Shi’ites Threaten To Occupy Abuja If Zakzaky Is Not Released In Two Weeks

Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) under the umbrella of the ‘Save Zakzaky’s Life Group’ has threatened to occupy Abuja in thousands if their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky is not released.

The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Malam Bashir Mafara also accused the Buhari-led government of conspiring with foreign and international allies to wipe out the movement.

The group further observed that there is a deliberate and calculated delay by Nigerian Government to release Zakzaky, who has been in detention without trial since December 2015, after the clash between the Nigerian Army and the IMN.

He added, “at this point, SHAIK ZAKZAKY’S LIFE GROUP OF NIGERIA, after a carefully and sensitive analysis,  has realised that,  Buhari’s government is deliberately frustrating the life of Shaik Zakzaky in custody, with its worrisome hidden agenda; if not,  why not release him to go for a proper medical examination; why not take him to the court of law; why are you violating the rule of law?”

The group called on President Muhammad Buhari’s government to release Zakzaky unconditionally within two weeks from today, adding that, “at the expiration of the deadline and without the release of Zakzaky, members of the movement including men, women and children, would storm Abuja,  Nigeria’s capital,  for a peaceful and well organized “SIT AROUND”, and we would not leave until our leader, Zakzaky is unconditionally released.”

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Militants Threaten To Resume Bombing As New Group Emerges

Niger Delta militants have threatened to re­sume hostilities and have alleged that the two weeks ceasefire agree­ment elapsed without any commitment on the part of the Federal Gov­ernment.

The fighters said gov­ernment officials are more interested in grand­standing rather than initiating dialogue with them.

In a statement entitled: ‘If you make the peace­ful change that we seek impossible, we will make violent change possible’, a group called Ultimate Warriors of the Niger Delta said if the situation continued that way, mas­sive attacks on oil assets will commence in the days ahead.

“Our patience is run­ning out and we have decided to let the world know our grievances pure and plain again. We are sounding this as a last warning before the whirl­wind gets down.

“The tsunami that will descend in coming days would be severe for the current government to handle. The operations that would follow these plans are strategic and all operations would be codi­fied as our goals have been codified in a one line mis­sion statement.

“The Federal Govern­ment cannot continue to give us crumbs. We own the oil, we own the wealth, we will no longer accept outsider’s controlling oil blocs that are in our land. We want 60 percent of it for our people because we own the resources that sustain the country,” Sibiri Taiowoh, spokesman of the group said in a statement.

Also, former militant leaders in Bayelsa State have vowed to stop the spread of bombing of oil installations in the state by criminal elements.

Warning members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the former mili­tant leaders said they will resist attack on oil instal­lations in the state. The former militants leaders commended the Minister of State for Petroleum Re­sources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the state government for their commitment to bringing sustainable peace in the state and the Niger Delta region.

Meanwhile, the De­fence Headquarters has scrapped the Joint Force Operation Pulo Shield and immediately replaced it with Opera­tion Delta Safe. A state­ment by acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said the change was necessary in the face of current security chal­lenges.

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Jonathan’s Loyalists Threaten To Dump PDP Because Of Sheriff’s Emergence

Some ministers, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, have threatened to leave the Peoples Democratic Party if Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is not removed as the national chairman of the party.

They said “imposing” the former governor of Borno State on the party by some of its influential members was meant to portray the party as unserious.

They added that the plan to reposition the former ruling party ahead of the 2019 general elections had failed with Sheriff’s emergence.

Spokesperson for the former ministers and a former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.

Sheriff was selected by the members of the party’s National Executive Committee at their meeting, which was held in Abuja on Tuesday.

His selection has attracted divergent views from members of the party, including its many organs.

For example, the Board of Trustees of the party and its Senate Caucus have kicked against Sheriff’s choice.

In his reaction, Suleiman said it was obvious that the plan to rescue the party had failed.

He said, “Our rescue mission has failed; the redemption boat has capsized and our journey to recovery has come to an end.

“Whosoever partook in the decision does not mean well for the party and democracy in Nigeria.

“It is obvious that the fifth columnist has hijacked the party and they are hell-bent on sinking it deeper into irrecoverable level of the pit.

The ex-minister added, “Some of us would rather review our membership than subject ourselves to selfish interests of some cabal whose main goal is political profiteering. After all, our umbilical cord is not tied to any party.”

Asked if his group was planning to move to either the All Progressives Congress or form another political party, Suleiman said the decision would be taken soon.

“Some people will go to the APC while some will form their own political party if they so desire.

“Sheriff’s emergence is a setback for the party trying to build its image. Credible members and younger ones are going to leave the party.

“If his emergence is not reversed in the next one week, there could be massive exodus from the party.”

Suleiman said though the former governor had not been identified with Boko Haram, he argued that the perception of many people about him on the Boko Haram issue ought to have been considered.

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Ex-militants Threaten War Over Alleged Amnesty Budget Slash

Niger Delta ex-agitators, under the aegis of Presidential Amnesty Phase II, on Monday threatened war over the Federal Government’s alleged plan to slash the 2016 budget for the Presidential Amnesty Office.

They argued that the proposed N20bn for the initiative was unacceptable to them.

The ex-militants comprises those in the 6166 Presidential Amnesty Phase II, 3142 and 20192 Ex-militants Phase III and Phase I.

While the protesters said the amount could not cater for their monthly stipends, they urged the Federal Government to respect the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with them.

The ex-militants in a peaceful protest around major streets of Warri, Delta State, on Monday carried placards with inscriptions such as “Senate President, beg President to leave the amnesty budget alone;” “We say no to the plan to reduce the amnesty budget;” “Buhari, please don’t force us to go back to the creeks;” “Saraki, leave our budget alone;” “Ex-militants reject the 2016 amnesty budget;” and the amnesty budget should increase and not reduce.”

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Youths Threaten To Kill Prophet For Failing To Resurrect Abubakar Audu

The mild drama that erupted between the prophet and members of the Audu family, who had refused to let him in to resurrect Abubakar Audu, led the youths of Ogbonicha to break the door to the room where Audu was laid to allow the prophet gain access.
However, the prophet failed to resurrect Audu, prompting the youths to go berserk, threatening to kill the prophet.
The burial was well attended as scores of the who-is-who in Nigerian politics as well as members of the business community were in Ogbonicha to give their last respect to the departed hero.
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Workers Threaten Showdown With Governors Over N18,000 Minimum Wage

Governors of the 36 states of the federation may face a major confrontation with Nigerian workers, following Thursday’s declaration that they would no longer be able to pay the N18,000 national minimum wage due to dwindling oil revenue.

The pronouncement has triggered stern objections by various workers’ groups in the country, with organized labour threatening to shut down the country should the governors insist on taking the decision.

The governors, who made the declaration at the end of the meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, in Abuja said the massive drop in global oil prices in recent times had drastically affected their states’ income.

Crude oil prices, which stood at about $62.16 per barrels at the beginning of May 2015, dropped to about $38.52 on Thursday.

The monthly Financial and Operations Report by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for September 2015 showed that oil revenue payments to the Federation Accounts had consistently dwindled, from N102.99 billion in May; N101.96 in June; N77.4 billion in July; N76.18 billion in August to N73.25 billion in September.

Leaders of the various labour groups, including the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, have however warned against the ugly consequences the governors’ decision.

The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, spoke in strong terms against the governors’ declaration, saying “Nigerian workers would vehemently and totally reject it.”

Mr. Wabba said the NLC would come out with a formal position at the end of its Central Working Committee, CWC, meeting on Friday.

Another labour leader, Joe Ajaero, dismissed the governors’ resolution as “empty threat that should be ignored.”

“The governors should not start a battle they would not sustain or finish, because Nigerian workers have the capacity to retrench them,” Mr. Ajaero said.

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Sokoto Indigenes Threaten To Recall Its Senators Over Aisha

Sokoto Citizens Forum, has said that it may consider sensitizing the people of Sokoto State across the three senatorial districts on the likelihood of commencing the recall of Senators Aliyu Wammako, Ibrahim Gobir and Ibrahim Danbaba over their perceived indisposition to the choice of Mrs. Aisha Abubakar as minister. Briefing newsmen in Sokoto, Secretary General of the group, Malam Isah Suleiman noted that Aisha has the prerequisite public experience that would be useful to Nigeria at this period of financial crisis.

His words: ”We condemn in the strongest of terms the position of Senator Aliyu Wamakko, Senator Ibrahim Gobir and Senator Ibrahim Danbaba on our ministerial nominee. In few days to come, we shall initiate the process of recall from the National Assembly the trite of Senator Wamakko, Senator Gobir and Senator Danbaba whose action has been in our interest.

”Today, our government parade impeccable men and women of integrity and character whose moral standing in the society remain a model for the younger generation. A fitting example of such rare gems of leaders is Aisha Abubakar a princess from the caliphate, whose nomination attracted applause from the length and breadth of this great country.

”Aisha Abubakar is indeed a model of what our leaders should look like. She is a thorough breed of excellence having distinguished herself as public servant per excellence in her over 20 years in the financial and investment sector of the economy. In this era of dwindling oil revenue, Aisha will bring to bear her expertise as a financial guru in diversifying our economy. Aisha Abubakar’s conduct as an anti-corruption crusader will help President Buhari to clean up the Augean Stable of the last administration.”

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Resident Doctors Threaten Strike In FCT

Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, yesterday accused the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, of taking action capable of provoking doctors to resume their suspended strike by ignoring their demands.

In a press statement issued by president of the association, Dr. Isaac Akerele, the doctors said that they had “been doing everything possible to avert industrial action but the attitude of the government is disheartening to the association.”

Akerele described the actions and inactions of the FCTA as ‘‘deliberate to cause tension in the health sector.”

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Prostitutes In Anambra Threaten To Go On Strike, Set Market Ablaze

At least 2,000 prostitutes in southern Anambra state threatened to go on strike Wednesday after local government officials demolished their brothels where they lived next to a cattle market in the state capital Awka. The commercial sex workers accused the officials of destroying their business without notice.

The Anambra State Urban Development Board allegedly stormed the brothels Monday afternoon near the border community of Amansea with more than 50 armed police officers on the suspicion that the structures were being used as hideouts for kidnappers and other criminals. Shortly after authorities demolished their homes, the angry prostitutes set the cattle market ablaze.

“We are decent people. We do our business and go our way. We don’t harbor criminals. After all, most of the people that visit us are government officials. They want me to expose them?” the leader of the prostitutes, who gave her name as Rachel, said during an interview with Punch newspaper. “They destroyed our center and left behind other huts, kiosks and canteens that belong to the Hausa cattle traders. Is that justice? Don’t those one harbor kidnappers and criminals?”

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Fasheun, Adams, Dokubo Others Threaten To Sue NNPC Over Contract Termination

The pipeline security contractors have threatened to sue the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the termination of contracts signed during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

In an open letter to President Muhamadu Buhari by the contractors, they stated that the NNPC must, immediately, settle its three months’ indebtedness having fulfilled their own part of the deal. Â The security companies are Dr Fredrick Faseun’s New Age Nigeria Limited; Otunba Gani Adams’ Donyx Global Concept Limited; Alhaji Asari Dokubo’s ATEF Nigeria Limited; Chief Bibo Pere Ajube’s Galery Security Services Limited; Chief Joshua Machiever’s Bajeros Nigeria Limited; Chief Omo’s Close Body Protection Limited and Izon Ibe’ Security Limited.

‘It should be known that the contractors had valid and duly signed contract agreements with the management of the NNPC to protect the pipelines for a period of three months’, the letter read in part, saying instead of NNPC fulfilling its own part of the deal, ‘the public perception of the NNPC Pipeline Security and Surveillance job was that former President Goodluck Jonathan gave the job to the contractors on the platter of politics’.


22 LG Chairmen Threaten To Drag Wike To EFCC

The 22 council chairmen in Rivers State have threatened to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over an alleged plan by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to order the diversion of the June 2015 federal allocation meant for local governments.

The council chairmen, who are all members of the All Progressives Congress, accused Wike of instructing the state Accountant General to divert the federal allocation meant for the councils for this month.

The state Public Relations Officer of the All Local Government of Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Eyiba, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said the reason for the alleged directive from the governor remained unknown to them (council chairmen).

Eyiba warned that apart from the EFCC, council chairmen in the state had resolved to take the matter to other relevant bodies.

“We are also aware that the Rivers State Government under Nyesom Wike has given instruction, though not written, to the Accountant-General of the state to divert the FAAC allocation meant for the 23 local government councils for this month.

 “The reason for this instruction is yet unknown to us. We have resolved to take this unpopular instruction to the appropriate quarters should they go on with their plans, including petitioning the EFCC and related agencies,” Eyiba said.
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28 Senators Storm Out of Proceedings, Threaten Legal Action Against Saraki

Twenty-eight Senators under the aegis of Senate Unity Forum, led by Barnabas Gemade, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP on Wednesday walked out of senate proceedings and threatened to take legal action against Bukola Saraki.

PUNCH reports that the group staged the walk out after Saraki had administered oath of office and allegiance on 28 All Progressives Congress lawmakers, who were absent at the inauguration of the Eighth Senate. Senator Gemade and Marafa then raised a point of order demanding full integration of the SUF members who were absent from the formal inauguration on Tuesday.

After they were overruled, the 28 senators, including the APC choice candidate for the Senate Presidency, Ahmed Lawan, walked out an addressed a press conference.

Addressing the press on behalf of the group, Gemade said, ”Our right to participate in the election of the Senate President is a constitutional right which cannot be taken by any person or group of persons. The Clerk of the National Assembly (Salisu Maikasuwa), knowing full well that the quorum for election of the Senate President was not met, went ahead to conduct an election that shut the door against about 51 other senators. This will remain unacceptable until what would meet democratic parameters is done.

”The insinuations in some quarters that we boycotted the election is totally unfounded. As loyal party members, we would take all necessary political and legal means to strengthen our democracy and democratic process in line with the change that we promised our teeming supporters during our electioneering”

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NASS Leadership Tussle: Dogara, Saraki Threaten APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, was at the weekend teetering towards a major crisis following serious disagreements over the emergence of the new leadership of the National Assembly.

The party leadership was, however, last night rallying round to quench the dissent with an appeal for unity, saying the party must not enter tomorrow’s leadership contest as a divided party.

That appeal was, however, of little effect in the camp of supporters of Senator Bukola Saraki’s aspiration for Senate President and those for Rep. Yakubu Dogara’s speakership ambition who were insisting on taking the battle to the floor of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Supporters of Dogara, it was learnt, had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari as the party leader to step into the matter.

Meanwhile, despite assertions that it would not be involved in the unfolding script, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was last night also mobilising for a strategic alliance with the Saraki and Dogara tendencies in the APC.

A number of PDP governors, it was learnt, are arriving Abuja today ahead of tomorrow’s leadership contests. The APC has 209 members-elect while the PDP has 140 with smaller parties producing the remaining.

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Bauchi Workers Threaten Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

The Bauchi State chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has given Governor Isa Yuguda six-day ultimatum to settle all unpaid salaries or face indefinite strike.

The state chairman of the NLC, Hashimu Gital, gave the ultimatum in a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday in Bauchi. The statement said the government owned workers two months’ salaries; March 2014 and April 2015.

It warned that if the government failed to meet its demand, labour would embark on indefinite strike. “The leadership of organised labour in Bauchi State met on May 6, 2015 and resolved to communicate to Bauchi State Government the following:

“That payment of outstanding salaries of March 2014 and April 2015 should be made on or before May 12, 2015.

“Failure to meet this demand will lead to withdrawal of services of workers indefinitely until the salaries are paid, the statement added”.

In his reaction, the state Head of Service, Abdon Gin, said that the workers were owed only April 2015 salary. He explained that government and organised labour had reached a compromise that the March 2014 salary would be paid in installment. He said that the government and labour were negotiating to resolve the issue before the May 12 deadline.

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Reps Threaten To Arrest Minister Of Agric Over Non-Appearance

Chairman of the committee and Deputy Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, made this known after fingers were pointed in the direction of the Ministry by participants, with regards to the administration of government policy on rice importation and payable duties/levies on import quota by investors.

He said if by today the minister failed to show up before the close of the investigative hearing, the committee would have no choice than to issue a bench warrant.

Ogor in his opening address, had stated that:   ‘’This hearing was sequel to a resolution of the House mandating the Ad-hoc Committee to investigate alleged fraud abuses, evasion of import duties by rice importers.

“The aim is to uncover fraud and expose the endemic corruption in the importation of rice with a view to stemming the tide and boost employment generation as well as strengthen the nation’s depleting foreign reserve.

“The minister has no reason not to be here because the Ministry was duly served the invitation. I see no reason why people would be invited to a hearing that’s for the benefit of the people and will not turn up.

“You are a servant of the people just like we all are. What we are doing here is for the benefit of our nation’s economy so; before the end of the hearing; we are hoping to see people from the Ministry come in, otherwise we might be forced to make some very strong pronouncement.”


Weak Naira, Reserves Threaten Capital Market Recovery

Sustained pressure on the naira and the country’s diminished foreign reserves as well as declining earnings are the major obstacles to the return of foreign portfolio investors to Nigeria, a development that is hampering the recovery of the capital market recovery following the conclusion of the general elections, experts have said.

A combination of factors, including the declining fortunes of the naira, spurred by the oil slump, and uncertainty about corporate future of the country ahead of the general elections, had caused several foreign portfolio investors to trade cautiously with many others exiting the Nigerian capital market.

In 2014, foreign portfolio investors pulled out over N700bn from the stock market, forcing the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index to close the year with a negative return of 16.14 per cent. Between January 1 and February 28 this year, they pulled out additional N132.53bn and brought in N100.38bn.

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