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AMOTEKUN: OPC, Northern Youths Exchange Words (video)

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The Oodua Peoples Congress, (OPC) has taken a swipe at the Northern Youths Council of Nigeria(NYCN) for criticising the newly launched security initiative tagged AMOTEKUN by governors of South West states. (Watch in video above)

Almost immediately after the launch in Ibadan, a group, -Northern Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) described ‘Operation Amotekun’ as a threat to national security which President Muhammadu Buhari must rise against as quickly as possible.

It says the initiative is the military wing of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in disguise.

In a statement issued by the group’s President, Isah Abubakar, the NYCN said it is unconstitutional for the South-West to establish its own security outfit.

“Amotekun group in Southwest is OPC Military wing in disguise and in the same league with the proscribed IPOB. The President must not allow this unconstitutionality to prevail,” he said on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

In reaction, Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, (OPC) in Lagos State, Alhaji Mutairu Adesina, lampooned the NYCN, insisting that the group’s comment is capable of inciting and causing unnecessary tension in the country.

He said: ““It is sad that such inciting comments could come from a leader of a group in the North. However, I need to react to this uncomplimentary statement that is capable of causing unnecessary tension in the country. It shows that the group is one of the sponsors of this suspected herdsmen that killed our people and destroyed our farms.

“Where was Alhaji Isah Abubakar of NYCN when gunmen and suspected herdsmen invaded our farms and communities, kidnapped and killed our people in the southwest? Where was he?

“The issue of security is sensitive because it is between life and death and now that our governors had risen to the occasion with the launch of Amotekun, why is this group crying over a spilled milk?” Adesina quipped

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Governors of Nigeria’s six southwest states of Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos, launched the western Nigeria security network called ‘Operation Amotekun’ in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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Magugate: Buhari names Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman

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After days of different names flying all over the media space, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally named Mohammed Umar as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Umar takes over from Ibrahim Magu whose suspension has just been confirmed by President Buhari and who is still being investigated for several allegations ranging from conversion of recovered funds to personal use to insurbodination.

READ ALSO: 1 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

The new acting chairman was until his appointment, the director of operations at the EFCC and was next to the chairman, Magu in hierarchy.

Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, media aide to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, disclosed this in a press statement on Friday. Gwandu added that pending the appointment of Umar as acting chairman will stand pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation of Magu by a presidential panel.

Gwandu said Magu’s suspension is to allow for “unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws”.

This finally brings to rest, the debate on who takes over from Magu as the chief of the Anti-graft agency.

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11 of the 24 allegations that nailed suspended EFCC boss, Magu

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The suspension of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu by President Muhammadu Buhari has once again signalled the seriousness of the Federal Government in the fight against graft.

Recall that Mr Magu was arrested yeaterday in a gestapo manner, although his agency claimed he was invited by the Presidential panel investigating certain allegations levelled against him. There was also a report that the EFCC chief was detained at the villa till this morning.

As discussions continue on the reasons for his suspension, GidiNews decided to highlight some of the allegations brought against Mr Magu.

One of them is that Mr Magu has remained insubordinated to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice,Abubakar Malami and his office.

Another allegation is that, the embattled EFCC boss is in the act of favouring of some investigators called Magu Boys, which enjoy his support and protection regardless of situations.

He was also accused of seling some seized assets to his cronies, associates and friends, without recourse to the law or morality.

According to the the list of allegations, Magu does not also respect a court order to unfreeze a N7b judgment in favour of a former executive director of a bank.

Other allegations include:

Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds

  • Declaration of N539b as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
  • Not providing enough evidences for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke
  • Alleged late action on the investigation of P&ID leading to legal dispute
  • Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Navy
  • Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
  • Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases

Ibrahim Magu was appointed EFCC acting chairman on 9 November 2015.

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ONDO 2020: The real sins of Akeredolu plus those clamouring to take his job

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Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu is the first-term governor of Ondo state who is seeking a return to the Ondo State Government House at Alagbaka in Akure, the state capital.

Like other Nigerian state governors, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is eagerly looking forward to a renewal of his term in office for another four years but the optics are strongly not in his favour, right now.

As you real this, there are close to twenty (20) politicians from across Ondo state in the ruling party, -All Progressives Congress (APC) who are warming up to take offer from Arakunrin Akeredolu. Some of these have occupied one political position or the other in the past but still want to give a shot at unseating Akeredolu.

Olusola Oke (SAN) who appears to be a perennial governorship candidate and aspirant in the state, leads the pack. He defected to the APC after a failed bid to lead the state on the platform of the Alliance foe Democracy (AD). Former Secretary of the Ajasin Foundation as well as one time Ondo state party chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and governorship aspirant, Jumoke Anifowose is also in the race against Akeredolu.

Others who are interested in the Alagbaka office include Barr. Olarewaju Kazeem, Barr. Bukola Adetula, Engr. Ife Oyedele, Dr. Segun Abraham, Prince Jimmy Odimayo, Mr. Olayide Adelami, Prince Dapo Adelegan and Mr. Akintunde Awodeyi among others

Although Chief Olusola Oke (SAN) earlier this week announced that a formidable group in the APC, the Unity Forum had unanimously adopted him as their sole candidate, there are no strong indications others have truly agreed to step down for him.

The Unity Forum led by a former Deputy Governor and member of APC Board of Trustees (BoT), Alhaji Ali Olanusi seems to be the greatest traducer of Arakunrin Akeredolu, accusing him of several offences not just against the people of the state but against the APC.

Some of the sins highlighted by the group against Akeredolu which they consider unforgivable include political marginalisation of those who worked to install the governor, highhandedness against leaders of the party, anti-party activities and maladministration. They believe all these caused the party a great loss in Ondo state during the last general election.

The first four years of Mr Akeredolu as governor of Ondo state will expire on February 23, 2021 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it was not thinking of postponing the election.

Will Akeredolu survive this great test? Will he retain the Alagbaka seat for another four years? Will he return to the Action Alliance (AA) party which he is believed to be sponsoring? Will the APC retain Ondo?

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