The leader of an activist group,’Our Mumu Don Do‘, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has said his group would commence a daily protest to force President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle corruption allegations levelled against top members of his government.
Some top officials of the administration including the currently suspended Secretary to the State Government, Babachir Lawal, and recently, the head of the nation’s oil firm, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, have been accused of corrupt acts with many Nigerians believing that Mr. Buhari has not been decisive enough in tackling graft in his own inner circle.
A Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, a member of the president’s party had recently criticised the administration for being soft on corrupt officials of the government but acting quickly on members of the opposition when accused of same offences.
In a statement by the group, Monday, signed by Deji Adeyanju, Bako Abdul Usman, Ariyo Atoye, and Moses Paul, it said it would commence a daily sit-out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, from Tuesday to highlight the tardiness of the Buhari led government in prosecuting alleged corrupt officers of the government.
The statement explained how, over the course of the last 29 months, several allegations of corruption, mismanagement of public funds and outright looting of the national treasury have surfaced against top officials of the administration with no corresponding response from the government.
Making reference to the recent NNPC saga where the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, accused the corporation’s boss of impropriety and insurbodiantion, the group said the president was deliberately shielding corruption.
It listed other acts that showed the president was abetting criminality.
“The $43 million found in the Osborne Apartments allegedly stolen and hidden by the suspended Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke is one.
“The mismanagement and theft of funds meant for the welfare of people displaced by the ongoing war against Boko Haram in the North-eastern part of the country by the suspended Secretary General of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal to the tune of N270 million (Two Hundred & Seventy Million Naira) is another one.
“Allegations of bribery to the tune of N120 billion (One Hundred and Twenty Billion Naira) against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Navy, Senator Isah Missau.
“Allegations of corrupt enrichment made by the Ekiti State House of Assembly against the Minister of Mines & Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, to the tune of N40 billion (Forty Billion Naira),” the statement said.
The group noted that Nigerians expected more from the president on these allegations especially his anti-graft personality that ensured his victory at the polls in 2015. He said Nigerians, “are dismayed by the apathy displayed in this regard by the Federal Government.”
“Instead, the reports of the investigation of some of these allegations have been totally ignored by the President. In other cases, these officials seek to use the apparatus of the Nigerian State to silence these allegations and stifle their investigation and prosecution. An example is the application made by the Inspector General of Police before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, seeking an order restraining the Senate from investigating the allegations of bribery made against him.
“In the light of these disturbing developments and the insouciance of the Federal Government in fighting them, we shall commence a daily sit out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, from Tuesday October 17th, 2017 to highlight these allegations of corruption against these and other top officials of the Buhari administration and strongly demand that President Buhari takes action against them in line with his anti-corruption campaign. The sit out will commence from 09:00am and will hold daily until the president moves to decisively tackle these issues.”
Charly Boy had led his group in a daily protest when the president was in London for an undisclosed medical treatment, where he spent over 100 days.
One of the protests in the popular Wuse Market in Abuja nearly degenerated into violence, when a pro-Buhari group confronted the protesters. The market was subsequently shut with Charly Boy calling off further protests, and later reopened.
Mr. Buhari returned to the country a few days after the faceoff.
Source: ( Premium Times )
#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew
Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the residents of the State.
Recall that the Governor had declared curfew in Enugu East, Enugu North, and Enugu South Local Government Areas of the state following an outbreak of violence in those areas.
However, following the return of relative calm and hardship being suffered by residents of the affected areas, the Governor adjusted the curfew.
This was announced in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Aroh, on Saturday.
“In its place, a 13-hour curfew from 6 pm to 7 am daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6 pm on Sunday, 25th October 2020 until further notice.”
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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the threat of violence on Igbo indigenes in Yorubaland.
In a video circulating on social media, Grandson Adeyinka, a UK-based Nigerian, called on Igbo indigenes to leave south-west states.
In the video, Adeyinka issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Igbo, warning that those who refuse to leave will be dealt with.
Reacting to the video, the former Minister distanced the Yoruba people from the statement, urging the Igbo people in Lagos to stand firm and stand their ground.
..The sons of Oduduwa will stand by you. The SW is safe for all non-indegenees. We are a peaceful, loving, liberal, kind & accommodating people. We are not animals & thugs. We do not give our compatriots ultimatums, throw them out of our territory or threaten them with violence.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 24, 2020
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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared a 24-hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan announced this is a statement on Saturday.
Although the reason for the restriction was not stated, it follows the looting of warehouses – where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly stored by the government – by residents.
Residents were said to have trooped to Gwari Avenue where they discovered a warehouse and immediately forced it open and carted away food items.
Reacting to the development, the government directed security agencies involved to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating the curfew, and those responsible for the breakdown of law and order as well as looting and destroying properties.
The affected communities include Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South LGA, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi of Chikun LGA.
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