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APC chieftain seeks dissolution of NDDC board, asks Buhari to address ‘administrative fraud’



Yekini Nabena, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to redress the “injustice and illegality” regarding the current board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) .

In an open letter to the president dated February 26, 2018, Nabena said the tenure of the board ended in December and its continued stay is like “allowing illegitimacy to run riot”.

He demanded the removal of the Nsima Ekere, managing director/chief executive, and Victor Ndoma-Egba, chairman of the commission’s board.

Nabena, who is from Bayelsa state, said judging by the terms of their appointment and the law establishing NDDC, the members of the board were to complete their respective state’s tenure.

“The tenure of Nsima Udo Ekere as managing director and chief executive of NDDC has since elapsed. This is according to his letter of appointment from the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, dated November 1, 2016, with Ref. No: SGF.55/S.2/C.3/IV/52, which was signed by the then SGF, Babachir David Lawal,” he wrote.

Nabena said Ndoma-Egba was appointed to serve out the tenure of Bassey Ea-Henshaw, a “fellow Cross River state indigene”, while Ekere was chosen to complete the tenure of Bassey Dan-Abia, a “fellow Akwa Ibom citizen”.

“Ewa-Henshaw and Dan-Abia were inaugurated in 2013 for a four-year term that ought to have ended last December,” he said.

The APC leader said Ndoma-Egba and Ekere’s continued stay in office is a loss to Bayelsa.

He accused the managing director and the chairman of allegedly applying manipulative schemes to try to change the rules to give themselves more time in office.

“The resort to sit-tight, crude propaganda and manipulation does not only display an arrogant contempt for the law guiding the Commission, but it also offends basic decency and public morality,” he said.

“In fact, it amounts to administrative fraud. Any further day the board exists is tantamount to allowing wilful iniquity and illegality to run riot. Moreover, the fact that they have been paying themselves all manner of allowances even after the expiration of their legal tenure is criminal.”

Nabena urged Buhari to “quickly redress the anomalous situation” by disbanding the NDDC board and reconstituting it “based on fairness in order to restore sanity to the commission’s leadership and save the image of his government and its campaign to bring about change”.

Pius Ughakpoteni, spokesman of the agency, could not be reached for comments as of the time this report was filed.

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BREAKING: Osinbajo orders immediate overhaul of SARS



Osinbajo orders immediate overhaul of SARS

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), to overhaul the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

Laolu Akande, spokesman of the acting president, disclosed this in a statement.

The statement said the vice-president asked the IGP to ensure that SARS operatives act in adherence to the rule of law.

“Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more,” the statement read.

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“The Acting President has also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Humanitarian LAw and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects. The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty.

“In the meantime, the Acting President has directed the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Committee that will conduct nation-wide investigation of the alleged unlawful activities of SARS in order to afford members of the general public the opportunity to present their grievances with a view to ensuring redress.”

There has been a campaign against the police outfit accused of illegalities such as extortion, intimidation and arbitrary arrest.

The #endSARS campaign has been on social media for close to ‌a year.

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Report: Lagos is third worst city to live in the world



Lagos is third worst city to live in the world

People living in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, are inhabiting the third worst city for humans to live in the world.

This is according to the newly released ranking of the 2018 Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit and World Bank.

Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking.

The only cities which were scored lower than Lagos on the ranking are Syria and Bangladesh, both cities have been plagued with unrest in recent times.

The ranking is based on five parameters: Political and Social Stability, Education, Culture, Environment, Infrastructure and Access to Healthcare.

Vienna, the Austrian capital, was ranked the most liveable city in the world.

“Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure,” the report read.

“Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. For qualitative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts and in-city contributors.”

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In the Stability category, the following were considered: prevalence of petty crime, the prevalence of violent crime, the threat of terror, threat of military conflict and the threat of civil unrest.

For Health rating, the following were considered: availability of private healthcare, quality of private healthcare, availability of public healthcare, quality of public healthcare and availability of over-the-counter drugs.

Humidity/temperature rating, discomfort of climate to travellers, level of corruption, social or religious restrictions, level of censorship, sporting availability, cultural availability, food & drink and consumer goods & services were considered for the Culture and Environment rating.

Availability of private education, quality of private education, public education indicators were used for the Education rating.

For Infrastructure, the quality of road network, quality of public transport, quality of international links, availability of good quality housing, quality of energy provision, quality of water provision and quality of telecommunications were considered.

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Angry soldiers ground Maiduguri airport, threaten to shoot superiors



Angry soldiers ground Maiduguri airport, threaten to shoot superiors

There is currently tension at the Maiduguri international airport in Borno state as angry soldiers are shooting indiscriminately to protest their deployment from the state capital to another local government.

The aggrieved soldiers reportedly arrived at the airport at 6pm ahead of their posting to Marte local government area.

But trouble started when they regrouped and refused to board the aircraft which ought to convey them there.

The soldiers who are of the special forces said after spending over four years in Maiduguri, they ought to be sent back to their families and not to be posted to face death.

An officer who witnessed the incident said superior officers, including Bulami Biu, general officer commander (GOC) of 7 division, were asked to stay off the airport or risk being shot.

“The second batch of pilgrims going for hajj from Borno boarded their flight amid the commotion,” the source said.

“The special forces are ready for trouble. They are really angry. The superiors were asked to stay off or be killed.”

Texas Chukwu, army spokesman, said he could not confirm the development.

“I don’t know about this, let me call an officer there,” he told TheCable.

Disobedience is a punishable offence in the army just as mutiny could attract a heavy penalty such as death sentence.

Some soldiers who were court martialled for disobedience under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan are still in detention up till date.

Many officers involved in the anti- Boko Haram war have accused the military authorities of falling below the expected standard in terms of welfare.

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