You Have Failed To Perform, Northern Leaders Tell Buhari

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    Arewa leaders, under the auspices of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), yesterday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of failing governance test by allowing insecurity and poverty to thrive in Nigeria. Led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, the body handed over the verdict yesterday when it reviewed the state of the nation in Kaduna State. Speaking at a press conference in Zaria, Abdullahi said NEF would have “refrained from comments on major developments relating to management of national security and governance because it is convinced that these are times which require the highest levels of responsibility and circumspection in the manner elders and leaders in the nation contribute to the search for solutions to the multiple problems which face the nation.” According to him, “ it has become necessary and appropriate, however, to make public, the position of the forum on important matters that affect the manner Nigerians live, and the future we must address. “He added: “the forum regrets that by any standard of judgment, the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed the nation in the vital area of improving its security. “Lamenting the condition of living in the country, Abdullahi pointed out that “poverty, particularly in the North, and massive social security have worsened under this administration.”

    Group Backs Sanwo-Olu On Okada, Tricycle, Ban

    A group, the Committee of the Indigenous Associations of Lagos State (CIALS), has supported the implementation of the Lagos traffic law banning Okada and Keke Napep operation in the state. In a statement signed by the Co-Ordinator of CIALS, Prof. Rasheed Kola Ojikutu, the group said that it was in support of the ban because the re-enforcement of the law was due to concern on the high rate of accidents and deaths caused by the operation of this mode of transportation in the state. The group, which said that although many people have commended the step while some urged the government to reconsider its stand, said: “We hope that the law, which was properly passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly, is not thrown away. An effective administration must always strive to make the best choice for its people.” We are an indigenous association, though non-partisan, but highly committed to the advancement of the state. A situation where over 10,000 accidents due to motorcycle and tricycle operation were recorded at the general hospitals alone cannot and should not be condoned by any serious government. “Also, speaking with The Guardian, a member of the association, Mr. Moshood Olayiwola Raheeem, said: “Most of the riders are not Lagosians or Nigerians. They don’t stay in Lagos or pay tax and when they cause havoc, the government is expected to clean it up.”

    Police Hunt For OOU Law Graduate’s Kidnappers

    The Kogi State Police Command has launched a manhunt for the abductors of a law graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Motunrayo Rafiu, in the Kabba area of the state. PUNCH Metro gathered that Rafiu, who was abducted alongside others, on February 4, 2020, was on her way to resume at the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School. Our correspondent learnt that when Rafiu could not be reached on her telephone, she was declared missing by her friends, who posted her pictures on the social media. A colleague, who identified himself only as Victor, noted that he communicated with Rafiu till around 11am when her telephone number became unreachable. He said, “I reside in Abuja and she told me that she would be coming on Tuesday. “She called me around 9am when they left the park at Ogere and we communicated till around 11am. When I tried to call her number around 2pm, it was switched off. One hour later, I tried the number again, but it was picked by a man who identified himself as a security guard. “He was the one that told me that my friend and some other people had been kidnapped. He said he had combed the bush to search for them, but could not find them. “He said he found her phone and three other phones in the vehicle they boarded but that my friend’s phone was passworded so he could not make a call through it but he could only pick her calls. “He later told me that he was going home because it was getting late already but that the police had taken the vehicle they boarded to the station. “As of Wednesday, the kidnappers contacted the family and demanded N5m. Her dad is late and it was just her mum who had been crying since she heard of the incident.” The state Police Public Relations Officer, Williams Aya, said the command had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers. He said, “We don’t know the identity of the three people that were kidnapped that day, so we cannot say if she was among the victims. “It was reported that three people were kidnapped in the Kabba area. We have been making efforts to ensure the rescue of the victims.”

    FIIRO DG, Chima Igwe Lied About Obtaining Phd From Benin Republic, Says ICPC

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said that the Acting Director-General of the Federal Institute for Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi, Chima Igwe, did not obtain a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University D’Abomey Calavi, Republic of Benin. ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, said the commission re-opened investigations into the status of Igwe’s pursuit of a PhD degree on December 3, 2019 upon the discovery of certain gaps, occasioned by ambiguity in the letters from University D’Abomey Calavi, Republic of Benin, language differences and translation of documents in the earlier investigation. According to Okoduwa, ICPC in the course of its investigation, the ambiguity and confusing language translation issue again reared its head when the institution, in its letter to the Nigerian Mission in Benin dated January 22, 2020, which stated as translated that “… Mr. Chima Carthney Igwe has completed his three-year doctoral programme”, yet the same correspondence further stated that Mr. Igwe had not publicly defended his doctoral thesis and the institution was giving him a chance, at his request, to re-register and update his research results in the current 2019-2020 academic year. It stands to reason therefore that if the PhD programme was concluded, there would have been no need to request re-registration by Mr. Igwe.” The spokesperson continued: “Although it was confirmed that Mr. Igwe did the required three years for the programme from 1999 to 2002 and wrote a thesis, the commission is firmly of the opinion that he cannot be said to have been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree since he is yet to complete the process of defense of his thesis in 18 years after he is said to have finished the course work. By global standards, the successful defense of a thesis is a compulsory condition for the award of a PhD.”

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