terminal is the first airport terminal to be connected to rail transport system in the Country and indeed in the region. This has provided passengers and other airport users with a choice in the mode of transport to and from the city centre. I recall taking a ride from the City Metro station to the Airport on the day the rail line was commissioned.

7.     I wish to assure you therefore, that Government remains committed to developing Nigeria into Regional air transportation hub and thereby assuming its leadership in the aviation sub sector in Africa.

8.     Let me once again appreciate the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation), the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the China Exim Bank for their financial support and the various roles they played leading to the successful completion of this project. Let me also commend the contractor Messrs CCECC for delivering this project on time.

9.      It is therefore, with great pleasure that I commission the new International Terminal building of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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HILLS AND WILLS : Nigerian Twin authors of Dominik’s Diaries (Grandma: Desperate Measures) Making Waves Around The World

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It all started with writing and littering the house with pieces of papers which one never knew will travel around the globe someday. With great aspiration of becoming authors, these twin brothers somewhere in the United Kingdom one year ago, at the age of ten wrote and published their first book, Dominik’s Diaries; Grandma Desperate Measures, a highly educating book expressing the love between grandparents and their children through one of the most reputable and first class publishers in the world, AuthorHouse UK/USA. Hills and Wills Nwokedi were applauded all over the country for their great achievement and not long after, they were discovered by a famous social media expert Tonie Osegbo who publicised this great accomplishment all over social media and media houses across the globe.
As the book launch was still on, their great achievement and talent were also discovered by the football giant company, Liverpool Football Club through their charity campaign #i’vefound via Into University programme which Hills and Wills are regular attendees. As a result of which, these young authors are being celebrated all over the media in the UK today.
Dominik Diaries made it to five International Book Fairs this year, the London Book Fair, New York Rights Fair, Beijing International Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and Guadalajara Book Fair which made many traditional publisher all over the world desiring to buy the right. To crown it all, the book has made it to the New York Times Sunday Newspaper reviews. Congratulations for this great success because it is unusual for a first time authors to come this far. This book is currently being reviewed by Hollywood International film Corporation for the movie. The book is available on Amazon and other leading book shops and their website, www.hillswillsnwokedi.com
Today, Domink’s diaries celebrates its one year anniversary and we remain grateful to God who makes all things possible. And we say another humongous thank you to all those involved in making this dream a reality. #AuthorHouse UK. #Newyorktimes. #Combinedbookexhibit and #Liverpoolfootballclubfoundation. Also to everyone out there who has given a word of encouragement and prayers especially to big uncle Victor Nweke. God bless you all.
Dominik’s Diaries has programmes for the coming years and will like to get all their fans and grandmas involved. Watch out for this Youtube episodes and get involved.


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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday in Lagos described vote buying as an act of corruption which the commission was committed to tackling.
Dr Musa Abubakar, the Acting Chairman of ICPC, made the declaration at a one-day ‘National Campaign Against Vote Buying and other Electoral Malpractices’ organised by ICPC in conjunction with the Youth Alive Foundation(YAF).
According to Abubakar, represented by Mr Shintema Binga, the Zonal Commissioner for South-West in ICPC, vote buying, which is a type of electoral fraud, takes the form of collecting payment from candidates after voting for them.
“Such payments are usually made through agents either directly or through phone transfer.
“Rigging can take the form of falsifying election results by changing figures to favour particular candidates.
“This is a falsification of official records and punishable under the ICPC Act 2000,’’ he said.
Abubakar urged Nigerian voters to shun attempts by unpatriotic elements in the society who might want to buy their conscience with foodstuff, cloth and cash.
“If you allow them to succeed in doing so, they will make sure they steal resources meant for provision of water, healthcare, educational facilities and construction of roads.
“If such people force themselves on you by bribing you, they will not have your time because they have already settled you.
“I will also advise you to resist any attempt by such disgruntled elements to use your children as thugs to kill, maim and threaten political opponents.
“Admonish your children to resist such attempts; if being a political thug is a worthy way of life, let them recall their children studying abroad and use them as thugs, but they will never,’’ he said.
The acting chairman said that the commission had met with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman where issues of training and election monitoring were revisited.
According to him, the commission is prepared to monitor the 2019 general elections.
Also speaking, Mrs Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, the Head of Voter Education, Publicity, Protocol and Civil Society Organisations in the Lagos office of INEC, said it was disheartening to see people negotiating at voting centres.
According to Okey-Igbokwe, vote buying starts from the period of registration of voters card.
She urged voters not to sell their votes, adding that their votes were their conscience.
Okey-Igbokwe, who was represented by Mrs Adenike Oriowo, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, said the commission organises educational programmes to enlighten voters on their rights.
Also speaking, Mr Chamberlain Etakuctoh, the Programme Coordinator for YAF, Lagos Chapter, said that vote-buying had become a national concern requiring the attention of all stakeholders.
Etakuctoh urged voters not to allow opportunists to destroy the future of the coming generation.
In his remarks, Dr Peter Okereke, Lead Consultant, Save Visions Africa, Lagos, said that money had become a dominant and determinant factor in the country’s politics.
According to him, poor Nigerians are victimised by vote buying because their limited level of survival makes them susceptible to material inducement and offer of basic commodities.
He said that vote buying was mainly caused by ignorance on the part of the electorate, apathy and poverty as well as deceit by politicians.

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