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1. Fayose’s aide resigns over “economic crisis”
Ajibola, in his letter of resignation, said he quit Fayose’s administration “on basic developmental issues and the economic situation in the state which he can no longer pretend over.”
In his May 28 letter, Ajibola said, “I humbly write this to formally notify you that I am resigning from my position as your S.A on Parliamentary Affairs.
“Sir, within my personal conviction, I am satisfied that I have in honesty and utmost loyalty served the PDP, the people of Ekiti and government in general.
“Therefore, I premise my resignation on some basic developmental issues and the economic situation in the state which I cannot continue to pretend over. My resignation takes off immediately.”
Ajibola was the only Peoples Democratic Party member of the House of Assembly before Fayose came to power on October 16, 2014.
He was later joined by six All Progressives Congress lawmakers who defected on the day Fayose was sworn in.
Fayose, has, however, approved the appointment of Mr. Alexander Adeojo to replace Ajibola.
The governor thanked Ajibola for his meaningful contributions to the administration and development of the state while he was Special Assistant, Parliamentary Matters to the Governor.
2. Police, soldiers kill two in failed bullion van robbery
Six of the armed robbers were also arrested by the policemen and soldiers, who did not record any casualty on their part.
The armed robbers were said to have trailed a bullion van from the Diamond Bank branch in Trans-Amadi with the intent of attacking the vehicle and operatives manning it.
Unknown to the hoodlums, who came in a Nissan Primera and red Jetta cars, security operatives, including soldiers, noticed the strange movement and also trailed them.
It was, however, at Elekahia that security operatives opened fire on them, killing two and arresting six. The incident occurred at about 1pm.
“We learnt that the armed robbers were trailing the bullion van from Trans-Amadi, but unknown to them, some policemen and even soldiers were trailing the armed robbers.
“The sound of gunshots around that Stadium Road scared everybody, but in the end, people saw that they were armed trying to attack a bullion bus,” an eyewitness said.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said apart from killing two armed robbers and arresting six of them, two pistols and two cars were recovered from them.
“After the exchange of gun fire, two of the suspects died on the spot from bullet wounds while six others were arrested.
“Two pistols, a taxi-coloured Primera saloon car and one red Jetta car with no registration number were recovered from the criminals,” Muhammad said.
He, however, added that the police had begun investigation with a view to arresting other members of the gang and bringing them to book.
3. Dialogue with Niger Delta Avengers not an option
The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that dialogue with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, whose operations in the oil rich region have cut down daily oil production output, was not yet an option.
The Army, justifying its recent operations in Gbaramatu, Delta State, said the use of force was for now the only available option until leaders of the militant group were apprehended.
Representing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Brig.-Gen. J. Hamakim, said this at the ‘State of the Nation Conference’, organised by the Nigerian Bar Association and held in Abuja on Tuesday.
During the conference on Tuesday, the Army was accused of failing to explore dialogue with the Niger Delta militants and resorting to use of force which could lead to a war situation in the region.
The Army was also accused of attacking members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who were allegedly demonstrating peacefully in Onitsha, Anambra State on Monday.
But Hamakim, in his response, said there was no sign that the Niger Delta Avengers’ members were ready for dialogue.
He said, “I quite agree that dialogue is very important. But where it is not too obvious that the adversary is ready to come out and talk, you can also force such a person.
“I think that is what the Nigeria Army is trying to do. Yes, we don’t know the group’s leader, for now; that is the only option, possibly we have to bring the people out to know who you can dialogue with.”
He said the activities of the group were affecting Nigerians as the nation’s oil production had recently further plummeted to 1.1 million barrels per day.
He debunked the allegation that soldiers, who were involved in the operations in Gbaramatu, were killing innocent residents and raped women.
“We have done our investigation and nothing like that is happening,” he said.
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5. Biafra Anniversary Violence: 53 killed, 207 injured, 403 arrests
The Indigenous of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide under leadership of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu yesterday said that the total number of members killed during the Biafra anniversary were 53, those with bullets wounds 207 and those arrested 403.
The group also alleged that Hausa/Fulani terrorists group who were not on uniforms attacked its members with the army, Navy and police who killed and the carried dead bodies with their hilux vans.
A statement jointly signed by the Media and Publicity officer Mr. Emma powerful and Spokespersons of IPOB Dr. Clifford Iroanya and Mr. Emma Mmezu condemned the killings of unarmed members at Nkpor near Onitsha and other places, saying that the group had earlier raised alarm before the event that Federal government and security agents have perfected plans to kill and maim the unarmed civilians without provocation.
They noted that the members of IPOB who traveled from far away moved into a Catholic church along Nkpor-Umuoji road to seek the consent of Chukwuokikike Abiama (God Almighty) who has been guiding them in the noble project where the combined security agents moved into the church and killed so many and a lot were wounded.
“The worst side of it was that the members who were coming to honour the Biafra fallen heroes and heroines have not reached to the venue for the ceremony before they met their untimely death”.
“We accused the governor of Anambra state Chief Willie Obiano of the brain behind the attack Monday and for the chief security officer of the state to allowed such to happen in his state and issued a press statement that hoodlums hijacked the day proved that he masterminded the killing of his people”.
“Above all we are non-violent group and we are not doing any protest or demostrations and had not started the event when the security agents opened fire and rained bullets on our people without minding that they are human beings not animals. Again we are calling on all the world leaders to come for our rescue because they have perfected plans to kill all Biafrans” the group stated.
“Onitsha head bridge was blocked by the same military goons, to stop our people from Delta and beyond from linking up with the crowd in Anambra. 16 were gunned down there. All around Onitsha and environs, brutal crackdown ensued all over the town, before noon, many souls were destroyed”.
The group continued: “The conspiracy with political leaders to secretly endorse this mindless bloodletting by keeping quiet, cannot succeed in burying the truth. The truth is like seeds; it germinates when buried and grows into thick indestructible foliage. The blood of our brothers murdered in Onitsha and elsewhere on Monday will only germinate to a thick irrepressible forest of truth, valour and freedom”.
“Those who are scared that the crumbling edifice of 36 unviable states, created by oppressive military cabals from one section of Nigeria, cannot survive displayed their fears that this house has fallen, to all, by their brutal killing of innocent unarmed youths, whose only crime is the prayer for freedom from this hostile prison. That freedom is inevitable; these senseless deaths are prize for freedom”.
“In 2014 and 2015 our May 30th memorial did not record any causality, simply because Pharaoh has not yet occupied Aso villa. The occupant of the Villa at that time did not have a compelling mission to sustain the lopsided unitary structure of Nigeria at all costs. He did not suffer from the paranoid of desert encroachment (As someone confessed at the palace of Emir of kastina recently), therefore, the last occupant of the Villa was not scared of the truth about Nigeria”
“As we go back to drawing board to reconsider the continuation or otherwise of our non-violence credo, we assure those who came to power, only to sustain an unworkable structure, that the blood of our brothers, like the blood of Abel will continue to testify against them. Nothing will keep us in this hostile prison. Nothing. Absolutely Nothing” IPOB spokespersons stated.
6. Ex-Chadian president Hissene Habre bags life sentence for crimes against humanity
A special tribunal, the Special African Chamber (CAE) sitting in Senegal yesterday sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity, an unprecedented conviction seen as a warning to repressive rulers worldwide.
The former leader has two weeks to appeal the sentence. The verdict brings long-awaited closure for relatives of the up to 40,000 people killed and many more kidnapped, raped or tortured during his 1982-1990 term as president of Chad.
Habre was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape, forced sexual slavery and kidnapping, said the president of the court Gberdao Gustave Kam, sentencing him to life in jail. The 73-year-old, nicknamed “Desert Fighter”, had presided over “a system where impunity and terror were the law,” Kam said.
7. 875,500 Nigerians living as slaves – Report
Nigeria has the world’s eighth highest number of slaves – 875,500 – and is a key source country for women trafficked to Europe and sold into sex work, the third Global Slavery Index has revealed.
The report showed that nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude.
The survey by Walk Free Foundation, the Australia-based human rights group, increased the estimated number of people in modern slavery to 45.8 million from 35.8 million in 2014.
Here are some key figures from the index outlined by Reuters:
* Asia is home to an estimated two-thirds of the total number of people living in modern slavery
* Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about 15 percent of the world’s slaves
* India is the country with the greatest number of people living in some form of modern slavery, estimated at 18.3 million
* China came second with an estimated 3.4 million slaves and Pakistan third with an estimated 2.1 million slaves
* Rounding out the top 10 were Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Russia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia
* North Korea is the country with the highest estimated proportion of modern slavery with nearly one in every 20 North Koreans, or 4.37 percent of a 25 million population, living in slavery
* In terms of concentration, second was Uzbekistan with 3.97 percent of its population in slavery amid reports of forced labour in its cotton industry, then Cambodia with 1.6 percent, India with 1.4 percent and Qatar with 1.36 percent
* Governments taking the most steps to combat modern slavery were the Netherlands, the United States, Britain, Sweden, Australia, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Belgium and Norway
* The least action was being taken by the governments of North Korea, Iran, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Papua New Guinea, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan.
8. 8 oil companies gets bench warrant from National Assembly
The National Assembly joint Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Tuesday, issued bench warrant on eight oil companies operating for failing to appear at its public hearing.
The committee had invited all oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region to defend themselves over alleged non-remittance of statutory funds to NDDC for development of the region.
Chairman of Senate Committee on NDDC, Mr Peter Nwaoboshi, gave the directive for the issuance of the bench warrant when the companies failed to attend the committee’s interactive meeting.
The affected companies are Continental Oil and Gas Ltd, Conoil Oil Producing Limited, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources and Allied Energy Plc.
Others are Sheba Petroleum Exploration and Production, Newcross E& P, Pan-ocean Oil Corporation and Atlas Petroleum Development Company.
Nwaoboshi said that the committee was carrying out doing its patriotic duty for the country.
He and other members of the committee, however, accused the management of NDDC of not keeping accurate financial records of remittances from oil companies.
They exonerated the acting Managing Director of the commission, Mrs Ibim Semenitari on grounds that she was still new on the job.
The joint committee expressed displeasure at the commission’s negligence of its responsibilities, especially with failure to meet willing oil companies for reconciliation of accounts and records.
They said that the money was required for development of the area.
Representatives of some of the oil companies present at the meeting claimed that they had made effort to reach the management of the commission to reconcile their accounts and settle outstanding commitments, to no avail.
The representative of Oriental Energy Resources specifically told the committee that it had made several efforts to meet with the NDDC since December, 2015.
Chief Technical Adviser of the company, Mr Goni Sheikh, said that had written letters to the commission in the past six months, informing it of its readiness to pay 1 million dollars to it.
“NDDC has not given the company the opportunity to do so,’’ he said, adding that the company paid 18 million dollars to the commission in 2014 but had an outstanding of 1 million dollars.
Shiekh pleaded with the committee to intervene by making NDDC to schedule a meeting to enable them to reconcile the records.
In his remark, a member of the committee, Rep. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, suggested that the committee should carry out forensic auditing of NDDC’s account.
He said that there were discrepancies in the financial records provided by NDDC and that the commission should be made to account for all the remittances from the oil companies.
“We need to do proper reconciliation of NDDC account. There could be secret account in which oil companies paid money to NDDC and they go into private pockets.
“The impression is that the companies are not paying; I am not even sure that the ones paid by oil companies are in safe hands.
“Before now the impression is that the companies were not paying, but today, we have seen that the reverse is the case.
“We should discontinue the revenue collection for NDDC and investigate their account,” he said.
9. Queen Elizabeth II & her dogs cover Vanity Fair Magazine’s Latest Issue
UK’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is looking gorgeous as poses for the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine’s latest issue, surrounded by her beloved Corgis and Dorgis.
Famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz photographed the 90-year-old royalty in a series of photos.
Annie who spoke about her experience during the shoot said, “The most moving, important thing about this shoot is that these were all her ideas, She wanted to be photographed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal; and her corgis. I was told how relaxed she was at Windsor, and it was really true. You get the sense of how at peace she was with herself, and very much enthralled with her family.”