Governor Ben Ayade rushes home to avoid impeachment
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State arrived Margaret Ekpo
International Airport, Calabar on Wednesday after staying away from the
State for over a month. Investigations revealed that the Governor
hurriedly returned to the State after the threat by Cross River
Transparency Network International, (CRTNI) which called on Cross River
State House of Assembly to immediately commence his impeachment process
over alleged illegal foreign trips.
The group had alleged that
since assumption of office, Governor Ayade had traveled overseas more
than any governor in the history of this country under the pretext of
looking for investors for the state.
The coordinator of the
group, Comrade Jonathan Agbor, said it has become imperative for the
State House of Assembly to impeach Ayade for violating constitutional
provisions of frequently travelling abroad without handing over to his
deputy just as he squanders state funds on such trip.
“Since Ayade came on board, he has spent more days in Abuja and abroad
than he has spent in the state, adding that out of 365 days in a year he
spends less than 100 days in office”.
Consequent upon this, the
Governor according to them has abandoned his constructional duties of
administering the state to the deputy governor, Prof Ivara Esu, just as
he left unattended to major issues that needed his attention.
group, however, threatened, that failure of the State House of Assembly
to commence impeachment process on the Governor, they will be left with
no other option than to organise a one-million man march to protest
against mal-administration and illegal travelling.
our correspondent visited the Governor’s office on Thursday, the place
looked scanty, there was no presence of governance, and only security
personnel and few junior staff were seen. All the offices our
correspondent saw had their doors and windows opened as there was no
electricity to power the air conditioners and fans. The giant generator
in the complex we were told had no diesel.
Besides no diesel, the
entire environment was unkempt, even as sources hinted that the private
firm that won the contractor to keep the place clean have not been paid
for several months. At various offices visited, plain sheets to write
memo were not available as the workers claimed “We have not been given
impress for several months, we recycled plain sheet, that is, we use the
back that had already been used, we just cross the first page and
continue with the back”
On August 19, 2017, a Church, the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embarked on All Africa Service
Project where members cleared bushes that harboured dangerous animals
including snakes and other reptiles in the Governor’ office and Ministry
of Finance and removed gutters.
Regretting the attitude of
government functionaries for not keeping the affected areas clean, the
President of the Nigeria Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, Dr Victor Bassey said “Governor’s office is part of
our community and haven seen what have been left unclear for quite a
long time, we deem it necessary to come and start the service project
here, before moving on to Psychiatric Hospital. There is much to be done
At the time of filling this report, Governor Ben Ayade and
some principal officers were not in the office. He was alleged to have
been very angry with some of his staff over the way things were being
run while he was away. It was gathered that there could be cabinet
reshuffle within the next few weeks.
Police Officers Force Man At Gun Point To Withdraw N140,000 From Atm
Four police officers from the Anti Robbery Squad, SARS attached to Area K
Badagry have been arrested and taken to X-Squad Ikeja for using guns to
force a helpless man, Apagbo John to the bank to withdraw N140,000 in
the night in exchange of his life.
The officers were identified
as two Inspectors, Pativon Patrick and Owolabi Oke and two other
Sergeants namely Momoh Jimoh and Akinmade Kehinde.
The incident happened at about 10pm at the ATM of Agbara branch of UBA along Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
gathered that the dastardly act was leaked to the Area Commander, Hope
Okafor who promptly intervened, ordered for their arrest and detention
and they were subsequently transferred to the X-Squad for necessary
The suspects were currently detained at the State Police Command, Ikeja where they will likely face room trial.
was gathered that the victim, John suffered his fate when he was
driving home late in the evening with his parents vehicle and there was
traffic along the expressway.
The accused police officers stopped
him beside the road, labeled him a suspect and threatened to kill him
that night as a robber.
It was gathered that he pleaded with them
not to kill him but asked them to take everything he had on him
including the vehicle to spare his life.
They then allegedly
forced him to their office at Area K Command, where they told him that
he can only be alive if he will bring certain amount of money.
John told the officers that he was with his ATM card and had about N140,000 in the account.
It was learnt that they marched him to Agbara that night with their guns where he withdrew the money and gave them.
After they collected the money, they insisted it was not enough and detained him at Area K Command.
Meanwhile, the money he withdrew at the bank belonged to his father who received alerts on the withdrawals.
the evil plot was exposed when his parents started making inquiry on
what was happening to him and John was traced to the Command.
was then the information got to the Area Commander, Okafor who was still
in the office and she quickly stepped in, ordered the arrest of the
officers, collected the money back and returned to the victim.
our correspondent visited X-Squad at the Ikeja Command, the suspects
were still detained there where they were making useful statements.
The incident was well known in the area and has attracted public condemnation.
residents commended the Area Commander for her resilience in the fight
to reduce corruption among the officers, which they said were
unprecedented in the area.
The Area Commander could not be reach for comment.
Mother Of Four Raped By Sons’ Barber In Lagos
For the last five years, 30-year-old Bassey Victor, has been working as a
barber in a shop along Raji Oba, Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos. For those
five years, Rachael’s husband and three of her four children have been
part of his loyal customers.
They referred to him as their family barber. Rachael (not real name) is a
trader married to a Delta State indigene, a businessman who often
travelled for days, entrusting the care of the home and children in the
hands of his wife.
Rachael sounded strong initially, as she told Punch correspondent her
story in the office of the Esther Child Rights Foundation she had run to
But midway into her story, her strong façade cracked, spilling out the
evidence of her trauma. She cried. The tears spilled out in torrents.
Rachael did not have to explain all the physical and psychological
trauma that had been brought upon her since that afternoon in March. Her
expression alone told a million stories.
She said, “He (Bassey) was so familiar with my family that he once even
approached my husband, pleading with him to open a barber’s shop for
“Around December, my husband took his clipper to the barber to have a
haircut and it seemed it did not work well. He left it with Bassey to
have it repaired. I asked for the clipper back because it had been there
for too long and he said he needed money for the repairs. My husband
gave him the money.
“Sometimes, when I took my three boys there to have a haircut, I would
leave them with him. He would cut their hair and send them home.
“There was a time I noticed an infection on the head of one of them and I
asked if he was using our clipper but the children said they did not
“I then asked Bassey for the clipper. He gave some excuses that it still
did not work well after the repair. The last time I asked, that day in
March, he told me that the clipper was at home.”
Bassey, who lived a short distance from his shop, allegedly told Rachael
that he had something to do along his residence and he could stop by
and get her the clipper.
“When we got to the house, I stayed at the entrance as he went inside.
His younger brother was at home. While I waited outside, he spoke in
their dialect to his younger brother. The boy then went out.
“While I stood, he was going about as if he was trying to locate the
clipper. His younger brother lingered around outside too. He then spoke
to the boy again in their dialect. The boy suddenly pushed me inside the
house. Before I knew what was happening, Bassey had locked the door.
“I was initially confused because I had no idea what he was trying to
do. I asked him if he was mad. I was so angry I was looking for any
object around the room to just hit him and injure him.
“He then said he had something to tell me. I asked what he wanted to
tell me that he could not say while I was outside and had to tell his
younger brother to push me inside.
“He said he had wanted to tell me for a long time that he had feelings
for me. I told him he must be stupid because he knew I was married and
knew my husband. He suddenly grabbed me and I screamed for help. He
punched me till I found it difficult to struggle with him any longer.
“He tore my dress and my underwear as he slammed me on the bed. When he
was done raping me, he let me unlock the door but I made sure I took the
torn underwear with me.”
Rachael said when she stepped outside the apartment, she then realised
why nobody came when she screamed. She said the compound was deserted.
Two weeks passed after the incident. Rachael cried alone at home. She
could not leave the house. She waited for her husband to arrive from his
journey. It was not a discussion that could be made on the phone.
When she narrated what transpired to her husband, he immediately called his family members.
For Rachael, who is a Yoruba woman, her troubles were not over.
She was mandated to undergo a cleansing ritual in her husband’s hometown in Delta State.
It was learnt that without the ritual, she would never be allowed to
cook for her children or husband and neither can he ever have
intercourse with her.
“They said I would bring calamity over my husband and children and may cause their death,” she said.
Rachael said she ran around to find N300,000 which was used for the rituals.
Meanwhile, the case was reported at the Ipaja Police State, Moshalashi.
One Inspector Omoh was assigned to it as investigating officer. Bassey
was arrested and later arraigned at the Ogba Magistrate’s Court, Lagos,
He was granted a N500,000 bail along with other conditions which he
could not meet for two weeks and so, remained in the Kirikiri Prisons.
Saturday Punch learnt that while the case was ongoing, more revelations about Bassey emerged.
Rachael said an old woman and her daughter came to her house to beg her
one night. She later realised that the daughter was living in Bassey’s
house as his “wife.”
“The woman said I should forgive him. She then said, ‘Is it not the same
way he raped this one (her daughter) and impregnated her before her
father sent her out to live with him (Bassey)? I was shocked. I told
them the matter was not in my hands anymore,” Rachael said.
But again, this was not the end of Rachael’s problems.
She told Punch correspondent that she had become a laughing stock on the street as some neighbours now call her “Bassey’s wife.”
According to her, when Bassey met his bail conditions and left the
prison custody, he started to spread the story around the neighbourhood,
making people to jeer at her.
“Sometimes, some people who knew me would come to my house and tell me
they heard some bad things about me and ask me what really happened.
Everybody expected me to start telling them how he raped me. I have
become a symbol of shame. I cannot count the number of times I have seen
people, pointing and laughing at me on the street when I pass by,” she
However, after an adjournment, a postponed sitting because of holiday
and another sitting in which Bassey was never brought to court from
prison, Rachael alleged that the prosecutor, Inspector Ayorinde Ezekiel,
told her that the next adjournment was Monday, August 28.
Before then, Ezekiel had allegedly approached Bassey and her husband with a strange instruction.
“The prosecutor asked me that if the family of Bassey gave me N300,000,
would I accept it? He later told me that five per cent of whatever they
pay me would be his. I told my husband about it and he decided to call
the prosecutor. I asked him to tell Mr. Ezekiel that whatever they
decide to pay, they should take it to court,” Rachael said.
On August 28, Bassey and her husband went to court and were told that
the case had been heard on August 21 and had been struck out.
When she called the prosecutor to find out what happened, Ezekiel told
her it was struck out by the magistrate because she did not appear that
Bassey’s family now suspect that Ezekiel deliberately gave them a wrong
date so that he could tell the court to strike out the case.
They believe he had been bribed by Bassey and his family.
On the part of the investigating police officer, Omoh, he told Rachael
that he did not know why the case was struck out too, saying he was not
in court that day (August 21).
Omoh said it was strange that the court could strike out a case simply
because the plantiff (Rachael) was not in court on a single sitting.
Saturday Punch learnt that after advice from family, Rachael had to go
to the hospital to have herself tested. She took the test report which
showed some staphylococcus infection.
Punch correspondent reached out to Ezekiel about Rachael’s allegations
but the prosecutor insisted that there was no truth to all her claims.
He said, “Did she tell you that I gave you the wrong date? It is not
possible for any prosecutor to make an allegation to a court to strike
out his own case. No prosecutor will do that.
“She will not tell you the truth of the matter. She cannot stand before
me and say these things she has told you. She is the one who forgot the
date. I was trying to reach out to her about the day of the sitting but
there was no way.
The case was mentioned and I tried to defend the case that she was on
her way but the magistrate opened the file and said the case was too
long and that if she (Rachael) was still interested, she could go back
and make further arrest and bring him (Bassey) back to court.
“When the matter was struck out, she came later and I told her it had
been struck out. I asked why she was not in court and she said
‘somebody’ gave her another date. I told her that was not the end of the
case. I asked her to go back to the station and that she could still
get the man rearrested. I refuse to be provoked this morning about what
she told you.”
Asked about the N300,000 ‘settlement’ offer he allegedly made to the
woman, the prosecutor said, “You are a man. If your wife was raped,
would you collect money? They (Rachael and her husband) were the ones
who came to me and said the family of the man were begging with
N300,000. How could I have gone to meet the other party and told them to
“I told her that if they wanted to pay her money, she should take it
because the case had no substance and no evidence. You said they raped
you but you have no evidence; that was why I told her to collect the
The investigating police officer (Omoh), who expressed surprise that the
case had been struck out, has told Rachael to get herself a dedicated
lawyer. He has also told her that anytime she wanted Bassey rearrested,
he would make the arrest.
Bassey has refused to react to all the allegations against him by
Rachael. When our correspondent spoke with him, he said he could only
give a full account of what really transpired the day Rachael followed
him to get the clipper in a court and if he was re-arraigned.
He said, “If they dare get me rearrested and charged to court, only then would I narrate everything that happened.
“She said I had been abusing her around the neighbourhood and people are
making jest of her. But she is the one who has been spreading falsehood
about me. The same people she has been telling the story are the ones
making jest of her.”
Asked if there was any kind of relationship between them as being
rumoured in their neighbourhood, Bassey said none existed beyond the
fact that he was Rachael’s children’s barber.
The Executive Director of Esther Child Rights Foundation, Mrs. Esther
Ogwu, explained that there was the danger that more victims of rape
might never summon the courage to speak out when they realise that cases
of victims like Rachael never got resolved.
She said, “We were approached to take up the case by a sympathiser who heard about it and felt she might never get justice.
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the justice is being served in
this case. We believe the prosecutor has a lot to explain about how a
case could be dismissed simply because the plantiff who had never missed
a court date did not appear.
“The question is, what did he tell the court at the hearing which the
victim and her husband did not have the opportunity to attend because
they were given a different date?
“At this point we can only call on the police to make a rearrest and
charge the suspect to court because if cases like this are handled this
way, the outside world would continue to view us as a country where laws
I Am Not Interested In Politics, Dangote Tells PDP
Africa richest man and billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote,
has declared that he has no interest in politics, advising that
politicians and political parties should leave him alone and stop
dropping his name.
Dangote, who is the President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dangote
Group of Companies, specifically warned that nobody should set him on a
collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC).
The business mogul stated this while reacting to The Daily Times
exclusive report that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its
leaders are mounting pressures on him to come and contest for the 2019
presidential election on its platform.
Dangote said: “I am not interested in politics and this is
authoritative. No member of any think tank committee has contacted me.
People should stop dropping my name for the 2019 presidency. “This whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me.
They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course
with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. They are people
who are jealous of the successes I have so far recorded in business.
“My passion is for business development, provision of jobs and wealth
creation, not politics. “I have never shown interest in politics. Am not
interested in politics. I am not a politician. My passion has always
been business and business. “Buhari is like a father to me. Nobody
should try to set me on a collision course with President Buhari. That
will not work. I have high regard and respect for the President.
“For emphasis once again, I am not a politician. I can’t and won’t
confront President Buhari. They should leave him out of any high wire
politics and horse trading.
I also seize this opportunity to warn name droppers to desist from their
infamous act. They should stop using my name for politics. They should
not set me on collision course with President Buhari and the government
How 1000 Kwara women were raped in one day
The Founder, Saab Foundation, Sa’adat Bibire, has said that no fewer than 1,000 women were raped in Kwara State in 2016.
the state Ministry of Women Affairs as having uncovered and confirmed
the 1,000 rape cases, adding that the crime had become too high in the
She lamented the harmful effects of rape, child abuse, molestation, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.
Members and supporters of the foundation marched around Ilorin with
placards to raise awareness on crimes against women like rape and
She said, “Rape could be spiritual or psychological. Rapists are either
animals or devils. Rape victims should speak up. They should stop
blaming or hating themselves throughout their lives and they should not
end up committing suicide. It is not their fault.
“We are creating awareness for gender-based violence. We are working to
make people know that these things are real. People are not just cooking
up stories on the internet. These things happen. We are having this
‘walkathon’ to make them know that if it happens to them, God forbid, we
will take the case up for them.”
She called on the Federal Government, the national and state assemblies
to ensure that laws against rape and other gender violence were amended
to enhance conviction and punishment of perpetrators.
She appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha; wife of
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Dolapo, and the wives of the 36 governors;
as well other prominent leaders and individuals to step up campaigns
and efforts against rape and other domestic violence.
Bibire said, “I am calling on the National Assembly and the 36 houses of
assembly to make laws against rape and other domestic violence stricter
and more enforceable. They need to do something. They are representing
us and they need to stand for us. It could be their sisters, friends and
“There is a lot government can do. They can start by reviewing the laws.
There are laws against rape but they are rigid. They are actually
favouring the rapists, because you have a law saying that there has to
be a witness during the penetration. How is that possible?
“A rapist is smart enough to make sure that nobody will be there when he
is going to do the evil act. So, how can you have somebody that will
witness the penetration? That is favouring the rapist. They need to
amend the laws to favour the unfortunate victims.”