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Why DSS is plotting to arrest me – CUPP spokesman



The first national spokesperson, Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere, has raised the alarm over an alleged plan by men of the Department of State Services, DSS, to arrest him.

Ugochinyere raised the alarm at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday.

According to him, the plan was to arrest him and keep him away until after elections, because he was in possession of copies of asset declaration forms of some top government officials, including that of the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

He said he had earlier been approached on the need for him to reduce his opposition to the government.

Ugochinyere said, “It is important that the world takes note of this. Just about two hours ago, I was informed the DSS had perfected arrangements to arrest me any moment from now.

“It is important that I tell the world the reason behind this move. I have been approached by people in government to reduce the level of my opposition to government, but I cannot betray the trust of the people.

“The problem is that they are aware that the opposition parties are in possession of asset declaration forms of key members of the administration, especially that of the Minister of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu.

“What they want to do is to stop me from releasing those documents.”

Ugochinyere claimed that a review of the forms showed that the affected ministers did not make full disclosure in their assets.

He claimed that the government did not want such documents published because that was the same reason cited to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

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Declare August 20 as public holiday – Traditionalists tell Makinde [PHOTOS]



Scores of traditional religion adherents under the umbrella of Traditional Religion Worshippers’ Association in Oyo State (TRWASSO) on Tuesday appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde of the state to declare August 20th every year as a public holiday.

They made the request at an event to mark the 2019 Isese festival, which was held in Ibadan, the state capital.

Our correspondent gathered August 20 every year has been picked by the traditionalists to celebrate Isese festival.

AREWA.NG, recalls that the group had in the last two years, been appealing to the immediate past Governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi to declare August 20 as a public holiday in commentating the annual Isese festival.

But, the Akoda Awo of Ibadan land, Chief Ifalere Odegbola, who led the traditional religion worshippers to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Tuesday, stated that Oyo State ought to have recognised the day just as Osun had done.

He then, on behalf of his colleagues, appealed to Makinde to declare every August 20 as a public holiday.

Odegbola while explaining that they presented a similar request to Ajimobi but it was not granted, urged Makinde to be fair to all religions in the state.

He added that traditionalists throughout the country celebrated the Isese Day with their counterparts in Osun State who are enjoying a public holiday which was instituted in August 2017 during the administration of former governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.

Odegbola while speaking with the Olubadan, begged the monarch to project their case to Makinde.

He argued that Muslims and Christians have always enjoyed and celebrated their days at certain periods of the months but there is no day to celebrate “the first tradition and religion of our people.”

Odegbola in his presentation to the Olubadan said: “Kabiyesi, it has been done in Osun. It can be done here too. We demanded it from the previous government, but it was not granted. Please help us prevail on the governor, who is your son. We know he listens to you. If we have a public holiday, the celebration would be bigger and more impactful in Oyo than it is today.”

Chief Olukande Ajewole, who corroborated Odegbola, said that, the public must know that Isese Day is the climax of all traditional festivals as it is a day to pay special homage to God and ancestral leadership.

He explained that it is the first foundation laid by Orunmila, before Islam and Christianity came into existence, adding that adherents of all other faiths will still trace their spiritual roots to Orunmila.

Oba Adetunji, responding, stated that he was happy to receive the traditionalists, stressing that he does not toy with the value and importance of Isese Day.

The monarch promised to deliver their message to the state Governor and do all within his power to see how the wish could be granted.

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Siasia Life Ban: Nigeria Football Federation Comes To Ex-Super Eagles Coach’s Rescue



The Nigeria Football Federation says it is reviewing the life ban imposed on Samson Siasia by the world football governing body, FIFA, while waiting to take action after seeking legal advice.

FIFA had on Friday announced the ban of Siasia, former Super Eagles coach, from any footballing activities both national and international after being found guilty of bribery and match-fixing.

The NFF described the life ban as a “massive sanction”, adding that it is shocked by the decision of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Acting President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, in a statement, said, “The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and the subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have, however, now received documents, including one known as the ‘motivated decision’, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation.

“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must, therefore, be interested in the matter and be properly advised.”

He added, “While we respect the FIFA processes and appreciate that an investigation was conducted prior to the decision, the least we as a Federation can do is empathize with him at this time, make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name as he has promised to do.”

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Sen. Abbo’s trial: What happened in court on Tuesday



The trial of a Senator, Elisha Abbo, who allegedly assaulted a nursing mother, was on Tuesday stalled in a Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.

At the resumed hearing, the police prosecution counsel, Mr James Idachaba told the court that the defendant was not in court.

Idachaba told the court that he was ready to open his case against the defendant and all his witnesses were in court.

However, Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, counsel to Abbo, told the court that his client was sick.

”My Lord my client is suffering from Acute Febrile (medical term used to describe a sudden fever or elevation in body temperature)”, he said.

Adeniyi, who presented a medical report to the court, added that Abbo was on admission at a hospital in Yola, Adamawa State.

He, however, told the court that his client’s surety was in court.

He explained that the prosecution served him with the proof of evidence in the morning in court.

Adeniyi prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to put his house in other.

However, the prosecution did not oppose the oral application made by Abbo’s counsel.

The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah adjourned the case until Sept. 24 for hearing.

NAN reports that Abbo, who represents Adamawa North senatorial zone, was arraigned on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, Mrs Warmate Osimibibra.

The prosecution alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaza Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.

He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragged her shirt without provocation.

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