The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has said those agitating for Nigeria’s disintegration should be decisively dealt with.
Yerima Shettima, National President of the AYCF, made the remark while backing President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to deal with agitators like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Sunday Igboho.
Buhari had issued the threat during his speech to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day anniversary.
The President had vowed to go after violent agitators like Kanu and Igboho, who threaten
the cooperate existence of Nigeria.
,Shettima said those whose agitations are endangering the lives of Nigerians should be dealt with in line with Buhari’s directive.
He described Kanu as a blind man who is leading IPOB into a death trap.
Faulting the violent approach of IPOB, Shettima pointed out that the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, go about their agitation peacefully without endangering the lives of Nigerians.
FGAccording to Shettima: “All of us are victims of the society today in one way or the other, so if, something goes wrong, you don’t have to behave abnormal. When you look at the situation on ground and think the only way out is to become violent at the expense of people’s lives, then such agitation is not worth it.
“Yes, certain things went wrong and we also, in Northern part of the country have suffered the same problem. In fact, we have even suffered more than where the agitation is coming from.
“Can the situation today in the Northwest or Northeast be compared to the realities in the Southwest and Southeast? The answer is no. For over two decades now, we have been suffering from one trouble to another. From poverty to marginalization to deprivation and so on. Even at that, we never deemed it necessary to take up arms against the state; so, no matter how you look at it, their approaches are wrong.
“Don’t we have other groups agitating, like MASSOB? Do you see MASSOB endangering the lives of innocent citizens of the Southeast? The answer is no. Was it not from MASSOB IPOB broke out and is led by that blind man who puts the lives of people in danger? MASSOB goes about their demands which are very genuine by their thinking and feeling.
“MASSOB has said she really believes that the Southeast is being marginalized and if Nigeria can address some of this injustice meted on them, they are willing to come back and build the nation. However, the IPOB’s approach by this their blind leader who is leading them to death zone is wrong, and two wrongs can not make a right.
“Looking at this situation, you can’t solve problems with problems. We have faith in the country despite the shortcomings. We believe some days we will turn things around instead of balkanizing the country in the name of agitation. Most of those agitators are young elements who should come together and build a synergy within themselves that would fight against those oppressing them.
“Anybody found disobeying the law of the land should be dealt with decisively; nobody is above the law. If you balkanize the country, where will you go to? You can’t be an American citizen, you will still remain a Nigerian. If you balkanize here, where will you run to? You are a refugee anywhere you run to.
“We suffered during the war and we can’t go back there again. If there is a way we can amend what happened in the past to ensure that the war never happened, we would have done that. It has happened and all we need now is to forgive ourselves and move forward. We can’t continue to reflect on that and expect to make progress.
“Everybody suffered for that, so is that where they want us to return to now that there is arms proliferation? We can’t survive a second war, so Nigerians must learn to stay together. We can agitate without endangering the life of anybody.
“The statement coming from the president shows he is a leader and people should know that we are not in Banana Republic. I’m not an advocate of the president, neither am I in the government but a victim of the society and I lead a group of people who are already victims.”
New Jersey, Texas want 8 Nigerians arrested in Cape Town for $6.8m scams
Warrants of arrests have been issued by the U.S. states of New Jersey and Texas for eight Nigerians busted in Cape Town on Tuesday for online scams, even as they await extradition.
A spokesman of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority Eric Ntabazalila said the Nigerians are wanted for multiple scams running into $6.8million.
More than 100 victims have lost an estimated R100 million (6.8 million US dollars) to the gang since 2011.
Ntabazalila made this known after the Nigerians made preliminary appearance at Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, facing various charges relating to internet scams, money laundering and identity theft, already filed in the U.S.
The Nigerians were charged by superseding indictment with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, spanning from 2011 to 2021. One defendant remains at large.
This is according to the United States Department of Justice.
The suspects are:
Perry Osagiede, aka “Lord Sutan Abubakar de 1st,” aka “Rob Nicolella,” aka “Alan Salomon,” 52;
Enorense Izevbigie, aka “Richy Izevbigie,” aka “Lord Samuel S Nujoma,” 45;
Franklyn Edosa Osagiede, aka, “Lord Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” aka, “Edosa Franklyn Osagiede,” aka “Dave Hewitt,” aka, “Bruce Dupont,” 37;
Osariemen Eric Clement, aka, “Lord Adekunle Ajasi,” aka, “Aiden Wilson,” 35;
Collins Owhofasa Otughwor, aka, “Lord Jesse Makoko,” aka, “Philip Coughlan,” 37; and
Two Nigerians jailed in UK for fraudulently claiming £489,000 COVID-19 loan
Musa Mudashiru, aka “Lord Oba Akenzua,” 33.
The men were arrested on Tuesday as part of a joint operation by the FBI, Hawks and the US Secret Service.
They are facing extradition charges to the United States.
The accused allegedly preyed on women – many of them widows or divorcees – by pretending to have a genuine romantic relationship with them.
Ntabazalila said the accused inflicted the losses on American citizens and others around the world.
“It is a first appearance pending an extradition application. They are facing four charges in America.
“Those charges are conspiracy to commit wire fraud; second charges, wire fraud; third charges, is money laundering; and the fourth charge is aggravated theft of identity. It’s alleged that they defrauded victims in America and other parts, in other countries.
“The amount it leads to 6.8 million (US) dollars, which they defrauded from America and other countries.
“There are warrants of arrests in New Jersey and Texas. So we will be opposing their bail application next Tuesday.
“We will mention then the reasons behind opposing bail application. One of them is that we feel that they are a flight risk and some of them are in the country illegally.”
Proceedings have been adjourned to next Tuesday and Thursday for formal bail proceedings.
2023: Atiku, Tambuwal have indicated interest
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has claimed that former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, have indicated interest in contesting in the 2023 presidential election.
There have been speculations in the past weeks over the candidates for the next general elections, especially with the issues raised around zoning.
Makinde, speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has “eminently qualified” personalities that can lead Nigeria.
He also said the only way PDP can be stopped, is if the party is divided internally.
“Once PDP governors are able to move in one direction, align on most of the issues and the challenges we are faced with, I think there is hope for this country.
“Our party has eminently qualified personalities that can lead this country successfully.
“Some have indicated interest like former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, like governor Tambuwal, like governor Bala Mohammed.
“The bottom line is when we get to that bridge, we will definitely cross it. What is important at this stage, which I will solicit the support of PDP members and the generality of Nigerians, is please support us to have a successful national convention.
“There is no way you can become anything — president, vice-president, even governor — if we don’t have a party. What we want to do first is ensure that we get things right within our party,” Makinde said.
When Makinde was asked if he thinks PDP will take over power from the APC in 2023, he replied: “Well, it is a question that I know Nigerians will answer and they will answer decisively.”
EndSARS: Police remain at Lekki toll gate
The Police are yet to vacate the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, two days after the End SARS memorial event.
The anniversary was also marked in states, mostly in Nigeria’s South, and in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The commemoration was to remind the federal government of police reform and reiterate condemnation of the military shooting on October 20, 2020.
Citizens nationwide have been complaining of unending brutality, the basis of the EndSARS uprising ab initio.
Last week, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Isah Barnabas slapped a traveller in Okene, Kogi State, for challenging officers after collecting a bribe from a passenger carrying a laptop.
On social media, there are videos of policemen across the country assaulting Nigerians in defiance of the caution by the Force headquarters.
Adeola Oyinlade, a human rights lawyer warned the police to stop relying on the Public Order Act of 1979 to justify crackdowns.
Oyinlade recalled that on September 21, a number of retired police officers protested at the National Assembly over poor pension benefits.
“They did this because it is provided for in the constitution. The freedom of citizens to express views on a matter that affects them is a cornerstone upon which the existence of democratic society rests”, he maintained.
Citizens and organizations strongly denounce the recurring use of exercise force by the police and other security agencies,
During the latest gathering in Lekki, an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement was assaulted despite explaining that his presence was not to foment trouble.
Also at the same venue, the police arrested Abisola Alawode, a journalist working for Legit, after hitting and dragging him.
In Osun, a correspondent, Sikiru Obarayese was beaten, arrested and charged to court within one hour on trumped-up charges.
In her judgement, the Magistrate, A. O. Daramola condemned the police action and struck out the case.
The Advocacy for Advancement of Peace & Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) berated the Osun command.
National Coordinator, Sulaimon Suberu demanded that CSP Oyegade Akinloye, who ordered the arrest of the journalists, be sacked.
Suberu noted that Akinloye was notorious for rights violation and displays “temperamental tendency” unbecoming of an officer.
“He is famous for manipulating judicial process to get a pound of flesh of assumed enemies”, his statement read.
“The manner in which Sikiru Obarayese was tortured and hurriedly dragged to court for arraignment on spurious charges speaks volumes.
“Such barbaric directive to clamp down on the media is practically antithetical to rule of law and democratic ethos.
“We consider officers like CSP Akinloye a threat to democracy. His type should not be allowed to superintend young policemen”, Suberu said.
Likewise, the Take It Back (TIB) Movement in Osun, warned the police and others to stop acting lawless.
Samson Tola, the Coordinator, and Owolabi Opeyemi, the Secretary, insisted that protests are citizens’ rights that would never be given up to security agents.
In a statement, the officials noted that the police have been a puppet of the ruling class for too long and must stop.
The group demanded that Akinloye and all operatives that manhandle Obarayese be investigated and prosecuted.
TIB further urged the police to produce the killers of Alimi Ahmed and Mutiu Lawal. Both died during Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s visit to the End SARS protest in 2020.
“The Nigeria Police should publicly apologize for attacking, arresting and dehumanizing Sikiru Obarayese.
“Protests can never be stopped in a democracy. The police and other security agencies should end the brutalization of protesters”, TIB added.
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