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Nigerian news update Friday 11th December 2020

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Nigerian news update Friday 11th December 2020

11th December 2020

Here are the latest news in Nigeria today

1. We Have Nothing To Do With Buhari  – Senate Disowns Reps
The Senate on Wednesday stated that it had nothing to do with the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari by the House of Representatives.

It was reported that President Buhari was scheduled to appear before and brief lawmakers on the security challenges rocking the country. (Nigerian)

2. Ex-Pension Boss Maina Collapses In Court

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, on Thursday, collapsed before trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Maina, who is facing money laundering charges, slumped down shortly after the court resumed proceedings in the 12-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred against him and his firm, Common Input Property and Investment Limited.

3. Nigerian Army General Dies Of COVID-19 In Abuja
Major-General Olu Irefin, the Genera Officer Commanding (GOC) six division, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, has died of complications from coronavirus (COVID-19). (Nigerian)

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Maj.-Gen. Irefin was attending the ongoing Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 in Abuja before he took ill and died, The Cable reports.

4. 2023: PDP Speaks On Giving Presidential Ticket To Jonathan
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has declared that former President Goodluck Jonathan is free to seek the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.

Secondus made the declaration on Thursday during a press conference in Abuja where he spoke on his 3-year stewardship as the PDP Chairman.

5. Hoodlums Storm Ogun State Assembly, Steal Mace
The Ogun State Police Command on Thursday confirmed that suspected hoodlums invaded the premises of the Ogun State House of Assembly. (Nigerian)

The suspected hoodlums burgled the office of the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo overnight and escaped with the mace.

6. Buhari Govt Drastically Reduces Data Price
The Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Thursday announced a reduction of the price of data by more than 50 per cent following a directive that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should put in place measures to that effect.

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This was made known in a statement by the Technical Assistant to the Minister of Communications and digital economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Mr Femi Adeluyi.

7. Reverse Sack Of Argungu As NDE Boss – Senate Tells Buhari
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider his decision to sack the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasir Argungu.

The call followed a point of order raised during plenary by the Senator representing Jigawa East Senatorial District, Ibrahim Hadejia. (Nigerian)

8. Yakubu Resumes Office As INEC Chairman
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has resumed as the new chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second-term.

Yakubu went into a closed-door session with the national commissioners after arriving to a rousing reception by INEC headquarters staff and guests at about 11:20.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the commencement of his second-term, Prof. Yakubu said he had steadily strengthened the institutional capacity of INEC to carry on with its mandate even in the absence of a Chairman.

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9. APC Postpones Planned Membership Validation/Registration Exercise
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its planned nationwide membership validation and registration exercise. (Nigerian)

The National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, John Akpan UdoUdehe made this known on Thursday at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

10. ASUU Reveals Only Condition To End Strike, Tells Government What To Do
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday denied entering into any agreement to end its strike action by December 9, 2020, as suggested by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige.

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi in a statement on the lingering strike action explained that “the strike would only be suspended when the union’s organs affirm that the welfare and wellbeing of ASUU members, as well as the survival of our public universities, are sufficiently guaranteed.” (Nigerian)

 

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Breaking: Gunmen raze police station in Abia

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While details of the attack were still sketchy at the time of filing the report, it was gathered the gunmen overpowered the policemen on duty and released suspects in custody.

It was however not clear if they invaded the police armoury.

Gunmen have reportedly attacked and razed down a police station in Uzoakoli, Bende local government area of Abia State.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday.

details shortly…

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Before I Fled Boko Haram’s Den, Many Chibok Schoolgirls Were Pregnant

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A student of the College of Business and Management Studies in Konduga, Juliana Christopher, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, has said she saw many Chibok girls in the insurgents’ camp.

He added that many small girls were either pregnant or nursing children belonging to the insurgents.

Christopher, in an interview with The PUNCH, said he spent three weeks in Boko Haram camp after the insurgents, who were dressed in military uniforms, stormed her school in Borno State and abducted her.

She explained that after she and her colleagues were kidnapped by the insurgents, they took them into the forest, where she saw other victims who were pregnant and nursing babies of the Boko Haram insurgents.

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She said, “On reaching their camp, we met many young girls there and the whole place was in disarray. It was in 2014 and I was in the Boko Haram camp for three weeks. We met Chibok girls in the camp. While in the camp, I saw so many small girls, who were kidnapped. Some were being molested.

“Some were carrying children, while others were pregnant for the Boko Haram insurgents. It was a disgusting thing. Fortunately for me and some other girls, we escaped from the forest and found our way back to Chibok.”

My abduction led to my father’s death, now I can’t continue education –Konduga student, who escaped from Boko Haram captivity
She explained that her father took ill shortly after she was kidnapped, adding that efforts to rescue him proved abortive.

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She said, “On getting to Chibok, I found the whole community in a state of confusion; so, I asked after my parents and was told that my father took ill when he heard about my abduction and my mother took him to the hospital in Maiduguri. I set out to go and look for them in Maiduguri, but I could not go far because the road was blocked and no movement was allowed, except for military vehicles; in that process, my father died.

“When I heard about my father’s condition, I became worried and tried to locate my parents in the hospital, not knowing that he was already dead. When I eventually got to the hospital in Maiduguri, my mother had conveyed my father’s corpse to Chibok for burial, so my mother said I should stay back to avoid another kidnap.
“That was how I got to this camp. I couldn’t continue with my education, because my mother alone could not take care of my schooling and that of my other siblings.”

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Boko Haram terrorists are our Muslim brothers, shouldn’t be killed like pigs: Minister Pantami

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s communications minister Isa Pantami once condemned Nigerian Army’s incursion into Boko Haram strongholds, describing the insurgents as “our Muslim” brothers who did not deserve to be killed like pigs.

“See what our fellow Muslim brothers’ blood has turned to? Even pig blood has more value than that of a fellow Muslim brother,” Mr Pantami lamented in a sermon issued a few years ago when former President Goodluck Jonathan ramped up military operations against the rampaging terror sect.

Peoples Gazette obtained the audio through an anonymous contact on Thursday night. The location of Mr Pantami’s sermon and those who attended could not be immediately obtained, but the words, nonetheless, contradicted his recent claims that he had long maintained a hardline posture against Boko Haram.

Mr Pantami’s media allies have also been on an image laundering blitz to cast him as a moderate preacher who has been widely celebrated for his longstanding contempt for Boko Haram. Mr Pantami also joined his supporters to amplify a threat issued against him by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, evoking it to dismiss insinuations of his sympathy towards terrorists as counter-intuitive.

But in the February 2020 video, Mr Shekau appeared more frustrated by what he saw as Mr Pantami’s betrayal in becoming a top government official after spending years preaching Salafi doctrine than he was about the minister’s purported condemnation of Boko Haram’s deadly exploits.

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Mr Pantami has long been famous across northern parts of Nigeria as a respected Islamic cleric. He used most of his preachings to rail against the government’s high-handedness, and Peoples Gazette published a video on Thursday that showed him promising never to go into public service. The sermon was delivered in the mid-2000s, years before Mr Buhari appointed him in 2016 as the head of NITDA and later in 2019 as a cabinet minister in charge of communications.

“We are praying to God to answer all our prayers. It’s our right and obligation before all Muslim leaders, politicians, government appointees, academics,” Mr Pantami said in his prayers. “All of us should not fold their arms and watch helplessly how they shed our Muslim brothers’ blood and cheat them in vain.”

Mr Pantami said Boko Haram elements should have been treated with dignity as against the deadly military campaign, saying extermination of insurgents amounted to extrajudicial killing.

 

“Even if the Boko Haram fighters commit a crime, but can we justify the way and manner they are being killed?”

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“Just look at how they are killing people as if they are shooting pigs even though they commit a crime, why the extrajudicial killing? Take them before the law for a fair trial.

“You caught someone sleeping and you killed him. If it’s not Muslims that undergo such treatments who else?” Mr Pantami said.

The minister also said the previous administration should have pampered Boko Haram insurgents in the same manner as the Niger-Delta militants. Unlike Boko Haram that has been on senseless bloodshed against Nigerians of every faith and creed, the militants were fighting for a better share of oil wealth explored and extracted from their parts of the country.

After about three years of their violent campaign, which largely involved frequent abduction of expatriate oil workers and exchange of fire with security forces, the militants acquiesced to economic solutions and relinquished their arms in a deal brokered by former President Umar Yar’Adua.

But Mr Pantami disregarded the context of both groups and instead took a parallel position on how the government should respond to them.

“The Niger Delta people did something similar to this. They massacre people, steal weapons, killed expatriates and kidnap some of them,” Mr Pantami said. “Yet, you still accept them back, open a ministry for them, gave them a minister and put them on a monthly salary pay without work.”

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“The militants did more harm compared to what Boko Haram boys did,” the minister said. “But why will they do something like this? Why selective justice?”

 

The audio was part of a series of controversial sermons which Mr Pantami delivered at several worship centres and learning institutions across the northern parts of the country between the mid and late 2000s. The Gazette obtained the audio this week, most of which had already been transcribed and contextualized by an academic journal published online since March 2019.

Calls have now intensified for Mr Pantami to either publicly renounce his statements or step down from office, with some activists arguing that his position as a federal minister in charge of citizens’ data and the country’s telecoms infrastructure had become untenable.

As part of our series, The Gazette reached out to Mr Pantami repeatedly to learn whether or not he had renounced his controversial views but he declined all requests.

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