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JUST IN: Plateau PDP Chairman kidnapped two days to National Convention



The Former Minister of Sports and Chairman of the People Democratic Party PDP in Plateau State Hon. Damishi Sango was abducted yesterday evening along Abuja-Jos Road.

Family sources told New Telegraph that the PDP chairman was on his way to attend the Saturday National Convention of the Party in Abuja before his kidnap by gunmen.

New Telegraph gather that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Wednesday evening struck on the Kafanchan- Abuja high way and abducted the PDP Chairman in Plateau State Hon. Damishi Sango.

The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP Plateau State Mr John Akans who confirmed the incident to New Telegraph in Jos said former Minister left Jos around 2pm en route to Abuja for the party’s National Convention when the incident happened

It was gathered that the gunmen who forced  the PDP chairman’s car to a stop ,later abandoned the Jeep on the road and whisked him and his driver to an unknown destination

The police is yet to make any public statement on the abduction but the Publicity Secretary who condemned the act called on the security agencies to ensure unconditional and safe release of the State party chairman and his driver

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2019 ELECTIONS: Saraki, Dogara’s Supporters consider ADC



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  …as party set to reap from APC’s crisis


Many loyalists of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and those of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakub Dogara, are set to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), if the crisis rocking the party is not immediately resolved. This include their supporters across the federation and some members of the National Assembly, who have concluded plans to join the African Democratic Congress (ADC), a party recently adopted by the Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM), an organisation promoted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

This is coming as highly place sources within the emerging third force informed our correspondents that the ADC is set to reap bountifully from the crisis currently the rocking the APC. While the APC is battling to resolve its internal crisis and put its house in order, checks by the Saturday Telegraph revealed that the ADC has reached out to some key members of the APC, including governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives and states assemblies’ lawmakers, among others, who have agreed and concluded plans to join the party.

The APC had been enmeshed with in-house dilemma owing to the factions that emerged in about 28 states after the conduct of parallel congresses during the last wards and states’ congresses of the party held across the federation. According to impeccable sources within the ruling party, there is an ongoing ploy by a group within the APC to ensure that the parallel congresses lead to two factions after the national conventions.

One of the sources did not only reveal what he called “an extensive devilish agenda”, he particularly accused some former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the plan. “We know their plan, we are aware of their clandestine ploy to destroy the APC just like they did to their former party.

They started all these illegal congresses. “They are planning to break away just like they did when they formed the new PDP and later used it as a platform to join the amalgamation that led to the formation of APC”.

Further investigations by our correspondents also confirmed that the ADC had been wooing some members of the ruling party, and that series of meeting had been held between the two groups.

Saturday Telegraph’s findings showed that some of the troubled members of the APC had been promised and reassured of automatic tickets in their areas, should they join the ADC, a position confirmed by sources within the ADC. One of those that confided in the Saturday Telegraph explained that the ADC is actually wooing the intending defectors with automatic tickets so as to gain their confidence. “Yes, we want to give them election slots, it is normal in politics.

If there is something you are bringing to the table, it shows you have a value. “I can assure you that we have over 200 Reps and senators that are ready to come. Those we are talking to are political giants in their own rights and they will be moving with their supporters. It is the right thing to do”, he said. The source further noted that the leader of the ADC and a former governor of Osun State, retired General Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had been meeting with key stakeholders in the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that the plan is to give the ruling party the “Tambuwal treatment”.

When asked to expatiate on what he meant by the ‘Tambuwal treatment, he simply responded thus: “waiting till the last minute before defecting”. When contacted on Wednesday, a man, who picked Oyinlola’s call, and identified himself simply as his “PA”, said: “General is at a meeting.

I will relate your message and he would get back to you.” However, subsequent calls put across to the line on Wednesday and Thursday were not picked. Structures may be collapsed in Kwara, Bauchi In Kwara and Bauchi states, it was gathered that the supporters of Saraki, and those of Dogara might eventually collapse their political structure into the ADC.

While Saraki has a firm grip of the party in Kwara State, Dogara has been having a running battle with his state Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, as such, and has an uphill task in controlling the party machinery in Bauchi. “We are set”, one of highly placed sources within the Saraki political dynasty told one of our correspondent in Ilorin yesterday.

The source, who clarified that he had no permission to speak officially on the development, said: “We are just waiting for the order and from the look of things, it may be not be soon, but it may be after the national convention of the APC”.

Some of the sources in both states noted that though the initial plan was to move into the Social Democratic Party (SDP), but discussions among stakeholders across the country necessitated a review and subsequent adoption of the ADC.

It was also gathered that most of the nPDP members who had gone to the SDP would be moving to the ADC once the arrangements are solidified. Speculations about Saraki’s move heightened few months back when he opened several constituency offices in the Kwara central zone and the offices were painted in the national colour instead of the APC colours. Probed on the participation of the group in the ward, local government and state congresses of the APC, the source said it was to ensure that the structure retains it’s identity and control wherever it goes.

“We knew they planned parallel congress here in Kwara but you see that doesn’t really bother us because our own structure has no breach; we are intact and that is what is important, so if we move into any party we are going intact”, the source said. Another source also claimed that members of the group were sure they would never get a favourable response to the demands of the nPDP from the leadership of the APC, hence the need to take the exit option.

“Do you think we will ever get the APC to favour us? We know the trick; they would play to buy time but we will give them impossible conditions, so we both know the game”. Mass defection looms in Kaduna In Kaduna State, a faction of the party known as APC Akida yesterday threatened to dump the party over irreconcilable differences between the group and the state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai.

The Akida group, which has been at loggerheads with the governor over policies and appointments, said the ruling party might find it difficult to win the 2019 elections as citizens no longer trust the party, adding that those that emerged at the just concluded congresses lacked legitimacy.

Among those that belong to the Akida group are senators representing Kaduna North and Central, Suleiman Hunkuyi and Shehu Sani respectively; the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed; Chairman of Liberty Radio and Television, Tijjani Ramalan; a former member House of Representatives and an APC aspirant who was defeated by Governor el-Rufai at the party’s gubernatorial primary, Isa Ashiru and Ambassador Sule Buba, among others.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the group, Maitamaki Tom Maiyashi, the Akida group said it had informed all relevant party organs and leaders that it would regretfully consider leaving a party it worked hard to put in place, if there is no visible evidence of success in addressing the damaging levels of alienation and frustration among the millions of party faithful in the state.

“If other state governments and party leaders emulate the example of Kaduna, our party will have a very difficult task retaining the confidence of the people in 2019. “We now have a party led by people without legitimacy and a government headed by a governor whose registered success lies only in his ability to rain curses on perceived opponents while dancing in public.

“Two significant events, the party congresses and the local government councils elections in Kaduna State have confirmed the fears that the absence of credible and legitimate party leadership in our state will destroy its credibility and popularity.

“These are fears which the Akida group had raised since the early days of the administration of Nasir el-Rufai. “The congresses have exposed the contempt for popular participation by the governor and his hand-picked choir. Our party has lost massive popularity and goodwill as a result of attempts to force the choices of an unpopular government on party faithful.

“Persons with responsibility have emerged who enjoy no support or legitimacy among party members, and the futility that these people will deliver an electoral victory in the 2019 elections is firmly registered from the reactions of most people in the state.

“Akida has become painfully aware that all efforts to halt the damage being done to our party, including many attempts by the leadership of the APC at zonal and national levels, are unlikely to reverse the decline in our party’s capacity to live up to its promises made to the people in 2015. “While our people die at the hands of marauding killers by the day, our governor lives in his own world, seemingly beyond the reach of any restraining influence.

“As things stand, the founding values of our party, particularly integrity, accountability, inclusiveness and compassion have been systematically repudiated by the government of Nasir el-Rufai, starting with the subversion of the autonomy and integrity of the party at all levels in the state. Ondo APC faction: We were disenfranchised The factional APC in Ondo State yesterday gave reasons it conducted a parallel congress, saying a faction loyal to the state governor disenfranchised the majority of its members.

In a statement signed by the factional Secretary, Gani Mohammed, the group said none of those who voted against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu during the 2016 governorship primary made the list of delegates. According to him, a parallel congress became a compelling necessity when more than 70 percent of the APC population in the state was disenfranchised on the “selfish excuse” of not belonging to a “small group called Aketi-Group”.

Mohammed said: “The Acting state chairman went round some parts of the state instructing members of this small Aketi-Group that Governor Akeredolu has directed that anyone who did not belong to the group should not be allowed to participate in all the stages of the congress.

“The remaining majority members of the party in the state took the threat for granted and purchased the ward executive nomination forms at the designated banks at the due dates. “Surprisingly members who paid for the forms were denied access to the forms paid for already. Akeredolu was contacted about the development and he denied knowledge of availability of the form.

“This Aketi-Group continued to comply names in their various offices for the purpose of making them the valid ward executive officers of the party, despite the fact that the group had not paid for the nomination form.

“Therefore some concerned leaders of the party in the state who realised the implications of where nobody purchase forms with attendant of not having legitimately executive officers to run the affairs of the party in the next four years decided to encourage interested members of the party in the state to buy forms. “

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THE OREKOYA ABDUCTION: My wife gave herself up for me to escape –Suspected kidnapper



After more than three years of running from the law, M.r Waheed Abubakar, an alleged kidnap kingpin finally ended his race in police custody. Abubakar was alleged to be the ringleader of a kidnap gang.

His wife, mother, brother and sister-in-law were alleged to be part of the gang members. The gang specialised in abducting children of rich parents. Abubakar’s wife, Fumilayo Adeyemi, alias Mary Akinloye, was the gang member that used to infiltrate homes of unsuspecting Nigerians, posing as a house help. Once she’s employed she would disappear with the children. The gang would later demand ransom in order to release the children.

The gang came to the attention of the world after Funmilayo, who was recruited through an online portal, OLX, disappeared with the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Leke Orekoya from their Surulere apartment, a day after she was employed. The three children were then 11-month-old Aderomola, Adedamola (four) and Ademola (six).

The distraught parents later received a call, asking them to pay N15million as ransom or they wouldn’t see their children ever again. The gang was also behind the abduction of two brothers, Michael and Rafael Esharegaran, from their home at Magodo, Lagos.

Funmilayo abducted the two boys after she was employed as a maid. The Esharegarans were said to have paid N10million as ransom, although the police denied knowledge of the payment.

Funmilayo was eventually tracked through a bank account where a ransom was deposited and had since been arraigned in court and remanded in prison custody. When the gang was smashed by operatives of the Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by Mr Abba Kyari, only Funmilayo was arrested.

Other members escaped and went underground. Since 2015 that the incident happened, Kyari and his men had refused to beat a retreat in the investigations and had continued the hunt for Abubakar and other members of the gang. And just when many thought the trail had gone cold Abubakar was arrested.

A police source said: “It took IRT operatives three years to track down and locate Waheed Abubakar. He was tracked to Ikorodu, where he was operating as a motorcyclist. The IRT operatives followed up the case to know who were behind the kidnapping of babies in Lagos homes.

Immediately the operatives got the information about the suspect, they traced him to Abuja where he had earlier escaped to when the heat was much in Lagos. The suspect disappeared immediately his wife was arrested. He settled at Kubwa area in Abuja, where he worked as a tricycle operator.

When he realised that the police were still after him and were almost about to grab him, he ran back to Lagos and continued with his tricycle business at Ikorodu. “He was later tracked to his house; but the day operatives went to arrest him, they didn’t meet him.

The men left and went back to their station to re-strategize. They went after him again and found him at a motor park in Ikorodu. He confessed to the police that he was running around to avoid being arrested by the police.

He said that he had forgotten that IRT men were everywhere and that nobody could escape from them.” Abubakar was arrested after three years of being on the run and being a fugitive. Abubakar, who introduced himself as a tricycle rider said that he has two children, not four, as claimed by his wife. Indeed, in his confessions, Abubakar punctured many of Funmilayo’s confessions and allegations. One of the lies his wife told was allegation that his mother was involved in kidnapping, said Abubakar.

How my wife and I got involved in abduction

Recollecting how he and his wife got involved in kidnapping, Abubakar said: “I got involved in kidnapping through a friend, Hadiza Olawale. I knew him in Ibadan since 2013. He was living beside our house at Alakia area. We were friends then. After two years of losing contact, I ran into him at Egbeda in 2014.

I was returning from hospital where my wife had just gave birth to a baby. The name of my wife is Olayemi Adeyemi not Funmilayo “I was thinking of how to pay my wife’s medical bill on that day. My wife just had our second baby through a Caesarean Section in a private hospital. He was the first to sight me.

He shouted my name; I didn’t immediately recognize him because he had changed. He looked fresh compared to when he was in Ibadan. He asked me why I looked worried. I opened up to him; I told him what I was going through. I told him how much money I was looking for. He promised to assist me.

He asked me to follow him to his house around Shasha area. To my surprise, he gave me a bulging envelop. It contained money. When I counted it, it was N150, 000. The exact amount I needed to pay for the hospital bill.”According to Abubakar, after the naming ceremony, he and his wife went to Hadiza’s house to thank him. When they got to the Good Samaritan’s house, he told them that he was not happy with their financial situation. He said that he had a job for them.

Abduction of the Orekoya boys

Before Hadiza was through with the details of the job, Funmilayo allegedly jumped on it, saying she and her husband would do it. They were desperate for money. Abubakar recalled: “My wife jumped on the offer. She promised to do it in as much as the business would be yielding money.

We were given details of where my wife would go and work. She was also told how to escape with the abducted children in any home she went to work as nanny. He promised my wife and I that there wouldn’t be any problem and nobody would be arrested. “Unfortunately, when he was talking to my wife and I, we didn’t ask him what would be our own share of the proceeds.

He asked my wife if she could work as a nanny. Hadiza placed the advert on OLX. It was through the advert that the Orekoyas got in touch with us. Hadiza instructed Funmilayo to proceed to Lawanson, Surulere and work as nanny at the Orekoya’s house.

“When the Orekoyas went to work, my wife took the kids away. She put a call through to Hadiza. The man drove straight to where she waited for him. He collected the children from her and drove off. I was not really involved in the kidnapping. I got involved through my wife, who Hadiza was using.”

How my wife was arrested

Abubakar said that he remembered vividly how his wife allowed herself to be arrested by operatives of IRT, just so that he could escape. He said: “On the day my wife was arrested, she and I were together. When police arrested her, she gave me a signal, indicating that I should escape. I understood her reason; she wanted me to stay behind to take care of our children. We have two children; a boy and a girl. The girl, Fatima, is 13 years old, and the second is a boy, Ali. He’s just seven years old.

The policemen didn’t know me, so it was easy for me to escape. I immediately travelled to Abuja from Lagos. I settled at Kubwa where I started riding tricycle. I spent a year and half there. I only came back to Lagos to take care of my aged mother and check on my children. My mother is 62 years old.

She has just two of us; me and my sister. Nobody knows the whereabouts of my sister or if something has happened to her. When my mother heard of the kidnap incident, she insulted and slapped me.

For now, I’m her only child.” Asked to mention other homes that Funmilayo had gone to work as maid and later abducted children, Abubakar said: “I only know that Hadiza took my wife to two places; Surulere and Ikeja to work as a house help.” Abubakar denied that his mother, brother and sister-in-law were part of the kidnapping gang as earlier alleged by Funmilayo in 2015. He said: “It’s not true. I got involved in this problem through Hadiza.

I wanted to return the favour. He assisted me when I was in need and needed help. He was God sent at that time to my wife and I. After the abduction of the Orekoya children, Hadiza gave my wife just N15,000 and N3,000 to buy recharged cards.

He gave her the money after he dropped her off. He left with the children. “I heard in the news the following day that he demanded ransom from the kids’ parents. After the first operation, he called my wife that there was another job. My wife went to Ikeja, but didn’t succeed in the operation. When I saw the Orekoyas crying on television because of the abducted children, I felt bad.”

My wife and prison

Abubakar stated that he felt bad for not going to prison to visit his wife since her arrest. He said: “I can’t go to prison to visit her, but I do send money to her through her people. I also always pray for her. I regret all my actions in this abduction saga.

I pray that God will forgive me. Please also tell the Orekoyas and other families whose babies my wife kidnapped to forgive my wife and I. It was financial challenges that pushed us into such a crime.”

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Remarkable achievement! Nigerian-American girl born without hands wins handwriting competition



An inspirational story of a 9-year-old Nigerian-American girl, Anaya Ellick, is trending after she emerged winner of two national awards for exceptional handwriting skills in America. The feat, as outstanding as it is, is made even more remarkable considering that she was born without hands.

A third-grader in the Chesapeake area of Virginia in the United States, Ellick beat hundreds of others who competed with her to the award in competition in spite of her physical challenges.

She was named winner of the 2018 Nicholas Maxim Award, which is part of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest on April 26. Ellick’s tale of extraordinary proportions shows she previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship when she was a first grader two years ago.

Her story, one of the most profound depictions of the popular maxim – there is ability is disability, indicates that people should never limit the extent of their dreams and aspirations no matter the circumstance. With her feat, the amazing young girl has brought glory not just to her family but as well to Nigeria through academic brilliance.

The accomplishment by the girl, who found a way to be the best at writing despite the fact that she was born without hands, has left many observers wondering how she was able to pull it off. According to the organisers, the award recognises students with special-needs who have developed an exceptional skill in handwriting and even they are astonished that the 9-year-old who was also named winner of the contest’s print category, could do it again on a larger scale.

Being so close to home, Saturday Telegraph gathered that the little girl who doesn’t use prosthetic hands, took an unconventional approach to it all. She took time to learn how to hold a pencil between her arms both for the purposes of drawing and writing.

On account of the feat, her school has taken the lead in celebrating the Nigerian-American on social media. “Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce third grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Cursive!,” a post by the school began.Anaya previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship as a first grader in 2016 and has claimed the title again with her outstanding cursive writing. “What makes Anaya’s achievement as a National Handwriting Champion so special is Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetic.

In order to write, she is able to hold a pencil between her two arms and stand at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing. “Anaya is an extraordinary young lady. Her tenacity continues to inspire all of us at GCA. She has well-earned first place finish reminds us all what determination and hard work can achieve.

We are so proud of Anaya and her accomplishments. “During our Foundations Academy Chapel, Anaya’s teacher, Mrs. Becky Cannaday, shared a message on our character trait of the month, boldness, and on the importance of letting your light shine for God’s glory.

“Cannaday encouraged students to be bold and reminded our Gators that boldness does not always mean being front and center, but can also be shown by humbly standing alone in doing the right thing, even when everyone else is not. Mrs. Cannaday went on challenge students to respectfully love others and to not be fooled by the world into acting in ways that do not glorify God. “As at the time of going to the press, after Cannaday’s message, representatives from Zaner-Bloser presented Anaya with a monetary award and trophy.

The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting,” the message concludes. In a statement, GCA Principal, Tracy Cox, also spoke about the remarkable 9-year-old. “Anaya is a remarkable young lady.

She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” said. “She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class. Her determination is an inspiration to all of us at GCA,” she said.

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