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Group urges US to designate Buhari, Tinubu, El-Rufai terrorism sponsors

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A United States-based non-profit organisation, Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE), on Friday urged President Joe Biden to designate President Muhammadu Buhari, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and some officials of the Nigerian government as sponsors of terrorism in the country.

Also listed in the petition are former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Director-General of Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, his Information and Culture counterpart, Lai Mohammed and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

In a 26-page petition signed by GATE’s Principal Advocate, Robert Berry, and addressed to the US Secretary of State, Anthony J. Blinken, the group described the killings in several parts of the country as state-sponsored terrorism.”

It also alleged that the Nigerian government officials were “sponsoring terrorism by carrying out terrorist activities including training, funding, financing, and recruitment of terrorists using their offices as a safe haven, transit and operational base for terrorists.”

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The petition read: “The Nigerian government officials have deployed the instrumentality of power and are using the veil of sovereignty in knowingly consenting and with malicious intent allowing and promoting the use of Nigeria as a breeding ground and recruitment nursery for international terrorism activities contrary to foreign relations authorizations act fiscal years 1988 and 1989 (P.L.100 to 204:22 U.S.C 2656f), as amended.

“The current Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is executing a global Jihadist agenda that is comparable, if not more insidious, than that of the Taliban’s of Afghanistan.

“It is even more dangerous because it is mixed with genocidal tendencies. It is in the best interest of the United States and all the democratic countries of the world to identify this threat early and address it now.

“This is to prevent the further spread of the global jihadist agenda of the Buhari government and to arrest an imminent ethnic and religious genocide.”

The group also gave Washington a two-month notice to act on its petition, saying it would be forced to head to the US Federal Court to apply for a Writ of Mandamus to compel Biden and Blinken to issue the designation in line with the provisions of law.”

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#EndSARS Panel: Sanwo-Olu lacks power to probe police, military: Festus Keyamo

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Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour, says Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu lacks the power to probe the atrocities of the police and army concerning the Lekki Tollgate massacre, police brutality and extortion. 

“For me, that panel was an illegal panel. It is totally illegal. All lawyers who are listening to me should go back and read the Tribunal of Inquiry Act of Lagos state,” stated the APC minister.

“The policemen, the armed forces, the military are not officers of Lagos state. They are officers of the federal government,” asserted Mr Keyamo, citing provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). 

He added, “By virtue of the constitution, it is only the federal government that can control the conduct of policemen and the military. Lagos state cannot be in control, cannot legislate too regarding police matters and military matters.”

Mr Keyamo, while speaking during an interview with Channels TV, argued that the Lagos panel lacked the power to investigate the conduct of police and military officers.

The panel’s report had indicted the Nigerian soldiers of carrying out a massacre against peaceful and unarmed young protesters.

He added, “It says that the governor will have power to inquire into the conduct of any person and chieftaincy matters and any matter that would promote the good of the public.”

The minister argued that the state only has the power to investigate its public officers within its legislative purview.

Mr Keyamo, who tried to distance the federal government from his viewpoint, said he was speaking as a legal practitioner, adding that his opinion did not represent President Muhammadu Buhari regime’s view.

His comments came a few weeks after the judicial panel’s report established that the army killed at least 11 protesters and took their bodies away.

Last week, information minister Lai Mohammed said the panel’s report that probed the aftermath of the October 2020 military shooting of protesters in Lekki should be disregarded as fake, insisting there was no massacre.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had, in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, announced that states, including the FCT, would set up judicial panels to look into the crisis.

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Planned payment of N5,000 to ‘poor Nigerians’ will be a cesspool of corruption —PFN

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has kicked against plans by the Federal Government to pay N5,000 to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the country, to cushion the effect of the proposed subsidy removal next year, saying it would be another cesspool of corruption.

The PFN, in a statement by its President, Bishop Wale Oke, on Sunday, opined that removing fuel subsidy would not only worsen the suffering of majority of Nigerians, but an increase in fuel price which will come with the subsidy removal, will trigger tension and crises in the country.

Bishop Oke added that such a move could paralyze the nation’s economy if not handled with utmost care.

“The planned introduction of N5,000 for 40 million poor Nigerians is to create a cesspool of corruption,” the PFN said in the statement.

“How do you define the poor? They, mostly, don’t use telephones. They, mostly, don’t have bank accounts. How will the money get to them?

“The cost of transportation for human and goods across the country will skyrocket and other things connected which will have a spiral effect on general living standard of the populace; the suffering will be multi-dimensional.

“Please, let all stakeholders be sensitive to this avoidable path and do the needful.”

“Without begging the issue, there should be well defined palliative measures in place that can cushion the effect of the hardship being experienced by Nigerians, especially the commoners.

Read also: Plateau Speaker impeached over corruption allegations

“One is not talking about political palliatives that never last. We’ve seen enough of such.

Oke added that though the PFN would always support policies that would enhance good governance, the government should put in place tangible palliative measures that could ameliorate the hardship being experienced.

“By whatever means, let the Federal Government put its heart into ensuring that our refineries are back to life.

“In addition, in order to stem the rising cost of living, farmers and others connected to them should be encouraged. This is what can help our economy.

“Everybody will feel it, particularly the less privileged. The negative effects will surely outweigh the positive.”

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Ex-Gov. Yerima calls for unity in Zamfara

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Former Governor Ahmad Yerima of Zamfara has called for unity in the All Progressives Congress (APC) family in the state, urging those challenging the party’s leadership in the state to stop in the interest of peace.

Mr Yerima said this when he received newly inaugurated state executives of the party at his residence in Gusau.

Yusuf Idris, APC’s publicity secretary in Zamfara, disclosed this in a statement in Gusau on Monday.

The statement said the executives’ visit was to show appreciation to APC stakeholders in Zamfara over their emergence under the chairmanship of Tukur-Umar Danfulani.

“During the visit, Danfulani promised to show leadership by example, promising that all loyal members will be fully engaged in party activities,” said the statement.

It added that the executives also visited former Governor Mahmud Shinkafi, serving and former lawmakers at the National and State House of Assembly, among others.

(NAN)

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