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Auto crash leaves 5 dead, injures 15 in Kano

Nine people lost their lives, while 15 others sustained injuries during a ghastly auto crash that occurred in Takai Local Government Area of Kano State.

The accident was said to have occurred at 9:30am on Monday at Dinyarmadiga village in Takai LGA.

Nasiru Abu Faragai, the Council’s Information Officer, said the accident involved a VW Sharon bus with registration number BUJ 389 AA – Jigawa and a Toyota Sienna vehicle with registration number YLA 389 PK – Adamawa.

He said the VW Sharon bus from Jos, heading to Kano was on high speed and was trying to avoid a pothole. However, the vehicle veered into the lane of the Toyota Sienna coming from Kano and heading to Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

“The two vehicles had a head-on collision and the driver of the Toyota Sienna died on the spot with eight other passengers,” he said.

The injured persons were immediately taken to Takai General Hospital for treatment.

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Ishaq Murtala: Atiku’s lawyer’s arrest – Tyranny and the continued brutalisation of Nigerians

The recent arrest and subsequent detention of Mr Uyi Giwa-Osagie, lawyer to the leading opposition PDP candidate in the rescheduled 2019 Presidential election of Saturday, February 23, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by operatives of the EFCC, is exactly what it is: a political witch hunt, aggressive intimidation and harassment of opposition actors motivated by the well known tyranny of a jittery and fading government which has carved for itself an inglorious niche of destroying state security institutions by using them to achieve selfish and extra-judicial purposes in blatant and flagrant disregard for the rights of Nigerians, the rule of law and constitutionalism.

In their usual characteristic manner of subverting legally prescribed judicial processes for the arrest of citizens, opposition members and those associated with them have been severally and severely persecuted by this government, and Uyi Giwa-Osagie’s case is not different as he was reportedly subjected, without any warrant of whatever kind, to a straight 7-hour search of his house and office, took him away along with files of his clients and detained him even when it was reported that nothing incriminating was found during the grueling search.

There is no gainsaying the fact that this is a gross abuse of the lawyer’s rights particularly when the files belonging to his clients were carted away in such a brazen manner thereby grossly violating the trust that usually exists between lawyers and their clients. And to think that this was nothing but a politically motivated raid, it causes the hearts of patriotic Nigerians to bleed.

No doubt, this is a panic button being pressed by the APC-led federal government on the eve of the presidential election. Just over a week ago, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation twice saying in one of them, “I hereby humbly ask for your support again in the coming election to enable us to move to the next level and consolidate on the successes recorded in making our country a better place. I don’t take your support for granted”.

The question Nigerians have been asking since that broadcast is, since when did Buhari start addressing Nigerians and use the word “humbly”? This is the same president they had “humbly begged” several times to address them on critical national issues but he had always rebuffed them with the arrogance of Pharaoh only for him to go abroad and talk down, brashly and rashly, on his own citizens thereby making them a laughing stock before the world.

Election is indeed a humbler!

Days to the election, and within a space of one week, Buhari addressed the nation twice and used the word “humbly” in asking them for their votes. These are the same people he had unleashed the military on under the guise of operations named after carnivorous animals, which also leave behind them tales of sorrow, tears and blood. The same Nigerians he had unleashed the security agencies on for daring to ask him questions as their leader, criticize his non-existent policies that have led to millions losing their jobs, thousands murdered either by herdsmen or security forces, as was the case with the Shiite Muslims in Zaria, without justice for the victims; thousands others displaced by those the federal government once said came from Libya etc; the same Nigerians whose relatives have been summarily arrested and detained for days, weeks, months and even years without trial, and in some cases, in flagrant disobedience of court orders granting them bail, it is the same Nigerians Buhari is now begging to vote for him again.

The same Buhari who once chided the Shiites for daring to tap the chest of Generals which allegedly led to the murderous military clampdown on the Shiites, was the same man, who after being pelted with stones in the sad and unfortunate Ogun saga said, “I don’t have any trouble with it. It is your right”. Indeed, election is a humbler!

Seeing that no amount of begging or election-instigated humility would sway Nigerians, frustration set in for Buhari and his handlers, and in confusion, are now harassing and attempting to intimidate Atiku and his supporters by waging a frontal war against the PDP candidate directly even if by proxy.

But then, it is too late. Nigerians have since made up their minds and are saying “Enough is enough!” rather than boost his image, the politically motivated arrest of Osagie is making the matter worse for the APC. They tried it against Saraki, but failed. They tried it against Ekweremadu, they failed! They tried it against Dino Melaye, but also failed. They tried it against the legislature as an institution, they failed! They tried it against the judiciary, they also failed. They have tried it against Atiku before with the US challenge, they failed abysmally. Now, they are trying Atiku again! The good news to Buhari and his agents is that they will fail again!

No matter what they do now, whether by persuasion or coercion, Nigerians are tired of this hardship in the land and my part of the country, the north, is even worst hit by it. So, rather than retire in more damning infamy, President Muhammadu Buhari should actually retrace his steps from this whimsical and capricious political bellicosity of his, stop intimidating the people, and prepare for a peaceful retirement.

With the minds of Nigerians already made up, the illegal arrest and detention of Atku’s lawyer, Uyi Giwa-Osagie, is nothing but the last kick of a dying horse!

— Ishaq Murtala sent this piece from Kano

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NAPTIP arrests 3 suspected human traffickers, rescues 14 victims in Kogi

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested three suspected human traffickers and rescued 14 victims in the process.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency,Nneka Aniagoh, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, NAN reports.

Aniagoh stated that the suspects and their victims were arrested by men of the Nigeria Army in Lokoja, Kogi and handed over the victims to NAPTIP through the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS).

She identified the suspects as, two females, Evelyn Jerry (27), Rebecca Stephen (30) and Richard Patrick (38) were intercepted by men of the Nigeria Army on official duty in Lokoja, Kogi.

She said, “They were handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Service in Lokoja before they were subsequently handed over to NAPTIP,’’

”The victims made of nine males and five females, aged between three and 13 years.

“They were crammed into an eight-seater Alhambra Sedan vehicle with Plateau registration number, where they were struggling for space.

“They were taken from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau and were on their way to Ekpoma, Edo.

“The suspects are from the same town with the victims, and they confessed that they were taking the children to Ekpoma to be distributed to various households for labour purposes,’’ she said.

She said that the suspects claimed that the parents of the 14 victims gave their consents for them to be taken away for domestic labour.

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Governorship candidate suggests ways of ensuring peace in Kaduna

The gubernatorial candidate of the African People’s Alliance, APA, in Kaduna State, Mustapha Othman Bakano, has explained that the only way to ensure lasting peace in the state is for government to establish a security arrangement that will ensure the safety of the citizenry.

Speaking with AREWA.NG, in Kaduna, the gubernatorial candidate said, “We need to identify ourselves as a people and get a data management collection that will give a clearer picture of who we are as a people, and what are we doing in order to come up with people oriented programmes that will have direct bearing in their lives?

“The citizens must be taken out of poverty and ensure that they are not hungry by establishing cottage industries in each local government arear in the state that will give them a sense of belonging and serve as a base of engagement and means of their livelihood.”

He added that government must be ready to provide the people with some insentives that would take idleness away from their lives by ensuring they are engaged all the times.

He added, “Government must look for ways to assist the people in order to engage them in productive ventures that will enhance productivity and take them away from idleness that affects productivity and encourage all forms of social vices in the state.”

Speaking on the party leadership in the state, the gubernatorial candidate said that the party was facing challenges, saying that the state chairman of the party, Engr. Idris Musa has been suspended due to anti-party activities.

He added that in spite of the challenges the party was facing, it has announced itself in the state, stressing that financial challenges have affected the party to widen its scope at the ward and the 23 local government areas in the state.

Set featured image“We need a conducive environment that will take us into meaningful programmes that will give us a sense of belonging and in turns take us out of hunger which l strongly believe is the cause of insecurity in the state,” he assured.

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