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NANS Demands Arrest of Killer Policeman, Sack of Commissioner, DPO In Katsina.


By SaharaReporters, New York

The Senate of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the policeman who yesterday in Katsina shot and killed Umar Aliyu of the Hassan Usman Polytechnic.

In a statement signed by spokesman Okoye Robinson Chibuzo, NANS condemned the act in strong terms and called on the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the incident and the killings of other students which now number 30, as a matter of urgency.

“We can’t understand what led to the killing of a harmless student by the same persons whose responsibility is to secure his life and property,” the statement said.

“This act of barbarism is a total breach of the fundamental right to life of Umar Aliyu as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and can’t be taken as this is a threat to the lives and security of the Nigerian students.”

The students also called on the Inspector General of police to sack the Commissioner of the Katsina State Police Command and the DPO in charge [of the unit], or face “total war” which will be declared against the police for the brutal killing of Nigerian students.

NANS commiserated with the family of Umar Aliyu and the entire students of Kastina for the great loss of one of their future leaders whose life was shortened by a “blood sucking” policeman.

NANS Demands Arrest Of Killer Policeman, Sack Of Commissioner, DPO.


The Senate of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the policeman who yesterday in Katsina shot and killed Umar Aliyu of the Hassan Usman Polytechnic.

In a statement signed by spokesman Okoye Robinson Chibuzo, NANS condemned the act in strong terms and called on the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the incident and the killings of other students which now number 30, as a matter of urgency.

“We can’t understand what led to the killing of a harmless student by the same persons whose responsibility is to secure his life and property,” the statement said. “This act of barbarism is a total breach of the fundamental right to life of Umar Aliyu as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and can’t be taken as this is a threat to the lives and security of the Nigerian students.” The students also called on the Inspector General of police to sack the Commissioner of the Katsina State Police Command and the DPO in charge [of the unit], or face “total war” which will be declared against the police for the brutal killing of Nigerian students.

NANS commiserated with the family of Umar Aliyu and the entire students of Kastina for the great loss of one of their future leaders whose life was shortened by a “blood sucking” policeman.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Obasanjo Spearheading A Secret Agenda, Says Colonel Umar.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

A former military governor of Kaduna State, retired Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, has reacted to the ongoing political squabble between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In an interview he granted to the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA), which SaharaReporters monitored in Abuja, Mr. Umar called on Nigerians to stop celebrating Obasanjo as a sincere statesman. Instead, he accused Mr. Obasanjo of spearheading a secret agenda tied to his personal political interests.

Mr. Umar, one of the former military officers to have opposed the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, stated that it was dangerous for Nigerians to uncritically take Mr. Obasanjo at his word. He added that Nigerians should realize from the former president’s antecedents that he is a deceitful and insincere man who was complicit in creating the mess Nigeria is in today.

“What is it that [Mr. Jonathan] did not do with impunity?” asked the former military governor. “It was the same man that attempted third term and was confronted headlong. He is the [same] man that destroyed our nation. [He] wanted [former Governor Peter] Odili before it failed due to some challenges with EFCC. He later imposed a sick man as a leader and we are where we are today,” added Mr. Umar.

He further described Mr. Obasanjo as “the same man that gloried and celebrated corruption in Nigeria,” adding that the former president “ensured that corruption got its solid foundation, and today he is the moral voice of Nigeria. It is dangerous and scary. Our citizens should be critical.”

Mr. Umar contended that Mr. Obasanjo did not believe in the principles he wrote about in a leaked letter that descended on Mr. Jonathan with harsh words. “Do not be carried away by his noise about democracy and justice, it is all a ruse. He did [govern Nigeria] and we saw how he was tyrannical, a dictator. It is laughable and dangerous that Obasanjo is the man we want to take seriously. I am begging our people to be critical and thorough so as to unravel his real agenda.”

In the interview, Mr. Umar cautioned Nigerians to recognize that, “There is more to it than what we can see. There are certain things we don’t know. [Obasanjo] said that he gave Generals Babangida, Abdulsalami and Danjuma copies of his letter. Why did he not give [a copy to] General Gowon? It means something is in the offing. And it is scary today that Nigerians are taking Obasanjo seriously. It is important that we look at the message and the messenger critically.”

CSNAC Urges IGP To Release Report On Governor’s Suntai’s Letter to State Assembly.


By SaharaReporters, New York

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. M. D. Abubakar to release the report of the investigation demanded on August 27 by human rights lawyerFemi Falana (SAN) concerning the letter purportedly transmitted to the Taraba State House of Assembly by ailing Governor Suntai Danbaba.

Mr. Suntai, who was suffered brain injuries when a plane he was piloting crashed in October 2012, returned to Nigeria and to Taraba State from the United States on August 25 after 10 months of receiving treatment and rehabilitation.

“Barely one day after his return, a letter was delivered to the House declaring the governor’s fitness and readiness for work without affording the public a copy of his medical report of mental and physical fitness,” Mr. Falana had noted in his letter.

“That letter generated heated debate between supporters of the Acting Governor and Governor Suntai,” CSNAC said. “The veracity of the letter also divided the Taraba House of Assembly along lines of allegiance to either the Acting Governor or the returnee ailing Governor. The supporters of Acting Governor Umar, who are in the majority, succeeded in exposing the chicanery of those behind the generation and transmission of the letter with a demand to have a chat with Governor Suntai, who had not seen or spoken with any of them before then.”

Reflecting on developments since then, CSNAC noted the attempt on the life of the late Speaker and his eventual death two weeks ago, and the Deputy Speaker who escaped death by the whiskers last week.

It recalled that Mr. Falana had predicted the grave danger inherent in any failure to investigate the letter to confirm its authenticity, as there were several allegations within and outside Taraba State that it may have been forged by the governor’s handlers.

“In view of the above stated demands and unfavourable political developments currently playing out in that State, it is our expectation that your office must have concluded investigation into the matter, 3 months after, in view of its potential threat to the peace and development of not only Taraba but Nigeria as a whole. We are therefore, by this letter, demanding a copy of the outcome of that investigation.”

CSNAC is a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organizations “whose primary aim is to constructively combat corruption vigorously and to ensure the effective monitoring of the various Anti-graft agencies in its activities in the fight against corruption and to enthrone transparency, accountability, probity, and total commitment in the fight to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.”

Sharia: Man to die by stoning for impregnating sister.


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A 30-year-old man, Umar Mohammed Kandahar has been sentenced to death by stoning by a Bauchi State Upper Sharia Court for impregnating his younger sister. However, Umar has appealed the judgement at the Bauchi State Shariah Court of Appeal and filed fresh bail application at the Bauchi State High Court.

Court records made available to newsmen yesterday in Bauchi showed that Umar was arraigned before Upper Sharia Court, Unguwar Jaki by the Bauchi State Shariah Commission, where he was accused of impregnating his younger sister.

Counsel to the Shariah Commission, Mr Dayyabu Ayuba told the court that the suspect, who was married with three wives forcibly had carnal knowledge of his sister, who was taken to his house by their father to take her to school.

Ayuba said instead of taking her to school, Umar had sexual intercourse with her when she was 16 years old and she became pregnant. The offence was contrary to Section 136(1) of the Bauchi State Penal Code Law 2001, Ayuba said.

When asked by the presiding Shariah Court judge, the accused pleaded guilty but denied that he forced her to have sexual intercourse . He said it was consensual as she accepted to have sex with him.

After listening to the testimonies, the Shariah Court Judge, Musa Barde sentenced Umar to death by stoning. He told the court that the accused family suffered because of his detention since 2011 and asked the court to release him on bail to ease the sufferings of his family.

The presiding judge, Justice Aliyu Baba Usman has fixed Monday November 25, 2013 for mentioning of the appeal.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Baraje-led PDP Elects National Working Committee Members.


Kawu Baraje
By SaharaReporters, New York

Despite the security siege upon its National Secretariat, the Abubakar Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ratified the election of its national officers.

A statement issued on Monday by the National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said stakeholders of the party across the country ratified the election of members of its National Working Committee at a meeting in Abuja.

The NWC members are: Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, (Chairman); Dr Sam Sam Jaja, (Deputy National Chairman); Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, (National Secretary); and Hon. Maode Umar Hiliya (Deputy National Secretary).

Others are Mr. Timi Frank (National Youth Leader); Hon Binta Koje, National woman leader; Mallam Nasir Issa (National Organising Secretary); Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze (National Publicity Secretary); Hon. Aliyu Wadada (National Financial Secretary);  and Mallam Tanko Isiaku Gomna (National treasurer).

The positions of National Auditor and of National Legal Adviser, which are zoned to the South East and South West respectfully, will be announced soon, the statement added.

PHOTONEWS: PDP Committee In Taraba To Appease The Suntai Cabal.


 

Hauwa Suntai, the leader of the Suntai cabal evidently happy with the power sharing deal

Hope Uzodinma and “Acting Governor” Umar Garba

Hope Uzodinma presiding over the resolution of the Taraba crisis with Mrs. Suntai representing her hubby

Senator Uzodinma and his crew arrives Jalingo

Acting Governor hugs Senator Uzodinma upon arrival at the Jalingo at the airport

Governor Danbaba Suntai being introduced to his deputy, Garba umar yesterday at the Governor’s Lodge
By SaharaReporters, New York

Photos taken at the bizarre “fact-finding” visit to Jalingo by a team led by Senator Hope Uzodinma. It will be the second “fact-finding” trip by Uzodinma to the brain-damaged governor since a small plane he piloted crashed last October near the Yola Airport in Adamawa State.

Uzodinma led a similar delegation to visit Suntai in New York last August, he never told the truth about Suntai’s condition, instead the senator claimed that the ailing governor had recovered from injuries sustained during the plane crash.

Yesterday, Mr. Uzodinma set up another farcical trip to Jalingo, went into a meeting with Mr. Suntai and came out with yet another medical verdict that Suntai was “relatively healthy”.

A few minutes later, Uzodinma superintended over a power-sharing deal that effectively confers power to the Acting governor, Umar Garba and also retained some power for the cabal representing Mr. Suntai. As seen from these pictures Suntai had to be represented by his wife, Hauwa, at an enlarged stakeholders meeting after having a short meet and photo op with Uzodinma and his crew.

From all these is a final realization that Mr. Suntai was never fit to run Taraba regardless of the various stage-managed shows and spin by his supporters.

Suntai’s Wife Admits He Is Unfit To Run Taraba.


 

Fact-finding delegation ariving Taraba
By SaharaReporters, New York

The wife of brain-impaired Governor Danbaba Suntai today admitted that her husband was physically unfit to resume official duties as the chief executive of Taraba State.

Mrs. Suntai made the admission when a PDP fact-finding committee led by Senator Hope Uzodinma visited the ailing governor today. The Acting Governor of Taraba, Umar Garba, as well as the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Haruna Tsokwa, accompanied Mr. Uzodinma. Mrs. Suntai as well as Senator Emmanuel Bwatcha were also present at the meeting.

Two sources told SaharaReporters that the meeting with Mr. Suntai lasted only 10 minutes. One source disclosed that the state’s Acting Governor had to introduce himself to the ailing governor, as Mr. Suntai failed to recognize him.

After exchanging pleasantries, the team met with Mr. Suntai’s wife as photojournalists were briefly ushered in to take photos.

Our sources revealed that Mrs. Suntai then confessed to members of the Uzodinma committee and an enlarged body of stakeholders that her husband was unfit to run the affairs of the state. “She told the group that the governor was only brought back home [from an American hospital where he was being treated] because he was homesick,” one of our sources stated. The ailing governor’s wife then suggested that Mr. Suntai would be taken out of the country in less than a month in order to undergo additional rehab.

The Uzodinma-led stakeholders’ meeting was the culmination of a series of meetings the Acting Governor had held during his recent trip to Abuja.

A stakeholders meeting attended by “political elders,” members of the Taraba State Assembly as well as members of the Taraba State contingent at the National Assembly in Abuja had resolved that the acting governor should continue running the affairs of the state. However, the stakeholders asked the acting governor to consult with Mr. Suntai or his close associates on crucial issues.

According to a member of the Taraba legislature, “This was the best political solution we could come up with. Instead of overheating the state, we decided to have a situation where the acting governor shares power with those that represent the interests of Governor Danbaba Suntai.”

Mr. Uzodinma and his team have since left Taraba State for Abuja where they are expected to brief members of the old PDP as well as officials at the Nigerian Presidency.

Taraba Assembly Adopts Resolution Empowering Deputy Governor To Continue In Acting Capacity, As Suntai Loyalists Plot New Power-Grab Schemes.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Taraba State Assembly, led by the DeputySpeaker, Tanko Maikarsi, today passed a fresh resolution asking the Deputy Governor, Garba Umar, to continue as Acting Governor in view of the incapacitation of Governor Danbaba Suntai.

The resolution was a follow up to a press statement issued by the House last week after he met with its leadership declaring that Mr. Suntai was in no condition to run the state in view of his poor health.

Today’s resolution, which was signed by nine of the 16 members loyal to the acting governor, effectively puts a legal stamp on the position of the acting governor.

Also today, the Secretary to the State Government, Garvey Yaro, originally appointed by Acting Governor Umar returned to his office and carried out his official duties.

Mr. Timothy Kataps, the former Attorney-General, was appointed to the position by Suntai last week but the intervention of the House prevented him from assuming the office.

The return to work of the SSG is a big blow to the cabal led by Suntai’s wife and Senator Emmanuel Bwatcha, who had spearheaded the audacious effort to manipulate Taraba State under the umbrella of a governor doctors say is unlikely to regain full functionality.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sunati remains marooned at the Governor’s Lodge with the two medical personnel that accompanied him from the United States, as well as his younger brother, Babangida.

Sources told SaharaReporters that Acting Governor Umar is still in Abuja after leading Taraba State delegates to the explosive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention in Abuja at the weekend. In the federal capital, he is said to be facing pressure from Suntai’s supporters not to contest the 2015 elections so that one of the Suntai’s loyalists can run.

The cabal is also said to be considering a legal option with the aid of Damian Dodo (SAN), who has reportedly assembled a high-powered team. But the cabal is afraid that a drawn out legal process my completely destroy their agenda to frustrate the control of the state by the acting governor and his loyalists.

Also in Taraba today, a source in the state government denied reports that banks were not honoring cheques issues by the acting governor, asserting that the state was carrying out normal financial transactions and today paid allowances to several aides of the acting governor.

UPDATE: SaharaReporters has received information that Mr. Suntai loyalists have filed a lawsuit in Taraba aimed as stopping the acting governor. We will make details availables as soon as we get more information.

Suntai’s Wife Dissolves Taraba State Cabinet, But Acting Governor Says Cabinet Intact.


Hauwa Suntai
By SaharaReporters, New York

The brain-damaged governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai has  purportedly dissolved his entire cabinet shortly after the attorney  general of the state, Barrister G. T  Kataps outlined  reasons the  governor didn’t need to appear before the house of assembly before  taking over power in the state 72 hours after he returned to the  government in a carefully choreographed scam.

Mr.  Kataps was later appointed as the new secretary of the state  government in an announcement by the commissioner of information,  Emmanuel Bello.

However, sources told Saharareporters that the  bizarre announcement was hatched by Mrs. Hauwa Suntai, the wife of the  ailing governor who is illegally occupying the government house using  her brain-damaged husband as a shield.

A source in the camp of  the Acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar told Saharareporters that the  cabinet dissolution by Mr. Suntai’s wife carries no effect.

They urged residents to disregard the purported dissolution of the cabinet and go about their normal duties.

The  acting governor and several commissioners including security chiefs in  the state attended a meeting where they planned to adequately respond to  the ruse, our source stated.

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