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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Read Buhari’s full speech at UN’s 72nd session

  • #NigeriaUNGA17: STATEMENT DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 72ND SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, IN NEW YORK, ON TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017


Mr. President,
Fellow Heads of State and Government,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation.

You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement.

Mr. President, The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis.

I must also commend the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, we must collectively thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany under the commendable leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governments of Italy, Greece and Turkey for assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees. In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together within my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram.

We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Indeed, in Nigeria we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters.

In the last year, the international community came together to focus on the need for gender equality, youth empowerment, social inclusion, and the promotion of education, creativity and innovation. The frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa. Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.

Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery. These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime. Mr. President, These cooperative efforts should be sustained.

We must collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak. This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management. The UN should continue to take primary leadership of the maintenance of international peace and security by providing, in a predictable and sustainable manner, adequate funding and other enablers to regional initiatives and peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council. Mr. President, New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts. For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented.

Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue. Additionally, we are now confronted by the desperate human rights and humanitarian situations in Yemen and most tragically in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994. The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what, from all indications is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion.

We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity. In all these crises, the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children. That is why the theme of this session: Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet” is most apposite.

While the international community grapples to resolve these conflicts, we must be mindful and focus on the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations. These inequalities and gaps are part of the underlining root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability. The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea.

Since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, we have never come so close to the threat of nuclear war as we have now. All necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts must be brought to bear on North Korea to accept peaceful resolution of the crisis. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki painfully remind us, if we fail, the catastrophic and devastating human loss and environmental degradation cannot be imagined. Mr. President, 18. Nigeria proposes a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader. The delegation, led by the Security Council, should include members from all the regions.

The crisis in the Korean peninsula underscores the urgency for all member states, guided by the spirit of enthroning a safer and more peaceful world, to ratify without delay the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, which will be open for signature here tomorrow.

Mr. President, I end my remarks by reiterating Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations. Since our admission as a member state in 1960, we have always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development. Nigeria will continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 I thank you.


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IPOB stands proscribed, terrorist group – FG

The Federal Government of Nigeria, Tuesday, threw its weight on the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the categorisation of IPOB as a terrorist organisation by both the south-east governors and the Nigerian army, respectively, saying the activities of the group are similar to those of other terrorist groups.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday when he appeared on a live TV programme “Good Morning Nigeria” on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

According to him, the federal government equally knows the foreign countries supporting and funding the activities of IPOB in Nigeria and has kick-started steps at blocking IPOB’s funding.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed also said that IPOb has written to those foreign countries, lying to them that Nigeria is a country where Muslims persecute Christians and that in Nigeria, genocide is carried out by the state.

According to him, “There are a lot of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the action of the military and the South East governors. “People must realise that we are dealing with issue of national security and I do not think that the military and the governors should fold their arms while the country is set ablaze.

“I have heard a lot of comments as to whether the military has the right to declare IPOB, a terrorist group “What the military has done is to catalogue all the activities of IPOB, which are not different from that of terrorists groups,” he said. Mohammed said IPOB set up a para-military organisation, a parallel military group, Biafra Secret Service and Biafra National Guard. He said the group were attacking army installations and soldiers at check points, extorting money from innocent people. “IPOB activities are not jokes.

If there have not been the proactive actions on the part of the military and the South East governors, there would have been retaliations from other regions and the entire country will be set on fire. “We cannot be talking of semantics or procedure when the nation is moving towards crises and precipices. It is only in a Banana Republic that you can see non state actors doing what IPOB is doing. “The actions by the military and the governors should be seen from the perspective of ensuring internal security and averting chaos,” he said.

Recall that on Monday September 18th, 2017, the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki had condemned the tagging of IPOB as terrorist organisation, saying it was unconstitutional. Saraki had also faulted the South-East governors for proscribing the activities of IPOB in the region. Recall that army’s Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, had pronounced that IPOB was a terrorist organisation after a reported clash between military personnel and IPOB members in Umuahia, Abia state. Enenche had, during the pronouncement, given the following reasons for tagging IPOB a terrorist organisation; According to him, ““After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organisation is non-violent is not true.

“Hence, the need to bring to public awareness the true and current state of IPOB. “In this regard, some of their actions, clandestinely and actively, that have been terrorising the general public include: “The formation of a Biafra Secret Service, claimed formation of Biafra National Guard, unauthorised blocking of public access roads and extortion of money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks. “Militant possession and use of weapons (stones, molotov cocktails, machetes and broken bottles, among others) on a military patrol on Sept. 10, 2017.

“Physical confrontation of troops by Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB actors at a check point on Sept. 11, 2017 and also attempt to snatch their rifles. “Attack by IPOB members on a military check point on Sept. 12, 2017, at Isialangwa, where one IPOB actor attempted to snatch a female soldier’s rifle.’’ “From the foregoing, the Armed Forces of Nigeria wish to confirm to the general public that IPOB from all intent, plan and purpose as analysed, is a militant terrorist organisation.”

Alhaji Mohammed also reiterated his position that IPOB was being sponsored by the association of disgruntled politicians and treasury looters to discredit President Muhammad Buhari”s Administration. He admonished the media and opinion leaders to be circumspect in their publications and discussions on IPOB in order not to aggravate the crises the more.

“The kind of comments and headlines in the media as well as comments from certain quarters are the types that give oxygen and confidence to the IPOB. “They must exercise restraint because the only reason we practice our profession or be a commentator is simply because there is peace in the country,” he said.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Terrorism Charge: Nnamdi Kanu Flees, Goes Into Hiding

  • The founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and top leaders of his group have gone into hiding following Friday’s declaration by the Nigerian Army that IPOB and other Pro-Biafran groups were terrorist organizations. 

  • Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday revealed that Kanu and his top lieutenants had ‘disappeared’ from his country home in Afaraukwu near Umuahia and other places he frequently visited. His father, Eze Israel Kanu, is the traditional ruler of the town.




His father, Eze Israel Kanu, is the traditional ruler of the town.

Some IPOB members, who spoke on condition of anonymity explained that Kanu and others were advised to go underground following the declaration by the Army and the decision of the South-East governors to proscribe activities of pro-Biafra agitators in the region.

An IPOB member said, “We have to apply wisdom to whatever we are doing. We have realized that there is a grand conspiracy against Kanu and other top leaders of our group.

“Just imagine barely few hours after the Nigerian military declared members of IPOB and other pro-Biafran groups as terrorists, our own governors came up with their own outright ban of our activities.

“This definitely will give the soldiers and other security agencies the opportunity to arrest our leader and mount a deadly clampdown on all IPOB members. So, it is better to operate from a hideout for now.”

I can’t disclose my brother’s location — Kanu’s brother

When contacted on phone on Saturday, Kanu’s younger brother simply identified as Fine Boy, refused to tell SUNDAY PUNCH where his brother was, adding that only the IPOB leader could disclose his hiding place.

He said, “Only my brother can tell Nigerians where he is, I can’t. I don’t know why the Army should call IPOB a terrorist organization, it is out of their desperation to arrest Nnamdi and frustrate the Biafran struggle.  We have petitioned the United Nations and the European Union.

“The world knows that IPOB is a non-violent organization, we don’t carry arms, we don’t kill, and we believe violence can never solve any problem.

“Nnamdi will soon disclose his current location and IPOB will also react to the proscription of the group by the South-East governors’ forum.”

Security agencies comb South-East for Kanu, others


SUNDAY PUNCH investigations on Saturday also showed that security agencies were combing the South-East region in search of Kanu.

Findings by one of our correspondents in Abuja showed that the security agencies had been directed to arrest Kanu and other leaders of his group.

The directive to arrest the IPOB leaders was said to have been communicated to the leaders of the security agencies deployed in the region.

The security agencies that were given the directive, according to investigations, include the military, the police and the Department of State Services.

It was gathered that the government felt that it could be dangerous to leave Kanu a free man till the next adjourned date when his case would come up at an Abuja Federal High Court.

His case is said to be coming up later in October.

A top security source said, “We are seriously looking for him. He has a lot of things to explain to the government concerning his statements, actions, and activities.

“We can’t sit by and allow the security situation in the country to be compromised to the extent that an individual will be challenging the Federal Government.

“Government has to do something about an individual that is recruiting young people, giving them uniforms, arming them and referring to them as a secret service.

“We have been seizing arms and ammunition at the ports; we also need to know what they were meant for.

“This is someone who unilaterally said there would be no election in Anambra State and some people want us to allow him to continue with his activities?  No, we need to grow above our ethnic and tribal sentiments.”

South-East govs disloyal — IPOB


IPOB  on Saturday night condemned the South East Governor’s Forum over its proscription of IPOB’s activities. Its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said the speed with which the governors announced the proscription of IPOB activities showed that the governors were disloyal.

IPOB said, “We want to find out how the governors who do not know the foundations of IPOB, would make such a statement when they know that IPOB had staged 297 peaceful protests and rallies both at home and in Diaspora without a single record of violence or crime.

“With the record on ground, IPOB under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is one of the most peaceful organized freedom fighting group in the world today.  It is dangerous that the governors who are the chief security officers of their respective states in the zone would decide to hand over their people to the enemies who were out to kill, maim and destroy because of their selfish reasons.  We are also aware that late Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and General Philip Effiong protected their people during the first pogrom and ethnic cleansing from 1966’to 1970.

“These governors and their collaborators are in the forefront to eliminate our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other peaceful members of IPOB. It is on record that IPOB activities are peaceful since the inception and nobody can prove where and how IPOB activities became violent overnight.

“The soldiers brought in to eliminate or murder our leader and IPOB members, including the innocent civilians across Biafra land, are still going from house to house picking anyone suspected to be IPOB or seen with any Biafra insignia. IPOB under Kanu must remain a nonviolent group in the pursuit of Biafra freedom, despite the high-handedness meted against IPOB members and our leader.”

Enforcement of ban will cause bloodshed, says MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, on Saturday, said the South-East Governors Forum has no powers to proscribe the activities of pro-Biafra groups in the zone.

It warned that any attempt by the governors to enforce the proscription will lead to loss of lives.

MASSOB said the decision taken by the governors cannot stand.

National Director of Information, MASSOB, Samuel Edeson, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH in Enugu, described the pro-Biafra groups as independent associations of people whose rights to self-determination are backed by the United Nation’s Charter.

Edeson argued that the governors can only enforce the proscription after amending the laws of South-East states to criminalize self-determination.

According to him, “The governors said they will enforce the proscription, the only way they can do that is by using the shoot-on-sight approach which was started by the Buhari administration. In that case people will die.

“The fact is that MASSOB was never registered under the Nigerian government; neither did we registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

“We are an independent organization, we are freedom fighters — there is nowhere in the world where a self-determination group is proscribed.

“It (proscription) cannot stand; nobody can drive us away from our father’s land.”

Ohanaeze Ndigbo also faulted Nigeria army’s declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization. Ohanaeze said, “IPOB is not a terrorist organization going by extant national and international laws, especially the terrorist prevention Act 2011, as amended in 2015.”

It, however, praised the South-East Governors for stopping the conflict in the region.  In a communique read by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the group condemned the military operation in the zone and urged the army to terminate the exercise henceforth.

No going back on IPOB, others’ proscription – Govs


The Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum who is also the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has attributed the proscription of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra to the agitation for secession by the group.

Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Saturday while briefing journalists on the resolution of his colleagues on the activities of IPOB and the “Operation Python Dance” launched by the military in the South –East.

The governor insisted that the decision would be enforced in the five states.

He said, “The Igbo are not looking for secession at this time, it is not the solution to our problem. If we want Biafra, it is the leaders of the South-East that would be in the forefront of it, not any other person.

“The ideals and beliefs of IPOB have gone beyond the initial thought of IPOB leaders. Anybody can agitate but it must be devoid of insults from any sources.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has shown maturity in the handling of insults, there must be disagreement, but such disagreement must not degenerate to insulting the President of the country.”

Umahi said there was no way the South-East governors would have supported the activities of IPOB.

He said, “We have the people’s mandate, our task is to avoid shedding of blood and ensure a peaceful existence of our people.

“We had invited Nnamdi Kanu on two occasions, and he honored our invitation. We told him that he cannot be insulting President Buhari, it is not the solution to the problem of the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.”

On the allegations of torture allegedly committed by soldiers involved in the “Operation Python Dance” in Umuahia and  Aba, Umahi said the South-East Governors have set up a committee to investigate all the allegations.

He said, “We must reiterate that anybody found culpable will face the full wrath of the law and be prosecuted.”

Obasanjo’s advice on Kanu, personal opinion — Presidency


The Presidency has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent comment on the Biafran agitation is his opinion.

Obasanjo was reported on Friday to have advised Buhari to invite  IPOB leaders for negotiations.

When asked on Saturday if Buhari would heed Obasanjo’s advice, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Obasanjo’s comment was not a law or a rule.

He said, “It is an opinion that he has proffered and when you proffer an opinion, it is not a law or a rule. It is now left for the person who was given the advice to consider it.”

Junaid, Balarabe berate Obasanjo


Meanwhile, two northern elder statesmen, Dr. Junaid Muhammed and Alhaji Balarabe Musa, have disagreed with Obasanjo over his comments on IPOB agitations, saying that the retired general lacked credibility.

The former president was quoted to have said the deployment of troops in the South- East was not the solution to the Biafran agitation. He also said Buhari should invite  IPOB leaders for negotiations.

Muhammed, a Second Republic lawmaker, said, “The statement credited to Obasanjo, if he, indeed, said so, must be condemned by all right-thinking Nigerians. It is irresponsible and demoralizing to the army and the police who are confronting terrorists wherever they are.

“It confirms that the ex-president is a hypocrite who is playing games with even the sacred ideals of our national existence.

“Obasanjo without recourse to parliament deployed Nigerian armed forces to Zaki Biam in Benue State and Odi in Bayelsa State.

“He did not seek any audience with those victims, and it is mischievous that the former president has now come up with some advice.”

Also, Balarabe Musa, former governor of old Kaduna State, said, “Obasanjo is not credible enough to give such advice. We are talking about a problem, but what did Obasanjo do when he was there?”

Similarly, the Arewa Consultative Forum on Saturday applauded northerners for maintaining peace and understanding in the face of provocation in the aftermath of the clash between the Nigerian Army and IPOB

The northern body through its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna, also condemned the clash which led to the killing of some northerners in Rivers State.

The group commended the South-East governors on the ban placed on IPOB.

Afenifere seeks dialogue


On its part, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, endorsed the call by Obasanjo that Buhari should negotiate with IPOB.

Afenifere said the Biafran agitations could only be resolved through dialogue, noting that after the civil war, the country still engaged in dialogue for national integration.

The Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, said no step or effort that could douse the tension across the country and bring peace to the polity was too much to take.

He said, “We are for dialogue in Afenifere and support any effort that could lower tension in the country, efforts that would bring harmony and understanding.”

CAN president asks Buhari to dialogue with Kanu


The President of Christian Association of Nigeria Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has advised the Federal Government to invite the agitators for talks with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

He said, ‘’The best way to win is to have a dialogue table whereby the Federal Government should hold on to the superior argument. That is what can move us forward.”

Ayokunle, who is also the President, Nigeria Baptist Conference, said violent agitations would further compound the problems facing Nigeria.

The cleric spoke at the inauguration of the new gate of the Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State, and the inauguration of a radio station on the campus, 101.9 FM.

Ayokunle, therefore, urged IPOB and other groups to embrace dialogue, saying that was the only way their grievances could be made known legitimately.

IPOB activities within civil order — INC


The National President of Ijaw National Congress, the apex socio-cultural umbrella body for the Ijaw people, Dr. Boma Obuoforibo, on Saturday said the use of force to silence agitating youths in the South Eastern part of the country would not bring about peace.

Obuoforibo said although the Ijaw people don’t support the call for secession, the IPOB members by their activities, had not degenerated to the point of being branded as a terrorist group.

He said, “The constitution only allows police to handle civil matters. The army’s primary responsibility is for external aggression except the situation has degenerated to a stage when the army is advised to come in. Sending the army to a civilian population is not allowed.”

The Ijaw Youth Congress also appealed to Buhari to retract the appellation of terrorists recently given to IPOB members.

The IYC maintained that the right to peaceful agitation or assembly or peaceful quest to self-determination did not amount to an act of terrorism.

Making reference to the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 as amended, the spokesman of the group, Mr. Henry Iyalla, said it was wrong of the Nigerian Army to tag IPOB members as terrorists without following the dictates of the Act.

Security beef up in Bauchi,  calm in Ebonyi, Enugu, Owerri


Security has been beefed up in Bauchi State in view of the uprising and the clash between soldiers and IPOB members which has caused tension in many cities across the North.

The development, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt, was to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the State.

Our correspondent observed the movement of combined teams of armed security agencies in Hilux vehicles numbering over 20.

The team comprised personnel of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services and the Federal Road Safety Corps.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Kamal Abubakar, said the command was battle-ready.

He said, “In view of the ongoing security situation in the country especially the operation in the South-East and security reports coming from neighboring Plateau State on pockets of crises, the Bauchi State Command is ready.”

But residents of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, have been going about their legitimate and lawful businesses without any fear of molestation.

Abakaliki, Afikpo, Onueke and Ohaozara remained calm and have not witnessed the presence of military personnel since the military show of might started in the Sout-East.

One of our correspondents observed on Saturday that there was still a heavy presence of soldiers and policemen at strategic locations in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

On Eket Street, where the Umuahia Central Mosque is located, soldiers were seen guarding the building with a military van stationed at one end of the road.

Turkey disowns citizen supporting Biafran agitation


The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Nigeria has said it was committed to the territorial integrity and political unity of the country.

It denied supporting the secessionist agitations in the country and further disowned a Turkish citizen, Abd├╝lkadir Erkahraman, who has been drumming support for the Biafran agitation.

He has also posted videos online accusing President Buhari of committing genocide.

But the mission in a statement on Saturday said Erkahraman is not a Turkish diplomat or an official representative of the Turkish government.
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SHOCKING! The World's Oldest Person Dies In Jamaica

  • Violet Moss Brown, also known as "Aunt V", the oldest person in the world, has died in Jamaica at the age of 117 years.

Jamacia Oldest Person
Miss Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900, became the world’s oldest senior citizen in April, after the death of previous record-holder Emma Morano, who also was 117 at the time of her passing.

She died on Friday at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St. James, at 2:30 p.m. due to dehydration and heart arrhythmia.

Miss Brown spent much of her life cutting sugar cane, and credits her longevity to hard work and her Christian faith.

She had four sons and two daughters. She outlived her eldest son who died in April at age 97, just days after she was named the world’s oldest person.

After Miss Brown's death, the Gerontology Research Group's World Supercentenarian Rankings listed Nabi Tajima of Japan as the oldest surviving person. She was born on Aug. 4, 1900.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, expressed his condolences in a Facebook post, calling her “an inspiring woman.”

Miss Brown was the last living subject of Queen Victoria, who died January 1901.
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Buhari to go to London after 72nd Session of UN General Assembly

  • President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to deliver a paper at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72).


President Muhammadu Buhari
Consequently, the President will depart Abuja tomorrow (Sunday) for New York, to join other world leaders in the General Debate at the conference. A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina stated that the high point of the President’s visit will be his participation in the General Debate during which he will deliver the country’s National Statement.

He said that the theme for this year’s Debate is: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.” President Buhari will also join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.

He will equally, hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders. “During the General Assembly, Nigeria will participate in high level meetings on ‘Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organized by the African Union under its Theme of the Year:

‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action,’ among others. “At the events, President Buhari and members of his delegation will strive to project Nigeria as a strong moral force and responsible member of the international community. “Nigeria’s commitment to global peace, security and development will also be reaffirmed and where necessary, the need for increased international cooperation in the fight against corruption.

“Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 include strengthening human rights institutions; the rule of law; support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of terrorist acts and the recent flooding, and mitigating the effects of Climate Change.

 “The Nigerian delegation will also canvass the support of UN member states for the Buhari Administration’s efforts towards combatting illicit financial flows in order to foster sustainable development.” The President will be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States, and key cabinet ministers. President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.


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Shocking News Of How A was Forced To Drink Late Husband’s Bath Water By Family

  • A widow, Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo, who was allegedly forced to drink the water used to wash her dead husband’s corpse by relatives of the deceased to prove her innocence about the death of her husband, Captain Johnbull Ogheneovo, has alerted police authorities over her plight. 

  • The widow who alleged that the incident took place at Emervo in Isoko North Local government area of Delta state after her husband died intestate on 9,May 2017 at Warri, Delta State said she had petitioned the Assistant Inspector -General of Police, Zone 5, Benin, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, through her counsel, Mr Olayiwola Afolabi.


Her story 

In the petition, Mrs Ogheneovo alleged that when her husband died, she was invited by her husband’s relations to their family house at Emevor village and was forced to disclose her husband’s assets, property, bank details including information about the company where her husband worked before his sudden death. She added that her mobile phone was also seized.

Stating that she was legally married to her late husband and the marriage was blessed with five children, the widow narrated that on the day her husband died, she received a call from her husband’s office that he had slumped and had been taken to the hospital.

She disclosed that during the funeral rites which commenced with a service of songs on the 29th June 2017, a member of her husband’s family, a Reverend Father with the Roman Catholic Church (name withheld) came with thugs to harass and intimidate her and her children adding that she was given over 30 strokes of the cane by the thugs.

She said that the said Catholic cleric also threatened her that if she did not declare the assets of her late husband to the family, he would deal with her.

Deceased amputated before burial 

According to her counsel, “Our client was forced by the same family member in the presence of other family members (names withheld) to drink water from an unknown source claimed to be the water used to wash the corpse of her late husband to prove her innocence about his death.

As a result of the substance forcibly taken by our client under duress, she was admitted at the hospital due to poisoning which caused her severe stomach ache. The same family member warned her to desist from further interference in their family matter and never to attend the burial. It is imperative to note that our client’s late husband was buried without his legs as they were allegedly amputated based on the instructions of the same family member.”

She told the AIG that it was through the first son of the late Captain Ogheneovo,Master Shedrack Ogheneovo, who saw his father being buried without his legs intact, that she got to know that her late husband was amputated and the gory sight had continued to have a devastating effect on her son till date.

However, she said that despite several attempts to curtail the excesses of the said Priest who now posed as the next of kin to her husband, he ( the priest) has sworn to take over all her late husband’s property and assets despite the intervention of a monarch from the area who had pleaded for settlement.

She said that appeals were made to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Warri, the first Lady of Delta State and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) over the inhuman treatment meted on her and her children.”As of today, our client and her children have been chased out of the solace of their home by the Rev. Father, who is acting in connivance with other family members.

Our client has suffered serious molestation and gross maltreatment in the hands of the said Rev Father who is bent on making life miserable to our client and her children and frustrates all her attempts to expose his selfish evil acts.”

Legal action 

Mrs. Oghenovo said that several legal actions have been instituted against her by the family members with the aim of shutting her and her children from having a say in the sharing of her husband’s estate. She, therefore, called on the police, all relevant government authorities, Civil Societies and human rights organizations to intervene in the matter to ensure that she and her children get justice.

Counsel to priest replies 

In his reply, the Reverend Father who was accused of masterminding the widow’s plight wrote through his counsel, Jonathan Ekperusi to Mrs. Ogheneovo’s counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi that, “Contrary to the malicious and false impressions created in your publications under reference, none of our clients humiliated, intimidated, assaulted, maltreated and/or threatened your client, Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo.

“The incessant attacks by your client on our clients, especially against Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo is motivated and driven by greed geared towards hoodwinking our clients to allow your client appropriate to herself alone all the properties of Captain Johnbull Ogheneovo (deceased), to the exclusion of Mrs. Best Oghale Walter (nee Ogheneovo), the eldest child of the deceased. Mrs. Best Oghale Walter, was not born out of wedlock, but was already a child of the deceased long before he met and subsequently married Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo.

“The allegations of witchcraft and being born out of wedlock are targeted against Mrs. Best Oghale Walter by your client to embarrass, ridicule, humiliate, and intimidate Mrs. Best Oghale Walter from asserting her rights as an heir and lawful beneficiary to the estate of the deceased. In order to legally redress the serial injustice, Mrs Best Oghale Walter has commenced proceedings in court in Suit No. EHC/162/2017: Mrs. Best Oghale Walter & Anor vs. Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo, over the properties comprising the estate of the deceased, which your client has been tampering with and seeking to dissipate to the exclusion of Mrs. Best Oghale Walter. Our Clients are well to do, and have no interest in their late son/brother’s properties, save that the eldest child, Mrs. Best Oghale Walter gets her share.

“Our Clients believe that it is in a desperate attempt to cover the truth about the actual cause of death of the deceased and to distract our clients from seeking investigation of the matter that Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo has resorted to the violent media attack on our clients, especially against Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo. Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo is not the head of the Ogheneovo family of Emevor and did not preside over the burial arrangements of the deceased.

“Therefore, he could not have done any of the things alleged against him by his late elder brother’s wife, Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo. Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo has been changing her story from being forced to ‘drink the water used in bathing the corpse of the deceased’ as contained in some media publications. To further disparage and distract our clients, Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo has gone further to wickedly and maliciously allege against our clients, especially against Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo, that they amputated the legs of the deceased before he was buried.

“The Police at Zone 5, Benin City, merely advised Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo, as younger brother of the deceased, to ensure that Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo, as a widow, was not harassed by members of the family. Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo’s complaint against Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo to the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Benin Branch; Catholic Bishop of Warri; the Odion (King) of Emevor; among others, have all been duly responded to by Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Ogheneovo. Whilst openly fighting our clients, Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo has been sending emissaries behind the scene to appeal to our clients.

“For the records, our clients briefed us that they did not give (not to mention force) Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo, the water used in bathing the corpse of the deceased, and that the entire story was a gross misrepresentation of facts, calculated to vilify, embarrass, harass and humiliate our clients as part of a grand plan by Mrs. Stella Ogheneovo and her cohorts to chase away her husband’s family members in order to effectively disinherit her husband’s eldest child, Mrs. Best Oghale Walter.

“Our Clients are not after any of the properties left behind by the deceased. Our Clients’ interest is to ensure that the properties left behind by the deceased are fairly, justly and equitably distributed among the rightful beneficiaries in accordance with the applicable law. Our Clients are pained that Captain Johnbull Ogheneovo, who was doing very well as a businessman and maritime captain died suddenly on 9th May, 2017 barely two (2) days after he visited his sick mother at the Central Hospital, Warri where he even contributed money towards the mother’s treatment.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Zone 5 of the Nigeria Police, Benin, Mr. Emeka Iheanacho (DSP) confirmed that the zone has received a petition by Mrs Stella Ogheneovo through her counsel. He disclosed that the Rev. Father in question was invited by the Zonal Investigation Bureau and made his statement adding that the ZIB has commenced investigation into the allegations levelled against the clergyman.



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Friday, 15 September 2017

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Anambra 2017: 2Face inaugurates “Vote Not Fight’’ campaign

  • Popular artiste, Innocent Idibia also known as “2Face’’ on Thursday inaugurated “Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War” campaign to promote peaceful governorship election in Anambra on Nov. 18. 

  •  The campaign is a collaboration of 2Face Idibia Foundation, Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).




The collaboration also involved Centre for Ethics and Youth Development (CEYD), Gender Perspective and Social Development Centre (GPSDC) and Integrity Youth Development Initiative (IYDI). Addressing newsmen at the ceremony in Awka, Idibia stressed the need for all to work together to prevent needless loss of lives before, during and after the election.

“Since 2015, I and the partner organisations on the Vote Not Fight campaign have worked tirelessly to increase youth participation in our country’s election.

“I call on youth of Anambra to ensure that they go out and vote for the candidates of their choice. “The legitimacy of government is dependent on peaceful, free, fair and credible elections,” he said. According to him, even if Biafra is granted today, you still need peace for elections to hold. We have to go out, show maturity and vote responsibly.

“We have to monitor and engage our leaders. I encourage our youths to join political parties of their choice and grow to help make informed decisions,” he said. Idibia urged political parties and candidates to utilize established legal avenues if they had concerns about the election.

He further urged traditional and religious rulers, elder statesmen as well as youth and women groups to join the campaign against violent election and play by the rules. Earlier, Mr Kingsley Bangwell of Yougstars Foundation, disclosed that some Anambra-based youth groups had been trained on non-violent election advocacy and voter education skills to ensure effective campaigns.

Bangwell said that the youth acquired training on advocacy skills to enable them organise their communities for peaceful participation in the governorship election. Earlier, Chairman of Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) in the state, Mr Mathias Ameke, commended Idibia for taking the bold step to promote peaceful elections, and urged on politicians need to obey the rule of law.

“Young people are key to nationhood and until they are led on the right path, they may continue to deviate. “They must be taught that elections are not do-or-die and taught to develop spirit of sportsmanship,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the artiste and the campaign team had earlier got some governorship candidates, including Mr Oseloka Obaze of PDP and Gov. Willie Obiano of APGA, to endorse the campaign. (NAN)

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UPDATE: Jos situation under control, our people are on patrol – Police

  • There was tension Thursday evening at the Jos City center especially the Ahmadu Bello Way as well as other surrounding communities of Apata, Chobe, Katako all in Jos North local government area as residents were seen hurriedly locking up shops and some vacating their homes for reasons no one could actually say.



The panicky movements generated many versions of rumours causing fears among residents and making security agents to patrol the affected areas and other troubled spots in the city. Unconfirmed reports say some people had lost their lives in the pandemonium but security sources debunk such saying “no one died as the result of the panic”

According to a resident of Apata, Chijioke Nna, who sells at the Terminus Market, “I saw people hurriedly locking their shops and I also locked mine, on getting to the road to get Keke to my house in Chobe, I discover the area was deserted and passengers were stranded so people started running along the routes to their houses avoid any unpalatable situation.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mathias Tyopev told Vanguard, “The news that Igbo were killing people in the East was becoming too much for the Igbo and they were receiving too many calls so they decided to close their shops and go home. Because people saw them closing earlier than usual, they too started to close their shops.

“The urgency which people were locking up shops caused apprehension and people that were coming out at once, looking for Keke at the same time and could not even get means of transportation started running towards their houses.

“The whole situation is under control because our people are on patrol; people should just desist from spreading false rumours and go about their businesses.”

However, the State Government had declared a dusk to dawn curfew in the Jos and Bukuru metropolis with a urge on citizens to remain law abiding as security and welfare of citizens are the primary concern of government.

In a statement issued last night and signed by Emmanuel Nanle, the Governor Simon Lalong’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, he said, “The Governor of Plateau State has expressed great dismay at the sudden build up tension in Jos metropolis on account of the conduct of some disgruntled elements who have decided to throw the metropolis into confusion.

“Consequently, the Governor has directed an immediate imposition of curfew from dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am) within the greater Jos – Bukuru metropolis till further notice.

The deployment of security personnel to all flash points within the metropolis has also been directed to ensure compliance with the curfew order and avert any further breach of law and order.”
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Sending Army To The South East Is A Wrong Move – ABC Nwosu

A former Minister of Health Prof. Alphonsus Nwosu has condemned the deployment of the army in the name of Python Dance 11 to the South East, saying that the Federal Government was reading the agitation in the South East wrongly.

Prof. Nwosu who served as minister of health under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, told the government to listen to the wise counselling from Chief Mbazulike Amaechi who was a minister before and after the independence and Prof. Ben Nwabueze.

According to him, “Sending the army to the South East is a wrong move. The Federal Government is reading the agitation in the South East wrongly and applying wrong moves.

“Reverrred leaders from the South East such as Chief Mbazulike Amaechi who was a Minister of the Federal Republic before and after Independence and Prof. Ben Nwabueze have commented on the matter. Those who have ears should listen to that.

“It is when they refuse to listen to them that they bring out the Python out of their natural habitat in the forest to be dancing on the roads in the South East.”

Commenting on the allegation in some quarters that part of the deployment of the army to South East by the Federal Government was to use them rig election in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State for the candidate of the political party at the center, Prof. Nwosu said security deployment was essential for peaceful elections.

He also added, “Ndi Anambra shall vote for who they want to be their governor and they shall protect that vote. Let nobody underestimate the determination of Ndi Anambra to vote for a governor of their choice.”

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Nigeria Oil’ll No Longer Be Profitable Soon Says Osinbajo

  • VICE President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday in Ondo State declared that the country’s oil will no longer be profitable in no distant future.


Yemi Osibanjo
He spoke during the Second National Council on Niger Delta, NCND, meeting held in Akure. Painting a gloomy future of oil in the Niger Delta area of the country, the Vice President said; “Many countries are getting alternatives to oil, the development which would make the resource unprofitable in a few years.

Osinbajo pointed out that the United States of America, USA, which is the largest importer of Nigeria’s crude oil, would no longer need the commodity because of alternatives for oil already discovered.

Also, he stressed that Asian countries are in a desperate search for alternative to oil. According to him Japan, China and other industrialised countries have enough electric cars and are having more electric charging points than filling stations.

Osinbajo said beside this many of the countries in Europe have set deadlines for the phasing out of hydrocarbon cars, which would make Nigeria crude oil unattractive to the international market. Osinbajo said: “The future of oil is in decline.”

“The future of oil is declining, which is why it is the duty of all stakeholders to explore all the opportunities now and to ensure we are not constantly battling with the security of the pipelines we should have used the resources to develop other potentials of the region.

“It is the duty of this council to ensure we provide the road map for the future that will not necessarily depend on oil. “It is obvious that oil is not going to last forever. As a matter of fact everything that we see showed that oil is declining very quietly.

“There is no reason why we should not develop other potentials apart from oil in the region. If we can do this the full potential of the region will be fulfilled and our collective vision will be realised.

The Vice President therefore, advised the stakeholders the Niger Delta to allow peace to reign so that the Federal Government can use part of the resources available in the region for the benefit of the people.

He promised that the Federal Government will ensure justice and equity to the people of the Niger Delta, adding that the vision is to ensure that the people of the region benefit from their wealth. Speaking on the Ogoni cleanup, Osinbajo said; “It is on but might be slower than anticipated.”

He explained that the administration was applying caution so that the effort will not flop like those by past administrations. Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in his address requested for operational licence for deep sea mining port in Ilaje Free Trade Zone.

He said the development of the Deep Sea Mining Port would serve as the veritable potential to turn the Niger Delta Region of Ondo State into a hub for investment opportunities.

According to him this will boost greatly, the quest to provide infrastructural development of not only the areas, but also the state and Nigeria at large.




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This Is The Right Time To Face Arsenal Says Courtois

Thibaut Courtois feels the right time to face London rivals, Arsenal in the Premier League is now. This is coming after Chelsea rediscovered their form as they suffered a shock opening day home defeat to Burnley.

Curtois
Arsenal on the other hand have had a mixed start to their campaign this term, winning two and drawing two of their first four games.

Chelsea will welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for a lunch time kick-off on the back of a 6-0 record equalling white-wash of lowly Qarabag in the Champions League. ‘It is good to face Arsenal now,’ Courtois said.

‘Everybody is healthy and things are going well. We won at Leicester, won comfortably (on Tuesday night) and will go into the Arsenal game with a good feeling.

‘We are doing well. After the bad first half against Burnley, I think all our performances have been good. We have shown good spirit, good football and good wins most importantly of all.’ Conte’s first game against Arsenal in the league a year ago ended in a humbling 3-0 loss, a scoreline that birthed the now very reliable 3-4-3 formation which prompted a 13-game winning run.

With Arsenal competing in the Europa League and Chelsea having an extra day rest, Courtois feels his side is in a good place and have a better frame of mind. ‘Do we feel like we are in a good place? Yes,’ Courtois added. ‘Sometimes it is good to face a big team early.

Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham. ‘Arsenal had a few bad matches, but won comfortably (against Bournemouth) last weekend. ‘For us and for them it’s a big game because we are third in the table.

‘Obviously we want to close the gap (to Manchester United and Manchester City) and take points off Arsenal as well.’



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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

President Buhari Said That Nigeria Must Feed Itself

  • President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Kaduna inaugurated Africa’s biggest hatchery and feed mill constructed by Olam Grains at the cost of over 150 million dollars.



Buhari, who inaugurated the company, had his speech read by Minister of Agriculture, Dr Audu Ogbeh.

He described Olam as one of the largest agro-based companies in Africa and the biggest poultry investment in Nigeria. “We participated in the event because it is clear evidence that economic growth is taking place especially in the agricultural sector,” he said.

“It is in this connection that we must be able to feed ourselves from what we grow and grow what we eat before we can comfortably turn our attention to many other key concepts of our daily life.’’ The aim, he said, was to ensure that Nigerians have access to food, better life, and better hope for their future. 

According to him, the inauguration of the company is a testimony that growth is serious and lasting growth is taking place in the economy. The president stressed that with Nigeria exiting recession, the country has become a safe haven for investors.

He said the establishment of the company was a testimony that the country’s agricultural policies were working. The president said the Federal Government has in the last two years made agriculture a profitable venture in Nigeria, attracting investments from within and outside the country. He noted that new jobs were being created daily for the teaming youth and the economy has started booming again due to policy intervention in the agricultural sector which focused on internal growth and ending food imports.

“We have achieved so much in reducing rural-urban drift, we are beginning to witness reverse migration from the city to villages to engage in agriculture,’’ he added. He challenged the company to patronise local maize farmers to encourage sustainable growth. 

This he said, was necessary to build capacity of local people, create jobs, ensure wellbeing of the people and reduce crime. On his part, Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna pledged that his administration would continue to encourage investors through favourable policies. 

He advised political office holders and civil servants in the state to embrace farming. The governor stressed that the establishment of the company in the state create thousands of jobs through the value chain. 

The company would employ 8,000 Nigerians and 200 veterinary doctors, and hatch 1.6 million day-old-chick weekly. It will process 180,000 tonnes of corn and 75,000 tonnes of soya beans to produce 360,000 tonnes of animal feeds yearly.

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We ‘re anxious about Buhari’s health – Ghanaian president

  • PRESIDENT Nana Addo Kufuor, of Ghana Tuesday told President Muhammadu Buhari that West African leaders were worried and anxious when he was on medical vacation in London, the United Kingdom.

President Nana Addo Kufuor and President Muhammadu Buhari

President Kufour, who paid his Nigeria counterpart, President Buhari a friendly visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja said he came to see for himself and was glad to know that “our big brother in Nigeria is well”.

Speaking to the State House correspondents shortly after meeting with Buhari, the Ghanaian leader disclosed that it was also an opportunity he seized to discuss some bilateral issues.

He said, “I came from Accra today to come and visit my senior brother, President Muhammadu Buhari. All of us have been anxious about his well-being and it is very good news to hear that he had returned.

“But we are Africans and I have to come and see him for myself and how he is; and I’m very delighted to see that he came back very vigorous and as always very engaged on the issues of our day. 

“So, we had a good half an hour together reviewing matters both in Ghana and in Nigeria as well as immediate matters to do with what is going on in the ECOWAS community. 

“I’m very happy to have had this opportunity to come and I am going back to Ghana very fortified to be able to tell the Ghanaians that our big brother in Nigeria is well and things are well here. 

Also speaking with journalists, the Special Adviser the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the meeting of the two leaders was significant and showed that the two big countries in West African are maintaining such cordial relationship.

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Prince Babatunde Ajayi Is Now The New Akarigbo of Remoland

  • MANY people in Ogun State and the Yoruba nation in general, were caught unawares when the news of the emergence of new Akarigbo of Remoland filtered into the town. The surprise was anchored on the fact that some members of the Torungbuwa ruling house have taken other members to the court over the choice of the candidate of the family.

Prince Ajayi; Akarigbo of Remoland
Prince Babatunde Ajayi from Oluyomade lineage of the Torungbuwa Ruling House, Sagamu, emerged as the new Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland. 

The new Akarigbo was elected by seven king-makers through  open ballot. SammyNews4u  gathered that the election which was held among the seven king-makers took place at the Akarigbo’s palace, Sagamu, Ogun State. The seven kingmakers were Chief Rasak Akinyemi Salami (Lisa), Chief Abdul Wasiu Awofala (Losi), Chief Taiwo Sule (Oluwo Odofin), Chief Lamidi Olaitan Adesanya (Apena), Chief Ogunyemi Tijani Adesina (Ogbeni Odi), Chief Kolawole Odumuyiwa (Balogun) and Olotu Omoba JAS Adekunle (Olotu Omoba Akarigbo). 

A source at the palace said the election was supervised by the Secretary to the Local Government, Otunba Adewale Fakoya, who reportedly read the names of the 19 nominees to the king makers, requesting them to cast their votes for the candidate of their choice. 

Further findings showed that the result of the election revealed that Prince Adewale Ajayi garnered five votes out of seven to emerge as the new Akarigbo of Remoland while Prof. Babatunde Ogunmola got the remaining two votes. Few weeks after the death of the last Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo, in July 2016, there were calls for the installation of a new monarch to occupy the vacant stool. 

Generally, it was believed that the delay in the installation of an Akarigbo will not only stall meaningful progress for the people but would also diminish the sense of self-worth of the Remo people. 

SammyNews4u gathered that through the years, about five ruling houses have rotationally produced occupants of the stool. The present declarations now list five: Liyangu, Torungbuwa, Anoko, Koyelu and Owarodo in order of succession. 

His emergence: It was gathered that, as expected, the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State under whose authority the Akarigbo reigns, reportedly sent a public notice signed by the Head of Local Government Administration, Venerable Willie Ade Olugbebi, on behalf of the executive chairman dated March 17, 2017. 

The notice stated inter alia, “The public is hereby notified that a vacancy has occurred in Akarigbo of Remo Land Chieftaincy Title. It is the turn of Torungbuwa Akarigbo Ruling House to produce candidate(s) to fill the vacant stool. 

“The head of Torungbuwa Akarigbo Ruling House is hereby required in line with section 15 and 16 of the Chiefs Law of Ogun State Nigeria, 2006, to convene a meeting of the family within 14 days from the date of this notice…The candidate(s) nominated will be presented to the king makers by the head of the ruling house through the secretary to the local government, Sagamu Local Government for the election of a suitable candidate as Akarigb-elect of Remoland.” 

At the end of the election, Prince Babatunde Ajayi emerged the new Akarigbo with five votes, followed by Professor Babatunde Ogunmola with two votes, while 17 nominees had no vote. Chief Abdul Wasiu Awofala, Losi moved the motion to forward the name of the elected Akarigbo to the state government and was seconded by Balogun Chief Kolawole Odumuyiwa. 

A  statement released by the management of the Sagamu Local Government on the election read in part, “The result of the election revealed that Prince Adewale Ajayi emerged the new Akarigbo of Remo land with five votes, Prof. Babatunde Ogunmola had two votes while other 17 nominees had no vote. 

The Secretary to the Local Government, Otunba Adewale Fakoya who supervised the election had read the names of the 19 nominees to the king makers, requesting them to cast their votes for the candidate of their choice. The SLG thanked the king makers and security agents for their support throughout the process of filling the vacant Akarigbo stool, praying for a peaceful, prosperous and progressive reign for the new Akarigbo. 

The Lisa of Akarigbo, Chief Abdul Rasak Akinyemi, lauded the present administration for its efforts at ensuring peaceful co-existence among the citizenry, praying for divine guidance for the newly elected monarch. Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, confirmed the emergence of Babatunde Ajayi as the new Akarigbo, saying that the nomination and election process were peaceful just as the installation date would be announced very soon. 

Few hours after the election and the emergence of the Akarigbo-elect, the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, received a delegation of friends, chiefs and kingmakers from Remoland, led by the Paramount Ruler and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, to formally present the newly elected Akarigbo of Remoland, Prince Babatunde Ajayi to the governor at the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

History of Akarigbo 


Akarigbo is the head of all the kings in Remo land. The first Akarigbo was Igbodein, child of Aka, who was married to Onigbo. Onigbo was one of those that followed Obanta into Ijebuland originally. King Igbodein’s poetic praise (oriki) was: Owa Mojo-nmogun ofin. After he settled down at Oke Iyemule, he was quoted as saying: Ore mo! This was because he relocated to the new home in anger around the year 1450. It was Aroyewun Akarigbo who moved the people out of Iyemule and relocated them to Orile Ofin. 

The other Akarigbos at this early time were Luyoruwa, Radolu, Koyelu, Muleruwa, Tewogbuwa, Arioko, Liyangu, Otutu bi Osun, Erinjugbotan, Faranpojo, Igimisoje (who was renowned for leading his people (in 1872) to settle in the place now known as Sagamu, on a land owned by a man named Bammowu, after the Makun war of 1862. 

Shortly after this settlement, the people of Imakun came back from their hamlet and found Akarigbo, Alara, and Alado. After that, the Elepe, along with his friends, also arrived and settled. Shortly after, there was a dispute between Akarigbo and Elepe over crown and this resulted in war. It was during this battle that Akarigbo was quoted as saying: Bi n ko tile ju osandie, emi ni Oloja Remo. 

This new settlement, at that time, was called Sagamu because it was close to a river. After this era, Deuja became the Akarigbo in 1880. In 1895, Oyebayo became the Akarigbo, and it was during his era that another war ensued between him and the Elepe (in 1903) over the ownership of a crown. 

This war was so fierce that then governor, the Hon. William MacGregor, had to intercede and mediate. During the mediation, then Ooni agba Olubuse was called as a witness and he gave a testimony to the effect that he did not know who the Elepe was, but he knew Akarigbo, and as a matter of fact, he received fifty pounds (£50) from the Akarigbo before giving him the crown in dispute. 

The governor eventually settled the rift and seized the crown from the Elepe. It was later reported that one Mr. E.S. Ajayi (B.Sc.), on his return from studies abroad, affirmed that he personally identified the crown on display at a museum in London.

It was not too long after this incident that there was a conspiracy against Akarigbo Oyebajo and he was removed from the throne and banished to Calabar in 1914. Then Oba Awolesi became the Akarigbo in 1916. It should be noted that Akarigbo Adedoyin I was enthroned in 1916 but his reign was short-lived. It was in 1917 that the Akarigbo colluded with Awujale Ademolu and agreed to annex all land in Remo with Ijebu-Ode so both were unified. In 1924, the Akarigbo sent emissaries to the Ooni of Ife to request a crown for him. 

In response, the Ooni sent a crown through his emissaries. As the Ooni emissaries were entering Ijebuland, they stopped by the Awujale Ademolu’s palace to pay homage. 

They told the Awujale the purpose of their journey, and on learning why, the Awujale became angry and promptly sent messengers to the Akarigbo, summoning him to come and explain the rationale behind his requesting a crown from the Ooni. Both Messrs H. D. Lamuth and T.B. Dew (then Counsel-General) chastised the Akarigbo for what he did and appealed to the Awujale to exercise patience and understanding. 

Then, the Ooni emissaries were sent back to Ile-Ife and Akarigbo returned to Remo to undertake appropriate rituals for his crowning ceremony. In 1936, another dispute ensued and this led the Akarigbo to be quoted as saying: Mo kunle mo fi apo ko; mo duro owo mi ko to mo. 

This statement became so controversial that the government had to send the Hon. Martin Dale to investigate the matter. It was during this investigation that the Akarigbo retained a lawyer named Palmer. At the conclusion of the investigation, Mr. Martin Dale recommended that Remo should be separated from Ijebu-Ode. 

Additionally, he also recommended that Remo should be paying four hundred pounds (£400) annually as land royalties to the government of Ijebu-Ode. This agreement was signed in 1937 and Mr. R.T. Minne was made the District Officer for Remo area. 

However, on July 27, 1946, the Akarigbo, Oba Adedoyin I, as well as Laperu, Ologere, Ewusi, Odemo, Alaiye Ode, Alalisan, Onipara, Alakenne, Onirolu and Elepe, all gladly visited then Oba Awujale Gbelebuwa II, who received them warmly. 

After a long discussion, Oba Akarigbo rose to say that all the misunderstandings of the past have come to an end, because, as he put it, all of them are Ijebu, and Remo should not be different. T

hen according to custom, kolanuts were broken into pieces and all of them took pieces and ate. Others at this august meeting were The Rev. W.F. Mellor, Attorney Adeleke Adedoyin, The Hon. T.A. Odutola and other palace Chiefs of the Awujale. 

Finally, on January 9, 1952, the Akarigbo announced publicly at the send-off ceremony of the Hon. A.F. Richards that he (the Akarigbo) would henceforth, refrain from being involved in any public discord or battle. This Akarigbo passed on, March 21,1952. A memorial service was held for him on April 20, 1952. Shortly after his passage, his son, Prince Adeleke made himself the Akarigbo, but was promptly removed by the people through an order of the court.  


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Monday, 11 September 2017

Do You Know That Nigeria Remains The Best Place To Invest Anywhere In The World? — Chairman, BUA Group

  • Nigeria’s cement sub-sector is sustaining the giant strides it started about a decade ago when some indigenous manufacturers began to take possession of the public sector institutions championing the industry, while moving away from importation to local manufacturing and even more. Here, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman, BUA Group, one of the indigenous organizations championing the new direction, spoke on the milestones and more.

Abdulsamad Rabiu

What has been achieved in Nigeria’s cement industry so far 

The journey of the Nigerian integrated cement manufacturing, which took a new course just over a decade ago, has seen Nigeria move from a nation with under 3 million tonnes of production capacity to a country that will have some 45 million tons of cement manufacturing capacity by next year – implying about 15 fold increase in capacities. This important feat has not only made Nigeria self sufficient in cement production but also a net exporter of the commodity.

Some of the real impact on the economy 


The cement sub-sector today represents over 90% of the Nigerian mining sector and employs some 30,000 p eople directly and over 2 million people indirectly. It also saves the Nigerian economy some 2billion dollars in foreign exchange.


BUA Cement’s latest achievement in the industry 


Today’s event shall witness the commissioning of one of the best cement plants anywhere in the world. It is engineered to be the most environmentally friendly cement plant in Africa with the most advanced duct emission systems.

Our technology has the latest filtration with capacity of less than 10 milligram per normal cubic meter. We use natural gas, which is a very clean energy for both our kiln as well as the power plant in addition to having a very green environment. Supplied by the FL Smidth of Denmark, one of the best cement equipment suppliers in the world and powered by Siemens turbines, the plant that has the capacity to produce about 9,000 tons of cement per day or 230,000 per month. CBMI of China is currently building the second Obu cement line on an EPC contract with technology from the best European suppliers. 

The construction of the first line, which commenced commercial production early last year, came with a lot of challenges. BUA had to build a 31 Kilometre 16 inch gas pipeline that is capable of transporting over 100 mscf of gas, which if it was meant for power generation alone, it could transport gas that would generate over 500 mega watts of electricity. 

The company also invested millions of dollars into purchasing an over 50-mega watts power plant for the facility. We had 2-kilometer horizontal water boreholes that are supplying water to plant at a rate of about 50-cubit meter per hour.

BUA Group’s place in the decade old private sector led cement revolution in Nigeria 


BUA entered into the Nigerian Cement industry in 2008 with the acquisition of BUA Cement 1, a 2-million toner floating cement terminal that was able to process bulk cement into bags on a vessel. It was the first time any company brought that to Nigeria. 

The trajectory of the Group’s cement operation saw it acquire a controlling stake in the publicly listed Cement Company of Northern Nigeria PLC or CCNN, as well as in Edo Cement Company Limited in the same year. 

The company went on to invest in the construction of a greenfield 3 million tonnes plant in Obu. The success and impressive efficiency of the Obu cement plant in its first year of operation, which was over 90% in an industry where efficiency averaged 60%, led BUA to commence the construction of a second cement plant line of 3 million tons. 

Similarly, BUA has started the construction of another greenfield cement plant in Sokoto State with an annual capacity of 1.5 million tons at a cost of over $300 million which, hopefully, will be commissioned early next year.


Real impact of BUA Group’s role in Nigeria’s economy 


It is worth mentioning that BUA’s investment in the cement line in Sokoto is the single largest private sector led investment in the North-Western part of Nigeria. 

This is particularly important because Sokoto cement is the largest employer of Labour in Sokoto State after the State Government, and the 60-year-old company founded by the Sardauna of Sokoto needed that investment to keep those jobs. 

Additionally, our investments in the two cement lines in Edo State represent the largest non-oil and gas related investment in the whole of the South-Southern region of Nigeria. With these, BUA would have invested over $2 billion dollars in the Nigerian cement industry with capacities in excess of over eight million tons per annum within the course of a decade. 

These kinds of investment in important sectors of the economy are not only necessary, they are critical.

Where the roles of private sector and those of government intersect 


In order to reverse our import dependency and diversify the economy, large corporations have to engage in game-changing investment in sectors such as agriculture, mining, and infrastructure, while the Government at all levels ensures an enabling environment for the investments to thrive. 

It is our firm belief that the responsibility to diversify the economy cannot be left only with the government; the private sector must be in the driver’s seat with the support of the government. 

This is needed to create jobs that would curtail idleness within our youths that make them to engage in vices as well as have a more balanced source of revenue as government and businesses.

Other areas of BUA Group’s role in the Nigerian economy 


We have intensified our investments in some of the most critical sectors of the economy. In agriculture for example, we are creating an ecosystem where we are participating in the businesses of inputs, production, processing and distribution of some agricultural commodities. 

In this space, we have acquired machineries to establish the first limestone granulation plant in Nigeria for fertilizer production. It is hard to believe that Nigeria currently struggles with producing quality limestone granules used as filler for fertilizer blending. 

The granulation plant will be integrated to a one million tons fertilizer blending plant, which we have also acquired to be sited in Edo State. On completion, it will be the largest fertilizer blending plant in Nigeria. 

To mirror the trajectory of the cement sector and further diversify our economy, we are ambitiously developing our sugar estate in Lafiagi, Kwara State. The $300 million investment will enable us produce over 1.8 million tons of  sugarcane; about 250,000 tons of white refined sugar, 20 million litres of ethanol and generate some 35 MW of electricity. 

Our sugar refineries in Lagos and Port Harcourt are being structured to better serve the local markets as well as competitively target the markets of ECOWAS member states, officially making Nigeria a sugar-exporting nation. We are also up-scaling our rice milling facilities to reach one million tonnes capacity in the next few years. 

This is being done by upgrading our rice mills in Kano as well as establishing new ones. And to feed the mills, we are developing massive commercial rice production in Niger and Jigawa States in addition to the specially designed rice out-grower scheme that we have piloted with 2,000 farmers in Kano State.

The Nigerian investment and business environment 

The reality is that Nigeria remains the best place to invest, anywhere in the world. With the size of our market and the abundance of our resources, nowhere else comes close to us. 

For us to unlock our true potential and make even more significant economic progress, the private sector needs to closely engage with Governments on policies and innovative arrangements, such as PPP, in order to invest in sectors that have the potential to make the greatest impact on the economy and our people. One of such sectors is the textile sector. 

Nigeria currently imports $4 billion worth of textile annually at the expense of millions of jobs at home. To reverse this trend, BUA Group is partnering with the Federal Government and the Katsina State Government to develop a 500ha Textile and Garment cluster that will possess all the necessary infrastructure and incentives needed for a smooth and efficient textile and garment businesses operation. 

The cluster has the potential to bring in over $5 billion worth of investments, creation of 25,000 direct jobs, FOREX earnings of over $2 billion and FOREX savings of over $4 billion.

Lessons from the success of the Nigerian cement industry 

The success of the cement industry has shown that with the right Government policy and encouragement, it is actually possible to reverse our import dependence for many commodities, and by so doing, generate jobs and create wealth for our teaming population and preserve our scarce foreign exchange. 

The Nigerian cement industry went from a few hundred million dollars to almost $20 billion in enterprise value in just over a decade and there is still room to do much more. 

We still need more plants to produce more cement,  increase our per capita consumption, and bring down our housing and infrastructure deficit.



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Breaking News: Many injured as troops attack Kanu’s home

  • SCORES of youths were allegedly injured, yesterday, as gunmen suspected to be soldiers, who came in Hilux Pick-up vans, allegedly attacked the Umuahia country home of leader of  Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.



The IPOB claimed, last night, that five people were killed and about 30 others were injured in the attack.

However, videos of the clash showing clubs and stone-wielding youths, who clashed with the troop, indicated that scores were injured. One of the youths, who was shot on his right thigh was seen battling for life as his colleagues administered first aid. IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, told Vanguard that the attackers wore army and police uniforms and drove into the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, who is the father of Nnamdi Kanu and started shooting people. 

He said in a statement: “We did not clash with anybody or group. The attackers wore Nigerian soldiers and Nigeria Police uniforms and came to kill our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in his compound at Afaraukwu, Umuahia and started shooting sporadically and killed five people and up to 30 other people had bullet wounds. 

After attacking our people, they drove off. They came in five Hilux vans.” Meanwhile one of the allegedly wounded IPOB members was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where doctors were battling to save his live. A doctor on duty at the emergency unit of the hospital said the IPOB member sustained gunshot injury at “the thigh region.” We neither attacked nor killed anyone — Army However, a statement signed by Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army said: “The attention of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to fictitious news going round especially on the social media that troops have invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu and killed three persons. 

“This is far from the truth. Rather, it was a group of suspected IPOB militants that blocked the road against troops of 145 Battalion while on show of force along FMC-World Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State at about 6.00-6.30pm, today (yesterday). 

“They insisted that the military vehicles would not pass and started pelting the soldiers with stones and broken bottles to the point of injuring an innocent female passerby and a soldier, Corporal Kolawole Mathew. “The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlums dispersed. No life was lost. 

“Therefore, the public are kindly enjoined to disregard the rumours going round and the fictitious photographs of purported victims of attack. “Both the soldier and the innocent female passerby have been evacuated to the unit’s Medical Inspection Room and are receiving treatment.

 “We would like to use this opportunity to warn mischief makers threatening the peace and security of the country through falsehood such as above. Members of the public are please requested to go about their lawful business and report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station or security.” 

Ohanaeze, ECA, MASSOB react Contacted on the issue, President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, declined comments until after consulting with the Abia State Chairman of Ohanaeze and other Igbo leaders. Secretary of the Eastern Consultative Assembly, Evangelist Elliot Uko, wondered if the attack was a prelude to the Operation Python Dance 11 that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, has planned to carry out in the South-East. 

‘’We (ECA) are warning that if the Army did not fish out the culprits who shot at the residence of Nnamdi Kanu, it will be setting a motion for uncontrollable crisis that will overwhelm the country. ‘’The idea of going to shoot at Nnamdi Kanu’s residence will only deepen the anger and bitterness in the land. This will be idiotic and counter-productive,’’ he said. Reacting to the development, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, said the attack was another attempt by the Chief of Army Staff to intimidate the people with an army of occupation. 

MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, who frowned at the development, called on President Muhammad Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff to order the withdrawal of soldiers from the South East without further delay or be prepared to face legal action for alleged violation of human rights. MASSOB said: ‘’President Buhari should understand that Nigeria as a signatory and member of United Nations and African Nation on human and people’s right which is enshrined in human and people rights charter, should stop violating peoples right in the name of giving security where there is no threat to security. 

“The operation python dance or Egwu-eke in Biafran land is act of frustration from Nigerian government and the Chief of Army Staff, who has failed to capture the Boko-Haram leader, Shekau on the stipulated date given to him. “General Tukur Buratai has never deemed it fit to launch operation ‘machiji or kunama meaning operation snake bite or scorpion sting respectively against the Hausa/Fulani herdsmen who went about killing people, raping women and young girls, setting people’s houses ablaze; instead, he is coming to Biafra land to launch unnecessary security operation that is needless due to no threat to security. 

“This All Progressives Congress, APC-led government is full of dictators and human right violators. We cannot run away from our fathers’ land, no amount of military and police deployment will deter us from pursuing our legitimate right for self determination which is Biafra actualization. “It is unfortunate that Chief of Army Staff and his troop have failed to restore peace in North East where Boko-Haram has been in control for many years now. 

‘’Nigerian security agents have failed to arrest Alhaji Yerima Shetima of Arewa youths and the sponsors for the quit notice they issued to Ndigbo, yet they are busy hunting for those that are not hunting them or disturbing them in any way.”

 Police confirm clash The Abia police commissioner, Leye Oyebade, who confirmed the incident, said in a text message that: “I have just spoken to the C.O. [Commanding Officer]. He said a repaired Military armoured vehicle was used to patrol the Umuahia metropolis. 

I gathered that they were shooting sporadically, which led to the IPOB group wielding daggers, throwing broken bottles at them. “Unfortunately, a police man on guard duties going to work was macheted by the IPOB group, while a soldier and a civilian were equally injured. 

All are being treated in the Police Clinic for minor injuries sustained. Normalcy has since been restored.” The alleged invasion of Kanu’s home came barely two days after the Army announced a deployment of troops to the region on a special operation it called Operation Python Dance II. Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, who disclosed this, last Friday, at a press conference, hinted also that the exercise, code-named Python Dance II, would be in five South Eastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. According to the Army boss, who was represented on the occasion by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen D.D Ahmadu, the exercise will be conducted in 82 Division area of responsibility of those five states and the exercise is scheduled to take place from September 15 to October 14, 2017. Buratai said the objective of the exercise was to effectively contain the reported cases of kidnapping and other vices prevalent in the South East every Yuletide season. 

“The need for troops to be exercised, refreshed and imbibe the requisite skills to cope with these emerging security challenges within the 82 Division area of responsibility in aid of civil authority necessitates this exercise, “he added. According to him, emphasis will be placed on raids, cordon and search operations, anti-kidnapping drills, road blocks, check points, patrols, humanitarian relief activities such as medical outreach and show of force to curb the rising threat to national security in the South Eastern part of the country.”

 “Exercise EGWU EKE II has become more expedient due to the mindless assassinations (even in religious places), attacks on security personnel and theft of weapons, kidnappings, armed banditry and violent agitations by secessionist groups, amongst other crimes that have recently bedevilled the region.

 “It is pertinent to mention that the security, safety and well-being of innocent and law-abiding citizens of the states mentioned above have been adequately factored into the planning of the exercise. Thus, the rights of individuals as enshrined in the constitution would be respected and safeguarded. 

“Additionally, EGWU EKE II is also conceptualized to transit into real time operations, thereby fulfilling both training and operational objectives of sharpening operational skills of personnel as well as providing an avenue to conduct operations against violent criminals and agitators when called upon. “As precursor to a peaceful ‘ember’ period and yuletide, provision has already been made for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

EGWU EKE II will be unique with the establishment of Brigade Headquarters in each of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States. “It is noteworthy to mention that EGWU EKE II is set to be another epoch making activity that would make the nation proud of the Nigerian Army’s determination at sustaining its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the nation as well as its commitment to aid the civil authority to bring about peace and security in the south eastern part of our dear country in particular, and the entire nation in general,” he said. 

He, therefore, advised members of the public, especially residents of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states not to panic as their safety and well-being was guaranteed at all times. A similar exercise was conducted  between November 27 and December 27, 2016.

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