City Voice Newspaper Just another WordPress site Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:25:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 APC youth group demand Amosun’s suspension over alleged anti-party acts Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:25:28 +0000 By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta

The National Youth Democratic Network (NYDN) on Thursday called for the suspension of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun from the APC for  his role in the emergence of the governorship candidate of Allied People’s Movement (APM), Mr Abdulkabir Akinlade in the State

The group, which is the youth  arm of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, also called for an appropriate  sanction against the governor for what they called gross violation of party constitution and indiscipline.

Speaking on behalf of the group at a Press Conference  held at the Press Center,  Abeokuta, Comrade Hamzat Solanke called for the immediate withdrawal of the senatorial ticket from the governor, saying that it should be handed over to a more disciplined and dedicated member of the senatorial district.

He argued that for democracy to survive, things must be done in line with laid down principles and law guiding the system.

Solanke disclosed that the seat being occupied presently by Akinlade, be declared vacant for a substitution election to be conducted immediately before the general election to fill the vacuum that will be created.

His words : “We can not maintain criminal silence while allowing brigandage, indiscipline and outright abuse of the democratic space within the party and national polity by Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his lieutenants in this anti party drive and general slap on our collective to go unchallenged”.

Adding that, “It is a serious infraction and insult on our sensibility for the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to disregard democratic decisions of the APC in Ogun State and Nigeria to field Prince Dapo Abiodun as its standard bearer only for Governor Amosun to deviate from that line to pitch his tent with the candidate of another party, the APM Mr. Adekunle Akinlade who is a current serving member of the National Assembly and a decampee from the APC.

“It is absolutely laughable and against all known logic that Senator Ibikunle Amosun is holding on to the ticket of the APC to contest as Senator for Ogun Central Senatorial District while backing Hon. Akinlade from another political party to be governor of the state during the same election tenure. Senator Amosun is biting the finger that fed him and engaging in a spoiler game to dwindle the fortune of the APC in Ogun State. This we frown at and we will do all within our principled, guided and determined capacity to resist.

“We as students of history are aware of the damaging result of such a wrong precedence and will such to eat deep into the fabrics of our party , erode party discipline and supremacy to encourage acts of brigandage and abuse of party democracy. We have waited patiently till this time believing that Senator Ibikunle Amosun will give reasoning preference over emotion and allow collective interest to prevail over his ego and personal ambition. Failure of this, we were left with no option at this critical time than to square up to this situation with a resolve to make party discipline prevail”

“If he so much have passion to promote his newly embraced political party and sees its candidate as the most politically potent to govern, why is he not running his senate ambition on the platform of that party? If Akinlade is no more a member of the APC, what is he still doing in the National Assembly having won the seat on the platform of APC?”

“Being conscious of the reality of difficulties involved in answering the above raised questions by Senator Amosun and his allies, we are calling on all stakeholders in the electioneering and electoral processes to rise to this occasion and take decisive actions to right this wrong trend if Senator Amosun refuse to change his course”

The group also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other financial watchdog agencies to bring Amosun to order, saying that their demands are enormous but have been spelt out in the petition which has been sent to the state secretariat of the partyand INEC.

“As conscious politicians and people with unquestionable interest in securing total victory for the APC in the coming general elections across the country and very strong interest in swelling our party rack than depleting it, we call on Senator Ibikunle Amosun to retrace his steps, embrace the party decision, submit his interest to the principle of party supremacy by switching his support from that of the APM candidate to Mr Dapo Abiodun the standard flag bearer of the APC. It is not too late a decision to take.

“Failure to heed this honourable call immediately, while we do not intend that anyone explore this medium of our intervention as excuse to pursue their interest and walk away from the APC, we will equally not hesitate on the principle of discipline advise him to desist from his dual party identity by resigning his membership of the All Progressives Congress to embrace his new party and stop confusing the electorates further with his deception. Democracy is all about choice and the choice is his to make” He said.

He also called on the State House of Assembly rise up to this occasion and prevent illegal use of public fund to prosecute selfish agenda by taking a look into the books to determine the level of commitment of public fund to the APM project by Governor Ibikunle Amosun, adding that any form by the governor to borrow at this critical time should be made impossible.

He also asked  INEC to take a look into the source of funding of APM  as political party that suddenly rose from absolute obscurity into relative visibility after the involvement of Governor Amosun”.

Onnoghen: Odumakin spoke based on evidence we had, Southern and Middle Belt leaders tell EFCC Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:25:24 +0000 By Abiodun Tijjani

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to carry out its threat to prosecute Yinka Odumakin and Femi Fani Kayode over reports that agents of the commission laid siege to the home of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

The commission, in statement by its spokesperson, blamed Odumakin and Femi Fani Kayode for what it said were their roles in spreading false news that its agents laid siege to Onnoghen’s house. It also vowed to file libel suit against both men.

Both Odumakin and Fani Kayode had denied the charge.

The SMBLF,  an organisation made of prominent statesmen of Nigeria that have served, and still serving Nigeria, also said in a statement on Wednesday that the information it received on the siege was credible and indeed came from the residence of the CJN.


‘’The information and statement about the siege on the neighborhood of the CJN originated from the CJN’s residence, while this body was in a meeting at Abuja.  We could not have manufactured such a statement if the alarm was not raised from the house of the CJN. It is therefore, not a fake news. This body only acted prompted to forestall any ontoward incidence of arrest or embarrassment on the person of the CIN.

‘’We strongly advise the EFCC not to do anything, by way of carrying out its threat of arrest and detention of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and  Mr. Yinka Odumakin, on account of this statement which has attracted denials. Arrests and detention of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Mr. Yinka Odumakin on account of this incident can only exacerbate the already tensed situation in the polity.

‘’We want to further caution that any attempt to intimidate and harrass any of our members concerning this issue or in any other guise would be stoutly resisted.

‘’SECONDLY, We have also been reliably informed that the Federal Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN, has directed the freezing of Bank Accounts  of the CJN, Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, vide a letter dated 14, January, 2019, titled: “Re: Request for Freezing of Bank Accounts subject to Investigation and Prosecution pursuant to Presidential Executive Order No. 6 of 5th July 2018, on the Preservation of Assets connected with Corruption”.

‘’We want to state that this inglorious exercise of freezing of accounts belonging to the CJN when the matter pertaining thereto,  being embarked upon by the Hon. Attorney-General is completely unnecessary, and a further deliberate attempt to harass and embarrass the  high Office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

‘’How do we reconcile the action of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, with  the statement of  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that, the President was not aware of the action of the CCT until Saturday evening, 12th January, 2019. when it was mentioned to him?

‘’The President, according to  Vice President Osinbajo, could not have done anything to stop the prosecution of the CJN, by the Federal Attorney-General, who did not, as the Chief Legal Adviser to the Government, of the action he was going to take against the CJN. This is condemnable, considering the status of the CJN, who is the head of the third arm of government.

‘’Mr. Vice President went on to defend the ominous silence of Mr. President on  the trial of the CJN, under the guise of the need for non interference of the operations of anti graft institutions in the discharge of their duties.

‘’We respectful  appeal to Mr. President  to direct the Attorney-General to stop the prosecution of the CJN in CCT, request then to follow the due process, because no one is above the law of the land.’’

Nwankwo Kanu reveals torment after losing awards in apartment raid Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:49:22 +0000 Arsenal and Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu has reacted angrily after his medals were taken during a raid on his apartment in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 42-year-old retired striker is embroiled in a legal battle over his hotel, The Hardley Apartments in Lagos, after Kanu allegedly failed to pay a bank loan in 2015, with the hotel being placed under seal as a result.

Kanu’s hotel underwent illegal renovations, according to the Premium Time and, as a result, a number of Kanu’s possessions, including his medals and trophies won during his football career, were taken.

Kanu told the Nigerian Daily Post: “They broke into my hotel without permission from the court. This is an injustice to me for a country I gave my best.

“It is quite unfortunate that a legendary star, who gave his best to the country, would be treated like this.”

Kanu enjoyed a glittering career as a player, winning one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup, three FA Cups and an Olympic Gold Medal.

He was also an integral part of Arsenal’s “Invincibles” squad that went through the 2003-2004 season undefeated.


Kanu enjoyed a glittering career as a player, winning one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Cup, three FA Cups and an Olympic Gold Medal.

He was also an integral part of Arsenal’s “Invincibles” squad that went through the 2003-2004 season undefeated.

And the former Super Eagle said he wanted to see an amicable conclusion to the issues with his hotel/apartment.

“This hotel serves many purposes,” he explained. “I have been using the money I get here to fund my heart foundation and also create jobs for people.

“Since the hotel has not been functioning, I find it difficult to get funds to assist these children. I have to go the extra mile to beg for funds. This is not fair.”

He also slammed the Nigerian government, saying: “The government always tells former footballers not to invest overseas after retirement. I came back to invest and see what I am facing.

“Is this a good experience for other upcoming footballers? Everybody knows I made my money from football. I deserve to be treated well in my country. I am Kanu Nwankwo, not a foreigner.

“Right now I need my medals because they are what I will show my children that I served the country with all my heart when they grow up.”


Concert in honor of Professor Akin Euba holds today at Muson Centre Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:46:38 +0000 The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) will be hosting a concert in honor of the renowned composer and musicologist, Professor Akin Euba on January 17 in the Agip Recital Hall.

The concert will start at 6pm prompt. Jointly sponsored by MUSON and the University of Lagos, the musical concert will showcase some of Nigeria’s top performers of classical music, including pianists, singers, conductors, and choral groups.

The concert will feature the music of Akin Euba as well as the works of other Nigerian composers, including TKE Phillips, Okechukwu Ndubuisi, and Ayo Bankole.

Sir Emeka Nwokedi, the DeputyDirector of MUSON School of Music will be conducting the MUSON Dip Choir. Also in the line-up of choral groups are the Unilag Chorale, conducted by Dr. Albert Oikelome; and the Mountain Top Chorale, conducted by Aderayo Oyegbade.

The concert will also attract musicians from the United States and Ghana, including the young Ghanaian pianist, David Kafui, and Professor John Robison of the University of South Florida, who, along with Seun Owoaje, will be performing Akin Euba’s Five Pieces for English Horn and Piano.

Akin Euba, who currently resides in the United States, is Emeritus Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. He will not be able to attend the concert. He will however send a special message to be delivered by Professor Bode Omojola, who will be traveling to Nigeria from the United States. Professor Omojola has been coordinating with the MUSON management and staff, including Banke Ademola (Director of MUSON School of Music), Sir Emeka Nwokedi, the Deputy Director,and Ayo Bankole, to organize the concert.

Renowned globally as the leading composer, performer and scholar of modern African classical music (also known as African art music), Professor Euba taught at Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife) and the University of Lagos before moving to the United States in the 1980s.

Sponsored by MUSON and the University of Lagos, the concert is part of a series of events lined up to celebrate the works of Akin Euba and highlight his contributions to the development of modern composition in Africa.

Euba’s contributions to Africanist music scholarship and the growth of African art music are well known. He introduced the concept of African pianism to theorize the ways in which composers could use the Western pianoforte compositionally to reinterpret the structural and performance features of African music.

Also, he coined and popularized the term, creative ethnomusicology to conceptualize the relationship between ethnographic research and musical composition. In addition, for many years, Euba edited a newsletter, directed a research center, and organized an inter-continental symposium series to explore the significance of interculturalism in musical composition and performance.

Euba’s works include numerous academic publications and compositions, prominent examples of which are his book, Yoruba Drumming (Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies Series, 1990), and Chaka, an opera in two chants, which was recorded by the City of Birmingham Touring Opera (UK), conducted by Simon Halsey, in 1999.

Twitter aghast, as Buhari tells shocked nation no real evidence to prosecute Ganduje, Babachir Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:53:53 +0000 In a performance that left watchers cringing at times and left the twitterati ‘ashamed,’ President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night appealed to Nigerians that have evidence against corrupt persons in government to make it available.

He made the appeal while answering questions during a live TV programme tagged ‘The Candidates’, anchored by Kadaria Ahmed. The Programme is sponsored by MacArthur Foundation and NTA.

Buhari was reacting to the allegations that his government’s anti corruption war shielded members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He also expressed doubt that the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal and Kano State governor, Ganduje were guilty of charges of corruption leveled against them.

The President was asked why Babachir Lawal and other persons in his government have not been persecuted inspite of the fight against corruption.

Buhari said that the onus was on the person making allegations to provide evidence why the accused should be prosecuted.

“That is not fair criticism of the government. I don’t think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in the last dispensation which we looked the other direction.

“I told you why I have to be careful and the public should help us, if there are strong allegations that is backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated, contracts awarded, then we take them before the courts through EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people in as we did during the military and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi party democracy does not approve that.

“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted, So, if there is strong allegations, the government may decide to ask people to go like the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation we asked him to go.

“The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC.” he stated.

President Buhari also said he is yet to receive the Disability Bill from the National Assembly.

He said that his administration has done a lot in addressing insecurity , especially the Boko Haram in the North East.

“When this administration came in, Boko Haram was holding on to 17 local governments in the North east. At this moment they are not holding any. They have only resorted to attacking soft targets.

“The best you can get about this administration in terms of fighting Boko Haram is that people are being returned to their various homes, which was not the case before.

He advised the media to do their thorough research on issues related to insecurity.’’

Buhari said that he was concerned when security personnel were being shortchanged.

He said his government is concerned about the welfare of security personnel especially those rendered disabled in the course of defending the country.

Twitter thereafter took umbrage at the performance of the president.

15,000 Saudi women watch Ronaldo, Juventus Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:26:46 +0000 Chaperoned by men, thousands of Saudi women thronged a Jeddah stadium Wednesday for the Italian Supercup final between Juventus and AC Milan, brushing off a controversy over entry restrictions.

Juventus won the cup with Cristiano Ronaldo’s lone goal.

With painted faces and banners, female football fans entered the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in western Jeddah city through designated turnstiles for “families”, with solo women barred from purchasing tickets.

The restriction had sparked a furious reaction in Italy, with deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini calling it “disgusting”.

But with reports there were up to 15,000 women among the 62,000 crowd, accompanied by men or male children, Italian football league president Gaetano Micciche hailed the turnout a success.

Serie A president Gaetano Micciche said the presence of women in the stadium would go down in history as the first international competition that Saudi women were allowed to watch in a stadium.

Long condemned for harsh restrictions on women, Saudi Arabia last year eased decades-old rules separating the sexes to allow women to enter sports stadiums for the first time with their families.

The decision was part of a wide-ranging reforms spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that is aimed at modernising the conservative state.

The reforms include overturning the world’s only ban on women drivers last June.

Why my presidency will privatise NNPC – Atiku Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:19:00 +0000 Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of PDP, has made clear again that he would privatise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) even if it cost him his life.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate made the vow again on Wednesday while addressing the business community in Lagos.

Brushing aside the controversy generated when he first made the promise, he repeated: “I am committed to privatising NNPC, I said it.”

“I swear, even if they are going to kill me, I will do it,” he said.

Atiku also said that his emergence in power would lead to prosperity.

“I am also not going to enrich members of my family but my friends.

“Are my friends not entitled to be enriched? As long as there is no element of corruption there.”

The plan to privatise the state oil company and sell the four refineries had earlier been criticised by stakeholders and financial experts, including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Financial Derivatives Company, Bismark Rewane.

Rewane had asked the candidate to tell Nigerians who he wanted to sell the NNPC to and how he intends to go about it.

“I agree that the NNPC should be privatised, but selling to who?”

“You must not just say you are going to sell, you must tell us how, and to who? he questioned.

“Tell us who and who, and how you are going to ensure that it is not sold to your own cronies.

“One of the big risks of privatisation is the Russian model, where you have chronic capitalism.

“If you have businessmen, who are in government like Donald Trump, you want to make sure that both the government and the people are protected from conflicts of interest.”

Mr Rewane called on the Atiku to guard against selling to “öur own cronies”, in the name of privatisation.

Established in 1977, the NNPC is the oil corporation through which the federal government regulates and participates in the country’s petroleum industry.

It is by law manages the joint venture between the federal government and a number of foreign multinational corporations,

LAGOS, IFC sign MOU on infrastructure development and revenue generation Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:40:29 +0000 The Lagos State Government and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have sealed a major partnership to enhance provision of infrastructure in key sectors and strengthen the State’s long-term financial sustainability through improved revenue generation strategies.

The State’s Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, in a statement on Wednesday, said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the partnership dated January 7, 2019 had already been signed, and expressed optimism that the development would go a long way in helping to scale up municipal infrastructure, increase revenues and generally make life more comfortable to residents of the State.   

In furtherance of the agreement, Ashade said IFC, which is a member of the World Bank Group, would seek to provide advisory services to enhance infrastructure development in key areas including power, education, health, environment and transport, with special focus on provision of electric buses, among others.

Giving details, the Commissioner said: “IFC’s advisory services will be designed to improve procurement for key transport projects and support project development in areas including power, transport, municipal waste, health, education and energy efficiency.

“IFC will also be able to advise on strategies and policies for electric buses and ride-hailing services and assist Lagos State on its revenue mobilization strategies.

“We welcome IFC’s support and are confident that signing this memorandum will translate into viable infrastructure projects, expertise building and better access to financing for the benefit of all Lagosians.”

IFC’s Country Manager for Nigeria, Eme Essien expressed excitement with the partnership, saying it was in line with the organization’s program tagged ‘IFC’s Cities Initiative’ aimed at mobilizing commercial financing for priority urban projects, connect cities with capital markets, and to help improve municipalities’ credit-worthiness through financial management training.

Revealing that a total of $13.5 Billion had been invested over the last 15 years across more than 70 countries through the initiative, Essien said the program essentially supports efforts to build inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities that open new markets, and create opportunities for all.

“Today’s announcement is only a first step in the building of a long term strategic partnership with the largest municipality in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our objective is to support Lagos State’s efforts through IFC’s Cities Initiative to improve living conditions, expand and renew its infrastructure, and help reinforce Lagos’s position as an attractive investment destination — and by extension Nigeria’s position,” Essien said.

With a population of 24 million, Lagos State is Nigeria’s economic epicenter and main hub for commercial and industrial activities, accounting for more than 30 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Faced with a fast-growing population, the State has been working to improve its economic and social infrastructure to enhance economic development, while it aims to become Africa’s third largest economy, measured by GDP, by 2023.

Onnoghen: Fani-Kayode apologises to EFCC Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:34:18 +0000 A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has apologised to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over Tuesday’s allegations wherein he stated that the EFCC had raided the home of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Fani-Kayode had in a Facebook post said, “Why have the EFCC surrounded the home of CJN Onnoghen and why are they seeking to arrest him? These people want Nigeria to burn! Buhari call off your dogs before it is too late!”

However, the commission had threatened to sue him for defamation, describing him as a purveyor of fake news.

In another Facebook post on Wednesday, however, Fani-Kayode apologised for his earlier comment but said some people actually searched the CJN’s home.

The former minister also insinuated that Onnoghen’s bank accounts had been frozen by agents of the Federal Government.

He said, “Yesterday I was informed by usually reliable sources that EFCC were positioned outside CJN’s home. I have since discovered that the men were not from EFCC and I removed the posting. The error is regretted.

“Meanwhile can the Federal Government tell us which agency sent those men and why they beat a retreat? Again is it true that a television journalist was arrested at the scene and his camera and footage confiscated? If so, why?

“Finally is it true that the Attorney General has ordered the NFIU to freeze Onnoghen’s bank accounts. Questions, questions, questions! The tyranny continues unabated.”

Elections : Facebook tightens rules for political adverts for Nigeria, others Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:27:25 +0000 Facebook is tightening the rules of political advertising on its platform in countries with big elections to be held in 2019, such as India, Nigeria, and Ukraine, Reuters reported.

The company is taking such measures in order to counter interference with the electoral process, the source noted.

According to Katie Harbath, director of global policy and coverage, beginning on Wednesday in Nigeria, only ads located in the country will be able to run electoral ads, mirroring a policy unveiled during an Irish referendum last May.

The same policy will take effect in Ukraine in February, the source noted adding that Nigeria holds a presidential election on Feb. 16, while Ukraine will follow on March 31.

What comes to India, which parliamentary elections set for this spring, Facebook will place electoral ads in a searchable online library starting from next month, said Rob Leathern, a director of product management at the company.

“We’re learning from every country,” he said. “We know we’re not going to be perfect, but our goal is continuing, ongoing improvement.”

Facebook believes that holding the ads in a library for a total of seven years is a key part of fighting interference, he noted.