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Monday, January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

APC Governors Affirm February For National Convention

Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu addressing journalists in Abuja, January 16, 2022


The national convention of the All Progressives Congress(APC) will take place in February, governors of the party affirmed on Sunday night.

The decision was taken on Sunday night in Abuja, by no fewer than 20 out of the 26 governors at a meeting held at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge in the Asokoro District .

The meeting ended at about 11:30 pm.

Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said the forum passed a vote on confidence on Gov. Buni, chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.

The forum he said also passed a confidence vote on governors Abubakar Sani Bello and Gboyega Oyetola, who are also members of the convention committee.

Athough the governors agreed to go ahead with the February convention, Bagudu said no specific date was agreed upon.

He said the CECPC would have to consult with other stakeholders to harmonize all positions and announce a suitable date.

Governors at the meeting were Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Mohammed Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).

Others were Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos), Simon Bako Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Hope Uzodinma (Imo), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).

The Sunday meeting was called over speculations that the Buni committee was planning to postpone the convention.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on 22 November 2021, met with Bagudu, Buni and Governor of Jigawa Abubakar Badaru at the State House in Abuja, where it was agreed that the convention should hold in February, as suggested by the Progressive Governors.

No specific date was fixed then and it still has not been fixed.

January 17, 2022

Governor Ben Ayade Of Cross River To Declare For President This Week


Barring last minute changes, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade would declare to contest for the office of President of Nigeria this week, GRASSROOT REPORTERS has gathered.

Reliable sources told GRASSROOT REPORTERS that plans has been concluded by the governor to join the race for the top seat, after consulting with President Muhammadu Buhari, this week in Abuja.

The governor is expected to meet with the President tomorrow, January 18th, during which Mr. President would confer him with an award for his giant strides in rice revolution.

Governor Ayade departed for Abuja, weekend, to attend the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum meeting and also meet with President Buhari.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022

English Premier League: Another Club Sacks Manager


Everton Football Club have sacked Rafa Benitez as their manager.

The Spaniard was relieved of his duties after just six months on the job in which he led the club to a series of defeats including a 2-1 loss to Norwich on Saturday.

The defeat away to Norwich proved to be the final straw.

The 61-year-old took over from Carlo Ancelotti last summer and started with five wins in eight matches of the season in all competitions.

But the Toffees have managed just one win in their last 12 games in the English top flight.

A statement from the Premier League club said: “Everton Football Club can confirm the departure of Rafael Benitez as first-team manager.

“Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the club with immediate effect. An update on a permanent replacement will be made in due course.”

January 16, 2022

Why I Believe I Will Win Presidency In 2023 - Tinubu


Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says with the “strong support” of the masses, he will win the 2023 presidential election.

The former Lagos governor had announced on January 10, that he had informed Presidential Muhammadu Buhari of his decision to contest the presidency.

Speaking on Saturday when he visited the Ibadan home of Rashidi Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo, Tinubu said he had received positive reactions from critical stakeholders on his interest in running for president.

Tinubu had visited Ibadan to commiserate with Seyi Makinde, governor of the state, over the death of Jimoh Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomoso; Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan; and Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor of Oyo.

Speaking after the meeting with Ladoja, Tinubu said he is aware of the challenges ahead in his bid to contest, but expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious.

“Life is a challenge and you must be ready to confront challenges and overcome. I have the confidence that I will overcome any form of challenge. I am sure I would face challenges and I have the confidence that I will overcome them,” he said.

“The reactions of critical stakeholders to my presidential ambition have been very positive, encouraging and overwhelming and these have spurred me on with the strong conviction that we would succeed and emerge victorious after the election.

“Life itself is a challenge and I have the confidence and capacity to wade through challenges and overcome. We are forging ahead and with the strong support of the masses of Nigerians, we are going to achieve a resounding victory.”

January 16, 2022

Bishop Oyedepo: Don't Name Anything After Me In Winners Chapel When I Die


Founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, a.k.a Winners’ Chapel International, David Oyedepo has banned followers not to name the church after him.

He said the church belongs to Jesus, not him.

“After I go at a very ripe old age which I know God has the plan for me, let no man here name anything here after me because the owner never dies”, Oyedepo said in a sermon published today by Church Gist.

. The renowned cleric said this Sunday while preaching that breakaway churches don’t thrive.

According to Oyedepo, he is not a church giver and warned against immortalising him in the church.

“Don’t try it, it’s not God’s will it’s not God’s plan.

“People die before they share their will in any term but this man never dies. So who will now give you the will to read?

“Lawyers, do you read the will when the man is still alive.

“You can’t divide anybody goods till after his death and and Jesus the owner of the church ever liveth. So where will you divide his lit, that time won’t come”.

Oyedepo said he once received a request from a resigning pastor to gift him a church branch.

He said he declined the request.

According to him he would have lost the Winners Chapel ministry forever if he obliged to the pastors request because the church doesn’t belong to him.

“One of our pastors resigned in those days and I said if there’s anything in getting started in your ministry, he said I want you to give me the church that I’m pastor. I said it’s not my own.

“You have no power to give what is not yours. I can’t give you the church it’s not my own.

“I told him to ask for any other thing, I’m not a church giver. I would have lost this ministry forever,” he said.

January 16, 2022

Over 2,000 APC Members In Akpabuyo LGA, Cross River State, Received Into PDP By Sir. Arthur Jarvis Archibong & Hon. Prince Etim Bassey



The people's democratic party (PDP), Akpabuyo Local Government chapter, under the leadership of Sir. Arthur Jarvis Archibong, was on the 15th day of January 2022. overtaken by the torrent of joy as over two thousand (2000) APC faithfuls, chieftains and stakeholders of Akpabuyo Local Government Area, joyfully decamped to the PDP.

The decampees, who came from across the ten (10) wards of Akpabuyo Local Government, in their various speeches, recurrently decried the disorganization level of the APC, it's ineptitude and inability to salvage the situation of our dear state.

Receiving the decampees officially to PDP, Sir. Arthur Jarvis Archibong, and Hon. Prince Etim Bassey (Akpabuyo PDP Chapter Chairman), accompanied by Rt. Hon. Dominic Aqua Edem, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, Hon. Francis Ekeng (PDP State Organizing Secretary), Chief Godwin Igwe (Obubra PDP Chapter Chairman and Chairman of Chapter Chairmen forum), Abi, Bakassi and Calabar South Chapter Chairmen amongst other dignitaries said, that the PDP has always been the grounds upon which the political structure of Cross River State was built and has till date remained the only party that has successively produced the governors of Cross River State, since democracy day to date; a feat that will hastily be repeated in the 2023 gubernatorial election.

The decampees expressed total submission to the umbrella of the people's democratic party, stating that from inception, they had been members of the PDP though were cajoled into the APC, which has glaringly showed it's deficiencies and inability to further be deemed fit to harbour or least be productive come 2023, thus informed their decision to return home; comparing their situation with that of the biblical prodigal son.

The pinnacle of this event featured a broom burning rituals, signifying the incineration of the APC in Akpabuyo Local Government Area.

Following the trend of defections bedeviling the APC nationwide and particularly in Cross River State, it would need no soothsayer to envisage more defections before the 2023 elections; It follows therefore that, the PDP has awoken and repositioned to take back power come 2023.

Power Belongs to The People.

January 16, 2022

NDLEA Intercepts 1.5million Tramadol Tablets, Arms & Ammunition Across 7 States

About one million, five hundred thousand tablets and capsules of pharmaceutical opioids such as Tramadol, Exol-5 and Diazepam loaded in Onitsha, Anambra state and heading to Yauri, Kebbi state have been intercepted in Edo state by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Friday 14th January, same day 425,000 Diazepam tablets were recovered at Segemu, Kano.

This was revealed by  Femi Babafemi, Director, Media & Advocacy of NDLEA in a statement on Sunday, January 16.

According to him, a total of One Million Four Hundred and Thirteen Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Four Naira (N1, 413,344) was seized along with arms and ammunition from a suspected bandit and a drug kingpin in Plateau state while over 137.754 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were recovered during interdiction operations across seven states in the past week.

Acting on credible intelligence, operatives in Edo state on Friday 14th January 2022, intercepted a trailer coming from Onitsha and going to Yauri in Kebbi State. A thorough search of the truck led to the discovery of psychotropic substances concealed under legitimate goods. The drugs seized include: 394,480 capsules and 3,000 tablets of Tramadol weighing 83.707kg; Exol-5: 647,500 tablets weighing 203.315kg; Diazepam: 12,500 tablets weighing 2.05kg; Bromazepam: 1,500 tablets weighing 0.45kg; Codeine based Syrup: 999 bottles weighing 134.865kg; Pentazocine injections: 4,000 ampoules weighing 16.64kg.

The driver of the truck, Bashir Lawali, 30, was arrested along with Abubakar Sani, 30, and Ali Abubakar, 19, while the exhibits in Kano were seized from one Sa'idu Yahya, 31.

Attempts by drug traffickers to export 73 parcels of cannabis (34.05kg) concealed in foodstuff plastic containers to the United Kingdom through the NAHCO export shed of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos were frustrated by operatives on 8th Jan, same way another 50 parcels of cannabis consignment (27.25kg) meant for the United States was also intercepted at the export shed of the airport on Tuesday 11th Jan and at least three suspects so far arrested.

In reverse bid, moves by illicit drug merchants to bring into Nigeria 94 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43.4kg through the Tincan seaport in Lagos were crushed on 13th Jan. when operatives intercepted the drug inside a 40ft container from Canada. The exhibit was concealed inside a Toyota Camry car. This came on the heels of a similar seizure on 11th Jan. of 59 parcels of Colorado (17.3kg) concealed in a Mercedes Benz vehicle imported from Canada.

In Plateau state, a fake security agent, Babagana Maaji has been arrested through a controlled delivery of 5.6kg cannabis from Lagos. The suspect based in Damaturu, Yobe state, was nabbed following the interception of a commercial bus bringing the consignment from Lagos to Gombe in Mararaban Jos on 8th Jan.

On Tuesday 11th Jan, operatives of the Plateau command of the Agency also arrested a suspected bandit, Abdullahi Usman Ahmad, 28, at Hwolshe with One Beretta pistol; seven rounds of live ammunition; two empty shells; 12 grams of cannabis sativa; a pair of handcuffs and One Million One Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty Four Naira only (N1, 136,344), suspected to be ransom money as well as an Opel car with registration number ZAR35LQ.

In the same vein, leader of a cocaine distribution ring in Plateau, Chibueze Okoro John, 42, has been arrested along Zaria road, Jos, with quantities of cocaine and Tramadol recovered from him as well as a Sienna Bus (BWR 584 AL), Toyota Camry car (RBC 461 BF) and the sum of Two Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand Naira only (N 277, 000), which the suspect offered to the narcotic officers as bribe but was rejected.

In Delta state, the bid by 38-year-old Ejike Obiora, to smuggle different quantities of Cocaine and Heroin into the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA, was foiled on 8th Jan, when he was discovered to have concealed the drugs in foodstuffs meant for an inmate.

This is even as 598kg cannabis was recovered during a raid in Owo area of Ondo state with the two owners: Arataye Raimi, 41, and Tope Osinnuwa, 36, eventually arrested in follow up operations.

While one Abdullahi Mohammed was arrested in connection with the seizure of 48.5 blocks of cannabis in Potiskum, Yobe state, another fake security agent, Dike Davison was nabbed at Aliade, Benue state with 50grams of cannabis and 29 rounds of live ammunition of 7.62mm caliber.

In Abuja, FCT, a buy and bust operation on Friday 14th January, led to the arrest of one Habib Yusif, 41, with a total of 28.2kg cannabis recovered from him, while in Osun state, the trio of Samuel Joseph; Francis Ujor and Sola Johnson were arrested in Onikoko village Area 5, Ile-Ife, with 100 bags of cannabis weighing 1,530 kilograms recovered from them on Thursday 13th Jan.

While commending the officers and men of the various commands for their remarkable efforts, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) assured them that their sacrifices, dedication to duty and exceptional feats will not go without commensurate commendation and rewards.


January 16, 2022

Obi Cubana Offers Scholarship For First, Masters Degrees Abroad, Automatic Employment To Young Hawker Who Gave Money To Prisoners


Popular businessman Obi Cubana has offered Ekuma Jeremiah, the Lagos hawker seen in a viral video giving money to inmates in Nigerian Correctional Service bus in Ajah, Lagos State, university scholarship and employment in any of his companies.

The socialite disclosed this in an Instagram live with media personality Daddy Freeze.

He said: “I am offering him a lifetime opportunity, he has to go to school I think that is his ambition.

“I will see him through the university and if he wants to do Masters abroad , I will make sure he is comfortable while going to school because like I said earlier, that is the best we can do for him.”

Cubana added: “He will do University, anything he wants and then by God’s grace I know I will still be standing by the time he is done with school, he has a place in any of my organisations at the top level and if by God’s grace he finds a higher calling, you see there is nothing tied to this, I do not expect anything in return.

January 16, 2022

Father, Son Choked To Death In Septic Tank


By Clement Chinedu

Two people have been confirmed dead in a septic tank in Rumuekini community in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The two people believed to be “father and son” died on Saturday, while trying to manually evacuate the content of the septic tank.

They were said to have been choked to death with the odour from the septic tank.

Eyewitnesses said the man started choking while inside the tank before his son went in to rescue him but they both died in the process when help failed to come.

The eye witnesses said the smell of kerosene from the tank may have caused the death.

In the meantime, some police personnel from the Choba police divisional headquarters have evacuated the corpses from the area while the state police command is yet to issue a statement on the incident.

January 16, 2022

Woman Arrested For Pouring Boiling Water On Daughter’s Breast


By Dele Ogunyemi

A middle-aged woman resident in Ekpan community in Delta State has been arrested by operatives of the State Police Command for allegedly pouring boiled water on the breast of her own daughter, Nwankwo Merit.

The name of the suspect was yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this story.

But the Delta Secretary of the Centre for the Defense of Human Rights, Israel Joe, stated via his Facebook page on Saturday, that the Divisional Police Officer, Ekpan Division, Bulus Musa, assisted the CDHR in arresting the woman.

Joe disclosed that the ugly incident occurred on the 7th of January, 2022 while the CDHR had to wait until the girl was discharged from hospital on Friday, before taking action on the arrest of the culprit.

Joe commended the DPO for partnering the CDHR in the efforts to seek justice for the young girl.

Speaking further, Joe said, “I similarly drew the attention of my senior comrade, Pastor Egedegbe Edewor, to the incident and he reported it to the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Delta State, who detailed the welfare officer of Warri to accompany us for the arrest.

“We led a team of Police from Ekpan Division to arrest the suspect this morning (Saturday) and she is cooling off right now at Ekpan Police station.

“Thanks to the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Ali, DSP Benedicta Okafor and other members of our team who assisted this justice move”.

The police public relations officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comments on the incident.

January 16, 2022

Five Killed As Farmers, Herdsmen Clash In Ogun

No fewer than five persons have been killed in a crisis that erupted between farmers and herdsmen in Idofa area of Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that the herdsmen and some Ohori farmers engaged themselves in a clash at Idofa village, leading to loss of lives and properties worth millions of naira and that the people of Aworo community in Yewa North Local Government area of the state, had chased the herdsmen from their village to Idofa in Imeko, killing three of them and their cows.

Aworo people were said to have accused the herders of destroying their farms and water sources through open grazing of cows; a practice the Ogun State government had banned, long ago.

A community leader, who spoke under the condition of anonymity said, “after the Aworo people killed three herdsmen in Idofa, there was a reprisal attack on Thursday, leading to the death of two natives, one of whom was burnt beyond recognition”.He said, adding that many houses, four maize barns, motorcycles and other valuables were reportedly set ablaze by the attackers.

He explained that the people of Aworo chased the herders from Yewa North to Idofa in Imeko and killed three of them alongside their cows and that they returned on Thursday in the dead of the night and launched an attack, killing two persons and setting many houses and other properties on fire.”One of those killed was burnt in a house beyond recognition” said the source who added that it took the intervention of the police and the Amotekun corps to calm the situation.

January 16, 2022

Australian Open: Djokovic Loses Visa Cancellation Appeal, Set To Be Deported


Australian Judges have rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s last-ditch appeal to remain in Australia.

In a hope shattering ruling, the judges denied the visa cancellation appeal, saying they were not convinced on the merits.

The immediate implication is that Djokovic will now have to be deported from Australia.

He will thus miss the chance of competing for his 21st Grand Slam.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had his appeal heard in the Federal Court on Sunday in a last ditch attempt to stay and compete for the title.

Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan unanimously decided Djokovic did not have grounds to dispute Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s deportation order.

Mr Hawke wielded his discretionary power on Friday afternoon to deport Djokovic despite a court ruling last week in his favour.

But the odds were stacked against Djokovic heading into Sunday’s hearing despite his previous court win, because Mr Hawke’s power is so broad, reports Mail Online.

Chief Justice James Allsop wanted to make clear Djokovic had not launched an official appeal against Mr Hawke’s decision. Instead, he had the opportunity to have the judges review the order based on its merit.

The world No.1 was required to prove to the court that Mr Hawke acted irrationally or legally unreasonably in choosing to use his discretionary powers.

Justice Allsop earlier said he accepted Djokovic could be seen as ‘an iconic sports star that is setting an example that is not ideal to be followed’.

‘If Mr Djokovic won the Open, as he has in the past, there is an example embedded in the Minister’s reasoning that this is an example for young and not so young fans of tennis.’

The government did not indicate whether they would take up the option to prevent Djokovic from applying for a visa to enter Australia for the next three years.

January 16, 2022

Photos: How Police Sergeant Was Shot Dead By His Colleague Inside Police Station In Calabar, A Month After His Wedding

Sgt. Agube and wife

By Obio Monday

A police sergeant, Francis Agube has been 'accidentally' shot dead by his colleague, identified as Sergeant Ubi Arikpo, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, GRASSROOT REPORTERS has gathered.

The tragic incident took place at Atakpa Police Station in Calabar South Local Government Area.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS learnt that Sergeant Agube was accidentally shot dead in front of the police station when a pick-up van conveying policemen passed through the gate of the station.

It was gathered that the deceased policeman who is from Abi Local Government Area of the state, just got married on the 20th of November, 2021 to his long time girlfriend.

A source who spoke with the Vanguard said:

“The team was from the State CID unit at the Police headquarters on Diamond Hill.

“They were on patrol duty and they were passing through this road (Calabar Road, Watt Market).

“They were driving from Effigy Roundabout, towards the station. When they got in front of the station Sergeant Ubi wanted to adjust his gun.

“It discharged accidentally and shot Sergeant Agube, who was sitting directly opposite him,” he narrated.

According to the source, the shot hit Agube right on his neck shattering his gullet and face, killing him on the spot.

“That spot where they covered with sand on the road in front of the station was where Agube was pulled to the ground from the van by the impact of the shot,” he added.

Another source said:

“Both of them are from Cross River State. Arikpo has been arrested and is on detention here at the headquarters, while Agube’s body is in the mortuary,” he added.

Ms Irene Ugbo, the Cross River Police Command spokesman, when contacted said:

“The tragedy is being investigated to unravel the cause."

See more photos of the deceased police sergeant:


January 16, 2022

Lassa Fever Reported In C'River As New Cases Increases In Nigeria, Two Deaths Recorded


As Nigeria continues to grapple with the scourging COVID-19 pandemic, at least two people have died from Lassa fever in the first week of 2022.

The latest situation report, which was released on Friday by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), shows that, as of week one of 2022, spanning January 3 to 9, Lassa fever infections increased from 28 cases in week 52 of 2021 to 48 cases.

The disease centre noted that the confirmed cases were recorded across 20 Local Government Areas in 10 states of the federation.

The report shows that the trio of Bauchi, Edo and Ondo States accounted for 79 per cent of the confirmed cases.

Bauchi State in the North-east topped the infection chart with 14 cases, followed by Edo State in the South-south and Ondo in the South-west with 13 and 11 cases respectively.

The report shows that Benue and Taraba States, which accounted for the fatalities – with a single case each, also reported three and two infections respectively.

. Further breakdown of the cases revealed that five states: Kaduna, Plateau, Kogi, Cross River and Ebonyi, reported a single case each.

While the NCDC disclosed that there are currently 222 suspected cases, it noted that the number of suspected cases in week one of 2022, has increased, compared to that reported for the same period in 2021.

The disease centre added that one new healthcare worker from Benue State contracted the disease. But findings by this newspaper further revealed that the unnamed health worker had died from Lassa fever in the reporting week.

Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic (excessive bleeding) illness that is transmitted to humans through contact with food, household items contaminated by infected rodents or contaminated persons.

Symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, general body weakness, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pains, chest pain, and in severe cases, unexplainable bleeding from ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and other body openings.

It is one of the many diseases that have continued to suffer neglect due to the disruptions in many health programmes and campaigns caused by the focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

The executive director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, while announcing the cases of Circulating Mutant Poliovirus Type 2 (cMPV2) in the country, blamed the development on the concentration on COVID-19.

“The suspension of several polio campaigns and other health programmes in 2020, as well as disruptions to routine immunisation because of the COVID-19 pandemic, created further immunity gaps which led to new and wider outbreaks, and further increased transmission of the circulating mutant poliovirus both globally and within Nigeria,” Mr Shuaib said.