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Tuesday, 25 October 2022

MURIC calls RCCG practitioner of religious 'apartheid'

 MURIC calls RCCG practitioner of religious 'apartheid'

Ishaq Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has accused the leadership of Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG of practicing “religious apartheid” at its Redemption Camp located on Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway.

The accusation was made on Monday by Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of the group.

Akintola, raised alarm that certain Muslims are barred from entering the camp for legitimate transactions and demanded the relocation of examination centres from the RCCG camp.

“Our office has been inundated with complaints from Nigerian Muslims who have been denied access into the Lagos-Ibadan expressway camp of the RCCG.

“Among the complainants are Muslims who registered for the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as well as other examinations.

“Attempts by the candidates to enter the RCCG camp in order to check their examination centres are always rebuffed by RCCG security men who turn them back at the gates with clear messages that Muslims are persona non grata inside the camp.

“The second group of Muslims who are not allowed to enter are those who opened bank accounts in some of the banks located inside the camp like Eco Bank, Unity, Guaranty Trust Bank, FCMB, United Bank for Africa, Zenith and Access Bank. This ugly trend has been on for quite some time but the complaints have increased in number recently,” Akintola said.

“It is even more interesting to note that those behind this obnoxious practice are Yoruba Christians while the victims are Yoruba Muslims. Those who talk about religious tolerance being rampant in Yorubaland have therefore missed the point.

 “But the difference is the case in matters concerning religion where they operate as Christian or Muslim groups or as corporate entities. The same Christian teacher who lives in the same house with many Muslims without any problem is the same teacher who will snatch the hijab from the head of a female Muslim student in the school.

“Simply put, there is no religious tolerance in Yorubaland. That is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

“The RCCG camp saga cited above is one good example. RCCG has used opportunities at its disposal to build a big camp on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It has also equipped the camp with necessary infrastructural facilities including a university, schools, clinics, banks, residential houses.

“MURIC acknowledges the right of RCCG to do all these but at the same time members of the public should be given access to them. Failure to allow that access robs RCCG of an important quality and role in social relations, namely, neighbourliness and service to the people. Afterall many other entities have such facilities and keep them open to the public.

“As a way forward, we demand, first and foremost, the relocation of all public examination centres from the RCCG camp. This camp should be delisted by WAEC, JAMB, NECO and other examination bodies for practicing religious apartheid.

“Any individual or institution that applies to examination bodies to host examinations must give access to the public, particularly the candidates. Anything to the contrary is arbitrary and alien to the culture of education. A situation whereby candidates of a particular religion are shut out of the premises of the examination venue is unfair, unjust and unacceptable by any standard.

“We advise Muslims to stop going inside the RCCG camp. It is private property where Muslims are not welcome. Muslims residing in the vicinity should patronise banks and other business concerns located outside the camp.

“However, we warn that banks and other business concerns located within RCCG camp may start losing their Muslim customers if they continue within RCCG camp. Our advice to the banks is to engage RCCG authorities in dialogue on this matter,” Akintola said.

At the time of this report, RCCG was yet to react to MURIC’s claim.

Gun-battle with smugglers claims Customs officer. three injured

An Assistant Superintendent Nigerian Customs Service, Saheed Aweda was killed, while three others sustained life threatening injuries after suspected smugglers opened fire on them in Igboho, while on patrol on Sinau-Kenu Road in Baruteen Local Government Area of Kwara last Friday.

The patrol team had earlier impounded 40 bags of smuggled rice and 30 jerry cans of petrol hidden in a nearby bush alongside Sinau-Kenu Road, Customs spokesman in Kwara, Mr Chado Zakari, stated in a statement issued in Ilorin on Monday.

However, the smugglers laid ambush for the patrol team and rained gunshots on their vehicle as they were taking the impounded commodities away.

“The suspected smugglers laid ambush and shot sporadically at the patrol van conveying the smuggled goods to government’s warehouse.

 “In the exchange of fire that ensued, one officer succumbed to the cold hands of death, while three officers sustained life threatening injuries and are currently responding to treatment.

“The deceased, an assistant superintendent, Mr Saheed Aweda has been buried according to Islamic rights in his home town, Popogbona in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara.

“The Comptroller, Mr Olugboyega Peters, has visited the family of the deceased to commiserate with its members,’’ Zakari stated.

He added that Mr Peters had ordered full-scale investigation into the assault to fish out the culprits. (NAN)

Obaseki describes APC as threat to Nigeria co-existence

Godwin Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State he’s explained why the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), must not be voted back to power in the 2023 general elections.

The Governor who stated this during the formal inauguration of the State campaign management council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Benin City, warned that Nigeria will complete collapse should the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, be elected to govern the country.

He further alleged that “no administration has done the kind of damage President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government has done to this country”.

According to him, “APC is threatening the coexistence of this country, but by the grace of God, when we come into power, we will revive this country, we will reduce the difference among our people in this country. We will make this country what it ought to be.”

“The debt this country is going to N60 trillions. When are we going to come out of it. Everyday, every month, they are printing and printing money to pay salaries. When I cried out years ago, I never knew it was as bad as this.

 “What will happen to the Naira, only God will help us. They (APC) has destroyed the basis of this country,” he said.

Obaseki who warned that Nigeria will completely collapse if the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is elected President at the 2023 general elections, insisted that the PDP must win in order to rescue the country from the ruling APC.

“God forbid, APC comes into power, this country will break, this country will fail. APC is threatening the co-existence of this country, but by the grace of God, when we (PDP) come into power, we will revive Nigeria.”

Obaseki added that no administration has done the kind of damage the APC government has done to this country with the rate at which the Buhari-led government has been borrowing money, lamenting that Nigeria’s debt had skyrocketed to N60trn.

The Governor who is the Chairman of PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state, charged the 10-man team to ensure victory for the party, adding: “whatever scarifice we must make, we must make it to change the fortune of this country”

Terror alert: FCTA calls for calm, assures residents of safety

Musa Bello

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on residents to remain calm as security agencies are working assiduously to sustain the state of law and order in the nation’s capital.

This comes two days after the U.S. Mission in Nigeria issued a security alert over the risk of terror attacks, especially in the FCT.

In a statement released by the Director, of Information and Communication, FCT, Malam Muhammad Sule, on Tuesday, he assured residents that all necessary arrangements have been made to safeguard lives and property.

”As part of proactive measures, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, convened an emergency security meeting where issues concerning the security alert given by some embassies in Abuja, to their citizens were exhaustively discussed and measures are taken to sustain the current state of security and prevent any breach.

”During the meeting, the minister charged the security agencies to do all within their powers to protect FCT residents from being harmed by criminals and other unscrupulous elements.

”We have not authorized the closure of any school; accordingly, the schools that have closed should, therefore, reopen forthwith.”

Sule said that the FCT Minister restated his advice to residents to cooperate at all times with the security agencies by volunteering useful and timely information that would assist in nipping any form of criminality in the bud.

Residents and visitors are hereby urged to go about their legitimate businesses as all the security agencies have been fully mobilised to checkmate any form of intrusion into the FCT.


Civil Defence sacks 15 officers, suspend seven, demote nine 

Ahmed Audi

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has sanctioned a total of 31 officers and men of the Corps for offences ranging from job racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, forgery, absence without leave, dishonesty and economic sabotage, among others.

The disciplinary action was announced by NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Dr Ahmed Audi, in a statement signed by the corps’ spokesman, Olusola Odumosu, on Monday in Abuja.

Audi said that 15 of the officers were dismissed, seven suspended, nine placed on compulsory retirement while one was interdicted and another demoted.

He said that the disciplinary action was approved by the Civil Defence, Corrections, Fire and Immigration Board.

Audi explained that the officers were sanctioned for offences ranging from job racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, forgery, absence without leave, dishonesty and economic sabotage, among others.

Those dismissed included one Assistant Superintendent of Corps I, two Chief Corps Assistant, three Assistant Inspector of Corps (AIC), three Corps Assistant (CAIII), two CAII, one CAII, one Inspector of Corps and one AIC.

“The suspended officers includes two Deputy Commandants of Corps, three Assistant Commandant of Corps, one Assistant Superintendent of Corps II and one CAII.

“The board also approved the interdiction of an Inspector of Corps (IC) and demotion of one IC,” he added.

The CG further said that the disciplinary action was part of measures to rid the service of bad eggs and ensure discipline.

He added that it was in line with his resolve to reposition and sanitise the corps against all forms of negative vices.

“The actions of the erring personnel made it imperative to invoke internal disciplinary mechanism by setting up disciplinary committees.

“They carried out investigation and orderly room trial for various offences and spelt out recommendation of different sanctions to the board for approval,” he said.

The CG reiterated his determination not to allow errant officers portray the corps in bad light under his leadership.

He said that the sanctions would serve as deterrent to others, as the corps will not condone any unethical conduct.

Audi called on all personnel to uphold the corps’ Standard Operating Procedure, Code of Ethics, discipline and adherence to Public Service Rules.

Audi however promised to reward officers and men who excel in their various assignments as a motivation for good conduct and dedication to service.

At last. court orders forfeiture of Diezani’s properties, cars in Abuja

Diezani's properties forfeited

Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday ordered the final forfeiture of two Abuja properties and two luxury cars belonging to a former minister of petroleum resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.

The two properties are located at Plot 1854 Mohammed Mahashir Street, and No. 6, Aso Drive, in the highbrow Asokoro and Maitama Districts of Abuja are valued at $2,674,418USD and N380, 000,000 respectively.

The luxury cars are a black BMW saloon with Chassis No B8CV54V66629 and registered number, RBC155 DH and a black Jaguar saloon car with Chassis No SAJAA.20 GRDMv43376, valued at N36,000,000.

The judge gave the order forfeiting the assets to the Federal Government of Nigeria while ruling on the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Suit No. 1122/2021 and Suit No 1123/2021, asking for the final forfeiture of the assets.

The Commission had on November 29, 2021 secured the interim forfeiture on the assets in a ruling on separate motion ex-parte filed on September 27, 2021 which prayed the court to order the interim forfeiture of the assets on the grounds of reasonable suspicion that they were proceeds of unlawful activities.

In granting the interim forfeiture Order, Justice Olajuwon had ordered the EFCC to publish a notice in a national newspaper, inviting anyone with interest in the assets to show cause why they should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The court consequently adjourned till January 22, 2022 for report.

In compliance with the Order of Court, the Forfeiture Order was published in Thisday Newspaper of Wednesday April 6, 2022.

In the absence of any contestation of the Interim Order, the Court, today, forfeited the properties to the Federal Government.

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