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Terrorism: 22-year-old Boko Haram commander bags 60 years jail term



 Army: Shekau disguises as woman, now wears hijab

The Special Court created by the Federal High Court to sit over terrorism cases in Wawa Cantonment, Kainji, Niger State, yesterday sentenced a 22-year-old commander of the Boko Haram sect, Abba Umar, to 60 years imprisonment for various acts of terrorism.

The court had begun sitting on Monday. At the resumed trial of other accused persons yesterday, Umar told the court that he would return to Sambisa Forest to continue the terrorism acts if he was ever released. Umar, whose look was hard and remorseless throughout the proceedings, had been in detention since 2014 after his failed suicide mission to a school in Gombe State.

The Federal Government had preferred fivecount charge on the accused, out of which two attracted death penalty. In its judgement, the court held that it would impose lesser sentences on the convict, taking into consideration his age and the fact that he must have been exposed to “excessive and consistent religious indoctrination” which made him to be easily pliable. The court further held that for count three, the convict would be sentenced to 60 years imprisonment. According to the judge, “I would have been more merciful, but was rather dissuaded by the convict’s insistence that he would go back to the activities which constitute danger to the society and for which he was apprehended.”

Earlier at the trial, Umar told the court that 17 pictures tendered by the prosecution as exhibits showing him, the car and the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) used for the failed operation, were true and authentic.

The convict had also told the court that he married two wives in Sambisa Forest after joining the sect. He, however, described himself as “an Islamic warrior, and a commander in the Islamic army”. The convict, who spoke in Hausa and his testimony interpreted in English during the proceedings, confirmed that as a commander in the Boko Haram sect, he had over 100 lieutenants under him.

New Telegraph recalls that the court had earlier, on Monday, sentenced one of the abductors of the Chibok girls, Haruna Yahaya, to 15 years imprisonment. The convict, whose left arm and leg are crippled, was also found guilty of being a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group and participated in the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014. The prosecution had proved that Yahaya participated in the group’s attacks in Chibok, Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State and Gabsuri town in the Damboa Local Government of the state. Yahaya had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.

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Buhari, APC ‘trashed’ my husband after 2015 polls – Tinubu’s wife



Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has decried that her husband was “trashed” after the party won the 2015 elections.

Mrs Tinubu revealed this when she featured on Your View, a breakfast show of Television Continental, where she alleged that Tinubu was sidelined despite his efforts towards ensuring that APC won the polls.

“He was campaigning, I did too. We were running three campaigns in my house. And for him to be trashed like that? But I saw somebody who has love for this country. I hate to speak because when I stand in the front of God, I don’t want, because of this man, go to hell.

“Occasionally, I would chip in and I would say, ‘You’re still helping out? Why are you helping out?’ He would say, ‘This country matters to me more,’” she said.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved party members ahead of the 2019 general elections, an assignment the former governor of Lagos State has since begun.


Mrs. Tinubu, however, pointed out that despite that the Buhari-led administration was now under massive criticisms, the President remained “the candidate to beat” in the forthcoming poll.

She said, “Change takes only one person to champion. And you need leadership. For me, Buhari is still the candidate to beat. Leadership is inspirational. Management is technical. If you have all the degrees and you’re smart and savvy, it is not about leadership. How many people are you inspiring?

“And Buhari, how many years has he been there? I am not campaigning for him. I am not; because I have looked at the dynamics; the poor still trust him. I will tell you: when it comes to integrity, Buhari has it. I don’t know about now.”

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N10bn NHIS scam: APC government stinks corruption – PDP




The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the alleged N10 billion theft by officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the height of official hypocrisy‎ by President Muhammadu Buhari administration.


The party also disputed the claim of Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that Nigerian was in safe hands when the reality on the ground showed that the nation is on autopilot and drifting to the precipice.


In a statement, yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan‎, PDP said the Buhari presidency’s incompetence is manifesting on daily basis.


The party said it was shocking that the NHIS money was syphoned through the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is under the direct purview of the presidency.


“Nigerians can now see the level of debauchery associated with this administration. It is appalling that a government can be so depraved that it superintended over the stealing of money meant to provide healthcare for the citizens,” the party said.


PDP noted that the only reason for the concealment was because the ‎presidency was complicit, while the stolen fund was being used to service an anti-people cabal brazenly operating in the Buhari-led presidency.


“We challenge the presidency to speak out on this report as well as similarly reported sleazes that has occurred under its watch.


“Who in the presidency authorized the withdrawal of the money from the TSA and who are the beneficiaries thereof?


“What has the presidency to say about revelations that it ordered the reinstatement of the indicted Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, to help conceal these illegal withdrawals and shield members of the presidency cabals involved in the deal?


“Until and unless the presidency clears its name by investigating, exposing and prosecuting those involved, it must directly be held responsible for this wicked act against Nigerians, who daily suffer

hunger, deprivation and death owing to the corruption in the APC government,” the statement added.

The PDP expressed shock that Alhaji Mohammed, could tell Nigerians abroad that the country was in safe hands under Buhari when under the administration, Nigerians were inflicted with economic and security problems.


It said either the minister had lost touch with reality or he was just trying to play with words to please the incompetent Buhari presidency or its crisis-ridden party, the APC.


“If a minister of information who ought to give the correct state of affairs can announce that a government which collapsed the nation’s once robust economy and plagued it with violence, ethnic division and political tension, is indeed a safe hand, then our nation is in much more trouble under the All Progressives Congress (APC).


“How can anybody say that the same presidency whose incompetence and bad policies are directly responsible for the unabated killings, massive unemployment and job losses, a collapse of businesses and even the lingering fuel crisis which has brought untold hardship in the land is indeed a safe hand?


“This is a government under whose watch the nation has become heavily polarized along dangerous fault lines and where citizens now live in fear and mutual suspicion; where citizens are slaughtered by the day by marauders; where hunger and strange diseases ravage the people due to its bad policies.


“The reasonable takeaway from the statement of the information minister is that this government has come to its wits end and has no solution for the troubles it caused the nation,” PDP said.


It added that the minister’s statement has further exposed the fact that this failed administration is not the least remorseful for the pain it has caused the people, which underpins its arrogance and disdain towards Nigerians.


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Kaduna APC: An illegitimate group cannot suspend El-Rufai



The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has described the Senator Hunkuyi led faction of the party as illegal, saying that an illegitimate group cannot suspend the state Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

The party, therefore, describe that the purported suspension of  El-Rufai as laughable and should be disregarded by well-meaning Nigerians.

This was also as the party said, sales of forms for the party primaries ahead of the Kaduna State local government elections slated for May 12, will commence this week.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive committee  (SEC)  meeting at the party Secretariat on Ali Akilu road, Kaduna on Monday, Acting Secretary of the party, Yahaya Baba Pate said, the meeting adopted the recommendations of the State Working Committee on the local government elections and commended the ongoing registration of party members throughout the state.

Pate said the party is set to roll out the timetable in few days time, for the party primaries ahead of the local government elections.

Speaking on the suspension of Governor El-Rufai by a faction of the party, Pate said, the ‘so-called’ chairman of the faction, Danladi Wada is an imposter, adding that such person lacks the power to suspend any member of the party not to talk of the Governor.

He said, “the authentic chairman of the party is Alhaji Shuaibu Idris. He is the chairman recognised by the national leadership of the party. Just last week, he received an invitation letter from the national secretariat, signed by the National Chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun, inviting him to National Executive Committee meeting next week.

“The Senator Hunkuyi led group is illegitimate. As far as we are concerned, most of them have been expelled including the so-called factional chairman, Danladi Wada. As for Senator Hunkuyi, he is under six months suspension, because we cannot expel him. Only the national leadership can expel him because he is a political office holder”,  Pate said.


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