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Legislative leader of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said that the “intrusion” of the state by security operators amid the December 10 authoritative rerun, is just an indication of what’s in store amid the 2019 general race.

Wike was addressing writers on Thursday night and cases contender planes might be utilized amid the following general decisions.

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He additionally asked why the military and police was vigorously required in a customary authoritative rerun.


“On the off chance that you can have an attack by the military, police, DSS and INEC for a customary authoritative rerun race, then on the off chance that you have presidential and governorship race, it will be a Tsunami,” Wike said.

“There will be warrior planes; they will find individuals’ homes and bomb them since that is the main thing remaining. That is the reason I said anyone who is thinking in regards to 2019 is squandering his time.

“28,000 policemen, three gunboats and others; even DPOs were exchanged a day to the race. A portion of the security operators had charms in their vehicles for the administrative rerun. They should bomb everyone who does not concur with them.


Wike likewise blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC), as those behind the sound clasp in which he purportedly undermined authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said: “When you take a gander at specific things, you simply snicker. At no time did I address any constituent officer, not to mention issue dangers to any appointive officer. There is no place I addressed a constituent officer, undermining him or her as the case perhaps.


“It is absolutely not right. The real issue is: did the police take an interest in apparatus decision? Did the armed force take part in gear the decision? Did INEC trade off?

“Give them a chance to confront the truth and quit pursuing shadows. What is sound clasp? What can’t this legislature do? I don’t have a systematic; I don’t have a central security officer, I don’t have camp commandant. All were taken away before the decision.”


Fresh plot against Magu – The Nation Nigeria




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EFCC ‘not probing Kyari’

WHO sent some security agents to the home of the President’s Chief of Staff (COS), Mr. Abba Kyari, on January 7?

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That was the poser raised in intelligence circles yesterday amid indication of a fresh plot to remove Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu by implicating him in the alleged “phantom invasion” of Kyari’s residence.

The EFCC said yesterday that it was not investigating Kyari, adding that it did not deploy its operatives in his Defence House quarters.

The alleged invasion was said to have been hatched by some forces and targeted at provoking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu.

The Nation learnt that some security agents were deployed in the highly fortified Defence House in the night to protect Kyari from being arrested.

It was learnt that soldiers at the sentry did not allow the agents in because there were no EFCC operatives in sight.

The security men merely acted on “false alert”, it was learnt.

A source, who pleaded not to be named because of the “sensitivity of the matter”, said: “In the past few weeks, the plot to remove Magu has been heightened by some forces who are still uncomfortable with his continued stay in office. Apart from the attack on his farmhouse, he has been receiving threat messages and representations by some National Assembly members to sack him. It has reached a level that Magu now keeps his itinerary to himself and aborts some official trips.

“The phantom attempt to arrest the Chief of Staff was a script to create a wedge between the Presidency and Magu because EFCC operatives were not deployed in Defence House penultimate Sunday.

“The military sentry at the Defence House was shocked to see a deployment of some security agents coming at midnight to protect the Chief of Staff without any signal of a threat to his life or plans to arrest him.

“The armed soldiers insisted on a directive from above before the security agents could gain access to the Defence House. They turned back the operatives from the House.

“It was obvious that the security agents acted on a false alert because when calls were placed to Magu, he said he did not order any operation. This development buoyed the determination of the soldiers in Defence House to resist the security agents.”

The source added: “Some forces were just desperate to take advantage of any situation to get Magu out of EFCC.”

In a statement last night by its Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Samie Amaddin, the EFCC said it was not probing Kyari and did not make any attempt to arrest him.

“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the report and allow it to end up in the dustbin of history, for that is where it actually belongs, but for the fact that it is a follow–up to an earlier similar report also titled: EFCC’s attempt to arrest Abba Kyari sparks panic in Aso Rock, which we considered an attempt to silence the commission from carrying on with its constitutional duties of fighting corruption; we have considered it necessary to clarify issues in relation thereof.

“For the purpose of clarification, the modus operandi of the EFCC does not accommodate the alleged invasion as the modus operandi of the commission has always been to scrutinise petitions upon receipt, look at the petition on the face value, if it has merit and to carry out preliminary investigation to establish a prima facie case.

“Once all these requirements are satisfied, the suspect(s) is (are) invited for questioning and interrogation and his (their) statement(s) taken under caution.

“All these are prelude to arraignment in a competent court of jurisdiction and a suspect who is being invited for interrogation is formally sent an invitation letter to that effect.

“The so-called invasion is entirely alien to the established mode of operations of the EFCC, established over the last one-and-a-half decades in line with international best practices.

“Firstly, the commission will like to state that it is not investigating Mr. Kyari nor is it aware of any petition against him.

“Secondly, EFCC does not ‘invade’ the homes or offices of anyone the commission wishes to interact with in furtherance of the discharge of its mandate.

“The commission will properly notify and invite any person it wants to assist it in the resolution of any matter under examination.

“Thirdly, EFCC does not go to carry out invitations or arrests in the middle of the night. As a transparent organisation the commission carries out all its operations in broad daylight.

“These and other standard operational procedures are what guide the activities of the commission and which have earned it worldwide acclaim over the years.

“The commission was therefore taken aback when an online medium went public with the story of a purported “impending arrest”. EFCC does not do speculative investigations or arrests. Therefore, the action of those behind the false reports could best be described as shouting wolf where none exists.

“It must be underscored that EFCC makes it a point of duty and professional responsibility to act within the ambit of the law. The commission cannot be intimated and crying wolf by anyone cannot stop the commission from carrying out its constitutional responsibility.”

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Cross River EX Governor Donald Duke indicates interest for 2019 presidency




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Chris Ochayi ABUJA – A former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, has said that he will contest for presidency in the 2019 general elections. Donald Duke Mr. Duke, who declared his interest for the plum job at the 3rd Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture titled, “Mellinials as Protagonists in Nation Building,” on Sunday night in Abuja, promised to kick-start the process at the right circumstances. According to him, “I am entitled to run for the presidency of this country. I am entitled to it. Only on right circumstances I will aspire for it.

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I don’t shy away from responsibility, only the right circumstance, I will aspire for presidency of this country. I have what it takes to be president of this country. Duke, however, challenged the youths to fully participate in the electoral process by getting their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, and sensitising others ahead of 2019 general election, rather than loafing around, looking for who to heap their problems on.

The former governor charged that “It was high time Nigerians begun to project people with the technical know-how to take the country to the Promised Land. He said, “I hear young people say to me that why would there spend hours queuing and casting their votes when at the end their votes won’t count. And I tell that if their parents conceived them they never gave up on them considering the high mortality rate so why would there not take a chance in building this nation? “We had young leadership at one stage or the other.

Even in our first republic, besides the likes of Awolowo, Tafawa Balewa, M. T. Mbu was in his twenties when he became a minister. “Gowon was 30 when he became the head of state. It comes back to the disaster therein because most of them didn’t have experience in governance, which led us into war.

We need the combination of both. “What I think we should be doing is to a government that is youth friendly to provide opportunities because we need to groom the next set of leadership.” Mr. Duke, who disapproved of recent death of Nigerian migrants on Mediterranean sea and slavery in Libya, couple with job loss and rate of unemployment in Nigeria, summed it up, “I don’t know what a definition of failed State is and I don’t want to categorise Nigeria as a failed state yet, however, a state that was unable to provide for its people has faded up.

“So, if we are not there yet, we are walking with our eyes open towards it. And we need to pull the hand break now before it gets late. The ex-governor, while rating the activities of the present administration, said, there was disconnection between President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet members. According to him, “The challenge we have today is the disconnect. That is the challenge of the governance today. Because if you speak with the folks in government, and I am been candid here. I think we should stop to deceive ourselves here and stop all these political correctness. There is disconnecting between the president and even the ministers.” He also attributed the failure of governance on the lack of consequences for erring leaders which has given room for incompetence.

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Why Atiku, others returned to PDP – Abaribe




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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has explained why former Vice President, Atiku Abubaakar, returned to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Atiku had in December formally returned to the PDP after few years with the All Progressives Congress.

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Abaribe, who doubles as Chairman, South-East caucus in the Senate, said Atiku and other members of the party, who earlier decamped, decided to return on realizing that the APC was thriving on lies and propaganda.

He told Vanguard, “We think it is not just Atiku only. Most of the people who left PDP due to disagreements, we also encourage all of them to come back because they have now gone to taste APC and have seen. Our people say that when a woman marries two husbands, she now gets to know the one that is better.

“I think it is now clear to them that APC was simply something that was set up merely to take over power from PDP based on a bunch of lies and propaganda that they dished out to the Nigerian public and of course, we are not saying that PDP didn’t also make its own mistakes, yes, they did. But we didn’t think that those mistakes were also enough. But be that as it may, PDP also taught APC lessons in civics.

“The APC presidential candidate at the time who is now the president of Nigeria ran for president three times and won at the fourth time. In the three times he ran for president and lost, he never congratulated the person he lost to. He always went to court. He continued distracting the government. He continued feeling holier-than-thou; that he was just being unfairly pushed out. Now that he was in the saddle, the very first thing PDP did to him was to congratulate him. PDP didn’t take him to court. PDP left him to run the government.”

The senator stated that Buhari had kept Nigeria’s economy in comatose by using his own words to demarket the country, telling everybody outside that the country was a country full of crooks.
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“It took him six months to even make a simple decision of finding a cabinet for himself. And of course, that malaise has continued till today. And so decisions are pending. One year after, he would not take those decisions. He has kept the economy in comatose, used his own words to demarket the country by telling everybody outside that the country was a country full of crooks and all that, of course, he was the only good person. And of course, when you go outside your own country and call your own country corrupt, what do you think will happen? Investments will move out of your country because international investments don’t go to corrupt places.

“What they do is to find safe haven, make sure that they can get a return for their money. So at the end of the day, we have all come out to see that the APC didn’t have an economic strategy in place. And we are now working on the basis that ‘oh, we will learn as we are in the office’ and that has cost Nigeria greatly.

So, difficulties and economic malaise have encompassed the whole country. And of course, they touted that they were going to come in on the basis of taking care of security in the country and a lot of people believed the hype and of course, what have we seen? We have seen a situation where as you say that you are liberating people from Boko Haram, you are creating another menace that is even worse than Boko Haram called Fulani herdsmen.

“As you say that you are trying to keep everywhere calm, you have skirmishes all over the place. Things that were not heard of in the North and so many other things coming up. The insecurity situation also says that you have not really fulfilled that promise.”

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