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Thursday, 12th July, 2018

1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions


1. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(Alteration) Bill, 2018 (SB. 694) – First Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West) and 75 Others.


1. Report of the Committee on Environment National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557) Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Environment on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Act 2006 (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (SB. 557) – To be Laid.


1. Need for emergency reconstruction of the Runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu. Sponsor: Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North)

The Senate:
Informed that while aboard an Air Peace flight from Abuja to Enugu, the pilot made a chilling announcement about the state of the runway of the Akanu Ibiam International airport and enjoined passengers on board who can get the necessary authorities to listen to help in immediately setting about the resurfacing of the runway to forestall accident as the potholes and cracks pot- marking the runway make take-off and landing a bumpy and frightening undertaking;
Observes that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu is the first Airport east of the Niger that was built even before Nigeria’s independence and was only upgraded to the status of International Airport on August 24, 2013, long after Port- Harcourt Airport was;
Notes that the runway before it was upgraded was 2400 metres length and 45 metres width but after the upgrade, it was extended to 3000 metres length which can now take medium to large size aircraft; 25 Thursday, 12th July, 2018 8

Informed that a result of a technical appraisal shows that due to high water table of the airport, water percolates and gets trapped between upper asphalt and bottom concrete and this persistent retention of water weakens asphalt and creates potholes and cracks as a result of the weight of landing aircraft which are now heavier that the aircraft of the 60s and 70s;
Informed that palliative works carried out in the last quarter of 2017 to create water drains embedded in the asphalt surface end to end have not solved the problem as transition between new asphalt and old asphalt makes the surface rough and bumpy;
Further informed that the airport also lacks approach lights at two ends of the runway which has necessitated that the airport operates between 7am to 7pm and the nearness of the runway to Orie Emene market attracts birds which perch around refuse dumps and abattoirs in the market that are awfully dangerous to aircraft engines especially during take- off and landing;
Considering that the South- East is the last, among all the geo- political zones of Nigeria, to have an international airport, the condition of the runway of the airport is disheartening and it would not only expose users of the airport to harm and avoidable accident, it would also discourage international airlines and interests from using the airport;
Notes that the upgrade of the airport to international status was a fulfillment of the dreams of the people of South-East of Nigeria who are famed entrepreneurs and have long clamoured for direct flights to parts of the world where they engage in myriad of commercial activities in order to cut costs associated with logistics and distance,
Accordingly resolves to:
Urge the Federal Ministry of Transport and other relevant Authorities, to as a matter of emergency, resurface and reconstruct the Runway of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and also extend the length of the Runway.

2. Gruesome killing of 40 people in Sokoto State by Armed Bandits.

Sponsor: Sen. Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central) Co-Sponsor: Sen. Aliyu M. Wamakko (Sokoto North)

The Senate:

Notes with sadness the gruesome and unprecedented killing of innocent and defenseless people (40 in number) in Sokoto by Armed Bandits on Monday morning at Dogon- yero in Gandi District in Raba Local government Area of Sokoto;

Further concerned that these armed bandits are operating in Zamfara forest where they carry nefarious and barbaric killing of innocent people over a period of 2years;

Further notes that they moved with motorcycles that carry up to three people numbering about thirty motorcycles in all, meaning that the armed bandits were up to 90;

Worried that the armed bandits sent 2 people to the village to buy food for them and the villagers observed that the emissaries were armed and they were interrogated by the villagers and found to be armed bandits similar to the ones operating in Zamfara. The villagers apprehended and executed the two emissaries;

Further notes that the armed bandits sent advance notice to the villagers that they were coming to retaliate the killing of their people;

Notes with sympathy that the Chairman of the local government and the Village Head alerted the law enforcement agencies on this notice of the bandits. Security was provided for a period of 5days after which they were withdrawn, immediately the security agencies were withdrawn, the armed bandits moved in and started killing indiscriminately using AK47 riffles. The situation now is that most of the villagers have left their homes out of fear and so many are still stranded in the bush, not to mention the injured ones still at the hospital and others rendered homeless,

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Accordingly resolves to:

i. Urge the Federal Government to mandate the Airforce and the Police helicopter division to carry Ariel surveillance of both Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi state with the view of identifying the locations and hideouts of these bandits and deal with them decisively;

ii. Urge the Inspector General of Police (I.G.P) through the commissioner of Police in the 3 States to set up a Special Squad to mop up the whole Zone and get rid of the armed bandits;

iii. Call for synergy between the DSS, the Police and the armed forces with the view of sharing intelligence and strategies to embark upon in getting rid of the armed bandits;

iv. Observe one minute silence in honour of the departed soul;

v. Request the NEMA to send Emergency Relief to the affected communities; and

vi. Send a delegation to condole with the government and people of Sokoto State over this unfortunate incidents

1. A Bill For An Act To Authorize the Issue from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the total Sum of =N=271,532,518,887 (Two Hundred and Seventy One Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira) only of which the Sum of =N=56,166,171,520 (Fifty Six Billion, One Hundred and Sixty Six Million, One Hundred And Seventy One Thousand, Five Hundred And Twenty Naira) Only, is for Personnel Costs and the Sum of =N=61,134,045,738 (Sixty One Billion, One Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Forty Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eighty Naira) only, is for Overhead Costs whilst the Balance Of =N=154,232,301,630 (One Hundred And Fifty Four Billion, Two Hundred And Thirty Two Million, Three Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Naira) only, is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the Financial Year commencing from 1st January and ending on 31st December and for other matters, 2018 (SB.690 ) – Second Reading Sen. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North-Senate Leader).
2. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal University of Agriculture Zuru (Est, etc) and for other connected matters, 2018 (SB. 686) – Second Reading Sen. Bala Ibn Na’allah (Kebbi South).


1. Report of the Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission Screening of Twenty Three (23) Nominees for Confirmation of Appointment as Commissioners Sen. Suleiman O. Hunkuyi (Kaduna North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission on the Screening of Twenty Three (23) Nominees for Confirmation of Appointment as Commissioners for National Population Commission.

2. Report of the Committee on Special Duties National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335) Sen. Abdul Aziz M. Nyako (Adamawa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Special Duties on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Bill, 2018 (SB. 335). 3. Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Act Bill, 2018 (SB. 338) Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on the National Fertilizer Quality (Control) Bill, 2018 (SB. 338).

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4. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN)(Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN)(Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340).

5. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service The Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Counselling Practitioners Council of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 636).

6. Report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation Agency for National Ethics and Values (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 519) Sen. Suleiman Adokwe (Nasarawa South) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Information and National Orientation on the Agency for National Ethics and Values (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (HB. 519). 7. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 519) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 519).

8. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal College of Education Usugbenu-Irrua (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 554) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal College of Education Usugbenu-Irrua (Est, etc) Bill 2018 (SB. 554).

9. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal Polytechnic Kabo (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 407) Sen. Jibrin Barau (Kano North) -That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Polytechnic Kabo (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 407).


No. Committee Date Time Venue

1. Local Content Thursday, 12th July, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 211 Senate New Building 2. Ecology and Climate Thursday, 12th July, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 107 Change Senate New Building

3. Power, Steel Development Thursday, 12th July, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 224 And Metallurgy Senate New Building

4. Ad-hoc Committee on Thursday, 19th July, 2018 2.00pm Committee Room 117 Investigation of Allegations Senate New Building of Corruption against NNPC Trading Ltd.

5. Gas Resources Thursday, 12th July, 2018 1.00pm Committee Room 117 Senate New Building


President Buhari launches new Nigerian passport



President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the new Nigerian international passport, which has 25 features that differentiates it from the old passport.

The new passport was launched on Tuesday at an emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Buhari.

Minister of Interior Abdurahaman Dambazzau, who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said the validity of the Nigerian passport has now been extended for 10 years for citizens who would want longer validity.

“We realized too that most Nigerians in the diaspora have been hammering on the issue of 10-year validity passport because we have had five-year validity passport.

“So, we considered that to make the passport 10-year validity. As long as it is not filled up, you can use your passport for 10 years before renewal.”

Dambazzau said the new the need to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation stipulations and security challenges necessitated the production of the new passport.

“You know things are dynamic in technology and ICAO also brought out additional features which we have to comply with as early as possible for security reasons.

“We have series of cross border issues to deal with and series of challenges in terms of border security and management.

“And one of the ways to do that, in addition to biometrics, we have introduced is to ensure that our passport contains all these security features at least to make it foolproof against identity theft and against any criminal to use it to sneak into the country or out of the country.

“This is the reason we came up with policy in the ministry and we looked at it as against the standard that is required and we came out with additional features.”

Local production

According to Dambazzau, the production of the new passport would be domesticated to tackle the challenges associated with producing it outside the country, which has been the case in the past.

“We thought that for couple of reason that it is an issue we must, as a matter of policy, find a way to sought it out.

“One for security reasons, it is important that we domesticate passport production.

“Two, it would also provide opportunity for employment of Nigerians because if you take it to is the country that will benefit, employment wise.

“The third reason is the possibility of introducing technology or technology transfer. So, we took a decision that we must do that.”

The minister said the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, NSPMC, already provides platform for the production of the new passport in Nigeria.

He said the colours of the passports would remain the same with the standard passport, which is issued to Nigerian citizens, as green, the official passport issued to Nigerians who work government as blue, while the diplomatic passport issued to ministers and presidents remain red.

Also speaking, the Controller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, said that there are 25 differences between the old and the new passports.

“Some of them you don’t need to know, but those you need to know are very simple.

“The first, if you look at the passport, it easily fades; this has been improved.

“If you look at the other passport it was for laminating. We have improved the features.

“Also, sometimes when you go to the airport, they cannot read your passport when your are crossing the border.

“We have improved the chip to be more secured. There are other features which you don’t need.


Babandede said the standard passport would have 32-page booklet for five years.

He said the cost of obtaining it would be N25,000, while it would be issued for $130abroad.

He said the 64-page booklet for five years would cost N35,000 in Nigeria and $150 dollars abroad.

The 64-page for 10 years, will cost N70,000 in Nigeria and $230 dollars abroad.

The Official passport will cost N15,000 but it cannot be issue abroad.

Also, the diplopmatic passport is not paid for since it is issued gratis.

It is not issued abroad.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was also at the briefing, agreed that the emergency meeting was called for the consideration of a new national minimum wage.

He however, said the minimum wage “is work in progress” and it would be discussed by the National Economic Council before it would be announced to the media.

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My dear colleague,

Governor Willie Obiano’s relationship with the APC-led Federal Government has in the last few days earned some excoriating criticisms from hawks in the Peoples Democratic Party. As the general election draws nearer, more of such extremist remarks against our principal should be expected. We have a responsibility to explain the true situation to not just the critics but the people of Anambra State who are supremely in support of both Governor Obiano and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Here are some points to consider in our robust public communications.

1. Governor Obiano is not an extremist but a great believer in constructive engagement. He engages constructively with the APC-led FG. Thus, federal establishments like the police force, army, navy and NCDSC have been very helpful in making Anambra the safest state in Nigeria. Obiano is a perfect example of practitioners of what social science scholars call cooperative federalism, as opposed to adversarial federalism.

2. Obiano also engages constructively with members of the so-called opposition in Anambra State like Senator Ben Obi, Senator Andy Uba, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Mrs Josephine Anenih, Chief Godwin Ezeeimo, etc. This healthy style of engagement with opponents resulted in the peaceful gubernatorial election of November 7, 2017, and Anambra’s emergence as Nigeria’s most peaceful state.

3. Governor Obiano, in addition, engages constructively with non-partisans like Mr Cosmas Maduka of the Coscharis Group. The result is the massive investment flow into the state running into billions of dollars.

4. Obiano’s advanced and sophisticated approach in his relationships with critical institutions and forces around Nigeria can be described as informed by what he calls development diplomacy. This is a strategy which means that what matters to him is what will lift the state’s development level and benefit Ndi Anambra, rather than pandering to some schoolboy-like expectations. This development strategy has worked most effectively in the transformation of Southeast nations and territories like Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia. It has been adopted by Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa nation has become Africa’s fastest growing economy.

5. The confrontation approach which some politicians adopt in order to be seen as tough fighters is often nothing other than playing to the gallery. This approach costs society a lot, leaving the people poorer and the states less safe. Anambra is in a hurry to develop, and so doesn’t need unnecessary fights which are by their nature destructive.

6. Yet, no one should be in doubt about Gov Obiano’s unwavering and bold commitment to the good of Ndi Anambra in particular and Igbo people in general. For instance, when a lot of Igbo leaders were afraid to merely discuss in public any aspect of the Nigerian-Biafran War, Obiano led the formal burial and funeral of Igbo people who died in the 30-month fratricide but did not receive a proper burial, an anathema in Igboland and many other parts of Africa. Many of the people today taking exception to Gov Obiano’s constructive engagement with the Federal Government were too timid to attend this crucial and historic ceremony in Awka, or even declare support for it. Only such bold and authentic Igbo leaders like the late Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme, stood by Gov Obiano every inch of the way.

7. We can cite another example of where Chief Obiano provided bold leadership when other leaders proved cowardly. When the most hardened of Boko Haram fighters were sent to the Ekwulobia Prison in 2015, most Igbo leaders suddenly became dumb and even blind, despite the grave security implications of having Boko Haram terrorists in our midst. But Gov Obiano rose to the occasion. He displayed a great understanding of what the distinguished Harvard scholar, Professor Joseph Nye, famously called soft power to get the Federal Government to remove the terrorists from not just Anambra State but the entire Southeast to other parts of the country. The Obiano strategy proved very effective, as the terrorists were taken away in no time and without repercussions to Ndi Anambra.

8. Gov Obiano’s style of achieving great objectives and goals for the people of Anambra State without creating enmity for them in any way is a mark of sophisticated leadership. He calls it development diplomacy. The Nigerian political class should learn one or two lessons from this strategy.

9. Politicians of Anambra extraction who disapprove of this approach are those Chinua Achebe famously referred to as rough beasts of fanaticism. They are those who want to endanger the state by seeking to bring down on all of us the roof of our development building which has in recent years attracted stupendous attention from even beyond Nigeria.

May God continue to protect, guide and bless Anambra State, the Light of the Nation.


C. Don Adinuba,

Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment.

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Our attention has been drawn to two recent statements by two prominent members of Umuleri community in which they tried to disparage Aguleri. The first was by Elder Aniegboke Ndive, who is one of the Umuleri representatives in the current Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee, working on the modus for peaceful coexistence between the two communities, on the initiative of the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State. The other was by Chief Pius Okonkwo, the President-General of the Umuleri Town Union and one of the facilitators of the current Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee. He was also a member of the 2004-2010 Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee, which produced an agreement between the two communities in 2006, from the riverside to I.N.E.C. office at Otuocha, before the Umuleri community aborted the peace process, as a result of internal problems in the community.

Of course, we are not surprised at Aniegboke’s alleged attempt to denigrate Aguleri, as it has always been his pastime to insult Aguleri. However, we had thought that with the passage of time and his present assignment to help fashion out peace between Aguleri and Umuleri, that he would have been more educated on Igbo history by now, as well as shown more circumspection in his public statements concerning Aguleri. But, alas, he has not changed! His recent statement/interview on the celebration of Eri Day by the Eri clan, on 1st December 2018, at Aguleri, is a reflection of his previous publication in the Daily Sun of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in which he said, among other things, that “it is these mercenaries from Aguleri and co that are forcing (these) names of different known and unknown communities on Eri, which the Aguleris don’t belong to”.

In order to set the records straight and educate people like Aniegboke on Igbo history, especially in relation to Aguleri and Umuleri, the people of Aguleri published a rejoinder to Aniegboke’s article, as an addendum, to an advertorial in the Daily Sun of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, captioned: ‘Aguleri Is The Ancestral Home Of The Igbos, Not Nri’. In light of continued exhibition of gross ignorance of Igbo history by Aniegboke and his ilk, that rejoinder is still relevant today, for the proper education of Aniegboke and people like him. As observed in the rejoinder, it is evident that Aniegboke’s dabble into Igbo history, especially as it concerns Aguleri and Umuleri, is “driven by a strong desire to re-write the history of Umuleri, recently changed to Umueri”.

And, of course, in doing this, he distorted a lot of historical facts and manufactured stories to fit his design. For example, in his previous publication, Aniegboke labored hard to assign to Umuleri a new founder, in the person of either Dabaw or Eri, as he appeared not to have made up his mind on which one to stick to. In one instance, he claimed that Umuleri “are direct descendants of Dabaw” and in another place, he referred to Umuleri as “the original Eri descendants”. His statements on historical issues are as confusing as they are full of inaccuracies and contradictions.

The truth of the matter is that Igbo history is short or silent on the historical paternity of Umuleri. Rather, there is historical knowledge that Adamgbo, the daughter of Eri, was the founder of Umuleri, hence Umuleri and Aguleri are regarded as related communities, since Adamgbo was the sister of Agulu, the founder of Aguleri. Another school of thought has it that Umuleri was founded by an itinerant woman, named Iguedo, hence Umuleri is a prominent member of the Iguedo clan, known as ‘Umu-Iguedo, till date. Not Umu-eri, as their recently adopted name suggests. As a matter of fact, the original name of Umuleri bore evidence of the above circumstances of its founding. The name then was ‘Umu-Ulu-Eri’ (i.e. children of profit to Eri), since they are the children/descendants of Adamgbo, the daughter of Eri, who was not known in history to be married. It was later shortened to ‘Umuleri’, and now ‘re-baptized’ to ‘Umu-Eri’.

We believe that it is an attempt to justify their new name and carve out a prominent role or position in Igbo history for Umuleri that is propelling people like Aniegboke to embark on the fabrication of history and the denigration of Aguleri. But this need not be, as Umuleri, being children/descendants of Adamgbo, the daughter Eri, are already connected to Eri. And we regard them with all the loving sentiments of our father, Agulu, the first son of Eri, for the children/descendants of his sister. This, indeed, has always been the moderating factor of the attitude and behavior of Aguleri to Umuleri, even when provoked. But, of course, as the saying goes, ‘there is a limit to human endurance’. We, therefore, call on Aniegboke and co to change their mindset and embrace peace with Aguleri. And work for it.

With respect to the statement credited to the President-General of the Umuleri Town Union, Chief Pius Okonkwo, at the Ofala celebration of the Traditional Ruler of Umuleri, Igwe Ben Emeka, on 29th December 2018, we are, indeed, surprised that, given his involvement in peace efforts between Aguleri and Umuleri, as well as his exposure, he could publicly refer to Aguleri as an intruder into Otuocha land. He also made reference to the Otuocha land case between the two communities in a manner that suggests that Umuleri was the winner. This impression is far from the true position. But it goes to show the mindset of some people in leadership positions in Umuleri, as well as how uninformed they are about the court’s decision on the Otuocha land matter. Perhaps, this was what the court anticipated when it specifically warned the Umuleri community against such attitude.

In the judgement of the Onitsha High Court on the land case, which judgment was restored by the Supreme Court as its decision on the case, the judge stated thus: “May l, however, sound a note of warning to the defendants (i.e. Umuleri community). In dismissing the plaintiffs’ case (i.e. Aguleri claim for exclusive ownership of the land), I have not decided that Otuocha land belongs to the defendants (Umuleri community). It is my view that neither side can establish exclusive ownership of the whole of Otuocha land. If on leaving this court premises, no doubt, jubilant, they (the Umuleri community) should go home to assert that Otuocha land belongs to them, defendants (i.e. the Umuleri community) and their leaders should take full responsibility for any breaches of peace that may occur). What a timely warning! But what we are witnessing today in careless talks and brazen actions by some leaders of Umuleri indicate otherwise. Else, how can the Umuleri President-General and Aniegboke respectively refer to Aguleri people as “intruders” and “mercenaries”?

We are also somewhat worried that Chief Pius Okonkwo, who was a member of the Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee of 2004-2010, which produced the 2006 agreement between the two communities, should talk about the Royal Niger Company in his statement in a way that leaves the impression that the ownership of the place is in issue, whereas it was one of the places clearly settled by that agreement. One of the Resolutions/Decisions of the Peace Committee states as follows: “the Umueri community hereby relinquishes its interest in the site of the Royal Niger Company, which area is otherwise known as ‘Company’, to Aguleri community, in the interest of peace.” Wherein then lies the basis for the apparent contention on the ownership of the Royal Niger Company created by the President-General in his statement? It is now becoming clear that the Umuleri community is pursuing a deliberate policy of discountenancing and dishonoring previous land agreements with Aguleri. The question for him is, how is it possible that his community Umuleri gave out their ancestral land to the royal Niger company and allowed Aguleri community to sign the lease agreement on their behalf? Does it not sound incredulous to even his fabricating mind?

Provocative activities from Umuleri continues unabated to date, while Aguleri continues to embrace peaceful coexistence. Aguleri sign-posts and structures in areas already settled by agreements to belong to Aguleri have been severally vandalized by Umuleri youths, apparently, with the support of the leadership of their community.Similarly, prominent Umuleri persons buy land in these settled Aguleri areas (especially in areas bordering Umuleri settled areas) and promptly and provocatively appropriate these areas by changing their sign-posts to prominently proclaim these areas as Umuleri areas.

Certainly, this is not the way to build and sustain peace. We, therefore, appeal to the Umuleri community to embrace peace with Aguleri by talking and acting in peaceful manners. And, of course, respect all peace agreements with Aguleri. The question truly is why and who in Umuleri is not happy with the recent positive developments taking place in our two communities? Why this move to choose inflammatory statements and provocative actions over peaceful co-existence?

Of particular note is the record high level of Umuleri provocation against Aguleri since the inception of Obiano’s administration. Aguleri have turned a blind eye to all their acts, as is in our character. But they have deliberately and consistently stepped up their provocative acts by the day even to the extent of coming right inside Aguleri villages to knock down buildings not situated in the contested lands. Our elders have continued to prevail on our youths not to retaliate. Just before the Christmas, Umuleri youths destroyed several signposts built by Aguleri World Forum for the Aguleri Beautification Project, even when they were installed right inside Aguleri lands. And just a few days ago, Umuleri youths, armed with machetes, guns, and all sorts of weapons, have blocked Dabawu road leading to Igboezunu, and burnt bushes, in apparent readiness to defend a fence they wrongly erected in disputed land that belongs to Adegbe-Umueze in Igboezunu.

This is just a few of their provocative acts, that include gestapo type invasions of some Aguleri homes in the middle of the night, where they have removed some of our elders, or beaten them up in their homes, and set fires on our farmlands. Each time the culprits were arrested, their community Leadership will immediately call for their release. Yet, our leaders keep on restraining our youths. Umuleri’s thirst for blood and disorderliness have also caused them to repeatedly harass Worshippers at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Aguleri. Even the worshippers at Odoziobodo Aguleri have not been spared of their wrath. The have sworn to terrorize Aguleri families living on that side of the road until they park out. They think by so doing, they will own that side of the road.

It is obvious Umuleri are using the peaceful tenure of our Son, Governor Obiano as a bait against us. It also appears that while Igwe Ben Emeka talks peace, he acts with aggression and his PG and others act with aggression, all orchestrated as their strategy. Perhaps they do this because they have the false notion that we will continue to turn the other cheek as long as our Son is the Governor of Anambra State so as not to embarrass him. However, while we are a Peace loving people, Aguleri cannot stomach that provocation forever. We are therefore crying out now, making every peace loving person aware of what is going on so that if and when peace breaks down the whole world would know that Umuleri have been the aggressor, and not that Aguleri likes to fight. We are being constantly provoked. And we need all peace loving people to take notice.

We do not need any more wars in our communities. A word is enough for the wise.

Long live Aguleri! Long live Eri Dynasty!! Long live Ndi Igbo!!!


Pastor Jossy  Akwuobi (PhD)

Chairman Aguleri World Forum (AWF)


Prof Mike Obiefune

Chairman Board of Trustees Aguleri World Forum( AWF )


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Presidential race: Ezekwesili flags off campaign in South West



Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), says she would chart a new direction toward making Nigeria great if elected president in the Feb. 16 election.
Ezekwesili spoke on Tuesday in Akure while flagging off her South West presidential campaign that drew party members from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states.
She said the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party had failed the country, arguing they lack the capacity take the country to the desired great heights.
The former Minister of Education, who described ACPN as a party of the people and committed to restructuring, said it would “steer the country out of the woods.”
“This is not a movement of politicians, this is a movement of the citizens. I am not running so that I will answer a title, I will mobilise the Nigerian people for us to do things differently.
“I will mobilise Nigerian people for us to form a government in the way that matters to the people, not for the politicians and looters but for the people; everyone in Nigeria that is tired of the situation will run with me, I am not running alone.
“We want a different Nigeria, a system that will make the child of the poor to have access to quality education.
“We will ensure that the private sector is part of the economic development of the country.
“Today, three to four million of our young people come out of schools and could not find job, that is horrible.
“The ACPN is a party that will bring new dawn on the country,” Ezekwesili said.
Earlier, Ezekwesili’s running mate, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Galadima, had said that ACPN had always been strong in Ondo State.
He advised party members to avoid the pitfall of the past and work hard as a team to ensure victory for the ACPN in the forthcoming general election.
“Let us take our destiny in our own hands. With the unity of purpose and hard work, it will be a walkover for ACPN come election time,” Galadima said.

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Buhari presides over “ Special FEC ’



President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a special meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FEC meeting usually holds on Wednesdays but late last year, a Special FEC meeting was convened on a Friday to discuss and approve the 2019 budget proposal.
However, the agenda of today’s meeting which started at about 3.20 p.m., is unknown.
Attending the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Head of Service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.
Others are Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Munguno as well as cabinet ministers and some presidential aides.

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President Buhari decorates Acting Police Boss



President Buhari Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammadu, who has been appointed to replace Abubakar Idris.
The ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when the new police boss came to the Villa, accompanied by Idris.
Speaking to State House correspondents after his decoration, Adamu thanked Buhari for considering him worthy to be the next Inspector-General of Police.
He said he would diligently work to tackle the Nigeria’s security challenges and fight violent crimes.
“We know that there are security challenges that we need to tackle in the country like the issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges.
“From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will re-strategize and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely.’’
Hitch-free elections
The Acting IGP said he would build on the strategies put in place by his predecessor to ensure a hitch free 2019 general election.
He also pledged to maintain neutrality and to be fair to all while carrying out his official duties before, during and after the general elections.
“Adequate arrangement has been made to make sure that free and fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria.
“We are going to build up on the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country.
“We are going to stick by the rules, we are going to do the right thing. We will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward, everybody will be given level playing ground to play his or her politics,’’ he said.
The out-going IGP, who also addressed the correspondents after the decoration of the new IGP by the president, announced his retirement from service.
“I want to inform Nigerians that today I am 60 years and I think I have reached the pinnacle of my career.
“So, I am going to handover to my successor, the incoming inspector General of Police.
“He is an officer I know very well. We knew each other in the past, we have worked together and I wish him success,’’ he said.
The Acting IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police
Before his appointment as the Acting Inspector General of Police, he was a Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.
He was Commissioner of Police in Ekiti and Enugu States and also Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5 Police Command Headquarters, Benin, Edo State.

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An Address Presented by the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day on January 15, 2019.



Ndi Anambra today is a special day in the history of our country, Nigeria. Today, we join our fellow Nigerians across the country to reflect on the weighty issues of nationhood and honour the memory of our fellow compatriots who laid down their lives that we may live a more meaningful life of our own.

Fellow Nigerians, today, we remember all our fallen heroes and heroines, the unknown soldier, the Patriots who lie in unmarked graves and our brave veterans who live with mortal wounds sustained in defense of our Liberties and our ideals. We remember them in absolute fondness and we reassure them that the sacrifices they made for our lives and liberty were not made in vain.

Ndi Anambra, if we cast our minds back to this time four years ago, we may remember that we organized an epic event in memory of our heroes and heroines who fell to the Civil War. That epic ceremony is known as Ozoemezina (Never Again!)

Ozoemezina was a bold effort to confer dignity on all our brothers and sisters who were taken by the war and therefore experienced death without a proper burial. By holding a solemn memorial service in their honour, we brought closure to that sad episode of our national life and paved the way for a deeper healing among the living.

Ozoemezina was epic in its entirety. I implore everyone who wishes to know about Ozoemezina to visit my official YouTube Channel and watch the special documentary that tells that story in a profound way.

Fellow citizens, we must never fail to appreciate our service men and women. Or show gratitude to them for standing up in defence of our ideals, our Liberties and our lives. The Nigerian Armed Forces have continued to play their roles as the defender of our freedom and the ultimate pillar of our unity. Indeed, our service men and women have continued to inspire their counterparts across Africa for decades. The bravery of our military has always been the defining factor in all their peace-keeping operations across Africa and beyond. Fellow Nigerians, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

Indeed, the Nigerian Armed Forces have risen above great odds to fulfill the mission that established them. The growing spate of unrest in different parts of the country has thrown up more challenges to the military than can ever be imagined. The battle against the proliferation of small arms as well as the war on terror have made enormous demands from our Armed Forces. The battle line has become unclear and it is almost impossible to tell who the enemy is. All these call for more support to the Nigerian Armed Forces.

For us in Anambra State, we are bold enough to say that we have cordial relations with our service men and women. My administration struck a perfect partnership with them in the early stages of inception and together we have created a peaceful and prosperous state. We have enjoyed peace like never before and our beloved state has become the safest state in Nigeria.

Ndi Anambra, we shall continue to enjoy peace and security in our beloved state by the Grace of God. We shall continue to appreciate our service men and women especially in these difficult times when our own brothers and sisters have become our country’s enemies. We shall continue to remember them and their families in our prayers. We shall continue to encourage them to do more, to fight more and to sacrifice more for the good of Nigeria and for the safety of Nigerians.

At this juncture, I’d like to invite everyone here to join me in observing a minute of silence in memory of our fallen heroes and heroines who gave their lives that we might live.

God bless Nigeria
God bless Anambra State

Thank you

Willie Obiano

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Ohaneze Ndigbo Condemns Trial of Onnoghen



The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo has condemned the planned arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, describing the action as shocking, sectional and provocative.
The President of Ohaneze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation received with shock and disappointment, the decision of the federal government to prosecute Onnoghen.

“Legal opinion abound that the action is premature and ill conceived following an extant Court of Appeal decision which interprets the procedure for prosecuting judicial officers. This procedure has not been followed. The fact that the National Judicial Council (NJC) has been ignored is not just illegal but suggests deliberate court shopping and a predetermined objective.
“Secondly, the fact that one of the issues being canvassed by the CCB before the CCT is for an order of the CCT for the Chief Justice of Nigeria to step aside from his exalted office pending the conclusion of the trial contrary to the procedure for his removal from office as provided by the Nigerian constitution exposes the aim of the prosecution.
“A perusal of some of the depositions in the charge sheet also shows a completely distorted conception of the regulations pertaining to the declaration of assets. Assets acquired after assumption of office are declared at the end of a public official’s tenure in order to present a comparison with assets declared on assumption of office.
“The federal government is heating up the polity. Not long ago we were entertained with all sorts of interpretations of the Vice President’s powers while the President is on leave. The Group Managing Director of NNPC was accused of violating laws pertaining to the award of contracts. Because he comes from a protected ethnic group and class, no investigation was conducted.
“Fulani herdsman killed 110 natives of Nimbo in Enugu State. Police investigations led to the arrest of some of the herdsman with their telephone pictures of the carnage but not one has been prosecuted .
“The same carnage took place in Benue State. Pictures of the murderers wearing the uniform of the choir members of a Catholic church where they murdered their priests and members of their congregation were all over the social media. No one was arrested or prosecuted.
“Their sponsors, Miyetti Allah, addressed a press conference recently extolling their ethnic agenda and making decisive and inciting statements. Not one of them was arrested.
“The insensitiveness of the federal government to respect for our constitution and it’s patronage of double standards in the enforcement of the law is sickening and abhorrent,” Nwodo added.


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Court Summons AG, IGP On Onnoghen



A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed hearing for January 17, in a suit by the incorporated trustees of international association of student economists and management against the code of conduct tribunal, the code of conduct bureau and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice N.E Maha who heard the motion ex-parte by the organisation, on Monday, however directed that all the parties in the case, including the inspector general of police, should not take any further steps on the issue before that day.
The judge also directed all the defendants in the case to be served with the court papers to enable them to be present in court at the next adjourned date.

In the motion on notice, the applicant is contending that the arraignment of the CJN at the code of conduct tribunal is a violation of provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

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Wike Bags NUJ Award



Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has emerged winner of the Nigeria union of journalists NUJ prize for outstanding leadership and infrastructural development.

President of the NUJ, Chris Isiguzo says the union settled for the Rivers state governor because of the massive achievements recorded by his administration in the areas of infrastructural development, security, political tolerance and human capital development in addition to a cordial relationship with the media.

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