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Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

I have arrived in Washington DC, says Atiku

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said he has arrived in Washington D.C., United States of America.

 Abubakar said he was in the country for a meeting with US government officials and Nigerians.

 “Just arrived in Washington D. C. for a meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C. metropolis and the business community,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle on Thursday.

 The former vice-president had been alleged to be involved in a corruption case which prevented him from travelling to the US for the past 13 years.

 The ruling All Progressives Congress had dared him to travel to the US to prove his innocence.

 Abubakar on Thursday around 8.26pm posted a photo of his visit to the US.

 In the photo, where he was being presented with a bouquet of flowers, the presidential candidate was accompanied by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, DC, however, said it was not sure Abubakar would be visiting the United States any moment soon.

A competent source at the embassy told the News Agency of Nigeria that the embassy had yet to get official information about the former vice-president’s whereabouts in the US.

 “Actually, we have not received any information for the embassy but we are just trying to find out whether he is really coming. That is what we are doing right now.

“They told us he’s coming tonight, so we are trying to find out whether he’s really coming.

“Mr (Peter) Obi, (Atiku’s running mate); he was to come last week, but the event was cancelled.

“So we are still trying to see but if you get anything, please just let us know also because they said he’s coming here so that if you’re able to get any updated information, just inform us so that we can prepare vehicles to go to the airport and meet him.

 “For now, we have no information. If I am able to confirm anything, I will get back to you and if you too get any confirmation or any update, just get back to me, just call me.

 “As a former vice- president, the Embassy is supposed to organise to receive him at the airport, but we have not received anything in that regards,” the source said.

 TheCable claimed that Atiku secretly flew out from Lagos on Wednesday.

 Atiku was said to have been issued a US visa last December for the first time in 13 years.

 The visa was reportedly facilitated by his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo.


Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, took a swipe at President Buhari, saying the President was fighting the opposition, not corruption.

Atiku, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, said it was shocking that Buhari had not condemned the action of the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, for allegedly taking a bribe from a contractor.

The President, at a town hall meeting anchored by a journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, on the Nigerian Television Authority, on Wednesday, spoke on the allegations against  Ganduje and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

When asked to comment on the allegation against Ganduje, Buhari had said, “The state assembly is investigating and they have the mandate to deal with it and they have also gone to court, so I decided not to talk about it.

The President, who admitted he had seen the videos, asked, “Does Ganduje have to take the money himself? The system has given me some relief, it is in the court and the Assembly.”

On Lawal, the President challenged anybody with evidence against the ex-SGF to provide it.

But the Senate had indicted Lawal in May last year.

On Lawal,  Buhari had stated,  “I don’t think that anybody that is being booted out is corrupt. I told you why I have to be careful. If there are strong allegations, people should come out with strong evidence like names of companies looted, contracts awarded, then, we take them before the court and the ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigations.”

But on Thursday, Atiku said he found the excuse on Ganduje untenable because the President had not shown that level of restraint when condemning the alleged corruption of others who were not members of the APC.

According to him,  such cases are too numerous to mention but include Buhari’s utterances on an ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.

Atiku said, “This partiality of the President is most disturbing, as it is proved positive that he is fighting the opposition and not corruption. Perhaps this is why Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index has established that Nigeria is more corrupt today, under President Buhari, than before he was sworn in on May 29, 2015 (and not May 19, 2015, as he claimed in Kogi).

“Quite strangely, President Buhari, however, did not allow Ganduje’s pending court case stop him from praising his crony, the Kano governor when he went to Paris in November of last year.

“Even further damaging was the President’s defence of another of his cronies, Babachir Lawal, whom he said could not be charged because of a lack of evidence. We are embarrassed by the President that he could make such a public faux pas.”


National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has appealed to  Buhari to probe the $16bn  spent on the National Integrated Power Project by the PDP-led government of  Olusegun Obasanjo.

He also told Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who is also the governorship candidate of the PDP, that his days were numbered as the APC candidate, Chief Great Ogboru, would defeat him.

“Mr President, in your second term, I urge you with respect sir; you must fulfil the question which we have asked. After $16bn, you will ask, where is the light? Mr President, you have a duty to man and to God, to ensure that that question must be answered. It must be answered judiciously. It must be answered in the court of law and what people are entitled to know.”

On Atiku’s threat to privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Oshiomhole warned the people of the South-South to stand firm with President Buhari as the PDP presidential candidate would sell the nation’s oil and gas reserve.

Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of the state who is the Delta South senatorial candidate of the APC, said the APC would sweep the forthcoming elections in the state.


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, urged members of the opposition party to join the APC so that their sins could be forgiven.

He spoke at the APC rally in Benin, the Edo State capital, on Thursday while receiving some members of the Peoples Democratic Party into the APC during the rally.

He said, “We have some PDP defectors. They are, Henry Tenebe, Iluobe….Iluobe means I have done something wrong. Yes, once you join the APC, your sins are forgiven.”

Oshiomhole advised the people to vote for the President and all the APC candidates at the polls.

I’ll continue to deal with looters, Buhari vows

Earlier at a rally in Warri, Delta State, the Presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, vowed that his administration would continue to hunt those who stole public money and deal with them.

The President also assured  the people of the Niger Delta that his administration when re-elected would give the region a serious attention.

The President, who was received by a mammoth crowd of APC supporters at the Warri Township Stadium, had earlier   visited the palaces of Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Abe 1 and the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikonwoli.

Expressing his commitment to the anti-graft war, Buhari said if re-elected, he would continue to recover stolen funds.

“In the fight against corruption, I assure you that all those who have fraudulently enriched themselves when they were entrusted with public funds, we will eventually get them and deal with them. We are doing it, we will continue to do it and I assure you, we will not abuse your trust,” he stated.


All is set at the gateway state for the prestigious International Community Conference and Icons Award Slated on the 10th February, 2019 at OGTV Event Hall to celebrate and honour individuals, organizations and cooperate bodies that has contributed in no small measure towards the upliftment and infrastructural development of the Nigerian community.



The chairman board of trustee of ICCIA Mr Alfred Ohiani a chat with the media, said without community development there can never be a sustainable development, hence the theme of the event "Roles of Community Development Association in Ensuring Good Governance, Security and Economic Growth in the State" which will be anchored by the professional trio of Brig. General Samuel Oviawe rtd, Prof. James Kehinde and Barr. Segun Odubela San.



According to the convener of the event Mr Frederick Fadipe, International Community Conference and Icons Award was conceived purposely to celebrate members of the greatest party in the world today, which are the Community Development Associations for their selfless and humanitarian services towards Community Development in all spheres of life.


Commenting on the forth coming event,vice chairman of the ICCIA Barr. Olabisi Kolawole said the committed members of Community Development Association which cover's CDC, ZCDC and ACDC deserve to be honoured and celebrated for embarking on gigantic projects such as Boreholes, Roads, Transformer Installations, Mini Bridges and School Constructions through individual contributions.



Others to be honoured include Hon. Surajudeen Adekunbi, Hon Micky Kazzim, HRM Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Alh Sefiu Also, WO Emmanuel Fadipe, Engr Henry Akinlosotu, Mr Oloyede Kuku, Hon.Gbenga Adenmosun, HRM Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, Hon Sulaimon Omoyele Akeem, Barr Oketola Obaleye, Alh Kudirat Balogun, Seriki Ahmed Haruna Kuraja, Acp Olatunji Disu, Former CP Lagos Mr Fatai Owoseni, and many more. 


The event is powered by Newsangle TV and supported by ICDA, Family Fm, Access weekly magazine, TVC, X5base Entertainment, Triple star, Photoniksy, Lagos Television, Ogun state Television, Prestige Magazine, Paramount Fm and Daily Pride Newspaper.

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The coast is now very clearer that Nigerians in Diaspora are earnestly yearning for His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s presidency in the 2019 Nigeria General election. To this end Nigerians in Diaspora under the auspices of Atiku Obi Europe movement based in Belgium with branches across Europe had set aside two days, 5th and 6th of January 2019 for town hall meetings/mobilization campaign comprising larger societies of Nigerians across the globe.

At a Press Conference addressed by the Director General of Atiku/Obi Europe movement, Akogun Banji Ojo in Brussels, Belgium early this morning which was made available to the Nigerian Press by the Nigeria Country Director, Deacon Joseph Lanre Anifowose, the two events scheduled for Brussels, Belgium and London in United Kingdom shall be attended by well known Nigerians across the globe.

Meanwhile, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Dr. Peter Obi, Dr. Saraki, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Hon. Secondus and other top leaders of PDP had confirmed their intention to attend the important gatherings.

The epoch making events is aimed at having one-on-one interactive section with the Presidential candidates and other stakeholders of our great party on the manifestos of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mates for the Nigerian populace as well as Nigeria in Diaspora.

You would record that Atiku/Obi Europe movement is a voluntary and self sponsored political affiliate that is born out of genuine desire by concerned Nigerians, home and in Diaspora to showcase the candidature of ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR AND MR PETER OBI to the World as a positive political development in Nigeria for 2019 Presidential Election because we believe that the opportunity to get a better tomorrow is here.

Our Mission/Objectives as spelt out below still valid for the present dispensation:
To Promote the Candidacy of His Excellency Alhaji. Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi the People’s  Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate for 2019 Election in Europe and the World at large.

To Mobilize and ensures that Nigerians in Diaspora supports  His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Peter Obi for 2019  Nigerian Presidential Election.

Mass Publicity and Promotion of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi to boost his image among World leaders.

To Broadcast to the World especially Nigerians both at home and in Diaspora on the MANIFESTOS and Cardinal programs of His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

However, reports has it that notable Nigerians across Europe are already arriving in Europe for the important meetings. Various souvenirs has been procured to add glamour to the events

Be assured that the outcome and resolutions at the meeting shall be brought to public domain, the statement said.

Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:00

IGP appoints Frank Mba as new police PRO

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The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has appointed Frank Mba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), as the new spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force.

Mba takes over from Jimoh Moshood, an Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police.

The Force, in a statement yesterday, said the new police PRO, until his appointment, was working at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, Lagos. The posting is with immediate effect.


“The new Inspector-General of Police has therefore charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in revamping the image of the Force, improving the relationship between the citizens and the police, bridging existing communication gap between the police and its stakeholders, and assisting the IGP in realising his mission and vision for the Force and the nation,” the statement said.

Mba hails from Ezimo in Udenu Local Council of Enugu State and was the best graduating Cadet Inspector in academics at the Police Academy, Kano, in 1993.

He studied law at the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2002. He also has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK).

The new police spokesman is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Quantico, United States (U.S.) and holds a Certificate in National and International Security from the Harvard University, U.S.

He was spokesman both at the national and the Lagos State Command levels.

Mba, who had since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Force Headquarters, Abuja, served as the Force PRO under the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, from 2012 to 2014.

He was relieved of his post after Abubakar’s departure.

He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1999, Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2003, Superintendent of Police in 2006 and Chief Superintendent of Police in 2012.


The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed February 26, for the prosecution and defence counsel handling the late former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh’s case to decide on the suit.


Justice Okon Abang gave the date yesterday on resumption of trial. The court had, during the last sitting in November 2018, adjourned trial till January 17, 2019 for continuation of 24-count charge the Federal Government leveled against Badeh.

The charges bordered on money laundering and diversion of N3.9 billion public funds in the custody of Nigerian Air Force for personal use.

However, Badeh was killed on December 19, 2018, along Keffi- Abuja road on the way from his farm.


When the case was called yesterday, Badeh’s lawyer, Akin Olujimi (SAN), told the court that his client was dead and requested for a short time to liaise with the prosecution on the next line of action.

Describing his murder as a ‘shock’, Olujimi said the unfortunate incident deprived Badeh the opportunity to let the world know that he did not commit the crime for which he was charged.

“When a defendant to a crime dies, the litigation against him must terminate,” he said, stressing that his late client would have been able to disprove the allegations against him.

Counsel for the company, S.T. Ologunorisa (SAN) aligned himself with Olujimi’s submission, and appealed that the matter be adjourned to a later date, as a mark of honour for the late Badeh.

While the prosecution, Rotimi Jacob (SAN), did not object to the request, he however, stressed that the defence ought to have given the court a death certificate for record purposes.

In his ruling, Justice Abang held that no death certificate was required since his (Badeh’s) death was already in the public domain.

“The court is already aware of his death. The Supreme Court made it clear that where a matter is already a public knowledge, the court, being a member of the public, does not require death certificate,” he said.

The judge further paid tributes to Badeh, noting that throughout his trial, he never created difficulties for the court.

“He was so peaceful throughout his trial. His conduct was a show of tremendous respect for the court. He was always in court before trial and he never asked for frivolous applications,” Justice Abang added.

He subsequently adjourned the matter till February 26, 2019 to be briefed on outcome of the meeting between the prosecution and defence counsel.

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