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Unveil identities of Boko Haram sponsors, prevent another civil war – Group tells FG

Unveil identities of Boko Haram sponsors, prevent another civil war – Group tells FG

The warning, according to the group, is coming against the backdrop of the killings and other criminal activities going on across the country.

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has cautioned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government against taking actions that will plunge the country into another civil war.

The warning, according to the group, is coming against the backdrop of the killings and other criminal activities going on across the country.

The forum in a communique signed by its National President, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, at the weekend after it concluded a two-day meeting in Akwanga, Nasarawa state, said the incessant invasions of several communities in many parts of the country by Fulani militia have assumed genocidal and ethnic-cleansing scale.

The communique urged the Nigerian government to set up an agency to be called the Middle Belt Development Commission (MBDC), to serve as an intervention agency in addressing the challenges caused by the activities of terrorists.

The group urged the government to come clean and yield to the demand by the Nigerian public to unveil the identities of the sponsors of Boko Haram, especially the 400 Bureax de Change operators as identified by the UAE authorities.

The communique read in part, "Nigeria has been plunged into a critical situation of insecurity occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed Fulani militia, kidnappers/bandits and other related criminal elements.

"This spate of insecurity has pushed the nation to the precipice. NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to arrest the situation and save the nation from another civil war.

"The incessant invasions by Fulani militia on several communities across the Middle Belt Region in particular, and other parts of the country in general, have assumed genocidal/ethnic cleansing scale.

"These attacks have left in their wake mind-boggling massacres and devastations in our communities and displacement of indigenous peoples to various Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps. NEC calls on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to return displaced communities to their ancestral lands, given the fact that territory can no longer be acquired in the 21st century by the use of force. NEC also calls on the government to identify all IDPs in the Middle Belt Region and provide relief materials for them.

"NEC calls on the Federal Government to identify, apprehend and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity to justice so as to serve as a deterrent to others. Consequently, NEC calls on the government to set up an agency to be called the Middle Belt Development Commission (MBDC) to serve as an intervention agency in addressing the challenges caused by the activities of these terrorists

"Many schools and places of worship in the Middle Belt Region have remained closed due to the criminal activities of these Fulani kidnappers and bandits. NEC regrets that many school children and other hapless citizens are still languishing in the dens of kidnappers. NEC further appeals to the government to take urgent steps to rescue those in captivity.

"The MBF insists that the Federal Government must come clean and yield to the demand by the Nigerian public to unveil the identities of the sponsors of Boko Haram, especially the 400 Bureax de change operators as identified by the UAE authorities."

The MBF also said it finds worrisome, given the report by the United Nations (UN) that the Nigerian government is secretly engaged in negotiations tagged 'Sulhu' with Boko Haram terrorists through which it is allegedly offering monetary rewards to insurgents and other criminals.

"Consequently, NEC is totally opposed to this project and also opposed to any form of amnesty to insurgents and other terror groups who have their hands dripping with blood. NEC is also vehemently opposed to any planned recruitment of these so-called repentant terrorists into the national security architecture," it said.

Calling on the people of the Middle Belt Region to rise up and defend themselves in the face of governments abandoning their constitutional responsibility of defending them, the MBF commended the Southern governors and governors in the Middle Belt and their state Assemblies for their courage in passing Anti-Open Grazing Laws in their states.

The forum, therefore, called on the National Assembly and the presidency to reconsider their position on electronic transmission of election results and yield to the wishes of the Nigerian people who are demanding 100 percent implementation of electronic transmission of electoral results in order to ensure credibility and transparency in the electoral process.

Urging Nigerians to recognise the Middle Belt geopolitical bloc in the rotation of presidency, the MBF commended Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state for his consistent struggle for the Rule of Law and federalism, particularly regarding the recent judgment of the Federal High Court on the Value Added Tax (VAT).

It also commended Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state for his resilient stance in the defence of the rights of the Benue people.


Presidential Amnesty: Ijaw Youths raise alarm over diversion of fund 

Ijaw Youths Council raised the alarm on Sunday in a statement issued in Warri, Delta state and signed by Commander Joseph Oyinkuro.

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Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) officials have been accused of deploying about 40 non-beneficiaries of the programme to go for foreign postgraduate courses to be sponsored by the scheme. 

Ijaw Youths Council raised the alarm on Sunday in a statement issued in Warri, Delta state and signed by Commander Joseph Oyinkuro.

 File Photo: Ijaw Youths Council (IYC)

The beneficiaries, who are said to be close aides and relatives of top PAP officials, will go for postgraduate degree programmes for a year with their tuition fees and living expenses paid upfront under PAP’s education policy, they alleged.

According to the youths, the alleged plan is being backed with an appraisal report to defend the decision taken by the Interim Amnesty Coordinator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd.).

The group claimed the plan will exclude the official beneficiaries of the programme.                                                                           

The youths accused the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) of instructing Dikio and senior staff members at the Amnesty Office to ensure the foreign training for the 40 persons is slotted in the schedule of the Amnesty Programme before its expected termination in 2023.

However, Oyinkuro recalled that few weeks to the end of Dikio’s one-year tenure in office, which was lapsed on August 26, 2021, at least payments for 300 amnesty beneficiaries were suspended due to alleged fraud.

“These are beneficiaries that have been receiving monthly payments for over 10 years without any issues,” he said.

“We have now uncovered reports that Col. Dikio (rtd.) and his close aides, Mr. Alfred Kemepador, Head of Reintegration and Mr. Emmanuels Agiri, Head of Data Management allegedly conspired to use the suspended names to create new beneficiaries for themselves, to enable them receive the N65,000.00 monthly stipend per beneficiary after they leave office which will run into millions of naira on a monthly basis.

“We call for the immediate suspension of Mr. Alfred Kemepador - Head of Reintegration and Mr. Emmanuels Agiri - Head of Data Management, pending the outcome of a full investigation because these individuals must not be allowed to remain on their seats to cover up their tracks," he added.


Illegal immigrant arrested for fathering three children from own mother in Nigeria

It was learnt that Adamu's brother also has an incestuous relation with their mother, Fati Sime, meaning both brothers sleep with their mother.

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One Adamu Sabi Sime has been arrested for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his biological mother.

It was learnt that Adamu's brother also has an incestuous relation with their mother, Fati Sime, meaning both brothers sleep with their mother.

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Adamu, who is an immigrant from the Republic of Benin, was arrested by the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) but his brother is said to have fled.

The spokesperson for the command, Babawale Zaid Afolabi noted that Adamu’s mother, Fati Sime, already had three children with her son, Adamu.

A statement by Afolabi said, “On Thursday, September 09, 2021, one Malam Bandele, the district head of Moshe Community in the Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara state, reported the incestuous act committed by one Adamu Sabi Sime and his mother, Fati Sime of the same community.

“Men from the intelligence unit and NSCDC operatives in Kaiama swung into action and the outcome of investigations established the fact that the mother (Fati) has three children for her biological son.

“The younger brother of the suspect, who was also confirmed to be sleeping with the mother, is now at large.”

According to the NSCDC, the mother and her two sons are illegal immigrants as they don’t have the necessary papers to stay in Nigeria.

“They have been handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for background checks and further action,” he added.


Ezekwesili elected board member of Brazilian top business school

Ezekwesili, an economics policy expert, joined the FDC board as its newest member.

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Former Vice President, World Bank, Africa Region, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, has been elected as a member of Fundação Dom Cabral Board of Trustees, to help FDC consolidate its objectives.

Ezekwesili, an economics policy expert, joined the FDC board as its newest member.

 Oby Ezekwesili

The founder and Global Chief Executive Officer of Stefanini, Marco Stefanini, as well as Founder/Board Chairman of MRV Engenharia, Rubens Menin, were also welcomed into the FDC board, according to a statement on Sunday by the top Brazilian school. 

The three new councillors are expected to contribute to the fulfilment of the institution's mission of developing society through education, the statement added.

"Fundação Dom Cabral is honoured to announce the election of Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili as a member of its BoT, its highest decision-making body.

"The FDC is a Brazilian business school, whose mission is to contribute to the development of society through the training and development of executives, entrepreneurs and public managers," Ezekwesili’s spokesperson, Mr Ozioma Ubabukoh, stated.

According to the Financial Times’ ranking, FDC is the ninth best business school in the world, he noted. 

In the social area, FDC offers training to low-income entrepreneurs, social organisations and their managers, young people in vulnerable situations, while granting scholarships to underprivileged university students, through the FDC – Centro Social Cardeal Dom Serafim, Ubabukoh added.

The co-founder and President of the FDC Board Committee, Prof Emerson de Almeida, said, “Dr Oby's election to the BoT will offer her a distinguished international and humanistic vision."

The Dean of FDC, Antonio Batista, added, “Ezekwesili will contribute with important viewpoints and help FDC consolidate its objectives.” 

On the African continent and in addition to cooperating with the University of Cape Town in South Africa, FDC is developing PAEX in Mozambique

“PAEX is an educational solution that creates a network to support the professionalisation of companies, transferring knowledge and promoting greater competitiveness and sustainable growth,” Ubabukoh added.

Similarly in August, Ezekwesili and five other global figures joined the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs as senior fellows.

Peter Salovey, president of Yale University, United States of America, said this in a statement after the appointment.

Mr Salovey also welcomed the institution’s 19 returning fellows.

He listed the school’s other 2021 senior fellows as Staffan de Mistura (Italy & Sweden), Jessica Faieta (Ecuador), Anne Patterson, David Brooks and Jessica Seddon (United States).



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