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Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

Fatal Motor Accident Claims 11 Lives In Jigawa


 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says eleven persons lost their while others sustained varying degrees of injuries in a motor accident Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.


Spokesman of the Jigawa State NSCDC Command, CSC. Adamu Shehu, confirmed the incident to DAILY POST on Sunday.


He said the incident happened on Saturday evening at Kwanar Kangal along Kano- Hadejia road in Taura.


Adamu said the accident happened when the driver of Golf 3, gray in color with Reg. Number AA 177 GML, lost control and rammed into a bush.


He said the NSCDC officers and policemen visited the scene after receiving the report and rushed the victims to Ringim General hospital for urgent medical attention.


According to him, six out of the victims died on the spot, while five died while receiving treatment.


Eyewitness also told DAILY POST that the accident happened as a result of overloading and recklessness.






May 22, 2022

Muslim Body Says Osun Pastor Has Blasphemed Against Islam, Vow To Sue Him


 


The Osun State Chapter of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called the attention of security agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to the misdemeanors of Pastor Akintaro Joshua Ojo over his recent utterances which are capable of plummeting Osun and the entire South West Nigeria into chaos and religious war.


Just few days into mourning Deborah whose brutal killing MURIC condemned along with her senseless and audacious act of blasphemy, and as if that was not enough, a pastor by name Akintaro Joshua released an audio tape raining insults on Allah (The Supreme Creator), Islam, the Qur’an, and The Noble prophet of Islam Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him (SAW), an effrontery far more dangerous than one could imagine and which no sane Muslim can stomach.


Some of his provocative utterances as heard in the audio-visual clip are: *‘We are not as stupid as your Muhammad’*; *‘Your Muhammad is a sinner’*; *‘There is nothing called Allah or Jibril*. *Muhammad is the one bearing those names’*; *‘Go and tell your leader, Muhammad’s brain is dark and he is daft’*; *‘Why call Muhammad ‘holy’, He is not Holy Prophet’*.


Akintaro did not only release his rancorous and venomous audio, he also went ahead to include his two mobile numbers which are: 08034201859 and 08188898410 for whoever wants to attack him but nay, we won’t take laws into our hands and we urge all Muslims in Osun State to allow the security agencies to handle this man’s case.


The South West Nigeria is a more delicate area because of its fair share of both Muslims and Christians and any religious war in the zone could possibly wipe out millions of lives.


MURIC has continued to wonder what actually Akintaro wants to achieve in the South West by uttering such slanderous, heinous, malicious,derogatory, and egregious statements about our Lord, Allah, our Prophet Muhammad (SAW), our religion, Islam, and our book, the Glorious Qur’an.


Is it to incite Muslims against Christians? Is it to catalyse another jungle justice? Is it to frustrate the coming elections in Osun? Is it to mar the economic activities in the region? Or is it to destroy the infrastructures in place by inciting a religious war? All these questions and more keep begging for answers.


The Osun State chapter of MURIC calls for calm among several Muslim communities in the state. Please do not take the law into your hand but remain law abiding.


We call on the Osun State Police Command and other law enforcement agencies to quickly wade in lest we witness another mayhem and loss of lives in the South West.


The Osun State chapter of MURIC and the entire Muslim community in the state will not allow Akintaro to mismatch our gentility for cowardice nor heat the polity of Osun especially, when the State election is around the corner. Therefore, instead of organising mob attack, we will allow the law to take its due course.


In line with MURIC’s avowed motto which is ‘Dialogue, No Violence’, MURIC headquarters in Lagos has directed that we should sue Akintaro. He will meet us in court. This is apart from whatever action the security agencies will take against him.


We hereby, call on the Government of the State of Osun, the DSS, all security agencies and most especially, the Commissioner of Police to immediately arrest the said culprit and charge him to court for his blasphemous positions on Allah (The Creator), our Prophet Muhammad, The Qur’an, and Islam. Akintaro must be arrested for attempting to plunge the state into chaos.


Action against Akintaro by the security agencies must be swift and transparent in order to placate angry Muslims. It is the failure of security agents to take action against such blasphemers and trouble-makers in the past which made Muslims in the country to lose confidence in them. It eventually led to self help, jungle justice and mob action which MURIC will never encourage because we are a peace-loving and law-abiding organization. It is our hope that the security agencies will do the needful.


Above all, the man needs to be in protective custody because his highly explosive audio-visual messages have gone viral on social media. Security agents will be helping him if he is quickly arrested because Muslims in the state are already provoked, and rightly so. They are most likely to get more angry if they see him walking freely on the streets.


This is to enable justice be served on Akintaro Joshua and to possibly tame others in his shoes before another religious war erupts.


Dr. AbdulAzeez Ademokoya,

Chairman,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Osun Chapter.






May 22, 2022

18 C'River Council Chairmen Behind Illegal Taxes, Tolls - C'River Anti-Tax Boss Cry Out

Dr Emmah Isong


Judex Okoro (Daily Sun)


The Chairman of the Cross River State Anti-tax Agency, Bishop Emmah Isong, has disclosed that council chairmen are behind the collection of illegal taxation and tolls in Cross River state.


Isong, who doubles as the Publicity Secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), said it is high time traders resisted the illegal tax collectors who come to harass them for levies.


Speaking at the second anniversary activities of the agency held in Calabar at the weekend, he said: “Council chairmen are the chief perpetrators of illegal taxation.


Politicians are using levy collection points as settlement of the boys (thugs) after elections. So, you can see that Illegal taxation has been institutionalised.”


He said Governor Ben Ayade set up Anti Tax Agency to prevent the collection of taxes and levies from low income earners, adding that “two years after the agency was established, it has reduced illegal taxation by 40%, and vowed that the agency must make sure that illegal taxation is wiped out of Cross River state.


“We will continue to preach against those who frustrate and milk our state for their selfish gains. This agency is the first of its kind in Cross River state and Africa.


“We know other government agencies have also encroached into our constitutional duty and now we face threats.We therefore, call on traders to reaisit illegal tax collectors who come to harass them. Once there is a mob action against illegal tax collectors, their activities will stop.


“In addition, some politicians who engage in illegal taxation should be punished and not be allowed to enter public offices.


“We are not yet where we are supposed to be but we are not where we used to be.The tears of Ayade will not be in vain. We are not just a food on the table agency. We are a post COVID-19 palliative.”


“So, we call for adequate funding of the agency and recruitment of more workers as most of them are volunteers so that the agency could do more.”


He noted that taxation is the oldest form of revenue generation in the world, but regreted that most people are hiding under government agencies and public offices to abuse taxation.”


To fight the illegal tax menace, Isong siad the agency is not discouraged by this and is becoming well positioned to address the menace.


He added that local government representatives have been employed and deployed to the 18 local government areas of the state and we have also liased and interfaced with other arms of government.


The agency was established in 2020 to prevent illegal taxation in order to promote small scale businesses and entrepreneurship in Cross River state.







Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022

129 Nigerians Repatriated From Niger Republic


 

Not less than 129 Nigerians stranded at Agadez, Niger Republic have been repatriated back to the country in three luxury buses organised by the International Organisation on Migration, IOM.


The stranded Nigerians were received by officers of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA in Kano on Saturday.


Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, who received the returnees said they were on their way to Europe before they were stranded in Niger Republic.


“The returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for those who left Nigeria to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not get to their destinations and became frustrated,’’ Abdullahi said.


The coordinator added that the returnees included 125 male, two female and two toddlers.


According to him, the returnees are from different parts of Nigeria; some from Kano, Gombe and Anambra states.


He added that they would be trained for four days to be self-reliant and would be given grants to start new lives.


The returnees were given toiletries and clothes and fed on arrival


One of them, Ummi Aliyu from Kano State, a widow and mother of nine, said she travelled with two of her kids up Algeria for greener pasture.


“I am a widow; that was why I left my seven other children in Nigeria to travel outside the country to get enough money to take good care of them,’’ she said.


Another returnee, James Kelechi from Anambra, said that he operated a medicine store before he left Nigeria in search of greener pasture.


“My business was not moving fine; that was why I decided to travel to Italy in search of greener pasture,’’ he said. (NAN)


May 21, 2022

Head Of Governor Soludo's Lawmaker Who Was Kidnapped Found, Body Missing

Hon Okechukwu Okoye

 

The head of the member representing Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s constituency, Hon Okechukwu Okoye, who was kidnapped last week was found today at Nnobi in Idemili South local government area of Anambra State.


His body was not there and indications were that the killers removed the body.


Okoye and one other person were kidnapped at Aguata, abandoning his Toyota Sienna car.


The police later recovered the car and said that they had deployed operatives to rescue the lawmaker and begun manhunt to track the kidnappers.

 

While presenting the state’s revised budget to the state lawmakers on Friday, Governor Soludo informed them that their colleague who was representing him in the House of Assembly was still in the kidnapper’s den.


” I regret that one of you, the member representing the good people of Aguata II Constituency in the House of Assembly (my own representative) – Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, is still in the custody of the kidnappers.

 

“The security agencies are working very hard and round the clock to secure his freedom. God is on the throne and Anambra will win. Let me leave it at that”, the governor said at the House of Assembly.


But the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga told Vanguard last night that Okoye had been killed.


“His head was found along Nnobi road today (Saturday). There is no suspect in custody yet” the PPRO said.


Vanguard



May 21, 2022

Buhari Has Not Signed Newly Amended Electoral Bill Into Law - Presidency


 

The presidency has debunked speculations purporting that President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the reviewed Electoral Act Amendment Bill.


Recall that as of Saturday evening, there were insinuations that the President who proceeded on a trip to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates may have signed the bill into law, a development that was raising concerns in some quarters.


An online platform had on Saturday, published a story claiming that the President had already signed the bill, which was transmitted to him last week Friday.


But sources within the presidency told DAILY POST correspondent that the information was false.


Clarifying the true position, the source pointed out that the bill could not have been signed in secret, especially when the president was out of the country and is expected back later today from UAE.


Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who just returned to the country with the President, said the news of the signing, which had already gone viral on social media, was not to his knowledge, saying “it is news to me too”.


In a related development, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub, also debunked the information, stressing that the viral news could not be true, citing reasons for his conclusion.


According to El-Yakub, referring to the President on the bill, said “he couldn’t have signed it yesterday because he was out of the country and he couldn’t have signed already because he’s just entering the country.


“I also cannot tell you that he will still sign it or will not sign it. He’s the President. But if it will be signed later, we will all know”, he said.





May 21, 2022

Buhari Returns To Nigeria From UAE


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a two-day visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


The President, who left the country last Thursday, landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 4 pm, along with the members of his entourage.


In Abu Dhabi, President Buhari met the new President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to whom he conveyed his and Nigeria’s condolences on the passing of the former president and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


He also joined the new President for Jummah prayers where supplications were said for the repose of the soul of the late President of UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Friday.


During a short interaction with Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the new President of the UAE, President Buhari expressed his condolences and that of Nigeria on the demise of the late President Sheikh Khalifah and congratulated the new President on his election.


President Buhari expressed the hope that under Sheikh Mohamed the two countries will continue to actively champion a vision of sustainable security, strengthen counterterrorism cooperation, facilitate trade and investment, and promote prosperity and development.


President Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.


Other members of his delegation were the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.


Daily Trust