Nigerian Lawyer Petitions UK’s Metropolitan Police Over Buhari’s Cambridge Result ‘Forged’ by Abba Kyari [See Petition]

The controversy surrounding the academic qualifications of president Muhammadu Buhari is yet to be over as a Nigerian Lawyer, Kalu Kalu Agu has petitioned the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police over the Cambridge result of the president that was obtained recently by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari.

In a petition dated 14th August, 2019 addressed to the Metropolitan Police, a copy of which was obtained by SK Blog in London, the petitioner questioned the authenticity of the said result allegedly obtained from Cambridge Assessment International Education calling on the Police to investigate its origin.

Kalu among other things asked the Police to ascertain if an individual like Kyari can apply for the result, to produce evidence of the application made by the applicant and if the result can be delivered by hand to a third party as claimed by the chief of staff.

See letter

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Forex Ban: PDP Slams Buhari, Says President Out to Punish Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop issuing forex to food importers in the country.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the directive was a plot to punish Nigerians by further worsening the harsh economic conditions in the country.

See statement

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to stifle food importation in the country as mean, ill-timed and completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.

“The PDP states that this directive will worsen food scarcity, exacerbate the already harsh economic situation and the general depression, frustration, resentment and despair in our country under President Buhari’s watch.

“It is indeed appalling that instead of bringing solutions to the depreciating living conditions in our nation, President Buhari is rather imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even when it is manifestly clear that he had failed on all fronts to achieve any level of food security despite the huge resources available to his administration.

“The party says by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have again demonstrated their insensitivity towards millions of Nigerians who are already suffering acute hunger and starvation due to severe food shortage and high prices brought by President Buhari’s misrule.

“The PDP states strongly that Nigerians do not, in any way, deserve such suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.

“Such situation will only breed further despondency among our citizens, heighten our security challenges and put more pressure on compatriots, many of who, in the face of suffering occasioned by APC misrule, are resorting to suicide and slavery mission as options.

“Instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on Nigerians, the PDP urges President Buhari to cut the billions of naira being wasted on luxuries in his Presidency and free the funds for the welfare of the masses.

“Furthermore, the PDP urges President Buhari to recover the over N14 trillion siphoned by APC interests under his administration including the stolen N9 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo and channel the resources towards food security for Nigerians.

“The PDP states that it is a complete disservice to Nigerians for the government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while interests condoned by the same administration are frittering our common patrimony.

“The PDP wants to believe that while Mr. President enjoys the comfort, luxury, sufficiency and safety of the government house, he is barely aware of the sufferings of Nigerians.

“Our party therefore charges President Buhari to immediately rescind his directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

Oyo Governor, Makinde Assigns Portfolios to Commissioners [See Full List]

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has assigned portfolios to the newly inaugurated Commissioners.

It will be recalled that the governor on Thursday inaugurated the Commissioners yesterday at an event that took place at the Executive Council Chambers.

See the full list:-

1.  Hon Barrister Adeniyi John Farinto – Commissioner for Budget & Planning

2. Mr Adeniyi Adebisi – Commissioner for Commerce

3. Hon Muyiwa Jacob Ojekunle – Commissioner for Agriculture

4. Prof Oyelowo Oyewo – Commissioner for Justice

5. Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye – Commissioner for Establishment

6. Barrister Seun Asamu – Commissioner for Energy

7. Mr Rahman Abiodun AbdulRaheem – Commissioner for Land

8. Chief Bayo Lawal – Commissioner for  Special Duties

9. Hon Funmilayo Orisadeyi – Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Matters

10. Dr Bashir Bello – Commissioner for Health

11. Hon Wasiu Olatunbosun – Commissioner for Information

12. Prof Daud Kehinde Sangodoyin – Commissioner for Education

13. Mr Akinola Ojo – Commissioner for Finance

14. Rt Hon Kehinde Ayoola – Commissioner for Environment

Probe: Borrow a Leaf From Oyo Governor, Makinde, Okorocha Tells Ihedioha

The immediate past governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha has told his successor in office, Emeka Ihedioha to borrow a leaf from his Oyo state counterpart, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Okorocha in a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo said Makinde has said he will not scrap the good policies of his predecessor. Okorocha described Ihedioha as pursuing a vendetta mission against him with the several committees he has set up to investigate him since assuming office.

The statement read, “On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Governor Emeka Ihedioha announced the Constitution of a 7-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry on lands’ allocations from June 2006 to May 2019

“Looking at the members of the panel, who are all card-carrying members of the PDP and their terms of reference, one would have no other option than to conclude that the governor as usual, has his target or mission, which is to continue his vendetta against the past APC government in the State and the man who headed it, Senator Rochas Okorocha.

“Governor Ihedioha has set up more than fourteen Committees and Panels since he became governor and each of the Committees or Panels has one or two specific assignments to carry out and all against the APC government which Senator Okorocha had led.

“For instance, the Prof. Jude Njoku’s education committee took no other action than to take over the PPP-oriented Eastern Palm University and also scrapped the six new Universities, four new Polytechnics and three new Colleges of Education built by Okorocha.

“We would only ask Governor Ihedioha to borrow a leaf from his fellow PDP governor, who also succeeded an APC governor in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who said that he wouldn’t “Cancel APC Administration’s good policies”.

“That is how a governor who means well should reason or act, because at the end of the day, the overall interest of the State and her people should remain the ultimate goal

Police Arrest Officer For Facebook Post Calling Out Buhari, Osinbajo For Failing the Nation

The Yobe state Police Command has arrested a mobile police officer (Mopol) over a Facebook post where he called out president Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for failing the nation.

Confirming the arrest of the police officer, one inspector Sunday U. Japhet, the Yobe state Police Commissioner, Abdulmaliki Sunmonu said the case has been transferred to the zone 12 headquarters Bauchi for investigation.

He said,“Yes, he made the statements on his Facebook account. However, CP has no much conformation of disciplinary power for an inspector. Only the DIG has, so he was invited to Zonal headquarters (Zone 12) Bauchi, and AIG is investigating his case. Due process would be followed.”

The officer, who was on a special duty in Yobe from 8 Police Mobile Squadron Jos took to Facebook to express his dissatisfaction over the killing of 3 policemen in Taraba state by soldiers, accusing Buhari and Osinbajo for failing the nation and threatening revenge for the killings. The officer also accused the police authorities of withholding their allowances while planning to stage demonstrations.

The Police spokesman in Yobe, ASP Abdulmalik Abdulhafiz, in a statement dismissed claims of unpaid allowances by the officer as untrue.

The statement reads “the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Yobe State Command has been drawn to a write-up made by one Ap/No210138 Inspr. Sunday U. Japhet of Police Mobile Force number 8 squadron Jos, who is on special duty at Dapchi Bursari L.G.A via his Facebook account.

“The Yobe State Command wishes to inform the general public that only the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) has the right to communicate to the public through any medium about all issues affecting the Command.

“It is a baseless lies that the police high command deposited the allowance of the personnel in some secret accounts in order to share the acquired interest.

“It is on record that the Federal Government is operating Treasury Single Account (TSA) that made it impossible to divert any fund.

“Furthermore, all payments are directly paid into the Private Bank Account of all personnel from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

“Lastly, the Inspector General of Police has been working assiduously to ensure the timely payment of allowances of personnel nationwide”.

India Treatment: El-Zakzaky, FG Trade Blames Over Conditions [See full statements]

Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (MIN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has raised an alarm over his condition and that of his wife, Zeenat, at the Indian hospital where they arrived Tuesday evening for medical treatment. He alleged that their condition is worse than that of Nigeria.

According to Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson of the IMN, who confirmed on Wednesday, said the group had received an audio message from El-Zakzaky where he narrated the “terrible condition” they had been subjected to in India.

See full transcript:

“We are now here in New Delhi, India. As you all know there was an arrangement for us to come here to seek medical care regarding the ailments that we have, myself and Malama Zeenah.

“She, Malama Zeenah has a full bullet lodged in her body(that needs to be removed), also she is in need of a knee replacement surgery in addition to other problems. As for me, there are shrapnel, very small fragments in my eyes, in my hands and some in my right thigh that were slowly releasing toxins into my system which caused a lot of complications, which we later discovered that they were the caused of the mini-strokes I have had, both the first and the second time. So we were thinking the first thing to be done is to remove the shrapnel, which is a procedure that couldn’t be done at home and the doctors suggested that we should go abroad where it will be possible for the procedure to be done.

“Then the second thing would be to clean my body of the toxins, which I was told are deposited in the bones and some in the flesh and this normally takes time to be done.

“I also have a problem with my eye which the doctors that attended to us since after I had a second operation and my sight weakened, suggested that I should be taken to better facilities to have it tended to.

“After all this, we were all happy that we are in Delhi and we would be going to a suitable hospital to receive appropriate treatment. In addition, the doctors that came to visit us when we were in Nigeria advised us to come to this hospital called Medanta. That is why we requested to be brought to this hospital.

“So before we left Nigeria we heard the news that the American embassy here in India was pressuring the hospital not to admit us when we arrive. And that the hospital had agreed to refuse admitting us. So we were considering going somewhere else when we arrive. But we were later informed that the problem had been sorted out and we would be admitted to the hospital. So we set out from Nigeria.

“As soon as we arrived here, we were met with some hospital staff at the airport that escorted us to the hospital.

“Since we were in the ambulance they informed that there were a lot of people at the airport waiting to see us even if just when we are boarding the ambulance. But they have evaded them and distracted them by placing two ambulances at that exit claiming we will be boarding those but they decided to bring a different ambulance and leave through a different route so the people at the airport didn’t even get a glimpse.

“And they also said that there was a lot of people at the hospital entrance to see us arrive. But they informed us that if we arrive we will be taken in through a back entrance. They said they did this due to the high number of people, they were concerned that in people’s attempt to reach us in the crowd some harm can be done to us, that’s what they said.

“After we arrived we realized that in this hospital, or better yet someone working in the Nigerian embassy here told us that before we came, they had carried out a meeting with the hospital staff, the workers from the Nigerian embassy and some security operatives on how to go about things once we are here.

“So we saw that we were practically brought to another detention facility which is even stricter than the one we were in back in Nigeria. They came here with police armed with guns and a lot of staff from the Nigerian embassy. And we also noticed we were brought into another detention that we only came based on trust.

“Even in Nigeria, they agreed where we were detained that we would be treated only by the doctors we choose and are comfortable with allowing to treat us. But here we understand that the doctors that advised us to come here are blocked from having any say in our case. They even told us when we spoke to them, they are only allowed to advise but the hospital reserves the right to decide the course of our treatment.

“So I told them that, we came here based on the trust we have in our doctors, we cannot just see any doctor that we don’t know, or trust to treat us.

“And without recommendation from those we do trust, we cannot allow a stranger to treat us, lest not what couldn’t be done with bullets be carried out in a different way.

“Due to this, we think that based on everything we have seen so far indicates to us that we are not safe here. We were just brought to another detention.

“I have been detained now for a collective total of about 13 years but I have never seen detention like the one I am in now.

“Even at the door, they have placed armed police. Even between one room to the next we are not allowed to move. Then I see that even where we were, and of all the times I have been imprisoned in Nigeria, I have not seen anything like this. When I was in an actual prison They used to lock us up around 9:00 pm and open the doors at 7:00 am, and we could move about where ever we wish within the prison facility we were detained in.

“I see here that even when I was in Kiri Kiri prison it wasn’t as constricting as in this situation. So I feel that it is not reasonable to leave detention in order to seek medical help and we be placed in a different detention and on top of that, we be handed over to be treated by people we do not trust.

“So, based on this we are thinking that Insha Allah by all apparent indications that there is a need for us to return home since we were allowed to travel abroad for medical care and India doesn’t appear to be a safe place for us. We would have to return home, afterall, there are other countries that offered to receive us if we could go there.

“These countries include Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey, we can convene to decide which one to go to and then go there Insha Allahul Adheem.

In a swift reaction, the federal government had said that the IMN leader has an ulterior motive.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture  Dcns. Grace Isu Gekpe, El-Zakzaky had been exhibiting a character which had slowed down his medical attention.

The statement reads: “The Court on 5th August 2019 granted Sheikh Ibraheem EL-Zakzaky leave to travel to India for medical treatment.  Consequently, the Government and its relevant agencies took steps to comply with the Order.

“In line with the Court Order, El-Zakzaky was approved to embark on the trip with State officials and his choice to be accompanied by his aides and personal Doctors was not opposed by the government.

“On 12th August 2019, he and other members of the entourage went to India via Dubai. It is to be noted that El-Zakzaky particularly chose Medanta Hospital, India. However, on reaching Dubai, El-Zakzaky began to display ulterior motives against laid down procedures”.

The statement further noted “he requested that his passport be handed over to him but the State officials would not budge to his pressure. The situation became worse in India as he refused to subject himself to preliminary medical checks.

“In addition, he demanded free movement and access to visitors of all kinds as well as requested to be allowed to check into a 5-Star Hotel instead of being admitted in the hospital. The request was refused on the ground that he came into the country for medicals and not as a tourist (more so that his Visa was issued on medical grounds and not for tourism). He also demanded that Police protection be withdrawn from him by the Indian authorities.

“Against medical ethics and standard practice, he requested to nominate Doctors of his choice to join the ones tasked by Medanta Hospital to perform medical treatment on him and his wife. This created a stalemate, which the Hospital insisted that he would not dictate to it on the choice of medical personnel to carry the required medical treatment”.

The government, however, said “frustrated by his antics, the Indian authorities have expressed willingness to return him to Nigeria with immediate effect. This is on the account that they will not allow him to use their country to internationalize his group’s activities.

“Against this background, the Nigerian government wishes to commend the stand of the Indian Government as well as apologize to her for the unruly behaviour of El-Zakzaky. Similarly, the attention of the public and indeed the international community is hereby drawn to these unfortunate developments.

“The government also wishes to use this opportunity to affirm its readiness to undertake the prosecution of El-Zakzaky through the due process if and when he is returned to the country. On this note, his foul cry that he is being held in circumstances worse than he was in Nigeria should be disregarded”.

Oyo Governor, Makinde to Inaugurate Commissioners Today

Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde will today inaugurate his Commissioners.

The Commissioners will be assigned portfolios immediately after the inauguration scheduled to hold by 10am at the Executive Council Chambers.

The state House of Assembly had last week screened and confirmed 14 Commissioners-designate sent to the Assembly by the governor.

The Commissioners-designate include a former speaker of the state Assembly, Kehinde Ayoola, a former member of the Assembly, Adeniyi Farinto, a former council chairman, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun.

Others are Mr. Seun Aremu, Bayo Lawal, Professors Daud Shangodoyin and Oyelowo Oyewo. Muyiwa Jacob Olakunle, Adeniyi Olabode Adebisi, Lasunkanmi Ojeleye, Funmilayo Orisadeyi , Dr. Bashir Abiodun Bello, Mr. Akinola Ojo and Biodun Abdulraheem.

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