The killing of 43 Borno farmers is inexcusable

The Christian Association of Nigeria has condemned the killing of about 43 rice farmers by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State. It called on the federal government to stop the unending killings by the criminals who now operate with impunity all over the country but more devastatingly in the Northeast and Northwest. The association said these in a statement released on Friday titled ‘Loss of Rice Farmers to Terrorists: A National Disaster and Shame’, and signed by Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to the CAN  President, His Eminence, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle. It said, “We are shocked, disturbed, saddened to learn that criminals suspected to be terrorists invaded the Garin Kwashebe community and murdered innocent farmers while harvesting their products. As usual, the number of the deceased gruesomely murdered remains disputed by the Federal Government. To us at CAN, 43 was not only frightening but inexcusable by those who should have prevented it. The massacre was wicked and completely satanic.” CAN said that a situation where farmers were being taxed by the terrorists and bandits before they were allowed to work on their farms was unacceptable and it must be stopped by the government immediately. The Association further stated, “We are in a recession in the country, yet, criminals are still preventing farmers from going to the farm to harvest. We are not aware of any country where similar lawlessness is taking place without being adequately checked. We call on the security agencies to wake up from their prolonged slumber and save their image. The government is urged to think out of the box and take adequate steps to bring the terrorists to their knees rather than finding excuses to justify the failure of governance. Continuous sympathy through press statements or condolence visits after many souls have been wasted is not acceptable anymore. What we need is adequate protection of lives and property by those we have put in charge to do so.” The religious body reassures[…]

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Court orders Maina to remain in prison till end of trial

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the remand of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, in prison, till the end of his trial. Justice Okon Abang made the order following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mr Mohammed Abubakar. Maina who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on N2bn money laundering charges had jumped bail and fled  to The Republic of Niger. But he was produced in court for the first time on Friday following his extradition to Nigeria earlier on Thursday. Ruling on the  EFCC’s application for a remand order, Justice Abang said, “The defendant is already on bench warrant having jumped bail. “So he shall be remanded in correctional centre pending the conclusion of the trial.” A lawyer, Adaji Abel, who newly took over Maina’s defence on Friday, appealed to the judge to adjourn the case to enable him to prepare adequately for the case. The judge acceded to the request and adjourned till December 8.

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Nine teams reach last 16,

Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, Juventus’ Álvaro Morata, and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United are 2020/21 UEFA Champions League joint top scorers with six goals apiece. Haaland had been out in front with six goals from four games, but did not feature in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Lazio on Matchday 5. Morata and Rashford, meanwhile, added a goal each to their tallies to join the young Norwegian at the top of the pile. Olivier Giroud is in a chasing pack of two players who are one adrift after scoring all the goals in Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Sevilla. UEFA Champions League leading scorers after Wednesday’s matches: 6 goals: Morata (Juventus), Haaland (Dortmund), Rashford (Manchester United) 5 goals: Berisha (Salzburg), Giroud (Chelsea), Plea (Borussia Moenchengladbach) 4 goals: Immobile (Lazio), Jota (Liverpool), Lukaku (Inter Milan) 3 goals: Braithwaite (Barcelona), Coman (Bayern Munich), Dembele (Barcelona), Felix (Atletico Madrid), Fernandes (Manchester United), Kahveci (Istanbul Basaksehir), Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Messi (Barcelona), An. Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Neymar (Paris SG), Oliveira (Porto), Torres (Manchester City), Werner (Chelsea), Zapata (Atalanta) UEFA Champions League last-16 qualifiers Nine teams have qualified for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League last 16 after Wednesday’s matches: Barcelona Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund Chelsea Juventus Liverpool Manchester City Porto Sevilla  

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Senate President Lawan frustrates moves to force Senate to adjourn sitting

PRESIDENT of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday during the plenary session, frustrated moves to push the lawmakers to adjourn sitting. Soon after the commencement of business of the day, Senator George Sekibo, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers East cited Order 10 of the Senate Standing Rules as amended on the lack of quorum.  Citing Order10(1); (2), Sen. Sekibo read that “he Quorum of the Senate shall be one-third of the members of the Senate.If, at any time during the daily sessions of the Senate, a question is raised by any Senator as to the presence of a quorum, the presiding officer shall within fifteen minutes forthwith, direct the Clerk to call the roll and announce the result, and these proceedings shall be without debate.” At this point, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan asked the Clerk of the Senate, Ibrahim El- Ladan to check the register, and having checked, it was disclosed that 35 senators signed the register and the President of the Senate ruled Sekiboout of order.

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Life has lost its value under Buhari

So far under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), life has  lost its value the Northern Elders Forum, has said. The organisation also said that threat of farming in Northern Nigeria was real in the face of limited production of food in many of the communities. The NEF Director (Publicity and Advocacy), Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, raised these views in a statement on Tuesday night on the recent killings of 43 farmers in Borno. He said, “Under this administration, life has lost its value, and more and more citizens are coming under the influence of criminals. We do not see any evidence of a willingness on the part of President Buhari to honour his oath to provide security for Nigerians. In civilized nations, leaders who fail so spectacularly to provide security will do the honourable thing and resign. “The Northern Elders Forum joins Nigerians in expressing outrage at the killings of farmers in Borno State and many other people on a daily basis in many parts of the North. Our voices have been raised without pause for a long time against pervasive insecurity in our region. “We have consistently drawn attention to lack of political will to fight the Boko Haram insurgency and other threats such as banditry, rustling, and kidnapping. We had offered suggestions on how the security infrastructure could be improved and leadership of the military could be made more effective. Obviously, along with advise and concerns from many other Nigerians, these have made no impression on President Muhammadu Buhari. “These particular killings have been greeted by the most insensitive response by spokespersons of the President. The lame excuse that farmers had not sought permission from the military to harvest produce merely exposed the misleading claims that our military had secured vast territories from the insurgency. “These killings and the reality they expose will make relocation of citizens and resumption of economic activities a lot more difficult to achieve even for a leadership that attaches priority[…]

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Super Falcons Oshoala nominated for UEFA Fans’ Women’s Team of the Year

Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala, is one of the fifty nominees for the UEFA Fans’ Women’s Team of the Year’ for 2020. The list was revealed by UEFA on Tuesday. The 26-year-old, who has scored twice in six league appearances for Barcelona Ladies this season, is the only African shortlisted among the 50-women nominated by UEFA. Oshoala is competing with two of her Barcelona teammates, PSG, Lyon, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wolfsburg and Juventus’ players for one of the striking positions in the Team of the Year. For the forwards, Barcelona have representation through Oshoala, Caroline Graham Hansen and Jenni Hermoso; Chelsea are represented by Pernille Harder and Beth England; Arsenal by Vivianne Miedema and Jill Roord. UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Lyon have the most players represented with 13 of their finals squad (including since-departed Lucy Bronze) nominated, two more than runners-up Wolfsburg. On why Oshoala made the list, UEFA wrote, “Powerful and sometimes unplayable forward with an unerring eye for goal. “Free-scoring in Barcelona’s title win, either up front on own or partnered with Jenni Hermoso. Another UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final, a year after scoring in final.” Fans across the continent are expected to select their line-up from the 50 players who have stood out across European competitions and domestic leagues before the deadline on January 6.

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Vice President Osinbajo admits Nigeria needs to review ways of dealing with insecurity

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday admitted that the nation needs to review its “conventional means” of dealing with security challenges. He said the government needed to do more on “local intelligence” and community policing. The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement said Mr vice-president Osinbajo spoke while answering questions from reporters on his arrival at Lafia, Nasarawa State, for a one-day official visit. Mr Akande made the transcript of the interview available in the statement titled “Terrorist attack on farming community in Borno: We will do all it takes to secure Nigeria.” Mr vice-president Osinbajo says. Reacting specifically to the recent killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State, Mr vice-president Osinbajo said such an attack could not be prepared for through conventional means. Mr Akande quoted Mr vice-president Osinbajo as saying that, “As the President said, this group of people acted insanely in such a dastardly manner, killing innocent people, people who had gone to their farms to work. I spoke to the governor, Governor Babagana Zulum and the former Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima, to express my condolence, but more importantly, to try and think through ways of dealing with this kind of random attacks. it’s important to understand also that we will probably need to keep reviewing the conventional means of dealing with some of these issues, these security challenges, especially the randomness. This is why the President has said that he is taking a serious look at how to deal with the issues, especially the randomness: some insane person goes into a place and shoot people, that is not the sort of thing that you are prepared for conventionally. We have to do a lot more local intelligence and some of the community policing efforts we are planning on, so that information is supplied faster, especially at the local level and then a reaction will then be possible. it is a major tragedy; it’s a very unfortunate thing and[…]

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Reps to summon President Buhari

The House of Representatives has resolved to invite the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to address members in plenary over the security crises across the country. Earlier, plenary at the House of Representatives turned rowdy on Tuesday as members were sharply divided over a motion seeking to invite Pres. Buhari to appear before the lawmakers to explain the rising spate of insecurity in the country. The House was considering a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of at least 40  rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents. Part of the request  was to invite Pres. Buhari to appear on the floor of the House and address the lawmakers in plenary. Efforts by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and Chairman, House Committee on Air Force, Shehu Koko, among others, to have the request dropped proved abortive. Mr Speaker.Gbajabiamila’s plea that a state of emergency be adopted instead was also rebuffed. The speaker was forced to ask that the lawmakers have an executive (closed-door) session. Emerging from the closed-door session, Gbajabiamila asked one of the sponsors of the motion, Ahmad Jaha, to make an amendment to the motion. Jaha prayed the House to invite the president as proposed in the original motion. The Speaker put the amended motion to a voice vote and it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers.

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Reps divided on motion to invite Buhari over insecurity

Members of the House of Representatives were divided at Tuesday plenary on whether or not to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before them and offer explanation on the true security situation of the country. An earlier circulated motion had requested for the invitation of the president. But the motion eventually moved by Hon. Satomi Ahmed on behalf other 10 Borno State lawmakers on the floor requested the president to amongst other things, declare a State of emergency on security matters. But the motion as presented didn’t sit down well with another Borno lawmaker, Hon. Ahamdu Jaha who relied on Order 6, Rule 1 of the House to say that the original motion to which all the lawmakers agreed on was to call on the President to address them on the security situation especially in the north east region. He, therefore, amended the requests of the motion. “My amendment is that Mr. President should be invited to come and explain the security situation in the country especially in the northeast”, he said. His amendment got the support of the House.  But the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila said it was not necessary, stressing that the State of emergency request sufficed, This was however rejected by the House. Similarly, the majority leader of the House, Ado Doguwa added his voice, saying that security issues can’t be discussed openly, pleading for the understanding of his colleagues not to summon the president. His contribution was however greeted with a thunderous shout of No. Seeing the rising tension and the determination of the lawmakers, the Speaker suddenly called for executive session to resolve the matter. “Hon. Colleagues, I am a little bit disappointed with a lot of these no, no.This is not the spirit with which we started this 9th assembly. We will go into executive session to resolve this matter”, Mr.Speaker Gbajabiamila said.

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official trailer of Nigeria’s first cinematic feature-length animated film drops

The countdown to Nigeria’s first feature-length animated film with a cinematic release has begun in earnest following the release of the official trailer for the ground-breaking movie – Ladybuckit and the Motley Mopsters! Starring Nollywood stars Bimbo Akintola, Patrick Doyle, Kalu lkeagwu, Bola Edwards, the film also features popular Instagram comic and actor, Francis Sule, and bubbly tween-actors, David and Jessica Edwards among others. Ecstatic fans across the world have seen snippets in the teasers released by the film’s producers – Hot Ticket Productions – in July and October of this year. The newly-released trailer gives an even more enthralling glimpse into the LBMM world. Bukky, an excited young girl – who is insistent that her name should always be spelt properly – appears to have made a once-in-a-life-time wish that transforms her into a bucket! Other scenes from the trailer show some colourful pidgin-speaking characters – Mopps, Cupsticks, Slipperhead and many more. The vibrant and odd characters in the LBMM trailer give an interesting peep into what moviegoers can expect when the film premieres on Friday, December 11, 2020. LBMM will pave the way for exciting movies that can provide succour, entertainment and history lessons for families during the festive season. Preparations are underway for a star-studded private screening slated for Saturday, December 5, 2020, in Lagos.

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