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We were elected to do the impossible – APC
The Deputy National Chairman (South) of
the All Progressives Congress, Segun Oni, has said the party was elected
to do the impossible.
He, however, said Nigerians should be
patient with the APC-led Buhari administration because it could only do
its best by contributing it’s quota to national development.
Oni said this in an interview with newsmen at the party secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.
He argued that the economic difficulties
currently being experienced by Nigerians would have been worse if the
Peoples Democratic Party had returned to power.
The former governor of Ekiti State also
accused unnamed politicians, whom he described as “money bags,” of
sponsoring criminals under the guise of herdsmen to destabilise the
Muhammadu Buhari administration.
According to him, even though Nigerians
have every right to expect “magic” from the APC, the reality on ground
is that there is no magic wand to make Nigeria’s problems disappear
He said, “The economy was traumatised by
a government whose only agenda was to win another round (of elections).
Therefore, everything that they could put into trying to win a second
round, even bastardising the economy, was done and we are all here.
“The reality on ground is that, if the
previous government were (still) in power by now, Nigeria would have
virtually packed up, maybe many of us would have become refugees by now.
“Yes, we are elected to do the
impossible; we will do our best. I just want to plead that people should
give us more realistic expectations.”
Downpour destroys properties, renders many homeless in Delta
A downpour in the early hours of Tuesday destroyed properties worth
millions of naira and rendered many residents homeless in Delta State.
The downpour led to flooding in different parts of the state, which submerged several homes.
As early as 5:35am residents of Okuokoko in Okpe Local Government
Area of the state had to evacuate their homes as a result of the
A visit to the area following calls for help showed that several
buildings in the area were flooded to waist level with cars submerged,
forcing many residents to wade through water to make it to safety.
The situation was not different along the popular PTI Road, Effurun
and adjoining streets of Uvwie Local Government Area. The Busy Jakpa
Road was also flooded.
A resident of Jeffia Avenue, which is off PTI Road, Dafe Olomu, described the situation as horrible.
At the Third Marine and First Marine Gates axis in Warri, the state
capital, residents were seen around 9am scooping water out their homes.
The situation was also the same in the crowded Okumagba Avenue.
Many residents in Ekete-Inland, Udu Council, near Warri were also
forced to abandon their homes. Streets in the area, particularly Agolo
Street, just after the Hospital Road, were also flooded due poor
“Ekete-Inland is one area in Udu that is very prone to flood. The
problem in that area is mainly because of lack of good drainage system,
deplorable road condition and indiscriminate sale of land by land
speculators in the area,” a resident said.
In Ughelli, Ughelli North Council area the story is similar with major streets, including the Uloho Avenue flooded.
Some of the residents called on the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to
come to their aid by working on the drainage system in the state.
Biafra group names new leader
leadership of the new pro-Biafra group, the Reformed Indigenous People
of Biafra (RE-IPOB), has in a confusing twist named Jonathan Kurubo from
Bayelsa State as its new leader.
even as the group which claimed to be the true Igbo organization has
listed the wife of former president of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Prof
(Mrs) Uche Azikiwe and other eminent personalities to dialogue with
the Nigerian government over the agitation for an independent state of
a statement signed by its National Director of Publicity, Ikemba
Biafra, RE-IPOB described the new leader, Kurubo as a true son of Biafra
who believes in the cause and dignity of the marginalized people of the
old Eastern region.
added that Kurubo who is a graduate with versatile knowledge in
International relations, peace and conflict resolution as well as
strategic studies, will pilot the affairs of the RE-IPOB until Biafra is
actualized or the Nigerian government demonstrates its sincerity to
fully re-integrate the people of Biafran through negotiations.
calling on the people of Biafra living in the old Eastern region and in
Diaspora, to support the new leader, RE-IPOB unveiled a list of eminent
personalities and elders of Biafra who are expected to lead its
negotiation with the Nigerian government.
list includes: Dr Arthur Nwankwo, Dr kenneth Opigo, Dr. Okey Emordi,
Barr. Uche Okwukwu, Obong Victor Attah, Prof Nwankwo Nwaezeigwe, Chief
Bassey Akpan, Prof Mrs Uche Azikiwe, Prof Wole Soyinka, Uchenna Madu,
Prof Jerry Gana, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, representative of the Ohanaeze
Ndigbo, representative of Umuada Igbo, and Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma who
is expected to lead the delegation.
warn that RE-IPOB is not negotiating out of fear. Our position is not
out of cowardice, we want peace. But the federal government should
return our goodwill and readiness for talks with honesty and sincerity.
Nnamdi Kanu should henceforth desist from issuing any statement on
behalf of Biafra in his own interest,” the statement read.
group urged security agents to stop molesting or killing members of
RE-IPOB as its security arm, Ogbunigwe, has been set up to protect
EFCC goes hard on lawyers frustrating corruption cases
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has said that the Commission will no longer tolerate
lawyers that frustrate the fight against corruption in any form.
Magu said that those lawyers who are specialists in filing frivolous
applications in court to derail justice should be prepared for a tougher
Speaking at a special lecture organised by the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADL) in Lagos with the theme ‘The role of Nigerian lawyers in the fight against corruption’,
Magu lamented the negative role of some lawyers, whom he termed as
‘rogue elements’, in frustrating the fight against corruption.
He however praised legal practitioners who have been assisting the agency in its duties.
“Your direct confrontation of the corruption monster through the
instrumentality of the law is an inspiration to those of us in the
enforcement of the law. However, in the course of confronting the
monster, we constantly run up against a gang of rogue elements who are
not only frustrating the work that we are doing but also give a terrible
name to the Bar and Bench.
“Under my watch, EFCC will come to the aid of short-changed Nigerians
and where there is impunity, EFCC will intervene. We are working hard
and want to enjoin all of you to work together with us. We have
partnerships with lawyers whose credibility can be vouched for, but we
will not stay idle and watch Nigerians being short changed.”
2 trapped, 6 rescued as building collapses in Abuja
Six persons cheated death in the early hours of yesterday when a
building reportedly owned by a former governor collapsed in a
residential area of Gwarinpa Estate.
While six were already rescued as at the time of filing this report, two
others were still trapped in the rubble. It could not be ascertained if
anyone lost his or her life in the unfortunate incident. Eyewitnesses,
who were on ground and spoke to our correspondent, said they could not
confirm if any of the two trapped was still alive.
Officials and personnel of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
were leading the rescue operation when our correspondent visited the
Findings by Daily Sun revealed that the approved plan of the collapsed
building was given by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA). It was
further gathered that the FCT Directorate of Development Control has
taken over the building.
Authorities of FHA may brief the Press today to explain more. It could
not however, be ascertained if any arrest was made by the relevant
Incidences of collapsed buildings have become frequent in Abuja
recently. In some instances, lives have been lost, while many fatal
injuries have been recorded recently.