Minister of Information & Culture Lai Mohammed claims Federal Government spends N3.5M every week to feed El-Zakzaky.
During President Muhammdu Buhari’s visit today, October 30th, 2018, people were seen chanting and dancing as the echoe “Buhari ne Barawo” which means “Buhari is the thief”.
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Another devastating violence has broken out in Karu, a densely populated suburb of the Nigerian capital Abuja.
Witnesses said at least 16 people have been killed and scores wounded after Shiite protesters attempted to break a barricade of Nigerian soldiers around the flyover in Karu.
While some of the deceased died after being rammed by cars driven by panic drivers, most of them were hit by Nigerian soldiers’ bullets, which they reportedly rained on the protesters and passersby indiscriminately, witnesses said.
“They have killed about 16 to 22 people,” a witness in the neighbourhood said Monday evening. “Bodies are everywhere, they are everywhere without anyone even attempting to evacuate them.”
The witness said soldiers were responsible for most of the deaths, attributing only about four to persons rammed by speeding vehicles or an elderly woman who fell and hit her head against the median while scampering for safety.
“Yes, the soldiers were killing the people, they said they wanted to break their barricade near the overhead bridge in Karu,” another witness told said separately. “I cannot say how many people were killed, but they are so many and bodies still on the main road and streets.”
The witness also said the protesters were not armed with guns and live ammunition, saying “only the soldiers were carrying guns.”
The first witness told said about three dead bodies that were taken to a Muslim burial ground in Karu were rejected because they were suspected as being Shiite members.
“They were taken there to bury as Muslims, but the people in charge said they cannot be buried because they were not Muslims, they were Shiites,” the witness said.
Videos showing bodies of some of the protesters allegedly shot by soldiers have been circulated on the Internet.
Witnesses said the entire Karu axis has been on lock down since 4:00 p.m. after the violence broke out. Residents in the area are now finding it difficult to return home after closing from their workplaces in downtown Abuja, including even those who closed since 2:00 p.m.
It remained unclear when normalcy would return to the area.
The killings come two days after Nigerian soldiers opened fire during a Shiite procession in Zuba, another suburb of Abuja, on Saturday afternoon.
The military denied being the aggressor in the violence, which left nearly a dozen protesters dead. The Army said its personnel conveying military equipment were waylaid by the Shiites, during which some soldiers were brutalised with stones and sharp objects. No soldier was killed during the encounter.
The Nigerian Army and Defence Headquarters did not immediately return PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comments about the latest killings in Karu on Monday night.
Nigerian security agencies have consistently clashed with Shiite members since December 2015 when hundreds of Islamic Movement of Nigeria members were massacred by Nigerian soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State.
A judicial panel which investigated the killings indicted Adeniyi Oyebade, a major-general, and other military officers for their role in the large-scale murder of at least 347 IMN faithful. Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, leader of the IMN who was arrested following the 2015 killings of his members, has been held in custody ever since, despite repeated court orders for his immediate release.
The military denies wrongdoing in the massacre, which is currently being investigated by the International Criminal Court for potential prosecution.
SOURCE: This story, except the video was written and published on The Premium Times, Nigeria website.
Cover photo: Members of Islamic sect, shi’ite turning back after sighting Security men on Abuja-Zuba Expressway in Abuja on Monday (29/10/18). 05383/29/10/2018/Anthony Alabi/JAU/NAN
The police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have both said they cannot immediately swing into action to unravel the circumstances surrounding a series of scandalous videos that seemed to show Governor Umar Ganduje taking bribes from public works contractors in Kano State.
The initial clip of the alleged bribe tapes surfaced online Sunday afternoon, eliciting nationwide uproar and urgent calls for Mr Ganduje to step down from office.
A second batch of the videos was published Monday afternoon by Daily Nigerian, a news website which published the first video and said it has up to 15 of such clips seemingly showing the governor taking bribes from different state contractors.
Daily Nigerian said it plans to release all the 15 video clips of Mr Ganduje’s allege bribery schemes, which he said were shot over several months.
Mr Ganduje has not commented on the second video, but he dismissed the first one as ‘cloned’ and threatened a lawsuit against Daily Nigerian, whose publisher has since gone underground to avoid violent backlash against him and his family.
Neither the police nor the EFCC publicly announced any probe into the videos, even though their contents were first published a week ago before clips started streaming in yesterday.
“If they are talking about issues, let them resolve their issues,” Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesperson for the EFCC, told PREMIUM TIMES Monday afternoon. “Whether we are going to look at it is a different matter, but for now, I do not know anything.”
He declined to categorically say whether or not an investigation would be conducted into the scandal.
The Kano police commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, also had nothing substantial to say about the videos when reached for comments by PREMIUM TIMES Monday afternoon.
“I am in Abuja, I have not seen the video not to talk of even investigating,” the commissioner said. “I am not in town so I do not know anything pertaining to that for now.”
“But do not worry, when I am done, I would call to let you know,” he added.
Mr Ganduje is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress. It was not immediately clear whether or not that is a real factor in the scandal, although federal authorities have been accused of only going after opposition figures under the current administration.
President Muhammadu Buhari was reported by Daily Nigerian to have seen the video and ordered investigation, but it remains unclear whether law enforcement authorities have updated the president on their efforts, if indeed they have started investigations.
The governor has absolute immunity from prosecution, a constitutional provision that could have him retain office unless he is compelled to resign or gets impeached by the state parliament.
Daily Nigerian reported earlier on Monday that members of Kano State House of Assembly have raised a committee to commence a probe of the videos.
The live of the students are in danger, neglected and ignored by both the school management and the government.
The continued deaths of students in those schools are like time bomb, with increase protests and agitation, it is obvious the students are beginning to realize no one is ready to come to their aid if they continue to play along
Ugnada’s military has launched a new condom brand, Ulinzi (Swahili for “protection”), for its soldiers in order to ensure they have safe sex.
Chief of Staff Brig Leopold Kyanda told troops they needed to be “safe first and thereafter you can defend the country”.
“If the individual soldier does not ensure that he is secure then there is no way he can defend his country,” he added.
Uganda’s popular NTV station has put up a video of the ceremony where the condom was launched:
The highly anticipated third edition of Africa’s biggest reality television show, Big Brother Naija, premieres on Sunday, the 28 January, 2018 at 7p.m. Nigerian time. Viewers on DStv can watch the show on channel 198, while GOtv viewers can tune in to channel 29 to watch all of the excitement as contestants battle for the grand prize of an SUV and N45 million worth of prizes.
The premiere follows weeks of excitement as auditions for the show held across different regions in Nigeria. Big Brother fans were also treated to nostalgic fun as housemates from the second edition gathered for a special reunion show broadcast exclusively on DStv and GOtv.
Speaking on Big Brother Nigeria’s return, the General Manager, Sales and Marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said:
“Without a doubt, this promises to be the most exciting edition of the Big Brother franchise on the African continent. The last edition of Big Brother Naija was incredibly successful and we see just how much the show continues to resonate with fans in Nigeria and around the continent.
“We can hardly wait for Sunday, and we guarantee not only that our viewers will enjoy the premiere show, but that they will stay tuned for three months until the show’s finale when the winner is revealed.”
SOURCE: This day
Irreti Doyle. And Patience Ozokwor. And Richard More-Damijo.
Not forgetting of course, as we can never tire of saying, that this same film has Chinwetalu Agu, Sola Sobowale, Seyi Law and Chigurl.
Why can’t December just be next month already?
Tinsel, the longest running TV series in Nigeria, has made history by airing its 2,000th episode on Thursday.
This makes the M-Net/Africa Magic series the first Nigerian television show to achieve such a feat.
The series, produced by Darien Amos for M-Net/Africa Magic, is a soap opera which began airing in August 2008.
“This Thursday marks a special one in the history of flagship Africa Magic soapie, Tinsel,” said a statement by African Magic.
“The award-winning show has reached its 2000th episode, an incredible feat by any measure. And the milestone couldn’t have come at a better time. Just over two weeks ago, the cast and crew of Tinsel walked away with an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award in the MNet Special Recognition category.
“Africa Magic would like to congratulate everyone involved in the continued success of the show and here’s to hopefully 2,000 more episodes.”
Tinsel’s plot revolves around two rival film companies: Reel Studios, founded by Fred Ade-Williams played by Victor Olaitan, and Odyssey Pictures, headed by Brenda “Nana” Mensah played by Funmilola Aofiyebi-Raimi.
The show’s 1,000th episode was aired on May 23, 2013, and for nine years it has continued to introduce talented actors to its Nigerian audience.
Tinsel won its first Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award at the 2017 edition, where it earned the Best M-Net original drama series.
SOURCE: The Bloomgist/The Cable