IGBO MUST GO FALLOUT: El Rufai Orders Arrest Of Northern Youths

Governor Nasir El Rufai has directed the Nigeria Police Force to immediately arrest all signatories to the so called Kaduna declaration, giving the Igbos a three month ultimatum to leave the northern part of the country, punchng.com reports.
The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant-Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday also assured residents in the state of “their freedom to reside where they choose”, adding that the “constitutional right of every Nigerian to own property, move freely and to live in peace and harmony is sacrosanct”.


A coalition of Northern groups, including the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, had on Tuesday, gave all Igbos resident in the 19 states of the North a three-month ultimatum to quit or be forced out after the expiration of the October 1, 2017, deadline.


The group also asked Northerners in the South-East to get prepared to come back home.


The group’s grievance had been over the success of a recent sit-at-home order enforced by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra on May 30, 2017 which the five South-East states complied with.

Eagles, NFF Remember Keshi One Year After

One year after former Super Eagles Coach, Steven Keshi passed away, tributes have poured in from the players as well as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday.


The Super Eagles while in training ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo, observed a minute of silence in memory of the late coach.

The NFF also took to twitter to pay tribute to Mr Keshi who died June 7, 2016.

Meanwhile, the current Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has set his sights on a win over South Africa on Saturday.


The German acknowledged that the clash with the 1996 AFCON champions will be tough.


However, 24 invited players have commenced intensive preparations ahead of the big encounter.


The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that the Bafana Bafana delegation will arrive in Uyo on Thursday.

Code of Conduct Tribunal Frees Saraki

The Code Of Conduct Tribunal has ruled that Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has no case to answer in the 18 charges of non-declaration of assets brought against him by the Federal Government.

The tribunal held that the formulation of the 18 charges was predicated on the testimony of the third prosecution witness and Chief Investigation Officer at the CCB, Mr Samuel Madujemu.

He had testified that details of the outcome of the investigation were based on information given to him by the “team”; a term which is regarded as invalid in law, as it has no constitutional or statutory backing.

According to the tribunal, this was a fatal flaw of the prosecution as the evidence rendered all evidence of the prosecution invalid hence the declaration that Mr Saraki was discharged and acquitted.

The CCB had on September 16, 2015 filed a 13-count charge against Saraki for alleged false and anticipatory declaration of assets.

The charges were increased to 15 on April 18, 2016 and another charge was added on April 27, 2016 to make it 16.

The government later increased the charges to 17 on January 11, 2017 and finally to 18 on February 23, 2017.

The Danladi Umar-led two-man panel of the CCT had reserved its ruling after hearing Saraki’s no-case submission and the Federal Government’s objection to it on June 8.

The Senate President, through his no-case submission filed before the CCT on May 26, 2017, contended that none of the exhibits tendered and no evidence given by the four prosecution witnesses linked him to the alleged offences to warrant him to defend the charges.

LASG: Face-Lift For MKO, Fawehinmi Sculptures

The Lagos state government has started remodeling Chief MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi sculptures as part of the ongoing face-lift of the parks at Ojota to make them more beautiful.


The work entails the erection of bigger sculptures of the two prominent Nigerians.


Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinshola, said on Tuesday in Lagos that new sculptures would be better and more aesthetic.


He explained that the Govenor Akinwumi Ambode has approved the project.


A group of artistes, he said, have been commissioned to remodel the entire park and erect the new aesthetic sculptures.


She added that the Government was already set to complete the remodeling of Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola Garden at Ojota.


It would have a new statue and water fountain to enhance the aesthetic value of the park for better appreciation by visitors and enhancement of the June 12 presidential election narrative.


The remodeling work on Chief MKO Abiola statue commenced late January 2017 and is currently about 70 per cent completed, she said.


She said the project also included additional facilities such as a water fountain and a designated mini park.


That of Chief Gani Fawehinmi also at Ojota was about 60 per cent completed, while the park was being enhanced with another work of art called “The Possibility”.


Akinsola reiterated the resolve of Governor Ambode’s administration to change the face of Lagos with the ongoing erection of 29 artistic sculptures and monuments at strategic locations across the State.


She said while many of the new world class creative monuments are at advance stages of completion.


Six of them were completed and officially unveiled, including the statues of the first settler in Lagos, Prince Olofin (erected at Ijora); the first King of Lagos, Prince Ado (erected at Moloney Junction, Lagos); and Ojuloge (erected opposite the National Theatre).


Ojuloge, she said, was designed to celebrate and convey the sense of beauty, grace, style and passion for fashion of Lagos Women.


The other completed monuments are The Drummer (erected at Ipakodo, Ikorodu), which depicts the Yoruba music culture; Youth Empowerment (erected at Sabo Yaba), which depicts situations and resources the youths deploy to improve quality of life; as well as The Fisherman (erected at Badagry junction) which depicts one of the occupations and heritage of the people of Badagry.