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21  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Man Remanded For Killing Woman With Pestle on: 30-08-2022 03:30 PM

The Magistrate, Emmanuel Idowu, who did not take the plea of the accused, ordered that he be kept at the correctional facility pending advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and adjourned to October 27.

A 50-year-old man identified as Fatai Gbeminiyi has been remanded at the Abolongo Correctional Centre, Oyo Town, by an Iyaganku magistrates’ court in Ibadan on Monday, August 29, for allegedly killing a woman.

The prosecutor, Insp Iyabo Oladoyin, told the court that Gbeminiyi unlawfully caused the death of one Tinuke Olayiwola, 39, on August 20.

She said Gbeminiyi clubbed Tinuke to death at the Abebi area of Ibadan using a pestle during a fight.

The Magistrate, Emmanuel Idowu, who did not take the plea of the accused, ordered that he be kept at the correctional facility pending advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) and adjourned to October 27.
22  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Police Rescue 12 Abducted Victims In Zamfara on: 30-08-2022 03:27 PM

Zamfara police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, confirming the incident, noted that of the 12 kidnap victims is a five-month-old baby girl.

Twelve victims abducted by bandits have been rescued by men of the Zamfara State police Command, on Tuesday, from a bandits’ den.

Punch gathered that the rescued victims, who had spent one month in captivity, were abducted by armed bandits and taken to the Kare Kukanka forest, a bandit camp headed by a notorious leader known as Bello Maibille.

An impeccable police source noted that a tactical unit of the Zamfara Police Command, in conjunction with some vigilante, acting on intelligence, had stormed the Kare Kukanka forest in the early hours of Tuesday to rescue the victims and dislodge the bandits.

Zamfara police spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, confirming the incident, noted that of the 12 kidnap victims is a five-month-old baby girl.

Shehu said, “Our tactical operatives attached to 42 PMF Squadron Gusau, while on joint operations with the vigilante near Dajin Kare Kukanka forest, acted on intelligence report that led to the unconditional rescue of 12 hostages including a five-month-old baby girl from Rungawa village in Talata Mafara Local Government Area.

“The victims who were rescued unhurt were abducted by armed bandits and taken to the Kare Kukanka forest, a bandit camp of a notorious bandit leader popularly known as Bello Maibille, and had spent one month in captivity.

“They were medically checked at 42 PMF Clinic in Gusau, and thereafter debriefed by the police, and have been handed over to their families.”

Shehu noted that the Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf, assured the public of the Command’s commitment to apprehending the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
23  Forum / Education / Why We Embarked On Total, Indefinite Strike – ASUU on: 30-08-2022 11:14 AM

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has opened up on why it decided to embark on an indefinite strike.
 
ASUU said it decided to extend its ongoing strike indefinitely after a series of heated discussions during its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Monday morning.
 
Members of NEC decided not to call off the six-month-old strike that entered the 197th day after most ASUU chapters voted that the strike should continue.
 
In a statement on Monday, ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, said the ongoing strike has turned into an indefinite strike after the federal government failed to meet all its demands.
 
The ASUU President asserted that the indefinite strike begins at 12:01am on Tuesday, stressing that the purpose of its strike action is to save public universities from dying.
 
He said the union empathizes with the students, their parents, as well as other stakeholders over the comprehensive, total and indefinite strike.
 
Osodeke added that ASUU reaffirms its belief in the sanctity of a stable academic system.
 
The statement reads: “ASUU NEC noted with pains, its concerns for Nigerian students who are also our wards and foster children and condemned Government’s seeming indifference to their plights. The Union empathizes with the students, their parents, as well as other stakeholders (including our colleagues who are undertaking their higher degrees) in the universities. ASUU reaffirms its belief in the sanctity of a stable academic system.
 
“Were it within our control, our universities would never have been shut for one day! However, ASUU was forced into taking this painful decision to prevent members of the Nigerian children from the ruling class and their foreign collaborators from further destroying whatever is left of our public universities. We are all victims.
 
“We need the understanding, solidarity and sacrifices of all to ensure that every qualified Nigerian youth who cannot afford the cost of private university education or foreign studies has unhindered access to quality university education. ASUU strikes are aimed at saving public education, and ensuring that Governments (Federal and State) use our common patrimony to support quality public university education. This is our collective obligation.
 
“In view of the foregoing, and following extensive deliberations on the government’s response to the resolution of 14th February 2022 so far, NEC concluded that the demands of the union had not been satisfactorily addressed.
 
“Consequently, NEC resolved to transmute the roll-over strike to a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike action beginning from 12.01a.m. on Monday, 29th August 2022.”
 
Recall that ASUU began its strike on February 14th, and declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.
 
Some of the union’s demands include payment of earned allowances and salaries for lecturers, improved funding and maintenance for tertiary institutions.
 
Other demands are the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability system (UTAS) for salary payment instead of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and the renegotiation of the ASUU FG 2009 agreement, among others.
 
The union extended the strike by eight weeks on March 14, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.
 
It thereafter extended the strike by another 12 weeks on May 9. The union again extended the strike on August 1 by another four weeks “to give government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues”.
 
24  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / FG May Borrow N11Trillion For 2023 Budget As Deficit Rises Above 100% on: 30-08-2022 11:06 AM

According to a report by DailyTrust, the Federal Government may borrow about N11.3 trillion to fund expenditure in the 2023 budget.
 
This is as the deficit is projected to be at most, over 12.41 trillion next year or at least, N11.3trn.
 
This could mean that the deficit will be over 100 per cent of the N7.35trn deficit for the 2022 fiscal year.
 
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, stated this yesterday while presenting the draft 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF&FSP) before the House Committee on Finance.
 
On government expenditure, the minister stated that given the constrained fiscal space, the deficit was projected to be N12.41trn in 2023, up from N7.35trn in 2022, representing 196 per cent of total federal government’s revenue of 5.50 per cent of the estimated GDP.
 
She added that, “This is significantly above the three per cent threshold stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) 2007, and there will be no provision for treasury-funded MDAs capital projects in 2023.

“Scenario two, the federal government’s 2023 aggregate expenditure is estimated at N19.76trn (inclusive of GOEs). In this scenario, the budget deficit is projected to be N11.30trn in 2023 up from N7.35trn in 2022

"This represents 5.01 per cent of the estimated GDP, above the three per cent threshold stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA), 2007”.
 
On petrol subsidy, Zainab said the government may spend N3.36trn or N6.7trn in 2023. The first scenario, tagged “Business as Usual”, assumes that the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), estimated at N6.72trn for the full year 2023 will remain and be fully provided for.
 
However, she said the second scenario, tagged “The Reform Scenario”, assumed that petrol subsidy would remain up to mid-2023 based on the 18 months extension announced early 2021.
 
She explained that, “In which case only N3.36trn will be provided for. Additionally, there will be tighter enforcement of the performance management framework for Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) that will significantly increase operating surplus/dividend remittances in 2023. Both scenarios have implications for net accretion to the Federation Account and projected deficit levels.

“The 2023 federal government revenue is projected at N6.34trn, out of which only N373.17bn or 5.9 per cent comes from oil-related sources. The balance of N5.97trn is to be earned from non-oil sources.
 
On oil revenues this year, she said despite higher oil prices, oil revenue has been underperforming due to significant oil production shortfall adding that crude oil production challenges and PMS subsidy deductions by NNPC constitute significant threats.
 
Zainab also said despite pegging N3.2 billion for pipeline security, Nigeria is not getting enough value on it to address energy theft
 
She said: “From what has happened in 2022, clearly what we are spending is not giving us much value because production continues to decline and what this means is whatever we are doing is not working and therefore we have to do something totally different.

“Oil production in April was 1.3 million barrels per day and by July it was 1.4 million. We do hope that the increase will be very significant because it’s costing us not just N3.2 billion in terms of security cost, but the revenue we have earned.”
 
She said for the new MTEF, the government has removed the federation spending on pipeline security, assuming that with the transition of NNPC to NNPC Limited, they will be carrying that cost directly, not the federation.
 
“A lot of the expenditure the federation used to carry, will now be carried by NNPC limited. NNPC will be paying taxes and dividends and we believe in the medium term, the federation will end up earning more revenue.”
 
Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, James Abiodun Faleke said, given Nigeria’s current financial situation, all revenue sources must be explored as the government was short of revenue.
25  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Mummified Corpses: Edo Police Reveal Details Of Investigation on: 30-08-2022 10:59 AM

The Edo State Police Command has given an update after discovering mummified bodies at a building in the state.
 
Recall that the shocking discovery was made last week.
 
The owner had claimed the place is a morgue.
 
According to the police, the building can not pass for a morgue, as the principal suspect, Gabriel Otu, has no approval to operate such, noting that a severed body at the facility showed there was more happening at the place than claimed.
 
At a press conference on Monday, the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigative Department at the Command, Olawore Oluwole, said in the course of the investigation, there was an interface with medical personnel, lawyers, members of the public, representatives of the Benin Traditional Council, families of those who deposited corpses, as well as a pathologist.
 
Oluwole said, “Following investigations by the command’s team and health personnel led by the commissioner for health, some documents were recovered portraying an approved location from the ministry of environment and sustainability.
 
However, the principal suspect, Gabriel Otu, later reported and made statements, and some other hospitals and mortuaries were equally visited and the following facts emerged.
 
“The principal suspect didn’t acquire formal training but only worked at different mortuaries as a mortuary attendant. He doesn’t have the certificate to practice as a mortician or any certification from the traditional board, ministry of health, ministry of environment, or any other appropriate certification.

“The building utilised by him was not certified nor approved by the ministry of health or environment. Other facts revealed is that the mortuary is not a layout for trado-medical institution.”
 
He added, “Twenty three corpses, as well as a dismembered without a skull, were found, and it depicts an unlawful possession and violates section 329 of the criminal code.

“There were also sacrilegious effigies found at the scene; some were inside while others were outside. These depict criminal elements in his possession and against section 213 of the criminal code. Some specimens were extracted and have been sent to experts for forensic analysis”.
 
Also speaking, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Obehi Akoria, said the state government had given September 9 as the deadline for mortuary operators who are yet to obtain operational licenses to get approval from the ministry of health.
 
Akoria urged owners of registered mortuary homes to present their proof of registration to the state ministry of health by Friday, September 30.
 
She said, “The Edo State Ministry of Health is using this opportunity to reach out to all persons who own or operate mortuaries or embalmment homes to come to the ministry of health, directorate of regulation and monitoring, with evidence of due registration if they are duly registered latest by September 30.

“However, for those who are not duly registered, we are giving till the close of business on September 9 for them to present themselves to the ministry of health, where we will give them the basic requirements for the operation of mortuaries or embalmment homes in the state”.
26  Forum / Politics / 2023: I Will Expose Presidential Candidates On Looting Mission – Wike on: 30-08-2022 10:55 AM

Wike said he was in a privileged position to know their intention and would reveal their identities at the appropriate time so that Nigerians would reject them at the 2023 polls.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has issued another threat ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
 
Wike swore to expose presidential candidates whose intention is to steal from the country.
 
According to him, some politicians canvassing for votes to win the 2023 presidential election do not mean well for the country.
 
Wike said he was in a privileged position to know their intention and would reveal their identities at the appropriate time so that Nigerians would reject them at the 2023 polls.
 
Wike said this yesterday at the flag-off of internal roads that were held at Rumuesara, Eneka town in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State.
 
The governor said, “Some other people are busy putting themselves together on how they will take over leadership in Nigeria to loot the remaining ones these other people have already kept.
 
“I’m privileged to know and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who these people are. You need to know what is happening in Nigeria. Forget about all these people running around saying they want to rescue or save you (Nigeria). Just watch to see what is going to happen next.
 
“All of us should be calm concerning what is happening in PDP. In fact, nothing has happened yet. But by the grace of God, something will happen,” Wike said.
 
He stated that while his administration continues to flag-off and inaugurate projects for Rivers people, detractors keep sponsoring negative media campaigns against him.
 
Wike stated that despite such negative media comments, his administration has not relented in offering good governance to strengthen the relationship with the people of Rivers State.
 
The governor said, “Look at us concentrating on giving our people good governance. What is good governance? Good governance is making the people happy. Good governance is providing infrastructure for the people.
 
“Good governance is not about party. Providing good governance is about leadership. We are here everyday flagging off projects, commissioning projects even though our tenure is coming to an end.”
 
He noted how difficult it will be for seasonal politicians who have never done anything to better the lot of Rivers electorate to come to them and solicit their votes.
 
Wike said, “Now that I have come to Eneka to provide this basic infrastructure, I can come back to Eneka and ask you to follow me, let us go there or let us stay here. Do they have what it takes to come and talk to you? Can they come and talk to you?
 
“It is somebody that hears from you that you have also heard from. This one you’ve not provided anything for my people, you’ve not asked them what they want, then you want to tell them where to vote.
 
“So, it is us that will come and meet you and say see where you’ll vote.  And I know based on our relationship, since we have not deceived you, we have not told you lies, you will follow us at the appropriate time.”
 
Speaking further, the governor said Eneka fills a strategic place in his educational and political success story, which is why he cannot abandon its people.
 
In a related development, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke, has said nobody knows the outcome of the meeting between Wike and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
 
Nwuke, who disclosed this while speaking with LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, said all the reports in the media about the outcome of the meeting were mere speculations.
 
He said: “All we know is that all these conversations that have taken place, took place behind closed doors and we have not officially heard from the two sides.
 
“So, I will treat what was put on the front page of the national newspaper as speculation.
 
“We know that the last comment on the meeting between Asiwaju and Governor Wike was made by Ibrahim Masari, the placeholder who told the BBC that genuine understanding has been reached and that the expectation was that Wike was going to be useful to them in their pursuit for power and victory in the forthcoming election.
 
“I can say to you that if you look at the media, it is awash with all sorts of things. Nobody is really sure of what those conversations came to,” he said.
27  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Lady Hospitalized After Getting A Back Dimple Piercing on: 30-08-2022 09:55 AM

The lady in a tweet she shared, revealed that she landed in the hospital after getting a back dimple piercing.

A lady who got a back dimple piercing has gotten more than what she bargained for.

@Defnyy1 in a tweet she shared, revealed that she landed in the hospital after getting a back dimple piercing.

 She Tweeted;

28  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Petrol Subsidy To Remain Till Mid-2023 – FG on: 30-08-2022 09:43 AM

Ahmed revealed that the Federal Government is proposing an aggregate expenditure of N19.76 trillion for the 2023 financial year, with a projected deficit of N11.30 trillion.

Petrol subsidy will remain in place until mid-2023, the Federal Government government confirmed on Monday, August 29.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed who appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on the details of the 2023-2025 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, said the federal government is proposing to spend only N3.36 trillion for petrol subsidy in 2023.

Ahmed revealed that the Federal Government is proposing an aggregate expenditure of N19.76 trillion for the 2023 financial year, with a projected deficit of N11.30 trillion.

The Federal Government is also projecting the total revenue of N8.46 trillion, out of which N1.9 trillion is expected to come from oil-related sources while the remaining is to come from non-oil sources.

It is expected that the Federal Government will peg crude oil price at $70 per barrel at an exchange rate of N435.57 per dollar, while real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected at 3.7 percent and inflation at 17 to 16 percent.
29  Forum / The Buzz Central / BBNaija: Amaka Deserves Fans Vote, Eviction Unfair – Fans Blast Show Organisers on: 30-08-2022 09:39 AM

Amaka and Doyin each got six nominations, but only Doyin survived the eviction because Deji, Rachel and Chizzy’s nominations were not counted.
 
Organisers of Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 7 edition have been lambasted by fans following the shock eviction of housemate, Amaka.
 
Fans took to social media platforms to condemn her eviction.
 
Amaka was evicted on Monday night after receiving the highest nomination from housemates during the surprise eviction.
 
Amaka and Doyin each got six nominations, but only Doyin survived the eviction because Deji, Rachel and Chizzy’s nominations were not counted.
 
However, fans of Amaka took to Twitter to describe her eviction as unfair, adding that the ‘Level Up’ housemate deserves to have the opportunity for her fans to vote and decide her stay in the house.
 
Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter;
 
@Hadiza “This immediate eviction process today is totally unfair and not cool.”
 
@Bamidele “This immediate eviction is really unfair and unjust to Amaka, her fans didn’t have a chance to vote.”
 
@StanIslux “Biggie should have given her a chance to fight for her position in the house, Amaka should have been given the opportunity for her fan base to vote for her not by the hatred from the house, even Doyin was also called several times.”
 
@ChristopherMakinde “Amaka’s immediate eviction from Big Brother’s house is the worst and most inhumane! Totally Unfair.”
 
@Vince “This immediate eviction is rubbish!!! Amaka does not deserve to go without her fans fighting for her!
 
@PeterPipers “This immediate eviction is really unfair and unjust to Amaka, I really feel pity for her, I pray she wins in life.”
 
@Omasilam “I am not a big fan of Amaka but this immediate eviction was really unfair..It just doesn’t feel fair to the viewers and her fans,I really hope she was taken to a secret room and it’s all just a fake eviction,Amaka can’t leave like that Big
 
@Iam_deji “I don’t like Amaka, but that immediate eviction is unfair and unjust, it is rubbish. She deserves better than that, put her back in the house, it is not fair.”
 
@Kachvee “Imagine how Amaka will feel knowing she has an army behind her only to be evicted by people who don’t come close to her fan base!Cruelty on so many levels.”
 
@ChidinmaOrji7 “Why was Amaka evicted like this? They didn’t even give her fans a chance to vote for her.”
30  Forum / Politics / Nigeria Needs Just One Disruptive Thinker – Peter Obi on: 30-08-2022 09:35 AM

The former Anambra State governor in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, also said Nigeria needs visionary leadership and disruptive thinker to get it right.

Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi has revealed the kind of leader Nigeria needs at this time.
 
The politician spoke as he continues his visit to Nigerians abroad.
 
According to Obi, Nigeria needs a disruptive thinker at this moment.
 
He said aside from the constitutional rights of voting, the people’s sacred role is also to hold elected government accountable for ensuring desired development.
 
The former Anambra State governor in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday, also said Nigeria needs visionary leadership and disruptive thinker to get it right.
 
He said, “It can only take one visionary leadership and disruptive thinker for Nigeria to be put back on the right trajectory. Our vision and mission is to give full expression to our democracy by moving our country from consumption to production.-PO.”
 
He also urged Nigerians in overseas to exploit their network and numbers in demanding better government in their home country.
 
He said, “You have the network and numbers to be able to negotiate the priorities of the government, especially during the election period as the one we are embarking on soon.
 
“You should be able to place pressing issues on the agenda of the candidates and subsequently, on the front burners for the new government that will be formed.-PO.”
 
The LP presidential candidate added, “Besides voting, a citizen’s most coveted role is holding an elected government accountable. With your education, exposure and understanding of government responsibilities in your host country, and collective leverage, it is your duty to help hold your state and national government accountable back home.”
 
Obi explained that when elected, his administration will entrench good governance, promote rule of law and aggressively tackle insecurity.
 
“We will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, security of lives and properties, through an aggressive increase in personnel and equipment and inclusive training of operatives in our security agencies.
 
“We will emphasize patriotism, national interest, and national morale, quality of government, political will and character, which are all complimentary to the other assets. We will ensure that we have these assets in place and stress asset optimization. -PO”
 
The presidential candidate added, “In the New Nigeria we seek, we must think out of the box and at times, disruptively. As government and as Nigerians in Diaspora, we must henceforth contemplate those global best practices that will confer comparative advantage on us, and replicate known successes that can move Nigeria from consumption to production.-PO
 
“No country thrives economically merely by exporting its raw materials and importing virtually everything. Such a disposition weakens our economic base and employment capabilities.-PO
 
“Nigeria can no longer afford to remain a consuming economy. While meeting local demands, she must transition into trading with manufactured and finished goods, and playing in the technology in the export market.- PO”
31  Forum / Politics / 2023 Election: Politicians See Elections As War – INEC on: 30-08-2022 09:31 AM

National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of the INEC, Festus Okoye on Monday August 29.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lamented that Nigerian politicians see election as war.
 
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of the INEC, Festus Okoye who spoke at the inauguration of the Election Crisis Communication Team (ECCT) organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Monday August 29, added that while INEC enjoys media coverage, there is still room for strengthening the communications system of the commission.
 
Okoye said;
 
“As a result of the way elections are pursued by politicians, elections are almost akin to war. It is almost like a perennial crisis.

“However, the commission has also been doing a lot that is under-reported, shrouded in sensationalism or even misinterpreted by the general public. As we experience increasing incidents of misrepresentation of the commission, either out of insufficient appreciation of the constitutive legal instruments underlying the work of the commission; inadequate understanding of the work of the commission or other sundry issues around political positioning and contest for power.”
 
He also disclosed that Nigerians would elect candidates for 1,491 constituencies, comprising one presidential constituency, 28 governorship elections, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies and 993 state assembly seats for the 2023 elections.
 
Okoye added;

“In preparations, INEC would be involved in recruiting and training staff and managing the logistics for their deployment to 176,846 polling units, spread across 8,809 electoral wards, 774 local government areas, 37 states of the federation and the FCT.

“This is in addition to applying strategic approaches to ensure the printing and collection of PVCs by registered voters and replacing lost cards before the 2023 general election.

“These tasks are better appreciated when one reasons that the projected voter population for the 2023 general election is about 95 million, which is over 20 million more than the combined voter population of the other 14 countries in West Africa.

“The commission is expected to perform these duties exceptionally despite the myriad geographical challenges that characterize the country, especially poor transportation systems.”
32  Forum / Politics / INEC Warns Against Campaigns In Churches And Mosques, Says Violators Risk Imprisonment on: 28-08-2022 09:37 PM


The commission asked political parties to align strictly with the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid sanctions as stipulated by the Act.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has warned political parties and their candidates against using of masqueraders, public facilities and religious centres for their campaigns. This is coming exactly one month to the commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The commission asked political parties to align strictly with the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid sanctions as stipulated by the Act. INEC had fixed September 28 for the commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly, while the elections would hold on February 25, 2023.

Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Committee on Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, in a recent interview with our correspondent explained that the law expected political campaigns to be civil and devoid of abuse.

In previous electioneering, some political parties and their candidates were wont to engage in all kinds of theatrics, including the use of masqueraders, to entertain the crowd and add colour to their rallies. Some also covertly campaigned in public offices and worship centres, especially churches and mosques, to woo civil servants and worshippers, respectively.

But quoting from the provisions of the section, Okoye said, “Section 92 of the Electoral Act makes it mandatory that a political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

“Therefore, abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns.

“Subsection 3 states that places designated for religious worship, police stations and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions; or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates or their programmes or ideologies.

“Masqueraders shall not be employed or used by any political party, aspirant or candidate during political campaigns or for any other political purpose.”

As witnessed in some previous elections where parties hired thugs to repel detractors, Okoye in reference to subsection (5) of Section 92, warned parties and candidates against training or enlisting the help or services of individuals or groups for the purpose of displaying physical force or coercion in a manner that could arouse reasonable apprehension during the campaigns.

Sunday PUNCH reports that in previous campaigns, some political parties engaged thugs to ensure orderliness as well as prevent political enemies from disrupting their rallies.

In reference to Section 6 of the Act, however, Okoye added, “A political party, aspirant or candidate shall not keep or use armed private security organisation, vanguard or any other group or individual by whatever name called for the purpose of providing security, assisting or aiding the political party or candidate in whatever manner during campaigns, rallies, processions or elections.”

Imprisonment awaits offenders

Speaking on the need for compliance, the INEC national commissioner pointed out that the Act already provided for sanctions for violators and that adherence to the law should be prioritised by all the parties and candidates.

In tandem with subsections 7(a)(b) and 8, Okoye stated, “A political party, aspirant or candidate who contravenes any of the provisions of Section 92 of the Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction in the case of an aspirant or candidate, to a maximum fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months; and in the case of a political party, to a fine of N2,000,000 in the first instance, and N1,000,000 for any subsequent offence.

“A person or group of persons who aids or abets a political party, an aspirant or a candidate in organising or equipping any person or group for the purpose of enabling them to be employed for the use or display of physical force commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of N500,000 or imprisonment for a term of three years or both.”

On those who coerce others to support their candidates or refrain from supporting a particular candidate during campaigns, he added, “Section 93 of the Act prohibits a party, candidate, aspirant or person or group of persons from directly or indirectly threatening any person with the use of force or violence during any political campaign in order to compel that person or any other person to support or refrain from supporting a political party or candidate.

“A political party, candidate, aspirant, person or group of persons that contravenes the provisions of Section 93(1) of the Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction in the case of a candidate, aspirant, or person or group of persons, to a maximum fine of N1,000,000 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months; and in the case of a political party, to a fine of N2,000,000 in the first instance, and N500,000 for any subsequent offence.”
33  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / How Bandits Force Oppressed Victims To Release Their Wives, Daughters For S*x on: 28-08-2022 09:21 PM

Kurfi said bandits and terrorists were occupying some villages, while the inhabitants were seeking refuge elsewhere.

Bandits have made life extremely difficult for people to live in the North West of Nigeria.

The banditry situation in the North West is assuming a new dimension as armed gangs have continued to terrorize residents of Katsina, Zamfara and neighboring states.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Dr Bashir Kurfi, a community leader said villages of Batsari, Dutsenma, Kankiya, Chiranci, Funtua, Safana, amongst others in Katsina, were under siege.

Kurfi said bandits and terrorists were occupying some villages, while the inhabitants were seeking refuge elsewhere.

“In so many villages the bandits also call households and ask them to send to them their wives, daughters or sisters to sleep with them.”

“Apart from the incessant attacks and killings of innocent people, they also rape the women. I know of a woman who was gang raped by over 40 bandits. So many schools closed because of banditry have now becomes home to bandits; and in some other villages people are already living together with the bandits at their homes.

“They (Bandits) forcefully collected their (peoples) farms, turned the people into slaves and forced them to farm for them, and also rape their daughters,” he said.

He alleged that the government does not make any provision for the victims or assist them to reduce their agony and misery.

He said insecurity in the region has changed the situation of things, stating that in the past, between 20 and 50 vehicles go to Kano from Sokoto or neighboring countries on a daily basis, but that no longer happens because of the danger on the roads.
34  Forum / The Buzz Central / 5 celebrities accused of cheating on their partners on: 28-08-2022 09:17 PM

Infidelity is a termite that has unfortunately burrowed its teeth into the relationships of many celebrities today.

Here are 5 celebrities who have been caught cheating

Tuface Idibia


The iconic Nigerian singer, unfortunately, has been caught cheating on his wife multiple times. Since tying the knot with wife Annie Idibia in 2012, 2baba has on multiple occasions stepped out of his marriage

Maje Ayida


Media personality Toke Makinwa had jaws dropping when news surfaced that her then-husband Maje Ayida cheated on her and impregnated his long-time girlfriend, Anita. The media personality also revealed via her book ‘On Becoming,” that, Maje also infected her with multiple STDs.

John Fashanu


Former Nigerian footballer turned TV presenter, John Fashanu, had many people talking when he revealed that his now ex-wife Abigail, cheated on him with another woman whom she called her ”spiritual partner.” Abigail in turn accused Fashanu of doing the same. According to her, Fashanu cheated on her with their maid and two other women

Sammy Okposo



Award-winning gospel artist Sammy Okposo had many tongues wagging when on January 25, 2022, he released a confessional statement. The singer owned up to cheating on his wife while on a trip to the United States.

Adeniyi Johnson


The actor came out publicly to apologize to then-wife Toyin Abraham for cheating on her. The pair have since gone their separate ways and are today married to other people.

Yul Edochie


Nollywood actor Yul early this year made the news after it was revealed that he cheated on his wife of 17 years, May. The actor welcomed a son with an actress Judy Austin and has since married Judy.
35  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Bandits Continue Onslaught In Katsina, Abduct Children, Gun Down Parents on: 28-08-2022 08:55 PM

In attacks between Thursday and Saturday, some children were abducted while their parents were killed.

Gun-wielding bandits have continued to terrorize the residents of Katsina State.

The bandits have made life a hell for residents of Katsina State, staging multiple attacks across the state in the last 72 hours.

In attacks between Thursday and Saturday, some children were abducted while their parents were killed.

On Saturday night, bandits numbering about 20 invaded Bakori community where they abducted seven family members of one Malam Muntari Samuru, who was inflicted with machete cut.

The attack, according to one Mohammed Sani, was carried out at about 8:15pm when most people were observing Ishai prayers at the residence of the victim behind Bakori Comprehensive Hospital.

Prior to the attack, bandits killed one Malam Hamisu Barebari and abducted seven people, including women.

“The bandits were lurking in the nearby farms before they struck one woman on her way to grind corn in Bakori; they pounced on her and killed her. Three of the seven abducted people managed to escape back home,” Umar Barebari, a resident said.

On Thursday night, the marauders stormed Kurami village along Funtua-Bakori road at about 8:00pm and went away with three children.

Malam Umar Kurami, father of one of the victims, said the bandits reluctantly spared him, but went away with his child.

“It was like a dream when bandits pointed guns at me in my house, demanding money; when they realized that I had no money, they walked me out along my child but later asked me to go and source the ransom of my child,” he said.

In Danja LGA, bandits simultaneously attacked Majema and Tashar Gero villages in Tandama area on Friday.

They killed one Malam Isah Majema and abducted three children of one Alhaji Wada.

Villages and hamlets in Danja, Bakori and Funtua are living in palpable fear, according to sources. Tension sets in due to the constant attacks from 6:00pm to 4:00am.

Gambo Isah, Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina, was unavailable for comments at the time of filing this report.
36  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Gunmen Go Wild, Kill Hotel Owner, Two Others In Ebonyi on: 28-08-2022 08:49 PM

Anyanwu said that although the command was aware of the incident, it had yet to get full details of the incident.

Ogbonnaya Nwadibia, the owner of Galaxy Hotel, and two others have been killed in Isu community, Onicha LGA of Ebonyi State.

Their killing was confirmed by the Ebonyi state police command.

According to NAN, Chris Anyanwu, police spokesperson, told newsmen in Abakiliki on Sunday.

Anyanwu said that although the command was aware of the incident, it had yet to get full details of the incident.

Igwe Nwokorie, a resident, said that some gunmen stormed the area with guns on a motorbike.

He said the residents found that three persons, including the hotel owner, had been killed.

”They came with arms and entered the hotel, and then we started hearing gunshots from there,” he said.

”Three persons, including the owner of the hotel were found dead after the attack.

Last week, TheCable reported that some gunmen attacked police officers on stop-and-search duty along Enugu expressway, G-hostel axis in Ebonyi.

On June 28, gunmen also killed an unconfirmed number of persons in Ohaukwu LGA of the state.
37  Forum / Politics / 2023: Our Enemies Are Planning Terrible Things – Charly Boy Sends Message To Nigerian Youths on: 28-08-2022 03:51 PM

In a tweet on Sunday, the music legend said the enemies of the youths are planning terrible things ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Charles Oputa, the popular Nigerian entertainer and activist, has sent out a message to Nigerian youths.

Oputa who is popularly known as Charly Boy called the attention of Nigerian youths to alleged plans to scuttle their movement for a new Nigeria.

In a tweet on Sunday, the music legend said the enemies of the youths are planning terrible things ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Recall that a cross-section of Nigerian youths had kicked off a movement for the actualization of a new Nigeria ahead of the forthcoming presidential election.

In a post on his Twitter handle, Charly Boy who recently told the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo that he is the president of frustrated Nigerian youths, prayed that Nigerians would not make mistakes in 2023.

The Area Father wrote, “I pray that Buhari would be Nigerian’s last mistake.

“My fellow frustrated Nigerian youths, our enemies are planning terrible tins, una go use sense show dem say @ourmumudondo”.

38  Forum / The Buzz Central / Why I Have Not Sued A Real Estate Company That Has Been Owing Me For 14 Years — Basketmouth on: 28-08-2022 03:21 PM

The comedian also noted that entertainers who don’t show up for gigs after being paid were painting others in a bad light.

Bright Okpocha, the very popular Nigerian comedian, who is also known as Basketmouth, has talked about Nigeria's judicial system.

He says he has not sued a real estate company to court despite not getting a property he paid for 14 years ago because he is not a big fan of the country’s judicial system.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, he said, “I am not a big fan of the judicial system in Nigeria because of the processes involved. Unfortunately, I don’t trust it. I pushed as much as I could but the guy is someone I respect a lot, and along the line, we became platonic friends. I bought another property and moved on three years after. I kept asking about it but they had a court issue. They told me that they would give me another house, but that hasn’t happened till now.

“I got upset and I was going to call him out but his brother became a king, and out of respect for their family’s name, I backed out.

“I later found a better construction company and I have been dealing with them since.”

The comedian also noted that entertainers who don’t show up for gigs after being paid were painting others in bad light.

He said, “When I hear stories like that, I feel disgusted because comedy is not a regular job. One has time to craft one’s content, and even if another event comes up, one can attend both if one plans one’s time well.  When a client books one and one does not show up, one has not only disappointed them, one has also being unprofessional.”

On how he maintains a drama-free life, he noted that he keeps his personal life private.
39  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Widow Flogged After Been Accused Of Being A Witch By Her Late Husbands Brothers Wife on: 28-08-2022 03:01 PM

Community members gathered to flog widow after her late husband's brother's wife accused her of being a witch

Activisit, Harrison Gwamnishu who shared the hoffifying video of the lady being flogged, wrote

"When I talk about widows protection, I'm not asking for too much. Our mothers suffer the most from child delivery.

Mrs. Amarachi Okechi, a widow was accused of witchcraft by her late husband brother's wife.

If you are from Umueghu in Amaegbuato autonomous community Nkpa Bende Local Government, Abia state, your community did this to this woman.

Even when the woman was begging and telling them she's innocent, they tied her hand to her back, tied her two legs, flogged and filmed her.

Her children reached out to the Behind Bars and we have decided to take this matter up no matter what it will cost us.

This is barbaric and should be condemned by all.

#Attention: Please help us tag the wife of Abia State Governor."

40  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / How drug syndicate leader disguises as cleaner in Lagos airport on: 28-08-2022 02:41 PM

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested a cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos, Ohiagu Sunday, who leads a drug syndicate at the international wing of the airport.

According to NDLEA, Ohiagu was nabbed on Tuesday, August 23, following the arrest of Obinna Jacob Osita, an intending passenger on Air Peace flight to Dubai, UAE.

Osita was arrested with three bags, two of which contained eight blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 4.25kg concealed in cassava product, gari and crayfish.

“One other member of the airport syndicate, who works with Ohiagu,” NDLEA noted, “has also been arrested while operatives are after another suspect.

“Investigations revealed that a Dubai-based drug dealer recruited Obinna, a 42-year-old native of Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State, to traffic the drugs and equally contracted Ohiagu, a 34-year-old airport cleaner from Orlu West Local Government Area of Imo State, to create access for the unhindered passage of the trafficker.

“The drug syndicate bust, which is the first drug arrest at the new terminal of the MMIA, comes on the heels of the seizure of a consignment of bottles of juice and beverages, used to conceal skunk for export to Dubai, UAE, through the NAHCO export shed on Monday, August 15.

“A freight agent has already been arrested in connection with the seizure.”

In the same vein, attempt by a syndicate to export illicit drugs through the Lagos airport on Wednesday, August 24, was foiled during an outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline to Oman via Addis Ababa.

A suspect, Jonah Chukwuemeka, was arrested with a total of 1,995 Tramadol tablets with a gross weight of 900 grams hidden in locust beans in his luggage.

The bag containing the illicit substance was handed over to him at the airport by one Olagunju Abbas, who was promptly arrested.
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