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Worried about the increasing terrorism and kidnappings in the northern part of the country, the civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has warned that the nation is sliding into a huge ungoverned space.

It said this situation required the intervention of world leaders and the United Nations to stave off the collapse of constitutional democracy in the country.

HURIWA believes that the reason these attackers are becoming much more daring is the toxic body language of those in control of the political layers of power in Abuja alongside the dangerous fact that all the strategic security positions are headed by persons who share the same ethno-religious orientation with the majority of the armed terrorists who are threatening the national security and are getting away with their evil.

According to HURIWA, since President Muhammadu Buhari does not believe in federal character in the appointment of security chiefs and since his persistent and serial nepotistic appointments in the last six years have brought the nation to a near-failed state, the next best option is to plead with him in the name of God to resign honourably.

HURIWA said that against “the backdrop of the incessant kidnappings of citizens by mostly armed Fulani terrorists who seem to be enjoying the Federal Government’s protection through deliberate inaction and ‘audio/fake military attacks in the forests’ following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to classify them as terrorists and to direct the armed forces of Nigeria to sweep them off the deep forests of Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States, it will be more honourable for President Muhammadu Buhari to tender his letter of resignation if he still loves to see Nigeria remain unbroken.”

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The rights group in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf regretted that “since 2015 the nation has increasingly become one huge ungoverned space following the abdication of their constitutional functions by the President and the commander-In-Chier of the Armed Forces of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari who has rather chosen to focus on promoting the primordial agenda of his religion and his Fulani ethnic nationality to the detriment, disadvantage and endangerment of the territorial integrity and national security of Nigeria.”

The rights group said that ” the deeper cause of the national security crises facing Nigeria is the absence of an independent National Assembly since 2019 when the lackeys of President Muhammadu Buhari were elected as Senate President and Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives.

“President Buhari’s failure and unwillingness to decisively deal with the armed Fulani attackers because of ethno-religious consideration is the motivation needed by terrorist organisations like the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to continue to threaten states that have decided to pass legislation banning open grazing of cattle.

” The Nigerian president at the moment has decided to fruitlessly chase after the private interest of cattle owners who are his kinsmen whilst neglecting his core function of protecting the territory of Nigeria from invasions by such armed groups that have successfully overwhelmed states like Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger states just as armed Fulani insurgents have continued to get the Federal Government’s cover even as they launch many daredevil attacks to communities in Benue State in North Central Nigeria and the largely Christian- dominated Southern Kaduna State.”

HURIWA recalled that terrorists suspected to be bandits had on Saturday abducted the wife and two children of a lawmaker representing Bakori at the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Aminu Kurami.

It quoted the media as stating that a family source, Muhammad Kurami, told  newsmen that the assailants stormed the village around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and attacked the senator’s residence. “The bandits drove in on motorbikes and cars around 9:00 p.m.on Saturday night, blockaded the Funtua-Katsina road for minutes while the abduction of the Kurami family went on at his home.”

HURIWA quoted the eye witness as stating as follows: “Immediately after Ishaa’i prayers we started hearing gunshots in the town, before we knew it they already positioned themselves in the strategic places of the town to avert any possible move by the residents to engage them. They went straight to the home of the honourable member and made away with his wife and two children. A neighbor of the lawmaker, Malam Ubaidu Abdulhakim, was shot by the bandits while he was trying to help the family.”

HURIWA recalled that Dr. Ibrahim Kurami was elected lawmaker last December in a bye-election following the death of the member representing Bakori Constituency in the State House of Assembly..

HURIWA recalled also that terrorists suspected to be bandits have kidnapped the district head of Wawa community in Borgu Kingdom Niger State, Dr. Mahmud Ahmed Aliyu.

The gunmen had attacked the palace of Ahmed Aliyu around 9:30p.m on Saturday and abducted him at gunpoint.

Source said that the terrorists attacked the palace carrying guns and cutlasses; and went straight to the traditional ruler’s apartment where he had already retired.

Aliyu is said to be the 16th Dodo of Wawa and a PhD holder in environmental science from a Malaysian university . He is in the 12th year of his reign.

The civil rights advocacy group carpeted the presidency and the National Assembly for failing to take lasting measures to combat these terror attacks , and the president for failing to officially list these armed Fulanis in those forests of Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States as terrorists and to seek clear, unambiguous international interventions by the United Nations and such nations like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

HURIWA therefore “strongly canvasses that since it will be eternally impossible for the legislative slaves of President Muhammadu Buhari who are at the hierarchy of the National Assembly to move for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari who can’t protect Nigerians from ‘favoured terrorists named bandits’, the best way out of the quagmire in Nigeria is for President Muhammadu Buhari on his own volition to tender a letter of resignation and take a long walk home so a fresh team of leaders can decisively sweep off these terror groups that President Mohammadu Buhari’s has so far preferred to simply identify as armed bandits instead of calling them the terrorists that they are because these terrorists have already demonstrated their capacity to shoot down a military plane. ”

HURIWA said it would “not be shocking if the terrorists are able to take over the newly purchased Tucano military jets because the current administration is unwilling to wage a law-based war on terror against the armed Fulani attackers.”

 

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By John Michael Ojo
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), on Friday, took a drastic measure towards 52 broadcast stations across the country over an incurred debt of about N2.6 billion.

Among the broadcast outfits which were asked to shut down their operations are: the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and the broadcasting corporations of various state governments.

While briefing journalists on the development, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the  Director-General of NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, said all the television and radio stations affected must halt operations in the next 24 hours.

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See full list:

1. Silverbird TV (Silverbird Communications Co. Ltd)
2. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
3 Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Lagos
4. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Yenagoa
5. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Port-Harcourt
6. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communications Ltd) FM Jos
7. Rhythm FM (Silverbird Communication Ltd) Benin
8. AIT/Ray Power FM (DAAR Communication Itd) Network
9. Greetings FM (Greetings Media Ltd) FM Network
10. Tao FM (Ovidi Communications Ltd) FM Okene
11. Zuma FM (Zuma FM Ltd) FM Suleja
12. Crowther FM (Crowther Communications Ltd) FM Abuja
13. We FM (Kings Broadcasting Ltd) FM Benin
14. Linksman International Itd Keffi
15. Bomay Broadcasting Services Itd Abuja
16. MTV (Murhi International Group Ltd) Ibadan
17. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Port-Harcourt
18. Classic FM (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
19. Classic TV (Pinkt Nigeria Ltd) Lagos
20. Beat FM (Megalectrics LTD) Lagos
21. Cooper Communications Itd Lagos
22. Splash FM (West Midlands Ltd) Ibadan
23. Rock City FM (Boot Communications Ita) Abeokuta
24. Family FM (Kalaks Investments Nig. Ltd) Ilugun
25.Space FM (Creazioni Nig. Ltd) Ibadan
26. Radio Jeremi (Radio Jeremi Itd) Effurun

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27. Breeze FM (Bays Water Itd) Akure
28. Vibes FM (Vibes Communication Itd) Benin
29.Family Love FM (Multimesh Broadcasting Co. Ltd) Port-Harcourt
30. Wave FM (South Atlantic Media Itd) Port-Harcourt
31. Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation
32. State Broadcasting Corporation
33. Niger State Broadcasting Corporation
34. Gombe State Broadcasting Corporation
35. Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation
36. Lagos DSB
37. Osun State Broadcasting Corporation
38. Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation
39. Ondo State Broadcasting Corporation
40. Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation
41. Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation
42. Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation
43. Imo State Broadcasting Corporation
44. Anambra State Broadcasting Corporation
45. Borno State Broadcasting Corporation
46. Yobe State Broadcasting Corporation
47. Sokoto State Broadcasting Corporation
48. Zamfara State Broadcasting Corporation
49. Kebbi State Broadcasting Corporation
50. Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation
51. Kaduna State Broadcasting Corporation
52. Katsina State Broadcasting Corporation

 

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shut down the African Independent Television (AIT), Silverbird Television and broadcasting corporations run by various state governments.

The NBC which ordered that these stations should stop their operations within the next 24 hours disclosed that they are owing debts amounting to at least N2.6 billion.

The Director-General of the NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, disclosed this to journalists at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

According to the NBC, all the television and radio stations affected must halt operations in the next 24 hours.

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He noted that the stations owe a total of N2.6 billion; adding that some of the stations affected have not renewed their licences since 2015.

“This is the first batch, there are those who have not renewed their licences since 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are asking them to come and pay their licence fees,” he said.

He warned that all stations that have not renewed their licences should do so in 30 days to avoid sanctions.

 

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After EFCC Hunt For Tompolo, Buhari Awards Him N4b Monthly Pipeline Surveillance Contract

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After EFCC Hunt For Tompolo, Buhari Awards Him N4b Monthly Pipeline Surveillance Contract

After the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo wanted some years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari has awarded him a pipeline surveillance contract.

The former militant leader was the Commander of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND).

The deal is described as a renewal as Tompolo got a similar deal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited agreed to engage Tompolo to end illegal bunkering, illegal refining and oil theft in Niger-Delta communities.

It is a reversal of the initial stance which saw the cancellation of the contract months after President Buhari assumed office.

According to a source close to Tompolo, the current deal is worth over N4billion monthly.

“Before the cancellation of his contract, the arrangements he put in place tackled illegal bunkering and increased production quota to over two million barrels per day.

“But the new government cancelled the contract, declared him wanted and he was later exonerated of all wrongdoings.

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“They have realised the need to bring him back because currently, the country is losing over 500,000 barrels per day to illegal bunkering”, he said.

The new deal was brokered by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and top NNPC top officials, including the Group Executive Director, Upstream, Adokiye Tombomelye.

After the signing, Tompolo presided over a meeting in his Oporoza home in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, on Wednesday.

In attendance were ex-presidents of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Chris Ekiyor, Udengs Eradiri and Eric Omare

Others were priests of Egbesu, Ijaw religious organisation, led by Apostle Bodmas Kemepadei; leaders of Niger Delta youth groups, heads of cult groups.

The rest were former MEND commanders – Eris Paul, aka General Oguboss; Pius Wareyal, aka General Pius; Joshua Macaiver, Pastor Reuben Wilson, Young Shall Grow – and second phase “generals”.

In 2016, the EFCC declared Tompolo, wanted.

The anti-graft agency in an advertorial signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said it declared Tompolo wanted following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he had been charged with N45.9bn fraud.

In the said advertorial which carried a photograph of Tompolo, the EFCC described him as a 47-year-old, dark-complexioned man from Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area.

 

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